Monday, October 31, 2016


I'm anxious to see what the gift shop looks like tomorrow. They worked today and tomorrow I will try to add to what they've done.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Today's Stuff

I got ten of the baskets as finished as they are going to be. The crackle finish was disappointing so I did one in off white and one in beige. It was a lot of work for them to look worse. Anyway, I also found some cloth that may work.
We planted some daffodil bulbs and garlic.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Little Baskets

I painted five of these little baskets Laery made. I plan to base cost anothwr five tomorrow and put the crackle coat on the first five. I may be able to put the off whoite top coat on the first five tomorrow. Hopefully I will have ten finished by Tuesday. I want to take them to the hospital gift shop to hold small things.

End of Season

Today's lunch at Pebble Isle Marina's Gray Heron Grill is the last of the season. They will be closed until Spring. We enjoyed our lunch and the time we spent therešŸ˜€

Friday, October 28, 2016

Gearing Up

Today our volunteers went to another hospital to see their gift shop. It was wonderful. We got lots of ideas about how to perk up ours. They were very helpful and friendly.

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Flies, lady bugs, wasps, and spiders all want inside when the weather starts to change. I spent a lot of time today trying to get rid of them.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tiresome Week

Volunteering should not be so annoying. Tomorrow iis the only day I won't be at the hospital. And I'm doing it to myself. We have some good plans but it takes time to set up. And at home I'm having to vacuum wasps in my art room. I went in to look for art books and by the time I had dealt with the wasps...again....I didn't find the books. Maybe tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Third Ghost

Well, this is the latest ghost Larry has made. He put a hanger on top so it would hang like he wanted it ti. He decided against a face, maybe because I said we could use them again at Christmas as carolers.

Lab Results

We had our conference following our lab tests today. The doctor said we are fine except Larry is going to have to go to a specialist because of one of his tests. They didn't demand immediate hospitalization so maybe he's OK.

Order to Kill

I liked the Vince Flynn series starring Mitch Rapp. The series and character have been continued by Kyle Mills. Order to Kill is part of the continued series . I'm on chapter ten and I think Mills has remained true to the original series.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Year

One of the nurses lost her husband, her grandson, and son since last year. In just one year she lost everyone. It is so important to appreciate what we have while we have it.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunlight through Leaves

We were riding through the woods admiring the sunlight through the leaves. I think I caught a glimpse of a wild turkey. It's a lovely time of year.

Egg Gourds

These are egg gourds Larry cleaned and attached hooks to. He wants me to paint them like Christmas ornaments. I'm giving it some thought.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


We cracked the pecans with the rocket cracker. I am not very far along picking the meat out.


Seven peonies need to be cut back. I got five of them today and put the trimmings on the compost pile. I'll try to finish tomorrow.


I have several trays of cuttings for my flower boxes and baskets next spring. I don't know that it's cheaper but it takes advantage of a warm, sunny closed space where I spend a lot of time when it's cold, windy, or rainy.  Larry turned on the pilot light this morningšŸ˜

Friday, October 21, 2016

Wasps Again

I've paid an exterminator several times trying to get rid of wasps in my art room. This spring we sprayed expanding foam around the electric wires and didn't have any wasps until yesterday. The room was full of wasps. Larry sprayed and today I swept and vacuumed. Larry said they may have chewed through the foam.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Another Task

Today we had lab work done and ate breakfast out. Then we checked out the sale prices of strip steaks. I washed the other outside fan and then took it to the basement along with the canning supplies. We were going to vote early but couldn't find a parking place...maybe tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Steady for Cold Mornings

I ordered steel cut oats and made some. Three cups of water brought to a boil, a quarter teaspoon of salt, and one cup of oats boiled for one minute. Then I put the lid on the pot and let it sot over night. It makes four servings that I nuke for maybe a minute just before eating.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Another Ghost

Larry is midway through another gourd ghost. He bought cloth for  the body. I had some old white cloth that was kind of discolored but he wanted what he was picturing in his mind.

To Do List

Larry said he'd noticed my to do list included cleaning the fans and he had helpful hints to share with me. When he first saw my list years ago he was angry because he thought I was making a list for him. I explained that the list contained things I thought needed to be done and he should feel free to do some of them if he wanted to but the list was what I thought and was basically mine.
Well, I told him I intended to clean the fan blades inside. He said oh and continued to nudge me into helping him take the outside pedestal fan apart and clean it. So I'm scrubbing away at the fan thinking they don't cost much and I'd rather throw it away and buy a new, clean one. I know that is totally stupid.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cleaning Idea

Today I moved furniture away from one wall to vacuum behind stuff and to dust the blinds, window sills inside and out, and wash the windows. It was just one wall, it wasn't very dirty, and doesn't look a bit better.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Grill Day

Today Larry grilled pork chops and sausages. I sliced tomatoes, made baked beans, and sautƩed apples (butter, Splenda, and cinnamon). It was a really good lunch!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Gourd Ghost Finished

Larry's ghost is finished and hanging out on a peony stake. He was having trouble hanging it as the gourd was top heavy, so he sawed the tip off and it just fit on the peony stake.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Yard Signs

We were in the car for about four hours today so I was looking in yards for political signs. Most of the front yard signs I saw were for sale signs, but one really nice house was for Clinton, and the rest were for Trump. Lots of houses didn't have any signs. I don't think they were undecided.

Busy Day

We left early to go to the dermatologist in Memphis. They are still working on the roads so the travel time was better than it might have been. Three and a half hours later we left Memphis and enjoyed the traffic leaving. We did a little shopping in Jackson, ate a late lunch, and finished our drive home. Tomorrow ii don't think I have to do anything that involves driving. Larry has to go back in two weeks for two more skin surgeries and two weeks after that for two more. I was all right but I have to go once a year so I'm finished for a year.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gas Milage

I was getting 48 MPG until the last couple of tanks. I was down to 40 MPG. So I had them make sure my tires weren't low, added a bottle of some kind of cleaner to my gas tank, and check my filters. I hope it helps.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Busy Day

Today was one of my volunteer days and we had our quarterly meeting. I had several errands to run, too. So I was busy from 8:30 until 4 when ii finally made it home. Everything went well although one of our members looked at me and said, "Well, are you happy now?" And I was☺

I Wonder

So if a Republican isn't supporting Trump, will Hillary get that vote? People who pretend politicians are politically correct all the time and fear voters knowing the truth are a pathetic bunch. The wrong issues are being dramatized in the news.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Another Atkins Meal

This was new to me. The basalmic vinegar was pretty startling but good enough to have again.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gourd Project

Larry's new project involves turning a gourd into a ghost. He cleaned the gourd and wants me to basecoat it white and paint eyes and a howling oval mouth black. Then he's planning to add a pillowcase. I don't think we have any pillowcase extras.

Waiting for Seeds

I've been getting the flowerbeds ready for fall. Leaving the impatiens until last allows me to enjoy their colors a bit longer, but also ensures the most time for seeds to develop.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Diet Meal

I tried a few new Atkins meals. This one tasted like a spicy chilli. I'll definitely get more of this one.

Another Gnome

Larry brought another gnome up for me to paint. I'm only using birdhouse paint but I don't have brown or tan so some color choices are more imaginative than I'd like.

Dream Visit

Mostly I have annoying dreams, but I dreamed about one of my brothers when he was young. I woke up with the nicest feeling that he had visited me.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cool Mornings

The temperatures are cool enough in the mornings to make a blanket on my feet comfortable on the porch.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Funny Face

Larry decided these needed to be repainted. I did it but I thought algae green was better!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sesame Seeds

I received my bulk order of sesame seeds from Amazon today. Sesame seeds have seven carbs and five grams of fiber so using sesame seeds to coat something to fry is crunchy and low carb!

Porch Project

 I've cut the angelwings back in one section and taken cuttings.

I still have four more porch sections to go. Then I'll remove the boxes and dump the dirt, roots, etc.

A Ride

It's interesting to me when there's a ride. Amish buggies, wagons, and horses go by, but sometimes they organize a ride and people of all ages participate.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Did I?

You cut your hair.
Did I?
You could have said it looks nice!

Saturday, October 1, 2016