Thursday, November 23, 2017

Huge Mess!

This is the third time I've tried to post this. I'm tempted to give it up because it isn't earthshaking. But I have a pound cake recipe that calls for whipping four egg whites with 1/4 t cream of tartar and then folding it into the batter. It makes it light. And it stays nice in the following days. But I make a huge mess when I make that cake. It's worth it, but there's a lot of clean up.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Night Cooking

It's 9pm and I'm cooking. There will still be a lot to do tomorrow, but some stuff can be done ahead.

Don't Wait!

If you're shopping at a small place, if you see something you like, it's good to go ahead and get it. I am constantly hearing people say they want something we had but it's gone. I learned that when we were shopping at the PX.

Allergy

My allergies have been under control with an allergy nose spray and over the counter allergy relief tablet. But now when I take the tablet it dries out my eyes as well as my sinuses. Miserable.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Check the Freezer!

I thought we wouldn't need to make dressing because we had some in the freezer. I checked and we had one container of dressing and three of eggplant parmigiana. Glad I checked!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Our Thanksgiving Menu

I made a menu and asked Larry what he thought. He changed it a little but decreased the amount of money and work so I'm glad I asked. As of right now, we are having chicken and dressing (only two of us so no turkey), ham, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, baked beans, turnip greens, jello salad, ambrosia, Pound cake, mincemeat pie, and rolls. We will have leftovers:) But not so many as if I'd chosen a huge ham and a whole turkey.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tomorrow

I talked to the guy who is going to repair my car today. He said he will go to get the hood tomorrow. I don't know if he'll start work tomorrow, but at least it will be that far along. I told him I dreamed that he got a neon green one. He laughed and said he will paint the hood to match the car and buff it out until it matches the red that has been on the car for several years:)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sharpe's Honor

I read the series several years ago, but then the series was televised in such a mish-mash of the plots, that I lost interest. Now I'm going back through them. For a while audible didn't have the beginning books so I didn't try to get them. But this time when I looked, most of the titles are there. The books are really good historical novels with good character development.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Spaghetti

I ran out of spaghetti sauce before I ran out of noodles so I opened a jar of Bartolli Alfredo sauce, nuked it, and sliced cherry tomatoes on it. Better than tossing the rest of the noodles!

Cultural and Social Expectations

I've been watching a bunch of sexual harassment allegations shown on television. The thing is, over the years men expect the power of their positions to serve as a voucher of their worth. Their looks aren't an issue. For women, good looks are the same. Smart women are denigrated. Forceful women are termed bitches. The "cute girls" expect to have their way. Now, after having traded on their looks for years, they whine about it. To say somebody had a nonconsensual sexual relationship with someone in a position of power decades afterwards, seems weak to me. They were afraid to complain at the time because they were not relying on their worth in the first place, but their looks. I liked Condoleezza Rice because she didn't try to be one of the "cute ones." I'm not saying that if a woman dresses attractively she is "asking for it." I'm saying if she relies on her looks for advancement, she shouldn't complain later. If someone is groped and shrieks with an embarrassed overreaction, that person will think twice about doing it again. If that is the stance of the woman, she'll have to make sure she doesn't do anything she can be called on because she won't be cut any slack. Also, looking the person dead in the eye and asking where the sexual harassment papers are kept is usually enough to let the lecher know you don't want to play. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dry Eyes

I went back to my opthamologist today because my eyes were burning and bloodshot. He said it isn't a result of the cataract surgery or inflammation, but is dry eye and use some drops for three weeks and then come back. It was a relief to know I don't have an infection. I told him I couldn't see how I could have dry eyes when my eyes were watering profusely. He said good tears have a little oil. Degraded tears are just salty and the eyes feel like something is in them, gritty, and burning. Well, that describes how they felt so I guess he's right.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It Wasn't You!

I had a small order from a snack vendor so a nice person who isn't a volunteer offered to pick it up for us to save the $5 delivery fee. When she got there, one of the employees told her we were two months in arrears on our payment and we wouldn't be able to use their services if we didn't pay promptly. She indignantly told me that, and another person who relayed the message to me. So I called our treasurer and she told me the last two invoice numbers with dates and the check numbers with dates. I called the snack vendor and asked to speak to the billing department. There was some confusion in the background about a billing department, but finally somebody got to the phone. I introduced myself and she immediately said, "It wasn't you. We got the check yesterday and it was another gift shop. I'm sorry!" That's all well and good, but she was pretty rude to a person who was just helping us out.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lucifer

After television shows we watch together, Larry usually says, "That was a good one." I usually agree. We don't watch many shows together, but we watch a few. After last night's Lucifer, Larry said, "I don't know if that was a good one or not." I said I thought it was good. He wanted to know why. I said that Lucifer said he didn't actually punish humans, they did it to themselves by reliving parts of their lives where they had screwed up. Then the bad guy died. As he died, he said he had redeemed himself by setting up another bad guy to be taken by the police. Then it showed the bad buy starting back at the beginning of the episode...he was in hell, reliving his mistakes. Larry decided maybe it was a good episode, just not the stand up and cheer kind.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Baby Wipes

I keep a box of baby wipes in the bathroom and just this year noticed that they are really cold. So I went online and checked for baby wipe warmers. They exist! Now I will check t local stores to see if I can see one. The one I saw didn't list which wipes to use with it so I need to see it.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bathrooms

Once or twice a year a lightbulb blows in the bathroom. So that is the time to get a ladder and clean the vents as well as replace the bulbs. Dust cakes on the vents and rains down on the tub, floor, me,etc.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pink Flower Bulbs

I started with a half dozen free bulbs. I've divided them, spread them around, and given some away. They are winter hardy, require no care, and bloom prolifically. I don't have any idea what the name is.

Last Tulips

I planted the last thirty tulip bulbs today. Some went in the small flowerbed across the driveway and some went on Rose Hill. Weeding the roses left holes so I enlarged the holes and dropped a tulip bulb into them. When the last of the tulip bulbs was planted, it was too late to start on the pink flowers' bulbs. I have three large clumps of them and dug two of the clumps. Larry thought they were clumps of monkey grass. I'd like to transplant some of the monkey grass, but I think it will have to be in the spring.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fish on Friday

A local restaurant has a couple of specials each day. On Friday, they have fish. It is cooked when it's ordered, not sitting on a buffet drying out. It is a good day to eat out.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bernard Cornwall

I'm listening to Bernard Cornell's Sharpe series. I've read them all, and am in the process of trying to get the entire series on Audible.  Larry doesn't like the series as much as I do. I tried to get him to explain why. He said he doesn't Lille it because Sharpe can't hang onto money. But I don't think that's unreasonable. A lot of people have talent that gets them a fortune but can't keep it. Football players, actors, etc., don't always keep the money their talents brought their way.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Former Students

Today I heard that a former student I knew slightly had killed his wife last week in a drug related episode. I didn't teach him, but I had his sister and knew who he was. I've never stayed in one place long enough to know how kids turned out.

Former Students

Today I heard that a former student I knew slightly had killed his wife last week in a drug related episode. I didn't teach him, but I had his sister and knew who he was. I've never stayed in one place long enough to know how kids turned out.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lots?

An employee came into the gift shop today and asked if we have lots of candle warmers and can we get more! That's the kind of question that livens things up.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Lousy Step

My laptop isn't connecting to the internet. My stitches should come out tomorrow but they look inflamed tonight. My audible books are taking forever to download. This has not been a stellar day, although I've definitely had worse.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

More Outside

I don't know if I'll ever finish my flowerbeds, but it's been a good weekend to work on them. It hasn't been too hot or too cold or too windy. I thought it was going to rain on me once or twice, but it was just a light mist.

Tulip Plans

The salvias haven't been killed by frost yet, but it would happen soon.

Yesterday's List

Yesterday's list had twelve items. I accomplished five of them. I really didn't expect to get all of them done, but if I write them down as I notice the need, I have a chance of getting to them sooner or later. The thing that took the longest was getting the salvia out of the two large pots flanking the front steps. I was cutting the foliage and blooms all the way to the soil when a neighbor pulled up in their four-wheeler. They have a very active four year old that they've adopted. He wanted to know why I was cutting off the pretty flowers. I explained that frost was going to kill them very soon and I wanted to plant tulip bulbs that would bloom in the spring. Then I asked if he wanted to cut the salvia flowers off. He happily took the snips and got to work. He carefully put the cuttings in the bucket. I went to get the cart and he emptied the cuttings into the cart. Julie spends a lot of time telling him not to do things. It would be better if she kept him busy. He is interested in just about everything.

Friday, November 3, 2017

After Halloween Sale

Larry has hit the after Halloween sales and bought a skull and posable skeleton. I had no idea he wanted those things!

Misty Fall

The fall colors are pretty this year. It's misty today and muted the colors.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Still Weeding

My tulip bulbs came yesterday. I know where I want to plant them, but I've got to clear out the flowers that are all around the places. When I'm digging up weeds and grass, that's different from clearing out flowers from the spring and summer. They both take a while to clear out, but it's all right with me if I leave dirt and roots because I know they'll be fine without a mess. The stems and blooms have to go because frost will eventually make an ugly mess of them.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fountain

I dismantled the fountain, drained it, cleaned it, and took the pieces to the cellar. I was careful to take all the pieces to the same place this year.  I didn't volunteer today because my chin still had the pressure bandage which is larger than the bandaid I'll be using soon.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Doctor's Visit

Two hours to the doctor, two hours in the waiting room, 20 minutes with the doctor, and 2 hours home made this a pretty miserable day. I have had a melanoma and this place on my chin showed abnormal cells that would become a melanoma. It was enlarging so it would have required a surgeon in another year. So, I'm glad it's done, but it was a long, tiring day. Happy Halloween! I have real stitches and a real bandage for my costume.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Stuff

We had a guy come out to work on stuff today. We needed a new battery for the generator and gator. We needed the fireplace and remote to work. Now the fireplace and generator work. Larry still has to get a battery for the gator and get it in. The placement of the battery makes that a difficult job, but at least the old battery is out.
The guy also looked at the shower in the guest room and thinks he may be able to fix it without tearing out the whole tile wall. But he can't do it tomorrow because we're playing doctor tag for part of the time tomorrow.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fall Color

The dogwood trees are beautiful in the spring when they bloom, but are also gorgeous on the gall when their colors range from a pinkish orange to dee Burgundy.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Faith Justified

A while ago an 18-wheeler backed into me. It was going slowly and I was sitting still. I tried to back up but threw it into fourth instead of reverse so killed it. It didn't do a lot of damage and the driver said to get an estimate and he'd send me a check. I got the estimate and sent it to him after offering to get a second estimate if he thought it was too much. He said it was about what he'd thought it would be. He called and said he'd sent the check but it didn't arrive. Some other mail went missing, too, so I called him back and asked if his check had cleared. It hadn't. Today we met and he handed me a check. He seemed like a nice guy and I'm glad he was:)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Peaceful


We wanted a vacation near the water in cool weather. We did it and enjoyed it, but it wasn't what we were expecting. It was listed under Gulf Shores/Pensacola, but was actually a cove. Another camper said his reservation on the beach at Gulf Shores had been cancelled because Nate had closed access roads, so I guess we did OK. It was under a tornado watch when we arrived and pouring down rain, but was sunny and cool for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Vacation Idea

We used to take vacations. We've taken touring vacations to see famous historical sites, theatre vacations, sport vacations, and relaxation vacations. We had only taken vacations to see family members for the last seventeen years. Those vacations might include theatre or national parks. But we've decided to start saving a monthly amount toward a relaxing holiday once or twice a year. I am really pleased about the idea and that it is Larry's idea!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Angry Dream

Larry woke up angry because he dreamed somebody had a garage sale and sold everything in our metal building. I said at least it was cleaned out. He said but we didn't get the money! He was upset for hours.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Religious Rant

Larry gets on a rant occasionally. Mostly I'm not a participant. But this one was about our community not showing respect for the Amish as they call them Amish and Mennonites interchangeably. I listened for a while without comment and finally said I don't respect their religion. He expounded for a while about their work ethic, etc. I said they allow their young men time to leave the community to experience other ways and return. Women aren't given that chance. I don't object to people believing how they think is right, and I don't throw rocks at them, but I don't respect the religion. I named several families and he agreed their work ethic was nothing to brag about. Finally I said that I respect a couple of families, but not the religion. So he dropped his rant and the subject.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Lab Results

Today we went for our doctor's evaluation of our lab results. My results were all right, including blood pressure. Larry's results were better on some things and not so good on others. It's annoying to not have a clue how to fix something that's wrong. I understand medication is a solution and must sometimes be used. But a diet fix that cancels everything out for one thing or another is just frustrating.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Putting Stuff Away

It's easy to put things away, but putting all the stuff together so I can find it next time isn't so easy. If four of the pieces are in one place and one is somewhere else, it's tough. Cleaning the stuff before stowing it is one of the problems and why the last piece may end up somewhere else entirely. One of Heinlein's books had a computer that would tell you where to put something and later tell you where to find it. Lots of things in books are nice.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Taking a Knee

It looks respectful to me when the football players kneel for the anthem. They pretty much bow their heads, too. If they mooned during the anthem, that would be disrespectful.

DIY Laundry Detergent

https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/
There are a lot of sites that tell how to make this. I make five gallons of the liquid recipe and it lasts me about a year. I use 1/2 cup of the liquid for a washer of clothes. Some laundry soaps make me itch, but this doesn't. I like it, it's cheap, and it works. When I started to make the second batch (a year later), I found the borax and Arm and Hammer washing soda had solidified. I chipped it up and bagged it in large Ziploc bags to prevent that problem. The third time I made it, I went ahead and mixed up the borax, grated fels naptha, and washing soda, writing "add 5 gallons of water" on the bag. I tried putting the bar of soap in the food processor, but grating with a hand grater worked better for me...and was a lot quieter. I've used this for three years now and don't think I'll ever go back to buying detergent. It's easier to buy it, but it's cheaper to do it this way because the borax and washing soda make more than one year's worth...and is cheap to but in the first place.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ribs



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Babyback ribs and slaw make a great lunch! Larry grilled the ribs today and it makes a holiday of any day.

Frost

Today we had a light frost. I've gotten everything in the greenhouse that needs to go. But I didn't clean up first so that's on my list. I cleaned where I put my cuttings and plants. But in February I'll need space for seedlings. So I have until February!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Easy Day

A little tidying up inside and out as well as a little shopping made for an easy day today. There is still plenty to do, but no rush about it.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Breakfast Buffet

I don't usually see anything new on a buffet, but we went to a diner-type place after our lab work yesterday and saw French toast with had been battered and fried paired with chocolate gravy. I don't know that I would have gotten it if I hadn't seen somebody with a plate with only that. So I asked what the French toast was and then got it myself. Really! Chocolate for breakfast:) It reminded me of our first breakfast in the hotel in Germany where we had Nutella.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Poppers

When I first made poppers, I took the seeds and veins out of the jalapeños and filled the halves with cream cheese. Then I wrapped a half piece of bacon around each one and baked until the bacon was crispy. This way uses real bacon boots stirred into the cream cheese. It's quicker and still tasty!

Porch

Today I moved almost all of the flowerboxes and baskets to the tire garden to dump the dirt and begonias. I pulled the dichondra silver falls off and stuffed them into a couple of big plastic bags to dry out. Hopefully the seeds will fall out as the strands dry out and I can try to grow next year's batch from the seeds.

Worry

We went for lab work this morning. I seriously hate no-coffee mornings. I asked the lab tech to run the A1C immediately so I'd have the results before leaving. I worry. It's probably better if I don't eat Butterfingers while I worry! I had the stitches from my biopsy removed and then went back to get the results. They were ok, so three months before I have to do that again. The assistant brought me a cup of coffee while I waited for the doctor to remove my stitches.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Satsumas

RFD TV showed a clip about satsumas grown on the Sessions Farm in Grand Bay, Alabama. It was a nice clip and had one of Larry's cousins on it.

Satsumas

RFD TV showed a clip about satsumas grown on the Sessions Farm in Grand Bay, Alabama. It was a nice clip and had one of Larry's cousins on it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Looks and Show

I asked the receptionist if the community room was reserved for our meeting. She said she didn't have a copy of the schedule but would find out. I heard the call and heard her tell the other person she didn't have a copy of the schedule. After the call, she told me the community room was scheduled for our meeting. She then said she doesn't know anything but is just there for looks and show. I told her, "Good job! Keep up the good  work!"

Monday, October 9, 2017

Finished with Cuttings

I'm finished taking cuttings and now need to take the flower boxes and baskets down and dump them. They are heavy and somewhat awkward to move. So I'm not looking forward to that part of the fall process.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fried Okra

A neighbor brought over some pods of okra today. I sliced the pods and soaked them in a beaten egg while the oil heated up. Then I dredged the egg drenched okra in cornmeal with salt and pepper. It was wonderful. Soaking the okra in the beaten egg allowed the cornmeal to stick to the okra.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Cuttings

Today I started taking cuttings for the greenhouse so I'll have them for next year's flowerboxes and baskets. I'm going to take more, but I've stopped watering outside so they won't be so heavy when I dump them.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pressure Washer

Pete brought a broken pressure washer and tried to fix it. I tried to use it today. Some of our buildings have a gray scummy looking mess on them. I was disappointed in the results. It's difficult to decide if it is the pressure washer's fault or lack of pressure from our well.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Gardenias

I dug out the pots that contained gardenias half planted in dirt and carried them to the greenhouse today. The low plastic containers under them aren't all in place yet, but I've started locating and placing them. Since the gardenias were surrounded with impatiens, I started taking them out and adding them as green manure in the compost bin. One side of the bin has impatiens that are growing and blooming...an unusual sight in a compost bin.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Greenhouse

Today I started organizing the greenhouse. Putting cuttings in the greenhouse works better when there's room. So, I started.

Awful News

I don't know these people, but the wife is a doctor and her husband, an RN, shielded her. He died, but she wasn't harmed. I Sam sorry our area has lost a good man.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Volunteering

Today was a normal Tuesday. I volunteered at the hospital and didn't do much else. I hope I sleep more than four hours tonight!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Quiet

When we've had company, and they leave, the house seems very quiet. It isn't as bad as when the kids started to leave home. That was quiet and miserable. This is just quiet. I guess we finally got used to the quiet and it doesn't feel like somebody died.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Helpful Friend

Today Pete fixed my water pipe for the back porch so I can have flowers out there again. He also replaced the front door handle so my key works. He is a wonderful guest:)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Another Nice Day

We've enjoyed another nice day with friends. We went over to another friend's to see their wine-making setup. It's a home deal, but they are very organized and enthusiastic about it and are currently making wine from blackberries, apple (hard cider?) and muscadines.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friends at the River


It's good to have friends visit. We went to Pebble Isle Marina and enjoyed their grill. The weather was cool and sunny.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dermatologist

Today we went to the dermatologist in Memphis. The construction on our way in is complete. The view reminds me of the Jetsons when I was much younger:) We both came away bandaged. The part where my dad had melanomas and I've had one means I have to go for a check on a scheduled basis. The doctor reminded me to remind my kids to use sunscreen and no tanning beds. She took a biopsy from my chin and said I will have the lab results in a week She said I shouldn't worry as it is probably nothing. Well, that is exactly what she said when the spot on my thigh turned out to be a melanoma and I had to go back to have a bigger hole dug in my thigh.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New Glasses

Ever since my cataract surgery I've been anxious to get my new glasses. I've had the same frames for about twenty years. They were titanium and way out of style but I didn't care. I've had frames that burned my skin. I was worried about getting glasses constructed of a material that would react badly with my skin. These don't have much in the way of frames so I'm hopeful I'll like them.

Monday, September 25, 2017

New Baskets

I've gotten two baskets ready to hang when I take down my summer baskets. I'll have to water them from inside, but it's only two baskets of pansies.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Neighbors

Usually we have good neighbors. That may be because we try to be good neighbors and don't really interact with other people much. But we had people nearby who had the sheriff out several times removing people. It was impossible to determine who was living there at any given time. I'm glad they moved. It doesn't mean somebody better will move in.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Riyia Chronicles

The Riyia Chronicles is a sword and sorcery series. It's by Michael J. Sullivan. I've listened to it before, but it's been a while and I'm enjoying listening to it again. The characters are good, the plot is good, and it takes me away from boredom.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hypochondria

Today I picked out glasses. It will be a couple of weeks before they come, but at least I'm that far along. A couple of days ago the back side of my head started hurting. I thought maybe I should go to a chiropractor or a neurologist. In case it was an aneurism, I told my husband I love him and not to be too upset if I died. Then I managed to get an immediate appointment with a chiropractor. He said it is apparently the trigeminal nerve and thumped me in the head with an odd syringe-like thing. He said to come back Monday and we'll evaluate the treatment. I apologized for being a hypochondriac and he said it's better to take care of small things then letting something serious progress. He was very nice and so far the pain is gone and I'm not holding an ice bag on my head.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nap

I am not much of a napper but yesterday I took a ten hour nap and an hour nap today. Seriously odd.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Late September

I finally finished cutting back the peonies and weeded a little more. I have a new 18 volt black and decker battery for the battery-operated hand chain saw. It's charging now. Pansies are going to be in two baskets so they can adjust to their new environment. When I take down the angel wing baskets, I'll have the pansy baskets ready to hang.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Doctor's Visit

Today I went to the doctor because it's a month since my cataract surgery. I got a prescription for new glasses. I had intended to eat breakfast at a diner after that and then go to pick out new glasses. But my eyes have been burning and the doctor said the antihistamine I'm taking adds to the dry eye problem I'm having. The doctor also told me to start back on one of the drops because I'm showing inflammation cells in both eyes. So instead of going to a diner and having a nice breakfast and then picking out new glasses, we came back home so I could dig through the garbage. I'd tossed the drops and put them in the outside garbage container which is picked up on Mondays. We got home in time to find the drops (expensive!) and retie the little plastic bag for the garbage pickup.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gourd

Larry cleaned a gourd and wanted me to draw a jack o lantern on it on it. I did, and then he cut the face. Then I painted it orange. I'm not convinced a candle in a dried gourd is a good idea. I guess I'll try it in the driveway with a jug of water.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Crunch

An 18 wheeler backed into me this morning. It didn't hurt me and didn't do a lot of damage to my car but was very upsetting.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Maybe OK

I may have my password problem fixed. This is the first time I've been able to get to my blog in a while and also could not get to anybody's google posts and my email account was iffy. Maybe everything is fixed and will still be fixed tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Stuff

We had a sale at the hospital gift shop Friday, and today when I arrived, I saw the gift shop all decorated for Christmas! The tall, skinny tree is perfect for our small space!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Power Outage

We've been without electricity for over twelve hours now. A neighbor came by a couple of times to get water. Another came by to see if we need water. Apparently the whole county is without power.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Alarm Clock

One of the best things about retirement is not having to set the alarm clock. I set it three times a week because I volunteer two days a week and call Mama at eight on Saturday. I want time to go through my morning routine and have coffee. This week I'll be volunteering three days, taking Larry to the doctor...leaving home at six...and calling Mama. I am not wild about this week.

Cute New Stuff

We are having a sale at the gift shop Friday and we have cute new stuff as well as stuff people have been lusting after since the last sale. This is a candle warmer. The hat comes off and a fragrance tin goes in. It's a great gift for self or others😀

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Flash Flood Warning

We have flash flood warnings from tomorrow through Friday. Looking at the television coverage of tropical storm Harvey's flooding in Texas, I don't see how there could be enough rain left for us.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Three More. weeks

I went back to the eye doctor today. He said I'm doing fine and to come back in three weeks for a prescription for glasses.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Flower Bed Plan

The weather has been nice enough to work at getting grass and ground cover out of this flowerbed. I'm leaving carnations, columbines, and monkey grass. I'm trying to clear space to put the irises back. The irises didn't bloom much this year because the ground cover and grass pretty much smothered the bulbs. I planted the ground cover but ten minutes of yellow blooms aren't good enough to make up for the irises.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Pumpkin




I got this from Kroger. It's too big for a tea light candle! So I ordered a string of battery operated led lights. I can use them again at Christmas.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Soup

An envelope of taco seasoning is a fantastic addition to a tomato based soup!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Flower Box

I love the trailing stuff with the flowers. Dichondra Silver Falls is the trailing stuff and angel wing begonias are the other flowers.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

We experienced a solar eclipse when we were in Germany. It was dark and very noticeable. This was supposed to be about 97% but it wasn't very impressive.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Staying Put

Putting drops in my eyes every two hours is easier if I stay home. I have made a chart for each eye and each set of drops. My vision is improving pretty steadily.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Historical Monuments

I've been thinking about the controversy over historical monuments. I didn't see any monuments to Hitler when we were in Germany.  The thing about these old slave owner monuments is it shows how far our country has come. To deny that progress is taking away from where we ate today. So I'm still thinking I can see both sides of the issue.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mantis

This is only the third praying mantis I've seen this year. It isn't very big and the color is odd.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eye Surgery

Giving written directions to somebody who can't see well isn't wonderful. I'm relying on my memory to get me to tomorrow's appointment. My memory isn't usually bad, but right after anesthetic, it would be nice to have it written in large print! If it is written anywhere, I don't see it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tomorrow

Tomorrow I have my second cataract surgery. I'm seriously tired of the drops. I don't know how long it takes for the eyes yo cleat up after the surgery. I hate the feeling of helplessness when going for a procedure. I hate no food or drink, but I wasn't nauseated after the last one, so I don't have to dread that.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow I have my second cataract surgery. I'm seriously tired of the drops. I don't know how long it takes for the eyes yo cleat up after the surgery. I hate the feeling of helplessness when going for a procedure. I hate no food or drink, but I wasn't nauseated after the last one, so I don't have to dread that.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow I have my second cataract surgery. I'm seriously tired of the drops. I don't know how long it takes for the eyes yo cleat up after the surgery. I hate the feeling of helplessness when going for a procedure. I hate no food or drink, but I wasn't nauseated after the last one, so I don't have to dread that.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Really?

We were watching TV and saw a couple talking about their company. It offers a nonsexual cuddle for $80 an hour. Larry and I talked about it and agreed we'd rather have a massage. That's nonsexual touching.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Poppers

A neighbor brought squash from their garden and poppers. I had forgotten how much I like poppers! My trip to my eye doctor went well. Larry got his hearing aid😀 and was filled with wonder at how much sound he had been missing. He also told me I don't have to talk so loud anymore. I said it might take a while to break that habit. The UPS guy came to pick up the package I wanted to return. Good day. If I'd missed the UPS guy, I'd decided I wouldn't volunteer tomorrow so I'd be home when he came. But we got our appointments in and got home in time for neighbor and UPS! Nice!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Drops

Tomorrow I continue the post op cataract drops and start the pre op drops for the other eye. I have to go back to the doctor so he can check both eyes. I'm not very happy with the high maintenance drops.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sidetracked

I wanted a battery powered pole chainsaw. I found an 8" one. Then I saw a 10 in. one and ordered it. The ten in arrived and I realized I'd gotten sidetracked by the ten inch lure and had forgotten the battery part. It needs a cord. So I have to pay return postage, return the ten inch and order the eight inch battery powered one.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Slept

I took a seven hour nap today. Maybe it was the remnants from the anesthetic used yesterday.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cataract Surgery

I had cataract surgery on my left eye this morning and had to go back this afternoon. They said I'm doing all right but that eye is still dilated so my vision is blurred unless I shut that eye.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stories

When I'm going to have some sort of medical procedure done, lots of people have awful stories to tell.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Feet

Larry had a pedicure yesterday and went to the doctor today to get a prescription for diabetic shoes. Evidently it is a complicated process but he got it started. They have some decent-looking offerings. I thought they would just have ugly ones.

Monday, August 7, 2017

8-7-17

Larry had his first pedicure today. He said it was better than trying to lean over. His toenails were hurting his feet to the point where he was limping. I started drops in preparation for Thursday's cataract surgery. Sometimes drops burn my eyes but these are OK.

Wildlife

This is intended to keep the neighbor's dogs and stray skunks off the porch.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The giant hostas are blooming really well. I like how they look with the other flowers around them.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Why?

We went to the marina for lunch. While we were enjoying our lunch and the gorgeous weather, we noticed the marina was flying a British flag. I asked our waitress why and she said she didn't know. When we went inside to pay, I asked the manager. He pointed out the new owner and explained that he's from England. The manager said they didn't fly that one on the Fourth.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Under the Hood

Dirt daubers were trying to build in the grill beneath the windshield. That was the second day in a row I've cleaned the dried mud out!

Car AC

Freon didn't help. E.G. said it might be the compressor. We talked about symptoms and he suggested I clean under the hood as bits of debris could be blocking the moving parts when I push buttons. If that doesn't help, he is willing to check the solder places on the control panel.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rain Gauge

We had a thunderstorm yesterday evening with lots of wind and rain. I went to check the rain gauge this morning. It was upsidedown. I don't know how much rain we got, but we got a lot of wind.

New Pump Tank

Our pump tank was about to rust through. EG replaced it today. He replaced the fittings, too. We have great water pressure now!

To Do 8-3-17

The spray bottle is round up, one of the plastic jugs is water with a little vinegar for the fountain, the other jugs have liquid fertilizer. The weed whacker is ready to trim around a couple of buildings. That's my outside to do list. Inside I plan to totally dismantle my electronic charger end table. I want to clean the accumulated dust and redo the plugs in the power strip.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Not Fun

I can't connect to Google from my laptop or desktop computer. I can't remember my password. The question I can't answer is when I set up the account. This is the third time I've tried to post this. I'm about tired of technology.

Not Fun

I can't connect to Google from my laptop or desktop computer. I can't remember my password. The question I can't answer is when I set up the account. This is the third time I've tried to post this. I'm about tired of technology.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fall

The new fall stuff has started to come in. I love this one with the metallic rusts and bronzes. It doesn't have a way to light. Up so I didn't buy it. But it is really gorgeous! Yea, fall😀

Hearing Consultation

It has been 24 hours since Larry's hearing consultation. He doesn't have his hearing aids yet but things are better. After hearing an explanation for why he looks angry when I'm trying to talk to him, and him hearing that it hurt my feelings that he didn't want to hear me, we are both trying harder to work around this until his hearing aids arrive. There was a lot more to the consultation, but it was interesting.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hearing Aid

We had an appointment today to have Larry's hearing evaluated. It was very interesting. Part of the test was about how many decibels were needed for him to hear words and part was about how the brain processed what he heard. He ordered a set which will arrive in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mimosas

I like Mimosa trees with their pink flowers. But they seed freely and I spend time every year trying to keep the seedlings out of my flower beds. Today I spent time getting some out of my tire garden. If I don't get them out of my rose strip soon, I'm going to need a chain saw.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lower Humidity

Today was very pleasant because of the lower humidity as well as the lower temperature. My car has stopped making odd noises (thanks E.G.), and he came out to look at our pump. We will be getting a new tank next week.

Wheels to Heels

I took my car to E.G.,s this morning for a little work. It was Larry's turn to sleep so I walked home, about an hour. Walking as a form of transportation isn't the same as recreational walking or even fitness walking.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Poaching Trials

The directions for poaching an egg in the microwave said one minute. It looked odd so I did it another thirty seconds. It was harder than I liked. Today I nuked it for seventy seconds. I guess tomorrow I'll go for one minute.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Insulation and Fan

The outside temperature was 98 degrees in the shade and 71 degrees inside with the air conditioner off but a box fan costing about $20 on. Trying to keep the power bill down without being miserable is my goal. We run the air conditioner at night because it cuts down on humidity as well as keeping the house at a comfortable temperature.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Insulation

The weather station showed 96 outside and 76 inside. The air conditioner wasn't on so the 20 degrees difference was due to insulation. It took a while for me to figure out that opening the windows isn't helpful when it's so hot outside.

Figs

Our fig started producing for the season.  Too bad they aren't low carb!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Air Conditioner

My car air conditioner was reminding me of a sauna. Larry had seen a commercial for AC Pro on television and suggested I get it. The place I went to said freon would be cheaper and he put some in for me. On the way home a belt was squealing about every ten seconds and it wasn't cooler. I stopped when I got to E.G.'s and told him my sad story. He said the compressor was overloaded. He bled some freon off while it was connected to something. As he did it, the air started cooling off. It remained cool as I drove home and the squealing was gone. I hope it still works tomorrow.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I bought a dozen gallon containers of distilled water. My plan is to burn holes in then and put liquid fertilizer in for setting around my roses. I tried one and didn't have a lot of luck. I need a different nozzle for the hose. The water was draining almost as fast as I could fill the container.

Easy Breakfast

I decided on eggs Benedict for today's brunch. I used half an English muffin, two slices of deli ham, a microwave poached egg and knorr hollandaise sauce. I microwaved the egg for a minute and a half. Next time I'll try seventy seconds.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Extended Again

We've been under a heat advisory since Wednesday. It has been extended until Sunday night. The miserable heat index makes it even worse. So I vacuumed and mopped since it was nice and cool inside.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Scary

I took a deposit slip to the bank. I asked the teller which account she'd put the money in. She said the receipt had the number. I didn't see any indication so she looked. She said she hadn't put it in any account and thanked me. She went back and redid it, putting the money in my checking account. I don't know that I'm always careful. That was very disturbing.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peaches

Larry bought another peck of peaches so the ones left from last week's peach purchase were very ripe. Larry doesn't like ripe ones so I trimmed them, added cottage cheese, and had them for dinner😁

Your Turn

Her: Where do you want to eat today?
Me: I picked the last two times. It's your turn so why don't you pick Mallards!
Her:OK.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Round Up

I didn't have success building up enough pressure to spray with this thing I got at Walmart. I finally got it taken apart and used the hand sprayer to the left. Every time I find poison ivy I spray it.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Today's Plan

I intended to finish weed whacking in my tire circle and trimming the long blackberry canes. That part worked. But the round up sprayer wouldn't work so I gave up on that and weed whacked around the tomatoes, eggplants, and asparagus. Then I continued until both batteries were exhausted.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Weed Whacker

It was somewhat overcast today so I decided to use the weed whacker to tidy up the tire garden. The string disappeared so I thought I needed to replace it. I managed to get it apart and saw it wasn't out of string, I just needed to pull some string out and put it back together. I did that and it worked! So I weed whacked until the battery ran out. My next session down there should finish weed whacking, and then perhaps I'll spray round up on the weeds.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tea Towels

I like the tea towels that say funny things. I've gotten them in various places we've visited. This one is in the gift shop at the hospital where I volunteer.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rose of Sharon

This is a light pink double rose of Sharon. A friend gave me a cutting several years ago. She has since passed away but I think of her when I look at this little rose I remember her.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Peaches

They aren't clear seed and I thought they would be. But they are really good.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Long Day

Today I volunteered from 9 am until 3:30 pm. Part of that time was our quarterly meeting. It was a good meeting with everyone willing to participate and cooperate. It's important that everyone feel a part of our process. I was very pleased with the enthusiasm of our volunteers. We only have eight, but they are all active and happy to volunteer and contribute to the community. It's great to work with a group like that.

Monday, July 10, 2017

This and That

A little weed whacking, a little weeding, a little cleaning, and emptying food from the refrigerator made me feel a little productive. Washing the containers took a little more time.  Tomorrow will be taken up with volunteering and our quarterly meeting, so I'm pretty pleased to be caught up around here.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Giant Hosta

The giant hosta is just starting to bloom. I wish they had a sweet fragrance. Failing that, I suppose it's good they have no fragrance at all.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Busy, Busy

Vacuuming and dusting today. I suppose I'll do something useful tomorrow.... or not. I fertilized the porch flowers, too.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Winter hardy Lilies

I have a couple of clumps of these pink lilies. When they have finished blooming, I'm going to separate them and move most of them. They are starting to spread into the creeping phlox.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hold

I was on hold for a long time today and was afflicted with horrid music. It was like background music for a particularly boring life...with occasional static. At the doctor's office, the assistant spoke quite loudly in a small room so I had to ask him to speak more quietly. He didn't adjust much. I guess he gets a lot of patients who are hard of hearing.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

More Rain

I haven't dead headed or weeded for the last three days. It rained my weeding bucket full. It's still thundering and raining. Part of the roads were under water in town and a friend offered to follow me home in case my road was under water. I assured her it wasn't necessary as I wasn't going to drive into water but would go wait it out at McDonald's with coffee and food! But the roads were OK and I made it home without food detours.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth!

We've visited a lot of countries and enjoyed our travels but we ate proud of our country. Part of what pleases me is the knowledge that we have protection of freedom of speech.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Plantain

The first time we had fried green plantains was when a Cuban friend made them. We were usually able to communicate pretty well because she wanted to learn English and volunteered in my classroom. I tutored her some and she wanted to pay. I refused payment saying she volunteered for me which was payment enough. So she brought food sometimes. She was a wonderful cook and a delightful person.