Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Noisy Children

Over the years I've watched parents give in to children just to shut them up. Watching the protests on television reminds me of that. Voters who wanted something different got it with Trump. Will his plans work out? Who knows? He isn't Bush, Clinton, or Obama. Republicans don't seem to like him a lot better than Democrats. Voters were obviously tired of both. I laughed out loud when the temporary AG was fired.
My question is, will the House and Senate recognize that voters are tired of their attempts to run roughshod over the wishes of the electorate?

Monday, January 30, 2017


My new volunteer said she will come for training tomorrow and work on Thursdays. We don't have anybody on Thursdays so that is perfect except she hasn't been unprocessed. If she comes for training tomorrow, I think that will be OK, but she can't volunteer unless they get her unprocessed.

Another Phone Scam

Our local TV station announced a phone scam that begins with "Can you hear me now?" This is an attempt to record your voice saying yes. Just hang up without saying anything.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Phone Scam

My bank doesn't call me. I couldn't figure out why First National Bank would call. I checked and it is a scam.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Larry's Camilla Picture

I couldn't get a good picture of a camilla on the bush, but I was using my Kindle. Larry took this one with his camera. Much better! It is also clear that the bush is loaded with buds. We have pink ones and a white one, but this is my favorite, a double red.

Friday, January 27, 2017

January Flower

The Camillas are blooming now. The leaves are green even though there aren't many green leaves this time of year. This red bloom is my favorite.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lazy Day

It was a gray, chilly day and I spent some of it sleeping! The new mattress is fine for sleeping, which is the important, but sitting on the side to put on my socks is tricky. Well, that's a habit I will change.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Neighbors Helping

We had a dead tree by the driveway. Our neighbor uses wood for heat and hot water. So he came, cut it up and hauled it away. Win, win😀

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Good Volunteer Day

We have a new display table in the gift shop! It looks great and shows off our gingersnaps and the small stained glass lamp.
We also got a new volunteer applicant. She is a recently retired teacher so it was good to see her.

Monday, January 23, 2017


I made a pitcher of tea today for the first time in years. I usually drink water. It's great with lemon or lime, but today it had to be tea!


Today a neighbor came over to help with the new mattress. We got it positioned right side up on the frame. Then he helped me load the old mattresses on the truck. I took them, the box, and plastic to the recycling center and then ran a couple of errands. We won't sleep on the new mattress until tomorrow night, but I am so happy to have that box out of the living room floor and our bed put back together!

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Additional pieces of wood are attached in the bed frame, and glue will hopefully hold the frame pegs. The little piece of paper is there to catch any glue leakage. I'm trying to line up some neighbors to help me with the mattress tomorrow.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Nice Day!

Today we had a blue sky day. The temperature was 71 degrees. I did a little shopping and then we worked some on our poor dismantled bed. A couple of more days of work on the bed frame and we will be ready to put that heavy mattress on the frame. I just hope the work is on consecutive days😀

Friday, January 20, 2017


The guy came out to pressure wash the house today. It took him a while to get everything out and set up, then the pressure washer didn't work. So he loaded everything back in his hatchback and said he would come back on another nice day.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


The alarm clock is set. Tomorrow a guy with a pressure washer is supposed to come early and wash the scummy-looking stuff off the siding. I hope he does a good job.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What's New?

Running my errands as a volunteer at the hospital, people ask what we have new in the gift shop and others within earshot lean avidly to hear. It was a surprise to me to see the interest on their faces😀

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Book

I liked Monsters International by Larry Correia. I recently read Into the Storm, Malcontents. I enjoyed it.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Holidays are confusing. The mail didn't run, but the garbage did. The first year we were here, I almost didn't show up at school on Veteran's Day because it's a holiday. But schools didn't observe it by giving everyone the day off.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Traveling and moving a lot meant I didn't see the same people for long. But we've lived here sixteen years. I see students who have graduated, teachers who have retired, people growing up and growing old. Damn.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


The new coffee maker wasn't working. Larry gave up on it so I unplugged it and pushed the outlet's reset button. Then I couldn't get the plug back in. Child proof plugs are annoying. So Larry got the plug in and used his new coffee pot.

Hip Treatment

Larry's chiropractor had a new treatment for his hip pain. He said it originated from a study on steroid shots. The study compared steroid shots to the area with saline shots. The saline shots were as effective as the steroid shots which didn't make a lot of sense as saline had no effect on anything. Then they tried sticking dry needles into the area. If the needles go into the spot correctly, there is an electric feeling which apparently resets the nerve function. I got this information secondhand so it may not be perfect. But it seems to have helped him.

Friday, January 13, 2017


I took a fan apart today, brushing and vacuuming the thick fuzzy dust accumulation. It took a couple of tries to get it back together. Two more fans to go. My little electric screwdriver is charging now.


I took a fan apart today, brushing and vacuuming the thick fuzzy dust accumulation. It took a couple of tries to get it back together. Two more fans to go. My little electricity screwdriver iis charging now.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Directionality Impaired

I spent about two hours looking for the recycling place today.  I finally stopped to get directions. I had done everything right except one turn.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Interesting Weather

Last week we had temperatures iin the single digits. It's evening right now and the temperature iis sixty eight. It's difficult to figure out how to dress.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Our propane tank was filled today! Our quarterly volunteer meeting went OK. I had a religious discussion with somebody who disagreed with what I said but without acrimony said she didn't agree with me but I'm entitled to my opinion. Yea, tolerance!

Gift Shop

Mostly other people decorate at the gift shop but I put together this display.

Monday, January 9, 2017


I hate it when our propane tank gets low. Our heat, hot water, and stove are all on propane. When it is really cold, we use a lot. The supplier isn't as concerned as I am about running out. I always feel this way when we get down to thirty percent. You have plenty! Now we are down to fifteen percent and I'm wondering if we will !make it through the night. It isn't supposed to be very cold tonight.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snowy Sunday

We still have snow and low temperatures. I thought iit would be a quiet day but somebody was shooting... a lot. I hope they were target shooting. Sometime recently somebody broke into a nearby house belonging to a doctor who had moved away. They trashed the house, stole some fixtures, and left the water on.

Still cold

The temp was 9 when I got up. The moisture on the inside of the greenhouse storm door is frozen. I hope my plants survive.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Dead Heaters and Bailey's

We have a couple of electric heaters we've used in the past. One died sometime before this winter. The other one stopped  working last week. I hope Larry gets a new one for the bathroom because he hasn't showered for a couple of days.
I bought a bottle of Bailey's and decided to have some in my decaf coffee before bedtime. I've been using various OTC sleep aids which haven't been very effective. I decided I like Bailey's and if it works, great. If it doesn't, well the otc sleep aids don't either and the Bailey's is a nice evening drink.

Friday, January 6, 2017


The snow came down really fast this morning and stayed be because it's cold. But the strange thing about my day is I slept off and on all day. I don't remember a day when I slept a couple of hours in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pork Roast Dishes

After cooking a pork roast overnight in the slow cooker, I let it cool completely. Then I used part to make barbeque. Equal parts ketsup and Worcester sauce makes a great barbeque sauce, but I had to add some barbecue sauce from a bottle because I'd guessed wrong on amount and the meat wouldn't have been coated. Then I put it in the oven while i used the rest of the pork to make sweet and sour pork.  So the refrigerator has food ready to warm up and eat for the next few days.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No Presents

We were volunteering at the hospital gift shop today when an employee came in to look at our jewelry. She said she had gotten no Christmas presents at all. So she was going to buy herself something. I asked if she'd gotten Christmas money and she said no. Her husband hadn't gotten her anything, either! I said that was what my husband got me, too. She said next year we should get each other presents! I said, let's not wait. I'll buy you this snap right now and you can enjoy it every time you see it. She thanked us and said, so you're saying he isn't going to get any better? No, I'm saying if you want something, don't wait for him to guess. Get it. If you want flowers for Valentine's Day..get them.

Pork Roast Plans

Last night I put this pork roast in the slow cooker with loads of pepper. This morning ii took it out to cool. I'm getting the rest of the stuff for sweet and sour pork. I'm going to make pulled pork with BBQ sauce with part of it and sweet and sour pork with the rest.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Mattress

This is our new mattress. It is awfully heavy. The box tore trying to get it inside. The bed frame needs work before we unbox the mattress. I hope it is worth all this trouble.

Monday, January 2, 2017


I lost one of the nose pads on my glasses a year ago. I'd looked for replacements but didn't see any that would fit on my old glasses. Finally I went into one of the back rooms behind Walmart's optical section. She replaced both pads, cleaned the lenses, and tightened all the screws...free!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy Holidays

One of the best pats of the holidays is phone calls from our kids! We get calls from them all along, but we get calls from all three on holidays.

Happy Holidays

One of the best pats of the holidays is phone calls from our kids! We get calls from them all along, but we get calls from all three on holidays.