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Well, that is NOT the link I thought I was posting so if interested you'll have to find it yourself!!! I am going to bed!
Love your view, Patricia.... guess I will never get to see Alaska in person during THIS lifetime, but IF I get to be an Angel, I will for sure be floating around that wonderful, wild part of the world! Gorgeous colors in that sunset. My Tiger has the same eyes as Farrah, they really do think, don't they? Tom is just a big old lover, he hums (as Cas called it) so loud, loves to be petted & brushed. I am concerned about his limp, can't see anything & don't want to put him through the trauma of a vet handling him, he is terrified of humans, even my kids and he's seen them all his life. Poor Callie begs to be petted, kind of hops sideways until she is close enough to reach down & with the back of my hand, rub her neck. She flinches if I pet her open handed or reach for her back. Somebody put a fear in her that all these years being with me can't erase. She follows me around outside like a dog, no matter how much I would like to bring her in full time like Tom & Tiger, she doesn't understand the rules & I won't take her hunger for freedom away. She loves being outside. If they haven't been born free I don't think they miss it. All we can do is the best we can do, right?
Mary Ann, I thought that was interesting about the fox-cat on Yahoo. Tom looks a lot like that, but doesn't have the same features exactly. I got a photo of a bobcat sitting in front of the house when we first moved here. I wasn't sure that's what it was but someone knocked on the door & asked if I had seen it. Some time later I saw one "stuffed" & it was about the size of the one at the house, not very big. One time I picked up Tom & stepped on the scales & then weighed myself so I'd have on the same clothes, etc.... Tom weighed about 18 pounds & looks skinny. He eats like a horse. Poor old LaurenKat must have weighed about a pound, doubt if she weighed 2. So tiny. Like people that have been abused, it affects them their whole life.
Jean, I remember the videos you & Larry made of all the birds, especially the water birds. Have you been to the place at or near Ft.Walton Beach advertised as replica of Monet's garden.... https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1DKCZ_enUS801US801&q=Fort.Walton+Beach+replica+of+Monet%27s+garden&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjEjP3LyfniAhUHOa0KHVVaBdQQsAR6BAgFEAE&biw=1359&bih=615 Didn't know it would be that long! When we went it was all but shambles, no flowers left but bridge still there. Nobody around to ask. Just Google Monet's garden replica near Fr.Walton Beach & it comes up, old site but interesting. Thanks for the comments about my visitors, have not seen them this week so guess she is setting on eggs.
Bedtime, it is HOT tonight so will have to keep doors closed & AC on. The cats have me trained to wake up about 3:30 am so will be a short night, as usual. I didn't get much of a nap today, lawn guys came & phone kept ringing.
Gloria, we all do the "same ole-same ole" in our daily lives but still enjoy reading what the others are thinking, right? At this stage most of MY posts are about what goes wrong but I report in anyway, a comfort to get a few comments of sympathy or understanding.... even if I know the eyes are rolling with "how dumb was that???"
Jane, I will match you for aches & pains this morning. I really over did yesterday. Have been cleaning out & re-arranging stuff in the RV & to be honest, did not take out the Missorui-extra electric stuff like I planned. Instead I put some of the stuff in an outside storage & still had room to put in the youngest's canopy. He brought the canopy by last night & checked the roof of the RV... had a big crack in the outer dome over the shower so he duck-taped it until I can get another ordered in. Hope it doesn't leak since it would not come through at that spot but would travel around the inside dome & leak through any spot it could find. Replaced it once, ordered through where I bought the RV & they ordered the wrong size first time so when I had to reorder, I just had #1 son install. This unit is so tall it will catch any low hanging tree limbs & have two trees in my own neighborhood that I keep a warning sign on the steering wheel to watch out for. Have to drive down the middle of the street to avoid. Not sure if hail did the deed this time, but with deductible, I pay, so no claim. Anyway, he forgot to mention any other hail damage if he noticed any.
Andy came by to pick up his camper last night. My garage is sort of full with the Yamaha cycle & now the e-bike between my car & his camper... and my mountain bike still on the other side of my car. So far I have not been on that bike but a couple times this spring. Don't know where the time goes~~ Not sure when Andy plans to leave, his wife wanted new granite counter tops & back splashes put in all 3 bathrooms so he had to do all the prep work to be ready for the granite people to install... they just got back a few days ago from a week in Branson, MO where they had a 3 bedroom "time-share" so took their grands & parents came later. His time off only comes when out camping by himself. He will pack & go when ever he can, hopes to find a spot in a BLM campground that is "first come" only. I'm pretty sure Bobbi stayed in it one time. Not as high as where we have reservations, but think he is a little concerned with a new heart valve this time, so taking altitude changes slower. We never quit worrying about our kids, do we?
Hope Jenn & Bob got home okay. I knew there were delays in flights earlier in the week... some nasty weather that dominoes down the lines. I didn't hear from the lawn guy so guess tomorrow will be mow-day. He usually calls the night before so I can have gates unlocked. The one side of front yard is covered with leaves from the sweet gum tree... & the tree is still so thick you can't miss what was lost. I had to wait for them to dry on the sidewalk so I could sweep, such a mess! I expect they will clog up the grass catchers so more trouble for them.
I've been up for more than an hour so better fix my breakfast & get busy, only had 3 hours & 16 min sleep last night so will need a nap. Got 2 doors wide open (screens), going to be hot for a while. YUCK! The flower seeds I planted a few days ago has not had a chance to come up, one friend said the flowers she planted got shredded with that hail. We live across town & her side got bigger hail than we did (news reports). Wishing all a beautiful day.
Good morning, Amy, wondered where you were. Good luck with your day.
Jenny, I feel your frustration & have walked in your shoes, and like you, backed off because I knew any disagreement would break their hearts (Mom & Dad). After they were gone I was disappointed that the one in charge did not do what our parents had always said they wanted done. Even though I still get upset about it, I know it was right to bite my tongue. Hugs to you & Bob, you are showing your family how to live right, no regrets!
I have ironed a pile of clothes to try on & pick out the most comfy. Got to admit that eating those 2 boxes of Russell Stover turtles the last 2 weeks has added an inch around the middle. UGG..... My bad, MY gotta quit pigging out! The other thing is I have been eating lunch late so don't eat "supper" until 7:30 or 8:00 and for sure, that is NOT GOOD!
This time of year we have to have summer & winter clothes in the same day, even coats in the high country. I finally found everything I was looking for so next step is making sure I don't leave behind what I really need for the road.
We have had so much coming & going lately, with graduations, birthdays & weddings, my poor daughter spent 10 days baby sitting her 2 year old grand while parents & 2 older kids went to Disney world, home less than a week & flying to Seattle to take care of the 5 year old while parents stay with the one year old while she has the tubes put in her ears. Any surgery is always scary & no way to explain to a one year old what it's all about. She has had 9 infections in a year because of this so the doctors said there's no choice. I think it's scheduled for Friday, so prayers welcome for little Ellie.
Good night, Lloyd, you snuck in. I went to Sam's Club today & bought the big 20 oz hot cups to make hot chocolate in when camping. That is one thing I hate to wash out when camping, those mugs left with the chocolate stuck to the bottom. This trip we will throw those cups away!
Sweet dreams to all and God Bless. Shirley
I am watching it hail, some almost ping pong ball size, but jagged so does more damage. Pouring rain so with the heat & humidity it will melt fast. I took video with phone & camera but the iPod is in the other room, it does the best job with video. Cats are all inside. Been taking photos, not sure if any damage on RV or roof, sure shredded a lot of leaves from the trees! Sun is back out & steamy. Looks like more than half an inch is that little while, I emptied the rain gauge yesterday.
Hope you get that AC fixed on your vehicle, Amy, sure been running mine full time. One day the heater & seat warmer & next day the AC. I never adopted a snake.
Amy, for sure the photo of the babies was not the ones ready to fly! I have pics as Barbara & George & later, Rossi, with lots bigger feathers before being able to take off. I vividly remember the first night Barbara & George opted to stay with the other ducks on the river. I was down on the bank with a light, whistling to see if they had changed their minds. They came home next morning, expecting breakfast!
I fixed the babies shredded lettuce, cooked rice & duck/chicken corn & other seeds. It was served on one of those old TV trays of the '50s minus the legs. They would get on the tray & stomp the food & slurp it up... I would fill the tray with water. As they got older they would bring wild friends to the back door to share food. Some where I have lots of photos of critters we raised, besides the ducks. A bluejay & 2 starlings, meadowlark, all given the option of going back to the wild.
The robin that stayed with us for 8 years was grown when I first noticed it sharing the little ducks food tray. Have no idea how old she was, but she thought of us as family. She lived in the wild & migrated every winter, but made sure she let us know when she returned in the spring. Life doesn't get much better than having wildlife trust us. It is a lot of work & as long as they depended on us for food, we had to take them when we traveled. Thanks for the link, fun to read what others have done.
Been up & down twice so will stay up now. Reading back over, forgot to mention in earlier post that I also found a lot to take in with that link you posted, Amy! I bookmarked to save to read over & over, but did give me an idea what to try on that ground ivy that is running wild in my front yard. It is awful to see it covering the lava rock across the front of the house, have huge chunks that sit on the smaller rock, used to look so nice. Have the big concrete bird bath that sits in one spot that all the wildlife loves to clean up & drink. Don't want to put down anything to harm the wildlife but weed whipping is not good as it slings the small rock every direction. Anyway, thanks for the link! Sorry about Kyle's boo-boo.. those blood thinners can sure make a mountain out of a molehill/scratch! Eliquis not so bad but since I can't take that with artificial valve, I stick to my full 325 aspirin but don't take that every day. Sure had a terrible reaction to Plavix & the other blood thinner B???
Lloyd, I swear you must have bailing wire holding your body together! Sounds like you have had great doctors along the way to not be paralyzed. Stay safe.... I think I am lucky that you are heading north east & I will be driving west so we don't run into each other. Some day maybe we can plan to camp in the same Corp of Engineer campground down near Warsaw, but hope you & Nancy are parked before I get there, not sure you are safe backing that thing in!!! I'm teasing, you know. Does Nancy like camping in the woods or do you only go to the commercial campgrounds? I get fair TV where I camp but also have a DVD player attached to each TV and daughter gave me a whole basket full of DVDs that she knew I would enjoy, so as long as I have electricity I am happy. No electricity in Colorado but we keep busy enough to never be bored, even when my sons are not camped in the site next to mine.
Gloria, hope you get a good back rub today. Do you have one of those massage cushion seats? I've worn out 3 of them & the last one I bought didn't go all the way to my neck so doesn't do as much good. Better than nothing! Those big jack rabbits are what I remember best about AZ & NM.... even southern CO had them. We had them when we first built a house west of Wichita but they eventually got killed off. Couldn't grow a tree until they were gone. I had heard to plant garlic around a young tree but didn't slow them down, they just reached over. The wind was so bad we didn't put chicken wire around, but in this area we have to put it around young trees to keep the beaver from munching down.
Jane, I pulled that stunt one time & didn't dare tell my kids.... scared me when I realized what I did & since have been "religious" about double checking garage & house doors! I do sleep with my bedroom door open but okay with being right there & nobody could sneak past me! Sounds like you have taught that new stove a few tricks about cooking your way already.
Joy, you are as bad as me with a new "toy" that just sits there! My new bike is protected from a cat that shall remain nameless, from shorting it out with her appreciation. So much trouble to unwrap to ride a few minutes to get more comfortable riding further from the house... so I am waiting until after our trip to the mountains, since I can't take it with me. I don't want to bang my knees up before going, old ladies don't look good with Band Aides all over their legs! I do wear knee length pants around the campground & slightly longer when we go into town. Get busy with that IP... I may get one to help with the food fests for the family. Not by 4th of July, most will be in town for that but meats get grilled for that & most want fresh veggies & fruit to much before the fireworks start. Plans are in the works for early Thanksgiving & pretty sure I will do the turkey & turkey & noodles for that.... but the slow cook in the oven is best for that (I'm too old to learn how to do that any other way).
Phyllis, I love candied sweet potatoes & bet what you did with the IP could work in my old pressure cooker, just pressure till tender & then add the brown sugar. I would still have to peel them before cooking, but would be faster. I do have a vivid memory of when we first got back from England & Mother gave me her extra pressure cooker. I had it full of pinto beans & the first goof was when I was wasning the beans before cooking & the lid slipped & let a whole bunch of those beans go down the drain. Cas had to take that whole "neck" under the sink apart that night, before they swelled. Never did that again but your talking about waiting for it to stop hissing reminded me of the time I walked past the stove & popped that dinger off without thinking.... & it blew bean juice to the ceiling & dripped back behind the stove. What a mess! I was maybe all of 23 or 24 at the time so couldn't blame any of it on OLD AGE!!! I did learn respect for the pressure cooker.
Jenn, so happy to read your father is doing so well, no doubt you being there was the best medicine! Nice of Bob to handle some paper work while there. I already have mine simplified for the easiest transition to next stage for me. This morning I am giving serious thoughts about staying here to take care of cats. Tom found his own breakfast & when Tiger woke me up about 3:30 am to come in, Tom was not interested in MY offerings. I fed Tiger & Callie & they went back out so I got some more zzzzzzzs. This is not smart because now it it hot out & I do have some outside chores to do, including cleaning up the left overs that Tom didn't eat.... right by the step on that grass carpet! ICK!!! The trees are still, sun bright & it is steamy to open the door. Will put a load of laundry & decide what to do next. Your father is the age of my brother so give him a hug & pep talk for me! My brother was very concerned about being short winded but decided if he just paced himself & sat down every so often, he could still do all that yard work he loves. Took down a grape arbor & planted pots & pots of flowers everywhere this year. He & his wife go flower shopping every spring & their yard looks like a picture. My father was born in 1898 so June 15 would have been quite a few years older than yours...
Have a great day, everyone.... I'd better get to work or it will be lunch time & only thing I've done is eat & sleep.
Wheeee, Callie, Phyllis & Larry, you got here first so quick cracks .. & I'm off & running. Will be back later in the day to help y'all solve the problems of the world.
Larry, I have a one track mind & still thinking about what you said "the other day"..."The nurse assured me yesterday that as long as my oxygen stays up in the high 90's, which it seems to do, I really don't need to use the oxygen but have it in case I start having pain or a lot of shortness of breath." My oxygen level used to be (before replacing the valve & 3 by-passes) 98 or 99, when I would check when Cas was alive. I never thought anything about it until I took his finger-thingy that checks oxygen to CO with me & after driving out by myself the year we lost LaurenKat, with nightmare of cat screaming to stop & potty, & finally getting into a place to stop for the night... found oxygen was at 74. It went up to 83 after a few days. So I have checked it fairly often (maybe once every few months), it ranges from 92 (tonight) to good days of 94-96. So now I am concerned that you are running in the upper 90s so wondering why mine is this low. Any thoughts? I am really happy to see how high yours is & so pleased with how good you are doing, and am impressed with the great care you are getting. I am sort of uneasy about my next trip to the "high country" but won't back out now, but will not push doing too much. I realize my doctors aren't sure what to do with or for me since I can't take pills, but they also don't explain the boundaries of MY problems. You have made me think & understand so much with explaining your situation. Thank you again!
Past my bedtime but watching an old western that I haven't seen before & want to see how it ends. Had a nap today that got me my full 6 hours sleep, (that is what I have my Fitbit set on as sleep need). I am also concerned about Tom tonight, he was out all day, not sure where he was hiding, but he came in limping tonight. Not real bad but a sore leg or joint. No sign of blood or a fight so not sure what happened to him, but don't think he could win a chase if a coyote or whatever came after him. He is not a good climber like Tiger. Think everyone is asleep by now to will check in tomorrow. Shirley
I really like that quote, Jane, copied to send to all the grands in their birthday cards! I've always enjoyed how wise people are, their original thoughts that mean so much. Thank you!
So far I fed everyone in sight (including me), dipped out the leaves, added chlorine tablets to the floaters & started the pool, will vac tonight. Cut down the little trees that were growing on the back side of the pool pump enclosure & put the stuff on that goes down to the roots to make sure they don't grow again, got out my hoe & chopped around to spread the flower seeds, watered them in, scrubbed the utility room floor where the litter box is that Callie uses. She uses the litter box for poop but insists on the "piddle pads" to wet on & even though they have a plastic lining, the floor gets wet. Darn cats, they play out all day & night but come in to potty, I'm sure they think they are doing ME a favor!
Had a coffee break with 2 slices of angel food cake (daughter's diet says that is an okay sweet). Got to cut my hair today so am debating whether to do that or nap first, but since I'm washing a load of towels, don't want to shower when the washer flips from hot to cold water. After 30 years living here I have never showered when the washer or dish washer was running, but "back in the old days".... my shower would turn from freezing to scalding on it's own. Napsville, here I come~~
WE also had a Victory Garden in the back yard & a plot on a farm outside the city limits. Had a pen full of chickens & thought it was so neat when we got to go to the feed store & pick out the printed bags for a "broomstick" skirt. The wind is still blowing hard, sun shining but clouds down Callie's way. Have not heard a weather report. My eyes are closing so better get the body horizontal. I really can't sleep sitting up. Have a great day, everyone!
Loved every one of the thoughts & funnies, Bubble.... graphics "right on" with the young Dads. Still giggling about the translation. Had not thought about Eleanor Roosevelt for a long time so was thinking about the many "sides" of her, talked about when I was young. Don't think she had an easy life, was the impression I've had, but don't think I have read much that she actually said or thought. Thanks for all you do.
Amy, we had a little rain but LOTS of thunder & lightning. Sounded like when I was a kid, that thunder kept rolling from one end of the sky to the other. Still cloudy & see lightning to the south, not sure what direction is it going. My local weather radar (on computer) changed this week & have not found another site I like as well. This won't let me see what Callie is sending us, I'm sure it is my lack of understanding how to set it. I'm still thinking of planting these 4 packs of mixed flower seeds in a space between my front porch, sidewalk & driveway. The original owners had landscape people that put down layer after layer of black plastic without removing any of it... but weeds come through & now I have several different kinds of flowers that are blooming so pretty & think a mass of flowers would be perfect for that spot. Got to dig out my hoe & not sure where it might be, think the last go around with yard stuff & finding room for all the toys & tools, we put tools in a storage shed that housed 2 of the riding mowers that I got rid of. It has spiders in it.... hate going in it. Not sure if it is too late to plant, but crazy weather & seasons so will try! You take care, sounds like you have your body in a twist, hope the treatments fix you up.
Jane, did I read you got a glass top stove? I'm surprised you don't use gas, as much as you cook. The glass tops do look nice but I've only had one electric cook top & never got the hang of it staying hot after being turned off. This house had electric & since I was settling for so much I didn't want, a gas stove was going in "if I'm going to cook". When we built a house we put in a gas cook top but electric double ovens. When I was house hunting in Kansas City the end of the day the real estate lady showed me a house with electric double ovens & built in microwave with browning unit between the ovens... and gas cook top. I told her that "this is my house & don't need to look any further". It was the only one I showed Cas & we signed the papers that day. Loved it but Cas was not thrilled with the yard. We had the same "acre plus" that we were leaving but this one had huge trees like a park, right in the heart of KC, little town called Leawood. The house was one of the original KC splits, 4 levels to match the rolling hills & was the only house facing 97th street on that side. The house "next door" had that corner but faced the other street. I drive by my house about every time I go through KC, don't like the changes the new owner made. Did not take long before Cas bought the leaf picker upper that went with his riding Allis Chalmer mower. We planted trees when we built but that whole area had been a wheat field with a road cut down the middle. The jack rabbits munched off the young trees as fast as we could plant (we were the 5th house built). Anyway, I loved those trees but can't get enough to grow here.
Shut up, Shirley, get busy. Cats ate & wanted out since they stayed inside during the storms. The ducks didn't show up again this morning (or yesterday), so I'm guessing she is setting on her eggs. I need to go turn on the pool & vac today, but better get dressed first!
Rise & shine, Every Friend... 'tis another week end. They sure roll around fast, don't they?
Oops, good morning Gloria & Jane. Sounds like you girls are in better shape this morning. I have 2 unhappy cats, Tom & Callie were so anxious to go out they didn't eat all of their tuna & salmon, just came back in to finish eating & found that Tiger had cleaned out every bowl. This is her favorite meal so I give her a tad more anyway. Tom & Callie usually finish up her supper, their fav foods. None of them ever go hungry. Time for me to eat & not go back to bed this morning. Cool right now, near perfect for me.
Amy, I've been trying to remember the sequence of events with ducks & think this stage is when laying the eggs. When she sets on the nest she only gets off about every 3 or 4 days to clean up & stretch. When she is laying eggs she cleans up every day after "giving birth". We raised Barbara & George, it was George that had the nest in the pool area but only one of the 11 eggs hatched. She left us with that baby (Rossi) & built another nest on the front porch of a neighbor. They decided to protect her from the coyotes or whatever, built a fence around that she could fly out of but nothing could get in. Trouble was, she was trapped when some animal pushed that fence down. The neighbor found feathers & blood. But we still had Rossi to care for & that duck lived about 8 more years. She would lay in the front yard all summer, had a couple different mates. Cas would walk her back to the river at night that last summer, so nothing could catch her when on land. She even had a gray feather on the back of her head, true! She did have babies one year and would bring them to my "landing" and would eat the food I took to her & slept while I watched her babies. Cutest pictures but sadly, Bill & Hillary (her babies) didn't last the summer. During a high water period only one came with her so that one became "Billary"... and we never knew if it made it to adult-hood. We never went looking for critters to raise, but Cas thought we had a sign on the roof that said, "Sucker". He enjoyed having the ducks around, would follow him where ever he was working in the yard & would go to sleep on the towel he kept on hand to wipe his hands or face. Finally he started carrying their own towel with him so they could nap while he worked. I do think that summer he replaced more sprinkler heads that needed, but he loved watching them & had just retired.
Great to read the good news about your dad this morning, Jenn.... Three cheers for him! I also turned in the bonds that still had Cas' name on them thinking it would be more trouble for the kids. That felt so good I turned in the bonds just in MY name since all CDs are "pay on death" for the 3 kids. Tell your dad that "a chocolate malt to gain weight is NOT BAD MEDICINE!" Years ago I bought a little malt maker & Cas loved it when I would fix him one with just ice cream, milk & a squirt of Hershey's chocolate (or strawberry) syrup. Bet it might even taste better if ice cream put into one of the choc or strawberry protein drinks. My dad's favorite food was a chocolate malt & French fries. Glad the CA kids found a new home & ready to pack up. When that little one gets in school it won't be so easy to move so hope they find their perfect place before then. Such a lot of work, don't envy them. We didn't think anything about it when that age, right?
Need to take trash out to the street. They won't pick up at the garage door except for one neighbor that was "grandfathered". I need to take my loppers & cut off the blooming stalks of yucca, they are starting to drop & so messy. All my lawn guy does is ride the mower & trim a little. He only charges $40 a week but some months there are 5 weeks & seems like a lot. When 2 of them work it takes about 15 minutes & this is just their part time earnings. Anyway, I need the exercise.
Cats had breakfast & back out to watch the sun come up. Cloudy this morning & nippy, feels good to me. ONWARD!!!
Oops, two of you snuck in while I was typing. Amy, hope you are okay, you really do time & a half every single day so hope the chiropractor is "maintenance" & not bad? And, Jane, does it seem our hair grows faster in the spring? I looked in the mirror this morning & realize I am shaggy but have trimmed a little every time I wash it. Need a good going over, I guess. Guess I need to check out local strawberries, this is the season, isn't it? I remember my aunt saying that she "looked for bargains the week before Memorial Day because stores didn't want to hold them over during a holiday week end." Trouble is, "they" switch holidays around & not sure when that day was 65 years ago.
Life is good, isn't it? Just got to appreciate what we have & not what we've lost. I can smell your strawberry jam all this way, Janie, & makes my mouth water! I don't really make "jam" but when I have more strawberries than I can eat I put them in a bowl & whip them with the mixer, add plenty of sugar & cook down. I don't use anything to thicken except the sugar but it tastes wonderful on buttered toast.
Phyllis, I am north of the river, the bike path is on the other side but I can ride my bike on my street to busy 21st & have sidewalks to ride on until I reach the bike paths. I can travel those all over town & will give it a go as soon as I get time to practice a little on my dead end street. The couple next door is having a garage sale so not a good time to be whizzing around. Our zoo gets lots of praise so thanks to your brother & wife for their part.
Larry, I don't do any banking online, I know it's crazy to keep all my passwords on a Word Pad, & did print it off once, but so many changes since so I never deleted the original & remind myself that "they gotta be desperate if they come after me". When I shop Amazon I use gift cards & the credit card I used at first is years out of date. I don't even check my medical records online. I don't trust the "black side" of computer anything. Glad you have realized how neat it is to just do what you want, when you want! Wish I had your will power to be organized, I have a bad habit of bumping into another project & taking off in a different direction, forgetting what I had started. I'll worry about it tomorrow... My daughter did bring me a small book for passwords.. a Louis Vuitton to match the purses & tote she gave me. I hated to write in it since passwords have to be changed so often. She loves that stuff & just recently bought the big LV steamer trunk for her family room, sort of coffee table. Gorgeous, she can afford it, has worked hard to get those things. All 3 worked their way through college & I'm proud of them, nothing was handed to them... and they still love us.
Amy, my poor little Encore has been running around with the check engine light on since I pulled out of the dealer's parking lot when they changed oil several weeks ago. Just have not had time to take it in, pretty sure not a serious problem (it's their fault). You do make me feel guilty taking such good care of your vehicle.
Cats have had their "midnight snack" early & laying around the pool. Tom started his howling so I looked to see what was in "their space". That black & white feral I call Tuxedo was creeping up to see if there was anything to eat. I didn't walk them down to the river to put out leftovers so guess that is who has been eating them. Now & then I see it laying in the pool area with the others, like I won't notice an extra cat. The lady down the street said she has tried to encourage it to come eat at her house so I am not trying to feed it here. I can't bring myself to throw food in the trash that some animal can eat, but do take it down to the river & not feed near the house.
It is cool again tonight, got the door wide open but screen shut. The cats recognize & keep an eye on me all the time. When I go to the bedroom they move over to that area & watch through the sliding doors. No houses behind so I don't close the drapes, don't walk around with lights on, either. I do have dusk to dawn lights that burn all night so the pool area is always bright. I'm comfortable even with the sliding door open for fresh air because there are 2 fences someone would have to get over before getting to my door, & that Ruger with it's lazer is right with me. All of the sliding doors have an extra sliding storm door so anyone breaking in would have to go through a series of 3 doors (including screen) to get inside. For sure I would hear that noise, besides the new gates on the pool area are tricky to open & padlocks on the outside fence gates. Might say "over kill" but all the safety features were in place since we were broken into the year after we moved here 30 years ago. That's my story.
Much too long but not going to delete.... Sweet dreams to all and to all a good night! Love ya... Shirley
And I am happy to see them use it, Jane. THEY don't use a lot of sunblock to mess with the chemicals! For some reason they are neat around the pool, as well.
Thank you for resizing & posting, Bubble, you do such a good job.
You did that so fast, Bubble, took me a second to realize that was ME! Thank you. I really have gotten a kick out of these "kids" showing up every morning for their bath & quality time. They are so busy raising little ones & having another family being created, would never have understood if not having watched "Barbara & George" all those years ago.
Pays to have diapered that salesman, huh, Jane!
Cheers for Jenn's dad! Good job, buddy!
Cats have had their last meal of the day & I filled the bowls of the dry food so they can snack whenever they are inside & still hungry. It is about dark so, nice & cool so they are ready to roam. We walked down to the river, still muddy but water is in the "old" bank. Now it has a small stream that runs along that old bank, then a sandy beach where the trees started growing a few years ago & we cut a path through to reach the water. Rivers constantly change, maybe this will continue to go down the rest of the summer so I can have my woods back & walk out to feed the fish. You would never guess that I am just down river from the zoo, up river from the tourist "Cowtown" & Botanica & maybe a mile from downtown Wichita.
I got out the weed whip/ Black & Decker battery one that Cas bought me before he died... actually, I wore that one out & bought another just like it. Started out being used down along the river/ flowers, but this last year been trimming the berm & even the ivy that grows up the brick on the garage. I just keep it trimmed about knee high so I don't have to pull it down when it goes up too high. The lawn guys don't do anything to the berm or that end of the garage, just trim along the edge. I am playing it smart, have some rain boots that I can step into & I spray OFF on the boots & so far it keeps the bugs from hopping up my legs. Fleas, ticks & mosquitoes are thriving with all this rain and we did NOT have a hard winter.
Larry, my heart almost stopped when you told about losing your passwords. I keep mine on a WordPad & did print it a couple years ago but have made lots of changes since so know what a disaster it would be to lose. Right now both sons are out of town & daughter drove back to St.Louis today, so if anything goes wrong with a computer, I am up a creek! Glad you are able to enjoy eating again. I happen to like to eat, never did as a kid, only ate because my mother begged me to & made me feel guilty when I didn't. When Cas was alive he didn't want to eat out so I would go get whatever looked good on TV or cook what sounded good to him & we ate at home. Now I go pick up or cook what sounds good to me & eat at home in front of a TV. Life is good & stay busy. Right now I'm doing the search & charge batteries for cameras, lights & everything that goes camping. I discovered today that my GPS "on/off" switch won't work. Bad news since I just bought new batteries for it & they were not cheap (like $50 each). It is a hand held that I can pick up & make sure I'm on the right highway when detours or changes in the highways. I have no sense of direction, Cas used to test me to see if I knew which way to go when we stopped for gas. Not a joke, I can't tell if I'm not on a highway I know.
Joy, my GP doctor doesn't bother making appointments ahead for me... just waits until I have a problem & then we talk about what tests need to be run, etc. The cardio makes appointments for whatever Medicare dictates. Glad your check up went okay & no more visits until next year!
Gloria, I was wondering if Regina can get trees to grow around the house. I am not familiar with what grows in that area, but I am a tree planter & can't handle the sun. The one great grand came back from FL all broke out from the sun, in spite of all the sun block, etc... she is the one with the dark hair & nobody would expect have a problem with sun, but we can't change what our body dictates. My father used to pass out from sun... went through 2 or 3 weeks of tests at the hospital in St.Louis & all they could tell him was, "you are allergic to sun rays so stay out of the sun". He had plenty of trees in their yard so would stop in the shade or do yard work early or late in the day.
Jane, I thought strawberry season was over, guess you are that much further north.... I will check out the farmer's market this Sat... wish we had an Amish store... got Mennonite meat store & last time I was at the farmer's market I did see a stall that was Mennonite run... forgot about that. I haven't had a good chiropractor for years.
Lloyd, my neighbor that died last year had a big kettle that she kept pansies in all summer. When they went out of town I would go water them every day & loved all the different colors.
Better get to bed. Need to get some extra jobs done tomorrow. Sweet dreams to all.... Shirley
WOW, Jean, never heard of it before but bet he had a good fight to land it! Any idea what it weighed? Congratulations to him. I do like fresh caught fish but don't get that often around here (sadly, local fish contanimated).
Callie & Tiger had enough & came in, bumpy out there right now. Sweet dreams to all. Shirley
Glad I got up to let cats in, will go back to sleep with a smile on my face at your happy post, Jenn! I was almost dreading what you would find when you got there so especially nice to hear he is doing so well. Give him an extra hug from one in Kansas that's been praying for him!
Tom & Callie came in but so far Tiger is still out & about. She is not afraid of storms like Tom. Callie was right there when I opened the door, bless her heart, she wants to be family so bad & it breaks my heart that I can't trust her to travel with us. I am really dreading pulling out of the driveway and seeing her waiting by the garage door. She would go crazy locked inside the RV for a week, no idea what she might do just starting the engine. Well, she wanted back out so is sitting under the overhang watching it rain. Plenty places to stay dry. Tom crawled under the couch so he doesn't see the flashes of lightning & hear the thunder.
Jane, hope your new stove arrives early in the morning. I do understand customers needing AC must come first. When ours went out we shopped for which ever company could get here first. Replaced that AC 3 times in 30 years, guess they don't have much of a warranty. The last time that company did it right & Cas was satisfied, neither unit (AC or furnace) had gone out, he thought the AC was noisy & when he decided to replace he went with a company like your son's & got better service.
Guess I'd better go back to bed, had a couple naps today & not sleepy. Been a crazy week for sleeping, I usually can go right back to sleep if a storm or cats gets me up, I aim for 6 hours & will nap when I don't get that much. I think I'm just getting lazy & enjoy the naps.
Lloyd, so far I've never needed the AC any colder when driving, even when we went to the northwest during summer months in the little Rialta. This year I found some new sun shades that just cling to the windows without suction cups, so I can press them on & keep the sun from hitting my skin. I never wanted the side windows tinted because I take photos when driving, these shades are fantastic. As short as I am, the visors don't help much so last trip I even slid one of the clings up under the visor & it stopped that setting sun from blinding me. I don't go anywhere when it's really hot but generally go to the mountains in the summer and to Missouri when colder. In MO I do have electric hook ups but only when absolutely necessary to stay in a commercial campground do we have electricity in CO. Frig & freezer run on propane as well as the stove & oven. Most nights in the high country it gets down to the 40s so very comfy. I don't watch TV or DVDs at all when in CO but do in MO. I am easily pleased, glad to be out in the woods & thankful when everything is running okay! Good luck with your next trip, we will be heading west between now & 4th of July, got to be here for the 4th. Everyone gets together to shoot fireworks & the "big kids" (in their 50s & 60s) enjoy as much as the little great grands!
Larry, great to see your cheerful posts & what a benefit Hospice has been. Sure wish someone had mentioned that for Cas, think it would have made a difference in those last couple years. All the doctors did was keep adding more pills and that didn't help. I think we have all benefited from your being so open and explaining. When my cardiologist put down I have CHF (when I asked him to get me off the list for jury duty), it was kind of a shock to see it in print. Mine will take a little different path because of being the valve, but it takes a head adjustment to accept "what is, is".
Oops, here comes another round of thunder & lightning.... may as well have something to eat while Mother Nature gets this out of her system! You know that song, "red & yellow, green & blue... ?" only this radar is red, yellow green and purple! Not sure if I hear hail or just hard rain, better look. Y'all behave. Shirley
Jean, I was sorry they didn't show up better so read back over Bubble's note about size.... I had sized them to the longest at either 400 or 500 & see she said 800. My camera size comes out such huge files it is hard to resize except with PSP, & I only have one computer with it working (this one I bought the PSP 19 for but can't get it working right). The clouds looked much more fierce in real life as well as on the large files. Jack used to be surprised at how wide open spaces we have to show clouds. Sure miss his posts & pics!
These clouds were a week ago but been SO busy. Had to wait until I had time to play with the old computer with Paint Shop Pro to see if I could resize & post without pestering Bubble. Here goes! I may not have gotten them in the Gallery in the right order, deleted quite a few but thought these were different enough to show how quickly the sky can change in one short span of time.
Checking in, one of those nights when I had a mixed up meal of snacks but not a filling "supper" so knew I was in trouble for sleeping. Up about 3:00 & had breakfast of oatmeal, 1 hard boiled egg, slice of white & one of oatnut toast & cup of coffee. Then I went back to sleep another couple hours. Tiger was at the door so came in to eat with me but Tom & Callie waited until my next breakfast.
Larry, I'm still giggling at them bringing you a child's potty chair...(slight exaggeration) sorry about that, but "life happens". Now you & we know how our little ones feel about being put on chairs that don't fit good, right? Have you tried the Ecco sandals (best price is Zappo's).... good support, adjustable everywhere (back heel, over toe & arch), cushy under the feet & all I wear except tennis shoes which are too hot in summer. I have fat feet & short toes, move fast & have a little fatty tumor on the bottom of one foot so can't wear hard insoles. I buy the Yucatan (for women) they make them for men, fairly expensive but think worth the price to have feet not hurt. I've pulled the same stunt about thinking I had ordered, "where is it?" but discovered still on the order page.
Gloria, when I got married & left for England my mother admitted years later that was the hardest day. She said she knew she would have to have her sons leave to go overseas for military duty, but NOT her daughter. Back then we didn't use phones or have any means of contact except letters, so didn't hear her voice for 3 years. It was agreed when my brothers were in the service that "bad news" would never be sent until the call when on the way home. When my brother & his wife met us in NY after we got off the troop ship, it took hours of waving from the ship, with them on the dock before we could talk. The whole time I had tears streaming down my face as I held my 13 month old girl, wondering if I would get bad news about somebody missing at home. Husbands & wives were separated at that time but a wife standing next to me offered a word of sympathy so I explained my tears & that they were both happy and fearful. By the time my daughter was transferred to the NW, we had cell phones & computers to keep contact, but no Facebook or such then. My sincere sympathy for the miles between you & Regina yet, but at least you have Skype. Hugs.....
I'll join the rest of you talking about feet swelling... but mine is from humidity & will go away if I can cool my feet down. I have the hottest feet & hands, people flinch when I shake their hand... & feet will leave a puddle if I'm barefoot. Doctor says, "good circulation"... so do nothing but have to wash them a lot. 20 Mule Team borax works great for inside shoes, have one son that got my feet & kept a salt shaker of borax handy to sprinkle in his shoes to help odor as he was growing up. Now he buys odor-eaters.
It is nearly noon & I am not dressed! My oldest son & family headed to Branson this morning, for a week, taking their 2 little grands. The parents are coming later in the week so will be a special time for all. My daughter goes back home on Monday & the youngest son has to also go out of town for the week. Should be a quiet time but have lots to do to organize the RV. Like Lloyd, fixing it up is playing house & fun to have new toys to play with. I got some new grilling things since the boys love to grill over the wood fire, one son bought a new type projector to watch videos at night (in "their" camper, using a battery that charges all day with solar), they try to "one-up" each other with the latest gadgets. Thoroughly enjoy the time together. Almost lunch time so better get a move on, have laundry to do & a whole list of other things... and here I sit! May even work a nap in since I still don't have my 6 hours of sleep.
Amy & Jane, my daughter & I tried to get my new e-bike up the ramp into the RV but since I want to be able to do it by myself, and can't.... I'm not going to try to take it. I'd really enjoy it at campgrounds in MO but only if not too much trouble. It is heavier & kind of awkward to get the wide handlebars through that side door & make the turn onto the floor. Not worth the trouble! That's okay, I will certainly enjoy it around here, have bike paths to the zoo & joining park, all over town. And it is legal to ride those paths as well as sidewalks. Much safer than my little Yamaha Chappy, street legal & very short to be around cars! Anyway, at peace with knowing I can't take & not waiting until the last minute to find out.
I'm stalling......work, work! Joan was always giving me demerits.
Jenn, hope your father has a good day & your plans for visiting go smoothly. How can life be any busier??? Shirley
Jenny, is spite of his being contrary, wanting to go home, that is a good sign to me that he thinks he is strong enough to take care of himself and willing to fight for his rights and not just give up. Not knowing if he would understand that "if he cares for Diane, he needs to consider that if he fell (because he needs to strengthen his muscles), that she could have a stroke or heart attack trying to help him up..... and he wouldn't want that for her". I do think we all can get distraught enough and maybe even medication inhibits thinking that the only focus is on getting home. I am so glad that you will be there to help get him home, kind of a special happening that the best plane fare was best time for helping him. This also gives time for "the kids" helper to get into sort of a routine before you are gone.
I'll have to tell you a little story my mother would tell me when things didn't go right. Probably you've heard it before. About the little boy waiting for Christmas morning, praying to God to help him wake up early, help him get down the steps fast so see what Santa brought. He woke early, raced to the steps and stumbled as he was rushing down. He turned around and spoke to God, "I prayed you would make me faster but you don't have to PUSH!" Hope you can reason with your dad so he will be more patient... Sorry to say, my father did great when he had all the people around to help him, but not so good without their pushing. My Dad was so proud when the nurses & doctors bragged about how well he was doing, especially for his age. I kid you not, he strutted down that hall to show off! Prayers for you, Bob, your father, Diane... and the people trying to help.
Cats got me up with these pop up storms, they want out & about the time I doze off, wanted back in. I opened the slider for fresh air & Tom can reach all the way up to the handles but his toenails catch on the screen & I finally got up to come in this other end of the house to let them in and close them off from my bedroom. They all 3 came in & turned right around and wanted back out. Radar showing lots of red, yellow & green scattered all over the state, moving all directions. I'm going to try for another couple hours sleep instead of having breakfast first. Bacon & eggs does sound good, though.
I think my mother's was a Coke bottle, greenish color... with a piece of rag tied around the aluminum sprinkler neck so it wouldn't leak. Mom would sprinkle the clothes, roll them up tight & put in a bushel basket until she ironed next day, that way they were damp all over. The basket was lined & she put a cover over for the night. I don't remember a morning that she wasn't up first, had a hot breakfast on the table, Dad's lunch box ready with the thermos lid off to let the coffee cool a little before she put it on. Dad never left the house without Mom standing at the open door to kiss him good-by. The rest of us were up & dressed for the day, school or summer time, breakfast over & the day started. Dad worked in the Signal Department of the Missouri Pacific Shops. He was my hero & wasn't anything he couldn't do or fix. What Dad couldn't/didn't do (sewing, etc), Mom could & did. Those were hard days & years and I wouldn't want to change or forget a minute of it. WWII ended when I was 10 years old, but we never forgot.
I'm not sure my eyes are the real problem or I'm not getting the right prescription for glasses. My central vision is where I need the strongest for distance, but I have to take glasses off to read, even a little of that adjustment is wrong for reading, but can read the tiniest print without. Bifocals didn't work because they are for less than arm's length & that doesn't work for seeing the dash of the car. I'm thinking I need to find a different eye doctor. Can't solve the problem tonight so think I'll go to bed! Sweet dreams to all.
Back to eyes, Gloria, Mary Ann, who else has a hard time reading??? I used the Arial Black on that first part & just Arial on this... NO BOLD. Which works best for y'all?
Okay, pick on the old lady that can't see...... , I must not have had my glasses on & do have a problem because I have to take them off to read but if "arm's length" it is a gamble. Went back & looked & sure nuff, it is a deer! I don't blame that deer one bit for hanging out in that lush garden, a beautiful spot. By the way, when I went back to look, I did realize that I had looked for the head at the wrong end... what can I say?
I ordered a dog ramp to get that bike up the steps into the side of the RV. Don't want to use the bicycle carrier we put behind the Rialta to haul a bike, would be just as difficult for me to get on & inside it won't get all that "road dirt". By the time I get everything in that RV I may have to run along side because there won't be room for me.
Larry, I'll click your link to see what else you've been up to. Think it is nice of Scott to do the ironing. That is one job I always did when growing up with 3 older brothers, they were always wanting a clean shirt for a date. Mom did the washing one day & ironing the next, in between the boys would want something "quick pressed" & I was willing. I go through the steam & spray irons fairly often, but do use distilled water unless I'm out & grab some out of the Brita pitcher. I do iron all my clothes except for the ones I sleep in.
Gloria, my son didn't want to take money when he was doing so many things for me so I put it in an envelope & bought him something I thought he needed/wanted. After that I threatened him with "better take the money or I buy you something you don't want". Since I have 3 kids & he is the one that was always here when I needed him, I thought it only fair he get paid. For MY sake! The others come when I call & ask for help, but he doesn't wait to be asked. So far my grands have always been too busy to offer or for me to ask, so a big thumbs up for yours! Did I tell you that this HP I bought last year in CO was only $250. & is touch screen. My son was absolutely amazed because it is like one he has but his isn't touch screen (not that I know what to do with touch screen) & he paid nearly a thousand for his. So far it has not given me any problems, but because it is Windows 10, still things I don't know how to do or find. They were on sale... guess it was year before last when I got it, never find a bargain like that again! I thought of you when buying & hoped it wouldn't be a headache!
All of a sudden I am so sleepy I can't keep my eyes open... nap time!
Thanks, everyone, for the advice about the Instant Pot.... I do agree to cook once & eat multi times. Right now my freezer is on overload & I can't find 3 days to defrost & clean up the mess... I have one corner with floor to ceiling storage rack in the basement, that is full of various cooking pots that get used maybe once a year. They are so handy when needed but right now I need to downsize to what I use most. I have the biggest to one of the smallest crock pots & 2 sizes between. Have shelves full of things tried & didn't like but some got side lined because of updates. Guess I will keep watching all your posts of successful dishes, "wishing for" is half the fun in life! I'm not ready to pass down my cast iron Dutch ovens, skillets & even chicken fryer plus all those other pots & pans that fill the cabinets & storage rack, but guessing the Instant pot would be the one of choice when cleaning out.
Such a nice photo of Gloria de.... but I will always picture her with a red hat on! Such a fun person to have known, always busy and never any whining about the rough times she had, losing her sons and then her husband.
Amy, I enjoyed your link & showed it to my daughter when she visited yesterday. She said they are considering having their "Goldwing" converted to a 3 wheeler but with the 2 behind. They, enjoyed them when living in the Seattle area. My daughter is just a rider, but think her husband is starting to be concerned about the dangers as he ages (be 65 this year), why thinking 3 wheeler. I will be content to ride my e-bike for now, since it is legal to stay on the bike paths & sidewalks. My little Yahama Chappy is fun & street legal but also dangerous being so small. I have had it up to 40 mph on the streets but risky being hard to see & with the many pot holes from last winter... could do a flip & wind up flying through the sky. Let me know if you get one!
Thanks, Bubble for that link for Gloria de....
What is that animal, Phyllis? I first thought a cat but didn't know they ate flowers. Great photo!
June 04, 2019, 05:53:02 am
My sincere sympathy to Gloria's friends, her wonderful neighbors, and family, she really was one of a kind right to her last post. Loved her attitude, it never wavered as she accepted whatever life dealt. I enjoyed reading her every post, she managed to thrive on what life offered and grateful for everything someone did for her. I will miss her but so very grateful to have known her. No doubt in my mind that Heaven will bring out the red hats to greet her. Thank you, Johann, for being the chosen contact for us. Shirley in Kansas
All the talk about the Instant Pot has me thinking.... and then see that Amazon has one on sale right now (got to check to see if a "lightning deal".... here's the hype, so tell me if it is what y'all are using. Would this size cook a pound of pinto beans? That's basically what I use my pressure cooker for (after boiling the beams for 15 min & throwing away the first water). I do love them cooked with ham shanks, clove of garlic, salt & pepper. Cornbread or biscuits top them off. My mother did not cook beans often but my husband's mother did, & her cornbread was made in a cast iron skillet so the it had a crunchy top when turned out. Yum! I do make soups in the pressure cooker, cook the meat first & have the broth (less grease) to make stock.
Anyway, am concerned this size will be too small, can't visualize ... I ordered a stock pot one time & have to stand on the step stool to look down inside, well, almost. Here's the description: Instant Pot DUO Plus 3 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer...is a deal of the day for $54.99. Is that a good price & is it large enough? Thanks... I'm bending.........