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Right now it is 18 deg. F. and it is cold! At least the wind that blew all day yesterday seems to have stopped. I wanted to view the Super Blood Wolf moon last night. The sky was clear and the moon was shining brightly but I couldn't stay up long enough to see the eclipse at mid-night here in the East. I just watched a video of it on the computer and it must have been beautiful but this old body decided sleep was more important.
Shirley, the soup was so good. I think I'll use the Ital. sausage again but I want to try your ham shanks, too. I made Johnnycake to go with it and for dessert we had small cheesecake squares that I had ordered from Schwan's. Just right after filling up on hot soup. BTW, I watched part of the game from KC. My gosh, I can't believe how cold it was and was amazed that all of those thousands of people would sit in that cold stadium to watch a football game! It was a good game, as Larry said. Sorry the young KC quarterback couldn't quite pull it off.
Breakfast is calling. TTYL
We had a bit of light rain sometime during the night but the sun is shining right now. So nice to see. The cold is supposed to hit us this afternoon and Mon. will keep the temps. in the 20's. Along with the cold will come wind and with all of our tall trees that concerns me more than cold temps.
I cooked up a big pot of Navy Bean soup yesterday. I always like to have a BIG bowl of soup when the weather turns cold. I didn't have any chopped ham, or ham hocks, in the freezer so used medium hot Italian sausage instead. Delicious and it will clear your sinuses for sure! Wish I could send some to Larry to help clear his sinuses.
I hope you are feeling better today, Larry. I have had many sinus infections and they can just make you so tired and feel terrible. I hope it is much better and will get even more so quickly.
Reading and maybe a little TV today and a warm woolen lap robe is my plan.
Take care in the snow and especially in the extreme cold, Everyone. I checked the weather in Warrenton, VA, where my younger son and family live. It looks as though they escaped ice and snow but are having very cold temps.
Sandy, I have had Internet telephone with Spectrum for several years and have always been satisfied with it. I think you will like it and unlimited calling IS very nice. Just one word of caution...be sure to keep your cell phone charged because if you have the electric power go out you will lose your Internet phone. That has happened to me only 1 or 2 times in all the years I have had Spectrum phone.
Larry, I hope you will be feeling better later today and for all the days to come.
Shirley, I'm sorry I missed your special day. So, it's belated but still heartfelt.
Cloudy and chilly here this morning. Supposedly the latest storm will go north of us but we are supposed to have rain and cold temps.
Out today to refill the larder. Take care, All.
Rammel, I read about the Netflix price increase and it may just tip me toward canceling. I've had a subscription to Netflix for more than 10 years and used it a lot in past years but now it seems I can't ever find anything there that I want to watch. Amazon has a number of channels that they are offering with a 1 week trial. I may check out either Acorn or Britbox...or, maybe both, and make a switch.
You can make your own bacon crumbles if you want to take the time. Cut bacon strips in small pieces (such as 1/4 in by 1/4 in)**, fry 'til crisp, drain on paper towel, spread on baking sheet and freeze, place frozen pieces in plastic freezer bag and store in freezer. When you want some bits just take a handful from freezer bag and add to whatever you are cooking such as omelet, scrambled eggs, etc. I like them sprinkled on top of Mac 'n Cheese.
** Instead of 1/4 in. pieces I cut several bacon strips about 1/2 in. crosswise with a sharp knife before frying. If the bits are too big you can always crumble them smaller with your hands when you add them to your main dish.
It seems to me that these have more flavor than the Bacon Crumbles that you buy in the store.
Talk to you all later.
I also get notifications from Netflix about new shows that have been, or are being, added to their lineup.
I watched "Madam Secretary" on On Demand last night and caught up with this new season. I used to like this show more than I do now. Doesn't appeal to me as much as it did. And, if I cut the cable On Demand will no longer be available to me so that is another consideration on "do I or don't I".
Apparently the new season of "The Crown" has been delayed so I don't know when it will be out and can't find a date on Google search. I'm looking forward to it because one of my favorite actors will be playing the part of Prince Phillip.....Tobias Menzies.
I watched Victoria last night, too, and started to watch The Wedding (another show about Victoria and Albert) but got too sleepy and went to bed.
I'm trying to decide now whether to cut the cord or not. David (son) bought an indoor antenna not long ago and we can get about 30+ stations locally. However, bad weather does make it breakup and our weather yesterday was rainy, cold, and miserable. I watch on antenna for news and some sports but mostly I watch Netflix, Amazon Prime, Starz and HBO as streaming channels and Roku which offers a lot of new and old tv shows and movies.
I watched Outlander yesterday morning, and every Sunday morning, but I stream it on my computer and use earphones so I don't disturb David who is still sleeping upstairs. Then I will watch it again on the big tv screen. I probably will make a decision soon on whether to stop my cable tv package but haven't come to it yet. I really hate paying outrageous prices for hundreds of channels that I never watch.
David enjoys Mrs. Maisel more than I do since he recognizes so many of the areas where it takes place. He lived and worked in Manhattan for 30 years so much is familiar to him. I watched The Man in the High Castle but haven't gotten back into the new season yet. Never watched Ray Donovan but might check it out. I watched "Burlesque" (movie with Cher and others) the other night on Starz. It was ok but still can't figure out why every song has to be screamed at the top of their lungs.
I love to read so do that mostly but I watch a lot of tv, too.
Cold this morning here, too, but NO rain.
Yesterday was dreary and miserable outside....warm and cozy inside. I watched a little football and read a lot and napped off and on. Just a nice quiet day. My younger son, Kevin, and DIL, Beth, gave us a large box of Kansas City Steaks for Christmas so a steak with baked potato and a tossed salad was our meal and was really enjoyed. By me, especially, since it involved very little cooking. I'm getting more and more lazy.
I must call Kevin and Beth later on today to see if they are ok. Lots of snow up where they are and power outages. But, both of them work from home and they have a generator so I'm not too concerned. Older grandson, Sean, works at Dulles and if he was on duty yesterday he was probably out de-icing planes. Younger grandson, Ryan, works at Wegmans but I think he has Sundays off. Hope he didn't have to drive in bad weather.
Breakfast is calling and then laundry. Life as usual. Take care, Everyone.
Cold and cloudy here, too, but we aren't supposed to get snow.....just rain. Just a little way to the north of us, near the Virginia border, they will get snow. Looks like we may have lucked out this time. But it will be rainy and dreary and the temps. tomorrow aren't supposed to get out of the 30's. I'm not going anywhere. I have a Louise Penny book to finish before it is due back so I'll be doing that.
We had spaghetti and meatballs last night and really enjoyed it. I used ready-made pasta sauce because when I went to the pantry to get some canned tomatoes and tomato sauce I discovered I was out of them. Hardly ever let the pantry run out but I messed up this time. The Bertolli sauce was good, anyway.
Sorry the Asus computer didn't work out for you, Sandy. The darned things are not easy to set up the way we want them.....takes a long time and a lot of sighing and a few choice words for me to get it the way I want it.
David is blowing the last of the leaves before the town picks them up on Monday....I hope....and before the rain starts this evening. He'll be cold when he comes in so I think I'll heat up some Beef Merlot that was leftover to help warm him up.
Jane, I have two stumps side by side from trees I had removed this past summer. I had the company leave the stumps in hopes that the creeping Euonymus would grow over them and it is doing that.
Sunny this morning but cool and supposed to get cooler on toward the weekend. The forecast has seemed to back off of the prediction for wintry mix this weekend. We'll just wait and see what happens and take whatever we get.
David said thank you, Jenny, for the birthday wishes. Hope your Mark finds the job he wants and his family can make a smooth and trouble-free move if they need to.
I had to pick up a prescription yesterday on a medicine that is not covered by my drug insurance. After a little looking around I found a coupon on the GoodRx web site that reduced the price from $58.40 to $33.90 and Walgreen's accepted it so I was very pleased. I'm always happy to save money on medicine....especially if it is one the drug insurance will not cover.
Must get some breakfast. Later.....
Good morning! A cloudy morning and on the cool side. The prediction is to have wintry mix by this week's end. I hope they are wrong but I'll try to be prepared anyway.
It was David's birthday yesterday so I took him out for dinner. I really felt tired before the time to leave but just was determined to go, anyway. I felt much better after getting there so I am glad I made the effort.
It is business as usual today and the laundry is just about through in the washer and ready for the dryer. I want to make a peach cobbler today, also. I defrosted some peaches on Saturday and ran out of energy to make the cobbler then so I MUST do that today.
Short lines and BIG smiles at Walmart today, Jane.
I'm almost embarrassed to say that I slept pretty good last night. I had to make a trip a couple of times but went right back to sleep and didn't wake up until after 6 a.m. And, wonder of all wonders!, the sun is shining this morning.
Shirley, I managed to sift through Spectrum's very confusing web site and turn on Nomorobo calls because you mentioned it a couple days ago. I hope it works because they are driving me crazy. Many more of those annoying calls have been coming in recently and that is in spite of the fact that I NEVER answer the phone if I don't recognise the caller id. I laughed at all of your smileys....that was the way I was feeling yesterday while spending a long time on the phone with Spectrum. I don't think anyone in that company knows what they are doing!
I'm very sorry that so many of you are feeling so tired and not up to par. I hope that all of you improve very quickly. Larry, June, and All, I am thinking good and positive thoughts and prayers for you.
Good morning to "Droopy Drawers" Jane. Did you TRY soaking them in water to shrink them? It just might work.....or not.
I haven't said this for awhile.....MAKE it a good day, Everyone!
Another rainy morning! I recently read somewhere that here in Central NC we have had more rain in the past year than Seattle has had. The weather is even crazier than usual.
Jane, something always seems to break somewhere in the house. Everytime I have to have something fixed I feel like I am tip-toeing around so I won't break anything else. Hope your son can fix the drawers pretty soon.
Those of you that have ice and snow.....please be careful.
Joy, I've been reading like crazy, too. I have my reader linked to my local library, and to Barnes & Noble web site, and, also, to Amazon Prime. There are hundreds.....maybe even thousands....of books for me to read.
Gloria, what a blessing your CNA does so much for you. So glad for you to have her help.
Breakfast is calling. I'm on my way.
JeanneP, I liked the poem you posted very much. Thank you.
Larry, I have some bonds that are matured to take care of, too. I must get them out and get that done soon. Also, I've am on a very long waiting list for the shingles vaccine at Walgreen's. The pharmacist said he had no idea how long it would take to get to my name. I've had shingles (not fun) and I've had the old shingles shot but supposedly this new vaccine in two shots is more effective.
Grocery shopping day. It seems to me like that comes around much too often. It is drizzling rain but not heavy enough to give an excuse to not go. <sigh>
Nothing of interest to talk about so I'll go get some breakfast and get on with my day.
Gloria, I hope the shoulder is much better today. I knew about horse liniment but have never used it. But, I have used Bag Balm many times. When I used to do loom weaving it was important to keep hands soft so the yarn would not snag. I tend to have dry skin so I used it a lot. And I still use enormous amounts of lotion....I hate touching anything when my hands are dry.
Cloudy again today and slightly cooler but it will still be in the 60's. November here was very cold but since then it has been unseasonably warm. I'm not complaining.
The electrician will be here later this morning to hook the attic fan back to power. I hope that will be the very last thing to think about in regard to the roof! And, I hope I never have to worry about putting a new roof on again. Please, no more hurricanes! As soon as the weather gets warmer and drier I will need to find someone who will repair and repaint my deck.
I am a huge fan of Commissario Guido Brunetti, too. Love her descriptions of Venice.
Marilyn, I'm sorry you are having some health difficulties. I've been dealing with A-Fib for about 3 years now. I am taking that outrageously expensive Eliquis, also, and it puts me in the Donut Hole (coverage gap) with my prescription insurance every year. I've tried to get my cardiologist to substitute or, at least, to reduce dosage but he won't do it. Says I need it. I also take Metoprolol even though I've never had a blood pressure problem. Thank goodness, I don't have to take a second one as you do.
I'm sure I said "Happy New Year" in my sleep last night but in case I didn't I'll say it again.
Happy New Year!
I wish for good health, good fortune, and Peace
for all the world!
I have been looking at the InstaPots, too, but haven't given in yet. I used to use the stove top pressure cooker all the time and yes, mine blew up one time, too. Potatoes all over the ceiling! Lesson learned....do not put too many in at one time and make sure the steam valve is not clogged! I was not only a clutz but an absentminded one at that!
Rainy and foggy here but warm. "They" are saying that our New Year's Day temps will be near 70!
Today is a lazy day of just puttering and reading. Oh, and doing some laundry.
I've been watching "Pride and Prejudice" (the Colin Firth version) for perhaps the umpteenth time and really enjoying it. It is on Amazon Prime streaming channel. I see new and different things that I have missed or glossed over when I have watched it before. The English scenery is, as always, so beautiful.
I actually saw a little bit of sunshine earlier this morning. Had to stop and try to remember what that "yellow stuff" coming through the windows was.
I plan a quiet day today with just some puttering around the house to do. I can just about write my name in the dust on the furniture so I must try to find the duster and get to work......maybe. A lot of housework duties don't bother me too much but I purely HATE dusting.
Take care, All!
The usual daily routine is back and all is well. We are gradually getting rid of all the Christmas goodies and the last of Christmas dinner leftovers. I think we will leave the little Christmas tree up for a few days and then put that away until next year (God willing)! 2019 will be here very soon and "wonderful, enjoyable" things like income tax will occupy my mind. Life just goes on, doesn't it?
It's coolish here this morning and rain is on the way so I think I'll make a quick run to the grocery store soon and then just settle in and enjoy being warm and dry inside the house while it is cold and rainy outside.
Glad to hear that Nancy is doing better and well enough to come home, Lloyd. It has been difficult for both of you but I can't help but think how much worse it would have been if she had gotten so sick while you were on the road in your new mobile home.
So sorry about Pat Scott Halbeck, Larry. She has had a very rough few years with all of the health issues she has had to deal with. She is in my prayers.
It sounds like Christmas with family was a good one for many of us here. I'm so glad that all seemed to have a good time.
I must get going! Talk to you all later.
Merry Christmas morning to all my dear friends!
Lloyd, you and your Nancy are on my mind and in my prayers. I hope so very much that she is doing better today. Take care of yourself so that you won't get sick, too.
Gosh, I don't come here for a couple of days and I have a LOT of posts to catch up with. Jenny, I am so sorry to hear how much pain your Dad is experiencing. And how upsetting it is for him and all those who love him. You are in my thoughts and hopes that he will find relief very soon.
I sincerely hope that this new attic fan will be just as quiet as the old one. It looks to be pretty much the same kind of small ventilator so it should be just as unnoticeable as the old one was. I have to call the electrician soon so he can hook it back up to the power. Larry, I considered a ridge vent but decided that probably it won't be too many years before I will give up this house......willingly, or otherwise. I decided not to go with the extra expense and mainly the extra mess. The attic ventilator fan has been adequate for 40 years so I think it will serve for a few more years. Of, course this house has all-house air conditioning so I probably could do without an attic fan but feel better in having one to remove moist summer air to preserve the wood rafters, etc.
I thought I might make another batch of Jane's wonderful Christmas Crack but decided that we didn't need any more "stuff" to piece on throughout the day. There are many dishes of goodies sitting out and that should be enough. I am about to start our Christmas dinner. It is our tradition to have a big pot of Chilli with a variety of cheeses, different kinds of crackers, olives, pickles, etc. We really enjoy it and it gives the cook (me) a Christmas holiday, too. For dessert this year David decided he would like to have a Chocolate Cream Pie so that will be it.
I wish everyone here a wonderful Christmas Day! And the gift of peace and good health would be nice for all of us, too.
Still here. It's been a busy day but got some things taken care of. The roofing company mistakenly removed my attic vent fan when they put on the new roof a few weeks ago. Today they brought a new fan and installed it. Now, all I need to do is get an electrician to connect it to the power and all will be well. I'll be glad to put an end to that job. The only thing remaining is to find a painter to paint the bathroom ceiling where it leaked through and stained.
Clear skies here but pretty windy. That should help dry up the wet areas from all the rain.
Take care, All.
Good morning. A sleepless night for me, too. And more rain on the way today. I hope to get some grocery shopping done before the rain starts. Now I'm off to find some breakfast....maybe a slice of bacon on a piece of wheat toast and a cup of hot tea will make the day seem brighter.
I've reached the point that I don't even check my portfolio now. It just depresses me and I can't do anything about it anyway. In fact, I'm beginning to feel that way about all of the news. I don't understand the Fed. Reserve raising int. rate again when it seems everything is so precarious. It seems like they are poking another hole in a boat that is already sinking.
All is right with my world! So glad to have Jane and June back. And, to make it even better...the sun is shining!
Nothing really big happening today except for the usual household chores. We managed to get the Christmas tree set up yesterday and I think that and the front door wreath are going to be it for decorating this year. It is just getting too hard to drag everything out and then put it all away. I may look like Scrooge from the outside but Christmas is still in my heart.
Enjoy the day, Everyone.
Larry, I've gotten a few of the Amazon free books for my e-reader but find I'm not interested in many of them. And, yes, some of them are surprisingly good even though the author is new and unknown. We like Peanut Clusters, too, and I never thought of making them in the slow cooker. I usually melt the chocolate in the microwave, mix in the peanuts (sometimes I have used cashews which we like better) and drop them on wax paper to cool. So easy and so good, too.
Sunny here today, too, Joy. I talked to my daughter-in=law last night. They live in no. VA, just west of Manassas, and she said they were deluged with 3 inches of rain on Sat. and without power for four hours. Thankfully, they have a generator built into their house electrical system and it started up within just a minute after the power shut down.
I must get some breakfast and get the laundry started. Other than that it is going to be a pretty easy day.....I hope.