Four Letter Word

It starts with an S but it don’t end with a W.  Where did all the green go?  Did my flowers survive the S**T I woke up to this morning?  Is this going to be here a while?  Why Is it in the low thirties?  Questions brought on by living in Michigan (land that I love).

Well I was going to send the tractor in yesterday to be converted to a mower and check out why I couldn’t start it but I guess Keene’s Engine knew more about the weather than I did.

Well I’m off to the bath tub, then breakfast, and then to the DDS office seeing I missed last week because I didn’t take my anti germ pill.  Remember when all you did was walk in and get your teeth cleaned?  I do!  We survived –didn’t we?   Too many questions this morning!!!!!

At The Hoop

I spent the majority of yesterday once my Sunday chores were done at the hoop.

The bottom third of the robe is done.

The bottom third of the robe is done.

I finished it up this morning and started on the gingerbread people.  I may not do to much more today because my right wrist is acting up–we will see.

The weather is rainy but thank goodness we weren’t hit with the wind and hail that knocked out power in parts of Oakland and Lapeer counties yesterday.   The wind here today makes one want to stay indoors.

Take care out there today and to those with power problems I hope it is all fixed now.

I’m Happy!

Today I was going out on the deck and saw my very first ever Blue Bird.  They used to come to the house next door when Phyllis lived there but never here.  What a pretty delicate bird.

I did manage to get out my Radio Flyer ( kid’s wagon) and pulled a small load of branches out back to the wood pile.  Jay said I might be able to take the tractor out front without getting stuck.  If I can I will hitched the garden trailer to it and move larger loads.

Pictures of my only flowers so far.

So vivid they almost jump at you.

So vivid they almost jump at you.

 

These are a little sparse but pretty.

These are a little sparse but pretty

 

A little fuller group.

A little fuller group.

 

Health report!!!!!

Well Jay’s dialysis arm is healing very well.  Brandy has gained a pound –must be the egg for breakfast.  Me–I’m fine.  Oh I did start a quarter jar on the first of April.  Every time I say a swear word or a ‘not nice’ one I put a quarter in the jar.  Just trying to clean up my language.  As of today I have $10. in it.  Knowing my mouth I don’t think a dollar a day is bad.

Well enjoy the weather

 

Getting Ready!

Cindy was up today and we did some preparing.  As in past years (but not recently) we made Easter eggs but this year it was four different kinds.

Chocolate, coconut. peanut butter, and plain.

Chocolate, coconut. peanut butter, and plain.

Mixing and shaping was done by hand.

Mixing and shaping was done by hand.

Then it was into the fridge for one hour. Next it was melting the chocolate coating.

It took four cups of chocolate chips.

It took four cups of chocolate chips.

Some stayed with us and the rest went home with Cindy.

Some stayed with us and the rest went home with Cindy.

We used the rest of the chocolate up by filling Ritz crackers with peanut butter and dipping them in chocolate. The egg recipe was different but we were pleased with results.

We had to show our smiles of success.

We had to show our smiles of success.

After Cindy left I decided to get out the bunnies I had made some years ago. They are a little worse for wear so I’ll have to do some repair work before I pack them away.

Mommy Bunnie

Mommy Bunny

Daddy Bunnie

Daddy Bunny

Two of the little bunnies with daddy.

Next was two of the buildings in the bunny village.

I never did get any more buildings done.

I never did get any more buildings done.

But I did a few more bunnies .

There were the twins in the wagon.

There were the twins in the wagon.

This is big sister

This is big sister

 

There were some ceramic figures too and the flocked bunnies.

Well that is it for now.  Good Night!

 

 

 

 

 

We Both Had A Project!

Busy weekend for both Jay and me.  First I took pictures of the outside.

Yesterday I cleared a way to get to the swing

Yesterday I cleared a way to get to the swing

Brandy had to try it out.

Brandy had to try it out.

Today John, my neighbor from behind us was out clearing brush and branches.  Bless his heart he came over,  worked on the swing area,  and on the left side down by the road.  He used his front loader to haul every thing away.  I had pictures but I’m getting error messages on them.

I went out and piled the other areas into three piles (and one small one) so I can work on getting them moved next week if not before.  This week is filled with appointments.

Jay has cooked supper Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday was Chicken Enchiladas .

Chopped chicken for starters

Chopped chicken for starters

Finally ready for the oven.

Finally ready for the oven.

Yummy -tasted as good as it looked.

Yummy -tasted as good as it looked.

Tonight it was something different.

Jay made roasted shrimp with lemon sauce over pasta.

Jay made roasted shrimp with lemon sauce over pasta.

With sliced tomato and garlic bread we filled up.

With sliced tomato and garlic bread we filled up.

There was enough left over to freeze for another day.   So that was our weekend–good weather–a bit of work both in and outside. Hope yours was as good.

 

 

 

Shopping Today!

Just got in from a wonderful trip to Sam’s Club.  It was a long overdue stock up trip.  After I got back home it was sort what goes where (food room or pantry).  With that out of the way next came updating the medical expense list and figuring the check book.  In all I left here at 8:30 this morning finished around 12:30.  Spent too much but I always do so I won’t  worry about that.

I check on my flowers and found only this.

Just two clumps.

Just two clumps.

Not even opened but I did see where I have to rake up some leaves in the beds.

These are some pictures of the branches to be moved out in front of the dome.

This the left side of the driveway facing the road.

This the left side of the driveway facing the road.

On the right hand side down at the road.

On the right hand side down at the road.

A little farther up another pile.

A little farther up another pile.

Up and over from that last pile is this mess.

Up and over from that last pile is this mess.

This is only in the front yard so you can see this will be an ongoing project but I’ll get!

The latest on the lap robe done yesterday.

Moved it over to start on the lower right side.

Moved it over to start on the lower right side.

( all the pictures on this blog should allow enlarging)

Well Jay just came in from dialysis so It is all for now so I can feed him.   Take care!

 

 

 

 

Not Fooling!

Worked like a beaver today on that lap robe.

This was this morning.

This was this morning.

I took time out to take the Christmas lights down to the basement and put them away. I also filled up the jam box that I carry in my truck.  I pulled  canned corn beef hash for Jay’s lunch.  I served it with fried eggs on top,  toast, a green salad, and sliced bananas.

I also managed to move six of the branches that had come down in the December storm.  I’m sure I have at least four times as many as that to still try to move.  But I will do what I can a little at a time.

This afternoon it was back to the hoop until time to make supper.  I have that cooked but Jay hasn’t gotten up from his nap so it may become dinner for tomorrow.   Well this is the afternoon and evening  accomplishment.

Just starting to put the color in the candy cane--the white is finished.

Just starting to put the color in the candy cane–the white is finished.

Tomorrow is another day.  I have to write checks to pay bills but I’ll sneak a little time in to finish that half of the bottom.

Gas is still up in price but the weather is improving and I did see two Robins today.  I guess the ground thawed enough to allow them to pull worms finally. Do have a good rest of the week.  See I didn’t try to April Fool you because I promised not to.

 

 

 

Yes–Finally!

Sunshine and 28 degrees in the great outdoors of Otisville. With laundry waiting to be washed on Friday I waited.  Finally on Saturday morning I called the store.  They had a break in and the the office was in shambles but my dryer would be delivered that day.

An a Amana

It is an  Amana

You are sitting there thinking why would she post a picture of a clothes dryer?   Well only because I have wanted a gas dryer for over 10 years and you don’t get rid of an old appliance if it works.   So I waited until it gave up the ghost.  Could I afford this change?  Not really but this was realizing another goal before I couldn’t.  Will I use it?  Well yesterday afternoon four tubs of laundry past through it.

On Friday I worked on the lap robe and then continued on Saturday.

This is as far as I got.

The drum almost done.

Between the dryer coming  and a right hand that was cramping on both Friday and Saturday this is as far as I got.  But I will start on it again today.  I plan to work on it until the days get a bit warmer then I’ll go pick up fallen branches and pull them to the burn pile out back.

This coming week looks clear of appointments so I should show some progress on the lap robe.

Please have a happy and a healthy beginning of April and I promise not to fool you.

 

 

Waiting

If all goes well my natural gas dryer will be installed today.   I have waited over 10 years for this day.  On Wednesday Holland heating installed the gas line up from the basement.   He had to run it 17 feet.  Expensive yes but in.  I spent a couple of days checking on line for a dryer.  Anything in the lower price range was on back order until the first part of April.  I finally called Thomas Appliance and explain the need for earlier installation and they agreed on today.

Old dryer moved

Old dryer moved

The corner swept, mopped, and cleared waiting for the new one.  Bring it on boys!!!

Cindy was up on Tuesday afternoon.  She took care of toenails, feet and some fingernails.  I asked her if it was like being at work and she replied no because we appreciate it when she does it.  We also played rummy and I was the proud victor this time.  I thank her for spending time with us.

Jay was busy Thursday.

Using a recipe from the new Bisquick Breakfast & Brunch book.

Using a recipe from the new Bisquick Breakfast & Brunch book.

He does love to play.

Glazed Raisin-Cinnamon Biscuits

Glazed Raisin-Cinnamon Biscuits

They are yummy and hard to stay out of!!!!

Speaking of breakfast I remembered breakfasts as a kid and how my daddy used to bet me a dime that I couldn’t eat an egg without getting yolk on the plate.  Now I love dipping my toast in the yolk so I seemed to get egg on the plate a lot.  The other morning like many in my life I found myself saying, ” You saved a dime Daddy”.  Happy memories don’t seem to get lost do they.

Well it is back to the hoop for a while this morning until it is time to make Jay’s lunch.  Have a great day and join me in wishing for more sunshine and plus 50 degree temperatures.

 

March 25

In like a lion and out like a lamb.  Well I’m here to say the lion swished it’s tail this morning.

Yep more snow

Yep more snow

24 degrees on the big thermometer on the porch.  No sunshine out there yet.  That lion can ease itself up and saunter out of here any day because I want to hear the gentle cry of bahhh!

Another appointment with Dr. Williams after dialysis yesterday.  There was a spot on Jay’s ankle that needed attention.  It seems like it is never ending but we are up to it.

Saturday night my electric dryer died.  I’m not upset because I have been waiting for that day ever since we got natural gas in the house.  I must say the old dryer lasted 15 years so I feel I got my monies worth out of it.  But now it is the hassle of adding an extension from the gas line in the basement to the area where the new dryer will sit on the first floor.  Consumer’s will come out and give me an estimate on the job but it will be April 9th and $50. please.  So I called Holland Heating ( they put my furnace in) and they will be here on Wednesday.  Now it may cost a little more with Holland but I’ll be ready for a dryer delivery this week.  I say bite the bullet, save all those quarters and trips  to the laundry to dry my clothes.

I really hate being outside in the cold.  This morning I had the thought that the cold makes my finger tip skin  spit like a tomato being drop in boiling water.  It hurts to do anything for a couple of days.

Cindy just called she is coming up to work on my feet and trim my butt at rummy.  I do look forward to seeing her because she can’t always get up here.

I’m headed to to the hoop for a while after I eat scrambled eggs and  bacon prepared by my hubby.  Have a great day and take care.