Do Something!

Good Morning on this sun shiny day with no snow for the last couple of days.  It is 15 degrees out side and suppose to get into the low 20s.  It has been a busy few days (not all work) but I now I can take time to chat about the goings on since we last visited.

I have worked on my 3d puzzle.

The tiger is complete but there is a ton of work to do on  the rest of it.

The tiger is complete but there is a ton of work to do on the rest of it.

As I suspected after laying it out It is not going to be easy.  But I will get back to it shortly.

I had to prepare for my grand daughter’s going away party.  I attended it Sunday. My son Wes with daughter in law Debra were kind enough to drive me to my other son’s mother in law’s home near Brighton, Mi.  We wished Courtney good luck and happiness when she started her new job at Disney World in Florida,

Courtney (on the floor) with her mother Kim seated.

Courtney (on the floor) with her mother Kim seated.

We left after a bite of lunch and the gift opening.

Other things accomplished–I finished Joe Hill’s novel  Horns.  I closed the back cover saying alright a good read! It moved well and was written to where you could almost believe the fantasy part of it as gospel.

I started this this morning.

Just 13 pages into it but I'll pick it up later today.

Just 13 pages into it but I’ll pick it up later today.

My other purchase was this

This is a graphic novel Book # 1 in a series

This is a graphic novel Book # 1 in the series

When I start on this I will order more from Amazon.  I’m really enjoying getting back to reading. Just trying to keep the old brain from turning to jello!

Well tomorrow I take Brandy to Doggy Depot again and I’ll do a little shopping for more chip dip ingredients.  That should pretty well carry me through to the 3rd of February.

Have a great week with plenty to do and remember to do something nice for you!

Lots A Flakes!

It was snowing when I got up yesterday and it continued that way until after dark.  I kept checking periodically all day long hoping to get the tractor out so I could snow blow the driveway.

Not once did it stop until after dark.

Not once did it stop until after dark.

I finally cleaned off the truck to take the mail down and pick up anything that had been delivered.  Thank goodness for four wheel drive.

The rest of the day was spent cleaning cages, the cat box, and finally a little reading.  I finished Flesh And Blood by Cornwell and started Joe Hill’s Horns one of the last of my novels  to read. So I ordered two more from Amazon that should be here Friday or Saturday.  I found Cornwell’s novel easy to read yet with enough twists to keep you hanging throughout the read.

I woke up at 8:10 this morning and by 8:45 I was all wrapped up in sweatpants, my heavy jacket, gloves, and Jay’s fur lined hat. I got the truck move off to the side, tractor out, and started clearing the parking area by the kitchen door.  Then I started in on the driveway.  Less then 1/2 hour later I was moving the truck back into it’s spot.

Not half bad for an old broad!

Not half bad for an old broad!

I had moved over two inches of snow and had my tractor back in the garage.  Now I have to sweet talk my neighbor into getting into my shed for more gasoline for the tractor.  I have trouble lifting the gas cans.

Well it is still clear outside so I think I’ll have some breakfast and work on my 3 D puzzle for a while.

I hope things are going well for you and that you are taking care of yourself.

I DID!

I said I wanted and so I did.

Yep I opened it up yesterday and spread it out on the table.

Yep I opened it up yesterday and spread it out on the table.

But the problem is that it is difficult to see the details unless the light is shining just right.  I know this is going to take some time but that is what I have.  It will be great when it is done.

Well Bud was in Monday and found the problem with the overhead kitchen light.  It had a bad ballast (spg?).

All better as we used to say as a kid.

All better as we used to say as a kid.

Every time I hit the switch I want to shout –let there be light–and by golly there is!!

Well this morning it was snowing big flakes and the bare spots were gone.

The driveway was covered.

The driveway was covered.

But the road was passable.  I made it into the dealership going 40 to 45 mile per hour.  they took the truck right in to try to find the problem with the low tire message on the dash.  They managed to get it cancelled but it could return.  This model was the first year they had installed the tire pressure sensors and like many new things is had it’s problem.  I was told it is not a priority thing if the light goes on to just check the tires to make sure they are up.  So I guess most all of my problems are eliminated so I should be good to go!.

This weekend is my granddaughter Courtney’s going away party.  She is moving to Florida.  I should be fine getting to Brighton for the party.

So for now I will work on my puzzle, read my novel, clear the driveway if needed, and do the daily domestic goddess things.

Try to stay warm and safe.

I Want!

Can you believe it– Sunday already.  It seems like I just stripped the bed, washed the linens and folded them away.  Time seems to be speeding past me and I can’t seem to  catch up. It is 34 degrees in Otisville, predicted to go to 36  this afternoon before it starts dropping again.  We have had rain and light snow this morning but this is how it looks out there now.

Bare spot all over the yard.

Bare spots all over the yard.

Weather report says one more day of this warmer weather then we will go back to Winter again.

After the visit to the dealership yesterday it seems I have one problem still hanging around Bur I have an appointment on Tuesday to have them check it again and correct it.  Gas this morning was $1.89.9.  I missed the cheaper price by 2 days but I can’t feel bad.  At least it isn’t $ 2 or $3. a gallon.

Bud, my fix it man, will be in tomorrow to replace the kitchen overhead fixture for me.  I’m getting tired of half seeing things at the little table.

When I was out getting gas and my Sunday paper today I stopped at the drug store for some thing and found this.

A 3D jig saw puzzle of one on my favorite subjects.

A 3D jig saw puzzle of one on my favorite subjects.

It was $9.99 and I rationalized that it would make a great early birthday present for me.  I am going to enjoy putting this together!!

Waiting on the counter right now is an AARP paper, a large print Reader’s Digest issue, my two mystery magazines, the Cornwell novel (half way done) and the rest of the Sunday paper.  I think I have enough to read right now.

I guess I’ll empty the waste baskets, get every thing into the garbage cart, and get that down to the street for tomorrow pick up.

( I sure want to open that puzzle )!

Make this the week you have been looking forward to and do enjoy!!

 

 

Money Well Spent!

It has been a busy day starting at 7:30 this morning.  A long overdue visit to the truck dealership has cured several ills and I feel confident my truck will perform very well.  I even had the problem with the exhaust system fixed at Muffler Man.  Now it was not an inexpensive day But I figured that seeing I’ll be 80 years old next month I deserve to feel comfortable and safe on the road.

Domestic Goddess (Me?)

Good Morning! !

It is a crisp 13 degrees out there this morning and predicted to go to 28 today.  No snow over night.

Out the French doors.

Out the French doors.

But as you can see I still have plenty on the ground.

I was at Sterling Hearing yesterday (95.2 miles round trip) for an adjustment.  While I was down in the area I got my haircut.  Not the usual style because my friend and I decided we liked the longer cut for the Winter.  So she cut off the dead ends and worked on the hair over my eyes.  I like it!

I finished the graphic novel Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman yesterday and enjoyed it a lot.  I am about to pick up Flesh And Blood by Patricia Cornwell next.  This is book # 3 of my Christmas presents so I’m moving right along. ( I gotta keep that old brain working!)

Speaking of graphic novels I just replace the 12 issues of The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I had given away my first set but then decided that I really wanted a set for myself.  If I keep going I’ll have as much to move (when I do) as I had in the first place.  .

My two magazine subscriptions  started day before yesterday so I will have both Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock to carry with me when I am out and about.

Cindy sent me this picture on e mail yesterday.

It is from May of 1980

It is from May of 1980

That is Cindy on my right and Lesley on my left.  Those were the days.  (I will get a clearer copy later.)

Well today it is the mopping project (3 rooms) that have to get done.   Tomorrow it will be vacuuming and dusting.  Such is the life of a domestic goddess.

Do something for yourself today.  Feel better than you have and laughed some for the exercise!!

 

New Week

Good Morning!  Around 30 degrees outside with the sun shining brightly.

the sight out my kitchen window

the sight out my kitchen window

But I’m not going anywhere so snowblowing the driveway isn’t necessary.  I had done it yesterday and the Schwans man made it up to the house today.

I completed all the Sunday chores yesterday and spent a good part of day with HBO. (the  last day of free programing for this month.)  I enjoyed the time and thought briefly of signing up for it but then remembered how much time over the last few days I spent  watching it.  I don’t need to sit on my butt that much!!

I finished this on Saturday.

Really enjoyed it alot.

Really enjoyed it alot.

I like the reference about the time the character spent in Detroit.  I kinda felt like I was there with him.

This morning I pick up this one.

A graphic novel by one of my favorite authors,

A graphic novel by one of my favorite authors,

Both these books were part on my Christmas present from Les and Anne.

If you look through the kitchen pass through this is what you will see.

Back to normal.

Back to normal.

I must confess I need to dust and vacuum.  Plus my bathroom, kitchen, and utility room could use a bit mopping but they aren’t real messy yet.   So I think I’ll read some then work on plans for my supper.  Have a great beginning of the week and take care of you!!!

 

3 Swipes

14 degrees out side but I still took three swipes down the driveway.  I was going to wait until tomorrow when I wanted to go for the Sunday paper but I went out and cleared the snow off the porch.  I figure I’m already dressed warm so let’s get it.

Last Two Days

On the 6th Darlene and Michael came to visit.  Darlene made our dinner and Michael took care of the clean up.  I did nothing but eat and open my presents.

A new nightgown. They keep me in nighties.

A new nightgown. They keep me in nighties.

Lotion and an applicator for my back.

Lotion and an applicator for my back.

With just me here it is a problem treating a dry , itchy back.  Hopefully this will help.

 

 

 

A new bird calendar to hang on the dining room wall.

A new bird calendar to hang on the dining room wall.

The new Birds Of Beauty ornament from Hallmark

The new Birds Of Beauty ornament from Hallmark

This is another one to add to my collection.  Darlene makes an effort to get out every year to pick one up for me.

 

 

 

A solid chocolate Santa

A solid chocolate Santa

Needless to say he will go the way of the Easter Bunny even if he doesn’t have long ears! After Darlene and I plated one game of rummy before they had to go home.  She won it.  Thank you for the gifts.

Yesterday morning I started packing ornaments from the tree. Cindy came up to visit and helped me finish putting them away.  We had spaghetti,with meatballs, garlic toast, and vegetables for dinner then got out the cards for rummy.  We played two game and me with dumb luck won them both.

Tree is down this morning waiting for the bag to pack it in.

Tree is down this morning waiting for the bag to pack it in.

All the decorations are in the kitchen waiting for me to take them downstairs.

All the decorations are in the kitchen waiting for me to take them downstairs.

I did move my plants.

They were not doing well on the counter.

They were not doing well on the counter.

Hopefully putting them in the bay window with the shade up will help with what little sun we are getting.   I’ll keep an eye on them for a few days to see if they show any improvement.

Well it is about 12 degrees outside right now so I think the stuff that must go downstairs will wait until later because I want to put everything on the pickup.  Then I’l move it through the garage and into the basement,

Have a good rest of the week and take care of you.

 

It is now 4 pm and still around 12 degrees but i have all the Christmas stuff down stairs in the basement and the dining room floor swept   I just had to take a deep breath and I got it done!!