Just Sitting!

July the one! How quickly time flies when your only thought is to catch it and make it hesitate for just a while longer.  I can remember as a child that in March you thought that June would never come.  You knew you would be stuck in school until your hair was gray and everyone else had grown up and gone. But June did come and you spent the summer happily with your friends.  Not a gray hair showed and every body stay around you for another year.

But with age comes a reverse!  Now it seems days, weeks and years fly by your memories grow a little dimmer, friends disappear leaving you longing for things to be the way they used to be.

But you have accomplished many things during this time.  Even though you can’t recall them all you know in your heart many of them were good.  But enough of this–what of the here and now.

Well I finished Jeffery Deaver’s Solitude Creek. What can I say but bravo it was great.  Right now I am reading one of my two mystery magazines so I don’t fall behind in therm.  I have also finished this month’s Reader’s Digest (large print).

Speaking of memories I had to part with one yesterday.

This was a gift from my oldest son.

This was a gift from my oldest son.

But like all tee shirts that you love and wear often the holes got too big, the hem too ratty and in the end it it went to the round file.  I am going to miss it.

Nothing else is going on right now so everything is the same.  Gasoline is still up, the temperature is down for this time of year, and the Brandy and I are just sitting or napping.


Back In Time

Yesterday Brandy and I took a trip back in time.  We visited the Log Cabin Days Festival in Waterford, Michigan.  We wanted to see my dear friend Pam as she appeared at one of the sites.

With knitting in her lap and a big smile on her face.

With knitting in her lap and a big smile on her face.

With  two more crafts people.

Spinning wool into yarn.

Spinning wool into yarn.

There was also a woman braiding rag rugs and another knitter.

Some other sites were.

One of the many camp site set up there.

One of the many camp sites set up there.

Miniature  steam engine trains were featured here.

Miniature steam engine trains were featured here.

One of the many buildings

One of the many buildings

Unfortunately my legs would not allow a visit to several of them but next year I will have either I cane or a walker so I can enjoy all the exhibits.


I did however find the spot where I gained a few pounds.  It was the Strawberry Shortcake stand.  Made with a biscuit, ice cream, lots of strawberries it was a delight to consume.

All in all it was a delightful trip back in time and hopefully next year I will be better equipped  to spend more time there.

Out & About

Last Monday and Tuesday  were showings of the dome.   On Monday Brandy and I spent our hour away in the MTA parking lot in Otisville.  On Tuesday we chose the lot of Buttercup beach.  This was a bit more interesting watching mom’s herd kids out to swim.  I have had no positive  results on either showing.

Yesterday Brandy and I went by Daisy Mae’s shop in Otisville and picked up fresh flowers.  I chose salmon colored carnations, white carnations, and Baby’s Breath.  Then I had to go across the street for a pair of shears and some plastic bags because I forgot to brimg them with me.  Then it was off to Rochester, Michigan to Christain Memorial cementary to put flowers on Jay’s grave.

Next it was North on Rochester road to the South Dryden Pioneer cemetary where I left the rest of the flowers at the grave of my parents.

Starting back home I thought I might stop at Wendy’s and pick up another Strawberry Fields salad.  I had tried one a few days ago and loved it.  I had also tried the Chicken Pecan salad sandwich  at Arby’s  last week which I liked but the Wendy’s salad has become my favorite.

When I got into Davison, Michigan and saw the traffic The thoughts of stopping for my salad left quickly.  It had been a long drive for Brandy and home seemed like the best place for both of us. Arriving home I refreshed Molly food bowl and fed the inside birds.  Next was a short nap for my traveling companion and I.

A bit of TV, a little supper for me, and doggy treats for Brandy then it was off to bed for both of us (our duties for the day done),

A couple of pictures from yesterday for you.

Yellow flowers on the bush by the kitchen side of the deck.

Yellow flowers on the bush by the kitchen side of the deck.

Blooms on the Catalpa tree in the front yard.

Blooms on the Catalpa tree in the front yard.

Nothing on deck for today except a little trip to the market have a great day.


Dad’s Day

Even if your father is no longer with you, like me, you should still take time to remember all the precious moments he shared with you.  Like how he would never say you should do this but always listened as you explained you problem.  As you did it the solution came to you and you had to love him more because he helped you find your way just by being there. As I have grown older myself I have tried to use this lesson with my own children.

My father Wesley and his sister Doris.

My father Wesley and his sister Doris.

But if you do have your father still with you. hug him really tight.  If he isn’t close call him and let him know how important he is to you.

Happy Father’s day to all the dad’s I know!!!

Odds And Ends For June!

20 days into June and all I have are odds and ends. For example on a trip to the grocery store a couple of days ago I learned that the two milk suppliers have quit making 1/2 % milk. No reason given to me just that.

On my way home the ABS fault light came on on my dash.  A call to the dealer resulted in taking it in Friday morning. After a diagnostic was run three items could cause it.  But they would have to fix all three to ‘maybe’ clear it to the tune of $700.  Sorry but I’ ll stare at the light because it doesn’t hurt to drive it. But it would sure hurt my pocketbook to fix it!

I received my July/August large print Reader’s Digest magazine on Thursday in the mail and finished it up today.

I have pills and a salve for my nose and it seems to be working.

Wes and Debra came up today so Wes could work on the basement problem. Debra weed whacked around the bushes and the dome and Wes mowed the front, sides, and some of the back yard while he was here.  After they left it was some time after 5pm I went out and finished mowing the back 40 as I call it.  Yep I bit the bullet and filled all  the gas cans and the truck.  I tried waiting but the price just ain’t going down.

Looks pretty good out there.

Looks pretty good out there.

Now I need a shower to get all the dust and seeds off me before bed.

Also Cindy was up on Friday and I beat her at rummy this time.  We had a bite to eat, shot the S***, and basically just hung out together.

Well the shower is calling so I’m out of here!


Thank Goodness I Read.

Good Morning!  It is overcast but the temperature is warm.  There will be some rain later this afternoon but right now it is dry.

Well for a month now I have been having nose trouble.  No I don’t mean I’m in other peoples business.  Roughly 11 years ago I was diagnosed with COPD.  I have been able to control it with out medication up until now.  This Spring I was was having a slight problem with breathing and I blamed it on allergies.  During the last month I have had a crusting in both my nostrils.  Naturally the first thing to do is to remove it.  I find myself digging into the sides of my nostrils which in turn relieves the crusting but also causes bleeding.  If I don’t remove the crusting it comes together causing pain and difficulty breathing.  Well this morning I decided I have a doctor why don’t I use him.  So I put a call in to see if he can fit me in because his appointment scheduling is now into July. I waited for a call back. I got my call back I will see doctor at 1 pm today  bless his heart.

Well yesterday my last volume (6) of Locke & Key   arrived.  I had read vol. 4 &5  so I picked up 6 and finished it.  So now I only have to get the first two vol. I have loaned out back and I can packed them away for when the time comes to move.

I started this on the 16th.

I'm a 1/3 of the way through it now.

I’m a 1/3 of the way through it now.

As usual It is spellbinding as is expected with a Deaver novel. Reading seems to be my thing to do this last few  months.  In fact the UPS driver commented yesterday that I was keeping him busy just coming out here.  But when you find you don’t go away much, don’t want to crochet or knit, and need to be close in case the real estate person calls this is what you do. I find walking, cleaning house, or yard work becoming increasingly hard and to go somewhere increases the urge to spend money which I don’t want to do.  It is either that or sleep or find something to eat which neither is good for you in excess.

I had to straighten out a mistake with depositing my SS check into my credit union this last week.  The government not my credit union was responsible.  So here is another thing to keep check on from now on.

I am going to visit Pammie at Pioneer Days at the end of the month and I am looking forward to that.  Do have a good rest of the week even if you, like I, see only rain in the forecast.



A great big Happy Birthday to Molly!!!

She is 14 years old today.

She is 14 years old today.

She still gets out to hunt.  But she only uses her litterbox–won’t do her duty outside.  When we first went to get her she crawled up around the back of Jay’s neck and wasn’t letting go until we took her home. She is another member of my little family!

Back 40 Begging

The back 40 went begging again.  Reasons– I had the front to do and gasoline at $289.9 a gal is hard to take when you are filling a tractor to cut grass.

Low hanging branches

Low hanging branches

Several areas in the yard have low hanging branches which I have to go under to mow.  I get tangled up in them or scrape my head with them.  I am not about to try trimming them at this time and probably couldn’t do it any way. So I do the best I can.

Yesterday was dry enough to cut so I took advantage of it.

The front is neat again.

The front is neat again.

I have both sides of the dome done and the area out to the shed.  Every where else is still in bad shape.  If I can wait until the price of gas comes down a little I’ll finish the rest of the yard. Of course some areas need weed wacking which is not my favorite job but I’ll try to do some of that when I can.

Today it is raining again so mowing is out.  I have my Sunday newspaper to read and have started Locke & Key  vol.4.

I still have a big problem to solve so I started working on that.  But hey nobody said life is a joy ride and I’m used to getting things done.

Have a great week ahead –I’m going to.

A Nudge To Remember!

Well the mowing never got done on Thursday because I couldn’t start the tractor.  I put the battery charger on it and later I started it but by then it was too late to start. I did however use the time to finish Be Mine another page turner. I like the stories but have come to think the heroines have some weakness in their character.  I have decided to read volumes 4 &5 of Locke & Key because I have ordered the last book in the series and it arrives on Tuesday.  Then these will be packed away unless someone wants to read them.

It rained on Friday so no mowing yet.  This morning is in question because I have to determine if it will dry out enough.  The big thermometer on the porch says 62 degrees and it is gray overhead.  Not too promising I’d  say.

I spent part of yesterday, as I have for the last few days, watching The Roosevelts on Amazon Prime.  I kept thinking that I was an infant and then a young child when these segments of history unfolded.  I could vaguely remember the ration coupons my mother traded for what she needed to take care of our family.  I knew my Dad was in the CCC but I was told about that because it was before my parents were married and I was still a gleam in my mom’s eye .  I do remember my grandfather taught  machining in the NYA camp at Grass Lake that we visited before my middle brother was born so how these thing came about was really interesting to learn.

Well this is waiting for me but I just  haven’t had  the heart to pick up a hook these last few weeks.

The yarn sits on a chair in the dining room.

The yarn sits on a chair in the dining room.

But I did start this book of patterns both crocheting and knitting  to work on.  I just need a reason to work on something.  Some evening I end up in my ( I call it my upsy daisy chair) watching something on the TV.   Invariably  the phone will ring so I established a communication center on my end table.

Not real fancy but it fills the need.

Not real fancy but it fills the need.

Well I woke up after 7 am, have checked the basement, will E-mail my eldest with my findings, take Brandy out for her morning duties, fed & watered the cat, let her outside, brought her in, now it is time to get dressed, and find something for breakfast. Have a great day .



Time Will Tell

Well no visions appearing in the middle of the night, no one calling my name and waking me, and most importantly no snakes this morning.  No I guess I’ll do a little mowing as soon as the dew is gone.

A walk around the place this morning, while out with Brandy, and I spotted this.

The peony bush at the back deck

The peony bush at the back deck


This is the other side of it.


I also added this to the porch yesterday.

The matching table

The matching table it has been in the basement

Volumes 4 and 5 of Locke & Key arrived yesterday along with Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Black Orchid  another graphic novel.  These will go on the shelf to read as soon as I finish Laura Kasischke’s Be Mine.   I’m on page 207 of 302 pages and I keep wanting to reach for it knowing I have other things to do.  I’m in the middle of another Amazon Prime series also.  So the mind is staying stimulated.

I made potato salad yesterday to go with my polish sausage for supper.  There is enough for another dish this evening.  Why do I make it?  Because when I buy it the potatoes aren’t done so this is my cure.

My appointment with Dr. Robbins was satisfactory. There is a little more loss of hearing but not bad.  I’m really not concerned that much because the dog, the cat, and the birds don’t have a whole lot to say.

As for the dome there has been not a whisper for a couple of weeks.  I’m beginning to think I’m going to live here forever but time will tell.