One Foot In Front Of The Other!

Good afternoon.  I started this morning with a breakfast of hash and eggs with a peach.  I also made Brandy an egg fried in butter for her breakfast.

Breakfast first then work.

Breakfast first then work.

The big thermometer on the porch says

80 degrees.

80 degrees.

It is overcast and there has been a light rain which lasted just a few minutes.  It is windy so the burning process is halted for today.

I have emptied the barrel.

I have emptied the barrel.

Moved it to the spot where we burned the brush pile.

Ready to start again.

Ready to start again.

Of course the debris left from the move has to be raked up and moved to a spot by the barrel but not today.

I have brought a container up from the basement to pack office supplies in and started gathering that.  I took time out to make a couple of phone calls to set up an appointment with a bank in Clio because I need a Medallion Stamp to process  some papers.  I have called Doggy Depot and left word to have an appointment for Brandy on the same day because it is just down the road from the bank.

Yesterday I went to Home Depot to order a Bali Blind for the French door.  The one hanging there had a confrontation with the wheel chair a couple of times and had already had some damage on the bottom.  The new one is almost the same color as the one on the other door so that was a good find.  I’ll pick that up later.

I also went by my cell phone dealer to see why after I had cancelled Jay’s phone the bill still was high.  I found out they left me on the family plan because you have to ask to be changed to the single plan.  Obviously when my contract is up in October I will cancel and find another provider.  This is the second time they have jerked me around and I don’t need to do business with people like that.

The flowers at the front door.

The flowers at the front door.

Both these were from the funeral and are blooming happily at the front porch.  The wind chime has again replaced a flag on the pole.

Well that is it for now.  Still a bunch to do but it is one foot in front of the other.  Take care.

 

 

Moving Along!

Bud, my handy man, was here today.  This was what I needed help on.

The indoor/outdoor carpet was really bad.

The indoor/outdoor carpet was really bad.

Pulling away from the wall.

Pulling away from the wall.

But after Bud worked his magic this was the results.

The ramp is gone and the porch painted.

The ramp is gone and the porch painted.

I’m pleased with the results.

The progress inside has slowed a little only because of other things to do.  Yesterday was my appointment with the doctor.  He said as long as I avoided runaway semis or buses I stood a good chance of lasting a few more years.

Today it was pick up some important papers, move Jay’s unopened medicine, and  pull his clothes so some one else can get the benefit of them. I will continue to burn trash, clean out drawers and file cabinets tomorrow.  Still have a lot to do on the main floor.  But it is moving along!!!

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Working On The First Of A Three Step Procedure!

One of my passions from over 35 years ago left yesterday on the back of a pickup.  I found someone to give it to.

Started in 1980.

Started in 1980.

It has barely survived two major moves and is a little worse for wear but a loving grandma and grandpa are going to give it a new life for their little grand daughter.  ( The little trellis on the side was made by ‘Grammie Pammie’.)  I also sent a big cardboard box full of material, finished furniture, kits, and etc.  The grandmother returned and bought my other four house kits so another area has been cleared in the basement.

Speaking of clearing Debra and I finished sorting and tagging the second upstairs bedroom, and the bathroom except for the holiday decorations stored there. Cindy came and got her stored clothes to give away. She helped sort papers for keep or throw away. (We played one game of rummy before she went home –I won.)

Grand Daughter, Jasmine, came up and mowed the front yard with the tractor.  (Adam, my neighbor had done the back the day before.)  She also helped move things from upstairs to the main floor.

Today Debra and I start the main floor. We are making headway.

It Ain’t All Flowers Around Here.

Where there was one—-

---now there are four.

—now there are four.

The other orange ones are still blooming.

The other orange ones are still blooming.

In among the tall grass I found this.

One of the cannas is trying to bloom.

One of the cannas is trying to bloom.

 

Well Thursday started our declutter and decide days.  Debra, Wes’ wife came up and we started in the basement jam room and got almost to the mud room door.  I do have to empty out the metal desk and a large file cabinet that I have down there yet.   But there is a list with columns for different disposal choices and color dots on everything to coincide with the columns.  What was going to be trashed was either put in a burn barrel in the back yard or bagged to go in the trash pickup.  That barrel has been smoking for three days now and the bed of my pick up is full.

On Friday we went to the upstairs bedrooms.  We finished one and are working on the other.  The closets are almost walk in types so they held a lot of stuff. ( Believe me that is what I did–stuffed them.)  I had Debra shaking her head because she couldn’t believe all that was in them.

I ended up with four large boxes from both floors to sort through.  (Some of them were a bit gross from the basement but I finished them today).  Debra stayed home to catch up on her duties at her house.  She will be home again tomorrow because I have three file cabinets on the main floor to sort out.

Ain't nothing but fun and games ( a bit nasty in some cases).

Ain’t nothing but fun and games ( a bit nasty in some cases). 

Well that is it for tonight I’m going to go fall in bed.

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5 of August Already!

It is hard to believe that August is here already.  No amount of heel digging in is stalling the progress toward Fall.

Today I got to turn my Girl Scout pin right side up.  (Even If I wasn’t a girl scout my family was in scouting and that should count for something!)  Any way a person ran out of gas in front of the house this morning.  At first I said I couldn’t help them and then changed my mind.  I gave them what little bit of gas I had in a 2 1/2 gal can and sent them on their way.  I had to help because what goes around comes around!

I have been making a list of the appliances, some of the things in the basement, and etc. I also took all the batteries out of Jay’s meters and medical equipment and starting gathering that all together.

I’m still waiting on the forms that are to be sent to me.

I moved the burn barrel to the end of the back driveway and will start filling that. Well I think that is all for now.  Take care.

Surprise!

Good afternoon!  It is a sunny 80 degrees on the porch with blue skies and white fluffy clouds.

When Brandy and I took a walk out front today I stopped to pick up some branches that the storms had knocked down and took them to the side of the drive.  I will drag them to the burn pile later.  While we were out I spotted this.

The first what I call Tiger Lily in the berm.

The first what I call Tiger Lily in the berm.

I know there are more out under some trees in the side yard but I need to cut down the bushes that have grown up around them.

I met with my children yesterday to let them know what I plan to do now with Jay gone.  It will take some time but we have a tentative plan to accomplish my goal.  I also explained the financial situation to them, not asking for money, but to make them aware I will need their help because I won’t be able to afford hiring it done.  Then we had a little lunch and reminisce a bit.

Speaking of lunch–I had made oven-fried chicken (12 pieces) and a chocolate cake with blue frosting and sprinkles.  As I was frosting the cake I heard a loud crack.  One of the glass baking dishes broke and glass and grease was very where.  I managed to take the other dish out of the oven and placed the contents on paper towels.  I took that dish turned it upside down over the dishwasher door and hear clink (it had glass in it too).   So the next step was to pitch all the chicken and glass into the wastebasket.  I continued to frost the cake but it didn’t seem right either.

On the way down to Wes’ house for the meeting I picked up KFC.  When it came time for the cake after lunch I found it dried out and burned on the bottom so that was dumped out too at Wes and Deb’s house.

Today I check the oven with a thermometer and found that the oven heats to 50 degrees higher than it is set for.  Duh! no wonder I had failures.  I don’t know if Avery can fix it until I get a hold of him–I left word.  In the meantime the the stove top burners work fine.

Life is just full of surprises!

Take care everyone!

 

Triggers

Sometimes little things trigger a thought or a memory that has been forgotten.

This morning this was one of them.

Molly's toys

Molly’s toys

She had pulled them off the shelf in the dining room and tangled them together which happens a lot.  But this morning as I worked on untangling them a thought came to mind.  A man who loved working on knots and tangles but I couldn’t bring him to mind.  I can remember him smiling as he work to fix them but I can’t remember who he was.

Later I started some eggs for Brandy and me for breakfast.

Another trigger

Another trigger

As I placed the egg timer in the pan Jay’s voice said don’t do that you’ll make them rubbery.  I told you to start with the eggs in cold water, then when they boil turn off the heat, and let them set for 12 minutes.  Mentally I said sorry honey but I do it this way.

Later as I took the clean dishes from the dishwasher I came across this.

A smaller cup

A smaller cup

It was from the first good set of dishes we had bought many years ago.  The pattern was Windsong and it was no longer available when we had to replace the set.  This little cup has spent several years in the fridge holding two bottles of Jay’s insulin.

Well this was my next project was this.

Thank you messages

Thank you messages

Well I was half way through them when I decided that was all I would do today.  I needed a break to regroup my thoughts.  I’ll work on them again tomorrow.

But the thing that  brought tears today came in the mail.  It was a card from a pre-op nurse at St. Mary’s where Jay past away.  Inside it said, ” I enjoyed sharing the stories of jam making while caring for Albert at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Take care”

So many of you have been so kind and caring I’m humbled.

Not Flowers But—

—badly needed.

Now I can cook!

Now I can cook!

The Monday morning before Jay went to the hospital (Tuesday) with his arm my stove quit.  All plans to can that day were cancelled and every thing was moved back to the basement.  To make a long story short yesterday Shane Majesky ( my old clowning partner), her son Avery, and Shane’s friend delivered this stove to my kitchen.  It is used but it is duel fuel and has many of the features my old one had.  Avery hooked it up and now I’m all set again. They loaded my old one and took it away.  She said it was to take the place of flowers bless her heart. Thank you much my friends.

Yesterday a severe storm hit my area, as well as a lot of the state.

Hail on the deck.

Hail on the deck.

Extremely  high winds, hail, and rain hit a little after 5 pm however I lost no power and suffered minor damage.

A few branches down in the driveway and in the yard.

A few branches down in the driveway and in the yard.

the Storm Shirt

the Storm Shirt

Of course Brandy had her Storm Shirt on and although she still panic a bit it did help her get through everything.

The stove they came from Lansing, Mi. and they dodge storms all the way here.  The stove had a little rain on it but it didn’t hurt it.  ( I call that friendship with a capital F.)

Cindy is due up here after 3 pm today to help arrange the acknowledgements for all the care and kindness that everyone has shown.  She is also going to try to beat my A** at rummy!

Please have a good week and take a moment to tell the people around you how precious they are to you.  I have learned  that lesson and will try to remember it.

Priorities

Funny how the mind works.  There are Sunday chores to do.  I will do them before the day is done.  There are thanks to get ready.  I want them to reflect how wonderful everyone has been to me during this time.  So I procrastinate trying to find the right words.  I have to do the list thing–who is left to call, what is needed in the food department, pack up the medical equipment, gather the medications to try and find someone to use them.

But what do I find myself doing?  I sat in the kitchen, pulled the half empty bottles out of the fridge, dumped them, pulled off the labels, and put them in the dishwasher so that the canning jars could go to the basement and the others out for recycling tomorrow. Where are my priorities?

I know it is busy work to keep the mind off the loss but you would think I could find more productive things to do.  But what ever it takes I’ll do it  I just have to remember my family is suffering too.