About Momma

Now 82-years-old on February 22 and I'm still on the right side of the grass.. Mother of two sons and one daughter (Bloggers SEB and Cindyisms are two of them). I'm Grandmother of three. I have lived with my daughter for nine months now and she hasn't kicked me out yet. I stay active with household chores,and feeding my zoo. (3 cats, 1 dog, and 2 birds.) Retired after 29 years+ at Michigan Bell Telephone and ten+ years with The Oakland Press. I was active with the telephone company union and a Dale Carnegie graduate. I work at crocheting, knitting, making ornaments, and other projects. I do a little canning. I trained with the Michigan Bell Clown troupe and then I was a clown doing parades, parties, and picnics for about 15 years. My other passions are music from the 50s through the 80s, reading, birds, flowers, my pets, big cats, and of course blogging!

Another Busy Day In August

Ok this is the last canning project until my trip up to Montrose Orchards on the 25th.  Today It was Dutch Apple Pie jam.

14 cups total

I also bought more flowers while I was out.

Mini carnation they should last a while.

I think my Brandy will be happy because now we can go outside to walk or swing.  She has been really bummed out the last couple of days because I was tied up with the canning.

My reading has suffered also.  I’m only 1/2 ways through the Reader’s Digest for September.  I’m almost to chapter 21 of The Whistler.

I have to take the canning equipment to the garage. Find a place for the relish and the jam and relax the shoulders.

I have the earring decorations from the party I attended but I don’t have the earring to clip them into.  Oh well Cindy will check that out for me.

Have a great week and do something for you.

One Project Down

Well yesterday I started the Hot Dog Relish made with Cabbage.  After a night in salt water I started the jars washing, Lids and rings ready.  But yesterday I had a roadblock. I went to the storage unit, found my food processor, jars. and canning equipment.  I then went to Meijers for my produce. I found everything I needed including green tomatoes.

When I returned home I discovered I was missing a part on the food processor to hold the disc for special chopping. So I used over three different method to get everything down to a decent size.  Then came the soaking overnight.

Everything went well today and the results were 25 1/2 cups of relish.  After several attempts I can’t get a picture for you and I’m too pissed off to call my son to find out why.  The only comfort to this whole process is I got my relish made.

Now Brandy and I can go swing, go for a walk, or I can read.  Have a great week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Walking

It is 82 degrees out which means I spend time both in and outside. Yesterday was a terrible day for me.  Cindy was working a double, the chores were caught up, I had walked my two blocks, didn’t want to take a nap and was at a loss as how get through the day.  Today the laundry was just started,the zoo was fed, I have been reading and working in my Fill It In magazine.

Cindy is off today but like most of you who work full time she had errands to run.

I’m on  chapter 10 of my current novel, page 75 of the Reader’s Digest large Print, and actually a little tired of reading.

I got a shower this morning because I thought it was getting nails done today but Cindy said, “no mom it is tomorrow”.   I think I spend half my time wishing my life away and seeing that I don’t have a whole lot of time left this is bad.

Well I think I’ll put on my shoes so Brandy and I can go for our walk today.  That is about 50 minutes or less then the laundry will need to be transferred.

I have seen two honest to goodness butterflies the last couple of days so maybe our bush is working.

You know I would like to look through the Salvation Army store for something to do but Brandy can’t go in so I guess that is out.

Well It is get ready and go walking!

A Full Plate!

Monday morning off the the Vet’s because Brandy’s left eye has been red and draining all week end.

Her eye has been almost closed with the lids stuck together.

The Vet said there was a scratch on the cornea but it was already trying to heal itself.  He gave me prescription for drops to aid in the healing.  I felt a lot better after having her looked at.

Well Brandy and I walked again today but only two blocks.  After a couple af days of not walking we spent time in the swing when we came back then moved to the house where we crawled into bed for an hour and a half nap.

After a light lunch we went back to the swing where she slept and I read.  I had completed John Grisham’s Camino Island yesterday and enjoyed it so I brought his paperback and started it today.

Already into chapter four.

The advantage to this one is it fits in my purse.

Well I ordered my fruit for my jam making this morning.  Apricots, strawberries. red raspberries and dark cherries plus rhubarb for making Apple Rhubarb Chutney. (I love this for dipping egg rolls in.)  I decided not to order pectin I’ll bite the bullet and use Sure Jell. I will go up to Montrose Orchards on on Friday 8/25 and pick everything up.

I also have to prepare to do the Hot Dog Relish or summer will be gone and my potato salad time will be past due.

It looks like my ‘plate’, as far as activities go, will be full for a few weeks.

Gotta Do It!

Well I have been very sloppy about walking since last Thursday.  The mystery trip day I walked but not much, (ate a lot) very good but not healthy. Friday Cindy and I went to Sam’s Club (walked again but not what I could count) .  Yesterday It was company time.  Kathy  (Anne’s mother) was in from Colorado and she, Les, and Anne were up.  Again ate a lot but no walk.

Cindy and I check the house, shed, truck. part of the storage unit, and the garage for my canning book to no avail.  Yesterday David took me back to the storage unit where  we found the Ball Complete Book Of Home Preserving. my canning kettle,  and the box with the jar rings in it.  I brought everything but the jar rings home.

I had received a notice from Montrose Orchards that I could order the frozen  fruit discounted this month to make jam but I needed my book for how much to order.  I also am going to the computer to order Pacific  Pectin  it is cheaper then Sure Jell.  Now I won’t make as much as Jay and I used to make but it is something I enjoying doing.  I also found my Hot Dog Relish recipe made with cabbage and I also need that.  I mean I have the jars, the rings, and the time, I just need the produce and the lids to complete the job.

Yesterday I stopped to pick up some cellophane in the yard and found this.

 

A Dragonfly. I have never seen one up that close before.

The grocery store flowers are holding up well.

They sit most of the time on the stove top because Lilly wants to smell them and tips them over.  ( You can see her in the corner.)

I don’t remember showing you the flowers in the kitchen window so here you are.

These are the colors I chose for the theme.

Also this to match.

Most have something for the tree.

Well the cats are fed but the birds and dog need attention before I can call the zoo done.

I also need the wash my bedding and it don’t walk out by itself to the washer so I’m out of here.  Oops I forgot I also got to walk today.  You have a good week!

 

 

 

The Mystery Trip.

Well the mystery with Darlene and Michael yesterday turned out to be going up to Mcpherson’s in Millington for lunch and stopping on the way back at McDaniel’s Farm Market.  My lunch turned out to be my standard breakfast.  ( 2 eggs over medium, hash browns, Sausage links, and I slice of wheat toast,)  While we were there they picked up home baked bread and the famous Cinnamon rolls.  I brought a roll hone for me.

Very tasty (not on the protein diet) but I have to to get one every time I go up.

I cut it in half so David could have some  and finished my half today.

While we were at McDaniel’s I pick up[ two Bleeding Hearts and two Hostas for the front garden.

The two hostas are fine but the Bleeding Hearts are a little worse for wear so I got them 2 for 1.

While at the market Darlene bought me two melons to take home.

One Mushmelon

One watermelon

Michael cut up both of them for me before going home.

On the way through Otisville we stopped at the soft ice cream place and I got a small  cone even though I didn’t know where I would put it I was so full.

I saw they were finally rebuilding the church on the corner of Lake Rd. and M15.  It burned down after I moved to Pontiac.

Needless to say I didn’t talk much coming home because I was full up to my eyeballs but ie was a great trip and I did get to see some old friends while I was there. Thank you Darlene and Michael.  It does a lot of good revisiting old places and remembering them.

Darlene finally remembered my Christmas present.

Every year she get me Hallmark Bird of Beauty.

These are the birds that hang in the archway every Christmas.

Well I guess that is it for now.

 

 

 

The August Theme

With Flowers and Butterflies as the theme this month here is a preview

this is our flag for this month

The colors are bright and the subject matter fits perfectly.  ( This is a Toland Flag from Amazon.)  Almost all my flags are Tolands.

The following pictures are in the front dining room area.

The upper left corner

The lower right corner

The lower left corner

The upper right

The dining area from the outside

The living room window from the outside before revision.

 

Another look at the Bleeding Heart

This good but nothing on the other two plants yet.

Today Brandy and I tried another route on our 4 block walk. I have come to the conclusion that we will stick with Meadowlawn.  It has the  shady spots, traffic is not as heavy, and there are places to stop and catch our breath along the way.  The  scenery will be the same every day but the distance is what counts.

I had just moved the flower containers out from the edge of the house and now it is raining to beat the band.  Maybe it bring them back to life again.

Tomorrow my friends,  Michael and Darlene,  are taking me on a mystery trip for the day so I have to get a shower, pick out something to wear, and be ready to go in the morning.

Well I guess I’ll feed Brandy her afternoon meal.  Then she can go to bed when she wants.

It is too early for me so I think I’ll see what Amazon Prime has for videos

Take care!

 

 

3 Yesterday It Will Be 4 Today

It is 1:27 in the afternoon with Brandy and me having made our 2 block walk on our belts and plans to repeat it later today.  Brandy opted to take a nap and I may join her once I’m done here.  ( been trying to stick to protein rich foods also).

I am 94 pages into Camino Island  and now hooked on it.  I’ll be picking it up again later today.

Well the mail person brought the three sheets of butterfly clings today but I need to wait for the flower clings in order to decorate the windows.  Also an outdoor flag with butterflies is on it’s way.

I don’t have anything planned for the next few days except replenishing my postage stamps because it seems there are six birthday cards and one wedding anniversary coming up in August.

The results of having my nails done in July

As I was walking out I thought what ever possessed me to choose this

But I have had several positive comments on them.  The only problem is I look at them and go why.

Well the weather is warm and I find myself outside with my book reading until I get too uncomfortable then It id inside to the A C.

I think I’ll follow Brandy into nap time for a while.

 

 

Something To Work On (Wish Me Luck)

Well daughter told me this morning I have to work on building muscle mass.  This means more protein and exercise before I am in deep trouble.  So I looked up and made a list of some high protein foods.  Then Brandy and I walked not quite a block before we decided that was it.  I plan to walk again this afternoon (both of us) trying to make it 2 blocks.  This is quite a feat for me (who swings a lot).  I also have dumbbells in storage I can use.

(A reminder all pictures can be enlarged)

As promised the bracelets

The original has all the family charms I had given to me or I gathered.

Due to the weight I started another

These charms represent my work. my pets. and will eventually have my hobbies.

I also wanted to show the new growth outside.

There is new growth on one of the Lilac bushes

It is the darker leaves.

The white is the first bud on one of the Bleeding Hearts.

It may take a while but we are getting there.

I finally decided on flowers and butterflies for the windows in the house.  I’m just waiting for delivery of the clings.

The picture wall in the front room had some additions.

One of two shots.

The second one

We have a little more room up there but it is filling up.

Libby and David joined us on our first walk today

Well Cindy is off to work,the dogs are napping after their walk, and I’m going to take Gresham to the swing for a while.  Have a great day and a Better week!

 

 

Three Busy Days

Good morning!  Well another month has almost slipped away and I think back to younger days when it seemed that a week would never end.  It is sad to think that these days will be folded into my memories so quickly .

On the 28th Cindy and I went to play bingo at a regular hall.  There were many people there with rows and rows of cards in front of them.  There was a video setup as the numbers were picked and also a caller.  As usual I won nothing but I was sore from sitting at the end of the night.

I came home after to the job of making potato salad, chip dip, and a Sunshine Pie for yesterday’s luncheon.  My day ended at around 2 am.

Yesterday my youngest son

My wonderful IT man (Les) who made copies of several pictures for the wall.

He showed me how to print them on the Canon that scares the shit out of me because I don’t quite know it’s capabilities.  (Now it is go buy the 5×7 frames to mount them in.)

Daughter-in-law Anne kept things going in the dinning area.

She and daughter Cindy set up the food.

The other very capable set of hands at the set up.

Meanwhile David manned the Charbroil turning out the hot dogs Les had requested. (Almost a picnic type thing).

My new read is

I’m on page 9 and am not sure of it yet.

I have not read anything by John Grisham so it is a new experience.

I check the Butterfly bush went I went out for the mail.

It isn’t Red. White. and Blue but it is pretty.

I will get some new growth on one of the Lilac bushes and the buds on one of the Bleeding Heart plants next.

The weather is warm and a little breezy but still swing type.

I chance the clothes on the goose yesterday.

I’m going to have to get one where she is not in the shadows.  I’m also going to have to clean the July stuff off of the windows and go haunt the Dollar Stores for a new theme.

I’m in the process of finding another outside flag but I haven’t chosen it yet.

The new flowers for the kitchen counter.

This is also becoming a must to keep the mind active and the heart happy.

Well the cats are fed but that leaves the birds, the dogs, and me.  Then I can say the zoo is taken care of.  I also want to thank David for doing that job yesterday.

In the coming post I want to show you my Pandora bracelets. Cindy and David got me started on them and I have been finding charms ever since.

I’m leaving for the day.  Have a great Sunday and a better week!