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!


Today is the day to give Thanks and I want to .  To everyone who has helped me get through Jay’s death, leaving my home of 17 years,  finding a new home ( with Cindy) and  getting the support I needed to do this.

May you have time to reflect on all the things you need to give Thanks for today.

Turkey Day Soon

Well another morning closer to the turkey gizzard.  The high today will be 46 with wind in the 14 to 17 mph area.  It will be cloudy with rain this evening.  Brandy and I might do a little time in the swing today.  I want us to have as much time outside as possible before the snow gets bad.  I called the Vet this morning because she doesn’t want to eat.  I asked if I could vary her diet.    I’m waiting for an answer.

Yesterday while in the swing a new set of visitors arrived.

Two Blue Jays joined the crowd at the feeder.

I may have to buy some more seed before the Eagle shits next month.  But to be able to watch the birds feed is something I enjoy and with less than $10. a bag I would find it hard to stop it.

Well I packed Maria’s box of jams and now have them ready to ship.  I even included some of the fudge, with the recipe, for her to try.  That box will go out tomorrow.

Yesterday was a repeat on the other day of things getting in the way of my project.

I think Lily likes the warmth of the chair so she hops in when I leave for a minute.

I may have to take a picture of the project if I don’t get it done before Christmas.  You know–“this will be your gift if I don’t get it done” thing.

I also have to work on the “social calendar”, as I call it for next year.  I try to record dates I need to remember, check it at the beginning of a month for what kind of  cards, and how many I’ll need.

Actually it is a date book.

I have been collecting recipes for my ‘book’.  I found a couple of cookie  recipes (which I don’t need), but they look interesting so I put my printer to work.

My Large Print Reader’s Digest came yesterday, of course I had to pick it up, and start reading.  ( The time on my project suffered for it).   But I’ll pick up the I  hook and crochet a while today.

When I come home from Les’  house Friday it will be take down, pack away Thanksgiving, and start thinking about the next holiday decorations.  I look forward to the project every month hoping it will be pleasing to everyone.

Let me know how your holiday plans are proceeding and enjoy what your doing to get it done.  I’ll check in again.


Yep, Sunday Again.

Up at 7 am this morning, a hot shower, my first pill of the day, empty the bathroom trash, took that and kitchen trash to the garbage cart.   I  filled the outside bird feeder and went out to get Saturday’s mail (it rained yesterday).  Back inside to gather up yesterday’s clothes, took them to the laundry and started the washer.   Next I fed the cats (3 of them). warmed last night’s coffee cup,  set the pot up for more, and went outside for this.

It has snowed all night but nothing stayed on the ground,

It is now 34 degrees, cloudy, wind at 14 mph, and it will stay in the low 30s until 7 pm.

Now I have the birds inside to feed and then Brandy when she gets up.  Cindy is working so I will start to crochet  my project, transfer laundry, fold clothes to put away and pack Maria’s box of jam to be sent to California.  I may even sneak in a little reading today.  ( I must stay out of the fudge because it is really good.)

This Thursday I will be going to Les’ house for Thanksgiving dinner, stay overnight, (Brandy won’t like sleeping in bed alone) and return home Friday.  My granddaughter, Courtney will be with us for dinner  and my other granddaughter, Jasmine, hopes to stop by for a few moments before going on to her dinner.  Cindy has to work that day and David is going to his mother’s house.

A momentary halt to transfer the laundry.  I have probably said this before but it is like riding a Merry-Go-Round in my life.  Like jump on, go round doing things, and jumping off in order to catch up or advance things to the next level.

Well it has been roughly three hours since I opened my eyes this morning and I do have to pick up that I hook.  I will sneak in  feeding the inside birds in the next jumping off space.

Have a good Sunday, stay warm, and let me know how your Holiday plans are progressing.


Start Of A Busy Day

It is still Good Morning but not by much.

I started the day cooking.

Scalloped potatoes.  The recipe made with a white sauce.

I prefer this because sprinkling flour among the layers results in lumps of flour that didn’t get moisture.  Now I’ll  add beef sausages and a Baby Vegetable Medley to complete our supper.

My second project this morning came from the blog of my dear friend Pammie.

The Three minute Cranberry/ Pistachio Fudge.

Now it does involve three minutes after you open and chop 1/3 cup of pistachios. I confess I didn’t check for unshelled nuts so it did take a while.  But the results are cooling in the fridge and all my dishes are washed.

A couple days ago  Cindy took me to our nail appointment   She decided she wanted something different for Thanksgiving.  Her idea sounded good so I did a copycat of it.

Both my ring fingers are in gold. Kinda neat I think.

Well now it is back to the I hook ( no I haven’t given up yet).

Looking out the window it is gray, rainy, and downright sad.  I will go out for the mail but that is as far as I will venture today.   I guess this beats snow but I think snow would be a whole lot prettier.

I pick up the tape when I went to pay the storage rental yesterday.  I already have the mailing box and the plastic for wrapping the jam jars so that is tomorrow’s  project.

Well my friend  look out the window, stick out your tongue, and give this day the old raspberries. Then figure out something nice like a cup of hot chocolate and visit me again.








Who Knew!

Sometimes when you want to crochet some thing gets in the way!

She is comfy!

I have been fighting with row 3 for a day or two.  I sat up at 2:30 am  and restarted it again.  When I did get up again this morning it was feed the zoo, get my coffee, transfer laundry that I had started in the middle of the night, and I just didn’t get the I hook in hand.  When I finally reached for it that is what I found.

Cindy made us a Lasagna for our supper and I have a small plate of it cooling In front of me.

My Brandy decided to get up just now so It will be feed her.  Well you know the saying about the best laid plans of mice and men ( believe me it is true).

Brandy and I  are fed, the dishes are in the dishwasher, and Lilly is still sleeping with  the yarn.  I don’t think I’ll be doing much working on the project tonight.

Cindy came up with a small speaker for her cell phone and it is amazing.  It is the form of a Cat’s head and costs $5.30.  I had David go and pick me up one for my bedroom TV.

Mine Is a Puppy head and I can now hear my little TV clearly.

I never realized that I Five dollar bill + tax could make such a difference,   Now I hope it will last for a while.

Well Cindy has another 5 hours on her tour and I’m wondering what I will do.  My camera just said charge the battery so that pretty well ends my post for tonight.

I hope you have lots to do for the weekend and enjoy every minute of it.




Helpful I Hope

Good morning.  After spending 12 hours in bed with no supper, an upset stomach, and a bitch of a headache I finally feel better today.  I suffered a bloody nose and a feeling that I wanted to upchuck but couldn’t.   The only thing I consumed during those hours were  cups of cold water.  (Talk about want to die.)   But today I have a slight headache and I was well enough to solve one of my problems.  Being an amatuer crocheter I find it difficult to follow a long pattern.  When the instruction say to do the thing twice or more I get really upset about following them.

So when I read that I needed  233 chain stitches I started to panic.  But I had bought the yarn and I (by golly) was going to make it.   One of my major problems was losing my place on a long instruction so this morning I worked on that first.

I cut up a cardboard box to fit the size of the pages I needed.

I don’t know about you but every time I have to check the instructions my yarn gets in the way and I lose my spot trying to straighten things out.

Good old scotch tape affixed the pages to the cardboard.

A small clip holds a marker in place. ( Being an old information operator with the phone company I always used my marker.)

On the back side I taped a set of helpful instruction.s.

Now I am in business.  But then I thought other people have this problem too.  be it inexperience or old age so I thought it was worth sharing.  I hope this helps someone.

Will I’m ready to pick up my I hook and get started. Talk to you later.






Almost Halfway Through November

Well it is almost afternoon so I thought I should visit before I pick up my project again.  Yep I ripped it all out because I remembered what Cindy said that If it wasn’t what you would enjoy doing it then don’t.  So I changed patterns, went out and bought more yarn.

This is the beginning of the Duchess Of Cambridge Crochet Shawl.

It will have navy and white yarn with it.

Les and Anne were up on Saturday to take me to Brunch.

They had to leave after because the Christmas lights were calling to be hung.

But Brandy got her attention first.

Ain’t nothing like Lesley’s lap and a good belly rub.

I looked out the front window yesterday and saw this.

My Firebush Is truly burning,

I guess Winter is truly on it’s way.

Well the Eagles are on the Bose, Cindy and David are out, and Libby is barking from the cage.  ( She can be a real pain in the ass when she is free in the house.)  There isn’t a cat dish with food in it or a waste basket that is safe when she is free.   I will soon let her out and watch her because I hate hearing her bark.

Well my friend Libby is calling and my crochet hook has gotten cold so that is it for now.


A Little Of This And That

It has been a few days since our last visit so I thought I better check in.  This post contains a little bit of everything so hold onto your hat!

First Thanksgiving decorations.

This is the bathroom shelf.

I had Fall leaves for the mirror but they didn’t stick.

We bought the flowers when we were at Sam’s Club.

A large bouquet at a reasonable price so I couldn’t resist.

Of course beads for the counter tree.

Not the colors I wanted but they work.

The living room window

The dining room window.

Both windows have lighted displays for the evening.

Under make it work this.

I bought an acorn squash to bake.

But when I went to cut it open to clean it out I couldn’t do it.  So I took it, a butcher knife, and a hammer and headed for the cement back porch.   It took a little muscle but I cut it open, cleaned it out, and baked it in the oven.  It takes a little engineering to get over the hard part.

I started a gift for Christmas and have had no luck with it.

I have ended up with this on the kitchen table several times

But by golly I’m going to keep trying until I have something to show for it.

My Brandy got a shot today that was long overdue.  When I asked why the delay they told me when they changed over to a new system it got lost in the shuffle.  You got to love them computers don’t you!

Well my younger son will be up this weekend to help me clean up a few things (computer wise) and visit with us.

I got my first set of flannel sheets a couple of days ago and I love them even if the are blush pink!  I’m expecting a second set in the next couple of days ( these are a print) so then I can change one set  while I wash the other.

My friend Inez brought me a bag of material and patterns to the Knit Night meeting that Pammie hosts on Tuesday.

I don’t know when I’ll get started using it but I know I’m going to have fun.

While Cindy has returned to a normal work schedule so I’m seeing alot more of her and I love it.

Well I guess I should go pick up the I crochet hook and attempt my project again.

Have a great rest of the week and do something good for yourself.





What To Do On Day 4

Went to the retired phone operators luncheon today wearing this.

It way too big but I had to wear it to get comments from the attendees

Funny how you pack things away forgetting you ever had them in the first place.  The luncheon was a series of I know that face but what the heck is her name.   It has only been almost 30 years since I retired but i worked there for a little over 29 years. ( Now  I wonder why I can’t remember names.)

I started going through the Thanksgiving boxes today and came across this.

My grandson, Dakota, was very young when he made this for me.

He is now 24 years old and I still pull it out every year and place it somewhere in the room.  Dumb I know but it is something I do.

I have started on decorating the windows but it just ain’t jelling so I’ll get Cindy to help me tomorrow maybe.

I don’t know how old this Cornucopia is but it still works so out it comes. 

I’ll be taking other pictures as the decorating continues.

Well it has been quite a day so I think I’ll  close for now.




Day Three

Well as my Grandma used to say ,”the eagle shit today”{ meaning the SS) came in so it was take Brandy to get groomed.

She is in resting on the bed.


i finally got into the shed today and found Thanksgiving.

Now all I have to do is unload it and start decorating.

This might not get done before Sunday but at least it is where I can get at it.

I finally found a pattern for a shawl with friend Pammie’s help and hope to get started on it next week.   She sent me several emails on patterns.  That is what good friends are for!

A look outside this evening brought this.

You sure can’t Autumn for great colors.

I’m sitting here eating boneless ribs and juggling the plate around the mouse.

Cindy is at work and David is playing Magic so everything is quiet around here.

Tomorrow there is a Retired Phone Operator’s luncheon at 1 pm then I free the rest of the day.  Some weeks nothing is going on and others things conflict not that I am complaining.

I almost forgot it is fall back this Sunday.  Daylight Saving Time stuff!

Well that is it for now but I’ll be back!