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!

Work Is Never Done!

It is hard to believe that it was last Monday when I last posted.  I guess I’m slipping up a little.   But I’m back now. so here we go!  First I must show you my two beautiful daughters.

You know their names.

Brandy had just come back from a bath and a haircut.  She hadn’t even got her coat off yet and her ribbons were in her hair.

She gets her ribbons because she is a good girl when being groomed.

Speaking of ribbons

This is her gallery of ribbons on the bedroom wall.

I don’t like to waste any thing that makes a good decoration.

I ordered this so I could put my puzzle ( a Christmas gift from Jasmine) together.

This way I can move it if I’m not through putting it together.

I sure don’t need to tie up the kitchen table at meal time.  Also the cats love knocking things on the floor.

Well outside–

Still snow

The forecast says it is 22 degrees but feels like 14, the wind is 6 mph, the high expected 37 with mostly sunshine.  The main roads are clear but the streets in the subdivision are covered and slick.

The reminder.

I was having trouble remembering if I took my pills and vitamins so I came up with this.  I put my Align package in the front of my pill holder.  It works great so I put Brandy’s on the TV stand until I feed her.  ( Got to stimulate the old brain sometimes.)

Well Cindy took David to an appointment so Libby has been in the cage for about an hour barking.  It is almost time to get her out to go potty.

Well the zoo except for the dogs is fed, my laundry is almost ready to come  out and go in the dryer, my checking account is figured, and I’m going to start emptying 2017 records out of the file cabinet to make room for 2018.  ( A woman’s work is never done–Agreed.)

 

 

 

It’s Monday Again!

Good Morning.  When I woke up Libby barking because she was in her cage.  Cindy and David had an appointment to keep.   When I finally came around I let Libby outside and started feeding the zoo.  I gathered my laundry and started it.  Next came Cindy’s which went in just now.  I have the Bose playing my favorites. I had a bowl of Strawberry Oatmeal for my breakfast then gathered the dishes. I emptied the dishwasher, reloaded it and started it going.

Pictures

Out the front room window

It is 16 degrees with a wind of 8 miles.  It is a light snow off and on and called for all day.

After feeding the zoo I noticed Spirit taking a bath in her water dish.

Talk about a small tub but she makes it work.

New flowers and beads for the kitchen counter and inside window.

It is a little early for Valentine’s day but I love the colors.

Well my camera battery is charging, I’ve turned off my music, have clothes to transfer.  Cindy and David just came in.

Well mine are still drying, Cindy’s still washing, so I turned Bread back on only lower to enjoy it.  Both Cindy and David  are rssting with Libby joining them.  Brandy is still in bed so it is just the cats and me up and around. ( Snow still falling lightly.)

What am I going to do?  Well one thing get dressed ( my bathrobe don’t keep my ankles warm).  Then I’ll finish the laundries, then pick up The Rooster Bar and read some more.   I can also do some more Fill It In puzzles because I sure not going outside in this weather today. I am going to have my arm looked at soon but not today.

Funny but I am sitting here swaying to the music.  It is so much comfort to me that I smile.  My selections today are as follows:

Live At the Troubadour with Carole King and James Taylor.

The Best Of Bread  with Bread.

Sultans Of Swing with Dire Straits

The Warmth Of The Sun with the Beach Boys

I know all moldy oldies but remember I’m going on 83 in roughly another month and besides it is my choice.  I have several other artists including the Moody Blues, Alison Kraus, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and the Eagles.  You can add Supertramp, Journey, Orleans, Air Supply, and I can add close to 100 more but I’ll stop for now.

Time to check the washings and get a new cup of coffee.  My clothes are on the table to be folded and put away.  Cindy’s just went in the dryer so I guess it is time to leave the keyboard and play domestic goddess.

Please have a great week.

Yesterday We Worked.

Well a good morning to you.  The temp. is 2 degrees, no snow falling, no wind, sunny, with a high of 17 in the forecast.  Still not balmy but liveable.

Yesterday was a day.  Even with the usual chores to tend to I’m happy to give this report

I started out canning 8 1/2 cups of Strawberry/blackberry jam.  This was followed by 9 cups of Blueberry.   I started on apricot next and while working on that Darlene and Michael came for a visit.  So I had Darlene making labels and put Michael in charge of making Red Raspberry.  (  He said he wanted to help when I canned so I took him up on it.)

So I sat down as Darlene said Michael was working under the watchful eyes of Momma.

There was a minor correction.  He read the portion for the fruit for the amount of sugar needed but I had measured his sugar out so it was easy to correct.  But he learned how easy it was to misread something and that was a good lesson for him.

Michael poured the hot jam into the jars carefully.

But overall he did a very good job resulting in 8 1/2 cups of Red Raspberry jam. Another plus was he work with me to clean up the kitchen and put things back where they belonged.  Darlene mop the floor to make sure all the spills were cleaned up.  So when we were done you couldn’t tell we had done anything in the fitchen.  ( That was a big plus for me because usually I have that to do when the the jam is bottled and processed.

All that is left of the fruit ordered  from Montrose Orchards is this.

Dark Cherries and I will have to buy  something from the store to go with it to make a full batch. 

But this is the jam area at the moment.

Not too shabby if you ask me!

After every thing was in order They took me out to dinner. I had a Gyro Platter with baked potato and a desert of Tapioca pudding.  The waitress talked me into whip cream and cinnamon on top—yummy.  The other half of my platter is in the fridge for later today but I ate all my pudding.

This morning nothing planned.  The zoo has beefed (except for Brandy) So I think I’ll picked up Grisham’s Rooster Bar  and read for a while.  Or I could start putting my jig saw puzzle together–is only 1000 pieces.  If I put it on a piece of cardboard then I can move later to finish it.

Well my thanks to my friends for their valuable help and the great dinner.

Have a great rest of the weekend and wish for warmer weather.

 

 

 

Here We Go!

Well here it is a little after noon.  I woke up at 9 am well rested and raring to go. I spent the morning feeding the zoo and preparing to make jam because Cindy is working all day today.  It is amazing how the mind settles down when you have completed a serious task ( the insurance on the truck) and can now do something altogether different.

A trip to the garage this resulted in this.

Two full shelves of jars washing aas we visit.]

When this is done I will start preparing the strawberries with black berries added to make a full batch. .  Next will come the blueberries, to be followed by two other fruits that I found in the freezer. This was the ideal day with Cindy working to accomplish this task.

The counter and table are set up with what I will need to complete the project so it all hinges on the jars being ready.

The tools of the trade as they say and these are mine today

I started Grisham’s The Rooster Bar last night but It will be set aside until all the jam is made.  It is sitting on the desktop calling me but I’m trying not to hear it.

I haven’t check the weather but the sun is shining, no snow falling and I don’t care how cold it is because I’m not going to be out there.

O K the jars are ready so I’m gone.  Have a great day!!

 

 

 

Well Darn It

Woke Up to this this morning,

There it was and still coming down.

I knew I had an appointment with a new insurance person to sign a policy for Pl & Pd on my truck.   Cindy bless her heart said she would drive me.  The roads were a mess so she took my truck.

After that was accomplished we went on up the road to Kroger’s where I started gathering all I needed to start the jam making process again.  The fruit that was frozen was starting to get frost on it. So it was 25 lbs. of sugar and jar lids to buy.  I have the jars, rings, and pectin so I’m ready.

There was a delay here of about 3/4 of an hour.  Barandy came out to go outside.  Then it was feed her.  I took time to clean the open jam jars in the fridge  with just a little in the bottom and put them in the dishwasher after I had emptied it,  I started a small load of laundry and now I’m finally back.  But this is how I work.

After playing with me briefly Brandy is back on the bed.

So I’m back with you.

A couple of days back I went out and bought this,

It is a small shredder.

It is the beginning of a new year with plenty of paper to discard.

I didn’t want to burn up David’s so I bought new.  I still need plastic sleeves to put items in my loose leaf binders but they can wait until  I’m out again.

Well Cindy is at work and David is nursing a headache so all is quiet right now.  I have things to do but I can’t seem to summon the energy to do them.  Maybe I’ll take a nap too.

I finished Dan Brown’s Origin  last night but I still have The Catcher in the Rye to carry with me when I’m out waiting somewhere.  I think I will start John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar.  ( Gotta keep the reading Up.)

I bought a big bag of Cheetos Puffs at the store (which I don’t need but I do love .)    Orange fingers here I come!

My arm is still acting up but I had other commitments to tend to so checking that out will have to wait.

Please stay warm and safe til next time!

 

 

 

 

 

What Is With The Weather?

I have been having a time with my left arm this last week or so.  I finally called for an appointment today.  It was set up for 2 pm but at 1 pm they called to cancel because the building lost power.  They asked me to call tomorrow again.  In the meantime I have to be careful about how I turn my arm.  A wrong move and the pain hits hard.

But I have been busy.  I paid off my truck and am setting up Pl & Pd insurance.  The difference  between  $1100,every 6 months and $797.50 for the same period.  I really didn’t want to get into this rat’s nest but I couldn’t afford full coverage any longer.  Now I know it will all payoff in the long run but my poor old brain isn’t happy with the situation right now.  There are times when I wonder why I bother going on but then I remember I have money I can get into but I don’t want to deplete that.

I still have quite a bit of jam on hand but I have fruit that needs to be canned soon.  I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get busy before everything becomes freezer burned,

Well I’m on page 320 of Dan Brown’s Origin and have trouble getting my chores done because it calls to me to pick it again.  If you haven’t read it pick it up because it is a page turner.

As far as I know both my sons are feeling better but I haven’t heard from either of them.

The temperature is 41 degrees (feels like 37). Extremely foggy with light rain until 6 am. Thursday’s forecast is for low 50s but on Saturday we will be back in the teens.  Then we wonder why people catch colds that won’t let go.

Well that is it for now.  Stay well and warm and we will get through this.

 

Still Freezing Like Everyone Else

Yesterday Darlene and Michael visited.  They took me out for brunch then we went to Petco to get Brandy some different food.  While we  were there I turned in a coupon for a pound of dog treats so it was a delayed birthday present for her.  She turned 12 years old on the fourth.  That should last her for a while.

Later when Cindy came in from work she, Darlene, and I played Rummy with Darlene being the champ. I came in second and Cindy was on hind tit as my grandma used to say.  Our visitors were up to bring presents for us.

A Mountain Bluebird and a Lady Mountain Bluebird.

I normally get one every year to add to the ones that hang in the archway but this year they gave me two. They must think I was a good girl this year.  I fooled them.  They also gave me a lovely black jacket with silver designs on it.  Now I will wear it to Bunco or something to show it off.  Thank you friends.

Leslie is home but still having a bit of trouble so the blog back ground will remain status  quo right now.

Well tomorrow I will pay off my truck.  This will bring an addition few buck in every month because I won’t have that payment and I can go PL & Pd to save money on insurance.

My Visa bill came in and wasn’t as bad as I thought but of course part of it may on next month also.  I’ll have to wait and see.

Well that is it for now.  Remember to stay warm and healthy.

 

Gonna Be Good!

Well good afternoon on this sunshiny day.  But don’t let that fool you.  It is 7 degrees and the forecast says it will go to the minus area as the day wears on.  The wind is 16 mph and it doesn’t take long for the forehead to start aching when you are out in it.  First after feeding the zoo I waited until the garbage truck came by and watch the mess from Christmas  finally get dumped.

This cart plus the one we borrowed from the neighbor were filled to overflowing .]

Last week on pickup day the truck couldn’t get to it so until yesterday we had no place to put what we had accumulated this last two weeks.  Then the neighbor across the street let us use her cart also.  For most people this wouldn’t bother but it did me greatly.

It seems I could do nothing right this year so far.  On New Years eve I forgot to hold money in my hand at midnight (a tradition) so I can’t say that this year will be wealthy.  I also didn’t kiss anyone at midnight (in fact I didn’t even say much) another sign that I will be lonesome.  It also seems that my expenses are growing too.

The decorations were put away yesterday .

It took Cindy, David,  and me all day to get everything packed up and in the shed.  At least there won’t be a big to do about decorating for January.

Son Lesley is still in the hospital in Ann Arbor with a herniated disc.  They are trying an injection first but if that doesn’t work it will mean surgery.  He is in a lot of pain but there is nothing I can do to help.

On the bright side I’m going to work on my jig saw puzzle now that there is room to set it up.

I plan on chicken thighs in Shake n Bake  for our supper tonight with a side vegetable.  I’m going to have to start cooking meals for a while to empty out the freezer a little.   We have things to eat but they must be cooked.

I  have to get into my binders and start typing up the old recipes that are hand written.  I know I still have fruit for jam making to take care of soon.  So it is basically just getting up and doing these things instead of sitting around and worrying about things I can’t fix.

I have a wall full of encouraging words to read every day so I better start reading them.  It is going to turn into a great year if I can just get through this rough spot.

I hope all is going well for you so until next time I’m gone!

 

 

2018

You would think after 82 years I would have something profound to say about the coming New Year but I don’t!  I can only say I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2018.  We will remember those who have left us with fondness  and care for those still with us.

A special Birthday wish to my oldest Wesley and may he have many more