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 Day–Another 50 Pennies

Good Morning –it is 30 degrees with the wind at 3 mph.  The high should be around 43 later in the day.  But most importantly no rain or snow.  My cats have been fed but I still have the rest of the zoo to do.  I told David I would go with him to get another tire for the Kia.  I’ll just have to get dressed.  Other than that there is nothing pending.

The shelf over the foot of my bed in now cleaned up and the jig saw puzzle that I’ve done are now on the shelf over the closet doors.

I awoke with a slight headache this morning but I’ll take care of that shortly.  The humming birds were suppose to start coming today and I have the feeder clean–just need to fill it.

Well have a great day and do something you like!

A couple of hours later I finally checked on my truck figuring I’d go out myself because I hadn’t seen David.

Ok my truck is gone ( Cindy must have it).  Some times I don’t know what the he** is going on!  Need a note people please!


Day 17

Hi there–me again.  Just finished J. D. Salinger’s  The Catcher In The Rye.  I try to read  new and old books for variety  but I don’t want to say how many times I wanted to throw this one out in the snow.  The main character is really screwed up which makes it hard to accept.

This story wants you to pui the book down but I try to finish every thing I read and now it is done.

I will now return to Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle gladly.

I’m feeling somewhat better today  so I don’t know if I’ll do a jig saw puzzle or just read.  Maybe it will warm up soon so I can be outside for a bit.  Almost all my chores are done for today and my mind is wandering around trying to figure what to do next.

Yesterday I rode with David to the doctor’s office and then we had breakfast out.  It does me good to get out of the house once in a while.

Yesterday when I was folding clothes Lily decided to help me.

Who says animals don’t know how to help.

Well I still feel the need to crawl into the tick for an afternoon nap around 2 or 3 pm.  so I do.
A peek out the front window shows a few large snow flakes  blowing around but nothing heavy,

These are the books that have piled up in the last few days.

I may feel well enough to catch up soon.

Well that is it for now.

A Simple Thing

Sometimes the most simple things can bring the greatest pleasure.  I woke up, a while ago , after a deep nap.  My mouth seemed to be stuck open. ( some kind of sticky stuff).  Dehydrated yep it seemed like.   After a couple glasses of water I settled on cutting up an orange.  What a wonderful taste.  It was a navel and I remembered I had paid $1. for it.  The pleasure that orange gave me was worth triple what I had paid for it.  It cleared my throat and put a smile on my face.

Need More

Well good morni—there ain’t nothing good about this morning.

That isn’t snow –it is ice and it is everywhere.

What climate change!  Who ordered this weather to make people sicker and sadder than necessary?  What I want is sunshine, to be able to sit outside, to hear the birds sing, to watch my dog investigate every inch of the yard for any new visitors, and to use my swing when I want it.  Life for me is always ticking on and I want to sense every bit of it that I have left.

O K down off the soap box.

I have a bowl of blueberry/oatmeal in my tummy, a cup of black coffee,  one fill it in puzzle done and no pressing reason to sit here yammering on about life so I’m crawling back  in the tick for a few more winks.



I’m Back Again!

Yes it has been a long time since you heard from me.  I’ll bet you thought I had kicked the proverbial bucket   Nope just ill enough not to give a rat’s ass about anything.  But I’m catching up now  This will not be in any particular order so bare with me.  Thank you.  This morning everything started out fine.  I worked on changing the bedding to wash it.   In the process I found the bulb in the lamp over the vanity wouldn’t light.  ( It was plugged in but burnt burnt out).

Speaking of vanities

Mine looks like a shelf in the drugstore.

The shelf t the foot of my bed will have to be cleared up shortly but that will wait until later.

My next chore was to feed the zoo.  That done with one bowl of oatmeal in my tummy I was aIleady  to proceed.

I got a call from Jay’s sister who is in rehab so I spent time talking with her. Later the phone rang an it was my eldest.  W talked about how things are going with him and it seems like he is having the same problem my next door neighbor  is having with getting commitments on jobs lined up.

With my bedroom under control I moved on.

Out of line but hey that has been my life for a couple of weeks.

I finally got the new flag up outside.

Today it is raining and forecast is for icy conditions this evening. This means walk out now for the mail as soon as it comes.
As you can tell I’m having trouble staying on subject.

This was the other day but it looks like today!

Yes I know but my mood is blue right now. Not sad but it makes me fell like being by the water.

latest shopping trip before yesterday but holding up well.

When I get up from here I will cut these back and put them in clean water.

Well my friend I guess I’ve wasted enough  of your time for today.  Be careful if you must go out this evening (I can’t afford to lose a reader).






Yesterday With Family

On Easter Sunday part of my family joined us for dinner.

Grand daughter Courtney and her mom Kim.

David and daughter Cindy.

As usual I ate to much and suffered leg cramps in the middle of the night.  I have to learn the body doesn’t like as much as it used to and revolts with pain .

I did get a picture of Courtney and me before she went home.

Now I have recent  pictures of both my grand daughters with me.

Today I have to get out for Brandy food, some personal items, and just basically look around.  After two days in the house the cabin fever itch hit me this morning.

I emailed Marion (my friend in England) a happy birthday.  Her messages to me sound lonesome.

Well the weather forecast says the low 40s today but clear.  So I shouldn’t freeze out there.  Have a good second day of April.


The Night Before

Good evening.  I have been spending the day between reading and cooking.  I put chicken in the crock pot along with brown mustard, honey, orange juice, and soy sauce.  I set it for 4 hours on low and let it go.  The chicken was tender and the sauce tasty.

In the meantime I finished Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists,  It was a can’t get back and pick it up fast enough  experience. I have now decided on this.

I will start this after dinner tomorrow.

There are two layers of chocolate cake on the counter waiting for the cake holder to finish washing in the dishwasher. It will have vanilla  frosting with sprinkles.  Also I plan to make a Polynesian Sunshine Pie.

It will be assembled tonight then into the fridge.

I figure at least one of them will be a hit with the diners tomorrow.

I decided to have the Stouffer’s Lasagna dinner, garlic or crusty white bread, asparagus, a salad, and deviled eggs.  Not exactly Easter fare but it satisfies the dietary restrictions.

Well it is off to the pie making, cake frosting, and whatever I can do tonight

Have a great Easter I know we will.


Almost Easter

Brandy is ready for Easter

Yesterday she got her haircut and bath.

They even braided her fair and placed ribbons on her ears.

It will soon be April.  March seemed to fly by.  The weather is rainy but I think good for the flowers and I’m not upset.

Cindy has been busy at work so I kind of miss her.  David is not feeling well so he is resting a lot in his room.  I have been doing little jobs like a toothbrush to clean around the water facets, washing the bath mats, mopping, and cleaning Spirit’s cage.

Granddaughter Courtney is spending Easter with me and I’m trying to decide what to to make.  I have invited Les and Anne also if they wish to come up. (Nothing for sure on that.)  I think a Sun Shine Pie might be a good dessert.

Well I attempted a Dump Cake yesterday.  You remember Dump cakes.  ( no)  Well neither do a lot of people.  The online recipe I chose was incomplete ( Didn’t say how much melted butter). my two cookbooks didn’t even mention Dump Cakes so I winged it with what information I had.  It isn’t bad but my first thought is to dump the Dump cake.  (may do it yet)

Back on line.  Cindy got up before leaving for work, tasted the dump cake and after hearing her testing I dump it in the garbage.  I wasn’t happy with it anyway.

It is rain all day with snow later.  Just makes me want to crawl back in bed and forget this day altogether.

Yep I’m going to crawl back in the tick.   Later


Family Stuff!

Well I have been a couple of days or so away.  ( Believe it or not I just misspelled 4 words in that last sentence.)  Anyway Cindy and I went to Les’ yesterday for Courtney, my grand daughter’s party because she is moving to a new job out of state.

She is here with her dad (Les).

Others at the party the lady in white is Mrs. Gribble with her daughter, son-in-law , and two friends.

Mrs, Gribble is my daughter-in-law’s mother.

At the front table was Kin, Courtney’s mother and her sisters.

This was Courtney’s cake and I ate the red car!

Anne my daughter-in-law sat with Cindy and me.

Two days ago I finished The Rooster Bar and enjoyed it greatly.  I picked up The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin yesterday and am already on Part 2 chapter 10.  ( That lamp at my chair sure does make reading easier.)

When I got home yesterday I took care of this.

This is Cindy’s goose but I need Les to turn it right side up for me.

She is sitting on the back porch waiting to greet visitors.

Today I went into the freezers and pitched all the outdated Items.  This was a job that has needed to be done for a long time and with my fussy stomach it will  improve my digestion.  Now we may have a couple of lean days until I can afford to grocery shop again but we won’t starve.  Well I’m going to skip out of here for now but never fear I’ll be back to visit again.