I’m Healthy!

The results of my doctor’s visit.  As Cindy said I’m one healthy broad!  I had lost 10 pounds since my last visit.  My doctor said no more weight loss.  The lump on my side was the tip of my hip bone.  I was warned to be careful when I walk or I’ll break a hip.  I will l be taking one Boost every other day and I must eat three meals a day (1500 calories).  I have spent my whole life fat so this difficult to accept.  But I guess I have more time to accomplish some projects and clean out the sewing, painting, and etc.  Any way I feel a little about life in general now.

So you gonna get rid of me yet!

Get My Head On Right And Get It Done.

Good Morning almost afternoon on this dull, gray day with a few drops threatening to fall outside. Yesterday I did nothing out of the ordinary just the chores I see to every day.  After being bored reading I took an afternoon nap.  When I awoke I decided to see my doctor about a lump on my right side above the hip bone.  Now I was going to ignore it because there was no pain and I figured let whatever it was develop because I was tired of worrying about shit like this.  I thought I will eat what I want, rest when I want, and do whatever things ( creating, reading, and visiting) whenever I want so I told my daughter and my eldest that come what may it is up to me what to do.   So today I have an appointment at the doctor’s office because I figured there is too much to still be accomplished to ignore it.

I finished Bruce Handy’s novel Wild Things this morning and will start this.

This is continuing the Millennium series.

I still have a few magazines opened to finish but I’ll get them done.

As I mentioned before Cindy Is going to school right now .  I have a picture of her in her scrubs that doesn’t want to edit right now.

Cindy in her scrubs.

Yes this is what the old Kenmore was helping correct the last few days.  ( I swear I’m going to buy a new lighter machine but I can’t seem to spend the money when this one still works.)  Anyway my daughter is working towards a Nurse’s Assistant title. Her first test is today.  I have to give her a great deal of credit to start working on her career at this age.

I found this pattern yesterday and may make it for Halloween.

I really need to create something and I can crochet so I’ll try.

Well it is past time to wake Brandy up, get her outside, and feed her.  The cats are fed but I need to take care of the inside  birds too.  Have a great day!





What A Day!

I started this morning breaking one arm off my reading glasses.  Well if this is how it is going to go today I should just tuck my old butt back in bed and forget any plans for the day.  Ahh but Gorilla glue saved the day.  It held the glasses in one piece and other than trying to glue a finger to a thumb I solved that problem..

My first project this morning was to clean up the top of my stove.

With a Scrub Bud and hot soapy water she was shining like a diamond.

Now later in the day I bathed the top of it with spilled sugar  so that was a repeat  performance when my jam was done.

Next came Spirit’s cage because Cindy had cleaned Erin’s cage the day before.

When I fed Erin I wiped down his little present from the morning.

His cage was still neat this morning after a tiny bet of wipe up.

I continued to feed the rest of the zoo (as I usually do) so that every one but the dogs were taken care of.

The next move was to get more jars from the garage and start the dishwasher.  While I was out in the yard I cut up some cardboard that was in the spare room on the floor.  (I’m sure the neighbors enjoyed me standing in my nightgown and fleece jacket with a sharp object in my hand.)

After that I started setting up the canning equipment.   I used the food processor to  prepare the apricots  I measured them out. got my sugar ready, put the lemon juice in the pan with the fruit, added the pectin.  I also filled the canner for hot water, put the jar lids on to heat, and counted out my rings. A while later I had 16 cups of Apricot jam to put on the shelf after I labeled my jars.

In between times I did my laundry, washed up all the dishes from the canning, peeled potatoes for David who put a roast in the crock pot with onions, carrots, and the potatoes.

I was a little shaky so I laid down for a while.  I slept from a little before 4 to after 6:30 pm.   Then I took Brandy and we went to Rite Aid to get some more reading glasses.

I sat down with the checkbook, entered what I had written plus wrote out a check for AT& T.  Next it was get out the old Kenmore to shorten Cindy’s pants (scrubs).

Cindy came in a while later so we measured and shorten her scrub for school tomorrow.  She put her patch on the scrub top and with David’s help I got the old Kenmore put away again.

It is now around 10:30 pm, I’m beat but at least I have more jam made, 2 pair of new reading glasses, and the feeling that by golly I did It.  How’s them apples for 82!!


Out Of Character!

I had a date with a very attractive younger man yesterday.  It was set for 3 pm but I arrived early so I sat in the Kmart parking lot in Lake Orion doing Fill It In puzzles to kill time.  I had Brandy with me and she napped while I waited.  When 3 pm came I went to my date’s house only to find no one was there.  Stood up maybe but his car was there.

I final took Brandy inside where it was cool and waited. The back door opened and this fellow said “Hey I’m only 17 mins. late.”  Yep it was him.

My eldest child Wes feeling no pain and grinning like a Chessie cat.

I said if I had known where he was I would have joined him.  He replied “I was going to suggest it because there are people over there waiting to see you”.  I said he had invited me over for ribs but seeing the fire wasn’t ready yet why not.  So off to the Sand Bar we went.  One to the people there had been a clown in the parades I had walked in so we started talking about how much fun it was.  When the bartender asked what I would like to drink my first thought was coffee  but I replied something with plenty of ice.  My companion said Seven  and Seven but I replied Seven and ginger ale.  A short time later a tall glass with my order and lots of ice sat in front of me.

Now I explained that the only time I drink is when Wes mixes one for my birthday.  But hey this was a special time for both him and me.  Well after my second one with no ribs in my tummy I was feeling no pains either. I finally said let’s go back to the house and eat before I fall over.  He called someone for a ride and they told him he was only a little over two blocks from so walk it.

So we did but half way there as we stumbled along a police car pulled in beside us.  They asked if we were alright.  We replied yes. Then they asked how far we had to walk and Wes said to the purple house just down the street.  They asked if we wanted a ride there. ( I thinking yeah climb out of police car in front of the house with  all the neighbors not likely.)  ( I thought they would say who is the drunk old lady he had with him.)

It was a great big laugh for both of us.

Well I finally got a baked potato and my ribs in my tummy, I complimented my chef, and was sober enough to drive home.

But to tell the truth I had a blast!

Half Way

Well half way through the month of September and I managed 12 cups of Strawberry/rhubarb jam today.  That pretty well takes care of the strawberries.   I still have apricots and raspberries to work on but again there is no hurry because they are frozen.

Still working on Bruce Handy’s Wild Things but it is dragging a bit.  Now on page 183 and can’t get it done fast enough because I have two more novels waiting.  I am half way through the AARP magazine for August/September and about the same amount read of the AARP Bulletin for September so I am making headway.

Tomorrow I am suppose to spend the afternoon with Wes, my oldest, if he doesn’t have to work.

I spoke with my friend, Edna in Mt. Morris yesterday and I have to plan a trip for a visit.  I need to take her some jam.  I guess that is the latest so I’m out of here.

A Day To Read And Rest

Late yesterday I finished 15  cups of Dutch Apple Pie jam. ( I used the food processor to shred the apples instead of chunking them and was pleased with the texture.)  I left them cooling on the table. cleaned up my equipment, and went to bed.  In the middle of the night I got up,  labeled them,  and took them to the shelving unit.

While out there I accomplished this.

I resorted the jam, boxed some of the like kinds, and generally made it easier to find them.

Next came Cindy’s (scrub) pants.  She tried them on yesterday so I was able to get some idea on how much to shorten them and pinned them up so I could measure them.  In the middle of the night I measured. pinned, and cut them.  I then pinned a small hem on them and went to bed at 7 am.

When i got up around 9 am I fed the zoo, drank a cup of coffee, and got out.

The trusty old kenmore.

Now it is too heavy for me to carry so I used the chair at the computer desk to roll it from the bedroom to the kitchen.   I also got out my thread and straight pin box to set up to machine.  The results are

The job is done And the equipment put away.

Now I think I have earn what my title says.




Well it was 12 cups of dark cherry and 6 cups of orange rhubarb  before I gave it up for today.  Now it is read or Fill It In puzzles for me.

The latest news from Florida my family down there has survived with a minimum amount of discomfort for now.

My Brandy is under the weather today and I’ll take her to the Vet. if she doesn’t improve.

Hope your day is going well.


News Tonight

No Jam making today but Cindy and I managed to give some away.  It is just a dent in the supply.

The shelf is still pretty full so there is more to give away.

Brandy and I started our walking again today.

This is our route up Meadowlawn for one block and back (2 blocks).

Doesn’t sound like much but we haven’t walked in a couple of weeks.  Just 2 old ladies trudging along.

Chris was by yesterday to work his magic.

The bushes out front were sprouting like weeds.

How much neater we look now!

At the store getting Nutmeg

I know these aren’t Nutmeg but when I’m at the store I buy flowers (it Is a rule).  Also picked up another 25 lbs. of sugar.

Well I’m not quite half way through Bruce Handy’s book but I did make a little headway waiting for Cindy at the Dr.’s office.  Sometimes it seems that reading is not top priority right now with the canning to do.

I have somethings coming from Amazon tomorrow seems like gifts even if it is things i need.

Brandy is going deaf which was bothering me until I remembered she is equal to 77 human years old.  I just have to touch her first when she is sleeping and lean close to speak to her when she is awake.  I do love that little s**t.

Well my grandson has moved out of state and my son is empty nesting it,  it is funny how life changes on you.

My sister-in-law and husband are in the Florida mess so I keep getting updates from them.

That is the news tonight.


Another Day

It was a long day today.   I put up 12 cups 0f Bluebarb jam, 5 cups of Apple Rhubarb Chutney, 7 cups of Orange Rhubarb Jam. and 4 cups of Blueberry Jam.  This is with a trip to Flint tucked into the middle of it.  i’m tired, my hands are cramping, my feet ache, and that bed sure looks good about now.   My poor dog never got a second meal either.

Oh well we will all survive and tomorrow is another day.

Early Start

Today started with stripping the bed, washing the bedding, doing my clothes, remaking the bed with different sheets, and starting another round of jam.

After taking all the jars I have got and washing them (plus the rings) I started to chop the dark sweet cherries. I used only one package from the box and ended up with a double batch.  Everything went well and I had all the ingredients except the cloves which is optional.  (This went on my to buy list along with more lemon juice.)

I now have 12 cups of Sweet Cherry Jam.

On top of that I have enough to make a double batch three more times.

I still have the red raspberry and the apricot to make.

I think I’ll buy some Granny Smith apples and make the Dutch Apple Pie Jam with the food processor to get a smoother texture.

It is almost 4 pm so I think I’ll go out to the swing with Brandy and my book for a while. We won’t be out there too long because it is breezy and chilly but we need the fresh air.

I hope your day is going well also.