I Want!

Can you believe it– Sunday already.  It seems like I just stripped the bed, washed the linens and folded them away.  Time seems to be speeding past me and I can’t seem to  catch up. It is 34 degrees in Otisville, predicted to go to 36  this afternoon before it starts dropping again.  We have had rain and light snow this morning but this is how it looks out there now.

Bare spot all over the yard.

Bare spots all over the yard.

Weather report says one more day of this warmer weather then we will go back to Winter again.

After the visit to the dealership yesterday it seems I have one problem still hanging around Bur I have an appointment on Tuesday to have them check it again and correct it.  Gas this morning was $1.89.9.  I missed the cheaper price by 2 days but I can’t feel bad.  At least it isn’t $ 2 or $3. a gallon.

Bud, my fix it man, will be in tomorrow to replace the kitchen overhead fixture for me.  I’m getting tired of half seeing things at the little table.

When I was out getting gas and my Sunday paper today I stopped at the drug store for some thing and found this.

A 3D jig saw puzzle of one on my favorite subjects.

A 3D jig saw puzzle of one on my favorite subjects.

It was $9.99 and I rationalized that it would make a great early birthday present for me.  I am going to enjoy putting this together!!

Waiting on the counter right now is an AARP paper, a large print Reader’s Digest issue, my two mystery magazines, the Cornwell novel (half way done) and the rest of the Sunday paper.  I think I have enough to read right now.

I guess I’ll empty the waste baskets, get every thing into the garbage cart, and get that down to the street for tomorrow pick up.

( I sure want to open that puzzle )!

Make this the week you have been looking forward to and do enjoy!!

 

 

Money Well Spent!

It has been a busy day starting at 7:30 this morning.  A long overdue visit to the truck dealership has cured several ills and I feel confident my truck will perform very well.  I even had the problem with the exhaust system fixed at Muffler Man.  Now it was not an inexpensive day But I figured that seeing I’ll be 80 years old next month I deserve to feel comfortable and safe on the road.

Domestic Goddess (Me?)

Good Morning! !

It is a crisp 13 degrees out there this morning and predicted to go to 28 today.  No snow over night.

Out the French doors.

Out the French doors.

But as you can see I still have plenty on the ground.

I was at Sterling Hearing yesterday (95.2 miles round trip) for an adjustment.  While I was down in the area I got my haircut.  Not the usual style because my friend and I decided we liked the longer cut for the Winter.  So she cut off the dead ends and worked on the hair over my eyes.  I like it!

I finished the graphic novel Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman yesterday and enjoyed it a lot.  I am about to pick up Flesh And Blood by Patricia Cornwell next.  This is book # 3 of my Christmas presents so I’m moving right along. ( I gotta keep that old brain working!)

Speaking of graphic novels I just replace the 12 issues of The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I had given away my first set but then decided that I really wanted a set for myself.  If I keep going I’ll have as much to move (when I do) as I had in the first place.  .

My two magazine subscriptions  started day before yesterday so I will have both Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock to carry with me when I am out and about.

Cindy sent me this picture on e mail yesterday.

It is from May of 1980

It is from May of 1980

That is Cindy on my right and Lesley on my left.  Those were the days.  (I will get a clearer copy later.)

Well today it is the mopping project (3 rooms) that have to get done.   Tomorrow it will be vacuuming and dusting.  Such is the life of a domestic goddess.

Do something for yourself today.  Feel better than you have and laughed some for the exercise!!

 

New Week

Good Morning!  Around 30 degrees outside with the sun shining brightly.

the sight out my kitchen window

the sight out my kitchen window

But I’m not going anywhere so snowblowing the driveway isn’t necessary.  I had done it yesterday and the Schwans man made it up to the house today.

I completed all the Sunday chores yesterday and spent a good part of day with HBO. (the  last day of free programing for this month.)  I enjoyed the time and thought briefly of signing up for it but then remembered how much time over the last few days I spent  watching it.  I don’t need to sit on my butt that much!!

I finished this on Saturday.

Really enjoyed it alot.

Really enjoyed it alot.

I like the reference about the time the character spent in Detroit.  I kinda felt like I was there with him.

This morning I pick up this one.

A graphic novel by one of my favorite authors,

A graphic novel by one of my favorite authors,

Both these books were part on my Christmas present from Les and Anne.

If you look through the kitchen pass through this is what you will see.

Back to normal.

Back to normal.

I must confess I need to dust and vacuum.  Plus my bathroom, kitchen, and utility room could use a bit mopping but they aren’t real messy yet.   So I think I’ll read some then work on plans for my supper.  Have a great beginning of the week and take care of you!!!

 

3 Swipes

14 degrees out side but I still took three swipes down the driveway.  I was going to wait until tomorrow when I wanted to go for the Sunday paper but I went out and cleared the snow off the porch.  I figure I’m already dressed warm so let’s get it.

Last Two Days

On the 6th Darlene and Michael came to visit.  Darlene made our dinner and Michael took care of the clean up.  I did nothing but eat and open my presents.

A new nightgown. They keep me in nighties.

A new nightgown. They keep me in nighties.

Lotion and an applicator for my back.

Lotion and an applicator for my back.

With just me here it is a problem treating a dry , itchy back.  Hopefully this will help.

 

 

 

A new bird calendar to hang on the dining room wall.

A new bird calendar to hang on the dining room wall.

The new Birds Of Beauty ornament from Hallmark

The new Birds Of Beauty ornament from Hallmark

This is another one to add to my collection.  Darlene makes an effort to get out every year to pick one up for me.

 

 

 

A solid chocolate Santa

A solid chocolate Santa

Needless to say he will go the way of the Easter Bunny even if he doesn’t have long ears! After Darlene and I plated one game of rummy before they had to go home.  She won it.  Thank you for the gifts.

Yesterday morning I started packing ornaments from the tree. Cindy came up to visit and helped me finish putting them away.  We had spaghetti,with meatballs, garlic toast, and vegetables for dinner then got out the cards for rummy.  We played two game and me with dumb luck won them both.

Tree is down this morning waiting for the bag to pack it in.

Tree is down this morning waiting for the bag to pack it in.

All the decorations are in the kitchen waiting for me to take them downstairs.

All the decorations are in the kitchen waiting for me to take them downstairs.

I did move my plants.

They were not doing well on the counter.

They were not doing well on the counter.

Hopefully putting them in the bay window with the shade up will help with what little sun we are getting.   I’ll keep an eye on them for a few days to see if they show any improvement.

Well it is about 12 degrees outside right now so I think the stuff that must go downstairs will wait until later because I want to put everything on the pickup.  Then I’l move it through the garage and into the basement,

Have a good rest of the week and take care of you.

 

It is now 4 pm and still around 12 degrees but i have all the Christmas stuff down stairs in the basement and the dining room floor swept   I just had to take a deep breath and I got it done!!

Jay

It will soon be six months since Jay passed so I thought a pictorial post was the best way to remember him.  These are not in any order but they do tell a bit of his story . The first thing that brought about creating this collection was this.

He bought this elephant on the way home from picking Spirit up to keep her company.

He bought this elephant on the way home from picking Spirit, our African Gray,up to keep her company.

This was one of his favorite tee shirts.  He got may comments on it.

This was one of his favorite tee shirts. He got may comments on it.

Our summers were spent picking up fruit in the area and making ton of jam to give away.

Our summers were spent picking up fruit in the area and making tons of jam to give away.

He was a great cook and delighted in trying new recipes.

He was a great cook and delighted in trying new recipes.

We made pans of scones for different get  toethers.

We made pans of scones for different  occasions.

 

We even made tea sandwiches for a neighbor’s garden party.

 

 

 

We were married 40 years the day before he died.

We were married 40 years the day before he died.

He married four of us on that day.  He loved and cared for all of us.

He married four of us on that day. He loved and cared for all of us.

 

He was a good father and he took care of all problems and situations willingly.

 

 

 

When Brandy joined our family he said she was my dog but he fell in love with her too.

When Brandy joined our family he said she was my dog but he fell in love with her too.

Molly picked him out at the Humane Society and got in his way at the desk.

Molly picked him out at the Humane Society and got in his way often at the desk.

 

As his eyesight failed he spent many hours at his computer trying to make up for the books and papers that he could no longer read.

 

 

On the kitchen counter still sits a part of the many spices he used when he still cooks.

On the kitchen counter still sits a part of the many spices he used when he still cooked.

I still make the Breakfast Cookies he use to make and freeze some.

I still make the Breakfast Cookies he use to make and freeze some.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I packed away the ornament that I bought him when I was taking the tree down.

Today I packed away the ornament that I bought him when I was taking the tree down.

I will miss  his telling me how to drive.  He would always tell me he had a john there when they were building a place or he put in the telephone in that building.  He was a joy to travel with and we visited several interesting places.  Until  the last couple of years you could ask him anything and he would have a correct answer for you. But sometimes if you asked the time he would tell you how to build the watch.

Yes he was caring person who never met a stranger,   I wouldn’t to even try to find another like him.

Albert J. Axsom  but Jay to those who knew him well.

Albert J. Axsom but Jay to those who knew him well.

 

 

 

 

 

It Is Winter!

Well this morning I decided to clear the driveway in case my visitors came today.

 

As you can see it was clear and the wind wasn't bad.

As you can see it was clear and the wind wasn’t bad.

The thermometer read COLD

But not impossible.

But not impossible.

Wrap up time.

Wrap up time.

My regular gloves were in the wash so I grabbed up a pair of work gloves and my pretty red scarf that Pammie made me.  Wrapping the scarf over my head and ears then across my mouth I headed for the garage. My tractor started almost immediately, I was out the door, and climbing the drive way in no time.  It only took a couple or passes down to the street and back and my job was done.  I had even managed to get a letter in the mailbox while I was out there.

At the kitchen door and out into the driveway.

At the kitchen door and out into the driveway.

Yesterday I sent my insurance on the house in then drove into Otisville and paid my Winter taxes.  My last monthly bill came in yesterday so that was the letter that went to the mailbox this morning.  Barring any emergencies I should be all set payment wise this month.

I don’t know how it is where you are but here we are taking a bit of beating cold wise.  But hey it is Winter.  Stay warm and be careful.

From Light To Heavy Over Night!

This was Saturday morning.

This was Saturday morning.

I spent the day inside.   I managed to empty the first of three drawers of my file cabinet putting every thing in envelops, marking the year on them, and throwing them in a box.  I then started filing 2015 papers in the drawer.

I took time to read a bit of my novel and listened to disc # 3 of The Hitchhikers Guide To  The Galaxy. I have two more discs to go and then I can read the sequel.  I played the Into the Woods disc I had just received and got was far as act two when I got a message interrupting it.  I decided to put that aside until Les can check it out.

But I did take time to get Les to give me another url for maps and directions that is easier for me to use.  He also showed me how to use Amazon Prime which I have so that will take up some of my time.

This was this morning.

This was this morning.

Lots of snow hanging on the branches and more coming down.  But when it stopped I got brave enough to get out on the road.  After all this is Sunday paper day and I wanted to gas up.  By the time I got on the road it was more slushy than slick so after the gas station I went to the market for the eggs, bread, and milk.

When I got home I filled the three bird feeders in the crab apple tree before coming in.

Now it is time to feed the inside birds, Brandy, and me.  So I’ll close for now.  Take care!

Ducks In A Row!

A new year with the same old duties.  It is time to write our the bills for this month, check the calender for appointments, birthdays, check the accounts to make sure the mortgage and truck payment are covered and generally put my ducks in a row!

The temperature is around 26 degrees.  There is a light dusting of snow on everything that will disappear soon because the sun is shining.  The wind is quiet but that could change anytime.

I finished Joe Hill’s novel NOS4A2 yesterday evening in time to go home with my visitors in the next couple of days. 686 pages so it took a while to get through it.  It was really good. I woke up at around 3 am this morning so I started Stephen King’s REVIVAL. I got as far as chapter two then decided to crawl back in my nice warm bed for a couple more hours of shut eye.

Well tomorrow is my bed partner’s ninth birthday. She is still younger than me (even in human years).  Believe me I remind her of that a lot.

I can't explain the comfort she brings me.

I can’t explain the comfort she brings me.

Our walks to the mailbox, rides in the truck, she curls up on top the covers keeping my back warm ( when I fall asleep she curls up on Jay’s pillow), she puts up with my moods   (never too far from me when I feel lonely).  This is my early Happy Birthday to her.

Speaking of visitors I hope they give me a push to start packing up all the stuff I had unpacked for Christmas.  I just can’t seem to ” get my motor running” when it comes to this job.

Well my friend I guess I have run my mouth a lot and now it is time to wish you a better year than the one past.   I’m am  going to start doing things I  haven’t been able to do before.  I want to visit people I have been too busy to see. There is a whole world out there I need to visit and people I need to hug before I hang it up.