A Shorty!

Clothes

Clothes

I gathered all my clothes from upstairs and added them to what was hanging in my closet.   Now I haven’t tried everything on and after I do I want to organize things so I know where to look by color and type.

I burned a little bit of my magazines and tried to put up new holders for the blinds upstairs.  I had trouble with the holders so I’ll have to get help on that.   Went to the bank to pick my card and check on the progress on the medallion stamp.

Yesterday it was an appointment for a fast blood test.  Debbie (the lady who took the doll houses) took the rest of my pint jars and Shirley, a friend will take the half pints.  Then my jars will be gone.  But I honestly don’t feel like I’m making good progress.

 

A New Path

Good morning on this 67 degree morning in Otisville.

"Here comes the sun"

“Here comes the sun”

When I got up at 6:30 this morning I looked out at a light gray sky and my mood was oh hum.  But a little later the sun started lighting the trees and a little smile bloomed in my mind!  It is going to be a good day after all.

Wes and grand daughter, Jasmine came up yesterday and worked on part the yard.  As I looked over the great job they did I noticed the tree in front of my bedroom window.

It is now reaching the second story of the dome.

It is now reaching the second story of the dome.

The white flowers have appeared and bring a lovely feel to the branches.

The decluttering continues with the large bird cage which sat in the mud room, after being taken to the road, disappeared with in minutes.  Cindy and David came up on Monday and David took it to the road. One thing on my list this morning is to start sweeping up the mudroom.  I have a lot of painting equipment to gather up and dispose of there.

 

Monday was also the day they took me to the Birch Run  Shopping complex and I bought these.

I haven't had new 'soft socks' in over 10 years.

I haven’t had new ‘soft socks’ in over 10 years.

No more toes poking through. No more soles wearing so thin you could feel the stitching inside my shoe.  It was definitely an out with the old and in with the new moment!!

I have updated the inventory lists but some things aren’t on it yet so that is still a work in progress.

They came and got the composter so that area at the shed has to be cleaned up soon.  I still have a chipper/shredder, a lawn sweeper, a garden cart, and several garden tools to get rid of but it will get done.

In the kitchen the famous junk drawer (everybody has one) has to be cleaned out so that goes on the list.

Starting today's list.

Starting today’s list.

This list will grow as I work around the house because more jobs will become apparent.  It will however be shoved aside if the the bank calls for me to come in.

Such is life when a new path presents itself!

 

 

Sunday Again!

Good morning on this somewhat overcast day with a temperature of about 77 degrees.  What follows will not be in chronological order but it is what I have been up to lately and the help I’ve been getting.

The list !!

The list !!

As the family is coming up I have been giving things that they want to them.   This calls for updating what is left which I have been doing.

At the burn pile.

At the burn pile.

I still have a lot to burn but I slowed down the last few days due to wind or weather.  I’ll resume this activity tomorrow.  I may even get more books out of the basement that have absorbed a musty smell to destroy.

Lots of batteries.

Lots of batteries.

I spent time going through all the batteries in the house (including those from lights for the parade days) checking for good ones with the ohms meter Wes found in the garage.  These are only part of the good ones I found.

 Window blinds and wheelchairs don't mix.


Window blinds and wheelchairs don’t mix.

Careless parking ( mine) of things in front of the French door caused this problem.  So I went to Home Depot with a piece of the slats and ordered a new one.  It is a Bali blind that you push up with your hand to open (I love the convenience) and it is ideal for a door. It should arrive in mid September.

Work on the yard started.

Work on the yard started.

Debra, my daughter-in-law started working on the yard yesterday with the berm first.

This is the results.

This is the results.

She then moved on to trimming bushes, clearing undergrowth,  weed whacking, and some mowing.  She will be back to work more next week.

Wes my son has been up a few times to work on clearing and organizing the garage.  What a mess that was to have to work on but he hasn’t  come up and shot me yet about it!!!

During all this Molly found a happy place to be.

Nothing beats a cardboard box for comfort!

Nothing beats a cardboard box for comfort!

Darlene and Michael were up on Friday to take some of the craft items away.  They also lightened the give away/donate column on the list.

Les and Anne were up on Saturday so that took care of some kitchen things, books, and couple of things from the garage.  Anne’s mother Kathleen also visited with them.

Today is Sunday so that means Sunday chores (domestic goddess stuff) which I have to start working on.  But I’ll be back!!!!

 

One Foot In Front Of The Other!

Good afternoon.  I started this morning with a breakfast of hash and eggs with a peach.  I also made Brandy an egg fried in butter for her breakfast.

Breakfast first then work.

Breakfast first then work.

The big thermometer on the porch says

80 degrees.

80 degrees.

It is overcast and there has been a light rain which lasted just a few minutes.  It is windy so the burning process is halted for today.

I have emptied the barrel.

I have emptied the barrel.

Moved it to the spot where we burned the brush pile.

Ready to start again.

Ready to start again.

Of course the debris left from the move has to be raked up and moved to a spot by the barrel but not today.

I have brought a container up from the basement to pack office supplies in and started gathering that.  I took time out to make a couple of phone calls to set up an appointment with a bank in Clio because I need a Medallion Stamp to process  some papers.  I have called Doggy Depot and left word to have an appointment for Brandy on the same day because it is just down the road from the bank.

Yesterday I went to Home Depot to order a Bali Blind for the French door.  The one hanging there had a confrontation with the wheel chair a couple of times and had already had some damage on the bottom.  The new one is almost the same color as the one on the other door so that was a good find.  I’ll pick that up later.

I also went by my cell phone dealer to see why after I had cancelled Jay’s phone the bill still was high.  I found out they left me on the family plan because you have to ask to be changed to the single plan.  Obviously when my contract is up in October I will cancel and find another provider.  This is the second time they have jerked me around and I don’t need to do business with people like that.

The flowers at the front door.

The flowers at the front door.

Both these were from the funeral and are blooming happily at the front porch.  The wind chime has again replaced a flag on the pole.

Well that is it for now.  Still a bunch to do but it is one foot in front of the other.  Take care.

 

 

Moving Along!

Bud, my handy man, was here today.  This was what I needed help on.

The indoor/outdoor carpet was really bad.

The indoor/outdoor carpet was really bad.

Pulling away from the wall.

Pulling away from the wall.

But after Bud worked his magic this was the results.

The ramp is gone and the porch painted.

The ramp is gone and the porch painted.

I’m pleased with the results.

The progress inside has slowed a little only because of other things to do.  Yesterday was my appointment with the doctor.  He said as long as I avoided runaway semis or buses I stood a good chance of lasting a few more years.

Today it was pick up some important papers, move Jay’s unopened medicine, and  pull his clothes so some one else can get the benefit of them. I will continue to burn trash, clean out drawers and file cabinets tomorrow.  Still have a lot to do on the main floor.  But it is moving along!!!

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Working On The First Of A Three Step Procedure!

One of my passions from over 35 years ago left yesterday on the back of a pickup.  I found someone to give it to.

Started in 1980.

Started in 1980.

It has barely survived two major moves and is a little worse for wear but a loving grandma and grandpa are going to give it a new life for their little grand daughter.  ( The little trellis on the side was made by ‘Grammie Pammie’.)  I also sent a big cardboard box full of material, finished furniture, kits, and etc.  The grandmother returned and bought my other four house kits so another area has been cleared in the basement.

Speaking of clearing Debra and I finished sorting and tagging the second upstairs bedroom, and the bathroom except for the holiday decorations stored there. Cindy came and got her stored clothes to give away. She helped sort papers for keep or throw away. (We played one game of rummy before she went home –I won.)

Grand Daughter, Jasmine, came up and mowed the front yard with the tractor.  (Adam, my neighbor had done the back the day before.)  She also helped move things from upstairs to the main floor.

Today Debra and I start the main floor. We are making headway.

It Ain’t All Flowers Around Here.

Where there was one—-

---now there are four.

—now there are four.

The other orange ones are still blooming.

The other orange ones are still blooming.

In among the tall grass I found this.

One of the cannas is trying to bloom.

One of the cannas is trying to bloom.

 

Well Thursday started our declutter and decide days.  Debra, Wes’ wife came up and we started in the basement jam room and got almost to the mud room door.  I do have to empty out the metal desk and a large file cabinet that I have down there yet.   But there is a list with columns for different disposal choices and color dots on everything to coincide with the columns.  What was going to be trashed was either put in a burn barrel in the back yard or bagged to go in the trash pickup.  That barrel has been smoking for three days now and the bed of my pick up is full.

On Friday we went to the upstairs bedrooms.  We finished one and are working on the other.  The closets are almost walk in types so they held a lot of stuff. ( Believe me that is what I did–stuffed them.)  I had Debra shaking her head because she couldn’t believe all that was in them.

I ended up with four large boxes from both floors to sort through.  (Some of them were a bit gross from the basement but I finished them today).  Debra stayed home to catch up on her duties at her house.  She will be home again tomorrow because I have three file cabinets on the main floor to sort out.

Ain't nothing but fun and games ( a bit nasty in some cases).

Ain’t nothing but fun and games ( a bit nasty in some cases). 

Well that is it for tonight I’m going to go fall in bed.

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5 of August Already!

It is hard to believe that August is here already.  No amount of heel digging in is stalling the progress toward Fall.

Today I got to turn my Girl Scout pin right side up.  (Even If I wasn’t a girl scout my family was in scouting and that should count for something!)  Any way a person ran out of gas in front of the house this morning.  At first I said I couldn’t help them and then changed my mind.  I gave them what little bit of gas I had in a 2 1/2 gal can and sent them on their way.  I had to help because what goes around comes around!

I have been making a list of the appliances, some of the things in the basement, and etc. I also took all the batteries out of Jay’s meters and medical equipment and starting gathering that all together.

I’m still waiting on the forms that are to be sent to me.

I moved the burn barrel to the end of the back driveway and will start filling that. Well I think that is all for now.  Take care.

Surprise!

Good afternoon!  It is a sunny 80 degrees on the porch with blue skies and white fluffy clouds.

When Brandy and I took a walk out front today I stopped to pick up some branches that the storms had knocked down and took them to the side of the drive.  I will drag them to the burn pile later.  While we were out I spotted this.

The first what I call Tiger Lily in the berm.

The first what I call Tiger Lily in the berm.

I know there are more out under some trees in the side yard but I need to cut down the bushes that have grown up around them.

I met with my children yesterday to let them know what I plan to do now with Jay gone.  It will take some time but we have a tentative plan to accomplish my goal.  I also explained the financial situation to them, not asking for money, but to make them aware I will need their help because I won’t be able to afford hiring it done.  Then we had a little lunch and reminisce a bit.

Speaking of lunch–I had made oven-fried chicken (12 pieces) and a chocolate cake with blue frosting and sprinkles.  As I was frosting the cake I heard a loud crack.  One of the glass baking dishes broke and glass and grease was very where.  I managed to take the other dish out of the oven and placed the contents on paper towels.  I took that dish turned it upside down over the dishwasher door and hear clink (it had glass in it too).   So the next step was to pitch all the chicken and glass into the wastebasket.  I continued to frost the cake but it didn’t seem right either.

On the way down to Wes’ house for the meeting I picked up KFC.  When it came time for the cake after lunch I found it dried out and burned on the bottom so that was dumped out too at Wes and Deb’s house.

Today I check the oven with a thermometer and found that the oven heats to 50 degrees higher than it is set for.  Duh! no wonder I had failures.  I don’t know if Avery can fix it until I get a hold of him–I left word.  In the meantime the the stove top burners work fine.

Life is just full of surprises!

Take care everyone!