What’s up?

Good Morning –62 degrees outside–sun is shining and I’m set in ‘geter done mode’.  First I have to tell you that when I look out the French doors this morning I caught sight of three deer running across my back yard.  It was so fast I couldn’t register the sex or size of them.

I wrote a list last night of what to do today.  Sometimes I can clear it and other times it is long standing chores  which takes more time or energy than I have.  But this morning I am on it and making progress. Yesterday at Sam’s Club I bought chicken ( legs, thighs, and tenders) which I separated, sealed, and put in the freezer.  While I was down in the mud room I cut up cardboard boxes and packed them to go out for recycling. As an added thing to my list I transferred Finch seed from coffee cans to gallon jugs to make filling the feeder easier.  That was three  things done.

Now comes the checking statement to figure.  This should be fun seeing yesterday’s shopping trip left me roughly $400. lighter.  But I did get a new battery for the bathroom scales, a bulb for my directional signal on the truck, ( I’ll get that installed tomorrow), bird seed for Spirit, and lots of groceries (plus staples) for the house.  That kind of day wears this old woman out!!!!

This morning I ordered Ink for the new printer/scanner to have on hand.  That will be delivered tomorrow.

Of course there is always laundry to do, dishes to catch up on, lunch and dinner to make, (Jay does breakfast on his non dialysis days,) you know the Domestic Goddess stuff. But with only roughly 50 pages to go in King’s novel Dr. Sleep I might get sidetracked temporarily.

It seems my pulling vines off the bushes by the driveway lead to a meeting with what I think was poison ivy (not sure but looks like it) so that has been a problem for the last few days.  I do have some cream that doctor gave me for my back and a prescription for the wasp sting that seems to help quiet the inch.  I do get into some of the dumbest situations.

I took time the other day to set up the thread for the new lap robe but that is as far as I got on that project.  Well that is what is on my plate for today. I hope every thing goes well for you and you remember to smile, and rest a bit.

Best Laid Plans–

–of mice and men–( well you know the rest).

Yesterday my youngest turned 42 years old.  We had planned to spend the day together.  But as the title suggests—-.it didn’t happen.  Some one at her work had a panic attack and she was called in.  I’m used to this because I missed many things in my life because of my job.  But it was still a bit of a disappointment.

Anyway I wish you a very Happy Birthday Cindy Catherine Axsom and a better year to go with it!!!!!!


Just a short post to say I hope you had a great Fourth Of July.  I picked Jay up from Dialysis and we went out to lunch.  From there I came home, took a nap, and then made Smothered Pork Chops for supper.

I watched the fireworks on Channel 5 from Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland with Brandy in her Storm Shirt sitting on my lap.

I remember the days when we loaded the kids in the car and went into Pontiac, Mi. to watch the fireworks.  Then after we moved up here Jay and I would go down to Lake Orion and watch them from Wes’ (my oldest) front yard.

I also remember way back when I walked in a few of the parades on the Fourth as Merribell the clown.  Those were the days!

The Day Before The Booms

Yep it is the third of July with rain falling and 55 beautiful degrees.  I have Brandy’s Storm Shirt ready for the fireworks tomorrow and a pair of loving arms to hold her tight.

Yesterday I spent all morning mowing.

The tree line at the back of the yard.

The tree line at the back of the yard.

I worked from here all the way to the road out front.  I started around 9 am and ended at 12:55pm.  But everything is done and I filled up the tractor again for the next time.  This was just in time because it is raining this morning.

I was stung by a Paper Wisp ( according to my bug man) last Monday and am still having trouble with swelling and itching so I called the doctor’s office this morning.  He is having a prescription called to the drugstore for me.  Hopefully that will clear it up.

I took my hoop apart so I can go to the hardware and replace some screws and wing nuts. I think that will clear my problem with it because this is my next project and the last Christmas theme lap robe I have to do.

It is more work but I enjoy it.

It is more work but I enjoy it.

I have another lap robe that I put away about three years ago,   That will need the backing put on it but there is no hurry on that one.  Besides I have some Christmas ornaments and the project Silver Fox sent me that need to be done first.

I’m over a third of the way through King’s Dr. Sleep novel and enjoying it immensely.  When you take in the animal care, domestic goddess job, grocery shopper, and driver I’m am quite busy.  But that is OK because it keeps me on my toes.

Enjoy your Holiday, don’t eat to much, and remember to put your hand over your heart if you hear our National Anthem!


30 Of June!!!

It is hard to believe that this is the last day of June already.  Where is it going to so quickly?  I feel like I am running third in a three man race and am two laps behind!!!

Yesterday was a visit from daughter Cindy and David.  Cindy spent time doing nails for Jay and then working on my feet.  Calluses to be shaved and nails to be trimmed all to make me feel better about walking.  I, in return, mended two pair of her jeans.

David was busy putting the two air conditioners in place.  He also manned the grill making hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch.  Then he fixed plates for everyone.

This morning after I got Jay on the van to dialysis I decided to hold off on the air and did this instead.

French doors off the dining room

French doors off the dining room

I opened one of the french doors and turned on the fan over the dining room table.  Then to the kitchen.

The kitchen door (our front door).

The kitchen door (our front door).

With that door open with the fan in the dining room and the fan in the cupola it created a comfortable breeze.  Now as the day goes on I’m sure I’ll have to change things around but right now it is fine.

I weed wacked this morning around the swing, the crabapple tree, the Sand Cherry bush, and across in front of the porch.  I also did around the wishing well , the rock by the driveway, and around the Fire bush.  Then I came in to rest for a bit.  I think I’ll attempt mowing part of the front yard until I run out of gas.

Everyone loves company but Molly Is really into it.

Molly and Cindy's slipper.

Molly and Cindy’s slipper.

She spent a relaxing few minutes with her head in Cindy’s slipper yesterday.

Well I guess it is time to climb on that tractor and get busy.


Never made it out to mow because I was having trouble getting through to the Flint Journal to cancel my subscription.  Sometimes I wonder If I’m losing it or if some extra power is making life difficult for me!  Oh well not to worry because I accomplish what I want eventually.



It’s Done!

Yes lap robe # 3 is done.

Yes lap robe # 3 is done.

I have one more to go but I’m going to try and find someone to fix my hoop first.  It has been a real pain in the butt working with it.  I was supposed to go to Log Cabins Days in Waterford today but I bumped my ankle on the bed rail again last night and I was having trouble getting around.  The box spring frame on my bed is broken so I have a tendency to let my leg go over the side of the mattress and bang my ankle on the bed rail.  I got to do something about that soon.

The outside is warm (almost 90 on the porch) but it is pleasant inside.  The grass needs cutting again but the gas to run the mower has been high so I have put off buying it.  I guess I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get it done.

I’m having a little trouble trying to be civil with Jay.  I seem to take everything personally and I respond sharply.  I have to try to reset the mind to calm again!!!!

I think I’ll get a shower then go out under the umbrella screen and read a bit as soon as I make lunch.  Take care!

Reading Again.

Well today daughter Cindy was coming up but she got called into work so I hope to see her Sunday instead.

It is raining outside and Brandy was having a fit.  She kept going to the door, looking out and then returning to her spot in the hallway.  I figured it was a bathroom call so I put on her storm shirt and hauled her outside in it.  We stood out there a while, nothing, so I walked her down in the rain to get the trash container and on the way back up she did her duty.  The fact that the neighbor down the street is having a well dug (noisy) isn’t helping Brandy cope.

This is her Storm Shirt.

This is her Storm Shirt.

It is a small but still too big for her but we make it work.   Does it do the trick?  I don’t know yet but I had to try it.

I finished Patricia Cornwell’s Dust yesterday and enjoyed it a lot.  I woke up in the middle of the night and pulled out Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep.  Got through 13 pages real fast and had to force myself to put it down and go back to bed.

My visits with the lap robe have been interrupted for one reason or another so this is where I’m at right now.

I need to finish filling in the last two and doing the detail work.

I need to finish filling in the last two and do the detail work.

I have to concentrate on this and get it down soon but it seems I want to nap or read instead.

The mail lady brought the the wire grill brush, the grill cover, and Jay’s new headset for the  TV in dialysis this afternoon so that is taken care of.

I expect him home shortly so I’m out of here.!!!!!





As Of Today

Good morning on this sunny but slightly chilly am.  Well I have put all the canning equipment and the Strawberry/ Rhubarb jam in the bed of the truck ready to go down to the food room.  The strawberry jam is still questionable so it is still on the counter.

I just mopped the utility room floor and the (bubble wrap) kitchen floor and am waiting for them to dry.  If you don’t understand the bubble wrap thing it is how the floor clicks when it is sticky.

Next on my to do list was recording Jay’s blood pressure and blood sugar numbers from his meters, to paper, then on the the computer for a report to send to the doctor.  That is all done up to today.

After everything dries I will put it back in place and possibly get to work on the lap robe a bit.

I heard from three of my friends on the ‘lonely’  e-mail which made me feel better–thanks guy!!!!

Such Is Life

I started with nine quarts two days ago.

I started with nine quarts two days ago.

I made two types of Strawberry jam that afternoon but neither set up.  Yesterday I let them stay in the jars.  Today I emptied both types into other containers and washed the jars again.  I now have 28 half pints of Strawberry and 19 1/2 half pints of Strawberry Rhubarb sitting on the counter.  Now I don’t know if recanning them according to the directions Jay and I found on line is going to work or not. I’ll just have to wait  a couple of days and check them.  If It didn’t work I have some very tasty ice cream syrups.   But such is life.


Les and Anne were up on Saturday bringing a fix for my printer problem.

A new printer/scanner.

A new printer/scanner.

They said it was a Father’s Day present but I can use it too.  O K next learn how to use it and then teach Jay.  Thank you son and daughter-in-law it is greatly appreciated.

I mowed the front yard yesterday but my gasoline supply was limited so the rest has to wait a bit.  I do have to slide down the side of the hill on the back driveway and cut the vine that wants to strangle the Sand Cherry.

Who needs blossoms!

Who needs blossoms!

The leaves on the Sand Cherry are as pretty as when it is in bloom.

Well I have my second gingerbread person almost finished on the lap robe and I’ll continue on today.

Yesterday in the afternoon I took the Cornwell novel  Dust out on the deck under the umbrella screen to read for a while.  There was a nice breeze and the sun was at my back so it was long before you could have heard me snoring.  I must admit it is a therapy that I need more of and I intend to get it.

Sunshine again today and at 8 am it was already 70 degrees but it is suppose to rain. By the looks at those white fluffy things in the sky—i doubt it.  But it is Michigan so you never know.

Enjoy your day–your week– your life I am!