A Nudge To Remember!

Well the mowing never got done on Thursday because I couldn’t start the tractor.  I put the battery charger on it and later I started it but by then it was too late to start. I did however use the time to finish Be Mine another page turner. I like the stories but have come to think the heroines have some weakness in their character.  I have decided to read volumes 4 &5 of Locke & Key because I have ordered the last book in the series and it arrives on Tuesday.  Then these will be packed away unless someone wants to read them.

It rained on Friday so no mowing yet.  This morning is in question because I have to determine if it will dry out enough.  The big thermometer on the porch says 62 degrees and it is gray overhead.  Not too promising I’d  say.

I spent part of yesterday, as I have for the last few days, watching The Roosevelts on Amazon Prime.  I kept thinking that I was an infant and then a young child when these segments of history unfolded.  I could vaguely remember the ration coupons my mother traded for what she needed to take care of our family.  I knew my Dad was in the CCC but I was told about that because it was before my parents were married and I was still a gleam in my mom’s eye .  I do remember my grandfather taught  machining in the NYA camp at Grass Lake that we visited before my middle brother was born so how these thing came about was really interesting to learn.

Well this is waiting for me but I just  haven’t had  the heart to pick up a hook these last few weeks.

The yarn sits on a chair in the dining room.

The yarn sits on a chair in the dining room.

But I did start this book of patterns both crocheting and knitting  to work on.  I just need a reason to work on something.  Some evening I end up in my ( I call it my upsy daisy chair) watching something on the TV.   Invariably  the phone will ring so I established a communication center on my end table.

Not real fancy but it fills the need.

Not real fancy but it fills the need.

Well I woke up after 7 am, have checked the basement, will E-mail my eldest with my findings, take Brandy out for her morning duties, fed & watered the cat, let her outside, brought her in, now it is time to get dressed, and find something for breakfast. Have a great day .

 

 

Time Will Tell

Well no visions appearing in the middle of the night, no one calling my name and waking me, and most importantly no snakes this morning.  No I guess I’ll do a little mowing as soon as the dew is gone.

A walk around the place this morning, while out with Brandy, and I spotted this.

The peony bush at the back deck

The peony bush at the back deck

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This is the other side of it.

 

I also added this to the porch yesterday.

The matching table

The matching table it has been in the basement

Volumes 4 and 5 of Locke & Key arrived yesterday along with Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Black Orchid  another graphic novel.  These will go on the shelf to read as soon as I finish Laura Kasischke’s Be Mine.   I’m on page 207 of 302 pages and I keep wanting to reach for it knowing I have other things to do.  I’m in the middle of another Amazon Prime series also.  So the mind is staying stimulated.

I made potato salad yesterday to go with my polish sausage for supper.  There is enough for another dish this evening.  Why do I make it?  Because when I buy it the potatoes aren’t done so this is my cure.

My appointment with Dr. Robbins was satisfactory. There is a little more loss of hearing but not bad.  I’m really not concerned that much because the dog, the cat, and the birds don’t have a whole lot to say.

As for the dome there has been not a whisper for a couple of weeks.  I’m beginning to think I’m going to live here forever but time will tell.

Weird Morning

This may well turn out to be part of a double dipping post this morning. At 5:30am I came awake to someone calling my name.  When I looked around I saw a woman with a dark haired baby in her arms.  I quickly got up , put on my slippers and walked through the house.  No one there.  I checked the driveway and the back deck still no one.  I finally laid back down for another hour until I was scheduled to wake up.

It had rained last night so as is my schedule I check my basement when I did get up.  Walking into the mud room I thought I saw movement on the floor.

Entering the basement I found every thing dry.

Entering the basement I found every thing dry.

So then I turned my attention to the mud room floor.   Under the table curled up was a snake.  Oh shit what to do.  My mind said a  Garter snake but I wasn’t sure.  So I grabbed the the broom, opened the outside door, and proceeded to sweep it outside.

It quickly headed for the grass which was alright by me.

It quickly headed for the grass which was alright by me.

I closed the door after getting a picture and finally exhaled.  Boy I need this when I first wake up!!!!

Yesterday I played tag to get a picture of this.

It was in the driveway darting around me and the truck as I left to go shopping.

It was in the driveway darting around me and the truck as I left to go shopping.

Ok I have to get ready for another Doctor appointment.  My annual check up on my ears so I’ll close for now.

 

Good To GO.

Up at 7 am this morning, down to the gas station for the Sunday paper, then back home fired up to work on the house.  I started upstairs dusting the loft stairway, checking the bedrooms, and making sure the bathroom was in good shape.  Next out came the vacuum doing the hallway, my bedroom, and the living/dining room area.  I took a break during that time and put this on the computer.

Played disc two loudly and smiled through the whole thing.

Played disc two loudly and smiled through the whole thing.

I finished the living/dining room then emptied the machine.

I fixed a bite of breakfast for Brandy and me then started the dishwasher.  Next came the laundry.

In between all this I slipped a few minutes outside for Brandy.  While I was out there I got a picture of the first Peony.

This in the front/side  garden.

This in the front/side garden.

Also the first blooms on the bush by the deck steps.

This is in the side garden by the kitchen porch.

This is in the side garden by the kitchen porch.

I also folded up my Christmas lap robe and stand to put them away to work on later  This decluttered the bedroom a little more.  Well my litter box and bird cages are clean so that leaves only feeding the birds this afternoon.

So I’m ready for a showing if I do get a call because I lack only the mopping of the bathroom, utility room, and kitchen.   Also a bit of staging and I’m good to go!  I am a Domestic Goddess this morning!!!!!

Outside Again!

First a BIG Happy Birthday wish!

This little cutie turned 22 years old today.

This little cutie turned 22 years old today.

Yep grandson Dakota is now a sailor—who’d a thunk it!

Yesterday I ran away from home (taking Brandy with me of course) and it felt good.  I have very seldom visited in recent years just counting on people coming to my house.  But I felt it was time to change that a bit.  So I bit the bullet,  gassed up ($2.69.9), and went down to visit with daughter Cindy.  We talked, folded laundry, had a sandwich, and played rummy.

That big smile means she trounced me greatly.

That big smile means she trounced me greatly.

While we were there Brandy got to run in her fenced in yard .  Boy did she run, around the house, out to the garage, around the shed, and the whole route all over again and again.

This was one happy puppy dog.

This was one happy puppy dog. Needless to say she slept at Cindy’s feet in the kitchen while the card game was going on.  

On Thursday Brandy and I sat in the swing several times during the day–me reading and her just relaxing.  While we swung slowly a rabbit ran in front of us headed towards the woods.  I thought at the time I should run and get my camera but thought better of it.  A bit later the rabbit was back.  It stopped running  right in front of us and looked us over before moving along in the other direction.  It passed through one more time so I got up and got the camera but it didn’t  come back.  So I finished my double issue of the Hitchcock (July/August) magazine leaving just the July Ellery Queen to tackle.  I then woke up in the middle of the night, heated a cup of coffee and read all of vol. 3 of Joe Hill’s graphic novel Locke & Key.  It is time to order another couple volumes.

Well nothing planned for today so I’m going to look for a  tutorial on line on crocheting under a  stitch.  I also want to pick up one of the three novels I have to read and start it.  I know I’m avoiding the domestic goddess stuff but I’ll get to that when it is needed.  The sun is shining and after a bite to eat for Brandy and me we will be outside again.

 

 

 

 

Today

69 degrees, 6 mph wind, sun shining, so it was a good day to mow.  I had been putting it off because I had hurt my right wrist.  How I don’t know.  All I knew was that I could move it so nothing was broken but there was a dull pain that bothered me for a few days.  So I rolled out the tractor right after breakfast and got down to business.

It took a little over over an hour and a half to finish up the front and two sides.  But the ‘back 40′ which I call it will have to wait.

dandelions are all over the yard but at least mowing helps hide them.

dandelions are all over the yard but at least mowing helps hide them.

You can see them out back. ( click to see)   I had a couple of Kildeers out today to keep me company.  You could tell there was no nests because they didn’t bother to do the broken wing routine.

I have a couple of bunny rabbits that keep playing hide and seek with me every day.  When I come out they high tail it to the woods.

Brandy and I spent a little time in the swing today but now she is sleeping in the sun by the french doors and I hear my bed calling me for a short nap.

The Other End Of Life.

47 degrees, overcast, more rain expected, winds at 15 mph, ain’t a lovely Spring day I’d say.  But when you can’t fight Mother Nature you just sway with the punches.

I did finally accomplish a few things yesterday.  I got into town for this.

4 books

4 books

I took these to the library because I had read them or no longer needed them.  From there i went to the market for the bread and fruit.  I passed the gas station because I still have a quarter of a tank.

I cleaned the bathroom, started the dishwasher, the laundry, and swept the kitchen floor.  I fed the animals\birds then went outside to look around.

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These were new in the berm and on the side of the road I spotted two small plants of these.

A pleasant surprise

A pleasant surprise

I plan to go out later today, dig them up and replant them in the berm.

The second Peony bush

The second Peony bush

This one is in a side garden and the buds are already starting to attract the ants that will aid in their blooming.

I finished the short story selection.

More page turning reading,

More page turning reading,

I have now opted to read one of the two mystery magazines for July that have just come in.    I want to try and keep up with them instead of having them pile up

How many domestic goddess things I will complete today remains to be seen.

Well tomorrow Is June 1st and I’m still wondering where May went.  As a child you think that days will never pass quick enough but on the other end of life you grasp madly to hold on to every precious moment knowing it will never come again.

In A Rut!

Just not getting it together this week.  I woke up at around 6:30 this morning ready to work on the house.  It needs the dust, mop, vacuum, and general organizing routine again.  But this project got side tracked and I have no excuse for it.  I need to gas up the truck but hate the thought of how much it will cost.  A trip to the grocery store for bread and fruit is called for but it seems like such a chore to get dressed to go.

In the past week I have read–finished Kasischke’s novel Mind Of Winter and am half way through her selection of short stories entitled If A Stranger Approaches You.  I am completely taken  with how this author can grab you and make your mind work on all sorts of scenarios as you read.

I think part of my problem is that today would have been Jay’s 74th birthday.

Albert J. Axsom

Albert J. Axsom

He was a caring man who gave half of his lifetime trying to take care of a family of four as if they were his own and indeed we grew to feel the same way.  Gone but remembered dearly.

 

What Next!

Good Morning!  Well I woke up around 7 am and checked the weather.  The forecast was for no rain, for winds at 4 mph, and temperature was good.  So my first thought was get outside and take care of that burn pile.  That almost didn’t happen because of what occurred next.  I took Brandy out and hook her to the swing.  I then turned to go back in for the matches and newspaper.

This is where I fell!

This is where I fell!

Yep on my back in the gravel.  But I remembered my way of getting up, turned over on my stomach, brought my arms up under me, then my legs, and crawled to the swing to pull myself up.  I had gotten tangled up in Brandy’s lease.  My first thought was this a sign not to do the burning today. Then I remembered the permit ended on June first. I don’t take well to signs so  I proceeded with my original plan.

This was the pile at first.

This was the pile at first.

This was as I was working on it.

I stayed close while it burned

I stayed close while it burned

 This is now

This is now

Out side in front

The blooms in the berm

The blooms in the berm

The bush hiding the utilies

The bush hiding the pipes and meters.

The bush of Peonies by the deck.

The bush of Peonies by the deck.

I have finished the June issue of the Ellery Queen magazine and now have the July issues of that and the Alfred Hitchcock to read.

]I have started this novel also.

Another Laura Kasischke novel,

Another Laura Kasischke novel,

I had a visitor on the back driveway yesterday.

I could only catch him through screen.

I could only catch him through screen.

Every time I opened a door he would run for the woods.  I don’t know if it was a beaver or a groundhog.

I found this on Pamela’s Blog

I think I'll attempt it with my left over yarn.

I think I’ll attempt it with my left over yarn.

Enough for today but I’ll be back!

Into The Holiday Weekend…..

….and I’m not going anywhere.  Two reasons the first being the price of gas.  Prove to me that travel this weekend has nothing to do with gas prices and I’ll put salt on my bra and eat it!  Second as I watch the the traffic, even in front of my house, the speed and  the amount of vehicles is a warning to stay home.

Well the June issue of the Alfred Hitchcock magazine has been read now leaving two  only two issues to catch up on.

Yes I decided.

 a simple border for the afghan.


a simple border for the afghan.

I’m half way done with it.

What I laughingly call the back 40!

What I laughingly call the back 40!

Yesterday afternoon after Adam had fixed the mower deck I cut the area in the back that I hadn’t got to earlier.  Now the front is almost ready to be cut again.  Well you know what they say about a woman’s work!!!

Another spot is getting ready to bloom.

Another spot is getting ready to bloom.

The bush in front of the site where some of the utilities come in at the front of the dome is getting ready to bloom.  I planted it here to try to hide the pipes and meters right in front.  Soon it will be tall enough to do a good job doing it.

My visitor just arrived so it is good bye for now.