Earth Shattering? NO

One of those nights!  Up every 2 hours, visit the porcelain throne. crawl back in bed, wait to get warm, and nurse a headache that has plagued me all night.  Finally I got up at about 7:15 am to start my day when my legs started to send little messages that they would cramp up if I didn’t move.

By 9 am I had started Cindy’s laundry, stripped my bed, fed the zoo (except for Brandy), started the eggs to boil, started soaking the over night dishes, and drank my first cup of coffee. I had seen David off to therapy and Cindy to work.

It is clear, sunny, and 17 degrees outside. the wind is 14 mph.  The snow is holding well but the forecast doesn’t show any more for today.  I will probably Kroger’s later this morning because the the milk and cottage cheese are low.  Also the store has the ice cream Cindy is allowed on sale.

Well that is all the earth shattering news I have so I’m out of here.

As It Comes

Good Morning!  Well the forecast is for snow and we got it.

Yep it is out there

In fact the forecast calls for snow every day this week.  Not a thing to look forward to but I have no where to go so that is good. Right now it is 20 degrees, wind is 10 miles per hour, and the high expected is 25.  Just when you think you will get out and pick up the mess that has accumulated along the fence it is covered again and will be all soggy when the weather breaks.

Well Saturday I tried  my hand at the old Kenmore again and in the beginning it was a farce.  The underthread was too loose and in trying to adjust that I bent the needle  Well I had no more needles so Cindy said she would take me to find some. This adventure started at Uhans (a small  local department store) that it turned out didn’t carry them.

Next we went to JoAnns which was closed until 3 pm due to no power.  Then it was over to Michaels where we found what we needed and a couple of other items.  But this store was two doors down from Petco so we decided to go there and  buy Brandy’s food.   Then it was on to Krogers  for the fixings for dinner.

When we got back home I got the sewing machine setup and was ready to roll because I had measured, pinned, and cut my project before I had broke the needle.

This was Cindy’s new jeans

I needed to take in the waist and shorten the legs by several inches but by having her inseam measurement and measuring several times I finally got brave enough to cut them off.

She also got a pair of sweats that she wanted shortened so she could wear them safely to work out.

The sweats finished

Now accomplishing this took the sewing machine, an ironing board (that David found and set up) an iron, the tape measure, the thread box, scissors, and a bit of anxiety (because I had made mostly clown costumes and  did mending).  But with a few sown in wrinkles I got her fixed up.

Yesterday, while Cindy worked a double, I just read a little of Arthur And Sherlock. napped, got the zoo fed, made dinner for David and me, and watched Columbo on TV. (I used to love that show,)

Today is unplanned so far.  I’ll just take it as it comes.


Been A Few Days

11 degree, winds at 12 mph, ground still clear, and waiting for sunrise anytime.  That is the weather forecast.  Now why am I up right now is another story.  First I felt the urge and knew my bladder was signaling.  Next Brandy decided her bladder was signaling too so I  let her out.  Then Molly meowed for more food in her dish.   David was up and made a fresh pot of coffee.  Well this all spelled stay up so I decided to visit you.

I worked yesterday on the jewelry for quite a while.

Made some headway but still have a lot to do.

The large plastic bag has several small ones that hold matched, fixed, ear rings.  Also sets of matched items but as you can see there is still a lot to go through. I did however use my new set of small pliers.   Will I work on the project today–don’t think so– maybe tomorrow.

Cindy me found this for me yesterday.

To help with identifying the visitors at the feeders..

I have an excellent book in storage but to search cardboard boxes for it is a real chore.  I think I will take time to read a bit of this one today.

My picture of Brandy after her visit to the groomer was blurred because she moved.

But I wanted you to see her ribbons .

Well there is sunshine on the curtains now so I will open them up.  I hope it will stay with us all day because it is sorely needed around here.

If the wind lets up a little I’ll get out and pick up debris from the wind storm the other day.  We don’t need to look like a junk yard.

Well I visited with Wes yesterday and watched as he finished up house cleaning.  He and Dakota are doing a great job on keeping the place up.  ( They would make someone a great wife).

Well it is time to brush the teeth, get dressed, and move my dead butt off this chair.  I’ll visit later.

Pamela Jane

Yesterday I carefully loaded my purse with cell phone and camera because I was meeting my dear friend of over 45 years for a delayed birthday lunch.  She was taking me to Panera’s ( my choice) because I had never been there before..  I met her at 11:30 am and we went in and ordered.

Well we sat for a long while and just caught up on what had happened since we last talked.  We sat through lunch, over empty dishes, after the dishes were cleared away, and when the waitress thought we were going to be permanent fixtures we finally left.

During our conversation I mentioned wanting to find pins to hold doilies in place.  I needed them to keep the covers I was crocheting for Cindy’s sectional in place.  Pam suggested  going to Michael’s around the corner and by golly she found them for me.  See having a friend not as old as me is a blessing because she knew what I was talking about even if I didn’t

But not once did I remember that I had my camera in my purse.  Not one picture was taken.  But that is how I am I guess because I seem to miss a lot of (to me) important times in life.  Anyway I loved spending the time with Pamela ( who I call Lady Jane, or Pamela Anne as names of affection).

I wrote of ordering plastic bags for storing my jewelry and said I expected them yesterday but it turns out they are due in on the 10th.  Oh well a few more days of mess on the vanity before I get organized.

Well my friend I have to start my day which means feed the zoo, fold the covers in the living room, make my bed , transfer my laundry, and have cereal for breakfast.  I hope your day goes well.

Update On Day 5

Well It is the back swing on the temperature pendum. It is 36 degrees. windy, and clear.

The back yard right now.

I think some one wants to start a flu epidemic with this changing back and forth.  Best to stay inside and comfy.

Well I have trimmed the flowers down and they are back in the bedroom.

Keeps the cats from getting their greens.

Also avoids spills

Also keeps me smiling


Well I spent the last couple of hours going through zip lock bags that I had packed jewelry in when I moved.  I had found two bags and sorted them for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and  also checked for missing parts,

This is the vanity right now.

Yesterday when I started this projects I thought I was pretty well done but then I opened the bottom drawer of my dresser and found another large baggie with more jewelry in it. So I came out to the computer and ordered 100 plastic bags to sort this project into.  They will be here on Tuesday!

Well tomorrow at 11:30 am Brandy and I will be at the Vets again. This time we will be at the right time.

Well Cindy is working again today, David and I  cleaned cat boxes.  I also cleaned my bird’s cage   I will start supper shortly then It is a tossup between reading and crocheting.

Well that is it for now.  Enjoy your coming week.


Surprise! Not Really!

Up this morning, got a shower, pulled the sheets from the bed, started the washing, then looked outside.

This greeted me when I opened the curtains.

It was 25 degrees, wind at 8 mph, and more snow expected at 3 pm this afternoon. Now David and I had talked about trying to take the front door off and attempting to fix the bottom of it so it would open.  The thought of it now makes me sit and shiver.  But it it is either fix it or spend over $200. for a new one.  Well We can lay that idea to rest for a few days until it warms a little.

I’m going to play the DVD that Les and Anne gave me for my birthday this morning. It Is The Phantom Of The Opera at Royal Albert Hall.  I also have the Zoo to feed, the laundry to finish, and a few domestic goddess things to do,  Then I have the day pretty much to myself.

I goofed royally yesterday by showing up for Brand’s appointment at 1 pm when it was actually scheduled at 9 am.  I could have sworn on the phone call reminding me the day before the woman said 1 o’clock so I didn’t check my calendar.   Oh well we now are scheduled for next Monday.

Cindy is working, Brandy, Lily, Cali, and David are sleeping, and Molly is prowling the house as usual.

Well let’s get on with it.

Wearing The Green.

I found this message left on the fridge on my birthday by my grand daughter, Courtney.

I decided to leave it there for a while because magic is important in my mind.

This month is green and I have a lot to show you.

We decided lights on the tree on the counter would send a great message.

Of course the front window was next

With the shamrocks in all three panels and the bunnies asked to stay and celebrate.

The puppy needed to join the celebration

The other front window joined the celebration also.

Of course we couldn’t leave out the bathroom.

This is one of the important places to sit and contemplate. 

The stone in the middle is quite lovely

The green and gold garland on the corner cabinet adds a little more color to the room.

The shamrocks hang in the archway

This hangs on our front door to greet all who pass by.

But the most important green I found is in the front yard.

The promise of tulips in the Spring.

Well I have the zoo to feed, myself to get dressed,.and the day to be begin.  I take Brandy to the Vet again today for a checkup and the mail lady just left two more books to go on the ‘to read’ shelf.  What a great way to start the day!

Today The Party Post

A total of about 17 people came to help me celebrate my 82nd year.  Not all at once but the important thing is they took time to visit.  I thank you all!

The flag welcomed everyone.

The first to arrive was Jimmy Murphy with a card and a very big bouquet.

It two vases to put it all in water.  Sadly Jim couldn’t stay because his wife was ill and he didn’t want to infect any one here.

Our table was set.

With all the fixings for salad.

There was garlic bread on the side.

Then the lasagna was added and it was dig in time.

People gathered in the living room, some at a table.

Others on the sofas and chairs placed around the room.

Left to right.  In the pink was Marilyn, Jay’s sister,  Darlene and Michael, my friends, my grand daughter Courtney, and Shane, my old neighbor from Westlyn in Orion Township.

Also seated around were my son Wes, my other son.Les, his wife Anne, Jacki Jay’s sister, my daughter Cindy, Courtney’s mother Kim.

Of course there was the cake with two kinds of ice cream.

The corners were decorated with cream cheese cake truffles.  Decadent but delightfully yummy!

Cindy had pity on me and gave me only one candle to blow out.

Truth  be told I had trouble getting it to go out so you know 82 candles would have set the table cloth on fire.  Les sat across from me saying nothing.

For flowers I had three bouquets. One from Jim, One from Darlene and Micheal, ( with yellow roses in it), and one from Shane.

This was from Darlene and Michael.

This one from Shane.

With cats in the house they ended up in my bedroom.

These on my vanity

This on my dresser

I will have time to enjoy them every morning when I wake up. Thank you every one for these things of beauty.



Darlene and Michael also brought these.

They fill the corner behind the sofa.

The Cox family came a little later and brought these.

This is a bird house (Sue and her daughter Denise work with busses.)

This is a feeder.

It will go on a post in the Spring. Sue’s brother Ron, her son D,J. and two grand sons were also visiting.  They sure know how I enjoy the birds in the yard so Dennis also got two large bags of wild bird seed to go with every thing.

I also received a couple of gift cards, a Dvd, some body lotion, and of course the party from Cindy and David,

All in all it was a festive and friendly reminder of family and friends that made it a lovely birthday .  Thank you every one. .




Busy So It Is A Quickie!

Been busy today with sweeping,mopping, dusting,and generally getting things in order.  Still have the chip dip to make tonight.  Don’t know if I’ll work on the salad or wait until morning.  But either way I’ll get it done.

Really looking forward to seeing everyone.  Bring a smile or a funny joke!


Good Morning

This is what an 82 year old looks like first thing in the morning

Yep It is my 82nd year on the right side of the grass. I feel pretty good considering that things are slowly wearing out.  I’m looking forward to seeing friends and family on Saturday when it is lasagna, garlic toast, salad. ice cream, and cake for all.

A call yesterday from the Vet’s office informed me that Brandy had to stay on her special dog food for another 2-3 months and can have nothing extra.  Well I want her with me so I will follow the doctor’s orders.

David caught this on camera yesterday.

One of the woodpeckers from across the street.

My wild bird book is packed away so I can’t tell you which one it is but there are at least three or four visiting the feeder. Up in Otisville I used to get pictures of several different birds that visited the crabapple tree the yard,

Well the second bit of green is up.

My neighbor down the street got hers up first but mine is now hanging.

We haven’t started decorating the inside of the house yet but it is coming,  The only Irish I have is my dad’s mother but we celebrate anyway.

Tomorrow I visit my tax man but I don’t think I have any homemade jam for him this year.  I’ll check the garage today to see.  I do have a sh**  load of papers to show him but he is a very kind and caring man so it won’t be a bad meeting. .

Well birthday or not my zoo has to be fed, my bed made, and the domestic goddess stuff has to be done so I close for now. Have a great day!