November Two

Yep the second day of November all the calendars are changed, the days are getting colder, and the leaves are leaving the trees to fall into piles on the ground.  We have no trees in our yard so we don’t have to rake, bag, and set them at the curb as others are right now.

My daughter’s favorite holiday has just past and I spent yesterday taking almost every thing down to be packed away for another year.

Cindy has her own ritual for putting Halloween away so I leave that to her.

Cindy has her own ritual for putting Halloween away so I leave that to her.

We have the bathroom shelves, the archway between the living and dining room, and the hallway doors to clear.  I cleared everything else away and it now waits for Cindy to pack.

On the kitchen table waits Thanksgiving but again Cindy is the decorator although I did manage this yesterday.

Yes the flags I can do.

Yes the flags I can do.

I did finish book three of the Ransom Riggs series and it now rest on the been read shelf in my bedroom.  Right now I’m reading Six Scary Stories.  This is a small novel of stories selected and introduced by Stephen King which are indeed scary.  I have two more to read then it is on to my next choice.  This morning I’m going with Cindy to her eye appointment then who knows it is always an adventure.

I’m still playing with doing the Cluster Blanket.  I have yarn for it, the hook I need I just need to try doing it.

Well Cindy is up so I’d better get my butt in gear if I’m going with her.

Have a great day!



A little late in the day but here are my Halloween pictures.

This is Frank, taller than me

This is Frank, taller than me

We decided to have some fun with him.

He seemed happy to have Cindy in his arms.

He seemed happy to have Cindy in his arms.

He was so cooperative I decided he deserved  a kiss

He was so cooperative I decided he deserved a kiss

Later I spent the better part of 2 hour outside.

We filled the caldron with potato chips and started handing them out.

We filled the cauldron with potato chips and started handing them out

It was cold outside so I didn’t get any pictures of my trick or treat visitors. I couldn’t see them freezing just for a picture.

I sat out and handed out chips to everyone brave enough to be out there.

I sat out and handed out chips to everyone brave enough to be out there.

We had 47 youngster this evening so I was able to say I finally got to do something I haven’t done since I moved from this neighborhood over 30 years ago.

I hope your Halloween was as enjoyable as mine.

I Think I’ll Live!

This is outside this morning.

Wet, gray, cool--not inviting.

Wet, gray, cool–not inviting.

This is how I feel this morning.  Anyone in the later stages of life know the feeling well.  If you stand up you want to throw up.  If you lay down your legs, feet, and thighs want to start to cramp up.  So during those five or six times in the night you get up, get your book, and sit for a while.  The pill you have taken to relieve the discomfort only starts to work around 9:30 in the morning and you hope you can control things with no mess or bother.  Sitting on the porcelain throne I felt this little patting on my thigh. Cali came in to let me know everything would be fine if I scratched and petted her a bit–I complied.

Just now Brandy came out, I took her the backyard, and she did her duty. She checked out the collapsed Frankenstein, walk the yard, and was ready to come in and lay on the foot stool.

Chris came yesterday cut the grass and cleared the flowers at the front door so we could open it for the trick or treaters tomorrow night.  I’m looking forward to seeing them after 25 or 30 years living where I had none.  Funny how you miss those things that you took for granted many years ago.

I have been looking at a crochet pattern that involves clusters but I’m not sure this would be good for a baby blanket (little fingers).  I’ll think about it a little longer!

I’m starting to feel a little better and I think I’ll live!


It’s Like Paradise!

There is a Trane in our utility room and I’m happy as all get out.  The installation was complete yesterday at 3:30 in the afternoon.  This was roughly after 5 1/2 days trying to stay warm on a couple of small electric heaters.  To wake up this morning and be greeted by warmth made me do a happy dance.

Also my sleep socks from England came in so on top of the heat I woke up with warm feet for the first time in a long time.  Even in the summer I wake with cold feet.  I know circulation but that doesn’t make it any easier to take.

I just fix my picture of Jay and me for the living room wall.  It was from a picture on my computer and the both sides were white ( border).  It is now mounted on yellow cardboard but I’m having trouble hanging it straight.  I have to find me a young, skinny someone to rehang it for me because I’m really too old to be climbing on anything to do it.

I pulled from the closet this..

it was Jay's and I was too fat to wear it until now.

it was Jay’s and I was too fat to wear it until now.

Now I’m a hugger and my hugger is now miles away so I have to settle for this.

I’m on Chapter three (page 81) of Library Of Souls and moving steadily along.  I received another book today Six Scary Stories by several authors that should be a fast read–we’ll see.

Today was a shopping day, a stop by the storage unit company to get something straightened out, and a short nap in my chair when we got home.

With Cindy's urging I lit up the front window tonight.

With Cindy’s urging I lit up the front window tonight.

I’ll leave it on until she gets home from work.

Well it is 7:00 pm and time for my supper and Brandy’s treats so I’ll close for now.

What Now!

Just when everything seems to be going well –bang–we have a furnace problem.   Yep this is our fourth day with no furnace.  Cindy did manage to find two small electric heaters.  We put an extra blanket on the beds, I’m using my flannel nightgowns and sheets.  My animals are used to cooler nights because in my old house the ceiling were high and the heat rose up all the time.  Cindy’s babies are sleeping close her at night.  But all will be well come Wednesday when the new furnace is put in.

Well I finished Ransom Riggs’ second novel in the Miss Peregrine’s series (The hollow City) and pick up book number three this morning.  This is the Library Of Souls and I’m on page 29.  I’m enjoying the series and will be a bit disappointed when I finished it.

Cindy went into her next step in preparation of her surgery.  She is doing fine so far.

Well that’s it for now but I must confess I’m looking forward to Halloween and the Trick or Treaters.  The last 17 years I have lived where no children ever showed up.

Have a good rest of the week.

Yes! I’m Ready

Well when it arrived yesterday I was excited.  I was actually going to have what looked .like a real bed.  Well today Wes came over and attached ti to the bed frame.

I attached my lamp to it.

I attached my lamp to it.

Now after several years I can read in bed again.  Now the space between the headboard and the end of the vanity is small.  I can get through there but I need to lose a little more belly to make it comfortably so I’ll have to watch my diet or I won’t be able to get to my closet.  But does that make me sad?  Naw! I’m too pleased to have a real bed again.  Thank you son.

My other son and wife Anne came up and took me to lunch at Olive Gardens today.  Even though I only had Cream Of Chicken soup  and bread sticks I ate more than I should have.  (But it was great.) Now it is back to the high protein meals again.  Thanks Les and Anne.

Also my new Thanksgiving flag came today so boy I’m ready!!

Sometimes You Can’t Win!

Terrible night!  Went to bed too early..  Watch the clock change hours and minutes. Legs began to ache. Feet felt like hot spikes were being pushed into the bottoms. Up after two hours to read for two more.  Back to bed .  A repeat on the whole mess.  Some where around 5:30 this morning I gave it up.  I got up, took my pills, gather laundry, made my list about the drugstore, ripping the hem out of my brown pants and turned on the computer.  Now I know I will fall asleep later in my big chair to try to make up for the night but that is alright because Cindy has to work this afternoon.

Yesterday I looked at Mother Nature’s new colorful gowns and had to share with you.  When I lived further North the trees were beautiful but they were along the road and I hesitated to stop and get out my camera.  Here Brandy and I can sit on the swing, look in every direction and watch the beauty of Fall come to life.


Even the Smoke tree across the street was turning marron.

Even the Smoke tree across the street was turning maroon.

You have this beauty too.  Just take time to look around it will make you smile.

You have this beauty too. Just take time to look around it will make you smile.

The flowers on the porch are trying valiantly  to hang in there but it isn't working.

The flowers on the porch are trying valiantly to hang in there but it isn’t working.

Well I have a picture to search for that I want to print, a Thanksgiving flag to order, and the laundry to start.

I’ll leave you for now–Take Care!


In The Know

Well another morning has arrived but my awakening was delayed by a couple of hours.  I don’t know why all of a sudden laying in my bed for an hour before going to sleep is becoming an unfightable urge be it at night or midday.  It isn’t that I don’t have things to do but I don’t seem to care if they get done.

While cleaning out some of the garage to make more room to get around the truck I piled a bunch of stuff in the truck bed.  Things like open cleaning supplies that came from my house when I sold it.  I thought I would give it to Cindy but she has more suplies in every nook and cranny then she will ever need.   So what to do.  I’m going to have to go to the store today for a few things and I can’t leave all that stuff in the bed of the truck.  I going to bag it up and discard it.

When cutting up cardboard boxes yesterday I got the idea to take the holder for wax paper, foil, and etc that I bought then found was too small to hold all the rolls of stuff we have and turn it into a magazine rack for my bedroom.

My art work leaves a lot to be desired but it works.

My art work leaves a lot to be desired but it works.

Yes I fastened it to the side of my dresser.  The walls of my bedroom are somewhat questionable, sturdiness of panelling is not always the best.  My furniture was bought at a sale along side the road several years ago so it is no big deal.

Speaking of furniture I finally ordered my head board for my bed.  I expect it in a week or so.  When it come in I have to sweet talk someone into attaching it.

When Cindy and I were at the storage unit the other day we came across the saying that hung in my bathroom up North and was an inspiration to read every morning.  Well it now hangs at the foot of my bed and I read it every time I’m in there.

Another thing to remind me of the important things in life

Another thing to remind me of the important things in life

Now if you look around my bedroom it is like a teenage girl with all her reminders.  Picture of Jay, the beaded hanging of three birds I made several years ago, The oriental hanging my grandson gave me, a calendar of birds, necklaces hanging on the vanity mirror,  books on the shelves ( some already read, some waiting to be picked up) and a card about friends.  These are all things that remind me of who I was and who I am.

I started the second book by Ransom Riggs and am on chapter four already.  I’m almost through the November Reader’s Digest and finished the AARP news letter.  Their magazine will follow shortly.  I do try to keep up with what is going on.  Even a visit to the news section of the internet every day.

Of course my daily visits to your blogs are a must

Well it is time to get dressed, start the duties of the day, and for heavens sakes get to the store because I’m out of Sweet Cream!!!


Who I Am!

Good morning! As I started out the door this morning It decided to rain.  Here I am with the the two wheeled cart on the porch when as they say ” the heavens opened up “.  Having gotten  this far I wasn’t about to turn around and haul my load back in .

My cart contained the clean canning jars.  I wanted them in the garage until I could take them to the storage unit.  As I proceeded down the sidewalk both I and my jars got a little wetter.  But as my mother used to say, ” you are not sugar or spice so you won’t melt.  In fact Shit floats'”  Ah she sure knew how to put one in their place!  I finally got the jars into the garage, then me back into the house, and the water wiped off my head and shoulders.

So now it was time to talk about what I was going to share with you before I decided to share my ‘mid morning bath’.

I took pictures in front of the house yesterday to show you what the Trick or Treaters would see when they came begging later this month.

On the front fence.

The skull was first beside the walk way in.

The skull was first beside the walk way in.

Next was

The old witch seemed headed towards a landing.

The old witch seemed headed towards a landing.


I wasn't quite sure what this was was but I knew it was scarey!

I wasn’t quite sure what this was was but I knew it was scarey!


Ah the Jack o lantern!

Ah the Jack o lantern!

But in the front window.

Sat Lilly watching to make sure everything was all right

Sat Lilly watching to make sure everything was all right 

Well this is abut the extent of our decorations but it is enough to demonstrate how much we love Halloween.

Cindy has already started collecting turkeys for the next holiday and who knows how many things she will find.

Well the rain has slowed down,  but I’m still sitting here with damp shoulders, and the urge to grab a sweater before I freeze to death.

I’m on page 235 of the Riggs novel and my November Reader’s Digest (large print) arrived yesterday so I am drawn between both of them to decided which to pick up first.

Well I sure miss reading comments from everyone.  It makes me think what I’m saying isn’t of interest any more, that maybe I should quit trying to get a rise out of you.  ( If I pissed you off I’m sorry but this is who I am).



I’m Getting Ready

Almost halfway through October,  leaves are falling , those that aren’t are turning to those beautiful colors we all look forward to, and the chill is making me shiver.  I found two winter jackets, my winter boots (as I said last year the first women’s boots I have bought in years), four pair of gloves, my scarf, and Jay’s fur lined cap all tucked away in storage.  The cap I wore for a few  years to snow blow the driveway in Otisville. ( I guess things will be different in town).

I also found my Michigan Bell Clowns Galore jacket and the sweatshirt with my clown likeness painted on it just in time to raise some eye brows seeing one of the latest scare rumors  is  clowns.

Today is pack this away.

All emptied, washed and ready for packing and then to storage.

All emptied, washed and ready for packing and then to storage.

I still have some jam left and will work on giving it away before it is outdated.  I see no canning this winter but maybe in the Spring I’ll get the urge to start looking.  You know that was a lot of food to have to discard.

I ordered a p;air of Sleep socks because my circulation to the toes leaves a lot to be desired.  The problem is they won’t be delivered until the first part of November so I guess I’ll be wrapping a sweater around my toes until then.  (It is hard getting old ain’t it!)

Well Cindy and the zoo are still asleep so it will be a while to breakfast and I have to stay quiet until then.  I guess I’ll pick up my book or my Fill It In puzzles for now.

Have a great weekend,