The Three Of June!

Monday afternoon my mail lady showed up at my door with this.

A big box of rhubarb.

A big box of rhubarb.

I pulled all the leaves off,  brought it in the house, and set it in the sink in water. Her only request is that I can some  Rhubarb Chutney for her.  She said she was out and needed it for topping roasts.  Certainly I would make it.  Rhubarb at my usual place to buy is now $2.00 a pound and more in the grocery store.

On Tuesday I went shopping for the makings plus my usual Sam’s Club haul.  That night I cleaned and chop the rhubarb and came up with 26 cups (part of which I froze for jam when the fruit comes in).

Today I picked up the items I couldn’t get at Sam’s so tomorrow morning I’ll start canning.

Look who is at the new grill!

Look who is at the new grill!

Jay went with me to Vg’s to shop to today.  He took one of those motorized carts around.  Now he hasn’t been in a grocery store in several months so there was a lot he stopped to look at.  I must say the people who work there are  most helpful.  When I pulled up in front one of the workers help me get Jay onto cart and on his way while I parked.  When we came out another person who was bringing out my groceries for me help Jay out of the cart and into the truck–then he loaded my groceries for me.

Out in front of the house—

--is the large bush that hides the utility equipment.

–is the large bush that hides the utility equipment.  It started to bloom so I hope I might attract a humming bird.

Well I’m working on the bells on the lap robe right now but that will be put aside until the chutney is done.

Enjoy this beautiful weather and fill them lungs with fresh air!

 

With A Little Help From My (Family) & Friends!

Yesterday was Jay’s birthday so I made Smoked Salmon and Farfalle In Lemon Cream Sauce.

Everything set out and ready to go.

Everything set out and ready to go.

It went well and was not difficult to make.

Complete in approximately 40 minutes.

Complete in approximately 40 minutes.

It was very tasty but we had one complaint.  It was on the dry side and more cream sauce  was needed.  So I froze the left overs and will make more sauce to go in it when I reserve it.  His birthday cake was a Banana Creme Pie because he prefers pie to cake.

Today my mechanically inclined son, Wes and wife Debra came up.

Wes hard at work assembling.

Wes hard at work assembling.

He and Debra got the screen up on the umbrella.

He and Debra got the screen up on the umbrella.

I tried to help but mostly stayed out of the way.

Debra took a moment out from her chores for some  coffee.

Debra took a moment out from her chores for some coffee.

She was out with the weed wacker, trimming the Sand Cherry, and mowing with front yard with the tractor.  Wes opened the cupola windows for me and installed Jay’s birthday present.

I found a large letter keyboard for Jay's birthday.

I found a large letter keyboard for Jay’s birthday.

Wes completed the grill and got it out on the deck.

Wes completed the grill and got it out on the deck.

I kidded him about finding out if it would work and he said he didn’t want to be here when the explosion happened. Wes finished up mowing and as usual he and Debra put everything away before they left . I would say that this was a birthday gift that benefitted both of us.

The birthday boy is 73 years and one day older!

The birthday boy is 73 years and one day older!

A little later one of our friends, Michael ( he was an MTA driver) came by to visit so he got the propane tank on the grill, tested it, then turned it on and it work.  So I called Wes and told him he did a great job on the grill.  I said it didn’t even blow us off the deck when I turned it on.

Well that is it for now.  Stay happy and healthy!

 

Out With The Tractor

At about 11:30 this morning I started mowing what I call the back 40.  Now it is the back yard but in no way is it 40 anything it just seems like it.  While coming up a row towards the house I came nose to beak (so to speak) with a Killdeer that was making angry noises with it’s wings spread and did not move.  Normally these birds limp off with one wing spread like it is hurt.  But not this angry momma.  I didn’t have my camera so I started up the tractor and headed for the house to get it.

When I returned she was still there and when I got down to take a picture I could see why.

Four eggs in a nest.

Four eggs in a nest.

If I had kept coming where I was originally I would have run over nest and eggs.  So I tried three times to get a picture of her but the sun was such when I went to put them on the computer all I had was gravel, grass, leaves, and shadows.

I went back out later to try for a picture of the momma but she stayed too far away and I couldn’t find the nest again to lure her in.

The back 40 is almost cut.

The back 40 is almost cut.

This is the frog pond over flowing it's banks.

This is the frog pond over flowing it’s banks.

Of course the mosquitos love the standing water so I wore one of the clip on repellents as I worked out there.  The undergrowth at the pond is so heavy I can’t tell if we have any beavers or not.  However I did see a muskrat at the other end of the back driveway the other day.

I finished around  2:30 refilled the tractor with gas, put it away, and went up front to get this picture.

The "Snow Ball" bush is starting to bloom

The “Snow Ball” bush is starting to bloom

One other item came in yesterday in the morning via UPS.

What is that mess on the counter?

What is that mess on the counter?

Why it is my new gas grill.  Not real big or fancy but we don’t need that.  I started putting it together.  I got five pieces together after several corrections.  Jay came home and said I would need my mechanical inclined son to master this problem for me.  He being correct–I called said son and he said he would come up and give it a try.  So I went back to my lap robe and finished the bow over the bells.

This morning after mowing around 11:30 I found the automatic hot dog roller to use on my new grill when it is together.  Well my that is my story and I’m sticking with it.

A bite of supper and it is back to the hoop to start the bells.

Have a great day and a better weekend.  Remember the benefits of laughter!

 

 

 

Little Chores!

60 degrees, gray, and rain clouds are on the menu to be served today.  That is fine with me because I’m going to be working on the lap robe again.

First thing yesterday was a visit to Doggy Depot where Brandy must have lost a pound or two after her haircut.  I know she is going to feel better now.  

Then my visit to the doctor yesterday was great.  In fact he said he didn’t know how I kept up with everything, that I was a very patience woman.   So I left there happy.

This morning I checked on new flowers.  These are all annuals.

Iris in the berm.

Iris in the berm.

Columbine which grows around the house

Columbine which grows around the house

I had Debra move my Bleeding Hearts to the berm when she was up so I’m watching them closely. My tulips have bloomed but I want to get some more vibrant colored ones for next year.

This came in the mail yesterday.

An umbrella screen.

An umbrella screen.

I have wanted another one of these since I moved up here.  I have a deck that is idea for reading, crocheting, knitting or just relaxing but the bees, bugs, and mosquitos will drive you nuts out there.  Now I’m looking forward to some relaxing hours out there.

Well I want to go to the basement for the Hummingbird feeder and nectar because they have to be looking for it now.  I also need the fill the suet holder for the Woodpeckers so I had better move my butt and get it done before it rains.

Have a great day–smile even laugh out loud—it is so good for the lungs!!!!

 

Memorial Day

Saturday I drove out to the Dryden Pioneer cemetery and placed a spike with pink, light pink, and white tulips on my parents grave.  I’m not much for this type of thing but I felt I needed to do it at least once before I kicked the bucket.  As I walked away I looked back and thought they are pretty even if they aren’t real.

This morning I drove Jay to dialysis ( Your Ride  wasn’t running).  From there I went to the store to pick up a few more things for our dinner.  I started in cooking when I got home.  First the pudding.

All the ingredients out and it was smooth sailing.

All the ingredients out and it was smooth sailing.

Old-Fashioned Raisin Bread Pudding.

Old-Fashioned Raisin Bread Pudding.

Next the brats

All I needed set out.

All I needed set out.

After cooking the brats in beer with onions and green peppers. I set them aside.

No grill so they were going to be browned  in a fry pan.

No grill so they were going to be browned in a fry pan.

I added a couple more things to the beer mixture.

Putting the two together and you have Beer Brats with Caramelized Onions

Putting the two together and you have Beer Brats with Caramelized Onions

I added sliced green pepper (at Jay’s request) to the onion.  He said both dishes were good but I felt they weren’t worth writing home about. ( I know so why did I write this.)  Because I took pictures to prove I did cook even though I don’t like to!!!!!  I got done in time to pick him up and bring him home and that is the important thing.

Tomorrow morning Brandy goes to Doggy Depot to get pretty.  In the afternoon I have doctor’s appointment for a check up so it will be a busy day.

I hope you had a great weekend–ours was quiet.  Take care and smile!

 

 

Roots, Brush, And Fun Stuff!

This is the last of the storm damage cleanup, some root problems, and happy stuff.

Getting to the root of the problem

This was by the kitchen door.

This was by the kitchen door.

I managed to dig that one out.

One of two dead bushes  by the front door.

One of two dead bushes by the front door.

I dug at both of them but couldn’t get them out.  When Wes was up he manged to get rid of both of them.

Next the storm damage.

Last brush pile to be moved

Last brush pile to be moved

John,  behind me,  cleared up the mess  on the West side of the driveway.  Then Adam, my neighbor cleaned up two piles on the East side of the driveway.  That left just the one above to be moved.  My tractor wasn’t running so I had to find another way to move it.

I loaded the garden cart

I loaded the garden cart

Pulled it to the driveway

Pulled it to the driveway

I did this twice to get all of the pile ready to take back to the burn pile.

 

 

 

 

I connected to the back of the truck

I connected to the back of the truck

More then one way to skin a cat as they say!!!!!!

Now trivial things.

The Bird totem is back on the deck

The Bird totem is back on the deck

Finished the bird house on the lap robe yesterday

Finished the bird house on the lap robe yesterday

Then started on the mowing this morning.

Brought a new weed wacker yesterday

Brought a new weed wacker yesterday

Tried it out –works good.

I mowed the front section to the yard today.

I mowed the front section to the yard today.

I ran out of stamina so the back section will have to be done another day.

Okay my friend that pretty well takes care of the accumulated pictures.  Hope I didn’t bore you too much.  See you next time.

 

 

Colors

Showing our colors!

At our Kitchen entrance (front door)

At our Kitchen entrance (front door)

A new flag now waves on the old flag pole.

The other type on the front wall.

The other type on the front wall.

We have no flag pole so this one has to go on hooks instead.

Other colors in our yard.

Lilacs on the smaller bush  out front

Lilacs on the smaller bush out front

The larger bush (older) bush stands just a bit further back.

This one is almost chest high now.

This one is almost chest high now.

Both of these pictures are for Silver Fox in Ridgemont, CA,  ( Sorry you can’t smell them Maria.)

Two pictures from earlier this Spring.

The forsythia  in the side yard.

The forsythia in the side yard.

Spring flowers

Spring flowers

These are from one of the extension gardens and they come up every Spring.

Well today my friend I want to visit my parent’s grave site (which I seldom do), then I’ll come home and pull the tractor out of the garage for a little mowing.  I know I won’t get it all done but I can make a good dent in it.  Have a great day and enjoy every thing.

 

More Pictures But Not in Order

As promised –more pictures–these were of the Stuffed pork loin we made a few weeks ago.

Loin is butterflied and marinated over night.

Loin is butterflied and marinated over night.

Next Jay made the stuffing,inserted it in the loin

the stuffing

the stuffing

Then it was time to tie it.

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.Now roasting and this is it.

Finished dinner

Finished dinner

With garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli with homemade cheese sauce followed by home made Easter eggs. for dessert.

Easter eggs and bugles.

Easter eggs and bugles.

The guys loved it.

The guys loved it.

On to outside pictures–

022These two geese were out back by the frog pond and I did manage to catch them.

The Crabapple tree in bloom.

The Crabapple tree in bloom.

It is starting to lose petals now–I’ll miss the beauty.

Down the hill is the Quince Bush and behind it the Red Maple.

Down the hill is the Quince Bush and behind it the Red Maple.

 

Bud came by and fixed a few things for me

The facing on the kitchen entrance

The facing on the extension to the kitchen entrance.

Both sides had individual, over lapping pieces of wood that were cracking and falling off.  He changed that to solid facings instead.

On the inside–

The cupboard doors under the sink in the kitchen

The cupboard doors under the sink in the kitchen

The hinges kept loosening and eventually one of the door kept  falling off.  Bud made new doors and changed the hinges ( problem solved).

Much better set up.

Much better set up.

Now I’m waiting for the other doors to fail.

Well that is it for now.  Enjoy your holiday weekend.

 

 

 

Still Need Help!

I’m back with a couple more pictures but I don’t have the process down pat yet.  I had a before picture of the berm but it was too big for the blog and I couldn’t figure how to reduce it.

Below is the the lap robe with a lot done on it but I still have to finish the ginger bread people, the bears, the bird house, the bells,  and the bow.  But I’ll keep at it and show you how it is going.

Lap robe

Lap robe  now

The Berm next –

 

 

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This is the berm after Debra, Wes’ wife got done with it last week.  She certainly has a talent.   Wes emptied trailers of leaves and weeds on the burn pile out back and mowed the front part of the yard.  Thank you guys it is beautiful.

I have to mow again this week and take the week whacker to the areas where I can’t get in with the tractor.

Les and Anne were up, as I said before, this last week end and brought my computer back.  It now has Windows 7 on it and that is why I’m having such a time with it.  But it is not the first time I have started over with a new operating system or a new program.  Some old dogs take a little longer to master new tricks!!!  Our tails don’t wag as fast as they use to.

I’m thinking about you Michael and Kathleen—Get well real quick ’cause summer is here!

I’ll close for now,  pick up my needle, and go back to the lap robe for a while.

 

Learning All Over!

Back in Mommas Corner–The computer came home yesterday.  I have 34 pictures for you but I haven’t learned how to get them on the blog yet.  Been playing with them for about an hour now.

The temperature is a sunny 54 degrees with hopes of warming up today.  My tree and bushes have starting blooming which makes walking outside a pleasant pastime.

Yesterday Les and Anne were up to bring the computer back so I made lasagna with garlic bread and peas as sides.  I also bought an Edward’s Lemon pie for dessert.  Les set up the computer with the programs I will need but I find that the instructions for their use are different in Windows 7 so I have to learn some new things. I known Les will guide me on this project .

Les’ mother-in -law Kathleen is moving to rehab after heart surgery the other day and progressing well.  Our friend Michael is also hospitalized and we are trying to keep up with his progress.

Oldest Grand daughter's graduation.

Oldest Grand daughter’s graduation.

This is Courtney Jenkins at her graduation from college.  Left to right is Kim, her mom,  her grand father, Kim’s father, Courtney, and her dad Lesley some very proud people.

 

Well I’ll say goodbye for now and try to figure this new system out.