I Think It’s Here!

If it isn’t then it is a great preview of what is to come and I say bring it on. The day before yesterday was this.

Into the 70s and walking around time.

Into the 70s and walking around time.

Brandy and I walked around the house finding evidence of this in some of the extension gardens.

Green shoots that announce the coming of Spring flowers.

Green shoots that announce the coming of Spring flowers.

It was time to sit in the swing for a bit and think about what was next.  I keep hoping that I had seen the last of the snow but this is Michigan and anything can happen.  While I was out I found a problem with one of the downspouts.

The collar had slipped and the lighter pipe had come off.

The collar had slipped and the lighter pipe had come off.

I managed to put it back together but the collar has to be secured to fix it.  One hard rain and it will be laying on the ground again.  Checking the other areas I found them clear and all secure.  When you have a wood basement good drainage is very important.  ( I found that out the hard way.)

Then yesterday the shopping trip with Jay’s sisters was cancelled so I went alone.  The weather called for a light jacket because the sun wasn’t shining and there was a bit of a wind.

I filled up the truck at Conlee’s Mobil in Otisville around noon and headed into Clio.  There it was Dotty’s where I picked up seed for Spirit, seed for the outside birds, and a large bag of cat food for Molly.

From there I went to K Marts In search of a new can opener for Cindy.  When I was down there on Tuesday I discovered she had an old one that had to be kept charged.  When I went to use it it wasn’t so Cindy opened a can of tuna with one of those bottle openers with the vee shaped end.  ( That was a trip but she finally got it open enough for us to scoop out the tuna.)

While at K Mart I picked up a bag of Fresh Step that was also on my list then it was on to Sam’s Club for some personal paper products, big boxes of breakfast cereal, canned dog food for Brandy, a jar of Soft and Chewy Milk bones also for her.  For me it was Cream Cheese and a bag of Hershey’s Nuggets ( I love those little devils),

Then I jumped back on I 75 north to 475. next to I 69 and into M 15 in                            Davison, Mi. where I stopped at Leo’s and picked up a Mini Greek salad to go.  I then crossed the street to Kroger’s and pick up an armload of Marie Callender’s dinners to fill the bottom of my freezer because they were on sale and I depend on them to accomplish a good supper without a lot of fuss. Finally I arrived back home around 5 pm and then had to unload all this stuff and put it away. ( I wish I had a magic wand to wave and everything would go in it’s place but no such luck.

When I got up this morning this greeted my eyes.

That is sunshine through the cupola windows

That is sunshine through the cupola windows

It is going to be another lovely day. I saw one Robin yesterday and two this morning making me think it has got to be Spring.

I hope you enjoy your day because I know I’m going to enjoy mine.

Just Visitin’

Yesterday I went down into Oakland county for a visit.  I had planned to spend time with Debra , my daughter-in-law, but when I got there I found she had to take her friend to a doctor’s appointment.  So I had a very brief visit with her and I spent two hours with my son Wes.

From there I went to my daughter, Cindy’s house because I had planned to beat her butt at rummy.  She is confined to home with a knee surgery.  So I will call this next part of my post  Lil up close and personal.  Lil, who also had surgery the same day as Cindy, ( no kittens for her),  is the newest addition to Cindy’s family.  This is how our visit went.

Lil needed to investigate every thing we did

Lil needed to investigate every thing we did

She didn't let the collar get in the way of her getting in the way.

She didn’t let the collar get in the way of her getting in the way.

These are two pictures Cindy had sent to me earlier.

this is the day after surgery

this is the day after surgery

She was taking it easy that day.

She was taking it easy that day.

So both of the girls in that house were not real happy campers for a few days.  But yesterday when I got there Lil was up and checking every thing out.  We managed to have some tuna noodles (that I brought) for our lunch and then we played one game of rummy.

Cindy was having a little trouble getting comfortable so she didn’t get to win.

But she was gracious to take her loss .

But she was gracious enough to take her loss .

As the victor I accomplished my goal.

As the victor I accomplished my goal.

And Lil–well this was her action.

She took time to rest.

She took time to rest.

I had been there about three hours and Cindy was ready to lay down and rest too so I headed home.  On the way I did manage to stop and vote before the polls closed.  So in a way it was a good day.

Take care everyone.

 

 

Gone For A While

Good Morning!  As you can see I’m up and running again.  This last week has been hard to get through with no internet to go to.  But Son Lesley ( SEB) came up and put in a new power pack and now I’m in business again. While I was off I tried to make some Strawberry Rhubarb Jam but the results were 15 cups of too sweet sticky stuff  that may not live to see another week.

I did however finish the Jenny Lawson novel with a sore neck.  Why– because as I read I kept shaking my head and thinking I don’t believe  this woman.  What a sharp mind for thinking outside the box.  I started this yesterday.

This along with the Fill IT In  took the place of the absent internet.

This along with the Fill IT In took the place of the absent internet.

Outside it is still the mess it has been.

30 some degrees and  a lot of snow on the ground,

30 some degrees and a lot of snow on the ground,

I am so tired of walking in baby steps to keep from falling.  It makes me want to curl up in a corner and give up.  I keep thinking lets take a nap and maybe it will be gone when I wake up.  But no such luck!

Another look at the Christmas cactus.

Still blooming.

Still blooming.

The one is the second pot is not doing as good.  The leaves are a little limp and I feel it may not make it.

I spoke with my daughter this morning and she is doing well after her surgery on her knee Thursday.  She is just a bit bored so I promised I would be down this week to beat her butt at rummy.

I also want to visit my daughter in law while I’m in the area.

Well tonight is the last of the Downton  Abbey  series.  I’m going to miss it.  

Now I best sit and make a list ( you know I’m good at that) of things that need to be done and  things I need from the store.  I may even get dressed and venture out ( baby steps and all) for a while.

Take care, stay comfortable, and smile a bit.

 

Don’t Need To!

The forecast and the big thermometer on the porch agree.  It is 32 degrees here and even with the sunshine the snow isn’t rushing to leave the area.  I was impressed by the snow covered trees out there.

The trees a look like fountains.

The snow is covering everything.  I did get the tractor out yesterday but had to fight to get through the buildup.

This is a picture of the frog pond through the trees out back.

This is a picture of the frog pond through the trees out back.

This is the latest on the Christmas cactus.

Buds from the original plant.

Buds from the original plant.

It just seems to keep blooming.  I guess it can’t tell that Christmas passed two months ago.  (Not that I’m complaining.)

I think today I will brave my driveway and get out for a trip to the grocery store.  The street is in good shape so I should be fine.  I haven’t left the property in over three days.   I have searched frantically for the key to unlock the gate to my freedom. ( No it wasn’t that bad just felt like it.)

I’m about a third of the way through Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy novel and I suspect her mind must go a mile a minute because she just keeps you  shaking your head, laughing, and wondering what else can she come up with.

I have on hand two packages of Sure Jell, five pounds, of sugar, rhubarb,  and strawberries ready to make more jam but the urge hasn’t hit me yet. But the jars are clean and I bought more lids so I’m ready.  But when I look outside and all I see is the glare of light off the piles of white stuff the only thing I can think of is crawl back in that warm bed dummy–you don’t really need to go anywhere.

Well that is it for now.  I hope you are accomplishing more than I am –and enjoying it too.

 

Be Careful Today!

6 am and I feel movement behind my back.  Next comes a loud bark.  I get out of bed grab a flannel shirt and a leash and head for the kitchen door.  Waiting there for me is Brandy.

When I open the door this is what I saw.

This is what is covering every thing even the porch.

This is what is covering every thing even the porch.

Brandy stepped a little ways off the porch, relieved herself,  and then quickly came back in the house.  It isn’t snowing right now but the forecast is calling for more today.

Yesterday this was  what was out there.

I thought tis was bad but over night changed my mind.

I thought this was bad but over night changed my mind.

I had filled the outside feeders before the snow started yesterday morning. But that didn’t last too long.

The quince bush is filled with birds waiting for more.

The quince bush is filled with birds waiting for more.

I’m going to pull on the puffy red jacket. Jay’s hat, and my boots as soon as daylight comes and try filling everything again.

After 1 pm I will attempt clearing off the truck and backing down the driveway to get yesterday’s and today’s mail.  I have four wheel drive so I know I can get down and back up the driveway.  But for right now I’m going to crawl back in that nice warm bed and try for a couple more hours of shut eye.  If you go anywhere today be very careful.

 

I’m back.  It is now 10:19 am I never went back to bed but I have shoveled part of the porch off, took a bag of garbage out to the cart after I used a hammer to pry open the top, and measured the snow depth.  It is 10 inches now with the snow still falling lightly.  The big thermometer says it is in the low 30s.  I have a while yet before I attempt the driveway down to the mailbox.

Yesterday afternoon I vacuumed the three rooms on the main floor. washed out the fridge, and cleaned Spirit’s cage.  ( Funny what you will do when the TV is acting up and the snow is too deep to go anywhere.)  Anyway the TV is working again and I’m not quite ready to drag out the mop and bucket .  (That doesn’t make any sense when I’m dragging snow in.)  So It will be read a while or I’ll drag out the coloring book and pretend I’m 8 instead of 81 years old.  Cindy suggested the coloring but I haven’t quite bought into that idea yet–we will see. Well I’ll be back!!!!

 

A New Decade

Well now I start again.  What will this step in life bring?

My 81 picture

My 81 picture 

Funny I don’t feel any different today then I did two days ago.  I have the same little aches and pains not any stronger or weaker.  I still feel the need to grit my teeth to relieve the stress that seems to live in my mind constantly.  But I also feel the need to smile at how well I’m doing in this new stage of my life.  In my 20s I always  thought I would die at 40.  I could not even picture growing old.  Now I have lived over twice that age  I sit and wonder what life has in store for me.  I know I have forgotten more than I ever thought I would know but wonderful things seem to float in to make me smile and be glad that I have lived them.

Yesterday Cindy came up to spend a few hours with me on my birthday.  Actually she came to beat my butt at rummy and she did soundly. She then suggested that we pull out the new coloring books and pencils to start my first venture into old lady relives a youngster’s thing.  So here is another activity to take up time.

That is the smile of victory.

That is the smile of victory.

Last night as I let Brandy out one more time before we went to bed the moon caught my eye.

Not a great picture but at least you can see it.

Not a great picture but at least you can see it.

The clouds let it through for a change so I had to try to capture it.

Well the forecast for this afternoon is for snow again and possibly quite a bit so I’m going to get out of my nightie and into getting dressed clothes so I can get to the grocery store before it starts.

I want to thank every one for the wonderful words I have received.  It makes getting old a comforting feeling.

For those of you  that are under the weather do feel better and for others enjoy the time because it makes for great memories later on.

 

Old Man Winter Can’t Make Up His Mind.

 

 Outside yesterday and this morning.

Outside yesterday and this morning.

Oh if it could stay this way I would love it.  But this is Michigan and she is a quick change artist from way back.

Well I have finished A Lantern In Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich and although it is not my normal cup of tea it was a sweet story and I did enjoy it.  I started Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.  The first chapter was extremely busy but I’m  a brave girl so I’ll tackle what is next. Lawson wrote Let’s Pretend That Never Happened  and I enjoyed that book.

My new Reader’s Digest (large print ) magazine arrived a couple of days ago so that went on the counter instead of the to read shelf so I’ll pick that up and read bits and pieces until I finish it.

Les and Anne came up yesterday to take me out for an early birthday dinner. I chose  Leo’s and had a mini Greek salad and a Coney Dog.  ( I will have that salad again it was yummy.)  When we returned home this was our dessert.

This is what is known as a bumpy cake with lots of cream .

This is what is known as a bumpy cake with lots of whipped cream  under the frosting and between the layers. 

It tasted so good it was sinful.  Needless to say I did not climb on the scales this morning.

It was nap or reading time for a bit after.   Anne and I picked up books and Les rested his eyes.

Brandy decided to help Anne relax as she read.

Brandy decided to help Anne relax as she read.

Les had a short nap before the drive back home.

Les had a short nap before the drive back home.

They had also given me an Amazon gift card which I put on my account along with one I had gotten for Christmas from Cindy and Dave.  So my preordered books are paid for when they arrive.

Both pots are still blooming.

Both pots are still blooming.

Well a card came from my friend Pammy, an E card from my sister-in-law Peggy, and also a card from my oldest .Wes, and family. Today will be quiet but tomorrow my youngest will be up to spend my birthday with me.   Yes as my mom used to say I was born on George Birthington’s Washday.  I will have made it to 81 years.  ( I still wonder what the hell I’m  doing here!)  But I’m not complaining mind you.

Have a great next week!

 

                                                                                                       

I’m Back

Almost half way through the novel and only 5 puzzles to go in the book.

Almost half way through the novel and only 5 puzzles to go in the book.

This is what I have been doing the last few days when i wasn’t on the road at the drug store or grocery store.  At the drug store I bought Vitamin D to start taking according to the doctor.  At the grocery I saw an ad for suet cakes 10 for $10,  They didn’t have them the first day I was there so I got a rain check.  Yesterday they called to say they were in.  I drove down and pick up $20. worth.  That will hold me for a while.  I also bought some Stouffer’s dinners ( 5 for $10. )  They are pretty tasty.  I think they are a good change from what I have been buying and were cheaper.

I stood at the kitchen window and watched the feast going on under the crab apple tree.

By the time I got out there only the little birds were brave enough to stay there.

By the time I got out there only the little birds were brave enough to stay there.

But the suet cake was being devoured by the big birds the minute I went back in the house.

As you can see the snow isn’t going anywhere yet.  It just adds a dusting at night to keep us on our toes.

I shouldn’t have gone to the doctor’s because it seems  now my legs and ankles hurt all the time.  My pneumonia  shot is still bothering my arm.  Sometimes what you don’t know won’t hurt you and I am becoming a believer in that.

Well everything Real Estate wise is very quiet and I’m glad for that.  I kinda like being a lady of leisure.

Well take care out there.

What Is It

What is a valentine?  Is it a person you love so much that you spend the rest of your life with them.  Is it a pretty card that tells how much someone loves you.  Is it a box of candy or a bouquet of flowers that you receive.

Yes it can be this but It could also be more.

Yes it can be this but It could also be more.

This special box came into the house yesterday.  It was special for more than one reason.  To start it was from my daughter to share on this day.  It also was chocolates with nuts.  There had to be nuts to make it special.

Cindy and my grand daughter Courtney came to spend the day with me.  Cindy came some forty miles from Pontiac in snow and all and Courtney came all the way from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This made me feel like a very special valentine to them.

Courtney with her bear and candy from Cindy

Courtney with her bear and candy from Cindy.

Me with my bear and candy.

Me with my bear and candy.

And of course the gift giver herself.

Cindy with her bear and candy.

Cindy with her bear and candy.

The gifts and time spent together made this a very special valentine’s day for me.

Cindy made this for our dessert.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

She made it in my kitchen and the smell was heavenly.  The taste was sheer delight.  I had made scalloped potatoes, opened some home canned fruit, and baked some Crescent rolls.  After dinner we played Rummy with Cindy winning.. This was indeed my special valentine.

Other Valentine gifts are your thoughts of others far away,  I stood at the kitchen window that morning and watch dozens of birds flying in to take their fill of the seeds that I had put out and thought this is my valentine to you feathered creatures.

Those amid my thoughts that are ill I wish for comfort  not only on this day but everyday.

Before I ended my lovely day I checked my plants.

Both pots are blooming.

Both pots are blooming.

So there you have it. A day full of candy, flowers, a gift, and time spent with people I love and  they love me. I hope your holiday was as memorable.