Restoring The Normal

Lots of up in the air the last couple of days.  We have been getting the place set up for when David comes home from the hospital.


We removed the king size bed so Chris Murphy could set up the hospital bed  Chris had one in storage that we can use when David comes home.

Of course every thing got moved to the front room while the bedroom was being set up.

With the hospital bed in next came Cindy’s bed.

This involved buying a twin frame, usi8ng one of the box spring from the king bed, and buying a mattress for it.  She also bought one for the hospital bed.  There is now a small table with a “clap hands on” lamp on it between the beds.

The chair went back into place, the spare  box spring went outside,

The bird cages went back in place and left just a few things to work on finding a place for.

It is almost normal in there now.

Before David went into the hospital I got to be up close and personal with Erin.

David was holding him when he wanted to come to me.

So for a little while he sat on my shoulder.  Cindy cleaned his cage then he went back in.

While Cindy goes to visit David Libby stays by me so she doesn’t have to be in her cage.  I just carry on with the chores, read a little, watch a little TV, and we get through the day.

Cindy and I did a little grocery shopping today and I also bought a new vacuum.

I had a Hoover before and it did the job for a long time so I stayed with the brand.

Well there was no walk today but I will try to get back on track tomorrow.

You have a good weekend and I’ll visit again.


Birthday And Other Things

Cindy’s birthday was yesterday.  Her present from me was not the least practical.

It was several things

This is a Fairy Stump!

These are some of the additions

more of them

As for food for her early party

She bought A nacho from Revere’s

I made the Carrot Cake for her.

Tasty fare yes!  She took part of the cake into work with her.  They liked it.

I have to show  you the Butterfly Bush in the left hand corner of the front yard.

It is blooming,

David said there were some Monarch  Butterflies by it today. (no I didn’t have the camera handy),

It has been pretty warm today but there was a breeze also so you could be out in for a while.

Brandy and I walked our 4 blocks this morning after I got the flowers watered, the outside birds fed, and the zoo taken care of. .

Today start a very busy week for us so It may get a bit hairy around here but stay with us please.

Enjoy the rest of the week end and I’ll visit again.



Have a great day on this fourth of July.  Not up to going to any parades this year but as you age you tend to change your outlook on what is most important.

We have had a surprise here.

This appeared on our fence yesterday

You really don’t know who is paying attention to you.  We, two neighbors across the street, and a couple down the street recieved these in front of our homes   But it is people like Chris Murphy who handles our yard work and my trying to keep things pick up and other things water that helped to earn this recognition. Anyway Thank you for the recognition.

My Brandy was developed  An infection in her left eye.  Took her the Vet yesterday and she now has drops to be used for 5 days.  She then has to go back next Saturday to see if they are helping,

A better picture  Of the sign

Well we are proud.

Grocery shopping today and this is our bouquet.

Like I said before got to get flowers.

Have a great holiday











July The 1

Good Morning on this sun shiny day that will prove to be quite warm.  So I started with watering the flowers in the pots, filling the bird bath, and then seed in the bird feeder.  I was trying to get the outside chores done first.

Then it was inside t fed the zoo.  load the dishwasher,  made my bed. and pickup all the odds and ends left out from last night.  I managed to slip in a shower also.

I got my red, white, and blue on to celebrate the day.

Waiting to go up in the front windows are these.


Have to have the window clings placed.

I’ll get these up later.

Cindy’s birthday is 6 days away and I think I’m set for her surprise. ( But like a little kid I want to give it to her early.)  No–No–my mind keeps saying.

Well I’m moving along with Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King.   On chapter 15  but only about !/3 of the way through.

It is 84 degrees, wind at 4mph right now with an expected 90 degrees by 4 pm.  I don’t think Brandy and I will be walking much today.  But if we do any It means to go now.  So I’ll put this on draft now and come back later

I’m back and we did our two blocks ok.

I just put the new flag up.

Flag and flowers –it don’t get no better

I also changed Cindy’s goose outfit.

Our Miss Liberty

An outfit for my goose got lost in the making .

I have a picture from Log Cabin’s day.

This is my friend Pammie and an author from her tent . Both dressed accordingly.

Well I’m looking for one of my hearing aids—I’m sure it will turn up.

My reading material is starting to grow.  I now have 3 novels besides the one I’m working on so I will be busy.  I also have that 3 D jig saw waiting.

Well that is it for now.  Have a comfortable day.






Only 5 More Days In June

Good afternoon.  It is middle to high 70s.  Hard to believe It is almost July.  I expected more warm weather than this.   I have been out in the swing today with Brandy but came in for a little nap.  Just settled nicely when the phone rang.  Someone saying (about you medicine– Medicaid,– just a few questions–)   to which I promptly hung up.

Today Brandy and I walked four blocks instead of our usual two.  It was pleasant enough and I may change to this route for a bit.

Yesterday I visited my dear friend Pam at Log Cabin Days.  Every year she and her group spend the day knitting outside to demonstrate.   While I was out I stocked up on vitamins and the drinks my doctor prescribed  to aid in maintaining  my weight.  I now have Glucerna In butter pecan. strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla for variety.  I  drink one a day.  While I was out I bought a 3 D jig saw puzzle to work on.

The Large Print  Reader’s Digest for July/August arrived Saturday and I’m almost done with it.  I also received Ruth Ware’s novel The Death Of Mrs. Westaway  In the mail today.

On to pictures

I picked this up yesterday for the pole in the front yard.

This is the Butterfly Bush In the left corner of the front yard.

It is now taller than the fence and still growing.

Another bunch of deep red blossoms in the Bleeding Hearts garden.

In the same garden but down front is this.

I’m sorry but I don’t know the name of hardly any of these blooms.  All I can dois point them out and admire them.

Please have a great  week.



The temperature is in the high 60s to low 70s for today.  It is clear but no sunshine yet.

Cindy has a meeting even though this is her off day,  David is resting as are the zoo.  Brandy and I have been on our 2 block already.  It looks like a reading day.

These flowers are from my grocery shopping trip yesterday.

When it is $10. I can’t resist bringing them home.

In the front garden with the Bleeding Hearts.

It looks like there will be more. They were a welcome surprise.

These are in the front of the living room window.

Both of these two pictures are from last year’s planting.  I love when things I plant come back again.

A call from Dr. K’s office said my culture was good.  I’ll take these reports any time.

Still working on the King novel Sleeping Beauties.  I’m on chapter 7.  Yesterday I did pick up a Dean Koontz paper back novel The Whispering Room to carry with me when I have to go wait some where.

Time out to vacuum  living room floor.  ( Note :remember to  empty the machine when done posting.)  All I could see when I looked around was bird seed that the birds had thrown out of the cage.  I had to get it up.  They tell me have this bad habit of dropping one thing to fix another when I see it.  It is true but If I don’t all I can do is think about it when I’m trying to do something something else then nothing gets done right.

Ok I’m back.

I have fed the outside birds this morning and I hope to get some pictures of my visitors soon.

Not whole lot more to say today so I’ll close for now.  Enjoy your day!





We Have Color!

Inside the air conditioning has goosebumps on your arms and outside the heat has you wondering where  your next breath is coming from.  It is 94 degrees, wind at 7 mph.  It will stay in the low 90s until around 8 pm this evening.  Now this is not bad and I’m not complaining just reporting.

The flowers are still showing up .

This is from last year’s plant.

The Bleeding Hearts ((also from last year) are needing water.

An addition this year

Cindy brought this home yesterday.

The pot says it is a porch plant.  It is indeed lovely.  She also wants a shepherd’s pole to place in the front yard  with 3 hooks to hang pots of flowers on.  This will take the place of the windmill that fell apart this year.

Last night Cindy and I went to Bonco.  It is an evening of getting together with friends that doesn’t cost much.  You don’t have to dress up, and there is always something in the way of treats.  We usually make Mom’s Chip Dip and bring the chips to go with it.  Did I win anything–No — but that not why I go.  Just getting out for a while is enjoyable.

My visit to Sterling Hearing resulted in getting the aids adjusted up a little more.  As usual we laughed with the doctor a lot.  I think he looks forward to our visit.

Well I’m on chapter 2 of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King.  I just have to have time to sit and read it.

I hope all of you had time to celebrate Father’s Day. Having lost my father many years ago and my hubby 4 years ago I kinda let it slip on by.

I think I will go outside for a while and warm up. The swing and my book are calling me.

Enjoy the new week and do something nice for yourself.


What Next!

Well I have, with Cindy’s help, been peeling this.

Yes it is the new fridge.

The old one died a couple of days ago and we felt it was better to buy new than to have the old one checked out.  As you can see we are still peeling the new one.  Today David it checked it for leaks ( it is fine) so we will have ice cubes shortly.

Well Brandy is up and antsy so this means I (will be up and down from this post. )

I put H. P. Lovecraft’s   book of complete works back in it’s cardboard box after wading through 49 pages.  It is difficult to understand without a dictionary laying open beside it.  It is back on the to read shelf until I get enough courage to wade through it.  I opted for Stephen and Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties for now.

My  physical turned out to be I am in very good shape for my age.  I have a few things to keep an eye on  but as Cindy said Lily (her cat) and I are the healthiest beings in the house.

The day is sun shiny, a little breezy but great swing weather.

I saw a Hairy  Woodpecker at feeder today.  The first one I have spotted so far.  It is the suest cakes that brings them around.  Of course my camera was in the house!  But maybe it will be back.

Well I’m headed back outside for a while so have a good rest of the week.

11th of June

Good afternoon I finished The Outsider In the middle of the night.  What can I say it was  another one to qualify as a Stephen King’s great stories.  This morning I picked up the 1094 page The Complete Fiction Of H. P.  Lovecraft.  This book has been on my to read shelf since before  I moved in with Cindy.  I figure it is time to get it done.  I have two more on the shelf with about the same number of pages So I shouldn’t need to buy any for a while.

Well Cindy went to work. David is sorting his Magic cards, and Brandy joined the rest of the zoo in nap time.

Outside the wind is swaying the trees and the sun is shining brightly.   I will be out there soon , on the swing, reading.

I did manage to get out earlier to weed the front flower beds.   Everything needs to be watered but it isn’t wise to do that in the middle of the day.

The window clings for July arrived today so I’m set to go on that account.

Yesterday It was sprinkling when Brandy and I took our two block walk.

She was a bit damp when we got back.

But if I can do this a little more often she will not  be so afraid  of rain and storms.

I lost power and this ended In nowhere but I’m back  I want to feed Brandy and take our two block walk so I’ll close for now.


It Is The Weekend

Good Morning on this so far overcast day.  It is 62 degrees and calling for rain until after 2 pm.  It doesn’t look like swing time or a walk this morning but I’ll try to get both in later today.

Yesterday Cindy and I went to the movies something I haven’t done before hubby died.

We saw Book Club

If you haven’t seen it please get out of that easy chair and go see it.  It is hilarious, warm, and well worth your time.  Cindy and I agree that Candice Bergen nailed her part the best but the other three were good also.  If you see it let me know what you think about it.

Well yesterday was get my extra stuff done thanks to Cindy playing my driver so Brandy went to Petco for grooming, I did a little shopping, paid for storage,  after which it was movie time.

I noticed yesterday that the picture on my computer was this.

Otters my son’s favorite (sorry about he flash),

Well Cindy is at work all day today, David is resting, and due to the forecast I’ll spend part of the day inside reading but maybe Brandy and I will get our walk in this afternoon.

Checking on the flowers in the kitchen I see they are holding up well.

I never regret spending a little extra when grocery shopping…

…when I smile every time I go to the kitchen.  Why the kitchen you ask?  Why otherwise Lily (the cat) tries to eat them.

Next week is busy with a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, Nails on Thursday, the ear doctor on Friday (I’m just a social butterfly).  But most important Molly my cat will be 17 years old on Saturday. The truth be told there are times when I would like to ring her neck because every time ( and I mean every time) she sees me she meows for more food. But she has been with me a long time so I gently swear at her and dump more food in her dish.


Nolly on the cat bunch ( before I got the brush after her)

I think she misses being able to go outside.  Up North she was in and out all the time.  But in the city black cats are sometimes a temptation.

My friend Pam has a birthday on the 18th.  She got her card very early because I have been having trouble with my handwriting.  To solve this I printed the information out in large fount on the computer and taped it to the envelope.  Well Cindy thought I wanted it mailed so she took it with her.  ( At least Pam got her card.)

Well the zoo (except for the dogs ) are fed So it is time to pick up The Outsider again.  Have a great weekend