Today Is The Day!

Today is 10-31-17 so I thought I would bring a few friends along to help us celebrate.

First up

Our friends from California


This is Merribell (me)


my offspring


the grand daughter


the grandson

We have all gathered (from different stages of our lives)  to wish you a Happy Halloween. Enjoy your day!

2 More Days

Who says Halloween isn’t important!  Here is proof for you.

Maria, Luanne, and Lucky sends Halloween greeting from California

It was a delight to receive this and I had to share it with you.   Seeing we only have 2 days left it was a had to post.

Now if you want something really scary try this on for size.


It seems like I need my youngest son to get this post done right.  He know all the TRICKS and working with him is a real TREAT!

I have been going through books and file drawers looking for a pattern that I used to have for a shawl but I gave a lot of my patterns away when I moved and can’t find what I need.  I have a lot of yarn, crochet hooks. and knitting needles but I’m short on patterns.  I tried going online but everyone wants you to sign up for their site.  Maybe my friend Pammie has something I can use.

The weather report says cold but no rain for trick or treaters.  I hope so because I have a lot of potato chips to hand out.

I finished the Reader’s Digest this morning so that has been disposed of.

While in my folders I found a bunch of handwritten instructions  for moving pictures, adding and deleting things all from before MS10 so I put them in an envelope for Les to check when he comes up next Saturday.  I’m sure they will go in the throw away pile but I want to check with him to be sure.  ( I sure can accumulate a lot of paper for an old fool).

Well I just finished one of David’s Fuji apples.  What a great flavor.  Now I think an hour’s nap is in order and Brandy is always ready for that.  Let me know how your plans for the holiday are going.







It Is Getting Close

Cindy founds my eyes in the shed.

I bought these last year but never got them put up.

So this year they are in the middle front window watching passerbys.

Today I went back to the canning kettle.   I now have an additional 10 cups of apricot jam and 17 cups of cherry/apricot to put on the shelf.  Now my apricot went well but I ended up with a little burn spot or two from the cherry/apricot.  It didn’t effect the taste   I just spent a while scrubbing that pot so I could put it away.  I think it is because I double batch it.

I got 2 great pictures of Maria and her dogs (in California)  in their Halloween best and I’ll get them up on the next post.

I decided to turn on the lights at dark seeing there is only 3 days left to celebrate the holiday.  As Cindy said how will the beggars know where to stop otherwise.

There was no reading today other then the November Reader’s Digest and I’m almost through that.

Well I have labels to make so I can clear the table so I better get to it.

Hope you are all set for your beggars.  I am with potato chips ready to go.


Did Some Old Things

Well Brandy and I walked our 2 blocks today–the first time in a while.  I took the camera and came up with these.

This is across the street at the base of Smoke tree

This is in front in Mr. Murphy’s yard

The Cowbirds were helping the little birds empty the feeder in our yard.

This is Murphy’s front yard

As Brandy and I walked our 2 blocks Mr. Murphy stood out front and kinda looked after us.

I found a couple more Halloween pictures to show you.

I turned the cauldron upside down to put our largest pumpkin on. (Cindy’s idea)

We added the sign to the other 2 pumpkins

Cindy placed these on the inside of the porch door.

Now we have roughly 5 days before all this comes down, get packed, and is put in the shed.

I must admit that the walk did both Brandy and I good.  I have to remember to add it back into our routine before the snow gets here.  As It is I had my old black and white checked jacket, my red stretch gloves, my cane,  and a slightly chilly dog on that walk.

I’m on page 65 of my Large Print Reader’s Digest and have completed 26 puzzles in my Fill It In so you can say I’m doing a little activity in all areas.

I got a call today from my dear friend Maria in California and was delighted to hear from her.  I’m going to pack a box of jam and ship it to her.  When Jay was alive we did this every year around Thanksgiving.  I think it is time to do it again.

Well I must say good night and hit the tick (as we old folks used to say).







Starting with rain this morning earlier. also after 6 pm today.  Wind is at 17 mph and will continue, even gain, as the day goes on.

The mail came today with this in it.  John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar.  Yesterday brought the November Large Print Reader’s Digest so I won’t lack for things to read.

David and I are going in search of something different for our supper today.  I went through the freezer but nothing grabbed me.  I guess the old lady taste buds are rebelling on me.   He has a couple of things to do so I’ll read while I wait.

I still haven’t got the chips for the beggars yet but I still have a week to get them.

Cindy is working again today but with her boss being on vacation she is it for covering everything.

So I guess that is it for now if not I’ll be back to add it on.

Change Of Plans

Good Early morning.  First the weather. 62 degrees, wind at 5 mph, rain starting at around 11 am and lasting all day.

I decided yesterday I would start reading the father and son’s novel   Sleeping Beauties  by Stephen and Owen King.  Now this book is 700 pages long so I won’t be taking it out when I’m going some place.  Instead I will carry J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye.  It is 277 pages long and will fit in my purse.  ( I realize that Catcher is a very old novel but I missed it the first time around so I’m trying to catch up with these stories now.

This morning I started with filling,then running the dishwasher, pulling the laundry from Cindy’s room, also from my room, and basically catching up because I spent yesterday with Wes in the afternoon.  He invited me over for spare ribs ( knowing how much I love them) because he figured we wouldn’t have too many more nice days to to use the grill. While I was there I shot another few color pictures.

Another reddish orange beauty

This bush is beside his driveway

This is looking over his backyard..

I think I’ll take my truck to Auto Zone,  see if they can meter the check engine light on the dash, and determine what the problem is.  I just don’t like driving too far when a problem is indicated.  I realize the truck is about 10 years old but I don’t even want to think about replacing it at my age.  It goes forward, backward, turns left  or right, stops when I step on the brakes,  so that makes it worth trying to keep it up.

I have to make a trip to Sam’s Club for the potato chips for the trick or treaters in a few days.  I believe this is best thing to hand out.  No worry about sweets, individually wrap, and easy to handle.

I think I had better check the laundry and the dishwasher on their progress.  Both are still running.

As to the zoo the cats are fed so I think I’ll move on to the birds then see if Brandy is ready to get up yet.  She won’t eat until later but she may need to go outside.  I have to get dressed, make my bed, and proceed with the away from the house duties.

Have a good day, a productive start of a new week, and take some time for you because you are important.




Fall Colors

Did you ever have one of those days when you are so angry, frustrated, and upset that you just wanted to hit something and break it.   Today  was my day.  I got so upset that I called my youngest son for help and ended up in full tears.  I couldn’t control myself long  enough to tell him him what I needed.  Anyway I finally got it out and he fixed everything  and I felt a little better.

Since then I have taken Brandy, my walker,  walked six blocks, resting, and drinking my coffee,    While I was out I took pictures of the colors.

I was looking for color and I found it!


I really love the trees this time of year

You can’t beat the orangish red shades.

This is it for nuw.


I just finished the Lizzie Borden novel and put it up on the shelf.  I will be reading J D Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye  next.  This is another one of the old ones I missed a long time ago.

Cindy took me to have my nails done yesterday.

I was suffering from old lady vitamins

So now I have fake nails and they look a whole lot better.

Well it is Bunco and I am debating going.  I guess I really need to get out.

Cindy and David finally bought a new garage door opener for me today and I only have to step out on the porch to open the door.

So things are much better than this morning and I have finally unscrewed my face!








Did It Again

20 cups of Dutch Apple Pie Jam. to fill a spot on the shelf

You are looking at 7 large apples sitting here.  I did get the pans and equipment cleaned up and put away but I still have the labeling to do.

The pictures I tried to put up yesterday I’m trying again.

This is our countdown reminder that hangs on the kitchen wall.

In the doorway this furry thing hangs

It is on the doorway between the kitchen and the laundry room.

I am feeling better but having trouble keeping track of my calories.  Doctor wants me to consume 1490 a day so I don’t lose any weight.  It is a pain in the butt when you don’t feel like eating.  I have  kinda lost the ambition to do anything, go anywhere, or even think about the things I should be doing.

Well Cindy is back at work tonight, David isn’t feeling so hot, and my zoo  is resting all over the place.  I think I will either read or work in my Fill It In book after I label my jam.   Then it is off to the bed for a little shut eye knowing full well I’ll be awake a couple of times before morning.  Good Night all!

Wednesday, Windy

Today was David’s birthday so we (Cindy, David, and I) went to Ihop for breakfast.  The rest of today has been spent feeding the zoo and reading out on the swing.  It has been on the chilly side but a light jacket helps that.

I’m feeling better today but I can’t seem to get my pictures to come up.  I guess each day brings a different problem and rolling with the punches is the only solution.

I don’t have a whole lot to talk about–you have seen most of the decorations.  I debated returning my sweats but found another solution to the waist band and the rest of the items are a fit even after they shrink.

The leaves are falling now but the colors on the trees around here are nothing exciting.  I’m going to have to go for a ride to find color.

I found Brandy’s problem about not eating.  It seems  that Libby’s food tastes good too and she has been getting in her bowl also.

Well I think a nap is in order so I’ll see if Brandy will join me.

Have a great rest of the week.











Got To Feel Better Soon.

It stopped raining but the wind is bouncing the trees around strongly.  I went to Kroger’s today for more sugar, some blueberries, two more cases of jelly jars, more pectin. and a few frozen 2 serving dinners.   I had planned on scalloped potatoes and ham for supper but the ham is frozen solid so I guess P. Chang is next on my list.

Today I canned 12 1/2 cups of Bluebarb jam and and 8 cups of Strawberry Rhubarb Jam.  That pretty well uses up my 10 lbs. of rhubarb and the rest of my Strawberries.  My jam shelf seems to be lacking Dutch Apple Pie jam so I’ll have to make some more of that.

Right now my tummy is raising heck with me.  I tried laying down but that didn’t help. But I’m not the only one because Brandy isn’t eating normally either.

Outside now.

I managed to put something in the widows of the spare room.

Just not up to conversing today so I’l  say goodbye for now.