Hi there.....

So kind of you to stop by....I do enjoy the company.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Starting tomorrow I'll be at the Lapidary School in Young Harris taking a beading class.  I haven't done any serious bead work in a while so I'm going to give it a try again.  Don't know the instructor but, if she is teaching there, she is good.  All the instructors are volunteers.  They love what they do.  They have to, to teach for a week without being paid.  They do make some money by selling the necessary materials for what you are going to make.  I like this school.  It's in the mountains, it's peaceful, and the folks are friendly.   My friend A will be watching my kitties for me and hopefully D will come tend the vegetable garden at least a couple of days.  The beans are close, the tomatoes and peppers are slowly getting there, the melons are growing, the squash might make it if they're kept wet enough and there are a lot of radishes in the fridge.  I'll let you know how it goes.  Meanwhile, y'all have a safe Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dear Future President

Dear Future President,
This immigration/emigration thing bothers me.  I have a few ideas I'd like to share  regarding policy for anyone wishing to get into and stay in this country.
1.  They must submit to a thorough background check.

2.  They must prove they have employment.

3.  They must prove they can support themselves for a minimum of 3 years. (I'd go for   five 5 but the liberals are probably screaming unfair at 3)

4.  They will learn English (which should be our national language.)  We should not have to learn another language.

5.  No person guilty of an aggregious felony will ever be considered.

6.  They must follow all of our laws, I don't care what they could get away with in their country.

7.  Should they break any of our laws they will be punished under our legal system
and, if still living at the end of their sentence, they will be deported.

Those are a few.  Given time I could probably come up with more.

Thanks for "listening".

Anyone out there have any other ideas?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Didn't know I have it.  After watching granddaughter while daughter was getting a root canal daughter insisted I go to the doctor to get checked out.  I've been feeling under the weather for almost a month and attributed it to pollen/allergies (which I've never had before but this year has been the worst for pollen). Nagging cough, headache, etc. .
So I went and, come to find out, I have strep throat.  Surprise!  You see, I never go to the doctor unless it's REALLY bad or it's time for my 3 month check up.  So now I'm on two more medications for a while.  Still waiting for the results of the chest X-ray.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Yearly health check.

Haven't felt 100% these past few weeks.  I'm tired and, on some days, all I want to do is sleep.  I'm trying to hang on until my yearly physical which is next month.  Being a diabetic I need to keep my A1c within a certain range.  I've also lost weight and have a nagging cough that won't go away.  At first I thought it might be allergies since the pollen count has been pretty much off the charts this year.  And my nose has be quite the runner.  Yesterday I went to the drug store and bought an A1c kit and will test today.  It's usually done every three months but it's been 2 1/2 so it's close enough.  Guess the most troubling thing is the weight loss. By the way, A1c checks blood sugar levels over a 3 month period.  The good range is between 5-7.  If, when I test, the numbers are not good, I'll make an appointment to see the doc before my yearly check up.  Other than that things are good.  The garden has started producing.  Radishes, peas, Swiss chard have already yielded enough to harvest.  Everything else is growing well.  Hopefully this batch of squash will make it and I'm looking forward to the melons.
Y'all have a good day.

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Haven't written anything 'cause there wasn't much to say.  A friend and I are trying straw bale gardening and have other garden beds as well.  It's fairly intense.  No weeding with the bales, but the other beds take some work.  And I've been trying to get the mulched areas in front of the house planted with flowers and herbs.  A lot of weeding has to be done there so mornings when it's cool have taken away 'puter time.  I can only be out there in the earlier hours.  Once the sun comes up over the trees to the East I get too warm.  Then there's the watering.  That takes up quite a bit of time.  Almost two hours.  Getting these things done isn't too hard when D is here, but when she can't come over it takes me a good while.  Not as young as I used to be and all that.  We now have some gorgeous radishes, swiss chard, beets and carrots and green beans and melons coming along nicely.  the tomatoes will take a while but there will be plenty of those.  Hopefully the squash will behave and grow.  I had to put more seeds in as the first batch was nibbled on by something and they weren't getting enough water.  This morning it's only 50 out there so I'd better get a move on and get some weeding done.  Y'all have a perfect day.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Last week

Last Wednesday I drove down to Gwinnett to help a friend unload a van for the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo.  We got there at 9:00 and the person whose van we were going to unload wasn't there yet so we helped unload another van.  Our person showed up so we proceeded to unload that van.  I don't think there was an inch of space that didn't have something in it.  There were a LOT of boxes and wooden crates full of stuff.  I helped until noon, had some lunch, then went to help the Expo crew with their set up.  At 5:00 it was quitting time for me.  I went to the hotel to meet with another friend with whom I was sharing a room.  She was volunteering also and taking classes.  The next two days I was a volunteer "Ambassador".  Which means I directed people to where they needed to go as well as checking in other volunteers.  Saturday my daughter came down and we did some shopping at the mall, had a nice lunch, the went shopping at the Expo.  I had already done some shopping so it was mostly for my daughter.  Happily she didn't spend much of my money :).  We manned our guild booth for a couple of hours, dismantled it and took it to my van.  Daughter went home and I went back in to the Expo to see if I had won anything in the drawing (I didn't).  Then came time for break down.  I helped the Expo folks until 7:00 then went to help my friend break down the booth she worked in.  Last year they were there until about 11:00 and finally had help from one of the Expo folk.  We were allowed to drive the vendor's van in to make it easier to load.  Between the two of us we packed and loaded the van by 9:00.  I know the venue breakdown crew were happy because it meant they got out of there faster.  Needless to say, my friend and I were exhausted and every muscle ached.  My feet were letting me know in no uncertain terms  that they were very unhappy.  Concrete floors are not kind to feet, especially if you have been on the for more than a day.  Yesterday I came home, unpacked, slept.  I still ache but am glad I was able to help a friend.  And we'll probably do it all again next year.  Happily, though, the vendor's husband is supposed to be there.  Isn't it amazing what a couple of women can do?  And we're both over ummmmm 40.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

My day

I'll be going down to my daughter's this afternoon to have dinner with her and a friend.  First, though, I'll stop at Lowe's and buy a number of bags of soil and compost to take to her so she can have her garden.  She plans to use the oh so many pots she has instead of putting the seeds in the ground.  That way will cut down on the weeds.  There is already trellis material up so that won't be a problem for the climbers.
This morning I will work on the quilt that she promised a generous donor (for the band's CD production).  She doesn't have the time (or the inclination?) or she thinks I'll do a better job.  I'll at least get a few rows done before I have to leave.
So, that's my day.  What are you doing?