Hi there.....

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

Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm still home....yay.  Will be meeting some ladies for a nice lunch and a trip to a couple of quilt shops where, because this was my birthday month, I get great discounts.  I'll be getting a gift for a friend who lives nearby and who took care of my kitteh while I was in Redneck Central Horspital and Sock Emporium (I think my daughter added Sock Emporium because of those "cute" socks they give you with the rubber ridges on them so you don't slip and fall and sue.)  I'm going to get her some fabric in the colours shes likes.  I'll be getting some for me, too, of course.  At the second shop I'll be getting a special kind of fabric so I can do the cross-stitch embroidery by machine and make it look like I did it by hand (hey, I don't mind cheating).
Guess I'd better get a move on.  Y'all have a wunnerful day and.........enjoy.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The last few days I was a "guest" at what my daughter calls Redneck Central General Horspital and Sock Emporium.  It seems my stomach and esophagus had had enough and decided to rebel......violently and without mercy.  Having been raised to be stoic I tried to tough it out but, after 16 hours of hell, finally realized that things were definitely NOT going to get better and caved in and called 911.  A definite first for me.  The EMT's were super and took me to the hospital of my choice, not the local one (my experiences in the ER there are another whole story).   I hurt.  I mean I HURT.  Those of you out there who have had children know what kind of pain I was in.  Dilaudid was my friend in the ER.  I hope to never go through that again.  Thankfully, though, gastritis and esphagitis is all it was (is) and there are medications for that.  I must say I had enough antibiotics pumped into me to kill every germ on the planet.  One positive thing out of all of this is that I found out I am allergic to the antibiotic Cipro.  Thankfully the nurse and I realized that the itching starting to go up my arm was not the tape holding down the IV.  Drawback is that it'll have to be paid for anyway.  Every time they scanned the band on my wrist I mentally went cha-ching.  Because I'm diabetic every finger on each hand has a hole or two in it from having my blood sugar tested.  Surprisingly it only "spiked" twice and they only gave me insulin once (I'm on pills at home, not insulin) and that was yesterday morning before "breakfast". 
Daughter came and picked me up and brought me home, bless her.  That's another reason I had them take me to that particular hospital.  She lives fairly close by.  She told me if it happens again to call her and she'll come get me and take me in herself and save ambulance charges.  I thanked her and let her know that this time it wouldn't have been the right thing to do as things had gone too far.
Enough of my trials and tribulations.  Y'all have a peaceful day and.....be thankful for good health.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cold again this morning.  Keeping my fingers crossed that the tomatoes will make it.  Daughter is coming up today.  It'll be good to see her.  I missed her while she was gone. 
Y'all have a cozy day and remember..not all is as it seems.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A beautiful day yesterday.  Went down to the pond and cleared the pipe which had lots of sticks and mud on the cage.  Wish I knew how to prevent it happening but there is a current due to the creeks coming into the pond so it's inevitable that things will float toward the pipe.  It took a while but I finally got it done.  Then I cleared a small path through small trees and brush down to the pipe which purpose I'm not sure of.  I think it's so the pond can be drained but I'm not about to find out.....yet.  There is water coming out of it and I can't move the handle on top to shut it completely.  Nor can I open it completely...not that I want to....yet.  Now that I can get to it I'll hit it with some WD40 and see if that does anything.  After dealing with pond stuff I cleaned out half of the bed in back of the house as well as getting the thorny vine cleared away from the other half.  Guess what?  My muscles hurt.  Geesh, go figure. 
Did an embroidery project in the late afternoon since I just couldn't make my body move much.  This after visiting the evil empire to get a vacuum food sealer.  Figured I'd need one if I wanted to save all the food I'm going to dehydrate.  Gotta love the evil empire....not.  Trying to get Hobby Lobby to open a store in the next town over.  We don't have anything like that here and it's a 30+ drive to get to any like store.
Y'all have a perfect day and ever stop to think and forget to start again?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's a bit chilly this morning but should warm up enough for me to get outside and get some work done.  I forgot to mention the other day that I saw the first hummingbird of the year.  I made some sugar water and put out the feeder for it.  Still only one as far as I can tell.  At first the cat was fascinated.  She soon realized, however, that there was no getting too it and it was a long way down off the porch rail.
We've had quite a bit of rain in the last few days.  The 'mater plants look to be thriving, so far, and the peppers as well.  My dehydrator arrived.  It's huge!  I think I could dehydrate every fig on the fig tree with it.  I'm certainly going to experiment with it.  It came with some good books on how to, etc.
I'm still trying to lose those last 2 pounds to get to my goal weight.  It's frustrating!  I shall persevere. 
Y'all have a wonderous day and remember:  the earth is the insane asylum of the universe.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Friday, April 20, 2012

Looks like we may get more rain.  Guess I'll have to go down to the pond in a day or so to make sure the pipe is clear.  If it isn't raining, that is.
Anyone out there have a cure for tennis elbow?  I didn't get it from playing tennis, but rather from knitting!  Apparently there has been an increase in tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and DeQuervain's tendonitis in ladies who knit or crochet a lot.  And, because I have projects that need to be finished, I won't be quitting until at least they are finished.  Then I guess I'll have to find something else to do while in the waiting room at the dealership or doctor or whatever.  Geeesh!
Daughter and family will be home tomorrow (I think).  At least that was the plan.  Who knows, they may decide to stay longer, although I'm sure J wants to get back to his garden.
Y'all have a good day and remember:  The "EARTH" without "ART" is just "EH". (George Takel)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Daughter and family are now in Texas with J's paternal side of the family as well as his son and brother (I think).  K is going to sample Round Rock Doughnuts and beef ribs.  I'm hoping they have a good time.  As for me, I spent a long day yesterday at a local hotel vending "stuff" from the gallery.  There's a celebrity charity golf tourny going on so some venders were invited to set up in the lobby, our gallery included.  I did sell a couple of things yesterday and will be going back this afternoon after quilt quild and then again in the morning, in hopes of catching people as they check out.  The "celebrities" are all sports people.  Except for one or two I wouldn't know who they are without the score card.  I'm not "into" sports.  Besides, they've all aged except for the kid who is a champion Legends driver.  Bill Elliott hadn't shown up by the time I left last night, nor had Phil Niekro.  Those are the only two whose names I recognized.
Guess I'd better get a move on.  Need to get some things done before guild.  Y'all have a marvelous day and......enjoy your life, it's the only one you've got.

Friday, April 13, 2012

So....it's Friday the 13th.  Don't know why people associate bad luck, etc. with it.  I know there's a story somewhere and maybe the Hermit can find out and let us know.  Don't know why the number itself is considered unlucky.  Perhaps you can enlighten me.
Cold again this morning.  Glad the sun is shining to warm things up.  Won't get anything done outside anyway since I'll be at the gallery all day.   I can see the zinnias beginning to sprout where I tossed the seeds.  Guess the soil is staying warm enough so the plants just might survive this cold snap.
Y'all have a gorgeous day and remember:  If you stumble, make it part of your dance.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Baby, it's cold outside!  Close to freezing, actually.  Hope the plants make it.  I ordinarily don't plant anything before Easter but the 'maters were getting leggy and really needed to go into the ground.  We'll see.  I do feel sorry for those who went whole hog and planted a lot of annuals.  And I wonder what happened to all those plants outside at the big box stores.
Y'all have a comfortable day and ask yourself.....what IS the meaning of life?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Went down to the pond yesterday and cleared the pipe.  I also worked my a.. off digging and pulling out grass that was encroaching on the pipe.  It was hard work and I expected my back and leg muscles to really be put out today from the workout.  Surprisingly I'm not as sore as I thought I'd be.  Hmmmmm, wait until tomorrow I'm guessing.
It's another beautiful day so I think I'll work out in back of the house.  I haven't given that area the attention it needs.  I have an errand to run first.  Have to put a check in the mail to my CPA so she can send it to the state government for my taxes.  Luckily I don't owe the fed.
It got quite cool last night.  Only in the low 40's this morning.  It'll warm up soon.  Meanwhile y'all have a luscious day and remember.....not all roses are red.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Daughter and family are on their way to Baton Rouge, then Austin.  I wish them safe journey.  Traveling with two young 'uns is difficult at best and the Sprout does not like to be in her car seat for long periods of time.  Hopefully daughter remembered the portable DVD player so R can be entertained.
It's going to be a gorgeous day so I'm going outside to play.  There's lots to do.  I just hope I have the stamina to get a bunch done.  Getting older isn't easy, 'specially when you have a lot of acreage. 
Y'all have a lovely day and ...... think.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Well, gee whiz, where did the cold front come from?  I had to turn on the heat last night!  It was in the low 40's when I got up this morning.  Luckily I brought in the basil plant otherwise it might have kicked the bucket since basil doesn't like to be cold.  Glad I hadn't planted it yet.  Instead of in the ground I'm thinking of putting it in a pot on the porch.  Same with the parsely.  Tomorrow I hope to get the tomatoes in the ground.  The one that committed suicide looks to be making a recovery since I buried it in a very large pot.  I'll keep an eye on it.  I noticed that a plant I placed outside (it was on the porch and had croaked) looks to be making a comeback also.  It's a green pepper plant that had gotten full of teeny, tiny bugs.  (Be careful of soil you buy from the big box store.  I've talked to others who had the same problem.)
Y'all have a peaceful day today and tomorrow and remember:  it is what it is, or is it?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It was a beautiful day yesterday.  Early on I decided to finally get that tree that was across the path to the pond out of the way so I took my trusty bow saw and dispatched it handily.  Made sure the overflow pipe was cleared and saw that I'm going to have to do some serious digging at the bank to keep it from encroaching on the pipe.  It seems every time I go down there it's just a little bit closer.
Did some garden work until it got too hot.  Garden beds are now ready for planting of whatever.  I'll put the tomato plants in the bed my friend and I cleared.  When J and K came up to clear out the trailer I asked him what he thought he might like to plant.  Looks like we'll have some beans, cukes, and okra at the least.  Maybe some peppers.  I went to Lowe's and got some blueberry plants.  I hope to get those in the ground in front of the house today.  It looks like the weather will hold hopefully 'til this afternoon.  Also bought a basil and a parsely to put into what I hope may be an herb garden.  K is coming up today so I may be able to get her to help while the little one runs around in the yard.
Y'all have a precious day and watch out for gravity wells.