Hi there.....

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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Slept in

I slept in this morning.  The past couple of days were long ones as my daughter and I participated in the Mistletoe Market at the gallery where I am a member.  Glad my daughter was with me.  She was a big help and it was fun being with her for two whole days.  She has a good eye for setting up and displaying wares.  For the most part I did fairly well.  Better than some.  A couple of vendors left at the end of Friday because they hadn't sold anything.  It didn't help that their goods were high priced.  I sold some table runners, hand made tree ornaments and a couple of pairs of Christmas earrings.  Everything hand made, of course.  I'll put the earrings in my inventory in hopes that they sell.  If not I'll store them for next year.
We did have a large number of people walk through.  It being a holiday weekend in Helen, GA.  Unfortunate for those vendors who did not sell during the two days but they will be back in February for Winterfest in hopes of doing well.  Also they believe in supporting us.
Part of why I'm so tired is that I helped with setup and teardown.  That means I was there longer than everyone else.  I loved doing it, though and knew I could sleep in.
I'll try to get my butt in gear to work outside this beautiful day.  There's one area that really needs to be taken care of in preparation for next year.  And I have bulbs to plant.
Hope everyone had a peaceful Thanksgiving.  I did with family.  And now it's on to getting it together for the next holiday.  So Merry Chrismahannakwanzakayule.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Getting there

Winter is getting there.  We haven't had a cold autumn but now the temps are beginning to drop into the 30's at night.  Actually it's been like a roller coaster temperature-wise.   It's supposed to go up into the 60's today.  Once it's warmed up I have work to do outside.  Bulbs need planting and a small garden patch needs to get the rest of the weeds and dead plants removed so it can be tilled.
I've started making the candy I make every year.  Meringues, both peppermint and cinnamon.  Right now it's just the peppermint to take to the Mistletoe Market the two days after Thanksgiving.  I still have last minute preparations for it, but I'm getting there.
Y'all have a satisfying day and remember:  it won't get done if you don't do it.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Temporary fix

My neighbor came by and checked everything out.  The outside unit was fine.  The inside unit is where the trouble is.  The fan wasn't working....then it was.  Later in the afternoon, however, I noticed that it was getting a bit cool in the house so I checked the thermostat (the new one, 'cause the old one was kaput) and saw that the temperature was lower than it should have been.  Even though I turned the temperature up, the fan would not come on.  Another call to my neighbor.  He came back over and, sure enough, the inside fan would not go on.  Happily he happened to have one in his storage unit down the road.  Not the same kind, but good enough until he could get a proper replacement.  Monday he'll get the right part.  So, once again, I have heat.  If he hadn't been able to fix it I told him I had a portable heater I could use and would stay downstairs with it on near my recliner.  I would also put on more layers, maybe have a fire in the woodstove in the basement.  Happily I didn't have to.
Much to do today so.....
Y'all have a great day and remember:  a day without sunshine is like...night.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


I am very fortunate to have a neighbor who is in the HVAC business.  Woke up this morning to no heat pump sound.  Even the emergency strips don't seem to be working.  Guess they wouldn't if the heat pump isn't.  When I realized that it didn't go on even when I turned up the thermostat I got in touch with him.  He'll be here shortly.  I hate to disturb him on a Saturday but it's in the 30's outside.  Also the downstairs thermostat doesn't seem to be working either.  Happily I have fireplaces and a wood stove in the basement if worse comes to worst.
I'll make sure to have hot coffee available for him.
Y'all have a good day.

Monday, November 13, 2017


I wonder why there is so much strife in the world.   Has it always been there?  Do we just now see it because of TV, Twitter, Facebook, etc.?  I don't watch the news except for local stuff and even then sometimes take it with a grain of salt.  Certain stations are on my no watch list because they are so slanted toward opinion, not fact.  Same with some newspapers.    Sometimes, I believe, we are told too much.  Sometimes we are too much in the lives of public figures.
And I also wonder about those so-called "stars" of Hollywood who believe that their opinion matters more than us regular folk.  Or that they can get away with stuff we would be put in jail for.  They think so highly of themselves.  I wonder if they are secretly really people with low self-esteem who need to be idolized.
Guess I'm just an ostrich who wants to be left alone, believing that there is still good out there, somewhere.  Yes, I do see it now and then so I know it exists.  I just believe it needs to be made more public.  I wonder how many people would watch a "GOOD NEWS ONLY" station?  No, it wouldn't last because, for some reason, people want to see the bad stuff.  Bring the widow on the set....dirty laundry....and all that.
Sigh....y'all have a nice day.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New problem

Had the stitches out yesterday.  Dr. said it was looking good.  I have to go back in a couple of weeks though because there is another spot on the back of the same ear.  Because it is a basal cell carcinoma, which I'm told rarely becomes malignant, I going to ask if it is absolutely necessary to excise it.  Maybe it can be frozen instead.  If it doesn't have to be removed I'm going to let it be for the time being.  If it gets bigger, etc. I'll consider getting it excised.  It doesn't help that the surgery might interfere with my wearing a hearing aid.  I had to keep wiping the antibiotic ointment off it this time.  Happily I was able to wear it at least.  My hearing isn't so bad that I could get away with not wearing it but people would sure be unhappy with my constantly asking them to repeat themselves.  Because winter is coming and I won't be working outside, my skin will have a break.  I'm letting my hair grow, also, so my ears and neck will be covered by the time spring rolls around and I start working outside again.  And because I live by myself I do have to get out there.
Y'all have a glorious day and remember:  he who hesitates may be waiting for traffic to pass.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Going to the dermatologist today to have the stitches removed from my left ear.  A week ago I had a basal cell carcinoma removed.  I thought I might end up with a pixie ear but no.  Just a little indentation.  I wouldn't have minded a pixie ear. I know it's healing  'cause it itches!  I've been keeping Neosporin on it as told.  Taking a shower to wash my hair is interesting.  I've gotten the ear wet but have been VERY careful drying my hair and drying my ear.  Now when I go out in the sun I have to wear a hat so my face and ears are shaded.  Maybe when my hair gets longer and I can cover my ears with it I'll just put on sun block.  I don't like to wear hats.  They get in  my way, especially if I'm working around bushes and trees.  The joys of getting older, hah!
Y'all have a good day and remember:  not all who wander are lost.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

One of those...

You ever have one of those days where nothing goes right?  Well, I've had one of those weeks.  It seems everything I put my hand to just didn't want to go right.  It didn't matter what I was trying to do.  I need to get some things made for Mistletoe Market the two days after Thanksgiving so I tried doing some sewing.....hah!  Then I tried to make some jewelry.  I succeeded in making some simple earrings.  After that, well my hands just wouldn't cooperate, nor would the rings.  I tried again today.  Guess what....again, nothing would cooperate.  I think I'll take a nap.