Saturday, April 22, 2017

While I was MIA

Thursday, my son J called to see what I was doing. He planned to spend the day with me, watch an old movie and catch up on things. I was pretty tickled! He came a bit later and while we were talking, somebody pulled into the driveway. I sent him outside to see what it was they needed. When he came back in, my friend Ruth was right behind him! I haven't seen her since the last time she came down - a little over 3 years ago. What a super surprise! Needless to say, we didn't watch the movie. We sat and chatted the rest of the time until he had to go. I called DH and asked him to bring home supper and he was just as happy to hear about our visitor as I was!
 We had a great visit. It's funny, we talk for hours on the phone, yet found all kinds of things to talk about. 
 I figured as long as she was here, she could take some of those Naked Ladies home with her to see if they would work at her house. She's going to plant them on the south side of her house close to her foundation and mulch over the winter. Maybe they will make it. 
She's on her way back home now, good thoughts sent for a safe trip home to Minnesota.

Have a most lovely weekend, folks!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Listen my children and you shall hear ..."

How many of you had to memorize the midnight ride of Paul Revere? Well, it's the 18th of April and very year it comes to me like a ghost of the past. How can I remember this when what I did with my shoes eludes me? I would nearly book bet that your dad or grandfather could (and would) quote some poem they remembered from their school days, but wondered where they had left their reading glasses. I only remember certain parts of what he used to spout on occasion. "You're a better man than I [am], Gunga Din!" and various other numerous poems and prose. He knew them from beginning to end. [You know I have to be grinning at the memory - Dad sitting in his favorite living room chair, his white shirt sleeves rolled half way up, his dress slacks dotted with paint smears, and his feet bare - he's reciting something with gusto. My dad should have been an actor, not an artist!] I only have a few pictures of my dad. My ex said my family pictures were ruined, but some of the 'ruined' pictures are still around. He took them for spite. Jerk. I do have many memories and I can still see him in my mind's eye. Too bad that I can't print them to share with my other kids.

My electric pressure cooker comes today. I'm kind of excited. I hope it works good! I want to make Red Mike and Violets! [Corned beef and cabbage] I'm anxious to take a gander at the cookbook that comes with it.

I finished that collection of The Twilight Zone and have ordered the Doc Martin series to watch before bed. It's due in today, too. I had been streaming Lark Rise to Candleford, an episode each day. Guess that's where my GBs went. Maybe, I don't know how that streaming thing works. I saw 8 episodes before it didn't really want to work. Yesterday, I watched an episode and it was fine, no jerking or stopping or circling. 

I seem to have diarrhea of the keys this morning. Have a good, day, night, whatever.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Back to Normal?

Naturally, with my net slowed, April the Giraffe decided to have her baby. I had been trying to catch the birth. Ever since my goat Becky had given birth, I have been fascinated with how quickly those wonderful babies can walk around. I was curious about a giraffe. I read somewhere that they could be 150# at birth, that fact stunned me too. Anyway, I kept checking and taking screen shots as long as it came in at all. My results:








I missed the 'little' guys first steps. He did quite a few face plants as he tried getting up. He weighed 127#, when they weighed him and he was as tall as one of the keepers! April appears to be a very good mother.
I remember years ago when I had my goats, Billy and Becky. Becky seemed to be in labor a couple of hours before Billy the Kid popped out. He was up and in trouble before we could name him. Fond memories!
My internet seems to be back in business. Today, my clock starts running again. Yippee!
 Have a great new week!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Watching the little circle spin ...


I went over my limit on my internet service. Sure they say unlimited, but after 10G they reserve the right to go from 4G to 3G. Obviously, 3G means the 'thinking' circle will spin on the screen until you just say, "To hell with it!" and shut it off. I get so far and then the spinning begins. So this is my lot for the last week of every month? How lovely. I can check my email and check my blog. Too many clicks and turning, turning, turning ...
 I suppose this will be my post for the weekend.



At the moment, we have no major plans for the weekend, or Easter. I have already eaten my chocolate egg ... Guess I better find some little hobby to spend my time. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your friends and family!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I won't take a nap ...I won't take a nap ... I won't take a nap ...

I was up and awake a couple hours or more before the sunrise. I should have gone back to bed! I love these golden mornings where everything is bathed in glory.
 Yesterday I sprayed the lavender with dawn/oil/water. This morning in the good light, I noticed some black moldy stuff on the underside of the leaves and some of them were definitely dying. I whacked it down to the nubbins and made a little cyber note card with the flowers before they got the heave-ho out the window. I have dosed it again - if the plant does not improve, I'll rip the rest of it out and forget it.
 This little guy stopped momentarily, only time to take one shot. You can see how much the fig has leafed out in a little over a week.
   I thought my flowering plum was dead, but this morning I noticed a few blossoms starting to open. I went through my old pictures and yes, the pink blossoms take longer to come out. I hope it gets really pretty, but if it doesn't snap out of this straggly look though, I guess I will end up with a flowering crab and forget it.
Have a great day, night, whatever!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Plants -  I have a question about my lavender. Does anyone know what is going on here? What are these teeny, tiny white bugs/spiders/mites? I have tried picking them off, but they just show up elsewhere. Any suggestions? The plant is not doing very well.
 My chocolate mint is growing marvelously - maybe. I heard that mint was invasive and I will have to agree. It is sending out runners like crazy. Do the runners eventually grow roots along the run so a person could make more plants? If not, I am going to nip them in the bud (runner) or they would take over the planter. If some take root, I'll let them and plant them outside where the ants are.
    A couple of the tiny tomatoes were transplanted and still are very tiny, though they are getting to look more like tomato plants.

Birds - No occupants for my window bird house. It had started out looking so promising. I had two looks and then nothing. Ruth hasn't had any better luck with hers.
    I have ordered a window mounted hummingbird feeder. I was quite surprised on Friday, when a hummer came to the window, looking in! I do want to try it and hope I can figure out a way to keep the various wasps from bugging it. Normally the hummers don't come until around the third week in April, but like the dogwood blossoms, they are coming sooner and sooner. Nobody can convince me that global warming isn't happening!
    The cowbirds are out in full force, gobbling up the seed in the feeder like nobody's business. I shouldn't feel such dislike for them, the dirty rotten scum birds. Such parasites!

Anyone have one of those little electric pressure cookers? I have seen their commercials on TV and I think to myself about how many meals we had the next day because somebody forgot to thaw out the meat or we started too late and ended up eating sandwiches. So, I ordered one from the web site. I figured they would want me to buy this or that for it and didn't want to be hit with that over the phone. I was right! They say free extras but you are slammed with high shipping/handling. I just ordered the cooker and did end up paying for the liner - although I thought the liner should have been part of the package to begin with. The shipping/handling for the cooker must be where they make the money ... I hope it truly is as useful as they say. I know I enjoyed my Swivel Sweeper and considered it a bargain!

I didn't mean to write a book. Have a most lovely day and a wonderful week ahead! 
 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

So ... I baked!

DH bought some blackberries from Aldi's on his way way home from work last night. He hinted (more like told me) that it would be nice if I could make him some blackberry cobbler today. I got it in the oven about 25 min. after he got home. These were big berries so the pinwheels didn't want to be pinwheels, haha. I'm ready to dig into it now, wish I had some ice cream.

It was so pleasantly warm yesterday, but today is almost cold. The dogwood are blooming, so this must be 'Dogwood Winter.' I don't know what all the 'winters' are. The folks (or somebody) around here have given each cold spell in the spring a different name. Dogwood Winter is right on and so is Blackberry Winter. We didn't have such  when I lived in Minnesota. I suppose it's something like Indian Summer in the fall. DH has his tomato planted outside, so it will have to be protected, young tomato plants are adverse to temperatures 38F and lower ... I hope it doesn't freeze.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Window Bird House

 Gift in the mail from Ruth!


Trial fit on the window.
The pictures aren't lined up right. Oh, well. Ruth bought us each one of these window bird houses. I couldn't figure out the mylar, so I called her to ask about it and she put hers together while we talked. I had a couple of 'Lookie-loos' within half an hour. No takers yet.This is going to be interesting. (If the suction cups hold) I couldn't put it in one of my room windows, it would be too hot in the sun. It's in the kitchen window, so I can watch from the table.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Nothing' Doin'

We had storms, on and off, all night and into this morning. Then miraculously the sun came out. I got used to that and suddenly the clouds have come rolling in again. Bah! I'm ready to go back to bed with the dogs. They're not enthused with the weather either. Nothing to do besides watch the fig buds burst.
 See Y'all later!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring in my neck of the woods

 Dogwood and Blackberry Bushes
 Greening - far end of meadow
 Flowering Crab n Flowering Plum
(only looks like the plum is dead)
 Buds filling up across the road.
Springing across the street near the pond.
 Fig trees - ALIVE! (Please don't freeze, please don't freeze.)
Heavy haze in the trees by the pond.

Allergy alerts have been out for a short while already. The fine mostly neon yellow/green pollen covers most everything. Now, if it doesn't freeze again, things should green up nicely by the end of the month! I hope y'all are having a fine weekend!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sleepless in the country

Sleepless night. It began by getting hung up in one of my movies. I finally pulled the covers up around 1:00 a.m. Just as I started drifting off, Jill started  having a dream. The thing with Jill is that she sleeps on her side facing the wall, and then the dreams begin with paws flapping and nails clacking on the wall. In the quiet, it sounds like she's tap dancing with an occasional growl, woof, or moan. Unless I am dead asleep, there is no sleeping through this. I don't know if DH heard her or what, but he was up watching TV by 3:00.  I don't understand how I can sleep in broad daylight, but that TV lit down the hall seems so irritating ... So, anyway, I caught maybe 12 winks in the whole night. For a change, Jack didn't kick me at all - all night.

This is just a mention, one of those little known weird Sharon facts - When Jack isn't coming (or going) and he's not listening (being a brat), I can call him with my 'Mommy means it' voice - and I count, "One ... Two ..." I'm sure he doesn't really know how to count, but he knows I mean business and (ha ha) it sounds good. He comes (or goes) running and that looks like I have the smartest, most obedient dog. (And me a bit of a b*tch) I've never had to go to Three. I have no idea how either of us would react to that.

Just after DH went to work, I saw an ambulance parked here on the corner, lights flashing. I see a lot of odd people park on the corner, in the night. It's as busy as a late night city corner. This wasn't the usual late night pick-up, or drug deal. I'll never know. I am curious about it and hope if they were working on some middle of the trip life saving procedure that it worked.

Well, now that I've bored you to tears ... my work is done. Hahahaha, just kidding! Have a great day, night, whatever.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

How does your garden grow?

My garden is not doing so well. The Tiny Tim tomato seedlings have started getting second leaves, but they are only, at best, 3/4" tall. Something is definitely the matter, they should look like tomato plants by now. At the rate they are growing, they might top out at a couple of inches.
 My lavender plant has become stringy and it looks as if it's going to bloom.
 DH bought me a chocolate mint plant. It smells lovely. I think the plant stems of reddish brown are more the 'chocolate' as it smells more minty than anything.
 He also bought a regular tomato plant ... with small talk about fixing up a planter for outside for it. Not sure, but I may be taking bets on it's survival.
 Please excuse the purple ... I'll get a better pic of the mint in sunlight later on if it blooms for me.

Tonight Masterpiece Theater has something new about the Bronte sisters. It starts in a few minutes. I think this is a one night only thing. Sounds interesting though.

Have a great week! 

Sorry for any confusion about the chocolate mint.
Here is a daylight shot. No grow light.
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"You get what you pay for." Yep, thought my new sheets wouldn't be the greatest and they didn't disappoint. If I really had a full sized full sized bed, I wouldn't have bought them. The *pocket* of the bottom sheet wouldn't fit a regular thickness mattress, let alone one that needed the *deep pockets*! So, anyway, the fabric is thin and questionable in cotton content and the finished sheets must have been measured before sewn ... Oh well, at least they are better than nothing.
 It's hard changing sheets with Jack being an immovable object.

 This little guy spent over an hour checking out the old fig for snacks. I noticed he made a few very tiny holes. No idea what he was finding. I saw a few swollen buds, maybe I will have some leaves first thing this spring. ??? 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Back at Amazon

I've been putting it off for much too long. I actually like online shopping - for the fun things, but, BUT, I hate shopping online or in a store for household items. I can't believe the prices, I feel like Rip Van Winkle. Today, I had to force myself to let my fingers do the shopping for some necessary sheets - I had put my foot through the bottom sheet.

Have any of you priced sheets lately? If not, hang onto something when you do. You know, it's only about a year ago when we bought my bed, I remember looking at sheets at the time and decided I would make do with what I had. How wrong can a person be? The prices are noticeably more now. (I'm understanding now, why DH bought skeleton sheets for his big bed)

I shopped until my back and delicate parts ached so bad, I ended up getting 2 cheap sets of questionable fiber content. At least my foot won't get hung up and I didn't have to pay $40 for clearance kiddie sheets. Sigh ... 

I will say one thing about shopping at Amazon - their gadget for narrowing down your preferences simply doesn't work for spit! I type in cotton full-sized sheet set and it shows up nearly any size or fiber content. It takes a long time to wade through all that stuff. 

I'm doing some better, I have no idea how long it takes these things to feel normal again. Have a good day, night, or whatever and  ... take care!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Living up to "Grace"

For a few years now I have been worried about falling. My balance isn't what you could call good. All this time though, of bouncing off the door trim/walls and catching myself, I hadn't fallen. Until the other night ...

Tacky wanted to be fed, and as usual, I filled her cup with cat food and made my way through the storm door, avoiding stepping on my o2 tube. I put the food in her dish, turned around and she was still loving on me. I opened the storm door, my tube got hung around the cat, and as I lifted my foot to go through the door - I didn't! I landed square on my dignity. 

At first all I felt was my throbbing finger, my foot, and my back. I had slammed into the storm door with my back, it felt as if someone slammed me with a 2x4. It hurt every time I breathed in. I figured if I went to the doctor, they would tape me - seeing that I can't stand a bra because of my breathing, I opted out of that idea. I called DH and he came home. I never would have made it up into my bed without him. 

In the morning, I found out that it was my coccyx I landed on and not just my dignity. Everything went into sympathy mode and I felt like I had whiplash. I felt like I had been in a bad wreck. 

It's getting better, thanks for the well wishes! I can sit now, but I wish I had one of those donuts. ;-) My foot and finger are fine. Been using Aspercream, which helps my back and other painful areas. I informed DH that he can feed the cat from now on.

Friday, March 17, 2017

MIB

Missing in Blogland ...

Last night:
Wouldn't you know it? Playing (not really) with the cat, her food, and my bleep tube and trying to get her food outside in her dish - - - - Lost my balance, landed on my butt, hitting my back on the storm door, jammed my finger, hit my foot on the threshold I guess and landed on the porch floor. I don't think anything is broke, but I imagine I will have a few bruises tomorrow. I called Bobby, he's going to come home and look at my back and help me into bed - a chore I'm not looking forward to. May have cracked a rib, but probably is just bruised from the jolt.

This morning:
Feel like I was hit by a truck from my bottom to the top of my neck. Can't sit at my computer.

Back later ...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Everybody has snow ...

Except us! This is an old photo from January 2011. I thought I'd post this for all the folks who are under the delusion that it is always warm and sunny in Tennessee. Heck, we are almost in Alabama! Jill was only a couple of years old and she loved the snow and playing in it with Daddy.
 We may not have snow now, but it's down right chilly!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mr. Bluebird on my ...

How many of you thought ... on my shoulder?
I took these shots the other day and thought it would be too much for the page. Well, anyway, this little guy waited around for me to get the camera, turned to give me the various views, but of course, I thought he would fly off and didn't take the time to focus properly. I do love my little bluebirds!
 He was such an obliging little guy!
Got a couple movies from my son today. One is Howl's Moving Castle and the other is Stardust. Howl's Moving Castle is a Disney animated film. I watched it right away, cool family picture, I recommend it for family viewing. (Or a rainy afternoon)


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Have a great week!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The much advertised snow ...

We didn't get much more than this. It was pretty. Of course, it's gone now. Last night, Jack and Jill had fun running around and barking. I'm sure the neighbors liked that, not.

Tacky came flying in as soon as I opened the door. She played a new game with me. "I want out!" and "I've changed my mind." We were at it for over an hour. There is no lock on the doggy door, you see, and as soon as I would get her out, she was back in through the doggy door. When she was in, she meowed at the door and as soon as I had her out - she was in again! It's not a game I want to play in the middle of the night.


 Have a great week, Y'all!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Week's End

Snow was/is in the forecast. Last night, I guess, Nashville got an inch of the white stuff. We dodged the bullet, but the second wave is on its way. The system is heading due east, we may yet go unscathed, I don't know. If we get any, it shouldn't be much. (I hope, I hope, I hope)
 The temperature is 41 and that's our high ... The dogs are already hiding, too gloomy out there, I guess.
I found the Tiny Tim seeds and put them in. These are 3 days out of the ground. I hate when the seed husk stays on the end, I have this overwhelming urge to pull it off. Haha. I have more seeds, if one of these doesn't make it. I don't always have the best luck ...

I started watching Battlestar Galactica. I had never watched the series. Not sure how I feel about it - I just started the second disc. DH sold a bracelet for me, so I can do some guilt-free shopping. I ordered 3 DVDs with British movies, Heehee. When I have finished Battlestar, I also have Buck Rogers and I thought I had to break that up a little with some levity and romance, you know?

Son sent me a story in an email, the other night. I tried my darnedest, but the words just weren't making sense. It may as well have been written in hieroglyphics. I was over-tired and I had a headache. It seemed like I was trying to read some foreign language. It kind of scared me. In the morning, I tried again, and it was fine - a decent story. I have noticed this phenomenon happening more and more. (BTW, I had to play with phenomenon multiple times to get it right. To think how I used to pride myself on my spelling - Pride has bit me in the butt)

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Springtime strut of Mr. Mockingbird.


Here is Mr. Mockingbird. You will have to take into consideration that he was quite far away and I had to zoom the heck out of him. He was doing his usual springtime courtship strut. He walks a few steps and raises his wings in a jerking motion, brings them back down, and walks a few more steps. He'll go across the open space in the yard for fifty feet or more. Of the many pictures I've posted, I had tried to get a shot of the patterning on the wings unsuccessfully, so I was happy for what I got. In flight their tails are quite impressive too - I just haven't gotten a good shot of that yet.

We're expecting a nice warm day tomorrow, and then it's all going to go to pot for the next week or so. Heard snow was in the forecast for the weekend. Brrr. March is not going to give up that easily. I can feel the changes in my bones already.

On my last disk of Quantum Leap. It's different from what I had remembered, although I hadn't seen very many episodes when it was being broadcast. Still entertaining, but not as much as what I remembered. Of course, I'm older now ...

Monday, March 6, 2017

It's over now

Victoria and Mercy Street are done for now. :(  I feel a little like when all the company leaves and there's an empty space where they had been. Sigh ... Now what? I guess they have a new show coming this fall about Vietnam, but that's not until the fall. They say we will get some more Doc Martin - next month, maybe. I don't see it on the schedule yet.

DH has tomorrow night off, it's the only night off for the week. It's just enough to really mess him up. Today, he actually got a full 6 1/2 hours sleep, which is the max he can get right now. I believe next weekend will be the clock change. That messes us up enough without this night shift. When I mentioned it to him, he swore. I think he could be hoping to see a lay-off slip. 

The peach trees are blooming. They aren't as pretty as usual, maybe that hard frost got to them. The flowering crab has a few blossoms. I don't know if it was affected or it's just starting. We'll see. The woods are looking more and more hazy every day. I would say, spring is on its way, ready or not. Brad still hasn't been parked in the garage and has that odd green powder on it. Noses are running, eyes itching - time to buy some Zyrtec.

The lavender leaves are kind of curling and looking dried. I think the dirt booster is a little too much for it. Mumble, mumble ... I may end up having to discard it and put in regular potting soil. Good thing it's right next to the window, I can just bail it out without having to carry it out in a bucket, if I have to change it.

All for tonight, I'm heading for bed as soon as I potty the dogs, feed the cat, and lock the doors. G'night all.

 

 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Must be that time of the month

Sometimes having a blog can be hard on the brain. Is it just me? So many blogs are asking us questions, questions that require a lot of thinking, a lot of time, if you are as slow as I am to think of the answers. I have a question for you, hopefully it's a simple one.

How much time do you have to spend reading, commenting, writing, and responding to comments?

I, myself, have no set amount of time that I reserve for blogging, but I like to be able to read and comment to every one, even if it is just a simple :-) I like to read the other comments too. I figure I take 5-15 minutes on each visit, depending. I average about 5 or 6 blogs in an hour. I spend approximately 30 minutes writing my blog and a few minutes responding to each comment. It's nobody's fault that I'm slow, I'm not saying that.

I'm not sure what it is that I am saying, maybe sometimes when someone asks questions that are of a personal nature, I feel like I am in a survey for an up and coming book. Sigh ... I won't ask you how you feel about that ...

My planter garden is not doing so well. The lavender that I put in the other day isn't happy. I thought it would perk up by today. I'll give it more time, no other choice. The tomato seeds are not sprouting at all. I lost the Tiny Tim seeds, but had some cherry tomato seeds from a couple of years ago. Thought for sure at least one would come up. The planter garden is looking more like a wasteland. :-(

DH is now on the full 12 hr night shift. Takes him 2 hours to drive there, find a place to park, and walk to the building. The place is packed ... Then the same to come home. He's beginning to look like death warmed over.

Jack and Jill did their nighttime potty thing and as soon as they came in - they made themselves comfortable. I really ought to just give up making the bed ...
Have a great weekend!