It’s been raining….

…nearly all day. We are on the Western edge of the storm that is dumping lots of snow on the Carolinas, Virginia, Washington,DC, etc. I suspect the grandchildren are hoping it’ll snow, at least enough for them to go sledding. I’m just glad to have reached a stage in my life that I don’t have to get out in it, if I don’t want to. In the past I have driven to work in weather that no one should have been out in. Never enjoyed it, but it was what had to be done.

You ought to see my candlesticks made of Cedar. My brother-in-law in Texas, makes fancy candlesticks from Mesquite and sells them. He suggested about 3 years ago that if Garry took some cedar to him, he’d make some for us. Only real work took precedence and the cedar pieces sat in the workshop. Our last visit in October, Roger pulled them out, set up the machine and showed Garry how to do it. I’m sure there was a lot more to it than that, but….what do I know about such things!?!

Nov. 9 004 This is a picture Garry took of them. I think they’re gorgeous. 

IMG_9348    IMG_9346 I took these two to try and show them a little closer. Oh, I switched the candles around, in case anyone notices. 🙂

I’m going to quit for this time. My left wrist is really hurting and typing doesn’t seem to do it any favors. I’ve been having problems with several of my joints for the past 4 weeks. Started in my ankles, then moved to my wrists and hands. The ankles seem fine now. My hands haven’t been hurting much, just my wrists, plus my knees have been bothering me some. It’s really strange how it moves around. Feels better in the mornings, then by late afternoon it’s hurting again. I’m sure it will eventually quit, but in the meantime I’m moving a bit slower and more carefully than normal.

Have a good evening, night, morning or whatever time of day it may be where you are. Here it’s about bedtime.

 

 

 

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Maxine

MY FIVE NEW BOYFRIENDS!!!

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I am seeing 5 gentlemen every day.
As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed,
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Then I go to see John.
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Then Charlie Horse comes along,
& when he is here, he takes a lot of my time & attention.
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When he leaves, Arthur Ritis
shows up & stays the rest of the day.
He doesn’t like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint.
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After such a busy day, I’m really tired & glad to go to bed

With Ben Gay.
What a life!
Oh, yes, I’m also flirting with Al Zymer,
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and thinking of calling JACK DANIELS or JOHNNY WALKER to come and keep me company.
now remember:
Life is like a roll of toilet paper …the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes…

so have fun, think ‘good thoughts’ only,  learn to laugh at yourself, and ‘Count your blessings!!!!!!!

End of week

The blackberry pie was yummy! Yes, Garry and I each had a piece…only thing missing was ice cream. I didn’t get into town today, so no chance to pick some up.

Today I baked whole wheat rolls for tomorrow. My Betty Crocker cookbook, bought back in early 1962, has a quick roll recipe that we enjoy. It doesn’t call for wholewheat flour, that’s just what I use for most everything. I enjoy the fact that the recipe is easy to make, no kneading. Plus they taste good.

It’s turned cold here. We did have a chance for snow flurries in the forecast, but I believe that’s been taken out. Sunshine tomorrow and Sunday, then rain by Monday.

Of course, rain would be forecast for on laundry day. Yes, I’ve become a creature of habit:  clothes on Monday, sheets on Wednesday and towels on Thursday. Although, it doesn’t bother me if I have to do one or the other a day or two later or earlier. 
The issue with the rain is not using the dryer for a month. It’s been two weeks now and no problems. I know having the wood stove has really helped, as I’m able to put a drying rack on either end of it. Even our sheets dried in plenty of time to make our bed before bedtime. If our electric bill drops enough I’ll probably be wanting to continue. And, yes, as someone said I probably need to have my head examined for doing this in the winter. Tongue out

My Thanksgiving cactus is about done blooming. I always thought it was a Christmas cactus until I saw an article explaining about the differences in the leaves.  At least knowing what it is explains why it always started blooming around the first week in November. Plus it usually blooms again about May…although, not as many blooms as in November.


This is a photo of my plant. It seems to really love the morning sun. Also have some violets on that table that seem to do quite well.

Well, night all. I must go get some sleep.

Baking

It’s wonderful to have Darryl and his family home again. And Garry didn’t mind not having to take care of the cows and horse today. Gave him an extra few minutes to enjoy his coffee before taking care of our goats and chickens.

I did bake cookies yesterday, so was able to give some to the grandchildren when they came home. I baked my favorite, Trailside Oatmeal Treats, a recipe I found in a newspaper years ago. They have peanut butter and chocolate chips in them. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup each raisins and chocolate chips…I just put in 1 cup chocolate chips and forget the raisins. I even baked them using the wood cookstove. Regulating the temperature on the oven is something I still need to learn better. BUT, I didn’t burn them, so that’s good.

Today I baked 3 Blackberry pies. Now for that I opted to use my regular stove, just seemed safer somehow. Smile The pies are for this weekend when we have company. We might snitch a piece tomorrow night….. Wink  There’ll still be plenty for everyone, so I’m thinking no one will even notice. And if they do notice….does it really matter???

It’s bedtime here, so I’m going to head that way. 

It’s Tuesday!

 We awoke to a very frosty morning. It was mid 20’s or lower…it had already started to warm some when I looked at the thermometer about 7 o’clock and it was 25 degrees then. Anyway you look at it, it was chilly. One advantage to needing heat again is that I’m back to cooking with the woodstove. For some reason I really enjoy being able to do that. Now if I had to also use it in warm weather I suspect my thoughts on the subject would be quite different. Today I cooked a turkey soup, then baked biscuits using the woodstove. Our stove is a real wood cook stove made by the Amish. We use the stove for heat as well as cooking this time of year. Of course, I always have my regular cook stove, so don’t have to use the wood one. I just like to.

A week ago, we decided to do without our electric dryer for a month just to see what difference it might make in our power bill. Yeah, I know, what was I thinking??? This is my second week and so far, so good. I have drying racks to put next to the wood stove, as well as lines up in the sewing room. When the weather cooperates, there’s also the solar dryer…otherwise known as an outside clothesline. Last week I hung our sheets out, and oh, did they ever smell good!! Tomorrow is the day I usually wash sheets and we have rain in the forecast, so…no solar dryer.  I’m sure they’ll do fine next to the stove.

Since it is Tuesday, I’ve been thinking about Dream Tuesday and wondering what to share. I don’t have a whole lot of dreams like some do. My life is what it is and I’m pretty content with that. One thing did come to mind from reading another’s dream. All my life I’ve thought it would be wonderful to visit Venice, Italy. I think it started when I first realized there was such a city, with water (I now know they’re canals) for streets. Just the thought of it has always been fascinating to me. Take a boat everywhere, living right next to the water.…wow, didn’t seem like it got much better than that.  As some of you know I do from time to time put photos on a website called Tabblo. I want to share a couple links with you from some who have actually been to Venice. The first one I found was by Hollyridger and the second by Akeke.  If you’re interested in checking out any of their other Tabblos, just click on their name at either the top or bottom (it’s both places) on the left side. I have really enjoyed both of them and through their pictures have seen places I never would have otherwise.

Oh, our traveling son and family will be home from NC tomorrow. It’ll be good to have them home. Garry has been taking care of their cows and Jessica’s horse.  I think I better bake some cookies tomorrow…grandkids will be home and needing cookies again. Garry would probably appreciate them, too. Wink

Have a good evening everyone. Or, whatever time of day it is where you are…I hope it’s good for you.