Thought I saw that a request for a new thread somewhere.
I've been pretty busy and still have a ton of stuff to get done. I ended up throwing out probably 6-8 bushels of slicer cucumbers because I didn't have time to get to them before they rotted. The cooler is still full of stuff that needed something done with it. I need to get the potatoes dug and some cabbage planted plus the turnips and kale. I'm hoping to seed some Swiss chard and lettuce in some float trays to transplant in a few weeks.
Hope everyone that's not up to parr gets to feeling better. Sue, hang in there. Joyce, rejoice that your father had a full life and that you got to enjoy some of it with him.
i have to work at 5 pm on thursday but i will try and make it . !! :)
a wonderful obit Cookie.
Lou thinking of you and sending healing thoughts to you
court today went well.
Candace Forney got 6 yrs !! we didn't see that coming !! prosecution and i both looked at each other amazed. I believe the judge didn't like her answers of the questions he asked. Four of the murderers had ample and many oppurtunity to call police during the 8 day's . No one had a good enough answer as to why they never sought help. THey traded loyalty to each for a life ...
and so be it
Hehe, so funny but there is a bit of truth in those sentiments.
Janet, good gosh girl, you didn't retire to kill yourself working. Slow down some, or better yet hire another person to help you out. I think the weather may cooperate enough for you to get some fall crops planted. The spring ones didn't do so hot. However, for my liking, I have put up enough garden stuff to last us for the winter and then some. I think I have made about 20 quarts of roasted tomato sauce. I gave some to DS and his SO, as they barely have time off from their jobs to get anything done.
The cooler weather is letting me get ouside to tend to what is left of my flower beds. They weren't very pretty, but at least I am trying to keep the perennials from dying.
Lou, wishing you the very best with your knee. Hope the surgery and the rehab goes quickly and well. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Chele, how is Carley doing? Are you any closer to getting to move that you were? If you have to take the kids to school and then go get them every day, I don't see how you are going to manage to work. But I guess any little bit will help with the finances.
i was hoping for a few weeks off to process all of this but my boss sandy has shingles and i m going to cover her and i got 10 houses and two offices to do this week to help her out.
thank you all for your inspiration , the fairy garden, your encouragment. patience, prayers and love. i could have not gotten through this wiht out you all
i will be pretty busy the next few days so don't think i m ignorning you all
love and hugs
Eeeew, shingles are miserable! I had them once in my late teens due to stress and poor diet. Don't work too hard Sue. I know it's good to keep your mind busy but don't wear your body out.
Sending you hugs Joyce. You sound very at peace with things and I know it will be hard to say goodbye to your Dad. As many have said, it's much easier for those that move on than for those that are left behind.
Lou, hoping you get good news and get to feeling better.
Bonnie, don't you work too hard either! This weather is much more pleasant but kind of depressing at the same time. I hate to see summer go.
Carly is up an on the go. She stopped using her crutches 2 days ago. Her first PT went well. They told her that her leg would have to stay straight for 6 weeks but the physical therapist went ahead and set the brace to 50°. Since Monday, she'll be going to PT three days a week. Melissa knew of a PT facility close to the school and they take our insurance so we can got Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the same days we have soccer practice. I guess the kids will be doing homework at PT, the library, the soccer field or wherever we are parking our butts.
We've run into a bit of an issue with the housing situation and finances. Since my eldest started working, the state took half our benefits. I can't hardly make my 18 year old give me 2 weeks of her pay. Getting a loan while my name is still on this house apparently won't work. My eldest doesn't have enough job history to get a loan (she wants to live with me). I'm trying to find a job down there during the school day so I won't have to drive down and back twice and looking for someone to watch Nolan for about an hour and a half a day, somewhere between the house and school so Craig can drop him off. Carly went ahead and dropped off the soccer team since she can't play and to save some running and extra fees. Renting is really the last thing I want to do but I may not have an option. Sorry you asked? LOL
I guess I better get my running shoes on. Kristenne has an interview at 3:00. Carly has PT at 3:00. Thankfully they are close together! Then we are going to go hang out at the soccer field until 8:00pm. Bye bye day. School starts tomorrow. Craig rode along to the mall with Morganne, Kristenne and Carlynne. Morganne wanted to buy a few things and invited them to go. Morganne and Kristenne still don't have licenses. :(
Checking in w/everyone. Looks busy for just about everyone! Busy for me was to take my sister to Blue Ash this AM to get her 1st cataract surgery. We had to be there at 6:15AM: ugh! Took a friend who's been staying with us to Ikea yesterday to get a couchfor her newly acquired apartment. I tried lingonberry jam for the first time, and it was tasty, sort of cranberryish. Bought a new pillow to try out. I hate to think of how old my favorite one is.
Saw the movie "Ruby Sparks" last weekend. About a writer who dreams up his ideal woman, and wakes up to find her living with him. I enjoyed it. I suppose it is a chick-flic, so I guess that means I'm a chick.
DS said the surgery seemed to take only 5 minutes, with no pain or discomfort. Her one pupil is still very dilated, which gives her a pretty menacing appearance!
My friend that I recently reconciled with called to let me know that his mother is dying of diabetes and sepsis. Please pray for a merciful release for Priscilla. She's had a very rough time.
Pat, I am so sorry to hear about Priscilla. I will pray for a quick passing that is painless.
I am going next week with a friend to see Hope Springs. They say it is a very funny movie. I am going with a friend, as DH dislikes movies of any kind, even the tv ones.
I am getting very disillustioned with our new pastor. He is just blowing off the mid week Bible Study and is only coming for the Sunday morning worship service. He called and left me a message to return his call while I was at Bible Study tonight, and I didn't think that it would be productive to talk to him while I was sort of upset. He has a day job driving a school bus, and had I been a real rat, I could have called about 10:00 tonight and woke him up, since he said that he gets up at 4:30 each morning. We have a Administrative Board meeting next week, and if he doesn't agree to be a full time minister by attending all church functions, I will recommend to the board to pay him by the hour instead of a monthly salary.
DH is putting in his DB's tobacco for him and he fell out of the barn and landed on his back on the wagon. He cut his head and his elbow. I bandaged him up, as he wouldn't go to the Dr. His DB's tobacco barn is falling down, and something like this happens every year.
His DB had surgery last Wednesday, took pneumonia after the surgery, and now has gotten MRSA. He was going to dismiss himself from the hospital, but they told him that the medicine that they are giving him intraveineously twice a day would cost him $450 per day, unless he was in a hospital or nursing home. He elected to go to a nursing home. In the hospital they had him in isolation, in the nursing home, he is going up and down the halls in a wheel chair visiting in patient's rooms. Wouldn't surprise me if the whole nursing home comes down with the MRSA. Told DH that I wouldn't be visiting, and if he did, he had better be prpepared to take a complete shower and wash his clothes when he got home.
Guess I need to go to bed and hope that I get up in a much better mood.
Joyce I like your rats comment, and you could insult someone by calling them by my BIL's name. Oscar!
my $90 pay day turned into a big fat 0...
drove 25 miles to my first house , he fired me ! ??
went to my second house... she weren't there ?
so i came home...
Pat sending healing thoughts to you and your friend.
Bonnie ouch on your Dh bro . hope he feels better soon.
well not much going on today. just a sour mood i guess.
great fun at the farmers market. Janet.
Sue, If I'd driven 25 miles to get fired, I'd sue the guy for gas money! What is he? Amish with no phone? Pffffft to him is my verdict.
Bonnie, I have to ask, is your pastor getting paid full time by the church? Do you have a PPR committee? I ask because I have Methodist friends (yes, some of my best friends are Methodists,lol), and there's full time pay and part time pay, and it all needs to be carefully negotiated. He may not be a keeper, but it sure helps when everyone's expectations are clear in the beginning. BTW, I'm kind of horrified by the nursing home letting DBIL roam the place freely! Sorry abt DH's fall & hope it heals up quickly.
I'm feeling pretty punk myself today. I've had what I thought was tendonitis in my left wrist, which now looks more like a pinched nerve in my neck. So my neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and thumb hurt like blazes. I'm trying to think of what remedies I haven't tried yet because it's gotten worse rather than better. I'm sure not going to sit at the puter very long tonite!
Pat, this minister just came 2 weeks ago. Our District Superintendent assured us that he would be full time, should attend all scheduled events, visit the hospitals, homes etc. I am going to have a talk with him this Sunday, and find out just what his problem is about coming on Wednesday night. If that doesn't light a fire under him to start coming and participating, then I will have no alternative but to call the DS and let her take care of it. I am on the PPR committee, but not chairman. The chairman and I have already talked about it, and he is as unhappy as I am.
If it is a pinched nerve in your neck, the only thing that helps me is to visit the chiropractor and get an adjustment. Usually works, but the last episode I had with it, it took weeks of going several times a week for it to get better. Hope that is not the case with you.
Sue, I am so sorry about the job. Hope that you can replace that client and maybe come out ahead, if you can get one closer. I say Pfffft.
No Bonnie i m done with the house cleaning. I tried to help a friend out but honestly she is not reimbursing me for any fuel . So i will help her out one more week since she is in such bad health but honestly her family can help her...IMHO. Her husband is a lazy man.
Pat hope you feel better soon.
did one house today
went to thereapy
Funeral was Thursday and went well. It was a true celebration of a life well lived. I miss him something awful, but no tears...he's with my mom and died a peaceful death. The poem he had picked out himself for his funeral tract was called "Going Home" and spoke of Jesus coming and personally walking him there...I did cry when I first read that, but it has been comforting since then. Had 44 of us here after the service and burial. Had plenty of food thanks to my kids and Bertie (and me...) A good time was had by all telling stories of fun with Dad. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. I'm a little let down now, but I know this will pass.
Joyce, I often think the the days after the funeral are more difficult than those immediately after a death. IT's when the house gets quiet that the reality of loss sets in. I'm glad you had such a good crowd, and it sounds like the funeral was touching and appropriate. I don't have any solution for the task of separation (I wish I did!) but just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you every day.
And thanks to everyone who was able to pray for Priscilla: she died at her home late Friday evening. Her 2 adult children are coping pretty well... relieved to see her pain at an end.
My pain got almost all better late yesterday, only to come back just as strongly as before. This makes me GRUMPY. Will probably try to see the doctor this week if it doesn't leave and stay gone.
Joyce, I am glad that the funeral was nice and uplifting. Especially the poem that he picked out himself. My DM did that, and only told my twin sister. None of the family could read it, but the pastor did and it just was so fitting for her. Stay strong. Tell Bertie that this will be a test of her friendship by being as close to you as she is.
Pat here's hoping that your pain subsides and stays gone. Being in pain will make anybody grumpy. Aww, so sorry to hear about Priscilla, but glad that she is not in pain anymore.
DH and his crew got through with the DBIL's tobacco today about noon. He is very happy that the stuff is in the barn and he doesn't have anything else on that farm is top priority right now. I think sometime the first week in September we are going to try to get a few days vacation in. Don't know where we will go but AWAY is the key word.
Cookie, I'm glad you had a good crowd at the funeral . It sounds like you will have many great memories of him. Dave's mother is 95 and still going strong. The matriarch holding his family together. She is so loved. She's told everyone to celebrate her good long life when she's gone and she will " catch up with everyone on the other side." I was blessed with the best MIL a girl good ever ask for and I'm glad she has such a positive outlook on life and death. But, I know it will be just as hard to lose her like you lost your father.
I had my orthoscopy on Friday. It went well. I will have the stiches out on Friday and learn about the therapy I have to have. I can walk pretty good if I take little steps. I only hurts when I bend the knee. So I sit down slowly and walk slowly and all is good. LOL
Bonnie I'm sure Wayne is tucker out. I'm glad you will get to get"away" for a little bit. Does he have to take care of his brother's horses also? I know that can be a real chore .
Sue, I'm sorta grouchy since the surgery, so the only thought that comes to mind is; " No good deed goes unpunished". I know that's a very negative outlook, but it is true so very often. I'm glad your over helping her out. You have have your hands full without it.
Michelle, did your tuberrose bloom this year? Mine has grown like crazy but hasn't put up any bloom stalks. Should I save it and hope for blooms next year?
Lou, you sound so positive, er, I guess. Glad your surgery is over and now to see about the therapy and complete healing. I bet you will feel like a new person. Or I hope the pain is at least gone.
DH fell out of the barn day before yesterday,and his one shoulder is hurting him so bad. I would bet that it is another torn rotator cuff. I am urging him to call the orthopaedic specialist tomorrow and get in to see what is going on. If it has to be surgery, I am so glad that there is nothing major farm wise going on, so that maybe he will be still long enough to heal.
No, DH doesn't have to take care of the horses on a daily basis. The DBIL has a hired guy who lives on his farm and that is his primary duty, feeding and working the horses.
Sounds like everyone has been living all phases of life this past couple of weeks. Lou, I hope the PT does the trick and you get as much mobility back as you can. Painfree is a good word. Hope you're doing some better Pat. After having the pulled back and the pains shooting down my thigh and calf for almost 2 weeks I can appreciate the problems that folks with chronic pain must have.
Joyce, I guess if you're close to family there's no way around grieving when they pass on. Even though you know they've gone on to better things ti's something we have to work though. I'm glad you have some shoulders to lean on. Use them.
Canned some pickles, made a bunch of bread and am scalding a bushel of tomatoes to get in the freezer. Miranda has a microdiscectomy tomorrow and we have to be in Lexington by 6:30 to wait and wait. They said it should only take 45 minutes but I've blocked out the whole day. It'll be OP unless something doesn't go as planned.
Better get back to is. Market was good this weekend and I need to bake.
Hey, y'all! I can't even begin to catch up with what everyone's been up to the last couple years (!?), but just wanted to say hello. I'd been on a few times during the "open house" special here for a couple of weeks, but wasn't going to re-subscribe. A garden angel gave me a year at DG, though, so I'm back! About the only folks I've been in touch with are on Facebook, so there are some gaps. :)
LOL yes i agree it is fun to say " How's Howie. "
glad to have you back GW. you have been missed. I do catch up with your FB and all your dog fun.
not much here to report
got 50 lbs of tomato's in my basement and hoping the last until friday when i can get them roasted down and made into more juice ! yum.
I started my day off with a phone call from my best friend. She told me her husband's had 3 job offers in the last week and they decided the one in Texas is too great of an opportunity for them to pass up. They hadn't talked to anyone about the interviews until they knew for sure, so this comes as a total shock and I'm really sad about it. We spend a lot of time with these guys, do something together every couple of weeks. :(
Welcome back Gardenwife. It is so good to see you again. You were missed, even if you didn't get to see the comments about "where is gardenwife and howie"? that were uttered when you first left us.
Do you still have all your doggies and are they doing good? I have added a new one to my group. An almost solid white JRT who is sort of a rescue. He is doing great. Haven't convinced mr. B that there is room in my heart/life for another one though. He is coming around, just takes him awhile to get there. Is Howie doing good still? Well, enough questions, good to see you again.
Janet, I have forgotten what injury Miranda had/has. Sure hope the surgery goes well, and that there is little/no pain involved with the recovery.
We JUST HAVE TO DO LUNCH SOON. It has been way too long. Maybe we can have a phone chat to set up a time. Call me.
Today I am paying bills and balancing check books. DH said that the casino has a special buffet tonight, so if it means I don't have to cook and I can play the slots for awhile, I am all for it.
I picked up a Zojirushi BBCC-N12 bread machine at a yard sale on Sunday. Ten bucks! :) It worked great on its maiden voyage in the house. I made the attached 100% whole wheat recipe, using fresh milk and including the optional wheat gluten. Great recipe!
Ugh. Got back from the hospital around 2:00. Got Miss M in her bed and started working up cucumbers. I had the loveliest cucumbers this year and have ended up throwing out around six bushels of slicers because I couldn't get to them in time. Just breaks my heart to waste stuff. Hoping to do better next year.
Miranda had back surgery for a herniated disc. Hopefully this should take care of her back pain.
Bons, did you all get any rain? Finchville got 3/4ths of an inch. We got a shower here. I was hoping that the other place got some, otherwise I'm stringing hoses tomorrow. Pick a date for lunch. That's pretty much a rare occasion since retirement. How's DH's shoulder?
Gardenwife, good to hear from you again. Sorry your friend is moving. Good friends are hard to come by.
Sue, know what you mean about the tomatoes. I've got 4 crates out in the shop waiting in line. Don't know what to start with first sometimes.
Janet, we got over an inch of rain the other night. Wahoo, sure needed it. Our garden, except for turnips is about done. DH is giving his shoulder a few days to see if it is a strained/pulled muscle or more serious damage. His way of putting off, and putting off. Will see about the first week in Sept for lunch. DH and I are trying to get away for a few days, so will have those plans nailed down by the last of this week. I will call when I know what the vacation plans are. It sure seems a long time since we got together.
gardenwife, the bread looks really good. Wish I could run across some bargain like that.
GW are you kidding me !!! $10 bucks ! them things are hundreds of dollars oh i m sooooooo jealous !
here is my tattoo for jessica's memorial . i will be adding a photo to the tat later on , maybe in Dec ? one of the guys at the shop is a master at tattooing photo's .
Another day in the neighborhood. Got a batch of salsa going, been washing jars. Then I guess I'll spend the rest of the day baking. I baked yesterday morning and planned to play catch up last night but by the time I'd gotten the squash picked and in the cooler it was late afternoon. Then Miranda asked for mashed potatoes and biscuits and how can you turn down someone that just had surgery on Tuesday? So we got supper fixed, got her a bath and changed her bandage. By that time there was no use in going home to start baking. I'm not sure we're going to need that much this weekend anyway. While it's Labor Day weekend and is usually a good market weekend, if the hurricane makes it to us people won't be coming out in the rain. Now I wish I had my cabbage and broccoli in the ground as well as my turnips and kale sowed. At least I can get busy and get some lettuce, chard and other stuff sowed in some float bed trays for transplanting. Still too much to get done.
Sue, that's a lovely design. Not something I could have stood to have had done but I understand your need to have memories. I just have an aversion to needles being used on me in particular. They'd have tattooed me on the floor because that's probably where I'd have been. LOL!!!
GW, good deal on the bread machine. One of the kids won a machine at the state fair a few years ago and I still haven't made the first loaf. Don't have room for the thing to be out for starters but just haven't done anything with it. I should and will someday.
Better get back to washing jars. Have a good day y'all!
That's good work, Sue. Is it going to have color, or are you leaving it monochromatic? I'm a wimp with needles and pain, too. I still get shocky and queasy with some things like IV's.
I'm going to hit the local Mennonite place, Ashery Farms, today for baking supplies. http://asheryfarms.com/ They're super-nice people and carry a great variety of dry goods, cheeses, baked goods, and jams. I need to replenish my baking supplies.
When that rotten derecho storm blew through June 29, we were without power 9 long days. The elastic straps and hooks on our gazebo canopy were damaged and we lost everything in the fridge and freezer ,but that was the extent of the damage. I had various baking supplies like wheat germ, cracked wheat, gluten, cornmeal, etc. in the freezer. Normally, it would have been fine, but when rotten meat surrounded it, it was a no brainer to just pitch the whole lot. So, I need to replenish the baking supplies!
According to one of the Alabama Power crews who worked on the lines by our house, our little neighborhood was the hardest hit out of the whole county. Tons of huge, healthy trees were shredded, so we were VERY fortunate not to lose the big trees on our lot or have damage to our house or cars. I posted some videos on showing the storm as it came through and the damage after it hit: http://www.gardenwife.com/june-29-2012-derecho-storm-in-licking-county-ohio/ I still have more footage to edit, but it's taken a back burner to other things.
Gw yes it does have some color in the outling . the pic doesn't show a lot of the true colors and detail.
Yes that was a weird storm. Wow on the footage you have. i was out in the garden and watched it come in... weird... then scary... then hit the basement LOL .It was like a wall of wind ?
oh the Ashery farms sound cool !
LOL to funny on the needles you two... yes it hurt like a dickens ! burned the whole way through... but feels better today.
did my last three houses today... tuesday i s tart the apple orchard job ! whoooo hooo. yes the angry umpahlumpa may be there. :) lets hope she is a bit cheerier this year then the last two years LOL ... a girl can dream cant she ??
Whoowee. Another weekend of markets over. Can't complain thought as they're going far to meet the bills around here. Didn't rain in Louisville until markets were over Saturday. We didn't get any to speak of Saturday night but we did get rain this afternoon just as we were unloading the trucks. Perfect timing and very welcome. There were several things I wish I'd have gotten done before it rained and planting cabbage was one of them but hey, I'm so glad to see rain I don't care.
Got some more tomatoes skinned and ready for the freezer last night. I was a pooped kitten before we got in bed last night. Got two kettles of apples on right now cooking to run through the strainer tomorrow for apple butter. The orchard has a lot of seconds apples from two hail storms and there's plenty of apples this year. The house really smells good right now. Think I'll try to get that done and some pickles in the jars tomorrow. I hope it rains off and on all day tomorrow.
I bet your house smelled GREAT. I love apple butter!
We went to our best friends' for dinner last night. Ben starts his job in Austin on Thursday, so is heading out this evening. Shawna's wrapping up things with her job and everything here for a few more weeks. She's having a moving company do a lot of the packing up since she's swamped, but I'm going to help her do the garage clean-up and packing two weeks from Monday. She'll head down to Texas with her son a few days after that. *Sob* I'm really bummed.
They told us they already talked about it and want to buy one of our two airline tickets to come down and visit them in a few months. How sweet is that? We think that would be a nice way to spend our anniversary next February, maybe.
I haven't even been on the computer today. DH and I decided this morning that we would make a trip to Sam's and we stopped for breakfast at Cracker Barrell, then on to Sam;s. By the time we got home it was 1:30 so we just vegged, watched tv and I read a bit, which just naturally turns into a nap. It rained several times today, so really have lost track of how much rain we have gotten since it started yesterday.
Guess I will have to get it in gear tomorrow to make up for a lazy day today.
Kimberly, I am sorry that you are losing your best friend, but that is so nice of them to offer to fund a trip to see them. Yep, February sounds like it would be a good time to escape.
Hi, All. Just a note to let you know I'm still alive.
GW, isn't the Ashery a great place? My wife and I started going to the original in Fredricksburg when we first moved to OH in '92. I haven't been lately because it's just me but I'm trying to get the garden club to go down this fall.
I haven't been posting much, but i do read. My garden is producing more that I can eat and I didn't plant that much. At least the neighbors that don't garden are happy. I don't can. Even a pint goes a long way when it's only one eating. I will be making some pepper jam when the Habeneros get a little riper and raspberry jam if we continue to get some rain, but not too much. We had 1.25 last week and a trace today, but it was a good trace. Soaked right in. The Seascape strawberries I planted last Spring are ripening, but just enough for my morning cereal. Lot more blooms though.
Herman, Are you sure you got Seascape?
We planted ours March 29, began getting berries end of May & are picking 3X a week ever since.
As of yesterday we have picked 1350 pints off of 2000 plants.
Bernie, My 25 plants don't have the advantage of an automatic watering system. Just me and a bucket when it doesn't rain. Sure beats the June bearers, though. Should continue to bear until frost.
Hi, everybody! Chele called me last night to ask me what was up. I've had my houseguest on and off, plus I'm working on a genealogy project for someone with German ancestors in Cincinnati. Off to the library for a couple hours. Making 7 layer salad, now it just needs to sit for awhile. We had an inch of rain Sunday and maybe a half inch yesterday. Still, the grass perked up, the flowers smiled a bit, and I didn't have to water the tomatoes; the Lord did it for me. And I'm grateful!
I tackled paperwork today. Had a bunch for the church, and then my own bill paying and checkbook balancing. My DH really made it hard to understand our checking account. He paid the field workers for his DB's tobacco out of our account and didn't tell me, so the first I knew was the bank statement that reflected all the cancelled checks. I have scheduled a checkbook balancing seminar when the next bank statement comes. I am not kidding, he will not get up from the table until he knows how to do it.
Tomorrow is grocery day, and DH is left to stay home and wait for the Direct Tv repair person. He is the one who gets upset when it goes out, so only fair that he has that job. I would be satisfied with just a tv antennae and the local channels, as I don't watch that much tv. I am usually reading if I am sitting down. He grumbled about it, but I am sure that he will be here when they come.
Pat, lots of luck on the library research. Hope your guests have been pleasant ones, and not PITA kind!
~~~~ to everybody, getting ready to head down the hall to bed.
Yes, I tracked Pat down. LOL You just have to know where and when to look for her. :P
I'm pretty much living in my car and/or gone about 14 hours a day and trying to find a job. What fun! I'm also trying to sell extra stuff we don't use or need.
Just wanted to copy this from facebook real quick then I'm going to bed!
I took Carly for her 3.5 week post op checkup tonight. Everything looks great! Insurance approved her new ACL brace that she'll be good friends with for the next year. LOL She doesn't have to sleep in the big robo brace anymore. :) And she can go down to only 2 physical therapy sessions a week. Best news of all, only 8 more weeks until she can start getting back into sports.
Everyone take care and be safe. The heat and humidity have been awful. blah!
I have to say, it was pretty amusing when Chele called last night. It was late (which is fine with me because I'm still insomniac). But I don't think she was prepared for how busy my house was at that late hour. First my houseguest returned to spend the night after she'd had no luck getting to sleep at home. Then the guy who takes out the trash for us came over. He's manic-depressive, and he's very manic right now, so he was buzzing through with trash questions and music recommendations and mile a minute speech. Pretty busy for a well after midnight scenario.
And, of course, it's 3:30 AM when I'm writing this. I wonder if I'm a vampire and don't know it?
Going back to the library later today to look at microfilms of the German newspapers for wedding and death notices. Cincy had at least three German language newspapers for decades.
End of history lesson. Blessings to everyone!
Pat good morning to you.
well not much going on here. Started apple orchard job. The mean girl i work with is not there this year. thank goodness. But that leaves me with 3 times more work... i think my boss hired a new person but i have my opinion on it. I don't see it working out but hey she could be great ! ?
Chelle good news for Carly. Sounds like she is doing wonderful in her thereapy and healing process.
Hope you can find some work soon. There is an apple job here if you want it ???
Pat, I think you left out the part about baking shortcake at midnight. LOL Yean, everything is normal over there...
Thanks Sue. I think the drive might be a bit much. :P One of my neighbors used to get paid to pick at an orchard down the road from us. Not sure what they do when over there. I think my neighbor just picked apples.
I thought I could make a little extra cash posting stuff for sale on the facebook pages. People say they want it then don't get back to you. I dropped off a baby seat to a very young mom yesterday. She said she'd pay me a couple of bucks extra if I could drop it off which I did and she didn't give me anything extra. Then her boyfriend came home and was kind of snotty about us being in his parking place so he just sort of forced his way into the driveway. Nolan tried to shut the car door fast and smashed his fingers. Ugh.
Bonnie, you ok on the storm? It's raining here pretty hard right now. We're having some wind to go with the rain. Sent the kids to feed early because it looked like it was going to be nasty. Kate's out finishing up feeding the sheep and steers right now.
Put pickles in the jar most of the day. Ended up around 60 pints. These were those 14 day pickles. I didn't do all that heating of the syrup for 4 days straight and it seems like they've turned out pretty good. They also sat on the porch in new 5 gallon plastic buckets for almost a month. The new fashion in pickle barrels I guess. Everything around here right now is being processed in the order of which it will rot. There's some corn in the cooler that will be done tomorrow and some apples that are ready for apple butter that will be in line for tomorrow. I need to run to Mt. Eden and get some cabbage plants. Hopefully tomorrow. Got to pick up apples too. Unfortunately the cabbage plants and the apples are in opposite directions. As per usual.
I sure wish I'd gotten my turnips and kale in the ground before the rain came. Days just aren't long enough though.
Poor Nolan. I hope his fingers arn't to bruised.
Speaking of bruised Jessica's dad said on my FB that my tattoo looked like i got pretty bruised ??? i think he is blind or he is the same old person and needs to make a mean , snotty or rude comment. I have yet to ever hear him say anything nice to me or anyone ... oh well he is not my problem .
well Ms. Grumpy Girl is working at the orchard this season... oh what joy... NOT... but the more perky and happy i act , the more it annoys her LOL .. boy do i smear it on thick too LOL... but then she will do something mean to me . LIke a few times she won't take the blame for an accident on the cider press or she will on purpose spill cider and then blame me. i really don't like her.
no rain here today.
Janet hope you get some dry days to do more work :) wow 60 pints ! i get tired just doing 30 .
have a nice night everyone
We barely got a sprinkle here. There was a tad bit of thunder and a bit of spitting, followed by a rainbow.
One of our coaches has to switch our schedule so now I'll be pulling 14 hour days 4 days a week and still have to be down there Saturday and Sunday. :( The kids are all so much happier though so I guess I'm going to kill myself making this work.
LOL @ Sue. Yes, happiness annoys those that are annoyed and annoying. :)
Nolan is okay. Luckily he didn't have the door all the way shut. The bigger girls got in trouble for allowing him to shut the door himself. He's so smart and independent that they forget he's only 3.
Guess I'm going to check some stuff online, finish up my Sam's order for the soccer stuff and head to bed. I sleep about 4 hours a night anymore. I've lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks though so I guess it works...
good morning everyone
coffee is on
Chelle don't forget to take care of yourself. Wow on the weight loss , that is always a plus . Glad to hear Nolan finger is ok.
well i m heading off to the apple orchard.
Good morning, I was without internet all day yesterday. I can't figure it out, because I found out early morning. I was ready to pull my hair out. I got up and tried it this morning, and all was fine. Guess this is God's way of making me do something else more important.
We had about 2 inches of rain yesterday afternoon/evening, a little wind but no storm. We certainly needed the rain. Louisville got quite the storm I think and I am so glad that we didn't.
DH has turnips coming up, where he initially thought he didn't get good germination. So he is happy about that.
Pat, watch out, that manic person may just infect you (hehe) and us oldersters don't need to have that happen to us.
Chele, wow, I guess rushing around to get the kids to practices, etc is running the weight off, but be careful. Take along some peanut butter crackers to keep your energy up. Aw, poor Nolan, so sorry about his hand, but sounds like he knows he got the girls in trouble! Sly as a fox.
Sue, the merrier you are the worse the worker will feel and probably try to do more to you. However, don't give up, honey catches more flies than vinegar. Ignore the ex, that is probably why he is the ex!
Janet, didn't anybody tell you that retirement wasn't supposed to be that busy? Gee girl, slow down or you won't last long.
Gosh, it will take me all morning to get caught up from not having internet yesterday!
I wasn't trying to lose weight (even though I need to! LOL). I just don't think about eating until I feed the kids and that is dinner time. Last night I had a $1 frozen Kroger pizza for dinner. No chance of going back for seconds. LOL
I guess we got some rain here because the water is back up to the skimmer in the pool. It's unplugged because it was lower than that a couple of days ago. Needles to say the water has turned to unswimmable. We're never here anyway but is stinks when we are and want to swim. Oh well. Maybe next summer will be better.
If anyone knows somebody having a baby, let me know. I'm selling all of my baby stuff. No chance of having another.
I haven't done anything outside in months. The yard is a mess, the house is a mess...at least Kristenne cleaned out my car!
I guess break time is over. I have to finish the dishes and throw some laundry on then head south. Now we have soccer practice on Thursday too. :( There went another 'early' night where we could eat at home and get showers and do homework at HOME.
Sue, I have my stroller/baby seat/travel system, hi def baby monitor, some 6-9 month boys clothing. I still need to look at the swing and the pack and play. I have a box of socks and several pairs of little shoes, three pairs of other shoes size 4, 6 and 7. I have stuff everywhere. LOL I haven't even gotten to the girls stuff yet...
Just got in the door. I have 9 hours to finish my Sam's order, get some sleep, get in the shower and get dressed so I can do it all again. pfft.
Chele, another teenager! Wish her Happy Birthday from me. Bet you could put that on ebay and it would sell well, as I am sure that most people who are expecting in this economy would rather spend money on good used stuff rather than buying new. If you ever had some FREE TIME you could have a yard sale. I said that over Labor Day weekend, I was going to have a yard sale, but it got here too quick and I wasn't ready! How dare that holiday weekend to sneak up on me!
Janet we went through Peytona tonight, and it looks like they have a lot of rain too. A big field of tobacco out and all cut. Bet that will be a nasty mess.
We had dinner with our former pastor and his wife. We just love them so, and we sat and talked and ate, then they started sort of giving us the eye about maybe freeing up the table, so we went outside and sat on the front porch and talked some more. Cracker Barrell. Those rockers are really comfortable.
I did get some things done today, like laundry, and pulling some weeds, and working on sermons.
Need to start thinking about heading down the hall to bed.
DH is leaving tomorrow for a 2 day horse event trip. I don't think he is very eager to go, but he is driving his DB to Northern Indiana and won't be back until Saturday night. So I won't have to cook for a couple of days, so it will seem like a mini vacation.
Bonnie, I borrowed tables from my neighbor two years ago, started getting everything set up then he asked for the tables back. He said he needed them for a flea market. I emptied everything off and took them back and they sat at his house unused. He later joked he was afraid I would sell them?? He let me borrow them again in July and he knew it would take me some time to get everything washed and set up again and also that my schedule is crazy. Then Carly tore her ACL. He called to tell me he needed the tables back again so we just took everything off and put it in boxes and he's yet to pick up the tables...
I don't think I've ever been to Cracker Barrel but I bet rocking on the porch is pleasant in pleasant weather. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Four teenagers...!!
I didn't get anything important done today. LOL Left the house at 7am, dropped all the kids at school, cleaned out my trunk, went to Sam's. Then I went back to the concession stand and put away $300 worth of candy, food and juice, picked up the kids, dropped Carly at PT, went to the bank, went to Kroger, picked up Maddie, picked up Carly then went back to the concession stand until 8:30. Pfft. I'm tired.
Chele, DH's niece called me today to tell me that she is setting up a yard sale at a small town festival tomorrow and that I can put some stuff out if I want. It sounded good, and I said that I would try to get things together. Hehe, my day turned into one busy one and I haven't pulled out one thing. Guess I will miss another chance at getting rid of some of my "stuff".
Gosh, you don't get much chance to stay in one spot long do you? I know that after the kids are grown and gone, you will have plenty of time to sit and do nothing.
We are supposed to have thunderstorms tonight, but so far we have nothing. Talked to DH about 4 this afternoon, they are in Lafayette, Ind and it was raining there. Didn't know at that time whether the event would be cancelled or not.
Does anyone know how to reach Marcie? I am getting worried about her, and just wanted to know if anybody ever talks to her.
Lou, how are you doing? I am hoping that you are in rehab and that the pain is greatly diminished.
Chele, you make me tired just reading about your day. Hope you're not too tired to sleep at night.
Bonnie, isn't awful how we start to do something and then life gets in the way?
Marcie and Dave sent me a sympathy card when Dad died. So I know they're still out and about!
We finally got some much needed rain yesterday and through the night. After the first storm went through we had an inch in the gauge. Then it rained in the night and it's raining yet again now. I am not complaining one little bit!!!
funny you all mention Marcy. i was thinking the same thing ??? " where is Marcy ? "
got tons of rain last night ! big storm came through late last night and stayed until morning . its a nice brisk cool morning and feels good. i have the doors open and the windows.
well guess who didn't show up to work on friday ??? ... grumpy pants girl. No phone call, no nothing. Phil tried to call but no answer. I know she is ignoring his calls. I do hope nothing is wrong and everyone in her family is ok but i can't understand why she didn't show up ?
So Phil ( my boss ) and i did everything ourselves. IT was hard on him . He is not as young as he used to be and i can see the toll on him. I do believe we got a few good young men to help with picking . So we may also use them in the cider pressing area also.
I may hit farmers markets today, just for buying not selling.
off and about
Well I think I remember the last few times that Marcy posted she was having computer problems. So maybe her computer died and she decided not to get another one. Well, I am trying to convince myself that is what the story is.
Joyce, are you doing fairly well after your DF's death?
Sue, I certainly hope nothing is wrong with your co-worker, but maybe she had a bad attack of conscience for treating you mean, and the Lord is giving her a weekend of healing! We can always hope so.
yea maybe Bonnie. I hope it was just a misunderstanding as to what date to start ? maybe she thought next friday ?
got bit by a yellow jacket. ouch. it sure itches !!! oh my gosh does it itch ! so ice ice ice i do. no benydrl for this girl. i can't do that stuff. but i may get a cream for it .
Sue make a paste of baking soda and water and put on the bite. It will help relieve the itching. Be careful in the orchard, they sure do like the sweetness of the apples, and other sweet things. Don't sit a soda down and then drink, check it for the hateful critters first.
Pat just finished my sermon a little bit ago. I preach tomorrow and the devil has worked overtime to keep me from completing it. The phone would ring, someone would stop by the dogs would bark, but prayer and perseverence got it done. I preach the 23 at a different church, so think I will use the same sermon for both churches. I think there is a secret plan afoot that my whole family will be there the 23rd to hear me. Shhh, you didn't hear that here!
Joyce, I went to school and became a lay speaker in my denomination. So only speak (preach) when others are on vacation of illness takes them away. It is a fairly large district, so I could be called anywhere within a 100 mile range. Thankfully this one is close.
Need to put wings on and fly out the door, so that I don't end up being late.
Howdy, everybody! Bonnie, let us know how the sermon went. When I first started preaching, I would be exhausted by all the effort-- mental, physical, and spiritual-- and would come home and conk out all afternoon. So treat yourself to a nap.
I had a computer crisis of middling proportions yesterday: my monitor was flickering, and then went kaput. I didn't want to give up on it without talking to son first, and it took me awhile to track him down. By the time he had asked me 101 questions about what I had tried to revive it, I barely had time to run to Best Buy and get a new one before they closed. Then I screwed up the internet connections and was tearing my hair out abt that. (I love how the computer tells me that I have no internet connection and then gives me an internet link so I can figure out how to fix it.) Fortunately, I figured it out, and am now contemplating how very, very dependent I am on my puter. Makes me wonder if I should take up smoking again, LOL, as it might be cheaper and less frustrating!
Son is off to London again today for 5 or 6 days. He leaves this afternoon.
Sue, sorry abt the yellow jacket sting. Have you tried the benadryl spray for the itching? It doesn't make you conk out like the pills do. How is the apple harvest this year? I wasn't sure how the drought might affect the trees. And I LOVE apples.
Joyce, I'm hoping the splendid memories of your parents will lessen the pain of their absence.
The weather is absolutely gorgeous now that the humidity has passed. I opened up the windows all day yesterday, then had to get up in the middle of the night to shut some because it was too cold, lol.
One of vendors, the lady, found out in July she had colon cancer. She passed away Friday.
Only 51 years old. One daughter still in HS. So sad & she was a real spark plug at our market. Was treasurer for many years & took care of a lot of things we all took for granted.
Weather is pretty nice here. We still need rain & lots of it to break the drought.
Saturday night we are having a big party for our 40th anniversary. Anybody in the area, you are welcome to attend.
Thanks for the invitation Bernie, but probably won't make it.
Pat the sermon went lots better than expected. They were an attentive bunch, and I enjoyed it lots. Had several after church come up to me and said that they are telling their pastor to just call me if he has to be away. Had one tell me to come take over the church. Naww, sounds like some problems there, and I don't want to be in the middle of anything. Glad you got the monitor up and working. Yes, that really irks me when the computer tells you you have no internet connection, and gives you a link. I am determined that technology won't be so advanced in the future that I am clueless about it.
Sue how is the sting?
Joyce, I did lots better with my DF passing than my DM. I think with girls that is such a close bond, no matter that you may have been on the outs with parents when you were a teenager. Hope that you passed the anniversary of your DM's death with good memories of her.
Bonnie, Congrats on the successful sermon. I'm sure you feel a little relief now that your first one is over.
I'm doing okay. My knee is healing slowly and I'm impatient. I started the therapy but after the first time my whole leg swelled up and Ihad to start icing it again. So I will have to wait another week or two before I start again.
I'm getting my houseplants all ready to come in for the winter. It seems fall is here so I know cold weather can't be far behind. I can sit on the patio and play in the dirt , so I'm going to be prepared for the first frost and won't have to hurry up and get them in.
Pat, I too, know how frustrating computers can be. Mine says the program has stoppped working every time I go to a different web site. I click to find the problem , and then it is okay .???
Bonnie i m trying the baking powder that is all i have :(
sting is still a bit swollen it spread to the rest of my arm. i guess i m st ubborn and won't see a DR until i m sure i need it.
iced it all weekend.
Pat apple season is limited. With drought the apple are falling off and rotting . i would say half his orchards are on the ground :(
but we will still have some to sell and do cider.
sure hope the grumpy lady shows up to work. With this bite it won't be easy to do myself.
Lou careful on that leg. HOpe you can get the swelling down. sending healing energy to you.
got to run
Waving Hi...yes, yesterday was fine. Bill and I took a ride and really enjoyed the beautiful weather.
We stopped at a little apple market and she said she didn't know if they were even going to have any Jonathan's this year. Said the warm Feb, and then the cold snap got a lot of their blooms. Sad...I did buy some Cortland and Macintosh to make Bill a pie. $2.00 a pound. That seem high to you?
Have weeds that are taking over the garden...guess I know what I SHOULD be doing!
Anyone interested in coming for a get together either this month or next?
$2 is right in line for apples. I'm getting $2.50 at our markets.
Bonnie, retirement now just means that if I take a day off I truly DON'T get paid. I'm still backed up on chores and who knows when I'll get caught up.
Either I've got a cold or my allergies are going to town. Feel horrible with runny nose and sneezing. Of course DH has not got the pastures mowed or the field around the house so here I sit. I'd like to go lay down but I have two bushel of tomatoes to process and the squash to pick and it won't get done sitting around. Need to get to my parents and plant some cabbage and do some weeding tomorrow. Ugh!!!!
Janet, ugh, hope you get to feeling better soon. I wish I could zap you and turn you into 5 people to get all the work caught up. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Is there anything I can come help you do? Honestly I mean it. Nothing on my schedule for this week, except an eye exam tomorrow.
I am running around like a chicken with it's head cut off. I am having one of my manic days, where I start something, then jump to something else. Right now I have laundry, cooking and bill paying going. I need to take a break and go to the bank and maybe when I get back, I can get focused so that by the end of the day, I can see something that I completed.
looks like i may not get 40 hrs in the apple orchard ? i have no idea wha he is doing. We have another gal to press cider wiht me. She did ok today. Lets hope she catches up to speed in the next few days.
Did 70 gals today of cider.
tomorrow day off. i think someone is telling me to take it slower .
there was talk of a get together but i don't know if anyone is taken lead on it ?
Well, I checked and it turns out that's the date a friend of ours is getting married. Did I post about my friend Ileda whose husband died from an explosion on his tractor? Then, their daughter Becky died a couple years later in a car accident. Well, flash forward to now, and there is a wonderful man in her life and she's marrying him on the 29th. We can't miss that one! Sorry guys!
Emma's healing up well. She had he 6-week follow-up at MedVet and had x-rays. She's making new bone and her break is mending. She can take short walks now, and is allowed to go up and down the few steps to our yard, but she still isn't allowed to run or play and certainly isn't supposed to jump down off furniture. Of course she did just that this morning...Grrrrr. Howie brought her to bed with me for a little snuggle time, giving me her leash so she'd be unable to get down off the bed. I thought I had it gathered short enough, but nope. I dozed off and my arm extended, so she jumped off the bed. I don't think she's any worse for wear, but dang!
No GW , you need to go to that wedding. A happy day for sure for your friend. Many many best wishes to the new couple .
glad to hear Emma is healing up , i have followed your thread on it a bit.
today was good.
sold our chickens at the auction
cleaned out basement
cleaned other animal cages , rabbits and our silkie show chickens .
ate some grapes
Well, this is a just FYI post. DH's DB was in a car wreck on Friday morning and killed instantly by a driver who crosse the line and hit him head on. He had so many friends, we have talked to people who have called from New York State to Puerto Rico. So there will be 2 nights visitation Tues and Wed, and then funeral on Thursday. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. It is going to be a very long week.
Bonnie, sorry to hear that. We were told there was a man from Defoe that was killed Friday night but DH kept saying Eddington and I asked him to clarify to the person he was talking to and they kept saying Eddington so I thought they knew what they were talking about but so much of it sound like some of your family I wondered. If you all need anything or need a house sitter during any of the services you know where we are.
Markets held out pretty good this weekend. It's hard for markets to compete with all the little festivals that are going on this time of year. Especially since we're mostly on the weekends and the groceries are open all week, some 24 hours. Really makes you appreciate your regulars. It's funny, there's all this talk to buy local and they're really ready to do it as long as it fits their schedules. Otherwise, it's let's do the fun stuff and go to the grocery later. I hope that starts to change some. It's hard to grow a bunch of stuff and when folks say they really want it and then not have them come to buy. The regular customers start to become like family. There's one little 86 year old lady that comes to Sunday market. I bet 40-50 years ago she was something else cause she's still a lively little sprite even with her cane. Makes my day.
Had a neighbor come look at the yearling ewes yesterday. He thinks they're still a month off lambing. Also said that the young rams are ready for the freezer so DD is scrambling to get a date with the butcher for them. It will be interesting to see how it sells at the market.
Better get moving. Got a late start on the baking this morning so but hopefully we'll get some tomatoes in the freezer and some zucchini relish started.
Thanks Janet for the offer, but right now the right hand doesn't know what the left one is doing, but visitation starts tomorrow. Maybe by that time I will figure out what needs to be done. Poor DH may not have any mind left when this is over. DH's DB's two grown children make decisions, then tomorrow it is something else, they have changed their minds. everybody is calling here, as they are looking to Wayne for concrete information, and what is true today may not be true tomorrow.
I am cleaning house as we have a couple that are coming from Puerto Rico and called and asked if they could "rent" our guest room. hehe, told them it was theirs, no charge!
Bonnie still sending your prayers. One moment at a time and one person at a time. Remember there are no rules to this sort of thing. Go with what works for you and your DH. :) sending many many ((()))) to the both of you.
Bonnie, sending you and Wayne our deepest sympathies. A sudden death is very hard on ll the family. Takegood care of yourself and Wayne and take it one day at a time. Our prayers for your comfort are on the way upward. Lou
Miranda didn't know that he'd passed and she was shocked this morning. He must have been quite an interesting person. She related a few stories of when he would come in the mill for feed. She and Ms Judy always liked to see him coming. I know he'll be missed. She said she hoped Wayne got the horses so they'd be appreciated. I hope everyone can keep their heads through this and it'll all sort out. If you need to vent you have my number. Just call.
Got a batch of salsa on the stove and cooking down some apples for apple butter. I'd like to run some zucchini through the food processor and get it salted down for some relish but I don't know if I'm going to last that long. I seem to be running out of steam. At least when it's raining I don't have to be thinking about the potatoes that need to be dug. They'll just have to wait.
Miranda wants to preg check cows on Friday. Of course that's the day I do most of the picking for market. Guess I'll have to get started on that on Thursday. Just another thing to plan around.
Light rain outside right now. It sounds so nice...
Thanks Sue, true everything you said there aren't any rules to get through this. We are virtually taking it phone call by phone call. I am sure that Verizon is wondering what is going on with our phones!
Lou, Thanks we are trying to just shrug off some of the things, he had two grown daughters, and it is their responsibility to make the decisions, and we are just along for the ride. How is your knee? Are you behaving?
Janet, you are going to work yourself to death. Take a day or so and do nothing but what you want, and I don't mean market stuff, something just for you. How is the house coming? Are you in it yet? The girl next door is doing our house sitting, but I sure do thank you for the offer.
Thanks Kimberly. I didn't know about your dog having an injury. Hope that recovery is going well. I adopted another JRT. He is albino and cute as a button, has just a few speckles of brown on his ears, but they look like freckles and are faint. He is an outside dog, but comes into the laundry room at night. I have put about 7 pounds on him as he was just bones when we got him. He is a live wire, and will probably be a great dog when he acclimates here. He is just a little over a year old. He was kept in an outside kennel all his life, and little or no human interaction, so it is taking awhile for him to get accustomed to us humans!
here is the info for the RU . i can't remember if i posted it ?
Bonnie thinking of you and your family .
Fall Mini RU
where - Cookies house
When Sept 29th
Time starts at 11 am but you can come early if you like
lunch is at noon bring a dish to share
Hope to see you there
i will do a plant raffle and some other games and maybe we can do a art demo ? and don't forget plant trades ! those are the most fun
Yes, one and the same. We sort of expected him to die shortly of all his physical problems, but this came as a shock to the whole family.
Sorry I won't be able to make it, but after a solid week of this (he was killed on Friday) and the funeral tomorrow, I am just worn out and I just wouldn't think of asking DH to drive me there. I know it is a full week till then, but we have several things on the calendar next week too.
Dr is pressing me to set a date for more surgery, but am trying to hold her off until we get a few days away and our lives back to some semblence of order.
Bonnie, I'm so sorry for all the grief and turmoil! What a shock. Sounds like he was quite a well known and well loved character, though.
I've been not computing too much because I've screwed up my left wrist. Saw the doc who told me to ice it and rest it. It has a nice long name, but I can't remember how to spell it. Decuervaine's syndrome or something like that. I've got a thumb & wrist brace to remind me not to overuse it. Makes me happy to be right handed.
Sue, how's your bee sting? And cider-making? I'm going to a one day retreat Saturday at the Procter center near London, and I'm hoping to find some apples along the way.
Nothing much else going on here. I have a million things I should be doing, but need the energy to decide what to tackle first.
Good evening. Well, DH and I both are worn out. Funeral went well, packed house, with people standing on the outside. He was buried on the farm and taken there by a horse drawn hearse. It was beautiful. The luncheon afterward was well attended, about 150 ate, and food was leftover. DH and I went back to the funeral home to collect the flowers that were sent to us, and took some to church, and I came home ran the dishwasher and did a load of laundry, and we are hoping that we will be able to sleep in and rest tomorrow. It just seems very quiet right now.
We are going to take a few days and go some place just to get away. We both need it.
Janet, Ms Judy came to the funeral home and I was "on duty" by the casket, and she introduced herself and told me some stories about the times that he had come to the mill, and she was just so nice. They estimated that over 2,000 people signed the guest register.
DH was just sort of lost today. Nothing to do, nowhere to go, and he was at lose ends. We did take a couple of concrete benches up to the grave and place them there. He came in about 1;00 and sat and rested. Then we met friends for dinner out, good food and lots of good conversation. Ordered 2 meals to go, and took them to our elder friends house. He just got out of the hospital, and since it was past their supper time, they said they would have what we brought tomorrow for lunch. They live in a very swank subdivision, with a lake right out their back door. DH and he used to fish all the time, so DH took one of his rods and reel and caught 2 fish and came to the door to show him. He really enjoyed seeing that.
We ahave decided to go to West Central Indiana next week to Amish Country. There is a horse sale and an antique sale on Wed. and Thurs, so it is more of a trip for him than for me, but I will enjoy the antique sale. Just a get away for him mainly, but we will not be taking calls from any one who may be trying to unload problems on him. He is to be made co administrator of his DB's estate along with the youngest daughter, so this will be a break before tackling all the details of settling that.
Hope you all have a good RU, and that you MISS ME bunches!!
Sounds like a little time away will be just the thing Bonnie. You all have a good time and don't buy so much you have to get a trailer to bring it home.
Preg checked cows and the sheep this morning. Good conception rate on the cows but the vet says that all the ewes are open. That didn't sit well as we bought these animals as bred. I'm up for calling the fellow to ask for some money back but DH says we aren't going to do anything except get a ram. Sometimes I wonder just who it is I married.
Anyway, icing cakes for market. Dug two rows of potates today. Later folks
Bonnie, hugs and prayers for you & hubby & all that mourn. The Indiana trip sounds perfect.
Janet, I'm confused. Did you do artificial insemination with your ewes? Or bring a guest ram over? Maybe they were just getting settled in... yes, I do realize how stupid this all sounds, but I don't know, so I'm going to ask!
Should be asleep now because DS is picking me up at 7:15 to get to the retreat on time. I hope it's a good one. I'll have plenty of time to pray for everybody.
((((Bonnie )))) and give one to your DH. I hope everything goes well with the estate . Funny how family can get. I think it is wise to go and get a break. I would imagine the next few months will be pretty mentally challenging.
My aunt who was dying several months ago . Her DD has not spoken to her in 35 yrs ! all of the sudden she hears of her mom dying and she picks up and head over to her home and they are best buddies ??? we are all confused ?? but family's is weird. LOL IMHO. ( a good weird. )
spent day with cookie. we had fun
went to an october fest in dayton
kids had fun too.
Sue, I know sometimes the only thing that brings members of a family together is death. Sometimes a good thing, other times, not. A grandson is walking around like a cock of the walk, telling everybody that he inherited the farm and all that is on it, when in reality the will says that everything is left to DBIL's 3 children, to be divided equally. Someone needs to tell this kid, and pop his balloon. DH doesn't get anything, and that is fine. He is co administrator with the younger daughter, and he will be able to help her with farm machinery and the like. I think it would be a wise thing to have an estate auction and auction off all the machinery and miscellaneous things, leaving the house and furnishings to be decided by the children.
I went to town this morning, and stopped at several yard sales, but didn't buy a thing. I guess I think I will find that "diamond in the rough" one of these days, and that is why I still shop at them.
Need to start thinking about heading to bed. Tired but didn't do much today, guess it is all just catching up with me.
Bonnie i think having an auction is a great idea. Yep family can be curious creatures when death is involved.
Jessica's Step sister said jessica has an bank account in CA. so i said we would split the money but honestly i can't imagine any amount in it. But she won't give me the name nor the person to talk too ? She claims she needs the death cert ... well i sent it to her , but she claims she didn't get it... ?
so i m thinking just to send another one ( copy) and call it a loss. its not worth it. My gut is telling me something is not right in the hornets nest . so i m just staying out of it.
early morning wake up call. my chicken and roosters were going crazy and cackling like crazy . one hen has 3 eggs under her.hope we get something . then i have two in the incubator. i wasn't smart enough to mark them duh ??
Pat, we don't AI the sheep. We've just gotten in to them. Hair sheep. We bought 3 weaned ewes and 11 supposedly bred yearling ewes. They were supposed to start lambing the first of the month but we weren't seeing them bag up so we were starting to wonder when we could expect lambs. Doc seems to think we aren't going to see any since he didn't see any lambs on ultrasound. Our neighbor says that it's possible that the lambs moved further up in the abdominal cavity when they laid the ewes down and he didn't get them on ultrasound. I'm going to hope he's right but I'm not holding my breath. The vet did say they were a nice bunch of ewes but with all the feed and the wormings that we did on them they darned well should be. We do AI the cows once and then turn in a clean up bull.
Weekend was busy with markets. They've been doing exceptionally well for this time of year. I dug some more potatoes today and looked at the turnips and other stuff I sowed the other day. I'm seeing some turnips and I hope I'm seeing some kale out there. Here's hoping we get at least a half inch of rain. I need to get back down there and do some weeding in the carrots and beets. I may have planted them too late to get much out of them this year. Live and learn
Well, today didn't turn out the way I had planned but I got through it. Was supposed to be in Frankfort by 10:00 to the church headquarters to turn in some reports. Got there, no one in the office, and door locked. So waited a bit, and no one showed up so I just brought the reports home. I did go to Office Depot to get a few things and even called my eye Dr's office to see if my glasses were in. Told me it would be mid week. So home I went.
DH and I closed the pool and when I got back inside, the church office had called and left a message, and the eye Dr's office too. When I returned the church call, was told that the reports HAD TO BE IN TODAY! Dire consequences if they weren't there. So I chamge cothes and hop in the car and back to Frankfort I go. Turned in the reports, picked up my glasses and visited a minute with a friend, and then home to cook supper. I had planned to do lots of work here, so guess it will be on my agenda tomorrow. That's the thing about work that doesn't get done, no body is going to come in and do it for me!
I did get in my walk tonight, after missing it this morning. I am trying to get back into walking for exercise, and I tend to quit if I begin missing the times I have set aside for the walk.
Janet, good news on the busy markets. I wish you had some of the sweet potatoes that DH dug, so you could get rid of them for me, that is without him knowing about it. He has given some away, but we will have to eat sweet potatoes every day this winter to use them all. I like them, but think they will get very old if I have to eat them often.
DH went with the nieces this afternoon to the attorney's office to begin the process of being appointed administrator. DH can't be co administrator as it wasn't specified in the will. So he will just be an advisor to them. The lawyer suggested that they have an auction for the machinery before winter, so guess that will be the first thing they work on. One of the girls and the boy may want to buy the farm and keep it, but I don't believe that they will have the money to buy out the other sister. Oh, well, it will be what it will be. Hope it is just peaceful.
Bonnie, if you have a half bushel or even two bushel that you want to sell I'll buy them from you. I'd hate to see you turn yellow-orange this winter from too many sweet potatoes! You can bring them with you when we have lunch and I'm thinking a lunch week after next would be perfect if you have open dates. I'm in Frankfort picking up apples on Thursdays if that would work for you. And some days I think the big man just writes in for you to waste. At least you got the pool cleaned and closed.
This retirement seems to be dragging me down. I haven't finished my morning baking and I don't seem to be in the spirit of things. Or maybe it's because I'm hoping that it'll rain and then I can stay inside and work on the canning. I'm still working my way through a bunch of zucchini for relish.
We got the money borrowed for the 2 acres on US 60 yesterday. It always makes me uncomfortable borrowing money. As I guess it should. I know though if he wants to put up a permenant roadside market there he'd better be writing up some grants. I sure don't want to borrow the money for what he has in mind. I know it's going to be a heck of a lot more than chump change.
Sue, isn't it a little late in the season to be hatching off a brood of chicks? I thought that was a spring and early summer thing.
Pat, hope your retreat is/has gone well and yes, I need all the prayers I can get. When the Sunday market closes in another month I can get back to going to church. It's a comfort you get to missing after a while.
Wow Janet, I didn't know you were contemplating opening a full time road side market. That is wonderful. Are you talking about the 11th of October? If so I am writing it in. So need it and you are such a good listener.
It is overcast, but so far no moisture falling from the sky. I have a couple of outside chores that won't take long, so best get to them.
Been gently raining here off and on since about 9:00. I do wish I'd gotten over to Harrisonville to get the 300 gallon water tank to put it under the eaves of the barn where the fresh cows will be held for a few days if they need to be. That barn doesn't have water in it and we have to haul it in in 5 gallon coolers or something equally unsatisfactory if we hold a cow there any length of time. I though if it was raining we'd just collect a tank full off the roof and wouldn't have to haul water. I may run up there later today in between showers and get some market onions and maybe run through the squash. I'm feeling rather lazy this morning. Need to get the posterior in gear and get some zucchini going for relish or some apple butter on the stove. There's a long list still to choose from.
these chics are inside chics. THey are silkie and stay inside the basement. honestly i don't think much will come of it. i only have 6 eggs so far. and i candled them last night and didn't see much ?
the chickens i sold... well i cut my own foot off ! the guy who bought them is asking for more, they are laying like crazy for him !!! grrrrr. i guess they was in a molt ? but maybe they just didn't like me ? stupid birds :P
tried to catch the mole that is digging in Jessica's garden
got some daylilys planted in her garden. Jessie's Dream , and some others that were donated from DG members and family.
yanked some daylilys out , put them in new location
yanked out a viburnum that got eaten down..
yanked out a weigela . getting a new one
relocated hen and chics in her garden too
was going to plant iris , crocus and some gladiolos
oh i have tons of them and will bring some to the RU. they are either red or purple.
then talked on phone to a friend for a few hrs
that is the low down
made pizza for dinner
Sue is your DH out of the country working? I need to do so much work in my gardens, and just was complaining to DH that he never wants to till me places to plant things. I know if I knew how to operate some of this farm machinery that I would catch him gone and till up all the places I need/want. He acts so stingy with the yard, and we have 40 acres. You would think that I was depriving him of his precious grass, and I bet our yard is over an acre, maybe 2.
Janet, I asked DH about the sweet potatoes, and he said that he didn't have too many! That is sure news to me. I think I counted about 8 five gallon buckets in the shed. Would you be interested in selling some garlic for me? I have bunches of it. I will call you and we can talk about the garlic and going to lunch. I have so much to talk about, but you may want to charge me a counselor's fee, for just the opportunity to talk to somebody! I am sure that you probably do too, so maybe we can just swap the times. Since you don't have a set time to be back to work, we may make that lunch a little longer!
Pat how did your retreat go? We have a black neighbor, he is a preacher, and farms too. He stopped by tonight and asked if I would like to preach at his church? I told him that I would probably put his congregation to sleep. I hear that they are pretty spunky with the Amen's and Preach it Brother.
DH is going to Amish tomorrow with the 2 nieces and a grandson of his DB. The trip was originally planned for the two of us, but since it has turned into a mini family (his) reunion, I am not going. Don't like the horse events anyway, but disappointed that he didn't want time alone with just me and him.
Off to bed as it is grocery day, and I have a podiatrist appointment tomorrow.
Bonnie, You should absolutely go to preach at your neighbor's church. It's an experience not to be missed. It's so encouraging, as opposed to some mainline churches where even cracking a smile is considered bad taste.
The seminary that I went to was a lot of different denominations under the same roof, with a core cirriculum and lots of variety. We had chapel 4 days a week, and they were divided between Episcopal, Black Church, Baptist, and Free church traditions. Free church encompassed whatever groups weren't covered by the others (Presbyterians, Methodists, UCC, plus the occasional Buddhist or Mennonite.) I heard some really, really good sermons. And plenty of bad ones, too, but attending the Black church tradition was just amazing. I hope you do it!
Sorry your hubby decided to make the trip a crowd scene.
And I'm also sorry to report that the retreat was a dud; so much so that I left midday. The day was beautiful, and the brochure had promised us periods of "spacious silence," but the director just kept on talking. We did have a good lunch, as they've been raising their own organic produce. We had some quinoa that had been cooked like hash browns, and it was yummy. Also a tomato that was labelled delicata that was delicious. But then my sister and I took off and drove around the countryside and had a great time. (I did take one of my less than spacious silences to walk their labyrinth, so y'all got prayed for, but not as much as I'd planned!)
Janet, thanks for the sheep lesson. But, reading your posts, I think you may have to go back to work to get some rest!
Raining here at present. Have to get some work done for the halfway house Board meeting, so I guess I'll tackle that next.
Pat don't you just love them Labyrinths !! i did one in SanFrancisco many many years ago before they became recognized i guess you could say or popular.
It was such an spiritual experience . I sure miss that type of walking and meditation walking. Maybe again some day .
125 gal of cider
anyone coming to the RU . please let me know if you want apples. or cider.
i will have plants to give away too
Sue, what type of apples do you have? Save me a gallon of your cider.
We were planning to go to Hirsch Farms (apples) on our way to our Dayton cousins Friday night, so we would not have a long drive Saturday morning. Have to be back for Sunday as the bishop is coming and we have to serve lunch.
Pat, I believe I would rather attend his church than to preach there! I have never been in a black church service and I understand that in this area they can get pretty rocking. I love the singing too, as I used to have a girl friend that I worked with that took me to a concert at Christmas at her church and it was absolutely beautiful and so well done. Almost professional really.
Janet, honey, I don't believe you are doing this retirement right at all. When I first retired, I had all these things that I had put off for months, and some for years, and I was working myself silly thinking I could get them all done in a few weeks. Then I decided that retirement wasn't meant to catch up in 2 or 3 weeks, or even 2 or 3 months what I had been putting off for 30 years. So one day I sat down and made a list of the things I wanted to accomplish and decided that I would chose one big item or maybe 2 or 3 small items from that list and try to get them done in a week. Or I would decide that laundry and moping the kitchen floor needed doing, and when that was done, my day's work was over. So slow down and allow yourself to enjoy being retired. You don't have a boss who is going to be unhappy if something doesn't get done, it will just mean that you won't have that item to offer at the market that weekend.
I went to the podiatrist today because the toe next to my big toe on the left foot evidently has arthritis in the joint and is going or leaning into the big toe and I am getting blisters of both of them. I got a little soft rubber thing to put between them, and then a sock and then the shoe, and he said it should make walking much easier and more comfortable. Guess it beats the cotton balls I was using, or maybe not when I see an itemized bill!
Got a call from my gynocologist today and I have another surgery scheduled for next Tues. I go Friday for all of the pre op things. I had told the office last week to go ahead and schedule it, because I would be up and about later if DH has to have shoulder surgery. I guess we are turning into quite the mess health wise. I hope that since I have had a pretty rough time of it for about two years, it is way past time for me to be well and not have anything else that needs taking care of.
Well we have had a storm and I think it is about over, so gonna go see if poor Mr. B will come out of my closet and go for his bedtime constitutional, as I am about ready to hit the hay.
Bonnie sending healing energy to you and your Dh with the surgerys.
Janet i think Bonnie is right :)
i canceled my garlic order :( i have some seed i can use but i wonder if i made the right choice ?
list of plants i will have at the RU
sedum neon pink
gladiolus bulbs red or puprle mixed
i also posted this list on the RU thread
its supposed to be a good weather weekend !!
Perhaps you are all right but basically I've just exchanged a town job for a full time market job. Market has turned into 75-80% of the farm's income so it's not something that's taken lightly here. I wouldn't be in too bad a shape except the carpal tunnel in my right hand has been waking me up around 3 o'clock for the last week and sleep has been hard to come by. I've got an appointment next Tuesday to have them injected and right now it can't get here fast enough. Funny, it quits hurting if I'm sitting up or doing something. They both may go numb but they don't hurt like at night laying down. Go figure.
I may just have to take a nap during the day until this abates.
Went down to the butcher to look at the meat. Boone's has quite an operation. There were probably 30 carcasses hanging in the cooler. Beef in the front, sheep to the side and pork in the back. They also have a storefront plumb full. I picked up some sausage to give it a try. Their mild was pretty warm as compared to the sausage we usually buy. Good but too warm for the eaters in my family.
Need to go pick up apples today then come home and get the zucchini relish in the jars. I thought about picking tomatoes but think I'll put that off until tomorrow. Got some that need scalding and freezing though. That and the baking should round out the day.
Bonnie, I sure hope this surgery takes care of everything and you don't have to have anything else. What a bummer.
Know what you mean about all this foot stuff. I'm starting to get corns now and then and it doen't make any sense. But my toes and feet have bumps and such where they never did before. Getting old sure stinks.
Janet, I'm in agreement with the "getting old sure stinks" statement. But I started early, with the scoliosis and all that.
Bonnie, prayers going out for you re: your surgery. Is it an out-patient thing?
Chele was going to come and help me do some autumn garden chores today, but it was just too soggy. Hopefully I'll see her and most of the kids tomorrow. I've got about 50 bazillion calls to make to get things tidied up or fixed before winter--- if we have winter this year.
BTW, I mispoke about the tomato variety at the retreat. It was a monica paste tomato. The delicata was a squash variety (that I didn't try).
Sue, the labyrinth is an odd and wonderful thing for me. The first time I walked it was in Hawaii, in a little church parking lot on Maui. They had spray painted a labyrinth in their parking lot. I was waiting until a wedding was finished before visiting the church, so I decided to walk it. Somewhere around the second left turn it was like something changed inside. It was wild, because it was not what I expected at all! But wonderful. Now it's gotten to be a sort of cottage industry, with some churches buying big canvas labyrinths that they can lay out in their fellowships halls, and books abt how to walk it, but I don't think I'll ever be able to beat the spray painted on in the parking lot of St John's by the sea in Kula, Maui.
Well, I must be the odd gal out as I haven't had the experience of walking the labyrinth. I have heard of it, and have read about it, but never experienced it. Must be something.
Have to go to Louisville tomorrow see the Dr and then on to the hospital for pre op stuff. So will be a long day, I am sure. There is construction going on at the hospital and I bet finding a parking place will be a real challenge.
Lurker Lou here! Not dead yet( to some peoples surprise!LOL) Have had medical issues and haven't been on much. Joyce, I would love to come, but can't ride in the car long right now. Complications set in from the orthoscopy on my knee and I'm going to (had never heard of it) lymphatic drainage therapy. I have a large area in my calf of built up fluid and since I have intestinal bleeding, I can'ttake Nsaids to reduce the inflamation and my calf , ankle and foot are swelled to maximum capacity. I had to cut the top part of my Croc to have anything I could get my foot into. Walking is a challenge . I wish I could make it to your party,hope you take lots of pictures and that the weather is great.
I have a request . I'm not good at all the internet stuff, but I would like for you to vote in the Redbook Husband of the year Contest . # 16, Levi Nehrt is my chiropractor and great guy. Hunk and a half, but he doesn't seem to know it.
He literally saved a young girls life after she was struck by lightening and won't talk about it and blushs like crazy if you mention it. The people who were on the ball field at time, said he vaulted the fence like superman flying, he is athletic , but still he says it was just an adneline rush from Our Lord, and he doesn't even remember the fence at all. Here(hopefully) will be a link to the contest.
Lou wow that sound painful in your knee. I am sending healing energy to you . Wow on the Dr. Mcdreamy. i will vote for him !
you take care of your self and you will be missed tomorrow. :( say hi to Dave for us :)
work was crazy crazy busy !!
non stop customers all day and even after i left they were still coming in .
we couldn't pump and jug enough . We sold it before we even made it.
i m one tired puppy
Lou, I voted, and wow he is a looker. And from what you say not into himself at all. So sorry for your complications. I have a friend who is experiencing the same thing. Sure hope that you can get some treatment and soon be back to normal. (or what we perceive as normal)
I went to the Dr this afternoon, and after an exam she decided to do a biopsy and if it doesn't come back as active cancer she is postponing the surgery. I didn't quite understand it, but the bottom line is no surgery for me on Tuesday at least. Maybe in a couple of weeks. I just want it over with.
Sue, evidently the apples and the cider are good, or there wouldn't be that many customers. Hope for your sake that it does slow down some.
You all have fun at the get together. No way could I come and drive, and DH is committed to helping his niece with some stuff about the DBIL's estate.
BOnnie yes we do have the best cider in town. We are the only place that does it ourselves. Everyone else buys from a larger processing plant. Thus making it apple juice since there is pasturizing. Sure thinking about you these past few weeks. YOu have your hands full with everything that is going on . HOpe the biopsy comes out non active
Lou hope you start to get on the mends soon . THinking of you too.
You guys are always on my mind and in my healing energy meditation time.
yep i meditate . its all i got to stay sane ! LOL though if i see a butterfly i get distratcted LOL
Bonnie, Remember the new, (to us), used car we were driving to the KY RU in 2008. We are still driving it every day. Nearing 200,000 miles, never had to fix a thing on it. Still cranking out around 28 MPG. Mechanic says with a good tune-up it should go back to the low 30's.
Are you shopping for new or used? Hope you get a good deal!
Beautiful weather up here. 70 to 80 everyday with no clouds. We do need rain real bad.
Well it took all day, but we are home with a gently used SUV, a GMC Terrain, 2011 and the price was right. What I wanted, but we did look at some cars, a Buick LeSabre and a Chevy Malibu. The Malibu was a 2012 and it was the same price as what we bought, but the Terrain is a much nicer vehicle with all the extras on it.
At least that is over and I love it and DH is really liking it. Took over a hour for the salesman to explain everything on it and how to use it. Now I hope this one lasts my lifetime because I will never be able to understand the models in coming years!
I'm sorry you're feeling low, Lou. We missed you all that couldn't make it, but we did have a grand time with the ones who did come! There was 9 of us altogether, and Ric had his camera around, but you know how sneaky he is, I don't know what kind of pictures he took. I tried pushing my 4 little kittens on everyone but got no takers... :o( They're going to have to go soon. They'll be 10 weeks old tomorrow.
Bonnie, congrats on the new wheels. Hope it's just right for you!
Hello to eveyone!
I've been mostly offline for a couple days while Josh revamped me puter. After a couple years of complaining that it was running too slow, he agreed and decided to back up everything and then reinstall it. It is much better, but I still have some programs to re-install.
Chele and the kids showed up Friday and got tons done on the garden. Thank you, thank you! Even though my major activity was to point at plants vs weeds, I was all tuckered in that night for sure. I managed to send a box of slightly used dolls home with them (several amputee dolls, plenty missing fingers or shoes). I have a feeling those dolls are going to have totally swapped clothes and hairstyles by the end of the weekend.
We should be hearing soon who the new archbishop of Canterbury will be, when Archbp. Williams retires at the end of the year. Theres a commission that sends two names to the prime minister, who chooses one and presents the decision to the queen. Technically, she could override his choice, but I don't think she ever has. The only hitch is that the commission is deadlocked. Oops!
There's a new show on PBS called"Call the Midwife" based on a book by an English midwife who was assigned to an East End London district in the late 50's. I watched the first episode last night and it was wonderful. Hope somebody else gets hooked on it too!
Lou and Bonnie, hope you are both healing, and will pray that process speeds up a bit, too!
Pat i was going to watch that but was late getting home with basketball practice. :( sure wish i had remembered to record it on my DVR ... duh ? ! i will watch the next one. I too was very interested in it. Love the PBS shows.
Glad you got some helpers with the garden.
not much going on here
good night everyone
Good evening. Don't know if I told you or not, but they are postponing my surgery that was scheduled for tomorrow. I am hoping that I can postpone until the first full week in November. We have decided to have our fish fry on the 27th, and then we are going to try to have a mini vacation starting on the 29th and will be gone for 3-4 days.
Pat, gosh you sure hit the jackpot with Chele and the girls coming to help you out. That was really really nice. I hope those girls are still playing with dolls, instead of boys! Know Chele will chime in on that one.
Joyce, I am sure that you all had a great time, and just wish that I had a space machine that would zap me from place to place instead of having to drive!
Sue, you are getting a double dose of sports with the twins. I don't envy you this time in your life, zipping around from practice to practice.
Bernie, the car that the new vehicle replaced has 105,000 on it, and it will be DGD's car for the next year and a half. When she graduates, DH is buying her the car of her choice. He has told her that since she was just a little tot.
Bonnie you sound busy . How is DH doing ? Can your surgery wait that long ? YOu were missed at the RU as was everyone.
Ok Chelle my house next please ? :)
well its been raining since last night . so its an inside day
may do apple sauce as i have a bushel of apples in the basement that need my attention
got the new Carol Burnett show DVD , i may just end up watching that , boy i do love her. That is when TV was great !
Think it's about time I checked in. I just returned from a weekend in PA & NJ. DD#2 got married on Sun. Third time is the charm, I hope so. We had some rain last night, more predicted for today, but sun is shining now. Lots to do in the yard when it dries a bit.
I had a passenger in my car on the return home I wonder if anyone knows her name. She is sure pretty. Out on her own now.
Herman she reminds me of the Godzilla movie with the giant moth Motharia . very nice looking. I m sure Ric may chime in and know its variety. I m #3 with my DH so yes 3rd time is a charm... or he just can't take being divorced 4 times and is putting up with my crap LOL either way i will take it.
watched two good movies today
Faith With Potato's
and Freedom Writers Club ? both are true stories. Really moving spritualy . Loved them both. Both are on Netflix.
other then that it rained most the day
Been a busy day. Got to Lexington by nine for my wrist shots. I sure hope these rascals work this time. My fingers are still getting numb where they weren't the last times I had the shots. Then I stopped in at what I thought was going to be a resturant supply store. It turned out to be a flea market with just a booth of supplies and nothing that I wanted or needed. After that I met a former co-worker for lunch. First time I had Chinese in over two months. And a really nice visit. I honestly don't need daily human contact but a visit now and then is nice. Stopped at Goodwill and found one of those old blue speckled roaster pans for $3.50. Not sure I really needed it but for that price I'll put it in the closet until I do. Stopped at General Dollar and cleaned them out of pint and half pint jars. Got home and put a pot of beets that had been in the fridge for a good while on to cook and got a pot of apples to cooking. On top of that, we had a set of twins this afternoon. Since DH had a market meeting in Lexington, I helped the girls get the cow and calves to the barn. It looks like she's going to take them both and they've both nursed. All good. We did go over and strip her out and bottle feed them just to make sure. Went back over to vaccinate and tag them and feed and water the cow. Then we got the breeding harness on the ram. Also got some apricots soaking in vinegar to make a bunch of Habanero Gold jelly. I have people at market that have been badgering me about that.
I think when the apples finish cooking up I'm going to call it a day. I might grease my bread pans for tomorrow morning and measure out a few batches but otherwise I'm done.
Bonnie, the wheels looks pretty snazzy. Bet you'll enjoy it to no end. I hate paperwork but it's a necessary evil.
Sue, might as well get those apples done before the fruit flies find them
Herman, good to see you back. Was wondering if you'd fallen off the edge of the earth. We'll hope that DS is happy for the next 50-60 years with this one.
Pat, if you have the urge to do any more weeding or general upkeep I'll be glad to have you down. Since it started raining there's weeds everywhere.
Sue, I've been trying to find cider with all the good things left in it. I'm sure a lot of yours will be preserved for drinking on cold winter nights and beyond. I had a friend back in NJ that did that. Great stuff.
Oh, Janet, that is sacralege having Chinese without me! Glad you got out and sounds like you had a few stops on the way. Good for you. Just getting out sometimes is necessary. Sounds like you have a very busy couple of days ahead with all the cooking and canning, plus the livestock.
I didn't finish all the paperwork but there is a major dent in it. Will try to get that done tomorrow after I get home from the grocery. That sounds good but it probably won't happen, as I am usually wiped out after that trip.
DS and his SO came about 4:00, without warning, stayed for supper and I told them without reservations, sometimes you needed to be grateful that food was on the table. DS is staying until Thursday night to help DH with some projects. It is his weekend, but he knew that DH has a cold and is not really feeling well, and wanted to come help him.
Isn't it funny how a trip to town can just exhaust you? I remember as a kid we went to town on Saturdays and when you got home you didn't want to do anything, especially anything like cleaning the house! I'm still that way unfortunately. I was back home by 3:00 but didn't want to lift a finger last night.
Did get some sleep last night. That was in spite of DH getting up and getting his clothes on twice to run over and check a cow that was trying to freshen. She still hasn't had the calf so I guess we're probably having a vet visit as I'm typing. At least we had her locked in the lot last night to they don't have to run her down.
I've got to run to Lawrenceburg sometime today to pick up some daylilies. I'd planned on having lunch with a former co-worker who's on disability but she called last night and said she thinks she has some sort of bug since she got sick in the middle of the feed store yesterday. Don't need any of that thank you!
I haven't had my hummingbird feeder full all summer and saw nary a single bird so I never bothered to fill it. Yesterday I was standing at the sink and this little hummer buzzed up and
if a bird can be indignant that one was. He hovered there as if to comment on the resturant's service and then stormed off. I got in gear and filled the feeder. I've already seen a bird at it twice this morning. Guess this one's just passing through.
It's now turning out that the cow we thought had twins claimed another cows calf before she freshened. Then she laid down and had hers and kept them both. Unfortunately it cost a vet visit to find out that the other cow had calved. Apparently DH can't tell the difference between afterbirth and a calf's feet and head when he runs a glove up her?????
LOL that is to funny on the cows LOL i didn't know they stole other calves ?
slow week at cider job. We have road construcition so the traffic is slower,
weather is cool.
hunters are out in my woods. They will give me some venison .
tree's are turning pretty
Janet wow you got busy days. Yes i will get the apples tomorrow. i would have done them tuesday burt didn't have any lemon juice ? i hate going into town for one thing .
We are the only apple orchard in champaing and clark county with apples ! that is why we are so busy and our's is the best price in town too
many other orchard are not even opening this year .
BOnnie hope DH starts to get over his cold soon. Glad your DS is there to give a hand. Those are the moments that i miss Jess. She would help me at times with certain things ... *sigh* funny i needed some help lifting some stuff around in the barn. I went to call her phone ... " that sucked "
Sue, the only thing that sucks is that she wasn't there to answer it! My mother has been gone for 18 years, but there are still times that I think-- Oh, Mom will enjoy that, I'll have to call her-- and then I remember what "time zone" I'm in. There are some bonds that get stretched, but not broken.
Today has been the comedy of errors. Now it turns out that the vet got the fresh cow in the headchute and of course she'd calved. And DH, when he walked up, didn't notice that the vet had the wrong cow. Made the vet come back later today and check the right cow. Now we're back to the twins and the other cow hasn't calved yet. I don't know if I can stand much more of this.
Made some habanero gold jelly today. The dried apricots have turned dark from being exposed to the air so it's not as golden as it should be. There's a woman at market that says she wants several pints so I hope that's so because I've got 12 pints for her. Did the rest up in half pints.
Went to Lawrenceburg to pick up some daylilies I'd bought at Kirchhoff and Morss earlier in the summer. Had to hurry up and get home as I had the vehicle that they feed with, otherwise I'd probably still be there talking to David. Such an engaging personality. Got home and everyone wanted to know if there was going to be supper. Ticked me off just a little. They did get supper but the potatoes weren't mashed and nothing was taking out of the pots. If they wanted it there it was. And I've decided they can darned well do the dishes.
Joyce, congrats on 32 years. There's a heck of a lot of compromise in the time from where to said "I do" to now hasn't there been?
Sue, you're thinking of Jess keeps her with you. I sometimes look at the garden or something out in the field and think of my grandfather. Sometimes I just have to hear the windchimes. Then there are times I think of things that my grandmother said or the way my father-in-law used to look at DH with a pained expression and click his dentures. Makes me smile right now just typing this out. There's a lot of comfort in those memories.
I think I'm going to bed. Tomorrow is going to be here early.
Good evening. Had a busy busy day today. Grocery day, and it was senior day at Kroger and just packed. I went to Lowe's and picked out the laminate that I will be putting in my house. They came to measure yesterday. I am putting a medium colored or honey oak in the bedrooms and a very rustic cedar in the living room and hallway. I don't think DH is really wanting two different types, but he is not the decorator here, so he will just have to live with it. Besides, he is color blind and probably wouldn't notice the difference in color, but I am sure the texture will give it away.
Janet, gosh, that is funny about the cows, but what is funnier, is that it doesn't sound like he is much of a farmer. Tell him to get back to the office, and you will run the farm plus the truck garden operation. With the help of the girls you will do just fine. Hope the vet only charges for one trip, which is dreaming!
I think Marcy's computer died, so that is probably why she isn't able to post. Hope you told her Hi from me.
Sue, You will do that from time to time thinking you need to call Jesse. My DM has been gone for 6 years, and I still sometimes pick up the phone to call her. Just certain things that trigger something or I think she would enjoy hearing something I just learned. That just means that she is close in my heart and thoughts at times, as is Jesse. Bet she is smiling down on you!
Well surgery is back on again. Next Tuesday. DH had planned a trip out of town, so told him to go ahead, and I would get a friend to drive me. Would probably be gone a couple of hours, so no big deal. Have to go Friday for preop,
Tomorrow, I have several more paper work things to get done.
Need to get started toward the bedrooms, my eyelids are not being cooperative!
Bonnie, there's always something, huh? Hope everything goes well with the surgery.
Yes, 32 years of compromise, that's a fact. I always like to tell what my Dad said about being married for 72 years. He said that when they got married they decided that Dad could make all the BIG decisions and Mother would make all the others. He said so far, there hadn't been any big decisions!
LOL, Joyce, abt the BIG decisions, and the necessity of compromise. My ex and I were not too good abt compromise. When there was a situation where he told me to make the decision, and he would support whatever I chose, the support turned out to be a lot of griping. And guess what: I was the same way! I think I was meant to live alone.
My wrist is acting up again. I had to drive to Fairfield for my GP doctor appt, and it aggravated it once again. Went to Jungle Jim's to get some apples, but even Jim couldn't come up with anything other than the usual Kroger-type varieties. Dang!
Bonnie, hope all goes well with your surgery, you've got extra prayers coming your way.
Pat, I hope your wrist gets better quickly. I had that wrist pain and it is not pleasant. It seems to hoover in the forefront of your mind all the time. Mine turned out to be arthritis in the thumb joint which is right in the wrist. I can have surgery for it , but that is " a maybe in the future" thing until I get my leg straightened out. The hand surgeon was honest about it and said surgery would eliminate the pain but I would still have bad hands do the RA in the tip joints of all my fingers.
Bonnie, hope all goes well with the surgery. Let us all know as soon as you feel like it. Prayers for you going upward.
thanks for the kind words. sure feels weird at times.
Bonnie hope things are well with you. sounds like nice colors
Pat hope your wrist heals soon.
Lou hope things are well with you.
we are off to a poultry show in lucusville , won't be home until sunday
see you soon
Well, after posting that I was okay with DH not being with me on Tuesday, my attitude has changed, and I am just really hurt that he thinks a horse pull is more important than I am. I have a neighbor who is taking me to the hospital on Tuesday morning, and I am sure that I will be fine, but just got to thinking about all the times I have taken him, stayed for days on end with him, spent almost 7 weeks with him at the hospital after an accident, only going home to get a shower and clean clothes, lived through his nervous breakdown, numerous ER visits at night, and then he can act like this is nothing at all?
Lou, I am hoping that your leg is doing better, and that you will be all healed up to head into winter. I know it is a good time to recouperate, but I like to hibernate and do lots of reading etc, and I need to be well to do that.
Sue, enjoy your poultry show. I know the kids will.
Pat, I think some people are better suited to being alone, than being married. I have been asked to fill a pulpit on the 28th, so hope that I am back on my feet and feeling good by then. No other news on the black church yet though! Think it was one of those empty questions from that guy.
Janet, hope that all is going well at your place. I hope the comedy of errors was just a day long thing, and not something that will crop up on a regular basis.
Really, I'm beginning to think I live at the funny farm zoo. They were out last night in the dark with the disc mower and tractor trying to get through the pastures cutting all the Johnson grass because those people who get paid big bucks to be wrong said it would probably frost out here last night. Of course it was 44 degrees this morning. I sometimes wish I had a normal life where you could sit down and watch TV like all the other couch potatoes in the world. And part of these thoughts are being brought on by the fact that my daughter came in from OK on Thursday night for a wedding and with the exception of Saturday night when we were fixing supper, I barely got to see her. Either I was at market, picking something or she was at her activities. Not fair. And then there was a friend that came in from MI. She had a ton of things to do but had dinner Saturday evening with one of our former co-workers. She didn't even bother to ask if I could come because she figured I was busy. I wouldn't have because it was the only time I'd had with DD but it would have been nice to have been asked. Ok, that's my whine for the day.
Bons, are you going to feel up for lunch of Thursday after this procedure? It's ok if we need to put it off for a week or longer. I certainly understand your thoughts about DH going with you to the hospital. I suspect I'd feel the same way. If he'd told me that there was 30 acres of hay on the ground and rain was coming in, I'd have absolutely no problem with him not going. I understand those sort of things, but if he'd told me he was going to the Farm Machinery Show or to some auction just to see what's selling, that would be a whole nuther ball o'wax.
Sue, I remember all those cattle shows that I so loved as a kid. I know now what a PIA it was for my father to drop what he was going, hook up the trailer and take a day away from necessary work to drag me to the shows. There wasn't any time he told me no though. Relax and have a good time with the kids. They'll remember it forever.
Pat, how's the wrist? Hope it's coming along. As for married or not. I know two couples that's been married twice. They got along better when they weren't married than when they were. What's the difference? Don't know but they must equate that ring around the finger with a noose around the neck.
Took lamb to market this weekend and it was wonderfully received. Now Miranda wants us to buy another 32 ewes and a ram. I'm certainly not against it but right now I just don't have $6500 laying around the house to put on these animals. She said she'd go in halves with us but I still don't want to do it this year. I want in my house. Plain and simple and I doubt that I'm going to see it this year either because other stuff just keeps getting in the way. Oops. I'm whining again.
Better get my butts going. Need to pick some more green tomatoes. Also got tomatoes to scald, a bushel of corn to shuck and cut off the cob and there's a batch of apple butter in the fridge that needs to be cooked down. Ain't gonna get done with me sitting here.
I think i will follow up with a nap also whew .
don't worry about whining , i often find myself enjoying your stories of what you did today . I like animal and farm talk LOL :) of course i don't do it for a living .
Yes i know those will be memories to keep . We have another one in two weeks. i think ? have to check iwth Tim to see if funds are available to go .
BOnnie good luck on the surgery.
Pat how are you doing with the wrist ?
Well girls, day isn't going to be long enough. Just got the corn cut off the cob and 5 of those black crates of green tomatoes picked. We do poop out after about that much. What I wanna get done and what gets accomplished are two different things.
Thanks for all the concerns about my wrist. Now I have a dilemma: I just got a pretty good bid on some cement work which would extend the patio and get a couple steps in so that people could come and go more easily to the back gate, AND would then be able to be extended out to the future swimming pool. Weather permitting, they could start Wednesday. All good, except it would mean that I need to deconstruct and move a bunch of plants in pots (a lot of BIG pots) that are currently ensconced where the concrete will be. I can do it, but it will probably set my wrist back again. I'm considering, but I'll probably go for it because it would make life so much easier to have a good surface out there, and steps with a handrail!
Now, on to the truly mundane. All of a sudden no grocery around here is carrying choco bake. Does anyone else use it? It's packets of baking chocolate, made by Nestle, and it's so nice and easy to use. According to the Nestle site, it's still in the Krogers around here, but no such luck.
Not much else going on here except the laundry-- gotta go put in another load. EVerybody take it easy!
Got home about 3:00, surgery went well, but it was a longer surgery and more extensive. Don't think I am going to be doing much at all except laying, sitting isn't comfortable, and the pain meds they gave me, made me itch, so none of them. Will call Dr first thing in the morning.
Bonnie, good to hear things went well. And yes, I imagine that a recliner or the couch looks pretty good. Just take it easy a few days. Is your DS with you?
Got some tomatoes scalded and in the freezer and some apple butter into jars and HWB. I'm suckering DH and DD into snapping the beans as I type. I fixed something that resembled supper and did the dishes. I'm trying to see if I can keep them at it until the crate is finished. Then maybe I can throw them in the jars and pressure cooker tomorrow. Since it's going to probably frost big time tomorrow I want to try to get the last of the tomatoes picked. I picked yesterday at a friends patch. They were taking up the stakes and twine and had a 15 ft batwing mower mowing things off. They took out a row of eggplant that was amazing. There were so many eggplant on the vines the ground was purple with sliced eggplant. Just makes me shake my head but they're focusing on pumpkins and that sort of thing now and for all practical purposes, they're done with summer crops.
Pat, got any "troops" that you could call in to help you move those plants so that the wrist won't get overworked? Chocobake? I'll look at Kroger. I think if you witch enough to them about not carrying something sometimes they'll go ahead and order some. Can't hurt to try can it? I'll look in Frankfort and Shelbyville if I don't forget it. Are we going to need a care package sent if you can't find it up there and we have it down here?
Sue, hope Austin gets to feeling better. I don't know what was the matter with me yesterday. I felt like I had acid reflux all day yesterday and by eight last night was down for the count. Went to bed at 9 and barely heard DH come in from checking the cows. Felt loads better today thankfully.
Good tooo have you safe at home again. I agree with Janet-- rest up!
Janet, I had to go and look up batwing mowers--- looks just like it sounds. Pretty amazing.
I did so some work outside today. I bangdaged up my bum wrist pretty well, and just stopped using it when it hurt. I still have stuff to do. Irritatingly, all the kids in this neighborhood are either too young or too old to do chores for pay, or cookies, or both. I need to cultivate some new friendships with the guys at the halfway house.
Geez, now the dog needs out. Not much time for typing today.
Pat I sure hope that you can get someone to help with moving the plants and save your poor wrist. Sometimes you don't think you are using it that much, but it turns out that you use any body part more than what you think. One time I had tennis elbow on the left arm, and the Dr tried everything, finally he put my whole arm in a cast from shoulder to fingers, fixed so that I could take it off to shower then put it back on, and walla, it did heal. I was using it more than what I realized. Now I don't advocate that drastic measure, but I was just relating my experience.
Janet, have you had a good check up lately? I don't like the sound of acid reflux as hard as you work. Don't let yourself be fooled, those symptoms could be your heart. I would love to have you around for a long long time, so take a friend's advice and slow down, or at least get a good physical so that I can rest easy about you.
DS and his SO were here with me all day. I was bullied into being on the couch reading or watching tv all day, except for the shower I took and my 3 scheduled sitz baths. They went to the grocery and then came back and cooked a nice dinner. All I had to do was get to the table, then back to the couch when I had eaten! I could get used to that treatment.
Just took a pain pill, and I am off to bed shortly. I got a new prescription but have only taken 2 of the pills. I have to be in a lot of pain to take them. Tylenol is about all I usually take.
Bonnie, haven't had an overall check up for a bit. The blood pressure is always low and the last time the cholesterol was low too. Usually just have the below the belt annual. But your thought did occur to me. Had a GXT and EKG before they took my gall bladder out I guess 3 years ago but no heart stuff since. If it happens again we'll be having it checked out.
Got all the green tomatoes I'm picking in the cooler yesterday. Now it's time to start the green tomato relish. At least while they're in the cooler they won't ripen as fast and I can get some of it done without killing myself. The beans hopefully will go in the jars today. Need to go to town and get the apples for market. Went to the grocery yesterday coming back from picking tomatoes, of course didn't have the list and forgot a couple of things.
Got to run. Just got a call that one of the bull's in the cemetary.
Now that's phrase you don't hear too often: " The bull's in the cemetery." Good luck, Janet!
Bonnie, glad you're healing up and getting waited on a bit. Perhaps your recent surgeries would be a good reason to institute some changes at home when DH returns. I know you're right about using the wrist even when I don't think I am. I think I'm going to start wrapping it every night, too, so I don't end up sleeping on it wrong, too.
Got the cement work starting outside tomorrow. Going to extend the patio and have a ramp put in to make it easier to get to the yard and the pool-to-be. I got most of the stuff that I could move done, the rest will be up to the concrete crew.
Esther, thanks about the chocobake tip. I saw a couple of places online that I could order it. The irritating thing is that Kroger is one of the accounts that Dunn Humby (the consumer satisfaction company Josh works for) has. I keep complaining that they never call me, or I'd give them an earful. Our Kroger now has some national brands, but they also have 2 store brands: Private Selection and Kroger. Which mean that they have less shelf space for a bigger variety of national brands. But Josh really doesn't have much to do with the Kroger account, so I'm just shouting into the wind.
Sue, how are you guys feeling? Did you get your eyes checked? Hope Austin feels better soon!
Pat still feeling pretty lousy but just have to much to do
made apple sauce with golden delicious and should have know better...
yes eyes got checked and austin is near sighted . he is feeling better and his voice is coming back. can't say i not missing the quiet LOL
here is our new cochin chickens
this is our male Mr.Klucky
All I could see was that bull rubbing his head on 200 year old gravestones and sent them those stones toppling over everywhere. It wouldn't have been well received. It's an absolutely lovely little cemetary that no church actually owns but all the churches in Graefenburg put money in on it's upkeep. It's set on the banks of a creek that feeds the Benson and our "cemetary barn" is truly right behind it. I've always thought that little cemetary was one of the most beautiful around.
Got the beans in the jar yesterday and six gallon of tomatoes in the freezer. Plus a trip to town to get apples. I hate going along with DH because what should take me 45 minutes tops always turns into a 2 hour trip. And he can never do a quick in/quick out and a stop. He has to stand around and shoot the breeze. And men talk about women...
Sue, I take it your applesauce made with Golden Delicious apples stayed chunky? Could you run it through a food mill? I bought one to go on my Kitchenaid mixer and it's the best for apples to make apple butter. Cuts the prep time by 75% for sure. That chicken looks pretty impressive. Never could get too enthused over a chicken though after that old rooster flogged me when I was about 5 years old. He was dumplings for the next night's supper after Dad finished milking.
Cloudy here this morning. Major frost yesterday morning. Going to try to dig a few potatoes. Eventually I'll get done.
Janet yes i do run it in my cuisinart. so its smooth. just very very bland. Can't imagine why anyone would want or think that is good tasting ? but that is what everyone does here in my parts and i will be a misfit i guess. Maybe that is why i always win at fair ? LOL
still sick but feeling a bit better.
Pat hope the finger gets better soon for you, sending healing thoughts to you.
Bonnie any wind damage at your place ? how are you mending ? sending healing thoughts to you
Chelle how are the kids doing ? Did you guys get much wind in your area ?
making apple pie filling and sauce again. Got 3 kinds of apples. Stamen winesap, granny and ida red ?
Lou how is your leg doing ? better i hope.
please send some prayers to my family
my aunt died this last month , my cousin's husband passed away last year , the year before her dad. It has been a rough road for her loosing so many close famly members . in such a short time.
well i may also try and get some bulbs in the ground today too... wish me luck on that one LOL
sue, it's like the 7 lean years and the seven fat years-- your family is just having the 7 lean ones all compressed into abt 2 years!
I just got back from the hand doctor, and I have to go back and have surgery this afternoon. He said I have an infected tendon but they should be able to wash out the joint capsule & tendon sheath without too much grief. I should be able to pop back home, unless there's some need for IV antibiotics, which would mean hospital.
So, prayers welcome so I can get over this and get back to gardening.
sending healing thoughts to you Pat.
Yes i guess we are compressing the lean years all into 2 yrs LOL
well we have today folks
Olympic Log Hurdles in the 2012 Doggie Olympics
today we have our contestant Lucy
she will attempt to hurdle over a very very long log at heights no dog has ever seen before !
she listens, she watches oh so carefully, she becomes one with the log
the crowd goes silent
A BIG BIG STICK ... AND THE CROWD GOES WILD ! Lucy wins the Dog Olympics for Log Hurdling ...
Lucy can you tell us what you were thinking of your moment at the right time of your leap ??? ( you have to use Howard Cosells voice or its not that funny )
" i was just wanting my stick " she replies
What an accomplishment! And what a hoot, Sue. I could hear Cosell, btw.
I'm waking up briefly to take some more antibiotics. Now I'm on three! I ended up having to have a general anesthesia because they were afraid that the local wouldn't work well enough because of the infection. It certainly hurt plenty by the time I got back home. Not too bad now, but I have to go back later today to get it looked at again.
That's it for here right now. Looking forward tomore Adventures of Lucy the wonder dog!
Pat, I am glad that you got the hand looked at, and they did the surgery before it became an emergency. Hope that you are not in much pain and that the antibiotics work quickly to get the infection all cleared up.
I had my check up with my surgeon yesterday. I was so grumpy by the time I finally saw her, I complained and complained. Anyway she said that I was healing nicely and I have an appointment to go back in 3 weeks, hopefully to be disicharged.
Pat and Bonnie good to hear that the two of you are both mending . Sending healing thoughts to you both.
rain and wind here today.
apple pie filling day and more sauce. this time i m using winesap, ida red, and granny
may do some red hot apples too. you know the ones wtih the candies.
wish i had some brandy and i could make some brandied apples... those are good too
anyone who cans apple pie filling ?
mine is super thick ! normal ? i knew it would be thick but yikes . ii used Clear Gel.
followed the recipe but man this is glue thick
have a great day everyone
Sue, have never made it, so can't help with the question. When you buy the canned pie filling in the store, it is super thick too, so maybe that is normal. When I make a fresh fruit pie, I always add about 2 TBS of tapioca and it thickens it just fine.
Went to church today and did some light cleaning. Mainly the kitchen. Hate it when people use the kitchen and leave things out on the counters. Took Mr. B with me, and the way he was sniffing around, I suspect we have mice. So gonna get some DCon and get it put out over the weekend.
Only other thing I did was 3 loads of laundry, and did some cooking. So boring.
When I make the filling I use tapioca. It is pretty firm. I think your Ida Reds made it mushy. They're more of an apple butter/sauce apple. Lovely flavor but they are pretty soft. Still I think your filling will be quite tasty.
Got 3 batches of green tomato relish salted down last night. Got to get it draining. Baked this morning but just couldn't get moving. I think the dreary looking skies have slowed me down. Motivation has gone out the window. Last night I just couldn't bring myself to do any market baking. Didn't mind frying fish or making cornbread or chopping all the tomatoes, peppers and onions, just didn't want to bake breads. I hate to see the money slow down but I need a little break from bread pans, or at least a slow down.
Yes that must be it. since i dod a mixture of three kinds. Ok back to the drawing board. or back to grannys fer sure. I have never used tapioca ?
i get Clear Gel... i do love tapioca pudding
Janet hope you can get some break from bread making. Is your bread popular at the markets ?
i agree the dreary days dd make a slow day for me also
we did 150 gals of cider today... im pooped.
going over to cookies tomorrow wth the kids.
Pat sure hope your hand is feeling better
Bon's how is your day going ?
anyone hear from Chelle ? saw some great pics of FB of the kids and soccer .
Making the breads won't completely stop as I'll have at least one market going all winter but it will drop off to the point that there will be some days I won't have to bake at all. I didn't bake last night and another night this week and one morning and I've been cutting back on the batches when I do. I just like to switch up sometimes. Right now I'm in the mood to make the green tomato relish and want to get it in jars before I loose the tomatoes.
Haven't heard from Chele in a long time. I hope things are going ok and she's just busy. Sometimes I read stuff here and think I'll reply later and later just gets away from me.
One good thing on the house front. I'm getting one of our carpenters to come do a little work as soon as he can work us in. The front needs to be jacked up. Funny, you'd think a 100 year old house would be through settling. DH say yesterday to do what I wanted and he'd figure out how to pay for it. He'd better be careful. I could see $8000 in heating and cooling coming down the pike. Those weaned calves may go to market sooner than later if that happens. I'm testing the waters here to see which way the current is flowing.
Pat how's the hand doing. It sure sounds a whole lot worse than what you made it sound like originally. Take care of it. He only gave us two.
Yes, Janet I am here. Been thinking of you, and every night say I am gonna call and plan a day for lunch. We will get that done.
I went to the rheumatologist today, and he is doubling my meds. I have toe joints that are beginning to be affected by the arthritis and it is getting very painful to even walk. It is in the big toe and the one next to it, and they are beginning to turn and rub one another, swollen joints ach! He suggested I go back to the podiatrist and have some more orthotics made which put the pressure of walking on the arch rather than the ball of the foot. So guess I will do that and see if that helps. I am not liking this getting old. Too many parts are refusing to work like they should!
Pat how is the hand? I sure hope that you aren't experiencing pain and that it is healing. I know typing one handed is not fun, so we will just assume that our prayers are working.
Sue, I know you will enjoy the day with Cookie tomorrow. I am hoping that your apple cider days are numbered. I know you like it, but hope that it is soon over for you.
I need to go to the library and the Dollar Store tomorrow, and will do some cooking for Sunday dinner. I just cannot go to church and come home and get something on the table before 1:00 or after, and I am usually starved.
Thanks for the prayers n good thoughts. They're working,tho its still pretty hard to type. New antibiotics really seem to be working. I think I should probably have waited one more day to go the ER or gone sooner to the hand doctor. Today I can bend my index finger part way, big progress!
I just caught up with everyone here. I moved my bookmarks and kept forgetting to check back with you all. I also was behind on Facebook and just saw a post from Stacey's (Floridian's) sister, Janet, written 9/30:
To all my friends from ChS and Dave's Garden, I want to thank-you for your donations and prayers for my sister's husband, Paul. Paul quietly passed away early this morning. The way I am dealing with this loss, is Stacey was waiting for him and when Paul passed this story has come full circle. xo
Hi GW. I m sorry to hear of the loss of your friends sisters DH. I don't know the whole story so i hope i don't say anything wrong . But i am sending healing thoughts to the family.
How is your Emma doing ? i got backed up on the s tory on FB. She got another infection ? or is she healing up good and feeling better .
Pat good to hear you can bend the index finger. Just be careful how you bend it LOL :)
Bonnie that just sucks on the toes ? . Ouch. Sending healing thoughts to your toes :) I stopped eating gluten and it has helped me... well ok Oreo's are still in the diet plan LOL i can only do so much .
i m drinking big coffee today !
Sue that is a BIG coffee! I have heard some good things about the Digest Diet and will investigate a little further and see if I think that it will help my arthritis. It, of course is worse in colder weather, so guess the winter will really tell me how extensive it is and how I need to proceed.
Pat, good thing about the finger. Sure hope that complete healing is forthcoming, and that you can begin to beckon your DS or yard workers, or single eligible men, or whomever with that finger before long. As Sue said, just be careful in exercising it, you may have to put up with people you really don't want!
I have had sporadic difficulties with my hips or knees , and sometimes find stairs daunting - nothing predictable or too incapacitating. But I finally decided to go to this chiropractor that a friend has recommended highly (first time ever) - I wanted to put a name to what I had, and to know what to do.
He says he mainly does acupuncture, so in for a penny, in for a pound. Another first for me. He said I had degenerative arthritis, spine is okay and I do not have a shorter leg. (I also can stop wondering about bursitis, sciatic nerves, pyriformis syndrome...) He recommended that I avoid bread and pasta, as they cause inflammation.
Its been 2 days and I am amazed that my limbs feel more like they used to be years ago. I may become a convert yet.
Thanks for the finger-bending advice, lol-- I actually had to stop typing the post I was making because my bandage got stck and ripped part of the scab off OUCH. The finger swelled up again but not as bad as before. Amazing how much I can complain about one lousy digit!
But Pat, one lousy digit can be extra painful. When I had to have my thumb operated on, it was a complete handicap for me. Couldn't do much without a thumb on my right hand. Even had to have help zipping jeans, and don't even think about fastening a snap on the jeans. DH was so glad when it was healed well enough that I could do those things for myself.
Emma's got something going on causing some extra inflammation. There's some radiolucency around a couple of the screws in her leg. It could be movement, or it could be she's got an infection in there. The surgeon says everything's stable because the other screws are holding the hardware in place and she's forming new bone and healing up. But, there's a chance that, in a few months, she'll need to have the hardware removed. In the meantime, she's back taking ciprofloxacin for several weeks.
I spent the evening vacuuming an infestation of something out of our pantry. We had dog kibble that had fallen onto the shelf and floor of our pantry and today I saw there were critters in it. YUCK. I had to take everything out of there and vacuum the heck out of it. There are still stragglers coming out of the woodwork, literally. I'm beside myself. :P
What do you think...Carpet beetle larvae? Sorry it's blurry, but I had the nasty little things in a plastic bag and they were still moving around when I scanned them on the flatbed scanner!
I'm betting that it's one of those corn weevil larvae, Most dog food has some corn or wheat in them and those moths will show up if you leave it on the shelf long enough. Don't have time to look those little beauties us but I bet it's some sort of flour weevil.
Markets yesterday were damp and too cool. Really glad I left on my long johns. Nobody wants to come out when the sun isn't shining and I also think they were getting ready for ball games so things were off. Came home and made some pear preserves. Got the rest to do this morning. I found a recipe for pear raspberry, pear pineapple and spiced caramel pear jam that I'm going to try. Everybody likes variety.
We had a great time too. kids had a blast too. Oh Lucy was very very brave until Billy came LOL she just wasn't sure about him ?
yes food was yummy !
went to JJ's wth Cookie today. went over budget but got good cheese and some himalyan see salt yumo.
got my sushi fix in also
Pat why is it our fingers are the ones that hurt the most ? .
Poor Emma she sure has a go around with her leg. She sure is a trooper . :)
Bonnie sure hope the cold don't get any worse for you. you sure don't need that to knock you down on the couch .
beautiful day today sunny and warm.
I am here, well the extra zinc I got in the Ziacam and the rest I got evidently was enough to thwart the cold. Felt find when I got up this morning. Had a good lay on the couch and rest this afternoon, as DH went to a birthday party for a 100 year old friend, then on to see his DB who is back in the hospital. I think this was just what the Dr ordered for me.
I did go get the DBIL's dog, and she is here again. I had her for over a week when he first had surgery, she acted very happy to be back again. I do have to watch her, as she has never been allowed to go out unsupervised, so I put her on her tie down, and she is as happy as a lark.
This coming week is so busy, I will probably meet myself coming and going. I just finished a rough draft of my sermon for next Sunday, will get that typed up and do a little run through. Then on Wednesday the church is having a weiner roast. We thought the weather was going to be cooler, but turns out the WL's are saying it will be in the 80's on Wednesday night. I went out this afternoon and cut the little limbs that we will use to roast the hot dogs, and have them soaking in water. DH has the wood, and all we need to do it take the straw bales, and get the fire going.
Then on Saturday, it is our annual fish fry. I had a person hired to work in my place, but I hear by way of gossip, that might have fallen through. We will see. Then after the sermon on Sunday, and getting dinner and the fish fry mess cleaned up, I need to throw some clothes in a suit case as we are heading out on Monday morning for a trip to Northern Ohio for a few days. I certainly will be ready for a few days away.
Ric and Sue, sounds like you had a good time at Cookies. Isn't it nice to just be able to sit back and relax and have a good time with good friends?
Well, getting sleepy so it is time for me to head to bed.
Sounds like you will be more than ready for a few days away, Bonnie. What's the sermon topic this time around?
I went to see the movie "Argo" today, about a formerly classified CIA operation to get some US Embassy personnel out of Iran after they'd escaped the general roundup when the Embassy was taken over in 1979. It was very good-- well acted, intense but with some humorous moments thrown in as well, since the cover story was that they were a Canadian film crew there to scout locations for a sci-fi movie. The fact that it's a true story makes it all the more amazing.
Bengals lost tonight, which I expected. I don't really follow sports much, but the continual disappointment with the Cincy teams is even getting to me! PArticularly the Bengals, since I'm being taxed to pay for the Cereal Bowl stadium. Just a touch grumpy tonight, I guess.
Off to take my 2 antibiotics. One of them is a huge pill that immediately dissolves into sludge when it hits my mouth. Just delightful. Dr. appt again Mon afternoon.
Pat take care of the hand. Sorry to hear about the Bengels. To funny on the cereal bowl stadium LOL
Giants are on a winning streak have no kept up but got some tid bits on there winnings. Got to stay wth my home team.
Bonnie take care you sound busy , hope it isn't to much for you . Have a great rest in N,Ohio. sounds like a nice time.
off to orchard and pressing cider
Pat the sermon topic is "the Parable of the Lost", covering the lost coin, lost sheep and the prodigal son. The point is the joy that is experienced when a "lost item/person" is found. I will give it a run through today to check for time.
Gonna straighten the house do laundry and then I have a beauty shop appointment at 1:30, for the works. Color, cut syle. I am long overdue.
Sunny morning here. So many things I should be doing but I think I'm going to Harrodsburg for lunch with a friend. We've cancelled this 4 times already because of either her doctors appointments or sickness so I'm hoping that this one is a go. If it's not there's plenty here to do. Was in the house most of the day yesterday scalding most of the last of the ripe tomatoes. I think there's maybe two more crates out in the shop. Did two batches of salsa and canned up the batch of chow chow that was already made up. I need to be digging potatoes but I think the ground is still too wet. Need to check with my Dad as to that today. I also want to get the porch painted at the other house. Does anyone know how cold it can be outside and still be ok to paint? I'm thinking that maybe tomorrow or Thursday I can at least get a primer coat in it. I absolutely HATE to paint but I don't see any little painter elves popping out of the hollow tree to give me a hand on this one. Better get moving if I'm going to make Harrodsburg by 12:00
i got some projects done today
chicken coop is over wintered .
all rabbits and show chickens are in the GH. FIL and i sectioned it off with some plastic . nothing fancy just a drape style job.
got some junk cleaned up in basement and vacumed basement floor
still got plenty to do to get ready for winter
still got crocus and tulips to get in Gigi's garden . hope to do that thursday.
tomorrow another work day , i will bring home 1 bushel of granny apples. to play with .
I didn't know you had donated bone marrow, but Hooray for you!
Have you seen the famous poster "The Warrior" from several years ago, of a woman who had a mastectomy and had the scar tattooed? She's exuberantly standing on a hill, arms out-stretched, hair flowing in the breeze... with a tattoo where her right breast was. Fantastic picture! http://www.fawi.net/BC/heroines.html
Celene, good to "see" you. I don't do tattoos, but I agree, if it is commemorating a bone marrow donation, it needs to be something way cool.
Janet, did you make it to Harrodsburg to lunch with your friend? Sounds good.
Sue, you did get a lot accomplished today. I am sure that your appreciate your FIL so much for helping you out. I know I would. Oh, what will you make with the Granny Smith apples? They are so good for pies.
Pat, how is the hand doing? Sure hope that the antibiotics are clearing up the infection and you soon will be good as new.
tomorrow is grocery day. Today I went out and bought $100 worth of stuff for the Christmas Child project for church. DH and I are doing a boy and girl, and this was in addition to a monthly purchase. Overall, we probably have bought $250 total.
maybe a Phoenix ? sign of rebirth kinda thing going
or maybe a celtic knot sign for everlasting love
maybe a string of lotus blossoms
Bonnie will be making all kind of things wth the grannys pie, sauce, drying.
Oh I can get so irritated with this computer! I had a fairly long post all typed out here and was going merrily along and poof! I hit something and gone forever. I wish we had a save button here that we could hit ever so often on stuff like that!
Now for the abridged version: Made it to Harrodsburg for a nice lunch and then proceeded to buy every pint and jelly jar that was between here and there. I should have been stocking up earlier in the year but didn't take the time except when Big Lots had a 20% off sale. I'm not sure I'm going to have enough jars to finish all the stuff that's in the freezer.
Also had supper with some of the women that I graduated with from high school. I've started seeing them here in the last year. Until then there wasn't much contact. Interesting bunch. 5 of us are still on our first marriages. One never married and a couple have had multiple marriages. Always picked the wrong guy. One of them thinks she has Mr. Right now and the other has sworn off men.
Ric, are we going to see any pictures? They're bound to be good. You have a great eye.
Pat, is the had doing any better?
Sue, wish I had some Granny Smith. The fellow that sells me apples has a few but he saves them for his market customers. Best I can hope for are some winesaps.
Celene, can't get into tattoos but am getting used to seeing them everywhere. Pick a pretty one.
Going to town to get the paint remixed. I'm hoping they'll tell me that I can put it on with a roller and an extension pole. Since it's a porch floor it sure would make things go faster.
Because of where they take the marrow, it's not a tattoo that will likely be seen by most folks, it's on my hip. Joyce, it's sweet that you think I'm a hero, but the truth is it wasn't all that bad. The first day was ouchy, after that it was all about weird food cravings for a couple of weeks.
Happy birthday Ester. Say hi to Bob for me.
Janet. we got lots of granny , some winesap also .. i do need to get jars also... sigh... rememeber when they were cheap ! i can't believe how much they have jumped in price .. sounds like your friends from hight school are an Ok bunch :) to still be able to see one another after so many years.
well just was told today our apple orchard will have apples until thanksgiving !! uuuhhhg... didn't see that one coming at all.
Went to town to get the paint mixed and bought some white for the railing. $69 a gallon!!! Looks like I'm going to have to scrub the ceiling of the porch before I can paint it. UGH!!!! I wonder if I rent a pressure washer if that would do it? I have trouble standing on ladders and looking up. Balance goes to pot. I did get the spider webs off it and the porch swept. And went ahead and picked the rest of the winter squash while I was up there. Got 4 crates and a big 150 gallon water tank full. I'm now done with that at least. Chopped green tomatoes for relish.
Happy (belated) Birthday, Esther!
Hand healing up, but not as quickly as I'd like. Good road trip with baby sis Wedsnesday. Went east across CLermont, Brown, & Adams counties, & then up through Highland and a bit of Pike county. Trekked down some back roads trying to check out old cemeteries. Currently eating black raspberry pie from the Mennonite bakery near Bainbridge. We saw lots of properties for sale in Highland County. Started making plans for one or two day trips when sis retires in a couple years: hopefully we'll start trying some routes out next summer.
Stopped at old Pisgah M.E. Church & cemetery in western Highland county. One set of great- great grandparents, & one set of great-great -great grandparents buried there. When I first stopped there abt 10 years ago the church was nicely painted, some group was meeting there on Sundays, and the cemetery was well mowed and cared for. Now the church has been empty for a few years and windowpanes are broken. The paint is peeling or gone, and the sill plates are rotting. I'd be surprised if the building doesn't fall down on its own in a couple years. Very sad, even though I know that's the way all things go. Beautiful artwork on many of the tombstones. I'd love to go up and get some rubbings or castings before the information is all weathered away.
I wonder if Wednesday is lawn mowing day up in that area. We saw three different Mennonite/ Amish ladies out industriously mowing their lawns and getting the laundry dry out on the clothesline. Maybe it was just the right weather. It looked like a Grandma Moses painting!
Bonnie, hope there's some better news on your DBIL. Was he not wearing the seatbelt? There are times Paul scares me to death on his. I just have to walk away and not watch.
Got all the potatoes dug yesterday afternoon. I thought a tension headache was brewing and maybe it was but by the time I got home it'd turned into a fine sinus headache. Went to bed around 7:30 and after taking two rounds of sinus pills I'm now sitting in the kitchen wide awake. There's still a touch of the headache brewing but I might live now. Had a couple pieces of toast to try to settle the stomach.
We're in the last days of open enrollment for our insurance and the state government is getting ready to stick it to me by raising the family plan rates around $2000 a year. I'm what you might call a higher level of irritated. There are some other Humana plans out there that would keep the rates the same but I've procrastinated and the deadline is near so I guess I'll take the hit. That and I'm afraid that with all the surgeries that DH had the last few years that I'd cancel a sure thing with the state and then get told that the other insurance won't insure DH and we'd be left without coverage. And with farming as occupations I sure as heck don't want to be without if I can possibly help it.
DD is in Indy at the National FFA convention so I get to load the trucks for market today. That and get the baking that I didn't get done last night done. It should keep me busy. I've got about 2 more crates of red tomatoes to process and those green tomatoes to get done and my days should start allowing me to get some other stuff done. I really wanted to get the porch painted and probably will but I've got to get the power washer up there and get the ceiling washed up before it gets done. With the forecast I guess I'll be a little chilly doing it. Might wear DH's rainsuit to get it done.
Pat, sounds like you had a delightful day. Sometimes just getting out and seeing the sights is so much fun. And really, old cemetaries can be beautiful if they're well kept. Sad if they're not. The little cemetary next to our barn (yes, the one the bull was in) is so peaceful. I told that to my daughter and she snorted and said, "Fine, if you think so then you can come over here in the dark next time when a cow needs checking on. You'll change your tune." Maybe so. How's the hand?
Well, Chele, where the heck have you been? What's going on at your place?
Ester, still doing better?
Celene, what kind of candles are you making?
See, when I'm up in the middle of the night you get horrendously long posts!
Bonnie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for the Birthday wishes, I have now attained three score and ten. We went out to eat the day after and got a free YWCA enrollment through the Humana "Silver Sneakers" program.
I guess my range of motion is improved, and if we go to the Y regularly for yoga and whatnot, my flexibility will be better, but I really do not have much to complain about - just groaning a bit getting in and out of cars.
Pat, our church was formed in 1854 and the current building completed in 1897 for a cost of $17,300. For a coming anniversary, A parishioner has been digging into the history of the church and every Sunday gives a short report on one of the earlier rectors. A 1966 history she dug up contains the following:
...The Knights Templars presented the beautiful altar and the Knights of Pythias gave the pulpit chairs. For many, many years thereafter, the Knights Templar came in a body to Christ Church on Easter Sunday and worshipped in all their regalia.
Later, Mr. Andrew Carnegie gave half the price of the pipe organ, and the St. Cecelia Guild of Christ Church the remaining half, at a total of $1500.
Esther, maybe Tom Hanks will show up some Sunday and interpret all the "coded" Christian symbolism, LOL. I love researching the old Church record books. Many times the minutes are written in such a flowery and formal fashion that you can only guess what they're trying to convey. Once I read about an ECW (Episcopal CHurch Women) group in the 1890's that put on a lawn fete, complete with homemade ice cream. There was a cold spell, though, so cold that eating the ice cream was pretty unappealing. But it was put some thing like "the temperature thereof caused the chilling effects to be multiplied perforce." If the sermons were like that, no one would have been able to guess what the point was!
Bonnie, I am so, so sorry. Is this your sister's husband or your husband's brother? I know your husband just lost a well-loved brother, and I can't remember the configuration of your extended family. I'm sorry it's happened to anyone!
Janet, unless you have a month or two to read all the fine print, I do hope you cough up the extra $$$ for the medical insurance. The devil's certainly in the details of all those plans. The retired clergy plans in our church changed, but we have 6 months advanced notice. Th big difference was in the amount of copay for a hearing aid. I would have had to cough up 2500.00 extra had I not had the early warning. Yikes!
My sister admitted to a mutual friend that she actually enjoyed some of my family history narrative as we drove around the other day (it ususally bores her). She said that it made a big difference to be hearing tales of these long gone relatives when we were going by their old farm, or hearing tales of thefarmer whose first wife died so he married here sister, or the barn burning trial of the 1890's where our great-great-great grandfather had to testify against a neighbor at the trial but then immediately departed for home without speaking to the press! Apparently, he was a no comment kind of guy. Even back then, a no comment was registered in print with some irritation by the newspapers.
The hand is better but still stiff.
Sue, even the Amish store had lousy looking apples, and few of them. Glad you guys got something out of it this year. Saw something on cider making on one of those "how it's made" shows on tv.
Hi, Cookie! Got the pond ready?
Celene, I hope the work atmosphere is calmer, & we want to know what tatt you end up choosing for your donation site!
Lou, hope your recovery is starting to pick up steam!
Have to go to the post office to put a trace on a lost package. Son supposed to be arriving from London later today. Glad he's beating the bad weather that seems likely to wallop the east coast next week.
Blessings to everybody,
Pat, I think I'm going to go ahead and take the gigging. Last year my daughter tried to get some insurance independent of a job and they turned her down because 10 years ago she had surgery for a Chiari malformation. Hasn't had a bit of problem with it since the surgery but it was apparently enough to turn her down so I wouldn't expect much better on a person that has diverticulitis, had colon surgery that resulted in a colostomy, had that reversed and then had the resultant hernia repaired. Plus there's HBP and GERD. Relatively healthy now but I'm almost willing to bet they'd turn him down and then I'd be in a real pickle.
Baking seems to be taking all day today. Don't know why. Could it be it's dreary and I don't want to leave the house????
Apples this year in KY were pretty crappy. The guy I get them from had a freeze that almost got them so a lot of them were sporting frost damage. Then he had two hail storms and they had pock marks on them that almost looked like birds tried to take a hunk out of them. But at least he had some apples. Most of KY had at least a 40% or more crop failure.
The lurker is here and enjoying all the posts each and every day. I really got down (emotionally) with my complications to my leg surgery. I did all the wrapping and now I am"cleared" by the PT and ortho Doc. No further appointments. However, my ankle continues to swell up a lot by the end of the day. I am supposed to wear the compression stockings for three months.(Thank God it's not the summer time.LOL) I can't see where they are doing any good, but I will faithfully wear them. I still have a knot on the main vein going down the leg. No one can tell me why, or how it got there, but I don't like the idea of this vein having any problems. I hurts a lot after Ive been on my feet for awhile. But, basically, I can once again walk without pain. Yippee.
I came down with some bad cold, infection, sorta thing and it has me coughing so much at night, that I can't sleep. So, I'm been a bitch to live with. Poor DH.
Other than that , I've been a slug and have not accomplished much around the house. It is needing a couple of days dedicated to cleaning and straightening. I guess now that the good weather is gone, I'll have to get to it.
Prayer for all are going upward. We all need His help one way or the other.
Has anyone heard from Marci? I miss her posts.
Chell, we need to see some more pics of your great family.
Lou sure am sorry to hear of the vein thing. Glad it healed to some degree. Yuk on the cold. take it easy and take care . sending healing thoughts to you and hope for a speedy full recovery.
Chelle we are hear to lend a helping ear if we can. Sending you a hug.
well the apples are done and what a job it was ! yikes. i lost two apples ? how don't ask . i don't know either LOL
work is slowing down ... i m tired but i sure need the money .
Good evening. I took my DS to the hospital today and stayed with her. She was in a car accident several years ago and is unable to navigate stairs so I deposited her at the door and parked and met her inside the hospital. The walk from the parking garage to the hospital is quite a distance and it would take her a long time to do that. He is in NeuroICU and the hospital policy is visitors are permitted any time, and can stay if the Dr approves. Unusual but very convenient for family. If they need to work with the patient, of course the family is asked to wait in a nice waiting room right outside the ICU. He is in the NeuroICU because when admitted he had bleeding on the brain. That has stopped and that aspect seems good, but it is all the other problems.
The Dr came in shortly after we arrived, and they started a direct line into his chest in order to more quickly administer fluids and meds. They are keeping DBIL sedated in order to bring down his blood pressure, and he is on a ventilator. The blood pressure was good today, but every time they tried to decrease the oxygen it would go up again, so he is only breathing 20% on his own. The problem right now is dehydration. His body is filling with fluids and his kidneys are only operating on about a 25% basis. He has pneumonia from aspirating vomit into his lungs, and they are administering 3 broad spectrum antibiotics. He does respond to stimuli, but is otherwise just laying there.
It doesn't look good, so am again asking for prayers.
Pat, I am getting more interested in history the older I get. However, I never can seem to find the time to go exploring and uncovering the history of anything, for serving in voluntary positions that take all my time. I do serve on the board of our local cemetery and am creating a mapping system for that, and keeping it current. I am glad you are healing, and sorry to say, I am not surprised to hear that there is still pain and some discomfort in the hand. Seems like we use our hands for everything, even talking (some of us).
Lou, I am so glad to hear that you are 100% well. Or at least you are not scheduled for more PT or any other kind of visits to Dr or hospitals. That seems like all that I have accomplished the whole of this year. So if odds mean anything, I should be healthy as a horse for next year.
Esther, glad that you are taking advantage of the healthclub membership that came with the insurance. I think the insurance I will have for next year includes a membership, and I plan to use it. I went to the rheumatologist last Friday and my arthritis is lots worse, with mishappened joints. He doubled my NSAIDS, and hope that I will not have any stomach problems with that.
Sue, YIPPEE. you are finished with apple season, and just in time it looks like according to the weather. It was 82 yesterday afternoon, and when we got up this morning, it was 36. It has rained all day, and it was just a miserable day to be out and about, and driving in it.
Chele, as Sue says, we are your support system, so come back and "spill it" and let us help you through what ever is going on. You know a burden shared, etc, etc. You may end up only carrying a 1/10 of it.
Celene, I am interested in what you finally choose for your bone marrow donation site tattoo. I guess the difference in age determines who gets them and who just sits back and watches. I would have probably been one to get them, had they been deemed morally and physically appealing and appropriate when I was in high school. However, I spent all my school years listening to my DM say, "But what will the neighbors (insert any group here that fits)" and that is why I have spent years without any therapy, but it was probably needed!
Janet I so don't envy you of the weekend markets with this weather. I hope that you have some shelter, or an inside venue for tomorrow, as I understand it is just going to be absolutely miserable. Drag out your longjohns gloves hat scarf and a heavy coat if you have to be outside. I drove in rain to Louisville and back. My umbrella turned inside out while I was walking to the parking garage, and I thought I may end up at Cardinal Stadium as the first spectator for their game tonight.
Well, I have typed a novella, and sorry for that, but I needed to update everybody, and it may be a couple of days before I can get back here. Our annual torture er, fish fry is tomorrow night, so will work my buns off all day tomorrow, probably not get much food, and very little thanks for our effort. I suggested to DH tonight that next year if his fishing nets so many, to just give them away to the ones he would ordinarily invite to the fish fry, same difference, but it would be before the usual time, the fish would be uncooked, and hopefully uncleaned. I can think of less labor intensive ways to do this!
I am still waffling on the tattoo. I have never been one of the "What will the neighbors say?" people. I got a tattoo in 1985, on the first anniversary of not dying when someone tried to kill me. Before it was cool. lol Thus the symbolism of the lotus. The tattoo artist had a cool idea to do an ankh, with the circle around the scar. I'm mulling it over, because I like the idea of a moon or a lotus as well.
This is for those with bruising, swelling , muscle pain and stiffness. It is homeopathic, applied to the skin and will not mess up your stomach.
Dr. Oz had been saying his family has always used this - Arnica gel - so I finally got a tube (Walmart, near the Aspercremes, BenGays for over $7). I gave a tube to a friend who had knee surgery and she is so grateful, she rubs it on before going to bed, and again when she she wakes up in the middle of the night and says she was able to sleep for the first time after the surgery. And her inflammation much less in the morning. She likes that is is not oily or messy.
I searched DG and found some others that use it too.
December 5, 2006 03:25 PM
... during the course of working with this mare, I apparently hit something quite hard with my left ring finger because it was hurting quite a bit. by the time I got to my car, the swelling was noticible. this is where my favorite product endorsement comes in...Arnica Montana gel is THE best thing for any kind of bruising or swelling on your body. I put it on twice before bed last night and woke up this morning with a noticible "ring" of bruising where I hadn't applied the gel. I also used this product after I had ACL reconstructive surgery on my knee and completely stunned my surgeon with how quickly I was able to reduce the swelling and bruising of my knee.
when you work around horses or are just accident prone like myself, I strongly recommend ya'll try this gel (and no, I'm not working for the company). you can find it at a health food grocery store or on the web. the actual brand I use is called Arnicaflora, but the active ingredient is arnica montana. the only word of caution I have is that you CANNOT put it on broken skin. you can put it right up to the edge, but it is not for open wounds.
May 14, 2008 12:00 AM
Between yard work, home repair and animal rescue, I get scratched and bruised up all the time.
For anyone with bruises, here's the tip - use Arnica gel or pills. Arnica montana is a natural supplement for pain and bruising; can be found in natural food stores and some more enlightened drug stores or grocers. It has always taken me a long time to heal from bruises, and Arnica has made an amazing difference.
Thanks so much! I will be trying it soon. I bruise very easily and hate going anywhere because sometimes I look like a victim of spouse abuse! LOL Long sleeves in the winter hide a multitude of problems. I will try the
gel, and ask my gastro doc about it next visit. For some reason, I have become severly affected by peppers. I am careful to avoid them, but there are somethings that I wouldn't think contained them and that's when I get really sick.
So ,I'm over careful about taking anything new. I really appreciate the info and , hopefully, it will reduce my swelling. Lou
Been getting ready for the fish fry this morning and working my butt off. On the way home from the community center, I was stopped by a state policeman and given a ticket for my passenger (DS's SO) not having on her seatbelt.
So the cost of the fish fry continues to rise.
DBIL was put on dialysis this morning, and other organs are beginning to fail. Doesn't look good.
Bonnie i m so sorry to hear that his organs are failing. I m sending hope of a miracles to you and your family at this time.
Ester that sounds like a great cream and will try it
Celene i like that idea of the tattoo also.
Ester, congratulations on the Silver Sneakers. A really great program. I've had it about 4 years now. Try the Yoga Stretch. I enjoy that, as well as the exercise room. I have also been using the Arnica gel for a few years. The same company whose gel I use also makes an Arthritis Gel that works good, too. That does contain Poison Ivy, but in tiny, tiny amounts.
Got some sad news yesterday.
Over 50 years ago I met a couple of brothers at church, Rick and Gary.
(Gary and I had an issue over a girl...LOL!)
Over the school years Rick and I got to know each other quite well.
While not Friends we were certainly friends.
Rick chose a VERY hard path in life.
He is a Musician. ALL he has ever been.
Rock, Folk and finally Celtic he played them all.
Guitar, banjo, harmonica, bouzouki (Greek stringed instrument), bodhran (Irish frame drum) and bones he was a journeyman.
Hell played at my wedding... basically the only good memory to come out of that deal.
Over the decades we have seen him perform scores of times.
Always, always a wonderful time.
His last days are on him now as Pancreatic Cancer is just about done finishing him off.
Please take a few minutes and watch/listen to this rare talent whom few will know. http://www.rickfannin.com/Whois3.htm
Google Rick Fannin and click video for some rousing good fun or tear jerking sweetness..
Ric know you have mentioned him several times to me over the years. I m sorry to hear of this news . Great music he made .
Savannah has a new ipod and let me tell you NO ONE IS SAFE !
party went well for the kids. all the kids showed up . but i do have lots of left overs .
Busy day for me. I preached at a church here in the county, then home, changed clothes and off to grab a sandwich then to the community center to collect the cookers and deal with that greasy mess. Had to return some chairs to the church that we had borrowed for our fish fry. Got home and got everything stored away till next year. By then I was ready for a nap, and it worked out well. I napped while the guys watched some football. All of us were happy.
DH did get some tobacco put down, so they will begin stripping tomorrow. I made a bit pot of chili and will serve that and some lunch meat for lunch. Don't have a clue how many people that there will be.
I am hoping that I can get laundry done, and be ready to be available to take my DS to the hospital on Tuesday. Her DH is about the same, only they did dialysis today as his total output was 10cc over an 8 hour period. Still sedated so that his BP remains steady. Ever time they decrease the sedative, his BP skyrockets.
Ric, so sorry to hear of your friend's passing. Not familiar with the name, but enjoyed the link.
Sue was it a kids Birthday party? How old now? Gee they do grow up fast.
Yesterday was the last Sunday market and while I'm certainly going to miss the income, I'm not going to miss getting up at 5 on Sundays. I can get back to going to church. It's sort of funny, missing church here and there doens't seem to be a big deal but a long stretch like that makes me really get to missing it. I know I could do a daily mass but it's a 20 mile round trip and, well, it's just not gonna happen.
Ric, that gentleman really has a fine voice. What a waste but unfortunately we don't get to choose our road in life. Just another reminder that we should try to live the best life we can and enjoy and appreciate what we have because we don't know what lies ahead for us. May he be at peace in his final days.
Not much going on here that's interesting. I guess I'll can relish today and try to get some more batches going. I need to make some apple pie jam and there's a recipe for spiced caramel apple jam I need to try. DH is going to pay the property taxes today and I need to get my health insurance stuff filled out and turned in. Won't get anything done if I don't get up out of this chair though.
cold day at work today brrrr.
got out of there at 1;00 so the income won't be as good . bummer.
but i m pretty tired so i guess its a good thing it winding down
sauce making for me tomorrow.
bonnie we did a halloween party
I'm sitting here drinking hot cider and watching the wind blow off every leaf that had been even thinking about leaving its tree. I still need to grab some things off the back porch before it gets any worse.
See the hand doc again tomorrow for check up. The hand is better but now the wrist and thumb are worse. AARGH!
It sure seems like everyone on the list has had a rough year in one way or another. Big losses, tragedies of the sort that shouldn't happen to anyone, crops that won't grow, critters that won't breed, money that flies away as fast as the leaves I'm watching--- it's been a tough year all around. All I know to do is to rely on each other, count the blessings we do have, and pray for better times and the strength to endure until they get here!
Just talked to DDIL, who's planning a big halloween party. When she plans, she goes hog wild. They're having signature drinks, full out costumes, and great snacks. I offerred to be the sober taxi for the night, because it sounds like they'll need one.
Left messages with friends in New York city, upstate, and New Jersey. Haven't gotten any replies yet, but I', taking that in the no news is good news category today.
Way the winds blowing out there folks shouldn't have to do much leaf raking this fall. Had the old long johns on til lunch today. Had to turn out the sheep and feed the steers, then help DH get two cows with sick calves up to the barn. We figured that they probably didn't need to be out in this wind and any possible bad weather. Then I spent the afternoon putting green tomato relish in jars. Still got a few going because due to other obligations most of my feeding crew weren't around and I had to help do the feeding and doctor those calves and get feed and water to the mommas. Funny how simple chores can sometimes take forever.
Pat, I hope the dr. visit tomorrow is a positive one. Wonder why the wrist and thumb is worse. Overcompensating for the rest of the hand you guess?
Nowdays it seems like people decorate up for Halloween like they do Christmas. I think it's a stupid waste of money but it looks like people want to party for anything anymore. Down here you'd think the Derby was a national holiday. Guess they have more disposible income than I do.
Bonnie, are they stripping regular sized bales or those big bales? Honestly anything to do with tobacco was never my favorite job.
Sue, was it a kid Halloween party or an adult one???
Well, I got lots accomplished today, but the kind of things that nobody but me will notice or care about. I did some laundry, but then cleaned and sorted out my closet. I have 3 large garbage bags full of clothes to take to Goodwill. That really makes me feel good, and my closet has lots more room. I wanted to do DH's but as sure as I take one shirt out of it, he will miss it. Like my closet, he has all sizes in there, and believe me, he ain't never gonna get in some of those things again. He is in denial about that, I made friends with my extra pounds and gave up the dream of being a size 8 again, either in this life or the next one.
Janet, I would much rather do anything in tobacco rather than feed the cows and other livestock. Just preferences I guess, because at home I was the calf feeder and care taker. Can even remember the horrid smell of the scours that most calfs have. Ewww. They are doing the smaller bales. This is the DBIL's tobacco who was killed. DH has hired help and will be reimbursed when the estate is settled. He is hoping that we get some showers so they can get more tobacco down, now that he sees he has plenty of help.
I heard from my DS just a bit ago, and they have suspened the constant sedation of the other DBIL, hoping that he will regain consciousness on his own. Did a permanent trach rather than down his throat. The dialysis didn't remove excess fluid, but they are doing dialysis again tomorrow, in hopes that as he improves that the kidneys will begin to function on their own.
Pat, I agree this has been the worst year for me sickness wise, and for DH in losing a brother, and having sisters who have had health problems, a nephew that was power of attorney for his disabled DM and was not performing his duties as he should. He has a sister who has surgery tomorrow for ovarian cancer, a nephew who is having total knee replacement on November 19 and he is only 40 years old. I sure will be glad to see the end of this year, and hope that next year will be lots better. I am thankful for what I have and for being able to go through cancer surgeries and still not have to have any followup treatment. I am truly blessed.
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Pat sending healing thoughts to you
Bonnie sending some also to you and your family
we did a kid party , don't much with decorations but buy some when they go on sale .
inside day today but my apples rotted :( so my sauce day is a bust . doing a lasagna and a beef stew in the slow cooker .
Wow, Sue! All we got was ugly rain and crazy winds. I sure hope we get a real snow this winter. Watching snow fall always gives me a sense of peace.
I'm very thankful that even with the winds, we have had power all the time and my sister has had no trees crashing onto her bedroom, like the last hurricane. And all my New York friends are OK. It sure must be miserable to be in a high rise apartment when the power goes out. Do you take the dog down 30 flights of stairs when there's flooding? How do you carry groceries up all those stairs-- if you can get them? I'll stick to Cincy in this case and my one story house.
The last time there was a BIG storm hitting New York, I decided to text my old friend Steve, whose house was just a block from the mandatory evacuation zone. He replied pretty promptly--- from Vietnam! He happened to be on sabbatical at that point. So this time I sent him a sarcastic text asking where he was this time around, Nepal or Bhutan? No reply for several hours. Then a text: he's in Honduras this time, doing some work at a church orphanage down there. He's got great timing, I guess.
Doctor very happy with my hand, although I still have to work on getting the joint more flexible. He says the wrist is a tendonitis with an unspellable name. So he injected it with cortisone and xylocaine. It's hurting now but should be better tomorrow. If it's still bothering me in a month, I can go back and get more cortisone. If no luck after three shots, then it's surgery. I had this in my right hand about ten years ago, and it took all 3 shots, but then it never recurred. Here's hoping the same results for the left hand.
That's about it from here. Off to pay a couple bills.
Certainly nothing going on around here. Has everyone moved away and not told me?
Ok, I'll talk to myself. Funny, daylight saving time change Sunday always seems different. Tonight it'll get darker so much faster. It really brings the fact that winter will soon be here to light. I am glad that they finally changed it so that Halloween is done in mostly daylight hours instead of the dark. And I don't even have any trick or treaters anymore.
Market yesterday was a pretty miserable venture. We no more got set up than it started raining and took about a 10 degree temperature drop. Cold, wet and nasty. And no one with any sense, other than me and the other vendors, came to market. Took me just as long to load up as it did to unload because we took most of it back home.
Canning green tomato relish today. I might make some raspberry green tomato jam today. If I'm in the mood. Lazy I am right now. They're weighing steers right now and trying to decide how many to keep back for markets next year. They're separating out a couple loads to go to town. Which is good because we got some major bills that would like to be paid. As soon as any money comes in this place it immediately goes back out. Usually with wings on.
Pat, glad the MD's happy about your hand. Sue, sure don't need the snow. Is it still on the ground?
Janet, I am here. Wasn't yesterday just a miserable affair. I had to go to town and run a few errands, and it was just down right nasty.
Today we went to church, and the church wasn't good and warm, I got chilled and didn't actually get warm till after dinner and I laid down on the couch and put an afghan over me. Took Mr. B for a ride, and just as soon as we got out of the car at the cemetery, someone shot in the distance and Mr. B was ready to come home. He was so disappointed as he hadn't been out since Thursday. Don't know why he is so scared, but he is and when he hears shots, he just wants to be inside and safe.
Making some potato soup for supper, and it should be warm and filling too.
Potato soup sounds good to me, Bonnie. I'm reheating chicken paprikash tonight. It always tastes better to me the second day anyhow. Now I'm switching cold weather clothes to upstairs and warm weather ones down to the basement. Wish I had a dumbwaiter!
Actually, I'm surprised that this house doesn't have a laundry chute. The laundry was originally in the basement, then the previous owner moved it up to a mudroom between the garage and the kitchen. I love having the washer and dryer on the same floor as the bedrooms, though. I think that's what did me in at the last house, the 3 story with the laundry in the basement one.
Not much else going on here. Talked to Chele on the phone today. Sorted papers, threw away old magazines, threw outdated food out of the kitchen cupboard. Found a couple of unopened boxes of choco-bake, so I'm happy about that!
Sometimes I can be so stupid! I almost had a post done and was looking back over some others, found a mistake in spelling that I'd made in one of the previous posts and of course felt the burning need to correct it before I posted. Well, guess what! Post's gone and I'm starting all over.
Potato soup and chicken paprikash both sounded pretty good. All my kiddies said they either weren't hungry so that just left me and DH. I decided that I wasn't cooking the top sirloin that I'd planned to put on the table and instead made him eat left over BBQ and some boiled potatoes. I did make some slaw but that was about the extent of any effort that went into it. Just couldn't work up any interest in cooking supper.
Pat, if you want to go through the stuff at my house feel free to come on down. My problem is that I have jeans that need patches on the knees or seams that need sewing up and the pile just keeps getting higher. I absolutely hate to sew and if I can find something else to do then I'll do it. Even if it means cleaning the house.
How's Chele getting along? I miss her posts here even if she feels it is the same old story. I think most of our lives probably are.
Sorry I keep forgetting to look for choco-bake. I was just in Kroger this morning.
I hate to complain, and that is about all I feel like doing. Ten days of cold, cloudy days with occasional showers amounting to about 2 inches total. I am grateful I didn't get what my family did on the East Coast. They all have power back, now. I am happy I still have my health, too. It must be cabin fever for me. I did get to the gym twice and that helped. I tried to make some comfort food, chili, brownies and apple crisp. Two thirds is stuff I shouldn't eat. Chili is gone so I pulled some turnips for stew tomorrow. A good crop, so I guess I should get creative with them.
Herman, is that an iris bud? Good grief, put it out of it's misery, it is stark raving mad to be trying to bloom now!
I know that there are autumn blooming iris, but guess I have never seen one.
How do you make turnip stew? DH has a bumper crop of them, (or so I think, as I don't like them) and I cook them for him, just put some bacon grease and salt and pepper and a tad of sugar. Other than raw, don't know of another way to make them. DH has a cousin who mashes them like potatoes, never tried that, but will and see how he likes them.
Janet, there are some days, I would eat stale bread in order not to have to cook. But then again there are days that I love to cook, and invite somebody in to help eat it.
Pat, wish you could come on down and clean my panty out. DGD started on it, but then lost interest and didn't finish the job. When we built this house 18 years ago, for once I was thinking in advance. It is all on one floor, only one step up into the house, no stairs, no basement (as DH would have had it filled to the top many years ago). Do have an attic, and it gets all kinds of things carried up there. In the early days of being in this house, I carried a baby bed up there, and now there is no way in he!! that I could ever manage to get it down. Guess if someone wants it bad enough they will have to figure out how to get it down. The only access is a pull down stairway. Can't figure out how I did that.
Chele, even if your life is the same, surely Nolan has done something cute that you need to tell us about!
just busy canning apple pie filling.
did 18 pints took most of the day . by 2 i was done.
did some fruit rollups also
still got a 1/2 bushel left
today i see how many work days to press cider. bitter sweet.
but am glad the work is over. to darn cold ! but am sad this orchard is closing. its the last of its kind and the best price in town ! 25.00 a bushel ! and everyone else is twice that . even the wholesalers are more then that. When its supply and demand price always goes up . which i think its stupid cuz it cost the same . i don't think they realize how much it hurts locals when they raise the prices. i have to raise my prices on my pies ect...
Yes, that is an Iris, I think Immortal. Last year I had several fall blooms, but because of the drought, this is the only bud. I brought it into the house to get warm. Since it is showing some color, it may bloom. I forgot to snap the bud with my finger to wake it. I have too many of this and not enough of others.
Forecast is for mostly cloudy. I guess that can be 100%. May reach 40 degrees. 34 now. No wind and 91% humidity, so little drying.
Sue, the orchard down here that I get apples from is still selling at $26 a bushel. Fortunately he's got a good retirement and apparently isn't interested in making lots of money but he sure works hard. Sooner or later he's got to go up on price. He's already sold out for the year. He sells to three school systems so he's been getting rid of all his apples early. He's not real wild about setting up in the cold at market. Can't say as I blame him.
Herman, sounds like you need to get out to your exercise classes more. You're so used to doing outside stuff that you're bored.
My turnips aren't the size of a quarter yet. I didn't get them planted until late because there wasn't enough moisture in the ground to sprout them. The kale and mustard I got enough off of Friday for a few bunches at market. It needs to grow some more too. My crew isn't into greens much and they totally hate turnips. I grow them for market and for me. I'm one that mashes them with potatoes, a little butter, sugar and cream. Lo cal they ain't by that time but I sure can eat 'em like that. Especially with some ham.
Not much baking to do this week since it was a lousy market this past weekend. I got 4 batches in the oven right now. I think I need to get to the other farm and get some daylilies planted. They've been sitting in some water for almost a month. I also have some raspberries that were in pots over the summer that need to go in the ground. I'll be lucky if they winter over. I'm going to try a new motto. Don't buy what you don't have time to plant. I wonder if it'll work? One can hope.
Bonnie, funny how we can't seem to let things go. There's a baby bed in my attic along with my Dad's high chair. Course I'll never let that go and probably not the bed either since that was the one my brother's used when they were born and I used it for all my kids. Not the highest fashion since it's been repaired with a sanded down tobacco stick bolted to both sides of one of the rails but it's stood the test of time and I won't be the one to take it to the dumpster. There's also Lego's and Little People and who knows what else up there that I figured I'd just squirrel away up there.
Chele, some on out and play. Our lives are the same ole too. We miss you.
Really nothing exciting going on. Struggling with finances and the guy that lives on the couch and trying to take care of the kids. Trying to help Morganne buy a house and find insurance that is affordable. My car needs brakes and an oil change. It's 9 years old now and never been serviced. I finally rolled over 100,000 miles a couple of months ago. We still haven't fixed the bathrooms. Craig is still working 40 hours a week and I'm still trying to find something. It's time for some big changes...21 years with *parents* and now 21 years of this.
Carly is out of her brace now. She'll have to wear it for sports for the next year. The surgeon told her she shouldn't play basketball this year. He said in 6 weeks, she's free to do whatever she wants. She seems to be doing okay, has a lot of friends but really misses playing sports. All of the kids like the new school and have a lot of friends but can't spend a lot of time with them outside of school since it's a 20 mile drive. That makes things a little rough.
We're okay I guess. It could always be worse. Guess I better run. I'm on a computer at the library.
Chele, sorry that things that need doing are being put on the shelf. I think the economy has put dampers on everybody's "to do " list. If I had a family, I wouldn't be able to do much more than feed and house them. Not a lot of extras on a fixed income.
I had the CT scan this morning, and my appointment was at 9:00 and finally got the scan done at 11:00.
Having company for supper tonight, so lots of things need doing. Will catch up later.
well my apple pie filling is a bust ! uhg , i m so heart broken . 6 hrs of canning . The pie filling is just to mushy ? i can't see making a pie out of these ? it would be a massacre of mush by the time the pie is done ? followed the ball book recipe . uuuhhhhg ! so mad !
well tomorrow is salsa day.
Sue, what kind of apples are you using? If you're using something like winesap or Rome beauty I would think the apples would be holding together pretty well. Ida Red or Cortland and I'd think you'd be making applesauce. Your filling will still be edible won't it? Disappointing but edible I'd think.
I haven't even thought about salsa yet. We're still hip deep in a cooler of green tomatoes.
Bons, what's this CT for? Did they tell you anything?
We're shipping some calves tomorrow!!! WHOOO HOOOOO!!!! I'm hoping that it cuts that $3000 a month feed bill at least in half. Everything we have here is either broke down and needs to be fixed or eats. One of the tractors has the front end broke out. That's going to be $2000 in parts, both four wheelers are broken and now that the ground is getting muddy we really need them up and going. The back window of another tractor needs to be put in. That window was $400. Money around here has wings and it never lands here for long. I honestly don't know how we keep going sometimes.
Some Hutterite's sold me an apple pie at our market a few years ago. Tasted OK, but was basically applesauce.
When I asked them about it, they said that was the was they always made apple pie. So maybe you can call it Hutterite Apple.
I hope the price skyrockets tomorrow for your calves. Do tractors & machinery ever go long without breaking down ? They don't here either.
Bernie, we have been watching that series on Direct Tv about the Hutterites. Never heard of them before that. Looks like that they pattern their living after the Amish somewhat. Or maybe the Amish pattern their lives after the Hutterites. Don't know which came first.
Sue, you could always dump the pie filling out and cook it just a bit more and have apple butter. That is a good seller around here. I don't think I would like the almost applesauce pie though. Sorry that you spent so much time doing it not to have it turn out like you wanted.
Janet, anytime you have machinery there is always something to be fixed on it. I told DH if it would just break at the end of the season so that you didn't need it any more that year, then fix it over the winter months, it would provide some work when there is really not much to do.
The CT scan was to check the condition of my lungs after the pneumonia. They said the radiologist would call my Dr's office and they would be in touch to let me know about it. I will probably get a good report as it has been since May. The Dr said though that pneumonia usually leaves scars and can hang around for months. Just a precaution.
Supper turned out good. I fried rabbit for DH and his friend who hunts with him, and the friends wife. She doesn't eat rabbit, and neither do I, so I made us some eggplant parmesan. Made a good dessert and it was easy. It is a chocolate cake, with chocolate sauce, all cooked together. I got the recipe from my DM years ago, and if I ever made it I can't remember it. You cook water, cocoa and sugar until it is boiling, and make a cake batter. Pour the liquid into a dish and then just blob the cake batter around on top. When it cooks it is like cake and sauce, and is so rich and chocolaty. Yuuummm. Got my chocolate fix tonight, plus, if that wasn't enough calories, I topped it with whipped cream.
i used granny smith. they held together fine its just a texture thing. No way would i eat it. Yuk . make my apple pies, crisp tender . but that is fresh . I wanted to try canning the filling but i guess it just ain't gonna happen for me.
Bonnie no i junked them and the raccoons can eat them . Since i used clear jell it can't be apple sauce . Maybe it could ?
well i guess i live and learn LOL
Fried rabbit sure sounds good.
Bernie LOL to funny. i know the amish around here make their pies like apple sauce filling for an apple pie ?
today is salsa day for me. wish me luck LOL
Chelle i know things are tough at the moment but you and your family are such troopers when the gowing goes tough. You guys are tough .
Bernie, I hope the market goes up for today too. We, as usual, need the cash and since the markets are either closing or slowing way down we need to pad that bank account to get us through the winter.
Farm machinery never ceases to amaze me. It can be running perfectly when you turn it off and park it for the season and when you go out to the machine shed the next year it'll take you 3 days to get it back up and running properly. That blessed baler is one that can be working that night and the next day won't roll a lick. A combine is another piece of machinery like that. Thankfully we're not raising corn anymore to have to deal with that one. Those are always pieces of machinery that you need now because a rain is coming in.
Bonnie, I haven't made that pudding cake in years but it's wonderful. I think we used to call it brownie pudding. Now you've got me wanting some. I made a German chocolate cake yesterday for DH birthday yesterday. Since none of the kids like that kind of cake it should last a long, long time. LOL! Haven't had rabbit in a long time. Nobody here hunts and Dad hasn't been able to get out and hunt for a good long time. I could have gotten several in the garden this summer though. They sure ate enough.
Sue, sorry about that filling. I hate it when you make something, a lot of something, and it doesn't turn out right and nobody wants to eat it. I hate loosing the work that was involved and just the general waste of food. Know anybody that might like to have it?
Better get moving. I've got to get this last batch of bread out of the oven and get over to the farm. I think today would be a good day to take up the last of the fabric mat and maybe plant some potted plants.
That is the sucky part of canning when things go wrong LOL it is a lot of work and food down the drain. :( live and learn.
Boy Chelle i know how you feel. Life for us is the same boat LOL . You think you fixed one hole and then another comes in ? can't catch a break . sending you a hug .
oh that cake does sound good
salsa did good. but burned my hands on the hot peppers ... yea i know... wear gloves ... didn't have any.
Well, the calves got sold. Some sold pretty good. One pen of 14 went for 1.44 which I'm not crying about but they practically stole one calf at a dollar a pound., They said he was "short" That's crap. It was probably the most uniform set of calves we've sent to market in a long time. If it's not black they use it as an excuse to pay less. Anyway, they're gone and that's good.
Didn't get to get anything planted. Ended up helping DH put in a water hydrant over at the farm across the road. Did get the relish in the jars and have some corn relish ready to cook for tomorrow morning. I think it's supposed to be rainy tomorrow so I guess I'll stay close to the house and work on stuff there.
I seeded some flats of lettuce and spinach on Saturday and I noticed it's coming up. I'm not sure where I'm fixing to plant it...if I'll put it under row cover in the garden or maybe a low tunnel. Really just trying to figure out what I can and can't do. One of my market friends has two high tunnels and she said it's really nice to go out in the middle of winter and there's some green stuff growing. She had lettuces and greens all winter last year.
I think I'm gonna pack it up and go to bed. Nite all.
Ky that is to bad on the calf going under the going cost. But on a good note you don't have to feed him . when i sold my chickens i got zip ! but i look at it as i don't have to buy 3 bags of feed this winter . but i have no eggs LOL I hope you slept well last night.
i may work tomorrow don't know yet. we are down to the last days but i m ready.
Bonnie that is not a turnip its a head !
How big were your calves ? Sounds like a decent price. I watch the auctions on RFD - TV all the time. Very interesting.
About got our 2012 season wrapped up. New chicks coming on Nov 29. Coming from a hatchery in Ohio.
Tried to order strawberry plants tonight, but they are not taking orders right now. I have all the parts & new plastic for 3 hoop houses. We will use them as high tunnels. Tomatoes & maybe lettuce & other greens. A few early cukes also. I picked up the plastic mulch & row covers recently. Feels good to have everything ready to go & not have to wait for money to come in in the spring.
Hi Chele. Take good care of those kids. Buying a house ? They not that old already, are they ?
Thanks everybody for my birthday wishes. I had a pretty good day for turning 60. We went out to dinner in the evening and my DS and DIL brought me a fake tiara with the number 60 on it, complete with little racing lights on it. I'll have to get DSs picture of it. I had purposely chosen a place to eat with no booze, so we all had a nice, low key time of it. Got some good books and a video in addition to the tiara. Sis gave me two lined shirts that will be a little too tight once they're washed, so I'll need to exchange those.
We're in for a hot weekend up here. I'm going to recruit a couple halfway house guys to help me finish cleaning up the yard and moving some stones and getting the bulbs in. If we can get that done I'll feel better about the yard.
I can't believe what an early Thanksgiving we have this year! I'm still lugging summer clothes downstairs and should be bringing up Xmas decorations.
Bernie, looks like you're all ready to go. I know that the are ups and downs to rural living, but I sure miss the seasonal rhythms of the country.
Janet, good luck with the market this weekend. Maybe you'll get a better turnout without the freezing rain!
Bonnie, not sure what to say about that turnip. What sort of congratulations are appropriate to a whopper like that?
Sue, no chickens this winter? Awwwww. I bet you will miss the eggs, even if you don't miss feeding them.
Pat, so glad to hear that your birthday went well. I am glad that all had a good time at the alcohol free restaurant. I am so ticked at Rachael Ray, several days in a row last week, and even the beginning of this week, she has had guests helping her cook, or her letting them cook, and they had to have drinks. Just ticks me off that one show I thought was pretty wholesome has not stooped to offering the guest alcohol. May send her an email and tell her how upset I am at that. Well, off that rant.
I don't care if you drink, just please respect my rights to not drink.
Chele, wish you could stick around and join in the conversation. I know that you are probably running your legs off just getting the kids all to school and home again. Sending many hugs and lots of prayers.
Pat, I didn't intend for anybody to make comments about the turnip, or feel that they needed to comment about the turnip. It was just something that DH brought to the house to show me, and I in turn had to show you. There are others in that plot out there that are probably as big or bigger.
I spent my day cleaning out cabinets and drawers, throwing away mismatched containers and lids, etc. Have lots more room now. And for awhile I will be able to find some things. Also cleaned my refrigerator and threw away left over foods, and washed everything down. I clean it out regularly, but not to wash everything down, so it was a big job. Nobody but me will notice or care!
Bonnie i cleaned most the day yesterday also. no one will notice but me LOL i know your pain :)
cleaned the kids rooms and mine. also the kitchen.
with canning it can get messy.
i still have 1/2 bushel of granny apples but honestly i don't have the will
beautiful day out the next four days. i may get more bulbs to plant BWhahahaha i know right ... insane i m ...
Geez! If you all are so in the cleaning mode come on to my house! And bring shovels and a dumpster!
Went to Murray yesterday to let Kate look around. 4.5 LONG hours down there in the car with a horrible fog almost the entire way. So bad that we missed one exit and went a long way out of the way before we realized it. Now that was irritation to the max. I'm afraid she was rather impressed with the campus and the horticulture part. They have 4 good sized greenhouses there on the horticulture part and the professor told them that if they wanted he'd give them the keys to the greenhouses the first day and give them plots to play with on the 43 acres alloted to them. THAT caught her attention for sure. Part of me wants her to go to UK where she's closer to home and it supposedly has a great landscape design/hort program and the other part of me wants her to go where she'll be happiest.
It's supposed to be relatively warm for a few days. I'd love to get those daylilies and raspberries planted sometime in the next few days. I know my time is running out big time.
I'll say that retirement has helped curb some of my impulse gardening purchases. So far I have't bought the first spring bulb to plant. I usually would run across the bulbs on sale and then buy too many and have a heck of a time getting them planted. Hopefully once those daylilies and raspberries are planted that will be it for the big stuff.
Better get moving. Nothings gonna get done if I don't. Later folks.
I spent about an hour outside tonightplanting some bulbs and doing some pruning. Tomorrow I'm hopefully going to be able to get a couple pair of helping hands to get the porches cleaned up, the rest of the bulbs in, and some firewood to the porch.
Other than laundry & yard work, nothing much going on here. Think I'll go see the new James Bond movie, but I'll wait until it's cold and miserable: I can't imagine going this weekend when it's going to be so warm!
I had to pick Maddie up and stop at Kroger so I lugged the lap top with me.
I finally got Nolan into Children's for a dental appointment. I'm waiting for them to call me to set up surgery to have his 4 front teeth removed. :( They'll take care of cavities and whatever else all in one visit under general anesthesia.
Bonnie, the only place I'm lugging kids right now is to school and back. Nolan and I hang out at the library or do odd jobs at the soccer field and waste the days. I'm still looking for a job during the day. Carly can't play sports for 5 more weeks so that killed basketball. Hopefully I can pay the sports fees before softball starts. If I can get things situated, several of them have been asked to play indoor soccer over the winter.
Chele, I am hoping that you find something, some kind of work. It is just so bad right now. Used to be there were plenty of jobs, and you couldn't find people to do them, now, there are no jobs and plenty of people looking.
It was a gorgeous day today. I did get out but didn't accomplish much, just enjoyed the weather.
Janet, hope that your market went well, and that you had plenty of customers. What will you sell this winter? The jams, jellies and breads?
I have some garlic that is way too much for me, did I ask if you wanted it to try to sell? Can we do lunch maybe on the 15th or 16th? I could bring it to you then.
No jobs & no hope in the future.
A Caterpillar factory is closing here. 100 people will be out of work.
A cheese plant near here laid off all their full time people. Going with some part time to save paying the big health insurance.
Cummins, the largest employer around here, laid off 300 and put another hundred on part time.I feel so bad for them all. Just when they were starting to think about Christmas. No hope for anything new in the next four years at least. All the smaller factories are doing away with their health insurance because the penalty is far less than the policys would cost the companys. Our main drag thru this small town, has so many vacant store fronts it's pathatic. I'm glad to be retired. Soc Sec got a small increase for next year, but the supplements for medicare went up a lot more than the increase. We have always lived frugally so we do okay,even though we retired early. Until the housing industry picks up, and people start buying carpet, appliances, furniture, etc., I can't see where the economy can even start to improve around here. I'm sure other locations are doing better, but I can see why Indiana went Democratic again. It has always been that the college grads bought a car, got married, started a family and they were what really kept the wheels turning in past recessions. Now, they are working part time and living with their parents or other relatives .It is so hard for them.
Chelle, I hope and pray something will come along for you.
Yesterday was great weather, but today it is way too windy to be outside even if the temps are mild. I guess I'll watch football with Dave and maybe even nap. You all have a good day Lou
I can't understand how i keep hearing " the economy has gotten better ? " ummmm who's economy are they talking about china's ??? !
went to a poultry show. lots of birds for sale... lots of bird's left over still for sale. Price of grain is sky rocketing !
It's only been a week since I posted, and yes, the sun came out on
Wed, and except for a quarter inch of rain Fri AM before sun up has been warming things up. Got into the 60's yesterday and today. It won't last, 40's most of the week after rain tomorrow.. I have been cleaning flower beds and dug my horsradish to grind if I can't get out.
I tried to save that iris bud and it rewarded me today. I couldn't get a good pic inside so I took it back to near where it grew. Hydrangea leaves didn't make it, but the iris did
Lou for fear of being sent to the naughty chair, Ky who has heretofore been Democratic went Republican this election. Go figure.
Well the economy isn't exactly booming around here. If it were not for state government in Frankfort which is where Janet and I both worked that city would be nothing. Matter of fact my DS and his SO lost their apartment, and had to move the furniture into a storage unit, and my DS is currently staying here. I feel bad, but I told her that she has family and that she needs to see if she can stay with some of them. I am not ready to have my house overtaken. I can abide my DS, but it is much different with someone else here. It feels like my space has been invaded when she is here. Not to mention extra laundry and cooking and etc, etc. I know that they are not happy with the situation, but I didn't put them in that situation either.
Pat that is my dilemma. Is that not a Christian way of looking at things? Told DH if he felt differently that we would talk about it and pray about it. I sure need some help with this situation.
Herman that is a pretty iris, and unusual to see one blooming at this time of year. Weather liars say that we are to have rain tomorrow, and a cold front moving through with it. It is currently 66 degrees with a brisk wind, and by tomorrow morning will be in the high 30's then Tuesday morning in the low 30's. DH is hoping that with the rain that he will be able to get all the tobacco down out of the barn so that they can get it stripped and to market. He has about half of the crop stripped and it is due at the warehouse (oops receiving station) on Tuesday morning at 7:00. Since it is about an hour drive in good conditions, that means he will be leaving really really early to get it there.
Rain rain and more rain today . So much for outside stuff.
Savannah is sick today and will be home .
so i guess i will catch up on apple sauce.
all my chickens have lice ... uuuhhhg. so i will be busy with that also. A llittle Sevin shall fix it right up .
no apple orchard today. tuesday will be out last day.
the lady i work with is out of town. How nice of her to let us know on sunday ! she is a nice woman but " FLAKEY ! "
Thank you to all the Vets for all your work.
good day to you all