Saturday, July 20, 2019

Big Purchase

A few days ago when it was still cool enough to get outside, I was loose in Walmart. I went there for yarn. I hope I got enough because if I didn't, I'll go back later and they won't have at least one of the colors I picked.

For a long time I have looked at my cooking utensils. They were originally black but after putting them in the dishwasher, they had ugly gray places all over them. I decided to splurge and went to the kitchen aisle. This group had everything I wanted, the price was right so I grabbed them.

After I got home and remove the label, I discovered they had metal handles. Great. Will the heat travel up the steel/metal or whatever it is?   I washed them by hand (!) and remembered that a long time ago I had made a pot holder that was made to fit on the handle of a pot. Amazingly I found it - in the pot holder drawer. It resembles a hat from Mexico with a tall, tall, crown.
So now I figure I'm covered. Or the handles are if I remember to use it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


There was a lot of stuff we needed from the grocery store and very little of it was food.
Kansas has sales tax on food. I don't know how many states do not but I know of two - Oregon and New Jersey.

I spent ninety dollars and the tax was eight dollars. I wonder where those states without tax on food get all their finances to run the state. We need to have it now to get us out of the hole we were in for a few years when the legislature cut taxes and about ruined us.

So maybe some day we'll have enough in the treasury to remove the tax on food.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wobbly Faucet

A little over two weeks ago we had our kitchen faucet fixed by the nicest plumber in town.  It was leaking, but not all the time. He replaced O ring with a kit. Those kits are not cheap! But we were pleased that it was done.

Yesterday all was normal until Lee called me to the kitchen. He was filling the water pitcher to give our indoor plants a drink. The one handled faucet was very loose. There was lot of  "play" in it.
We wondered why, all of a sudden, this would happen.

This morning I called the business and our good friend, the plumber, was here before noon. All he had to do was tighten a small screw. It may happen again. The faucet is ten years old - and no, it won't come off and make it impossible to stop the water flowing! I had decided I had better figure out where to turn off the water. He said, not to worry - that won't happen.  I will find out about the main shut off anyway!

Monday, July 15, 2019


It started out calmly enough. I even made French Toast (we were fresh out of doughnuts as my mom used to say.)

Then our neighbor called to tell us he would mow the back yard. We made sure the dogs were in the house and shut the doggie door.

Later, after the mowing, the nice neighbor told us there was a lot of cotton on the A/C. He offered to rinse it off. For some unknown reason, Lee went out into the garage and left the door open. Jack was under the chair but Jill was alert and she went OUT.

Oh woe. Lee said get in the car. Since I didn't have any car keys with me I thought that was not such a good idea. I walked out to the driveway and looked south. There was Jill two doors down, sniffing at all the aromas. I called her. I might as well have called a brick. These are the first dogs that we have had (nine so far) that have never come to us when we called them. I guess we forgot how to "train" them.

I went back into the house, got a leash and the car keys. When I came back, the dog was at the end of the driveway with Lee. I called her and she came running - looking like the dogs you see in the ads on tv. Her ears were flapping and she looked happy!  I opened the door into the house and she ran in.

Whew. Lee said a car was coming up the street and he was afraid she would run out in front of it.

So that was our excitement for the day.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Audrey and Me

What did she have that I lack?  I loved her style and didn't know I was channeling it with the blue hat.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

One More - 64" x 44"

Another afghan  ready for winter. This one had some surprises. I ran out of "Papaya" and the store evidently did too. So I substituted. On one row I left out a color. No frog stitch for me - just fake it and carry on. All the color rows are double crochet and the white rows are single. Soooo, I started a colored row with about three DCs and when I got to the end, I saw that for the next three stitches at the beginning, I had slipped back to the shorter stitch. Still no plan to rip. I figure these are minor things and I found out a long time ago that I am not a perfectionist.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday - Hump Day

If I worked, the work week would be half over. Since that hasn't been the case for thirty-three years, it's no beg deal. When you aren't employed "outside the home," you still work every day.

It was really cool this morning so we went and got gas in the van. The breeze was wonderful. It felt like fall.

After a nap, I worked on the latest afghan. Three more rows and it's done!

Here are the clouds viewed from the gas station.