Sunday, August 20, 2017

The One that Didn't Get Away

Standing at the "screened in" back porch this morning, looking out at our newly manicured backyard, (thanks Texan family!) I saw a large, grey bird swoop down and take off upward with a thin snake in his beak.

I hope it wasn't Jake, the snake. He's been around for several years, visiting our yard and the two neighbors' to the south.

I wish the bird could have scooped up the mole that is residing on the property. I'm afraid we'll have to hire a human to do that job.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Here's the Double Exposure - Remember Those?

I should have included in the blog on Tuesday but here it is - our wedding album.  Three friends were there and took two (2) photos. Forgetting to wind the film saves on the space it takes to store the album.  Glad we got at least one!!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

65th Anniversary

We didn't do anything special. I did cook a nice supper (we still call it that at our house.) We had a roast with all the carrots, potatoes and onions plus creamed peas.

That was nicer that trying to go out and eat. It's been sixty-five years since we got married. We had known each other three and a half months after a blind date was set up by a friend.

His folks thought we were nuts. Mine weren't thrilled. My mom wanted a church wedding. We went to the minister's home and no honeymoon. Back to work and school the next day.

We did have a wonderful celebration for our fiftieth which Elke, our daughter-in-law, arranged. Friends from quilt guild, the tower (FAA) and neighbors were there at the Lone Star Steak House.

I didn't put a photo or announcement in the paper. They actually charge for that service!

Wonder if they charge for obituaries.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Scared Straight

The clinic where our doctor resides has an online site. Through the "portal" a patient can check his appointments, current prescriptions and many other things. I accidentally clicked on something and up came all the conditions that I am listed as having.

Amazed that I am still alive, I am now concentrating on changing my habits of eating, exercising and general pattern of living.

Scared me!

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Little Break in the Heat

We had a few sprinkles. The main storm missed us and hit Wichita leaving trees and electrical lines down! But the cool air made it this far. What a nice feeling in the mornings to have 76 degrees for running errands.

Our errands are so boring - dog food, bird seed and groceries for us. Our microwave died. Our older son asked, "How can you cook?" I told him I'm learning. The big debate is whether to buy a counter top or an over the stove model. L. says you can't sell a house with a broken microwave. Who is planning on selling?

It is a pain to reheat coffee in a saucepan on the stove. We make a several cup pot in the morning and drink some later. Our younger son and family sent us one of those single cup producers. I had been looking at them for a long time but never made up my mind to buy one. I was excited. Read the instructions (as my mother taught me to do) and followed them. The coffee dripped out one drip at a time. We tried three times, using three pods of the forty pods included. Sadly only drips that made about one fourth cup of very strong brew. So it was packed up and made ready to send back.

Then I got a call. "Did you put the coffee back in the box for return?"  "Yes." "Could you take it back out? They will not accept it back since it's edible!"  "Ok."  Luckily we had plenty of tape for the rewrap!

So we're still using the big pot and reheating on the stove. Life goes on.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hot, Hot Days of Summer

We are having days of 99 and 100 with plenty of humidity which makes it very muggy.

I haven't had much to blog about. Crocheting fills my afternoons after mornings spent running errands before it gets toohot to touch the car.

Two things happened recently which involve buying yarn. At one store I did not get a cart and carried several skeins of yarn back to the check out register with one tucked under my right arm pit. I put them all on the counter except the one under my arm. She rang up the yarns, I paid and suddenly realized I had another skein. She laughed and said she hadn't seen it. So another ring up and I paid and got out of there.

Several days later at a different store,I had a coupon with a percentage "off." I put both skeins on the counter with the coupon and said, "I have a coupon for one of them."  She rang it up along with two other items that my husband bought. The total didn't seem out of line but when I got home, I looked at the ticket. The clerk had only charged me for one skein.

It was too warm to go back that afternoon, but the next morning we went back and I paid up! She thanked me and said it had happened to her. We agreed that if they had made a mistake by overcharging, the customer would want it corrected.

From the replies on social media to the dilemma, everybody agreed it was the right thing to do.

I knew that already.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Stinky but Soothing

I dislike the smell of liniment. My grandmother Brown, bless her, used it quite a bit when they lived with us. I think it was for her rheumatism. I'm not sure if that is aching muscles or joints. Would it be called arthritis today?

Wellll, I now smell like my granny.Thursday morning I woke up with bite at the base of my throat.
Mosquito? Spider? At least it's not a tick! And man, does it itch. I tried  Neosporine because it was the first thing I saw in the medicine cabinet. No good. Lee mentioned Lamisil. Tried it. Some relief but not for long.

Then he suggested the smelly stuff he used to put on his feet that smells like my grandmother's liniment:  ABSORBINE JR.  Yuck!  It burned like fire and I thought, "This was a big mistake." Then the fired calmed down and although I can now walk into and clear a room, the itch is under control.