Thursday, September 30, 2021

Tooth Fairy Time?

Does the tooth fairy come for cat teeth? It seems Mini has lost a tooth. We took her to the vet today because she was a little oozy around the mouth. She had a tooth just hanging there and the vet plucked it out. Mini needs to step up her game in the oral hygiene department. Maybe I’ll get her a water pick! 

Here she is after the vet finished with her.

Mini was so upset with me that she refused to face the crate door. She loosened up on the way home after I put her in the front with me. She did tell me that she wanted “home” and “out” - frequently during our drive. I encouraged her to sing with the radio, but she wasn’t having it - those aren’t the songs of her people, don’t you know?! 

We are home. She is a bit high on pain meds. She has made the rounds, checked on her bowls, and is currently trying to decide where she wants to be. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Chair For Mr

Mr has been at his company for 30 years this year. He had a choice of a lot of different gifts he could receive from his company. He chose the chair! 

When I graduated from Grove City College, mom and dad bought me a college chair. Ditto for my sister when she graduated from UMass. Mom has one from her alma mater - the New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing - that I got for her. Dad got a chair from his company when he retired. When LLB and #1 graduated from VMI, they both got their college chairs from Gram and Grandpa. It’s a thing. It’s what we do. We have a chair fetish. 

Over the years, mom tried desperately to get a chair for Mr from McGill and Concordia to no avail. So, Mr was the only one without a chair. Those days are now gone! He has his own chair! Yippee! Believe me, if I can get him a chair from McGill or Concordia, I will, but this will do. He and Grandpa have company chairs! That’s pretty cool! 

Monday, September 27, 2021

One more “Not Yoda”

As cute as they are, I have probably made too many of these. That said, I love the new yarn I found for the jacket! I could probably be persuaded to make a couple more if anyone wants one. Email me and we can chat.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

It’s back to bells time!

Mr and I started back to ringing with Brava, our community group a couple of weeks ago. We both enjoy that rehearsal so very much. It’s hard work, but it is so much fun! The best part is we just show up and ring. We don’t have to check the music, make sure the bells are out, or have any real actual responsibility. 

This week our church group will be back at it. This group is also a lot of fun, except I’m the responsible entity. I choose the music, set up the bells, maintain the bells, and generally do it all except ring - unless someone is missing. This year, though, I have a very large group with a couple of spots being doubled because of the ringing schedule conflicts. I might even have a new ringer starting at the end of October! How cool is that?! 

So, it’s back to bells and back to making music! For this we are thankful! 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021


Today is Wednesday. I spend Wednesdays in town running errands, grocery shopping, going to prayer shawl and more depending on the schedule. 

Today when I got ready to head to town, I loaded up the trash and recycling, made a list of places I needed to go and checked things I needed to get done. It wasn’t raining when I left… it was supposed to rain today. Yes, rain - not pour buckets. 

I headed south towards town and the sky brightened. I went to the UPS store. I did my quick run in and out. It started to sprinkle as I headed to get my shingles shot and got a little worse on the way to my porch pickup. After that, I headed to the dump. I watched the dark clouds roll in as I drove. By the time I got there, it was actually raining. I quickly dumped the household trash and headed to the recycling. The rain came down harder. I pulled up in front of the cardboard recycling. I opened the tailgate… the wind whipped up, and the rain came down… harder…I scooted into the cardboard container… as I exited, the sky opened up and poured sheets of water. Yes, on me. I looked and felt like a drowned rat. I promptly finished dumping the rest of the recycling and jumped back into the car… which was now almost as soggy inside and out as I was. Because I had to do the grocery shopping, I didn’t just throw my hands up and head home. I went to Walmart. My shoes squished. My pants were dripping. My hair looked like I’d just come out of the shower. Wet? Why yes, yes I was! Soaked thru! I was most attractive. The only saving Grace was that most of the other shoppers looked just like I did! Misery loves company!

I did the shopping, purchased a pair of shorts and a shirt, and headed for the car. I changed out of my pants and into the shorts in the car. Please note that the drivers side floor was a puddle… fortunately, my feet were already wet, so it wasn’t too shocking when I put my feet down… ok.. it was. 😏 I decided to change the rest at church. So when I arrived at prayer shawl, I changed my top in the bathroom. 

Upon arrival at home, I did yet another load of laundry - my clothes were still soggy and the hamper was pretty full. Fun times, I tell you! The bonus - my car is clean, the laundry is done, and my hair is really soft!

Monday, September 20, 2021

Monday musings

It’s Monday! Monday = Bells! 

I love ringing so much! 

I finished a shawl this afternoon. I need to make one more Yoda… I’ll start it tomorrow. 😁

#1 and Yellow Rose are moving to another apartment in 3 weeks. A 2 bedroom. Larger, more spacious, first floor, and in the building next door. They are very excited! They considered buying a house, but the inventory is lacking and the prices are inflated… and they don’t know how much longer they’ll be in Texas. 

Bible study tomorrow morning and tomorrow night! I’m presenting on Mary Magdalene tomorrow night. I’d best get my act together, huh?  

Friday, September 17, 2021

Gray Day

Today is a gray day. I’m staying in. 

I’ve finished the laundry. I should vacuum. I think I’m going to spend the day crocheting, instead. Doesn’t that sound far more enjoyable? I’m in the process of making a shawl for a friend. I started a blanket, but the shawl needs to get finished first. 

It’s a lovely purple color in a yarn I love - that, of course, has been discontinued. So be it! I’ll just have to use what I have and go find something else. I’m sure I can find something wonderful to work with! 🀣

Monday, September 13, 2021

Too Fast!

 Our visit with #1 and Yellow Rose went way too fast! We got to spend Friday with LLB and her beau. We had a great time - brunch, cupcakes, coffee, and her cats! What more could we want?

We left there and headed to a neighborhood party. More fun and food! 

Saturday was a quiet day at home - which after Friday’s excitement, was definitely needed. 

Sunday brought LLB back home and long time family friends in for a visit. Sunday also brought the invoices for the plumbing crises last week. Yep… there will be no more spending for a while. It was a very expensive week! That said, we are blessed to have saved for a rainy day such as this, so we are able to simply write the check. Not that it isn’t painful to see all those hard earned pennies leave the bank account, it is… but running water is important. πŸš½πŸšΏπŸš°πŸ›πŸ§Ί

This morning, it was back to the grind with a very early trip to the airport, laundry, and general cleaning up. They left us and headed to Florida for a quick vacation on the beach. 

Tonight brought us our first Brava Community Bell Choir rehearsal of the fall. It really is the fastest hour of the week! I do love it so much! Mr did great, too! 

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Today is the day!

#1 and Yellow Rose will be here tonight! I’m so incredibly excited!

The ducts were cleaned.  The water heater at Gram’s was fixed. The mosquito curtains are finally here and are up on the porch. All that’s left is a little vacuuming. 

It looks like we will be meeting up with old friends on Saturday. I’ve got a pork ready to cook! 

Such fun times and blessings are ahead! 

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Scarves and mittens

I needed a break, so I decided to do some easy things. The pencil scarf is simply adorable! The creamy set is a silk blend - oh so yummy! 

Monday, September 06, 2021

Goes into.. goes out of…

Water goes in and water goes out… that’s how it is supposed to work. Last week the “goes into” wasn’t right… so we ended up with a new well pump. Yep… not looking forward to that bill. 

While they were here, they thought my “goes out of” was fine. Somehow in the back of my mind, I knew something was “off”. Note: always trust your gut. Well, fast forward to party preparations on Saturday morning… and the toilet wasn’t “going out” like it should. As a matter of fact, it was going out in the guest room shower. This, my friends, is not a good thing. Thus, party canceled. You cannot tell your guests to “find a tree”. 

Today, the sweetest drain cleaner on the planet - Monica - arrived and fixed the “goes out of”! She checked everything. The septic is good. The drain lines are clear. Please note, if you stay over, you’ll be asked to double or triple flush to ensure that your “goes out of” exits all the way from the far end of the house to the septic tank. You’ll be asked to take long showers, brush your teeth for as long as you need to with the water running, and to wash your hands for a full minute or more. It’s a long run from one end of the house to another and with no laundry running over there, there’s not a whole lot to push your “goes out of” out of the pipes. 

Just when you think you’re all set, you’re not. We needed to clean the shower… and we discovered no hot water over there on the far side.   The plumber has been notified and I am assured that we will have hot water by the time #1 and Yellow Rose arrive for their visit on Thursday. 

You remember the mouse from a few posts back? Yeah… well we caught the rest of his family… and the duct cleaner is arriving on Wednesday. One cannot be breathing mouse poo remnants! 

Oh, and one more thing. The chlorine feeder lid had a part blow off during Ida’s visit… new lid ordered and replaced. That was a cheap fix - $18. 

We have also had to deal with 5 fallen trees in the last 4 weeks. We cut them up enough to get them out of the way. Once it cools down, those trees will become firewood - which we always need, but really? At this point, we could use a little break. 

It’s been a very busy, rough, poop filled, and expensive couple of weeks. Let’s hope this is the last of the “disasters” for a while. 

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Rocking it!

The rocking chairs arrived and I put them together… during the hurricane. Yes, I do live large! Once I got the first one together, the rest were easy. I will admit that they are easy, but it’s still a lot of work. Getting them together is cool, but dealing with the boxes and the packing material (times 4) is exhausting! 

We are very pleased with them! We sat outside on them for a brief moment when the rain was stopped and the wind hadn’t started yet. The wind is gusting to 25mph and the rain is off and on… it will be on most of the night - or until Ida blows herself out of here. 

Looking good…

 Baby steps! More furniture is on the way!