Monday, May 22, 2017

VET AND DOCTOR VISITS DAY

This day got off to an early start with the arrival of g-daughter and g-son who didn't go to school today because he had pains in his stomach all night.


I think he may have been just hungry because he ate 2 waffles, a piece of cinnamon toast and a slice of caramel cake for breakfast !!!
I did chores and then loaded up Bernie for his yearly check up at the vets office so he can continue getting all his heart meds.
Bernie was not thrilled at all about the poking and prodding the vet did and looked as if he felt like he had indeed been violated.
There was no change and they are all still amazed that Bernie is still alive with his really bad heart .
We spent almost 2 hours at the vet and got home just before lunch. I had time to grab lunch of left overs and get one load of laundry done before it was time to head out again.
This time the kids went along as I have an eye exam appointment and always need to have my eyes dilated so hubbie has to drive me home. He walked around with the kids in a small shopping center near the Doctor's office. To his grief (and mine) my appointment took 2 hours.

For what reason I have no idea as I have never had to spend that long in there before. I need to get new glasses but didn't want to take time to look at frames with g-daughter starting to pitch a fit.
We headed home and she went to sleep for her afternoon nap. A thunder storm was dropping hard rain in town but only brought us a short shower and a little over 1/10th inch of rain here.
I didn't have time to do any more laundry before it was time to head out once again . As soon as d-in-love picked the kids up hubbie and I loaded up Flash the Basset Hound and back to the vet we went for Flash's rabies shot.
He was unexpectedly very good and if we had known he would have been this well behaved I could have handled him and Bernie both this morning. At least this vet visit only took about 30 minutes.
Whew !!!!  At least we got home in time to get a short break with a cup of hot green tea while the news was on before it was chore time this evening.
This Kousa Dogwood tree is so pretty this year and this limb so heavy with wet blossoms forms an arch over this pathway. Beauty on a cloudy rainy day !!!
After chore time I got my other 2 loads of weekly laundry done and went over more retirement paperwork for hubbie.
Thankfully my throat feels much better today with a good nights sleep last night and I feel like I am getting my strength back.
Each time I am at market and look around at my empty craft shelves I promise myself sewing time each day. So tonight I made good on that promise and sewed up this little baby bonnet I already had cut out.
I am going to get an early bed time again tonight to keep my recovery on the upside.
It is 10:15 and I am signing off and heading to bed.
Thankful for traveling mercies for all my doctor and vet visits today and for positive outcomes at each visit.
God Bless and Good Night








Sunday, May 21, 2017

SOCCER VICTORY IN THE RAIN AND 1997 MAY

Yuck , I feel pretty cruddy this morning as I rolled out of bed with a dizzy head. I shook the cob webs out and did chores in a pouring rain, which isn't going to help my sore throat !!! There was already 1 & 1/2 inches of rain in the gauge that I dumped out.
Back inside I had a bowl of oatmeal thinking that would make me feel better but it didn't. All I wanted to do was go back to bed , so that's what I did !!
Hubbie went on to church and I slept the entire morning away.
I woke up just before he and #1 son's family came in for lunch of a crock pot full of beef stew and corn bread muffins.
I ate lunch and felt a little better.
G-son had his last soccer game today and I so wanted to go but they were going to play in the pouring rain so I decided that wouldn't be a good place for me.
His team won the game to put them in first place and he played awesome mostly at the goalie position. Playing in the rain was fun for these young boys !!!! Thanks to d-in-love for the pics.


I pretty much spent the afternoon on the couch watching the rain outside and hoping to rest whatever is wrong with me away !!
Thankfully the hard rain stopped before chore time tonight and I emptied another 2 inches from the gauge at chore time bringing the total since last night to 3 & 1/2 inches !!
Hopefully we will have a rain free overnight and tomorrow before more heavy rain and storms move back in for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Back in May of 1997 we were in baseball mode with both boys playing on the same team at Berkley Park.
#1 son bats.....
#2 son pitches......

And here is #1 son and me at the Curb Market behind my booth that month.
I was just sewing crafts back then and hadn't started baking yet but the craft business was pretty good at that time.
With a sore throat and now starting to cough my head off I am headed to an early bedtime. Hoping the dose of Nyquil helps more tonight than it did last night !!!
Thankful for the blessings of this day as I know the day was filled with them even if I didn't recognize them all.
God Bless and Good Night




Saturday, May 20, 2017

BUSY SATURDAY

With a pretty restless night of sleep I dragged myself out of bed this morning to get things done and get to market on time.
Market sales were pretty good today and I am thankful that the season seems to be picking up.
Daughter came by and stayed for a while to help out this morning then went home to do yard work.
After market I made stops at Ingles and Aldi for baking supplies and tomorrow's lunch supplies.
I made it home at 4:00 and hubbie stopped mowing long enough to help me unload and get things put away.
While he continued mowing I rested and drank hot tea to sooth my still sore scratchy throat.
G-daughter came to stay with us while her mom and dad and brother went to a birthday cook out at a friends house this evening.
She was active as ever.



G-son had a soccer game earlier today and his team won again so he was happy.
Hubbie and I took turns getting our chores done tonight and watching g-daughter as she investigated everything around .
After her mom and dad picked her up about 8:30 hubbie and I relaxed for the rest of the evening. I am still battling a sore throat and feeling pretty bad again tonight.
Thankful for the blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night.


Friday, May 19, 2017

SUNNY MORNING STORMY AFTERNOON

A 6am alarm really shook me awake today as I remembered why I had set it that early. I got up and went up to the brooder boxes and took the screen down that I had put in front of the nesting tunnel so the new little chicks couldn't get away from the mama hen last night. I wanted to get it down as soon as daylight came today to avoid the hen getting upset and hurting the chicks trying to get out to the feed and water.
The little chicks were all still tucked under her warm feathers so I went back to bed for a little while.
I did regular chores about 8am and took these pics of the mama hen and her new babies who seem to have taken very well to one another and the 2 little spotted chicks that hatched from the 2 eggs I had under her are so pretty.



I had breakfast then took a walk around the farm . I emptied 1/10th inch of rain from an overnight shower from the rain gauge .
The sun is shining this morning and the humid air caused me to sweat before I got back inside.
I started baking cakes and baked 6 caramel, 2 chocolate, 1 carrot, 6 pound cakes, 1 blackberry wine and 2 pans of brownies . I had lunch as hubbie came in from work. He is taking 1/2 day off today to work in the garden before the rain gets here this afternoon.
I went to my friend / beautician to have her cut my hair at 1:30 and while I was there the rains came.
It was only one shower but a heavy one that left another 3/10ths inch in the gauge in less than 30 minutes. These are some quickly forming severe thunder storms and they are popping up all over the county prompting a severe thunder storm warning for the entire county.



When I got home the rain had stopped and hubbie had went back to work in the garden and was finishing up putting stakes at the pepper plants and cages around all the tomato plants.

Our garden is looking pretty good in spite of all the up and down weather we have had so far this season.
It's funny how things jar memories, when I looked at this pic I took of my haircut and saw this old and I do mean old , about 20 year old tee shirt that I have on it jogged a memory.

Not of the days back them spent at the baseball field watching both boys play ball or the many trips this baseball mom took with the all stars as we traveled all summer some years to tournaments . But the memory jogged today was of the sweet older couple that I bought this tee shirt from. This couple were fellow vendors in a little country craft store business a friend of mine started 20 years ago and asked me to join her. I sold Avon and Stanley products as well as my crafts and baked goods in there for several years. Her business mane was The Rusty Bucket and  it is still open with a barber shop and hair salon in there now. But this elderly couple were so sweet and they sold screen printed tee-shirts as well as ceramic crafts (I have one of their ceramic Christmas decorations that I use every year) to make extra money in their retirement. Funny I can see their faces clearly but can not remember their names.
I left this business after a couple years there as my kids got older and got into more activities and it became too much for me to do the Curb Market and this business together so I made a choice to leave there so I lost touch with these folks.
I sat on the porch and watched another storm skirt off the north of our area and felt the cool air from what was probably hail in that storm.
We did chores and then I spent the evening in the kitchen icing cakes and getting things ready for market.
I am tired tonight from that early morning wake up and all of a sudden this afternoon my throat started hurting and I feel pretty bad tonight. Hopefully a good nights sleep will make me feel better. Daughter had a sore throat earlier in the week and there seems to be a bug going around so maybe it will be short lived.
Thankful to God for the blessings of this day and for His everlasting love.
God Bless and Good Night


Thursday, May 18, 2017

CUCKOO MARAN CHICKS ARRIVE

Well this morning got off to an interesting start to make it two "what the heck" kind of mornings in a row !!
After a pretty sleepless night, my fitbit said 4 hours and 8 minutes of sleep last night.,must have been that chocolate icing I licked off the spoon just before bedtime, I felt a little dazed making it hard to get started today.
As I started chores I got a call from the feed store that the chicks that were scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning were here today. Soooooo !!! Along with all the regular chores I had to set up a chick box with a light. I am going to put them under a setting Silkie but can't do that until after dark tonight. Thankfully hubbie was in the vicinity of the feed store and could run and pick them up. I waited for him to get here with them and we got them all set up with food and sugar water. They only sent 5 chicks instead of the 6 I ordered but oh well !! These are the Cuckoo Maran hens that lay chocolate colored eggs.

I was almost 30 minutes late for market and several customers were waiting when I got there but the day turned out to be an okay sales day. One of the orders got changed until tomorrow morning anyway so it all worked out. Whew !!!!
After market I ran regular errands and then walked up on Main Street to check out a resale dress shop. The street was surprisingly empty today. I didn't find anything I wanted in the shop.

 I also made supply stops at Aldi and Walmart and also made a stop at the strawberry farm for more fresh berries. This is a very hot afternoon and the clouds are starting to boil up like it might storm, it is certainly hot enough at 88 degrees.

I got home about 4:00 and got things unloaded and put away. I talked to daughter on the phone while I had a cup of hot tea and rested. She finished decorating g-daughter #2's nursery today and it looks really great.

D-in-love brought g-daughter up to see the baby chicks and she loved them so much she wanted to squeeze them !!!!  She wasn't the least bit afraid of the chicks like some of the kids around here have been






She pitched a fit and didn't want to leave those little new friends.
While I did chores I peeked in on the little red Silkie that I am giving the 5 new chicks to and luckily the 2 eggs I had put under her were both hatching this evening. How lucky is that ????
Just at dark I carried the 5 Maran chicks up and put them under her warm feathers with the 2 just hatched chicks and she fluffed up and settled right down covering all 7 chicks. The Maran chicks easily acted like they knew they were supposed to be under her feathers so hopefully this will be this easy. I will set an alarm for 6:00 in the morning at sunrise to remove a wire I put up to keep all of them in the nest over night.
Well it seems winter is going to take one more swing at the western states with a very late winter storm named Valerie that is dropping feet of snow in places.

We didn't get any rain today but the moisture in the air is surely increasing and storms are more likely tomorrow.
Thankful for all the wonderful blessings of this day.
God Bless and Good Night.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BUSY WEDNESDAY AND 1987 MAY MEMORIES

GRRRRRR !!!!!  Got this day off to a late start by making a phone call first that I thought would only take a minute. This retirement stuff for hubbie is way too complicated. It's almost as if they are nit picking every little thing to find a reason to deny things ???  When I sent in a form for secondary beneficiaries I put all three of the kids but that won't work. So I tried to change it online and it wouldn't let me, thus the phone call but guess what it still didn't get changed but after an hour I decided to try again later !!!
Now I 'm out doing the chores late and  then after taking a couple more cake order calls it is 10:00 and I'm starting to get a headache because I haven't even had breakfast.After finally finishing breakfast I decided to take a walk anyway to calm my nerves. And it worked as this is my happy place , outside communing with God's wonderful creations.  Mama duck walks her babies through the Buttercups.
The tomato farmers used black plastic this year instead of the white plastic like last year ?? They are finally starting to set the tomato plants today. It has been too wet.

Back inside I decided to get my baking for the day started. I didn't have much until the 2 orders called in earlier today. I baked 6 caramel, 2 chocolate, 1 coconut, 2 pound and 1 blackberry wine before having a late lunch to go with my late breakfast.
The sun was bright and the temp was 84 but my body felt the need for some relaxing warm sunshine.
It didn't take long to satisfy that need in the "hot" sunshine but it gave me a chance to recharge a little before housecleaning began.
I was just mopping myself out the back door when hubbie got in from work so we sat out in the covered patio and enjoyed a nice breeze until the floors dried.
We watched the news and then did chores. I had a salad for supper and then did weekly paperwork and paid bills.
We watched Survivor on TV then I finished out the night icing cakes and getting things ready for market.
May 1987 was a fun month with these three littles, ages 5, 4, 2 , we definitely had our hands and hearts full.
We always loved to go to the beach before the crowds and it was so much cheaper to go before the season. We stayed in a hotel called The Reef.

These three loved the beach.


And the pool......


Me with all three while #2 son practices floating.
They also loved the amusement park rides.





Later that month they all got dressed up for move up day at the day care they were all going to at that time.



The day care was called Home Grown Children and it was owned and operated by a friend of mine, Shelia Corn and she hired great teachers and did a great job with all the kids. That is her on the left as #2 son receives his certificate. That was our pediatrician Dr. Goodwin handing out the certificates.
This is his class.
#1 son receives his certificate.
And this is his class.
Also that month this is a newspaper clipping about the Curb Market.
Loved these years in the life of our family as they so full of activities and fun.
Thanking God each time I post these past memories that He blessed me with so many blessings along the way and took care of my family as only He could do.
God Bless and Good Night