Jan 15, 2009 | 3:14 AM PST
Our run-around-town day went well. First, we hit the post office. When we drove up, there was not a car in sight. Hubby was worried that it was closed for some reason, but I could see a light in the office. About that time six cars came zooming up. One parked directly on the right and one on the left, leaving not much room to get out. Isn't that typical! A totally empty parking lot and they must pull in right next to another car. I told Hubby that we'd better beat them to the door or we'd have to wait in line even though we were the first there! We got that done and then to the bank. We pulled up right in front of the door. It was so weird. Where was everyone? I guess we left them at the post office and they would be in hot pursuit soon.
Then off to get groceries. Same thing. We got a "first space" there, too. There was hardly anyone around. We got our shopping done in record time. When we went to check out, which is usually an ordeal finding an open register, the cashier came up to us before we even had a chance to get into a line and called us over to her register. It really was strange. We had everything done and back home by 9:30 a.m.
What was also really strange was the sun was shining and it was so nice. The wind wasn't blowing, so I did get to spend some time in the yard. I didn't really accomplish all that much, but it was great to get outside. I cut a bunch of rosemary for an arrangement. It smelled wonderful. What is so great about an arrangement of rosemary? You can use it to cook your supper!
I hope that everyone has a great day and the sun shines upon you.
Jan 13, 2009 | 3:34 AM PST
Uh, oh. Friday the 13th came on a Tuesday this month!
We enjoyed the heck out of the day yesterday. One of my friends visited, and bless her heart, she didn't even mention the state of my yard. She was sore from all her outdoor doings. I've got to get off my duff.
Son is supposed to come today to get more wood cut up and toted to his house. Do you think that they will ever get that huge tree cut up?
Hubby forgot to put the coffee in the new gold filter in the coffee pot last night, so we had hot water this morning. Yum, yum!
Ya'll have a bright and wonderful day.
Have we footballed ourselves into a stupor? Yeah, it's football, Hillbilly. It seems no matter what team we pull for, it's the loser. I penned another haiku just for the heck of it:
birds flew o'er giants
steel stopped electricity
small birds devour large?
I suppose that you'd have to know the teams to appreciate it.We had scrambled eggs for breakfast and then those eggs were replaced by fresh ones. Go girls! Hubby said that one of the Dominiques didn't look well, so we may lose another. I'm not sure if it is Please or Thank You. I can't tell them apart. I expect we'll find her gone this morning. Speaking of gone, when he went out for the last feeding of the day yesterday, one of the Bee Star got out of the gate. She refused to go back in. Hubby gave her every opportunity to come back in and eat her lovely ration of laying pellets. She preferred pecking and scratching outside the pen. Hubby had had enough of her foolishness, so he got the net. Oh, how they hate the net! He caught her and put her back in the pen whether she liked it or not!I hope that everyone has a productive day.
Jan 11, 2009 | 1:24 PM PST
We finished watching the game that we taped first thing this morning. You know that we couldn't possibly stay up that late. As I watched, I figured that I must still be abed sleeping and having a nightmare. They sure did tear us up. Beat the heck out of the Panthers! How pitiful! Oh, well, come February we'll start back with the racing circuit!
I can't think of anything wonderful that we did yesterday. I'm still reeling from the Panthers pitiful showing. Do you think that daughter may have jinxed them?
Well, we did go to the dump yesterday. That fits in with the ball game, doesn't it? Now on to the Eagles and Giants, er. . . I might be pulling for the wrong team here, too.
Jan 10, 2009 | 3:08 AM PST
It was a red letter day! We got SIX eggs yesterday. Count 'em. One from the breakfast feeding, four at lunch time, and one from the last feeding. We probably won't get any today, but that's the best that they've done since the tree-trauma. We did have a fried egg each for breakfast yesterday. It was so good.
We didn't do much of anything yesterday to write home about, but at least we saw some sunshine. That was nice.
Yesterday was Daughter's #*^% birthday. She finally wrote me the first email of the week. She'll be going to the Panther game tonight! No wonder she doesn't have time to write me. She's too busy hobnobbing with the right people.
Oh, well. That's about the excitement of my life right now. Maybe you had a more exhilarating day.
Sleeping in again this morning and all off schedule. We couldn't sleep worth a hoot the night before. I think that it was too hot for good sleeping. I let things cool down some last night, and we were late getting up.
I don't think that I spoke about our coffee disaster last week. Yep, he did it again. He let the filter flop over and then the coffee pot backed up and spilled all over the counter and everywhere. I am sick and tired of wiping up grounds and chewing my coffee. I ordered one of those permanent coffee filters. It's made of a gold tiny mesh. You just wash it. It can't flop over. It came yesterday. It seemed to have worked just fine this morning. The coffee tastes good. I'll let you know how hard it is to clean later.
Son came and they got a truck load of logs to split and take back to his house from that same old fallen tree in the chicken pens. I told you that it was BIG. I let the boys go have Chinese alone. They insisted that I go with them, but I didn't relish the idea of waiting till they unloaded all the logs. I had a gazillion things that I could do while they were gone. Maybe next time.
We got no eggs yesterday. Hubby gave Son a whole dozen. I guess I'll have to hoard some back for myself and hide them in the fridge in a carton marked "store-boughten." I held my tongue, though, and didn't complain about giving away my wonderful eggs, following my resolution "Keep my mouth shut."
In case you're interested, since January 4, we have gotten 2 inches of rain. That's pretty good, I'd say.
Finally, they are bringing Hubby into the 21st century. They are sending him a monitoring machine that will transmit the data from his pacemaker to them without his having to go there to the office. Hubby's brother, did that over the telephone years and years ago. This is not quite the same thing, but the principle is the same. They usually never say anything about the goings-on on the pacemaker. They just read it and send it on to the doc. This time the lady said that there were two episodes at 7 a.m. where his heart was racing. He has the pacemaker for the opposite reason--too slow, never too fast. She asked him if he remembered anything unusual that would have caused this. He didn't remember anything. It certainly wasn't the dog in the chicken pen incident. I told him that he must have spied me running naked from the shower to the bedroom. He said no that wasn't it. That would have killed him!!!
I did get Daughter an arrowhead vine. I couldn't find the pink one, but this one was so compact and pretty that I couldn't resist. I think that it will do well in her office. If I ever see some pink ones, I will get more and share with her. We got four eggs yesterday--three green and one white. At least the shotgun blast didn't throw the girls into another strike.
I fixed pork chops for supper that were so good I couldn't help but gnaw the bone. I also made a fruit salad that we completely devoured. It may not have put weight on Hubby, but it probably will on me.
Let me go clean up all the fallen leaves from the poinsettia. I think I shall send it to Son's house and let it live out the winter in the solarium.
Jan 7, 2009 | 2:37 AM PST
Yesterday morning after Hubby had fed and watered the chickens, we were sitting at the kitchen table minding our own business when he spotted a husky-type dog walking through the yard. Suddenly, the dog noticed the chickens. It was raining, but some of the girls were out pecking in the run. The rest were in the coop. Uh, oh. The dog went straight to the Double X Duplex to see how to get in, pacing back and forth. Hubby jumped up, and it seemed like it took forever for him to get his shoes on, like he was in slow motion. He grabbed the shotgun and headed out into the rain. The minute that the door opened, the dog started for the woods. Hubby may not be as spry as he once was, but he took off, too. I was watching out the window. When Hubby got to the end of the pen, I saw him set his feet and take his stance. Blammo! That dog yelped all the way home. He got just enough buckshot on his rump to teach him a lesson. I doubt that he'll be back. Why can't people keep their animals in their own yards, especially dogs that are that big and can be potentially dangerous?
We got about a half inch of rain in this last wave. That's pretty good and will help to relieve this drought.
This morning it is supposed to be terrible weather. High winds, rain, and lightning. We decided that we might not do our running around town today, but last evening we had a reminder phone call that Hubby had an appointment at the doc's. Sure enough, we looked on the calendar, and it's a pacemaker check. I guess we'll be out in that mess whether we like it or not. Funny, we just filled out the 2009 calendar and didn't even notice that the check was for today. Thank goodness for the reminder call. I don't think that we realized how fast time has flown since the new year began. Seems like only a few days ago.
I had a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday. Ccat sent me a box full of ginger bulbs and St. Joseph lilies! When I opened the box, I was first bedazzled by three strands of Mardi Gras beads--gold, green, and purple. I have NEVER had any in my life even though my hubby is from Louisiana. I put them on and danced all over the house. Hubby was more interested in the bulbs. He was ready to go out and plant them! What a wonderful surprise that was!
I made some more brownies in hopes of fattening up Hubby. He still hasn't gained back any weight, and I just grow wider by the day. I have been practicing my New Year's resolution: Keep my mouth shut. So far I haven't lost any friends, but I haven't lost any inches either.
This what we used to get a day, but we sure don't get this amount anymore, especially since the tree-trauma. We only have four Americanas left. Amy, Amanda, Sumpin, and Nuttin are still with us for sure. Those are the green-egg layers. We are now back to getting 1-4 eggs a day. Of course, the Leghorns are the best layers (white eggs). They produce an egg a day, so we sure are glad that they are back to work. Evidently, the strike is over.
We began the new year with eggs for breakfast for the first time in over a month. Oh, my, they were delicious. On Hubby's last trip to the chickens of the day, he brought in three more. One of them was a green one. Evidently, some of the girls have decided to lay again. Thank goodness.
I made a batch of brownies for Hubby first thing of the day. He didn't have anything to "munch" on while. I kept my mouth shut. See, I can adhere to my resolution! Then he decided that he would fix some hot wings for supper. Perfect for football-watching. I decided to go ahead and make a pot of homemade vegetable soup for tonight's meal and get it out of the way. It tastes better after it sits for a day to let the flavors meld. I had my first Lucy moment of the new year. I was in a bit of a hurry because I wanted to be done by the beginning of the first game. When I poured in a jar of homemade tomatoes, it splashed up and showered me. My yellow sweatshirt had red polka dots all over it. I doubt that it will ever come out. The USC (Gamecocks) game was pitiful, but the Clemson game was highly exciting. It's a shame that Clemson lost that one. I'm not sure what games will be coming on today, if any. I'll have to check the schedule.
I don't know what today will bring, but I am sure it will be a blessing.