Monday, July 24, 2017

Happiness is

Happiness is opening the big box and finding a color you love and taking cushions to screen porch
take off the old torn ones that I have been covering with a sheet
and find they fit perfectly and look beautiful...

So pleased with new cushions for 50 year old Meadow Craft chair.
I contacted them many times for sale on these cushions and always so expensive, like $200 or more.
No way.

Amazon had the set for $79.   In the past the cushions had been recovered, to do this again and cannot find anyone would be much more then this.   I just kept covering them with material :)

The chair and sofa on screen porches of homes of the past for over 60 years.   Meadow Craft furniture is wonderful, heavy iron pieces
and could not and would not  buy at this time
but wanted new cushions on the quality iron frames.

May buy for sofa, cushions fine but if matched the chair I would feel like I had new
furniture.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Gift of Green Beans, Yellow Squash and Zuchinni

Friend brought by enough for this one of Green Beans, Yellow Squash and Zuchinni
They are simmering
and googled about herbs in my green beans, said to add Basil and garlic, just did and smells
wonderful. Also small potatoe's my Laurie introduced me too

squash simmering and added a little cheese.  Did fry 3 pieces of bacon to chop on beans and squash,
a real country lunch...  Now wish I had corn bread but do not feel like making
it has been a long day when you get up at 4:30 and a quick trip to local small town.  New York Times is waiting by my chair and afternoon will be reading time.

So welcome is the high 80's early morning but 90's now...

Going  upstairs to storage room for ice cube trays.   So much not growing this year
but I do have herbs and forgot to  freeze them last year.   Chop (after washing) my basil, thyme, dill, rosemary, mint
wash, chop, place in cubes, add water and freeze.   Last Winter had not done and did  not like using herbs from little cans at market

In the past would hang from rafters in shed or attic, no such rafters available in this cottage.  The first
couple of years after moving back to the country did tie some together and hang from  drying rack in the storage room.  Sure smelled nice in that room.   Might still do some that way if energy hangs around.


Have to grow turnip greens and gathering some large containers.   At the store the size of leaves
are huge and I pick when really small (so good)   They can be planted next month :)

It is wonderful to be able to cook and bake some.  Last few years such flares of Sjogrens and arthritis, a couple of falls and times like I am experiencing I do not take for granted.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Difference and Waldorf Salad

Mom is up by 5:00 and headed to the market at 8:15, uses the small cell phone to call daughter
and tells her where she is going.  Jamie shares, most still resting and getting up. :)  Quick trip for mom  and the temperature
already a steamy 91 degrees.

Thinking of a Waldorf Salad, have not made in a long time.  Have apples, celery, walnuts, raisins, mayo, yogurt and honey on hand and bought
some purple seedless grapes.


With the heat it will be a salad days.  Bought some sliced turkey and beef pastrami.  Thinking of making a small amount of my pimento cheese, so all set for the long inside hot weekend.   Miss my garden and would love a fresh home grown tomato.

Free coupon for this RX Bar, if you want to gain pounds (would like 5 lbs)  this looks great, lot of calories and good
ingredients - but - loaded with cashews and almonds - which I cannot chew well.   Next trip
may check to see if one without all of these nuts.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Way It Is

Near 100 degree days
continues.

First time in a long time baking one of my favorite breads - Zucchini and I think what makes it special
is I add a small can of crushed pineapple.  Posted recipe in the past, I am ashamed I never kept a list
of where so many recipes were posted.


Help promised to arrive at 7:00 did not.  This is the way it is but never in the past.

Inside, but much I want to do outside.  Want to prepare pots for turnip green seeds,
At the market they are such a large size and I like them small.  I do not need to be outside
in this kind of weather - but want too....

I miss my garden :(


An orchid I bought a year ago, tag said Paph.Raisin Pie
Just googled information.  I noticed the unusual bloom when I purchased.  Now hoping it will bloom again.  Doing everything correctly.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Very Hot Outside

Week continues with 100 degree weather.
This morning quick trip to market at 8:00 and home.

Making a Taco Salad, fresh mixed greens, black beans and meat simmering for topping to begin
Sliced tomato, avocado and decided to make the fresh salsa that I made years ago.  At that time I would can several dozen jars, this will keep in frig for a week or two, but will be gone in several days.   Even good to add to my scrambled egg.

Chopped tomato, chili's, onion and green pepper, add a small amount of white vinegar.
No cilantro on hand.   But will be good on top of salad with some good grated cheese.  Do not like the
store bought salsa.   Handed two ripe tomato's this morning :)
So corn chips on hand and do have a store bought red pepper dip.   So this one has something to eat
for today and tomorrow.

I remember when canning at the old farm house, my son would eat a pint jar at one sitting.
He loved this....




Yesterday was the appointment for cortisone shots in shoulders.   I always feel like I am having
poison injected into my body but the pain relief is almost immediate.

Book arrived I bought used on Amazon, a recommendation from my son.   Hot inside days
good for reading, going through piles of papers and a lot of ironing up on the loft.   I always
loved ironing on rainy days and wondering about doing it on these steamy days, but somewhat cool inside with ceiling fans whirling and 2 floor fans.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

What We Are Made Of

All that we are
is a result of what we have thought.

It is founded on our thoughts,
it is made up
our thoughts.

We live in a world of our own making.

Scott Darnell

Early morning I read this and copied

Now I must confess that all of my life this one thought she could do almost anything snd everything.
Now realizing since 80's began there is much I would like to do and now cannot.
But I still try and trying to be wise so I do not injure myself....
Difficult to accept
but it is happening.....


He needed something around him
so yesterday in between showers
found a sale tropical plant at Lowe's.

Would like it to grow really big and give him some shade :)

Friday, July 14, 2017

By the Woods - Looking for Energy

Morning sunflower under bird feeder
Many flowers still not blooming, may be the continual dampness by the woods.
I have yearned for Sweet Peas, ordered seeds, mixture of colors, feeding and watering
and finally a bloom.   Hoping they spread, remember so well the vines in the grandmother's garden.
Once again trying this drink, in the blender early morning, blueberries, strawberries, cherries,
1/2 banana, almond milk, manuka honey and flax seeds.  Just a small amount of each and
half the scoop of Green Vibrance.   Split it between 2 glasses, one for breakfast and the other later
with Ensure.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Heat and Ultra Sound

So hot

Deer in field in front eating the soybeans
When Jamie
was expecting my two youngest granddaughter's she listened to this CD all the time.
When visiting her I heard the music, wonderful and she bought me the CD
Cannot find
want my oldest granddaughter to have for my first  great grandchild a boy due in December
Out of date but Amazon had a few
so bought me another one and sent Jessica one :)

Yesterday and a new Tomato

Yesterday, so much taken care of,
plumber arrived and new faucets installed in kitchen, no more catching water in bottles for Callie
and plants.
Grass man arrived, oh my the lawn looks so nice and one who helps in garden and woods
arrived for 2 hours.   Seems a continual burning pile of limbs that fall from old tree's.
A busy morning and moving very slow.

I was so tired when everyone left by 11:00 and so thankful to have all of this done.

A special blogger friend sent me this book.  She is part of a group study, nothing like that local.
I thank Mary....
I read, underlined and came to the conclusion, I am doing most suggested.  Have not fully
accepted what is going on in this ancient body,  but better then I was.   Therapist, knows me well and he shares, you have always been
very independent, doing everything yourself (miss cutting my grass now 2 years) and that has dramatically changed, please accept you
now need help and a lot you can no longer do like in the past, please move slower and do not fall.   He knows me well.

The Sunday New York Times had an interesting article on being cremated (my choice, ashes
in these gardens)   Titled "The Way I Want To Be Dead"
Jamie's fatherinlaws shared a special tomato, oh my so good
going to do research, not planting anything but if I find seeds will plant next year :)
Indigo Rose - sent for seeds and may experiment and plant a few when they arrive as investigation
tells me I can plant again this month - will see.
Usually tomato's sometimes not that good, but this one - oh my - good.

Hot weather continues and told front field will be sprayed today, hopefully will get rid of
a new type of weed that is invading  the Soybean field.

So many errands today and thinking of someone to go with me.
Never would have considered this a year ago :(

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Warm Day Approaching

So nice to have air conditioner on again and some things we take for granted.
Now faucet continues to leak, washer replaced twice, so now the whole thing replaced
Nothing last like in the past, everything in this cottage is a little over 8 years old and a lot
has been replaced.

Finally grass cut today, new help so good, but mower broke 10 days ago and then he went on
vacation :(

Several friends bring me things from their gardens, when they bake and oh wonderful eggs.
A small amount is enough for two meals for this one.   Will use balance of Swiss Chard and
Kale and a small zucchini in my stir fry.

This morning a fritata with some Swiss Chard and Kale.
Thank you always Anne and Lana.
Time for breakfast
and a new day begins

Need to rest more today then busy yesterday with two 15 year olds helping me, good help
but needed to stay with them on a very hot day....

Monday, July 10, 2017

Waiiting for A/C man

Cooler outside then in this cottage :)
Reminds me of when I remodeled the old farm house 40 years ago.
Between me and the outside were large sheets of plastic, no air but we made it.

3 hours later
it is on - a small battery shut the unit down.   Mail just arrive, the battery for camera arrived and
Arthur the therapist my encourager just pulled in the drive.

Weary, will stop and heat up my spaghetti made yesterday, it was so good.
Purchased at the market last week - pretty good


Image sent to grandma of Caity catching a fish and I smile, she through it back in the water.
Good girl...


enough shared at the moment....

Sunday, July 9, 2017

So Now

Yes now the 14 month old air unit has stopped, was told they were always available, been calling
3 1/2 hours on his cell phone, all fans whirling and have another small one upstairs on the loft
and will soon bring downstairs - only 85 in this cottage and at night will cool some.
I smile and think this is the way for my son in that far away land of Thailand.

Might as well share it all, battery in my 9 month old camera stopped.  I thought it would last
longer at a $45 for the Lithium.   It  is arriving tomorrow, love my camera...

One of my young granddaughter's spent the night with me Friday, arrived early as she had spent
the night with a friend who once lived in her area but now a neighbor of mine,
She really slept a long time but I knew a night with a friend that most likely that had been up
most of the night.   She kept commenting how pretty it was here by the woods and so quiet and peaceful.
Oh how pretty she looked and I almost cried, wasn't yesterday that she and her younger sister's
were tiny, time wish you would slow down;
We had a wonderful time and she shared about her mission trip to Mexico at an orphanage
She had never witnessed this poverty before and realizes more her blessings
and her sister on visits to the
country seems like yesterday..
So life continues through her 80's,  hopefully grass cut tomorrow as the one that does
this has been on vacation.   Still so much I would like to do but cannot risk falling,
but the desire is still there.
Spaghetti today, seemed I was craving it and covered with mushrooms, my basil
and wonderful old cheese I shredded on my meal.
So good..
Theraphist has returned and continually told how good I am doing, now I do not think so
as mobility not like I want but accepting as nothing else I can do

Friday, July 7, 2017

Glad Everything Begins Again

My computer crashed on the 4th,  Finally reached Verizon and not good for me to go through
all of their instructions that I must follow.   Result another bad jet pack that connects me to the
internet.  So new one received yesterday and spent another hour activating.  I was told it would
activate immediatly and it did not without lengthy instructions.  I never get accustomed to these problems and some of the family do not understand this experience for their aging mother who
is on the computer for so much and when it goes down it really upsets me.    I read, write, find information, stay in touch with family, buy a lot from Amazon,
instead of television I look at the news on the computer.   They texted, instagram and FB, mom does not.     Enough shared.
My excellent new doctor commented, some do not understand that the computer is a big part of your world....

I am happy and pleased to be online again and read 50 old emails.
Daughter returned from  N.Y. visiting my happy expecting granddaughter, my soninlaw
returned safely from China,  Receiving my almost daily emails from son in Thailand.

My Beth spent 4th with me and I made salmon croquettes, black eyed peas, mashed potato's,
peach pie and should have made corn bread.

My Jamie, covered with Poison Ivy, her mama knows well, when returning to the country
had it every year and needed shot and pills. She looks like I now look with the easily bruised thin skin that is continually bumped and cut.  It is the way it is and appreciate now the many years of beautiful skin :)


One of my granddaughter's will soon arrive to spend the day and night, so pleased am I.
We will go to lunch and look in a small local shop.  I want her to tell me about her mission trip to Mexico.
My youngest granddaughter is wearing a boot, injured 2 toes, oh my something continually
happening..


So now breakfast of waffle and fruit, day begins and may dead head some lillies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Daily Dharma

















Today from Trycycle


When we become truly ourselves,, we become a swinging door,
and we bcome truly independent of, and at the same time,
dependent upon everything.

Without air we cannot breathe.
Each of us in the midst of myriads of worlds.


Roshi

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Results of Cooking

I rarely like food in restaurants
Because of this
yesterday my kitchen was a mess.

I picked up ribs from the local market.
When I was out of my car the scent of grilling was so enticing

Bought 2 slabs, one to freeze and one to eat on several days.
Was hoping to see my Beth this weekend
but daily rain and no one wants to drive to the country, on the interstate in the rain.

Rain yesterday, today and some due daily for a week.

Arriving home I began, by memory, making Texas Baked beans.  Used 1/3 of the ground meat
as this was a portion of the original recipe.   Meat browning and started adding chopped tomato, chopped onion, celery,
green pepper, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, mustard and medium can of baked beans.
Simmered in old cast iron skillet for over an hour.
The smell while it is simmering is wonderful.

Then since I like my Cole slaw the best but can no longer hold a 1/2 head of cabbage and use the old fashion grater (like my mother did until 80) I used my small 4 cup work bowl from Cuisinart.
1/4 head of green cabbage, small portion of red cabbage, some onion, carrot and green pepper, a few red radishes
salt and pepper.
When chopped. like my mother did added - a little sugar and tossed with a little mayo.

Kitchen a mess - but worth it
My sweet tea made and corn bread would have made it perfect - but too tired to make.

Now fresh Peaches and Apples on my counter and want to make a small apple cake a friend shared with me
and a simple Peach pie that she made.  Fresh peaches sliced in precooked pie shell  (she made her crust) and cover
with peach jello that had been prepared with 1cup of sugar and 1 cup of boiling water.
It was so good.
You can add whip cream or ice cream..

Hoping
Beth can visit her mom on 4th of July
if no rain....

Jamie sent a picture of flower arrangement she made - posted on instagram - could not copy
but my Jamie, you could do this as a business :)  Hoping her poison ivy is better :(

Laurie called
home  to Tampa from N.Y. 3:00 in the morning, oh my - rest my child....

Jimmy, wish you were here...



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Smiling



Received this early morning
picture of my oldest granddaughter in New York
and her mom - my oldest daughter.
Taken on their visit to the museum..

Recognize Edward Hopper......