Saturday, June 10, 2017
Been over two weeks since I last showed up for a chat. I have either been really busy or recovering from being really busy...
...and watching the grouse go by pecking at the grass bugs and seeds.
We've had lots of predictions of rain...
...but what we got was mostly very light to just sprinkles or drizzle.
I think the first storm might have been last night. We sure had the wind, anyways. Woke up to a brown lawn chair blown into the bush next to the patio. Supposed to die down during the morning here.
What have I been up to when I was functional? Went down to listen to the dietitian from the University of North Dakota one afternoon--may have mentioned her. She had a recipe for us to try at the end of her talk about nutrition. I was surprised I liked it because it was such an odd combination of ingredients--for me, anyways. California roll-ups with avocado, grapes, celery, greek yogurt, apples, lemon juice...goodness, that's all I can remember off the top of my head.
One does get tired of soups and pastas and rice...so I splurged and got everything at the beginning of the month. Took me the better part of a morning just to cut and dice and slice (because I can only stand in one place for short periods of time--sets off the chronic sciatica). But it is quite good and has been holding up well in the frig. New recipes can be financially and physically challenging--LOL!
Dagan and Leah ordered a collar for Annie that I found on an etsy shop. She needs one with her name and my number on it. Turns out the collar is coming from Taiwan--LOL! But it is in the mail, so I need to finish working on that last closet.
Yes, I have still barely touched the studio closet. I have gone into a fibro flare, so have taken it pretty slow the past couple weeks. Banker boxes...
...and plastic containers were hauled out.
But the smaller ones will be for use in the actual studio bookcases so they got moved into the hallway on top of those bookcases.
I save old towels and washcloths to use for various art and craft projects (or for whatever else comes up). These got purged down to one box. Just those things took me three days--ROFL! Pretty sad. But, you do what you can do.
Leah has still been coming over to trace and rough cut patterns.
We got the last ones rough cut on Thursday, but I haven't finished cutting them out yet. Next I will take over sewing them all after I finish the closet. See how slowly I am moving? I thought I would be long done with the closet by now. Oh well.
We've been attempting to get together for crafts on Tuesdays and Thursdays until end of July, but you know what they say about plans. Ian got sick. Leah gets very tired now, too. They were running late one evening when they were out visiting...you know how it goes.
I haven't been doing great, myself. Missed the CCC group and some afternoon tea event put on by Senior Companions this past week. Plus it has been horrible out for folks like Leah and I who hate the heat. Been in the 80s and 90s. Awk!
I have been using the new breadmaker, though. Thought you might get a kick out of this. I am so short that I need a stool to be able to see to program this tall machine--LOL!
I did get something else done. Went through all the old books from when I was a kid!
Got them out of the decades old oranges grocery box, anyways.
Does anyone remember when you could buy the weekly reader books in the 1950s in grade school? At least I think they were Weekly Reader books.
A few of these books I believe were my sister, Renee's. And a handful of them were Dagan's when he was little...but the vast majority of these were mine.
I remember how I waited with anticipation for that flyer and order blank to be handed out in class. Such excitement!! But that was nothing compared to the day the books arrived!! I'd walk through that classroom door, my eyes would alight upon those colorful little stacks on the various desks, and I'd race to my seat to peruse my treasures. Always loved the smell of the new books. Even though they were small paperbacks, I had been taught how to gradually crack the spine of a new book so I had to wait to actually read until each precious book was treated with spine cracking respect. Ah! I loved book day!!
The days of these last couple weeks have slipped by so quickly...but sweetly.
I couldn't believe it has been this long since I've blogged!
This past Monday I had a nice visit from Alan and Marylu Belisle as they traveled through Fargo. Alan was my first love--senior year--when I was 16 and he was 18. Goodness--50 years ago now! I am absolutely the worst at remembering to take pictures--too much living in the moment all the time--LOL! But they do have a blog--footloose fogeys. When they retired they sold their house and have been on a great adventure traveling around the US! Oh--and Dagan stopped by, too, and joined in the conversation. He remembers Alan because we have kept in loose touch all these years and see each other every decade or so--LOL! (This time it was 17 years, I think.) Anyways, was nice to meet his wife and we all had a good visit.
On Tuesday Leah came over to work on making Ian's birthday party invitations. (He'll be three on the 24th.) On Wednesday Leah, Ian, and I went to Baker nursery!! I picked out plants. Leah picked out plants. We went and picked up Leah's brother, Aaron, and dropped off her plants. (Needed Aaron to help with the heavy lifting.) Picked up a bag of rocks and a big plastic tub to hold soil at Home Depot (Ian and I stayed in the car). We had a nice break to eat a Subway lunch at my place before potting the planter boxes in my garage. (Was close to 90 degrees again that day--awk!)
Leah and Aaron did all the work while I kept an eye on Ian--who was helping in every way we could think of--LOL! Then we wheeled the planter boxes to my apartment--and brought the brown lawn chairs, too.
Then the planter boxes got soaked really well.
There are two on each end of the patio.
Ian was helping to water but his arm got tired...
...so Mama helped.
He loves to help these days...and has just started the "why" stage--LOL!
I picked out lots of colors.
I hope all these baby plants take hold and grow.
And that they can survive the wind up here. I really do live where a wind tunnel is formed by the long stretch of buildings one after the other that are connected. The flowers look like they did pretty well. The wind is dying down some after two days of 40mph wind. I'll see who stands back up and who doesn't--LOL! Some never got bent over, so they are probably going to make it. This is the first time I have had outside potted plants since Dagan was Ian's age!
Leah was here Wednesday night to trace and rough cut the last of this batch of patterns! I have been such a total zombie since the trip to Baker and all that in the heat. Like I said--either busy or recovering from being busy--LOL! ;)
I watched Bloodline, Vikings 4-2, and am getting close to the end of the new season of House of Cards. I might finish that tonight over at McFamily's. I have a super easy babysitting gig. After Ian's asleep I will keep an eye on the monitor while Dagan and Leah go see the new Wonder Woman movie. :)
I will try not to let so much time go by. Though, life is just like that sometimes. :) Have a great weekend!!
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