Hope you have a blessed holiday weekend.. Had my surgery and doing ok..Take care. Hugs and blessings. Pat
I hope you're still having nice weather; we've been back-sliding over here--today it's been 47 degrees and raining all day long. I think our spring took an early summer vacation! They said that Portland, OR and Seattle, WA were the two coldest cities in the lower 48 states. Gee, how'd we get so lucky, huh?
Of course this means no yard work for awhile so the grass is gonna get pretty tall before it dries out enough to mow again. I bet the cats will be able to hide outside just by standing still in the grass...maybe then they will be able to get the pair of blue jays that have been squawking up a storm and teasing the cats. One day they will swoop down just a little bit too low and that will be that! I've seen how fast the cats can move and how high they can jump...those jays better watch their tail feathers, by golly!
Hoping the shingles you had are gone and that you don't have that awful nerve pain that I've read about that can come after having them. Please take good care of yourself and enjoy the rest of the week!
Love and Hugs,Paula
Forever I will love you
No matter what
And I won't give up
For my love to you I can never stop
You will always stay in my heart***
Love and Smiles**
Roll on Monday and WA here I come. I have just checked the weather channel and it says Puyallup may be in the 60's but in June the records show it has gone in the 80's to 90's but I'm not bothered either way. My family are my ray of Sunshine, take care Paula and thanks. I'm back in UK the first week of July.
Hello there Paula, I have been feeling under the weather with my sinuses and if that wasn't bad enough then I got a stomach bug! I'm alot better so we are going to smoke some baby back ribs in the electric smoker with some corn on the cob. Then another day this week-end it will be Ranch burgers on the grill. Of course we will also grill those yummy Jalapeño peppers filled with cream cheese and wrapped in maple bacon. Whatever you do this Memorial Day week-end I hope you stay safe and remember all those who have served...
HAVE A NICE WEEK-END..HUGS..MARYKAY
Hello My dear friend,dropping in to thank you for all your good wishes and to say
Love and Hugs Beverley xoxo
THE CHEESE RICE IS JUST MELTED THE CHEESE AND POUR OF THE RICE AND THE HAM ON THE SIDE.
LOVE,HUGS AND MANY BLESSINGS FROM GOD AND PRAYERS TO FROM ME ALWAYS MARGE
The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime.
It's always nice to hear from you especially when you and your family are doing well. Sorry to hear about Dennis' sore shoulder, but I'm sure it's just a temporary thing. We've had the usual crazy weather here but the sun is shining this morning, so that's a good sign. BTW, Orb won the Derby but he lost at the Preakness (the second leg of the Triple Crown) so we won't have a Triple Crown winner this year. It's been 35 years since one horse won all 3 races. Oh well, as they say,: "wait til next year." LOL
My sister is in the hospital and it's been a hectic few days here. She had surgery yesterday to repait 2 bleeding ulcers but her red cell count is down again this morning so we don't know what they plan to do now. We had to take her to the emergency roon Friday morning; she had thrown up last Tuesday and her stool was very dark. At the emergency room they said her red blood cell count was low sand that she was dehydrated. They gave her a saline drip and sent her home with instructions to eat more iron rich foods and see her regular doctor as soon as possible. She got an appointment at her doctor's this past Tuesday and they sent her back to the hospital. They did blood tests and the count was even lower than it was on Friday. She has blood in her stool so they gave her blood transfusions on Tuesday into Wednesday morning. They ran the scope down her throat to check for ulcers which they found 2 bleeding ulcers and cauterized them. We thought this would take care of the problem and she would come home today. She called me at 8:30 this morning and said her red cell which had gone up after the surgery has gone down again. She has no idea what they will do now, but she's not coming home today! I'm waiting to hear from her again as to when to come see her. My cousin will pick me up to go to the hospital. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Can't stay on here very long because I just got a call from my cousin so I need to get ready and also pack up some things Alice wanted me to bring her at the hospital. Take care and I'll talk to you later.
As usual, I am woefully behind on getting back to my friends. Ack! I hope you're doing real well; Alice, too. We're doing okay here; Dennis has a sore shoulder but it's getting better. The temperature has dropped so it's about 45 degrees and we're getting rain. Alas, our sunny spring days have flown the coop...for now, and at least the next few days, apparently. So the grass and weeds will run amok in the yard and once it dries out we'll have plenty of work to do.
Son Nick has taken a couple of weeks off from work--just using some of his built-up vacation time. He has decided to try his hand at growing a beard. I have no idea what it will look like, as this is a first for him. He used to have long side burns when he was in high school, but that's been the extent of his venture into growing facial hair of any kind. Should be interesting to see how it turns out.
The wedding you went to sounded like it was real nice; I've never heard of having a photo booth at a wedding, but I think it's a nice idea. After all, the guests are all dressed up for the occasion, and why not get a few nice pictures to remember it? Sorry the wind made a mess of your hair--we get that a lot here so I tend not to worry about it overly much. If my hair has to stay looking nice then I resort to hair spray, though I hate how it makes my hair feel. All stiff and tacky--yuck. But sometimes it keeps you from looking like you got your hairdo by using a blender, so I use it if I have to. Or feel I have to, which is sorta the same thing, isn't it?
I'm with you. If I plant anything at all, I want it to be something that will last, not die off at the end of summer. Perennials just seem like a more frugal choice. Some annuals will reseed themselves, however, so if you know what you're doing (which I don't!), you can actually get a perennial effect with annuals. Of course you have to remember where the annuals were and not disturb the soil too much or you'll lose them. But what the heck...if it makes Alice happy to have those spots of color and she's willing to do the work of planting them...why not? You'll both get to enjoy them if the rains don't drown them before they can get a good toe-hold.
Dennis planted a bunch of corn the other day but now we're getting days of rain, so his plantings might be a wash. That's okay by me, because we really don't eat a lot of corn anyhow. And he bought THREE seed packets of the stuff...gee whiz!
It's too bad that the Boston bombings put a bit of a damper on the Derby festivities; but better safe than sorry. By now the race has been run and a winner crowned. I have no idea what horse won or by how much as I didn't see the race. I'm sure it was on TV...I just missed it, is all. I probably missed quite a few things. We had 18 channels go AWOL out of our satellite package. Had to call for repairs. The guy came out and replaced our receiver for the satellite--our model has become obsolete, apparently. He also replaced our dish. So everything is new...even the channel guide looks different. BUT...we sure have a much better picture now! The dish that got put up is HD ready so now we can watch some HD channels in HD. Pretty nifty.
One last note and then I'll scoot...it seems the rain (which has been steadily falling all day) has found a hole of sorts in our roof somewhere. It's dripping in my office. This spot has leaked before, but it hasn't since Dennis redid the roof. Time to tar all the valleys up there, I think. But not until it dries out again. Work, work, work...always something in this old house!
Take care, have a wonderful week!
Good Morning Paula - On my morning stroll around the Hill before I go to work. My back is doing much better. Had the two rounds of "test injections" and 2 weeks ago I had the first real treatment (deadening of the nerves causing the pain). Tomorrow morning I go for the second and last one. Sure has been a long drawn-out process, but hopefully it will be worth it. Got all my flower pots planted, even a fairy garden! Still have a hydrangea plant to get in the ground and I noticed yesterday it's getting some buds on it. We had rain so don't know how soon I can get it in - shouldn't have procrastinated!
My friend is home from the hospital and I've been taking some meals out for them and yesterday I washed the sheets on her extra beds and remade them. Wrapped some graduation gifts for her. Her mother's 90th birthday party is Monday, so I'll be making more food for the out of state company she will be having. Timing wasn't good but she needed the surgery so I'm doing what I can to help.
Sat. I'm taking my sister shopping. She wants to make a fairy garden too so we are looking for stuff for that, among other things! I have several returns to make and a little other shopping to do. Have birthday and graudation gifts to pick up too. Just wish I knew what I was looking for!
The rains brought a cold front and thankfully we did not get the weather they had in Oklahoma. What a mess they have. Feel so sorry for them.
Don't have any plans for Memorial Day, yet any ways! Thought I might have the kids in for a picnic but one is going to the lake, which they usually do and I forgot. My other daughter's birthday is Tuesday, so maybe they will come. I hope to pick up a new electric grill Saturday. I just thought that might be better for me so I don't have to mess with charcoal or a gas tank. Anyways, if the kids can't come, maybe I'll invite my sister and her husband over. Holidays are pretty blah when you're alone!
Well, the clock says it's time to scoot so I hope you have a wonderful day and a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend : ) Hugs, Nancy
Got a cat scan done last Friday on my lower abdomen. My left ovary is bigger. That is where I have been having some light pain. Calcification in left ovary. Probably a small benign dermoid tumor. Have to go to another doctor and get a ultrasound done to find out more. I will probably end up having to get it removed. Please keep me in your prayers.
Good morning to you. I will be so glad to be over this cold. i'm tired of coughing and I don't have much of a voice. It come s and goes. I have medicine but I still spend alot of time coughing and that just makes my head hurt. Don't like watching the news anymore cause its just about the tornado in Moore and its just sad. Going to get my allergy shots this morning and hopefully find out about my cat scan I got on Friday. Hopefully its good news. Kristen, her fiance' and his 2 year old little boy are coming by her late Saturday night on their way back to Edmond, OK and will be staying her most of the day on Sunday. Excited about that. Well take care and have a good day.
It's been a busy couple of days so I haven't been on the Hill at all. We spent yesterday removing all the plants from the koi pond in an effort to clean up the billions of frog eggs and tadpoles that have gotten past our defenses. What a job. I've also been meaning to call my isp (internet service provider) about the slowness of the internet. I call it packet loss. Pages won't load or will drop you after a while. Video streaming is interrupted for buffering (that's definite packet loss). Skype drops calls when it feels like it and I look down and my internet connection is gone again. Using either our tablet or laptops in the evening has become impossible. As our isp is big on advertising how they keep you connected on multiple devices, they're not really practising what they preach. This will be 5th time they've tried to fix our problem and they usually only manage to fix it for a few weeks before we're back to the same problems. So that's been the story for the past few days. You're all caught up. Also have to run to the store for some essentials forgotten during the marathon shop. I swear, if I don't write it on the list, it doesn't come home. Looks like we're in for more rain today and the plants, lawn etc are all growing like crazy. Hope you have a great day. Prayers for the survivors in OK. So sad. Hugs Joey
Hello, I am doing real well thank you. It is always good to hear from you. We had some major flooding in the town I live in but it didn't get near where I live. Although the church that I attend had some major water damage. There was at least 2 foot of water in the church. It will be cleaned again, I say that because it has happened before, and we will continue to hold services there. Hope you had a good Monday. Hugs, Juanita
Hope it's warm and sunny where you are! It's been a bit cloudy today and we've had some rain, but the sun was out earlier in the day so we've enjoyed a bit of everything. I've been cleaning out the fridge, tossed out the old and almost forgotten stuff at the back. I have some strawberries cut up and sugared, so might make some shortcakes or perhaps we'll just have them over some good vanilla ice cream. Yum! Not a lot going on, just figured I'd better check in and see how you're doing--hope you're fit as a fiddle and having a great time in your new home!
I have circled the two places hit by tornadoes yesterday and today. Then up at the top left I have circled where I live. I hope this helps and lets you know that I am safe.
WELL I HAD A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY IT WAS A SUNNY DAY AND FOR SUPPER WE HAD HAM AND CHEESE RICE AND IT WAS SO GOOD. HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THE COMING WEEK WITH MANY BLESSING. LOVE-N-HUGS AND GOD BLESS ALWAYS MARGE
Your background is gorgeous! It really cathes the eye. Yesterday the rain started and it was merely sprinkling several times during the day. We were supposed to have some today, but we only know of it happening once this morning on the way to church. Every day until Memorial Day weekend, it is supposed to rain. Our grass is growing so fast we can't keep up with it.
The flowers are out and I need to get out and pull some weeks and plant some seeds and transplant some others. The dogwood has been gorgeous this year. I have some pretty lilies out on the side of the house, along with some white low-level stuff that I can't remember what it is. Last year I cut the lilac bush back and it has not bloomed yet this year. If it doen't this year, it will the next. My black-eyed Susans are being neglected, and I have to reseed those, for they are so pretty around the mailbox.
Have a great week!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!
Howdy! I'm trying to whittle down my enormous amount of messages to be returned--ha, good luck on that one! So here I am; from the surprisingly sunny state of Washington. We have had over a week of really good weather with the temps having climbed into the mid-80's for a couple of days. Blue skies and sunshine; I'm quite spoiled! They say we'll get rain on Monday and Tuesday--it will cool down, of course--and then the sun will return, but it won't be as hot. That's fine by me. Those mid-eighty days were at the tip-top of my tolerance for heat. Still...it's been a dream to be down at the track and see the mountains, blue sky, the trees with their new leaves or the ones covered with flowers...it just makes you happy to be alive!
I hope you're doing well; that the weather is reasonably warm and not stifling, that the flowers are blooming everywhere and are as cheery a sight for you as they have been for me! Spring has definitely sprung! Ah, the poor kids in school...it must be driving them nuts to see such days and be cooped up in a classroom...I remember those kinds of days, even if they were long ago and getting farther away all the time.
I hope those lesions are all taken care of and that your sinuses have been behaving themselves; though I suppose all of the pollen that comes with the season isn't good if that triggers stuffiness in your nose which leads to infections. I'll just keep you in my prayers and hope you're sailing through your days pain-free!!
All the lawn furniture is out and cleaned off; Suzanne said she's going to start on redoing the pond next week. YAY!! I am really looking forward to having the pond in good shape; it will be nice on the hotter days to come to sit in the shade on our lawn swing and watch the fish in clear water--not algae-ridden murky stuff. Poor fishes...bet they won't quite know what to do with themselves once all is put to rights!
Time to hang up the computer for the night; have a terrific weekend!
As of Wednesday Spring has come back with temps in the 80's. I love this weather and will be spending a lot of time outside. I planted 2 flats of different kinds of marigolds today. I am remembering last Summer's dry hot weather and marigolds will stand up to that I hope.Watch us get a cool wet year.
Friday we drove down to Wooster just to get out and about and see all the azaleas and we thought we could find a nursery we went to about 10 years ago...FAIL. That's okay though we still had a nice day. Came home and ate at Fiesta Jalapeno in the adjoining city where we lived for 40 years. Friday evening we had our monthly prayer meeting with friends and we always look forward to that and have never run out of prayer requests or gratitude for what we do have. Hope to get the rest of my annuals planted and a bit more gardening done.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND WITH BEAUTIFUL WEATHER WARM & SUNNY. LOVE-N-HUGS AND GOD BLESS ALWAYS MARGE
Sheeeooot, but it's been awhile since I've gotten around the Hill--sorry! I hope by now your cough has gone away. Not fun to have a cough that will not go away. I was happy to read that your son had been able to go back to school. Who did I hear from who mentioned...oh, it was Cheryl, who lives in Oklahoma. Her son is getting out of school for the year already. How much longer where you are? The kids here will be slogging it out until June 11th. The seniors will get out before that--they graduate ont he 8th of June. It might seem late to some, but last year they didn't get out until about the third week in June--late in the third week, too. Might have even been later than that. It was ridiculous. I'm sure it put a lot of kids behind the 8-ball on getting a summer job of any kind. For those that want to or need to work, that is.
I hope you are able to get that single-level home you'd like to have. We have a basement and main floor and I've been a little concerned about how Den and I will manage as we get older and our bodies work even less well than they do now. So hope you are able to manage to get out of your tri-level--that's a lot of stairs to manage if you have any kind of arthritis or other such difficulties. Was wondering if you got your dishwasher fixed yet? I don't mind washing dishes by hand but if you have to do it all the time, it can become tedious. Not to mention how tough it can be on the skin on your hands. So hope that has been remedied for you!
I was happy to learn that your neighbor kept "The Lion of Judah" from the trash bin; I think sometimes we are too harsh when it comes to our own creations--being our own worst critics. You have good neighbors, yes...but they are very lucky folks, my dear, to be the recipient of what you deem "not worthy"!
I loved the story you shared about the fishing trip with your brother, going out with your Aunt and Uncle; what wonderful folks to reward you for your hard work in school that way! I've never heard a screech owl; don't even know if there are any in this part of the country. Of course I've never heard any other kind of owl around here, either, though I do know we have them. The larger ones predate on house cats, so I'm happy NOT to see or hear them, actually. I guess you found out that day/night just how fast you could run, huh?
Thank you for sharing your art work, my friend; the two deer you drew are very good! Both the video so I could watch the drawing take shape and the finished picture are truly beautiful! I'm sorry you no longer have deer where you live; I guess it means your flowers are safe but the loss of such beauty...I'd give up some flowers to have it back. We have deer in our neighborhood. They chew on my tulips and roses, among other things. Oh, and the garden plants. They eat the darndest things...peppers, both sweet and hot, tomato plants, rhododendrons...some of those things I always thought were poisonous and could not be eaten, but evidently either they aren't to the deer or else they are but it's like the bumblebees who shouldn't be able to fly but since no one told them that...they do. Had a small deer in our yard a couple days ago. It didn't have spots like a fawn does but it surely couldn't have been very long without them. All by itself, so either Mama deer booted him/her out or else she had gone down the hill from us with instructions to the little one to stay up above. They are pretty creatures; not as shy as they might be in the deep woods, as they come around human habitations (and humans) in their wanderings around the neighborhood.
Congress...they have such a lack of common sense, they would drive you nuts, I think.
Not much new of note here, except that a gal friend of mine is going to take me to the largest book store in the world on Tuesday. The store occupies a city block and is multi-stories with over a million volumes stocked. I hope I don't get lost in the words, drunk on the smell of ink on paper...! We have not seen each other, really, since high school days, so will have lots of catching up to do. I'm very much looking forward to it!
I hope you, too, have something that is exciting to look forward to. Perhaps this weekend? Do take care, my friend; I will try not to let so much time lag before returning the next time, hmmm?
Hello there Paula!
Im sorry its been a while since I have been in here. I have been ill for a while, then computer issues [still have 2 laptops down, just have the desktop running]. I have been busy with hospital apts. testing plus some. I thought it was going to slow down a bit, but the doctors want the works done on me. I guess once you reach age 50 ~ they want everything under the sun tested. Im not complaining, its a good thing I suppose. Im 52, put it off since Mom passed, just now getting around to finally getting it all behind me.
This weather has been so rediculous. Cold, wet - 'and SNOW'.... yes, it was last friday the 10th of May. I was sitting in Tim Horton's with my younger brother, and he says; dont look now, but it's snowing! lol.......... I wasn't suprised. But, that particular day, we had all 4 season's in one. It's still a bit chilly. Rain is in the forecast for the next week and a half. By the time we do get some good weather, it will be time to get the winter clothes back out. Summer will be over before we know it :(
I was out brushing the horses this evening while they were munching on their hay. They are still trying to shed their winter coats. It's just terrible. By the time they get all brushed out, looking nice, silky & shinny - it'll be time to grow winter coats! I just hope I do get some riding in this year. One of these days I need to send you a long message, about things going on. I will get to it soon. I sooooo love your comments. You do right nicely. Speaking of writing & you mentioning you read alot. Im not sure if I told you that Im writing a book. Well, I started it in late 2011... then Jan 2012 Mom passed, and I just cant seem to get back in the story again. I guess thats what they call 'writers block'? Anyway, I do have over 50,000 word count and up to chapter 27. I love 'Western Romances' and thats what this one is. I have never attempted anything like this before, so we will see how it goes. My Aunt just got her book published. She dedicated it to my Mother. I wasnt aware that she was writing and she wasnt aware that I was... how ironic? Anyway, she has been inspired by my Mother as I have, and she has been able to work hers to a finish. Its at the publishers and should be in her hands and on the shelves as well as online anyday. Im anxious, as I get one 'Auto-graphed' lol. Its 'Short Stories and Poems' by Sandra Deal.
Well dear, Its time for me to take some meds. I do hope you are doing well. And I will do my best to get back in here. I have been on the depressed side a bit lately too. If you are on Facebook, I would love to have you as a friend. Let me know dear. Hugs to you.
Will tty soon, Love Dana
HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS WITH NICE AND SUNNY WEATHER I WILL HAVE CLOUDED AND COLD WEATHER.
LOVE-N-HUGS AND GOD BLESS ALWAYS MARGE
Time for the weekend except that every day is really a weekend when you're retired.
It's another gorgeous day but it sure is heating up. Our water mister on the patio works great and that's where we've been most of the afternoon. Inside the air conditioner has to be on and I sure do miss having open windows.
Bucky is doing just fine apart from his little leaky problem. He's our little boy and he gets lots of love. Yes, isn't he a handsome boy. He used to be pure black with a white flash on his tummy. Now his once black whiskers are white and his fur is peppered with grey. It's not that he can't make it into the litter box, it's more a case of him snoozing so hard that he loses control of his bladder. It is getting worse but we're managing. We're not sure exactly how old he is because he was born feral. I rescued him when he'd been hit by a car, nursed him back to health and after spending all that money on him told him he was going to be an inside kitty boy.
Unfortunately, we've had to stop all the kitties from sleeping with us. It was just getting way too much work trying to get everything covered with pee pads. It's been an adjustment for the other two but they've slowly accepted the new arrangement as the way it is.
Misty is our little mischief and she is always causing trouble picking fights with the two boys. Typical female kitty. All our kitties are rescues and all were born feral.
Apart from our bedroom they have the run of the house. Bucky puts up with bathing as well. He's really the most tolerant of our kitties. The most laid back loving kitty. He groans a bit when I bath him but that's about the extent of it. He just loves the cuddling he gets afterwards and the treats.
Thanks so much for going and looking at our blog site. I'm so glad you like our photographs. Yes, we do get suited up for photography in the woods. Florida has a lot of snakes, biting insects, mosquitoes....you name it and I think we have it. Snake boots are a must as are long pants. Loved your comment about the science experiments in the fridge.
Our one fridge is taken up with film and photographic paper and sometimes we make room for a little food.
A couple of weeks ago we were scouting out a new area for possibly capturing on film. We found ourselves surrounded by wild hog. Wild hog are extremely cute but totally dangerous. Unfortunately for us they were on both sides of the path we were on. Hubby, Marks, put on a wonderful display of barking and stomping his feet because mama hog was about to charge us in defense of her babies. We got home in one piece but both of us had ticks - another one of those yucky things to deal with here. I'm still wondering how they got past the boots, the long pants etc. Guess where there's a will there's a way.
Our back yard is a little piece of heaven Paula. Our jasmine creepers are still full of flowers and it smells wonderful outside. We have two fish ponds. The smaller one has three fancy goldfish in it. They're about 4 inches in length. The big pond, which we dug ourselves, has 7 koi. The largest of the koi is about 18 inches.
Hope you have a fantastic weekend Paula and thanks for stopping by.
HAPPY FRIDAY !!!
IT FEELS LIKE FOREVER SINCE I LEFT A COMMENT. BEEN WORKING IN THE YARD AND GARDEN. I THINK I FINALLY HAVE MOST OF IT DONE. AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET SOME RAIN. IT'S BEEN IN THE HIGH 80'S. I AM NOT COMPLAINING THOUGH. MOST DAYS WE HAVE HAD A NICE BREEZE. ONLY TURNED ON THE AC 1 TIME SO FAR. I WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE THE WINDOWS OPEN. I HOPE YOU HAVE A LOVELY WEEK-END...HUGS..MARYKAY