Saturday, June 30, 2012
Woody got up early and walked his 12-mile route...for those in Tullahoma...from our house to the movie theater and back. He had a couple of errands that he didn't do yesterday (he went in the car for those). After he got home, he walked to the library and then to the fruit market for tomatoes and then back home. He did all that before noon. So he has gotten in his exercise today...and, all before it got TOO HOT! While he was away I made a salad to take to a friend who had double knee replacement (ouch) earlier in the week. I have spent time typing recipes onto my iPad app. While I was typing, I heard a musical sound...and low and behold...shortly my son's face appeared on the screen...and we were having a face-to-face conversation. Then it wasn't long till I got to talk to Abigail and Joy and one of their new found friends. Nathan told us a couple of things that they needed done and then we said goodbye. I started typing again...and same musical sound...and there was Esther's little face...she had missed out on the first call! Technology can be fun! I have been trying to finish a book because Woody brought me a new book from the library that I am interested to get started reading. This has been a good day to cook (a little), read a little, type a little...but mostly just sit as still as possible to keep cool and hydrated...and try to see that the little birdies have a drink too! I did have fun photographing the birds through the window today...cooler way to get bird photos today! Tonight's photo was taken through the living room window. Be sure to click on the picture so you can see the little birds' thankful expressions on this the half-way point in the year!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Woody walked six miles early this morning. Then later in the morning he did our grocery shopping. He has also had a pickle making day...he's made two kinds...spicy bread and butter and freezer dill. I have been typing recipes into an app on my iPad...anything to keep from moving around too much. I did finish cutting out my vest this morning, but just haven't felt like bringing it to the sewing machine. I will admit that our new heat pumps are doing a very good job...not running a lot and keeping the house at a comfortable (compared to outside) temperature. But this weather does really take all my energy away. I did water plants this morning and I went out and checked on them a little while ago and it looks like most of them came through this very hot day and don't look much worse than they did yesterday! Too hot to do much of anything!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Woody walked six-miles this morning. It's a good thing that he walks early as it is so hot these days. Our digital thermometer said that it was about to read 100 and then it went down...but later in the day it read over 100...but it was in the sun at that time...so I don't feel that that counts! WeatherBug reports that we got to 102 today. Whatever the temp it was too hot for Middle TN. When I walked next door, it was reminiscent of my days of growing up in Arizona! And, at this point the humidity isn't all that bad either...only 26%...guess that could be considered "dry heat" for TN! Folk are always talking in AZ that it doesn't feel as hot as it really is due to it being "dry heat." Woody has taken it easy today, too. He has read, watched TV, done his crossword puzzle and done some cooking. He made his vegetarian burrito concoction for lunch. And, this morning he used some of the garden cucumbers and made sweet pickle relish. Now that relish made me be bad...it made me want a hot dog. Well, I gave in and found some hot dogs that we had buried in the freezer and fixed one for my lunch. Not something that I have very often...but with good homemade sweet pickle relish...I just "needed" one to try that relish on! And, I will admit that it tasted very good...for a change!
I forgot to mention on Tuesday that Woody went to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning. His teeth checked out fine...so definitely his tooth pain of the last few weeks had been sinus related. I "gave" him my check-up appointment as I just wasn't ready to go in for my check-up and cleaning after the work that I had had done over the last two weeks! That appointment can wait for a couple more weeks for me! (It wasn't hard for me to give up that appointment!) This evening I have had a nice phone conversation with one of my close friends. We hadn't talked in some time. It was good to catch up with her.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Woody walked early this morning and picked blackberries. He walked a while ago to the prayer room at church. Earlier we went to a visitation for a friend. We saw a lot of folk we hadn't seen in some time. I have done some sewing today.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses along with some of our fresh grown basil, oregano and parsley (and I even added a yellow squash into the sauce). Anyway...it turned out really tasty. The zucchini makes great noodles. We have such an abundance of zucchini and squash coming in that one has to find something to do with all of them! I also made a really cool and refreshing gelatin salad...what we refer to these days as yellow jello (except it can't go by that name this time as I had to use lime jello). The way you make is dissolve the gelatin in the the amount of boiling water that the pkg. calls for and then the cold water called for on the package is pureed cucumber and enough cold water to make that amount. Stir it all together and pop it in the fridge to gel. The cucumber rises to the top and you have a two layered salad...or you can let it set and stir it to have it all combine...I'm too lazy to wait these days and I like the look of the two layers in a glass dish that I have. Anyway...it has been a cooking day today and I am very tired. I ended up resting in the recliner the rest of the afternoon...but never did nap...surprisingly enough. Woody walked six miles early this morning and then ran an errand late in the afternoon...the rest of the day he has stayed inside. He has helped me keep the kitchen cleaned up and he sliced the zucchini noodles. Oh, yes, for lunch Woody made an Italian yellow squash/zucchini/onion casserole. Like I said...squash in abundance...
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Today we have had a pretty typical Sunday...except for the fact that I woke up super early (3am!) and couldn't get back to sleep. I had gone to sleep a bit earlier than usual last night due to still being super tired after my all day sewing extravaganza...but then woke up waaaaaaaaaaaay too early. I got up and worked on this laptop trying to figure out what we still had, what we didn't still have, and what we needed to get rid of! I at least got the desktop cleaned up as I removed a number of icons that were no longer clickable shortcuts. I think we have some questions to ask "our geek" about some of the programs, etc. that have shown up since he worked on the laptop. We are attempting to make a list of items to question him about. Woody got up a bit later than I, and he went on a six mile walk while it was still a bit cool. We both went to the early service at church and then to Sunday School. Woody taught his class. Then we came home and have pretty much taken it easy this afternoon. I flopped in the recliner planning to read and once again fell fast asleep...so guess made up for my super early waking hour! Woody went to church this evening. I talked to my sister on the phone and then got the pictures off my camera and onto my Passport (small external hard drive) and looked through these to choose tonight's blog photos. That about sums up a very warm, summery Sunday here in Middle TN.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
taste buds. A scrumptious day for sewing and eating.
Friday, June 22, 2012
cantaloupe on a vine near the pumpkins.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
The word "computer" is not high on my list today. Our laptop is still residing with the geeks. They did call today...it sounds like it is not behaving and they need to back everything up and then take everything off and reinstall Windows. The only problem with that is that they will not be able to reinstall program files...i will have to do that...gulp! My main concern is with my sewing software. Maybe I am just borrowing trouble! Hopefully my imaginings are worse than reality will be. The laptop problem is not caused by a virus...they are not sure why it is running so slowly. Then the next problem with computers came when I decided it would be a good day to update my "books read" list. That list is kept on our old PC. I got it all updated and then decided to print off a copy of the 22 pages. Well, the computer and printer would NOT talk to each other. I did everything but stand on my head...and almost did that when I crawled under the desk to check connections. Anyway I spent hours tearing my hair out over it...then Woody took over and he doesn't know what he finally did but after several hours of him messing with it, it finally decided to print! COMPUTERS...they are great when they work, but when they don't..............! I woke up super early...1:30am (I went to bed too early last night). So when I couldn't get back to sleep, I ended up getting up and reading for several hours. I did go back to sleep for a couple of hours...but that got my day all turned around. Woody did walk his four-mile route today. He also ran a couple of errands today.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
We put the finishing touches on our barbecue meal today. Woody made his new cooked dressing slaw recipe and I made Lime and Thyme Potato Salad. So now we are set for several days and we won't have to cook. We went to church in separate cars today since Woody had to go to the Life Care Center after the early service. I went to Sunday School and then headed home and Woody headed home after the service at Life Care. He had started making his slaw before I got home. I cooked my potatoes and while they were cooling, I sat on the front porch and read and watched for birds. There was a nice breeze once again. I came in and finished the potato salad. Woody worked two crossword puzzles on my iPad and watched some TV. He said that his sinus tooth pain was better for the most part today. Though before he went to the evening service, he said that the pain was coming back. I'm not sure whether he walked early this morning or not and he is at church so I can't ask him...but he probably did walk!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I am going to admit that an eight pound pork roast and a pound of beans have about done me in for the day. Woody found Boston butt pork roasts at a good price yesterday. So he bought two...one is in the freezer, but the other got cut up and put in a pot and slow-cooked all afternoon on top of the stove to make a favorite of ours...Bragg's Barbecue...or an easier name to call it...pulled pork. It is yummy, but takes quite a bit of effort...especially getting the meat separated from the bone and cut up to go in the pot...then just add several other ingredients and cook it slowly on top of the stove for three hours...while cooking there is a time of skimming fat and then at the end breaking up the chunks of meat...that last part isn't hard as at that point it just falls apart. I started the day preparing a pound of navy beans that I had soaked over night. I added lots of ingredients to them to turn them into my mother's Boston Baked Beans. They cook in a slow oven for six to eight hours. Needless to say my day has been spent in the kitchen. Woody had the kitchen all cleaned up and ready for me this morning...you should see it now...even though he and I have both worked on dishes, etc. throughout the day. What we have now are the dishes that were on the stove and in the oven as we have put the prepared food into something else to go into the refrigerator. So several big pots and I don't think that I have the energy to go back in the kitchen tonight! Woody took two four-mile walks early and then later walked to the library. His sinuses are still bothering him...which means that his teeth are still bothering him today. This afternoon he watched a couple of the DVDs that he checked out of the library. I am about finished with the book that I have been reading over the last few days. I think that I will finish it this evening unless I fall asleep...whether to read in or doze...the upstairs recliner has my name on it for the evening! I'm definitely feeling the effects of a long cooking day. I had planned to do several other things today...but they will have to wait for another day!
Friday, June 15, 2012
Woody got up early and went on a six-mile walk. I don't know if I heard him and woke up...didn't realize it if I did. But I woke up around 4am (that shows you what early for Woody was today) and he was already up and gone. I decided that I would read for a while. I did read for about an hour and then went back to sleep for a while. Our two oldest grandchildren Skyped me a little before eight. That's a fun thing that we can do now that I have the iPad. It gets to their dog when he hears me call his name from the computer! I went downstairs and fixed myself a cup of English Breakfast tea and then took it, my camera, my book and iPad out on the front porch and enjoyed the early morning breeze and pleasant temps. Woody headed off to the grocery store. I stayed on the front porch till he returned. Then I went in and put away the groceries. Later in the morning Woody ran a couple other errands. I fixed us some fried squash from Nathan and Kathy's garden for lunch. Then this afternoon I ended up reading for a while and taking a nap. Woody has been working on putting stamps in the stamp album...quite a bit of figuring out to do. After I finally woke up enough I fixed our supper. We had pork chops, a baked potato, and herb mushrooms. The mushroom recipe is one that I have made many times over the years...just hadn't had it recently...they are flavored with lemon juice and coriander, bay leaves, and fresh ground pepper. Quite tasty...especially since we hadn't had them for such a long time. I have had this recipe since at least the 80's as I know that I first made them at our house on Westview and we have lived here on Yale since 1984. This evening I have talked with a friend making plans for going to a "quilting extravaganza" next Saturday. She is one of the ones in charge of getting everything ready for it...I am just a guest attendee. I'm trying to figure out what sewing/quilting project I will work on...my goal for this next week is to get everything organized for said project so I can carry it and my sewing machine and all needed sewing notions with me to have a fun "Sew Super Saturday." A whole day of nothing but sewing and fun! We didn't hear anything from our computer doctor today. So still making do with just the iPad...so, again, no photos.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
That is...a doctor visit for our laptop...we had to take it in to have it checked out when it would only boot up in safe mode. So that means no photo till we have it up and working once again. What would one do without computer geeks?! And, this time we are literally depending on a place called "Geeks.". Hopefully we will have it back soon...running well again. They have doctored it back to health before. Woody walked his four-mile route today. I babysat for a while this morning for Isaac. He's so sweet! (No prejudice on my part!) This afternoon I ran a couple of errands and then went to get my hair cut. Woody has been attempting to watch a video...it's his second time through as he slept through most of it the first time! I just came in from deadheading the flowers and am mosquito bit. It has been quite a warm day...got to around 90F, but the humidity was low so it was a very bearable heat. I think over the next few days the heat is supposed to stay with us but it will be joined by higher humidity...not a good combination (in my opinion). I lived in Arizona for too many years and humidity is not my friend! Now if that humidity brings some rain then it will be more welcome...not sure if rain is in our forecast or not. In my down time today I have been reading a book from the public library that Woody got for me. It's inteeresting and has my attention. Woody has also been working on a sermonette that he has been asked to present this Sunday at the Life Care Center.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
It has been a rather rainy day...off and on...really good for the flowers! The oldest neighbor grandchildren went to Vacation Bible School at our church this morning. That left Elijah out as he isn't old enough to attend. So we had him come over here for a while. After lunch, I heard laughter of children and the front door opening and they came in to attack the toy closet..a good thing to do on a rainy afternoon. This is the closet under our stairs and it is such that toys can have a place and the children can walk in to get what they want to play with...but over time it can get rather disheveled! It had gotten to the point that no one...not even the smallest could walk into the closet. The toys had been put back in the closet...but just tossed in at the door. So Kathy had the youngest two come over to take everything out and then the oldest came over to sort through things and put things back in the closet. Well, the youngest just wanted to play with each item that came out of the closet! Finally the oldest three joined us and finished up the job of removing the toys. The pictures of the children removing the toys are a little blurry...things were going pretty fast! I was the mender of boxes and Kathy helped put things back in neatly. After it was all done, they got to choose a toy to play with and had a fun afternoon. Elijah went home for a nap before it was all cleaned up. He just knocked on the door and came in to see the clean closet. His reaction was precious! He is now playing with some of the little things that had been put in baskets. Woody took a four-mile walk while we were cleaning. He had a bit of a rain delay about midway in his walk. A thunderstorm blew in and it rained rather hard for a while...but he made it back safely! After the rain passed, I walked outside when Melany called and I deadheaded and weeded while I talked to her. Then I had to call my sister to tell her that the leaves of one of the caladium bulbs that we planted had pushed its way through the ground! The last photo shows the closet all clean and ready for many play sessions (till it is time to straighten it up again...right now they are trying really hard to keep it neat and clean!).
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Woody walked seven miles in a nice gentle rain this morning...using an umbrella he didn't get wet. We both went to the early church service. Then we went to Sunday School. Woody taught his class and I was a student this week in mine. This afternoon we were both upstairs when we heard the sounds of little voices and one deeper voice as our front door opened. One little voice said, "knock knock!" I went downstairs to see about our visitors. They had come for a family movie time. They had a VHS that they wanted to watch and we are the ones with the machine that plays VHS and DVDs. I popped popcorn with Abigail's help. After seeing that the bags of popcorn got handed out, I headed back upstairs and read (and played solitaire on the iPad) and dozed a bit. Then talked to Lydia. All in all a very pleasant Sunday! Good taking that Sunday drive down memory lane!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Woody informed me yesterday that I had forgotten to tell you that they took 11 vials of blood for his labs at NIH this time! So he wouldn't have to have more drawn by our doctor, he dropped off the lab reports on our way home on Thursday. Yesterday he had communication with her office and she changed his blood pressure meds...stopping one and upping the other to three times a day (per suggestion of the NIH docs). Now time will tell if doing it this way will get his blood pressure under better control and not compromise his creatinine levels.
Friday, June 8, 2012
I have finally given in to Google/Blogspot and downloaded Google Chrome. I think that it "should" be much easier to blog...that is till they change it again! I had been resistant to a different search engine as when we upgraded Internet Explorer, we had nothing but trouble and the computer geek who fixed my laptop said not to upgrade. Well, after it took so long to blog last night and not being able to add a photo, I decided that it was time to at least try Google Chrome. And, so far so good (and, I was able to post a photo for last night's blog after I downloaded Google Chrome!). The photo is inserted BEFORE I write the blog tonight. Yeah! I have been going down memory lane today as I am now connected with friends that I went to college with. So today I went through my file folders for 1966 through 1968...the years that I was a student at Cottey College in Nevada MO (by the way...I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Cottey...that is where I met Woody!). I was ferreting out some info about two trips that we went on while I was at Cottey and then decided to scan some of the photos into my laptop. This is a picture of Main Hall at Cottey that my father took when they dropped me off at Cottey in August of 1966. I scanned some of the photos that he took in black and white and also developed in his darkroom in our home. Ahhhhhhhhhh memories! It has been fun going through things. Cottey is a two-year liberal arts college for women...though, just this year they have started offering several 4-year programs...but in my day...just two.
Woody got up early...so did I so I could explain to him the new features of our new search engine! I had already printed out his crossword puzzle just in case he got up earlier than I. I also left him a note that "things" had changed in the way we could find "things" on the computer and told him that I would give him a lesson when I got up! After he had his lesson, he headed off on a walk and I went back to bed. He walked seven-miles and I slept a couple more hours! He went to the grocery store minus Elijah today. He has spent quite a bit of time with one or another of the grandchildren. He and Graham have been capturing bugs and trying to identify them. The last was a gigantic beetle. I'm running a bit late in blogging as they were looking on the internet trying to find exactly what kind of beetle it is. Joy, Esther, Elijah and Graham just left a few minutes ago. They have been playing...pretending that they were part of the Laura Ingles Wilder's book, Little House in the Big Woods. The big kids are taking turns reading that book out loud to their family. And, for the first time in a long time, it has only taken me a few minutes to blog, rather than an hour or more. Glad that I finally cried "Uncle!" Hope that this is the answer to my blogging problems of late!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The report by the doctors today was that one the two tumors was perhaps down by hair. We'll take that! They didn't give Woody contrast for his CT scans due to his creatinine level being slightly above what they like it to be. So they couldn't see the tumors quite as well as they would have liked. But they were pleased with things in general. We won't go back for another four months. The next time we will have a new Fellow...another female Fellow. Things went pretty much like clockwork today. We were through and on the road by 2:30. Our only snafu was with our voucher for the hotel. The hotel didn't give us a receipt due to the fact that I booked the reservation on line. So when I tried to turn in what I had printed from the computer, NIH needed proof that we had spent the night there. I had to call the hotel and convince them to fax something to NIH that said that we had been there. Well, it took a lot of convincing (three phone calls total)...but finally they said that they would. Well, the fax never arrived. So we were reimbursed for car travel expense but still not for the hotel. We stopped at the hotel on the way home and have the paper to fax when we get home! We are in Fort Chiswell, VA...all settled in for the night. We'll get up and have breakfast here and then get on the road. We have driven 300 and have 350 miles left to go tomorrow. So the good Lord willin' I'll be blogging from home tomorrow night...and be back to posting photos.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
We are safely ensconced in our hotel in Fairfax, VA...twenty or so miles away from NIH. It has been an uneventful day so far...only a little rain...mostly a "beautiful cloud" day. Woody did very well without any caffeine! Prayers were answered! We started at 4:20am central time and got here at 3:20pm eastern time. We sailed right along! I had fun taking notes about the trip on my iPad and also played quite a few games of solitaire...learning how to play Single Rail solitaire. I am blogging from the lobby as so far we haven't been able to get a wireless connection in our room. We will get up dark and early and head to NIH. Getting through security will be a bit harder this time as our ID's have expired. As soon as we clear security and park the car we will head in for Woody's labwork. Then there will be a wait time till checking in for his "drink" prior to his CT scans. Then we will head on down the hall for his MRI. Then it will be time to sign in for his clinic appt. After seeing the docs we will head on down the road a ways. So the good Lord willin' we will be part way home tomorrow night...again...somewhere in VA.
Monday, June 4, 2012
And, not one that I want to get. I broke the corner off one of my lower back molars. I spent time at the dentist this afternoon to learn that news. I am not a happy camper. I have spent next to no time packing...thus the packing isn't finished. Guess we will be off dark and early...ready or not! Woody is concerned about not being able to stay awake since this time he won't drink any Cokes to help keep him awake due to what he learned at NIH the last time about caffeine affecting his blood work. So he has vowed to never drink another Coke. The only time that he does drink anything with caffeine is when on the road...so tomorrow will be a new experience in travel. I told him that there was the option of sharing the driving with me. Well, time will tell! Till we get back from Maryland, I won't be posting photos on the blog. I got the Apple camera connection kit today, but Apple and Blogspot don't seem to be compatible photo-wise. The connection kit does work with my cameras so i can put photos directly from my cameras to my iPad now. Maybe one of these days there will be a way to add photos to blogspot from the iPad, but so far I haven't found it...and I have tried many ways. Woody has walked two four-mile treks. He picked up one of his prescriptions on his second walk and stopped and talked with a former co-worker on his way back. Well, off to get ready. The good Lord willin' I'll be blogging from Fairfax, VA tomorrow night.