Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Woody got up this morning and walked seven miles...boy is it humid...when he gets home, he literally has to peel his t-shirt off it is so wet! Not my kind of walking conditions! I got off to a slow start this morning...I woke up fairly early and got up, but didn't push doing much. I read for a while, then later in the morning I did do a few things around the house and then went outside and deadheaded and did a bit of weeding. The gardens have so many leaves in them that it looks like fall...the earlier drought conditions caused a lot of leaves to fall. I raked and picked out some leaves from the garden in front of the front porch. I then took pictures of the caladiums, so my sister could see that the bulbs that we planted while she was here are now popping up and looking pretty. I think that I have spotted ten that have sprouted...I'm not sure exactly how many bulbs we planted. They add a nice touch of color to the gardens. Late in the morning, I walked next door because Elijah had come over to our house looking for Joy...Joy wasn't here so I walked back with him to see if we could find her (she was in their garage). Nathan and Graham were working on their motor home. It was decided that Graham would use our new vacuum on the floor inside the vehicle. So Graham, Elijah and I headed over to our house to get the vacuum...we headed back to their vehicle each carrying a part or two. The vacuum was disassembled at our house so that we would each have something to carry...equality! Graham did a great job for a while and then Abigail worked at it for a while and then I took over and helped finish up the job with Abigail pointing out places that were missed! Woody and Esther went grocery shopping and to the library. This afternoon we have pretty much taken it easy (not exactly sure what Woody did as I napped for a while). For some reason today has seemed like Saturday all day long...guess that comes with retirement!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Woody got up early did the crossword puzzle, read, and walked four miles. I had a rough night sleeping...so woke up way before Woody, but finally got back to sleep and slept till I heard Graham's little voice. Graham and I went down and had breakfast (English muffins and scrambled eggs)...Woody had had his bowl of oatmeal earlier. Then we got busy. I had asked Woody last night if he would prepare his veggie burritos for our lunch. So after a busy morning we had a good lunch and then went back to work. I got to hold Isaac for a little while late this afternoon. He is just full of smiles and giggles! I don't know about anyone else...but I am a bit tired this evening! All-in-all a very productive day! And, thus ends our first Grammy's Attic Day! I think worth the anticipation! I'm going to go collapse in a recliner with a book!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Woody got up early and walked twelve miles. I had trouble getting to sleep last night and thus slept in a bit longer than I like...thus I got a late start on my cleaning plans. I got up and started attacking some more parts of our bedroom. That has taken up most of the rest of the day...still have the bed to get remade. I uncovered a lot of dust/dirt. I seem to be feeding the vacuum quite well! When I clean, one thing tends to lead to another...a never ending job. But we have a much cleaner bedroom. Tonight's photo is one of the neighbor's (Nathan, Kathy and family)pumpkins. They have already harvested three of them each weighing in around 12 or 13 pounds. They brought us one. Very pretty light orange color.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Woody got up this morning and walked seven miles. We went to the early service at church...interesting experience as lightning had done a job on the electricity there. We had no lights, nor amplified sound, nor air conditioning for most of the service. All was restored by the time for Sunday School. Woody taught his class. We came home and have had a quiet afternoon for the most part.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Woody got up early and went for an eight-mile walk. I once again didn't sleep the best so I got up when Woody did and started in on vacuuming upstairs. With this vacuum my stamina seems to hold up better for a little longer. I did take breaks off and on throughout the morning and part of the afternoon. Finally at a point this afternoon I gave in and sat down in the recliner to read and promptly fell asleep and slept for a while (till my sister called)...guess early waking up and all that vacuuming finally got to me! Woody walked to the library this morning and on the way home stopped at the fruit and veggie market...mmmmmmmmmmmm...peaches! Earlier this evening, Kathy asked us if we would watch Isaac while the rest of them went on a bike ride. He was so good. He sat up and played on a blanket in our family room for a long time. (He and I had a photo session while he played!) When I thought that he might like to be in a different position, I put him on his tummy...and it wasn't long till he took a little nap. They got home from their bike ride before he woke up so I took him home when he awakened.
We had more storms roll through last night. And, it looks like we might get another this evening...at least it was sprinkling when I walked home from next door and I have since heard several rumbles of thunder...but at the moment things seem quiet...so maybe this one passed us by. We seem to be catching up on our rainfall!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
One waiting game ended this morning when the Janome software tech returned my call and pretty quickly solved my problem with reloading some software. It was really strange when she worked it out so she could work on my computer from where she was in New Jersey! Amazing what can be done with computers...that is, when one knows how! She was very pleasant and really knew what she was doing!
Woody ran an errand shortly before lunch. He has read quite a bit today, too. At some point prior to lunch I managed to finish the book that I read on most of the night. I also did a bit more work on the laptop to try to get it back to running the way we want it to run. I played "circus train" with Elijah for a little while. Graham and his daddy are installing another fan on their back porch...Nathan was guiding Graham through the installation steps when I walked over there a while ago. I have given them another project...the fan and light in our bedroom isn't working correctly. They said that they would look at it. I call these home projects that we have for Nathan to do "Sonny-Do" projects rather than "Honey-do!"
I guess I will be playing more of the waiting game tomorrow...hopefully a couple of waits will be over!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
It has been a fairly quiet Tuesday. Woody got up early and walked his four-mile route. The children have come in and out at various times. We got Nathan to change the light bulbs in the light on our stairs...not an easy task. Thanks, Nathan! It's good to be able to see when we go up and down the stairs now. As he came over and got busy on changing the light bulbs, I walked out the door to go get my hair cut. We have both read and relaxed this afternoon. Woody left a while ago to walk to the prayer room at church.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Woody got up early and walked four miles. He and I ran a couple of errands early and then he took me home and he headed off to the library and Kroger by himself. He has read, watched library DVDs and rested most of the rest of the day.
Oh, and we have had rain, glorious rain several times today...along with a bit of thunder...looks like drought conditions have been broken for the time being for us. We are so thankful for the rain!
And another update...as I was heading out of the blog area I saw that tonight's blog is my 1300th!!!!!!!!!! Oh, my.........
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Woody didn't walk this morning due to the rain and also due to his mouth hurting a bit. He did take a short walk with Elijah this afternoon. Erin spent time with Graham this morning helping him understand more about a game she has on her computer. After they did that for a while, Graham got Erin to do space battles with some of his K'nex creations. Joy and Abigail also came over for a while. Abigail helped me make Cucumber Jello for Goosey (Woody). This afternoon Erin and I went to do a bit of shopping...we needed batteries and a few food items. We came home and rested for a while and then got busy on our supper...Meatloaf Roll-up. Woody is still pretty much eating soft food...but he did manage a few small bites of the meatloaf. The latest about his mouth after having a tooth pulled yesterday afternoon...he said that he can open his mouth a bit more this afternoon. Erin and I got the kitchen cleaned up after supper and are now relaxing again. We're waiting for Graham to join us. He is spending the night with us because Nathan and Kathy need us to take him to church in the morning to catch a bus. He is going to a weekend camp in Alabama.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Oh, I called NIH to make Woody's appointments in October. We got the email yesterday with the dates. We'll be going back the first week in October.
Woody didn't walk today. He called the dentist as soon as the office was open. He decided that this time his tooth ache was not sinus problems. He managed to get an appointment today and ended up having a molar pulled. So at the moment he isn't feeling the perkiest...numbness is wearing off so he is feeling some pain.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
After lunch Erin and Goosey made sweet pickle relish...a triple batch. Later in the afternoon, Graham came over and asked Erin to play Battle Ship. After one game they went upstairs and Graham played one of Erin's computer games. At a point during that time I went up to relax in the recliner in our room...well, I went into one of those sleeps when it is so hard to come back awake! About the time that it was time for Graham to go home for supper, I did come back to life. We had supper. Then after supper Erin and I started on my job for her for the day...clean out a couple of cupboards...we attacked the tupperware cabinets first...matched up lids, etc. And then we went on to the canned goods cabinet...oh, my. All the canned goods are still on the kitchen floor as we are taking a break.
It has been a good day...always is when Erin has a good day here. She has been pouring through a cookbook trying to decide what we will make. I want to go through all these cans and see what we have and what we can make with what we already have here. Erin loves to cook! The three of us did take a walk last night after the sun went down and it was a bit cooler. We may do that again in a little while.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Woody started off Elijah's birthday by walking seven miles. I got up and got busy getting ready for company. When I was downstairs, I heard a rustling in our garage and looked out and found the birthday boy and his 10-year-old brother. They were getting ready to go on a bike ride. Graham was hooking up their bike trailer to his bike. Then Joy and Abigail joined them on their bikes. Elijah settled into the bike trailer and put his helmet on and they were off for a bike ride. This bike ride was to get Elijah out of the house while his parents got his cake ready...a dirt cake...presented in one of Elijah's favorite dump trucks (there is plastic wrap between the dirt cake and the truck!). This dirt cake was complete with worms throughout! We got all the food ready to take over to Nathan and Kathy's. A little before time to eat Melany, Wade, Erin and Alex arrived. Kathy's parents are here from south Georgia, too...so quite a party! As Woody, Alex, Wade and I brought over food, Kathy got it all arranged buffet style on their kitchen counter. Then we went through and filled our plates. After the meal, we all had some dirt cake...very yummy...devils food cake broken up and stirred into chocolate pudding...and, of course, gummy worms! After the cake came the presents. Boy! Elijah can open presents fast and furiously! The toys were played with for a bit and then the children changed into bathing suits and headed out to play with the new water toy sprinkler that Aunt Melany, Uncle Wade, Erin and Alex gave. Elijah did a lot of "lawn mowing" with his new bubble mower that they gave him, too. Cool fun on a hot day. We visited for a while until the children came in to play "Pin the Tires on the Dump Truck!" Erin made her way back to our house first and then Goosey. The two of them went to the library...so Erin has a supply of books and movies to keep her occupied for a little while. Melany, Wade, Alex, Graham and I then headed to our house. Graham wanted to show them his Hex Bug stuff and then he went off to play a computer game with Erin in her room. Abigail joined them to play the game too. Graham stayed till our supper time. We had left over barbecue (I see that in our future for a while...quite a few leftovers from our birthday feast!). So we have had a very full day...both from activities and food! Erin is now ensconced in her room. Before I came in to blog, she had started to read out loud a Sherlock Holmes mystery using her British accent! It should be an interesting week...one never knows what Erin will come up with! Happy Birthday to our sweet Elijah!
Friday, July 6, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Woody got up early and went on a four mile walk. He picked blackberries again on this walk. He said that due to the extreme heat and dry conditions that they were just about gone...bushes, berries, etc. drying up. We have gotten a lot of severe thunderstorm warnings this afternoon and evening...but so far not a drop of rain. We do need rain so badly. I have done some cooking in preparation for a big day of cooking tomorrow. Woody went to the grocery store so I could get started on that cooking. As soon as I finish blogging, I will go downstairs and get my beans soaking. I plan to make my mother's recipe for Boston Baked Beans for our Saturday July 4th/Elijah birthday celebration. I took a little snooze this afternoon and was awakened hearing the sweet little voice of Esther. Nathan, Kathy and children have been away for more than three weeks. It wasn't too long till a Graham and Abigail came over to see us. They headed back home quickly as they were helping to get ready for supper company! Can you imagine...being away for more than three weeks and having company for supper just a few hours after you return?!?! Elijah made his way over a little after Esther, Graham and Abigail left and he stayed and played a while, then I went next door to see the ones (Joy and Isaac) who hadn't graced our door! They have all grown (or so it seems) since we saw them last. They have been doing their juggling ministry at summer camps and seem to have had a wonderful time...swimming, canoeing, etc. mixed in with their juggling!
Woody and I are both reading quite a bit at the moment...both of us have good books. Woody usually has a couple of books going at the same time...often a non-fiction or two and a fiction. Well, at the moment I am in the midst of two...something that I rarely do. But I had started a book and then the library called and said that they had a book that I had requested...so I couldn't resist starting the one they called about and I was into the other enough that I really didn't want to put it aside...so I'm reading a couple of chapters in one and then a couple in the other. They are both fiction...and both a mystery book...hope that I don't get the plots confused!
I made Eggplant Parmasan for supper...yum...and, again, the iPad app worked very well for viewing my recipe. I was glad that I used the iPad recipe as I had left out the sliced tomatoes...opps...from the recipe so that is fixed. Well, off to soak beans! Lots of cooking and cleaning to do tomorrow. We will have a houseguest starting Saturday. Erin will be staying with us for several days.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I continue to type recipes into my recipe app. One of our blog followers wondered what I was using for a keyboard on the iPad. I am using the one on the screen, but I am using it just like a regular keyboard...not just using one or two fingers. It does slow me down a bit as the numbers are on a different keyboard and you have to change back and forth between numbers, symbols and letters...but it still works. Today I cooked for the first time using the iPad for my cookbook...and it worked great. I made "Simmer Steak" which wasn't the best test as there isn't much recipe following, but still I have now used a recipe that I have typed into my iPad recipe "book."
I got a call a little while ago from the public library that they had a book that I had requested so after I got supper ready, I headed that way. I passed Woody walking home from the Prayer Room at church. He has had two walks today. Me this afternoon after I got supper fixed I flopped in the recliner and read, played solitaire, and snoozed...good for a lazy day. The birds are still enjoying the suet bird feeder. I am just about to have to refill it...it is down to a very small piece. I have one in the refrigerator ready to go in when this one is gone. About the only birds that can get at it now are the woodpeckers...or perhaps this big ol' jay!