Sunday, September 30, 2012
Woody did just walk out the door to take a walk.
And, the good Lord willin' I'll be blogging from Orange, VA tomorrow evening. The blogs will be pictureless till I get back since I still haven't found out a way to post photos from the iPad onto the blog. Tonight's photo was from our October 2011 trip to NIH. I'm hoping to see some pretty leaves. We're starting to see color here so I'm hoping for a bit more as we travel farther north and east!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Woody didn't go for a walk early this morning as it was raining. He walked a bit later once it had stopped. He walked to the library with a stop at the fruit and veggie market on the way home. He bought some apples...a "good for you" snack for the trip. I got up and headed downstairs to get some things done in the kitchen that had to be done before we leave on Monday. I stewed a chicken and also chopped up four red peppers. Once the chicken cooled I took the meat off the bones and cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and freezer bagged them and popped them in the freezer. I also froze the red pepper pieces. Both will be very welcome when we start making soups as the weather cools down. Then I started in on a quick go-through of the house with the vacuum. I made it through the downstairs before it was time to head next door to baby/kid sit for a while. Nathan, Kathy, Graham and Abigail headed off and Goosey (Woody) and I took care of Joy, Esther, Elijah and Isaac. Joy had a list of things that we were to do...including snacks, a diaper change, a nap for Isaac, play time for the rest, coloring time (she and Esther made a book), and the list included a lunch menu. We pretty much did everything on the list...so Joy was happy. Not long after we got back to the house, I headed off to WalMart for my obligatory prior to a trip visit to WalMart. At some point I also started doing the wash that I need to do prior to the trip and worked a little more on the Sunday School lesson for tomorrow. Woody washed the car. Yesterday he vacuumed out the car. So we will be heading off in a very clean car. The whole day has passed in a whirlwind...so much to do..so little time! . This evening I fixed us a really nice dinner. Woody decided to treat me to "Surf 'n' Turf" so he brought home steak and lobster tails when he went grocery shopping. I spent a while watching a couple of videos as to how to cook lobster tails...how to cut the tail and release the meat from the tail...worked pretty well. So we dined in fine stead this evening...not our usual fare...VERY yummy. Now I am VERY full! Clothes are drying as I type this. The suitcase is out...guess I will have to pack tomorrow. I'm not used to leaving on Monday...we usually leave on Tuesday.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Woody walked seven miles this morning. Later in the morning he made pumpkin pudding for the neighbors. This time he had Elijah's help. I had school with Elijah, Esther, Joy, and Abigail this morning. Then this afternoon I worked on this week's Sunday School lesson. This evening we are both relaxing. I have been reading upstairs and Woody is downstairs with the TV on and is probably reading too.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Woody got up and headed out for an eight mile walk. It was going to be a warmer day so he headed out for an early walk once again. It did reach 85 today...typical Fall weather...quite cool one day and the next quite warm. I had school with Elijah, Esther, Joy and Graham this morning. Then after lunch I headed for our work afternoon in the church library. We did more of the same, but finally got through all the cards for books that the computer says are checked out and also matched those up with who "supposedly" has them checked out. We have printed out lists of books of those books and the patron who we think has them and I will type up a note with the list on it for the patrons to check at home to see if they have. So FBC, Tullahoma library users beware...you may be getting a note or an email from me in the near future...that is when I find time...hard to find sometimes!
This morning I spent more than an hour on the phone trying to get the NIH patient rate for our favorite hotel in Bethesda, MD for next week or on the computer trying to get our other favorite place to stay that is in Fairfax, VA.. But so far I haven't made the right connection with the hotel telephone workers for the Bethesda hotel in whatever part of the world (though, I will say the two that I have spoken to so far have been easy to communicate with...just that they can't find the correct rate...so I will continue to try). The closer one waits to the day that the room is needed the more chance they are willing to give the room for the quoted NIH rate (They'd rather get that rate than not have the room filled!)...so I will persevere for a few more days! Next week at this time, Woody's CT's and MRI's will be behind him and we will just be waiting till the next day to meet the docs in clinic and hear the results.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
This has been a busy day. Woody, once again, waited a bit later than usual to take his walk to let it warm up a bit...though it didn't get quite as cold during the night as it had the last few nights. I had school with a couple of the older children in the morning and then two of the younger ones in the afternoon. I had to stop school a bit early this morning as my hair appointment was earlier than usual. I headed off to get my hair cut and then went to the store to pick up a couple of things that I needed for a meal that our Sunday School class was providing for a member who had knee surgery last week. I got home and made the brownies and then had school with Elijah and Esther. I had picked up a casserole from another Sunday School member earlier in the day and popped that in the oven after the kids finished school and the brownies were out of the oven. When the casserole came out of the oven I hopped in the car to meet another class member and we delivered the meal. Woody left a few minutes before I left to walk to the prayer room at church. I am now home and ready to prop my feet up after all the coming and going that I have done today! Good night for another night of Dancing With the Stars!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Woody didn't walk early this morning since it was so chilly out (low 40's). So he walked later in the day...a nice feature of the Fall and being retired...walk whenever it suites you! Woody also made Italian Cauliflower...so many good smells emanating from our kitchen! After the bread was out of the oven...early afternoon...Woody caught up with Graham and gave him and Grammy the job of planting some pansies that Woody bought for me over the weekend. So Graham and I went out to the front gardens and planted nine pansy plants...me pointing out where to plant them and Graham digging the holes, sprinkling in plant food, putting in the new little plants, pushing the dirt back around them and then watering them well. It was a nice time spent with Graham, except that I had been on my feet too long with the bread baking, etc. that my back was really hurting and I was really ready to head to my recliner upstairs. I did that and, of course, fell asleep...instead of reading. Woody has come behind me cleaning up the mess in the kitchen. The last time I went through the dish drainer was piled pretty high! And, now it is time for me to go down and relax in front of the TV...Dancing With the Stars is back once again!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Woody got up and went on a seven mile walk. Later he walked to the library (and back!). He also did some errands in between walks. I got up and started out in the kitchen and pretty much stayed there all morning and part of the afternoon. I started out making a sponge (starter) for making rye bread this coming week (planning on Monday). This is a first for me to start bread out this way...hope that the final results are good! The sponge is sitting in a bowl on the counter all tightly covered with plastic wrap. After getting that ready, I got started making one of our favorites...Bragg's Barbecue (pulled pork). This is one of those recipes that takes a lot of time...first it takes a lot of time getting the meat cut off the bone and into chunks. Then it takes a long time to simmer and lots of time checking and skimming fat off. But the end results are fantastic...and well worth the work. I decided to do something that I had never done before...I made pork broth out of the pork bone. I really hadn't heard of pork broth so I looked it up on the internet and found out that it is done...just not done a lot in the U.S. So I decided to give it a try. I added water, veggies and quite a few herbs from our garden and then let all simmer for a long time. I will freeze the broth and I'm sure that it will come in handy for some of the soups in our future (once it gets just a little cooler).
Part of the time that I was cooking I listened to some more of Vanity Fair...part of it I really enjoyed and then all of a sudden I had no idea, once again, as to what was going on...wonder if my mind wandered or...?
Woody has watched a library DVD or two. Part of the time that things were simmering, I made a quick run through with the vacuum downstairs and did a little dusting. I also vacuumed crumbs out of our silverware drawer...always wonder just exactly how those crumbs get in there since that drawer isn't left open! I planned to make a quick run through upstairs with the vacuum, too, but just didn't have enough steam left to do that task...it can wait for another day! I came upstairs after partaking of a barbecue sandwich and flopped in the recliner in our bedroom...planning to read some more about Dolley Madison...but my eyes shut pretty quickly and I napped instead. After that brief nap, I did pick Dolley up again and read for a while. I'm getting close to being finished with it.
Friday, September 21, 2012
I spent a good part of the day working on Sunday's Sunday School lesson. I had worked on it last night and went this morning to fill in some more info from another book and all the notes that I had taken last night were gone! Not good! I don't understand as I made an extra effort to constantly save last night as I was typing in notes. I'm wondering if it is me or the app. Anyway, I transferred what was there to my laptop and have worked from it as I used to do prior to having an iPad. Technology is great as long as it works the way you want/need it to!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
We're next door taking care of five grandchildren...thus no photo tonight as I'm blogging from my iPad. We have had a busy day as usual. Woody took two four-mile walks, mowed some, and most importantly...made me a pan of brownies! I had school with Elijah, Esther, and Joy and read with Abigail. I made us Caprese salads for supper and then came over here to "play" with the children...at the moment one is in bed, one is in the shower and there are three waiting for stories.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Woody got up early and walked four miles when it was in the mid 40's...brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Then later in the morning he took another four mile walk. This time he took Elijah on his walk and they picked persimmons. I had school with Elijah, Esther, Joy, and Graham this morning and then this afternoon I worked several hours in the library. Again, Donna and I scratched our heads as to just exactly what we accomplished in the library...but we really worked hard for several hours! We are still unraveling the "who has what" and "will it come back" library mysteries.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
This morning Woody got up and decided to take his umbrella with him on his walk. It had rained prior to him heading out, but had stopped at the time that he left. But he knew that there was a good possibility of more. He did have to put the umbrella up before he got home from his four mile walk. Due to it being such a rainy day we have stayed close to home. Elijah came over this morning while the rest of his family unloaded their RV and did wash and other chores that need to be done after such a long trip. The whole family came over after supper and each shared something about their trip. They had quite the time...now to settle back into routine...that is till their next trip! It's good to see them all and they each seem to be much taller than when they left! When I told Elijah that I was sure that he was taller, he said, "Yes, I am almost getting to be a Daddy!" I guess his goal is to get tall like his daddy!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
We have had a busy day...Woody walking (7 miles), going to the library and fruit/vegetable market, running some errands, mowing, reading, and some TV sports watching...me...cleaning (I finished up the cleaning that I had planned for this go-round plus vacuumed quickly through the whole house and did a little dusting and bathroom sprucing up), washing, cooking, and reading.
I commented to Woody that a lot has happened in the last four years...and he agreed! We're both very glad to be at this end of those four years!
Friday, September 14, 2012
P.S. After I wrote that last sentence I climbed up on my stepladder and unloaded the decorations on top of my sewing cabinet...dusted them with the vacuum and also dusted off the top...pretty thick with dust. I will say that this last side of the sewing room seems to have gotten a bit to my allergies...I dusted off the tops of the bookshelves and also all the picture frames that adorn the tops. But I have not attacked the bookshelves themselves...another time! I have had about enough of this deep cleaning. I'm ready to do something else! The cleaning has about worn me out!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Woody walked ten miles this morning. Later in the day he mowed some more on the yard. I have continued to clean in the sewing room. The one side of the room is now done...now to move on to the "path" behind the sewing machine. The table that holds our laptop, printer, and some sewing needs, etc. is now dust free for at least a short time!
Tonight's photo was taken a year ago on our fifth trip of 2011 to NIH...the first week of October...same week (a year later!) as we will be heading out this year...just a little over two weeks away. Time does pass so quickly...sometimes too quickly!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I'm pretty sure that Woody got up and walked this morning, as when I asked him if it was as cold out this morning as yesterday and he told me "no" that he had been out early...and if he was out early then he walked (yes, seven miles). But I forgot to ask him how far he walked and he has now left to walk to the church for his time in the Prayer Room. He has spent quite a bit of time outside mowing today, too. I have been working on the computer...backing up pictures and other documents from our laptop onto our Passport external drives. I hadn't done it in a while and decided that it was time. While I was waiting on files to copy, I listened to more of Vanity Fair and also began in earnest cleaning in the sewing room. I can say that the sewing machine cabinet and all its nooks and crannies have been cleaned. And, that is a very good start in the sewing room...that takes care of the center of the room...now to work on the sides! One side is very scary...a wall of books...hundreds of books. I'm not sure that I am up to working on those bookshelves "this cleaning" of the room. Tomorrow, though, I do hope to be able to clean the ironing board side of the room...and the table that the laptop and printer and...rest upon.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Woody got up and needed to wear a jacket on his seven-mile walk this morning. The low registered on our outside thermometer this morning was 51.4 and Woody said that it was 48 on the bank thermometer down in the valley...a bit chilly! It felt so good coming out after church this morning...the nice cool air with quite low humidity. Definitely Fall is in the air! We went to the early church service and then we both taught our respective Sunday School classes. We came home and had lunch. I rested for a little while and then Melany called and then I went on the hunt for photos and then scanned them and emailed them to her. Kathy called and I had to run next door to get some information that they needed (brought our shared steam mop back to our house...guess I will mop the kitchen floor tomorrow). Woody went to Deacon's meeting this afternoon. Then he went to the evening church service.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Woody had a pretty good night's sleep once he got to sleep. Now me...well...not so great! I woke up super early and once Woody was stirring I got busy. Today I attacked the kitchen with a vengeance. I took everything off the countertops and then cleaned them well and then wiped off all that goes on the counters. I cleaned the microwave and sink, but didn't do the stove since I had done that recently (and the oven can definitely be left for another day!). The stove top probably needed it again, but I just didn't have it in me. I worked steadily for most of the morning. Then had lunch and then rested for a while. I talked to my sister and then came downstairs and fixed our supper. We had Chunky Tomato Sauce and Italian Sausage on linguine...one of our favorites. I then cleaned up the kitchen and left the dishwasher going and left dishes in the drainer. I'm going to let Woody take care of putting the dishes away! I'm tired! We did get more rain after I blogged last night...so the plants are once again happy. Woody walked a bit later this morning...six miles. Later in the afternoon he ran an errand. He also surprised me and made brownies while I was upstairs resting. Looks like the squirrels are busy getting ready for the winter...and we still have that one pesky squirrel that likes to eat nuts right over our walkway...shells keep appearing as soon as we sweep them away...a losing cause at the moment! Hope that everyone has had a great Labor Day 2012!