Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hurtin' for Certain!

I can't believe I haven't posted for a week!  Where does the time go?  Well, I know where some of it has gone.....my RA is in full swing and everything takes me twice as long until about afternoon when I start 'loosening' up and even then it is slow going.  I also have an infection that I had to go to the doctor for and I'm on antibiotics for that thus I cannot take my RA meds.  But it's not terrible...yet.... and I don't mean to complain but rather explain that I am slow anyway much less when Arthur Itis raises his ugly head! LOL!  I have been in remission for 1 1/2 years so I've been lucky.  Monday I was in Mountain Home all day, Tuesday I played  'catch up', yesterday was Walmart and today was 'catch up' again.  I did manage to get a few things in Mountain Home while I was there but not much..........I've been wanting this liquid castile soap for awhile now for general purpose cleaning and who can argue with a lavender scent?
 The only bookstore that I know of in Mountain Home has closed and along with a few other reasons, I have decided to subscribe to Amazon Prime.  Almost all my shopping is online anymore as there are just not any available shopping venues around here without driving at least over an hour.  But I was able to 'treat' myself yesterday with these treasures from Walmart.............a new supply of 'melties'.............
  some new candles for that Hygge experience..............
a new magazine.............
a new pattern for cobbler aprons.............my new retirement uniform..........with pockets!  My style is the red and the gold ones..............
and fabric for each................
plus a new Pioneer Woman mug................
I also had cooking to do.............a baked vegetarian ziti casserole............ those are buffalo mozzarella 'pearls' melted on top........... and of course before making this I had to make my homemade pasta sauce.............    
Then for dessert..........a recipe for Turtle Brownies from scratch from Cook's Country test kitchens.
  I used to get a Duncan Hines mix for them but I am trying to not use any boxed or packaged or processed food....making almost everything from scratch is very time consuming but worth it in my mind.
With the RA 'blossoming' I may get more knitting/crafting done as the legs, feet and elbows are stiff and my back starts hurting after being on my feet awhile.
 But I did manage to get out and do some more weeding and 'landscaping' this morning.  Unfortunately the deer have eaten my bean plants, hibiscus and tomatoes....not a total loss but I need to do something soon!  
The more I move the better I feel in the long run but  mornings are really pitiful! LOL!  I never give in to it though....I can't or I would be a cripple.  Onward and upward and I hope you all have had a great week so far!  Hopefully, I will catch up with all of you tomorrow!
Happy Trails!
P.S.  I have also been watching all the news and hearings going on.....not sure that's a good thing but I feel the need to stay as informed as possible.  There are more tragedies than I can keep up with...prayers for all!





 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Another gorgeous day!

But they say humidity and hotter temps are going to be moving in.  Oh well, it is Summer in the Ozarks and I have central air so unless we lose power I am blessed to be able to cool off if I get too warm outside.  I woke up early again and it is a gift!  I get so much done (for me anyway).  Yesterday I made snicker doodles with wheat flour and white flour and sugar.  It was a REAL FOOD recipe but it must have been after the 100 day challenge as white flour and sugar are both processed.  Not that she doesn't ever have them but they try to limit processed food of any kind.  They're crispy just how I like them!
  I worked outside most of the afternoon....weeding, painting, mulching and knitting!  Yes, I said knitting!  I washed off my Adirondack (plastic which need a paint job) chairs and set them up "under the shade of the old Oak tree" in my neighbors yard..............it was marvelous....I could take a break outside from my outside work just like I do when I work inside.  I filled a bowl of water for the girls too.  There was a nice breeze and I had hung a load of rugs out on the line. 
I think the girls really liked it too........especially with their own bowl of water...........
Miss Peeps looks out the window and she cries.....I can hear her as I had the kitchen windows open.  She  is such a 'mama's girl'! LOL!  She got right in my  face when I came in as if to say "don't leave me like that"..........she's still my baby.

 I'll have more pictures tomorrow of what I did but I was so tired by the time I came in I wasn't about to go back out to take pictures....I am 'tuckered'!  But it was so good to be outside and get stuff done and enjoy the beautiful weather.  I hope you had a great day too!  What are you all up to this weekend?
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Beautiful day to be outside!

I had to go out to the highway and get gas for my SUV and mower and it was just the perfect day to be outside!    I mowed........
and watered my plants and they are all coming up!  Zinnias and a perennial I forget the name of it now.  I actually planted better than that but we had heavy rain shortly after and they got a little swamped together.
The tomatoes have doubled in size!  All the rain we've been getting...tomatoes love water......
radishes are up...............
Bush beans....yellow and green but I can't remember which is which...I'll know eventually! LOL!
a volunteer zinnia....the tall ones...........the others I planted are shorter...........I love zinnias..........and so do the butterflies
The tiger lilies are in full bloom....the deer love these but they are staying away so far..............I love them too as they remind me of my childhood...............
My Asian lilies are blooming.... so pretty and they smell good too!
and guess what I spied in the woods?  Raspberries!  OMG!  I am so excited!  They are all along my property next to the woods!  There's lots of them!  I have lived here 13 years and never saw them before.....another miracle!  They look red but not sure what they will turn out to be as they are just 'babies'.....I'll be keeping a close watch on them for sure!  Raspberries are my favorite fruit of all!
Here's a picture of one little area that I weed whacked....sad huh?  I know I need to perfect my technique a lot! LOL!  But at least it's a start! After I get this area cleaned out I am going to put mulch in it as this gravel is pretty ugly and sparse.
I only mowed today but tomorrow is Walmart for a few things and then I will weed whack again when I get home.....it will be easier to see now that I mowed too.  This is turning out to be one fantastic week so far!  I hope yours is also!
Happy Trails!