Thursday, April 27, 2017

Yesterday was perfect!!!!

I was able to get a bath in and my hair washed before the storms hit but unfortunately the only 2 times the weather radio went off was when I was in the tub and then when I had my head under the kitchen sink faucet! LOL!  Even the cats came up to me and cried as if to say "can't you turn that thing off"!  They are too funny.  One alarm was for other counties and the second was for a severe thunderstorm which I don't go to the  basement for.  We were under a tornado watch but no warning and we never lost power so it was a cozy stormy day which I love!  The roof guys never came Tuesday and so, yes, the roof leaked again and I have bowls out there.....I try not to think about it...lol!  Anyway, I changed the sheets on my bed and made my egg salad with a little curry powder added.  I won't eat it any other way.........love!
 You can't see the rain or the blowing and it was really much darker but the grass is feeling good, the birds are loving it and so are all the green things you see out there! LOL!
  Here's my egg salad...........it was so good if I do say so myself.....pretty simple, red onion, hard boiled eggs, salt, pepper, mayonnaise and some curry powder....try it...you'll like it!  I think I got the curry powder idea from Martha Stewart years ago.  I had it last night on some toasted organic bread....yes, Walmart carries several varieties of organic bread now!  I didn't get my bread made this week....Spring is so busy!
 I did get some cookies made though....chocolate chip with pecans.  I use the Original Toll House Recipe but I only use 1/2 the chocolate chips they call for and I think that is 2 cups and I use one and I use one cup of chopped pecans also.  I'm not a huge chocolate fan....it's okay but I don't want too much in my cookies.  I ate a few while they were still warm........talk about comfort food!
My cute little timer my daughter gave me...........and the red oven mitts are felted wool that I knitted...I need to knit another pair.  I got the pattern for free on the Purl Soho website.  They have lots of great craft projects, free patterns, and supplies. They aren't cheap but they are quality.  If you sign up for their emails you get some free patterns too.
I jury-rigged this wall of hanging objects several years back and nothing has fallen down yet! LOL!
The pans are hanging from an old wooden broom handle that I suspended across the cabinets.  I did  test first and I check every once in awhile to ensure the handle isn't  'slipping' from side to side....so far so good.  I used large 's' hooks to hang the pans.  The other wire 'whatchamacallit' came from pieces of a shelf that I was able to wedge in between the cabinets and again 's' hooks to the rescue!  I need to clean off a few of the things but overall it's a handy place to hang things that take up too much room in a drawer.  I may replace the wire 'whatchamacallit' with some tension rods eventually.
Last but not least...a little tip...sometimes I want some cookies but I don't want to stay up late baking all of them (like these chocolate chip cookies make a big batch..probably 7 or 8 cookies sheets for 12 minutes each) so last night I made 3 batches and then put Press and Seal over the mixing bowl with my cookie scoop inside with it and I will bake up the rest of them this morning.  My sweet tooth was satisfied and yet I didn't have to stay up late to finish them.  Of course, if you bake them in the morning you won't have that problem but cookies were not a priority yesterday just a 'would be nice' project after priorities were done.
Today is sunny and cool and I need to get some laundry out on the line and go to Wally World for supplies mostly for 'the girls'...it's always about them! LOL!  Plus, more storms coming tomorrow and over the weekend so I want to be ready with everything we need including more batteries! LOL!
I hope you have a great day!
Happy Trails!



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2nd mowing and beautiful Springtime!

I mowed yesterday after picking up branches all over the yard.  Mother Nature has been stormy and breezy and cleaning up the dead debris from winter.  I have a pile to burn but it's been a bit windy.  Yesterday was a beautiful day to be outside and the 2nd mowing always looks so much nicer than the first  one in the Spring.  The birds were singing their little hearts out and the butterflies were out in full force!  They love these flowers I planted last year and I'm pretty sure they were annuals but they reseeded and came up in mass this Spring and they bloom all Summer long and into Fall.  I don't know what they are but maybe one of you can id them for me.  Plus, the butterflies love them!
The clematis are still blooming well...........
The Iris are up....both the regular and the Japanese..........
My peony bush has one bud but then I found another bush with a bud....do they spread?  I know I only planted one bush several years back and I only get one bloom per year.....what's up with that?
Up North they were always falling down weighted with so many flowers.
The sedum is up and I think there's another next to it on the right in a red color but it's struggling............
My lavender came back.....Yay!  I've never had much luck with lavender so I tried potting it up and that seemed to work last year.
This one never really died back in the Winter and has spread from one plant to several now..........
 Also, the Coral Bells are blooming...........
I found these blooms on the edge of the woods and there are quite a few all along the border of my property.....I'm praying it is raspberries!  It looks like it from what I remember of my raspberries on the farm...........they have thorns too!
I was tired after mowing but watered my plants outside and today we are under the threat of severe storms....I always like a rain after mowing.....it just seems soothing to the grass.  So, indoor chores today which are many!  There's laundry, change sheets, make some egg salad, freeze the leftover ham, ironing, chocolate chip cookies (I never got the pie made), make Mediterranean Salad and do a little knitting, crocheting and sewing.  We shall see if I get all that done! LOL!  I hope you have a great day!  Stay safe!
Happy Trails!

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading, listening to and/or watching?

I haven't been getting a ton of reading time in with being 'too pooped to pop' at night....I think part of it is allergies that affect my eyes and they are really 'blurry' by night fall.  So, I am trying to get to bed earlier...lol....before my eyes give up.
I'm still reading these..........on page 519 of 734 pages.....it's a biggy.........but very good!
and this one.............on page 234 of 305 so I'm getting there............
as for magazines........there are these on my nightstand...........
and National Geographic which the scientist in me loves!  My friend, Sue, gave me a bunch of these from the library that someone dropped off and I am thoroughly enjoying them and plan on passing them on to my grandsons who also love science along with my daughter......they are too precious to end up in a dump somewhere....not that they would but you never know!  Thank you, Sue!

As for watching....I watched a great movie that Connie of Far Side of Fifty recommended....The Great Gilly Hopkins (Netflix) and then over the weekend I watched Places in the Heart with Sally Fields and Danny Glover which was excellent about a depression era widow who takes in outcasts to save her family home...I watched this on the Feeln channel which costs me $36.00 a year and has the best movies and shows!  All decent too....family oriented....my kind of movie channel!  The podcast people have sort of waned in their podcasting....once a week or maybe once every 2 weeks of my favorites...I'll have to find some new ones, I guess.  I did watch several episodes of Life Below Zero about 4 families living in Alaska near the Arctic circle.  The strange thing is the single woman in the show swears like a trooper while the others don't swear much....it's on Netflix and its a reality show.  It's not great but I so love to see how people survive off the grid pretty much and I wish they wouldn't try to impart so much fake drama into it.  I just want to see the daily lives and struggles of those who are brave and know how to survive in the wilderness and the beauty of it.  If any of you know of any other shows like that please let me know....I'd like a simple one....not the hyped up drama where they rehash the same stuff for half of the next program.  Sorry, I didn't mean to rant but maybe I should go back to watching decorating shows? LOL!  Please share what you have been reading, watching and/or listening to.
My list was long today per usual for a Monday but it was a beautiful day and I got quite a bit done so the week is off to a good start!  I did laundry, hung it outside, went to town and got a few items and did some banking, paid some bills, cleaned the litter boxes, knitted a bit on my 2nd sock and brushed both Nitty and Grace....the 2 who are really shedding!  Of course there was also dishes and cleaning up the kitchen etc. There's lots left on my list so I will have plenty to do tomorrow thank goodness! LOL!
I hope your Monday went well!
Happy Trails!