Monday, March 19, 2018

Another Monday...

Out my window:
a little rain, a little sunshine, sometimes at the same time. It's spring! I am sitting here with a nice hot cup of coffee watching the sky change from bright blue to gray every few minutes, then back again.

looking east on a rainy morning - unedited

This week:
We plan to be home all week unless we decide to take off on a day trip somewhere local.  I've been wanting to visit Euna Maes Shop in Springdale, Ar or maybe a drive to Pawhuska, OK to have lunch at The Mercantile and a tour of The Pioneer Womans Lodge.

We may spend a day fishing in the pond, getting the kayaks wet, and grilling. Or maybe a weenie roast around the firepit on Saturday. It is spring here in the Ozarks, so the weather will be warm, cold, windy, calm, rainy or dry, maybe all in one day, so a lot of plans depend on the weather.

My backyard, spring 2018, early morning - uneditied

On the Menu:
We have been wanting to make some of those easy dinners in the foil packets that we can cook on the grill. I also saw this video on facebook for Strawberry Cake using a box cake mix, jello, and crushed strawberries. I googled it and found it here: Easy Strawberry Cake. Strawberries are really nice this time of year.

I had fun in my kitchen Saturday making home made cinnamon rolls for our neighborhood. It was a chilly and breezy day, it felt good to have the oven on.

In the garden:
I took a chance and planted 5 pounds of red and 5 pounds of white potatoes on St. Patrick's Day. I really am trying to stick to the old timers calendar of planting. We've added lots of compost and granulated manure to the south facing beds.

Next on the list is to till, and work the dirt on the north facing beds.

Living with fibromyalgia:
It's been extra hard this past week with the weather changing so much. From time to time, I will try to share what works for me, like my worn white cotton socks. My biggest constant complaint is the feeling all my skin is burnt, as in a bad sunburn. This is constant. But these old, worn (the elastic is very stretchy), white cotton socks are best at aleving that. I put them on and the pain almost goes away.

Weird, I know but it works for me.

My inspiration:

Favorite photo from my camera:
The two geese are still here.  We are still pretty sure they are nesting in the pecan grove. Last year, we had two stay and raise their babies on our pond. It was so interesting watching them teach their babies to fly.

On my mind and in my hands:
I need to spend some time getting a few Easter Cards sent to some special people.

Time to purge some stuff. How about a garage sale? Hum...

Time to say goodbye. Till later...
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Happy Homemaker Monday

Monday, March 12, 2018

Another Monday...

time to grow herbs

My morning:
I poured myself a fresh cup of hot coffee, fed Kitty, and sat looking out the window watching the two geese that are making our home their home. The sun coming up on the horizon was blood orange, the sky was deep blue, and the pond was steaming with white clouds. Now as I am writing,  the sun is hiding behind a gray sky and it is 42 degrees.

Sunrise on a cloudy day

This week:
my furry assistant
We are traveling for a few days to the big city to visit friends and family. I'm hoping to find some towers for my garden beds and see some inspiration in their garden centers.

I also hope to do some grocery shopping at the bigger supermarkets. Locally, we just had another grocery store close because they just can't compete with Walmart, we now have 7 Walmarts.

Our Sams Club just completed a big remodel and if you use their app, you don't even need to check out. You can go right to the door.

On the menu:
Tonight will be smoked pork shops with cabbage, sweet peppers, and potatoes. Maybe some chili mac tomorrow. Since we are traveling, I have no new recipes in mind this week even though Pinterest peaked my interest yesterday. You can check out my boards and see who I am following by searching for Gee Dazee. I love Pinterest and I am turning to it more than I am my treasured cookbooks. I guess I am changing with the times.

In the garden:
The peas are up. I was a little worried about them, they took a week longer than they should. I think I planted them a little too deep. I added compost and peat to the soil mix along with a natural fertilizer. Uncle Carl loaned me his twist and turn tiller and it worked out really well. It took me two days and I am only halfway through turning and mixing the black Missouri dirt.

Peas poking through that black Missouri dirt, hoses, more hoses, that twist and turn tiller and some dirt vitamins.

I planted one bundle of Texas Baby Sweet onions, and two 15 foot rows of red radishes. I will plant more in 2 weeks. Then  I will be planting potatoes, green beans, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lots of marigolds and other flowers. I wanted a drip watering system, similar to Kdaughters big nursery, but after I added up all the parts, the budget said no. So I invested in two 50 foot soaker hoses (and will probably get 2-3 more), a brass multi faucet (I can hook 4 hoses up) and a watering timer. No more dragging that heavy hose around on those hot summer days in July.

Living with Fibromyalgia:
It's been a tough week with not being able to sleep because of the joint pain and fatigue. I so enjoyed being outside two full days this week. I work for 20 minutes in my garden then sit down on the front patio and rest for twenty minutes. At night while I lay there awake, I can blame my pain on something other than my body.

This week, maybe my pain
was caused by
accomplishing something
I wanted and needed,
not this awful disease.

Living with an Ileostomy:
I met a "new to me" blogger who also has an ileostomy and she sent me a nice note. I'm still trying to learn more about fiber, thanks to scar tissue, fiber is not good for me. I am also trying to lose those extra 20 old age pounds. Raw veggies, nuts and grains are not going to be part of it. I thought about going totally sugar free, but after reading about the sugar substitutes, and giving in last Thursday to my addiction to brownies, that thought passed.

Living with an ostomy
has taught me that
no matter what this body does to me,
I can and will adjust to it.   

My Inspiration:

On my mind:
Thank you to the two little men (Maymay's angels) for the handmade Easter Egg! They are strong and caring little boys whose Father is in heaven. Big brother is now 5 years old and big enough to drive their golf  cart all by himself. He was issued his official "drivers license" and he is very proud and cautious. Growing up in the country comes with stuff like that.

Time to say goodbye. Till later...

linking up with:
Sandra over at
Happy Homemaker Monday

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Catching up...

After last week, I am ready to spend some time around the house. 
This week may go as planned and then again, it may not. 
We are retired, and we may just load up and go somewhere.

Spring is trying to come up in my flower/vegetable beds and green is slowly becoming our outdoor color. I get so tired of the color brown during the winter months. Here in Missouri we get all four seasons, and sometimes all four may happen in one day. A friend of mine refers to our seasons as bi-polar, just last week we awoke to 68 degree weather, and by noon it had dropped to 34 degrees.  The saying is "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute, afterall you are in Missouri".

Last week:
We spent a couple of days in downtown Little Rock and came back through the Ozark Mountains thru many small towns. The views are beautiful and in a couple of weeks they will be gorgeous. 

Downtown Little Rock
The submarine and maritime museum.
Uncle Carl fished a bit this weekend, the cousins rebuilt the bearings on their zero turn lawn mower, and thehubs  and I cooked dinner for everyone (only 10 this time). Our neighborhood is made up of family, so we get together often. I love having family and friends sitting at our table laughing and enjoying each other. Mom will be turning 89 this spring, Auntie turned 76 this week, and the youngest J.T. is just 8 months old.

Outside my window:
The wind is blowing from different directions and the sun is shining. I had planned to work in my vegetable/flower garden but the wind is gusting too hard today.  Two Northern Geese have been here non-stop for the past three days.  The pond is full and a bright blue today even sparkling like diamonds in the wind, so pretty to sit and watch the birds playing. I am blessed with many windows (27 total in our cottage home), so it feels outside even when we are inside.

The herd of cows are in the east pasture so I can not see them out my window except  in the morning when the feed truck comes, then they run and chase it. It is a beautiful sight.

This week:
We have two birthdays 74 years apart, great grandma (nanny) and little Charlotte. The hubs has school 2 days, if the weather is nice, he will be disappointed that he had to spend those days inside.  A spring cold has slowed down two friends this week, cancelling our girls day out trip to the big city. We will give it another try next week or the week after.  We have a dinner out birthday party, a game of Wahoo with friends, and lunch in town this week.

On my mind: 
I am excited about getting our vegetable/flower gardens going and especially the time change this sunday. We will be traveling next week for a few days, so I am looking forward to seeing how spring is turning the countryside green. Last week I took a walk thru our woods after a rain and found several rare stones and many animal tracks, coyote, raccoon, possum, deer, and lots of birds. We live in an old mining area, so each time it rains you can find mining tailings, drilling stones and many kinds of ore. If we head down to the river, you can find indian arrowheads and some tools after a good rain. 

It is also time to look out for Morel Mushrooms, a delicacy that only grows when we have cool damp nights and sunny days. They are delicious!

My mood:

Inspired by:

Looking Back:
2017 was a restful year for my body and my soul. I found myself sitting quietly a good part of my time. I was so tired, both mentally and physically.  I had prayed for peace, solitude and to be able to pay real attention to my life, to hear more, to listen better, and to spend more time with the people I love. I feel that my prayers were answered and I am grateful.

2017 also brought us a new stray kitten, the hubs found her up our road in our dumpster. She was covered in ticks and fleas, scared of her own shadow, timid and afraid. A trip to the Vet found she was microchipped. A trip to the Humane Society revealed she was abandoned by her owner and her recorded name was Princess. She is no princess, she is a tom boy. A year later, she is part of our family, isn't so scared anymore, has her own bed, lots of toys, and can eat anytime she wants. She also has her own kitty door and private bathroom. We call her Kitty as in Miss Kitty from the tv series Gunsmoke.   We had to say goodbye to our 17 year old cat named tater Pie and Kitty soon appeared out of nowhere. Blessings come in so many different ways.


I started bullet journaling in 2017, forcing myself to be a bit creative. No pre-printed pages this time, I wanted this journal to be about the relaxed and creative side of me that I was struggling to find. I began with a very soft flexible cover filled with blank pages and one set of old wax pencils and a new set of fine line jell pens. It has been fun, but just like my blog, I found that I can easily head down a path of self judgement. Even though my bujo is private, I found myself trying too hard. I also discovered someone I am not sure I had ever met before, my true self.  Perhaps my true self only lives in the present.

Time to say goodbye. Till later...

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Sandra over at
Happy Homemaker Monday

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Being still...

The more often we see the things around us - 
even the beautiful and wonderful things - 
the more they become invisible to us. 

That is why we often take for granted 
the beauty of this world: 
the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - 
even those we love. 

Because we see things so often, 
we see them less and less. 

(Joseph B. Wirthlin)

Out my window...

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