Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Day 152

new anti-inflammatory medication to try

Today I have been limping around and frustrated with this knee of mine. The pain has become quite problematic after my little "walk" yesterday. I went in this morning to get some xrays done and they show mild arthritic changes but no indication of why I'm in such pain. I have been referred to my orthopedic doctor who did my knee replacement but can't get in to see him for two weeks. I suspect that if this anti-inflammatory/pain medication and ice and rest don't do the trick, I will need an MRI to see the soft tissue in my knee, Xrays can only show so much. 

Drat! I've got things to do. Places to go, people to see!  Well, so to speak anyway. I HATE having yet another medical situation to deal with. And here I am, in teriffic health! Well, at least my blood pressure, thyroid, etc, etc, etc are all fine. I am very pleased that I don't seem to have more serious problems, but sure get discouraged with this aging process and its effects on my bones! 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Day 151

remembering those who lost their lives while serving our country

We don't normally do anything special for Memorial Day but I suggested to Dave that we drive out to Tahoma National Cemetery prior to their festivities at 1:00. As we walked out the door to our car, we heard a loud roar right above our house. It was a WWII vintage plane circling around low. I don't know for sure, but suspect it was part of the nearby Greenwood Cemetery celebration at 11 am.

When we arrived at Tahoma National, there were cars parked all along the street and people walking toward the entrance. It was packed with people. Tons of cars, motorcycles, adults, kids, babies and FLAGS! It made me regret that we hadn't honored our service people properly when our kids were young.We were able to drive in and quickly discovered that we were in need of turning around and leaving. It was over an hour until the ceremony was to begin and we were not prepared to remain there. Here are a few photos.

Later in the afternoon, I took Beemer for a walk to the practice golf area within our neighborhood where Dave was hitting golf balls. My knee was hurting (not the one with the knee replacement) so I was glad Dave said he would walk Beemer home and I could drive the car back. 

My knee is another story. Don't now what is wrong with it. Have seen the doctor and she diagnosed it as "posterior cruciate ligament sprain" and gave me instructions to do some rehab exercises and two weeks of ibuprofin 3 times a day. So far, it hasn't improved and she said it should in two weeks, or contact her. I guess I will need to have further testing done. Between my bum foot and this newish knee problem, I haven't been out walking or golfing. It looks as though I will not be golfing this summer at all. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Day 150

Another laid back day

"You take me for a ride and I'm stuck in a bag! I'm not happy!"
Great time with Mary and Don

Day 149

Chocolate Sheet Cake
Yummy! It's the Pioneer Woman's recipe

I made this cake this morning after seeing the recipe online.  Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever   I knew our friends the Bantells would be coming over for coffee this afternoon. When they showed up, Mer brought a beautiful fancy covered bowl of strawberries which turned out to go perfectly with the cake. I love when things come together with no planning!

Tomorrow our friends the Gores will be coming over to visit so lucky me, we have lots of cake left. I used dark dutch cocoa so my cake and frosting turned out darker than the Pioneer Lady's cake, but it so so good. Next I hope to try a coconut cream cake from one of my favorite dessert cookbooks. Tonight's dinner was angel hair spaghetti with some frozen spaghetti sauce that I made last summer from fresh tomatoes. It was a bit watery but had good flavor. Especially with lots of Parmesan cheese on top.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Day 148

when I can be near my beloved heat register

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Day 147

Our son brought his dad an early Father's Day gift

Jason knows his dad is a kid at heart who loves all manner of flying

I was glad I had enough Chicken Divan for dinner tonight since Jason was able to join us. We had fun talking, laughing and just enjoying some quality time together. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Day 146

a perfect reminder of Pete & Shauna for gifting me a beautiful peony plant

A few years ago I received a beautiful peony plant for Mother's Day and it continues to delight me each spring with huge flowers.

Sometimes I wonder why I insist on growing a vegetable garden. What I REALLY like is flowers so next year I think I will skip much of the veggies and plant some flowers instead. I need to make a list of my favorites. One of my absolute favorites is gardenias but I have not had the best of luck with the hardy variety, BUT I think I will try again! Oh my, I have several Asiatic Lillies that are gorgeous and my Helleborus is in full bloom right now. It is white and I have ordered another one since white is not my favorite. Dahlias are gorgeous but I'm too lazy to dig them up and store them properly so I will forgo those. I have Astilbe in my garden but could use a bit more. They need shade and the one I planted in the shade of the huge rhodies didn't get enough shade so it fried to death last summer. The hardy fuchsias that survived winter are doing OK but not spectacularly so don't hold out much hope for them. Heuchera (coral bells) of the newer variety with colored leaves are pretty nifty and I have one which I am hoping will survive. I planted some Crocosmia corms but when the landscapers dug out our rhododendron roots they got disturbed and have not popped up so I guess I will need to replant next year. I have some beautiful Siberian Iris that is blooming right now and I have ordered some special colors of iris that will arrive for fall planting season. Ack and I must get more Canna!

I remember digging up all the iris tubers at our "farm" house many years ago because they had not been divided properly and they were an ugly twisted mess. I much prefer gladiolas so I may add some of those in the fall as well. At least we don't have deer in our development to eat them before I can enjoy their beauty.

Let's see. What else am I particularly fond of? Of course there is lavendar. I only have one plant so may need to find a different variety for next year. Who doesn't love pinks? I don't have any but I do have a huge clump of candy tuft. Once again, white! I must buy some Rudbeckia (coneflower) but only a bit because I much prefer the Ecinacea purpurea or purple coneflower.

I remember when I painstakingly planted Anenome corms all along the variegated boxwood by the deck at our last house. I was so excited to watch it come up and discovered much to my dismay that Dave thought they were weeds and pulled every last one up as they popped through the dirt. I was not amused! But I learned that I needed to keep reminding him of what I planted where.

Then there is Columbine which I think is such a delicate and delightful plant. I wish my Bleeding Heart would bloom longer than it does but I do enjoy it for what it is. Daisies...I have one clump and once again....white. Not that I hate white! It's just that there are so many luscious colors out there to choose from. Why do I need white?? Well, an accent here and there is fine. And they do add something to a flower arrangement. 

Which reminds me. I need more green stuff that I can cut for flower arrangements. Oh shucks. This is a tiny yard so I guess I should just stop thinking about all this right now. I only have so much space and even if I use my vegetable containers I won't be able to have all my favorites anyway. And I haven't even mentioned Poppies and Lupine and Hollyhock and Forget-Me-Nots and Alstromeria and Sweet Violets and Allium (I remember spray painting the "flowers" red after they bloomed years ago and from a distance they looked like they were still in bloom) and Fritillaria. O MY!! 

Did I mention how much I love flowers??

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Day 145

45 years of using the Betty Crocker recipe from my old cookbook

One with chocolate chips and one without
Some recipes are just worth repeating!

Dave and Jason arrived home after their time away golfing and I had agreed to be a substitute for someone in one of our bunco groups. I was asked by two other ladies and declined, but when Arlene asked me to substitute when I saw her at our mailboxes, she was feeling terrible after a horrible dental appointment, so I crumbled and agreed to go. Amazingly enough I had the most wins with 18 and only 6 losses. The next closest was 14 wins. AND I had 3 buncos so won $18 for the most buncos but they wouldn't allow anyone to win more than once so I only collected on the buncos. During our playing one of the ladies mentioned that when gambling was a crime, bunco was a popular game for gambling. Ta Da. I had never thought of it before, but when she said that I said "Oh, is that where they came up with the Bunco Squad?" I forgot to bring my cell phone with me so had to wait until I got home to see that that was indeed correct. Bunco was a huge game for gamblers during Prohibition. They called it a "confidence" game and it was played in many speakeasies. Bunco Squads were formed to raid these establishments. Who knew that the game we now enjoy so innocently had such a bad history? I guess it's not played so innocently since we ARE gambling with our $5 buy in. So what is gambling, anyway? I never considered that playing this game was really gambling. To me it is just paying $5 for entertainment with a possibility of coming home with some money in my pocket. Um, I guess that IS gambling! Gulp.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Day 144

the wife will play!

Dave and Jason left this morning for a two day golf adventure. What to do. What to do. I thought I should do something special with my time, but alas, I can't think of anything. Besides, Beemer is still in need of constant supervision. He is doing well, but he is a puppy! Look what I discovered yesterday. 

See all that electrical tape wrapping the cord on my keyboard? You guessed it! Beemer chewed almost all the way through the cord. I have another keyboard on order from Amazon for $9. My heart sank when I saw this because Beemer could have electrocuted himself. One of my pinochle friends adopted a puppy several months ago and her puppy did just that. Such a sad, sad thing. This is why I need to keep an eagle eye on Beemer. I would be devastated if I lost him.

Back to today. So what have I actually done? Hmmmm. I did some sewing. Played with Beemer. Watched A LOT of TV! I got hooked on the Tiny House program. I kept wondering why people would bother creating a tiny house that they could haul with their truck when they could have just as well bought a camp trailer. None-the-less, I found myself entranced. 

I did make a trip to JoAnn's Fabric Store to get some fabric to allow me to finish the baby quilt. Of course I hadn't fixed my hair or put on makeup (hey, I'm on vacation!) so of course I ran into a friend from church.

Beemer and I watched The Five on FOX TV and it just wasn't the same without Dave here to pause the program to add our two cents. I made myself a Marie Callender pot pie for dinner. Boring, I know.

I have discovered that life is a drag without Dave around to talk to. And laugh with. Like just this morning at 7:15 when I pulled the truck out of the carport and Dave moved the car out so that Jason could park his car in the carport since they would be traveling with my car. I admit I'm not a morning person, so when Dave pointed out my crooked parking job, I about busted a gut laughing when I got out and could see what I had done. I hope I didn't wake up the neighbors with my laughter! I got 'er straightened out but was still hee-hawing when I got back in the house.

Yes, yes, yes. My life is dreadfully mundane. I think I will go take a shower now while Beemer is napping in his crate, safely contained and away from electrical cords.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Day 143

but for some reason I'm not getting perfect seams

When I saw this tool a couple of months ago, I just knew it would aid me in getting all my quilt seams at EXACTLY 1/4" or a scant 1/4". I plunked the money down and must say that I'm not as thrilled with this "Ideal Seam Guide" tool as I thought I would be. In the first place, it doesn't stay stuck to my machine  bed like it is supposed to. I may need to go back to using my quilting foot for 1/4" seams. I didn't have this much trouble! Ah well. I will solve this mystery tomorrow. For today, I'm having to rip out a few seams and redo them so things will line up. I'm making a baby quilt for my niece. SSHHHHH! Don't tell her!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Day 142

so they don't get their ears all wet

Yesterday I took Beemer to get his 12 week injection. $18 for the shot and that was it since I opted not to get a complete exam. When he is 16 weeks he gets his final shot in the series and he can finally go out on walks and be exposed to other animals. We are proceeding slowly so as to not have him catch anything until he is fully vaccinated.

So. The bowl. That fancy bowl is expensive! Yup. Even more than the  injection cost! It is ceramic and heavy enough that he can't tip it over or grab hold of it in his mouth. More importantly, it is made for dogs like Beemer, who will have long ears that can drag in his water bowl and make a mess. Frodo had long ears until I got tired of the water drips and had his long ear hair shortened. I didn't know that they made special bowls to accommodate such breeds. This is one spoiled dog!

And just look at all those toys. He likes to chew. He also likes to be in my "office" room with me. And yes, there are more toys in other rooms of the house. Today, Beemer was a tired boy. Probably from his shot yesterday. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat so figured it would be a good day for a movie. He laid on top of me while I was on the couch this afternoon watching  "Roman Holiday" with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Beemer slept through the entire movie and was such great company! I sure love this dog!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Day 141

even though it is a bit smaller than what I longed for!

Sometimes it is tough being obedient to my husband when we have such opposite likes and dislikes! If you know me, you know that I am usually up for an adventure. And I like moving. I know that is crazy, but I thrive on change. Dave? Not so much! From the time our first child was born I have lobbied for a camper/motorhome/camp trailer, but to no avail. Dave HATES camping. He can't sleep in a sleeping bag in a tent and doesn't think it would be any more fun in a camper! What about a boat? Nada. How about living on a lake. Nope. So, here is my compromise!

I saw this at JoAnn's awhile back and it spoke to me. Maybe the birds don't like it, but I do!
Dave did agree to move us to a mini-farm many years ago. I SO enjoyed that!! I hated the house (so did Dave) but loved the land, the barn, the seclusion, the horses, cats, chickens, bunny rabbits and dogs. I have always loved animals. Dave? Once again, not so much. He found out from his mom when he was in his early 40's that the dog the kids had as they were growing up didn't actually run away like his parents told him. Nope. They took him to the pound since the kids wouldn't take care of it. Silly parents! Kids don't take care of animals!! Parents do! Kids only "help" when it is absolutely necessary. But then, I grew up with animals and I didn't take care of them. My parents did. I did the occasional feeding, watering, etc, but it was mom and dad who did most of the work and paid for their food. My dad got me my first horse for my 15th birthday. Horse, saddle, blanket, bridle and delivery....all for $150! I think my dad was just as happy to have a horse on our land as I was. We always had a cow for milk and steers for beef. Chickens, dog, cats, and even pigs. No wonder I like having animals around. It is in my blood!

So when we moved to the "farm" I was thrilled. My favorite memories are of being in the barn, with country music on the radio, grooming a horse. Of course, Dave did more than his share of the chores over the years that we lived there. I had a few surgeries that laid me up. He and the kids mucked stalls, fed the animals, filled the water tub and repaired the broken fences. Then there were the broken automatic waterers in each stall which would break when a horse would scratch his bum on it! By the time it was discovered in the morning, we had a royal mess on our hands! It was a flood! What an ordeal it was to get the water shut off and start shoveling out all the soaked bedding and manure. Ugh. Then there was one of Shauna's horses (Chief) who was always kicking out the barn wall when stalled. We had several horse adventures along the way and it was all a learning experience and usually involved money and effort to solve these problems! Dave did complain from time to time. Who wouldn't!? I am blessed that he cared enough to fulfill my dream of living on acreage.

Now we have a small yard to take care of. Suits both of us just fine. But, still, I need my flowers. I love to see the landscape come alive in the spring. Bursts of color here and there. I must temper my enthusiasm for flowers with Dave's cautious nature. We don't NEED all these flowers/plants/vegetables. I wonder why it is that opposites attract. I guess it is to keep balance in our marriage. If we both were the same, we would either become hermits in the same house for 70 years, or we would be spending every dime we had and moving from one adventure to another. I am thankful for the full life we have lived, complete with an abundance of adventure. With restrictions, of course!

Begonia. I LOVE BEGONIAS. Actually I love almost all flowering plants! This orange one makes me smile. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Day 140

I caught her unaware

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Day 139

why did you close the door on my tail??

Phew. Lots of yelping but no lasting damage. "I didn't see you trying to sneak out!"

In between trying to keep track of Beemer, doing a bit of machine embroidery and trying to get all the trash out for garbage day tomorrow, I suppose I was distracted.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Day 138

are you coming?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Day 137

they are driving back to S.F. tomorrow morning

Shareen called me this morning to invite me to have breakfast with her at the Yankee Diner and Dave had already left to meet Ted and Chip and drive into Seattle to connect with a friend of Teds and have breakfast together and then visit the Museum of Flight.

After a tasty breakfast, Shareen drove to our house and we visited some more before we went to the Gossypium Quilt Shop in Issaquah. So much pretty fabric and patterns to pick from!

We arrived home a little before the three guys arrived and Shareen and I were busy creating labels on my embroidery machine for two quilts she had sewn for her grandsons. After that task, it was time to make taco salad for dinner. More fun stories and laughs. 

The time went quickly and soon it was time for them to drive back to the hotel and Chip to get to his home. 9 pm. Dave was kind enough to do all the dishes. It was a great day!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Day 136

babysitting so Pete and Shauna could attend preschool auction

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Day 135

wonderful family gathering in honor of Donna

Nathan, Josh, Ben, Brian, Emily

Eve, Jonathan W. and Jonathan B.

Ish, Joe and Pete dealing with a computer glitch with the photo slide show

Emily, Zanzi, Jill, Eve, Jenny, Ish and Jonathan W.

Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood.

A beautiful site for our gathering and one of Donna's favorite places

Looking in at Dave, Joe, Bob and Chip

Siblings Dave, Jill, Robin and Bob

2nd Cousins: Charlotte, Hailey, Talia, Isla, Jack, Zanzi, Gideon, Emma and Lily. We were only missing Saben and Annika who could not attend
All but Kyle, Kari and kids were here

Friday, May 13, 2016

Day 134

sigh. I'm having such a difficult time disciplining Beemer

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Day 133

preparing for our family gathering to remember Donna

This is the most recent gift from my sister-in-law, Donna. I am thankful that she cared enough to crochet this for us. Donna had a good heart. She will be missed.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Day 132

until he wakes up and is full speed ahead

Day 131

while Shauna had a short girls night out

Pete is out of town on business, so Shauna suggested I take the girls to free skate from 7 to 8 pm, which is only about a mile away from their house. Great idea, so off we went. As soon as we arrived, I noticed all the other little kids with helmets on. "We forgot our helmets!" Then after getting their skates on and moving into the ice rink area, it was COLD! "We need our jackets!"  Luckily Shauna hadn't left her house yet so she was able to bring their helmets and jackets to us. Brr. I was cold too, but didn't want to walk all the way out to the car (I was unable to get a close parking spot) and leave the girls unsupervised for 4 minutes, so I simply stayed cold for an hour. I take my job seriously!!

8 pm arrived and it was time to head home. It was after I got back to their house that I discovered a problem. The key chain with their house key on it was at my house. I ALWAYS have both sets of keys, because that key chain has the other 2 cars keys as well as the mail key on it, but Dave used them to move his truck because it was blocking my car and I inadvertently told him to just put the keys on our bed. See ya, Bye! Well, you know it. I had to turn around and drive back to my house, staying only long enough for the girls to have some Jelly Bellys and say Hi to Dave. And Beemer. Then back to their house and PJ's on. Of course they wanted a snack. Charlotte wanted a banana, her favorite, and Hailey wanted me to "spiralize" an apple for her. Once those were eaten, teeth brushed, story read, and prayers said, they were finally in bed, a bit later than their normal bed time.

Shauna got home at 9:45 so after a quick update I scrambled home, played with puppy for a few minutes, prepared for bed and it was lights out.

Here comes Hailey

Me thinks Charlotte has regressed since her lessons ended

I wonder who Grandpa is holding

Monday, May 9, 2016

Day 130

wind up the grandmother's clock!

My parents had a similar Grandmother's Clock, but I sold it after my mom died. I should have kept it! But then, when my aunt moved into an assisted living "apartment" she didn't have room for her clock so I inherited it. I thought about selling it. After all it is a grandmother's clock, somewhat smaller than the robust grandfather clocks. I'm glad I decided to keep it because a short time later, we downsized and it fits much better in this space than a big clock would. Besides, it reminds me of my aunt. And that is a good thing.

So I like to tease, when the subject of house cleaning comes up, that my big responsibility for Monday is to wind this clock. I really do have other tasks to do. Monday has typically been my house cleaning  and laundry day. Laundry always has to be done, but cleaning the house? Well, some Mondays I tend to skip certain tasks. How much dust and dirt can two people accumulate in a week anyway?? I hate housework. But then, who LOVES housework??  There is currently laundry in the washer and dryer and Beemer is napping. I've already wound the clock, so I guess I'm done for the day! :)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Day 129

thankful for my children

Single red rose for each mother from our church

Flowers from Pete and Shauna
Noon time visit from Pete and Shauna and girls 

Newcastle Golf - Rusty Putter course with Jason

Dinner at Yea's Wok and then a little golf on TV afterward. This son knows me well! He gave me dog toys for Beemer!!

And last but not least, a phone call from Kyle wishing me a Happy Mother's Day. They spent the day together as a family in Vancouver, BC, hiking. WELL WISHES ALL AROUND! I'm a happy mama and one blessed lady with a fabulous family. Thank you, Lord!