Once they are invited I can smell my bridges burning, I spring into action and perform all of my chores because I'm too embarrassed for them to see how an old lazy single person with low standards really lives, LOL!!!
Once they are invited I can smell my bridges burning, I spring into action and perform all of my chores because I'm too embarrassed for them to see how an old lazy single person with low standards really lives, LOL!!!
Welcome back, Aunt Bea!
pinetree, we love snow but not ice because we have no sand trucks, snowplows, etc., here. No one around here knows how to drive on ice so it's taking your life in your hands if you venture onto the roads. The most snow we ever had was 16 inches in 1973. Everything shut down. My brother and some friends hiked over from his local college and got our sled we'd used as kids in Tennessee and took it back to school where most of the student body took turns using it! We didn't lose electricity so we were fine. It was great---all the local folks who lived here then have tons of stories about The Great Snow of '73.
Just saw that Atlanta is getting a wintry mix which is supposed to turn into all-snow overnight. I'm jealous.
hahahaha-ILC I bet you had that hill to yourself for sure. When i was a kid we went to park DODGE #10. And there was this hill thats was tall and long. We had new metal disks and the hill was iced. We were getting speed and distance. After we were done we looked at the disks and the bottom was so pitted. Dmom is a party pooper from way back so she had her bright red snow suit on and just drank coffee but dad went down a few. IDK how but I think Dbro and i went down a few times together. That was amazing fun. Walking back up was something though.
I think its about 1 degree here IDK.
DD pulled 12 garbage bags out of her room and it maybe 1/4 done and that a generous estimate. She is already asleep. In her defense she hauled everything out herself. I stayed out of it. I made french toast/PB bake off cookies and flour tortilla gril cheese w/ sour creme and shredded sharp on top for DH today.
We pulled a huge tub of food for the family she lives w/. Her poor Bf will carry it out. He's a good sport. DD is grateful IK. She is scheduled to go back "home" tomorrow early. She had overdue sewing orders for the business but I sure would love 1 more day of cleaning out of her.
get scripts and a few groc.
hit Ollies for a bed for my 18 yr. ols cat-IDK Y I didnt think of it before.
Get Maxs food.
Winkie-you and DD should live together she would make you feel like a neat freak.
Glad she visited but oh do i have a sink full of dishes.
Pinetree-feel better I do now that the tree is out!!
Dinner was nice last night. Too cold to do anything else. DH is working today. It is 9 degrees here today. We had a little snow yesterday, but nothing to write home about. Got laundry going today. Took tamales out of the freezer for dinner. Think I might invite BIL for dinner. May work on quilt pieces today. Have a mystery shop later today.
Aunt Bea - I agree completely. Had a party on Jan 1 and my house never looked better. Many closets & cabinets reorganized & wiped out, etc. There is a "yard sale" area in storage and a bag for clothing donations.
Pine and Ermadunk - hope you are feeling better. Winkie - you are making progress.
Today: Groceries shopped & brought in wood. To do: roast chicken & boil bones, groom the dog, finish & email club newsletter, finish sewing jacket (hem and buttons). When snow stops - see what needs done to driveway, hopefully sun will melt it tomorrow. I would go to the garden but it is 9 degrees w/ wind chill. The county delivered leaf mulch, I guess I can get it next week.
9 here this morning, might get up near freezing this afternoon, it is sunny enough.
Put 7.5 pints of chicken stock in the freezer yesterday.
Ended up going out with friends last night, but they paid, which was nice. Then got the message this morning that other friends are sick and there is no dinner tonight, so I guess I am flipping menu days around.
Should be a slow day. Have all the usual things to clean and organize. Want to get in some sewing or crafting.
With wind chill it was 17 this a.m. That's unusual for here. The sun is out so it looks more pleasant than it really is. Ice on some roads and emergency management is saying to just stay home today, which I'm doing.
Over the next two days I hope to accomplish:
1) Some baking
2) Finish laundry
3) Change sheets on our bed
4) Feed backyard birds
5) Work on Bible study homework
6) Find my birth certificate---the one I have isn't suitable to renew my driver's license, I was informed last month. Yes, I have to prove I'm a US citizen. Plus I had to prove where I live, that my name changed when I married, all sorts of things. After this renewal I won't have to do all that, though.
7) Church tomorrow morning
its 10 here right now at almost noon. And feel like -something. Our furnace relay stuck and it was freezing when i got up at 4:30 to go. I had to get Dh up and that is not so good. He got it running by 7a.m. another tense one. I put the big space heater on w/ 2- 750 watts fans. So we did ok.
DD came and went w/ BF. So much stuff. He's so good about being a mule. And so dang farm boy strong. Her room is still full but you can enter it.
If we are confessing. I am a clutter piler,over buyer, and have lost the stamina to correct.This last year i havent brought a lot in but have been dealing w/ previous "stuff". I gave her some money but nothing to last very long on purpose. I feel she needs to do this and break free to start a new section. AND I cant say enough.=I dont want to clean her stuff!! For years we have battled and fought. I want to move on.
DD newwife posted she heard his voice yesterday so he must be at his destination. He wont call us now. Kinda pixxed.
Headed to Ollies to buy my old cat a bed and to get lunch at Mels Diner.
Its 9 here, 10 am.
Hi and hugs to everyone.. I'm hanging on.. I feel like I got hit by a truck, must be the same one that hit Gbug awhile back?! lol,, ugh....
FW, I tried all day yesterday to get this link to you, I couldn't get it to work, DH is retired AF so he kinda keeps up with a lot of this,, I thought you might like to see it, and yes they got there already, yesterday..
US tanks roll into Germany to bolster NATO deterrent
There you go, sure wish I could do this myself, but keep messing it up somehow...
Waiting for the kids to call that they landed and have their rental, then going back to bed, after the airport in Florida yesterday....I sure hope they are enjoying those palm trees!!
Stay safe and warm!!
Pinetree, it sure sounds like you have the same flu I had back in September. Sore throat, followed 4 days later by that truck. I was down with a fever for 4 days and fatigue for another 2-3 weeks. I went through 2 entire boxes of tissue in a week! So stay rested, eat healthy, and get better soon! I would send you chicken soup if I could!
Need to go out today to get milk and a few other things. Also got to get 6lbs of ground chuck to make taco filling, burger patties and meatloaf for the freezer. Don't know where I'll put it though, LOL!
tryWell i finally got stared on the br today not though yet but had set down eat a peanut butter sandwich and drink a glass of ice tea if we do have snow.Got unload dishwasher and put some more in and do a few by hand.Started a bag of things to get rid of oldest ds came by i gave him a set flannel sheets i have 2 sets they want fit my bed and i don't like sleeping under them any way so will keep one set in case someone comes in this winter to sleep in the full size bed.Pinetree sure hope you get to felling better real soon.Contrary housewife do you bake your meat loaf before freezing them?Winkie sound like you are doing good getting your room cleaned.The problem here is all the stuff here is mine except a box of toys that is the Great grand kids.Got get back to work so i can that job done today.
Erma, no I just put the wrapped meat bundle into the freezer and wrote "meatloaf" on it. DH will get the recipe from me if he wants to make it. I tried in the past to freeze them already cooked, and it didn't taste right. Also froze them raw, and that tasted funny, too. Something changes in the freezer.
Aunt Bea & all... I agree having someone over puts the fire under my fanny, which is kind of what is happening now. The contractors had to have everything removed under the two sinks since we are getting new counters & sinks. Everything out of linen closet so they can get access to tub water supply. Everything out of bedroom & closet so they can lay carpet & so they can get into attic. My house actually looked darn good before I had to tear all my hidden treasures out! So even though I trashed a bunch of stuff, round two is coming up once contractor is done. I am only putting back stuff I truly want & need. I want to feel what it is like to open a closet & see empty space!
It was only about 10 degrees all day. We went to watch grandson & granddaughter play basket ball. Hour plus drive each way, there 4 hours, made a long day. All I did at home was two loads of wash. DH took me out for supper at Cracker Barrel. We didn't go back to the kids place, even though they invited us. I feel kind of guilty, but I was whipped.
Went to Ollies and ended up w/ 2 beds as they were now $7.97 and a cat cube. I got the dogs some dentastix and Dh 2 of the memory foam cubed pillows (meant to mock the "my Pillow" I guess. Also bought 2 more of the window scraper/under your tire traction things. Beats carrying cat litter. I loved having DD but the house has settled back to routine,quiet w/o drama. That place has cool stuff. Cant go too often.
Going to overstock from the bread store tomorrow. DD ate tons of my bread and I was low already.
Has to laugh at the dogs Mackey stuck his big 'ole head into the cube for the cats so pete and repeat were right behind doing it too. Hunter obviously feel better and is a complete stinker. He was ripping up a crinkle toy Mackey like and got it 7x even when i kept saying" NO!! I love seeing thing feisty dog not the apologetic/nightmaring/shaky mess I got 2 yrs. ago(almost). We love the little trumpeter.
Maxx is very happy w/ his new bed. IDK Y it took so long to think of it. 18yrs ols and your entitled to luxury.
Winkie-I thought of you. I cleaned under Fh's bathroom cabinet. I threw away 4 shirts for hair dying that would fit as-scarves. And about a doz. really old hair dyes. Found 3 bottles of my fav. Neutrogena shampoo discontinued about 4 yrs. ago. A pitcher we used to wash long ago dogs w/. Squirrel DNA must run through my veins. Wehn we lived in our other 1000 sq. ft. house I would pretend we were moving in a month what would i keep. I need to practice that again. W/ the exception of my food stockpile. Hand off that!!.
Just now got the computer back after we blew the fuse w/ the spaceheaters. My fault. Dh fixed it while i napped. I need a new one but am so cheap. Cheeeeeeap.
Good morning. It is too cold to be up this early, but the cat and dogs got me up. Once I am up, I can't go back to sleep, so I read a few chapters in a western novel that I am currently reading. Got my mystery shop done yesterday. Today I will go to church, clip coupons, and I need to hit CVS for milk. They have it on for $1.99 and I have a 50 cent coupon and I think I can get money in my Checkout 51 account. Gotta work harder using my Ibotta and Checkout 51. Tonight we will have tamales from the freezer, spanish rice, guacamole using my cheap avocados and chips.
We need to hit the bread store .69 for $3. bread but Dh is achy (like I was last week and didnt mention it.lol). Then i have to rearrange the freezer. The plan is Ravioli or the Gnocchi soup IDK. needs to be warm.
need to do more catch up dishes and more vaccumning.
So DH has gotten industry tickets for the auto show so I guess he is going by himself all day and then I will have dinner and cake w/ him later.Maybe I'll make the HM bake off bread too. I told him to order the 2nd hard drive he wants. IDk electronics like he does. The puppies will have to think of something too.lol Nutty but we have fun w/ that. He loves Poppycock so maybe thats a target.
Pinetree-I'm just so mad and disappointed in my Ds that I am not looking up things about the army but thanks for the thought. Everytime Casey posts something like I was so lucky to hear his voice" I just lose it. He hasnt even contacted us. He is not clear why we dont think this is great!!.
So.. SS texted his dad this morning and wants to do dinner with us and his GF. Don't know where, don't know when, hate not having a plan. I just hope it's not 9pm like last time.
Meanwhile, the dance of the dirty dishes continues, and laundry might happen too. I have to get some gifts ready to mail tomorrow.
pinetree, for goodness sake, call your doctor! It couldn't hurt and might help.
fw, glad your DD has made some progress in her room.
Got a call at 1:30 this a.m. that DH's sister had been found dead in bed of an apparent massive heart attack. She lost her husband a couple of years ago and she had never been the same, so they're together now. She was only 75. We got back home at 5 this morning and tried to sleep some but I was up at 8:30 and DH got up before 10. Our DS picked up some $1 breakfast items for us at McDonald's before we got up so that was nice of him.
For today I need to do a little cleaning. Beyond that, I don't know.
May do a little more in br like cleaning out the drawer of sewing machine table and going through some small boxes on the shelf in closet but i am proud of all i got done.Was going to go to church today but was afraid the roads still had ice on them.Today list make out some more bills get in mail tomorrow.Do some dusting,clean out desk drawer.Everyone have a good day keep warm.
ILC, So sorry about your SIL, gosh, that's horrible.. sad really..
I started taking my expectorant last night, boy does it help. so, will run the course with this.. hopefully it wont hang on much longer...
CH is right its the flu, it hit Co. full force, and lasts for about 3 weeks.. its not the puking flu that usually goes around..
CH, you hit it right in the nose!! Hopefully it doesn't last that long, since I had the flu shot,,, boy am I glad I got it.
Have a good time at you dinner when ever you go..lol
When is your surgery again? Its in Jan right?
erma, boy you keep knocking out those lists!
winkie, good luck getting the rest of the house done..
ugh for dinner last night, I ate an avocado, 1 piece of veggie pizza, and blueberry cheesecake ice cream, ahh,, what a meal.. slept all night, lol
I think I need to get the soup out!
list for today
finish up a job
talk to kids
make something simple for dinner....
stay warm.. and safe.. have a friend in Reno, sand bagging for the river to flood! Be careful!!
Bitter cold today!
I got up and out early this morning to hit the local flea market then stopped to pick up a few groceries, including a package of English muffins. I put away the groceries, did the dishes, etc... I can't find my English muffins I've looked everywhere, freezer, refrigerator, cupboards, not a muffin in sight!!! If it wasn't so cold I would go look in the car. Maybe it's an omen, I really don't need the extra carbs.
I fixed a casserole of chicken thighs, green beans, mushrooms and gravy for dinner tonight, as long as the oven was on I made up a pouch of carrots in foil and a small casserole of ACS for tomorrow night. It seems like everything I eat is a leftover because I cook early in the day when I have energy, then I just scoop and nuke at dinner time.
The rest of the day is just puttering with paperwork, surfing the net and catching a couple episodes of EastEnders on PBS.
1/7 was down all day sick..my son bought our lunch/dinner so no cooking though I was just to sick and tired to do anything.'
Today..I felt good enough to get out of bed so this morning I went over the bills and paid 3/4's of them..I spent hours figuring out our debt and how quickly we can pay it off..It will be very challenging for me ( I had posted about this) we literally will have hardly any money in order to make my goal to pay off 1-credit card by next month..I'm thankful that all the debt is at least on 0% interest free for 12-months...I'm thankful that we have full freezers, bulging cabinets and 100's of jars of homecanned foods..I have enough hba's for months so I'm set there also.
I make my own copycat bread flour instead of buying separate flours by mixing 1-teaspoon vital wheat to 1-cup of reg flour..after mixing up 15lbs of flour into bread flour I filled up my gallon glass container then made up 8-bags of bread
mix and 8-bags of hamburger/roll mix where I just add the wet ingredients to my bagged mix and into my bread machine...so much easier to make up a bunch at one time then having pull everything out each week and no clean up.
Washed my sheets in cold waterusing homemade laundry detergent and homemade fabric softener.
Made stuffed/layered cabbage and homemade bread for supper...to tired to make a pie.
ILC I am so sorry to hear this. What a shock.
Visited parents today. Hired help does not seem to be working out too well. Of course parents live in the middle of NO WHERE so the labor pool is pretty shallow. Apparently nobody will clean or knows how to sew on a button. My brother now has to do the cooking in addition to all his other duties. I exempt him from cleaning since has to take care of dad every morning and some nights. I'm just doing what I can when I am there, mopped floors, sewed on a button, did laundry, brought food. Going back next Sunday. I need to shop, cook & freeze meals this week. :tearhair:
ILC, so sorry to hear about SIL. Must have been quite a shock.
dircpa, are the hired help from an agency? My DD was a home health aid while in nursing school, worked through an agency. Most of what she did was cleaning & laundry. She also did personal care, bathing, dressing, some cooking.
ILC-I am so sorry. I hope she is w/ her DH. How sad.
Dcpa-ID think medical/personal care and house help are the same. IK when i cared for peoples children housework wasnt incl.
We hit the bread store and spent $20. I am swimming in bread. .39/,59 and .95 I got 12 loaves of the better bread, 3 loaves of the jewish rye and 2 seeded,3 loaves of Texas toast,3 boxes of choc wax donuts,3 box pies,2 reg. loves for french toast,onion buns,cornmeal topped hamb. buns And i prob. forgot something. I figured DD would grab some but IDK wheb she'll be down here again.
We also hit the groc. and i got a bunch of stuff there too. The only issue was getting it all in in the fridgid cold. DH was dragging tons of garbage out.
DD did well.It is much less anxiety inducing to look in there. The cats are grabbing yarn at night at just making a string web everywhere. Party at 1 a.m.!! Eventually the room will be cleared? Patience. Working on it.lol
Good morning. I am saddened today to read this morning that one of our homeless gentlemen died in the cold last night. The one thing that we lack in our town is more shelters. We have had an influx from Dallas due to the dismantling of tent cities. We do an excellent job of feeding, clothing, and other things, but not enough shelter. It's going to be a very tough day at the soup kitchen.
Today: work at soup kitchen, pick up script from theatre, water and fertilize indoor plants, make a stop at Target and CVS, FaceTime with DD and family tonight to watch them open their Christmas gifts that are to be delivered today.
To all of you: stay warm and safe.
ILC, I am sorry for your loss. I hope she is at peace.
GB, your community is fortunate to have you and the soup kitchen.
FW, hope you are doing ok.
Dinner with the kids last night was nice, even though it was later than I would have liked. SS is trying to buy a car, it doesn't run right now and I don't think he can come up with the money to repair it.
It is supposed to get above freezing today. I may go out just to get out of the house. Need to get to the PO, have the usual list of housework. Going to make chicken pot pie for the freezer. Surgery is only 2 weeks away.
Great deals on the bread, FW! I wish we could eat more of it, but DH just can't. He has some kind of intolerance that makes his sinuses swell and then he snores like a freight train.
Thank you for comments. 1 man from agency 4 hours nightly M-F. No complaints about him except dad (stroke and Alzheimer's) sometimes takes exception to this guy. Apparently Wednesday was bad. Whoever cares for dad must be able to lift/transfer/toilet him and prepare meals and give meds. The agency sent others who did laundry and such, but could not lift dad, so that was not helpful.
The other 2 who come are women, not from agency. My mother balks at paying the agency rates, (since only 1 agency person so far can lift Dad) so she gets what she gets - people "found" through word-of-mouth, not very reliable and really wanting un-reported payment in cash. The woman who used to cook them meals quit last fall (had a baby recently so I understand.) Mom is going to do what she wants regardless of what anyone else thinks. It's just annoying having to listen to her complain about this for an hour, and mopping the dirty floors on top of that!
Soups to cook & freeze this week: Split pea, potato-cheese-ham, Manhattan clam chowder. That ought to use up the ham, bacon and potatoes.
dcpa-I was wondering if caring for them might be overwhelming. When people get mentally compromised its often the case and lets face it,its a get who you can job. just have experience from Dh being in a nursing home 3 weeks. He got left by the elevator (w/ 3 limbs compromised) for 45 min. alone so some loser could go flirt w/ another female aide,and no one comes in on holidays all calling in sick. IK that home care nurse that came last time was a former real estate agent and make dh got to the hosp. for a strange rash which was a latex allergy that traced the line of the bandage, Ambulance ride unpaid by ins. $500. by me.
On the flip side my Dmoms "stepfather" the drunk harassed any aide that came in esp. if they were african american. Of course he got a rep and few would come in when Dgram was ill. Dmom wouldnt let me help because there may have been an accident after how he pummeled my Dmom as a child and my gram. I cant say no to that?? Try and hang in there.
CH-sorry your surgery is looming. I'm ok just wrestling w/ myself over the deployment and how angry and disappointed I am. Ds is really on a roll. I realised I had given him $1200. this year to help his finanaces and that this is the end of that ride. The girl told DD she isnt preggers lets just hope that true when next month hits. This is so crazy. His deployment and service end about Sept. I pray he wont reenlist.None of his Army training will be helpful to any special field. and if he has PTSD like last time I cant imagine any marriage lasting let alone a 1 month connection. I want to ignore the whole thing so darn bad. IDK how he thought we'd react. I guess i'll just not contact her until I can say something nicer.
Aunt B-not all bread freezes well. I use the better breads w/ whole grains and wheat. The cheap white bread gets made into french toast and it goes right into to the toaster for 1 1/2-2 x down so no defrost. We prob. toast and grill the majority of it but I honestly never noticed what your saying. I naturally let it defrost I dont put it in the microwave of anything. I just set it on the stove and then the microwave where the bread "lives". I do donut,flour tortillas and pitas w/o issue. The only ting is my pies. I use doulbe filling for the apple and have had it get a little applesauce-ish. Most likely we just arent picky.lol The loaves are .59-.99 normally and the deals are better on Sun, come to find. Also Wed. but senior day is cleared out. This is bread that $2.99-$3.99 so I'm ok. Bread on sale for the 3/4 loaf for $2.50 is nutty to me. I also bought the 5 loaves for $3.99? ubake and will do those on cold days. I just dump them in a greased laof pan overnight and let it rise in the oven (do not like drafts or kitty tongue prints in my bread. and bake the next day.
I need to reorg. freezer for bread-a-thon.
Aunt Bea, I have noticed ice crystals on frozen bread, too. It helps to use the fridge as an intermediate step. When you bring the bread home put it in the fridge until it is cold, then put it in the freezer. If the air in the bag is already cold it forms fewer ice crystals. When you defrost, do it overnight in the fridge. This allows the bread to slowly reabsorb the moisture in the bag. Sometimes there are damp spots, it make take an extra day for the moisture to redistribute.
Also, if you can, squeeze out as much air as possible from the bags so there is no space for moisture to collect.
Thank you. According to mom (who is not 100% believable) there is a lot of TV being watched, so I don't think overwhelmed is the problem. They just feel like keeping the house semi-clean is not in job description. I'm not asking for white glove test, but when I spot-cleaned the kitchen floor the towel came away black, so there you go. I mopped. Need to buy a new mop too.
Sort of need to brag that *I* can lift my dad too. Toileting is messy. Definitely need to wear old clothes when I go there.
Aunt Bea, I double-bag the bread. Bread w/ higher fat content will store better. That would explain whole grains storing better than refined flour breads.
Hi everyone! The chinook is blowing today, so the snow should all be gone soon!! yippee, its suppose to get to almost 60* yea!! springtime!! lol
clean up kitchen
nap if I can
Gbug I an so sorry about the gentlemen. Denver was going around breaking up cities and taking tents and blankets, they made them quit taking blankets, but there no where for them to go, shelters are full, then they are stuck on the streets.. its really pretty bad here, you have the best set up I think.. I don't see much of it, just what they show on tv, and that isn't much, I know a few months ago they said it was a disgrace, and was keeping Denver from getting conventions etc.. yep, all about the money....
Have a wonderful day.
Thanks to all the condolences on my DH's sister. Arrangements have been made by her sons, everything is local, and there's a telephone/email/text chain going among all family members, so everything is pretty much done. DH has been talking a lot about her---she was 15 years older than him and he almost thought of her as a second mama.
Bible study class is tonight and I may or may not go, I just haven't decided. Today I want to change the sofa slipcover, clean out the litter box, do some vacuuming, stuff like that. It's finally out of the low 30s and sunshiny so that's improving my mood.
ILC so sorry to hear the news. May God give you strength in the days/weeks ahead.
Been shoveling snow for two hours this morning but it was nice and mild so that was good. Supposed to freeze for a couple of days again so I wanted to get the snow removed. Our neighbour's wife is in the hospital because of a heart attack and he isn't so well himself so have been shoveling there as well. Lots of exercise anyway.
momof5. Kinda of you but do be careful yourself. I will only do a little and come then do more later. fortunately the snow here is low ATM.
Very tired right now. I been drifting from the pantry to the kitchen and the freezer downstairs. Not productive visually. Going to strt some chili later. Meatball subs tonight and chili tomorrow.
Been trying finish up some things was suppose get done over week end,dusting,cleaning out desk drawer tossing some papers.It is cold and cloudy here and we are suppose get rain here all week .I hope the weather forecaster are wrong.