Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back for T Stands For Tuesday

I think I'm back... not really very sure. It's one of those times when life grabs you by the butt and whirls you around refusing to let go. 
Have been spending lot of time with my parents. 
Dad is doing much better and was even released from physical therapy this week. However, his twin brother has not been as lucky. He fell and hurt his back and when they did the x-rays they discovered that he has advanced lung cancer that has spread through out his organs and lymph system. Due to his other conditions treatment is not advisable and they have given him just a few months to live. 
So with permission and lots of advice of Dad's doctors my sister and I took him and my mom to Kentucky for 10 days. 
It was a long drive with having to stop every hour to let Dad walk around for 15 min. per doctors orders. 
Here is the "BOYS" on our first morning there. Having breakfast on the deck. 
Dad is on the right . They both wear glasses but Uncle Wilburn broke his and refuses to spend money on another pair. They are identical twins and up until the last few years you could not tell them apart if you didn't know them. 
Wilburn Coy Williams 
Wayburn Troy Williams 
I have no idea where the names came from as I have never heard them anywhere else. 
We also managed to have a small impromptu  reunion with the folks from Mom's side of the family. Fifty seven cousins showed up with only a 2 day notice. Mom was very happy and of course cried a lot. 
The garden season is almost over. It's been so dry here with no rain for over a month and everything is getting pretty crunchy. While I was gone Bob forgot to water the flower beds and the veggies. :(  So all of the annuals are pretty much gone and the perennials look pretty sad. 
I still have tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons in the veggie garden but the watermelons are the only ones that look good. 
They are delicious this year. This one weighed 20 pounds and the one we picked last night was 33 pounds. 

The one by the coffee cup is the BIG DADDY that came in at 33 pounds. There are a few more small ones out there but don't know if they will get ripe before it gets too cold. 
Same goes with the tomatoes. There are a whole lot of little green ones out there but we'll see if they make it to ripe . If not we'll have fried green tomatoes. :)
Still no art happening here. I have been working on crochet and knit Christmas gifts though.  I haven't knit in over 4o years so I'm a bit rusty with it . I finished the cowl I started and it took me a whole month to do it :- /
Now I'm working on a pair of finger-less gloves. Which are going much faster :) 

The gloves are for my daughter-in-law who works from home 2 days a week and complains about her hands being cold while on the computer. They keep their home rather on the cool side to keep the utility bill down. I'm hoping to get her a cowl knit with the same yarn too.
Today's Random Thoughts

Well that's about all for today . Hopefully I won't be missing so many weeks again. 
Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I know, I'm very late again . All day I've been telling myself to get in here and do this.... it didn't work :( 
My drink photo is a recycled one but thought it worked well for this post. 
It's Monarch Season again and I've been collecting eggs and a few caterpillars. I actually only have 3 cats . I'm only collecting on my milkweed this year and I'm trying very hard to find the eggs as soon as they are laid. Hoping to avoid some of the failures from Spring. 
I'm cleaning the eggs and all milkweed the cats eat with a 5% BLEACH  solution. Hopefully this will kill all of the virus and bacteria on the eggs and milkweed and we end up with HEALTHY MONARCHS! 
I found 6 eggs last week..
... and with in 3 days we had signs of cats....

... and the next day we had tiny little cats!

Now they are much bigger and eating away.

They are starting to develop their colors now and make bigger messes in their cage :( 
I didn't find any more eggs until yesterday and only found 2. 
Today I found 29 so someone was busy :) 
I hope we don't have too many of these big lay days. I don't want to have to run around the country looking for leaves to feed them all again.  However the milkweed is full grown now and much easier to find. I've also started collecting seed pods just as they start to open . Will be planting some and giving some away. I don't want to let them blow wild all over my yard so I gather the seed pods early.  
Not up to much of anything else these days. Just dragging "HANK" around the yard to water everything. We still haven't had any rain so it's getting dry again.  
No art just reading mostly. Still haven't recovered my energy levels from Dad's trip to the hospital. 
So that's it for now .
Today's Random Thoughts

Yes that last one is for me. 
Now pop on over to the party and see what everyone was up to today...

Monday, August 7, 2017

T Stands for Tuesday

I know I've been missing in action and didn't get around to visit a lot of you before I disappeared. I had to make an emergency trip to my parents.  My dad decided to go outside in the 98 degree weather and build himself a ramp to store his Hover-Round in the shed. He passed out and then refused to go to the hospital for 2 days. Even though he was having extreme difficulty breathing and felt too weak to walk. It finally got so bad that he relented and went and at that point his heart rate was only 24 and they had to do an emergency Pacemaker surgery. The first one they put in was an external temporary one because they thought he wouldn't need it once he recovered from the heat exhaustion and dehydration. However he ended up having to have a permanent one installed anyway. Then his lungs began to fill with fluid and he was in extreme pain. It took several more days of medications and respiratory therapy before he was able to come home. He's real grumpy and real angry that he has to stay on oxygen 24/7. He's giving my Mom and Sister a tough way to go. I feel bad that I can't be there longer but I had to get back to work.   
The garden suffered from neglect while I was gone. My potted plants on the patio bit the dust and I don't think there is hope for resurrection. 
The Native plants hung in there but they were very thirsty too.

The weeds are thriving :( some of them have gotten 2 - 3 feet tall. I cleared  one flowerbed and hope to do another one tomorrow. 
Half of the veggie garden is full of tall grass :(
My work is cut out for me for the whole month I think. At least the heat wave is over now we just need rain. 
Here's my drink photo.... what's left of my morning coffee setting next to one of the watermelons in my garden. It's growing standing up on it's end rather than laying on it's side like normal. Thought it was funny :) 

Today's Random Thoughts 

Sorry if I rambled a bit.... my brain is still frazzled from last week. 
So be sure and check out the other folks at the tea party :) I'm sure their brains are still working. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

T Stands For Tuesday

Hello my Tuesday Friends! 
What a week we have had here! Temperatures in the 100° s and heat index about 12 to 15 degrees higher 😨 
We have finally had a break in the weather with much needed rain and cooler temps!
Even though we stayed inside the heat just straps the energy right out of you. So all I got done was knitting and reading. 
The knitting is coming along... only 5 more inches to go 😅 I may actually get it done this month. I started it the first week of July. 

We are not going to count the mistakes in it. I should have picked a simpler pattern to brush up those forgotten skills on. But I like it. 
There was not much cooking done last week. Lots of salads and sandwiched and a couple of meal eaten out. One of our outings was to Denny's for their fantastic breakfast meals.  
With coffee of course...

There's lots of dead heading to be done in the flower beds.. The heat was hard on a lot of the plants. 

....and and the tomatoes are really starting to come in now. Especially the cherry ones. I'm giving them away by the bags full :)
The blackberries have been loaded but it hard to beat the Japanese Beetles to them . I have gotten several good sized batches picked though so I can make some blackberry syrup and a cobbler or two. The syrup is my favorite though. I love it on ice cream ...YUM !!!! 
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