Monday, July 20, 2015


Hello my Tuesday Friends!!!
This will be a short post this week, I just don't have the energy to deal with this computer tonight. 
The rain has been back for 2 days now :( and lots of it again. 
Even with the rain I was able to pick enough tomatoes to make home made spaghetti sauce today :) 
This ...... this...
Now that big baby in the second bowl didn't go into the sauce today... 
It was yesterday's BLT....(bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwich)  

I was able to get 4 slices out of that one tomato :) It weighed 1 lb and 10 oz. 
The bathroom is really coming together but those pictures are still on my phone so. You'll be able to see the finished room next week if all goes well. :) I am happy dancing inside  :) 

I forgot to take a new drink photo so I'm using an old one .... it is what I'm drinking today though... my good ole herbal tea blend..which I need to mix up more of . 
Today's random thought
Just one of those days here :( 

Monday, July 13, 2015

"T" Stands for Tuesday & Gardens

Hello my Tuesday friends ! 
We are finally getting sun here!!!! It comes with high heat and high humidity but it's SUN ♥♥♥♥♥♥
I'm mostly recovered now from my wasp attach.... for those who don't see my other blog here's what my hand looked like on Friday... after a very close and personal contact with an unhappy wasp :( 
Today it looks like this....
...just a small bit of swelling by my thumbs and a funny greenish color ( that doesn't show well in the photo) . Today is the last day for the steroids too. So all is well. 
Now that the tomatoes are finally getting some sun they are turning yellow ... next week I'll probably be swimming in tomatoes that need taken care of. 

We are finally starting to see the winter squash. This is the first time I've grown Spaghetti Squash  so we'll see how well we like them. Still not seeing any Butternuts but there's still time. The zucchini are going strong :)
We only have one lonely watermelon  :( we had five growing but something ate about half of 4 of them... I think it was deer. The squirrels don't  bother them until they are ripe.
 The herbs need a hair cut desperately and hopefully I can get that done early in the morning before it gets too hot. I cut some of the Chocolate mint from the front garden early afternoon and nearly melted .
 This little guy decided to stop for a visit while I was trying to find the goldfish in the pond. The fish are hiding in the waterlilies trying to stay cool . 
My drink today is a new herbal tea for me... it's Nettles with cinnamon and honey and a dollop of coconut oil. 
Decided to work on another Inspirational Card deck and here is today's card. 
Today's Random Thoughts ...

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Monday, July 6, 2015

"T" Stand for Tuesday !

Here it is time for another 
"T" For Tuesday post. 
It was  a crazy busy week at our house. 
the remodel is in full swing in the master bath :) 
We went from this... this....
 ...and this .... this ...
 ..totally gutted....
The framing in of the new Extra Deep Soak-er Tub is done...
...and the new linen closet is framed out....
... Hoping that they will be able  to get it finished by the end of the week :) 
I want to climb into that tub and stay there :) 
 The Japanese Beetles have arrived... about 3 weeks later than normal here but in force :(  
Today I picked five super yummy blackberries , should be a bunch more soon, if we get some more sunshine . 
I've only gotten the one tomato so far...but it was delicious! So many big green ones out there just waiting for the sun .
The youngest moved back in over the weekend so we are not only in construction confusion but wall to wall moving boxes  too. Once the construction is over he'll be able to move more stuff down to the basement. 
He brought his Bearded Dragon Lizard with him so we've added another animal to the troops too :)  
Life is always changing here :) 
My daughter got to go to all 5 of the Fare Thee Well , Grateful Dead concerts this past weekend and the weekend before. I admit I'm more than a little jealous :( 
She did post and awesome picture at one of the Chicago concerts...
We exposed her to the wondrous world of the 
"DEAD" when she was a youngster and she's been in love with them ever since. She actually quit her job and followed the tour of 1995 from coast to coast and back. The last year that Jerry Garcia was alive . I was envious then too . 
There's my drink today...another herbal tea. 
Today's Random Thoughts

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Second look on the 2nd ----Celia's Night Mare

This is the first time I've joined this meme. My MIL passed on Jan. 9th of 2011 
Dementia finally won out but we had lost her long before that day. 
Her birthday was June 15th and I always think about her a lot in June and when I saw this meme this morning this was the post I thought of first. 
I was still in the early stages of blogging then and mostly just wrote what was on my mind and heart at the time. With little forethought or planning. 
This post was full of emotions and feeling and fear. 

Celia's Night Mare

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meet Celia--Living with Dementia

Celia Marie Samsel

Celia's Fight
"Anger rails at an uncontrollable beast .
A hideous worm eating away at her life force.
Stealing her memories and her ability to be rational
Leaving just enough to keep her confused and frightened.
Slowly taking everything she holds dear. "

Celia is my mother-in-law and has lived with us for 3 years now. She has dementia and is no longer able to care for herself. The last few months her disease has escalated and she is losing her fight to remain herself.
One of her few pleasures now is setting in the yard while I work. She sets and listens to the birds sing and dreams about a life that is fading away

She was always a feisty,very strong willed woman... not always so easy to get along with..but very sure of herself. I miss that woman as I watch her set and stare and cry about a life she can no longer control.
I miss the wonderful Italian meals that woman could cook and the recipes she was always going to share someday and never got around to it. She never wrote them down. Family recipes her mother brought from Italy.
I even miss those in your face arguments on on how to make a bed or wash a pot. She was the original "Mrs.. Clean" and loved her self proclaimed job of "Clean Police"

Once in awhile I still catch a sparkle in her eye that's a remnant of her old self . A fleeting flash soon lost.
For awhile I resented her constant presence and the loss of my own time and freedom. Now I fear that she will soon be leaving us forever and there is nothing I can do to stop it.
What will I do with out her to care for?
Who would have thought that a woman who hated me in the beginning would become so important to me in the end.
I love her and miss her already.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"T" Stands for Tuesday

Hello again my Tuesday friends. :) 
Well  I thought we were going to have a week of sunshine .....but I was wrong :( 
We had some sun yesterday and then it clouded over and rained again last night. Very cloudy today and looking like more rain is on it's way. 
I thought I would at least get some weeds pulled today...put it so wet that you just sink in the mud when you try to walk :( Believe me there are weeds that desperately need to be pulled and tomatoes that need to be tied up and pruned a lot! 
I planned on planting a late crop of green beans in the two rows on the right... grass and weeds are rapidly taking over. Hopefully I can get it hoed today or tomorrow and the beans planted. 

The Herbs all need harvest again and the last harvest hasn't dried yet. 

 ... the above is Lemon Balm to the back with Winter Savory in the lower right hand corner...
.... oregano was harvested last week while the granddaughters were here and it has already doubled in height again. 
The garlic is almost ready to dig. I dug one up yesterday to use for supper and it is so yummy. Fresh garlic is to die for :) 

I've been watching the birds at the feeders a lot this week. Something I do when I"m low on energy and fighting to gain control over the fibromyalgia. This weather has kicked my butt ....however I refuse to give up the fight. 
 The Hummingbird seems confused because I moved his feeder and put this one in it's regular spot. The squirrels have since totally destroyed this feeder :-( 

....but it didn't take him long to find his feeder. It's hard to get really clear shots because of all of the moisture on the windows :-( 

The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak have shown up finally. they don't always stay here but go farther north. We'll see if they stay.

Then the ever entertaining Titmouse. You can count on them being here all the time. 
The front flower beds are in full bloom... At least the perennials are. The annuals that are shorter and are usually in front chose not to grow this year :-( 

My drink this week is Gatorade....
Along with my SOC ( summer of color) 
art for the week...
colors for this week are 2 purples and 1 yellow. Had to throw in some green cause ya can't have a leafless poppy unless it covers the whole page. 

I figure I'll be outside in the heat pretty quick so it sound like a good choice for today.
Random Thoughts for Today...

So that's my Tuesday this week ...
Hope I haven't overloaded you with too many photos.... it's the only way anyone sees my gardens :) 
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