Friday Fragments…

Unknown Mami
Speaking of keeping calm, thank goodness this week has been relatively calm compared to last week!  Having no appointments certainly helped,  but the continued daily downpours of rain certainly didn’t help my mood any.  There’s just something about a soggy yard– and brown water running through the faucets that tends to make me cranky!  Fortunately, we actually made it through Wednesday and Thursday without any rain!  Hurrah!  Light at the end of the tunnel?  We shall see.

I haven’t left the house the entire week, except to walk next-door to our daughter’s house once.  It’s been too wet and boggy to venture out, so I’ve stayed put.  I may or may not have a mild case of ‘cabin fever’!  In any case, rain or shine, I’m going to the bank and grocery store today, and I’m sort of looking forward to it 🙂

I’ve spent a large portion of this week listening to old cd’s.  I have quite a collection of older ones, some of which I’d totally forgotten about!  I’ve been ‘gettin’ down’  Toby Keith, Tracy Byrd, Dirks Bentley, and Leroy Parnell, to name a few.  One day I even threw a little Willie Nelson in the mix.  I’ve discovered I can get more housework done if some good music is playing in the background!

Ed and I didn’t have any appointments this week, but his mom did.  In fact, she’s been to four appointments, this month alone.  We’re blessed that the assisted living facility is willing to help shoulder the responsibility for some of these appointments.  It keeps Ed from having to take off from work so much, since I’m not comfortable with taking her out alone.  I’m afraid she’ll fall.

Speaking of falling, I came close to sliding down in our yard this week!  There isn’t any grass on one side of our yard, and it is very muddy and slippery.  While tending to the chickens, my foot slipped, and I had to struggle to regain my balance.  I was wearing a pair of white shorts, and couldn’t help but think how mad I’d have been if I’d fallen in that mud!

I’ve managed to contract a case of poison ivy–from the cat!  He’s been in the woods, I haven’t!  I know exactly which cat gave it to me, and when it happened because of where the rash is located.  Last Friday, our fat orange tom cat was laying on top of my car, when I got ready to go to the dentist.  The cat wouldn’t move after I cranked up the car, so I had to pick him up and move him myself!  Now I have poison ivy on the inside of my right lower arm.  I’m working very hard to contain it, because I’m very allergic to poison ivy, and usually end up going to the doctor for a shot!

Ed got in touch with a ‘tree service’ this week.  We got an estimate for having those twenty-seven leaning and scarred pine trees removed from around our house.  It’s a lot of money, but, unfortunately, it’s a necessity.  After those three large trees narrowly missed our house, a couple of years ago, we just haven’t felt safe. The workers are coming today to begin cutting most of our beloved pine trees down.  I’ll be glad when it’s over!  I don’t enjoy seeing trees being cut down, especially so close to our house!  I’m worried about what kind of shape their vehicles will leave our very wet yard in, too.

The tree trimmers will probably be here soon, so I’d better get up and get moving.  That’s it for this edition of FF.  I’ll be linking up over at Unknown Mami’s, who’s filling in as guest hostess for Friday Fragments over the summer.  Have a great weekend–and say a little prayer for me today.  It’s going to be a stressful one, I’m sure.

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  1. It’s a shame that those trees have to go … and a lot of money, too, I’m sure … but not as much money as you’d have to pay if they fell onto your house.

    Praying for you today.

  2. Poison ivy– from the cat! I yiyi. That can’t be fun for either of you. Hope it clears up soon.

    I’ve been home all week too with painters at our house. I sooo have cabin fever and can’t wait to get out of here when you’re finished tomorrow.

    Happy Friday Frag! jj

  3. Having trees removed makes me a little nuts. All that money, but the yard often doesn’t look that different. Just one of those things that has to be done. I didn’t know you could get poison ivy from a cat. Learn something new every day : ) Hope your weekend is sunny and dry!

  4. I’ve never heard of poison ivy from a cat but I totally see how it could happen.

  5. I too would be suffering cabin fever if it rained all week and kept me indoors. Hope you have some nice weather and can get out and about without fighting the mud.
    It sounds like that cat was just sitting in wait for someone to transfer the nasty poison ivy too, shame on him.

  6. Those must be country singers because they don’t sound familiar to me. The first country album I have ever bought is Scotty McCreery from American Idol. Falling in the mud would be so messy. I fell in a boat on our trip last week….story to come! So sorry about the poison ivy 😦 So sorry about your pine trees but it’s so much better to be safe than sorry. Hope it continues to stay dry for you and enjoy your weekend.

  7. Glad you didn’t fall. Slipping can be bad enough to get your back outta whack! Poison ivy from a cat. That’s a new one. Sorry about the trees. It’s hard to see them go, but soon you’ll get used to it and be thankful you did it.

  8. We do have the same taste in music:)
    OMGoodness my husband has poison ivy too. He got it when he went out to redo the grass cutting and weed whacking after our 11 year-old- grandson tried to do it for the first time. The only thing that has made him feel better was going for swims. The chlorine seems to be drying it out. I am hoping I don’t get it from him.
    Oh the mud:(
    You will feel so much safer with those trees gone. If you feel bad plant a few farther from your house.
    I hope you get out a bit over the weekend…

  9. Here is hoping that prayer can be retroactive cause I am just now catching up with Friday posts. Have a great week!

  10. So sorry to hear about the poison ivy. You know I really n3ed to listen to more music ehen I’m at home.


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