Random Thoughts On Tuesday…

Whoa!  I do believe fall may have officially arrived in our neck of the woods today.  For us, this means lows in the upper 50’s and highs in the mid-seventies!  The cooler temperatures feel so nice for a change, and I hope they stick around with us for a while.  This cooler weather makes me want to go out and pick a pumpkin!

Snakes alive!  We’ve had three snake sightings within the last few days–and one of them was a rattlesnake!  The rattlesnake was sprawled out in the dirt lane leading up to our house!  Unfortunately, Ed was on his way home from work when he discovered the snake, and didn’t have anything to kill him with.  The snake slithered off into the woods–and I hope he stays there!  Next, our oldest son found a small snake in his yard on Friday evening.  He called Ed to kill it for him, but when Ed saw that the snake wasn’t poisonous, he refused.  Over the weekend, Ed caught a quick glimpse of a third snake who was hiding among a pile of trash on our property.  Ed spotted the snake as he accidentally tossed him into the fire, along with a pitch fork full of trash.  Wow!

Some of you may recall me mentioning my brother-in-law’s plight last week.  He was released from the hospital, still bearing a PIC line, and requiring IV antibiotics every six hours.  He was having to drive 17 miles (one way), at 2:30 in the morning so his wife could administer his medication in the nursing home parking lot!  Not an ideal situation, to say the least.  Well, God works in mysterious ways.  Some much-needed help came to my brother-in-law– in the form of my husband!  Ed felt compelled to lend his brother a helping hand, so he’s sacrificing a few hours of sleep per week.  When our sister-in-law has to work nights, Ed has volunteered to get up at 2:45 a.m. to administer the IV medication.  One week down, two more to go!  Ed’s a bit sleep deprived, but he’ll make it.

Yesterday the weather was overcast and a light drizzle of rain fell off and on.  I hated to do it, but I got dressed, put on some make up, and made the trip to town–to buy some light bulbs and a pair of animal toenail clippers!  I don’t travel to town much these days, since it costs nearly four dollars for the gas  just to get there, but I  really needed those light bulbs and toenail clippers!  On the journey to town, I encountered a dead deer on one side of the highway–with its leg torn off, no less, then I saw a dead chicken on the other side of the highway.  The chicken had fallen off of a chicken truck (bound for the local poultry plant)–only to be run over by a car!  Talk about a run of bad luck–and there is nothing like the sight of a little early morning road kill to start the day off on a bad note!  

When I finally made it to town, I had to go to three different stores searching for my particular type of light bulb.  The light over our kitchen table requires small based,  40 watt candelabra bulbs.  Sometimes it’s frustrating living in Small Town USA, and trying to find what I need!  Worse yet, in two out of three of the stores I visited, the clerks were rude!  What ever happened to customer service?  (I’m convinced it’s dead!)  I purchased my light bulbs and clippers, without so much as a nod from the cashier, much less a “hello”…

In case you’re wondering what I need those animal toenail clippers for, they are for our aging rabbit, “Honey Bun”.  Since he became paralyzed in his hips, a couple of weeks ago, I noticed his toenails needed trimming something awful!  He also needed a bath to clean him up a bit.  Ed and I took care of the bath on Sunday.  After Ed got home on Monday to help me, “Honey Bun” got his manicure…Oh, the things we do for love!

Last, but not least…yesterday I mentioned I had been doing a bit of sewing.  What a deal that turned out to be!  The sewing part was fine, it’s the threading of the needle that was the challenge!  By wearing two pairs of bifocals I could actually see the eye of the needle, but getting the thread to actually go through that needle was quite a chore!  I’ll leave you with this thought–Now I think  I know why more elderly people don’t sew much 🙂

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Published in: on October 9, 2012 at 9:36 am  Comments (8)  
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An August Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Hey, it’s August, and the weather is miserable outside.  Why not crank up the air conditioning, sit a spell, and join us for a little Wednesday Hodgepodge?  Here are today’s questions, graciously submitted by our faithful hostess, Joyce:

1. I included this quote (attributed to William H. Danforth) in my blog post yesterday… “The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb it’s routine.” When was the last time you ‘disturbed your routine’ and how’d you do it?

The last time I “disturbed my routine” was about eight years ago when I decided to take some on-line college courses!  Keep in mind, I was fifty years old, and it was my first time taking ANY college courses.  When I decide to disturb my routine, you could say that I do it in a BIG way 🙂

2. What’s your favorite fried food indulgence?

Fried chicken!  (Hopefully “my girls” won’t hear my answer…)

3. Did you have an allowance as a kid? What did you do with it? Do you give your own kids an allowance?

I don’t remember ever having “a regular allowance”, as a child, but my parents always gave me money whenever I needed some.  When I became old enough, I got a job.

We didn’t give our children a regular allowance either, but instead gave them occasional spending money.  Both of our boys got jobs during high school, but our daughter didn’t take her first job until after high school graduation–mainly because she helped us by driving her younger brothers wherever they needed to go.

4. What’s something you wish you knew more about?

Computers!  They are fascinating machines.  Both of our sons can do things with a computer that boggles my mind.

5. Is there anything you feel too old to do anymore? If so, what?

Yes!   A lot of things come to mind, but I know without a doubt that  I’m definitely too old to wear mini skirts or bikinis anymore!  I also feel confident that I can safely add running and jumping to that list!

6. What’s a song you think has a great first line?

How about “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay“?

Sittin’ in the morning sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes

Watching the ships roll in, then I watch ’em roll away again…

That’s my kind of song!

7. Who are you writing to/for when you create a blog post? In other words…as you write, who is the audience in your head?

When I originally began my blog, I was just sort of talking to myself–you know, kind of reflecting over my life.  I wanted to leave a journal, of sorts, for my family to have, after I’m gone.  After blogging and reflecting for a long time, I find myself thinking more and more about  you–the readers– whenever I write.

Random:

Got eggs?  We do!

On Sunday, “the girls” laid a total of four eggs!  Every time I went out to the chicken coop, I found another egg.  It felt a little bit like Easter!   I went from finding two eggs per day, to suddenly finding four!  We’ve used over a dozen of our farm fresh eggs, and still have a dozen more in the refrigerator.  Ed made omelets for supper last night, and they were delicious!

Published in: on August 15, 2012 at 11:46 am  Comments (8)  
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Oh, The Joys Of Getting Older…

Just in case you didn’t know…today is the beginning of a brand new week.  It also means the ending of yet another week!  These weeks, they do pass quickly, don’t they?  I’m made even more aware of the speedy passing of a week, by the constant need to refill my little “medication reminder”–you know, the little plastic box that holds a week’s worth of daily dosages of medications.  Perhaps you haven’t been introduced to the “medication reminder” yet, and if not, you are blessed!  Quick! Enjoy a normal life while you still can!

My husband, Ed, says he is constantly reminded of how quickly time passes by the frequency he has to get our prescriptions refilled!  He doesn’t use a “medication reminder” yet (although he really should!), but he takes medication on a daily basis, too.  Between the two of us, he makes at least three trips to the pharmacy per month.  Oh the joys of getting older, and developing health issues like high blood pressure!

Speaking of health issues, after nearly three months of total bliss– in the absence of my dear friend, “Uncle Arthur” (aka rheumatoid arthritis), my life was made miserable this past weekend with his return!  “Uncle Arthur” does me that way–he comes and he goes.  I’d been in remission since sometime in February–until last week.  Perhaps picking 55 quarts of green beans had something to do with “Arthur’s” return, or the change in weather?!  Unfortunately, “Arthur” has a mind of his own, and doesn’t need a reason to visit.  Whatever the cause for “Arthur’s”  recent visit, I hope it will be a brief one!

Also, on the subject of health and growing older…Lately, everyone in the family has been remarking how much Ed has begun to look like “Grandpa” (Ed’s daddy).  Even Ed’s mom says he looks just like her late husband.  I’ve noticed it, too.  Due to his thinning hair, Ed now has to wear a cap whenever he’s outside (or risk getting his scalp burned), and he’s usually dressed in the same type of attire that his dad used to wear around the farm–dark blue slacks (with cuffs), and a long-sleeved, plaid shirt.

The other day I looked outside while Ed was sitting under the car port minding the pressure cooker.  He could have easily passed for his daddy sitting there!  How many times have I seen my father-in-law sitting outside watching a pot boil–except his pot usually contained boiled peanuts–not green beans!  I walked outside and made the following comment to Ed.  I said, “Sometimes I feel like I’m married to your daddy now!  Do you feel like you are married to  my mother?”  He quietly answered, “Yes.”  Ha!  Who would’ve seen this one coming when we married nearly forty years ago?!   Now, I didn’t ask Ed to elaborate on why he feels like he is married to my mother...some things are just better left unsaid!  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–“Oh, the joys of getting older!  Married to our parents, who would’ve thunk it?!

Have a great Monday, everyone!

Published in: on May 21, 2012 at 10:10 am  Comments (10)  
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