Friday, July 18, 2014

Long Time, No See!

Hello out there!
     I have been neglectful of my blog, I know!   I don't know where the time goes.  I know I have been cooking a lot,  handling dr. visits, and dental visits, and now, going to the Vet.

I finally did something I have been talking about a little, but wanting to do for a long while.    My grandson and I went to the Humane Society and got not one, but TWO kitties.
And now, may I present Johnny, and Bo!  

Johnny, being the white one and B
o the black. They were 14 weeks and 11 weeks, respectively, when we got them.  We went out to the tire store to get two new tires put on Noah's car, and came home 6 hours later with two kitties.  My hubby knew we wanted to get them sometime, as we had been talking about it, but he didn't know we were coming home with them that day!   They weren't from the same litter, and had not been together before, but they got along like a house afire immediately when we got them home.  They are now best cat buddies.  

I cannot 

describe the joy they have brought into this house.  I wish we hadn't waited so long to get them.  But we have them now, and are so glad of it.  They are lively and active, wrestling, chasing, sleeping on one another,  finding their own little nooks to sleep in, or sleeping together, climbing on my bed to nap with me, and get their lovins!  

And they 
are loved!!  Hubby was very reluctant to get kitties now, but we won out, and he is warming to them quickly.   They are different, Johnny being a bit wild, very energetic, yet lovable too when he wants to be.  Bo is quieter, very lovable, calmer, and not so energetic, but we love their personalities just as they are.   We have definitely bonded with them, and them with us, so they are ours forever!   So you will be hearing kitty stories, and seeing pics of kitties often, I think!  

As far as other goings on, things have been quiet around here.  Very little crocheting, as I don't do as much in the summer months.  I have yet to put together grandaughter's purple afghan, (shame on me!),  and I keep telling myself to get it done, but have procrastinated to the point of ridiculous!!!   And I have not kept up with my blogging friends posts as well as I should, so I must get going.  

I have made plans to visit our daughter for a week or so in August, about which I am very excited.  We are making lists of things to do while I am there, places to go, etc., and I know she is elated, too!  Hubby is not as happy as he has to stay home, ( traveling is getting too difficult for him) , and he doesn't like me leaving him.  But he will be ok, as Noah will be  here with him, and he has the kitties to keep him company.  And I plan everything out for him while I am gone to make sure everything goes smoothly.  

So that's what is going on at my place.  What have you all been up to?   I hope you are enjoying your summer, and thanks for visiting me.  


Maybe I will have a certain purple blanket to show you next time, so see you........
Later.........JO


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happenings

Hello All!

What a month or so we have had!  Surgery for a brother-in-law, a bad fall for my brother, gout for me, and carpal tunnel surgery and dentistry for my hubby, E.  Now recoveries for all, thank goodness.      But also, happy things, of course.  Gorgeous flowers abound, the weather has been beautiful, patio loafing for me, a niece visiting, and our 51st anniversary.
We, of course, had a nice dinner out with our grandson, and a nice relaxing day, overall!  My hubby loves all things farm, so we went for a ride and found a neighbor's yard, with a few farm items used as decorations. 
A
n old plow, which would have to be




 horse driven,  a seat from some kind of farm implement,  a riding plow, wagon wheels, etc.  He got out of the car, and told me what each one was, and reminisced about our time on the farm.  He loved that time of our life, as did I.   We love to talk about those times, the animals, gardens, haying, neighbors, etc.  We still have contact with some of them.  The neighbors, that is.  That was such a simple life,  having a pot luck dinner with friends and neighbors,  ice skating, sliding with the kids, walking the dogs in the fields, milking a cow, and making butter, and homemade ice cream, helping to hay, birthing a calf, chickens, and a million more things.  Oh, I miss it even more when I talk about it.  And I know he misses it even more.  










































Even that old red pump brings back memories, tho we didn't have one.  Aren't memories wonderful??  Yes, they are.  And photos.  Maybe one day I will get some of our farm photos out and write a post about those days.  It was such fun!!  Hard work, but fun.  

Well, now you've heard what I have been doing for the past month or so.  What have you been up to? Any crochet or knit projects?  I am ready to put together the long-awaited purple afghan for my grandaughter.   So I had better get busy.  

See you all........Later...........JO

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Happy Spring from Arizona, USA

Hello all you good friends out in blogland!  

I've b

een out driving around to the store, appointments, and such and I have seen the most gorgeous cactus flowers, trees, and such in the area.  

Since
 I don't have much of a green thumb for flowers, anyway, I so admire yards with lovely plantings and  pretty flowers.   If I could have raised beds, I would love to have some flowers and vegetables, but that is not possible right now,  so I really enjoy seeing what others do with their yards.  

And I have to be satisfied with 




my potted plants.  Which is fine.  Maybe I will get some for Mother's Day, and plant them.  

But in the meantime, I am enjoying  our rides where we can see the beautiful works of  Mother Nature, God, and neighbors!  Some go to a lot of work to pretty up their yards.  It is a lot of work, or maybe just picking the right plants for our dry, hot region.  

Many, are satisfied with pots of flowers, even vegetables, but even then, you have to be vigilant in keeping the plants moist enough, or they will shrivel up and die, as mine have.  Haha.  

Some of the region's trees, even tho they may not necessarily flower, are beautiful.  

I don't know the names of the different cactus, but this one has unusual blossoms, don't you think?  

And I thought this was striking with the white flowers on the cactus, and then the Bougainvillea in the background against the house. 


I had to stop the car and get a few photos in this yard, as they had really done a nice job of it!  The cactus, dressed up with their little hats and scarves, the metal road runners, and the petunias spilling out of large, overturned pots.  

Really, gorgeous!  



And the soft pink flowers of this bush.  
On my way out of the yard, I noticed these old cowboy boots under the ladder.  Nice touch, eh?  



Lastly, a different kind of cactus with white flower spikes coming out of the top.  I had never noticed one of these before, so I was fascinated with it.  

I really must learn more about the cactus in this area, their names and flowers, etc.  I am not good at that.  Too much to remember!  
Well, maybe I will learn........  Later........JO.  
P.S.  I really hope you enjoyed my tour of Arizona beauty!  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER!

May you all have a very Happy, Blessed Easter!  Enjoy and love one another and remember the reason for the Season!  Thank you all for visiting me.  xxoo.    Later.......JO


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Spring! Happy Easter!

Hello All!

The weather here has been absolutely deelightful!!  I've just had my guys come and completely clean, and trim the yard, so everything looks so nice.  The orange and grapefruit trees got trimmed back a bit also, and now I can see when a coyote wanders into my yard.  Haha.  I haven't gotten any plants for the yard yet, and I guess that will have to wait til after Easter.

But, having this done
 (finally, as I have been procrastinating about it), has inspired me to do more inside the house, and in the patio.   Helps me get ready for Easter, as I will be having the gang here.  I have my menu all planned out - ham, of course, with 


pineapple slices, and mustard and brown sugar glaze, as my Mama made it, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, green beans with sliced almonds, rhubarb pie, and pineapple upside down cake.   Sound good to me!  

The only 


 finished project I have to show is the little bunch of rabbits, and the Easter eggs I made for my daughter's holiday tree.  They are getting there kind of late, but I know she won't mind.  She knows how hectic life is for this old woman!   I know she will love them.  Then I will have to get busy on the next ornaments.  Any suggestions on what I can make for the summer months?   I will make red, white and blue stars for Memorial Day, and for Labor Day, but I don't know what to make for in between.  Help??  

Well, I hope you all have been enjoying the gorgeous weather in your area, except for those of you who have gotten more snow, but fear not, nice weather is coming!  For us, it is starting to get warmer by the day, and we have already had temps in the 90's.   Dread the hot summer, but it is not too great a price to pay in exchange for the wonderful weather, of Spring, Fall, and Winter!!  

So, I hope you all have a wonderful Spring, I hope you get outside as much as possible, smell the flowers, fresh mowed grass, trees, and hear the birds singing to you!  

Until .....Later........JO  xxoo


Friday, April 11, 2014

Ain't Life Grand!

Hello All!
   

I've been absent from my blog for awhile.  Dentists, doctors, etc., have kept us busy for the last month or so.   And we still have some ahead of us, mainly carpal tunnel surgery for both hands for my hubby.  Poor guy has so much pain in his hands, and I have to help him a lot because of it.  But, hopefully, the surgeries will help alleviate the pain, and allow him a little better use of his hands.
But, we haven't been without  interesting things in our lives.  We've been out and about, taking day trips to local areas, seeing things we haven't seen before, picking fruit and making orange and grapefruit juice, cooking, crocheting (me!), and visiting with friends.    Below is a photo of us with some special friends, who are traveling the country in their Airstream.  They were here in Arizona, and we didn't want to miss the chance to visit with them.  They've gone on to California, and will continue around the country.  Lucky folks!   


Plus, we have been picking the fruit from our yard, which we have in abundance, as we have three orange trees and a grapefruit tree.  I looooove being able to just walk out in the yard, and pick a grapefruit or orange for my breakfast.  I love making fresh fruit salads,  and they are even better when you can add something from your own yard.  


When I went out this morning, I noticed that  the flowers on the grapefruit tree had produced these tiny little grapefruits that I had never noticed before.  I guess I had just never really looked;  I would just go out and pick one and go back inside.  Now, I know that the process works as such; first, the beautiful aromatic flowering buds, then the fruit, but I had never seen them in this developmental stage.  They were no bigger than my little fingernail!  I was amazed, and ashamed of myself that I had never taken the time to notice them before.  Aren't they amazing??   I mean, I am always the one saying "Stop and smell the roses", but I hadn't been doing it.  So I shall try to pay more attention to these things.  Ain't life grand?!!  

So, since I went out there for a couple of grapefruit, I cut them up and added them to my wonderful fresh fruit salad.  I love it for breakfast with a dollop of Greek yogurt, and a sprinkling of raw sugar, and a tablespoon of granola!  Mmmmmm, perfection.  And healthy!  



Speaking of healthy, I am still working on my diet, trying to eat healthier, and have lost, in total, only about six pounds, but it am keeping at it!  Also, working on organizing so that life is more tranquil, and peaceful, because I know that clutter just makes life seem chaotic!  

And lastly, I am still working on my eldest grandaughter's purple afghan.  I did all the easy squares, and am now working on the bobble patterned squares.  I've discovered that I do not like the bobble stitch in a project of this size.  I have to make 12 squares of each color;  purple, lavender, and sparkly white.  And it is too slow for me, (I like to see more progress), and too tedious.  I may try to alter the pattern of squares, so that I don't use as many bobble squares as the simple ones.  Is that wicked of me?  I don't like to have to spend this much time on one project.  I want to see results much more quickly!   I guess that is just so that I can get on with another project.  I have so many projects I would like to try, and so little time!  

I shouldn't complain, as I am very fortunate that the good Lord has given me this time to do what I love.   Retirement has afforded me that time, which I didn't have when I was working, so I am blessed and thankful.  And I have had so much inspiration from other bloggers, and from Pinterest.  I have found so many things to do that I love.  
Maybe next time I post something, I will have some photos of some finished projects, so I can show you my progress.  I will work diligently each day.  


So, I will talk to you again.........Later.........JO




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Be Kind

Hello All!

 
So.....I was driving down my street two days ago, I saw a nice lady, probably about 80, taking a casserole across the street to her neighbor.   It made me pause to think.  You don't see that as much anymore, do you?  Or am I wrong?   Let's say, I don't hear of it very often anymore.  I do it occasionally, so it made me think - "I am going home and make something good for my brother and brother-in-law and take it over to them".

So, I came home after going to the grocery store, and treating myself to some Very Pretty Flowers, and made some homemade chicken noodle soup, and oatmeal raisin cookies.









The soup came out good, tho I had to add bullion, which I don't like to do (too much salt),  but it does add flavor, and made it just right.  The cookies came out too fat the first batch, then better, after I added just a little flour.  So I hope they like my offerings.    I have try to do this more often, because I like the little things one can do for another.  So be kind, and do something nice for a neighbor, relative or friend, or even for a stranger!
















Then
 , just an aside for you, I found this cute  photo on Facebook, (I think it was on Susan Branch's friends page).  Isn't he (or she) adorable??  

Well, so that's what I have been up to for the past few days, and, oh, by the way, I lost four and a half pounds in the last two weeks, after gaining  two, so I am back on track!  And I am working on my closet!  Photos to come when it is finished!!  That may take awhile, because this is quite a job.  I have neglected it for a long time, and it's getting back at me!   Anyway, that is for another time.  

Have a good week ahead, and be kind.    Until,    Later.........JO

P.S.  Sorry about the photos.  The light was not right in the kitchen, and I am not the greatest at taking photos, anyway.  But you get the picture.  Haha.