Sunday, February 26, 2017

Better the second time around!

What a great meal.  Salad, chicken Marsala, roasted carrots with thyme, green beans with roasted pecans, rice, dinner rolls, orange cake, and wine. 

The best part is no effort on my part except popping most of it in the microwave.  

These are the leftovers from a dinner for guests last night.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Two Birds that remind me of Andrew

 A week ago when walking in our woods, I came upon these three Bluebirds.  They were in a tree close to the Bluebird houses that are out there.  There are two of them.  They were made by Andrew.  I quickly went online to read information on when I need to clean them out.  It said by March 15 at the latest.  Since they are too tall for me to reach, I rode the four wheeler out there and stood on it. There are two nails to remove, then take out the old nesting material, followed by a spray of bleach and water.

As usually happens, when I stood there touching the bird houses, tears were running down my cheeks.  I have another memory of Andrew that has to do with birds.  One Christmas Renee Michelle gave him an app for his laptop that had bird calls on it.  He and I went to a county park where we hiked.  He played some of the calls.  The only birds we could get to come to us were Cardinals.  Now when I see a Cardinal or Blue Bird, I think of him.  That brings a smile to me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Update from the Goertzens

The other day I asked G if he could straighten the shelves on this shelf in the basement.  "Always the engineer" he came up with this to pull the shelves up from sagging.  I don't think there is anything he can't repair.  I use that phrase, "Always the engineer" frequently when talking with him, sometimes in awe and sometimes in frustration!    He has a solution for every problem.

I am using the KonMari method to sort and edit everything in the house (mine not G's of course) and needed the shelf space to do that.  More on that project in another post.

He has completed his five weeks of radiation treatment for his prostrate cancer.  We are really grateful to have good treatment within driving distance.  It took about four hours to drive round trip and get the treatment.  It hasn't slowed him down.

This week we bought a camper.  It is a 2012 model and is in great shape except for a water leak on the roof, which will need to be repaired.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Winter, but thinking of Spring

I will start with a picture I took through the screened window because it is cold and windy.  This is the view out my dining room window.  I just put up the bird feeder yesterday, but the birds have not found it yet.  I think I have all the garden put to bed.  The garlic is planted and has come up about two inches. It is now covered with straw.  The asparagus is cut and also covered.

When I was in the garden at the end of the growing season I came upon these seeds.  They are like gold to me.  I saved and dried three of these pods, which I will share with our local park district. They have a program to plant milkweed to give food for the Monarch butterflies.  They are having a difficult time surviving from lack of these plants.  (I will save a few seeds for myself to plant.)

Gerry just shook his head when he saw what I was doing and how excited I was about finding them. To him they are just another weed.  You can be sure that when we have some visiting Monarch butterflies next year I will point them out to him.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thanksgiving week

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  The leftovers are all eaten except for some cranberry relish. Renee Michelle and Ada (her dog) visited for a week.  We had the actual Thanksgiving dinner with friends. It was wonderful because all I had to prepare was a pecan pie, sweet potatoes and dinner rolls.

When Renee Michelle visits I walk Ada twice a day.  It is a wonderful way to get exercise.  The type of walk that makes Ada ecstatic is being off leach and running in our woods.  Apparently there are many wonderful smells that I miss as a human. Ada has made friends with the dog who lives next door so she runs over there.  However that dog has an invisible fence so cannot run into the woods and fields with Ada.

There was a request for bonfire which will probable be the last of the season.  Not the best picture but you get the idea.   The next fire will be in our wood stove in the basement.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Preparation to Vote tomorrow

G and are voting early tomorrow, instead of waiting until Nov 8. I printed out the ballet for our township and have spent a couple hours online researching candidates.  I am not talking about the positions of President or Ohio Senate or House.  I am looking at people who are running for the Justice of Supreme Court in Ohio, for State Board of Education or even County Coroner.  It was hard to find good information, but at least we are not just guessing.

On another topic, Fall has arrived and we are outside as weather permits to do the last minute jobs. Two days ago I talked G into using a borrowed backhoe to remove a small tree by my garden shed.  It just keep sending up suckers and looked a mess.  I feel like I have a clean slate to plant things now.  I think he doesn't mind helping with gardening if he can use a machine.  But heaven forbid doing it with a shovel by hand.  The only Fall planting I do is to plant garlic.  I am hoping I did not get them in too late.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Thanks RM

My daughter introduced me to the "KonMari" method of simplifying and organizing.  My current category is picture frames, with or without pictures in them.  I do not have the courage to post a picture of the "before" picture.  And the "after" will take some time. A couple "before" pictures were taken so I may post them with I am finished.   I have moved every picture frame I have into a spare bedroom.  I stopped counting at 125.  I am beyond saying to myself, "What was I thinking". Obviously I wasn't.  I am trying to picture how my space will look after sorting and getting rid of many.

The title"Thanks RM" may sound like like sarcasm, but I actually appreciate it because it gives me a framework to use.

On another note, Gerry and I have joined a book discussion group.  Our current book is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.   We heartily recommend it.  A good summary is here:   We attend twice a month.