Sunday, November 16, 2014

Music to work by

Today I spent a couple wonderful hours stripping the leaves from the dried herbs while I listened to piano concertos by Yuja Wang on Youtube.  I do get a little sidetracked in watching.  I cannot fathom how they play from memory and how fast their fingers move.  It is such a treat to be in the front row of the concert.  The rest of the day was more routine: defrosting the freezer and spreading straw on the perennials.  But even that was fun for me.  G would never understand that!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Club

Book club met at my house on Monday.  There were 18 members here.  My responsibility was to have enough room for them to sit and provide refreshments.  I made tortilla roll sandwiches and a pumpkin cake roll which has a cream cheese filling.  At the end of the meeting I offered to cut fresh herbs for anyone who wanted some. I know a killing frost would be here any day and there still were a lot out there.

The book we discussed was Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior. I found it an interesting read, others felt it was too wordy.  What interested me was the interaction between a young women from the hills of Tennessee and scientists who were there to study the Monarch butterflies.  Besides the plight of the butterflies due to global warming, it showed how people are sort of locked into their ways of thinking if they are not exposed to the outside world.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy Halloween

Since we live out in the sticks, we do not get any Trick or Treaters.  Each year I do not bother to even decorate for Halloween, sometimes not even for Fall.  This year was different as I decided to throw a party.  There were 18 guests, plus G and myself.  We encouraged them to come in costume.  Here are a few of the guests:

Beauty and the Beast


Flapper and  The Scream


Cowboy and Arab woman



Flashers





Black Eyed Peas and Cereal Killer 



Carol Burnett's mother and an aviator.

Keep in mind these guests are between the ages of 65 and 90.  You can never say we are "old foggies".  We played some games, had great snacks and plenty of wine.  





Thursday, October 2, 2014

I am so bored - not!

I was looking at my calendar at the dates since I last posted, to see what I could write about.  It looked like this:  Monday night we had dinner with a group of motorcycle riding friends (which we do every Monday), on Tuesday I had lunch with women from my AAUW book club (which we do every Tuesday and we hardly discuss books, just our lives and world events) , on Wednesday G and I attended the monthly meeting or our British car club, on Friday our monthly dinner group of four couples met, on Saturday we went to a bonfire at a members of the car club, on Sunday I attended the 50th Anniversary party of the AAUW group I belong to, on Monday G and I drove to the Museum of Natural Science in Cleveland where we listened to a talk by a couple we know who rode their motorcycle on the Silk Road (about a 3 month trip). Tuesday I went to the dentist. During this time G was getting his bike ready for the Hatfield-McCoy ride in West Virginia.  He left this morning to return on Sunday.  What do we do in our retirement you ask?  Oh, yes, we also put down 4 cubic yards of mulch, I made pesto, --I will stop. I am getting tired just writing this,  But life is full, interesting and fun.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Usual activities

For a gift last Christmas I received the book, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edward Smith.  He advocates planning your garden so that you have walking paths in it so you don't walk on the planted area and compress it.  I had tilled my garden earlier so made plots and then delineated the paths with cardboard.  I plan to then cover the cardboard with straw.  I only have tomatoes and basil in it this year.  One plot will be for garlic that I will plant this Fall yet.  My friend who gave me the garlic to plant said to plant it when the moon is Full Moon in October.  





Two years ago G said we needed to replace the mowers that I use.  I have learned to never mow unless he is home to repair them during the mowing.  This is what they currently look like.  The deck is so worn through that he can no longer weld it so he has resorted to repairing it with wood.  I guess if it still works, why get a new one!   It did make me smile while using it, because this is rather pitiful. So stay posted as to what happens.
















Friday, September 19, 2014

Busy week

I know it is a bit late for this, but Happy Birthday to me.  I told my granddaughter that I was putting two candles on my cake, a 7 and a 0.  She said "Good, I am glad you didn't put 70 candles on it, that would have been too much."  Since it was right before the Pig Roast, a friend made the cake for me.


My two sisters were visiting which was great. I think it was more of a working vacation than a relaxing one.  Thank you to both of them.



We had about 110 people at the party.  Next year we need a bigger tent.


These friends are resting after cutting up the meat.  We did not get a whole pig this year, just 9 pork butts.  No one seemed to miss seeing the whole pig.  



This is the welcoming tent, where we gave out name tags (and took donations).  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cleaning and weeding

Most of my energy these days is getting the house and yard ready for the visit of about 110 people on Saturday (the annual pig roast).   We will have eight house guests for the weekend also.  I feel like things are under control, although there always are more things on the "to do" list.

Since I had two  three-week vacations this summer, the weeding in the landscaping got ahead of me.  Fortunately it has rained a lot so it is easy to pull them out.  I also received a birthday gift of eight iris rhizomes (Thank you Gill) but I needed to find a permanent home for them.  I have chosen the south side of my house to be the iris garden.  I now have twelve different colors of iris planted there.  In case you haven't figured it out, iris is my favorite flower.  So be prepared for lots of iris pictures next year.

Regarding the weeding, I thought of putting before and after pictures, but the before ones were too embarrassing.