This & That

Sunday was rainy, cold and slow.  Although a few people stopped by to see Candy, thankfully she had a lot of time to rest.

Everyone at church signed a giant poster for her, which now adorns the wall in her room.

I worked on repacking my big suitcase and while doing so, I realized how many things I brought that I could have left at home. Next time I will pack a third of what I did!

Candy’s sister has the sweetest dog ever. He is a ten year old long haired Chihauha named Peanut! He loves pats and belly rubs and he purrs.

Isn’t he the cutest baby ever? So despite the fact I miss my crew, Peanut has kept me company!

This & That On A Saturday

The sky was bright, but despite that, the trees are now all bare, there is snow on the ground, and it is cold. Saturday was one of those ho-hum mid-winter days. But wait…it’s not mid-winter yet! In fact, technically, winter has not even begun.

Saturday had me thinking about so many things.

When I woke up it was still dark. I came out and put the Christmas Tree lights on. We may only have a small tree, but when it is dark, and the lights are sparkling in the dark, it is magic!

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Our darling Shubi, who was our first wire-haired dachshund, would have been 23 years old. We got her on a whim while visiting our friends, Lucie, and Otto in Bavaria. Shubi was an amazing pup. She stole our hearts and helped me in so many ways.

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I adored that doggy more than I could ever say. So, today when I thought of her, I smiled and recalled all of those wonderful moments that we shared. The picture above was the last picture taken of the two of us before she passed to Rainbow Bridge, so many years ago.

My husband is a disabled Veteran. He has severe mobility issues that are getting worse. He has a handicapped placard for our car so he can still get out to the store.
Today, as he was struggling to get into our car, a woman came running over chastising him for bumping the car door into her “new car”. She was not at all polite.
My husband noted that her car was fine (it was) and she told him to be more careful!
People, she was parked on the line, next to a handicapped space (which is extra wide for this reason!).

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While she was all worried about her flipping car, I thought about how my husband became disabled, through his service to our Country!
If you are really worried about your new cars getting dinged, then don’t park them next to a handicapped space. Especially on the line! We do the best we can, but things can happen.

I came home and did a little housework, made lunch and noted we got our first Christmas Card! Yay! I also had a box in the mail, with a mini travel blow drier. I usually do not need to have one because the hotels all have them now, but the second half of my trip is to go and visit people, and I will need a small blow drier to do my hair. It is cute, works well, and is very small!

Dinner is leftovers and I imagine it will be an early night for Arnie and me. I like to snuggle and get all comfy in bed on a cold winter’s night!

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This & That On A Tuesday!

Well, it’s snowing again! I just let Lili out for a run in the yard, and we already have a very heavy dusting.  They are forecasting anything from 3-8 inches for my area. We are right on the line. Could be snow, could be rain. I am thinking snow.

One fabulous thing about snow is that it hides a multitude of sins in our yard, in the town and just generally everywhere.

It’s after Thanksgiving now, so as we continue the maddening run up to Christmas, a blanket of snow just seems appropriate.

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For many years I have had a computer repair person here in town. This man is a genius, and he would come to our house, fix everything and was always reasonably priced. There was no problem that he couldn’t fix.

Well, I learned today that he has sold his business and gone to work for a larger company. His hours will be more regular and he will have a life. I know it is selfish, but I sure will miss him. He was so good at what he did, and fun to know.

I wish him the very best of luck!

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We’ve been taking Anneliese out with Arnie in the car now. She loves it. In fact, it is so funny to watch them head for the door when they hear the words “Post Office”!

Today we went to the local grocery store, and the dogs were waiting in the car with Jack. As I came out of the store, I looked toward the car and saw her adorable little face in the window. Can you see her little smile?

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Anneliese.

It’s hard to believe in two weeks Arnie and Anneliese will be 12 years young!

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Arnie.

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The Christmas Cards are finished and the last of them will go in the mail tomorrow. I am so happy! Writing them out by hand is a chore, but one I enjoy doing every year!

Merry Christmas!

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This & That Tuesday

The Sauerbraten was brined for the last few days. Early this afternoon, I turned the oven on a low temperature and started to cook it. The house is filled with the yummy scent of spicy Sauerbraten slowly cooking. I even went out and got a small bag of gingersnaps, so I could crumble a few into the gravy I will make from the juices.

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Of course, this is a perfect day to do this. The rain is falling and it is cold and feels raw. So a wonderful Sauerbraten with mashed potatoes, red cabbage, and peas, is just what the doctor ordered to take the chill away!

Speaking of chill. I was correct when I reported that I’d broken the code with the new thermostats! It’s actually easy, once you understand certain things. Like setting an on for the heat and an off. The biggest problem is, that’s not the language used in either the instruction booklet or their online Youtube video! I just sort of stumbled upon it.

I hope you all will check out my new Comment button to the left of each entry! I am thrilled with that and I hope to hear from more of you over time.

This & That

  • I was wearing my winter coat for the first time on Thursday and I found $13.00 in the pocket! This made me very happy because I almost never find money!
  • About a week ago I was able to touch and pat Mr. Toad. It was exciting for me.
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    Since then, our weather has been growing colder and Mr. Toad has gone into hibernation.  I sure will miss him. See you in the Spring.

  • I returned to Lenscrafters today because my new glasses were not right. I felt seasick wearing them. I thought I simply needed to get used to them, but the more I wore them the worse I felt! The doctor examined me, and then the manager of the store came out and she examined the glasses. It turns out an error in their construction was causing the problem. She said that this almost never happens. However, I think if it would happen to anyone in the world it would happen to me.
  • For the third time this week we ate lunch at a Chinese Buffet. As much as I love Chinese food, I am over Chinese for a little while.
  • Three weeks until my biopsy. My Dermatologist says he is not worried. I have a small pea size lump on my left eyebrow.
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    More than likely it is just scar tissue from my previous surgeries. But come November 6th we will finally know. Just a tad nervous.

  • Jack was finally able to get a Flip-Phone for the handicapped.
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    I don’t recall if I mentioned but he has no feeling in his fingers anymore. (Agent Orange related) He tried my old Samsung Galaxy S5, but it was big and bulky and hard to use. The new Flip-Phone answers when it opens and the call ends when you shut it.

  • Has anyone else been watching “This Is Us”? I think this is the best season ever. Perhaps because we know all the characters so well.

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This & That

When I woke on Wednesday morning, I stretched and cuddled Arnie and basically didn’t want to get out of bed. I closed my eyes and began to drift off, when suddenly I heard the five beeps from the coffee maker, indicating the pot was brewed and ready to go!

Well, I admit. I live for that first cup of coffee each day and with the coffee maker calling me like that I just had to get up and go and have some.

I threw on my jeans and a short sleeve shirt (It was an unusually hot day!) and headed for the pot. I poured that first luscious cup of my special blend of coffee (I mix 1/2 decaff Columbian and 1/2 regular Costa Rican Beans together, grind it fresh) and Oooh-la-la! Great coffee.

But I’ve been feeling so tired lately that basically I just wanted to climb back in bed, taking my coffee with me. That wasn’t going to happen, as today our friend from Germany was departing, our new glasses had come in and we needed to go and pick them up and sheets needed to be changed and washed.

So I told myself to suck it up, buttercup and get on with it.

I stripped one bed and started the laundry. I made a super duper breakfast with bacon and eggs, juice, toast and muffins. I stripped another bed and changed the laundry and about that time I realized I needed to start working on a nice lunch. Italian Wedding Soup, Salad, and Sliced Avacoados. It was then I noticed my eggplant was going and wouldn’t last another day, so I quickly slice and roasted it. To say that lunch was amazing would be a total understatement.

We hugged and kissed our friend goodbye and then off we went to get our glasses. It was really hot today, (88 degrees!) and humid.

The ride down was a beautiful one. The leaves are really pretty and the sun was shining brightly in the sky. Just one of those really nice days!

We arrived at the Eyeglass Center and had our glasses fit and off we went. I love mine, but it will take me a while to get used to Jack’s. He has always worn gold frames and this time he got silver ones. Trust me, that is a big change.

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These are my new ones. I needed a larger glass surface to help me see better. I like these. They also feel very comfortable to wear. The weird part is that my eyes feel a bit strained. I think because I am still getting used to the stronger prescription.

When we drove back down our driveway, I stopped and took a couple of pictures. Here is the view looking down our driveway toward our house and the lake in front.

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Please note the long downhill drive to the house. I mention this because in the middle of winter when the snow and ice are flying, there is no way you are getting out of our house without a 4-wheel drive vehicle. I have also been caught coming into the drive and sliding off toward the ditch. Upon getting out of the car I fell flat on my behind! More than you wanted to know, right?

So here I sit on Wednesday evening writing to you all and counting down the minutes until I can go to bed. 8:15 really is too early!

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This & That

It was an eventful Weight Watchers day on Wednesday! I was down another two pounds. I feel like I am in the groove following the plan, and I like how I am feeling.

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I bought a new digital bathroom scale so I can keep better track of my weight at home. I know I am doing well, but I need to keep better track of things.

My first batches of Heavenly Peach Jam were a bust! The peaches weren’t ripe enough, and everything came out tasting like Peach Vinegar! Ugh!

So, I picked 20 pounds more, put them on paper bags, and on Thursday I will start the process all over again! I will start in the morning preparing the oranges and maraschino cherries, and once Jack is up, I will work on blanching, peeling and chopping up the peaches to be used. It all must rest overnight, so I am looking at actually canning this on Friday! Oh, wish me luck!

I’m running out of time because we leave here on September 25 for Virginia Beach. That is if the Hurricane doesn’t wash it away. We’ll be gone for a few days, with my house/doggy sitter enjoying the fruit!

Life here has settled into a routine. The three doggies have adjusted and Jack and I seem to be getting on with it. It’s quieter, easier. I guess because I’m not jumping up every two minutes to care for Greta. Yes, life is calmer.

I’m hoping to get Dackel Princess overhauled over the next few weeks. It’s been broken now for nearly two years and it’s time. So those of you that read me, but cannot comment, please know I am hoping for a complete reinstall and links that work and a comment section that works as well.

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I woke on Wednesday at 3:30 AM! I didn’t want to be awake then, but I woke with such a severe back ache that I was unable to get back to sleep. I tried everything, including a heating pad, but it was a no go. I was awake, and that was that.

I lay there and watched the morning news, and suddenly Greta needed to go out. I jumped out of bed, put on my slippers and carried her outside. The other dogs followed and by 5:45 I was drinking my first cup of coffee.

After an hour or so, I was feeling hungry, so I went to the kitchen and made my eggs and tossed two slices of bread in the toaster to enjoy with the eggs. The toaster eventually popped up, and I was there  ready to put some butter on them, but when I went to take the “toast” out of the toaster oven only the top of the bread was toasted! The toaster was done, and no longer toasting the bottom of the bread!

Well, crap! We’d just gotten that toaster 22 years ago!

So when Jack finally got up I broke the news to him. He suggested we go to Walmart to buy a new one. He also suggested we get lunch out.

Great idea, unfortunately the Chinese Restaurant we have been going to for 15 years is under new management and it was such a disappointment! In fact it was so bad, we decided that we cannot go back. The previous manager was so good, took pride in the restaurant and I never had a bad meal there. In the last two months I have had three bad meals! And today, Jack’s Mongolian Beef was totally inedible! And my Crispy Orange Chicken, was soggy and had no taste of orange!

Walmart was a bust too. They had perhaps 4 toaster ovens and none met our specifications. So we came home and I found a perfect one online at Amazon. It will be here on Friday!

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As I sat here tonight writing this, I felt so darn tired. Why is that, I wondered? Then I remembered. I got up at 3:30 this morning!

Time for bed!

 

This & That On A Sunday Morning

I woke up on Sunday morning, made the coffee, sat down with a steaming mug, took a sip and it was nirvana! I wonder why it is that days the coffee tastes just right and others, not so much?

Well, today is definitely my perfect cup day and I sure am enjoying it!

As I opened the door to go outside this morning, I noticed it was just 56 degrees! So, I grabbed my”Falmouth” sweatshirt and proceeded on.

In the night we had an air shift. We’ve gone from the 3-H‘s, Hot, Humid, and Hazy to the 3-C‘s, Crisp, Clear, Clean air! Lovely. It is forecast to be in the upper 70’s today, but I will take that over the 3- H‘s any day!

Jack saw a nice bench advertised in a local paper, so we will be off today to buy it and bring it home. One thing we have learned being up here in Meredith is that our rain and snow ratio kills anything wooden!

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When we had our farm in Southern New Hampshire, we had a lot of picnic tables, chairs, and benches, all wooden. However, we had a barn where we stored everything in the winter! No barn here!

Yesterday I finally got the last of the Gel Nailpolish off my fingernails. I have had three cuticle infections since I was in the shop for a second coating of that stuff. Here is a note on that: Find a reputable shop, Gel polish is fine occasionally, but it took its toll on me. Currently, my once beautiful nails are cut short and will need time to grow out. That stuff didn’t just damage my cuticles, but the nail-beds as well.

Today I will finish up the laundry, do some ironing (ick) and settle in the watch the Cincinnati Masters (Western & Southern Open). Novak Djokovic will play Roger Federer and Kiki Bertens will play Simona Halep. Now there’s some good tennis to watch!

And just like that, the weekend was over!

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This & That

Well, I thought I would recover faster than I am, but after a non-stop week of activity, celebrations, driving and little sleep, I finally got a solid 9 hours of sleep last night. I felt that it would revive me quickly, but I believe the heat wave we’re in the middle of, is keeping me feeling rather logy.

Over the weekend I went to a wedding with my friend, Gail. The bride was her niece. I must say, it was one of the nicest weddings I have ever been to. No detail was overlooked, and the bride’s mother and father were happy participants.

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The location was Waterville Valley, NH. The wedding was outside, in the heat, but the views of the mountains and the arbor surrounding the altar were beautiful!

The reception was just down the road at the Conference Center, but also outside. I had a new dress and it was sleeveless and cool and I felt only slightly warm.

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The bride and groom were a handsome couple. The bride especially glowed with happiness. She was one of the most beautiful brides I have seen.

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Ah yes, young love! The start of something wonderful. These two young people seem to be on the right track and I wish them the best at the start of their grand adventure!

Earlier in the week, I drove all over the place, in the rain, in search of a nice dress. I found this cute one in Talbot’s and I really was ready for the wedding.

The drive also took us to my daughter’s so Gail could meet my grandchildren. A good time was had by all, even if we couldn’t enjoy the pool because of the rain.

I worked pretty hard to make meals, and keep everyone happy too. This meant I got little sleep and started to feel like I was crashing on Sunday morning.

Ah, but there is no rest for the weary, and Sunday found me doing a huge pile of laundry, that had accumulated over the week. 6 loads!

But even if I am tired, my joy comes tomorrow when I get to spend the entire day and night with Savannah and Quinn! My loves.