Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week 12 - FInally!

When John built this house back in 2003-2004, he made room for a huge pantry.  We always planned to put in permanent shelving but never could agree on the design...wire shelves, wooden shelves, glass  shelves?  Well, after lots of talks and discussions and disagreements we finally came to an understanding that wire shelving was the way to go.  John decided he was finally ready to start this project and I recommended he start with one wall and go from there.  We've used flimsy metal shelves that we bought as a stopgap when we lived in military housing in Rhode Island. (see picture #4)  He went last weekend and bought the hardware to begin the project...while I was at work on Friday he emptied the pantry (wow is that room big!). And he began to attach the standards and brackets and shelves...Here is what I came home to on Friday...

Yes, there was food and utensils and pots and pans everywhere, even in the foyer.

He spent all day yesterday while I worked again and all day today and this is the amazing result.
While John was and drilling and doing what men do when they have power tools to play with, Mom and I went through all the food items and pitched everything that had expired.  Then we labelled all the containers so we;d know what was in them - wheat flour, cornmeal, saltines, cereal, etc.  We are now slowly re-loading the pantry, Anything that we don't use, or haven't used in the last 5 years, is being donated to the local LDS Church for their garage sale next month, the proceeds of which go to camp scholarships. This picture makes me so darned happy!  

And now you know why I call him Mr. Wonderful....he only does quality work and I never have to worry that things are going to fall down on top of me.  

We got a donation at the library - well, that's nothing new...we get them a lot-- this week there was one particular book that had all us girls tickled.  The book was a small one,

 We learned a lot from this little gem. For example, 
Flowers sent by a secret admirer might be coated with poison. 
Gesticulate like crazy to stop an ornery ox.
And here's another:
Never interrupt a voodoo doctor. 
Or this one:
Even with an active lifestyle, being prompt is important.
But my favorite was:
When the lights suddenly go out, hold onto your diamonds for dear life. 

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week 11 - Busy Week

This past week was quite lovely, in spite of the tornado watch/warnings on 2 different days.  

Tuesday mom and I had dentist appointments, just 1/2 yearly cleanings and no cavities for either of us. Yeah!!! We grabbed some lunch and then treated ourselves to a movie.  Several years ago I came upon a book that really impacted me.  The Shack  is one of those books that stay with you for a long time.  I bought a copy for my mom and she got several copies for friends.  And this past week, the movie they made from the book came out.  It's spectacular! I mean it's really, really good.  Spent a lot of time with tears running down my chin and left the theater with a wet collar.  We both agreed when this movie comes out on DVD, it's going to become a part of our collection.   

Both on Tuesday and Thursday nights we had tornado warnings/watches.  The weather was a perfect combination of warm ground and cold air to spawn tornadoes.  There were several all around us but, as usual, we were spared.

On Friday, we met with friends for dinner at Mangia.  We usually meet with these friends about once every 6 weeks or so...And we try to go to different restaurants. We have some favorites that we go to again and again but this time we tried something different.  Oh, golly, the food was amazing and our server, Ali, was the epitome of Good Service.  

I love Italian food and this was so yummy...everyone had something different and we all agreed that there wasn't anything that was less than stupendous!

Finally, I'm still working on the qualifying sock/s for Sock Madness.  The pattern is quite trying, to say the least and I have resigned myself to only completing one sock by the deadline this Thursday.  That will put me on the cheerleader team and will not allow me to compete but I will receive all the patterns for the competition.  And, I'm okay with that.  Some of the seasoned competitors from years past are also struggling with the pattern and will not go on to compete either.  I'll show you the finished sock once it's done.  

Got this picture earlier this week. This one was taken way back in the early 1970's...not sure exactly when.  It's my brother on his motorcycle...we were all so darned young then, weren't we?

John has been working on finishing mom's closet this weekend.  And it's now done.  Mom is tickled to have so much storage room now.


And she can hang her clothes a lot better now, too.  These pictures show the two closets that sit side-by-side, 

Well, I'm off to knit some more on my sock...until next time. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week 10 - In Which the Madness Begins

The annual Madness has started....Sock Madness.  Yes, folks, SM11 began on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. my time.  With the release of the pattern entitled Twisted Madness, the international sock speed-knitting contest has begun.  I downloaded the pattern and printed it out as soon as it came out but I needed to finish work before I could cast on.  Once home, the needles and yarn were put to use immediately.  I diligently knitted that evening, again on Friday once we got home from running errands, and again on Saturday and even today...I got as far as the gusset/heel and then ......then....I noticed several things.  First, the sock was never going to fit over my heel. Second, there were 3 different mistakes on each of 2 different rows on the leg, Third, I'd somehow knit row one of the pattern twice in the heel and really messed up the whole thing!  Since this pattern involves twisted stitches - a lot of twisted stitches - there was nothing I felt I could do except rip the whole thing out and start again, this time on larger needles and paying much better attention to what I was knitting.  So now, I've knit the cuff and 14 rows of the 60 rows I need on the leg before I can start the heel/gusset again.   Most of you might say, no big deal...but let's add in the fact that I lost 2+ days of knitting and I MUST get the pair done by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16th and you can probably see why I might be just a tad stressed.  I've been having a really good heart-to-heart with myself this evening and I believe I have come up with something that makes me not so stressed.  You see, the whole idea of qualifying was to get onto a team and compete...that's what I've done each of the last 10 years.  But, if I can be satisfied, this year, to only finish one sock, then I will not be put on a competition team BUT will be on Team Cheerleader and still get all the patterns. Not bad consolation, right?  All the pressure is off me now...I know I can get one sock done by the deadline....if I get another one done, so much the better.  So I'm knitting the sock correctly and not worrying about getting a pair done.

Yesterday was a lovely day here in the Ozarks, a bit chilly but sunny and bright.  John got the harrow from our neighbor and spent the morning harrowing the two fields so the cows didn't have to dodge their cowpies ....the harrow is so maneuverable that he was able to use Eyeore, our Kawasaki mule to pull it around the fields.  

Mom and I have dentist appointments on Tuesday and then we are going to see the movie The Shack.  We both loved the book and are so excited to see how Hollywood treated it.  I always saw Queen Latifah as the main character but I see that Octavia Spencer has the role.  I really enjoy her acting so I think she will do justice to the role of God.  Will report back next week how the movie measured up.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Week 9 - Knitting and Weather and Reading

Sometimes, one has to wonderful WHY, oh why do we have a cat?  Some would say it's for the companionship, others would say because they wanted to provide a home to a rescued animal...Our Gilligan hates not being the center of attention. So much so, he is willing to sit anywhere to be in your view.  Here, I'm working on a 2 color sock that requires quite a bit of my attention.  Naturally, Gilligan decided that HE needed that attention more than the sock did. He slowly worked his way up onto the table, then onto the arm of my chair and finally onto my lap where my view of the knitting was totally obscured.  Mom snapped this photo as proof.  Silly Kitty!  I ended up putting the knitting down and giving him my full attention for a few minutes.  Then I pitched him off my lap and went on knitting. 

I am the cataloguer at the local library.  That means any book that comes into the library and it's decided that it will be put onto the shelves must go thru my hands.  Occasionally a book crosses my desk that gives me the giggles or stops me in my tracks.  Just such a book crossed my path this past week.  The title is God Went to Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant.  It was new several years ago and I was so delighted by the contents that I got a copy of myself and one for my mom and one for my daughter-in-law.  Written in a poetry-like form, it tells the story of what God saw and did when He went to beauty school, ice skating,  and several other quite ordinary endeavors.  I highly recommend this book for a lovely quiet read that's guaranteed to make you feel good and smile.

We've had a fairly mild winter so far.  Only 3 snow days in December and nothing since then.  And the temps have been so out of normal - mostly 50's to 70's in January and February.  Today, we were sitting in the studio discussing our garden plans for this year when Mom came in and told us that it was snowing...yes, snowing!  It's been snowing off and on all day and no accumulation because the ground is so warm.  They say, if you don't like the weather in Missouri, just wait 15 minutes, it will change.  Today has proven that to be  so true.  

You can barely see it, but that's snowflakes coming the time it hit the ground, it melted.  No icy roads...the temps are around 35 degrees but the wind makes it feel much colder.  March is our drought month so this moisture sure is welcome.  We are expecting more rain toward the end of this net week...yeah!!!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Week 8 - He Lives!

Okay, that might be overly dramatic....But now you want to know the rest of the story, don't you?  Here goes...

John got sick right after he moved to Utah in 2013...the pneumonia affected his heart and he's been under the care of a cardiologist since then.  He's doing very well and we are perfectly confident in the doctor's treatments and recommendations.  .  

Now, a short while ago, he saw his cardiologist for his regular checkup. The doctor wanted him to see another cardiologist specialist...which he did.  That doctor wanted to have him do a stress test and echo cardiogram in preparation for possibly doing a procedure to help with his Atrial Fibrillation.  He had both of the tests a week ago Friday...on the way home, yes, on the way home!  He received a call from his regular cardiologist that they had seen something hinky on the stress test and he was going in to have an angiogram on Tuesday - no discussion!  So, Tuesday morning sees us at the Hospital at 6:00 a.m.  His procedure was at 7:30 and by 7:40 they came in to tell us (me and mom) that they'd found a blockage in one of the arteries in his heart and were putting in a stent...he was back in recovery by 8:30, slightly groggy but awake enough to talk to us and know what had happened.  His regular cardiologist came in to talk to us and said that the blockage was at 85% on the central artery in the heart.  They were able to install a stent and the damage to the heart will take about a year but he should be fine.  He starts Cardiac Rehab in about 5 weeks...some slight changes to diet and carrying nitro glycerine tabs in his pocket - just in case.  He went back to work today - the rest of last week he was off and by the 2nd day he had cabin fever so bad so he's really happy to be back at work.

We are so thankful for the amazing staff at Mercy Hospital...from the wheelchair pusher to the surgeons, from the nurses to the patient advocates...they were absolutely the best!  

All of the above, and they still haven't decided what they want to do about the AFib. I think the heart blockage took they can look at what they might want to do about the AFib soon enough.

As one might imagine, last week was mostly about John's situation so nothing much else happened.  This blog post will be short of necessity.  I'll try to post more next time.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week 7 - Ummm, I have no words. See for yourself

Let's start off this post with my day on is where I spent the day.
Yes, that is Juror #41...while I have no argument with doing one's civic duty, spending an entire day sitting on hard wooden benches and waiting for the defense and the prosecution to complete their voir dire process to then NOT being chosen for the jury makes me cranky.  Top that with the fact that they let me have my knitting (bless them) but NOT my kindle or cell phone (I understand not wanting the prospective jury to be able to take pictures or post on the net or research - but they wouldn't let me read on my kindle and I hadn't brought a real book with me!) That makes for a long day and a cranky Sally!  Granted, what probably pushed me off the jury was the fact that it was a drug related case and both my brothers are law enforcement officers and the defense seemed to want to defame the arresting officer...that would not have set well with me, let me tell you!  I can still be called for a case anytime between now and the end of June...if I serve on a case, then I won't be called for a minimum 2 years.  At least this week is over!

Now to other noteworthy happenings here at Pieceful Harbor...that being my crazy husband and his best friend. Our barn was built in 1937 - we know this because the cornerstone says so.  It has the original wooden sides and the original metal roof. With all the wind we get here in the Ozarks, the roof takes a beating and will occasionally lift off the boards.  Such is the case this weekend.  John and his friend, our next door neighbor, decided that today was the day to repair the barn roof.  Now, this is a tall barn - and the 22 foot extension ladder is not tall enough to get him where he needs to be to fix that metal roof.  What to do, what to do......well, in the Ozarks, you use a tractor to lift the ladder in the bucket and then extend the ladder to to top of the roof.  Typically, you would hear the following, "Hey, hold my this.'"  

You need a spotter on the tractor.  That's our neighbor, John...he's in charge of the emergency brake on the bucket holding the ladder...and calling 911 if necessary.  

Three screws later, the job was done.  Mr. Wonderful said it brought back memories of being tied to the yardarm on a huge navy ship and changing the airspeed 'birds' many years ago...'Piece of cake", says he!  

I will say, he has better stamina, energy, and balance than anyone I have ever known...And he wonders why I call him my Hero!

I'll have some more news next week....hopefully it's good news....asking for unspoken prayers, especially on Tuesday...until then,

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week 6 - Just Keeping Up

This winter, both John and I have had some medical challenges..nothing truly serious, just challenging.  His cardiologist wants him to see another specialist regarding another cardiac procedure for his Atrial Fibrillation...his heart has begun to reduce in size (Yeah!!!) but the AFib is still present and they want to try to get his heart back into normal rhythm.  Another series of tests this next week and they can come up with a plan of action.  My doctor does routine blood tests every 6 months and in October found that my kidneys were shutting down...I didn't even have any symptoms so this was news to me.  She took me off a couple of my medications and the kidneys have now 'repaired' themselves but I can no longer use those two meds...this is fine except one of them was an anti-inflammatory for my arthritic knees....I am now reduced to using pain meds 3 times a day just to be able to ambulate around with a cane at times and I can't stand much longer than 10 minutes or walk much more than 100 yards without crazy pain..  My concern was with addiction and she assures me there is no fear of that with the meds she has me on so I'm good. 

John has been getting things ready for spring around here.  He sent his riding lawn mower in for it's Spring Tune-up this last week.  Today he want out and collected soil samples to take to the Missouri Extension Center for analysis...hopefully we won't need to add any more amendments to the soils so our 'grass' grows well for the cows.  Speaking of cows, how about a cow picture?

From left to right you have Beast, Belle, and Rosie.  Beast and Belle belong to our son and his family in Utah...Rosie is ours.  Rosie is almost 18 months old and the others are a bit over a year old.  They are so fun to watch out in the field.  And easy to spot, even in the snow!

Yesterday we went into Springfield so I could have my eyes turns out one of my eyes needed more correction than the other and I ended up ordering new glasses...I'm going to try transition lenses this time...that way I won't have to carry around my sunglasses.

It's hard to tell but these are incredibly similar to the ones I'm wearing now...but with an adjusted script on the left eye.  Can't wait to get them sometime near the 13th of the month...

And now, for just a bit of humor...

That's just about all I still fit into!

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