Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Week 50 - The Reason for the Season

I know, it's a cliche....but it's always true in my book.

Mom and I played hooky on Friday and went to the movies.  We saw The Star.
It's the story of Christ's birth, but told from the animals' perspective.  A delightful rendering of the Christmas story that brought us to happy tears.  I highly recommend it.  Once it comes out on DVD, it will join our favorite holiday movies!

On another note, our Elf on the Shelf showed up - late.  Bernard arrived today, a full 12 days later than the other elves have shown at other homes.  I guess, since we have no children in the household, he didn't feel the need to hurry.  
He landed in the bookshelves - seems he's also a reader, like me and mom! 

My local yarn shop, commonly known to knitters as LYS, got a new line of yarns in that just make me giggle. Mom likes them, too.  ASS yarns.  Rather irreverent but still make me smile.  
Here you see from left to right:
Jack ASS, Scary ASS, Cute ASS, and Not Gettin' Any ASS!  Those were my absolute favorites in the entire line. Will try to remember to show you the socks that come from them.  

It is getting colder here, just about every other day.  Warm, cold, warm, cold, etc.  And no rain in sight.  The last time we had significant rain was back in August...we really need some precipitation, and soon!  But, as far as I'm concerned, the snow can hold off indefinitely!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week 49- Decorating

We normally don't decorate for the holiday season until the weekend of John's birthday.  That would be next weekend.  However, this year I'm hosting a Bunco Group reunion game night tomorrow nite and I wanted to have the house decorated for that.  So, Mr. Wonderful dragged the boxes down from the Christmas Attic and I set out to decorate.  

 Some of my treasured nativities, along with our stockings that I made for us.And let's not forget my reindeer and his trusty Elf rider.
 On the right at the bottom is my frog that croaks out Jingle Bells - quite annoying but endearing anyway.
And finally, some of our Father Christmases and the tree...

We are ready for tomorrow nite!  

We got a package in the mail from Utah yesterday.  It contained school pictures for the 3 middle ones (youngest doesn't get her school pictures till the spring and the oldest is still deciding on her Senior Pictures)...also included was a beautiful picture of the entire family taken in the rotunda of the Utah Capitol Building...and several other groupings of the family. I cried, of course...but what made me start to gutweep was the following:

I think if you click on it, it will embiggen...and you can read it.  That little girl is precious, just like her siblings.  Made me cry big fat tears!

Hoping you all have a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week 48 - Thanksgiving

I know, it's already over but I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours.

We had a total of 10 folks celebrate the holiday this year.  Besides Mom, John and Me, there were Ryan and Terri and their girls, Erica and Shaylee, and Theresa and Jack and Mary.  John spatchcocked a 13 pound turkey. The only problem being that this was the largest turkey we could do the spatchcock procedure in the Big Green Egg and, sadly, there were no leftovers.  Oh, well, there were bones and bits that John will make the most incredible turkey noodle soup with, but no turkey sandwiches in my immediate future.  Sigh!

Moist, tender, and cooked to perfection in just about 2 hours!

We also had a ham (home-grown), dressing, candied sweet potatoes, butternut squash, green beans with onions, bacon, and slivered almonds, cranberry relish, spinach tortellini salad and assorted olives and pickles.  For dessert there was pumpkin pie, mince pie, and pecan pie - all with mounds of cool whip.  To say we were stuffed is an immense understatement.  

I love it when John's family comes for Thanksgiving.  We only see them once a year, in spite of living fairly close.  So getting together with them is really special.  

We both had a good number of days off work for the holiday.  John pulled down the Christmas boxes from Christmas attic yesterday and assembled the pencil tree (I wanted the slimmer tree this year).  I have any number of other boxes to unpack but I'm not in the mood yet.  It will have to be done before next Monday, the 4th.  I have my old Bunco group coming for a Reunion Game Night and want the house to be decorated for the holiday...I work better with a deadline!  

While pulling items from the pantry to make the dressing for our feast, I reached in to get the chicken broth and accidentally knocked over a jar of artichoke hearts...the small jar fell directly onto my foot and made me say bad words!  For a while I thought that middle toe might be broken but thankfully, it's only bruised. Yes, purple IS one of my two favorite colors but not on my toes, thank you very much.

My buddy, Gilligan, says to wish you a happy week.  He's contented and looking for a quiet place to nap.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week 46 & Week 47

I have no excuse...simply have no excuse.  I'll leave it at that.

Several days ago, I received a text from my daughter(-in-law) and it contained a photo...she was so proud and wanted to share it.

This is our son in the middle, with Satya Nadell (the CEO of Microsoft) on the left and Senator Orrin Hated (R - UT) on the right.  It seems our son hosted the annual Hall of Fame Gala the is put on by the Utah Technology Council.  These gentlemen had no idea they were in the company of such a wonderful man.  We are so proud of him.  And then we found out that John and Jill also took our two oldest granddaughters to the Gala...

Charlotte, Jill, John III, and Emily.  They make a stunning picture!

This comping week is going to go quickly...I only work on Monday and Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday is our Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday.  While I don't participate in the insanity of Black Friday, I can certainly appreciate having the day off!  John and Mom and I are going to do the Christmas decorating this next weekend.  

I found this the other day and liked what it said.  Enjoy the rest of the autumn season.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Week 45 - Fast Internet

One of the drawbacks of living in the country is slow internet.  Yes, we have few neighbors...Yes, we see so many more stars than you who live in the city...Yes, it's quiet and peaceful.  But the lack of internet speed has driven Mr. Wonderful nuts all 13 years we've lived here.  A few months back he spied work being done on the internet hubs along the highway and stopped to talk to the workers...it appeared that they were upgrading the fiber to allow for faster service to the outlying areas.  This past week I talked to our internet/phone provider and found that it was up and running and we were eligible for the newer-faster service.  We had to change our home phone number to accommodate the bundled package but, since all the changes they required resulted in a much lower monthly price, we agreed to it.  Yesterday was our day!  Our home phone number has changed.  You can email me at quiltersal53@gmail.com for the new number. I honestly don't know if the internet service is as fast as they said it would be...by the time I logged on to my computer, it was late, I was cranky, and it didn't seem all that much faster.  But it could have been me...I'll wait to hear from Mr. Wonderful if he thinks it's faster.

The holiday season is upon us...that means it's time to think about decorating for Christmas...shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, and finishing up the holiday shopping.  I knew Mr. Wonderful was going to take a load of processed beef out to Nebraska a couple of weeks ago so I hurried and finished most of the 'big' shopping for the Utah family and he took it out and gave it to Young John.  That sure did save on the cost of shipping it all out!  I only have gift cards to mail to Utah now.  I'm almost, but not quite, done with the shopping and/or creating for the family here in Missouri.  Then I only have cards left to do...easy peasy!

Mr. Wonderful took all 3 of the lady cows to the vet this last weekend to check on their pregnancy progress.  Our Rosie is about 4 months pregnant, Belle is about 3 1/2 months pregnant, and Garnet is not pregnant at all. Evidently she is elderly (not normally a problem in an 11-year-old cow) but she's also quite fat and that stopped her from getting pregnant the last 2 times she was bred.  Our philosophy is that if you don't earn your way at Pieceful Harbor, you don't stay.  Therefore, Garnet has an appointment at Freezer Camp at the end of January (the first available date they could take her).  She is about 1800 pounds and will yield just under 1000 pounds of meat.  Some of the cuts one gets on a younger cow are not going to work for this older one...but those items can go into hamburger.  And I love me some home-grown hamburger.  We will most likely end up with around 400 pounds of the stuff along with steaks, roasts, brisket, cube steaks, and stew meat.  Now I need to defrost one of the freezers and organize so we have room for 1000 pounds of beef.  Frankly, that's one of the jobs that make me happy!

Here's a picture of my companion lately...he gets on my craft table and plops himself down in front of me so I can't knit, or work on the computer, or anything except pet him...smart boy!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week 44 - Same Old Things

You know how sometimes, nothing much happens, and yet time just flies by?  Well, that's what happened this past week.  It just flew by....and nothing of significance happened - NOTHING!  Well, not nothing...our furnace isn't working properly and we had our first killing frost of the season...it's still not resolved but John is working on it and we have several space heaters that are taking care of the chills in the rooms we happen to be in.  I'm sure it will be fixed by the time we REALLY get into the winter season.

I've been working on the menu for Thanksgiving.  We have 8 members of John's family coming - always a fun time.  I'm looking forward to seeing them all again. John is going to spatchcock a turkey - basically he will remove the backbone and splay it out like a butterfly - it all cooks evenly and we love when he does it to a chicken.  One of his sisters is bringing candies sweet potatoes, another is bringing her famous maple butternut squash, and still another is bringing the devilled eggs.  Our niece is making her yummy pecan pie.  I'm doing our daughter-in-law's Tortellini Salad ( the family always asks for that at Thanksgiving!) along with the homemade dressing and other assorted side dishes.  As usual, we will all eat far too much and still have room for pie!  And there's always leftovers so everyone can take some home for another day.

I recently was challenged to a 7 Day photo challenge....once a day you post a black and white photo with no explanation, and tag someone else to do the same for 7 days.  Here is my day 1 and day 2 photos.

Not sure what I will post for each of the next 5 days....stay tuned.  I'll let you know next week.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Week 43 - A Long Weekend

John spent the weekend on the road.  He left our house at 6:00 in the morning on Saturday and drove to North Platte, Nebraska with 3 huge coolers filled with beef.  Young John left Salt Lake City at 4ish on Saturday morning and met up with his dad.  They got to spend the afternoon and evening together, catching up, and then each left early Sunday morning to make their way home.  John got home just before 2 on Sunday afternoon.  It feels so good to help provide healthy meat for our son, his wonderful wife, and their children.  No hormones, no additives to the food, just plain grass.  It's the best meat EVER! 

I looked out the kitchen window toward the barn on Sunday and saw something in the 'window' of the hay loft.  Wasn't sure what I was seeing, but thought it might be an owl...

See the large 'window' at the top of the barn?  In the bottom right corner is the creature I saw....I got my camera and zoomed in, expecting to see a barn owl...

Nope, it's a squirrel...we have a barn squirrel!  

My office partner saw this picture and sent it to me...isn't it the greatest?

Someone had a lot of time on their hands...carved books into the tree.  Stunning.

Have a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping by.