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Monday, June 20, 2011

What Have I Been Reading




I don't watch TV...all the news I need is on the computer when I sign in in the morning..but I do love to read..biographies are my favorite..but anything that is historical and for the most part true.
My dear niece thoughtfully bought me a Laura Ingalls Wilder book~The Long Winter~
She bought it for me 2 years ago and I finally began reading it on one of the hottest days we have had so far this spring...ha ha it cooled me off I must say~I don't think I could have survived the winter Laura describes with such a joyful, let's-make-do-with-what-we-have-and-be-thankful-even-if-we-don't-have attitude! Was she being truthful in her recounting of her life? I like to think so.
It is difficult for us to look back at their way of life and understand it fully because, lets face it...we were not brought up that way. Some of us had more and some of us had less, but I would venture to say that since most of us, if not all that are reading these blogs, have computers. We have not had to sacrifice as much as our ancestors did. Frankly their lives and the living of it make me feel spoiled~I whine about going to the grocery store, or fuss when the furnace isn't heating me enough. How would I like to burn straw because the wood is gone to keep warm?...keep a whole family warm for 8 months and eat nothing but brown bread and if I was lucky little seed potatoes? (I love brown bread and potatoes but that is beside the point) I wouldn't like it in this day and age, certainly. I glance into my pantry and see canned goods..none that I have 'put up'. I made zucchini pickles once..that was my first and only claim of preservation..it was fun and rewarding but I haven't done it since. I do make most of my food from scratch but I certainly don't grind my own wheat to make flour.
So my point of all this is that when I am feeling down and out, I gather up all my pioneer women's diaries and read voraciously and that gives me strength, solace and appreciation that I am where I am today~spoiled but oh so appreciative of what they endured for me to live easier.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Finally Summer..



Finally it is summery feeling...hoping the bad things stop happening and am looking forward to being outside like we were today and yesterday...working on this little tiny yard that is more work than 40 acres...we need a mule!
Finally got some flowers to make it look like summer.
Finally have seen a few squirrels early in the morning and later in the evening...too hot!
Finally hoping to see fewer bad strong storms.
Finally hoping I can get somewhat of a tan so my skin won't be in shock!

Lookin' For A Better Rest of June





ManCave Fun!

just realized I haven't blogged since May 20th! Gee, what has been goin' on?
Well, lots of things actually...think there has been a couple of "bad moon risings" lately!
KennyRogersLookAlikeBeforeThePlasticSurgeryWentWrong took 10 days off at the end of May for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, as you might recall..he had Man Cave Week which started off fine..but then his sweet little 140 year old kitty decided that it was going to be her last week of her nine lives and showed definite signs of getting ready to go to Kitty Heaven. She pined away for him every day and night till I finally had to put a call into "the cave" wherever that was and tell him that no matter what..come flood or tornado or speeding race cars...you have to come home now for your kitty.
Well, he knows that I have a keen sixth sense so he left the cave and the other men and drove home through hail stones and swirling tornadoes literally to be home with her. She was so happy to see him..even if she couldn't walk a straight line without falling over. The next day he had to make the decision...glad I didn't have to.. this time.
We, then, went to visit his cousin in southern Indiana that I have written about...the singer and Elvis impersonator..to give his morale a boost since he had to have emergency abdominal surgery right after he sang for us and the senior citizens in French Lick, Indiana. All that in May.
June started out quiet until we got the call that our best friend was in the hospital having surgery on his broken leg...seems that he put too much pressure in the tires on a two-wheel dolly and when he picked it up to put it in his shed...bam it exploded at the metal wheel hit him in the shin and broke his leg...of course he said he left his cell phone on the kitchen counter...had to crawl backward in the 90+ degree heat to the house to call his daughter and 911. One thing we learned from that bad accident...carry your house phone or cell phone with you outside when you are just doing mundane errands..even if you go down to the basement...you never know when the bad moon is going to be rising!