See you then!
You said it, Tommy!
Spent another day cutting, tugging, clipping and snipping. Then draggin' it all up the hill and out to the side of the road. Whew!! I wore right through my work gloves!
My sweet hubs built this stone bridge.
Over time, cedar trees have found their way through the lock walls.
Man, nature is truly awesome!
After a long hard day, I kicked back and enjoyed the fruits of my labor.
It's worth every ache and pain I'll have tomorrow.
In doing so, we came across these lovebird mallards. They were softly and lovingly quacking to each other. It was so sweet!! Ahhhh... to be young and in love.
(Give 'em time, that'll change.) **giggle**
Meet Stasia and Joe.
Here's Joe showing off his "Michael Phelps" moves. He even had the lil' goggles and skull cap on.
Stasia watched and giggled.
I "nominated" my hubs to clean up the remnants from Stan the Beaver's "Man Cave". He left behind a mess in the lock.
We're still trying to figure out where the heck he got the tire from!
Remember... Enjoy nature.
God hath not made any like unto the sun in the firmament, the beams whereof are beautiful and pleasant, and do give comfort in all places to all things."
She's the only one who doesn't mind that nasty blue carpeting in our den.
Enjoy the sunshine!
I never quite understood that because there really is an art to making a good hard boiled egg.
My mama is an excellent cook. But when I was young her hard boiled eggs she made for Easter were horrible. If you ever tell her I typed that, I will vehemently deny it. If she found out, she'd go all honey badger on me. **giggle**
I remember eating the white, rubbery part then handing her the greenish yellow Wham-O Super Ball-like yolk in the center. I did throw it at the wall once, hoping to see it bounce and ricochet around the room. But it never happened.
Then there were the cracked shell ones. These had the color from the Easter egg dye ooze in and cause a tie-dyed effect. But I was never into that look especially when it came to my food. It grossed me out. Actually, it still does.
So with Easter only 13 days away, here are a few tricks to making perfect hard boiled eggs.
1. Don't use fresh eggs. Unless you want to spend forty five minutes trying to peel one, only to end up with a lil', distorted nub of an egg.
2. Eggs should be room temperature. This keeps the shells from cracking. Unless you're looking for that groovy tie-dyed look I mentioned above.
3. Make sure the water in the pot covers the eggs completely.
4. Bring eggs to a rolling boil, then remove from heat and cover with lid.
5. Let stand for 15 minutes.
6. Then rinse with cold water. I let them sit in the cold water until they cool completely.
There you have it! Perfect hard boiled eggs every time.
If you have any other tricks you'd like to share, please do.
than be emperor of the world."
"Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all."
~John Greenleaf Whittier
"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field."
~Dwight David Eisenhower
Have you thanked a farmer lately?
Please support your local farmers.
"When humor goes, there goes civilization."
"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."
"If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor."
"There is hope for the future because God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God."
It's good for the soul.
As you can tell by her chin, she is loving the plain, unsweetened yogurt she's been getting. With the massive dose of antibiotic she's been on, I'm worried it's going to kill all the good bacteria in her belly too. It should also help with yeast. So she's gets a daily yogurt treat. :> )
She also has some hearing loss which concerns me. The antibiotic ear drop she was on stated one of the side affects is hearing loss (temporary and sometimes permanent) in geriatric dogs. Sigh. I stopped them and contacted our vet. He agreed.
Thank goodness she hasn't shown any neurological signs so I can only guess it all stemmed from the inner ear infection. But we still don't know what has elevated her liver enzymes. Everything I've read about liver disease, she shows no signs of it.
Our next step is to have a sonogram done to see if there is a tumor on her liver.
She's feeling good enough to razz her younger sister by chasing her and stealing her toys. That's definitely a good sign.
Have a terrific weekend everyone!!
( Just a friendly reminder )
YaY!! Look what I found!
I found it where else?? But on Craigslist. It's an old, vintage Duckloe set.
It's a 60" round table and has four leaves that open up to 100" long. Heck, I could feed the Duggars on that. Well, that might be pushing it.
It also has two more side chairs.
Man, my sweet hubs went through a lot of trouble to get this for me. He ended up having to travel to Connecticut this past Saturday to pick it up. (It started out in Long Island, NY) Heck, I'm surprised he didn't want a divorce after this one! **giggle** I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful man who puts up with my craziness and Craigslist deals.
There's the "GROCERY" sign I was working on. Finally got er done. I'm amazed I climbed the ladder and hung it up without breaking a hip.
Look who's scootin' by my butcher block.
The vet did return my call this afternoon. Darla's thyroid is normal which means something else is causing her elevated liver enzymes. I'll continue this round of antibiotic and have have her blood work checked in a month.
All I can do is pray she heals and thank the good Lord above for every day I have with her.
I'm beginning to think the ear infection is the culprit of her bizarre seizure-like behavior she's had. I know how loopy it can make a human. Hopefully this new antibiotic she's on is finally kicking in. I keep praying. I wonder if that tick bite was too much for her immune system and sent everything into a frenzy? Who knows?
I do have concerns about her thyroid though. She is still very foggy and loses interest. She's sleeping a lot. But an infection can do that too.
Another sign of hypothyroidism in a dog is they lose fur on their tail. Darla's sweet lil' nubby tail is lookin' a little neked lately. :> ) I too have a bad thyroid, but never lost any fur off of mine. **giggle**
The vet should have her tests results back today and I'll have more answers.
She spent most of her day yesterday on the couch, basking in the glorious sunshine we had.
I didn't blame her one bit.
I want to thank all of you for your prayers, comments and personal emails you send regarding my precious Darla.
♥ You have no idea how much they mean to me!! ♥
Lastly,I am finally able to let you in a little secret I've been keeping. But since I need to take some photos, it will have to wait a little longer. **giggle** Sorry!
I'll keep you posted.
Happy Monday all!
Have a terrific week and remember to enjoy nature.
I brought her in the other day for blood work. I also asked him to check her ears because she was scratching at her left one. My mild mannered Darla snapped at him when he tried to clean it. Yikes! I was shocked! He said it looked inflamed, gave her an injection and sent us home with another antibiotic.
Yesterday, she started acting really disoriented. Unsteady, lethargic and showing odd neurological signs. I called the vet. Her liver enzymes were elevated again and higher than the last time. She is eating and drinking as normal but doesn't want me to leave her side.
He is unsure of what's wrong but wants to wait to see how her thyroid panels come back. But that won't be until Monday. Sigh. So we wait...
I am beside myself with worry. For those of you who pray, I ask that you please keep Darla in your prayers. For those of you who send positive thoughts, please send them Darla's way too. She needs them all. ♥
She is the most happy, loving, loyal four legged best friend I've ever had in all my years of living.
I know I can't have her forever. But oh how I wish I could.
Rumor has it, I've been known to hang pretty much anything on the walls. That includes my husband if he's standing around long enough.
But since I redid my kitchen, I decided it was time to take things down and simplify.
Here's the proof.
Every time I took something off the walls, I tossed the nail in this old rusty scoop.
Wholly schnikes! That's a lot of nails. For every nail removed, a nail hole was left behind.
I wonder if I connect all holes they would form the "Great Bear?" (hee-hee)
Even after taking a ton of stuff down, my hubs couldn't contain himself and laughed hysterically when I told him I thought I had a lot less on walls now.
Men! What do they know anyway? They don't understand a woman needs to hang her antique pitchfork on the wall.
After all this talk about decluttering, I'm in the process of working on a new sign for my kitchen. *snicker*
Remember my post about shutters a week or so ago? Well I fell in love with the "GROCERY" sign in this kitchen.
So I contacted Amie at Scrappin' Along and she whipped up a stencil for me.
Although now that I see it in this photo, I may have to narrow the pine board a bit. Bring on the power tools!! Woo-hoo!!
Shhh.... But don't tell my hubs. You know how accident prone I am and he tends to worry about me.
I'll keep you posted.
(As long as I still have all my fingers to type.)
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October is breast cancer awareness month. So don't forget to examine those boobies of yours. (♥) (♥)
"The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard." ~Joel Salatin
"People see God every day, they just don't recognize Him." ~Pearl Bailey
"See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?" ~from the movie "Signs."
"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." ~John Wooden
"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government." ~James Madison
"All great change in America begins at the dinner table." ~Ronald Reagan
"Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, "Do you like it? I did it just for you." ~ Max Lucado
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~Mother Teresa
"Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world." ~Daniel Webster
"If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money." ~Abigail Van Buren
"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God." ~George Washington Carver
"Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith." ~Henry Ward Beecher
"Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism." ~George Washington
"Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow." ~Unknown
"How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?" ~Paul Sweeney
"Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life." ~John C. Geikie
"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark." ~Howard Ruff, How to Prosper in the Coming Bad Years
"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same." Francesca Reigler
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." ~Thomas Jefferson
"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." ~Meister Eckhart
"While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself." ~Doug Horton
"My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass." ~Leslie Grimutter
"Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other." ~Erma Bombeck
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." ~Edmund Burke
"Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are." ~Henry Van Dyke
"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting." ~Author Unknown
"The best way you can cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up." ~Mark Twain
"Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be." ~Grandma Moses
"When I'm worried and I can't sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep. And I fall asleep, counting my blessings." ~Irving Berlin
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature." ~Anne Frank
"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." ~Henry van Dyke
"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast-you also miss the sense of where you're going and why." ~Eddie Cantor
"Optimism is the cheerful frame of mind that enables a teakettle to sing, though in hot water up to its nose." ~Author Unknown
"The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." ~John E. Southard
"Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how." ~Author Unknown
"You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything --even poverty--you can survive it." ~Bill Cosby
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." ~EE Cummings
"Your life may be the only Bible some people read." ~Author Unknown
"Character is higher than intellect." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction." ~Thomas Jefferson
"Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; 'Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on; Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tears. Pass it on." ~Rev. Henry Burton
"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." ~Aesop
"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life." ~Sandra Carey
"You always have a choice, even if it is only a choice of your attitude." ~Lucy MacDonald
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel." ~Author Unknown
"Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are." ~Author Unknown
"A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble." ~Charles H. Spurgeon
"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?" ~William A. Ward
I complained that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. ~Native American Indian Proverb
"I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains." ~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." ~Winston Churchill
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~Robert Brault
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995
"There will be a tomorrow that exists without me. And I know that. When that day arrives, I want my life to have meant something. I want this world to be brighter. I want this world to be happier. I want people to have smiled more and to have laughed more because I've spent time here. And if I accomplish that, I will look down and I will smile." ~Mike Litman