Saturday, August 1, 2020

Welcome, August

Just thought I would stop in with some good wishes for a safe and happy August. 

Good for Aldi's... They deliver beautiful roses for $5/ half dozen... It is something I love to get for a sweet pick-me-up. 

As I finish a journal with no intended recipient, it tucks into my basket... I want to eventually have quite a stash... Lots to do still...

I can drink a lot of tea, can't I? These were purchased to have an array for my guests to choose from... Now, no guests, and my son prefers Lipton plain! Of course, he does. 

I hope you are all finding good days and staying safe. What a year, huh?

Whimsy and Hugs!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Morning in the Country

Whimsy and Hugs!

I have been amazed at the way mornings and twilights look when I am nestled between two mature cornfields. I rather like it. In the early mornings the fog swirls around the edges of the green giants, and I can easily imagine away the highway that's a good quarter mile west of me. I sit at the window watching the sunlight battle back the mists while Callie mutters about the birdsong she is hearing...  and I love that time of day.

I contacted a good Blogger buddy from many years about her experiences  with vertigo, and she gave me the advice it could be my Kindle Fire. I just got a new model for Mother's Day, about a week before my first episodes...  Then we bought new Galaxy 10 phones, and I rather overdid it with mine the first night like a kid with a new toy. Ensue the next morning with about four days of the worst ever Vertigo for me. I have been really staying off the screens as much as possible and paying attention to any warning signs while I am on.  So far, so good. I read that might be the case. My son was able to tone down the screen animation levels on the phone, and I just use the Fire for Zoom meetings.

Look what my friend found on her porch this week!  They are cute now!

You know... as much as I loved every bit of YouTube tutorials and Vlogs and all that, I am enjoying the respite and making good use of that extra time. I have slept a total of 5 hours in my bed in 8 days because horizontal isn't a good thing right now and I don't stay on my left side...  a must. In the midst of a new normal with Covid, I find I must find a new new normal...  Well, perhaps I am not an old dog because it is definitely a new trick for me.

On top of that I am embarking on week 3 of Keto Diet. I told my friend if somebody came up to me with a warm chocolate chip cookie, I might actually bite the arm off at the elbow! Actually, Keto is pretty easy to follow, once we get used to it. I am sold on its effectiveness for my son, at least, because he's had such great relief in a short time from other health conditions that brought him pain.

My Studio is a hub for my days and nights because I seem to roam through the house (rather roll since I am on a wheelie chair) and work in off center spaces that won't wake my son, who sleeps in the living room. I decided to start making Halloween Cards because I have just about finished with summer projects. My recent plan has been to send a hand made card to someone almost every day.

I spend most afternoons in there with Callie because she thinks she has to be a big part of any meeting my son has online.... and he doesn't agree...  So...  Cat sitter I become.

I can finally crochet without getting dizzy if I stick to the basic stitch patterns I can do in my sleep... Any of  you have any tips for me. This is such a widespread problem. I cannot imagine what has caused it in so many of my friends.

Anyway...  it's time to post this and finish up the bedclothes in the laundry.  Friday is always a fun day, even though I've been retired so long.  I have mentioned that before. It just feels as if I'm going to do something over the weekend although I usually do not. Don't even cook big any more...  Hope you have something fun planned for yourselves. Making our own sunshine these days, my mother would call it... and I enjoy that because of her.  Hugs!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Morning Thunder

Whimsy and Hugs! Greetings from... the exact same place you found me since February! Lucky for us, my son and I seem to be true homebodies. And our little cat has become so spoiled that she fusses quite loudly when one of us leaves her area! I could share photos of my long, summer naps and sleepless nights..... but Callie offered to model for ya! Much... much cuter!

July 15th is here with early morning storms. My dad always said he wanted a good rain for his birthday, which would have been the eleventh. He used to take the entire month of July off from Ma Bell Telephone after he'd worked long enough to get four weeks of vacation. We worked in the hayfields during that hot, sweltering month. My jobs were so minimal. I took the hay hands water. Yep. I helped cook their mid day meal. That's it. Sometimes in the evening I drove the '47 pickup or the Ferguson tractor and hay sled through the field while Daddy threw on bales, the small round ones, and we brought in a load or two. He wore dark green work clothes and walked along smiling, covered in hayseed, obviously loving every minute of his life --- loving hard, hot, open-air work so much.

Since I last posted, I went wild and freed the house of anything non-diet. I decided it was the best help for my son's success, not to mention myself. So.... very blah on cooking news. Unless you are interested in keto crustless pizza... not bad, but... Pizza Hut is safe from my competition.

I bit the bullet and ordered two phones for my son and me... Ours were just driving us distracted. I had not realized that Samsung had joined the ranks of companies with non-replaceable (at home) batteries, much like the Apple products and Amazon kindles. So tomorrow we get to play with Samsung S -10's. (Whatever that includes)... I hope the camera is fun! I have my priorities!

Have a good week, and do something fun for me. I have started some large projects for gifts, and have an order to go in for beautiful yarn, material, and batting. I don't sew, but I have the desire to make a quilt. I will start small????  Right. That sounds just like me! 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

An Uptick in our County

Whimsy and Hugs! I was very dismayed this week to read the ever-increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in our county. Many all resulted from a Church Revival... and others came from travel. A few developed after an Amish wedding. We (my son and I) are still staying in lock-down. I have seen a few friends from a distance on my porch, but now.... too hot for this air-conditioned house-kitty! On the days I wake up feeling human, not dizzy from Vertigo, I take my cat in with me to my Studio to keep her from vocally participating in my son's work teleconferencing. She must think he's talking to her! She busied herself working at the doorknob in that room to get out and back to "her Precious." I fancy that means she is smart to dig at the knob, but meanwhile she is knocking down my stuff!

 I have finally quit my job as chef! My son is doing great on a Keto diet, and I get pretty sick of left-overs... I finally grew tired of Aldi's cranberry almond chicken salad (after a steady diet of it for eight weeks!) So... I am just gearing up for summer fare.

 My plan book is filling with ideas for deep cleaning the living room and re-arranging some furniture.... once it decides to stop spinning around me. Right now I am a cat-sitting, laundry-folding, paper-gluing home dweller. I have a friend who  keeps wondering and asking me what I have done each day... I know she can't believe laundry even makes my list! For the 36 years I taught school, nothing on my daily to-do list would have even made the cut...  I never wrote down daily tasks--- just big, dreamy plans.

 I found this photo of a bacon cheeseburger soup I love to make (and eat.) I think it looks sooo good, but my recipe would have to evolve a little and use keto ingredients and no taters... lol That's like having a Fourth of July without fireworks... Ask me how I know! I am saying, "Get this red, white, and blue out of here. I failed again!" lol...

 Now this kitty? She knows how to thoroughly enjoy lock-down...

 My son has her calling me Karen! I never know what she is thinking, but he seems to improvise and imagine my cat to be quite the sarcasm queen!

 "Hey, Karen! Let's have chicken for supper!"

"Hey, Karen. My twin sister and I (see our resemblance? I am the prettier one) think you should maybe get out of our house! Today, Karen..."

 I need to print this out because I really believe it is the way to live!

  Take care, Dear ones!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day!

Good morning! I hope you had some fun activities planned for the 4th. I am ready to hear them!

Someone turned another year older Monday, the 29th.  And it was the old Oatmeal and Whimsy herself. I have been soooo under the weather for about 2-3 weeks... Good old BPPV... (Vertigo) It has been fierce this time, so I even had to get a Rx for some anti-vertigo and nausea pills.  About the only thing I can say about last week was I got in a lot of lap/nap time for my kitty because I felt like sitting motionless with a little blanket, some ice water, and my eyes carefully closed....

However... whining done! I have some fun things to share on this extended 4th of July weekend.

I  started my birthday at 12:01 a.m. with a huge surprise. My son had searched the internet and found, ordered, and hid a huge statue of the Grand Fairy of Kensington Gardens. I had been given this same pattern of fairy by my coworkers and school system when I retired the first time, and she was quite special to me. She was, of course, one of the treasures stolen a couple years ago when we had the vandals and thieves in our former home. I was super thrilled to get this, and she means even more coming from my son! She had a fair share of "fairy dust" about her aka styrofoam flakes!!!

I scooted her over to blend in with the mantel... It is already time to decorate for late summer. I guess I decorate for me!

A really sweet family owns a local specialties and produce shop. I have known them for years, even was a baby sitter for the owner about 45 years or so ago... I was surprised to see them stepping up our sidewalk with delicious produce, a gift for my birthday! So nice!

Oh, how I love those little yellow tomatoes!

I had a great birthday with gifts from my cousin to open each day of my birthday week. She does that fun tradition, and it is really special. Here are a few! She sewed that cute cloth!

All in all, getting a year older was quite lovely. I have a few more surprises to share in future posts! My little cat is not a fan of the neighbor's fireworks! However, I told her to be a good sport! See you soon!


Saturday, June 20, 2020

First Day of Summer!!! Surprises!

Hope you are all feeling like Summer Sunshine! Today she arrived although we are having thunderstorms. I have been working all morning every day this week in my Studio... I will have to show you all later because it is a gift, and she might be reading this!

Pinterest Photo

Imagine how happy I was to come in and find I had received mail! My dear, dear friend from forever sent me this cute Patriotic set that she MADE!  My friend lives a few miles from here, and we don't see each other very much. I was so surprised and pleased she took the time to make this for me.  I just can't wait to sit down with a cup pf coffee and my planners at the table with this sweet runner! Did I say COFFEE??????? Wait until you hear this!

There was another box! I was caught off-guard by this one. I love the blog, "Sweet Nothings." I have read it for years, and I feel as if the author BJ has been in my kitchen for coffee and biscuits... But that isn't the case. However, she wrote a little post on her Instagram a few weeks back.

 She made me hanker after that Tumbleweed coffee and wish I could stroll into Lubbock, Texas, and visit the "Odds and Ends" shop she mentioned to pick up a package! So via email I contacted them and we worked out what I was getting: Tumbleweed Coffee!!!!!  I had to try it both due to the high praise of BJ and because my sweet as sugar grandfather (Paw-paw) absolutely loved that song "Tumbling Tumbleweed." He had the little 45 record of it and one of Gramma's Favorite, "Mockingbird Hill." We usually played all five every time I got out the record player and my three records.

The Tumbleweed and Mockingbird Hill Pair! My Loves!

(I had The Beatles, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," " Bobby Vinton's "Roses are Red," and The Monkees "I'm a Believer." ----- Big Concert!

I mentioned to them I wanted to buy this coffee because of BJ and because of my grandfather. Well, on the day they sent the invoice my son was laid off, and I decided I could better spend that money. I told Odds 'n Ends I needed to postpone the coffee until our finances were better! End of story???? Nope....  The mother and daughter who own that shop mailed me that coffee with a note that said, "Blessings!" I cried as I was showing the coffee to my son... (My nerves are wonky lately.  Plus.... unexpected kindness really floors me. I keep telling everyone I believe Anne Frank when she says, "In spite of everything. I still believe people are really good at heart." When I see evidence of that fact, I cry.) <3 The mug is one I made on of my grandfather's old barn.

Here is a link to  Odds 'n Ends website. This coffee is a dream!!!!

From Qdds n Ends website

I truly thank this little shop! What a kind-hearted thing to do. It is looking as if my son will be back at work (work from home) Monday, so it won't be long until I will definitely be making a real purchase from this store for gifts... Wouldn't it be fun to all go shopping together?

Whimsy and Hugs!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Keep a Shinin' in June

Oops! June 15th already. My son and I say every evening the day has just zipped by. He starts work for a different company soon... still telecommuting (work from home) and still his same work place that contracts jobs to many clients.

I had fun making a stacked album. Each page flips out for journaling or photos.

We have a doe with twin fawns who comes right in to the yard. I missed one fawn and was super far away.     When they're in the yard, I can see the spots on the babies!

This year won't catch me like 2019 when we have the first snow. Traditionally I prefer fresh peas frozen, but these 99-cent/quart strawberries from Aldi's will be fine! Last year I just couldn't get past the need for the produce to be farm grown. That's so funny... I remember feeling let-down on my first big snow because I didn't have that tie with summer preserved.

Two of my friends and I connected with Zoom for this bible study. It was really awesome to try new things. I actually have skyped only once or face-timed. I am excited to do another Beth Moore study. It has been a minute.

Would you eat biscuits and gravy from this breakfast bar? I might! I am pretty hungry! This looks rather gross, but not sure why! lol

Time for a little snack... What have you been cooking? I made a brisket and some cauliflower and carrots with bacon and cheese yesterday. The instant pot is a game changer for me in making brisket. I cook it 100 minutes with a great rub and one cup water... from partially frozen. Then I just set the whole thing in the fridge overnight. Then I slice it against the grain with an electric knife, put in empty pot and add a bottle of bbq sauce or a cup or so of my homemade bbq sauce with a cup of water or broth. I pressured it again for 10 minutes and let it come down from pressure naturally until ready to eat. Boom!

Have a good week! 

Whimsy and Hugs!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Whimsy and Hugs!

Still here. Nothing really exciting to post here from Meadow Lane. This photo reminds me of the chickens we had when I was a little girl. I had the job of feeding them, watering them, and getting the eggs. I had the idea that they deserved a few of their own eggs, so I always gave them a couple every day. By the way, chickens LOVE raw eggs! ewww? One night I learned my dad was going to take a few to the meat locker the next day, so I ran off and cried.... deep in the back of the chicken house under their roost I sat with my old girls hugged in my arms, bawling my eyes out. I heard Mom calling me. I guess she heard me crying because suddenly the door swung open, and there stood both my parents. All I remember is I had to take a bath (because chicken roost) and all my clothes got soaked... and those old hens lived here.... forever.... until their old-age, dying days... Nobody had to go to the meat locker. The end. 

p.s.  I MIGHT have been a little spoiled. lolol  I prefer to think they saw the glory of the chickens and the error of their ways.