Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Field Notes- Tuesday March 21st. Overcast, Gray Day. Doctor's appointment. Long Drive. Sun!!!!


 Meatballs.  I used to do this on the "regular" when on the Elimination Diet.  No Carbs.  So I made Meatballs in Marinara and and tucked them into storage containers (one meal's worth) and into the fridge and freezer they went.  A massive tray of meatballs.  This image reminded me of that period in my Life. Minus the cheese. Minus breadcrumbs.  Minus anything tasty other than the Marinara..

I was having lots of problems.  Rashes.  Weakness.  No one knew what was causing it.  I think it was STRESS.   That is sort of a silent killer.....all on it's own.  I was trying to recover from a month of Steroids.  Which decimate you....... they decided to do the steroids first.  Then tried to reassemble my internal organs to working order....... months....just months.  

One meal in the early days was a Chicken Bone Broth with ginger and other alliums.  Rice Noodles. The only baked good I had to eat were Banana muffins made with rice flour and zero sugar.  Texture of SAND.  But I was so HAPPY to have even that.  Banana Sand Muffins.  Rice Noodles are very Slippery.

I recall a raw Beet Smoothie.  Vita Mix.  Zucchini Noodles.   Left to dry until chewy.

The rash was near my eyes.  We were trying to stop it from actually getting into my eyes.

I was working two jobs for no good reason other than getting to shop in the LLBEAN Employee store and buy pants and stuff for less than two dollars each.  Sometimes for 25 cents.  

But I still wear all the stuff I bought.  But would never go back...Never.  And my eyes survived.

I am thinking about LLBean today because the guy who pruned my Peach Trees last year and weeded the fenced garden.....has gotten me a sage green flannel LLBean king sized duvet cover.  $2.  For my bed next Winter.   Pretty Sweet.  I'll have the devil of a time washing it.  My washer is on the small side.  I will need to go to the local Washing Machine Place.  Hang out there.  Eight Dollars in quarters for the big machine.  But....is that place even in business any more??????????  I washed my couch slipcovers there when I was slipcovering couches......  WAS.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Field Notes- Monday, March 20th. sunshine and mild temps....Grass.........


 Paper collage Raymond Saa. (I think)

Library....returning a large pile of books but not checking any out.....I didn't really look.

Grocery Store.  People with loaded carts and only two registers open plus the 14 item one.  A long wait. Chicken thighs- 99 cents.  Milk in short supply.  People on their knees trying to reach the cartons way way back in the cooler.  Me.  I reached as far I as could and did manage to make contact with a quart of the Lactate free milk I use with my morning oatmeal.  There was another...but I was thinking someone else might also need it.......  I had to select a different brand of coffee creamer.  Sigh.  But..it will be okay.

A number of people were getting the oat milk.  I have wondered about it- if I would like it.

I got bagels (three different varieties) for husband but decided to skip getting any bread for myself- acid reflux with wheat.  I have two choices for my own food today.   Chicken with Romaine or Pulled Pork with Romaine.  I just had a big spoonful of peanut butter.  There is always steamed rice.

I am back to Law and Order and MSNBC.   Fringe is only on weekends.  Headline News Channel but looking at the list of programs today...none of them have anything to do with Headline News. Weird.

I do need to do a load of wash- I am running out of underwear.  Got to have clean underwear.

Husband finished his latest puzzle- it had large pieces and took only hours instead of days. He sat down on the couch and fell asleep.  That's it for today.  We have groceries- perhaps not enough......but it will be okay.  Doctor's appointment tomorrow- one of us.  We don't know who.  I sort of think it's me.  Lung doctor and it never amounts to anything........ I do need a refill of a prescription.

Well,  that's it from Maine.  I'm now heading for the Washing Machine.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Field Notes- Sunday March 19th. Sunshine. Warm. Streets, Sidewalks and Drive are Clear and Dry.


 I had to go walking on the soggy back lawn to get this photo for you.   This area is close by the Septic System.  Warm.

So...something very very weird happened yesterday while I was going thru the cable tv stations to find something to watch.  I found a weird station.  Call letters but no name.  And it is showing Fringe.  In fact, one of the first episodes.   I remember watching this show.  It was on a station we didn't get but somehow...I don't remember, we watched it......and now...again.  A strange to me station and we get it.  It's a weekend thing.  I watched.  Then I cleaned out a bunch of stuff from the TiVo so I would have room to set it to record Fringe.  I'm not sure how long it will "appear" in the tv log but....however long..I will watch and record.  It's kind of wonderful.  In a creepy way.

I had no idea the bald headed guy was in the very first episodes.  And I had forgotten about people's heads exploding brain and blood all over..... it's pretty strange. I remember so much of it....

And if THAT isn't weird.  I think I mentioned, here, a woman walking past the house pointing at our roof. Where an animal had walked from a top corner in a straight diagonal to the opposite lower corner.  Well, she also took a picture... and she finally decided to come knock on the door and ask about it.

I told her it happens every Winter and some times it's a larger animal. This year a smaller one.  Squirrel we think.  One year, we were pretty positive a deer had walked across.  Raccoons used to be in the yard on the regular back in the day.  Also, huge male deer.  HUGE.  With antlers as wide as he was tall.  This house has always been.....rather "special" if that is a good word for it.

She plans to send her photo to a local news station.  G and I didn't try and stop her. We refused to give her our names. But I think it's easy enough to find on her own.

I also made another pot of Chicken Soup.  And today in the grocery ads I see Chicken thighs are 99 cents again.  I plan on getting TWO packages.  Stocking up the freezer.  I need all the pieces and parts for Chicken Soup.....onions, carrots, celery and noodles.  The Pantry shelves, Fridge and Freezer have gone bare. This is what happens, I guess, when one cooks........ ?????

That's it for today.....I might be making Basketball Pizza today.  And NOT watching a game. I watched a local girls high school game and the amount of unsportsmanlike conduct was enough to put me off basketball forever.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Field Notes- Saturday, March 18th- No Suns, Cold in the House. 43 degrees.


 Incident.  Don't know if that's the artist name or title of the work.  I would call it Boxed Universe.

My desk top calendar is almost full and it's only the 18th. I had quite a few large images to paste down this month.  And images of Chairs.  From magazines I got in the Free Magazine area @ the Library.  I cut them up for images.  It's more interesting visually if the monthly page has a "theme".

I have so many index cards to my left here on the desk.  I write stuff down on them and then secure the stack with a rubber band.  Months or weeks later I shuffle thru them and run the ones I will never read again thru the shredder.  I make a lot of shredded paper.  I used to shred the daily newspaper- Good DRY compost material.

The Compost Bins are my Enduring Passion from my Master Gardener Classes and my job at the Greenhouse.  It was my favorite class to teach.  My second favorite was Seed Starting. Third was Pruning.

The Greenhouse no longer has classes.  The Three Years (going on Four) of COVID taught the owners that the classes were NOT necessary to the business or it's profits......People came to the classes because they were LONELY and liked FREE coffee and cookies. They rarely bought anything. Sort of a Gardening AA Meeting. I was also pretty entertaining and made them laugh.

Sigh.  I had imagined teaching classes well into my 80's. Like Ed.  He was old and crazy and would walk up to me- in front of a class and just start "shooting the breeze" oblivious to the class sitting in rows behind him.  I wanted to be "Ed" in my 80's.... 

I tried very hard to eat enough food yesterday.  The fridge is pretty close to being EMPTY.  I am making another pot of Chicken Soup today.....husband said yes.  I have hardly anything made for myself.  Still some Baked Beans left- I could have that with Kraft Mac and Cheese. No Grilled Cheese.  I am OUT of Bread.  I do have all the Vegetables for Soup. This SHOULD be the month I eat soup. But...No.

I also have Yogurt, Bran Buds and Fresh Red Raspberries.  But that is COLD FOOD. Well, that's enough of whatever this Post is........March.  Not my Best Month.


Friday, March 17, 2023

Field Nores- Short Post. Cloudy with a chance of Sun.


 I feel like getting outside when the snow finally melts and picking up some sticks in the yard.  Letting them dry and then painting them to make a nice Bouquet.   I see the vase is a canning jar.

Lunch yesterday was quite wonderful, We covered quite a few topics.  The pittance of skilled people to replace my friend's leaking water heater........the major company providing that service to us for over 30 years was sold to a company in Pennsylvania.  And all the  repair people...well, there aren't any.......

I wonder who is actually fulfilling our annual service contracts???

I got up very late and took a shower......I am now very light headed and dizzy.  usually this means my blood sugar is off and I should eat something.  I just finished my oatmeal and have a half cup of coffee to finish.  I'm going to sit on the couch and rest.....until the spinning stops.

Sorry this post for today is so short.......

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Field Notes- Thursday, March 16th- I have on unmended pants and a never before worn LLBean Stripe top.


 Girard.

Sunshine off the snow is blinding.  Nothing happened yesterday. No Wind. No Rain.  No Ice. Just a big Weather Nothing.   Thank you Weather TV Broadcasting.  Power outages.  Nearby. Still.  37 degrees.

I checked the last 10 minutes of my recording of Never Been Kissed.  The end recorded. I then watched something else.  I can't remember what.  And finished reading Helen Hunting's newest book Make a Wish. which has nothing to do with Making a Wish and was tedious.......for a supposed Rom-Com. I liked most of her earlier books...... I'm not sure the guy in this romance was worth the Time or Trouble. And so much glitter.

And now....oddly enough...I want to look in the TiVo Movies I have stored and see if I have While You Were Sleeping.  It wasn't in the Christmas line up in December on cable.  Too Old.   I am just "feeling" like I want to watch it... after Make a Wish.

Oh...I remember what I watched......Will Trent.  And someone talked about the woman that Will wants to sleep with- and her name (in the tv series) is Angie.  If you have read the books- you know who Angie is and WHAT she is....... so, I am even less interested in the tv show. Now. I do like the guy (Will) though ....

So....I am going to Lunch Buddy Lunch today.  We are very excited.  To be getting out of our houses.

I am also "turning over a New Leaf" so to speak and have on UNMENDED clothing.  A new pair of black (for me years ago) cord pants and a LLBean black and white stripe half zip cotton pullover.  No mending.  I do have un-mended clothing.  I just like the old stuff better.  The pants I have been wearing, in the house, are so thin in the backside that all the corduroy has rubbed off.  Smooth and thin.  Just aching to shred.

It doesn't matter at home.....but going out I should wear pants with still viable corduroy on the backside.

I am wearing things that were always a bit too tight to be comfortable.  Now they are loose.  Either I am losing weight (not eating much).....or  "something" else is happening......but I feel good....so I am not too concerned..  I am not liking this cotton top at all.  No matter how cute it is.  My neck and back feel cold.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Field Notes- Wednesday, March 15th. It SNOWED. And now we clean it up!!!


 It SNOWED.  I am so over this Winter Business.  Grumpy Face!!!!

In other news- I wanted to watch a 1999 movie Never Been Kissed on the E channel so I had to ferret my way into the TiVo and find the channel section and then find the channel and then click it "Live" so I could set and record this movie.  

In doing so, I have used up most of the Brain Capacity and Nervous Energy I started the day with........not all that much.

If you don't recall this movie- an adult newspaper reporter goes undercover as a student in high school. An adult woman who dresses like an idiot. Drew Barrimore.(excuse spelling)  Who can just rattle off poetry in her English Class...stunning her teacher....and here is what I like about this movie.....here is the teacher- a guy-- now very very interested in the new student and finding this interest to be SO VERY WRONG. Because Student /Teacher...etc.

I enjoyed this movie very much but the ending was cut off- as it is so very often on recordings. anyway.  I am hoping it isn't cut off today.  And seeing what is being offered going forward of E!- I will more than likely go back into Channels and delete it after I have a recording of this movie. Or I will just watch it live.  GACK.  Watching all the commercials might kill me.  Another movie today..Easy A.

The BIG STORM continues but not right here...not right now..... as with all Weather Channel reporting. And it's actually been around 40 degrees during the entire snow storm....weird. Storm Food Yesterday was Chicken Soup for Him and Fake Saucepan Baked Beans and Grilled Cheese Sandwich for ME. YUM.

Tomorrow is Lunch Buddy Lunch.  Eggplant Parm and WINE.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Field Notes- Tuesday, March 14th. Clouds, Wet Snow, 40 degrees. Snow melts as it hits the ground.


 This is how I feel most days. 

The wet snow is falling but melting on contact with the ground.   Birds are hanging out in the trees near the feeder. Ice in the birdbaths is partially melted.  So they are getting a drink but no one is taking a bath.

I need to turn on the lights.

The book I am reading is not really holding my attention.  It needed at least two more revisions. It's about two child tv stars all grown up and just admitting they like each other enough to perhaps kiss???  It was on the "new" shelf- Built to Last by Erin Hahn.  It would be a popular Hallmark Movie.  The plot lines would slot nicely with the commercial breaks.  There's been one guilty kiss.

Nora Goes off Script- or what ever it was called- was about a woman who wrote for the Hallmark Channel. She went thru the sequence of events that are the building blocks of a Hallmark movie. This book "Built to Last" has all of that...... A Hallmark Script is like one of those word puzzles where you fit words into the open spaces.  A job. A guy. A girl.  A problem.  An event.  A misunderstanding. etc etc.

News bulletin.  I stopped watching Hallmark after the Christmas Movies were finished. Yep. Cold Turkey.

Oddly enough, I don't miss it at all.  I also stopped watching the Sports Talk Shows.  They stopped being fun and they didn't do the Christmas Carols thing...which I loved.  So..I quit them. Next thing to let go of will be Law and Order.  Then what????  Well, I have Whole bunch of PBS mystery series stock piled in the TiVo Little Women and some others.  British stuff.  I should get one of the services that just do British series.  Watch them.  Or go back to Netflix.....they always had dark, non English speaking murders happening.  It's been awhile since I watched episode after episode after episode..............

Or I'll just read...I have SEVEN books on the pile..... and we'll be "at home" until the storm passes.

Husband has a fresh pot of Chicken Soup and four Chicken Parm Dinners.  Plenty of noodles. A new puzzle.  Let it Snow..........

Monday, March 13, 2023

Field Notes- Monday, March 13th. Cloudy with a chance of Storms tomorrow.


 I watched Arrival yesterday.  I actually saw it in a movie theater years ago- I went by myself.  I would have stayed to see it again when the film came to the end...... there is just something about it........but I felt like I had to get home.....I wish I had stayed.  I now have it recorded in the TiVo.

After that movie ....came an Avenger's movie.  Where they failed and just went home to be regular people. What they did to Helmsworthy was stunningly odd. Beer belly and old woman boobs and long greasy hair.  Even when dressed in his space suit- still fat.  I liked the new Hulk.  He wasn't green. Wore glasses. I watched until I got bored.  Which wasn't all that long.

I am bored.  Of each day.  Of each week.  Of each month.... Of each Year.  I've been bored ever since I stopped working. I am annoyed with every task I have here at the house.  Every Task.

My days, my weeks, my months are all the same......all boring.  I have chores to do but...I can't make myself be interested enough to begin.  I know once I begin- I will get into the job and eager to finish it. But I can't make myself start....I do make an effort to wash clothes.  The Washing Machine Pages help.

I did find a broom and swiped a web off the the living room ceiling.

I'm reading a book... I never would have thought I would read.....it's about a women's church group.  Instead of a cookbook (the neighboring BIG church is writing one) they decided to do an A is for........ about love and romance.  It's actually more about attraction, kindness and love.  It's not all churchy.....and there are big things being tackled.  Dementia is one thing.  Abuse is another.  Drug/alcohol addiction is another. And as people start writing things down..it changes them.  Makes them more open and kind to each other.  Open.  Opening ourselves to new ideas and possibilities.  Last Circle of Love.  Lorna Landvik

So a Movie. A Book Report. An Admission of being sad and bored.  I might return to Will Trent even though the motorcycle gang story put me off. I returned that book. Unfinished.  

U is for Unfinished.  Feeling that way about myself. Or Incomplete.  That might be a better word.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Field Notes- Sunday, March 12th. We haven't Sprung Ahead as YET, Sunshine, 40 degrees.


 Irish Soda Bread.  Our grocery store carries quite a few of the King Arthur Specialty Flours.  I'll see if they have the Irish Style Flour. And I'll need raisins.  Soaked in Brandy.

We visited Ireland once.  Husband and I were visiting friends  (Americans) who lived and worked there. McDonald's was moving into Ireland.  I was propositioned for "bottom bondage" in an Irish Cemetery. Our friends said....only Joanne would be propositioned for bottom bondage in a cemetery.  I had to ask what bottom bondage was........of the guy asking......I cannot believe myself sometimes...he was more embarrassed than I was...until I found out what he was asking....still interested in asking.........

sigh. As Tricia said later..."can't even take her to a cemetery".

I guess this might be the reason they kept me ......so they'd have stories to tell about me in Future Times.

I did buy a very cute tea set- little cottages that were the teapot, sugar, cream etc. Somewhere up in the Attic. With the Swedish cut crystal champagne flutes. I waited to see if anything embarrassing  happened in Sweden (before continuing to type).  Nothing that I remember.  

I did get propositioned often in Europe.....there must have been some vibe I was giving off.  Never in America (but American women were imagined to be very "free", I guess?). Men sent over glasses of wine in restaurants.  The women I was having lunch with would say "do you know him?" and I would say.  No.  (my best pal said I should have shocked them by saying- "not yet")

I no longer have that effect on men. But then I hardly go anywhere these days and I dress like a "Bag Lady" according to my friend Patricia.  I guess I could put more effort into my appearance??????

Wow, this post went off the rails........Joanne.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Field Notes- Cloudy with a chance of something awful- like RAIN. It feels really cold.


 My favorite GreenFood.  Romaine.  Been quite a long time since I actually saw one this nice at the local grocery.  I chop them up and top with hot pulled pork, yellow cheese and sour cream. BBQ Salad. Bountiful Large Salad Bowl.  Usually they come in a 3 pack and I use all three for ONE salad.

I have one Baked Potato left to eat.  Loaded up with sour cream, cheddar cheese and BUTTER. If I had Pulled Pork I would add that to the potato. But I have no Southern Meat in the Fridge. Yesterday I had a Cold Supper of Honey Yogurt, Bran Buds and Big Fat Lovely Red Raspberries.  I was wrapped in my Down Comforter but still felt a chill.

I can actually SEE myself adding Pulled Pork to most every thing.

 I took the sheets off the bed.  So, Washing Machine Pages with a scarf around my neck to hold in any warmth........and a hat?

I have the sheets to wash.  And the mattress to spin.  And then sheets on the bed.  Etc etc.........After that I intend to do "not much of anything".  Oh...I do have Daughter's Work Pants to Mend... Knees. But the Sewing Room is only slightly warmer than the bathroom/washing machine room........Why you ask?

Because heating oil is $850 a pop so the rooms we are not in all day- don't get as much heat. At times the bill is four digits. $1150.  And YOU THOUGHT MAINE WAS A GREAT PLACE TO VACATION??? Well, it is....in August.  And ONLY in August.  When it gets up to 104 degrees.  Well, it used to.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Field Notes- Friday, March 10th- Sunshine, melting snow, ice covered steps.


 Andre da Loba (he's on Insta)  (I'm not)

Paid Bills.   Ate Breakfast.  Dropped off heating oil bill at the company office ( behind the grocery store).  Mailing to Pennsylvania seems idiotic. Also ..no stamp needed.  Returned the Will Trent book with him in a motorcycle gang (I gave up).  Got two new books.  Orange Juice and more Cookies for husband.  Can't have enough cookies........ we are breaking our rule of only going to the grocery ONCE a week- on Monday.

But the cookies might cheer him up...he's been making a few mistakes lately and it's getting him depressed. I now have more things to remember.......like what Time is it?  I now put reminders on the dining room TV so he knows when his programs are on.....he still forgets to watch them.

Chipped ice off the front steps....the roof is still covered in snow and the sun melts it and overnight it freezes.  Our Banker picked up the Taxes Paperwork...at 8am.  He'll drop if off when he's done.  

Husband watched Battle of the Bots last night and I watched this big truck rescue show (Canadian)... One of the chains let go and almost injured one of the guys. I hope to never drive the 401. I also watched Law and Order Criminal Intent.  Jeff Goldblum.  He looked like he was having fun. 

I was taking a break from MSNBC.  I refuse to share any of my brain with Trump or Carlson. It's a new plan and it seems to be working.

Two of the new books got me back to making copies of the covers for my guy at Gulf Of Maine Books.  right in Town.  For when I do some walking.  For when the streets and sidewalks are nice and dry.

The computer seems to be talking to the printer again......I have no idea how that happened.  Perhaps the long rest period of not using the printer woke up the computer link?  I might try and send something to the printer........might.  Well, I have "other" things to do...... nothing important.....



Thursday, March 09, 2023

Field Notes- Thursday, March 9th. 44, Cloudy with a Chance of Rain. Still an abundance of snow on the ground.


 Wooden  Bird People by Andre da Loba

I am trying to do better at getting the artist's name here on the blog. You know I love Chicken Art.

I made another pot of soup (chicken) for husband yesterday as I watched MSNBC discuss Fox and the latest court fillings.  Rupert is "gonna have to make a choice".......his business OR the asshat.(s).

I am up in the Air regarding what the guy will choose.  His newspeople have made it clear they are absolutely FINE with either choice (and will dump trump).  How's that for loyalty to Mr T?  Who, I might just have to say- is looking really LARGE these days and what color IS his Hair??? And how does he get it to fold over itself like that??????

I did TWO LOADS of wash yesterday and COULD have done a third if I had wanted to change the bed sheets.  I'll change them today.  I have a book waiting for me at the library.  My best favorite author's newest.   I am so very very excited.  And the photocopier has ink.....so I can start making copies of the covers of books I want the Local Bookseller to order.  I was waiting for my $450 check from the Government.  Daughter got hers......last week.

Who knew getting a fresh black ink cartridge would make such a BIG change in my Attitude????

Peculiar British News.  Now that Charles is King --Harry's kids are Prince and Princess but how do they explain his brother's kids being born as Prince Louie etc etc etc.....tell me how both are true.huh?

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

Field Notes- Tuesday and Wednesday- March 7 and 8. Mea Culpa. My Apologies.


 So........I called the company that manages the stock we own.  The automated person gave me the info I wanted- many tries- and then I got a HUMAN and she hung up on me. Compu-serve?

So...a delightful start.  Then daughter arrived and we inserted the new ink cartridge into the old printer.  We both learned some new to us Croatian words.  Because the printer only speaks Croatian.  Refuses to return to English.  I went on the Internet to translate the words.  It's always FUN to learn a new language.

Not.  So Not Fun.

We copied.  Her stuff.  Our stuff.  I sorted thru the bags of paper in the dresser drawer.  I got to shred two full bags (2021).....will be emptied into the compost pile....... but my part of TAXES is DONE.  Fertig.  Finished. As soon as the 2022 taxes are complete I will....probably won't..... shred 2022.  Might still need to prove something to someone....Might wait....

A lawyer told me- having NO paperwork is sometimes the best way to go. Like pleading the 5th.

I also asked a question of our Financial Adviser (for our son) and then inserted that info into an email via cell phone to my son in California.  I felt like I was doing Brain Surgery.  The information was exactly what our son needed so...it was worth it.  And perhaps I learned how to do something...I might never actually do again. I hope...

I am going to bed around 10:30 or 11pm each night, feel like I have slept FOREVER and waking to find it's not even 8 am.  Day after Day.  It's really weird.  

I have to do the laundry. I have run out of underwear.  Supposed to rain or snow today.  I think we have enough snow........as if the Climate asks for my opinion.  Squirrel Tracks across the house roof. In the snow.  

I bought Bosc Pears.  Peeled and sliced...delicious.  I will buy more.

Monday, March 06, 2023

Field Notes- Monday, March 6th. Sunshine, 42 degrees, where the snow wasn't shoveled- ice.


 Lady bug. Snow drop.

We ventured out.  My son made fun of my homemade cloth mask.....in an email.

He said it wasn't good enough.  Well, I disagree.  Everyone on this street with those expensive masks...has gotten COVID.  Not once but some have gotten it twice. Across the street- three times. She wiped her mail and groceries down with alcohol wipes...... They don't ALWAYS wear a mask.  I do. So, I feel righteous in my indignation.  My "homemade" cloth mask is just fine after THREE YEARS of wear and washing between uses with Dawn and hot water. The cloth has a very tight weave. It holds water when I rinse it.

And, really, if he was THAT worried- buy some of the good paper ones...send them.  Mail goes both ways. I am more than a bit.....unkind today.  I did buy a few groceries that are just for me. Cinnamon Raisin Bagels- the soft ones- I like them toasted with cream cheese. I also got apples.  And more Tangerines.

I have been putting one nice shiny Tangerine on husband's coloring table every afternoon.  He has been eating them....

Chicken Thighs- were 99 cents a pound again. I only got one package.  I could have gotten more and packed the Chicken Thigh Shelf in my freezer......but he may NOT want Chicken Soup in the coming months or years.......the first couple of pots of soup were made with "when ever" frozen thighs. Packed air tight in freezer bags.......then the shelf was empty.  I usually buy the six pack.  Two pots of soup.

Staples.  I really hate that store.  They had three employees.....one was UPS another was seated and older than me..  I got a box of pens- G10 so  the ink prints fat and juicy.  A large college ruled composition notebook.  I am thinking I might write a book.   Everyone has at least one in them..right?  But I might just write washing machine pages.  That might be a book. Heavily edited. Husband got a very expensive package of multi colored pens........for his coloring book work.

I had taken a photo of the inner workings of the Printer and actually carried the thousand pound (feels like) iPhone with me to Staples and matched the photo with the items on the shelving.  Husband was, of course, selecting the wrong one.  Wrong size and one with colored ink.  Nothing needs colored ink.  Black.  Black as my Heart.

I have a very full basket of husband's clothing in the shower...wanting to be washed.  He drops off every item of clothing he wears after using the snowblower.  They all smell of gasoline. He smells like gasoline.

I missed Trump at CPAC.  I wasn't watching TV yesterday. I'll watch today- Law and Order.

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Field Notes- Sunday, March 5th. Bright Sunshine, 40 degrees about 10 inches of snow. Yesterday.


 Another photo of the Crab Tree.  Loaded with snow.  Right after I took this the power went out.  Husband decided to take nap and I added a second layer of down comforter.  Power came on Just in Time for our 3pm meal (so was off about 4 hours).  He had soup and I had hotdogs. And the furnace worked overtime to warm up the house.

I managed to get husband to wait till this morning to do the snow blowing.  He's out back shoveling the deck without a coat.....it's in the 40's ---which, here in Maine, is considered really WARM. For March. Husband thinks we got somewhere around 10 inches of snow. This is a Man Measurement.  The shrubs have about that much sitting on top of them.  The poor Rhododendrons.  (spelling) are heavily weighed down with snow caps.  We'll see if they can make flowers....after freezing repeatedly.

Even though it's the usual temp for the house- it feels cold today. 65.

The Sun reflecting off the snow is blinding.

The Sunday Paper was dull.  I am guessing not much is happening.  I only got five numbers in the Daily Sudoko Puzzle.  So, it's not going to be a real "smart" day for me.  The two words I put into the crossword puzzle were close but wrong.  So I stopped.

I'm going to stop typing.  It's that sort of day.  The blinding white snow hurts my eyes and possibly is hurting my brain as well.  The Will Trent book I am reading has not captured my attention as the previous books have.........it's going back and forth from present to 1970's.  When I lived there. Around Atlanta. Maynard Jackson.  Those Times.  When you never actually wanted to drive into Atlanta proper.  Ever.

Saturday, March 04, 2023

Field Notes- Saturday, March 4. Snowing. Power Outage. We're Okay.


 How I feel about the Winter Storm.

The power came back on about 5 minutes ago- I hurried to make hot water and have a nice LARGE HOT cup of Tea.  I have an extra down comforter on top of husband- he is taking a nap on his couch.

The Furnace is running.....trying to warm up the house.  A Neighbor thinks Power will be coming and going as the snow starts melting- 40 degrees on the porch thermometer- and getting heavier on the lines. The STATE of MAINE could save tons of money- just by putting the power lines underground.  The newer housing area do have underground power lines.  I wonder if they are then connected to the pole at the end of the street????  

We should move to a Smarter State.   As soon as Winter is over- I am getting a Whole House Generator installed.  I can call now to make an appointment.  I will. Get on the list.  Good Selling Point. 

Husband went to sleep because he was upset the power was off and he would NOT be able to heat up his bowl of Chicken Soup.  I was kinda thinking about my hot dogs.......for my lunch. So I felt his pain.

I have a good book going.  So the Time went fast.  Twins Dad invited us over if we got too cold.  Great but how would we get there?  Sidewalks and road is covered in deep snow.  Neighbor is waiting till morning to clear his driveway.  My husband will want to get right on ours......it's the way he is. It's why I have zero conversations about things that need fixing. He breaks or looses parts to anything he tries to fix.  Why we only go to the store and library one day a week.  Lots of Limits.

I try to limit the trouble he can create.  I am rarely as successful as I try to be.  I was happy he decided to take a nap.  Happy. He is sleeping.  Am I a bad person?  Or just a person who has hit her limit on how much I can take in a day??????  Hot Tea.  Gotta drink it.

He woke up......wants to go out and run the snowblower......what a TOOL.

Friday, March 03, 2023

Field Notes- Friday, March 3rd. 40's, Very Warm (for a Mainer) with Bright Blue Sky and Sunshine.


 Have you seen this before?  Well, see it again.  I am pretty "high strung" right now.  too many moving pieces and I feel caffeinated.  Buzzed. But I haven't had any caffeine.  

Too many things.  Stress levels etc.  I am finding it difficult to settle.

Taxes.  I guess that's what it is...  once I hand them off to the Banker...I relax.  then get nervous again when he hands them back.....and I have to do that thing mailing them at the post office......I am just getting too old for all of this "Business" stuff.   I need a cupcake.

I did go on the (internets) and look for Cup Cake.  Little single serving "cakes" one makes in a cup.  I have everything I need to make Vanilla, Chocolate and Cinnamon Bun "Cakes".  And I think there was one for  a Cheesecake Cup also. So I bought cream cheese.  Looking forward to a cup full of CAKE.

We went to the Library to pick up books and then I stopped into the Grocery.  Very very busy with every one seeming to be buying BOOZE for the upcoming two day STORM EVENT coming over night tonight.  Yes, Blue Sky and 40 today.  Like a Bizzilian Inches of Snow and Ice Tomorrow..  I really hate Winters in Maine. I am starting to really Hate Maine......Like all the time, now.

Right now it's warm enough to not need a heavy coat, gloves or a hat..... Do need Sunglasses.

The Banker who does our taxes sent an email. Sent my blood pressure rocketing. Just asking if I had my paperwork ready........I so, DO NOT.........  oh, I So DO NOT...... I just want to climb into bed, pull the covers over my head.........just not have to do anything for anyone.........I want to be one of those women who don't have a care in the world.......instead of the one collecting paper to do taxes.

The SOUP I made husband yesterday is "the best soup ever" according to him.  

I bought hotdogs and buns for myself today.........looking forward to dinner.  I have relish.  It's going to be awesome.


Thursday, March 02, 2023

Field Notes- Thursday March 2nd. Snowing. Again. Wet and slippery.......


 Took a chance the camera would send...and got this photo of the crab tree to the left of my front door- looking out.  That "fence" is to keep the deer out from under the tree where we have planted Hosta.  Like a Deer Salad Bar.  Live and Learn?  No...I knew they would try their best to eat the Hosta. Fence or No Fence.

Got my hair cut.  We were going two other places but the roads hadn't been cleared and it was that in between temp- not freezing but just cold enough.  Slippery. I assume the plow trucks were on the highways.  Which makes me..............glad to be home.

I have a new, fresh pot of Chicken Soup on the stove.  Husband was out.  I am really quite happy he is eating soup this Winter......last year he absolutely refused....and the soup went into the compost pile. Not the chicken thighs.....Just the broth and vegetables.  No meat or dairy in the compost....Ever.

I am reading Undone.  The spine of the book has a "First in Series" sticker.  I question that...... yet another sexual pervert.......that and meth labs.  Atlanta.  Perhaps after we had moved to Florida? Though I do recall bodies on the sidewalks in downtown Atlanta.  Overdoses.  Will Trent.  He had to go down into a dirt pit in the woods. He was as excited about it as I would have been........ Sara was in the ER with the victim.

I was never quite SURE about the Atlanta  Police or even the Fort Lauderdale Police back in those days. They all looked pumped up on steroids and they wore reflective black sun glasses......so you never got a good look at their eyes. And the first qualification for employment was to be well over six feet tall. I never got pulled over (for going too slow) but I saw plenty of people who did ..... get pulled out of cars and "patted" down. Roughly.

Anyway....more women being found close to death. In the book.  Not here.  

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Field Notes- Wednesday, March First. Lots of dry light SNOW. Blinding Sun. Deer Tracks.


 A small pile of green scraps that I picked out of the tub in the sewing room.

I go down there...to the sewing room....just to look around.  Not to actually stay there as I have the heat set to sleeping temp and not sitting around by the sewing machine temp.  We sleep under a deluxe down comforter.  I don't sew wearing the same ...... why heat a set of rooms we are not inhabiting?

Doing the wash is chilling enough.

As to the Yard Tracks- I saw the actual deer yesterday for the first time.  They are cold and hungry.  They must have come off the island when we were having that strange stretch of warm days.  Now...they are stuck here with little in the way of food...other than what they can steal out of the bird feeders.

The yard is a maze of tracks.

Husband is reading the paper and finishing breakfast--slowly--as the next thing to do is snowblower the driveway.  While he actually likes snowblowing...he doesn't like being cold.  When he comes in- after- he'll roll up into the couch down lap blanket and take a nap.

I finished the Horrific Blindsighted.  Am now reading a YA (Young Adult) book titled "Better Than The Movies".  It's about two high school kids living next door to each other. He likes her- she thinks she doesn't like him. Lynn Painter.  I read her one adult fiction book and liked it.  I am liking this YA one also. As a "girl" who might still be having regrets about high school even at 76.......these high school books are fun. Reminding me..if I had tried a bit...I might have had fun, too.  

I don't go to reunions.  There was a point in TIME when I could have gone......but that passed and now..? I managed to see most everyone at 21 when we all registered to vote.....at the same place. I was gobsmacked at how many of the "popular girls" had TWO kids. OMG!!!!!!  Not surprised they had one as most had been VERY pregnant at the Christmas concert following our June graduation.  Prom Babies. At the Voter Sign up they actually looked like they wanted to kill those of us without a kid hanging off our knees.  The guys who showed up.....looked worn out........depressed.  Vietnam.  

One guy.  We always were seated next to each other in study halls.  Alphabetically. For all the years of high school.  He was there. I actually had to have a friend make sure I didn't go over and give him a hug. He looked worn out and sad. Oddly enough...my brother used to ask me about this guy........like 20 years after high school.  

The printer works.  It's out of INK.  Still speaking Croatian.  Not English.  Very happy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Field Notes- Cold, no sunshine, snow. Weather people Say- STAY HOME. Okay.


 I love making these sorts of designs.  I have the tools to cut into the soft plastic/acrylic surfaces.  I didn't make this- I saw it on the internet. But I have made this sort of thing....in school and then as just something fun to do at home.  The image looked snowy.

It's cold.  A very light dry snow is falling outside. It's 32 degrees.  I think the warnings to stay home and not drive is because ...under the snow, they are assuming there is ice.  Daughter is not packing Ester Candy for shipping today.  She is at home reading.  California is getting snow.  I wonder if our son is being any out of his apartment windows.

The plow just went by. A plow.  To the neighbor's house.  The recycling can out by the street is open so that truck has come and gone.  Tuesday is Garbage and Recycling Day.  Maine Life.  So Regular.

Today is Chicken Soup Day for husband.  Yesterday was Chicken Parm.  I had the leftover Mac and Cheese with Canned Peas.  Much better as a leftover.  I bought a large container of fresh raspberries. But no idea what to eat them with.  No yogurt.  I do have whip cream.  I also have ice cream.  I could make one of those cakes you mix in a large coffee cup and cook in the microwave. Have berries with that. I will need to look it up.........been awhile.  Used to make them all the time.  When I was dieting.

Wish I had gotten some cream cheese.  A tiny cream cheese coffee cup cake with berries and whip cream.

The Karen Slaughter book I am reading......very horrific. When I read the Nesbo Books- there was quite a bit of this sort of thing. Norwegian Horror is, I think, the worst. Excuse the spelling- spellcheck failed yet again. Perhaps spellcheck didn't know what I was trying to spell so I switched to Norway...

So...did not sleep well.  Took forever to fall asleep.  And still up before 9am.  I had an excellent hot shower, oatmeal and still drinking my no....cold coffee.  Clean clothing. 

Oddly enough...Dear Readers...my clothing is loose.  Baggy where in other Winters it was all Tight. Even my socks are loose.   So..either all my clothing is falling apart or it's my body falling apart... whatever it is. I am okay with clothing being loose.  My Black Wool Winter Coat is so so HEAVY this year.......sigh.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Daily Notes- Monday February, 27th. Bright Sun. Snow. A "no weather day"


 Three of my own pictures here this week....  such a sweet thrill.

Grocery Shopping.  I found most of what I wanted to buy.  Most is good enough.  I have a shiny skin tangerine here on the desk....fresh.  I am looking forward to eating it.

I really like that cloth I am making in the upper right corner.  It's made up of several different fabrics. Appliqu├ęd down.  I stopped working on it when I had to decide what it was going to be when it grew up. That happens. Like the tiny gray and white nine patch...what will it be when it grows up?  Or will it remain a nine patch forever.  I promised it- not a potholder.

That upper right cloth could be framed under glass.... Art.  With a multi piece mat border.  The Picture Framer always enjoys my creative mat choices.......I haven't seen him since he moved to the town next door.  And also because I stopped driving. I have to decide soon....to drive or not to drive.

I have no need for any quilts (I know lots of you call them blankets).  I have dozens of hand pieced/ hand quilted quilts from the 1930's in the Attic if I need a quilt. I have tried giving them as gifts....every one says 'no".  I think the small shop in town has old quilts for sale......to be made into jackets and pillows......  I could barter.  A friend bought 10 metal, old fashioned watering cans there...... a "collection".   I have one and it's enough.  Damn heavy filled with water.  

The Karen Slaughter section of the library shelf is BARE.  I had three at home. The ones I returned last week are gone......I actually wanted to take them out again.  I was supposed to have a book to pick up......it wasn't on the hold shelf.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Field Notes- Sunday, February 26th- 20 degrees...Bright, no sun, White glare off the snow.


 The other side of the work space.  I was reading the most gruesome book...meth labs, addicts etc. And the end of the book- I knew it was coming...but it was brutal.  I will be reading something else today...while I wait for books I am missing to arrive.......this series is brutal but well written.

I am wondering where I during the Meth Epidemic.  Where was I living? Anyone know when Atlanta -- Georgia and Florida were deep into it????  Let me know if you find out.  The book I finished yesterday was all about Meth Labs etc......it was gruesome.  Beyond Reach. No Will Trent but did have Sara.

The house air is very dry and my eye balls are drying out and going fuzzy on me. Need to use more of the lubricating eye drops.

A friend is doing Karen Slaughter audio books.  She started with book one- lucky duck!!!!  I am waiting for Triptych and Fractured to show up....from somewhere in Maine. On a Slow Boat (truck). I am thinking 50% of books read by people in my Town come from somewhere else in Maine. Lots of waiting.  

There is lots of labor involved.  Getting the slip of paper, finding the books, packing the books in boxes, waiting for the book truck/guy to show up and put the boxes in the huge truck- there has to be shelving of some sort- then driving all over the Great State of Maine Landmass and dropping off boxes and picking up boxes over and over and over........rather than buy and keep books on the shelves.  Many fiction shelves here in my Town Library  are half empty these days- and the Free Cart is always full of discarded books.

I made macaroni and cheese (Kraft) for dinner yesterday and added canned peas.  I do not recommend doing so.  Just don't.....  Frozen Peas are a way better choice but I am out of bags of frozen vegetables. It's on tomorrow's shopping list........lots of stuff on the list.  If I had bread- a nice Toasted Cheese with extra sweet pickles would have been quite welcome. But I have no Bread.

My plans to make baked beans...did not happen.  I wasn't hungry enough to want a nice meal.  I just wanted something so that's what I got.  Something to eat but not to enjoy.  Today I will be enjoying a prepared meatloaf dinner.  Which is what I should have made yesterday..... It's what happens when you look in the fridge but don't SEE anything.

No idea what we will watch today. PBS is doing Fund Raising Yet Again. Showing us all these incredibly OLD tapes of Old people singing songs they recorded 20 or 30 years ago- or 40 years.  I doubt there are many FOLK out there still buying tapes or CDs.  Well, my husband does but his CD's are of nature sounds and birds. 

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Field Notes- Saturday, February 25th. Another Blindingly Bright Day Outside. Cold. 20 something.


 My tiny squares.  The iPhone took and sent..... Major Miracle !!!!!  In the blue and white square- everything is one inch finished except for the outside edge which will be getting a border..soon.

Under the blues- border fabric - auditioning.  The orange and green is just crowding where it doesn't belong. I know orange and blue do well together.  Compliment each other.  But not this one.

I have a PILE of Will Trent books.  We drove to the Library on a Not Library Day......   If any of you, reading this, are watching Will Trent on TV......here's a hint.  Go to your local library and look for the mystery section (if they have one) for Karen Slaughter and for the book titled Broken and the next book Fallen.  You'll meet the real fictional Will Trent. And you will thank me......  I am waiting for the next  two.....I am reading Beyond Reach which comes BEFORE Broken but does have Sara and Lena. 

Will...... Six four and wears dark black or grey three piece suits, pressed white button down shirts. Blonde.  Doesn't talk much or at all.. Drives a vintage Porsche- black- that he restored himself. VERY good with a  rifle. Dyslexic. Little dog named Betty. 

ABC should have gone with that. Read Broken first. Or just read Broken and then stop.  I'm reading Beyond Reach.  Sara, Lena and Sara's husband Jeffery. No Will Trent.

I got a stack of used magazines from the Library hallway.  Decor.  Etc.  Been busy cutting images for my desk top calendar.   My one, for certain, Art thing that I do on the regular. I paste and embellish.  I write on it as well.  Not as much Diary as it once was....but still...it's quite a bit political this year, already. There were headlines and cartoons in today's paper that will be pasted down SOON.

I had something in mind today- ah, cooking.  Baked Beans and Cornbread.  I was going to do "fake" stove top baked beans but decided to actually BAKE them......today since house is cold.  The Cornbread will go in when the Beans are mostly done...if there are no bugs in the cornmeal jar.......it happens. When I lived down South- we got bugs in nearly everything.  I started keeping everything in the fridge and not the pantry.  Learned to keep Grits and Cornmeal in the freezer.  Yep, I spent my first 6 years of being a wife in Georgia.  Grits. Peach Cobbler. Slow cooked pork and BBQ sauce. Breaded and fried vegetables......even tomatoes. Made really good scratch biscuits........ got fat.   

My eyes are all sticky and messed up.  Dry.  House Air is very DRY.  Going to sit and rest them. Joanne.

I really wish I didn't feel the need to edit these posts....

Friday, February 24, 2023

Field Notes- Twenties with overnight snow- a few inches. Bright, Blinding Sun. COLD.


 Someone's kettle of.....I used to know what these were....black walnut?  I actually have some in the garage in an old Goodwill $4 crockpot.   Nice to know, it doesn't matter how long they sit unattended....just add some additional water and let them cook a bit- with perhaps the addition of something rusty.  This pot has some cloth aging in the pot as well.  Black Walnut doesn't grow in Maine.  I have gotten packages of walnuts from Boston and California.  I had wanted to make ink.

It's a bit chilly in the house today.  Could be me.  Need an additional layer of clothing?

A few days ago I started sorting thru the storage boxes next to the ottoman.  I had...a while ago,  been making squares. The centers are 9 patches made of 1.5 inch squares.  And then a border.  Some began with 1.5 inch squares.  Some 2 inch squares.  Nine of them.  I ironed all of them and set them aside while reading my romance/comedy books. 

Now I am thinking of adding ONE additional border to each of these blocks.  Some only large enough to fit in the palm of my hand. Others 8 to 10 inches square.  Some already have one border. Those will get a second that is narrow.  I do this by hand.  Yes, it would be so much faster with the machine.......not interested in these squares getting done...faster...or at all.  I have spent considerable TIME trying to find the same fabric that is in the tiny nine patch centers. I have only been 50% successful.

I often wonder about this....I go nowhere.  Cloth is here or there.  Nowhere else.  Nothing new comes in (ah yes, purple came in from Los Angeles- thank you!!). Nothing old goes out......but....I cannot find cloth I have used.  And my "practice" in buying was to always...always...buy a full yard.  I have, though, found myself buying a half yard now that I have reached my mid 70's.  I am running out of Time. Not Cloth.

Now that I have purple I need to make one additional tiny square with 1.5 inch pieces. Perhaps in the interval...the missing cloth will show up????  I wonder if I have nine of these?

My second Will Trent book is even better than the first..... what a happy surprise.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Field Notes- Thursday, February 23rd. Snowed overnight. About 6 inches- in man measurement.


 Sorry- but you will be getting images of pots and pans for a few days.  Until I find other things. I have this pot in this color and it's 54 years old. My iPhone (antique) is now refusing to send photos to the computer.  Last time we went to the grocery store, I took the phone and it woke up and sent all the images to my desktop.  So...our signal here is too weak. The phone is just fine. I am putting "take the phone" on the Monday grocery list......from now on.  So we can have good pictures here. Better not really good.

I don't think we'll have much luck watching cable tv today as the weather (dampness and snow) disrupts that as well.  Maine is getting to be like living in a Third World Country. With Tucker Carlson. "Blech"

Yes, I could call the cable/internet people........if humans would answer their phones. They don't. And their billing department is in another State far away.  My heating oil bills go to Philadelphia even though the company has an office right in Town.. I've forgotten where the cable/internet bill goes.  And I can't be arsed to go look.  Last time I called the internet/phone place I ended up yelling "real person" while the recorded message was saying...some crap to me.

I finished the first of the Karen Slaughter Will Trent books. Started in on the second.  Wish I had gotten more of them on Tuesday. This second one is it......until Monday.  Daughter says Goodwill has this author "all the time" so I will be getting my own collection of books...at some "point in Time".

Daughter brought over wool socks she wants me to make into fingerless mittens (where are you Paula when I need advice??). For work. She also reminded me that I had not....as yet...mended her gardening work pants. Once I start in on the pant knees- I'm good to go.  It's the STARTING that isn't happening.

I need to make some sort of FOOD for myself and since it's cold and snowy--Chicken Soup. Again. Which is FINE.  I think the Chicken Soup is a healthier meal than the pasta with extra pasta.  Soup with extra pasta doesn't actually make soup healthier.  Everything has to have extra pasta.  And then he has dessert. And he takes a Statin every day.  Sigh.  Well, I need to make my breakfast oatmeal.  Joanne.


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Field Notes- Sunshine and Waiting for some Sort of BIG STORM.


 Accordian Pants.  What a.....look this is.  Especially his feet.......... Perhaps a better look on a larger man?

So. It's Wednesday and feels like Saturday.  All mixed up.

We did get to the Grocery Store yesterday and the Library.  I bought the container of assorted little donut balls. I love the chocolate ones so I got the large container with a larger percentage of the chocolate ones.  Because........ and just popped one in my mouth before sitting down to talk to YOU....

I remembered--at the Library...to look in the Mystery section for the Karen Slaughter books.  With Will Trent.  There must be one book before this one.  This Will Trent in 6 feet 4 inches tall.  The one on tv is not.  It's been quite awhile since I read a murder mystery.  I used to read ONLY murder mystery.  So this is very very interesting.......very.  I might have to do Murder for a few weeks.  

It's fascinating that out front of the house and across the street it's all green grass and spring bulbs shooting up and in the back year it's all snow and animal tracks .......

I've decided to paint cloth for Easter ...not buy cards.....I have the tray ready and the white cloth.  I will actually bring the very large basket of paint bottles into the kitchen.  Easter has lots of colors.  Several shades of pinks, purples, greens and yellows.  So I will use as many as possible. Last time I mixed colors. I will most likely mix colors for Easter as well.  I never graduated but....I was very very good at color mixing in College. Never use a bottle or tube of paint in it's natural state.....always mix. Warm things up or cool them down....always mix.

I have ALSO surprised myself by digging out cloth squares in the tubs next to the couch.  I haven't touched them...much.....in quite awhile.  I decided to add another border to all of them...which led me to go searching for cloth. In the Attic.  In the Sewing Room... In the Boxes...... some cloth I used in the squares is missing. Which bothered me most of yesterday....and now I have gotten over it.

I am not a matchy matchy person. So I was surprised by the "need" to find the EXACT same piece of cloth. It has to be "old age" or some such thing.  But it passed as soon as I realized searching two and then three times isn't going to magically find anything.  Until it wants to be found.  Usually AFTER I have chosen a new fabric.........So Big Storm.  Ice, Snow, Sleet and Power outages......Fantastic.

I have chocolate donut balls....




Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Field Notes- Tuesday, February 21st. Spotty sunshine, Storm coming..... Can't Wait till it's March.


 I own all of the knives in this photo.  And more.

One of the on line kitchen stores- had pictures of all the things I own on their site......you get to see them.

So..what's going on?  Not much of anything.  Watching TV isn't as thrilling as usual.....My books are good. My eyes are getting tired and dry- Winter House Air.  

I did some cloth sorting.  I did a bit of stitching.  I lost interest.  With the fabric I had here...I need to go dig out more.

I need to make another pot of Chicken Soup.  Husband has run out again.  And I forgot to buy Additional Cookies for his evening Coffee and Dessert.  Sigh.  Do Not feel like baking cookies.  Even though I have everything to make a batch of cookies.  He actually prefers store bought over home made. So after his haircut- Library and store for Cookies.

My cooking and baking skills are underwhelming to him. Chicken Soup HAS to be homemade.  I tried all the brands of canned soup......would NOT touch any of it. sigh......  the sister in law who was married to his brother had the same complaints about the Chicken Soup........We blame their mother.  His brother was actually a very very nice guy- we miss him.

So....what to do until AFTER the haircut????? I was thinking of being dropped off at the Library but the odds of him remembering I was there (after his haircut) and coming to pick me up.......are not that great. 



Monday, February 20, 2023

Field, Notes- Overcast, cloudy with a chance of rain and 50 degrees.


 Not my tree but resembles our backyard.  The way back tree line into the woods and the thin layer of frozen white snow.  If I had a tree that looked like this- we'd have it cut down. You can see they cut out the center of the tree....idiots.

I cannot understand pruning things this way.

Only two checkout lines open....again.  I always choose the same little guy. He's very careful.  I was surprised today is a Holiday.  The Library doors were locked.  I got a nice fresh half loaf of English Toasting Bread.  I'm eating the end piece with tons of BUTTER. Not Toasted.

Husband gave me his empty bottle of dandruff shampoo (so I would know what to buy)- so I could get him a new one.  I got him a different brand with the exact same ingredients.  I handed him the empty bottle he gave me to take to the store.  He said "this new one looks like the old one....."  Needless to say the next few minutes were totally confusing for him.......and weird for me.

My son and daughter would tell me...next time dispose of the old WHITE bottle in the store garbage can. Tell him he has always gotten his shampoo in a blue bottle.  Doesn't seem right. Eventually...it will.

Chicken thighs were $4.29 a pound and last week 99 cents a pound.  Explain this to me.......

I have one additional day to read last week's books.  And tomorrow I will go back to the library to get new books.  I have two to pick up. Husband did not like the books I got him last week.


Sunday, February 19, 2023

Field Notes- Sunday February 19th. Bright light reflecting off the remaining snow. Storm coming.


 Expensive little Japanese Steamer Pot.

Something about the size and shape that interests me.

I rearranged the Daily Silverware Drawer.  I have salad serving spoons.  Huh!  Moved them to the soup spoon section.  So I would be reminded of them....there. Also two identical long handled spoons.  Why. for what?   Anyway- they are also moved to a new spot.

I can't recall the when and why of the purchase of this set of utensils.  French.  Perhaps bought in Europe. I was very "Fancy" back in Europe......I felt comfortable there. I fit.

I used up the final Baked Potato- peeled and cut into cubes and mixed into the Panera Baked Potato Soup. I added chives.  Heated it all up.  Was very good.  Meatloaf dinners still to eat..  I'll cook the broccoli separately so it gets soft. Perhaps add extra carrots.  Little Japanese Steamer Pot.

I have nothing more to say.   I did a load of wash, husband folded his half (I was surprised) and piled my clothing on a chair on to my side of the room. Unfolded. (not surprised)  These are the messages he sends.......has been sending for years...

I am reading today.......only stopping to make my dinner.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Field Notes- Saturday , February 18th. Blindingly Bright Sunshine today.


 Sweet Potato Lentil Soup.  From NYTimes Cooking.  NYT gives me the image and a snort blurb but unless I PAY I don't get the recipe.  I will NEVER Pay.

And I think Sweet Potato and Lentils would not be in my "best interests".

FOX News...OMG.....They all LIED.  What will their "'people" think.....oh, that it's Fake News....Okay. Being sued for 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS........fantastic news.

I made the Soup.  I cooked the Noodles.  I made myself a re-heated Baked Potato with butter, sour cream and chives.  Then added extra chives. Extra black pepper.  Cookie Ice Cream later. While watching Extra-Terrestrials on TV.   Visiting us.  Creating radioactive areas in the dessert........wow. Perhaps radio active refueling areas.....like space gas stations.......

A FULL DAY.

The Blinding Bright White outside is making my eyes hurt.  

I took a shower this morning.  I felt like I needed one.  My hair feels nice.  I have a load of wash ready to go.  Whenever I get back down there to do it.........I am procrastinating...........but I guess I will be happiest if I "get it done" and then come back to the couch and procrastinate......the remaining hours of today.

Sounds like a Plan.  Have a Great Day!!!!

Friday, February 17, 2023

Field Notes- Dark, Broody Weather - waiting for Stormy Rain Sleet etc.


 This is tiled a Blob Party Print.  Something has gone wrong here on the page but I am just going to keep typing and ignore it.    I think the artist is Victori Atelier.  I closed and opened and now we are back to Normal.   The Art has a McDonald's feel to it....... Pink Arches.

Weather today is going to have everything.  Like an Everything Bagel.  A little dark clouds, some rain, some sleet, some snow, and possibly wind etc..... dark out there. Yesterday was WARM. Sunshine.

I wrote checks ....lots of bills.  Everything more expensive than it was last month. Why is that? Who do we blame for that?  You know...the Economy?  Transportation?  Space Balloons? Chinese.?

I looked in the fridge yesterday and it's blindingly EMPTY.  The major color inside is WHITE. I do need to "hop to" get a new pot of chicken soup Going.  I did make Pasta for the Chicken Parm dinners.  I will need to make soup noodles along with soup.  I am tired just thinking about all this.

My tummy feels all crampy.  I did eat chocolate yesterday (Brownie) and I don't think the inner workings of my digestive system likes chocolate.  Cramps up. Yep...not a happy digestive track........

So, not much to say and not much time to say it ......... I do have a load of wash to do.  I noticed the bedroom floor is dusty again.  Daughter  reported in- she has the card table. I knew it wasn't here. TV yesterday was iffy.  That Trent show on ABC is pretty good.  I wish they all spoke louder.  I miss most of the plot.  Jeopardy was....odd. Last evening. No one seemed to really be trying. I wasn't either- I usually can answer two and maybe three of the questions.  I didn't even try yesterday.

My book is getting to the difficult and the good parts. The Bodyguard and the School Teacher drove to Cosco- needed to take a ferry to another island.  Used her ratty small car. Today- he gets blind drunk. I am reminded that there are dark places in this book......painful places.....This seems to be my theme for the month. Nora's book had me in tears for days after finishing it. I like books to have happy ending.

I like to think I will have a happy ending.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Field notes- Thursday, February 16th. sunshine, 50 degrees- snow on the lawn.


 I may have used this image already.....I can't remember.  And even though I try very hard to keep the picture file up to date.......they all start looking the same to me... I liked them once and like them twice?

I have a Lunch Buddy Date at 11:30.  Nancy and I are very very excited to get out of our respective houses.  Nancy has been in COVID lockdown with her old man.  They've both been cleared by the doctor.

I have on a different pair of winter pants and the new to me sweater that I have been wearing for a few weeks now..  Feels Weird......Most of the clothing in my closet is long sleeved shirts.......summer pants........summer short sleeved camp shirts. This new to me sweater is a man's sweater with a half zip front.  Cashmere. I think daughter found it at Goodwill.  I like it.  I actually like the wrong side weave better than the front side weave..... but with the zipper- impossible to wear inside out to lunch.

I actually need to find a couple new sweaters BEFORE Winter comes around AGAIN.

I am reading the Bodyguard and the 2nd grade Schoolteacher book.  The Royals already seem to notice that the Bodyguard is interested in the Schoolteacher in the double digit book pages.  I hadn't noticed that in the first reading.  Invite to dinner with the Royals.

I just finished reading Dumplin which I have read is a movie now.  But where? I may read the next two in the series.......but have to order them?  When I re-read books- it always surprises me that they aren't the way I remember them being in previous readings......

I am horrified by that Ohio Train Wreck and the TOXIC SMOKE  and chemicals etc.  Pets and farm animals have all died in the first day or two..  Benzine was in the toxic mix in the cars.  Cancer.  Republican office holders telling the "folk"  "Nothing to see here- go back home"-- perhaps to die quietly out of sight????  The Republican Way to Handle Difficult Things...... 

I am reminded of sitting on the front porch of our Cleveland Ohio house as a pre teen and the CITY Mosquito Spraying Truck coming down the street spraying me with Mosquito Killer. Spraying any one that happened to be outside at the time... No Warning.  The Ohio Way to Do Things.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Field Notes- Wednesday, February 15th. Sun off and on. Warmish. Still have Snow.


 When I lived in Germany, coffee looking like this was the way it arrived.  Like a special treat. Always.

Husband has been wandering around looking for stuff we no longer own.  A card table.

I have the top border on the desk calendar to fill up with images or text. Before the end of the month. And I am running out of nice things and really do not want to add Political Stuff- which is pretty strange right now.  Have they all gone MAD.....????

So.  Something Pretty? to go on the top of the calendar?  Perhaps something out of one of my old journals.

The Sports Guys reverted to their past time of asking callers- mostly men-- to call with their favorite love song for Valentines' Day.  It was great.  They called to tell us what their "wedding song" was when they got married in the 50's and 60's.  They really picked great music and the guy running the Board- found the music while they talked and then we got to listen to it.  Scott Zolack- a former Patriot Football Player sang the songs- he knows the words to them all- and it was a nice surprise on a Holiday. Occasionally all three hosts sang the songs.

We had Football Pizza yesterday.  Since we didn't watch the Sunday Game. I watched Law and Order which had a collection of murders done in the "Heat of Passion" or some such rubbish.  They covered all the years the show was on- so I got to see all the detectives in one afternoon.  Which was actually quite nice.

So, that was Valentine's Day.  I had one leftover square of dark chocolate which I had after the pizza. Today, husband has Pasta and Chicken Parm and I have Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli.  OR Reheated Baked Potato with Sour cream and Chives.  I don't have an open bottle of wine.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Field Notes- February 14th. Valentine's Day. Sunshine, 2 inches of snow overnight. 50 degrees.


 An image I saved for Today.  Zinnias.  For You... In a canning jar.  From a Gardening Site.

Yes, it did snow overnight.  And Yes, it will get up into the 50's in a few hours.

I walked to the end of the street and back delivering Valentine's to my neighbors yesterday.  Not all of them.   It's not like the Olden Days in the 90's. When I would have given all of them a card.  

The walk notified me that my right hip and leg do not like going for walks....... the result of our 1969 VW bug being smashed in the passenger side.....and me being the passenger.  An injury that is like an unwanted gift......Can't return it and no chance of making it any better.  51 years.

So.......enough woe is me.  I baked potatoes yesterday and had one for my dinner with sour cream, butter and chives.  I got chives from the special section of the fresh vegetable area. Special Chives.

Husband gave me a scrap of paper on which he wrote Happy Valentine's Day. 

Thursday, my end of the road neighbor and I will be going to LUNCH and we are both very very excited.  She and her husband were cleared by their doctor (of COVID).  They have both been sick. but are now well.  They said it was like a very very bad cold with a fever.  They have had all their vaccines and boosters.  They had the special booster- I had the regular.

Well, I am now very very happy I didn't waste a speck of my Time on the Super Bowl.

I was also perplexed and oddly hysterical about the Security Chief in his briefing saying the balloons were NOT being sent by Extra-terrestials. Excuse the spelling.  I never thought I would be using the term. I'll find out how to spell it.......cause, its a "thing" now.  Oh, Yes, it is..........wow.