Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wanted...Nice Weather!



I had planned to go to the city today, but it's beginning to snow a wee bit.  A little snow never used to bother me when driving, and I've driven in heavy snow to go to work in the past.  Now that I don't have to get out in the elements, I usually don't.   But you know when you've had your mind set on doing something and you have to change your plans?  I'm not as good as I'd like to be with going to Plan B.  Not that I had anything that earthshaking to see to today.


I'm expecting my new curtains to arrive any day now.  And I think I may have the wrong rod to put them on.  So, I had planned to go to the store to talk about curtain rods and make sure I have the correct one.  A little flea marketing was also on the agenda and possibly a haircut.  I couldn't get an appointment at my usual place until next week.  We have something special coming up this weekend and I wanted to get my hair cut as it's looking rather flat as you may or may not have noticed in my selfie I shared in the last post.  

I do want to thank everyone for the sweet comments on my last post.  Ya'll are just so nice!


I was recently told that I was a No Reply blogger.  Hopefully I have that fixed now.  If you are still having problems, I don't know what else I can do.  Nothing was done to change it in the first place and I have no idea how it got that way.

I also wonder why my font seems so much smaller when I preview my post than when I'm actually writing it?  I also will have spaces where I didn't put them and other strange things will happen that I didn't want.  Am I the only one the blogger gremlins mess with?

Now I'm off to check out the weather forecast again and make a decision on what to do today.  I am having an attack of cabin fever, so I hope I can get out of the house for a while!

Happy Wednesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Barn and Birthdays


Happy first day of March!  In spite of March coming in like a lion and dumping around 5 inches of snow on us, spring is just weeks away!  I'm more than ready to hear the birds singing once again and seeing some green. 


The hubby and I hopped into the 4-wheel drive truck and ran a few errands.  We had heard of several cars being in the ditches, but we drove slowly and were careful.  Too many don't seem to slow down and then wonder how they ended up scooting off into a ditch.  While BG drove, I snapped away at the scenery, but the snow falling and the light didn't make for very good photos.

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Tomorrow is the date of my father's birth.  He would have been 102 if he were still living.   In a couple of weeks, I'll have another birthday.  Mercy me...time flies.  How can I be this old?  

I had to go to the doctor Friday for a follow-up visit for my toe surgery.  The nurse sat down with her laptop and began updating my info and asked how old I was.  I told her I would be 69 in a couple of weeks and she told me that I sure didn't look that old.  I wanted to give her a big ole hug.  Do you know how those words are music to these olden ears?  I guess all those years of being thought so young...and I hated being treated like I was just a kid when I was married with 2 little children...has finally paid off.  And having a round face probably helps, too.  Now that I've said all that, I'll probably wake up in the morning with white hair and drooling.  lol!  I need a haircut and I can't hold the camera still with one hand so it's a bit blurry.  And that's a good thing as the wrinkles don't show up as plainly!  :)

Soon the work on The Project will begin again after a too long break.  I'm trying to get some things in this house either underway or finished.  Depending on the project.  One of those started was going through a huge stack of magazines and cutting out the photos, articles and recipes I wanted to save and putting in a scrapbook.  So I need to speed it up with these indoor jobs because when spring weather finally arrives, I'll be wanting to go outside and we'll be trying to finish up The Project.  Hurry Spring!

Linking to Amy's The Barn Collective   

Happy Sunday to you!  (what's left of it)
xo Cheryl

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Country Fence ~ City Fence


I was driving to our neighboring town a couple of weeks ago and saw all this white on the pond, or some say lake.  There was a gravel road just off the highway so I turned down the lane and stopped to get a better look.


Zooming in I could easily see there were hundreds of various geese on the water, on the ground, and in the air waiting to land. 
 

If you look closely, you can see a fence in the background of these shots and the next one. 

I wasn't there long and didn't even get out of my car, but it must have been enough to scare them off.  And away they flew!

                               

I was really excited when I realized there were Trumpeter Swans in the group.  I also spotted Canadian Geese, Snow Geese, Mallards, and Greater White-fronted Geese.  If I have a name wrong, please correct me.  These aren't very good shots, but it was a fun sighting and I was very happy to get to see the Trumpeter Swans! 
                                                                    

Just in case it was too hard to find the country fence, I'll share a city fence, too.  I liked the stone and wrought iron combination and I really love the gingerbread on the porch.

Linking to Theresa's Good Fences 

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This and That


It's time for Operation Spring Spruce Up around here.  I am on a mission and have been looking at curtains, pillows and a few new houseplants to freshen things up a bit.  I have ordered some new drapes from Country Curtains, but I haven't decided on pillows just yet.  A wall gallery is still in the making.

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night?  I watched most of it.  The only movie I was familiar with was American Sniper.  BG and I went to see it when it first came out in the theaters.  We both thought it was a good movie and Bradley Cooper did an excellent job in the lead role.  I was disappointed, but not really surprised, that it didn't win more awards.


By the way, Betty White is a lucky old broad...lol!  Did you see her big lip lock with Bradley Cooper?  I think this was on the SNL anniversary show.  He is so handsome and if I were younger and single...just sayin'.  No, BG doesn't read my blog!

We were blown away by Lady Gaga singing a medley of songs from the Sound of Music.  Who knew?  I certainly didn't know she could sing like that!  This was the biggest surprise of the show.  If you didn't get to see her performance, click here and enjoy.


The kitties...with the exception of Lazy Bones aka Stormy...are playing hockey in the kitchen with some pony tail holders as I write this.  They like to steal them from my daughter's dresser and bring them to the kitchen where they can bat them around.  Then they will shove them under the refrigerator.  I know this after finding about 20 of them when we moved the refrigerator to clean behind it.  I have read on Susan Branch's blog that her cats love to play with them, too.  Do your pets have a favorite hiding place for their toys?

I hope those of you in the ice and heavy snow areas are staying safe and warm.   Take heart...this month will soon be over and spring is coming!

Happy Tuesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday's Five


It started sleeting here a little while ago.  I had heard the weather might get a little nasty, so I filled all the bird feeders and then headed to the grocery store this afternoon to get a few things.  It was very busy and people were stocking up as if they were expecting to be snowed in for days.  Why do we do that?  I already had enough on hand that should we not be able to get out we would not starve for several days.  But, I needed those important items like...another bag of potato chips, dip, little smokies, cheese and crackers.  You know, in case the electric goes out.  lol! 

Speaking of getting groceries...do you keep an emergency supply of food on hand to last a couple of months or longer?  Just curious.  I don't hoard food, but I do keep stocked up on essential items.  I will buy extra when essential items are on sale at a good price.

I want to replace some of my houseplants as soon as I see some nice ones at one of those home centers.   It's supposed to be hard to kill a pothos, but I can do it!  And I'm counting the days until spring when we'll see spring flowers blooming.  Speaking of spring flowers...do you remember the mystery tulips my daughter got for Valentine's Day?  Well, she knew they weren't from her boyfriend and told the girls at work that he wasn't too happy about her getting flowers from a mystery man, so her assistant and another teacher confessed that they got them for her.


Little Tuffy is feeling more like himself again after being sick.  He started out by limping and then he began vomiting several times a day.  He then quit eating and just laid around and slept.  The vet said it was probably gastritis and the limping was from a small abscess.  He was given shots and an antibiotic to take, so all's well again.

Commenting on blogs is still a hit and miss for me.  I have had this problem for way too long.  I'll type out my comment and hit publish and it won't publish.  I try to remember to copy my comment so when that happens I can paste and hit publish again.  Usually the second time it will go through.  Does this ever happen to you?  It's very frustrating.


Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Weekend ~ The Weather ~ The Wussy


The weather...we had close to 4 inches of snow by Monday morning.  Nothing like what has fallen on the northeast.  I honestly don't know how they are coping with those amounts.  I feel sorry for the farm animals and wildlife trying to survive in those conditions, too.



The weekend...we were talking to our son on Saturday and he asked us if we wanted to come for a visit and to eat some of that excellent Kansas City BBQ.  Well, we thought about that for a couple of minutes and decided to throw a few things in a bag for an overnight and off we went.  He bought us a yummy dinner for Valentine's Day and then we ate the BBQ the next day before leaving for home.  We visited him in KC last month and we ate at Gate's BBQ and I've been in love ever since!  My meal came on a plate, but BG's and son's were in a box pictured above.   We had a great time in spite of my hobbling around.  

Call me a wussy... for I've been grunting and groaning for too long.  In addition to having had tendonitis in my left ankle, which is much better now, and a sore knee which is somewhat better, I had to have some surgery on my big toe Friday afternoon.  And a little work was done on the next toe.  Both were taped together, but I pulled a sock on and slipped on some sandals and hobbled on along!  If you see any dirt on my foot, I'm here to tell ya that they were super clean before all this work was done, but I was not to get it wet for 3 days which will be up tomorrow.  The pain has been bad enough that I make sure I'm taking my Advil every 4 hours.  The doc gave me a prescription for a strong pain pill, but I don't like to take narcotics.  The weekend trip was good to take my mind off of it.  Monday was a lazy day and with the snow, I didn't think I'd better go out walking in sandals.  So I stayed in and napped a lot and it was so nice!

It's a very late entry, but I'm linking to Amy's Barn Collective

Happy Tuesday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Random 5 ~ Happy Valentine's Day!


Have you ever received flowers from a secret admirer?  These pretty tulips were delivered yesterday to my daughter at her work place.  She doesn't know who they were from.  There wasn't a card with them.  No, I didn't send them!

Both my children have someone special to exchange valentines with this year.  Our daughter has recently gotten back with a former boyfriend and our son has a new lady that we will be getting to meet soon.  I'm happy when my children are happy!  

BG and I met in a grocery store parking lot one night over 40 years ago and we've been together ever since.  One night we went to the movies.  I don't remember if we were married yet, but Love Story was playing and I wanted to see it since I loved a good romance.  The movie was good but the ending wasn't what I had hoped for and I left the movie with tears flowing.  I did remember one line from the movie that I thought was a good one at the time.  The line was "love means never having to say you're sorry."  I remember thinking "oh, goody!"  I learned differently over the years.  I firmly believe that saying you're sorry when you've hurt someone, especially a loved one, even inadvertently, is so very important in maintaining a good relationship.  And being able to forgive is equally important, too.


There was cookie baking going on in my kitchen last night.  Cookies were made for the kids at my daughter's school and a few for us, too.  We had to put the kitties downstairs and shut the door because they would have been in the middle of everything.  You can't turn your back on them a minute when you have food around.  


My all time favorite love song is Unchained Melody.  It's a little harder to choose a favorite romantic movie because there are too many I like.  The Notebook is one.  Do you have favorites?  Do tell!

Linking to Willie Nilly Friday 5

Hugs and love to each of you as we celebrate Valentine's Day this weekend!  

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl       

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Good Fences


There used to be a fence behind this, but it was taken down.  I don't know if they plan to rebuild it or not.  This farm has been in the same family since I was a youngster and lived just a mile or so down the highway.  I would saddle up my horse and ride down the lane just to the left of the sign to the farm house for piano lessons.  I only took lessons for 3 summers and learned just enough to play for my own pleasure.  And to aggravate my brothers by playing the same favorite song over and over!  lol!  The woman who lives on this farm now is the daughter of my former neighbor and piano teacher.  There have been a few changes to this farm, including a new house which was built several years ago.


I'm not sure the first photo qualifies as a fence, but maybe this railing across the bridge which goes over the Missouri River will.  I rolled down my car window and snapped this one.  I only just noticed the reflection of the old railroad bridge in the water when resizing the photo. 

This has been a busy week so far and I haven't gotten to visit as much as I would like.  Can you believe tomorrow is Friday already and almost the middle of the month?     

Linking to Theresa's Good Fences  

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl   

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday's Barn


This barn photo was taken the end of last October.  While looking for a barn to share this week, I realized that I needed to go on a barn hunt.  That will be such a hardship.  Just kidding!  You know I love an excuse to go road-tripping!


I played around in Photoscape and used the Watercolor Pencil effect in the photo above.  

Linking to Amy's  The Barn Collective

Happy Monday to you!
xo Cheryl

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Fence Across the Way



Our second snow of the year fell yesterday giving us about 2 inches of the white stuff.  I quickly zoomed in on this scene from my front door this morning.  I had to be quick because the temps are frigid with below zero wind chills.  Yikes!  It will warm up tomorrow and the snow will be gone in no time.  By Saturday, temps are supposed to be in the upper 50's.  There is a saying in Missouri that if you don't like the weather, just stick around and it'll change in 15 minutes.  

Linking to Theresa's Good Fences 

Happy Thursday to you!
xo Cheryl