Work will have to wait.

I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to sleep until 8 a.m. this morning. I was up at 3:30 doing bathroom break and letting the cat eat a bit. She wanted to go outside, but I told her “no–get back into bed.” She eventually complied and curled up on my ankles which was quite welcome. It has been chilly here the past few days, and I thought we had the furnace kicked on, but I guess not as I had thought. It felt good to snuggle deep under the covers last night.

chair massager

My knees were a bit stiff this morning when I got up and the ache in my right knee was a little intense. After the heat was turned on and had a little time to kick in, and I had taken a shower things were a bit better. The gift that came in the mail from Paulina will be a great help to eliminate some of my aches, especially in my back!!

Since we had quilting night in church and I knew I would be there until nearly 9 p.m., I didn’t hurry over in the morning. In fact I didn’t get there until noon, but it was plenty of time to get the bulletin worked up and the newsletter written and I even have the article ready for the Blade for next week, Yee Ha! Not really such a big deal since I used basically the same thing for both with just a few modifications. I could post it here since I have it on the email and I can access it when I want. I might just have to do that tomorrow.

Baskets of produce every day.

I was planning to make up a batch of spaghetti sauce when I got home, but after I looked at the small amount of tomatoes that were ripe and ready, I decided not to bother. We will be taking the larger, slicing tomatoes along to Jamestown and could make up some BLT’s at Jessica’s house for lunch some afternoon. We are also dragging some of the cucumbers and whatever else I decide to throw together with us. I asked my aunt and sister to check in on the cats and suggested that they take what they want from the produce setting out and about. I sure hope they do because I hate like the dickens to have to throw away spoiled tomatoes or cucumbers or even those onions in the basket. James bagged up some of the tiny little cherry (they look more like the grape kind) tomatoes to take to Jessica, but there is no way we can get them all eaten or even given away. Ok, tired for now and need some rest to make tomorrow. Catch you later!!

Packers

Last night I mentioned that we are heading to Jamestown for the weekend. It was only Monday and we are not leaving until Thursday, but I know our schedule and I know I don’t have much time to pack so I drug out the suitcase and got started. Well Roger was not too happy about it and this is what she did. She so hates it when we leave, and this will be more than a simple over night. We will be gone for two whole days, haha!

Other than packing, I did the laundry for the week and even did some sorting in my closet. I might even find the top of my dresser at this rate. Yippee! I also watched the opening night of the new season of The Voice. I love that show, but prefer to watch it from the DVR recording so that I can fast-forward through the parts that are fillers. I also noticed that our DVR is at only 30 percent free so I need to delete some files tonight in order for the other shows to record while we are gone. Well nothing else for now, need to get correcting and plan for tomorrow.

Another Monday

Today begins my sixth week of this long-term substitute stint. I have one more full week and a couple more days after that. I won’t say I am counting the days because I really enjoy this school and this room. There is never a dull moment and no two days are the same. The students are pretty good and the other teachers and staff are great too.

Sunrise

The only real negative, which is pretty much my always negative, is that I have to get up so early. In the beginning we were leaving home with the sunrise, but lately I can’t tell because it has been so dark and gloomy and even raining, thus it is hard to tell where the sun is.

Today I will be late getting home because I have to wait for James to get through with football. Instead of having practice they are watching a motivational movie here in Hazelton. I am nearly starved and will probably by out the grocery store because we need to stop for a few items before we go home. Yikes!

I have been using some of my free time today to put together some “to do” lists for the rest of this week. We are heading to Jamestown to the college homecoming and I want to take some things along including some garden produce and maybe some baked goods. Hopefully I find some time to make somethings. I am so happy to say that my knees are feeling much better this afternoon. I don’t understand what happened, but it seems that since the heater was turned on it was much better.

Well that is it for now, have a great day!

Let the canning begin!

I finally washed up the tomatoes, took out the kettles, and did up the first batch of the 2017 season. In the end there are 4 quarts of juice and 6 quarts and one pint of the best spaghetti sauce that I have ever made. I say that because I know the flavor is always there, but this time, I figured out how to reduce the excess juice without boiling it forever, thus the 4 quarts of juice on the side. I strained off as much juice as possible and ran it through the jelly cone before I dumped the blanched-peeled tomatoes into the stock pot. In the end I  pureed a couple of tomatoes and added them to the juice to at least have some pulp. I also added 1/2 a teaspoon of canning salt, sugar and lemon juice to each quart.

Spaghetti and juice

For the spaghetti sauce I must have had about 6 quarts of tomatoes in the stock pot. I heated it on medium and added: 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup canning salt and nearly a full cup of Italian seasoning and a shake of garlic salt. I usually stir it up and heat it just below a boil then check the flavor before I put it in jars. Each batch to me is a bit different because the flavor really depends on the tomatoes. Tonight I didn’t need to do anything else to it. I filled clean quart jars and sealed them up. After 20 minutes of boiling in a canner kettle, I set them out to seal, and happily all of them have. James thinks that we should have spaghetti for supper tomorrow night. We shall see.

Weekend Woes

Today’s picks

So much for my “to do” list for this weekend. I have been plotting and planning for several days all the things we will accomplish and even more so when I found out Paulina was coming home. Well Robert Burns in his poem, “To a Mouse” was right when he noted (please be aware that I am paraphrasing) that the best laid plans of mice and men often get thwarted.

My moss roses

My knees have not been cooperating with the idea of work as of late. I don’t know if it is my diet, the weather or just old age. My right knee has a pinch in it that seems to move around at random, and my left knee the past two days just keeps getting bigger and bigger. This evening is much better than this morning was. I thought I was hobbling on a couple of stumps. I have also been having some swelling in my fingers and so perhaps I need to seriously look at what I am eating. On the other hand, the chiropractor suggested it might be the amount of time I have been spending in the car lately. I personally think it is the cold and damp weather we have been having.

Morning glories in the cucumbers

Anyway, my point was not to complain, but just to say that I wanted to do all these wonderful things, but got to none of them. About the only thing that I did get accomplished was a little picking in the garden, which really for all points and purposes except for the tomatoes could just as well be pulled up. I may just start doing that this week. OK, so I won’t. I can’t ever seem to so that. I have this list that says: prune raspberries, cut off dead holly hocks, replant shrubs, plant mums, repot geraniums and none of it is getting down. Maybe I will remember to take in the poinsettias tomorrow. Hopefully I do that before we start on the tomatoes…It never ends around here, and then the knees hurt and I don’t get out of the chair. Maybe that would be a good time to work on the needle work… I promise to quit complaining and share my pictures. At least they are a little cheerier than I am.

New season

Brave sunflowers in the wind

Today the seasons change. The sun crosses the equator from north to south and here in the north we start the season of fall. As much as I love fall, I am not really loving the cold and wet that we have today. I know we need the rain, and the cooler air feels better than the heat of yesterday. BUT…. today my joints are screaming in pain and I was really hoping to sit outside watching the football game then maybe have a firepit when we get home. It would be fun because Paulina will be home and tomorrow is Saturday so that means not having to get out of bed so early, though knowing Roger she will want outside by 5 a.m.

Bee on cosmos

Grasshopper damage on tomato

I am typing this on my iPad so I will cut it short. I have a few pictures from this week in the garden to share. Hope to have a better update tomorrow.

Forgetful Monday

Roger hoping to get inside

UGGGGHHHHHH!!!!! I don’t know how I will make the night. I feel like I am Linus and Lucy hid my blanket. I left my iPad plugged in behind the desk in school. I have been so out of sorts it took me two as in 2 hours to try to pick the songs for Sunday. At least they will be pretty good. We are singing: “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us’ as our slow deliberate song. Just before the message it is: “I Love to Tell the Story,” and for the closing walking out hymn it is, “Redeemed.” That last one should be fun. I went upstairs to see the lists and the suggestions about 6:45 and between phone calls, text messages, James coming home and me missing the iPad, I didn’t get the choices finished until nearly 9 p.m. All I can say is UGGGGHHHHHH! I hope television is good or maybe I will have to read. Hmmm I better get the clothes out of the dryer and think about what to wear tomorrow. This long pants thing all week might be a stretch. I should just dig into the long skirts for something different, then again maybe not. Catch you later, hope your day was better than mind. Maybe I need to write in my planner on what to take with me. Ha!!

Oh my goodness, James just asked if there is a cat outside. I let Roger out before Glenda came over and that was around 6 p.m. because the local news was on when she was here. I guess I forgot about her too. Well hopefully she won’t feel the need to go outside at 2:30 a.m. Maybe if she doesn’t wake me, I won’t miss the iPad!

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