Goodbye July, Hello Monday

Goodbye to July and hello August. I can’t say I am sorry to see July go. I love fall so that means that the end of July is bringing my favorite season closer.

July was a hard month for us. We lost our precious old Molly girl. If you didn’t catch that post you can read it here: Goodbye Molly Rose. She was fifteen years old, approximately, and she passed over the Rainbow Bridge on July 7th. I was just getting over Covid and still feeling weak and loopy from it. My brother underwent open heart surgery, but he is doing very well and that is such a blessing. My little mother in law suffered a heart attack and is still recovering from that so whew!!!! Yes it has been a rough month.

And now. July was an awesome month!!! Lots of great things happened!!! My brother is doing great and recovering wonderfully from his surgery. My little ma in law is recovering nicely and still feisty and waiting to go back to her room at the Assisted Living Center. Mark did not get Covid when I had it. I am feeling much stronger. And sweet Molly is running and playing and happy across the Rainbow Bridge. We were able to visit with some sweet family members from Texas. And while it has been hotter than Satan’s breath we have had some nice rain showers and everything is a brilliant green. I guess it’s all how you look at it.

I had a lot of fun this past weekend. I went out on Saturday morning to buy groceries and decided to make a slight detour to the farm market near my house. I knew their vegetables would be crazy good right now and yes they were and very plentiful.

This is the long road leading to the Farm Market. Last year it was totally gravel and soooo dusty. It looks like they have put some concrete or something on it.
Acres of vegetables are grown.
I have been craving okra I was so happy to see this.
I love my mountains.

After I left the Farm Market I drove on over to nearby Tellico Plains, the downtown area. I went to the Museum Marketplace.
This is a thrift store and antique store with locally handmade items and just a little bit of everything. I only bought one thing this little powder box. I am not sure if it is pewter. It is heavy and old and I will probably keep my earrings in it. It just caught my eye and I had to keep circling it which usually means I need to go ahead and buy it. So I did.

I am not really sure how to clean this if you have any ideas please let me know. It is heavy.

This little group of music makers travel all around downtown Tellico playing in lots of different shops. Today they were set up
at the entrance to the Marketplace and I just had to stop and chill and listen for awhile. They have been playing together for ages
and they are just amazing.

I bought potatoes, cucumbers, okra and a huge cantaloupe. The prices are so much better than Walmart or anywhere else in town and so delicious and fresh.

I bought a spiral ham at Walmart and was planning to cook the ham and veggies on Sunday and maybe do spaghetti on Saturday night. Mark suggested I cook the ham after I got home on Saturday and we made sandwiches and then just reheated the ham on Sunday. That way we only had to do the veggies on Sunday. So that is what we did and it worked out great!!!

I cook okra the way my mama always did. I don’t know how you do yours but this is how we ate okra when I was growing up and I just love it this way. I wash and cut up my okra. I could’t help but laugh as I was cutting the okra. It is a little slimy and sticky inside the stalks. My brother Joe and I used to get the ends and stick them to our heads and pretend they were horns. HA!!! My mama never found that as amusing as we did. Anyway back to the okra. After I cut it I roll it in a little flour or cornmeal, whichever I have on hand, I used flour this time. Salt it. And then I put oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat and cook it until it is nice and soft. Then I drain it and put it in the oven and finish it by baking it. It makes it nice and crispy. I cannot stand soggy okra. It is so yummy this way. How do you cook okra?

It rained most of Sunday and I worked on the temperature blanket. I was a little behind but here it is through June. If you don’t know, I started crocheting the temperature blanket in January. You crochet a different color, which corresponds with the temperature, for each day. I used blues for the colder months and I have been using red and orange for the warmer months. The last couple of months have been totally orange and red. I think orange goes to 88 degrees F and anything above that I am using the red color. If you want to check out all the colors and the temperature chart just check out this blog post from a few months ago:
I am making a crocheted temperature blanket.

It really is growing and this is only through the end of June!!!

How was your weekend?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!

Hello Monday

Well last week was another busy week over here. The temps were in the high nineties. WHAT???? Technically it is still spring here in East Tennessee but you just never know what kind of weather you are going to get. The last few days have been cooler and it was only about 56 degrees F here this morning. That felt wonderful.

Work has been its usual crazy self but that is just to be expected when you work in tourism in the summer time. I just take it a day at a time. I have had this job for many years and I have seen a lot of things and a lot of people. I think that is what makes life interesting. That’s how I try to look at things anyway. Well most of the time. HA!!

We realized last week that the outside kitties were going to have to have a cooler spot to come into at night. We bring the three outside kitties in at night and close the garage door. Now with this horrible heatwave the garage at night is just too hot for them. It’s probably really not but I’m not taking any chances. Since bringing all three indoors was not really an option we decided to buy a small upright air conditioner for the garage. I stopped at Home Depot last week and picked up a small unit.I am terrified to see just how much my monthly utility bill increases because of this. But The garage was so hot at night I just couldn’t leave the babies out there. Leaving the door open a little is not an option since that is how Milo and Buster got out and disappeared. We know there is still a coyote problem in this area.

So I got the little air conditioner and Mark and I got it set up. It doesn’t make the garage as cool as the house but it is so much better.

On Wednesday I had Sister Lunch with my sister and sister in law. We caught up with each other and solved some world problems.

On Saturday my friend Lorie invited me to a campsite that her and her husband have in the summer. The site is beside a beautiful creek it’s actually called Steer Creek. We floated and talked and ate wonderful food she had made. It was just the best therapy ever.

Sunday was quiet. We stayed home all day and ran into town for take out later in the day for a special Father’s Day Dinner. We may not have any human children but Mark is a perfect dad to our babies.

A few years ago I wrote a blog post about a favorite memory of my daddy. He was so stern and strict but he had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone. This special memory was when I was six years old and a first grader and I thought I was way too grown up to carry a book satchel like all the other first graders. You can read it here. It is a special memory of my daddy.

And look what happened one of my orchids bloomed. This one I named Saffron. I was so happy to see this precious bloom.

You know I had to sneak in a kitty picture. Just look at those eyes.

How was your week?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!

Weekend Happenings

Hello friends. Wow we have had three inches of rain today. This past week we had unseasonably high temps and then today was rainy and cool. I loved it!! How was your weekend?

My weekend extended into today. I have to work next weekend because it is Memorial weekend and it will be our first big weekend of the season. So I took today off.

I had a great weekend. I think everyone should have a three day weekend. It would be the perfect amount of time to get things done and get some rest and have fun!!!

I started my weekend with these blueberry muffins. Believe it or not the potassium in these are not that bad. I also do not believe in totally restricting myself from things I love. I think moderation is key in everything.

On Saturday I went with a friend to take photos. He likes taking pictures almost as much as I do. He had told me about some of the roads he traveled to work. Some of them are short cuts on the back farm roads with the most beautiful scenery. I have to say East Tennessee is beautiful. I say East Tennessee because Tennessee is divided into three grand divisions East which is Knoxville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg area all the way into North Carolina. Middle Tennessee is Nashville, Murfreesboro area and West is Jackson and Memphis areas. Each area is so different it’s almost like a different state. That is why the state flag has three stars. One star for each division. Ok enough history.

This is the first photo I took on our trip and I love it. I love taking pictures of old barns. Especially the ones painted red.

So we took off early Saturday with our cameras and cell phones. I love taking pictures with my cell phone about as much as my big camera. Chuck had almost the same camera as me and he was able to show me a lot of new things I didn’t know. We took pictures for a few hours and then stopped in nearby Athens and had lunch and then walked downtown to get some shots of the old buildings in the downtown area. I am saving most of the shots I took for my Wordless Wednesday post so stay tuned for that.

Flags all around the courthouse. It was very windy and they were billowing and beautiful.
Isn’t the courthouse here beautiful. It is very old.

I picked up groceries on my way home. I took care of all the babies when I got home, we went on a long walk. I put the groceries away and started some laundry. It was a great day!!

This is our girl Sadie, she thinks she is a wild jungle cat.
Scruffy and Molly
Allie Cat, AKA Mama kitty. She is mama to all the kitties we had.
Sadie and Izzy. These babies love going on the walks with us. It is the funniest thing you have ever seen. They are all trailing behind me as I walk. I feel like we’re in a parade. HA!!!
Izzy

Sunday was quiet. Mark and I were both off and we just hung out at the house. I did more laundry and worked on the temperature blanket. I had about a billion ends to weave in. That is the only bad part about switching colors so many times. I cooked dinner and caught up on Working Moms on Netflix.

Monday I had to get my hair done really early and then I planned to continue cleaning my Mother in Law’s house. We are planning to rent it so a lot has to be done. A sweet friend came to help me. We worked for about three hours and then got some lunch and went back to her house to eat it. I had to pick up some things for my MIL and take to her. She was In good spirits and wasn’t even upset about her upcoming doctor visit. I went home to feed and walk the babies and get ready for work tomorrow. It will be a long week because I have to work on Saturday.

My eating is going well this week I am down about nine pounds. I want it to go faster but I know realistically this is the best way. I also am now on a low potassium diet. I had blood work a couple of weeks ago and my potassium was higher than it should be so I had to drink a liquid potassium binder, which was pretty yucky, and have the test repeated. The results were better but not quite where the doctor wants them to be so I had another of the delicious binders and will get rechecked on Thursday. We will see after that. All other blood work was great so it is a bit of a mystery. I would be concerned with only having one kidney and that could be causing a problem but all kidney related blood work was great!!! I’m trying to remain calm and optimistic that we will get to the bottom of it. However potassium does play a big role in your body. It is very important to keep it balanced.

The inside kitties, Gus and Kitty Kitty are getting along better every day.

This was the first time I have seen both of them on the bed at the same time. Gus’ fur is starting to come back in and it looks so weird. The places where there is the least hair is where the hair was the most matted.
I love this look I think it says I am here and I am King!!!!
More daisies blooming. I love them. They are my favorite. do you remember picking the petals and saying “he loves me he loves me not”? You always had a special person in mind while you were picking the petals and you just always had to make it end the way you wanted.
I love these. Weeds or flowers either way I think they’re beautiful.

So how was your weekend?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!

Weekly Happenings

I think that there is nothing that makes you realize your own mortality then the death of a sibling. I have lost three other siblings before my sister Pat passed away last month. But something about her death has hit me harder and made me take a long hard look at my own life and health. I guess it’s because I am older now. I have really been trying to clean up a lot of unhealthy habits in my life. With my weight being the main issue, as far as I know anyway, I have been working really hard on eating better and moving my body more. I am down about seven pounds so far and hope by this time next month it will be even more. I am not doing anything radical or taking diet pills or drinking shakes or anything like that. Just better eating and exercise that is what will have to do it for me. I have always been one to eat my feelings instead of feeling them. By numbing myself it is easier to avoid feeling bad. Well that is until all your clothes don’t fit and you can’t walk a short distance without being out of breath. There is a lot of life to live and I want to be the healthiest I can be to do it. I want to be better physically. I just felt the need to share all of that.

A busy weekend over here. On Saturday my sister and my nephew helped me clean out some things in my mother in law’s house. We know that realistically she will never be able to live at home again and the house has needed a good cleaning for several years. We worked for several hours and then I went to visit my mother in law at the assisted living village. Her short term memory is getting so bad and she asks me the same questions over and over or tells me the same story over and over. I just pretend it’s the first time I have heard it. She loves for me to show her pictures of the babies. I try to take several throughout the week so I will have plenty to show her. She has so many stories of when she was a young woman, newly married, riding a greyhound bus to Knoxville every day to business school. The trip was over an hour each way. She studied on the bus and the bus driver always flirted with her. She can still tell these stories like it was yesterday and I love to hear them. Sometimes I start asking her questions so she will tell me one of those. She has such a look on her face when she tells them like she is still seeing every memory and I am sure she is.

Look at this pollen. It’s been crazy!!!!

After our visit I bought groceries. I am amazed every week when I see the price of groceries. Of course having seven babies to buy for isn’t cheap. Scruffy and Molly have to have canned dog food because their teeth, or lack of them, makes it hard to chew hard food. Also dog food and cat food have become really hard to get. I know you have heard the horror stories about baby formula.

Sunday my sister had a cook-out at her house for my nephew Tyler, he graduated from college last week. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to go. He only got four tickets and his mom and dad of course went. My brother in law, his grandfather, couldn’t go so I was able to get his ticket. My sister and I went and sat on the bleachers in the gym for three hours. It was more than worth it. We all went out to eat afterwards and had a really good time.

I have been doing a lot of walks with the babies. It has been really hot here so we don’t go far. I have also been working on the temperature blanket. I am still a little behind but working on it when I can. I can’t wait to show you what I have.

I love daisies they are my favorite flower.

Work continues to be busy but manageable. I am trying to get my house de-cluttered, I think that is an ongoing process and that is o.k.

You knew I would have to sneak a kitty picture in somewhere.

That is what has been going on in my neck of the woods, how are you doing?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!!