Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chats On The Farmhouse Porch

Before I begin this week's chat, I'd like to tell my fellow chatters that if your blog is linked on Patrice's post, I do visit it.  I try to leave comments, but even if I don't, I still read your answers and enjoy everyone's posts.

I say this because I don't think I left any comments last week.  I was just so tired and my brain wasn't working.  My apologies.

Everyday Ruralty


  1. When it's time to cut the grass (mow the lawn), who does it?

    Let me preface this by telling you a little story. When I went to the allergist a few years back to get tested, after they'd poked the stuff into my back and the proscribed time had elapsed, the allergist came in to check my results. As soon as he opened the door, he laughed and said, "I'll bet you can tell when someone is mowing the grass!" My response: "Within a 10 mile radius" Yes, I'm very, very allergic to grass, and if I try to mow, my eyes swell and I gasp for breath for days afterward. Heck, that happens even when someone else mows. In fact, my eyes are telling me that someone, somewhere has mowed sometime today. Needless to say, my cousin James and my son Cody usually mow the grass, but what with Cody grown and gone now, James mostly does it by himself. I'd love to help, but the need to keep breathing is stronger than my desire to mow.

  2. If someone gave you $500 dollars and you could not spend it on yourself, who would you spend it on?

    Does paying bills count as spending it on myself? Hmm, in that case, I'd send it to Cody. Poor college students always seem to need money.
  3. Have you ever taken a blogging break or considered one?

    I consider taking a blogging break all the time. It's what happens when nobody reads your blog. It's easy to get discouraged when you feel like you're talking to empty air. In reality, I've never taken more than 3 or 4 days off at a time. I feel like if I stop, I'll never start again.
  4. Are you bothered by spring allergies or hay fever? If not spring, any other time of the year?

    Yes, yes, and yes! I was laughing at the Claritin commercial the other day. The line that says to continue to take Claritin as long as your triggers remain. Yeah, I take it all year round. My list is long, sweetheart.

  5. What's new with you?

    Well, I've got a couple of different plants in my flower beds this year. That's about it. Everything else is same old same old.


 I hope you enjoyed our little chat this week.  Thanks for stopping by.  See you next Tuesday.

Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Monday, Again

I went by Wal-mart after work because I need a new garden hose.  My old hose just broke right in two.  It had gotten stiff and brittle, and when I stretched it out to water the seedlings I was planting, it just snapped clean in two. But it was pushing 20 years old, so I definitely got my money's worth out of it..

Anyway, I needed a new hose, so I went to Wal-mart to get one.  While I was there, I went outside to the nursery area to see if they had any purple coneflowers, but they didn't.

So I got something else.


The one on the right is a new chupacabra.  I'm going to put it into one of my pots.  I just don't think I'm going to fool with the petunias this year.  I may get one later on.  I don't know.  Petunias just aren't thrilling me this year.  I'm not sure why, but I'm not going to buy a plant I'm not totally thrilled with, because then I'd end up neglecting it, and I don't want that.

The one on the left will go somewhere in my flower bed.  It's an Agamemnon.  You spell that A-r-g-y-r-a-n-t-h-e-m-u-m.  It's something I had never heard of, but I'm guessing it's in the chrysanthemum family.  Alls I know is that I like the way it looks.

You spell chupacabra C-a-l-i-b-r-a-c-h-o-a, by the way...

I didn't get them planted, though.  The Bones season finale was tonight, and it was a Palant episode.  He's the best, creepiest serial killer they've had since The Gravedigger.  Nothing worth watching comes on on Tuesdays, though, so I can get my plants into the ground tomorrow.

In Knitting Knews, I'm making progress on the sock.


Since nobody correctly guessed what the pattern was, I'll tell you.  It's a Jaywalker, by Grumperina.  I got the pattern off of the old Magknits website, before they shut it down.  I've heard you can get it somewhere else now.  The yarn is Paton's Kroy Brown Marle.  Jaywalker is a great pattern for striping yarn.

I tried to get out and shoot my bow a little bit today, but Jake wouldn't get out of the way.  I swear, he's like the pesky neighbor kid who never goes home.  In fact, I'll lay odds he's out on my back porch even as I type...BRB...

Yep, he's there alright.

Still, it wouldn't be so bad if he didn't sit right in front of the target.  He thinks he's going to fetch the arrows.

Yeah, I'm tempted to see how well that works out for him.

Not really.  I wouldn't shoot Jake.

Maybe...

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stickers 'N Stuff

I've noticed

several people posting photos of their new car stickers on FB, so I thought I'd share mine:


Yeah, kindly ignore the huge honking reflection of my hand holding the phone.  I tried photographing it from several angles so that wouldn't be in there, but this turned out to be the best picture. 

Hey, at least I didn't post the one that had me in it.  I did you that kindness.  I hope you appreciate it.

Let's change the subject, shall we?

See, I started a new sock.


I'll give a hearty Atta-Boy to anyone who can tell me what the pattern is.

And I finished the first row of Kyle's blanket. 


It's kind of hard to see the pattern, what with it being all scrunched up on the needles like that, but it is going to be an entrelac afghan.  Not quite sure how big it will be either, because, you know, that whole being scrunched up on the needles thing.

I looked at several afghan patterns and they were all in the 130-150 stitch cast on range.  I cast on 200, so it ought to be big enough.  If it's not, tough nuts. 

I'm not starting over. 


Saturday, April 27, 2013

An Unexpected Day

We got an unexpected Saturday off work today.  I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself.

So what did I do?

Well, I finished planting my flower beds for one.

On this side, I've got marigolds, zinnias and four o'clocks.


I looked all over for the double profusion zinnias I had wanted.  I even drove up to Batesville to see if they had any at Lowes, but no dice.  So, I settled for profusion zinnias instead.


The four o'clocks are ones I started from seeds I saved from last year's plants, so I have no idea what color they're going to be.  I had about 5 different colors blooming, so I hope I get a good variety.  BTW, I've still got quite a few leftover seeds if anyone wants some.  Just let me know.

Here in the middle, I've got dahlias.  They're new to me, but I liked the way they looked.


They're right in front of my purple coneflower bed, of which it looks like four of the six I'd planted last year are going to come back.


I haven't seen any coneflowers in any of the stores.  I hope they get some later on.  Oh, the green stringy things on the left are daffodils.  I didn't realize I'd planted any that far over.  But no matter.  They'll die back soon, then I'll cut the dead leaves off and no one will be the wiser.

Finally, on this end, I put a border of marigolds and planted my wildflower mix.


And there are two violets in there as well.

This is just a close up of my strongest looking coneflower.  Not sure why I'm putting it here, but I took the picture.  So I'm posting it.


That's about it for my Saturday.  I did some other sundry things, like laundry and housecleaning, but I'm sure you don't really want to hear about that.

Do you?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tuckered

I spent the entire night last night running from zombies and serial killers.  I'm plumb tuckered.  The lesson here is that I've either got to A) get a man in the bed with me, or B) stop watching TV. 

Neither option seems all that appealing. 

I was already tired, and I stayed up to watch the draft.  The Cowboys had the 18th pick.  Not too bad, but they traded all the way down to the 31st pick.  I can't stay up that late.  I'll check the results in the morning.

And your PSA for the day:  The windshield wiper switch will not turn off your car's engine.  It will, however, start your day with a delightful little heart attack when your wiper blades unexpectedly scrape across the dry grass. 

You're welcome. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Too Much Walking Dead

I've been watching too much Walking Dead here lately.  It's made me want to dig out the ol' compound bow and sharpen up my archery skillz. 

So, Sunday afternoon, that's exactly what I did. 






Not too shabby for not having shot in mfmfnfnfmf years. 

Then I shot again Monday, and Tuesday.  I didn't shoot today, though, because the wind is really strong out there.

Anyway, I was at work yesterday and I noticed some tender spots on my stomach.  I couldn't figure out where they'd come from until.... I got home and shot my bow.  Apparently, when I was nocking my arrows, I was sticking my stabilizer right into my stomach.

Yeah, we had to adjust my technique a little.  


Since it was too windy to shoot today, I stayed inside and finally cast on my friend Kyle's blanket.


Yes, this is as far as I've gotten.  I've decided to do entrelac.  No, I don't have a pattern.  I'm just winging it.

A couple of days ago, someone posted a recipe on Facebook for infused water.  Basically, it's just a grapefruit, a tangerine, a cucumber all sliced up and put into a pitcher of water, along with a couple of mint leaves.  It was touted as a miracle weight loss thing that flushes the fat out of you.

I don't believe in all that faddish stuff, but I thought it'd make a refreshing summer drink, so I made some. 

It's definitely an acquired taste.  The first time I tried it, I was like "blech", but the more I drank, the more I wanted.  It must have some health benefits as well, because I'm starting to feel better.  I'm not so tired and draggy. 

Of course, getting out in the sun every day instead of sitting in front of the TV may have something to do with that, too. 

Anyway, I've found another one that I want to try this week.   It calls for watermelon, lemon and mint. 

I'll let you know how it turns out. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chats On The Farmhouse Porch

It seems that spring has finally sprung here in the Fine Martial Homestead. I've managed to get a few marigolds and Dahlias planted, but still haven't found the zinnias I want. I may have to drive up to Lowe's Saturday after work and see if they have any.

But no matter. It's sunny and warm and time to join me on the porch.

Everyday Ruralty

  1. Do you prefer to drive or be driven?

    Hmmm, well, since I've been doing the driving myself for so long, it kind of seems awkward to be in the passenger seat. On the other hand, if someone else drives, I can knit on the way, so that's a plus. I guess I can honestly say I'm OK with either way.
  2. What's your favorite kind of jam, jelly, or preserve?

    My sister makes this really good jelly from Alaskan Fireweed, but other than that, I normally use grape.
  3. Do you have any special plans for this spring or summer?

    No, not really. Summer is the busy season in the air conditioning business, so I normally work 6 days a week all summer long. Not much time for anything else. I do intend to get my flower beds going, and sharpen up my archery and shooting skills.

  4. Lots of folks are becoming aware of issues with food. There are many articles, books, and movies on topics like allergies, GMO, pesticide use, bad or no labeling, over processed foods, foods from other countries that may not have high standards, and many more topics. What concerns you the most? If nothing concerns you, have a cookie and skip to the next question.

    My biggest concern is that because of some of these "anti everything" whackos, people will end up starving because there won't be enough food to go around. Face it, it's all about money and fame anyway. For example, the whole red-meat-is-bad-for-you craze was started by people trying to promote pork sales. In the same way, the dairy-is-bad-for-you movement was started by soy farmers trying to capture a greater share of the market. And much like the anti-vaccine craze, the anti GMO craze was started by someone with no facts and no evidence trying to claim his 15 minutes of fame. In fact, he has recently come out and expressed regret for having stirred the pot in the first place. And face it, pretty much everything we eat has been genetically modified from its original form, whether in the lab, or by trial and error. From domesticated animals to tomatoes, to potatoes, they bear little resemblance to their wild ancestors. So, just eat what you want to, and stop listening to the whackos.
  5. Do you use nail polish often? Finger nails, piggies, or both?

    I usually try to keep up with my toes in the summer. I don't worry about my fingernails, because I don't have enough fingernails to worry about anyway. I can't stand having them long, because I don't feel like my hands are clean if they are long-- no matter how much I wash them.

Thanks for joining me on the porch.  Put your mugs in the sink, and be sure and come back anytime for a visit.

I love having visitors on the blog!

In my house, not so much.

Such is the life of a hermit.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Socks!


We have a completed pair of socks!

The bad news is, they've put us back on 9 hours.   I wish they'd just pick a time and stick with it.  This going back and forth every couple of weeks is wreaking havoc on my sleeping patterns. 

I got some marigolds and dahlias planted in my flower beds.  Soon, I'll get a photo of them. 

Right now, I'm going to bed. 

I'm one pooped puppy. 

Goodnight.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Difficult Week

Normally, I'm not one for crying or getting all emotional, but this has been a difficult week.

Between the Gosnell murder trials,
the Boston Marathon Bombing,
the poisoned letters,
the battle to preserve our Constitutional rights,
the terrorist manhunt,
and the explosion in Texas...

I think I now know what the old hymnwriter was talking about when he spoke of the whelming flood. 

There has been more than one moment these last few days that I've wanted to curl up in the fetal position and suck my thumb.  Yet through it all, one thought has sustained me:

When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay. 

He then is all my hope and stay.

On Christ the solid rock I stand. 

No matter how bad things get, I know everything will turn out in the end.  You see, I've read the last chapter of The Book.

We win. 

When all is said and done, we win.

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Let It Begin Here


April 19, 1775

British forces marched on the towns of Concord and Lexington.  Their goal was to confiscate the colonists arms and ammunition.

They failed.

And a new nation was born.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Fun Day

Despite my earlier concerns about the weather, this morning dawned bright and clear, albeit windy.  I checked the forecast, and the storms weren't supposed to get here until late this evening, so Christi and I headed out for a fun filled day of shooting and shopping.

First stop was Mitch's Gun Shop in Hamilton-- just north of Columbus.  I love that place.  Such a nice man.  He told us stories of coming to Grenada when he was a kid to fish in the lake.  He admired my French braid in my hair.  Asked why I didn't put it into two.


Said, "Oh don't cut it all off" when I mentioned that sometimes I was tempted...


I liked him.

Christi told him I'd driven all the way from Grenada to come shoot with her, and he said, "Since you drove all that way, I'm going to let you shoot for free."  And he didn't charge me a range fee!  Granted, it wasn't very expensive to begin with, but it was so nice of him to do that. 

Christi and I went to the pistol range and we had the whole place to ourselves. 

Me and Buddy


Christi reloading


Christi and Cricket killing her target.


This is my target.  I killed him a lot.


Christi and I traded guns for a few shots.  She's got a Walther .22LR.  It was sure fun to shoot.  I want a little .22 for plinking.  She shot Buddy and said it's got some oomph to it.

After I shot up all my ammo (I only took two boxes-- I hope now that the gun control measures in the Senate have gone down in flames, people will stop hoarding and ammo will once again become available), we went to Tupelo.

We ate first, because by then I was hungry.  Then we went to JoAnn's.  I hadn't planned on buying any yarn, since I'm trying to save money.  But you know how that goes...

Christi enabled me. 


Christi enabled me a lot.



This yarn isn't superwash, so I'm thinking of trying to make some felted hats out of it.  I said, "I hate to donate hats to a charity only to have someone toss them into the washer and ruin them.  But I can make felted hats.  That way, they'll be pre-ruined." 

Then we walked around the mall for a bit, but the only store we actually went in to was the book store.

I came on home after that, because I wanted to beat the storms here, which I did.  

We had so much fun!  We are going to do it again sometime, and this time, we will be sure to include Amy. 

Who promptly chastised us for not inviting her this time. 

We won't make that mistake again. 

But alas, all good things must come to an end, so it's back to work tomorrow. I sure needed this break, though.  As I told Christi, "Sometimes you just need to take a day and shoot stuff." 

Sometime,  yeah, you need to do just that.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Updates

The second sock is coming along right nicely.


Of course, it might come along faster if I would stay off FB and work on it. 

I took tomorrow off of work.  The plan was to drive to Columbus and Christi and I would go shooting then shopping. 

Sounds like a great plan, doesn't it?  Yeah...

Well, it may be that the weather wreaks havoc on our plans.  They're predicting strong storms, hail, and tornadoes, but the guy on TV says they aren't expected to get here until 5 PM.  I'm going to check the weather in the morning, and decide then if I think I can get there, shoot, shop, and get back safely. 

If I decide it's too big of a risk, then I'll stay home, watch movies and knit.  

In the meantime, here are my plants.  And a bottle of nail polish. 


Aren't they getting big?  It's almost time to put them into the ground.  Won't be long now until I get my flower beds going again.

I can't wait!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Chats On The Farmhouse Porch

Everyday Ruralty


QUESTIONS
  1. From Suzanne at p.s. Annie!: Are you part of the back to nature/ecological group or are you more of the mindset of "I'll do what I want and everything will work out in the end"?

    I'm sort of in the middle. I do believe that God has called us to be good stewards of this earth he has made, but in no way do I think snails, bugs, or weeds are more important than people are. I do common sense stuff, like not littering. I take my Wal-mart bags back to the store and keep lights off when I'm not using them. However, I'm totally not into this green nonsense, since much of it does more harm than good. Electric cars, for example. It takes MORE fossil fuels creating MORE carbon emissions to generate the electricity to charge one of the dumb things than it would if you just drove a gasoline powered car. And compact fluorescent light bulbs-- anything that requires a hazmat team for proper disposal is NOT good for the environment.
  2. From Stacey at Happy Bride to be: What's a favorite dinner dish to make?

    I don't really have a favorite dish to make, since I'm not much of a cook. Well, I can cook, but since it's just me, I tend to eat simple stuff-- sandwiches, frozen dinners, and the like.

  3. From Melanie at Melanie at A Year of Jubilee Reviews: What animals have you seen give live birth?

    I saw one of my uncle's goats give birth once, but that's the only one. I kept trying to catch the cats giving birth, but they always seemed to do it in the middle of the night.
  4. From Anne at Homeschool on the Croft: If you had the opportunity to teach something, what would you teach?

    Nothing. I don't like to teach at all. People always told me I should have been a teacher, but no. If I had, I'd likely be in prison by now for killing someone's kid.
  5. From Madonna at Butterfly Acres: What did you love most about school?

    My 5th grade teacher would read to us every day after lunch. She'd turn out the lights, let us put our heads down on our desks, and she'd read for about 30 minutes. After all these years, that's the one thing that stands out to me. I guess because I learned to read so young (I was reading at a first grade level by the time I was 4), my mother never felt the need to read to me. So, having that teacher read to us like that is something I'll always treasure.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston


My heart is sick and sad.



Prayers are going up for all those affected by this act of terror. 



Friday, April 12, 2013

A Letter To My Senator

Yesterday, my senator Roger Wicker voted to allow debate on gun control.  Today, I sent him this letter expressing how I feel about his decision

Dear Roger Wicker,

Words cannot begin to express how disappointed I am that in allowing gun control to be debated, you have chosen to betray the people of Mississippi and indeed all Americans everywhere. You claim you intend to vote NO on this bill, but this bill should have never even made it out of committee. Our Constitutional rights should not be up for debate. At all. EVER.

There is a line in one of our founding documents that reads "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their DUTY to throw off such government and provide new guards for their future security."

Sir, the American people are fed up with the encroaching tyranny coming from Washington. We are watching, and we have seen that the train of abuses and usurpations is getting mighty long indeed.

We will remember at the ballot box who has betrayed us and who hasn't. And if necessary, we will stand and fight for our freedoms.

I will be watching you very, very closely. Don't betray me further.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

What Do People Talk About?

I'm not really a very good conversationalist.  I never know what to talk about.  I've asked some of my chatty friends what they talk to people about, and they tell me, "Oh, talk about anything.  Talk about the weather.  Talk about your kids.  Just talk about anything."

But I've found that you can only say, "Hot enough for you?" so many times before people start wanting to strangle you.  And the whole talking about your kids thing doesn't really work for me.  I find that most people would rather talk about their own kids than hear about mine.

So I stand there and watch people chatting away, talking to each other, while I retreat inside my head and tell myself

Dernt Blernk

and

That's what people CHEW!!

over and over and over...

Nobody gets it.  Nobody gets me

I was pondering this yesterday when the following words popped into my head.

My World

I live in a world inside my head
With many, many paths to tread
Twists and turns and winding roads.
At times I end up far from home.

If you love me; if you care
Help me find my way from here.
Better yet, come fly with me
For here, with you, I will be free.

Be my anchor, be my guide.
Believe in me and I will fly.
Be my courage, be my strength
And there's no limit to my reach.

Hold my hand, hold my heart
Promise me we'll never part.
Through twists, through turns, through winding roads
I'll finally find my way back home.



P.S. If it's dumb, don't tell me. I don't want to know.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quick Post

We've got some severe weather headed into town, so this will be quick.



My little plants are doing well.  I've spread them out a little, so the smaller ones can get some more light and air.    I'm about to the point that I really don't like to think about.  I have to pinch some plants back so that there is only one per pellet. 

I don't like doing that.  I always feel just a little bit guilty for killing off the weaker plant.  But it's gotta be done. 

It looks like we are coming to the end of rainy season-- present weather notwithstanding-- I hope I can get out and work in my flower beds soon.

Next week, I'm going to see my pal Christi in Columbus.  I'm so excited!

Hey, I can't be a hermit all the time. 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Chats On The Farmhouse Porch


Everyday Ruralty


1.Are you enjoying spring?

Not really. It's rained an awful lot this year, and I'm impatient to get into my flower beds. I'm tired of waiting.

2.Where would you take Patrice for her birthday, if you could spend a day together. Wendell hopes you would bring her back!

Well, since Patrice seems to like animals so much, I think I'd take her to the Memphis Zoo. It's a great zoo.

3.What's your favorite spring flower?

Daffodils.

4.What do you do when you are going through a really stressful time?

I walk down the dirt road between the cotton fields near my house. The more stressful the day, the farther I walk.

5.What kind of birthday cake would you get for Patrice? And Wendell?

Whatever kind she wanted. And for Wendell, a carrot cake, of course!


Thank you for joining me for this week's chat.  Sorry to run you off so soon, but this crud has still got me down, though I am feeling a little better.

Still not even close to 100%.  More like 35%.

Maybe next week will be better.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Cartoons

A couple of months ago, I started taking cartoons to work, and posting them in my work area.

I didn't mean for it to become a regular thing.  I just saw a few that were funny and wanted to share them.  Now, though, if I go too long without posting one, people start asking me about them. 

Where's the cartoon?  Why haven't you brought a cartoon?

Vanessa, the other brazer on my line, told me that people need that little pick me up.  So, I keep doing it.  If it makes someones day just a little less dreary, then I feel like I've done some good in this world. 

Buuuuut,

there are some people that --and I hate to be ugly-- but I really wish they wouldn't read them.  Reason?  I get tired of having to explain what the dadgum cartoon means! 

Take this one, for example:


And as a playful jab at my group leader, Fernando, I penned the following below it:


Of course, he got it right away.  Told me he was going to have to keep his good eye on me. 

But this other person..."What does that mean?  Who does she have in mind?"  Vanessa, because she has more patience with stupid people than I do, explained it to this other person,

Who then turned to me and asked, "Fernando is stubborn?"

Shocked and incredulous, I could only stare in disbelief and blurt out,

"Have you met the man?"

Now, don't get me wrong, Fernando is a good guy, and as far as group leaders go, he's probably the best one in the plant.  But he does have a tendency to be...shall we say, tenacious?.  Yeah, let's go with tenacious. 

It means stubborn, but sounds nicer.

He does have his weaknesses, though.  He was trying to get the higher ups to let Vanessa and me come in early all next week, but they told him that only one of us could come in.

Back in the day, we wouldn't have had to worry about that kind of nonsense.  We could get all the overtime we wanted and nobody said anything.  Not so much any more.  New management, you know.

So, he told me that we would alternate days.  He said he tried, but they just wouldn't give.

"You should have blue eyes, like me," I told him.  And I whipped off my brazing glasses and gave him The Look.


"Yeah," he said.  "That would do it." 

I know.  I get away with a lot out there...

But we can't do him like we used to do Greg.  He would tell us to come in at 6, and we would just keep on coming in at 6.  It would take him about three weeks to catch on.

"Who told you to come in at 6?"

"You did, Greg," I would say.

"That was just that one day!"  He'd say, and I'd respond, "Oh, we thought you meant until further notice", while giving him The Look.


A few days later,   "Greg, we're really behind.  We really need to come in at 6 in the morning", and same song, second verse.  We did him that way the whole summer that year. 

But Fernando is a little bit sharper than Greg was.  I don't think we could get away with something like that with him.

On the other hand...

The Look is a powerful weapon in the hands of the right woman. 

I should know.  

Mwahahahaha! 

Friday, April 05, 2013

Dear CoWorker

Since you are living in girlfriend #1's house, you might want to re-think that whole wearing matching outfits with girlfriend #2 thing, or you may just find yourself kicked to the curb-- especially since they

both

work

here

with us.  As does girlfriend # 2's husband.

Seriously, dude. 

Thank you.

That is all.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Rain Rain Rain

That's all it's done for the last two days.

Rain rain rain.

I'm about tired of rain, and even more so I am sick and tired of the mud.

There is mud everywhere.  And I do mean everywhere.

I was going to shampoo my carpet last weekend, but what was the point?

It rained all weekend.

Sigh...

The only bright spot is my little plants.  They seem to be doing very well.



If only the ground would dry out enough for me to get my flower beds ready.

Double sigh...

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A Very Dull Post

I got this far into my sock foot, when I began to think that maybe I should rethink my 72 stitch cast on for a plain vanilla sock.


I'm not going to rip it, though.  I'll just have a couple of roomy socks. 

Next time, I'll try a 64 stitch cast on. 

That's about all I have for tonight. 

I've been taking stuff to try to help with my night sweats.  I've tried a couple of different products, including Natural Relief and i-Cool.  They help with the sweats and mood swings, but they make me very dull and stupid.  Which is why the blog has been very dull and stupid lately. 

I've also tried something called DHEA, but it made me very depressed.   I'm trying to find something that stops the sweats, but doesn't turn my brain off. 

I'm open to suggestions. 

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Chats On The Farmhouse Porch


Everyday Ruralty




1. What did you do for Easter?

Well, I went to church, then went to Beverly and James' for a big family dinner.  After that, I came home and watched Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, and knit on my sock.

2.  How bad were you with candy or treats?  (On a scale of 1-10.  1 being good, 10 being sugared up)

I'd say about a 3.  I only bought one pack of Cadbury's chocolate creme eggs, 2 packages of Peeps, and one hollow chocolate rabbit.  That's it.

3.  What's one of the first things you'd like to do when you have consistent spring temperatures?

Dig up the flower beds, of course!

4.  How are you at gift buying?

Terrible.  Seriously, terrible.

5.  Do you have any projects in mind for the month of April? 

Yes, get my flower beds going.   If only the rain would stop long enough for the ground to dry out. 

Monday, April 01, 2013

Sock Progress

In the end, I decided to just a plain vanilla sock*.


Do you know that as long as I have been knitting socks, this is the first time I've ever made a plain vanilla sock?   It is.

I kinda like it.  It knits up really quickly, not having to worry about a pattern and all.

I think I need to do some more of these. 

*For those of you not in the knitting know, a plain vanilla sock means one knit all in stockinette stitch, without a pattern.  

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