Saturday, July 22, 2017


It's been quite a week.  I have so much to tell you but it will have to be done in several parts.  Today I will tell you about the farm.  I haven't gone in ages, but decided today was the day.  So I headed out around noon time to see what was to be had.

It has been hot around here.  We are on day 5 of a heat wave.  When I started out to the farm the car registered this for a temperature.

On the way back it reached 100*.  I should have taken a picture of that!

Greensgrow Farm has a cute little koi pond.  I love looking at the fish.

The street it is on is tree lined and shady with lots of pretty plants along the curb.  Today there were lots of butterflies flying among the trees.

It is really such a pretty place.  But really hot standing in line to buy my veggies today.  I was glad to get back into the air conditioning in the car.

I'll bet you are wondering what great buys I got today.

A cucumber, three yellow onions, a yellow heirloom tomato and red and blue potatoes.  Sometime this week I am going to make red, white and blue potato salad.

Hope you all have a great Sunday.  I'll be back sooner with some more things to show you.



Monday, July 17, 2017


I do love the summer even though this one is not turning out as I planned.

This morning I got up later than I expected, but I hadn't slept well.  I wanted to make some strawberry cupcakes with chocolate icing for the church's Fellowship Time.  I didn't realize it would take so long.  When it was time for me to leave, they had just come out of the oven and were too hot to ice.  So I ended up going to 7-11 and getting some donuts and iced tea in case some people did not want hot coffee or hot tea.  And a few people did take it.  Joe and I have eaten some of the cupcakes and they turned out very good.  There's always the two Bible studies on Tuesday and Wednesday to bring them to.  

Last night Joe said he wanted to help me catch up with things.  Our laundry is WAY behind.  We have piles of it.  So he put a load in the washer.  I dozed off and woke to hear *scrape*, *scrape*.  I couldn't figure out what it was.  Then Joe came upstairs from the basement.  The washer had broken.  It won't drain.  And it was full of sheets and pillowcases.  *sigh*  I went down and no luck for me either.  Joe has drained out as much water as he could.  I got online and started looking for a new washer.  Figured I'd get a dryer while I was at it since ours broke about 4 or 5 years ago and we never replaced it.  Joe has been begging for a dryer and I always say we can't afford it.  So...

The main problem we have with getting a washer and dryer is that our doorway to the basement is only 23 1/2 inches wide (59.69 cm) and the distance between the walls is 24 inches (61 cm).  Most appliances are wider or deeper or taller than that.  We can get only small apartment sized portable appliances.  There is one store in our neighborhood that sells them so we are going there tomorrow.  I figure it will be about $800 for the two of them.  But this place will also remove the old ones.  That's worth it.

Joe says bad things come in threes and so this is the end of it.  I sure hope so.

I plan to call the garage first thing in the morning to see what is going on with our car.  I looked up on google what the prices are for replacing the various things I knew needed replacing and/or fixing.  It came to about $2,000 so maybe we will be getting our car back.  I sure hope so.  I don't need car payments.  Our car has been paid for for awhile now.  Besides, I like my car.

I have so much work to do tomorrow to get ready to have someone remove a washer and dryer and put new ones in.  And I MUST cut the grass.  It's terrible.  And my library material is overdue.  And I have to go food shopping for sure.  So much to do!

I got only two hours of sleep last night so I hope I do better tonight.  I think I will.



Saturday, July 15, 2017


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It has been a sad weekend in our family.  My sister Elaine had to say goodbye to her best friend, her Cocker Spaniel, Cody.  They have been inseparable for over 12 years.  Poor Cody was very sick and she knew it was time and the right thing to do.  That doesn't stop the pain for her or the sadness in the rest of the family.  Please say a prayer for her if you think of it.

There has been no call from the garage/body shop about our car so that is not a good sign.  I am so sure that the car is a total loss that I have begun looking online at the prices of used cars to replace it.

I finally uploaded some photos of the damage for my insurance company so I can share them with you.  The wetness on the sidewalk is from the radiator.

The blue book value of our car is around $3,000.  I think there is more than $3,000 worth of damage.  *sigh*  If I could do without a car, I would.  But it's just not possible with our disabilities.

Yesterday I called the ShopRite store and talked to the manager.  I told him what had happened.  He was NOT happy.  I gave him the time Joe was in there and he was going to look at the records and see who had a large void around that time.  I hope I didn't make the cashier lose her job, but I don't want her doing that to someone else either.  I said that to the manager too.  I told him that I was considering going to another store to shop and he said he would understand if I did that but he hoped I would give them a chance to make it right.  We'll see.  If I had done something like that at the library when I was working, you'd better believe I would have been written up.

I called out for Chinese food for dinner tonight.  We had steamed dumplings and chicken and broccoli over white rice.  Very good and very filling.  I'm stuffed.

Now I have to get off of here and get the bulletins printed for church tomorrow. It's also my turn to bring the treat for Fellowship Time so I'm going to bake something.  I'm thinking about a dump cake.  Nice and easy.

I hope you all have a great evening.