Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Finally

It's done!  Finished it this morning.  It wasn't hard, it's just that I tend to be hyper and it's hard for me to sit and do anything, I like to move around.  Except for reading I seldomly sit still.  But it is done and I'm quite pleased with it.
Had rain again yesterday and it was a bit cooler, but much more humid which means it was flat out miserable.  Can not wait for summer to be over.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday, Monday

I don't like Mondays even though I don't work any more, there's just something about them.  And this one started way too early.  I had to be at the doctor's office first thing to get a B-12 shot and boy did I need it--I don't think they've gotten my thyroid straightened out yet, even though they've doubled my medication dosage,  I have no energy whatsoever.   The B-12 helps though.
Anyway, got to the doctor's with about a minute to spare and they informed me that I also needed a fasting blood test, lucky for them I hadn't eaten anything yet.  The doctor's nurse gave me the shot and I thought the usual Phlebotomist would draw the blood---she's so good, I never feel a thing--but no, the nurse was going to do it and boy was she heavy-handed, got the needle in, but could hardly make the blood flow.  She was reaching for my other arm when the Phlebotomist took over, thank goodness, soft, soft hands, I felt nothing.
So now I have pinpricks in each arm, but one arm is bruising and the other one you can hardly see anything.
Not a good way to start the day.
We had rain twice over the weekend, that's the first rain in almost a month, boy did we need it.  Tomorrow I need to mow, they saying, though I don't really believe them, that it's only going to be 89º .  I hope they're right.
Off to do another round on my crocheted throw, beginning to wonder if I'll ever finish is.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bits and Bobs on Friday

The silver threads among the gold have once more been beaten back.  It's a personal decision for each one of us, but I choose not to go grey or white.  I will keep my ash blonde till the bitter end and then ask that someone pack a Miss Clairol in my casket.
Finished reading The Kite Runner and was utterly overwhelmed by it.  I cried.  I don't give 5 stars on Goodreads to many books, but I gave it to this book.  Such a sad story, written well.  I will go looking for more of his books.
One more book to read before The Blind Assassin, and it's Leaving Time by Jodie Picoult.  I usually avoid her books, but this one is about a medium who helps a girl search for her missing mother and it's stuffed full of information and jokes about elephants.  I'm a sucker for books about mediums and I love elephants.  So far I'm enjoying it.
Songs playing on my MP3 today while I exercised:
Sister Golden Hair by America
Heart of Glass by Blondie
Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Here Comes My 19th Nervous Breakdown by the Rolling Stones
Walk Like An Egyptian  by the Bangles
Had to run, well not literally we're 5 miles from one, to the store to pick up some bacon and linguica.  We're having bacon/linguica and eggs for lunch today.  If you don't know linguica it's a wonderful Portuguese sausage.  We like chorizo which is a good Spanish sausage, but linguica is even better.  And what's better than breakfast for lunch!
Still hot here, setting new records each day and still no rain.  The only place that weeds are even growing is in the garden because Mac waters it each day.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday at the Little House

Wednesday afternoon, slow day, bit under the weather, not bad, just not right.  So I'm having a very quiet day, lots of crocheting and not much else.
Changed my header, Mac painted it to sell, but if it doesn't sell by the time I get the bathroom painted it's mine.  Otherwise he'll be painting one for me.  Just love the colors.
I'm always on the wait list for books at the library and sometimes will go months without making it to the top of the list.  But all too frequently all the books I've been waiting for become available at the same time.  That's what happened this weekend.  I now have 4 books to read in 2 weeks and 3 of them are at least 500 pages.
I immediately started  Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson, she wrote Major Pettigrew's Last Stand which I loved, and I wasn't disappointed, really enjoyed it. Not great literature, but a good story well written.
Then I dove into Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield, the story of psychic twins, one reveling in it and one very reluctant.  It was good, but not great and I hated the ending.
Next up is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  I've been meaning to read this one for a long time, so I'm looking forward to it.
The last one is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.  I started it, but put it aside to read the others first.  You just can't read an Atwood book in a hurry, so I'll wait.
Almost done with my grey themed throw, just 7 rows to go.
About time to fix lunch so I'm off.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tied a Record

Well we did it, tied the record for the number of days at 90º or more in a row, that being 56 days and there's no end in sight.  I don't know for sure, but I'm betting that most of those were 95º or better.  It was 95º yesterday, 96º on Sunday and who knows what it will be today. We've only had one measurable rainfall in the last month, believe it or not, even the weeds are dying.  And my Mimosa tree is looking very sad.  Mac waters each day, but even still, things are dry. Right now at 1pm it's already above 90º with 88% humidity.  Won't grumble too much, just run the air conditioner and watch the dollars fly out the window.
Sent Mac out to take butterfly photos, he says he has to do it in the morning, later in the day they all disappear.  Not too many flowers now, Rose of Sharon, Lantana and Zinnias.  They really like the Lantanas.

Gulf Fritillary


Swallowtail















Checkerspot






Tropical, use to be rare here, but each year we get more and more

Dragonfly




Monday, August 15, 2016

A Big Thank You

A big thank you to my Mac who bought me something that I've needed for at least 13 years.  He bought me a stair basket.  Usually I just lay stuff on the stairs in hopes that someone will be heading up there someday.  Because we don't use the upstairs during the summer that might be quite a wait and the stairs can get pretty messy.  But no more, now I have a basket to store things neatly in.
He also let me sleep in this morning and left a flower on my nightstand for me to wake up to.  How's that for being someone pretty special, thank you!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Why Does Everything Look Fuzzy?

I did something today that was a first for me and I've done many a weird thing.  After going grocery shopping and getting everything put up I went to go get changed and take my contacts out.  I put the contacts up and put my glasses on only to find that everything was blurry in my left eye, which is to say everything was blurry because I only use my left eye for vision.  I closed my left eye and my right eye wasn't blurry.  So I took my glasses off and nothing was blurry.  Thought there must be something on my glasses so I went and cleaned them, put them back on and everything was still fuzzy so I decided something was bothering my eye so I put drops in it, but still blurry.  Wondered if I'd picked Mac's glasses up by mistake, but no, they were mine.  I was getting worried, when I noticed that without my glasses I could still read things.  Well silly, guess what, you forgot to take the contact out so every time you put your glasses on it did indeed makes things fuzzy.  Shamefully I went to the bathroom and actually took my contact out, put my glasses on and lo and behold I could see.