Tuesday, November 6, 2018

No Pics..

Just doin stuff...  Got all the leaves up.. what a chore, i say that every year and yes, it still is. They are still in the back of the pick-up, still need to get to the dump.
Have been to a stamp class.  Went to do some Harvest cards and did not have paper i needed so needed to send in an order...
The days are being beautiful, bright sunny... We did have NEW snow on the mountains, but most has burned off now...  One year Brian was about 4... we had so much snow on Nov 2nd i could not get to work for two days!!!
Dogs are happy in front of the stove, they sort of take turns being in the bed in front of the stove.... sort of interesting to watch.
Am reading And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini... AND i have already read it, but don't know how it ends and it is such a good book, that am taking my time...
Sat a bag of bread on a hot burner Sunday... was not aware Brian had used the front burner to heat water for coffee, i usually use the back burner... BUT should have noticed or felt the heat or something.. Does not do much for the stove top, took awhile to get the plastic off....
Outlander started!!!! So darn excited.... binge watched the last couple of seasons off and on all week end. Brian would walk through and say "you still watching that?"  HA!!!! YES!!!!!
Made some gifts for xmas.... so getting all of that started.....
You know not much happens, just go along, day by day, eat, cook, clean, dogs in and out, grocery shop. Spa stuff..... and the days go by...
Take Care and God Bless

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Empty


The back of the pick up is empty!!!  Boy, sure am glad i had Brian's help or i would still be out there working...
Just for your info, gravel is heavy...
but now i think i have things the way i want them for a couple years at least...
Above is stepping stones to shed Brian put in.. looks nice..
Top picture taken first a a mere couple of hours later all of the leaves showed up in pic to the right!!! I just raked... got 3 huge bags, and now there is like twice as many out there,,, Had to get them out of the way for the stone work i was going to do..
I replaced all the gravel between the square stepping stones.... somehow dirt had gravitated in there on top of 1st gravel i had put in there and dogs were tracking it all in

am hoping that the sod i put in will keep the dirt out of the house.  It is a continual battle this time of year...
The above is between the shed and the fence.. a just wonderful place to get the leaves out of. (haha) and don't ask why i feel they need to be out of there, but just think it is the best to do, to keep them from turning into sodden mess that would rot the fence??? or the side of the shed?  You get a huge bag full out of there and at the back of the shed too... I wait until ALL the leaves are down before getting back there as i only want to do that ONCE.  It ends up being about a foot deep with leaves.  I had to block that area off as Carl would get in there and run back and forth trying to kill the dogs in the yard behind us.  :)  I did leave room to get in there to paint and apparently to get the leaves out!!

left is Carl, he does get out of the house now and again.. Has to check out the changes that we make in HIS yard. Looks grumpy doesn't he?  That is his happy face....

My baby Luci... After her ordeal Thursday she is doing great.  Have taken her on trips to grocery store and dump (where she got treats, she was thrilled)  She loves to ride in car and wait for me... and is so good, just lays there and waits.  My prior dog, Sami, a Schnauzer.. would run back and forth and bark and bark and bark and try to kill anyone that came near the car, it was such a joy...


This corner of the yard gets lots of leaves built up..
My neighbor, behind me was out raking MY leaves too, i told him i thought it crazy that the people b4 me felt they had to plant 4 trees!!! why would ONE not have been enough?  I suppose it took a while for them to grow, but... still.... ( i wonder if they think i should be raking all of those leaves on his side too.... hmmmm, well, THAT is not happening....) The guy on my North side does not mind and he has his own trees, but most of them (leaves)  do fall in MY yard..
Picture to right shows new gravel better, suppose i should have had a b4 pic to show the difference, take my word, there is a huge difference and this looks much better.. AND hopefully takes care of the dirt issue...


Take Care all and God 
Bless.. safe travels to all on the road....

Got this skull in Montana at friends ranch... my brother stuck it up there, looks cool with those leaves

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Luci and the yard...


 Oh, my poor little baby... she had dental work again this year.. only lost one tooth this time.  On heart and liver meds... which she takes right down like candy, silly girl... don't even have to wrap it in cheese or lunch meat like we do with Carl...
This was thursday, today she is right back to normal, whatever that is... was in the yard with me most of the morning while i was yet again picking up leaves....

At right is a picture before the leaves were raked... and when i actually got to them, there were about twice this number...  i complain, but it is something that gets me out of the house and being somewhat active to get them all up and out of this space




The sun through the leaves really are beautiful.. Many, many trees are turning this year... but many are already done.  We had some wind last week and that takes care of alot of them.

Above is the little walkway that i have made. Brian did lay the stepping stones in sand base and i have filled in with the gravel.

Had been filling the back of the pick up with fallen branches and leaf sacks and crap that Brian swept off the roof, boy that was a total mess. Don't think we have done it for a couple years, not good, just sits up there and gets wet and solid.... made him get on the roof and cut back branches from hitting the roof and he 'discovered' the mess up there...  SO had all of that in the pick up and had to make a dump run, so i could get to the place to get gravel.  (there was a really nice man that came over and helped me unload the truck at the dump, he acted like i was on my last legs!)One thing leads to another, or you have to take care of one thing to do the thing you really want or need to do, BUT now it is all taken care of... BUT i only got 1/4 yard of gravel... as it takes alot of time and effort to unload even a half yard!!! Fortunately i can't get a FULL yard in my little pick-up, even a half yard makes the front end stick up as so much weight in the back, bet  full yard would take the front wheels right off the ground!!!

Tree picture above is all of the leave that are STILL left on the tree.... yes, i am sure i am going to be raking for the next week or so for sure.... a little bit a day till the job is done... Still have half of that gravel in the truck too, but.. a little a day to get the job done... haha.... that is really labor intensive for me.. can only fill the wheel barrel like 1/3 full or else i cant even move it!!! AND the wheel barrel is huge!!! should have a somewhat smaller one.... but it has a good tire that rolls over most anything, with ease.... don't have to push it to terrible hard....

I complain about all of this too, but, you know it does get me out and when the job gets done, it is with a sense of accomplishment!!! AND things look better (normally) afterwards too....

Take Care All and God Bless

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Nothing

 Went to a card class today and made these cards above and at the end of blog, somehow they did not load properly..
To right is my TBR pile..... (to be read)  It gets bigger and bigger.... but am working my way thru, have to have LOTS of books available as what is my mood to be when i start one, maybe the ONE that i had i do not feel like reading, so have to have many to fit all moods, hahaha
Am getting MUCH better getting rid of them after they have been read, keep very few now, i like to 'share' and hope people like them as much as i did...
But i have cleaned out, pared down, gotten rid of.. sometimes it is like getting rid of old friends and very hard.


This frame i have been wanting forever... pics of Brian. he was such a cute little kid.... and handsome young man.  Had to search for these pictures and need to continue the search , as you can see i am missing one and i know i MUST have it somewhere.. He seemed pleased that i was putting it together and even helped put them in the right order. We tend to forget the different years in the order they happened....
That very 1st picture, top left is the way i always remember him, when i think of him, that little bright-eyed kindergartner.... so sweet


Did actually get lots done... mowed front yard, watered plants all around for the last time, rolled up hose and disconnected. Then cut back the russian sage and tall grasses, this and that.... Picked poop in back yard, raked leaves, got another 50 gal yard debris can FULL.... then made Brian get on the roof and cut limbs so they will not hit the roof, and he got the industrial broom and swept where the leaves and tree debris had collected on in the roof crevices where one angle meets another, i don't think we have ever done that.  Dont suppose it is good for all that stuff to collect there and then snow be on top of it.... so THAT is done... And then had to pick all of that 'stuff' up and put in back of pick-up for a run to the dump. Watered the new sod in the back, have to be disconnecting that hose here soon too, but trying to get that sod to root.. Both dogs just had a tizzy fit in the house when we were out, but just did not want to have to watch them as was BUSY.....

Take Care All and God Bless

Friday, October 12, 2018

3 Sisters


Well, this is as good as i could get.... they have updated the photo part, or whatever and does not crop anymore like i would like, does the whole thing and not one side or the other.... stupid
You can see the snow... !!!! there was almost NONE up there until this last week... and now we are going to have nice days, got into the low 70's today, really nice, no frost this morning, but clear, clear blue skies...

WELL, when you get up at 5:30a you can get a WHOLE lot done by 10am or even the rest of the day... the dental appt went well, i just get so worked up about the whole thing, BUT my blood pressure was 103/61 so not so worked up that had high blood pressure, just worry about the whole thing, there is no way it could hurt, the shot even deadened my eye, it went up so high... and feels like you are all swollen up but are not.. so halfway done....

Then went back to Redmond and got a flu shot, then to Safeway for groceries, there are even less people up and about at the grocery store, maybe this is a good thing to get up early :) got a coffee at Starbucks, then home again, home again jiggity jig!!!  Had to clean up stuff and made a very complicated card for a young lady that has a birthday, her 12th i believe on Nov 2nd.... how time does go by....

AND the traffic was horrid going into Redmond, people on the way to work one would guess, i just got in right late and went speed limit, which is 65 there and everyone just FLEW by me, almost had the road to myself :)

Take Care all and God Bless

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bend Leaves





 Went to Bend yesterday to get 'cookies' for the doglets... home made, healthy bits out of peanut butter, or veggies.... different shaped... incentive for good behavior..... well i try...
Went to Costco too, they had a new Wilbur Smith novel, he is co-authoring now, one would assume as he is really aging, but excited to see if it is 'up to par'
And there were all of these cool colored trees, so many different kinds, have no idea what they are!!

And what in the world are these?



 These beautiful red ones are by the middle school on
Cooley Rd..
And had to turn around and go back to get these, together i thought they looked cool...

THEN last nite i chipped a tooth, won't even say how, it was SO stupid, teeth are for eating NOT for trying to bite anything but food..... a bicuspid on upper right, looks really great, the whole front of it just fell right off!!!

SO

Back to Bend today to have it checked and tomorrow have to get up and be in Bend, yet again!! at the clinic at 7am!!!  Anyone who knows me, it is quite the stretch!!! and YES, i have to have yet another crown!!!!
These leaves are in the front yard, they swirl in front of the garage door and end up inside the garage if i am not diligent.  they are from those stupid trees in the BACK yard.....

AND

did i tell you that Luci is having teeth cleaned and with her heart murrmurr apparently it is a big deal and she had to have another ultrasound and blood and urine workup.  Since 3 mos ago her heart has enlarged and the murrmurr sounds worse, not alot but noticible and she is now on heart meds, AND the blood work came back that her liver is not functioning per normal and has to have another med for that... i mean....
there is nothing appearing wrong with her, she just goes around as per normal... i want to be realistic in her care, but not go to extreme measures and do not yet, consider this extreme, but at what point is it?  I suppose surgery would be the point for me.... i just feel lucky that i am financially able to withstand all of this, so far... She is such a dear and companion (when she is not peeing on my floor in a pique of nastiness getting back at me for some perceived wrong i have done her... probably for not jumping up the 10,000th time that she wanted out today....)
Such a travel partner when i was in the RV.. so many, many memories.... our dear, dear babies...

Take Care and God Bless, hope you are enjoying the Fall bounty

OH, OH, oh..... we ALSO had snow on the mtns at about the 8,000 ft level, it cleared off this morning and was clear and bright blue all day and froze last nite, will try to get a pic of them in the morning....

Saturday, October 6, 2018

OCTOBER!!!

 I swear, i cannot believe it is October already.... really???
We have had crap rain, not really, really raining, just a moist something, at times dripping off the roof, but not often, had to turn on furnace, yes, really, just damp and miserable causing coldness.
Yesterday on the news there was SNOW on Mt Bachelor!!! That is a GOOD sign.  Wickiup Resevoir is running at 1% capacity..!!!! This is the place where water comes from Deschutes River to service Jefferson County, which is THE big farming area around here, and they had to cut off irrigating the farmlands about a month early due to the low flow of Deschutes River ... very sad.... and there is no climate warming, yeah, right...

Oh, above is Luci trying to take over Carl's bed, he is laying in the kitchen, growling, wants in his bed....


Doesn't it look like i have some work to do out here??? Already raked once and have the recyle bin FULL... Will have to start using the HUGE black bags!!!  Can't do anything now tho as everything is WET...

Have not done much of anything all week, it was clean house day and vacuumed up a storm, even did part of the garage!!!! Scrub bathroom, 4 loads of laundry...
Went to see A Star is Born... kept comparing it the the Kristofferson/Streisand one... oh well, i liked it, Cooper and Gaga did a great job.... the torments of alcohol and fame..... finished two books on the Holocast,  The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith and the Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris  both good. Also read Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon, which was a cute book, good looking recipes in there.... Also got Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini, which is good but a disappointment as it is a poem and not a short novel as i expected...

Oh, have to tell on myself, left a burner on, on the stove for a couple hours, i guess,  after fixing dinner yesterday, my son is having a tizzy.....



And this is what the clothes line is for right now, a catch all... HA!!!

Went out to take these pictures and things have changed in front of the stove!!!  Luci followed me to the back door and Carl made a BIG move..... they are so funny.....
Now he is sound asleep... poor guy, needs his sleep.. Luci is pacing around him, trying to find a little scrap of cushion that she might lay on..... boy that spot in front of the stove is prime real estate... oops, she is now sitting there right next to him whining.... poor little thing, suppose i am going to have to go over and get her... uh-oh, Carl got up and moved to the area in from of the couch and Luci pounced into the bed, and is licking, licking, i suppose to get Carl's stink off.....  

Such is the grand excitement in Redmond, Oregon..............................

Take Care and God Bless

P.S.  Brian came in, went to his bedroom to watch football and Carl is in there with him.... so i guess all is well in his world....