Thursday, May 4, 2017

Garden problems

I talked about the fall in the garden in my previous post.  But now that Bridgit is in California for 3 or 4 weeks working on some movie props and such with her new husband and his boss Dragon  I haven't been able to plant anything else.  I tried to make a large box for plants out of a beat up book case but that didn't work. Am looking for something else to take it's place. There's a large wicker book case/shelves out there that has gone through an awful winter this past season that might work if I put a tarp liner in the bottom after I lay it down on the platform I have out there.  And now that I'm thinking about it, I guess that's going to be my only option for this year.  At least I'll be able to plant the starters that I have in the window sill and on my kitchen counter.  I also have some plants in planters that are supposed to be hanging up on the front patio cover.  I'm not too sure that I should be the one to be putting the hooks out there.  I don't have much luck these days.  I keep falling or hitting my head on things. This morning I was trying to close the front door so the smallest dog wouldn't get out and I slammed myself in the head with the front door.  That was about 1/2 hour ago...I just checked in the mirror and it's not going to be a large goose egg like the other hit with the shovel handle was.

I haven't been on the computer very much lately...need a new keyboard..this one is about 6 years old and some of the keys are almost pure black.  Good thing I know the keyboard from typing classes in HS (a long, long time ago).  But the program I use to make scrapbook pages with, doesn't use the keyboard...just the mouse until I have to make a tag for the picture and then I need the keys for typing.  It works and I might get a new keyboard this weekend.  I did get a new/used one at the Goodwill store for .99 cents.  Got home and found out it was a wireless which isn't too much trouble since I have WiFi on the internet access I have. And I didn't spend too much on it anyway.

Here's some pictures I made last week.
 A couple of really cute kids of my friend Christine. Her daughter Amyah and her son Zakiah. Don't know the other little boy in the first picture but the look on his face at having to sit next to Amyah is priceless.
 My Niece's daughter Bella is growing so fast!
 Bridgit and her friend Dragon. She's working with him and her husband on some props for a new Predator movie coming out next year.
 Another one of Bridgit's selfies.
My lovely Niece Consuelo Marie. 

Time to start on my house chores. I'm going to use my Shark carpet cleaner on the living room floor.
Have a great weekend friends and family!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Garden almost done

   Well it's almost done. Haven't done too much since the 15th.  I haven't been on the internet much this past 11 days. I was working in the garden Sat. the 15th and got tangled up in the fencing I put up and fell into the garden on top of the seedlings I had just planted, (don't think the pumpkins are going to make it)

   When I fell, I dislodged the shovel and it hit my head as I laid there, giving me a large 'goose egg' on the forehead.  I didn't bother going to the doctor since it just looked like a bump. But as the days went on I started getting some pretty bad headaches, so I went to the ER and they did a Cat Scan.  Nothing bleeding, nothing broken and no tumors so it's just a bad contusion./concussion. He said that the bruising would travel down my face and probably turn into a black eye. So far it hasn't. Guess I'll live to garden some more.  I've got to work on that fence though so the dogs who can slide right thru it will quit digging up what's left of the pumpkin row. They've been eating the seedlings that I squashed. Gave them a case of runny stools. Started only letting them into the front yard and there isn't anything for them to dig up.

   Speaking of our front yard; two days ago in the evening, some people came and flocked our yard.  It's quite the clever idea.  It's for one of the classes in one of our elementary schools.  For a $25.00 donation a group of the parents come to the door and tell you that someone has paid to have your front yard flocked with 15 Pink Flamingos. Picture is here:

My little puppy wasn't real happy with all those birds.

They were on both sides of the front yard. And I must admit, I thought it was kind of pretty, till it comes time to cut the grass  and you have to pull them all up to run the lawn mower.

I've been coloring pages and this one is a particular favorite of mine.
For this one I used pencils on his feathers so I could blend two different colors and the same for his coat. I used the gel ink pens for the beak and little owl's hat.  I have about 100 coloring pages done and I plan to keep on coloring until I can't see or the hands shake too much. Can't stay in the lines if the hands and arms are having tremors. That's not going to happen for about 16 years. I'm only 77 now.

I'm going to watch a little TV and then go into my nice warm room and color some more.

Have a nice weekend and God Bless you and also the new President.




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time for a Garden

Spring is here but still the nights are pretty chilly so my garden is taking up pretty much of my kitchen counters. At one point I was going to be a dyed in the wool "prepper" and I was filling the egg cartons with the lint from the dryer. Anticipating that in the not too distant future  I'd find some blocks of wax to melt and pour over the lint balls in the egg cartons. I have lost interest in ready to "bugg out" when the "poop hits the fan" so I turned them into small starter cups for the seeds. Then placed them on parchment paper and a couple of old baking sheets to water. them. Here's the pics from right as I planted them.

 I started out with the pkgs by the row they belonged to but got wet so a marker putting the letter of the seeds up the row is what I have now. The bottle at the end of the brown cartons was one of the creamer bottles that I manage to go through and clean up. Filled the bottle with tepid water and got some of the tiny, tiny rubber bands my Olivia uses to make bracelets with. Covered the top with a snack ziploc bag and tightened it with the rubber bands and then took a hat pin and poked it in a circle in the middle. Now I turn it upside down and squeeze and have a lovely little rain shower to water the plants with. It does manage to leak into the excess snack bag but then I pour that onto the tomato plants. Works for me.


 This is how they look after 1 week. The Herculean plants in the second carton are Water melons and white and orange pumpkins. 
 Behind them come the bush beans, some snap peas,  spinach, cucumbers, carrots, giant radish, lettuce, winter squash and the two kinds of pumpkins with water melons. Containers on the end are mixed flowers and Alyssim (spelling) for the front planter boxes on the fence and the big giant containers in the front.

Pictured below are the Herbs, Sweet Basil, Oregano, & some Sage.  Three tomato plant, with the one in the middle being cherry tomatoes and the other two are large beef steak tomatoes.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy President's Day

I had this labeled as Valentines day but I looked at the calendar wrong. I guess we are celebrating Lincoln & Washington's Birthday. I think I'll go put my flag out just to shake up the neighborhood.

Well, this computer must be having old age problems. I've had this tower for 6 or 7 years now and it appears to be having menopause problems. And I've never dropped it so I'm not sure what's going on. Running an anti virus every other day and a another maintenance program on the in between days just isn't enough. Maybe I have gremlins inside...whatever. It's time for a new one.

I do, however want to share some neat pictures with you. On Face Book, they have what they cal Throwback Thursday and so since I usually don't respond, yesterday I thought I'd pick some old pictures from my files and so I put 5 pictures on the facebook page. Since Kyra, and some of the others who read my ramblings aren't on B, I thought I'd put some out here also.Tried to do this last night but was having techno problems so I'm going to try again.

Picture of my older brother Bud, my step father, and myself.  Can you imagine having that type of curly hair and explaining myself at school. This was when I 10 and had just left the Orphanage to live with Mom and her new husband.

Me getting ready to head off to Navy boot camp. Couldn't take very much.  One suitcase with one change of clothes. I hadn't started wearing makeup yet so it was just my toothbrush and my hair stuff. Keeping it short just left me looking like a poodle which wasn't too bad. And that's not a very big suitcase either. Year was Mar 1960. I actually went to boot camp 18 April 1960.
My youngest daughter with her patch over eye. The Navy doctors diagnosed it as lazy eye but then they changed their mind and had to do surgeries to make the pupil come to the middle where it belonged. Move the muscles by the nose further back and then another operation to put the muscle at the bottom a little further back also.  All in all she's had 5 surgeries on her eyes. Charlie is turning 50 yr this June and she tells me that she still only uses one eye but she drives all over with a valid licence so it's all good, I guess. She's 18 mos to 2 yrs old in this picture.
Charlie, just one week shy of 13 and I took her to boot camp. She was in the Sea Cadets, young kids sailors, and I was the Executive Officer of their particular sea Cadet Division. She had a great time even if I did give her a few push ups for bending the rules.
My three girls and 2 boyfriends in 1983. That is Bridgit on my lap. This was done at a carnival that came through town.
 Picture taken while I was in Cosmetology school. I volunteered my head to dye so we could learn how to mix colors to get the desired look. Early 1968.
My three darlings when we were stationed in Japan. Dani the tallest, Denise the middle child and Charlie the youngest. I did horrify the Japanese lady who was my secretary at the recreation center. She immediately undid the robes and put them in the proper way since I had them lapped over each other as if for a dead person. And the girls never saved their robes and I have no idea who they gave them to.

Well it's time to close this one out and get on to better things. Like cleaning house. I've had the house to myself for 3 days now since the rest of this little family are at a convention called Rad Con. That's where a bunch of people get dressed up like Star Wars Characters or any other Character they want and have a fun time Fri. thru Sun. Today they are breaking it down and packing up to get back to normal. They'll be home here sometime this afternoon. I guess it's time to get out of my Jammies and actually get dressed. No one here but me so I couldn't think of a good reason to get dressed up.

Have a great week and Hugs from Grandma Sarge!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year everyone.

     I was watching Tree House Masters last evening and I missed the first of the New Year's fireworks in Australia. Then I caught the New York one and missed the next three. I was flipping back and forth from one channel to another at the top of each hour but it wasn't showing the fireworks. There was a few in our neighbor hood but the dogs didn't get excited like they do on the 4th of July. My little Phoebe was asleep on my lap the whole time.  Didn't hear any of the noise, I guess.

     I can't make all my keys work but I can hit the space bar and accomplish the same thing. Comes from my many years of English lit and structure. I capitalize in all the right places and even use the punctuation where it's supposed to be.  Takes me longer to get anything said but I'm stuck in the 50s in my head so it is what it is.

     I don't make New Year's resolution because I wouldn't keep them anyway so I won't be getting myself in hot water. Bridgit and I are working on a lot of paperwork to get her certified as my care giver. It shouldn't take too long since she is already certified as as an Emergency Responder and has a badge hanging in the car.  Then she can quit her job at the hotel and let her shoulder heal up nicely. She's going to be splitting her time between our house and her Fiance's house taking care of his step Mother. She'll be doing some light housework, laundry and making meals for them. I'm still capable of cooking and I sort of like it.  I was supervising Olivia in the making of muffins a couple of days ago. Some day I'll show her how to make regular meals, if I can ever get her on a schedule of 3 meals a day.

    Here's some pictures from a great trip to Santa's workshop. We went for a train ride. It's a Christmas thing called the Polar Express.It starts from a small village in the mountains and is a 55 mile train ride. that's 27 miles each way.  Everyone was in Pajamas, even the adults. I did have to keep my winter coat on so no one saw the big Panda face on the top of my PJs. It was  loads of fun and then we spent the night in a motel, where we shared a Triple room with Olivia's grandfather and his wife, Bridgit and Olivia, and I had the single in the corner under the sloping roof. I only walked into the ceiling once. That hurt, so I was a lot more careful in getting stuff out of the bags I had put on the floor at the foot of my bed.

Grandpa with 3 of his many grand kids.

My Great Grandson Dominic giving me a hug.


This is Olivia on top of the car on our way home. We made a restroom break at a Ranger station on the way home and watched a herd of Elk that they were keeping safe from hunters. Population control along with only a certain number of Elk tags for the hunters. As you can see from the writing at the bottom this one was from 2015  Blog train.

Olivia was dancing to the 12 days of Christmas with the Chef on the train. Lots of fun and she was a big hit!

My Grandson David with his son Dominic and then a picture of David with his father. I tagged them both as "A boy and his dad".

This one was Great Grandson Aayden as he caught his first sight of Santa coming through the train. His older brother Dominic watching as was his sister Kadence.

Darling Kadence beside her brother Aayden and we were at the back of the train with 2 seats facing each other. It was a great trip. 

I'm not finished with my scrapbook pages yet so more will be posted at a later date.

Happy New Year Everyone...May 2017 be a great year for everyone. God Bless.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Time to get ready for Christmas

Wow, it's December and now it's time to take down the Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations down and put them in boxes for next year. then it's clean up the carpet and try to figure out where and how to put a Christmas tree in the living room. We managed it last year but we didn't have a kitchen table and benches in the living room at the old house. We've been in here since May and this kitchen was smaller in size than the other one. So the kitchen table with benches is right at the kitchen door.

We only have one puppy left to send to a forever home and a lady is coming this afternoon to check her out. Then I'll move the big blue cage into my bedroom and that will be where little Phoebe will sleep. My puppy got renamed when we got to Grand Junction. The Grand kids wanted to call her Phoebe instead of Godiva so we switched and she answers to this new name as well.  Here's a newer picture of her:
Taken this morning and she's proud of herself...learned how to jump up onto the couch. Still working on how to get back down.

She's a real cutie...not a bully any more...only one left to bully and Nikki is going thisafternoon. 

Very alert.

Just fits in the hand and loves to snuggle.

Doesn't she think she's a queen?
She's such a cutie. I got the Quick Page from Arlene's tapping into Kyra's new Merry Seasons kit. I just love the colors and I'll take that Santa any day. 

This is a Polaroid from my trip to Grand Junction for my birthday last month. My oldest daughter doesn't usually let any one get a picture of her but this one she wanted. The whole family loves it. 

My cousin Shyanne Shirley who lives back East and this is her gorgeous daughter Elaina, looking like a model! Such a pretty little girl.

This is Shyanne and Elaina ready for Trick or Treat this year. Cute little bumble bee!

Well I have to busy opening up all the new Christmas kits I got this morning. That QP was made from one of them, and I've got another 30 to open but I've only made it part way (half) down the Blog Train. It's from designers World Wide. Each one made a contribution and this lovely lady is from Australia. The first pic with Santa is from the Netherlands, and the first picture of Elaine designer is Raspberry Roads here in the USA.

Have a great weekend and I should see you again next week! Got an eye appointment to have the 'dimple' on my eye checked out. I'd never heard of such a thing as a dimple on the eye but they showed me the x-ray of my eye and there's a  round patch of whatever on the eye.


  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Time for a vacation

I'm writing this from the laptop in Dani's kitchen while here on Vacation. We came down last Tuesday and we'll be driving back up tomorrow. It's a 13 hour drive less if we make only short stops to bathroom breaks.
    We came down with 2 puppies and one of them went to her forever home last evening. My little Godiva is just learning her sister isn't her to cuddle with so he next choice was me. Not a problem. I don't move around in my sleep anyway so there's no danger of rolling over on her and squashing her. Soon she'll be back with the other 5 pups which might be fund to watch. Her Mamma will be happy to see her too! Dani felt her health issues were too much not under control to give a new puppy the care and attention it needed. One of her co-workers has 2 little girls and just moved into a new house so her girls were thrilled to take the one I called "dirty socks" home with them.
    The kids here are fun to be around. Missy comes by every morning before she goes to school. Then she comes back in between school and her second job. Already has most of her homework done but might have some to work on after 9 pm when she's finished work. I believe Missy will be finished with school next May and will graduate with a Bachelor's degree. First one in my family. Their father's family had several doctors, businessmen, councilmen et al, so they were pretty savvy!
    And now I'm back in Washington State. It was a grueling trip. I was seated right behind the driver so I had no leg room and the knees got pretty sore and were very painful. But I switched places with Olivia somewhere in Idaho and sat on the other side of the car. More leg room and I was quite happy. We left Junction at 6:30 AM Mtn time and got here in Richland at 10:30 Pacific time. Even doing the one hour over again as you cross time zones made it a really long trip.
    Now here's a couple of pictures:
My Oldest daughter Dani. She tells me if I let my waves grow out my hair will be just like hers. No curling iron necessary.

Three of Dani's four children. Joe in the red shirt is 25 yrs old, Missy in the middle is almost 24, working on her Bachelor degree, and the tall dude is Bob, who is 27 and my "go to guy" for my computer!

I'm about to go in the other room and sort through 7 days of mail. Not a really big deal...just more catalogs and election propaganda and solicitations.

Have a great weekend my friends!