On the Needles – May 1, 2015

This is late! I started to write the post last night but I was drained! We were up at 5:30 this morning and have just now stopped long enough to photograph sweater and write report! Vince took off today and if this is what retirement is going to be like . . I’m too old . . we can’t do it!  :)

We worked outside from daylight, even a bit before good daylight, then came in and had breakfast, took Speck to the vet. He’s been snorting and wheezing and having trouble catching his breath. At first I thought it was because he was old but it got worse so we took him in. His heart and lungs sound good but he has what would be an upper respiratory infection if it were us so he’s on meds and he’ll be good soon. Vince was with me and he’s saying “I’m in the wrong profession! $154 for a vet visit!” Yep and then there’s Rita and Boots . . critters are expensive! We got on the list today to get three barn cats but they won’t be making vet visits . . probably. They’ll come with all their shots and neutered. 

Then we went to Walmart in the pickup to look for a pool for Addie and WM is totally out of hard plastic pools!  :(  Then to Tractor Supply, then to Home Depot to rent a trencher and now we’re home so . . here’s the progress since the last time you saw my sweater.

Lakehouse Cardi

Lakehouse Cardi

It is so pretty (if I do say so myself!)  My cables weren’t long enough to pull it all the way around, plus it has a wide front/buttonband (but no buttons) to be added so don’t think I made it too small.

I’m hoping I can get through the cable section and then if I have just the bottom ribbing, front bands and collar and sleeves, I can take that to Houston with me if I have to go. No way I can do those cables without messing up if I’m in a room with other people.

Anyone else have knitting to share?

Thursday

All day I’ve been thinking . . I need to get a blog post done and I just haven’t stopped long enough.

My mom has been admitted to a hospital in Houston with a life threatening condition so I’m asking for your prayers for her and for my dad. They were hoping to be sent to Shreveport, LA, since they are more familiar with the medical facilities there and dad is more comfortable driving in Houston but it wasn’t to be and they were sent to Houston. My sister is with them now. My aunt and uncle (mom’s brother and his wife) are waiting for news and they will go to Houston as soon as they get the word.

And then . . there’s Judy! Can’t drive across bridges and overpasses; has to completely bypass Houston to get to Lake Charles so there’s no way I can drive in Houston. There are the animals . . not that they’re more important than family but I’m not sure Speck could handle a few days in the vet and after leaving Rita at the vet for a few hours yesterday, I’m not sure she would do well being left either. And the chickens . . we’re just like my grandparents . . they could never leave home because they had chickens!

As usual, I’m the luckiest person I know. My friend here happens to have a wonderful home in Katy and she’s here for a week or so. She has offered to drive with me to Houston, get me to the hospital, then we’ll spend a night or two at her house and then drive back here. So, I’m waiting to hear what happens with mom and if I need to go, my friend and I will leave in the morning and . . we’ll take it from there and see how things go.

 

Another Day in the Country

Some days, just before I grab my car keys and go look for a place to live in the city, I remind myself . . this is the life I wanted and what would I blog about if I had a normal life?

Here’s how my day was going til about 15 minutes ago . . pretty ordinary day except that I really don’t like leaving the house and I *really* don’t like making multiple stops!

  1. Take Rita to the vet to get her nails trimmed, glands expressed and talk to the vet about getting something to give her before it thunders.
  2. Go get a haircut.
  3. Go to the garden center to pick up bamboo they had ordered for us.
  4. Go to Aldi’s. I guess that’s something that will happen every time I leave home. 
  5. Meet Vince for lunch.
  6. Stop by the vet to pick Rita up.
  7. Home! Yay!
Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Aldi’s had mushrooms for .39/8 ounces so I got 24 containers of crimini mushrooms. The mushrooms were that price last week so I was happy to see they were still that price but they rang up for $1.99. I told the guy . . the sign says .39 so since they had not changed the sign, they let me have them for that price. Pretty good deal, huh?

Last year, I got mushrooms on sale at Kroger, not nearly for .39 cents but fairly inexpensive . . just can’t remember how much, and I dehydrated them and they were so good to drop into stews and gravies.

The dehydrators were put up for the winter so I brought both of them over from the shop. I knew they needed a good cleaning so I took the first four trays out of dehydrator #1.  Got them all cleaned up.

Dehydrator Trays

Dehydrator Trays

I pulled the remaining 5 trays out and . . oh, dear!  That pile of shredded batting means one thing . . a mouse has been in here.

Batting Scraps

Batting Scraps

I grabbed the first thing I could see . . a paint stirring stick, and went to rake the batting out and what do you think?  Yep . . mama mouse is still in there.

Mama Mouse

Mama Mouse

I chased her around with the paint stick for a while. She’s in the upper right corner hiding.

Mouse

Mouse

I chased her around with the paint stick til I realized that the only way for her to escape was if she came right at me and that probably was not a good idea so I walked away . . left her a lone.

Mouse

Mouse

She can leave or she can stay or she can rebuild her nest . . Vince can deal with her when he gets home. And then he can open the second dehydrator and see what discoveries are made inside that one.

I will sit here and keep telling myself that living in the country is what I always wanted and in the end, I’ll take mice over close neighbors. I did call Vince and tell him. He said “We need feral cats” and I said yes, why don’t you stop at the feral cat store on your way home and get half a dozen of them! They’re not easy to find and they don’t last very long around here.

I’m headed out to the garden for a while and I’ll be watching out the corner of my eye for critters the rest of the day!