Monday, September 30, 2019

End of September

Did y'all have a good weekend?  We did.

Friday I did laundry and my usual chores of cooking and dishes.  But Jim made our bed.  That was mighty sweet of him.

Saturday once we both finished our breakfast routines and I did all my morning chores we went for a drive.  Our destination was a big flea market.  It's always pleasant driving in hill country.  If you check out the link I posted you'll see a video.  Reminded me of Progresso a wee bit.  The grounds are huge and some folks have storage sheds they work out of and others just have stalls.  

Though it was fun looking at other peoples junk I came away empty handed.  

After the flea market we headed out for lunch.  Ended up at Union Station Diner in New Braunfels.  Jim really enjoyed his meatloaf and mashed potatoes!  We sat at the table under the bell....I wanted to ring it!  

Back home and a quiet afternoon and evening.  Jim took a nap.

Sunday we needed a few groceries so after breakfast and my chores we headed north instead of south on Highway 281.  This also was a pleasant drive and Jim thinks this store is farther away than our usual HEB or Walmart.  Brookshire's is also a smaller store but they had some interesting items.  Came home with cinnamon roll scones...very different.

Once home again and the groceries were put away I        fixed us some lunch.  I had precooked some chicken legs in the instant pot and now it was time for the BBQ sauce and broiler.  Jim said the meat fell off the bones.  Along with that we shared some Mexican rice and steamed veggies.  

Of course it being Sunday we watched some football.  Chiefs vs Texans and Cowboys vs the Saints.  Both games were intense!

Today was just a typical day.  Jim did the black tank and I did my chores.  For lunch I fixed a stir fry of veggies.  Jim took a nap.

For the past couple days we've had some rain.  Nothing major, just little showers that tease us.  Then the sun comes out again. 

All is right in our world 

Friday, September 27, 2019

It’s Fall Y’all!

Not sure about you but I’m pleased the temperatures are dropping.  Still wearing shorts and sandals here. But at least I can spend some time outdoors without wilting like the southern belle I am!  Jim has also been spending time outdoors too.  Granted it’s chores that occupy him.  I’m sure he’ll find time to just sit and soak it up.  Maybe have a beer!

Had my labs done last week and just saw my doctor yesterday.  My cholesterol and A1c are better, marginally.  I really don’t want to take meds so we discussed the metformin and she agreed to my plan of stopping it.  For three months I’m going to eat my way to health!  Whole Foods Plant Based so I can stay off metformin.  Then we’ll see about the statin.  I have osteoporosis so I guess I’m doomed to take the weekly pill for my bones.  Sure don’t want that to progress any further.

The more I read and discover about eating for health the more I want to share with everyone.  Not many are interested, thinking pills will solve the problem.  Pills only address the symptoms, not the cause.  Whole food plant based means no animal products or packaged goods.  Delicious meals can be made without them.  And you'll still get all the nourishment your body needs.

I’m pretty sure if you google whole food plant based a plethora of sites will pop up.  But if you’re interested in adding more veggies to your diet start here with Dr Esselstyn.  Read up on it or ask me questions.  Going WFPB isn’t easy, I’m proof of that.  But I’m working on it!

Today I’ve done laundry.  The bed has clean sheets.  Fixed us a lunch of spaghetti, salad and steamed veggies.  I’ve discovered a yellow tomato sauce that’s very tasty.  Little bit of heat and the acidic level is lower than red tomato sauce.

Yesterday the weather station we have on the roof said it was -40 degrees outside!  I don't think The Hill country has ever been this cold. So Jim was on the roof today as he had to take it to fiddle with it.  At the moment it's working, 91 degrees outside.  While he was up there he cleared the gutters and trimmed some branches.

All is right in our world

Monday, September 23, 2019

It Must Be Cooler...Somewhere?

With the promise of cooler temperatures we both looked forward to Saturday.  Jim had plans to do maintenance on the truck while I just looked forward to less heat.  Forecast was for upper 80's.  

I slept later than normal for me arising just before 0700.  Jim has decided to set his alarm for 0800.  The past week the alarm would go off at seven, he'd get up, shut it off and return to bed.  He's always required more sleep than any human should need.

Red beans and rice for our mid day meal.  I did laundry, fixed the meal and did the dishes...twice!

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge

or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

23 September 2019 212 cards

These cards are for the September OSW Template.  The paper is Stampin' Up! but the gold background shape is a place card and I just put stickers on it.  Also used some Nuvo Drops.  Just wanted to make some Autumn cards because It's cooler somewhere, Right?

Of course Sunday is football day!  Unfortunately we didn't get the Saints game (we are in Texas) but in fine fashion they won.  Drew Brees, quarterback will be out for a few weeks and the team did him proud.  And I'm sure the fans loved it.  I know I did!

We did watch the Texans and Chargers.  That was an exciting game!  Both teams wanted to win and worked hard to make it so.

Jim putzed around with maintenance on the truck both Saturday and Sunday.  Something to do with a filter being washed several times and degreasing the engine.  He finished that task and the truck started...

Monday morning and he's outside washing it.....again!  Seems like he did this not to long ago.  Isn't it grand that cooler temperatures are with us?  It should find him outside more.

Sonsearae and Chris are off on a Disney Cruise.  Celebrating their anniversary and having a ball no doubt.  

All is right in our world

Friday, September 20, 2019

Doctor visits

Thursday I had fasting blood work and a dermatologist appointments.  Fasting blood work means no food or drink (coffee) and for that reason, first in line is better.  Since my appointment was at 1030, we left at 0700, for the drive to Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital, so I could get in was already crowded at the lab. But only 20 people were in front of me.  It must have taken us over an hour to get there.  Construction and morning traffic slowed us down.  

Finally! My turn and we were sitting in the cafe just before 1000.  What a sad place for food.  I finally settled on a bare biscuit and watery grits that I doctored with salt and pepper.  When you’re hungry, anything will do.  Jim had two overdone fried eggs and a biscuit.   To be sure I could have had my blood work done at the North Central Clinic, my usual place.  Next week I’ll get the results.

Good news! In dermatology, two spots were frozen and I needn’t return for six months.  

On the way home we made a stop at Whole Foods and surprisingly didn’t buy much. Then across the street to Tuesday Morning.  I’ve read on my groups of ladies getting bargains on crafting supplies so I wanted to check it out. Sadly, the area with crafts was very tiny and there wasn’t anything I needed.  I won’t return to that particular store.
We were home around 1300 whereupon Jim took a nap and I settled in with my morning coffee.  

We had bruschetta, olives and pickled beets for our dinner.  We picked up a couple of cookies at WF and had them around 1600.  Have I mentioned Jim has discovered YouTube?  We’ve seen all The Foyles War and Murdoch Mysteries from the library.  So TV viewing is down to....nothing.  Jim watched his YouTube while I amused myself on my tablet.

Friday is bed day and I did laundry most of the morning.  Jim took out the trash and recyclables.  When he got back he tidied up the patio, fed the birds and gave them clean water

Lunch was BLT's. I had carrots and hummus with mine, Jim had a pickle and pretzel sticks.  Fake bacon from Morningstar Farms was used.

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge

or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

20 September 2019 210 cards

Just a couple of Nautical cards using Stampin' Up! papers and stamps on the first card.  The ship on the second card is not from SU.  I've had it forever

After lunch Jim took a nap.  I just quietly sat with my tablet playing games and reading.  We both had cheese and crackers tonight.  Mine wasn't real cheese, but just as fattening!

Just had a brief shower....We didn't get any rain from the tropical storm that hit Houston so bad.

All is right in our world

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mid September Update


Hello there! I guess I better let y’all know that we’re still here.  Haven’t done any exploring because it’s been really hot.  But, our temperatures are dropping.  It’s been around ten degrees cooler during the day.  Of course that’s still in the mid to upper 90’s.  Each day the ac runs less and doesn’t start til later in the morning.  Shorter days help with that too.   When I got up this morning it was 67 degrees.  Not quite fall but  more like a comfortable summer.

Jim washed the truck yesterday. It’s good to see him busy.  I continue with my daily chores and crafting. Our only outings involve grocery shopping combined with eating out and going to the library.

Still watching Foyles War and Murdoch Mysteries from the library.  We’re both looking forward to NCIS this year.  I wonder how long the series will air.

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge

or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

16 September 2019 208 cards

The cards below are from the July Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin' Up!  

We basically sat most of Sunday.  Football!  Jim read quite a bit and napped while I was glued to the tv.  Unfortunately the Saints lost and Drew Brees was injured bad enough to require surgery and 6 weeks on the bench.  I don't think he's ever been sidelined that long.

Are you watching the PBS series Country Music show?  It started Sunday night and it airs several nights this week.  We're recording it so we can watch later.  It's very interesting so far.

I'm back to dermatology this week to have some spots looked at.  Also have lab work and then next week a visit with my doctor.  Quarterly check up!

all is right in our world

Friday, September 6, 2019

Still getting hot here in the afternoon.  Overnight temperatures maybe mid 70’s.  Even though we've green trees it isn't very green here.  Reminds me of the RGV with all it's brown areas.  So we’re not going out as much.  The truck AC doesn’t run cold all the time in extreme heat. Just another thing that needs repairing.

Jim has gotten outside in the morning and works until lunchtime.  Speaking of lunchtime, today we had un-fried rice.  I made a big pot of rice and that was my breakfast.  The rest was for our lunch.

While Jim was outside I was busy being a domestic goddess. Stripped the bed and washed the sheets.  Sure like my new wash machine.   I also chose some card stock to work with the cards I’ll start making.

Both the toad and the preying mantis left...but!  Fred came home sometime today.  For awhile I thought maybe Mr Toad had eaten Fred.  

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge

or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

6 September 2019 199 cards

This new stamp set and matching paper from Stampin’ Up! Is my favorite at the moment.  What’s not to like? Nautical theme for this Navy family.  Come Sail Away will get used!  I've got a few more to assemble.  I always have piles of projects!

Still watching Murdoch Mysteries and Foyle's War.  When we switched to Dish we had free trials on Starz and some other channels.  Never watched them much.  But I think the Smithsonian channel was included in the free package.  I will miss it.

That's about it

All is right in our world