Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Just stopping by to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope your day is filled with joy, peace, love, and delicious food!

All has been well with me, Hubby, and the three cats. I hope to get back to blogging in the new year.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Running of the bulls Virginia style.......

Around 4,000 people gathered yesterday at a motorsport park in a neighboring county to participate in Virginia's version of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Participants paid $60.00 each to experience the thrill of being chased by twelve 800 pound bulls. About 8,000 people came to watch the event. Two people were hurt with concussion-like symptoms and one was taken to a nearby hospital. The event ended with a food fight between the runners and spectators that used 45,000 tomatoes. I bet that was one big mess!

Years ago when my Dad raised cattle, I was chased by bulls several times. It wasn't fun or exciting - it was very frightening. I had no desire to repeat the experience or to even watch other people, so I did not attend.

Would you run with the bulls? If you would like to try it, the promoters plan to have events in 10 more cities.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A cool and wet Sunday ......

It's been cool with a misty rain falling all day. Hubby has been relaxing on the sofa with Molly Ann, watching the Nascar race. After doing a bit of housework, I settled down with a good book. This weather feels more like October than August to me. We went to a JJ Grey and Mofro concert at Pocahontas State Park Thursday night. It was an outside concert and I got chilled even though I was wearing a light jacket.

My hummingbirds are still swarming around the feeders. I tried taking pictures, but I am a terrible photographer and they move so quick. I also have lots of butterflies. They are a little more cooperative with having their pictures taken.

Schools in our county start tomorrow. I remember being so excited when it was time to go back to school. I would be anxious to see friends that I hadn't seen all summer and catch up on all the gossip. I loved fresh new books, notebooks, and other school supplies. Were you happy or sad to see school start when you were a kid?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shredding ........

My house has an attic that is accessed through a hole in the ceiling in the hall. You have to climb up a step ladder and pull yourself up into the attic. Since I've gotten older and suffer from arthritis, it's difficult for me to go up there. Like most attics, it is full of all sorts of junk. My house is small and I have limited storage, so over the years I've put lots of boxes up there.

I've talked Hubby into climbing the ladder and taking down a few boxes at a time. I then go through them and either throw away or donate what I don't want to keep. My goal is to completely clean everything out of the attic. Last week he brought down boxes and boxes of cancelled checks. I had about 35 years of checks. So, this week I have been shredding and shredding and shredding .... I finally finished yesterday afternoon. Boy, am I glad that is done!

When I haven't been shredding, I've been filling the hummingbird feeders. There must be thirty or more that swarm to my feeders. I'm filling them at least three times a day now.

We're still eating tomatoes and green peppers from my garden. The squash and cucumbers are gone - eaten by squash bugs. I got one watermelon before something pecked holes in the rest of them. I'm thinking about planting fall crops now.

Hope you have a nice weekend!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lazy .....

Hope everyone is having a good week. It's still hot and humid here in Central Virginia - too hot to do anything that requires lots of physical activity. I've been relaxing, reading and eating. I've gained a couple of pounds - probably from those Drumstick ice cream cones I've been eating every afternoon. (Sigh) I guess I'll have to cut back on them.

I finished reading J. K. Rowling's book "The Cuckoo's Calling". It was well written and had good character development. I did find it to be a bit slow moving at times. The main characters are very likable and I would like to see them in more books. If you like detective stories you will probably enjoy this book. I'm currently reading the second book of the Joe Grey series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy - "Cat Under Fire". These are mysteries with talking cats as the main characters. They are entertaining will appeal to mystery and cat lovers. I'm also reading "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" by Bill Bryson. I've enjoyed several of his books.

Summer is going by too fast! Seems all the stores are full of back to school items. I wouldn't be surprised to see Christmas items before long. They do tend to rush the seasons.

I'll leave you with a few pictures of the cats ...

Maggie May (Miss Prissy)

Mazie Grace (The Huntress)

Mollie Ann (My Baby Girl)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Feels like a sauna ........

It's HOT and it's HUMID! With the sun shining and temperatures up to the triple digits, this feels like typical mid July weather.

Hubby has been trying to get the grass cut. He couldn't get started until almost 3PM because the grass was wet from the high humidity. If we had a hay baler, we could probably get a couple of bales off the back yard.

I'm getting loads of cherry tomatoes and more than enough regular tomatoes from the garden. I also have lots of green peppers that need to be picked. I've been eating tomato sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with fresh salads.

The squash and cucumber plants have grown out of my garden squares and are winding across the yard. They continue to bloom profusely, but for some reason are not forming squash or cucumber plants.

I just downloaded "The Cuckoo's Calling" to my Kindle. It was written by J. K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I'll be spending my evening reading.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Finally, a new chair .........


I've been looking for new chairs for my living room for several months. I looked everywhere and could not find what I was looking for - a small, comfortable chair. We went looking again yesterday and I ended up getting the La-Z-Boy chair shown above. It is bigger in scale than I wanted, but it is very comfortable. I just got tired of looking and settled for what I could find. I'm sure it will grow on me, and I'm sure I will have some nice naps while lounging in it. It's hard to find furniture that works in small houses. That's Mollie Ann grooming her feet.

We're still having hot and very humid weather. It's like living in a sauna. We're suppose to get more rain Thursday. This has been the wettest summer I can remember.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A relaxing Saturday .......


Today has been full of sunshine and relaxing activities. Hubby finished trimming the grass this morning while I went off to do a little shopping. When I got home, we went in the pool. I spent a couple of hours just floating around, watching the clouds. The water temperature was perfect and there was a slight breeze blowing. Pure summer joy!

After supper, Hubby settled down to watch the Nascar race. I got my iPod and Kindle and have been reading while listening to Tedeschi Trucks Band and Gina Sicilia.

Hope you are having as nice a Saturday as I am.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rain, rain, and more rain ..........


Seems like it has rained almost every day lately. We had 7 inches of rain in June and have had 2 more inches so far in July. That is very unusual for us. We are usually in a dry spell at this time of the year. So far this year we've had 26 inches compared to 14 inches at this time last year.

All this rain is making everything grow like crazy. The garden has thrived and the grass grows faster than Hubby is able to cut it. The pool keeps running over where other years we've had to add water. I shouldn't complain. Today we've had short periods of sun, followed by rain showers, followed by sun, then more rain.


Maggie insists on being outside. If it starts raining hard she will sit under the table on the deck. If it isn't raining that hard, she sits in the rain. Her fur is so thick and long, it doesn't allow the water to soak through. Mollie and Mazie don't like water and will insist on staying inside.

The weather report calls for less chance of rain tomorrow. Maybe we'll be able to cook out for the 4th of July. Hope everyone has a great holiday!

Monday, July 1, 2013

It's been awhile ..........

I don't know if anyone is still out there or not since I haven't been around for several months. I have no excuse for my absence other than procrastination, laziness, and sloth. However, while very quiet I have been faithfully reading your blogs.

Life has been quiet here in my corner of the world. Hubby has been busy trying to keep the grass cut. The cats are all well and as spoiled as ever. I've spent more time than I should reading. And we've all done a lot of relaxing and enjoying ourselves. Isn't that what retirement is for?

We've had much more rain than usual this year, so my garden is thriving. We are eating zucchini, green peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and radishes from the garden. I got a few cherry tomatoes today and the regular tomatoes will be ripening soon. I can hardly wait for that first juicy tomato sandwich.

This is the square of cucumbers, yellow squash, and zucchini.


This square has tomatoes in the front with cherry tomatoes and then green peppers in the back.


The tomatoes really look good and are getting large. Can't wait ...


I planted one watermelon plant and had no idea it would live. Maybe with continued rain, I will get a watermelon this year.


Will try to write again soon ...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Camouflage ........

Mazie Grace's current favorite place to snooze. She blends in with the throw.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Chairs .....

I have two swivel rockers with a matching ottoman in my living room that I got years ago. The set is beginning to show wear, as it has survived two large dogs and countless cats. The fabric on the arms is worn and there are picks from the cats on the back of one of the chairs.

Hubby and I decided to go out shopping for new chairs this morning. First we went to Farmville to Green Front Furniture.   If you check their site, you will see that they occupy 12 different warehouses, equivalent in size to 12 football fields. You would think I would be able to find something that I liked. But no ... everything was either too big, too gaudy, the wrong color, or uncomfortable. I think there was just too much to look at and it was cold in those old warehouses. So we left and went to a couple of chain stores and a mom and pop store and still couldn't find anything.

If the set I have was better quality, I would get it reupholstered. I'm just afraid if I put much money in it, it would fall apart the next day.

So it looks like for the time being, I will keep my old chairs. They are comfortable and I don't have to worry too much about messing them up. Just don't look at them too closely.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A quiet New Year Day ......

This has been a quiet New Year's Day for us. It was cold and damp outside, so we stayed in all day. Even the cats refused to go out. I watched the Rose Parade this morning. The floats were so beautiful and original. I couldn't help thinking about the hours of work that went into each one. Amazing ...

We didn't have black-eye peas and collard greens to bring us luck. I didn't even think about them until after we'd eaten leftover spaghetti for supper.

Hope that doesn't mean we will have bad luck.

Have you made your New Year's Resolutions? I used to make a long list every year and then would feel so bad when I broke them in the first week. Now instead of making resolutions, I just try a little harder to do the things that are most important to me. I'm very good at wasting time - especially with the help of books, the computer, and TV.

I've been checking the news on and off today to see if the House has done anything about the "fiscal cliff" mess. I think it is a shame that our government is so bipartisan that they are willing to wreck our economy just to make a point. They all act like spoiled little kids. Okay, that is all I'm going to say since I could go on all night and you probably don't want to read my opinions.

I'm sending wishes to all for a prosperous and happy New Year!!!