Thursday, July 29, 2010

Let there be RED!

Ok so on we go.....I wanted to paint the doors at the house red. So we did!!

This is the back door with doggie door.

This had been seldom used before. Things were a real mess with the glass enclosed back porch. Now its all open and user friendly.

I just love the glass on this door.

Finally its getting the attention it deserves!

Its very unique.

Now here is the front door painted red. We will be getting a new light that matches the new ones on the back porch. Also we need a new storm door and new wood frame. We live on top of a hill and with the Oklahoma winds, this frame has seen better days. Needs replaced. One step at a time we go.

I think the hardware can stay as it is.

So here is my dilemma. If you want to call it that. Love the look of the door unless the door is open.

Which it is all the time when we are home...

The red door seems to make the room look smaller to me. What should I do? A light colored wreath of some sort? Something else? What in the world would you do? Or am I being too nick picky?

Tell me.
I'm listening..

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I miss you today and everyday

I had a dream about you this morning. You were probably about 35 years old. You were laughing and being silly with all of us, your children. We were all adults as we are. You were happy. We were at a fair. We were happy to be with you. I wanted it to go on. Then the alarm went off.

I was content for a split second because Ive missed you so much and was so happy we were all together again, and then reality came to light. It was just a dream. We weren't all together again. You really aren't here.

Mickey was telling me it was time to get up, but I didn't want to move. I wanted to try to go back to sleep and hopefully be lucky enough to get right back to where I left off in the dream. It was then that I also realized today's date. July 28th. 20 years ago today you died. I started to cry.

I don't think it was pure coincidence that this dream happened this morning.

Let me tell you how I know.

My dad there in the white shirt.

My died was killed on his job back on July 28th 1990. He went to work that very hot day in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My dad worked pipeline construction all his life. It was just what he did. He was working the skid truck and was holding onto a skid to put under the pipe when the driver of the truck pulled the truck forward instead of pulling up the pipe for my dad to fit the skid under. This caused the huge pipe to fall which hit the skid my dad was holding and the skid struck him under his jaw. It was a freak accident. My dad died instantly. 52 years old.

I stayed with my grandmother for a couple of nights afterward to help with arrangements and so she didn't have to be alone. The night before the funeral I had a *dream*. I was at my grandmothers and walked outside because something just didn't seem right. As I stood out in the yard I saw my dad walking up the front steps and come up the sidewalk. I remember being very surprised to see him. I said, "I thought you were hurt"?

"No, Spider, Im ok."

I looked at him and saw that he was. He gave me his crooked grin, that was his distinct trade mark, and I knew then and there that he truly was ok and I could stop worrying.

When I woke up I knew that he had wanted me to know that. I don't think it was just a dream. Just as I know that this morning was not just a dream.

He misses me too.

I think sometimes he just wants to know that I'm ok too.

And I am.

Love you always and forever,



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Porters Salve

If you are from the northeast, you may already be familiar with this. I know that ever since I can remember, there has been a can of this stuff in my Moms house and at my Grandmas. Actually, come to think of it, at my aunts house too! If you had a splinter or a scrape, you broke out the Porters Salve.

Porters Salve could fix anything!!!I mean that! You could rest assured that when you put a gob of this on your "boo boo" by the next morning, it was on its way to being well healed. If you had a splinter, it would pull it right out over night!! Im not kidding! Magical it tis.

This can is probably 8 years old or so. My grandmother bought it and gave it to me on one of my trips back home to Pennsylvania. This will probably last me another 8 years until I will need another.

Its some good stuff. I say no home should be without a can of Porters Salve.

Porter's Salve History
Porter's Salve was formulated in 1916 in Piqua, Ohio, by the George H. Rundle Company. The salve was sold door-to-door by traveling salesmen for many years. There has been no formal advertising for Porter's Salve. Sales have been generated mostly by word of mouth, from satisfied customers telling others of Porter's Salve's soothing, healing properties. The original name was changed from Porter's Pain King Salve to its current name, due to a request from the FDA. The reference to liniment was made because this salve was formulated from the Porter's original product, liquid Porter's Liniment.
Recommended as a "beneficial application for bruises, rough and cracked skin caused by inclement weather, insect bites, sunburn and local irritations," it is advocated for use on both man and beast alike. The salve has a drawing quality, which works particularly well on slivers of metal, wood, or glass, beneath the surface of the skin.
This product, not highly advertised other than by word-of-mouth, has gained attention throughout the United States, Canada, and many countries abroad. Known for its healing powers, Porter's Liniment Salve, gets new customers by recommendations of satisfied users. The company is headquartered in Covington, Ohio and is a family owned business.
Check it out.
Get you some.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Didnt feel like working

I certainly didn't feel like working on the house this weekend.
1. It was too hot
2. I wanted to be with my grandchildren
3. Just because

Just because I would rather watch Dylan do cannonballs.

Just because I would rather watch Bob hold a bone in his mouth for an hour.

Just because I would rather gather tomatoes

Just because I would rather watch the birds

Just because I like to watch Emma make pancakes

Just because I could stare at this face forever

And also this face

And watch how a couple of dollar store items will mesmerize a kid for a long time

I would just rather do these things any day.

What did you rather do this weekend?
Tell me.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

When life hands you tomatoes

then make sauce!!! Which is what I did. Tonight we shall have chicken parmigiana with the fresh sauce....

Now if you were trying to beat the heat would you do this?

Me either! Especially when I could walk into the house and be in the air conditioning and lay on the soft couch. Silly cat.

Marley is getting older. She is barely able to see out of her left eye now. Cataracts I'm assuming. Bless her heart.

Here's a glimpse of the back porch lights we decided on.

Love them....

The work continues at the house. Will take more pics this weekend to show you....

Whats new?
Tell me.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Tell me about growing sweet potatoes

I planted sweet potatoes for the first time this year. Does anyone know how long it takes for them to grow? These vines are CRAZY. They are long and go everywhere!!!! Its insane!!!

I finished up painting the shutters this weekend and some other odds and ends. We finished the siding on the north side. Also we hung new lights and put up posts on the back porch. It was HOT this weekend. At one point my head felt like a *creepy crawler* sensation. I know I was getting too overheated. We took a break each afternoon, then back to work in the evenings. Things are winding down. I see the finish line looming ahead.

My grandmother continues her rehabilitation from her recent fall. Slowly but surely she improves and gets stronger so that she can return home. She is SO ready. Me too!!

Take care of yourselves in this heat. Do not overdo.
If you have critters with heavy coats of fur or hair or even angora, give them cold water every time you think about it. They will appreciate your extra bit of effort. They are unable to do this for themselves. They count on you. Don't let them down.
Its super hot for them.

And also for those that are out working in this weather. Like Mickey. He has 2 jobs scheduled for today and also 2 for tomorrow/ Which is too much...I pack his cooler with water and Gatorade and neck bands that cool your neck.
But it takes a lot out of him to work when its this hot.
Hes my hero. He takes care of us. Everyday.

I am off work tomorrow for a visit to the doctor. Its just a yearly check up thing, but as always, I DREAD going.

What are your plans this week?

Is the heat getting to you?

Tell me.



Friday, July 16, 2010

The Weekend........Whew!

Its been a long work week for me. Each evening consisting of even more work around the house. This not only includes the obvious such as laundry, cleaning, cooking and animal care, but also the house painting and repair. One other task is mowing.

We have just a little bit of grass to mow.

Just a bit.

It goes on forever.
Bob likes to *help* mow..We have mowers that have the engine in the back and a large platform where our feet are (zero turn mowers) and he sits there by my feet. Hes safe and nothing will happen to him. He just likes to go along.
I told him that there had been a roadrunner around lately, and if he did see it, not to chase it. As you can plainly see, Bob listened with much interest. I explained how valuable they are because they keep down the snakes in the area. This is important so the kids can come over and play outside.

He seemed to totally understand and we began the mowing.

Then we saw it!! Bob jumped down from the mower and chased the roadrunner up a tree.
After a few minutes he would come back and get back on the mower with me. I think the roadrunner enjoyed the game because he kept coming by and sort of taunting Bob and then Bob would jump down and go chase it again..After a few chases, Bob was tuckered out.

This is Jimmy's painting ladder. ( Jimmy is our house painter and handyman) Its old and rickety. This ladder has been on many a job. Jimmy told me he painted a couples house once and when he was finished they wanted it a different color. He repainted the house. Then, they didn't like it and wanted a 3rd color!!! Jimmy did it and told them he was not painting the house again. I thought that was a funny story.

Also I have plenty of tomatoes that need canned or something this weekend. I hope to get to that..

Finishing painting the shutters tonight. Trim tomorrow. Wish me luck!!

Heat advisory in effect until 7 PM CDT Sunday...
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds around 10 mph.
Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. Southeast winds around 10 mph.
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Saturday Night
Clear. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds around 10 mph.
Sunny. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds around 10 mph.
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Sunday Night
Clear. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds around 10 mph.
What are your plans?
Tell me.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What a mess......

This is how things are looking around my place these days. A state of disaster...What you see here is a porch that is being repaired. A porch that has its roof propped up because Mickey has dismantled nearly everything that held it up, wood that had been wet then started to deteriorate..This is an old house.

A couple of weeks ago I took off work to paint my house. I had a week. I thought I would buy a couple of gallons of paint and hire our friend, Jimmy, to come over and help, and "waaa laaa", it would be finished. Oh why didn't someone tell me nothing is that easy? Especially, when it involves home repair and restoration and renovation and realization. Oh and did I mention we are doing this on a very tight budget? But, onward we (or today, Jimmy) will trudge.

With this.

A extremely humid day was underway across Oklahoma and western North Texas. Early morning temperatures had quickly risen into the 80s...with dew points between 72 and 75 degrees across the entire region. A sub tropical ridge of high pressure stretched across all of the southern United States...and this will suppress cloud cover...allowing temperatures to climb quickly beneath the high July sun angle. Typically...the air would also dry as it warms and mixes...but because of all the rain in recent weeks...evaporation will pump additional moisture into the air near the ground. This will create a potentially dangerous combination of heat and humidity. Heat indices will reach 100 degrees by noon...and will peak above 105 degrees for several hours this afternoon. Where dew points are the a zone from Clay County Texas up through Lawton...Oklahoma City...Stillwater...Enid...and Ponca City...heat indices will rise above 110 degrees after 1 PM. The unusual humidity makes it difficult for the body to cool itself...and heat illness can set in very rapidly. Although the chance of rain is very small...there is about a 10 percent chance of an afternoon thunderstorm...primarily in the zone of greatest humidity...from south central into central Oklahoma.

My job is to get these shutters finished in the evenings along with the mowing.

Our job this weekend will be to get new siding and finish this side of the house. We wrecked this. Tore it down to the core.

Mickey purchased cedar posts for the porches. I have an idea with these. (He doesn't know it yet). I will show you later when the project is complete.

We will need new lighting back here on the porch ceiling. Any ideas?

And we bought all new chrome vent covers for the whole house. This will take hours and hours to do.

As I was out taking these pictures last evening, I spotted this. Can you see it?

Do you know what this is, Mom?

Its a roadrunner! We have a pair that live on our property here on Peebly. Whats great about these birds beside the fact that they are just plain cool, is they eat snakes!

I have been harvesting countless peppers from the garden. Things are growing like crazy!!!

Evidence below. What a jungle!!

We have some finished spots here and there around the house.

I'm loving the colors and cannot wait until the project is complete! I have a few ideas about detail when I get to the point where I can concentrate on that. In the meantime, what do you all think about painting the front and back door red? Or would the trim color of cream look better?
Tell me.