Friday, July 31, 2020

That's a Negative!

Oh yay!  I am Covid-19 free.  As is DH and close friends.  Found out last week and took a moment to be thankful before beginning my happy dance.  LOL

We are sticking close to home and dreaming of traveling.  Sigh.  I miss my son so much.  I have visited at least once a year since he moved to Iowa.  This is the first year that I have no plans.  Sigh again.

Working on my SAL.  Here is the updated picture.  August is up and planning on getting started tonight.

My dahlias are gorgeous, though not as many blooms as last year.

It was a bit cooler last week so my roses had new blooms.  I took these yesterday.  Today's heat hit hard and most will be dehydrated by the end of the day.

I'm loving my grapes this year.  So tasty!  And the birds agree.  LOL  I go out every day and hope that the birds slept in and I've got a chance to harvest.

Here is an example of Grape Roulette.  The left...I win.  The right...the birds win.  LOL

Watching my kumquats grow, very slowly.  Kumquat for one.

My walking buddy was busy this morning so I decided to do some baking before the heat hit.  Some lovely white chocolate/raisin cookies.  I also baked banana bread.  Lucky I started so early...temperature hit 102 degrees today.  Yikes!

Several years ago my husband adopted a cat.  Moto is a sweetie but can look pretty grumpy.  I call this picture "Yellow Cat on a Yellow Tractor".

Doesn't he look great?  LOL

Okay, enough sharing for today.  Take care.  Be kind to one another.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

I Do Not Want a Do-Over on Last Week

Good morning from the rancho.  Last week was a blur of naps and more naps.  On Monday, while at the eye doctor with my DH, my walking buddy called to say that she was positive for Covid 19.  Sigh.  I have been so careful...masks, sanitizer, more sanitizer. walks.  And it really wasn't the walks.  We live on a dirt road so it was easy to be six feet apart.  But she stepped into the house to pick up a mask pattern.  Yep, I was just trying to help.  My name got sent to the health department as a contact so I was on house arrest for seven days.  Any little twinge or ache was a sure sign of Covid.  I decided that rest was best...napping every day, sometimes for up to five hours.  I don't know if those actually count as naps or just daytime sleeps.  LOL  As I wasn't showing any recognized symptoms, our area won't do a test.  I did sign up for one on my own, but it took a week to get the appointment.  I signed DH up for one, too.  He wasn't on her contact list, but he's on mine.  The test is Monday and I won't get a result for up to five days.  Sigh.  More time to garden and stitch, I suppose....

On to gardening...

My geraniums are in full bloom.  So many colors.

I love spider plants and have a baby boom going on this year.  I have variegated, reverse variegated and a plain green.  I keep some outside and have quite a few inside.  They are an underrated plant.  So pretty and don't ask for much.  LOL

Whenever I get ready to start a new yarn project, I like to knit a washcloth.  It helps to improve my muscle memory and tension.  

This is the real project.  It can be used as a wrap or scarf.  Super simple, but that green is gorgeous.  And it's a merino wool and silk blend.  Spectacular!

Today will be a repeat of the last six days...water plants, stitch, sleep.  I may throw in some baking.  We are almost out of oatmeal cranberry cookies.  LOL

Time to get moving.  I'm on my second cup of coffee and the caffeine is starting to kick in.  Take care and be kind to one another.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Catching Up With Life...

Good evening from the rancho.  Super busy the past few weeks.  I went up to the Sacramento area to  be with a close friend.  Both of us have been consistently social distancing.  Her husband is battling cancer and things have taken a turn for the worse.  His last chemo just wasn't making any improvement.  Started a new chemo last Friday.  I went up to help the family so they could take a breath and regroup.  I did all the comfort things...baking cookies, making meals and giving hugs.  They have been married for over fifty years.  This is going to be so hard.  Sigh.

Yesterday one of our neighbors brought her husband home on Hospice after a stoke several months ago.  I went down and visited for a few hours in the afternoon...just talking about how Hospice works and how to say goodbye.  She called late last night, so back down to sit and just add some calm. My husband says I'm good at this.  My dad passed almost two years ago and it still hurts.  Another sigh.

Very hot yesterday and today, over 100 degrees.  I'm walking Monday through Friday but almost talked myself out of it this morning.  LOL  Glad I got it done and might even be able to sleep in tomorrow morning.  Working on masks and doing some cross stitching.  Here's last night's update.  I'm loving the autumn colors.

The heat is doing a job on my zucchini but my tomatoes are so happy.  LOL  I've got a single kumquat.  Waiting, waiting, waiting...

Here are some pictures of my banana bread and cookies from a couple of weeks ago.  I need to make more, but must bake before 8 am.  Just too darn hot.  LOL

A new geranium plant I picked up a few months ago.  The flowers are pretty plain but the leaves are gorgeous!

Our county is still showing an increase in Covid-19 cases.  I continue to be careful, wearing a mask while in town and using gallons of hand sanitizer.  The last sanitizer I purchased was from a local distillery.  I smell like a very expensive cocktail after I use it.  LOL  I don't know anyone that has Covid, so I think I'm holding my own. 

I wish each of you a safe and pleasant weekend.  Be kind to one another.