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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sewing in the Foothills...among other things

Hello from the foothills where we had very mild weather around the new year so that the daffodils  tried to bloom this month, but our recent cold wave only allowed one to bloom.  It froze in place for a few days then wilted.   Ah well.

On the other hand my new Christmas Cactus made a fair show for us.

I've been experiencing a bit of crafty deja vu.  Back in the 80s I made some macrame handbags and a few other things that were in vogue at the time, but I'd never made a plant hanger so I gave that a whirl since we last visited.  In the 80s macrame was just macrame - now it's Boho style.  
I'm now thinking about making a hanging chair, lol.  I'll let you know if that works out.

I've since been sewing with the fabric beneath my mug of Chai tea, but first the tea.  Did you know that adding a couple of star anise pods to your tea gives you a small,.natural dose of shikimic acid which is the precursor to the pharmeceutical anti-flu drug contained in Tamiflu?  Cheers!

I made a Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven.  It's a comfy little top that is fairly easy to sew.  Mine is the dropped shoulder version on the right.  The pattern is super easy to make with only three pieces to sew.

Here it is all finished.  I'm still debating if I want a matching skirt.

I've sewn for years, but only last year did I buy a serger.   I got the Brother 1034D, and my only regret is that I didn't get it sooner.   Over-locked seams are a real time saver.


Don't Ever Have A Heart Attack on Medicare....
That's a little something to remember in case you may start to have a coronary episode when you're older and on Medicare.  I hear that if you have other insurance not connected to Medicare you'll be okay to proceed with the attack and be treated well at a hospital, otherwise you may regret the whole business. Here's why I've drawn this conclusion:

True $tory
A former elementary school teacher had a heart attack just two years ago and found herself in the hospital.  She'd had trouble breathing and was experiencing chest pain so her sons took her to the ER.  She was examined and sure enough had had a heart attack.  She was admitted and taken to a room where the air-conditioning wasn't working.  This was in the South in the middle of the summer.  It gets really hot here y'all.  The sons demanded a fan and one was brought to her room.  The next day someone came to get the fan to take it to another room, but the sons told them the fan was staying where it was.  The former school teacher is diabetic, but the food that was brought to her room were things she couldn't eat, very high in carbohydrates.  When she told the nurse she couldn't eat the food she was told to go ahead and they'd give her a round of fast-acting insulin.  I won't go into all the sordid details of the actual medical care, but that part is not a happy story, either.  The former teacher had dotted all the I's and crossed all the T's when she signed up for Medicare Part A and makes monthly payments for Part B to cover everything Part A doesn't cover.  I'm as baffled as everyone else, but it seems to me that times have changed drastically in the past 15 years.  Where the elderly were once cared for in the hospital, they don't seem to be important patients unless they have additional insurance that charges can be submitted to.
Eat healthy y'all.
Gluten free Mediterranean omlette

It's a high-dollar world out there that you may not want to have to deal with.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

First Snow and Angioplasty

Hello from our snow covered hills!
Winter is on y'all!  (I know, not quite.)  It's been a long, long time since we had snow before Thanksgiving, and it'll be gone in a few days, but for now I'll take it. I love snow. ♥
That's not a mirage behind our pasture fence.  A neighbor's farm was sold and subdivided a few years ago.   It's sad for us because when we bought our place the hill was covered with 35 beef cattle.   Now there are that many houses.  Times change, they do. 
  We got a total of 2.5 inches of snow and very frigid temps, for us anyways.  It's a bit odd to see snow on trees that haven't dropped their leaves, yet.  o.O

My mother-in-law was the kindest person on earth and is very much missed by her family.  Her story is a bit painful to recall, but here it is.  She had a scary episode of chest pain along with shortness of breath and was transported to the local hospital.  The small town hospital released her with no real diagnosis (imagine that) so the family arranged for her to go to the best hospital in the big city nearest her small town for testing.  An angioplasty was ordered and the family remained hopeful she would return home better off then when she went.  That didn't happen.  She had a major, life-changing stroke DURING the angioplasty procedure.  She spent weeks in the hospital then months in a therapy center recovering from the stroke.  Her heart condition took a back burner while she learned to speak, feed herself and walk all over again.   She never fully recovered, and one year after the angioplasty she died due to complications from the stroke. 

   A good friend of mine worked for a group of heart specialists at the time and kept close tabs on the situation with my mother-in-law.  She informed me that strokes were very common during an angioplasty procedure.   What?  Then why do they do them?  I think we all know the answer to that question. 
Eat healthy and exercise regularly, dear readers. 


Stuffed peppers smothered with mozzarella cheese.  Goodman and I eat dishes like this very sparingly these days.  Just sayin'.

Have a great week, y'all!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Cooler Weather and the Big Snow Job

Howdy from the hills!
I'm thrilled to report that we got rain \0/ and are enjoying much, much cooler temperatures.
Blue Morning Glory on the pasture fence.

We're still harvesting our beloved Rutger's and heirloom Beefsteak tomatoes, but they're definitely slowing down and ripening before they get very large.   The tiny ones are cherry tomatoes from a volunteer that popped up beside one of our raised beds.

I picked up this linen tablecloth at a garage sale a few years ago for $4, and I love it.

Goodman took a few days off work a couple of weeks ago so we could have a full day to visit our favorite apple orchard, Kyle Carver Orchard in Cosby, Tenn..   I always love seeing this covered bridge built in 1875 as we pass by it on our way to the orchard.

We enjoyed their mighty fine catfish dinner in the restaurant.

Arkansas Black apples were for sale, among many, many others.  I know, not black, lol.

I got a li'l grouping of gourds and a few bags of apples, but mostly we just like the yearly trip with all its autumn-ness.  Is there an apple orchard in your neck o' the woods?

I couldn't resist giving this goosey-looking gourd an eyeball.

My glass pumpkins are a daily joy to look at.  I keep them out until Thanksgiving is over then store them until the following October.

The hydrangeas sprouted new buds as soon as we got rain a few weeks ago, but it won't be long until they'll be frozen and sleeping for the winter. 

a.k.a. Daylight Savings Time
My state is going to vote on staying on DST permanently.  Whaa??

The reason isn't what people have been told for years, that it helps the farmers. That's always been a full-of-baloney statement.  Farmers think it's stupid as most of them get up long before daylight anyway.  Businessmen are the only ones wanting DST permanently because folks are out and about spending  money until later in the day on it.
What they aren't considering are the busloads of kids that never see the light of day at their bus stops. Some kids have parents that wait with them in the dark of the morning, but 
I'm convinced we have lily-livered  politicians that simply don't care as long as goods are sold and money is made.  
And, yes, that burns my hide. 
Have a great week, y'all!