Sunday, February 21, 2010

Still Looking...

Hey, Y'all,
Well, it is Sunday morning and the weekend has been really nice. The weather has been lovely and we were so very glad to get out on Friday and go to Knoxville. This time, Mae was not able to go to lunch with us, so we picked up an order of ham and biscuits at her request and went back to her home after we ate, and watched the movie at her house. She was not ill, but had to have a plumber come at that time we were eating, so he was finishing just as we drove up after lunch.

We really enjoyed the movie called "A Talent for the Game" starring James Edward Olmos. We left it with her so her son, Fred, could view it later. He was there when we arrived and could only see the first part of it, because he had to leave before it was over. We left after the movie was over and soon were headed home. After we got back home, Gramps continued his search for "the book", and has not really stopped looking. He continually looks in the same places, of course, and our house is really fairly small, probably about 1000 square feet, all told. He has looked in the living room coat closet several times and also in the quilt/blanket chest in the living room. I am hoping he will eventually forget about it, but I don't hold out a lot of hope for that.
Bless his heart.

Yesterday, our neighbor's daughter, Olivia, came down and spent a few hours with us, mostly with me, and we had lunch where I introduced her to fried bologna (she had never tasted it before) and she really liked it. Then she and I made some toll house cookies, (of which we ate quite a few and so did Gramps). A little later, she helped me make a raisin pie, and I taught her how to make a latticed crust on the top of it. Olivia had brought a movie to watch with me about Narnia. We watched it on my computer. We really enjoyed that, too.

Olivia had brought a couple of packets of food with her that had been cooked in foil by Laurie. We reheated them, and they were delicious. Laurie slices potatoes, and adds carrots, peas, and corn to them, seasons them with a seasoned salt of her making, adds olive oil, and seals the individual servings into heavy aluminum foil and bakes them at 350 - 375 for about an hour. Yum! I am going to try making them sometime for Gramps and myself.

Laurie and Scott had taken Mitch down to Maryville with a friend of his, and of course, their son, Gabriel, so that Mitch and his friend could take practice ACT tests. It was really neat to get to spend some time with Olivia. She is so gracious and unspoiled. When she was helping me with the dishes, I told her how we used to do dishes when we moved to the farm. We had no running water, but had to draw our water from the cistern at the back porch, and heat it on the cook stove in the kitchen. Then we used dishpans to wash and rinse the dishes in. It was my job to rinse and dry the dishes. Usually about that time, I would excuse myself and run down to the outhouse, and try to stay out of the kitchen until I thought Margaret would go ahead and rinse and dry the dishes to get them done and put away. Several times that worked, but most often did not. It didn't stop me from trying, though. Ha. Yeah, I know, my bad. I hated dishes and would rather have curled up with a good book to read.

Speaking of reading, all the members of my family were readers. We all loved to lose ourselves in the midst of a good book. I think that came from the fact that my parents both were readers, and so we were influenced by that fact. I can be reading a book and never be aware of what is going on around me. Maybe that is why I love words so much and have no trouble writing my thoughts and feelings. It is rather therapeutic, you know. I really appreciate those of you who take the time to read my weblog. Thank you so very much.

I have been up now for about two and a half hours and have had my breakfast of oatmeal and toast and tea. I was sneezing last night, and stayed up till I thought I could sleep (I went to bed around 1:15 this morning). I was playing my present addictional game of Faerie Solitaire. It is like eating potato chips - you can't eat just one. It has forty levels, and 9 parts of each level. I think I have played it through about 5 times. Arggghhhh.

Gramps is still abed, and probably will be for awhile. I will probably sew some on BJ's quilt after while after Gramps is up and about. I've just about said all I have to say for right now. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. More later. Much love to each of you. Bye for now. Have a great day, y'all!

7 comments: TN said...

Hi Grammy, I was down in Knoxville yesterday. I took ryan home after his week here with me. He didn't want to go and I had the same feeling. It's lovely here this morning too. I just want to kiss the wunshine if that is possible. One of these days I'm going to come back up through New Market. Maybe sometime this summer. I would love to meet you in person. I feel like I know you already. Have you ever thought about being on Farmville? I think you would like it. It took me forever to decide to do it, but now I love it. Think about it and I will send you an invite to be my neighbor. Have you ever seen anyone do it? You plow the ground, sow seed and when they are grown, you harvest them and you get money when you harvest and then you can buy all kind of things with the money. Hope you have a great Sunday. I have to go to a funeral this afternoon. It's a lady I have known all my life. At least it's not snowing and cold. PTL for that! TN said...

That should have been Sunshine instead of Wunshine. I guess you figured that out. LOL

Subsoap said...

Did you see the preview for Faerie Solitaire 2? :)

Anonymous said...

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak, instrument of the wise..........................

Anonymous said...

I used to make something similar to what your neighbor made and we called them "hobo" bags. I put a fresh hamburger, potatoes and carrots and onions in reynolds wrap and baked them in the oven or on the grill. They were so good. I will have to do that again. It has been years since I made them for my kids. My family all reads, too. I don't know what we would do if we didn't read. Have a good week.


Hi Ruby, pleased you and gramps are OK. I've had a cold which has left me lethargic but otherwise fine.I would like to take this oppourtunity ti thank you for the visiting and glowing comment.
Like you I feel it's amazing someone would want to read my humble words.
Take care and God Bless.


arlee bird said...

Saw your comment on Yvonne's poetry blog and thought I'd take a peek into your world and what a surprise! I move to L.A. in 1991 from Maryville, where I had lived since my high school years starting in 1966. Love the place and it's what I still call home. My mother and a brother still live there and I visit every Christmas time.

Your mention of fried bologna reminded me of my last visit to ET and Hardee's was advertising their fried bologna biscuits. When I'm in ET I make a daily morning visit to Hardee's cause I love their biscuits and I can't find anything like them here in L.A.

I didn't try the bologna biscuit, but later my mother was telling me that my brother said they were good. Well maybe next year I'll try them if they still have them.

Oh, and yes, I certainly have my searches for things that have gone missing. A recent one for me was a autobiography manuscript that my father had written before he died. In January I was planning on compiling it with pictures and other info that I had so I could publish some copies for family members. Couldn't find it after searching over a month and I was just so depressed. Then I happened to be talking to my wife about it and she said "oh did you look in here?" and led me to a file drawer where she had neatly put away some of my stuff when she was cleaning up. I like a clean house, but please don't mess with my messes-- it may not look organized but at least I know where it is. That's how things usually get "lost" here-- when we're cleaning and organizing.

Hey, looks like I can blab almost as good as you. Gotta go now. Be talkin' at you later.