Saturday, January 7, 2017

Taking Stock of My Seed Addiction

Today was another cold day, so I spent most of the day taking stock of my seed stash.  I do believe I have a problem -- I'm a seed collector/hoarder! Yikes. 

But I can't help it, there's always something I haven't heard of, or its new, or it looks interesting, or..or...I JUST HAVE TO HAVE IT!!! Ha!
I made a nice new spreadsheet of the types of seeds I have, their common names, what year they were packaged, where I got them from, and this time I included how long each type is usually viable. Good grief, I found out I have 30 different types of tomato seeds. 

In any case, I'm getting ready for an exciting spring garden!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

4 Days in Intensive Care - What a Scare!

Well, I'm back. 
I thought I was done with dieting, watching every label, counting calories. I was tired of all of it after probably 46 years of doing that all the time. 
I'm 66, I thought. I don't need to do all of that anymore. Who cares, anyway. I'll just be me. 
Yes, I gained back many of the pounds I had lost over those many years, but I was okay with that. It was so much easier to just eat what everyone else is eating. So much more fun. 
Well, that didn't work out so well. Wednesday morning I ended up in the emergency room with blood pressure off the charts and unable to get a breath.  I was hooked up to all the tubes and monitors, x-rayed and given a breathing treatment.  I was so sure it was just pneumonia. Not to be taken lightly, mind you, but not terribly serious.
Think again!
The doctor came in and calmly stated that my tests indicated congestive heart failure and he was admitting me to the hospital immediately.  
Surely he didn't mean me...he obviously had the wrong room. 
I must have looked at him like an idiot. I couldn't even comprehend what he was saying, so it was a good thing my husband was in the room to hear it too.
By 4 a.m. I was transferred to the main hospital by ambulance and hooked up again. I was breathing better. I was pretty sure the main hospital heart specialist was going to say it's not what they thought. All a big mistake, I was sure.
Not so fast.
My heart stopped. THAT'S enough to get you serious about taking care of yourself.  I have three grandchildren. I HAVE to be here to dance at their weddings. I have to watch them grow up, and be there for them when they need their Mimi. I have to make some changes.
So -- here I am. Ready and WILLING again to get serious about losing weight, eating better, and doing away with salt in my diet.
I have no choices -- I've backed myself into this corner and I have a way to get out. I'm on my way. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

RIP Sonny Buns...

So sorry to report today that the granddaughter's sweet dog Sonny has died.  I know this will be very hard on the Koenig family, especially the girls.  He's been a part of their lives from the beginning.  It's been a really hard day.
Running through heaven now with Carlie by his side!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spending a day with the girls....

We got to spend a rainy Saturday with KT and Joss last weekend, and we had lots of fun! Here's a few photos from our day!
 We went to the library and spent some time in the children's area.....
 and then took advantage of the First Saturday book sale to buy a few used books to add to the library at our house.  They were having a bake sale, too, so the girls picked out a few cookies and brownies to eat after lunch.

Next we went to the local Thrift Store and picked ups some real gems! The girls picked out two things each, and then they both decided on something for Max.  We bought him a real cute little dark gray puppy dog with blue eyes for him.
 When we got home it was time for lunch, then we disinfected and washed everything that we bought at the thrift store so the girls could play with them.
 Next they took turns riding on top of Grumpy, who kept dumping them on to the carpet. I think they liked that the best, and he got a real work out!
 Then Joss fell asleep...
 and KT painted a couple of pine cones for me. She loves art and painting anything.
We had a fabulous day!

Annual Trip to the Christmas Tree Farm

So late putting this up, but I've had such computer/connection to iPhone problems, and haven't been able to get pictures off of my phone until now!  New laptop! Yoohoo!!!

Sunday after Thanksgiving we took our annual trip to the Christmas tree farm in Pipe Creek -- we've been getting our tree there for so many years, and this year we had our whole family there! Max's first trip, Joss was really into it this year, and KT is an old hand at it!
 A little over 4 ft tall!
 Beautiful ornaments....
 What a smile!
 She was showing me some kind of dance here....
This boy is getting so big!
Then we came home and had lunch together!  I'm so blessed this year to have my whole family around us for the holidays. I know how lucky I am.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

from Turk and Gray! They weren't a feature of today's meal, and remain our very happy pets! Hope everyone had a fantastic and satisfying holiday -- it's nap time!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A few projects in the kitchen...

I've spent some time working on a few little projects in the kitchen lately.  First I made another batch of cheese, and this one turned out so much better!
 JR got me a gallon of milk with a lot of cream in it for me to work with.
 After letting it sit and firm up, I processed it with some sugar, cranberries and nuts. Delicious! 
Much like cream cheese, but not as smooth. We're using it on bagels anyway, and it's great.

I've been trying to keep up with the peppers from the garden until we get the first freeze. They're still going strong, so I'm chopping and freezing when I get a batch together.
 And last, I've been wanting to try making cranberry wine, but I had to wait until cranberries showed up in the stores. I had some "holiday" wine the last two Christmas seasons that is made by Fat Ass Winery (they are in Fredericksburg, TX.) It is just delicious, so I've been wanting to try myself.  Sadly, this won't be ready to drink until Christmas, 2017, but you have to start somewhere, right?! ha! 
This will sit in the bucket for 5 days (stirring daily) and then strain and move to the carboy. It won't even be bottled for about 4 months, so it's a long term project. Should be just about a gallon.