Saturday, April 24, 2021

And April is coming to an end!

 And so..... a little bit more of the same ol', same ol',,,,,,,,,,,

East Sunday was here and gone before we knew it!   Again... this is one of those occassions that we would normally share/enjoy with friends or family.  But our friends Nathan & Krystal - still had their second Covid shot to get, so we knew they were not yet ready to venture out.  

Cooking and Baking, as most everyone know by now, is one of our favorite things to do.  So yes we did fix  an Easter dinner, along with a few more goodies.    Below: Goodies! Peanut Butter cups, and Rich's home made creampuffs ( vanilla pudding & whipcream fillings, and chocolate frosting),   Easter Dinner, was Ham, Au-gratin potatoes and green bean casserole.  And a few of our other favorites later in the month was the meatball subs, and, of course, another batch of yeast risen bread!

Of course we are making our lists and checking them we prepare for oOur annual trip north to Blake Lake, NY.  Hotels are booked for the journey...visits with family/friends are scheduled.  Lots of packing to do - but that's always saved for last.   Still need to set up mail forwarding, pay ahead things like water bills, yard mowing and service etc.... AND so we are working now to make sure bushes and trees are trimmed, repairing/replacing a few sprinkler heads, cleaning the gutters. Picture below is of just a few of the bushes that we've trimmed, the resident woodpecker unplanned job!  Our neighbor, next door has a HUGE tree in their front yard, adjacent to our house.  The roots from this tree  are monstrous!  Some of those roots have worked their way under our sidewalk along the side of the house........Rich, below working to remove the concrete pad, and then use his saw to cut out the tree limbs. 

And THE RAIN!  The weather this month has reminded me so much of living up north!  "APRIL showers bring May Flowers". And while all the flowers or azalias have not yet fully bloomed....we have certainly had our share of heavy rains and winds.  Some really dark and dreary days.  And would ya look at that rain barrelling off the roof top?

 Heath issues continue.  While the upper back is 95% better, it seems that the arthritis in the mid and lower back  especially are really flaring up.   It is getting pretty painfull, and I'm finding it much harder to do a lot around the house.  Just standing to do dishes bothers me.  Have to get some blood work done before we leave town.........and I am going to ask about possibly getting some cortasone shots.  I need something for sure!

And this month we celebrated three birthdays!  April 8th - was Bob Donald's B-day!!!    April 9th was our grand-daughter, Chauna's Birthday!     And on the 14th, was my sister-in-laws birthday - Diane Burger!  We celebrated over the phone!

Here is a picture of the family celebrating Chauna's Birthday... Mom and Dad (Dennis & Crystal), her brother Dalton, and her fiance' Ryan celebrating at Applebees Grill in Iowa!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Time sure does fly by! Can't believe it's April already!

 Nothing real exciting been going on.  Just a whole lot more of the same old same old...........

And yes - always back in the kitchen...........lots of really good meals the past couple of weeks.  A couple of cooler days, so that called for another crock pot filled with potato soup!  Always enough for another day.   We also enjoyed our baked burritos, Chicken Parmesan, Oven baked barbequed homesyle ribs (no left overs here!)  and in the pan is M&M meatsause.  We used to get this at the M&M hot dog stand when we lived in NY ---- Best sauce for hotdogs!  Always enough for a few more meals!

Back w aorking in the yard but spent pretty much one full day just cleaning and reorganizing the back storage shed! Everything's back in place..........and we still have lots of room left for more.  

And the last week of March we spent a couple of days trimming the palm trees. We just put this off for so long.......and sometimes, just because of the weather.  We have six palm trees, 3 in the back yard and 3 in the front yard. Does not take a real long time to trim.   Our garbage is picked up every week, but yard waste is only  picked up every other week. And they will only take them away as long as the branches are no longer than 6 ft, and the bundles can't be too heavy, and they need to be tied, and you are limited to a minimum number of bundles and a limited number of anything in trash bags!  THAT is what takes the time.........and with both of us having back problems, that means we take quite a few breaks!  We had so much this time, that our neighbors let us bring a couple of bundles over to their yard to be picked up! 

Glad that some of my favortie programs are back on .................It seemed like I was spending most of my time watching THE NEWS!..............Oh I still keep up pretty much with what's going on......but I am really enjoying The Voice, American Idol..........and watching my Tampa Bay Rays!!

Did my grocery shopping today.  I'm just about ready to schedule an appointment for my one hour massage.......(Christmas Gift) now that I have gotten both of my Corona Virus shots!  Calling tomorrow for a hair appointment ( it is down to my butt right now - so she's got a LOT to cut off)  But tomorrow we are heading back to Hibachi for dinner after making a few stops in Sebring.  And our friends Nathan & Krystal have had both of their Covit shots - so  within the next week we will finally get to spend some time with them...........It's been more than a year!!!  Can't wait!!