Friday, August 1, 2014

Odds and Ends

I haven't been posting much lately.  There has been nothing exciting going on in my little corner of the world.  Just catching up on odds and ends of household stuff that needs doing before winter.  Scrubbing the outside of the fridge.  Vacuuming accumulated cat hair from the backs of appliances.  Washing windows.  You know.  All that fun stuff.

I'm working on building up my food pantry.  Luckily, I still have a good amount of home canned food left from last year, so there are only a few things there to replenish.  I transferred all of my dehydrated food to canning jars and got them arranged on shelves.  The only thing I am low on is dried onions, so I will work on that until I have enough.  I'm surprised that none of my neighbors have complained about onion smell.  I set both dehydrators in front of open windows in my bedroom and shut the door, and I guess that helps.  So it's just the odds and ends of store bought foods to stock up on, and I should be able to finish before winter sets in.

I also spent an afternoon going through my scrapbooking supplies to see what I have on hand and what I need to buy.  I enjoy making the mini albums and winter is a good time to work on that, although it isn't work for me.  It is more like fun playing!

I'm sort of taking it easy today so I can go tomorrow to a family get-together.  My oldest son is moving to Phoenix at the end of this month.  His sister is hosting family so they all can see him before he leaves.  I understand completely why he doesn't want to spend another winter here in the frozen north.  He lived in Phoenix many years ago and loved it.  And even though he hasn't lived with me for many years and even though I understand why he is moving, I will still miss him.


  1. I miss my son and he only lives five miles to the south of our home. We too replenished a bit of our food stores last weekend at Costco. Stuff isn't cheap.

  2. Stephen...My son would pop in now and then to see me. I think I will miss that the most. But it must be much more difficult when they are so close and yet so far.

    I got behind this spring and early summer, what with being a bit under the weather, but am slowly but surely replenishing my stores. No, food is not cheap! But by shopping sales, I think it will be OK. The way things are in the world around us, I don't think it is wise to wait. I don't see it getting better any time soon, I'm afraid.

  3. Well, I think it sucks. Not that it's not the best thing, but it still sucks.

    Have a great evening.

  4. Jess...I know. It does. But I would rather have any of my children living far away and happy as opposed to living close and miserable. It will be OK.

  5. Enjoy family time tomorrow. I was last in AZ in 2006. I have a friend who lives 30 mi from the border. TOO hot in the summer for me. Sounds like everyone is stocking up for winter, Those of us who are smart that is.

  6. Rob...We always have a good time when my family gets together. I enjoy their company!
    I've heard predictions for this coming winter ranging from unseasonably mild to brutally cold. Who knows. I know what I ran out of last winter, and I want to make sure that it doesn't happen again. I am a wimp. I wouldn't leave the house from December to May if I could get away with it!!

  7. Mom, I will miss you as well. But we can set up Skype and talk on the phone. I will come back and visit as well.I just know that I can't handle another winter like the last one. Duane

  8. Son, I get it. I understand that I can avoid the worst of the cold, but you have to go out in it every day. Big difference. On Saturday your Grandma asked me if I could tell you not to go. I told her that I would rather have you far away and happy. I know how hard these winters are on you. As long as we can stay in touch, I can live with it. But if you don't come home once in a while, I will haunt you!
    Love, Mom