Sometimes I hit a brick wall when it comes to finding interesting things to write about. I look at all the other blogs I read...the ones who have homesteads and tell about all the things they are doing. They are building greenhouses and outdoor kitchens and taking care of chickens and goats and pigs. They have dogs and cats who do amusing things. And then I look around at my three rooms and wonder what on earth can I find that is worth writing about.
And then after a lady I consider a blogging friend left a comment on another post, wondering if I was OK because I hadn't posted for a while, I got to thinking that I was just being silly. I may not have the chickens or pets or outdoor kitchens, but I do more than just sit here and stare at the walls. I once knew a woman a little older than me who spent her days in a recliner set three feet away from her TV. Most days she didn't bother to get dressed, but sat there in her robe and slippers - all day - every day.
Now I rather like my life that is pretty much free of drama. A quiet life suits me. But not that quiet! The things that happen in my life may not be as exciting as the things that others write about, but I'll bet dollars to donuts (I wonder where that expression came from.) that there are others who have lifestyles like mine. And just maybe they would like to know how someone in the same situation fills their days. I know I have often wondered what the day to day lives of my grandmothers were like. All I have to tell me are a very few letters written long ago. At least when my grandchildren are old enough to wonder, they won't have to ask.
So with that in mind, I will tell you that evenings this week I have spent time crocheting granny squares for a rug to use in my bedroom. I make granny squares because they are easy and require very little counting of stitches. I have tried crocheting afghans or rugs that are made in rows, but I usually screw them up, either dropping stitches at the end of a row or winding up with too many stitches in a row. When I make the squares to sew together, I can watch something interesting on YouTube at the same time. This week it was episodes of Antiques Roadshow, United Kingdom version. I love listening to the British talk.
This morning I got a phone call from Nicki, who is in Texas. She is taking classes to become an Army Medic. She told me all about what she is learning and about her schedule for completing the course. What she wouldn't tell me is the date she will be home for Christmas. She is planning to just walk in and surprise us, the stinker! She is excited about her classes and very glad to be done with Basic. She graduates from this training in March and then will find out where she will be stationed. It was so good to hear her voice.
This afternoon Number One Son popped in, laptop in hand. He can pick up WiFi in his apartment, but the signal is much stronger here, so he came to catch up on computer stuff. I talked him into staying for supper of homemade chicken nuggets and squash. It didn't take much persuasion on my part and I probably didn't need to use the bribe of a pan of brownies, but it was fun for me to make goodies for his lunch next week.
I made out my grocery order for next week. The store has a sale on boneless beef roast, so I am ordering 15 lbs. Son said he would stop at the store and get me another 25 lbs. of beef. I know that $3.99 a lb. isn't cheap, but hamburger here is running about $5.00 a lb., so I decided to take advantage of the sale before the price went even higher. I shop only the sales now, with just a few other items like milk and butter added. I have reached my goal of having a years worth of food put back, and because I use from my pantry on a regular basis, I mostly just need to replace what I use from time to time. That's a good feeling, knowing that my family will be able to eat when things get tough.
I am sort of wishing that the presidential election was to be held this month instead of a year from now. Not that I think it will matter much who is elected, but that I am already tired of the posturing and the sniping at one another and the accompanying lies. I am afraid that our country is already so far gone that it will take a miracle to bring it back where it needs to be. It would be nice, though, if there were more emphasis on dealing with the problems we face and less on poll numbers. Sigh.
Here in the North, fall is fading fast. Temperatures are close to freezing at night - cool during daylight hours. Not too long ago I heard a flock of geese, honking like mad, heading south. The weather guessers here predict a cold, snowy winter, a warm winter, and all points in between. Me... I don't care. I can fort up and stay busy all winter if necessary. Sounds like a plan. :)