Category Archives: Outdoor stuff

Grandma one-upped me…again

Grandma came to visit. This would be my mother. The baseball game and JCPenney-coupon-using  mother/Grandma. We have a somewhat typical mother-daughter love-hate relationship.  When it’s good, it’s pretty good, but when it bad….I am of the opinion that she tries too … Continue reading

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What the crap happened to winter?

Winter is over. (Sniff, sniff…I know, I know,  I’m the only one crying.) Or, more correctly, it never even got started. It has been in the 70s here…in Central Illinois…in MARCH. Now that is madness. I feel all off-balance and weird.  … Continue reading

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Finally, a family, a feast and fun

My sis-in-law has come to visit for a few days.  She has been living in Chicago for the last couple years and hasn’t been home for at least a year.   What a difference a year makes!   We have so … Continue reading

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Summer Harold, Winter Harold

The pickles were a success!  Thank you, Mrs. Wages.  Now, on to the hot and spicy variety.  They are done and a jar is in the ‘frig, “crisping up”.  Hope they are as good as the others. Went to great-uncle … Continue reading

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First canning of the season

I canned 6 quarts of pickles today.  I’ve done it one other time in my life and, can I just tell you, they sucked.  They sucked so bad that just thinking about them now makes my mind gag.  I believe … Continue reading

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Bees can also bite me.

So yesterday while I was minding my own business, just sweeping off my patio, a bee stings me on the toe.  My second to last toe.  A toe you don’t even think about, until something happens to it.  Apparently, these … Continue reading

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Outdoor fun and games

Today was bar-ruti-ful!  Sunny, blue skies, light breeze, 70’s…couldn’t ask for better Illinois weather.  Perfect day to start putting in the garden.  So we did.  A little.  Mostly we just sat back and enjoyed the day.  Kids were actually playing … Continue reading

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