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More Spring Flowers

My hyacinths are up.  A little straggly because of the heat, but smell wonderful anyway!

Lovely blues.

And some pinks.

And those barely there ones are actually yellow.

 

 

 

 

Today I Am Thankful I Live On A Hill

Today I am thankful I live on a hill. We have been getting rained to the point of flooding around here.  It’s not deadly type flooding yet, but OMG are we wet.

It rains for a couple of hours and then we have the sun for a couple of hours and then back to the rain. Day after day.  The night before last it poured for about 8 hours, 1.38 inches of rain I think they said.

This is what 1.38 inches of rain looks like.  Uh, huh.  Looks more like 4-6 inches of water in those containers to me.

This is what 1.38 inches of rain looks like. Uh, huh. Looks more like 4-6 inches of water in those containers to me.  Yes, I know the weather people measure things differently.  But this is what I’m dealing with in actuality.  We live on a hill and our yard is swampy. *shakes head*

And to make our evening full and complete, the transformer across the road, on a hill that is just short of a jungle, blew.  So no electricity. And because of the state of that hill – no roads, over grown and a climb – it would be hours before it could be repaired. First they have to chop and chain saw their way in and then drag the new transformer up the hill.  Literally.  Which, for us, means water changes on the fish tanks every couple of hours till it’s fixed to keep the bio-filters alive. On the plus side, dinner had just finished cooking.  So we ate and I dug out my oil lamps and candles and prepared for a dark evening.

Because of that transformer and it's former tendency to go out every time the wind blew, I have acquired a lamp or two.  Things got better when they put in a substation across the highway, but that only means that it 'only' goes out about once a year instead of at least every month.  Pas time to get rid that thing.  You should hear the language when the electric company people realize what they have to do to fix it.

Because of that transformer and its former tendency to go out every time the wind blew, I have acquired an oil lamp or two. And this does not include all the votive holders in the china cabinet drawer.  Things got better when they put in a substation across the highway, but that only means that it ‘only’ goes out about once a year instead of at least every month.  You should hear the language when the electric company people realize what they have to do to fix it.  You would think they’d get rid of that thing.

I keep these guys in the bathroom.  Yep, that's a water dish in the shot.  I have my cat's dry food and water up on the counter away from the dog.

I keep these guys in the bathroom. Yep, that’s a water dish in the shot. (Oops.) I have my cat’s dry food and water up on the counter away from the dog.

We were fortunate in that the electric company were able to send five trucks and personnel out and we think they rerouted the lines.  It took 6 hours, but we’ve had much longer.  And they did it in that continual downpour.  Bless them.

I am thankful we live on a hill. Even if I am squelching through 4 inches of mud. 🙂

Randomness and Cake-With-All-The-Sh#t-In-It

Just a lot of odds n ends today.  Starting with the fact that I woke up feeling like someone put a knife through my back and shoulder.  I have had this before.  It sucks.  If it gets bad, it will travel down my right arm causing so much pain I won’t be able to use my right hand well.  And I am right-handed.  And I am not happy.  I’ve been sucking Motrin and muscle relaxants, stretching, and trying not to do too much to aggravate the shoulder and neck.  I hope the worst will be over by the time I wake up tomorrow.  And if typing this post causes problems, it will be a real short post.

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So last Thursday evening I found out my neighbor, an elderly lady, had decided she didn’t want any of her side gardens any more and had already ripped out the plants from one side of her house and thrown them down the hill into the woods. (sob)  Someone had already taken a weed whacker to a bunch of the plants by the fence between our driveways and finding out that they were the next to go I asked if I could dig some out and keep them.   So Friday night after dinner, while I still had light, I moved some worse for wear Iris’s from her garden to mine.  A couple of the plants had flowers and thus escaped the weed whacker but moving them caused the flowers to pitch over so I cut them and put them in a vase.  Here’s what I will have in a year or two depending on how much damage was done:

I also have Siberian Iris’s blooming in my garden so I tucked a couple of the last ones blooming into the vase with these guys.  I love the scent.  And one of my Siberian Iris’s is our header today.

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My husband made scones for Mother’s Day.  Tea + scone = Breakfast!

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I went to the Farmer’s Market for stuff and decided to treat myself to a plant.  Since my plant isn’t blooming yet, I’m copying a photo off Google for you to look at.

 

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180 × 183 – Ice plant ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’, Dorotheanthus littlewoodii ‘Mezoo Trailing

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This will probably be the last week I get to wear my favorite slippers.  They’re Dearfoams.  It is supposed to get warm this weekend and stay that way for a while.  So I’m giving you a picture of my wonderful, 60% off, bought a red pair and a grey pair, after Christmas specials that I adore like no others.  It’s like having sweaters for my feet.  Oh, and they used to have pompoms on the front.  Really cute.  But between the cats and the washer, they didn’t last long.  They are now cat toys.  But the slippers themselves are awesome.

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When I was little we always had a cake that was our Birthday Cake.  For years, for me, it was Special Yellow Jello Cake.  Then in my late teens or early 20’s my mother got a recipe with no name.  We just call it The-Cake-With-All-The-Shit-In-It.  It was an instant success.  It later became the Easter cake as well.  This weekend was my birthday and Mother’s Day and I required this cake.  My mother brought it over Sunday night.  Now, it is slightly smooshed.  For the first time in history the cake fell out of the pan on its head.  Trust me, this did not affect the taste in the least.  So when you look at the picture, imagine it standing tall like any normal Angel Food cake. 🙂  The recipe follows.

  • 1 / Box Angel Food cake mix.  Or if you must, one already made from the store.
  • 1 / 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
  • 1 / 4.7 oz box -cook and serve- vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 / med. jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 / half-pint whipping cream
  1. In a saucepan, empty can of pineapple, juice and all.  Add -DRY- pudding mix straight from the box.  Cook on medium heat until thickened and translucent.  Refrigerate till chilled.
  2. Bake Angel Food cake according to instructions.  Cool.
  3. Drain cherries, quarter and set aside.  Save a few cherries to decorate top of cake.
  4. When cake and mixture are cool, whip whipping cream until peaks form.
  5. Mix whipping cream, pineapple mixture and cherries together.
  6. Cut cake into three layers.  Spread mixture on each layer as you reassemble the cake.  Top with cherries if desired.   Keep cake in refrigerator till ready to eat.  Enjoy!

Mug of the Day

Another one by Marjolein Bastin

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Aunt update:  Surgery tomorrow.  Definitely a plate for the wrist.  Maybe a graft.  They won’t know until they get in there.