Sunday, January 15, 2017

Addiction or Quest?

I'm not sure which it is.....but....for some reason I love electronic kitchen gadgets.
Here's my newest one....
I've always been afraid of pressure cookers due to an accident my aunt had with one....ohhhh....maybe sixty years ago....
However, several friends have one of these and swear by them...
sooooo...
tomorrow I'm gonna give it a try...!
Now I need to find somewhere to store it...
hummmmm...
I'll just clean out some of the kitchen cabinets....move the three crock pots.....the rice cooker....the huge mac-daddy crock pot (turkey cooker)...the kitchen-aide mixer....the bullet....the food processor (x2 gotta have a small and Large)....the immersion blender...the hand mixer...the toaster...and what ever that is in the back that I can't see and haven't used in years....
ahhhhh....
Maybe I'll just leave it on the counter....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Plague on Our House....

It all started the Thursday before Christmas....
At 6:20 am the MaleChild and I heard a loud crashing noise in the kitchen...when we rushed in expecting, to find the dryer had fallen off the washer, (love those stacked units) we found CityBoy on the kitchen floor unable to get up by himself.....we got him up....the kid got him into the car as I got dressed and off to the ER we went...Turns out he was dehydrated and had influenza A, even though he had a flu shot back in November...with Rx's  and a doctor's note for work in hand...after the ER doctor said a novena and blessed me, cause I haven't had a flu shot ..we were on our way home.
 
On Friday, the FemaleChild called to say, her mother-n-law, visiting from up north was rushed to the ER with breathing problems.....she is still in the hospital on a ventilator, but seems to be improving...
 
Then on Christmas Eve, my brother took our Dad to the ER with breathing issues....on top of his COPD, he had pneumonia and influenza A...they admitted him and we finally got him home on the Tuesday after Christmas...
 
On the Wednesday after Christmas, Mom and I both ended up at the doctor's office....she has a really...really bad cold and I had a sinus infection with snap, crackles and pops in the lower lobe of my left lung...thanks to the asthma.....We were both given Rx's and told to go home and stay in bed until we felt better. 
 
 The real question was "should we quarantine the Twelve Acre Wood?" Should we put a sign at the bottom of the drive.."Enter at your on risk?"
 
Well....we had 2" of snow on Friday.....so maybe the cold did away with all the little germs roaming around....  :)

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Rant.....

Everyone knows I live in the mountains...
 
Now i have a question/rant.....
Why is there a need to pass on a two-lane curvy road...??!!
 
I'm semi-old...but...I don't drive like a snail..
I drive according to weather conditions..if it's rainy, icey, snowy or foggy I drive a little slower than the speed limit.  If it's clear and beautiful I drive the speed limit or maybe a little faster depending on my mood...
Several times in the past few weeks there have been cars/trucks that have passed me like I'm standing still on roads that are double yellow and hilly with curves....!!
Is where you're going soooo important that you have to endanger your life and mine?  And in all the cases I've pulled up right behind you at the red light,,!!
What's your hurry???
Slow down enjoy life...what ever it is will still be there when you get there....
 

Monday, December 12, 2016

the View.....

One of the many reasons I love working for the state parks.
Can't beat the scene outside the windows.

Well.....the kid made it home and has been trying to readjust to Eastern Standard time.
Today he goes to the school board and signs up as a substitute teacher.

Spent Friday afternoon at the ER with CityBoy.....kidney stones are painful little buggers...but it past on Sunday morning and he's back to normal.

And me...?
I'm trying to develop some Holiday Spirit....
at least the cards have been printed....
not mailed, but, printed...
Maybe tomorrow.....hummmmm.....

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Update....

The kid comes home tonight and wouldn't you know, tonight is going to be the coldest night of the season ...so far..!
 
The fires are all out and some were arson...!
 
Another Holiday is approaching and I have no spirit...the same as every year....Spirit will kick-in in about a week.
 
CityBoy has gone back to work and each week they are adding more hours and work. 
 
that's about it....things are quite around the Twelve Acre Wood...
hope they stay that way.....

Monday, November 28, 2016

What's Happening.....

Well....

First the MaleChild left for Ireland...
Doesn't he look Irish?
He's due back next week....

Then
This happened...
and the State closed eight parks in the NW North Carolina area and deployed the rangers and maintenance men to the fires...
I was working Monday, Wednesday and Friday from another park...

Then
This happened....2 miles north of our house...!!
It is now 98% contained, the crosses are still standing and rain is predicted for the next 3 days..
And
because of the fires and winds...
This happened...
that's smoke....not fog...
Which sent my asthma into overdrive...
Then this happened...
 

It's been a fun filled few weeks here at the Twelve Acre Wood! 
 But things are looking up, all the park guys will be home tonight and the parks reopen tomorrow...




Monday, November 14, 2016

Pray for Rain...

all of you out there in Bloggerville please pray for rain.

There are thousands of acres on fire, including two state parks...
All the parks in the NW section of North Carolina are closed until further notice, 'cause my Rangers and Maintenance Men all deployed to fight the blazes.
the picture above was sent to my boss's wife on Sunday...

While you pray...do a little rain dance...it couldn't hurt... :)