Friday, February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014

     Good morning. Today is a good day. My sister M is coming to pick up Mom and take her to her house for the night. My husband and I are going to get out of here and do something. I will tell you all about it on Monday.
     Ms. M is here taking care of Mom and getting her ready for her visit with my sister M and her family. I have so much to do to get us ready.
     My great northern bean plants are growing very well. I planted them in toilet paper rolls with soil. But now I have noticed that the rolls have mold growing on them. The cardboard rolls stay wet. I will have to see if other people who use them to start seedlings have that trouble and if I need to transplant them in something else. I will probably have to figure something else to use.
     This is a very short post today. I need to go get some things done. Have a good day.

                                                                 April Whitehair

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 26, 2014

     Good morning. I had to miss posting on Monday because I was trying to load my anti-virus software onto my computer and was having trouble with it. I really am not computer savvy. But I guess I figured it out because it works now.
     We had a nice visit with my sister A on Sunday night. I always love getting together with my sisters. We laughed and had a good time reminiscing.
     We have snow again. As hard as I try to deny that winter is still here I guess I can't not see all the snow outside. Schools are closed again so Ms. M. is not here today. Hopefully she will be here tomorrow and the roads will be clear because I need to go to the store and get some things for Mom. Mom is going to spend the night and day with my sister M. this weekend. My husband and I are planning on going to Cabela's. Not sure what we will buy but I just love to walk through that store because it is beautiful.
     I ordered seeds that I needed this weekend. There were only a couple that I didn't get so far from the seed of the month club that we wanted. Then I organized the seeds I have, I was in seed heaven. One seed that I wanted but I couldn't find anywhere was great northern beans, you know soup beans. Then I read in a farm forum that you just use beans that you buy in the store and plant them. My husband and I were both skeptical so I put a couple beans in wet paper towels to see if they would sprout. They did, so I planted them in homemade pots, toilet paper rolls folded at one end filled with soil. Now I have beautiful bean plants growing in my windowsill. I hope they continue growing and produce a good bean crop.
     Well I need to go get something done today. Have a good day.

                                                            April Whitehair

Friday, February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

     Good afternoon again. Yes I am late writing again today. I had something very important to do this morning. I went and bought a jar of raw local honey. Yummy. There is a family who lives right here close that have honey bees and sell their honey. I had been in contact with them via email and today I was finally able to make it to their house. I love supporting local families and the honey is very good and well worth the price.
     I have been working on planning what plants I want to have in the garden this year. I made a list of all the things we eat and trying to figure out how much to plant. One thing we like to eat is soup beans, great northern beans. I looked in the seed catalogs that I get and none of them sell them, so I researched them and I read that you just buy a bag from the grocery store, like the dry ones that you cook and eat, and you can plant those. My husband was a little skeptical about that and so was I. So I put some beans in wet paper towels and with in two day all have sprouted. Now to put them in dirt and hopefully I will have my own great northern beans to harvest.  I probably have started them way to early but I just love seeing things growing. I also have trouble killing plants, thinning them. You know when they say to plant a couple seeds per spot then thin out the weak ones. I just can't do it, I can't kill them. They have every right to live. Yeah I sound crazy but I just love plants that much.
     Well I need to go. I have got nothing done so far today except for getting the honey. I may have to make me a cup of hot tea with my new honey and try it out. Have a good day.

                                                        April Whitehair

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014

     Good afternoon. I am late getting around to writing today, my husband and I went to town to get a part for his car and the trip ended up taking up the whole morning. Ms. M was here with Mom. Mom always seem in good spirits after a day spent with Ms. M. We are lucky to have such a good caring person here to help.
     I have been feeling so much better lately. The day before yesterday I actually felt good enough to bake. I made an apple pie using my new glass rolling I pin that my husband got me for valentine's day. It worked ok except it leaked a little around the lid, I think there needs to be a rubber ring or something instead of just a metal lid. I also made for the first time a loaf of bread from scratch. Real homemade bread. I used yeast and everything. I have always been scared of using yeast, once years ago I tried to make something with it and it didn't turn out at all. The bread turned out good, just a little heavy but good for my first time. Now that I am not as scared of working with yeast I will try to make more things. The possibilities are endless.
     Yesterday my Mom's little dog got out the front door and took off. He never goes far but doesn't come back when called for and he doesn't look out for cars. So I had to stay outside and keep and eye on him. He was so happy to be outside and free. For the last couple months he has been cooped up inside and only allowed outside in the little fenced in back yard. I, like him, have been feeling cooped up so the excuse to be outside to look after him was a good reason to be out in the sun, it was a little cold but not bad, I think it was above 40. I walked around and looked at all the snow trying to melt and dreamed of green grass and leaves on trees and flowers in my flower bed. Then low and behold there in my flower bed was the best surprise ever. Tiny green sprouts poking there head out of the recently snow melted bare ground. There are flowers coming up! Can you believe it? There will actually be a spring, I can see it coming, I now have the proof I need that winter will end, someday. Yes, we may still have cold days and maybe even more snow but spring is really coming. It really is.
     Have a good day.

                                              April Whitehair

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014

     Good morning. I am finally feeling better. I still sneeze quite often and my nose isn't completely back to normal but over all I feel better. I was actually in a good mood last night and was able to laugh and smile which it had been along time since I felt like doing that. No helper with Mom today but at least I feel up to looking after Mom.
     Friday was Valentine's day and my husband and I was able to go out and spend some time together. He took me to Berdine's five and dime. I went there a couple months ago with my cousin and I seen a rolling pin that I really wanted. My husband remembered me talking about it so as a surprise he took me there and got me the rolling pin that I wanted. It is a glass rolling pin that you put cold water in and your pie dough doesn't stick to it when you roll it out. Now I have to make a pie. Maybe sometime today I will get around to doing that.
     I had been so depressed this winter with all this snow. I have been waiting, very impatiently, for spring and my tulips to poke their heads out of the ground. My wonderful husband knowing my want, need, for spring bought be tulips already blooming in a pot. They are so beautiful. They are bright red. I can't stop staring at them. I can look at them and temporarily be transported to a sunny spring morning. All I can say is that my husband rocks!
     My husband bought me two Jiffy professional greenhouses, peat pellets. Each greenhouse holds 72 plants. Very thoughtful of him. But now I have a dilemma. Should I use them or not? If I want to go all organic in my gardening this year like I said I did then can I use peat pellets? So I have been researching them and this is what I have found so far. Peat is organic but it is not an easily renewable resource, it comes from peat bogs that take centuries to regenerate. The webbing that holds it together is usually plastic, sometimes cotton but my packaging does not specify. And sometimes they have synthetic wetting agent but sometimes they have organic wetting agents, yucca, my packaging does not specify that either. What to do? I still have about two weeks before I start any seeds so I hope during that time I can decide how I feel about this. Also I ready have them, what sense would it make to not use them or toss them out? That would be wasteful and that's not part of my plan. Maybe I am just thinking to much. I found the idea of using used coffee K-cup cups as starter seed pots on facebook. Looks like a good idea if you have those, which I don't but my sister does and she offered to give then to me, better than tossing them. But the over thinking, organic gardener that is in my head, is saying NO, the plastic will leach into the dirt and seeds and baby plants. Oh my!      
     That is enough of that for today. Have a good day.

                                                           April Whitehair

Friday, February 14, 2014

February 14, 2014

      Good morning. Happy Valentine's Day. With all the snow we received yesterday and with school being closed I didn't figure that Ms. M would be here today but last night she said that she was going to come so that my husband and I could get out of the house together and do something for Valentine's day. That is just awesome of her. I did tell her that if she starts out this morning and the roads are too bad then don't risk it and just go back home and I would understand. Not sure what my husband and I will do if we get to go out today but I am just glad that we get to spend some time together. He already gave me a card and some chocolates this morning and I gave him a card and made him a cake. I made him a heart shaped cake which is a tradition for us. On our first Valentine's day my husband tried to make me a heart shaped cake but he burnt it, LOL, but it was the thought that counted so now every year I make him one. I don't like to get roses or any kind of flower for Valentine's, they just die. It would be ok to get a plant of some sort or some seeds, that would be cool to me.
     I did get my seeds yesterday from the seed of the month club. I got carrot, melon, crimson clover, and asparagus. I am not sure about the clover unless it is to be eaten in a salad, I will have to look them up sometime. The asparagus is something that you can't eat till the second year so they are a long term kind of plant they also continue to come back every year. So I am not sure where I want to plant those.
     I seem to be getting better with this sinus infection that I have been fighting for a couple months. Sinuses feel ok but nose is still congested. Hopefully that will get better soon.
     I am going to go get ready for the day. Have a good day.

                                                       April Whitehair

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February 12, 2014

     Good morning. I think I am starting to feel better. I am able to breath a little through my nose. Which is a major improvement to what it had been for a long time. I actually felt good enough yesterday to sweep and mop the kitchen floor. I still get tired easy and need to nap but I can see the end of this illness coming soon.
     Ms. M is here with Mom today. Mom seems to enjoy being around her. Monday Ms. M played some church songs on her tablet for Mom and Mom sang every song she played. It is amazing to me that Mom can remember songs word for word but she has no idea who I am. How does her mind work like that?
     I am going to go try to get something done today. Have a good day.

                                            April Whitehair

Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

     Good morning. I have been just suffering with this sinus infection and nasal congestion. It is taking everything out of me, I have no energy to do anything. I am currently on my third antibiotic and like the tenth different decongestant. I don't see any difference. I don't think I am getting any better. Yesterday morning I felt good enough to do a load of laundry and load the dishwasher then I was done for the rest of the day, all out of energy. This morning I am having difficulty just sitting here typing. I am just glad that Ms. M is here with Mom today. I am going back to bed. Have a good day.

                                                                  April Whitehair

Friday, February 7, 2014

February 7, 2014

     Good morning. It is snowing again. I still have this sinus infection. I called my doctor yesterday and they called me in a new antibiotic. So this is the third antibiotic in a month. I am so tired of being sick. Yesterday I felt as bad as I had felt when I first went to see the doctor. Today is not much better.
     Ms. M is here today to hang out with Mom so I may try to go somewhere. I am so sleepy I may just end up going back to bed. No I need to go get some groceries and to just get out of this house.
     Very short post today. I am going to go get ready to get out of here. Have a good day.

                                                              April Whitehair

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February 5, 2014

     Good morning. Snow is melting and my yard is flooded. I am glad that I don't have any plans to go anywhere today. Hopefully all the rain and flooding is over by tomorrow so I can go to the grocery store. The weather report keeps changing but I think I heard somewhere that there is a large snow storm coming this way and I want to be ready to be stuck here.
     I think my sinus infection is finally gone. Now I have a cold and my nose is so stuffed up I can't breath through my nose. No wonder with the way the weather has been lately. One day it is -12 and the next day it is 50.
     I think the antidepressants that I have just started to take recently is working. I actually swept and mopped the floor yesterday and I am getting some laundry done. The dishes I still don't care about maybe today I will work on getting those caught up. A lot of people in my family have seasonal depression and that is probably what I have. I just keep thinking that all will be ok when I see my tulips poke through the ground.
     I am going to go try to get something done today. Have a good day.

                                                               April Whitehair

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3, 3014

     Good morning. The snow had finally melted off the road until last night when it snowed quite a lot and is still snowing this morning. I am so done with winter.
     We took Mom to the ER Saturday night for what I thought was a bad UTI which turned out to not to be a UTI. I am not going to go into details about this due to it being a personal private matter, I will just say she has a female problem that is needing antibiotics and follow up tests. It is so hard to figure out what is wrong with her when something is wrong because of her decreased mental state. When I ask her where she has pain she either says everywhere or nowhere. 
     Yesterday was the super bowl. My husband loves football, I hate it. So he watched it in his man cave/bedroom and Mom and I was able to watch something else. I did cook him what he wanted to eat, cornflake chicken. I also made brownies which I put Rolos in before I baked it. It turned out good. I love caramel so a little bit of caramel in the middle of each brownie was awesome.
     I was such a slacker this weekend. I didn't get much cleaning done or anything for that matter. I have a lot to do today to get caught up. I need to go. Mom is awake and yelling for me. Have a good day.

                                                                  April Whitehair