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ronald71111
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 3:21 PM
Joined: 10/12/2014
Posts: 728


Well I tried the chocolate fudge icing yesterday and made a big mess. Mom had all the ingredients listed but left out one important step I didn't realize until it was to late; add the carnation milk. Oh well, big mess to clean up and since I already had the cake baked, went ahead and whipped up some peanut butter icing for it. We just had that cake last week, but Lou loves it and didn't remember just having it.

Took lou to the casino today, she played 20 cents a spin and came home 70 dollars more than took. I spent 60 cents a spin and lost 60 dollars. I knew what I was doing and she didn't. LOL

Ron


Sayra
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:25 PM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 2207


I get with my sisters fairly often.  Tomorrow if nothing happens we are all four going to Amish country.

Ron was the peanut butter icing tasty with that chocolate cake?


Lorita
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:46 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Hi,

Ron, it's nice that you can still get Lou out and about and let her enjoy things she likes.  Do this as long as you possibly can.  I did that with Charles - he loved to go to town and shop or go to Sonic or McDonalds.  I think it's good for them as long as they're able to do it and can enjoy it.

 I bet Lou enjoyed the peanut butter cake as much as she would have the one with fudge frosting.  Next time you'll not forget the milk.

 Sara - also good that you can get out occasionally with all your sisters.  How much fun would that be.  Do all of you look alike?    A person would be hard pressed to realize that my sister and were siblings - she's pretty short, 5'3" and I'm tall, she had black, natural curly hair and I had brown straight hair and on and on.  In some families you can tell they're siblings a mile away.  Hope you have a good time today.

 Today is a sad day for our country - lots of things to reflect on.  I watched two hours of 9/ll last night and some this morning.  Some things I'd never heard before.  I can't imagine how hard it was for the people in the towers or for their relatives not knowing what was happening to their loved ones.  That awful thing will always be remembered just as December 7th is.

 It was on a Tuesday and for some reason Charles and I were both home - maybe on leave.  Just to watch those planes fly into the buildings was unbelievable.  I remember telling Charles that something was falling from the buildings - not realizing that it was people jumping.   Pretty hard to watch very much of it so I've stopped.

 Sandy, so enjoyed our visit last night.  Today I heard something and it was our mailcarrier.  I had gotten a package too big to fit into the mailbox so she brought it to the house - she's such a nice person to do that.  She's the same age as Sarah, in fact, they went to school together.   I just went out and got it - she'd put it in the seat of the CW.  It was the two trays with wheels.  I haven't opened it yet but they must be pretty good because the box is heavy.  I have a couple of sacks of dog food ready to go on them when I get them together.

 Nothing going on here today - my side felt better until I carried the box into the house.  Haven't heard from Sarah today.

 Congratulations, again, on your new grandson.  I hope you get to see him soon.  Any news on the name yet?

 I'm seriously thinking about an afternoon nap - in the bedroom.  Barclee got up when I did and he's had two naps already but I'm sure he'd go for another one.  Stormy went out with me this morning to see the girls.  He's so anxious to go - comes to the gate, sits down and puts his paw up for me to shake while I put on his leash.  Then goes straight to the CW and gets up into the seat.  Loves to ride shotgun.

 Hope everyone's okay today.  Lots of memories from many years ago.  I remember Charles and I went to Muskogee two or three days afterward and there was a big sign on York Street that read "Texas first, then Bin Laden".  Guess OU was going to play Texas on Saturday.  Also remember all the American Flags flying from vehicles afterwards.

 Enjoy the afternoon.

  


ronald71111
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:53 PM
Joined: 10/12/2014
Posts: 728


Sayra, you must be a chocoholic, I was going to put the fudge icing on a yellow cake, so the peanut butter icing went well with the yellow cake. Lou would agree with you probably thinking you could never have to much chocolate. I believe next time I will try just the fudge first before trying it on a cake.

Lorita, I use to always take a short afternoon nap before Lou fractured her leg last year. Now I am determined never to let her have another bad accident and me loosing a little afternoon nap helps, than so be it. I do have to admit that I missed not having that extra 30 minutes, I know I felt better.

I spoke with my social worker this morning about Urologist notes on a physical exam that didn't happen. Within minutes after hanging up a patient advocate called wanting information. I told him what really bothered me the most is if that was a common practice by this Dr., what if something was missed that does harm to a veteran. 

Ron


Sayra
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 4:31 AM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 2207


I think we look a little alike.  We all are fairly close in size.  Our hair colors are fairly close except us two older ones are getting some gray.  When we were in our 20-30s and we went out together we always got lots of people telling us how much we looked alike.  When I was younger remember at least twice people I didn’t know walked up to me and started having a conversation with me.  I had to tell them i wasn’t who they thought I was lol.
Lorita
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 11:26 AM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Hi,

 Ron, could you get Lou into the habit of an afternoon nap so you could take one at the same time?   It doesn't take but a couple of times and you're in the habit - at least Charles and I were. 

 Have you ever tried Panatone?  It's a wonderful Italian bread/cake usually found around the holidays.  Charles and I happened upon it years ago at some store.  We were only able to find them around Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I finally found a recipe and I do believe I made it once.  It's kind of like a fruit cake but so good, especially toasted.  I've now found them on Amazon so I'll be ordering one of those this year.  I love cakes of all kinds.  There's another one that we really loved - just bake a white cake in an 9x13 pan and while it's still hot punch holes in it and pour Coco Lopaz over it and let it soak in, then sprinkle with coconut flakes.  Refrigerate until cool, then frost with lots of Cool Whip and top with more coconut.  You have to keep it refrigerated but it's so good it doesn't last a long time.  I can think of so many.  Mother used to make a fruit cocktail cake and there's German Chocolate, etc.

 It's already warm here this morning - when I was out early there was a good breeze.  There may be some thunderstorms later today - would be good to get some rain but people are trying to bale hay so they probably don't want it if they haven't stopped cutting because of the weather report.   Saw all the girls this morning - after I drove all the way to the MH.  There were five little ones in the creep feeder when I came back down.  Earlier one of the two big heifers that still get in was in it.  I can yell at them to get out and they do.  They almost have to get down on their knees to get in.

 Sara - you and your sisters must look a lot alike for someone to mistake you for one of them.  What fun!  I hear twins do this a lot.

 UPS came a while ago.  I've finally gotten him to bringing the boxes to the porch instead of leaving them in the CW.  With my side I can't lift right now.  Two big boxes - I know it's canned dog food, 22 oz. cans, two cases and the other may be the two cases of cat food I ordered or they've doubled the dogfood order.  I'll use the dolly to bring them in.

 Sandy, I put one of the tray things together yesterday.  They're really sturdy.  I couldn't push hard enough to get the wheels on with it upside down so turned it right side up and put the wheels in, then pushed down until they snapped into place.  It has a lock on it, too - didn't know about that.  I put a big sack of dog food on one and wheeled it into the front bedroom.

 Talked earlier with Sarah.  She's not feeling well and said she'd call me back.  About 20 minutes later Todd called and said they'd called him that she had fallen in the yard and the Police were waiting for him to come.  He said they told him she didn't hurt herself but they were going to take her to the hospital.  She was really upset about Teagan and what to do with her this morning. 

  My side's hurting this morning - if it's still hurting by Monday I'll go back to the doctor.  It didn't hurt much at all yesterday - can't understand this.

 Yesterday I drove over to the other side of the big pond in front of the house and on my way back came by place where I used to play when I was little.  When the pond overflows it runs into a little pool-like place and then on out.  After it stopped overflowing there's still, or was, water in the little pool.  I used to play there watching the tadpoles.  Loved to do that - I was afraid to touch them but I like to watch them swim.  Another thing - I used to ride my bicycle in the cattle trails - just wide enough and no grass or weeds.  Funny how you recall things you did in your childhood.  So many memories here on the farm.  Guess that's true of any place you live for a long time.  I was thinking about something else this morning; when I was five my parents leased out the farm and moved to McAlester to get a little rest from farm work.  They had worked hard for years to pay off the farm and had a big sale to get the rest of the money.  I was thinking how hard it must have been for them - especially daddy - to be away from the farm, having to buy milk, eggs and butter and all their vegetables.  What a change for them.  We moved back a year later.    Just reminiscing a bit this morning.

 Hope you all are okay this morning.  I told Barclee I wasn't going to lift on him a lot today - probably lifted his 20 lb. a dozen times yesterday. He's sound asleep on the divan right now.

  

  

  


jfkoc
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:57 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18507


Lorita...why not leave the cartons on the porch and why don't you put the cow food out a little each day. The lifting is very bad for you.

If you talk to Todd please ask him to take Tiegan to Free to live. They never kill a dog and will adopt him out if possible.


ronald71111
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 5:52 AM
Joined: 10/12/2014
Posts: 728


Lorita, you talked about Panatone being a lot like fruit cake reminded me of a holiday cookie I make. It has brown sugar, dates, red and green candied cherries, and pecans. A lot of preparation and mixing, but sure is good for the holidays. 

I've tried to take a nap in my recliner while lou is napping, but for some reason my body tells me nap only in a bed. I tried to get Lou to take a afternoon nap in the bedroom, but it doesnt work. I'll make it with what I get! At least I'll get a little nap when I have my EGD on the 25th.

Had a bad night last night, up several times and even had a bad coughing spell with a little choking feeling. I believe I mentioned before about my surgery for achalasia of the esophugus several years ago. This morning because of the coughing I got up around 2:30, after being up for awhile I upchurked a little undigested food from yesterday. That is one of the problems with achalasia and once I got the food out of my esophagus the coughing and slight choking was over with. This is the reason I'm having the EGD! I had the surgery to stop this and now it's back. 

I hope everyone has a good day on this Friday the 13th with a full moon.

Ron


Rescue mom
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 10:20 AM
Joined: 10/12/2018
Posts: 1500


Lorita’s talk of panatone (popular here too) reminded me of a holiday treat I loved but not seen since childhood. They were kind of like fruitcake balls, but no flour, no “cake” just nuts, fruits, coconut, and ???

Key ingredient was black walnuts, (very different from other walnuts and not often seen now at least where I am). There was coconut, and a little dried fruit, not lots. Pretty sure not baked, but I don’t know what binder—maybe corn syrup? There must have been some other ingredients I can’t remember. They were very firm and held the shape, about the size of golf balls IIRC.

Years ago I googled for recipes with no luck. Maybe I’ll try again sometime—or maybe somebody here has some ideas! 

I also used to love playing in the creeks, with the tadpoles and crawfish (not big enough to hurt). Somebody else liked those creeks too; I still remember when the “law” found a still on our property.

I feel so badly for Sarah and her dog. That is such a horribly sad situation...at least there is a long term shelter nearby.


Lorita
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 3:06 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Hi,. 

 Gosh, Ron, I didn't realize we're having a full moon - don't know why because I looked at it last night.  So far the day has been good because we had rain.  Had some during the night or early morning - .4" and another good rain about noon - hope it all amounts to at least an inch.  Bad for the ranchers who have hay on the ground but it'll dry out and they can tedder it if necessary - we needed some rain on the pastures.  I love rain - makes me feel good (if it's not too much).  I remember when daddy was in the NH the first thing he'd ask when I went to see him was whether it had rained - that's a farmer for you.

 The cookies sound good and I bet they're pretty, too.  We've never been much for making cookies around the holidays - really not too much for the holidays either - scrooges, I guess.

We used to make an orange slice cake instead of the fruit cake that mother always made.  It had candied fruit and orange slices in it with a glaze - so good.  It was a very stiff batter so much so I could hardly stir it so Charles did that part.  I haven't made one in years and probably won't again - makes a big cake.

 Ron, sounds like you're going to have the whole nine yards on the 25th.  Hope they find what's wrong and can get it fixed for you.  I've found I sort of have that problem, too, if I eat too fast.  I got used to eating fast when I was working because I'd run errands on my half hour lunch break and eat lunch at the same time.  So, trying to slow it down.

 Keep on trying with the naps for Lou - it'll make her feel better, too.

 Rescue Mom - it seems to me I've seen those ball cookies you mentioned.  I've never made them and can't remember tasting them but the coconut on the outside seems familiar to me.

 I remember when I was little and we lived in town.  There was a ditch in front of our house, across the road and when it rained the boys would play with the crawdads.  I've seen them here, too, after a big rain. 

 Everyone in the house is asleep, except me.  I tried but guess I'm just not sleepy today.  I have the alarm set for 6 a.m. and the phone rang about 6:30 - it was Sarah - sounded awful.  What happened yesterday was she was taking the trash bin out to the street (she thought it was trash day) and I guess it kind of got away from her and she fell down in the street, face down on the right side of her face.  They took her to the trauma clinic, then sent her home.  She says she looks like she's been beaten up.  They let her go home after a while.  Todd had brought Mason back so now she has three dogs to contend with.  Judith, I told him about Free to Live - don't know what they'll do - all I can do is suggest and give them information.   I talked with her again about noon and she was really out of it.  I'm afraid she'll overdose and either he or the PCA will find her, too late.  I hope I'm wrong.

 Judith, took your advice (always good advice) so the cases of dog food are on the front porch and the two cases of cat food are in the back of the CW - I'll bring a few cans in at a time.

 Patsy had to get another cell phone so she's been sending me some of the pictures she had on the old one so I could send them back to her.  Had some really cute pictures of Zelda. 

Nothing of interest to write about so I'll get off.  Did watch a good, old movie a while ago - The Sound and the Fury.  I googled Joanne Woodward's birthdate - she was 29 when the movie was made.  It said she passed away Sept. 7, 2019 from Alzheimers - I didn't know that.

 Hope all of you are enjoying the 13th - someone told me there's another one coming up in December - haven't checked to be sure.


Sayra
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 5:16 PM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 2207


Has been a busy hot week.  We had black walnut trees on our farm.  We liked them in fudge and brownies.  Their taste is very distinct.  Don’t think I’ve seen the cookie you mentioned.

Ron my aunt made those cookies you talked about.  I thought about making them last year.  But, being single I cut the size of recipes down a lot.  Didn’t know what to do with all the left over ingredients so didn’t make them.


littleme
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 6:33 PM
Joined: 5/4/2013
Posts: 1279


Talking about the full moon reminded me of a story I heard yesterday. I had to have blood drawn, and the nurse told me she had previously worked in an aged care home. The staff expected more problems from the residents on nights with a full moon. So much so that some would organise to have their days off work on those nights. I told her that we as spouses had often discussed this, but she was the very first professional to mention it.

So it was NOT just our imagination!

Not much happening here. It will be quite warm today and tomorrow, so I am doing some extra washing, knowing it will dry well. Sheets, jumpers, pants etc. They don't dry easily during the winter. 

Still struggling with arthritis, hope the warmer weather will help.

Barbara


ronald71111
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 7:41 AM
Joined: 10/12/2014
Posts: 728


Lorita,  your story about Sarah falling and looking like someone beat her up reminded me of Lou's mom. Her mom was living with her son in Georgia when she came down with alzheimer. They brought her to live with us and one night before Lou's brother went back home, her mom started running through the house saying someone was after her. She had fallen and bruised herself and we were not able to control her so EMS was called to take her to the ER. The ER Dr. was extremely rude to us; I believe he thought we had beaten her up. We asked him to call her Dr., even though it was late, he could find out about her history. After the phone call he was extremely nice to us  and attitude had changed drastically.  I would have loved to hear what was said. 

I've noticed you always talk about the girls when you go out to your pasture. I bet your bull feels left out and lonely!

Sara, I remember the black walnuts well! They were a lot harder to shell than the English walnuts, but mom loved to cook with them so we always gathered a bunch when in season.

Barbara,  speaking of arthritis, I believe along with everything else, I'm now getting arthritis. I've noticed the past couple of weeks when I get up I can't hardly close my hands without my knuckles hurting. During the day they will still hurt when I close my fist, open a jar and at times a finger will lock up.

Ron


Lorita
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:14 AM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Morning,

 It's a beautiful morning but it's going to be hot again today and for the next several days.  I do wish we could have a nice, long fall but it hardly ever happens these days.  When I was growing up we had more distinct seasons, Guess this is because of global warming.

 We've always had black walnut trees - in fact, I think there's two on the farm now - one at the MH and another huge one in our back yard.  There's black walnuts all over the ground which really makes it hard to walk.  I have to go by the tree when I fill the water tank in the garden so I have to walk on them.  So far, I haven't found any of the black walnuts that were good - they don't seem to fill out.  I'll check again this year so maybe they'll do good this time.  Daddy used to have a big rock with an indentation in it just the size of a black walnut.  You'd put the nut in there and either use another rock or hammer to break the hull.  I love black walnuts.  Daddy's favorite cake, which I baked for his birthday every year, was a white or yellow layer cake.  I'd cut the layers in half and use vanilla pudding between the layers sprinkled with black walnuts.  So good and moist. Makes my mouth water now.

 Ron - we only have four little bulls and Billy the Bull, who isn't a bull, but a steer.  The four little ones are eight months and younger but they're beginning to realize they're bulls.  They'll go to town after the first of the year, if not before.  Charles started calling the cows "girls". He'd yell "come on, girls" and here they'd come.  Seems like everyone calls their cattle girls now.  I sometimes watch the Pioneer Woman and her husband calls their girls, too.    I don't think they mind, Ron, as long as they're called to feed.

 I talked with Darwin and his wife yesterday.  Asked him if he was in calving season and he said his girls calve all year - never takes out his bulls.  He said he has about 175 heifers who're calving.  It makes me nervous to have heifers when they calve - more trouble than with cows.  He said he and his son had pulled a lot of calves this year.  I have one calf due this month, in about a week, so really need to find her and put her up before long.

 Stormy and I were out over an hour this morning.  Wasn't going to take him but he ran to the gate so I couldn't leave him.  It took a long time to find everyone - a couple of trips across the pasture.  Finally found all of them - one little girl was hiding behind the creep feeder.  Had to fill the water tank in the garden and feed the cats.  Also rolled up all the feed sacks to get them ready for the trash - if I take it down Monday morning.  Decided I'd put out an anaplas block - they weigh about 35-40 lbs. and I didn't want to lift it so got the CW close to the PU tailgate and rolled it in, then rolled it into the feeder.  Now, if I can keep from lifting Barclee so much today it'll be good.

 Barbara, I so remember all the talk of how the full moon affected our loved ones.  We could tell when the moon was full without looking just by the way they acted.  I forgot to look at the full moon last night - will tonight.  It's the Harvest Moon and it usually comes up directly east of us and is reflected in the pond - looks so pretty.

 I have arthritis in my back and hands and have had for years.  The ring finger on my left hand won't bend - it's slightly bent and I can't straighten it.  Makes it pretty hard to pick up something small with that hand.  My doctor and I were talking about arthritis a few months ago and he showed me his hands - most of his fingers are like that - no way can he put his hand flat down.  Daddy couldn't either - I can remember him putting his hand down on a table and trying to push it down flat.  I guess everyone if they live long enough gets arthritis.  Not a good thing either.

 I saw something on QVC this morning that really made my mouth water.  They were selling hand pies - six different flavors including pumpkin.  They come to you frozen and you bake them yourself.  Gosh, they did look good.  I may make that quick cobbler today - sounds good.  I love peach pie, apple pie, cherry pie and so on and so on.  I just like pie.

 Talked with Sarah a while ago - she sounds pretty good today - hope that lasts.  She said she couldn't find her phone yesterday is the reason she didn't answer - it was in the office for some reason and she couldn't hear it ring.  She says her face is black and blue and hurts.   Ron, I'm glad the doctor got the ER doctor straightened out.  I guess they have to be careful about things like that but it can sure make a person feel bad about being accused of something they didn't do.

 Just turned on Martha Stewart Bakes and darned if she isn't making pies, too.  Must be the season.

 Enjoy your Saturday.


Sayra
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:40 AM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 2207


Barbara hope the warm weather helps your pain.  

Yes black walnut trees are indeed messy.  

Fixed sweet potatoes for lunch.  Taste good, I took a break from them during the summer.


Rescue mom
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:53 AM
Joined: 10/12/2018
Posts: 1500


If a woman comes in with certain injuries, especially around the face, it’s standard procedure in many hospitals to check on domestic violence. I’d heard this for years, and then I face planted bad (ambulance, ER, stitches, black eyes, dental work) and found out first hand. 

That was long before DH Alzheimer’s. It was almost funny then, (you’d have to know him how crazy that was, and he was pretty well-known in the community) and he was so insulted, but overall I think it’s a good thing. You never know, and it might help somebody.

Cops and nurses and staff in care facilities have always told me over the years they saw so much more craziness at full moon. I can’t say I have, but I believe them. We did not see the big moon effects last night that I hear were more visible elsewhere.....

I remember how hard black walnuts were to shell, and how they could stain so bad if you weren’t careful. Then—if I remember right, always a question—there was some kind of virus or fungus that virtually wiped out those trees, and they did not bear so well. That may well just have been in those SE states..When I was little everybody had them, then they, or at least the nuts, were gone.

Was reading just this morning that the fall color/leaf season is likely to be late and not so great in a lot of places because the heat lasts so much longer now. We don’t get any here regardless, but so many people go north for a vacation to see the leaf color. Timing is always a big thing.

Hope everyone has a good Saturday. If I get energized, I might bake a little cake—Lorita and her pies made me hungry!

 


Lorita
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:03 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Hi,

 Sara, how do you cook your sweet potatoes?   I like them microwaved, then cut down the middle, sprinkled with a tiny bit of sugar and then eat them with butter.  Nothing much better than that.

 Rescue Mom - I hadn't heard about the black walnut blight but have heard that American Chestnut trees are no more.  Some blight years ago got rid of all of them.  Black walnuts do really stain your hands if you have to get the outer part off of them - but they're worth it.  They're pretty expensive to buy in the stores.

It's been a pretty quiet day here.  I did a couple of loads of laundry and the dishes - decided that was enough.  I'll try to change the bed and wash the linens tomorrow.    I went out a while ago to see the girls, and boys, and kept coming up two short.  Finally saw one in the lot behind the barn and found another one inside the barn laying down.  At first I thought it was Billy - he likes to be in the barn - but I got her up and it's a young cow.  Either she has a calf or is going to calve because her udder is full.  So, closed up the lot and opened the gate so she and the other cow can come out and graze north of the house.  I'll keep an eye on her.  This always makes me nervous - as all of you know.  Just have one due this month but five or six next month.  Also checked the creepfeeder and it's pretty low so I'll have to get into town Monday to get more feed.  Think I'll get 1200 lb. this time so it'll last longer.  The bigger the babies get, the more they eat plus those two young heifers who still can get in the feeder.

 I'm going to try to check out the moon tonight - went to sleep and missed it last night.  Did talk with Sarah a little while.  She seemed okay but said her face was hurting.  Didn't sleep much last night so  maybe she can tonight.

 Time for Oklahoma to play UCLA so I'll stop for now.  Looks like Alabama is whippin' up on NC.

 Barbara, I hope the warmer weather will help your arthritis.  Still seems strange that you all are getting ready for summer and we're thinking of winter already.

 Sleep well tonight.


Sayra
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2019 8:28 PM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 2207


Today I mixed a little brown sugar and butter.  Cut my sweet potatoes up and added some water. Cooked covered til tender.  Took lid off and let sauce cook down.  Sometimes I bake them or roast them.

Goodnight everyone


Lorita
Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 3:15 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Hi,

 Sara, the sweet potatoes sounded good.  Bet you enjoyed them.  I think I'll get a couple next time I go to town.  That will be tomorrow morning - out of creepfeed so have to go in.  I'll go early and be there when the feed store opens.  Only need a few things from the store since I haven't been eating certain things for two or three weeks.  I'm getting hungry for cauliflower and broccoli.  I have quite a lot, frozen that I had bought but didn't get to use.  I used the food storage thing and got all the air out so it should be fine.  I moved it to the other refrigerator freezer today.   Last time I was in town I bought vanilla ice cream and when I got home discovered it was sugar free.  Not what I wanted.  I opened it today and it tasted really good while I was eating it but then the aftertaste showed up.  Anyway, Barclee and Kitt really liked it.  I'll try to do better tomorrow.

 I bought a three piece set of scoops and tried one today.  It works really well.  Have never had them before.

 So, you can tell what an exciting day it's been around here - very, very quiet.  Went out a while ago to check on the cow - she's fine and I think the little bull I let in with her last night is probably her calf - they seem content together.  Billy's in with them - probably is missing his mother.

 I did see the moon last night - it was beautiful but I did miss most of the reflection in the pond - I'll try again tonight.  Hope all of you are doing well today.

Hard to believe that September is half over - this year has passed so fast.  I've commented several times that mother told me the older you get, the faster time goes and she was so right.  Don't know how it can go much faster.

 Talk with you all tomorrow.


Sayra
Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:37 PM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 2207


I stayed busy today.  My nephew and his fiancée invited me and his mom out to lunch then we all came back to my house and worked on wedding decorations.  That was nice.

It’s been so hot that it seems like summer.  Nice to have a long summer but I am ready for fall foods.  Had a bowl of chili with lunch today.

Take care


Lorita
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 1:10 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Hi,

 It's hot again today - supposed to be at least ten degrees above normal temp. as it has been all this month.  Fall will eventually get here though.  I can tell it's close because I saw some goldenrod when I went to the mailbox last week - and - the Royal Empress trees are blooming.  These things happen here in the fall.  The yard, steps and car are covered with their fragrant blooms.

 Got out early this morning, before sunrise and was able to see all the girls without going far - and got the right number the first time - unusual.  Hurried back inside and had some juice and got ready to get into town.  I left at 7:30 and got home at 9 so wasn't gone long.  The guys loaded the feed in no time flat - they know exactly how I want it loaded to make it easier to feed and they're fast - they lift those 50 lb. sacks  like they don't weight anything.  I checked on the price of the black hayrings - over $200 - I don't want to have to put $500 into hayrings so maybe I'll be able to use the ones I have - bought two new, really heavy ones about three years ago and we have others that aren't so good.  Didn't get to book feed yet - maybe the next time I go in.

 Went by the grocery store - hardly anyone in there that time of day - which is good.  When I got home I heard Stormy barking - I left them in the house while I was gone.  You'd have thought I'd been gone a month.  He was beside himself with joy and after I got in Stormy and Sheena had the best time playing.  Fun to watch two big dogs play like puppies.  I did see the other two GPs on my way to town - glad to see them because I hadn't seen them the last couple of times.  Their hair is shorter than ours but they're very pretty.  They come out to the road and I stop and talk to them and tell them to stay out of the road.  I talk to everything.

 I dreamed of Charles last night - can't remember what right now but I did when I first woke up - I think we were together all night.  Nice to be able to dream of our loved ones who are no longer with us.

 Called Sarah a while but she was waiting for a call from the doctor so she'll call later.  She sounded good.

 Nothing going on here - I am going to have to order another grabber - broke mine when I brought in the catfood on the dolly.

 Hope all of you are all right today.


jfkoc
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 2:35 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18507


Lorita...I have this with St Anthony Hosp. and use it. Sarah can open an account and allow you to view it so that you can be helpful or you can probably open one up for Sarah.

https://myoumedicine.com/GEPOL/User/Login.aspx

It allows you to see medical notes, medications, instructions, ask questions, schedule appts etc


telinde
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 8:03 PM
Joined: 11/3/2012
Posts: 2176


Hi.  Thought I would check in and see what everyone is up to.  Looks like you’re all busy as usual.  It’s been cooling off here, so I’ve been enjoying long walks and a few hikes.  I went into the mountains with friends yesterday (one of Harv’s favorite spots).  We hiked around, started a campfire, and fixed an early dinner.  Had a couple of toasts to Harv and told many stories of good times together.  I finished the jelly and jam, so am ready for Christmas.  I made over 100 jars this year.   Peach, plum, strawberry/rhubarb, raspberry, blueberry, and a berry mixture.  

I’ve been home most of this month.  It seems good to be at home and keep up with things around here.  The next two days I’ll be with Sofiya while parents are working.  She’s busy this season playing volleyball.  6th grade, so not too many games.  It’s always fun to watch them do their thing.

Lorita, sounds like you’re feeling better.  Barbara, I hope you are too.  Glad Sarah is sounding good the past few days.  I hope she can keep healing and have a better life.

  Looks like we’re  getting a little sprinkle of rain.  It’s so dry here again.  We need a nice long rain.  The drought monitor is showing we’re  in a moderate state.  I guess all that snow we had over the winter has run off, and without much rain this summer, the drought has come back.

Nothing exciting from here.  Just wanted to say hi and check in.  Have a good night.  Joan


telinde
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 8:11 PM
Joined: 11/3/2012
Posts: 2176


Judith, if you still need someone to post your pictures, accept my invitation on connections so I can send you my email.  I would love to help you.  Joan
jfkoc
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 8:33 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18507


bless you !!!!!!!!!11
ronald71111
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:34 AM
Joined: 10/12/2014
Posts: 728


Having a lot of trouble navigating to check in on this forum the past few days. Would let me in some of the others and could read spouse and partner, but not able to sign in. Finally found a connection that let me post!

Been pretty busy taking care of lou and the house. Home health for my back is starting back, nurse came out yesterday for a assessment. Daughter in law in Dallas yesterday had a Birthday and I found out she received her card from us, opened and money gone. I send a Birthday card with $20 every year to both boys, spouses and grandchildren and this is the first time this has happened. They have camera surveillance and said no one was at the mailbox since delivery,  so it had to have happened at one of the post office facilities.  Sent a check to her for replacement with a extra $20 for grandson in October. 

A small lump has shown up on front of my neck, probably at right upper sternum close to jugular vein, hopefully just fatty deposit but will mention it when I go for upper GI. Doesn't hurt, just dont like it being there.

Hope all have a good week!

Ron


Lorita
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:44 AM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Morning,

 Judith, thanks for the link - I'll look into it.  It would be helpful for both Sarah and me.  I briefly read over it and it sounds like she needs to have a computer but we'll see.

 She's been trying to get in touch with Dr. D's office to schedule an appointment so she can get her herniae take care of.  They have a recording, you leave a message for them to return your call and as of 3:30 yesterday they hadn't.  She'll begin trying to get a person again today.  Patsy seems to have the same problem - having to leave requests for a return call that never happens.  Things have really changed - when I was working, phones were never left unattended or a recording was never used.

 I'm anxious to see the pictures of your caladiums.  Hope you and Joan can get it worked out.  My purple basil has taken over the caladiums - need to be trimmed back but it seems I never have the clippers with me when I pass by.  My Scarlet O'Hara morning glories are beautiful - not too many but what are there I'm enjoying. Haven't yet seen a Heavenly Blue though.  I save seeds from year to year so maybe should invest in store-bought ones again.

 Joan - so much jam and jelly!  What size jars do you make?  You've really had a lot of work doing all of that.  I used to enjoy making things like that - but no more, not much incentive.  For me, lots easier to buy a jar of jam.  I mistakingly bought grape this last time - it's good but I like blackberry better.  I remember we used to make cherry jam but I never see it in the stores. 

 Sofiya is tall so bet she really enjoys volleyball - I never played that but it looks like fun and a lot of stamina.  We used to watch beach volleyball on TV - lots of running and jumping.  I'm sure you'll enjoy going to her games.

 Your hikes sound like fun and your supper over a campfire was good, I bet.  I imagine there were lots of memories of Harv for you while you were there. 

 Our drought monitor is beginning to show up again.  Far SW Okla. is in severe drought and there's drought almost to OKC and in SE Okla.  So far, it's okay here.  The weather last night said Muskogee has had 11.5" of rain in the last 30 days.  We haven't had nearly that much but things are still nice and green.  Kind of odd for August and September.  Our weather is still really hot - just checked and it's almost 90 here, before noon.  I am so ready for fall - but then comes winter and snow and ice -  hopefully not this year.

 Ron, I was wondering where you were.  Glad you found a way to post.  Don't you feel lost when you can't get on the forum?   Nice that you're going to get started again on Home Health - and sorry about the lump on your neck.  Be sure to have it checked out - I know you will.

 What a shame that the card was opened and the money filched.  I imagine that happens more often than we know.  I'm guilty of sending money through the mail, too. 

 Got out early this morning.  The sunrise was gorgeous - just a huge, red ball and it was fairly cool.  The girls were in the NE pasture with the exception of a couple of little ones that had come through to go to the creepfeeder.  I closed the gate and drove the PU out by the feeder and put in a couple of sacks (100 lbs.). The way I did it I didn't have to twist much.  I had the guys put a couple of sacks in the bed, not on top of the other sacks so didn't get into the PU.  There was a little feed in the feeder so shouldn't have to put out anymore until Thursday morning.  Still had to run one of the young, big heifers out of the feeder.  They know they're not supposed to be in there.  If they're not in five little ones can eat at the same time.

 I went back out and opened the gate for the girls and counted them as they came through - came out right!  That's always a relief.  Had much rather be two or three short than one.  Now, you all may not believe this but you know I don't fabricate so here goes; I left the gate open to the parking area and closed the one that goes down to the main road.  Sweet Pea came through the gate from the NE pasture, stopped, turned around and bawled (she was calling Billy, her baby).  He came up and she went into the parking area with him right behind here.  She had called her baby and took him into a place where the grazing was easy and good.  Nothing like a mother's love.  He's about two years old and she's still taking care of him.  They're so smart and daily I'm amazed at things they do.  I could tell you all so many stories - and have.   Tried my best to get Ruby in but she's a bit stubborn being a redhead, Ron, so she went her own way.  She had stopped in a really grassy, nice place and ate and ate so guess she didn't see the need to go in.  I'm sure they're all in the barn now. 

 Nothing else going on here today.  I found a good-sounding recipe for chocolate lava cake in a mug and I think I'll try it today.  I'll post the recipe if it turns out good.  Also - found a new, favorite ice cream.  Braum's is the only place with Cappacino Chunky Chocolate, my favorite,  and we don't have one in our town so found Edy's French Silk in our little store.  It's delicious, chocolate mousse and a little vanilla and chunks of chocolate.  If I would let myself I could eat half the carton.  Good thing I got those ice cream scoops so I won't eat out of the carton.  I've been known to do that.

 Sarah said she called her grandma, my sister, a day or so ago and she sounded good. Said she was anxious to see Sarah and Todd.  She plans to go see her one day this week.  Still trying to decide what to do about moving her to another facility that takes Medicaid patients.  She'll have funds for a few more months so we can't decide whether to move her now or wait.  Always more decisions to make.  Guess that's life. I think I'll rest this afternoon - finally got all the cases of cat and dog food where they should be with one exception - a box that had two cartons in it that's still in the LR (I took out one case).  I'll leave it there because Max has discovered he likes to lay on the other carton of dog food that's still in the carton. Those cases of food weigh over 16 lbs. 

 Back later.  Enjoy the day.


ElyVet
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:57 PM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 604


Lorita,

Check with lawyer before changing to medicad.

Friend owned farm and family inherited,  Medicaid took farm for the years their 

Mother was in a home that Medicaid paid for. The new law says it has to be paid back by estate and all monies in bank.

the law says they take everything, if your sister owns half your farm then they get her half!

My friend lives on the 100 acre farm in her own house since she married. The

Land was not devide for her land where the house was built(20 acres) She is in her 7 0's and only has SS. They told her she has to pay them for her land at appraisal value.

Is trying to get legal aid to help her figure out what to do. Her mom's

Stay was $ 285,989.00 for 3 yrs.

Please make sure to check before changing to Medicaid. law very few people know about change. Jimmy Carter and George Bush made this change.

Shirley


Rescue mom
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:39 PM
Joined: 10/12/2018
Posts: 1500


ElyVet—-please please urge your friend to get legal help. Medicaid estate recovery for long term care can be super-complicated, and varies *hugely* state to state. It is a relatively old federal law, passed as you say, in the early 90s, but getting more attention, and enforcement, now.

Hopefully, she is not just listening to the facility.

 There are usually exceptions that help many, if not most, people avoid this outcome, but it’s incredibly complicated and hard to find how it can best work for you and your family. It can be different depending on what family is still there. (I swear I think lawyers write laws like that on purpose, to get more work for more lawyers). 

Back then, they said it would affect “only” a few thousand, maybe, out of millions. Of course that was my state, and 20 years ago..AND you had to know the exemptions. I remember mostly because it was sooo complicated, even in relation to all the regular complications of Medicaid.

Lorita, I love hearing about your cows. But I know I could not do the kind of work you do. Have you seen the internet accounts of Crouton, a calf, and animal  at a rescue farm? They put a little video camera on the calf and on a piglet. Video of them running about, with horses, geese, dogs, goat, donkey, all just doing what they do is beyond adorable.

There is one popular ice cream brand down here, that has a round carton actually designed to be eaten out of. The makers said they know people like to do that, so they made the carton to be easily held and eaten from. DH truly hated, would almost refuse, to ever eat anything from the jar or carton, but even he said this one was ok. (There’s no paper label and not much print).i guess it works, the shelves are often pretty empty of it at my grocery. 


jfkoc
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:42 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18507


I concur with the above and add that a simple move to a Medicaid facility is, in all probability, going to happen.

Your sister's finances are going to be examined for the past 5 years. They will look at all all of her assets. 

If it is decided that she can receive medicaid then it will be a question of finding a bed that you and/or Sarah finds acceptable. It could take months.

I would apply for medicaid now and start looking.

Re the medical web site. It does not require a computor. You can do it on the phone. I doubt that Sarah will be able to set it up but with her permission I see no ethical reason why you can not help her set up and manage it. My children know how to access mine.

Foodies....you have put me to shame. I do bake or can much less for gifts. HELP.....it sounds like so much fun!!!!!

Keeping up with grandchildren is such fun, Joan. I am so very glad that I have two close by. 

By the way the cowboy counts 1200 cows every day!


Sayra
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:40 PM
Joined: 8/10/2016
Posts: 2207


Joan I tried making jelly one time.  It didn’t gel, I never tried again.

Ron sorry you are having to worry about something else.  Seems like there is always something.

Talked to my aunt in Atlanta a few minutes ago.  Realize she also calls me by my real name.  I like that.   I hadn’t talked to her in a long time so had forgotten.   I have an uncle that does and my cousins ex wife does.  My mom named me Sayra.  She spelled it Sara so of course I never got called that by very many people.  My mom who would tell me I didn’t name you Sara calls me Sara lol.  I mentioned to my cousins ex wife that only  her and my uncle call me by my real name.  She said I got corrected when I said it wrong many years ago.  Wonder if it was my mom.

Blackberry one of my favorites also.  Like strawberry too.  When I was a child I loved pineapple.  Bought some a few years back and didn’t seem to have much pineapple flavor.  Maybe it’s my old taste buds.

Goodnight

 


Lorita
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:49 PM
Joined: 12/18/2011
Posts: 11770


Hi again,

 Boy, is it hot outside!  Heat index today was 101 and it's still 97.  I looked out about 5 and saw some of the girls so decided I'd better get out and see them before they drifted off to graze.  Of course, came up one short - checked and she wasn't in the barn.  As I was going back to see them again, noticed a dark shape by a cedar tree on the other side of the pond so  I drove over and it was Billy the Bull laying in the shade.  Scares me when I can't see all of them - thoughts of someone trying to calve.  I was hot when I got back inside. 

 Judith - how is your grandson's shoulder?  Must be better since he's back at work.  Does he actually count the 1200?   If I had to count that many I'd go stark raving mad - almost do anyway.  I don't know if the ranchers around here with big herds count or not - probably drive among them to see if everyone's okay.  When I went to town yesterday morning Darwin had just fed his cattle and on the way back saw him driving out in his Mule to see the girls.  Such a peaceful thing to do.  He told me the other day he and his son had built another pond about a mile and half north of his house.  He has land in three different sections. 

 You know if we applied for Medicaid now, they'd do the five year lookback.  We still have a couple of years to go until she's out of that.  I think we got the farm thing settled three years ago and also the house but you never know.  I'll have to get the papers from Joe and see another lawyer before we go into this.  If they'd lower her cost of care some we could probably make it all right until the five years are up.  If she had just gotten long-term care it would have helped so much but she doesn't believe in insurance, either health or home but she does have Medicare.  I don't think they pay anything on long-term care.  I know very little about Medicare or Medicaid.  Daddy did have Medicaid when he was in the nursing home those few months but I don't remember that it was complicated.  Of course, most things, if not all, were overlooked since mother was still in the home.

 I watched a western movie today made in 1944 - pretty good.  Another one was on after that made in 1932 with John Wayne.  I think he was about 25 and so good looking - didn't watch all of that one though.  I think the new fall shows will begin shortly but I haven't seen but a couple that I'll even watch once.

 Shirley, thank you for the information - much appreciated.  Is everything okay after the hurricane at your home?  

 Ron, is the tropical storm affecting you and Lou or will it?  We have a niece in Sugarland, TX so I imagine she'll getting a lot of rain.  Our weatherman says we should have rain Thursday night through Saturday.

 Watched a lot of bull riding this weekend.  That's the one part of a rodeo I do enjoy.  I hate to see the calf roping - I think it hurts the calf's neck - how can it not?

 Talked briefly with Sarah today - still waiting for a call from Dr. D. and she's called a couple of times today, too.  She does have an appointment with her PCP Friday - hope she makes this one.

  Sleep well.


jfkoc
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:12 PM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 18507


The cowboy says he counts but riding through to check for problems sounds a lot easier. It is his back and thank you for asking. Not all better yet.

Wonderful that Joe got everything taken care of for you.

One thing that I do is set appointments on my portal.

Ron...I went for a month not being to sign into forums here. Yes, I contacted them. Yes, I sent them a screen shot. I finally unplugged my computer and rebooted my internet thing from Cox. Worked like a charm.


ronald71111
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:49 AM
Joined: 10/12/2014
Posts: 728


Good morning everyone! I believe once again I'm back on track to signing in. What was so confusing was I could sign into all threads except for spouse and partner's and when I tried this thread, I would get a maintenance screen.

All the rain coming up from the Gulf is mainly staying to the west of us, we should get some, but not enough. We're under a burn ban and need the rain bad! All the talk about Medicaid reminded me about when my mother had to go into a nursing home. I dont remember all the details but most of what she had was used to pay for the nursing home before the Medicaid kicked in. She was able to keep a certain amount, but not much. I hope that Lou never has to go into a nursing home for two reasons. First, I love her and know even if it's the best nursing home in the world, they could never care for her with the love and devotion that I can. Second, is a selfish reason that I'm little ashamed of, I have worked hard all my life to enjoy the financial stability we have now and dont want to lose it due to cost of her care.

My problem now is to get my body back to 50% or more. Get my back better, strengthen my diaphragm that's paralyzed on one side, take care of the problem with achalasia of the esophugus and find out about this new concern that just popped up (swelling under the skin, upper sternum, just bow throat close to jugular vein). Guess it could be worse; I'm able to get up every morning, walk and talk and keep going.

Didn't mean to get off on myself so much this morning, guess I'm having a pity party and no one but me showed up.

Have a good day my friends!

Ron