Special Delivery

The baby giraffe finally made it’s debut this morning! It’s a boy! He’s so adorable bouncing around and trying to frolic. I can see it will be hard to get anything done now. I’ll have a hard time pulling myself away from all that cuteness!

Here’s the link to their live stream if this one isn’t working…

A Helping Hand

I meant to tell you about this last post. I saw the idea on Facebook.  Helping the birds build their nests! It was such a glorious day on Sunday I sat outside and cut yarn. Then I got dryer lint and some hair from Bossman’s beard brush. I put it all in a suet feeder and hung it in the trees. We’ll see if they use it. It sounded like a good idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porch Talk

Hello! What’s new with you? Did you see that beautiful full moon? I sat out on the porch and watched it come up. Gorgeous! It’s been a rough week or two around here. Kidney stones. I have one lodged in my ureter. My first. Hopefully my last! Ended up in the emergency room last Wednesday with it. Let me tell you, the pain meds they sent home with me did nothing! Saturday and Sunday I was pain free, I starting thinking it might have moved into my bladder, but no this morning bright and early the pain woke me up. Instructions were if it doesn’t pass by Monday go to the urologist. So I have an appointment tomorrow (Tuesday). All I see are dollar signs $$$ yikes! Needless to say I haven’t posted lately.

Still dealing with the tooth too, can you believe it! My dentist ended up in the hospital and I still have the temporary crown in. Remember I told you about it hurting and he wanted me to go back to the endodontist? He didn’t even offer to have me come in and look at it himself. And after he took all my money! Then we had two weeks he was out. The pain subsided, but my gums bled when I brushed around that tooth and it was sensitive when I brushed. Finally they called and told me to come in for him to seat the permanent. When the assistant started to take it off I had such discomfort, that shot up through my cheek and into my nostril! The dentist didn’t even have the decency to step into the room and look at my tooth and sent to the endodontist again. The endo did an X-ray of the roots and the root canal is perfect, but the gums around the crown were infected! He gave me steroid, antibiotics and a mouth rinse. Said I might need to have the crown taken off and see whats going on under it and he offered to do if I wanted, since I didn’t want to go back to the dentist. The infection is gone, but there is something going on still under that crown. No way that dentist is touching my mouth again. I don’t trust him and he was rough and bullyish. I called him and told him I wouldn’t come back so we needed to come to an agreement and he is refunding me the total amount I paid and I am going to a highly recommended dentist to have him figure it out and finish it. I was so afraid he would be hateful with me about it, but he was quite contrite while still trying to blame the endodontist.

I haven’t IMG_20170306_115003_540been able to go work at the book sale set up for over a week. I miss doing it. One of the ladies found this hilarious book and I thought you’d get a hoot out of this cover too…

I found an old copy of Earl Hammer Jr.’s Spencers Mountain, the book The Walton’s was based on! I’ve had that on my radar for a while. And a beautiful hardback copy of Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop. I can’t wait until May when I can bring my books home and share them with you!

I’m still doing puzzles. I’ve gotten three more done since the last time we talked! Friends from back home in Pennsylvania are coming down for a few days next week and she’s bringing me a Wysocki puzzle I’ve not done!  I read The Silver Darlings by Neil M. Gunn in March for a read-a-long. It was a long and sometimes slow book, but it was good. I’ll try to get a post up on it soon. I’m reading Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside now. Pretty good.

Spring is finally here and the birds are all back. I’ve got there feeders and two suet holders in the pecan tree. The mockingbird isn’t guarding the tree anymore. The thrashers are back  and the bluebirds. I spend as much time sitting out in the back as I can just soaking them up. A couple of weeks ago I was at the kitchen window watching the birds I said, “The titmice aren’t intimidated by the mockingbird, they come anyway and the larger woodpecker is back today!” and Bossman, who is always getting in trouble for ignoring me, nonchalantly said, “yep, a tree full of tits and peckers.” I couldn’t stop laughing!

Exciting news here is we’ve booked an Alaskan cruise for this summer! Twelve days, seven on the ship and five inland, up to Denali National Park. This is Bossman’s dream vacation. Looking forward to it. But first we are going to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this month. A good friend and her father are coming down to go with us and then stay a week here to sightsee some more. They were here last October.

I guess a black bear is roaming around east Greeneville and Tusculum raiding bird-feeders and garbage cans. I wish he would come to my yard! He isn’t in our area though. They recently came out of hibernation and there isn’t much to eat until the berries start coming out. Wildlife biologist estimate our state’s bear population is growing and currently at 6,500-7,000. Speaking of wildlife, that giraffe still hasn’t had her baby!

Bossman and a friend went up to Toledo Ohio today to pick up a new travel trailer. Because it is close to the manufacturer we got a fantastic deal, over $8,000 off! They are doing the trip in one day though 😦 eight hours up and eight back. He called a little bit ago and they were about 2 1/2 hrs. from home. And they picked up a nail in one of the new tires! They are so tired. I pray they get home safe and sound! We cut down the two remaining trees in the front yard ourselves. He’s putting in a second driveway for the camper. I don’t think I’ve worked that hard in years! I dragged most of the branches around to the back and then we had a big fire.

IMG_1943 IMG_1945

I did a little sewing last week. I took a pair of slacks that I didn’t really like the length on and cut them off and made beachcomber pants out of them with cuffs. They turned out nice and I will probably get lots more use out of them. They are orange! I had a shirt I picked up in a charity shop in Scotland that was too wide on me so I took that in too. I wore it today, I think it will be my favorite shirt now!

Check out THIS little drone video of my hometown! You might have to be on Facebook to see it though.

Well I better go drink some more water, I feel waterlogged! I’ll send you off with recent bird pictures…

FullSizeRender-17

Nuthatch. I love watching them shinny up and down the tree.

IMG_1931

Mourning doves

FullSizeRender-18

Notice the squirrel hanging off the suet feeder!

FullSizeRender-21

Before and After

The Bossman just finished a really big job on the house. Painted the basement walls and floor, put in a light over my washing machine and made three sets of shelves for the basement and three for the garage while he was at it. He even let me help paint the shelves! Wouldn’t let me near the basement though ;( It was such a big job because there was so much stuff in it! He did it in sections moving stuff around as he went. It’s a joy to go down there now, so nice and fresh and clean! There is still an old table down there with lots of hand tools and doodads on it that has to go. We have a lovely old sturdy table the previous owners left that we’ve painted and it will go where the ‘tool table’ is now. It’s perfect for doing puzzles or folding clothes on!

He even got his garage , we had put in last fall, pretty well sorted with all the new shelves. Now we just have to get the electrician out to run electricity to it and have the concrete laid beside it and the parking pad area done in front of it.

Before and after pics…

before basement FullSizeRender-10

Before:basement FullSizeRender

IMG_1948

You can see the shower room to the far right in the one above. You can check out the before and after on that HERE!

IMG_1951 IMG_1949

To paint the walls and ceiling above the steps going down into the basement he had to make a platform to stand on. I meant to get a pic of him standing on it painting but I didn’t get around to it in time and he was tearing it down when I grabbed the camera to take the piIMG_20170322_134632_679c, but you’ll get the idea. It’s just the frame, he had a sheet of plywood laid on the frame and a chair on the plywood and he stood on the chair and painted up high.

He said its the same blue as the walls but it looks so different in the enclosed area. Must be the lighting! I think I would have preferred white up there.

In the ‘before picture’ with the green table and chairs set (which is now the ‘tool table’) you’ll notice a square opening in the wall. That goes into the crawl space. We only have basement under about 3/4 of the house. I think they ran into solid rock and decided to just stop when they were putting in the basement!

IMG_1953

 

Looks like solid rock there to the right.

Someday I’ll get my kitchen finished and can share pictures with you of that. It still needs painted and new light fixtures. I’m thinking about hiring it done. The bathroom isn’t completely finished yet either. I live in hope! Some plumbing to be done on the bathtub/shower and wall tile to be replaced but it’s pretty well done. All the major stuff is done. I’ll take photos when the shower curtain comes in!

Any big projects going on at your house? The only other BIG project we have on the radar is a back porch of some kind. We only have a concrete pad now. Probably not until next summer though. This one looks like we’ll be gone a lot. We need to do some landscaping too. Patience is a virtue, right? 🙂

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I’ve slowly been getting my hair cut off. First 10 inches off to shoulder length, then chin length layered with the sides a little long looking (messy, very messy!) and now chin length with the sides layered short too. Found a wonderful stylist through a recommendation from a gal at the library book-sale. She’s a little pricey, but it’s so nice to have a good haircut and someone who knows their stuff! She said the more she works with my hair and gets to know it, the better she’ll be able to work with it.

IMG_189528345296_Unknown

Holocaust Survivor and the Art Museum

FullSizeRender-11A few weeks ago a couple of friends and I went to Knoxville to see Eva Geiringer Schloss, a holocaust survivor. She was born in Vienna Austria in 1929. Her family were Jewish. They moved to Belgium and then Holland in 1938 as Hitler had annexed Austria. In 1942 they had to go into hiding. She and her mother went to one place and her father and brother went to another. In 1944 they were betrayed and captured by the Germans. Her father and brother were killed in the camp, but she and her mother miraculously survived and were freed when the Russians came.

It was a most interesting evening! Eva travels now to speak about the holocaust as she wants to make sure people do not forget. Her father and brother to pass time while in hiding took up painting. They hid their art works under the floor boards with a letter so if they were captured they could be retrieved. Eva and her mother were able to get these paintings after the war. They had two of the originals and several prints of others on display at the Knoxville Art Museum for the month before she came. We went to the museum first to see the artworks. It was very moving. The young brother’s art showed the despair he felt, the father painted more religious type and scenery and a portrait of her mother.

She knew Anne Frank from school in Holland and after the war Anne Frank’s father and Eva’s mother married, both having lost their spouses in the camps.

The event was held at the civic auditorium and there was heavy police presence and we each had to wander and our bags searched before being admitted. I thought it was just because of terrorism and a large group meeting. Never entered my mind that it was because it was a Jewish event! The next day I read an article about how anti-semitism is on the rise and there have been many threats and attacks on Jewish community centers! That explains the security.

She was a wonderful speaker. We weren’t thrilled with the interviewer. He kept
interrupting her. She prefers a conversation IMG_1819type interview instead of just giving a speech. She wrote two books about her experiences. You can read about them and Eva on her website The Holocaust: A Survivor’s Tale. I found an interview from 2013 online, very much like the one we saw. This interviewer let her talk though! If you’d like to listen to her tell her story click HERE.  THIS is a short interview for the news she did if you don’t want to hear the whole story. I’ve always shied away from watching programs about the holocaust or going to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC because when I have it is so disturbing it affects me for days. But Eva said, in the short interview, something that made me re-think that. When the interviewer said some people can’t bear to see these things, Eva said, we went through it, so they should have the courage to see what happened, so that they can make sure it never happens again.

Her brother was Heinz and her father Erich. I only took photos of a few prints that Heinz did. None of the father’s paintings. Click on the photos to enlarge.

IMG_1843

IMG_1844
IMG_1846

IMG_1834

This is the original painting by Heinz, not a print.

I took some shots of other art work in the museum but I’ll share them in a post by themselves. I hope you take the time to listen to Eva tell her full story. You’ll be blessed.

Peggy Ann