Thursday, March 26, 2015

The First Alligator of Spring

He came groovin up slowly, he got juju eyeballs, he got muddy water, oh yes indeed.  The first alligator of spring dropped by today, isn't he a doozy.

Our dock out back










And you thought your backyard had critters in it.





Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Down Side of Antibiotics

I have taken antibiotics very few times in my life and only twice in the last 20 years or so.  This last time the antibiotics worked well, too well, they not only killed the germs that were making me sick they killed all they good little bugs too.
I ended up with dry mouth syndrome which is common after taking antibiotics and takes forever to go away and a yeast infection.  That one I knocked out right away.
And then I ended up with a sour stomach and it wouldn't go away.  So Mac hauled me off to the doctors again, even though I'd promised them I wouldn't be back till June when it was time for my semi-annual exam, but there I was yesterday morning.
The doctor said we needed to get rid of the bacteria left in my stomach and give the good ones a chance to grow back.  So I have a GI Cocktail to take several times a day, my probiotics and a different type of antibiotic which tastes horrible.
No more antibiotics for me, they're just not very judicious in who they do in.

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's Still Raining

I have a feeling it's going to be one of those springs where it rains a bit every day.  No heavy down pours, just drip, drip, drip.  Good to get the pollen out, bad enough to keep me out of the yard.
Mac saw the first alligator of spring last Friday, says he's grown, that's nice.
I saw where King Richard III was buried with honors at Leicester Cathedral, too bad it wasn't York, I mean he was Richard of York.  Some people don't think he should have been given honors, obviously they know little about him, other than what Tudor apologists have written.  During his reign property laws were reformed to protect buyer, the system of bail was introduced and who could be on a jury was reformed so jurors couldn't be suborned.  Needless to say Richard is a hero of mine.
Glad to see that Sean Penn's latest movie The Gunman tanked at the movies this weekend.  If you don't like guns, think people shouldn't own them,  then don't make movies glorifying them.  I'm talking to to you too Liam Neeson.
I started crocheting a basket today, inspired by Amy at Love Made My Home, but mine's not out of yarn it's out of jute and boy is it hard on the fingers.  Going to look pretty good though, you sew glass beads onto it when it's finished.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday Sunshine/Sunday Rain

Beautiful day, sunny with some clouds, highs in the 70's, perfect.  Picked up some flowers, after I picked myself up off the ground after seeing how much plant prices have gone up, at Wally World yesterday.  I have quite a few perennials in my garden, but each year I had a few annuals for quick color.
Mac does the veggies and grows most of them from seeds, which have also gone way up in price.
I finally finished that pesky puzzle that's been driving me crazy and lo and behold it has a missing piece.  This is a brand new puzzle fresh out of the  box, I'm not pleased, a nasty email shall be sent off to Ravensburger Puzzles.
The greenhouse is part way up, but windy days and rainy days have definitely slowed the work down.
It was so bizarre.  I have a Ancestry.com account where I work on my family history and last week I found a picture of my Dad's freshman (9th grade) class that someone had posted.  I don't know who posted it, no one else in my family has an Ancestry account.  Unless it's one of my cousins who I've only met once or twice because their Mother, my Uncle's 3rd wife, is too weird for words--I've heard through the family grapevine that some of them are on Ancestry too-- I'll have to do some research.
It was easy to spot my Dad without looking at the names.
Well that was Saturday, a different story for today, clouds and rain.  I was driven to do my ironing.  I don't do much ironing---pillowcases, dish towels and tablecloths--which is better than when I was younger and worked, back then our daughter would all but outgrown her clothes before I got them ironed, good thing my Mother-in-law would come to visit and catch up all my ironing.
Too wet to work in the yard, but Mac went around yesterday and took some flower photos.
Azaleas

Azaleas

Last of the Camelias

Japanese Jasmine

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree, Also Known as Japanese Magnolia

Wisteria

Wisteria

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Special Treat

Mac knows the way to my heart, it's lined with chocolate.  While in St. Augustine, getting very overpriced ice cream cones,  he found me a St. Paddy's Day treat, a complete set of hair tools all done in chocolate.  They're in the freezer and will be a treat each day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Back

We've been gone, we nearly always go away over St. Patrick's Day, for 2 reasons.  The first is that about 400,000 to 500,000 people descend on Savannah and the town is packed, can't get into a restaurant anywhere.  And the 2nd reason is that it's an anniversary of ours, we met on this day way back when we were juniors in high school.
This year we went to St. Augustine, Florida and met up with Mac's cousin and his wife.  They'd been on a 10 day Caribbean cruise and then a visit to a number of spring training baseball games.  It was great to see them.
St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited European city in America.  It was founded by the Spanish in 1565.  The English had it for a while and then returned it to the Spanish and the United States bought Florida from them.  Beautiful little city, only about 12,000 full time residents, though it was packed for the St. Patrick's Day weekend.
We talked, we laughed, told old stories and ate way too much.  It was so much fun that later this year we're going to see if we can meet up again and do Memphis.
Me, Kathy and Bill

Castillo de St. Augustine

Government House, one of the older buildings

Casa Blanca our B & B
Breakfast

The View at Breakfast


Mac entertaining folks from our balcony

View from our balcony


After we left Mac's cousin made it to the fountain
of youth, I asked for a bottle, but he said he
needed it all.
Out and about in St. Augustine

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Saturday

We've had a couple of days of rain that have done no one any good.  The lawn mower is still stuck in the mud, Mac hasn't been able to get the greenhouse put up yet and it's muddy.
But I lied, it has done one good thing, it has washed the pollen out of the trees before I've had a chance to inhale it.  All the puddles are yellow, that's a good thing.
Today is PI Day, you know, good old 3.14, my favorite irrational number.  According to an article I read on the net, "Pi Day 2015 is set to take place – and this year it is of particular importance, with the numbers configuring with the year as well as the day and month, an event that happens but once a year."  Guess I'll have to go around measuring some circles to celebrate.
Yesterday I made a new pillow for my computer chair.  Mac had loaned me his pillow when my back was bothering me and he was making noises about wanting it back.  So I dug out some fabric and made a rather springy one.



I'm beginning to look a bit like a pinto pony so I need to get my hair colored, soon, like this afternoon or someone will be slapping a saddle on me.
Have a good weekend.