I have everyday stuff on my mind. I need to write about it.
Each day every one of us does a lot of “ordinary” stuff—or follows a routine is more likely. My 50+year best friend and soul mate has a list of “Cs” for my ordinary start to the day. He posted it right above my head as I sit at the computer table I use each day. 1. CAT: I do start the day taking care of my kitty so it is true 2. COFFEE: also true..I put on a pot of coffee so I can energize myself with a drug (caffiene) 3. COMPUTER: nearly always true; news junkies need a news fix early in the morning. 4. CROSS WORDS: does not happen in the morning except when I eat… I sometimes take up one of my crossword books..this helps to organize my mind by doing something orderly….fill in the squares and voila! my brain is engaged. 6.CUSS OUT—-this is NOT TRUE… this is teasing.
** As long as the day is fair and sunny it is nice to sit on the deck and bask awhile….this is not a good motivator for “getting to work” around the house or the yard…but it is so nice especially when you think about November and on….Arghhhhhhhh (I am a pirate language user now)
*** I wish I knew how two retired adult people who have no children or grandchildren on the premises except when they visit….how can such people make such a mess???? I did not say “make such a dirty mess”…it is clean around here but it is usually messy. Why do we stack things we have tabled (literally) on one end of our big dining table? Every now and then I have a clean-up fit and empty the table and leave it looking like normal tables look..but give it a day or more and it is back to SQUARE ONE.
Every room is like this……shoes and socks by sitting places right where we leave them when we relax in the evening……sometimes a piece of clothing..especially a jacket or sweatshirt…..a pile of newspapers from Sunday (gotta look at those ads before they get recycled) But why does it take all week. Probably because I sit on the deck too long at a time and I forget about the paper stack. I do not even want to mention upstairs…I MUST go there and PICK UP today..before the Bison game comes on at 6 p.m.
Neither one of us is “neat freak”….that is my only answer to my first question.
***Doorbell just rang around ten times…either a husband or a son.. it was husband who handed me a big bag of the sweetest ripest plums from our shelterbelt. More cooking, straining and canning…we love plum juice things. I guess I will not totally abandon the fall harvest for today…not when there are plums like the ones I just got.
** It is pretty ordinary at this place at this time of the year to be involved in harvesting garden things and preserving them—-already done: tomatoes and apples; still a few green peppers (giants) to pick but that can be held off for a few more cold nights especially if I use the old sheets to cover them up once more.
** Fall Plowing: one of our fields is being expanded for the benefit of our farmer who rents our tillable acres. Some tree cutting and stump removal in the past two weeks has allowed for a bit of extra room for the field to be enlarged ….the blackened furrows look pretty through the west window.
Now comes the disking and the other thing I cannot remember. Field ready for planting come spring 2012. MBF is doing this all with his big Johnny Deere tractor and some new-old equipment purchased recently. Such fun he he is having every day. This is also very ordinary—-a retired guy who likes to work 14 hours each day….with no naps ever!!!! I cannot do this…the 14 hour thing…that is my “ordinary”…taking it easy for 14 hours if I can!
****New Job For An OId Girl: I am going to become a proof reader for our local newspaper as of Monday morning….just a few hours a week. Just right for a retired mess – maker. But if time allows said the Editor, I can write some feature stories, as well as my weekly column that I have been doing for a half a year already. The most recent one is on the return of Big Bluestem grasses and then the next one is on the time in local history when our little town shipped out more seed potatoes than anywhere else in the U.S. (Over 1000 railroad carloads in 1925) In the first half of the 19th century, “Early Ohio” potatoes were raised in the fields that now grow wheat, corn and soybeans. I gfot ahold of some Early Ohio seed potates once from a southern MN seed catalog…Early Ohios were the most delcious potato!!!!!!
I grew them in our garden one year.
“Blight” got too bad by the early 1940s so potato crops were no more…..Selkirk wheat was developed in Canada and replaced potatoes as a cash crop…but the history of the years of potato raising are fascinating and I have done a lot of reseach on that topic. I found a lot of old pictures too of the “potato pickers”–it was all hand picked back then—there were no mechanized picking machnines yet.
8 potato warehouses were in our town…a potato blight (a fungal disease for which there were no farm chemicals) ended the potato growing eras.
I am certain that the good potatoes were a lot healthier than the current chemically doused spuds.
** Ordinary days…..good days that pass too quickly.
But it is time to get some September Sunshine on the deck. I need to go back to one of my early morning “cees”….the coffee pot and head out to the deck where I can watch my little brown birds feeding….and pet another C…my CAT known as Kitty.