Monday, October 17, 2016

I enjoyed your comments about making lasagna, and that comment from Denny! Oh my goodness! Bless your heart. Being a newlywed and putting all at work into making that lasagna! Bet your husband gave you a big hug. And Peg, making three batches at once! I do want to try it again and use mozzarella and parmesan cheese. You know what got me started thinking about lasagna in the first place was when my sister Shelby...

called and asked, "do you have a copy of Mama's lasagna recipe"? Shelby misplaces recipes occasionally. I wonder why".  So, while we talked I searched through every cookbook and recipe box in the kitchen and was about to give up when there it was.

In my mind, I had been searching for a lasagna recipe on a sheet of copy paper from the 1970's where the ink had turned a purple color and faded terribly. Remember how awful copy paper used to feel back then, and how the ink faded over time? So, a while back I printed mama's recipe onto a little 3 x 5 card and filed it away.

We all thought mama made the best lasagna ever and the recipe is simple, here's mama's lasagna recipe...

1 lb. hamburger                 2 eggs
1 can tomato paste            1 ctn. cottage cheese
1 can whole tomatoes       2 T. parsley
2 T. sweet Basil                  1/2 cup grated
1 tsp. garlic                              cheddar cheese
1 onion                                 sliced cheese
Lasagna noodles

Brown hamburger and onion. Add salt and pepper, garlic, tomato paste and tomatoes. Simmer 30 minutes. Cook noodles and drain. In separate bowl mix cottage cheese, parsley, eggs, and grated cheese. In a glass pan put a layer of noodles, layer of cottage cheese mix, layer of the hamburger mix and last a layer of sliced cheese. Repeat each layer. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Whole tomatoes did not sound good to me so I used a can of stewed tomatoes. Also, the recipe does not say what size carton of cottage so Shelby suggested we look on line for other lasagna recipes using one pound of hamburger and cottage cheese. Most of the recipes called for 32 ounces. Anyhow, it was really good!

And speaking of Shelby! Tomorrow is that big day Shelby and I look forward to all year long...going to the NC State Fair! I've got to get up early early so we can be there when the gates open.

That pretty merry-go-round, well Shelby and I plan to ride one of those horses tomorrow. We threaten to ride every year but then I back out. If we get there and can't climb up on a horse, we'll just sit on a bench and ride around and around. That's Shelby in the green shirt when we were there in 2014.

Back in August, Shelby and I were talking about the up-coming fair in October. I've been concerned that the steroid injection in my back would wear off and I would be in pain again. Shelby said, well listen, if that happens, will you ride in a wheelchair and let me push you? I suppose so. :-  Actually, I've been feeling pain!

One other bit of news...Poppy and I will be leaving Thursday morning for a few days in Missouri to visit Poppy's daughter and her family. Hopefully, we will get to see the youngest grandson Luke play football on Friday night, and then on Saturday, see Jacob play the base drum in his high school marching band. 

This is Windy, Brian, Luke and Jacob

Thanks for listening. I just go on and on about things. Why it's a wonder that you even stop by. So, thank you.


We will be home next Monday.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

We had a nice visit

Eli sure enjoyed having company yesterday; said it was good to have some younger folks here for a change.

This is Grandson Daniel and his girlfriend Miriam.

and Miriam is just as sweet and pretty as I had been told she was...and she can run too, Eli said.

Daniel loves to fish and even though the pond is still muddy from Matthew, he gave it a try. Got a bite or two, but never brought one in. He is quite the fisherman though and has brought home some big fish.

Weetie fell in love with Miriam too.

We fed the fish and eventually got three large catfish and a carp to come in close to the pier.

Drinking more pond water.

and resting in the shade,

and Weetie too.

I put a big pan of lasagna in the oven for lunch and it turned out really good. Would you believe that was my first time making lasagna from scratch? It was! Hopefully, it won't be my last. But guess what I did, layering the lasagna! First I put in four lasagna noodles, overlapping. Then I spread half the cottage cheese/egg/parsley mixture, then spread half the meat/tomato mixture, then the layer of cheese slices...and started on the second layer. All finished and feeling mighty proud with that last layer of sliced cheese on top, I looked around and there sat the other four noddles in the pot. Gasp!! I had to carefully remove the layer of cheese slices, and carefully dip out, spoonful by spoonful, the meat mixture, and then carefully dip out the cottage cheese mixture...then start over with that darn layer of noodles and put everything back in place. That's pretty normal for me though...and it was time for our company to arrive. 

Everything worked out fine and we enjoyed the day. The chocolate pie turned out pretty good too.

Poppy was with us for a while but yesterday was the first day of deer season, well, regular gun season and he just had to get into the woods.

Thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Trying to keep calm

Have you ever spent an hour or two writing a post then decide it's just not what you want to say, so you delete the whole thing? I did that very thing yesterday. Got to venting about the neighbor's dogs killing our little white guinea, you know, the one that climbed the ladder every night. Poppy saw the whole thing, but could not get there in time to help. Better stop here, before I get wound up again.

So, Mr. Scarecrow scared away the owls during the night but sadly there was nothing he could do to scare away the dogs.

The teeny tiny garden still had a row of okra trying to grow and a basil plant. Yesterday I finished cleaning up the garden. 

Here's the basil. Once it is dried it may not be fit to use but it was fun clipping and tying the little bundles to hang...and it smells so good. Don't know how those oil lamps got moved out of place. Things like that drive me crazy.

That's about it for now. We may have company later on today. My sweet grandson Daniel called and said he wants us to meet his girlfriend. Daniel is the oldest of the grandchildren and very special. Hopefully, I will remember get my camera out. Better get busy and at least wipe the dust off things!

Don't you just hate people who bring home dogs and then don't take care of them. I blame the stupid owners of the dogs that are killing our guineas more than I blame the dogs. I'll hush!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Checking in...

Wanted to let you know we're still here since Hurricane Matthew blew through. Our electricity, phone, and internet service went out on Saturday during the storm and was restored just yesterday. We got at least seven inches of rain, lots of wind, and had a couple of dead pine trees fall. All and all, we fared very well compared to what the poor folks south and east of here went through, and are still going through.

Hard to believe the sky can be this beautiful, the day after a hurricane. 

Poppy put up a corn feeder and a game camera on the far side of the pond so we can watch the deer. Look what the camera caught...a beautiful blue heron, in flight. I love it!

Now I feel bad putting up any fall decorations because of all the people whose homes are under water right now. It's awful, it's sad, and unbelievable to see the pictures on the news. 

Anyhow, Walmart reduced their mums to $1.97 so I bought four pots. Here, finally, is my little fall creation...

Weetie said hold on a minute, so here's another one, with her...

and this next picture is just because I love hay!

Two bales to unload. The goats got some...

Rosie is still a little pig...a sweet little pig.

I then carried a big arm load of the hay inside the chicken house to make it nice and dry, and comfortable, after all this rain. My goodness! What a wet nasty mess everything has been!

I've missed reading lots of your posts and will be catching up. Thankfully, we had our generator during the storm, but that didn't help with the phone and internet service.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

It's simply pouring

Thank you Linda P. for following my blog. Gosh, and for all of you who are following, that did not get a thank you, I apologize. I know just enough about computers and blogging to keep this one barely going. I appreciate your friendship so much.

As mama used to say, "it is simply pouring"!

and not only is it raining, it is dark and dreary, and very windy.

not much better looking out the the living room window.

We are feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew right now, and according to the forecast this wind and rain is supposed to continue on through the night. I'm not complaining as this nothing compared to what the folks south of us have been through.

My fear, living here under all the trees, is that one will fall on the house during a storm. Right now the ground is saturated in water...

 Dumperoo said I could hide out with him.

and speaking of Dumperoo...there he is under the cutting board.

I see you Dumperoo!

This apple print girl's apron is now in the shop 

Friends, I just walked out on the back porch to have a look and believe it or not, heard a tree falling. I got the umbrella and walked down to the bunny lot. A tall dead pine tree had fallen and hit the ground about five feet from the bunnies. 

Sorry to have gone on and on. Hope to be back here soon.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Looks like somebody lives here again

Poppy said he didn't think he would mow again, now that fall is here. Says he needs time to hunt and time to work at the deer processing plant.

Mama used to say, "I just despise to see a house with the weeds and grass grown up around it, like the people who lived there have died". 

I agree with mama, so yesterday after straightening up the house and feeding the animals, I put gas in the little yellow mower and started mowing...


and here...

and here, as far as the eye can see, and then down the dam by the pond...
walking, walking, walking, pushing that mower.  Then I raked up every speck of grass clippings...three heaping wheelbarrow loads and gave it to the chickens.

Actually, my plan was to finish cleaning out the Iris bed in the back...

Can you guess which half is finished? :) Had to put a piece of fence up to keep the chickens and guineas out for now.

Violets and Ajuga have taken over.

Maybe next spring the Iris will bloom pretty again.

I potted bunches of little Ajuga plants and still have a bucketful. Same with the Iris. After replanting 35 to 40 Iris, I still have a cardboard box of tubers left... 

Always a sweet kitty close by...

Where did this day go? Here it is 9:30 and bedtime again. 

Sure hope all the folks in the path of Hurricane Matthew will be safe. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Answering a couple of questions :)

I have a new follower! I know, I can't believe it either! :) Thank you, Mari.

Deb, at Just Cats, asked how Bickett got his name...

That's right, Bickett,  Deb was asking about you. 

It was on a Sunday morning in October of 2005. I slowed to stop for a red light at the intersection of Bickett Blvd. and a main highway in town and saw a tiny black and white kitten in the middle of the road. 

I stopped the car and jumped out, waving my arms to stop a van that was headed our way. I picked up this poor little dirty kitten and holding him close to my heart, got back in car and drove away.

These are not good baby pictures of Bickett, and the dirty tee shirt is on my grandson who had been fishing. But, you can see Bickett's little nose and eyes were dirty. The vet said right off that he had ringworm. This kitten needed me.

I shed some tears over this kitten. You see, Poppy did not want a cat! We had dog, lots of dogs, but no cats. It just happened that Mama was spending a few days with us, and she said to Poppy, why don't you tell her she can keep that kitten. I don't know why, but he said okay. Poppy always loved my mother anyway. 

And here's Bickett today, eleven years old and practically running things around here. I love this cat!  So, Bickett got his name from the boulevard where I found him. Thank you Deb for asking.

Mildred, at Mildred's Blog asked if I would use my pretty new teacup for drinking tea, or cider, or hot chocolate...well, you know what? I would really love to be a hot tea drinker. I try so hard to love it. It just seems so ladylike to have tea in a pretty teacup in the afternoon and you ladies who do drink that hot tea, well, it looks absolutely delicious. 

I've always wanted to have a tea party or go to a tea party, but gosh, I wouldn't know how to act.

Growing up, the only kind of tea we had was a pitcher of sweet tea. We did drink coffee. Even as a little girl, mama would fix me coffee, with a little coffee in the cup and lots of cream and sugar.

So, I do drink the occasional cup of hot tea. I like mine with honey. :)  Thanks for asking Mildred. 

Better get away from this computer and get all the animals situated for the night.