Nope, we have not had many April showers in the last week or so…We have been having summertime weather for the last week. Hot and sunny! Day time temperatures have been in the high 80’s and mid 90’s…It is 72 now at 10:00pm…last week it was 84* at night. Gracious, I just now stopped using the heater! Won’t be long and I will have to use the air conditioner….I am trying to hold out till the last minute though.
I finally washed my car this past Sunday. It took me a while, but I did it…and afterwards I took it to the car wash and vacuumed it out. It looks so much better…but my arm and hand (that I broke) was throbbing all Sunday night. Monday morning, when I got up, I was so sore! This getting old is for the birds…but then again… it beats the alternative, doesn’t it?
A picture of me, Mama, Amanda and Wyatt taken months ago.
I went by and got Dorris and I went to see my Mama Monday. She was doing good physically…She was having a problem remembering certain things…She kept asking me had we checked on her Mama and even asked had anyone heard from her Grandma…This part of the visit nearly kills me. She was complaining that her hands were cold and it was rather warm in her room…but when I felt of them, they were like ice. I got her to put her hands in a basin of warm soapy water and I washed them and let them soak a little while. As I gently rubbed her tiny frail hands, I thought of how they use to be so strong when I was small…these were the very hands that could wring a chicken’s neck so we could have something to eat…and chop wood to keep us warm…and it took all I had in me not to cry. Afterwards, I clipped her nails for her and she told me they sure felt better.
Wyatt came over with his mommy today. He is having such a hard time with the teething here lately. His little gums were hurting so bad today. He still does not have a tooth in his head yet, but I don’t believe it will be long now…his gums are turning whitish looking and he is gnawing on everything. Anybody have any old home remedies???
When my son Dan was a tiny tot, he had trouble cutting his teeth. When he turned around 5-6 months old, we went to see Danny’s great-grandma. She noticed how much pain Dan was having and told me to get Danny’s shoe and cut a round circle the size of a dime from a piece of leather on the shoe. She then told me to punch a hole through the middle of it and put a cotton cord through the hole. She told me to make it long enough to go around Dan's little neck and knot it…then drop it down the front of his little tee shirt, so he wouldn’t notice it. She said that this was an old wives' tale. I didn’t really believe it, but I was desperate, so I did it.
Do you know…Dan cut his first two teeth within a few days and after that he was getting three at a time in! Now whether it was just a coincidence or not, I don’t know…but Dan was happy and his mama was too! lol No, I won’t be doing that to Wyatt…He is much older than Dan was and can crawl and stand…He is like a little monkey climbing on everything…He would surely get the cord caught on something and be choked…so no!
Back then, many, many years ago….We use to put the baby’s pacifiers on cords too, so they wouldn’t lose them.…but you don't do that now…Now days, they have those little snap on things that snap on the front of their shirts.
They also have VELCRO on their little shoes instead of laces. Why, oh why, couldn’t they have had that when I tried for years to teach little Dan how to tie his shoes??? Have you ever tried to teach a left handed child anything when you yourself are right handed??? lol
Here is a another example of an old wives’ tale…Dan had hives when he was a little bitty baby, so I went to see a tiny 90-plus year old black lady I knew; Aunt Julie. She told me to go get some of her catnip. She grew it in her back yard and was very generous with it to anyone who had a ‘hivey baby’! She told me how to boil it to make a weak tea and then told me to give him a teaspoon of it once a day and I did…The hives disappeared in just a couple of days.
Tomatoes from 2007
I finally got my tomatoes planted with Dan’s help! I don’t know what I would have done without him today. He shoveled the dirt and carried the heavy stuff for me. I think I stayed out in the sun too long , cause I got real sick and shaky after we were though planting and still don’t feel too good. (The medicine I take doesn’t go well with heat and sun and it was really hot today.)
At first I only had two tomato plants, but I bought three more…so I planted five plants total. I planted two Better Boys, one Parks Whopper and and two German Queens. I planted them in huge pots again this year…so I am hoping they do okay. I love a fresh sliced tomato for supper. They are sooooo good with fresh cut corn! I also love fried green tomatoes….mmmm-mmmm.
Well that is it enough for tonight…Thank you my friends…for coming here to check on me!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.