Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Headed Home

    Caught Amtrak in plenty of time this morning, thanks in time for The Mama's predilection for being anywhere Early. As in Really Early. When you're talking a 6 a.m. departure, that translates out into getting up at 4:30 a.m. Fortunately, they go slowly enough (!!!) that there's plenty of time for sleep.

     The good news: my plane leaves hours earlier than I'd planned.

     The bad news: it's not the plane I had a ticket for. 

I couldn't understand why, last night, Frontier wouldn't let me print out a boarding pass. They were showing I had a seat.

Called the Brick to tell him I was on my way today. He said, "What do you mean, 'Wednesday?' You're supposed to be flying home right now. I was just heading to DIA to pick you up."

My ticket was for TUESDAY. Not Wednesday. Ironically, I'd just survived a long, bicker-filled day with The Mama, who made it abundantly clear that she wasn't happy with me, or any ideas connected with me. I'd spent the entire day wishing that I could go home.

And I could have. 

Stupid, stupid, stupid. 

So the Brick booked another plane fare. (I'd already paid for the Amtrak ticket to Chicago.) It's not as much as it could have been, but it's money gone. I will throw myself on the mercy of Frontier when I get home, and hopefully get a credit. To use on the next flight to check on The Mama.

Who, no doubt, will appreciate the effort just as much as she did this time. 

I've been praying, asking God for wisdom in dealing with her. What's next? What should we do? I guess I need to ask God for wisdom to know how to deal with me, as well.

 I feel exhausted.

Dog tired, I guess...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday Stuff Has To Wait

    I'm still here... how about that.

I leave from Grand Rapids (MI) tomorrow via Amtrak at 6 a.m. (groan) Into Chicago before noon, and wait until 8:30 p.m. for a flight home. To the Brick and the dogs...
          And home.

Can you tell I'm looking forward to it? 

The Monday Stuff on the Way to Other Stuff feature will happen on Thursday. Sorry to keep you waiting -- it's coming.

   I'd love to make smart-aleck comments about the presidential debate...but quite frankly, we didn't watch it here. Too nauseating.

Talk to you soon.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Welcome to Fall

   I'm in Michigan with The Mama...her health hasn't been that great lately. She is having increasing problems walking and standing for any amount of time. Which worries me.

    So far, though, she wants to live on her own. The time will come soon, though, when I'm not sure that will work.
     For now, we just watch...and wait.

The Mama enjoys quilting, so she and I have been working on a project together. She doesn't like my fabric choices, and gripes about my suggestions. I sew and cut...and listen to her fuss.

Don't be surprised if you don't hear much on this blog for the next few days. The Mama doesn't believe in the internet, so I have to make special trips to post. And that can't happen often.

More soon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dye, Dye, Indigo!

This is interesting...pieces of 6,000+ year old fabric suggest that the Peruvians were dyeing with indigo long before the Egyptians and others did.

Hundreds of pieces ranging in size were found at Huaca Prieta, a dig site in Peru. No one can figure out what they were doing -- the textiles were too small to be worn as clothing, and they weren't correspondingly shaped that way. Not for kids, either.

Perhaps the textile samples were meant for ceremonial use. At any rate, the Peruvians apparently were experimenting with dye combinations long before any modern scients realized they were.

Go to the article here...

Ssee the faint blue indigo stripes?

and thanks so much for mentioning it, Holly Anderson.

UPDATE:   I can't stand it, I have to add this. It's jussst close enough:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Why?

I watched the news with a sinking feeling -- 29+ people hurt from a bomb explosion in New York City Saturday night. What kind of sick person would think it was a good idea to maim and kill people this way? (Fortunately, just one -- it should have been two.)
     Why?? What does this prove??
     I wish I knew.

Update:  I guess we know now. Sort of.

What Colin Powell thinks about both Trump and Clinton...from his e-mails. (Hacked, unfortunately, but accurate. Or so I would assume...he's not denying that he made those comments. Unfortunately, a lot of us agree with him.) Speaking of:

Here, too.

Adventures with a spider...and teeth. A very funny post -- unless you love spiders, that is -- from Living Rich On the Cheap.

8 modern-day miracles.  (From Oddee)

A trip to Houston's International Quilt Festival -- in 2014. Lots of photos and booth visits. (Thanks for sharing, Diary of A Quilter.)

Dealing with rude people - and school supply lists.  (From Money Beagle)

The Soviet doctor who removed his own appendix. Yes, this really happened. He was mentioned on:

What is the most 'badass' thing anyone has ever done?  Lots of incredible examples here. (From Quora)

Updates and new discoveries on various Viking-related archaeological digs. Including the piece of skin nailed on a church door that was said to be a Viking's, caught and flayed for stealing. (It was cowskin.)

15 windshield notes, ranging from outraged to hilarious.

"I can't even afford to eat."  Or can she?  (From I Heart Budgets)

Albert Einstein's leather jacket, and other Levi-related goodies.

A Colorado schoolbus driver rams into one of the DIA airport's support pillars. They're not even sure why. She died in the accident. Her passengers are still alive, though some are in critical condition. This one's a puzzler.

Ten Roald Dahl quotes -- an amazing writer who would have been 100 this year. Unfortunately, like most writers who leave an incredible legacy behind them, he also tended to be a pig. Hemingway, move over.  (From The Berry)

Tapping the Bank of Mom and Dad. Would you do that to your parents -- or let your kids do it to you?

Free tickets for Sept. 24 admission to any number of museums around the country. Check for your specific area!  (Thanks for the mention, Surviving and Thriving)

Baked eggrolls, and other Chinese food made a little healthier.  (From Hungry Girl)

The packet drawer...and other easy-but-slightly-quirky ways to save.  (From The Simple Dollar)

Eleven movie scenes you can't forget -- because they were acted so badly.

'Octomom' today!  My favorite strange celebrity...who says she's no longer the O-- word, that she had to 'kill' off that part of her personality in order to save her life.  (I hope so, for the sake of her kids.)

Cinnamon bread -- a new way.  Braided and twisted - easier than you think. (From Sprinkle Bakes)

Life After Money visits Lincoln Castle.  Gee, I wish we Americans had more sites like this.

Did your garden not do so well this year? Can weeds, purslane.  I've read about Depression era cooks doing this out of necessity. (From Frugal Upstate)

have a good week...peace out.

the chickens - not a care in the world except for the next mouse

A'Hunting We Will Go

    We got a text yesterday afternoon, from up in the boonies...

Our new son Keith got a cow elk!  

It's bow season here in Colorado.

  Good onya, Keith -- now you and Angel can enjoy healthy lean meat this winter. (And no, they don't waste a thing, including the hide. We take this responsibility very seriously as a family.)

    Invite us over...I love a good elk chili.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Oh, The Dilemma...

We have a huge problem.

The University of Colorado Buffaloes

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are playing the Michigan Wolverines (Go Blue)...

in college football today. (Saturday, 9/17)

2-0, 1st Pac-12 - South Division
2-0, 1st Big Ten - East Division
Home Record: 2-0
Away Record: 0-0

    We LOVE college ball.

Normally, I'd assume that the Buffs will get creamed...but they actually have been playing quite well so far, this season.

    But so has Michigan.

If Michigan wins, we get to hear it from The Mama, who's been a Michigander nearly all her life.
   And secretly, we'll be happy about it, too.

If Colorado wins, instead...we'll probably be happier. After all, the Brick graduated from CU. (His M.S.) And we've now lived here longer than any other state.

But (gulp) we also both graduated from Michigan.  (My M.A. and his B.S.)


So...    GO BLUE!!!


And may the best man (er, buffalo) win.

Ralphie, CU's mascot, on a tear  (P.S. She's always a girl)

UPDATE:  The Buffs lost, 28-45, to the Wolverines. At least they didn't make idiots out of themselves. Reports make it clear that Michigan was down twice -- they had to work to win this one. (All right, Buffs!) We're looking forward to seeing what both teams do this season.

Ironically, The Mama (who lives north of Grand Rapids) could not watch the game -- it was on a specialty channel.