Thursday, April 29, 2021

Quieter and Not as Much Fun ToDay 😊

The Ridge

On Thursday, Apr. 29th it was a very calm dull looking day. The whole area looked quenched from rains. I don’t know how much precipitation fell overnight, I was sleeping and didn’t hear a thing. I did wake up a few times but easily dropped off again until we got up this morning. Bill was off to work at 7 and I was downstairs to give my ‘Easy Rider’ a hug before he left.

The rw blackbirds liked the bread

Now that the news is out, I can write about it. A few family and friends around here knew but we have bit our tongues so as not to jinx anything. We are both just tickled PINK with our new toy, as Bill calls it. Chris was sad to say goodbye to his beautiful bike, he has had ‘her’ for 20 years, giving it the new paint job and special features. He looked after it and so will Bill. At least they will see it again, since family bought it. I have a feeling today just isn't going to be as fun as yesterday was! 😏

No wind but pretty dull looking

I’m anxious for that first ride even though I’m sure I’ll have a chilly one because I’m not willing to wait for a hot day! Today, I had nothing on my plate other than baking a bit for some ‘allowed’ desserts. I need more groceries (tomorrow) before I can make certain things but I have Jell-o in the fridge and custard now in Madame IP. The ice cream is delicious too but I need to stock up on 35% cream so I can make a bigger batch. 😊 I haven’t tasted the strawberry yet.

3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

I had my tea and went online to an open auction at Rockford. Oh my, some very cool things there! I put quite a few on my ‘watch’ list and even bid on a few items. That was 33 pages of fun! Who was it looking for cups and saucers?? All kinds of the tea cup variety. It is a damp day and not expected to change all day so I’m sure I’ll get my book finished and I can sit indoors and watch nature.

I still say we have the best site in the lot! 😁

The Lady's Mantle hold onto those drops of rain
like a princess holds onto her diamonds

The geese are active, Father Goose chasing unwanted geese from the nesting Mother. I had some crusts of bread so broke those up and tossed them to the grass out front. It didn’t take long for the blackbirds and Jays to clean them up. If I ate more bread, I would eat them myself. I love a toasted crust w/peanut butter but this way the birds get the treats. According to my tracking #, I should receive a couple of UPS shipments between today and tomorrow so I’m anxiously watching for those.

Father Goose sits beside Mother Goose on her nest
He is actually swallowing water here

The front west pond is frequented often by geese

It was shortly after 12 noon that I had some lunch, corned beef, salmon, brie cheese, cucumbers with peanut butter and a clementine. Surprisingly filling and should tie me over until my afternoon creamy tea. My custard was long ago done so it was cooling. With the countertop free, I made some peanut butter cookies. Keto, of course, but another new recipe with only 3 ingredients. This will be interesting. 😊

I think this is the Father on this side of the pond
Looks like he got into a scuffle and has a crooked feather

I walked out to the Bunky and brought in my motorcycle helmet and pulled our goggles and my chaps out of the cupboard. Along with my new jacket. Yes, remember the purchases I touched on over the winter? This is what we were doing. Ordering and buying motorcycle gear since we’d sold everything we had 9 years ago. We couldn’t hang onto things that might only be a dream. We got good money for our leather jackets, chaps, helmets and my boots.

The turbines weren't moving at all today

I wanted to try things on. The chaps I got at the Mission Store auction a few weeks ago and I’m pleased that they fit better now than they did when I bought them. No, I haven’t lost any weight, I just didn’t have them on properly!! Sounds funny but I had them twisted so they felt tight on my legs. Duh, I’ve been blonde for too long! Anyway, I’m pleased with everything. Most of the cookies were in the oven with a few left to roll and bake.

Still some daffodils hanging on through this strange
weather and the periwinkle flowers are adding some purple

It is almost 1:30 and I haven’t sat with my book once! If the mail lady stops, I’ll walk to the mail box but otherwise, I’ll sit tight inside where it is dry. The air looks a bit misty although a moderate 9C/50F. I’m sure glad yesterday was the day we picked to bring the Yamaha home. I wonder if she will get a name too? The last batch of cookies was finished by 2:30 and that was when I perched myself into my chair. We haven’t had much rain at all, even the fine mist seems to have dissipated.

I mentioned in another post how the birds are killing my primrose that
I planted under the bird feeder
They may pull through but I may have to move them

That all changed by 4 pm it started heavier. I had walked to check the mail box and the temperature felt considerably cooler. It’s the dampness that we feel on this kind of day. Whether it rains or not, it is in the air. Bill was home by 4:30 and I started supper shortly after 5. It was another one of those ‘what to do with ground beef’ meals. Bill calls them ‘pussy muck’ and when I told him that’s what we were having, he said ‘good, we haven’t that for a while!’ 😊 Funny guy.

These are at the other end and aren't bothered by 
them at all

I threw ground beef, onions, garlic and spices in Madame IP. Then I added marinara sauce, cheese, beef broth and elbow macaroni. It took no time at all to cook and it was ready. I cooked vegetables on the stove for me and warmed up the leftover brown beans for Bill. He loved it and had 2 helpings. I’d made some dessert but we didn’t really need anything. I did, however, offer Bill a couple of homemade peanut butter cookies. They’re quite good but without flour, they don’t hold together too well, so I keep them in the fridge.

Homemade Hamburger Helper in Madame IP
aka 'pussy muck' πŸ˜‚

After dishes, we finished watching the news and settled in for the night. I have a busy day tomorrow so wanted to finish this post tonight. I hope this finds you well and that you enjoyed your day. I have to admit that it was a good one here too. No UPS delivery, so hopefully 2 tomorrow.

A memory of our first spring home and my plans for
a vegetable garden takes 'shape'
Apr. 29, 2017

Same day, I had a little Supervisor
watching my every move
Gosh, I miss this little guy and the way he'd sit with me in the sun

Good night, everyone!

Thank you for your visit.


  1. Looking forward to seeing you and Bill all dressed for a ride. I'm pretty sure the bike will have a special name too.
    Aww Clemson.♥️

  2. The first time I wore my leather pants on the Harley, it rained cats and dogs. When I got home and peeled them off, my legs were completely black from the dye. I switched to Levis and never looked back. Remember to get a good pair of high top boots!!

    1. Ha ha, that would be a sight! I wear my chaps over jeans only so no worries there. We have been caught in the rain in them too! :)
      Got the boots covered as well.

  3. I can't wait to see you all decked out for the first ride! How fun will that be! I agree with Loree the bike will have a special name! Great pictures today :)

  4. The view of the pond from your site is lovely. I suspect I would spend a lot of time watching the activity if I were there. Enjoy!

  5. Glad things are working out for you.
    A word of caution. Do not feed Bread or Buns to the Geese. Over time most Flour has been Genetically modified and when eaten by young Goslings cause deformities. Our Plant had a Rain Catchment Pond the the Geese used as a home. Workers would feed the Goslings Bread and Buns. They will never be able to fly and were taken to the Jack Miners Bird Sanctuary to live out the rest of their days.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. No worries about the geese. We don't allow them up here and only birds get the bread.

  6. Your 'pussy muck' looks delicious, and can you send me a few of those cookies!