Not In the Mood

I haven’t felt much like writing lately. I’m not sure why but it’s certainly not due to a lack of things to write about. In fact, here are some of the topics that I have either began writing about or thought about writing about.

EGGS
I began writing about our hens who are not laying this time of year and the difference between the eggs that our hens lay and the eggs that we have been buying either from other farmers or the grocery store.

Our eggs have a yolk that is darker in color, thicker in texture and more flavorful than any of the eggs we have bought. I assume it is the difference between hens that are fed primarily commercial chicken feed and those who roam and forage for their food – the later providing the superior egg.

I deleted the original draft of this post as it made me sound like an egg snob. I am not an egg snob. I am truly grateful for the eggs we have been able to buy.

RUBY

I started writing an update on Ruby since she has been with us for just over 6 months now.

I’m not going to go into all the details today, but I will say that we have all fallen head -over-heals in love with her. “All” being defined as my husband and myself, Ranger, our daughters who were here for Thanksgiving, (Tina informed me that when they get a bigger house she is going to steal Ruby.) our grandkids, and even Peanut the cat.

Our prayer for the perfect (for us) dog was answered and Ruby has found her furever home.

Christmas Preparation

Regular readers will likely remember that at this time of year that I am usually busy making Christmas gifts. This year is no different. My sewing machine and crochet hooks have been in my employ for the past several weeks and will likely work some overtime this week. πŸ™‚

Also like in previous years our Christmas tree came from our farm this year. It is a lovely little Norway spruce that we planted as a seedling (twig) in 2012.

KEEPING THE HOME FIRES BURNING

A couple of weeks ago, on Thursday evening, our furnace went out. Since it was after 5pm and not an emergency we waited until Friday morning to call the repair company. It was not an emergency because once I realized that the furnace wasn’t working, I built a fire in the fireplace and warmed up the main part of the house. We ran an electric space heater in the bathroom to keep that area warm and added an extra blanket to the bed that night.

We were thankful that the repair service was able to get to us on Friday and repair the ignitor that had gone bad in our 25-year-old furnace. Having to go the whole weekend without the furnace would have been quite the nuisance and having to replace the furnace would have been even worse.

Do you have a backup plan if your furnace goes out?

A Lesson in Patience

The next week, again on Thursday evening, my computer crashed. I was doing some reading when suddenly the screen went blank, then this message showed up: “No bootable device detected.” I received the same message after shutting it down and restarting it, so I got my book and went to bed to read. Books never crash!

The next morning my husband took my computer to the Cybernerd (repair man) and since I had no hope of getting my computer back before the weekend, if at all, I obtained a backup computer – an extra that my dad had sitting around. It was an antiquated Dell laptop business computer, specifically designed to run Windows 98, but it had been updated with Windows 10.

The substitute computer did what I needed it to do. I could access my email and WordPress accounts and do a little reading, but man, was it slow. It also spent a lot of time updating apparently because it hadn’t been used for a long time and had missed a lot of updates. Rather than let it frustrate me I spent little time on my computer and more time working on making gifts.

On Monday my husband spoke to the Cybernerd and learned that my computer could be repaired, and he could save all of my files. He would have it ready on Tuesday or Wednesday. I was so happy! Wednesday came and went and then Thursday. My husband’s calls to the Cybernerd went unanswered. Finally on Friday he got word that it was ready, and My husband brought my computer home to me.

One really good thing good came out of me using my dad’s old computer – I discovered a bunch of old family photos. He had told me there were some picture files and music files on the computer and I could delete them if I wanted to. After browsing through the pictures and taking a precious trip back in time, I decided rather than delete the files I needed have them saved and backed up so that I could share them with my husband, kids and sisters (and perhaps even you). I now have them saved on a flash drive.

Left to right – Kathy, Aunt Shirley, Jamie, Ruth (me) Front: Erin

I don’t remember what year the above picture, of me with my sisters and Aunt Shirley, was taken but I’m guessing I was in my mid-twenties.

OOPS

A funny thing happened when my husband and I were grocery shopping. Quite by accident I toppled a cardboard display stand of batteries and sent several dozen packages of AA batteries crashing to the floor. My husband and I both watched helplessly as it was falling and my first thought as I looked at the mess was of Steve Urkel in the whiney, irritating voice “did I do that?”. I appreciated by my husband’s reaction; he didn’t roll his eyes, he didn’t shake his head, nor did he walk away and pretend he didn’t know me. Instead, he graciously asked me if I wanted to unload our two carts full of groceries or clean up the mess I just made. I let him reset the display while I unloaded the shopping carts. The thing is even if it was a complete stranger he would have jumped in to lend a hand. It’s one of the things I love most about him. Yes! he’s a keeper!

Looking Ahead

With just a few days before Christmas the National Weather Service has sent out a message that a winter storm, which I think they should name “Grinch” or “Ebenezer”, is threating to steal Christmas.

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MI
348 AM EST Wed Dec 21 2022

MIZ047>049-053>055-060>063-068>070-075-076-082-083-212115-
/O.NEW.KDTX.WS.A.0003.221223T0300Z-221225T0300Z/
Midland-Bay-Huron-Saginaw-Tuscola-Sanilac-Shiawassee-Genesee-
Lapeer-St. Clair-Livingston-Oakland-Macomb-Washtenaw-Wayne-
Lenawee-Monroe-
Including the cities of Midland, Bay City, Bad Axe, Saginaw,
Caro, Sandusky, Owosso, Flint, Lapeer, Port Huron, Howell,
Pontiac, Warren, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Adrian, and Monroe
348 AM EST Wed Dec 21 2022

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH
SATURDAY EVENING...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions possible. Wind gusts in excess of 50
  mph possible. Potential exists for snowfall totals in excess of
  6 inches for some areas.

* WHERE...Portions of southeast Michigan.

* WHEN...From Thursday evening through Saturday evening.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
  Widespread blowing snow may significantly reduce visibilities
  to near zero yielding whiteout conditions. Drifting snow could
  hamper snow removal operations. The hazardous conditions may
  impact the morning and evening commutes Friday while posing
  great risk to holiday weekend travel. Strong winds may bring
  down tree branches and cause scattered to widespread power
  outages.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...A rapid changeover from rain to snow is
  expected late Thursday evening into Friday morning. Wind chill
  values drop some 5 to 15 degrees below zero at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Prepare for possible blizzard conditions. If you must travel,
have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay
with your vehicle.

Continue to monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this
situation.

We’ve been watching the forecast for several days and checking off items on our preparedness list.

  • shopping done
  • vehicles fueled up
  • firewood stocked, oil lamps, flashlights ready
  • generator, snow blower, tractor fueled up
  • bucket of water for flushing in case water goes out, bottled water for drinking

I still have a couple of errands to run today including a visit to my dad to take him a few things, but I think we are as ready as we can be to face this storm.

I am also aware that power outages or poor travel conditions may change our plans to have family over to celebrate Christmas, but I’m sure that the best gift would be to have everyone do what it takes to be safe and well.

If you are in the path of this major winter storm I hope you too will do what it takes to be safe and well.

Merry Christmas

Even though I haven’t felt much like writing lately I did want to wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas and will take the opportunity to do that now in case this “Grinch” of a storm decides to cut off our power.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

33 thoughts on “Not In the Mood

  1. You always have a wealth of interesting things happening Ruth. Well we have one more day of this brutal cold and wind; thankfully we did not have the snowfall originally predicted. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Ruth.

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      1. Yes, it was horrible and I was surprised just minimal power outages for DTE and Consumers. Thank goodness it has finally gotten a little warmer. We had about four inches of snow today. My Christmas was quiet but happily uneventful as I had worried about the weather going into the holiday weekend. Hope the weather didn’t impact any get-togethers with your family.

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      2. Ever since the last big outage in the summer we have seen tree crews trimming along the powerlines. My daughter in Detroit said they witnessed the same. I think all that work paid off.
        All of our guests made it. We didn’t get the morning snow but my kids who came from the city had some slow travel to get here.

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      3. That’s good – they should get more tree contractors … DTE had sent a postcard before that they were going to trim my trees and never did, then they did it after the downed wire/fire. I’m glad all your guests made it, given the weather conditions.

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    1. Thanks Anne. They have upgraded it to a winter storm warning. It is supposed to start with rain this evening and turn to snow over night. The warning runs through Saturday afternoon so there is a lot of time for it to do damage. It’s the high winds that are supposed to accompany the storm that will cause the biggest problems.

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  2. I enjoyed your update Ruth! Hope you have a Merry (and safe) Christmas! I’m worried about the storm too, but am prepared and don’t have to travel. Better for people to stay home if you can and get together after.

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    1. Thanks Joni. It’s good to hear you are prepared. With all the warnings out it sounds like we are going to get slammed. Then again the forecasters here don’t have the best record for accuracy. I’ll definitely tell our guests to stay home if it’s not safe to travel.

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  3. I have struggled to want to post, too. My site got messed up with “Plan” changes and I stopped blogging for a while in frustration. I upgraded with some credit and I am trying to get the damage repaired.

    If that picture was 1994 & you were 29, we are about a year apart. You were born in 1965? I am 1966.

    I understand about good eggs. The best I ever had were free range duck eggs…deep orange huge yolks, so rich in flavor. My duck lady sold her ducks and went traveling with her husband about a year ago. I wanted to cry.

    Love your dog. A good dog or cat is a joy.

    Enjoy snow for me. The last snow I saw was in 2018.

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    1. I do hope you get your account straightened out. It does sound frustrating.
      Yes, I was born in ’65 and my sister Jamie in ’66.
      My husband laughs because every time he brings home an egg from the farm I get excited. (We are getting about 1 every 3 days right now.) When he read my post he said that I am an egg snob. I’m trying hard not to be. πŸ™‚
      I will enjoy the snow as long as everyone stays safe during the storm. I won’t even mind doing my share of the shoveling. πŸ™‚

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      1. I’m August 30, 1966.

        Nothing wrong with being an egg snob. We want the best for taste and health…ours & the animals’.

        If you wish, post pix of the snow. I don’t think we will be getting any down here any time soon.

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  4. The storm is so big that even the eastern part of New Mexico is effected with bitter cold, no snow though. It is hard to be grateful for a white Christmas when it comes in the form of a blizzard. Stay warm and hug the girls for me when you get to see them.

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  5. I think the picture of the four of us is from Christmas 1994.

    Not ready for the snowstorm 😦

    Merry Christmas!!!

    Ps I’m happy your hardrive didn’t die.

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    1. You could be right in which case I would have been 29 – still am LOL!!!
      It doesn’t care whether you’re ready or not so make sure you have what you need to hunker down for a few days.
      πŸ’•
      Me Too!

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      1. I would be ready for the storm but Meijer didn’t have my pickup order done before they closed last night. So we have to pick it up when later today.

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