Thursday, September 3, 2015

Kids, a Cat, Pickles, and Ginger Cookies

 We're getting back into the fall routine little by little.  On Tuesdays Millie Rose comes to our house while her sisters go to their evening music lesson.  By this time of the day I'm not firing on all of my pistons (sp?) so we lie on the couch (and I take mini-naps) until Mommy comes back.
 Bill's still in Australia so I had to go to church alone.  When I arrived I was happy to see these two cherubs!  Now, try not to be jealous of Plum's shoes.  They do not make them in adult sizes. Sad.

Plum Cake is DEFINITELY going to be a reader.  She doesn't like her Sunday school class so she sits in the sanctuary with us.  She's so GOOD!  

 Samantha Rose is very interested in gardening.  She had fun picking marigolds the other day.  There are SO many marigolds.

I'm so pleased that our oldest son and his wife have chickens and now Jenny and Scott have them, too.  Elsa and Ana (ha!) are laying now!  Look at Plum!  Picking up chickens!

 Brad and April are tea drinkers and Brad is VERY interested in all aspects of tea.  Do you think CB likes having her picture taken while she enjoys the tea ceremony?  How about Finn?
 I am in love with Scout the kitten.  James loves her, too.  Sometimes he's a little rough with her and when this happens he has to go to "time out" in his crib for one minute.  
 I love cats and I don't have one.  Sad.  I can't resist kissing Scout on the head and cuddling with her.  She's so soft.  Just like a bunny.
I had fun at James's house on Saturday night.  His parents went to a quinceanera so we played and played.

I love it when our girls are here.  Kelli asked, "Are you taking our picture because we are grooming Birdie like a monkey?"  Ha!  No!  I just like the way they look together.

Millie started preschool again!  She had a great day.  At first she was hesitant because her teacher has a British accent, but when she arrived at school she hugged the teacher so that's sorted.
Kelli had a dentist appointment downtown so I had swim class duty.  It was so fun watching the girls romp in the water like little fish.  I liked talking to the moms, too.  One mom was crafting Denver Bronco headbands to sell.  She was so cute, sitting there multi-tasking.  I may have done that once.
And because I know you'll give me an "atta girl" I present to you two jars of pickles for 2015.  Sadness.  My cucumber bed isn't a champion this year, but I'll just pickle little by little and I should have enough refrigerator pickles for our Jeff.  He made some, too.  Yesterday when I decided that today was a pickle day I texted my friend Kim from My Field of Dreams because she has supported me in my pickle making before.  Sure enough, she is a quick responder and emailed me the primo recipe right away!  Thanks, good Kim!
My friend Mags (fraise) inspired me to make some ginger cookies (all the way in Belfast - she was able to spur me on and get me baking!)  Ginger cookies are good because they are simple (simple ingredients) and they aren't so delicious that I must eat five at a time.  With ginger cookies my eating remains ordered.  This is a good thing.

I've been fighting a cough/cold thing and I think today I am finally on the mend.  I MIGHT do a little (ahem!) WORK. I have many weeds and wild morning glories to remove from the front garden.  It's one of those projects that must be done in small amounts of time.  The cat mint went crazy. We've got to get rid of ALL of it.  Bill will have to help because it's strong-man work.  
I am going to make fried rice for lunch, cook some little zucchinis and dump a whole lot of soy sauce on it.  YUM!
I had Trader Joe's bread pudding for breakfast.  Wow!  It's good.  I think I'll serve it at book club next week.
Thank you for popping by, dear and nice human.
I might overcome my knitting/shawl anxiety and knit 100 rows, too.


Farm Girl said...

Just a lovely post!! Your cookies just look amazing. Perfect ginger cookies. You are good, I would have eaten them all.
I like your pickles too. You are a hard worker.
I found a recipe for Ginger Cookies but you put pepper in them. I might try them someday.
I love the picture of every one. I just chuckled at the girls and the monkey remark. I would have taken a picture like that too just because it was cute. That is a cute kitty.
Aw holding chickens. I am so glad they have chickens to hold.
Enjoy your very busy day, I do hop you get to knit 100 rows. I am trying to finish rug. :)

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

Hello, sweet Pom!! What a fun romp through your days! I could even smell those cookies, yum! I might need to make some of those. It's almost fall, so maybe I can get away with it?

You are most certainly working! Working hard taking care of your lovely family and friends! Much more fun than weeding, methinks! Blessings on your day, dearie!

Granny Marigold said...

What a busy grandma you are!! I'm enjoying these last days of vacation before the little man goes back to school ( grade one). He wants to be with me and his grandad a lot and we get tired and have to ask him to go down to his house but he looks so sad you know we give in. He's so good. But tiring.
Luckily I don't like cookies much. I have them on hand ( my family eats them straight from the freezer). I put lots of oatmeal and other good stuff in so they get some nutrition at the same time.

TexWisGirl said...

such cute little ones and even a kitten, too. :)

(we have a simple 2-swing gate entrance at run*a*round - unmarked and nothing to draw your attention - and i like it that way.)

Gumbo Lily said...

I loved hearing that you took a nap while babysitting. I did that the other day too. I allowed two of the girls to cut and paste and color while I took a 15 min. nap on the couch.

Love those flower pickers! All your lil cherubs are so cute and so wonderful. Lucky you, Granny!

Your pickles and cookies look yum!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Easy cookies which you don't have to fight with yourself, about eating too many. Now those are winners!!!!!!!! ,-)

And of course, the family pics are sweet...

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love your posts, it's like talking to a friend and the grands are just so cute. Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Those pickles looks really great! Your grandkids are so darn cute! Hope you beat that cough/cold soon!!

Betty Wood Fairy said...

I had to google quinceanera (spanish girl turning 15?) as had never heard of it! Little James is so sweet and having pets is so good for children to learn about caring and sharing, if you had a kitty he would maybe keep the bunnies away? We have three cats next door whose owners are away for the week, they hang out on my shed as Amber won't let them be friends although they have tried hard for two years to gain her approval, they look sad - they are missing the human touch so I sneakily stroke one of them when Amber isn't looking... your marigolds are lovely. Betty

magsmcc said...

I know- pop over to me this afternoon and we'll drink honey and lemon while we peruse and praise the beauty of your emerging shawl, and then we shall just pop out to the drive and weed it some?!

Aisling said...

I love all your happy chat. I come back again and again for Happy Chat. Lol. Great photos and sweet slices of life in this post!

Happyone said...

Such a fun bunch of activities - your blog is a happy place to visit. : )
Those cookies look yummy.

Happyone said...

Such a fun bunch of activities - your blog is a happy place to visit. : )
Those cookies look yummy.

Aida said...

What lovely gramps you have Pompom. They are so adorable and sweet. Oh I thought you are going to Australia with Bill.
The ginger biscuits look yummy and the cucumber pickles too.

Enjoy your weekend

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that your cough/cold is soon gone. Looks as though you are getting back to things in a good way. Love that photo of Plum with the chicken, a great memory made there!!! Love the cookies! xx

Lisa Richards said...

Ha ha! Love the Spiderman shoes!
So many happy encounters with your grands and kiddos.
Speaking of knitting anxiety, Adele is 5 months old and I haven't finished her little baby blanket. Hmmm...
I look forward to doing more and more with my grands as they grow. Their mommy has always been involved in everything she could dream up and I'm sure they'll follow in her footsteps.
Thanks for sharing your fun life. :)