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Old 05-05-2015, 10:52 PM   #183
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I miss lilacs. Grew up with them in NH. Not so common here in Texas

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Old 05-06-2015, 03:03 PM   #184
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I have trimmed, snipped, pulled, cut, scrubbed, sawed and whacked today.....much of this done with my arms over my head.......something about that kind of work is absolutely exhausting.

A few things at the little house that would have been on Doug's list just didn't get done last year......my patio awning was not thoroughly cleaned last spring, the clematis was not cut back last fall.....and these things don't get better with time...but worse.

The trellised Clematis by my front door is trying to do its spring thing, but the old growth that over-wintered from last year has made it all look like a rats nest rather than a lovely, growing thing.

Being very happy in this spot, they generally grow up the trellis and mound onto the roof.....beautiful in June, when they are in full bloom. But, huge, and require standing on a ladder or stool to remove the old growth.

Not my thing.....til now, in my new life, as I cannot hire someone to do everything nor impose upon my son all the time.

And so, after scrubbing the awning, I cut their messy selves back to a few inches above the ground this morning, new growth and all, then snipped and cut apart and yanked down what was on and in and thru the trellis. Removed. Done. Neat and tidy.

It looks much better, tho I don't know if I will have pretty purple blooms at any time this year. I don't care, I couldn't stand looking at it, is the truth.

Hauling an armful of Clematis vines in various stages of growth into the debris bin in the garage, my Amazing Grace windchimes on the front porch tinkle, and I think that Doug is saying "good for you, Maggie".

This was always one of his jobs.....standing on a ladder, sometimes on the roof, cutting and pulling the mountain of growth out each November, til it was done.

I've never done it before, but I've done it now.

As we are in the mid-80's with high humidity, made a pan bread in my smallest cast iron skillet, rather than doing an entire loaf in the oven.

It came out beautifully, and may become my summer bread. Yum.


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Old 05-07-2015, 08:59 AM   #185
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Thank you, Maggie, for posting about your Clematis; I have one which I didn't get cut back last Fall either due to illness, & have been wondering just what to do about it -- not certain of timing. I think I'm going to do just what you did & "go for it"! Right or wrong, I'll be in great company.......flowers this year would be nice, but having that "messy" look gone will be wonderful.

Your pan bread looks so good!

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Old 05-07-2015, 09:12 AM   #186
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I think the Clematis will be fine cut back now, Deb. May not get the nice show of flowers this year, but I will be surprised if they die. Mine have been there at least 15 years.

They seem to be pretty hardy plants, and persistent in growing, even in less than desirable circumstances.

The pan bread was delicious, if I do say so. There is nothing like cast iron for a nice crust on breads.

I was going to only eat half, but ended up eating the whole thing. I did work very hard yesterday.

More yardwork today....spring and fall are so very labor-intensive.....and my Needlework group.


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Old 05-07-2015, 08:40 PM   #187
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Please forgive me if I've told you this before, but speaking of needlework, starting about 2001 or so, I belonged to an online group of ladies from various countries. We interacted via a forum, then after the website closed, we kept up on emails, we did embroidery & counted cross stitch. Over the years we did sort of round Robins of needlework, such as bell pulls; tea towels, etc. On the bell pulls we would all start a pull, then send it on to the next person on the address list, and that person would do needlework within the allotted space we had already agreed upon. It was so much fun! So, by the time my completed bell pull returned, it had been to England, Australia, and various states within the USA!! So much fun, and I made some great friends along the way. Other years we would select a holiday, such as Valentines Day & embroider onto tea towels or something, include some small gifts (such as favorite tea bags/local chocolates/etc, and send them along with our needlework gift to the person we'd drawn the name of. Great fun, and a way to make new friends around the world!

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Old 05-07-2015, 08:45 PM   #188
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I don't recall hearing that before.....what a great idea and what a lovely memento when it got back to you!

I hope you wrote the story down for posterity, so that whoever's hands it ends up in knows its history.

Thanks for sharing.



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It is 73 degrees here with 80% humidity! Yes, my AC is on, and it's staying on.

Little house has been cleaned, bed linens and rugs washed to hang outside to dry. The house will smell heavenly of line-dried things later today. My favorite.

Emma's ballet recital is this evening and we will then get together Sunday to cook and celebrate Mother's Day. I will not do the heavy lifting, but be the guest and bring dessert.

It is easy to feel sorry for oneself, when one's partner is no longer present to pamper you and share special days. I try to sit in it just a minute, but I do notice. My kids are good to me, but it's not the same. Life.

Tonight Emma's recital, next Saturday Alice's in Iowa City. I am spending the night in the hotel on the University campus, so no night driving , and Alice will come back with me for the night.

I'm going to bring bubble bath so she can pamper herself after her big performance , and have some concentrated time with her. Such a sweet girl, and it's what remote grandparents do.

Going to take a little road trip Memorial Day Weekend, methinks.....a big, riverside, flea market in Grafton is beckoning to me....and they are dog-friendly. Pere Marquette SP is near there, which will be a good landing spot, I'm thinking. Will be nice to take Lily, get away to someplace new, walk around, look, etc. I love junky, antique-ey flea markets.

Such a dear dog. She has insisted on sleeping on my bed since Doug died....perhaps feeling a need to take care of and protect me after his sudden death, as someone suggested....and she literally puts me to bed every single night.

If I am taking too long in the bathroom, she comes to the door to sit and wait for me. Once I am in bed, she hops up, nuzzles and licks my face, lays down close for a moment and then heads to her spot at the foot of the bed. She is telling me "good night....I love you, see you in the morning", I know she is. What would I do without her.

Loss is a part of life, but I have much to be grateful for.....and I am.

My AirForums friends are on that list.

Have a lovely weekend.


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Old 05-08-2015, 01:34 PM   #190
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Wow only 73. It's 86 up here in the North Country. I'm working in the trailer getting ready for camping. The air is on in the house and in the trailer as well. San Fran sourdough going in the oven just now. I know it heats up the house but it is so worth it.
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Old 05-08-2015, 01:37 PM   #191
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It was 85 yesterday, but it's the humidity that's the killer.

Raining now, so humidity is up to 100%.



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Old 05-09-2015, 12:48 PM   #192
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The divine Miss Emma....a very girly girl.


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Old 05-09-2015, 12:53 PM   #193
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A card that came with a Mother's Day message today.

There were times
she lost her way
but she never lost
her grit and swagger


I love it, and am going to frame it.


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The yard work to-do list is almost to nil....have deep cleaning, spring things, to do inside, but I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Look to have everything shipshape very soon. Family coming the first weekend in June.....

If anyone has read Ray Eklund's recent Southwest Rockdocking thread....he and his wife have offered to host a small group of us for a boondocking gathering in SW New Mexico sometime in July or August of this year....for some education and enlightenment on rockdocking, rock gathering, and the ancients of the area. Off the grid. I love it. I don't think I will need to purchase anything but perhaps some collapsible water containers.

About a 3,000 mile round trip for me....but, after some deliberation and calculation, I'm going. Fuel prices are low, and I have no other trips committed to this summer. What a wonderful opportunity that I simply don't want to miss....because, you never know when it may be too late.

Doug and I drove thru that area, but never really got into it....because, altho interested, we just didn't know enough to get out there, seriously off the beaten path, and explore. I took an American Indian History class once upon a time, and have always been fascinated at the history and civilizations of those here thousands of years before us.

I am really, really looking forward to a different kind of rally......the friendship and fellowship, but also education, rock hunting, and exploring, and seeing some Indian ruins up close.


Have made Ree Drummond's Pots de Creme for dessert tomorrow. Chocolate lovers, all, it was easy and will be a certain hit.

Pots de Creme

Into a blender:

12 ounces good quality semi sweet chocolate
4 large eggs, at room temperature
a pinch salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

Pulse til the chocolate is pulverized, then pour 1 cup very hot and strong coffee thru the opening at the top, and blend til mixture is smooth and creamy. The hot coffee will melt the chocolate and bring it all together.

Pour into about 8 small cups, as it is very rich. Chill, serve topped with whipped cream. Yum.

I have thought about making this for a rally, pouring it into plastic shot glasses. The problem is refrigerator space, but wouldn't it be fun?

Am done choring for the day. Going to have my tea, and crochet.


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Thank you.

It is because so many tell me that, that I continue to write, as it feels a bit self-centered to write of ordinary life here, only peripherally related to Airstreams most of the time.

When I made the decision to start this thread, I spoke sternly to myself about not having doubts once I had begun. Also true, this thread is no different than others here, whose owners write of things other than Airstreams.

So, I am exceedingly fortunate to have this spot to share ordinary things, whenever I feel like it, encouraged by others, and am very grateful for it. It has helped me immensely this past year.


I got to Skyping with my daughter this morning, and forgot about a piece of pan bread I had started for my breakfast. It has risen very nicely, and should be extra porous and yummy.

Now I must sit with it to cook, before I go to get my newspapers.


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