I had a dentist appointment at eleven this morning but got a call about nine from the receptionist at the office. My dental hygienist was not feeling well and could I reschedule for tomorrow?
Now going to the dentist is about one billionth as anxiety-producing to me as going to the regular doctor but still- that brief reprieve flooded me with joy and suddenly, the world looked three times as bright.
I got on it and did three loads of laundry, hung them on the line, attacked the stairs, hallway, kitchen and Glen Den with the broom, and picked a few more peppers, okra, field peas, and zinnias. I decided I had enough peppers to do another batch of pepper jam and so I did. I haven't tasted this one yet but I hope it's good. Here's what the peppers look like cooking down with the sugar and vinegar.
Doesn't really look that appealing, does it?
There are at least four or five varieties of peppers in it and I quit testing them for heat after I tried a tiny bite of one and it lit my mouth on fire. From what I was cautiously tasting as I was cooking, it's not that spicy though.
I got eight more pints and that feels good. I'm going to have to rearrange the pantry as the space I'd allocated to my canned foods is full. A good problem to have.
This morning I took pictures of all but one of Darla's babies. I am 99% certain that I only have one hen.
Here you go.
These two are definitely roosters. They don't even sleep in the hen house at night.
This one, too. He has taken to sleeping with the other bachelors in the outdoor quarters. He is an interesting roo in my opinion.
Fancy Pants, Jr. I've seen him bow up to some of the other roosters.
I THINK that this one is a hen. I'm not sure how I missed one because there definitely are six. I'll try to get a picture of the missing one tomorrow when I go let them out.
They are all definitely no longer under their mother's wing anymore. They are in a sort of subset of the flock now, sticking together mostly in their own little group. Darla goes about mostly with her sister, as she has always done unless she's raising babies.
And that's about that. Mr. Moon got two loads of gravel delivered today to spread out on the clay that he bought. This is all being spread around the front of the Garage Mahal where the dirt was being washed out. He also went to Monticello and got his booster shot today. Hurray!
Oh! The big news!
Ms. Magnolia June has lost her second tooth!
I have no idea how this has happened because obviously I am not nearly old enough to be the grandmother of a child who is losing her baby teeth. Much less the grandmother of a child in middle school.
Nope. Not possible.
And yet, it would appear that I am. I guess that August will be losing his teeth soon.
September is our big birthday month here and Owen, August, Lily, and Vergil all have birthdays between the 26th and the 29th.
Owen will be twelve. August will be six.
Talk about not possible.
Off to cook snapper!
That's a lot of birthdays packed into three days! We have four September birthdays packed into 3 weeks. I thought that was a crush.ReplyDelete
Well, that IS a crush. We just have a crushier one.Delete
Fancy a Fancy Pants, Jr.ReplyDelete
I know. Hard to believe, right?Delete
I had to take a GD COVID test tonight. We were around our non-vaxxed kids and grown grandkids last week. I’ve preached till I’m blue in the face but it’s ‘against their rights.’ Where did we go wrong? Anyway, three days ago I got a cough and runny nose. Yesterday the headache started and has only got worse. I didn’t eat until dinner tonight (felt like a ‘sour stomach’ as we used to say), and I had NO taste whatsoever. Kraut and smoked sausage, cheesy potatoes and deviled eggs….all tasted like nothing. Hubby got me two tests and the first was negative. Then I read reviews on the test and six out of ten said they got false negatives. Christ on a cracker! We are steering clear of our kids, which is sad, because we head home to Florida in a couple weeks and won’t see them until next June. We both have compromised immunity and I’ve got an 87-year-old Dad to consider!ReplyDelete
sending heartfelt wishes for negative testing and hopes you will feel better soon, Catrina! Darned those kids of yours....... not good for you (or them)Delete
Apparently your rights to health mean nothing to them. Very kind of them. I'm so tired of people talking about rights and nobody talks about responsiblities. What the hell.Delete
Oh, Catrina. I am just DONE with people who refuse to get vaccines. They have no one's wellbeing in mind. Not even their own, no matter what they say. None of these people know a damn T-Cell from a T-Rex.Delete
Please keep us updated on how you are. Hopefully, HOPEFULLY, just a cold. We are all sending our love to you.
If I lived in Florida and my dental hygienist canceled because she wasn't feeling well I think that I would want to wait at least 2 weeks before rescheduling - just saying.ReplyDelete
I probably should have.Delete
I love the zinnias in that little pot. Art.ReplyDelete
That's the tiny fiesta ware pitcher I found at the dump! It is one of my very favorite "things". It is such a little treasure with flowers in it and the zinnias are getting smaller and smaller as they get closer to being done so they look perfect in it.Delete
Don't think you need to feel too old. My oldest grandchild is 25. The youngest is two. :)ReplyDelete
That's quite a spread!Delete
And to be honest- if Hank or May had had children early, I could easily have grandchildren in their twenties.
It's good that your hygienist fessed up right away to not feeling well rather than potentially exposing you to God-knows-what. Breathe a sigh of relief! I can't believe almost all of your chicks are roosters. What are the odds? Are chickens like sea turtles, where the temperature of the eggs (or some other environmental factor) helps determine the sex of the hatchlings?ReplyDelete
Oh, and I can't believe Owen is twelve. It's truly alarming how quickly children grow up!Delete
I've been wondering the same thing about chicken eggs but more in relation to alligator eggs because the mothers actually control which ones will be male, which female, with where they are in the nest. Darla always waits so late in the season to sit on eggs. Maybe if she started earlier, we'd get more hens.Delete
Yes! It is very alarming how quickly children grow up. (Not to mention how quickly we age. Speaking for myself, at least.)
You have a busy month ahead of you. I see a lot of birthday cakes in your future:)ReplyDelete
It's good that your hygienist didn't go to work, no need to spread it all around. Have a wonderful day.
That is the truth- dental hygienists, are by definition, up in our faces.Delete
I wonder what the going rate is for the tooth fairy. Could be expensive, what with that AND all those birthdays!ReplyDelete
Yeah. I do not know how much children are getting per tooth these days. Pretty sure I got a quarter which was more than some kids.Delete
Grandchildren grow up too quickly! No doubt about it!ReplyDelete
Hope your dental appointment went well!
It did. Thanks, Ellen.Delete
Time does git! Maggie !!!! Your peppers look like the result of a bender on my screen. I totally relate to your apprehension about going to the dentist!ReplyDelete
I know! Maggie! Slow down there, girl.Delete
Haha! You're right about the peppers.
Do you have dental anxiety, even though you are married to one?
Pity about all the roosters-they are a handsome bunch,so varied.That's a heavy load of birthdays in four days-but fun to celebrate.Maggie is growing up-it happens so quickly!ReplyDelete
I know. The roosters are quite fine looking and will become even more so but they cannot all live here. They would torment the hens and fight each other. That's all there is to it.Delete
Besides all the birthdays I listed, two of our best family friends also have birthdays that week. It's insane!
yeah, wait until your grandson has a baby on the way.ReplyDelete
Too Cute when they have the Tooth loss Gaps. Yes, how did the Grands grow up so fast is something I always marvel over. I now have Grands who are Adults with their own Children, how did that happen?! *LOL* All of your Chickens and Roosters make me want to try my hand at having at least the Hens here on the new Mini Farm.ReplyDelete
So many birthdays at once! October is our month for birthdays. Also, I love Magnolia June's eyebrows.ReplyDelete