I don’t think David and I thought very much about retirement when we were younger. We were just trying to make a living and raise our three children and keep food on the table. I always heard that retirement was the time when one could kick back and relax. Do some traveling. People picture Grandmas and Grandpas sitting on the porch, Grandma with knitting in her hands. Well, a little of that happens around here, but we evidently didn’t get the message about how to behave when retired.
It seems we are busier than ever. Work just as hard and the days go by much, much more quickly. Here it is, June already. Where did May go? I spend most of my days outside in the garden or taking care of the chickens and playing with the dogs. Between laundry, cooking, cleaning, and other household chores, I keep pretty busy. I don’t know how our ancestors did it without all the labor saving devices we have now. My great-great-great grandmother had to heat the water for the laundry, wash everything on a washboard, hang the clothes outside, weather permitting, iron all the clothes and by the time she was done with that, it was time to start all over. She did this while raising a garden, canning enough food to get the family through the winter, cooking every single meal, and raising a family. Whew. I get tired just thinking about it. I can stick a load of clothes in the washer, go outside, and when I come in, the clothes are washed. It almost seems like a miracle to me. But I see miracles in a lot of things. Not all that long ago if you had leftovers, you had to get out pans and heat them on the stove and then you would have all the pans to wash afterward. Now, with the microwave, we can fill up a plate with leftovers, heat it for a few minutes and have a good, hot meal, almost as good as the original you cooked before. Miracle.
But I got off subject. I do that all the time. Here are a few things that we have been doing the last few weeks.
We celebrated Memorial Day, a day to remember our fallen soldiers and also to remember loved ones who have died. David’s grandmother always called it Decoration Day because it was the day she always took flowers and decorated the graves of family members.
I fix a pot of grass for the chickens every once in a while. They need their greens, too.
“What are you looking at? Can’t we eat without being disturbed?”
I’ve become a sock model.
Why do I always have a bruise on my shins?
See that pie safe in the background? I took that step ladder there and climbed up to see if it needed dusting on top. Well, since I haven’t dusted up there in years, I found a dust storm up there. I was a little amazed, thinking I kept a pretty clean house and there was such a dusty place almost right over my nose. I took everything off it, washed what I could to include several American flags I had in a can. I scrubbed the top three times until I felt like it was clean enough. Now it’s good for another ten years! I reckon if I looked hard enough, I could find several dusty places in my house, but I’m not going to look too hard. The thing about dust. It will always be there. It won’t go away on its own. I read one time that we could have the dust from the first Adam’s body in our dust bunnies under our beds because dust travels all over the world. Maybe I have Moses under my bed or maybe Christopher Columbus. If so, they will be quite safe there as I don’t like to dust all that much unless I really feel like it.
We had sixteen people here for dinner the other day and the kids all played in the pool. I love having lots of kids in the pool. They had so much fun. Besides that, they stir up all the stuff on the bottom of the pool and that actually helps to clean it. And the water definitely was stirred.
David and I have eaten at a couple of different restaurants lately. One was called Stone’s Family Restaurant in Mihousen. The food was so-so, but it was worth the trip to eat the fried biscuits and apple butter. We could have made a meal out of those. The restaurant is in this little off the beaten path town time has forgot. We drove several back roads to get there and the scenery was so pretty. I don’t think any place is prettier than Indiana in Summer.
The other one was in the little town of Vernon. Vernon hosts a town wide garage sale every Labor Day weekend. There are yard sales all the way along the highway to Vernon. We went one year and there was just about everything for sale, plus there were vendors selling their wares. We have eaten at this restaurant before. Really good food.
We missed the Karaoke.
This is what it looks like on the outside. Nothing special, but I don’t think I have ever had as good fish as I did there. It was done to perfection. Not greasy and not fishy tasting.
We ate there on the way back from this place. Streamcliff Farm. A nursery, winery that was having a flower sale. I was not going to buy anymore flowers this year. But…..
Of course, I did. You took a little red wagon through the greenhouses to pick up your plants.
I bought several perennials and a rhubarb plant. By the way, our rhubarb has done wonderfully this year. I have several packages of it frozen so that in the middle of the winter, we can have rhubarb pie and think of Spring.
The plants sold here are so healthy and big. I don’t know what kind of fertilizer they use, but the plants sure do flourish.
There are little gardens everywhere. I wonder what it is like to wake up every morning and know all this is yours and you can walk through it anytime?
Fish in the fishpond. Everyone needs a garden they can escape to whether it’s on several acres or on the rooftop of a city building.
There was a man there playing and singing Johnny Cash songs and he sounded just like him!
Man in black. I love Johnny Cash songs. He was a great song writer and singer.
This is what I have been doing today. David is replacing the fence boards along one side of our back yard so I decided to stain them. There will be hundreds. Today I stained forty some. He went and bought some more and some more stain, so guess what I will be doing tomorrow.
David put up the original fence about twenty-five years ago. It’s held up pretty well, but it’s time to be replaced.
Just so they won’t think I have forgotten them, here’s the puppers. Always watching for me to come out. Playmate, come out and play with me, and bring your dollies three, climb up the apple tree. Look down the rain barrel, slide down the cellar door. And we’ll be jolly friends, forevermore. My mother use to sing that song to me.
Molly looks like she has a big cigar in her mouth.
Hope you are having a wonderful Summer(or Winter in some parts of our world.) Soon the longest day will come and the days will start to shorten again. It never changes. Bye.