Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekend up North

One BYU Football game.
My first in over 30 years.  It was fun to go with Nick and Kaylee.  We had WONDERFUL seats on the 50 yard line!!  Wow, what a view.  Yes, we were up kind of high, but that's what it looks like from the TV angle, so we enjoyed it.  No wind, though it was a bit chilly (low 40's.)  We came prepared with hats and gloves and coats and blankets.  And our team won! What's not to like?

One fun visit with Robert at his house.  Mike and I spent the night there.

Saturday, we met briefly with Gayela and Mike's Mom to make plans for the rest of the day.  I also did some texting and planning for a Saturday evening meal with our scrappers and others.

Mike tore out Nick's shower in their apartment.  They discovered a leak in the closet wall/floor behind the shower, so it needed to be repaired.  And the only way to repair things like that is to rip it all out!  So they did.  Kaylee and I visited during that part. She also ran to get them supplies from here and there.  Nick did all the running up and down the stairs with buckets of torn-out tile and wallboard.  He does have a job before him!  What a mess.  Kaylee fixed us a nice salad for lunch and we had a short visit with her folks, too, while we were there.

After all that dirty work, Mike got cleaned up and we picked up his Mom at Gayela's house and we drove to Ogden to attend his cousin's son's wedding open house.  It was fun to visit with cousins he seldom gets to see, and ones I've only ever met a time or two.  Except for this one cousin, Eileen Ashcraft. It was her son's open house and he's actually spent the night at our home.  We have seen her quite a few times in recent years and she's a fun gal.  She has a nice big family, and they had some fun treats at this open house!  One treat was a "Popcorn Bar," so I made us snack bags for the drive back to Cedar City that night.  Yummy stuff.  But we didn't end up eating them because we were too full from dinner.

When we left the wedding open house, it was to head to South Salt Lake area to have dinner with lots of people at the Cheesecake Factory!  Yummmy.  We got there around 4:30, got seated outside by 5 or so, and eventually all the people who were supposed to be there arrived--a total of 15.

In attendance: Me and Mike, Mike's mom Berenice, Mike's sister Gayela, Robert and Janet and Sarah, Donna (from Georgia!), Gail (from Rock Springs!), Nick and Kaylee, Eric and Brittney Autrey with their 2 little boys. Amanda was the only one who didn't make it, sadly.  Actually, it wasn't "Sad" because she was being a good little gal and attending the Relief Society Broadcast.  Kaylee left a bit early to attend with her Mom, as well.

We had a lot of food.  Eating outdoors was just a bit chilly sometimes for the grandma's and great grandma, but not too bad.  I thought it was MUCH nicer than inside where it is so dark and noisy and busy and oh-SOOOooo crowded!  We really enjoyed ourselves. It was sunny, fairly warm (for the end of September and there was snow on the mountains!), and the traffic noise of cars and people was at a minimum.  Really.  I'd eat out there in the winter!  We all got our cheesecake to go, said our goodbyes there in the parking lot, traded bags for deliveries (I hope you got your soup, Mom!) and headed on our way.   Mike and and I Berenice had one more stop at Nicks to get some paperwork [and drop him off at his house!], and then we headed home.  We had good flow of traffic on the freeway all the way and drove into Cedar at 10:15 p.m.  Long day, but nice one.  So fun to see Gail and Donna, even though I didn't get to sit next to either and visit very much, but at least we got to give hugs and exchange packages. ;-)

Donna posted a picture of the group of us that Eric A. took with my phone on her Blog, I believe.

More Faces

I found more "faces," as mentioned in a previous blog.  Is anyone interested in seeing them?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturdays in the Fall

I'll bet you were all wondering where all the pictures of my garden are this fall, weren't you???!! Not here.  There are too many weeds out there and it's way too messy INside for photos.

Well, no pictures, but lots of hard work.

I suppose many people go to football games, or hiking and enjoy the fall that way. I stand around in the kitchen most Saturdays.  And I really love. it.  I don't particularly like the backache that comes with standing for such a long period of time.  I know I do not do nearly as much as most other women do now or have done.  But it is enough for me.

Yesterday (my Saturday in the Fall)  I picked produce from our garden and from the neighbor's yard.

I got corn, cucumbers, squash, green beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, cantaloupe, more tomatoes, more peppers, raspberries, more squash, onions.  It was a bounteous harvest over a couple of days.  I left the beets and the Swiss chard and cabbage out there.  Mike picked some pears off the neighbor's tree, too.  All together, over the two days of picking and harvesting, I think there were about 3 full Avon boxes of stuff, plus a bag or so.  It was a a lot.  For us.  From two little back yard gardens.

So, with that bounteous harvest, I bottled 5 quarts of tomatoes.  I cooked another pot full of tomatoes with peppers, onions, and some squash and made a nice sauce for "whatever"and froze some and took some to one of the sisters in the ward I visit teach.  She also got squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and green beans.  She is pregnant and weary and needed a break from shopping for food.

I made my first batch ever of freezer jam (raspberry).  It did take several days of picking to get enough  berries for that one batch.  But, boy, is it good!!  Yummy.  What's not to like?  It's sugar! ha.

I washed and sorted all the cucumbers and peppers and tomatoes and beans.  I stuffed 8 of the big bell peppers and baked them with a meatloaf mixture and put them in the freezer for a future meal.  I stuffed half the HUGE zucchini with the rest of the meatloaf mixture and baked them, too, for our dinner on Sunday.  I used the rest of the tomato "sauce" with veggies and added pasta and turned it into "Hamburger Helper" with the bit of meatloaf mixture that was leftover from the stuffed peppers and zucchini.  That was our Saturday night dinner.

I grated the other half of the HUGE zucchini and put it into a large pan and a half of zucchini brownies. I actually took a plate of those to church with me to share with my Primary class after we were done in our class today.  They sang their little hearts out for the Primary Children's Sacrament Meeting presentation, so I actually brought a treat to Church (I seldom do).  They did not like the brownies.  ? huh?  Well, all the more for us.  Must have been the nuts I added, cuz I sure didn't tell them there was squash in it. ha.

I made a batch of pumpkin soup and got it ready in individual containers for my lunches this week (and Eric, too, if he wants.).

I have enough tomatoes left that are sorted, washed, ripe and ready to fill about 5 to 7 more quarts of bottled tomatoes.

Oh, and I cleaned my kitchen about three or four times.  So, yeah.  Tired.  Fulfilled.  Feeling self-reliant physically.  Read a chapter in a book at bedtime, too.  Feeling a little more self-reliant spiritually, too.

Did I mention I squeezed in a couple of batches of laundry and a lesson preparation?  No?  Well, I am mentioning it now because I like to just brag.  Because, you know, if I was HUMBLE, too, well, that would just mean I was too near to perfect, yes?

HA!!!  Long ways from there, but it's fun to make a list of stuff and then mark it all off at the end of the day, isn't it?  I marked all those off AND Mike got the swamp cooler in our bedroom window put away. Just in the nick of time, as it is REALLY cooler today and will probably continue to get that way.

I will not bore you with the list of things that did NOT get done on this particular Saturday. Happy Fall!