Thursday, September 9, 2010

Home Again, Home Again......

Yes, I did a jiggity-jig when I got in the door of my home!
Masterchief and I have decided this will be the LAST long drive for me.  It only took a few hours on the road for us to realize that.  A little refresher for those of you that might not remember........
Masterchief left for work in New Jersey in late July.  Come mid August we couldn't stand to be apart any longer so I drove to PA where the second part of his job was and stayed with him at a hotel until we both came home together....now this is the important part.....driving our separate vehicles, on Labor Day.  Masterchief doesn't mind driving.  Even on long trips.  I never used to mind it either but my hind quarters have other ideas.  Now I can only drive a couple hours when I need to stop and stretch.  I get in such pain I could almost cry.  This time it was my hips.  Other times it's my back or that funky little nerve that runs from your lower back, down a butt cheek of it's choice into the upper back part of my thigh.

This morning Masterchief left for Hopkinsville, KY to get siding for the addition on the house.  He tried real hard to get it around here but he was told it was discontinued.  It's a three hour drive.  I had put my new jeans on (bought at my favorite store, Tractor Supply) and also broke out my new pair of sneakers (bought online from K-Swiss...the only sneaks I will wear) and planned on riding along until I found out my bee-hind was going to be planted on his truck seat for a total of 6 hours!  I bowed out at the last minute and dug out my comfy pants and house socks!

So....I'm HOME!  HOME....what a wonderful word.  I missed it so!
HOME....to my sweet, squeaky little hummingbirds.........

To my knock-outs................

To my lavender, which I gave a serious cutting............
That stuff just takes over like wildfire!

While visiting with my brother and his wife in PA they took us to a few antique shops and flea markets on Sunday afternoon.  I found a couple scissor frogs.......
 The one on the left is the smallest one I've seen.  My smallest pair of scissors fit in there nicely.

We arrived home to a beautifully manicured lawn!  We both are so grateful to our neighbor who cut our lawn while we were away.  It's no easy task either.  We have a HUGE lawn!  We own the lot the house is on of course, the lot next to us which now has the addition on part of it, and the two lots below us.  One BIG square.  There was already a house built on the other side of us or we would probably have scarfed that one up too!  This assures us that we will have a nice buffer zone between us and the neighbors.
It's not nearly enough to show our gratitude to our neighbor for taking care of our lawn but I made him an apple pie yesterday (one for Masterchief too).........

Now I've been making apple pies for years but Masterchief says this one was the best I've made!  I thought he wouldn't like it at all.  I usually use Granny Smith apples for a pie but thought I'd try Macintosh this time.  I picked up what I thought was two 3lb. bags of Macintosh  and ended up with one Macintosh and one of another kind.  I can't remember exactly what kind it was.....something with "red" in the name of it.  Anyway....they both are a soft apple so I added almost 1/2 cup of flour to them along with the usual sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon because I thought they'd be juicy and the pie wouldn't hold together.  It turned out to be the most delicious pie I've made!  What do ya know about that?!?

As soon as I hit "publish post" here I'm going to drag ABC Tapestry out of the office to my chair in the living room and work on block D.  Here it is how I left it.........

My goal before leaving for work in two weeks is to finish block D and get a good start on block E.  I also have to finish TYFS for Masterchief's dad so I can take them both to The Strawberry Sampler for framing.  Coffin Buzz and Colonial Dry Goods weren't finished yet when we scrammed out of PA so I'll pick them up when we return to that area in early October.

While staying in Malvern, Pennsylvania I met one of the fellas Masterchief works with.  One Friday evening we all went over to Wegman's (I miss that place already) for dinner from their cafe'.  Cameron told me he plays guitar.  I didn't want to be rude but he probably would have been surprised if I DIDN'T ask....."how exactly do you play?"  You see, he was born with one arm ending just below his elbow.  He said something about duct tape and it must have hit me funny after one glass of wine because I laughed till I cried.  Now any of you that knows someone that was born with any type of disability like this must also know that they aren't all sensitive about it so he took no offense of course.  After dinner Masterchief and I went up to his hotel room to hear him play and DAMN....that boy is GOOD!
He used duct tape to fasten a guitar pick on the end of his arm and you'd never know he didn't have five fingers right there!  Cameron is a very nice young man.  He and his wife are expecting a child soon.  I'm not sure if it's their first or not but I'm so happy for them.

While visiting with family in northern PA I took my son to go see our grandmother in the nursing home.  She has always responded to men differently than women.  She was the flirty-type even before her mind went south so this is no surprise.

 She absolutely loved Josh...played with his beard, his shirt sleeve, the very colorful tattoo on his arm.  A few things she said even made sense.  They must have put her to bed for a nap right after lunch because that's where she was when we arrived.  The bed was so very low to the floor that Josh sat on the floor next to her bed to visit with her.  This tells me she must have a problem with falling out of bed.  I'd rather they do this than restrain her to the bed!  I worked in a couple nursing homes years ago and I remember having to strap some residents to the bed rails so they wouldn't fall out or hurt themselves.  I hated doing it.  I didn't work in that line of business too long!

This turned out to be a much longer post than I thought it would be.  Thank you for putting up with my rambling and also a BIG THANK YOU for all the wishes for a safe trip home.  It was safe....but painful for my hiner...is that a word?  :)
When we travel back to New Jersey for work at the power plant Masterchief will be doing ALL of the driving!

Lastly, I leave you with this sweet little angel I found while antique/thrift shopping in PA.  This is yet another thing I collect.....figures of angels with no paint on them.  Just plain, simple angels.  My heart breaks when I see them in a thrift or antique store all stained and weathered.  This one needed a serious meeting with some soap and a soft toothbrush!  She looks just fine now and is among my other sweet angels on my shelf.

Masterchief called a little over an hour ago.  He picked up the siding and is on his way home.  I missed him after the first hour!  Aren't we just hopelessly in love?  I wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for stopping by to read this l-o-n-g post.  Hopefully I will have some tapestry progress to show you next time.

Take special care of YOU!
~~Peggy Lee

10 comments:

Daffycat said...

Ah, there's no place like home, is there? Glad you made it safe and sound.

I'd miss my hummingbirds too! Mmmm, your pies look incredible!

Berit said...

Not so long; and it was good! I feel like I can understand--I've been very into hanging out with Dear Marc lately. I think it's kindred spirits. :)

Faye said...

Nice stories....Welcome home my friend~ Faye

Teri said...

Hi Peg,
Welcome home! You must be sooooo happy to be back. I would not want to leave for a long time.
Your apple pies look soooo yummy!
Being from MA. that is the only way I will make an apple pie, with Macs of course. The in laws are coming at the end of the month and I asked for a couple of bushels of our favorite Macs. Can't really find them here.
Will be looking forward to your progress on the
ABC Tapestry. Have a great weekend.
Teri♥♥♥

Karen said...

Love your WIP...love the color and look of it! Glad you had a safe trip home.

Katherine said...

The pies look yummy - and yes, you are lucky to have such a nice neighbor. Last year I made the best apple pie ever - I don't know if you can get them in your area, but the apples I used - for the first time - are an old variety called "20 Ounce" from my farmer's market.

Catherine said...

Great post - thanks for sharing all your adventures and stories. Hopefully we can make a visit happen when you are back in October!

Bekca said...

Glad you're pleased to be back home Peggy-Lee, how often do you travel to be with your husband? Hope you're enjoying working on your WIP, it's looking great. And Cameron is certainly very talented!
Happy stitching.

Littlebit said...

Oh, that sciatica is a PITB!
LOVE your WIP!
Pies look so yummy, too.

Suzanne said...

Glad to hear that you made it home nice and safely.