Friday, July 15, 2011

Odds and ends

Does anybody use that phrase these days?  In my own mind, I figure it must have come from ladies who sewed a lot and were left with scraps of yard goods and spools of thread... odd-shaped pieces, and the ends of remnants, yarn, and thread.  
I did not rejoin Flylady yesterday, but I did clean out my refrigerator and toss some things.  Cliff asked me what the goo was that I found in the bottom of the refrigerator under the crisper.  I told him I didn't have a clue what it was, but at least it didn't stink.  See, this is why I need to get back with Flylady.  
I had no sooner gotten the refrigerator clean than the electricity went off and stayed off for a couple of suffocating hours.  We went and did our shopping, and after we got home I sat in the shop with Cliff.  It was pretty cool there; his shop is insulated.  But I kept thinking about all that meat in the freezers!    
There's absolutely nothing going on around here; we're trying to keep cool, like most of the country.  I understand that people in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas are really hurting for rain, and that farmers are selling off cattle.  Do you suppose that means there will be cheaper meat in the stores?  Funny how those prices never seem to trickle down to the consumer, isn't it?  
That's my check-in, dear readers.  Unless something of note occurs, it may be a couple of days before I blog again.  I'll leave you with a picture I took yesterday of Cliff and Tyler, the twenty-year-old neighbor who is fighting cancer.  Actually, he looks the picture of health, doesn't he?  He and Cliff sat in the cool of the shop and chatted for awhile.  (Prayers and positive thoughts for Tyler are much appreciated.)  


  
Ten years ago, he and his twin brother spent most of their waking hours in the shop with Cliff, learning to weld and creating masterpieces.  
This was taken eight or nine years ago the day after Cliff bought the John Deere.  




You wouldn't believe some of the creations those boys came up with.  Sometimes they'd fabricate strange vehicles with Cliff telling them, "That won't work," but they'd go right ahead with it and find out that, sure enough, it wouldn't work.  I guess that's the best way to learn.  
I was working at the time, and Cliff was lonesome; and the twins, Tyler and Travis, just happened to show up to fill the vacuum.  They hung around right through to the time I retired, which was also about the same time they discovered girls.
Funny how things happen like that, isn't it?

10 comments:

Lindie said...

Sounds like your life is good. Forget Flylady. You take care of things in your own time.

darev2005 said...

I use odds and ends, nooks and crannies, hither and yon... Sometimes people just look at me and say "What?"

Remember, people told great minds like Edison and Tesla and probably Archimedes and DaVinci "That won't work" but they went and did it anyway.

Marlene said...

I still say Ice box, not refrigerator. I say Parlor, not living room. Sweeper instead of vacuum. Soder, not soda. And, the washer and dryer is in the Shed not the Uttility room. I have a few more, and people either look at me funny of correct me. At my age, I am not about to change.

Paula said...

I catch myself saying backerds and forwards sometime. I just can't expel that country talk outta me. Prayers for your's and Cliff's young friend.

madcobug said...

I still say that. I remember when you used to write about the twins a lot. Prayers going up for Tyler.
Helen

Margaret said...

You remind me that I need to go through my fridge especially the crisper. Yuck!! He does look good, so does my husband. Looks can be deceiving. Hoping for the best!! P.S. We finally broke 70 today!!

Lori said...

I love those pictures. It's so nice for a couple of young boys to have a trusted adult with a work shop where they can experiment, learn, and grow. I certainly hope Tyler's cancer is taken care of.

TARYTERRE said...

Nice to hear about the boys. I bet they treasure those memories too. Glad your power came back on. I hate when that happens. You didn't lose any meat or stuff in the freezer, did you? You hit the nail on the head, when you said, 'Prices never seem to trickle down to the consumer.' NEVER is right!

Forty Pound Sack said...

Lucky boys, to have both a patient teacher and a workshop to hang out in. =)

Amy said...

He turned out a pretty handsome guy, huh?! Bless his heart....I'll keep him in my thoughts!

Speaking of hurting for rain.....I was outside watering my (very sad) roses and looked out into the yard.... there were about 8 or 9 cracks in the yard. It's so hot and dry, the whole yard looks fossilized...