Beaver Moon, Haircuts, Concussion, etc. A Slice of Life :)

A slice of life from this weekend.

Daylight Savings Time ended and it is hard to get used to the dark coming so quickly in the afternoons now.

It was also the weekend of the “Beaver Moon”, almost like a Super Moon…I caught a few photos the next morning. It was very mild and felt like spring …..I enjoyed a walk under the moon in the dark.  I am glad that I did because we had torrential rains and severe thunderstorms roll in a few hours later.

It was a weekend of contrasts. Due to the heavy rains and wind,  and milder temps, the neighbor’s tree changed from a brilliant deep red to lighter colors, and dropped most of its leaves. Yet while most of my flowers died off from a frost a few days ago, a few are still hanging on, and the zinnia on the lower right is a new bloom! :)

On Saturday, my son took the boys for haircuts. Here is Brent with his new one.

Javis wanted a mohawk. They were both very happy with their cuts. On Sunday, which had rain early but cleared out in the afternoon and went to 70 degrees, my son & DIL, Brent & the twins attended a football game. It was for the championship and my DIL texted the score to me at one point. The Bucs were winning!

Then I got the kind of text that no one wants.  Asking me to go check on / take care of their dog Merle, who was outside, since they wouldn’t be home as expected. Javis took a very hard hit from a kid about 3x his size, and they were following the ambulance to Children’s Hospital. He had weakness in his arms and numbness in his neck.

Long story short, he had a concussion ( head ) as well as a spinal concussion.  They admitted him after doing a CT and MRI.   Once all of the tests were done and they had consulted with the neurosurgeon, she brought the other three little kids home to get them ready for bed and my son stayed the night with Javis. She went back in the next morning after getting the kids off to school.

I cooked their dinner on Monday, not knowing if he’d be released or not. He was, mid-afternoon. He has to wear a neck brace for several weeks and then be re-checked. He is in some pain, yes. His children’s pastor visited him and the church and myriad friends are praying for a complete healing. His coach also visited and brought him a trophy, since they’d won the game. This is a picture that my DIL took of him in the hospital.

Our little champion :)

He is excused from school until Monday unless he feels well enough to go back on Wednesday or Thursday. He does need to take Tylenol or Advil or something every few hours, though, at this point. Laying flat to sleep hurts…he might have to try to sleep in the recliner chair in their living room. No contact sports this winter ( no wrestling ) and this was a pretty severe injury. The neurosurgeon said if he ever recieved a similar one in the future, there would be no contact sports for life.

The DINNER that I cooked for them: she had ground turkey thawing out. I made turkey meatloaves, mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread and a favorite of theirs…Corn Souffle. Very easy ; the recipe is HERE.

To top off the weekend and today, many of us are just finding out that we are under some Boil Water Alert affecting 100,000 customers or more, after we’ve been drinking the bad water all day :)

Quilting gets me through things :)  It is so calming.  I am hand quilting diagonal lines. I’ll go back and create a second set of them down the line for a cross hatch.

Finally, every fall I bring out my grandmother’s table runner. I remember as a little girl doing embroidery with her on pillowcases ….simple backstitching.  But this table runner that she made is much more complicated, and it has survived over the years.

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Rainbows and Pot Pies etc. Slice of Life : Late October

It is hard to believe that I’ll need to cut the grass again this late in October, but we had quite a bit of rain on Monday and Monday night.  The grass looks as if it grew several inches due to that.

Cooler temperatures followed.

Tuesday found me in the kitchen making chicken pots pies for a friend of my youngest son. His dad had died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday :(

LILY was at the groomers while I was cooking , but the two boys, Jugsy and Koopa, didn’t mind at all.  They didn’t have to share chicken skins and scraps with her!  This friend loves my pot pies and always asks when I am going to make one. In this case it was love & sympathy pies.

The recipe is HERE .   ( Years ago a co-worker and I had tried out several pot pie recipes. Some were quite difficult and prolonged. I came across this one and it is easy and always turns out great.) 

Prior to this cooler weather moving in, the evenings were still quite warm. My son’s pit bull loves to jump. He jumps at a branch 7 feet high in the air on my crabapple tree and oftentimes reaches it. Here is a night shot of him returning to me on the porch after a jumping spree :

He’s just pure muscle, yet in this house, the tiny little cat is the boss of him :)

My flowers were still blooming, and in my previous post I showed a coneflower coming in to bloom. Here she is in full bloom and probably the last new bloom of the season.

YET these coneflowers are so interesting and here is what they ‘morph’ in to :


Meanwhile a blogger friend had recommended a Maggie Hope mystery series and when I went to my little library in search of that ( they had ONE ) I saw Amy Tan’s memoir, ” Where the Past Begins” on the New Releases shelf.

I am not sure if you have read Amy Tan, but I recall loving the “Joy Luck Club” years ago and later on, some of her other books.

I could not put that memoir down! Finished it within 2-3 days.

For most of the summer after this or that rain or storm, I’d watch for a rainbow. None!

On Tuesday October 24 just about everyone in my area was entranced by a large rainbow after a small rainshower. It was very bright and clear and lasted for a long time. There was actually a double rainbow but that portion was fading out when I grabbed my camera for a few shots.

It was such a nice early evening surprise :)

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