Monday, November 17, 2014

Hertzler Doings~Nov. 17-23, 2014

Mon.-Busy day of studying, washing, snuggling with Nathan at his house, making applesauce, apple fritters, fries, completing half an exercise DVD-, and heading to Susan's first game with Phil. Michael and Philip are going also. It's been a cold rainy day. Guys have been doing odd jobs. Philip wet to the core from putting up a window from the outside in for our bedroom. Will post later about the results of the game! They won! 34-20.

Tues.-Busy day. Philip put up the living room window. So cold outside. I took a walk but cut it short because I hadn't dressed warmly enough. Put up Christmas decorations. Kept it simple with a white light 3 foot Christmas tree with a Jordanian manger scene underneath and under that the pitcher and basin filled with white lights and greens, grapes, berries, etc. Then on our kitchen table, I put a white candle with cover and clear and red grapes around it at the base. So pretty and so easy. Made another apple dessert-apple dumpling cake. Oh my. Also made a cheesy potato broccoli soup for supper. Worked on tidying up the house a little and spent an hour in my bedroom. It's the last room to get touched unfortunately. Caught up with Lindsay on the phone and that made cleaning so much easier. Watched another Columbo with Susan. Phil at a meeting. Michael at Chi Alpha. Philip worked on his house. It's my mother in law's birthday today. We tried to call her several times to sing happy birthday but there was no answer. Maybe Dad took her away for the day or overnight. He'd do something special like that for her.

Wed.-Visited Nathan a little bit today. He's fighting a cold. He watched his mommy's every move as she ate and swept the floor. She is his first love and it is so precious to see. Guys are putting up windows and things are being moved around. Oh! I remember now. Phil and I left around 7 and went to Richmond to the antique store and picked up the door knobs for Happy Valley. Then he surprised me with breakfast at a diner. It was so nice. THEN, I went to see Nathan. I also washed our glassware that is on the shelves in the kitchen. Was too busy to go to church.

Thurs.-Went out to town and ran to at least 10 places. Visited S. and met her grandmamma. Visited Judy and held Logan and met some of her other relatives. Got groceries, sent my glasses back to Zenni, looked for curtains at dollar store, picked up Janelle and Micah at Longwood Library and headed back home with a pizza. Stuff is everywhere with the shelving down and windows being put in and the trim being painted. I panicked a little because women are coming here Sat. night for a party and I'm not sure if I can pull it all together. Plus, made an apt. to get my tooth extracted on Monday and Thanksgiving is Thursday. Well, I should just breathe. Tonight, I am making 4 more things ahead of time for the Thanksgiving meal. Michael is going to make oyster filling and Susan is going to cover the turkey with woven bacon. Phil is painting windowsills. Susan got a new toilet in her bathroom and tomorrow I'll get new fixtures for the kitchen sink. Everything is a mess but it will be worth it all.

Fri.-Happy Birthday Benjamin Philip. Or was your birthday yesterday? Busy day cleaning up outside-porches, bathroom, entryway, yard-and then putting things back into their place in the house after the windows were painted and dry and the blinds put up and the shelves put up. Now our bedroom needs major help. I can't throw away any notes, books, or letters. Thus, the clutter. Michael enjoyed his visit down the river. Philip is headed to BH. Susan went to an away game. Phil and I are settling down for a long winter's Columbo movie.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hertzler Doings~Oct. 10-16, 2014

Mon.-Sort of in a fog all day. Recovering from the weekend and Helen's chocolate cake and too much of it. Saw Dr. F. Did wash. Made chicken, cauliflower soup with cheddar cheese and bacon, took a walk to the river, made 6 quarts of applesauce, and I'm not sure what else. Had a nice catch up chat with Michael, then Philip. Also caught up a bit with Lindsay on fb. Oh! posted on fb my mother in law's experience. Scam artist called her pretending to be Freeman, asking for $4,000 to get him out of jail. There were seven shares and nearly 40 comments before I headed to bed. So glad this is getting out so people know about this scam. Susan went to the gym, butchered her deer, and went to basketball practice. Later, she, Phil, and I, watched a Columbo. I think it was this day that my book of photographic remembrances arrived from Naomi. I love it! I called her and we reminisced and made plans to do it again in 2016. Whoo Hoo!

Tues.-Leg day. Had Nathan while Alli got groceries. Took him for a walk down towards the river. Turned around at the second gate and soon he was asleep. The noisy first gate woke him up. Then I took him for a gator ride and he fell asleep again and woke up when we stopped. Alli stayed for lunch and we had a nice visit. Grandpa and Uncle Philip had a fun time with Nathan before they went off hunting at FF. Didn't see anything. Made 6 quarts of applesauce, mac and cheese dish for Susan's Thanksgiving request, sweet potato dish for Philip's, and two pies, one for now and one to freeze. So three things are in the freezer ready for Thanksgiving. What a carb load we're going to have. Michael wants gourmet potatoes. We'll have a big dinner at 1 and save the desserts to eat as an evening meal. Michael went to Chi Alpha after a day of flying and studying. Philip was going to go but was ready to sleep when it was time to leave. Susan went to the gym and basketball practice. We attempted a game of pick one but when I accidently dropped the dictionary on her crossword puzzle, dispersing her finely crafted words, it was just too much and we called it quits. Phil joined me later and we played two rounds. He won. DVD player won't expel my leg disc so we couldn't watch Columbo. Looks like I'll be doing leg day every day. Watch out world. Here comes my legs. (That was for you, Alethea.)

Wed.-Shopped in Richmond most of the day with Susan. TJMax, Ross, Plato's Closet, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes. Came home. Put things away. Went out to church for youth and to hear Luke preaching on Revival history. So good.

Thurs.-Took Nathan on a gator ride to get the mail. A little chilly so we bundled up and wrapped him in a blanket and he was asleep within a minute and he continued to sleep in my lap and then in Alli's and he had a great 1 1/2 hour nap. He smiled and smiled when he woke up and I think we may just have to get a nap like that more often for the dear little guy, especially when teething makes it too hard to go to sleep in a regular way. Made 7 pints of golden delicious applesauce for Nathan. Went to town to get my car. Need two new tires. Susan dropped me off on the way to basketball practice. Then I went to visit Judy and Logan fell asleep in my arms. He looks like Samuel, the little Indian boy I wanted to adopt when I was in Red Lake the year after high school. Sammy Jo gave me a blue bow and so I wore it and remembered it a few minutes before walking into Walmart. Watched a Columbo with Susan, Philip, and Phil, and went to bed in a decent hour. What a great day.
 Michael fixed the DVD so I won't have to do leg day every day. (That was for you, Alethea.)

Fri.-Arm day. Made pumpkin ice cream dessert for Thanksgiving. Alli picked me up at Bailey's and took me to Judy's where Nathan and I hung out until Alli came back and then we hung out some more and saw Kenny and Tom. Logan and Nathan got a little bit acquainted. I must have taken 100 pictures! Alli took me back to Bailey's after two hours and I waited another hour but used some of that time to walk briskly in the evening light. Invigorating. Bailey's are good people and they treat me like I matter. Went to Food Lion afterwards and got a butterball turkey for 77 cents a pound because I bought $25 worth of food. Came home. Tidied up. Guys were watching a Columbo. Susan at basketball practice and then stayed for the guys game. Michael took a free IQ test. Got 136. Then I took it. Got 138. Only 2 % of population gets this high. I'm feeling pretty smart. ;) Or is it .2%. But the big deal going down today is that our friend, Kelly S., is competing in the World Food Competition in Vegas. We know she made it in the top 20 and we're waiting to see if she made it into the top 10. Hope I can sleep tonight! If she gets first prize, she wins some mega bucks! She's always a winner to me. (Made it to #13 out of many competitors from around the world!)

Sat.-Cleaned some of the house, made 12 pints of October butter, walked to the river, watched a Columbo with Phil and Michael. Philip and Susan went out to be with friends in eve. Lucy is barking too much. It's cold and she wants to be inside.

Sun.-Great service on faith. Stayed for Brunswick Stew and roller derby competition. Talked about halfway house for women who are getting out of prison with those at my lunch table. One of them wanted to teach them good nutrition. I want to teach adults how to read. A high percentage in jail are illiterate. At least those were the statistics years ago. Came home and relaxed with Columbo and later Alli, Freeman, and Nathan came over. Jordan was here as well. We played with Nathan on the big exercise ball and Michael and Phil shared a guitar and we sang some good old worship songs, much to Nathan's delight. Hitting the sack by 9.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hertzler Doings~Oct. 3-9, 2014

Mon.- Finished up teaching for the weekend at Encounter. Exercised with the DVD for an hour and 20 min. Went walking with Alli and Nathan at Happy Valley and then played with him for awhile when we got back. Stretched. Did lots of wash. Cleaned out purses. Made a roast and a turkey, rice, vegetable dish. Went down to the river for two hours and had a fire and rest. Made apple crisp and watched a Columbo with the family. Weather is crisp and beautiful. Leaves are leaving their homes and making new ones on the ground.

Tues.-Apples. And Nathan's first trip to the river. Fell asleep in my arms during the last stretch as I drove the gator. Alli studied and I drove around the field to put him into a deeper sleep. When he woke up 'we' threw stones in the river. I took off one of his socks and he 'walked' on leaves and felt sand between his toes. When I dipped his little foot into the river, he was quick to pull it up. What a little darling little darling little boy.

Wed.-Apples. Photo shoot with Susan over at Happy Valley. What a beautiful daughter. What a wonderful woman. Encounter meeting and later, teaching on revival by Luke F. in sanctuary.

Thurs.-Made applesauce.

Fri.-Made October butter. Went to Farmville to run errands. Made 28 chicken legs and baked potatoes for weekend food. Watched a Columbo with Phil and Susan. Encounter begins this eve. at New Life. Wonderful time. Spent the night at Judy's.

Sat.-Women's Encounter with God at New Life all day. Michael made us four big egg casseroles, biscuits, and gravy for breakfast. What a wonderful day. Susan shot her first buck. Six point. Muzzleloader. Congratulations!

Sun.-Pastor Bill spoke on the peace of God and peace with God.  Encounter testimonies. Got out of church pretty late and went to Tom's for Bethany's going away luncheon. Sat around and visited all afternoon. Am so full of chocolate cake with pb icing, lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and ice cream. Oh, and fresh apple cider. Kept Nathan there and Alli and Freeman took our car so they could go home and rest. He was awake every half hour last night. Teeth are bothering him. We took him home then. Michelle looks so cute at 5 months pregnant. Or is it 6? Bethany is going to Alabama for 3 months to work with children whose parents are in prison. She will have three other friends there at the same time and she will be closer to the Fuhrmans so that will be nice for her. It's not quite 7 but I am just about ready to hit the sack. Wow, what a weekend. Thank you God.