Thursday, September 3, 2009

Taking a lunch break.

Another day at home working around the Log Cabin and I am loving it. A breeze is rustling the leaves, making the 90 degree temperatures feel much cooler, and the sky is that deep shade of blue that encourages slow,deep breaths.

After seeing the rest of the family off to work and school this morning, I fed horses and assorted small pets, made my bed, watered the flower beds and veggie garden, visited on the computer for a bit and enjoyed a phone call with my 'across the continent' daughter.



I have a list of inside chores waiting to be done but decided to enjoy the great outdoors instead.



I started on straightening out the tack room. The clutter on the floor isn't always there, I emptied shelves to straighten and reorganize, moved saddles and bridles around, swept away spider webs. Decided I needed to go get a ladder or stool to continue. Wandered over to the garden to check the sprinklers....





Then...... started on this pile of iris roots, tubors or bulbs, whatever they are called. We worked on the front fence last week. The property is (or was) lined with irises along the road. Jerry had to dig them all up. So here they are in this pile. I started cutting off the green tops and putting the roots in the can. Then stopped. Am I supposed to wait until the greens turn brown to cut them off? When do I replant irises? What kind of fertilizer do I need to supplement the soil with before replanting? When do I dig up and thin the dafodils? When to plant my tulip bulbs? Dropped my scissors and wandered back to the barn....


Back to the barn; forgot my stool for the tack room, decided I'd clean the stalls. Odd as it sounds, stall cleaning relaxes me. My thoughts drifted to Tristan, this morning he asked his Mom if he needed to change clothes if he cleaned the stalls before school. Her answer was, "yes, you can't go to school smelling like horse poop", so he didn't clean stalls. This is one of his regular chores which he does after school. After two stalls I put away my rake, didn't want him irritated that I did his work...
Feeling as though I just can't focus and finish any one project today. Went and looked in the garage. ugh
I was thirsty so wandered into the house for a drink.



Well, it's almost noon. A drink and maybe an early lunch today. A bit of cold coffee left from this morning's fresh pot. This summer I have taken a liking to iced coffee. It's as equally refreshing as iced tea.




I crush a bunch of ice, blend in milk, add a splash of stout cold coffee.










Mmmmm mmmmm good. Today I'm thinking a splash of flavor would be good. Yes: but I have NO bananas, no berries, maybe a dash of vanilla?.........


well heck...... a splash of this, a dash of that, here a little of that and to top if off this!





Not bad!
Then I start thinking again, is this a problem? Drinking alone before noon?
Naw. Don't worry, I really don't have a problem.
Then I remembered my trip to Puerto Rico a few years ago with Mom and Dad. Mom and I would kick back, read all morning, as soon as it was noon, we would wander (high-tail it) down to the little pub, to enjoy one of their delicious tropical adult beverages. It was one of our little vacation pleasures. So I will consider this liquid lunch of mine a little vacation pleasure. I am starting the Labor Day Weekend early. Tomorrow, Jerry and I head off on another adventure.
So here's to you Mom and Dad!
Back outdoors now to be more unfocused than before.
Happy Trails..........








10 comments:

Lov Ya, mom said...

So funny, all the unfinished jobs. Did you really put all those different liqueurs in that pitcher and then drink all of it? GOOD YAA!
If didn't get jobs all done, BE there tomorrow and then the next day also, even when you get back from trip.
Have good time, stay safe.
Thanks for thinking of us as you drank your yummy drink. was fun in P.R. wasn't it!

Jenn said...

Heh, you do chores like I do! A little bit here, a little bit there. Eventually they all get done. As for those iris tubers, you can trim the green tops off and plant them now. Better in the ground than drying out and dying in the can!

Your choice of coffee looks fabulous! I enjoy iced coffee, too, but never thought to actually blend it with ice, I usually just pour it over ice. I will have to try your method next time. I do believe I have some Bailey's in the cabinet...:)

Kathy said...

Thanks Mom and Jenn. Going out right now to put the rest of the iris pile in the can and cover it up until we can til the ground and fertilize with compost manure next week end and replant.
Heading off to the Idaho mountains this evening. See you next week.

Karen Deborah said...

CAn I have a drink please? You got your iris advice Sept is the time don't forget to plant them shallowly, they are tough stuff, the only thing that will kill them is to rot from too much water or buried to deep.
Love all the unfinished jobs at least you started I'm still playing catch up!
To answer your question, you do add yeast to every batch.

di :) said...

just a little A D D ?!?!?:)

lov ya, mom said...

I hope when you get home your Iris are not all rotted. you should never had put then in can, with lid on. the green leaves are food for the tubers, should have left them on till ready to replant, get them replanted soon as you can.

Coffee Bean said...

LOL!!! Hmmmm... I may give that a try someday when I don't have to drive anywhere!

Karen Deborah said...

ok K- it's time for a post!

Karen Deborah said...

I've seen you poopin in on a few comments lately , like today! Glad to hear from you! So what's going on in your neck of the woods?

Kathy said...

Live is good (and busy) I am going to go work on a post right now. Maybe the internet conection will cooperate today???