These are the pot of artificial flowers in the metal pot at the end of my driveway. I change them about 2 times a year, when they get all faded out and raggedy looking. lol I had to put them there, because when we first moved here, I kept passing our driveway. (So, if I try to kid you into believing that this senility thing is new, don't believe me. It's been going on a while now). lol
Some kids just came down the road with 2 big dogs, one of which came into my yard chasing my cats and then when the Mad Doxie went flying after them, 2 of them chased her up the hillside. Naturally, my tied up dogs went berserk and were absolutely beside themselves. I was around back emptying some compost bucket stuff n checking my chickens and ran around the house to catch all this. I yelled at the kids to keep their damn dogs off my property...they just looked at me. They live somewhere up the road and do this every weekend. It's bad enough right now because it's deer season around these parts, and all the hunters are chasing deer and shooting guns and generally making my life a living hell. I really NEED to live out somewhere on about 40 acres, surrounded by a national park or something where hunters and kids with dogs are prohibited....sigh...
Had a nice 2 days off and got lots done. I've been dehydrating kale and putzing around, cleaning house and making lists for the next 2 weeks. Things that I need to do to get ready for the big family Thanksgiving here. I want to paint the bathroom and clean the carpets and clean and rearrange the cabinets (you know--that stuff you always want to do, and MEAN to do, but need some really good motivation to actually DO. lol) Having about 30 people for Thanksgiving is a really good motivator, in my book.
I have a 17 pound turkey in my freezer, and one of the local markets had whole turkey breasts on sale for .99/lb, so I bought 2 of those as well. My sister in law is doing a pork tenderloin. We'll have plenty of meat. lol So far the menu is sounding really good...cranberry compote, home made rolls, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes in various forms, mashed potatoes, a big garden salad. That's just so far, lol. For my part, it'll be turkey and dressing(s)...I'll make one dressing with wild rice and wild mushrooms, and one regular sage dressing [for the faint of heart]. I'll get my big roaster out and cook the turkey and the 2 whole turkey breasts.
I'll make a sweet potato pie, a pumpkin pie (or 2), a fresh peach pie, and a Waldorf Salad. I'll put out a plate of pickled vegetables that I've put up the past couple of years...baby beets, mixed sweet peppers, okra, garlic cloves, dilled green beans, and a plate of the kimchi I'll be making this week.
Have I left anything out? lol
I have some chicken breasts thawing out to make a Sunday dinner for the Irishman and myself. He's gone to a meeting and I have the house to myself. I cleaned out my car, vacuumed it and got all the garbage out. I still need to take the cleaner in there and wipe it down...it was a real mess. And the HoneyBadger (our affectionate nickname for the venerable Miss Roxie Doxie) had mud all over her a couple of times when I let her into the car after a walk at the park, or when she had just been doing major excavation in the back yard. So there's dried mud to be cleaned up in there too. sigh....it's my life people...cleaning up after dogs, cats, birds and men. Constantly.
I better finish up out there while the weather is good. It's a glorious day, feels more like May than the middle of November. Sunny skies, a little breezy and about 65 or 70 degrees I'd guess. Crazy....
I'm off to make a lovely dinner. Not sure just what yet, but I know it will include chicken ion some form or another. A part of me is thinking a good old fashioned fried chicken dinner (well, sort of--it's only chicken breasts, not the whole chicken). Some mashed potatoes and green beans too, and we have some apple crisp leftover for dessert. With vanilla bean ice cream. If we still have room. lol
Have a grand Sunday, y'all....