How Ritzywife Spent Her Saturday.........

Posted by: cheryl

Plum Butter
Plum Jelly
By looking at the pictures, you should be able to figure it out.  I got up early, went to mom & dad's to pick some plums.  After returning home I prepared the fruit for some juice to make some jelly.  I ended up with 14 pints, (3 batches)....
After finishing the jelly, I had some pulp left and did not want to throw it away, so I looked up a plum butter recipe.  It was too easy.  I only ended up with what you see here, tho.  I think I will go pick some more this week and make some more butter. 
I remember as a child there is no way you could have gotten  me to even taste a fruit butter, but now it tastes pretty good.  I guess our tastes change??
Ritzy and I celebrated our 27th Anniversary yesterday.  We had dinner at Red Lobster in Tulsa. I told him the other night that I was going to pick the most expensive item on the menu, and I did.  Had the crab trio, sure was YUMMY!!!!  Went by to see the daughter after we ate.  Had a good visit with her and the boyfriend.
We have a birthday party to attend in a little while.  It is "bubba & sissy's" combined.  His birthday was last week and hers is this next week. He is 9 and she will be 5.   Their mama got smart and just combined them.  I don't know what we are having, but after all that work today, I sure am hungry.  Ritzy has worked outside all day.  I have only seen him a couple of times during the day.........Well, He just walked in to get ready for the party. 
I have been hearing the lids on those jars "pop".  That is the most wonderful sound for someone who cans and preserves food at home, hahaha!!!!!

It sure is hot out there, but we are starting August and this is Oklahoma ;-)
We got our electric bill today, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Not as bad as this time last year.  That poor AC is getting a workout. 
I guess it is about time to leave and go PARTY!!!!
Ritzywife out.....................................................................

VBS is Over for Another Year!!

Posted by: cheryl

Friday night was the last night of vacation bible school.  It was a busy week and I am tired.  The kids were great!!!  Our theme this year was a western one and it was a hit!!!!
We had our program on the last night.  The kids did a wonderful job of singing and saying their bible verses.  VBS is so exhausting, but rewarding.  You might ask, if I am so tired - then why in the world am I still up at 1:30 am.  Beats me, I guess I am just trying to wind down from this last week.
Tonight (Saturday), Ritzy and I have a nephew's birthday dinner to attend.  His mom called last week and invited us and told me that he had a request.  He wanted his aunt ( Ritzywife) to make him his very own peach pie for his birthday. (from those Porter peaches)   It was also hinted at that everyone else wanted some too. i bought 3 pie pans for those pies.  That is what I will be doing later in the day.  My sister-in-law is serving enchiladas and she asked me to make the pico-de-gallo to go along with the meal.  I will be making that as well.
I was talking to another sister and she said that she was about out of peaches and had not put up any.  I told her I had not put up as many as I that means I will probably be making a 3rd trip to Porter in the coming week.   Porter is about 70 miles one way.  Not too bad of a drive, but it does take some time....
Next Friday is Ritzy and my 27th anniversary.  I cannot believe it has been that many years ago since we said "I DO"
We will decide what we are going to do this week. 
I am finally starting to get sleepy, so I better head off to bed........
Ritzywife is out........................................

{{{{{{HOT !!!!!!}}}}}}

Posted by: cheryl

If you don't like hot weather, then you are out of luck here in Oklahoma.  This past week we were under an "excessive heat warning" and it still continues into this next week.  You can't go outside without the sweat rolling off you in a couple of minutes.  Ritzy is crazy and I told him so.  Yesterday he was cutting some hickory wood over at my brother's place.  He finally called me around 2pm to let me know he was quitting and coming home to mow the lawn.  He kept finding things to do outside and I was a little worried.  He kept drinking that water tho.  Went thru several bottles of water........With all the late rains, the grass is still growing. By now the grass is usually starting to turn brown, but not this year.  Ritzy is not going to get a break in the mowing .
He gives the hickory to our neighbor who owns the store/bait shop.  He smokes meat nearly every day.  We use some when we grill outside.  I told him it was to darn hot to be running that chainsaw. 
We start Vacation Bible School at our church tomorrow.  It goes from 5:00pm -8:30pm every night.  I told Ritzy that if he wanted dinner he was going to have to help at VBS.  Actually we eat from 5 - 6.  I already told the son that he was on his own for dinner this week.
VBS sure makes for a busy week, but it is so funny  to watch those little kids.......
I had better get off here and get some rest, cause I am certainly gonna need it, Ritzywife out.......................


Posted by: cheryl

These things are gross!!!!!!!!  There had to be millions of them.   The son was on his way to Owasso and told me to drive across the lake to see the mayflies.  So I grabbed my camera and took off.  We live on the east side of the lake.  I could not

believe what I was seeing.  It looked like the bushes and trees were brown and wilted, but it was from all the mayflies on them.  The electric poles were covered and the Winganon bridge was covered also.

I stopped the truck and took some pictures.  I didn't dare open a window or door or I would have been swarmed by them.  They are nasty......

You can see them hanging on to my window as I am driving across the lake to turn around.  They will cling to anything.  Our security light and pole are covered tonight.  It's dangerous to even step out the door, hahaha!!!

Some of them were still on my truck when I pulled in the garage, and that is a couple of miles.    I was thinking about the insects and bugs today and was thinking that here in Oklahoma that we have Junebugs in May and Mayflies in June-July.  Are the bugs messed up or what????  Should they be renamed----Maybugs & Juneflies  ;-)
Yesterday evening we had my brother and his wife and son over for dinner.  We grilled steaks and veggies and I made a fresh peach pie.  The nephew said that he had not ever ate that much food before.  I am glad they liked the meal.  You see I had an ulterior motive.  My brother and Ritzy installed my new washer and dryer...........finally.......the washer and dryer have been  sitting in the garage since April, but no one's schedule could jive.  So, Ritzywife tempted brother with a steak dinner and that did the trick.........
Back in February, while Ritzy was cutting wood, he lost his wedding band that I had given him for Christmas 2008. (3rd one, mind you)
We went back to where he was cutting and could not find it, so I just gave up.  I had bought Ritzy a new one a couple of months ago and was going to give it to him on our anniversary that is coming up at the end of the month.  Well.............I heard a commotion in the laundry room and Ritzy came in the kitchen with a silly look on his face and held up something and said "Look what we found under the washer!"......It was that wedding band..............can you believe it!?!?
I guess it had fallen out of his pocket when he laid his woodcutting clothes by the washing machine.
I guess he will just have a "spare".......

I painted the laundry room a couple of days ago.  It has been the most neglected room in the house since we have been here.  I decided that I was going to give it a makeover.  It looks pretty good now.......I even decorated it.  Now, I can say that every room is finished and that ought to last a while........
I better get off here and study my lesson for church tomorrow.  We also eat a pot-luck lunch after services.  We have no church tomorrow night, so the morning will be busy, but the rest of the day and evening will be restful.
With that said, Ritzywife is out!....................

Independence Day

Posted by: cheryl

I hope everyone had a safe holiday.  I thought it was going to be a "washout" with all the rain.  The day before was terrible.  Couldn't go out, it rained off and on all day.  The 4th wasn't too bad, it was cloudy all day and I guess that's ok cause it kept the heat down.  When we started shooting off our fireworks it sprinkled a little bit but thats all we got.  We had good food and good company, can't ask for better.
I have been busy since returning from our Wisconsin trip.  Geez, it takes a while to get things back in order........had to catch up with the garden, mow the lawn, do laundry, clean the house......the son did do a pretty good job of keeping the house, tho.
Ritzy and I have an anniversary coming up at the end of the month on the 30th, (will be 27 years).  I don't know where the time goes.....My sister's anniversary is today, and another sister's is on the 22nd.  We did not plan it, but all three of us girls picked July for our wedding dates,  The first one in 1979, mine in 1983 and the other one in 1984.  The brother had to be different and pick September ;-)
The daughter and her boyfriend spent the weekend in Missouri with his family.  We had the pleasure to "babysit" Senor, her chihuahua.  I'll tell you one thing, I realized that I have not missed him at all.    He and I just tolerate one another, hehe!!!!!  I told Ritzy and the son that he was their responsibility, that I was having nothing to do with him.  They took pretty good care of him.  Didn't hear him complaining, anyways......
I am sitting here thinking about what to cook for dinner tonight.  I think it will be left-over bar-b-que and some veggies from the garden.   Sounds easy.....Ritzy is not a picky eater..........
It's about time I get off here and fix me some lunch, with that ...Ritzywife is out........................