Sunday, May 24, 2020

It’s our Golden anniversary

Can we take a break from damn COVID-19?

Saturday, May 23 was our 50th wedding anniversary.  The kids had planned a big celebration for  us. Damn COVID-19.



The party supplies await.  It has been rescheduled for later this summer, pending on a lot yet.




First thing we did at the stroke of midnight was to look at our wedding albums and all the notes I had kept. We looked at friends, cousins, family that came. Many not with us now. We looked at the list of gifts we got. Funny the normal money gift back then was $5 to $10. Grandparents gave $20. I thought a gift of ashtrays was hilarious.

After breakfast, we went to the garden. We weeded and hilled 4 rows of potatoes.


Next after tilling the garden, we planted 30+  tomato plants and a dozen or more pepper plants.


We then took our second Can Am ride through the neighborhood.

After a shower and quick dinner we were settled in our recliners for some Grand Ole Opry on line. We might just be turning into old folks.

Here’s to many more great years working together, and a BIG party later in the year.

We are blessed. Life is good.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

COVID Day 48-57

Day 48
Wednesday April 29, 2020
Missouri 7,425 Cases of COVID-19.
I made sourdough English muffins for breakfast.

Dinner was chicken noodle soup.

Day 49
Thursday April 30, 2020

Day 50
Friday May 1, 2020
We entertained ourselves by digging zoysia up and transplanting it before breakfast. Therefore we had brunch about 11:30. I made us an omelet with fresh asparagus from the garden.
We planted cantaloupe and okra today.

For dinner I picked turnip greens and cooked them with some ham. Bernie fried wild turkey and fried biscuits, with sugar and cinnamon, drizzle with maple syrup.

Day 51
Saturday May 2, 2020

Forget damn virus. We left the back 40. Went to visit Terry and Debby in 
Loose Creek. We had lunch together. The guys did some target practicing with their muzzle loaders. Debby and I went on a nice long mule ride through  several farms.

On our way home we passed  up $1.35 gas, got near home and it was $1.46.

Ordered Pizza Haus, for dinner. 

Day 52 Sunday May 3


Magically an antique (and very rusty) sewing machine appeared in my flower bed. Sarah hinted it was there, and I figured out it was Jeremy! 
I made sourdough peach sweet rolls. The majority of them were sent to the “other” Tappel house

Day 53 Monday May 4
Missouri is  to starting  opening up today.

Day 54 Tuesday May 5




Bernie shot a 25 lb turkey and was home by 7:30 AM


I made turnip greens with cornmeal dumplings for dinner.

Day 55 Wednesday May 6
Hair color day! First time in 2 1/2 months. Tried to go to Kohl’s, they weren’t open. Neither was the nail salon. 
Fresh lettuce and onions from the garden.

Bernie finished multiple pairs of H hinges. 

Day 56 Thursday May 7

Made sourdough cheese crackers and Pasole for dinner.


Finished the quilt I started when this virus stuff started.

Day 57 Friday May 8


We went to town and ate inside Echo! Service only at every other table.
Today was Brady’s last official day of High School! Senior 2020!



COVID Day 41-47

Day 41
April 22, 2020

Nationwide there are 852,703 cases. Missouri has 6137 cases with Cole county reporting 45 cases.
Bright and early today, Aaron our cabinet guy brought out my new countertop for the  bathroom upstairs. It’s two sinks and countertop all in one. He was out of here with chocolate chip cookies, deer sausage and money by 9:10.
I made bacon and egg sandwiches before Bernie went to deliver steel to Terry.
I sewed most of the afternoon.
Fixed pork and turnip kraut for dinner along with sourdough cornbread. It was delicious 


Day 42
April 23, 2020
Nationwide 889,568
Missouri 5,941
Cole county 45



The plumber woke us up shortly before 8 AM. He was here to hook up our new sinks in the  bathroom upstairs. 
Breakfast was bacon and eggs sandwich.
I made homemade sourdough pizza. I cut the recipe in half and it was still too much dough. Bernie cut grass after dinner. I trimmed a few more cedar trees up.


Day 43
April 24, 2020
Missouri reports 6625, the spike from yesterday is due to a computer error of one lab not being included. 
On May 4, the economy will, open back up.
Bernie repaired his power washer while I worked in the garden.
After dinner he lit the brush pile. 



Dinner was leftovers. I made fried pies, 3 cherry and 2 peach!

Day 44
April 25, 2020
At 12:01 pm, the county opened back up. However the governor still has the  state shut down until next week.
Salad and leftover spaghetti for dinner.


Day 45
April 26, 2020
Missouri 6997
Cole county 50
Watched mass at 10:30 on Facebook from St. Stanislaus.
I fried my one mushroom and a hand full of asparagus for breakfast.
Bernie coated rest of the iron spindles for our staircase.
We went to the lake to watch Jeremy , Alex and Lizzie fish.
I made potato salad and key lime dessert for dinner. We  grilled pork steaks.

Day 46
April 27, 2020
Nationwide 1,008,571
Missouri 7,171
Cole 50
During the night Bernie got a text for a customer wanting spindles. He called in his Steel order early. After breakfast he went to pick it up. He spent the afternoon combining 2 power washers into one good one. He then worked on spindles.
I worked sewing 7 inch paper-pieced quilt blocks.


At 4 o’clock, I went to Trinkleins greenhouse, where Lori and Lizzie meet me. We spent over an hour picking out plants. It’s a tradition for Lizzie and I to shop for bedding plants.

At the 3 o’clock  governors news conference, he announced Missouri will reopen May 4th. 
While Bernie was frying deer steaks, Judy Braun  brought us a jar of homemade horseradish. Jeremy and Alex stopped in about the same time.

Day 47
Tuesday April 28 
Ham hash for breakfast.

I did a load of laundry, planted all my plants. It was hot 84 degrees. Bernie worked in the shops all day.

I warmed up Bbq pork steaks and pulled out potato salad. I cook some cooked apples. After dinner a storm blew in, the temperature dropped to 58 as the rain settled in.

The garden is looking pretty good. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

COVID Day 34-Day 40

Day 34
April 15, 2020 Tax day!
Nationwide there are 641,919 cases. Missouri is reporting 4,895 cases, and our county has 38 cases.

It was a pretty quiet day. We slept late, so that made breakfast happen about lunch time. We made an omelet with ham, onions, and fresh asparagus from the garden. Of course our toast had Redbud jelly. 
Dinner was salad and ham sandwiches.



Bernie started forging the pickets for our inside stair rail.
I dropped off a bag of licorice with a note to the kids that we missed and love them.

Day 35
Nationwide there are 667,228 cases. Missouri has 5,111 cases. Cole county reports 41 cases.
Corn cakes and bacon for breakfast. Dinner was deer fajitas.
I went to Walmart, parked in designated space, called pharmacy and they brought my prescriptions out. 


Day 36
Friday April 17, 2020
Today’s statistics are, Nationwide 706,880, Missouri 5,283, Cole county 42 Cases.

A little rain during the night made the garden look so good!

I made ham hash for breakfast and I sliced an orange and sugared a few strawberries. Dinner was delicious beef pot roast with potatoes, carrots and an onion. I served that with steamed broccoli and fried apples. Dessert was lemon mousse. Yep, I outdid myself!


Bernie worked in the shop. He made a daffodil for a customer. It’s their anniversary, #6 is represented by iron. So an iron flower it is.

 I worked on a red, white, and blue quilt again. 

Day 37
Saturday April 18, 2020

Cole county stands at 43 Cases.
Great weather 65 degrees 


I did one load of laundry, dusted,  and sewed a little. We then took the can-am to Jeremy’s. After that we came home and trimmed and cut trees. 

I started a sour dough starter.

Bernie grilled deer candy and Hebrew national hot dogs. I made chef salads.
We watched a grand ole Opry via a live feed on Facebook.



Day 38
April 19, 2020
Nationwide 752,960 cases.Missouri shows 5,667 cases. Florida has 260,306 Cases.
Cole county shows 45 Cases.

We listened to Mass from our church at 10:30. Whitney, our neighbor who is teaching school in Spain, was listening to the same mass. How cool was that!


I made sour dough cherry rolls. OMG they were delicious. Jeremy and Alex came over, so I sent warm rolls with them.

We dug up Zoysia grass and took it over for Jeremy’s new front yard. We visited with neighbors from their yards, Carol, Fred and Diane, and the Greens who were fishing at the lake.
I burnt and  raked  leaves. I also trimmed trees, the cedar trees are never ending. I got my elephant ears planted.

I made Danish twist tonight. Jennifer, a blogger did some lettering on a board for me. She bartered a loaf of bread! 

Day 39
Monday
April 20, 2020
Today’s cases are, Nationwide 780,330, Missouri 5807, Cole 45.



I delivered the Danish twist, the barter part of my deal for a picture board Jennifer Boyd personalized for me. It was a win, win situation!

I put on my mask, (without lipstick) and walked into the hospital, where inside the door my temperature was taken. After I passed that test and a multitude of questions, I was given a sticker and directed to the mammogram department. My test was clean! I’m free for another 6 months.

Day 40
Tuesday 
April 21, 2020




Busy day, Bernie went turkey hunting at 5 AM. He was back at 8 AM with a  22 pound turkey with 4 beards. After cleaning the turkey, he went to town and picked up over $900 of steel. I stayed home and cooked link sausage for breakfast. 




Bernie then went to Jeremy’s for a couple hours. I cleaned out the big bathroom cabinets, vacuumed upstairs and down, washed a load of rugs and a load of car wash towels. 

Dinner was spaghetti, salads, French bread.
After dinner I baked chocolate chip cookies.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

COVID Day 27 to Day 33

Day 27
Wednesday April 8, 2020
Headlines: pandemic jobless pay to start next week.
The totals for the day look like this: Nationwide 434,114,  Missouri has 3327 cases, and
Cole county  has 35 cases.
For breakfast  I had steel cut oats with pecans and cranberries, Bernie had bacon and egg burritos.

I finished piecing a baby quilt.

We planted cucumbers, zucchini, and green beans. 
It was a wild weather day, the high was 94, then 4 hours later 62 degrees and with strong winds.
I made one mask for nurse Kadie Bopp. I cut my mask down smaller.

Day 28
Thursday April 9 2020
Headlines: State prepares to open first alternative care site.
Nationwide there are 464,865 cases, with Missouri having 3,539, and  Cole county has 35 cases.
We took 2 rides in our Cam-Am to see Jeremy’s progress on his backyard.



Bernie tilled more garden and then put the electric fence up.
I worked on machine quilting a scrappy baby quilt.
Bernie fixed fried dandelions blossoms for dinner. OMG, they were delicious. They went well with our deer steak, mashed potatoes, and salad.

Day 29
Friday April 10, 2020
As for COVID cases today there are Nationwide 495,249, Missouri has 3,799 cases, and 
Cole county has 35.
I fixed biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast. 



I finished machine quilting the red and blue baby quilt. No matching fabric so I can’t bind it. Then I basted another baby quilt. Machine quilted it until the belt broke on my 1919 Singer red eye machine.



I made 4 1/2 pints of Redbud jelly. Yup, picked the buds off the trees in my backyard.


I made salads for dinner to go with our carry out pizza from Pizza Haus.

Day 30
Saturday April 11, 2020
Missouri now reports 4,029 cases. Cole county has 36 cases.
Gas is $1.58 in town.
Dinner was hamburgers and salad. Yep only meal today. Bernie was helping Jeremy most of the day. I washed one load of towels. 

I made Danish Twist, a lamb cake, and a batch of jelly using the blooms from the Redbud trees.

Day 31
Easter Sunday April 12, 2020
Nationwide there are 559,409 cases. With Missouri reporting 4,160 and Cole county with 36 cases.

Easter came, and is almost over.
Nothing was as usual.
We had no ham, no family dinner, no Easter candy, no new Easter outfit, no company.
It was all new.  Took the local grandkids slim pickings for their Easter presents. They were presented on the front porch, at a safe distance. we visited with the kids in Florida on Facetime. Sadly we were to be there in person this week. We would be swimming and egg hunting with them if we were there.

Our church was Mass on the computer with Father Jeremy Secrist, aka Father Porch Priest.

But you know God is good, we’re here to celebrate. There are  110 people in Missouri that weren’t here to celebrate this Easter season. May they Rest In Peace. 


Breakfast was our Easter tradition of Danish Twist. Dinner was hand breaded fried shrimp, baked beans, deviled eggs and lamb cake.


Bernie picked 20 cups of Redbud blossoms.


Day 32
April 13, 2020 Monday
Cases Nationwide total 586,057.Missouri has 4,388 and Cole county reports 37 cases.

Today we broke the 11th commandment, we went to town. Mailed Sarah some hand sanitizer (packed inside a box of trolls),  Aldi’s (where only 1 of us could go in), then Schulte’s, where we both went inside. 

When we got home from town we had donuts and coffee.
The ham we purchased in town,  we cut up, froze some, cooked the bone, and sliced some on our new electric slicer.


I made 8 pints of Redbud jelly.



I finished another small baby quilt.

Day 33
Tuesday April 14, 2020
Nationwide there 612,380 cases. Missouri reports 4,686 and Cole county 38 cases.
Another stay at home day, we didn’t even go to Jeremy’s. Bernie cut grass. I cut and piled brush. For breakfast I fried sausage and eggs, with that we had toast with Redbud jelly.
Dinner was ham and yellow eyed beans, along with fried potatoes.



We received these hugs in the mail from our Florida grandsons.

After dinner we walked outside. I showed  BT the trees and brush I cleared. We loaded up 2 trailer loads of old cedar logs. After piling them we had a bonfire which we tended until 10:30 pm.


Friday, April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Day 20 - Day 26

DAY 20
Wednesday 4/1/2020
Cole county has 25 cases.
I made 12 masks today, 4 for Sarah, 2 for Bill & Pam in Florida, 2 for Rita Monat in Texas, and 2 for Binky Sanders.
Breakfast was bacon, eggs, and toast. 
Dinner was French onion soup, deer sausage, cheese and crackers, also homemade chocolate chip cookies. Note to self, self don’t buy frozen French onion soup again!


Connor and Logan’s masks.



These are  Pam and Bill's masks. On a side note, these masks became wide travelers. From Missouri they went to New York into international mail. I then contacted my buddy at our post office, who turned it over to our postmaster. The package started moving and went to Queens New York. The 2 day priority box took 10 days to make it to Florida.


Sarah and Rusty’s masks.


DAY 21
Thursday 4/2/2020
Cole county now  has 25 cases.
Nationwide  there 243,729 cases.
Florida has over 9000 cases.
I had steel cut oats for breakfast, and I fried cured pork shoulder for Bernie.
The garden is coming up! 
Bernie cut grass for the first time this spring.
I gave Bernie his first “home” hair cut. It looks really good from the front. We won’t talk about the back.
I put a border on Judy Braun’s quilt.
First time in 19 days I didn’t have to cook dinner. We got  carry out delivered to the car at Pizza Haus.
Judy’s Quilt. It will be sold at the Osage Bend Picnic in August.

Day 22
Friday 4/3/2020
Headlines: Economic fallout mounts. Worldwide virus cases top 1 Million, unemployment claims hit 10M in US.
Stay at home issue goes into effect Monday. 
Cole county has 26 cases with 1 death, Steve Huber local orthodontist. 
Missouri has 2,113 cases.
Nationwide there are 277,953 and Florida has 10,260.
Garden is peeking through a little more..
I made a loaf of panhaus, fixed pbj toast for me and cured shoulder for breakfast. Dinner was fried breaded tenderloin, salad, and macaroni with tomatoes. Rice crispy treats for dessert.
It was 61 degrees when we got up, 38 at bedtime.

Day 23
Saturday April 4, 2020
Headlines: Governor Parson:Stay at home, Missouri 
Nationwide there are 311,357 cases.
Missouri has 2291 cases.
Cole county has 28 cases.
I went to my first drive-by birthday party. It was for my quilting buddy Pat Carrender who tuned 81 years young,  about 20 cars participated. 
Dinner was homemade chicken and rice soup.
I cleaned house, did laundry and made 6 more masks. 
41 degrees was our high.

Day 24
Sunday April 5, 2020
Missouri has 2,367 cases.
Cole county has 31 cases.


Our youngest grandson in Florida turned 5. Facetime is our new birthday party.

Happy Birthday Logan.
 



Then we went to see our youngest grand daughter from a distance. She gave us two gifts. Thank you Lizzie.

Later this afternoon our sweetest friend Maggie Schmitz was rushed to the hospital. She was just diagnosed this past Thursday with Ovarian cancer. She passed away. Our condolences to Fred and his children and grandchildren.

Melissa Tappel works at Aldi’s. For the 2 masks I made her, she did my grocery shopping. We met in Schulte’s parking lot. I then delivered one mask to Stacy Bax at the church parking lot. Think I’ve made 27 masks to date.


This mask was just a challenge I wanted to try. It was fun, but nothing I want to do again!

Breakfast was panhaus with scrambled eggs. For dinner I made  meatloaf, buttered potatoes and fried cabbage.


Day 25 April 6, 2020
Headlines: Report: Missouri can cushion COVID-19’s impact on economy.
Nationwide there are  365,525 cases.
Missouri is up to  2,722.
Cole county stands at 31.
Breakfast was bacon and eggs, along with cheese grits. For dinner we grilled pork chops, salad and home canned green beans.
I made 2 more masks today.


Mark’s Mobile glass replaced our shower doors today.

Day 26, Tuesday April 7, 2020
Nationwide there are  399,667 cases.
Missouri stands at 3,037.
Florida there are 14,747 cases. 

We went to town to pick up our on line order at Sam’s. We did stop by the feed store.
Made breakfast of panhaus and fresh oranges.
Loaded the ATV, and went to the farm. Found one small mushroom.
Back home about 4, we snacked on deer sausage, cheese, crackers and apples.



Went to Jeremy’s to see the progress in his backyard work.
Made chef salads with smoked turkey for dinner.