A Respite From The Heat

It was 75° this morning and it got up to 91° during the day, now down to 90° at 7:45 pm. It’s been overcast all day but we haven’t had any rain to speak of. Still, the respite from triple digit heat was what we’d been praying for.

Brad and I spent some time in town setting up accounts at a different bank. We liked Landmark Bank and were happy with them for a long time. We’d banked with a local bank for many, many years and then there was a merger and after awhile it became apparent that we were not a priority with them so we chose Landmark, a smaller bank headquartered in Oklahoma with half a dozen locations scattered across southern Oklahoma and just beginning to branch into north Texas.

Landmark was bought out by Simmons and things have gone downhill in the past year. It was time. We needed to make a change so we went with a bank that the family was familiar with over decades. Our accounts are set up now and in the next few weeks we need to start moving monies to the new bank and making sure everyone who needs to know is notified. We have several direct deposits each month and several regular automatic payments that need to be switched. It will take a couple of weeks and then we’ll be through with Simmons. They have a temporarily closed sign on their lobby door and we need to get access to our safe deposit box. Their other area locations are open and operating as usual, it’s just the one location that is a problem and of course that is where our deposit box is located.

We were at the bank longer than we expected today and we needed to eat. I suggested Culver’s and Brad agreed. He had fish & chips and I had a mushroom Swiss burger with onion rings. It. Was. Wonderful. We’ll do that again soon.

We stopped for a couple of things at Albertsons after we ate. I didn’t get to start my BBQ chicken breasts last night. When I opened the ziplock bag and took out the two individually sealed boneless chicken breasts, they had spoiled. The only thing I can figure is that they were originally frozen, then thawed before I bought them. I put them in the freezer and that’s where they’ve been for a month until I thawed them. I tossed them and bought more chicken breasts today. I’ll get them ready to go in the crock pot in a bit.

While the boys were here yesterday I sliced a red onion and a large English cucumber and tossed it all into a Rubbermaid container, made up a mixture of apple cider vinegar, water, and sugar and brought it to a boil on the stove. I poured it over the sliced onion and cucumber and let the whole thing cool before putting it in the fridge. Audrey makes it for them all the time and it’s been ages since I fixed some for us. I’m going to do another batch with only red onion next time. Can’t beat pickled red onion for garnish on tacos and hot dogs. I can put it in a wide mouth canning jar and keep it in the fridge.

I got a little bit done on the green sock project while we were gone from the house today. The lap throw is much to big to be hauling around to work on and that is my evening, recliner knitting now. It’s always good to have a portable knitting project when I know I’ll be in a waiting room or Brad is driving and I can knit in the SUV or the F-150. I used to get a LOT of knitting done on those cross country trips we made to Virginia and back before Audrey and the kids moved back to Texas. I don’t miss those trips. It had become a chore. I’ll be 68 in October and I can’t imagine having to make such a long trip now. Besides, we are blessed to have our Tempur Pedic beds and finally able to sleep well every night. No way I want to sleep at a hotel, ever again.

It’s nearly dark now and I need to head to the kitchen to tidy things away and put the chicken breast in the crock pot over night. Here’s hoping and praying that the temps stay below 100° tomorrow. Have a blessed Thursday night, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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