July 09, 2021

Friday Night Photos

I'm pretty sure that I got the whole switch-from-feedburner-to-follow .it figured out and working. I won't know until after I publish a post, though--and I have no idea when it will show up in my subscribers' inboxes. I think it may show up late tomorrow morning if I understood correctly. Regardless, I'm just hoping that it worked so that I don't have to worry about it anymore. It will feel good to have that done!

I don't have any very exciting photos this week (not that every week is a party or anything, but still) so this will be a good test-post.

(Edit: I just received the notification email saying that there is a new update on my blog. I really don't like it! I can't change certain options, there are ads (I don't get paid for those), and they make it look like you're signing up for spam, basically. I'm going to stick with it for now, but research other options. Please just bear with me!)

The weather is GORGEOUS today (it has felt like fall all day) so I've been hanging out in the garage while I work on the blog stuff.

Anyway, here are some pics from the week...

My mom gave me some peaches that she said came off of a peach truck--literally called 'The Peach Truck'--while the truck was on a tour. The Peach Truck delivers fresh Georgia peaches to several different states on a tour. It was started by a couple who had just moved to Nashville (I believe from Georgia--it doesn't specify in the story on their website) and missed the taste of family-farm peaches.

I am a total peach lover (I actually love peaches more than grapes, if you can believe that!) but it's very rare that I find a good peach. The ones at the grocery store don't really taste like anything and they're not at all juicy.

When my mom told me about these peaches, I was excited to try them. And holy cow, they are the best peaches I've ever had! I ate six of them in two days (I would have eaten more if I'd had any more). They are SO flavorful and I pretty much needed a bib for all the juice.

The Peach Truck is coming back around at the end of July--so I preordered a box of them (25 pounds!). If Noah and I don't eat them all before they go bad (don't underestimate us), I'd like to freeze dry them. (My older brother has a freeze-dryer--not to be confused with a dehydrator--and I always forget about it. It would be awesome to freeze-dry some peaches!)

Chick is so funny. One of his new favorite places to nap is on top of the treadmill... while the treadmill is folded. He straddles it with his legs and rests his head on the end. And he actually sleeps like that! I haven't seen him fall off yet, but he's come close. 

I was explaining to Jerry why the dew point means more than the temperature and/or humidity when describing how sticky the air is. The dew point a few days ago (when the temp was 90 degrees F) was 74! It was awful. The air literally feels like you're in a sauna. I pulled up a chart to show him. I remember running sometimes when the dew point was in the high 60's (or even in the 70's) and I can't imagine doing that now.

I finished making the fitted sheet for my bed! I had a brand new Brooklinen flat sheet that was part of a set and I wasn't going to use it for anything (we have a duvet cover and don't use flat sheets with it). I very precisely measured the whole thing out and cut the corners to sew into a box-shape. After cutting it, I realized a mistake I'd made (I should have shifted the center of the sheet after releasing the hem, but I was talking to Jerry while I worked on it and got distracted). Anyway, the finished sheet 13.5" deep instead of the 15.5" I'd planned. Our mattress is 14.5" tall, which means the sheet isn't deep enough.

However, we are exchanging our mattress... remember, we ordered a Saatva mattress in the fall? Thankfully, it comes with a 180-night guarantee. I really don't like it. I wanted to. I hoped I'd get used to it. But it's definitely too tall and sits up really high (even with our platform frame, which is rather low). Mostly, though, I just can't get comfortable on it. I'm so used to the Tempurpedic mattress we had before and I miss how cozy it was.

I talked to customer service and they said we could either send it back for a refund (minus $99 for pick-up) or swap it for a different one--the man I spoke with suggested trying their softer one. It will have a 180-night guarantee as well, so I figured there is no harm in trying it--we'll need a mattress, after all--and if it doesn't work out, we can return it (and probably get another Tempurpedic).

Anyway, the point of that long story is that this fitted sheet will work just fine when we get the new mattress. (They had to order it and said it could be the end of July when we'll get it.)

But I'm excited that I was able to make a fitted sheet out of our flat sheet. It turned out great!

I've gotten in the habit of making a dessert once a week (mainly due to the heritage recipe series!) and I made this cake yesterday. Ohmygosh, it's one of the best cakes I've ever tried! I will be posting the recipe soon. I have made four heritage recipes recently so that I can write posts ahead of time. Not all of them are desserts, I promise ;)

Jerry took this picture while I was getting the ultrasound of my hands on Tuesday. Apparently, I inspired him to run on the treadmill :)

I discovered a feature on my Kindle Paperwhite (affiliate link) today and I am so excited about it! I can't believe I never knew of it before. Whenever I am reading and I come across a word I don't know, I tap on it to get the definition in the dictionary (or to learn how to pronounce it). I love that I can do that. 

Today, I accidentally tapped on someone's name instead of a word and I discovered something called X-Ray. Basically, it pulls up that person's name in the book--all the different times it was mentioned and the surrounding context--and puts it into one spot.

At first, it just shows a quick glance of the first time their name was mentioned, but you can tap "open x-ray" and it'll show a list of all of the mentions. I wish I'd have known this for the last book I read! There were lots of characters and I had a hard time keeping them straight. If I'd have known about this feature, I could have tapped their names to get a reminder of who they were.

On Tuesday, I had an ultrasound done on my hands (to hopefully solve my chronic pain issue). My rheumatologist ordered the ultrasound to look for signs of inflammation (possible rheumatoid arthritis). So far, almost all of my tests (blood work, urinalysis, x-rays, and now ultrasound) have come back negative. There were a couple of blood tests that were abnormal (indicators of something autoimmune), but nothing alarming or definitive.

During the ultrasound, I was asking the tech questions (I'm super into anatomy and I love seeing things like x-rays and ultrasounds, MRI's, etc.) She was pointing out what she was looking for and said that if there is inflammation, the space will light up red. I saw some areas that lit up, but again--nothing alarming that would explain things.

During the last appointment I had with the rheumatologist, she said she suspects I have fibromyalgia but she wants to be sure it's not rheumatoid arthritis, which is why she ordered the ultrasound. So, basically, I still don't have answers, but I have another appointment next month.

Have a great weekend! xo


  1. I live in GA and peaches are my favorite thing. I buy tons and tons and freeze them so I can have them all year round. I'm glad you got to try them.

    1. After freezing them, what are some of your favorite ways to use them?

  2. Dew point! My husband has constantly been talking to me about dew point versus actual temperature lately, so it is cracking me up that you and Jerry are having the same conversation. I guess that awful weather a few days sgo made that conversation mandatory!

  3. I didn't know about the x-ray feature on the Kindle. That's super handy for some of the books I read with so many characters that I sometimes forget who is who.

  4. I received the email just after 9 mst.

  5. Dew point ( I just call it The Humidity) is a constant for me. My husband is originally from Florida and my FIL is constantly telling that the humidity is worse here in Virginia. It may well be, but it ENDS when summer is over. Hahaha. I hope you get some answers from all of your tests! ❤️

  6. Dew point -- the only thing I ever pay attention to. :) Drives me crazy to be in DFW area with a dewpoint higher than at Miami Beach, lol. (Where's my ocean?)

    BTW, as a subscriber, yes the follow.it email came through today as "Runs for Cookies new messages" and I had the option of accepting or declining being on the mailing list.

  7. I wonder if there are any peach cobbler recipes in your heritage book. When we had a prolific peach tree (before the dog ate it -- yes, he ate the tree like a beaver), we had peach cobbler often, home-canned peaches, peach jam, peach fruit leather, frozen peaches, etc. Same with our apricot tree. Fortunately, the two trees never had those huge yields in the same year.

  8. that cake looks amazing. i didn't get a notification about this blog post from followit.

  9. So much yum in this post! Peaches and that cake and the paperwhite with that feature! I clicked the link. Haven't hit buy yet, but I've been putting it off so we'll see.

    1. Ohmygosh, it will change your life! Haha, I know that sounds dramatic--but I never rave about a product like I do with my Kindle Paperwhite. I'm kind of old-fashioned when it comes to--well, everything--but after trying the Kindle Paperwhite, I cannot go back to reading an actual book. The Kindle is so much easier on my hands (it's super lightweight and thin), you can borrow library books within seconds, it stores more books than I'll ever read in my lifetime, there is zero glare (not like a cell phone screen--the Paperwhite looks just like a page from a paperback), you can look up words in the dictionary just by tapping on them... there are lots more features. I really should write a whole post about it! But even if you try it and don't like it, you can return it. I love my Paperwhite!


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