I love it when our porches go by so fast...but hard to keep up sometimes, lol! Joan, Dar, Mikie, Springwater and Granni had some later posts, be sure you go back and catch up. Will post this, then come back and add to it... Happy Birthday again to dear sweet Joan/Lilac! Today is her actual birthday...hope the celebrating continues!!! Good to hear that some of the sick/exhausted ones have improved...even a little improvement is a great thing, true? I got up so early today, before 7:00...was being quiet so Den could sleep in on his day off (and not on call.) But a few minutes later I heard his cell phone ring...it was his dad...they had a water leak and needed Den to come fix it (couldn't find a shut-off close to the leak, so had shut off the main supply.) I still fixed a nice breakfast before he took off; sausage, eggs and toast...better than the cereal and smoothie he usually has. I was already in the middle of "apple production" for the day...well, cleaning up, really, from yesterday...and now ready to get going again. Was gone all day yesterday...after taking lunch to my dad, I went over to Den's dad's and picked more apples (got all I could reach; I guess the birds or somebody more agile than I will have to get the rest.) Den's sister kept what they would use, and I brought the rest home. Got here just in time to leave again with Den...had supper in town and went to the home supply store. Needed to get more stove pipe for outside...to vent the wood furnace. 39 degrees this morning and we haven't turned on our heat yet... ...could start the gas boiler (runs hot water underneath the cement floor) but we do like the wood heat, as long as it doesn't get smokey in the house. That's what the extra stovepipe is for...to vent on up higher, so the smoke will go on up and out of the way. The wood furnace is in the shop part, but smoke still came into the house part last year, so I wouldn't let Den run the stove...he finally broke down and got more pipe Sometimes we just gotta let these men do things at their own pace, lol! Better get busy...am already "behind", lol! Was gonna start apple butter in the crockpot, but not enough hours left today, so might make some on the stovetop instead. But want to get the applesauce going and the dehydrator filled first...don't want to be up at midnight finishing.