Thursday, October 5, 2017

Secure, Simple, Sweet Days

Remember when everyone took for granted that parents love their children?
Remember when it was the norm to trust others, especially the neighbor next door?
Remember when the atmosphere was clear and clean enough to see the stars at night?
Remember when families spent time with each other, worked together, prayed together?
Remember when children used their imagination and could truly enjoy little things?
Remember when "murder" was an awful far-away mention, not an everyday thing?
Remember when policemen were respected and our children were in awe of them?
Remember when manners and consideration of others was taught by example? 
Remember when patriotism swelled in every heart because we were grateful?
Remember when you could feel safe, contented, and hopeful for tomorrow?

The world has changed. But this world is not my home; I'm just passing through.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Better To See

We can finally see her eyes again, 
and she can see better too! 

Just groomed :-) 


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Finding the Blessings

As I walked around our yard yesterday, I noticed so many things that need tended to...
Dead, spent plants to be uprooted and thrown away, bushes to be trimmed and 
tended to, I need to plant my Fall garden if I'm going to have one, 
and weeds need to be pulled...

There weren't many pretty blooms yesterday, but I did find this one! 

Heavy on my mind this week has been the impending destruction of Hurricane Irma. 
I have a son and daughter-in-law evacuating Florida, and that's one reason the topic is 
ever present in my thoughts. Another reason is the recent Hurricane Harvey in Texas 
which impacted so many all around us. Many people lost their homes, cars, 
and belongings. But I guess, like the flower here, in the midst of all that turmoil 
and tragedy is the blessing that most escaped with their lives and their families. 
Even in the worst times, there is always something to be thankful for if we look for it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chair Before & After!

We found a set of old chairs...all of them broken except one. 
Painted, distressed, re-covered the cushion...
Love it!!! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Coco-Goober Pie

1 unbaked 9" pie shell 
1 c. flaked coconut 
12 oz. chocolate chips
1 c. salted peanuts
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Spread the coconut in the pie shell, layer chocolate chips on top, then the peanuts. 
Lastly, pour the sweetened condensed milk over all. Bake @ 350 till crust is done. 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Clinging Clematis

Every year, this vine tries to take over my rhododendrons, 
and climb up into the holly tree... and this year it finally succeeded. 
I can't count the times I pulled the vines down earlier this year, 
and every other year...but just give it a few weeks with no attention, 
and now it's gone crazy! I just don't want it to smother out Spring blooms.

It is pretty. I am enjoying it. But as soon as it quits blooming 
I'll be tugging it out and throwing away as much as I can get hold of. 
It's called Sweet Autumn Clematis, and it is quite tenacious! 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Y IS For Yellow!

My grandson is growing up...
getting tall, getting so smart, 
learning to spell his colors...
and I am thankful that I was 
able to read him a story today 
even though there are 
many miles between us.

Because he's changing so quickly
and one day he won't care about 
Goldilocks And The Three Bears.
For today he sat spellbound 
and looked at the pages as I 
read, and I got to watch his 
expressions in real time...



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Find Of The Day!

We went to a thrift store this afternoon, and I found these. 
Isn't it so typical of siblings? 
I can just see the whole setting...
brother playing the flute and sister so tired of listening
and begging him to stop already! 

They are listed for sale in my Etsy shop
but I will enjoy them in the meantime :-) 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

All Of A Sudden

The sparrows seem to be waiting in the bush until the Blue Jays 
finish their debate over who has first rights to the sunflower seeds :-)  

We haven't seen many birds here lately, but all of a sudden there were 
5 Blue Jays, more than a dozen Sparrows, a male & female Cardinal... 
and a Squirrel! Now, where are the hummingbirds?!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

To Health!

Not because it was delicious...
but just for the 
health of it.

Celery, Cucumber, 
Pear & Ginger

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

So Colorful!

Salad again, and we don't mind :-) 

Romaine, Carrots, Onion, Bell Pepper, Strawberries, Nuts...and Bleu Cheese!


Monday, August 7, 2017

For Sale!

 Found a few items at an estate sale over the listed for sale on my Etsy shop!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Corn Tortilla Tostado Thingy

Laughing out loud at the title...but I don't know what to call these :-) 

It was good, and should be relatively healthy, and we will probably do this again! 

I mashed pinto beans with a bit of grated cheese for the base.
Then seared frozen corn, onion, and red pepper in a non-stick skillet.
And topped with finely diced avacadoes.

Good enough, very filling, and healthier than alot of other options. And easy! 
We will likely do this again, though my husband wants to skip the corn, 
and I want to try broiling them in the oven. Similar but different.