"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Still Playing In The Garden

Let me rephrase that.   I'm working as hard as my body will physically allow me to !  And, thankfully, it really is starting to show. The weeds have been what seems endless this year with all the rain this past winter. And, they keep growing. Some of them are three feet tall and still growing. The weather has been lovely for working outdoors. As usual, there always is a certain amount of outdoor maintenance around the house that needs attention. There are a few things that I can no longer do. And, that is quite frustrating for me.

This section of my garden has filled in nicely. And, I love it. The fig tree is starting to leaf out.
I have herbs planted throughout the garden and the Sage is blooming with a nice purple flowers.
Wow ! The roses are putting forth a wonderful showing for the first bloom. However, the aphids and black spot are presenting a challenge more so this year than in the past.

This beauty is Oklahoma Hybrid Tea Rose and the blossoms are huge this year.

Oh, a favorite of mine is the next rose because it is always healthy and it is a beautiful continuous bloomer. It is called Popcorn Drift Rose. It provides a nice backdrop for my Angel in the White Garden.
This is Elle, another delightful hybrid with a gentle soothing color of soft pink.
Old roses are such a favorite. This rose was in the garden when I moved here 23 years ago. It is rather surprising to me since there was very little planted here. It faithfully produces huge apricot colored flowers. I do not have any idea what the name is. But, that is fine with me. We don't need to know a name to admire beauty.
Everything is coming along nicely. However, my ground cover which I started years ago with a few seeds has suffered with the continuous drought that we had for years. Because of my back injury and disability I knew I would not be able to push a lawn mower, so I decided on a ground cover.
It is called Prunella Vulgaris and is a vigorous self seeder. Some people call it a weed !! I am sure you know the definition of "a weed" !
I have big plans to recreate the ground cover with adding some top soil and broadcasting seed that I was able to order online.
This photo will give you an idea of how the ground cover looked a few years ago.
Look - how vigorous it can grow !  Even through the chair seat ! Now, that looks healthy. Don't ya think?
Let me leave you with a fun photo from google images. Oh, how I miss my furbaby, Lily. There is such a big hole in my heart!
Wishing All of You a Wonderful Weekend and a Happy Mother's Day if that is part of your life. Not all of us are the Cleaver's, the archetypal suburban parents of the baby bloomer 1950's. Sometimes life feels like a "big trade off". But, most of us have many things to be very thankful for. It just may be different than "your neighbors". Perhaps, it is a good day to do something special for someone who is a little short on feeling special. I would call that a win - win.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Are You Ready

For the Easter Bunny?          Can you wiggle your tail?

A very simple Easter Meal from a few years past.

As I recall, it was very yummy.           And, this was desert.                                     It was very good, too.

Today was a gorgeous day and I was able to do quite a lot of clean up in the garden. And, I was able to get my purple petunias planted at the edge of the Iris flowerbed. I am not sure if the iris in the new bed will bloom this year but they certainly look healthy. However, there are three different iris plants (orange rust, lavender and white) in other parts of the garden that getting ready to open. This has got to be one of the most fun years in the garden because the rains brought such beautiful results.

Tomorrow on Easter we are suppose to have rain during the day. Hopefully, all the Easter Egg Hunts will be over before the rain drops start to fall.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, December 23, 2016

Come Back Rudolf


Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Chicken, Potatoes and Spinach With Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

And, it is Very Good.

This recipe is from the website Damn Delicious. Check it out. This is a better photo. It is not a very good photo taking day here where I live.

I am very happy to tell you that I have NOT had anymore trouble with the computer scam. Everything has been "very quiet" and that is the way I like it. I have not been doing very well, however, with my motivation to work with learning Windows 10 and my new compute. I'll get there eventually. Buy the way, I really like the new wireless printer. 

We have had a couple days with sunshine. However, another rain storm is "on it's way".  Hopefully, our snow pack higher up will start to increase so our drought problems won't be so serious.

Very little Christmas decorating going on here in my home this year. Here is a little reminder of days in the past.

I look forward to next year when hopefully I will be able to decorate like I have in the past. Because I really like decorating. I just have not been able to do it this year.

I'll be back when I have something to blog.

Happy Day to You.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stepping Away

But - - - just for a little time until I get comfortable with my new Laptop (windows 10) and Printer. You know how it goes with all the Internet connections, transferring files and data, moving the old and setting up the new electronics. I have spent  most of the day with activity related to new electronics.

Unfortunately, I encountered a drop-down message this morning soon after I turned the computer on. It stated that it was urgent to call a certain phone number to ensure that my computer would not be damaged by unsafe software. Without going into detail. I will say that the activity caused me great aggravation. The long and the short of it is - It was a scam. And, it has taken a lot of time to reverse unwanted activity on my new computer. I did a lot of google information gathering and found that  there have been many complaints reported to the Better Business Bureau. If you are interested in more specifics just leave me a comment or email.

To say the least, I am very tired tonight and do not plan to blog until my computer learning curve is further along.

With all the things that are taking my attention and energy it is going to be just fine that my Christmas holidays are going to be quiet. But, don't be surprised if something comes up that I want to blog about. Like, maybe winning the lottery! HA-HA.


Monday, November 28, 2016

A Dream Came True

This past Tuesday my Granddaughter phoned to say that their Thanksgiving plans to go out of town were canceled due to illness of the host. Then she asked if she could come and pick me up on Wednesday and spend Thanksgiving with them and then she would drive me back home on Friday. I do not know if I can put it in words how thrilled and grateful I felt. I was so excited!

In the process of getting a few things together to take I decided to prepare some Chicken Honey Lime Enchiladas that we could have for dinner Wednesday evening. I had grocery shopped the day before.

I did not get a photo of the finished dish but it looked very nice with the browned melted cheese on top. I also baked some 7 Layer Bars that seem to be popular on the blogs lately. Yummy!

I did not take many photos but after our great Thanksgiving dinner I had to take a photo of this sweetie helping mommy to load the dishwasher. This was the first time I was able to meet this little gal. She and her brother are so much fun and sweetness. They were always busy, busy and busy. There wasn't a quiet moment unless they were sleeping!

Mommy and Daddy are constantly teaching such things as please and thank you which I think is so important but it sure takes a lot of effort. And the little ones have a zillion questions. They truly have great parents. Thankfully. 

The Great Grands are the same age difference as my boy and girl were. But they sure seem to be more advanced because of all the technology. It is certainly a different time ! ! !

And Friday she brought me home, two hours-plus drive each way. So much driving but she was so happy to do it. Little Carter kept us company riding in the back seat on all four trips. He was such a good boy. And, I had such a wonderful time. And, I felt very loved!

Upon getting home I was greeted by my Holiday Cactus putting on a beautiful show of lots of different color.

I hope all of you had a Great Thanksgiving. We have had a rainy weekend which is lovely.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Operation Christmas Child

My Granddaughter is the most wonderful mama. Just a little Grandma bragging - she is only 24 years old and has her BS degree and two precious little ones.

She took the children (my Great Grandchildren) to the workshop in their area to pack Operation Christmas Shoeboxes. And, they had a great time!

The comment she wrote  was - One of the greatest things we can do for our children is to teach them to be selfless. 
This fine boy is certainly growing up fast. He just finished his first season of playing soccer!

For more 40 years Samaritan’s Purse, an international nondenominational organization, has embraced the story of the Good Samaritan and reached out to children in need around the globe with its Operation Christmas Child program.

Often referred to as Operation Christmas Shoebox, the program sends the holiday boxes filled with stuffed toys, school supplies, crafts and toiletries, to children of need around the world.

Once packed, boxes are collected nationwide and shipped to more 100 countries and 12 million children, where they are distributed by local pastors. Some pastors use the opportunity to reach out to orphanages and other areas where children are at risk
OperationChristmasChild Website Maybe next year if not this year.

Are you Holiday shopping?

Take care.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween Pumpkin Babies

Can it get any cuter ?

Just imagine what they will think about this photo when they become adults. Especially when their Mom pulls them out of her "Memory Treasure Box" !!!

The sun is shinning brightly this morning following a lot of rain throughout the night. The trees and shrubbery are glistening with all the rain drops still clinging to the branches. Hopefully, the weather will stay nice for the trick-or-treaters.

Take Care.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Trick Or Treat Time

With the rainy weekend we are having, maybe these "super doggies" costumes will give a little protections from the elements !!!

Keep your fur-babies safe. And, protect them from running out the front door if these spooky creatures come to your door ! 


Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Fourth Of July

Wishing you a Happy and Safe Holiday Weekend.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wishes For Mothers And Children

The rains have stopped for the time being and it is a beautiful sunny day.

Wishing all Mothers a Happy and Enjoyable Day, whoever you are, wherever you are and whatever your circumstances. Motherhood changes a lady in a way that others can not comprehend. I enjoy listening to "new mamas" talk about how the birth of their baby has joyously changed them in their perspective of life and their personal relationship with others.

However, if we are real and look at the whole spectrum of what this day means to many mothers and for that fact, children who have not had the life experience of birth that is portrayed as GRAND, I think it is very appropriate to send loving thoughts and prayers of understanding, protection, comfort, forgiveness, acceptance, strength and peace as they go forward.

I am having a nice quiet day reflecting on the wonderful past experiences of this celebration of Mother's Day.  The memories of  My Special Man who always made sure that I had a Mother's Day filled with flowers and love as well as all the doggy kisses, snuggles and love from my precious Lily.  All is Good even though "a tear just fell".


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter Wishes

 Some More Smiles for all of Us.
Puppy Easter
Puppy Easter! :) #teamsupertramp
Posted by Devin Super Tramp on Friday, March 25, 2016


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Forever Valentine Love

Exquisite Red long stemmed roses that I received shortly after meeting My Special Man in 2010! This was the first of many red roses I received thereafter. I keep a small bouquet of these roses dried and placed in my china cabinet. It is one of the many reminders of love, however the largest and forever reminder is in my heart!
I have no more to say, but GRATITUDE.

Wishing lots of special love to all of you in whatever your current life is presenting. YOU ARE LOVED!


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Love Sent My Way

I had just set up a little valentine decorations on Monday morning when I received this beautiful heart/box at my door. I was so very surprised to see a package because I had not ordered anything lately that might be delivered. It was very exciting for me especially since my life is so quiet and uneventful since so many of my loved ones and friends have left and passed on. Another church friend (age 92) passed this past Sunday. She was in church and read the liturgy which she often did. And, in the afternoon she went to a Super Bowl party at the Club House where she lived and became weak and was taken to the hospital. And, passed during the night. A life fully lived! Wonderful!

I could hardly get the package opened fast enough to see who it was from. The label was signed "2 Who Love You". How sweet was that?
It was from my loving friends in New York! That is my high school friends that I have been in regular contact for the last few years after she was able to locate me. There had been a lapse of about 45 years time. I have been so happy that she looked and found me.  I was able to meet up with them the last time My Special Man and I took a family reunion trip to Michigan. We met half way between New York and Michigan in Canada and spent two days enjoying every minute we had together in a very nice hotel. It was a very very special event for me and has given me beautiful memories of  dear friends that I shared time with in the sunrise and now the sunset of my life.

The gift boxes are filled with valentine candies/cookies and lovely pears. The items that I have eaten were great. The pears have to ripen a little more. Look how pretty all of it looks.
It was such a loving thoughtful gift and so appreciated. I haven't had a gift/package to open in a couple years. I could never anticipate my life would be what it is today especially in regard to my adult children.

My friends from New York will be moving to an Assisted Living Facility next month. They both need a little extra help to enjoy their life. I am happy that it looks like it is going to work out just fine. I have to "take care of business" and finish up some paperwork that I have been procrastinating about because I am having difficulty making decisions.

The past three days have given us great weather which I am grateful. I did a little in the kitchen today. I made Crock-pot Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder from a recipe on one of the blogs. It is delicious! And, easy - of course!

All the ingredients are mixed together except the chicken breasts. The chicken is placed on the bottom with the soup ingredients on top. When is is cooked the chicken is taken out and shredded or cubed and mixed together. It is very creamy especially since I had some cream left over from the Chicken Tarragon that I made a couple days ago. I used what I had on hand which meant I changed some of the ingredients. Isn't that what soups/chowders are all about? More single serves for the freezer.

Thanks for sharing my happiness with me.

Love - Love - Love - Love - Love.


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