Sunday, January 25, 2015


"INSTRUCTIONS"


"Leave your cell phone, your watch

and your thoughts

on the kitchen table.


Walk slowly.  Leave the trail

to follow a scent

or to follow a bird's refrain.

 
Listen for the stirrings

in the underbrush

 
Notice what grows at your feet,

the puzzle-pieces of the sky

and what the light reveals.

 
Cast out your gaze like a net

and take everything in.

 
every intricate detail,

every small astonishment."

~Deborah Gordon Cooper


"Be still and know that I am God." 
 Psalms 46:10a NIV


I want time to take it all in, the simple, intricate, complex, and beautiful details in this world
around me.  It is all gifts to us to make our existence more enjoyable.

 
I have another Uncle, who lives in Florida, and in his later years of life, he received a camera. 
I asked him to send me pictures that he has taken, because of my love for photography.  I must
admit, I was most impressed.  These pictures came from his second set of pictures to me,
and I think he skipped right over the "amateur status" of a photographer:). 


Happy Sunday to each one of you!  I hope you make some time, to take in the scenes
around you today!  For us, it may include a snowstorm:)


Friday, January 23, 2015


At the time of this photo, our oldest daughter was eight years old. 
She prayed every night for five years for a little sister. 
 I know that to be true, because I was beside her when she prayed.
 Her mother had been praying the same prayer.
 
So, when her little sister arrived, there was real happiness in our home.
 
Today, that little sister is 30 years old!  And, there is still great joy in our
hearts, by having her in our lives!

 
From her first days, she had two mothers.  Me, and her oldest sister.
Her older sister lovingly stepped into the role of babysitter,
teacher, and friend.  Two years later, we had another daughter.
They both owe much of who they are today, to their wonderful older
sister.
 

Thirty years have gone by so quickly.  Today, we celebrate that little girl that we
all prayed for,  and all that she means to everyone who knows her! 

Now, she has her own daughter to love and cherish.

Happy Birthday Dear Daughter!  Thank you for adding so much to our lives for
thirty years!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015



When I found myself with extra slices of homemade sourdough bread, and did not want to
freeze it, I decided to make heart croutons.  After all, February is right around the corner.


I took my smaller heart cutter and in no time at all, had a large pan filled with the bread
hearts.  I sautéed them in with a coating of extra light olive oil, a touch of butter, and
a bit of Jane's seasoning.  I cooked them on medium heat, turning often, until they were
golden brown.  Upon removing from heat, I let them cool thoroughly.  Now, instead of
slices of extra bread, I had lots of delicious heart croutons.

 
 I put them on my husband's dinner salad, just for fun.  Actually, it is his birthday this week,
and he is a special guy:), so he got hearts.


My daughter gave me this great idea for salads a few months ago, and I've use it on my
salads since then?  It adds a bit of a sweet taste to the salad ingredients. 


I cut up the dried mangos or apricots, with a kitchen scissors, and sprinkled them on the salad.


I took some of the croutons and tied them into a clear cellophane bag.  I will add it to a salad
gift box that I am putting together as a small gift.

Just a little something from me the "heart lady", who as you know, likes the time of the year
when Valentine's Day comes around.
 


I want to be the first to wish this very special guy in my life, a Happy 63rd Birthday!

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, January 18, 2015



An English publication offered a prize for the best definition of a friend, and among

the thousands of answers received were the following;

~"One who multiplies our joys, and divides grief."

~"One who understands our silence."

~"A volume of sympathy bound in cloth."

~"A watch which beats true for all time and never runs down."

But here is the definition that won the prize;

~"A friend--the one that comes in when the whole world has gone out."




"A friend is a person who goes around saying nice things about you behind your back."

Today, I am truly thankful for the friends in my life!

Thankful for each of you who visit here!



Thursday, January 15, 2015



Here is a bit of unimportant news...Today is "National Strawberry Ice Cream Day".
Yes, someone, somewhere set this day aside for this specific reason.  So, guess what?
One of the two little guys who stayed here today, was thrilled!  At 3:00 in the afternoon,
we celebrated:)  One with his very favorite flavor of strawberry, and one with his
favorite of chocolate. 


I served the ice cream in my old ice cream dishes. It is a rare snack at our home.


It was good to the last drop. 
 
Did you get to celebrate "National Strawberry Ice Cream Day"?
It is not too late.  You have 5 1/2 more hours:)


Last evening, these two granddaughters asked if they could help make dinner?
I love that question!  I directed them in making cheese bread hearts.  They rolled out
the crescent dough onto a sprayed foil pan, cut the hearts with a cookie cutter.
They lightly spread softened butter on the hearts, then added shredded sharp cheese,
and a bit of seasoned salt. 


They took the job seriously, even going as far as watching them bake in the oven.
Everyone thought they were delicious!  In our home, we do hearts of all kinds, from
now until February 14th.


The pink tulips on my kitchen table were a gift that make me smile, every time I see them.



Winter is a fun time to give tulips.  They offer hope of what is to come, in a few months.


This was the best gift I was given today!  I captured the scene in our back yard.
Beauty beyond description!
 
What was the best gift that you were given today?
 
 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Do you think it is possible, that the fashion designers who created this outfit...



and this outfit...



and possibly this outfit...


and maybe these food labels...


got their inspiration from this perfectly designed seagull?


Today, fashion, décor, stationary, and the beauty industry are using the colors seen here.
My uncle captured these pictures on the beach in Florida, yesterday.  My immediate
thought when I saw them, was the questions above.  Did they copy this exquisitely
designed little creature?


Upon close scrutiny of this picture, I find myself marveling at it's beauty and it's intricacy. 
Amazing!


If man did copy nature in it's color styles of today's world, they did a smart move, because
I think the crispness of the gray, white and black, is so attractive!

(photo from evolutionofstyleblog.com)


It convinces me that God truly is a master designer, and His creations add so much to
our everyday world, quietly, and without fanfare.  I must admit, this is the first time in
my sixty years, that this particular thought came to my mind.  Hence, I share this
"little something" with you today.



But, I will say, I am thankful that other bright colors do exist too.  If all the world would
be gray, white and black, we would long for color, wouldn't we?

Thanks to my uncle's photography, and the photos from Google.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


A Saturday morning miscellaneous post.
 
A few of my recent winter favorites.
 
 
Tiny orange "Halos".  Our favorite dessert/snack!  So small, so flavorful, and so sweet!
This is what I found lining the wooden table by my husband's recliner, late last evening:)
He says that he is eating them for his health.


His special Saturday morning breakfast...French toast made with the "Archer Farms
Raisin Cinnamon" breakfast bread from Target.   Yes, it does have a bit of melted butter,
but remember, he had the "Halos" the night before, so it all balances out...or so he says:}


The wreath was a gift to me from my daughters, this Christmas.
My middle daughter created it for me, and I think it looks so nice
hanging on the big wooden mirror at my back door. 
It was a new project for her to tackle and I like the textures and the
touches of glitter she added to it.  What a special gift it is to me!

 
The slice of black walnut wood that my brother cut from a tree recently.
It looks so good on my kitchen island.  "Anthropologie Stores" have
wood pieces like this for sale, but mine was a gift.
 

The new sunflower drink cover that I was given.  It does a great job of keeping my morning
coffee hot.  Since "hot" is how I like my coffee, this new gadget works for me.

 
Recently, I sat at my sister's table, for a Christmas dinner, and she had
created these beautiful favors.  She took an empty jar, painted the lid gold,
drilled a hole in the top, and installed a crystal knob from "Hobby Lobby".
  She had a gold and white name tag tied onto the front of it, and had
it filled with a sheet of white tissue with gold designs on it, and a few
pieces of chocolate candy. 
 

 
Now, it adds a touch of pretty to the vignette in my bathroom, and
is filled with cotton balls.
 

When I just do not have time to wash my hair, this new product
sure does the trick.  I read about it and it's rave reviews, so I tried it.
Now, I am recommending it to you.  An inexpensive and effective
alternative to hair washing when time is of the essence.
 

This sleek new EOS container of raspberry hand cream that I now
carry in my purse.   My hands seem to get so dry over the winter.
I like how it does not take up much space in my purse, and I
really like how it makes my hands feel.
 
As for the Nivea lip product, I like that too.
At the drug store where I purchased it, they had light pink and
sheer coral. 


The color is sheer, and the moisturizing is soothing.
In my book, it is a fun new product!
 
 
I like the "Night Owl" coffee sign that I was given this Christmas.  I added it
to my kitchen coffee table area. 
 

Yes, I do have a small area of my kitchen, dedicated to "coffee", my favorite drink.



I close with my thoughts regarding the world situations of this past week.  What in the
world is one to think, when with every news story, it all seems scarier and more
chilling?  Well, today, this story seems to express my heart thoughts perfectly;

"Years ago the captain of an ocean liner took his young daughter along on his run from
Liverpool, England, to New York City.  One night when all the passengers were asleep,
the huge vessel ran into some violent weather.  The wind came sweeping over the water,
and mighty swells rolled across the bow of the ship.  All moveable objects were being
tossed about, and everyone soon sensed the imminent danger.  Many sprang from
their berths in alarm and began to dress.  The captain's little girl, eight years old,  was
awakened and cried out, "What's the matter?"  When told about the storm, she asked,
"Is my father steering the ship?"  Being assured that he was, she put her head on her
pillow, and in spite of the howling gale and crushing waves she was soon fast asleep."
~unknown

Corrie Ten Boom says it best, when she says, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown
future to a known God."

Thank you for stopping by, and sharing in my "little something."

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