Thursday, November 29, 2012

Old Pictures ~ Memory Lane

Going through some old pictures and found one of my favorites of our grandson's Kaleb and Elijah.  I've shared several current pictures of the boys.  Kaleb the football quarterback, graduating 2013, and Elijah, Water Polo and guitar player.  This was taken at Sugar Pine when the boys were so little and I was still a redhead. HaHa.
They are darling little boys, who grew up to be very handsome young men.  So proud of both of them.  Love taking a trip down memory lane.  Thanks for coming along.

Good Bye Mr. Turkey ~ Hello Christmas

The transition is made.  The last of Mr. Turkey ended up in a pot pie last night!  I must say his final contribution was as good as the first.

With Thanksgiving behind, I set my focus on decorating for Christmas.  Brought in my artificial tree (had for years) and begin to set it up...after a few minutes, knew it was a lost cause.  Fake pine needles all over the carpet, and one small string of lights working.   As I vacuumed up the mess, I was debating about a small "real" tree this year, as that's all I have room for. 

I knew I wanted a couple of poinsettias for the front porch and kitchen window, but when I got to "Doit" (our local Lowes type store) I couldn't believe the size and prices of the poinsettias.  So as you can see from my cart.... I came home with three.  One is large and will sit in the corner on the table where the tree usually goes.

I think I'm going to like this...I'm in the kitchen this morning making Pumpkin Bread with the pumpkin I cooked the other day

Going to visit Elizabeth this after noon and take her a little loaf.  What's on your agenda today?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Thought I'd post a picture of me this morning.  I've got my rolling pin, my Christmas apron and ready to start the Christmas baking.

Have several cups of pumpkin ready for Pumpkin Bread, and have cute little Christmas loaf pans to bake it in.  Getting ready to mail Goodie Boxes to our daughter in Oregon, and our friend in Texas.

Listening to Christmas music, and almost have the house decorated.  My "artificial" tree has seen it last day, so think I will get a small "real" tree this year.  A couple of large Poinsettia Plants, and I'll be ready to sit down with a cup of coffee and write myself a Thank You note, HaHa.

How are your Christmas plans coming?

Monday, November 26, 2012


This pumpkin spend several weeks on my front porch along with some other Fall decorations. 
This morning, all the Fall decorations are packed away, and this pumpkin that served it's purpose on my front porch, is going to serve another purpose in the pot.  When it cools, I will be taking out the seeds, and using the flesh to make pumpkin bread to freeze for Christmas.
Thanks Mr. Pumpkin.. you fulfilled your mission and your final destination, will please many taste buds.
PS...notice those freckled bananas in the basket...their purpose..Banana Bread!!  HaHa

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Molly has a new toy.  A tiger that looks like Hobbes from "Calvin and Hobbes".   She loves sleeping with her toys.  If you think she's spoiled, you would be correct.  Over the years, raising four children we were never without pets, and life was way to busy to spoil them.  We loved them and cared for them, but none got the treatment Molly gets.

I was looking through some pictures, and didn't realize how many  I have of Molly sleeping with her toys.  We've had her 8 years and almost 5 of those in retirement.  She's loved by all the family, and loves when any of them come to visit. 

My big sister Donna, me and Sambo (1946)
My love for pets started when I was 5, with a black cocker spaniel, named Sambo.  I enjoyed him being my buddy until I was 17 when I had to give him up.  Some of the saddest days of my young life.  I vowed I'd never love another dog like that, and try as I did, ending up loving every dog we had, but none ever captured my heart like Sambo.   Now, Molly runs a close second!!

Did you have a favorite childhood pet?   Do you have a pet now?

Saturday, November 24, 2012


In the front yard the leaves are still on the tree and turning a bright yellow.  Very pretty with the sun shinning through.

However, the back yard is a different story.  The trees in the back yard have been dropping leaves (a lot of them) for several weeks. They have been raked up and thrown away a couple of times.  My dearest raked all of them up before our Thanksgiving dinner in the back yard...but this was the picture this morning a day later.  They can just wait for the landscaper on Thursday!  HaHa.

Friday, November 23, 2012



Only thing missing is the green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and gravy...that would be a little messy.

I see a Turkey Pot pie in the future!!


Oh how I love the leftovers after Thanksgiving.  Especially Pecan Pie for breakfast.  It was a huge and wonderful Thanksgiving Day with all the family.  We laugh, we ate, we talked, we ate, we went through some family things in the garage, we ate, we enjoyed the sunshine outside, and we ATE!

Had enough leftovers to send lots home with each family.  But I didn't send the last piece of Pecan pie ~~~~ I was saving that for my breakfast this morning... So here I sit in my nightgown, eating pie and reflecting on the wonderful family God has given me!

Now I'm looking forward to a Pilgrim Sandwich for lunch!  Are you having leftovers? 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We're slaves to the old factory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited


Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Prayer taken from Christian Google prayers.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


July 4, 2000 I bought my little Nissan Sentra.  After 12 years I have truly enjoyed this car, and it's served me well.  Unfortunately, we have not always had a garage, and after so many years, it was really showing it's age, with peeling paint, and a few dents and dings but still runs like a charm and gets great gas mileage.

On October 4 of this year, a young woman pulled in front of me, and we had a little "fender bender".  My front bumper and fender was damaged and my hood tweaked.  Since the insurance was going to pay for the damage and repair of the front end, I decided it was time to have all the body work done, and a new coat of paint.  Insurance paid for the front, I'll pay for the back..sounded like a good deal.

The company that fixed my car deal with Nissan and were able to use the Nissan Jade Green paint that was my original color so it looks like it did when I drove it off the lot in 2000.  It's like having a new car, but one that I know like the back of my hand.

I'm very THANKFUL this Thanksgiving for my little Nissan.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Today I visited my friend Elizabeth, and we posed for a picture.  I told her she had friends she would never meet personally through our friendship.  We visited for almost an hour and I'm really getting to know her, and her cute sense of humor.  She told me an elderly man who lives several blocks away come to visit, but he really come to see the young nurse~ HaHa.

This is the little house I called the "Bird House" because across this fence, Elizabeth would feed flocks of birds.   Before I met her I called her "The Bird Lady."

Now Elizabeth lives in "The White House" so now I call her The First Lady."
This is Sandra, Elizabeth's care giver.  She runs the White House, and really loves her guests, as she calls them.  She's a sweet Christian, and has Bible Study every other Thursday's for the guests.  I'm going to drop in next week.
For several years, you have only know my friend by the watercolor I did when I first met her.  Now you've truly met her.  I'm sure I'll be sharing more pictures and stories. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Today I was reading my friend's post at Maple she reflected about a family tradition of "Pickled Peaches".   As I read it a memory I hadn't thought of for years came like it was yesterday.

We were in the back yard.  I was about 10 and my mother and aunts were preparing peaches for pickling.  We were sitting with bowls of peaches in our laps carefully peeling them.  Being young, and my first experience getting to be included with the "women" I was thrilled.  Not being very good with a paring knife, I was cutting off more peach than peel.

With a laugh and a smile, my mom said, "Wanda, if you keep peeling those peaches like that, we'll have "Pickled Pits".  We all laughed, and if I remember, mom got me the potato peeler to finish the job. 

Childhood memories are precious.  Makes me want a "Pickled Peach".

Friday, November 16, 2012


My sweet sister Donna has sent me a big bag of walnut's every November since we retired.  One of the things I missed not living in the Valley was getting fresh walnuts and almonds every year, for eating and baking.  They are already hulled and in nice halves.

So thanks Donna...your box with the bag of walnuts came today, and just in time for Holiday baking.   I can't think of a better early "Christmas" present.  You are the best!   Love you Sis!

Let's see what should I bake first?  Maybe I'll just eat a handful and think about it!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


The last time I heard someone say to me "this looks suspicious" it was 2009 and I was having a mammogram.  That suspicious turned out to be stage one breast cancer.  Thank the Lord is was caught early and after surgery, radiation and medication, my last mammogram showed me still cancer free.
Today, I had a Glaucoma screening as part of the preventative medicine provided by my insurance.  After the screening she said "this looks suspicious"! I really don't like to hear that. I will have a couple more tests and then see what the results are and the treatment.  She said it can be treated with drops, an we have a friend who prefers surgery every couple of years to daily drops!
I like to be on top of things, so will find out December 13th what my prognosis is.  Anybody out there familiar with this??
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I make cookies all the time.  Several times a week, and it's either chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin.   
This morning I was going to make oatmeal and just got the idea that I'd add several different things.  So it's your basic oatmeal cookie recipe, and I added chocolate chips, walnuts, dates, and a cup of granola.
They turned out delicious.  Crunchy, with the walnuts and granola, sweet with the chocolate chips and dates.  I gave two bags away, but made sure I kept a few for us.
Got Milk?


Last night was chilly so soup was in order.  Oh the smell of homemade minestrone soup coming from the kitchen.  It's chucked full of carrots, potatoes, kidney beans, zucchini, celery onion, tomatoes, cabbage..I could go on...oh yes, seashell pasta too.

Made enough to freeze half for another chilly night later on.

What soup do you like to make?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Tuesday's is Senior Day at the Thrift Store, and that means 30% off everything.  They were just beginning to put out some Christmas items, so I was just in time.  I got this pretty Christmas platter for $2.00.  It reminds me of Betsy at "My Five Men" with all her lovely bird pictures.  We don't have Cardinals in Southern CA.

I have several Christmas Trivets, but this one caught my eye for less than a dollar.

I enjoy baking little loaves of Christmas Bread and baking them in these small pottery pans so I can give as gifts in Christmas baskets.  All three for a dollar!
It's beginning to feel like Christmas.  But I told Don when I got home, one Holiday at a time.  I washed them and they will be put away until we celebrate Thanksgiving!!


Usually I have a flock of doves feeding in the morning, but this morning a baby squirrel was having breakfast in the back yard and had the entire bowl to himself.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


This is my dearest and our long time and special friend Tom from Texas.  This picture was taken at the Ronald Regan Library when Tom visited us a couple years ago.
You might see him comment on my blog from time to time.  He got a great sense of humor and great story teller.  He said he enjoyed my 1000 gift journal, and it inspired him to list a few of his blessing and things he's thankful for...  The following is the list he emailed me. I love it, he already had too many to number!!! Thanks Tom...You are big time on my list.

"Sunday mornings, taps, rain drops, thunder, motorcycles, candy makers, word like "alluring, apothecary, and hospice", lanterns, yo-yos, well water, sponges, Maine, old theaters, haunted places, hotels, grills named Shorty's, cameras, fantasy, helicopters, story tellers, foot long coney, travel, Santa Barbara, bare feet, kings (both burger and lion), sun glasses, do-dads, scallywags, blankets from the dryer, dimples, dvds, the number 19, wallpaper, Mexican tile, hanging vines, presidential homes, golf courses, lobster, gutters, tombstones, Graceland, airports, court houses, warm syrup, Christmas trees, neighbors, down town, short stops, reptiles, soldiers, thunder, drawers, darkness, taters, remote controls, blue bonnets, mystery, sci-fy, science, pot bellied stoves, stones, stereo, 4 part harmony, cashews, longhorns, beards, cigars, eagles, handrails, dancers, seeded dandylions, wishbones, mighty mouse, Lucy, girls with boys names, lipstick, ties, bracelets, doghouses, sprinklers, pyrotechnics, olives, kickoffs, veterans, silly string, stamps, westerns, sage, Fuddruckers, buses,
baskets, fish tackle, jugs, jalopies, malts, rockets, angels, violins, streams, sleep.

Glass blowers, printing, blacksmiths, bakers, pencils, blueprints, saddles, x-rays, burps, shoe strings, razors, tepees, sneezes, street sweepers, air conditioning, socks, palm trees, shoe shine man, gardens, park benches, whistlers, windmills, silence, bacon, lore, work, bridges, flags, barges, purpose, lily pads, morphine, pirates, sharks, spinning wheels, champions, high wire acts, helmets, character, youth, daring, caps, floormats, batteries, plastic forks, goal posts, checks, flutes, bruises, rye, buckles, bells, race cars, towers, shields, pie, nutschell, handkerchief, rick shays, brooms, tractors, chilled mugs, stain glass."
Tom you need to start a blog ~

Saturday, November 10, 2012


My 1000 Gift's Journal is getting closer to that 1000 mark.  Sometimes I get so busy I do forget to write them down.  But I do love sitting down with a cup of coffee and reading back over the list and then I'm thankful all over again.  
#921  Seeing my dearest in the kitchen (why is it fun at our daughters? HaHa)
 #922  Molly OK after getting a fox tail in her eye, having it removed, medication, and now all healed with no damage to her eye.
#923 A new marble rolling pin from the Thrift Store for $2.00. 
#924  Hand tooled handles for the rolling pin by cousin Jerry.
925# Fall Colors
#926  A wonderful Latte specially made for me by Sue in Boise
#927 Lis and John getting to attend Don's Birthday Party.
#928 Dear friends that last a lifetime.
#929  Love and care of my family.
What are you thankful for today?


Can you return a fish??
Several years ago my grandson, Jon gave me a blue Betta fish for my Birthday.  I had it for over a year, and it became so friendly he would come to the top of the water when he heard my voice.  If I put my finger on the side of the bowl he would come over to it.

Sadly he died, and I have purchased a new fish, and he really has a different personality.  Stays at the bottom of the bowl, will not respond to my voice.  This one is called a Dragon Scale Crown Tall Male Betta.   I don't remember my "Blue Boy" having such a fancy name.

When I told my dearest I was thinking of returning it and trying to get one more like Blue Boy, he thinks I'm a hard hearted woman, and suggested I give the new fish more time.   OK, I will.  But a woman wants some positive response!!! So little "Rudy" I guess you win, and I'll give you time to come around and get used to your new home and my voice.

What would you do??

Friday, November 9, 2012


On chilly days, I love to put dinner in the oven and let it warm up the kitchen and the smell warm up the house!  Yesterday in rained and it seemed the perfect day to make my little pork tenderloin.  I split it up the middle and stuffed it with prunes and pineapple.  Added potatoes and carrots and the house smelled like "Sunday".

Remember when roast was the typical Sunday meal, or in our case mom loved to fry chicken in her big dutch oven.  What are your memories of Sunday cooking?

My new retired rule is NEVER ON SUNDAY!  My dearest takes me out to breakfast after Church, so I make roast on Thursday..HaHa. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I love our local Thrift Store, and I love a bargain!  Today was my lucky day. 
I was browsing around the store looking for a Crock Pot as my old one just died, I passed by the Jackets.  My eye caught a beige suede Jacket in perfect condition, lined, and my size.  Tried it on and then looked at the tag to see what the price was. It looked like $1.99, but I was sure that was wrong, so I asked the clerk.  She said it was I didn't question her, but put in in my cart. 
I did find a Crock Pot and paid more for it than the jacket!
Come on colder weather, I'm ready for you!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Most of you remember my stories about "The Bird Lady" that lived at the end of our street and fed the birds and visited with me across the fence.  This friendship has been over the past 4 years.  When we got back from Oregon last August, she had moved.
I found out she had been hospitalized and had a pacemaker surgery.  Then she was in rehab.  I was going to visit her, but our trip to Boise kept me from that visit.  I found out she is now in a residential facility near us. It's a lovely white house, with only a few clients.
Elizabeth has a lovely room, TV and a sun porch.  She gets home cooked meals and the lady who owns and run it is a Christian and a sweet woman.  They have a Bible Study on Thursdays.  I was thrilled, and so happy I can now visit her without the fence.  She was very happy to see me and of course I took Banana Bread.
God is so good.  Elizabeth's son has her in a good place and visits her often.

Monday, November 5, 2012


That was the caption on the tee shirt our daughter Julie gave her dad to wear at his Birthday Celebration Saturday.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up so fast, we decided to celebrate his birthday a few weeks early!  So he's not QUITE 75.  Soon, but not yet!
It will take some time to gather all the pictures that were taken at the party, so I'll share those a little later.  It was a grand celebration, with about 40 family and very close friends we known over the years.
The food was awesome, but the highlight was the "BIRTHDAY ROAST"  provided by his kids.  Hilarious!!  You only roast those you admire, and the love so evident.  Wish I had a video to share.  Our daughter in Oregon could not make it down but send a beautiful tribute to her father which we read before the "Roast".
At the conclusion of the party, my dearest said it best!
Happy Birthday Darling...You're the best! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Welcome a new month, a clean calendar...Oh wait a minute. It's already filled with my November To Do List.

It's OK, because I love this time of year, and now I can focus my attention on preparation for Thanksgiving, and begin some Christmas shopping.

With all the rush of the next two months, my goal is to "carve" (no pun intended, ha ha) out some time for devotions, giving thanks and sharing the good life we have with family and friends.  Truly a time to Count Your Blessings...Name them One by One....

So blessings my friends.  You are a valuable part of my day!

BTW ~ October was so busy, I didn't respond to your comments..I plan to get back to that this month.  So expect a response to your comment!!