Saturday, May 31, 2014

THOUGHTS ON COMMUNION

Being in the ministry for 50 years, my dearest has served Communion hundreds of times.  What I loved about our Communion Service the first Sunday of each month was the meditation.  I know a lot of churches have a communion reading or meditation as they serve communion, but my dearest had the entire service that Sunday geared around communion.  The worship music, the hymns, the sermon and it just always impressed me how important Communion is.  A time to remember the cost of our Salvation, and the unconditional Love that purchased it on the cross.

I loved decorating the Communion Table and collected items that I thought would give a "Visual" to the meaning of the service.  The painting above is one of the displays I had on the Communion Table.

Tomorrow is Communion Sunday, and I look forward to sharing communion with my church family and remembering the sacrifice that was made for me.  A precious gift I received, the strength it gives me to live it out in my daily life and a home in heaven to look forward too.

BREAD BOX TO FLOWER BOX



This old tin bread box is one of my special treasures.  I found it at a yard sale years ago, and just liked the looks of it.  It's been in the garage and I had completely forgotten about it until we started sorting and packing. 


The other day when I was reading Linda's blog (Woke Up, Got Out of Bed) she had a picture of a colorful tin in her garden area filled with plants.  I immediately thought of the bread box and how cute it would look the a balcony filled with flowers.


I want to fill it with pink Martha Washington geraniums like the one in our back yard in the stone pot.  I plan to take the little section of white picket fence and a little white table I have to set it on.  What do you think?  Good idea?

Good bye Chapter May ~ you have been the most interesting month ~ Looking forward to Chapter "June".

Friday, May 30, 2014

MEMORIES AND FOOD


A very productive day.  Sorted through all my Christmas decorations, and got four bins down to two.  Lots of "stuff" I didn't even use the last few years, so it will be at the yard sale.  Three bins of Fall decorations down to two, and one bin for Spring/Easter and one bin for all my "red" kitchen stuff.
While going through some boxes Don found this picture of my mother and the motto she lived by.  I took it out of the box and put it on my desk along with the little plaque with her motto.  "Only one day will soon be past ~~Only what's done for Christ will last".


Thinking about my mom, and missing her I couldn't help but think of one of her favorite meals to fix, and growing up we had meatloaf and scalloped potatoes once a week.  She made a sweet sauce of ketchup, mustard and brown sugar for the top.  I only had small red potatoes, but washed and sliced with the peeling, a little butter, flour, milk, and topped with bacon and cheese.  Mom, this meal was for you.

 
Finished it off with a toss salad with everything I could find in the refrigerator!  Oh bummer, I just remembered, I forgot to add the avocado.
 
Note:  My watercolor behind my mom's picture is very special for me as I painted it while I cared for her before she passed away.  She would sleep a lot, and I worked on this painting while she slept.  That was 1991.
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

WELCOME BACK OVEN


This morning I had a small Welcome Back party for my oven.  We decided on my Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake to celebrate her return. 

I enjoyed my piece on a plate I found at the thrift store that was a perfect match for the mug Martha sent me at Christmas (filled with cookies).  Some drizzle and while it was still hot...a dallop of butter melting on top.  Oh it was so good!

I didn't do any packing today.  I did clean my computer area and tossed a lot of clutter surrounding my computer in the trash.  See I'm already decluttering..(is that a word).

I sat down and gave my friend Elizabeth a call to see how she was doing.  With all that was going on last week, I didn't get over to visit her.  She's doing well, and looking forward to my next visit.  So am I  ~ I miss her.

Hope you are having a great day.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

THURSDAY TIDBITS

 
Look what I found in the loft this morning!!  This dear man took down all my bins in the loft so I can sort through and see what's been lurking up there. 


Funny to be going through Christmas decorations in May.  I also found some bedding I forgot I had, so it's like getting a new comforter set.

 
The new igniter came in the mail, and our friend Cliff came over tonight and put it in.  Yeah I have a oven again!   Guess what I'm going to do tomorrow morning??
 

Yes, there will be a coffee cake in the oven early and a pot of coffee brewing.  Come on over and have some, and then you can help me pack a few boxes. HaHa.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

EMPTY HUTCHES ~ FULL HATBOXES


In the past I've shared my two hutches filled with tea cups, tea pots, pictures, tea books, and anything else related to Tea!!!  Today the swivel bookcase/hutch and my mom's hutch are EMPTY~~  And I was able to fill six hat boxes with the items I treasure and want to take with me.  Crossing the hutches off the list!! 

Also have sorted through dishes.  I am embarrassed to tell you how many dishes I have.  The ones in the kitchen (Fiesta ware) I use on a daily basis,  and the ones stored in the garage for all the seasons. (Yellow, Fall, Christmas, and miscellaneous colors and patterns from the thrift store) that have jumped in my cart.  Well, it took some time ~ but made some decisions on what I can't part with and what will go.  Those boxes are now packed and labeled and ready to go.  Crossing dishes off the list!

I did take nap this afternoon and recharged my batteries.  When I got up had a nice surprise in my mailbox ~ a book from Betsy to help me in my moving "Clutter's Last Stand" by Don Aslett.  Can't wait to get started reading it.  Thanks Betsy.


 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CREATIVE TUESDAY ~ THE JOY OF SOCKS

 
The theme for Creative Tuesday should knock your socks off!!!
 
Yes, "SOCKS' is the theme.   I've been reading several novels and keep losing my place with scraps of paper, so decided I would make me some SOCK BOOK MARKS.  I used watercolor paper, and cut the edges with pinking shears.  Used markers and colored pencils and used matching yarn to give them the finishing touch!  Excuse me ~I need to get back to my book..HaHa!
 
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

MONIQUE'S BRIDAL SHOWER


What fun we had this afternoon at Monique's Bridal Shower.  She looked so cute.  She is so tiny, and looked so cute in her sundress.  The gift table was full of lovely presents.

So many of her gifts were daring nighties ~ Oh to be young and in love!  I think she got enough cute nighties to wear a new one every night for a couple weeks.

 
The lunch was delicious.  Two wonderful kinds of pasta dishes, salad and bread sticks.
 
The dessert table was even better, lots of different flavored mini cupcakes and the center cake was yummy too.

 Cookies and cake pops and I didn't even get a picture of a plate of cookies that looked like a wedding ring.  June 14th will be here before you know it, and then we'll have two married grandchildren.

Hope your day was as fun as mine!!
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

PLANTS FOR THE BALCONY

 
We will not have a private yard when we move.  The grounds are lovely, but each apartment has either a small patio or small balcony.  If we are approved, ours will be a balcony.  I'm trying to put together some small cuttings of my favorite plants to put on the balcony. 
 
I knew I would take a "Rock" succulent as it has brought me joy each Easter with it's little sun burst flower.
 
I put a cutting from my Martha Washington geranium in an old tea kettle I love.  And the little watering can I've had for years will move with us.
 
I took a sprig of my creeping Charlie and now it's rooted in a little pot, and last but not least, my friend gave me a start of rosemary for my rosemary salt and oil.
 
It's a beginning.  I will have to wait and see what else I can do and what the restrictions are for balcony flowers.

HOLY SMOKES!

When I saw this cartoon, I said "Holy Smokes" that just how I feel right now.  Jury duty, Monique's wedding, packing,moving!

We spent last night with Grandpa going over the ceremony with Monique and Eddie.  It's going to be such a beautiful wedding.  I excited that's it's just around the corner.

It's been a blessing that my dearest, being a minister has had the privilege of baptizing his children and grandchildren, and marrying them.  Dedicating their children, and being both granddad and pastor.  These are special moments in his life and we treasure them.

Now I need to re-focus on the boxes that need to be packed and the many decisions of what to take and what to leave.  Thank goodness our kids are taking all the big patio furniture and picnic tables so that a big help. 

Our friend brought us a ton of boxes and white new print, so I'm going to get busy today packing dishes.  Going to stop long enough this morning for a cut and perm.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CHICKEN OAHU ~CROCK POT DINNER


Tried a new Crock Pot recipe tonight that we really enjoyed.  I call it Hawaiian Thanksgiving, but the cook book calls it Chicken Oahu.
Chicken Oahu
 
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cups herb-seasoned stuffing cubes
1 can crushed pineapple
 
Oahu Sauce (gravy)
 
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup water
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon soy sauce
 
Instructions:
Mix flour, paprika, salt and pepper
coat chicken and brown in hot oil. (drain)
Combine stuffing cubes with un-drained crushed pineapple
Place stuffing mixture in bottom of crock pot
Place browned chicken pieces on top of stuffing.
Cook on high for 1 hour, and on med. for 5 hours.
 
In a sauce pan place celery onion and bell pepper with 1/2 cup water and simmer until tender.  Add mushroom soup, sour cream and soy sauce ~ heat through but do not boil
Serve over chicken and stuffing.
 
It was really good.  I'm sure I'll make it again.


MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

 
Monique's wedding June 14th has me reflecting on her mom's wedding almost 30 years.  Our oldest daughter Michel wore my wedding dress that you see hanging behind me.  The bag on the chair is the hoop underskirt.  If the dress I'm wearing looks a little "tight" is was.
 
Three months before the wedding my daughter found this dress and loved it, and bought it for me.  However, I was a size 10 and the dress was an 8.  So for three months I lived on salad and birdseed and poured myself into the dress for the wedding.  I dared not laugh to hard, or sneeze or I'm sure I would have busted right out of it.
 
Thank goodness my dress for Monique's wedding is a very comfortable fit!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

THE JURY JOURNEY

 

When I called Monday evening to see if I had to report on Tuesday....the answer was YES, and be at the court house at 7:30 AM.  Now you have to understand that driving into downtown LA on a week day is a nightmare.  So the best way to get in is drive to No. Hollywood, find a park, and take the escalator down to the "Red Line" Metro train.  Then join a throng of people going to the same area.

The SMILE on my face is because I didn't have to serve on a jury, and my service is over.  Because I'm not familiar with the train system getting into No. Hollywood, my lovely daughter Julie went along as my escort.  She spent the long day with me until I was released with the other potential jurors that didn't have to serve. 

We were given 90 minutes for lunch so we met Julie's husband who works in the area for lunch at the Farmer's Market down the street.  On our walk I took pictures of high rise buildings, and rows of apartments.  How would you like to live in one of those?  The Farmers Market was full of people shopping, eating, and tables with lawyers in suits, thick binders, discussing I'm sure what they would say when getting back to court.  It was actually a very long, but interesting day.  Especially since I had my daughter with me.

Got up a 4:00 AM to be at Julie's by 5:30, so as I type this my eyelids are getting heavy.  I know I will sleep good tonight, first because I'm tired...second...because my jury duty is over.  God is good all the time...and then some.  I know it was a God thing because one of the trials was going to last 7 months.  Can you imagine going to LA 5 days a week for 7 months!!  (groan........)

Monday, May 19, 2014

TEA CART AND WEDDING SHOES


Couldn't wait to clean up the Tea Cart ~ The wheel still needs to be fixed and some little nails, but it looks so cute in the corner I just wanted to enjoy it while I'm packing!  Doesn't it look cute?  My tea things are already packed so they will enjoy the tea cart after the move.

Found the shoes for the wedding while I was at the Mall getting Monique's shower gift.  Yeah for Payless Shoes.  I wanted silver, and you know how I feel about "bling" and the heel is comfortable too.

It was a very successful morning as I didn't have to report for Jury Duty today, so took the time to go to the Mall.  I've got to call this evening to see if I report tomorrow.

Feels good to have everything I need for the wedding now.  My attention can now go to packing.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

ONE, TWO, THREE

You know that old expression things come in "three's".   

 ONE ~Planning a move -Oh the packing....collecting tons of boxes.
Just to clarify ~ I didn't drink all the wine to get this load of boxes.  HaHa.  Our Trader Joe's is very willing for customers to take empty wine boxes off their hands.  They are large enough to hold a lot, but small enough not to weigh a ton.  (Like books  or dishes)
 
I have them sitting on an antique Tea Cart that Jill gave me when we were in Oregon.  It had belonged to her husbands grandma.  I'm so tickled to have it, as I have wanted one for a long time.  It needs a little cleaning, and a few new nails and glue, but when finished will look so cute in our next place.

 

TWO ~Jury Duty - I originally got my notice last month when I needed to take the trip to see my brother for the last time.  I was sure I would be excused.  NOT.  Instead, my date was postponed until May 19.  My old age, and loss of hearing didn't work. (HaHa)  LA County doesn't care that I'm 73 and wear hearing aids...and the court house is downtown LA....freeways, traffic, parking.  Not complaining...just saying!
 
 
 
    THREE ~ Granddaughters Wedding.  Our sweet Monique's wedding is June 14 and that's just around the corner.  You know I did find the dress to wear, so now I just need to find a cute pair of sandal heels.  I think we are able to make our move either before or after the wedding, depending on the time frame of the approval for the apartment.  This is an exciting time in many ways.
Do you find often things come in threes?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

NEW CHAPTER

 
That's the new adventure ~ and the new chapter in our lives is going from our cute little home we've enjoyed for 6 years to a Senior Complex ~ Pool, Clubhouse, activities, etc.
 
Those of you that have followed me for years know we lived across the street from Aunt Trula and had the privilege of helping in her care until she passed away.  Her estate is now settled and the house will be sold.  These were wonderful years, and we miss her so much, but excited for this new chapter in our lives.
 
How fun to see what God has planned for us in this next step in our lives. 
 
Don't have all the details yet, but now you know!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

SHH~~~


Shh ~ I need to take another Blog Break ~ but when I get back I should have some very interesting news!!  Life is an adventure, and we are about to begin a "New Chapter".

PS.  When I painted this little girl with the bad hair day, several years ago, she pulled my heart strings.   It's silly, but sometimes I fall in love with the children in my paintings.  She was an advertisement in a magazine, but I don't remember what they were selling!!  Maybe "sleep"  HaHa.

Until next time.....have a great day!

Monday, May 12, 2014

CREATIVE TUESDAY ~ OAK TREE

 

The theme for Creative Tuesday this time is "Oak Tree."  The majestic oak.  In the summer filled with leaves, sunshine and birds.  A great time for the children to play around and climb ~ in the winter, just as majestic with his branches laden with snow, little critters storing nuts in the hole in the trunk, waiting to see children come sliding down the hill on their sleds.  That's what comes to mind when I think Oak Tree.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST

 
My daughters are "blog shy" so I will share our delightful breakfast without sharing their beautiful faces.  I decided my gift to them would be a little bucket of real flowers from Trader Joe's. Wrapped with pretty tissue and spring bags.

 
My breakfast started out with the best latte I've ever had!  Pretty isn't it?

 
A Poached Egg Florentine dish jumped off the menu and on my plate.  Delicious!


One of my gifts included this darling array of coasters, mini pot holder mitts, two cute soap dishes and two bars of soap.  They fit my "girly" personality to a TEA!  (HaHa)

I've been visiting your blogs, and it looks like we all had wonderful Mother's Days.   Now back to those "mother" routines we live by.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

THE LOVE OF THREE MOTHERS


The three most important women in my life are all residence of heaven.  My mother, Floy, (on the left) gave me life and loved me unconditionally her entire life.  She was a role model of wife, mother and friend.  Her sweet and gentle spirit taught, guided and encouraged me.  Watching her in the kitchen gave me a love of cooking and baking.  Watching her live our her faith set me on a path of wanting to live a life of faith and serve others.  I love and miss you mom.

When my sweet mom passed away at 79, my Aunt Cassie (on the right) filled that hole in my heart as she was so much like my mom.  Cassie was the older sister, but lived to be 98. We shared so many stories and anytime you went to Aunt Cassie's you could plan on a full dinner, ice cream in the freezer and cookies in the cookie jar.  My sister and I had the pleasure of visiting her weekly in the assisted living, and later in the nursing home.  I love and miss you Aunt Cassie.

When I married my dearest in 1961 I was blessed with another mother, Frankie.  She was another role model as she raised three boys, was a hard worker and provider for her boys.  I was loved and accepted as a daughter and loved her flair for life and was the best "Thrift Store" shopper I ever met.  She could spot a Saks 5th Ave, or Nordstrom on a rack 10 fee away.  She always dressed beautifully.  She knew "bling" before it was popular.  I love and miss you Frankie.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

Friday, May 9, 2014

ODDS AND ENDS FROM THE TRIP


This is the chapel where we had my brother's celebration of life.


Across the street from the chapel I met a very interesting man.  I tried to have a conversation with him, but as you can see he was "stoned."  (Just kidding)


 Since he wouldn't give me the time of day, I took a picture of the plaque so you could read about the "Father of the Freeways".


We took a trip to Crescent City to get Tristan a High Chair from Walmart and on the way back we saw a herd of elk.  They make their home in this area, but are not always in this meadow.  We were fortunate to see them and get some pictures.  Beautiful majestic animals.


However, Jill has deer in her yard every day.  These two are nibbling grass in the back yard.


I had to laugh when I downloaded this adorable picture of Jill giving Tristan a big kiss.  Why the laugh...you got it ~~Grandpa being a little boy and giving Tristan "horns".....didn't we all do that when we were kids.


 On our walk one afternoon, I saw this moss covered stump that someone had added eyes.  HaHa.."Here's lookin at you"


One wall in Tristan's room is a blackboard.  You can see the message for me and Julie when we made our trip in April.  And a new message for me and Grandpa for this trip.


One morning we took a trip into Fred Meyer and it was rather chilly.  I adore this picture of Tristan in his hat with ears.


On the trip home through the valley, I smelled onions...and sure enough there was a large field of onions as far as you could see.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of odds and ends.  

Thursday, May 8, 2014

BBQ SUCCESS!


Remember my BBQ disaster trying to make cookies when my oven when out?  After throwing out the hockey pucks (cookies) I thought I'd never try baking in the BBQ again.  However, one of our dear blogger friends gave me a solution.  Only light one side, and keep it on low or med.  Bake on the opposite side of the grill.


We had the Gas Company come out and check my oven, and the oven igniter is going out.  Our appointment with them was just days before we left on the trip, so decided to wait until we got home to put in a new igniter.

But I wanted cornbread with our dinner tonight, so thought I'd be brave and try the advice of my friend.  I lit the left side of the BBQ on medium and put my cornbread batter in a buttered cast iron skillet on the right side.  Twenty minutes later I had a pan of perfect cornbread.  So thanks for the advice...it worked.

Done any experimenting lately?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

YREKA

 
 
My brother's memorial service was held in the little town of Yreka, CA about 7 miles from where my brother and his wife live.   A little town full of History from the Gold Rush days.  You can see the evidence of it everywhere.
This statue of the gold miner and his burro is the entrance into the town.
 

This old mine car sits at the entrance of the Best Western Motel where we stayed.  The continental breakfast offered by the motel was more than "continental" as we had a miner's breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage and biscuits and gravy...hot coffee and O.J.   If  you ever stay in Yreka, stay at the Miner's Inn.  Excellent!!
 

 
Everywhere you stop...you find a miner hiding in the bushes!! Actually this is the gas station where we filled up before heading to OR.  I will show you the other side of the bushes below.
 


Seeing these mine cars that rode up and down mines rails so many years ago is fascinating.
 


OK, this is the back side of the bush, and you can see the size of that old miner.  I ask if I could help and he just said, "Step aside, Mam, this is man's work" and kept on working.  Seeing I wasn't needed and  didn't see any gold nuggets in the tray, we left for OR.   HaHa ~ A really fun town to visit.