Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR

Click on the picture to read the verse

What a year ~ it was truly the year of change.  The biggest was the move in June from the little cottage across the street from Aunt Trula that we enjoyed for six years.   Now the continuing adventure of our new life in the Tree House.

Moving meant not seeing some friends and neighbors as often, and finding a new church and making new friends and neighbors, which we have.

Also we have spent more time with our adult children and grandchildren living closer to more of them on this side of LA.

I have great HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR as the picture shares, and I look forward to a new year of old blogging friends, and making some new ones.

To all of you who have so faithfully followed my blog and left many wonderful comments.... I thank you!  You've truly added much love and support to my year of 2014.

Monday, December 29, 2014

TRIP TO THE THRIFT STORE AND A COOKIE REQUEST

With my cold on the mend we decided to make a trip to the Thrift Store and I'm so glad we did.  Many of you have seen my watermelon canister set that I dearly love.  Well today I found 6 watermelon place mats in excellent condition (brand new) with cute checked green borders.

Also found Tristan some books and a couple piano tapes and a Willie Nelson for my listening pleasure.  (Yes, I still have a cassette player).



When I got home and took them out of the package, the backs are red with watermelon seeds...Just too cute.




On my way from picking up my mail, two young boys at the playground recognized the Cookie Lady and ask if I had any.  Unfortunately the cookie jar was empty which doesn't happen very often.  I told them come back in an hour and I'd have chocolate chip cookies.  They were right on time, and a plate went home with them. (Sure hope they didn't eat them all before they got home ~ HaHa)

That little sign has hung on my cookie jar for years.  One of the grandkids gave it to me a very long time ago.  Yes I have cookies and hugs!  Glad I can continue my cookie ministry at Villa Ramona.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

JUST COULDN'T WAIT


When I saw this recipe for Cinnamon Roll Bread on facebook, I decided I would make it for New Years Day.  I just couldn't wait!!


Today when we got home from early service at Church I made us a nice breakfast of ham, eggs and hashbrowns.   But a little later I was wanted something sweet with my coffee and my mind wandered back to that recipe, and I caved!!

45 minutes later, a cup of steaming coffee and a large slice of Cinnamon Roll Bread.  It taste like yeast bread...but no yeast.  Sunday's just don't get any better.

BTW if you want this recipe it's on my fb page.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

CHRISTMAS DAY WITH OUR FAMILY

 Having teenage and adult grandchildren is so much fun.  Here are a few ~~some managed to miss my photo shoot!!  My bad.

Jon is several feet taller than the boy making Christmas cookies with me a few years ago.  Looking mighty sharp.

Nick sporting his new leather jacket, and below....some his really
funky house slippers.  (complete with all the action figures)

Monica had a sweater that had lights going off and on...didn't show up in the photo.

 I loved Amanda's Poinsettias sweater...She wore it so well.


 Kaleb home from College for Christmas Break was a real treat!
 Last but not least a hug from Elijah.  So blessed to be called GG by these wonderful grandchildren.  Perhaps next year, I can get them all together in one place for a group picture.   

LOST AND FOUND



My Willow Tree Nativity figures were no where to be found when I was decorating for Christmas.  I checked and rechecked every bin and box.  No Willow Tree figures and they are the favorite of my Nativity collection.   I consoled myself with I'm sure when we redo storage after the New Year we'll find that box.



Well, it was very cold last night, and the first time we have needed to turn on the heat in the apartment.  It wouldn't come on and the maintenance man wasn't coming in until tomorrow.  My dearest went in search of our space heater and found a bag and opened it.... Lo and Behold.  My Willow Tree  ~ I can't even remember packing them in paper towels and putting them in that canvas bag but that's where they were.  My camel's head was broken off, and the shepherds hand.  Boo Hoo, a tear or two, and then the hot glue gun and they are all put back together.


It may be after Christmas....but my Willow Tree Nativity will stay on my coffee table until I'm ready to put it away, safely this time.

PS The Willow Tree figures in my header are from googleimages.com.

Friday, December 26, 2014

IT WAS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE


Christmas Eve at Julie's.  Monica, Jon and Nick were ready for dinner to start.  Bring on the food!! HaHa  Our daughter prepared a delicious dinner of Leg of Lamb, mashed potatoes, salad and rolls.  It was the perfect way to begin our Christmas Eve Celebration and finished it off with Chocolate cake and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus.  


The tree was brightly shinning, and gifts to be shared.
 Amanda and one of their three dogs, Bridgett.  


 Grandpa and Molly getting ready to open presents.

I love the sign Julie got... I need one of those... HaHa

Tomorrow I will share Christmas Day with all the family.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A CHRISTMAS DATE


My dearest took me to MiMi's for a Christmas Lunch.  I woke up yesterday with the sniffles, but was feeling much better today and ready for a Christmas Date with my honey.


 Started out with a very tasty cafe latte.

 One of my favorite breakfast out is Eggs Benedict with honey ham on a crescent roll.  This one had to be one of the best I've ever had.  eggs were poached just to perfection.



Marshall's store is in the same mall as MiMi's so we took a stroll through the doggie section and came home with a new bed for Molly.  Hers is old and falling apart, so now she had a wonderfully soft and new bed to sleep in.

Everything but the last minute baking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are done.  I'm enjoying relaxing and resting to get over the sniffles.   Perhaps a cup of coffee and a slice of fruitcake would be my medicine of choice.. HaHa

Friday, December 19, 2014

ODDS AND ENDS


Guess what I'm making?


Yes, my mom's recipe for English Toffee.  A Christmas Tradition at our house.


Last evening was the Christmas Dinner at the Clubhouse and celebration of December birthdays.  There were several, and my dearest was one of them.


A box filled with wonderful things arrived at our front door yesterday.  Our friends from up North sending Christmas Love in a tangible form.  Four tins of Hot Chocolate.  Each a different delicious sounding flavor.


There was a large bag of fragrant potpourri.  When we downsized I didn't keep a lot of my glass vases and didn't have anything to display it in.  Well a trip to the thrift store found this glass tube vase and sitting on a red plate made a lovely fragrant piece for the coffee table behind the Nativity Scene.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

THROW BACK THURSDAY


  My dearest was called to be the pastor of First Baptist Church in Hughson, CA in 1981.  We had the pleasure of serving there for 27 years.  This picture of my sister Donna and me was taken our first Christmas there.  I loved decorating for holidays in that parsonage with the country kitchen and fireplace.

The picture is old and blurry, but it brings back wonderful memories of living close enough to my sister to share holidays.

Today we are both grey and great grandma's and it's strange to see us as brunette and redhead.  HaHa.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A GOLD CHRISTMAS


All through September, October and November I looked for the trees in front of our balcony to turn to Fall colors.  They would not...stayed green, and I was wondering if they would ever turn.


They waited for Winter, and now we are getting the Fall colors.  HaHa


So we are gong to have a "GOLD" Christmas at the Treehouse.  When I read some of your blogs, the trees are heavy laden with snow.  Some will have a White Christmas...we'll settle for Gold!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WRAPPING IT UP!


Spent the morning "wrapping things up".  I was hoping to have Jill's box on it way to Oregon last week, but when I found out I was going with my daughters and granddaughters to the Carlsbad Outlets, decided to wait and see what goodies I could find.  So glad I did as I found the perfect gifts for everyone, and with the savings, could add some special touches.

We will spend Christmas Eve with Julie's family (a Christmas Tradition) and then Christmas Day at Michel's with all the family and having fun with the exchange gifts for the name we drew at Thanksgiving.

Now that the gifts are "wrapped up" I will move on to the baking.  Love having the Christmas Music blasting while I bake.   How is your Christmas schedule coming.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

AN EXCELLENT SUNDAY


It has been a wonderful Sunday.  It started with a good morning service at, Christ Community Church.  Then our children took my dearest and me our to a wonderful lunch to celebrate his 77th birthday. 


Then a quick rest this afternoon, and back to the church this evening for a Celebration of Christmas with a dinner, fabulous concert and then cookies and coffee.  I took the top picture just before the Concert started.  Wish you could have heard the hour of Christmas music.  Choirs, Solos, Violin, flutes, children.  It just doesn't get any better.  Every note, every song and word told the true meaning of Christmas and gave God all the glory.  OK, now I'm ready for Christmas.

Friday, December 12, 2014

FRI~DATE


We were busy Tuesday, so had to postpone our "Tuesdate" to Friday...so today was "Fridate"  It rained hard last night so lunch at Wendy's an a hot chili and coffee hit the spot.


The sun came out, and this is the view from Wendy's.


We were able to visit a couple Thrift Stores, and I found a long black skirt and silver and black top to wear for our Christmas Dinner at church.  The photo doesn't show, but the top has sparkles.  Total outfit $7.00.

What was your Friday like?  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

THROW BACK THURSDAY


Many of my blog friends have cats.  Betsy (the Cat Lady) has a wonderful array of cats she had adopted and loves, and shares pictures all the time that I get such a kick from.  

Linda's, cat Maggie passed away a month or so ago and she just got a new pure white cat named Maddie, I think.

Chris has Scruffy and Mildred has shared her cats, so today I share Figgy and Manana.  We had cats for years, and when we started getting grandchildren, some were very allergic to cats, so we found homes for them, and now only have our Molly Girl.

Figgy, the grey was the most lovable cat we ever had.  This picture is when they were young, but when we was mature, he was huge.  Manana, pure white was my alarm clock when I worked full time.  Every morning at 6 on the dot  she would come up on the bed and pat my cheek to tell me it was time for me to get up for work, and to let her out to do her business.

To all you cat lovers.... I join you!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DECORATING THE CLUBHOUSE TREE




Today we decorated the Christmas Tree in the Clubhouse.  What joy we are finding living in Villa Ramona.  A few adults for supervision, but the real fun was watching the children trim the tree.


I'm so glad the complex is Senior and Family.  I so enjoy all the children.  These two girls paused for a nice smile.


The reward for trimming the tree was cookies, candy and hot chocolate.  I took a plate of fruit cake and the adults enjoyed that.


December is full of activities.  The trimming of the tree, a Christmas dinner next Thursday, catered by the  Staff,  a Coffee Social in the afternoon, and Bingo on Friday.

Hope you are enjoying lots of fun activities as you enjoy the Christmas Season.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CHRISTMAS FRUITCAKE


Most folks I know don't like traditional fruitcake (filled with citrus fruits and nuts).  I'm in that group.  

What I do love is this recipe which is just pecans, dates, golden raisins, candied pineapple, and red and green cherries.  It's all fruit and little batter.  You can make it in loaves, but I like to use my bunt pan. 

CHRISTMAS FRUITCAKE

3 cups coarsely chopped nuts (pecan, walnut, etc.)
1 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates
2 cup candied fruit
(pineapple, cherries, raisins)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl, combine nuts, dates and fruit.  
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.  Add to nut mixture until all nuts and fruit are well coated.
In a small bowl, beat eggs until foamy; stir in vanilla.  
Fold into nut mixture and mix well.  Pour into a greased or parchment paper lined 9x5 loaf pan.
(I used a bunt pan)
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 -3/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes.  While it's cooling make a pot of coffee and then ENJOY.

NEW APPLE LAPTOP


It happened this morning.  Our son delivered my Apple laptop he found on craig's list.  Now to learn how to use it.  
Myk told me not be be in a rush to buy one at Costco or Best Buy but let him try to find me one for half the price.  He did good, this one is still in the box, and hardly used.

I do have to get a reader stick compatible with the Apple so I can download pictures.

What a great Christmas gift, and way to begin a New Year. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZABETH ~ 98 YEARS YOUNG


We had a wonderful Birthday Party for Elizabeth today to celebrate being 98 years young.

The care givers where Elizabeth lives presented her with a special bakery cake called Extreme Mocca and it was extremely rich and delicious.

You are never to old to love opening presents.


A new warm and cozy pair of pajamas.


She is such a special woman in my life, and I am so glad I met the "Bird Lady" 7 years ago.  For my new readers, she lived at the end of the street where we lived before moving to Villa Ramona.  She loved to feed the birds and flocks of them came morning and night to her gate.  We visited over the fence many time.  Then she fell and could not live alone so she move to the Nursing Home where I've visited her often and she feels like a mom to me, and she had two sons so is glad to have a woman to visit with.  We truly love each other.
This is Sylvia (the songbird)  She breaks out in songs about every 5 minutes.  Today at lunch we heard Take me Out to the Ballgame, Oh Beautiful for spacious skies, and Somewhere over the rainbow.  She doesn't like to give her age, so says she's 19.  Works for me.


This is Ann ~ one of the sweetest ladies I ever met.  She is a little older than Elizabeth, as she turned 98 earlier this year.
 And then there is Elsie ~ she cracks me up every time I visit.  She's 93 and when I ask her how old she thought I was, she looked at me for a minute and said 83.  I told her she was really close.  Yikes I better do a better job on my make up tomorrow.  HaHa.


I was served lunch with the "girls" and we had a very fun afternoon visiting.  Since we moved I can't visit every week, but I do get over at least once a month.

I told Elizabeth that all of you had sent Birthday Wishes and she was pleased and gave me a big smile.