Monday, November 30, 2015


 When I was shopping at "Kirkland Home" with my daughter, I fell in love with these little Italian Chefs.  So for now the Roosters are pack away and my kitchen has turned into a Italian Villa.

Don't you just love my little chef holding the wine barrel full of my utensils.  Added the "bon appetit" sign over the stove and my red tea kettle.
 He's my favorite.  Sits on my counter with one leg hanging down and holding one of his masterpieces.  

A close up of the utensil holder.  They all work in nicely with my red Christmas Decorations.

Most of my decorations are up and the house feels and smells quite festive.  My new Rod Steward Christmas CD is playing and my CD of Christmas Carols just finished.

Can I be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 28, 2015


1.  The Dessert Table
2.  It was fun doing the dessert table this year.
3.  A Thanksgiving Feast to remember.
4.  Monique, Issac and Matthew.
5.  Michael and Candice (mom and dad to Issac and Matthew.)
6.  Our son Myk and his boys.  Kaleb and Elijah
7.  The coffee station with a little wine on the side.
8.  Getting in line for the Thanksgiving Buffet. 
9.  My sweet SIL Michael (Michel's hubby) and the platter of Turkey.

I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful for.

Monday, November 23, 2015


1.  Cooked a green pumpkin.  Tasted like sweet potatoes.
2.  Potato Soup and a apple pie for two.
3.  Apple Pie for the Clubhouse party.
4.  On the balcony with sunlight in my hair.
5.  Vanilla Latte at MiMi's.
6.  Manager and daughter at Clubhouse party.
7.  Pecan pie for the Clubhouse party.
8.  Two bags of walnuts from our farmer friends.
9.  My dearest on our lovely balcony.

The countdown for Thanksgiving.  My girls and son are doing the dinner and I'm doing the dessert table.  Right up my alley.  HaHa.

Wishing you all a Blessed Thanksgiving.  I count each and every one of you a special blessing!!

Saturday, November 21, 2015


I'm glad to be back from the whirlwind last month and ready to get back in on the fun of Sunday Sketches with Alexandra.

Because Thanksgiving is in a few days, I sketched an Apple Pie, some Apple Sauce made with those delicious fresh apples.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy all the flavors, fun, fellowship and family.

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations."  Psalms 100:4-5

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


This is such a fun picture of my dad in his early years.  So young, so dapper, so romantic!  He was born in 1909 and passed away at 57.  Such a short life, for a man with so many dreams and talents.  Besides, being an inventor (never got any Patton's I'm sorry to say) he could make or fix anything.

When my mother passed away in 1991, at 79 (she never remarried)my sister and I found this poem our "romantic" dad had written to my mom, while she was away at a Ladies Church meeting.  She had left him his supper, and this was the note she found when she got home.

"The cake was good,
the apple sauce was better,
I was almost through
when I thought of the butter.
I ate and drank in an awful stew,
all because I was lonesome for you.
~ H.D. Dill

I've talked a lot about my mom and her influence on my life in my blog, but my dad had a huge influence on me too, and my love of reading, and telling tales (stories ~haha) was passed down from him.  He was a wonderful story teller, and kept us on the edge of our seat with his tall tales.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


For the last 8 weeks I've attended a Women's Bible Study at our Church on Tuesday mornings.  The theme was "True Women 101" which was a study of God's design for women and how to live that out in a culture that has a different view than the Bible in many ways.

It was a very thought provoking study and so interesting to hear 25 different ladies share their personal stories and their journey, like my own, to live godly lives in a culture that resists that goal.   It talked about passing it down to future generations.

I'm so happy my mom was a "True Women" in every sense of the word, and taught me so much.  In turn I've tried to live in front of my daughters that life so they would embrace and pass it on to their children.  Now Monique, my granddaughter is putting these things into practice in her marriage.  That's four generations.  That is the only legacy I desire.  

Are you involved in any kind of Bible Study?

Sunday, November 15, 2015


The last few months have been very interesting.  Many things we plan, and many things just happen and we are moved along by the situations and circumstances.  That was us!

Who would have thought we would have made so many trips.  One for vacation, and two for funerals of dear friends in the last month.

I must apologize for my absence from your blog comments.  I did have time to visit a few, but never seemed to have time to leave a comment.

I truly think things have slowed down, and I look forward to a week of visiting all of you and "leaving a comment".

Today I'll just share a few odds and ends.  I had the second cooking class at the Villa Clubhouse last week, but didn't get any pictures.  It was a good time.  We made my Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee cake, I showed them how to cut a fresh pineapple into chunks without making a mess, and we made a batch of candied walnuts.

The leaf candy dish above is filled with candied walnuts, and I can't walk by without nibbling on a couple.  Have a real easy recipe if anyone is interested.

A new coffee pot is gracing my Coffee Station....the old one was showing it's age.

The two apple pies in the picture were for Willie, our Maintenance Man here at the Villa.  I took him down a piece of apple pie last week with a scoop of ice cream, and he wanted to know if he paid for the ingredients and my time, would I make him two large pies for a family gathering he was having last weekend.  Of course I said yes!

Never been commissioned to bake a pie before....HaHa.

Have a great week and I'll be seeing you real soon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


After three years, I had to say goodbye to Freddie, my little blue beta fish.  He was a good little fish, and greeted me every morning and even let me rub his back.

I knew he was getting old as he was actually turning grey and slowing down.   This morning when I went to feed him I thought he was sleeping under the shell (which he did often) but he wasn't sleeping, he had passed.

I just didn't have the heart to "flush" him.  So he is buried in a flowerpot on the balcony with his seashells and a little marker.  It crazy, but I was really attached to that little guy.

All of God's creation is special and should be treated so, don't you think?

Monday, November 9, 2015


The trip to our dear friend, Ray Olson's memorial service was a very special trip.  As you can see my dearest and me were the back seat drivers.   How wonderful to have our daughters be our drivers and what a fun time we had.  It wasn't without it's challenges.  We were planning to leave Friday afternoon, but before we left a wreck on the grapevine with an overturned 18 wheeler closed the freeway. 

So we had a "slumber party" at Julie's until the freeway opened and left Saturday morning at 5:15 to get to the service by 11 AM.  We made it with the help of a darling motel manager named "Maggie"

We had reservation for a cute little motel in Turlock for Friday and Saturday night.  We called Maggie to tell her our dilemma and she was so gracious to tell us we could check in Saturday morning before the service to drop off luggage and freshen up.

It a small privately owned motel, and Maggie even makes fresh crepes for the guests each morning.  Mine was peach with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

Saw lots of friends at the service, and got to have breakfast with my sister and BIL.  

Thanks for your prayers for our safe was and a great time with our daughters and by not stress.  Came home refreshed.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


If you remember, a couple of months ago, my dearest and I took a quick trip up North to attend our dear friend, Alice Olson's, memorial service.

Ray and Alice have been married somewhere around 68 years as I recall, and when we attended her service, wondered how Ray would survive without her.  

Shortly after her passing he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away last week.  They are together in they were never apart.

Two of our daughter are going this time and doing the driving.  So we take another little trip to celebrate Ray's life and rejoice that the two of them are together again  ~Life Long Love.