Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Truism

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.
~George Washington

If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it.
Give him a chance.
~Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


At a certain age, the remark, "I need to get my glasses" while at a party takes on a new meaning.

No longer is it looking for lost is searching for your readers. 
To see the oven temperature....
to look at pictures....
to see the CD remote.
I'm there

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Last Hurrah

 The final birthday surprise for my Hubby was last weekend and as anticipated, laughter abounded all night long. 
We had both been talking separately with a friend about getting together for dinner for years.. for her birthday, for Hubby's birthday, for our anniversaries, etc. 
As often happens, it never happened.
They have two kidnicks about SPF's age and with work and activities, it just never occurred. 
BUT, this year, I made a bold move.
I asked K#1 to invite another friend K#2 (both Kelly's and a bit confusing at times) to choose between a couple specific dates and we'd potluck a dinner at our house. 
It was agreed that secrecy would be a fun twist as well. 
K#1's kidnicks would join us and have their own pizza and movie night in the other room.
Hubby had been asked to be clean, home and ready to have fun  and that's it.
Obviously, he knew people were coming over, but not who...for sure.
I set up a table with craft paper and markers and the kids seemed to have fun along with watching movies.

The table was set with words given to me by the guests with wine to match.
And snacks to nosh on before dinner.

I did not even panic when I learned a couple hours prior that the guest bringing dessert couldn't make it at the last minute.
I simply pulled out  some peaches I had prepped last summer, added an extra set of helping hands and we soon had fresh Peach Cobbler.
And the surprise?
It sounded just like I imagined it would.
It was a perfect evening with dear, and dare I say old, friends.
Love these people!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Truism

"Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance,
my calmness for acceptance,
or my kindness for weakness."
~Carson Kolhoff

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


 The seed catalogs have begun to arrive.
With their vibrant photos and mouth watering descriptions.
For the first time in several years, I was hooked.

I sat down and began to circle items.
Then mapped out the garden.
The six rectangles are raised beds and the long herb bed is an old dairy trough that works amazingly well. 
I will have the cukes and squash on trellises.
I am sure some tweaking will occur, but as of right now, the seeds have been ordered and visions of golden beets and Brussel Sprouts are dancing in my head.
Have you started planning for your garden?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It's a Wrap...Almost

 I can hardly believe that the 4-H year is already  halfway over. 
I am finished with project meetings at our home for the year and we are just gearing up for the local fairs in the Spring.
  This year, I had a group of all boys (plus SPF) and it was terrific. 
It was different and easy. 
They learned where butter comes from and how to make it from scratch and then lather it all over skillet cornbread.
They learned how to plan a meal for their family and work the prep timeline backward.
They learned how to properly set a table and make Jamba Juice Smoothies.
These kidnicks  all got along and were inquisitive and respectful.
Seriously fun.
Last night, they stood in front of our Club Meeting and shared what they had learned and made through the year. 
We had a lesson in napkin folding, kitchen safety tips and common measurement equivalents. 
And after the meeting, there was fresh cornbread for the members.
Watching these young people stand up and speak in front of a crowd boggles my mind, but nervousness was worked through and they did a great job,
And this girl.
How did this girl.
My girl.
Become so confident in her speaking?
THAT truly boggles my mind.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday Truism

Life begins where fear ends.