Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fragments

It's been one of those weeks with just enough busyness and that's a rarity.  It's generally too much going on or perhaps not quite enough.  Love it when it works out to be a perfect balance of busyness. Now for some fragments from this balanced out week.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Tuesday of this week I attended my first ever District Garden Club meeting. It was a lovely event and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  There were probably about 85 women from across our state and a most fun group of women.
Four of us attended from our club.  The host club did an excellent job with the decorations and the meal.  They made us feel very special indeed.
The keynote speaker was a designer from South Louisiana and was a Master Flower Show Judge and after seeing her design work it was obvious as to why she had this designation.  She had about 10 of her designs on display and they were just gorgeous.  There was a design for anyone's taste for sure.  In my "next life" I want to be creative like that. ~big laugh~
Yesterday was "elderly day" at Clancy's school so this is his look for the day.  He had his shirt half tucked in and his walking stick.  Bridget said he told her he wanted to wear tennis shoes with his jeans because that's what his Poppa always did.  So, guess in his little mind his Poppa is elderly because he wears tennis shoes with his jeans.  How funny is that.......Tommy got a kick out of it.
(sorry for the somewhat blurry picture, Bridget snapped it with her phone in a hurry)
These guys have worked hard the past 8-10 days hanging sheet rock in the new house.  I never knew what a hard, hard job that was until now.  Sheet rock is HEAVY and I truly do not know how their shoulders and arms hold up when they are putting it on the ceiling.  But, they definitely knew what they were doing.  And, in case you don't know, hanging sheet rock makes the biggest mess!  It drives
me bonkers, but, no one ever said that building a house would not create a mess at times. ~laugh~  
I met with a professional closet organizer on Wednesday and she is designing our Master Bedroom closets.  It made me happy, happy to hear about all the various shelving, rods, drawers and such that are available to maximize every square inch of a closet.  She is working with our cabinet designer on the cabinetry for the closets.  For an organizational enthusiast such as myself, this is TOPS!

I could NOT resist getting this precious fall romper for our "yet to be named" baby girl for next fall.  I stopped by a shop this past Tuesday that had all their fall clothing 40% off and not only did I get this romper, but I got big sister, Hanna Beth, the matching dress.  I don't imagine that their Momma will get by dressing them alike for any length of time due to Hanna Beth's age, but I'm hoping she will think it is special next fall to dress like baby sister.  I love Chevron print and I love pumpkins, so this was a no brainer and being on sale was "icing on the cake."  
Happy weekend y'all!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday and that means more questions from Joyce.  And, today's is on one of my favorite subjects - birds. 

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? Which of those would you most like to taste, or be most willing to taste?
Vegetarians keep calm and Hodgepodge on.

Oh, my goodness, yes, Hubby is a big time deer hunter and has been for about 55 years.  Deer gun season opened this past Saturday and it was the first time in Tommy's history of hunting that he has not gone the first day.  The past few years his interest has lessened somewhat and this year he's sort of distracted by the new house.  But, he has some gorgeous trophy's from his years of hunting and thankfully he has an office to hang and display those in.  I am not a fan of wildlife in one's home, but that's just a personal preference.  I have eaten venison and duck but am not a fan of either.  Ground deer does make some really good chili though and it's much healthier than beef for sure.

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful 'bird's eye view' of something below?
On one of my trips to NYC we went up to The Top of the Rock in mid-town Manhatten.  Talk about a bird's eye view - breathe taking for sure!

3.  Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in bird prints, knickknacks, fabric or pottery.

I do not have any of the live kind, but every other mentioned, I have.  I love bird decor!  I have some beautiful Andrea birds, I have some of the fat pottery type birds and a couple of beautiful bird prints.  Birds will definitely find a spot in our new house.

4. Tell about a time you 'killed two birds with one stone'?
I guess that's sort of what I'm doing now as I begin the packing process and while I pack I'm going through things and getting rid of things.  It's a most fulfilling process.

5. Your favorite song with a bird in it's title?
I have always loved Snow Bird by Ann Murry.  In fact, there wasn't a song by Ann that I didn't like and still do.

6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?
Well, this is pretty silly but watching Mark and Sadie do the Rumba last week on DWTS.  It was perfectly beautiful and done with such style and grace.  We are so proud of our North Louisiana sweetheart.  I do believe she and Mark are headed straight to the top.

7. Halloween is this Friday...any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume.
No plans as of yet and probably won't have any.  I did trick or treat as a child and it was all fun in those days and the neighbors always made homemade treats for us and there was never any worry with us bringing it home and eating it.  We did carve pumpkins but never had any that would have won a prize for sure.  But, we sure did have fun trying.  I cannot even remember any costume so guess none were all that memorable. ~sigh~

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Are your mailboxes as full as mine with all the Christmas catalogs?  I think I started getting them in early Sept. and probably have thrown 90% of them straight into the trash.  First, I've pretty much finished my Christmas shopping now and I will generally just find the item I'm looking for on the internet rather than browsing through catalogs.  I have found myself browsing through home decor catalogs lately and that's pretty much the only catalogs that make the cut here.  I know these catalogs cannot be cheap to print and it makes me feel a little bad that I just chunk them before ever even opening them but, it's just the way it is. 
~so much for my random thought~

Monday, October 27, 2014

HELLO Monday!!

Linking up with Lisa Leonard for some "Hello Mondays." Just a word about Lisa.........if you have never dropped by Lisa's blog then I urge you to click on the link and visit her.  She's an awesome Christian gal with so much talent and creates the most gorgeous jewelry.  She is Mom to a special needs son that she shares about with such devotion.  Now, on to some hello's this morning.
HELLO new house progress....Lots and lots is going on with the new house.  Last week they finished the insulation, started hanging sheet rock and the bricks were delivered.  Of course, with the bricks all bundled up you can't really tell at all what they are going to look like.  But, they will start laying them in the next week or so and then you will be able to tell what they will look like. This morning they are starting on the stucco and continuing with the sheet rock. It is "all hands on deck" and it is truly taking shape!
HELLO packing, getting rid of and going through process.......I began this process last week and what a job!  I am using an area in our upstairs to put the boxes I pack so as to keep the rest of the house looking neat and tidy.  The problem with that is I have to carry every box that I pack downstairs up the steep stairs. I must have carried 15+ boxes up there on Saturday and can I just tell you that I was tired.  The boxes I pack upstairs are just moved to the area where they are being stacked and no stairs are involved.  I'm trying to make wise decisions in what I am keeping.  I really had a hard time when I was packing up my China and crystal.  The last time I used it was 7 years ago and before that, I couldn't tell you.  My kids do not want it so I'd probably be just as well off if I sold it when we have an estate sale after our move.  But, I did pack it up very carefully and for now, it's making the move.  And, because I'm doing my own packing I can't use very big boxes because of the lifting.  So, as our daughter said, we'll probably have 600 boxes in the end and it could have been half that many if I had been able to use bigger boxes.  But, I want to pack myself because no one else would be able to decide for me if it goes in the "keep, get rid of or sell" pile.  I'm just thankful that I have anywhere from 4 - 6 months to do this.

HELLO frozen Greek yogurt......when I find something that is good I always try to share it with you.  I came across this the other day and can I just tell you that it is delicious!  It is another low calorie nighttime treat.  It comes in a couple of flavors but I always gravitate towards blueberry.  I let it sit about 15 minutes before I eat it and it is in a softer, creamy state and oh, so good!

Here's wishing you a beautiful new week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Letters

I haven't written any letters in quite some time so felt the need to do so.  A little letter writing always does the mind good.
Dear 2014 - where have you gone?  Wasn't January 1st just the other day?  And, is it true that the older we get the faster time goes? I sure hope not!
Dear - why did I even have to find out about you.  You are even better than Zulily and you tempt me more than I need to be tempted with all your super discounted prices.
Dear Internet - you make Christmas shopping so insanely easy that now the most difficult part of Christmas shopping is the wrapping of the gifts.  Some folks say that they have to "touch and feel" before they buy, well, not me.  I'm good with just seeing it and I would say that 90% of the time I'm happy as a clam with what I ordered.  And, it's so great when the kids just email you the link for the item(s) they want and then you do not have to wonder if you are getting the right size, color, etc.
Dear DWTS - I do not watch your show but this season I have been recording it so I can keep up with Sadie. She is like a breath of fresh air and I am hoping she takes it all the way to the finish line. I fast forward through everyone except Sadie but have seen enough that I'm thinking your show should  probably be rated "R" except for Sadie's dances. ~nuff said~
Dear Cervical Injection - I'm going to get one more of you this next Thursday and am really hoping that you "do the trick" this time. The first two "did the trick" for about 6-8 weeks and then the pain returned, not as severely, but still a huge aggravation to me.  So, my Dr. (a Neurologist) says that he wants me to try one more. If it doesn't work then he will go in and remove the bone spur and that will take care of the issue.  I'm just so thankful for a Dr. that is willing to do the least invasive surgery should it come to that.  I had seen another Dr. (Orthopedist) and he said I needed to have the disc removed.  No, I don't think so, the Neurologist says that removal of the bone spur is all that is needed.  And, I, personally, would NEVER let anyone one but a Neurologist do any surgery on my neck. ~just sayin'~   It's amazing to me how many folks just take the word of Drs. as the gospel and never get a second opinion or see a specialist.
Dear Hallmark App - can't believe I didn't know about you until a couple of months ago.  I so enjoyed watching both seasons of Cedar Cove in the mornings while I walked on the treadmill. Now, I'm enjoying some of your movies.  You rate right up there with Netflix except for your bothersome ads.  But, since you are free, guess that explains the reason for the ads. Ugh!
Dear New House - a friend stopped by to take a tour of you the other day and her comment to me afterwards was, "this is one of the most livable houses I've ever seen."  I'm not sure she realizes what a compliment that was to me, and, you are only half way finished! Bet she will really think you are livable when she sees the finished product.  ~exciting times~

Dear Voters - election time is just around the corner and it is of utmost important that we all go and vote!  We are at a most critical time in our country and I hope you will give much prayer and thought to those that you vote to put into office to make decisions on your behalf.  This is serious business!!

Dear Care Zone Meds App - you rate right up there with the best apps available.  It is so nice to have my medications scanned in and if I ever need to refer to them, they are on my phone.  No more having to remember what I take, how much I take or when I need to have it refilled.  I enjoy it and I'm only on two medications so I know if folks are on lots of medication they would really, really like you. And, you have lots of other features that make you very worthwhile, such as a place for other members of the family's medications. 
Dear Readers of my Blog - please know that I am more than appreciative of your sweet comments about my blog. Hardly a week goes by that some random person doesn't stop me to tell me how much she enjoys my blog.  I'm often so surprised at the various ones that stop by my blog and it's like icing on the cake for me.  I blog for myself and if others enjoy it, then that's all the better.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hodgepodge Wednesday

It's Wednesday and that means Joyce has come up with 7 more questions for us.  Week in and week out Joyce shows up for us in the midst of the "bazillion" other things she has going on in her life.  We appreciate you Joyce!
 1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, 'Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so? I have not.  There's been little time for sitting except for evening and I'm afraid I can't see the leaves turn at that time of day. ~chuckle~  Between building a house, having company and the other routine day to day things I've not sat very much.  But, perhaps I will get to in the not so far off future and while it is VERY hard for me to leave anything undone, perhaps I should give it a try.  As my dear Mom use to say to me, "the work will be there when you get to it."  Yea, that's what I'm afraid of.............. 

2. Since we're talking turning...what's one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?
This will sound crazy since our household consists of just me and the Hubs, but I think our ironing multiplies over night.  No joke, it does seem I'm doing it every time I turn around.  And, just as I stated above, I cannot stand to see it undone, so I try to get it done and put away in a most timely manner.  And, I do my Dad's also and that account for about 5 pieces per week and it seems we have about 25 pieces. ~maybe not quite that many~
3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek?'

It has gotten easier the older I've gotten and I was raised that was just what you did.  I truly believe that can touch a person's soul way more than trying to "get even."

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?

About two months ago we were looking for the house plan that had all the floor outlets laid on it.  I had cut out all the furniture to scale, taped them in their proper place in the house and then placed the floor outlets exactly where they needed to be.  Well, we/I lost that and Hubby and I did literally turn this house upside down looking for it to no avail.  So, so aggravating because then we had to just guess as best we remembered and we missed one very important floor plug.  Thankfully our nice electrician is going to add it for us even though that means breaking into the slab a little.  But, floor plugs are important!  We have never had them in our present house and I look forward to not having unsightly cords all over the place. 

5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

I have been on the receiving end of that many times but last week I was given the privilege to be on the giving end.  I hosted my study club here in our home last week and the gal that was suppose to do the program had a death in her family and was unable to do the program.  She had the program prepared and asked me if I thought I might  "pull it off."  Well, this gal comes to the rescue of so many all of the time and I was thrilled that I could "come to her aid" at this time.  

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

Oh, it's very easy for me because I am NOT a lover of fruit.  I do enjoy an apple every blue moon, so I will have to go with red and the rest of you can have all the yellow and orange fruit you like. ~not for me~

7. The Hunt for Red October, October Sky, Halloween...which 'October' film is your favorite?

October Baby.........I watched this on Netflix and it is a very moving story about a young girl that finds out she has been adopted after her birth Mom had a failed abortion. It is a faith based movie and well worth watching. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Our little "C-man" got to go to the Pumpkin Patch at their church a few days ago and his Mom snapped this precious picture of him.  Look at those rosey cheeks!

Monday, October 20, 2014

HELLO Monday................

It's another Monday already and time for some HELLO's. Hope you have a great new week!
 HELLO fun women's gathering.....last Thursday I hosted my study club for our monthly meeting.   We operate on a rotation basis doing the program, providing the meal and hosting in our home. I gave the program (the other hostess that was suppose to do the program had a death in her family and was unable to do it) and  we enjoyed a delicious meal of Chicken and Spinach Crepes, a green salad with fruit and bran muffins.  The meal was topped off with 4-layer delight.  It's a fun group of ladies and we always enjoy the social aspect of the club as much as anything.  It is a lot of work for the 3 hostesses but when it comes off without a hitch and everyone enjoys themselves, it makes it all worthwhile.
HELLO early birthday..... my Dad will be 85 years young on Nov. 9th.  But, since my youngest brother was in town this past weekend we decided to go ahead and celebrate this grand occasion.  For the most part Dad is doing well.  He enjoyed the festivities and felt very loved by his family. ~and that's what truly matters~ I wish I could wave a magic wand and restore his vision and hearing and take away the lasting effects of GBS.  He tries everyday to put his best foot forward but often it is a struggle and as best I can, I understand that.  Aging is definitely not for "sissies."

HELLO house progress.....things continue to progress right along.  This past week they put the beaded board up on the back porch, the a/c folks were putting in the guts of the system and the tubs were placed (not installed) in their proper places.  Not really stuff that's all that pretty to photograph, but absolutely necessary.  This week they will be finishing up the insulation and starting on the sheet rock.  Definitely looking more and more like a house each week.

HELLO Mexican Stackups..... many of you that read my post this past Friday asked me to please give you the recipe for the Mexican Stackups that I mentioned.  So, here goes.  I don't really have a recipe and couldn't really find the recipe for the kind we make in our "neck of the woods" on the internet.  So, I will share with you how I make them and it is a recipe that you can improvise however you may wish to suit your tastes.  The following ingredients are stacked on a plate:

Fritos ( I crush mine)
Chili (I make mine)
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomatotes
Sliced black olives
Chopped green onions
Rotel cheese sauce (I make with Velvetta and Rotel in a crockpot)
Topped with crushed peanuts

These are the items that our family likes included in them but I have seen black beans, corn, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, guacamole included in the above line up or replacing some of the items in the above list.  There's no right or wrong way to do them, just whatever suits your fancy.  AND, can I just warn you that when you start building this stack up it will grow huge in a hurry.  It is a family favorite at this house and it's always a hit if you are having a large crowd.  And, even though there are a lot of ingredients, it is "easy peasy" to throw together. So, there you have it, now hope you can find an occasion to give it a try!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lea's Daybook - Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

 It's always fun to do a Daybook and I try to do one each month and today is that day for October.
Fall has just about arrived here and it makes me very happy.  I do love fall and all of it's gorgeous colors and weather.


Outside my is still rather dark but promising to be a beautiful fall day.  I sort of look forward to Daylight Savings Time on Nov. 2nd except that it means it will be dark about the time we sit down to dinner.  Bummer, I want it light in the early morning and in the late evening.  Guess that's called, "I want my cake and eat it too." 

I am thinking...of what fun it was to entertain a group of ladies yesterday.  It was likely the last large gathering I will be hosting in this house but I so look forward to entertaining in our new house.

I am thankful...that the building of our house has gone so smoothly thus far.  It is a busy time but there have not been any major "hurdles" thus far and I'm crossing my fingers it will continue this way.

In the kitchen...well, we had company last weekend and my brother is here right now, so that always means some extra time in the kitchen.  Today I'll be making up all the ingredients for Mexican Stack-ups for an early 85th birthday dinner for my Dad this evening.

I am wearing...brown cargo pants with a beige top and brown sandals.  Accessorized with a coppery colored cross necklace and earrings.  ~like you really cared~ smile~

I am a district Garden Club meeting in a couple of weeks. I am serving as Vice President of our local club this year. While I'm not exactly a "gardening enthusiast," I do enjoy the programs we have and I have learned a lot of great things about plants and table scapes by being in this club. And, I hear the program for the district meeting is going to be well worth being there for.

I am wondering...a whole lot about the new house.  I sit and think about where this will go, where that will go and where some things just will not go.  It's such fun to imagine what it will all look like once we actually get moved in.

I am reading...nothing in particular at this time but I just started using Living Life Undaunted by Christine Caine as my daily devotional book.  I had never even heard of her until a couple of months ago and she is "something else" and so sold out to God and His plan for her life.  Quite the lady!!!

I am begin the "going through" and "getting rid of" things process in the next couple of weeks.  I want to take my time and methodically work through the house. I'm clearing out an area in our upstairs to do this so that only that small area will be in disarray.  It will be an area where I can put boxes with either items to move or items to get rid of.  What fun!!!! ~NOT~

I am looking forward to...having a large closet!  Need I say anything more? 

I am learning....all I can about Ebola.  Oh, my, it is really scary and makes me think that truly we are in the "end times." 

Around the house...things are not nearly as neat and tidy as I would like for them to be.  To those who come in, it looks great, but I know every nook and cranny and I love having everything in order and it is just not right now and likely will not be again in this house.  My interest has waned and I just cannot seem to get motivated to keep it as tidy since we will be moving in the next 5-6 months.  I know, that's still a long ways off but "it is what it is." ~big smile~

I am pondering...whether or not I am going to do my "annual" fudge making this Christmas season.  And, I'm pretty sure I am not.  I can't remember how long I have been making anywhere from 40-60 lbs. of fudge to give away at Christmas but it's probably been at least 15+ years.  By this time I usually have at least 15 lbs made,
and in the freezer,  and that is not the case this year.  Yes, I am very busy but that's not really my reasoning.  I have come to realize in the past couple of years that most folks are inundated with "sweets" during the holidays and mine is just "one more" to add to the collection.  I know we end up with quite a collection here and often a lot of it goes to waste and that makes me gringe when I think that my delicious homemade fudge might go to waste.  So, not sure what I will do, if anything, but it probably will not be fudge.  As the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end at some point." ~so, so sorry folks~ I think when I first started making it that it really was "special" because folks didn't have the array of goodies that they now do, but that is generally not the case now for most folks.  It seems really strange for me not to be stirring up pot after pot of fudge.

A favorite quote for today...

"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did.
But, people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou
I'm not sure any truer words have ever been spoken.

One of my favorite working hard to pull together a gathering or event and have it come off exactly as I planned.  Such was the case for the gathering I hosted in our home yesterday.  Makes all the hard work and effort worth it.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....Well, this week is just about over and I'll spend this weekend enjoying having my youngest brother here visiting.  He is always very faithful to come and spend time with our Dad and on this visit we will be celebrating Dad's 85th birthday a bit early.  His "real" birthday is Nov. 9th but since my brother was coming this weekend, it just seemed appropriate that we celebrate it while he was in town.

A peek into my day...making a big pot of chili to use in our Mexican Stackups this evening.  They are one of my Dad's favorite meals and while they don't sound like much of a "birthday meal," if that's what he enjoys then that makes it alright.  Right???