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.

FOR TODAY



Outside my window...it 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 going...to 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 hoping...to 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 things...is 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???



 
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

10 comments:

  1. So, what are Mexican Stack-ups?

    I need to do a Daybook one of these days. I probably said that the last time you did one, but I didn't. ;-)

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  2. Don't worry one more day about ebola. Please! The media has totally gone hysterical with it. It's only a problem in West Africa. SEe my fb post from yesterday where it was addressed . I'm sick of irresponsible journalists just adding to the hysteria that is NOT based on truth.

    As for the end times, I agree we may be in them.

    I think you're using wisdom on the fudge. I have never regretted cutting back on anything at Christmas. The only thing EVER missed were burnt cookies for my dad, who just LOVES them.

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  3. Enjoyed this as always. I know what you mean about seeing something you planned and worked on for a while coming off just as you saw it. It's a good feeling. As for the fudge, I agree. I think it has always been hard for me to let go of a tradition, but in the world we live in today, some things just aren't practical anymore. I used to give BIG plates of assorted cookies and breads at the holidays to neighbors and even family. Sooo much work...I do think some people appreciated it, (especially my kids, lol) but for a lot of them it was just more added to the pile. You can get SUCH good sweets anymore at Costco, the grocery store and various other places that it just seems like soo much work for overkill. But it was STILL hard letting go. The last couple of years I make sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies for my kids and grandkids to eat on Christmas day, and that's about it. And what's left over I send home with them. Soo much easier. lol Enjoy your week-end Lea! Oh, and I am like Kathy...so what's Mexican Stack-ups?

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  4. As always, enjoyed my visit after some time away...I bet it's hard not to think about the house!!


    Hugs!

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  5. Mexican Stack-ups is our favorite family go-to meal. We introduced it to a groups of friends here a few weeks ago and they loved it. Hard to believe no one else knows about this fun and easy meal. I agree with the fudge decision. We just don't eat sweets like we used to, and who wants to waist a thoughtful, delicious gift. Enjoy your weekend.

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  6. So many good thoughts here Lea. I enjoyed browsing through them. Have to say, I heard chrstine Caine not long ago, and she is a firecracker!! Loved that girl. He message is so 'out there' and passionate.

    Sad about your fudge, but I do agree. Now we need to find a low fat healthy treat to make and give away. None of those are nearly so much fun!! :)

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  7. P.S.... give us your Mexican stack up recipe, it sounds super good.

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  8. I think you have made a good choice with the fudge. I have had similar discussions with myself about our family fudge recipe, as wonderful as it is.

    I like the saying, "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels," or something like that.

    Have a wonderful weekend celebrating your dad's birthday!

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  9. Happy early birthday to your dad! So glad you are able to celebrate with him <3

    Great to hear your house construction is moving along without hiccoughs! & Good to catch up with you again!

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  10. Lea.. I love this series that you do. I learn more and more wonderful things about you!

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So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!