Friday, June 17, 2022

A Random Catch-Up

It's wayyyy past time for a regular blog post.  I won't even try to give excuses, but, just wanted to catch you up on some of the latest happenings. 

I feel like a front porch says so much about a house and I always want ours to convey a "warm and welcoming" feeling to those passing or stopping by.  I decided to go with lemon yellow buffalo check pillows and ribbon for the spring and summer.  I always enjoy getting the porch ready for each season.

We have both wanted up lighting on our house for quite some time.  Hubby decided a few weeks ago to  have it installed and we could not be more pleased.  It gives such a pretty glow at night.  Of course, we'll enjoy it more in the winter when it gets dark earlier.  We had it installed in the back as well so that we could enjoy it from inside the house thru the back windows. 

We had bunches and bunches of periwinkles planted about 2 weeks ago.  They should be bursting forth soon and add some pretty color to the yard.  And, you can hardly see the pretty trailing petunia baskets hanging on the pergola entrance.  Hubby loves petunias and saw these at a local nursery and couldn't resist getting them.  He's done a good job of caring for them and they are thriving.  They require a whole lot of watering in this hot, hot weather that we are experiencing.

I saw this pelican at a local shop that sells all kinds of concrete statuaries.  He came in just plain concrete but the business has someone who will paint any statuary if you so desire. I had seen one painted and it had so much more personality than the unpainted ones.  He found the perfect spot on our patio and and a friend suggested we name him, Mr. Bellvedere. So, Mr. Bellvedere it is!

Bridget and the boys came last week for a few days and it was all hands on deck around here.  As you can tell from the pics, fishing was enjoyed by all.  We made such a good decision when we decided to build on the pond side of our neighborhood.  It is almost in our backdoor and has brought hours of pleasure for sure.

  Bridget and my DIL decided to have an early 70th birthday celebration for me since Bridget won't be here on my actual birthday, July 29th.  They cooked an absolutely delicious meal, crowned me the "birthday queen" and had this, not only gorgeous, but also very delicious birthday cake made.  It was a great celebration and I think I'll just keep on celebrating until July 29th.  I mean, 70 really is a BIG birthday and I think deserves to be celebrated a LONG time. ~chuckle!

And, as you know, this Sunday is Father's Day.  I am blessed to still have my Dad and at 92, he is still in reasonably good health.  Bridget and Clancy went over to visit with him while they were here.  Daddy enjoyed their visit, especially talking to Clancy.  I thought the above picture was so sweet.

Sunday will not be much of a different day for Daddy and doubtful he'll even remember it is Father's Day.  But, I will go visit him,  give him a big ole hug and remind him of the blessing he continues to be in my life.

And, that's what's been going on around here in recent weeks.  Otherwise, we are trying to stay cool as it is already extremely hot and humid here in NE Louisiana.  

I pray this is true for the state of our country.  God bless America!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Well, don't faint and fall out but this is my second post in two days.  I mean, really!!! It's so good to join Joyce and the Hodgepodge today.  I guess my only excuse is lack of desire and life getting in the way.  But, I'm going to try to do better because I truly love blogging.  For now, I'll get on with today's HP questions.

1. "A daughter's a daughter all her life, but a son's a son til he takes a wife." What say you? Elaborate.

Our son

Our daughter

Well, for us, I'd have to say our son is still our son even though he has now been married almost 17 years.  His first devotion is to his family and that is as it should be but we have never felt that we lost our son when he married.  We gained a daughter in love. And, thankfully I have a great relationship with our DIL 

2. Something you've seen recently that was 'cuter than a June bug'

Our Andi Kate (youngest granddaughter)  just ended her second year of softball.  She played in the 8-9 year old league but is only 7.  She is quite the player and we had more fun watching her play and her CiCi laughed and cheered more than the law allows.  And, this little red haired girl was definitely "cuter than a June bug" in her uniform with her braided red hair.  BTW, she made the winning run for her team to win FIRST place in the league.

3. 'You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that's pretty much the same thing.' Agree or disagree? Last time you had a serving of happiness ice cream?  Dish-cone-milkshake-sundae...which one do you choose? 

Well, not exactly.  I do like ice cream but I don't equate it to happiness but, on the rare occasion that I do eat it, I suppose it does make me happy. ~did that make any sense?~We have some of the best ice cream about 2 miles from our house at a little place called, "The Country Creamery."  I took one of the Gran girls over there the other night and we got cups of ice cream for all of us.  I've probably only been over there for ice cream a couple of times in the almost 7 years that we have lived here.  

4. What is one way/area in which you're currently 'swimming against the tide'? 

It appears I am definitely swimming against the tide politically.  I'll just leave it right there.

5. Three things you're looking forward to this summer?

Bridget and the boys will be arriving tomorrow for a few days visit.  So, that's the first thing on my list.

We have no big plans otherwise, but I have a really BIG birthday coming up the end of July and I haven't quite decided if I'm looking forward to it or not. ~big laugh~ There will be more about this later. ~hold tight~

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Bridget finished up her 20th year in the classroom this last school year.  She taught for the first 18 and was a Math Specialist the last 2.  About 2 1/2 years ago she decided that she wanted to get her doctorate in Math Education.~ like she needed one more thing to do~  They live very near Oklahoma State University so that is where she is pursing her Doctorate.  And, an opening came up for a Math Instructor in the Education Department for this coming school year and Bridget applied for it and got the job.  She is so excited and we are so excited for her.  This will make getting her doctorate a bit easier as far as being there on the campus. Right now she is projected to be Dr. Bridget Broome in 2025.  Needless to say, she is very passionate about Math and about teaching.

Today would have been my Mom's 92nd birthday.  It's hard for me to believe she left for her heavenly home 14 years ago.  This was one of her favorite Bible verses..........

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

May Prime Purchases

Folks, here it is, the first Tuesday of June!  Wow!  we are almost half way thru 2022 and what a year it has been and continues to be.  And, do I even have to mention the high costs of pretty much everything? If things continue, there may be no more Prime posts as all money will be going for gas and food. ~I'm not joking~


I love a loaf cake because they cut so beautifully.  But, I also like to have a way to keep it fresh.  I have never been able to find a container that would fit my extra long loaf pan.  That is until now.  I haven't looked for one for quite some time and decided to check a few weeks ago and ran across this. My long loaf pan is right at 14" long and it fits perfectly in this keeper.  It is certainly not the most attractive keeper but it works.  I have looked and searched for a glass keeper that would fit this large loaf pan, or even a regular size loaf pan, and I just don't think there is such a "beast."  But, I'm thrilled as can be to have found this to keep my pound cakes FRESH when I bake them in a long loaf pan.


I diffuse lavender essential oil every night!  I have been doing this 3-4 years and I truly do believe it enhances my sleep.  I found this brand several months ago and is so much more affordable than other brands I had bought.  I buy the 4 ounce bottle and it lasts me quite a while.  I also rub it on the bottoms of my feet and inside my wrists.  I have never had any serious sleep issues but at times I will wake up between 1:00 - 2:00 AM and have difficulty going back to sleep.  I do believe this helps.  This brand also has lots of other oils, so if you prefer another oil, you'll probably find it here.


Folks, this is the greatest kitchen gadget!  My sister in law had their coffee pot on this and it makes sliding the pot in and out from under the cabinets "smooth as silk.".  It has a locking mechanism that keeps it in place while you are filling it or making your coffee.  It comes in two sizes and is good for any other appliance that you may want to place on it.  I got the smaller of the two for my coffee pot.


And, this my friends, is my new coffee maker that sits on the above slider.  I must admit, I love coffee makers and when a new model comes out I can hardly resist getting it.  I love Cuisinart and feel like their products are of such high quality.  I've been using the pot side of this one since getting it but the pod option is right there whenever I might want to just brew a single cup.  I love the option of programing it to brew automatically and I wake up to my freshly brewed coffee and it gets my day started off just perfectly. 


I do love embellished comfy shoes and these are both sparkly and comfy. I found they run about a half size small.  I returned my first pair and ordered a larger size.  And, because I have narrow feet I had to put an extra insole in them to take up the slack.  It is often hard to find shoes that even come in narrow widths.  But, where there's a will, there's a way and I can usually make it work.


These are the cutest bracelets!  They come in lots of colors, are stretchy and you can wear all of them, half of them or one of them.  Buy a couple of them and mix and match them.  They come in a lovely box and would make a great gift. 


We have used the same throws ever since we moved in this house almost 7 years ago.  I decided that I wanted some different ones.  These are so nice and soft and the added ball fringe makes for such a nice look.  They come in several colors and are a tad bit larger than most throws.  I use a throw year around when I sit in my recliner.  I want something over my legs regardless of the temperature.


You may remember that I love gazing balls and have 3 of them in various flower beds.  They do fade out over time and I had one that just wasn't very attractive anymore so I replaced it with this one.  It is so, so pretty and especially when the sunlight hits it.  Amazon also carries all types of gazing ball stands.


These are the cutest capri leggings and come in a whole lot of other prints.  They have the wonderful phone pocket and are so comfortable.  Now, I cannot stand anything skin tight so I got these in a Large and they fit wonderfully.  I wear a size 8 and their chart said I would need a medium but for me, the large is perfect!

Okie dokie gals, that's it for this go around.  I do hope you saw something to put in your cart. Wishing you a great rest of the week.  Our daughter and the grandsons will be arriving on Thursday for a few days, so it will be "all hands on deck" around here. 

 I'm going to try and put forth the effort to start blogging weekly.  We'll see how that works out.  Blessings abundant!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

April Prime Purchases

Bible  Verse  Cards

If you know someone going through a tough time then these might be the perfect "happie" for them.  It is 48 very attractive scripture cards.  You might even enjoy having a set for yourself. 



The above cards fit perfectly in this acrylic  holder and make a nice addition to the cards as they do not come with a holder.  I have recently given 3 sets of the cards with these acrylic holders to different friends going through a tough time.



This is a great jacket made out of sweatshirt material.  The best part to me is that it does NOT have a hood.  I am not a big fan of hooded jackets.  These come in a few other colors as well and this has served me real well with the colder mornings and warmer afternoons we've had.  I like wearing it with my black leggings and a tunic top and the top is longer than the jacket. It's a cute look.



I cannot tell you how many of these I use. I've been using them for years and years.  I use them a lot when I'm cooking, especially with raw meat.  They fit like a second skin and are relatively tough. They are a wonderful hand protector.



Do we have any harmonica lovers out there?  My Daddy use to play many moons ago and he told me he would like to see if he could relearn to play.  So, I ordered him one and told him it was his Father's Day gift.  I was thrilled to be able to get him something that he would enjoy that doesn't require eyesight to do.  He's playing it everyday and says he's getting closer to actually playing a tune.  I can't wait to hear him.  I do hope it will bring him lots of enjoyment.



My closet is full of these.  I like to partially cover my nicer clothes with these shoulder dust covers. They are a nice clear vinyl and come 12 to a package.



My potholders had gotten so stained and ugly and needed replacing.  Of course, I went straight to Amazon and found these.  They are wonderful and come in several colors.  They are very nice quality and one side is a heat resistant material.  



Belts to wear in belt  loops have made such a comeback in recent years.  I ordered  this in both black and gray and it is a nice looking and such a reasonable price. The embellishments really make the belt.  If you are needing a black or gray belt then you might want to order this.



This is such a cute jacket and comes in  about 15 colors.  It looks so cute with the sleeves rolled and the lining showing.  I love the open front, no buttons, just open and free.  I use mine for casual wear but they could definitely be dressed up if need be.  NOTE: they do come folded and are quite wrinkled but I have a portable steamer and it worked great in releasing the wrinkles.  It's very well made and I do love the front pockets.



Gals, these are so cute!  But, you may feel like my daughter and DIL and just not care for this look at all.  Suit yourself! ~smile~  It's such a fun look and I will wear it when I'm pretty much hanging out at the house but would wear them for a quick trip to Wal-Mart too.  



Can we ever have too many food storage containers!  I don't think so and I love the 3 sizes of these. They are great for the freezer as well. They are affordable and there are 22 containers and tops.



I LOVE a cordless vacuum!  I own 2 Dysons here for the house but just did not want to spend that much for a vacuum for Hubby's office.  When I saw the great reviews this one received I decided that I would give this a go!  The gal that cleans the office has great things to say about it, so if you want a reasonably priced cordless vacuum, that performs well, you might want to give this one a try.



 I wear camisoles pretty much everyday, regardless of the temperature.  These are really nice and an extra perk is the adjustable straps. They come in a package of 4.


And, there you have it, another month of Prime purchases. I hope you found something that you need/want.  Wishing you a MARVELOUS May!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

An Eastery Hodgepodge

It sure does seem that we got to Easter mighty quickly. Didn't we just celebrate Christmas? I know we say it all the time, but, time really does speed right on by.  But, for now, I'll enjoy answering the questions that Joyce has prepared for us this Easter week.  

1. Do you celebrate Easter? If so what are your plans this year? Did you have egg hunts as a kid? 

Oh, yes, we do celebrate Easter! It's one of my most favorite celebrations. This year will be a bit different as we generally have our son and family here and celebrate on Sat. I hide eggs for the girls and have some Easter "happies" for them.  But, they will be at the beach this weekend with their Mom and other Grandmother.  I gave them their "happies" last weekend.  Our son will join us for lunch on Sunday.  It will be a lowkey Easter but that certainly doesn't lower the significance of the day.

I can't remember hunting eggs as a child but surely I did.  I'm sure Easter baskets were merely for holding eggs and there was nothing else in them.  Easter baskets, like everything else, have gone a bit over the top in recent years.

2. What's your favorite bread to find in a bread basket? 

Oh, my goodness!  While I do not generally eat bread, I'll sure take just about any kind. It's something I treat myself to when eating out if the restaurant brings bread as an appetizer. Give me bread and oil and I really don't even need a meal.  It's a good thing that it's not available often.

3. Your favorite chick flick?

I have a few but Steel Magnolias was the first to pop into my mind.  Such a great, great movie and filmed right here in our great state of Louisiana.

4.Tax day is rapidly approaching in the US of A...what's something you currently find 'taxing'? 

Yesterday morning I decided to bake some brownies for the Grand girls and their Momma to take to the beach with them this weekend.  I usually use a couple of my brownie pans because I love not having to cut brownies and these are neat and nice little small squares with about 24 to a pan.  But, I decided to use my mini cupcake pans instead. I baked them, cooled them and then went to remove them and they simply would NOT come out.  I was so frustrated!  I had even sprayed the pans with Pam.   It ended up being the biggest mess and to say I was "taxed" would be an understatement.  I finally got them all scrapped out and thrown in the trash.  I bake all the time and I pretty much know all the "tricks of the trade" and I'm fairly certain that I should have sprayed the pans with Baker's Secret rather than Pam.  I use Baker's Secret in my bundt pans and have NEVER had a cake stick, even in the fancy designed pans.  I'm not sure why I chose Pam but it will NOT happen again.  I'm going to try a redo today so I will let you know. ~smile~

5. Have you ever ridden in a taxi? Do you have a funny-scary-crazy-interesting taxi story to share? Do you use any of the newer taxi-like services such as Uber? 

On my first two trips to NYC a taxi was all we used to get us from place to place.  It was an unforgettable experience!  I'm not sure I've ever been so scared in my life.  I mean those drivers drive like a "bat out of he...."  I finally had had all I could take and I told one of the drivers that I would appreciate him driving carefully and he did.  They drive fast, stop fast and weave in and out of traffic all while going FAST!  

On my last trip to NYC about 3 years ago we used Uber for everything and they were amazing.  We had the app on our phones and they showed up at the right place at the right time and drove decently.  No more NYC taxis for this gal! 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Because HE lives, I can face tomorrow.