Mar 31, 2011


Oh this crazy language of ours!  This morning as my husband asked me how to spell the word wound, as in the result of an action; I answered W O U N D.  So he quickly typed the word down and looked for the synonym and it came up wound ... as in being hurt, injury, lesion.  But I was pretty sure I was right so I searched about winding a watch to find the word wound.  This is what I found: "The fully-wound mainspring in a typical watch can store enough energy reserve for ... walking was necessary to wind the watch sufficiently for eight days ... "
When the synonym had no mention of over winding a watch I got to second guessing myself and wondering if I had the correct spelling so I said maybe it's  w-o-n-d ... WOND (1400 AM) is a news/talk radio station in Pleasantville, New Jersey.  I was wrong again!  So I said try wand. Well that came up as a magical stick, and I knew it would.  Here I was right the first time but went into the guessing game because of this crazy lanuage of ours.  When you think of it "to wind a watch" is spelled the same as wind - the bulk movement of air, air in action.  So after all this time (or is that thyme) searching and laughing about our language he wrote down the words "ended up" instead.  And that my dear friends is how it all wound up!

Mar 28, 2011

Heart to Dream

 I don't know about you but when I dream I see, smell, taste and feel as if it actually took place. Last night was no different although by the end of it I recognized a common theme had strung throughout the dream. While traveling through what seemed like a movie set of Harry Potter combined with Gone with the Wind. I know I know but it was a dream and dreams always make sense, right?  Anyways; I moved from one place to another in all forms of transportation. I vividly recall boarding a train that said 'Heart Lines' on the side of the boxcar with this huge beautifully hand carved wooden heart on it with scroll work around the name. Then I saw that the tickets had hearts on them. After leaving the train I met up with some friends. Friends I haven't seen in years and years; way too many years. It was all so real, although the timeframe was more like the late twenties or early thirties and it took place in England ~ a place I've never been, but I sure was last night. My friends and I went shopping, strollng through some beautiful little shops. We passed some trees and without any mention of it I noticed a heart carved in one of the trunks. That was when I first noticed my friends locket hanging around her neck.

I still hadn't made the connection of the heart theme but it was becoming  more evident to me that I was seeing several of them, one right after another. I next noticed them subtly hidden in the brown and gold uphostered tapestry hanging against the wall, in the jewelry cases where one would expect to see them, in clothing hanging on racks, on book covers. Hearts had even been woven within the linen tableclothes.

We stopped for tea and when it was served the waitress set a beautiful antique floral teapot before us ~ with a heart hidden in the flowers and then she set down a plate of complimentary cookies. Hearts!  
I made no mention of this to my friends but by now I had recognized a definate theme being made very apparent to me. Just as I was about to share my discovery with them ~ I woke up!  It was a beautiful dream but still somewhat mysterious!

Mar 27, 2011

Spring Checklist

My spring checklist is moving right along:

* Purchase garden seeds - done
* Clean kithchen cupboards - done
* Buy new bib overalls - done
* Clean bathroom closet -done
* Clean linen closet - done
* Clean clothes closets -
* Start seedlings -
* Paint walls -
* Shave legs - done
* Plan garden -
* Get haircut - done

So what's on your list?

Mar 24, 2011

Chicken Crescents

Several years ago my niece gave me this fantastic recipe! Of course I always doctor the original recipes up by adding something here, changing something there ~ it's like an addiction.  I can't leave anything alone without tweaking it.  Anyways ... this is what we had for supper and it was delicious!

Chicken & Broccoli Crescents

I took left over chicken - deboned it and cut it into small chunks.  Then I shaved a little cheddar cheese on top and combined it with the chicken.   Take crescent rolls and roll the chicken and cheese into each crescent triangle and place in a greased pan.  Take a can of cream of chicken soup and add some grated cheddar cheese.  Melt on medium heat until smooth by adding a little milk to thin it.  While that was warming up I took some fresh broccoli, chopped it up and steamed it just a little so it was still firm.  I drained the broccoli and put it on top of and around the cresent rolls.  Add one can of drained mushrooms on top. Then I poured the cheese sauce on top and a little more grated cheese.  Bake at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes or until browned on top.  Enjoy!!   

Mar 23, 2011

To My Surprise!

Much to my surprise 
 I recieved a blog award
from my sweet friend
Cindy over at
she has a wonderful
Geneology blog.

Now it's up to me to share the award with others. 

Following are the instructions:

1. Acknowledge the award by posting to (your) my blog.

2. Nominate 15 other blogs that I think are lovely (gosh .. only 15??)

3. Contact each person to let them know that they have been nominated.
Drum Roll Please ....
7. The White Farmhouse 
8. Nature Trail
9. Much Love
10. The Decorating Diaries
11. The Life and Times of Remington
12. The Country Blossom
13. Stone Gable
14. Many Rivers to Cross
15. Delightful Order  

So at the risk of being a rebel ~
I'm bending the rules a little
if anyone would like this award
and wasn't listed
please grab it and link it
back to me. 

Have a wonderful morning, day or evening ...
whichever is appropriate at the moment you read this. 

Mar 21, 2011

Ah.. that's better!

You know the old joke about "my back goes out without me" well ...

I've been seeing a chiropractor off and on for several years now and I don't know what I'd do without him.  I try to keep myself in line but certain parts of my body like to twist and turn on their own.  I'd like to call it flexibility but in reality that would have been years ago.  I could once put both feet behind my head at the same time, but now I celebrate just getting my shoes tied in the middle.  You know you can tell a fat person by the way they tie their shoes ... on the outside edge. By the way, I can still tie my shoes in the middle!  I've been working on that and am now hoping to keep my body in line longer than a month at a time. 

A little history of why I see a chiro:  I broke my back in a horse accident when I was 12 years old.  They didn't even know if I could walk until the swelling went down. Thank God, I can walk. Heck, in my younger days I've even been known to dance on a bar once or twice (sister Mel is a bad influence on me - lol)  I wore  a body cast for 6 months and a back brace for an additional 6 months.  Then when I got married they didn't know if I should have children or not because of delivery.  Once that was affirmed as a go, I had three kids with the last one weighing 10# 10oz.  Fortunately I had the same doctor for all three deliveries who had tended my back years prior. He knew me well and he knew my back.  

As I got into health care, I worked in hospitals, nursing homes, home and hospice care.  Throughout those jobs I've had my jaw dislocated, my shoulder muscles torn loose, another incident when my shoulder was dislocated and herniated discs in my lower back, etc.   I was known to be compassionate, understanding and patient with clients, so therefore I was assigned to a lot of the 'tougher' cases.  Now you know why I started seeing a chiropractor to keep my spine in line. 

Today when 'doc' asked how I was, I responded with "I hurt from my neck to the heel of my left foot!"  He said I was really twisted up and it was any wonder that my body hurt.  He adjusted my neck, upper back, mid back, lower back, right hip, both knees and my left foot and heel.  Whew .... I could instantly feel the relief. I followed doc's orders and put ice on my low back and heel when we returned home. 

I love our chiropractor and told him that if we ever move, he better pack up his family and move with us! 

Mar 20, 2011

This is Spring?

First Day of Spring 2011

This is Spring?
It's 'slushing' out!
a mix of snow and rain
heavy, wet

Yes folks, yuckiness is a word!  Especially in our neck of the woods where it 'slushes' out on the first day of Spring.  As my sister Mel over at UpNorthwithMel says we were at the stage of snirt! But now we are covered with snow again.  I want to see some green.  You have no idea how bad I want to see green ... I was so desperate that I even tried the casino this past weekend, and they let me down ... no green their either!!  The only green is what I left there ~ but it wasn't a wasted weekend.  We spent some time  sitting in the hot tub, sauna and swimming with  four of our grand-loves.  A lot of laughs and hugs were shared. 
But then we had a white 'slushy' drive home.  Who'd a thought this was the first day of spring?  How did you welcome spring?  

Mar 17, 2011

~ and now for a little fun click the link below ~
~ and turn up the volume ~

Mar 16, 2011

Or so we Thought!

We live in 'small town' U.S.A. You know - one of those little towns heading toward  extinction.  It was once a booming mining town with the huge population of just over 10,000.  Now that alone should give you an idea of how small this place is if during its boom days it was still that dinky. 

We actually chose to live here for the peace and quiet but there is such an undertow of resnentment towards newcomers that its hard to fit in.  One guy told us he lived here for over 15 years and never felt like he belonged.  So he moved. We know the feeling. They aren't a friendly bunch! There are a couple of people with warm smiles but even after 5 years of living here people  are still looking at us suspiciously like we are strangers and they are wondering what we are doing in 'their' town.  

I can imagine by now you are wondering why we don't just move. Well  with the economy sitting where it is, now - is not the ideal time to sell. We wouldn't even  get back what we paid for our home. Which we do love - we have a great house, just not a great feeling about living here anymore.  I sure hope things pick up in the economy so we can put this place on the market.  Heck - We may even take our chances and plop a "For Sale by Owner" in the front yard and see what happens. 

Back to 'small town' U.S.A.  You hear all kinds of pleas for support to keep these little towns going.  Well ~ as I was making out my short grocery list I decided to go online and print off a few coupons.  Coinsiding with the items on the list we printed off enough coupons to save over a quarter of our bill.  Mind you, there is only one small grocer in the town.  We picked up a few fresh fruits and vegetables and a few other items on the short list - items with online coupons to lessen the blow.  Or so we thought!  SHOP LOCALLY is what they preach. But they do nothing to promote their plea.  We get to the checkout and pass the gal our coupons. She looks at me and says in such an unfriendly tone "those are no good - we don't use online coupons!"  Whaaaaaaaaaat??? They don't use online coupons.  Are we lost in the dark ages or what???  If this small town wants our business the least they could do is to put a friendly face behind the counter and to work with us in our attempt to save money by accepting online coupons.

So from now on, we will continue to print off online coupons and head out of town another half hour away, and we will continue to schedule our shopping along with our doc appts to save on fuel cost and we will use those online coupons!  So there, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!

Mar 15, 2011

4 a.m.
wide awake
sleepless night

Mar 14, 2011

Earthquake and Tsunami

The more footage that comes along showing the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan  - the more my heart aches for them and the harder for my brain to even grasp what all they're going through. 

Here's one of the latest videos I've seen:

Watch it to the end - unbelievable! 

Please note that this is a link to a facebook page and beware of some of the language in the comments.

There's also a pretty graphic one out there with a whale smashing into a building. Sad!

Prayers continue ~ ~ ~ ~  

Mar 12, 2011

Budget Decorating

I'm a budget decorator
~ by choice ~
 an eclectic mix
of tapestry
a mix of natural
with faux 
an honest expression
of me!

I found these little pillows at the Good Will store
knowing I could recover them
and then like magic I found three empty pillow cases
like it was meant to be
and new pillows are created
with a bit of hand stitching
and WOW they're beautiful
and they're reversible!!!
along with past pillow purchases at the same store
I've spent a total of $8.00 on eight pillows! 
Gotta love a deal like that!

Mar 10, 2011

Mmm... and the Recipe too!

I've been fighting the urge to bake
... all winter long. 
Not an easy thing for me to do
because I love to bake
and I really love
to EAT!
this morning 
Apple - Date - Molasses Scones
The real recipe name is
Apple - Oatmeal Scones
but they have all
these other goodies
inside too!

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chilled butter or margarine, diced
3/4 to 1 cup of chopped unpeeled apples
2/3 cup chopped pitted dates
1 large egg - beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Position rack to center of oven - preheat to 400 degrees F.  Lightly grease and flour a baking sheet.
2. Blend dry ingredients, cut in butter with two knifes to resemble a course meal.  Add apples and dates. 
3. Beat egg then add the milk, molasses and vanilla to beaten egg.
4. Gently add egg mixture to dry ingredients until dough holds together.
5. Transfer dough to prepared pan and genlty pat into an 8 inch circle.  Using a serated knife score the dough into 8 wedges being careful not to cut all the way through the dough.  Brush top with a little milk.
6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until top is browned.  Remove from oven and serve hot.  In the event of leftovers - cold is good too!

Mar 6, 2011

I Want This

I love this flower garden 
    the way it flows along
flashing its beautiful colors

its a soul soother 

Photos found online

Mar 4, 2011

Friendly Advice

"Never approach a bull from the front,
 a horse from the rear,
or a fool from any direction"
- Anonymous

Bull photo - CherShots
other photos - internet finds

Mar 2, 2011

Perfect Timing

Every once in a while
the timing is perfect
for the camera's click!