Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fall Comes to Us

For years our family took long day trips driving around

 the Smoky Mountains in fall to see the leaves changing.  Majestic views! :) 

But now that the boys have grown up and are making memories far away

and husband and I can no longer take long driving trips,

fall comes to us!

( A week ago across from our mailbox)


Sunday, June 7, 2015

New Hand Rails

Hello bloggy friends!  I've been missing in action for a few months.  All is well.  I lost some of my pictures I was going to put on the blog so I'm a little behind.  So I'm going to jump right back in!

I'm so thrilled to have rails to hold on to after twenty years of naked steps! Next month I turn sixty and have balance problems so these rails really make me happy!

Hope you are having a great June!  I'm off for a walk!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Orange Pecan Glazed Chicken with Wild Rice

Some of the best recipes I've tried have come from Martha's blog at Lines from Linderhof.  When I saw her recipe for Orange Pecan Glazed Chicken with Wild Rice on her post about her Valentine's Day Luncheon (click here), I quickly gathered the ingredients and asked dear husband to put it together for us! It was great!

We will make it again for Easter Dinner. The orange marmalade,orange juice and pecans with the chicken and wild rice are really yummy! Here is the recipe from Martha's blog.  Do try it!  It will be your family favorite, too!

1 6 oz. package Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice
Chicken broth as needed
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
olive oil, salt and pepper
1 T. butter
1/2 c. orange marmalade
1/4 c. frozen concentrated orange juice
1 t. cornstarch
1/2 c. chopped pecans
Cook the rice according to directions on the package, using chicken broth instead of water.    Preheat the oven to 350.    Place the chicken on a baking pan.    Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.    Bake for approximately 25 minutes.     In a saucepan, combine the 1 T. butter, marmalade and orange juice.    Bring to a boil.   Dissolve the cornstarch in a small amount of water.    Slowly stir in enough of the cornstarch to thicken the butter/orange mixture.    Add the pecans.    Place the cooked rice in a 9 x 13 pan.    Arrange the baked chicken on top of the rice.    Pour the orange glaze over the chicken.    Return to the oven, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until the glaze begins to brown.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Just when I was getting used to winter an ice storm arrived and everything changed again! And the beauty of the outside was incredible all over again  Here are some pictures in my back yard!




This squirrel was enjoying a snack below the birdfeeder.  He seemed to be trying to get my attention!  When I looked up at the birdfeeder above him, I saw the strangest looking bird! Ha!

Thank you for visiting me today!  DH is in and out.  The cold doesn't seem to bother him.  He just wraps up and drinks more hot coffee!  Hope you are warm and enjoying the world out your window!


Friday, February 13, 2015

First Buttercups Blooming

Every February when the buttercups in my yard begin to bloom, my heart just overflows with happiness! Here is a favorite poem written in 1876 by Sarah Orne Jewett.


Down in a field, one day in June,
     The flowers all bloomed together,
Save one, who tried to hide herself,
     And drooped, that pleasant weather.
A robin who had soared too high,
     And felt a little lazy,
Was resting near a buttercup
     Who wished she were a daisy.
For daisies grow so trig and tall;
     She always had a passion
For wearing frills about her neck
     In just the daisies' fashion.
And buttercups must always be
     The same old tiresome color,
While daisies dress in gold and white,
     Although their gold is duller.
"Dear robin," said this sad young flower,
     "Perhaps you'd not mind trying
To find a nice white frill for me,
     Some day, when you are flying?"
"You silly thing!" the robin said;
     "I think you must be crazy!
I'd rather be my honest self
     Than any made-up daisy.
"You're nicer in your own bright gown,
     The little children love you;
Be the best buttercup you can,
     And think no flower above you.
"Though swallows leave me out of sight,
     We'd better keep our places;
Perhaps the world would all go wrong
     With one too many daisies.
"Look bravely up into the sky,
     And be content with knowing
That God wished for a buttercup
     Just here, where you are growing."


Thank you for sharing this spring time favorite with me today on this cold day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Paying it back to Elizabeth cat

Last week I stayed close to home (except for two trips to the store) to take care of my ... cat ... Elizabeth. We raised Elizabeth from a kitten and for eight years she would stay close to us when anyone in the family was sick. We let her out one night and she came back with her back legs hurt.  I won't describe any more ... just to state that after a week of carrying her food to her and $220 veterinary services, she is doing well.

She didn't cry once!  But boy did she ever growl!

Things are slowly getting back to normal!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dining Room Desk

Have you kept your New Year Resolutions?  I have! 

   We are into day 22 and I can hardly wait for this year to be over!  Why did I make such hard resolutions?  Remember the first one?  
I resolve in 2015 to be totally responsible for my own goals. 

 One of my goals was to clean, sort, and organize my dining room desk.  This desk is not the family desk or the computer desk but my desk (in the dining room) where I keep recipes, magazine articles and any information I print off the internet.  My stuff!


I took everything off the top and out of the drawers and sorted it all in stacks on the den.  The den was tied up for about two weeks because I had to read each paper again and evaluate whether to keep it.  The left two drawers in the picture above is a file drawer. I threw away about 20% of the stuff.

 Then I started thinking about the time I had spent and began to wonder if I was going to do this again?  I quickly threw away 50 % of what was left.

It is much easier to use the desk now!


Friday, January 9, 2015

January Walks

 I miss my January walks.
 I miss the clouds and the rain and the cold wind as it grabs my face. 
 I miss the sound of my own footsteps.

I miss the towering trees, my friends the trees.
I miss the road before me, ever welcoming my journey.
And the mist, precursor to beloved rain...

When my body is racked with pain, dear husband holds my hand as we walk as one.
I miss our walks in January.
I miss our walks in January.

Winter owns January!
When the temperature drops,
we can no longer walk!

Thank you for coming along with me on my pretend walk.  
When it is 17 degrees outside, all I can do is pretend and
 miss my January walk.


 Linked to A Southern Daydreamer

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Decor Colors in 2015

I bought two green (acid green? chartreuse? ) coffee cups on my shopping trip last weekend. I  couldn't pass them up for $1.65 each.

 I love them! 

  I don't drink coffee so I bought them to collect pens and pencils... and provide color.

Brenda of Cozy Little House says "I will choose colors that merely make me smile."

 That is what I want to do.  I want to walk in my home and smile!  So I put it to the test.

We do a lot of paperwork on the dining room table so I have two cups of pens and pencils on a lazy Susan in the middle of the table. No emotional response.from the white cup.  So I changed it out for the green cup just to see if I felt any different.

(Yes, I have a baby gate over the window to keep Sardis from jumping up on the window.)

I love it!  It does make me smile! But why? 

Could it be that my first stove and refrigerator was avocado green back in 1973? 

Or my handsome new husband drove an acid green Toyota pickup in 1977?

It could be any reason.  They only cost $1.65 each anyway.
  (sarcasm) I really take big risks when it comes to decorating.  

New decor colors in 2015 will be colors that make me smile, like the colors I see outside my kitchen window after supper.

 Don't get so busy in 2015 that you don't see the beautiful colors around you!