Monday, October 24, 2016

What's Happenin'

Thinking: About what I need to do to get ready for our "farm crop" in two weeks. I may be a little overzealous in what I think I can accomplish. It's hard to spend all my time scrapbooking when the rockers on the front porch call for some uninterrupted reading time!

Thankful for: Happy mail!
My sister-in-law, Chris sent me a nice note along with this "My House" seasoning. She was telling me about it on our Oklahoma trip. She says that it's her secret ingredient in many dishes. Still, I need specific instructions. Just saying "you can use it on anything" doesn't really tell me much. I'm not sure what "anything" is. I'm a simple cook.

Cooking: With Hello Fresh, my horizons have been expanded. This week, I made cauliflower mashed potatoes. It was delicious. I would never have thought of mixing the two. Plus I made an applesauce for pork that had thyme, salt and pepper. I would never have thought that putting salt and pepper on apples would taste good---much less the thyme.
This is not exactly cooking, but I'm jazzing up a Lean Cuisine. Makes it a little heartier.
I did the same thing with a pudding cup. It's hard to tell, but this is a little bowl. I put a half banana, the fat free pudding cup, fat free topping and a sprinkle of peanuts. Pretty tasty.

Hoping: That these little cuties--Nathan and Travis--like the Halloween flashlights that I sent. 
Occasionally, I like to send little surprises in the mail. Who doesn't like mail? 


Planning: Our girls trip to New York. I sent the girls a list of possible itineraries. They agreed on a couple, but not all. We may have to separate on one day. They won't like that. We'll see. 

Working: On cleaning out the house. Well, that sounds almost like I've accomplished something. Actually, I've only gotten one box of books from the library. Now I find out that Butch has not been saving boxes. That's going to make it harder to pack up stuff. 

Reading: I finished The Secret Wisdom of the Earth. It was very good. I'd rate it an 8. I've started on Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles. I love JA but really wasn't going to commit to this 6 or 7 book series. I have so many books that I want to read. But, Connie was telling me how good it was that she's flown through 5 of them in about 2 weeks. I may not be able to do all of them in a row as I have my two book club books to read. It was my turn to pick. I chose, Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle and Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly. I have already read Tattoos on the Heart about 4 o4 5 years ago. It is so good---I can't wait to read it again. It's a memoir. The author has such a beautiful way of writing and phrasing things. 
Loving: Farm fresh eggs from my sister, Jennifer. 
It's hard to tell in this picture, but they are tiny. They are the brown ones next to a couple store-bought. They are so cute!
You can really tell the difference by the yolksThe taste is so much better too. I never realized it until a few years ago when we got fresh eggs in our farmer basket. 

Wearing: sweaters and jackets. After a week of record-breaking high temperatures here, we've dipped in to the 40's. Fall has finally arrived!

Watching: I discovered a new show on Netflix. It's called Glitch. It's only 6 episodes long. It's about 6 people who have risen from the dead. They are not zombies or bad--just regular people trying to figure out who they are and what happened to them. It's been pretty interesting so far. Each episode delves in to their past and how they died. A couple have been dead for over a hundred years. I have no idea how it will conclude.

Creating: I stitched this along with the candy corn while I was laid up. I picked it up this week. The frame is a barn wood style. 

Now I just have to decide where to hang it. Maybe the library? I'm running out of wall space!

Bumming: About our choice of candidates in this election. I'm heartsick. Both are morally corrupt. It's a sad state of affairs. I was raised that if you stood behind bad people, you were just as bad! Still, I voted---not for either of them--I just couldn't, but I did my civic duty. Maybe a miracle can happen. I'm praying!
 The line seemed long, but it moved pretty quickly. It took me about a half hour.
I proudly wore my little sticker! Get out there people---but don't go the corrupt route! Let's really stand up and make a huge change! Wouldn't that be something? We could be part of history!

Hearing: Sandy told me about the "Garth" station on my satellite radio. It's awesome! Garth is the d.j. and he plays everything from current country, old country to Otis Redding, Tom Petty and Adele. It's a great mix. Of course, after I told my sister, Jeanne about it---she hates country music---he played 4 old country songs in a row! We were on our way home from our sisters crop. Anyway, even if you don't like country music, give it a try. This might be a good way to ease yourself in to it! The thing I love about country music is that it's storytelling at it's best! 

Appreciating: Having the Kindle app on my phone. It makes waiting in lines go much faster. I used it this week at the phone store and the line for early voting.

Weekending: Heading to D.C. this weekend for a Catholic "thing." 


  1. Love the stitched picture. You do make good use of your down time, I'll give you that. We had a pear chutney with pork chops this weekend, it was fab. It had some fresh herbs in it, but I can't recall which ones. And yes, that means college girl was home and cooking with her dad.

  2. Such wonderful detail in your stitched picture. I can't imagine how much attention to detail that must have taken. All the more admirable,given that you were in pain!


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