Friday, February 24, 2017

Randoms on a Friday


If you think I like eggs, you'd be eggsactly right!  I love them fried, boiled, scrambled...and I often have one or two for breakfast.
  
Yesterday morning just happened to be a 2 egg day and it was fun to see that both eggs were double-yolked.  I love little surprises like that. 

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I have an appointment Monday with my ophthalmologist.  It's probably nothing other than age-related issues, but I have been having a couple of strange things going on with my eyes.  

Hopefully, he won't tell me I'm spending too much time in front of the computer.  :)  I have been cutting way back on my online time this week to see if it would help.  Can't say that I can tell any difference.

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Our weather has been absolutely gorgeous with temps in the 70's.  One would think spring has arrived.  I'm seeing flowers coming up and the jonquils are blooming.  It's going to be much cooler this weekend, so those pretty blooms won't last long.

Last weekend was nice and warm, so BG worked on cleaning the patio and I picked up some small limbs in the yard.  There is plenty more to do. 

Our last weekend plans changed slightly since our son didn't get to come in after all, but BG and I met him for a meal and a nice visit Sunday afternoon at one of our favorite BBQ places along I-70.

   
I need to get busy and clean out the oven.  I'm fixing bruschetta for part of our meal tonight and I'll need the oven which is a mess from a little fire I had the other night.  Don't ask, it must have been a little senior moment when I left something in it and forgot to check before I turned the oven on.  :) 

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's Friday!





These boots are made for walking.....

While we were waiting for our table at the Longhorn,
I amused myself by taking photos of the decor 
by the entrance to 
the restaurant. 









 

Chaps, anyone?  I love 
the western theme.

More than that, I love
the food there.

We had a gift certificate 
from our son that he gave
us at Christmas.  
He knows what we like, 
thanks Brett!

 




The strawberry lemonade is 
very good.  I've never tried
making it, have you?

Speaking of strawberries...
my chocolate-covered
strawberries are almost
gone from the batch made
for ♡ day.  
I may have to make a few
more.  Aren't strawberries good for you?




I chose a delicious
ribeye steak with
mashed potatoes and
salad for my meal.  BG
got the same thing except he ordered french fries.  
He loves his french fries!

Now I need to plan our meals for the weekend.


  

Our son is coming home for a visit and our daughter will be here to visit, too.  
So I'm heading to the grocery store soon.  I did some house cleaning yesterday and still need to 
finish dusting and a do a bit of laundry.

I haven't yet decided on what to fix for our meals this weekend.  
I need some new ideas for it seems like I fix the same things
all the time.  What sounds good to you? 

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine's Day to you!

I love strawberries and I love chocolate, so what is better than combining the two?


When I was in the Big Town, I picked up a carton of those luscious red berries and some dipping chocolate...white is my favorite...and had a little fun fixing them for my favorite Valentine.


Hubby and I will be going out to dinner as usual for Valentine's Day.  That is what we both enjoy.  


I stopped by my daughter's house last night after she and a friend made up a batch of goodies to take to her kids and teachers today.  The kids will love these.  Everything looked good and was good because I sampled a few things to make sure!   

Enjoy your day...hope it is a sweet one!
xo Cheryl

Friday, February 10, 2017

Three Things I Love


The clouds were interesting yesterday as I headed down the highway to the Big Town.  By the time I found a good spot to pull over to get a picture, the clouds had gathered closer together, but they were still intriguing.  The clouds in the lower part looked like lines drawn in the sky.

I took a huge bag of books back to the upscale/resale shop.  BG asked me why I don't try to sell them, but I explained that I only paid 50 cents to a dollar for most of them and the money collected at this shop goes to charity.  I came home with three more books to add to my growing TBR pile.

Among the things needed in my house to help make it cozy are these three...books, plants and kitties.  What do you need to cozy up your home?  

I had planned to look for a couple of new houseplants, but I decided it was too cold yesterday and cold air and plants don't mix.  Some of my plants have had to be tossed.  It might help if I could remember to water them.  Or if the cats would leave them alone.

Some plants like pothos, of which I have a few, are said to be poisonous to cats but even though I see the signs of the plant being chewed on none of my cats have had any ill effects so far.  I've tried a pot of grass that I buy at the pet shop for cats, but they won't touch it.  


Just a few minutes ago, I heard a strange sound that sounded human-like and I looked toward the dining area where the sound came from and saw one of the cats with her tail fluffed out and looking intently toward the floor under the table.  I didn't get up to investigate, I'm guessing one of the other kitties was playing and made the sound.  They usually sleep all afternoon.

"Who needs television when you have cats?"
~Lori Spigelmyer 

Happy Friday to you!
x Cheryl  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

150 Years Ago....

source unknown
 
It's getting late in the day, but I wanted to mention the birthday of one of my favorite authors and an original pioneer woman.

On this day, 150 years ago, Laura Ingalls Wilder was born.  She grew up to become a writer, teacher, journalist and farmer.  You probably know her best as the author of the Little House on the Prairie series.   

I have always admired Laura and her family.  Laura and her husband moved to Mansfield, MO in 1894 where they remained for the rest of their lives.  I've visited her home in Mansfield where it remains much the same after her death in 1957.  Below are a couple of photos I took of the house.  If you are interested, I did a post about our trip to Mansfield to see Laura's home three years ago and have more photos here.

  
"Home is the nicest word there is."



"The real things haven't changed.  It is still best to be
honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have;
to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage
when things go wrong."
 
 source unknown

I don't remember where I found the above photo.  They didn't allow us to take photos in the house.  This corner of her office looks exactly as I remember it.  Laura's desk was very small and she wrote her books there using a tablet.  A far cry from today's laptops, eh?  

Happy Birthday, Laura.  I will sign off with one of my favorite quotes of Laura's.  Another is in my sidebar.  The quotes under the photos are also Laura's.
 
 “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”

Happy Tuesday!
xo Cheryl 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Friday!


Yesterday was cool but sunny and I wanted to get out of the house, so I drove to the Big Town for some shopping and browsing.  

While at Wally World, I spied the softest, most huggable looking teddy bears all lined up on the shelves.  They were quite large, too.   The way the pair above were sitting made me smile and I had to snap a picture with my iphone.  When I got home, I played around with my photo in PicMonkey and this is what I came up with.....


Wishing you smiles and love on this Friday!
xx Cheryl

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sunshine and Sunsets Make Me Smile


Hello!  What a wonderful day we had yesterday with spring-like temperatures and warm sunshine.  The sun has been shining the last few days and ending with some beautiful sunsets.  I've been finding myself singing this song  🎢...sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy...🎡while I'm alone.  Wouldn't want to sing where anyone can hear me...even the kitties cover their ears when I'm singing.  ☺  

I'm still working on going through my stuff and want to get rid of that which I don't use, need or love.  Right now, I'm still working on the books.  Next up are the stacks of magazines that I thought I'd go through someday and cut out recipes and ideas.  "Someday" never seems to arrive, so I'm going to be brave and toss them out.  Yeah, right.  We'll see how that goes.  

The hardest thing for me is getting rid of those items I don't especially want but have somewhat of an emotional attachment to.  I've read that we need to remember that they are just objects, without souls or feelings.  I tend to feel like I'm tossing out part of myself or the one that gave me that object.  Silly, isn't it?   Do you keep things for purely sentimental reasons that you no longer need or will ever use?

I'm trying my best to stay away from the news, it's not good for my blood pressure.  So I need to keep myself busy, busy, busy.  Yesterday, I went to visit my neighbor who is in the hospital with a broken hip.  She is 80 or so and was bending to pick up the cap that fell from her milk carton.  Her foot slipped and down she went.  Her hip was broken in 2 places.  Fortunately, someone was there with her at the time.  She says she will go to an assisted living residence when she is released from the hospital.  I'm so sorry this happened to her, she just lost her husband a couple of years ago and I've noticed that seemed to take a toll on her health.

Back to the books...and I need to do some laundry.  I always hold on to the railing as a precaution when going down the steps.  A lot of the time I have to take them one at a time because of my ankle or my knee.  My next house is going to have a laundry on the main floor! 

Happy Tuesday to you!  Hope you have sunshine on your shoulders today...ours has darted back behind the clouds again as I've written this. 

xo Cheryl   

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wanted: Sunshine and Blue Skies


Aside from politics, the biggest topic around my town is the weather.  We have had endless gray, cloudy days but little precipitation.  Gray is so not my color.  As I was leaving the house Tuesday, I looked to the east and grabbed my camera when I saw a little bit of blue sky peeking through the clouds.  It actually turned off sunny for a few hours.  But we're back to dark and dreary again.  Now, I don't mind a few cloudy days.  In fact, when it's blazing hot and sunny for days on end in the summer, I long for a few cloudy days.  But this is getting to be too much!  Even BG commented on it being a bit depressing when he came home from work yesterday.  Oh well, we'll get through it.  January is almost over, can you believe it?  

I have started going through some books and weeding out those I've read and don't want to keep.  I'll take them to the upscale/resale shop where many of them were bought.  This might take longer than I thought, because I'll open a book to see if I remember reading it and get interested all over again and find myself reading to the very end.

I have started a new book that I will talk about in a future post.  It's a topic I'm interested in but I'm finding it a bit of a slow read, so I'm still just a few chapters into it.  I want to give it my undivided attention and my attention has been on the news lately.

Just have to say that the news these days leaves me shaking my head and wondering what in the world is wrong with people that think nothing of destroying property and hurting other people.  And then there are those crude women wearing stupid pink hats representing a v..... well, I can't bring myself to say it, it's just so asinine.  Gads.  These people have become completely unhinged and I worry for our country.  Our new president is off to a good start, in my opinion, but he certainly has his work cut out for him.  Frankly, I think we needed someone who was not entrenched in politics and beholden to special interest groups and lobbyists.  I know he is not a perfect man, but there are many biblical examples of God using imperfect, flawed people to carry out His plans.  I'm praying for his safety and that he will be the leader we need at this time in our history. 

As the chief cook and bottle washer, as they say, at my house food is always uppermost in my mind.  That is, what to cook and making sure that I have the pantry stocked with what I need.  I went with my daughter to CoMo one evening as she needed several things to stock the kitchen at her early learning center.  I also stocked up on some needed items.  It's amazing how 2 people can go through so many groceries.  BG takes his lunch most days so I have to keep lunch items on hand.  The kitties go through their food quickly, it seems.  And there are the bird feeders to keep filled.  So much food! 

After shopping, we treated ourselves to dinner at the Golden Corral.  I had a lot of veggies and fried fish.  Yum!  Okay, so I coated the broccoli and cauliflower with cheese and chose creamed spinach.  You only live once!  :)  By the way, their creamed spinach is sooo good.  What is your favorite veggie?

Our son came home over the weekend for a visit.  It's always good to have him around.  He and his dad watched both football games before he went back home to KC Sunday night.  He told me last night that Gates BBQ had reopened in Independence after a fire had destroyed their business a couple of years ago.  It was my fav BBQ place.  It was a crowded, noisy place but the food was worth it!  

While my daughter and I were in Como the other night, we swung by Hobby Lobby and she found this window/mirror for her kitchen wall.  The lighter frame is almost the same color as her walls.  She had been looking for an old window to put up with a pair of shutters that I have in my garage and intended to do something with some day...you have some of those "some days" too, don't you?...and she never found one in just the right size.   When she spotted this mirror/window, she knew this was just what she wanted.  It hasn't been hung up yet, but I'll try to get a photo when it is.  It's more fun to take photos of her house than mine these days.  Some changes are needed here.  I'd like to paint my walls, but I'm not sure I'm up to that right now.  That sounds like a spring time project...but I already have a list going for spring so we'll see. 

Hope your week is going well....happy Thursday to you!

xo Cheryl

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Ice Storm That Wasn't


I woke up to another dark, gloomy morning.  The sun has only made brief appearances in the last several days.  The only bright spots in the gray world outside my door are the cardinals looking for a spot at the feeder. 

We've had a little much needed rain, but the big ice storm that was predicted for last Friday through the weekend didn't happen...at least not in my county.  Schools and other businesses had announced that they were closing ahead of the predicted storm.  

I had gotten enough groceries to last the duration in case the power was out.  And then my daughter said I should come stay at her house because she has a fireplace and a gas heater in the basement that would keep us warm if the power indeed went out for any length of time.  Hubby stayed at home because we knew he would likely be called to work if said power outages occurred.

We stayed up late Friday night listening to the trucks going up and down the highway salting the roads.  The ice didn't make a showing.  The weatherman then said it would move in Saturday for sure.  We listened as the trucks kept up the salting...up and down the highway they went.  All for naught. 

Ditto Sunday.  It would surely arrive sometime Sunday, they said.  No, it didn't.  Churches had announced the day before that they were cancelling services.     

The squirrel, who is living in the tree beside her house, stuck his head out a few times and barked at us when we opened the door to look for the ice that we didn't get.

The trucks finally stopped making their rounds...hope they have enough salt left for the next storm!  Hubby had been stopping in for meals and would go back home to nap in anticipation of working long hours.  But Sunday, after a nice weekend visit with my daughter, I packed my overnight bag and went back home with him.

We only had a little glaze of ice one morning, but not enough to keep folks from getting out.  Kim and I had a good chuckle while watching the news and the weather girl was standing along a busy street in the Big Town while talking about the ice storm.  The cars were just whizzing up and down the highway behind her...a sure indication that the roads were quite clear.  It struck us as funny.  

We were quite happy that the predicted ice storm didn't pan out, but winter is a long way from being over.  Anything is possible.  Even 60 plus degrees that is expected this weekend!

What is happening in your part of the world?

xo Cheryl 

Friday, January 13, 2017

I'm As Ready As I Can Be


Stormy wanted to play today, but I was busy with laundry, vacuuming, and all the jobs that require electricity.  We are supposed to have an ice storm moving in.  And that means a possibility of the electric going out.   

Schools have already canceled Friday's classes including the University of Missouri campus.  My daughter cancelled at her early learning center and our son said he was working from home.  BG is a rural electric lineman so he will have to work until any loss of power is restored.  Did you know that just a quarter of an inch of ice adds an extra 500 pounds to a power line?  


I went to the grocery store Wednesday and stocked up on some essential items.  What?  Ice cream isn't essential?  Of course it is.  Especially if it's Rocky Road ice cream.  ☺  Brownies will be made before the ice arrives.  I have sandwich fixings and chips.  So, if the power goes out for a few days and I'm not able to cook, I won't get hungry. 

I must admit that ice makes me nervous for a number of reasons.  And being without electricity means no internet!  Oh, what will I do?  Well, I just happen to have a stack of unread books, so I'm set.  Now I'm off to gather up some candles and get the flashlights out.

Stay safe and warm...and have a nice weekend!

xo Cheryl