Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Show and Tell(ing)


Last Friday, I stopped in at a church rummage sale in the Big Town and right away spotted a pair of white wicker rockers.  Knowing my daughter has been wanting to find some wicker furniture for her deck, I made a beeline to the chairs and grabbed the tag before anyone else.  Then, I looked them over.

I'm learning that when you think you might want something at these type of sales, you should just pick it up or take the tag and then check it over closely before deciding.  Otherwise, you might miss out!

A lot of people were there and...let me say this nicely...they were quickly snatching things up as if it were a Black Friday sale.

I found the chairs to be in pretty good shape with a only a few little broken pieces of wicker here and there.  The cushions were like new with tags still on that said $30.  The one cushion in the photo above looks like it has a tear, but it is just a loose piece of paper.  

So, for only $25 for the pair...yes, for both...and after texting my daughter who said she loved them, I made my way to the checkout with the tag and asked them to hold the chairs until the next day so I could get BG to go with me in the truck to pick them up.

On Saturday we headed to the Big Town and stopped and ate a late breakfast and then picked up the chairs.  Then we went by Lowe's for a new tire for the riding lawnmower as it's about time to start mowing and a few pine boards for a project I have in mind to make.  Yeah, I know...I have too many projects going.  ☺  We also stopped by a new shop that looks like they'll have new and used consignment items and spotted a yellow wicker rocker that was also a bit used.  Price?  $125.  I think the white wicker was a good deal! 


One little project outside I need to do is spray paint the clothesline poles again.  Does anyone even have clotheslines outside anymore?  Well, I do have a neighbor that hangs her sheets out on the line.  I saw them just yesterday when I was outside picking up some fallen limbs.  I always loved the fresh smell of sheets just off the line, but I just don't hang them out much any longer.  Do you? 

Now, to tell on myself....

After blogging for nearly 8 years, I am still far behind everyone else when it comes to knowing the ins and outs.  Isn't it called the Dashboard where we go to click on New Post to write a new one?  Anyway, I seldom visit this page unless I'm changing my header or writing a new post.

Imagine my surprise when I scrolled down the list of my posts and see that some of my older ones of a few months ago have 700, 800, even 900 hits and one had 1200!  How does that happen?  Usually I'll get around 200 or so lurkers looks, but just a fraction leave a comment.  I can't say much because I've been guilty of doing just that myself...peeking in and leaving.  Usually because of lack of time or others have said the same thing in comments that I would say.  No excuse, that's just the way it is.  I'll try to do better, because we all love comments, don't we?  

The other thing that I never think to do is look at the Reading List.  I found several bloggers that I had lost touch with when their blogs had disappeared from my list on my sidebar last year.  I will be visiting them soon and hopefully they will still want to be friends.  :)

I don't like to leave on a sad note, but our calico kitty is missing.  Callie slipped out the door Saturday evening and we haven't been able to find her.  I am hoping and praying that she'll find her way home and doesn't get run over or hurt.

Happy Spring to you!
xo Cheryl

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Another Year Older

"Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened."   ~ Jennifer Yane
 

Another year older...I really can't believe how fast the years are flying by now.

How is it that when you get older your knees hurt, your back hurts, but your head still feels like it's thirtysomething?  ☺
 
I am thankful that God has given me this many years, I am very blessed.   




Our son met us for a birthday dinner Sunday at our usual meeting place along I-70 between his home in KC and ours.  He gave me the magazines pictured above and a nice gift card.  He knows what I like!  We had a lovely meal and visit.

 
Our daughter went out with BG and I for my birthday dinner.  Then we stopped by her house for strawberry cake and DQ ice cream.  Yum, yum!  Her gift was a stack of very cleverly made cards with a gift card tucked inside one of them. 


I laughed at this card because she was the child who would hide from me in the middle of a clothes rack at the store!  lol! 

 
Thank you to my sweet family for making my birthday so special!  And thank you to my dear friend, V, who hasn't forgotten my birthday in over 50 years!  

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Remember the blue and white checked sofa that I saw in a flea market?  Well, BG and I took the truck to the shop last weekend with the intentions of buying it if it was still there.  And it was...but on closer inspection, we decided it wasn't quite sturdy or comfortable enough. 

It's back to purging, cleaning out closets, and deciding what to keep and what to get rid of.  One thing about getting older...I am finding out that I'm growing less nostalgic than I used to be and it's becoming easier to give up things that I don't especially love but have hung onto because a loved one gave it to me.  I used to feel that I was throwing a bit of that person away if I didn't keep everything they gave me.  Maybe I am getting wiser along with growing older.


Now that colder weather has returned, I've been fixing some comfort foods.  I'll share a recipe we love that only needs a side salad and some hot bread to go along with it.

Dinner in the Oven - Chicken and Stove Top Stuffing

1 pkg Stove Top Stuffing Mix, chicken flavored
1 2/3 cup hot water
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup sour cream 
1 can cream of chicken soup
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add hot water to stuffing mix and stir.  (I add a 
teaspoon of chicken base to the hot water.)

Place chicken pieces in bottom of 9x13-inch baking
dish.  Mix soup and sour cream together and pour
over chicken pieces.  Spoon stuffing over the top.

Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until done.


Enjoy the rest of your week!
xo Cheryl

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

~"She says she's busy, but not too busy to pull that camera out of her pocket and point it at us!"~

Hello, blog friends!  It's a busy month so far.  My online time has been short so far this week and I've decided to just take a little blog break.  My comments are closed as I might not have time to visit in return.  I'll be back soon!  

xo Cheryl

Friday, March 3, 2017

Flea Market Fun and Other Stuff

Thank you for all the encouraging words and well wishes for my eye problem.  It really was a bit discouraging to hear that I had the beginnings of macular degeneration setting in.  I'm hopeful that the shots will take care of the annoying spot I'm seeing in the center of my vision.  The good news today is that it seems like the spot is already getting better, but maybe that is just because it's sunny and everything seems bright even in the house.  :)


Remember when country blue was all the rage?  I've always loved blue and years ago I had light country blue wallpaper in my kitchen, navy blue wallpaper in the bathroom and a dark blue sofa in the living room.  Hearts were all over the place.  I still have a pine cabinet with the heart-shaped cutouts in the doors. 

The sofa I found above at a flea market/antique shop this week caught my eye.  I would have loved it years ago, the pillows would have to go, tho.  The sofa is still in very good condition and very clean.  The asking price is $279.  There is a love seat to match, but I didn't check the price on it.  It may be an outdated fabric, but still a good buy.  I'm wondering how it would look downstairs, but it'll probably be gone by the time I go back.  Our sofa downstairs is a faux leather and has seen better days.  

 
This is one of my favorite booths at this shop.  The owner was there rearranging and adding new merchandise.  She was so excited.  She and her hubby were leaving this weekend to fly to California where her daughter is awaiting the birth of her first child.  The daughter is 42 and has been married 18 years and finally became pregnant after almost giving up on ever having a child.  Such a happy story! 

 ~another section of the booth above~

My favorite guy and I are going out to eat tonight.  We're taking our daughter along because we both want to stop in at Hobby Lobby and a few other places.  I don't think BG is too excited about that, but he'll survive.  :)

Tomorrow, we're planning to work on the part of our business building that isn't currently rented out.   It needs a little repair so we can get it ready either to rent or do something with it ourselves.  

Any ideas for a small business in a small town and one that doesn't require a lot of overhead?  Not a lot to ask, is it?  ☺  We can't sell food there as it isn't big enough for a lot of customers at once and the parking is limited.

Our children both had a good work week, better than was previously anticipated.  BG and I are happy when our children are happy.  Our daughter is going geocaching tomorrow with her friend.  She went last weekend with him and they had great fun.  Ever done this?  Our son and his girl has and also thought it was fun, too.  They will be going to watch her kids play basketball tomorrow.  It looks to be a fun, busy weekend for all of us.  Hope yours is, too!

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hello, March!


Time is indeed marching on.  It seems like only a few short weeks ago that I was putting away my holiday decor and taking the tree down and here it is March already. 

Before we know it, we'll be seeing the redbud trees in bloom, one of my very favorite springtime delights.  We've already had daffodils and forsythia blooming. 

February ended here with a storm blowing through complete with wind, hail and rain.  We were also under a tornado watch for a few hours.  We are very dry here and our pond is the lowest I remember ever seeing, but this rain didn't do too much to fill it.   

As has happened the past few years, all of the things that I promised myself that I would get done during the winter months...haven't.  If there were contests for procrastinating, I would surely take the top prize.

I'm happy my daughter didn't take    
after me in that department.  She has been busy fixing up her new home.  She cut strips of fabric and tied them on the rod to make a valance for her kitchen window.  It turned out to be a bit more time-consuming than she thought it would be, but once done it looked very cute.  

 ~the wall color here didn't photograph well, it almost matches the frame of the mirror~

Next, she took some old cafe doors that I bought several years ago at a flea market and never did anything with (that procrastinating problem again) and painted them with some watered-down paint left over from the guest bedroom and hung them beside her new mirror hanging in the kitchen.  I really like this.  Do you think she'd be upset if I asked for them back?  ha!

Now about my eye....


I got to sit in this chair Monday to see my ophthalmologist.  When I was taken to the exam room, I snapped a quick photo and sat down.  I then noticed the sign on the wall that said "Please don't use your cell phone in this room" and went OOPS!  

So what's wrong with my eyes?  Well, I'll try to be as brief as I can.  I had been seeing a round dime-sized (if it was held away from your eye) circle that appeared white when it was dark and a light gray in daylight.  In my left eye.  I could see everything fine with both eyes, but it seemed at times that the spot would block out the center of my vision.
  
After being examined by 2 doctors and having tests plus a retina test, they told me that I have the start of macular degeneration in that eye.  Sometimes new blood vessels form there and they will often leak fluid.  That fluid formed the spot I am seeing.  

The good news is that there was something they could do to help that, but the bad news is that it came in form of a shot in the eye.  Yikes.  He asked me if I wanted it done right then and there.  I said now?  I mean, he doesn't know what a chicken I am when it comes to these things that involve pain!  

Well, I put on my big girl pants and said yes before I lost my nerve and got up and ran out the door.  He numbed my eye with a few drops and the younger doctor held a plastic thingy on my eye to keep it open and then the needle was inserted and out before I knew it.

It was a bit uncomfortable, but not unbearable and not nearly as bad as I feared it would be.  I felt like I had some sand in my eye the rest of the night, but it went away by morning.  

If I rub my eye, it hurts slightly and you can see a red spot where the needle went in.  Other than that, it feels fine.  

I have to have this procedure done 2 more times, once a month.  I'm not sure what this will do to make the spot go away, I didn't ask enough questions apparently.  Just so it goes away!  

Have you ever had a shot in your eyes?  If not, and at some point you are told it is needed....don't fear.  It really wasn't so bad.

Happy March and Happy Wednesday to you!
xo Cheryl

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....

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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