Friday, April 29, 2016

A Tweet Conversation...and Other Tidbits

Hello!  It's been a busy week with planting flowers and a few trips to the Big Town.  We've had lots of showers and a few thunderstorms coming through, but our county is still in the drought zone.  

The pots are all completely planted on the front porch/patio and I have just a few to finish on the back patio.  I also have a little garden area to plant once the soil dries out enough.  We had 3 knockout roses there, but they never did very well, so BG dug them out for me. 

I bought some new cushions for the chairs that go with the patio table.  Also a cover to pull over the whole shebang that's supposed to keep the chairs dry when it rains.  

I walked into the kitchen the other day and saw the above cardinal sitting on the window ledge.  Thinking maybe he had hurt himself by flying into the window, I took a closer look.  He just sat there looking at me, but appeared to be okay.  The window was closed but I began talking to him like I would talk to one of my kitties.   

After a bit, I turned around and went in search of my camera, thinking all the while that my new little feathered friend would be gone when I got back.  He was still sitting there, waiting patiently.  

I snapped a couple of pictures and began talking to him again, telling him how pretty he was and how much I enjoyed watching him and his friends flying between the nearby trees and the feeders.  I'm sure he understood every word!  

At one point I turned away thinking he would fly off but when I looked back at him, I saw that he had moved his body slightly so that he was looking straight into the window as if he were looking for me.  I went back and talked to him a little more.  Soon after, BG came home from work and I told him to take a look at the bird and when BG got close to the window, the cardinal soon flew away.  He hasn't been back for another chat, but I will always remember this "tweet" visit.

Me:  Stormy, what are you doing?
Stormy:  What does it look like...I'm taking a bath!
Me:  Do you have to do it there?
Stormy:  Well, it is the bath room, isn't it?

This afternoon is almost gone and I still need to get out the vacuum and clean up after the furkids.  I'm loving my little vacuum that I ordered, it does a fantastic job picking up the fur.  

I'm also so thankful for Clorox Wipes.  They are used several times a day, wiping off kitchen surfaces...and the bathroom vanity...that I know some little feet prance around on even though they know they aren't supposed to!

This weekend will be a busy one with BG heading back to The Project to work on the electric wiring.  Last weekend was spent on yard work.  Hope your weekend is a good one!  Take care...

xo Cheryl  

Friday, April 22, 2016

Of Flowers...

It isn't spring without the sweet scent of lilacs wafting through the house.  I think the scent may be my favorite of all the flowers.  Honeysuckle is another one I love.  Which flower has your favorite scent?  

I have been on the road quite a bit this past week to go traipsing through greenhouses looking for flowers to fill my pots.  Oh, the scents, the colors...I just wanted to buy several of everything I saw!

This photo is from my last (I hope) shopping trip for flowers.  It takes quite a few to fill all the pots on the front porch and back patio.  As long as I can still get them planted and watered, we will have flowers!  

I didn't mean to be away so long from blogland.  But I love to get out and about and just enjoy the beauty of spring and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous.  It has been warm enough to open windows. Until now.  It has rained...which we really needed...and turned cooler again.  The weekend sounds like it will be very nice.
Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This and That Tuesday

I never tire of driving to our nearby lake to sit awhile and gaze at the water and watch for bald eagles and other wildlife.  The redbud trees are at their peak and so beautiful this year.

BG and I picked up some fast food and ate at the lake yesterday.  The sun was low enough in the sky to cast a golden glow on the tree tops.  I kept an eye out for the eagles, but didn't see a one.  I did, however, see a new-to-me bird perched on a small tree near the water.  

It's not a sharp photo because of the distance and my shaky hands, but I got a clear enough shot to be able to look this one up and found out it's a female Belted Kingfisher.  They spend most of their time near the water and dive for fish.  And they nest in burrows that they dig into soft earthen banks close to the water.  I'm always thrilled to find a new bird! 

Our son was home for the weekend.  We played a few games of cards Sunday afternoon, and I am happy to say that my daughter and I finally won most of's always a competition and the men usually beat us soundly and never let us forget it.  It was payback time!  

Daughter and her BF went out looking for morel mushrooms, but they didn't find even one.  The weather has just been too cool for them and they aren't popping up yet like they would if it was warmer.  Brett walked around our Back 6 looking for the morels, but didn't have any luck.  He took the above photo of our mighty oak tree with his phone while on his walk.  

I didn't take any photos of our food, but we had tacos for one meal, and the way I make them is to layer on each plate the browned hamburger seasoned with a packet of taco seasoning over flour tortillas and then layer lettuce, salsa, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and onions, ending with a dollop of sour cream.  Quick and easy and very yummy!

Another meal was sliced potatoes with turkey kielbasa, diced onions, and green peppers fried together in a large iron skillet and I baked canned crescent rolls.

Of course, bacon, scrambled eggs and those yummy orange-iced cinnamon rolls were breakfast fare one morning.  There were some Halos to eat, too.  I just love those! 

While the men were fishing Sunday afternoon in between the rains, I fixed lasagna, a big tossed salad and french bread.  

Dessert was my favorite quick and easy cherry cobbler.  For that you melt a stick of oleo or butter in a 9 inch square baking dish and then pour a well stirred mixture of 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk over the melted butter.  Spoon 1 can cherry pie filling over the top of that.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown on top.  I served mine with Lite Cool Whip.  Hey, you gotta cut calories somewhere!  By the way, if you don't have self-rising flour, you can add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt to your regular flour. 

In one of my last posts, I mentioned that I was going to go for a drive in the country.  Well, that plan didn't turn out the way I'd hoped.  When I got in my car and put on my new sunglasses, the right lens popped out.  What!!??  Yes, the new glasses that I have barely worn.  So, I just drove straight to the eye care building where I got them and also mentioned that my regular glasses already had a small scratch on the lens.  I had paid extra to have the scratch resistant coating put on them.  Hmpf.  Guess it wasn't so scratch proof after all!  Well, to make a long story short, I was not a happy camper.  I had paid over 800 dollars for these 2 pair of glasses and hadn't even had them barely a month, if that.  They did fix my sunglasses and sent for new lens which I picked up yesterday.  

Those are the new glasses in the selfie photo taken when we stayed in Branson last month.  I have no idea what makes glasses so expensive other than I have many different levels of strengths due to near-sightedness and also some astigmatism.  After picking myself up off the floor when they told me what the price would be, I was thinking I should just make a run for the door and head to WalMart to check their prices, but of course I didn't.  After the problems I've already had, I'm thinking maybe I should have!

I had planned to have my photos that I had made framed and hung by now, but after spending time last week cutting out templates to hang so I could see how it would look without nailing too many holes in the wall, I discovered that I'd overlooked something.  Duh!  The mats in 4 of the frames were for 4x6 photos, not 5x7's which is what I needed.  So back to the store I go and hoping they would have the right size that would go with the 8x10's.  I found them...whew!  I haven't got the new templates cut out yet, and I'm now hoping this all goes together like I envisioned.  I'm afraid that the frames which are bigger than the ones I took back might throw my plan off a bit.  I'd probably give up on the whole project except for the fact that the wall looks so bare behind the tv.  

Meanwhile, BG is still hard at work...when he has some spare time...on the wiring at The Project aka our rental house.  He said he had never seen anything like how this house was wired.  We knew the man that lived there a long time before the last couple and he was not a electrician, but as the saying goes...knew just enough to be dangerous.  Remember this is the man who put 9 outlets in one closet?  BG is pulling his hair out trying to find where all the wires go to.  And he can't afford to lose anymore hair on top.  Shhh, don't tell him I said that.  Ha!  He said that if he had it to do all over that he would have ripped all the sheetrock off the walls, it would make his job a little easier.

As for me, I'm trying to get some much needed things done here.  Things that I should have done over the winter.  But, procrastination is my middle name.  I hope to get back to visiting and posting more regularly, but if not don't think I've left the country.  All is well, it's just a busy spring.  I hope all is well in your world, too.  Take care and enjoy the spring!

xo Cheryl    

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April Love

Hello April!  Have I told you lately that I love you? 

If I had to choose right now, I'd pick April as my second
favorite month.  Ask me if that is still true when May rolls around.

It's the redbuds blooming and the tulips and all the beautiful
new growth springing forth after a long winter's sleep that
makes April such a beautiful month.

My hostas are beginning to make their appearance after
giving me a bit of a worry that they might not have survived.

We planted a few things in the garden yesterday.  A couple
of tomatoes were even planted, although we may be getting a
bit ahead of ourselves with those.

A few feet from the garden, I noticed Mr. Robin watching
us plant.  I wonder if there is already a nest with eggs in a
nearby tree?  I hope you help keep the bugs from eating our
plants, Mr. Robin!  

Someone inside likes April too.  Miss Callie is peeking out
the opened window and enjoying some fresh air.

We've enjoyed some very warm days, but also some chilly 
days, too.  On one of those cooler days I fixed one of our
favorite soups and bruschetta.  The potato soup recipe can be 
found on my Recipe page.  The bruschetta was made with 
what I had on hand and I fixed just enough for the 2 of us.

I sliced some Italian bread and drizzled olive oil over it and
toasted the bread in a 425 degree oven for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile I sliced a cup or so of cherry tomatoes in half
and finely sliced about 8 leaves of basil.  I placed the basil and
tomatoes in a small bowl and sprinkled liberally with garlic
salt and a bit of black pepper.  Then I again grabbed the olive
oil bottle and drizzled a bit more over the tomato mixture and 
stirred.  After the bread was toasted, I spooned a good amount
over each slice and it was ready for eating.  Ummm, good!

I know I didn't report on that drive that I was going to take
when I was last here.  There is more to that story that I'll
tell next time.  Nothing earth-shaking, believe me.  Just an
annoying trip that I shouldn't have had to make, but it wasn't a
completely wasted day.  

I try to make the most of my trips to the Big Town, so 
while I was there, I got my photos made and picked
 out the frames for my wall-behind-the-tv project.

I hope to get them hung soon and I'll show you how it 
turned out.  That is, unless it's a complete disaster and I take 
them all down and start over!  Stay tuned....

xo Cheryl