Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge

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1. What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.
Well,  I   love Joyce's answer but  I'm going to  come up with   my number two I guess....  It is the idea of baking.. so inspired  by the Great British Baking Competition... I  am saving every recipe and   ordering the needed   tools.. Today my new aluminum double height baking  pan  arrived  from Great Britain no less!!!
Fat Daddio's Anodized Aluminum Round Cake Pan, 4 Inches by 2 Inches

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?
 I think it would be nursing..  I don't do well with bodily fluids...

3. When did you last take a fall?
Oh, man,  I think about it a lot these days because I  don't feel as steady on my feet...  especially on steps  but to be honest I can't think of the last time...  I think  I tripped coming down the brick steps  at our  back walk...  I fell right on my knee... my poor knees....  these steps  are much better  traversed on your backside!
 What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

And  again  it would have to be   the idea of  doing  some fall baking this year... I  can't wait to  bake an English sponge cake in my new pan!! And then I can't wait to try my hand at slicing the cake through the middle!  yikes!!

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4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America's best fall festivals-

National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

No,  we haven't been to any of these  but we sure would love to   go to the  Oyster Fest on Cape Cod...  next time we are up north  during the fall!!!  We  do not have a  real  fall festival here  except a small one at our church.... we do have  a local farm that  hosts  a festive October with pumpkins and  hayrides...I know our  younger classes at school  did field trips there every  fall!  But I've never been to Jeter Farm.

Looks like fun!!

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

Dear Summer-
I can't say I'm sorry to see you go,  but  I  do treasure   the memories  of younger days in the sun
The lady who is  paying the price  for sun exposure.. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

We did not take  safety measures  but  we are  pretty careful  personal info  online and the use of  online  services

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Arrives

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"The goldenrod is yellow
The corn is turning brown
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down."
- Childrens song
Today I  removed  the  tokens of summer from around the house and  brought forward the  colors of autumn... my favorite  season!!!
First of all I    turned on my   lovely piano jazz station on Pandora..  Beegie Adair...
  Oh, my is she mellow. just perfect  for  autumn!
So I started with the mantel...


I  like to incorporate  a bit of wildlife...   the pheasants and   Mr. Fox

The end table  got  an  autumn upgrade! 
another  tablescape! 
Coordinating colors in the dining room 

 I like  mood lighting     in various places...
I love the shadows of  autumn! 
without  flash 
and with flash! 

It does feel great to have  this transformation underway!
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The weather:::
I must join in with so many who are reveling in the  cooler autumn like days...right now it is 70 and remains so  until  much later in  the day!  You can see  tell-tale signs of  autumn everywhere..

Right now I am:::
I am  currently  multitasking...   frying up a  bit of sausage and boiling some eggs for our breakfast.  Thankfully,  Hubs  came in and he is  doing  the hard part.. actually  watching  the sausage.  hehehehehe,  oops, I need to turn the  meat!

On my reading pile:::
I am doing  James MacDonald's Bibles Study,  Think Differently, 
Also studying  1Peter...
My daughter got me into pod casts...  that I am really enjoying....
I love R.T. Kendall  retired  pastor of  Westminster Chapel of London...  and  great  author..  I so enjoyed his book Holy Fire...
I  am  an avid  listener now to  W C   podcast.. the  young pastor is so engaging  and  very  interesting....
Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::
Hubs and I  are trying to  watch as much of Netflix  that we can to make it worth our while...  a friend told us about Shetland,  a detective  crime  story  set on Shetland Islands off the Scottish, love, love,  that,  but the brogue was so t hick,  we did have to  watch the subtitles...  which actually  were not that  obtrusive...  in fact, we still have them on  for everything!  heheheh  .. 3 seasons and  not  so many episodes..  we started late last week and watched the whole thing..  some of it is  pretty dark and I had  to  cover my eyes,.. but it is very well written...  and so many twists and turns....  very  good   program!!!

On my TV:::
more netflix: Escape to the Country, Great British  Baking Competition,   and I really enjoy  the  Biblical teaching  of Robert Morse on TBN  at 12:30

On the menu for this week:::
again I'm not into  that kind of planning...  we just  don't eat  like we used to...I can make a nice meal and we eat off of it for days..
 I like to make hearty breakfasts... our favorite meal, and  eat lite the rest of the day... maybe some cod  and a few  fried  potatoes, sliced chicke on a salad,   or  an odd sandwich!

On my to do list:::
Kitchen......Hubs  does the dish washing    and sweeping.. yayayaya
Laundry.....Clothes laundry is all done.   I need to change linens  and put  laundry away
Living on autumn decor  and  dust, Swiffer the floors
This week...
Work on my Bible study
  Breakfast out with my girlfriend
Dinner out  with friends    
Attend  a prophetic teaching  class
Cox Cable coming to  convert us  from Verizon....  we  need faster connection speed!!!

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
I  bought the cutest   autumn garland at Plow and Hearth....  time to  redo the mantel

Looking around the house:::
Not only the mantel,  but time to  put the summer  blue pillows 
(etc.)away and  generally  think about  making each room a bit more seasonable...

From the camera:::
I  think it is time to bring out the  black  transfer ware  so I will use this  photo  for my  inspiration... hmm.. it may be time to  move  the parlor around a bit, as well

What I'm wearing today:::
my navy tank,  khaki shorts and red sweater....  ah, a sweater does feel so nice!!!!  I love sweater weather!!!

One of my simple pleasures:::
I love  journaling the wildlife that  comes into our yard...
this week I will be   writing about  

Inspirational Quote, Bible verse, anything you want to share:::
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Early Autumn Visitors

Last week.....
 I looked out and  saw  to my delight  some  amazing  visitors  dancing about on our front lawn.The fairies  of autumn  arrived....

Immediately they  began tapping the trees to  initiate the  turning of the leaves....
Following that the  elder fairy  began her  autumnal dance...
and suddenly  she actually  ran   up closer..  we stood  absolutely still not to  frighten her away...
right  up on the porch  she    climbed

it was as if she didnt even see us..  she  sang us the Carol of the Fairies
and then
I believe she uttered a blessing upon us  and then  (poof) she was gone!!!
Today I am joining  FFF

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Outdoor Wednesday

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Last week  we had  fairies  visiting  ... a rare blessing!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge

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1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

 I think it is...  the first one I could think of that I have taken was this one...The western coastline of Ireland is riddled with these amazing peninsulas and bays that capture the imagination and steal your heart!

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Above is just one sentence  of 21 words  that I posted on facebook   2 years ago following our trip to Ireland, that doesnt even begin to describe this  scene  of the Great  Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland taken as we  crossed over the rise   on the Ring of Kerry  drive... and the coast comes into view..

2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?  There isn't much out west that really  registers  a  greatly positive response from me..except the Pacific  coast drive and the red wood forest..  I suppose it has to  do with  how  I was so  moved by it all   when I saw   the film Foul Play  as Goldie Hawn  was driving   from points north  to  San Francisco.

3. How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is?   I  always look right now.. I can't wait for cool  football/ sweater/  fireplace weather...  We have had a taste of it,  but, alas, summer is returning here  for a few weeks yet.  As you may guess,  now that I'm retired  from teaching I find that summer  isn't my favorite season.. the heat and humidity  are not my friends..  so  I  have  somewhat of  a  dread  as  we  move from the lush beauty of  a May  day   to the arid  crackly grass and  the summer heat...  but here is my heart!
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4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age?  I never lie about my age...  it is just a number ... I am told...  heheh  but at 67  that is getting pretty close to 70!  yikes!!!  My birthday   dinner 
would  be  possibly dinner out at Carrabas...  I love their Veal Marsala..

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Limo'ncello bread pudding.  yum!

5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently?
I am really  working on  trying to take every  thought captive... This study  on  Think Differently  by James MacDonald is really  helping me  to  stay out of trouble  through the transforming of  my mind!

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Well, I did  have my  dermatologist  appointment yesterday to check a spot on the tip of my nose and  she  suspected a Basel cell carcinoma... so,  she took a biopsy...  today I have  just  a  faint  slim  spot on my nose  where the  cells were  shaved off  to check.  I should  perhaps  get the report back by Friday, and  then will know  if I will need Mohs surgery  where they gradually remove  one layer  of skin at a time  to  check margins as they  attend to the cancer cells..  I am so praying that  they do not have to  go to deeply..  years  I mean  25 years ago I had a similar  spot  and they just burned  it off....... alas,  the technology today    means  much more  complicated  procedures...  I know I should be  happy  that  they c an  help me and  I shouldn't  be so vain...  Just some more thoughts I need to take captive!!!  If you think of it later,  please pray for me.. my hubs had this done  a few years ago and  it was a bit disfiguring  but it was  high up on his forehead and  his hair covers the spot.