Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

Let's join in with Sandra here.
Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Hubs fixed my regular coffee with salted caramel creamer..  love it!!! He, also, made my usual fruited  yogurt dish with oat  granola.

Right now I am:::: 
listening  to one of my  favorite Christmas cds.  I  was so afraid I had lost it last year when we took it to Boston for the holidays. Entitled A Feast of Songs  it is a composite of Olde English songs,  as played, or sung, in the Great Hall of  a medieval castle.  It evokes Christmas,  but  is so easy to listen to over a longer period,  so I usually  begin with this one well  before  December!

The weather outside::::
It is sunny, clear and brisk.. feels like 33 degrees!  Brrr!!  Poor Hubs will have to get out some today and rake the yard.  The  winds have  brought down a ton of leaves!

Looking around the house::::
Need to dust and vacuum  and pick up the  dining room and den a bit...the Master Bedroom needs a bit more order...especially on my side..  too much time in bed this week. (Following my facial reconstruction  surgery last week  the pain and  discomfort kept in  there more than usual)

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....a couple basket loads  of laundry ...  at least
Cleaning.....vacuuming, dusting, general pickup  will be leftovers  for  lunch and dinner..  thankfully, we both  have half of our Chinese take out left and  I made a  luscious pot of chili yesterday
Currently reading::::
Bible~ book of Mark

On the TV today::::
The last episode of Blue bloods  recorded to watch
Cds of the British detective series, George Gently.. we watch  an episode  each evening
I enjoy the Christmas Hallmark movies

On the menu this week::::
Monday -delicious chili and corn chips
Tuesday - chef salad with chicken strips
Wednesday - chic fil-a
Thursday - not sure    about Thanksgiving..  we may  do the unthinkable.. and eat out!
Friday - ?
Saturday -?
Sunday -?

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
start getting the Christmas cards together and decide how many and  which groups to do  slow mail and which to do  e-cards, I love to send Jacquie Lawson cards to  Church friends, etc

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
From Sweet Tea and Cornbread's  blog.. 
I am interested in trying her  Southern Cornbread Dressing...  I usually make my mom's  recipe  and I love it.. it has fruit and takes a couple of days to put together...  I  am seeking something that doesn't quite seem so trying this year... If I do cook on Thursday,  I will make  turkey cutlets that  cook up so  tender, juicy,  and  quickly... 

Looking forward to this week::::
Even before we knew I'd  have this skin cancer issue  we, as a family, had made plans to  have  daughter's  in-laws  visit them  for Thanksgiving  this year and we' d switch  for  Christmas,  which is so good  since I am still tied up with these  visits to Charlottesville, UVA Medical Center.  This week  we go for the  skin graft reveal. OH, my, has this ever been a matter for prayer for me this week...
Praying the  skin graft  from my ear  takes and  heals well. And hopefully,  life can begin to get back to some semblance of normal.... been  turned upside down  since September!

Favorite photo from the camera::::

I found  this snapshot  in my mother's photos of  Amanda when she was probably 7, so early 90' a family reunion while we visited my parents there in Galax, Virginia.   I love Amanda's wistful look  as she is  dreaming about tasting that cake!!!!

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses::::

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pink Saturday

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Soon it will be Thanksgiving...  and  there is so much for which to be thankful!!!
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God's  faithful provision~
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The precious knowledge and  guidance of God secured  for us through His Word!
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The  amazing bounty we enjoy in this time and place~
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The opportunity to be blessed and  be a blessings to others
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with our love and talents...
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Thanksgiving  is  a most  wonderful time of the year....whether you are with  your family and friends or   reveling in the memories!

Saturday Critters-- well, almost!

Today  I am so pleased to join in     Eileen's   Saturday  Critters party...   This is  a great  group of  critter lovers  whose  posts are  always  a delight! I took a morning stroll around my yard ..  first time I'd been out in a week... 
As soon as I saw Mary the Maple,  we planted when our daughter was a little girl,..I heard a rustling in the leaves and the cutest  yet  most skittish squirrel  was  hiding  there  by the wild cherry tree. Suddenly she jumped  up on the  side of tree trying to camouflage herself, but  she  just sat there  for a  good while ,  as I was  attempting to focus in on her.. then click. "Insert card"...
drat it all, I had left the  card in the computer.. I lost my chance for capturing a critter today!!!
As you can see   we do live in a wooded area,  and  if I were to get out at the right moment I know I  would capture  so many  wondrous  woodland friends...
Just beyond the  thorny hawthorn,   I have seen myriad birds,
because that neighbor  has  planted  myriad  plantings  to attract  many species...  (hint for  me for next year! )
Here is the view from my front porch, trying so hard to hold on to the last vestiges of  autumn. Now I betcha there is a wonderful bird hiding in some of these photos  but no one showed themselves to me today!!!
so I  sat on the porch and pondered...
Oh, if could have captured that marvelous bird we saw on our trip to Charlottesville, last Tuesday..We were there  for my surgery  to  get my  skin graft... another tale for another day!  But the  fabulous sight I just managed to see as we were hurtling along the historic route 29 through the Shenandoah Valley, took my breath away..
we were just coming up over a rise and a sudden movement  from the  corner of my eye drew my attention.  there  settled in  a cleft  in the median,  arose a magnificent winged critter..  whose russet/white  under wings and whitish  breast  seemed to dazzle me  as the morning sun  brought it's  glory to full radiance..  then I saw it was  a hawk... probably, the red tailed hawk, so prevalent in  this area..
Alas, I didnt  get a capture!
 But it was a moment  of rare  beauty for me!
I am so hopeful next week after I get my final reveal    (praying God's best for that!)  that I can get out  and  get some  snapshots!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday Hodge Podge

From this Side of the Pond

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1. What takes you out of your comfort zone?

I feel out of my comfort zone when I am around super athletic arenas  of friends and I feel that I am expected to keep up.. the main thing I am not, is athletic... especially, if water is part of it. For example, I’m not into boating venues.. like when we visit friends who want to take us out on the lake or picnic on the floating dock. I am definitely a land lubber.

2. Your least favorite spice? Not too excited about turmeric even though it is so good for you. I need to prob get more used to it.

3. What's a small change you'd like to make? To get back into the swing of desiring to take long walks.. something has come over me that has crushed that desire.

4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you've visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they're as follows-

I do enjoy visiting historic homes. I’ve enjoyed Monticello, the Baltimore, Mount Vernon, from the list given.. but my favorites is Carter’s Grove in Williamsburg on the James River
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 There is a historical tidbit about  this house
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During the Civil War,   the northern troops took over the property  and were  billetted there while the  officers  were    housed upstairs. It   is said that  the  commanding officer  road his horse up the staircase ,  hacking it with his sword  to show his disdain for the south.  You can see the  hack  marks in the banister!
The Maymont Estate and Gardens is  in Richmond, Va...
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A grand Victorian was  built in the 1890's  by an industrialist.  His love  of  Olde English style  inside and out is apparent.

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The inside is rather  Romanesque!
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Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Monticello (Jefferson's home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway's home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington's home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA)

Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit? Those Deep South plantations sound charming.

5. What's something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad? Landlines will be obsolete and I do find that sad. I just do not think compact and portable is always better.. especially if worldwide service doesn’t improve.

6. Insert your own random thought here. I am at this moment awaiting to leave for the hospital for my 2 hour skin graft surgery. I will be so relieved once this whole episode finally comes to a happy ending. I have learned much about trusting God, but my patience wears thin.. I pray that will not be hurdle that would delay my happy results. Never take just being able to scrub your face for granted. I haven’t been able to do that for a few months now. Thank goodness for neutragena wipes! 😌