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Monday, July 23, 2018

Life in our Small corner of the world....

The last time I wrote to you all was on June 12.  Among other things, I told you of the death of my Mother in Law in late May....little did I know then that just a few days after my post, my own sweet Mother would make her journey to her final resting place.

After a couple of falls in the mid and late winter months, our family decided, along with Mom, that she needed more supervised care than my dear Father or other family members, could provide.  After all, he was getting older too, and physically unable to handle the care.  We reluctantly placed Mom in a nursing home near our home, so that Dad could visit regularly. The hope was that she would get stronger, and I could care for her at our home.  No one is really certain what happened, but Mom slowly declined.  Tests showed nothing abnormal going on...but still...she became weaker, more sleepy, and finally, at the end, unresponsive.  We had all visited at once, just two weeks before.  She loved seeing the 5 great grand kiddos, and visiting with the family.  The next week when I came to visit (my hometown is an hour from our home), Mom was visible weaker, and sleepy, but we still had a nice visit.  The next time I came, just a few days later, I wasn't even able to talk with her.  She was in bed and nothing my Dad or I could do would wake her.  Then, we received the call on Father's Day, that she was very poor.  We rushed up to the hospital, and she was having extreme difficulties breathing, and early the next morning, on June 18th, my sweet Mother passed away.

To loose both our mothers so close together, was such a shock to my husband and I.  We are still trying to deal with the losses...not being able to speak to her is so hard.  I never really got to say goodbye...

I worry about my Dad....the first few weeks were very hard on him, but he seems to slowly be adjusting to life without Mom.  It's shocking to think that he is the last of the 'older' generation.....the last of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles alive.  I pray for his health and welfare, for I cannot fathom losing him...

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I hate sad posts, but the reality is that sometimes sadness does occur.  This Summer had not been kind, but we try to concentrate on the wonderful things in life.

The warmth of the sun on these Summer days..

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The bounty of produce appearing in the garden...

The beauty of the flowers...

The song of the birds.

The smiles of our sweet grandchildren...

The relaxation of a cool drink on the front porch...


A casual cruise on the pontoon boat around the lake...



The gifts of health and happiness we seem to treasure so much.

RIP Dear Mom



 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Spring and Early Summer Musings...

Good morning dear friends.
Yes, it has been awhile since I posted, but Spring is such a busy time of year.  
There are new chicks to tend to; gardens to till and plant; mulch for the flower gardens, and the lawn..oh my...it never stops growing in the Spring.

But a busy life is a happy life.  Sometimes, sadness comes our way though.  My Mother-in-Law, Evelyn, took a fall before Mother's Day, and sadly, her injuries made her too weak to continue on.  She passed away at 93 years young...active until the last.  My own Mom isn't well, and we had to place her into a nursing facility, as it just wasn't possible for us to care for her any more.  Time marches on, and life sometimes throws us a curve, but God always seems to give us the strength we need to go on.

And really, as Spring has Sprung, we are reminded of the many blessings we have as well.
For us, our biggest joy is our 5 grandchildren.  What a wonderful blessing they are.

Easter

Allie and I are doing a quilt together for her bed....this is her latest block.

Allie and Elena

Sweet Peter

Peter & Joey
Baby Todd
I've spent the early part of this year working on a couple of wool applique quilts.  One of them is a big project from Primitive Gatherings.  Here are the blocks I have completed so far.  I am part of a FB page working on this quilt together....Six more months to go!








I am hoping to make another post soon, showing you around our 1830 home and our yard.  In the meantime, it's back to working on orders and mowing...lol.

Have a blessed day!



Saturday, April 21, 2018

My Spring Swap from Amy!

Hello all!

Hope you are having a great day.
I'd love to show you the swap goodies I received from Amy.  She was my partner for the recent Spring swap she held on her blog, Bumblebee Lane Cottage.


Amy sent me a lovely woolie star, a cute bunny, who is now sitting on my mantel with my other spring bunnies.  She sent me some yummy smelling soap...well...I assume it smells really good, but I've had a bad cold all week and my smeller is out of order!  She also sent along some cute bug candies - they are adorable...never seen anything like them...and some wax melt beads.   But the piece I like the most is this adorable mouse pin cushion!

Isn't this simply adorable!  I love the added touch that the doily makes.  I'm so in love with this guy!


THANK YOU SO MUCH AMY!

I'm so glad we've been blogging friends all these years.
 
I ALWAYS ENJOY OUR SWAPS!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Fat Free Lemon Cookies

Ooh...the cool and refreshing taste of lemon.  Everyone loves it and now, you can enjoy it without guilt! 

The hubby and I, like so many these days, are trying to adjust our eating habits to be more fit and lose some weight.  That means giving up on such yummy foods as cookies...right?  Not when you try out these yummy fat free Lemon Cookies!

I was browsing the internet for some new ideas for sweet treats, without all the butter in most cookies and baked goods, and these seemed to fit the bill.  So I wrote down the recipe, adjusted it a bit to add more lemony goodness, and gave them a try.  Besides, I had some huge lemons I purchased the day before that were calling to me to make them into something scrumptious.

I hope you will give them a try too. They are a quick and easy recipe.  Great with tea or a glass of ice cold milk.  Yummmm




 Fat Free Lemon Cookies

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 T fresh lemon zest
3-4 T fresh lemon juice
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 t baking powder

Glaze

3/4 c confectioners sugar
3-4 T fresh lemon juice 


Beat the eggs until light and frothy.
Next add the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla.
Beat til blended.
Add the flour and baking powder, blending well and scraping the sides of the bowl.
Grease your cookie sheet or use parchment paper.  I love to use parchment paper for all of my cookies.
Drop by tablespoons onto your baking sheet.
Bake for 8-12 minutes at 325 degrees.
Let cool for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
Once completely cool, mix up your glaze. Take a scant teaspoon of the glaze and place it on top of each cookie.  Spread it around with the back of your spoon, then return to cooling rack to set.

Now it's time to dig in and enjoy the sweet and tangy flavor!

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

I  love my new Pioneer Woman covered cake plate.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring...where are you?

Good afternoon dear friends. 
I'm sorry for taking so long to post again...you know how life gets in the way....

I hope you had a lovely Easter and that Spring has sprung where you live.  We continue to be cool with occasional snow showers and below normal temps...so much for global warming...it ain't happening here in the Finger Lakes of NYS.  Since I can't be working in the gardens outside, I have been quilting, and occasionally creating items for my Etsy shop. 

This past Christmas, our son and DIL, Drew and Maria, gave me the pattern for A Primitive Garden Quilt, which I have long admired.  It's a huge undertaking, with hand-stitched wool applique designs on each block...all of varying sizes.  Here is a stock photo of the quilt, followed by the blocks I have done so far.  I'm having a ton of fun creating them, and will go back to add a few embellishments here and there as time allows.  I'd love to add some bugs and other critters.

I'm changing up some of the birds for interest.... in Block #4 instead of two crows, I added a Baltimore Oriole and a hummingbird.  I'm working on a chickadee for Block #6, which I am stitching now.  I'll be sure to share my progress with you as I complete the blocks.

If you are interested in sewing along with me, and other gals, head over over the Primitive Garden Facebook page..we'd love to have you stitch with us.  I'm co-administrator of the group, so pop on over and check it out...if only for the inspiration!  

Have a beautiful day!





Block #1


Block #2


Block #3

Block #4

Block #5



For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
Solomon 2:11-12

Monday, March 12, 2018

Spring Swap!!!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that Amy of Bumble Bee Lane Cottage is BACK!  She's planned a Spring Swap....we all love her swaps.....so hurry on over today to join in the fun.  Sign ups end on March 17th!!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Putting away Christmas......

In our 1830 home, I have two large trees (and about 20 small ones in varying sizes) that I decorate each Christmas time.  One I decorate with all of the ornaments our family has acquired over the years and that tree is always in our family room.  My other tree resides in the dining room, and it is also very special, as it contains ornaments from my blogging friends.  It wasn't that long ago when there were plenty of swaps going on in my blogging world.  I always looked forward to the Christmas ornament swaps.  Each one was oh so special.  Over the years, I accumulated quite a few....and as I was removing them from the tree this morning, I had a time to reflect on some of the awesome people I met through blogging.  There was the snowman in a stocking from Theresa, the raggedy from Cyndy, a star from Amy, and oh so many more wonderful handmade ornaments.  There were some that I created as a result of the Twelve Days of Christmas events I hosted.
These were bittersweet memories, for so many blogs have been neglected in the last couple years.  I will always look fondly on those blogging swaps...who knows, maybe some year there will be a resurgence. 
Thank you blogging friends for all the wonderful memories!


Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Peter

It's seems like only yesterday....but it was 5 years ago that our first grandchild,
Peter Francis
 was born.

He has brought such joy to us!
He loves tractors, robots, Grammy's pantry full of goodies, steak, chicken, spaghetti, cookies, cake and ice cream.  He is so interested in how things work and loves to be outside.  He loves to swing, ride Grandpa's tractor and have sleep overs.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
dear Peter!

We love you so much.










The Three Musketeers! Peter, Joey & Todd

Thursday, December 7, 2017

It's the Holiday Season!

Wow...the time is flying by, isn't it?!
I cannot believe it is the beginning of December, and before we know it, Christmas will be here.

The time between Turkey Day and Christmas is especially busy for our family, as we have birthdays every week up until the Birthday of Our Lord.  First there is the Hubs, then our youngest son, Drew, then mine, then little Peter on the 21st - cannot believe he will be 5 this year! Can you?

My online Etsy shop has been doing well, and keeping me very busy.  I am finished making holiday items now...just mailed out the last 6 custom orders today.  Whew.  I'm so glad that I can now concentrate on finishing up the decorating in our home.  It's so big, it always takes me forever to get it done.  I will probably scale back a little bit this year, because I simply haven't had the time to dedicate to it.  

This past Sunday our Church had a coffee hour after Mass, and St Nicholas came to greet the little girls and boys.  Petie, Joey and Allie were happy to pose for a picture, but Elena wanted nothing to do with old St. Nick!


One of the things I have been really missing this time of year is my annual Twelve Days of Christmas that I used to put together.  It's sad how blogging has given way to Facebook...it's really not the same, and I am missing all the fun we used to have here in blogland....no swaps, celebrations or sharing much anymore.

I am hoping that this year I will get to make some of my favorite cookies.  I love Sprintz, Thumbprints and what our family calls Chocolate Pixies.  It isn't Christmas without those in the house.  Only problem with baking all those goodies is that I truly cannot resist eating them.  All my will power is gone when they are in the house....think I will make some soft and yummy ginger snaps too.

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

If you have a really yummy recipe you would like to share, just jot me a note and I'll post about it!

I'll be back before Christmas to wish you all a Merry Day.
Blessings during this Advent Season.


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