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Monday, November 29, 2021

Life goes on.....

 The last time we visited, I told you of the untimely death of my 47 year old brother....sudden and shocking, and the hurt is still real, but time has a way of marching on.....

Thanksgiving came and went...with an empty place at the table....now Christmas prep is in full swing, and yes, keeping busy does help the pain.

I have been creating and decorating.  I have a few goodies left in my shoppe..and have pictured them below.  Pop on over to take a look.  I wish we were having a good old 12 Days of Christmas blog hop this year, but things are just too crazy, with care giving for my Dad...maybe next year.

Let me know how YOU are doing. I love to hear from you, no matter if it is just a quick HI.

Be blessed, hug your loved ones and stay warm.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Saying goodbye....

 Our family life as we know it changed forever on Saturday....that is the day my dear little brother, Jeff, passed away suddenly at the age of 47. We have been totally devastated by his death, and the hurt is very painful right now.  Trying to deal with it, and care of my Dad at the same time has been so stressful.

Praying for better days again, as we lay Jeff to rest tomorrow afternoon.

God bless you sweet brother...until we meet again....

Monday, September 27, 2021

Latest Offerings!

 Good afternoon everyone.

Just popping in to let you know I have added a few more items to my Etsy shoppe.

All are ready to ship!



Tuesday, August 24, 2021

For the Love of Zinnias

 My dear Mother passed away 3 years ago, and not a Summer goes by when I don't think of her and her love of gardening.  She always made a point of planting Zinnias in her large garden, but for some reason, I always forget to sow the seeds in the Spring.  This year was different!  Since I was overloaded with peppers the last few years, I decided to dedicate one of my 4 x 4 garden beds to Zinnias.  I watched closely as the seeds germinated and grew, and now, oh my, the bed is full of zinnias nearly as tall as I am! The place is buzzing with bees and butterflies flitting about.  I cut a bouquet for our kitchen table every few days, and while eating breakfast this morning, I was marveling at all the different shapes and colors.

When all other flowers seem to be fading because of the over abundance of rain we have had, my Zinnias are a welcome site and a loving reminder of days gone by....

Monday, August 9, 2021

It's Zucchini Season!

 It's that time of year again!  Zucchini is coming out of our gardens faster than we can eat it!  If you are tired of the same old ways to fix it, give this recipe a try!

Grilled zucchini with Herb Butter

2 medium zucchini halved lengthwise.

 Heat a grill or grill pan over medium -high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.   Add zucchini and cook 4-5 minutes on each side.

Place 2 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and 2 teaspoons unsalted butter in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave at HIGH for 20 seconds or until butter melts.  Stir in 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, kosher salt and black pepper.  

 Drizzle butter mixture evenly over zucchini, top with freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

July Already

 Good morning dear friends.  

It's been so long since we chatted.  Life gets so busy during the Spring and Summer months.  There is always yard work to be done.  Nothing of note has really happened in the last few months.  We've had hot weather and lots of rain.  The other night, we had 4" of rain overnight.  Our creek overflowed it's banks in a torrent of water and debris, and took out part of the road with it.  The road is now closed.  Thankfully, our home and yard are only a soggy mess..no damage here, as the creek is located in a bit of a gorge behind our garage.

Our days are spent tending gardens.  The Mister had the last two weeks off, and my Sis from Vermont came over the weekend. It was a treat to see her, as it has been two years.  We had a big family get-together here and also saw family that we have kept distant from because of Covid.

We did take a little trip to Ohio to the Air Force Museum.  I've been promising our oldest grandson, Peter, that we would take him, but with Covid, our plans were delayed.  So at the end of June, we took Peter and Joey, his brother, there.  What fun we had and they really enjoyed it.


I've also been doing a little stitchin' and spending time with our grandchildren...always such fun. I haven't been doing much creating since the weather turned nice.  I prefer to do that in the dull late Autumn and winter months.

I hope you are well.  Jot me a comment to let me know how you are. I miss my blogging friends!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Springtime Stoll

 It was such a lovely day on Tuesday, that one of my DILs invited me to visit the library and then go for a walk around town with her and the little ones. 

I decided to take photos of some of the interesting homes we passed by....

Someone began to renovate this old home, but stopped...I sure wish someone else would take over the reno, as it has stunning woodwork inside...so sad to see such a lovely home deteriorate.  The black and white photo below shows it is it's glory long ago..

And I will leave you with a sweet smile ....

Grant enjoying his first swinging outside.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Spring is on the Way!

 While waking yesterday morning, as the sun peeked into my window, I heard the faint calling of a bluebird!  What a joyous time Spring is...the snow is melting, the sun is shining a little more each day, the bitter chill in the air is dwindling and the earth is coming alive.  I see huge flocks of geese flying north, loudly proclaiming their enthusiasm for warmer days.  I see the sparrows chirping and hopping around in the wisteria outside our carriage room window.  I see the welcome site of wee snowdrop flowers outside my office window.  We won't be doing maple syrup this year, but I know from the looks of the trees, that the sap is running and I can almost taste the sweet goodness (or maybe it is just that I haven't had my breakfast yet and I am hungry).

Spring is so welcome here, after this particularly long and snowy winter and covid restrictions making some of our winter activities impossible. I'm looking forward to getting out in the yard for Spring cleanup, and am planning my new patio gardens and our veggie garden as well.  I've browsed the seed displays and chosen some new things to try.  Don't think I will be planting any hot peppers this year, as we still have plenty of hot salsa and canned banana peppers for sandwiches.  I need a little something to take their place.  My Mom always planted zinnias, but for some reason I haven't done that much in all the years I have been gardening, so I will make an entire bed of different varieties of zinnias, and plant lots of corn too.

Spring is also a time for First Communion, and both Peter and Allison will be having theirs on May 2nd.  It's such a special time...they are growing so big.  Peter is already 8 and Allie turns 8 next week...where does the time go?

Enough babbling for now...I will leave you with more pictures of my life and loves...

Elena and Grant

Spring vignette in the dining room

Afternoon nap - Grant

Spring pin keep

cutie pie

After completing years ago, I finally framed this wool applique sampler

pretty sunset

new quilt I am working on for Spring

Grant keeps hamming it up

Petie & Joey climbing Mt Everest...ok..it was just a huge snow pile in the school parking lot

Big buffalo farm Maria & I passed coming home for a little shopping adventure

Peter loves space

Toddy with one of his cutest smiles

I'm off to tend to the chickens now.  Have a blessed day everyone and don't hesitate to comment and share your day with me!

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