Tuesday, October 6, 2015


It's Tuesday and I haven't blogged since Friday.  It's not that I don't have anything to say, I always have something to say, just ask anyone who knows me.  But life keeps rearing it's head and dragging me elsewhere.
First we had to drive into Savannah to go for our TSA interview so we'll have any easier time going through security when we fly.  And of course that was the day the heavens opened up and we had to drive through a monsoon on the freeway.  Not a drop fell at our house, but the highways were awash.
Then I was rushing to finish my autumn afghan throw before autumn was over, and YEAH, it's done complete with a black border.  When my daughter saw it on Skype she said it looked like the candy corn you get at Halloween.  It's not huge, but it's long enough to cover me at Happy Hour when I nap---at our age that's what we call Happy Hour, a nap.  It's on the back of my incredibly ugly couch, but that will be taken care of next month, I just know that Salvation Army needs my couch.
As soon as I finished the afghan I started on Christmas projects.  I'm taking part in the Twelve Days of Christmas exchange at Jo's (Through the Keyhole) wonderful blog, so I needed to get busy crafting.
Today it was time for my B-12 shot, in fact it was pass time, should have had it last Friday.  So we hitched up the horses, headed into town, got my shot, got Mac a haircut---he hates getting them, all those years of Army barbers has made him into a long hair fan--then some grocery shopping and a stop at the Dollar Store for Halloween decorations.
And of course there have been our morning walks, my aerobics and cleaning a house that refuses to stay clean.  But that's life.

Thought I'd share a little painting Mac did just for the fun of it, isn't he adorable.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Five on Friday

How did it get to be Friday already!  I'm joining in with Amy at Love Made My Home and others for this week's Five on Friday.

This week the colors of autumn are starting to show up, at least on my front steps and door.  Love the color of the chrysanthemums.  The bear, well he  said he had nothing better to do than hang around the door.

Next is a glass pumpkin Mac gave me for Christmas last year.  Great shape and color.

This week I've been reading, as always.  The first is The Company by Robert Littell, a really interesting story about the CIA, covering about 50 years of the Cold War.  The second is The Black Dog  by Stephan Booth, a murder mystery set in the Yorkshire area, it's the first of a series.  I'd seen it recommended by several people and I'm enjoying it, I like police procedurals.  And last I'm reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, a book on faith, it's told by an elderly minister writing for his young son, a truly beautiful book.

We watched an old favorite this week Lost in Austen it never fails to make us laugh.

And last, but not least it was 66º when we got up this morning and I wore jeans on our morning walk, that's the first time I've had long pants on since probably April.  So truly, autumn must be on its way.

That's my 5, use the button and check out all the others who are doing 5 on Friday.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Thank You

A big thank you to all of you who wished me a happy birthday, they were all appreciated.  It was a good birthday.  Mac asked me if I would have preferred a dozen red roses instead of the bears on the stairs and I of course answered NO!!!  Long after the roses would have faded away I'll still have the memory of the bears all wishing me a happy birthday,
It's a very muggy day here, not too hot, only around 80º, but the humidity is awful, it might as well be raining.  Still too warm to do much upstairs and I need to get up there to do some Christmasy things. Will try to get my afghan done this week and that's where I'm headed now.

Monday, September 28, 2015

It's My Birthday!!!

It's my birthday, the 39th anniversary of one of my birthdays.  And of course Mac filled it with surprises.  He took many of my bears and lined the stairs, they were holding up cards wishing me a Happy Birthday.  As a gift he gave me the little sewing machine.  I love it and how he fixed up my bear with scissors and pins, plus an assistant wrapped up in a measuring tape.
We Skyped with our daughter this morning and I opened the gifts she had sent me. First off was a wooden Japanese wheel barrow that she'd filled with goodies for me.  I immediately thought how much my bears would like the barrow, but unfortunately before I could put any bears in it Miss Kitty had appropriated it and has been in it ever since.
Short post as we're out to lunch to have something tasty topped off by a banana split.

If I were as flexible as Miss Kitty I'd rule the world, come to think of it she does rule the world.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Rather Special Bear

Yesterday I told you I'd tell you about a rather special bear.  Mac didn't give him to me, I gave the bear to him.  And it's not a Teddy Bear, but rather a foot massager.  Stick your feet on his back and he'll massage your feet until they're numb.  What's so special about that?  Lots of foot massager will do that.  Well, as nearly as we can remember I gave him the Bear in 1995, 20 years ago and we've never changed the battery in him and he's still going strong.  That's pretty darn amazing.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Five on Friday

I'm joining in with Amy at Love Made My Home and others (click the link at the bottom) for this week's Five on Friday.

My Five have to do with Bears.  When Mac discovered that as a child I'd never had a Teddy he decided that he had to fix that.  And he's been giving me Bears ever since.  Here are a few of my favorites.

We "think" this was the first Bear he gave me, a stone carved one that he brought me back from Kodiak Island, Alaska.  At that time he was working for a company that sent him all over the country.
He is so tactile, I love to hold and touch him

The next Bears are singing Bears.  She sings a Beatle song "I Will" and he sings a Lee Greenwood song, "God Bless the USA".

I'm including another soldier Bear with these two, Mac was a soldier for 21 years, this one doesn't sing.

The third group of Bears are those who fish, catch frogs, go sledding  and use snow shoes.  They're a rather athletic bunch.

Number four group is definitely a mixed group;  An Angel Bear, 2 gardening Bears. a rather snazzy Bear, a Scottish Bear, a high flying Bear and a basket of Bears including one dressed up as a cow.

And my Fifth Bears are a Teddy Bear picnic.

Not all of my Bears by a long shot, in fact I have a rather strange one to tell you about tomorrow.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Autumn. Finally

It's Autumn, it started yesterday and I'm thrilled, see me, or is that Calvin and Hobbes, doing my happy dance.
Temperatures in the 70's, rain--well you can't have everything--and me making soup.
I'm making an old favorite, Bean and Bacon soup.  I've never made it before, I usually just open a can of Campbell's.  But at more than 800mgs of sodium I decided it was time for me to make my own and cut that down.
So to Pinterest I went, found a recipe that sounded reasonable and off to the kitchen I went.  First step was to mince garlic, chop onions, carrots and celery.  Neither of us are celery fans so I left that out.  Next you cook about 8oz. of smoked bacon--I cut that down a bit-- and  then drain all but 2 tbs of the bacon fat--I cut down on that too.  Then you cook the onions and carrots for about 5 minutes till they've softened, add the minced garlic and cook 1 more minute.

Next you add 2 cans of fat free, low sodium chicken stock and a can of Great White Northern Beans.  I didn't have any canned Great Northerns (I always cook them from dried beans) so I substituted canned Cannelini Beans, they're white so I hope that's ok.  You then reduce the heat and cook for 1 hour.  I'm at that stage right now.

After an hour you remove half of the soup to a blender or food processor and process until smooth, I don't have either so I used my electric mixer and that worked fine.
 Return the puree to the soup pot and stir it into the remaining soup.  Add the can of tomato sauce and 3/4 of the bacon you cooked earlier and stir to combine.  Mac tasted it and said please don't add the sauce.   I looked at the can of tomato sauce and it it had over 200mg of sodium,  the soup tasted fine without it, so no tomato sauce was added.
Even without the sauce   I thought  it was  a little salty so I added some water--it had about 20 minutes to cook.
After adding the bacon I cooked it for about 5 more minutes.  After that you put it in bowls and crumble any remaining bacon over each bowl.
Well, it's done and except for being a bit salty it's so good.  Next time I'll cook my beans and avoid canned beans and use less bacon.  Can't wait to eat it.