Monday, June 18, 2012


I was reminded of a wonderful memory earlier tonight.  It was several years ago and I was working the evening shift at a diner I was employed at back then.  There was a huge storm and it knocked out the power in our neighborhood. I wasn't looking forward to going home to a boring, dark house after work.  Imagine my surprise when I turned onto our street and saw our house full of light!!  I got inside and found that Earl had lit candles all over the house. He and my youngest son and I spent a wonderful evening playing Yahtzee and dice games. It was so thoughtful and one of the best nights ever!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Feeling Blessed!

Life is good! Country living is the best and I'm so glad to be living out here on Willow Road! I love the peace and quiet. I love watching the hens in the coop. I love listening to the storms when they come rolling through. I love my garden and the fresh berries and grapes that grow out here. I love looking up at the night sky and seeing the stars. I sure wish I could have brought my kids up out in the country.

Life is keeping me busy. I've decided to put together a cookbook and have been having lots of fun with that. I'm so excited about the possibilities and the men in the house are going to like trying out all the recipes. LOL It'll have lots of our family's old favorites and some new favorites, too. Mostly made from scratch but there will be some easy recipes with boxed ingredients included. A little something for everyone! I'm also doing some recipe booklets that will concentrate on just one ingredient each like mint, pumpkins, apples, etc. I'm hoping to have them ready by the end of November so they can be ordered in time for Christmas. So much to do!

And, speaking of Christmas, I'm busy planning presents for this year. I have LOTS of ideas. Just need the time to get them done. I want this holiday season to be full of fun and magic! I didn't even decorate last year. This year I'm going to go all out!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

1950's Kitsch

I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to decorating my home. I love anything vintage. From pretty much any decade. If it calls my name and I love it I will make it fit in. I have collections of lace, Boyds Bears, Coca Cola, brass, baskets and more. I love nothing better than spending the day hitting antique and thrift stores or going to yard sales. I walked into a Salvation Army the other day, saw this and deemed it mine!

1950's magazine rack/ashtray. I absolutely love it! Fun, retro, kitschy!! Oh, yeah! Now to figure out where exactly it will go.....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Book Giveaway Contest!

Wretha and her husband have lived off grid full time since December 2007, there have been ups and downs, but all in all it's been a great adventure. Now Wretha and her husband have been immortalized in an off grid book, click here to learn more about it.

Sounds like my kind of book! And you could win it free! What's not to like? :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chickens In the Henhouse

Here it is! My new chicken coop. Mostly finished and the chickens seem happy. Still have to set up the run, but at least no more chickens in my backroom!! Yay!!!!!!

They have lots of room now and I love just sitting out there and watching them. They all crowd around the door when I go out and feed them in the mornings. Funny creatures!

It's nice knowing that, no matter what happens with the economy, we will always have something to eat. There will always be eggs and chickens can be butchered if needed. Our garden is doing really well this year, too. I need to get more jars so I can start canning when it's all ready to be harvested. LOTS of zucchini, pumpkin, tomatoes and cucumbers. We'll also have soup beans and a few strawberries and plenty of carrots and onions. Plus some sweet potatoes, cabbage and brussel sprouts. We've already been picking blackberries and have an ice cream bucket full of them in the freezer. I know there's more ripe and ready to be picked. There's rhubarb waiting to be cut and I have several bags of asparagus in the freezer, too. And later there will be tons of grapes. Nope, no worrying about going hungry here!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"The Rose"~Bette Midler

Some say love, it is a river
that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
that leaves your soul to bleed.

Some say love, it is a hunger,
an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
and you its only seed.

It's the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance.
It's the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance.

It's the one who won't be taken,
who cannot seem to give,
and the soul afraid of dyin'
that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been to long,
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong,
just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed that with the sun's love
in the spring becomes the rose.

(The photo is a tiffany rose growing in my yard.)