Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sharing Time . . .



Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
~Buddha


A few weeks ago, I had a birthday...I know, lucky me!!  I know it sounds funny, but I'm always grateful when I can put another year behind me, and get on with a new one.

My sweet sister gave a  beautifully framed photo of my father that I wanted to share with you...I love it!  One day, we were at the family history center scanning some old slides and putting them on a flash drive, when we came across this picture of my father.  It's a photo of him that I had never seen before.  I'm not sure how old he was, but he was in his element, a fish in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other hand... :0)  Right behind him is the old green Pontiac that he loved so much.  I had kind of forgotten about the photo until my sister gave it to me.  She is so thoughtful, I love her.

I'm now older than my father was when he passed away, so really, I do celebrate each year that I am given.  I miss my father, but I am so grateful for each moment that I was able to share with him, and I know that one day, I'll see him again...what an amazing day that will be, he's been gone a long time.


Something else to share . . .

This cute little figurine.   My son's family gave it to me, his wife knows how much I love them.  My little granddaughter, Clara, was so excited to tell me that she thought the doll looked like her... so sweet.  Doesn't she look cute standing next to these little bookends?


Something else to share -  these wonderful, non-stick bread pans.  My daughter gave them to me because she has a set and loves them.  They are wonderful, and make beautiful banana bread, or any other bread you might want to bake!  I may never use any other loaf pan again!



Just look at those nice sharp corners!!  It was delicious, so I thought I would also share the recipe with you as well.  It's from a very old cookbook of my mother's, I think it's from the 50's.  It was a church cookbook, so you just know that the recipes are really wonderful.



I think it's fun to run across these kind of treasures, all tucked away neatly between the pages of an old cookbook - Happy Mayberry's Pie Crust, (Hap's Pie Crust for short).  My mother was a wonderful cook, and it's not hard to see that she loved this book as much as I do.

Speaking of cookbooks . . . look what I got in the mail yesterday!  My sweet friend, and blogging buddy, Marie Rayner, just had this wonderful cookbook published!  She also has a cooking blog called, The English Kitchen, where she posts the most amazing recipes as well.  The minute this became available on Amazon, I hurried and bought it...of course with a gift card that another daughter had given me for my birthday!  When she gave it to me, I knew exactly what I was going to buy with it...aren't kids great?!



This is a substantial cookbook, look how thick it is.  My husband and I just love it!  I truly don't think I will ever need another cookbook, as this one has so many delightful recipes in it.  I can hardly wait to start baking for the holidays!  And the illustrations in the book are just beautiful, all done by Marie.

Well, that was a lot of sharing!!

Be safe sweet friends...



Hugs and Love,

Barb


Friday, November 10, 2017

This and That . . .


Hehehehehe...it's so true!!  I love to crochet!  I don't crochet a lot during the summer, but when Fall arrives, you can find me on the couch with a big pile of yarn!  

On Wednesday, my sister and I went to, JoAnn's, you know what that means!  Yes, we came out with a bag full of beautiful yarn.  She wanted to make some headbands for her grands and I wanted to make some new hats for mine for Christmas.  I got two of the hats done yesterday - they  turned out so cute, and they're so easy to make.  I made them in their favorite colors, and they will keep those little ears warm.


Yesterday we spent most of the afternoon raking, power washing, cleaning and  getting ready for winter.  We pulled the old dead flowers out of the flower pots, put the cushions from the patio furniture away, and power washed the patio and steps.  We raked and cleaned up a ton of leaves and little branches from the lawn . . . I think we're ready for winter... :0)  It was a gorgeous day, I didn't even wear a coat or a jacket.

At one point I looked up and this is what I saw -



There were so many vapor trails in the sky and more being made - I guess that the atmospheric pressure was just keeping them in place...it looked very strange!

As you can see, most of the leaves are off of the trees now, the backyard looks so bare.  Yes, winter is upon us.  We are suppose to get rain and maybe even snow later today, but right now, it's almost 50 degrees.  It's a gorgeous day!


I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year, it's always fun to get together with family, which is something I'm very grateful for.  It will only be one family, and maybe one son, but it will be fun, and I'm pretty sure we'll eat too much!  I'm always looking for new ideas for Thanksgiving dinner, so . . . what are some of your favorites for Thanksgiving?   Do you have any fun traditions?


Have a wonderful week-end!!

Hugs and Love,

Barb

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My Thoughts for November . . .

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
~Rabindranath Tagore~

November is kind of a melancholy month for me, so I try to make it beautiful, instead of cold and deary, and sometimes it's hard, I won't lie, I struggle with this time of year, but...


...we have been blessed with the most amazing sunsets the last few weeks.  I hope they continue for a long time to come, they always make me smile!  I'm always anxious to run outside and get the perfect photo, of the perfect sunset, and it seems like I am doing that earlier and earlier these days.  

What do you think about Daylight Savings?  I'm one of those strange people who love it when I get to turn the clock back, my body just does not like it when it's natural clock is messed with.  I wish they would leave our time alone and just let, Mother Nature do her thing. 

Another beautiful sunset in my wide open sky!

 Yes, these are my feet.  I Usually end up standing outside longer than I thought I would, trying to get that perfect photo, and usually, I don't have on shoes, because that's just how I do things....:0)  That will all change when the snow flies!

Something wonderful happened right before Halloween...this boy had a birthday!!  I can hardly believe that he turned 4, where does the time go?!  Tanner is a precious little angel, my last grandbaby...we spoil him rotten, but don't tell anyone...;0)

Happy November everyone!!

Hugs and Love,
Barb