Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Wrapup...

2018 Family, Friends and Miscellaneous

January - First temperatures below 0. (- 8°) Nine-ten ice fishermen on lake most of the month. Middle of month deep snow. Huge restaurant fire in town. Burned out completely. Favorite and long-time veterinarian, Doctor Joe C. died. Long time friend and neighbor, Nancy B. lost her battle with cancer and died.
February -  More ice fishers and more snow. Nearby neighbor farmer, Floyd W. died. 
March - Two more snow events. Lots of long icicles. A really good visit with a longtime friend who lives in HI. A very wonderful friend and neighbor farmer, Harold E. died.
April - Dear and wonderful beach friend, Joe B. died.
May - Spring perennial flowers up and yard flowers purchased. Fresh asparagus time. Cabin cleaning of high things and beams done by grandkids.  Daughter’s dog, “Sadie” died. 
June - Daughter got new dog, “Zoey.” Two lake hatchings of goslings, five and three. Airboat spread weed killer on lake twice. Nephew had wonderful trip with friend pilot to Alaska in small airplane. Severe dry eye erosion in my left eye. Healed well. Left hand tenosynovitis, wearing brace. 
July -  Grandson (29) won Lake Community Assn. annual fishing derby AGAIN. Sold Yamaha ATV to neighbor. Long time beach friend, Lloyd B. died. Sweet and long time beach friend, Betty Jo M. died. A lovely distant relative and local woman, Jean L. died after losing her battle with cancer.
August - Leaky dock barrel replaced. Really heavy rain caused washout here and floods throughout the area. Beach friend had knee replacements. Last December she had shoulder replacement.  Nearby friend and neighbor, Sam P. died. Friend and wonderful 4-H leader, George H. died. Several doctor visits for another of my dry eye erosions and an infection.
September - Another washout from heavy rains. Dried and stored tomato seeds for next year. Sweet young beach friend, Janet H. lost her battle with cancer and died. A local nurse and longtime friend, Susie K. died due to glioblastoma.  
October - The Mister cut his hand and had stitches. Brother had small problem after surgery. OK now. Jacki A., a wonderful and sweet beach friend died.  
November - First snow - 10 inches on the 15th. Temperatures +2° Lake completely frozen on 23rd. Didn’t last. Young neighbor friend became engaged. A beach friend, Barbara F. from TN had her right foot amputated. Longtime friend, Willie A. died.
December - Not much snow and too rainy and wet.

ME-Turned 82. Still slowing down while moving forward. Taking pictures mostly from golf car riding around home area. Some of my photos being shown on local TV slide shows. Shoulder and hip receiving injections every 8 weeks. Eye still giving me grief. 
HE-Turned 83. Forgetful but able to complete general tasks and chores except for yard work. Using cane sporadically for stability. Hearing very poor. Good dishwasher and vacuum cleaner operator and very helpful. Does all of the driving.
WE-Are living within our means and don't have a single debt. We are comfortable and still capable of being fully independent and self sufficient. 

New Stuff
• Air frier gift from granddaughters
• Crystal window sun catcher prism gift from granddaughter
• Crocheted blanket gift from friend who made it
• Candy corn beach glass “Prism” necklace by Meg - from me to me
• Crystal Swarovski suncatchers, two on porch - from me to me
• Electric blanket gift from daughter

Repairs (Professionally Accomplished)
• Lawn and Yard cleanup after two damaging washouts.
• Car - complete exhaust system repairs in June

Chewy Brownies
Chili Bean Soup
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cole Slaw
Chicken Noodle Soup with Vegetables
Mac Cheese Big Pan
Mince Pie
Pea Soup
Pickled Red Beets and Eggs
Sunshine Pineapple Pan Cake
Bar-B-Que Pan Chicken
Bread Pudding with Raisins
Cherry Bran Muffins
Peanut Butter Cookies
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Loaves
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Lemon Bundt Cake
Mac Cheese Big Pan
Potato Salad
Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Three Loaves White Bread
White pickled eggs
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Strawberry Shortcake
Sunshine Pineapple Pan Cake
Zucchini Supreme
Banana Bread
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Peach Cobbler
Pickled Beets and Eggs
Spinach Quiche
Strawberry EVERYTHING!
Cheese Broccoli Soup
Peach Cobbler
Peach Crisp
Zucchini Supreme
Tomatoes, red and green peppers, corn, cantaloupe processed
Tomato Juice
Peach Cobbler
Mac Cheese Big Pan
Peach Cobbler
Sunshine Pineapple Cake
Apple Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ham Salad
Kielbasa Vegetable Stew
One Bowl Applecake
Processed and packed smoked ham
Apple Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mac Cheese Big Pan
Processed and packed smoked turkey breast
Spinach Cheese Quiche
Sugar Cookies (2)
Turkey Salad
Blueberry Muffins
Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pea Soup (2)
Pumpkin Pie

Spider and web mobile
Goose feather headpiece for James
Conks wood burned (2) 
Wind ribbon mobile
Jute and beaded small Christmas tree
Photomanipulations (282)

All of my various directories and calendars are updated for the year 2019 and I start all over.

By the way, death is part of living in my mind. It is just another path. We leave the old and anticipate the new every year, don’t we? It doesn’t mean that we don’t remember but we do move onward.

“Count your blessings instead of your crosses.
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes.
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears.
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full times instead of your lean.
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth.
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.”

Happy New Year!
Kindness and acceptance for all.

Out with the old....

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Sweet Treats

Foodie! Sweet Foodie! Yep! That's right... Holiday gifts for the Foodies.

Assorted Italian dark chocolate pralines filled with liqueur cream Cointreau, Zabaglione, Cherry, and Grappa-Peach are "intoxicating" in flavor and fragrance.

The pure butter shortbread assortment of Walkers, a product of Scotland are almost gone already! Good milk dunkers.

How about a Bon Bon? Would you like a dark or a milk chocolate caramel cream? We have both. They melt in your mouth.

What is the holiday without a box of chocolate covered cordial cherries or marzipan? I cannot imagine it. The marzipan must be in the shape and colors of real fruit! Each remarkable treat is a moist, and perfectly shaped morsel. They scream, "More! More!"

Of course the green glass shaped Christmas tree was already needing a refill and there were exactly more of the same Andes Creme de Menthe Thins to fill the job.

We opened them all and indulged.

Don't judge.

Monday, December 24, 2018

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...Mom Style

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...Mom Style
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the abode
Only one creature was stirring & she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
while visions of X-Box & Barbie flipped through their heads.
Yes, and dad was snoring in front of the TV,
with a half constructed bicycle propped on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
which made her sigh, "Now what is the matter?"
With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
She descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes & soot, which fell with a shrug,
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."
"Ho Ho Ho!" cried Santa, I'm glad you're awake."
"your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "So, I've made you a clone."
"A clone?" she muttered, "What good is that?"
"Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit chat."
Then out walked the clone - The mother's twin,
Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.
"She'll cook, she'll dust, she'll mop every mess.
You'll relax, take it easy, watch TV and rest.
"Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream has come true!"
"I'll shop, I'll read, I'll sleep a night through!"
From the room above, the youngest did fret.
"Mommy?! Come quickly, I'm scared and I'm wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She sure knows her part."
The clone changed the child and hummed her a tune,
as she bundled the small one in a blanket cocoon.
"You're the best mommy ever. I really love you."
The clone smiled and sighed, "And I love you too."
The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal.
That's my child's LOVE she is going to steal."
Smiling wisely, Santa said: "To me it is clear,
Only one loving mother is needed here."
The mom kissed her child and tucked her in bed.
"Thank You, Santa, for clearing my head.
Sometimes I forget, it won't be very long,
before they'll be too old for my cradle and song."
The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side, Santa said: "Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, dear Mom, you'll be all right."
Sometimes we need reminding of what life is all about.
Especially at times when the Holiday season shouts,
and all we do is clean, bake, and procure.
You get the picture -- I'm sure.
So stop for a moment and hug that little one so dear,
whether he/she is 2 or 35, or even older this year.
For they are the gift that God gave us from Heaven above,
and what a special gift to be treasured, with endless LOVE!

May The Real Meaning Of Christmas Be With You All Year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


A few months back, our daughter brought us a 2.5 lb. bag of frozen blueberries. It sat in the freezer until this morning when the mood to bake struck.  I found a recipe I had saved but never used and was in a daring frame of mind, as I'm not crazy about blueberries.  These particular berries are cultivated at Peterson Farms in Shelby MI. Michigan is the nation's leading producer of cultivated blueberries. Fresh frozen cultivated blueberries can be enjoyed all year long. 

I must say that they are REALLY tasty and moist. 
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As I write there are only 3 left! I must save one for my brother who brings me venison. We each had a morning snack and one is packaged for the trash collector/driver who comes today. 

Very Blueberry and Lemon Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 cup blueberries (if using frozen blueberries, thaw and drain first)
extra sugar and lemon zest for the tops
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the egg, milk, butter, lemon juice, and zest.

Stir to combine–the batter should be lumpy. Don’t mix it too hard. Muffin batter doesn’t like that. Gently fold in blueberries. Lightly grease muffin cups or use paper liners. Fill each cup about 2/3 to 3/4 full. *This should make 12 muffins. Sprinkle extra sugar and lemon zest on the tops.

Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes or until golden. 
*If making only 6 large ones, bake for about 30 minutes (no longer) and remove from pan before completely cool. 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Oh! Santa Came Early!

I truly would rather give than receive... as we REALLY don't need or want anything at this time of our lives. Gifts are nice, though and we DO appreciate the thoughtful gestures of our friends and family.

The first thing to arrive from HI friends was a variety of frozen chowders and bisques. We both really love seafood and soups.
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Our two adult granddaughters who live in upper NY state sent a 5.8 quart digital touchscreen air frier appliance.  It came with a 50-recipe book. That should be fun to try. The world is going to be totally electronic in a couple of years! Scary for me.
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The last night when our grandson and his significant partner stopped in to pick up some photo work that I completed for them, they brought along a beautiful glass Christmas tree jar filled with candy!  (I had given them my hand made jute tree when they gave me the photo project earlier.)
Yes, we've been into the candy jar!
I've finished my second batch of split pea soup and am anticipating sharing jars with my brother and daughter who live nearby. Cookies are almost gone and I'll bake more next week. I still haven't dressed James for the season - bad me. It's been too wet and is raining again! I'll pretend he's in the mood with last year's shot for now.......
A Great Granddaughter waits for Santa too!
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Friday, December 14, 2018

Craft Conglomerate

Created the cone with a cardboard half circle. Used up my jute, used up my green and red pony beads, used up my green & red pom poms, used up my tinsel and my little red and green beads. Best of all used up my wire and hot glue!!! Stands 7" tall & is 7" wide at bottom. It is a composite of left-over craft supplies. Now I'll have to find someone to give it to!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Yeow! Sooo Good!

I wanted to try a new recipe and found one that sounded good... I had no idea that, at my age, it would call for so much standing, rolling, waiting, BUT!.....

Gingerbread cookies - you know the hard kind that you cut into men and women and decorate with icing and hang on the tree - well that is NOT what I had in mind. Been there, made them in the past years; too hard to bite that variety now so I wanted something very tasty and CHEWY. Chewy was the goal and these are - besides that, they are kinda soft, and delightfully spicy and sweet. A very distinctive fragrance fills this old cabin as they baked.
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Now go make yours! Here is the Recipe:



1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar (I use dark)
1 egg
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons molasses
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2/3 cup granulated or coarse sugar (I used Demerara coarse sugar as I didn’t have white coarse sugar)

1. In large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg and molasses. Stir in the remaining ingredients except the sugar. Cover; refrigerate for at least 2 hours!

2. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. (I have parchment paper, it only takes one sheet for entire batch.) Put the sugar in a small bowl. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls (about the size of a walnut) and roll in the sugar. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until set and soft in the center. (10 minutes worked for me and I used a timer.)  Cool 2 minutes and then transfer from cookie sheet to cooling racks. Store tightly covered up to one week. (I stacked them on a covered cake container and they will not last one week, I know it!)

Makes 60 cookies! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Work Work Work!

Not really, it is relaxing for me to work on images to get the results just as I like them. A fun pastime.

I have already sent out my "snail mail" Christmas and Holiday cards and still have to create something for the e-mail ones. The only difference between them is effort! I simply cannot cut, paste and glue any more! These old hands just ain't what they used to be. The Shutterfly ones are nice, but too expensive for the number I would like to send. So.........Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho!

Now I DO like to create something for the e-mail messages so have been working on it. First I used picture of snow-covered pine trees. "Conway Resident Harriett Rogers is in West Jefferson, NC (15 miles northeast of Boone) and has over 20 inches of snow." Her photo was posted yesterday by my favorite SC Weatherman and news personality Ed Piotrowski, WPDE. (I flipped it horizontally.)
I then proceeded to use a simple application that is on my computer to make a holiday tree. Yes, I know, the plain one is exceedingly beautiful, BUT - 
Well? At least it is "hand decorated" and bright! "Tis the Season!"

My final result is the one below - no action but pretty!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Wade 2018 Harvest Hunter

Today is my nephew's 45th birthday. It is also a day to remember Pearl Harbor. 

I was only 5 but remember this horrible day of 1941

I just put together this slide show from screen shots of his actual video on the day he harvested his second deer.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


After baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies (rolled in raw sugar to make even tastier) I went to work creating a baby shower card. Short notice demanded prompt action as the shower is on December 10. It's for a granddaughter who is expecting twins in a couple of months. There is another shower planned for January and I'll have time to create one for that event as well.
To start off, I had recently purchased some "pearlized" card stock just to see if my plain old inkjet printer would give me good results. WOW it sure did! Then I went to work on a card.
Made 2 and flipped one and removed one butterfly.

Copied and pasted both on blue background graphic.
 Made the boys not identical by skewering image.
They are already determined to be fraternal.

 Embellished with leaves.
 Found graphic of two blue pairs of baby feet.

 Copied, flipped and pasted on blue background graphic with message.
 Found free stock photo for card front.
 Printed all at 5"x7" and cut and pasted on 5"x10” sheet of 
silver pastel pearl paper with double sided sticky tape.

Front & Back

The scan doesn’t really show the pearlized effect.
It is unusual and nice. 
Inside Top and Bottom
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Back to I mean Baking

Just gotta have something homemade and sweet around here. Tomorrow I'll bake some CC cookies too. Maybe I'll put some dried sweet cherries in them...feeling a bit creative. Maybe it's because Christmas is on the way and I have cards to send. Received our first one today. Worked on my list this morning. Gonna dig out my old ceramic tree and feel the spirit of the season, even though the lake is melting and the mud is back. Well this is short because I have places to go and things to do. Yeah, right.
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Oh, by the way...
Care to give a guess as to what this is?

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Pete and Repeat

I do this every year! Making split pea soup is quite simple and we sure do enjoy the end results. The first ham bone has been simmered for an entire day and then strained out with the broth set aside to have the fat come up to the top for skimming off the next day. (We will have another ham bone soon as our daughter is saving hers for me.)

This year I put the kettle of broth outdoors with a milk crate covering it and the heavy 5 gallon gas can setting on top of that! Critters abide in our woods, don'tcha know! In fact, I saw four large deer browsing behind the cabin this very morning. There also was a "funny" noise in the woods during the night. I think it might have been an owl.

The end results after simmering and stirring often was a yield of about 2 1/2 qts. of very tasty soup for freezer storage. Of course that doesn't count the lunch bowls and it was GREAT!
On another note, I was pleasantly surprised to see a photo that I had submitted to our regional news station be shown in the usual Friday night video clip. Good thing I had the camera ready and got a shot of it right from the dining room table! The 2nd picture here is a screen shot I took of my photo while watching a rerun on the computer.

To see the actual presentation click on the link below. There is a wonderful picture of an eagle taken by a local lady who gets incredible nature shots.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Morning Project

I dug out the 1899 grinder from the cupboard, rinsed and clamped it to the countertop with a potholder protecting the wood. After all of the previously prepared chunks from the gallon bagful were ground, followed by a couple of Ritz crackers to clean the interior, I bagged some to share. Then I made ham salad from the portion I kept. My ham salad consists of mayonnaise, mustard and sweet relish. I must say it is tasty! Perfectly ground with minimal cleanup. I only rinse all parts of the grinder in very hot water and dry completely before putting it back together for storage. If we want more, I can always pull some of the packaged slices from the freezer and grind it for either salad or as an addition to scalloped potatoes or scrambled eggs, quiche, and more.

It goes from "catch" pan to large bowl as we go.
My salad is in a 3.5 cup bowl
and will last a couple of days.
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Monday, November 26, 2018


This morning I baked while the rains poured down outdoors. My apple pie was made from Cortland apples that I sliced and dried in October 2017. It really is DELICIOUS! I didn't dry any this year and will do so next autumn. I only have 3 bags left in the freezer. Yes, I dry, bag, freeze. The Macouns are all gone. See how they were dried and frozen last year.
I already had frozen the juice from six large lemons so I can save time and trouble. I thought it was a smart move. The tiny Glad cups are good for the storage.

I was prepared for the pie to run over its edge and that is why I put it on a foil-covered tray. Well, it didn't. The next time I'll use less flour for thickening. As you can see I used a foil pie dish. It was one I had saved after quiche was baked in it. Less cleanup!
We each had a slice at 10:30am and I'll tell was like eating candy it was so scrumptious!
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Pacific Northwest in a Vans RV-9A Part Seven. Visiting the Professor

I snatched this frame from nephew's latest video and saw a shark's head. Made an imaginative creation. Just fooling around. The video is his 7th of his trip to Alaska. It is a really nice video and some parts of it, especially the trees from a downward view are amazingly beautiful. 
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The video is about 10 minutes long and wonderful.
Worth taking time to view in my opinion.

Saturday, November 24, 2018


Today I took care of the 12 lb. ham, less a few slices we ate on Thanksgiving Day by cutting and packaging it for further use. We'll also share some. I cut off all the slices I could and made up 10 pouches in the old-style sealer bags. Then the larger pieces were cut into chunks, some to be used for soup and the rest to be ground into small salad sandwich-style pieces. Of course I'll use the old fashioned Gem Grinder for this. The food processor makes it either too chunky or too mushy.  The bone and smoky brown rind will be boiled and and used for my fabulous split pea soup. Whew! Tired me out!

1976 Dazey seal-a-meal
Sealed and ready to eat now or freeze
1899 Gem Food Chopper
Cut into chunks ready to grind.
That is a gallon bag!
And then......soup bone!
That's all for today!
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