Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Little Spring...








I have crocus popping open all over the yard this morning. Many of the bulbs were planted the first fall we were in the house 37 years ago. But some were here before us. Every spring as these little beauties start to bloom I think about the person before me who dug a little hole and planted a bulb hoping mother nature would work her miracle and produce shades of purples and yellows in the spring. 

 I hope, after I no longer live here, the next person will look at the these little spring flowers blooming all through the lawn and wonder about the me.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Abe...


 It was a history filled weekend for Lou and I.  Saturday night we watched Killing Lincoln on the National Geographic Channel.  For some reason, I had thought that John Wilkes Booth was actually burned in the tobacco barn where he was hiding and there was always a doubt that the body might not be his.  In this show, he was pulled out of the building and died from a gunshot wound.  The Booth family physician identified the body but the photo taken at the autopsy did mysteriously disappeared.  Maybe that is why I thought there was a question about his identity.


Sunday afternoon, we decided to go to the theater to see the movie Lincoln.  We've been trying to do that since before Christmas and every time we thought we could get away for a few hours something came up...  Sunday morning we ran out for the breakfast buffet at the Gunpowder Lodge.  Since we were were in clothing other than our work clothes and I actually had make up on, we thought this afternoon would be a good time to see Lincoln.  Lou and I made it to the theater about 10 minutes before the show started...thinking the production had been out for months and that would give us plenty of time to get pop corn and be seated.  Didn't give a thought that the Oscars were being given out tonight and many folks would want to see a movie that was up for best picture.  We walk in and the only available seats were in the front row and all the way to the right side of the theater.  I'm thinking I need to watch this movie again sometime  A wonderful movie, but we saw it in a such a distorted way.  Heads back and so close that we had to turn our heads back and forth constantly to see the entire screen. Everything on the screen was stretched.  We probably should have walked out and asked for our money back. 
Daniel Day-Lewis did an amazing job playing Abraham Lincoln.
Sally Field was a wonderful Mary Todd Lincoln.

History shows us...the more things change, the more they stay the same.




Saturday, February 23, 2013

Magazine Morning


Taking sometime this morning to page through a few magazines that have been piling up around here. I've been in the shop so much...I have the last 3 months of Southern Living and a new Country Living to actually read. I've thumbed through all but not really read any of the articles or recipes. 

So with cup of coffee in hand and still in my jammies, I'll be drooling over all the photos of lovely rooms, amazing porches and beautiful gardens and wonder why my house and garden never look like the ones in the magazines.

Have a wonderful Saturday.

Friday, February 22, 2013

I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates...


I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You've got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and
Try them on to see
I been lookin' around awhile
You got something for me
Oh, I got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You got a brand new key

Going through some old photos and found this one of me in my roller skates....this song popped into my head...and I'll be singing it all day. I no longer have the skates, but I do still have the key!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lucy...The Little Stinker


Looks innocent doesn't she? Looks are deceiving. There must have been some visitor/critter cutting through the yard overnight. Nose to the ground, Lucy traveled around the yard this morning...temps in the low 20's...and me in my pj's and robe chasing her. She doesn't run from me, just stays far enough away that I can't catch her. She wouldn't even look at me when I called her, the smells were just so amazing. When she was ready, she decided to come in and give me this I'm so cute look.






Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A DQ Afternoon...

Lou and I had an unexpected treat today.  We received a call from our daughter this morning asking if we wanted to meet her and the children at the local mall for lunch.  We went into fast forward, wrapping packages for shipping and getting them loaded into the car to take them to the Post Office.  

We decided on Red Robin for lunch... strolled through the mall stopping at The Disney Store and pet store for the kids and then Sears for Lou to check out tool boxes.  Before heading home, we stopped at DQ for ice cream. 
Riah loved helping her Gramps eat an ice cream cone. 

This day was so much better than I thought it was going to be
when I woke up this morning.
  


Another bright moment...this was what the sky looked like at 5:38 this evening.
The days really are getting longer.






Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What's for Dinner?


I am always looking for quick dinners for the Husband and myself...We have been in the shop for 10+ hours a day lately and it's just sometimes easier to call and have something delivered.  I decided in the morning I would put together a chicken pot pie for dinner when we came down from the shop.  But an idea popped into my brain...you know, one of those light bulb moments, how about if I threw the ingredients, except for the crust,
into the crockpot?  

I took 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1/2 soup can of milk
1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
shook in some
salt,pepper, onion powder, garlic powder
 Cooked on high for 6 hours

When I came down to the house,
I pulled the chicken apart and stirred it through the mixture.
Put the mixture in a 8x8 Pyrex pan.
Unrolled a package of refrigerated crescent rolls
and laid them over the mixture.
Baked at 350 until the crescent rolls were browned.

Easy Peasy





Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Real Mom Mom...




My grandchildren are very fortunate to have 4 grandmothers who love them.  There is Chad's Mom and his Grandmother, my Mother and me.  Three of us are Mom Moms.  I wanted to be Mom Mom because my Grandmothers were Mom Mom to me and my brother and sister.  My daughters called my Mother Mom Mom. 

 A 3 1/2 year old boy has decided how to tell the difference when he talks about his Mom Moms.  Early on, Chad's Grandmother became Mom Mom Meyers.  My Mom did not want to be called Great Mom Mom, I think it made her feel old.   D started calling her Mom Mom Mom which she loves.  I was just plain old Mom Mom.  But this week I have become
"The Real Mom Mom". 

What could be better than that?





Gramps made this great sign for me.


www.countryworkshop.net

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I Fear For The Day...Albert Einstein

I just mentioned to a friend yesterday about how technology has changed our lives.  I went kicking and screaming into the "computer age".  Now I make my living by using a computer.  Love being able to look up information without having to go to the library.

And...I really do like having a cell phone.  Our earliest "car phone" was one of those large box things with the receiver connected with a cord.  This was such a wonderful thing for me as we were on the road, traveling from FL to MA doing craft shows and the girls were home with their grandparents and later as teenagers at home alone.  We were more easily able to keep in touch with them.

Now, I look forward to receiving photos of the grandbabies everyday or texts about what is going on in the lives of our daughters and their families on the cell phone.

But I think I must agree with Albert...

photo:imgur.com

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Yia Yia's House


Photo of the family which is growing by leaps and bounds...Ages range from 95, Aunt Dot who is Lou's Dad's sister to Baby Boy Braden who is the youngest at 7 months. This is the home where Lou and his siblings grew up.  His sister Pat and her husband are living there now. Most family gatherings still take place in this old house.
  
Lou's Mother was Greek and if you have ever seen the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this was her family.  Except for the Windex...and maybe the spitting for luck.  Although a little birdie did tell me that Yia Yia did spit on the grandchildren for good luck, just never in front of the non Greek parents.

I am sure that Yia Yia and Pappou are still in the house.  You can feel their presence whenever we all gather here.  The grandchildren now bring their children.  Another set of cousins to laugh and play here.  The Great Grandparents are smiling down on this ever expanding group and I believe the house smiles too, knowing another generation is gathering within its walls.




Monday, February 4, 2013

Cascade...


So I finally found this cup on ebay to replace the one that the Husband dropped over 35 years ago. The first dinner we hosted as a married couple, having both sets of parents in attendance, we set the table with this beautiful china and the cup was broken as we were cleaning up the dishes. This is a Lenox pattern Cascade, and the set of china belonged to my Grandmother Lillian. She had given me her china and crystal when she moved into a retirement apartment. I am tickled pink to finally get a replacement cup. I just love this beautiful flower pattern.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Phil, What is this Spring of Which You Speak?

So Punxsutawney Phil says an early spring but we got another dusting of snow overnight and the local weather report says some flakes everyday for the next 3 or 4 days. 
 
Still hacking from the flu and The Husband, who started with it several days after I did, is still coughing and moaning.  We are quite the pair.  I wheeze, he moans...Could be a new country song.  But we are on the mend...

 We will be watching the Super Bowl...Cheering for the Ravens of course.