Sunday, January 26, 2020

2020's flying!

Whew!  I can't believe that the first month of this new year is almost done.  We had our monthly breakfast at church today, and it's always the last Sunday of the month ... the last Sunday of the month!  Yikes!  I made a new recipe today -- a breakfast casserole; why do I always do that?  You shouldn't really try out a new recipe on someone else, should you?  But it turned out okay.  I had faith because it was a "pioneer woman" recipe -- Tater Tot Casserole.  Basically a potato, egg, sausage, cheese casserole.  Real stick-to-your-ribs food to get you through church service!  😋  

So, anyway, I need to catch up here since January is flying by!  This has been a slow winter for me.  We're not doing much except going to doctor appointments it seems.  I have done some weaving and dyeing wool for rug hooking.  Also did a 'little' needlepunch -- I enjoy that!  We're used to going away for a few weeks and here we are, stuck in Indiana.  But thankfully we've had unusually warm temps, so I'm happy with that.  And today is sunny and clear.  What more could a person ask?  I need to quit complaining!  Being with your church family, enjoying a good breakfast, a singing service at church, a quiet afternoon with my hubby -- all good.  

We were flooded in recently, in a way (you could drive out if you didn't mind driving through the water -- and you had to do so in the truck, not the car), but it wasn't for long.  Sometimes I worry about that aspect of living here, since Wendell isn't enjoying perfect health.  But what will be will be. 

Let me see ... what has been on my mind?  What's been going on?

Well, before I do anything else, I want to show you these pictures.  One a.m. I was in the bedroom making the bed and looked out the window and WOW!  Hundreds, maybe thousands of grackles were in our yard and out into the corn field across the lane and also in the woods all around us.  It was AWESOME!  When they would take off (and then quickly reposition themselves) it would sound like thunder in the distance.  I watched them, and took photos, for about half an hour; here's three of them.  Just ... wow!

When I put away the Christmas decor I spend some time looking at the ornaments, reminiscing.  They all have some memory attached.  These four Jan Cabel made for me and they are so special.  She made these annually and I was lucky enough to receive them for 4 years.  Jan's enjoying her retirement now at Park View Village in Odon, now that Joe's gone.  She isn't able to hook anymore and I miss her at HH and guild.....
One day, out of the blue, I came home and Wendell had brought me flowers.  And found a really appropriate vase for them in the cupboard.  I was pleasantly surprised!  I think they're lovely.  And they lasted a long time, too!  Thank you, honey.
Here's a sunrise over Kelly's Ridge.  I usually get up first and enjoy some quiet time drinking coffee, reading and thinking.  This is what I saw one morning back in December out the dining room window during my quiet time.  The sun's almost ready to pop.
This will be my next hooked rug, I THINK.  I drew this recently from a free pattern in a book entitled, appropriately, "Rug Hooking".  (Duh!)  It's called "tumbling cats".  I think it will be quite challenging!!  What do you think?
Would you believe it?  My sweet granddaughter Veronica turned sweet 16 last week?  Here she was a mere 16 years ago!  Happy birthday V!

Well, that's about all that's new with me.  Like I said, nothing exciting going on this winter.  But who knows ???  Life is full of surprises!  Like the grackles.  
God is good!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Christmas is almost here!

It's an exciting and busy time of year, isn't it?  I think I'm almost ready for Christmas.  Mailed Christmas cards last week.  Got the gift shopping done.  Have all of the ingredients for any and all food I might want to prepare on hand.  Got the gifts wrapped this a.m. and put them around the Christmas tree.  (Still have one to go, in transit.)

It's a beautiful, sunny day here with snow on the ground (see that glare on the floor by the tree?) and it would be a perfect day for "Christmas" ... but the weatherman says that it probably won't be a white Christmas for us this year in my part of Indiana.
I have lots of hopes and wishes for the season, including that my brother Don and his wife Nancy make it safely to Green Valley and aren't impeded by any storms.  That Wendell gets through his procedure tomorrow with no incidents.  That my family gets to meet for our get-together with safe trips by all (and that Wendell will be able to attend).  That all the folks I know with colds and flu get well enough to enjoy their family time, too.  (And that includes me.)  That friends and family hosting parties and family meals get to enjoy the meeting time as much as the attendees.  And that we all can forget about politics for just an afternoon or an evening, acting our appropriate ages, and showing our love for our friends and family.  That's pretty simple, isn't it?  Hope my dreams come true and that a week from today I'll be putting cookies out for Santa and kicking back with a coffee/Baileys!  And you too.

Here's a little of what I've been doing lately, just to catch up.

Found this really cool little oil painting in Spencer at the gallery on the south side of the square.  I love, love, love wall art and wish I could decorate better; I have LOTS of stuff in closets and drawers and not a lot on the wall!  But I put this little gem right up in the kitchen.  Unframed!  It's my Christmas present to myself this year and I paid more for it than I probably should have -- but I'm worth it!  😊

On the way home from Vincennes a couple weeks ago we saw some white specks in a field down by Beehunter.  I made a quick turn-around and we cut out into the country.  About a mile off the highway we found these Whooping Cranes!  Wish I could have been closer and/or that I'd had my camera with me and not just the phone.  But here's what I got.  What a treat; first time in my life I've see Whooping Cranes!  God is good!

Here's my latest rug.  It's almost done here ... I'll put a photo on here when I have it done and steamed. I'm liking it but it's not my favorite of all time.

Recently I bought some carrots and thought, 'what could I do different with carrots?' So I Googled it and found several recipes for simple pickled carrots.  Surprisingly it was a definite YUM!  Good on the side with a sandwich. And, hey, you can do the same with green beans ...

Last, but not least, I've spent some spare time (while terrible TV programs are on) crocheting hats and scarves for Project Warmth.  So, ta-da!  I so enjoy doing this and my hope is that some person who needs to keep warm will be wearing them this winter!

"May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmas's be white!"  
God bless you and yours!