Wednesday, September 20, 2023
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Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Tuesday, August 08, 2023
From the time I can remember, family heirlooms have always been passed along to me: photographs, parlor oil lamps, great grandma's roasting pan, her rolling pin, salt & pepper shakers, tea cups, dining room light, and flower vases to name a few. Mom was an only child so that worked in my favor.
|Grandparent's dining room light|
Growing up I lived next door to my maternal grandparents. I thought they were rich beyond my world because they had a color television with a remote clicker. I would watch Grandpa empty his piggy bank every few months - he would let me roll the coins.
I have always felt at home with gathered furniture, vintage dressers, different time periods blended together ... brown wooden furniture, not chalk painted. However, I do have vintage white bedroom furniture to make a light and airy room.
|Gr-gr-great Grandma's oil lamp|
Braided woolen rugs, hardwood floors, shaker kitchen cabinets, pressed back oak dining room chairs .. nothing matches but everything blends and appears timeless. This year I had my grandparents wall clock restored - it pleasantly chimes every quarter hour and needs to be wound on the seventh day. With every tic-tock tick-tock it brings back memories of Sunday dinner at Grandma's - a tradition that lasted until Grandma said one day that that was the last Sunday meal she could make.
|Grandparent's chiming clock|
I see the same 'Time Keeper' qualities in my youngest daughter Ann. She is even more sentimental and purposeful about making memories for her children. I suppose the person who snidely referred to my "big ole Walton style family" knew what they were talking about. We gather around the table often, make memories, and build bonds that will pass from one generation to the next.
Saturday, August 05, 2023
"It's an uphill battle to keep the world at bay around our grandchildren. I want to bubble wrap them for a few years and not expose them to the foolishness of a blatantly God-less society."
This is an excerpt from a 2018 post I made that was never published. Boy, could I drone on and on and pick right up on this topic five years after penning this statement.
Friday, August 04, 2023
The past two years were spent volunteering as the state leader for a national women's service organization. My elected term was for two years - leading into it was the opening up of society from the pandemic. A stressful time without leading a robust state society - even more so with large state meetings and 65,000 miles of travel around the USA! My term ended July 2nd and it has taken me until August 2 to decompress and feel like my old relaxed self again.
This past spring our fenced garden area received new raised beds and drip lines - minimal planting was done and I've started to compile a list of flowers to plant for next year. Small confession - this week I picked off some type of caterpillars (two) who had taken up residence in my borage plants - not even thinking! Turns out they were painted lady butterfly caterpillars - boy do I feel guilty! My garden is a pollinator garden and I just removed two beneficial insects (sigh)!
What's growing in your garden?
Thursday, August 03, 2023
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
At one time in my genealogical search, I had found a line leading to Jamestown, but my son Nathan sat down at my computer to play a silly game and closed the link. Oh well, maybe one day I'll rediscover the lead. Our family does have colonial relatives from Virginia ... so it's not too far fetched.
If you like history shows, take a peek at this episode.
Sunday, August 05, 2018
If you like early American history, read the book and/or watch the American Experience movie version available on DVD format from Netflix and full movie version on YouTube.
Blessings on your Sunday.
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Of late, the cucumbers are not too abundantly producing, so I read a tip to spray a light sugar water mixture around the flowers to help attract pollinators. Will try as pollination seems to be a problem of late.
When I don't have sufficient cukes to ferment, I buy this yummy-licious brand from the market - available year round. They also make a mean fermented sauerkraut!
Pickles, pickles, pickles!
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Retirement is not for the faint of heart. It's also not sitting around from morning til night in a rocking chair. We are always on the go whether at home or in the community.
How are you planning for life after career?
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
To aid in the slimming process AND develop strength during/after the weight loss I began exercising to the PBS show Classical Stretch; doing the 22 minute routine five days a week. This is a gentle workout to help with balance, toning, and aging.
Today is weigh in day for July to keep my free 'lifetime' membership with WW. Free WW and free exercise show ... both good things!
Guide to keeping weight off:
- Use a smaller size plate
- Don't take seconds
- Eliminate sugary drinks
- Limit snacks
- Eat more vegetables & fruit
- Limit starchy foods
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Don't let the green grass fool you in the picture taken this morning at sunrise. Smoky skies have been hanging around for a few weeks. Things are drying up around here and elsewhere in the west. Devastating fires covering many western states have turned into infernos. Oldest son has been fighting fires for several months. First in Arizona .. and now a little closer to home in Southern Idaho.
I've been filling up the hummingbird feeders almost daily ... poor little birds are swarming looking for a drink.
|Filling up the winter pantry.|
|Boston Baked Beans|
Sunday, July 22, 2018
- Putter in the garden purposely, not rushed
- Make an awesome braised pork shoulder roast for dinner
- Be attentive to the Mr. Hang with him in the garage. Conversing.
- Read three chapters from a book mom gave me for Christmas in 2012, with her hand written inscription, " Merry Christmas, 2012, when I saw a little clip of this story, I knew it was meant for you. Enjoy, Love and Hugs, Mom and Pops." After reading the first few chapters of the book, A Dog Named Christmas, it is clear how much thought she put into the gift selection.
- Long soak in the tub tonight
- Church service online.
"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!" Tasha Tudor