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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Did you know?

Here are some odd facts about Armadillos......

From the sole egg forms four identical twins. That's why always an armadillo litter contains offspring of the same sex. The young armadillos are born well developed, with open eyes and can walk in just a few hours. They are covered by a soft skin that gradually hardens as they grow up.

The armadillo is the only other species except humans which can get leprosy. This makes them extremely valuable in the research of this disease

Sunday, February 10, 2019


My kids were here from Texas for a visit and to attend a church conference which was a happy time but while they were here their dog suddenly died and they think it may have been rat poison. They had just moved to a new property and although they checked the yard it may have been buried somewhere. He was only 3 years old and like most pets...greatly loved. I was always afraid of him because he was so big but while visiting there this past year in may, he won Grandma's heart.
                                                           Sweet Magnum Man

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

So special

I am reading a book called "Living a Beautiful Life" by Alexandra Stoddard and it is about turning  everyday rituals into more meaningful times so as to begin to more fully enjoy the day to day existence. I am a very routine type person and to my surprise I have already done this in several areas without realizing it but am hoping to learn more. One of the things I am doing is trying to have more candles around and recently bought this one. It is here by my computer and I lite it when I sit down to spend time here.
It was on sale at the grocery store and I have found that I not only love the smell of it but if I need to tap down the sides it makes a wonderful hand conditioner due to it being made with essential oils and natural wax. I have already bought another one:)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Friday morning

On Fridays the hubby and I go to breakfast at Denny's and what a beautiful morning it was...
to the west was a half moon
and to the east a sunrise
A beautiful day!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Did you know


If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air,
 the person died in battle.

If the horse has one front leg in the air,
 the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.

If the horse has all four legs on the ground,
 the person died of natural causes.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tues night dinner

Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Casserole

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 4
Cheesy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Casserole


1 can  cream of chicken condensed soup
1 1/3 cups water                          
 3/4 cup white rice                                                                                                             
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper                                                                                              
 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables                                                                                            
 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese                 

  • 1
    Heat oven to 375° F. Stir soup, water, rice, onion powder, black pepper and vegetables in a shallow baking dish (2 quart).
  • 2
    Place chicken breasts on top of rice mixture. Season as desired. Cover the baking dish and place in oven.
  • 3
    Bake 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Top with the cheese. Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes before serving.

                       This was real good but the big hit for the evening was the side dish...

Wilted Coleslaw                                                                      

2 cups shredded cabbage
2 green onion, sliced
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp salt
4 bacon strips
2 tbl. sugar
3 tbl. vinegar
dash of paprika

In small bowl, combine the cabbage, onion, celery seed and salt; set aside. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tbl dripping. Crumble bacon over cabbabe mixture. To the dripping, add sugar, vinegar and paprika; heat until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Do you know

Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king.
This custom has become the modern military salute.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Many moons ago

Me and my dog...Check out the high heels and matching purse!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

What's new

Here is a new recipe that I love!

Mom's meat loaf for 2
1 egg
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/3 cup oatmeal
3 tbl. chopped onion (more if you like onions)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp sage
dash pepper
1/2 # ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbl. brown sugar
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
In large bowl combine all the above ingredients with the exception of the last three and mix well. Put in two miniature loaf pans. Mix the last three ingredients and spoon over loaves. Bake at 350 for 40 - 45 min.
We only ate one of the loaves so had the other for left over sandwiches...ummmm good.
Served with scalloped potatoes and parmesans asparagus.

On my needles..
This pretty baby blanket. I don't post much about knitting or crocheting but am making hats and blankets for the hospital where I volunteer.

Friday, January 4, 2019


My Christmas cactus bloomed....better late than never:)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Christmas Eve

For Chirstmas Eve we drove to Prescott and spent the night at the Hassaympa Inn. I have written about this place  before here . It is a beautiful historic hotel and they have many beautiful Christmas decorations so I thought I would share a few.
Little trees on tables...
By the fireplace
The biggest tree was in the main sitting room
and my favorite...
The peacock tree in the Peacock dinning room....
Up close.
We had a wonderful dinner and great breakfast and then headed homeward.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas at my house

I really drug my feet on putting up any decorations because our kids moved to Texas so no one was coming over. I did finally decide I would put up just a few things that were really easy so here they are....
Front door...
Kitchen counter

Half wall into living room

Nativity scene given to us at least 40 years ago.

Christmas card holder

and last but not least this little tiny Christmas tree. I can't say I put the tree up but rather that I put it here as it never is put away, simply covered and stored. I don't know how many years ago I bought this but have always liked it and bought very special tiny ornaments for it...


I have always struggled to find a star or something for the top and this year I saw a pattern to crochet a angel so I went to work and here she is...

I am pleased and must say I have really enjoyed all the lights

Friday, December 14, 2018

Do you see what I see...

This is my Christmas cactus and look here...

I do believe that is a bud and only two more weeks until Christmas!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Update for Thursday night dinning out

A while back I posted about our Thursday night dining place called "The Links". I had said that there was nothing special about the inside but they recently did a upgrade and it is pretty nice so will show you some pictures of it.

Golfers hats displayed on gold clubs. These use to be above the bar.
All new paint and new chairs...
New fun sign and pretty ceiling lighting...

Bigger dinning room
Glass enclosed dinning area looking out to the golf course

The bar area and see that guy with the bare leg? That is my hubby and our favorite sitting place.

A little inside advertisement and how clever to add the golf bag.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sleep tight

Do you know how "Sleep tight" got started?

It comes from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bedframe. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.