Monday, January 14, 2019

A discipline for 2019....

Making resolutions for the new year hasn't ever been a real practice here.  This year, however, I have decided to discipline myself to do some journal writing daily.

I participate in an online book club on Twitter, and our most recent read was "Grateful" by Diana Butler Bass.  When I happened upon the "Gratitude Journal for Women" on a sale rack, then spied the lone dish towel amongst others with a Valentine theme, it seemed as though I was being nudged toward considering gratitude at this point in time.  Now, to discipline myself to take about five minutes a day to write in that journal!

As I have been considering gratefulness, it seems to me to be slightly different from thankfulness, but it's difficult for me to elaborate on the difference.  What about you?  Do you relate thankfulness and gratefulness to be the same....or different?

Friday, January 11, 2019


After the red and green of the Christmas season, I like to use a favorite color combination of mine - blue and white.

The table is set and ready to welcome guests! Incidentally, I managed to smooth out those rumples that show in the photograph. China is Blue Garland by Johann Havilland, Bavaria backstamp. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

A favorite...

Did you know that today is National Spaghetti Day?  We’ve never needed a special day to enjoy spaghetti, though it is good to have an excuse for this one.😋😊

Meatballs will be delicious, don’t you think?

Thursday, January 3, 2019


While all the other Christmas decorations have been stored away for the next eleven months, this remains on display until Epiphany.

We have had this Nativity scene for a number of years.  It remains my favorite of Christmas displays.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A birthday, too....

Many things come in sets of twelve....12 inches make a foot, 12 months make a year, 12 eggs make a dozen, a dozen roses, a dozen doughnuts....but the sweetest "set of twelve" is Munchkin the Younger who celebrated her 12th birthday on the 14th of this month.

Here is some blow torch action on her choice of birthday cake....

City Girl assisted Muncho Mom the night before with the graham cracker preparation.  Then, a layer of chocolate is added before scooping in softened chocolate ice cream! 

There were two of these delicious offerings prepared.   The one pictured above had vanilla with caramel swirl ice cream.
This is the version with chocolate ice cream....S'mores Ice Cream Cake!

The aftermath of the present opening!  It was such a merry time!

Is there anyone who would like to be twelve again?

Monday, August 27, 2018

These August days....

In a month with no holidays, The Husband and I set our wedding date for the 16th.  It has been 49 years ago now, and we celebrated this year with a trip to Mount Airy, NC.

We recommend this bed and breakfast!  First courses at breakfast were these....

 Vanilla yogurt with diced apple and a banana nut muffin....
Poached pear with a lemon poppyseed muffin.  These were only the first courses!

A walk down Main Street presented many opportunities, one of them to experience Barney's!

 Unfortunately, Barney was not in the building on this day....
....but that is a delicious chocolate milk shake inside that lovely pink glass! 

We didn't go in to see Floyd.  There was a sign on the window that states that they will no longer be giving shaves.

Bristol, VA, home of the Burger Bar, provided this treat while we were enroute!  This is a Plain Jane hamburger with delicious onion rings.  The fries were tasty, too!

 The Old North State Winery and Restaurant offered this amazing Vegetable Flat Bread!

Oh, dear!  Why do our excursions seem to focus so much on food?