Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Routine....

Routine?  What's that? 😃  Well, it is apparently something that is lacking with my posting on the blog.  Perhaps I'll get back into the habit, but I make no promises.

Remember when I posted this?


North of Supposed to Be is a beautiful book -  wonderful character development, and surprises/suspense that captivate the reader's interest.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book a couple of years ago.

It was a real pleasure to be able to meet the author - Marcia Ferguson - on the recent trip I took for UMW training.  The training site was located in an area that was near where she lives, and she came by the hotel where I was staying!

What a treat to be her guest for lunch!  Thank you, Marcia!


Off we went to lunch at Mike Ditka's!  Do I have any pictures of our food?  Of course not!:-)  We were very busy with talking and eating, and taking that picture just didn't occur to me!  I will say, however, that the food was excellent!  It was great to be able to meet Marcia!  I am looking forward to the next book!

Have you ever met an author of a book you have read? 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Kids Hope USA....

Have you heard of the Kids Hope USA mentoring program?  Perhaps there is one located near where you are. 










Just "show up!" That's what we're asked to do! Show up for a child in need of a mentor.
















The school year is winding down in our local county.  That calls for a special time of celebration for the students who have been part of the Kids Hope program at the nearby elementary school.  This is my second year to be a mentor.













It was a beautiful day as we gathered at the gazebo on the school grounds!




Food was plentiful and appealed to kids of all ages!

Three kinds of pizza - cheese, pepperoni, and veggie!

A huge chocolate chip cookie!

Sundae toppings available for your choice of ice cream!

The Kids Hope USA program at the nearby elementary school is sponsored by a church in the community.  Additionally, our church is also a Kids Hope sponsor! 

How do you make a difference in a child's life?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

There were others....

Taking a walk around the yard, I also spotted these beauties....

David Austin rose

The oak leaf hydrangea is beginning to bloom.

The knock-out rose is always full of cheerful blooms!

 We've had a lot of rain, and now have no deficit for average rainfall for this point in the year.  It has truly been a lovely spring! The grass is green and growing!




Monday, May 8, 2017

Spring

We were away for several days the last week of April.  When we returned, we were met with this beauty - 


Peonies are one of my favorite spring flowers!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Some recent fun....

For Easter (long past, I know) we visited with Muncho Mom, Macho Man, and the two Munchkins.  It is always great fun to be able to spend time with them.

Muncho Mom had been busily baking those Easter cookies, and Munchkin the Younger loved to decorate them!



I must say that they were quite tasty, too!

Rabbit, rabbit on this first day of May!














Bread and butter plate - Charleston by Lenox, now discontinued.

Confusion reigns! No surprise!

I was not able to locate my blog entry for today, May 1, 2017.  So - I "redid" it!  Just like The Husband says, "Be careful of anything that is 'new and improved!'"😄  It is entirely possible that you may find not one, not two, but THREE entries from me on your Blogger feed today!!  That's all right! Just making up for all those weeks and months that there hasn't been an entry.

Thanks for hanging around!

Friday, April 28, 2017

A book....or two....

....or more!  These are some of the books I've been reading recently as I have embarked on a project of becoming certified to teach at our United Methodist Women Mission u this summer.


This is the text we will use.

Training??  Definitely!! 😊

Thank you for keeping up with me!!😘🙋

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Another celebration!


Time to wish The Husband a happy birthday!!  I was an "older woman" only two days!:-)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Celebrating....

Yellow cake with chocolate frosting - long a favorite for this birthday girl -


....and that is just what we had when we met recently to celebrate!



She is the best birthday present I have ever received!

Happy birthday, City Girl!! 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Concert season

Our concert season has begun!




Oops! "Hey Jude" is hiding somewhere!

Three performances already and seven more to go!  Let the singing continue!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

How are you observing Earth Day 2017?  Are you aware of steps to take daily to care for the environ-ment?  Do you "reduce, reuse, recycle?"  This is an excellent book with good ideas to get started.


Let me know one thing you do to help the life of our planet.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Remember


Do you remember these lovelies from past times?  Seems like Apricot is missing a sock.  Are you able to help her find it?  Blueberry Muffin and Strawberry Shortcake are all together.  We've an Apple Dumpling, too, but she's missing all her attire.:-( 

The past post (Tuesday) was a picture of a card from a dear friend.  It was created by Rowpress, and Rosemary Macuga is responsible for the image.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Friends


Do you recognize any special friends from special times in your life? 

Friday, March 17, 2017

It was Pi Day....


This has been a busy week!! Tuesday was Pi Day, so it was time to bake a pie!  This is cherry, the next to favorite pie around here.  (Apple is the all time favorite in this house.)

I was in a hurry to take a picture and didn't wait until this slice was topped with ice cream.😀


Happy St. Patrick's Day!!







Thursday, January 19, 2017

Still cooking....

Although I am not present on Blogger as I once was, I am still busy with cooking.

This was a Christmas gift from a very special friend, so it just made sense that I try something from it.



Saucepan Brownies!! I didn't even have to turn on the oven!

2 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (this is more than a 12-oz. bag, so be sure to have more on  
                                                                hand)
1 cup evaporated milk (or half-and-half cream)
3 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers (about 96 - 11 ounce box)
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 t. salt

Additional evaporated milk - 2 teaspoons

Heat chocolate chips and first amount of evaporated milk in saucepan on medium-low, stirring often,  until chocolate is almost melted.  Remove from heat.  Stir until smooth.  Reserve 1/2 cup in small bowl.

Add next 5 ingredients to saucepan.  Mix well.  Press firmly into greased 9 x 9 inch pan.

Stir second amount of evaporated milk into reserved chocolate mixture.  Spread evenly over brownie layer.  Chill  until set. Cuts into 36 squares.

Warning!!  These are addictive!!