Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

Will try to keep it simple with wishes for a relaxing weekend and a Happy Valentine's Day!

May there be some chocolate in there somewhere!

Now if anyone needs a great and easy Valentine meal idea, I found one at Joyce's this past Wednesday. She will send you off to the blogger where she found her recipe. She also mentioned that Pinterest is loaded with recipes for Mississippi Pot Roast. Here's my modified recipe below...

a nice chuck roast with plenty of marbling
a packet of Ranch dressing
a packet of brown gravy mix
a stick of butter ☺
do NOT add water
(* There is also a secret ingredient that I did not use so you'll have to visit Joyce for that.)

My crockpot runs hot so I didn't exactly follow directions. I cooked mine on HIGH for the first hour and lowered it to LOW for the next five. 

Not the greatest photo of a pot roast meal, but it sure was delicious! John says, "It'll melt in your mouth."

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Love Is...

1. Create an acrostic using the word LOVE. If you're unsure what an acrostic is click here. 

Love Is...

L ongsuffering
O ptimistic
V igilant
E ternal
2. Does love really conquer all? Why or why not?

Human love does not always, but Perfect Love does. Perfect Love=The Lord Himself

3. Tell us about a time recently, where you really put your heart into something.

I was creating a little something in my sewing room for Valentine gifts. Shhhhh...

4. What's your favorite fictional love story?

The Notebook

5. Do you generally wear your heart on your sleeve, or keep your cards close to the vest?


I can keep my cards close to the vest; it is easier to wear my heart on my sleeve as it takes less control. 

6. What food says love to you? Why?

Nearly anything my mother ever made. Why? She was my mom and a fabulous cook. 


When John brings home chocolate... ☺

7. When were you last 'tickled pink' over something? Explain.

This weekend when I learned about a new member of a friend's family...a baby girl! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here

It should be said that when I resort to the Hodge Podge, it is because I'm fresh out of thoughts. Good thing that Joyce has a few to spare!

How about a random photo instead?

Wonder how those other gals did with their acrostics. You can find out here.

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Monday, February 8, 2016


It's an unassuming little photo album. There are no notations of any letting future family family members know who these people are nor the places they inhabit nor the animals they photograph. 

Here's the key. Him I recognize, even though he passed away while his daughter, my mother, was still a teenager. His name was John Parker. He was an engineer on the CPR, which is how he happened to live in Maine though he worked for a Canadian railroad.

 Here he is with a man I am assuming is his father. I know his father's name was Herbert. I know how he died and how difficult it was for his family. He had a number of daughters; my grandfather was his only son.

Nice asymmetrical coat, though I have no idea who is wearing it. Perhaps one of my grandfather's sisters, perhaps a friend, perhaps even his first wife who died young in the great flu pandemic of 1918. (Notice that smear of glue.) I am highly tempted to try lifting a photo or two from its dark black paper page just to see if there could be any writing on the backs. He sure glued the photos down good and tight.

There's a colt, a collie, and even a fox. My mother might have been pleased about the collie as she loved collies. I don't recall her ever saying that her father had one, though. My parents raised collies for a few years when my sister and I were children. 

This is my true great-grandmother (I think), not the mystery woman in the kitchen. I think so because this is the same man I believe to be my great-grandfather. He is holding a daughter and the way the woman standing has her arm draped casually over his shoulder makes me think that they are a pair. I am interested in the wallpaper...a clock motif, I believe. 

Oddly enough, the old Sessions clock I have is theirs. I know this because my grandfather took all the furnishings from his mother's home to the camp. The clock lived there for many years until it was given to me.

I would have been thrilled to see it in their parlor!

Here is the mystery woman again. No, she could not be the same woman seen above. Perhaps she is an aunt or a friend. I may never know. Her entire kitchen wall, cupboards, and ceiling are all done in beadboard. Everything looks in need of paint. There is some sort of lace or shelf paper on every shelf in her cupboards and on the wall above her sink. I notice a receipt (recipe) on a nail by the door and a calendar on the door. How I have tried to make it out! I should make a detailed list and thereby get to know this early 20th Century Kitchen better. 

Wonder if she could have made a meal to make Mr. Carson happy. Doubtful!

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On the left, my great-grandmother whom I can see that my mother favors now that I am taking a closer look. On the right, the mystery woman in the kitchen. I do not believe that they are one and the same.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Life is Short

The oddest thing happened this week. I saw something for the first time. You may remember my thought about Downton Abbey last Monday when I included the comment Mr. Carson made after Lord Grantham's sudden and violent episode. 

Life is Short 
Death is Sure

Nothing too odd about that unless one is using it to comfort the staff below stairs. ☺

Then I received an email from John's pastor and he uses a closing tagline...always has...had never paid it any mind. Here it is...

Life is Short
Death is Sure
Sin the Cause
Christ the Cure

Amen to that! 

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:54-57

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