Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tin Can in Sunny Window Above the Sink

Site Meter and Internet Explorer Incompatible?

What an exercise in frustration blogging has been since last night. I still am not able to access my blog from my home computer. My son and daughter-in-law have Mozilla Firefox so I am able to get here from their computer.

From what little I have gathered, there is a compatibility problem between Site Meter and IE. I hope that they can clear it up. I'm a big fan of SM and a not so big fan of Firefox.

I'll be checking around to see what my blogging buds are doing regarding this little situation. Until it gets straightened around one way or the other, it appears that I am over and out.

Take care, All!

Edited to Add @ 2:34 EST...seems that all is well...must come up with a better blog entry than all of this. :D

Friday, August 1, 2008


It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I am just now getting back to the award that Lisa gave me well over a week ago. Needless to say, I have had time to ponder this well and now have my recipients ready for the Brillante Weblog Award.

1. Judy @ My Front Porch

Judy has a beautiful blog. She writes about her life in British Columbia and her travels, which have taken her far from BC...most recently to Manitoba. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and she invites her readers to join her for coffee and some rollkuchen or apple pie squares any day.

2. Christi @ Charm & Grace Cottage

Christi is an artist and a thinker who hails from Alabama. Her art is shared, her life is shared, her beautiful world is shared. You'll love visiting her lovely cottage and taking tours of the local gardens or to see what project she's been working on.

3. La Tea Dah (aka LaDonna)@ Gracious Hospitality has a mountain retreat where even rustic living does not prevent her from sharing afternoon tea with her family and friends. What wonderful photos she takes and if you can waltz past one of her recipes without taking a second look, you're making a big mistake.

(Dear, Judy, Christi, and LaDonna, I hope that you don't find this before I've had the chance to pop in and tell you myself. I'm post-dating this one for an ungodly hour of the morning. ;> )

These are the rules:

1. Please put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. You must nominate 7 fellow bloggers for this award. (As you can see, once again, I've broken the rules.)
4. Add links to the recipients.
5. Leave a comment so the recipients know they have received an award.

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Thunderstorms have been rolling around us all day long since just after we awoke this morning. When one can't be on the computer, one bakes blueberry muffins. These are Alice's recipe, which are named, appropriately enough, Maine Blueberry Muffins. We found the wild berries freshly picked and selling for $3.50 a pint. They were beautifully picked, nary a stick nor a leaf among them.

I did add a crunchy topping:

* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup flour
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/4 cup butter

Crumb together and place on top of batter before baking.

I've also been working on a few more projects off and on all day. I hope to share them with you Monday if I can get a few posts done ahead. Sunday begins our time with my grandmother. Perhaps Nan will be willing to come and spend some afternoons here, too, so that I can work on my own projects from time to time. I don't think I'll be too happy being an entire month from my own home, if I can't get back to putter about.(Fortunately, we all live in the same town.) Besides, the poor cat will go nuts!

Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Before I Forget

Marye @ Kettle and Cup is celebrating the fact that she has signed a contract to do a cookbook with a giveaway. How exciting is that?! I met Marye via La Tea Dah's Gracious Hospital-i-tea Blogathon. The button for which lives on my side bar and will take you to a site named "The Tea Ladies." Marye is one of them.

You can read more about Marye's news right *here.* Perhaps you'll join us in getting the word out. We don't have much longer...August 1 is the deadline.

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We didn't go "touring" after all. The man was tired; I was tired. We stayed home and cleaned, gardened, did a few errands, shuffled furniture about, dragged an end table to my son's, and in the evening went for ice cream followed by a walk in the cemetery. We've been doing a lot of walking in the cemetery because it's so quiet and peaceful without all the traffic. We're usually the only ones there...well, of the vertical variety.

Then comes my favorite time of day when we each read a chapter of a book aloud. Our current one is One Man's Meat by E.B. White. It is a collection of essays written between 1938 and 1943. The common theme is concern about WWII. Each essay mentions the European conflict in some way, and it is easy to tell that the entire issue is churning away at White's insides despite his attempt to push down his anxiety with busy work on his salt-water farm in Maine — keeping chickens warm, getting rid of volumes of eggs, keeping machines in working order, biding time. He writes:

Countries are ransacked, valleys drenched with blood. Though it seems untimely I still publish my belief in the egg, the contents of the egg, the warm coal, and the necessity for pursuing whatever fire delights you.

Currently, E.B. White delights me and I think I've just found him another fan.

Now, before I forget, I must get my awards list ready; it's long overdue! Guess I'll work on that later today.

Have a great Wednesday, All. :D

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

An Eclectic Mess

Yesterday morning found us at the doctor's office before 7 am. Even though John insists that he's only 26, his doctor tells him that his neck is definitely 64. In May, John took a tumble down a flight of stairs while carpentering (no, not here) and gave his already sore neck quite the jolt. Next week, he'll get some pain management therapy followed by more the week after. Hopefully, that will make life a whole lot more pleasant. Many of you are dealing with chronic pain so you understand. (I'm thinking of Brenda today, too, with that tooth of hers and Linds with that knee of hers, and Sandi with that RA and so many of you.)

After the nice visit with the doc, we treated ourselves out to breakfast at Denny's where they are trying something new (at least in our corner). It's this gigantic breakfast served on a sizzlin' hot pan that spits and hisses for a full minute after getting to the table. Very impressive not to mention intimidating! I couldn't eat all of mine so John took over for me.

Then it was off to Wal*Mart to find more fabric. I am turning into a fabric freak! This. has. got. to. stop. I know you women who are fabric freaks and I don't want to be you. :D

Spent the afternoon catching up in many cares and concerns about... If any of you haven't seen Barbara's response to Sunday's post, allow me to share something she said. This is a quote that hangs in her home: Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms His child.

Then, glancing at the last of the day lilies, I remembered a recipe that La Tea Dah had posted awhile ago. As per usual, I didn't have all the ingredients I needed so had to improvise, but, oh my, was it ever good! It's called Rice, Basil, & Sun-dried Tomato Salad with Daylilies. Perhaps you can read my version here:

And, though not as pretty as La Tea Dah's, it's still a lot prettier than most things I've served.

After supper, I decided to bake cookies in the toaster oven. I think of it as a handy way to limit one's intake...right! ;> I used Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, tossed in some dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, some chopped walnuts, and then John chopped a Hershey bar up and in it went, too. Yummy! Sure took care of the sweet tooth for a bit, though the thought of root beer floats loomed all evening. Perhaps tonight!

Create yourselves a beautiful Tuesday! (We're off touring today, BBL.)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sewing Experiments, etc.

After over a week of sewing projects and a dining room that looked as if a bomb had been dropped, I finally packed it all up and put it away.

My hope is that once my sister has been able to pack her remaining things in the front bedroom, I'll be able to convert it into my craft space and a guestroom. Currently, I'm resisting the urge to help her.

The new apron is made following the information that you can find on Suzanne's blog. This one's been modified quite a bit: longer ties, reversible, no bias tape trim. I left off the bias trim as it seemed too bulky with the flannel shirt that I used. John has given me a stack of his old shirts and there are a number of flannel ones so I became curious how an apron made from flannel would turn out. Having never used it, I really can't tell. Perhaps it'd be a great winter apron. (And, Miss Mari-Nanci, I have taken your concern under advisement and am working on a half apron, too.)

Also made another needlebook, which was so much fun to make! There are tutorials all over Blogdom and the variety is incredible. This needlebook is a gift for someone very special.

Some woodland creature has mowed my flowers down...the lilies, the zinnias, the asters...good grief! It makes me feel absolutely murderous. I cut the remainder of the zinnias and placed them in my new vase from Judy. This way, I'll be able to enjoy them for a week or so and share them with you, too.

Have a wonderful Monday, Everyone!

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Dennis Fisher suggested in his Daily Bread Devotional of July 25 that sometimes our lives feel as if they've been hijacked. You may enjoy reading the analogy that he used and you may also remember the incident. (I do quite well.)

Sometimes life is unfair. It just is. God never promised us that every life would be lived on the same terms in the same ways. While there is much that we share, we often walk a solitary path except for His presence, EXCEPT for His Presence.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5