Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I Beg Your Pardon Hodge Podge

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? 




It began with a freak April 1 snowstorm. Not funny. There have been a lot of showers and the final week of the month will end in daily rains. 

Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it?

I wear a black raincoat with a hood,  A Little Black Riding Hood of sorts.

Besides rain, what else has filled your April? 

 See Saturday last's post. I can't go into it again. 



2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?

a. Christian Allegory b. grammar

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

My mother was one of those who often welcomed my sister and me home from school with freshly baked cookies cooling on the rack. She was not only a Toll House mom, she was also a peanut butter, oatmeal, whoopie pie, melting moments, molasses cookie, etc., kind of mom. Bliss!

4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

Not sure that this has ever happened to me so I'll refer to my default story. My Aunt Marjorie once heard my Uncle Red belting out lyrics to Lynn Anderson's "I Beg Your Pardon, I never Promised You a Rose Garden" this way: "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a raise, Gordon." Uncle Red was obviously both hearing impaired and fiscally minded. ๐Ÿ˜Š

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY)✔️
Hollywood Walk of Fame (California)✖️
Times Square (NYC)✔️
Epcot (FL)✖️
Seattle Space Needle (WA)✖️ 
Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston)✔️ 

How many of these have you seen in person?

exactly half of them as noted by ✔️ 

Of those I have visited, my favorite day was spent in Boston at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. I was with my mother, sister, and daughter...no better company. We had a blast and even took a horse drawn carriage tour of the old Boston neighborhoods. It was gray, damp, and chill, but what fun! Oh, the laughter! It rings in my ears yet. 

Did you feel like a tourist? yes

Did you care? a little

Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.

I tend to shy away from tourist traps and visit them in off seasons when the hordes have moved on. I love the coast of Maine, but it is a tourist trap from May to October. We love our tourists, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰


6. Your signature clothing item?

jeans and a white tee shirt

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?

Everyone should walk The Sawdust Trail and ask Jesus into his/her heart. I mean it! It'll change one's life and one's eternal destiny.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Funny that wardrobe should be mentioned...I have recently been given the mother lode in clothing...it adorns my dining room table even now. More on that tomorrow or Friday...

~what bounty~

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Enjoy this April Day!
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Cautionary Tale

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath
Ephesians 4:26

Now that is a tall order. I don't know about your personality, but mine leans toward "red alert" on its best day. 

Simple things can trip me — a post that never updates, a car that does not start or a groundhog clopping across my deck like a small pony. 

This "red alert" thing really goes bezerk when I feel someone I love has been wronged. 

Two weeks ago today, I entered The Ponderosa (John's place) for the first time since December. The snow was finally shallow enough to get through the door without climbing a snowbank. What I saw shocked me, scared me, and made me absolutely livid.

Someone had entered the building and stolen thousands of dollars of equipment. This was done while my tenant watched. She told her cousin the responding police officer (can you believe it?) that there was a woman who looked just like her landlord (me) and two men. She said that she thought nothing of it because there were always people there taking things. Really? Really?! 

To say that I would like to drop kick her to the moon is not too much of a stretch. Did she tell me? No. Did she call the police? No. Now I could say much more, in fact, I did and had to delete it, but this is the gist of it. 

There are other complications in this mess. Did you know that in my corner if you do not have the serial numbers from all pieces of equipment that the police will not even attempt to search pawn shops, etc.? 

I have told this story as a cautionary tale. Get those serial numbers, make sure your insurance is current, take photos, and have an inventory. Also, never assume that snow covering the door is a deterrent. These people shoveled their way in and shoveled the snow back covering their tracks. I feel like such a fool to have fallen for that trick. 

Perhaps you can imagine how much I feel I have failed John. Oh I know that he is not affected by these earthly things anymore, but he would have been some kind of upset if this had happened on his watch. I certainly regret that it has happened on mine.




This advice is good and the best philosophy/psychology/"the world" has to offer; however, it does not go far enough. It is true that we can not change the direction of the wind, but it is also true that we can't adjust our own sails either without the help of The Lord Himself. 

This issue is so big that I know I can't deal with it. I know my ongoing answer is forever and always in going to The Lord. I thank Him that this is just stuff and that no one was hurt, except for the financial loss and that sense of being violated. And I am really going to need His help to show grace. I can not begin to know why God allowed this, but since He did, He has a plan to work it all out. And I know that He will work on this angry heart of mine, too. 

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Tea Time Not in the Garden ใƒ„

After a bit of a mix-up, this post has returned proving that I can get it together when I have to. 

(Not updating...beyond frustrating!) 

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Finally, after all these years, I am joining Bernideen for Tea in the Garden Wednesday. My garden is not in such fine shape today (we are expecting snow...boo hiss) nor will it be until well into May so I am joining from my dining room table using my Queens Royal bone china Made in England 
yellow tea cup.๐Ÿ’› This tea cup came to me from my grandmother's collection.

~yes, I prefer cream in my tea; I am a tea baby~


I am serving this with the lemon cake I made for Easter. My grandson Jakob and I liked the cake while the rest of the family did not. Still they did eat some because Jake and I did not eat half the cake! Some people do not enjoy lemon desserts; I really must remember this.

(Since I first wrote this post, I have shared the cake with my sisters-in-law who both declared it good. Obviously, they like lemon! )

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The recipe for the cake, that the original two-thirds of us did not enjoy, if you dare ใƒ„, is to use any cake mix, add an extra egg, change the water to whole milk, change the oil to melted butter, and bake as directed. In my opinion, it makes a delicious, moist cake.

๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒผ



๐ŸŒผPlease join Bernideen and her friends at 
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog.๐ŸŒผ  Thank you for all the beautiful posts, Bernideen. One can always count on you for lovely treasures, sweet treats, and a gentility that blesses.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On the Fly Hodge Podge

1. Tell us about a time you felt like you were 'flying by the seat of your pants'.

This entire being a personal representative of an estate qualifies and I am so ready to be finished with it.

2.  When or where would you most like to be 'a fly on the wall'?

I have often said that, but right now I have no clue.

3. 'Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.'-Henry David Thoreau 

Would you agree? Why or why not?

Sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Sounds good.

4. Share a favorite movie, book, or song with flying in it's title, lyrics, or theme somewhere.

What is this? National Fly Month? 

Fly Me to the Moon is the only thing I can think of and it is not a favorite so I am cheating. 

5. What is one task or chore you tend to do 'on the fly'? Is this something that really needs to be done another way?

Maybe it's psychiatrists' month? One task you say? Just one?

6. What was happening the last time you thought to yourself or said aloud, 'Wow, time flies when you're having fun', and you meant it.

I say, "Time flies whether you're having fun or not." I had fun on Easter Sunday when my son fixed my garage door opener. A week of opening the garage door manually had nearly 
done me in.

7. This Thursday is National Garlic Day. Will you add garlic to your menu on Thursday? Do you like garlic? What's your favorite dish made with garlic?

I do like garlic. The last thing I made with garlic was a concoction to keep groundhogs away...it's a very smelly brew and I nearly had to move out of the house myself.

8. Insert your own random thought here.


Lots of clean-up going on all around the house. I can't stick with one spot for too long. I give it two hours a day and call it good because the old bod doesn't hold up. There are fences that must come down...they are not mine and yet, I'm taking them down anyway. The leaves in the garden must come off  because, apparently, I don't have enough worms to eat them all. And those acorns! Acckkk...wonder if I could vacuum them up. I'm almost ready to pay for the oak tree to come down. It's not mine either. Oh well, this is the story of spring.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It Was Lovely

Oh dear! I've been away from blogging for ten days and managed to forget everything I thought I knew. This is dangerous when one has been as preoccupied as I have been. Anyway, starting again this morning by pulling the post that went on overnight and saving it for the correct day. 

Let me instead post about Easter, which was a beautiful day. The most lovely in recent memory with temps soaring to 80F. The landscape was almost snow free, but brown. Well, with those temps, we can't complain. No matter the circumstances or the weather, Easter is a day to be honored. Our very futures depend on what Jesus did for us on the cross and what He did in leaving His grave behind and our recognizing it. 


The family is still in the stage of going through the holidays one by one without John. So this was the first Easter without him and the last holiday when we will say 
"this is our first ____ without John." We muddled through...at least, I did. I was glad that it was "my" year as it gave me more things to think about. John lives Easter every day now.

Recently, my grandson Jake told me as he came through the door that for just a moment as he climbed the stairs he thought he would find John here. Just for a moment. I have felt that way sometimes, especially in the morning on waking or at a certain time in the afternoon when John would have been coming home.



What I have learned through the year is that the same scene can look very different depending on my focus or my filter. 

 Are the tulips lavender or pink? (It depends.)

And I have learned that just because there is snow on the ground today does not mean that there'll be snow there the next. Things can change quickly when God is invited into a situation.

 ~very little snow~
It has been a blessing to read about your Easter so I thought I would share mine. And not one photo of the family. Am I slipping or what?! 

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Yellow

A color sorely lacking in my world since those golden days of October has been yellow. In my corner, white moves in and some years, like this one, wants to stay. Now don't get me wrong, when one deals with this much White on such a massive scale for so many months of the year, it is really nearly the last thing I want to see in my home. In fact, I don't even want to see white ceilings. True.



~Golden October~



The Hodge Podge has made me think a lot about my favorite color since Wednesday, but truth is I've had a few discussions about yellow in blog posts through the years to include this post titled For the Love of Yellow way back in 2008. Those were the days when the walls around here read white over yellow or pumpkin. It is also where I first described why I love the color yellow so.


The question of who can wear yellow came up on Wednesday's post and in the comments. I can't. Can you? *This is a fun article* humorously written that you might enjoy reading sometime for the answer. It was written way back in 2004 when the color of the year was yellow. Can you imagine yellow ever being trendy? Warning: The author does use the "b" word to describe Fashion, but who among us hasn't? Okay, I haven't, but I have said other not so nice things about fashion.


In tamer and lamer revelations, often I wander through my Pinterest ๐Ÿ’›Yellow Folder๐Ÿ’› just for fun. Check it out. You may find yourself there as Mrs. Rabe will.




This is such a pretty yellow color. I hope you'll visit Mrs. Rabe at Creekside Cottage *Here* to find out what it is and see more photos of this pretty chair. I'd love to have one this shade!


~buttery biscuits~


I tried a new biscuit recipe today. No, I didn't. I actually tried a new method using my own recipe. It's made with butter instead of shortening and the butter is melted into the buttermilk or milk. It's a nice something, but it is not a biscuit as I know them.


New England biscuits are a force to be reckoned with. These are not as pretty as a regular New England biscuit, which is really a silly thing because the best looking biscuits I ever made were inedible. (I used baking soda instead of baking powder.) I remember how disappointed John was with those things and I didn't have enough ingredients to start over. So these look bad, but taste good, which is preferable to looking good and tasting bad.

See? I cannot stay on topic no matter how I try! ใƒ„

Would love to know what your favorite color is, if you've loved it long, and if you wear it or use it in your home.

Have a blessed Palm Sunday weekend...




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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lawn and Garden Hodge Podge


1. April is Lawn and Garden Month. On a scale of 1-10 what's the current state of your lawn and/or garden. (10=a showpiece, 1=send in the professionals). Tell us about any lawn or garden plans you have for this month.

This is easy. My lawn/garden is under snow. 
Send in the sun! 
☀️

If the snow melts, and the lawn dries some, I hope to rake the sand off, clean the garden, and get things tidied in general. My mailbox also sits on my front lawn and it is looking a bit shabby so I hope to replace it or spruce it up. 


2. "Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there."~Thomas Fuller  What does this quote mean to you?

Oh heavens! Joyce is making me think again. It's been a long time since I saw the garden... Let me try to bring up that picture...๐Ÿ˜– ๐Ÿ˜‘ ๐Ÿ˜Š ahhh, yes,  joy and pleasure in seeing the beautiful flowers and anticipation even now. And I have some special tulips planted there that I hope will bloom this spring. ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท   






3. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?

LOVE 


4. If we were chatting in person, how would I know if you were nervous?

lack of eye contact ๐Ÿ˜ณ


5. Do you like the color yellow?

๐Ÿ’› my favorite! 

 Would I find any in your home or wardrobe?

One pale yellow shirt~jacket (I don't wear yellow well.)
Lots of wood that is yellow...kinda...see header
One yellow wall
Buttery yellow kitchen cabinets that need to be painted! 
Splashes of yellow here and there...

 Daffodils, tulips, roses, sunflowers, day lily, black eyed susan...which yellow bloom on this list is your favorite?

Yellow roses are my favorites, but I ๐Ÿ’› all posies...


6. Flip flops or bare feet?

In time past, flip flops. Alas, I developed that nerve thing on my toes where the thong goes...ouchie! It only affects my right foot so I could wear a flop on my left and go barefoot on my right...it'd be a look. ๐Ÿ˜


7. Tell us about any Easter plans, celebrations, or traditions you'll carry out this month.

Plans still not finalized, but my grandson, who keeps tabs on all such engagements, tells me that it is my year. 


8.  Insert your own random thought here.
๐ŸŒท☀️๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒฟ☀️๐ŸŒท

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Easter Bread


Recently, Cheryl of The Farmer's Daughter was describing a spike in her blog numbers. She found the information on her stats. I had another such spike yesterday with over a thousand visitors on a quiet Sunday...unheard of...nearly. There was that one time several years ago when my stats went through the roof — over a thousand visitors an hour for several days. (Those of you who have millions visit every week, just bear with me here. ☺)

As much as I'd have liked to think that my humble blog had gained the attention of thousands, I knew better. Something was up besides the numbers! Back then, Site Meter was still in operation and I was able to drill down on those visits.


I found a forum of some sort in Norway, the country. They were laughing their heads off over my posts on "Easter Bread." They soon had John and me laughing, too. Apparently, the word for "Easter bread" the one my Mennonite friends use, means quite something else in Norwegian. So when I described the aroma of it baking in the oven, these forum folks were bent double in fits of laughter.


If you'd like to bake some most delicious Easter Bread (Paska), check my featured post in the sidebar. It is most delicious!

~back in the Notecard Party days~



Do you ever drill down your stats to find out where visitors are coming from? I have found some lovely blogs that way...


*๐ŸŒท*๐ŸŒท*


That snow that arrived Saturday? About a foot of it here. Nearly all gone. Of course, we'll do it all over again on Tuesday just for fun. Then lots and lots of rain will be moving in. This always makes me nervous. Good thing I have the flood insurance all paid up at The Ponderosa.


Have a beautiful springy day...

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Romans 9:16

There is nothing we can do to earn His mercy. When we come to God, He gives it freely. Of course, one must come to Him for He rewards those who seek Him.


A blessed Sunday to you.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fools Day 2017

Courage is not ignorance of bad weather but persistence in the face of it. 
~Harold E. Kohn 


Well this is a fine kettle of fish — A Nor'easter on April Fools Day. How funny — not. Still I plan to keep a stiff upper lip and be as cheery as is possible on such a day.
 

Yesterday, my sister called in a bit of a panic as she had a doctor's appointment and my father's new care person had not shown up. The Veterans Administration is struggling to keep staff as they simply do not have enough. They're not the only ones as local hospitals are hiring traveling nurses and they come from all over at great costs to fill in the gaps. Something is very, horribly wrong with this picture. No wonder health costs are so exorbitant. It's crazy. 


Where was I? Oh, back to my sister. She had no one closer to call on so she called me. I had a few plans that I decided to set aside. There was nothing more pressing that could not wait. I did not want her to miss an appointment when she had waited so long and her schedule is so rigid. I ran some errands, filled the gas tank, and set off for her corner. It was a lovely drive, if I discount the miles and miles of potholes. I thought about taking photos of the things I saw that might interest you, but in the end I was just too lazy. Oh I did take one for the Instagram crowd. Are you jealous? ๐Ÿ˜‰


I stopped at a market and picked up a box of doughnuts. One must not arrive empty-handed. I hadn't yet and didn't want to start. I found that everyone, except my father, is dieting so that wasn't the best choice. Dad and I enjoyed our doughnut all the same and reminisced about my paternal grandmother's delicious homemade doughnuts. No store bought doughnut holds a candle to our memories of them.


Nana would make doughnuts when the mood struck her, which was actually quite often. She would rise early to get much of the work done before we grandchildren awoke.  She would begin by setting the lard in a large heavy iron skillet upon the stove to heat while she mixed the dough. The recipe was in her head and perhaps in her heart as well because those doughnuts were amazing...the stuff of legend. She used an old soup can to cut her doughnuts and she formed the doughnut hole with her finger swinging the dough around and around her finger until it was perfectly shaped. She needed no fancy thermometer to know when the fat was ready. She would slip each doughnut into the fat with hardly a  ripple; she had no fancy tongs so she used a simple fork to first turn and eventually lift the doughnuts being careful not to poke them. A paper bag was used to line a rectangular cake pan that served as the receptacle for the browned doughnuts fresh from the fat.  If we wanted sugared doughnuts, we would put some sugar in a paper bag, pop a couple of warm doughnuts in and shake the bag. I have been known to eat a dozen doughnuts all by myself. *hiccup* These memories were the gist of our conversation. 


When my brother-in-law arrived home early from work, he fixed the broken mirror on my car. It was one of the things that had been on my docket for the day. And he did it for free! It was worth the trip! That and the sweet memories about homemade doughnuts. 





On my way home, I decided to use my Joann's coupons. I loved hearing the clerk say that I had saved $48 dollars. We shall not discuss how much I spent to save that. I bought a few more fabrics for making a few more bowl cozies. It's my plan for this day while the snow falls. A cozy day in my sewing room making cozies...how cozy!  Cozy, cozy, cozy...are you believing any of this? ๐Ÿ˜œ

I certainly hope that it is not snowing in your corner, but if it is, feel free to tell me all about it...



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ETA: The snow totals have changed in my corner from 8 to 18 inches to 3 to 5 inches. Ahhhh,,,much better.

Edited to Add Again at 7:30 am: One can't trust those weather people. At. all. Our original snow totals  are going to prove correct by the time this event winds down at the end of the day. Heavy wet snow expected all day long.

No visible tree creature horse today!