Jun 14 2016

Bubble Run

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I had good intentions on being prepared for the Bubble Run my daughter and I are participating in on Saturday. I was doing well, running every day, until it rained. Then it got hot. Then I was lazy. I hope I don’t embarrass myself!

My dog has decided he is afraid of storms. He is stuck to me like glue because it is thundering and raining. Poor little guy. Guess I won’t be able to do laundry today. I have to cuddle my sweet Brody. (Things sound a bit different from when I was ready to kill him for running off the other day! LOL).

Here is Brody riding on the back of my husband’s bike.
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Jun 09 2016

The Heat Is On

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I’ve been running around like a crazy woman trying to get things done in the yard before it gets hot. The weather man says it is going to be in the nineties. If we don’t get our usual humidity, it will be fine but we usually get some humid days that make it hard to deal with the heat. I dream of living in Hawaii!

My dog, Brody, made my blood pressure go up yesterday. I was picking up sticks in the driveway and let him out of the fenced in part of the yard since I could watch him and enjoy his company. Well, that stinker saw me get busy and took off. I just knew I was going to find him dead on the busy road that runs in front of our house. Luckily, for him and me, he was in the neighbor’s field. I had to give him a bath because I had no idea if he’d been in poison ivy. My arms are already itching from what he has given me so far this summer.

I miss the days when my kids were in music programs. One of our local high schools offered orchestra classes as well as concert band courses. I don’t know if the violin prices or the lack of an instructor nixed that program. I know that the kids who learned stringed instruments can use their ability and perform at weddings.

I’m looking forward to attending the free concerts that are held in a town next to ours. I’ve not attended before and have been told they are a lot of fun. The band is made up of adult participants. We have a group that performs in our town too but I don’t think they have started their weekly concerts. I love to relax and enjoy the talents of the musicians. We are lucky to have so many people who participate.

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Jun 07 2016

A Change is Coming

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We have been having wonderful springlike weather, until today. Brrr! It is so cold. I have a flannel shirt and jeans on but I am still wearing my sandals. The weather man says it is supposed to be in the nineties by this weekend so, while I am complaining, I am enjoying being able to have the windows open and not pay the high electric bills that come when we start running the air conditioner.

Our daughter accepted a new job and moved to Tennessee. We are empty nesters all over again. It has been very hard because we truly enjoyed having her around. She got me into exercising. I hope I can keep that up now that she isn’t here to motivate me. I have been running in preparation for a Bubble Run on June 17. I am excited to see what that is all about.

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May 25 2016

He Is Turning One!

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It seems as if we just found out our son and his wife were expecting a baby and now that baby will be having his first birthday this weekend. We get to see him and hug him continuously on Sunday.
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We already sent him this swing set for his birthday and he has been enjoying it. He giggles when our son pulls him in the seat and then lets go. It is a riot to watch his joy.

As he gets older, I will need to become educated on what the latest rage is in toys. Back when my kids were little, Cabbage Patch Dolls and Teddy Rukspin were the big thing. I sure wish I had kept them. I hear they are worth some big money.

My daughter and nephew are big into tech items and I think they would love it if Max were to check out teen pocket ops.

It seems like it was only yesterday that my kids were swinging on their swing set and digging in the sandbox.

They say time flies and I know that to be true. I plan on savoring every minute with my grandson on Sunday.

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May 20 2016

Carrot Cake

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I forgot to tell how yummy the carrot cake from Mother’s Day was! That cake had me saying “yum” with every bite. I am posting this recipe so I can make my own cake. I hope I don’t eat the whole thing.

CARROT CAKE

Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 fresh whole eggs
2 cups pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups raw finely ground carrots
4 ounces finely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
12 ounces room temperature cream cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ounces room temperature margarine
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Directions
Cake Ingredients: Frosting Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, mix sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture and blend well. Fold in carrots and chopped nuts until well blended. Distribute batter evenly into 3 (9-inch) cake layer pans, which have been generously greased. There will be approximately 1 pound 5 ounces of batter per pan. Place in preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool layers in pans, for approximately 1 hour. Store layers in pans, inverted, in closed cupboard to prevent drying. Layers must be a minimum of 1 day old.

To remove layers from baking pan, turn upside down, tap edge of pan on a hard surface. Center a 9-inch cake circle on top of revolving cake stand. Remove paper from bottom of layer cake. Place first layer, bottom side down, at center of cake stand. With a spatula, evenly spread approximately 3 1/2 ounces of frosting on the layer. Center second layer on top of first layer with topside down. Again with a spatula, evenly spread approximately 3 1/2 ounces of frosting on the layer. Center third layer on top of second layer with topside down. Using both hands, press firmly but gently, all layers together to get one firm cake. With spatula, spread remainder of frosting to cover top and sides of cake. Refrigerated until needed. Display on counter or cake stand with a plastic cover.

Filling and Icings:

In a suitable bowl of large mixer, place powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, and margarine. Beat at second speed until thoroughly blended. Hold refrigerated and use as needed.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

Recipe courtesy of Robert Clinton from Cliftons

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May 09 2016

Happy Mother’s Day

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I had a nice day but it was full! It started out with a four mile walk. I hadn’t intended to walk that far but I had never walked that end of the trail and wanted to check it out. I saw three deer, a bunny and a squirrel. I also saw many birds. It was a beautiful morning.

Hubby, daughter and I picked up the grandmas and went to a restaurant in Wabash. Twenty is furnished in a retro theme with high quality fixtures. Even the bathrooms are exceptionally nice, with copper fixtures. We were served scrumptious food and brought our desserts home. I will have to eat my carrot cake later.

I worked a little on my Civil War Love Letters quilt but it was tedious so I stopped before I threw my back into conniptions. I was in agony all day Friday and I don’t want to chance that again.

There didn’t seem to be too much on tv last night so I checked Facebook and went to bed to read my new book. I’m reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. It is good, so far. I couldn’t keep my eyes open though so off to la la land it was for me.

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Apr 09 2016

A Night Out

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We had a nice time at the theater tonight. We saw Blues Brothers Revue. The music was fun and upbeat. It seemed like a lot of thought went into planning the show. The musicians were very talented. I wish the band members would have dressed in more professional attire but their abilities on their instruments made up for their lack of show continuity. I have an interest in the Blues era when it comes to music. I often think of Blues as a sad, introspective style of singing but the revue was full of happy lively music. We were clapping our hands and even joined in on a few sing a longs. It was nice to be together as a family and enjoy something different as we await spring to arrive.

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Apr 04 2016

Weakling

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I feel like a weakling while writing this post. My daughter and I just worked out and I am sweating and shaking. I guess that means I did something. I believe it means I can have fresh strawberries and ice cream for dessert later!

I made cube steak, potatoes and carrots in the crock-pot this morning and I was hungry all day just from smelling the aroma.

I finished quilting a t-shirt quilt and am now working on a small wall hanging. I’m doing some intricate quilting on the wall hanging so it will take a while to finish. I enjoy that type of quilting. It is relaxing as long as my thread tension stays steady and my thread doesn’t break.

We watched the country music awards last night. Most of the songs weren’t very country, in my opinion. I did enjoy seeing the pretty dresses many of the stars wore. I couldn’t stay up to watch the end.

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Apr 01 2016

Blues Brothers Revue

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I admit we have had a mild CozyWinters but still, it has begun to drag. We get teased with a few nice days and then it turns cold and rains. Argh!

It helps to keep busy. I have not been in the mood to make quilts or sew lately and that is rare. I really don’t know what the problem is but my mom is back from Arizona so maybe she can spur me to sew.

I am excited about April. Next Saturday, we have tickets to see the Blues Brothers Revue. Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd walked the stage. sited from the Chronicles Tribune.

Backing them will be a jazzy band. That is the type of music I love to hear. Seeing talented musicians who can really make their instruments dance is worth the money for a good show.

We also have tickets for another group later in the month. I’ll tell you about that next time! Have a great spring!

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Mar 27 2016

New Beginnings

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I always think of Easter as a time of beginnings. As the tulips and daffodils work hard to pop up from the cold, hard ground, we can do the same with our lives. We can choose to be mundane or treat each new day as the beginning of something awesome.

This year’s Easter dinner will be simple. We have a lot of yard work we would like to do today so we will be eating late in the afternoon. Hubby is going to throw a couple of ham steaks on the grill. He is also preparing asparagus wrapped in bacon. A few sweet potatoes will round out the menu. It is a light menu but I am hoping we will have room for dessert. I made a new no-bake lemon cheesecake.

Time to put on some old, warm clothes and start raking!

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