Friday, December 30, 2011

Where Did It Go?

Where did the year go? Suddenly it is the end of December again and we realize that with giant strides we started in January and within a blink of an eye, 2011 is on its back!

A big "Thank You" to each and every one of you, for the huge impact you had on my life this year. I'm sure that 2011 would have been extremely boring without visiting your blogs and playing Facebook games.

From my heart I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with Loving Wishes and Beautiful Thoughts.

May 2012 mark the beginning of a Tidal Wave of Love, Happiness and Bright Futures.

To those who need someone special, may you find that true love.

To those who need money, may your finances overflow;

To those who need caring, may you find a good heart;

To those who need a friend, I am still here for you;

To those who need life, may you find GOD.

Thanks for being my friend! Happy New Year

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Night Prayer

Feeling silly this morning and this fits how I'm feeling right now so I'm sharing it with you.

My New Nighttime Prayer

Now I lay me

Down to sleep

I pray the Lord

My shape to keep.

Please no wrinkles

Please no bags.

And please lift my butt

Before it sags

Please no age spots

Please no gray hair

And as for my belly

Please take it away

Please keep me healthy

Please keep me young!!

And thank you God

For all that you've done. Amen.

Pretty cute, huh?  You can use it if you want to - I don't mind.

Dahli goes to the groomer this morning so I'm off to get dressed and on my way! Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

In between the holidays

I call this week - the week in between the holidays.  It's a very important week for me.  I will spend time thinking about the year that's ending -2011- and then make some plans for the year that's beginning -2012.  A big part of the year that's beginning -2012- is my New Year Resolutions.  I know! I know! there's a lots of you that don't do resolutions anymore but . . . I'm not one of those.  I have done New Year Resolutions my whole entire life and I see no reason to stop now that I've come this far.

Do you think it really matters if I accomplish all the resolutions that I start out with?  Nope, it doesn't.  They only serve as a starting point . . . not an ending point.  Another thing.  Just because they were a resolution at the beginning of the year doesn't mean they can't change during the year. Guess what?  For me, they usually do when something more important or interesting or challenging comes along.  Here's my temporary list . . .

• Start a journal.  I saw a beautiful journal at the Hallmark store and the minute I spotted I knew that this would be one of my resolutions this year.

• Plan to age gracefully.  Growing old has advantages, as well as a few disadvantages, such as wrinkles, gray hair and changes our bodies undergo in the process.  I need to be accepting of where I am in circle of life.

• Share your favorite recipes.  I started collecting recipes during the year thinking that the Village would do a cookbook in 2012 but that idea died so I'm keeping them for my personal use and to share.

• Get tech savvy. I don't have a smart phone, an I-pad or a Kindle. I'm feeling neglected and that needs to change.

• Talk about the hard stuff.  Discussing these things in advance ensures that my end of life wishes are recorded and understood by all my children.

Monday, December 26, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY:  It's the day after Christmas

Outside my window . . . It's only 6:15 but it's dark outside already.  I should be getting used to the time change already! We had a bit of a cool down today. The skies were cloudy at the farm but sunny when I got home.

I am thinking . . . that Christmas is the best day of the year.

I am thankful . . . that I was able to spend the Eve and Christmas day at the farm with my family.

From the learning rooms . . . (if this applies)

In the kitchen . . . lot's of yummy leftovers from Christmas dinner.

I am wearing . . . navy blue sweat pants, yellow tee shirt and tennies

I am creating . . .

I am going . . . to unpack when I get done with this entry.

I am wondering . . . if the kids are happy with their gifts this year.  Haven't heard from them yet.

I am reading . . .

I am hoping . . . that I will get in to see Dr. Bhatt tomorrow

Around the house . . . things still look alot like Christmas.  I'll leave the decorations up until after New Years Day.

I am pondering . . .  what wonderful adventures are waiting for me in 2012

One of my favorite things . . . Christmas!!

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . get ready for New Year's Eve party.

Here is picture I am sharing . . . It's a little outdated (2009) but it works!!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

The Gift of Love

Doris came over yesterday and we made another batch of peanut brittle. This batch I will take with me to farm tomorrow along with a Marie Callendar razzleberry pie and a couple other goodies I have planned.  Getting everything out to car and arranged perfectly is always so time consuming but so worth the trouble because it means everything will arrive intact.  Since my SOB still continues to be a problem, I'll be taking small loads out and then resting in between.  Enough of my problems, huh?  Here's a special message I would like to share with you, my friends.  Hope you like it as much as I do.  It's the perfect Christmas message.

Giving The Gift Of Love Will Endure Forever

I borrowed this from my a  friend of a friend on FB. To all of those that are struggling with the Christmas spirit this year – a little reminder of what Christmas is really about…

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, friends and neighbors, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, etc., I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, etc., it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point!

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure forever. Christmas is love.

Much love to you, my online family & friends.  May your Christmas be filled with bountiful blessings and loads of love.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


It's 2:15 in the morning and I'm wide awake.  Geeze, I really hate when this happens.  I tossed and turned for an hour and decided to get up and do something other that toss & turn.  I'm thinking about what else needs to be done before I can say that I'm ready for Christmas.  So here's my plan for today.

After my haircut, I'll deposit all my recyclables and then make a quick trip to Marshall's for a last minute gift for Lisa and Daniel.  They are in South Carolina for Christmas but Chris can take their gifties to them when he goes home.  That will officially end my Christmas shopping.

Here's a piccie of 2 of my California grandkids. They look so happy that I just can't resist posting it here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

Made in the USA!

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people.  Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.  How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

What about a Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. This is my gift to myself this year.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

This entire entry comes from an email I received.  In case you haven't noticed . . . Made in America is the latest and greatest new craze.  I love it! and hope that all of my friends in blogland do too! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Simple Woman Daybook

FOR TODAY:    is the day to get back into my routine of posting my SWD every Monday.  There's only 2 Monday's left in 2011 so now's a good time to start.

Outside my window . . . the sun is shining but the temp is only a brisk 45 degrees which is on the cool side for us. It'll warm up to the mid 70's today.

I am thinking . . . that this morning I will be calling another man in my life by the name of Dr. Bhatt if this shortness of breath does not get better.

I am thankful . . . for all the knowledgeable men and women in the medical field that help us.

From the learning rooms . . . on Saturday, I learned how to make peanut brittle thanks to Doris, my neighbor.  I now have a new little skill that comes in handy around the holidays.

In the kitchen . . . all's quiet.

I am wearing . . . navy blue sweat pants and a white short sleeve top.

I am creating . . .

I am going . . . to wrap Christmas presents while listening to Christmas music.  I am a Mannheim Steamroller fan and love their Christmas albums.

I am wondering . . . if anyone else watched the final episode of Survivor last night and what you thought of the winner.   I was soooooooooooo hoping that it would be Ozzy.

I am reading . . . no time for reading right now.

I am hoping . . . that my black eye clears soon. I had a mole removed from the area next of my left eye. The incision looks remarkably tiny and perfectly healed but the bruising continues even after the surgery which was 2 weeks ago.  Perhaps the baby aspirin I take every day has something to do with it.

Around the house . . . The candles in the windows and the Christmas decorations make for a very cheery home which I wish could last all year long.

I am pondering . . .  what to get Christopher for Christmas. If I don't get inspired pretty soon he'll be getting sox and underwear.

One of my favorite things . . . is playing Castleville.  It's one of the new games on Facebook.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . Doctor appointments practically every single day and playing cards or Bingo every single evening. It's sooooooo fun getting OLD.

Here is picture I am sharing . . . Dahli's Christmas Stocking.

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Peanut Brittle

The war in Iraq is officially ended. Thank God. Alleluia. Amen.

This is Doris in my kitchen. Doris was showing me how to make peanut brittle yesterday. So fun!
Doris came with a bowl already filled with sugar, peanuts and karo syrup. As her demonstration went on she added baking soda and vanilla. The cookie sheet has to be covered with a good layer of butter.
A couple times of putting the bowl in the microwave and stirring up a storm and we had peanut brittle.  It's like a minor little miracle. No kidding.  It really is pretty simple. wa-laaaaaaaa  peanut brittle!
I'll be sharing my very first batch of homemade peanut brittle with my neighbors; the Hunt's and the Wood's. Hope they like it. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A New Man in my Life

Yep, it's true. I have a new man in my life. His name is Patrick Danzey and he's the owner of Avon Park Chiropractic Clinic here in Avon Park.  When I mentioned to Joyce that my back was bothering me she recommended him and when she suggests someone you know that person will be the best. Anyway, here's his pix.

He's a true professional and has really helped with my back which has really been bothering me since the roast beef dinner last week.

A little morning Christmas around here too. My Nativity is set up and looking just as beautiful as it did when I bought it in the 60's. Matthew was just a little tyke when I went shopping at The May Co. for Christmas decorations. It's still here helping me to remember the 'reason for the season' and keeping me grounded in that reality.
Later . . . 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Spirit . . . where are you?

I've had the hardest time getting into the Christmas spirit this year.  I really wish I knew 'why' but the truth is I don't.  Anyway, I was determined to get some Christmas stuff done yesterday so I ordered some tasty morning buns from Williams-Sonoma for each family and hopefully as they eat them on Christmas morning they will think of me. Here's a pix of them followed by the write-up which I copied from the catalog.
Mornings in Paris find early risers at neighborhood patisseries, where specialties include freshly baked delights like these mouthwatering morning buns.  Hand made by master French master pastry chef Jean-Yves Charon. Light, flaky croissant dough is folded around a buttery brown-sugar filling enhanced with cinnamon and orange zest.

The buns look soooooooooooo good plus the write up sounded so good that it made me want to jump in the catalog page and take a bite. :)

Tomorrow, Doris is coming over and we will make peanut brittle. I've never made it before but Doris says its easy so another new adventure awaits me. Oh goodie.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cooking tips from Maxine!

Here's a few cooking tips from Maxine!

Tip #1) To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
Just buy mashed potato mix. It keeps in the cupboard for up to a year.

Tip #2) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking tin, use a bit of dry cake
mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
Go to the bakery! Heck, they'll even decorate it for you!

Tip #3) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
Celery? Never heard of it!

Tip #4) Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink! All your pains go away!

Tip #5) Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use
in casseroles and sauces.
Left over wine???????   HELLO!!!!!! What leftover wine?

Some pretty good tips along with LOL's. Hope you enjoy them.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

About time . . .

Geeze. I haven't blogged in ages and it makes me sad that I didn't share all the stuff that's been going on. It's mostly been good stuff so I really have no excuse. I'm gonna have to get better cuz the days go bye so fast and when it's lost it's lost. Hopefully, I'll publish more and visit more. Changing the background is a good start. Hope that inspires me to get with the program a little more.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

May  your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your  potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be  delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your  Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your  thighs!

Happy  Thanksgiving Everyone!















Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Rosie will be here soon.  She has a doctor's appointment in Sarasota and doesn't want to go alone.  I wouldn't want to either so I'm going with her. In the meantime, I'm using the time to post an entry.

Shan & Trudy are snowbirds & while they are in Ohio for the summer, I watch over their place down here and tend the yard when it's needed.  In return, they feel they need to gift me with something special every year as a "thank you".  I keep telling them it's not necessary but they feel it is. Anyway, here's my special little gift for this year. Isn't it just the sweetest?
She's an adorable addition to my Florida room so I'm so happy to have her. Thanks so much Shan & Trudy. You didn't have to do this but I'm so glad you did. Until next time . . . God bless.

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook


Outside my window . . . We had sunshine all morning but this afternoon it's clouded over and the wind is blowing all the leaves around in pretty little circles.

I am thinking . . . I have some new neighbors. . . Tom & Brenda Benedict from Michigan. The RV section of the park must be full so they get to park their rig here in the Park Model section for the winter months. It's so fun to have new folks to meet & greet. Hope they enjoy their time here at Lake Bonnet Village.

I am thankful . . . for the lovely community that we have here at LBV. We are a group of fun loving, caring and thoughtful Seniors who by the grace of God just happened to gather in this particular part of the world.

From the learning rooms . . . (if this applies)

In the kitchen . . . made a big pot of corned beef and cabbage yesterday so it's leftovers tonight.

I am wearing . . . jeans, a gold top and tennies

I am creating . . . 

I am going . . . to Joyce's for coffee and then to Bingo this evening.

I am wondering . . . 

I am reading . . . 

I am hoping . . . to get a new Club Car but when I checked prices on the used ones today I decided I may have to hope a little longer.:)

Around the house . . . Did a quick clean on Saturday and got everything done except dusting in the great room. Seems like I'll not be getting it done today either. There's always tomorrow. (I think!)

I am pondering . . .  what I need to do get my banking business switched over from the banks to one of the  Credit Unions.

One of my favorite things . . . oval braided rugs

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . a visit to the local Credit Union tomorrow. Re-pot Doris's ivy, send a thank you note to Trudy for the lovely planter & finish hanging the shutters I already painted.

Here is picture I am sharing . . . my new neighbor's rig.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Blessing of Pets

As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd.

A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.

This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

Today over 62 million cats in the U.S. attests to the continuing affection we have for our furry, feathered or finned friends. 

We've even had a cat called Socks in the White House. Other popular presidential pets range from Abraham Lincoln’s Fido to Lyndon Johnson’s beagles, named Him and Her.

For single householders, a pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature.

The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.

No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated.
The pets were all well behaved so it seems that they understood that they needed to be on their best behavior because something special was happening. It was short & sweet but definitely a lovely ceremony.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hand & Foot

Yesterday was our 1st Hand & Foot Tournament. It was organized by our co-op Secretary Linda Haven. Linda and her hubby, Byron spend their summers at Cloud 9 in Arkansas and come back to Lake Bonnet Village in the Fall with tons of ideas. The Tournament was her latest great idea. We had a great time and here's a piccie of the winners.
Linda Haven, Ron Medema & Marilyn Eldred
Claire Tracy is missing from the picture.

The driveway that I painted last week was finally ready for vehicle parking this week so here's Bessie proudly parking on her new spot. Phew! I'm sooooooooooo glad that job is done!
I'm pleased that the color of the driveway matches the color of the car almost perfectly. Pretty good, huh?

Dahli goes to the groomer shortly so I guess I better go!. Until next time . . . God bless!

Monday, October 31, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY: Happy Halloween

Outside my window . . . It's raining out there today. Not as bad as snow, I know but have decided that the Snowbirds must be bringing all this bad weather with them from up North.

I am thinking . . . I haven't posted anything since last Monday so that means it's been a rather boring week.

I am thankful . . . For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

From the learning rooms . . . (if this applies)

In the kitchen . . .
I am wearing . . . navy blue sweats, maroon duofold top and slippers

I am creating . . .

I am going . . . to start getting my 'cold clothes' out of storage and giving them a fresh wash.

I am wondering . . . what happened to the Halloween party that we were supposed to have today?

I am reading . . .

I am hoping . . . that the rain stops in time for the kids to trick or treat tonight.

Around the house . . . ironing is on the menu today.

I am pondering . . .  What am I ready to tackle this Fall?  What changes or fixes have I been putting off?

One of my favorite things . . . a grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . All Saints Day Mass on Tuesday, Hand & Foot Tournament followed by card Bingo on Wednesday, Dahli to the groomer on Thursday

Here is picture I am sharing . . .

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Monday, October 24, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook


Outside my window . . . it's late afternoon/early evening here. The sun is getting ready to set in the West.

I am thinking . . . It was an absoultely gorgeous day here today.

 I am thankful . . . for everything that went right today.

From the learning rooms . . . (if this applies)

In the kitchen . . . is all cleaned up after a dinner of chicken, red skin potatoes & brussel sprouts.

I am wearing . . . jeans, a pink tee and slippers

I am creating . . .

I am going . . . to paint the final coat on the driveway tomorrow

I am wondering . . . why oh why I ever started this driveway project.

I am reading . . . the directions on paint cans.

I am hoping . . . the last coat of paint goes on w/o any problems.

Around the house . . . getting behind inside because I'm working outside.

I am pondering . . .  What things or activities do I need to start saying “no” to?  What is it that’s draining my energy?

One of my favorite things . . . Mondays and My Simple Womans Daybook

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . painting the drive will probably take the next couple days. Thursday is another doctor appointment and on Friday I plan to go to the farm.

Here is picture I am sharing . . . 

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall in Florida

It's official. Fall has arrived in Florida. The leaves have been falling for several weeks now but it's not officially Fall until the temps fall as well.  That's what happened this morning when our temps were in the 50 somethings. Along with my hoodie it was the first time this year for sweatpants and L.L. Bean's ragg sox on the feet for walking Dahli.

To celebrate our official Fall I got out Toni's pumpkin girls.  Just in case I forget, they remind me it's Fall.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook


Outside my window . . . It's a downright dreary day out there. There's no rain or wind but definitely no sun either. We have some changes in the weather coming and none of it sounds good.

I am thinking . . . that I overdid things yesterday.  Bob Noyes pressure washed the driveway and sidewalk on Saturday. Yesterday I did the acid wash and will tape the edges of everything today.

I am thankful . . . that Christopher will come on Friday and paint the entire area for me.  It's wonderful to have sons who are willing to help w/o even being asked to.

From the learning rooms . . . I've learned a lot about how to prepare a concrete driveway for painting.

In the kitchen . . .

 Easy Apple Crisp


1 cup sugar
2 teasp. lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 teasp. cinnamon
5-6 peeled, sliced large apples
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teasp. salt
6 tablesp. unsalted butter (NO substitute)


Combine 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice, water and cinnamon in bottom of small baking pan. Slice in apples. Blend remaining 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt and butter until crumbly. Spread over apples and pat smooth. Bake at 375°F. for 40-50 minutes, until apples are tender and crust is browned. 
Thanks to Toni  for the recipe.

I am wearing . . . jean bermudas, a blue Fresh Produce tee and footlets.

I am creating . . .

I am going . . . the Doctor today to have the staples removed and the pacemaker checked.

I am wondering . . . if it's gonna rain today as predicted.

I am reading . . . 

I am hoping . . . that I can stay away from Doctor's for a while.

Around the house . . . another load of whites in the washer. Ironing is starting to collect again. Darn!

I am pondering . . .   What is holding me back?  What keeps getting in my way or holding me back?  What clutter can be cleared from my home and life?

One of my favorite things . . . MacIntosh apples

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . Not much planned except for Chris coming on Friday. Can't wait to see what other fun stuff comes my way this week.

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