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

Christmas

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.
or
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.
or
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.
or
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.
or
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.
or
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.