03 February 2018


seems like just yesterday we faced 2018 head on and now it's already february. i could do with a bit slower calendar, could you? at the very moment i could do with a snail's pace but me moving at a hare's pace. yes, that's the ticket! 

so yesterday i visited dad at sherwood forest. and ended my visit with him in bed due to swelling in his lower legs. it's amazing to see how fast they can get him out of his wheelchair and into bed.. on the way out i learned that compression stockings were going to be put on him in a few minutes. wonderful! legs elevated and sheet to cover him, his eyes closed for an afternoon nap and yet his parting words were, "pizza for dinner." so i called the next sister on the rotating list of who has pizza delivered when .. and at 5pm on the dot pizza was delivered. he called me at 6pm to let me know it was all gone and he's happy happy and then the conversation ended after he said goodnight and hung up. 
dear ole dad.

talked to mom the other day and she was in need of a day of rest. so i'm hoping she did just that - rest! i sure wish she lived in town .. my town .. so i could see her regularly and have her over for dinner or bring her dinner, go shopping, go for walks, chat, and just be with her. she's a beautiful woman inside and out and i love her dearly. her talent for decorating, her love of birds, of gardens, of anything beautiful .. doesn't go unnoticed.

evelyn the precious pooch is showing her age a bit more.. 
hip displasia is common with retrievers and we've necessarily increased her daily glucosamine. she'll be 13 in may. 

and the hubs. bless his pea pickin' heart...
after 5 days on Rx he went back to the doc and now he's
on prednisone for 6. this has got to make him well

me? i'm fine. other than my fibro flaring up 
making my hands especially left wrist and thumb area throb. 

reading through my post i realize i've 
been talking about ailments and such. 
i'm officially old. wink.

but in other news.......? 

i bought a new cell phone yesterday and it's a bit larger than my other one so i can see numbers and junk more clearly. 
{there i go again with the ailments..} 
new phones always take some getting used to 
and i'm not a hugely techy individual so there's some angst expected. 
let's call it an adjustment period.
but the phone has a pretty silver diamond pattern on the back of it even though it's completely covered up front and back with an envelope type cover thingy. and it's a bit bigger. for my eyes.

the hubs went with me to phone shop .. so i treated him to dinner at our favorite restaurant that serves Chinese food. shrimp for me, mongolian beef for him, and spinach with hot garlic sauce for both of us. oh yUm. 

then home. by 6pm we had jammies on and after taking the pooch outside for necessary stuff we cozied up on the couch with mugs of hot cocoa in our hands .. and clicked on netflix to watch another episode of Somebody Feed Phil .. "everybody loves raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal travels around the world sampling food and tradition with friends and a sense of humor. so far we've visited thailand, vietnam, portugal, and new orleans. but for tonight i promised 4WD videos which means i'll be sitting next to him cozied on the couch and pinning pins on pinterest from my new to me larger phone. wink.

we're having a warm non rain winter. while enjoyable for this time of year, please know that parts of california are already experiencing drought. and i know our spring summer and fall will have water restrictions which means taking a bucket into the shower to catch the run off to pour over plants rather than using the garden hose. this also means no wasting water while i stand under the shower head for hours - not that i ever do that - because i don't - but if i did i'd need to halt that practice! we no longer have grass to water so that's a non issue for which i'm thankful. for other folks it is ... and it vexes me to see them watering their lawn at noon. noon?! and they let the water run for an hour or more .. and i watch it run down the street and into the gutter. it's as if .. well .. i'll be quiet on that subject. sigh...

it's time for more coffee. 
so i'll sashay to the stove and take care of that
wonderful personal necessity in life. 

hoping your saturday leading to sunday and beyond has moments of sweetness laced and graced here and there, 
embracing your hearts. ♥ ♥ ♥

until next time,

30 January 2018

my guy.

he's home for a bit.
resting up and convalescing,
recovering from bacterial pneumonia.
my poor guy.
so comfy sockies are on,
tea, whole foods, and lovies.
oh ... and big time Rx.
i love him so...

::: photo credit :::
"Fits like socks on rooster." :-) Socks on a Rooster 
by ~OpalGryphon on deviantART

27 January 2018

soup weather.

chill temperatures are giving way to 
a bit warmer daytime trend .. 
yet soup weather continues. 
healing to the body, mind, and soul.

this week i made a simple bean soup
i'll simply refer to as :
{italian bean soup}
using what i had in my pantry and in
the fridge. turned out rather yUmmy
if i say so myself and i just did.

in the fridge sat half pound of black forest bacon that i cut into pieces and tossed in a hot pan and cooked until done then drained on a few paper towels top and bottom. i set that aside then drained all but a few drops {or nine} of bacon grease. wink. in went a chopped brown onion, two big cloves of garlic (smashed and minced), pepper, dried herbs: parsley, oregano, basil .. and about 2 dozen cherry tomatoes. once the tomatoes were pan roasted and the onion translucent, i added the bacon, two 15oz cans (drained) italian white beans - and let those ingredients become acquainted for about 10 minutes before adding about 48 ounces good chicken stock. let it come to a boil then simmer for about an hour. 


served with a mixed green salad
{current favorite is kale & super greens}
and thin slices of baguette brushed with a 
smidge of bacon grease on each side then toasted.

:: currently ::

the hubs was needed at his place of employ this morning so i'm home and on my 3rd cup of strong coffee. wink. evelyn the precious pooch is experiencing a rather active dream and snoring then growling and yelping in her sleep. 
wish i could see what she sees.


more downsizing will happen today along with general
home keeping. i usually read in the evenings before sleep
but this afternoon i just might squirrel away for a few minutes or hours 
to delve further into a new to me author's tale
which has me longing for more time and i'll be sorely
vexed when finished, i'm absolutely sure.
i wish stories would continue - on and on - don't you?
the kindle version can be purchased for $1.99
at this link on amazon, if you're interested.
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin


the hubs has been sick for weeks now 
with this creepin' crud of a cold going 'round. ugh... 
no, it's not the terrible flu. yes, we're sure of that fact. 
regardless, he's visiting our doc on monday. 
aaannd, he just walked in the door earlier home
from the plant than anticipated. tea made, he's 
hunkering down to rest & read. 


meandering here and there 
in the back yard, i spied a bit of moss
pretty enough for a picture.
then what became one picture of one
mossy area, became a dozen or more of another
and then another. how many moss pics can one own?
here's but one:

"Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound.
By the mediation of a thousand little mosses & fungi,
the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty.
There seem to be two side of this world,
presented us at different times, 
as we see things in growth or dissolution,
in life or death. And seen with the eye
of the poet, as God sees them, 
all things are alive and beautiful."

{Henry David Thoreau}


hoping your saturday brings unexpected blessings,