Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Always in search of the deal - 
Tightwad Tuesdays at Frank's Movie Galleria ($6) and 
Hooked on Tuesdays at Bonefish Grill ($15-$18). 
{Includes salad and dessert}
Two weeks in a row. This may be a new trend . . . 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

friendly cats quilt

Three new grand babies in 2016 means three new baby quilts. 
Two down one to go.
I am trying out cute cats for the third one. 
Jewel tones on gray for the baby with pet cats.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

hand and foot card game

On Wednesdays we play
Hand and Foot 
at our Activity Center

A one dollar ante gets us 
an hour and a half of fun

It is a pretty easy game and since we 
draw cards to determine our partners
we have met lots of new friends.

Sometimes we play at friend's homes
with interesting themed drinks
{discovering Licor 43}

Here the (pdf)  score sheet  that we use.

Monday, January 30, 2017

critter pathways quilt

Three new grand babies in 2016 means three new baby quilts.
One down two to go.
I am trying out critter pathways for the second one. 
Cute little hedgehog, mouse, and owl.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ringling bros & barnum bailey circus

Last time we went to the circus Gunther Gebel-Williams 
was the lion tamer {circa 1980's}. 
Lucky us, we get to go one last time this Friday in Tampa.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

seth and abigail

Hurrah. Visitors from the north.

Shark tooth hunting . . .

South Jetty kayaking . . .

Myaka River boat touring . . .

A farewell sunset . . .

We enjoyed our week together and were sad to bid farewell to our January guests.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

crazy quilt

Three new grand babies in 2016 means
 time to get started on three new quilts. 
I am trying out some crazy quilt squares
 for the first one. A bit wonky!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

the moment in the middle

Hold your breath.
Here it is.
Christmas Eve.

My favorite day of the Christmas Season.

The perfect moment between all the preparations and all of the celebrations.

All is done yet all is yet to come . . .

"It was a moment of perfection he would probably not find again this year, and he sat without moving, almost without breathing. There was the upside of a garden, when one was digging and planting, heaving and hauling, and then the downside, when it was all weeding and grooming and watering and sweating. One had to be fleet to catch the moment in the middle, the mountaintop, when perfection was as brief as the visit of a butterfly to an outstretched palm.   {from the book Out to Cannan: the fourth book in the Mitford series by: Jan Karon}

Thursday, December 15, 2016

indoor wireless remote

I was looking for an easier way to turn our 
Christmas tree lights on and off.

I found an  Indoor Foot Switch Extension Cord but
 the cord was 15 feet long and would look cluttered

Then I found an  AmerTac Indoor Wireless 
Remote Plug-In Receiver Kit

Gotta tell you I love this little gadget.

on / off couldn't be easier

Friday, December 9, 2016

pinwheel christmas cookie

Pinwheel Christmas Cookie
Each year I look for one or two new Christmas cookies to try.
This one from Southern Living Magazine caught my eye today.
I did substitute almond extract as I already have another mint cookie.

1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cup cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (I used almond extract)
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
red food coloring paste or gel

Beat butter until creamy (about 2 minutes). Gradually add sugar beating well. Add eggs and extracts.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture until blended.

Divide dough in half and mix food coloring into one portion. Wrap each with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.

Divide each half of dough into two equal portions. You will now have two red disks and two white disks.

On 4 pieces of waxed paper draw an 8x8 square. Roll out each section of dough on the floured waxed paper into the 8x8 square.

Place one white square on top of one red square. Tightly roll up jelly-roll fashion, peeling wax paper from red square as you go. Repeat with remaining two squares

Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours until firm.

Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake in batches until bottoms are lightly browned, 12-14 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: about 5 dozen.