Monday, October 16, 2017


When you live just south of 
Lake Ontario things are pretty flat
so sometimes I pretend the 
marine layer clouds are mountains

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Almost everything will work again 
if you unplug it for a few minutes, 
including you. {ann lamott}

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


some things I love about fall

Thursday, July 27, 2017

fast food salad

Recently we bought fast food salads to 
take on two different last minute picnics.

First ones were from McDonald's ($5), second ones from Wendy's ($6.99). 
For the record, we think the McDonald’s salads were 
tastier and far fresher than the Wendy’s salads.

Do you have a favorite fast food salad?
Reader suggestions:
Christine - Subway Chopped Salad
Dayle - Chick-Fil-A
Cindy - Zaxbys house fried salad

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

america the beautiful - senior pass

America the Beautiful - National Parks
Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass

Currently $10 but increasing to $80 on August 27, 2017
Do you have yours?

Monday, July 10, 2017


I have a friend Airbnb-ing his way through Spain and France.
This is the latest photo he posted.
I want to be there . . .

I think I need to step up
my hosting skills at our Airbnb.

Adams House {near SUNY Brockport}

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

wine corks

Who needs toys when Grandma Mary has wine corks.
{Opal Josephine}

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

crisscross credit card wallet

I have had fun making
CrissCross Credit Card Wallets
by Gena Cunha at Craftsy

You can download the free pattern from the link listed below.

I did make two changes.
I only put the fusible interfacing on the 
cover and the four squares
not on the other inner pieces.

I added the first snap (female) to the cover before sewing any pieces together.
{I also put the snap in backwards one time so be careful}

I was able to make four wallets from two fat quarter pieces.

Hint: The cover and inside pieces are about 1/8" larger than 4 1/2 ".
That makes a difference when fitting in the credit cards.
I made one at just 4 1/2 and it was a too tight.

The free pdf pattern can be downloaded here:

Monday, June 5, 2017

summer bowling

We just purchased a Summer Bowling Pass 
to our local AMF  bowling alley

$15.95 gets us three free games every day 
through September 4th.
{$9.95 for children 15 years and younger}
A pretty good deal I's say.

Find a location near you . . .

For our Venice friends, you may want to consider
joining our league in November.
{details here:}

Saturday, May 27, 2017

penne with sausage, spinach, chilies, lemon

Penne with Sausage, Spinach, Chiles & Lemon
{my favorite new recipe this spring}
Serves 4-6


1 lb. penne rigate pasta
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. bulk pork sausage
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 oz can diced green chilies
2 cloves garlic, chopped
12 grape tomatoes cut in quarters
Lemon zest from 1 lemon
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 bunch spinach
Juice from 1 lemon
1 cup crumbled feta or ricotta salata


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook until al dente (about 11 minutes). Drain, reserving about 3/4 cup starchy cooking water.

2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the onion, chilies, garlic, tomatoes, lemon zest and oregano. Cook, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 3 minutes.

4. Add the starchy water and spinach to the sausage mixture; stir; remove from the heat. Toss in the pasta, cheese, and lemon juice.