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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

florida 2017

Recently we were blessed to spend a week
with our four children and five grandchildren

When you are just learning to sit up a basket can help {Silas}

This little one loved our morning porch sits {Selah}

Here is one cute bathing beauty {Opal}

Just hanging out by the palm tree waiting to go to the beach {Ezra}

An evening at one of our favorite waterfront restaurants - Pops {Cedar}

A family that plays together . . .

Friday, March 17, 2017

Grandma Mary's quilts

The baby quilts are finished and delivered.

Opal's Critter Pathways

Selah's Crazy Quilt

Silas's Catnap Quilt

They really were so much fun that now I am making one for napping on the couch.

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.