Monday, December 2, 2019

did you eat

Photo credit {Old Souls and Introverts}

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

perfect roast turkey

It seems I try a new turkey recipe every year. 
This year will be Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey.

Monday, November 18, 2019

fabric scraps

I bought this little pillow at the Rec Center 
to put behind my back in the car. It was a bit too full so 
I needed to remove some stuffing. 
Look what was inside!

Who stuffs a pillow with fabric scrapes?

Monday, November 11, 2019

last tango

We just finished all three seasons of
 'Last Tango in Halifax' on Netflix. 
If you are looking for something quirky to watch, this is it. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

senior moment

Senior moment: every morning I have iced coffee and tomato juice. 
Recently I put dill weed, lemon pepper, and celery salt in a glass
then poured in coffee instead of the tomato juice. 
I don't recommend it!

Monday, October 28, 2019

feeling lucky

looking forward to returning 
to our happy place this week

Monday, October 21, 2019

a tisket, a tasket, a taller basket

Thanks for your suggestions 
on filling my cute little bags
I changed their shape a bit and 
now know what to put in them!

Monday, October 14, 2019

little rock city

If you have never been to Little Rock City 
in Little Valley, NY then you should go. 

After a fun hike stop by the Ellicottville 
Brewing Company for a Blueberry Wheat Ale.

Monday, October 7, 2019

the shell seekers

One of my favorite books is
The Shell Seekers
{published 1987}

Back then I was the age of the adult children
Now I am older than the heroine 

A different perspective as I read it again.
I still LOVE this book . . . 

Monday, September 30, 2019

soup sundays

All summer we have been having Salad Sundays on our deck.
Well, this week the temperature was in the 60's so
it was time to switch - now we'll have Soup Sundays
First up . . .

Parmesan, Sausage and Spinach Soup
cook time: 6 hours in slow cooker
yield: 8 servings

{photo credit} 

1 lb ground Italian sausage (I used mild)
1 small onion, diced
32 oz chicken broth
1 cup water
3 celery ribs, sliced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 yellow potato finely diced
1 clove garlic diced
1/8 tsp ground thyme
1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes

6 Tbls butter
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 oz spinach torn into small pieces stems removed
      (original recipe calls for kale)

In a pan, brown the sausage for 3-4 minutes.  Add in the onion and continue cooking until
sausage is completely cooked through.  Drain off excess grease. Put sausage and onion in the slow cooker.

 Add broth, water, celery, carrot, potatoes, garlic powder, thyme and parsley to the slow cooker.
 Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours, or until potatoes are tender.

In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, and flour. In saucepan melt butter over medium low heat. Stir in flour mixture to form a roux. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth.

 Stir cream mixture into slow cooker and then let cook on high without the lid for 15 more minutes.
 Just prior to serving add Parmesan cheese and spinach.

{adapted from a recipe found on}

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Glassy smooth along the Erie Canal 
to begin the day in Brockport, NY. 
{1867 Custom House Building}

photo by John Kucko

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

jazzercise september

Every month at jazzercise one song
always "catches my ear".
September: Ed Sheeran - "Perfect"

Perfect Symphony Video

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Some views are worth the hike . . .

 {Raven Ridge Natural Area - Vermont}

Saturday, August 31, 2019

jazzercise august

Every month at jazzercise one song 
always "catches my ear". 
in August it was : "Me"

But one of these things is not like the others
Like a rainbow with all of the colors
Baby doll, when it comes to a lover
I promise that you'll never find another like

Me Video

Friday, August 23, 2019

a tisket, a tasket

I made these baskets today and they are so cute but . . . 
I can’t think of what anyone would use them for. 
Before I make more I need some ideas.
What would you put in yours?
{each 6" high}

Saturday, August 17, 2019

grandchildren update

 ragamuffins at the end of a 4 day safari 
exploring the okavango delta

the beach is always more fun
with little ones along

riding along in my automobile
my baby beside me at the wheel
{with no particular place to go}

Saturday, July 27, 2019

rocket scientists

Our trivia team, The Rocket Scientists,  
just won a 7 week tournament so . . . 
we celebrated with Bloody Marys. 

The first place prize is two Buffalo Bills tickets. 
How do 8 people share those?!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

jazzercise june

Every month at Jazzercise one song 
always "catches my ear". 
In June it was : "Might Not Like Me"

Well, if you don't like girls that are stronger than you
And if you don't like girls that are faster than you
And if you don't like girls that are smarter than you
Well, then you might not like me

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Language of Listening®

Some wisdom for the generation still raising “littles”.

"How to Tame Your Child’s Temper Tantrum 
With Two Simple Words"

{photo credit: themilitarywifeandmom}

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


During a recent trip to the library to research toilets (!) 
the librarian showed me a great app that has become a favorite. 
All you need is a library card to access 
hundreds of magazines including Consumer Reports.

Give it a try: Flipster - Digital Magazines

Product description
Flipster is a free digital magazine service provided courtesy of your library. The Flipster app manages your magazines downloaded from the Flipster website for anytime, anywhere viewing. Visit your library’s website to see if your library has subscribed to Flipster. Get access to popular magazines and read many of your favorite titles. 

If your library doesn’t yet offer Flipster, encourage them to sign up today. Now it’s time to relax, put your feet up and read your favorite magazines with Flipster!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

things i will miss

I just finished reading Nora Ephron's book
I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections 

At the close of the book she wrote a list of things she won't and will miss.  It has inspired me to thoughtfully make my own list. I won't bore you with mine but I encourage you to think about what your list would look like.

Her is Nora's list . . .
What I Won't Miss

Dry skin
Bad dinners like the one we went to last night
Technology in general
My closet
Washing my hair
Illness everywhere
Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism
Fox TV
The collapse of the dollar
Bar mitzvahs
Dead flowers
The sound of the vacuum cleaner
E-mail. I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it.
Small print
Panels on Women in Film
Taking off makeup every night

What I Will Miss

My kids
The concept of waffles
A walk in the park
The idea of a walk in the park
The park
Shakespeare in the Park
The bed
Reading in bed
The view out the window
Twinkle lights
Dinner at home just the two of us
Dinner with friends
Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives
Next year in Istanbul
Pride and Prejudice
The Christmas tree
Thanksgiving dinner
One for the table
The dogwood
Taking a bath
Coming over the bridge to Manhattan

The great Nora Ephron passed away on June 26th of 2012, aged 71, following a battle with leukemia that began in 2006. She had many strings to her bow, but most notably wrote the screenplays to some of the best loved films ever to grace the big screen, many of which she also directed and produced.

Julie & Julia 
You've Got Mail 
Sleepless in Seattle 
When Harry Met Sally
Mixed Nuts 
This Is My Life 
Hanging Up

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

more joy with fewer things

Wish I had read this article in the 1980's.
Actually, it wasn't my kids who asked for more
it was I who gave them more.
My blog friends with young children should
definitely take a few minutes to read this.