Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lovely, lazy spring day

It was such a lazy day. I napped all afternoon then jumped up at five-ish to fix us some supper. Easy enough to pull out rice w/mushrooms, a sweet potato, chicken and mixed veggies. Usually I quit at that point but this time I went for broke - desert! Ah well, that was easy. If you are into tasty deserts that are simple try this one out - Pineapple Angel Food Cake. Not from scratch please. Keep it simple. Not high in calories either unless you eat all of it between two people in a sitting or two, like we do.

It was such a pretty day. The rose bush is putting out new leaves. John and I walked Su down to the quickstop for a newspaper after supper. We both wish the weather was like this all year round. It occurs to me it is the perfect day for lying in the hammock, thinking of nothing. In fact, I think I will....

It's spring fever.... You don't quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
Mark Twain - American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. (1835-1910)

Su and the coffee

You see this? It's Su, going nuts over a Starbucks Green Tea Frap. Well thinks John, how about coffee?

Now if I'd had things in focus you could see a pic of Su-dog lapping up Folger's Black Silk coffee laced with Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate and a bit of Demerara Cane Sugar....

Which leads us to photos that look more like this:

Crazy dog.. no focus left, LOLOL

Saturday, March 28, 2009

end of day

and I am tired. Today has been a good day. The website is sufficiently ready to show to the site coordinator at the CWJC.

I'm thinking it would be good to learn more about websites and the making of them. The web is loaded with information, waiting to be used.

The house still has a slight odor of the bread cooked earlier. The leftover cabbage went well with it. I make no-knead bread which is so simple to make that it takes half the fun out of it. On the other hand, I make bread much more often.

To rest my mind I read a bit in an anthology of short stories by Orson Scott Card.
oh this is funny. Apparently I went off to do something else, saving this as a draft. And never came back.. well that's okay. It was day's end and time to chill out (is that term still used?)

But here's a pic to go with.. doesn't this just look like an end of day picture?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Living lean and mean?

Okay... I was reading Frugal Dad and the latest entry is on saving just a bit over $14,000 in six months. Do what? This guest writer calls himself small-fry. So what am I? I can't think of a term to use for me seeing as that 14+ grand he will save in six months is nearly as much as I am going to live on in one year.

Sometimes it is so hard to take such sites seriously. At least for some of those I know. Surely there are more people out there living in 20 grand or so a year?

Then there is one person I know who has cried to me a few times about how little money she has to live on etc.. while I happen to know it is not far short of four grand a month. And she thinks that is doing without? Take home. House paid for.

I know, I know. Being broke is relative my husband always said. It is just hard to realize and accept I am apparently living at poverty level. So where are the articles on frugal living for me?

Hey, I can write one! How to save $140 in six months. Isn't that exciting?

Okay, so this is a bit of a downer. I just had to get it out of my system. I am poor! But life is good. Even if it is a bit hard sometimes to do things like - oh.. buy new carpet! Or a new (to me) car when this old one (13 yrs, 240,000+ miles) finally breaks down. But life is good. And most if not all of the small pleasures in life are free. I'm rich!

“There is no greater sin than desire, No greater curse than discontent, No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself. Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” - Lao Tzu

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The end of this...

There were two trips to the Ukraine and many more pictures. Unfortunately, lack of following the Boy Scout motto and an unexpected hard drive crash meant a lot of lost photos. I'll leave this up a while or so, who knows. Fond memories!

End of March

March comes to an end.. goes out like a lamb they say? Maybe as there are a few more days. Yesterday it rained and even hailed a tiny bit. Otherwise the days here in West Texas (yes, I finally got home mid-March) are beautiful. Temps in the mid-70's most of the time so we have neither heat nor air on, rather doors and windows open. Cats and the dog come and go as they please to their delight.

I have been busy since coming home with the Christian Women's Job Corps and a few other things. Helping them out a little bit and working on a web site for them with the (major) aid of my son John.

Su is happy I am here and ready to play! Or go for long walks down by the river.

Friday, March 13, 2009


And on to Ohio.. for a while. Enjoying the visit with my daughter, caching, running around town to see the sights or shop. We went tea crazy and now have enough to keep us in hot tea for a long time. I like this area with the picturesque main streets in the townships we have visited, the streams and trees, nice walking/biking trails scattered around long said streams.

And I dare say the cats have enjoyed an extra person to snuggle up to on chilly nights.

Friday, March 06, 2009


Where did it go? Passed right on by with days of hanging out with mom. Sitting on the sofa watching TV, maybe some housecleaning, grocery shopping, eating out. Big doings! But the end finally came and when my daughter passed through I climbed into her car to head south then north with her.

Mom is doing great! Handling being alone just fine.

Pictures? There were a few pics but probably not anything worth printing. No big snow. No good shots of the cardinals. No sight of the beaver at the pond. No trips!! And after all that talk of Florida in the winter or a cruise. However we had a nice month and now I am heading back to dog and cat hairs in West Texas after a few more days in Ohio.