Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Weekend and a Wedding

Most of the time, I have no idea what I'm going to write about when I sit down with the laptop and begin a blog post.  Oh, I might have a few things I want to mention but usually I'm flying by the seat of my pants.  Today is no exception.

I'll begin with the weekend.  We went to a wedding Saturday in the Big Town.  It was a very warm day.  The bride was beautiful and the park setting was just right for the couple.  The wedding was at 3 pm and the reception started with the cocktail hour at 5 pm followed by dinner and dancing.  There must have been 200 or so at the reception which was held in a large banquet hall.   

Both of my SIL's were at the wedding and we were saying that the time we spent pressing clothes and getting ready lasted longer than the ceremony.  ☺  

Speaking of clothes, I saw everything from jeans to cocktail dresses.  I wore black pants with a royal blue silky top and black sandals plus a black shoulder bag.  Jewelry was silver hoops and a silver necklace with multi-colored jewels.  BG wore a gray shirt with black pants.  We took his tie along but hardly any of the men wore one so it (the tie) stayed in the car.     

The little ring bearer got too scared to walk down the aisle, so his father, who is the brother of the bride, picked him up and carried him.  He then handed the ring over to the pastor who passed it on to the best man.  The pastor had a cute sense of humor and made us all laugh a few times. 

The bride's dress was beautiful and the first photo is of her and her dad, the middle photo is the bride and groom and I blurred their faces as I don't like to show faces unless I have permission.  The third photo is BG and moi.  I was so aggravated that day as I couldn't do a thing with my hair.  On top of that, it was windy so I sprayed it good and that, of course, flattens it down.  Oh well.  

We had a great time and we had lots of good food to eat at the wedding dinner.  I'll confess now that I didn't think about my blood sugar levels when I was eating and even had a piece of wedding cake.

My SIL and I didn't think we were going to get wedding cake because it was a long drawn out affair with dinner and some dancing before the cutting of the cake at 8 pm.  All the while, we were watching the weather on radar on my phone.  We had a big rain complete with red cells and a tornado watch on the way to our area, but we finally got to eat cake and left for home before it got too bad. 

I talked a few minutes with the bride's mother before we left.  She was savoring every minute of her daughter's special day and enjoying seeing so many of their family and friends.  BG and I also enjoyed seeing several people that we only see these days at special occasions.  

It seems like folks don't visit anymore like they used to do.   I wonder why that is?   It's really kind of sad that people don't get together except for weddings and funerals, I think. 

Well, this post has gone on far longer than I meant for it to.  Even though I didn't have a post planned out, I still meant to write about more than a wedding.  

I have things I need to be working on in the house, but as I told a blog friend, I'd rather get out and enjoy Mother Nature's fall decor.  The house work will always be there, autumn won't.  So, a little day-tripping is in order today.  Enjoy your day, too.

Happy Wednesday to you!
xo Cheryl 

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Friday Chat

Siri is getting a work out today on my iPhone.  I'm doing laundry and when I put the clothes in the dryer and turn it on, I'll get my phone out of my pocket and tell Siri to set the alarm for 45 minutes.
My hearing isn't as good as it used to be and I can hear the phone whereas I often can't hear the timer going off on my stove unless I'm in the kitchen.

If you have a smart phone, do you put Siri to work, too?  

The photos on my post today are shots taken with my phone.  While downstairs doing laundry I stepped out back and took a few of the flowers and trees.  The flowers are fading fast as I have just stopped watering.  I do keep the flowers in front watered. 

The trees I showed in my last post was from 2013.  That was the prettiest fall we've had in several years, that I recall.  The foliage this year is slow to turn as you can see from today's Back 6 photo.  I didn't manage to capture it, but there is a bit of color that shows up when the sun is shining on it just right. 

I did see some pretty foliage around the Big Town this week.  My daughter had to cancel her plans due to staffing issues and couldn't go.  I went ahead because I needed to look for a new shirt and dress pants for BG to wear to an upcoming wedding.  

What I bought turned out to be too small so we both went back to the Big Town to shop one evening so he could try on things to make sure they fit.  We should have looked for clothes last weekend, but we had a full day getting haircuts and shopping for needed supplies for the house and headed home before we remembered the clothes.

When I was younger, clothes would have been uppermost in my mind.  Funny how your priorities change when you get older.  At least for me.  For the most part, I'm a jeans/capris and shirt kind of gal.  And I tend to wear my favorites all the time.  I have one shirt that I'll probably cry over when it finally wears out.  :) 

I remember way back when I first started working right out of college, we wore dresses or skirts and high heels then.  And the high heeled shoes had pointed toes.  No jeans were allowed back then.  And I loved shoes in those days and would buy shoes that matched my outfits.  That was before I broke my ankle and now the highest heel I can possibly wear is maybe 2 inches.  

How the First Lady walks in those stilettos all the time is beyond me, but they look great on her.  Well, let's face it, she would look gorgeous barefoot and wearing a gunny sack.

It's been rather chilly the past few nights here, but we're warming up again.  It's supposed to be in the upper 80's tomorrow and it looks to be a nice weekend ahead.  Hope you have a good one.

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This and That for Tuesday (almost Wednesday)

I was going to title this post Tuesday's This and That but the day will be over before I get this published.  I started gathering photos to write a post in the a.m. but I had too many interruptions and so here I am trying to finish while it is still Tuesday. 

We had some rain today and it's turned pretty cool tonight.  I see some changes every day now in the color of our trees but I'm pretty sure they won't be as pretty as in the above photo taken in 2013.  

BG and I had our supper late tonight and I fixed sandwiches and put some french fries in my new oil-less fryer.  They were really good.  I know...white potatoes are on the worst foods list for diabetics.  But I've been mostly so good for over 10 days now that I told myself that a meal with potatoes surely wouldn't be too harmful.  

I thought I'd share the photo of the fryer on my counter to show you the size.  It is a little big, but as I plan to use it often I rearranged things to make it fit.

This morning I cracked open a couple of eggs for breakfast and discovered another double yolk.  It made me smile.  I love little surprises and I love eggs, so the more the merrier.  Have I said that before?  The doctor did tell me that I could eat eggs for needed protein, not sure she meant 2, or in this case 3.  :)  I don't remember ever seeing as many double yolked eggs as I have this year.

BG and I went to the Big Town over the weekend.  He got his hair cut and we went to Lowe's to get a new kitchen faucet.  After discovering water on the floor the other day and then upon looking inside the cabinet to find more water, we found the faucet was leaking.  I didn't find a white one like I had, so I picked one out in chrome. 

I also got my haircut Saturday and while trying to get some photos  of the countryside while BG was driving, I snapped a quick selfie of the new do.  

There is a big wedding coming up that we are invited to and so new haircuts were in order.  Now if only I knew what to wear.  The wedding will be in a park, I suppose under a tent or something.  A  reception, dinner and dance will follow at an indoor location.  I just talked to the mother of the bride a week ago and didn't think to ask what kind of attire would be appropriate.  At some of these outdoor weddings, the men wear jeans.  I'll probably wear a pair of black dress pants and a nice top.  Not sure about BG, but I doubt he'll wear jeans.

I had more to say but in order to get this post published before the clock tells me it's a new day, I will run along.  Tomorrow will be a busy day with going back to the Big Town, this time with daughter Kim.  She has some work/business to take care of and asked me if I wanted to go along.  We won't leave until after lunch, so I hope to get some blog visiting done in the morning.

Hope your Tuesday was a good one!
xo Cheryl

Friday, October 6, 2017

Memories on a Friday

When I was young, we had a few bridges in our rural neighborhood much like the old iron bridge in the above photo I took a few years ago.

Our bus driver would often let some of us older kids off the school bus to walk down a gravel road while he drove on to let one child off at their home a mile or so away.  Then he would be back to pick us up where we waited at the old iron bridge. 

As we were among the last to get off the bus, it was fun to be able to stretch our legs and run to see who got to the bridge first.

The creek that the bridge spanned was never very full of water.  It might come up to our knees if we were to wade in it, though we knew better than to get near it. 

Times have changed, haven't they?  I can't imagine any bus driver doing such a thing today.  He probably shouldn't have been doing it back then, but he knew he could trust us to behave.  

In those days, everyone pretty much followed the rules and did exactly what the teacher or bus driver told you to do.  

Perhaps not everyone.

There was always someone at one time or another that would see what they could get away with, but most of us knew if we got into trouble we would face punishment of some kind. 

Especially when we got home and had to face our parents.

The ancient iron bridges are a thing of the past in our area.  Most, if not all, have been replaced by safer, modern bridges.  

I imagine those carefree days when it was safe to let children walk down a country road to wait on a school bus are gone, too.

Have a nice weekend!
xo Cheryl

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October, My Favorite Month

"I'm so glad I live in a world 
where there are Octobers."
~L. M. Montgomery

October has arrived and so far our trees aren't showing many signs of being very colorful this year.  It's still plenty warm enough to have the a/c running night and day and we really need some rain here.

I didn't intend to stay away from blogging and visiting blogs for a week, but there has been so much happening around the world that I just didn't think I could put the right words together for posting or commenting.  My thoughts and prayers are with those who are hurting and those who need healing or comfort.

As always, for me, nature has a way of soothing a heavy heart.  I gaze out my kitchen windows to look for a change in color in the leaves.  See the mighty oak that stands in the Back 6 in the above photo?  It is a massive, beautiful tree and the leaves will hopefully turn that pretty shade of deep red before long.  

I haven't yet seen many birds or geese winging their way south.  Just the other day, I saw a Blue Heron down by the pond.  I'm thinking he will stick around for the winter.  I remember in years past watching him walk on the iced over pond. 

We picked up my car today from the shop.  A huge raccoon had run out in front of me recently and I couldn't avoid hitting it.  It left a nice-sized dent in my front fender.  The whole piece was replaced and now my car looks new again.  Well, aside from a few little scratches in the back where a woman ran into me at a stop sign a year or so ago.  The body shop is in the country and it was a nice little drive.

I love October and I love drives in the country.  In spite of the heat, I can feel that fall is in the air.  I'd like to make a trip to the Amish country sometime this month. 

I won't be buying many baked goodies when I visit the Amish.  At my doctor visit last week, I found out that my A1C numbers were much too high.  I've been put on a diabetic pill until I can get the numbers under control.  So that means no sugar and eating better.  Guess I pigged out a little too much in Branson.  

Maybe I'll even lose a few pounds.  I'm not obese by any means, but I could stand to lose some weight and I know that scarfing down sweet iced tea by the gallons and runs to the DQ for blizzards or ice cream cones are going to have to stop.  I knew that I was borderline diabetic but kept eating anything I wanted to.  Bad girl. 

My daughter loves decorating for fall and the above photo is of part of her front yard this fall.  We had fun shopping for mums and pumpkins at the Big Town one day last week.  I had a hard time choosing mums, I love them all.  I had to get one of the tri-colored mums which is in my first photo.  We also ate some good food while there.  That was before I got the doctor's report.  

My son came home for the weekend and we grilled one evening which was yummy.  He is the grill master in our family.  Shh, don't tell BG I said that.  He does okay, but Brett is better.  

Anyhoo, we also fixed several foods in my new toy, an oil-less fryer.  BG loves his french fries and I don't like to turn on the oven in hot weather.  I fixed some BBQ chicken legs, french fries and onion rings.  Not all at once, of course.  Everything I fixed turned out really good so I give this new gadget 5 stars.  The only drawback I find is that it is quite large and takes up space if you want to leave it on the counter top like I do.  The pull out drawer and basket can be put in the dishwasher which is a plus.  Both BG and I love fried foods, so I know this will get a lot of use.  Btw, I'm not being compensated for saying any of this

I'll run along now and fix myself a glass of iced tea with Splenda.   It's not my choice but it isn't too bad.  

Happy Wednesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September Days

"Fall has always been my favorite season.  The time
when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature
had been saving up all year for the grand finale."
~Lauren DeStefano

It still feels like summer here, temperature-wise.  The weatherman says we may see some showers later today and tonight and then we'll cool down into the 70's tomorrow and the rest of the week.  Can't wait.

I had to go to the clinic yesterday to get my blood drawn in advance of my visit to the doctor tomorrow.  Here's hoping my A1C number isn't off the charts.  I'm afraid I haven't been very good this month with watching what I eat.  Not to mention I've put away a fair amount of iced tea...with sugar, of course.  

I'll blame some of the events of September for my pigging out. 

BG celebrated his 69th birthday this month.  We celebrate with food.  ☺  My guy is planning to keep working until he's 70 (sigh), so that means one more year to go.  He did the mandatory pole top rescue recently.  For new readers, he's been a lineman for a rural electric co-op for 40 years.  I'm happy he loves his job, but I'm ready to have him home to run around with me before we get too old.

I we had talked all year about going out west again for vacation this month but when it came down to making a final decision, BG really wanted to just go to Branson and not have to drive so much.  So that is what we did.  I love Branson, as most of you know, and I wasn't a bit unhappy with his choice.   We were there 10 wonderful days.  The weather was great, too, and much cooler than it is now.

Above are a few of the things we saw in Branson.  The view of the lake is from the deck of our condo.  The man-made waterfall is at SDC.  We saw some beautiful sunrises from the deck each morning and the moon rising each night.  

Our son joined us for a couple of days before he had to fly to California for a meeting.  One evening we played miniature golf.  I actually played really well this time and was only one or two holes behind the men.  Brett won in spite of BG's trash talking.  It was fun and I laughed so hard when the Big Guy's ball went in the water after all that talk about how he was the champ and was going to win.  I tried to help out with "don't choke!" when he was getting ready to hit the ball.  lol!   

We ate a lot of good food in Branson and tried out a new to us restaurant.  Have you ever eaten flash fried spinach?  It's light and crispy, almost melts in your mouth.  I liked it, but BG said he wasn't sure he'd want it again. 

We went again to Salt Grass for a mid-afternoon meal one day.  It's at one end of the Landing.  Afterward, we walked to the other end to the Bass Pro shop.  Along the way, I stopped in at Kirklands to look around.  I was tempted to buy a couple of fall items, but I didn't want to have to carry them around.  Actually, I was tempted by a lot of things there, I love that store.  

A lot of napping was done while on vacation and I really enjoyed just sitting on the deck and watching the boats on the lake.  Our condo is on a point of Table Rock lake in a wooded setting.  It was so quiet and peaceful.  I'm already missing being there.

It's time to push the Publish button and go run a couple of errands and do some laundry.  Hope your week is off to a good start and you're enjoying some nice fall days!

Happy Tuesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall!

 "Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
~William Cullen Bryant

Hello Friends!  How are you?  I'm back from my blog break and have a lot of catching up to do. 

It's now officially Fall.  Do you love autumn as much as I do?  It's my favorite time of year.

I love the changing colors in the trees, but it's too early to tell if the color will be very vibrant this year.  

My flowers are still doing pretty well.  I've lost a few but overall they are still looking good.  We're having temps back in the low 90's again so it's too hot, I think, to set out pumpkins on the front porch.  

I haven't yet brought my tote of fall decor up from the basement.  Maybe I'll get BG to do that for me this weekend.  I'm ready to see a bit of fall in the house but I will be keeping it simple this year.

I'm still thinking about painting so I don't need extra stuff to move.  Now if my olden body could just have as much energy as my thinker.  :)  I'd like for it to cool down so I can open the windows if before I paint.  
"If you look at the world, you'll be distressed.  If you
look within, you'll be depressed.  If you look at God
you'll be at rest." 
~Corrie ten Boom 
So much has been happening in our country and around the world.  Much of it is heartbreaking and much is frightening.  But I've also read some heartwarming stories of rescues and neighbors and strangers reaching out to each other with help. 

And this is where I have to mention one reason why I love reading blogs.  Despite all the sorrows and tragedies in the world, there is a community where you can read that life does go on.  Homes are still being tended to, friends and families are loved, meals are being prepared, people are still kind, friendly and will pray for each other when there is a need.

I love crape myrtle trees.  We saw some beautiful ones in different colors on our vacation this month.  I'll tell you where we went next time.  This post is long enough and I want to start visiting, but first I have to finish the vacuuming.   See you soon.

Happy Friday to you!
xo Cheryl

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

See You In September

Is it fall yet?  ☺

I've loved every last bloom in my flower gardens this year.


I'm weary of all the watering. 

We're back to 90 degree temps and watering every single day is a must to keep the flowers going.  I'm almost ready to move on to the next season.  Almost.

I'm going to be taking a blog break for the rest of the month and maybe into part of the next.

There are so many things I've started this summer but not finished.  I think I may have mentioned a time or six that I'm probably the biggest procrastinator in blogdom...if not the country.  


I know that getting older slows one down but I'm just downright lazy lately.  Watering flowers and picking up the house and taking care of the fur-kids and feeding hungry husbands is about all I get done in a days time. 

We did go to Kansas City over the weekend.  We had a nice meal with our son while there and I did a little shopping.  I didn't take any photos to share, I only snapped a few photos of lamps in Home Goods near KC to show my daughter what they had.

My lamps are needing replacing.  The cats have knocked one of them over a few too many times.  Do they have obedience schools for kitties?  One of mine needs to go if they do.  :)

Enjoy the rest of this month.  🎜 I'll see you in September...bye, bye, so long. 🎝

Happy Wednesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday's Bits and Pieces

"A garden soothes troubled hearts, delights the senses, 
feeds the body, and offers us a second Eden 
in which to play and rest."
~Harriet Crosby

My goodness, this month is just moving right along!  I wish I could say that I've gotten a lot accomplished since I last posted, but I can't unless puttering counts.

Rain moved through on Saturday and our temperatures have cooled down considerably.  I'll take lower 80's in August over the high 90's of July any time.

My flowers are still doing pretty good in spite of the heat we had last month and the little veggie patch is still giving us tomatoes to eat.  I love fresh homegrown tomatoes.  

Our son was back in over the weekend and we grilled again before the rains came.  One evening, our daughter had us over for a yummy meal of BLT's, corn on the cob, and oven potatoes.

I picked up some paint samples at Sherwin Williams when I was in the Big Town one day.  Thank you to all who gave me suggestions!  I've got 3 paint colors in mind for now.

My walls always take on a gray tone in photos, but in reality they are a very light beige.   The 3 samples from the top are Dover White, Alabaster and the bottom color is Simple White.  

I'll be pondering on these colors for quite a while, I'm sure.  When I think about the job ahead, I just might decide that Durham Beige (which is what I have) is still looking good enough!

I stopped in at Hobby Lobby when I was in town.  It was fun to browse the fall decor aisles.

And not so fun to see this right next to the fall stuff.  Really?  Do we have to see Christmas this early?  I am so not ready for it.

For a mere $999.98, you can take a new 12 foot tree home.  I had to laugh when I compared this big boy to my skinny little 6 foot tree I put in the dining area of my kitchen.  

I've enjoyed being outside since the weather isn't so stifling hot.  I love listening to the birds and gazing at the clouds.  I see a face in this cloud...with a very big nose.  Do you see it?   

Gazing at my flowers and nature in general is soothing to me.  The news has been more than a little troubling.  I'm talking about the one who is shooting off missiles and saying he wants to destroy us.
I bow my head like the sunflower above and whisper a pray for protection for our country and for wisdom for our leaders.

Thank you to all my blog friends for your comments, I so appreciate each and every one.  

Happy Wednesday to you!
xo Cheryl

Monday, July 31, 2017

Last Day of July...Blogging and Etc.

If I don't hurry with this post, July will be gone.  Our daughter came over for supper and afterward we settled down in our comfy seats in the living room after dinner.  She turned on the tv to watch the Investigation Discovery channel and I turned on my laptop.  

I'd never watched any of the shows, but I got interested in this episode and that has put me behind.  Not that I have anything all that interesting to share today.  ☺

So many seem to be leaving blogland lately and some have just left without a word.  I've been blogging almost 8 years and it's almost like keeping an online diary for me.  If I can't remember when something happened the past 8 years, I can usually find it in a blog post.  Truthfully, that is what keeps me blogging.

I don't blog to get X number of followers, although I will say that I love comments just like everyone else.  I don't blog because I like to show my house or photos of my family.  My house frankly isn't all that show-worthy and my family doesn't like for me to publish their photos. 

I only blog once or twice a week and that is all I seem to be able to get done lately as there are so many other things I like to do, too.  I've also said this before, but I am slow.  When you get older, it takes twice as long (or even more) to get anything done.  

And then I often have problems when typing a post, such as I had a paragraph written just below the half-opened sunflower.  It just went "poof".  I have no idea why and this is a fairly new laptop.

Hate to admit it, but I don't even remember what I had said so I can't rewrite it.  The brain cells are getting older too, so the memory isn't what it used to be.  

Our son came in for the weekend.  BG and I had run to the Big Town Saturday morning so he could get a haircut and then we went by Lowes to buy a new leaf blower.  I ran into Kohl's with my 30% off coupon and found a new pair of white capris and new tennis shoes for him.  

When we got home, Brett was there and had brought some hamburger and brats for grilling.  I made a pasta salad using the recipe I shared on a previous post just after the 4th and we also grilled some veggies.

Our weather has been much nicer the past few days and the nights are cool.  It will probably heat back up as August is usually the hottest month here, but we're enjoying this cooler weather while we can.  

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I'm trying to work up the courage to repaint my walls, unless I can talk BG into letting me find someone else to do it.  We'll see.  I'm not counting on it.  

The bigger problem is choosing the right shade of paint.  I'm not quite sure what I want, but I'm thinking a creamy white.  Not a stark white.

We have put off getting some new carpet for too long.  That will hopefully happen after the painting is done.  Our carpet is 20 years old and I will say that it's held up well for all these years but it's beginning to look it's age and more.

If you have a favorite white paint or a carpet style you just love, please share.  I am always looking for suggestions as there is just so much to choose from in both paint and carpet that it's mind-boggling.

Off now to hit the publish button while I have a couple of hours of July left.   :)

Happy Monday to you!
xo Cheryl