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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our three Labrador Retrievers.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Happy Birthday Number Twelve to Penny!
Happy Birthday number Twelve to our Penny.
The image above was taken with our daughter, Catherine, Penny's trainer, just after they had earned one of Penny's first blue ribbons.
Penny is such a sweet, loving soul.
Monday, January 30, 2017
One of My Toy Stores
I have several favorite "toy" stores. This is one of them . ;)
What are your favorite toy stores?
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Little Lady Bugs Looking for a Home
I snapped this image with my phone camera of the project on my lap.
Those little lady bug buttons are looking for a home on this sweater that is on the knitting needles now. This sweater is a custom reserved order child size 10 cardigan.
What are you working on now?
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Just Doesn't Sound Right....
Friday, January 27, 2017
I snapped today's image with my cell phone.
This moss is growing in a narrow strip of soil between our sidewalk and driveway. It's just so pretty.
It's amazing how many things we are noticing at home now that we are retired and have time to appreciate what is right here around us.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
I'm on a bread "kick" again. This time I made dinner rolls that turned out so very yummy!
In this version I used sour cream, raw sugar, rolled the bread dough in golf ball size balls and put them in this oval pan. I brushed the top with beaten egg before baking so they turned out brown and pretty.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Last night we had an old standby meal which is especially good when it is cold outside.
This is chili with beans, onions, and cheese served on spaghetti as my Mom used to make.
The funny part is that I took it out and we ate some before I took pictures of the finished product so I'm afraid you're left to your imagination for how that looked. Oh, wait, I have plenty of pictures of bread.
If you're interested, my bread recipes are here.
What's your favorite cold weather meal?
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Road Trip Project
I always have a project with me when on a road trip. Since our most recent trip was between Cincinnati and Louisville, I had some quality time with the knitting needles while chatting with My Honey and watching the scenery go by. Of course, I wasn't driving while working on this.
This royal purple project in the image above is the first few rows of a boot cuff that is part of a sweater set custom order.
The project is now finished and has been shipped. To see the finished sweater set, click here. :)
Do you multi-task while traveling (and not driving, of course)?
Monday, January 23, 2017
What Is It?
We followed this "Oversize Load" for quite some distance while on a recent road trip.
What do you think?
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Over the River and Through the Woods to Tor and Teresa's We Go....
We live on the "South Coast of Ohio" and are taking another short road trip.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Renting Out a Room - New Bird House in the Garden
Now that we're retired we thought it might be a good idea to rent out a "room." ;)
We are looking to meeting them!
Kjell has made other bird houses for our shop, too. Click the last image above to take a look.
Friday, January 20, 2017
My African Violet is blooming once again.
When I used to travel much more than I do now, the plant would survive for two to three months, but there would be no blooms. I'm home now, checking the soil every day and, and of course, talking very nicely to her. She pays me back with beautiful blooms.
I have more house plants in a large basket that need to be separated. I'm looking forward to a warm day so that I can do the re-potting outside on the patio where I can more easily sweep up the mess I will surely make. Buried in that big basket is another African Violet. I have no idea what color it is so I look forward to solving that mystery. ;)
Ah, yes, flowers!
Thursday, January 19, 2017
OK, more food again. ;) We haven't changed much at all after retirement.
That's Catherine, the grillmeister when it comes to turkey on the grill.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Now that we're retired, we can decide when we want to go out and where we want to go.
Last weekend, however, we went out driving around in the rain so we could go to our Labrador Retriever luncheon at Belterra Casino.
The club picked a great place for the annual dinner to see friends and where the food was yummy and the slots paid me to be there. ;)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Last weekend was a chilly one in Cincinnati. Penny sleeps on our bed and likes to be covered so I often put an extra sheet over her when she is sleeping at the bottom of the bed.
Penny is a sweet old soul. She'll be 12 at the end of this month; that's 84 in human years.
There is nothing like the love of such a sweet old dog.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Gray Winter Day
Mostly gray skies and leafless trees continue into Winter, but Old Glory certainly brightens the landscape in our front yard. :)
Spring is coming!
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Signs of Spring
Here we are in the middle of January and there are already signs of Spring.
We will be home to see the Iris bloom this year!
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Winter Food - Home Made Soup and Bread
Last night we enjoyed the perfect winter dinner.
Catherine made potato soup and I made fresh bread. We ate soup by the cup full with hunks of bread as we watched TV together.
Ah, yes, retirement is good.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Nap Time for the Girls
I tried to take this picture while Wendy was sleeping, but she opened her eyes and gave me "that look" (leave me alone! I'm sleeping!) by the time I got my camera. She sleeps with her blue platypus toy in her mouth. So cute!
Our two girls are so sweet.
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