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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Our pups are loving this Spring weather.
Elsa (left) and Wendy are soaking up the rays while watching the construction on the house next door.
Last year at this time Elsa was just a few weeks old. Now she is taller than Wendy.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
This is a fun mug to have.
The ships listed on the mug are the original Royal Caribbean ships.
Yes, we are still drinking coffee from these mugs.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
It is still chilly enough here to enjoy the fireplace morning and evening.
I had just carried in buckets of logs and put a few on the fire when I sat down to be sure the fire was burning correctly before I walked into the kitchen. I sat where there was very little space between the end of the couch and me. Elsa managed to fit herself into that very little space. :)
What a sweetheart!
All the best,
Friday, March 27, 2020
I took these images over a few days as the gorgeous Tulip Magnolia in front of our home was coming into bloom.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
As I mentioned a few days ago, our daughter, Catherine, is doing our grocery shopping for us during this stay-at-home time. She came in a few days ago all excited and announced, "I scored some chicken!"
She made this marvelous Chicken Marsala that reminded us the same dish we enjoyed while aboard Royal Caribbean ships.
Stay safe, stay well, stay strong!
An aside: Catherine and I are members of the American Institute of CPAs. All members were asked to write to the Treasury Secretary last week asking for the tax filing deadline to be delayed to match the tax payment due date that had already been extended. The next day, the President extended the filing deadline. This is very important to CPAs and tax preparers who have to meet with clients during tax season to be able to prepare returns by tax deadlines. Thanks to the President's order, we can now keep our CPAs and their clients safer from the Corona Virus. Thank you, Mr. President. We appreciate your listening to concerns and your leadership in these trying times.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
This is a zoomed image of a possum in the next yard from us. Our pups made sure to let us (and the entire neighborhood) know she was there early one morning.
And, either Possum or Opossum is correct.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
This pretty little flower has been blooming in our yard every Spring for many years now. There are more getting ready to bloom, too.
The aroma is fabulous!
We're looking at all the positives!
Stay well, stay safe, stay strong,
Monday, March 23, 2020
Elsa does her doggie yoga every day. It's amazing how "long" she is! She is definitely taller than our other Labs.
She is also developing a darker yellow back. Our Yellow Lab started out nearly all white. She is looking more and more like her Great Great Aunt Penny as a young girl.
We hope your "sheltering in place" is continuing to go well.
All the very best,
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Sometimes we just need a little comic relief.
My Honey is cutting bacon with scissors for his salad....
Yes, we wash our kitchen scissors in the dishwasher.
Since My Honey and I are both in the "at risk" age group during this stay-at-home period, our daughter has been doing the grocery shopping. The toilet paper situation is pretty darned sad. Hoarding it just makes no sense.
I understand the food situation, though. So many people ate out before all of this and now the restaurants are closed. Much of the restaurant food (it's usually packaged differently) is sitting in warehouses while people who aren't used to cooking for themselves are scouring the grocery stores looking for something they can cook. We will get this straightened out.
The bright side of all of this: What a great opportunity to spend more time with those you love. Now if we can all just keep our sense of humor.
Stay safe, stay well, stay strong,
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020
During this time of social distancing, this is an image of the roof of the parking garage at University Hospital this week. Generally, this garage is filled.
The hospital is scheduling necessary routine appointments far enough apart so that patients don't overlap in the waiting room.
We are extremely happy that we live in an area with excellent medical care.
Stay safe, stay well,
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
I'm very busy with my knitting needles and crochet hooks while we shelter in place during the CoronaVirus. We're well and plan to stay that way!
Above is a six month size sweater. This one is a top down design that I plan to decorate with a pocket or applique to make a darling baby gift. I'm still letting my creative brain think about how I'll decorate it as I knit. :)
off white that is listed in the shop here. I sold out of these sets this past winter so am working to restock.
I have a similar shawl in blues and greens that is finished and in the shop here.
Similar afghan blankets in many beautiful colors are in the shop now.
So, that's it for this week. Every day or so I think of something else I just HAVE to get on the needles or hooks so put yarn and tools into project bags to get them started. It's fun to be able to grab one and let my mind work on a new design. Then, when I want to concentrate on a conversation with family or watch a TV program, I can work on established projects.
Retirement is good. We are so blessed we are able to be with those we love and do the things we love to do.
What are you making, baking, growing this week?
All the best,
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
What's in that crock pot? Corned Beef and Veggies! Those good things stayed in there for about five and a half hours.
We will have to have this again soon.
Are you making Corned Beef and Cabbage for St. Pat's Day?
Monday, March 16, 2020
We have lovely daffodil bouquets springing out of the ground all over our property.
So very pretty!
All the best,
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Do you remember Sunday Family Dinners? I sure do.
We always had a wonderful dinner on Sunday evening when I was a kid. We were all there and we all had plenty of news to share.
Now that many of us are sheltering in place during the Covid-19 emergency, perhaps more families will spend more time together. We are not ill and haven't been exposed to the illness as far as we know, but we are sheltering in place. We are staying positive, spending the time doing things we love doing together, and looking forward to the time when this terrible illness has been contained and conquered. We have tremendous confidence in our President's response and health care system.
All the very best,
Saturday, March 14, 2020
This has been a favorite of my kids since they were small. I hadn't made this for years until about two weeks ago. It was so good that I just made it again.
Here's my super simple way to make this:
melt one stick of butter in a 13"x9" baking pan
add 3/4 cup brown sugar to the pan, mix with melted butter, and spread it evenly
place pineapple rings in the pan and add cherries
Make a yellow cake mix per directions
Carefully spread the cake batter on top of the pineapple arrangement
Bake per cake mix directions. You'll probably have to add five to ten minutes. Test with a tooth pick. When the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is finished.
Let the cake cool completely before inverting onto a serving plate. I use a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil as a pretty way to display/serve.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Our little Elsa has the strangest sleeping position.
She snores, too. Well, all four of the dogs snore. It's symphonic at night in our house.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
As I was texting a friend and answering her questions yesterday, Elsa kept asking if I needed any help typing on that little keyboard on my phone.
Elsa is wonderful.