Sunday, September 14, 2014


Oh yes
today was a delightful day.
Dawn not quite 50 degrees
and  temptation resisted all day to turn on heat.
At this time
it is 70 in the cottage.

Has been a long time since I could spend the day outside.
It was such a joy.
Careful was I and so thankful.

Weeded, trimmed, dead headed and walked a little ways in the woods.
With some recent showers
everything is still a beautiful green.

Yesterday, woods were bush hogged.  Doing this every Spring and Fall.
Surroundings look like a park except for soon to be cut dried corn field in front.
I will miss it until something is once again planted.
Wish it would be Winter wheat as the fields would have the appearance of a lawn.
If it is Soybeans then I will look at corn stubble's all Winter
which the deer and squirrels will like.

Pruned pear tree that was planted last year.  Last year it surprised me with a dozen pears.
Did not think it had any this year but I saw 2.
Waiting for a sack full to make the over 100 year old pear preserve recipe I have that
my mother gave me years ago.
Pear preserves are my favorite
Who but this one
would delight so
in a pear - the second one half rotten and thrown away :)

Look forward to my oldest daughter being with me for a short stay
this weekend (wish it were longer) but she will return next month
for what they call a special day.
My special grandson and son in law
will pick her up.
Will be so pleased to see them....

At the moment
Life is so Good....

Friday, September 12, 2014

September News - Some Of It

Wish I was there - Koi Samui, Thailand - can't you kidnap me and take your mama :)
My recently married granddaughter
has traded her days
from a busy New York cubicle
for the classroom.
In training for teaching at a private school in New York.
This has so many wonderful  lifetime rewards
from being a part of children's education, watching them develop
and just a little less stressful then a busy New York world career...
So happy for her
 and a thought does anyone do cursive writing anymore?

My youngest granddaughter has just started a creative writing practice
and will be so exciting to see her progress and subjects she decides to write about.
This is  the one at such a young age has always had a way with words:)
Her latest when my daughter called " this little one said "can I stay home from school today
and be your slave" - oh my is that what you call it when helping mom :)

For years I have wanted Cosmos
and never could get them to grow.
Some shared with me in the Spring
and look at this
and other Fall blooms.

I never wanted many
pink flowers in my garden,
guess it is better then nothing at this time of the year...

News this last week
another young granddaughter
fractured her ankle during a soccer game.
Wearing a boot that you pump up
and since she is young and healthy
quick healing thoughts from grandma.....

on this morning
it is 60 degrees
my kind of weather
and windows are open :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


It was almost 60 degrees this morning and yesterday
So delightful.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Favorite Sunday Spot

Surrounded by papers (local and New York Times) scissors handy to clip articles and I spend a lot of the day
reading of new books, movies, special words and on this day an article on a simple cottage in the Adirondacks, N.Y. was interesting and reminded me of the simplicity in my life at this time.
Really always my favorite spot for reading, computer and watching morning weather prediction.

Lunch, corn beef, Swiss cheese sandwich on rye bread and pairing of Bokchoy with
onion, red peppers simmered with a dash of olive oil.

Corn beef and Swiss purchased recently as memories surfaced of many trips taking my mother
to the doctor.  She always called it her day.     We always stopped at a wonderful Jewish Deli in Nashville where they served
this sandwich, Matzo ball chicken soup (which I have never been able to duplicate) and many other wonderful dishes and had a case filled with homemade bread
and deserts.  We always took quite a selection home.
This deli is long gone and I still miss it.   Small family owned and operated.

A good day is ending.....

Saturday, September 6, 2014


We are not the same person
this year as last;
nor are those we love.
It is a happy chance
if we
changing, continue to love
a changed person.

~William Somerset Maugham~

What makes old age hard
to bear is not the failing
of ones facilities, mental
and physical, but the burden
of one's memories

~~William Somerset Maugham~

Friday, September 5, 2014

Good, Healthy and Simple To Make

Made these Breakfast Cookies
last weekend
and they are so good.
Will be great  an addition at breakfast, with coffee,
tea, a glass of milk or just as a healthy snack.
 This one always takes a snack in the car when going to town
and I do not like the protein bars at the grocery store
they are usually so hard and these are soft.

Homemade Breakfast Cookies

2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/4 cup honey  or   maple syrup
2 mashed bananas
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of raisins or dried cranberries ( I used a mixture of both)
1/4 cup of chocolate chips ( I did not use and may next time)

Mix all ingredients together ( I just mixed in large bowl with spoon)   Drop onto cookie sheet and flatten tops slightly
(cookies do not rise or spread when they bake)

Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 16 minutes or until slightly browned.
Cool completely and store in airtight container or freeze in a freezer bag.

I made 14 and may make a little smaller next time

Also may add a few chopped apricots or flax seeds

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

These Words I Just Read

A good way to end the day

are these words my daughter

just posted

about my youngest granddaughter..

I smile