Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Special Poem - Written on a Leaf....

So impressed
with this poem on a leaf
by my youngest granddaughter

we'll be an angel and fly away....

I called Jamie and asked
"who wrote this poem
she said my
Amelia did."

So was not going to post today
but was so touched by this poem
I had to share.

I told her
when I die
and my ashes are sprinkled
in these woods
I want this poem read...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rum Cake - Looks Good

The old recipe is pulled out of file
and probably been over 20 years since I made it.

50 year old stem pan is prepared
Cake looks good
and always concerned if they will slide out of pan when inverted
and no problem
looking good.

Sugar, water, butter is boiled for 5 minutes
stirring continually,
take off burner and add Rum.
Pour on cake after many holes are punched in cake
Finished product
and it looks good.
I am tempted to try
but if I do
might eat the whole cake...
This is a copy of the old recipe
close to 50 years old
I remember
that many years ago
when children were small and all home
I would use Rum flavoring
when making this cake.

Sure hope this is as good as I remember...

There was a small bottle of Bacardi Rum in the cupboard
planned on putting in tea at times
so used that.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Lost Art

An all day soft rain
not much accomplished
recipes still piled on table
boxes of pictures I am sorting for children
are still sitting here.
Since Thanksgiving around the corner
I will try to hide them somewhere
until family leaves.

I have always like to iron on a rainy day
went up to the loft and into storage room
and brought ironing board into guest bedroom.
Ironed for several hours
pillow cases, table clothes (does anyone use them anymore besides me? :)
blouses and a cotton night gown - a lot still left.

I may be the only one
left on the planet that likes to iron.

Early in the morning
turkey out of freezer
and make corn bread for dressing (not stuffing but corn bread in this cottage)
Need to pick a bouquet of my Sage.
Tuesday will make a rum cake
and have not made it in years.
My recipe is yellow with age and I wrote at the bottom "so good."
Wednesday will make pumpkin pie and a pecan pie (with choclate chips for Jamie)
Set table, platters, pans I use on counter and have everything ready for me to begin cooking at dawn on Thanksgiving.

I like my New York Times that I received on Sunday morning for 1/2 price,
always look forward to it
and this morning some was missing (disappointing) and
will have to call local delivery person in the morning.

Day ending
and do not like it getting dark so early...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Welcome Arrival

The mailman is coming down the long gravel drive,
Callie is barking
and I have the thought
maybe several books I ordered are arriving.

There here :)

New book by Mary Oliver that has just been released
"Blue Horses"

A book I read about
and this one is putting among
her favorites on the table.

A book for my grown children....
for them to read the words
whenever they visit
my words to each of them.
Heart felt words
and beautiful pictures.

Wherever You Are
my love will find you
by "Nancy Tillman"

A reasonably nice day
and so nice to be a little warmer,
trip to market this morning,
post office and gas in car
and will have to make one more trip before Thanksgiving
for a few items to be fresh.

My 2:00 meal finished
and going to sit down in my favorite chair
and read...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


It isn't your job to make everyone
feel comfortable with your emotional process.
Nevertheless its up to you
to ask yourself the tough questions
so you can gain clarity about
the next chapter of your life.

~~Joseph Campbell~

I learned about Joseph Campbell from Cate at
Mentioned this writer to my son
and he told me he had some of his books in his library upstairs in this cottage :)

Vegetable soup simmering with
 roast from the freezer
leftover from my Beth's birthday dinner.

Will be good on this frigid day.

Rosemary resting on screen porch
instead of in
the blowing wind
on terrace...

Looks as though
the Christmas Cactus
will bloom in several weeks :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Early Morning Thoughts

As this small book is once again picked up
I note the little slips of paper sticking out of various pages
marking special words.

The thought arises
that I am making progress in many ways
but will never arrive where the desire of my heart is.

This one will just keep searching, going forward, one day at a time
and more answers will come but there may not be enough time...

From the book
"The Art of Stillness"
~~Pico Iyer~~

"I find that stillness within, that deep sense of peace that I crave every day.
It is though I find a piece of me that I had lost without really knowing I had lost it."

After living a number of life styles, this one has found it in this rural setting by the woods, a small cottage she built
at age 75.

"Researchers in the new field of interruption science have found it takes an average
of twenty-five minutes to recover from a phone call.  Yet such interruptions come
every eleven minutes - which means we're never caught with with our lives."

"So much of our lives takes place in our heads - in memory or imagination, in speculation
or interpretation - that sometimes I feel that I can best change my life by changing the way
I look at it.  America's wisest psychologist, William James, reminded us,
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."

I find it difficult at times to choose another thought...

"It matters not where or how far you travel - the farther
commonly the worse - but how much alive you are."

15 degrees on my deck
do not like the cold as it chills me to the bone.
Warming trend beginning tomorrow...

Monday, November 17, 2014


It is beginning to snow
not much expected
but the beginning of a few very cold days
has arrived.
Yesterday made potato soup, cornbread and another apple upside down cake.

Corn bread in small cast iron skillet that was my grandmother's.  Now pretty
good at making 1/2 recipe and it came out of skillet perfectly.
A lot of projects that I started and never finished will be going on today.
Continual problems with computer and Verizon has sent me a new Sim card
and representative will call this afternoon and hopefully it will be better.
A big part of my problem is living in a rural area and using a air card.

New book arrived that is by my chair
"The Art of Stillness"
adventures in going nowhere.
by Pico Iyer
Sounds like this one :)

A day in a cottage by the woods