Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Prayer For A Little Home

I know, it's not quite Thanksgiving yet, but I found this little jewel from Susan Branch that so eloquently expresses what I feel about my little home and how I want those who visit to feel.  Plus, it's got fall leaves on it, so it counts :-)  Please enjoy it!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bombdiggity Women, Part III

Jamie Lee Curtis
This girl DEFINES bombdiggity.  Jamie Lee Curtis is an everything woman, and I want to be just like her when I grow up someday :-)  She is an actress who quickly shed the "teen scream queen" image to successfully act in several movies of different genres ("Trading Places", "A Fish Called Wanda", "True Lies", "Freaky Friday").

She is also a prolific writer of children's books (among them "Today I Feel Silly" and "Other Moods That Make My Day"), some of which I have had the good fortune to read to classes of children when I was substitute teaching.

Bet you didn't know this (from Wikipedia):

"In 1987, Curtis filed a US patent application that subsequently issued as Patent No. 4,753,647. This is a modification of a diaper with a moisture proof pocket containing wipes that can be taken out and used with one hand.[15] Curtis refused to allow her invention to be marketed until companies started selling biodegradable diapers,[16] although the full statutory term of this patent expired February 20, 2007 and is now in the public domain."

Probably the coolest thing about Ms. Curtis is that she unabashedly stars in commercials for Activia yogurt by Dannon, a probiotic yogurt--yeah, the kind that keeps you regular.  Way too awesome!

Plus the fact that she is so darned attractive.  In football, they used to call that piling on.

RIP, Warrior and Hero

Freedom isn't free.  Any death in the theatre of war diminishes all of us, but when you know of the person who was killed, it hurts hard and hits hard.  Thank you, Kyle, for your sacrifice.  God bless you and may God hold your family close in this time of great pain.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never, EVER Forget...

I still remember so much about this day; it's just like it was yesterday.  Watching the TV at work all day and trying to get on the Internet, which was almost impossible because so many people around the world were trying to do the same thing.

Going across the street at lunch to pick up a bite to eat and the sky was eerily quiet, since all airplane traffic had been grounded that day.  Seeing the faces of the people in the convenience store I went to; all grim faces, lots of set jaws, anger and fear and sadness etched in their expressions.

A few nights later, sitting in my living room, I was listening to the President speak.  Being warm that September, all of my windows and my front door were open.  All of a sudden, I heard the unmistakeable roar of jet engines to my east--many planes based at the Grissom Air Reserve Complex were headed somewhere on some mission.  That memory still gives me goosebumps.

And all the days that followed, watching the firefighters and rescue personnel searching frantically and fruitlessly (as it turned out) for any signs of life, then any signs of remains.  So gutwrenching.

The thing that sticks with me is the unfathomable hate and evil that caused all this.  Who could have that much venom in their souls and minds?  Religion is a wonderful thing, but it can be poison as well.

Never, ever forget that day or the lessons it taught us as free, civilized people.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

More Autumn Arriving Daily...

Not quite sure of the title of this piece, but it is by the artist Debbie Mumm, who also dabbles in many other pursuits including fabrics, quilting and housewares.  Visit her great website at Debbie Mumm.

Recipe--Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles

It's September, and today happens to be a rainy, cloudy, cooler day.  Perfect weather to read over my cold weather recipes and search for any new ones I can add to my repertoire.

I happened upon this yummy dish while browsing one of the blogs, "Chaos Is Bliss", by Angela on the Facebook page Indiana's Family of Farmers.  Angela is a working wife and mom with young children, and this recipe she shared is from a cookbook published by the organization Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS).  But honestly, can't we all use a busy mom-type shortcut in the kitchen to come up with a good, hearty comfort meal?
Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles

To that end, here is Angela's recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1/2 t seasoned salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1/4 t celery seed
  • 1 package frozen noodles (Angela suggests Reames brand), cooked and drained
Cut up chicken breasts into small pieces; put into bowl of slow cooker.  Mix together cream soups and chicken broth.  Add seasonings; pour over chicken breasts.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 7-9 hours.  Fold noodles into chicken mixture; cook for 25-30 minutes longer.

In the photo, it appears that peas and carrots have been added to the chicken and noodles during the cooking process.  I think this is an excellent way to work in the vegetables you need on a daily basis.  Try it and let me know how you like it!

50 Year-Old Divorced Single Female

The most unwanted, rejected, ignored person in the world, without a doubt and in my humble opinion, is a single female who is divorced and at least 50 years old. Like me.

What a crock of manure.

This beautiful woman, who has life to enliven, love to spare, gifts for the world to cherish, talent to share--well, just forget it.  She's got more than enough of everything--spirit, wisdom, humor, grace, experience--that any man should ever want to have, but it's not enough for the men that happen by.

Men have it soooo good; they can still go after the 20 and 30 year-old crowd and find their trophies, untarnished by age and weight and gravity and circumstances.  All that's left for the women of my age are men harboring serious issues, which is probably the reason why they are not in relationships to begin with.  And who needs that drama, seriously?

I am beginning to believe that it is in God's plan for me to be single for the rest of my life.  I truly did believe I would be remarried by now.  How naive I was!  I still happen to believe that God is not correct in this instance (God and I are not getting along too well at this point in time, and He knows it because I have told Him so plenty of times), but I am slowly losing faith in any alternative path.

If you want to see pretty, look in a fashion magazine.  If you want to see beautiful, look in my mirror.  If you want deep, true, forever love, look to the woman who has been there and done that and knows how.

Sea Glass

It's one of Mother Nature's most beautiful gifts--sea glass.  When I am at a beach, whether lakeshore or ocean, it's one of the things for which I keep a very keen eye on the sand.

Such beautiful colors that can range all the way from the most common white to the very rare reds and oranges.  The forces of nature--wind and water--create the frosted, pebbly texture and the deep, true jewel tones.  What is left for us to enjoy is the end product of Mother Nature's masterworks.

Just by staring into a piece of sea glass, I can actually visualize the water, feel the sand, hear the waves.  It's a nice, serene, comforting place to be.

BTW, I've decided that the bathroom decor plan may be changed to a sea glass theme.  I can't wait to develop those thoughts a little more and see what actually happens :-)