For the Birds

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For a little over 16 years, I have kept the Bird feeding area filled with a Variety of Seed, Fruits, Suet and Water. It was my Husbands 1st Pagoda Style creation. and it has served it’s purpose to not allow Hawks to swoop in and have a meal. But Eventually this one figured out how to get himself in and check it out, while Big Mama was watching on.

I have yet to attract the flock of Green Parrots that pass over head 4 or more times daily. They eat in the West and nest in the East. Their squawking alerts me they are passing over. Much like the announcement of the Pileated Woodpecker who is highly loud and obnoxious. Downy Woodpeckers and Red Headed Woodpeckers also.

We have many Visitors. Some are the locals and others are just Passing through. I enjoy seeing all the activity outside my window. (Hence the blur shots, I am actually taking these through my dining room window). The songs of the Mockingbird. The Blue Jays who Mimic the sounds of a Hawk to clear out the feeding area when the Raw Peanuts have been replenished, and then announcement that “Peanuts are back on the Menu boys!” (Well I’m sure that’s what the Blue Jays are Chirping about before 3 to 4 more show up to nab and hide every Peanut). We also have an open Compost Bin that is frequented by all Birds (Including Black Birds).

Then you have the part of Nature that helps you laugh. Outside the Window of our office is this… A Tree Frog hangin out in him Tree House.

I enjoy seeing how all of these animals interact with each other. At Suppertime, as you look out the window to the feeding area, you see all of them eating together, including those pesty squirrels. I’m sure if you want to eat and survive, one must adapt and get along. Nature is always teaching a learning lesson. Til next time <waving> Love and Peace to you! ~~Pam All Pictures are taken with my Canon Camera. And can not be used without my permission. Thank You

Happy FriYay to all.

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In the Garden, Bush Green Bean plants are giving me handfuls daily. (I evidently left some pods out from last season and they sprouted themselves 😁) I would put the handfuls into a glass container with a tight lid until I had enough to cook up for a meal. Diced Onion and Garlic, a tsp of bacon grease or ham and its drippings froze from Christmas or Easter Hams, Salt and Pepper, and just enough water to cover.

Or I also would toss with either Avocado Oil or Olive Oil with minced Garlic, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper and Roast in the oven til tender.

But, today, I was hankering for a Cream Base…I boiled up Medium Pasta Shells. In a Medium Pan I put a pat of Butter, diced Onion and Garlic, One Link of Chicken Apple Gouda Sausage cut in slices, Bite size Green Beans and Frozen Green Peas, and A Splash of Chicken Broth. Put a lid on it and let it simmer til beans were crisp tender. Added the Shell Pasta and about a 1/4 cup of Heavy Cream, salt and pepper to taste. Then let the liquid reduce and thicken with lid off…and well…wa la!

Hoping all have an Awesome FriYay! And may your weekend be filled with Love and laughter.

Peace and Love to you ~~Pam

Been a Long While

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“I’m Still Here”

~Mandisa~



Where to Begin? Let’s just start with what caused all the changes in My Life…

January 2015, about 9:15 AM, I smoked my last cigarette. (Three Quarters of my Life I smoked, 2 -3 packs a day. Oh, Believe me I wanted to quit for so long, but being Addicted, out of Habit and an Excuse to break from frustration, or a tense situation to smoke… I just could not stop). A couple of Months before and leading up to, I was experiencing what I thought to be a Panic Attacks (Ya know life beating you up with loads of stress, problems, etc and so forth and your body caving under pressure). But it was somewhat different.

I called my Husband, he came home, I announced I needed him to take me to the Emergency Room. We arrived, I went in as he parked. I told the staff I believe I may be having a Heart Attack. They Hooked me up to an EKG, and it was a Blur of Hurry Hurry after that. A Room full of Techs were prepping me for Emergency Surgery. Putting Nitroglycerin under my tongue, IV Line Inserted it was an absolute blur. Heart Specialist on Call came in and said “I need a consent from you in front of all these Techs Witness that you will allow me to save your life”. I said yes, and that’s all I remember until I woke up in ICU.

I startled the Nurse when I woke up. I awoke a lot sooner than expected. I had to wait on the Heart Doctor who performed the Surgery to get answers to any questions I had. The Heart Doc and his demeanor is very to the point. In which to be honest I am Thankful for. He came in and explain to me that he had put x2 stents in the Main Artery going into my heart. He explained that upon arrival to Emergency that my heart had no blood flow going into it and my heart was literally jumping out of my chest. He used the main artery in my Right leg to perform the Surgery, other than opening my chest up.

Then he asked me a Question, “Why are you still here?”. It threw me off, made me literally stop and think (That NCIS Gibbs back of the Head Slap, that kind of moment). My only Response to him was, “God has got my Attention”.

Here I am, 4 Years later. From 10 Heart medications down to 2. Have not smoked since 9:15 AM January 2015. Still making changes to how I eat, my attitude, making new habits. I am Not Perfect. I want to keep it Simple and keep it Real. I still have a long ways to go, but I choose to be Happy and enjoy the way.

Until next time. <waving> Thanks for stopping by. Have a Beautiful day and Shine On!


Yesterday
Had me knocked to the ground
Had me down for the count
My faith a million miles away
And I dropped outta sight
This overcomer, lost her
Will to fight
I know it’s been a while since
Anybody see me smile and
Shame had me thinking it was
Game over
Thought my best days were gone, yeah
Turns out, that I was wrong ’cause
This is my comeback song, yeah
And by the grace of God
I’m still here
Hope is rising, waking up my soul
I’m still here
All my broken, turning beautiful
‘Cause I feel my heartbeat beating
And my lungs breathe breathing
Guess my God’s not done with me yet
I’m still here
All my yesterdays are gone
And the best is yet to come
Now I see
There’s a reason I survived
There’s a story still to write
His grace is working everything
Everything for my good
In a way that, only
He could
I know it’s been a while since
Anybody’s seen me smile and
Shame had me thinking it was
Game over
Thought my best days were gone, yeah
Turns out, that I was wrong ’cause
This is my comeback song
I’m still here (I’m still here)
Hope is rising, waking up my soul
I’m still here (I’m still here)
All my broken, turning beautiful
‘Cause I feel my heart beat beating
And my lungs breathe breathing
Guess my God’s not done with me yet (done with me yet)
I’m still here (I’m still here)
All my yesterdays are gone
And the best is yet to come
He lifted me up (He lifted me up)
Out of the pit
All glory to God
I will sing it again
He lifted me up (yeah)
Out of the pit
All glory to God
And the best is yet to come
The best is yet to come
I’m still here (I’m still here)
Hope is rising, waking up my soul (waking up my soul)
I’m still here (I’m still here)
All my broken, turning beautiful
‘Cause I feel my heart beat beating
And my lungs breathe breathing
Guess my God’s not done with me yet (done with me yet)
‘Cause I’m still here (I’m still here)
All my yesterdays are gone
And the best is yet to come
The best is yet to come
Songwriters: Mandisa Hundley / AJ Pruis / Matthew West
I’m Still Here lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Empty Nest?… And of Course some Crochet! :)

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Well I think My door has stopped Revolving. I’ve gone through the years of Moving out, oops, Moving in, back and forth.  My door was spinning.

But… I think it’s safe now… (Praying)

Let the Renovations Begin!!!!!

First the Hall Bathroom! My Husband and I tend to make do with what we have, so basically we enhanced what was there. Now the Task of removing 52 years of paint off a bathroom vanity and cabinet/closet … (I literally lost my patience) What a Nightmare… Days of Paint Stripper, Scraping but finally to the Original Wood.

I decided on a Bombay Mahogany Stain, then Layering Clear Finish. I still have Cabinet doors to do (Only 5 Left out of a Total of 9 Doors and 2 Drawers). But the bathroom is looking Awesome!

Here is the Stripped Closet/Cabinet (Painter’s Tape for me is a must!)

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Here is the Stained Finish

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Our Bathroom is A lot of White and Shades of Tile Blue, so we picked out Tile to Compliment The dark Mahogany and pull in another shade of Blue…The Counter Top is White, Old and White…But being this House was built 52 Years ago…we were kinda scared to think what we would have torn up to remove the Counter Top …so Tile It!

We have run across so many other quirks trying to replace and repair.  Ha! In just removing the Sink was a “What the heck did they secure this thing with?” (Turned out to be some form of Concrete…yes, Hard Concrete, not caulk, nope …My Hubby had to take a break… Just Breathe… Count to 10… Let’s figure this out…) So Hubby says, “Honey don’t you have some Easter Shopping to do for the Kids?” (In other words, Honey you might want to leave for this. When I returned it was removed, not in one piece.)

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So we invested in a Tile Cutter.

Hubby set to cutting out all pieces to fit the top of Sink Counter. (Just adding to what we have)

We found the Tile .99 Cents a sheet at Floor & Decor. The White Sink at Home Depot for $38.00 and The Bronze Finish Faucet and Drain Pop Up Set for $98.00

We still have to install the Tile, but it looks Great!!!!!!!!!!!  Right along with a new Sink! 😉  (We laid the old one to Rest… Don’t ask…) We also decided to Tile the Shelves in the Cabinet/Closet.

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It’s all coming along… 

And for the Easter Shopping? Ha! Hubby wanted me to Shop so I did! 

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  I put together 2 Huge Baskets, One for my Daughter and Grandson and One for my Son and His Family.

It was a Tradition My Husband’s Mother did for us before she passed. So we are carrying on the Tradition in Her Memory.

One Basket filled with what the Parents and Kids love to snack on per Family. Filled with Bags of Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Pistachio’s, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds and Yogurt covered Raisins.

Boxes of Goldfish Cheddar, Fruit Chews, Rice Krispie Treats, of course a bag of Reese’s Eggs, Peeps. 

{Ya have ta’ put in Chocolate somewhere, and the Peeps? It’s Easter!}

And for the Lil Ones, Coloring Books, Crayons, Puzzles, Stuff Toy, Clothes. A Few Bags of Plastic Eggs.

My Youngest Grandson is Teething so he gets a Cooler Teether, Oragel, and a Bib.  By the time I was done it wouldn’t all fit into the Basket…  Oh well…

Hubby is trying to find a box to fit it all so we can Ship to My Son.  Hehehe…

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But of course I have to do my Crochet.

My Son and His Family moved to Ohio. 

So I have been busy with Afghans One for the Parents and One for My Granddaughter. The One for my Granddaughter is a Shaped Afghan that is taking (it seems) forever. But it’s coming along. It had to Have Pink Camo in the Colors.  Redheart has a complete line of Different Camo Colors. So I went with Pink Camo, Frosty Green, Cream and Cafe Latte. The Design is in a Pattern Book ” Shaped Afghans” Found here: http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?prod_id=86626 I will post a Pic when Completed.

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The Blanket (Not Roadie my Rescue Pup) is what I had made for Hubby with Bernat’s  Soft and Cozy Blanket Yarn. My Son has requested one … It’s was just a Simple Single Crochet 2 Rows, Alternating Colors Of Hunter Green and Beige. Using an N Crochet Hook. It works up quick the Yarn is Chunky, the Thickness is about an inch thick. A great Snuggle up keep warm Blankie!  Just ask Roadie! 😉

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But I had to stop and make a few Lil Items! Just to let myself know I can complete a Project!  😉

So I found this Pattern for Vintage Pot Holders … Shabby Chic … It reminded me of my Grandmother in Spring time with Lemon Meringue Pies, Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Pecan cookies, and turning the Handle for Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. (Nope no Electric Ice Cream Maker back then, it was Grand kids Promised bowls of Ice Cream, but you have to turn the Handle to make it Bribe!)

Size 10 Thread in White, Maize and Mint. USA Steel Hook 7 Patterns can be found here: http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?prod_id=85558

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And of Course Pinterest is Great for finding Ideas and Free Patterns!

As I was perusing I saw this next Pattern and thought “HA! I have all of the Materials already! I am making this!”   Pot Scrubbers, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton Yarns. So gathering it all up I made these 2 Items.

My Daughter has already claimed one for her own.These worked up quick!

Less than 30 minutes quick! Free Pattern Here: http://www.yarnspirations.com/pattern/crochet/scrubby-posey Image

Need to Think about Afghan’s, Dinners, and cleaning and renovations,  Until next time… Happy Easter and God Bless!

 

 

Dirt Cake Recipe

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Dirt Cake

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It is My Son’s Birthday. When asked what Birthday Dessert He would like, he automatically Responded “Dirt Cake”. He’s 25 today. And He wanted a Matchbox Truck on top. (Kids! LOL)  I first made this Cake 25 years ago for my then 5 year old Daughter.( Who is now 30) I still have the Clear Planter Pot. I went so far as to buy a spray of fake flowers, wrapped the stems is a Ziploc Bag and stuck it in the middle of the Pot. She fussed around asking where her Cake was, My brother got a big spoon and walked over to the table & told her “Right Here”, she proceeded to tell him he was being silly, til my brother spooned out a big bite & ate it. She was yelling,” Mommie did you see that? Uncle Joey is eating Dirt!” Took us a while to convince her it was “Dirt Cake” She requests it every year for her Birthday Dessert.

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I had enough left over to make Ramekins without the Gummie Worms, for those of us who just enjoy the pudding mix & Crushed Oreos.

Dirt Cake Ingredients

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IMG_2512 I took a Big Spoon using the back part and pressed it up the sides (so It looks like a pot filled with dirt).

IMG_2514 The pudding mixed w/softened Cream Cheese & Cool Whip

IMG_2515  The First Layers, with Gummie Worms Climbing up the Sides, I alternated the worms in each layer.

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IMG_2516 Then the Finished Dirt Cake, With a few Ramekins without the Gummies.

So here is the Recipe:

8oz Cream Cheese Softened

2 small Instant Vanilla Pudding Pkgs

8oz Cool Whip Softened

2 lbs Oreo Cookies

Gummie Worms

Follow Directions on Vanilla Pudding pkgs in a big bowl, Set aside.

In a Food Processor, (or a Blender) Process Oreo’s til resemblance of well…Dirt.  🙂

Add Soften Cream Cheese to Pudding and mix well, then add Soften Cool whip, mix.

Now depending on what container you put it in… I started with Layer of Oreo first, but you could start w/Pudding  then Oreo.  Add Gummies in Pudding layer. And that’s it!

Hope you Have Fun with this Recipe as we have with the Little Ones.

Monarch Caterpillar & Butterfly Convention

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I must be doing something right…Has to be all the Milkweed Growing in my Yard. But my Husband thinks we need to plant more Milkweed after what we found this past weekend. All Phases of caterpillars from tiny Small to ready to cocoon up for Transformation… to Butterfly’s coming out of their cocoons. We counted over 13 caterpillars that we could see. A few of the Neighborhood children were inspecting my back yard trying to be patient for a Monarch to emerge from it’s cocoon, they were asking a 1000 questions & I was trying to answer the best I could. Well, it finally emerged & sat for a good long time for the wings to unfold & dry out. And the Children as patient as they could be, were waiting on it’s first flight & where it would go. I was asked if they would come back to my yard…well it appears so…look at all the Monarch Caterpillars they are eating the Milkweed down to well nothin! Glad Milkweed … well… grows like a Weed!

Thursday 3/14/13 Morning Walk

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Chill in the Air for me this Mornin. 43 degrees. Well I am a Floridian born & raised! We have had some weird up & down Weather here this past Winter. One day its 80 next it’s 60 and windy cold. My husband said it snowed a few times. Florida snow that is…(Frost on the ground).
I’ve been hesitant in getting out there and pulling all the dead, raking leaves from around the plants, just in case we get a fluke of Cold weather. But finally starting to Prune back Crepe Myrtles and bushes.
On my walk this morning I found 3 Caterpillars (Monarchs) eating up my Milkweed that I let grow wherever it decides it wants. I just trimmed back my Pink Porter Weed Bush, not much action there. Amaryllis’s are in full Bloom. Mexican Petunia’s are blooming every Morning, and Dropping off every Evening. Keeps the Bees Happy. The Meyer Lemon tree (lil bug is only 3 Years old) has really put out some Blooms, in fact more Blooms than Leaves. Grandson & I started trying to count how many lemons have formed & quickly gave up…he informed me we might have to sell Lemons this year…I said not really, but our neighbors will have some freebies.
Hope you all have an Awesome Day! Til Next Time! 🙂