Friday, May 8, 2015

Flowers

No, I didn't grow these flowers.  I bought them yesterday at Trader Joe's.  $10 for a vase full of beauty. They make me happy just looking at them.


I am so glad Trader Joe's came to our little corner of the world!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Would You Like To Be My Neighbor?

We have a new furry member of the family here in our little court.  So I thought I would introduce you to her as well as a little lady who has been here a while.

This is sweet little Ginger.  She lives across the street and has been here about two years or so.  She's a rescue dog (good going mommy and daddy) and is totally spoiled.  She thinks that the court is hers and can't understand why there are other dogs in the neighborhood.  We have such a great court and most nice evenings after work everyone stands outside and chats.  I always know when they are out because Maggie and Mollie start barking because Ginger is out.  Ginger is always styling with her clothes.  She's a love!!!



Meet Duffy, the newest member of the neighborhood.  She lives next door and has been here about a week.  She is a year old auburn colored King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.  The neighbors were going to get a puppy and had one all picked out.  However, it didn't thrive and it passed away which was sad.  They were going to wait for another little when they got the call that Duffy was available.  Housebroken, crate trained, what could be better.  She's a petit little sweety.


The only problem we have now is that our two Scotties and the pugs go crazy when she is out in her yard.  It's just like having children.  The neighbors have the well mannered children while we have the obnoxious and noisy ones.  I'm hoping to introduce them to Duffy at some point so they'll stop barking (screaming is the better term) but since she is new and still a little shy I'll wait.  In the meantime, the neighbors have assured me each time I apologize for my noisy hounds that it's alright.

I tell you, we have a great neighborhood!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spring

I thought I should check in on this lovely spring day!  It's hard to believe that April is almost over and May is just around the corner.  Gardening is certainly different here than back home in California.  Our last frost date is officially May 15th!  It's been a tad milder this year without as much spring snow so this is the first time I've actually had my tulips bloom without getting frozen the minute they show color.  It's a mild 70 degrees here now.  I just heard that it's 92 back home in the central valley of California.  I don't miss the heat at all.  At least here when it does get too warm we can go into our cool basement and chill.  No need to run the air conditioner.

We did have a snow storm last week that was half snow/half rain.  What it does is make the snow terribly heavy.  What I should have done is gone outside that evening when I noticed it and knocked the snow off the branches of the trees.  As it was, my flowering pear took a hit and we lost quite a few large branches.  Lesson learned.  Next time I'll be the crazy lady in my bathrobe and a flash light in the middle of the night beating the trees with a broom.

I don't see as many people here gardening like I did back home.  I have a friend that does, however, and I want to go see her yard for inspiration.  This isn't probably the year to do much, though, what with the drought and all.  I know California is on water rationing but we have been ever since we moved here three years ago.  Most of the time we can water from April to September three days a week and 15 minutes per sprinkler station.  We were pushed back to twice a week for a while last year.  When I first got here I had a gardener that had me water a lot more.  Other than worried that I would be fined by the city, I stopped when I got the first water bill.  Ouch!!  We are fortunate in that it rains in the spring, summer and fall which really helps.

I keep myself happy with a few house plants in the interim.  This is one of my favorites, Purple Shamrock.  It's a tuber that can be grown outdoors in mild climates.  I have mine inside and it really puts on a show in the spring.  After that it dies back and hibernates until the next year.


Isn't it gorgeous?  I have it by the kitchen window and have to rotate it daily as it starts to "go towards the light!"


I repotted it this year in this adorable bee flower pot.  You do know I love bees, don't you?  I'm trying to find another one for one of my bee friends but no luck so far.

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sleepy Time Gal



This is my grandpug, Allie, taking her afternoon nap.  I'll try to get a good photo of Bonnie, although black dogs are more difficult to photograph.  Our son will be taking them to his new house when it is finished being built. I have already volunteered to babysit them while he's at work.  I can't imagine them not being here!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pie Oh My!

I love to bake.  Cook, not so much.  Since moving to Colorado baking has been a challenge.  It's the high altitude thing.  You have to make adjustments to recipes:  add more flour, decrease the baking soda, adjust the temperature, etc., etc., etc..  Problem is, there isn't one fix for all recipes, so there is a lot of experimenting.  This involves baking for cakes, mostly, but can also be for cookies.

My son has been asking for a coconut cream pie so I finally got around to making one last night.   I must admit that I used a frozen Marie Calendar's pie crust to expedite the process.  Her crusts are really, really good so I recommend them highly.  The recipe for the pie came from Allrecipes.com and you can find the recipe I used HERE.


Oh, my goodness!!!  You have to try this recipe.  It's wonderful not to mention easy.  The filling calls for three cups of half and half so, to quote Ina Garten, "how bad could that be?"  Our son doesn't care for meringue so I used whipped cream for the top as the recipe calls for.

He and my husband thought it was the best pie they had ever eaten.  Aaron said I could sell them!  I'm certainly not bragging, but since my baking skills have been sorely lacking here, it was good for my ego.

Do you see the cute Scottie salt and pepper shakers?  The recipe calls for salt but not pepper obviously. I just wanted to show them off.  My BFF in the whole wide world, Nikki, sent them to me.

This evening I have plans that include a cup of tea, a slice of pie and a good movie.  What plans do you have?

Have a lovely day!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Presidents Day

We are having a peaceful Monday here in Colorado.  It's been snowing since last evening and is just beautiful outside.  Nothing like our friends back east are getting, however.



It's a great day to stay inside, clean house, bake a pie, do some sewing and continue my MI-5 television marathon.

I started watching MI-5 on Netflix but then they took it off of their scheduling on February 1st.  Luckily I can borrow the dvds from our local library.  Ten seasons with ten episodes each.  I only have 34 more  episodes to watch!  It's very addicting.  I love British television.  Lately, hubs and I have been watching Grantchester on Masterpiece theater.  Love it!!!  For some reason I have not watched Downton Abbey. What's up with that?

Yesterday our son and I took the metro into downtown Denver, met up with some friends of his, and went to a home and garden show.  I love riding the metro.  $4 round trip and no parking fees!!!  The show was HUGE and gave us all kinds of home improvement ideas.  By the time we were done my feet were killing me.  We ended up not even seeing all the show.  We figured after a while we didn't need to see it all as their was quite a repetition in categories.  When I got home, you guessed it, I relaxed by watching MI-5.

Have a wonderful Presidents Day.  If you are back east, stay safe!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Again

Here's another Happy Birthday post.  This time it's for our wonderful Scottie, Maggie.


This is Maggie shortly after we got her.  Isn't she adorable?  She was so cute and tiny, but boy was she a handful.


This is Maggie now.  Sophisticated, loyal and every bit the alpha dog of our little pack of fur babies.   I'm so glad that we were able to give her a home when her human mommy got sick and she needed a place to call her own.  I'm also glad we were able to rescue her little Scottie sister, Mollie who needed a stable environment after having three other homes and being cast aside.  Then there is Allie and Bonnie, our son's two little pugs who are staying with us "temporarily".  I put that in quotes because when he moves I don't want the pugs to leave.  I've grown far to attached to them.

Happy Birthday Miss Maggie!  All of us here love you so very much!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy Birthday

I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to two men in my life:


First a Happy Birthday to my dad.  He passed away in 1996 and I can't believe it's been that long.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him.  I'm always saying, "Dad would have loved that movie." or "Dad would have loved that restaurant."  We're kind of a foodie family as mom and dad both worked at Kellogg's of Battle Creek when we were kids.  After we moved to California they opened quite a few steakhouses so eating out was always on the menu for us.  He was always telling my mom, "Doris, see if there's a western on the television."  He died just as vcr's were coming out.  Oh, he would have loved to have unlimited John Wayne movies at his fingertips!

This picture was taken when we had our farm in Hastings, Michigan.  I must have been around five years old at the time.  If you saw me now you wouldn't think I had changed that much.  I still look the same: still dorky, still love rabbits, still have the glasses, just lots more wrinkles.  LOL!


My other birthday wish is for Elvis Presley.  His birthday was the same as my dad - how cool is that!!?!!  The first time I saw Elvis was when I was around seven and we went into town and saw his movie Love Me Tender.  I was hooked from that moment on.  As his life spiraled down in his later years it really made me sad to see such a talent wasted.  Did I tell you Dad also played the guitar and also sang?  Elvis came from a poor upbringing in Mississippi and Dad was from an impoverished area in Kentucky.  They both made their way out, though.  So you see, they had a lot in common.  I can't think about one of these men without thinking about the other.  

Happy Birthday Dad and Elvis.  I bet you're making some great music together!

Good memories!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Retreat

In years past I've shared about my sewing group in California and the retreats we went on.  I sure miss going with them.  So much fun and a great time to relax and get some projects done.  One of the things we always did is make little gifts for each other.  I still make them and send them back home to my friend Nikki to hand out.  It's my way of staying connected.

The name of our group is the Busy Beas.  Not Bees, Beas.  Nikki named it in honor of our dear friend who passed from breast cancer.  We still all collect bee stuff though.  I'm always on the lookout whenever I go shopping.

I'll show you what I sent last year:

Bee Bookmarks

I got the inspiration on Pinterest where they showed pink color swatches with heart punches.  I think they turned out just perfect!

I already know what I'm sending this year but can't show you until after retreat in February.  

I had great plans on what I wanted to do today after my normal routine of morning cleaning.  I need to take something back to Sam's Club.  I also wanted to go to the movie and go visit  the local quilt shop that was having an open house.  I guess that's not going to happen.  On top of the snow we got the other day, it's snowing pretty heavily out now. Son had to get the snow blower out yesterday to clear the drive and sidewalk and now it's getting covered again. A little light snow is alright but this is a bit too much for me to drive on. I've learned that you have to be flexible here as far as plans are concerned because of the weather.   My plan B will probably be some organizing, television watching and a nap.

I hope you have a great weekend and your plans don't get snowed out!