Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wednesday Wit and Wisdom #4

Here's your challenge for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom #4 for October 1st.  Have you set out to prepare a dinner and have it go completely wrong?  Share a story and a recipe with us.  Check out the instructions for linking in on Wednesday here and join the fun.  Just write up your story on your blog, then come back here to link up!

Here's my story for a dinner disaster:

Many years ago we had invited my boss to dinner, since we knew his wife was out of town.  I decided to fry some chicken and make the usual side dishes...mashed potatoes, green beans, etc.....typical Midwestern fare.  To fry chicken one has to have a pretty good level of grease, and I used a heavy stainless electric frying pan.  The tradition is always to drain off the grease after frying, leaving the cracklin's in the pan to make the gravy.  For many years I had watched my mother put a spoon in a heavy canning jar, and pour in the grease, which is what I did on this evening.  However, the jar broke, pouring the grease directly onto my thigh, the floor, the cabinets, etc.  

I was wearing some knit pants, so the grease sort of melted the pants onto my thigh.  With my husband's help, I made it to the bathroom to remove the pants and he got me a new pair to put on.  My quick remedy was cold water, then some ointment on the burn, but I wanted to get immediately back to my dinner.  Needless to say, I braved through the dinner, my boss was served and happy, and I saved the evening out of shear determination, choking back tears from the shock. 

The next day I went to the doctor with an enormous  blister on the front of my thigh.  For the next several days, I bandaged the burn.  I had to peel off the bandage twice a day to keep it from getting infected, then rebandage it.  I still have a big scar from the whole disaster.  


In the cookbook my mother and I co-wrote, Memoirs and Recipes of Wilma Weiland Diekhoff, (it's available in digital format) I found this recipe to share with you:

Baked Chicken and Dressing (as an alternative to frying chicken) ;-)

Clean chicken, leave whole, removing only the internal organs and feet.  Cook giblets in boiling water until done.  Dice these to add to the stuffing.  Mix stuffing according to directions.  Lightly stuff the chicken with the dressing.  Do not pack!  Excess stuffing can be baked in a separate pan, as the stuffing in the bird may not be adequate for all servings.  Place the chicken in a small roaster, salt and pepper (or other seasonings) to taste, and place in a 350 degree oven for approximately one hour, or until well-browned, piercing the breast, the juices run clear.

Stuffing:
2 cups cubed bread
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 tsp sage
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
Stock for moistening

Toast day-old bread until brown.  Cut up into cubes to make 2 cups.  Melt the butter and blend with all ingredients.  Stuff loosely into chicken.

Celery dressing:
3 cups cubed bread
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 small chopped onion
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sage
1/3 cup stock

Toast day-old bread until brown. Cut up into cubes to make three cups.  Fry celery and onion in butter for three minutes.  Add to bread and seasonings.  Stuff into bird.  Bake according to poultry directions.

All the recipes in this book were taken from old recipe cards my mother kept from her mother and herself over the years.  Note that the book is available through B & N and Amazon and includes Mother's story of her first eighteen years growing up in Central Illinois.  There are also over 200 family and friend's recipes.

Happy cooking!  I can't wait to hear your stories!

Linda Kay

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Push for a Tuesday

It's Tuesday and Josie 2 Shoes has given us the words Push or Pull for Two Shoes Tuesday.  I'm sharing with you an excerpt from my mother's memoirs.  Last week I told you they had dated for six years and then were married for 61.

In Wilma's words:
"There were homecomings.  In fact, Delmar and I met when I was just 15, and he was 18 (just out of high school), at the Hartsburg (IL) Homecoming.  I went home from school with my friend, Evelyn, the next week and told her I would really like to date Delmar. We went to  the Emden (IL) Homecoming, where Delmar pulled up in his car, next to where Evelyn and I had stopped to talk to a friend.  He asked me if I would like to go for a ride.  I agreed (and note that I did not ask permission from my parents!), and we proceeded to take a drive out into the country, where we got stuck in a soft, muddy country road.  As an aside, when I got into the car, he reached across to pull my door closed and gave me a kiss. I was really surprised, but he was very handsome, and I liked him a lot!  He was dressed in a suit with a starched white shirt and tie. 

Delmar rocked the car and pushed, while I drove, and we got the car out, but he got his shoes muddy.  He suggested we go to his house near Delavan (IL), where he could clean his shoes, and he could show me his graduation gifts.  Graduation gifts included a knife and a billfold, but that’s all we can remember.  No doubt, there was an obvious distraction from “graduation gifts”.    He delivered me safely back to my parents, and I introduced him.  He then told me he would come to my house on Sunday evening, as he had other plans for Saturday night.  (He actually had another date, but didn’t cancel it.  He says he didn’t enjoy the date at all.)"

Isn't that just a hoot???  Now how many parents would let their 15 year old daughters go for a ride in the country with an 18 year old?  Mother also mentioned that in the 6 years they dated, he never came for her in less than a white shirt, tie and suit.  She also said that on that first date he offered her a cigarette, which she refused, so he said, "Then I don't smoke either", and threw the rest of the pack out the window.

Mother's memoirs are available on the right side of my blog:  "Flavors from the Past: Memoirs and Recipes of Wilma Weiland Diekhoff."  You can also find it on B & N and Amazon for just $2.99.  We worked on this together, reminiscing about her years on the farm, and sold over 700 copies of the book back in 2000-2002, but it is now only available in digital.  The biggest joy for me was for her to have a book signing at Barnes and Nobel in Peoria at 82.  She passed in 2003, leaving a big hole in my heart.  

Have a good day!

Linda Kay

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend Reflections and Wednesday Wit and Wisdom #4 Challenge

Here's your challenge for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom #4 for October 1st.  Have you set out to prepare a dinner and have it go completely wrong?  Share a story and a recipe with us.  Check out the instructions for linking in on Wednesday here and join the fun on Wednesday.



This is easily one of the most beautiful pictures of reflections hubby has ever taken, so thought I would share it with you for Weekend Reflections.  We had this enlarged and have it hanging in our gallery hallway.  If you enlarge this, you can see the detail of this picture as well.  It was a rainy late afternoon in Copenhagen in 2010, and the colors are near perfect.  

Have a bright and sunny Monday!

Linda Kay

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Two More Zoo Critters for a Saturday

Happy Saturday, my friends.  I have just two more zoo critters to share with you and with Eileen for Saturday Critters.  Saturday's CrittersSo next week, I'm going to have to come up with something new to share!



The first is the Giraffe.  I am always fascinated not only at the long neck and long legs, but at the incredible art work on the coat.  I'm sure no two of them are the same, but the pattern is fairly similar.  A beautiful animal.



Isn't she cute?  I'm sure my Australian, Tanzanian, and New Zealand friends are very familiar with these guys.  Some grow quite large, but usually in the zoos they aren't very big.  This mama has a joey in her pouch.  Now I can't swear that this is a kangaroo or a wallaby, so I'm open to clarification.  


Have a wonderful Saturday and weekend.  And again, take some time to go and watch the animals at the zoo.  So delightful.  We are babysitting with our grandson this weekend, so hard to say what is in store for us.  Football is on Saturday (that's touch football. as he is only 7).  The kids wear these bands with strips hanging from them, and the opposing team goes for pulling one of these off instead of tackling.  They are stuck on the bands with Velcro.

Linda Kay

Friday - No Links, No Memes, Just Me

There are so many fun link-ups for bloggers, but today I thought I would just share some thoughts with you.  Feel free to comment and add your own perspectives and ideas.


On Tuesday mornings I volunteer with the Hill Country Community Needs Council here in Fredericksburg.  Take a couple of minutes to read the mission statement and about the work that is done with just a few paid employees and a lot of volunteers.  Donations to this organization are used to serve those who are less fortunate.  My work here on Tuesdays is as an advisor.  What that means is that I listen to the client(s) situation and the immediate need to determine the level of assistance we might consider.  This might be for rent, a utility bill, dental work, etc.  Folks who come to us are usually almost destitute.  On this weekend, take a look around you and give a hand to someone in need.....there are many.


I'm a little melancholy today thinking of my daddy, Delmar Diekhoff, who died thirteen years ago this month.  I remember when he was in the hospital during 9/11.  I had driven to the hospital and had heard the news of the tower, but at that moment they didn't know if it was terrorism.  The television was on in his room, but I turned it off so as not to upset him with the pictures that were on the screen.  This man was the kindest, gentlest man who could cry at an emotional scene on television.  He was a talented farmer and entrepreneur with innovative products for the farm.He loved his family and he and my mom were still crazy about each other after 67 years of being together, married 61.  I'd have to add mine together to even get to 50! ;-)


A couple of days ago, someone in our blogger world mentioned natural resource conservation.  This is a picture of a 30,000 gallon water catchment system installed with my daughter's new home.  It furnishes the entire house with water, drinking water included.  There is an ultra-violet system of purification.  The water flows from a very high roof on the house, down through a guttering system and into the tank.  An inch of rain can put 6,000 gallons of water in the tank.  After the entire summer, the tank is almost full.  When the house was completed, they put a fence around the tank that looks like a garden area from the outside, matching the house.


Last Friday I had a group of ladies over for our monthly "soup group" and made this cream of asparagus soup.  Most of you probably have access to a recipe for cream of asparagus soup, but this one has a little twist.  When preparing the asparagus, you set aside the tips to steam later in the process, then cut up the stems (without the woody part) to cook in the preparation of the soup.  When all the ingredients are in the pot, you run the soup through a food processor a bit at a time to pulverize it.  Then the tips are added just before serving.  What I really liked about it was that I could make it the day before and refrigerate it overnight.  It saved me lots of time the next day.  Note that this pot was used by my mother for as long as I can remember.  The soup was served with a salad and rye bread and I made an apple cheesecake for dessert.  We were stuffed!

Volunteer?  Love Soup?  Conserve Energy?  Share your perspective with us.

Have a special Friday and a great weekend!
Linda Kay

Pondering the Cross

Today is a great opportunity to link in to BYG Adventures and join Brenda for Pondering.  The word for this week is "cross", and it gave me a great opportunity to visit a spot on my list for some time in Kerrville, TX, right along Hwy 10 going west from San Antonio.  At the top of a hill just outside Kerrville is "The Empty Cross" and "The Coming King's Sculpture Prayer Garden.  This is designed for Christians and contains a number of monuments created by sculptor artists for display, Max Greiner, David Broussard, and Beverly Paddleford.  I'm going to include several pictures here with brief descriptions.



This is the cross from a distance and a description of the size and meaning.


You will see along the walkways Bible verses in three languages.




These are three of the sculptures in the Garden, the last one being of Christ washing the feet of Simon Peter, one of the disciples.


Along one of the paths there are innumerable rocks with prayers, names, quotations and various Bible verses from people who have visited the site.


This picture is in the area where the next sculpture will stand, the returning Christ.


And finally a view from the top of the hill looking across the highway into Kerrville.

I've linked to the website for the organization and you can read more about how it got started and has been supported since its inception.  Very interesting story.  Being a Christian, it was very inspirational, very serene.  Even for those who are not Christian in beliefs, you would find this to be a spot for meditation.

Thanks for hosting Brenda!
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Linda Kay



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wednesday Wit and Wisdom #3

Tomorrowlady

Our topic for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom for September 24th is:  What is the funniest Halloween costume you have seen or created?  Please share your thoughts on this subject with us.  I'll share a story with you and look forward to your stories as well.

Remember that we are looking for wisdom and wit.  So see if you can give an example of a bit of humor.  You can get full details here, a separate page of my blog.

My Story....the funniest Halloween costume:  Sorry I don't have a picture to share!

I was living in Central Illinois on a street in a small town, where the families were young and the kids had lots of friends to play with.  We decided to have a Halloween costume party at our home, inviting the neighbors.  Two of the older kids were babysitting for all of our younger ones.  We had arranged for an older gentleman to judge the costumes, and everyone was really into the spirit.

The usual costumes arrived, some home made and some purchased with various ugly masks or strange hairpieces.  Then my dear neighbor lady arrived in a darling little pink outfit, her hair in ponytails, a tutu for a skirt, little white socks turned down, black mary janes shoes, and was licking a sucker.  So cute.  So we asked her where her husband was.  Now you have to visualize this fellow.  He was about 5'6 inches tall and a bit of a round shape, but a really fun guy.  He arrived in a diaper with huge diaper pins and with a binky in his mouth!  I thought we would all have a heart attack!  Who would have the nerve to walk across the street and show up at a party dressed (or undressed) like that!?  


Now it's your turn.....



Monday, September 22, 2014

The Long Road Back #4 - Two Shoes Tuesday

Drum roll!  

This is the fourth and final post on the disappearance of Coleen.  Many of you commented last week that Jack should definitely involve the police.  The conclusion will take you just a little longer to read, and I look forward to your comments!







#4 - The Long Road Back
 
The house phone rang at 9 o’clock, and the officers jumped to turn on the monitoring equipment, thinking it could be a kidnapper calling.
Jack answered.  “Hello?”
“Dad, it’s Sue.  I haven’t been able to catch a flight back home to be with you yet.  How are things there?”  Everyone sat back into their chairs. 
“Honey, there isn’t much you can do here right now.  The police are helping us, but we still haven’t had any word from your mom or anyone who may know where she is.”  Jack looked at the officers in the room.  "I'll be in touch with you as soon as we hear anything.  In the meantime, keeping watching for a stand-by flight, and let us know if you get on one.”
After talking with Sue, Jack told the officers he needed to catch a bit of sleep.  He would have to go into the bank in the morning to take care of a few minor things, but wouldn’t be gone very long.  One of the officers left, and Trevor volunteered to stay up with the second one.  No one expected a call anymore that night.

The next morning Jack nervously dressed in casual clothes, fixed some coffee, and left for the bank.  He had not mentioned the call on his cell phone from the day before to anyone.  Arriving at the bank early, he made sure the vault was open in the back of the bank, and with some trial and error, figured out how to disarm the alarm system from the teller areas.  He listened to some condolences from his assistant, then apologized that he couldn't stay longer.  He looked around at his fellow employees, all working at their desks and oblivious to what might be taking place.  His heart was heavy.  There was still a chance.

As he left the bank, he placed a call to Sam Brody at the police department.

“Sam, it’s Jack.  I’m in a really serious situation here.  I got a call yesterday on my cell phone.”  He then proceeded to tell Sam what the call was about, and what he had done at the bank.

“Jack, you have done the right thing.  Chances are these are small time thieves, so if we can catch them, we can probably also find Coleen.  I promise you I will do all I can to get her back to you safely.  Now we know why she was abducted.  They needed your help at the bank.”

“I’m sorry I didn’t call you sooner.  I was just so afraid for Coleen.”

“We will work quickly to be ready for them when they come into the bank.  We probably have just a short time.”

The sting at the bank worked perfectly.  Some of Sam’s officers were stationed inside the vault with others dressed as bank customers and stationed in the lobby to protect the employees.  Most of the employees were moved away from their desks for safety.  There were three masked men who entered the bank around 9:30, and by 9:45 all of them were in custody.  With some interrogation, one of them revealed Coleen’s whereabouts, and they gave the police more information on the planning of the robbery.

Police were dispatched to a house near the train station on the south side of town, and there they found Coleen. She was taken to the police station, where Jack was waiting for her. 

“Jack, I’m so glad to see you!” Coleen cried as she melted into his arms. 

“Coleen, you have no idea.  Trevor is at the house, and Sue has been trying to get a flight back to the city.  The neighbors have been out looking for you, and I was almost accused in your disappearance.  It’s been a long two days.”

Sam interrupted her, saying, “Jack, we need for you and Coleen to come into the office.  We need to talk.”

Jack and Coleen followed Sam into his office, where another officer was waiting as well.  Sam looked briefly at some notes on his desk.

“We have a very uncomfortable situation here.  The men we arrested from the robbery have indicated to us that Coleen was involved with the leader, Kevin Carver, and that she was part of the plan, not a victim.  Coleen, what do you have to say about this?”
Coleen looked down at the floor, her face ashen, but did not speak.

“Kevin Carver?” said, Jack, standing up and shouting.  “Kevin is a former employee at the bank!  He was fired about six weeks ago.  What does he have to do with you?”  He turned to Coleen for an answer, but Coleen still could not face him.

“We know about Carver's employment, Jack”, said Sam.   “Evidently there has been a relationship building between Mr. Carver and your wife, and between them they decided to get money from the bank.  He wanted his revenge, and they needed money to get out of town.”

Coleen turned to Jack.  “I’m so sorry, Jack.  I have no excuses. Things with Kevin just got out of hand.  Can you ever forgive me?”

“You have the right to remain silent.......” The officer began to read Coleen her rights and took hold of her arm to lead her out of the office.  Jack slumped down in his chair.  He couldn't even look at her.

Sam walked around his desk and put his hand on Jack’s shoulder.  “Jack, I know this is really hard for you.  We will be charging Coleen with conspiracy, but she could be released on bail after she is arraigned tomorrow.  What are your thoughts?”

“I’ll find a place for her to stay, as I’m not ready to have her come home right now if she makes bail.  Sam, for Coleen, this will be a long road back to her family.  That is if she even wants to try, and I have no idea how to react to all this.  I can't believe I didn't know something was going on!”

Jack left the police station to go home to Travis.  He made a call to his attorney to send him to the police station to deal with Coleen.  How would he tell his children?  What could have gone wrong with his relationship with Coleen?  How long had this been going on?  So many questions.  

How would you have ended the story?
 
Linking with Two Shoes Tuesday and the words nervous and note.  Thanks for hosting Josie!

Linda Kay


Two Shoes Tuesdsay

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blue Monday and Wednesday Wit and Wisdom #3

Here's your challenge for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom #3 for September 24th:  Halloween is coming up quickly.  What is the funniest costume you have made, seen or worn for a Halloween Party?  Check out the instructions for linking in on Wednesday here and join the fun on Wednesday.

 

 But for this wonderful Monday, I'll join Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.  Thanks for hosting!Smiling Sally

I played around with PicMonkey a bit to get a little more blue in the water, but note the blue sky in Utah!  Hope you enjoy these.




Have a fabulous Monday! 
Linda Kay

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sunday Social Fall Roundup

My Sundays are usually pretty quiet, looking through all of the wonderful posts of blog buddies.  But for this week, I thought I'd post with Neely and Grantham Lynn and address the questions for the week.

1.  What is your favorite part of fall?  
In Texas, just getting a bit of cool down and some rain are a wonderful benefit of fall.  It's cool enough to dance in the evenings and the remaining flowers can take a breather from the hot sun.  It's also a time of celebration in Fredericksburg, as you can see from this website. September and October are beer and wine festival times.  There will be lots of people in the city, and lots of local volunteers working the festivals.  If I were back in Illinois, I'd be enjoying Fall Festivals and the turning of the trees.  Not so much in Texas!

This picture was taken in the mountains around Sundance in Utah in October of 2012.  These trees were still in color but are losing those beautiful leaves in preparation for winter.










2.  Anything special planned for fall?
Absolutely!  In mid October we are driving out to Chandler AZ to meet up with some friends from our time in Illinois to celebrate 65th birthdays.  My hubby is one of the celebrants.  We always have a fabulous time together, so are really looking forward to the trip.  For us it's a day and a half drive all the way across west Texas, New Mexico and into Arizona.  But it will be well worth it!  I'll be sharing some pictures of the trip.

3.  What is fall like in your area?  
I'll refer you back to #1 for this one.  But note these beautiful butterflies working on the Lantana in our back yard.  



4.  What is your favorite football team?  


Since neither hubby nor I attended college in Texas, we defer to the team my son-in-law and daughter (and Grandson) follow - Texas A & M.  The last couple of years have been exciting for A & M with Johnny Football, but now that he is gone, things are really going well for QB Hill and the defense has really come around.  Big score again on Saturday over SMU - 58-6!  Go Aggies!!!





5.  Do you decorate for fall?
I'm not a huge fan of changing the look of my home, but I do put out a few things to match the season.  I have a wreath on the front door and some sunflowers and a scarecrow.
Fireplace and Mantle

Dining Table


Linking to Sunday Social and the Fall Linky Party.   Thanks for stopping by!

Linda Kay

Friday, September 19, 2014

Saturday Critters Big Cats

I'm linking in with Eileen today on this lovely weekend with my Big Cats for Saturday Critters.


 These tigers are always interesting to watch at the zoo.  So graceful as they walk around their habitat.


And of course, there's the big guy.  Look at the size of those paws!


One of our favorites - the White Tiger.  We saw white tigers in Las Vegas.  And because my daughter knew hubby likes the white tigers, she gave him this picture, painted by an artist in D.C.


Isn't that just too adorable?!     Thanks for hosting!
Saturday's Critters

Have a special Saturday!

Linda Kay

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday Five - Random Ramblings

I'm not much for picking up magazines at the check-out aisle at the grocery story, but thought the O Magazine for October had some interesting articles.  So I picked it up.  And I have some other items to share with you on this Friday post.

#1.  Last Thursday I posted a picture on Facebook for Throwback Thursday that I thought you might enjoy.  This is a picture of my children when they were 1, 3, and 5.  Aren't they just adorable?

#2.  I'm very excited to have 2 book signings coming up in October for my novel, Annie's Love.  You can read the intro on B & N and Amazon, but I wanted to share with you the pictures that are the inspiration for these books I'm writing.  This was given to my grandmother for her wedding shower in 1916 and has been in my family ever since.  It depicts the three stages of love: Mother Love, Puppy Love, Accepted Love, Binding Love and Dying Love.  The first book is Mother Love, the second is in the works.  If you would like a signed copy of Annie's Love, just send me a note.  The artist was C Clyde Squires.

#3.  Thanks to all who joined in for links and discussion on Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  Check out the page on my blog for the next topic, and I'll also post it on Monday.  Some great thoughts on dieting or non-dieting, and some real success stories on weight control, something we all need to keep in mind.  Exercise, portion control seem to be most folks solutions.  The magazine also has some ideas for "Pretend Pasta" which make sense.

#4. Do you wear books?  I'm not talking about the rain boots or hiking boots, but boots to wear with your favorite outfit.  

This pair is on the web at Norstrom's, and looks pretty comfy.  I have seen lots of different styles with this short boot style, some with really high heels.  I'm thinking about getting a pair of cowgirl boots, since I don't have a decent pair.  And I do live in Texas!  

What I have observed to be really ugly on almost all the models is those half boots that are black with really high heels worn with dresses.  I think it's ugly and not very feminine, but that's just me.  What do you think of them?  

I also have a couple of pairs of calf length boots that have side zippers and I do enjoy wearing them when it's pretty cool out.  

In Texas you are going to see boots in all kinds of seasons, not just fall and winter.  The cute thing this summer was the young girls with slim figures with lacy shorts and boots.

#5.  O Magazine has a section of "Own your Quirks, Love your Flaws, Celebrate Your Style", that I found pretty funny.  One in particular was, "During sex I pretend that my boyfriend is a dentist."  OMG, that would be the last thing I'd be thinking!  And I leave you with this quote: "Personality is an act of high courage flung in the face of life."  Carl Jung

Have a fabulous Friday.  Linking to Willy Nilly Friday Five.  Thanks for hosting!


Around Roanoke

Linda Kay

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thursday Fences and Construction

It's Thursday already, and it's time for the Good Fences meme with Theresa.  Across the road from our subdivision, there is some heavy construction going on for the Former Texas Ranger Museum.  Be sure to click on the link to read about their plans and progress.  There is also a drawing of the final outcome of this center.  My son-in-law has a Texas Ranger in his family history.  There are so many historical books written about the Rangers and they are still active in law enforcement today.  My hubby took some pictures, so I've created a mosaic for you to see what is happening currently.  I'll have him take more as they progress.  You will see that the entrance gate is in place, the tower is built, and the visitor center is under construction, almost ready for a roof.


Have a wonderful Thursday.  Thanks for hosting, Theresa!
Linda Kay

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wednesday Wit and Wisdom #2

Tomorrowlady
Our topic for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom for September 17th is:  What is your experience with weight control; what works and what doesn't? Please share your thoughts on this subject with us.  You can't tell, with your advice, we might all be slim and trim by Christmas!

Remember that we are looking for wisdom and wit.  So see if you can give an example of your wisdom that also includes a bit of humor.  You can get full details here, a separate page of my blog.

My personal tip for today is:  Don't call it a diet! 

It is really hard to remember now those days when I was really slim and didn't think twice about my weight. I was working, running after kiddos and had a very busy life.  I walked with a friend for exercise, but cooked with lots of starch and fat, etc.  All of a sudden in my 40s life happened!  I gained some weight that put me from a size 10 to a size 14!  Looking at pictures of my very German ancestry, it occurred to me that I had inherited the pear shape of my paternal grandmothers.

At the time it was in vogue to do the Grapefruit diet...eat half a grapefruit in the morning to start off the day.  I don't remember the rest of the plan.  So I started buying grapefruits, lost a couple of pounds, then got tired of it, and gained them back.  The Adkins diet really worked, along with exercise, to drop quite a few pounds.  And I managed to keep them off for several years...back to size 10.  

As always, at least some of the weight comes back on without careful monitoring.  We get distracted from regular exercise and controlled eating.  After all, we are only human, and we love good food.  I've notice that many of my blogger friends are vegetarians, but I grew up eating meats, so that isn't a course of action for me.  So my next diversion into weight control was the smoothies with the protein power.  I went to the health food store and bought the protein powder, picked up some frozen fruits for the freezer (you know the ones you can open and close for freshness), and started fixing some smoothies for breakfast.  It didn't take long to also get tired of that.

So here is my theory.  Exercise, exercise...30 minutes minimum each day.  Walking is my favorite, as I can also take my puppy along and train her.  We have a pool in the subdivision, so that's a possibility.  The water weights and water aerobics are really good for strength building.  And with some friends, it's a good time to catch up on the latest news.  Then it's all about smaller portions.  When we go out, we split meals.  Eating at home, I control portions.  

Did I mention that my hubby is the victim of my various plans for dieting?  He is an apple shape guy, Type 2 diabetic, and has family history to contend with.  He just smiles and goes along with whatever plan I'm on, bless his heart.  But we keep working at weight control.  We just don't call it a diet!  

I found this article in AARP.  See what you think!

Share with us your experience with weight control!  Thanks!       Linda Kay


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Long Road Back #3, Two Shoes Tuesday

#3 - This is the third installment of the story of Jack and Coleen.  If you have not read the first two, check #1 here and #2 here.

Jack paced the floor nervously, hearing the caller’s voice in his mind.  The voice wasn't familiar, as it had been muffled.  There was no indication that it might be someone he knew, except he did have Jack’s cell phone number.  Maybe he got it from Coleen’s cell phone, as her purse was not in the house.  And just maybe she was with this person who was calling.  That would be a good sign.

What should he do?  Should he tell the police about the call?  They were going to be tapping his home phone, but nothing had been said about his cell as yet. The doorbell rang, and Jack opened the door to two police officers with some technical equipment in their hands. 

“We are here to set up the phone tap before a kidnapping call comes in, Jack, so we can trace any call about your wife.”  They let themselves in past Jack and looked around the living room for the house phone. 

“Dave, let’s set up over here.  Jack, this will only take a few minutes, then we will just wait here until we hear something.”  They quickly got down to business with their monitors and connections.

Jack looked nervously at his watch.  It was already 7:30.  Just then, Trevor walked down the stairs, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. 

“Trevor, these gentlemen are here setting up the tracing equipment.  I need to run to the store for a few supplies, so could you stay with them for a few minutes?”  Jack tried to remain calm, not too anxious.

 After everyone was in place, Jack walked nonchalantly to his car, backed out of the driveway, and headed to the park.  He pulled into a parking space just before 8 o’clock.  His cell phone rang.

“This is Jack.” he answered.

“Listen carefully.  You are to go to work at the bank in the morning.  Make some excuse about some pressing matter to get away from the house.  While you are at the bank, you will make sure the safe is open and disconnect the alarm system.  Then you can leave, so as not to raise any suspicion about why you are not helping in the search for your wife.  If everything goes as planned, your wife will be returned to you after we have what we are looking for in the bank, and when we are safely away from the scene.  No cops!  Do you understand me?”

“Yes, but can I talk to my wife?”

“Not now.”  The phone was dead again.

Jack got back into his car and drove home.  His mind was racing.  Why wouldn’t they let him talk to Coleen?  What were they after in the bank?  If he didn’t tell the police, would they find him responsible for whatever happened at the bank?  He would have to come up with some excuse for going into the bank in the morning, because he had no choice.  His only decision was how to involve the authorities.

Linking with Two Shoes Tuesday.  Words for today are before or after.  Thanks for hosting!
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The final episode next week!
Linda Kay

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monday Mosaic and Writing for Wednesday

Just a reminder...........  Our topic for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom for September 17th is:  What is your experience with weight control; what works and what doesn't? Please share your thoughts on this subject with us on your blogsite.  Then you can link in on Wednesday.  You can't tell, with your advice, we might all be slim and trim by Christmas!  

Remember that we are looking for wisdom and wit.  So see if you can give an example of your wisdom that also includes a bit of humor.  You can find details on a separate page of my blog here.

For this wonderful Monday morning, I've created two mosaics to share with Lavender Cottage Gardening and Monday Mosaics.  There are still flowers growing in my back yard and on the porch, along with some green plants, one of which is very weird.  The wide leaved plan is a Night Blooming Cereus, but we haven't seen any blooms on it, even at night.  It's all floppy and has very strange leaves, but keeps growing like crazy!
Hubby took the pictures of the flowers and the bees that are busily working on getting the pollen.  The lower right flower is a passion flower, and often the blooms die before they open.  There is also a worm that really likes them.  So this bloom is really rare for us.

The trumpet flower is from a cross vine.  It is loaded with blooms in the early spring, then suddenly some will appear with their orange blooms in late summer, just not as many.  The vine is really invasive, so has to be cut back constantly.

Have a wonderful Monday!
Linda Kay
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