Friday, January 29, 2016

It's Friday!

Can you believe January is coming to a close already? It's been a really busy month for me, so hopefully February will slow down just a bit. I'll share a bit with you today for Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday.

1. Polly got a haircut, and loves hanging out on the Blue Afghan on our small sofa.

2. For you dog lovers, I thought this was pretty cute: (Polly grumbles when I turn over and disturb her in her sleep)
3. Corn Chowder. Someone asked what it was when I posted last week that we were having it for the Soup Group. Here's a recipe, and for you bacon lovers, this is wonderful! Harvest Corn Chowder

1# Bacon
1 Yellow Onion, Diced
6 Large Carrots, peeled and diced
Red Bell Pepper (cut into small strips)
8 Ears fresh corn, cut from the cob
16 oz can black beans
1/2 c. butter
2 T. granulated chicken bouillon
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1/2 to 1 c. flour
2 c. cream
2 qt. milk
6 green onions.

Chop bacon into small bites sized pieces and saute in large pan until almost crips. Add diced yellow onion and cook for 1 minute. Peel and cut carrots, add to pot and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Clean and remove seeds from red bell peppers. Cut into small strips and add to veg. mix. Cut corn from the cobs and add to pot. Fold in drained black beans. Saute until the corn begins to brown on the edges. Remove vegetables from the pot. Add butter, and with a whisk fold in chicken bouillon, pepper and flour. Cook until the butter is absorbed. Slowly add cream and continue to cook, stir in milk for desired soup consistency and add vegetables and simmer to unite flavors. Top each serving with diced green onions. The soup will thicken after cooking. Thin down soup by adding more mil or chicken broth when reheating.

4.  And I have to be fair to the cat lovers as well, pretty adorable:

5. I spent Monday last with the bookkeeper in my SIL's office, working with her and the office accountant on establishing QuickBooks, as well as some other accounting issues. And I am pleased to announce that my old CPA brain still works! We have streamlined a good deal of the work being done in the office. Some employees may find it difficult for a while, but it will be fine in the long run. Change is always difficult for some. How about you, can you relate a work experience where major changes took place?

Have a great weekend my friends. 

Linda Kay

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fancy Entry

Haven't joined in with Good Fences for a while, so when we out driving in the countryside this weekend, I found one to share.

Spectacular entrances to subdivisions seem to be the norm here in Texas now, so this one is a stone fence leading up to stone columns, with a backdrop of a mini stone fence naming the subdivision. Love the live oak trees preserved in the center.

Happy Thursday!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


The quote from Patricia at "Patricia's Place" this week is from Eleanor Roosevelt..."No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

It occurs to me that this inspirational lady deserves a bit of attention on my blog today, as her life is encouraging to many people. She overcame some real challenges and became really involved in the political life of Franklin D Roosevelt, her husband.

Here is a quote from the article linked above. My search at this site included a video talking about her life.

After her husband suffered a polio attack in 1921, Eleanor stepped forward to help Franklin with his political career. When her husband became president in 1933, Eleanor dramatically changed the role of the first lady. Not content to stay in the background and handle domestic matters, she showed the world that the first lady was an important part of American politics. She gave press conferences and spoke out for human rights, children's causes and women's issues, working on behalf of the League of Women Voters. She even had her own newspaper column, "My Day." She also focused on helping the country's poor, stood against racial discrimination and, during World War II, traveled abroad to visit U.S. troops.
For her active role in public policy, Eleanor was heavily criticized by some. She was praised by others, however, and today, she is regarded by as a leader of women's and civil rights, as well as one of the first public officials to publicize important issues through the mass media.
Two more quotes from Eleanor:
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Many individuals come to my mind when thinking of this quote, those who have forged ahead in all sorts of situations, despite the negativity from the press, friends, family, etc. Who can you think of? 

Thanks for hosting this one Patricia!

Linda Kay

Monday, January 25, 2016

Age-affected Attention Deficit Disorder

I'm sure you will find this video really amusing, as it made me laugh. I shared it with some friends, who then shared some hilarious things they had done as well. Do you have this disorder? (Just three minutes, YouTube Video)

We just can't be "blue" about this, can we? Joining in today with Sally for Blue Monday. Can't wait to see your thoughts on this!

Linda Kay

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Ramblings

Do you have a new adult coloring book? It's the newest recommendation for stress relief, and my sweet grandson got me one for Christmas, along with a set of colored pencils. The drawings in the book are so intricate that pencils is the only solution to coloring, as crayons would be too big. Here are a couple of my "masterpieces".

Similar to a puzzle, it's hard to walk away from a page until you have it completed, so I'm not sure that it doesn't ADD stress to your day. ;-)

Good news that my older brother, Dan, is now recovering from his hip surgery. For some reason he had terrible pain after the second day from surgery, and has had a challenging time getting moving in the therapy. His arthritis had been so painful before and he had hoped for relief. He's on the road to recovery, now has two knees and a shoulder as well as the hip replaced. Mr. Bionic Man.

The new shed is now wired for lights and outlets, so we can call the city to inspect it and take down our "permit" sign. We also had them put up an additional outside light for the patio area. I think we are done with the electrician. Next project is to finish the fencing and have the two trees brought in.

I've been busy with my crocheting project to make this shawl. I've had the pattern forever, but finally got the yarn and tackled it. 

We finally have our bird feeders up, and guess who came to visit?
I'll leave you with this bit of wisdom for a Friday. Today we are loading up our car to help our good friends Larry and Judy move some of the more delicate things to their new house in New Braunfels. We are happy to help them, but not happy that they are leaving us....but only an hour away.
Joining in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting, ladies!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Home Design

Which design fits your style?

Rustic Country?

Not sure of the category of this one. Is it haunted or just beautifully designed?

Sharing with Outdoor Wednesday on my soup group day. I'm fixing corn chowder for lunch. Want to come over?

Linda Kay

Monday, January 18, 2016

Blue, blue, love is blue.

At the thrift shop "Finds" I took some pictures of items in Blue to share with you and with Sally for Blue Monday. Thanks for hosting!

A cute display for a summer hat, some blue bottles, and the perfect sign for a glass of wine!

Might be the ugliest blue combination I've seen with the lime green. What do you think?

Nice Blue pots, but not sure I like the blue handles. Anyway, I passed them by.

Enjoy this beautiful music by Paul Mauriat from the 60s!

Have a special week, and check out the blues on Sally's website!

Linda Kay

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday "Finds"

By this past Friday, my week had been pretty hectic. I told hubby that I was planning to stay home all day to get some things done. Then my friend Coleen called and asked if I wanted to go to Kerrville. Needless to say, I grabbed a quick shower and was ready in 30 minutes. 

1. Off we went. Our first stop was to find the nursing and rehab center where our friend Ruth currently resides. Ruth is the loveliest 88 year old you will ever meet. We found her and spent some time laughing and visiting. She is doing pretty well, but has to be close by for dialysis treatments. 

2. After leaving Ruth at her dining table, we left to go thrift shopping. Here are some of the unusual items we found at "Finds"

My daughter collects roosters, but I think these dishes are really too much even for her.

3. That night we saw the movie Revenant with Leo DiCaprio. Oh my goodness, he should get an Oscar, but the movie is very shall we say "graffic". He has already won a Golden Globe, as did the movie. It was really good - 156 minutes!

4. My dilemma is now fixed. As you can see from the above picture, the light in the breakfast area of the house was hung in the center of the room, However, the window is off to the left of center, the table in front of it, so the light had to be "swagged" over to above the center of the table. I can't tell you how many tall guys have bumped their heads. So here's the result.

5. I leave you with this:

Have a really special weekend, my dear friends! Linking in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January Past

It's Hump Day! Time for Outdoor Wednesday.

This picture was taken in January of 2015 at the bird feeder. The weather was a bit chilly, as you can see the birds sort of fluffed out. And they were hungry. The rose below was one of the last ones on the antique rose bushes, so not looking too good.

The weather here in January this year is really hard to predict. The weather people can't get it right at all. In any case, we go from 30 up to 70 and back to 30, even below that to freezing. The good thing is, no snow!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and the rest of your week, my friends.

Linda Kay

Monday, January 11, 2016

Spaceship Earth

How differently we look at days of the week. Over the Christmas/New Year holidays I had no idea what day it was with all those special days and "eves" falling on Friday. This brings me to Patricia's quote for the week: “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.
We are all crew.”
Marshall McLuhan

I'm guessing that the meaning has to do with the fact that everyone has a place and a responsibility to keep the Earth going, allowing none of us to just sit back and enjoy the ride. I recently heard on talk radio about the changes that are happening in Saudi Arabia with the drop in oil prices. Here's an article that addresses a part of the issue: Saudi Arabia is ruled by the House of Saud, and a large percentage of the people work for the government in some form or other. It's a pretty interesting development if you would like to read more. Events in this country could effect other countries as well.

I do take issue with this statement, as it seems that more and more are becoming dependent on social welfare in our country. A friend shared the following with me this week.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."

That's a pretty astounding statement by this Scottish history professor. Those of you who might be history buffs, what do you think? Are we all part of the crew? Or are some just passengers on the Spaceship Earth? I leave you with this.....

Happy Monday. Be sure to see what others have observed from this statement at Patricia's Place.  Thanks for hosting. I've been a little busy with my other life (accounting) lately, so have been a bit preoccupied. I'll be back up to speed soon.

Linda Kay

Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday thoughts

I've taken a few pictures lately to share with you, so thought I'd join in with Five on Friday and Willy Nilly Friday 5 if Amy and Tanya have them open this early in the year. Thanks for hosting the memes ladies!

January 6th was Epiphany. Sort of the end of Christmas for us Christians. So this past Sunday, the ladies of the church organized and set up the 16th annual Epiphany Tea for all the ladies of the church (and daughters). A number of ladies have beautiful sets of dishes and a knack for decorating a beautiful table. I thought I would share a few of these with you.

There were finger sandwiches, cookies, and two kinds of tea for us to enjoy.

My daughters and granddaughters went bowling on the granddaughters' last day in Texas before returning to Illinois. Grandson Carson got in the picture with them.
This was an interesting quote and picture on Facebook for the new year.

What a wonderful thought to have this collage as a representative of God's paintbrush.

And finally, a cute reminder of time gone by. Remember Dick and Jane and Spot?

Have a wonderful weekend, this the second in our new year 2016!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday Outdoors

On January 2, some friends joined us in visiting a couple of the myriad of wineries near Fredericksburg...the Texas Wine Trail. When you click on the link, you will see that traveling East from Fredericksburg toward Johnson City, there are many stops for wine tastings. All kinds of transportation is available from town for a pretty nominal fee, so one has a designated driver. Since we only visited two, we could drive ourselves. ;-)

The first one we visited was Barons Creek Vineyards, which is really very new to the area. Three brothers (Chase) and their wives designed and built it, along with two sets of townhouses to rent for B & Bs. 
I took this picture in the rain. It was raining and about 40 degrees, but the winery is quite beautiful inside, and they have great plans for the future. Some of the wines were good...liked the Pinot Noir, and hubby liked the Crazy Train red.

From here we journeyed on to Grape Creek Vineyards, which also has a tasting room in town on Main Street. A couple of their wines were not available, and we were not as enthused about the wines as we were at Barons Creek. They do have a lovely setting, had a band playing, and also serve food there.

You can see from the photos that it was still raining. But we bundled up and forged ahead.

I saw this picture on Facebook of the roller coaster ride at Six Flags outside of St. Louis and am thinking of Mike at Billions of Versions of Normal. He has water rising all around him. 
I'm joining in with Susan at asoutherndaydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

Monday, January 4, 2016

Thinking and Doing

“If you spend too much time thinking about
a thing you’ll never get it done.”
Bruce Lee

What a great quote to use for the New Year. Resolutions sort of fall in this category of thinking too much about something without any action. Did you spend time thinking about a plan for 2016?

I like to think of the New Year as challenges to address, rather than resolutions. I’ll share a few of these with you.

1. This week I need to get back into the file cabinets in my brain to convert an accounting system in my son-in-law’s office to QuickBooks. Now I have not used QuickBooks extensively for a little over a year. This new accounting software will integrate with the patient software to streamline some antiquated processes. The installation will be on Thursday, at which time I also need to train the current accounting individual on its use. I can’t take too much time thinking about it, but rather relying on my recall as we access the software.

2. On the 17th we are having an open house in our new neighborhood to celebrate the publishing of my new novel, “Out of Darkness to Accepted Love”. I have printed out some postcards and an article will appear in the local newspaper announcing the book and the open house. I have no idea how many will attend. Too much time thinking about that will get me all nervous and jittery. I will plan some snacks and a great punch recipe and determine to have fun.

3. Our garage is becoming more organized as we move things to the new shed. Hubby is going through some boxes of papers and memorabilia to determine the necessity of keeping the contents. He’s a collector, just shy of a hoarder when it comes to papers and magazines. Our car is in the garage now, but not much room to move around. We just need to stop thinking about it and just get it done.

I actually haven’t thought too much about other challenges and resolutions for the year ahead. I like to be spontaneous and go with the flow. Great quote Patricia.

Blessings to all my readers for the upcoming year. 

Linda Kay
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