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Making Flower Beds

Friday, September 10, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Now that we're getting some 'really cooler' weather here in the mountains, like 60 degrees first thing in the morning, we decided to put in a flower bed in the front yard. We have a good sized boulder and would like to come out about 6-feet in a semi-circle in front of it, making the bed about 18 to 24 inches high. And our idea was to make a short wall in that shape, then fill the flower bed with top soil. We found a spot about 30 miles from our home where we can pick up all the rocks we want, rocks that ranged from big to little, so we can easily fill all the little niches as we progress with our wall. So far I believe we have made four loads with our SUV and think about two more loads should complete the task.

It will be fun to have it filled with petunias, pansies, geraniums, lavender and in the back perhaps a couple of blooming shrubs, such as sage or something. I would like to think of a flower that would flow gracefully over the edge of the wall we have created to give it a cheerful, friendly look all summer long.

Hauling rocks is not only fun, it's a great exercise!!

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THPEAKY 9/11/2010 8:34AM

    How about wave petunias? That rock wall sounds wonderful! I built one as a dry stack retaining wall in my back yard and have salmon colored petunias spilling over the wall...long with countless pear tomatoes! Happy gardening!

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STILLFLYIN 9/10/2010 4:20PM

    Sounds so purty!

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CATLADY52 9/10/2010 3:45PM

    Right on, escpecially the part about haling rocks. I'm sure it will look great once you have everything in. emoticon

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Apple Pie with Homegrown Apples

Monday, September 06, 2010

emoticon emoticon Nothing makes the kitchen smell any better than homemade apple pie! Sunday I was out checking the apples on our trees at our summer home and one tree especially had HUGE apples on it. Turning slightly red I figured they must be about ready to eat. I picked three of them and had them sitting next to the sink when I started to think about a pie.

First of all, we didn't have a pieplate at the summer home!
Secondly we didn't have a rolling pin up there either (piecrust, you know) and NO, I didn't have any of the ready-made crusts. You have to understand Yarnell is a VERY small town and even if the grocery store HAD been open, I doubt if their inventory would have run to pie crusts. So....... I had to improvise.

I found a cute little soup shaped dish (with a lid) that was about 5 inches across and much deeper than I needed, but decided to make do. There was only two of us so how big of a pie did we need? I had Crisco and flour, and for a rolling pin I made do with a bottle of wine (I did not drink it first -- filled gave it more heft).
In no time I had my pie crust in place and was cutting up nice small pieces of apples -- I don't like the big chunks you get in frozen pies. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, a tad bit of artificial sweetener (so as to not go overboard) lol -- and a very small sprinkling of flour. As an extra flourish I chopped up a few pecans and added those also. Adjusted the top crust, gave it a dusting of cinnamon/sugar and into the oven it went. While it was baking we went for a walk with the dog. Smelled good when we got home, but not done yet -- finally it was ready. It was a big hit with the BF and I liked it too. Wish I had vanilla ice cream to top if off, but better for me that it wasn't available.

Anyone want a few apples -- we've got bag after bag of them. I'm going to try making apple butter tomorrow.

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LUNADRAGON 9/7/2010 8:38PM

    Sounds great! I just got our first local mac's this week and they are delicious.

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PSMITH3841 9/7/2010 11:36AM

    Sounds yummy...fall was the best time, next to Christmas, for the goodies my Mother and Grandmother made...applesauce, apple butter, apple dumplings, Pie....I think that's one of the reasons I'm a better baker than cook...It might be a good idea to pick up some of the baking necessities for the summer home....hmmm, can't let those opportunities pass...I think you were pretty ingenious with the substitutes....."Necessity, the mother of invention!" (or something like that) emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/7/2010 10:49AM

    Sounds delicious. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/7/2010 9:53AM

    Yum, sounds so good. I love home grown foods.

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183WANTS2B140 9/7/2010 9:11AM

    Just reading this makes me want to see if I have any apples. emoticon

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SARABETH_60 9/7/2010 8:18AM

    Yum - and how wonderful that you found work-arounds for it all! I haven't had pie from apples right off the tree since I left home - my mom was big on her fruit trees. Let me know and next time I'll drop by... chuckles...

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/7/2010 6:47AM

    Yummmm, smells delicious emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/7/2010 5:20AM

    emoticonPie I love all kinds of Pie
my neighbor has 2 apple trees in her yard so I have been getting apples too
I have made dry apples - applesauce - apple butter - frozen some apples for pies or cakes and just eating apples on my food plan
Enjoy your apple stuff

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Still Learning at 71

Sunday, September 05, 2010

OK, so I'm OLD! But I'm not dead! And I figure one of the best ways to stay young is to continue learning. So the end of August I signed up for a college course entitled MUS121 or in plain English "Music to Your Ears." It will teach me everything I ever wanted to know about classical music.

I happen to "like" classical music, even though I have friends that look at me when I tell them about the class, like "what?" you signed up for "what?" Maybe it does sound a little high brow, but it will give me a better understanding of music without actually knowing how to play.

They say a person is never too old to learn, and a couple of years ago I took an online college course (as this one is) and found it fascinating. It was rather hard in the beginning until I realized exactly what the Professor expected -- but after that it was kind of fun. And I ended up with a high A; and hope to do the same in this class.

There is no special reason for taking it, other than perhaps to be a little more knowledgeable when speaking about the subject. Although lurking in the back of my mind is the old saying that the best way to avoid Alzheimer's is to keep an active mind. I'm doing that.


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CBEVNOW 9/7/2010 2:32AM

    Sounds good to me. emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 9/6/2010 9:29PM

    Who needs a special's music, that's reason enough...and that Alzheimer thing is another good one.... Anyway, brain cells are a terrible thing to waste!I think I might have lost a few in the 60's, and I'm continually taking classes to try to get them back LOL! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/5/2010 4:37PM

    That sounds like a fun course. I like clasical music but don't listen much any more. I'll get back into listening to it more often. Thanks for the nudge to the brain cells. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/5/2010 12:35PM

    But there IS a special reason to take the course -- you will probably enjoy it. Keep on learning and having fun doing so!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/5/2010 8:41AM

    emoticonI would love to take that class with you wish they had that here
emoticon emoticonenjoy

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SARABETH_60 9/5/2010 7:18AM

    You've got the right idea - learning is a good way to keep brain cells active and happy. And classical music - what a great way to relax!! Say hello to Mozart for me.


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ROSY_TIAMO 9/5/2010 7:12AM

    Good for you! I've been thinking about doing that for quite a while now. Hearing that you had good luck with online courses, just might make me finally do it. Good luck and have fun!

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Groovin' n Movin'

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Oh for the energy we had as a kid! But even now as adults we can put our good moods to work for us! You DO have good moods now and then, don't you?

Like today I was finishing up getting things unpacked from my move and as I put things away I added little flourishes as I bent or stretched up to put something on a top shelf. And while you're at it, put in an extra little twirl or two and you might even add a couple of kicks! You know that old saying "Dance like no one is looking!" -- give it a try, you might find that the pounds suddenly start to melt away and you won't even be aware WHY! It's because you're moving more! So when a snappy tune comes on the radio or TV, get up off your b--- behind and just go with the flow. Remember how you used to jitterbug???

Don't take life too seriously -- no one gets out alive, so loosen up a little and add some fun to your life. Move it! Laugh whenever you can! And when you feel a bit tired, just plop down across the bed for five minutes..... you'd be surprised how it can revive you!

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SEESTARS 9/7/2010 10:59AM

    Great blog!

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CBEVNOW 9/7/2010 2:41AM

    I'm with you all the way. I have this habit of in elevators when music is on dancing and when it stops to open the door i stop dancing its probley all on camera (who cares).And TH i know what you mean. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Caroline

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/2/2010 3:40PM

    Ditto to everything you said. There's only one thing, at this point in my life I have to dance a little slower but I still dance. The jitterbug is my all time favorite. Still do it but at a much different pace. It's more fun to dance and laugh at life than not.......

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PSMITH3841 9/2/2010 11:09AM

    Ah, a girl after my own heart!!! My neighbor across the driveway gets a kick out of watching me clean...I turn my Oldies on and boogie while I'm doing my housework... My vacuum does a mean jitterbug! It does make the job seem to go faster (it really does take longer, I just have to finish the dance, don't cha know!) but you're right about the calorie burn, every little bit helps.... emoticon

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THPEAKY 9/2/2010 7:42AM

    Haha!! I get lots of laughs because I can high kick at nearly 60! I also say "if they don't want you to dance in the grocery store they shouldn't play music"! Bravo, SCOTMAMA!

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Hallelulia! The Move Is Over!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

emoticon Today was the first day in my fiance's home -- and while it didn't go as I had planned, at least I was here! The movers decided they couldn't do it all in one day and they still brought things over today. They broke my stone dining table, and they damaged one of my nightstands. The table will have to be replaced, and I'm not sure if I can get the nightstand repaired or not. It is from Italy with a very high gloss finish, but I might be able to find someone really talented who could do it. That particular line of furniture is no longer available so I can't just go buy another one (and of course it matches the set).

That part of the bad news I already knew last night, so rather than be mad or in a bad mood all evening -- I drank a bottle of wine! Yep! It did the trick, I was in a terrific mood and..... I was asleep by 9 o'clock. lol

Woke up at 3:00 a.m.and did some ironing, put a few things away, but most of the furniture I needed to really be able to put stuff away was still missing, but after an hour or two I had tired myself out sufficiently to go back to bed and get some more sleep. Woke up before 7:00 and decided to go over and get my new HDTV my daughter had just bought me -- I didn't want to take a chance on them damaging THAT!

They were gone by 3:00 taking my ruined table with them to put in some dump somewhere. And I went shopping, you know the feeling when you get full of all that energy -- and at the 4th store I went to I hit paydirt! I found a table I liked at a price I liked, and also saw a really cute little end table that I couldn't resist so that was my treat for doing all the hard work of the move! It's good to indulge yourself when you have the chance.

Tonight all my cookbooks are nicely stored away in the bookcase again, the china hutch is filled with all my beautiful stuff, the baker's rack in almost done, and even the pictures in the bed and bath are hung. A little bit more accessorizing and art to be hung, and it will be "our" home. It's getting more of my personality all the time, so of course I'm more comfortable with it. And my dog has finally decided the new (smaller) doggy door is OK, and she's using it regularly! Maybe in a few days I can head back up to the mountains for a cool rest -- I need it!!!

Thanks for all the support and advice while going through this hectic week -- so happy to have it over and done with!

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PSMITH3841 8/29/2010 8:10PM

    emoticon emoticonGo to your mountain retreat and relax!!! You earned it! emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/29/2010 2:56PM

    emoticon you did it with 99.9% of your marbles. emoticon on the purchases, and both of you can relax and enjoy your lives. emoticon

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SARABETH_60 8/29/2010 10:17AM

    It's so nice to feel settled in. And good for you for giving yourself a treat!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/29/2010 7:52AM

    emoticonto hear things got broke but glad you found some new things to replace some of it. Glad the move is over now you can enjoy time with the new BF enjoy your new place.

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NANCYCA555 8/29/2010 4:18AM

    That's a drag when movers wreck your furniture. Good for you for maintaining such a good attitude about it. You're going to do great in your new home and your new life.

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THPEAKY 8/29/2010 1:58AM

    Excellent: I have been following the saga as I live out the saga of my basement. You keep me inspired! Well done...go enjoy the cool of the mountains.

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LUNADRAGON 8/29/2010 1:15AM

    Ah, I have gotten where I know something will be broken every move. My husband's mother's rocking chair, my spinning wheel were two items that come to my mind, as well as the desk my mother refinished for me before she passed. It is only stuff.
Enjoy getting settled in, and decorating your new digs. That is half the fun! And it is great you found some suitable bargain replacements that you like.

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/29/2010 1:10AM

    Glad that is done! Now, time to relax and enjoy!

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EJHEINRICH1 8/29/2010 12:44AM

    Congrats on your move! I made a big one in January and It was a bad move. The movers did a lot of damage. I was quite upset because I have a lot of antiques.
Have fun in the mountains!

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DWROBERGE 8/29/2010 12:38AM

    Has to be a great feeling when done with a move. Congratulations. Now, get on with your life.

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