Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

How are you spending today?
 I spending it with my folks, Papa & Grandma, Uncle Clint and Marissa (from CVFD) ~
~We ate too much good food, did dishes, played Mexican Train (dominoes), and we'll start a little fire in the wood stove tonight!

I don't know who this is....do you?
What is it with these cute actress/pin up girls having their photos taken with Turkeys?   (I could not share all I found, I did NOT approve of them all)   I wondered if they were supposed to be "moral boosters" for the "boys overseas".

Marlo Thomas from "That Girl"
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many -
not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
- Charles Dickens
Rita Hayworth.
Here is a nice song sung by the McGuire Sisters for you to go listen to:
"May You Always"        

May you always walk in sunshine
Slumber warm when night winds blow
May you always live with laughter
For a smile becomes you so

May good fortune find your doorway
May the bluebird sing your song
May no trouble travel your way
May no worry stay too long

May your heartaches be forgotten
May no tears be spilled
May old acquaintance be remembered
And your cup of kindness filled

And may always be a dreamer
May your wildest dream come true
May you find someone to love
As much as I love you

(May your heartaches be forgotten)
(May no tears be spilled)
May old acquaintance be remembered
And your cup of kindness filled

And may always be a dreamer
May your wildest dream come true
May you find someone to love
As much as I love you

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Blessing #8



 Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many -
not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
- Charles Dickens


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Blessing #7


 May your right hand always be
stretched out in friendship, never in want.
- Irish Blessing

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sunday Blessing #6


May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Grandma "Pete"

Grandma passed over the river....I'm so sad that she is gone and will miss her so, and  I am sad for her family.  But for her sake, I am glad that her pain is over. All her grief, heavy burdens and pain are gone.  For those things I am happy...but maybe happy is not the right word, maybe I should say relieved....

Please forgive me if I don't shed a lot of tears- I don't yet know if I will or not, I don't want you to think I'm callused or hardhearted but you see I have been doing a lot of grieving over the idea of Grandma's passing for years now (you can ask my Mom- like every couple of months if not more often....).

I have known Grandma "Pete" for a long, long time- most of my life something like 23 years, she has been my other Grandma- my local Grandma.  The one who cheered me on, the one who thought that I was just fine the way I was, and who I knew loved me unconditionally.

We also had a mutual LOVE for Myrna Loy, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore. =)

I first met Grandma Pete at Hannah Hale's 2nd Birthday party- I was a shy 6 year old, but I loved her. You want to know why?  Because my friends loved her, and because she brought a package of those Picture "15 puzzles"- there was one extra, and Grandma gave it to me (that was the only one I ever owned)!  Why did my brothers and I call her Grandma Pete?  She went with Grandpa Pete!  We don't know who started it, but that's what we called them - Grandma and Grandpa Pete. 

The last time Grandma called me by name was while she was in the hospital this last late Winter/early Spring...I miss that- she had an interesting way of pronouncing "Adrienne" that no one else had.  Another thing that makes me sad is that she won't see me married & she'll never get to meet my children.

I don't remember now, but either Tuesday or Wednesday last week despite how not "with it" Grandma was (and has been), she thanked me for coming and taking care of her...that was special, because she had not done so in a long while.

I want to thank the Hale Family for letting me be a part of Grandma's life- for sharing her with me...I loved her so.  And she loved me...she told me more than once!  =)

"Good bye, Grandma...I love you and I'll see you "next week"."


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 Her obituary can be found here:


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Sunday Blessing #5



If I choose to bless another person,
I will always end up feeling more blessed.
- Marianne Williamson

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Blessing #4

 

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.
- Irish Blessing

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Blessing #3


May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Sunday Blessing #2


May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
- Irish Blessing

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

"THM" (sugar-free) mint chocolates for my dieting friends

 

I was trying to make "THM" approved mint chocolates for my dieting friends...this is what I did:
 
6 drops Peppermint EO (here)  (next time, I would try 4-5 drops)
1/2 c. Cocoa Powder
1c (8 oz) Coconut oil
1/4 c. Xylitol
4 drops Vanilla Cream Stevia
"Some" Instant Powdered Milk to try to make it "creamy"
and maybe 2c. unsweetened coconut to try and make it all mix up better....and save it.....

I heated it, mixed it, and put it in the food processor to make it all better.....

FYI: they must be kept in the fridge!

....I liked them, and the friends who like dark chocolate like them, and the ones who really like peppermint liked them too!  =)



                                                                          ~Happy Eating!
Adrienne

What does THM stand for?
a) Trim Healthy Man
b) Trim Healthy Mama
c) Trim Healthy Minions
d) Trim Healthy Me
e) Trim Healthy Madness
d) all of the above

Monday, September 29, 2014

Musical Monday: The Weavers - "So Long"

This has been a fun Summer~  thank you for letting me share with you!   I'm not sure what I'll be up to this Fall...so stay tuned!  =)
Embedded video today!




                                                                         

The Weavers - "So Long" 

Wikipedia says:
"The Weavers were an American folk music quartet based in the Greenwich Village area of New York City. They sang traditional folk songs from around the world, as well as blues, gospel music, children's songs, labor songs, and American ballads, and sold millions of records at the height of their popularity. Their hard-driving string-band style inspired the commercial "folk boom" that followed them in the 1950s and 1960s, including such performing groups as The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Rooftop Singers and Bob Dylan."


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Blessing #1

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Friday, September 26, 2014

Food on Friday: early morning Sunshine

I got up earlier one morning (to get ready to go to work), and the sun was shining in- but not all over, just one sliver through the door, and onto the counter. The only thing illumined was the Pizza Dough* jar.  I thought it was very pretty, and as I clicked the camera, my brain replayed the (phrased) quote from "Miss. Potter":  "....and suddenly I realized that the pretty thing in the light that I was drawing was the pig's swill bucket!"


*The recipe can be found HERE (and it's really easy and so tasty- we use white spelt flour, and there is a THM option if you are in to that!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: my new shirts

Do you remember my yellow shirt that Elizabeth copied so I could have my very own pattern?
(she made the blue one I'm wearing in the photo)

This plaid shirt was the first one I made (last summer):

Next I made this yellow one!
(with buttons on the sleeve!)

Then I made the white shirt:
(it's a eyelet type "quilt top"/"little squares pieced together" kind of fabric)

And a blue one (the fabric and buttons where souvenirs from Carson City, NV):

(The back of the yellow has elastic too, but  no buttons. The others do not have elastic.)

I was never crazy about the blue shirt that Elizabeth made, and never wore it....until at last I figured out what it needed!  Some button bling!  Now I like it a lot!  =)




Can you tell that I really like this shirt pattern?    I'm thinking up some new shirts...   =)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Musical Monday: Paul Yoon/Les Miserables - "Castle on a Cloud"

While I'm not a huge fan of Les Miserables,  I did enjoy the book when Mom read it to us way back when (I liked Tale of 2 Cities better),  and I do like some of the music. =)

The following is instrumental, and I think that it's lovely:




                                                                          What did you think?  =)