Sunday, October 20, 2013

How Do You Measure One's Life

My dear father-in-law died this past Tuesday.  He was 94 years old.  A brilliant man, he spoke several languages and traveled throughout the world.  An expert in his chosen field, he was co-author of a book and many publications.
To my husband, he was a role model father.  To my children, he was their Grampa.  To me, he was a kind, genuine man.  He's in a better place now, but I will be forever grateful for the fact that when he was around, we all experienced a little piece of Heaven on earth.
Rest in peace John - we loved you.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Weekend

Yesterday brought another round of outstanding fall weather.  It also brought with it, my first cold of the year.  Regardless of the cold, I enjoyed myself thoroughly.  I bought my mom a new to her sofa because she will be moving into her own apartment the first of November.  This will be both exciting and scary for her.  We are focusing on the exciting aspects of it.
The sun was shining and the temperature a unseasonal 73 degrees (perfect if you ask me :).
I mowed the lawn...
Enjoyed my pumpkins...
Walked through the woods...
 and stopped every once in awhile to enjoy the scenery...
because everything is just so beautiful...
a few of my pets enjoyed it too..
Yes, Smudge does go for walks with me!!!

My baby girl - Violet :)
I went on a jaunt with Dave to an alpaca farm...
We had so much fun.
I got some wonderful decorating ideas...
and we got to see these wonderful creatures...
Aren't they absolutely adorable?
This is a mother and her baby...
So very, very peaceful.
Today it is raining.  I have put my crock pots to good use - one has chili in it, the other has apples cooking down for homemade apple sauce.  My house smells heavenly (so the guys tell me :).  My fledgling cold has manifested itself into a nasty villain.  Such is life.  I hope your weekend was good also.  Have a great night.

Sunday Morning Muffins

Want something quick, easy and delicious to enjoy with your Sunday morning cup of joe?  
Try these.
I call them Sunday Morning Muffins.
You can call them whatever you want. 
The recipe calls for two ingredients:

One box cake mix (I used a yellow cake mix, however, I think spice would be the bomb!!!)
One small can of pumpkin puree

Mix together - do not add eggs, oil, etc. - just mix dry cake mix and pumpkin.
Place in greased muffin tins, bread pans (whatever your heart desires), sprinkle with sugar and bake at 350 degrees until done.

I hope you enjoy them.
Have a great day!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013


It never ceases to amaze me at how fast things change.  Last weekend the leaves on my trees were still green.
This weekend the leaves have changed and many of them have fallen off.
That's the way life is - constantly changing.
Some embrace change.    
Some do not.
However, it is the one constant in our lives.
So it is up to you how you handle it.
However, I want you to remember this...
Life is ten percent of what happens to you...
90 percent of how you react to it...
Something to think about.
Life is good - just ever changing.


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