Saturday, October 31, 2015

Gold and Gray

 Have you EVER seen so many leaves and such beauty?
And right in my own front yard!
I stare out the window a lot these days just watching leaves flutter past.
It's the coolest thing.
Somehow I knew this kind of Autumn was going to be mine some day.
And here it is. I can hardly stand it.
And that's not all...

Please click each picture for a larger view.
They're spectacular.

Something was being intentionally burned across the River yesterday and it made for some really neat pictures.

It's been mostly dark, gray, rainy, and cold lately. Some may think that's a bad thing and a complaint, but it's just the opposite from me. I LOVE IT! I've never lived somewhere (or even been anywhere really) where the clouds are so low all the time. We literally live in the clouds much of the time since fall has arrived. On any given day, I can look down the street into the heart of town or out my front or back windows and see clouds rolling through. Sometimes they hang around all day and sometimes they move out and we get some late-afternoon sunshine intermittently streaming through the higher clouds. It's a magical place. It's a place where a soul can heal or at least be distracted enough by the beauty of nature that the hurt isn't so raw and close to the surface. I'm right where I'm supposed to doubt about it...and I'm so thankful.

You know something else cool that has happened? Every time we go out lately, either to the store, to the post office, for a walk or bike ride, or anywhere really, people know us and we know them. We went down to the Rivertown Grill yesterday for lunch, and we knew the waiter and people that were already there eating by name, and they knew us, and we knew every person that walked in the door as we were eating, and they stopped at our table to say hello. We're not feeling like such outsiders anymore, and I know it will only get better and better with time. It's a nice feeling. Three months down and 40 years to go! 

I think we're going to watch TV and play some cribbage together this afternoon. We got a movie from Netflix to watch later too...some Melissa McCarthy movie about spies. The name escapes me. And I'm going to make a Turkey Chili recipe that has sweet potatoes in it that I found on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. Of course I'll share it with you and take pics. Tonight is Halloween and we have plenty of candy to hand out if we get kids. We're not sure what to expect here, but we're prepared. Tomorrow will be full of football (the Seahawks are playing the Cowboys and the Packers are on too) and then there's the NASCAR race that'll be on. I've threatened to hang my Romo jersey out on the mailbox during the football game, but Ken said that wouldn't be a good idea. Ha. He's probably right.

See ya.

Friday, October 30, 2015

♥Twenty Three Years ♥

Happy Anniversary to Us.

We had lots of leftover spicy butternut squash from dinner the other night. I put it in a pot, added a carton of chicken stock, 1 cup of half & half, another tsp of curry powder, garlic powder, and onion powder, and blended it all up with an immersion blender. GOOD!

Wanna see some cuteness?


“It is important to share our experience with other people. Your story will heal you, and your story will heal someone else. When you tell your story, you free yourself and you give other people permission to acknowledge their own story.”
Iyanla Vanzant

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them back together again and tell myself that the mended whole is as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived."
Margaret Mitchell

"Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."
Maya Angelou

For Halloween I’m going to be emotionally stable.
No one is going to know it’s me.

Everyone has a breaking point. Be careful.

Dieting is easy.
It’s like riding a bike…
Except the bike is on fire.
And the ground is on fire.

And everything is on fire because you are in hell.


Hillary Clinton is a huge liar...Whitewater, Benghazi, and the email thing just to name a few. Vote the same old people in, and you'll get the same results. American needs something new and fresh. Why not? It can't get any worse than where it's already headed.

Just my two cents.

See ya!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I Didn't Die and Random Stuff

What started out as a potholder became the front to a pillow. I extended the pattern so it's 14 inches or so. I've started the back which is the same design but without popcorns. If I ever order a 16-inch round pillow form, I'll use it. It was something to do. I still have that aqua doily to finish that I lost interest in a few weeks ago. I'll pick that up again soon. The center of the pattern (up to half of the diamond shapes) is from Emma Lamb's book, Crochet Home. I just kept going with the pattern to finish out the diamonds and make it bigger to fit a pillow.

I survived the Pampered Chef party. Nobody asked any questions at all. Most people were friendly, but there was a group who stayed huddled in a corner who didn't speak to me or even make eye contact. That didn't bother me at all. Although I thought it was rude, I don't think it was aimed at me personally. I won't go into specifics about anyone or anything since I have my suspicions that someone around here knows about this blog and might talk, and before you know it I'll be black-balled for life around here. Ha. Anyway, it was a nice party with lots of good food, and my neighbor was nice and friendly, as always. And also as always, I fretted for nothing.

I ordered the large pizza stone, and under-the-counter jar opener, and a can opener.  I have an under-the-cabinet jar opener that I brought with me from our old house because I love it so much, but it's old so I got a new one.

This is what it looks like.
You can use it by hand or mount it under the cabinet.
I like it mounted under a cabinet and use it nearly every day.

I bought these cookies in the Canadian grocery store the other day.
They are THE BEST cookies ever!
The cookie part is so fresh and light and airy.
And the maple flavor is to die for.
Way to go Canada!

I tried to make an egg in the microwave the other morning and it exploded all over the microwave. LOL. I still ate it! I think the little glass bowl got too hot. I should stick to my plastic microwave egg-cooker from now on. I don't know why I put it in this little ramekin to start with.

As you can tell, I have nothing to blog about. I just needed a break from work and thought I'd let you know how the PC party went on Monday night and that I didn't die of anxiety or run out screaming or anything fun like that.

I still haven't caught the jets on camera or video. They just flew over a few minutes ago...first time in days. It'll just have to be a fluke if I ever do catch them when I'm outside. The dogs are so used to me getting excited when they fly over, they jump up and start barking when they hear them now. Hee-hee.

What else? OH...

Spiced Squash & Eggs

I made this recipe last night and it was INCREDIBLE! You have to try it! I got it from Amy's blog, Love Made My Home. You can find it HERE. (FYI...the oven temperature is 400 F and my eggs took about 9 minutes.) I was a little leery of the mustard seed and curry, but OH MY WORD, it was the most delicious thing I've had in a while. It smelled like heaven in my house. Ken doesn't even like curry usually, but he loved it too. He even wants me to try those same spices with some other types of roasted veggies.

It was my first time cutting up a butternut squash. I watched THIS little 48-second video that showed me how to do it. It worked great. It tasted like sweet potato after it was roasted.

I broke a tooth in half on Sunday. That was fun. I'm sure I'll need a root canal, a crown, and probably brain surgery of some kind in order to fix it. I love handing a dentist more than I make in a month just to let him drill into my skull and keep a tooth in my head. I hate teeth. I think they are a design flaw. We should have just two big long plates in our mouth or something, and they should not rot out or get cavities under any circumstances! Somebody didn't think them through very well.

Yes, I'm rambling now about stupid things.
See ya.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Nothing Earth-Shattering

Janie enjoying a swath of sunshine in the bathroom.

We went back into Rossland yesterday to check out the grocery store.
Not Walmart, a regular grocery store.
I think it was called Ferraro's.

But first we went into this hotel pub to eat lunch.
The Flying Steamshovel.
I think it used to be a laundry decades ago, back to the early 1900s.
Hence the name.
I'm guessing about that from some old photos I saw inside.

I had a yummy coffee drink before we ate.

It was as good as it looks.

Ken had a buffalo burger.
I had a pancetta, fig, and goat cheese panini with a side salad.
YUM on everything.

I forgot to get a picture of the outside of the grocery store...

This made me laugh.

I was also amused at the packaging on most everything.
It had both English and French descriptions of what the products were.
I was used to everything in Texas having the Spanish language on everything.
Everything is also labled in metric measurements and weights.
I guess I should brush up on those if I'm going to be shopping in Canada.

I bought a new tea to try.
I had a cup this morning, and it's delicious.

The French version on the other side of the box.

I also picked up this Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn.

A Curling Club. Hee.
Not something we're used to seeing.

All the speed limit signs and mileage signs are in kilometers.
Look at your speedometer in your car.
It has kilometers as well as miles per hour.
It's hard to remember to use that section now instead of the mph.
I hadn't even really paid attention that the kilometers were there before.
I mean, I knew they were there. They just didn't really register in my mind before.

And just to remind you that Christmas is just around the corner...

We bought four of these Christmas trees that light up.
The two smaller ones change colors. (One is not pictured.)
I really love them.
I can't wait to set them in our front windows after Thanksgiving.

I've been crocheted for several evenings in a row now. What was originally going to be a popcorn potholder has now turned into a pillow cover. I have about two rounds left to go. I'm really not sure because I'm improvising the last several rows to complete the design. Results will be posted soon.

Sorry for the boring entry. There's just not a lot going on of interest. There's still plenty of work coming in, but there's not much else.  It's been pretty chilly too, so we haven't been outdoors much.

P.S.  The Pampered Chef party isn't until Monday evening. I do plan on attending. I'll let you know how it goes. I VERY MUCH appreciate all the comments and suggestions about it! Y'all are the best.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
See ya.