Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Little Southern Tweaking

My dear blogging buddy Jane, from Cottage at the Crossroads, sent me a shoe box full of cotton bolls, fresh picked from the field across from her home!

Thanks again, Jane.  

I added some bunches to my Christmas wreath.  I made this wreath years ago with magnolia and rose swags from Home Interiors.  I felt the cotton bolls would fit in nicely with the magnolias.  It looks like snow.  

I just recently saw cotton for the first time, and I was very taken with it.  I also have had a long time dream to relocate to a warmer climate, or at least be able to get away for the winter.  For now, I will look at my magnolia-rose-cotton boll wreath and keep wishing.  

In the spirit of wanting to be a "snow bird".  

I added a cute snow man slate given to me by my friend, Lily.  The bows I save from beautifully wrapped presents from my friend, Addie.  Thanks guys!

Joining Brenda for Tweak It Tuesday, Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style, Jann at Share Your Cup ThursdayThe Tablescaper for Seasonal SundaysIvy & Elephants for What's It Wednesday, Kathy at A Delightsome Life , Stacy at Embracing Change and Elaine for Sunny Simple Sundays.   Please stop by and say "hi".  


Saturday, November 24, 2012

After the Holiday

Hi everyone, hope all of you enjoyed the day with family and friends or having a romantic dinner for two with your spouse or significant other.

My Thanksgiving was a little discombobulated this year.  I was having six for dinner, then it turned into a movable feast when two of my guests had medical emergencies and just were not up to the drive.  It was easier for me to cook, pack it up and drive to them.  

I made the turkey soup, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, biscuits, pumpkin pie and apple crumb pie.  My friend's sister-in-law made the turkey, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms.  I was happy as traffic was wonderful going in to Brooklyn and coming home was even faster.  

Today I am relaxing.  No photos for the post, I didn't bring my camera with me or take photos before hand.  Gave myself a break from added pressure.  (My friends' would not have been happy to have their photos taken and shared at this particular time.)

I did not start Christmas decorating or shopping.  I hate crowds and long lines.  I can't stand for too long anyway.  I'd much rather go during the week, early in the day.  Just one of the many perks of retirement.  I did start a project, tweaking my Christmas wreath, and adding an 'unusual' element to it.  If it turns out fine, you will see it!  

I also want to acknowledge Linda Primmer of the blog "Life and Linda"  (aka the Fairy Blog Mother) for my new blog header and background.  She also set up new pages for recipes, features, etc. and added a search button, signature and all the fun things I have always wanted but could not do on my own.  I am so fearful that one wrong move and the blog would be lost.  And I don't know if I would start over from that point, honestly!  But here it is, and I am grateful for blogging friends with the skill and expertise that I lack to help me out.  She is a pleasure to work with and gets it done pronto!  

Thanks, Linda!  I will be adding things to the new pages over the next week.

Looking forward to hearing about your great buys while shopping and decorating accomplished over the weekend!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Recipes

I chose four photos representing parts of  the Thanksgiving dinner as possible recipe cards.  I neglected to double check on a monthly linky party which has been postponed.  So rather than delete I just did some editing.   I think these I would definitely use for recipe cards, unless you were sending a note to a real foodie (like me).  ;-)

Butternut Squash Soup

Cranberries for sauce, too

Pumpkin Pie

Turkey stock for making delicious gravy

Clicking on the caption will take you to the post and recipe.  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

        Imagine if the Pilgrims did not take a leap of faith

I am thankful for our forefathers and their belief in God

Grateful for my faith, family and friends,  my little home, pets and past experiences that brought me to this point and made me the person I am

I do believe I am blessed

Born in a time that was a lot easier than when the Pilgrims first arrived

Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day


Thursday, November 15, 2012

What's been going on

Had a wonderful day on Saturday with a dear friend, but not really productive considering the holidays are charging upon us

First order of the day was coffee.  A bit of tongue-in-cheek humor, considering the aftermath

We went to two craft fairs in New Jersey, after a quick trip to a Good Will.   Nothing to be found at the GW, I still am in awe at the things bloggers find, I guess I haven't hit the right ones.

I have been going to Lambert's Castle for over 20 years.  A business man in the late 1800's built this castle as his residence.  No photos allowed inside.

It was a typical November day in the New York/New Jersey region.  Grayer than gray

The castle sits high up on a mountain in Paterson, NJ.  

We then went to the town of HoHoKus, for a fair held at The Hermitage.  It was rather late and getting dark.  This is the original "Hermitage".  It is no longer used for the craft fair, but  right across the way.

This is the entrance to the John Rosenkrantz house where the fair is held.  Some holiday items for sale outside.   And no photos allowed inside as well.  

I love this wagon and it could be decorated for all four seasons.  I didn't buy it, though.  I only picked up a dip mix and two soup mixes.  Not feeling it this year, and although a few items caught my eye, the price tag told my head to say no.  And, for once,  I listened.

I planted some spring bulbs.  This tool makes it so easy, I love it. I brought it with me to the cemetery and planted some there, too.

Daffodils and anemone.  I hope to get at least one bouquet next spring.

Just look at these "mushrooms" that popped up in my mulched bed!  Ugh!!  I don't want to touch them, they look so poisonous.  

Ewwwww.  That's all I can say.  And I love mushrooms, too.  These just look so nasty.

I bought this for the door at Christmas Tree Shop several years ago.  I needed a break from a wreath, scarecrow, basket, etc.  It will stay up for the week.  

Now I am doing menu planning, writing to-do lists, shopping lists, getting the dishes out for next Thursday's dinner, and so on.  

Last but not least, we had a visit today from the President.   His helicopter landed right on our little storm ravaged island, on Miller Field.  You can read the nice article and see photos here.

I'll be back in a couple.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Much Gratitude

Thanks to all the men and women of our Armed Forces.

Thanks to those fighting for our freedom today, and for those in the past

We need to pray for our country, and the world, every day

Thanks to my father, who wanted to enlist way back in the early 1940's, before he received his draft notice.  My grandmother told him to wait.  He did and served four years.  

I read on a blog a comment from someone who said he hates American patriotism.  He doesn't read mine, but if he did, I have two words for him and they are  not "Happy Thanksgiving".     You just don't know when the USA might be saving your ass butt sometime.  ;-)

Linking to Seasonal Sundays

All images from Pinterest here xo

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It's not nice to fool Mother Nature

Remember that old commercial from the 1970's?  It was for Chiffon Margarine.  

Well, Mother Nature is really fooling with us!

And back to reality, I still have family and friends out on Long Island without power or phone service.  And friends here on Staten Island picking up pieces of their lives.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I voted

I wasn't going to bother.   

Then I thought about adding NJ Governor Chris Christie's name to the ballot.  

Then I thought about what things were most important to me in considering each candidate's qualifications and track record.  

I decided to vote.  Didn't get a sticker, though.

May the best man win.  And I really hope, in my lifetime, that I will have the chance to say "May the best woman win".  ;-)


Monday, November 5, 2012

RIP - Restoration in Progress

I want to apologize for not being as upbeat as usual.  I know you have seen the devastation from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on the news.  

Although I was among the fortunate ones, I feel very badly for those who lost their lives, family members, pets, homes, cars, are still without power.  In my mind no power is  horrible  to endure, especially with colder weather.  I couldn't last more than three days (I know because it happened to me in March 2010) and I would be in a straight jacket.  Not kidding.

Grounds of the Alice Austen Museum

Staten Island is all of 102.5 square miles.  It is 13.9 miles long by 7.3 miles wide.  And packed on this little island are close to 500,000 people.  Things are being restored here.  Power coming back to 70 percent of those who lost it.  Transportation slowly getting commuters to their jobs.  

Store shelves getting restocked.  As gas stations regain the power and start getting deliveries, people are filling their tanks.  

The tragedy of the 40+ deaths in NYC is that most of those who perished did not or could not evacuate their homes.  I can understand this.  If you don't have family or close friends to offer you a place to stay, you really have no option but to go to a shelter or ride it out and hope for the best.  

There were three children that I know of who perished.  But many were folks 60 and over.  The homes they lived in were passed down from one generation to the next.  They were living in the same houses where they were born.  They had bad experiences with evacuating last summer when Hurricane Irene hit, due to looters.  (I have a very strong opinion on looters, but that would be a whole other post.)

Another blogger did a post about lessons learned.  I learned a lot from previous storms where I barely had a flashlight.  My words of advice would be:

Listen to what the news reports are saying.  Yes, there is sensationalism, but better to be overly cautious.  We had 5 days to prepare as best we could for this.  Sandy was a powerful adversary and how can one fully prepare for a 13.2 foot wall of water that went in for 8 city blocks?  I shopped, stocked, got gas, on Saturday.  And prayed.  A lot.  Storm was here in full force Monday night but miserable weather started Sunday night.  

If you live in a flood prone area, "Zone A", and police are riding around with megaphones advising you to evacuate, you need to get out!  Especially with kids.

Your basement is not the safest place in a hurricane.  People were trapped in their basements and drowned.

Don't stock the fridge, stock the pantry with canned goods and a manual can opener.  Battery operated radio, lanterns are better than flashlights.  Sleeping bags that protect from temps 20 degrees or lower.  I am going to buy one.

I know people who had no water.  Toilets would not flush.  Buy all the bottled water you can.  And fill your bathtub.  Use a small bucket to get water from the tub to flush.

Have a bag packed with clean undies, socks, prescription meds, pet supplies, if you have a pet, protein bars, some bottled water and a flashlight or lantern with extra batteries.

Generators are good but scare me too much.  I could not handle one myself.  But a good thing to have when properly set up.  

I am looking into getting a gas powered fire place installed.  I know people with no power for days that were kept toasty warm.  If this is an option, explore it!  I would prefer a wood burning one like I had in my previous home, but that is not possible where I live now.  

I am impressed with so many people who mobilized to collect supplies and bring them to the hard hit areas.  Not just locally but from across the country.  Crews to help with the power outages as far as away as Canada.   A neighbor here was going door to door asking for donations of canned goods, blankets, etc.  I gave her what I could.  People are cooking and sending food to those areas.  One of the high schools on Staten Island has close to 80 pets that were rescued.  I give my heartfelt thanks to all.

There are still lots of good people in this world.  And together we will survive.  


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