Monday, April 27, 2015

Treasured Moments . . .

Last week, I had a couple of my little's with me for a few hours, and we had lunch together . . . moments to treasure . . .


Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thoughtful Spot Sunday . . .

Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
~Isaiah 42:10~

"Sing unto the Lord a new song."  Just imagine if we all sang a new song.  Do you remember that old Coca-Cola song about teaching the world to sing?  Even though it was an advertisement, there was something moving about that long line of people, all different races and colors and sizes, holding hands and singing.  I think that's what it will be like, one day.  That's what the prophets have promised us will happen!  All the people who have ever lived, will be  joined together in one vast hymn of praise!  

We'll be there, too.  Maybe today we can begin with just one little song of praise in our own hearts.  As the psalmists sang centuries ago, sing praises to God, sing praises.  There's no reason we can't get started on that new song right now, today, this very minute!

I will leave you with one of my favorite songs . . . have a wonderful Sunday!

Gentle Hugs,

Friday, April 24, 2015

Anniversary Day Trip . . .

Last Saturday, we decided to take a day trip for our 41st wedding anniversary.  It's always a hard decision to decide where to go, because everywhere we like to go, is a long ways away!  It seems like in Idaho, you have to drive a long way for everything! We decided to go to Palisades Reservoir, you can learn more about it here.  It is the reservoir that holds the water that we use to irrigate the crops where I live in, Idaho.

In this picture, you can see the dam and some of the power plant.  On the left is the spillway, where the water is released as we need it.  My mother has pictures of the actual construction of the dam, which was stared in 1951 and finished in 1957, they are really interesting.

It was such a beautiful day and the sky was so blue!  But, it was windy and a little bit chilly, so I we didn't get out of the car too much.  As you can see in the pictures, we still have a little bit of snow left on top of the mountain tops, but, there will more than likely not be nearly enough run-off to keep us for the rest of the summer.  By late September, the reservoir will have dropped considerably, it's a little scary.

From here, we went through Afton, Wyoming, then on to Montpelier, through Soda Springs,  and then home.  We did stop at Red Lobster and have dinner, yum! It was a fun day, but a long day, I think we drove almost 300 miles!

It seems as we get older, and with each year that passes, it takes less to entertain us!  We were perfectly happy just spending the day together, driving, talking, and at times saying nothing at all . . . nothin' fancy . . . 


Friday, April 17, 2015

My Daybook . . .

Today... April 17, 2015

Outside my window...  Today is suppose to be a beautiful day!  The sky is already blue and the sun is coming up over the hills, and there's no wind, at least for a few minutes!!

I am thinking... Yesterday, I attended the funeral of a beautiful young woman who passed away from, Cystic Fibrosis, she was only 42 years old.  She left behind a husband, two children, a sister, her parents and many, many other friends and family, who adored her.  The church was filled to capacity, I'm not sure if there was even much standing room.  It was an absolutely beautiful funeral.  

There was an older gentleman sitting behind me, and I could hear him talking to his daughter.  He said, "I'm 91 years old, and I've decided that it's better to die young, because you get more people to come to your funeral!"  As I sat there, waiting for the services to start, I started thinking about my grandfather, who has been gone for many, many years.  When he was in his late 80's, he used to go to so many funerals, and I couldn't understand why he did this.  I asked my mother about it one time, and she told me that he felt sorry for the older people who didn't have very many people at their funerals.  So, he would go, even if he didn't know the person who had passed away, just so there was one more seat filled!  I thought that was so sweet . . . and even more so after yesterday.  

I am thankful... I'm so thankful today for precious moments that I get to spend with my grandchildren.  My oldest is sixteen years old and my youngest is one and one-half years old.  They grow up so quickly, and soon, they will be too old to snuggle with!

I am wearing... Right now, I'm wearing my housecoat!  It's still a little early for me to be dressed for the day!

I am creating... I've been crocheting pillow covers.  I found this pattern, and I just loved it.  It's really easy, and I think they will look nice in my living room.

I am going... On Sunday, my husband and I will be married for 41 years, I can hardly believe it!  So, tomorrow, we are going on a day trip!  If  you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love day trips!  I will post about it later . . .

I am reading... I have a few books downloaded on my Kindle right now, too bad I'm not reading them . . . I'll have to work on that!

I am hoping...That the weather stays nice for tomorrow.

I am learning... In the past week or so . . . actually, in the past few years, I have had a few reality checks.  When my husband and I were young, we had lots of friends, friends that we were with all the time.  Now, as I get older, I don't have friends!  I of course have all of my amazing blogging friends, and my beautiful sister, who I adore!  And last, but not least, my wonderful eternal companion, my husband . . .  he's my best friend.  But, I don't have casual friends that I do things with.  Is that a bad thing?  I do envy people with tons of friends, I miss that part of my life.

In my garden... My garden needs to be tilled and fertilized before it can even be called a garden!

In my kitchen... I am going to put a chicken in the oven to roast this afternoon.  I have always loved a good, fat, baked chicken!  So many wonderful meals can be made with one chicken!  This is one of my favorite:

White Bean Chicken Chili

7 cups chicken broth
4 – 15.8 ounce cans of great northern beans (navy beans could be substituted)
1 teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (or ground cayenne pepper, this is totally optional)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
1¼ pound chicken breast, cubed (I use two cups of left over baked chicken)
1 cup onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon jalapeno, chopped (about one jalapeno, again, optional)

  1. In a large stock pot bring chicken broth and beans to a boil.
  2. Add all seasonings (cumin, red pepper, black pepper, salt). Reduce heat to medium and let simmer.
  3. In a saute pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken and saute about 3-5 minutes then add to pot.
  4. In saute pan heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and jalapeno and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Let chili simmer at least another 30 minutes, but the longer, the better. To thicken up chili a little use a potato masher to mash some of the beans up. A few mashes should do the trick. You could do this before adding the chicken if the beans are nice and soft.
  6. If I am using left over chicken, I don't add it until the last 10 minutes . . . you don't want it to be too shredded.
I like to serve this with, corn chips, grated cheese, cilantro, diced onion, sour-cream and salsa.  Let everyone doctor theirs up the way they like it!

A favorite quote for today...

"No matter how great your words are, you will be judged by your actions".

A peek into one of my days...

I have been wanting to work on genealogy, in fact, I have been prompted many times to get busy on it, and I keep ignoring those promptings!  Maybe this will get me going . . . this is a picture of my grandfather when he was about 17 years old.  Do you think he was a real cowboy?  This is the same grandfather who attended funerals of strangers . . . I just loved him!

One of my favorite things...

 Miss Emily's Freckles!!
(one of my precious granddaughters!)

Have a wonderful Friday!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Five Years Later . . .

So, I was blogging the other day and happened to look at the picture of myself that I have on my blog.  I realized that that picture is almost 5 years old!  It was a picture that someone took of me at my sons wedding, and he will be married 5 years on May 21st.  I don't know about you, but I really like to know what the person looks like who I am blogging with.  Not that I make judgements, I just like to know who I am talking to.  And I will tell you right now, you are all beautiful! 

So, this morning, I decided to take a selfie! Like most of us, I really don't like to have my picture taken, so, I thought if I took it myself, it would be way easier . . . I'm not sure that is true, but it is what it is!

So, blogging buddies, here I am . . . five years later!

Yes, I did blur the background a little, but, this is me . . . how long has it been since you updated  your picture?  I'd love to see a new you!