Friday, January 12, 2018

January Days . . .

I don't know about you, but these January days can seem very long.  Today, we had to run to town to get some shower cleaner, and ended up taking a day trip...not sure how that happened!

It does look dreary, but I promise, when we left the sun was shining!  Up in the Swan Valley and the Palisades area, it seems like there is always fog that settles into the valley and stays all winter.  You can see on the mountain where the fog lifted this afternoon and left the pine trees all covered in frost!


The reservoir was really as high as I have seen it in at least 20 years.  Until last year, we had many years with little snowfall and it just never filled up to capacity.  This year there is very little snow near Palisades, although they say that there is enough to keep it full for the next growing season...let's hope that the nearby mountains,  that also feed into Palisades,  have heavy snowfall this year. 


On our way home, we drove past Ririe Reservoir, I didn't get a photo, but,  you would usually see people ice fishing on the reservoir this time of year, today, there wasn't any ice on the reservoir.  The same with Palisades, no ice whatsoever!  We've had a very warm winter.

We did see a few deer, which didn't surprise me, they always stay near Ririe Reservoir and feed on the nearby grain fields.  They were a long ways away, but I could tell that they were fat and happy!


You can see how the fields are already turning green - and hardly any snow.  In fact, it was such a warm day that water was running down the side of the road like a creek.  I guess that's why they call it  - January thaw!

The sunset was really beautiful tonight on our way home...you know how I love my sunsets!  It was a perfect ending to a really nice day.


Well, after playing today . . . tomorrow, you will find me cleaning the shower...  :0)

Have a wonderful week-end!!

 Hugs and Love,
Barb

Monday, January 8, 2018

Memory Lane . . .

My love for music started young, probably in the womb!  My father loved music, especially country music...anyone remember, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys?  I still love to listen to them; I can still hear my father singing with them, and he would sing...ahhhh haaaa at the end of every song.  We would lay in bed at night and listen to my mom and dad as they listened to the stereo with their friends, it was like a lullaby.




I remember the radio on in the morning when I woke up.  I  loved waking up in the morning to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and the radio.  Sometimes it was the morning weather report, but this is a song that I remember for some reason...It's still on my playlist of favorites.


And who doesn't love, Ray Price?  Another favorite of mine . . . and my fathers.


As we grew up, so did the music.  I remember watching, Hee Haw, as I was growing up, and my dad really loved, Roy Clark.  I still think he was one of the best guitar players ever.  I can also identify with this song...Yesterday, when I was Young.


Charlie Pride, my dad loved to listen to him sing...he had a voice like velvet!


There's so much more that I could share with you, but I don't think I have room!  This is just a drop in the bucket, but it is exactly why I have music on my blog,  I can't do anything without music playing in the background.  I have a friend who says she never listens to music...I'm so sorry for her, she is missing out on the good things in life. 

I'll share more as it comes to me, I love walking down memory lane.  and because I do most of my blogging at night, I'll just leave you with this beautiful song.



Hugs and Love,

Barb

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Peek into my Week . . .


Mother Nature . . . It has been snowing this morning, very lightly, nothing big.  I love it when the willow trees start to turn yellow, it means that winter will not last forever.  I feel so bad for the folks in the East - they just don't get a break!  They are all in my prayers.

My Thoughts Today . . . We had to run into town yesterday for a Dr. appointment for Bob's foot.  The stitches weren't dissolving like they should so it was a little infected.  I hope that it's better soon, it's no fun to walk with a hurty foot.  I went to the Dr. on Monday and I have bronchitis... it's a bugger!



We also had to take my lap-top to the doctor - it had a very slow and painful death the other day...and the news was...it's dead.  I was shocked to hear that a lap-top or tablet will only last two years...really?!  They said it would cost about 120.00 to get it up and running with no guarantees . . . they say that technology moves so fast they they can't keep up with the new programs and updates...very sad.  So, I guess we will have to dig deep and buy a new one.  They certainly don't make things like they used to.  A refrigerator will only last about 10 years...I had one that lasted 12 years and they said I was just lucky.  I have an old fridge in the garage that is over 30 years old, and a freezer in my basement that is at least 50 years old, it was my grandmothers, and it runs like a charm!  They really could make them last longer, but, they want us to buy new ones... ;0)


My grandson went to college today!!  I'm really excited for this new chapter in his life, a little scared, but happy that he is ready to get on with his life.  He will only be about 30 miles from home, which is good, that way I can spoil him once in a while.  Although it's kind of sad to think that he is all grown up.  Oh, how the time just flies!

Creative Me . . . I love this cute headband!  I have a couple of little granddaughters who would look really cute with this on.  You can find the pattern here, and it's free and easy!


I have always loved this dresser!  I have an old dresser in my spare bedroom that really needs a make-over and I think this would be a fun thing to do with it.


My hall bathroom is ready for a make-over as well.  The floor needs tile, and the walls need painted.  I love the blue color in this pallet called, Milk Pail.  I think it would be so pretty on the walls.


Dreaming about . . . You guessed it . . . summer . . . big fluffy clouds . . . camping . . .  sitting in the sunshine!


What's for Dinner . . .   I don't know about you, but I love meatloaf!  I'm making meatloaf, baked potatoes and green salad for dinner.  I love left-over meatloaf sandwiches, one of my favorite things in the world.  When I was a in high school, there was a boy that used to sit by us in the lunchroom.  Once a week his mom made him a meatloaf sandwich, and of course, I coveted it!  I got really brave one time and asked him if I could share with him . . . he said yes!  I gave him some of what I had, and he split his sandwich with me, I was in heaven!

My Basic Meatloaf Recipe

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup ketchup
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 - 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
3/4 cup bread crumbs,  oatmeal 
or crushed up crackers
1/4 cup onion (you can add more if you like)
1/4 cup green or red pepper
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 Tbl. milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup ketcup
1 - 2 tsp yellow mustard
1 - 2 tsp. brown sugar

Mix first 11 ingredients together and form into a loaf.  Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.  Mis the next 3 ingredients and spread on top the last 20 minutes.  You can make more of the sauce if you like it saucy!

Just Sayin' . . .



Hugs and Love,

Barb