Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Peek Into My Week . . .

Today ... August 20, 2015

Something from my Playlist ... I love this song!  I have this movie on my Netflix playlist, it's always been one of my favorites, maybe I will talk my husband into watching it with me tonight . . .

Mother Nature ... Today, it's very smokey outside because of all the wildfires in the west and in the northern part of Idaho.  I have asthma, so it's particularly bad for me.  I have chosen to stay in the house and putter today.

While we were camping last week, we had one day that it rained ALL day!  And the next morning, when we woke up, there was fog in the mountain tops and fog rolling into our campsite, it was gorgeous!  Although, Cole was not really sure about it!

We also had some beautiful sunsets and days with big fluffy clouds, two of my favorite things to photograph!

On My Mind ... My daughter was finally released from the doctor to walk with her boot!  She will only have to wear the boot for another 3 to 4 weeks, she was so excited!  It's been a long summer for her, and I pray that she won't have any further problems from the break.  I think her children will be happy as well . . . ;0)

I've also been thinking about my mother.  She has dementia, and is in a memory-care unit in an assisted living facility.  Yesterday, my sister and I were with her, and she just kept asking us what was wrong with her brain, and why she couldn't remember anything.  I felt so sorry for her, because she was always so full of life, loved to travel and had many friends.  Most of her friends are gone now, and the ones that are still living are too old to come and visit, so all she can do is reminisce and try to remember, "the good ol' days", so sad . . . I think it's so important that she knows she is loved and still needed. 

In a Nutshell ...  Miss Averi had a birthday while we were camping!!  There was a singing candle on her cake and she wasn't really sure about it!  Have I told you how much I love this sweet girl?!

Earlier in the month we went Huckleberry picking, something we love to do here in Idaho!  It was fun, and we got about 1/2 gallon.  We only picked for a few hours, and they are very small little berries, so I felt really lucky to get that many!  I froze them in 1 cup containers and will use them to make delicious pancakes, muffins, syrup and cobblers this winter. 

Comfort in the Kitchen ... My daughter brought me 1/2 of a huge cabbage from her garden, so I think I will make some cabbage rolls for dinner.  

Cabbage Rolls

1 egg
1 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
2/3 c. milk
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork sausage (I use turkey)
3/4 c. cooked rice
6 lg. cabbage leaves
2 (10 3/4 oz.) cans tomato soup
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbl. brown sugar

In bowl, combine egg, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, onion and milk; mix well. Add ground beef, ground pork and cooked rice. Beat together with fork. Immerse cabbage leaves in boiling water for 3 minutes; remove and drain. Place 1/2 cup meat mixture on each cabbage leaf. Fold in sides of leaf and roll ends over. Place rolls in 12 x 7 1/2 x 1 inch baking pan. Blend soup, brown sugar and lemon juice.  Cover tightly and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours.

Good words to live by . . .

Have a wonderful week-end!!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hunting . . . with my Camera!

It truly has been a fun month of camping, working, spending time with friends and family and loving nature!  You can tell that summer is coming to an end, all the grass is golden, and Mother Nature is getting ready for winter.  This beautiful country just keeps pulling us back!

And, who knew that Ladybugs, were hatched under rocks!

We saw so much wildlife this trip, I felt like I was hunting, but thank goodness, it was with my camera!  This beautiful little mule deer was about one-half mile away when I took her picture, so it was kind of fuzzy.  I applied an oil painting effect from, PhotoScape, and I love the way it turned out!  I may just make a print of it, I love it so much!

This is a cute little White-Tail deer.

These are, Sandhill Cranes, they are so shy, I was lucky to get this picture without them flying away!

More deer, and as you can see in the pictures, fences don't bother them one bit!  Another long shot, early in the morning so the sun was really messing up my shot!

I love moose . . . I think she liked having her picture taken!

These next pictures are of a huge herd of elk that we saw right by our camp.  They were about 700 yards away, so some of the shots are fuzzy.  There were more than 100 elk in this herd.  The last shot is of the lead cow, her baby and the another cow who would be next in line to be the lead.  They were just beautiful! While we were watching them you could hear them talking to each other, they sound like kittens . . . it was amazing!


The summer really has slipped away from us!  The kids here will be starting school on the 20th, and then before we know it it will be Christmas . . . oh my!!  See you soon!


Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Peek into my Week . . .


Today . . . July 31, 2015

Something from my Playlist . . . I have to say that I have really been enjoying some, summer breezes!  Last week we were camping and it was breezy!  It was also very beautiful, and reminded me of the song, Summer Breeze, by Seals and Crofts.  This is an oldie but a goody!

Mother Nature . . . Today, my thermometer said it was 93 degrees here in Idaho - I can live with that.  By the end of August, summer will slip quietly away, and give way to Autumn, so I am enjoying these warm temps while I have a chance.

On My Mind . . . Well, last week, my daughter finally got the pins out of her foot.  The doctor didn't think it had healed enough, so he told her . . . much to her dismay . . . that it needed another three weeks of,  no weight.  She was pretty disappointed.  He gave her a smaller boot, told her to wear it diligently, and sent her on her way.   I felt so sorry for her, I know how badly she wants her life back!  One week has already gone by, so only two weeks to go!  Her motto is . . . I can do hard things!

In a Nutshell . . . It's been a crazy summer for us - lots of camping, and spending time with family.  We have been able to see some really beautiful country and have fun with kids!  My husband and I went up before everyone else, so we went 4-wheeling!  It was just gorgeous!

Here we are on top of a mountain, and it was so pretty!  My husband took advantage of the cell service and sent a few pictures to the kids.

It was a cloudy and somewhat stormy week, but that made the photos that much more interesting to me, I love clouds!

It was a rocky trail!

Ahhhhhh . . . we felt like we were on top of the world!

Yup, we got rained on!

I've had a few people ask me if I sleep in a tent when I go camping. . . the answer is, "no".  This is my home when we are camping.  It's very comfortable, and I feel very blessed.

Very clear, cold and beautiful nights . . . most of the time . . . ;0)

 These are, Black Twinberries.  I love the little flowery tops!  Some say they are edible, others say they are not, I'm not brave enough to try.

Still a few wild flowers to enjoy.

Some Sweetness . . .  We really wanted Averi to try riding on the 4-wheeler.  She liked to listen to it, but was really scared to try riding.  Her mom and dad want her to try new things, so they convinced her to try riding.  She was so scared, but she plugged her ears and gave it a try.

Such a brave girl!

 This girl LOVES 4-wheeling!  Grandpa let her drive, at least she thought she was driving! She was on cloud nine!!

No more tears - only smiles.  These pictures don't show her with a helmet, but she did wear a helmet for the rest of her 4-wheeling adventures!
Just Sayin' . . .

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
~Helen Keller~