"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Feline Friday and Friendly Fill-ins! December 31. 2021

Holy smokes! Where did this year go?
Happy 2022 to Everyone!


 Friendly Fill-ins are brought to us by Ellen and Lorianne!

Here are my fill-ins:
1. I had hoped to travel to Cinque Terra Italy and help with a volunteer project in 2021 but didn’t.
2.A goal I have for 2022 is to be able to travel and see our friends that live far away.
3. I’ll be home with my sweetheart when 2021 ends.
4. I hope 2022 brings an end to Covid and our  
governments' nonsensical controlling behaviors.

See ya next year! and have a very Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Thankful Thursday December 30, 2021

I am so very thankful for so many people:
my sweet husband Russell, my wonderful mother Helen, 
my sister Nina, brother Paul, my sons Phillip and Paul,
cousin Janet, all my nieces and nephews, beloved friends Judy and Amy and all the many 
friends and neighbors we have from all over the world!
What would we do without all these lovely people?
We would be bereft of the friendships, comfort and kindnesses 
given to us over all these many years.
May you all enjoy your family and friends as we do!
Have a wonderful 2022 New year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Monday, December 27, 2021

Happy Tuesday December 28, 2021

It's amazing that it's 27F outside, yet here's a
Northern Flicker having a bite to eat off the suet feeder! 
Or another finding tasty tidbits on the ground below!


Sunday, December 26, 2021

Awww Monday! December 27, 2021

Here is sweet Morgie. 
Morgie lived with our 
Scottish friends outside of Inverness. 
Such a special cat.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Feline Friday and Friendly Fill-ins December 24, 2021

It is hard to tell who is having more fun...
Lucy or the Bear!!!!

I think Lucy is having more fun...what do you think?
Happy Feline Friday!
Thanks Sandee!
Friendly Fill-ins are brought to us by Ellen and Lorianne!
Here are my fill-ins:

 1. A healthy and peaceful world is my Christmas wish for you.

2. I still need to buy some stocking stuffers by Christmas. 

 3. ‘Twas the night before Christmas and we were still up reading our books.

4. If I were Santa, I would want someone to leave me a plate full of Grandmas' steamed fruit and nut pudding on Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Thankful Thursday December 22, 2021

What could be in this cookie jar.....?

Gingersnaps with Cinnamon Red Hots on top!

Many thanks to Brian for Thankful Thursday!
And many thanks to my Mom who encouraged me
to be the family baker starting when I was
only 10 years old. Truth be told my Mom was a
fabulous cook, but did not care to make desserts.
So, she made all the delicious breakfasts and dinners
and I made all the cookies, Birthday cakes and pies.
We were a great team! 
My three younger brothers and sister certainly ate well!
Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday!

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Monday, December 20, 2021

Happy Tuesday! December 21, 2021


Have a very Merry Day!
And a Happy Winter Solstice!


Sunday, December 19, 2021

Awww Monday December 20, 2021

We got snow last night! Fortunately it did
not snow too much! We will be putting on our
 studded tires as the weather forecast shows
 more snow later in the week...and into next week argh!

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Feline Friday! December 17, 2021

Here is a sweet neighbor Baila! I am taking care of her while her family is away for a bit. Baila is a very very sweet cat! She is fun to be with and play with too!


Friendly Fill-ins are brought to us by Ellen and Lorianne!

Here are my answers:

 1. Our sweet cat Lucy made me smile recently.

2. I am looking forward to seeing my youngest son Paul over the holidays.

3. During the holiday season, my home is full of cookies and home made bread. 

4. Making cookies is my favorite way to get in a festive mood. They make the house smell wonderful!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Thankful Thursday December 16, 2021

This rather large Christmas Cactus started out as 
a teeny tiny plant that Russell brought with him
when we were first married. 
Almost 32 years later it has grown into a lovely plant!
We are both thankful for all our 
Happy years together and look forward to many more!
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Wordless Wednesday December 15, 2021


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Happy Tuesday December 14, 2021


Haylee and Gracie are ready for a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Thankful Thursday December 9, 2021


I am so thankful for all the beautiful
places I have visited and lived in. 
Without those experiences as a child I would not have
learned to appreciate and respect all cultures.

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Sunday, December 05, 2021

Happy Tuesday! December 7, 2021

Our neighborhood friends and their very
creative children! The kids decided to make 
Blue Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner!
Have a very Happy Tuesday!


When it is a sunny day we take a walk!
As soon we will only have rainy days!
Have an Awesome Monday!

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Feline Friday December 3, 2021

Lucy our sweet cat taking a well deserved nap!