"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 29, 2022

Feline Friday December 30, 2022

Bye bye 2022.....hello hello 2023!!!

Happy New Year everyone!
Cheers and thanks to Sandee!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Wordless Wednesday December 28, 2022

Our very very rambunctious creek!
With all the rain, snow and ice over
the past few days the creek below us
is quite the sight and sound!
Happy New Year!



Sunday, December 25, 2022

Awww Monday! December 26, 2022

Just one of our many beautiful and fun nieces!
Perhaps she will be an architect? 
Designing and building nouveau chateaux!!!
Thanks Sandee for Awww Mondays!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Feline Friday!! December 23, 2022

Lucy's First Christmas!  
In the late fall of 2010 we discovered this wee little kitten
wandering in our backyard. She was quite afraid of us,
but after luring her with food over a few days we convinced
her that we were good humans and she allowed us to bring
her into our home and our hearts. 
This photo is of Lucy under our Christmas tree.
We send lots of thanks to everyone who adopts stray
animals needing a caring and loving home.
Happy Happy Holidays to all!
and many thanks to Sandee!!!

Thankful Thursday! December 22, 2022

The weather for the next few days is going
to be cold and icy! I am thankful for many things:
1. Our weather folks have given us fair warning
and good advice on what to do!
2. My smart husband planning ahead for bad weather by
 setting up a generator when we first moved here four years ago!
 Prior planning prevents piss poor performance!
That's what he always says !
3. And we are so thankful for all our neighbors who 
help each other all the time- not just in bad weather!
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday and a big
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 
to you, your family and friends! 

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Happy Tuesday!! December 20, 2022

In 1982 I traveled to Greece with my youngest son who was 15 at the time. We only stayed in Athens for a bit before either taking a bus or a train to different towns. It was quite the experience and we immediately discovered the delicious local cuisine! Our favorite lunch was a baguette with sliced tomatoes and tzatziki and  our favorite place was the island of Hydra !

It was quite the adventure! After exploring Greece for 2 weeks we then went on to Egypt....but that is another story!

 Greek Tzatziki recipe

2 cloves garlic, 1 medium cucumber, 1 cup plain Greek yogurt,1Tbl lemon juice,1Tbl olive oil, 1 Tbl dill seed and pepper. Mash garlic, peel cucumber and scrape out seeds by cutting in half length wise, scooping out with a spoon and then mince finely or use a cheese grater. Mix with garlic and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir well and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. This will keep well for quite a few days. Enjoy!


Friday, December 16, 2022

Awww Monday! December 19, 2022

My computer was in the Geek's workshop most of last week. Nothing serious, just time to be fluffed and buffed! While I patiently waited I kept busy by cooking meals I had not made for quite awhile. To say the least Russell was smiling.

Here are the ingredients shown for the Kofta Kebabs.
And here's the list of ingredients:
4 garlic cloves minced, 1tsp kosher salt, 
1# ground lamb, 3Tbl minced onion, 3Tbl fresh chopped Italian parsley. 1Tbl coriander, 1tsp cumin, 1/2 Tbl cinnamon, 
1/2 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
( all spices are ground ) 

Mash garlic into a paste with the salt, mix into the lamb along with the onion, parsley and all the spices.
 I start out using a fork, but always end up using my hands.
Form into 28 balls. ( I make my meatballs a bit bigger and usually end up making about 18. ) Flatten into a 2"oval- put on the baking sheet and cover with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. Because I make the balls bigger I just flatten them a bit.

Once you remove the meatballs from the refrigerator
 set your oven's broiler to medium heat. Broil for about 
6 minutes. Turn over occasionally until done. 
Usually takes about 6 minutes for medium.  

Serve with sliced tomatoes, home made baguette
and Greek Tzatziki. Tomorrow I will share
the recipe for Greek Tzatziki. YUMMY!
Enjoy your day every day!

Monday, December 12, 2022

Happy Tuesday! December 13, 2022

Only 14 days and counting down
before Santa arrives!!

Awww Monday! December 12. 2022

Happy Holidays!!!!!


Thursday, December 08, 2022

Feline Friday! December 9, 2022

Lucy thought she wanted to go outside, 
but when we leashed her up and opened 
the front door she changed her mind!
Silly Lucy!


Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Thankful Thursday December 8, 2022

So very thankful for all the places we have lived.
All beautiful and full of wonderful people.
Life is content when calm.

Peace and tranquility.

Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Monday, December 05, 2022

Wordless Wednesday! December 7, 2022

Remembering December 7, 1941


Happy Tuesday December 6, 2022

Today we had an amazing wildlife show
out our dining room window. I had
purchased some shelled peanuts in 
the pet store to put out for the squirrels.
And I also put out bird seeds for the birds to enjoy!
FYI: If you put out peanuts in the shell they
make a mess for someone to clean up!
So, not only did the peanuts attract the 
squirrels, but also Steller Jays, a Flicker
and several Varied Thrushes
They also enjoyed the bird seeds.
I thought about making a small film, but when I
thought about it I realized it would spook
all the critters and they would leave. 
So I just took one photo and just enjoyed the show! 
Have a fun day today and every day! 

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Awww Monday December 5, 2022

First teensy bit of wintery snow!
No worries about these little flakes
as we might get 2 inches! Fun to see!
Have a great week! 

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Feline Friday December 1, 2022

 Every now and again Lucy likes to hide out in a closet !
And then I have to hunt for her. 
Below is how I would rather see Lucy.
It's weird when she hides out in a closet.

Happy Feline Friday!
Thanks Sandee!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Thankful Thursday December 1, 2022

So very thankful that Lucy
did not drag our turkey away!
Happy December 1st  everyone!
Thanks Brian !
And now on to more Holiday fun!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Wordless Wednesday! November 30, 2022

The darling new member of our growing
family will be receiving his quilt in just a few days!
Aunt Kathe just finally finished it!
Take a peek at this LINK to admire him!
He is definitely a cutie pie!  

Happy Tuesday November 29, 2022

Our family's latest baby boy!
Stay tuned for his quilt photo!
Have a very Happy Tuesday!!!
Thanks Sandee!

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Awww Monday, November 28, 2022

After gobbling down sooo much turkey etc,
our next meal will involve these veggies!
Cheers to everyone!
Have an Awesome week!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Feline Friday! November 25, 2022


Happy Day After Thanksgiving!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Cheers and thanks to Sandee!!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thankful Thursday and Happy Thanksgiving November 24, 2022


I am so thankful for the pilgrims who were 
so brave to sail on the Mayflower.
The Mayflower was an English ship 
that transported a group of English families,
 known today as the Pilgrims, 
from England to the New World in 1620.
Such courageous people.
Description: The First Thanksgiving 1621,  published 1932. 
Pilgrims and Natives gather to share meal.
Creator: Ferris, Jean Leon Gerome, 1863-1930, Artist

For many Americans, the Thanksgiving meal
 includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey
 with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes
 and pumpkin pie. 
The holiday dates back to November 1621, when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest feast, an event regarded as America’s “first Thanksgiving.” 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wordless Wednesday! November 23, 2022

The largest waterfall in the world!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!


Monday, November 21, 2022

Happy Tuesday!!!! November 22, 2022

What? We have to wait two more 
days for our Thanksgiving dinner?
Well we might as well just relax and
have a very Happy Tuesday!


Sunday, November 20, 2022

Awww Monday! November 21, 2022

Here is just one of my many Grand Nephews!
He just turned 9 a few days ago- and he
is just a wonderful young man!

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Awww Monday! November 14, 2022

Happy Halloween Cutie!
One of my many cute nieces!

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Thankful Thursday November 10, 2022

I am so thankful for my sweet and caring husband.
We heard a bird hit our dining room window and
he went outside immediately and found the
little Chestnut Chickadee. He held it in his
hands for awhile and then brought it inside
so we could put it on the counter under 
my kitchen strainer. It stayed there recovering
for a bit and then Russell took it outside and
it happily flew away! 
Russell has done this many times even with
a large California Acorn Woodpecker!

Russell is my hero!
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Wordless Wednesday! November 9 , 2022

Loreto Bay, Baja Sur, Mexico
 November 18, 2017 


Monday, November 07, 2022

Happy Tuesday November 8, 2022

Have a very Happy Tuesday!!
Thanks Sandee!

Sunday, November 06, 2022

AWWW Monday!! November 7, 2022

 Did anyone else forget to change their
clocks yesterday? I did- silly me! 
I guess time flies when you are having fun!
Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Wordless Wednesday November 2, 2022

A stellar moment while visiting Colorado
for a family reunion.


Happy Tuesday!! November 1, 2022

Have a very Happy Tuesday!!
Thanks Sandee!

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Thankful Thursday October 27, 2022

Today and everyday I am thankful for all
the kittens and cats that chose to live with us.
Some ( like Lucy) just showed up on our doorstep,
some were given to us and some we rescued.
Each one was a special individual with unique
personalities. We have had up to 4 at a time and
fortunately they all eventually became buddies.
Even sleeping altogether with us.
( It did get a little crowded at times!)

Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Feline Friday October 28, 2022

Our many cats did remind us of this
from time to time lest we forget!
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Halloween!


Monday, October 24, 2022

Happy Tuesday October 25, 2022

We return to Standard Time on November 6, 2022
Have a very Happy Tuesday!
Thanks Sandee!


Sunday, October 23, 2022

Awww Monday! October 24, 2022

Here we were on Playa la Ropa in
Zihuatanejo Mexico several years ago.
Having a lovely dinner.
Our plan this fall was to return to Zihua-
but Alaska Airlines kept changing our
reservations - sometimes not even notifying us!
So, alas we ended up cancelling our trip and 
hopefully this won't happen again as we
have another trip planned for early March 2023!


Thursday, October 20, 2022

Monday, October 17, 2022

Happy Tuesday! October 18, 2022

Such good friends!
Have a very Happy Tuesday!