Monday, November 18, 2019

THIS AND THAT


Hello, friends!  I love this picture of a pumpkin farm.  I am so happy when I find pictures like this on facebook and I can share them with you.  I know there is another month of fall, but the year is winding down.  Like those living in Scandinavia I call these the Dark Months.  So little sunlight.  I have been trying to get out and enjoy the light as much as possible.  So far the depression is staying away this year and I hope by being outside more (or even just sitting at the window) I can keep it that way.  We have a sun lamp but it just isn't the same.

And it is cold here.  The hot, hot summer is gone.  It seemed to leave all at once, the temperatures dropped 20 degrees in one day.  This week is supposed to be a little more moderate.  I am hoping to get out in the yard and finish pulling up all the weeds so that the bird feeder is completely clear and the birds will be able to find it as the food becomes more scarce.

I've been under the weather for a few days.  I just don't feel right and I can't put my finger on it.  My tummy is bothering me.  So much so that I didn't go to church yesterday and you know that is definitely not me.  The Ladies Bible Study ends for the year tomorrow with a tea and I hope I am OK for that.  Well, let's just say I WILL be OK because I don't want to call it off and disappoint some people.

After the tea I have to take some people home and then rush to an eye doctor appointment.  I'll finally get home around 3:00 p.m. and I think I will need a nap by then.

Let me show you some pictures I've taken lately to show you what I've been up to.

Our neighbor had a yard full of jack-o-lanterns.  This was the one I liked best.



My friend, Debbie bought me some jack-o-lantern Peeps.  They didn't last long.  Thank you, Deb!



My love for Peeps is well known.  The same day Joe came home with Peeps for me.  Christmas trees and chocolate mousse reindeer.



Look how cute the little trees are.  It's a good thing that I can't get Peeps all year long.  I would be in trouble.



Shoprite had a sale on Christmas cacti.  I got one for $3.00.  I have never seen so many buds on one plant.  And I love the color.




Last week Joe came home from his Veterans meeting with these flowers for me.  Some of the guys went to a dinner to celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corps and one of the wives grabbed this centerpiece off of the table to give to me.  That was so nice!



 Three days ago the Christmas Cactus bloomed.  How beautiful!  And there are a lot more blooms coming.




I have been busy crocheting a blanket for my sister-in-law for Christmas.  I showed you one I had started for her earlier, but it just wasn't working out.  This is going quickly and is so pretty.  And warm too.  I have it over my legs as I am working on it.  I like it so much that I feel like keeping it. But this is for Mary and I will just have to make another one for myself.  I should have it finished in another week or two and will show it to you then.  

As soon as this is finished, I will go back to my temperature blanket which has fallen by the wayside.  This is the fourth temperature blanket I have made and I am starting to get tired of it.  So I will take a break and not do one next year.  It is interesting to look back on the year, though, and see how hot or cold it has been.  Doing these blankets has made me realize what a moderate climate I live in.

Thank you for all the nice comments you left on my last post.  I've mentioned this before but for those of you who are new to my blog, the King George II Inn is one of our favorite places to go.  It was founded in 1681.  Yes, this building is 300 years old.  It's wonderful and has quite a history.  Here's the sign on the front of the building.


And now I've rambled on enough and have to start my day.  Hope you all have a good one.

Kathy




Thursday, November 14, 2019

CELEBRATING VETERANS DAY



Hello, friends!  I took the above picture back in 2014 at the farm I used to go to every week.  I haven't been there in so long.  In fact, I don't think I went there even once this year.  Since we got the new Shoprite and everything is so fresh there (and much cheaper than the farm), I just haven't made the long ride down there.  But maybe I will take a trip before the year is over.

That is if the weather warms up.  It is cold!  I didn't leave the house yesterday and probably won't today either except for a quick trip to Rite Aid to get a couple of things I desperately need.

One thing I must work on today is laundry.  Do you ever have those clothes just pile up?  It is out of hand.  Joe usually does the laundry because he loves it.  I have not figured out why, but he does.  But with his hand injured, I've been doing it.  I don't mind it, but I can't carry as many clothes down to the basement at one time as he does.

I thought I would bake some cookies today too.  The ready to bake are so easy and the pumpkin ones are one of my favorites.  You can buy them only around this time of year too.  I might get another package next week to hold me through to Christmas.

But let me tell you what we did on Monday, Veterans Day.  That afternoon, as usual, we went to the Nursing Home.  Again, it was a good time visiting with the residents and Joe gave a meditation on Psalm 7.  He has been going through the Psalms but is going to take a short break for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I was able to give out some large print devotionals and was asked to bring more next week.

After we left Joe, Rick and I headed to King George II Inn in Bristol, PA.  A lot of places were giving the veterans free meals or free coffee or free dessert which was wonderful.  King George was giving a free dinner to the veterans from a special menu.  Of course they couldn't choose the $35 filet mignon, but the menu they could choose from was quite extensive.  I had called several other places to get a reservation, but most of them were full.  I was fortunate to get in here and only did because we were coming early.

I love taking pictures of the Delaware River.  This is the view we had as we walked from the parking lot to the restaurant.  All uphill I might add.  This girl was having a hard time with it.




We were seated at a table right next to the window on the first floor.  I sat with my back to the window so that Rick could see out.  He is not from Philly and has been there only once before.  The view is impressive and he loves looking at it.  I did turn around and take a couple of pictures, though.  I was using my phone and so the pictures are not as clear as I would have liked.





The lights are from an outside patio they have.  In the summer they have live music there and you can sit and have your dinner at the cute little café.

And here is Joe our Marine.  There are no former or retired Marines.  Once a Marine, always a Marine.  I know this from my dad, my father-in-law and Joe -- all Marines.



Joe had the salmon dijonaisse.  We served it at his birthday party we had there last year.  It is wonderful.  Rick had the mahi mahi tacos and I had the fish and chips.  There are no bad meals at this place.  Everything was wonderful and freshly made.  Rick's fries were cold and when he told a waitress (not even ours), she took them away and brought him another plate of hot fries taken right from the pan.  Impressive!

We watched the sun set as we ate and by the time we left, not only was the sky all pink, purple and gold, but so was the water.  I tried so hard to get a decent picture and saw it in my camera, but it came out blurry.  Still, you can get the idea.



It's such a wonderful place to have dinner.  So calm, beautiful and peaceful.  I took one last picture as I followed these guys back to the car.


It has been a wonderful week.

Kathy