Sunday, October 22, 2017

SUNDAY WITH SARAH

Did you ever see a pumpkin tree?  Well now you have.


Have a great Sunday.

Kathy

Saturday, October 21, 2017

HALLMARK MOVIES OF THE WEEK


The colors of fall -- so pretty.

I have been busy so haven't been able to watch a lot of movies lately.  But I have been catching up today.  At any rate, I thought I would share with you the next four movies that I have watched.

For Better or Worse (2014)


For Better or For Worse

Opposites attract when Wendy (Lisa Whelchel), a wedding coordinator, and Marco (Antonio Cupo), a divorce attorney, find their lives suddenly intertwined. Wendy is finally settling into the single life after struggling with the death of her husband. After a difficult season of grief, she's taken over the family business of coordinating the town's most beautiful and memorable weddings with the help of her friend and co-worker Roseanne (Kim Fields). Wendy's business and values are challenged, however, when the charming and incredibly irritating Marco opens shop as a divorce attorney right next to her wedding chapel. Although Wendy will stop at nothing to promote her marriage business over Marco's divorce business, she must form an alliance with Marco after her son Collin (Edward Ruttle) announces his unexpected engagement to Marco's daughter Sophia (Alicia Josipovic).

"For Better or For Worse" is based on the novel of the same name, by best-selling author Diann Hunt.

It was cool seeing Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields acting together again.  Remember them from the old TV show "The Facts of Life"?
 
Love By Chance (2016)
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Claire, the owner of a new restaurant, is too busy to focus on relationships. Her mother decides to fix this by finding Claire the perfect man -- without telling Claire.  Starring Ben Ayres, Beau Garrett and Brenda Strong.

Yes, another food one.  I just can't get away from them.  What would you do if your mom went behind your back to find you the "perfect man"?
 
A Dash of Love (2017)
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When an aspiring chef lands a dream job at her idol's restaurant, she befriends the handsome executive chef. After they are wrongly fired, the duo open their own eatery to prove their food is better.  Starring Jen Lilley and Brendan Penny.

I've seen this before, knew what was going to happen, and still enjoyed it.  It makes me wonder if the people I admire on TV are really all they're portrayed as. 
 
Appetite for Love (2016)
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Sparks fly when a woman (Taylor Cole) returns to her hometown in Tennessee to convince her stubborn ex-boyfriend (Andrew Walker) to sell his restaurant.

I can hear you all now.  Three out of four of these movies are about food.  I'm a foodie.  What can I say?  I had seen this before too.  Parts of this were kind of slow, and a lot of it was predictable, but the story is good. Not sure if I would watch it for a third time although I do like the ending.
 
I have been busy getting the house and yard ready for fall and then the upcoming winter.  I am feeling better these days, having more energy, so I am thinking I should listen to my doctor more often.  She actually knows what she is talking about giving me vitamins to offset the medication I am taking for my thyroid condition.

Lots more fall fun coming next week, so stay tuned.

Kathy
 


Friday, October 20, 2017

GETTING THINGS DONE


Did you all watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" tonight?  Joe and I did.  We figured out it has been playing for 51 years and I think we have watched it every year.  If we missed it, it was probably only one or two years.  Yes we can recite it from memory, but we still watch it and love it.

There was a beautiful sunrise yesterday morning.  One of the prettiest I've seen in a long time.  The sky was really more pink than it shows in these pictures.



The day was beautiful too.  Nice and warm and sunny.  We worked out in the yard a bit.  It's still getting cleaned up.  We had a lot of trash to put out.  Today is trash day and it's on the sidewalk.  I hope they take it all because it is more than the five bags we are allowed.  The fence will be going up in the next few days.  My gazing ball is back in place and so is my earth box.  You can see the little dish of food and water I leave out for the stray cats of the neighborhood.


The patio still needs some work, but at least all the trash bags are gone.  It should be looking good by this time next week.
 

After dinner last night I attacked my kitchen counter.  It was really bad.  Joe helped me a LOT.  He's such a good husband, always there to give me a hand.  Here is a before picture.


And here is the after.  Quite a change, isn't it.


I can't do a lot at once, but every little bit helps.
I'm going to try to attack the fridge and the kitchen table later today.

And now I've got to run.  I have to take Joe to a doctor's appointment.  Hope you all have a good day.







Kathy

The days are so short now.
     Sunrise:  7:17 a.m.
     Sunset:  6:14 p.m.
     10 hours and 57 minutes of daylight
      Temperature: 74*F, 23*C

Thursday, October 19, 2017

KATHY'S WORLD FAMOUS POTATO SALAD




 A lot of people have asked me for my recipe for my World Famous Potato Salad.  I finally made it the other night and took pictures all the way through to show you how it is done.  There really is no recipe.  I just do whatever.  A lot is just your taste.  So I hope you can all follow along.

Start by getting your potatoes together.  I have a variety of potatoes here -- red white and blue.  BUT most of the time I use all the same potato.  Basically, I use whatever I have in the house.


Next peel the potatoes.  Some people like to leave the peel on.  If you do, just wash them well.  It's a very forgiving recipe.


Dice the potatoes into the size you want in the salad.  But don't cut them tiny or you will have mashed potatoes when it is mixed together.  If you want mashed potatoes, it is still good too.  I know because it has happened to me.


Boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes or until they are done.


Drain the potatoes and put them into a dish large enough to hold the salad.


Take an onion, peel it, and slice as much as you want to add.  Like onion?  Do a lot.  Not so much?  Do a little.  My sister can't eat onion so she omits it and it still turns out.  I cut them in medium sized pieces.  Do it however large or small you want.  Sometimes if I don't have an onion I use dried onion flakes and that works too.




Mix the potatoes and onions together.  Then get the rest of your ingredients together:  Salt, pepper, celery salt, mayo, and Italian salad dressing.




I add salt, pepper and celery salt then add two tablespoons of mayo and one tablespoon of dressing.  Mix together and taste.  Add more of these ingredients as needed until it tastes right (or good to you).  Warning:  it is very easy to add too much salt and too much salad dressing and then it tastes awful.  I would highly recommend no more than one tablespoon of the dressing per four servings of salad.  I added too much one time and it tasted like vinegar.  Also I tend to add too much salt/celery salt and it gets too salty.  Like I did the other night.  I like salt, but it was too salty even for me.  Just be careful.

And that's it.  Put it in the fridge to cool and serve when cold.


It really isn't much of a recipe since mainly it's by taste, but hope those of you who asked how I make it will try it.  It is very good.

Kathy









Wednesday, October 18, 2017

LOOKING AT FALL


It is getting cooler here, but certainly not cold.  I do, however, have to wear my sweater jacket that I got in Tennessee when I go out in the morning, but by afternoon it is too warm for it.

This is a low key week and I am glad of it.  Next week, however, there are a couple of days of running.  Joe is having cataract surgery on his left eye next Tuesday the 24th.  A month later he will have surgery on his right eye.  His diabetes has caught up with him but fortunately it has not attacked his retina so we are very grateful.  He has not seen well for over a month now and is looking forward to being able to see and read again.  I keep telling him he might be disappointed when he sees what I really look like.

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 Look what Joe got me the other day.  Halloween Peeps!  You know I love those Peeps.  These were Jack-o-Lanterns and Ghosts.


 I finally got my shelf all ready for fall.  The pumpkins are from last year's Harvest Day at church.  I bought them for the tables and brought them home when the day was over.  The Harvest sign is from Target this year.


My front door is decorated for Halloween.  I'm not a big Halloween person so just a few things are around.


I bought these little scarecrows at Rite Aid.  They were so cute.  They will stay up until Thanksgiving is over.


This is on my kitchen windowsill.  Another Target buy.


Also from Target is this apple swag.  It is battery operated and lights up.


There's still more to go, but I'm getting there.

Kathy




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WHAT I'M READING - HER DAUGHTER'S DREAM

I actually finished another book.  I told you last time that it wouldn't take me 10 months for part 2 of Francine River's saga as it did for part 1.  Once I got into this story I just wanted it to go on and on.

Part 2 is called "Her Daughter's Dream".

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In the dramatic conclusion to the Marta's Legacy series, Marta's granddaughter, Carolyn, comes of age during the turbulent 1960s, struggling to navigate a tense family life.  Though college offers a taste of freedom, tragedy shatters Carolyn's confidence and she disappears into the heady counterculture of San Francisco.  When she reemerges two years later, more lost than ever, she reluctantly turns to her family to help rebuild a life for herself and her own daughter, May Flower Dawn.

Familiar tensions emerge when Dawn develops a closer bond with her grandmother than her own mother.  As she struggles to avoid the mistakes of those who went before her, Dawn vows to become a bridge between the women in her family rather than the wall that separates them forever.

"Her Daughter's Dream" is the emotional final chapter of an unforgettable saga about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart, the sacrifices mothers make for their daughters, and the very nature of unconditional love. 

This is one of the best series of books I have ever read and I highly recommend them to you.

On to the next book.

Kathy

Monday, October 16, 2017

ANOTHER VISIT TO LOWE'S


I am just loving these autumn pictures and I hope you are too.  Look at the lovely colors here.

The other day Joe had to go to Lowe's to get some hardware.  I, of course, had to drive him so I went along.  If your Lowe's is like ours, when you first walk in the door all the seasonal decorations are right there.  We walked over and started looking at everything.  Naturally Halloween was front and center.

Joe really liked this lantern but for $17 we decided to put it back.


We got a Jack-o-Lantern instead from this huge pile they had.
 

There was a talking skeleton couple that were really funny even though I am not into skeletons at all!  I'm really not into vampires either but I did get a video of what happened when Joe shook their hands.

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Much more joyful to me was the Christmas display.  It was as light as the Halloween was dark.







There were some beautiful Thanksgiving pillows there too and other Thanksgiving decorations.  I had just put my camera away and didn't pull it out again to get them.

So in one aisle you can celebrate three holidays.  Happy Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Kathy

 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SUNDAY WITH SARAH


Earlier this week Sarah had this gorgeous sunset picture on her facebook page.  When I complimented her on it, she sent me a bunch of hearts and said it just spoke to her.  I could sit and look at this photo for hours.


Hope you all have great things planned for this week.

Kathy


Saturday, October 14, 2017

SECOND DAY IN LANCASTER COUNTY


I woke up today and it was cold!  According to my computer it is 63*F (17*C).  Probably not that cold, but when you've been living in the 80*F (27*C) weather, it is.  And I know my Canadian readers are probably laughing at me right now for being such a wimp.

I want to continue with my visit to beautiful Lancaster County.  This was a fun day!

I woke up around 6 a.m.  (my usual time to wake up).  But since I had fallen asleep around 9 p.m. the night before I had gotten a good night's sleep.  It was dark in the room so I peaked out the window.  Wow!  The sun hadn't come up yet!


We had left a low light on in the sitting area just because we were not familiar with the room and didn't want to trip if we got up in the middle of the night.  So I took my library book, curled up on the sofa and had a good time of reading with no interruptions.  What a pleasure.  Around 7:30 a.m. I looked out the window again.  Oh, there's the daylight.
 

We were staying at La Quinta.  You can see the Days Inn across the street.  There was also another two smaller hotels next to where we were.  You can sure tell this is a tourist area.
 

I have stayed many places in Lancaster County since I've been going out there the last 35 years or so.  Some were better than others.  Most were wonderful.  Joe and I even spent our honeymoon in Lancaster County.  But I must say La Quinta has become one of my favorite places.  Everything is so clean.  The staff is so friendly and helpful.  The only complaint I have is the noise in the morning from the other rooms, but you will find that anywhere.

There was a coffeemaker in the bathroom and Joe had a morning cup of coffee without leaving the room.  He said it was really good.
 

But no wonder it was good.  It was Wolfgang Puck coffee!
 

After a very luxurious and wonderful shower (some hotels are mediocre but this was nice!), we went to the lobby with some of our luggage to put in the car since we were checking out that morning.  We were talking with this really nice and friendly clerk at the desk and I told her I had a blog and asked if I could take pictures of the lobby because it was so beautiful.  She said sure and I told her I would tell you all where this was.  Free advertising for them.  Joe took a seat while I snapped away.  Isn't this centerpiece on the table pretty?  In back of Joe you can see the little breakfast area they have.  It smells wonderful and next time we will take advantage of their free breakfast.
 


When I first went in the hotel I said to myself, "They have a Christmas tree up already?" but then I saw it is a harvest tree.  It was just beautiful.
 

Look at the cute scarecrows across the top of the screen.
 

Beautiful sunflowers next to the tree.
 

I sat down next to Joe and he told me to look up.  Why?  Then he showed me the balcony.  So pretty!
 

The front desk.
 

Look at the pretty pillows on the chairs.  This place thought of everything.
 


This was one of several flower arrangements outside of the front door on the patio area.  So pretty.  Maybe I can do something like that in the back yard since it is now cleaned up.
 

The reason Joe and I did not eat breakfast at the hotel was we were going to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.  We went for a very special reason.  I was meeting Doris, one of my blog friends, for the very first time.  She is the first blog friend I have ever met and I was so excited!  Here we are sitting outside waiting for Doris and her grandson, Noah, to show up.
 


If you haven't met Doris yet, you really should.  She does a blog called Fun Times.  She and her wonderful family really do have fun times!  I will give you a link to it right HERE

Doris recognized Joe and me right away and came over to us.  She is so sweet and I felt as if I had known her for years.  We spent about two hours together and I wish it had been a lot longer.  But we are going to call each other and keep in touch.  And visit each other, of course.  Here' a picture of Doris and cute little Noah.  What a doll he is!
 

And here we are together.
 

You will notice Noah holding a little airplane.  Joe and I wanted to get him a little something and Joe gave him the choice of anything in the store.  That's what he picked.  It's actually a fan and the propeller spins when you hold in a button.  Doris says he's still playing with it.

After we left Cracker Barrel we went to Lenox.  I had a 50% off one item coupon and everything in the store was 25% off.  Even so there were a lot of things I would have liked but were too expensive.  Let me show you some of the cute things in the store.

When we first went in there was a cute display of pigs.  Christmas pigs.
 



The clearance corner is my favorite part.  I have gotten some really cute stuff there.

These bunnies are adorable!
 

I loved these dishes.
 
Birthstone angels.


I love these Christmas dishes.  I have been looking at them for years and have never been able to afford them.  And even on clearance they are still too expensive for me.
 

There was a silver teapot and sugar bowl.  They were so shiny I thought they must be just plated or not even real silver.  But I picked up the pot and it was heavy.  It was real.  Beautiful, but can you imagine how much polishing this would take.
 


Santa mugs!
 

This was really nice.  I have a similar one that I bought here a couple of years ago.

 

I love, love, love this vase.  But $74 is a lot of money for something I don't need.


This piece of driftwood was pretty too.  This and the vase were part of a collection called "Beach Scene".


Joe wanted to stop at a place called Direct Tools.  I went next door to The Loft outlet.  Even marked down their prices were high.  And a lot of their clothes were too small for me.  But I did find a couple of really cute tops $30 each but they were buy one get one.  $15 is OK for a top.  And I found a green cardigan for $14.  Not bad.  But the staff was really rude so I don't think I'll be going back there.

We had to use the restrooms, so we went to the other end of the outlets.  Then we were near one of my favorite spots, Christmas Tree Hill.  We stopped in there for just a few minutes since it was getting late and we wanted to be on our way home.  We got a couple of ornaments, but that's all.

We stopped to get gas and then Joe said he was hungry and wanted to get something to eat before we went home.  He wanted to go to Katie's Kitchen, one of our favorite places to eat.  But when I went out there was an island in the middle of the road and I couldn't make a left to go back there.  So we started on our way home.  But we were still hungry so I pulled into the parking lot of another diner.  I looked for a parking place, but it was full.  So I turned around and we headed back to Ronks (7 miles back) and Katie's Kitchen.
 

It was a good move.  Joe had buttered noodles with shredded roast beef and diced tomatoes on top.  I had grilled chicken breast over stuffing with mashed potatoes and applesauce.  To begin with they gave us homemade rolls with their own peanut butter spread (or schmeer).  It was so wonderful.  I just rolled my eyes in delight when I tried it.  We liked it so much we bought some to bring home with us.  Joe also bought two apple dumplings that we will have for dessert on Sunday.

Finally we headed home.  And it was a long, long drive because we got stuck in rush hour and accidents.  Our 1 1/2 hour trip took us almost 3 hours.  *sigh*  But at least we weren't hungry.  😊

It was a great little trip and I'm already looking forward to going back for Thanksgiving.  Hope you enjoyed going along with me.

Kathy