Thursday, February 14, 2019

THE CREEPING CRUD


First Joe got sick on Saturday.  Then on Sunday afternoon I began feeling unwell.  By Sunday evening it was a full blown cold with scratchy throat, fever, chills, stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing.  Joe is getting better.  I am not.

I went to the doctor on Tuesday and got some medication.  It works for some hours after I take it, but for several hours before my next dose I am feeling awful again.

Today I see a slight improvement.  This is the first day I actually got out of bed and into the shower.  Boy did I need it.  I feel like a human again, but a sick human.

It has been a nice Valentine's Day and Joe totally spoiled me, but I am too sick to tell you about it.  Give me a couple of days and I will be visiting you again and catching you up on things.

In the meantime I hope you all have a wonderful day today.

Kathy


Monday, February 11, 2019

THE FLOWERS HAVE OPENED!


I knew it was happening soon.  And yesterday it did.  The amaryllis opened.  This first picture is sort of dark.


I took the above picture last night, but wanted to get better pictures this morning.  And I did.  How pretty it is!




What's more, there are two more buds on the plant.


My hyacinth is beginning to turn brown.  It's life span is over.


But surprise!  There is another bud on the plant.  I have never seen a hyacinth bulb do this.  It's so exciting!


I'll keep you updated with these new blooms coming.

It is very cold today and we got some snow.  Not a lot, but it's supposed to be substantial tonight into tomorrow with some icing.  I was going to take the car into the garage, but I think it will wait until Wednesday.  I hope this is winter's last hurrah.

Stay warm!

Kathy





Sunday, February 10, 2019

SUNDAY PRAISE -- BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD ABOVE


Happy Sunday, friends.  Hope you are doing well on this cold Sunday morning.  As you go your way today, please pray for Joe who is very sick with a nasty cold.  At least that is what we think it is at the moment.  He is too sick to get to church this morning and I know he misses when he can't get there.

Today's opening hymn is "Before the Throne of God Above."  The words were written in 1863 by Charitie Less Bancroft (1841-1923).  She was born in Bloomfield, Merrion, County Dublin, and was the daughter of Rev. Sidney Smith of Drumragh County, Tyrone, Ireland.  In 1869 she married Arthur E. Bancroft.  She died in Oakland, California at the age of 82.

These words were originally set to the tune of "Sweet Hour of Prayer" but in 1997 Vikki Cook of Sovereign Grace Ministries wrote the music we use today and it became popular.

This beautiful hymn was to be used for communion and when studying I Peter 1 both of which were true for our service this morning.  I hope you listen to the words which are so meaningful.


Have a wonderful Sunday.



Saturday, February 9, 2019

AMARYLLIS



I thought I would show you how my amaryllis are doing.  The one that Joe gave me never did get a flower bulb.  It just has lots of leaves.


But the one Elaine gave me for Christmas is getting more beautiful each day.







Either later today or tomorrow the flowers should be opened completely.  I am so excited to see them.  I love these flowers.

I also bought a white hyacinth last week.  It was completely closed but now is so beautiful opened.






I'll be planting it outside as soon as it gets warmer.

Hope you enjoy seeing these little bits of spring.  Only 39 more days until it is officially here.  I can't wait for the warmer temperatures.  It has gone back into the 30s here this weekend.  I'm so tired of it being below freezing.

Kathy







Tuesday, February 5, 2019

WHAT I'M READING 2019/01 - THE FORGOTTEN DOOR BY ALEXANDER KEY



Welcome to the first book of 2019.  This book is one my sister and I both read as a child.  We were talking about books a few months back and this one came up.  I looked it up on Amazon and bought it for my Kindle.  I don't remember how much I paid for it, but it was ridiculously low.

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Alexander Key also wrote "Escape to Witch Mountain" which I'm sure some of you have read or at least heard of.

"The Forgotten Door" was published in 1965 and was a very popular book.  At least among our friends.  Everyone was reading it.  The story is about Little Jon, a boy who is watching shooting stars with his family on top of a hill.  He steps back and falls through a "door" to another planet (earth).  He hits his head and when he wakes up he doesn't remember what happened.  All he can remember is his name and that he fell through a door.  He is in a forest and doesn't see any doors around there.  He finds he is able to communicate telepathically with a doe and fawn and follows them to a farm where the farmer shoots at the doe and tries to capture the "wild boy" Jon.  He escapes and makes his way to a road where he is picked up by a wonderful family.  Thomas Bean is the father.  His wife is Mary and they have two children:  Brooks and Sally.

After a few days Jon is able to teach himself English by reading the minds of the family and begins talking to them.  What he tells them only makes the mystery deepen.  The first farmer who tried to capture Jon wants to take him away to be studied.  The town becomes fearful of the "wild boy" and tries to put him in captivity.  Even the military gets involved.  Only the Bean family and a few of their friends see him as a child that needs help.  But helping him puts the Beans and their friends in danger.  Jon is definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time and it frightens the community.  It has a very exciting ending.

The book is fairly short and a quick read.  Once you start reading it, you get caught up in Little Jon's adventures and want to see what happens next.  The book is a product of its time with references to the Cold War and attacks from Communist countries, but it is easy to overlook this because the story reads so well.  If you get a chance to read this,  it is definitely worth it even though it is a children's book.  You won't be sorry.

Monday, February 4, 2019

CHINESE NEW YEAR -- THE YEAR OF THE EARTH PIG


Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Happy New Year!  And welcome to the Year of the Pig.  This is in fact the year of the Earth Pig.  People born in this year (1959, 2019) are good at socializing and maintaining relationships.

The pig is the 12th in the 12 year Chinese Zodiac cycle.  It is a sign that signifies wealth.  People who are born in the year of the pig tend to be considerate, responsible, independent and optimistic.  They show generosity and mercy to others.  However, they are lazy at times.

This Year of the Pig is a year of fortune and luck.  It is a great year to make money and to invest.

Having said all of that the people who know me know that I take this all in fun and don't believe any of it.  But having a Chinese heritage I always celebrate.

And we did today.  Joe was the speaker at the nursing home today.  We picked up Rick and went together.    After the service, we headed to the Chinese buffet for dinner.  I haven't been there in so long and it was great to get some of their good food.  I had sushi (even though that is Japanese), chicken and broccoli, and glass noodles (rice noodles).  I had one dumpling but it wasn't very good.  The dough was too thick.  We got there in time to have the lunch special and saved some money.

Needless to say, we were too full for dinner.  But that was fine.  I will have what I planned for today for tomorrow's dinner.

I didn't get to see the Lion Parade in person, but here's some pictures I got from google of this year's celebrations.  You can see the Peace Gate which straddles 10th Street in the second picture.  I love that gate!






The parade is always very colorful and very loud!  Lots of firecrackers going off all over the place.

And now I have to get going and do some things before I go to bed.  It's been a long day.  Hope you have a good evening.

Kathy




Saturday, February 2, 2019

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY




Hello, friends!  Our friend Punxsutawney Phil was pulled from his burrow in Gobbler's Knob this morning.


Poor Phil.  I always feel sorry for our little groundhog.  He was sound asleep and suddenly some man grabs him and pulls him out of his bed.  I wouldn't like it if someone did that to me!


Most of the time Phil sees his shadow.  How can he not with all the lights and cameras flashing at him.


But our boy Phil was on our side this year.  He didn't see his shadow and told us there will be an early spring.  After all this cold weather we've had the past week this is good news!  Thanks, Phil!



Kathy








Friday, February 1, 2019

WELCOME FEBRUARY



Welcome to February!  The long cold January is a thing of the past.  I hope February treats us better.  It began with a temperature of 6*F (-14*C).  Joe asked me to drive him to pick up some packages.  When we went out it was snowing.  And it snowed all day.  A nice light snow, but it accumulated about one inch.  So much better than so many places in the U.S. and Canada.  

I was bundled up and in the car and still felt as if I wasn't wearing anything.  The cold went right through all my clothing.  Even though I was wearing thick thermal gloves, when I got into the house and pulled them off my hands were freezing cold.

We had a snow squall the other day and I took a picture of that.  It went from clear to white out conditions in a matter of minutes.  So glad I wasn't driving and so sad my sister was.





But now the worst of it is over.  It is going up to 38*F (3*C) tomorrow and by next Tuesday it is predicted to be 61*F (16*C).  It's crazy weather for sure!

I had fried flounder, tater tots and salad for dinner tonight.  It was really good.

And now I have to go finish the dishes and do a few more things before I go to bed.  I'm really tired.  I think the cold takes a lot out of a person.  Hope you all have a good night.

Kathy






Thursday, January 31, 2019

CLOSING OUT JANUARY


Hello, friends!  Can you believe this is the last day of the month?  January seemed to just fly by.  And with the cold temperatures we have been having, it's just as well.

It seems as if the entire country is in the deep freeze.  It went up to 17*F (-8*C) today and tonight is going down to 5*F (-15*C).  At least it's not as cold as Chicago.  I have friends there and I don't know how they are surviving.  The wind chill there is -55*F (-48*C).  Our house is old and drafty and it is cold in here even with the space heater going.  The only warm room in the house is the bedroom and I think I am going there soon.

But before I do, let's look back on this month.

The beginning of the month Joe and I met my brother Larry and sister-in-law Kim to celebrate mine and Larry's birthdays.  We went to a restaurant for lunch and had such a good time.

I worked some on my Advent scarf but the torn tendon in my left hand put an end to that.  I am feeling some better and hopefully will be able to pick it up again soon.  But I did finish my 2018 temperature blanket and start on my 2019 one.  Wait till you see the month of January in knitting!


I also started an afghan for my sister-in-law that is turning out beautifully.  But today I ran out of black yarn so I can't do anything until I go get some more.

We had a coating of snow, but nothing that lasted.  That was good.  But now we have the frigid temperatures.  If I can just hold on another day, it's supposed to warm up.

It's February tomorrow.  And so much going on.  Hope you had a good January.  On to the next month.






Tuesday, January 29, 2019

THIS AND THAT


Hello, friends!  It is a winter day for sure today.  It isn't too cold... yet!  It has been raining for a bit, but the snow is on the way.

I made a quick trip to Shoprite this morning so we are all set on food and other necessities.  I think I will be staying in tomorrow as much as possible.

I made cupcakes for church on Sunday and they turned out so cute.  I frosted them in white icing and added little sugar snowflakes that I had gotten the last time we were in Lancaster.  They were good too -- very vanilla.




I've been working on the afghan for Mary a little bit at a time.  My hand hurts so much that I can't do a lot.  But I do have 11 months to do it.  It is looking so pretty.





It is taking a lot more black yarn than I anticipated, so I know I will need another skein of that.  And I might need another skein of the variegated also.  I love it and may need to make myself one next year.

I got a dentist appointment and an eye doctor appointment made today.  I really have to get myself taken care of.

I'm heading out to start dinner now.  We are having baked chicken, mashed potatoes and a salad.  I got us little pies for 99 cents for dessert.  So it's going to be a good one.

Hope you all have a good evening and see you soon.

Kathy




Monday, January 28, 2019

MONDAY MAGAZINE



Hello, Friends!  Hope you all are having a wonderful day.  It's Monday and I've finished another magazine so you know what that means.



It's another Martha Stewart Living magazine and this one is from January 2012.

In this issue Martha talks about having a dinner party.  When was the last dinner party you hosted?  Or attended?  It has been a long time for me.  Most of the time we either take friends to a restaurant or they take us.  As I get older I tend to not want the work of a dinner party.  But maybe sometime.

There is also a peek into Martha's dream room.  In her case it's a craft room with a mail station for her to wrap things to mail.  Do you have a dream room?  My dream room is in my dreams.  *sigh*

And finally she talks about "Kitchens We Love."  And some of these kitchens were beautiful!




Do you love your kitchen?  We had ours redone about 10 years ago and updated it about 5 years after that.  I'd like to update it even more but there is this thing called money that I don't have.  I do love my kitchen though.

Then there was one other article that I was fascinated by and might try to do someday.  They took a long baguette, sliced it like a hoagie (or sub) sandwich, divided it into fourths and made four different sandwiches on the one whole long loaf.  The first quarter was a ham and cheese sandwich (spread: chive remoulade; meat: French ham; cheese: Gruyere; vegetable: frisee; toppings:  sliced hard-cooked eggs and dill pickles).  The second quarter was a roast beef sandwich (spread: chive remoulade; meat: roast beef; cheese: Gruyere; vegetable: arugula; topping: salt and vinegar potato chips).


The third quarter of the sub is an Italian salami sandwich (sandwich spread: chive remoulade; meat: soppressata; cheese: fontina; vegetable: arugula; topping: shaved fennel).  And the final quarter is a chickpea sandwich (spread: chive remoulade; legume:  mashed chickpeas with lemon; cheese: fontina; vegetable:  shaved fennel; toppings:  sliced hard-cooked eggs).


You can see that a lot of the ingredients are passed from one quarter to the next.  And since it is in one piece, your guests can cut as big or small a piece as they would like and from whichever type they would like to try.  Such fun!

Hope you enjoyed taking a look at my magazine.  Now to get rid of it and move on to the next one.

Kathy