Saturday, May 18, 2019

THE FOURTH ANNUAL LADIES' BRUNCH


Today was the day -- the Fourth Annual Ladies' Brunch.  I never thought when Genny and I started it four years ago that it would take off the way it did.  

I expected a lot more people to show up today than actually did.  But that was OK. We all had a great time.  The food was wonderful.  Pastor's brother did all the cooking for us.  Except for one salad which Pastor made and the blueberry muffins that I made this morning.


Besides the muffins, we had croissants, chicken salad, egg salad, seafood salad, fruit salad, macaroni salad, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and sausage.  How delicious everything was.




The room was decorated so beautifully.  Lovely roses on the serving table and begonias on each table we sat at.





There were pretty napkins and a menu at each plate.


Here's my plate.  I took a little of everything except for the things I knew I couldn't eat because of food allergies.


After we finished eating we gathered in the sitting area and our speaker, Phyllis Clapier, gave us an inspirational message on encouragement.  I have known Phyllis for about 35 years.  Maybe more.  Her husband used to be our pastor.  I love them both and it was so good to spend time with her.



It was very interactive with many of us having verses to read for her and comments to make to her questions.  What a great topic!  Encouragement:  for our past, present and future.


It is dinner time and I am still full from brunch.  I think I will just make something simple for Joe and snack on something later on if I am hungry.  I brought home 6 of the 24 muffins I made (everyone loved them), and 4 croissants.  Joe is going to be surprised when he gets up from his nap.  And happy.

See you all later.

Kathy

Thursday, May 16, 2019

WHAT'S THAT BRIGHT LIGHT IN THE SKY?




Hello, friends!  Hope you are all doing well on this bright sunny day.  Yes, it's the sun!  I had almost forgotten what it looked like.  Here's a picture of the Betsy Ross Bridge which is a few blocks from where I live.  And look -- the sun is shining on it.  And the sky is blue!


Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this is what it looked like.


I took this shot as I got into the car to go to Bible Study on Tuesday.


It was cold too.  I had the heat on in the car.  The worst part was how it affected my arthritis.  So much pain!

Yesterday Joe asked me to run him to the dry cleaners.  I was in so much pain in my knee that I sat in the car while he went in.


And look at the sky!


I'm doing OK with my phone's camera, but I still want to get another dedicated camera.

By last night it was raining and cold again.  I took my umbrella to Bible Study last night and forgot and left it there.  Oops!  Oh well, it's not like I'll never be there again.  I'll just grab it next time I'm there.

With it being so gray and cold and damp and being in so much pain I haven't done much of anything this week.  What a boring life I lead. But this weekend is going to be exciting and I can't wait to share it with you.

Hope you are all having a sunny and warm day today.

Kathy


Friday, May 10, 2019

LUNCH AT YAMOTO


Hello, friends.  I have reconciled myself to the fact that my camera is gone for good.  *sigh*  I am looking into getting another one.  I really need a camera.  In the meantime, I am using my phone and doing OK with it.

I took Joe to get a haircut today.  He says he feels so much better.  Since one of our favorite Japanese restaurants, Yamoto, is two doors away, we stopped in there for lunch.  I used my phone camera to take some pictures for you.

We both got hot tea for lunch.  I really liked it and asked Joe what it was.  He said it was green tea.  I don't usually like green tea, but this was good!



Yes, we both know how to use chopsticks.  And we do use them.  My mom taught me how to use chopsticks before she taught me how to use a fork.  That happens when you are part Chinese.  Joe learned when he was stationed in Japan.


I love the wall they have with silver fish swimming on it.


Joe got miso soup.  I've tried it.  I don't like it.  But he does.


I got my favorite Sunshine Sushi.  It's vegan and made with sweet potatoes and avocado with mango on top.  So good!


Joe got a bento box with Chicken Teriyaki.  He gave me a piece of chicken and a deep fried batter dipped pearl onion.  That was awesome.


It was nice to get there.  And not expensive at all.  Under $20.  We'll head there again the next time Joe needs a haircut.

Kathy


Sunday, May 5, 2019

THE SUNDAY GARDEN


I am still missing my camera.  I had so many beautiful pictures on it that I can never recapture.  I have looked at everything in the car and all the tote bags/suitcases and nothing.  I have a feeling it fell out of the car at the restaurant.  I didn't see it in the parking lot.  Someone picked it up and kept it.  I hope they listen to the message from last Sunday.

So for right now I am going to use my phone's camera.  It's very good and I am not going to lose my phone.  It's attached to me.  I also have my driver's license, health insurance cards and credit cards in the case so I definitely know where it is at all times.

I took these pictures of the tulips in the yard a couple of weeks ago.  After Joe's favorites, the daffodils, fade away, my favorites, the tulips, show up.





There were also some beautiful white tulips which bloomed later.  They were still on the camera.  But they looked a lot like this Google image.

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This week I will cut the grass again and start to clean up the yard a little bit.

My hosta also came back.  After the garden guy last year mowed it down as a "weed" just as it was about to bloom, I was afraid that was it for them.  But they are back this year and I am so happy.



My yard is small, but sometimes I feel as if it is my own private little woods.  There is always something new to see out there.  Sometimes a plant, sometimes an insect, sometimes a bird.  And now we have a cat whom I call "Stash" (short for moustache) living in the corner of our yard.  He's friendly, but scared of us.  I am hoping we can bring him in before the cold weather comes.  He has lived on the street for at least two years.  At least that's how long I've been feeding him.

It's off to church.  Today is Pulpit Exchange Sunday.  Our pastor is in NJ.  One of the pastors from Wallingford, PA is coming to our church.  Another pastor from NJ is going to Wallingford.  It is nice to meet the other pastors.  We are going to try to get over there nice and early to make sure everything is set up.

Hope you all have a good Sunday.

Kathy


Friday, May 3, 2019

THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Well, folks, Joe and I are back.  It was not at all what we expected it to be.  I took over 100 pictures and videos.  And lost my camera.  I had it at the parking lot at the hotel.  I did not have it at the restaurant we stopped at for lunch.  I have called both and neither have it in lost and found or have seen it.  Both places went way out of their way to look for it and have my name and phone number.  Joe and I have looked at every piece of luggage and/or bags and searched the car.  I am heartbroken to say the least.  There was so much I wanted to show you plus there was last week's sermon I hadn't had time to download to our youtube page.  I want to cry.

In spite of that I will give you a quick overview of the time and hope that I will have found the camera to give you more specifics later.  Please pray with me that I find it.  *sob*

The first day we left in what I thought was plenty of time to get there.  The computer told me it would take 2 hours but it actually took 3.  We drove through beautiful scenery, though.  So we got there too late to get dinner.  Just enough to get ourselves settled into the room and get to the first meeting.

Here is one picture I have that I took with my phone.  This is the children's garden that you see when you first come in.


The first night we had great singing and a message from Dr. Allen, one of my favorite speakers.  We also welcomed a new church into our denomination.

The second day we got there for breakfast -- scrambled eggs, hash browned potatoes, sausage, orange juice, tea/coffee.  Then on to another meeting.  There was more singing, another message and then some business was conducted.  I sat in the back with my friends Sharon, Sue and Nancy and we were all knitting.  I saw a lot of people I knew and it was great catching up with all of them.  However, when we broke for lunch Joe came over to me for the room key and told me he was sick.  He was.  Very sick.  He was so sick we didn't get to eat lunch at all and he wasn't able to go back the rest of the day.  I actually went to Rite Aid to get something to help him feel better.  (The pharmacist was so helpful and nice.)  He didn't get back for the afternoon session and thought if he slept he would be OK for the evening.

I left him alone to get dinner.  I had baked chicken, roasted red potatoes and green beans with garlic.  Everything was so good.  I sat with Pastor Ralph and some other pastors.  As soon as I was finished I went back to the room.  Joe was still sleeping so I went to the evening Ordination Service without him.  There were two men who were ordained this year.

Joe was feeling better by the next morning.  We went to breakfast and had French toast and bacon.  Got to sit with some of our friends which was fun.  Then it was back for more singing, another message by Pastor Reed that was probably the best message I have ever heard.  And then more business.  

At break time I went to the room to clean everything out, pack up the car and get it ready since we had to be out by noon.  But while I was packing, I got sick.  I finally figured out that the pounding heart, headache, etc. was due to my blood pressure being high and that was because of the very salty bacon I had eaten.  I don't eat it at home because I have a salt sensitivity.  So now neither of us was feeling good.  *sigh*  I took a couple of aspirin, drank a lot of water and sat awhile until I started to feel better.

We went to lunch and I had a hamburger and fries but Joe was afraid to eat anything.  Then we went back for the afternoon session.  As it was winding down, we decided to leave a little early and go to the hotel we were staying at for the night.

It didn't take long to get there.  We watched the live stream of the end of the meeting and then talked about having dinner.  I wanted to go to our favorite Chinese/Japanese restaurant Ichiban Hibachi Grill.  And that's what we did.  Joe had Japanese food and I had Chinese.  Everything was really good.

We went back to the hotel and settled in for the night.  And then I got sick with what Joe had the day before.  I didn't get much sleep because I kept getting up to go to the bathroom.  The bed was really comfortable too.  It was a nice room.

The shower the next morning was the best I have had in a long time.  What a great shower head they had.  I wish I had looked at it closer to get one for home.  We had gotten up late and left just about as close to check out as we could.  Joe packed up the car and I walked down to the end of the driveway to get a picture of the scenery.  I took two on my camera and one on my phone.  Here is that one.


Then I got back into the car.  My hands were full.  I was juggling things and I was sure I put the camera on the back seat with several tote bags and some clothes.

We got on the road with the GPS because I had no idea where I was going.  After driving two hours we got to one of our favorite diners -- Zoto's.  I needed to stop.  We both needed the restroom.  And we needed to eat.  This is where I went to take a photo and noticed I didn't have my camera in my purse.  I figured it was in the car.

We got home an hour later.  It was a good trip even if I don't have the pictures to show you.  But I'm praying hard that the camera will still show up somewhere.

Have a good rest of your day, friends.  I'll be talking to you later.

Kathy

Monday, April 29, 2019

I'LL BE BACK

Hello friends!  Joe and I are away for a few days at our denominations Annual Convention. I will be back on Thursday to tell you all about it and show you lots of pictures.  See you later!

Friday, April 26, 2019

EASTER

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  This has been a busy week and it's the first time I have had to sit down and write a post.

We had a beautiful day.  It began with our Sunrise Service.  We hold it about half a block from our church building.  We own a piece of property on the corner and gather there in order to be a witness to the neighborhood.  The trees there are so pretty.



Pastor brought out some chairs for those of us who could not stand for the 45 minute service.



I'm on the end in the back row with the gold dress.



Joan, our oldest member, was able to be there from the nursing home where she lives.  It's the home we visit each Monday.



We sang hymns.



We read scripture.



We heard a message from Pastor Ralph.



It was lovely. 


Then we headed back to church for our Celebration Breakfast.  Everyone contributed.  Joe and I brought bagels, butter and cream cheese.  Rick brought a fruit salad.  Carolyn made a cheesy egg casserole and Dorothea made cheesy potatoes, bacon and sausage.  Everything was wonderful.




When everyone was finished eating we headed to the sanctuary for our Worship Service.  We had a special speaker, Pastor Dan.  He is a good friend of mine and Joe's.  He calls me his groupie.  Ha, ha!


On the tables at breakfast were flats of pansies.  We were told we could take one per family to plant at home.  So I did.



I have to get them planted tomorrow before I go away next week.

The dogwood tree outside of church is so beautiful!  Joe told me to take a picture of it to show you.


Joe gave me the most beautiful pearl pendant and matching earrings.  I keep meaning to take a picture of them, but haven't gotten there yet.  He also got me Peeps and a Reese's peanut butter egg.  You know I love my Peeps!



We had dinner at home this year.  I made lamb chops, asparagus and potato salad.  I wanted a "Spring" dinner.  It was very good.  As I was finishing up I realized I had not taken a picture of the meal.  Oh well.  I used my air fryer for it.  Everything I have made in the air fryer has turned out wonderful except for the fish I had last week.  It just fell apart.  So I will do my fish in a pan.  But the pork roast, chicken, and pork and lamb chops have turned out great.

It was a really nice day.  And ended with a beautiful sunset.



I want to thank Carolyn, our pastor's wife, for some of the pictures I used in this post.  And I hope your day was as nice as mine was.

Kathy