Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week 91, 9-17-2017

Thoughts and QuotesOf all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.
                                                                        Hal Borland 

It's coming - next Friday, September 22, 2017. Soon we'll have colored leaves and corn mazes and pumpkin patches. If you're lucky, you might have a festival near you. Maybe apple butter making or fall crafts. If you can't find a festival, get out anyway. Take a drive and enjoy the leaves. Better yet, take a walk and see them up close. Check out the cemeteries. For some reason, cemeteries always have beautiful fall foliage.

Time Goes By: And before you know it, you're attending your 61st class get together. We have a class reunion every five years, but we have a class "picnic" every September. In the beginning, it really was a picnic, in the park, with the heat and the bugs. Shortly after, it was moved to a church community center in the form of a potluck. Now we have a picnic buffet at a local country club. As this was not a "milestone" year, we had mostly local people, no one from out of state, and only a few out of towners. Still, we had 40+ people, and we had a great time.



 As I drove in, I noticed the leaves are starting to turn.


 But the flowers are still blooming as if summer will go on forever.


There are always hanging baskets of beautiful angel-wing begonias.



The interior is rather dated, but the servers are polite and the price is right.


We had 600+ graduates from Central High, and we were the last class to graduate when Central was the only public high school in Springfield, Missouri. Now there are five. This week Central High earned the title of most beautiful high school in the state. The original building was built in 1893, and just celebrated its 125th graduating class. 

Bob Barker of The Price is Right fame graduated from Central High, and I just read that he has a half-brother named Kent Valandra. We had a Kent Valandra in our class, but now he's on the "missing" list, so I can't ask him if he's one and the same. Rose has kept records of our class for years. She has boxes of information. Each September she carts in binders of photos of past picnics and reunions, updated lists of who attended, who is on which list - located, missing, and in memorium. 

Our banner is getting rather worn, but we love it anyway.


In keeping with our idea of a "picnic", we always have grilled beef patties and buns, plus cheese slices and all the fixings for those who want a hamburger - grilled chicken breasts for those who no longer eat red meat. No problem having my salad for the day -


and cantaloupe and pineapple for yellow/orange


plus baked beans for magnesium and mashed potatoes instead of potato chips this year. A celebration cake, of course, or cookies if you preferred.



We have a dedicated team to handle all this each year, and we already have a tentative date for next year - September 15. If your high school has reunions, I urge you to attend. You'll find the continuity is rather comforting as you age.

Tablescapes: The Holly table redo is finished.





Tablescapes: And the Christmas Tree redo is also finished.





One more table for November and then I can start on the write-up portion of the book. Then I have to figure out how to put everything in the format requred to upload it for printing. 

The November table is a replacement for Thanksgiving, so I need a new idea. My creative juices have shut down, but I'm sure the light bulb will go on soon. Still considering "Farmers Market".

Taking Care of Our Health: If you're following along, here's where we are - every day eat:
Apples
Salad of your choice
Foods High in Magnesium (see week 87)
Yellow or Orange fruit or vegetable
Green vegetable or fruit

This week we'll add a blue or purple vegetable or fruit - plums, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, purple grapes, raisins, beets, eggplant, purple cauliflower, purple potatoes, red onions, for example. 

Sorry, that's all I have this week. I've been mulching and sorting all my cardmaking junk. I'm still behind, and will probably have short posts for awhile.  Don't give up on me.


CHECK OUT THE TURNING LEAVES

MAYBE HOST AN AUTUMN TEA

TRY A NEW SALAD RECIPE - ONE WHICH IS A MEAL IN ITSELF

START YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

FINISH YOUR MULCHING

THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE










Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 90, 9-10-2017

Thoughts and Quotes"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life."
                                                                       Author Unknown

As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, it occurred to me that this quote could also apply to our great first responders - Policemen, Firemen, EMT's, etc..

Talent I admire: I'm not a fan of crumb muffins, but I loved this photo so much, I just had to share it. Click HERE.

Tips: If you're following our healthy eating plan and have a busy day, just chop some apples into your salad to take care of two requirements at once.



Time for Others: Katie is a cardmaking machine. She's the one who makes hundreds of cards for nursing homes and shut-ins. Some of her latest creations.










Tidbits: I spotted this in a parking lot and had to stop and watch. All the toys on the dash are solar activated, so they were swinging and dancing and the hula girls (behind on the left) were swaying. What a happy sight. Sorry, I haven't learned how to upload videos yet, so only the photo. You'll have to use your imagination.


Thrifting: I went for baby blankets for the kitties and ended up with all this.

A new member for our cooking club is a possibility. Her name is Barbara. I showed you the dishes I found for Bev and Mim, but I needed something for Barbara. I don't know her taste yet, so I found something neutral. They're really great quality and 97 cents each.


No, I didn't need this, but it's nice and big, very practical, and only $2.50.


This cute little guy for the Halloween or Thanksgiving table - 25 cents.



And this handsome fellow for 50 cents. I love reading authors from the United Kingdom and Ireland. That's where I learned that we can call scarecrows tatty-boggles and turkeys bubbly-jocks. 


And perfect timing for this blingy teapot as I'm going to redo the holly table - $3.50.


The Christmas teapot gods have been smiling on me. Remember this one from Bev recently.


And then Jeanne brought me these today, a gorgeous Santa and a happy snowman. Thank you, Jeanne. I'll give them a good home.



The thrifting gods were also smiling, and I found two dessert plates to go with the teacups for the library. Surely I can find two more, but in case I can't find the other four, I found four plates and I'll just keep them.


I found six of these napkins for $1.


And six sweet little tea napkins for $1.


And Dollar Tree was right next door, so I popped in and found things for cardmaking.




The Pepper and Pals Report: I set up my table so I could work and watch the trap in the backyard at the same time, and Stormy just had to see what I was doing. She's so helpful. She even tries to help me scrape her pottybox, and she can climb like a monkey. I'm sure kitties are psychic, because when the trap is set, the kitties don't even come to eat.


The Truth, the Whole Truth: I hit the wall this week. Not one table. I got thrifting fever and hit six thrift stores and a church rummage sale. Lots of good bargains.

I found four each of these teacups, saucers, and dessert plates for the library - $6.84 total.



At the church rummage sale, I found a woodsy basket - 25 cents.


a cute teapot for $1


wooden napkin rings for $1 for my nephew


and a faux-fur throw for $2 for the kitties.


At another store I found two votive holders for the Sailing, sailing theme dinner redo for 50 cents each.


Wish I'd found these two at 25 cents each earlier for the Big Cats table.


And this sweet guy to add to the Cabbage Patch table for $1.


The best bargains were right here in Nixa. The store was celebrating an anniversary, and I got 20% off everything. All these rubber stamps for $4.35.


A perfect little lapel pen for fall - 80 cents



A lei - 20 cents


Invitations to use for making a birthday card for Bill, who loves the minions - 40 cents.


A couple of baskets for 40 cents each.



Individual S & P's for 20 cents



one of my best bargains - six at 20 cents each - I can see them already, filled with sparkling white grape juice



and a great deal, four snack sets for $2 total, 40 cents each.



Things That Grow: My zinnias continue to bloom; also marigolds and asters, but they'll soon be replaced by mums. I've seen a few trees starting to turn, also.


Taking Care of Our Health: Continue every day: apples, salad, foods high in magnesium (list on week 87), a yellow or orange fruit or vegetable. Now let's add a green fruit or vegetable every day. I only missed one day and that was Labor Day so I pretended it didn't count because it was a holiday. So ha! I don't know about you, but I'm finding that this is getting easier.

Sorry for the short post this week. I'll try to do better next week.

PRAY FOR THOSE WHO LOST LOVED ONES ON 9/11

PRAY FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY HARVEY AND IRMA

WATCH FOR AUTUMN COLOR

BUY SOME MUMS

ADD THAT GREEN FOOD TO YOUR MENU EACH DAY

CALL YOUR MOM, AUNT, SISTER, GRANDMOTHER, NIECE, COUSIN

THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE