Thoughts and Quotes: February 9 marked one year since my brother, Sonny, died from injuries sustained in an auto accident. I sent my nephews (his sons) an email saying that I was trying to stay busy and not think about it, but just wanted them to know my thoughts were with them. I've chosen nephew Ron's response as my quote this week.
"A year already (sigh). I miss him, but I don’t think about February 9th as the day dad died. I think about it as the day he started his new journey and I can only imagine what wonders he must be seeing J."
And that night I felt as if I'd received a message from Sonny that he's doing well - take a look at this sunset.
Time for Others: I spent the better part of this week making Valentines -
plus a few I didn't photograph.
Tablescapes: Martha has Bunco again this week. They only use dishes in December - the other months they use paper. But - take a look at the decorating she does for winter and Valentine's Day.
My photo doesn't do the tree justice - it's covered with cardinals.
And she made her front door wreath
Thank You: To my Lil' Bro' Jim and his wife, my Lil' Sis' Becky who bought me two packages of lobster tails (two in each). Why have a lobster tail for dinner if you can have two, right? And yes, I ate both of those potatoes, too.
The Pepper Report: He got a bath on Friday, but I still feel some scabbing on his back near where his tail starts. Seems it's something left over from when he was feral and had fleas and started some sort of sores. I'm treating him with emu oil now to see if I can soften them up.
Making a mess by knocking everything off the shelves just wears him out.
Muffin Tin Monday: I cut some circles from ready-made pie crusts and fitted them into my muffin tin. I baked them for 12 minutes at 375 degrees. When cool, I made vanilla pudding from instant pudding mix and added 1/2 tsp rum flavoring. I cut some banana slices and dipped them in lemon juice and blotted them for the top. I'd use banana pudding next time.
Tidy-Up Tuesday: Took a back seat once more.
Where To Wednesday: Salvatore's in Ozark.
Jim had a sausage and pepper sandwich and a Caesar salad
Bill had penne with chicken and spicy rosy sauce and a Caesar salad.
I had chicken parmesan.
Joey had Chicken Florentine
The bread and pasta are made on the premises. Oh, yum!
Try It Thursday: I bought a personal drink mixer this week at Aldi for $15. I'm really trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, honest.
I made a smoothie with a small banana, six strawberries, a 6 oz can of pineapple juice, a little Splenda, and a 1/3 cup low-fat milk. It was pretty good and I whipped it up in minutes.
Friends Over Friday: On hold again. I took Pepper in at 8:00 a.m. for his bath and didn't get the call to pick him up until 12:30.
Theme Dining: Remember the Winter Wonderland table?
I decided to change it slightly. Just finished today.
After I do the food and photograph it, January will be finished. I decided to use the table and food on Tuesday. I can do a traditional Valentine's Day table next year. No sense wasting this when it's all finished, and I have to cook anyway. Then on to February and it needs lots of work.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
FLY THE FLAG ON FLAG DAY
EAT YOUR GREENS
CALL YOUR MOM
THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE