Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gray Skies

  We were so happy to see these gray clouds beginning last meant rain for us at last!

When the sun was hidden and the wind stirred gently...then harder, the clouds darkened more,
and then, the rain came! It was a good rain; it came down hard, heavy and wind-swept, and at that moment, I thanked God for giving us this needed rain. 

When the morning sun peaked through the clouds I watched as the day brightened, and how everything was lighter, brighter, refreshed and clean, then this poem by an American Poet came to mind and is quite appropriate on a morning like this.  Induldge me, as I share this one with you. It is entitled, "I saw God Wash The World".

I saw God wash the world last night
With His sweet showers on high,
And then, when morning came, I saw
Him hang it out to dry.

He washed each tiny blade of grass
And every trembling tree;
He flung His showers against the hill
And swept the billowing sea.

The white rose is a cleaner white,
The red rose is more red,
Since God washed every fragrant face
And put them all to bed.

There's not a bird, there's not a bee
That wings along the way
But is a cleaner bird and bee
Than it was yesterday.

I saw God wash the world last night.
Ah, would He had washed me
As clean of all my dust and dirt
As that old white birch tree.
William L. Stidger

Thursday, June 9, 2011

What's For Lunch

   I thought I'd make a salad as a meal. And what is this you may ask?
But, first, good-day to you all! How are you enjoying the weather today in your neck-of-the-woods? For me, it's the same old, hot, hot! LOL.
  If you are feeling a little down and out, sing a happy tune and put a smile on your lips to brighten your day! Okay, am I making you ill or what? Don't you know this is my way of saying, "Hey ya'll, I LOVE YOU!!!" Yeah, I do!
  With that said, back to my lunch...I had a taste for a salad, but can't leave the house unless someone is here to relieve me. So, I made my own after going through the cabs, pantry and refrigerator looking for ingredients. Here's what I came up with. Excuse the pics, I was sooo shaky, I couldn't hold the camera still! The salad has salad greens, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, baby beets, grapes, croutons, etc. with a hint of vinaigrette; and served with coffee.
  My mom-in-law's food has to be cut up before she can eat it but, she said it was very good and never had it before! Hope you enjoyed visiting and viewing our lunch. Luv-Loretta
This is a grilled chicken salad as a meal. What you are viewing are the grill marks on the breast of chicken with smothered onions on top.

The plates are the same, I just wanted you to see at a different angle

And, in case you didn't see my chocolate soda, I made another for a delicious , cold and refreshing after meal treat.
She seemed to enjoy the soda better than the meal.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pictures of Our Home

  Hello to All, what a busy morning I've had. Hope your day a wonderful one! We finally got some rain last night and it is hot again today, 95 now!
  I stopped to take a few pics to show you the little progress I've made with unpacking and setting things up in the rooms. It has been very slow with my have James' mom here and trying to get things done, and there is plenty to do still.
  I've chosen to work alone, rather than having help, because I know where I want to place things. Maybe after I'm done, then, I'll get the needed help of cleaning, because I'm going to need it! I don't want "Fibro" to come visiting again any time soon!  My problem now: if I could only keep ahead of the the dust and pet hair!   Remember, this is everyday living i'm showing you in these pictures, no showpiece here! Enjoy!

This is my bedroom dresser. As you can see, I like the traditional furniture

Thought I would try this out for a while. The room is painted a very soft, almost baby blue. I love the blue and brown with the pink-n-white tossed in.

An additional shot of the dresser. See if you notice some of the pieces I've shown in earlier posts.

Living Room

This bouquet is on the antique Dining Room table

The Bombay in the Dining Room

These are the built-ins in the Dining Room

Atop of the Refrigerator

More of the built-ins

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Check out Blog #2 For My Refreshing Cooler

Please click out the link to blog #2 on the top right of this page to see our tasty Cooler that I mentioned in the earlier post. What a treat! You have to try one during these hot and humid nights. Hugs! Loretta

Our Sunday Dinner

Hi everyone, is it hot, I mean ~Hot~ where you are now, expecially in the South? I tried to sit on my porch and it felt like I was breathing in hot, dry air and sweating like crazy, something I don't do easily. What a day, 102 and climbing! Well, this kind of heat will keep a sane person out of the kitchen, but you know me...sane...long gone! Ha!
  I went in the kitchen early and cooked off enough food for three days so, this should hold them awhile. I took the last of the greens from the freezer (thank goodness) and pulled out some rutabagas I'd bought as the Farmer's Market and cooked them.
 What I'm doing is trying to prepare and put on the plate, is what each of us want to eat since it's so hard to get a decent answer! Hubster, running the jaw again, said, "this is a winter meal". I promptly chided, "shut-up and eat your "anyhow"food...(anyhow winter ain't here!) LOL. Pass the cornbread!

I crumbled bacon over the greens, but they were cooked with ham

I didn't want the salad, so I fixed some mac-n-cheese. Delicious!

And, for dessert, I prepared this easy Peach Cobbler.
  I need to change the batteries in my camera, the pics are too light. Then, I want to show you what cold drink I make to cool us on these hot, humid nights. Hope your Sunday is/has been a good one. Until then... Hugs and Kisses! Loretta
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