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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Date Night!

On Saturday my Shug and I went on a date!
Just the two of us!!! 
 We went to Monticello, which is about an hour from our house and went on the Madam Carroll boat.
I love nautical bunting!

 They say it's the largest boat in Indiana. There are two decks.  The inside deck has a bar and the upper/outside deck has a snack bar.  Lucky for us they have an inside deck because it POURED RAIN right after we got on the boat!
 Oh...and I ran into one of my cousins there that I haven't seen in a few years!
 The inside deck holds 220 people!  That's pretty big!  And btw this is the first time I've ever been on this boat and I have lived in Indiana my whole life.  Ridiculous.


(I'm kidding.  Those are the only two boat terms I could think of!  I do know Port wine, but not where Port is on a boat, except at the bar!) 
So these pictures show one end, and the other!

 And they had a band!  I don't know if you remember Henry Lee Summer.  He was very popular in the 80s and right as he was going national, he got into some trouble, with drugs.  So sad.  I read some of his interviews and he said when he was rehabbing, the people who sold to him would put drugs in his mailbox or throw them in his yard because they wanted him hooked again so they could get his money.  Anyway, he's had a rough road, but peeps he can still sing.  And sing he did.  He started at 8:30 and didn't stop until 11:00.  I thought he was done.  But he came back out at 11:30 and when the boat docked at 12:30, he was still singing!  AND his voice is still the same!  I LOVED IT!  A lot of 70's and 80's music which was so fun to dance to.  I woke up with leg cramps!  LOL!

 My cousin and I were trying to get a selfie with him, only he was busy singing so he didn't know!

 He's coming back to the Madam Carroll on October 7 and we want to go and celebrate my Shug's 60th birthday!

Have a listen to his music.  Give him a chance. 


PS - today's habit (from Day Designer - blog listed to the right) is to meditate or read devotionals OUT OF A BOOK.  And to make notes in the margins!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Day May Day!

So I'm a Day late with May Day.  I'm actually a lot late with this whole Blog thing.  I had an Easter post ready to go.  I don't know what happened, I think it was Internet problems, but I lost a bunch of it. So here's the thing.... 
I have ALWAYS tried doing things in chronological order.  
It's an obsessive/compulsive thing with me. 
Well, I'm breaking that habit. 
I'm going to start posting what I want, when I want! 
I said it OUT LOUD!  Easter might be posted in July and July might be posted in December!

And the first thing I'm going to say is
This is our pond...if you look closely, you see the trees are IN the water.  That's because it has rained EVERY DAY since LAST WEDNESDAY and the wind has been horrible! 
The pond is out of the bank.
 This was the rain over the weekend.

So, in an effort to help the attitude, I've joined a couple of "groups" that you might be interested in.

The first one is through Facebook.  It's The YOU Challenge by Rebekah Teal. It's a closed group but I'm sure she will let you join if you want to. 
It's about making yourselves a priority.  
It's a walking group. 
The thing about this group is I started last May.  It's only a month long.  But what it did for me is make me find a path to walk that I really enjoy.  And I've done it every day that the weather has been nice since last May, 2016.  Of course, it's Indiana, so the weather isn't always nice.  But for the month of May I am walking EVERY DAY, no matter the weather.

So here is what I did yesterday.
I quickly walked on the gravel part of the path that my Dixie Doodle and I have created.  The rest of it will have to wait for another time because it's a mud bog.

 This is our flowing well.  It's a natural spring that runs all the time.  No turning it on or off.


 Dixie was ready to go on the grassy part of the path, but like I said, it's a mud bog. 

The other "walk" I did were these steps.  My Shug is working upstairs and he is ready  to change jobs, so these tools need to come down, and others need to go up.  It took me six trips up and down 15 steps.  l80 steps.  Not bad for a first day.
Ta Dah!

The other group I joined is by Day Designer.  You join by e-mail and they send you a Habit a Day for the Month of May.  It's actually called 30 Days to your Best You.  The first two habits are

1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
2.  Make your bed every morning
Anyone else need a fresh start?


Friday, April 21, 2017


 I will be posting Easter pictures this weekend.  I thought for Five on Friday, I'd show you some other stuff going on around here. 

Some of our family went mushroom hunting.
I was kindly given some fresh mushrooms which I fried in butter the next morning,
and made a mushroom and cheese omelette out of it.

I've been working on beehive equipment.  It's been several years of being too busy and not being organized in the beekeeping equipment department.  This year, I'm ready! 
I think.
I want to paint all of these nice pastel colors when I get the chance!

Everyone should know by now that the dandelion is the honeybees first flower in the spring that they get nectar from, at least in this part of the country.
We do our part.

Make a wish!

I sat out one lovely evening this week and watched the sun set, with coffee and crochet!

We have a LOT of lilacs blooming right now and I picked a huge bouquet for the house.
I wish you could smell them!

We have several different varieties

Crochet group....
First of all, I went to cousin Vickie's house Wednesday evening and started a new blanket.
I'm still working on my old one, but I need something mindless to work on while at crochet.  The old one is very close to having to lay it out and put it together.
So I started the coastal blanket that is from Lucy's blog at Attic 24.  I love it!  Of course, I'm only on row three! 
Cheryl started making a house pillow.  Look at those perfectly neat rows!

K is working on her cupcake blanket (which is also an Attic 24 kit)
Debbie is working on an Attic 24 bag kit.  In case you are wondering, we got together with a group of knitters and we all placed a rather large order.
And....yes....we do allow a knitter to sit with us  now and then!


Bonus picture....
we've had some absolutely horrible weather this week,
lots of rain and cold,
but I did get a pretty picture after the rains yesterday.

Have a great weekend
Easter pictures to come

I'm hooking up with FAST blog for Five on Friday.
Head on over by clicking here to see what other bloggers have been doing.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Springy Easter Cake!

Besides cleaning and decorating for Easter this week,
I have been making food.  I always make no bake cookies in the shape of nests,
which I will show you later.
And I baked two hams today.
Easy Peasy Green Bean Casserole tomorrow.

For my Five on Friday I thought I'd share with you the cake I made.

I'm joining FAST blog with Five on Friday so here we go...
Let's talk cake.

This year I decided I was going to make a cake. 
And I was going to make it in three different colors. 
I saw this on Pinterest.
And one evening  earlier this week I decided I would bake the cakes.
And I forgot I was going to color the layers, until I sat down  my computer and looked at the cakes on the counter top.....DOH!

I put the three cakes in the freezer because I made them earlier in the week. 
The fourth one,
we ate.

I hatched a Plan B.

 A couple of nights ago I started melting colored white chocolate
and using cookie cutters to make Eastery/springy shapes.

Today I got the cake out of the freezer and used a recipe from Martha Stewart's cake book for the icing.  I also used a recipe from her cake book for the vanilla cake.  I tinted the icing green.

 Then I started with the biggest flowers and pressed them into the icing.
 I did it with the smaller flowers and bunnies and such.
Then I decided to add some grass.  So I melted some green white chocolate, and before it completely hardened, I took a steak knife and made blades.

I think it turned out pretty cute! 

 These will go on in the morning. 
I put the cake in the fridge for the night.

I don't know if you can see the recipes or not in these pictures.

They came from this book.

Happy Easter


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