Tuesday, March 31, 2020

My Writing Desk

Why is a raven like a writing desk?  Have you guessed the riddle yet? the Mad Hatter turned to Alice again.  

No, I give it up Alice replied What's the answer?

I haven't the slightest idea said the Mad Hatter

~Lewis Carroll

While it seems we are living in an upside down world just like Alice, I am trying to find an upside up world in the every day. I thought I'd take some photographs of my new home and share with you little bits of my every day.

Years ago, I went to California to visit my dear friend Cherie and we went to the sweetest tea shoppe.  Not only did we have a proper English tea luncheon, I bought the above Little Miss Gardener dolly.  She makes her appearance every spring and usually visits until autumn.

Monday, March 30, 2020

You Get What You Get...

Out of the mouths of babes...

My grandson and granddaughter taught me a very wise saying that comes in quite handy for all of us during these times we live in.

You get what you get and you don't get upset.

I repeated this to myself after receiving my online curbside pickup orders from two different grocery stores. It wasn't that long ago that I would have been annoyed receiving a substitution for something I didn't order.  I've decided to make the best of things and "try new things"!  I am so thankful that there are store shoppers who will shop for others.  They are a godsend to many of us.  If they get something wrong, I'm not complaining.  I am certain it is stressful for them dealing with crowded stores.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

When Love Sees You

Life is better with music.  Music that reminds me that I am not alone and that God sees me and loves me is better than better. On Sundays I'll try to post an uplifting music video that has blessed me.  Know that you are loved, gentle readers.

Tell Me your story, show Me your wounds
And I'll show you what Love sees when Love looks at you
Hand Me the pieces, broken and bruised
And I'll show you what Love sees when Love sees you

Sharing with Beverly

Saturday, March 28, 2020

What a Beautiful Friendship

I made this scrapbook sampler and placed it in a frame for my dear friend, Cherie.  (This photograph I posted looks a bit wonky because I had to edit the frame to straighten the picture.  Imagine the frame complete.)

what a BEAUTIFUL friendship we've grown

Today was a strange sort of day.  I had scheduled to have a curbside grocery pickup order this afternoon.  I received a text that it would be delayed.  It didn't say for how long.  I tried calling the company and there was a hold wait of 53 minutes.  Too long for me to wait on hold!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Repurposing on Purpose ~ the Latest Fashion Must Have

No, it isn't the latest designer pocketbook or trendy earrings... it is the (hopefully) virus protecting face mask.

This is me.  I can't decide if I look fashionable, paranoid, silly, or a combination of the three.

I purposely repurposed a head scarf into a (hopefully) virus protecting face mask.  What do you think?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

On the Trainwreck Track ~ Potato Trainwreck

I have fallen in love with the potato: tasty, versatile, economical, and filled with nutrients.

Before, I occasionally bought & cooked/baked potatoes.  Nowadays, it's not unusual for me to go through a 5 lb bag in a week.

I love that you can stretch a lot of meals with potatoes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Whispers of Flowers

The whispers of flowers is hope.

Though these are trying times, we can find small graces that God has left us if we look for them.

Stopping to smell the flowers... these lovely lilacs were from my past garden.  Though I can not enjoy them any longer, the thought that someone else can brings a smile to my face.

Our new home has many rose bushes.  I did spy buds growing but nature decided it wasn't quite done with winter yet.  We also have many tulips-to-be waking from their sleep in the front garden.  I bet they wish they had stayed in bed.  No tulip flowers yet ~ just stems and leaves so far.

I have gardening on my mind.  Are you making plans to plant a garden?

*I know the whispers of flowers is hope is not grammatically correct but it sounds nicer than the whispers of flowers are hope. ♥

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

My Prayer Request

So many prayers to request.  I thought I would ask for just one. Please pray for everyone in the medical field that are on the front lines on the war on the Coronavirus.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

My Prayer For You Today

May the Lord bless and keep you and give you peace.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Spring at My Side Door

Spring officially arrived and I didn't realize it.  I checked my calendar after the fact.  I decided to do a bit of decorating to brighten the mood.

Our home in NJ has a big front door and a smaller side street door.  (We are on a corner.)  I love the pink and cream roses on this wreath on my side door.

You can see my unusual mailbox  on the left.  It is this huge wrought iron one that stands alone.  A bit fancier than I've ever had before but it came with the house.  Maybe it is waiting for a big Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes check! (just kidding!!) ♥

Do you have a little something spring-ish on your front/side door?

Friday, March 20, 2020

What Has Prepared You For a Time Such As This?

Barbara of Small Moments left a comment on yesterday's post that I found very thought provoking.

Barbara wrote:  
 I wonder if we ladies of a 'certain age' are finding it easier than younger people to manage food in these awful times, simply because many of us have lived through periods of post war rationing where everything had to be made to go another day?

I remember being whisked away in the dead of night to a New Mexican underground bomb shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That was in October of 1962 and I was almost 3 years old.  We were there for a few days and nights.  The only toy I had was my plastic Lucy doll.  I don't remember what we ate but I do know we would not have complained.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

On the Trainwreck Track ~ Corned Beef Hash Browns

My mother had a knack for throwing together leftovers into a delicious meal.  She called these type of dinners ~ trainwrecks.

Now that we are here,
what can we do with what we have?

Many of us have chosen to stay home and help flatten the Coronavirus curve. We will often need to be creative with our cooking/baking and make due with what we have on hand.  Thus the trainwreck...

On Tuesday, St Patrick's Day, I made corned beef, potatoes, and carrots. (Thankfully, I purchased the corned beef a few weeks earlier.)  It was delicious!  On Wednesday, we had almost all of the leftover corned beef, potatoes, and carrots.  It was delicious.  As we only had 2 slices of corned beef left, today I decided to hop on the ol' trainwreck track and whip together a Corned Beef Hash Brown casserole. It was really delicious!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Staying Home ~ One Cube or Two?

Coffee & Friends
The Perfect Blend

We are doing our best to stay home for (at least) the next two weeks. Let's hope if we all work together, we can flatten out that Coronavirus curve.

Now that we are here, what can we do with what we have?

I am trying to do a little something each and every day that will make "sense" in this time of uncertainty.  It may be not seem like much but it is in these tangible little things that help us a have a little sense of control.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Pandemic Pantry ~ Taking Inventory

We are doing our best to stay home for (at least) the next two weeks.  Let's hope if we all work together, we can flatten out that Coronavirus curve.

Now that we are here, what can we do with what we have?

Taking inventory of our Pandemic Pantry is a good place to start.

I decided to start with the refrigerators/freezers.  We have two of them.  We have a fairly big refrigerator/freezer in the kitchen and a smaller older one in the basement.   First I started in the basement.  I emptied the freezer, took an account of how much of each item I had and then better organized them back into the freezer. The refrigerator was easier.  We don't have very much in the basement one.  I do store my extra sugar and flour in there.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Every Day

Having intentions of posting on a regular basis doesn't seem to be panning out for me.  My spirit is willing but my flesh is distracted.  There is no shortage of distractions.  Rather than becoming overwhelmed by them, let's focus on the every day.

There is joy in the every day.  The rising in the morning from a night's sleep in a cozy bed.  The first sip of hot coffee.  The fresh morning air.  The beauty of tulips awakening in hopes of an early spring. The satisfaction of daily chores finished. The sweet fellowship of shared meals. The quiet dusk of another day.  A return to slumber only to begin anew in the morning.

The every day is a gift.  I know all too often I take it for granted.  Regardless of our circumstances, let us remember the simple joys in the every day.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Pandemic Pantry ~ Needful Things

With all the news about the Coronavirus, I thought I'd write a series of posts on how to best prepare for what may come our way.

In Wednesday's post, we discussed what we should squirrel away in our medicine cabinets. In Thursday's post, we opened our kitchen cupboards and took account of what we needed. In Saturday's post, we looked at what we need to keep on hand to keep our homes as germ free as they could be. Today's post in the Pandemic Pantry series is on what might our personal needful things be.

What might we need if we are quarantined at home for 30 days?  

Baby Needs - baby formula (if needed), baby food, cookies/puffs, diapers, wipes, lotions, soaps, medicines, etc