Thursday, December 14, 2017

I like Thursdays: December 14, 2017

It's Thursday and another day to feel positive and find goodness in the world!  Hosted by LeeAnna you can find more happy posts here

We had our first snow and I have to say that I liked how pretty our backyard looked:

And how pretty our neighbor's yard looked.  This is Katie's swingset.  It actually started as another neighbor's swingset, then it was gifted to our next door neighbor and their four kids.  But it is mostly beloved by the youngest next door, Katie. 
Katie and her girlfriends would sit on this swings for hours chatting with each other.  Somewhere upstairs, I have photos of Helena,  feeling very important playing with the "big girls" and swinging on it.  Katie is 17 now but I would guess her parents keep the swingset up at her insistence.   I still occasionally glimpse Katie and her friend Natalie on the swings talking and laughing during the summer.

I like new recipes!
Jenny is my 22 year old cousin (yes much younger than my son I was raised with my aunts and uncles as siblings).  She loves cooking and she is always sharing new recipes online.  This is one she found it is called "Christmas Crack" and you can find it here.   I made mine with gluten free saltines so my husband could enjoy this!  I mentioned to my neighbor that I had just made some crack and she gasped (thought I was referring to drugs although she knows me better).  Now a bunch of our neighbors are baking "crack" 😆  We all seem to be using different toppings instead of the candy used on the original recipe.  I used toasted coconut; Carol used some toasted coconuts and pinenuts.  It's a great little recipe.
We are still enjoying all the wonderful Christmas displays in our neighborhood, this week our favorite is our elderly neighbor's arrangement.  It's adorable!

I like sewing but I also enjoy other crafts.  I started with just wanting to make some favors for Christmas and then two of my neighbors wanted to join in.  Then my Mom got interested.  We had a lot of fun doing this!  

Last summer I collected salt shakers at yard sales and dollar stores to make photo holders.

 Some we painted and then in November we had a get together and used up old jewelry and doo-dads to decorate the shakers.

I used vintage cards to put into my shakers and then embellished the cards too.  I  hope our guests enjoy them.  

I made two for our own home as well.  I didn't have to do anything but stick the pick in these shakers, the colors and shape were perfect!

We woke today to more snow:

I'm sure the kids in the neighborhood are happy about that; there is a two hour school delay!

I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy some holiday spirit!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scout's first snow!

It was the first snow for Baby Scout yesterday!  It started earlier than expected, and we were surprised that we didn't get the 1-3 inches predicted.  By last night we had nearly 5 inches.  Scout's impressions were that it was curious, edible, and decorates the nose well. 

Finding a place to do her business became more problematic as the snow continued to accumulate.  But this morning she decided she rather enjoyed the stuff and darted out the back door before I could get her coat on her.
And then she hid from me because she didn't want to come in:
Silly goil!

I'm grateful that my husband is actually home to shovel the stuff!  But I'm also wary.  Snow this early is not a good sign and we could be in for a challenging winter.  Well we have food and heat so we are doing okay!  Hope you stayed safe and warm yesterday and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturdays with Scout

Scout is getting ready for her first Christmas!
And...Today we are expecting our first snow of the season which will be the first snow of her lifetime !!!  Carol already said she'll be down once the snow begins because we all want to see Scout's reaction!

Scout got her hair done on Thursday, it was a big day for her.  Jessa always does an amazing job on her grooming.  I love how she frames her face and how pretty she makes her tail.
Scout also got a new coat:

 I thought it would fit her but it was a wee bit small.  Did some alterations and will get her a new one after the New Year.  The coat was on sale for just a few dollars so I don't feel too bad about having to replace it eventually.

Here's what my neighbor calls the "Jackie O" shot.  I'm not sure what that means; maybe that Scout looks elegant?

I told you Jessa does her face exceptionally well!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I like Thursdays: December 7, 2017

Greetings and welcome to another addition of what is good in our little world!  If you need some positive thoughts, join LeeAnna and the other bloggers by visiting Not Afraid of Color!

Scout updates:  Always an adorable baby, today she is going to get groomed and be very pretty for the holiday.

Our sleeping baby!

 Little bear like to hang out at the wall and check out what is going on!

It's Christmas time in the city and Scout and I have been enjoying our walks and viewing people's decorations!  This week's favorite:
 I love gingerbread and have a whole folder of ginger recipes.  This week I discovered gingerbread cookie donuts at Dunkin' Donuts.  It's not as a great as a gingerbread cookie but it's not bad either!
Sandra said she made gingerbread bars which intrigues me.  I'm not sure she got my email or not but I would love to know which recipe she used and how it turned out.  I'm thinking of  making the bars for our Christmas brunch.  I'm not really interested in making cut-out cookies anymore and gave the bulk of my cookie cutters to Jessica.

I like the Indie Craft Fair!  It is only one day a year but it sure is fun!  Carol and I go each year!
I didn't get as much as I normally do this year but there were less vendors this time around.  Hopefully it will be full next year as the products they supply are different and interesting.  It's an inspirational day for Carol and me and we get to pick up a few Christmas gifts!
 The really cold weather is approaching and I know I'll be baking some things this weekend for the holiday and of course for my hubby:
Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I Like Thursday: November 30, 2017

Good Morning!  Hope you are having a wonderful week!  Well the first like I have is the wonderful feast prepared by my son Peter and daughter-in-law Jessica!  It was a wonderful day and we can't thank them enough for the great feast!  I'm so grateful to have these two fantastic people in my life!

It's the last day of November and I am definately thinking of Christmas these days!  Have you started your preparations yet?

I like that we don't do a lot of shopping.  The grandkids will get money and some small things this year.  They can pick out their own video games and electronic doo-dads. 

I  like that my daughter-in-law buys me a star each year for our tree and this year we used them all on the tiny tree we purchased:
I'm keeping decorations minimal this year but more than we did last year.  Here is our Christmas window.  For new readers, this is a window that came from my Nana's house years ago and my brother crafted this to a free standing piece that I can decorate each season.  Here is this year's window dressing:

I like wooden shoes. 
I used to put a couple of pairs on my big Christmas tree years ago.  This year I found a new pair at a local antique show; they are button-licious!
Just perfect for Pearlies!
I love that the crafter used the buttons to make buckles:

I like little surprises.  I'm sick with a cold right now but I found some sweetness in my remedies.  Apparently some manufacturers supply positive messages in their products, check out the Halls lozengers:

I also like this new tea that my friend recommended.  It is called "Throat Coat" and it is a tea that does truly soothe one's throat.  Here too was some inspiration on the tags of the bags.  Each one a different quote:

How are you doing?  If you are interested in more positive energy, visit LeeAnna for all the participants in this day!

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am grateful for so many things not the least of which is my family and my many family of friends--including my cyber friends.

We are busy preparing for today's feast so I'll resume the "I Like" posts next week. 

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I like Thursday: November 16, 2017

It's Thursday and time for another "I like" post!  Please visit all the participants; you can find them and our hostess with the mostess at LeeAnna's blog here.

I like doing the craft fair with Carol last Sunday.  We had a great time; it's much easier to have a table when you share it with a friend.  The turn-out wasn't that great but Carol and I both did well and more importantly, we had fun!

Here are some photos of our table:

 Carol's aprons above and some bottles she made below:

I like these signs that have been appearing in our neighborhood.  I'm not sure where they come from or how to get them.  There are a variety of them and I think they speak well of our community:

I got a new cover for our sofa and like it very much.  It needs laundering and ironing but I thought I would photograph it to see how I like it.

I like Scout!  She is totally healthy although still in heat.  The vet warned us to be on the look for male dogs because she is now in the "will mate and get pregnant" phase.  We have to be with her whenever she is out and we warned to go out before her to make sure there are no boys in our yard.

Lately, I've been enjoying watching her settle down for bed.  I've been taking photos of them for a "let sleeping dogs lie" montage:

We call this style of sleeping:  havoc:  tear apart the bed, hump it (we think because of heat), and then finally be worn out and sleeping.

"The air mattress pose":  getting a good draft under the bed.

"The snuggle" : this happens with some of her toys.  She is very fond of this dog toy:

"Sleeping smiling baby":  one of our favorite poses.  I just melt when I see her like this.

Have a wonderful week!