Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Enjoy the last week of the year....


I love the hush that takes over the neighborhood and my small town the day after Christmas. All the frenzy is put to rest and the celebration we all enjoyed is a warm memory to enjoy time and time again. But then we come to that last week in the year, you know the one, where it is difficult to know what to do with yourself. Because...

You're a bit tired from the wonderful Christmas you just enjoyed with family and friends and possibly a little too much of the foods that you don't routinely eat, except for special occasions, like Christmas.

You're pretty sure you want to take a vacation in a warm climate, but that old bank account is saying no, no, no...

You're growing a bit tired of the decor that spilled all over the house in this wonderful celebration we enjoy. But you're not ready to invest the energy to put it all away, as you clearly remember how much work it was to put it all up!


You're missing the cookies that have already been eaten, wishing the ones you don't enjoy as well, had been baked in a smaller batch or possibly not at all. Unfortunately, there is still too much food to ask for anything to be baked...

It is the middle of the week, and there is no football to watch, or shopping to do, or chores that are calling your name (well not loudly enough!). So you feel a bit off kilter.

And then someone gives you a big hug and a heartfelt Thank you, and you truly know that Christmas and all the work involved is so worth it and you really can't wait for next year!

But for now, you have decided that any New Year's resolutions, will just have to wait because right now it is the perfect time to do nothing and enjoy the memories of this year. Because this is the last week of the year, and this moment will never happen again, for you to enjoy!


It's a new week, thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Our backyard includes, The Pacific Ocean.


We were very excited to be able to see the super moon, unfortunately we had so much cloud cover, there was nothing but clouds to see! Not even a faint glow, where the moon was....


But there have been changes in our surf from the super moon and it is spectacular to see and enjoy. The surf is much more robust, with bigger waves due to the pull of the moon. This morning during a quick walk, we noticed that the smell in the air was different also.


With larger waves, there is more movement in the water. There was a smell I can only associate with decaying murk. Not totally unpleasant, but it is apparent that the ocean is cleaning house! Along the sand, was this rusted (and burned) bed spring, brought up on the high tides in the middle of the night.


Everyday is different when we walk along the beach. There is always clues to where the tide ended and of course the patterns left in the sand, when the water returned to the ocean.


While we did miss seeing the super moon, we see signs of it's force on our daily walks.

Note:  all photos taken with my camera and have not been edited.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Happy Election Eve to you!


Tomorrow is the Presidential election for 2016. As important as it is for all voters to have a say in how our country is managed and by whom, I will be happy that the election is over. I believe I have come to see a trend in our political structure that is disturbing as well as harmful.

That of shaming and blaming through social media sites. Social media has become not only big business, but how we communicate as a world community. Tap, tap, tap and zip an opinion has been sent to social media cyber space in less than a half second.

That bite of opinion, is quickly read by many and becomes fact if for no other reason than it is there in black and white (much like a newsprint use to be deemed valuable and important) to be read and shared time and time again.

I am as guilty of using social media as the next person. I blog on one platform and keep up with family and friends on another. During my visits to these social media sites, I see the other information and heated discussions of opinions, with this election being more heated than the last.

Social media is a formula, information is quickly released, to be seen and shared by many and if viewed repeatedly by enough viewers, becomes real. Social media is a means to gather followers (and believers) for your cause.

I am not certain this is how we should be electing a Presidential candidate, unless we are speaking the truth.

It's a new week, I hope to see you again.



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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Ritual to you too.


Today is Halloween, not one of my favorite holidays, but Halloween does start our end of the year holiday parade. And if nothing else, I like seeing Halloween show up on the calendar because I know the other holidays near and dear to me are on the way. Holidays could also be spelled rituals.

A rite is "any customary observance or practice". Whereas a ritual is "an established procedure, religious our otherwise", meaning that it is repeated with regular occurrence.

You know, like a holiday!

I believe we create and sustain rituals to remember the past and guarantee the future. Rituals and holidays allow us to bring up the past for review and enjoyment. And usually, the memories are sweet or at the very least, comical!

And that is what builds families, the commitment to be a part of something larger than just yourself.


It isn't always easy to make the journey to attend. Sheesh, it isn't always easy to be the tribe host, either. But once the ritual has passed for another year and you look back, it really wasn't difficult. All it really was, was commitment.

Families do change. People marry and move away. Job transfers happen. Babies are added, and older family members are suddenly no longer there. So whenever possible, make the journey, it will always be a great view when looking back!


So, Happy HallowThankfulChristNewYear Everyone! May your journey be safe and full of wonderful views on the look back.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Is this a debate or are you arguing with me?

Deciding to "write" is a blessing and a curse. Having to write in order to meet a deadline is upon first inspection a curse. But if you break it down, having a deadline (even one self-imposed) means you must get the task completed. This gives the opportunity to think and if needed rethink, then edit and finish.

Which makes this an opportunity to learn about yourself. In the quiet of your own working space without debate or having to defend your thoughts. Some folks love a good debate, I am not one of them. I hated it in school and for some reason never took to it in later years. I equate it with arguing and yet I know that arguing and debate are not the same activity. They only seem like it.......
Ironically we think we know ourselves when we reach our mid-thirties, but all we really know is our habits and preferences, which is very different from our true self. It has taken me a long time to learn that learning about our true self, takes a lifetime. And I suppose it should. Because we are not the same person in the morning that went to bed the night before. Each new day offers the opportunity to be the best new you, that you can be.

We wake up privileged with all the knowledge from the day before. Whether we put it to use or not is a very different issue, we still wake up privileged. Unfortunately, the word privileged has become tainted in recent years by being attached to the idea of one having money. But below you will see the definition I found to support that we all are privileged.

priv·i·leged
ˈpriv(ə)lijd/

adjective
  • having special rights, advantages, or immunities.
  • having the rare opportunity to do something that brings particular pleasure.
I do not see the mention of money in the above definition. So it seems safe to say anyone waking up after a day of living and learning, is, in fact privileged.


Knowing yourself is one of life's greatest riches and one that you will take comfort in for the rest of your days. And unfortunately, I must also be the spokesperson for some additional bad news. The rest of your days are limited. Yep, we all are going to die. I would take that last sentence back, but then I would be a liar, and I don't think that it would be a good idea to become a writer and a liar on the same day.....


Which brings us to the issue at hand.

What is it that you want to do? And, what are you waiting for?

Now remember you will be different tomorrow. But you will not wake up ready.

I don't know if there really is a state of ready, where one embraces the opportunity and succeeds from that point on.

But I do think there is a state of willing, where one starts right in and continues to work hard toward success.

And I think that is a great tool to have in your tool chest.

It's a new week, I hope to see you again!

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Old and new from far and wide, October 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in October. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....

Photo courtesy of One Good Thing.

I love this round up of uses for Pickle juice. I can tell you that we don't pour ours down the drain....

Photo courtesy of Maple Hill Farm.

Thrifty plant markers for your garden.


Photo courtesy of an Unknown Source.

I have not tried this formula. But from the many different suggestions I have found on the internet and have been told by friends, it is certainly worth a try....

Photo courtesy of Thrifty Fun.

If you grew garlic in your garden, this article will show you how to braid it for long term storage. 


And I will leave you with this thought to ponder.....


This final October 2016 version concludes a year-long series in celebration of other bloggers. I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have, in presenting the wonderful ideas and recipes.  

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June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

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August2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015



Friday, September 2, 2016

Old and new from far and wide, September 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in September. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


 Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Not just for kids, build an outdoor chalkboard for your own murals too!

Photo courtesy of Premeditated Leftovers

This timeless drink, now with upgrades!



Photo courtesy of Simply Homemaking

Repairing a broken zipper, a skill that I myself would like to learn. 


Photo courtesy of Zero Waste Chef

Prepare oven roasted tomatoes from your garden for long term freezer storage plus a recipe for Vodka Pasta Sauce


Photo courtesy of the Smart Mama

This is a clever idea and one that you will have fun completing. An easy upgrade to that plain concrete entry. 


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June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016 

February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

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August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The roses were proud, while we were away!

The roses had rebounded once transplanted, and were beautiful. We are sold on the banana peel treatment and will use it regularly. Unfortunately we have to give first aid to the roses once again, as they were dinner for the deer in our absence.


I will say this, deer are able to take a clean bite!


The deer also had their way with my beloved currant bushes...

I had just come across this homemade deterrent spray for deer and we will get a gallon of it made up for quick weekly applications. The suggestions include spraying each week as well as after a rain storm.

The Deer Deterrent Formula
adapted from:  Old World Farms
makes 1 gallon

2 eggs
4 cloves garlic
2 t red pepper flakes
1/4 c whole milk

1 gallon water

Buzz eggs through milk in a blender until smooth, strain through cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer. Add to sprayer and dilute with the water.

Spray weekly as well as after a rain storm.

The other trick we shall try is small amounts of dog hair scattered around the roses. I think a suet box (the green mesh kind) filled with dog fur ( there is a groomer close to where I work) might give the presence of a dog.

Currently we have no dog, there is no plan at this time for a dog ( right now the cat is in charge.....) yet during our conversations, my husband remarked that they did not have problems with deer when he was a kid. They live way out in the country, but they also had two dogs. This makes me think the mesh boxes might help.....

We will update on the successes of these two treatments.

We did have one success however, the rhubarb now in a permanent spot, is showing signs of growth!

It is that little spot of green on the right side, that is making me happy!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Old and new from far and wide, August 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in August. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are up to currently or have done in the past. So much information from older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


Photo courtesy of Old World Farms
We had quite the visit from deer during our absence last week. They enjoyed a delicious rose bush and all the green leaves on each of the currant bushes. I am hoping one of these sprays will help in the future. I love the deer, but really I also like my roses and currants!


Photo courtesy of Hillbilly Housewife
We do have a roll of paper towels hanging in the laundry room, having crossed over to cloth towels 30+ years ago. I know we save hundreds on paper towels and honestly the couple extra towels a week do not add to the work or cost of regular laundry. The reason for the paper towels? For animal clean-up messes and draining bacon, that"s it!

 Photo courtesy of Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
I have not tried this yet, but I sure will. Window streaks seem to be my companion when I clean windows, maybe that is due to change!

Photo courtesy of Sauver
Everywhere I look there are quinoa recipes. When I am ready to cook, I don't make them. Which is silly as I have a bag of quinoa to use up, and I actually enjoy quinoa. This looks like a great one to start with. Lemon Herb Quinoa

Photo courtesy of Tasting Table
We have started using a lot of ginger. Sometimes I peel it, other times I don't. If you fall in the must be peeled category, here is an easy method to use. 


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June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016 

February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015

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July 2016
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April 2016
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January 2016
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Our Backyard includes, Port of Ilwaco Washington


The Port of Ilwaco is a busy place. Commercial fishing, charter fishing, a Saturday Market and a Community College. Add in permanent retail shops and eatery destinations, and you have a great place to explore on a summer's day.



The building you see in this photo is Gray's River Community College. The parking lot you see is used by the college and the Port. It is full on Saturdays!



There are several art galleries, book stores and lots of fresh fish to purchase.


This is the Marie Powell Gallery, I love that there are metal sculptures in the garden.



Lots of vendor's tents, with a wide variety of handcrafted pottery, dried jerky, soaps and unique creations of every kind.


This boat is coming back from a chartered outing.


It looks like everyone got a salmon. Update: they are probably albacore, we are deep in albacore season at this time!



We had lunch from this booth, and man was it good!


This man knows his pork and how to season it. Something tells me, this won't be the last time we visit Blue Collar Eats.....

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