Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays 2014



Wishing Each and Every One of you Happy Holidays and A New Year Filled with Lots of Excellent
 Days.



Some of my favorite Holiday Ornaments.
    

Mary


Monday, December 22, 2014

Do You Like Celery

Boy Oh Boy! Do I have a recipe for you!
I have made this several times and always receive lots of positive comments. I think the recipe has been around for a long time. It 
is something a little different. The water chestnuts give it a nice crunchy texture.


Celery casserole with toasted almonds and water chestnuts


4 cups sliced celery, (sliced 1-inch)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup diced pimiento, drained
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted*
2 tablespoons melted butter

Cook celery in salted water until just tender but still a little crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain and combine in a bowl with water chestnuts, soup, and pimiento. Pour into a greased 1-quart casserole dish. Combine bread crumbs, almonds, and melted butter; sprinkle over the casserole. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Serves 4 to 6.
*To toast nuts, spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350° oven, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes. Or, toast in an ungreased skillet over medium heat, stirring, until golden brown and aromatic.

I hope you try it and that you  like it.
Happy Cooking.

Mary

Monday, December 01, 2014

Home Sweet Home



I am so happy and grateful to be home in my warm and cozy little house with my doggie, Lily.


Returned last evening following three hours driving mostly in rain and sometimes very heavy rain which made it difficult to read the freeway signs. Lily was a very good little traveler even though she requires medication three times a day. She is such a little sweetheart! Well, I guess I have told you that before, right!


I returned home extremely exhausted physically and emotionally. This morning my low back is very painful when I walk. But, everything will be better day by day.

I am thankful that my friend is settling in at the Retirement Village.


This was December 1, 2014 when the Retirement Village had a Monday Night Football Dinner and Raffle. Also, the Calaveras Community Band Played Christmas Music. For as ill as he is he still looks wonderful to me!

He is getting regular nutritious meals along with entertainment and socialization. He is still having difficulty sleeping. On Thursday, he will have his next medical appointment with his GP. And, on the following Tuesday, he will have the follow-up with the Hematologist. I am certainly hoping that the reports are better than what it appears at the present time.

I must never forget the importance of Gratitude.

I truly hope all of you had a Wonderful Thanksgiving.

Mary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A New Day

I welcome a day to "catch my breath". A little sleep can do wonders for an old - I mean young - lady.


It's a comfort to know that my friend is settled in nicely at Foothill Village. The quality of his voice on the phone sounds so much better. And, his attitude is good. I love these Blessings.

Thanksgiving plans have changed over and over and over again. Really. Now the plan is that my friend will have Thanksgiving dinner at the Village. His son and wife will come this evening and have dinner with him tomorrow and take care of other matters.

I will be celebrating the holiday with my daughter and husband in San Jose which is a three hours drive for me. Because it is only family, my daughter has suggested that we celebrate with dinner on Friday so that I can get a little refreshed before traveling. And, that is wonderful for me. It is amazing what "24 hours" can do for a person! So, today I am doing very little but living quietly in Prayerful Thanksgiving for all my blessings, specifically for the God given strength I have received in this years journey which has been filled with many challenges.



Wishing all of you a Wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Mary

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You


God Bless all people who are or have been impacted by our journey for a free land and peace!

Mary


Friday, October 31, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wonderful Day

It was so wonderful spending a very pleasant Mother's Day with my Daughter and Son-in-Law.



Today, I noticed that another Honeysuckle Vine has started to bloom. I believe it is Lonicera Japanese 'Halliana' Hall's Honeysuckle and it grows vigorously with white fragrant flowers that turn yellow. It is growing on the same side fence as the Trumpet Honeysuckle 'Magnifica' pictured below that I posted about a week or so ago.


Both of the vines are growing beautifully this year with lots of blossoms. And, there is one more honeysuckle plant in the garden that covers the little white garden gate arch. I will take a photo soon and show you.

Have a Great Day.

Mary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Little Decorating In A Little Home


There are so few surfaces to play with for decorating in this little house. Do you know the expression "I just shopped around my house." That is exactly what I did. But, I also can shop in my garage because there are lots of goodies out there for decorating that probably will be sold. Of, course that depends on how much makes its way back into the little house.

This humongous faux seashell has been in my bathroom so I borrowed it for the entry hall just for Easter. Today, I visited the Dollar Store and it was worthwhile. I have been there once before and it has doubled in size. They must be doing well. And, it is within walking distance of my house.


Have you ever said "no" to eggs filled with M&M's?


Looking from the front door into the entry hall.


Now - Let's all smile.



What are these things?

I have been very busy every single day for quite some time now. Doing all of the Easter preparations of shopping, cooking, baking, house cleaning and some garden work has left me a little weary. Oh, and  throw in a few medical appointments. I have been trying to take good care of myself by taking a little nap every afternoon. It sure helps. Nonetheless, I am tired. But, I know it is worth it.

The Easter Bunny is coming!         I PROMISE!

Mary


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Dinner 2013

Last Easter was a very quiet and simple Easter, but nonetheless I enjoyed preparing a nice meal for Three of us. Since my close friend did not have plans I encouraged her to join us for our Easter Ham dinner. I made some new recipes that we liked very much. One was a cauliflower cheese vegetable and another was a celery water chestnut vegetable dish. Along with asparagus and salad we had plenty to eat. Oh, and dessert. 




It was a Simple but very Enjoyable meal. The Cook's spiral sliced (bone-in) hickory smoked honey Ham was so good that I plan to use the same brand again this year.

Many things to do today. Must do some grocery shopping, medical consultation appointment and those annoying miscellaneous errands.

Hug Someone today.

Mary

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

(google image)


(Palm Sunday 2013)

Blessings To All!

Mary


Monday, May 28, 2012

Never Forget Our Soldiers


PLEASE Take time to Thank A Soldier.



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Brunch 2012

Our favorite waiter greeted us with his usual smile.




And, we enjoyed a very pleasant and delicious Mother's Day Brunch at The Copper Grille Restaurant at Saddle Creek Resort.


I sure hope you enjoyed Your Day wherever you were.

Happy Mother's Day



Take Special Care of your Mother.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Busy But Relaxing Easter

It was such a nice day! I had hoped to go to Easter sunrise service but I did not make it this year. But look how beautiful our little church looked especially with the beautiful Easter lilies. They are provided by church members in honor or memory of loved ones.  My gentleman friend contributed one in memory of his wife who he had been married to for 57 years. It was very special!


And, look at those beautiful handcrafted quilts that have been made by the ladies of our church. As you probably know most photos can not do justice to the beauty of the quilts. Trust me, they are gorgeous.

The church has two services on Easter, one at 9AM and another at 11AM. The choir sings at both services. So after I went to the 9 AM service and while my friend sang again in the second service, I delivered some Easter packets to a couple members who were not able to attend services.

Thereafter, I went to see my friend who recently returned home following additional cancer surgery on Friday. I helped her take a nice warm bath and I changed her dressings for her. By the time I left she was nice and warm and comfortable and ready for a nap. On Saturday night we took her a favorite dinner she likes of Crab Macaroni and Cheese from one of our downtown restaurants. She was a "happy gal".

Then we took a drive out to a favorite spot to have Easter Brunch Buffet at 2 PM. We had a leisure afternoon and left for home around 4 PM.



The weather was Fabulous and the food was Great. It was a Wonderful Day.



I hope all of you found lots of enjoyment and pleasure on your Easter weekend. Our church family of friends have provided so much love, comfort and support for us even with our "soap opera life" of recent. We are very blessed. 


Sunday, March 18, 2012

I Feel Stitchy

At least, that is what I am telling myself.


 
It's time to bring a little sunshine back into my life. Maybe these colorful coasters will help. They are so easy to make and I love making things for other people. Maybe, I will have a little give-away here on blogland. It would be a first for me. It has been so difficult getting into the mood to do any handwork. It seems as though I enjoy cooking at this time more than any stitchy sort of thing.

So, yesterday afternoon I put the big stockpot on with Corned Beef. It is so easy to make and I generally try to make it each year. Of course, I added carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage. I had to do it, especially, since my little town always has a big Irish Day celebration to honor its Irish heritage. The activities included a pancake breakfast, parade, street fair with lots of art and crafts and food vendors and music. The weather cleared enough so that it did not have to be canceled. But, it started raining again quite hard after the parade. I stayed home where it was warm and I could take better care of myself with the fireplace warning the house.

Mid afternoon yesterday, I looked out the window and much to my surprise this is what I saw.

 
The snow was coming down so fast and before long everything was very white. The St. Patrick's Day activities really snuck in between the weather systems of rain and snow. And, that was wonderful. When events have to be canceled at the last minute because of weather, I always feel badly for all the many volunteers who have provided many hours of hard work.

AND, when my doggie woke me up at 6:30 AM this morning it was snowing again and there was about three inches of snow which was another surprise to me.

I hope you have a Wonderful Sunday. I just may have a Ruben Sandwich some time today or tomorrow.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I Am Ready To Return

After a month break from blogging, I am feeling happy and I am regaining my health. Last month I underwent light anesthesia and received three epidural steroid injections into my spine where the nerve roots exit the spinal canal in the lumbar region. The nerve pain in my left leg which radiated down to my ankle had become so severe that every day life had become a big struggle. Through a lot of prayer and little luck I managed to find doctors who guided me to find a doctor that worked on the development of injection therapies, years ago, that have shown significant success. And, now I have become one of his recipients of a successful procedure. No more nerve pain, only some aching in my low back occasionally. I am ECSTATIC and feel tremendous GRATITUDE.  This procedure can be repeated every six months if needed and Medicare will pay for it. Many years ago I had a similar procedure but I did not receive any pain relief. I appreciate each and every day. 



Also, my medical issues with my stomach ulcers are under control through the use of medications, very controlled dietary regime and stress reduction. It has become clear to me and the doctors that the cause of all the abdominal distress was related to personal life stress and nothing else. I am looking forward to complete healing!    

The week before the spinal injections, for reasons unknown, my blood pressure took a nosedive and was registering 80/40. Not good! This has happened in the past. Also, I have had episodes of very abnormal elevated blood pressure. Medications have been adjusted again by the cardiologist and I am doing well. This is called Labile Hypertension and I have been treated for this since I was 29 years old.

Let me tell you, I am a very happy lady and I look forward to blogging more regularly.

Hope all your Valentines were happy surprises!



Sunday, January 01, 2012

To Every One Of You


May you have Great Joy, Great Peace, Great Health, Great Vacations, Great Prosperity, Great Cooking, Great Crafting, Great Sewing, Great Baking, Great Friendships and Great Family Experiences in the New Year.



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Where To Begin

I am sure all of you at one time or another have been in situations where you " just-a-keep-a-going " no matter how exhausted you feel. I am so glad that tomorrow I do not have a single thing on my calender. I feel like I would like to stay in bed all day. But, I know that is not going to happen. And, that's OK, because it will be my choice to do that or not.



Christmas Day was a great day with Family, Fun and Food. Such a good day even though I was very tired and "hurting a lot" and this photo with me certainly shows it. But, I wouldn't have missed the day for anything. It was so much fun having my Granddaughter share the day with us and MSM's family. She is such fun and has the natural gift of blending in with all ages and enjoying herself as others enjoy her.


 

Just look at "my gal" with the little one.






~ ~ ~ ~ ~ And then helping in the kitchen.



Need I say, she had a good time, too!


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The day after Christmas I spent the entire day at the hospital with my friend while she received her first chemotherapy treatment. Everything went well and she did not get sick until this morning before she went for a follow-up treatment. Yesterday, as I was driving home we saw some beautiful photo ops, but I was only able to get one photo before the deer scampered away. Prior to seeing these deer, we saw about 50 wild turkeys along with five deer among them!



Today, after visiting with neighbors to share coffee and gifts, we went shopping to pick up one of my Christmas gifts that was on "back order".  More on that later.  Again, I was away most of the day. I am very very tired but still able to enjoy the Kennedy Center Honors on TV as I am putting this post together. 

Take Care of Yourself and Others.


  




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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014