The Storm

The other day it was a hot 104 degree afternoon with some clouds. I could see some dark clouds from my 3rd floor window. It was time for me to get off work so I logged out and headed home. My phone sent me an alert to let me know there were possible thunderstorms in my area. Thats a normal broadcast this time of year so I just looked a the sky and shrugged my shoulders. “It might rain later” I said to myself. 

On the way home, my husband ended up behind me as he got off work at the same time. Though he came from another direction, the time distance to our work is the same. 

We were only about a mile from the house when all of a sudden a heavy rain started pouring. It was hard to see. Then the wind got up strong and the rain began to swirl. Once we were in the neighbor hood, The wind and rain was so hard I could not see in front of me. Then the hail came down. We were almost home, we were only 4 houses away from ours. I could not see anything at this point. It was just white. I could hear leaves and limbs slapping my car as I just held the steering wheel tight and winged it to the house not knowing what was in front of me. We both pulled into the car port safely and just looked at each other. “Where did that come from?” I was thinking we needed to take cover but it seem to be dying down a little. The hail was only pea size but it looked like we had snow. 

As soon as we walked into the house at 5:30, the power cut off, the wind and rain stopped and the world was still. We walked outside to see if we could see anything. Our street was covered in leaves in limbs like a blanket. The other neighbors started coming outside and we all gathered in the street to talk about what just happened. It was a twister that came through. 

Neighbors from the street over came walking down to let us know there were several trees down on that side and they saw the twister come down the road from their window. It was crazy. Me and Nick knew then that we were actually driving through a tornado. We were lucky to have no damage.

The main road up from our house was blocked off as well as other streets. Trees were toppled and power lines were down. We were without power for 10 hours. It finally came on early that next morning. Our food in the fridge was still cold and nothing seemed ruined. People were panicking because of the power being out. I found it to be quit nice. I enjoyed the conversations with neighbors and sitting outside until late. I loved the candlelight dinner and shower, No TV and open windows. We left the windows open and went to bed. It was very dark and we could hear the frogs and cricket chirping. I loved the feeling of being in the wilderness. With the roads blocked off we did not hear the usual sound of cars rushing by. It was nice. 

Below are just a few pictures I took. I wanted to save my camera battery at the time. 





I believe God allows the big storms to come sometimes to clean up nature and to give people time to stop and be still. He is with us in the storm as well as in the light of day. 


Air Fried Kiwi Chips

I’m typing this post as I ride shotgun toward the coast. I worked a few hours then my chariot arrived and swept me away for a long weekend getaway. 


I wanted to share with you something new I tried. Do you like Kiwi fruit? I’m not a big fan but I tried this little trick and it was actually pretty good. 

AIR FRIED KIWI CHIPS


I started out with a couple clean scrubbed Kiwis. 
They feel like suede and I don’t like the fuzzy texture. So I scrubbed them really good. 
It did not help the texture but it eased my mind a little. 

Then I sliced the Kiwi thin and placed them in a single layer in the air fryer at 320 degrees for 8 minutes. 
No need to add any other flavors, oils or spices to them as they will have a bold taste alone. 
Note: I left the skin on (optional).


They turned out nice and crispy. Surprisingly the Kiwi skin was not tough nor did it feel fuzzy Ha. The cooked Kiwi had a unique taste. It’s hard to explain. I guess you can say it tasted somewhat like a baked apple but was very tart. 

Will I make them again? Probably. Because it is a healthy cheap snack and the sour bite curbs my appetite. 

Here are some health benefits in these little prickly fruits.
-Vitamin A which is good for the eyes.
-Regulates the digestive system and helps block E Coli bacteria.
-Vitamin E and Antioxidants that improves skin.
-Controls Diabetes.
-Rich in Potassium and polyphenols that improve heart health.
-Boost Immune system.
-Improves Iron absorption.

Do you like Kiwi? 
What is one of your favorite fruits? I am more of a melon eater than a fruit eater but I love pineapple. 



Random Facts About Me, What about you?

When I read my friend Diana’s latest blog post, I had to join in on the fun. This is a fun interactive post where you can learn about each other. Have fun reading about me and if you have a blog I hope you join in. Instructions how to play along will be at the end of the post. 
Here goes…..


1.  Where do you like to vacation?
We like to vacation in our camper in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

2.  Do you have pets?
No. I love animals but do not want the responsibility. If I had a pet, I would get a hedgehog. 

3.  What is your favorite color?
I have never had a favorite color. I like neutral earth tone colors.

4.  How many are in your family?
Just three in my household. I also have my mom and dad, 2 brothers, and a sister.

5.  What is your least favorite thing to do?
Wash silverware. 

6.  What is your most favorite thing to do?
Sit on the beach in the morning with a cup of coffee.

7.  If money were no object what would you like to do when you retire?
Have a small RV and go places. I would also settle for a house on the beach. 

8.  What is your favorite season?
Summer 

9.   What book are you currently reading?
I am not currently reading any books. I wish I liked to read but it’s just not my thing,

10. What time do you go to bed, get up in the morning?
I go to bed each night around 11 and my Eco dot Alexa wakes me up every morning at 6.

11. How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog in 2011 but did not really get into it until 2015.
That’s 11 years!!! Wow. 

11 Random things about me. 
1.   I’m left handed.
2.   I can not swim. ( but I can float).
3.   I still have my tonsils though the doctor can’t find them.
4.   I have 3 tattoos.
5.   I sneeze when I eat peppermint.
6.   I’m a Christian.
7.   I can drive a stick shift car.
8.   I’m a minimalist.
9.   I have been in Nutrisystem ads as a success story.
10.  I am afraid of snakes and spiders.
11.  I am a lucid dreamer. 


So...now...YOU...copy the questions below and paste to a new blog post. Then tell us 11 random things about yourself. 
When your finished, head over to TheNanaDiana and share the link to your blog post in her comments and she will share your blog on her page. 
Have fun!

1.  Where do you like to vacation?
2.  Do you have pets?
3.  What is your favorite color?
4.  How many are in your family?
5.  What is your least favorite thing to do?
6.  What is your most favorite thing to do?
7.  If money were no object what would you like to do when you retire?
8.   What is your favorite season?
9.   What book are you currently reading?
10. What time do you go to bed, get up in the morning?
11. How long have you been blogging?


Birthday 53

I turned 53 years old yesterday. My mind tells me I’m 23 but my body tells me otherwise. 

My daughter came home this past weekend to start the celebration with me. My husband had to work so It was just me and her. She came to the house with a handful of surprises. One included this lemon cake. 


We have been eating on it all weekend. I love any kind of cake and lemon is one of my favorite fruity flavors. 
Gifts she got me included a My Pillow, a herb growing kit, and a hair brush. 

Then she went with me to get a …….yes. A tattoo. I have been wanting a tiny white tattoo but was not sure where I wanted to put it. I decided to have it put on my finger. That’s weird because I said I would never have a tattoo on my hands. In fact, I though I was out of that faze of wanting tattoos. But like I said, my mind tells me I’m 23. 


She was excited to take me to get it. She does not have any tattoos, nor does she want one. She almost got one in college but she looked at the long time effect of having something permanent on her skin. Smart girl. 

Afterwards, we had lunch at McAllisters deli. We ate outside on the patio. We had a guest at the table. My daughter shared her lunch with him.


The evening turned bitter sweet when I got a call that my Aunt had just went to heaven. Though the news was sad, It also calls for celebration. 
Not many people can have the peace in their heart knowing where a loved one goes after life. We could all still use your prayers. 

Yesterday was my actual birthday and I had to go to work. 
When I arrived, I walked into the office to see my work cubicle decorated with birthday banners, cards and few gifts. 



It made me smile and all day long, everyone that walked by, wished me a happy birthday. It was a good day.

At the end of the day I come home to a nice steak dinner from my husband.  He gave me my birthday gift earlier this month. It was the Yeti bag you see in the picture above. I had been wanting one to carry my purse, lunch and other things I need for work. 

Next weekend the celebrations continue at my mom and dads house. Mom will have May birthday dinner. I have a sister, brother and daddy that also celebrate a birthday in May. 



Mothers Day 30

I hope everyone had a happy Mothers Day. This post is a day late because thats a reflection of about how my blogging has been goin lately. I really do hope to get better. Life has just been busy for me and I have fell into a rut thinking I can’t blog. Thinking it’s useless. I mean, who really cares about what I write. Everyone elses blog post are so much better. Blah blah blah. You know that feeling. I’m sure I’m not alone. 

Anyway, on to Mothers Day. 

Again, I hope everyone had a happy Mothers Day. Everyone is either a Mother or has a Mother either here or there. I love honoring my Mother. I need to do it more and not just on Mothers day. She is the best. She worked hard to raise us four kids.  She was tough. I know, because I was there. I am so glad that God chose her to me my Mom. She made sure we were always in church and school. 
She is also one of the best seamstresses and dumpling maker you will ever meet. 
I love her. 

For me. This was my 30th Mothers Day. 
My daughter came home for the weekend. She surprised me with a couple gifts and then we went out to breakfast before we headed to church. We ate at a little place in town called Eggs Up Grill. This was my 2nd time there. She wanted to give it a try. The have a big variety of plates on the menu. 

We started off with Cappuccinos. She had the vanilla and I have the vanilla praline.  



For breakfast, I ordered the waffle sandwich. It was a half of waffle stuffed with egg, cheese and bacon.


It also came with a side of home fries witch is basically hash Browns cut thick. We finished just in time to run back to the house to brush our teeth and head on to church. My house is a little over a mile from my church. 

After church we had a lite bite at the house and then went out for doughnuts. 
We ended the day with all of my family taking Mom out to supper. We had a good time. 


1st Beach Trip of The Year

Finally! We were able to take a beach trip. It was just a short one, but we will be going again in June for a long weekend and then a whole week in August. I wish we could go more but work happens.

With my job I had to wait until I had been there for 9 months before I could take any vacation. That’s how long the probation period is. I made it. My husbands job is 7 days a week so it’s hard for him to get days off. We will manage. 

We stopped half way down at our usual spot and grabbed some fresh garden tomatoes. They were so good. It’s hard to find good tomatoes now days. These were red juicy and sweet. We had the perfect tomato sandwiches on the beach.

The temperatures were in the high 70s and 80’s with a cool breeze. We did some walking and relaxing. I got in the ocean about knee deep. The water was cold but not too bad. We also walked a mile down the shore to visit my brother in law that lives at the next campground over from the one we stay at. It was a surprise since he did not know we were coming down. I grabbed an ice cream cone from the camping store to eat on the way back to our place.

It was also our 28th anniversary and we enjoyed some good food and fun. We are still so much in love. I can not imagine doing life with out this man. He spoils me. We rarely argue, and when we do, it turns into laughs. Through the years, we got good at understanding each others sarcasm and never stopped being each others boyfriend and girlfriend.

We paid for an extra night so we did not have to worry about signing out before noon on our leaving day. We spent the morning on the beach. Nick snapped a photo of me enjoy my coffee as I stood in the water one more time. 

Later we had another tomato sandwich and left for home. It was a fun time and I can’t wait until we do it again next month. 


Grow light and String of Hearts

I entered another giveaway on instagram. AND WON. They are always fun. Most of them are small businesses trying to gain followers or show appreciation. They will post a giveaway and to enter, you just like and comment then follow any other instructions on their post. They will do a drawing of those who participate and a winner is chosen. I was the lucky one.  

The latest giveaway was from a two small businesses that worked together for a great prize. One place was called Plantasia The Market. They sale plant accessories and more. You should definitely check them out online. From this business I received a Halo grow light. I will post a photo and link at the end of this post.

The other part of my winning gift was a this cute little plant called “string of hearts” This came from a plant enthusiast on Instagram known as “Plants.Pots.Possitivity”. I love this elegant plant and can not wait to watch it grow. String of hearts is a trailing plant so I needed to find a planter pot for it. 
While shopping at Target, I thought I would go check out the planters. That’s when I found the perfect little planter for my new plant. 

The vines are thin right now but it will grow quickly into a full pot that will overflow with a beautiful pink and green show of hearts. 


My daughter named her Yolonda. Isn’t she pretty? I have not decided if I want to keep her at the house or take her to work. I do not have any sunny places to keep her so she will need to use the grow light often. If I take her to work, I have a large window with a wide window seal to put plants on. I already have a few succulent there and they are thriving. 

This plant is rather rare and expensive so I am a little afraid that if I take it work, people will sneak cuttings from it without asking. There are a lot of plant lovers in my office and plants are a big conversation piece.

I will give you an update in a few months on how well it is growing. Wish me luck that I can keep it alive as my thumb is not a green one. 


You can get your own Halo grow light at plantasiathemarket.com.

Grow Bags

I do not have much of a green thumb but I do like to grow things. Nick will usually build me a small raised bed at the end of the yard where there is a lot of sun all day. I have not had a garden bed in the past couple years. The last one I had was not very successful. Every time a sprig would come up, the birds or squirrels would snap them right out of the dirt. It was not worth the trouble, the money or the dead grassy spots left in the yard. 

This year I’m taking a different approach and decided to purchase some 5 gallon “Grow Bags”. I was not sure how they would do so I only purchased a pack of three. I feel like they are more of just 3 gallon bags instead of 5 but I’ll take their word for it. I headed to Home Depot and picked up two bags of dirt, a few cucumber plants and just one tomato plant. I was shocked at how expensive plants were now days. What ever happened to it being cheaper to grow you own veggies?


I loved how well and sturdy these grow bags held a bag of dirt each. They have handles on each side that make it easy to move them around so there will be no dead spots in my grass. The material allows for natural drainage so I do not have to worry about them being over watered. It’s just like them being planted in the ground. Once they start growing good, I will be adding a tomato cage to both plants. I hope I get a great climbing vine of cucumbers and bushy fruitful tomato plant. 



Right now I have them sitting on my patio. We are expecting a frost this weekend. Since they are in these grow bags, I can just move them inside (placed on plastic of course) or move them under the carport until there is no more threats of frost.

I may add strawberries to the third bag. 
What are you growing this year? Have you ever used grow bags or pot to plant your veggies? 




Falling up

I do not usually fall up the stairs, but when I do, I make sure I do it over and over when there are several people behind me. 
Yes this happened to me last week. I still can’t stop thinking about the embarrassment. So here I am writing about it to get it off my mind. Maybe.

Where I work, I have to park a great distance to and from the entrance. The walk includes climbing 33 steps midway. I was pretty much alone on the route but other employees were coming up the parking lot. Half way up the stairs my foot did not go all the way on a step and it cause me to trip. Up the stairs. I caught myself with one hand while I kept from spilling my coffee that was in the other. 
I was rather embarrassed but it was a graceful fall and didn’t cause any alarm. So I kept climbing. 



Once I reached the door, the others behind me had caught up with me. I began wondering how many saw me fall. So. Out of embarrassment, I decided to take the stairs instead of the elevator to my 4th floor office just to prove I was ok and wasn’t that old. I thought I would be spunky and even run up them. So I did. Well, I tried. 
Many of the other employees that were still behind me, take the stairs too because they work on the 2nd floor. 
As I was running up the stairs, I tripped again. Everyone gasped and I assured them I was ok and continued up. Again….I tripped. That made three falls before even getting to the 2nd floor. 

At that point, I turned around and said “ Oh my gosh yall! I promise I am not drunk!” They all giggled a little and wished me well as they went to their floor and I continue on up to the fourth floor without any more incidents. 

I still do not know why I kept falling but now I wonder if I should just take the elevator for now on. I really do like getting the exercise of the stairs but I’m still too embarrassed and do not want to take any more chances embarrassing myself even more. 

My knees are not as good as they used to be. Neither are my ankles. That could have contributed to the falls. Who knows. Maybe I am just getting old. 

Church

What do you do when you don’t change churches but the church changes on you? 
I have so many mixed feeling right now. I am searching for direction and understanding. I’ve cried and I’ve prayed.

My church that I have attended for 52+years voted this past weekend to change the name and drop the Baptist label. There are many non denominal churches out there. I see nothing wrong with it. I think it’s great that people can go to church where they are not labeled. But I also think its nice that there are still churches that are Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal, etc.. I have always believed that as long as they worship God, they are good. But if I wanted to go to one of those churches I would. I have chosen all these years to stay a Baptist. It’s my style. It’s how I was brought up. 
Do I stay? Or do I go find a Baptist church to attend? That’s were I stand right now. 

I can’t say I didn’t see this coming as my church has changed through the past few years. It has not changed in a bad way, it has just gradually stepped away from the ole Southern Baptist style. I have hung in there all these years through the good and bad times. I have seen us struggle to find pastors and keep attendance. I have seen members pulled in and members kicked out. Right now, I think me and my mom and dad are the only original members left. 
There has been a lot of drama and politics, but I think you have that in all churches. There is no perfect church or person.

Everything is changing to please the world. I had the comfort knowing that my church that will stay the same. But now they too are changing to please world. They believe that changing the sign in the front to a new name will bring in new people. I don’t think so and I hope I’m wrong on that. It’s the people in the church that bring in new people. 



I’m not saying what my church did is right or wrong but I do think they should have sent out letters to other members that were not at church the week before to let them know there would be a vote on this change. A lot of member are shocked and confused right now. I think it was a big decision that should have been made by more than a few people. 

I will probably continue to attend until I make up my mind what I want to do. 

Am I wrong for thinking this way? Should I accept the change or move on? Thanks for the comments. I’m interested in your thoughts on this. 








Longer Days

Finally! We are back on beach time. I love daylight savings time. I love the longer days.
I know a lot of people do not understand the hype and yes I know you still have the same amount of hours in the day but I can tell the difference.

My body clock is set to daylight savings time and when it ends in the Fall, I just never get used to it. I woke up Sunday morning feeling refreshed, but Monday morning was a little harder. The sun was not up at 6am, so it was harder for me wake up. No worries here. Soon the sun will be peeping in the blinds telling me to get up and at it. 

I like having daylight until 9:00 pm in the Summer. My eating habits are better and my exercise routines come easier. 
Tonight after dinner we had time for our food to settle before heading out for a walk. We have not been walking all Winter. It felt good to get outside and enjoy some sunshine before calling it a day. 

My work schedule felt a little off today though. It felt like it went faster and the sun shined through my window at a different time. 
I wish they would vote to leave the time change alone and leave it like this forever. The days will naturally get shorter and longer during the seasons. 
Some states have already made it a permanent change.


Do you like daylight savings time? 
What are some advantages is has on your day?

Clay

Have you ever taken a pottery class? Playing with clay is something I have always liked to do. When I was small, I used to make things out of play dough and let it sit in the sun to dry. Where I lived we had lots of clay in our dirt. All we had to do was dig about 2 ft into the soil and find nice green or red clay. My friends and I would dig it up and make little bowls and cups for fun.

I dabbled a little in pottery at school but never came home with a project that I remember. I have a couple cute things my daughter made with clay when she was in school. She made a turtle that sits by our fireplace. One of her teachers actually asked to purchase it from her. This momma said “no”. 

I have been wanting to go to a pottery class. I love clay pots and ceramics. However, I prefer the more rustic imperfect looks. If I knew how to work with pottery, I would want to make something like this…..


BUD VASE family

I love these little bud vases. They are so cute and unique and everyone of them is different. I would love to purchase one of these but I need to save for other things right now.

I am learning to appreciate bees and would love to make these……

I love these little Bee cups. They are meant to be placed in your garden. They catch rain water and the bees and butterflies will come in for a sip. 
These are so adorable. You can have one or you can have a cluster. They also brighten up your garden and attract other small creatures. 

I am currently looking around my area to see if there are any classes available. There is also different types of clay that can be purchased a local craft stores. I notice a lot of people I know play around with polymer clay and make earrings. I will have to read up on this a little bit and see what I can get my hands into. 

Pineapple Tea

If you use fresh pineapple, stop throwing the skin away. Lately I have been buying fresh whole pineapples and cutting them up instead of buying can pineapple. It taste a lot better and it’s cheaper too. I just learned today that there are a lot benefits in the skin of the pineapple just like with other fruits. 

When your finished cutting up the goodie of your pineapple, gather the skins and boil them for about 15 minutes then let them simmer for an hour. 
After an hour, you strain the water and you have a nice clean pineapple tea. 


Pineapple peels have an abudance of health benifits including anti inflamatory properites. Anti- flamitory is the major benifit in boiled pineapple skins. 
They say you can lose weight by drinking pineapple tea daily as it is high in fat eating bromelain. 
The skin has 38 % more vitamin C and 40 times more calcium then the flesh. 
It improves digestion, improves  arthritis, and cleans the blood. 



How does it taste? 
It is not as sweet as the pineapple flesh. It has a vinegary/sour taste. I like it. It was like drinking a warm pineapple cider. I will continue to do this every time I cut up a pineapple. It was soothing to sit back with a hot tea to end the evening. And who knows? I could lose a few pounds drinking it. 

Oh but wait……
Let’s not forget the top of the pineapple. Don’t throw that away either. Cut it at the bottom and place in in a bowl of water. Once you see it rooting, you can plant it in a pot of dirt for a nice tropical plant that could produce another pineapple. 



I will share more about this once I see it working. I’m a little skeptical about this trick really working,  but well see. 

Hourglass

I have been wanting an hourglass, but wanted one that did not cost an arm and a leg. The other day I took a visit to the Hobby Lobby craft store. I did not go in to look for an hourglass but as I passed by an hour glass show case, I had to stop and look. I spent several minutes trying to decide if I really wanted to purchase one. They were half off so I gave it a lot of thought. I could get one for 8.00. It would look good on my desk or on the mantle in my house. I caved and bought it.

Hourglass is also know as a sandglass. In the early days, sandglasses were popular on ships as the motion did not affect the hourglass. They depended on them for measurements of time. Seamen would also us the hourglass to determine their position at sea. They called this “marine sandglass”. 

After I got my hourglass home, I was so excited to show it to Nick. I flipped it over and went on about my evening. I came back into the room shortly after and was disappointed to see that the hourglass had already emptied to the bottom. I was confused. “What do you mean it didn’t last an hour?” So I flipped it over again and watched the clock. It lasted 15 minutes.


I was so disappointed that it was not a 60 minute hourglass. I thought all hourglasses were and hour hence the name. I have a quarter hourglass. Now I know why it was so cheap. Even though I’m disappointed in my purchase, I will still flip it over just to watch the sand fall. There is something relaxing about watching the sand build up in the bottom half of the hourglass. 

Valentine Breakfast and Cake Pops

Happy Valentines Day! 

I hope everyone can find someone to call their Valentine today. Someone to share some love and sweetness with. If your single and alone, find someone who could use a hug. Your not alone on this day. 

When we woke up Sunday morning, Nick asked if I would like to try the new breakfast joint in town.  “Sure”, I said in excitement. I jumped up, threw my hair back and put on some bluejeans. I was ready. I love breakfast. It is my favorite meal of the day. It is also the most important meal. 

The place was called “Eggs Up”. The inside looked like a glamorized waffle house. We were seated and I started off with a vanilla cappuccino. I normally drink coffee with almond milk, but today I splurged and sugared up. Boy was it sweet!


For breakfast, I ordered the banana foster french toast. 
What did I think? It was ok but the caramelized glaze they put on top was globbed on and hard as a jaw breaker. They did not do it right. I just put it to the side of my plate and enjoyed the french toast, bananas and bacon. I made a comment to the waitress afterwards. She agreed and other customers had complained about the same thing. They had so many different items on the menu. We plan to go back another day and try something else. 

After breakfast, I went to church wearing my distressed heart sweater. 


I kept it clean so I could wear it again today to work. 

Speaking of work. I worked hard making cake pops for the office to enjoy as a sweet treat for Valentines Day. I have never made cake pops before. I guess because I have never been a fan. I do not like the texture nor the how sweet they are. But they are cute and favorite to a lot of people. 

The cake pops were easy to make but hard to cover with chocolate topping. It was hard to get the topping to look good on the ball of cake. It wanted to drip. If I laid them on wax paper, it would leave a flat spot. If I put them upright, the coating would run down the handle. So I had to just dipped them and held them while turing them until the cocolate would dry enough not to drip or run. It was time consuming. 
 

Cake Pops
-Cook a cake of your flavor.(I used confetti cake) and let it cool.
-Mix unitl crushed to the consistency of. Grits.
-Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cups of icing. Mix until well mixed. 
-Work into 24 balls.
- dip end of stick in the melted chocolate and stick it inside  the ball.
-Dip each ball into the melted chocolate. 
-Add sprinkles (optional). 
I placed each pop in a hole of a colander. This kept them from getting flat spots.

I think they turned out rather pretty and hope they are a hit at the party. I kept out two for Nick and my daughter to enjoy. 


Tonight we plan to stay in and enjoy a nice steak on the grill. We do not usually have good luck finding a place to eat on special occasions like this. By eating at home, I do not have to worry about finding something to wear and there is no wait. 

What are your Valentine plans?


Plants

I have been loving plants lately. Ok, I know that’s random but I have always liked plants. I am also a plant killer. My problem is that I do not have any places in my house to place them where they will get sunshine. I have no ledges on my windows. I have a large bay window in the front room but the sun only shines in it for a little while in the afternoon. Besides, I do not want to put a lot of plants on it to ruin. I currently have a Christmas cactus in that place. 

While visiting my daughter this past weekend, she took me to a place called “Optimist Hall”. It is an old mill turned into a large food court and a few shopping spots. There were isles and isles of different types of unique foods. Just imagine food trucks stationary in a building. 


One of the shopping spots was a plant store. I didn’t get the name but it was fun to walk in and see all the plants. They had everything from air plants to terrariums. You could also feel the oxygen in the air as you walked around looking at all the unique greens.


I did not purchase any new plants because the were to expensive for me. I would rather wait and just go to Lowes or Home depot for my plants. I mean, look at the price of this small plant.


It was probably my favorite plant in the store. I thought it was unique. 

I now work in an office cubicle with a large window. I have been loving plants because now I have a place to put them. I currently have a few succulents in the window and a snake plant. 



My sweet neighbor friend made me this cute plant pot cover for my snake plant. It sits on top of my file cabinet and has been a fun conversation piece. I remember my mom used to have a snake plant. It was much larger than the one I have. 

I plan to get a small potted palm tree soon. It will remind me of summer, sand and sunshine. 

What is your favorite plant in your home or office? 








One Tomato Two Tomato

Growing up my mom always made our eggs either scrambled or with a moon on it. “With a moon on it” was when the egg was cooked well all except the yellow, and then I would sop my toast in the runny yellow. I liked it also with ruffles. That is when the edges were fried to a crisp. It was the best. I think most would call that “Sunny side up” (or was it “over easy”?) I do not know the difference, so still at 52 years old, I call it “an egg with a moon on it”. To avoid the embarrassment, I usually will not order an egg in a restaurant, and if I do I just get it scrambled to save explaining that I want an egg with a moon on it and ruffles. 

One way I have never eaten an egg is called “Egg Benedict”. I always pictured it being a half raw. My daughter has convinced me that is is not raw and that they are really good and I would like it. So here we go.

I visited her in Charlotte this weekend for “brunch”. She had been wanting to try this place call  Ruby Sunshine. They specialize in egg Benedict. So if I wanted to try my first one, I wanted it to be in a good place that knows what they are doing. This place was so popular that we had to wait 2 hours to be seated. Our patience were running short but we decided to wait. We got there at 9:45and it was 11:45 by the time they seated us. I was no longer wanting eggs. I wanted a hamburger. But I stuck to brunch and ordered the egg Benedict. 



They had different recipes to choose from so I chose the “One tomato, two tomato”. It had two slices of tomato on a biscuit. One piece was a fried green tomato and one was a grilled red tomato. On top of that was the egg and hollandaise sauce. Come to find out that egg Benedict was basically just a poached egg. Which I never had either. 
 


What did I think? It still wasn’t as cooked as I like it but it was delicious. I loved it. Was it worth a two hour wait? Maybe, but nothing is really worth a two hour wait when your hungry. 

How do you like your eggs? Have you ever had Egg Benedict? 

I’m Back

Wow, it’s been a month since my last post. To be honest, I have been a little slack on reading blog post from others too. I will jump on here in the morings and skim through blogs I follow but not leaving comments. 

I guess you can say I took a blogging break. With my new job, I have to be at work in the mornings at 8 instead of 9 like I have always been used to. The mornings are when I like to read other blog post but my mornings seem to be getting shorter. Maybe I need to set my alarm to get me up earlier. When I settle down in the afternoons is when I like to relax and write my own blog post, but the afternoons seem shorter too. I just can’t seem to find time to relax and get into the writing zone. 

So what have I been doing with my time?
I spend way to much time on Face book and Instagram. I need to stay away from social media. It will literally suck the life right out of ya. 
I will get to reading and watching videos on social media and before I realize it, and hour has gone by. 
On the weekends, Nick always seems to have to work leaving me to entertain myself. I will usually go shopping or clean the house. 
I have also been trying out a new craft of macrame and still doing a little bit of crocheting. 


Im back now. 
I plan to stay off social media so much and prioritize my chores and errands and start back blogging regularly again. I hope you continue to follow. Remember, if you read my post, drop a comment. It helps a blogger stay motivated to keep blogging when we know someone is reading.


Snow Day and Poof

I am currently snowed in from our first snow of the season. We got 4 inches of snow. Ok Northerners, before you laugh. Yes, it was only 4 inches of snow but there is 2 inches of ice underneath it and another layer of ice on top from the 5 hours of sleet and freezing rain we had after the snow. 
When we say “snowed in”, it means we do not want to attempt the hazardous roads. People around here are not used to driving in ice or snow, so we aint that good at it. But, we can actually drive or walk to the grocery store half a mile away if we needed to. 

I have been wanting to crochet a poof ( foot stool). The other day I went to my local craft store and right in the center of the isle were bins full with the type of yarn I needed to create such a project. It was on sale at half price so I grabbed four skeins of blanket weight yarn. I wasn’t sure how many I actually needed. Yellow was the only color I could find with four of the same color. 

I followed THIS PATTERN
I only needed two skeins so I will be returning the other two. 


I worked on this poof a couple nights while watching some of my favorite shows. Today since I wanted to stay in from the winter storm, I cozied up in my recliner and finished crocheting my poof. 


This was also great way to get rid of some old raggedy blankets I had stashed away. They were some old ugly crocheted blankets from Nicks grandmother. They did not hold much value to him but I felt bad to throw them away. They worked great to stuff my poof. This saved me from the expense of polly fill stuffing and I was able to do some decluttering. 


I like the way if turned out though I have no idea where to use it. I just wanted the challenge of making one. I suppose I could use it in the camper or just let it take up some space in my room. It is sorta cute sitting in the corner of the bedroom. 

I also found the bottom of my laundry basket and dyed my hair.

What is the weather like where you are? Are you experiencing cold or warm temperatures? 

Honey Bear

How is everyones New Year coming along? Mine is starting off slow. My daughter caught the covid bug two days before New Years Day and I haven’t seen her since Christmas. She’s fine now but I still miss her. She fought it off like a champ and It was killing me not to be there for her. But I would have sacrificed my health to go help her if she had needed me too. Me and Nick have still been able to dodge it…Knock on wood.  
Also, have been trying to lose some weight by eating better and, well, nothing happening there. Even thought I have cut back a little, looks like I will need to cut back a little more because I have lost one, maybe two, pounds so far. Those two pounds can show back up anytime of the week. It is discouraging. I have been doing a little exercise each day but I need to up that too. I am just so darn tired when I get up in the mornings and even more tired when I get home from work. I love my job but when I get home, I just want to crash. 

Once the days start getting longer, me and Nick will be able to get back to walking. 
Speaking of walking. When we go on our walks, we will usually find a penny or two. Sometimes a nickel or dime. The most we have ever found was a twenty dollar bill. 
I follow “Life is Good” blog. Karen is an avid walker, rain, snow or ice, nothing can stop her. Each day she blogs about her day, shares recipes, scriptures and crafts. Her posts usually include her walks and how much change she finds. I had commented on one of her post and mentioned how I plan to get a jar and collect only the change we find on our walks to see how much we can collect in a year. 
 
Nick was following our mail on his mail app and it was showing I had a package on the way. I kept assuring him that I had not made anymore purchases and had no idea what was coming. Then a few days later, I found a package on my porch. I brought it in and immediately cut it open. To my surprise, I pulled out the cutest little honey bear jar from Karen.



It had a little note attached saying she thought I might enjoy using it to collect my walking change in. She remembered my comment. I was so surprised and now I am excited to start filling it up. I love getting happy mail. It really did cheer me up. Again, Karen, if your reading this, thank you again. 

How has your New Years been going so far? I hope everyone is well and blessed. 

2022

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you all ready to start a new year with new plans and goals. 

New years eve is always a mess for me and Nick. We laugh about it. We never have any parties to attend so we just go out for a nice dinner somewhere.
We always wait to late to make reservations and that always leaves us scrambling to get into a restaurant and end up just going whereever we can find a seat. This time we planned ahead and made reservations at a place in my old hometown of Belmont called the “Old Stone Steak House”. We were excited and relieved that we did not have to go searching for a place to go. We had already searched the menu online and picked out what we each were gonna order. We were excited. We like to eat dinner around five or six but our reservations were for 7:30 and that was fine.

We were both off work on New Years Eve and enjoyed our day together relaxing. We started getting dressed for dinner and left the house a little early just in case there was a problem with parking or getting in the door. We found a parking spot in front of the door and walked right in. The hostess was nice and took us to our table. There at the table she handed us a menu and went to get our drinks.

There was a problem here. The menu was a special four course New Years dinner with limited options. First the price was 55.00 per person and that did not include drinks or tip. Second, there was nothing on this particular menu that we wanted. I asked the waitress if we could order off of the regular menu and she said “No, not tonight” . We apologized and left. No way would we pay 110 plus dollars on something we did not want. We simply don’t spend that way. We expected to spend around 70.00 for the special occasion but by ordering what we wanted. 

We ended up walking down the street to another place in town called “The Lodge Tavern and Tap”. Not our idea of a place but it was getting late and we were mad and hungry. I guess you could say we were “Hangry”. There was no wait and they took us to our table. There we ended up ordering the Ribeye Steaks with two sides. For appetizers we order fried pickles. My favorite! 




The food was ok but we were still disappointed that our original date plans did not work out.
We had plenty left over and that’s what we ate for New Years Lunch. 

Speaking of New Years lunch. This is the first time in at least 10 years that we have not prepared a big traditional New Years Dinner. We always make enough for 12 to 15 people and the meat prices are outrageous. We also struggle to find enough collards. It was stressing me out this time so we decided to give it a break this year. I think we made a good choice because we have some family members battling colds. It feels weird and I miss it. Hopefully we can get back to doing it next year. 

I hope you all have a wonderful 2022! What are some of your goals? Mine is to get a new car in the Spring or Summer. I also hope to lose my weight again.