Tuesday, February 28, 2012

More Warm Weather Dreams

Looking back at these pictures from last year, I find myself thinking for a few moments about warm weather.



Winter months are planning and sewing months for me, but I hear my little side porch calling me.

Calling me to give it a good scrubbing, do the needed paint touch ups, and plan the flowers that will be there this year.


The days are growing longer and warmer here.


If I had about 5 more of "me", then I know that I could get more done, maybe....



My flower beds would be perfect, my garden would produce beyond expectations, my animals would be overly cared for, my home would perfect, my family the most cared for, and the other one of me could relax, or not!



That however is not the case. This is a blog about a very imperfect woman and a very imperfect life. There are not enough hours in the day by my standards, but my standards are not the perfect standards. God gave us the amount of hours that He knew we needed, not what we thought that we needed. So with that knowledge, I move on, and accomplish what I can in the time that I have. Caring for my parents remains at the top of my list, the things that I do not finish today will be here, and if they do not get finished, then they just do not get finished.


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I appreciate each reader of this blog, if you are a regular, or if you have just stopped by, I appreciate you! You have lifted my spirits more than you will know in times that I needed it so much! Thank you, wish I could hug you all!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Porch Dreams

I am having porch dreams. Dreams of painting furniture, adding flowers in baskets, tall glasses of sweet tea, and warm days. Absolutely itching to get outside and play on the porch!

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We live in an old farmhouse and have a side porch. It was empty, no furniture, and in need of some attention. February days cause my mind to think about projects for the house. I decided that I wanted pink furniture on this porch.
Last year, I was able to get the furniture in place, I chose to challenge myself to create what I wanted instead of purchasing something. My handy husband helped me! He made a bench from an old headboard, a coffee table from an old pallet and a potting bench from some old decking boards. It was a start.
There are bigger and better plans for this year. I want to make pillows and add more decorations, but want to keep the theme of using what I have or can pick up at yard sales for this porch. There is much to do, but I welcome the challenge!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meet the Kids

These are the kids! They are orphans, and I am bottle feeding them. Sadly they lost their mother when they were only 2 days old. My neighbor called and asked if I would take them.

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Can't help it but I think that they are so cute!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cheesy Bacon Corn Muffins

These muffins are a favorite of ours. Leftovers are warmed up for breakfast the next morning for a quick grab and go breakfast.
This recipe is so easy adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes. You will need self rising corn meal, flour, buttermilk, an egg, melted butter, bacon, and grated cheese.
Stir together the corn meal and flour. My preference is white corn meal, and that is what is being used here. If you prefer yellow corn meal that is fine too.


I am using a duck egg. Chicken eggs can be substituted.



Lightly beat the egg with a fork. Add the egg and buttermilk to the cornmeal. Stir until all of the ingredients are wet. Add the melted butter.


Stir this just a little bit and add the cheese. My preference is a cheese mixture. Admittedly, I was short on time, and bought the bag that was already shredded. This bag had cheddar and jack cheeses in it. Any variety of cheeses could be used. Sometimes pepper jack is used for an extra kick!

Add the cooked and crumbled bacon and stir until all ingredients are wet. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake.



We like this with homemade potato soup.
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Cheesy Bacon Corn Muffins
2 cups self rising cornmeal
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
1 cup shredded cheese
5 or 6 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
Stir together the cornmeal and flour. Lightly beat the egg with a fork, add the egg and buttermilk to the meal mixture. Stir until everything is wet and add the melted butter. Stir and add the shredded cheese and crumbled bacon, stirring just until everything is wet.
Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 12 corn muffins.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines

Last Friday, Mama handed me a box. She told me that it was a surprise box! When I opened the box, there were cards and letters inside from my childhood. There were letters from pen pals, cards from family and friends and Valentines cards from my childhood.


I was thrilled to say the least, and amazed to look at these cards.

They were so sweet looking!



Cards do not look like this now, and yes I am aware that these are dated looking. I was a child in the late 60's and early 70's. These cards reflect that era.







The selection was small back then. Choices were whatever was available at the grocery store, drug store, or dime store. Do you remember dime stores?
There were no big box stores, or superstores then. We were rural children and these Valentines were purchased from the closest small town store. The cards that I gave were similar, sometimes several of us had the same types of cards. We didn't care, we were happy to have cards to give.



There were cards from classmates, and my name was misspelled. I loved it, that misspelling is sweet to me. Melanie was not the easiest name for children to spell. The precious childish handwriting of my classmates is a treasure to see again.

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Seeing these cards again brought back sweet memories. Couldn't help but wonder, do children still exchange these cards?

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Mind of Atticus

The mind of Atticus is not a complicated place. He has few thoughts, but the thoughts that he has are of course self centered. The main thoughts running through his feline brain are need fresh food, fresh water, need sleep, need more mischief in my life, need sympathy, and how to meet these needs.




Fresh food and water are easy, simply meow and if those needs are not immediately met, meow louder increasing the volume until fresh food and water appear. Sleep is also an easy need to satisfy. A favorite spot for a nap is Kevin’s chair; the result is a showdown between the two.



The scene is something like this. Kevin walks in the den and spots Atticus, napping contentedly in the recliner. Silence envelops the room; the sound of wind blowing can be heard as tumbleweed rolls across the floor. The showdown is about to occur, and everyone scurries for cover. I can’t be sure but I think that I have heard the sound of music from an old western playing in the background. Kevin pauses, his hand twitches, slowly he walks across the den floor. The sleeping feline continues napping, ignoring the scene unfolding around him. The air is heavy with anticipation.



Our dog Riley, peers out from the safety of her kennel, wishing that she had the ability to close the kennel door. The battle begins as Kevin stops in front of his chair, reaching down he taps on the shoulder of Atticus, instructing him to wake up and move. Atticus realizes that the standoff is about to take place, and remains in position, eyes closed. Kevin speaks again, and is ignored. Irritated, Kevin picks up the feline and places him on the floor, undeterred Atticus jumps back into his place. Kevin removes the feline again. Atticus backs down, realizing that it may appear that he lost the battle; he knows that he has won. He comes to me meowing pitifully, he has met his needs for sleep and mischief, and now he will receive the coveted emotion of sympathy from me.



The mind of Atticus may be a simple place, but this conniving feline knows how to win a battle, and meet his feline needs.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kitchen Desk

This is my kitchen desk. It belonged to my aunt, and was in my brother's shed. He said that it was in his way, so I gladly took it. I knew that it could be pretty and useful once again. The only regret that I have about this desk, is that I did not take a before picture.

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Trust me, it did not look like that! The top was warped, Kevin worked on it and now it is better. The drawers were missing, so Kevin cut some scrap wood to make shelves.
We sanded and painted this desk, using some paint that we had on hand. After I finished the desk, I looked at the book shelf and thought that it should be painted too. Kevin built the shelf from scrap wood that he found and I had painted the shelf a pale yellow. It was painted to match the desk. The stool was a yard sale find. Kevin cut a circle from some scrap wood. We gave it some cushioning with fiberfill that I had on hand and a piece of fabric that was also on hand. The cost for this project was $1! The cost of the stool, everything else was leftover from a previous project.
I did purchase some baskets to use in the desk at the dollar store. I purchased 4 baskets for $1 each. These baskets are not in the above picture. I am considering making a liner for the baskets that matches the cushion on the stool. It is one of those projects that hasn't been completed yet!
This desk may not be perfect for a fancier home, but it fits my farm kitchen just right! Now I have a place to sit and make a grocery list, or write a recipe.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Warm Winter Days

Winter is an important time of year. This is the time that we review what we did right last year, as well as what we did wrong, the things that we would like to change, what we will plant in the garden and projects for the upcoming year.
This year is different, the weather has been warmer and I have had trouble staying inside. There is so much fun/work that I could be outside enjoying.


The daffodils are blooming! I love their happy, sunny and bright yellow faces, that have emerged from the cold dead winter ground. These are a reminder that winter will not last forever, spring will come.


These gals are not complaining about the warmer days! They are about the business of pecking around and finding goodies that were hiding during the colder days.


Aunt Bea is happy to enjoy the warm sunshine.



Doc pretends not to enjoy anything, he is watching over his flock. We however know the truth, the warm sunshine feels good to him too!


Clover is taking a break from her busy schedule and enjoying the warm winter sun.


Gladys had to take a break this morning to attend to some important business, she is finished now and will make her way back to the warm sunshine.

My constant companion Suz, is enjoying the weather. Suz is always beside me when I work outside. She doesn't know that a vet visit is in her future, she is almost old enough. No kittens for you my little friend!
It seems that everyone is enjoying playing in the sun and enjoying the fresh air.


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Almost everyone, Atticus is not moving from this spot! He has occupied the recliner and is not moving.
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