"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Six Words and Sunday Shadows.......December 31, 2016 to January 1, 2017!

Have a Happy New Year everyone ! 

It might be cold outside,
 but Lucy is quite warm inside!
Have a lovely day!

Many thanks to the hosts of Saturday Six Words

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Feline Friday! December 30, 2016

Mon dieu! This cat is hilarious!
Enjoy and thanks Steve!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday............. December 28, 2016

Every once in awhile I get to make a baby quilt...
And every once in awhile I get
 to make baby quilts for twins!
This is the third set of twins I've made quilts for.
It's great fun creating similar BUT not identical quilts!

And this silly creature is for the older brother!
Below is the older brother's quilt
that I made for him two years ago! 

But wait....there's more:
March of 2011 I made these twin boy quilts:

And here are the first twin quilts I made
for a boy and girl twins plus a silly stuffed
creature for their big sister!
Do thank Sandee for Wordless Wednesday!
And have a great day!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

AWWW MONDAY!!! December 26, 2016

I love this time of year!
Have a great week!
...and thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Six Words and Sunday Shadows.....December 24-25, 2016

No shadows only lovely snow everywhere....
I am always up before the sun...
and this is what I saw today.


Have a lovely day.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Feline Friday December 23, 2016 Two Days to Christmas???

Two days before Christmas and Lucy
was quietly at rest...

Unaware that her humans were about to test....
Lucy's good humor and boy did she hiss...
"How dare you do such a thing as this..."
"I am taking this hat and going to sleep..."
"and now it's my blanket forever to keep!!"

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wordless Wednesday December 21, 2016 Happy Winter Solstice!

Sunrise at Loch na Mhoid  near Inverness, Scotland
September 21, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Awww Monday December 19, 2016

Waking up each day we know we will see
something that is absolutely beautiful or amazing.....
Today we saw an amazingly beautiful sunrise!
It doesn't get much better than this!
Have a lovely week!
Thanks Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Six Words and Sunday Shadows.....December 18, 2016

The deer were a little pushy....
It's winter and they are hungry.
First I saw the buck... 

Tossed some pieces of carrots 

Such a gorgeous animal....
I think he's one of the fawns from a few years past.
We've been here now for almost 5 years!

Then a few of this years fawns and a doe
showed up too. I went back in the house
when they got too close....

Last shot taken from inside the house!
Do check out Six Words and Sunday Shadows.
And have a lovely day!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Feline Friday December16, 2016

Russell and Lucy enjoy sitting ( lounging )
in our dining room....Lucy has more options than Russell....
Have a lovely Feline Friday and do thank
Steve for his love of cats!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

It's Awww Monday! December 12, 2016

How some cats use their bed.....
Lucy is demonstrating her unique ways
of sleeping in her new bed...
Above is the "Snail Roll"
But what would you call her approach below? 
She's a hilarious cat!
Thanks Sandee for Awww Mondays!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Six Words and Sunday Shadows! December 10-11, 2016

It's time to make cookies!!!
I really don't need an excuse to make
cookies....I love making cookies!
Today it will be Ginger Molasses cookies! 
Kathe's Famous Molasses Ginger Cookies

2/3 C canola oil
4 T Molasses
1 t ginger
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 C sugar
2 t baking soda
1 egg
Mix above ingredients together
Add 2 c flour and mix with a spoon.
Roll into balls- you choose how big or small. Mine are a generous teaspoon size.
Dip into sugar ( I use a pie pan to dip the cookies )
For a festive touch press into each sugary ball a cinnamon redhot candy
Bake at 350F for 9 minutes or more depending on your stove and how you like them.

Do drop by Six Words
and have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Feline Friday December 9, 2016

I have never ever bought a bed for
any of our four legged family members.....
but yesterday I could NOT help myself!
I think Lucy loves her bed.
What do you think?
I think Lucy loves her bed...
I also think Lucy would like to continue
sleeping without being bothered by
the family photographer!
Have a lovely Feline Friday and
thanks Steve !!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Wordless Wednesday December 7, 2016

Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico
October 2016

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Awww Monday December 5, 2016

This time of year is busy!
Sometimes far too busy- which is why I
have not been the usual blogger. In a few
days I will have mailed off all the wee little packets
 to family and friends all over this planet....whew.
Yesterday I went shopping at our local craft fair
for all those gifts. Nothing better than honey, hand made
soaps, ceramics and kids clothes! 
Meanwhile, here's a peaceful photo for you.....
take care and have a fun week!
Fingernail Moon
December 1, 2016
6:04pm PST

Friday, December 02, 2016

Feline Friday! December 2,2016

Our good friend Jeff with Astro!
One of four rescue cats in this family!
This is DeeDee...cat of wee little brain.

Dexter the big guy!

And Norton as a kitty...adorable and
he's still trying to accept that he is only 12 inches tall....
Thanks to Steve of BFDude for Feline Friday!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Awwwsome Monday Enchiladas for your leftover turkey! November 28, 2016

Photo credit to Once Upon a Chef
Recipe thanks to James Beard!
Yummy Swiss Enchiladas
(called Swiss because of the cream!)

1 onion chopped
cooking oil
1 garlic clove crushed
2 cups tomato puree
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken ( or turkey!)
2 green chilies chopped ( I use a small can of diced Ortega chilies)
1 dozen corn tortillas
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup concentrated chicken broth ( I use better than Boullion)
1/2 # grated or sliced Monterey Jack cheese
sliced avocado optional garnish
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
2. Prepare the stuffing: saute the onion in 2T oil for 2 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, chicken and chilies and salt to tasteand simmer for about 10 minutes. Briefly heat the tortillas, one at a time in about 1 inch of oil- do not let them crisp as you will be rolling them up. Drain on paper towels
3. Heat the cream and add the chicken stock. Dip each tortilla into the cream mixture, place a generous portion of the filling on it ( basically 1/12th of filling ) and roll it up. Arrange the rolls in a baking pan seam side down ( 9"x13" ) and pour the remaining cream mixture over them. Top with cheese and bake for about 30 minutes. 
4. Garnish with avocado or do what I do and serve this dish with a side salad that has avocado, orange slices and a bit of red onion in it. Serves 4-6       

Many thanks to Sandee for Awww Mondays !!!! 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Chubby Chatterbox's Giveaway ! Plus Six Words and Sunday Shadows November 26-27, 2016

Weekends arrive too quickly these days....
The Famous Chubby Chatterbox Giveaway! 
Only two weeks remain for his holiday giveaway!
Check out the details on winning this painting
by clicking HERE!
I have been following his blog now for years and
I highly recommend you all take a peek and
you will not be disappointed. Stephen's sense of humor
coupled with his hilarious stories will keep you
laughing and returning to read more!
Have a great weekend!
Oops..before I forget here's my Shadow Shot for this week....
Edinburgh Scotland's Portrait Gallery
September 2016 
Do have fun visiting Six Words and Sunday Shadows!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Feline Friday November 25, 2016

Have a great day!
And do thank Sandee for Feline Friday!
Steve has taken the day off!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wordless Wednesday November 23, 2016

 September 20, 2016
Seen while driving to Kinlochewe via Glen Docherty
Many thanks to Sandee of Comedy Plus
for Wordless Wednesday!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Awww Monday is here! November 21, 2016

Yesterdays snow flurry....
only a little bit and no trouble at all!
Our snow only lasted a bit-
but the mountain has lots more fresh snow!
Meanwhile....it's that time of year for
the bucks to be chasing the does....
and the fawns stay far, far away....
Good morning!

Ahah! There she is!


The does keep their distance... 

and the buck follows his nose.

It's fascinating- nature right outside our windows.
Have a lovely day today and a great
Thanksgiving later this week!