Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Back in the 80's
 there was a movie called 
"The Trip to Bountiful".

 It was the story of
 an elderly woman,
 in the twilight of her years, 
who wanted to return 
to her childhood home town 
of Bountiful one last time.

 It was a beautiful 
and poignant piece of work 
starring Geraldine Page.

 I am not saying 
that the movie is anything 
like my life 
and the story line and character
 are not, 
in any way,
 connected to me...

...the only comparison 
is the title.
I make the trip 
again and again 
to this beautiful little store called 
"The Front Porch" 
in our neighboring town of Auburn.

 It holds a bounty 
of wonderful items 
that would please 
the eye and the pocket book 
of any hard core shopper 
and is as
 warm and welcoming 
as its name.

The owner was very accommodating 
when I asked if
 I could take some photos 
and I am so disappointed 
that they didn't all turn out.

  They were mostly of 
their large offerings of fall items
 and the colors of autumn 
are so outstanding 
against the interior of 
barn wood and brick.

 Here are the ones that I did get...

It is always a delight 
to visit this store 
and I can't wait to see 
what they will offer 
for Christmas.

These are my treasures 
that I came back home with...

Aunt Kook's Apple Cider.

  My most favorite 
autumn fragrance from 
Keeper of the Light.

These candles have two wicks 
and are very long lasting.
 When lit, 
the whole Cottage says, 
"Autumn is almost here". 

I just couldn't resist
this sweet little black chicken.

 She has the cutest
 little expression 
on her face.


Thank you all 
for your very kind and caring thoughts
 for Tami.

 She is doing so well,
 as we all are, 
and I thank you again 
from the 
bottom of 
my heart.


The dog days of summer 
are upon us 
and there seems to be 
no reprieve from the heat...

Our combatant is 
Herbal Iced Tea..
a recipe I took from 
the Barefoot Contessa
 a few years ago 
and it does the job
 very well...


4 Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger tea bags
4 Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea bags
4 Cups apple juice

Steep 8 bags of tea 
in 4 cups of boiling water 
for about 10 minutes.
  Discard tea bags. 
 Combine tea with apple juice 
and refrigerate until cold. 
 Serve over ice. 

 It is just chilling 
it is so good.

Thanks for your visit and...


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017


A few weeks ago 
I told you about our daughter, Tami, 
and how she had an issue 
with her heart.

 In case you missed the post, 
you can read about it

After all was said and done, 
we thought that was the end of it, 
but that didn't seem to be the case,
 so here is an 

Tami's cardiologist 
wanted to rule out 
that there was any connection 
between the heart episode and 
her breast cancer diagnosis 
of fourteen years ago, 
so she ordered a CT scan
 which took a week to get done 
and showed spots on her liver.

 The doctor,
 along with orders from 
Tami's oncologist,
 set up an appointment for a MRI.

 This took another week and a half 
to get the results.

 Tami had a MRI in 2005 
and it showed cysts on her liver 
at that time and
 since technology has 
advanced considerably since then
 they wanted to compare the two.

 That is the technical understanding 
of the problem,
but what the machines don't show 
is the 
emotional side of 
the equation.

"You are only as happy 
as your least happy child.

  The umbilical cord,
 it transpires,
 far from being severed at birth,
 continues the flow of emotions
 from mother to child 
and back again,
 in perpetuity."

This was written by
 Olivia Lichtenstein,
 in September, 2015. 

 Words from a mother, 
referring to a situation 
she was having
 with her daughter, 
but words 
that all mothers can 
relate to.

When you don't have the answers,
 your mind goes to a dark place. 
 The less you know,
the darker the place, 
and the waiting is almost unbearable.

 Tami went back to work, 
and we all tried to bolster each other
 but, in the end, 
I don't think anybody
 was fooling 
anybody else.

We now feel so blessed.

 The tests were compared and
 found that the spots were, 
indeed cysts,
 and had not changed 
since the original MRI in 2005.

 The doctors also concluded 
that the fluid found around the heart 
(not blood)
 was the result of the trauma 
of the heart episode
 and will be watched by 
her cardiologist.


I suppose 
you have all heard the expression
 that the longer 
a couple is together 
they start looking alike.

  But, have you heard, 
that they start feeling alike also? 

 Both the Captain and I 
came down with bad backs 
(yes, me again!) 
at the same time last week.

 We are in the midst of
 cleaning up the garden and 
had to bite the bullet and 
hire someone
 to come and finish up.

 The Captain 
has always had trouble,
 off and on, 
due to an old football injury 
when he was in high school.

 He finally has given up 
walking the dogs at the shelter 
as the trails are uneven and hilly 
and put strain on his back and knees.

 It is something
 that he loves to do and 
it was not an easy decision 
for him to make.  
It also means 
that I have to give up
 my car office
 and find another place 
to write this blog, 
which actually 
will be pretty easy
 for me.


We were a few years out of school when these pics were taken. But, we did dress up like this for our 15th reunion.

Speaking of high school, 
we have our 60th class reunion
 in September 
and we are both trying hard 
to get well.

  The last thing 
we want 
is to show up looking old!!
 Ha, ha,
 little late for that!


Fun and exciting things 
are happening here 
at the Cottage. 

 Somewhere in there
 is a story to tell, 
but that will have to wait 
another day.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Just wanted to flash everyone 
my beautiful smile! 

 Just spent a lot of 
Dad and Mom's money 
but look what they got for it 
 they say 
I'm worth it!


Planted one little plant of 
the Chinese Lanterns 
about two years ago and 
this is the first time 
we have had anything to show for it.

I probably will be 
complaining about them,
 sooner than later, 
as I understand they are 
rather invasive,
 but no one would dispute
 that we kind of
 like things that way
 around here,
so for now
I am as
pleased as punch.

  I have never seen one close up 
so did not realize 
that they set blooms  up the stalk.
What a fun little plant.

 A few pods
 at the bottoms 
have already turned color...

 ...makes me look forward
 to fall.


I am taking a break from blogging 
for a couple of weeks.

 When I show you the next pictures 
you will understand why...

"Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago...

Peter, Paul and Mary

...this is what 
the Cottage garden looked like 
last summer...

...this is what 
it looks like now.

I have always said 
that I am not a gardener. 
 That, if things 
don't come back on their own, 
they just don't come back
 at all.

Well, apparently, 
they are starting not to come back.

 The flowers that we have had
 growing along side the walkway
 for all the years we have lived 
in the Cottage
 are shutting down. 

 Maybe it has something to do 
with the drought,
 or the excess of rain this winter, 
or the excess heat this summer, 
or something as simple as
 an end of life cycle.

 What is 30 years 
in flower years

 I don't know, 
but they put forth 
such a poor showing and
 are already going to seed 
which normally didn't happen
 until the end of August.

 It looks like
 we may have to do an overhaul 
so will be putting
 all our spare time into 
coming up with a solution.

 It is still very warm here
 so the plan is to work 
in the mornings and evenings 
and regroup during the heat of the day.

 there will be something pretty 
and surprising 
coming out of it.  

See you then.


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