Wednesday, January 30, 2008


A few days ago when it was mild weather, I picked up a couple of pots of budded hyacinths at WM. Today my bedroom smells like spring although it is cold out.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Continue to select Next Painting for an art museum-like tour 

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Hang On

  Spring is just around the corner! 

was sent by a cyber friend this morning. Even if it is 12 degrees, we can dream.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

It's Tea Time

Hot tea is especially good to keep things cozy on a cold day.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Today, Rachel and I had lunch at Amerigo's. There is always a happy jazz ambience and the tiramisu was fabulous.

Friendship's Flower

Life is like a garden
And friendship like a flower,
That blooms and grows in beauty
With the sunshine and the shower.

And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.

And, like the garden blossoms,
Friendship's flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.

And, if the seed of friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship's flower will bloom for you.

Helen Steiner Rice

Monday, January 21, 2008

Female Cardinal

These bird feeder snacks hit the spot.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Comfort Food

When it's cold outside, chicken and dumplings are my favorite. For the best dumplings ever, make them with chicken broth and Bisquick. Add half a stick of butter to the boiling broth, drop in spoonfuls of the batter, reduce heat, and cover with a lid. They are ready in about 15 minutes. Yum!

Country Drive

Friday, January 18, 2008


I bought it because it was huge.

Test Your Botanical Knowledge
Pink, white, purple seemingly winged blossoms above a  rosette of patterened leaves of this hardy plant can bloom, depending on variety, fall through spring. However we are most familiar with the hot house variety.

Monday, January 14, 2008


It's such a windy day. Hang on little bird.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Gardening Books

are a nice substitute when it's too cold in the winter to be outside.

 It's fun to dream and plan instead of dig and plant.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Teacher's Tribute

One said he was lazy.
One said he was rude.
But you came along saying,
"Things can improve."

"All of my students
 are possibly A's.
Let's try a bit more
 consistency please."

How sweet and refreshing
 to believe that you can
be all that's expected 
in the eye of a man.

A spirit of hope 
ignites in your heart.
And, you charge forth with courage
to live up to the part.

An immediate change
 emerged in the birth of
of value, confidence,
strength, and self worth.

Donna Black


Monday, January 7, 2008

Saturday, January 5, 2008

From the Seashore

to the mountain top, this photo collection is beautiful.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Say, "It seldom snows."

And, guess what! 

It's cold as ice.

Here's more than you ever wanted to know about snowflakes.