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Tuesday, December 25, 2018


My Mom crocheted this angel for me years ago
Merry Christmas to one and all. I sincerely hope everyone that reads this is having a wonderful day with family and friends. This is Scott and my 35th Christmas together... the time has just flown by! I now truly know what my Grandma meant when she said, "Time flies" and "Don't wish your life away".

Scott tried his hand at baking a spice cake... it took two tries but he was finally successful. We determined that he missed the vanilla in the cake and perhaps it was baked a little long but it was still quite tasty.  When we get back up to the cottage I will post the recipe over on our food blog... link is in the right column.

Greg had to work last night so we are letting him sleep until nearly dinner time (1PM) at Scott's Moms'. I am hoping he wakes in time to open his gifts before dinner but if not we will do it after we finish over there. Scott and I want to get back up to the cottage later today as we forgot to turn the heat down yesterday and don't want to go through our fuel oil when we are not there. If Scott is up to it we will come back down to do some work on the house over the weekend. Just trying to  keep him from doing too much until he can get that Stress test they told him to get before he was released from the hospital this past Thursday. Yes we made a trip to the ER because he was having a heaviness across his chest and sweating profusely. His blood work, EKG and chest x-ray all looked fine but we want to be sure everything is ok.

Saturday we took a walk along the Doodle Trail in Easley, SC and managed a full 4 miles. It was chilly when we were in the shade but not cold enough to keep us from walking. This is not the greatest picture in the world but we were all smiles so I am adding it here.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Scott and I

Friday, December 21, 2018


Hello dear readers! I want to wish you all a fabulous Christmas. Remember to have fun... be safe... and take care of YOU and your family.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

This weekend (December 8th and 9th) we had our very first winter storm that contained more sleet than snow. Some folks in the neighborhood lost some branches on their trees as well as some trees snapping off entirely. It was so cold!

 Sunday Scott and I stayed indoors and off the roads. Monday we went out to get some lunch and most places were not able to serve as they were either short staffed or didn't have computer systems up and running. We saw a lot of cherry picker trucks and crews with chainsaws so attempts were being made to get the power back up and running but it was going to take some time.

While we were stuck indoors I worked along with a You Tube friend and created this angel from "trash"... a lunch bag, used coffee filter, old button, trims. I love how she turned out and have plans to put her in a shadow box frame.

Crafting is a wonderful way to occupy oneself during a winter storm.

Christmas is 2 weeks from today. I'm really not "feeling" it much this year. I put up a few decorations down at our house but have no real desire to put any up here at the cottage. I put the decorations up where my kid lives... Christmas isn't the same without children. 

Family separations are so hard... especially when you come from a big family and hear from none of them. I hope everyone  will take a moment to think of those family members you don't see often and send a card or call them up for a few minutes. Let them know you do think of them occasionally. Hug  the ones you do see and tell them how much you care about them daily.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018


So the Christmas Season has arrived. The only decorating that I have done is down at the house as there is just no room for any decorations here at the cottage. I am so hoping this will be the year we finally get out of one house and into another permanently so I will have space to decorate and access to all of my belongings. Until then we will try to do more "Christmassy things". This weekend is the Travelers Rest Christmas parade and I am hoping to talk Scott into going to watch. So be watching for some talk of that this weekend.

I completed my round on two Round Robins that I have been working on through my quilting group on Facebook... Our Quilters Family Home and have mailed them off to Barb in Canada. Here they are:
Karen's before I added anything

Karen's after... Barb will add her round and then mail it home to Karen.

Barb's... sent on home to her.
Both were so much fun to work on and I hope that both ladies will love them. I do so enjoy participating in Round Robins like this. 

Coal kitty has settled right into the family and he and Piper get along so much better than  they did when he first went to live with her and Greg. He has grown into such a beautiful fluff ball.


Two cats, some soup and a dog

Tippy Howie Vegetable beef soup and cornbread My very first toy... a dog  On November 8th I decided to do surgery on the little dog that cam...