Posted in 2018, humor, Rambling thoughts

Time Change

It’s the dreaded time change in many places this weekend.  Is there a reason we feel the need to mess with Mother Nature on every level?  She always wins.  I guess we have not figured out, she will do whatever she wants.


I know the history of why we do this and those reasons don’t really exist.  I can tell you it messes with lots of people on every level.  Now we are eating and sleeping at a different time and expect that our bodies will adjust automatically.  My system rebels every time, as if to say “What were you thinking?”

Sadly, I have a collection of watches, mostly I wear them as jewelry rather than functional to tell time, but they will all need changing.


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Are You A Soup Person?

I really had no idea that not everyone eats or likes soup.  I have eaten them all my life and I really like soup all year long.  Recently I purchased a cook book that had over 100 versions of soup in it as well as some breads you might make to go with your soup. So I connected with my inner Julia Child and decided to try to make a few versions.  Actually, I wanted to try them all, but my life got very busy and I have finished 4 so far.

Based on a total vote from 3 people in my family this soup got 5 thumbs up.  It is called a spaghetti soup and is a whole new variety for me.  I have made it at least four times so far.


This is a very simple soup that you might switch a little to match your tastes or dietary restrictions, but it does come highly recommended.

Since I have not posted in a couple of months, just wanted to share what I have been doing lately.

So which camp do you fall into, soup or no soup?  It’s been around for thousands  of years and generally is a very healthy thing to eat.  When my children were small it was a way to get vegetables into their diet without them knowing it.

Have a great day.

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Food, Yes

A Photo A Week: Halloween

This is the Nancy Merrill challenge, and this week’s theme is Halloween.

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I was walking around the house with camera in hand and my great-granddaughter asked what I was looking for.  I told her something that represent Halloween for us.  She said we could take down all the hundreds of pumpkins and spiders and web like things, that this was the only decoration we needed.  It has a cat and a pumpkin and that is enough.

Then she took it off the wall and hung it on the door for me to photograph.  What can I say it is the perfect decoration.

We also went to our favorite pumpkin patch to get pumpkin and apple cider donuts, a pumpkin and some memories.  Now that is pretty close to perfect.

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Source: #quiltsforvegas

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Recreation

This is for the Nancy Merrill weekly challenge.

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My family has discovered and embraced lake life.  From hanging out on the beach in summer to ice fishing in winter it is a very large part of their lives.  Getting home from work often means driving past the lake and seeing what it looks like today, checking the radar to see can we get some time in on the boat.  From early spring to late fall it is all about the boat.

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The lake they live near is a nice size private lake that is over 200 acres large.  At the deepest part it is about 40 feet deep. There are a couple of large beaches for residents and quite a few small beaches for private use only.  The lake supports about a dozen different types of fish as well as a fair amount of migratory water fowl.

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All summer long there are events on the waterfront for boaters and non boaters.  Summer camp for children is at the beach and lessons are offered in sailing and boating. All sorts of water craft take advantage of the mostly calm waters from kayaks to paddle boards to canoes and jet ski’s.

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I think we are quite lucky that the lake has become an important part of so many lives.  It gives family a ready event to get out on the lake and watch 4th of July fireworks or a quiet concert on a weeknight. Not to mention the winter of boat repair and prep that has become the new normal.





Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Aging, Food, Rambling thoughts, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Literary Reference

This is the Nancy Marrill weekly chalenge for this week.

What a delightful and difficult challenge.  Somehow I instantly thought of the cats as subjects for this challenge ( I have no idea why).  Then I found the book I was looking for.  Next step try hearding cats.  Well, I got 2 out of 3 to cooperate, sort of. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did trying to have the lions behave.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Food, Travel, Yes

Florida Distillery

On Amelia Island we found a distillery that makes a variety of alcohol, not at all like moonshine, but a small operation that has only been around for a couple of years.  So on a bright sunny morning we decided to go in for a tasting.  What a great way to start a day of touristy activity.

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Never having been in a distillery before, I was pleasantly surprised.  Marlin & Barrel make some very unique products that are not widely distributed, yet.  Very much like a craft beer they use local Florida product as much as possible.  Each bottle I saw had the above saying about finding your Spirit.

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The grapefruit cello is made from Florida grown fruit as is the orange cello, at this time no lemon cello, but who knows.  This has a wonderful mild taste and the grapefruit cello mixed with a sparkling white wine is perfectly delicious.

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With various flavored vodka on shelves everywhere, this is quite interesting.  First not a potato vodka but molasses flavored with smoked pepper.  In a Bloody Mary this adds a certain amount of heat from the pepper.  Lovely.

Other products are their rums and some souvenirs.  Very much a hand operation with filling bottles and putting on labels with the batch number on the label!  They have plans for more product and only a few places to purchase their product.  This is not a place to miss.  I consume about 4 drinks a year and I purchased what should be a 3 year supply and can’t wait to go back for more.

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: History

This is for the Nancy Merrill weekly challenge.

Recently I havve been lucky enough to visit Natural History Museum’s in 2 different cities.  Here are my contributions. Thanks.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Yes

Maritime Museum on Amelia Island

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I was lucky enough to have a friend staying on this island for a while, and following my theory to say “Yes” whenever possible I wound up here.  More posts will follow about the wonderful things here, but this was  one of the most delightful experiences there.  A few of us felt the need to explore and happened on this museum.  It is located on 2nd Street in Fernandina Beach, FL.

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This is a non-profit, and is owned and operated by U.S. veterans.  There is a small fee ($5.00, at this time) to tour the facility and it is a work in progress.  They have been open for only a short period of time and it would seem only good things will  come of this.  Make sure to add this to your list of places to visit.

The displays are well done and cover a great deal of  time.  Some of the early items are things recovered from the ocean floor.  Among the coins, silver, anchors, tools and dishes, one of my favorites was a 40+ carat rough cut emerald.  That alone could lead to many stories of how it came to be there.

This goes from the early days of merchant ships to more current maritime activity.  On display are the uniforms of brothers  and a father and son who are all from the island and served in the military.

We were very lucky to have another visitor come and join our tour. There is a special display that is still being set up and this gentleman gave a portion of the display for exhibit here.  It is an actual large piece of metal from the Arizona that  sunk in Pearl Harbor.  He was in Hawaii about 20 years ago and was in the right place at the right time to have been able to have a piece he took off the ship in his personal collection.

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I can hardly wait until I have an opportunity to be in this part of Florida again in the near future.  This will be one of my first stops when I arrive.

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Tender Moments

This is for Nancy Merrill’s weekly challenge.

This great photo could easily grace cards for many years.


We all love the ones with the children who are crying and screaming, but this one is just delightful.