Monday, August 31, 2015

Late Summer Notes

Full Circle
I had a little time to play in the sewing room last week, so I decided to refresh my curved seams technique. They aren't really as difficult as they look if you cut and sew precisely. These burgundy and tan prints from my stash made the perfect tote for autumn days.

My mama and I have had more time together lately and we've both had fun. We went for sassy new hairdos, explored the library, looked for shoes, and sat out on our screened porch to read with huge glasses of sweet tea. Our late August cool spell came at just the right time.

Sometimes I wonder how people and businesses who don't treat people well keep their friends or stay in business. They say one thing but do another, they don't communicate clearly, and when questioned, they transfer blame to someone else. I found the ideal quote to help figure them out.

When someone's words and actions 
aren't lining up,

go with their actions, every time.

Actions say what words won't.”


Monday, August 17, 2015

42 Years And Counting

We are celebrating our wedding anniversary this week. The years rack up pretty quickly when you are enjoying life. I could swear that it has only been twenty-something years since we walked down that aisle on a hot August evening in 1973, but the calendar doesn't lie.

I was only nineteen, but apparently we chose well and the marriage took. Naturally there have been ups and downs along the way, several moves, three different careers for me and one for him. Adventures, fun, laughter, and love have been the best parts of our journey. Now we're retired and life is better than ever. 

Happy Anniversary, sweetie!

They say we're young and we don't know
We won't find out until we grow
Well I don't know if all that's true
'Cause you got me, and baby I got you

I Got You Babe, Sonny & Cher, 1965
written by Sonny Bono

I can't see me loving nobody
But you for all my life
When you're with me, baby
The skies will be blue for all my life

Happy Together, The Turtles, 1967
written by Alan Gordon & Garry Bonner

Monday, August 10, 2015

Savoring Summer Salads

We spent the last two weeks tackling some long needed chores. A couple of home repairs, trim and window washing are now checked off our to do list. I'm thankful the house is 95% brick and very low maintenance. If only the grass would cooperate!

Chicken Avocado BLT Salad
I love making salads for supper on hot summer days. I created this yummy delight that will be a regular menu item around here. Chicken Avocado BLT Salad starts with bacon, cut into bite sized pieces and fried in an iron skillet. Use the same skillet with the bacon drippings to saute bite sized chicken breast pieces. (The smaller pieces cook quickly.) Add to a bowl full of chopped lettuce, diced fresh tomatoes, avocado, celery and baby carrots. Top it off with a sprinkle of pecans, shredded cheddar, and homemade honey mustard dressing.

Useful Notion:
What you allow
is what will continue.