Friday, August 18, 2017

Go With the Flow

Kind of true. Kind of not...  I used to be a complete Autumn girl, but about fifteen years ago I decided not to settle for 25 percent, so I became a Seasonal Living person. I enjoy trying my best to get the most personal joys for myself and for my family from each season. 

 However, the pull of Autumn requires a relaxation on my part. I don't have to try to enjoy the sweet Queen of Seasons. It is intrinsic...  I still have some summer left to do, but... as my friends all start sending kids and grandkids back to school, it steadily approaches, and I am glad!

I keep doing the cleaning thing. I realize all of my dear readers clean all the time. I laugh that my friends and my son come by and see no change! It seems the only proof I have is the growing stack of boxes I have downstairs that contain tons of "weeded" items from each and every cupboard, closet, drawer, or nook. I was just told my house was "suffocating." Now, that's not the look I am going for! While my cat does look as if she disagrees, I know I am making progress. Other issues are more important, but ...  
"How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives." (Annie Dillard) 
So. Cleaning it is. 

After removing the paper/plastic shelf lace, boxing up a ton... the kitchen cupboard looks fresh and different to me.My sister/cousin brought me the great mug and New Orleans glass from a recent vacation. She has moved to town, and although it isn't really much farther away, it seems like it. 

Did you catch the misty fog lying over the lands this morning? That speaks of the end of season and the Back to School energy of  an early start to our days.

Since this photo, I have moved the clock from the spot it has perched for 60 years, I think... Can you imagine how often I look above that cabinet to catch the time, to measure the baking length... Habits...   But, oh, I love to shuffle...

Today is baking and cooking day... unless it isn't. Being my own boss is not an easy chore. I am often not a compliant employee...  So I just dock my pay.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cleaning Day

A day cleaning out a china cabinet becomes a walk through family history

Suddenly this violet, sun aged glass cannot be handled at face value. That is my grandmother's handwriting, so the glass clearly was held in the lap of my great-great-great grandmother. In a covered wagon. From Kentucky. 

No help from this girl... yet.

My great-gramma's sugar bowl.

Nobody loses marbles in this family. 

My mother claimed responsibility for the chips in this marble. She was trying to get to the candy inside.

Only I know it is clean. And two boxes didn't fit back in!

Still no help.

And a little too much help here at last.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Whimsy and Hugs!

Blessed with fresh vegetables! That summer indulgence becomes so affordable as we purchase an entire back seat of tomatoes, cucumber, muskmelon, green pepper, zucchini... and more for less than $15. I love to visit this Amish farm house, and it never fails to bring back happy memories of trips with my mom. This is their barn. So tidy and simple in its summer glory. 





Loving our little excursions... My son is in the process of finding a second job which may cut into our available time... However, he has a huge list of improvements he wants to finance, and we are "not made out of money," as my dad always reminded me.

It is Bevier Homecoming time, and the Homecoming Brunch is an annual kickoff to the events that follow. Our lunch was delicious and the laughter and visiting with friends made it complete. I will leave you with some "people shots." This year's theme is 


I have a dear friend coming to spend a few days with me and to attend the festivities. If you could see the obstacle course between here and the guest room, you would remind me of what needs to happen in my world today!

Monday, July 31, 2017

School of Days

In honor of all my present and former students, coworkers, and of course, Mama, who first instilled the love of teaching, I created a Back To School mantel today. I thoroughly enjoyed scouting through the house, trying to find things that looked like school to me. I chose sturdy treasures that wouldn't be so missed if a certain stealth cat knocked them off the mantel.  However, during the assembly stage, I dropped the school bird house into the stack of treasures. I broke a huge, mercury candle holder, the mate to the green one you see in the picture. Boy, did that make a shatter!

This dear, little, red kindergarten chair was one my mother found at an auction. And the primer was one of mine.  I know, who doesn't love Dick and Jane? While I think the schools in town had stopped using Dick and Jane, Puff, Spot, Tim and cute, little Sally by 1960...  I still used it because I went to a rural school (with super old books.) I just remember being enthralled with the ability to READ a story myself.

The lunch box started school in Excello in the year 1960 with a little first grader who stood waiting for the bus/schoolcar). I proudly carried a small bouquet of zinnias wrapped in a soggy paper towel inside scrunched tinfoil  for the teacher. I joined two others in my large class of three first graders and a whole room full of big kids.

Apples for the teacher, don't you know? The bow is made from an old measuring tape, and the wooden apples were a gift from my mom during a long-ago back to school preparation.

Paint brushes and sunflowers. I think the two should always be paired, don't you?

I am not sure where Mary went, but the lamb, white as snow, has followed her to school one day. school one day, school one day. My mother sang that song so many times during her last year.

Introducing Museum Putty (Quake Hold), which is going to help keep the items on the mantel from the mishaps of Miss Callie. In case you are wondering, she is staring in rapt, pre-planning, strategic Kitty mode at the new, quite amazing mantel. Midnight, me, and a dust pan and mop...  

Cats Rule!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cooks in the Kitchen

Hey there! Summer weather always brings out the best vegetable dishes and a bit of nostalgia as the evenings sing with wild locusts at twilight. I often forget exactly where I am as I listen to their hypnotic song. It always revealed we were nearing the end of summer and gearing up for school in the past. Now it really says little about anything happening because ... basically nothing IS happening really. Never one to crave too much variety, I am just fine with the flow of this season into that.

I made some good dishes using the vegetables from our trips to the Amish. Below is a quick version of Cowboy Caviar or Fresh Salsa. I love to chop vegetables, but this time I used the little chopper from QVC that looks like I am starting a lawn mower. Not quite a perfection pretty but so fast! The second time I made this I added pasta and Parmesan...  There is a reason we don't have a picture of that salad!

Another new idea was to use couscous and a thick chili (no beans) in stuffed peppers. It was sooo good. The chili recipe is the one I have used several times from The Pioneer Woman, Perfect Chili. Always par-boil peppers to eliminate bitterness.

I have been relocating some little girls and even tried listing a few on E-bay and Swap shop. These little jewels amazingly still are selling from the company for about $50-60. However, they run about $5 on E-bay, along with any other so-called collectible from the past...  Nope. Not selling mine for the cost of a Mocha at McDonald's.

I had company a few weekends ago, and I made this blanched zucchini, cheddar, and roasted onion quiche.  I babied it quite a bit with blind baking (with dry beans) in the crust, etc. Years ago my mother got a recipe for the basic quiche from a dear doll club member. It is rather no-fail: 4 eggs, 1/2 c. cream. 1 1/2 c.milk....  As long as everything else is rather dry, you just add a favorite cheese and anything you please! Salt and pepper to taste.

I think she has a good idea. It is time to settle down and watch some tv...  Have a good weekend.