Saturday, April 04, 2015

Good Friday

As we were leaving the Good Friday service last night I glanced back and saw this:

Thursday, April 02, 2015

No such thing as too many books

Not long ago I cleared enough space in our library bookshelves to accommodate our new stereo system and vinyl collection. Remember?

The bookshelves have all been thoroughly dusted, sorted and catalogued. David built the shelf insert for the stereo components. The top shelf where the turntable sits has drawer slides so we can pull it, open the lid and place the album.

I gave a stack of books to a friend (more like family) for her store's upcoming event, Notes and Letters: Music and Books. That means I "needed" more books, right?  Well, maybe not, but I can't resist a library book sale. I attended our public library's used book sale last week and I'm pretty proud of myself. This is all I bought:

Last night's library book sale scores

But then my mom gave me three boxes of my grandfather's cookbooks:

Some of my grandfather's cookbooks which my mom just gave me

Looks like I'll need to so some rearranging and make space for more cookbooks in my kitchen. Never fear - I WILL prevail.

Are you a book collector? If so, leave me a comment and tell me your favorite type(s) of books to collect. I'm partial to old fiction, classics in older bindings, and certain types of travel stories. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Eiffel Tower Anniversary

photo by Deanna Piercy

Today is the 126th anniversary of the public opening of the Eiffel Tower. This iconic symbol of Paris wasn't always beloved by the French, however. Read this:

When did the Eiffel Tower open, and why was it 'a truly tragic street lamp'?

And did you know that the Eiffel Tower now has its own wind turbines? On our trip to Paris last fall I was so impressed with the steps France has taken to be environmentally friendly and this is just another example of their efforts.

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Monday, March 30, 2015

A perfect Sunday evening

Photo by Jen Payne

Oklahoma weather is fickle and one never knows how long these gorgeous Spring days will last. Before we know it we may be sweltering in 90+ degree heat. But for now, the days are lovely and the evenings are utter perfection.

Last night we took advantage the perfect temperatures and hosted our Sunday Family Dinner outdoors. In addition to my kids, niece and her boyfriend, we also invited my parents and one of Chris' longtime friends, Jennifer, to join us for dinner. I made layered salad (I'll put the recipe below), my mom brought her delicious potato salad, David grilled hot dogs and we had chips and dip and pitchers of iced tea. We set up tables on the patio and enjoyed a wonderful meal together.

When it got dark, David lit a fire in our fire pit and we all sat around it chatting, telling stories, and laughing. Oh, so much laughter! Chris had also made a special playlist so we had a soundtrack for the evening, as well.

Sunday Family Night

Last year we allowed ourselves to get too busy for leisurely evenings around a fire or stargazing. We are not going to make that mistake again. We have already eaten outdoors and sat around the fire several nights this Spring and I intend to do it as often as possible while the weather is so nice. Life is too short not to make time for these special moments. 

Photo by Jen Payne

Layered Salad

  • one head iceberg lettuce (washed, dried, torn in bite-sized pieces)
  • one bell pepper (diced)
  • three ribs celery (diced)
  • 3-4 green onions (sliced)
  • 6 hard boiled eggs (chopped)
  • 6 slices cooked bacon crumbled)
  • 1-2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • seasoning to taste

In 9x13 glass baking dish layer in this order:
  • lettuce
  • bell pepper
  • celery
  • green onion
  • eggs
Mix mayonnaise, sugar and desired seasoning (I use Creole seasoning). Carefully spread over vegetables, making sure everything is covered all the way to the edges of the dish. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the mayonnaise then sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving. 

*You can also include a cup or two of frozen peas in with the vegetables. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Earth Hour 2015

We were busy around the house and didn't eat dinner until rather late so we observed Earth Hour on California time.  David grilled chicken and we ate by candlelight on our patio. Afterwards he got a fire started in the fire pit while I cleaned up the kitchen...again by candlelight. Then we relaxed by the fire sipping wine and enjoying this beautiful Spring night. Not much of a sacrifice, I must admit.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Springtime, how do I love thee?

Today is the first day of Spring and I am delighted. Winter is always a struggle for me but as the days get longer and warmer I begin to perk up, just like these daffodils in our front yard:

Springtime in Oklahoma

Springtime also means a haircut for Shiloh:

Shiloh got his springtime haircut. #GreatPyrenees #dogsofinstagram

He always acts a little embarrassed at first but then he realizes how much cooler he is and loves it. And I love the reprieve from giant wads of white fur all over my dark green carpeting. 

Happy 1st Day of Spring!