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!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Goodnight, John Boy...

My current obsession #TheWaltons #nostalgia

I don't know how it started but for some reason I've been on a kick of watching The Waltons every chance I get. I'm currently on Season Three. I liked the show well enough as a kid and I remember watching with my grandma when I'd spend the night. But it wasn't one of those shows I just absolutely hated to miss so I'm not exactly certain why I'm finding myself so obsessed with it right now. 

Perhaps I've just been a little overwhelmed with...oh, so many things...and am longing for a quieter, simpler time. The other night, after watching a couple of episodes, I posted the following on Facebook:
I want to live with the Waltons for about a week. I want to walk barefoot to Ike Godsey's General Store to buy a penny's worth of candy. I want to daydream while swaying gently in the tire swing. I want to help Livy and Grandma bake pies and then hold hands around the table while Grandpa says grace. I want to visit the Baldwin sisters and sample "the recipe". I want to sit on the front porch as night descends on Walton's Mountain, listening to the crickets and the voices of the family calling goodnight to one another from windows open to the summer breezes. Yes, for about a week I'd like to visit the Waltons.
It was just one of those off-hand postings so I was rather surprised when over 40 people "liked" it, several commented and one acquaintance from high school shared it on her own page. Maybe I'm not the only one who sometimes wishes life could be lived at a slower pace.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Jesus, make it warm!

This is the THIRD snowstorm in the past couple of weeks and I am completely over it. This little boy speaks for me:

I would embed the video instead of just posting a link but that would require Internet service which I don't have because of this stupid ice and snow which has coated our wireless antenna. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snow Day

A week ago it was 80 degrees and our daffodils started blooming. But this is Oklahoma and the only thing you can count on about the weather is that it will change. Around noon today we had this:

This is the sort of foolishness we are experiencing in Oklahoma today. #snow

And a couple of hours later:

Snowpacolypse 2015

We are supposed to get more tonight and into tomorrow. All the local schools have been cancelled. I am not impressed with winter weather but I'm making the most of it. 

Here is my "nest":

My nest: This is where I read, sip tea, listen to music and meditate. #meditation #tea #library #vinyl

I am reading, playing Trivia Crack, watching episodes of "The Waltons" and drinking copious quantities of Earl Grey. And there's this:

It could be worse. But I am counting the days until Spring.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015

February 2015 Grocery Haul (and a dead raccoon)

February grocery haul

My daughter and I hadn't done one of our big grocery shopping trips since November 12th but we finally found time for a trip Tuesday. We couldn't have picked a nicer day for it. It was sunny and around 60 degrees which is just about perfect for a major shopping day. We started out by dropping off several months worth of glass recycling. I hoped no one would notice how much I had and discreetly slip me the contact information for the nearest AA meeting location. 

Then we met up with Lisa's friend, Audrey, for an amazing lunch at Scratch. We all three opted for the pulled pork sandwich on homemade Hawaiian sweet bread. Delicious! We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and didn't actually start our shopping rounds until a bit after 2 p.m. 

We went to six stores plus a final stop at a pet store so I could get a couple of goldfish. Our goldfish, which we had for years, died a couple of years ago and the aquarium has sat empty all this time. I am determined to tackle a bunch of things I have been procrastinating about and that was one of the things on my list. 

Neither of us were hungry for dinner even after all that shopping but Lisa had this absolutely brilliant idea which involved cherry cheese pastries and hot tea at Panera Bread. I like the way that girl thinks.

It was a wonderful day other than our sad collision with a daredevil of a raccoon on our way home. It remains to be seen how much the repair to our bumper will be but I'm fairly certain we came out ahead compared to the raccoon. It was a dark, two lane highway and nowhere to turn around and check on the little guy. When I mentioned this to David he asked me what (in the world!) I thought I could have done about it. I think he envisioned me putting an injured wild animal in the back seat and taking it to a vet. Or perhaps he thought it would turn out something like this. Silly man. I informed him that I wasn't stupid but if the poor thing were lying there suffering I might have tried to find someone nearby to put it out of its misery. He then points out that knocking on people's doors after dark,in the country, and asking if they have a gun might not be such a great plan, either. Whatever. 

So, is my grocery haul for February.

  • asparagus
  • pineapple
  • fresh green beans
  • mandarin oranges (2 lb. bag)
  • zucchini
  • navel oranges
  • garlic (organic)
  • blackberries (organic)
  • yukon gold potatoes (5 lb. organic)
  • russet potatoes (5 lb. organic)
  • green bell pepper (organic) 
  • red bell pepper (organic)
  • bananas (organic)
  • yellow squash
  • grape tomatoes (organic)
  • cereal (4 boxes and 1 bag)
  • dark chocolate Sun Cups candy (2 with coupon)
  • organic maple syrup
  • English Teatime tea
  • diced green chilies (2 cans)
  • chicken broth (2 cartons organic)
  • coconut milk creamer (2)
  • mini croissants (pkg of 6)
  • Seventh Generation dishwasher tablets
  • glass cleaner
  • bag of ice
  • oven fries (organic)
  • seasoned waffle fries (organic)
  • mints 
Total: $122.12

  • vinegar (1 gallon)
  • Downy fabric softener
  • birthday card for my brother
  • spray starch
  • lemon oil
  • shampoo for David
  • baguette
Total: $31.66

  • local honey (48 oz.)
  • tortilla chips (organic)
  • chopped tomatoes (1 carton)
  • rice noodles
  • sweet red chili sauce
  • orange juice frozen concentrate (2 cans)
  • natural maraschino cherries
  • lemons (2 organic)
  • grated parmesan cheese (8 oz. organic)
Total: $39.67

Forward Foods:
  • gruyere
  • smoked cheese (like gouda, can't recall the name)
Total: $24.38

Natural Grocers:
  • canvas reusable bag (they have some of the best)
  • purse (really cute, with fringe - Fair Trade)
  • celery (organic)
  • CoQ10 supplement
  • Applegate Farms breakfast sausage links (2 pkg. organic)
  • cheese puffs (organic)
  • cranberry pomegranate juice (2 jars, organic)
  • grated parmesan cheese (organic)
  • sharp cheddar cheese (organic)
  • French style whole milk yogurt (in 3 cute glass jars - organic)
  • sliced provolone cheese (organic)
  • salad mix (organic)
  • chocolate bar (organic, Fair Trade)
Total: $85.61

Earth Natural Foods:
  • locally made baguette
  • cream cheese (organic)
  • cookies
Total: $12.63

  • milk (1/2 gallon)
  • sliced cheddar cheese
Total: $6.10

Grand Total: $322.17

I won't need to order from the coops this time around as I'm well-stocked. In fact, other than fresh produce and dairy I don't know that I will need much of anything else for a couple of months. That's always such a good feeling, especially in the winter when my hermit tendencies kick in.