Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Week That Was...........


Look at this handsome boy!!  The best time to catch a glimpse of the bucks around our place is at first light... when everything is completely still ... maybe a little mist or fog coming up out of the hollow.... We often see several bucks at the same time in the yard... they are still tolerating each other well ... Bow hunters line the roads early in the morning... I couldn't imagine trying to run that gauntlet as a deer.. If only they'd stay right here on my little 6 acres and they'd be safe...lol  I put out water and theres lots of grass... the occassional corn.. but thats not gonna find them a mate so they will leave.....


So, how was your week???  Last Tuesday as we were doing the T party we had one of our coldest days yet! You know i was in heaven! Now i'm sitting here and its 85 F  but lets not talk about that... lol  That day that was so cool was Oct 10 and lots happened that day... One .. Hubs and the neighbor declared war on hub's sisters plumbing... If you've been following along .. we've been fighting  her plumbing since we moved here 2 years ago.. tried nearly everything including bringing in some actual plumbers... She has a very old rock house.. like 1920ish.. very little room to actually get under the house to do anything.. but it had come down to no choice.. and look what they found in this little section of cast iron pipe!  The tree root went thru the cast iron!! 


Looking at this pipe you would think we had never tried anything to clear it out.... We tried the whole roto rooter thing several, several times... poured rootkill down the line.. you name it we tried it.. she even bought a new toilet because nothing else was working..  Finally the guys rolled up their sleeves and got down and dirty....tore it all apart and replaced most of the cast iron with PVC pipe....As you can imagine she is soooo tickled she can flush her toilet now... something so simple but it can make your day.. lol 

Writing has slowed but continues......
Lets see what else happened that nice , cool October day...  OH! While i was reading everyone's T party post i kept hearing this noise... i hadn't heard it much in a very long time... So i stepped out on the deck to investigate and lo and behold it was Geese!!! Flock after flock of Canadian Geese flying south!!! OMGosh it was a sight to see... I grabbed my hoodie and out the door i went.. i just had to be out there and be a part of the great migration... !! :) 

I even made pumpkin bread that day!! 2 loaves... one to eat and one to share with the neighbors.. Gosh see what cool weather does to me!! I'm ashamed to say all the pumpkin bread was gone so fast i didn't even get a photo... It really turned out good.. I'm sure theres more in my future this Fall and i'll be sure to get a photo and share the recipe...  

And to top off a wonderful day....... Hubs and i shined the flashlight out in the front yard before going to bed and there was a Momma Raccoon and two babies on the stump.... The stump is mostly hollow and i put peanuts and seeds and such down the hole and it keeps the squirrels and chipmunks and such entertained to clean it out..lol  Those babies were soooooo soooo cute! Too dark for a photo though.. If you don't know.. raccoons have a peculiar way they move.. they almost waddle side to side and to see the babies move that way was so adorable... Well geesh .. thats been my week... lol  I can't wait to come visit everyone and see how your week has been! Thank you Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard for hosting such a wonderful gathering... Hugs! deb

Saturday, October 7, 2017

T Stands for..........


..........another finished projecT....... My sister in law gave this to me when we first moved here to Arkansas... she no longer wanted it... The black frame was pretty beat up and the glass face was out of it and whatever had colored the glass face was mostly gone.. So i cleaned it up and spray painted it black again... 



......the real challenge came with using the alcohol inks on the glass.. never played with them before...  I had a hard time getting good coverage of the yellow.. kept leaving bare spots... then i had a brain fart.... turn it over... all the texture on the face is on the front ... the back is flat.... when that was dry i turned it over and did the drippy thing with the orange on the front... Hubs is not a fan of the 'drippy thing' .. but i LOVE it... 

Oh i'm soooo happy there was some interest in my chicken pie... :) Here's the recipe... I've had it a long time and have made many a pie... It has never failed me.. i wish i could remember where i got it from to give credit but its been too long... 

                                  Sour Cream Pastry Shell
1/2 c margerine softened
1 c sour cream
Beat these together... I've used a mixer and i've done it by hand and both turned out fine.... 
Add 1 egg,  1 cup of flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning... 
Mix all together and spread on the bottom and sides of a 9" pie pan...  Don't grease the pan or anything... I use a glass pan... 

                                      Chicken Pie
1 small onion chopped small
1/2 c celery , chopped small , I use the heart (center)
2 tbs  margarine ( i usually omit this and use a spray)  Saute the onion and celery... then add.. 
1/4 c chopped parsley ( i use dried),   2 tbs chopped pimento ( i often omit this as i don't have it on hand)  
2 c cooked chicken or turkey... (great for leftovers)  
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, pepper to taste 
1 can cream of chicken soup 
1 can (3-4oz) chopped mushrooms, undrained 
Shredded cheddar cheese... 

Mix together and heat thru everything except cheese .... Pour on top of the dough and put in oven... 400 F for 30 min.... I add the cheese , sprinkled on top after about 20 min...  

The crust is fantastic and i have used it with other fillings... Although this filling is pretty good too... :)  Happy happy T day everyone! I'll be seeing you soon!!  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Day..............

..................and the sun is shining and the birds are back....To me it looks like Mama Bluebird is supervising bathtime for a young one... lol ...... Maybe not... and others are looking on.. waiting their turn..  I'm surprised the Bluebirds haven't left yet... Do you still have Bluebirds??  The Hummers have left.. I need to take down my feeders and put them away.. 

But first i think i'll take myself for a walk... Its so gorgeous i can't help myself.. Then i need to come back and get busy.. some house work to do.... maybe some chili in the crock pot.... then hopefully the craftroom..   :)  Looks like we're installing a toilet for sister in law this weekend... oy vey...........Hope your having a great week! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lackadaisical..............

...............waiting for my coffee to percolate i've been inspired the last few mornings to snap a few pictures of the sunrise off my deck... so pretty... the pictures really do not do it justice..  

Its been a drippy , dreary kind of day around here.... rainy and wet... but for once no big storm to blow in ... just rain... dripping off the roof and pine trees... not a breath of wind... a hush about the place.. not a squirrel , not a bird or deer in sight..  Its not often it rains aaalll day around here...  but i love those kind of days...I'm most tempted to curl up with a good book on days like this and its difficult to get motivated to do anything...

My mother on the other hand liked to go shopping on rainy days.... i never understood that...  But we would go shopping and browsing.. running between the raindrops.. Maybe it was her way of fighting off the lackadaisical feeling that the rain brought on... Me? I just give into it i guess....

There's leftover pizza... so no cooking tonight... woot woot! lol I'm sure i'll find my way to the craftroom before long... Theres always a few projects in progress...  Somewhere along the way i've lost my glue gun... i have the glue sticks but no glue gun so i just purchased a mini gun.. I don't use it often so no need for a regular size gun.. And i purchased a few trinkets to go on another project i'll show you soon.. They turned out so cool... AND i did NOT do them all in copper... i had a good long talk with myself about my addiction to copper so i purposely did not do them ALL in copper.. lol  Well i better find something constructive to do even if all this rain is making my eyelids droopy... Hugs! deb 

Monday, October 2, 2017

T stands for the Tale of the Chinamen.......


.......Its not really much of a 'story' per se... I think its just that we have a long history together.... Right around 20 years i think... They were not always on pegs.. i did that...  I worked for Lowe's for 15 years and thats where i met the Chinamen..  I worked in the Garden Dept and we had Bonsai trees and several of them had died on us and they were going to throw away the whole thing.. plant/pot/chinamen... Well the recycler in me... alive and well even back then couldn't do that so i asked if i could have them and thats where the adventure begins... 



They looked like they were made out of gray clay and i was always going to 'do something with them' .. They moved several places  with me in TX then to CA and now to AR..and they never broke... They were just always 'so cool'... so tiny and so detailed..... i had to do something with them... So what i came up with is made up of stuff i have hauled from TX to CA to AR... The base is a piece of bamboo painted black... the moss is from another project..The only thing new is the pedestals....they are wood and i stained them... I played *heck* getting those pedestals to stay glued upright... I finally used wood glue and braced them until they dried...now they are strong.... I like how it turned out... it now sits on my rolltop desk where i write my letters and work on my book... 

And for my T people over there at Ms. Elizabeth's and Bleubeard's ... In the cup is Cherry Coke Zero.... and i made a Turkey Pie.... If anyone is interested in the recipe just let me know.. If nothing else the crust is 'to die for'.... and then you can put any filling in it...I've used it with a burrito type filling before too....  Happy happy T day everyone! I'll be around to visit!! Hugs! deb