Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fun Times....Growing Times - Week One with Johnny

 Brandywine River Museum
Inspiration in the form of a sculpture.
This fun ended in a hug. :-)
I don't quite think they captured the "spirit" of 
this piece.

The graceful walkway at the museum.

 Johnny's first full day back with us.
We took him to Turkey Point in 
North East, Maryland.

 I love the sailboat in the background.  
In the next photo (not shown) it was on Johnny's other shoulder.  

 I took some lying selfies the other day.
The intention was to do a "before" photo as a friend
was giving me highlights that day.
I never got to the afters....
surprise, surprise.

 White roses led Chelsea to a waiting Johnny and the surprise of 
his arrival one day sooner than she expected.

 Sunday was a beautiful day for Susquehannock Park.
The walk to the lookout was easy and the weather 
was so pleasant.

 Then we were off to a horse rescue.
Georgia volunteers here.

 Of course, as with most farms, we found more than just horses
at Noble Hill Horse Rescue....


T-Bone picked Johnny. 
Isn't it a cute "family" photo?
When you know that neither Chelsea or Johnny are dog people
this is truly funny.

We've had a "few" cups of coffee.....
This one at Cafe One Eight.

 And a quick stop at Longwood Gardens completed the day 
I first told you about with the first photos.
These events were not presented in order of occurance
but that is less important than the sharing of the fullness of 
this past week and the beauty we captured.

We are so blessed to live in a world that God has filled with 
glorious sites, precious animals and delightful people.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Something Good, Something Bad

I have learned that white bread gives me headaches.
Weird, I know....but true.
I saw a new doctor today as my former Endocrinologist has left the State.
(Oh yeah, and my family doctor retired...coincidence?
I guess I am just a bit hard on them with all my mystery symptoms.)
I told him this fact (white bread and headaches) and he looked at me as if I was a bit loony.
But, you know, it is what it is.
I've proved it again this evening.
As I ate a hamburger bun on my grilled burger I knew it would be coming.
And then I forgot.
Until it hit.
So...the bad thing?
I have a headache because I was stupid.
I ate a hamburger bun.

Something good?
I've found Gluten Free Bisquick.
Oh yeah!
Tonight I decided to try an experiment.
It was quick.
No measurements here because I am a pour and mix kind of gal.
But I took some of that mix, one of our chicken's eggs,
fresh milk and some raw sugar and combined them to a 
moist but workable consistency.
I pressed it generously into the bottom of a pie pan,
going about halfway up the sides.
Note it was a bit sticky so a light powdering of a bit more 
Bisquick allowed me to work with it while not making it too dry.
I then popped it into a 375 degree oven to pre-bake slightly.

While it was doing it's thing I chopped up some rhubarb and strawberries.
Mixed in some raw sugar and Bisquick mix.
I removed the baking shell from the oven and put the fruit mixture on top.
It was piled high.
I added some pats of butter to the top and let it bake until we had finished
eating the aforementioned burgers.

After letting it cool to just the right temperature
 while we spread some mulch in the garden 
Warren and I enjoyed this fruit tart with some french vanilla ice cream.

He commented on how good it was.
That was the something good, indeed.

Now I'm hoping the gluten free will balance out the white bread 
and take my headache away.

Wouldn't that be just great?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hello....Spring has Come!!

 We have had a delightful but crazy busy couple of weeks since returning home
from North Carolina.  The first week back was all about preparing for our Pastor's wedding.
He and Jenny got married on Sunday, May 4th with a very wonderful showing of people
who loved them and wanted to help them celebrate.
We fit about 130 people in our smallish sanctuary and fellowship area.
Trust me when I say....
we were at capacity.
But everyone fit in and a marvelous time was had.

Mother's Day was wonderful yesterday.
It is a new experience to have "new family members".
But, you know, I really, really love it.
Mikey brought Emily over for lunch.  We had a picnic on the deck.
The day before Johnny had been in contact from Denmark wishing me a special day.
Jonathan, Michael and Chelsea blessed me in various ways
as they made a point of showing me their appreciation
for know.
Giving birth to them...and all of that.

This evening we had a bit of rain and after the sun came back out
our dogs wanted to go out and explore.
We found a visitor.
This dog visits whenever it gets the chance.
Initially our girls are never happy about it but they finally agree
to get along.

I revisited an old past time.
That of wandering with camera in hand and snapping
photos of random flowers, plants and trees in the yard.

Thankfully Chelsea has provided me with some new opportunities
this Spring.  She has been planting like crazy.
I buy her plants and she preps flower beds or pots and
makes them quite happy.

What a blessing this has been.
It keeps her busy while she waits for Johnny to return 
for the summer.
He comes next week.
We are very ready to have him back with us again.

We were happy to find this unique color at Cherry Hill Orchard.
The only thing that kind of bothers me about them is that while up 
close they are dynamic and very cool, 
from a distance they look kind of dead. 
Didn't think of that.
But I think that once the greens get going in the basket
they will be great even from a distance.

It is so good to see our trees have survived the horrible abuse they took
during the ice storm that did so very much damage.
We found a stick impaled into our deck furniture.
Just buried in and broken off.
We will never forget that day as we stood and listened to what 
sounded like warfare all around us.
It was terrifying and sad to watch our neighbors trees 
fall one after another into their yard.

However, even after the storm and all that it did 
in damage you can see that life is resilient.
It comes back.

 Dogwood - 2014

 I do love this tree.....

In a winter that seemed it would never end I found myself 
wanting to curl up in a fetal position with my thumb in my mouth 
for the first time ever in my life.
I felt totally out of control.
And I didn't like it.

Weather has a way of reminding us 
that our concept of control
is a deception.

The sooner we realize and surrender to the ONE 
who truly does control everything 
the better.