Archive for September, 2011


Kim’s Pear Lime Preserves

The real title to this should be “Kim’s County Fair Blue Ribbon Pear Lime Preserves”!  In her Portales days, she won a set of canning jars from the Roosevelt County Fair with this delicious recipe.  And when my sister moved off to the big city in Texas, she won a blue ribbon and was next […]

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Coffee Cup Collection

I’m not a collector.   Well, I don’t think of myself as a collector.  Guess I have a few more chickens than some.  And there’s that nutcracker collection that comes out in December.  (Christmas things just don’t count.)  I don’t have thimbles or Coca Cola memorabilia or teddy bears.   But I do have a wonderful assortment […]

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Peeling Pears

In the category labeled “I don’t have this…” well… there would be many, many things.  But there is something I’ve been wanting for a very long time, and today is the day I shall push the little “add to shopping cart” button and make it my own.  It’s an old-fashioned apple peeler. For the past […]

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Desk

I have this desk. Many of you have one just like it… or very similar.  It’s a wonderful old piece made of solid oak, and the matching chair is so beautiful.  It was my Nana’s desk.  I think she worked on it out at the peanut mill, but I remember it being in their house […]

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I Enjoy Being a Girl

When I was a young girl, I learned this Rodgers & Hammerstein piece for a little pageant I was in.  If there’s one thing my brain is good at, it’s remembering lyrics… so here’s the part we learned and sang, complete with adorable little hand motions. When I have a brand new hairdo With my […]

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Rabbit Food

A little cotton-tail bunny has lived in my flowerbeds this summer.  I think he decided to stay there when I filled a bushel basket with apples to decorate the front porch.  I noticed those apples were being munched on, then discovered little Peter was the one enjoying the feast. Just now I realized I haven’t […]

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Plug Nickels

A few of days ago I used the expression that something wouldn’t be worth a “plug nickel”.  I had these little electrical box “coins” in mind, and this week I had to laugh when I spotted these on one of our job sites.  That’s how it goes… you get something in your mind, and pretty […]

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Ladies and Magenta Men

I find it utterly absurd that I am going to write about toenail polish.  But every time I look down there at my feet, I just have something to say about them… and apparently, you must be the recipient of my thoughts! Well, seriously, it’s not really about the fancy bright pink color with the […]

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Button Up

I have the answer.  It’s simple.  It solves just about everything… economic woes included. People ask me from time to time how I stay so small.  I have decided to let you in on my secret.  I’m a cheapskate.  Oh… make that “frugal”… sounds better. Love my blue jeans, and have several pairs.  When I […]

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Nine Eleven

It was truly a world away.  How things change in ten years.  We lived in San Antonio, having recently left beautiful Guam.  Gary was actually back on the island attending to some business.  I was in Portales staying with my grandparents for the week.  It was all part of the new routine of living “back […]

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A Hoodie Kind of Day

It’s the perfect day for a sweatshirt hoodie.  The kind of day I have been longing for.  You’ve all heard me yammering on about the heat and the drought for months now… and here we go… I was handed this glorious cool day early in September, and I’ve been freezing in a long sleeved t-shirt. […]

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How It Began

When I go on vacation, I seem to always play the same little mental game.  I take a break from reality, and part of the fun includes planning a new business.  I’ve been planning businesses since I was a child.  Restaurants, garden statuary shops, camping gear stores, coffee & donut shops… they’ll all been in […]

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