Archive for November, 2011


Bringing Home the Christmas Tree

Apparently it’s just a phrase from a Christmas card.  I thought surely some famous poet wrote it, but I can’t find any evidence of that.  My sister gave the card to me years ago, and it stayed in my heart always.  It was a wonderful scene of an old blue truck in the snow, hauling […]

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Windmills

I consider this great gain for Portales.  I consider it sad loss for me.  I’m losing the view I love so very much.  When we purchased this land, it was one of the things I always mentioned… that I was going to have this view of those windmills.  I love telling people how to get […]

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Hundreds of House Guests

I come from the pre-computer era.  We got one when I was in junior high, but that was long before anyone considered having a “personal computer”.  My father taught computer science, so we had a Radio Shack TRS-80 in our home in the 70s, and I actually had a job entering data onto that computer, […]

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Giving Thanks

From my kitchen to yours… May your Thanksgiving be beautiful and full of blessings! If you only knew how much I love having this website… being able to share a little slice of my life with you!  My kind readers, you are appreciated ever so much.  I’m grateful! ~

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Squanto and the Pilgrims

I have this little book.  “Squanto and the Pilgrims”.  It arrived here one day in a box… a surprise gift from a dear friend who knew how much the book meant to me.  (Thank you again, Robin!) My memories of the book and the story always focus on the final pages… the tragic death of […]

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Shelling Pecans

How can Thanksgiving be so near?  We were trying to survive a swelteringly hot and dry summer, and the very next day we were making decisions on who would bring the rolls and who would bake the pies.  Ahhh… I’m thrilled about it.  It’s a grand holiday, and I just can’t wait. Today I’ve shelled […]

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Bird Dogs

My dad and G have been pheasant hunting  in Kansas.  They go every year and meet up with more family, and of course, the bird dogs get to go.  My dad has been taking his dogs hunting all my life. He’s a great bird hunter, my dad.  We feast upon quail as a result.  And […]

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Shades of Autumn

I love the colors of fall.  I look at my wonderful fruit trees with their mass of color, and I can’t help dreaming of the day when they’ll be larger, more grand, with a profusion of cadmium red, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and touches of cadmium yellow light! Did your mother teach you […]

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Inappropriate

I’m starting a new category.  Ranting and raving.  I do plenty of it, and now I shall make a “simple pleasure” out of it!  Ha!  Hope you’ll bear with me. And so I begin… Last Saturday night the barn was full of squeals and laughter.  We had little nieces and cousins spending the night.  Two […]

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Fire King Mug

I have this old green mug.  To be exact, it’s a Jadeite D-Handle Fire King mug.  I just learned all the fancy lingo the other day.  My family was here visiting, I’d made a cobbler, and we were sitting around the table enjoying it with some coffee.  My sister chose this mug that night. She […]

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Strawberry Dumplings

How do you go about finding your favorite old recipes?  I love my method!  I love being organized, but I also love my nostalgic memorabilia… so the two are combined.  I’ve got separate folders for breads, desserts, meat dishes…  And then inside my folders are wonderful pieces of paper, all shapes and sizes, written out […]

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Silver Platter

I have this silver platter.  It was a wedding gift, and it’s treasured more and more as time passes by.  I think of this wonderful group of people, and how they greatly enriched my life… and I try to imagine them going to the local jeweler and selecting this gift, then having it engraved. “To […]

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