Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snow, Food for the Birds

As I write this, snow is swirling like mad outside.

Millions of flakes have journeyed down from the heavens for many, many hours.

When it snows, silence encases us. A strange and eerie world evolves.

During snowstorms, my thoughts always turn to the birds outside.

How they survive New England winters is a mystery.

The birds'd probably like some of the clementines and grapes that are on the kitchen table but they are reserved for people.

Glancing out of the glass on the back door, one lonely little winged one sat on the edge of then bird feeder.

Hubs graciously went out during the day to check the nut and berry seed supply. 

He added some additional sustenance.  

A huge plastic container on the top shelf of the pantry once held pretzels.

It was so nice I couldn't bear to throw it out and knew it would come in handy for something
one day.

So it's now filled with the nut and berry seeds for the birds. 

They absolutely love that combination.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Celebratory Dinner

Today in the USA is the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
I would have loved to have met Mr. King.
 He fought hard for racial equality and justice.  
He even gave his life while fighting for the cause. 
But his mission didn't end when his life ended so tragically and through violence.
It can be carried out and continued through others who believe as he did----that we are all created equal no matter the color of our skin. 
We all deserve to live our lives to the best of our abilities and achieve success while living free and happy.
When we see a wrong, we do not keep silent.
We work hard to right the wrong.
The fight for justice and racial equality will continue until Mr. King's dream can finally become reality for all.

Now, today's blog post:

Special occasions often deserve special dinners.

For a recent anniversary celebration in our family, I hosted a special dinner.

Main meat was a sirloin roast rubbed with a half package of a dry mix used for baking potatoes.

It turned out really scrumptiously.

Rather than make gravy,  just the "juice" from roast was poured over the meat.

Also served were rice, beans, a salad with balsamic dressing, mushrooms and onions, and buttered  rolls.  

Oh, and baked potatoes that had been removed, mixed with butter and cheddar cheese, and returned to their skins.  Delish! 

Dessert consisted of vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese pink frosting.

Didn't get a photo of the finished product but you get the drift.

Of course, there was a gift given to the happy couple.

 There was a bit of remembering,  memory-making, and, of course, love.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Always Room for Angels

Due to a nasty bout of ill health, the task of taking down Christmas decor came to a crashing halt.

Ooooo wee, this has been a less than pleasant week.

Whether it's the flu or not is debatable.

What's not debatable has been a severely sore throat, swollen glands, lack of appetite and energy, and faucet nose!

In between crawling, again and again, under the covers of my bed, some Christmas decor managed to get packed away.

The little "golden" angel on the fireplace mantel, however, is going to stick around for awhile.

I found the sweet angel a couple of summers ago in a Goodwill thrift store.

Obviously, holiday decor was not on everyone's' minds.

However, when I saw the angel, it called to me.

The cost was less than $5, the angel is just precious, and goes nicely with the mirror frame on the wall above the fireplace.

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