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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Erik's Water Tread Mill Physical Therapy


Good morning,

As many of you are aware, our eight year old Black Labrador Retriever, Erik, has recently undergone orthopedic surgery on his knee.

As part of his physical therapy, he is enjoying the water tread mill at the therapist's office.  He enjoys this so much he keeps trying to swim instead of walk.

I hope this film clip works.  I've had problems uploading it.  I know it works in Edge.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Back Porch Visitor

Good morning,

This lovely creature visited our back porch recently. 

I saw this beauty when I went out of the kitchen door to put a bag of trash in the trash can.  It stayed long enough for me to go get my phone from the charger to snap a picture of it.

Then, as so often happens, Wendy came through the doggie door and the butterfly moved on to safer spaces. 


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Whole Wheat Cheddar and Onion Loaves

Good morning,

Today's bread is Whole Wheat with Cheddar and Onion. 

The onion flavor is enhanced because the onions were caramelized in butter before being added to the other ingredients. 

This one smells and tastes fabulous!

Retirement is so good!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Current Project: Babyghan

Good morning,

Lavender and green are the colors of the day for a new "babyghan".  I took this picture shortly before I finished it.

It will be paired with a matching crocheted doll and be available in the shop soon.

What are you making today?


UPDATE!  This baby blanket and matching doll have been finished and the set is now available in the shop.  Click the image to see more: 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Banana Bread!

Good morning,

The bread of the day is Banana Bread.

I consulted Betty Crocker's very old cookbook that I inherited from my Mom for this one.

I've added 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg to Betty's recipe. 



Monday, June 19, 2017

Puppy Pedicures

Good morning,

Our pups line up to get their pedicures from Catherine.
This is Wendy having her nails done while Penny waits in line for her turn.
Total trust.
Look carefully on the right side of the image above and you can see Erik is waiting his turn, too. 

So sweet!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day and Lily Pads

Good morning,

 Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads out there especially My Honey who is a fantastic Dad and Grandpa.  Today our son and grandson will be here to celebrate.  It's raining so our picnic will be inside.   

I sure do miss my dad, too.  He would be 113 years old this year. I think of him every day and of all the love he had for us.

It's a stay-at-home family day.  The water lilies are flourishing this year in our fish pond. I took that picture a few days ago when the sun was shining and the water lilies were growing faster than the weeds. 

Stay tuned for blossoms!