Saturday, February 18, 2017

Books on Saturday

This is a book from my library.  I made a mistake picking it up last night at 11:30 and then again this morning.  Guess that is how my Saturday is going to go, and it is going to be springlike weather this weekend.

 I've been picking my way through this one for a few days now.  I asked for it at my library and it is a short loan book.  It is a biography and I wanted to read it because Margaret Wise Brown wrote one of our all-time favorites, The Runaway Bunny.  She had a fabulous life and her sister shared her unpublished works with Amy Gary, years after her death.  There are a ton of acknowledgements at the end of some 250 pages.  It is really interesting.
I finished this one last week, I was about half way through and thought it was too romancy but then it became really fascinating and the end was one of those I didn't see coming.   There is a prequel to it that I didn't know about until I read the reviews, some of which were really good and some not so.  If you read reviews, does it spoil a book for you? 

I have to get outside today, just can't pass up the chance.  I hope you get to enjoy your weekend.  Take care everyone.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Stella's Birthday...104!!!

 Look at this beautiful lady at her birthday party on Sunday. See the twinkle in her eyes!
Aiden, on the left, is her great grandson and John on the right is my great grandson.  They served the cake.
She has cute grandsons too.  Jackie made a nice party, it was fun.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You might like...a Thai Cucumber Salad (and some books).

No picture to go with the salad but I just got back from the library so that's  the picture of the day.  Kathleen recommended The Widow's War.  I just finished The Graveyard Apartment, one of those you just can't put down until the end and you want to throw the book across the room when it is 1 am.

So the salad:  for Lisa, who likes it.

One large English cucumber (that's the long one that is wrapped in plastic.  I had to ask.)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 or three scallions thinly sliced (I used green onions)

Dressing is 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
heaping tablespoon of Swerve
l T. water
1 T. toasted sesame oil
1/2 t. of salt
l oz. crushed peanuts (didn't have so I used 1 T. sesame seeds)
some crushed red pepper

I didn't peel the cucumber, just cut it into rounds, add all the ingredients and stir to dissolve the sweetener.  I should be sweet, sour, and salty.  I combined the two right away and refrigerated .

If you want to, check out the original recipe on as I sometimes don't follow directions, example, leaving out the fish sauce etc.

Hope today has been good to you!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Keto With Kynda

Last year, when Kynda, my daughter, visited us in June, the strawberries were ripe .  At that time she had already been on the keto diet and was losing weight nicely. Besides eating some strawberries, we ate delicious food while she was here and she did not gain any weight from our visit, and even I didn't as well.

After she left I decided to give it a try and many deviled eggs later along with lots of bacon, I also lost weight.  I found that I wasn't as hungry eating no carbs and no sugar and the best of all, my knees didn't hurt constantly.  (They are still stiff, due to old age but so much better).

Add to this, her husband Mark, who took lots of diabetes medicine, improved so much he no longer has to take these and is feeling good also.

Other family members have joined in and all are losing the extra weight.  Kynda has lost 70 pounds and is so happy she has decided to help others.  She has worked really hard getting her website up and running and I hope all my friends will take a look.

And if you know anyone who might benefit please pass it on.  She also has a facebook page and a blog, so check it out.  Her website is and her blog is If you try it, please let us know!!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Walker, Texas Ranger

I absolute LOVE Marg's Animals blog, she is just excellent at photographing cats. This is NOT one of hers.

Sadly I will need to explain my picture since it is not very good quality.  The blurry part is a little stuffed black cat that I hung above my computer desk.  Walker said no way, I'm not gonna look at that thing every day.  It is now behind the desk unreachable. I have never had him to take anything down before.  He is bored and mad because it is so cold and he can't go out.

Things are good, some new good things are I have a good book going, we went to see LaLa Land yesterday, my snowman on ebay has a couple of bids, and Kynda has a NEW WEBSITE!  Not so good the Lions lost big and this morning I have to start my car in freezing cold.

Please come back to read about Kynda's website, which should have a post of its own soon!  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Who could ask for anything more....

Lisa, my DIL on the far right was making a road trip to Kentucky to adopt a beautiful dog she fell in love with online.  Did I want to go???  Of course I did since my great-grandchildren and grandson and Rachel, my granddaughter in-law live there!!!  I haven't seen them in about five years.  What a joy it was.  That's Betsy, between Lisa and myself and Kyle in his "Go Blue" shirt in the front.  They are just precious. 
The next morning we went here to pick up Macie.  Isn't the building sweet?  They were really busy adopting dogs and really work hard on behalf of dogs that don't otherwise have a chance to live and be loved.  It's Molly's Mutts if you would like to see more and you might need a dog sometime.
This is Macie, wearing her new Michigan colors. ( Forgive us Kentucky Wildcats Blue).
And this one, you can see she has had her left eye removed and is in the process of healing.  Lisa said that made her special and made her want to help her by giving her a loving home.

It's Christmas Eve, my second cup of coffee and I am looking forward to John coming to visit me today and seeing the rest of the family tomorrow.  Merry Christmas all my wonderful blogger friends, you have also been very good to me this year!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Soup

Miss Sandra Boynton's drawing, I will never get too old to love her books.
But about the soup .....

We all like hot and sour soup so I worked out this recipe that Lisa and I thought was good enough to make again. I took several different recipes from the internet and this is what I came up with.

Thinly slice and chop pork and saute with a tablespoon of garlic in a little oil.  I used a large pork chop for the meat. And I use the garlic in the jar because I am lazy and hate peeling garlic.

Then combine and add 2 and 1/2 cups of chicken broth
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. sesame oil
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1/2 t. ginger or 1 t. fresh minced
1 T. sriracha sauce ( or more to taste.)
2 teas. Swerve
Simmer a few minutes and add 2 large green onions, chopped
and 3 medium mushrooms, sliced thin. Simmer a few more minutes
and then add:

1 well beaten egg  while the soup is simmering.  Kinda like in  egg-drop soup. It has been soup weather for over a week now.  Hope you had a good Sunday.