Friday, April 21, 2017

At Town Peddler Craft and and Antique Mall, Livonia, MI

 I have a thing for tins and this one is very unique. 
 Probably about 18 X 16 with lid, may 6 inches deep.
 Display including the tin.  Very cool.
This last picture is something I made for this week, hope you can read the words.
Have faith!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Good book

A new book at the Library network. Very good read!
Hang in there everyone!
I bought this dress at the Farm and waited for something to come along to wear it.  Yesterday I thought it was time to garden, today...not so much.  Happy day everyone.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mildred, Alma, Neen and Peggy collaboration

A few days ago I posted a picture of a baby dress that belonged to Mildred Giles which was passed down to her daughter, Alma, who passed it down to my friend Neen.

Neen wanted to do something nice with the dress to remember her wonderful friend Alma, so she
asked that I offer it for sale to benefit the Walk for Diabetes fund that her family participates in every year.

I hope my decision to make a doll to wear the dress was the right one, so we will see.  Except for adding some ribbons to the bonnet that she holds, I didn't make any changes.  I made her slip and pantaloons from some soft vintage fabric.and there is a little scrap of lace that I added to her hair. I will be taking her to Town Peddler for their Spring Open House this week.

I hope your Sunday is much blessed.  My whole week has certainly been, things have gone well.  Love to everyone.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lisa's Keto Lasagna

I love handwritten recipes.  This one was originally on Pinterest but Lisa has made it several times and wrote this out from memory.  We love it and you wouldn't even know it is absent the noodles.

The Wednesday Wind was tremendous here, 800,000 people were said to be without power.  I was lucky to have mine.  Schools are closed and traffic lights out.  Scary. Much better this morning.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Crochet for Diabetes

My friend Neen crochets sweet little baby shoes and crowns that I sell for her at my booth at Town Peddler. She also raffles an afgan at family reunions which also helps out her fund.

  At the end of the year, her whole family participates in the annual Walk for Diabetes .Last year our fund was $500 and we were really proud.   Several in her family have diabetes and she has lost a grandson to this terrible illness.  I also have many friends who  struggle with it.

The pictures of the little baby dress is her latest contribution.  It came to her from a dear friend and it belonged to her mother. You can see her name and date on the cute little tag.  I will be taking it to Town Peddler soon but have delayed because of showing it to everyone. It has some stains along the hemline from age but it is just so pretty.  The little buttons and hand embroidery and the lace on the bonnet are just perfect.  I know that Alma would love seeing her mother's dress on the internet. Alma  was a loving friend to Neen.

I was thinking I would have loved to have a picture of baby Mildred  in her dress and bonnet.  I'm also thinking it will be hard to part with.

We have had a windy, windy March 1st.  It did come in like a lion.  Love from Michigan.

Monday, February 27, 2017


I finished up Little Deaths, which was inspired by a real event in the sixties in Queens, NY.  I liked the book but couldn't bring myself to like the characters.  There are some good reviews online if you think you might read it.  One of them agreed with me.  But it is a very good story with a surprise ending.

Then I started this one today by Ron Marasco.  I didn't think I would like it, but I read 100 pages just to start.  I think I am going to be glad that I changed my mind.  I hope you all get to read a book today, or at least 100 pages.

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!