Dec 10, 2017

The Tiny Room

This room has heard a lot of laughter and seen a lot of smiles.
It has known good times and good food and the occasional sad time as well.
When fully expanded, the oak table holds a ton of happy people who gather round and talk for hours.
Though small, the tiny room has held children, elderly, dogs, cats and teen parties and did a good job each time, never complaining. It didn't say a word when one of it's lovely chairs was replaced by a highchair several times or when the piano bench was hauled in for extra guests.
It's hosted formal dinners with  glittering silver and crystal and beautiful tablecloths,
but it didn't mind the cardboard boxes of pizza or the endless games of Clue, Candy Land, chess and Monopoly.

It has seen more than it's share of homework and projects .  It doubles as a counter-top for cookie and pasta making  and even the chairs are patient when they hold long strings of freshly made pasta to dry!

Even small rooms can do great big things and make wonderful memories.

My little dining room

Dec 9, 2017

Care is a Verb

A wee visit to an earlier post.

For years my mother was given Francis Gay's Friendship book by her friend Eliza in Glasgow, Scotland. There is a new book every year and its been printed for decades.

 Women back in the day had waistlines 6" thinner.. can you see why?
To my knowledge, my mother did not read them but I devoured them when they came.  I just loved them and still do.
They were filled with old photos and uplifting words and stories.
This  inspiring little story came from the pages of one of Francis Gay's Friendship books.
I have paraphrased it a bit, but I hope you enjoy the message of the story.

A certain woman was working in the inner city and was visiting an elderly woman who lived in a dingy back room.
"I am praying for God to allow me to have a cleaner and brighter place to live," the elder lady said.
"Right!" said the visiting lady. "Let's get down to it".
The elderly lady thought that the visitor meant that she was going to pray for her.   Instead, the visitor got  down on her knees and began to scrub the floors and clean the house.

We often say we care about this or that but to care is a verb and implies action.
noun: verb; plural noun: verbs

  1. a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen.
noun: care
  1. 1.
    the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.

    "the care of the elderly"
    synonyms:safekeeping, supervision, custody, charge, protection, control, responsibility; More
    guardianship, wardship

    "the care of the child"
    help, aid, assistance, succor, support;
    concern, consideration, thought, regard, solicitude;

    "care for the elderly"
    antonyms:neglect, disregard
  2. 2.
    serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk.

    "he planned his departure with great care"
    synonyms:caution, carefulness, heedfulness, heed, attention, attentiveness More

    "handle with care"
    discretion, judiciousness, forethought, thought, regard, heed, mindfulness;
    accuracy, precision, discrimination

    "she chose her words with care"
    • an object of concern or attention.
      plural noun: cares

      "the cares of family life"
    • a feeling of or occasion for anxiety.

      "she was driving along without a care in the world"
      synonyms:worry, anxiety, trouble, concern, stress, pressure, strain; More
      sorrow, woe, hardship

      "the cares of the day"
verb: care; 3rd person present: cares; past tense: cared; past participle: cared; gerund or present participle: caring
  1. feel concern or interest; attach importance to something.

    "they don't care about human life"
    synonyms:be concerned, worry (oneself), trouble oneself, concern oneself, bother, mind, be interested; More
    informalgive a damn, give a hoot

    "the teachers didn't care about our work"
    • feel affection or liking.

      "you care very deeply for him"
      synonyms:love, be fond of, be devoted to, treasure, adore, dote on, think the world of, worship, idolize

      "he cares for his children"
    • like or be willing to do or have something.

      "would you care for some tea?"
      synonyms:like, want, desire, fancy, feel like

      "would you care for a cup of coffee?"
  2. look after and provide for the needs of.

    "he has numerous animals to care for"
    synonyms:look after, take care of, tend (to), attend to, minister to, nurse;

Dec 8, 2017

Assorted Photographs

Six inches of snow is expected here in South Jersey.
It is very cold and damp out so we will see what develops. Since we live so close to the Delmarva area (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia are very close to us) we get their weather more often than not. We all have the somewhat the same accent as well.
Wikipedia says:
The culture on Delmarva is starkly different from the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region and is
much like that of the Southern United States. Many Delmarva counties are much more conservative than the "mainland" counties of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia
Delmarva is driven by agriculture and commercial fishing. Most of the land is rural, and there are only a few large population centers.
Many dialect studies show that Delmarva residents have a variation of Southern American English which is particularly prevalent in rural areas.
Where do you live?

Meanwhile, here are a bunch of photos to share on Friday Foto Friends.

My daughter is barely 5'2". The tiny lady beside her is her Grandma. 'Right now she is in a coma and recovering from a brain anuerysm. I am asking for prayers on her behalf. This  wonderful woman is mother of 10 and grandmother of more than 50 grandchildren ( I lost count) and many more great grands who need her badly.This photo was taken in Salt Lake City on a visit home.  She is the glue that holds this huge family together. We need her so much.

Hurricane Sandy beat us up pretty good, but we are Jersey Strong.Things are still not back to normal though.

I am one of those Photoshop weirdos who like to make cartoons out of photos. Like this one here.

The President retweeted me. Of course he did he knows who really runs this place.

Autumn on the lagoon.

Me and my daughter at Scottish Games at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Photo quality grew by leaps and bounds in a few short years. This was a disposable camera that was aleady old when the photo was taken.Then the photo sat in the camera for a long time. So its not the best quality.

beyond the fence...

taken with my phone at the end of the day a few weeks ago
Moss in the yard

Dec 5, 2017


“A quarter past three," she exclaimed, catching sight of the bedside clock. "What a time to be drinking tea!"
"Anytime," Harold told her, "is time to be drinking tea.”
― Miss Read

Dec 4, 2017

Adventure of the Day..

Toni puts up a new adventure each week for us and I am joining in again this week. It's fun to read the answers people dream up for the stories she creates.

Visit Toni
click to visit and join in

The Seaside Lodge

1.   On a vacation at a private seaside lodge, I decide to jog along the seashore and up
ahead I see what looks like a cave in the rocks ahead. I jog to the cave and see that it is a huge cavern that I never knew existed. Since it is low tide, I think I might take a chance at going inside. As I approach the entrance I am more and more hesitant to go inside.
What if I get trapped in there.  
I decide I will not go far inside.

2.   Once in the cave I wait for my eyes to adjust and along the wall in front of me I see a flashlight, using it I walk slowly and I suddenly come to a huge mural painted on the wall.
Mermaids and dolphins are shown playing in the waves along the shore. It is lovely and because of the mica in the rock the mural sparkles as the light plays along it.

3.   With wonder and awe I continue staring at the painting until I hear some quiet laughter coming from another passage of the cave.
I walk toward it and see steps going up. Climbing them I find another large room and there are mermaids and dolphins in a large pool talking, laughing and playing.
They have not seen me so I walk down the stairs and back to the beach outside. It is better not to disturb what I saw, best not to go there again too.

4.   Upon leaving the cave and replacing the flashlight I gather my thoughts and think
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy (science or learning)." Hamlet Act 1

Did you have to study Shakespeare in high school like we did?  We did several plays each of the four years and had to learn soliliquys from them to recite. It was a major portion of our English classes.

Dec 3, 2017

Fish Chowder

Point Pleasant, New Jersey

Pamela asked if I have a chowder recipe and yes, I do!
So, I am posting the fish chowder recipe and a fish recipe that is very nice too.
 I eat a lot of fish and buy it locally from the fishermen in Point Pleasant beach, fresh from the day's catch, but if I don't get there, I use fish from the local grocer. But the difference in freshly caught and store bought is night and day.

Now that Pam mentioned the chowder I am going to make some tomorrow night. I went to buy the fish tonight.
When I was a little girl I used to help my mother cut up the fish for chowder.


1 Tablespoon of sweet butter (adjust to your liking)
large chopped yellow onion
2 really large potatoes cut in little cubes
2 cloves of garlic chopped
6 cups of chicken stock
1 1/2 cups  milk but you can also use evaporated milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
{Note: instead of the milk plus the cream I think some have used 2 cups of heavy cream}
8 oz can of stewed tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste
2 pounds of Halibut or Cod in 1 inch cubes
2 shredded carrots
1/2 cup of  sharp cheddar cheese (adjust amount to suit yourself)
pinch of red pepper flakes if you like very spicy food.    I leave it out.

By the way you can add a cup of sweet corn if you like as well and if you don't like the idea of stewed tomato you can substitute the corn for the tomato.

 Making the Soup

In a soup pot, melt the butter and saute the onion until clear. (If you like celery in a chowder you can add that as well if you wish
Add potatoes and garlic and cook until the potatoes are slightly tender and this will take about 10 minutes (don't cook the potatoes completely as they will cook more in the soup).

Pour in the chicken stock, tomatoes, carrots and bring this up to a boil then reduce to a low medium and simmer for around 10 minutes more.
After the 10 mins, add the cream and milk combo and you can now season it with salt and pepper to your taste.
Cook this until your fish is flaky and all transparency in the fish is gone.
While hot stir in the cheddar cheese.
Now you can season with a pinch of red pepper if you like it hot and spicy (I don't)

If you think this is not thick enough you can thicken it with cornstarch but I like it as it is.


Fish Vera Cruz

This recipe comes from an old Avon cook book I have. It is a really nice recipe for fish.

  Give it a try and let us know what you think would you please?

You are going to need :

About 2 pounds of fresh or frozen red snapper filets. You can use flounder or cod too, your call, but snapper is traditional with this. You need enough for about 6 people . Try to buy locally and make sure your fish is fresh if you can get it.  Coastal states will have no problem with that.

2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
1 pound of tomatoes that you core, seed and chop fine. It should be about 3 cups worth of chopped tomato.
1 1/2 cups of finely chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 tablespoon of snipped parsley
1 tablespoon of fresh snipped mint (dry if you have to)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small jar of jalapeno peppers rinsed, seeded and chopped fine . If you dont like hot pepper use green chilies.
1/4 cup of pimento stuffed green olives
1 tablespoon of capers
1 large bay leaf
1 tablespoon of snipped fresh thyme.

How to make it:

Take your fish, fresh of thawed and sprinkle with a bit of salt and then drizzle on the olive oil and set the filets aside.
In a 12 inch skillet you will cook the tomatoes, onion, garlic, mint, parsley in some olive oil til the onion is tender but not browned.
Now add your jalapeno or chilies, the capers , bay leaf and thyme and your olives (sliced olives are nicer I think)
Cover and heat til it boils.
Now add your fish , lower the heat and simmer covered for about 10 to 15 minutes til the fish is flakey.
When done place the fish on a plate and arrange the vegetables on top of it in a pleasing manner.Throw out your bay leaf.
Take the liquid from the cooking and bring back to boil after removing veggies and fish and reduce it . Takes about 3 minutes. You can use this to pour over the fish .
Garnish with parsley , capers and more olives.
It will serve 6 to 8 people nicely

A good side dish with this is always rice and a cheesy rice goes very nicely. A crispy lettuce and tomato salad are excellant alongside this.

Add some lime or lemon wedges to the plate for extra flavor if you like.

Dec 1, 2017

Walk Around the Neighborhood

Another Friday Foto Friends at Debbie's

While my neighborhood is little, there are 3 marinas in walking distance of my house.
Boats are more common than cars I think.
I live 3 blocks from the water, and about 8 to 9 blocks from the deep open bay, and a few feet from 4 different creeks that empty into the bay.

Come along with me for a little walk around my neighborhood. 

The water has moods and changes color depending on the time of day and the weather

Dogs like to walk on the sand by the bay

Straight ahead as you look at the photo, under the sky there, is the open bay.And it is to the right. It is a peninsula so you are surrounded.  We don't have sidewalks here but don't stray too far off, to the side is salt marsh

Phragmites grows like crazy all over the place. It gets very very tall. It is green in summer, wheat colored in fall and winter.

I think the phragmites adds a pretty furry touch to the woods.   I like these muted autumn colors a lot.

It is way over my head. I like the oatmeal color.
Garnet Sand. Crushed garnets color sand a purplish hue sometimes. I highlighted it in Photoshop so you could see it as it didn't come through clearly in the original photo but its there.

Taken in late summer, but all that has changed is the color of the phragmites

I like to sit on the dock here and watch the boat go by especially as the evening draws  in.
Now we can have lunch together.

Nov 28, 2017

Remembering David Yeagley...

I am thinking of David Yeagley today.  Actually, I think of him very often and listen to his music, hear his speak on YouTube, read his essays.
He was one of the greatest men I know of and I want to introduce you to him.
Dr. David Yeagley
He has been gone from us since 2014 but to me, it seems an eternity without his voice and his wisdom.
He taught me so much.  He taught much about patience and steadfast love and courage and so today I celebrate his life and mourn the loss to the world of this great light.

David was Comanche,  Seventh Day Adventist, and as one called him, "an American Leonardo Da Vinci".    That is no exaggeration at all.
He graduated from Oberlin College, Hart School of Music, Emory University, Yale Divinity School and the University of Arizona and held a doctorate degree.
He was a professor of humanities and literature, a composer of classical music, a painter of portraits, an expert on Persia and so much more. He was brilliant as few are in the world. Absolutely brilliant. A humble, clear thinker, a man of deep kindness, love and bravery who stood up to evil.  Above all, he was a lover of God and of this nation. A true patriot son of America.

The great-grandson of Comanche leader Bad Eagle, David was himself a leader of men in many ways.  His biblical knowledge was amazing.   His soul bright and an inspiration to all who knew him. Even his enemies must rise up and salute him.
And he had enemies who tried to defame him in every way possible. They fail miserably.
 This nation, this world, will not see his like again anytime soon.

When you listen to his composition from Soul III, called Intervention, you will hear strong deep tones of the human soul in need of intervention from above.  And then a quiet answer to that minor chord with a lighter major chord. The intervention of God in redeeming the human soul is quiet and positive.
While the soul fights and its notes get heavier, the quiet answers never cease.
This is only a small sampling of his many classical compositions.

Get to know David Yeagley.        It will do you good in so many ways.
I also encourage you to read  this lovely post on him.

Nov 24, 2017

Post Thanksgiving

Really, there should never be a 'post' Thanksgiving.
We should be thankful every day of the year.

But it is a good thing to have a day set aside to remember from where our blessings originate and to make a public announcement of it throughout the whole nation.
Football and black Friday idiocy aside, there are those whose focus is on the One who, as it says, "You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing."

Why do we pray two times for each meal, before and after?
It says, "The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof". Therefore you steal if you eat without thanking your Maker. All things are His. We thank Him for it before we eat.

And after a meal we say grace because it says, “And you shall eat and be satisfied, and  you will bless your God for the good land which God has given you.”
It isn't a suggestion. It says "you will".
Today I am joining with Debbie's Friday Foto Friends.

 We are thankful for the beauty of the earth.

Trees are losing their color but Cedars and Pines stay green all year and the back bay area changes little.Deer munch on the grass, rabbits line their homes for winter, mink and otter swim a little less it seems and fish cease jumping as the water grows colder.

The open bay is just ahead

Thanksgiving place setting. Plates from Home Goods for 3.99 each. The silverware is by Wallace in Spanish Lace which I got as a  gift from my parents.

Crumbly Pumpkin Pie.
I realized I had made typos and mistakes in the recipe I gave here and corrected it. The recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk.  I used regular evaporated milk and had to add sugar and pumpkin pie speces to correct that. Kept tasting until I got it just right.
While this pie is nice, I still like the regular kind found on the Libby's pumpkin pie can the best.

The worst part of Thanksgiving is waiting hours after the meal  to eat dessert.  We eat the meal in the early afternoon and have dessert later that night.