May 28, 2017

Sunday Salon

A nice spring day after many days of rain and thunderstorms and a bit of coastal flooding to add a bit of drama to the mix, requires a bit of Sunday Salon to round out the week.
And a new recipe is posted (finally) at Rock & Roll Cafe.

Time: 3:30PM

Scene My office... a third bedroom in my house which I broke through to the living room.
An Ikea Kallex bookcase separates it from the entry way now.
My phone keeps going off with warnings for coastal flooding.. ugh.

 Today's Plan: Work on my blog, some painting, perhaps attempt washing the floors. Washing the floors is a huge job for me since I am disabled and not able to bend, lift or twist. I have to be really careful.

Drinking Gevalia coffee. The Swedes make it and Nordic people love their coffee!

Listening to: Seagulls, birds,breezes ruffling the some plants and trees, tubular wind chimes outdoors, glass chimes tinkling in the window.

Reading/Watching: I began to watch All for Love on the Hallmark channel until I realized it was just a repeat and not the sequel. I missed the sequel and want to see that. I turned off the TV and came to the computer. I will probably watch some documentaries on YouTube.

 Pondering  The life I live.
 I get so many comments on the beauty of where I live that it gave me pause. Do I appreciate it enough?  I think I do.

 I live in a very small house in great need of work. Hurricane Sandy did a number on it and there is still work to be done. I am proud that I keep the place neat, orderly and clean most of the time.
 I follow the McDonald's concept of cleaning up as you go and it pays off big time. This can be hard if my spine hurts but I do it anyway. Just ask my friend Katy who comments here. She is a neighbor and knows its true.

I am a block from water if I walk through the woods.
The bay is within walking distance for me.
I would never want to be directly on the water.   As close as I am is dangerous enough when nor'easters or hurricanes come. The bay can get huge waves during a serious storm.
Taxes on beach front homes are enormous as well.

A system of creeks surround me and drain into the bay. They are filled with otter, mink, deer , bobcat and other critters.
The bay is a good source of blue shell crab.

I am blessed to live here because I love the ocean/bay and have since I was a child.
I love the scent of the ocean and the cedars and pines.

However, I have learned that no matter where you live there is beauty all around you if you just look.
In a town ,in a city, in the mountains, desert, by the ocean, it doesn't matter. There is beauty in the place , the sky , nature and the people who live there.

Here are some photos taken this week in my neighborhood along the bay.
As always click on them to enlarge to full size.
All photos taken on the same day with my phone which is a Nexus 5X, Android 7.1.2.

All this gravely sand was brought in after Sandy to replace our beautiful white sugar sand.  In time the sugar sand will return  :)

Out shopping

neighborhood gazebo

May 27, 2017

In The Eye Abides the Heart

This eye belongs to the Famous Anonymous Kid

In the eye abides the heart.
Every pure and tender feeling,
All emotions worth revealing,
Through the eyes their charm impart.
Words are often clothed in guile;
For the lips with fear may falter:
E'en confiding smiles may alter
Oh! believe not in a smile!
'Tis the eye unveils the heart.
Every pure and tender feeling,
All emotions worth revealing,
To the eyes their glow impart.

If thy bosom heaves a sigh
For a fair and cherished maiden,
Though her voice with love be laden,
Mark the language of her eye
There each impulse of her soul
Beams for thee in truth and candor;
There her secret passions wander,
There remain beyond control.
'Tis the eye unveils the heart.
Every pure and tender feeling,
All emotions worth revealing,
To the eyes their glow impart.
(Franz von Kobell, translated by Stephen Foster in 1851)

And I thought I would join in the Saturday 9 at Nonnie's.

1) Memorial Day was introduced after the Civil War. War memorials, as well as the graves of veterans, are to be decorated with flags and flowers on this day to show our appreciation. Is there a war memorial in your neighborhood?

Yes. A world war I veteran on a pedestal, a Vietnam memorial and a Revolution war memorial at a site of a roadside hospital that was there in the Revolutionary war.

2) Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, was in office the first time Memorial Day (then called Decoration Day) was celebrated. Have you ever met one of our 45 Presidents?

Yes, President Eisenhower just before he passed away, Richard Nixon, and my daughter is the 6th cousin of Jimmy Carter on her father's side and they have huge reunions for relations.

3) According to the AAA, 36 million Americans will hit the road this weekend and drive more than 50 miles. Will you be traveling far from home this weekend?

No. I live in tourist country and people come to us from Memorial day to Labor  Day.

4) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What’s your favorite picnic food?

Sandwiches and Kettle chips.

5) Have you packed away your winter clothes?
Or is the weather still so changeable that you still may need something warm?
it has been chilly here and weather changes. But, I don't have a house big enough to store anything away.  Everything I own is in my tiny closet. You know the kind one of those itty bitty old house closets that are barely as deep as a hanger and only 32 inches wide.

6) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on?
I use a fan in the bedroom year round to circulate air. But last night the heat was on for a bit.

7) This week, we are featuring the Muppets. Jim Henson made the first Muppet out of an old coat, and he used ping pong balls for the eyes. Do you have a talent for do-it-yourself/arts and crafts projects?

Yes. I enjoy making all kinds of things from woolen afghans to wreaths and table decorations.

8) Random question: Think of the last thing you bought. Did you get a good deal?
Yes. I shop a lot at TJ Maxx and Home Goods.

9) What song or a performer would you like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer?
Beethoven or Mozart perhaps.

That's it for now.. have an enjoyable day.
(posted ahead of time)

May 26, 2017

Along the Bay

Happy Friday friends.
Once again I will join with Debbie for Friday Foto Friends with this compilation of photos I have taken along the bay where I live.
I hope you enjoy them and I hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend.
I will have another post up tomorrow morning around 10:30.

flowing out into the bay
Storm coming over Barnegat
I like standing here and watching nature.
View of the bay
Sunset at the cove

May 23, 2017

Day Book Entry....

Simple Woman's Day Book

Looking out my window

The day is gray, 65F, rain puddles everywhere

I am thinking

About tonight. Dinner with my girls for Pretty Little Liars
The show is in the home stretch after all these years! 

I am thankful

To have something to look forward to
and that I feel pretty okay today.

Unthankful for:

Comcast which is as slow as dial up today!

One of my favorite things

rainy days and a cup of hot tea or coffee... 
Gevalia for coffee and Barry's Irish for tea
if you enlarge this you will see the lighthouse in the
You can see the water takes on the gray of the sky. sorry for poor quality of this photo.

I am creating

a clean, comfortable home.
I am wearing:  
 denim, lavender tee shirt that says "Jersey Shore", Puma running shoes

I am watching / listening to
Will be watching Pretty Little Liars with the girls tonight.
Listening to music from the 50's.. easy listening kind

I am learning:
 about myself and things I need to change

In my kitchen

Tonight will be Rigatoni with Ricotta cheese and tomato sauce

For dessert, chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting 

In my garden:
Rugosa or beach roses

beach roses come in white, pink and deep red/pink

Here is the bush. It is huge! One also grow up the chimney on the house

Shared Quote

Leave it to Dorothy 
A moment from my day

Laundry to fold

the older sheets look dingy to me in this photo. Not so much in person though. Hmmm.

Closing Notes

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 Try to be less severe in your judgement of yourself .

Others aren't judging you any where near as much as you judge yourself.