|My favorite Meissen figure - I thought to pass it down, but I'm keeping it for now.|
Friday, December 14, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018
|Cute, but I'll pass on this.|
But I’ve digressed. No matter the day on the calendar, you know Christmas is near when they begin to trot out the old TV ads for fancy watches, Norelco shavers, the Clapper, and, good grief, Chia Pets. Now they’ve gone beyond the sheep and other animals and made one like Bob Ross’s fuzzy head, one like our POTUS, and several other equally ugly versions. I’ve never given or received a Chia Pet – I hope things stay this way.
|That little red one is mine!|
Friday, November 30, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018
At a community meeting this morning, she handed me a little paper bag. In it were some marvelous snickerdoodles and her recipe for them. She baked them for me because she'd read in a recent posting of mine that I'd never tasted a snickerdoodle. Now I have, and they are delicious! (and they are all gone - one for a friend, one for my husband, the rest for me as lunch. The recipe will become part of my cookie repertoire. I'm still not sure I want my ice cream to taste like chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles - there's nothing like the real thing - I've got to have that crunch.
Friday, November 9, 2018
|The McLaren brakes look like they'd stop a speeding train on a dime.|
Friday, November 2, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
This spooky asterism is Arp 272, colliding galaxies 450 million light year away. Even that fact is spooky. I like to collect some of the more spectacular pictures that come from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day This one is from September 11, 2011. The one below is from September 11, 2018. If you're like me and really don't love unenclosed heights, this picture is scary too.
|The Troll's Tongue - where else but Norway.|
Friday, October 26, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Hurricane Michael has left a huge mess down in Florida, and has come barreling north-east. Above is a screenshot of the predicted storm path over us here in a few hours. As with the late, unlamented Florence, we're ready as we can be. And as with the late, unlamented Florence, I doubt we'll experience much more than wind and rain. At least we had some practice in getting ready for the storm.
I can't begin to comprehend how people handle the total destruction of their homes and livelihoods by wind and water. I think it's time for coastal civilizations to move inland or underground. I can't begin to comprehend that either.
Meanwhile - Michael will head out, jet-propelled, and bother the folks in Europe early next week. I hope he's quieted down by the time he gets there.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018
pie on toast! Yum.)
|Poor guy, can't find his dentures.|
|The Curmudgeon has spoken, and I am|
unanimous in this!
Friday, September 21, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
|We're just above that Ssc in South Carolina - just where the state indents at Charlotte.|
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Well here it is Sunday, and once again I forgot to post to my blog. I've got two "canned" articles, one already posted on the Charlotte Seniors website, one for the magazine, but I've even forgotten them. (I just had to look them up in my "To Be Posted" folder to remember what they were.)
My week has been busy with a few meetings, some writing, some editing, and a lot of research for a new community council. I'm researching other "55+" communities to find out what they mean if or when they use the word "Lifestyle." That's neither here nor there, and I won't go into that part of what I found, but I did find that this community where I live, Sun City Carolina Lakes, looks to me to be one of the best such communities in the country. Last year we were nowhere to be found on the "55 Best" list. This year we are No. 22. We're on a roll!
Another thing I'm discovering is that no other such community I researched has anywhere near the quality of magazine our group produces. Most have advertisement-heavy magazines, most being produced by management or a company that puts out such publications. They are, of course, money makers for their communities, but so what? They are all monthly, so they can't be too timely. They give a wee bit of news as to what's going on, and, every month, relist things like community management and governance information, description of all the available recreation, clubs, and activities, and, in general, are boring.
I am very proud of our publication. It is produced by community residents. It isn't a money-maker, far from it, but so what? It isn't boring - there's a lot to enjoy in it. We are now online. If you'd like to see it, go here and look at our latest issue, September. It's the Tenth Anniversary issue of Living@Sun City Carolina Lakes, and it's a good one.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
|Our Texas bluebonnet are here!|
- 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces) (I used one boule)
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cup milk
- 1 cup half and half
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash salt
- Praline Topping, recipe follows
- Maple syrup
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans (used 1 ½ lbs. because that’s the way the pieces were packaged – who doesn’t want more pecans!)
- 1 Tbsp. flour
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup(optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg