Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mysterious Springtime

The yellows came early this year, my favorite forsythia bush.
 And the daffodils too!
*notice little Miss Izzy behind the tree*
 *and there she is again*
 And then came VERY cold weather with a frost that caused my daffodils to fall to the ground, and I thought they would die for certain,
 but that hasn't been the case at all.
They continued to look like sunshine, but in a horizontal position unfortunately.
 So my husband watched them for a number of days, thinking that they were goners.
 And now he has tied them up into an upright position again, and they continue to shine.
That's the mystery of springtime.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My New Year

 It's been a 'winterless' winter here in the mountains of southwestern Virginia.
 I can't speak for other areas of our state, but WE have had only four inches of snow, if that, in the early part of the season, but you can hardly call that winter now can you?
 The daffodils began their blooming quite early, as did most of the flowering trees,
and it makes me wonder if summer too will come early with it's warm temperatures, high humidity and worst of all, bugs, snakes, and all that slithers about.
 The blossoms of springtime lift my heart and hopes.
This is my New Year rather than party hats and horns of the last night of December.
These buds are the promise of what a new year is all about.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time Slips Away These Days

I was never a really big fan of Willie Nelson, but when I came across this video of his son singing, well.... it blew my mind to hear the voice of his father coming from his lips.  Ain't that funny?

Time certainly does slip away.
I think about that quite often these days.... must mean I am growing older.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Just Be A Woman

I'm sure SOME women who support Trump will find this video offensive.
The song was written by a young girl using Hillary Clinton's Concession Speech words.
Love her.
Hate her.
That's not important.
Don't be offended by the words simply because they were uttered by Mrs. Clinton, just admit that they are true and important to women.
Lead not with your long held thoughts that a woman must do as she is told by the men of the world,
but rather instead use that fine, kind, intelligent, feminine brain that your god or genetics gave you
and build a fine new generation of women to lead this world to a place of peace and prosperity.

I truly believe that it will be a woman who saves this world from turmoil, filthy air and water, social injustice, disease and all that prior, recent and current men in power have wrought upon us all.
That's not a conservative or a liberal belief,
it's simply the way it is.





Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lifelong Wishes


 Valentine's Day was wonderful.
No special meals or sugary cookie and cake delights,
just cards between us and the flowers he never forgets to order for me.


 The one gift we would have wished to give to one another would have been to move to Australia, something we have dreamed of for a while.... he, for much longer than I have, but his wife at that time in his life put her foot down, not wanting to uproot the children and live down under.

Oh.... to have had that opportunity and experience in life.... I WOULD HAVE LOVED IT!
And I think we would probably still be there to this day.


Considering all that is happening in our country this year, we would pack up and be gone down under in a heartbeat, but once over the age of 50 it is difficult for Australia to be accepting of us.
AND
since we are now a decade and a half beyond 50 years young, I don't see it ever happening.

My husband has an aunt who moved there in the 70's and we are in the process of trying to find her and at least arrange a visit.
Oh, where or where are you, Aunt Kathy??



Friday, February 17, 2017

Birthdays


 Late January through mid-February are our celebration times here at Casa de Sprinkle.
 So, I thought I would share a few photos of what jumped into our bellies.

 There was a chocolate cake, and a bundt cake for a bit of dessert every day, but we froze half of each cake for later this winter.... for a snowy day celebration should we EVER GET SNOW!  That's right, it's been a snowless February and nothing on the future forecast to make us even think we will see any white stuff this month.
Very strange.
 My birthday meal was sort of a jumbalaya... anyway, it had some of those same ingredients, as well as the spice to go along with it.
My husband made a cajun spice mixture from scratch with an Emeril Lagasse recipe found on line.  I had attempted to find a pre-made cajun spice at the store, and when there were none to be found, my husband turned to the internet.
It was pretty tasty, although I expected it to add a bit more of a punch than it did.
 When it comes to any recipe with pasta in it, I'm all over it! 

 His birthday meal was a petit steak, with a side of grilled asparagus sprinkled with his favorite spice mixture, as well as shrimp per my request.  Steak gets too heavy sometimes and shrimp is better for helping to control cholesterol levels.
 A baked potato with a small drop of sour cream went well with the menu too.
 He enjoyed his cards, and I enjoyed my cards.  Any card with a dog on the front always just makes his day.
Woof!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

You Insult Me

 When you insult any person solely based on the color of their skin,
you insult my family.
 You insult me and I become defiant against you and any member of your family who most likely holds those same thoughts, defiant of the government administration you most likely support.
I just thought I'd let you know that.
Something for you to mull over.