Thursday, November 30, 2017

Where Was My Camera Today?

There was a very heavy frost this morning, but we ended up in the 40s.

 After chores I rushed to take a shower and get down to Brockport for a meeting that wasn't.
Wrong week. It was not far from Agape, so I went there in my non-workout clothes and put in about half an hour.  Extra, since I am going Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
 I took it easy this afternoon and did some reading while Gary went to an appointment regarding the upcoming surgery on his knee.  It's a good thing he is almost finished with room #3.  He thinks he's going to be up and back to work in no time....ha ha!  I had this surgery 10 years before my knee replacement and had no physical therapy, but it did take awhile for the swelling to go down before I was back out in the barn.  It sounds like the procedure is quite different now.
Who knows.
Dinner was leftover corn chowder and this time I made grilled cheese sandwiches 
with roasted red peppers as the side.
Unfortunately I have to go back out for a 7:30 meeting.
No time for a cozy fire.
Night all.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Another Great Panel Discussion at SUNY Brockport

Another beautiful sunrise.
The temperature steadily dropped all day long.
 Gary left early for yoga, so both dogs stayed in the barn with me this morning.

 I'm so glad we mowed the lawn's looking pristine.

 By 8:45 I was down at the college as this was the day for another one of our panel discussions.
Many of you already know about this.
 A friend, Pam Haibach, teaches a class called "Physical Activity in Adulthood"
and I have been organizing groups of "seniors" to join me for this excellent experience.
 I can't remember how many times we have done this...maybe 7 or 8.
 We start out introducing ourselves.
 Today, our age range was from 58 to 84.  I think the students are very surprised
at how active we are...not only physically, but as seniors with many interests who participate
in our communities on all levels.
 After that, the students have the opportunity to ask us questions.
Here's an example.
"What would you say you know now about living a happy and successful life?  What advice do you have for us (the class) to live long healthy lives."
All eight of us had something different to say and I think the students were given
some great advice.
 Finally, we join the students and are able to get to know more about each other.
 I truly believe that it is a meaningful experience for all of us
 and we always wish we had more time.

 This is Rosie Rich.  The room we meet in (The Eagles Look Out) is dedicated to her husband who passed away 6 years ago.  Ironic that would meet there.
 I was back home before 10:30 and
 after lunch I ran a couple errands and dragged myself to Agape.
Now, it is perfectly clear to me....why it's better to go in the morning.
By the afternoon I just want to take a nap.
 I did not get home until 4 and the sun was doing it's thing in the living room and library.
So mellow.

 About dinner tonight...
I made the best batch of corn chowder....ever.
 First I sauteed 8 diced slices of bacon.
Then added celery, onions and carrots.

 Once everything was soft, I threw in 3 cups of chicken stock, 3 cans of corn, 3 diced potatoes, a couple tablespoons of diced, roasted red peppers, salt, pepper and paprika.
 Brought that to a boil then covered and simmered for about 25 minutes.
Then, I put a couple of cups in the food processor with a heaping tablespoon of flour and
added that mixture to the soup for thickening.  The last thing I added was 1 cup of half and half.
Out of this world!  And so easy.
 Served it with a side of apples, extra sharp cheddar cheese and organic 7 grain bread.
 Try it...guaranteed you will like it.
Night all.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


What an amazing day!  64 degrees!

 No blankets on the girls today!

 Class at 10:30.
 Little Wonder was very happy to see his best friend, Pam.

 Carina is back to making bread and made a delivery to class.
She brought along her sweet baby girl, Naomi.
 We are all trying to decide what we want to order for the holidays.

 The cats, dogs and horses were loving the sunshine.
After lunch I mowed the lawn for the last time.
Below is the garlic Gary planted this year. 
600 instead of 3000.  Much more manageable.

 A perfect way to mulch the leaves.
 At 4 I stopped at Wegmans on my way to get a haircut.
By the time I left, the sun was setting.

 The lights were already on when I drove through the village.
 Pizza for dinner, and then I drove back to Brockport for a Town Board meeting.
 Christmas lights are going up all over the place.

Night all.