Monday, November 28, 2016

Almost December

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.  We had a lovely Thanksgiving. We had guests and it was nice meeting and having a meal with new people. It made me remember how nice it is to share our house and home with others. Christmas this year will be at Emilie's. I am looking forward to that. It seems like the holidays are so huge in my mind so sharing holidays with the girls is going to be a nice tradition to start. Passing of the baton.

Emilie wanted to do the table for us this year. Her name means artistic. She is just that. She can take anything and turn it into something so pretty.

I hurt my back of course, on Sunday before Thanksgiving. Sunday morning I noticed that one of my silkie's had a piece of grass wrapped around her beak. I had a pretty hard time catching her because they are fast little chickens. I caught her but as I was walking back up to the house, I knew I had done something I shouldn't have. By Monday and Tuesday I could hardly move.
I was starting to get panicky. I knew that if I just never sat down I could keep going. So that is what I did, I just didn't sit. I made it and even though I still walk like a egg bound hen, I am much better today.

  I had to share this picture of three of my girls minus Kessie. This is me with Megan on the left, Emilie in the middle and Makenzie on the right. I love my girls. They jumped in and helped me with everything. I guess its good to not be able to do it all myself, because they just amaze me and dinner for 17 was a breeze. I am so thankful for them. Ron cooked the turkey so that really was the biggest part. I love them all and getting to add to the family bit by bit is such a dream come true for me. I still pinch myself to think that we have come so far in such a short amount of time.

It was a great weekend, and now onto Christmas. I wish you all the best this week. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Blessings from me to you,

“My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

With A Grateful Heart

I just wanted to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I feel very blessed and so happy to be here right now. I have lots of preparation to do today. I feel like every thing in my house is holding its breath for the whirl-wind that will be me shortly. As soon as my cream cheese gets soft. My butter gets warm. My brine for my turkey cools. Lots and lots of things to do. My dishes are waiting on the dining room table for Emilie to come and decorate the table. Putting in the leaves and moving chairs. All of it I am thankful for and thankful that we have cold weather with rain in the forecast. Living in California, there is all of that sunshine.

Cranberry Bliss Bars
I have had computer issues this week. I made these Cranberry Bliss Bars last week. I wanted to show you the picture. They are wonderful with a cup of coffee and pretty easy to make. The recipe is in the link under the picture. I think they are so dressy and I know I will fix them for Christmas. I love cranberries.

 Here is the restored motor to the windmill. Ben brought it over this last weekend. Didn't he do a grand job?

Here is the before.

Now it all works and he even made the parts for it. He just amazes me. When he was a little boy, he would spend hours in the garage with a grinder on his Dad's work bench turning old scooters into swords. Now he does this and lots of other things. His knives are incredible. So in 2017 the goal is to get that derrick made and the windmill up. One thing at a time.

 I loved this picture of Ron, Ben and a couple of the boys. Three generations right here.

So today, I am thankful I have a nice kitchen to cook in and I don't have to cook outside. I loved this picture because I have my iron pot like this and I really do need it brought up and hanging from a tri-pod someday.
It was Ron's great grandmothers and she always made her soap in the front yard so she could talk to people walking by. I just loved that. I am very blessed I think.

I didn't have to come here on a boat, nor have I suffered the deprivations that my family endured to come here and to have freedom to have the life I live today.

I wish you the best of days. I know we will eat and not be able to move. The list of pies and goodies that people are bringing continues to grow.

So from my heart to yours
Happy Thanksgiving!


Psalm 100

 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!

 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing!

 Know ye that the Lord, He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves. We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise! Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name!

 For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Remember Me?

Hello there! Maybe I should introduce myself since I have been gone so long. My name is Kim and I used to  be a blogger. Now I seem to go on longer and longer hiatus. I blame the election. I got all caught up into it. Now I am trying to make it back to normal. It has been one of those months it seems. Our fridge went out, our garage door blew a spring. William and Makenzie and Kessie and Ryan, the marrieds moved. Our oldest daughter and her family even moved to a new town.

Emilie and Nik  the other marrieds were in Hawaii. Ron has worked non-stop for weeks and is booked up until Christmas. Which is good because the first of the year, they had cut his hours so much. Its just never ending sometimes don't you think? Ben and Megan have been going ninety miles an hour, and Ben somehow  managed to find time to finish the motor on the windmill. Its really purty. I will take pictures of it when the motor comes home. Next will be to get the derrick built and to put it up. What a dream come true that will be. Then I suppose you will see nothing but pictures of that windmill. You know this is a blog about a field of dreams. Having that windmill, is the biggest dream I have ever dreamed in my whole life.

Remember when we brought it home?

That is what I have stared at for years and years. I think it was moved there when I was four years old.

If you click on that last picture it says 1915. Its 101 years old. That is the motor Ben redid and now it is red and black and looks brand new. I told him he never has to buy me another present as long as I live. You know what? I have the most amazing kids. Not a single dud in the bunch!! Oh the goodness of God to me and Ron.

I did manage to finish my turkey rug. The pattern is from Falloween Threads by Need'l Love. So glad I got it finished before Thanksgiving. Its colder now so I am getting my hooking and stitching mojo back Yay, I was afraid it was gone forever.

Its a beautiful day here today. The air has the right feel for November. The beauty continues to amaze me and fill me with Thankfulness. I noticed my bulbs are coming up already. Bulbs are such surprise gifts. My two youngest grand daughters have birthdays coming up. They are going to be one and three. Time sure goes by fast. Do you want to see the picture Makenzie got for me?

Since we painted I have been very slow about getting things back on the wall. When everyone was here in May, we had this picture taken by Makenzie. She had it blown up and now its on the wall. I had the sign in my shed. I would have to say that picture defines my life. I still can't believe that this is because Ron and I started a life together. I need to put a another sign that says under construction/ work in progress.

Anyway bragged way to much in the post. I never start out to write a bragging post. There has just been so much bad news it seems. I just wanted to remind myself of the good things going on around here and things to be thankful of. Things I forget watching the news.

I hope you have a lovely day and thank you so very much for stopping by and taking the time out of your busy day to read my blog. I appreciate each and every one.


“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnack

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Today is the first day of November. How fast the time if going don't you think? Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Have you watched Poldark? I was wondering if anyone has read the books by Graham Winston? I always think of myself as pretty well read, how is it I have got this far in life and have never even heard of these books. I don't recommend very much here but we finished the first season last night. I am enchanted. There is nothing in there that makes you want to poke out your eyes. The first season is on Amazon Prime for free. Its on Masterpiece now on Sunday nights. Anyway that is my commercial.

Here is my rug. It took me almost two weeks to get it bound. Its a big rug. I didn't work on it when I first got sick. I am still having a hard time shaking it. Gosh, I hate getting sick now. I loose all of my momentum.

I am working on a turkey rug. I sat out yesterday in the late afternoon. The sun was shining through the trees. The light was golden and warm. I noticed that we have a new bird singing in the trees in the back. I couldn't place the the bird song. The wind was dancing through the tree tops and the sky was all so blue. Now that November is here, the clouds will come flying by rigged as sailing ships in full sail. The fogs of November will return. The ghost smells of burning leaves and the sounds of children laughing as they jump into leaf piles. Now it is too cold for little bare feet and shoes must be worn with coats. All of the sweet memories of fall came to me as I sat and hooked my rug watching the golden light as the sun faded from the sky. Have you noticed how fast the sun sets now?

I hope that this first day of November finds you well and the leaves still have some color. I hope the air is filled with the smells of fall.
Blessings from my heart to yours,

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
― Clyde Watson