Monthly Archives: May 2012

A TUMBLE AND CHANGE..

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By now most of you know I had a little tumble and fall accident this past week. I am still recovering from it, funny how something small can change your whole life.

    Talk about ..    

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

Robert Frost
 I recently had a chance to change things up some and maybe take myself in a new direction. I was going to try to take a chance anyway. Then I fell, and when I did,  I saw stars..well at least I think that’s what they were. That pain was something I hadn’t ever  felt before. I have fallen many time in my life, but  I immediately thought..OH now you have really broken it!  No, the kneecap wasn’t broken but the whole thing is bruised and I was LUCKY!! So lucky. It made me take note of what limitations I have at this time of my life. So some plans had to change and I am left to sit around  healing up and trying to keep a positive spin on things.
 First time I had driven around in the car was yesterday. I was very careful for sure. Nothing like tweaking that thing over again, especially when you are away from home. Wearing a velcro elastic brace on it just to keep it in line. Trip to the store was even longer than I expected. Had forgotten how long and tired a trip it can be for someone who is disabled,  I felt pretty give out by the time I got home. I just have to take it easy for a while. I find climbing steps a real challenge but I know it will be better day by day.  One step at a time. 
 I still cannot believe Memorial day weekend is coming soon.. I hope you all have a safe and happy one.

SUPER MOON

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MOON CHILD.. one who is born under the sign of Cancer. Influenced by its phases. Yes, I think that is what has happened to me over the past few days. I have been restless and unable to focus and sleep. The SUPER MOON being closer to earth right now, in its full phase, than any other time in the year has seen to that. It was very overcast last night and any photo I would have taken would have looked like nothing at all. I instead went on a search to see what others in the world had posted. I was pleasantly amazed at how others see the moon and how they photograph it. Some use other things in the photo, some use black and white, some use people and landscapes. It’s all good though..it’s earth’s moon. If you do a Google or Bing image search you will see what I mean. How do you choose a photo? Just one?  Well I really chose two.. One shows people watching the moon rise in Ft Lauderdale Florida on a pier. I was drawn to it by the water in the photo..I would have taken a shot with the water in it like that. The other photo is a more serene one from Grand Junction Colorado..kayaking on the Colorado river.  Both photos were posted on HUFFINGTON’S POST.

WAY BACK WHEN

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I clicked on a link at Facebook and boy was I happy to see this site. It takes us all back to the the 60’s when things were so much more simple and relaxed. As I read the content, boy I had to agree with just about everything on it. I remembered my mother using that coke bottle with a stopper on it and sprinkling laundry to iron them.


 I used to love the smell of freshly ironed clothes. Mom had the same wooden ironing board until we had to sell the contents of the house and the board never sold. It remained in the house for the next owner. We had a big old wooden radio in the kitchen that sat on the counter for years. It still worked, but was replaced with a microwave oven. Not sure where the radio went, but wish I still had it now..it would be worth more than it was then. 

So many new conveniences that make our lives easier, or do they? I can remember it taking all day for mom to make a big pot of soup and her tending to it ..made the house smell so wonderful. Now the crock-pot does that in no time and it tastes similar but not really the same. Did your family ever use Green Stamps? We got them at the local A&P store for groceries we bought. I knew we had to go out of town just to redeem them. Mom bought an iron and many other items we needed at home. I can still taste that nasty glue they had on them. Mom made us kids do the licking of the stamps.

Everything is fast now.. the faster the better, some say. I am one to think that slow is better to enjoy every minute of life. Nice to look back on things that really help us see how far we have come along.

HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS A GREAT ONE!!

CAKE OR COOKIE??

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Following my last post..if you had ONLY ONE choice..could only have  O N E  ..would you choose cake or a cookie for your sweet treat? Remember you can’t choose candy.  Hands down, I would choose COOKIE..who needs a whole cake? Some choose their favorite cake like Devil’s food or Lemon but why not have Chocolate Chip FOREVER?? Nothing beats that taste I am thinking. I admit in the past I have even eaten raw cookie dough, but not anymore. Don’t exactly know WHY chocolate chip is sooo incredibly good to so many. Who invented them NESTLE? Why did they call them Toll house? HERE is what I found out..

 Ruth Graves Wakefield graduated from the Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts in 1924. She worked as a dietitian and lectured on food, until, together with her husband she bought a tourist lodge named the Toll House Inn.

Ruth Wakefield prepared the recipes for the meals served to the guests at the Toll House Inn and gained local notoriety for her deserts. One of her favorite recipes was for Butter Drop Do cookies. The recipe called for the use of baker’s chocolate and one day Ruth found herself without the needed ingredient. She substituted a semi-sweet chocolate bar cut up into bits. However, unlike the baker’s chocolate the chopped up chocolate bar did not melt completely, the small pieces only softened.”  YUM!!

  Three guesses who gave her the chocolate bar. YEP.. it was none other than Andrew Nestle. When the recipe became famous and the sale of his chocolate chips went up he struck a deal with Ruth to publish the recipe on the bag of his chocolate chips. Poor Ruth is not well known but Nestle is. At least the TOLL HOUSE name is still on every bag of chips and every product. The original recipe calls for NUTS but with so many allergies it is now optional.

The Toll House Inn burned down in 1984 and was not rebuilt, here is Ruth.. a very pretty lady. What did she get from her famous recipe? A lifetime supply of chocolate chips! Ruth passed away in 1977  at the age of 73.