Outside my window… a little sun is peeking through beautiful fluffy clouds.

I am thinking… it’s a good day to get some outside projects done.

I am thankful… for my family and their love.

In the kitchen… we have a few more new recipes still brewing for the January’s menu.  I’ll post the successful ones on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

I am wearing… my daily uniform LOL – 515 Levi’s, a cotton weave turtleneck and my favorite hikers.

I am still creating… some Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time.  I’m also creating some new recipes for:

  • Salad w/ Poppy Seed Tarragon Creme Fraiche dressing
  • Baked Potatoes w/ Shallot Corn Butter
  • Tangy Ranch Dressing
  • Kentucky Hot Browns
  • Parmesan Corn Muffins
  • Beef & Barley Stew
  • Cream of Tomato Soup w/ Rice
  • Cream of Vegetable Soup
  • Lemon Tuna Noodle Casserole
  • Country Bistro Dinner
  • Paprika Pot Roast
  • Apricot & Tarragon Pork Chops
  • Pork Chops w/ Roasted Apple & Onions

I am going… to spend the next few days scanning in ALL the VA documents and compose more letters to our congressman in hopes of clearing things up – yay, like that’s going to happen, but I have to follow procedure.  For every step forward we seem to take 3 backwards!

I am wondering… just who to contact next regarding the VA mess.

I am reading

  • Cook’s Illustrated The Science of Good Cooking
  • The 4 Hour Chef
  • 1105 Yakima by Debbie Macomber

I am hoping… things turn around soon

I am looking forward to… getting rid of some physical books now that I have the new kindle.

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I am pondering… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for today

We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
~H.G. Wells

One of my favorite things… my morning coffee

A few plans for the rest of the week: Creating a few new recipes and getting into a new exercise routine to keep getting my energy back.

A peek into my day… laundry, research and blog catch up.

Favorite picture of the week


Love the photo and sure hope you get the VA stuff taken care of soon. It has to be especially difficult with all the moving around. Like you and Ma both, I have decluttered tons and tons of books – still have more to go but it’s so nice having a kindle and no longer collecting more books.

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I spent some time last year clearing out all the books here at my house and took them to half price books and got a few dollars for them, of course I spent the money I got right there too. It is nice to have a kindle and not stack up the books anymore. Hope your Monday is a wonderful one!