Tuesday, April 30, 2013
It is 60 lovely degrees this morning to reach 84 degrees. I have a hair appointment this morning. I won’t be doing anything else today as yesterday wiped me out. Maybe all of the furniture moving I have been doing lately has caught up with me. I have even given up on the thought of buying a new sofa for now.
Have any of you ever heard of a Sears House? There is one in the little town of Paxton where my children were born and Jim and I lived all of our married life.
At one time there was a very nice article on this house in the Paxton Record newspaper. I haven’t been able to find the article on the internet.
I took this picture in the fall several years ago. In the summertime it has lovely flowers growing out of the barrels.
I hope you all have a good day. I plan to enjoy the sunshine and the warm temperatures.
Monday, April 29, 2013
and the sun is shining brightly. It is 49 degrees now and is to reach the upper 70s today. I am all prepared as I dug out a pair of jeans capri pants to wear today and an old Curves T-shirt.
The Jodi Arias trial is winding down now. Closing arguments will begin on Thursday. After this trial is finished I have made up my mind not to watch any trials for awhile. They are too mind-boggling. And I need my mind to be un boggled.
Intellectually or emotionally overwhelming
I hope you all have a peaceful week. Stay safe and be happy!!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
You can tell spring is here when the garage/church sales start popping up. Friday was a very good garage sales day. The weather was overcast and windy. I had on winter coat, hat and gloves so I stayed fairly warm, We saw lots of spring color. There was a lovely tree all bloomed out at one garage sale. I asked the gentleman in charge if I could take a picture and he said yes. His wife came outside and wasn’t happy for some reason. She did allow me to take the picture although I think she jinxed it because it didn’t turn out well. The husband said as we were leaving that the wife said if they ever divorced that she was taking the tree. lol
Then we saw this lovely whatever it is as we were driving by a house. Picture below.
I have never seen anything like it before.
Then when I dropped my daughter off I started admiring her neighbors flowers. I snuck a few pics since I knew they wouldn’t mind.
I was trying to hone in on the tulips here but I didn’t want to be so obvious. If you will click on the pictures you will see Fred and Jeanie’s tulips.
I did get several books at a church sale and a few other things. It was fun!! I love garage sales!
Have a wonderful day! Stay safe and be happy!!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
5 things to know about country legend George Jones
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five things to know about country music superstar George Jones, who died Friday at 81:
1. THE VOICE: The only debate over the decades has been who has the second-best voice in country music. Or maybe just music. His voice could get your party rolling and end it by making you cry. Merle Haggard puts it best: "The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen."
2. THE SONG: Not only did he have The Voice, but Jones also recorded many archetypal country songs, including the one widely acknowledged as the best: "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Written by fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Braddock and Curly Putnam, the blue-flame weeper won a Grammy and took the Country Music Association's song of the year — twice.
3. THE PROBLEMS: Jones was almost as famous for his problems as he was his music. Stories about epic alcohol and drug binges circulate around Nashville and his marital problems were titillating folks on Music Row long before tabloids trolled for content.
4. THE HUMOR: Jones had a devilish sense of humor and he was never afraid to turn it on himself. The singer famously hopped aboard a riding lawn mower a couple of times when in search of drink and parodied the moment in not only his own music video, but in those for Hank Williams Jr., Vince Gill and John Rich, too. Punch the words "George Jones lawn mower video" into your favorite search engine.
5. THE LEGACY: Jones reflected real life in his music and lived it as well. His troubles, made public with unsparing self analysis, only made his songs seem more real. As Brad Paisley wrote Friday, Jones helped us see "that it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again."
Sunshine and 54 degrees right now with more rain on the way.
Have a peaceful weekend. Stay safe and be happy!!
Friday, April 26, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
“Pekin Riverfront Park more river than park
Apr 23, 2013 @ 12:18 PM
The Illinois River claims large sections of Pekin Riverfront Park in downtown Pekin as flood waters cover the walkways and boat docks Tuesday.”
I really hate going downtown here because of the cobbled up one way streets. In fact, I refuse to drive downtown.
It rained all day long yesterday, a steady moderate rain. It is only 38 degrees right now. The furnace is running but the sun is shining. I have to go out in a little while for an appointment which is fortunately not downtown.
Nothing else new to report here. The Arias trial is pushing towards the conclusion. It moved along rather quickly yesterday.
I hope it is sunny wherever you are. Stay safe and be happy!!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We are having flooding along the Illinois River in central Illinois that has broken records over 100 years old and to top it off we are predicted to get another inch of rain today.
Along the Peoria river front. ~ photos from the Peoria Journal Star ~
We have some flooding here too located near the river. Not anywhere near me, thank Heaven. http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/flooding-leads-to-evacuation-of-two-dozen-pekin-homes/article_384f1656-ab7c-11e2-b703-0019bb2963f4.html
It is dreary here at 53 degrees this morning and the rain is to start by afternoon.
I am getting set to run a couple of errands and then to watch the Arias trial which hopefully is winding down as my mind is getting a bit scrambled from it.
Stay safe and be happy!!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
It is a beautiful Sunday morning in central Illinois weather wise. The Illinois River is at flood stage along the river front in Peoria and various other locations in this area including here. We have more rain forecast this week so that sounds iffy.
River Front Peoria Illinois 21 April, 2013 Flooding Update…
A concrete barrier is being constructed along Water Street from the 401 Water parking deck to Liberty Street in anticipation of record flooding. The barrier will be sandbagged to try to prevent water from crossing Water Street. Water Street is currently closed from Eaton to the 401 parking deck and will remain closed for several days.
I had to include this cartoon from my favorite cartoonist, Julie Larson.
copyright Julie Larson
Have a peaceful day. Stay safe and be happy!!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
It is very cold and frosty this morning at 31 degrees. The sun is shining brightly and that is a beautiful thing after all of the rain this week.
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”
I am doing laundry this morning and I plan to do a bit of cleaning. I have finally got the furniture moved around and I know how large a sofa I can get. If and when I get to the furniture stores to check them out.
Have a peaceful day. Stay safe and be happy!!
Friday, April 19, 2013
snow flurries this morning. Winter coat, hat and gloves back on. The temp is 36 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 30 MPH.
I have been to the stores this morning and a quick trip to the bank. I purchased a roast and I will fix that with carrots and potatoes tomorrow.
My heart is with the little town of West, Texas. I am saying a prayer for those killed and the survivors. I am just getting caught up on the news about the Boston Marathon. I can’t believe two such innocent looking boys could be so evil. I hope the one brother is caught with no more blood shed.
Nothing much happening here except for the massive amount of rain we had. East Peoria had a mud slide across the road from the river boat casino that I donate money to once or twice a year. A little town just a few miles from us had 7.8 inches of rain in the 24 hour period. I am just so thankful it was rain and not snow. That would have amounted to quite a few feet of snow. “The ratio of snow to water can vary a great deal depending on the vertical profiles of temperature and moisture, and how they change during a storm. Typically 1 inch of rain is equal to 1 foot of snow, a 12-1 ratio.”
I hope we all have a peaceful weekend free from violence and stress. Stay safe and be happy!!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
lightning and thunder and heavy rain was heard for hours yesterday and overnight. We were under a tornado watch when I went to bed. It is still raining here this morning with severe thunderstorm warnings out. We are under a flash flood watch until late tonight. I live near the Illinois River but not in the area that would be flooded. Our total rainfall for the last 24 hours so far is somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 inches. Because we had heavy rain last week the ground is saturated. No more rain deficit!
The weather has put off my Thursday grocery shopping until tomorrow morning. And there is no sense cleaning when the weather is so miserable. So that leaves the Arias trial for me to watch unless Jodi is still suffering from a migraine headache today. She did look awful in court yesterday. I think she looks rather gaunt lately and is not smirking so much. I am liking the expert witness that the prosecution has. The defense is not having much luck getting her to back away from her testimony.
I hope you all have a good day. Stay safe and be happy!!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The last two days have been tragic for our country. I was so upset yesterday that I found it hard to function. I shed many tears while watching the news coverage on television. The little boy who died, standing there frozen in time in a picture holding the sign for peace with a beatific smile on his face. Well, it just broke my heart. Imagine the terrible pain his father is feeling with his mother critically injured and his sister losing a leg. So many acts of bravery I can’t count them all. Then to read my friend Paul’s last blog about the 3rd victim was so upsetting. http://jumpingoutthewindows.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-tragedy-hits-close-to-home.html
The one bright shining light from this tragedy is showing our country and the whole word that we are united and will always stand together in the face of adversity!
My prayer for all of you today and always, Stay safe and be happy!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I am heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon yesterday. The United States of America is my home and all of its inhabitants are my family. When something happens to one of my family it happens to me. My prayers are with the victims and their families. Make no mistake, the perpetrators will be caught and justly punished.
Monday, April 15, 2013
A few months ago a new Costco opened up just down the road from me. My daughter and I went there this morning. It is a gigantic store. We tried to look at most of the store but it is impossible in one trip. The first time we went most of the time was spent waiting in line to get my card.
Before I moved here I belonged to Sam’s Club in Champaign. Costco is set up just about the same way, even down to where the ladies room is located (which happens to be the first place I find in a new store.)
It is dreary and drizzly here this morning at 59 degrees right now.
I am not in the mood to do anything today so I don’t think I will. I spent the weekend moving my furniture around again and I still don’t have any more room than I did.
I hope you are all having a good Monday. Stay safe and be happy!!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
It is 37 degrees this morning and still drizzly and dreary out. Everything has greened up nicely because of all of the rain. I saw tulip trees and forsythia bushes in full bloom yesterday. The trees are budded out and I saw crocus and daffodil in bloom. The tulips and iris are well above the ground but not anywhere near ready to bloom yet. YES! even though it is cold and drizzly out, spring has finally arrived in central Illinois.
I was really engrossed in the Arias trial yesterday. Alyce Laviolette was answering jury questions, There were really some zingers. To be quite honest I am getting tired of looking at her and I will be glad when she gets to go back to California. I think that I will write a book about battered trial watchers and become famous. I will then be qualified to be an expert witness in some kind of kangaroo court.
Slang of U.S. origin.] An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial conducted by individuals who have taken the law into their own hands, such as those put on by vigilantes or prison inmates; a proceeding and its leaders who are considered sham, corrupt, and without regard for the law.
The concept of kangaroo court dates to the early nineteenth century. Scholars trace its origin to the historical practice of itinerant judges on the U.S. frontier. These roving judges were paid on the basis of how many trials they conducted, and in some instances their salary depended on the fines from the defendants they convicted. The term kangaroo court comes from the image of these judges hopping from place to place, guided less by concern for justice than by the desire to wrap up as many trials as the day allowed.
And this the extent of my words of wisdom for you all on Friday. Stay safe and be happy!!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Yesterday was filled with many thunderstorms, breaks of sunshine and copious amounts of rain. It rained harder than it has rained since I moved here. We were under a severe thunderstorm warning until 2 AM. We have had over 4 inches of rain so far this month. Our rain deficit is shrinking very nicely. It was still pouring rain and lightning and thunder when I went to bed at 10PM.
I have been out this morning to the bank and grocery shopping. Buying up all of the good buys. Lots of good things to eat, strawberries, Fuji apples and chocolate pinwheel cookies, etc. I can’t believe the price of those pinwheel cookies. On sale for $3.97 a package. I rarely buy them but today I gave in to temptation.
Other than the above mentioned I have done nothing. I am settling in to watch the Arias trial
Stay safe and be happy!!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
the temperature I mean. Yesterday it was 77 degrees and this morning it is 42 with a big northwest wind and raining. Brrr, no wonder I stayed in bed way late this morning. I had the window open and I couldn’t seem to get warm enough.
That was lot of food yesterday. I didn’t eat nearly all of it. I don’t like to bring leftover breakfast food home from a restaurant. My daughter and I split the skillet breakfast and the pancakes.
Wild Berries Restaurant in Peoria…
I am still in the process of pondering how to increase my 2 bedroom house into my old home without much luck. I am going to start looking in the furniture stores to see if I can find what I want. Maybe nothing. lol I am getting ready to start moving things around again.
I am still hung up on the Arias trial. I am getting tired of watching Martinez grill Laviolette though. I wish she would just admit that she believed the lies that Arias told her so they could move on. It seems the trial is never ending. When it is finally finished, what will I do for entertainment.
Have a peaceful day. Stay safe and be happy!!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
at the size of those pancakes.
and this 1/2 serving of the breakfast skillet…
and a real cup off coffee (decaf) with Irish creamer…
My daughter and I stopped by Wild Berries to eat after my doctor appointment yesterday. They are known for their gigantic proportions. I had coffee which I lightened with Irish creamer. I don’t drink coffee as it is a no no for me per my doctors. In fact I rarely drink anything with caffeine in it. I enjoyed the coffee more than the food.
It is a dreary day at 60 degrees right now. We have more rain on the way and a cold front to go through tomorrow evening.
Have a great day. Stay safe and be happy!!
Monday, April 8, 2013
I have a doctor appointment that I am leaving for in a few minutes. I will be by to see you all when I get back. Get the tea pot ready! And I will be hungry by then too.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
of my senses today and took down and washed the curtains in both bedrooms and the front and back doors. I also washed the windows inside. I still have the living room curtains along with the kitchen and bathroom to do. Not today though as I was already tired when I started. It is a beginning on the Spring cleaning though. I will be getting rid of the bed in my spare bedroom and I am thinking about buying a loveseat or a small sofa.
It is a warm 65 degrees right now and mostly cloudy. It is very windy, In fact when I was bringing in a basket of clothes this morning the screen blew shut on my finger and I have a nice little cut to show for it.
I said I wasn’t cooking anymore for a few days but I fixed a chicken casserole for my lunch and had enough left for 3 portions for the freezer. I do love chicken casserole.
I hope you are all having a great weekend. Stay safe and be happy!!
Friday, April 5, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
and I am looking forward to a visit from my son today. The visit changed from Saturday to today because of schedule.
I have the ham cooked. Yesterday I made potato salad and Mandarin Orange Salad. This morning I have to finish with requested items which include mac ‘ n ‘ cheese, green bean casserole, (instead of baked beans) and 3 corn casserole. I love 3 corn casserole. This is an old recipe which I have been fixing for 30 or more years.
Just about everybody I know makes this. The recipe was given to me by my daughter quite a few years ago. I love it. The original recipe called for a stick of margarine. I cut it down to 1/2 stick and it tasted just as good to me.
•1 can whole kernel corn
•1 can cream style corn
•1 pkg Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
•1/2 stick of margarine (sliced)
•1 cup sour cream (may use fat free)
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 13 X 9 greased baking dish. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 45 min to 1 hour. The top should be golden brown.
And I think this will be all of the recipes I am printing for awhile. I saved out a small dish of the orange salad when I fixed it yesterday. That stuff is scrumptious.
The weather is warming up a bit each day. It is sunny and 32 degrees to reach the upper 50s today. Upper 60s forecast for Saturday.
I need to close now and get back to the kitchen. Stay safe and be happy!!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
It is cold this morning at 23 degrees and the sun is shining brightly. I am up early and have already made the lemon cream cheese bars to freeze for my son who is coming to see me this week. I have posted this recipe just about each time my son comes to visit. These are his very favorite. I have also arranged a personalized birthday cake for him.
Posting the recipe again for the 100th time..
These lemon bars are a great favorite of my son. Easy to make too!
Mix 1 box yellow cake mix with
1/3 cup oil and
Mix until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup. Pat remaining mixture into a 13X9 ungreased pan. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile do
Beat 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese with
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar and
1 egg until light and fluffy.
Spread over baked crumb mixture. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture over top. Bake 15 minutes longer. Do NOT overbake. Chill completely and cut into squares.
I have an appointment this morning for a haircut so I will cut this short.
Do stay safe and be happy!!