It's All About the Journey

Today is your future. Live in the moment!

My Latest Pour Over

My Latest Pour Over

The instructions did NOT come in English. Good thing a picture is worth 1,000 words! It was the best coffee EVER! (for inquiring minds and taste buds, I got it through Amazon)


Sounds Like Spring, Feels Like Spring

It’s 34 degrees and sunny outside.  The birds (blue jays mostly) are creating enormous havoc.  See?  I told you, “if we listen close enough, we can hear spring before we see it.”  

My grandson is 4 and he said, “it must be spring, it’s SO WARM!” (40 degrees)

We celebrated with a map of Tyringham Cobble (complete, of course, with ninjas, Moby Dick, and castle…)





What’s for Supper?

I bought chicken legs and thighs today.  I was thinking about my Sweet-Sour Chicken recipe that we made YEARS ago, when newly married, a new baby, a tight budget, and a yearning for Chinese food.  My Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook had the recipe, and for a number of years we relied on this for our Chinese New Year celebration.   Looking at the Poultry section of my BH&G Cookbook, however, I see it is filled with a delight of other recipes, including Orange Chicken, Island Broiled Chicken, Barbequed Chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, and Chicken Parisienne, to name just a few,  How can one decide?  I have enough chicken for two meals, so I think I will try two different recipes.    

Sweet Sour Chicken
Barbeque Sauce
Barbeque Chicken (oven baked)

The Valentine Party

I remember growing up and the mystery behind Valentines Day.  Carefully selected penny Valentines were addressed, boxes in the classroom hung on the desks, and each one dug through amid candy hearts that said “Be Mine” and cupcakes with pink frosting.  And that boy I had a crush on, did he do the same?  The romantic mind of the 9 year old realizes today that no, he probably did not, but I always liked to think that maybe he did.  But that’s not the Valentine party that is in my mind…

I remember my Mom and Auntie Peckham developing the Valentine’s Day Party.  Chocolate cake with that sticky frosting that (if I remember right) you had to boil first.  Penny Valentines (again) exchanged, for the adults it was an excuse to get together during the week, for us kids though, it was a memory in the making.



Valentines Day with Little Miss

“Grandma, you made me so happy!  I love my Valentine card!” exclaimed Little Miss.  We were having our little overnight in combination with an early Valentines Day party, just the two of us.  I love this child, she is so easy to be happy. I’m saving this in my Book of Memories, for at some point she will be interested in other things, other people, and will remember me later, after her wedding day.




Who do YOU call?

-4 Fahrenheit out there.  Here in upstate New York we are a bit “frozen” in time and space.  But the buses are running, the children are expected to attend.  

Yesterday I noticed a cable hanging on my garage door, sort of sandwiched in between the door and the track, and weaving in and out.  This was not a good sign, and an even less than happy sign as I tried it.  So I unhooked the automatic opener and tried.  Hah!  There went every plan known to man (or to Kathleen, actually).  My resumes, hot off the press, just waiting to be managed, the eye doctor appointment that needed to be rescheduled, etc.  Despite my minor frustration, I did realize the synchronicity of the day, and went with it.

So, who do you call? Garage Door Man!  Yes, Jack Hayes of Hayes Garage Doors (Guilford, NY).  Jack called me back about 3:30 p.m., and made sure he got here before dark (actually arrived within the hour) and did a quick fix on the spring that was broken and will need to be replaced (ordering part necessary).

Jack Hayes.  Hero of my day.