Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Written Word - Photo Challenge - August 2019

Today's post is a photo challenge. This is put together each month by PJ over at A'lil HooHaa blog. On the first of the month he gives out the theme. That gives us all month to find ways to interpret the theme with our photography. We post on the last day of the month, then hop over to his blog and link up. It is always fun for me to see what others have done. You don't have to be a professional, good thing too because I'm not, you also don't need any fancy equipment. You can use a point and shoot, cell phone, smartphone, tablet, DSLR or whatever you have that can take a picture.
This month the theme is: "the written word".

Of course the first thing that popped into my head was the Bible. It is the written word of God. Jesus is the word come to life but how else could I take photos of the written word?
 A note from a dear friend. It was encouraging and made my day. Something we as a society have gotten away from. A hand written note.
Here in Atlanta, the written word is all over, buildings, bridges, parking garages in the form of graffiti but it is also a form of art. The written word come to life on the side of a building. Sometimes in picture form, other times in names, statements, or just art.

Don't worry, Georgia is a hands free state and I wasn't driving but it did give me a great opportunity for some shots I can't get any other way.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Smooth Sands and Drink In Hand -FF August

Happy FRIDAY!! Today’s post is our monthly Funny Friday, a regular feature
published on the last Friday of every month. FF is a collaborative project.
Each month one of the participants submits a picture that they took, then we all
write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that picture. Be sure at the end to visit
the other participants links.
Have a great weekend!
Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado.
1. You put the lime in the coconut and wait where am I?

2. WHY do they want smooth sand for the tourist? They're just gonna leave
trash all over the place.

3. Hello? Marge? I was in the field and saw a bright light, now I'm plowing
on a beach!

4. NO! Marge I'm not drinking. I swear I'm plowing a beach.

5. TOM! Come quick! Look! There's a tractor on the beach. This IS a fancy resort.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Baking In A Tornado   

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Short Sweet And To The Point - Plus A Cherry Brownie Treat

Happy Tuesday! Did y'all know that today is National Just Because Day? How about that? A day celebrated 'just because', now I don't know who comes up with these ideas but I know that when I was a kid in school, I would have wanted to celebrate them correctly with a day off from school. I know, school just went back in session but as a kid any reason for a day off was a good reason even if we had just started.

So today I am joining my good friend Karen from BIAT and several others to celebrate this day. How you may ask? Well, with post is a challenge. The challenge is, counting words, just because. We each submitted a number from 10-50 and received a number. Then we are to write about whatever we want, fiction, truth, poetry or anything in between BUT only using the number of words that we received. My number is 49 and given by Sarah over at SN.
Well I can write a lot in 49 words. I'm just glad it was 10! Y'all know I'm chatty and ten just wouldn't do.  At the end of my post you'll find links for those who are participating be sure to pop over and see how many words they had to deal with.
So here goes...

Did you know that fireflies live only long enough to attract a mate, lay glowing eggs and die which happens in a span of three to four weeks. Their light is cold heat and they are carnivorous. They use their light to lure other insects for a food source.
My lovely fuzzy tailed squirrel has been eating my hibiscus so we moved it into the screen in porch. Today I discovered they have now chewed through the screen and once again striped my plant of all its leaves. Having upped their food and thinking the problem eliminated. 

I have a sweet tooth which is a problem when trying to lose weight. Here is a little dessert that requires no baking. A seventy calorie FiberOne brownie, Greek yogurt and sugar free whipped cream for a total of one hundred and seventy  calories or five WW Freestyle points.

Other participants links:

Monday, August 26, 2019

Messy Marvin

Ladies, let me ask you a question. Does your husband or significant other help around the house? Does he do it "right" or "his way"?
Do you appreciate the help?
Is he a neat freak or messy Marvin? Not my husband's name but for whatever reason it's what I've always said. Like Negative Nancy or Silly Willie. Am I the only one who does this? Surely not. Right?
Let me share this photo with you...and let me apologize in advance to my husband. I'm sorry honey, I do appreciate the help but...😄
So here's the scenario. I'm in the downstairs bathroom because he's in the shower getting ready. I come back upstairs and pass him on the stairs. He's so proud of himself, smiling like he conquered the Vikings.
I walk into the room, stop and just shake my head. Seriously? THIS is what you call making the bed? Oy
So I left it.

I did WHAT? Yep. I left it. You know why? I know you're sitting there saying NO WHY because if you're like me, this drives you batty.
Well, I left it because for me to 'remake' the bed sends him a message that I am not pleased, that he did a poor job and that it is not appreciated so in turn he will no longer help out.

Read that again.

Sit back and think about it for a moment. Let it sink in.

Ladies it works the same way with our kids, if they load the dishwasher and you go back and "fix" it, you send a message that they did not do it right, that it was not appreciated and they will no longer do it unless you make them. IF they do it wrong is it wrong or just not your way? Good question right? Another good question is, did you ever teach them "how" to load the dish washer?

Back to the bed. Did he make the bed "Wrong" or just not my way? Well both but let's not split hairs here. LOL

No, it's not "made", it's not proper, it's still messy. BUT he did make an attempt to ease my burden and in his way "help" me out. So I appreciate it, love him, tell him thank you and move on. Did it bug the crap out of me every time I walked into the room? No. Did it used to? Yes. But I have learned a few things over the years.
Some battles are not worth fighting. Some hills are not meant to be conquered. Some things are better left alone.

THIS is one of them. Because to be honest, if tomorrow one of us is gone or both, it will not matter how the bed was made, it will not matter if it was right or wrong, it will not matter plain and simple.

Be happy. Embrace today. Live life and let the small stuff go. You'll be a lot happier. I am.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Odd Sayings, Fruit and August 2019 FOTW

Leaving the store and the guy behind the counter says. "Did you hear Bill? He cracks me up. That girl just left had on one of those crop tops and Bill said she got more rolls than Kroger deli." Yes it was wrong and inappropriate but caught me off guard and made me laugh.
I've been branded! My big kitty Beau had been sitting in my lap for a good twenty minutes, I was sitting Indian style. When he finally moved I looked down. WOW I've been branded! Hubby said "what?" I said, well it's what it looks like. He just laughed. I wouldn't have it any other way. I love my furbabies. You can see Beau below in my chair that he thinks is his.
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 5 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Never Ever Give Up Hope   
Menopausal Mother           
Go Mama O                          

My son comes out of the beverage store, he looks at me and says "do you know what that lady said?" I'm like "what lady where?" he said "standing outside.". "No. How would I know what she said?"
He said, "well I thought you had the window down and heard her. Anyway she's talking to that man that's normally at the counter, she says my new driver's photo is gawd awful I got more chins than a Chinese phone book."
He looks at me, "THE MAN is Chinese!! Mom really people these days".
Y'all I can't make this stuff up. Talk about NOT being politically correct. Geez.
 I was taking cherries out of the bag to wash for my snack and found this one. I thought about different animals that carry their  babies on their back, yeah, then I had a hard time eating it. Oy
 Driving through Wal-Mart parking, always a great place for Fly material, and this truck in front of me was SOOO bright. I took 3 pictures and every single one blurred. Now that's bright.

Okay so I see this truck A LOT and I finally managed to get a decent photo. Here ya go. It's still bright!

Beau, dude! It's my chair.
Um, no it's not. He gave me the side eye. Spoiled cat. So I used hubby's chair.

4 year old says to his dad,
I have a joke for you.
Why don't dinosaurs talk?
Dad- why
Son- cause they're all dead

We've had a lot of rain lately and I was standing in the bedroom looking out the big picture window watching it rain. I was also on the phone with a friend and not even thinking I said "girl it's raining so hard it sounds like a cow peeing on a flat rock", she laughed and was like "well I've never heard that before." Oh gosh, my Daddy used to say it all the time. Especially in a heavy down pour. No idea why it popped in my head and out my mouth but it did.

This is Little Girl. Such a little sweetie.
My friends have begun to refer to me as the "Squirrel Whisperer" and I'm okay with it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Corned Beef Sammies - Slow Cooker Meal for busy lives

With school starting back and life getting busier than ever for most I decided to share this recipe with you. I actually made this back in March and had forgotten about it.
You see, I have a tendency to work ahead. I will create several recipes, 5-10 at a time, over the course of a weekend. I will photograph and jot down notes. Come Monday the drill is to create a draft for each recipe and then schedule those for the coming weeks sometimes months.
Confession time, I made the recipes, took photos, and even made drafts. For several of the recipes I did not 'jot down notes' about what I used and amounts. Why? Because I was arrogant and thought Oh yeah I got this. Well, I don't have it. I actually forgot them, the recipes and photos. Then I was scanning through photos to see what I  could delete and what could be moved to the "done" folder. That's when I ran across several...okay maybe ten, photographs of recipes. Oh good land, what had I done?! I had created recipes, took pictures and made drafts but no notes. Some, like this was, I remembered but I do have to confess, there are two other recipes I have pictures for but have no idea what exactly was in them. I have a clue but no amounts, no exact items, no cooking time, etc... is it old age, getting ahead of myself, not paying attention, a cluttered mind, maybe a little of all of it? Whatever it is I'm sure you have had a chuckle and that's okay because if you're not over 50 honey your time will come. LOL

Back to school? Work schedule overload? How about a slow cooker meal that will please just about everyone.
Again, I'm sure there was a better photo somewhere but this one at least gives you an idea of how simple the recipe is.

Dump and go. Sounds lovely doesn't it?
Dump the ingredients in, go to work, school, practice, meeting, whatever, just  go and when you come back, BAM dinner is served with just a few simple things left to do.
Into the slow cooker on HIGH for 6 hours, corned beef brisket, I purchased this one at Aldi (not a paid advertisement but I LOVE their products and prices)
A half jar with juice of the sliced pepper rings
Set it and go
When you're ready to eat, shred the meat and serve on a bun. This can be as simple as it gets or you can jazz it up with condiments, sauerkraut, mustard, slaw, pickles or whatever else you may fancy.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The World We Live In - UYW August 2019

Thanks to Tamara for my words. When I first saw them I knew immediately what I would write about even though it was a difficult subject for me because I'm a pretty private person about these things. I'm not looking for debates, arguments or inappropriate comments. I'm submitting my work for the purpose of this challenge.

The world we live in today is not the same as when I was growing up. Of course every generation has said this same thing. "when I was your age" has become a joke and we laugh about "walking to school in the snow uphill both ways" type of statements. However, sadly I see how much the world has changed. The lack of respect for one another. The ridicule of ones beliefs, the complete and utter inappropriate behavior and comments can be shocking at times. The culture we live in, we have created. 
Yes, we have created it. We have allowed it. It is on us.
This is not popular and I am sure some folks will be down right mad with me. AND that is your take, your opinion, your right to believe what you want. So hear me out and allow me to voice my opinion on my blog.
I believe that technology is a great thing. I am quite fond of it myself and use it like right now. However, I also believe that this technology is the downfall of the world as well. We have everything at our finger tips in nano seconds. We see everything going on all over the world and it has led us to be a very unhappy unsatisfied group of people.
We see the news as it happens, it causes fear and anxiety in our children.
We see the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and it causes us to cry out "ITS NOT FAIR" but isn't it? Did the rich work for it? Did they swindle someone to get rich? Did they steal, kill and destroy to obtain the high life? Did the poor lay around and wait for their welfare check? Did they look for a way to better their life or resign themselves to the fact that this life is unfair and choose to just sit and wallow? Were either one given the same opportunities? Were either given the same education and choices? Probably not.
Are guns leaving the store shelves and robbing, killing and creating fear in us or did someone who is pure evil with their own sick agenda do that?
Technology has created selfish individuals. We want it all and we want it now. When I was little I never thought that as soon as I got married I'd have a house, a car, a great job, money for vacations and the lot. I knew it took years of hard work to obtain these things. Today kids get married and go into serious debt to have the "great dream" or what they grew up with, the way of life they are accustomed to. Given everything when and where and how they want. Spoiled. Selfish. Millennials. 
The fact that we are so hungry for more it has driven us to working ourselves to death and for what? More stuff that we don't have time to enjoy.
We no longer offer reinforcement of family values in school because families aren't teaching values. Not the values we were taught - hard work, honesty, devotion to God, be kind, lend a helping hand, and on...those things are not taught.
No, not everyone is evil, or on a self destructive path to riches and fame. I would never suggest that. What I do suggest is that as a whole, we have gotten away from being kind, being authentic, being thoughtful and working for what you get, even living within our means.
Technology makes it extremely easy to be rude, social media gives us anonymity and makes some feel they are invincible. No one will ever see them so they can say whatever to whoever no matter how bad it is. Fat shaming, guilt tossed out, ridicule over what you're wearing, saying, sharing on your own page. People seem to think they are the police and can correct you at every turn. However, they get SUPER offended if you return this attitude.
I've had a rough week, you can probably tell because this isn't my normal type of post.
I have unsubscribed from a lot of pages lately on several forms of social media due to their very strong opinions and pushing an agenda that I do not believe in or follow.
I am surrounding myself with like minded folks and seeking inspiration daily. Positive feedback. Positive photos, things that make me laugh because they are cute and humorous not because they make fun of a person and cause them anguish.
The world we live in is not the world I'm proud of any longer.
The name calling, the finger pointing, the shouting, threats, shootings, drugs, lack of care for fellow human beings.
It is a sad world and I am trying hard every day not to loss my mind. Not to worry about my children and grandchildren. Not to give in to the depression and anger that is thrown around at every turn.
Be kind. Be a positive light. Let's get back to being a nicer more loving world.

Today’s post is a writing challenge and this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado             
Wandering Web Designer    
The Bergham Chronicles     
On the Border                    
Part-time Working Hockey Mom

Your words are:
culture ~ inappropriate ~ respect ~ inspiration ~ reinforcement ~ selfish
It was submitted by: 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lazy Cake and August poetry

Welcome to the monthly poetry edition. Each month we choose a theme and then each person writes their own take on that theme. Some write free verse, some are rhyming poems. I just try to entertain you as my poetry skills are lacking. I'm a big fan of Haiku's but this month it's just a little ditty or two AND while I'm at it, let's sneak in a cake recipe.
Be sure to read to the end and follow the links where you might actually read some fine poetry from my blogging cohorts.

A - angry wind and skies
U - ugly forecast lies
G - gusting gale forces
U - us to abandon outdoor activities
S - seeking shelter from a possible
T - tornado on the horizon

August has a tendency to bring about some very rough weather, I know our theme is "lazy" but August what was I saw. Let's see if I can redeem myself with a lazy poem.
L - laying under
A - a tree
Z - zzz sleeping in the heat
Y - yearning for a breeze

Many times while growing up you would find us under trees, swinging or laying on old blankets like a bunch of old tired dogs. Praying for a breeze to come along and give us respite from the humidity. It was on those days that we didn't even long for the beach. The sand would burn our feet and no shade to cool our burning skin. Now if my daddy or granddaddy fired up the boat, well that was different. We were in like Flynn and riding the waves. It was still hot as Hades but man did I love to be on the boat. Still do actually. 

You probably thought I forgot the recipe. Nope, just putting it out of the way of the poetry/verses.

Lazy Cake is what I'm calling this because it takes so few ingredients and effort. Seriously it is super simple, bake it early in the morning before it gets unbearably hot outside and it will be perfect for supper time dessert. Or better yet a slice in the afternoon with a cool glass of sweet tea, lemonade or iced coffee.
As you can see it is also WW friendly which is a big deal for me these days.
Mix the water, eggs and yogurt together, slowly stir in the cake mix. Pour into a bundt pan, sprayed with a nonstick spray and bake at 350 degrees until set. It took 23 minutes in my oven but times could vary. Invert, allow to cool and ice if you want. Frost or ice, you know. I took some leftover buttercream frosting, just 2 heaping tablespoons and added a tablespoon of low carb milk, heated it up and poured over the cake. Delicious!! The frosting is not included in the points of the cake.

Karen of Baking In A Tornado
Lydia of Cluttered Genius
Diane of On The Border

Monday, August 12, 2019

Tropical Sugar Free Ice Cream - BWF August 2019

Remember this from childhood? I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream. Right? Okay maybe not scream but it sure is a wonderful treat on a hot day and August is full of hot days especially here in the south.

Welcome to the August edition of Blog With Friends and this month's theme cream.

Tropical Sugar Free Ice Cream - no machine needed
half pint unsweetened heavy whipping cream
1/4 package Sugar Free Instant pudding mix, coconut flavor
2 frozen bananas
1 frozen peach or any other fruit
6 oz Fage 0% Greek NonFat Yogurt
Place all the ingredients in a food processor or large cup blender. Blend until smooth, it will be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. You can then transfer to a air tight container and freeze. Be ware! The longer it is frozen the harder it becomes and if you do not use fresh frozen bananas ice cystals will form. It is better to peel very ripe bananas and freeze a few hours then use. If you are like me and have bananas in the freezer for smoothies, save those for smoothies as the ice cream will not turn out as nice.
I topped mine with a teaspoon of nut free granola. You could also add toasted coconut, Fat Free whipped topping or anything else you like.
This is low calorie, low points if following WW but high in fat due to the whipping cream. This can be reduced by only using half of the small container. If you choose to go this route, whip it separate, blend the other ingredients and fold gently. You still get a nice ice cream with less points.

Be sure to visit all of the participants, below you get a sneak peak at what they are offering. Their interpretation of the theme, a recipe, a craft, DIY and more.

The Ground Beneath My Feet

Friday, August 9, 2019

Little Girl The Squirrel - SSS August 2019

If you've been around lately you've been hearing a lot about Honey and Little Girl. If you missed it, you can catch up here.

You see it all started when...there was this girl. She was brave wandering around in the woods, watching all of the critters go about their day. She could sit there for hours and hours. She would even climb up in trees to get a birds eye view. Never was there an animal that she didn't like, want to pet and fed as often as she could.
Why you may ask? And her reply would be why not.
God created us all, the birds of the air, the fish in the sea, the animals that walk on the ground and you and me. She thought that if God loved them enough to care for them and she was commanded to love her neighbor as herself, well the animals were her neighbors too and she would love them.
Sitting on the porch early in the morning listening to nature as it came alive. The birds singing and calling to one another, the squirrels as they chatted up a storm, the doe as she passed through on her way to find a place to bed down for the day. Mornings were special and she counted each one a blessing.
Afternoons she would find herself on the porch again, winding down after a long day. Sitting and relaxing, watching the trees sway in the afternoon breeze, the leaves singing their own song and the animals come up for a treat.
She loved nature, she loved trees and squirrels especially and could talk to them in a sense. After spending hours outside she could recognize the sound of different birds and pick out which tree they were siting in. She could imitate the sounds of most and would call out to them when placing feed on the deck.
No greater joy did she get on a daily basis than being outside, walking, sitting and relaxing among the trees with the squirrels.
Who is this girl? Well, she is me.

Each day I feed the squirrels, birds and chipmunks in our yard. My own little slice of heaven. One squirrel in particular is Little Girl. She was the first to start coming around. I would see her every day, yes after a while you can tell them apart. Each has their own personality and traits, quirks if you will and physical traits that tell them apart. She was not very shy but she is still a little standoffish. However when food is involved she will come running. She brightens my day. I love to find myself washing dishes and have that feeling I'm being watched, I'll look up and there she is, sometimes hanging on the screen and running around trying to figure out how to get in. Which by the way she did. She pulled the screen loose in one corner and made it into our porch area. Then she was at the French doors peeping in! It was funny, cute and a little annoying because we've had to repair the screen several times. I spoil them with black oil sunflower seeds, grapes, cherries, strawberries and carrots.
Little Girl the squirrel is the sweetest thing and if I don't see her first thing in the morning I worry. We are surrounded by trees, a small forest with lots of hawks, owls and other predators. So when she comes a knocking, I go out with food and feel great relief.

Thanks Jules for the prompt.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap a group challenge that has a different topic or subject for each blogger each month. This week we have 8 brave bloggers, a secret subject was picked for each at random. Each blogger submits a topic for someone else and then it is assigned for each to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously sharing our topics and submitting our posts. Thank you to our hard working Karen from Baking In A Tornado, she is the mastermind behind it all and works tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen.
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado          
Wandering Web Designer    
The Bergham Chronicles     
Never Ever Give Up Hope       
Our Prime Years                 
Part-time Working Hockey Mom

Your “Secret Subject” is:
There was this girl.....
It was submitted by: