Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Life List-July 24th Edition


I am sharing the views I see when looking out my windows. The top is looking out the bay window, in the reading room ,which is in front of the house. And the bottom picture is looking out our dining room window into the backyard. That is my jelly feeder which attracts the Orioles. Can you see Alice out there by the locust tree?? She is my peacock from this post. 

Front window

back window


I was thinking about some things I read recently on a friend's blog about ways people respond to posts on Facebook. Why is it people feel the need to be nasty when responding to others 'ideas' which are different from their own? I don't understand why we can't just celebrate our differences. Not everyone will share the same religious views, political views, or lifestyle views. But to challenge everyone when you disagree doesn't seem right to me. Can't I just state my belief and let it go? Is this what social media has done for us??


I am learning to love a simple bouquet on my dining room table. $5 bunch from the grocery store yesterday. Beautiful, brilliant yellow! Brighten up the dining room just like the sun pouring through the window. 


I created a wonderful Peach Cobbler this week. Very simple recipe I adapted from Southern Living:

1/2 cup butter    1 cup flour
2 cups sugar      1 T. baking powder
Pinch salt        1 cup milk
1 T. lemon juice  4 cups fresh peaches
ground cinnamon

Melt butter into a 13x9 baking dish. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter. Do not stir. Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peaches, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 374 for 45 minutes. Yummy warm. Especially the edges. 


I just started reading The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. This is August's selection for the book club. I just finished listening to The-One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. I will review it for you this week! I L.O.V.E.D this book! 


I am continuing to watch Big Brother. I'm sure I would get voted out the first week. I wouldn't be able to keep my mouth shut. I have also been watching Tiny Houses on HGTV. I want one of those little houses. I wonder how hard it would be to get rid of everything and just keep enough to live in a tiny house. The biggest downside, I think, is having to climb a ladder up to my bed each night. I'd probably sleep on the couch and keep the loft for visitors. 


I am hearing the pump in the fish tank. The water level is too low and it is loud. I need to clean the tank and pour in more water so the filter will run quieter. Good afternoon job today. (I did not get to it. I took a nap instead. There is always tomorrow).

Pictures I want to Share...

On my way to pick up Harley

Darian's first day at Braums

Clouds just over the top of the grain elevator

Taking an afternoon nap...Ah, so sweet


I am currently drinking an orange soda. Very good. Quinces my thirst! Tastes wonderful!


Monday...Loaded Nachos

Tuesday...Ground Beef Stew

Wednesday..Grilled chicken/strawberry wraps

Thursday...Sausage breakfast Scramble

Friday...Hawaiian Burgers

Saturday...Crockpot Creamy Chicken & Veggies

Sunday...Pot Roast


A peek into my week...

See her right there on the end!!

Today, Sunday, was a quiet treat. Harley went to Kansas City, with her basketball team, to bond over a Royal's baseball game. And Darian worked from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. So I wrote and read and finished my audible book. Nice!! Harley works Monday through Thursday this week. Darian works Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Instead of working 2-3 hours everyday this past week, he worked 2 nine hour days on Monday and Sunday. He liked that better! Gave him days off to do things like paint ball, Xbox, and annoy me!! Saturday is National Dance Day. So be sure to get up and dance!!

A final thought...

Found on Pinterest...Who wouldn't want to be Cinderella every night and sleep in this bed?


  1. My gosh, can you imagine that bed? Would be cute for a night or two I think :)

    If I'm the friend about the Facebook thing, it was enlightening to read the comments left. I can see how people would have the perspective they had on both sides of the matter. I'm glad I mentioned it on my blog and welcomed everyone's opinions about it.

    Yum on the peach cobbler!

    Love the picture of the afternoon nap, sometimes I think they should be mandatory :)


    1. No, I can't imagine that bed at all. Think of the size the bedroom would need to be to accommodate that bed! And climbing into it every night would kill me. But a 5 year old would find it magical. Yes, it was your blog that made me ponder. I am glad you mentioned it too. And for the most part the opinions you got were the same as my opinion. And people stayed civil. Not so much, from the sounds of what was said on Facebook. But I think we need to continue to call people out, nicely, and hopefully change the world!! I think afternoon naps should be mandatory too!!

  2. Hi Paula - I wish people would think before they respond to things - there are other ways of giving the reply a positive take ... or just rephrasing it ... makes it happier for the receiver to read. Thankfully I don't do FB much or at all ...

    Love the sleeping lad - he's really out isn't he! Harley's obviously enjoying herself ... another happy child!

    That quote is so true ... with thoughts ... yes - yum on the peach cobbler ... cheers Hilary

    1. That is usually the problem Hilary. People just don't think before they type!

  3. I give you lots of credit for turning on your oven to make peach cobbler. I've not baked anything in a long time but some August birthdays are coming up so I'm going to have to bake a least one birthday cake. Sunday naps are the best. I had one myself yesterday. Hope you have a great week!

    1. It really wasn't so bad to turn on the oven. Probably cost me a few more dollars of A/C bill but was worth it. I hope you, too, have a great week!

  4. Peach cobbler, yum. It's been a long, long time.

    1. It was so good. I'm going to make peach ice cream this week!! Stay tuned

  5. Love these posts of yours. Feels like I'm there with you. Facebook can get so nasty at times. I steer clear of most things that can get like that.

    1. Thank you Wendy! I am trying to steer clear of more negativity on Facebook too. And when I do respond I try to be more positive. Sometimes it is vry hard!

  6. I thought the same thing about those tiny houses! I do like the concept.
    I hate it when people argue on Facebook...I mostly ignore the politics...but my husband enjoys a good verbal spar.
    I wish they would do an older people B B...wouldn't that be fun to watch!
    I made a peach french toast thing...caramel then peaches covered with french was good but really sweet so it should be a breakfast side. It was easy to prepare and should sit in the fridge overnight or an afternoon before baking. It was my food adventure for the week. :)

    1. I don't pay a lot of attention to the politics on Facebook. But I enjoy a good spar at times too. Until it gets nasty. Which, in this day and age, is pretty quick. It seems that people just cannot tolerate differences anymore. Yes, I would love some older people on BB. I think, though, they are the ones that could not afford to leave their jobs and families all summer. But I think we would see an entirely different type of game-play. Where did you find the recipe for the peach French toast? I'll have to check that out!

  7. What a fun-filled post! I am going to have to get the scoop and ground beef stew. Sounds great! I'm with you on the Tiny Houses. They intrigue me, too, but I don't think I would climb to a loft to sleep anymore. Great photo of Harley at the game. Could you hand some of that peach cobbler over the back fence in exchange for a piece of pumpkin pie with whip? GN pick pumpkin for our Christmas in July feast tonight. Glad you had some quiet time to yourself. Does a gram good, doesn't it?

    1. I'll post the recipe for the ground beef stew after we try it. I found it online. It has spicy hot V-8 juice. Sounds yummy to me. Harley thinks it's crazy when I make stews and soups in the summer. But it doesn't bother me to eat them year round. I would love to exchange peach cobbler for pumpkin pie. Have a wonderful Christmas in July! A gram does need quiet time, for sure!!

  8. Peach cobbler is one of my all time fave desserts ever!! Yum!
    I posted the quote about death when I lost my dad . It's such a good one. So true!
    People are so annoying on FB lately.

    1. Yes they are Holli! I might have kept that quote from you at the time. It is a good one!!

  9. Love Peach Cobbler and yours sounds divine. Glad you got some quiet time. We knocked around the idea of living in a motor home for a year while we traveled the country. I think that is as small as I would be willing to go.

    1. Richard had that dream too of living in a motor home. Sadly, I did not share that dream with him so we never did it. I need a home base! And the only way we could have done it would have been to sell our house.

  10. Thanks for the views, Paula. I so enjoy seeing through my friends' eyes!

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but Facebook's losing a LOT of appeal these days. Sure, my trigger finger slips more often than I'd like -- but I can't ever recall being purposely vicious. It used to be, people were more inclined to lash out over the phone (v. face-to-face) ... now they've moved onto social media.

    I, too, LOVE the tiny house movement. Tho' I'd probably need 3: one for me, another for Tom and a third for his STUFF. :)

    1. When I took the pictures I was thinking of you, Myra! Facebook has lost its appeal for me too! Isn't that sad?? LOL.....3 tiny houses. That might just defeat the purpose

  11. You'd need the right sort of room for that bed.

    HGTV is my background TV nowadays. I'm fond of Flip or Flop. Mostly because it's local.

    1. I love HGTV. I loved it more when it first began, but I still turn it on from time to time!

  12. The peach cobbler sounds delicious! I haven't had flowers on the dining table in ages, mostly because of clutter.

    Regarding the tiny houses, I wouldn't really want to do that, but I can attest to getting rid of (nearly) everything! We are moving our DVD collection and music to the cloud, carefully selecting even the items we may want to hang on the wall. And can you imagine giving away kitchen utensils, only to find you still have more of the same and are perfectly fine without! I think our move will be very cleansing.

    1. Yes, I imagine that moving abroad would be nearly the same as moving into a tiny house. I imagine that giving away kitchen utensils would be a hoot! I have two drawers of them. I need to sort them out occasionally! I think a move like yours would be very cleansing.


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