Saturday, February 28, 2015

Did I ever show you ...?

Did I ever share the picture I have in the guest bath?
It is supposed to attach to the commode lid ,,,
but we weren't able to get it to stick.
I decided to frame it and it proudly sits on the shelf above the commode.
Probably should have it over the urinal for male guests to enjoy...
but now it is easily seen and enjoyed when one opens the door.

Do you have a fun decoration somewhere in your home?
Please share!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo

DH and I like going to the zoo ... most any zoo ...
took a day trip over to the Stuttgart Zoo the other day ..
I didn't plan well, my camera battery died almost immediately ..
oh well ... just another reason to go back
... as if I "needed" a reason to go back to a zoo....
Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo .... how 'bout you, you, you?
Do you enjoy visiting the animals in a zoo?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feasting on Friday ... Scrat

A friend sent me this photo she found on the Internet~

She knows DH and I love Scrat in "Ice Age"

hummmm... may want to add Scrat to our 25th anniversary party cake ..

gotta have something fun and kicky on the cake!

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday Retrospect -- My Son at (3)

When my son was three, I was working in as a data entry clerk
(yes, this was a loooong time ago) ...
one of the benefits was discounted tickets to Disneyland.
We went several times that year ...
 this photo is from the first visit. 
He was a special boy then... and is a wonderful man now.
Do you have a treasured memory to share?
I would love to hear it.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!

This morning DH mentioned wanting pumpkin waffles ... fortunately I have everything I need to make them.  If I had thought about it last, night I could have thawed out the bacon in our freezer and made heart bacon for breakfast as well.  (you fold the streaky bacon strips so it approximates a heart-shape).
Tried to make heart shaped waffles ... major flop.  Next time I'll put the waffle batter into a container with a spout ... that should let me  "shape" the batter.
Waffles turned out great ...
Aren't they pretty?  Yummy too!
We're off to visit a wild animal park ... hope you all do something fun today!

Feasting on Friday ... or is it Friday Funny?

My niece sent DH and I a care-package for Christmas ... she was so sweet to send us treats that we can't easily get over here.  When DH and I visit someplace new (for us), we really enjoy wandering through the different shops and seeing what food items are offered that we might not have seen before ... often buying them to enjoy.

Anyhow ... one of the items she sent us was Split Pea Soup mix.  It's one of our favorite soups ...though some people have a hard time getting past the weird green.

Had some leftover ham ... so decided to make it this evening and have an easy lunch tomorrow.

 Green Garden Soup?   
That's a different name for Split Pea ... oh well, it's only a name ....
 Hang on a minute.... 
the ingredient says the number one ingredient is Great Northern Beans ....

Nope ... not a white bean to be seen...
Oh well,,, it was accidentally mis-labeled ... no biggie.
Found a sorta HoneyBaked Ham Split Pea soup recipe on the web -
soup turned out fairly well ... 
but it is missing something - probably the ham bone.  
Never the mind ... we'll enjoy the soup ... and the love that sent it ....

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

European Snow Storm

Really cool video of snowfall in Slovakia ... buildings in our village are generally stand-alone, but the peaceful feeling is the same.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Icy fruits ..

Yesterday's snowfall was light enough to just make things pretty ... not like the three or four or eight feet of snow falling in the US Northeast region as part of Storm Juno 2015.

It's our lava table (a fond reminder of our life in Sicily) shows off the dusting ... it really does seem like granulated sugar has been sprinkled over it ...

Love the granada (pomegranate) ~   

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Boston Blizzard 2015

Comments from the posting:

Published on Jan 28, 2015
A time lapse of the 2015 Boston blizzard from 3 pm on January 26 to 8 am on January 28, 2015.

The video was created from 5,000 images, recorded at 30-second intervals on a GoPro.

The snowlapse was recorded on a roof in Back Bay Boston. For reference, the tall building on the far left is the Hancock Tower. The building in the distance in the middle is the Westin Copley Plaza and the illuminated "The" is from the roof of The Lenox Hotel.

Impressive to watch the snow level rise as time goes by ... sometimes I wished I lived in the in New England or the Mid-Atlantic states, just because of all the wonderful historical and cultural opportunities ... then I see something like this and think... maybe I'd rather not.   Holly

Spring is coming ....

It may be snowy here ... but my tulips are starting to peek out of the ground ... Spring is on its way!

Do you see any signs of the coming season in your corner of the world?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's snowy ... it's not ... it's .. winter in Germany

 Started snowing a few days ago ...

Then it cleared up and the snow all melted away ... but ....

Yesterday ... it snowed again... a little

Well .. since it was only a little, it looked pretty and didn't take long to clear the walkways in compliance with German law ...

Our sun from Thailand sports a new hair style in his place under the tree....

A light dusting on one of our potted plants on the terrace ..... while the needles of our rosemary bush on the slope caught some flakes as well...
Definitely winter in southern Germany!

What is it like in your corner of the world?


Friday, January 2, 2015

Say what?

 DH and I saw these at the Deutsches Technical Museum in Munich recently ... 
just have to wonder who would use "Dummy" guides for these ... 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farewell 2014 ... Hello 2015

I wish all of you and yours all the 
joy and happiness
 your hearts desire in 2015.

Hooray for the start of new year ~
Another chance for all things 
to become right!

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

At the market

At the farmer's market the other day ... one of the vendors was selling these ...

Wished I'd gotten a bunch for the house ...
next time.

Is there a favorite item at the market you like getting for your home?

Monday, December 29, 2014

most influential person ... thought-provoking

I found this on a dear friend's Pinterest page today ,,, I found it incredibly moving.
No matter your faith ~ or none at all ~ this could be part of anyone's life ...
and it isn't limited to only women of the world ... 
many men are belong as well ...

I realize how blessed I have been by so many people whose aid or help 
I took for granted ... how small of me ... and how great of them.
Doesn't matter your faith ... looking back, many of those who helped me
were of faiths vastly different from my own. 

Wishing all of you a Happy 2015!

Cat-sitting Harley

I'm kitty-sitting Harley again while his pet human is in Berlin with family for the weekend ...

He has grown a lot in the last few months ... 
Harley keeps wrapping and weaving himself around my legs ...

Love having a cat in the house again ... even though he keeps trying to run out the door every time it is open ...


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Finished my other major organizing project -- Hurray!!

 Taking advantage of DH's deployment to get some projects done that are inconvenient to do while he is around ... so much easier to be able to pull apart a room or and and leave everything out for a day or two (or four ... snicker) while sorting, purging and re-arranging into a more user-friendly layout.

This is the after photographs of my latest project ... our pantry 
(still have to finish the bottle shelf) ...

                                         This is what I started with ... ick!

With a new year starting soon ~ is there a project you want to start on?    

Last year's Christmas gift from my son

Don't think I ever shared one of the great gifts my son gave me last Christmas ... 
Tried hanging it on the door ... 
but the adhesive hook we put on the door keeps pulling free and crashing to the floor ...

Since I don't want this damaged or destroyed ..we display it in our entryway ...
Isn't it terrific??  
I just love it!!
I am so lucky to have such a wonderful son!!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fantastic, Delish, Wonderful Chicken Pot Pie

I've been experimenting a lot  in the kitchen ... trying out new recipes.
DH LOVED this one ... went back and had seconds ... and thirds!!
Will make a few changes the next time ... but for the most part, it was great!

4 Tablespoons butter
3 stalks celery, finely chopped (I used 4 ... we like it really veggie)
3 medium carrots, finely chopped (I don't peel them though you can)
1 cup finely chopped onions
1/2-cup flour (can use cornstarch or sauce thickener if you prefer)
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I used leftover rotisserie chicken)
1/2-cup frozen peas, thawed (think I used a full cup worth)
1 teaspoon thyme (will make it scant next time, a bit too much this time)
1 teaspoon salt (will omit this next time ... it was a bit too salty for us)
1/2-teaspoon pepper
biscuits for topping (original recipe uses a pie crust ... these were on hand)

Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.  Heat butter in a large skillet over med-high heat.  Add carrots, celery, onion and cook, stirring often until tender (about 8 minutes).  Add flour, stir until smooth (since I used a sauce thickener, I waited to add toward the end).  Add chicken broth and granules, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.   Reduce heat and stir in cream.  (This is where I added the sauce thickener) Cook stirring often until thickened.  Add chicken, thawed peas and seasonings.

Pour mixture into a 9x13-inch pan coated with cooking spray (original recipe suggested using a deep-dish pie pan).  Top with either the biscuits (I cut them in half, makes serving it easier) or the pie crust. 

Bake 30 minutes or until topping is lightly browned and filling is bubbling.  

Cool 10 minutes or so before eating ... we couldn't wait that long!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Snowy days ..

Recent weather ...

Our table and terrace ...

                              Enjoy!   Holly

Maybe this should be our tree ...   

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Success! Empty Spaces!

Look!  Open space!
Hooray!  Have got the armoire and the side boy purged out and re-arranged.  Have released so many things from our home ... and I have to wonder why I acquired many of them.  Feels great to have reduced a wee bit of my clutter ...
 it's almost a physical feeling of lightness ...

Now I want to find other things I can release from our lives ... and our home ...


 Check out all the open space!  Now to keep from re-filling it!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cleaning and organizing

DH is deployed right now ... 
so I've been working on some 
long-overdue cleaning and 
purging.  Miss him bunches ... 
but when he's home, I can't empty
 cupboards and bins and leave 
the contents scattered about
while going through the piles 
to keep the items we want and donate or toss what no longer fits in our lives.

Over the last week, I've been going through the three main storage places in our home ... an armoire, a side buffet and a curtained off section of a dead-end hallway.  Should have taken pictures before I started ... but oh well... all three were PACKED TO THE GILLS!!


 Almost done with all the piles ... only a couple items left to deal with ... tomorrow I'll post what the armoire and side boy look like now.

DH will be so surprised (at least I think he will) when he comes home and sees there is actually some empty space in the three storage areas!  I sold a lot of it at fire-sale prices ... the space and having the unwanted items (most are still in like new condition) go away was more important than getting a lot of money for them.   What went away was my stuff ... I know better than to get rid of anything of DH's without his approval.

Are there any projects you have been working on lately?  I have several others I have been working on ... but this one has been a priority for me.   


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Caught by a cat ?! ?!

We cat-sat for our neighbor recently ...
it was nice having a cat in the house again ...

it's been a year since our Siamese passed away ...
Harley is only about 4 months old ...
he likes to play ... A LOT !!!

Wandered into the bathroom, half asleep ... nightlight on ...
only to see a pair of yellow, glowing eyeballs staring from the sink ... 

... kitty laughter fills the room ...
Could you live down being laughed at by a cat?? 
I can't .... (sigh) ....

Friday, December 5, 2014

Have you ever put Christmas trees outside your windows?

I've seen lots of trees that are placed so that they can easily be seen through the windows ... but I don't recall ever seeing trees hung outside a window.   DH and I saw this recently in a nearby town ... the owner was still hanging and decorating them while we were shopping in the street below.

The branches on the side closest to the window are trimmed off and used elsewhere.

So much fun to see how other people do things ... not just Christmas, but all through the year ...  

People are people ... and we can all learn from one another.    Holly


Thursday, December 4, 2014