Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hemp Oil

Can be purchased from Amazon and on the site, many questions answered.  I know it is helping me with a low dose of 4 drops morning and night, no side effects and thankful for the opportunity
to know about this.  At the rate I am taking it will probably last me 3 months and not costly.

My Jamie, the writer, writes for a nutritionist and shared with me about Hemp Oil, saying ''it might help you.".

Sent me some from one she writes for and if I had known Amazon carried this brand and the duplicate of what Jamie sent to
me, I would have saved shipping.

Ever so careful of what I take at this age and now 100 lb.
I believe more in natural healing and products then what the doctor prescribes, always like this.

 Hemp Oil arrived, have read all the information I can find on this product and still researching.
It seems to work miracles for many.

So hesitantly I took it the first time almost a week ago.  Not the dosage they recommend as lower doses of everything
work for me.

The first evening I placed 2 drops in a tablespoon of water, it has no taste.  I seem to sleep better sooner and more at peace as I many
times have stories go over and over in my mind (a bad habit.) that cause anxiety.

Next day I took 3 drops in water morning after breakfast and in the evening before bedtime
It helped me once again.   Not like a sleeping pill (have never taken) or pain reliever even half a pill low dose like I have taken in the past
for severe pain and affect your mind, also helping with pain, 1/2 arthritis medication yesterday
and none this morning.

Taking my time sharing about this oil and trying to find the correct words to describe how it affects me, everyone is different and I have never had to take much of anything for relief.
Seems it gives me a feeling of well being, peace and not like a tranquilizer where is difficulty in thinking,
do not know where I am headed with this but want to share about it.

Yesterday, Tuesday morning  4 drops were taken and plan on the same last night.   If this is good I will not go over this dosage.

Already have been advised that I could take 20 drops of oil and I say "no way."
If a small amount of this Hemp Oil helps me then this is what I will take.
Fluid on knee drained a week ago and also a new kind of Cortisone shot that is time released and suppose to help for 3 to 6 months, repeatedly said I would never take this shot again, it is not good for the body but the pain was so bad I had to go to the doctor.
Dr. Stacy said you were supposed to come back last December, I shared that at that time was not at my home and really planned on never coming back again to see you :)
but in so much pain "I had too."   So will see how long this procedure last.
This was a very painful procedure "do not dare look at the size of the needle,:
Thankful, my Jamie drove me and was with me.

Now Shingles is another story, still on the right side of the face, affecting the eye, ear and very painful.
I will not take pain medication and told it will eventually leave but takes longer with age
and my immune system is not the best.

So I continue onward doing all I know to do and not stopping :)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Days and Cooking

Day's continue so warm
and I continue to miss my Callie, she is at Jamie's - this one cannot risk tripping over her (
Maybe I would be fine...

Yesterday, because I do not like store bought sweets I baked my favorite Zucchini Bread
been a long time.  This is the best recipe, been using for about 50 years and is a little different with crushed pineapple in it.  Also  Nan's brownies, the simplest recipe, I can mix with my whisk
makes a small amount.  Guess I am addicted to this recipe.   These recipes shared by me in the past.

On the stove yellow squash and onions cooking, green beans, potatoes, cabbage cooked yesterday and going to
1/2 a recipe of my old cornbread recipe.   Cooking it differently, on the stove top in my grandmother's over 100
year old small cast iron skillet.    She called it a hoecake but will be better than turning on the oven.
Also, beautiful ripe tomato's brought to me, will add cottage cheese.    A simple, healthy country meal with an addition of
sweet ice tea.
 I share a lot about cooking and like writing about it,
 always have loved to cook, once for a big family and now solo, need to cook for health
and trying desperately to gain 10 lbs I lost when leaving this home during the winter.
I cook small portions, enough for 2 days.

So, what is a hoecake? Google shares "it is a primitive form of cornbread"
the slaves made it.  Googles image and I will make 2 hoecakes :) and cover with butter.

my old pan has a handle, it is like a small iron skillet with no rim around it, this small skillet means  much
to me, since it was my grandmother's, she used it daily and it was given to me.
Can remember her saying "I'm going to make a hoecake" now I smile at her words remembered.

Remember this grandmother almost daily, my parents so young and she was the one who
constantly encouraged me onward and loved me with a love I shall never forget.

Then and Now

Here they are
my son, the Yoga instructor,
my Laurie, the artist, creates beautiful paintings
my Jamie, the writer
my Beth, the Nurse

Look at that hair, they all have beautiful hair.

I look frequently at this image
and have the thought
Time, you have been so good to all of us.

Thank you

Friday, July 13, 2018

They are Special

Every few months
they pull into my drive
Sheila and Francisco
a hard-working couple.

They helped me when moving into my cottage, helped to clear woods that came up to my door.

Sheila helped me move many items from the city to this special place.

They have always had a bountiful garden and many of my Day Lillie's that are thriving were gifts from them.

Here they are pulling in the drive, a bag of a few items from their now smaller garden
On the stove cooking is cabbage with a small amount of chopped onion, carrots, and Italian sausage.
Smells so good and now will also cook the yellow squash and slice a tomato with cottage cheese.
I am all set and hopefully feel like baking later, either Zucchini bread and maybe chocolate

While they were here, Francisco repaired my ancient bird feeder and so pleased as the top part has
been sitting on the ground for days.
Good friends

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Have been trying to capture a good shot of the many Hummingbirds visiting my feeders.
If I am outside they are aware of me and sun too hot to sit still outside for very long.
This morning I pulled up the blind in my bedroom
and was successful

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Riced Cauliflower

Finally, something I can eat, it is easy to make and healthy.

Riced Cauliflower from the freezer department of grocery or you could rice whole fresh cauliflower
with an addition of frozen peas, chopped carrots. (probably could use other vegetables)

Warm olive oil, add  garlic and
 chopped onions in the skillet (I used 3 green onions)
add riced cauliflower, peas, chopped carrots
when almost done add a beaten egg. (this time an addition of 2 small ones)
I add Sesame Oil and a little Soy sauce

So Good

I top with shrimp, always in my freezer

So pleased I have discovered Riced Cauliflower
I prepared this on Tuesday night and cooked a chicken thigh, it is tender, white
meat is tough.   I poached it with a little garlic and onion.   Will add it chopped too riced dish.

At this time with still Shingles and sore gums from tooth extraction in February
difficult to find soft foods.

Fine at breakfast but later meal has been a challenge.

Hemp oil post
to soon to write about it
at the moment
too good to be true
and maybe or may not be :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Flowers From My Garden

I usually do not pick the flowers in my garden
but the Phlox at this time is just beautiful and so fragrant.

I dare not venture out into the garden, stay at the edge
so last night I asked my special young assistant to pick white and purple Phlox
and 2 Coneflowers, put in a special vase I purchased 50 years ago and place on the big table

It was so pretty asked her to do a smaller one and place on my desk in my bedroom.

I may start placing flowers from my garden in these 2 places from now on.
Took pleasure in looking at them.

Will soon be sharing about Hemp Oil.