Thursday, September 18, 2014


doors and windows opened
delightful cool air,
the scent is in air
 of tobacco burning
in the barns.

In the oven

a cheesecake baking
and zucchini bread
is cooling
Now clean up time
and late breakfast

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cheese Cake

A recipe in my file for close to 40 years
and have not made in years.
and making this afternoon....

Reminded of this recipe last week
that is in my old recipe book of over 40 years old.
A friend shared a piece of this the other day, something she baked
and this was it :)  
Tasty and so simple

1 stick of margarine melted
2 eggs
1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix

Mix and pour into buttered 9 x 13 pan

Mix  2 eggs
8 oz of softened cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 box confectionery sugar

Spread on top of first mixture
bake 325 degrees
for 45 minutes until golden brown

Tomorrow making Zucchini bread.
Something sweet on hand
for my daughter's visit
to go with tea, coffee or my favorite

Of course there is always something sweet baked
just for this one :)

Another beautiful day
50 degrees at the moment at dawn
and going to about 72.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's Alright

Cool weather arrived quickly
and seems I cannot stay warm.
Putting sweater's
and warmer garden clothes
on shelf.

Weather forecast
Sunny and maybe a shower.
Some washed and put outside to dry
and here comes the shower
and it is alright with me
as they are garden clothes.
I look at them and realize
some of these tops are close to 10 years old
and does not matter if some have holes :)
 they are still my favorite.

One I am sharing my Sunday New York Times with
arrived this morning and brought these pumpkins.
Will pass on to my little girls when they visit sometime soon.
These images taken at her farm
last year.
A busy one
and supplies me with her handmade soap.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Oh yes
today was a delightful day.
Dawn not quite 50 degrees
and  temptation resisted all day to turn on heat.
At this time
it is 70 in the cottage.

Has been a long time since I could spend the day outside.
It was such a joy.
Careful was I and so thankful.

Weeded, trimmed, dead headed and walked a little ways in the woods.
With some recent showers
everything is still a beautiful green.

Yesterday, woods were bush hogged.  Doing this every Spring and Fall.
Surroundings look like a park except for soon to be cut dried corn field in front.
I will miss it until something is once again planted.
Wish it would be Winter wheat as the fields would have the appearance of a lawn.
If it is Soybeans then I will look at corn stubble's all Winter
which the deer and squirrels will like.

Pruned pear tree that was planted last year.  Last year it surprised me with a dozen pears.
Did not think it had any this year but I saw 2.
Waiting for a sack full to make the over 100 year old pear preserve recipe I have that
my mother gave me years ago.
Pear preserves are my favorite
Who but this one
would delight so
in a pear - the second one half rotten and thrown away :)

Look forward to my oldest daughter being with me for a short stay
this weekend (wish it were longer) but she will return next month
for what they call a special day.
My special grandson and son in law
will pick her up.
Will be so pleased to see them....

At the moment
Life is so Good....

Friday, September 12, 2014

September News - Some Of It

Wish I was there - Koi Samui, Thailand - can't you kidnap me and take your mama :)
My recently married granddaughter
has traded her days
from a busy New York cubicle
for the classroom.
In training for teaching at a private school in New York.
This has so many wonderful  lifetime rewards
from being a part of children's education, watching them develop
and just a little less stressful then a busy New York world career...
So happy for her
 and a thought does anyone do cursive writing anymore?

My youngest granddaughter has just started a creative writing practice
and will be so exciting to see her progress and subjects she decides to write about.
This is  the one at such a young age has always had a way with words:)
Her latest when my daughter called " this little one said "can I stay home from school today
and be your slave" - oh my is that what you call it when helping mom :)

For years I have wanted Cosmos
and never could get them to grow.
Some shared with me in the Spring
and look at this
and other Fall blooms.

I never wanted many
pink flowers in my garden,
guess it is better then nothing at this time of the year...

News this last week
another young granddaughter
fractured her ankle during a soccer game.
Wearing a boot that you pump up
and since she is young and healthy
quick healing thoughts from grandma.....

on this morning
it is 60 degrees
my kind of weather
and windows are open :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


It was almost 60 degrees this morning and yesterday
So delightful.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Favorite Sunday Spot

Surrounded by papers (local and New York Times) scissors handy to clip articles and I spend a lot of the day
reading of new books, movies, special words and on this day an article on a simple cottage in the Adirondacks, N.Y. was interesting and reminded me of the simplicity in my life at this time.
Really always my favorite spot for reading, computer and watching morning weather prediction.

Lunch, corn beef, Swiss cheese sandwich on rye bread and pairing of Bokchoy with
onion, red peppers simmered with a dash of olive oil.

Corn beef and Swiss purchased recently as memories surfaced of many trips taking my mother
to the doctor.  She always called it her day.     We always stopped at a wonderful Jewish Deli in Nashville where they served
this sandwich, Matzo ball chicken soup (which I have never been able to duplicate) and many other wonderful dishes and had a case filled with homemade bread
and deserts.  We always took quite a selection home.
This deli is long gone and I still miss it.   Small family owned and operated.

A good day is ending.....