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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


It is finally happening
for weeks have waited for the 3 ft high weeds in front of this cottage to be sprayed in preparation for crop.  I heard the big loud machine about an hour ago :)

The blacktop machines just arrived also and they will start preparing part of the gravel drive in the morning for blacktop.
I will be able to walk once again and use this great helpful walker on the blacktop and maybe not the walker, just a cane.    It has been  impossible with gravel.
I miss walking on this property and the best for me has been at the market holding onto the cart.

Person who has bush hogged my woods in the back stopped and have been trying to find someone.
Seems all the surrounding farmer's machines are too big to go in and out of the tree's on my
back property.  It was beginning to look like a jungle.   Children say "it is not important and I am too
fussy" but do not want the woods to become so thick this cannot be done, in the past enjoyed
exploring the woods and wild flowers.  So someone is starting on the woods on Saturday :)

Arriving home from errands earlier today I see a truck by my terrace.   Another handrail was being
installed so I can go from terrace down to drive and garden area - easily.

So at the close of this day
I smile and things that have burdened me
are being solved.

So a very thankful heart
is beating......

Monday, May 29, 2017

Simple Fudge Pie

So good
and easy to make
recipe given to me by a friend.
Thank you Lana

1 cup sugar
2 tbs flour
4 tbs cocoa
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
3 tbs melted butter
1 tsp vanilla

beat eggs
pour on rest of ingredients
 in a bowl
and I used my whisk  ( the great part - no mixer)

mix well and pour into pie shell
and put in 350 preheated oven

45 minutes or a little more

I made two pies :)

along with
ribs they were grilling at the market
my Texas Baked Beans
cold slaw and sweet tea

this was a winner for my daughter's and grand girls
visiting yesterday and this 90  degree sunny day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Cool outside
like 50 degrees.

Just finished meal
the first in several weeks that was tasty,
2 1/2 weeks of antibiotics
 upsetting my stomach and the last left me with red spots the size of a lemon slice that are
slowly fading plus other issues that will end but take time.

Stir fry, keep shrimp in the freezer and veggies and rice on hand.
Egg girl :) always brings me a sliver of something she bakes, this fudge pie was so good.
Thank you Lana.
A simple recipe she shared and must bake, maybe this weekend when girls visit.

Thankful for a driver for errands this early morning but then do not like it.  I want to drive
locally and maybe soon.   At the moment balance too bad to risk it.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beautiful Sunday

Could not ask for a prettier day.

Soon drive by home will be black top.   Will be so easy for me to walk on.   Not comfortable
on this gravel.  So much rain has delayed this for weeks.  Hopefully dry enough soon.

Mother's Day, last Sunday a perfect day also.   Many pictures taken and deleted :)
we are difficult to please - above 2 good ones...

Going through old pictures

Friday, May 19, 2017


will share more.

Hopefully  have computer problems solved.

Now trying to learn a new way.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Country Food and Sleeping Help

My son took me to some special places for lunch during his long visit and Beth last Saturday
on trip to Nashville for leg.   Really like my food the best but it is nice to get every now and then.
Most of that has stopped for a while.

I like my food the best, not eating too good lately, no appetite and checked out the freezer
A bag of fresh corn that had been cut off of the cob, blue lake green beans and I thought
I had used all of my sweet baking items and there it was, one last loaf of my Blueberry Bread.

So cooked the best lunch of corn, green beans (frozen from a friend's garden) cabbage (and I add chopped carrots, potato, onion and a small amount of Polish Sausage.

Food for the next 2 days,  it was so good .  Missing my corn bread and not up to baking at this time.
Always so much in her freezer as they have a huge garden, just called and ask if she had any
extra corn and green beans in her freezer, she does and buying for Mother's Day lunch
and girls can bring the rest.

Lately do not sleep well and pulled out my little sound machine last week, could hardly hear it
and when checked Amazon this machine is 6 years old (no wonder) and I only play the
ocean tape.   The sound of the waves coming in and out is so relaxing and brings back so
many wonderful memories.
from Amazon $19 and my new one just arrived.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Wonderful Sun

I sit on the deck
in the wonderful sun
it has been so long, at the ,moment a break from the rain
Girls thought I needed a second set of eyes to look at damage I did 3 weeks ago hit my leg on a glass shelf,
so RN daughter took me to Nashville to the Vanderbilt Clinic.  So nice the surroundings
and the young doctor a graduate from Harvard.
said it was healing, stay on antibiotic, elevate and ice and also it will take a long time to heal.
Thankful it is not swelling as much.

Words I read this morning 
"you do not need to keep up a false front of perfection, fake people
must maintain an  image, real people do not care...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Bloom

Going through papers and discarding much
I find
these words.

"Keep busy in your  pursuit of all in these last years

do not expect much from others.

Take responsibility for your own happiness

without depending on anyone else."

Guess this says it all......

Then I also remember my youngest granddaughter's (sarcastic blackberry) words
'Let it Go"   :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wedding Day

My youngest daughter's
wedding day.

Remember so well.
a beautiful sunny day
she looked beautiful
and Alan so handsome

As she came down the steps a harp was playing
soft breeze blowing

I took my mother and a wheel chair was provided
she sat by the window as she could not go down to the garden area.

Now 20 years later

Happy Anniversary

Jamie and Alan

Thank you for my 2 youngest granddaughter's....

At this time the young woman who does my hair
is the one that did Jamie's hair for her wedding

Cindy, you did a beautiful job.....

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Iris.Orchid and Wrap

Yesterday a friend made a special visit
and brought these
These Iris bloom twice a year
and last year she brought me bulbs,
one white, yellow and pink

Thank you

Today has not been a good walking or balance day
a list of errands I wanted to do myself
and could not
it made me sad

So called my helper
to take me and help me in and out of vehicle

last on my list an errand to the market,
I have always wanted a yellow Orchid,
there it was
so I bought myself a gift.
the first new one I have purchased
all the others
were marked down
and I nursed back to their beauty
and several a birthday gift in the past.
They love to be where I do not want them to be - on my old chop block,  They thrive so in this
area that I dare not move them.

New expanded market has many new items including they make sandwiches.
So was the huge tomato wrap I instructed the young woman to put together.
Turkey, cheese, lettuce, spinach,  tomato, black olives, avocado, colored peppers, cucumber
light oil and vinegar, she wrapped, so big had it cut in 4 sections
and gave 2 sections to my helper of the day just $5.49.
So I hear...................................................................................................................................................
you look good
you sound good
you write good

but I am sad
as I am not
walking good
and told repeatedly
be careful.

Forgive me...

Monday, May 1, 2017

I Smile

Memories surface of  a time in the past
I was leaving the country
and said I would not return
but I did....

My grandson came to visit
he thought for one last time in this country setting.  At the moment cannot find that image
with another dog I had at that time.  He was getting ready to start college in Nashville.

5 years ago he brought Missy to visit me, I wrote about the little dog Bear that I rescued on this country road and Gavin fell in love with little Bear and took him back to Nashville to live
at his fraternity house - it was quite a story I shared.  Then after graduation he took him to the
big city, seems Bear did not adjust to well but he did find a wonderful home for him.
Image of Callie and little Bear. 5 years ago.

Yesterday received many pictures of my grandson and engagement to young woman he has been seeing for 5 years. the one in the above photo - I think they still look the same,
They graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, together.

loves this image of him on his knees
God Bless them and their future together.