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, November 27, 2018


A quick trip to the market and two other places, someone with me.

At the market bought a 15 inch Lemon Cypress Tree - my Christmas Tree :)

will put on deck in the Spring

Told it has a Lemon Scent
if you crush the needles in your hand.

Sunday, November 25, 2018


A good Thanksgiving dinner and visit with local family.  Oh, my granddaughters have grown so and it seems like yesterday they visited me so often and so entertaining,

Quiet, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

So no leftovers and tired of them anyway
so what to eat.   I made potato soup beginning with chopped carrots, onions, celery and a few butternut squash pieces,    Was so good, simple and easy to cook.   Covered it with grated cheese

Just finished an order from Amazon
for Himalayan salt, I use and suppose to be full of extra benefits and need all available to this one,

I copied an easy recipe for a Pumpkin Souffle.

If it turns out well
will share.

Do not like the fact that Christmas music was playing during Thanksgiving.

Soup finished, have enough for a bowl this evening,  dishes done and now time to read the New York Times.

Best Wishes to Everyone.

An addition

rarely eat cereal but spotted the other day
a lot of nutrition and I let it soften in milk
before I tried.
I usually cook an egg & toast or waffle with banana

Friday, November 23, 2018


I copied the tree and words from Tabor

Love tree's and these words

Thank you

Hope it was alright.....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

We Gather Together

All day
the lyrics to the song I sang in church for years has been going through my mind
Loved this song, always enjoyed singing

"We Gather Together
to ask the Lord's Blessing.
He hastens and chastens his will to make known
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing
Sing praises to his name, he forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining

Above the beginning words
written anonymous in the year 1597


My special helper
made my cornbread for me to use in my dressing tomorrow
Sat and directed her and flipped it out of the pan :) perfectly it came out

She did perfectly

thank youyou did perfectly

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Friend

The huge tree I pass going down my drive
This image does not do you justice
I know that this one could not wrap her arms around you.

When I pass you
the thought arises
what stories you could tell me and I wonder how old you are.

Wish you could talk and share with this ancient one.

Maybe we are both survivors
I know in my heart you have made it many more years
then I will.

That is fine
since you are a tree with sturdy roots
but this one
has been a survivor, a fighter all of her life
and will remain so
until the end.




Monday, November 19, 2018


A lot has improved and some things no different.

I read what I write and all looks well and it is really not so.

Still, struggle with Shingles on the right side of the face, so much research done about nerve damage
and it may disappear or never,  It affects my sight and hearing on the right side.  It is what it is
and have to accept.

Walking and balance not good, need to keep moving but better when I rest more and seems difficult for me to learn something
so simple.   Always up by 5:00, stay busy until noon and then energy ceases.  I rest a while and seem to be better.

Thanksgiving will be different, I only like my dressing and will make, contribute fresh Brussel Sprouts,
fresh fried corn from a friends garden,  tea, and fresh rolls.   Girls will bring the turkey, more sides, and pie.

Looking forward with all my heart to seeing those who are local, miss family who are a long distance away.

I have the thought  "what did you think it would be like when you passed 80 and I reply to myself "not like this" unrealistic I was, never thinking I would have to stop or slow down much I have loved to do.
So onward I go trying to do everything I need to do

Ever thankful for so much.
I am up, on computer, reading, the view from my windows is amazing, using my camera,
trips to market with limited help and
so thankful to be in my home surrounded by nature

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Butternut Squash Soup

Another day, two days ago a quick morning trip to the market with a helper (very weary)
restocked a lot as it seems I am eating small amounts of a lot, want to gain weight faster :)

so now what to prepare for 3:00 meal.

Butternut Squash soup.    So pleased I directed morning helper to chop a lot of veggies and put in
bags in the freezer for me to use as an addition to what I am trying to prepare.

Will add some onion, chopped carrots, celery to squash along with vegetable broth.

Good for the evening meal.

I am taking a pill to increase my appetite and it works.   8 weeks ago no appetite and I now
think a lot about food, what I use to prepare and looking through my recipes.  What a change.

I might add it is a bitter cold and windy day here by the woods....

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Continuing Onward

A healing lunch
the last bowl of soup I duplicated from my granddaughter Sarah.
Brocilli, Cauliflower, Potato, and assorted vegetables, cooked and creamed with coconut milk, blended until creamy,  so good.
My favorite Sweet Potato crackers, Gouda Cheese and been probably 40 years for this drink
Bloody Mary, the best Vodka, V8 juice, olive stuffed with cheese (cannot drink a small amount of wine as it burns my mouth,  Ending with a slice of the best fruitcake I could find online (always' made my own_
So a continuing to heal meal, have gained 6 lbs, many yet to add to this small frame. eating every 2 hours

While eating I hear the tractor, been calling for days, another blessing before rain expected
and soon green wheat will fill the field.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Safe Trip

Up to look at Emails

and he made it safely back to another land.

I Smile
at my memories.

God is so Good to me.

I will continue onward

feel it in my heart.

Thank you to all of  you who take the time to read my rambling and respond to me

you are all Angels

from one woman who is now ancient and lives by the edge of the woods.....

Monday, November 5, 2018

Missing Him

They pull out the long country drive
I vow to not let him see me cry.....

I say
thank you over and over
the words so simple
but heartfelt

He leaves his mama
feeling better than when he arrived

He tells me to keep resting, moving and eating
and he will return in March

God Bless him
Safe travel wishes

My mind begins
how in the world
have I lost almost a year?

So I pass on
Never take anything in this life for granted.

I have so much to be thankful for
and maybe
the Good Lord
is going to give me more time
on this planet
surrounded by my nature filled environment.

Saturday, November 3, 2018


Sarah, thank you
I did it
Cauliflower soup.

Love you

Relearning much

patience, never my gift

weak, need 15 lbs, eating every 2 hours, difficult to imagine what happened

thank you to everyone.

My granddaughter the chef has brought me many soups
and this one my favorite.

An addition of many veggies, chicken broth and coconut milk for this soup cook all day
and then blended is so good.

Continuing onward, the son leaves for Thailand soon and will miss him.