Cause me to hear Thy loving kindness in the morning;
for in Thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk
for I lift up my soul unto Thee.
~ Psalm 143:8

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A rainy walk

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Temperature warmed up and it rained all during the night and was still raining in the morning.  It was 40 degrees so I put on my rain pants, yellow slicker, and also took along the umbrella and out I went walking.  It poured during my whole walk but I sure didn't mind because I was outside. : )  It has been a while since I walked in the rain and it was nice to hear the rain on my umbrella.  I stayed dry expect for my feet which got soaked.

I first walked over to the post office and mailed off a couple of cards and then just walked all around town a couple of times.  Didn't see anyone else out.  It was a soggy mess out there and most of the snow is gone. Some pictures along my walk.

I walked 6 miles.
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I've spent another day at home doing this and that around the house like yesterday.  Got a lot of the current puzzle done.

It rained all day long and was still raining when we left for church after supper.  The temperature was 37 when we left and 32 when we got home and the rain has now turned to snow.  Wonder how much snow there will be in the morning.

When I get done here I'll go and have my snack.  No ice cream this evening.  I'm going to eat the last Black and White while watching an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs.

Hope your day has been a happy one.
happyone : )
When the world says, "Give up."
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~ Unknown
Comment replies:
Vee - Since we haven't lived here many winters (this is number 2) I can't say what is usual.  I read some of my blog posts from last March and it is pretty much the same as this year.  In March the weather can go either way.  The locals say this is how winter is.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Outside and home

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I am very happy to say that the temperature was 22 degrees with just a slight breeze and I didn't even mind that it was cloudy because I got to walk outside this morning.  : )

Made my way over to the post office and mailed off two Netlix movies.  Most of the streets in town were clear with just a few patches of ice here and there and the ones ice covered I avoided.
Walked up to one of the cemeteries and could walk half way around it where the path was cleared.  Saw the woman with the ear phones again and she was the only other person I saw out walking. 

I continued walking down the main road towards HT and then turned off on the road to HT but only walked a little way down there before turning around and heading back home.
I walked 6.2 miles.
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We've been home all day just doing stuff around the house.  Some cleaning, reading, knitting and enjoying our day. : )

Hope your day has been a happy one.
happyone : )
Someone remembers, someone cares;
Your name is whispered in someone's prayers.
~ Unknown

Monday, March 2, 2015

Another Monday

The moon at 5:45 this evening
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Above freezing yesterday but during the night every thing froze up and this morning it was snowing.  You know the routine by now - an inside walk.

By mid morning it was a sunny, but windy and in the 20's.  Really a beautiful day.  Nice to see the sunshine.

Washed the sheets and as I was making up the bed I thought that all these years we've been married I've always slept on the left side of the bed.  We tried switching sides one night but only lasted a couple of minutes before we were back on our normal sides.  Which side do you sleep on and has it always been the same?

This is the latest scarf I'm knitting - another ripple one.  This time just two colors, blue and yellow and I'm using cotton yarn.
This Monday was just like last Monday.  We left late afternoon and stopped in at the library, then went to Walmart, and on the way home stopped at Brenda's for pizza.  Did not come home with a black and white cookie this time though because I can bake my own. : )

Little baby Cohen is home, his lungs are still not clear but he is doing much better and should be fine.  Thanks for your prayers.

Hope your day has been a happy one and you smiled often.
happyone : )

When you get to your wits end,
you will find,
God lives there.
~ Unknown

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cookie day

Another bird
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It was a sunny morning but looks can be deceiving.  No walk outside today - it was a chilly 2 below zero.  So once more it was an inside walk.

I had some of those heart shaped cookies I made for the kids at church a couple of weeks ago left in the freezer.  Some of the icing was left too in the refrigerator and this morning I tried my hand at icing them again.  I thinned the icing and though they aren't perfect, I did a lot better job on them this time.  Ken thought so too and ate a couple of them right away.  : )
It was a day for cookies.  I also made the Black and White cookies and I'm pleased to say they turned out great.  Easy to make too.  Here they are ready for the oven.
 17 minutes later they came out looking like this.
 Once cooled they are turned over and the flat side is iced.
 We couldn't wait for snack time this evening to taste one so we shared one right away.  Oh my are they so good.  I think better even than the one from Brenda's.

New York Black and White Cookies
For Cookies
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
For Black and White icing
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon clear corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water (approx)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
  • In small bowl or cup, mix together buttermilk and vanilla.
  • Beat butter and white sugar together in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes or until it's evenly distributed.
  •  Add egg to butter and sugar mixture, and beat until blended.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture one cup at a time, and add in buttermilk mixture  between each cup of flour, and mix until smooth.  It will be necessary to scrape down the sides of the bowl while mixing.
  • Spoon batter in 1/4 cup size servings onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  (I used the quarter cup scoop from Pampered Chef and made 7.
  • Bake on middle rack for about 15-17 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched.
  • Place on a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely before icing.
  • Stir together icing sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and 1/2 tablespoon of water in bowl until smooth.
  • Place half of mixture into separate bowl and add cocoa powder, and remaining water bit by bit until it is the same consistency as the white icing.  If the icing is too runny, add more icing sugar until it is smooth and spreadable.
  •  Turn cooled cookies flat side up, and spread icing - half with white icing and half with chocolate.
The icing does not set solid on these cookies, and does not harden, but it dries enough to be wrapped as they are sold in the city. They can be wrapped individually in cellophane, or sealed in a plastic container.

Yesterday we had chicken for dinner and this evening I made Chicken A La King with the left over chicken.  It had been years since I made that.  My kids used to love it.  It was very good and something different for a change.

Thanks for all the kind words about the scarf I knitted.  It was really easy and fun to do. 
That's about it for today.
Hope your day has been a happy one.
happyone : )
How beautiful a day can be
when kindness touches it.
~ George Elliston
Update on my Mom:
They met with 4 surgeons and it was decided that my Mom would go ahead with the open heart surgery.  The prognosis is good and she should be fine.  Her surgery will probably be the end of March.  It is in God's hands and we will trust Him.