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But For The Grace of God . . .

Our New Year started off with a ‘bang’ or more accurately a rumble.   We were roused from sleep by a phone call Monday morning (last week) round 5:30am – County Emergency Alert – that we were in the path of a strong line of thunderstorms that would be passing through our area.  These storms would include high wind, hail and rain.

 

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If you’re like me, getting a phone call at an odd hour  in the early morning or in the middle of the night means there’s no going back to sleep.  So I got up and let Bear out for a potty break in case the storm lasted past his ‘break’ time.  It wasn’t bad outside when we went out.  Not terribly cold, little or no wind and certainly no rain . . . yet.

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Came back in and sat down in the den, in the dark . . . and waited.   Didn’t have to wait long before lightening flashes lit up the windows.  Like someone outside flipping a light switch on / off really fast.  That wasn’t too bad and didn’t hear a lot of rain but did hear what sounded suspiciously like a tornado passing over.   If you’ve ever heard one, you’ll never forget that sound.  I kept thinking, maybe it’s just a lot of large hail hitting on the metal roof – but the rumbling sound kept on rumbling.

 

By the time I heard all that noise, it was too late to think of heading to the shelter.   So I just sat there . . . hoping, praying – that  if it was a tornado –   it didn’t do any damage.   Or better yet, maybe it was just hail.

 

The rumbling didn’t last that long – and after about half an hour everything else was over as well. Still too dark to see outside so I just sat there with Bear  waiting for morning light.

 

When I could see outside, thankfully, no damage had been done. But was I surprised to see in our local paper later that week that a series of tornadoes had in deed raked  across our area.  Guess it wasn’t hail after all.

 

Update: Went to the store in Buffalo today (wrote post yesterday)  and passed through some of the affected areas – and boy were we lucky that tornado passed over us.  One really cute little  house had the entire front porch torn off with the roof peeled back, a local cafe looked like a bomb had gone off inside – all the glass windows were broken with the curtains flapping through.  Café also had roof damage and damage to out buildings.  Lots and lots of trees along the road were snapped off with boo-coodles of branches laying  everywhere.  One pile of debris that some people  had been piled up must have been 10 foot tall.  No telling how much more damage we couldn’t see to homes, sheds, etc. along the storms path.  May try to go back and get a few pictures – if time permits. 

1/12 – Here are a few pictures hurriedly put together

 

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New Start

To me the New Year seems like a good time to take inventory of everything and maybe make some changes . . . for the better I always hope. To that end saw an article  online from Cure Joy [1] that pretty well summed everything up.   I’m going to paraphrase their thoughts, and give the link at the end for those that would italian_flowers_onroadlike to see the original wording.

 

  • Our present situation is not the final destination. The best is yet to come.
  • Sometimes the bad things that happen are the stepping stone to the best things .
  • If you don’t like where you are; move, you are not a tree (My favorite one)
  • You can’t start the next chapter if you keep reading the last one over and over.
  • If the door doesn’t open, it’s not your door and you’re not meant to go through.
  • Sometimes you just need to stop – and as they say ‘smell the roses’
  • Sometimes you need to talk to a 3-year old to understand the simplicity of life.
  • Listen and Silent are spelled with the same letters (My second favorite)
  • Don’t over-think, just follow your heart
  • You don’t have to have all the answers to move forward
  • Never stop believing – miracles happen every day.

For those who would like to read the original, please visit this link. 

 

The picture below  is of the moon – now that in itself is not that big of a deal. But have to say I was amazed to see the moon in the sky around noon-time when noon_moon

 

Bear and I went walking.   And, just so you’ll know – it looked much more impressive in person than in this picture.

 

 

We’re looking for warmer weather this week – back to the 70’s YEAH !!!! And be sure to check back next week – I’ll post my recipe for restaurant-style queso along with a couple of kitchen tips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[1]  http://www.curejoy.com/content/11-inspiring-quotes-will-give-needed-push-life/

DO NOT BUY – REVIVED YOUTH PRODUCTS – SCAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a caution to any of you who think you want to try the ‘FREE’ – pay shipping only – products offered by Revived Youth.

I made the mistake of ordering their ‘FREE’ product offered/endorsed?  by Angelina Jolie – where you pay shipping only – NOT.

Problems:

  • Did not receive a receipt of purchase by email
  • Excessive postage charged shipping product
  • Product page did not display so ended up getting more products than wanted
  • Did not see anyway to review finished order and make cancellation of item(s) or order
  • Monthly auto-ship not disclosed (had to specifically ask customer representative if that was the case)
  • For items returned, would not let me keep the original item ordered
  • Customer liable for return postage for products not wanted  (MUST have RA # to return)
  • Customer service ‘800’ number was loaded with other ‘FREE’ offers before you can talk to a representative.  In fact, had to hang up and call back as I couldn’t get out of offer loop

Called them today to return items – and guess what??   send them back and auto-ship stopped (no refund if shipping costs – oops, got $2.25 on $25.00 paid) or pay over $30.00 per item to keep.  Have to say every time I complained, the item price went down.  Scripted?

What a scam* !!!!!!!  (Can you tell I’m upset??  MAD??  Feel like I’ve had my $$ stolen from me.  )

I’ll be sending them back – you bet – and filing a few complaints.

Sad part of this – I’ll not order any other offers online – so IF there is a legitimate offer out there they’ll reap the reward of no sales created by one scammer.  And, makes me think all celebrity endorsements are suspect.

Please pass this along and tell others so they don’t get waxed like I did.

 

  • This post is my opinion based on my experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

bluebonnets_in_snowWhy is it that time seems to speed up the closer we get to the end of the year – Christmas specifically. I cannot believe that there is only one week left to get everything finished.  And that includes finishing getting ready for the next three days of super cold.  It is in the 70’s today – with very high wind –  and will be in the 30’s tomorrow.  Texas weather is amazing !

 

 

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Doing some cooking today just in case we lose our power – not uncommon with high winds. Thought a pot of soup would be good as well as making some Baklava.  Great finger-food.   And since it’s made with walnuts, honey and lemon – somehow it doesn’t  make me feel guilty eating it.  🙂

 

 

 

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.Also, freezing about three pounds of green beans I bought at the store yesterday.  Did a test-run on freezing them a couple of weeks back to see how they would taste when cooked.  Tasted really good.  So now I’m putting several packages in the freezer.

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.greenbeans2016Just like corn on the cob, green beans are easy to freeze at home.

  1. Trim ends (cut bean in  pieces if you like – we like ours whole)
  2. Wash them off
  3. Place beans in rapidly boiling water (uses a large pot to make sure there is enough water to cover them)
  4. Boil for 2 minutes
  5. Remove beans from boiling water with slotted spoon and place in ice bath
  6. Leave in ice bath for about 2 minutes then place in colander to drain
  7. Place however many beans you will use as a serving in to a zip bag and freeze.

Note: You can label them with date and name if you like.

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Another thing, doing my laundry today. Don’t like doing laundry on Saturday . . . . but since I like to dry my clothes outside (love that smell)  this will be my last warm day for a while.   Only use the dryer when I have to and after hearing the story from our insurance agent, that’s probably a good idea.

Seems the fuzzy lint in the exhaust hose caught fire and burned his house completely down. So sad.    He recommended we should check our dryer for lint build-up – so passing along  that bit of advice.   Something worth doing – especially if you use the clothes dryer often.

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While out doing a final check of the front yard earlier this week, saw my poor, little dogwood tree. It looked so sad.  Made me think of the little tree in the Charlie Brown Christmas special.  You know, the one that is so droopy and sad.  Well my little dogwood is pretty much the same . . . then I saw a beautiful red nut (?) on it.  Looked just like a Christmas ornament.    It was the brightest red and so smooth.  Have never seen anything like this on it before so have no idea what it might be.  Had thought of cutting the little tree  down, but will leave it now to see what it does next year.

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David and I went to visit Kathleen & Dwight yesterday (cousins).  Mention this because  it was a major deal as far as the distance and we had a great time visiting.  This was the first time we’d ventured further than a 40 mile  trip and were not sure David would or could make it.  But he did!   He was pretty tired when we got home – and still tired today –  but at least not in any major pain which is a blessing.  Slowly we are ‘getting back to normal’.

 

The following is to a special friend from Bear  . .  .

 

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Ginger Thins Ice Cream Sandwich +

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Today was the perfect example of why ‘I don’t like to make plans’.  In spite of the fact that we knew it would be raining – and cold, did have plans to have a nice breakfast of fresh, hot doughnuts and coffee.  This is a rare treat for us since David is diabetic. We have this treat only about twice a year.   But, when I woke up – even before the alarm went off – it was obvious that there was no power.

 

So stumbled around in the dark, called the power outage in and waited. And waited.  Three hours later it comes on . . .  and then goes off again for another half hour.  Thankfully did have time between the two down times to get coffee made.   But rest of plans were a no-go.  That really threw the whole day and haven’t yet gotten myself righted yet.

 

Not much else to tell since there isn’t that much going on. We did take advantage of the nice weather on Thursday to cover all the outside faucets . . . all 8 of them !!!!  David didn’t skimp when he was putting in water faucets.  Nice to have but what a chore to wrap and cover.

Went to doctor on Wednesday and got a good report so we are thankful for that. Did a little shopping and bought a box of ginger thins.  Don’t really know why.  They just looked good.  Got the idea (from David) to make an ice cream sandwich out of them.  So off I went.

Took some vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell, of course) and mixed it until it had the texture of soft ice cream. Then placed a tablespoon of it in the center of one cookie, placing another cookie on top and pressing just enough until the ice cream reached the edge.  Placed sandwiches on a  plate and returned them to the freezer.

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They rated ‘5 stars’ according to David and are about a two-biter. Since he loved them,  guess I’ll be buying  more of those ginger  thins next trip to town.  My only problem with them is that they have canola in them.  As a note,  I’ve noticed that in the ingredients listed for products, I’m not seeing canola but rather ‘rapeseed oil’ listed.  Different name – same GMO product.    To try and get around the rapeseed issue, going to look for other thin cookies to use instead.

 

Now for my ‘chuckle’ for the week.  Saw this on FB –

 

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