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Friday, January 26, 2018

Journal for Friday, January 26, 2018

Happy Friday!!!! Hope you are all feeling good and ready for a little fun and relaxation this weekend! I will be working on my handmade Valentines for the little exchange group I joined. I woke up this morning ready to get started on them and I now have my design drawn out on paper as my guide. Funny how I still get excited over Valentine cards even at the age of 57! There is something so sweet and child-like in those pretty hearts and flowers done up in the colors of red, pink and purple; even the thought of them makes me smile. 😊💜💖
I had just finished my morning toast and coffee and got the urge to get in here and post my daily journal. I am enjoying this, even if I get busy some days and forget. It is giving me something different to do and it does get me back to some form of that a word??? LOL!!! Oh well, here we go for today...
What's Happening:  Today I have my regular housework ahead; sweeping, a load of laundry to fold, a little light dusting. As I have mentioned in my intro, I am also starting to work on my little Valentine cards. 
What's For Supper:  Tonight I am planning some kind of good soup. I am not sure right now but am leaning toward homemade Chicken and Noodle. Last night's Salisbury Steak was a HIT!!! My hubby had two plates!!! Makes you feel good when what you cook is really appreciated! 
What am I Reading or Watching: I watched Kelly and Ryan this morning. I plan to read a devotion after while and maybe a little poetry. I have put Little Women down for a while. I do that a lot; start a book and then grow weary of reading it. I will probably pick it up again in a couple of weeks. 
Today's Weather: I am truly looking forward to today's forecast!!! High: 60℉ !!!; Low: 38℉ ;Partly Sunny ;Wind: Northerly 9% Maximum; Chance of Rain/Snow: 0% in other words: GORGEOUS!!! 
Fibro and Arthritis Update: I am feeling no where nearly as stiff and sore as yesterday.  Fibro Pain: Low to Moderate, Arthritis Pain: Low to Moderate, Energy Level: Moderate, Brain Fog: Low to Moderate
Chores for Today: Folding a load of laundry, light dusting, a few dishes to rinse of and put in the dishwasher and sweeping the kitchen floor with a broom. No vacuuming today.  
Phone Calls and Visits:  My sweet granddaughter Tamika called last night to talk a bit. That made me so happy! No calls yet today. 
Drives, Walks and Outings:  None planned for today...
Pretty Picture for Today:   A little (very early) Vintage Valentine just for you all. This was given to my dad by my mom the first year they were married in 1955!!! They had only been married a few days as their wedding date was February 11th of that year. I just always thought this card was so cute! 💗💖💝💓

Hope that you all have a super "sweet" day!!!

Stay Cozy, 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Running Behind: Journal Post for Thursday, January 25, 2018

Good morning sweet blog friends! 

I am running a bit behind with my journal posts this week. I have been doing some "catch up" chores around here and have been hit with a couple of migraine headaches on two different days since my last post. I don't know if they are weather related or what; all I know is they put me out of commission during their duration and then I feel "fuzzy-headed" for a while afterward. I used to get them quite often when I was younger and before I went through menopause. I stopped getting them for a long time and thought that I was done with them for good! I am suffering with some depression and my seasonal affective disorder is really bad right now. It always gets worse right after the new year, but this year it really seems to be hitting me full force. Anyway, that might have some bearing on the cause of my headaches. I plan on letting my doctor know that I am having them just to keep her informed.
I do want to get back to my posting here and told my husband that I was going to get this done come heck or high water so here it is...

What's Happening:  I am participating in a little Handmade Valentine Exchange with a group of friends and am going to make mine this weekend to be mailed out by the first of February. I have planned a simple design that will be pretty simple to put together. This year we only have a handful of friends participating but in the past we have had as many as 40! I did not participate that particular year as I hadn't heard of it, yet. Can you imagine?!?! I believe the most I have ever sent out was 15 one year. 
What's For Supper: Salisbury steak and gravy with mashed potatoes and peas-n-carrots. Robin will be helping me get this ready. The Salisbury steak bakes in the oven and this makes it a pretty easy meal for us. I mix one can of Mushroom Soup, one package of beef gravy mix and one can of mushrooms to make the gravy and pour it over the seasoned hamburger patties and onion slices before covering it with foil and putting it into the oven at 350℉ for one hour. The peas-n-carrots are canned and the mashed potatoes are the instant kind. My days of peeling, boiling and mashing are sadly over. 
What am I Reading or Watching: I haven't been reading much at all this past week due to my migraines. I have managed my devotions and a little poetry. 
Today's Weather: We had some snow fall yesterday. Just a dusting but at one point we had those lovely large, feather-like flakes coming down. I love those! Today: Sunny  High: 40℉  Low: 26℉ Wind: 0 mph Chance of Rain/Snow: 0% 
Fibro and Arthritis Update: I am really feeling stiff and stoved-up right now! Fibro Pain: Moderate to High Arthritis Pain: Moderate, Energy Level: Low, Brain Fog: High 
Chores for Today: Not much planned right now. I might try to putter around the kitchen a little today. 
Phone Calls and Visits:  So far a call from our Kidney doctor confirming Robin's appointment for Monday. I do wish for more sweet phone calls from our children, friends and family members. It seems we don't get enough of these kinds of calls. 😩
Drives, Walks and Outings:  None planned for today...
Pretty Picture for Today:  A photo of the beautiful flowers in my mother's yard back in 2005:

I pray that you are all having a peaceful and lovely Thursday! Remember, we only have 53 more days until SPRING!!!

For Now: Stay Cozy,
Charlotte 💝

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What's Happening Today, January 17, 2018

Good afternoon blog friends!!! Boy, I am getting a late start on writing my post for today! We had a lot of getting ready going on around the house this morning so it kind of did me in for getting on the computer until this afternoon. I have been thinking about what else I might add to my blog in the way of interesting reading material for your enjoyment. I have decided on adding a recipe once a week or so, telling about some entertaining story or event from my week and keeping you all updated on some of our family news. This is helping with my cognitive thought process and is also helping me feel more connected with you all again. Anyway, here is My Daily Life post for today:

What's Happening:  Just happy to be here in my little corner of the world! I just got back from an appointment with my family doctor and she gave me a pretty good report. I do have to go for an A1c test next month. She had started me on a higher dose of Metformin back in December and she wants to see if it is helping my blood sugar level. She was glad to hear that I have started walking some and doing light exercises at home, too. 
What's For Supper: We are having homemade Chili tonight. Another good meal for a cold evening! 
What am I Reading or Watching: I read my two favorite daily devotional books this morning. I plan to read more pretty poetry after while and also a few more pages of Little Women. 
Today's Weather:  We got more snow last night which brought us to about 2-3 inches total on the ground. The forecast for today is: High: 19℉ Low: 12℉ Wind: NW 3mph Chance of Rain/Snow: 0%
Fibro and Arthritis Update: Having a pretty good day, so far. Fibro Pain: Low to Moderate Arthritis Pain: Moderate, Energy Level: Moderate, Brain Fog: Low to Moderate  
Chores for Today: Dishes, Folding Laundry and some light Dusting  
Phone Calls and Visits:  Robin made a few calls this morning concerning household matters, but that is about it for now.  
Drives, Walks and Outings:  Outings: We took Caleb to work and then headed to my doctor's appointment. I am not sure about taking a walk today. We will see. 
Pretty Picture for Today:  A picture of our Chicken and Dumplings from supper yesterday:
Doesn't that look yummy?!? Believe me, it was~MMMmmm!!! I hope you are all doing well and staying warm wherever you are. Hope to meet you all here again tomorrow. 

Stay Cozy!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

My Journal Entry for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Good morning to you all!!! I am toasty and typing on my laptop in our family room this morning because this room is always so much warmer than my office which tends to be a bit drafty. I had intended to go out to my Tuesday morning Bible Study group but decided to stay home due to the weather. I am not good at getting out on cold, snowy and icy days~bbrrrr! I am presently sipping on a cup of Cinnabon flavored coffee! YUM!!! It is an International Delight flavor and is really GOOD!
With all that being said, here is my journal entry for today...

What's Happening:  It is currently 7:42 AM here; we have snow falling outside and it is cold, but not as cold as yesterday morning! It is currently 30℉ outside. I had a good session with my counselor yesterday. My visits with her really do help me greatly with my battle with mild depression. She is such a good listener and so compassionate. It is wonderful to have someone who is totally neutral to discuss things with. She also shares some wonderful relaxation exercises that are helping me deal with my anxiety attacks. I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her.
What's For Supper: Well, we had a very nice surprise when we picked our Caleb up from work yesterday! He treated us to supper out at a local Mexican Restaurant that is close to the Walmart store where he works. That means that the chicken and dumplings I had planned for yesterday will be moved to this evening. It is still a good day for them with all of this snow fall. 🙂
What am I Reading or Watching: Watching Good Morning America right now. This is how I start my mornings most every days. Reading: Still working on Little Women, Bible, Ideals Poetry It takes me forever to finish a book. I tend to only read about 10 pages at a time and really mull over what I have read.
Today's Weather: SNOW! High: 30 degrees Low: 7 degrees Wind: WNW 6 mph, Chance of Snow: 90%
Fibro and Arthritis Update: This morning my Brain Fog is Moderate, my Fibro Pain is Moderate, My Arthritis Pain is Moderate and my Energy Level is Moderate. Nothing is hurting any worse than usual and I do not consider today a "Flare Day". I would still prefer gentle hugs and no hard pats on the back, but that is my norm now and has been for the past few years. My days of tight holding hugs and strong hand shakes from friends and family is now a thing of the past. Those who knew me when I was most involved in congregational worship and when I sold Home Interiors and Gifts know what I am talking about. There was a lot of big hugs and handshakes back in those days and how I loved that. It took me a while to get used to the notion of giving soft hugs and handshakes but I had to do it because of my pain levels. 
Chores for Today:  Just a bit of light straightening up today and dishes, always dishes...heehee. 
Phone Calls and Visits: None so far but who knows what the day will bring. 
Drives, Walks and Outings: I will not be going anywhere today unless I decide to take a little walk around the block in the snow.
Inspiring Quote: "What a severe yet master artist old Winter is...No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel."~John Burroughs, "The Snow Walkers" 1866
Pretty Picture for Today:  Wine Cellar Park here in Dunbar in winter a few years ago:
God bless and hope that you are all having a beautiful Tuesday!!!

Stay Warm and Cozy, 💐

Monday, January 15, 2018

My Daily Life for January 15, 2018

Good Morning Y'all!!!

     I have been up since around 6:00 AM, got our son off to work, made coffee and toast with apple butter for my hubby and I and am now ready to blog a bit! I had a very relaxing Sunday yesterday and enjoyed just watching Charles Stanley and old movies on television. My morning Brain Fog was terrible but improved by afternoon. We snacked around all day on left-overs, snacks and just what we had in the fridge so I didn't even have to cook~YAY! I gave some thought to my new feature here and decided that it needs to be only a Monday through Friday thing; kind of like a job...heehee! 😀 I think that I will do my journal before I get onto any other Social Media outlet in order to give this my priority and remain consistent. Sooo, here we go with Monday's entry...

What's Happening:  It is currently 9:10 AM here; still snowy outside and COLD! It is currently 18℉ outside. Our son, Greg and his family were over last night and he finally finished working on their car. He got it up and running again and drove the family home in it. We are all very happy for them! On another note, we had word that one of my husband's oldest friends had passed away early yesterday morning. They hadn't been close for a number of years but it is still very sad to hear! 
What's For Supper: Right now I am planning Chicken and Dumplings. This is my hubby's favorite supper so he is excited about the menu! 
What am I Reading or Watching: LIVE With Kelly and Ryan. I watch them most every morning Reading: Still working on Little Women, Bible, Ideals Poetry 
Today's Weather: SNOW! High: 39 degrees Low: 18 degrees Wind: NNE 0 mph, Chance of Rain: 40%
Fibro and Arthritis Update: This morning my Brain Fog is Moderate, my Fibro Pain is Moderate, My Arthritis Pain is Moderate in my legs, but High in my fingers and my Energy Level is Low to Moderate. I do have an appointment with my Counselor later on today so I will have to muster the energy to get ready for that. 
Chores for Today: Fold more clothes that I washed yesterday. I try to do a load a day if I can to stay ahead of "Mount Laundry", hahaha. I would like to dust a bit, also. 
Phone Calls and Visits: None so far but who knows what the day will bring. 
Drives, Walks and Outings: Going to Charleston for my doctor appointment this afternoon and also riding along with my hubs to pick up our son, Caleb from work. 
Inspiring Quote: "If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream."~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pretty Picture for Today:  A lovely little cottage in winter...

     I hope to post another journal page tomorrow. If you like these prompts and want to use them for yourself, please feel free to copy them. I made them up and there I have no problem sharing them with you if it will add a little measure of order or joy to your day, also. I hope you are having a marvelous Monday!

Stay Cozy, 💐

Saturday, January 13, 2018

My Daily Life ~New Blog Feature for 2018!!!

     Hello dear friends!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful January and that 2018 is treating you well so far!!! I know it has been FOREVER since I have written anything here on my little blog but am hoping to correct that this year. I used to love writing here and sometimes even twice a day at one point. Little by little, Facebook and other social media sources began to take the place of composing posts on my blog(s); at one time I had three!!! I contribute the change greatly due to the fact that on FB and the others my average posts could be much shorter or simply a small comment above a pretty picture and didn't require my poor fog-filled Fbro mind to come up with anything creative. It also meant that I didn't have to be as concerned with my sentence structure or grammar when composing a quick little comment. 
     As I begin this year, I am hoping to stretch my creative mind a bit and return to writing longer and more regular posts here on my blog again. I am no longer a homeschool mom, our son is now working, though still at home for now. I have more time to call my own and am learning to live with my Fibromyalgia with greater acceptance, better regulated medications and am better at pacing my activities in accordance with my pain, fog and energy levels. It is time to return to being the best me that I can be! I am very excited about the prospect! 
     One thing I have been doing since the first day of this new year has been taking time each day to write in a little day book which was given to me some years ago. I changed the daily prompts to ones better suited to my particular style and daily life. I have been enjoying this activity and thought that it might be fun to post what I write here on my CHC blog. This would give me a quick little daily post to write and might inspire longer postings during the week. I am calling it My Daily Life and will begin with what I have written for today: Saturday, January 13, 2018:
What's Happening:  Not much this morning. I had Cheesy Garlic Grits for my breakfast this morning along with a really good cup of coffee! Our son, Greg has been working on his car in our back yard for the past few days, but I think that is will be too cold and snowy for him to get anything done on it today.
What's For Supper: Potato Soup; so good on a cold, snowy evening.
What am I Reading or Watching: HGTV: Love It Or List It, Mansion Revival, Fixer Upper, Stone House Revival. Reading: Little Women, Bible, Ideals Poetry 
Today's Weather: SNOW! High: 25 degrees Low: 9 degrees Wind: NW 9 mph, Chance of Snow 90%
Fibro and Arthritis Update: The past couple of days I have been in the middle of a MAJOR flare!!! OUCH!!! Today I am not quite so pain ridden, my brain fog is not as pronounced and my energy level is up a bit. 
Chores for Today: Unload and re-load the dishwasher, fold a few clothes.
Phone Calls and Visits: None so far at 3:16 this afternoon. 
Drives, Walks and Outings: None planned for today. Robin will be taking our son, Caleb out to work this evening, though.
Inspiring Quote: Liberty is not in any form of Government. It is in the heart of free man; he carries it with him everywhere. ~Rousseau
     I hope to post another journal page tomorrow. If you like these prompts and want to use them for yourself, please feel free to copy them. I made them up and there I have no problem sharing them with you if it will add a little measure of order or joy to your day, also. I hope you are having a beautiful Saturday and are staying warm and cozy wherever you are!!!

Until Next Time, Stay Cozy, 
Charllotte 💓

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Gazette for August 12, 2017

Good afternoon sweet Cottage friends! I didn't get out a post yesterday but realized that my original intent for a weekly journal post was intended for Saturday, anyway. we go for this week: 

Time: Here in good old Dunbar, WV it is now 3:06 PM. I took time around 1:20 to re-set and wind our cherry wood Kassel wall clock for the first time in MONTHS today. It is pleasant to hear it "tick-tock" and chime the hours and half-hour whenever I walk past the living room. 

Weather: Well, the day started off all sunny and then we were hit with BIG rain! The kind that falls straight down with huge drops!!! It has let up now and my sweet hubby is getting ready to spray the road dust off of our house. We usually do this a couple of times a year. He said he was going to get it done come heck or high water. I think he might just get that high water if it comes another down-pour~LOL!!! 

Sipping on: Nothing right now. I need to get my lemon water in here out of the family room. I am trying to drink lots more of it as it is so good for the body. 

Munching on: Cheese and crackers....mmmmmm! 

Reading: Fresh Cut Flowers for My Mom; a little book of quotes and inspirational sayings for mother. I gave it to my mom for Mother's Day around 2006 and now enjoy reading it myself. She had written a personal message to me in the back of the little book thanking me for it. Very meaningful and powerful. I am also reading Bible Facts About Heaven by Dr. John R. Rice. There is a lot of good Biblical information within the pages of this little book. 

Listening to: The Best of The Police on YouTube. I have always loved their music. Just fun. 😍

Family News: Well, my sweet grand-daughter is real close to having her baby. We know that she is having a little boy and they have decided to name him Xavier. I like that name; something different. We are all getting excited to meet this little one! 

Around the Cottage: My daughter's two sons are here to spend the night with us! I am going to fix my homemade Spaghetti for our supper; it is one of their favorite meals. They start back to school on Monday so this will be the last time for a little while that they will get to spend the night with us. In other news our son, Caleb is now job hunting. Please say a little prayer for him that he finds something soon. He is wanting to start earning his own money and save up for a car. 

Around Town: Not too much here in Dunbar but our neighboring town of South Charleston, WV celebrated their 100th Anniversary of township this past week. It is a beautiful little town with some neat shops and restaurants and also a beautifully preserved Adena Indian burial mound. There were lots of activities there and they also buried a time capsule that is to be unearthed on the 200th Anniversary. Congratulations South Charleston!!! Here is a photo of the Mound:

Adena Burial Mound, South Charleston, WV 
Well, that's about it for this week. I am hoping to get started on Monday posting some old pictures and telling you about my past homes and the little things I used to do when decorating them on a budget back in my younger days. For now I hope that you will all have a wonderful weekend!!!

Big Hugs and Stay Cozy, 
Charlotte 💖

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pinterest, Pictures, Planning and Other Daily Things.....

Good morning from WV dear cottage friends, 

     I am sitting here enjoying my mid-morning cup of coffee and playing on my trusty computer for a bit in between my daily housework. I thought I would take a minute to post a little note here just to say "hello" and to keep you all up-to-date with what's new around here. 
     We have been busy with all of our usual doctor appointments and especially last month! Between my husband, myself and our son we averaged at least two a week! Sheesh!!! My husband and I had the most but our son did have to go in for his annual check-up with our family doctor and he had an eye exam. He got good reports from both; of course being 18 that is not unusual. My husband and I both had good reports for our age and my cholesterol levels were all really good! YAY! My husband got his results from his most recent blood-work yesterday and his numbers were all really good, too!!! His A1c level is now 6.2 which is really good compared to the 7.8 he had this time last year. He also got new glasses and just picked them up from our local Vision Works yesterday. He got one regular pair and one pair of prescription sunglasses, which he really likes. With his diabetes it is really important to keep up with his eye care. He looks really cool in them, too. (smile)
     As stated in the title of this post, I have been doing a LOT of pinning and making new boards on my Pinterest page. That is one VERY addictive site~LOL!!! My latest obsession is my Victorian Style board, cake recipes, candy recipes, Barbie clothing patterns, bridal wear and anything from my childhood! If you do Pinterest you will know what I mean when I say that what is interesting one week will more than likely give way to "something completely different" next week. Oh my, just saying that makes me want to start a Monty Python board now~ROFLOL!!!! I have found some things that I really want to try making~especially the candies that would make such a nice Christmas gift. I have been finding and making some really good recipes for our supper there. I made one called "Cheeseburger in Paradise" last night and it was a real hit with my guys. I liked it too and made sure to print it off to use again. 
     Yesterday I was doing a little pondering about what I really want to do with this little blog of mine. I had thought about just making it a little weekly journal and posting only on Fridays. I still have plans to do that; IF I can ever give myself the kick in the...well you know where...and get started doing it on a regular basis~heehee. I still love to talk about decorating so every now and again I will be posting some kind of idea or another here. I did decide that I will be going through my old photos and find ones of my little homes (I have lived in three not counting where I grew up) posting pictures and stories about them and my past decorating styles. Some of them will have people in them as I have never been one to take too many pictures of just the rooms. For me photography has mostly been about the people in my life. It has only been since around 2006 when I started blogging that I have taken staged photos of rooms and decorative items. I will tell you a bit about the people in my old photos but will try my best to remain respectful of their privacy by not mentioning names. I am going to try and post the first ones next week. 
     I am just about finished with my coffee and ready to head back to my work around here. I did want to post about one more thing. Week-before-last we got a NEW swing for our front porch!!! Our old one finally gave out. It got a crack right along the back support board. It had been a faithful and well loved part of our porch for the last 20 years, but it could not be fixed and so it was time to replace it. I am including a couple of photos of our new one for you to see. My husband painted it white and our son got it up on the hooks for us. We are really loving it already. Very comfortable and pretty!



      I will wish you all well for now and hope to have a little journal for you to read tomorrow. 

Much love and Stay Cozy, 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hazy, Hot and Humid....How 'bout the Weather Where You Are?

Good Morning blog friends, 

Did ya miss me? Well if you all are regular readers of my humble corner of the blog universe then you know that I tend to be one of those on-again-off-again types~heeheehee...😆
I have been reading through a few of my favorite blogs this morning and looking at some favorite websites and just had the urge to write a short post here. We are all OK here at the cottage and enjoying summer time here in WV. So far it has been a pleasant enough season and not TOO hot, well that is until last week. We are now having days in the 90s with elevated humidity levels, some hazy mornings and high heat's enough to make this old girl abandon my front porch sittin' and just stay inside where my trusty air conditioner is set to a cool 76 degrees. I do try to make it out there early in the morning or later in the evening when things are a bit more cool and refreshing.
We did make it out to one of our favorite local parks last week; Ridenour Lake in Nitro. Caleb our son had his annual doctor's check up. Afterward my husband, Caleb and myself picked up some burgers and milkshakes and headed to the park for what we call a quickie picnic. When we finished eating we drove around to the back side of the beautiful lake so that Caleb and I could take a little hike on the woodland trail there. My hubby didn't feel like the walk so he enjoyed some time alone in the van reading his book. We all had a wonderful time! It is always a treat in the summer to have a little picnic in the park and it doesn't have to be over-planned or even planned at all. Sometimes these spur-of-the-moment events are the best memories.
I do intend to do a longer post later on and am hoping to get back to a little weekly journal on Fridays. I hope that you all are staying cool, dry and refreshed wherever you are. 

Much love and Stay Cozy,

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

And a Recipe....

Hello again, dear ones and good evening,

Well here I am writing twice in one day on my blog. With me it's either all or nothing I guess~LOLL! I have been thinking all day long about my earlier post. I don't want to leave any of you with the conclusion that I have given up or am in such a horrible condition that I have nothing else to give. I am just taking life much more slowly and thoughtfully than ever before. I thought that I might share a recipe with you for inspiration. It is something my family has always loved and I hope that your family will like it, as well: 

Chicken Casserole

1 pkg. Pepperidge Farms Herb Seasoning stuffing
1 stick butter or margarine
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom OR cream of celery soup
3 to 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked)

Save the broth that the chicken was cooked in and use it to dilute the soup according to the directions on the can (one can broth to one can soup). Combine the two soup mixtures together to make a sort of gravy. Cut the cooked chicken breasts into cubes about one inch square.  Melt the butter or margarine and stir it into the stuffing. In a greased 9 x 13 pan, put a layer of stuffing crumbs, chicken and then the soup mixture. Repeat the layers and then top the casserole with cracker crumbs and dot with butter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. No extra salt is necessary to use in this recipe. Serve with a salad or your favorite vegetables. 

This recipe is easy to prepare and delicious! You can serve it with your favorite vegetable side dish or a fresh garden salad and your family will have a wonderful meal to remember. I hope you enjoy my little recipe. I hope to be back soon with more little blog posts for you, too. 

Love and hugs, 

Life As I Know It Today.....

Good Wednesday to you all my sweet cottage friends! 

I am still not where I want to be with my posting on my dear little blog. I do love it here and remember a time where I wrote almost daily; or at least My life has changed so much from those days. I was so very active and had so much energy, especially in the beginning. Heck, at one time I had 3 blogs at Homeschool Blogger, one at Homestead Blogger and this one here. I loved to share recipes and homeschool adventures and all things decorating and such. 

Then, Fibromyalgia came into my world. My life became filled with daily "pain scales", lots of naps on the sofa during the day, wearing only very comfortable clothes...mostly pajamas...and trying to find the right doctors, medications and herbal healing methods. I spend a lot of time on Facebook visiting with friends virtually as I just don't feel like getting out like I used to. I MISS my old life, but I try to remain positive and look for God's purpose in my new way of living. My mission on Facebook is to be encouraging to others and to pray for those who request it for themselves and for family members. I take this very seriously as a way to serve my Lord. Grow where you are planted is my motto. 

My housework does not suffer too greatly as I do try very hard to work-a-little, rest-a-little every day to keep things up around here for my family and for my own sanity. I am the type of person who gets very depressed and agitated if my home is not up to a certain level of tidiness~haha. My cooking is becoming more and more simplified. I do still love my good old crock pot and casseroles, but I often find that pan-glazed meat and two side veggies are a more palatable choice for our supper now. 

I do still like to read my Bible, my poetry books and my favorite devotional books. I do still make it out once a week for Women's Bible study group. We have a very special Christian bond among this wonderful group of Sisters and right now are studying women of the Bible. We just finished our study on Esther; one of my favorites! Each week we have a little luncheon after our study and time for fellowship together. It is my church time. I am not attending regular weekly services at our church but do pray that I will be back at them sometime soon. It is just a challenge to be in a large group of people right now as I do have anxiety issues and also cannot sit too close to people due to my body pain. This also applies to sitting for too long and also getting up and down for singing. I do have several Ministers that I listen to and watch each Sunday morning and my prayer life is stronger than ever.

I just had all of this on my heart and my mind and wanted to share it with those of you who do still stop by to read my humble little blog. I do not do this to make money or to be popular; I just blog because I enjoy reading your blogs and want to share things with others, too.

Love to all and Stay Cozy, 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Saturday Gazette.....New weekly update post...

I have been thinking lately of posting a weekly update of life around the cottage. I need it to be something simple so that I will keep doing it on a regular basis. I know myself well and if things seem too complicated then my chances of continuing writing them on a continuous schedule will not be good. After much consideration and planning I think I now have a few little headings that I can stay constant and faithful to posting within. Here we go with the first edition of my new Saturday Blogging Gazette. Wish me! 

Time: 11:12 AM EST 

Weather: 40 degrees right now, expecting a high of 65 degrees; Precipitation 0%, Wind 2 MPH, Humidity 79%, Partly Sunny

Plans for Today: Not much. Maybe a little light housework, reading some poetry, playing on Facebook and You Tube, etc...

Drinking: COFFEE (What else~haha) 

Eating: I had a cinnamon and raisin bagel for breakfast this morning~YUM! 

Reading: The Bible, poetry, magazines

Listening to: Old Lawrence Welk Show episodes on You Tube; I have never outgrown them and have such sweet memories of watching them with my mom on Saturday night when I was growing up. <3 div="" nbsp="">

Family: We have news....our oldest grand-girl is expecting a little one!!! Yep, that will make me a "Great-grammy" at the tender age of 56! She just found out and is only 10 weeks along; please keep her and her new little family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Well, that is all for this week. I think these categories will be something easy for me to keep up with so that my posts will be regular. I do love to come here and write from time to time and hope to do more in the coming months. I know it has been a LONG time since I have posted with any consistency and I am sorry for that. Time just goes rushing past me and the days are gone before I know it. Hope you are all well and having a sweet Saturday. Sending you all my love, hugs and prayers. 

Stay Cozy, 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook; My Entry for January

For Today

 I am posting a Daybook entry for the first time in long while. I used to post once a week at one time but have gotten out of the habit and am thinking that I might try my best to post an entry at least once a month. I do not take many photos anymore; it just seems to be so tedious that I tend to leave my camera in its case. I suppose it is in direct response to my deep desire to simplify my life back to the bare basics of daily activities. Maybe I will be inspired to get in more snapshots as the months go by. 

Looking out my window

It is sunny right now here in Dunbar, WV, USA. We are supposed to get rain some time around 2:00 pm that will continue into the night time. The snow we had a few days ago has almost completely melted away. There is only a little patch still hanging on in the very shaded spots around us after yesterday's temperatures in the 40s and low 50s. 

Snow a few days ago...
I am thinking

I have been in a very melancholy mood over the past few days; feeling extremely nostalgic and longing for loved ones no longer with us. I took a little time day-before-yesterday to look through a box of old greeting cards. I felt great delight, warm and endearing emotions from reading each one. I have been so very blessed with so many loved ones around me throughout my lifetime.  

I am thankful

Oh my, for so many wonderful blessings. I was especially thankful yesterday for all of my dear Christian friends at our weekly women's Bible study. It is always such a treat to get together with them for fellowship and a chance to learn more about God's word and each other. 

One of my favorite things

The beautiful Angel filled curio given to me by my wonderful cousin when she moved last year. This is her collection of angels gathered and gifted to her all through the years. Such a special and meaningful gift and a perfect addition to our living room. 

I am creating

I will be making some miniature food for my grand-girl's doll house with her as she is coming to spend the weekend with us on Friday. We will also be making some cookies and coloring together, too. We always have such fun together! I love all of my dear grands and even more as they are growing into such special young adults! 
I am wearing

My favorite, comfy old work around the house clothes. I may change into my jeans in a bit, though.

I am reading

Lots of poetry books, Ideals magazines (from long ago) and a little devotional book that my mom gave me back in 1996 entitled Joy For the Journey. I read the day's entry each night right before falling asleep. So very comforting! 

I am hoping

That 2017 will be a year of Spiritual growth for me, the year that I finally make it back into weekly Church services on a regular basis. I have been out of congregational worship with my fellow sisters and brothers in Christ for almost 3 years now. I contribute this mostly to my social anxiety, panic attacks and my Fibromyalgia pain and lethargy. I do have a three ministers which I listen to on Sunday mornings; Brett Hickey from Let the Bible Speak, Phil Sanders of In Search of the Lord's Way and Charles Stanley of In Tough Ministries. I learn so much about our Lord's word from them all, but I am feeling a real need lately to re-connect with our local church home. 

I am learning

All over again that no man is an island and I NEED the strength, love and prayers of others in my life beyond just my immediate family members. 

In my kitchen

I am planning on making a chicken casserole for our supper tonight. I made good old Sloppy Joe sandwiches with cheese for our supper last night and served them with some healthy peas-n-carrots on the side instead of our usual french fries. We are trying to eat more veggies this year. 

In the school room

Not much going on in our homeschool life right now. My one and only student is now a senior. He is attending a class in Computor Repair and Programming at the local Technical School near our home. We still do some lessons in Social Studies, Science, Reading and Language Arts here, but his Math all takes place within the studies there. I am both sad and glad that this will be our last year of Homeschool. It seems like only yesterday that our journey began...
In my garden

We are just now beginning to plan for what we will be planting this year. I am leaning toward a few tomato plants, some large bell pepper varieties, garlic, and cucumbers. We do box and container gardening so not too much will be planted, but it is always wonderful to have those fresh veggies in the summer and some to go into the freezer for winter.

Board room

What in the world did we EVER do without Pinterest??? LOL!!! I could literally spend HOURS on there looking at and pinning so many pretty pictures onto my ever-growing number of boards! I do not post a lot of original photos on there, I am usually that person who goes through picking out lovely things to post so that I can look at them later. Today I am sharing a picture that came to my attention and is pinned on my board entitled Candy Dishes. My mother collected pretty candy dishes and loved to give them as gifts. This board contains pictures of some like the ones she had and it is so much fun to find even more pretty ones out there. Here is the picture:

Post Script

Each morning I try to greet my friends and family on FB with something pretty. One of my very favorite pages to share from is Beneath the Shadow of Thy Wings. They always post so many lovely and meaningful greetings there.  

Shared Quote 

A moment from my day

The latest addition to my home office. This picture was taken by the lady who restored it in her shop, but it now sits in the corner of my home office!!! I am using it to store art supplies and a few pieces of favorite clothing. It is a real gem!!!

Closing Notes

I have really felt challenged by posting this morning. My mind has had a good workout as I took the time to come up with the material I have shared with you all this morning. I have another blogging friend who has started posting a weekly journal entry on her blog. I may try to start doing something similar; just simple details of our weekly life. I do still love to read blogs but I am not real good at adding comments as my social anxiety makes me afraid of saying the wrong thing or somehow being misconstrued by the reader. I do say a prayer where they are asked for and have my blog friends on my mind very often. I hope that those who love to write journal posts will take a minute to visit Peggy at The Simple Woman  blog and get the prompts from her at The Simple Woman's Daybook Community so that you can write your own entry. A big Thank You to Peggy for continuing to provide this wonderful avenue for our blogging experience. Hope that you all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pretty House Plans....dream a little dream with me......

Good morning, sweet friends!

     I got up this morning and got my son off to his class at Vocational school, had some coffee and toast and started reading my email~yes, I still do email in the mornings~lol! I get a lot of your blog posts by email link and I love to read through them each morning. I also get some from various web sites I have subscribed to through the years and I do admit that there are WAY too many of those. Sometimes I read them and sometimes they get deleted. Whether or not I read those depends on a few factors; how long it has been since I last visited the site, how interested I am in the content of their email and (most importantly) my mood that particular morning. This morning I got an email from e-plans and decided to see what was new over there. I do enjoy looking at their beautiful house plans and dreaming a bit. This one really caught my eye:

Queen Anne 5 Bedroom 2 Story

     Isn't it GORGEOUS! I love the turret, the wrap-around porch and all that beautiful trim work! It is a total of 4,988 square feet of living space which is WAY more than we need, but it is nice to dream about all of the family gathering here for holidays and birthday dinners!!! If you want to know more about it just click on this link: 

     I hope that you are all having a beautiful day and are enjoying this last full month of summer time. We have 38 days until it is officially Autumn again! I am really looking forward to those cooler days here! Until next time....

Stay Cozy, 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Feelin' Pretty...

Picture from August 2015
of my new shorter haircut

Good morning dear friends,

     I just got back from getting my monthly hair cut and boy, does that feel GREAT!!! I went back to really short hair one year ago and have never regretted it a bit. When my hair was at its longest it came down below my shoulders and I had enjoyed it, at first. Over time and through a LOT of family illnesses and issues with us and our aging parents I had gotten into the habit of just pulling it up into a high ponytail every time I had to hurry out the door. It was always in my face when it was down and I was tired of it being hot on my neck all the time, too. Anyway, after momma passed away I was ready for a change and had it cut to a pretty chin-length style that I liked fairly well, but it did require more time for styling and more "product" than I had used for a while~lol! One day I was looking at pictures of my pretty cousins from North Carolina on Facebook and thought, "you know, I think I would like to go short like was really easy to care for when I wore it that way"...and so here I am, back to being "short-n-sassy" again! I love my sweet beautician, she can cut hair in her sleep! That girl is not only really great with the cut but she is quick with the scissors, too and has a heart of gold. It is always such a pleasure to step into her pretty shop. Makes me a happy, happy girl! :-)
     So, last night I was inspired in the kitchen and made a homemade chicken pot pie for our supper. I took one large chicken breast and cut it up into cubes, browned it in my large frying pan with one half  chopped onion and seasoned it with seasoned salt, chicken seasoning and a little pepper. While that was going on lower heat I mixed up a can of cream of chicken soup with water (you could use milk) and a package of chicken gravy mix and set it to the side. I took out a bag of frozen Normandy Blend vegetables from out at SAM'S Club (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and yellow squash) and put that in the pan with the chicken and the onions and then poured the soup mixture over it all and put the lid on it and lowered the heat to medium low~I have a gas range so I kind of eyeball the flame height to know what that is. While that was warming through I made the easiest, most all-purpose dough on the planet~biscuit dough~for the crust. I like this easy recipe: 2 cups self-rising flour, 1/3 cup oil and 3/4 cup milk. Mix your wet ingredients in a measuring cup and place your flour in a medium sized mixing bowl. Put a well in the middle of your flour and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Mix gently with a spoon until all the flour is moistened. Then I turned it out onto a well floured board, put a little flour on top of it and rolled it into an approximate 9"x 13" shape. This recipe is so versatile that I now use it for everything: pizza crust, dumplings, pie crust and more. Now, after I made the crust, I put the chicken and veggies into a 9"x 13" pan and rolled the crust over the top of it. I cut little slits into the crust and baked it in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes~you could go a little longer if you like a browner crust. It was REALLY good and easier than it sounds. I put it together in about 20 minutes so that it was a total of 35 minutes from start to finish.
     It looks like it is getting ready to rain here. We had one quick hard rain fall right before I left for the beauty shop this morning. It did feel like it cooled things off a little but it was still a bit humid out there. We really had some HOT days here last week but this week is looking better with temps in the 80s. I can handle that pretty well, I just don't like it when we head into the 90s and above~too hot for me! I am looking forward to the cooler days of autumn and hope that we have pretty colors on our mountains this year. But we will have to get through August first and I am not rushing things. Life is too short as it is.
     Well, I think I will close for today but am sending you all bunches of love and wishes for a beautiful day. Feel free to leave me comments below as I really enjoy hearing from you all. For now...

Stay Cozy,

Thursday, August 4, 2016

This is Our Life

Good morning, sweet blog friends, 

     Here in WV the sun is shining, the cat has been fed, I have my coffee and have been visiting friends on Facebook; life is good! Not a lot that is new around here; we did go out to eat at our favorite Chinese restaurant yesterday evening and took a little drive. That is one of our very favorite things to do. We usually keep the eating out to once a month and then I cook the rest of the month.  I am hoping to start taking my little camera out with me whenever we go for drives to capture some photos for my blog like I used to. I do like to include pictures with my posts. My husband made our monthly shopping trip to SAM'S Club earlier in the day yesterday and bought our meat and supplies for the month. He has been separating and re-packing the meat into smaller portions this morning using the vacuum sealer. That thing is a real food saver! 
     Our son will be starting to classes at a local Vocational Tech school on Monday! He is a senior this year and still a home school student. I am so glad that he has done so well with his schooling and is now looking to the future and making plans about what he wants to do for a carreer. He has LOTS of dreams and hopes for the future and would love to someday edit video games, movies, videos and more. He has even said that it would be fun to do some voice-over work, too. But for now he will be studying computer programming and repair in one class and taking the CISCO course offered there, also. This is very exciting news for him and also a bit unnerving as he is a bit anxious about doing well and taking the tests. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers that he will do well. 
     I am thinking that we will probably have some kind of casserole for our supper tonight. Either that or spaghetti. I like to start planning our evening meal early in the day so that I don't feel rushed at the last minute to come up with something to fix. I used to do that a lot when I was younger~LOL! I have tried to do menu plans in the past, but found that they were not my style. I do, however, have some family favorite menus that I use from time to time. I often pair up the same meat, veggie and side dish combos like my mom used to do for us growing up. I still find myself doing mashed potatoes and green beans with my meatloaf and also with my fried chicken just like she did. I still tell her, daddy and my mom-in-law that I love them and miss them almost every day. I guess I always will. I like to think that Jesus passes that message along to them for me. 
     That is all for now but I hope to be back tomorrow with another little post. This is wonderful for keeping my mind in writing mode and it does challenge me to take more notice of all those dear little things around me that make life so precious. I hope you all have a bright and blessed day! 

Stay Cozy, 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


This is a little test post: I am trying to get things straightened out on my blog so that I can again share my posts including the pictures that go along with them. I am not one for changes in my social media all know that, right? LOL! Anyway, here goes....testing 1, 2, 3....

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What in the World????? Who Messed Up BLOGGER?????

What the.....hello fellow bloggers....I posted earlier this morning and got ready to share the post on my Facebook page. When I pasted the link onto my page a photo of people who I don't even know showed up! WOW, what is going on with that? I know that it has been some time since my last post, but I never expected that things had changed here so drastically!!! What is going on and can someone please help this simple-minded country girl deal with and understand what I need to do in order to simply share a post. From my understanding I need to integrate my Blogger and Google Plus accounts and then be reassigned a new blog link? Will I lose everything from my blog? Will I have to start all over again? I am almost in tears right now! Too old for all of these changes....I just need life to remain as simple as possible. I need lots of help right now. Please leave any helpful (and simply worded~no code terms please) advice in the comments. (sigh) :-( 

Wake Up Little Susie.....

Good morning my dear blog friends!

     Happy Tuesday! I am having a really hard time waking up this morning as I took a Benadryl last night before I went to bed. I very rarely do this but my eczema was really flaring, painful and itchy so I took a 50mg tablet and fell into a deep sleep. I didn't even rouse during the night and woke up at 8:00 AM which is really late for me~WOW! I am on my second cup of good old coffee and see a third one happening in my near future. My eczema is always worse during the summer months with all the pollen, heat and humidity. I know that for some it is better, but for me those conditions equal much more itching, scales and oozing (sorry to get gross, but that is the reality of eczema, folks). I have been finding some relief with extra virgin olive oil, but yesterday I tried soaking my feet in warm salt water because I had read about it on an online forum. I WON'T be doing that one again~OUCH! Even the coat of olive oil didn't ease the pain of it! I probably used too much salt. It was table salt and not Epsom salt, too. I have used Epsom salt before and it is soothing, but the post specifically said to use iodized table salt for this one. The poster said that it stopped their itching and oozing and made their skin feel great. So much for truthfulness on the web~HaHa! Anyway, it is feeling better this morning and is not itching any more.

     I am planning on getting back to some form of posting here. Maybe even a line or two a day and hopefully some posts concerning decorating and housekeeping since that was the original vision of my little home on the blog. I do miss writing here and reading your blogs, too. I remember the wonderful world that blogging opened up to me in 2006 when I discovered all of the wonderful people out there on the internet sharing their daily lives, hopes and dreams via their beautiful "web logs". I have so many dear friends on FB that I have met from these wonderful places on the net. Some of them I now call "sisters" (you all know who you are, girls). So I hope to never just give up posting here altogether. I am just kind of slow on the draw these days, I guess~lol! 
     I will close for now, but wish you all a very bright and blessed day wherever you may be. Hope to be back here tomorrow with another snippet of news from my little cottage. Love and hugs to you all! 

Stay Cozy, 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Time of the Season.....

     Happy Friday, cottage friends! I am just sitting here enjoying the last few sips of my coffee and reflecting on the sweetness of  the morning stillness. You all know this is my very favorite time of the day! I was just thinking about how sweet our summer has been. No major drama or anything really too exciting; just the gentle grace of ordinary days! Our little garden has produced enough to help with our veggie needs, Caleb and Robin have really bonded over lawn care this year, we have had fun days with family and friends stopping by; so many good memories! It has been most lovely, indeed! 
     Last night the three of us went out to supper at The Cracker Barrel restaurant nearby. My sweet hubby Robin had Baked Steak and Gravy, son Caleb had a big Rib Eye Steak and I had Breaded Fried Shrimp~MMMmmm!!! When we got home I got out my cinnamon candle and burned it for the first time this season. I had switched over to a floral Lilac scent for the Spring/Summer season and had really been enjoying that beautiful aroma, but last night's visit to the good ol' CB sparked my interest in all things Autumn to the next level~lol! As the fragrant spice wafted through our house I realized how truly ready I am for Fall! I am even going to hang up my new wreath today and start changing out the flowers on our front porch. There is just something magical about this time of the year! 
     I want to take a minute to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day weekend!!! We are planning a cookout here tomorrow with our children and their families and we have one of our Grandsons coming over to spend the weekend with us tonight, as well. My hubby is out right now getting our good old van inspected and a fresh new sticker put on it. We have annual vehicle inspections here in WV. My son is still asleep upstairs and the house remains still for the moment, anyway. Life is very serene for now and I am loving it!!! Sending you much love, hugs and prayers for your day and your weekend!!! 

Stay Cozy,