Daily Prompt: Congregate in My Name

Sunday morning.  Many Christians congregate in churches on the Sabbath.

Have a blessed Sunday

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

What constitutes a crowd?

Aunt Ruth with her Sunday School classmates in Detroit over 100 years ago.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sweets 4 the Sweet

Sweets are my downfall in life, my drug of choice.  Mostly chocolate, but I do gravitate towards anything that is sweet.  I am very particular that my sweets not be overly sweet.  How some can scoop teaspoon after teaspoon of sugar into their coffee or tea is beyond me.  Go with one Tablespoon of those flavored creamers or scant 1 tsp of sugar if used instead.

I should mention I have been a “borderline Diabetic” for many years and really have to watch my diet, exercise and my weight to keep it from going full force on me so messing with sweets can be as dangerous as a druggie with actual drugs.  I have been so bad for so many years now, that I got another wake up again a few weeks ago that will scare me into being good again for a while anyway.

Mostly I just do dark chocolate right now but on Valentines Day I was alone and feeling like I needed a treat with no chocolate in the house and bad weather outside.  I made some bite size brownies with my mini muffin tins and used those disposable Wilton bags to decorate them with homemade pink buttercream frosting.

Can use 1/2 C all purpose flour if cake flour n/a. Add pinch of salt if using unsalted butter & not watching sodium intake.

Still take out my kids artwork for holidays!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Can I be a Tour Guide to a town I don’t fully know yet?

I’ve lived here a couple of years but know I will never see all this small town has to offer located near Irish Hills.  There are 5 Wineries in the immediate area.  I don’t drink the stuff but love to add wine to my cooking.  Stews, meats, stewed fruit, etc.

I had been wanting to move to this area for over 20 years and now that I have, I can’t afford it and the tourism has really died down.  Between fear of crime or terrorism and easy access to stuff in our virtual world, most don’t leave their homes but for work and school and then scurry back for safety and relaxation.  I really miss crowded tourist spots.  We used to take the kids to Prehistoric Forest, Stagecoach Stop, their favorite, Wamplers Lake, Twin Towers, Walker Tavern to name a few.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

I love weathered buildings, houses and the shabby chic of good, well loved antiques.

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Grave Silence

Nothing is more silent than unfinished melodies….unexpressed thoughts…..broken dreams, dead or alive.  We all think we are going to live forever, especially when we are young.  We have all the time in the world.  Some adults tell young people this.  It is not true.  No one is guaranteed anything.  Not even tomorrow.

Make the most of today and what you have.  Don’t wait for things to change, get better or even “perfect,” whatever that is.  Don’t allow time and circumstances to make you complacent or worse to simply give up.  There is no “do-overs” in our lives.  I don’t subscribe to the “live for today” in a selfish manner of partying til you puke and having sex with anything that moves philosophy of the current mainstream media portrayal of our culture, which is really not at all accurate.  I do say that if there is something you have always wanted to do and it’s realistic, then you need to make it happen.  This does not mean you will succeed in your dream or plan but as long as it’s realistic and real effort is applied, there is hope that you will succeed.

I no longer condemn myself for my failures or shortcomings in my life.  There were times when I did “bite off more than I could chew” and was simply not ready for the extreme work and expertise required for what I wanted to achieve.  There were other times that I waited too long and my aspirations were no longer relevant to the time or even to me personally anymore.  You outgrow things, it happens.  Nothing in life is perfect but if you listen to all the experts paid to tell us our lives by the mainstream, as long as you do what they tell you to do “Nothing Can Go Wrong….”  One of the echoing sentiments from the movie “Westworld” if any of you are familiar with it.  They were wrong.

 

Daily Prompt: Cozy as I Please

How fine a line between cozy and sty?

I ponder this as I breath a sigh.

You’ve heard of tea cozies, meet “couch cozy!”  Created by throwing an oversized quilt on my dark sofa.  I am still unpacking and trying to find places for things so they don’t have to be in boxes or on shelves anymore.  Selling or giving away what I can and now starting to throw out my “toxic” clothing that I never wore very much.  The man made fabrics that never breathed or fit very well.  Stuff too worn to donate.  Even changing over to the natural fibers is no guarantee of fabric safety since most use pesticides everywhere now.

I’ve been sick more than well since October until just a few days ago so I don’t really care what my place looks like.  No one can come in and I have not been out much except for water and supplies and do wear a “sick” mask everywhere so I don’t spread my cold or catch something else from all the unbridled sneezing everywhere I go.  I buy my own drinking water since the tap water out here in the sticks is well water, too hard and I can’t drink that softened stuff, gross!

Had to take some plants off the sill because they started dying.  I have some cuttings ready to transplant so I will do this and just keep them inside on my patio table I have right in front of the window for now.  To the far left of the plants you can just see the large silver spoon I use as a spade inside for my houseplants.  I gave away my garden tools when I moved from my house.  This was from our family’s original silver set we used to use during the holidays.  Most of the silver plating is off of them now but I’m glad I can use this piece for something.

Great Daily Prompt choice for right now in my area as we are in sub-zero weather and it is miserable inside and out.  This is expected for the next couple weeks or so.  UGH!!   This older apartment building has a boiler and sometimes the heat is not sent through the building evenly.  I have purchased a small ceramic heater that I use for short bursts if it gets too cold.  What sucks is I am paying extra for this supplemental heat since the heat they supply is included in my monthly rent.  My brothers have it worse further north.  Way more snow and much colder temperatures of 25 below wind chill this morning.  It was maybe 6 below in my neck of the woods.

This was a “cozy corner” in the living room next to the sofa before I condensed much of it down, got some hung and put some of my unfinished work away.

So dangerous for all the party goers celebrating the remainder of our holiday time now.  New Years a few days away, there will be many out traveling the icy roads.  Please be careful out there!  I purchased this super sized Christmas stocking many years ago at a charity function for Children’s Hospital.  Very whimsical!

Still have my oversized opulent stocking hung inside my front door that gives it a cozier look than a wreath.

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