Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The first post I prepared for my blog (but never published). I am going Retro!

Wow, I am blogging! Joining the multitudes of millions of people who are years ahead of me. I was surprised to find blogs started as long ago as 2002. I had not heard of blogs back then. So, of course, in trying to find a name for my blog, I realized that the name I wanted had been taken 5 years ago. It is not active. It is not being used, but it is still sitting there on the net, useless to someone who wants to actively blog it. It seems kind of like a derelict building in town, an eyesore. I feel bad for the great name they chose and it being sentenced to oblivion.


So, if you have an old blog out there with a GREAT address or even just a mediocre one, get out there and blog it and help resurrect some of these old buildings on the net that no one but you can occupy!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

That is all the "Things"

Thanks for watching my blog as I shared all the things I have been enjoying for the first 2 months of the year.  I have more stuff, but I will spread it out a little more.  I hope you enjoyed hearing about the things we are up to, the good food and good fun.  Check back next week for more fun stuff and goodies from here.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Delicious Food "Thing" for February 2015

I made the YUMMIEST Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup the other day.   Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This recipe is SOO easy.  You can put all your own fresh vegetables in it, and it still only takes maybe 45 minutes to make.  It doesn't get much easier than that.

Adding homemade chicken broth is a GREAT idea, so if you have some, use it here.  The additional flavors will make the soup delicious.  Canned broth just does not have the depth of flavor you will want for this soup, but it that is what you have available, go ahead, it will still be yummy.

Let me know what you think of this recipe, our whole family loved it. :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

New "Thing" #5 - Movie

The movies I enjoy enough to share with others are few and far between.  Now, here I am sharing 2 movies in one week.

The latest movie we watched is "How to Train Your Dragon 2"  If you have not already seen "How to Train Your Dragon", you should definitely watch that one first.  This is very kid friendly but with enough mature laughs for adults without seeming weirdly creepy  (like Shrek 2 with the gingerbread man)

There is adventure, war, loyalty and love without gore or any sexual innuendo.  The main characters are lovely young people who are finding their way in the big world.  Their idealism is refreshing and framed positively by the writers/producers rather than being treated as something to be FIXED.  I really enjoyed this, even as an animated film, it made me feel the feels!  I even cried at a couple points.

If you enjoy a good rollicking fun movie with some serious conflict thrown in, where redemption comes in the end for those who deserve it and grasp the helping hand offered to them, you will LOVE this movie.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Another new "thing" for 2015




I made this really cute little gift item for a teacher we know.  It is just a pencil cup, but it looks very festive and spring-y.  I will add it to a gift basket at the end of the school year to add a homey look to the gift.  It is basically just cross-stitched yarn in the holes and it is easy enough that anyone can do it, but it is still cute!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Thing #3 for 2015

We watched a movie the other day and I loved it.  It is called The Hundred-foot Journey.  It is a sweet and lovely movie about being neighbors and being kind to others because they are human.  It has a number of threads in the story running together.  It is a good movie for families because it brings the opportunity to talk about jealousy, hard work, commitment and there is no cursing!  I was so impressed with the quality of the movie and how the conflicts were handled.  I think your family would enjoy it too.



Monday, February 23, 2015

Thing #2

Camille and Ruby participate in an amazing program on Thursdays called Classical Conversations.  Camille has learned so much and grown so much in her spelling and writing abilities, her vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds, and she has developed a good stage presence.   Here is a video of Camille talking about the life of Mary Jemison, the White Woman of the Seneca.  Mary settled with the Seneca in Western NY which made her interesting to me since I spent many years there myself. Mary Jemison's story was recorded by a professional writer/interviewer while she was still alive at 80 years of age, so it is her story, told in her own voice.

I highly recommend her story as an interesting tidbit of history, especially for those interested in some history of Native Americans in Western NY.  Many young girls might enjoy the story, although maybe 13 and up due to graphic reports of violence committed against captives and victims of the Native Americans.  This was not a prejudiced/stereotypical view of the Native culture, but a factual telling of the events as she remembers them, while living with the Seneca people over 80 years.

I posted the video on my facebook page.  Hopefully, I will figure out how to load it here on Blogger soon.