Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I grew up in a family of tea drinkers. My dad and Nana both started their mornings with a cup of Lipton Tea. One bag, with two or three lumps of sugar.  And a splash of creamer. Then they’d have another cup  following the supper hour. Back in the day... to drink tea... you had to put the kettle on, then wait for the whistle, to let you know the water was ready.  

My mom had a Revere Ware kettle that was always polished and ready to use. When I got older I mimicked my relatives adding tea drinking in my own life. Only I kicked it up a notch, and drank Constant Comment by Bigelow. And when I poured my water  it came from a charming Copper kettle. To this day, I do not drink coffee at all. An occasional cup of Chai or African Autumn is often on my menu. But truth be told I’ve gotten finicky about my tea, as I’ve aged.  I now exclusively use Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons which comes in SACHETS, not bags… which are housed in pretty tins. Perfect for gift giving and receiving. It is the one luxury I afford myself. And, though I have a bright RED kettle on the stove, I’ve cut my brewing time down immensely by NOT using it. My husband has a Keurig coffee maker that has proven to be pretty handy to this tea drinker. We all know the right teacup or mug makes tea drinking, a special event, not just an everyday occurrence. SO... once you have the drinking vessel chosen… you just sit it under the coffee dispenser WITHOUT a pod, push a button, and get hot water  at the right temperature... instantly. So simple. And it makes for a joyous TEA experience each time... without waiting for the whistle to blow... 

Though I do miss the routine of the past, every now and then.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Our family room has mini-blinds in it instead of curtains. The notion being outside is a work of art. So... when we open the blinds to let the sun shine in… the windows provide the frame to view the beauty out there. And depending on the weather… that scenery could change giving us a new canvas to enjoy… every day. Curtains are more formal and have a whole different vibe. But the truth is… the real story we face here… is that the height of our ceiling is lower than average, so a standard 84 inch curtain... is too long for the space. And... it would cost a fortune to have them shortened because I’m not so handy... with the sewing machine anymore. However, years ago we found out cloth shower curtains are a perfect fit, length wise, if we ever decided to use them. This year has been bitterly cold... and the mini-blinds just aren’t enough of a barrier... to keep the warmth in, so we relinquished using the blinds alone. In part… because I accidently stumbled on the sale of the century, at a major retailer. I found two matching paisley shower curtains... showing a $9 price tag... but ringing up just a $1 a piece. UNBELIEVABLE, Right? Cloth curtains to cover the windows and keep the cold out for only $2 total.  

They cover the area needed, and then some… and look FABULOUS to boot… blending in with the room d├ęcor perfectly… making us feel more home-y than artsy. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017


When I was a young homemaker and learning the ropes, someone taught me  a vocabulary lesson that opened my eyes. Naive about the ways of the world, I had a limited dictionary at my command or so it seemed, regarding one important piece of furniture.  In my neck of the woods… we called it a sofa or a couch… but a good friend of mine did not. I remember her inviting me over for a coffee klatch and while we conversed, she showed me around her house. It was the first time I had been there. When we headed into the living room, she says, “I’ll be getting a new DAVENPORT soon.” I had never heard of a DAVENPORT before… so I just smiled, pretending I knew WHAT she was talking about. I remember thinking at the time… that it must be some kind of buffet, hutch or sideboard. But… I discovered it wasn’t… when I asked my husband about it… later that night. Slightly older and more knowledgeable than me, he educated me on the subject. The expression DAVENPORT is used among folks of a certain geographic location, (the Midwest and New York) and age (born before World War 2). It is used as a synonym for the word couch or sofa. (It can have storage under it or be made into a bed, sort of like today’s futons.) I was gobsmacked to hear this… but quickly added the word to my vocabulary… so if it ever came up again, I would know how to respond. Suffice to say, I grew up and have learned so much in my life… but this one piece of information has always stuck with me. SO… what do you call that thing you sit down on in your living room? A couch, sofa or davenport?

We replaced our old torn one (the slipcovers weren’t working for us anymore) with a couple of new armchairs. Saw them on the showroom floor and fell in love. VERY, very COLORFUL, aren’t they? Believe me… they are not that sedate look we usually go for here at our house. But it’s a new year and the chairs BRIGHTEN our lives and fit our derriere’s. Not to mention, the price was right. CLEARANCE. So we’re taking a walk on the WILD side.

Monday, January 2, 2017


A while back… our local Walmart, up and moved to a  different location. That left the old building vacant, sitting there, waiting to be sold. After 4 or 5 years of being empty, it finally did. So… a new store moved in to occupy it’s walls, with little if any remodeling, to utilize the space. It’s called BIG R. It specializes in western clothes, boots, belts, farm & ranch stuff, food, candy and pet food, including bird seed.

And surprisingly, it also carries Alfred Dunner clothes too, which tend to be a bit more upscale and seemingly out of character for this kind of place. But,  I enjoyed looking though the Dunner clothes and trying some pieces on. Though… they were a bit too pricey for me, since I thrift my wardrobe.

The dressing rooms in BIG R are in the round, inside a small silo. It makes for an interesting  experience.

 So does shopping there in general, for a ‘citified’ person. When you come into the store you are greeted by the aroma and sound of fresh popping popcorn.

And they hand you a small  bag of it… to eat, to enhance your shopping fun. MINE was gone in a heartbeat. YUM!

They have quite an interesting inventory of old fashioned foods and candy, as well. Two things my parents always had in the pantry, from back in the day… were Circus Peanuts, that orange marshmallow-y delight. (They were invented in the 1800’s and are considered one of the original PENNY candies.) And in lieu of potato chips or potato sticks, at BIG R… I found that classic country snack, my parents still adore… pork rinds. Their origin as a snack food dates way back too. Made me smile... thinking of my folk's... sweet and savory treats. So of course... I had to buy a bag of both, the peanuts and the rinds. Not diet food, I know... but hey, when good childhood memories beckon, you listen.  Thank you BIG R for moving in. You made my day. You were not the department store I was expecting to settle into this space, but one I enjoyed visiting, nonetheless.


Monday, December 26, 2016


Christmas came and went. 

We enjoyed bright, colorful lights of the season by driving throughout local neighborhoods and looking at their holiday displays. The more expensive the houses, the more lavish and creative they were.

The older we get... the less we decorate here at home. Not because we do not want to. Just because we can’t physically muster the agility to do so. I wish there was someone who could help us... do it, but there just isn't. So we enjoy seeing everybody else's. After a jaunt out and about to do that… we then capped the holiday festivities, with a family excursion to dinner. Years of prepping for home cooked meals has taken their toll, and just living in the moment, with no cleanup… was appealing, making our decision to eat out, easy. A good time was had by all.

Afterwards… we went back to my daughter’s to open presents. The grands made us cookies. SCRUMPTIOUS.

Their request for Xmas was just to get a few GIFT cards. Which made the old adage ‘Big things come in little packages’ come to fruition for them both. A couple BOOGIE boards for doodling also made their day special.

 Meanwhile, the kitties got their yearly dose of CATNIP. And were more playful than we’ve seen in months.

This year all the gifts for me were exclusively REPURPOSED from secondhand stores. Shirts, books. And, an antique opal ring.

My husband’s new toys on the other hand were brand spanking new. They were in keeping with our resolute determination to give up our $200 a month cable bill, so we can save money. So we made a couple BIG expenditures on a SMART TV and TIVO that will 'pay off' in the long run. Or so we hope. Fingers crossed. (I had talked about this here... months ago, and then again on my other blog, Thrifting Threads and Things, briefly, last week. You can access it by clicking on pic in my sidebar.) My hubby had wanted a BIGGER tv screen... but our available space would only permit 40 inches, so that’s what we got. He spent ALL Christmas Day hooking up wires and making connections so we could have TV again. He ended up having to gerry rig a few things to get stuff situated properly. But he did it. Whatever works right?

Nothing more exciting than knowing the Weather Channel will be back on where it belongs, so we can track those winter storms as they develop.

I am really looking forward to the NEW YEAR. In so many ways 2016 was a BAD one for me personally. Really BAD from beginning to end. But it will finally pass. So... at long last, I am optimistic for the future. And hope you are too.

May you and your loved ones
have a healthy and happy


"Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne! For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We'll take a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne." 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Wanted to wish all my blog buddies a happy and healthy HOLIDAY season. Been busy with lots of things that have KEPT me from blogging. Some things you just do not NEED to TALK about. But please know…. I still lurk on your pages from time to time checking to see what’s happening in your worlds. Maybe after the first of the year I will get back into the blogging scene. Love you all. 
And to my Jewish friends- HAPPY CHANUKAH. Here are a few pictures from my neck of the woods.













I could write about more adventures here on the homefront.