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Monday, August 21, 2017

I Am...

I recently did a fun creative project.  An activity in one of my groups was to make something with personal affirmations... it could be a journal page, a letter to our self, a collage... whatever.

I made a mixed media piece.

The bubbles (circles) are watercolor backgrounds that I cut circles from.  From there, I considered for several days on who and what I really am.

What I know... not what other people think or judge.

It was a good exercise...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Flannel Plant

We have an opportunist growing in our upper driveway...

It has a beautiful flower and the leaves are soft and fuzzy.

There as SO many buds waiting to open.

The bees are really enjoying it too.

It's leaves are huge... up to 16 inches long!

Isn't it interesting how they are ruffled where they connect to the stem?

Did I mention it is BIG?  Himself is 6 feet tall.

It is a Common Mullein, also known at the Flannel Plant.

Here's what Wiki has to say about it:

"Verbascum thapsus (great mullein or common mullein) is a species of mullein native to Europe, northern Africa, and Asia, and introduced in the Americas and Australia.

It is a hairy biennial plant that can grow to 2 m tall or more. Its small, yellow flowers are densely grouped on a tall stem, which grows from a large rosette of leaves.

It grows in a wide variety of habitats, but prefers well-lit, disturbed soils, where it can appear soon after the ground receives light, from long-lived seeds that persist in the soil seed bank. It is a common weedy plant that spreads by prolifically producing seeds, but it rarely becomes aggressively invasive, since its seeds require open ground to germinate. It is a very minor problem for most agricultural crops, since it is not a very competitive species, being intolerant of shade from other plants and unable to survive tilling. It also hosts many insects, some of which can be harmful to other plants. Although individuals are easy to remove by hand, populations are difficult to eliminate permanently.

It is widely used for herbal remedies, with well-established emollient and astringent properties. Mullein remedies are especially recommended for coughs and related problems, but also used in topical applications against a variety of skin problems. The plant has also been used to make dyes and torches."

It's been fun watching it grow.  We noticed the other day that a neighbor has one in his yard and is letting it grow too.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cheesy Egg Bake

Here is a great recipe I tried from All Recipes dot com.

Cheesy Egg Bake
1 tablespoon butter, melted
12 eggs, beaten
1 pound shredded pepperjack cheese
1 (16 ounce) container cottage cheese
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with the melted butter.

Whisk together the eggs, pepperjack cheese, cottage cheese, flour, and salt in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Bake in the preheated oven until eggs are completely set, about 1 hour.

(NOTE:  I cut this recipe in half and baked in an 8x8 pan.  Delicious but in both of our opinions, it needs some texture.  I'm thinking some artichoke hearts next time... )

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Wild Flowers

The wild flowers have been just lovely in Tennessee this summer.

Rose Mallow (in the hibiscus family)

Cone Flowers


OK... not a flower.  But isn't it pretty?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me!

One month ago I turned 55.

Himself made me chocolate cupcakes and surprised me with this that morning.

My present to me was being healthier for my 55th birthday than I was for my 50th.  Those are a pair of pants I wore back then...

GO me!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Movie Date

Towns all over the US are revitalizing their vintage movie theaters and using them once again to show movies.

Some show vintage movies (like Casa Blanca or Gone With The Wind).  Some play foreign films (like The Music of Strangers or Our Little Sister).  Other have 'modern classics' (such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Saving Private Ryan).  And there are ones with family movies (such as National Velvet or Toy Story).

Many do a mix of genres.

The Roxy is doing a mix modern classics and family, alternating every other Sunday.

It's a great old theater and is also used for stage productions.

Team Red, White, & Blue took a block of tickets for one of the family showings.

Waiting for the show to start.  We were right at the end of our Whole30 program... so no refreshments for us.  Smelling that hot buttered popcorn was killer.  Box candy, popcorn, and sodas are all $1 each.

While I couldn't have any sweets... I had my Sweetie.  That was more than good enough!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Just a quick update on how "The Worm Guys" are doing...

 That would be VERY well.  See what I'm pointing at?  That is a teeny baby worm.  There is a ton of them!  Supposedly if the worms are not happy, there won't be babies.

They must be ecstatic!

(Oh... there is plenty of 'worm dirt' too...)