Feb 212021

53° right now, the expected high is 73° with little chance of rain

Humans Of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Listening To…
Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives…Eight Hours by Larry Elder

Call Me Kat, the format is a little odd, but I really like it

Up Next In Kitchen…
Chicken Taco Soup
Italian Sausage, Pepper, and Potato Packets
Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Anastasia’s Best-Ever Baked Beans

Today’s To Do List…
Doing some work around the house, reading and watching a movie or two

Looking forward to…
Spending tomorrow with my daughter

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:10

A Favorite Photo…

Blowing Raspberries

Jan 312021

The high is supposed to be 79°with only a 10% chance of rain

Things My Son Needs To Know About The World by Fredrik Backman

Listening To…
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg

Books Reviewed Last Week…
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Watching This Week…
Fried Green TomatoesStill Mine, Our Friend

Up Next In Kitchen…
Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Fish, Fries, Coleslaw

New To Me Stuff:
Since I was a little kid, Lucky Charms has been my favorite cereal. I saw Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes Marshmallow and I thought I’d buy a box to see if I liked them. They weren’t as good as the original Lucky Charms. The taste was off and the frosted flakes instead of  oat cereal pieces felt weird. I’ll be sticking with the original Lucky Charms

Today’s To Do List…
Work, then maybe go for a ride to let my doggy try out her new car booster seat, read, tv

Looking forward to…
Having next weekend off

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Psalm 31:24

A Favorite Photo…

♥ Great granddaughter Jensen ♥

Jan 032021

63°, it sprinkled a while ago and now it’s nice and cool

You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir by Melissa Ohden. My sister read this and loved it, so I’m hoping I do as well (I started it in 2020 sometime but only got a few pages in and stopped, wasn’t a good year for my reading)

Listening To…
Sensible Shoes (Book 1 Sensible Shoes Series) by Sharon Garlough Brown

Books Reviewed Last Week…

I’ve been binging Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation and I LOVE it! I’m almost finished with season 1. My son and daughter in law watched Soul and loved it so I plan on watching it this week

Weekly Meal Plan…
Sheet Pan Asian Stir Fry
Lettuce Wrapped Hamburgers, Fries/Onion Rings, baked beans
White Chicken Chili

New To Me Stuff:
I love Chick-fil-a’s Polynesian Sauce and found out that Publix (no photo)sells it. So does Target & WM

Today’s To Do List…
Do my daily readings, wash a load of towels, read/listen to my current books, watch Soul & BBH:R

Looking forward to…
Having Thursday & Friday Off

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another
1 John 4:11

From the camera…

♥ Christmas card from my grandson Harley Jr. I LOVE the drawing of us  ♥

Dec 082019

Sunday Reflections

Linking up with:
Sunday Salon
Sunday Post

Right now it’s 72° with an expected high of 81°, sunny,  light clouds and the birds are singing

Last month I went to Ohio with my two sons and daughter in law. I got to see family members I hadn’t seen in years and it was so good to see them again. I showed my sons and daughter in law where we lived at the lake when I was growing up, showed them where we lived when I took my sons home from the hospital, the hospital where they were born, etc. And for the first time since I left Ohio in 1986 I saw snow and made a snowball and had my favorite sandwich that I’ve been craving since I left. Right after I got home I went on a cruise with my daughter and youngest grandson and we had so much fun! We got home the day after my birthday and my kids surprised me with a new desktop computer that I absolutely love! Earlier in the month I found out I’m going to be a great-grandma! It was the best month of my life! I’m so grateful for my family!

Doggy Defenders: Willow the Therapy Dog by National Geographic Kids

Listening To…
The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

Books Reviewed Last Week…

Books Needing Reviewed…
I’m so behind on reviews that I probably won’t get them all posted, I’ll just start again in 2020

On Hold At The Library…
The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook: The 75 Best Healthy Recipes for Your Air Fryer by Gina Homolka

Last night I was searching for something to watch on Netflix and found Virgin River  and decided to check out the first episode to see if I liked it. I did. So much that I watched the whole first season before turning the tv off and I can’t wait for season two. The show is based on the book series of the same name by Robyn Car. There are 18 books in the series so I’m not sure I’ll even start it

Mind Body Spirit… 
I really needed a vacation since it’s been 4 years since my trip to NYC, and I’m feeling good both mentally and physically

In The Kitchen…
Not sure what I’ll be making this week

New To Me Stuff:
I got a new air fryer during Black Friday

Today’s To Do List…
Going to IKEA

Looking forward to…

A Favorite Bible Verse…
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart
Jeremiah 29:13

From the camera…

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The lake where I lived

I love these sandwiches!

doesn’t do the water justice, it was so beautiful I couldn’t stop looking at it

Jan 272018

Last weekend my sons Anthony & Jeremy, Jeremy’s wife Susie, and I went out to the Zephyrhills Brewing Company. They had a food truck from Loli’s Mexican Cravings restaurant. By the way, the building the brewing company is in used to be a bank.

There was a live (very loud) band and the room was packed so we sat in a room off the main bar. Much more quiet so we could talk.

Since I don’t drink alcohol, I ordered a non-alcoholic Spruce Beer from the bar, which tasted much better than I thought it would. From the food truck I ordered a Chicken Taco and a Chorizo Taco. Both were very good.

After we finished eating we sat for a while and talked, then went back to Jeremy & Susie’s house and played Monopoly Gamer. I was Donkey Kong.

I love spending time with my kids, and all four of us had a lot of fun!

My Chorizo Taco ~ Yummy!

I told you it used to be a bank

My boy babies, Jeremy on the left, Anthony on the right

I don’t know why I didn’t take more photos. Next time I’ll try to remember.

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Sep 192017

I’m so thankful Hurricane Irma wasn’t as strong as they predicted for our area. Only minor damage where we’re living now, and one tree down at the house in town. We did loose everything in our fridge/freezer and another freezer. Tons of food gone to waste 🙁

I didn’t  read or listen to my current audiobook. No blogging or visiting blogs, so it will take me  few days to catch up. Also none of my dvr shows got recorded so I have to find them On Demand.

We stayed with my son Jeremy, daughter in law Susie, Arianna and Jordon, since they live in town and only a few minutes from work. (Thanks so much for inviting us to stay with you. It was very much appreciated!) The first few days were bearable because there was a breeze, but then the wind stopped and it got HOT! Thankfully my son and daughter in law found a generator in a town about 50 minutes away, so they drove there and bought it. It felt so good to have a/c again! Let me tell you, nothing was easy to find after the hurricane hit. The grocery stores and gas stations finally got up and running but lines were really long and they ran out really soon.

Publix opened up as soon as they could but ended up having to close in a short time because they sold all their food. I love Publix, Here is one of the reasons why. Make sure you read the article after watching the video.


Our electricity where we live finally came back on we were able to go back home on Sunday.

The Withlacoochee River is flooding and many houses are in water. We live about a mile from the river, but thankfully it hasn’t reached us.

My daughter Kilah, son in law Harley, Alecia, and Harley Jr.  stayed with Harley’s brother. They are all ok.

Thank God Maria is headed out to sea!

My prayers are with everyone who has suffered from the hurricanes, fires, floods etc.

BTW: I’ve lived out in the country for over 30 years which means well water. You need electricity to use well water. When I found out Jeremy & Susie still had water, I was shocked. I had forgotten that with city water you still had water, it just can’t be heated. I loved still being able to take a shower, but doing it by flashlight and only cold water isn’t something I’d recommend. Especially having to wash your hair in cold water. Brrrrrrrrrrr

Sep 022017

The other day my son and I took the day off work because we had business to take care of. Our appointment was in the morning so we decided to do something instead of going straight home. We were trying to decide where to go eat lunch and since we had never been to Ford’s Garage we decided to go there.

I love different, and this restaurant was definitely different. I absolutely loved it!

We both decided to get a burger and since you can choose which patty you want, we both ordered the Kobe beef. We’d never had a Kobe burger and it was the best burger either one of us had ever had, anywhere. You can click on the link above and then click “Food Menu” to see the other burger options.

I couldn’t stop taking photos! It is the most unique restaurants I’ve ever been to. Check it out!

 The front door with gas nozzles for handles


Old Timey Gas Pumps, the front outside wall are glass garage doors


There are 3 or 4 old vehicles outside


There are even some inside the restaurant, hanging from the ceiling


The menu is leather


The napkins are grease rags secured by metal clamps


My burger with fries


Anthony’s burger with mac & cheese, served in a mini cast iron skillet


The bathroom door handle was also a gas pump nozzle


The sink was a tire, the faucet a gas pump nozzle


Photo of the water running


Urinals were beer kegs (son took this photo of course)


Don’t you think this is a neat restaurant? We both loved it and we’ll definitely be going back!


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Saturday Snapshot

Feb 182017

Last Sunday I went to the Straz Center to see the play Wicked with my daughter in law Susie and her mom Joan. It was so so so good, and very hilarious, which surprised me.

Before we went to see the play, we went to a new to me and Joan restaurant called Datz. For an appetizer Susie ordered the Berrychetta, which is toasted batard topped with goat cheese and Florida Strawberries, arugula and cherry balsamic drizzle. Oh my goodness. It was fantastic!

Everything on the menu sounded amazing, but I ended up ordering the Pepping Tom which is Oven roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, avocado spread, lettuce, tomato and mayo, served on a ciabatta roll. I asked for regular bread instead of the roll (don’t ask me why, it was just a spur of the moment thing)  and the sandwich was amazing. It was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. Yum E!

All the sandwiches are served with house-made sweet-n-salty chips with creamy blue cheese drizzle and green onions. We all thought they were yummy!




Peeping Tom

Pepping Tom &  Sweet-n-Salty Chips

(you can click the photos to enlarge)

Joan ordered the Roger’s Rockin’ Reuben: Sy Ginsberg’s corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. Served on rye bread. She loved it.

Susie ordered the The Happy Cow: House-made black beans, fresh corn veggie burger. Topped with Sriracha aioli and shredded lettuce. Served on a sweet sourdough bun.  And yes, she loved it.

The restaurant had a great atmosphere and I would recommend it 100%. I hope to go back soon. Sadly, the only locations at this time are in Tampa.

We had some spare time between the restaurant and the play so we decided to walk around Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. I love the park and enjoy it every time I go. That day they were having Yoga In The Park and I was surprised at how many people were yoga-ing. I also love watching all the dogs that people bring to the park to walk. Someone even brought their pet pig.



Of course my favorite part is walking beside the water. I am a water lover. Pond, river, canal, ocean, puddle. I love em all.

Anyway, if you are ever in the downtown Tampa area and are hungry, I suggest you visit Datz. They have other items on the menu besides sandwiches. Everything we ate was really good.


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Jan 282017

My daughter and I go on day trips once in a while. Two weeks ago we went to Lady Lake and stopped at Sweet Tomatoes, one of my top 3  favorite restaurants. For soup and salad, it’s #1. If you’re not familiar with Sweet Tomatoes, they’re a salad, soup, and baked goods restaurant. And their food is oh so yummy. I didn’t get a photo of the salad bar because we got there just as they were opening the door and there were a bunch of people waiting to get in. By the time I tried to take a photo, there were people on both side of the bar and I couldn’t get a good shot.  Next time. There are more soups and bakery items than in the photo, it was just hard to get a clear shot with the people standing in front of them. I know the restaurant isn’t in all states, but if you haven’t been to this restaurant, check to see if there’s one near you. Their food is so good!


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Sign Outside

ST soup bar

Soup Bar

ST bakery bar

Bakery Bar



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Jan 132017

A little over a year ago my son Anthony talked me into looking for another dog. I had recently lost my husband and my dog Patches (who I’d had for 18 yrs.). I really didn’t want to get another dog but he said a dog would keep me company and help me heal. Finally he convinced me it would be a good thing. So, we looked every day off that he had from work, for months. I was looking for a dog that was medium size so I could take it on walks with me around the neighborhood when we moved to Zephyrhills. I just could not find the right dog for me. We looked and looked. We looked at every dog shelter within a few hours drive. I kept telling Anthony that when I saw the dog I was meant to have I’d know it. One day we ended up in Sarasota. As I was walking, looking at all the dogs, I came to a pen that didn’t have a dog in it but I looked at the photo. I knew the second I saw her photo that she was was my dog. She was nothing like what I’d been looking for all those months. She was tiny, only 9 pounds. She was a smushed face dog (I never thought I’d have a smushed face dog). And she was long haired and looked like she need a good grooming. But that dog was mine the minute I saw her photo. I told my son to go find out where she was and prayed she was still available for adoption. He headed for the door to find someone who worked there & I read her info. It said she was a puppy mill survivor. I got the leaky eyes.

As soon as he got to the door a man walked by. He had her in his arms. I told him I wanted her. He said that the person who was supposed to adopt her that day had just called to let them know she had changed her mind. Perfect timing. While we were filling out the papers to adopt her they put her back in her pen, and there were 3 other people that wanted her.

“Sorry, too late. She’s mine!”

We took her home and the next day took her to the vet to make sure she was ok. She’s a Japanese Chin and they are supposed to have long hair, but I wanted it short since it’s so hot and humid in Florida, so we took her to the groomer and got her fur shampooed and cut. She was adorable with her new fur-do!

She wasn’t housebroken even though she was 2 years old. She was shaky and nervous. She had a few teeth missing from not being taken care of. She wouldn’t go through a doorway unless you backed away from the door (I’ve been told that this was because she’d had doors slammed on her), and she didn’t know that she was supposed to play with toys, she’d just look at them and then forget about them. She wouldn’t walk with a leash, as soon as I put one on her, she froze. She’s over come most of those things, but we’re still working on a few of them. Now she is a happy little dog that loves to eat, loves making her toys squeak, and loves cuddling.

Kaiyo is such a Blessing to me. She helped me heal (Anthony was right), and I helped her heal. I still miss Patches, I’ll always love and miss her. But Kaiyo is my baby too and I know Patches would approve.


Happy One Year Anniversary Kaiyo!

♥ And thank you Anthony, without you I wouldn’t have her! ♥

Jan 082017


December 31st was Kaiyo’s 3rd Birthday! To celebrate she got to go to town and do some shopping. She got some toys, this birthday cookie and hat, a cupcake, and a few other little yummies. I adopted/rescued her on January 13th (which happens to be my oldest son Jeremy’s birthday) so she’ll get to go shopping again soon. I’m so glad I rescued her, I love her so much!

Isn’t she adorable in her Birthday Hat?

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