Happy New Year

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

We can hope this year COVID leaves and we do not have another year of having to wear masks in public.

We have had a few family members that were not vaccinated die, a few that were vaccinated just needed to quarantine and they ran high fevers and were very tired.

Jack and I have been blessed I think because we have avoided the public as much as possible but both of us are vaccinated and we have had the booster so we have not had any symptoms.

Cricket went to Livingston last week to get bred for the first time. Jeanelle brought her back yesterday I think she was glad to be out of the woods and back home. I think this was successful so only time will tell. There are people on a waiting list for Cricket’s pups.

The four youngest grandkids came to stay for 5 – 6 days. We had to make a trip to Walmart before they came to pick up supplies it’s like feeding a hungry army.

We have been putting plants in the greenhouse and the house so I do not lose them with the freeze that is coming tomorrow. I have a lot of succulents I refuse to lose. The greenhouse saved my aloe vera in February but all that outdoors died.

Planting, rooting, and sharing

Jack has been busy getting the fall garden planted.

He has planted some seeds and some plants. The Cabbage, Onions, and Lettuce have all been planted and they love the weather we have been having 80 degrees in December lol. Our area is breaking its own record for record warm temperatures.

He has already bought $60.00 in seed for the springtime they get hard to find the specific kind of cucumbers and tomatoes you want. He actually listened to me last year and kept up in a notebook what brands he liked the best. We will of course go buy some plants in February. We had some tomatoes that tasted the best and some that were the biggest we had ever grown. I will share a picture with some of our harvest from the springtime this year.

In the back bathroom we never use I have all my coleus rooting for the springtime there are 3 of the bigger pot flats with two kinds of coleus. They are all doing great. I might do one more flat in there I have not decided just yet.

My aloe vera that survived the freeze in February came back really good and produced a lot of pups. I was able to give away 12 containers to my mother n laws friends from church. These are the quilting and rosary-making ladies. Some of the ladies get together 1 x a month for games day.

Planting a garden or growing plants in your yard is always lots of fun. Watching it grow is a thrill but sharing what you grow is a great feeling.

I love auctions

There are quite a few auctions in our area.

Some places are monthly, a few are semi-weekly. There are just enough for me to stay

interested in watching them.

I never bid at the beginning of an auction I try and wait until the last few hours but honestly the last hour is better.

This week there was an auction that had several pretty quilts. I love quilts and my goal was to win one of them but I actually won both. I was able to get one for $36.00 and one for $27.00. Honestly, I never thought I would get them that cheap. The first thing I do with bought quilts whether they are new or used is washing them in my front load washer adding Lysol Laundry Sanitizer then hanging them up to dry. The front-load washers avoid damaging the quilts.

At this same auction, I was watching some National Geographic hardback coffee table books. Our grandson who is 10 years old reads at a High Schoo Level and is always needing to be challenged. These books were all on the earth, solar system, galaxy, and more. I won the 9 books for $22.00 and the biggest of these books I would think would be $150.00 or more to purchase it is huge. These books were all brand new and I do not think you could buy any of them for under $50.00.

Sometimes auctions have stuff you need and other times it is stuff you want. Either way, I enjoy the excitement of trying to win something.

Homemade Croutons

We took the leftover homemade bread cut it up and made Croutons.

To do this we placed them in a large sheet pan let them sit in the pan for about 1 hour to stale a little bit then we used butter spray, canola spray, Italian seasoning, and granulated garlic. We baked at 350 degrees then turned resprayed 3 times, and baked for about 35 – 45 minutes.

They turned out really good. By doing this we did not waste any of the homemade bread.


I love baking.

In the last 6 weeks, I have made pecan tassies, 2 pecan pies, sweet potato bread, 3 sweet potatoes pies, 2 sweet potatoes cream cheese bundt cakes, most of this stuff was given away to family and friends.

Yesterday I made two loaves of my mother n laws famous white bread we all love. These are my practice loaves for a party this weekend.

I love the smell of yeast and fresh bread baking in the oven.

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