Hide and Seek

Zoee loves to play with the squirrels.

She chases them around the backyard and they run up trees to hide from her.

When the squirrel is hidden that drives Zoee crazy. She goes tree to tree hopping on her back legs trying to find her friend the squirrel.

This game entertains Zoee for an hour and she comes in exhausted.

A cardinal posed on a fence

This male cardinal posed on our jasmine fence.

It saw me taking pictures out the french door but seemed not to care.

Sometimes birds can be camera hogs too.

The bright red bird hiding in the twigs of the jasmine and with the green pasture behind made a striking picture.

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.

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.

Baking

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.

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this week.

I will be doing a lot of cooking over the next few days after that on Black Friday I will take a nap. No shopping in the crowds for me I will do online only. Over the last 5 years or so I found that this is the best option.

Our 4 youngest grandkids came for a few days and we always have a good time.

Karina and Sophia they are 7 years old helped me sweep up acorns off the side deck there was a large wheelbarrow full. They also helped Pappy plant onions. Pappy planted between 600 and 700 onions so we can have plenty to share with family and friends. There are 3 kinds red, yellow, and 10/15’s.

Andrew the oldest he is 10 years old helped me rake leaves in the yard then he hooked up the lawnmower trailer and we loaded the leaves to be dumped in Pappy’s compost area. Adrian the youngest who is 5 said: “Nahh I do not want to work”. At least he is honest.

The girls climbed several of our trees and made hurdles with 20-gallon buckets creating obstacle courses.

The boys were inside and outside a lot, they do not do the obstacle courses the girls make up.

Enjoy the rest of your week and your time off from work. Stay safe if you are traveling.

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