Monday, April 27, 2020

Polish Sausage And Doll

So, how have you been, friends?  I went to the store last night, and I have to tell you that it's really strange every time I go to the store now.  But I try to go very early in the morning or very late at night, so there's only a couple people every time.  Most people are pretty good about keeping their distance, but there are some who get too close.  Why is it so hard for people to distance themselves from one another?   And what do you think about some states starting to re-open businesses?  Do you think it's too soon?  I made some Polish sausage, my favorite.....and my heritage too.  Francesca plays with my heritage dolls, and I can't seem to find the Greek doll.  Oh well, it's probably stuck in a couch cushion somewhere.  And if she had fun playing with them, that's all that matters.  I'll find it in time (and maybe grandma misplaced it).  ; )  Just staying in, cooking and baking, cleaning and sorting, and when everything is done, I get out and take some pictures!

Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Let It Be

Many years ago, I went through a difficult time.  Now, this wasn't like 'my car broke down and had to walk home' difficult time.  This was more of a 'painful and life changing' difficult time.  I wrote Mother Mary a letter, and shared my thoughts and feelings with her.  I remember asking "Why?" in the letter.  That afternoon, I took a nap while my kids were still in school, and when I woke up, I hurried to pick up my son from school.  It seems that whatever I was doing, I was never late picking up my kids from school.  On the way there, a song came on the radio, and I listened to it the whole way there.  This is what is was.

I thought it was so pretty when the sun was shining through one day on my statue in my bedroom.
Whenever anything bad happens, I am the first one to spring into action and try to fix it or make it right again.  But through the years, I have learned that sometimes it is best for me to just let it be.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Zoom Tea Party

Me and Nel and Jess recently had a Zoom tea party.  It was so good to see the girls and talk with them, and we each had a cup of tea of our choice, and a dessert to go along with it.  Nel and Jess were wearing their stylish hats, and since I didn't have a hat, I wore a pearl head piece.

I was so surprised to see that we were all using our tea cups from our trip on the Queen Mary ship.
Even little Francesca joined in on the fun, wearing her hat that I got her for Easter last year.
I chose an orange spice tea with a yellow cake and chocolate frosting.  Jess chose a Chai tea, and had a plate of crackers, fig newtons, and graham crackers.  Nel had a coffee cake, and pretended to have tea, but really had coffee.  ; )
I first baked a yellow cake that morning,
and then I made the frosting.
  I melted Hershey's chocolate bars in butter, adding the powdered sugar and milk. 
We talked about many things, and then all of a sudden the screen came up in a space theme.  Nel changed the setting and started dancing around.  We all started laughing, and I think she was trying to tease her Mama.  ; )
It was a delightful Zoom tea party.

Mia's first Easter egg hunt.

I hope you are all doing Ok.


Monday, April 6, 2020

These Troubling Times

My brother called me this weekend just to check up, and I mentioned to him that I was going to the store sometime soon and was feeling a bit anxious about it, having to be around people right now.  It's such an unsettling feeling in our lives at the time, and I'm sure you are experiencing the same wave of emotions.  He said he had to go to the store anyway and offered to pick up a few things for me.  And let me tell you, he came back with so many different foods and goodies that I'm thoroughly stocked up, and I don't have to go for a couple weeks.  I am truly thankful.  My uneasy feeling turned into calm.  Like many of you, I've been cooking and baking a lot, and I baked some seasoned meatballs to put into my spaghetti.  They were so good.   I see people out there still exercising, but keeping their distance.  I have to give our California Governor, Gavin Newsom, a lot of credit.  He's been keeping us informed and working around the clock to help stop the spread of the virus in our state.  Remember the run-away sheep?  I'm happy to say that their owners found them and are safely back home grazing.  I haven't put many Easter decorations out, but there are a few that I just can't go without, like skinny bunny, which reminds me of our Jess.  She's poised and elegant and makes me smile when I see her in the house.   Here are a few pictures of my days during this dreadful time in history.

I am very thankful for those that are out there each and every day helping and giving their service to others, like the health care workers and the grocery store clerks and so many others.  They are truly heroes.  And there are heroes in our midst, which are really never mentioned, those unselfish ones, who do the little things to make lives a little easier, like my brother, shining some light during a very dark time.

This is part of a verse said by The Pope recently. 
I hope you find comfort in it.

Let us hand over our fears to him so that He can conquer them.  Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck.  Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things.  He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

Stay safe, friends.