LIfe is Good

LIfe is Good

Monday, March 26, 2012

Contentment

It's so nice to be near family....I spent the weekend at Alicia's and Satori's.  We ate at Lost Cajun Restaurant in Frisco Friday evening....omg...what good food we had.  It was hard to choose from their menu, even with the samples they provided for free.    We had original true Louisiana style cuisine, and we left there with leftovers to eat later.   The beignots were huge and covered in a think layer of powdered sugar....yum yum.   what a nice evening.    We spent the rest of the weekend just being together and having fun.   Satori had her first sewing lesson, and she took off sewing like a master.  She even designed her own little pillow and sewed it together, stuffed it, and decorated the outside.   cute and smart girl
Alicia cooked magnificent food as usual.  She made her own pasta noodles for chicken pesto pasta, served with Caesar salad....yum again.  :)   We watched the NCAA basketball games playoffs, too.     I came home Sunday morning.  The entire weekend was so nice we could sit outside on the deck enjoying homemade lemonade and lemon margaritas. 
Today I started packing for my trip to Kansas for my niece's wedding on Saturday.   It's going to be grand time with family!   Can't wait to get there.  Steve is going with me for a quick road trip together, to return early next week.
It's good be be here where I am.  I am content everyday here in the mountains in my home sitting between mountain ranges.    I am looking forward to the aspens awakening and turning green.    The birds are already returning.        It is good.

Monday, March 19, 2012

On the cusp of Spring

wow the past 2 weeks have been beautiful here!    Warm and most of the snow melted, and spring birds appeared in my yard....robins, mountain bluebirds, magpies, and some little birds I couldn't identify..  and coyotes yapping in the night.    The air felt different, too.       It was so nice to get outside without a jacket on!   I gathered a box of pine cones to use in my wood stove to start fires....and they smell good.  Paddy loved going outside where he could walk on the dirt instead of snow, and I think he sensed a change, too, or he was on the scent of some animal that had been near. 
So it's colder today, since the cold front came in yesterday with blowing snow and sleet most of yesterday, but today the sun is shining on the small amount of snow on the fields here.   
I've been watching the NCAA basketball games since Friday...and I really enjoyed getting to see the tournament this year.   There were some big upsets and bracket busters!   :)     3 of my final 4 picks are still in it.   fun
The socks I was knitting for Satori were finished and a pair that I started over a year ago are my latest project to finish.   I don't like having unfinished knitting projects, but I paused to knit Alicia and Satori matching pairs.   
Here's the ones I just finished for Satori....I can't wait to give them to her.


 The picture project was finished last week, too, and all the bins are back in the extra bedroom.   They went from 10 boxes and bins to 4 bins.   I scanned all the really old pics of when I was little, and some documents saved.  I love my new printer/scanner!    I successfully installed it use use wireless across the room!  kewl!  
You know how you feel in a rut with your furniture arrangement?  It helps to move some furniture around to help the old psyche...you all know what I'm talking about.    So Saturday I did some trading spaces with 3 chairs in here to open up the living room space, and so I could sit in my rocking chair in front of the window.  It's nice to sit here and rock with my legs on the gliding ottoman....watching TV and movies, and knitting, with a hot cup of coffee or hot tea, with the stove burning to heat up this room.


I cleaned the glass on the stove!   It was covered with black soot on the inside so much I couldn't see the flames.  Much nicer!

It's March 19 already 2012!  I've been here over 5 months. wow    Time does go faster every year.    This is my year to reflect and renew my spiritual path and my path to the future, and it is good.   I love where I am, and am grateful for all I have been given.    I am excited and happy to be able to do whatever I choose and go wherever I choose in the future.   I am free.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mornings are my favorite

As I sit enjoying my coffee and the warm fire every morning, I am grateful, so grateful to be where I am in my life.  I get up with the sun each day about the same time, although daylight savings time has messed with that this week, so I get up actually and hour later on the clock.   I relish the morning time, where I can sit with my back to the sun coming up above Pikes Peak in the distance.  Some mornings I stay a little longer here in my nightgown with computer and some tv show I've taped or the morning news show.   This morning I'm watching America the Wild on National Geographic Channel....no commercials and my favorite subject--The Outdoors and all the adventures Nature offers.   I think I should be living by the oceans or seas....I feel drawn to the water for some reason.  It feeds my soul, and it's been many many years since I saw the ocean.  So now that I'm retired, I am free to make plans to visit or live where I am drawn to, and it's in the planning stages.  
It's been warm here for over a week...in the 40's each day, making the snow melt, except where the big piles are.   The views now remind me of when I moved here back in September.  Vast acres of land to the south and east untouched by houses and roads are seen from my windows, and give me peace and contentment.  I still have to start a wood fire in the mornings to take the chill off in here, but the sun coming in all the windows here soon warms it up in here.  I let the fire go out, and re-light it in the evenings.    It's amazing how I can live here without using any heat when it's in the 20's and 30's at night here.  Man wastes carbon fuel...it's time man changes it's glutinously waste of our natural resources.    The wind and sun is free energy,and the sooner man harnesses them, the better.  I hope for my descendants the Earth will be revered and saved.

I was craving something sweet on Sunday, so I made some cupcakes with a spice cake mix, and can of pumpkin.  I added spices of course, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.  For an extra taste of sweetness,  I mixed cream cheese with some granulated sweetener, and put a dollop in the middle of each cupcake before baking.   Low calorie treat for me, and my quest for a smaller me.  I'm getting smaller and I feel fantastic, to be back where I was 6 years ago in my size/weight makes me feel proud of myself.    It's time to be rid of the grannie panties.   :)    You all know what I'm talking about..  lol    We all know we save the smaller sexy ones in the back of our drawer for the times they fit.   :)

I finished my pictures project yesterday, and the bins are back in the bedroom, all organized (mostly), and downsized.    I scanned all the really old ones.   Do I still look like this?         It amazing how my grand-daughter Satori looks like me as a child.   

I think I was around 2 here.


 

Life is Good, really Good.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Signs of Spring and Chicken Butterflies

I can feel and see signs of Spring here.  Magpie birds have returned and am hearing coyotes call in the early mornings.  The coyotes are always here, but have heard them this week.   Days are getting longer and the sun feels different, with the temperatures getting warmer on average each week.   I can smell it, too.   Crisp clear skies and crisp clear air outside.      I am ready.   :)

Yesterday I decided to roast a whole chicken, and wanted to bake it with herbs, so the skin was golden brown.    I have never butterflied a chicken before, and wanted to try it...another new adventure in the kitchen.     I've seen it done on TV multiple times and remember the movie "Julia & Julie" scene where Meryl Streep and Julie is de-boning a duck.   hilarious.... 



   So I washed and dried the chicken, prepared to stick the knife in.....took a deep breath....and cut that chicken's back bone out.  :)   Chicken relaxed and opened with the legs and wings laying flat on the cutting surface, like a snow angel.     She was free!   
I turned her over and cut off all the fatty undesirable parts from her, leaving a beautiful chicken ready for a trip to the oven.  She was "dressed" with garlic, onion powder, italian herbs, coarse ground pepper and salt.   Then she was drizzled with olive oil, kinda like slathering on sun oil all over.  She went onto a cooking pan on top of a rack.  Prepare for your demise in the oven girl!  :)
A 450 degree oven and in she went for 45 minutes, uncovered.     I set the timer and resisted opening the oven door, instead I looked in the oven window several times.  The house filled with aroma of herbs and chicken.....by then I was getting hungry, and could hardly wait to have some.   But wait!  When she emerged from the hot oven, I had to cover her with foil to sit for awhile to let the juices set.  Kinda like that scene in "The Christmas Story" movie where the Dad kept going into the kitchen and pulling off pieces of turkey.

          At last the time to uncover the bird and pull/cut off one leg and thigh.    OMG....delicious, if I say so myself.    I will never bake a whole chicken in one piece ever again...I can't wait to try it on the grill!      so here's the before and after pics of my first butterflied herb roasted chicken.





LIFE IS GOOD

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's March!

March is coming in as a lion for sure. There are no lambs within 500 miles. LOL   I've been through another round of being snowed in late last week...just my driveway...all roads open but my path to the road.   So it was plowed 2 times in 2 days, so my daughter and grand-daughter could get in here to visit.    Their visit was so nice for me last weekend.  We didn't do much, stayed inside, too cold outside and too windy.   I made wonton potstickers and we cooked them together Saturday for dinner.  1st time making this version...good but next time will be better. :)    We watched the movie "Hugo" and was pretty good...it had just won several Oscars.      They went home on Sunday.     I had to move my Dr appt to Monday (yesterday) because of the snow on Friday, so I drove over there yesterday afternoon and spent the night at their house.   Alicia made bierocks, and Satori and I "helped".    With a glass of wine we shared, it was a nice meal.
I drove home today after shopping for groceries.   It's so windy today, but very warm!   45 degrees!   very nice.      getting ready for the next snow "showers" they say tomorrow and this week.       I'm used to it now.   Just as long as I have plenty of firewood. 
Yesterday as I was leaving for Breckenridge I saw some tracks in the snow just outside my garage door.   big ones with claws, so I took a quick pic.     Maybe a mountain lion?  or maybe a BIG dog?
what do you think?  they're about 3 1/2 inches across


I looked the tracks up online, and still can't decide.    The thought of a mountain lion is more exciting than a local dog.   :)

So I'm healthy as a horse, per my Dr.    good, since I plan to live to 95.  :)   Just the aches and pains of arthritis sometimes.   

...how many days til Spring?......