My Two Cents For The Day

Blue skies greeted us first thing this morning.

Such abundant blue

Early morning shadows stretched across the lawn

And storm clouds vanished for a little while.  By late morning, the clouds rolled in and our pretty blue was once again hidden behind a sea of fluff.

But nothing stood in our way of getting things done

  • Lots of boxes in the garage were sorted through
  • Many things got pitched while other things went into the donation pile
  • We watched football and enjoyed working and playing side by side all day

After cleaning up, hubby took me out for dinner.  I’m using this picture because I like it, we were joking and I snapped it at the right time.  It’s a shame the quality of the picture isn’t any better.

And we enjoyed the atmosphere from our viewpoint.  Taken without flash.

After dinner we hit the mall.  We might be joining the “real world” with smart phones soon!  I keep telling hubby “I’m just dandy with my dumb phone”.  I don’t text and can’t imagine why in the world I would need anything other than what I already have.

TBD on my take of the phones they call “smart”.

And that wraps up my two cents for the day.

Blessings – Debbie

Beyond the Clouds

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.  I could burst into that verse right now, but I won’t.  Oh I want to!  But I’ll spare you.

Way beyond the clouds is the prettiest blue sky and that beautiful sunshine that’s been hiding for days!  It was overcast again this morning mixed with a little rain.  But this afternoon the clouds parted revealing the deepest blue.

This was taken on my way home from a wonderful lunch date with my hubby.

Exciting, it was so exciting to see the sky again let me tell you!  As soon as I got home, I made a beeline for the backyard.

and relished the pretty sun-kissed flora.

It takes the rain to enjoy the prettiest blue skies and takes the prettiest blue skies to enjoy the rain.  But there’s something to be said after the rain.  It makes all things look fresh and new.

As with life.  Sometimes it has to rain in order to see new growth and appreciate the blessings all around us.

Blessings – Debbie

After The Rain

I had a nice little spontaneous stroll through the backyard.

The air was crisp and sounds of raindrops fell from the surrounding foliage.

Flowers of all sorts appeared a deeper shade and I seemed to notice colors I hadn’t seen before.

The roses were bathed in raindrops

and this lone wet bench in the backyard is looking out to beautiful views.

The path may at times be slippery but well worth the journey.

We have a chance of showers.  Considerable cloudiness with a high of 67°.

Until we see the sun again, I will continue to enjoy our rare blessing of rain.

Blessings – Debbie

Once Upon A Time it Rained

Shocker, I know, but we here in southern California rarely experience what a nice rainfall is all about that we forget it’s part of the forecast.

This was yesterday…

We forget the sky looks anything other than blue.

And don’t recall the last time water trickled off the roof.  That’s actually a little trickle there on the left.  The fine line can be seen in front of the bushes.

Then came an actual waterfall.  This was a first since we moved into this home last May.

Between downpours, I ventured out…

And saw lot and lots of water-drops everywhere!

Dark skies and beauty…

at each turn, what more could I ask for?

What’s more?  Raindrops again today!

I love this quote.

The rose is not the only beauty with thorns.  The key is to enjoy beauty without getting hurt.

and don’t sit on top of fences like this…

But do appreciate the goodness of all things!

Blessings – Debbie

I Voted

Hubby and I filled out our ballots last evening and slipped those babies in the mail today!  Yay for not having to stand in line on Election Day!

We had plenty of material to cover, just in-case we were unsure of the issues and we made our voice count.

And we used it such that we didn’t leave anything blank.

Read the instructions and got busy filling out the “Official Ballot” – This is such a great way to vote!

On the down side, I don’t have a sticker to wear today.  But if that’s the only bad thing I can think of, I think I’ll continue voting like this whenever possible.

Blessings – Debbie

Making the Most of Monday

There were no immediate plans for myself this morning.  As I went about my morning ritual of making hubby’s lunch and started a fresh pot of coffee.  But there was one thing on the counter that particularly caught my eye…

And there they were looking all ripe and begging to be useful.  I thought, how perfect do these guys look for banana muffins?  Yes, that was the next great adventure on this cool damp autumn morning.

Luckily I had all the ingredients necessary.  The star of the show (IMHO) would be the sour cream.  Oops, I don’t have the vanilla extract in the picture, sorry vanilla, I didn’t mean to leave you out of the pic.  At least you made it to the batch though.  Clearly that’s the main thing, right?

Once everything is mixed, it looks like a beautiful large bowl of creamy goodness.  And it is, I tasted.

Then we have the batter evenly portioned into muffin cups.  This was a recipe for banana bread, but I much prefer individual muffins these days.  So muffins it is.

Then I popped these into the oven and let the heat do the rest.

Lets just say, these are over the top creamy moist and flavorful!  Thank you very much Mr. Sour Cream, I believe that’s your doin’.  Good Job!

And this my friends is what I did to cope with our cool rainy Monday morning.  It’s still cool and rainy but my heart is warmed.

May you have a blessed day.

The recipe

Creamy Banana Muffins

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced – (I used 3, just because that’s the way I roll)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the butter mixture until smooth. Finally, fold in the sour cream, walnuts and bananas. Spread evenly into the prepared muffin pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 – 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.  (I did none of the above mentioned as I had mine piping “HOT”!  Just saying, I don’t always play by the rules.)
  4. If your baking bread, allow 60 min of baking time in at 350 degrees F oven or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutritional Information
Servings Per Recipe: 15 
Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 192
  • Total Fat: 8.6g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Sodium: 219mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.9g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 2.6g

Blessings – Debbie

Autumn Blessings

From the time I can recall, this has to be my absolute favorite time of the year.  Autumn provides the best kick off to the holidays and a celebration is in order.

To start with, I dug out my favorite little Pilgrim s and p shakers.  These shakers have special meaning as they are one of the first of the precious little things we’ve collected as a couple.  And I think these were perhaps our very first e-bay purchase.

This little set was sold in the local Publix grocery store, but they were all gone by the time we got around to getting them.  We were beyond excited to find them on e-bay some 11 years ago.

Pumpkin, that’s one of the very first things I think of when autumn arrives.  And muffins/pumpkin bread are in the works around here.

Paradise – Living in paradise this time of year is another blessing.  Hubby and I enjoyed time at the beach this past weekend.  We also enjoyed a lovely meal, my (meal) pictures didn’t turn out for whatever reason.  But yummy none the less.

And Coffee Mugs – This is the best pottery mug I’ve ever laid hands on.  It happens to be the piece of pottery I scored while in Alaska last month.  Check out the nifty little opening there for your paws to slip in.

Cheers to Autumn and all these blessings and more…

Blessings – Debbie

Flying Home

Just like snowbirds, we spread our wings on September 10th eager and ready for our flight home.

A short while after takeoff, I took this pic of a long and winding river.  I quite like the reminder that life is long with lots of exciting surprises with each turn.

The next bit of excitement out my window was a nice view of mountains rising above the clouds.

Then these snow covered mountains appeared.

Oh what a delight to say a big hello to Denali/Mount McKinley!  What a blessing to have clear skies in the area that day.

Descent into Anchorage

And the next descent into Seattle, WA

And the next stop was Home Sweet Home!

The exciting journeys in life are so hard to put into words and pictures.  But the one thing we all can appreciate are the simple blessings of home sweet home.  It truly is good to be home.

Blessings – Debbie

In the Heart of Fairbanks

I decided to post these pictures in one blog (pictures taken from Sept 1 – 10th) since they revolve around the house and home of Dan and Rita.  This is the heart of Fairbanks because home is where the heart is.

Their beautiful long driveway

And log home nestled in such a pretty place.

Dan makes the best Swedish pancakes ever!   They were made on the spot so our seconds and thirds were always fresh and hot right off the press.  And there were several kinds of fillings on the table.  Wow, so good.

I heart this little pond that Dan made for Rita.  What a picture perfect heart.

Dan feeding the goldfish.

Their home spells love, warmth and coziness.

And a couple pictures to follow from their garden.

We enjoyed the fruits of their labor.  Great salads and veggies came from that lovely spot.

Great times and wonderful memories were made.  We look forward to making more memories just like this in the future.

Blessings – Debbie

Alaska Continued – A Visit With Family

I was beyond excited that my Great Aunt and Uncle were more than up for us to come over for a visit in their lovely log home.

Aunt Ida Belle shared her coat so that I could see and experience what a “real” winter coat was all about.  She even zipped it all the way up to enhance the experience.  For a moment in time, I was a real Eskimo.

Uncle David has played the violin for (I believe he said) 65 years.  We enjoyed listening to his wonderful tunes while there.  Amazing talent I might add!

My beautiful Great Aunt Ida Belle

We truly had a great visit all the way around.  Aunt Ida Belle shared our family genealogy with me.  She had an amazing book all put together and I even got to see a picture of my great, great, great grandfather.  What a delight that was to see and read all about our family history!

After our visit, hubby and I headed back to meet up with Dan and Rita for a lovely dinner on the river.

Loved our table and view.

Dan and I went out on the deck while we waited for our meal and took a few shots.

What a peaceful lovely evening.

And after we finished our meal, we enjoyed the pretty sunset.

and this view just outside the restaurant.  This made our very last day and evening in Fairbanks, Alaska. What a great day filled with so many blessings.

We were both very satisfied with our stay and everything we experienced while in Alaska.  We trust we can make it back one day.

In other news:  I apologize for allowing the blog to collect dust.  This Alaska trip sure did a number on me as far as all the pictures go.  I averaged 250 -350 pictures a day and sorting through them became burdensome.  Now I just need to finish wrapping up all the things I need to say and share about Alaska and then call it a day.

I’m hoping to finish up in the next 3 days so that I can continue on with life and times.

Blessings – Debbie