Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sometimes I Have To Have Myself A Little Earthquake

And it happened today, just before 2 o'clock.  Epicenter in Mineral, VA, magnitude 5.9, 3.4 or so miles deep.  Felt from the Carolinas up into upstate NY and over to mid-OH.  Here in south-central PA our old house shook pretty hard, we heard rumbling, and things rattled pretty darn good too.

My son, middle daughter, and a friend were all here at the house with me, and we all ended up laughing.  The things we do to deal with stress eh?  My mom was out walking the dogs and she didn't feel it, and said the dogs didn't act different at all.  My horses were standing under a tree in the shade nibbling on grass and didn't even pick their heads up.  Weirdos.

They briefly evacuated the White House & the Pentagon.  Warnings of after shocks also issued.

Oy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Suki my true blue Boo!

She was a birthday gift from my hubby & my mom for my 39th birthday.  We drove from south-central PA to get her in very south-central OH, heck, we were nearly in KY.  Seriously, I could see it.  Anyhow, we found her bouncing around, sniffing bugs and flowers, and she was so stinkin' cute I fell right then and there!

She gets up with my hubby every morning, they go out with the other dogs to take care of the horses, then come in and she eats.  I get up a little while later and we all go out for a walk, come in, get my coffee, then upstairs to do homework or study.  She always comes with me.  Lately Yoda has been coming along as well, more about him later though.

Once up here, she hops on the bed and goes to sleep.  Now keep in mind she's been awake, oh, maybe about an hour at most.  The dog sleeps again, for about 2 hours, every single morning.  Maybe she should share my java juice eh?  LOL!  Anyhow, the past week I started snapping pictures of her up there on my bed, and I am loving this Instagram app on my iPhone...love, love, love!  Thanks to Talk2TheTrees for the heads up on that app, it is so much fun!





And here is Yoda...he is my hubby's dog.  I got him for our anniversary in '02 when Yoda was a tiny 10 week old puppy.  He's such a wonderful dog & a truly treasured part of our family.  We all just adore him so much.



Monday, August 15, 2011

Soul Comfort Food






All of us, at times, find ourselves needing comforted in one way or another.  For many people, myself included, this can, and often times does, include actual food.  One of the most comforting foods for me growing up was my mom's chicken & dumplings.  Sadly my mom has now forgotten the recipe, which she never wrote down, and was reluctant to teach to me because she would "one day".  So I have found a decent substitute based on the love of the stewed chicken in gravy combined with a love of biscuits & gravy.  I present to you Chicken Waffles PA Dutch style and they are delish!


That's right y'all, a fluffy buttermilk waffle topped with stewed chicken in gravy...yum!

And who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies right?  Add in caramel & make them Turtle Cookies & I am all yours...within reason of course, lol!

Yup, I really did make them nearly the size of plates!

My middle daughter is one of my dearest & nearest.  She is amazing & I adore her completely.  She is also 16 weeks pregnant with my 1st grandbaby & that is comfort for the soul right there...new life!

My husband Erick who comforts me & knows the value of good chocolate & the art of knowing when to show up with it & when it needs to be dark & gourmet!

Peach Cobbler wine from our fave winery...I don't turn to alcohol for comfort, so let's just get that out there first, but that said, a good glass of wine that is well made can be very comforting when in the right circumstances and setting.  Just sayin'.

Suki my Boo & bestest bud!  I so heart this doggy!

Okay, this is not my dog nor my bike, though I'd take either or both.  He was being a good boy & watching over his owner's bike while said owner was eating at our friend's restaurant.  He has a mohawk & goatee and how cool are the doggy goggles I ask?  He rides in the red bag on the gas tank.  I find comfort in unusual, cool, and odd things okay, don't be judging me :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Photo Blog

My day in photos...
Moi

Angus


Hibiscus...which I just adore

Lil, we used to own her, we trained her, sold her to my BIL & she still lives here

My middle daughter Liv w/ our Heeler Yoda...too sweet!