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Scenes from a Stroll

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know how much I LOVE my daily walks!!!

Yesterday was one of those absolutely fantastic Autumn days here in Texas!  It was a little cool, but clear and sunny....the sky a stunning shade of blue. 


I waited until mid-afternoon to go on my walk through the neighborhood.  Long sleeves felt good, even that late in the day.  The exercise was invigorating and the views were awesome!  Quite a few of the houses around us are all decked out for the Fall season.

Thank goodness I finally remembered to grab my camera on the way out the door, so I could snap a few pictures and share some of my favorites with you!









It's hard to believe that we have almost reached the end of October and Halloween!  I've really enjoyed the decorations and displays I see on my walks, but find myself looking forward to seeing what goes up for (dare I say it already?!?!) -  Christmas. 

There.....it's out.  Just think, this time next month we'll b…

Chicken & Dumplings...the Perfect Comfort Food

There is definitely a chill in the air here....Autumn has arrived, in all its splendid glory!!!

I've been waiting for some cooler weather to break out the stockpot and make my first batch of chicken & dumplings for the season.....I figure it's about time!!!

My mom taught me the simplest way to make chicken & dumplings and it never fails.  Everyone loves it so I always make enough for leftovers.

It's sooooo simple....here is all you need....



I boil 3 large chicken breasts in seasoned water.  To season the water, I use black pepper, celery seed and Mrs. Dash.  (Of course, I realized today - after going to the grocery store - that we are out of Mrs. Dash; so, I am using the old stand-by favorite, Lowry's seasoned salt.)

Once the breasts are cooked, I set them aside to debone and cut into chunks.  I reserve about 1-1/2 inches of the seasoned stock created from cooking the breasts.....


To this, I add a stick of butter (or margarine), and an equal amount of milk.



Whi…

I'm Still Your Momma....

We had a little excitement around here this past weekend.....

Not "Yippee, how fun!" kind of excitement.  But, the "Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh!" kind. 

Ed and I had spent a cool and rainy Saturday just being lazy.  We watched a couple of DVD's and basically laid around all day!  I know....how decadent....totally blissful, actually.  Late in the afternoon, the sun came out and we were just about to start getting ready to go out to dinner and dancing with some friends, when my cell phone rang.  It was my youngest son, Sam....and I could tell immediately from his voice that something was wrong.

"Mom, what are you doing?" 

"Just about to get in the shower to get ready to go out.  What's up?"

"Ben is bleeding!"

"WHAT?!?!?"

"Mom, he hit his head with the weights and he's bleeding BAD!"

"WHAT?!?!?!?"

"Mom, can you come quick?  It's a lot of blood!!!"

"We're on the way out the doo…

Storing Up Memories

I can't even remember when my mother got this beautiful set of barrister bookcases....at some point in my childhood they became a fixture in our home.  Many years ago, they came to my place....and now house a treasure trove of memories collected throughout the years.



It is unusual to find such a complete set of these bookcases.  Trust me, I "junk" enough to know that I am sitting on a gold mine with this pristine piece, complete with original wavy glass fronts, a topper and a base!  However, I never intend to let go of it....

The shelves are crammed full of memories from my childhood, like these Cherry Ames books my mother bought for me and which brought me many hours of reading enjoyment....



Family photos from the time I was only a few days old....my grandparents posing in front of their Christmas tree....my sister and I sitting atop a trashcan filled with leaves as my parents worked in the backyard.....




Ed has a large collection of Larry McMurtry books and together we …

So Much for Which to Be Grateful!!!

Wow!  It's hard to believe that I published my first post as a blogger here at Janie's Porch on October 23, 2009!!!    Here's a flashback to my first attempt at blogging....please don't laugh.

This was my first header photo....

 And this was the first photo I uploaded.....it was static, always appearing beneath my post, because I had not yet figured out how to insert a photo within a post.  (Yep, it took awhile to figure it out!)

As I stare my first blogiversary in the face this week, I have to reflect on what a wild and crazy ride this last year has been....

So much has changed! 
Our lives were thrown into a state of turmoil when Ed's job came to an abrupt end just nine days before Christmas last year....to say we spent the Christmas holidays in a state of shock is an understatement.My daughter's marriage disintegrated and an ugly divorce ensued as the new year unfolded.We made the decision to relocate from Pampa to Abilene, putting our house there on the market…

Mission Accomplished!!!

As I have mentioned before, Ed's daughter, Anita, will become Mrs. James Allen Casey on November 6, 2010.  (Okay, nobody ever calls him anything other than "Jimmy", so I had to go look at the invitation to get his full given name....)  
What an exciting time in this young couple's lives!  
My dilemma has been....what to wear to their wedding!  (In case you missed that post, you can click HERE to read it.)  
Well, this past Saturday, my dear friend - Barbara - and I tackled this dilemma head on!  With no particular color, length or style in mind, we decided to make our first stop at David's Bridal.  All I can say is..... "THANK GOD WE DID!!!" 
Once there, we quickly searched through the racks of ready-made dresses and pulled four selections for me to try on.  Three were black.....one was red; all were around knee-length, sleeveless and very simple.
The first two black numbers were "no brainer, no way"....
The third dress was a definite possibility.…

Sentimental Sunday....Decorating with Memories

Cha Cha, over at Sit, Relax and Read, has the most wonderful idea!  It's all about decorating with items that are sentimental and surrounding ourselves with wonderful memories instead of just following current trends. 




Since this idea resonates deeply within me, I am joining her party and sharing one of the most sentimental pieces in our home today....

This is the piano my parents bought when I was a child.


I can still remember the Saturday morning when it was delivered to our little house on Blair Street....my excitement knew no bounds!  Although it was used when my parents bought it, it was truly a beautiful instrument....classic and elegant in design....timeless....


Daddy taught me my first tune that day...."I dropped my dolly in the dirt"....played with two index fingers on "black keys".


I was soon enrolled for weekly lessons...and spent many hours over the next eight years of lessons, practicing away!  I still have one of my first lesson books....



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