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The Autumn Porch.....

The warm embrace of my favorite sweater....
Steam rising off a cup of pumpkin spice latte....
Cleansing breath of crisp evening air....
So many things to love about Autumn!!!
Like these mums and pumpkins now gracing my front porch....

 Little black crows perched on more potted mums, still tight with many buds  and blooms to come.

A jaunty scarecrow welcoming guests to our home....
And a perfectly weathered rocker for sitting with a cup of coffee  and watching the world go by.

Welcome, Autumn!

I've been waiting for you all Summer long,  For you are my favorite season of all!!!

How have you welcomed Fall at your home?
Be blessed, Friends....


Bathroom Closet Makeover....

Do you ever just get so inspired by Pinterest that you run out and buy something like this????
These little lovelies sat on the bed back in the guest room for nearly two weeks, patiently waiting for me to get to work on a project that involved this mess.......

Well, I tackled it today!!!  And I am very pleased with the results, I am!!!  So long, awful mess - hello, organized beauty.....

Motivation for this project - I just hated when I needed a throat lozenge in the middle of the night, or when I was in a flat-out hurry and couldn't find the Tylenol!  Plus I kept buying stuff that we already had because I couldn't put my hands on it.  (We probably have at least five year's supply of Benadryl capsules now....)  
Finding just what we were looking for in all the mess was soooooo frustrating!!!
Since this closet in the bathroom serves as both a place to store linens and keep toiletries, not to mention our dirty laundry basket and extra rolls of toilet paper, it needs to be highly o…

A Simple Dish for Autumn Evenings....

With tomorrow being the official "first day of Fall", I am going to share one of my simplest, most favorite recipes for a quick dinner that works perfectly for those cool Autumn evenings......

Mexican Cornbread Casserole 
Basic Ingredients:
2/3 to 1 pound prepared taco meat (this amount is flexible - I've used less and more and it still turns out yummy)
1 can cream style corn
1 package cornbread mix
2/3 cup milk
1 egg
3-4 slices colby jack cheese

A bit of history on this recipe and how it evolved....
My mother found the original recipe in the Abilene Reporter News years and years ago - like when I was a newlywed and needed some easy ideas for dinner.  So, this was probably back in 1981 or 1982.  Over the years, I have tweaked it and have it down "pat" now!  
It's a great way to use up leftover taco meat!  So, next time you're preparing tacos, fix a little extra for dinner the next day.....
To start, prepare one package of cornbread mix, according to …

Miscellany Monday.....a Timed Post....

I have given myself 17 minutes to write this post - start to finish!

So, let's see if I can do it.  Shall we???

Joining up with miscellaney monday at lowercase letters today and the idea is to just write and put it out there.....here goes......




I had the best intentions at working on an Autumn craft project this weekend.  When I left the house for the office on Friday, I thought I would whip out an afternoon of work and return to get started.  Alas, the phone rang at work and I ended up working until 7:30 (instead of 4:30).  To top it all off, I still had to make a run to Target after getting home and feeding the dogs (who thought they had been abandoned) in order to get a gift for my granddaughter's birthday on Saturday afternoon.  I had to go Friday evening because I had scheduled another appointment with the couple I met on Friday afternoon to look at a couple of more houses the next morning.  It made a for a long day indeed.  And, I had to get up early the next morning to …

Ready to Fall.......

Enjoying some very autumnal weather these last couple of days.....


And browsing around the blogosphere and Pinterest for tons of inspiration!  So many beautiful images, such terrific craft and decorating ideas.....


Oh, if only I didn't need to get some work done today, I would be grabbing a can of spray paint this very minute to tackle a project I was just inspired to take on! 

Also, I'm itching to start work on a new Autumn-themed header for Janie's Porch....I can just picture it in my mind now!  Now, to pull the images together and sit down and create!

I think I need to get offline and take care of "necessary" business so I can get back home and get started on the Fun Stuff!!! 

What motivates you to get started?  Apparently, for me, it is visual stimulation!  

Happy Friday, Friends!!!

Janie

A New (Sorta) Sofa.....

A couple of weeks ago, I made the mistake of mentioning to my Mom that a friend was selling a daybed......

You see, Mom had recently been talking about revamping a second bedroom/living area in her home by adding a bed....and eliminating a sleeper sofa......and, well, I thought maybe picking this one up second-hand would save her some money.

She jumped all over that!  Said yes, having only seen a photo on my phone of the bed.  But, the dilemma ensued.....what to do with the perfectly good sleeper sofa currently in her room???

After much debate and discussion, she offered it to me!  Honestly, I was resistant, at first.  But, the sofa I could eliminate from our living room to make space for this one has been lived on hard for nearly eight years!

And, something fresh and different in the living room sounded appealing!  So, I proposed the idea of switching out with Eddie Dale.  He was.....skeptical.  (Yeah, that's a nice word for it....skeptical....) 

You see, this sofa is checked....…

Mexican Lasagna - My Way!!!

There has been a change in the air the last few days....and it's not just been my allergies telling me so!  

(They are finally better, thanks to the big shot I got last week, though.)  
Actually, it's felt a little more like Fall around here and the cooler temps and new slant to the sun are a welcome change.  Yes, indeed!  In fact, the change of season made me want to get in the kitchen and cook up a meal!

(Yeah, I know....you don't hear that much from me......)
I "pinned" a recipe for Mexican Lasagna a few days ago and have been itching to give it a whirl.  This evening was Show Time.

The "pin" led me HERE, to "Sugar & Spice by Celeste", a blog where I am sure I will be prowling around plenty in the future.  I took the basic recipe and did a little tweaking on my own, as you will see from my notes. 

So, from the top, here is how I prepared this dish: 

MEXICAN LASAGNA.....
Sauce:
1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1…

The Big Question - "How Does It Feel???"

As part of an advertising campaign, I have had a billboard up for the last four months.  It's a "rotating" billboard, meaning that the location changes around town on a monthly basis, giving me greater exposure in different areas. 


I've had a lot of people ask me, "So, how does it feel to see yourself on a billboard?"

Well, a couple of words come to mind in response.....

Overwhelming - I mean, gosh!  It's so BIG and VISIBLE!  The first time I drive by and see myself in a new location, I just about have to pull over so I don't have a wreck.....

Intimidating - Again, it's so BIG and VISIBLE!  I worry about my how I appear; does it really look like me?  Do I LOOK like that?!?!?  When someone meets me in person, will they think I look the same???

Our marketing director worked very closely with a local photographer to create a series of photos that truly represent each of us agents and tie in with the overall advertising flavor of the company's cam…

The "Down Side" to My Favorite Time of Year.....

I love Autumn!  Despite the triple-digit temps we've been having, I know it is just around the corner.  Crisp mornings, a new slant to the sun, changing leaves....it's coming!!!  Our Starbucks is supposed to start serving Pumpkin Spice Latte tomorrow and I am giddy with excitement over that!

But, with the change in seasons comes a change in my body.  It's called "allergies" and if you suffer from them, as I do, then you know what I mean. 

I'm not sure exactly which type of pollen is the biggest culprit for me right now, but I've been miserable for over a week now.  My eyes are red, puffy and I simply want to claw them out of my head!  Speaking of my head, it pounds and my sinuses overflow when the sneezing starts.

After trying various antihistamine eyedrops, taking Claritin daily and fortifying that with a shot of Benadryl at night, I surrender....

No relief.....none, whatsoever......

I phoned the doctor's office this morning and made an appointment -…

Labor Day Weekend - Wrap-up

Just catching my breath after a this 3-day weekend!  Honestly, it's not that we were working really hard or got to cross several items off the "to do" list......it just felt busy and full. 

I really enjoyed Eddie being off on Saturday and Sunday.  He worked in the yard on Saturday morning, while I cleaned house.  Then we headed out to the grocery store, with a quick stop at Hastings to rent some movies for much-needed down time over the weekend.  Let me tell you, we needed the down time after HEB.  First of the month, Saturday of a holiday weekend.....need I say more?!?!?  It was total chaos and both of us were experiencing frayed nerves by the time we finished at the check out and navigated our way out of the parking lot.....

Sunday evening had been set aside for the family to get together over here and celebrate Sam's 21st birthday, a few days early.  So, I baked a cake and prepared homemade potato salad.  Quite an undertaking for me!  Ed smoked ribs and sausage o…