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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Enjoying time with a little of this and a little of that.

Enjoying time off with a little of this and a little of that.

While browsing, I came across this neat piece of art of By The Bay Artist.
I love it and it expresses me completely today.  Another cool, gloomy, rainy, catnapish, make some cookies and coffee kind of day.  What kind of cookies?  Today, it would be snickerdoodles.  Pretty easy and usually you already have the ingredients without having to run out for something.

Snickerdoodle Cookies
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1 c. sugar
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. cream of tartar
1 egg
1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
Cream together sugar, margarine, egg & vanilla.  Mix baking soda and cream of tartar into flour.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until blended.  Use rounded teaspoon fulls rolled in a ball and roll in cinnamon - sugar mixture.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for about 13-15 minutes in 350 degree oven.
Enjoying the quiet today and while on another cup of coffee, just reflecting on what a great week and weekend it's been.

Had a great and special ladies lunch last Tuesday.  We went to La Fiesta in town.  It was special because it was Rylan's birthday and he was entertained with birthday song from the waiters of the restaurant and got to wear the great sombrero and celebrate with a nice ice cream sundae!  Haven't seen Karen in a while and got filled in on some of her family news.  It's always good to catch up on family and how others are doing.
On Thursday it was another drizzly day.  Went to a mall with my sister, Jean.  She helped me pick out a man's handerkerchief used to make a ring bearer's pillow for a very good friend of Jamie whose daughter is getting married this October.  We hit Bath & Body Works and selected some hand soaps that we liked and after that sat down for a moment to decide how to spend the rest of the afternoon.  Shopping wasn't really inticing us to stay.  We came up with the idea of taking a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright house located about 20 miles from the mall we were at.  So it was fun to spontaneously head in that direction to take our chances on getting a tour of the home.  After arriving there 5 minutes before a tour would begin, we were glad to be so fortunate.  It was very interesting and informative.  We saw a video first of Mr. Wright's background and experience.  I very much enjoyed seeing this home, learning of the family history of it's first owners and appreciated the fact that it was taken on by a foundation who maticulously restored the sectioned off apartment home to it's original splendor at a price of 5.2 million dollars.  I believe the home originally cost $15,000.00 to build in 1908.  I definately want to go back again and take more photos on a sunny day.
Friday, we went to our daughter's and did a little project of bow making for the upcoming October wedding of a very good friend of her and her husband's.  Spent time with our grandchildren.  I always love that.  They change from visit to visit.  On the way home, stopped by a close town where Ryan's girlfriend Kaeli was riding her horse in competition.  She is a very nice girl whose company we enjoy and her family is equally nice.  They are very welcoming and inclusive.  They enjoy their family time together as well.
This weekend I also enjoyed being with my sister on Saturday and taking in a concert in which Rita Coolidge sang at a refurbished theatre.  She sang one song from a CD of hers that I really like called Walela which means hummingbird in Cherokee.  I believe the song was like our English version of Amazing Grace.  After the concert my sister, Jean thoughtfully bought ice cream sundaes to take back to my daughter's house for all to enjoy.  I love her for that.  It was fun to have her come back and stay the night.  Kind of like our own little slumber party.  :)  Life has a way of changing us.  We can part for a time in order to grow as individuals in God's life plan for us and we can always come together and pick up where we left off.  How fortunate I am to have a sister who can go with the flow without hendrance and only be glad for time spent together. 
After coming home from Jamie and Matt's we took in another Sunday afternoon watching Kaeli in competition with her gentle, mindful horse, "Rusty".
So in a word, "Enjoyment" thus far and looking forward to more to come.  I'm hoping you are enjoying your life in progress and reflection as well.
God bless as you go through your day to day activity with good choices.

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