Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cooking Thursday

Today I'm sharing a recipe I made for the first time last week.  It was one that popped up on Facebook, and when I saw cherries and cream cheese I knew Bob would like it.  It's very easy to make and I think you'll like it too!  If you want to change it up, you can use any flavor of fruit pie filling.

Crescent Cherry Cobbler

2 cans crescent rolls dough sheets
2 cans cherry pie filling
2 blocks (8 ounces each) cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar

Press one can of crescent roll dough into a 9x13 pan.
Mix together cream cheese and 2/3 cup sugar until smooth.  Spread over crescent dough.
Spread pie filling over cream cheese mixture.
Place remaining crescent dough between 2 sheets of wax paper, and use rolling pin to press to size to fit pan.  Place over pie filling.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over crescent dough.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until lightly browned.
Store in refrigerator.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

August Blooms

We love perennial flowers!  They don't bloom all summer like the annuals do, but that means things are always changing in the yard.  Here's what's blooming in our yard right now.

The lilies are almost done.  This is the last one blooming.

The daisies initial blooms are almost done too, but there are lots of new blooms getting ready to open.  This bloom has seen better days, but still looks cheerful!

 The Black-eyed Susan's are blooming like crazy!  We have them in 3 different areas in the yard.

The phlox is also very happy.  We have lots of it in both purple and white.

 This is Autumn Joy Sedum.  It the fall it turns a deep red, but I like it now too.

 This is globe thistle.  It's such a fun little plant - little blue orbs popping up in the landscape that look like something Dr Seuss would appreciate!

The purple coneflowers are another of my favorites.  I love it's shape.

This back corner of the yard is loaded with flowers right now.  On the left are the coneflowers, out of the picture are lots pf phlox, and the flowering bushes are Rose of Sharon.  We have them in pink, purple and white.

Here is a close up of some of the Rose of Sharons.

We are really enjoying these purple chives.  We planted them last year not knowing what they would look like in bloom, but they are so fun, both before opening and after.

"His mercies are new every morning, Great is His faithfulness"
Lamentations 3:23

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Community Open House

It's done!  Our long time addition/renovation at work is finally done.  We started with a large addition for rehab patients, then our long term care residents hall was renovated.  The last section to be done was the hall with offices, and a new rehab gym. This all started in April of 2016, so it's has been a long project.  To celebrate we had a community open house on Saturday, to let anyone who wanted to see it come in and tour.  We had a pig roast, a DJ playing oldie music, a bounce house, a cotton candy machine, a popcorn machine, a duck pond, and lots of other food.  There was also 2 kids bikes given away. Lots of people came, people from the neighborhood, old employees and people who had been there before, along with some family members of people who had passed.  It was really nice to see so many people!

This is the flyer that was put up all over town.

The front yard was crowded with people enjoying the music and food.

The bounce house was a popular spot!

Our activity director made lots of cotton candy.

And the ice cream was pretty popular too.

Here is a little tour of the newest renovations:
Here's our new therapy gym - so much more room for exercising.

Here's another view - there is a kitchenette in the back so people can practice cook before they return home.  There is also a bathroom with a regular tub in it, so they can practice bathing and getting ready for the day.

We now have a conference room...

and we have a new beauty shop!  There are still some cabinets coming for this room.

I forgot to take a picture, but there is also a new chapel, something we are all happy to have.  It's nice to have a quiet place for people to go and get away when they need it.  They also have Bible studies and church services there.

This is my new room!  This office is the room I share with the Doctor and the physician assistant when they are there, and am on my own on other days here when I have paperwork days.  This is my desk...

And the other desk is the doctors.  Do you see the wooden sign on the big desk?  I got it a few weeks ago when I went to Shipshewana with my sister.  It says "He Restores my soul" Psalm 23:3.  I thought it was perfect for those hard days.

Here is our administrator announcing the winners of the bikes.  It had already been a very nice day, but guess who won one of the bikes?  It was Alaina!  I wasn't out there when it was announced as I was giving someone a tour, so I can't be accused of having anything to do with this.  :)  She is very excited about it!
We all said it was a fun day.  We had lots of visitors and family members thank us and say they enjoyed it too!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cooking Thursday

Todays recipe has many things going for it!  It's a freezer meal, cooks in the crock pot, is very easy to throw together and it's so good!  I like to buy a roast when it's on sale for this.  It's flexible; if there are only two of you at home you can do like I do and cut the roast in half and freeze it in 2 bags to make 2 meals.  Or you can throw it right in the crock pot and skip the freezer meal part!  You'll like it however you make it.

French Dip Sandwiches
1 - 3 pound beef chuck roast
2 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3-4 whole peppercorns
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
slices of swiss or colby jack cheese
sub sandwich buns
Mix water, soy sauce, rosemary, garlic powder, peppercorns, thyme and bay leaf in large freezer bag.  Place roast into bag and freeze.  When ready to use, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours.  Place in crock pot and cook on low for at least 12 hours, until meat is very tender.  Shred meat with 2 forks.  Place on sub bun with a slice of cheese.  Pour broth into individual small cups and serve with sandwich for dipping.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

DNA test

Our kids gave me the gift of an Ancestry DNA test for Mothers Day.   It's very simple - you just spit in a tiny test tube and send it in.  Then you wait for about 6 weeks, and your results are e-mailed to you.
I have relatives who are very interested in genealogy who have traced my family, both on my Dad and my Moms side so I had an idea of what they would find, but I was kind of hoping for a little surprise of some sort.  They say most everyone has maybe 1% African American, or maybe American Indian or even a little Jewish blood.  That being said, from what I knew, most of my ancestors were from the Netherlands, with just a few from England and Germany.
Last week my results came back.

Here is my map:
48% Great Britain
28% West Europe
25% Scandinavia
1% Finland
That is the report from thousands of years back.  They say the Scandinavian part is because of the Vikings who conquered Europe and Britain, then people migrated from there.  Those areas are represented by the larger circles.
The smaller section that is orange is where my ancestors were hundreds of years ago.  Guess where they were?  You got it - the Netherlands!
The report also gives you links to others who have done the testing who you are related to.  I got 50 matches, 2 are second cousins, 4 are third cousins and the rest of 4th cousins.  There is a link that you can send them a message.  When you send your sample in you can choose if you want to be part of this, so if you choose not to, others would not receive your link.
I didn't get any surprises, except for the Scandinavian link from way back.  It's very interesting though!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

It was a cold and dreary day...

I have to share my Friday with you.  I had the day off and was going to do some things at home, run a few errands and then we had a special event at night.
When I was getting ready in the morning, I was deciding what to wear.  It's been sunny and warm with temperatures in the 80's, but it was pretty cloudy so I checked the temp outside.  58 degrees!!!
Wow - guess it's jeans weather, right?

Here's our backyard that morning - no sunshine at all!

I made a few stops, then went to Lowes to pick up flooring we had ordered for the bathroom we are working on.  It's almost done!  All that's left is the floor and then to install a new toilet.  The flooring was supposed to be in on Friday.  Bob had a 3 day weekend, which would let him work on the floor on Saturday and Monday. He thought he would be able to finish it and put in the new toilet too by Monday evening.  However.....     I stood at the order desk at Lowes for some time before someone came up and said the order wasn't in!  What?  We even had a receipt with the pick up date written on it.  They took me to the back and proceeded to call a bunch of stores, but no one had it.  Apparently this flooring was out of stock in their warehouse and had to be ordered by the manufacturer.
After all that, I had to go back to the front of the store and talk to a store manager, who apologized, gave me a discount and a guarantee that it would be in on Wednesday.  Very frustrating because who knows when Bob will be able to put that floor down.   On top of that I spent over an hour in there to find that all out!
When I left that store it was raining, and I continued on to get groceries.  When I got out of the grocery store it was pouring and I came home looking like a mess, and I must admit that I wasn't feeling too cheerful!

But, things always improve, right?

It was still drizzling, but don't the leaves look pretty with raindrops on them?  The temp never did go much above 60 though.

That evening Bob and I were asked to a fundraising concert.  A girl from our church is going to Mission School this fall.  She and her friends who were very involved in music in high school had set up a concert, with donations to go to the costs of her mission school.
We knew she had a beautiful voice, but wow - all of these kids were so good!

These two guys spent some time just jamming on their guitars during an intermission.  We could have listened to them for some time.

The girl on the left is the one going to Mission school.  There were about 10 kids that took part, some singing, both solos and in groups, a piano solo, the guitar music and combinations of all..
We thought it was pretty impressive that these kids just out of high school took it upon themselves to put this together, and that they were all willing to help to fund her mission school tuition.
It was a very nice evening - a good end to a cold and dreary day!  :)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Day in my Life - August

This can not be right!  How can it be August already?  And why does summer fly by while winter drags along?  :)
Anyway, it's that time again.  Here's how I spent the first day of the month (lots of photos!)

We haven't had the girls overnight lately because Alaina has been taking swimming lessons on Saturdays.  Since I had Tuesday off, we took them overnight on Monday.
They slept well, Alaina was up around 7:30 and Ruby slept till almost 8.

Here they are after just getting up, waiting for me to get them breakfast.

They ate and then played for a short time.

 They came downstairs with me to start the laundry.

They played in the family room, while I walked for a short while on the treadmill.

I could see and talk to them as I walked.  I usually do 30 minutes but this time stopped at 17 minutes and did the rest later,  because I didn't want to press my luck!

 Then we all got cleaned up and dressed and I did their hair.  There was a funny story while getting them ready.  Ruby was sure her underwear were backwards because there was a panda on the backside and she thought it should be in the front.  After trying to put it the right way for a few minutes, I decided it didn't matter and put it backwards which made her happy.  :)  I did tell Laura when I brought her home that she wanted it that way and I hadn't completely lost my mind!

We played outside for a while.  It was a very nice day!

Then we picked up McDonalds and had lunch with Grandpa at his work.  That's always fun!

 They love McDonalds!

They also loved this spinning chair in his breakroom.

We stopped at the dollar store on the way home and they each picked out a few things.  Alaina says "you can buy anything at the dollar store!"

Another reason I stopped at the dollar store was to buy cheap straws and a pencil sharpener.  I had seen something that showed that if you put a plastic straw through a pencil sharpener, it would come out in a coil which you could then wrap around your wrist as a bracelet.  They had fun doing this and even if they never wear them, it was fun to do for $1.50!

It was time to head home.  We admired the pretty sky and the wild flowers growing along the side of the road.  Alaina reminded me that God is very, very big and He made all of this!

We stopped at the grocery store on the way to pick up a few things.  We also picked up a little flower bouquet.

We took the flowers and stopped at my Dad and step-moms house.  Ruby was very excited to give them to Great - Grandma.

They were happy to see Great-grandpa too!

Ann is 88 years old and still gets on the floor and plays with the kids!

After all that playing I brought them home.  Unfortunately they started fighting when they got home and poor Laura was left with a crying Ruby...

 I saw this field with hay bales on my way home.  It's one of my favorite scenes!

When I got home, I finished the treadmill walk I had started earlier, finished my laundry and got supper ready.  I also got to talk on the phone to my friend Cheryl, from Winds of Life!

Roast beef, redskin mashed potatoes and fresh beans - the first ones of the season. I love beans and could eat them for every meal when they are fresh!

Bob had to go to a meeting after supper. I worked on these little gift bags I am doing for our nurse aids to celebrate Certified Nurse Aid week.  All that's left to do is print a tag and tie them shut.

The rest of the evening was spent relaxing.  It was a very nice way to start the month!!