Monday, July 21, 2014


 Every so often, 
fate brings two souls together - - 
kindred spirits whose paths
are never disconnect. 
We don't have to talk every day to know
the other is only a phone call away.
It's just a fact: we would drop everything 
for each other if needed.
Yet when we do connect,
we pick up right where we left off. 
Our conversations begin and end mid-paragraph.
We both know where to start up again-
like we were never apart.
What a comfort it is to have you in my life!!!
You are a wonderful blessing. . . 
a fabulous friend!! 
I love you Karen!
-by Suzy Toronto

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


My summer vacation has been scheduled 
around taking care of GrandBaby on Tuesdays. 
All trips began on Wednesday and 
I would return home by Monday.
Today was our last sleep over for the summer 
and I hate to see it end.  
Teachers return to school on July 28th 
with students starting on August 4th.
I've seen so much growth these last two months. 
Amazing how quickly they grow 
and change these first couple of years.  
She's the Light of my Life!! 

Monday, July 14, 2014


Found this Chia Squeeze at Costco last week and it's delicious!  A bit pricey for something that I can easily make myself. Just add a tablespoon of Chia seeds to a glass of fresh squeezed orange. Another great lunch is to blend your favorite plain yogart with strawberries and a tablespoon of Chia. 
I sprinkle it on all my salads and
 put 1/4 cup in my muffin batter when I bake them.
Once they sit in liquid for a while,
they form little gelatin balls, 
like the texture of tapioca.
Chia's binding power means you don't need pectin when making jams.  1/4 cup of chia seeds to a few cups of berries and cook, stirring over medium-low heat until it thickens. 
Or make your own Chia-Chia!! 
I have had these Chia seeds in my refrigerator 
the whole summer and they're sprouting!
Chia seeds are loaded with 
fiber, omega-3s, protein, calcium and other minerals. 
They absorb up to 12 times their weight in water, 
so they can help keep you hydrated. 
Chia seeds are so delicious and healthy! 

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Morning coffee and no place to go :-}}
My favorite coffee mug!

Friday, July 11, 2014


Last of the Day Lilies

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Could you ever imagine 
that you were once this size??
For the next 5 months,
you are half my age and
I'm double your age.
I look at you and I don't see the passage of time.
I see my little girl swaying at the top of a tree, 
playing Barbies with her bestest friend, 
putting on 10 pairs of shorts when 
I was going to spank you, 
playing softball,
scratched up and bleeding from your motor scooter,
and feeding the homeless on the streets of Atlanta.
Your love shines through for all to see,
I'm so very proud, you are a part of me.
Happy 30th Birthday Baby! 
I Love You! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Honey Bees and Butterflies are remarkable insects.
This little guy is a pollinator, too! 

Check out 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Splish-Splashing on a Summer Day!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Our connection with nature is vital 
for ourselves and for Mother Earth.
Being a Gardener is life enhancing, 
where stress melts away, life slows down and 
you feel the sense of renewal.
 I visited Marilu last week and when at her house; 
we spent ALL our time sitting on her deck 
which overlooks her backyard garden and pond.
  As a Master Gardener, Marilu has created a pollinator friendly garden.  She is providing food and a habitat for native plants, insects, birds, reptiles 
and any other creature that ventures her way. 

The bullfrogs croaked all day and all night. 

This is a  sundew and a venus flytrap.   
The sundew has captured a small dragonfly 
and was curling it's arms around it. 

Marilu takes an active interest in gardening and in sharing her knowledge with others. 
Thank you for everything! 

Friday, June 27, 2014


This has been a busy summer with several mini-trips visiting and catching up with Family and Friends.
 Last week's adventure was to Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The surrounding farm land is beautiful with rich fertile soil that lays like a patchwork quilt when flying into the airport. 
The barns are magnificent, 
built of stone, brick and wood.  
Lancaster's Central Market is the county's oldest farmers' market. The 120 year old building is packed with regional food specialties. 

Small Chicken, Large Chicken, Duck, Goose Eggs

Rooster Street Provisions is a husband and wife team,  handcrafting charcuterie (a term that encompasses the art of butchering, grinding, cooking, curing, and aging meat).
They use local, humanely-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free pigs, using all of the animal from the head to the tail. They are located just inside 
the King Street entrance at Stand 68. 
If you stop by, be sure to tell them Suzan says HI!! 
Everyone comes to market. 
This is 6 mth. old, 90 lb. Bear. 
By Christmas, he'll probably be 200 lbs.
The Bride was on her way to market for photos while her bridesmaids grabbed a bite to eat. 
Open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays, 
from 6am to 4pm, year-round.
I assure you, there is something for everyone 
and you will not leave hungry!


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