Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lots of snow -'snow lie!


We opened the garage door, and what to our surprise ---three feet of snow right before our eyes!





Then we started to dig out! After the snowplows went by, the mailbox was almost buried.

Even our deck (under a roof) had about 6 inches of snow on it. We first used the leaf blower, then decided to use a broom first, then the blower. We had fun!

Friday, November 20, 2009



The Canada geese are back! I love this time of year when they are arriving. Sometimes the whole sky is filled with their Vs---going on further south. But the best is their voices, they speak to me.I found the following "Lessons" a long time ago, I don't know who first came up with it, but I love what it says.

Lessons From Geese

FACT 1:
As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
LESSON:
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
FACT 2:
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
LESSON:
If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
FACT 3:
When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
LESSON:
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.
FACT 4:
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
LESSON:
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
FACT 5:
When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. If it dies, there are still two to fly together. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
LESSON:
If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I am sitting at my computer with the windows open this morning. It is a pleasant 47 degrees after the 90 degrees of yesterday afternoon.











Opening the windows and cooling down the house was my intention, but I got a bonus.



The wind is just slightly blowing, well, for South Dakota it is slightly blowing, and it must have turned just right to “speak” to me as it rushed by the window.










I love the sound of the wind. It gives trees, grass, open areas and even windows a voice. Sometimes it even whistles to me when it pushes the screen door along its track, to open even more so it can come in to hug me with its coolness.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Nutty Fudge Day

Today is "Nutty Fudge Day" and I made two kinds of fudge for the workplace friends.

This is the recipe I liked best:

Rocky Road Fudge

3 cups (18 oz) milk chocolate chips
2 Tbs butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Dash salt
1½ tsp vanilla
½ to 1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups miniature marshmallowsLine 8 or 9-inch square pan with foil; set aside. In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips, butter with milk, vanilla and salt. Remove from heat, fold in nuts and marshmallows. Spread evenly into pan. Chill 2 hours until firm. Cut into squares, store in refrigerator.

Friday, May 1, 2009

This is my blog for sharing what makes me happy.

I love trying new recipes - especially cookies and candies.

I also enjoy my Spring flowers.