Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Goal: Update

Last week's goals:
  1. get shower gift for my YD - done
  2. work on scan project (old pictures/letters/photo albums) - done (as evidenced by my Friday post)
  3. print songs for GPa's memorial - not yet -- turns out my cousin already did it so it's done.  yay!!
  4. two blog posts - done
  5. cut blocks for Baby James's quilt - nope

In case you were wondering, here's one of the songs that I've asked my cousin Andrew to play

 So for this week, my goals are:

1.  Continue to work on scan project
2.  Cut blocks for Baby James quilt
3.  Two blog posts
4.  Make list for Michigan trip and get anything needed.

So.  I was realizing that I didn't explain about the songs.  The story is this: many years ago, my father used to play guitar and sing.  He sang songs in the style of Burl Ives.  Some of the songs I remember, are "The Fox," "The Foggy Foggy Dew," "Go Tell Aunt Rhody," "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" and I'm sure there were others. My cousin is coming to my dad's memorial and I had asked him if he would play some of these songs for us.  He said he would learn them, but that he doesn't sing.  So I figure that after the memorial we can go to the beach and sit around and sing the songs.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Project : Photo Album Scan

One of my goals this week was to work on scanning.  Right now I'm going through the photos from when we were first married and our OS was born.  I need to finish that album and keep moving on.

I had intended to work on the old pictures I had gotten from my cousin (a bunch of really old pictures ... my grandparents and their parents and maybe their grand parents ....).  Anyway, I thought I knew where the old pictures were, but when I looked for them this week, I couldn't find them so I'm working on the photo albums first.

Here are some of the pictures ..

 this was at our first apartment in Gaithersburg, Maryland

and at my parents' house ..

and this is Miss Katie ...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The 145th Running of the Kentucky Derby

So, #1 on my list this year was to attend the Kentucky Derby.  I don't know when I first started thinking about doing it, but we had decided it would be a fun thing to do.  I had hoped all the kids would come but it turned out to just be my YD and her husband.  Another friend (Jenn) and Nevada also came with us.
We flew into the Indianapolis airport on Thursday.. the flight was delayed two hours.  We then drove to Kentucky and stayed at the Hyatt in Louisville.

The day before the Derby is Kentucky Oaks -- it's a race with three-year old fillies.  Everyone wears pink.  Here's my YD and her husband ...

If I had known what it would be like, I would have gotten a pink something to wear ..

and now for Derby Day ...


my husband's bow tie -- I tied it.  You can tell a clip-on from a real one because the clip-ons are perfect -- this one is definitely not perfect!!

This was taken prior to the big race .. by then it was raining and kind of miserable.  We had clear ponchos to wear but got soaked anyway.

I highly recommend going, once, just for the experience. It was a wonderful time.  We did have some mint juleps .. (which I don't like at all) .. and here are the souvenir glasses to prove it.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Goals, etc.

I've been derelict in my blogging.  No posts in so very long.  One of my goals this year was to post two times a month, but that hasn't been happening.  I'm not sure what my problem is, but I'm hoping to get back on track.

my goals for this week are:
  1. get shower gift for my YD
  2. work on scan project (old pictures/letters/photo albums)
  3. print songs for GPa's memorial
  4. two blog posts
  5. cut blocks for Baby James's quilt

Here's a picture of my baby (my YD) when she was a baby .. and now she's 30 and having one of her own.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Happy Birthday, Paul!

Just wanted to wish a very happy 77th birthday to Sir Paul McCartney .. we almost share a birthday.


Monday, March 4, 2019

Happy Birthday ...

Today would have been my mother's 91st birthday. 

Here we are weaving together .. probably from 2004 ...

I miss her.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bread - #greatjonesandcobakeoff

So today was the second event of the #greatjonesandcobakeoff.  It was bread week.

My SIL had asked me to make Hawaiian bread so I decided to take a stab at it.  This is what it was supposed to look like.

This is what mine looked like.

It tasted okay -- not quite the way it was supposed to, but not horrible.  I think I'll try a different recipe next time.  I'm not great on these soft breads.

Here's the recipe I used.

  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple juice (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (100 – 110°F)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups (20 ounces) bread flour
I made a few mistakes.  One, that I seem to make a lot, is that I didn't read all the instructions or comments -- it would have saved me trouble and would have turned out better.  I didn't realize there was a difference between instant yeast and active yeast.  So instead of following the instructions to combine the yeast with the warm milk and juice prior to mixing, I mixed everything together.  It  took nearly 3 hours for my bread to rise.  Another mistake (again because I didn't read the directions thoroughly) was that I didn't brush the rolls with the egg/water mixture before the final rise.  I don't think it made a huge difference but again, another thing I didn't do.

Next time I'll probably use a different recipe since it seems many of the other recipes include ginger.

One thing I want to work on this year it baking better bread.  I need to step up my game, that's for sure.

Thursday, February 7, 2019


 Picture from the office ..

this was supposed to show the snow capped mountains ... but you can't see the hills.  Ah well.

Monday, January 28, 2019


I received a text Saturday morning from my niece that it was the first Jones and Co bake off.  I had no prior warning (apparently neither did she).  Anyway it was to make a tart (or pie). 

I should have been adventuresome and tried a tart, but I checked with the peanut gallery and they wanted apple pie.  

I peeled and sliced six apples ...

I prepared a sauce for them and let them sit for 1/2 hour.

I then cooked down the sauce so it was not so saucy .. but thicker.

I cheated and used store-bought dough .. but cut the top and did a lattice weave .. notice that I actually wove it .. not just layered.

It turned out great!

The other entries were strawberry tart, raspberry tart and lemon meringue pie. 

Looking forward to the next challenge ..  hopefully I'll get more notice.  And, I promise to not cheat.

Goal: Update

Last week's goals: get shower gift for my YD - done work on scan project (old pictures/letters/photo albums) - done (as evidenced by ...