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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
Yesterday at 08:38:07 am
Flajean and Marilynne, I hope you enjoy "A Gentleman in Moscow" as much as I am.  Happy reading!  I would like to read this author's "The Rules of Civility", too, and hope I can find a digital copy when I am ready.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15, 2020
February 22, 2020, 08:20:32 am
I'm up but that is about all I can claim.  Not a good night last night.  I think I'll probably catch up today.  Or, at least, try to.

Gloria, I used to make corn bread from scratch but use the Jiffy mix now just because it is easier on this old cook.  I always use my small cast iron skillet though.  As it turns out, I didn't make corn bread last night and we didn't have the rest of the bean soup.  I decided to use up the last of the meat loaf.

Amy,  I think Johnnycakes are more like a thick pancake for us and cornbread is leavened with baking powder so it rises to a porous cake/bread like this:  https://www.blessthismessplease.com/the-best-cornbread-recipe

This recipe calls for sugar but I don't like sweet cornbread so I don't use it when I make it from scratch.

I'm glad that both Mary Ann and Lloyd are home.  Hospitals are ok when we need them but home is so much better.

I just might have another cup.  Take care, All.
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
February 21, 2020, 09:20:32 am
I am loving this book..."A Gentleman in Moscow".  It is entirely different from what I expected to read about the time of the Russian revolution.  It is funny, insightful, thoughtful, with charming characters and so very well written.  The best book I have read in a very long time.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15, 2020
February 21, 2020, 09:07:36 am

"The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the robin do then,poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn,
And keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing,poor thing!"

And the north wind did blow...and still is.  And we did have snow.  It is beautiful to look at from inside the warm house but it is cold, cold, COLD! outside my window this morning.

The hot bean soup was perfect for dinner last night with enough left over to warm the tummy today along with some added corn bread....maybe.

Take care, All.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15, 2020
February 20, 2020, 07:49:59 am
We are waiting on snow.  1-3 inches will arrive this afternoon, so they say.  I hope they are wrong...as they often are.  But, if they aren't, I'm putting on a pot of Navy Bean Soup this morning and tucking myself in until every last slushy bit is gone.  However long that may take.

I had my hair cut yesterday and met a very nice and well-read woman who recommended a book to me.  I downloaded it from my library so I have something to read while I am tucked in.  I hope I like it.

Take care, All.
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
February 20, 2020, 07:31:00 am
I met a very nice, and well-read, woman at the beauty shop yesterday and we started discussing books.  She loved "Where the Crawdads Sing" and said everyone in her book club did.  I did not, which seemed to surprise her.  When I asked what she was reading now she recommended "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles.  I got the e-book downloaded from my library but haven't started it yet so we will see.  She invited me to join her book club but they meet at night and I just can't go out after dark.
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
February 19, 2020, 08:43:05 am
I have to agree with MarsGal on Phillip Dick and "The Man in the High Castle".  I watched the first season and never could figure out what was going on so I'm sure if the ending confused you, Marilyne, it wouldn't have made any sense at all to me.  I always enjoyed watching the work of Rufus Sewell but just couldn't accept him in this role.  I liked him much better in "Victoria".

I'm enduring a reading wasteland right now.  I haven't found anything that I can enjoy and most of the so-called good books are on very long waiting lists. 
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15, 2020
February 19, 2020, 08:30:16 am
I'm trying to decide if I want to keep my hair appointment this afternoon.  It is a dreary day and is only going to get more so.  The weather people are saying that we may get snow tomorrow.  Not much and it won't last long but I vote that we don't get any.  However, Mother Nature doesn't pay attention to me.

I saw my doctor on Monday and she was happy with me so I'm happy with me, too.  Things are going well for the present.  I enjoy the good days and endure the not so good days.  That is all that any of us can do, isn't it?

I made Fudge Brownies in the IP yesterday. OMGosh!, that will make any kind of day better.  Chocolate always brightens MY day!  David is very willing to help me eat it, too.  Isn't that kind of him?  ;)

I hope Joy is doing well and that Mary Ann is able to come home where it is always more comfortable.  I'm thinking of everyone who is having worries about whatever and wishing them peace.

Take care, All. 
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
February 16, 2020, 08:45:01 am
I used to just howl at Evanovich and then got away from them so I missed a lot, too.  Maybe I need to get back up with her.  I discovered that my dermatologist was a fan and we spent most of one check-up appointment laughing over Stephanie Plum.

I just put a hold on Louise Penney's latest Inspector Gamache "A Better Man".  I think I am #35 on the list so it shouldn't be too long to wait.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 15, 2020
February 16, 2020, 08:36:39 am
I am longing for some warmer weather even though I know that when summer arrives I'll be crabbing about the heat.  Sometimes I am all too human.  ::)

All is well here for the non.  In regards to the salmon....I am not a fish eater (my body doesn't tolerate it very well) but will eat it occasionally because it is supposedly good for us.  Like Callie, I use Lemon Pepper and that seems to be enough for us.  Lately I have been buying "Ancient Grain Encrusted Alaskan Cod" from Schwan's and David likes that very much.  Also, easy on the cook.

Lloyd, that Angel Food cake sounds so good.  I haven't had one for ages.

I hope Joy is doing well and that Mary Ann can come home this week.

Take care, All.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1, 2020
February 14, 2020, 09:06:45 am
Darn it, Joy!  And just when you seemed to be feeling better.  I'm so sorry and hope you can heal quickly.

Finally, some sun today.  That will brighten the mood.  But, it is cooler again...not quite geemogotchies weather, Gloria, but cold enough to keep a wool shawl around my shoulders while I sit at the computer.  Amy, your temps. give me the shivers just reading about them.

Still haven't made it out to get the car inspected.  I haven't had vertigo for several weeks now but haven't been feeling quite up to snuff lately and it has been rainy.  I still have time before the deadline.

Jane, will your daughter be getting the "real" driver's license?  I can't make up my mind about it but probably won't bother since I don't foresee ever flying again and don't know of any reason that I will need to enter a Federal facility.

Take care, All.
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
February 14, 2020, 08:43:51 am
I finished it.  I must confess that I hurriedly scanned through to just get to the end.  I found it unsatisfying and can't totally understand why it was on the best seller list for so long.  To be fair, it was well written in spots, but not a memorable book, in my opinion.

I will probably join you, Flajean, and if Delia Owens ever writes another fiction book I probably won't waste my time with her.  There are other authors that I have more trust in to do their job.

Hi, Pat.  So nice to see you here. 
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
February 13, 2020, 08:19:35 am
I am about half way through "Where the Crawdads Sing" and though author, Delia Owens, writes well the book is increasingly irritating me.  It's like trying to listen to a wonderful orchestra with one instrument playing off key.  She has set the story in North Carolina but she knows nothing about North Carolina.  The geographic descriptions of the coast are wrong..the terminology is wrong..the dialect is wrong.  It's just "off" and it grates on me.  I read a review of the book by a PBS-UNCTV Book Critic and he said it sounded more like South Carolina or Georgia.  I totally agree.  I wanted to enjoy this book but I'm not sure I can continue to put up with this disturbing irritation enough to continue to the end.

Sorry for the rant but I waited several weeks to get the book and I am disappointed.  :tickedoff:
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1, 2020
February 10, 2020, 08:38:21 am
I've been up for awhile because Terminix came early for the scheduled pest control. 

It is sunny and cool right now but suppose to get warmer later.  They are saying it is to be a wet week....again.  I need to get out to get the car inspected so I can get the registration renewed but I still have some time so am not feeling too pushed yet.  I always get a little nervous at inspection time because I'm convinced that they'll find something expensive that has to be fixed.  I'm afraid that my "glass is always half empty".   :(  :rolleyes:

Nothing planned except laundry so I need to get some breakfast and get the day started.

Take care, All.   
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1, 2020
February 09, 2020, 09:20:52 am
Thanks, Amy, for the Ham Chowder recipe.  I'll adapt it to the Instant Pot.  I love the Taste of Home site.  Almost all of the cooks that contribute are from the part of the country where I grew up so the food is generally the type of cooking I grew up with.  Good, home-cooked, comfort food.  May not always be the most healthy but is always satisfying.

Gloria, I will buy containers of Mirepoix (chopped onion, celery, carrots) at the grocery store and keep it in the freezer.  It is convenient to use in soups and casseroles.  A little expensive but if you factor in the waste of buying whole and throwing way unused parts, also your time and effort to chop, it is worth it....at least, to me.

The sun is bright this morning.  I'll enjoy it while I can.  The weather people are calling for another rainy week.

Enjoy your "day of rest", Amy, and All,.....if such a thing actually exists.  ;)  David brought home a bucket of fried chicken so at least I don't have to do much cooking today so I guess this is my day of rest.  (To be honest, I think every day is my day of rest.)

Take care, All.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1, 2020
February 08, 2020, 08:49:06 am
Tome, I didn't put the chowder recipe into the S&F Recipe section but here is a link to the Taste of Home Recipe that I used.  I only changed it in that I added some chopped carrots for color and extra nutrition, substituted frozen corn for canned, and cooked it in the Instant Pot.  Top of the stove would be just as easy, I think.  We finished it off for lunch yesterday and like most soups it only gets better when reheated.


We had terrible storms here on Thursday.  We had one medium size limb hit the deck during very high winds.  It didn't do any damage but it made me jump a mile!  Trees are down all over the area and many homes are damaged.  Lots of clean-up from wind damage and flooding.  But, thank goodness, today the sun is shining brightly.  However, it is cold again.  Brrrrr!

Jenny, I'm so sorry about Michelle.  My heart is heavy.

Jane, the Alaska trip must be your decision but I think if you don't go you will regret it.  Your family will be with you to help you if things get a little difficult along the way.  And, they say it is a beautiful trip.

Take care, All.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1, 2020
February 06, 2020, 07:43:25 am
Ugly day here.  Lots of rain with the promise of "severe" weather later on.  But, no snow so I won't complain.

Not a lot to write about since I haven't been out and about very much.  Today is grocery shopping day but don't think that will get done as long as the weather is like it is.  We'll just tighten the belt a little bit.  I made a very good soup yesterday and there is plenty left for "seconds".  Bacon-Potato-Corn Chowder.  Added some carrots for color (and extra vitamins) and we enjoyed it very much for dinner last night.

Hoping Mary Ann will be back home soon where things are more comfortable and convenient.  As Dorothy said, "There's no place like home."

Take care, All.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for February 1, 2020
February 02, 2020, 09:45:43 am
The sun is shining and that is so nice to see after a couple of dreary days.  It has been quite cool but tomorrow the temp. is supposed to be in the 70's!  My daffodils are up about a foot tall and the periwinkle has already been blooming for several days.

All is quiet here.  I've had a little trouble sleeping but I think that will pass soon.  These periods come and go and I try not to worry about them too much.

It was so nice to see and hear from Mary Ann.  She sounds good and I hope she will be back home soon.

Take care, All.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2020
January 31, 2020, 08:03:42 am
So glad to hear from Mary Ann yesterday.  I have missed her posts.

Chilly and cloudy today with rain predicted.  I wasn't able to make it to the grocery store with David yesterday....maybe next time.

Take care, All.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2020
January 30, 2020, 07:47:01 am
Mary Ann is much on my mind.  I hope she is doing better today and can come home from the hospital soon.

Grocery shopping day and I don't know yet if I'll try to go or not.  I'm getting a little tired of the same four walls.  I really would like to get out for awhile but I'll have to see how things go later on in the day.

Amy, it is so good that you can get out and do the things you enjoy.  Even in spite of those low temps.!  Makes me shiver to think about it.

Jane, good luck with no more expenses popping up for the car or anything else.  I have to get my car inspected and then pay the vehicle tax and new registration soon.  I just hope they don't find anything wrong with the car that needs to be fixed right away. It is 10 years old now and I cross my fingers every year when inspection time comes up.

Take care, Everyone.  Stay well.  Keep the good thought that Spring will be here soon.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2020
January 28, 2020, 08:14:07 am
Sorry I haven't posted anything for a couple of days.  I'm OK, just didn't seem to have anything to say.  Weather has been dreary here, too, and chilly but no snow and no storms so all is well and the sun is shining this morning.  That is always welcome.

I'm sorry, Jenny, that you have worries about your Dad.  Perhaps you can get a better idea from Mark after he visits your Dad.  He might be a little more objective than Dianne appears to be about whether your Dad has symptoms of Alzheimer's or not.

Have a great day, Everyone.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2020
January 23, 2020, 07:58:03 am
Another chilly morning here but it is supposed to warm up a little on the weekend.  I was just reading an article in the local news that tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the biggest snow storm ever on record in central No. Carolina.  We woke up to 20 inches of snow here 20 years ago. It caught everyone completely by surprise, even the forecasters who didn't see it coming. This whole area just came to a dead stop.  But, I remember it was so beautiful.  I used to have pictures of it but lost them when my computer crashed a few years ago.

Grocery shopping today.  I would like to go with David but not sure I can make it.  We'll see.

Take care, All. 
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2020
January 21, 2020, 08:03:41 am
Just checking in so those who are interested will know I am still here.

Cold here so I am staying in and doing laundry and reading.

Take care, All.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2020
January 19, 2020, 08:18:50 am
No snow here...just some moderate rain.  Can't say I'm sorry.

Jane, I knew what you meant about wanting to share an occasional thought with someone.  I've not been a recluse but I've always been pretty good at finding ways to entertain myself from childhood on to now.  And volunteering is always a good way to have contact with other "real" people.  When we moved to N. Carolina I knew nothing about the area or the people so one of the first things I did was to volunteer at the local library.  Having been on a library staff in N.Y. for many years, it was work I knew and enjoyed and I knew it would be a good way to get to know the new community and the local people.  It was a great experience and I made many friends without the strain of going to WORK every day.

I made the Instant Pot brownies yesterday.  That recipe is a keeper, Amy.  Really good. 
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2020
January 18, 2020, 08:59:57 am
Before I forget:  Thanks, Amy, for the link to the Instant Pot cleaning tip you posted.  I was browsing on through the site and printed out a recipe for Brownies that sounds so good to me.  Think that is what we need on this cold, dreary, and supposed-to-be-rainy day.  Anything chocolate is bound to make the day better, isn't it?

I haven't been using the IP much lately.  I've been taking the easier way out and using a lot of "all-ready cooked and just need to be heated" things out of the freezer.  And I used to love to cook!    :'(   The times they are a'changin'.

Breakfast is calling and, maybe, a second cup of coffee.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 15, 2020
January 17, 2020, 08:40:55 am

Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 1, 2020
January 13, 2020, 07:52:47 am
Good morning. Really dreary here today but warm.  It is 68 already and supposed to go into the 70's.  Very strange weather.  Laundry is the only thing I have planned so nothing exciting to look forward to.

Take care, All.
Leisure Activities / Re: Television Today
January 11, 2020, 10:23:35 am
That is the same reason that I no longer watch "Mrs. Maisel", Marilyne.  My son thinks it is funny and I told him he's welcome to watch it whenever I'm not in the room.  And, I have often said that these period shows are written by people who are too young to know anything about the time they are writing about.  I find myself looking for discrepancies (I call it nit-picking) and that kind of spoils my interest some times.
Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
January 11, 2020, 10:16:31 am
I'm about half-way through The Great Alone and I can't say that I am enjoying it but it is keeping my attention so I'll stick with it awhile.  It is depressing to me and fighting the winter "doldrums" is always a problem to begin with.
Soda Shoppe / Re: Soda Shoppe for January 1, 2020
January 11, 2020, 10:04:21 am
I slept until 8 o'clock!  I thought the clock was lying when I woke up and looked at it.  No sun and dreary here but not raining and warm.  Temp. is 65 and supposed to go near 70.  I'm sorry about all of you in the middle of the country with the stormy weather.  Please take care.

I could never like rhubarb.  It wasn't so much the taste...just didn't like the texture (feel) of it.  My sister-in-law made a beautiful pie for me one time and was disappointed that I just didn't care for it.  I tried but......

Gloria, I always used to fry chicken dredged in Bisquick but I'm very happy with the fried chicken I get from the grocery store now.  And it's a whole lot easier.

Not much of interest going on here so I'll just wish everyone a good day.