Thankful Thursday!

DSC_1994 - CopyThis lovely gallery wrap of a buoy marker came from Dianna from These Days of Mine. Dianna took the picture of this buoy/channel marker in the Pagan River not far from her home and posted it on her blog last October titled Misty Morning Fog. I fell in love with the photo and proceeded to comment on Dianna’s blog about how much I loved it.. :D This channel marker has a nest on top, most probably an Osprey nest and that was the clincher. When CH was assigned to Washington, D.C. in 1989 we had our boat at a marina off the Potomac River. We often spent long evenings after he got home and weekends in a cove called Mattawoman Creek. It was there we watched closely the raising of a family of Ospreys. Our time spent in D.C. was stressful and getting out on the boat with some very dear friends was what got us through those four years. All kinds of memories came flooding back with Dianna’s photo.

buoy-marker-10-25-2013-7-27-04-pm                                                                  Photo Credit~Dianna Keen

 This is the picture Dianna posted to her blog. Such a beautiful picture she composed and captured. If you would like to see her original post click here. Well Dianna has a big heart and the gallery wrap with her picture showed up at our house and now we have a beautiful picture taken by a dear to me blog friend that adds even more “special” to our memories. Dianna knows how near and dear this gift is to our hearts. Dianna has talked me through setting up an account on Facebook, answered questions I have had about posting to WordPress, shares a love of horses, kitties and old barns. I hope to meet her in person! Such a thoughful gift Dianna, you are a special lady. Thank you so much! I was just hoping to get a copy of the original! Dianna takes some gorgeous pictures and she has been published several times. One of her pictures has been selected for the 2015 Corolla Wild Horse Fund Calendar! Look for March! Visit Dianna at These Days of Mine for her beautiful pictures and blog posts filled with stories from her heart and some laughter too. Her Husband Motor Man and her son Marshall add charm and humor and her sweet cats Sundae and Gypsy do guest posts. She enjoys clicking and sharing beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the water from their lovely home in Virginia.


007 - CopyI was feeling a bit befuddle-muddled and melancholy this morning and an email notification showed up that Terri from Coloring Outside the Lines blog had posted so I clicked right over. Do click over and visit her. She has a vibrant Bluebird snap, she talks of Spring, and she has a tune that will make you want to dance. Her post will make you smile this morning! So ready for this view from my dining room window!

Good Morning!

Random Five Friday… The Nisu? Nisua? Edition

DSC_1972 - CopyLast week Big Brown(UPS)came bumping and roaring down the road to our house. This loaf of bread is what was delivered.
CH checked who it was from and walked in the house laughing and said, “you are never going to believe what this is”. I checked the return address and started laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks.

DSC_1980 - CopyThis is Finnish sweet bread. It is from a very dear friend CH and I have known since 1977 when we were assigned to Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. She and I were horse riding buddies and developed a friendship I cherish. We had lost contact with her and a Christmas card arrived three years ago and we were back together again. And now Facebook keeps us connected. I can’t tell you how happy we are to have her back! I am so happy she is back in my life. And not just because of the bread.. :D

Nisu goes by many names it seems. Nisua. Pulla. Coffee Bread. It is filled with Cardamom spice deliciousness! But what Kat would want me to let you know the most about this bread is that it is Finnish! I would want you to know that I was laughing so hard when I called her to thank her I could hardly talk and CH wasted no time getting several blobs of butter on a warmed up slice.

It never occurred to me that fresh Nisua could be delivered to my door by Big Brown. Hmm… just a hint could maybe get me another loaf.. :) BUT this is an incredibly time consuming bread to make and Kat you know how much I appreciate it!

I think we might be making a trip to North Carolina to see Kat and and her Husband! And meet her kitties and her chickens. The eggs used in this bread were a gift from two of her much loved chickens!

Joining Nancy’s Random Five Friday at a Rural Journal. Nancy I maybe didn’t stay within your request for Random Facts… I promise to be better next week.

I have another post to share about a gift from a dear to me blogging friend that brought back some wonderful memories with one of her beautiful photos taken on the water.

Random Five Friday

photo (1) - Copy copyI like Wine Time at 4pm. I like Missouri Catawba in a Tervis Tumbler. With a couple of ice cubes. I asked my cardiologist as he was exiting my room at the hospital 9 years ago if I could still drink wine and he said, “sure, just not a tumbler full”… :roll: I am allowed 5 ounces.

I labeled the picture in this post “Wine Time in a Tervis Tumbler” on Instagram and had a fun exchange with a blogging friend. Thank you friend! I like Instagram because you laugh lots there.

Wine Time on The Porch is always in the company of Kermie the Frog.

Finally found the perfect comfy pair of levi jeans after years of looking. They remind me of the boys levis I wore in high school. Except now they have a bit of stretch to allow for tummy expansion.

Another winter storm with ice and snow is bearing down on us. I have had it. I know compared to many of you we have had it easy and we need the moisture because of drought conditions but Winter needs to pack its bags and go. Freezing rain gives me a cranky and scares the heck out of me. It may be us that packs and goes.

Joining Nancy for Random Five Friday!