Friendly Fill-ins!

I am going to participate in McGuffy’s Reader and 15andmeowing’s blog hop, Friendly Fill-ins, which is done every Friday. I had already done the Fill-ins at Twospoiledcats blog’s comments but I was inspired by Angel Sammy to get off my PROcrastinating butt… er, derriere and get back to blogging. Also, have to thank Annie from McGuffy’s Reader for reaching out to me way back and gently nudging me to start blogging again… thank you, Annie. Annie’s first name really is McGuffy… how cool is that?

So, here I go!
1. Snow is something that MissouREE has seen hardly any of this winter and we are not bothered by that!
2. My favorite kind of soup is my homemade Vegetable Beef and CH’s homemade Potato… mine is better.
3. When no one is around, I sing and dance to the oldies station in my boxers and my bunny slippers. You might not want to work too hard on that vision.
4. Z Cat is my heart cat, the bestest girl. I still miss her and think of her every day. Did I mention she was The BEST Girl?

Click McGuffy’s Reader and 15andmeowing to see more Friendly Fill-ins!


I was nominated by Clowie to participate in the “Eight Photos of Happiness” blog tag… Thank you Clowie. You can click on the first photo or any photo to make the gallery photo bigger.. all the better to see my happiness! These photos are HAPPY for me. I could have done tons more photos of things and people that make me happy but I had to keep it to eight.

Here are the rules for the tag/challenge…
Thank the nominator and link back to them. Done.
Link to the creator, Ariel.
Post eight photos of happiness. The photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy and a brief description why you selected it.
Spread the “happiness” by nominating up to 10 other bloggers. I am choosing to nominate any of my friends that would like to show their HAPPINESS!

*I took the day off from visiting blogs yesterday because CH and I had a busy day and today is busy too! I promise to get to your blogs later today…. Promise!


Good Fences #45

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Love this small beach in Venice, Florida… a hidden gem. Private covered areas each with a picnic table and little deck and this boardwalk on a primitive stretch of beach leading out to the Gulf of Mexico. We just found this area after going to Venice since 1995. Such a nice surprise! I saw the boardwalk fence and immediately thought of you Tex and Good Fences! It is called Service Club Park but I call it an oasis. Lovely it was there. And quiet. We took Tavern Ham sandwiches, redskin potato salad, a bottle of Missouri sweet wine (shhh, quiet about the wine) and a slice of key lime pie and enjoyed a wonderful lunch. You didn’t think I was going to leave FOOD out of this post?

Joining Tex at Good Fences this Thursday!

Share Your World – 2015 Week #4

It’s time to join Cee at Share Your World. This big old grouper sandwich is from Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay, Siesta Key, Florida and this sandwich is what I was looking forward to for LUNCH the next week in my last SYW post but I couldn’t say where then! So it is a little part of my answer in Cee’s bonus questions at the end of the post. Have I befuddle-muddled you yet? On to Cee’s questions for this week. Join Cee’s Share Your World with a post of your own and link back to her or if you feel all up and HAPPY, play in the comments. I would love seeing your answers.

Where did you live at age five? Is it the same place or town you live now?
I lived in a small town just south of St. Louis, Missouri. It is not the same place I live now.

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?
Yes… probably. As long as I don’t have to wear a fru fru dress.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
I grew up in a small town and I mean teeny! Yes I did like it… I loved growing up there. I had a blast and had some wonderful friends. Those were the days when my gal pals and I could walk home from school and stop at the dime store lunch counter and order a big old plate of crinkle cut french fries with a blob of ketchup for dipping the fries and a fountain Coke with a squirt of cherry syrup. And because that wasn’t enough food fun we would order a scoop of chocolate ice cream with gooey marshmallow on top in a chilly cold metal serving dish. AND we didn’t give a hoot about the calories! Dang, it is always about FOOD for me.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I don’t remember thinking about that. All I wanted to do was ride horses.  For a brief time in grade school I wanted to be a nun… dying here, dying. You went to Catholic school back in the old days, they worked very hard at  trying to recruit you to join the sisterhood of nuns. I still didn’t know what I wanted to be in college and now at 63 I just want to be happy and healthy.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful for the trip to Venice, Florida and the grouper sandwich for lunch. I am looking forward to ordering a pair of BOOTS in the week coming up… I see a BOOT post in my future!

Cee’s Share Your World



Good Fences!

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A lovely botanical garden is surrounded by this country wood fence that had been drenched with good rain early morning Sunday. This is just a tiny glimpse of the yard that CH’s brother and his wife make beautiful with a Spring and Summer riot of colorful happy faced flowers. I love to visit them.. well they ARE family but they have the same sense of funny we have and I feel peace there. Just like I am home. The Mama, CH’s Mom, was there too. Brother and Wife are new Grandparents to a sweet boy that is close to 15 months old and we all love him to bits. He and his parents were a big part of the conversation on Sunday… 😀 We missed them!

There was FOOD too.. and wine! CH’s Brother does BBQ that is gourmet and Sunday was pork steaks.. Oh MY! Pork steaks, baked potatoes, salad with Sis-in-law’s balsamic vinaigrette, and sweet corn with buttah. Oh, and CH’s coconut cream pie. My sis-in-law and I are so smart, we married men who can cook!

I am joining Tex for Good Fences today after a long blog break!

*Photo tweaked in Instagram

Random Five Friday

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Can’t help but wonder how this little guy is doing. CH found him toodling along on his own March of 2012. Kept an eye on him and it became clear he was too little to be out of the nest and no adult squirrel was around to take care of him. As it started to get dark there were too many dangers for a little squirrel. I am hoping little Squee is thriving out in his own bit of country with a little girl squirrel and a family.

My Nook died. Not really, but that is the excuse I am making for the Kindle Paperwhite making its way toward me. I am excited. Amazon has such a better selection of books to choose from than Barnes and Noble. AND I have Sharechair blog to help me get the most out of my Kindle.. 🙂

CH is in Florida with The Mama. The house is too quiet. I love my alone time but I might, I say might have overrated its importance. A little goes a long way. But the house is clean.. 😀 That might be overrated too. And I miss his cooking!

The Kinda Big City of Jefferson City has come up in the world and they now have a Chick-fil-A. Another reason to be all giddy but it seems I am not the only one that is giddy over chicken because there are more peeps than I ever thought possible thinking they want some Chick-fil-A too and they are in my way to getting an 8-count box of chicken nuggets. I’m not sure but it may be that I eat the chicken nuggets just so I can dip them in the Honey Mustard sauce.

I find it totally baffling when people pull out in front of me and creep along when there is not one single car behind me for miles. Couldn’t they have waited to take their mile of deserted road? This last random fact a result of frustration over trying to get an 8-count of Chick-fil-A nuggets. Hmm, I may have to settle for a… CHEESEBURGER! That would be just awful.. 😀

Joining Nancy from a Rural Journal once again for her Random Five Friday!

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.. 😀

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

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The older I get, the flatter my butt gets.

Hummus scooped up with a Ruffles potato chip is gourmet.
Avocado slices on whole wheat bread with salt, pepper and olive oil-ditto.

I love Poohism quotes. This is one of my favorites and is on the fridge~
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
‘Pooh!’ he whispered.
‘Yes, Piglet?’
‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw.
‘I just wanted to be sure of you.'” ~ Winnie the Pooh

It really IS the little things. While we were on vacation I had to do a load of laundry and the hotel gives you little single load Ultra Tide Original powder boxes. I went out and bought myself some powder Ultra Tide. The scent of fresh laundered towels can make my day.

Joining Nancy at A Rural Journal and thanking her so much for Random Five Friday where we share five facts about our life, our thoughts, whatever!

*Photo credit-Country Husband of course!