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Date:2019-08-05 11:14
Subject:Happy Birthday Spikesgirl!
Mood: chipper

Hope your day is beary fun and your future terrific!
Hugs my friend!

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Date:2019-03-11 11:33
Subject:Cream of Asparagus Soup

Yesterday I made some cream of asparagus soup.  It's spring (almost) and the green veggie was on sale so I bought a huge amount and I got inspired to make soup.  It came out delicious... so here's my recipe.
3 good sized bunches of asparagus
2 or 3 leeks, washed, white part only
3 cloves garlic
2 good sized onions
2 tbls butter
32 oz chicken broth
1 pt heavy cream
extra butter and some sour cream for garnish

Chop the leeks, garlic and onion coarsely (this all will be smoothed into a puree when cooked so size isn't much of an issue).  Melt butter in a large pot, add the onions, leeks and garlic, soften and cook until translucent.  Chop the asparagus into pieces about 2 inches long, add to the pot.  Stir around in heat a bit, then add the broth.  Simmer the veggies until very soft.  Remove from heat and using an immersion blender whirr it into a puree.  (You can do this in batches in a blender too, just carefully because it's hot!)
Put soup back on stove, add salt and pepper to taste.  On low heat pour in the heavy cream and stir.  I put extra butter in at this point to smooth it and add a bit more taste.  Serve with sour cream or creme fraiche and a chunk of hardy bread.  Garlic croutons would go well too.  Three of us ate it and there was about two or so cups left for later.

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Date:2018-09-18 00:55
Subject:Borrowed From Spikesgirl
Mood: content

1.“Autumn” or “Fall" ? - Fall.

2. Pumpkin Carving or Apple Picking? - Pumpkin Carving

3. Halloween or Thanksgiving? -  Thanksgiving

4. Cashmere or Flannel? - Love Cashmere but I don't have much need for that kind of dressy sweater although I have two cashmere twin sets that I love and do wear... flannel is good too.

5. Cool and Crisp or Warm and Foggy? - Cool and crisp.

6. Yankee Candles or Roaring Fireplace? - Thymes candle called Fraser Fir,  and a roaring fireplace.

7. Scarves or Berets? - neither one thanks..

8. Cinnamon or Nutmeg? - Oh man!  I love them both.

9. Reading a Book or Watching a Movie? - Usually a book

10. Halloweentown or Nightmare Before Christmas? - I have no idea what they are.

11. Hot Chocolate or Apple Cider? - Apple Cider.

12. Wool Socks or Slippers? - Slippers.

13. Trick or Treat? - Treat.

14. Marshmallows or Whipped Cream? - Marshmallows.

15. Jack or Sally? - ?

16. Goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark? - HUH? 

17. Plaid or Neutrals? - Tartan :-)

18. Coffee or Tea? - Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

19. Studyblr or Halloween Blog? I don't really know what these are.

20. Red or Gold? - Gold.

21. Blankets or Pillows? - Down comforters and down pillows.

22. Cabins or Cottages? - Cabins

23. Scary or Spooky? - both.

24. Sweaters or Boots? - both.

25. Caramel Apples or Candy Apples? - Caranel definitely.

26. Hay Rides or Leaf Peeking ? Leaf peaking

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Date:2018-02-25 18:48
Subject:Friday Five
Mood: good

1. Did you like dinosaurs as a kid?
No but I was fascinated by the Woolie Mammoth at the state museum that they found in Cohoes near where I live.  I would go directly there every time I went to the museum.

2. If you did, did you have a favorite?
I guess the Woolie Mammoth!

3. If you didn't like them, what was your favorite animal as a child?
Bears and dogs.

4. Do you like '50's monster movies?
I never saw them until I was an adult...by then they were mostly camp!

5. Shades of Jurassic Park, do you think we should bring dinosaurs back if we could? 
No thanks.  I'm not much of a fan even now.... I like my animals cuddly and furry.

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Date:2018-02-24 23:41
Subject:Borrowed from Sparky and JKKitty

-Favorite smell: Rain
-Last cry – yesterday... the baby's birthday.  He would have been three.  I'm tearing up now.
-Favorite pizza – I don't like pizza.
-Favorite Flower – roses
-Favorite Dog breed – I love most dogs...
-Favorite foot attire – sneakers
-Hair color – auburn
-Favorite Ice cream – I don't eat it any more but when I did it was always vanilla.
-Pet-peeve – rudeness in any form, bullying
-Shorts or jeans - jeans
-What are you listening to right now?  It's quiet in the house tonight.
-Favorite color - black
-Color of eyes - blue
-Favorite Holiday – Labor day- it's the weekend of our Scottish Games.  We all go.
-Night owl or day person – night owl.
-Favorite day of the week – I'm retired.  They are all good.
-Nickname – Bear or Aunt Bear.
-Favorite music – folk, bluegrass, celtic
-Do you like to cook?  I used to until becoming diabetic.  Now I'm on Weight watchers points.  I eat largely zero point foods.
-Beer or wine? – Wine or single malt scotch.
-Can you drive a manual shift?  Of course. 
-State you were born in? New York.
-Do you work out? A bit of walking
-Do you like vegetables? YES !!!  I love them. 
-Do you wear glasses? Yes
-Favorite season? Autumn and winter...I really don't do well in the heat and humidity.

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Date:2018-01-04 13:31
Mood: cold

Well the storm that wasn't going to make it far enough inland to hit us has struck with an impressive amount of snow and wind. We originally were not likely to get more than an inch...then it was the dreaded 1-3 inches, always a worrisome number because they have no clue what is coming, then it went to 4-6 inches. It's now snowing at the rate of 1-3 inches an hour and the wind is gusting at 30 mph. My son and I were out earlier in it, no plows on the road at that time and lots of slippery areas.. now it's almost a white out. Glad I went to the grocery yesterday and made chicken soup. Sounds like it will taste perfect tonight! Going back to my coffee and knitting.

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Date:2017-12-21 13:52
Mood: accomplished

Beaters to mixer were finally found, and fruitcakes are now in the oven! Okay so maybe not for Christmas but Hogmanay. They already smell wonderful.

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Date:2017-10-10 21:13

1. First Costume you remember wearing: A bridesmaid dress that was my Aunt's... I was in 7th grade.I don't remember earlier ones.

2. What was your costume last year? Nothing – I don’t dress up

3. Favorite Horror Movie? Young /frankenstein

4. Favorite Candy? Charleston Chews or Butterfingers

5. Where do/did you Trick or treat? We went in out neighborhood. we knew everyone, and then we'd go to both of my grandparents homes.

6. Did your parents inspect your candy? Didn’t need to back then. I loved the homemade treats we got.

7. What costume would you be most scared of? I’m not frightened of costumes but rather the person wearing it.

8. Ever play a "trick" on someone that didn't give you a treat? No.

9. Is Halloween your favorite Holiday? No.. Thanksgiving.

10. Favorite Halloween themed song? Zombie Jamboree

11. Favorite Animated Halloween themed movie? ermmmm

12. Do you host/attend Halloween parties?no

13. Hint about this year’s costume? See Answer #2

14. Will you give out candy this Halloween? No, we never get trick or treaters. Road is too dark

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Date:2016-11-08 17:49

Today we laid to rest this gentle, sweet soul. He sleeps near my stepdad where he will have someone watching over him. He went with his favorite toys, his glow stick sword, his pilot's cap and jacket and his chocolate bars...

I can't begin to tell you how deep the hole in my heart is now, but slowly we are going forward a step at a time. Please accept my sincerest thanks for all your kindness and support. This is a wonderful community.

Danny 2015 11 02 First Halloween 012

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Date:2016-11-06 12:06
Subject:Our Angel

Until now I have not posted any photos of our baby boy because I worried about exposure on social media. I do want you all to see how joyful and impish he is, so am putting up some pictures in this post.

Thank you again for all your support. I just love you all.

First time with blueberry pie, his favorite fruit.

Danny 2016 07 18 eating pie 007

Junior Volunteer Firefighter
Danny 2016 06 18  @ FIRE2016 021a

Elmo for Halloween this year

Danny 2016 10 31 Halloween 005

Danny 2016 10 31 Halloween 006

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Date:2016-11-04 09:29
Subject:Broken Heart
Mood: sad

I don't even know how to type this, because the pain is too great. Last night my gorgeous, happy, angelic baby grandson died in our arms. He had some kind of respiratory event, and even with the efforts of my son (paramedic) and me, he never took another breath. They worked on him for quite some time in the ED, where the staff were as distressed as we were. I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest. I'm trying to hold it together for my son's sake. How can you lose someone with so much life ahead of them? I probably won't be on much until we have the autopsy results and have completed our arrangements for his service and burial. Keep us in your hearts please.

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Date:2015-09-30 10:33

Hope it's a GREAT one!

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Date:2015-05-18 15:02
Mood: sad

Today at 1400 hours, our beloved Tanner Trueheart passed away peacefully. His condition deteriorated quickly the last three days and when he became uncomfortable we knew it was time. Our vet is a wonderful caring woman and she helped us with this terrible loss. They will send us a pawprint of his foot, a small memory of him.
No one could ever love a boy more than I did, or he, me. He was truly a wonderful companion and he will be sorely missed. I know he's waiting for me on the other side of the Bridge. I will always love you my Tanner boy!

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Date:2015-05-02 15:25
Subject:Sad News
Mood: sad

We got the saddest news today...Tanner our lovely furbaby has metastatic cancer in his chest and abdomen. He has no pain, and had no symptoms until he stopped eating yesterday. Since he was not acting ill, the vet gave him a long acting steroid to stimulate his appetite and said to watch him. If he continues to refuse food or if he looks or acts like he's in pain then we have to consider euthanizing him. I'm so sad I don't know what to do with myself. He's such a part of our lives now, I will be lost without him. I feel like the world just caved in on me.
I love you Tanner baby... mom's little dumpling....

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Date:2015-02-01 16:54
Subject:Burns' Night Dinner

Last night my hubby, my cousin and I went to our local Celtic Hall Cultural Center for a celebration of Burns' Night. There were several pipe bands present, one of whom is a local group who are good enough to go to Scotland and try to win in the third division- quite an accomplishment. The Canadian Celtic Band. The Brigadoon's were the lead entertainment. We had readings of Robbie Burns', including the Address to the Haggis in Gaelic, (and yes you could have some if you wished. My husband did, my cousin and I did not. Like DMcC, I think the stuff is awful. Or maybe offal. The rest of the dinner included salad, but a really nice one, Shepherd's Pie (although I think it really was Cottage Pie with beef not lamb), roasted red potatoes, chicken in a lovely glaze, potato chip encrusted haddock and lovely crusty dinner rolls. Dessert was warm bread pudding with whipped cream. We were serenaded through dinner with bagpipe music, and then there were Highland Dancers from a local school. All in all it was lovely. I'd been before many years ago. I might make this an annual event now. I will have to get a tartan skirt and sash I guess!

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Date:2014-06-03 10:40
Subject:Asparagus Soup with Ricotta Crostini

I was perusing the NYTimes when I say this recipe. It is simple but does it sound delicious or what? I'm going to make it tonight to see.


In this puréed vegetable soup, asparagus and leeks are thickened with rice, which adds both body and a slightly nubby texture to the bowl. Little is wasted in the preparation; asparagus ends and leek tops that might otherwise be thrown away are simmered into a delicate broth that serves as the foundation for the other flavors. You can skip the ricotta crostini but some kind of crunchy contrast – plain buttered toast, breadsticks or crackers – makes a nice counterpart on the side.

TOTAL TIME 40 minutes .
1 3/4 pounds asparagus
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, more as needed
2 large leeks, halved lengthwise and rinsed
1 quart chicken stock
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons uncooked white rice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, more as needed
1 teaspoon lemon juice, more as needed
4 1/2-inch-thick baguette slices, cut on the bias
1/2 cup fresh ricotta
2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon (or chives)
1 garlic clove, peeled and halved

1.Cut asparagus stalks into thirds, separating tips, middles and ends. In a medium pot, bring 2 cups salted water to a boil. Add tips and cook until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain and reserve for garnish.2.Separate dark green leek tops from bottoms. Thinly slice the white leek bottoms and set aside.3.In a saucepan, combine leek tops, stock, asparagus bottoms and bay leaf. Simmer for 10 to 20 minutes; strain, discarding the solids and saving the stock.4.Return empty pot to medium-low heat. Add oil, white leek slices and rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until leeks are golden, about 5 minutes. Pour in 1 cup of the stock. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add remaining stock and asparagus middles. Simmer, covered, over low heat, until asparagus is completely tender, 7 to 10 minutes.5.Press soup through a food mill (or purée in a blender, then strain through a coarse mesh sieve; nothing too fine, you want a little texture here). Return soup to pot. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Cover to keep warm.6.Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and toast, turning halfway through, until bread is golden and dry to the touch, about 10 minutes.7.While bread toasts, season ricotta with tarragon, salt and pepper. Rub hot crostini with the cut side of the halved garlic cloves and slather with ricotta. Ladle soup into warm bowls and garnish with the asparagus tips. Serve with crostini.
YIELD4 servings

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Date:2014-03-10 00:01
Mood: uncomfortable

I won't be posting much for a little while because I broke my wrist this morning slipped on ice I didn't see. I'll be reading along though@
I'll keep you all up to date with progress. It's the left arm so that's good, being a right hander, but it hurts like crazy now, I will see an orthopedic doctor hopefully tomorrow, Otherwise I'm okay, just embarrassed at being so clumsy.

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Date:2013-04-22 16:32
Subject:I've been Tagged
Mood: amused

Okay I liked the question thing and writing more of them but I'm still stupid when it comes to tagging so I'm posting my answers and my questions and hope someone might answer them!

1. Always post the rules.
2. Answer the eleven questions posted to you and then develop eleven more.
3. Tag eleven friend and link them to the post.
4. Tell your friends you tagged them.

From Spikesgirl58
1.Do you believe in ghosts?
No I'm much more scientific but I'm willing to be convinced.
2.What animal would you like to come back (reincarnate) as?
One of my dogs!
3.What is one place you have always wanted to visit
Russia and Scotland it's a tie.
4.Do you think it is better to be right or nice?
Hmmm... Having been a supervisor and a mentor and an administrator, I tried to be both at the same time.
5.Do you agree with your country’s politics?
6.What is your favorite name?
Don't think I have one.... never gave it much thought.
7.Do you still read books?
If the print is large enough.
8.Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe people can be attracted to each other at first sight but love is something that develops over time...
9.Would you rather be rich but despised or poor but much loved?
Oh geez... I guess poor ...
10. If your parents have passed, what’s the one thing you’d like to say to them? If they haven’t, what’s stopping you?
I said the things I needed to say to my father... he had a difficult relationship with his three kids. I told him why. My mother I speak to daily so we don't have anything we cannot say to each other. She is my rock, and my stepdad is too.
11. No, I've always been happy being just me.

Now I have to do more questions and then tag eleven people? I don't know eleven people!

1. What would you wish for if you had three wishes?
2. What is your favorite song, the one you can sing all of and do?
3. What is the best holiday for you?
4. If you could do it over would you change your profession? From what to what?
5. What sport have you always wanted to try?
6. What is your favorite comfort food?
7. How would your friends describe you?
8. Have you walked in the rain because you could, not because you had too?
9. What do you collect?
10. What is your favorite gemstone?
11. Do you still wear a watch?

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Date:2012-12-31 19:45
Subject:Happy New Year
Mood: happy

Happy New Year to all my friends and acquaintances on Live Journal. I have truly enjoyed the year's postings and hope next year is good for each and every one of you. A toast to friendships!

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Date:2012-11-12 07:39

I am headed this morning for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York for lunch and a wine tasting. After the dire warnings of the week before for snow wind and rain, today is 57 deegrees and sunny- given the time of year today is spectacular.

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