Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Eiffel Tower Anniversary

photo by Deanna Piercy

Today is the 126th anniversary of the public opening of the Eiffel Tower. This iconic symbol of Paris wasn't always beloved by the French, however. Read this:

When did the Eiffel Tower open, and why was it 'a truly tragic street lamp'?

And did you know that the Eiffel Tower now has its own wind turbines? On our trip to Paris last fall I was so impressed with the steps France has taken to be environmentally friendly and this is just another example of their efforts.

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Monday, March 30, 2015

A perfect Sunday evening

Photo by Jen Payne

Oklahoma weather is fickle and one never knows how long these gorgeous Spring days will last. Before we know it we may be sweltering in 90+ degree heat. But for now, the days are lovely and the evenings are utter perfection.

Last night we took advantage the perfect temperatures and hosted our Sunday Family Dinner outdoors. In addition to my kids, niece and her boyfriend, we also invited my parents and one of Chris' longtime friends, Jennifer, to join us for dinner. I made layered salad (I'll put the recipe below), my mom brought her delicious potato salad, David grilled hot dogs and we had chips and dip and pitchers of iced tea. We set up tables on the patio and enjoyed a wonderful meal together.

When it got dark, David lit a fire in our fire pit and we all sat around it chatting, telling stories, and laughing. Oh, so much laughter! Chris had also made a special playlist so we had a soundtrack for the evening, as well.

Sunday Family Night

Last year we allowed ourselves to get too busy for leisurely evenings around a fire or stargazing. We are not going to make that mistake again. We have already eaten outdoors and sat around the fire several nights this Spring and I intend to do it as often as possible while the weather is so nice. Life is too short not to make time for these special moments. 

Photo by Jen Payne

Layered Salad

  • one head iceberg lettuce (washed, dried, torn in bite-sized pieces)
  • one bell pepper (diced)
  • three ribs celery (diced)
  • 3-4 green onions (sliced)
  • 6 hard boiled eggs (chopped)
  • 6 slices cooked bacon crumbled)
  • 1-2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • seasoning to taste

In 9x13 glass baking dish layer in this order:
  • lettuce
  • bell pepper
  • celery
  • green onion
  • eggs
Mix mayonnaise, sugar and desired seasoning (I use Creole seasoning). Carefully spread over vegetables, making sure everything is covered all the way to the edges of the dish. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the mayonnaise then sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving. 

*You can also include a cup or two of frozen peas in with the vegetables. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Earth Hour 2015

We were busy around the house and didn't eat dinner until rather late so we observed Earth Hour on California time.  David grilled chicken and we ate by candlelight on our patio. Afterwards he got a fire started in the fire pit while I cleaned up the kitchen...again by candlelight. Then we relaxed by the fire sipping wine and enjoying this beautiful Spring night. Not much of a sacrifice, I must admit.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Springtime, how do I love thee?

Today is the first day of Spring and I am delighted. Winter is always a struggle for me but as the days get longer and warmer I begin to perk up, just like these daffodils in our front yard:

Springtime in Oklahoma

Springtime also means a haircut for Shiloh:

Shiloh got his springtime haircut. #GreatPyrenees #dogsofinstagram

He always acts a little embarrassed at first but then he realizes how much cooler he is and loves it. And I love the reprieve from giant wads of white fur all over my dark green carpeting. 

Happy 1st Day of Spring!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Goodnight, John Boy...

My current obsession #TheWaltons #nostalgia

I don't know how it started but for some reason I've been on a kick of watching The Waltons every chance I get. I'm currently on Season Three. I liked the show well enough as a kid and I remember watching with my grandma when I'd spend the night. But it wasn't one of those shows I just absolutely hated to miss so I'm not exactly certain why I'm finding myself so obsessed with it right now. 

Perhaps I've just been a little overwhelmed with...oh, so many things...and am longing for a quieter, simpler time. The other night, after watching a couple of episodes, I posted the following on Facebook:
I want to live with the Waltons for about a week. I want to walk barefoot to Ike Godsey's General Store to buy a penny's worth of candy. I want to daydream while swaying gently in the tire swing. I want to help Livy and Grandma bake pies and then hold hands around the table while Grandpa says grace. I want to visit the Baldwin sisters and sample "the recipe". I want to sit on the front porch as night descends on Walton's Mountain, listening to the crickets and the voices of the family calling goodnight to one another from windows open to the summer breezes. Yes, for about a week I'd like to visit the Waltons.
It was just one of those off-hand postings so I was rather surprised when over 40 people "liked" it, several commented and one acquaintance from high school shared it on her own page. Maybe I'm not the only one who sometimes wishes life could be lived at a slower pace.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Jesus, make it warm!

This is the THIRD snowstorm in the past couple of weeks and I am completely over it. This little boy speaks for me:

I would embed the video instead of just posting a link but that would require Internet service which I don't have because of this stupid ice and snow which has coated our wireless antenna. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snow Day

A week ago it was 80 degrees and our daffodils started blooming. But this is Oklahoma and the only thing you can count on about the weather is that it will change. Around noon today we had this:

This is the sort of foolishness we are experiencing in Oklahoma today. #snow

And a couple of hours later:

Snowpacolypse 2015

We are supposed to get more tonight and into tomorrow. All the local schools have been cancelled. I am not impressed with winter weather but I'm making the most of it. 

Here is my "nest":

My nest: This is where I read, sip tea, listen to music and meditate. #meditation #tea #library #vinyl

I am reading, playing Trivia Crack, watching episodes of "The Waltons" and drinking copious quantities of Earl Grey. And there's this:

It could be worse. But I am counting the days until Spring.