Cherry tart cookies cooling.
Tasting: While I was mixing up the cookie dough this morning, I was thinking about tasting. When I make cookies, I always like to take tastes. When I was a young teen, sometimes when I had an opportunity to be home alone, I would taste the various flavorings and spices that Mom had. Now I like to taste a smidgeon of the coconut, a cluster of craisins, and of course I want a little pile of chocolate chips (if I’m putting chocolate chips in the cookies) . But today as I poured a teaspoon of vanilla, I suddenly recalled my mom measuring out a teaspoon of medicine for me. Pouring it carefully so it wouldn’t spill she would hold it out to put it into my mouth. Many of the medicines that I had to take like that had a very unpleasant taste. This morning as the memory flashed into my mind, the thought that followed was, “cough medicine, cherry flavored,” –or something good. Though I know some medicines were really vile tasting, my mind grabs onto the pleasant flavor. That is good. The Psalmist said, “O taste and see that the Lord is good!” There is never a bad taste there. It’s always good!
Koco and Marlin at Mead Park
When my son visited last month, before he headed home again, he suggested that we pick up a sub and take it to the park to eat, and take Koco along with us, to have a little excursion away from home. It was such a welcome break for me. It’s the kind of thing my husband and I used to do now and then. I don’t do that by myself, though I wonder if should push myself to do it.
We had such a nice time. Koco enjoyed it so much. She picked up so many intriguing scents. We heard chipmunks with their distinctive chirp but it meant nothing to Koco, –until she saw one and heard its sound as it scampered away. Then she knew what those sounds were. Marlin showed her a chipmunk hole then and she was really excited to dig and explore.
We had such fun that day. I do wish I could get her out like that more often, but I am reluctant to try it because she gets so excited some times and she’s a handful for me when she is excited.
It was such a nice excursion! We’ll do it again some time when he is visiting.
Display case at The Ritz Chocolates.
My favorite place to buy chocolate candies is The Ritz Chocolates in Corry. I enjoy going into the store, seeing the candy displays, and smelling the delicious aroma of chocolate. The workroom adjoins the show room and when someone is making candy, customers can watch them through the window into the workroom.
Bill and Samuel look over the chocolate.
A customer at the chocolate store.
Display of chocolates at The Ritz.
My husband planted this tree at the end of our driveway and it grew and thrived. In the fall it was always golden in its beauty. Two years ago it started to decline. My neighbor told me that he thought it had been struck by lightning. It was dying from the top down. This summer we took the tree down. I miss its glorious fall display. This picture was taken some years ago. I’m glad I have the picture.
Tulips Brighten Spring
Every year in the fall I buy some new flower bulbs to plant in various places in the yard. Fall is the time to plant tulip bulbs. I think today is the day I will actually plant the tulip bulbs that I’ve been thinking about planting for two weeks now. I have this little trick, a habit I’ve had for years. I plant in the fall, don’t make a note of where I planted, then during the winter snows, I think of other things and forget where they were planted. In the spring I get to explore in my yard to see where the new tulips are growing. I love seeing the beautiful new tulip colors that started out as bulbs in the fall.
A tulip display that I admire when I take my morning walk.
Also seen along my morning walk in spring.
These are some of the animal buttons I saw when I attended the September meeting of the button club. I didn’t have any animal buttons to display but I enjoyed seeing the collection that others showed. Most of the members have been interested in collecting buttons for years and they often buy buttons from dealers. I don’t expect to get that involved with buttons but I enjoyed seeing the buttons the others have.
A one room school from long ago.
When my friends and I were on an excursion to find a rural community with the name Gilson Ridge, we drove past this abandoned one room school house. It looks like it won’t be around long to remind passersby of what education was like many years ago. My friend is now 86 and she told us that went to a one room school house for the first eight grades. After that, she went to another school for high school years. She has fond memories of those days. She learned so much and retained the lessons because she heard them repeated over and over as each class had a turn at having their own lesson time.
I look at this picture and I think how nice it would be if someone had the funds to fix this building up. Perhaps it could become a museum, or maybe better, a meeting place for community get togethers. But that might not work out well. Communities don’t get together to celebrate events as they used to when this school house was new.
So, there it stands, a skeleton of its happier days when children studied and learned and laughed and played in an around it. Was it really a happier time?
This display of perennials lines the driveway to welcome guests.
My friend invited me to come visit her and see the flower islands that she had made. It was her goal to have something blooming during every seasons from spring to fall. She has achieved her goal! The picture shows cosmos and hibiscus and other flowers. I loved seeing her flowers.
This plant blooms from dusk to morning.
My friend, Chris, gave me this plant which she called a Moon Flower. Someone she knew had too many of these plants and was discarding some of them. It had a long taproot, something like a dandelion. It was very wilted when she brought it that morning, but I found a place for it in the ground and made sure it was well watered. I was surprised how well it adapted to its new home. Within several weeks, it was blooming beautifully. Of course, since it blooms in the night, I often missed seeing the blooms. But for almost two months, it bloomed often, –sometimes three blooms at one time. If the morning was overcast, the blooms stayed open till later in the morning. Now, in August, the plant has begun to shut down for the season.
Chris says the plant spreads easily. I’m hoping that in the spring I’ll have more than one Moon Flower growing in front of my house.
Starry petunias in the planter.
These starry petunias grow in one of my planters. They are ordinary petunias all dressed up in special gowns. I enjoy seeing them every day. However, the snails like them, too, but they EAT them! I’ve had difficulty keeping them in good form this summer.