Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Love to our Hostess, Her Hubby & Baby Hayden

Thank you for the gift of love and family~ Mummy & Daddy
Colorado 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

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"...the surest way to make ourselves ctazy is to
get involved in other people's business,
and the quickest way to become sane
is to tend to our own affairs."
Melodie Beattie

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Everything is free when you pay for nothing."
~from my wise little sis~

Friday, November 19, 2010

Comfort Foods~

Barefoot Contessa-It must be tasty!

Picture of Mac and Cheese Recipe


  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatappi
  • 1 quart milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (4 cups)
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 pound fresh tomatoes (4 small)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.
Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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I know it's time~ for me to travel along this path. There is every sign. I don't believe that it can get any heavier for me, everything feels heavy. I am concerned with things that don't belong to me, things I have never paid mention to, it's time. I will go and do the work I need to do to care for myself, to honor those I loved and to be present to those I have. It's good that it's come to this ~ feelings like these bring on change~ I'll see myself in a new light, the old light, soon~ or as soon as it comes to me~ peace.

"Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o'er fraught heart and bids it break. "

-- William Shakespeare, MACBETH ACT IV, SCN 3

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just Seems Fitting~

Woke up at 2am with this song in my head~

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.

Wouldn't you like to get away?

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name.

You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows
your name.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Bucklin Boys~

I like the sound of that, "The Bucklin Boys".

I never knew them but as I sat amongst their family today I was intensely aware of just how special each of them were, are, will always be. I do know their Grandma Karen. She is brave and strong, and in shock.

Luke Bucklin, his 14 years old twin boys, Nate & Nick, and 12 year old son Noah died in a plane crash on Oct 25 in Wyoming as they were returning from a family vacation. They were found one week later, and were returned home ~ to those that loved them. They are survived by Mom, Michelle, Sisters, Sarah & Sami, and little brother, Oliver, 5 years old.

They came amidst a heavy snowfall, our first this year, to say good-bye. Arm in arm, holding hands, tears, many tears, children, grandparents, moms and dads, throngs of children. Friends of Nick, Nate & Noah. Their innocent faces bespoke of a tragedy incomprehensible to them. The loss of 3 friends, and a dad, unparallelled to our big, grown-up understanding of grief.

"Little toy trucks, little toy trains"....their mother sang them to heaven. "Now I lay me down to sleep", mouthed by young, fresh faces, untouched by this kind of loss, as it was sung repeatedly within a song.

Thousands of blue and white balloons guided the "Bucklin Boys" on their way, with a backdrop of fresh, pure white snow. I watched my own balloon travel free and high ~ as I said good-bye.

Deep love and prayers~

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hope Ongoing

While watching the "Biggest Loser" tonight one of the contestants thanked Bob and said, "I get it, I feel like I have one hand on the wheel, and the other reaching toward it." It brought to mind a person I worked with recently who said, I almost had it, I know I did, I felt different, I let you down. Isn't it the feeling a little bit different, a shift of some kind that gives us hope, the courage to change, to shift, to become. I passed this person as he sat down to eat lunch, he put his hands together in prayer for the food he was about to receive. I paused and watched him. I think he's got it, one hand on the wheel, the other hand reaching. Thank you for the lesson, a shift, as I now too, put my hands together. God bless you D~