Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Fowlerville boasts the best Fourth of July fireworks display in a 50-mile radius and it would be great to keep making it the premiere event in Livingston County. This summer holiday will see the Fourth of July Committee, Fowlerville Business Association, and Fowlerville Rotary Club working together to make it an even bigger event.
So head to the VFW Hall today, from 4-7, and be a part of the celebration.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
But now it is time to consider this.
We are all getting older -- it's just a fact of life -- so you might want to chant this once in a while.
THE SENILITY PRAYER
Grant me the senility to forget the people
I never liked anyway,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Have a great Sunday and I hope I run into you.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
To my goal of becoming a better writer, I'm always looking for that next class to take. But, as time is of the essence, as busy as my embroidery company keeps me, I have felt very fortunate to discover our Fowlerville Library, and the enthusiasm of the Cheryl and her staff.
One of her staff members, Emily, conducts a weekly writing group session (which by the way, these sessions will soon be ending for the spring, but hopefully another one will be scheduled this fall) and, each week, we are given a writing exercise. These have proven to be fun as well as helpful.
The first one was writing a list poem. Of course, we needed to find out what a list poem consisted of so the internet was put to good use. Well, it is a list, not necessarily rhyming, and is pretty much as long as you want to make it, but pretty much just one sentence. Our theme? Anything to do with warm weather. Here's my offering . . .
in my garden.
A free-form, mind-wandering exercise . . . whether it is good or bad, it is mine and it is how I feel when the warm weather hits.
Well . . .
The next week, Emily presented us with this picture. We were asked to study it, then describe what we saw or create a story from the objects shown.
My offering . . .
Hey, look . . .
Mom left me an apple. Julie wouldn't mind if I have a snack. I love apples.
Oh, and look . . .
Is that candy? I love M&Ms. I see green ones and blue ones, and, oh my favorite, red ones. I could have a bite of the apple and then an M&M. I wonder how that would taste?
If I reach just a little more, I could get one. Argh, they are too far away. Oh wait, I think . . . yes, there. I've got a piece of candy. Wait, two of them. Guess the apple will have to wait until mom gets home. But at least I could reach the candy.
I wonder if Julie likes M&Ms. I'll share with her . . .
"Julie? See what I found?"
Just like a kid to mistake something else for candy. How many times does that happen?
We have been given this picture, in black and white, and an exercise in how to show, don't tell. Show, don't tell merely means to describe something without actually giving away the word for it. Merely . . . hah! It is difficult, at best, but exactly what a wanna-be writer needs to work at constantly and try to perfect.
Next week, I'll post what I wrote. But in the meantime . . . try describing this picture and posting it as a comment. Try it, you might like it!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
So, in the spirit of this sign, here's a Sunday funny . . .
Saturday, March 21, 2009
It takes a bit of work, but yum-m-m-o-o.
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups superfine sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
A few drops of vanilla extract (no imitation, please)
1 pound strawberries, hulled & halved
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
2 cups heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Draw a circle on the paper with an 8 or 9 inch cake pan as your guide. Use an electric mixer to combine egg whites and salt in a bowl. Beat slowly at first, gradually increasing to high. Continue until peaks begin to form; gradually beat in sugar until the meringue is stiff and shiny. Sprinkle in cornstarch, white wine vinegar and vanilla and fold in gently. Mound the mixture onto parchment paper within the circle. Shape the meringue into a disk. Place in oven and immediately reduce heat to 300.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow meringue to cool completely in the oven.
To prepare topping:
Combine strawberries, vanilla, balsamic vinegar and sugar. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
Invert the meringue onto a plate and carefully peel off the parchment paper. Whip cream until it is thick enough to hold peaks. Spread the whipped cream evenly over the meringue. Cover the cream with strawberries, allowing a small amount of their liquid to dribble onto cream. Serve immediately.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This was the case with this particular website that has turned out to be a great reference site. A friend sent it to me and I've already found it a great source. You can find it here.
Once you are at All My Faves, bookmark in your favorites file, because . . . if you're like me, you'll be heading back to it.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
And, may you have the most awesome St. Patrick's Day ever.
So now, do you need a little something to get your Irish on? Fowlerville has just the shop for you.
Even if you are aware of Bridget Gallagher's or have been in and even purchased something, be sure to check back today, tomorrow, whenever you need something special . . . and, in particular, something Irish-themed.
There is always something new in the mix.
Yesterday, I stopped in just to wander around and, of course, I had my camera in hand. It was so difficult to figure out exactly what to zero in on to show you a sampling of what they have offer. So let this be just a wee bit of a teaser, if you will, of some of the items you can find at Bridget Gallagher's.
I discovered some adorable little figurines that may well have been patterned off of some dear people I remember from growing up close to St. Casimir Church in Lansing. Probably not, but these figurines sent me on a short trip down memory lane as I snapped a few pictures!
Clothing is a big item in this store -- everything from infants to adults, t-shirts to sweatshirts, ponchos to scarves. One t-shirt caught my eye in particular -- Irish Thru and Thru on the front. And guess way? Irish Thru and Thru is on the back too -- just backwards!
Everywhere you look there are plaques, serving platters, and framed pictures of sayings. As I took pictures, I realized many of the Irish sayings remind us to always live life to the fullest and to count all of our blessings.
An Irish Stetson? They've got it, and how cool would that be to saunter up to the bar, wearing this hat, and ordering a green beer to match the hat.
And that brings me to . . .
We can never forget about all the different ways to enjoy a little bit of Irish whiskey or a frothy Guinness. Shot glasses sparkle off the twinkling lights all around the store. It is definitely a feast for the eyes.
I longed to spend more time (and a little money) but work awaited me. Now I'm thinking there will be another visit to Bridget Gallagher's in the very near future.
Oh, and by the way, if anyone wants to get this beaded change purse for me, feel free. I've already given these as gifts to my daughters. Now I just need one!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect. And some might even make you scratch your head.
~~Temporary tax increase
~~Diet ice cream
So did some make you pause and consider? Or giggle?
Saturday, March 14, 2009
You will need:
2 kiwis, peeled and diced
2 golden delicious apples; peeled, cored and diced
8 ounces raspberries
1 pound strawberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
butter-flavored cooking spray
2 cups cinnamon sugar (mixture of white sugar and cinnamon to taste)
In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.
Friday, March 13, 2009
But in the meantime, here is a short article that was posted on Meryl's Musings regarding the number 13. Just thought you might like to know.
You can find it by clicking here. Enjoy . . . and watch out for black cats, or walking under ladders, or anything that makes you feel the little bit superstitious.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
And earmuffs just might need to be the fashion of the day. On my fun blog, Meryl's Musings, which you can find here, I have written an article about the inventor of ear mufflers, which you can find here.
Mr. Chester Greenwood was a pretty ingenious fellow. I think you will agree.
Then, after you have enjoyed that article and maybe browsed the site a bit, come back and click on Squint Shots listed under Labels. You can see over 6 weeks of squinty-eyed shots I've taken of the Fowlerville area.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Morning Doves -- feeding like cattle off the ground. Cardinals -- pairs flitting from apple trees to feeders to the ground. Bluejays -- yakking and squawking at everyone. Bluebirds -- inspecting the houses made especially for them. And these yellow finches -- finding this unique birdfeeder with small holes for them to feed from, clear acryllic pegs I'm surprised they even see, and even a bit of shade from the top of this "toadstool" feeder.
After receiving this birdfeeder as a present, I had hurriedly hung it outside on a cute little shepherd's hook. But . . . I had mistakenly placed traditional wild birdfeed in it.
It sat untouched and ignored, while the other feeder was as busy as Detroit Metro Airport on a clear day. So I went in search of what kinds of seeds needed to go into this feeder. That led me to Fowlerville Feed and Pet Store and a conversation with Herbie.
And, now? Those yellow finches are loving all the different seeds, including a type called nyger, that Herbie has to offer at Fowlerville Feed and Pet Store.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Yes to all of the above . . .
I seriously started chanting in my head, a woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood, as I stood at our neighbor's front door and this curious (or nearly blind) little animal slithered out from under their car and came up to the porch.
I froze, he froze, then I moved, and then he scuttled back under the car.
I don't really know who was more startled . . . him or me. But I was certainly glad he did the scuttling because it would not have been a pretty sight if I had done the same.
Okay, so clearly, even after living in the pseudo-country, I can be rattled by nature. But I believe there's been some progress by the mere fact I didn't take off running, screaming back to my own house.
And now most of you are probably shaking your collective heads, wondering what the big deal was. Well, for me it was rather momentous because the closest I've ever been to a woodchuck is a dead woodchuck, squished on the road. Alive, they do have a cute face, and those little feet, but oh, the damage those claws can do. This go 'round, it took off across the street, into the tall, brown weeds, to parts unknown.
So now, my challenge to you . . . do you have any stories or experiences you would like to share regarding close encounters of the nature-side of life. Post a comment or contact me by clicking on my profile. I would love to hear from you.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
But . . .
Have you ever had a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich? See the sandwich to your right? It is plain, yet yummy, but still maybe a bit boring.
But . . .
~~Spread a little butter on each side.
~~Grill the same you would a cheese sandwich.
And . . . oh my. You've got a sandwich that is pure decadence. But don't take my word for it. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Oh, and don't forget . . . spring forward one hour tonight when you go to bed. We are now moving into daylight savings time.