Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blogging from A to Z: V is for Voice

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

V is for Voice.
If I had a choice
I would have one 
that sung
as beautiful as birds 
in the spring.
But since I don't
I certainly won't
sing for you,
'cause you'd have a clue
that my voice is like
a rusty spring.

I wrote this poem in the point of view of my daughter Allison. She is inspiring to me. When she was thirteen she contracted a virus that paralyzed her vocal chords. For over a year her words came out as mere whispers.  The doctors told her there was little they could do to help her. My husband gave her a blessing and called upon the powers above to help heal  her voice. Shortly thereafter her voice returned. It was slight at first. She didn't let it hold her back from being the bubbly, talkative teenager that she had been before her illness. Now she loves to talk. However, she can not sing. At all. 

(above is a picture of her and her son, Hunter).

Blogging from A to Z: U is for uh-oh

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

U is for Uh-oh,
I forgot to blog about U
I hope it won't undo
my efforts to reach out to you.
I value my followers, 
though they are few,
and to complete this challenge
was something I wanted to do.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blogging from A to Z: T is for Tree

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

T is for Tree

I love trees. The are my favorite of Mother Nature's creations. They uplift me, inspire me, and make me smile. In honor of them and the letter T, I'm posting a poem I wrote. Actually, it's the manuscript for a children's book I hope to have published one day. (I wish I was a decent illustrator).


My friend doesn't wear
pink bows in her hair.
My friend doesn't eat
milk, muffins or meat.

My friend doesn't shop,
swim, cycle, or hop.
My friend’s not like me.
My friend is a tree.

In spring she’s all white.
Her blossoms delight
my eyes and my nose.
I love what she grows.

She’s so fun to climb
in midsummer time.
If I get the whim,
I swing from her limb.

An apple a day                                                                                   
I eat when I play
with her in the fall.
She helps me grow tall.

Last winter I’m told,
when it got too cold,
she gave her right arm
to help keep me warm.

There’s more to my friend.
Her gifts have no end.
She gives me for free
stuff essential to me.

Recycling the air,
she makes lots to share.
Used air becomes new,
so I don’t turn blue.

When it’s a hot day,
I don’t want to play. 
I long for her shade
where cool air is made.                                                                            

When I want to run,
when smog dusts the sun,
I’m glad that she’s there.
Her leaves clean the air.

My friend’s not alone.
All trees that are grown,
like oak, ash, and fir,
give gifts just like her.

We all need the trees,
baboons, birds, and bees,
kids like us, too.
So what should we do?

Recycling is good.
It saves lots of wood.
I’ll turn off the light,
add blankets at night.

I’ll walk a lot more
to school and the store,                                                                       
and plant a new tree—
a new friend for me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blogging from A to Z: S is for Stone

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

S is for Stone

I love to work in stone.
If I were a queen, 
my throne
would be made of stone.
I love its cold, hard feel

I like to remodel houses and do all sorts of DIY projects. My favorite medium to work with is stone and tile. But I like stone best. I love the way you can cut/chip it to what ever shape you want and not have to see a manufactured edge. I love its variety of colors. It's nature's natural building supply. It makes me smile.

This is the natural stone I put on the front of the house we just renovated, along with a flag stone patio. It's still a work in progress.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blogging from A to Z: R is for Raspberries

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Image result for raspberries

R is for Raspberries.
I planted some this spring
so I'd have lots to pick
and make tasty dishes with zing.

Raspberries are one of my favorites from my garden. I created this recipe one Sunday afternoon when I had just picked lots of raspberries. I was in the mood to eat them on cheesecake, but I didn't have enough cream cheese on hand to make one, and I didn't want to run to the store.


Coconut Pastry Crust:
1 cup shredded coconut (toasted and cooled)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups cold butter, cut up
1/4 cup + 1 TBS sugar
2 to 2 1/2 TBS water

Mix first 4 ingredients until butter is broken down to small lumps and mixed well with dry ingredients. Add water and pulse mixer until well mixed,

Dough will be slightly dry. Pour into greased deep cookie sheet and press evenly. Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees until crust is evenly brown. Cool.

Cheese Filling:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup sugar
Mix together and add:
1 cup boiling water
In a blender place:
1 1/4 cup cottage cheese
1 1/2 pkg. softened cream cheese (12 oz)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
Gradually add the warm gelatin mixture to the blender until the mixture becomes smooth.
Pour over cooled crust and place in refrigerator.

Raspberry Topping:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup sugar
dash of salt and/or Butter Buds
Mix together and add:
3/4 cup boiling water
Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Let cool slightly and add:
3 to 4 cups raspberries, slightly crushed.
Stir well and place in refrigerator, stirring often until the mixture barely begins to set up.

Spread on top of cream cheese mixture.
Chill at least another hour before serving.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blogging from A to Z: Q is for Quilt

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

Q is for Quilt
Some are sewn for service,
some are made for fun.
Others serve as a canvas, 
with brush strokes of threads,
carefully arranged and colorfully spun.
Though each quilt is different,
they all keep you warm,
and give you a sense of comfort;
a shield from cold and harm.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blogging from A to Z: P is for People

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

P is for People
Some are extraordinary,
some average, 
some plain,
and why they do 
what they do,
it's hard to explain.
All I know is
there is no greater force
for bad 
or for good
then when people do
what they shouldn't
or should.