Johnny and June

Today’s song for Soundtrack Saturday is “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield.

I love this song.  This song was written about the iconic couple, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.  Their story was a true love story.  Their story was portrayed in the movie “Walk the Line.”  It showed how the two were there for each other throughout the years and their many hardships.  Johnny and June were married for 35 years before June died in May of 2003.  Johnny died four months later.

This kind of love is very rare and hard to find.  However, just this very week I witnessed a love of this very kind.  In our little neighborhood, there was a couple that we knew through various avenues. The wife got sick and passed away last year.  Shortly, after her passing, my husband went up to visit with him.  My husband shared their conversation with me after he returned home that day.  He shared a heart touching story of their love and told my husband that he was a broken man.  He had lost his best friend.  His wife and him had been married for 50+ years. His companion and mother of his children was gone.  This week, the man passed away.  His daughter even said that she believes that he had died of a broken heart.

These types of love stories touch the heart and makes you believe that true love stories can last.

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In a Blink of an Eye

I sit here today and I’m not sure how I got to this point in my life. I am a middle age woman with adult children now. I do have a couple more that aren’t adults, if that is to make me feel any better.

This is so very hard for me for several reasons.

First, I don’t feel middle aged. I feel like I should still be in my mid 20’s.  In my mind, I am still feel like that young person that made impulsive decisions and lived in the here and now.  Now, my body is another story.  My body completely feels like the almost 40 version of myself.  I have the whole plantar fasciitis. So, when I get up from sitting for a period of time, I can barely walk. It is almost hysterical. I beginning to think that a cane could make my Christmas wish list.

Secondly, I get very sad thinking about the changes that are in my near future.  My adult children will soon be moving out of my house or trying to get married and moving away. I have devoted the last 20+ years to my children and they have been my everything.  I’m not sure how to let them spread their wings.  I can’t imagine not seeing them everyday and hearing about their day.  My heart will break.

Thirdly, I’m having a hard time remembering what it is that I enjoy doing.  Since, my last 20+ years have revolved around my kids, I don’t really remember the things that I like to do.  What are my hobbies? Do I have any hobbies? How do I figure out what my hobby should be?

Lastly, I worry about the relationship that I have with my spouse.  I love my husband and he really is my best friend, but I don’t really know if we have anything in common other than our children.  I worry that our kids will leave and we won’t know how to interact with each other anymore.  At this point, when we have alone time, our conversations always end up being about the kids.  I worry about this.  We need to find something that we can enjoy together and solidify our relationship.  We should really be starting to cultivate this renewed commitment now and not wait until the kids are gone.

Age and change alike can not be avoided.  So, I’m going to try embrace and enjoy the new eras that I’ll experience along they way.  I have wonderful memories that will go with me, but I know that more memories are to be made.

Easy Homemade Rolls

I am a bread fanatic. I love bread.  I even love crappy bread.  You know the hard to chew rolls that require water just to get it down.  With that being said, there is nothing better than smelling homemade rolls cooking in the oven.  That smell fills the house and makes my mouth water.

I have found an easy homemade rolls recipe that I use all the time.  Every time that I make these rolls, I always get rave reviews.  So, I’m going to share this with you today.

These rolls are made in a bread maker and that makes them even more easier than you could imagine.

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I start the recipe with heating 1 cup of milk in the microwave for 1:30.  I put the heated milk into the bread maker pan.  Then, I add one egg.

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I then add 3 cups of All-purpose flour.  (I’m sure that if you use bread flour, it would be better for the outcome.  However, I just use what I have on hand.

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I add in 1/2 cup of sugar into one of the corner of bread maker pan.

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Then, I put 1 tsp. of salt into the opposite corner of the sugar.

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I then put 3 TBSP of butter into one of the other two corners. Then, I take a butter knife to create a well into the center of the flour.  In that well, I put in 2 tsp. of yeast.

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Now, is when I put it in the bread maker and let it run on the dough setting on the bread maker.  Bread makers vary, but my bread maker’s dough setting runs for 1 hour and 35 mins.

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When the bread maker is finished with its cycle, I turn it out onto a floured surface. I knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.  Then, I divide the dough into 12 portions and create the rolls with my hands.

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I placed them in a pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Then I cover and let them rise until doubled or a couple of hours. I then placed into a preheated oven at 350 degrees.  I cooked for approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Then, I always enjoy them while they are warm with some butter on them.

Descent

This week’s photography challenge from The Daily Post is supposed to depict our view of descent.

My picture was taken in St. Louis, Missouri from the top of Gateway Arch.

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This was my second trip to the top of the arch.  However, this is the first trip that I remember. My mother tells me that she took me up when I was 3, but I do not remember that.  So, on this trip, I went to the top with 3 of my children.  It was a beautiful sight.

I thought I would share some facts about The Gateway Arch that you may not know.

  1. The Arch is 630 ft. tall and the legs of the Arch are also 630 ft. apart.
  2. The Arch is 63 stories tall.
  3. The Arch was designed to sway up to 18 inches in high winds, but it was also designed to survive an earthquake.
  4. It cost $13 Million to build the Arch.
  5. The construction of the Arch began February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965. The first tram to the top was opened to the public on July 24, 1967.
  6. The cost to ride the tram to the top of the Arch is $10 for 16 and older, while ages 3-15 costs $5.  (Very cost effective in my opinion)

Crock pot Roast with a Twist

Recently, a coworker shared a roast recipe with me that kind of perked my interest.  So much so that I wanted to give it a try.  I’m going to share this with you, as I prepared it today.

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It is a very simple recipe that requires very little ingredients.  Because of the size of my family, I chose to use two roasts for filling everyone’s hungry bellies.  You also use Campbell’s French Onion soup and Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese soup. I would have never thought to mix the two soups together and pour them over a roast, but here we go.

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In goes the meat.  Now that is certainly a pot full.  I usually try to make a little extra in hopes that their will be enough for my husband and I to take for our lunch the next day.  It doesn’t usually work out, but I keep hoping.

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Because I was making two roasts, I used two cans each of Campbell’s French Onion soup and Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup. It doesn’t quite look right at this point.  Oh, well. I’m hoping for the best. Now, I just turn it on and let it cook in the crock pot.

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Three hours in now and it is smelling wonderful.  I think this might just taste delicious.  I’m looking forward to dinner now.

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Ahh! Now the finished product.  It was so very good.

Raise Your Glass

I like the artist, PINK.  Her songs really make me want to sing and dance.  They are most certainly songs that have a good beat.

The song that I chose for today’s Saturday Soundtrack is PINK’s “Raise Your Glass.”

In regards to the lyrics and the meaning behind the song, I’m not really sure.  What I do know is that it makes me want to get up and sing and dance.  I love it!

Quality Quote

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


This quote has really made an impact on me. The more that I look at the words and the meaning behind them, I believe them to be very true.

Maybe it is true that we are more afraid of what we are capable of.  The fact that we can accomplish so very much, but we choose not to.  At various times, I have witnessed people hide their talents so as to not make others feel bad.  But isn’t that doing a huge injustice to ourselves?

We are meant to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be. That can mean so many different things to everyone.  Whether it means professionally at the workplace or personally around your family and friends.

This quote has been used in two movies that I know of.  There could be more, but there are only two that I’m aware of.  The movie Coach Carter featured this quote when the high school basketball coach played by Samuel L. Jackson would ask his players, “What is your deepest fear?”  The other movie is Akeelah and the Bee.  This movie features Laurence Fishburne as a retired teacher that helps a young student prepare for the Spelling Bee. Both movies are a great testament to striving for the best version of yourself possible.

Many Thanks!

I was completely thrilled to get a notification that a fellow blogger, DBandalan, has nominated me for the Liebster Award.

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The Guidelines for the Liebster Award

The intent of the Liebster Award is to discover new bloggers.  Bloggers are to award other bloggers that new to the blogging world.  It is a welcome and a hope that it would spread the word of their blog. If you choose to accept the award, you must…

  • Post the award to your blog
  • Thank the blogger who nominated your blog for the award and link back to their blog
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 fellow bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers
  • Answer the 11 questions posted by the award presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions

11 Random Facts About Myself

  1. I suffer from anxiety and, at times, panic attacks.
  2. I am addicted to social media.
  3. I am also addicted to Diet Coke.  (And, NO, Diet Pepsi will not substitute)
  4. I do not eat cooked fruit. (So, I do not like fruit pies, at all)
  5. I am left handed.
  6. My favorite flower is the Tulip.
  7. I have never really had a honeymoon with my husband. (Wish I could take a trip with him)
  8. I am so very near-sighted that I couldn’t function without either my glasses or contacts.
  9. I always wished I had a sister. (My brothers are clearly closer to each other than either one are to me. I’m the third wheel. I needed a sister to be my best friend,)
  10. I don’t really have a BEST friend. (I have friends but I would like to have that one person that I knew would always have my best interest at heart.)
  11. I am REALLY looking forward to being a grandma.  I can’t wait see my babies have babies.

My Nominations of Fellow Bloggers

  1. My Own Private Idaho – http://impossiblebebong.wordpress.com/
  2. CHRISTUS St. Joseph Village – http://stjosephvillage.net/
  3. Dandelion Fuzz – http://katcarpita.wordpress.com/
  4. joyroses13 – http://joyroses13.wordpress.com/
  5. The Souzapalooza – http://thesouzapaloozablog.com/
  6. Perspectives On – http://terriwebsterschrandt.wordpress.com/
  7. One Unicorn at a Time – http://oneunicornatatime.wordpress.com/
  8. Story Teller – http://valiantwarrior.wordpress.com/
  9. The Metamorphosis of a Wallflower – http://themetamorphosisofawallflower.wordpress.com/
  10. My Decade Long Travels – http://mydecadelongtravels.wordpress.com/
  11. Retirement Lifestyle – http://007pandas.com/

The answers to my 11 questions from the person who nominated me.

  1. What was the most outrageous adventure you’ve done in your life in the last 3 years and why? I decided to run in a half-marathon.  I trained for 4 months to get ready to run.  I did it. I completed it. I was so very proud of myself.
  2. Are you an early bird or a night owl? I’m a little bit of both.  I love to stay up late if I don’t have anywhere to go the next morning.  Bit if I have something to do, I would rather get up and get it over with. Then, take a nap in the afternoon.
  3. What is the most exotic food you’ve eaten in your life? Where? My father was a Mexican-American.  He used to make some crazy things, but it would have to be Cow’s tongue.
  4. What book genre do you read and who is your favorite author? I love romance books. I enjoy reading the Nicholas Sparks books.
  5. What was the last movie you watched that made you cry? The Fault in the Stars – This movie made me cry like a really big baby.
  6. Karaoke or Live band? Karaoke.  It is so much fun.
  7. Road less traveled or Tourist attractions?  Tourist attractions.  I love to see the things that I have always heard about.
  8. Sheltered life or Free Spirited? Sheltered Life. I never really drank alcohol until I was an adult. 
  9. Bungee Jumping or Sky diving? Neither.  I don’t even like roller coasters.
  10. What is the first thing you do when you wake up (except opening your eyes)? I always grab for my phone.
  11. What is the best holiday for you and why? I love Christmas.  I love it because I Jesus’s birthday, but also because it is just a happy time that brings family together.

My 11 Questions for my Nominees, if they choose to accept the award.

  1. What was your favorite toy as a child?
  2. Do you have a nickname? Explain.
  3. Would you rather take a cruise to the Bahamas or to Alaska? Why?
  4. What is your favorite movie of all time?
  5. Are you a planner or a fly by the seat of your pants type of person?
  6. Who is one person that you would like to visit with? Alive or dead.
  7. Summer or Winter?
  8. Crispy bacon or chewy bacon?
  9. What is a hobby of yours?
  10. Favorite sport to watch?
  11. Your favorite meal to eat?

This has been a wonderful experience for me.  I’m really enjoying the blogging experience.  I look forward to reading the blogs of my nominees and learning more about them.  Thank you for inspiring me and leading me to challenge myself.

 

Wine Connoisseur

I am kind of proud of the photo that I took for the Photo Challenge of the Week this week.  The challenge was to take a picture that would be “cover photo” worthy. I think my photo this week would be an ideal photo for the Cover of a Wine Enthusiast magazine.

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I was able to visit the Les Bourgeois Winery near Columbia, MO recently.  It has a beautiful scene.  They have a very nice set up overlooking the Missouri River and is surrounded by beautiful fall colors on the trees.

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It was a very nice environment that makes you enjoy the view, company, and wine. I highly recommend it.

Cheers to you!

My Daddy’s Song

My father was not a conceited man by all means but he sure loved to sing this song around the house.

When my father was alive, it wasn’t always a pleasant experience.  There were certainly times that living with an alcoholic father that were a challenge. But now that he is gone, I remember mostly the good times.  I remember being his little girl and hearing his laugh.  He never met a stranger.  He could talk to anyone.  He had no fear.  He never gave a thought to how other’s felt about him.  He lived his life and did his thing.

I wonder what it would be like to have him still here.  He never knew his children as adults.  He never knew his grandchildren.  I wonder what kind of grandfather he would have been.  There are times that I dream about him still being here and being a part of our lives.  I know that he loved us.  I know that he would be proud of all of us.

There will always be a part of me that misses him and dreams of what could have been. My heart aches when I think about how his lifestyle took him away from us way too early.

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