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Season of Change

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Fall brings so much. Back to school. Cooler weather. For me it’s the most dramatic in change. Perhaps the colors or that it was always the time that as a child we went from play to work. Just as it is the first fall in six years without Roxie, now there’s Koko. Finally, finally Jean Claude seems to be warming up to the new kitten a domestic shorthair.

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Bouquets

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CCL’s Front Yard Garden

My daughter CatzandAllDatz  AKA , CCL(Crazy Cat Lady)  has a beautiful front yard garden.  As her mom,  I  am a bit anal when it comes to yards  and I must admit  I did not share CCL’s vision when early this  summer  she and a group of the neighborhood children planted the garden.  To me the “garden”  appeared to be a mishmash of mums, ground plants and  flowers. Where, I would ask  CCL (often), is the  theme?   Why didn’t you just put down grass? , I would say each time I paid a visit.  Where , I would ask, is the structure? When,  I would ask CCL,  are you going to put down more mulch?     Soon the rain came, the sun did its work and  CCL had mulch put down in between the flowers and plants.  Now  a living piece of art  graces my daughter’s  front yard.      Isn’t life sometimes like that? A series of unseemingly related events comes together with human inspiration and God’s touch and voila! Faith brings us bouquets.

Follow Your Road

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Lately life has been a bit challenging. I am one of those folks who believes in letting the good in and focusing on the positive.   Still, naysayers have a way of creeping in and those with peculiar agendas.  I’m blessed to have wonderful friends who are wonderful people.   I’ve had my share of ups and downs but still I feel life has so much to offer.   The song “Follow Your Road” is one of my favories when I’m down and out.  I have been trying to purchase  a less expensive of the song (by the group Seawind).  Singer Joanna Avil has done an update available on Itunes. 

Follow Your Road

With so many roads that seem to lead down to the sea
I wonder which road will be the right one for me
Others may fall away, dead ending left and right
But there is this one road the journey’s far out aside.

Have you wondered where your road will lead you?
Maybe to a bright day of sunshine or a starry night in heaven
Or it might be you’re afraid to go, afraid to go
But you’ve got to follow your road, or you’ll never know – never know

We are all but travelers living in a foreign land
Just trying to find our way – best as we can
Looking for an answer, trying to find some light
And though we have journeyed far, it’s not quite far enough.

Have you wondered where your road will lead you?
Maybe to a song that needs singing, or a summer rain
Or it might be you’re afraid to go, afraid to go
But you’ve got to follow your road, or you’ll never know

You’ve got to follow your road, follow your road
You’ve got to follow your road, follow your road
You’ve got to follow your road, follow your road
And maybe someday your road will take you far away

You’ve got to follow your road, follow your road, follow your road
You’ve got to follow your road, follow your road, follow your road
You’ve got to follow your road, follow your road, follow your road
And maybe someday your road will take you far away

And maybe someday your road will take you far away

The Cat Door: Paging Mr. Serling

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Jean Claude and Roxie joined me again outside today. I think Roxie is still debating  whether she is more of a house cat or not. She beat a hasty retreat back into the house at the sound of the neighbor’s dog. Of course not Jean Claude who remained under one of my rose bushes, calmly chewing grass.

With all the warm weather I decided to bring out some outdoor furniture,  naturally Jean Claude followed me into the garage to inspect but he quickly became bored. I had a bright idea  to swap out my two front porch chairs, worn by the harsh winter for two chairs  I kept in the garage. Rather than  carry the new chairs up the stairs and through the house I decided to carry them through the alley to the front of the house.   I shut but DID NOT LOCK  the basement door and LOCKED  the screen door which has security bars.   As I started down the alley with the chairs in hand,  I heard the trash truck fast approaching behind me.    Jean Claude, still outside, began to howl.   I glanced over my shoulder to see him beckoning at the upstairs back door.    “Let him wait,” I thought.   I continued carrying the chairs through the alley to their new resting place.    Giving the four chair layout a try I decided ‘ just two for now.’   I proceeded back down the stairs with the old chairs  through the alley to my backyard.   Where…was Jean Claude??   No more howling but my basement door was now ajar. “Oh my goodness,” I thought, “Someone has broken into my house.   I must have forgotten to lock the screen door.”

I peered inside and to my amazement there standing inside the house behind the screen door was ….Jean Claude.  Evidently not inclined to wait for me to come and let him back in the house he had pushed the bottom screen in a bit,  climbed through the security bars, pushed open the door and let himself in.

Hopefully I won’t soon see  cat toys strategically placed on my house steps.

Food, Glorious Food

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A beautiful pre-spring day.  Jean Claude and Roxie actually spent a bit of time in the backyard.  I then gave them some wet food- chicken feast.   They tend to be picky eaters.  I think they prefer the dry stuff.   We as humans often have our preferences about food, although  I am always up for a chicken feast myself – preferably fried .  I usually cook it up with flour, paprika, onion powder and deep fry it in peanut oil.

Spent part of the day recuperating after a visit to the dentist and  watching the Food Network Channel ‘s Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten.  Say what you will the woman can cook – she  makes you want to eat and cook.  I own four of her cookbooks and  had the pleasure of meeting her four years ago while in the Hamptons.  She and her husband Jeffrey were buying flowers.  She is  just like she is on television!!  Truly a serene and gifted spirit.

 I tried her fried chicken recipe but it involves buttermilk – probably the ONLY recipe she  has created  that I don’t like.  That said I’ve  joined my neighbors Paul and Isaiah in our annual “no meat” for Lent sacrifice except on Sundays.  Think I’ll make some fried chicken this Sunday.  In the meantime please enjoy Paul’s recipe for quick soup(with V-8 juice).

Saute in three T olive oil:

Half medium onion sliced

2 cloves minded garlic

Grind:

Cumin teaspoon

Fennel seed ½ t

Red pepper flakes ¼ t

Add to sauté and cook for another 3 min.

Add 1 ½ shredded cabbage [not too fine] and cook with other ingredients.

Add small can [12 oz] of V-8 and about three cans of water

Bring to boil, then simmer.

Add two carrots chopped

1 t salt

1/3 of a red bell pepper chopped

1 small zucchini chopped

1/3 can of garbanzo beans

¼ cup elbow mac