Thursday, December 24, 2009

#6 is not showing their identity

First I'd like everyone to have a "Merry Christmas" and enjoy your family..
and friends....
I'd like to have a Merry Christmas present...would someone be kind enough to tell me how to get rid of the "mystery follower" that is following my blog and when I try to see who it is , ......I'm led to a site I don't care to view...I'm having enough trouble with my computer ,than have to suffer someones idea of a prank!....They are Posting senseless comment's on my blog, which somehow I can't delete!

Monday, December 21, 2009

and now "Back to the Vacation"


Here is what a Storm brewing in the west looks like! kind of scary when the sky looks so tremendous and frightening...as if it could suck you up with one whiff!
There wasn't much lightening or thunder noise..but I was glad to get out of it's way! A car was no place to be for me at that time...we made it to safety inside the mall...there were many people shopping for Christmas, you wouldn't think there was a recession , ...

Houses ,Houses , Houses...

I thought this was a lovely site I'd like to see again...

Look at all the houses built so close to the mountains

People love the weather and that's why they have come to this place.....
If you do a close up , it's a better view of them...

Flowers in Arizona still in Bloom Thanksgiving"



The weather had been getting cold in NC...and we felt as if we had missed the whole summer...since we both were ill in July...by the time we gained enough strength for the trip it was still good weather in Arizona...I took a couple of shots of flowers that were still in bloom and it's the beginning of their Winter.

Friday, December 18, 2009

I'm interrupting the Vacation pictures for a minute


To give a News Flash:

North Carolina has Snow! Just about Six inches last count and it's still coming down...:o)

Maybe it will help some of us who have these bad colds..I hate to say it , but it seemed as if I had that HINI bug...I had all the symtoms of it that they gave out on the news..

Anyway I decided to stay in and do some baking, different activity than in the young days :o)..best thing at my age to do :o) for now anyway!! LOL

I've been dying to try this Rugelach recipe from the "Barefoot Contessa"

and I must say it turned out pretty good, what your looking at is half of them...Cecil enjoyed them with a glass of milk...I had a sody :o)

A nice Pound Cake to Boot!

Then I decided to make a plain pound cake I hadn't made one of them in a long time..I was too busy making Carrot, Orange Marmalade and all the other interesting cakes...
This one turned out nice and high and tasted worthy of the effort...
I'm not expecting anyone, but just in case ...I'll have a little taste of a treat..








Thursday, December 17, 2009

Just a foreword:

Of course I got the pictures A@# backwards again...but at least I was able to put them on the blog...every picture took two or three times editing...I don't know if it's the computer or me...I'd rather blame it on the computer. :o)...anyway you should enjoy one or two of them...I've got lots more to share...and I'll keep them coming as long as I can ...Do a close up and you will be able to see and get more out of them...

A View from Above the Beautiful City...

Here is a beautiful sight,over looking the city, we are at the top of the hill where the Sign "Hollywood" is and a lot of fabulous houses...I have a phobia about heights so , I just took a picture from the tour bus :o(
Hey! don't laugh at least I'm taking the plane nowThe city was larger than I imagined.

Which house is which?


Here is another house seen on the tour...I think it's one of Michael Jackson's...but I just can't remember..There were so many ..

Cars and Houses that match?


This is a snapshot seen on the tour...it's the car of someone famous, but I can't remember who either..the car was to match the color of the house!
I 'd like to have more money, but not to get to that point...

Pretty Blue and White House

There was something special about this house, I just can't remember what! I think it was the roof made special and it looked like it was a fairy tale house...there were a few of them..I snapped a picture hope I can find them

Television sign comes to life :o)


Here is a familiar site :o) one that I've seen on the television :o) and the driver reminded of the 902091 ? whatever the zone was ...
this area was a little park...and looked well kept, but we all have nice area's like this one...we just aren't famous :o)

Some moutains along the way


Here's a nice shot along the way to California..the mountains were fascinating, all that brown you see is not dirt! it's acturally brush, and that's what catches fires...look at the houses below...it's beautiful scenery..

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

UP Dates of Trip...



I'm sorry that some of you were not able to view the video's I posted...
they ran pretty quickly once they started, my son didn't slow down for me to snap any pictures...(you could see how fast he was going if you were able to view any of the shots :o)...I should have held the button longer...anyway , at least I didn't lose them like I thought...
You all like to see special foods so I'm posting a few meals we had while we were in California and Arizona...

Monday, December 14, 2009

#1169

videoI hope this is a good video..it has taken me more than an hour to process it, the computer is really acting up..!!....hope you all enjoy the effort..just imagine the fun I was having trying to give you a peek at our adventure :o) I had a good time...and I can see that I have to "hold" the button longer for the video to be almost like a movie ...I also found some of the movies in front of stars homes , but I don't and can't remember which ones and if I do , I'll say so.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

videoStill onward to Hollywood...and trying desperately to get good video of the massive windmills...they are at least 5 or 6 apartment floors high (don't know what else to compare them too)

replay to get the feeling of how fast we were traveling...My Son should have taken up Race car driving...(my grandson is supposed to be worst, whew! I'd rather walk)

Video @1168

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videoAt last you can view some windmills I've been talking about...they are huge! but look small here...

videoI can't be selective about the video's..because I can't view them before I upload them...I hate to skip one, it might be the very thing I wanted you to see.

Finally you can see the Windmills on the hill...and there are plenty (I do mean plenty more)....

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On the way to Hollywood video #1164

videoI finally figured out this video is on the way to Hollywood...good thing I didn't lose them..just had to reconize which was on video...Sometimes other cars got in the way of my picture taking (most times just as I was about to snap). This video doesn't have any sound (drat the luck) ...I need to learn more about doing the procedure...(read the darn book).
videoYou may see some windmills in this video also...but also look at the mountains...guess I'm still learning the techniques of video making...

Windmill City #1162

videoThe conversation was about who was snoring loudly :o)....I was so tired I fell asleep, and didn't hear anyone snoring...
videoYou can hear some conversation within the car, if you listen..or just enjoy the scenery like I did..the mountains are beautiful and the colors differ with each region.....

Atttention:

Each time you view a video...it may run very quickly..and it may be very loud...what you will see in the video below , you will have to look very closely...it is "Windmill City" (name given by my daughter in law) ..
It is truly Windmill City...there are windmills on the left and on the right ..windmills in front of you on hills ...I tried to capture them all on video...sorry if my video is "crappy", but I did the best I knew how :o) how.
Be patient...and enjoy what ever you see...

On the Road to or from Hollywood

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

long hike to the beach



I couldn't keep up ...the sand hurt the middle of my foot and I had to put my shoes back on...it was a hike , but I wasn't going to get this close and miss it....

Wading in the water ........




The water was cold but very refreshing..wish I could have jumped in it...but we hadn't come prepared ....and time was getting short...I didn't want to be on the road in the dark...too many mountains and not many places to stop..

Cecil and I finally got there :o)


We finally arrived at the Pacific Ocean...after all these years , never had a trip to California...wish I could have washed the body there...the water was so tempting..and actually looked so clean and new!...


Have to thank the children for such a gift...

Best View Yet :o)


This is the best view yet! :o)
it's called "the essense of Ginny" :o)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Huntington Beach ..



This is the section we were at..I've seen so many places it was hard to keep up with it all..and I didn't want to use a pencil and miss a view :o) You can get part of a glimpse of the Hotel in the background (I think).

Hotel Hilton at the Waterfront

The hotel was great..we were able to view the Ocean and that was a joy...they are building another hotel across from it...(I think I have that right)..We wanted to get into that water...so ...breakfast was a quickie..and the place we went to...I can't remember the name..but it was good home cooking and they served more than we could eat...even with sharing.

Sunrise in California



Add ImageAfter spending a wonderful busy day in Hollywood ...we had lots to talk about half the night...we reminisced about the tour we took there were about 8 people ..I could say a bus, but it was really a pickup that was modernized into passenger seats to accommodate those who wanted to take the personal tour...That was a treat from my "Daughter in law" I always say she is my best "Daughter in Law" and she comes back with "I'm your only Daughter in Law" she is a smart A##$ like me ...guess boys do marry girls like their mama :o) (wait til she reads this :o)...

Under the weather :o(

I've been sniffling and sneezing all week...caught Cecil's cold...and today I just couldn't stand it any longer ...I had to go to the garden to see how the greens were fairing in this weather...(knowing me I took a pan..and picked some :o)....they were soooo good ..they immediately gave me a kick in my step ...the cold air also helped to open up those clogged area's in my head...
Sorry to get to you all so late...but late is better than never...I'll get back to the "vacation" :o).....
We were able to view the Sunrise at the Hotel...I might not have pictures in order...I'm trying to get thru this with the computer acting crazy...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

On the little Patio off the room



This is the forth time I've done this and I'm getting tired of repeating the same effort...I'm not feeling too good anyway...Cecil caught a cold and I caught his...could be the change of climate...I'll try and send this off tonight and maybe better luck tomorrow...

Hilton Waterfront Hotel



Here is a is a picture of the Hotel when we arrived late that night..from California...I'll show you more in the morning pictures we took...but you could see and smell the water...but it was so dark you couldn't see the ocean...but you knew it was there...

Monday, December 7, 2009


Just wanted to give you a better look at "Tokyo Table"
The food was excellent ...sorry but I only had one picture before the table was cleaned to take a picture...there was so much food and every dish was delicious....

Saturday, December 5, 2009

"Inside Tokyo Table"

I though I'd give you a few more pictures of the Tokyo Table ...just to give
you a better feel of what I saw and just maybe you could get a better feel.
A very large Chandler hangs from the ceiling, and can be seen by all inside the large room and the entrance way...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Onward to Hollywood :o)

Couldn't resist showing this sign...I remember hearing the names of these places from television ..so being there to see the signs was yet another joy...follow me ...there is lots more to see. (Darn Camera , I think I've lost all video's I took :o(

View of the City of Hollywood


The City was beautiful in the
Sunlight..so magestic..like so many other Cities..but still a thrill to have lived to see it..

Chinese Theatre (Gromens)

In front of the theatre , there is always a crowd..and sometimes there are figures dressed as movie characters that have their pictures taken with people...I seem to miss them...

"Street of Stars"

We are almost in front of the Resturant where the red carpet is rolled out and on the ground in front of it are many old stars ..I remeber in my childhood..Shirley Temple, George Raft , and so on and on...Eddie Murphy is there..and has small feet :o)


When you get to the last this page you will have to go to older posts to see the rest of this session , "the management" ..:o)

Hattie McDaniel


Hat's off to Hattie McDaniel
who was a great star that paved the way, with many sacrifices...just in case you don't remember...she played a maid in "Gone with the Wind"

Michael Jackson



Good to know that his star was placed before he passed..

Susan Hayward


Remember her? She played as "Gilda", and for the life of me I can't remember her co-star...but I probably will later. I loved her acting ...and tried to be like her ..a fiery siren :o) (I almost was :o)

Cecil B. Demille


Have to tell you this story...when I was a young girl and used to listen to the Radio ..(I think Lux Theater?).Cecil B. Demille 's name fascinated me and I always said I would marry a Cecil...(this is the truth) so when this Cecil came along..I figured it was fate...

Queen Latifah's star


What a thrill to see all the stars names ..especially those whom I reconized :o)....
the little emblem in the middle of the star deplects what they were famous for..This one is a Movie camera....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thanksgiving spent with my Son and his Family

Guess you thought I fell of the face of the earth...well I went to see another part of it....We visited our Son in Arizona for "Thanksgiving"and was taken on a surprise visit to California :o) it was a beautiful trip and I've got lots to share with you.
I've seen so many lovely sights and it was a real pleasure for us both.
We were treated "royally" did any and everything we could possibly want to see...and ate like two pigs...that didn't help my "butter butt" but we both enjoyed it...
I tried to post things as they happened, but the computer is kicking my butt and I might get things mixed up a bit...but hold on..and pray I can recover some video picture I took...if not slap me!

Chip in his "car seat" buckled in for the trip to California



Here is "Chip" in his car seat for the trip to re-unite with his "Sibling" , "Nano" ( in Calle)...(for those of you who don't know , those are computer terms :o),

I'm almost as smart as a 5th grader :o)....Chip is small, Nano is smaller...

Chip is a smart little "Dog" and looks for grandma to bring a bone..he smelled all around my purse and kept looking at me ...I never did get one this time ..Oh Craps, he will be pissed.

"Granddaughters Complex"


This is the entrance to the Complex...it is a very beautiful green lush place...I took zillions of video pictures and I can't seem to locate them on the camera...I did something wrong like an A#$$..glad I took some still pictures..

Anyway it is surrounded with beautiful trees, plants and have many Bird of Paradise plants..do a close up and see if you can get a better look...

Cecil walking through the entrance of the Complex to Lauren's section



We have arrived and Cecil is walking through the Complex, where he will pass a very large Pool, a private kitchen for the tenant's (guess in this fancy place they are called "guests" :o)..private part for children to swim..it is one of the most lush places I've ever seen...needless to say living there is a real nice place to be...I could do it in a heartbeat...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Family at dinner at the "Tokyo Table" in California

I just love sushi and that was one of the first meals we had at the "Tokyo Table"when we arrived in California during the "Whirlwind tour, to California It was a wonderful time...there was so much food on the table (for the life of me I couldn't give you a list of names they were, so much food on the table we had to clear the table for the pictures) but the kids knew what to order and I just filled my little gut..That's my Son next to me on my right, and my daughter in law is next to Cecil's right..and you should reconize the newly weds (it will be a year in Jan 2010, guess he's going to keep her :o)
I'll be posting more picture tomorrow if the computer lets me...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Nature comes to Ginny's house"

Cecil was having his coffee when he spied the Hawk fly on top of the bird feeder!.He called to me and I ran to get my camera to snap a picture..I was blessed not only did I get the picture of the hawk waiting to catch one of the birds at the feeder but was able to also capture a picture of Mother natures painting of the trees before the snow falls (if it does in NC... :o)these two shots took me all morning to get posted on the blog...talk about slow!! and time Warner has the nerve to send me notice that they are increasing my monthly fee's.uh! To think I have to pay for this poor A%^& service is an affront to me..I've got to see who has a better deal...never mind Direct! all my neighbors that got that were highly disappointed...I would have stayed with A&T but they merged with Bell South and they were lousy with me....there must be a better way!...



I like this picture of the Hawk...do a close up to appreciate his colors...and look at the trees they are changing quite nicely , I think....

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Don't go look at the Garden!!

Before I knew it I was walking down to the garden ..the Sun was out for a change and I wanted to see if there was a change...there was!! The Garden had grown up with more greens glistening in the sunshine and whispering gently "pick me, pick me"....and before I knew it .."I did"
Didn't I wake up this morning with a slight backache!, didn't I say I needed more rest!...I think I need my head examined, putting more work on myself...
The greens were cooking up and smelling so good , they put me into a cooking mood...I remembered some Ribs in the freezer and out they came....I made a small pot of Orzo and that was dinner...the ribs were delicious ...I made the sauce for them partly with my Jalapeno Jelly that I made last year..they are nice and spicy..(not too spicy, I added a little more Haberno and garlic to it..)...I don't think it's enough for another dinner...Cecil enjoyed them :o)....and so did I ..no need in showing you the greens, they are all gone before I remembered to take a picture first...but the yield was just as much or more than the last picking..I think it's the NC weather that is the bomb...:o)

Friday, November 13, 2009

I'm not having much excitement around here!

It seems my blog friends are doing some creative things...Melodye is showing some of the quilts she has made during the years and there's a story that seems to go with each one...the quilts are gorgeous and makes me want to "get the needle going"...but when I remember and realize the work that goes into one ...I sit back in the "Chair Bed" and say to myself..
"you need more rest Missy" and silently drift back into a daydream state :o)
This morning I had to push myself out the door for exercise class...and was happy to get back home... Cecil and I had a few errands to tend to
and they simply wore me out in the end...the day seemed to fly by...so to bed early tonight.
I think it's because I'm getting older, plus the illness..that I need more hours of sleep..especially when I awaken in the middle of the night and it takes me a couple of hours to drift off again...
I remember when I would rise and be busy the whole day into the next day...especially if I was doing some remodeling or making an outfit that had to be ready for Church or any other occasion I would be attending..especially when I was a "skinny Minnie" a yard of fabric would make me an outfit...(wish I had saved a few of those high fashion items, I do still have many of the Vogue patterns, just couldn't part with them)...That gives me a good idea for a nice old fashioned post :o)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"The excitement for the day, "Deborah's Doings"

If you want some excitement..it's not on my blog today...but if you go see "Deborah's Doings" (on my side bar)...it ought to light a fire under someone! She has moved into her new home in Foley and she has started a lot of renovations...I'm staying tuned so when God decides to give me a farm I'll know what to do with it...:o)....
I came from a family of builders and some of it rubbed off on me and Cecil learned he could do a lot of things around a house he never thought of...in my youth I would tackle anything , just to change a space into my desire :o)...can't tackle a lot these days , but I've got a few idea's I'm thinking about...and 4 big and strong and handsome grandsons who love to eat my cooking..:o)...need I say more

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just a little talk post for today

It feels weird to add a new post without a picture!! Especially when a picture is worth a thousand words :o) (I had to think of something wise to say here)...
Today in North Carolina it was cold,windy, rainy, and all the other words that go along with being a bad hair day...in other words it was a miserable day to go out in....but I knew I need to do some exercise and I wouldn't do it at home...I swear those new "chair bed" really holds us prisoners....All we do is watch TV , nod, find snacks to eat (and I'm trying to lose weight?.
Sooo out the door I went ..into the cold chilly morning with the rain whipping my face gently :o)....I like that sentence...makes me feel like I could write a book...I'd have a lot to tell, and lose any and all the friends I ever had or have...because it would be a true book...and I would probably tell too much...First thing at Cardiac Rehab was a class on medication..
Sometimes something is said and it rings a bell or opens your eyes to facts you didn't know or realize...so getting out was a benefit for me this
morning...one of my medications side affect is coughing...and I have it at times.
The exercise went fairly well, and it was good to get back home...I made a big pot of beef soup yesterday to be free today...didn't think of taking a picture of it...had it with some nice hot toasted garlic bread..(yeah! I want to lose weight if I could stop bending my elbow.).Right now I'm in danger of gaining everything back I lost...the appetite has increased and I am weak thinking about certain foods...Oh! do I need help...Nothing else for today.. tomorrow is a free day...in other words no Dr appointment..maybe I'll fool around in the Studio...haven't "worked" in here for a spell....

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sorry it took so long to post....there was nothing to tell

One bunch for me and one for Cecil....(which one is the biggest :o) not too bad for the second pickings ...the first was so good I couldn't wait ...So the next day I picked twice as much and we had ball with them...Cecil bought some cornbread (to save my energy, I'm getting spoiled) and we feasted!! We didn't see the little flowers on them yet, I think they are still too young yet. ..they were tender and sooo good...Wish I could plant a whole field of them next year...wish I had a real farm with chicken's roaming around....just think of the chicken poop fertilizing the ground :o)
I'd have greens growing out of my ear ....nothing else to tell except last week the exercise was too much for the leg and I had to skip Friday...but Monday (I was good, and so was my B/S the medication is working).

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Today was just "Sit on my butt day! "

Nothing cooking today ...except Cornbeef that I put on last night in a Crock Pot fashion for Sunday's meal...and baked later today...I just had one sandwich of it and some potatoes boiled in it's juice..they were good and we kind of cleaned out the fridge today of leftovers...no need to say there is always something in it to make a meal...

What a surprise I had today when I opened up my blog! I saw a new face on my "Follows list"..the way my computer has been acting up ..I at first thought my picture had moved...then I realized it was my youngest daughter who was a new "follower"...Welcome Vanessa, your smile looks like mine :o)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

My First Persimmon Cupcakes..from my own Tree!

Thank God I was able to reap something that was sowed!!
Today was a good day to try a recipe for Persimmon cupcakes..I should have looked twice at baking soda against baking powder! anyway they werent too bad..the darker and higher ones are withbaking soda
If you can get a close up...the brown on the yellow frosting are walnuts :o) Talk about something tasting good :o) yummy! yummy!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"A Pleasant Surprise :o)"



Taking a short walk to the garden just for the sake of a short walk...what did I see ..a nice patch of green ..and I had a moment of rejoicing...
Cecil had taken up the potatoes and just "sowed" a little bit of the seeds just to see if something would become of them..well,like they say nothing beats a failure but a try...and it's very encouraging to see we could grow Broccoli Robe here in NC...Hopefully we can have more space next year to have plenty...the little that I bought didn't do well freezing...so I will have to pick and eat them as they grow...guess I can manage that :o)...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"Cooking shows give good reminders"

Watching a cooking show ...I put my chops in a salt brine for 30 minutes
then putting three slices of Honey wheat bread in my unit, and chopping them a little coarse (for a nice crunch)...I toasted them and after they cooled I added some parsley, black pepper and some garlic..then breaded the chops and put into a 400* oven for about 45 minutes (they said 15,but that's not enough for me).
After cooking in the oven for 45 minutes they became nice and toasty brown :o) and they tasted as good as they looked....I'd forgotten how good thick chops could taste cooked this way...
I baked a couple of potatoes at the same time...and we had enough for two days of delicious eating :o) I'm so good...:o)


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Getting my Posts A%*& Backwards


This post was to follow the one below..I don't know what's happening , but I'm having a lot of trouble posting here of late...takes a long time and then it gets lost before I can finish..anyway here is an old fashioned way of frying cabbage with pieces of okra, after you have fried some country ham slices, or smoked jowl..or slices of prosciutto <(Italian country ham :o) (think it's spelled right) ...and when you cook it in an old fashioned iron skillet it tastes even better..All my iron pots are all seasoned well, from years of use. I think the men in the family will want them...
I'm a little tired tonight...going to bed early so I can be fit to exercise tomorrow...I was able to get my medicine and my Blood Sugar level was much better this morning...So I was able to ate good :o)
Today I felt like cooking so tomorrow I'll show you more cooking I did today :o).. The computer has worn me out...

"The Student does well"

There is a dish in most families that is passed down ,generation to generation...this is one of those dishes :o)...
While my Grandson came to visit ..he requested "Chicken Pie" (really "Chicken and Dumplings") It's a simple dish to prepare and you can feed many with it....it was a staple dish for many families that had 8 to 10 (or more) children....I got the recipe from my Mother in law...since it was one of Cecil's favorite dishes (comfort food). I learned to make it well and the kids always asked for it...and then the Grand kids started requesting it...Once in a while it seems my Grandsons want to learn how to make something I make...and they end up making it better than me :o)....One makes pancakes, and adds new twists to it, now everyone wants him to make it...Lets just say I taught them well...wish I could have tasted this ones "Chicken Pie" :o) it has to taste as good as it looks ...He is smart like me too!! :o)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Princess Avery




Here's the new Daddy holding Princess Avery, he knows how to burp her already .. There is a lot of space I noticed this evening ..on this post...I tried to remove it , but the blog was really bad today and I got lost with it several times.

Here is a close up of Princess Avery , now you knew I was going to bombard you with pictures after her visit...I know and you know how quickly they change...next week she may be talking :o), Yes, she is already walking..and I'll give you that bridge "cheap" :o)



Princess Avery in her Chariot that turns into a carriage with wheels and will assist her until she walks ...my how things have changed since her Daddy was a baby and her Grand Mother :o)