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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 55 years this February.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


 It's been a very low key January so far.  Not much going on. I'm counting my blessings that I've been busy enough not to be bored but not busy enough to complain. Is that what retirement is supposed to be like? Still, at the end of the day, I wish the day was longer.  I never seem to have enough time before it's time to go to bed. 

We lost Doug, a  family friend, and employee on January 4th,  from lukemia.  He was employed as a mechanic and repaired all the farm equipment and also helped with the hay harvest...  He will be greatly missed especially during haying season.

George, my farmer husband wanted me to take a photo of my poinsettia. He doesn't read my blog and didn't see that I had a photo of it on my last post. So I told him to get behind the plant for perspective.  The light from the sun was coming through the window and through the plant. The  Christmas lights around the window are still up. As you can see from the window, we still have some snow.

  I've put away my Christmas decorations last week but my nativity is still up.  I thought that the buffet was a nice warm place for the Holy Family to rest for a while as the Magi had to stay longer because of travel restrictions so, they are still on my buffet. No one is complaining. 

I've been putting off posting on my blog and satisfying myself with reading my follower's blogs.

Recently, Nellie, my blogger friend, posted some of her homemade cheese drop biscuits on her blog.  Since she couldn't go to Red Lobster she baked her own... and I got tempted to make some too. I love Red Lobster but we don't have one in our City. 

 They were so good, my husband said they were sinful.   I normally shred the cheese but this time I cut the cheese a little coarser and also added a little more garlic powder. I will cut the cheeses finer next time. 

I hope that you are all having a good week and making the best of what comes your way. 

Stay safe and well.

Hugs, Julia


  1. That poinsettia is super impressive! I love to plant flowers outside but don't have much luck with indoor ones. I love those biscuits from Red Lobster. You can find the box mix for them in the grocery store but I'm betting yours are 10 times better! Sorry for the loss of your friend. Hugs to you!

  2. so sorry on the loss of your friend and worker.
    You have the greenest thumb I have ever seen. WE are pretty uneventful here too but I guess that is good.

  3. I too am sorry for your loss. The flower photo is lovely, the windows, everything so bright.

  4. Beautiful poinsettia!! Those Red Lobster cheese biscuits are the best.

  5. I am happy Canadians have not had the New Year your US neighbors have had. I am looking for Nellie's blog to find her recipe for the cheese drops.

  6. Your first paragraph is the perfect summation of retirement!
    So sorry for the loss of your friend.
    I am always gobsmacked by the size of your poinsettia. Simply gorgeous.
    A low key January is good. I hope it keeps up for you.

  7. Mmmmmm, the cheesy biscuits sound wonderful! I like that type of thing!
    Sorry to hear about Doug- that's sad news.
    Your poinsetta is so wonderfully big- you have a God-given gift for plant-nurturing!
    Low-key is always good!

  8. I sure do miss Red Lobster biscuits, but we can buy the mix at our grocery store, which I will have to do my next trip out. Your poinsettia sure is a beauty! Janice

  9. Sometimes...and sometimes most usually...."uneventful" is a very good thing indeed LOL. That poinsettia is amazing...I won't tire of seeing photos of it any time soon. The biscuits look yummy. We don't have a Red Lobster any where near here...and, in fact, I have only ever been to one once. I have never had these biscuits. Do share your recipe sometime!! So sorry to read of the passing of your friend. Leukemia is horrible...unfortunately, it runs in our family. :-( ~Robin~

  10. I am sorry for the loss of your friend Julia.

    The poinsettia is amazing. I love it.
    I am also keeping my nativity up.. as a reminder as we walk together into 2021 with unrest already surrounding us.
    Love You!! Carla

  11. "the Magi had to stay longer because of travel restrictions"! You crack me up! :-)
    That poinsettia is amazing! I completely forgot about buying one this year so that I could try to keep one and grow it natural like you have. I think it's just so much more beautiful! My hubby and I don't dine out too often....but, I do miss a good Red Lobster meal! That was always my birthday treat. :-)
    Very sorry to hear about Doug's passing....sound like he will be missed by many.
    Stay "low key"... and enjoy the peace of it all! :-)

  12. Hi Julia! WOW! Your poinsettia is gorgeous. The biscuits look yummy. I want to bake today. Maybe I will. Take care, friend! God be with you!