Thursday, December 14, 2017


I found this the other day and thought it was worth adding.

Christmas is upon us and I will be baking soon for neighbors, co-workers, family and friends.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Grassroots Farm
I came across a farm site and this is their picture - oh so pretty.

Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bulmers Orchard Ireland

I came across these photos - Hurricane damage to an orchard in Ireland. Unbelievable. Their Harvest is done. No coming back from this.

Looks so perfectly staged doesn't it?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Strange Flower in Las Vegas

Flower in Las Vegas

Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin

Bird House Gourds

Fall Peaking Through
During My work trip in Las Vegas, I passed this plant each morning walking to the convention. It had a strange bloom. Not sure what it was but it caught my attention. Almost looked fake but it was real. Anyone know what it's called?

Fall shots from my Balcony. Drying the gourds and already used the pumpkin for Pumpkin Bread. Oh So good.

Next month will be one full year of Nicotine Free.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Bobby took this

Bobby took this

I can not stop thinking about them. Every waking hour I think about living on one. Urban farming will have to suffice until I can find the space to spread out.

The above shots are just some pics I found. I think I've mentioned before that when I am stressed out by work, driving or just life in general, I think about the pictures above. They calm me.

My Mom and Nephew came to Chicago yesterday and I took the train to meet them for lunch. They went on to the opera and I came home. It's now a point in our lives that we better see our family when we are able. The world is moving so fast that I see now the point of making the effort. It's only a few hours out of my day and so worth it.

We ate at a restaurant on Michigan Avenue that had perfectly fresh and delicious food. Remington's. Out door seating and what a perfect day. My Nephew had prime rib hash and eggs and my mom and I had crab Louis salad. Butter lettuce and oh so good.

Stay tuned -

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cat and Travel

"You Are Not Leaving"

"You're Leaving?"

DC Airport


Willow has recovered from her Asthma. She's so smart. I couldn't get the pills down her throat so I crushed it in her milk. She drank it once then wouldn't touch it the second time. So - I crushed it in butter. Again, She fell for it once but not twice. I was only able to give her maybe a total of 4 pills. Little bugger. How do you get a cat to take a pill?

We kept an eye on her breathing and it might of been just an allergen that she breathed in that caused the attack. She's spunky and looking good.

I have to travel a lot this month. Well... two trips but they are back to back. I just came back from DC on Wednesday and off to Las Vegas tomorrow. Willow hates when I get the suitcase out as shown by the above pics. She literally gives me the look. Love that little girl.

DC airport - Ronald Reagan. Cool ceiling in the waiting area. Really old building but lots of character.

I had a perfect salad at the counter for lunch while I was waiting to fly home. It was something so unexpected at an airport. Everything on it was crisp and fresh. Green beans blanched to perfection. Red radishes that were so fresh, I swear they were picked that morning. The greens were all perfect. Not a wilted or rotten leaf among it. I really could not believe it.

I have to eat out during my travels and usually the food is just mediocre and usually it's horrible. I pack nutrition bars and crackers in case I can't eat out. I've gotten food poisoning twice so I am super careful. This salad is worth mentioning. If you ever have a chance to eat at the Ronald Reagan Airport, order the salad of the day. You will not be disappointed.

Fall is here in the small "woods" near my garden. I pretend it's acres of "woods" but it's just a small beautiful patch of wildness.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cat Asthma

Beautiful Day of Rest

Willow had breathing problems. Poor little thing - she has Asthma. Emergency Vet - 3 hours later - Asthma. Probably needs to be on pills the rest of her life.

For a about a week, she was sneezing and hanging her head low but on the Sunday before Labor Day - it was so bad, I thought she was having a heart attach. Too worried, I called the EV and Bobby and I drove her to the Vet with her howling the entire time. The sound is soul retching. Others were in the waiting room with their pets - a greyhound that couldn't stop puking, a Jack Russell terrier with a skin spot and an older cat that was lifeless in her container. Her owner petting her the entire time. Not sure what was wrong with her.

The doc gave us the three probable causes, Heart, something I can't remember and Asthma. I was probably as wide eyed and nervous as Willow but we'll take Asthma. $298.00 - What can you do? They quoted over $300 on the phone.

She's home with us and a little stressed out from the trip. She never goes anywhere and so set in her ways that a trip to a strange place with strange people and animals, just was too much. It will take her two to three days to get back to normal.

Normal - two pills a day, crushed in her milk cause I can't get it down her throat.

Are we a world of prescription medicine? Bobby takes over 13 pills a day and now the cat? What is going on? Sometimes, I just can't understand it.

Nicotine Free - 10 months but wow - this weekend was taxing.