It’s been such a long time since my last post, I think WordPress thought I’d died.  First attempt to access my blog was met with a 404 page.  Joy!

My favorite thing these days is drinking a Whiskey Sour before bedtime. Wow, that sounds like I drink one every night. My doctor would be very disappointed if it were true, which it’s not.  Really! Once a week is my goal.

A few months ago, some good friends learned that I like Whiskey Sour cocktails, and they happened to mention the name of a very fine whiskey.  Woodford Reserve – Double Oaked.  So I asked my DH for a bottle for Christmas.

What a joker he turned out to be.  Christmas morning I’m so excited to see what looks like a wrapped whiskey bottle under the tree, I get a gooey feeling in my heart for his thoughtfulness.  Can I describe the disappointment I felt when I opened my gift only to discover that the “bottle” turned out to be a single container of Amzoil?  No, I cannot. Deal with it. I did. His excuse: “It’s top of the line! You need an oil change. I’ll do it for you!”

A month later, my DH told me that Woodford Reserve – Double Oaked was ON SALE for only $44 a bottle at the local Walgreen’s Liquor store… he’d get me one.  Did I wait for him to make good on this promise? No, I did not.

I brought that bottle home in the early afternoon and looked around my kitchen, then very carefully placed it on the shelf in front of my wine glasses.  Yeah, no, I don’t have a liquor cabinet. I left the room and okay, I went to take a nap. I was tired.

Woke up later that day and wandered into the kitchen to find my bottle of Woodford Reserve sitting on the kitchen table.  What the … ! I glanced up to the shelf and to my amazement, the bottle I’d put there earlier WAS STILL THERE.  Holy moly, it multiplied!

My husband couldn’t believe I’d bought my own bottle, but could I really trust him to get it right?  Of course not. Did I return it? OF COURSE NOT.

After googling a Whiskey Sour recipe, I found it’s quite simple to make. My first cocktail was a bit disappointing, I must admit.  I followed the recipe and poured 2 OUNCES of that fine whiskey into my drink.  I’m not much of a drinker… that was way too strong for me.  So here’s my favorite no-fail way I mix a Whiskey Sour:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Equal amount of sugar syrup (1 part sugar/1 part water, boiled & refrigerated)
  • 1 ounce Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Whiskey
  • Ice

Basically, it’s lemonade with whiskey. DELICIOUS!

When family asks what they can bring for dinner, I tell them, “Lemons.” Enough said.


7 Quick Takes — Pondering 2014.

— 1 —

Happy New Year!  I know I’m not alone when I wonder just how happy is 2014 going to be when it begins with sneezing, a runny nose, congestion, sore throat, the cough from hell, and cough drop breath?  Those of you who are well and healthy, keep on washing those hands. These germs are EVERYWHERE and they WILL find you and attack when you least expect it.  If you find a sale on NyQuil/DayQuil… buy them. And tissues.

— 2 —

FAMILY. Family is my theme for 2014. Call me crazy, but this is the year I put my family before business. God bless our families and all their little quirks! What theme can you plan to focus your attention in 2014?

— 3 —

Have you ever stopped yourself from doing something because there was a “learning curve” involved?  This year I’m going to scale an elusive learning curve — I’m going to seek advice and help from others in order to accomplish this goal. It’s just a computer program for Jazzercise franchisees, but it has kicked my butt for ten years. I’ve taken the first step and downloaded the program onto my laptop and now I’ve put it in writing… I will take my next baby step on Monday when I call a fellow franchisee to hire her for an hour of training. Now it’s your turn. Face a learning curve you’ve been avoiding. Conquer the curve!

— 4 —

Daily prayer in my life comes in bits and bytes during my typical day.  I have books, apps, Kindle books, alarms, sacramentals, CDs, DVDs–sometimes I use them, but mostly I pray constantly in my head and in my heart. Should I have a TIME and a PLACE each day to pray?

My cousin wrote of her mother (my Methodist aunt) reading her Bible each evening in the kitchen while her children watched TV in the living room when they were young.  Several questions popped into my head in no particular order of importance… “Did she read the Bible with her children at a different time of day?”  “Did they learn to read the Bible by her example?”  “I never had a prayer life that my children could think back and say ‘mom read her Bible each night while we watched TV.'”  My maternal grandmother was Catholic and prayed a Rosary each night in bed before going to sleep. I only know this because I lay down with her one night while visiting one summer–I was maybe 18 years old. She gave me that green plastic rosary and I use it over my other fancier Rosaries to this day. 

Gaga's Rosary

Gaga’s Rosary


— 5 —

This is the year I will finish painting the second bathroom. At the very least I hope to screw the light fixtures in place. It’s amazing how a project can languish after hitting a snag.  The snag in this case was the paint. It sort of “weeps and bleeds” when the room gets steamy during a shower. Total bummer. Perhaps I shouldn’t have mixed paint colors from two different types of paint?

Light fixture hanging in BR2

Light fixture hanging in BR2

There is no hope of covering the shoddy workmanship of the original owners when they used unskilled labor to hang the sheetrock and finish the walls. Some things just have to be acknowledged and accepted.  Why the wall texturing stopped four inches short of the edge of the wall is a mystery never to be solved.  Weird paint on top of crappy sheetrock finishing is barely noticeable, believe me.

Why does the texture stop 4" from the edge?

Why does the texture stop 4″ from the edge?

— 6 —

My goal of getting to bed at a decent hour each night has been squashed, and it’s only Day 3 of  2014. Did I really expect to get to bed by 11pm? My goal as I finish my 7QT is 2am. If you find errors in this post, please understand my rush to hit the sheets!

— 7 —

May the Lord bless you with faith, hope, and above all, LOVE, in 2014! 
I am joyful to have a wonderful grandson now and another grandchild in June. 

Grammy, G-man, and Grandfather

Grammy, G-man, and Grandfather

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