Sunday, August 18, 2019


I think they're called choke cherries because they look so luscious hanging heavily on the bushes.  But when you taste them they have a harsh sharp taste.  No doubt appealing to birds because they love them.

I don't know who figured it out but buckets of them have been picked over the years and made into a wonderful jelly that is native to Wyoming, Montana and these western states.

My mother never quite got the jelly set enough so she would make chokecherry syrup which was heavenly on pancakes.  She made it sound like she did it that way on purpose. 

Hello to all my shadow readers out there.  Have a wonderful Sunday.     Blessings,   Diane

Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Memory

This is Black Cat Day.  I was thinking back wondering if I ever had a black cat.  There have been so many pets in my lifetime.  Then I remembered Tom.  When I was still living at home we had a beautiful black cat who was kind of a family pet but I called him mine and I think he called me his.  He was a lovely, kind cat and it was so sad when he died.     Blessings,       Diane

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Here I Am Again

 I decided to start blogging again.  I hope you are all well and made it through the summer in good shape.  Here's a picture of Dreamer (no I don't call her Dottie even though I was going to.  Too much trouble for both her and I to remember). 
 She's settled in and loves it here a lot. 
Since I dug this class photo out for a project, I thought I'd share it with you.  This is my 1st grade class, 1948.  I'm the dreamy looking little girl 4th from left in the front row.  That's my new school dress for that year.  Such innocent little people we were.    Blessings to you,     Diane 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Thank you,

Thank you for being my blogging friend.  We move forward, things change.  I will see you on Instagram or facebook  or whatever comes next.  As my almost 2 year old little neighbor girl says "byeeee, love you."


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Wild Turkeys...................

By now you probably know that I love these wild turkeys that share the neighborhood and town with us.  I'm so touched that most of the people stop and give them the right-of-way as they cross the streets (usually in single file).  Sometimes the last one will stop to look at something making the wait even longer.  
Yesterday as I was driving up the busiest street in Wyoming two of them were walking across the crosswalk and all of the traffic waited until they got to the other side.  It made my day.  


Friday, March 29, 2019

Let your light shine before others................


Two quotes have led me lately.
      First - In the end it is kindness
           I take this to mean that kindness is really all that matters
      Second - As Christians we are not of this earth but citizens of heaven
            I've read this before and each time it means more to me.  Especially in today's world of                        violence, lying, suffering, wars, you know what I'm talking about.  I find great
            comfort in this.
 I want my light to shine before others.  I want to at least brighten up your day.       Diane       

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy Spring....

     My neighbor, Ed, always has prettier, lusher flowers than I do.  I believe it's because he's up early, walks around and talks to them while smoking his cigarette and drinking coffee.  I think he just coaxes them to grow.
     So these are his, mine are still buried under 1 1/2 feet of snow.'s Spring!!   And there will be a beautiful full moon tonight.  A lovely, blessed day to you. 


Friday, March 15, 2019


After months of coming home to an empty house and many trips to the animal shelter this sweet dog came home with me yesterday.  She almost immediately took over this chair so I'm glad she feels she has her own place.  She's 10 years old and was just spayed a month ago????  That should tell you what kind of life she had.  I changed her name before we left the building.  The name Dreamer was over -  her dream is here and so is mine.  I hope I can give Dottie a good, long life.     Diane

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Old Country Roses......

I've decided to part with my treasured set of china.  It is still treasured but that's all.  It just sits there.  I only use it maybe every 3 years.  My family doesn't live here, when they do come we go out to eat or use paper plate or my pottery dishes.  I'm not bitter, we did have many lovely meals on them.  I would use them with mismatched old goblets and mismatched beautiful sterling. 

But it's time to move on and let someone else treasure and USE it.  I thought I would share it with you before it goes.  It is beautiful.  Enjoy!!!                                Diane

Sunday, February 17, 2019


it's too cold to get out and walk around and there's nothing but snow to photograph.  Either there's nothing interesting or I'm not creative enough but it's just kind of dull right now. 

So I'm going to show you once again the fascinating octopus, Pat, that I saw on my last trip to Alaska.  I'd never thought much about them except seeing pictures of them in the sea but this one just fascinated me.  The bright red color means that she's excited to have visitors and  she was very friendly, trying to feel my arms and hands and I suppose anything else.  I will never think of them in the same way. 

I was given this book for Christmas but I couldn't finish it.  Everything, including  Pat has feelings and cares and I don't want to read the bad parts.  I guess I'm just in love with them now. 


Monday, January 21, 2019

We need some color around here.......................

January is getting a bit dreary and gray so I dug out my collection of sunglasses to brighten up the day. 
 Not much better but hopeful.         


Saturday, January 12, 2019


It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.  

I love this saying from Alice in Wonderland because it's so true.
I hope you have a great 2019, changing and growing as you go.            Diane

Monday, December 31, 2018

The end of 2018..............

Here we are, the end of this year.  If you're like me the last two weeks have been
mixed up.  Thursday was Saturday, Sunday was Monday.  But I do know
this is New Year's Eve and tomorrow will be a brand new year.
I'm hoping and praying for the best for you and all of us. 

Have a very Happy New Year.            Diane 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


 I found these little plastic reindeer at the thrift shop years ago.  Then I found the little sleigh which was made from an egg carton section and pipe cleaners.  Santa Claus is a tiny little Bellsnickle with a tiny candy cane.  Altogether it's about 10" long.
 This little peanut man was made by  my granddaughter in Girl Scouts when she was little, she's now 30 years old,
My first daughter, Cathy, made these bells in kindergarten.  They have graced my Christmas tree  since she was in kindergarten which was 1966.

When it boils down to it, at least for me, things from my girls and  family and friends are the most precious Christmas ornaments.      There will be more to share with you as Christmas draws nearer.                                                                                                                    Hugs,    Diane

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Highlight..............

And the very best part..........

      Amanda signing in to take me for my very first flight with her.  Her first passenger besides Gregg (her husband).  We've dreamed about this ever since grade school and today it was REAL 

 I always wanted to fly and never did.  It takes a lot of learning about weather and flight patterns and landing planes in difficult situations  while you're fostering kittens and feeding and medicining pets and trying to have a life.. She can now fly 5 different planes.  It's amazing the things she had to learn.  But she did.  I'm so proud of you, Bean.  Thank you for saving the best part for me.  Happy flying.               Love you,   Mom