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Sunday means work tomorrow but it also means relaxing, wine and good food.  So Last weekend I did a bit of cleaning and a lot of the other 2.  I made a beef stew because it lasts a few meals and it is cool out side.  I love this time of year!

I start my stew by sauteing diced onion and bell pepper in some olive oil.  I then cut my beef tips into small chunks to make sure you get some in ever bite.  Once the onions are nice and soft I add the meat and salt and pepper while it browns.

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  Now it is time to cut the potatoes and carrots.

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I will add this to the meat then pour chicken broth over the top.

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I will add water so that it just covers the vegetables.

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I add a dash of celery seed, a bay leaf more salt and pepper to taste and a fresh sprig of rosemary from my front yard.

Now you cover the pot and let the heat so its thing.  Once the vegetables are soft you can taste for flavor.  Add seasoning if you like.

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I take about 2 cups of the liquid out and add some flour to it stir it well to thicken it and then add it back to the stew.  This  will give the stew a thicker gravy like texture which is delicious.

You can serve this with bread but my Husband like to eat it over rice.  So there you have it a nice hot, hearty stew on a chilly fall evening.

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Now it is time for the Walking Dead!

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Enjoy!

Until Then,

Wende

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Well here we are, the best season of all is upon us, FALL oh how I have missed you. I mean it is still in the 90’s here in my home town, but I am still decorated and ready for bonfire nights. How about you?

I know that I said I have a ton to tell you from my time away so here we go.  “Takes deep breath”, My Mom was diagnosed with Breast cancer last October.  She had a few surgeries to remove the affected areas, went through radiation and is now hoping to keep a clean bill of health.  She is one tough Lady!  I was so proud of her through this entire journey and I am so glad that she is doing well.  One day at a time is how we live these days and it is good.

Second, at the ripe age of 43, my Husband finally decided what he wanted to be when he grew up… He went and signed up for the Mobile Police Academy! He went through the interview, polygraph, physical fitness test and they chose him to be one of the Recruits.  He was the oldest guy in class!  I tell you what I have never been more amazed at the dedication he has shown through the 3 months of training these guys endured.  He came home black and blue, limping, bloody and so sore that he could hardly walk, but he never complained. He studied hard every night, took long hot showers, slathered on sore muscle cream and got up every day and did it all over again.  3 month came and went and on Jun 30, 2017 my husband was awarded his Badge and he graduated the Academy.  I am so proud to say that he is now Officer Stephen Scroggins.  It was one of the most amazing things that I have been a part of, seeing all of the guys stand and take the oath to Protect and Serve their communities.

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Now I am a Police Wife and I LOVE it.  I can not sit here and say that it isn’t nerve-racking at times because it most certainly is.  I worry every time he leaves for Duty, but I know that he is out doing what he loves.

One perk is that i get to go to the FBI Gun Range with him!! I always love his off Saturdays.

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So now you know what I have been doing for the several months I was away.   I am going to start my October Movie of the week posts this week, so keep in touch!

Until Then,

Wende

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Thanks Giving greetings,

Sorry that I have been MIA this month but things have been Not so Good around my house.  My eldest (14 year old) Fur Baby “Ennis” took a turn for the worse, health wise.   He had a stroke about a 8 months ago and we found out that he has Cushing’s disease. These things have pretty much made him very weak and his muscles are just deteriorating.  We have to carry him in and out of the house and also to eat or drink water.  He did not even have the strength to shift positions when he was lying in his bed.  His eye sight was quickly failing, his hearing the same.   Just this past Sunday he began to not eat and his water intake was very minimal.  We knew that his time with us was limited. We had a decision to make no matter how hard it would be.

On Wednesday November 23, 2016 I said good bye to my best friend, soul mate, kindred spirit, Familiar.  My heart is shattered and my spirit burns less bright with him gone.

14 years ago this handsome boy chose me to be his human and my life has been better because of it.

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The day he found me

Each day is hard. I miss him so much but I know that he is happy and free running the fields with his 2 sisters.  No pain, no worries just happy and free.

Until we meet again,

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The day I let him go.

Wende

 

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Good Morning,

One year ago to the day and almost time of the morning I was startled awake by a phone call.  I did not recognize the number so I rejected it and shut my eyes.  Seconds later the phone rings again.  It was a woman’s voice introducing herself in a very matter of fact but professional way.  Then the most life changing words hit my ears.  Your Husband has been in an accident and he needs you to get here as soon as you can!    He was headed to work that Friday morning ( he rode a motor cycle, a  Triumph)  and he was still in our neighborhood.   A lady sitting at a stop sign on her cell phone never looked up when she decided to enter the intersection. She hit and ran over my husband.  When I approached the scene my heart was broken. It takes a lot to walk up on your husband lying there with his clothing being cut off.  Needles to say his body was broken but his spirit was not. He was calm and had his wits about him to make sure I stayed calm.  After 2 ambulance rides to 2 different hospitals, emergency spleen surgery, artery replacement in his crushed left arm and a rod in his right hip to fix the broken femur head, I finally took a breath!  Although I was not involved in the accident it is true what they say. . .  My life flashed before my eyes.  I have no idea how I could live my life with out my Husband.   We tell the people in our lives we love them and it is true but this made me realize that it is more than love. It is love, companionship, friendship, compassion, dislike, arguments,  jokes, fun times and sadness.  It is Life and mine would not be fulfilled without Stephen in it.

Thank goodness he is tough as nails and has made a remarkable recovery. He says he should have been a stunt man! He was blessed that day with a second chance at Life.  I feel like I got a wake up call as well.  Do not take life and Love for granted.  Make sure to tell those in your life that you Love them but be sure to show them everyday.  wess

This photo above was the happiest day of my life.

Until they told me Stephen would recover from his accident. Then it was the second happiest day.

I can not imagine stumbling through life with out him beside me!

Feeling Blessed.

Until Then,

Wende

 

 

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My Goodness the weather is crazy these days.  I know that living in the South I should be used to the sudden changes but lately it seems to be getting worse.

I was at work Thursday evening and a really bad storm came through.  Being on the water ( no trees to see being  blown down) I did not understand the severity of it. When I got home that evening it was a whole other story.  All of the power was out on 3 major roads and trees were down all over the place.  I should have known that things were not normal when I drove up to my house and the power pole across the street was leaning.

Well it had stopped raining so I let the dogs out and walked out with them and what do you know. . . not 10 minutes later it started raining again.  So in we went and down came the rain.  I was in working on the computer when I heard my Husband calling me from the kitchen.  I walk in to find water pouring out of the light fixture, out of the ceiling and down the walls from behind and out of the cabinets. Needless to say, Chaos ensued!!!!! Many buckets and towels later we are outside with flash lights climbing on the roof to see the issue!

What a night!!

The contractor came out as well as the insurance people. We have drying machines all over the kitchen, the stove is in the center of the room, the floors have been ripped up and all of our kitchen supplies are in our bedroom.  Looks like some major construction in the near future!

I just hope it is finished before the fall season starts so I can enjoy my back yard!! Anyway I hope to have some projects finished really soon so I can share them with you. I hate that there is no baking or cooking in my plans for a while.

I know things could have been much worse. We are lucky!

If you look close you can see the water running down the wall!

Wish us Luck!

Until Then,

Wende

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I just wanted to say sorry about the posting issues I am having. I had a great post for my Birthday July 19th, but when I went to publish it. . . all of my contents was deleted! Except the title.
I am looking into the issue and hope to have it resolved soon because fall is on the way and I am working on lots of fun projects that I can not wait to share with you.

Until Then,
Wende

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With the  weather really getting warmer by the minute, I decided that I was in the mood for some good lemonade.  Not something you just add water to. I wanted some fresh squeezed lemonade. So I searched and searched for a recipe that I could alter to my taste. It is really good and you know me. . . Easy!

Sorry there are no photos! My camera is very sick so the photos I took of this recipe are not accessible! I hope that we might be able to retrieve them, but not sure about it.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!

1 cup fresh lemon juice. About 6 lemons.

2/3 cup sugar. I like my lemonade  tart.

You may want to add a little more sugar.

8 cups of water.

1 extra lemon for garnish.

Juice your lemons and add to your pitcher.

Add sugar to pitcher.

Add water to pitcher.

Stir.

Cut lemon into thin slices and add to pitcher.

Put pitcher into Fridge to get good and cold.

Make sure to stir your lemonade each time before you pour into glasses.

The sweet settles to the bottom!

Add ice to a glass, lemonade, a garnish lemon slice and . . .

Enjoy!!!

I took my glass to the back yard and sat in the swing for a while. It was relaxing and quite refreshing.

I hope you try to take a moment and enjoy the little pleasures in your life today!

Until Then,

Wende

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