“Do CARDINALS… SING to YOU, too?”

“One “sweet-bird singer” and right in the  tree next to my bed-room window:

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“Today… the GRAND-CHILDREN came over… for Brunch – – and while we were sitting at the table”  – – JAIME  exclaimed… “Look at that beautiful Cardinal on the porch rail!”

Well… of course we all had to tum our heads   to  look – – and  Jaime asked… “Should I take a picture?” – -We are all looking and saying  – – how beautiful this “CARDINAL” is – – and this is the one bird that likes “ME” – – as it sings so nice and loud…  as it sits on the Telephone line…. just out-side the bedroom window. 

Of course with all of us having to look at just this one “BIRD”  – – back to the tree – – for safety  – – the flight is only seconds… away – – and of course  – – the camera is too late…  for the PHOTO of the year!

The “CARDINALS” live in a “DOUGLAS” type Christmas tree – – standing there for “sixty” years – – has the best living quarters  for this family of birds. So close to the house and porch – – and easy for all the young members… “baby birds”… to learn the ropes of where to get a free and quick meal… at my house. Also… for backup – – there is always the “SUNSET PARK” and the “MISSOURI RIVER”  with a short “FLIGHT “line for the bigger and even better eats – – the birds will not run out of food and water – – and once in a while – – –   an EAGLE will be perched up high – –  and let all the “BIRDS” know what to expect in our area!


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“My very FAVORITE little BIRD’

 

Today – we had several storms come in – and for awhile – I thought each one would end – but not the case. So, as I was sitting at the dining table and having a light snack – my very “favorite little bird” came to visit me.

As I am sitting there – and watching this “bird” – tip toe over that porch rail – looking for something good to eat – as in every few tippy-toe…  steps – a little scratch for some little…   “teeny tiny tid-bits.”

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So, since the storm is blowing rain and upsetting my Miss “Scrounger” – She is not going to be run off by this “rain storm”  – – – as “Miss Scrounger” knows there is something good for her here – she just has to find it. That’s what I like about this little bird – she  is about the smallest of birds to come and look for something good to eat – and she digs around in every little crack and cranny – just pecking around until she finds just what she likes!

 Well, today  my little scrounger must have more time on her hands – as the wind was blowing and the rain kept a coming – and –  she must have figured  – – “no sense in me getting drenched in  all of this heavy stuff ” – “I’ll just investigate spots on this porch – like I never did before!”

 “Little Miss Scrounger” takes a little tip toe and bounce and down on the outside of the porch rail and then into a little “peep hole” and onto the rail under the top rail – with some real investigation skills – tip toe and a few more quick  “dance” steps  – I know just what she was thinking – “this looks like some of the “bird houses” that I took a little “peek” into  – but this one –  just looks like a “giant” size  – birdhouse, to me!”

 Now that “Miss Scrounger” had so much fun – finding new and private quarters – that only she was able to maneuver in and around –  I’m betting that she will be back – looking in these new hiding places for some “good eats” – like the man said on TV – everyone  – even the “BIRDS” look for and enjoy “Good Eats!”

 Well, I did have a few other things to do –  and so I could not watch my favorite “little bird” – but now  – that she  has had so much fun in that new discovery of  her’s – I’ll be putting some of her special “bird seed” in those same places – and I’ll soon find out if she really enjoyed – doing her little “tip toe and bounce dance” – like only she can do  –  “I sure enjoy watching my favorite, ” Miss Scrounger”  – doing her special “tip toe  and bounce dance” – just for me!”

 

P.S. “We old ‘BIRDS” have to fly and stick… together!”


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“Counting My BLESSINGS… TODAY!”

 

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Click on the above letter from the “PINK SISTERS” on Warne Avenue – Saint Louis, Missouri  –  just so you can read it better in  a size larger.

This letter is addressed to my GRAND-MOTHER, Anne  Smart Brady, a wonderful woman who had the strength to do all of  her own Baking, Cooking and tending to a household of thirteen  (13) – as you know –  my Mother, Marie Brady McClarren  was the 13th and last child!

This letter was  a note of Thanksgiving for Blessings received – as the “PINK SISTERS”  spend all  of their time in prayer  – for all the intentions of all those who wish to request their prayers   – as the more that  we pray for something special – we  will receive that  which  – the Almighty knows that  we may have “NEED” of – It is the needs  we have  – that are answered  – –  our  wants that –  end up in a selfish request –  sometimes – never see the light of day.

The back side of the above note  is an  encouraging   note of  letting Grandma Brady know  – that her and all of  the BRADY  FAMILY will be remembered in CHRISTMAS  BLESSINGS and Prayers for all the intentions of all  their  needs – with a note that they will be praying further –  for Mr Brady’s health and strength to be returned soon .  – This note was signed by “MOTHER M. ROSE”  – as  (your friend in C J )

I am grateful and Thankful that this letter survived all these many years – as I notice that  Mother Rose used the word  “rejoiced” –  I feel that the using the word “JOY” is so much better – than to just say  that you are “HAPPY” for someone. What do you think???

 One other thing – I just wanted the world to know that someone that I was praying for – called today to tell me – – that they received an “ALL CLEAR” of cancer  –  which they were being treated far – and they are now feeling so much better with this  good news.  So, all praise  and the glory  – be to the Almighty for prayers that have been answered! Amen.                                                                                                                  


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“LOOKING GOOD and DONATING BLOOD”

Have a picture of my Grand-daughter, Alyssa Aldrich –she is giving “blood “on her Lunch Hour  – and with that  big smile – you can see she is enjoying  – – the giving of  the  “best gift”  – one’s own blood…  to save another’s LIFE!

March is the Red Cross Month – and I am so proud of Alyssa for caring enough to give her own blood – and without having been, even asked to do so.

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When Alyssa, e-mailed this photo over to me – it was the best picture to have received – I just had to make a couple of copies  – immediately!

I used to give blood years ago and  was a RED CROSS volunteer worker…  for the grade school that my sons were attending – so you know how long ago that was.  There came a time- – –  when  my blood decided to change. Each time that you go to one of their  “DONATION” set-ups…   they do a  test to be sure you have enough iron – my blood would not do the drop and spin test  – and then they just could not get my blood to fill up the require amount needed for a successful donation? Guess that is what happens – – when you gave too many times and did not restore the “IRON” into your  own system???

Looks like I needed to take “iron supplements”  – and still have to take my vitamins – -one of the signs that the foods  – – that I like best – – do not do for the body – – that which  – – I wish that they would do.


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“Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Brownie Delight”

Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Brownie Delight
 
Author: Kim Lange

Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Brownie Delight

Ingredients
  • 1 9 x13 pan of brownies baked and cooled whatever brand you like
Nutter Butter Layer
  • 10-12 Nutter Butters broken up into large chunks
Peanut Butter Fluff
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Drizzles & Pretties
  • 1/2 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Reese’s Pieces Candies
Instructions
  1. While brownies are baking or cooling…you can make the peanut butter fluff ahead of time.
  2. Using mixer, whip whipping cream until it starts getting fluffy.
  3. Add in peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until continue whipping until peaks become stiff, keep in fridge until layering.
  4. Sprinkle an even layer of nutter butter cookie bits on top of brownies.
  5. Pour and spread the peanut butter fluff on top of of the cookie / brownie layer.
  6. Cover and put in fridge.
  7. Melt chocolate chips and add in cream after melted and whisk If it’s too thick, add in a little more cream. It should be thick and creamy. Drizzle with piping bag or snip hole in ziplock bag and fill with chocolate and drizzle on top of fluff.
  8. Pop peanut butter in microwave about 15 seconds and do the same drizzle method like the chocolate.
  9. Sprinkle some random mini Reese’s Pieces and transfer to the refrigerator overnight.
  10. Keep refrigerated or frozen until use.
Recipe Notes

Don’t overbake brownies

Pssst...Just in case you don’t know what a Nutter Butter is? 🙂

ChocolaTess Trivia: Nutter Butter is a Nabisco brand peanut-shaped sandwich cookie with a peanut butter filling, which was introduced to the public in 1969 and they are peanut buttery delicious. They also have Nutter Butter Bites, which are round instead of peanut shaped. (Which is what I used.)

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“7 Practical Steps for Self-Care”

 

7 Practical Steps for Self-Care

If you take the time to nurture yourself, everyone around you will benefit.

by Pablo Diaz — Posted in Health and Wellness on Mar 16, 2017

Even though it feels and looks like full-blown winter outside in some parts of the country, we are officially a few days from spring–a great time of year especially for baseball fans, gardeners, farmers and everyone who enjoys the warmer weather.

Spring is when plants begin to bud, and people care for their yards and clean house. Novelist and poet Margaret Atwood says, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

While we care for the things around us and for others, spring is a reminder that we should care for ourselves, too. Without self-care, everything else suffers including our well-being. Self-care is under our control; no one can do it for us. Self-care is not only important, it’s crucial.

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Below are seven practical steps that experts in the health field recommend:

1.  Make time to eat well and exercise, even if you’re busy.
2.  Know when to say “no” to requests.
3.  Find a balance between work, family and personal time–protect your schedule.
4.  Honor your emotional and spiritual needs.
5.  Foster and nurture meaningful relationships.
6.  Spend your time and money on what matters.

7.  Take care of your well-being every day.

Taking these steps is not always easy or without challenges, but worth the investment. I find that practicing these steps daily helps build good habits and a healthy way of life.

It may take time, but in the end we are all better for it. Self-care reduces stress, helps us to refocus on what’s important and allows us to be there for others. What is the best advice you have received for self-care? Please share.


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