“Have You Started Putting up the Christmas Tree”

Just have to give everyone with a “CAT” in the  “HOUSE” – – a heads’ up  – when it come to putting up the  “TREE” – since your “CAT” has “property” rights first and foremost!

Be  sure that the space for the tree is large enough – since the “CAT” knows the floor plan – and will be inspecting each and every area – that you think,  that you should   and or want to put something new and different – even though it is  and  only for the “Christmas Holidays” – and, just a few days’ after NEW YEAR! 

            “Sunset Cat Ancestor”

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The Sunset Cat that visits me – looks just like this cat we had in the 1970’s. Our cat just put herself into  the center of the “CRIB” setup, that  we had under our tree. Could the “SUNSET CAT” be a relative?

In the PHOTO above – we had a nice and comfortable living room chair – one that our “CAT” took ownership of,  and in preparing for putting up the “Christmas” tree in front of the living room window – the “chair” was moved to another part of the room. All was going so nicely – moving furniture here and there and the “Christmas Music playing and our singing – and just having FUN – was more than our “CAT” could take. She must have thought, “Where in the world – do you think that you “humans” are going to put me?”

So when all was said and done – the “TREE” all finished and presents wrapped and surrounding the “TREE” and and every space filled with new stuff – the “CAT” just had to plant herself  in the approximate spot – that her favorite chair would be – and that was right there – – where our little crib was – and since it looked like a nice little “HOME” for someone – “MISS CAT”  herself – thought that, she would move right on in!

Just “LUCKY” someone had the camera ready and snapped a PHOTO   – and  a memory, made –  that will last forever . Our “Pets” that live indoors,  take part of all of the activities  – that we are preparing for – and sometimes they just have to be included – in a way, that they will always know, that they are LOVED and always wanted right where they are – they are not losing their HOME – they are just sharing in all of our LOVE and FUN activities – and want them to LOVE  all – that which  we are all doing, together!

The more that I take a look at this old PHOTO – it almost seems,  that little ole “Miss Kitty” is  as a “statute” just standing so still,  there in place – just as if she belongs there with all of the other statues and ornaments that we are placing in various places – to be there – and not to  move – until it is time  – for us to take all  of  the different things down and apart – wrapping each item back in its special paper and box  – for another year to come  – securely put down  stairs and put  safely in certain boxes  all marked for “CHRISTMAS” all awaiting for another  and another year to come – and do it all over agin! – – D.V.

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“This is the MONTH to start Remembering”

As I remember – this month  of DECEMBER is a very difficult month for people – not only the end of this year 2018 – but,  as each year ends – also thoughts of what was not done and what should have been done – the “head” aches with memories,  that are sometimes too hard to forget – and for some older folk – this is also just too lonely  – as there are too few in the FAMILY to take the time to remember some of their old relatives – which we now see more notices in the  “Obituary Column” – and  in large cities and larger newspapers, obituaries are written only for people considered significant.

So, in my looking up something else, these words came to mind – “Till We Meet Again” – words in a song,  that I have not heard  – for years – but,  just had to pull up  – now,  have to share with my readers – that just might  like,  some of what I find to write about.



After listening to the above music and reading the words along  with “Connie Francis” doing the singing – that  – that there were some words  in this song that I have not picked up on  – in any other song – and  these words are highly important – today and everyday, when you stop to think about words.

The words that I like,  are like a PRAYER – and for sure TODAY – we all need lots of  PRAYERS  –  for our selves and for all of our Family and Friends –  there is no “WAR”  like  that of  “WWII” going on, as when this song was very popular –  and with so many of our young  men and women signed up in each of he branches of  SERVICE to protect AMERICA – that all of   the “Bus Stations and Train Stations”  had twenty-four hour service going on. Family and  Friends  always meeting,  and then taking their LOVE ONES to travel on  – Life was on a fast track – and everyone worried – that –  they may never ever see nor  hear from those that they LOVE.

***So… Wait and  Pray  each night  for ME…                                                   Till  –  we meet again!***

If that does not sound like a PRAYER – I’ll eat my hat – – but, in the 1940’s,  when you have a  “WAR” going on – and everyone in America – is doing their part to help WIN this WAR  – I’m betting that more people of America,  said mote PRAYERS – than at any other time in history.

And,  just to update  HISTORY –  that surprise  “HIT” on AMERICA  on  “9-11” – as I remember – there were more people  PRAYING –  and so much so – that I would have thought,  that we had finally come to our senses –  and would  have continue to keep in touch with our CREATOR – the one and only one , that  can help us in those  kind of stressful times,  as no other could or will ever be able to do so – – but,  just as soon as most people were feeling better –  and things were getting back to the normal state for most – PRAYER had just dropped off –  just as if it was never ever needed.

So, I feel that we should all remember to say a PRAYER for all those  in our FAMILY and our FRIENDS,  that we have today – and for the FRIENDS we will be making as the months start to roll on by –  because,  to be a “GOOD FRIEND” to our “CREATOR” – He just LOVES to hear from us – daily – several times a day – and or as often as is possible – because we are all in need of  “HELP” from above!

***So… Wait and  Pray  each night  for ME…                                                       Till  –  we meet again!***

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“Rum Ball Video”

This   “Video”  will put you into the “Holiday” mood  – if nothing else will  –  and let me know how you like it?


Enjoy “Rum Balls”

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“Rum Balls – Using your favorite ingredients”


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  1. 2-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 75 wafers)
  2. 1 cup ground pecans.
  3. 1 cup confectioners’ sugar.
  4. 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking cocoa.
  5. 1/4 cup rum.
  6. 3 tablespoons honey.
  7. 2 tablespoons water.
  8. Additional confectioners’ sugar or crushed vanilla wafers.


  • Mix together wafer crumbs, pecans, confectioners’ sugar and cocoa. Combine rum, honey and water; stir into crumb mixture. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional confectioners’ sugar or wafer crumbs. Store in an airtight container.
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  • Another Version


  •  1 cup vanilla wafer, crushed
  • cup pecans or 1 cup walnuts, crushed
  • 1cup honey
  • 1cup Bacardi dark rum
  • powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar, for coating


  1. Crush the Vanilla Wafers using a food processor or if you don’t have one, put the wafers in a sealed plastic bag and use a rolling pin (or wine bottle) to crush finely, no chunks or lumps.
  2. Crush the nuts using the same process as for wafers.
  3. Place in a large bowl, add the honey and rum.
  4. Form into small balls and roll in powdered sugar.

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Another choice of ingredient amounts.

1 box vanilla wafers, crushed; 3 Tbsp. cocoa; 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts, 4 1/2 Tbsp. corn syrup, 1/3 cup rum, and 1 cup confectioners sugar (plus more for rolling balls). (It states that finely chopped coconut may also be added.)        Current recipe says it makes 50-60 balls.

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Another list of ingredients – to show that the “Chef”  can  add  to the mix a little more or less – just so you can make a nice ball, that will hold together,  and taste wonderful, when the guest try them!

Ingredient Amounts may be to your  taste.

¼ cup dark rum 
Bacardi black or equiv.
1 ½ cups vanilla wafer crumbs 
¼ cup honey 
2 cups walnuts 
1 x powdered sugar 

“Variety is the spice of LIFE!”

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“Old-fashioned Apple cake”


This moist old-fashioned apple cake made with fresh chopped apples, cinnamon, and chopped nuts. It’s a treat you’ll make every fall, whether you pick your own apples or buy them at the market.


Put the mixer away! This cake is best mixed the old-fashioned way–with a wooden spoon. Thanks to Carol for sharing this recipe.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (13 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups chopped apples
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Steps to Make It 

Heat the oven to 350 F.

  1. Grease and flour a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan.
  2. .In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; blend well. Add the remaining ingredients all at once and mix with a wooden spoon until blended.
  3. Spread the batter in the prepared baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until the cake tests done. A toothpick inserted into the center of the apple cake should come out clean.
  4. Tips
  • Use a neutral flavor vegetable oil, such as canola, corn oil, or safflower.
  • Some kinds of apples are better for baking than others. For a cake, the apples don’t have to be firm as in a pie or crisp. Choose fairly sweet apples, like Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Braeburn, Pippin or MacIntosh. 
  • To bring out the nutty flavor of the walnuts, toast them lightly in a dry skillet until lightly browned and aromatic.

Serve this cake slightly warm with a scoop of ice cream or dust it with sifted powdered sugar 

  • Make the cake with chopped fresh pears instead of apples.
  • Omit the chopped walnuts or use chopped pecans instead.
  • Replace half of the granulated sugar with firmly packed light or dark brown sugar.

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“A DAY LATE and a dollar short”


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“STOP the ACTION – HOW can we make something  –   when Eleanor does not have her apron???”   “ON?”

“Do you think that we made anything – this day that we are –  all –  dressed in our best – and without a big squabble – we all decided on some special spot to stand – and look like we  –   were going to do something – exciting and important?”

Take a look at the photo  – the two tables are set for eight (8) to sit down and drink a glass of milk. Well – what about the other two in our class of ten girls – two (2) of   us  will get to stand  – or just be the  “servers”  – as we are all ‘used to serving’ – we have been doing that –  for years – so what is  – NEW?

After, this photo was taken – we did not have anything special to do – so a few of  us  did stay there in this kitchen  – that was in the basement part of the new  “GYM” –  and no sense to go back to the “HOME” part of the Orphanage – as there was nothing special for us  to be doing  –  now that we were done with the “PHOTO” set-up –  and as you can see some of the “PROPS” were still there –  to make this photo really look like we were actually learning to cook?

So, one of the girls poured some of that milk in a bowl and someone  else  cracked a couple of those nice eggs into the milk and started stirring. Well, without even  a half of an idea,  of what we could have made  – some sugar was added and then a little of the different spices –  and we  are asking   – “WHAT can we do with this?”

Well, there I am with a “COOK-BOOK” in hand  – “did I even think to really check out the cook-book  – what could we make, just for FUN – using the ingredients  – and if necessary  – send someone to the bakery for a few more things to actually make something?”

I only thought about this a couple of weeks ago,  (only some sixty years  – too  late) – when,  I was making some “FRENCH  TOAST” –  “All  that –  we needed then,  was some of the “HOME-MADE”  bread from the BAKERY –  and  then, we  could have had  something  really good to eat  – that is the few of us  girls   – that were  just hanging out?”

“This is what I call, “A Day Late and a dollar short” – if you get my drift?”

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