Thursday, December 31, 2020

May 2021 Be Better for All

Hello Folks ~ Here we are in the last day of this very strange, stressful year. Considering everything, the year has gone by fast. My prayer is for the whole world to be a better place in 2021. May God's love and peace rule our hearts and minds. May we give all of our anxiety to him. Let go of all of the negative words and images in our minds.

For me, this year ended with a fall that really made me pause in my daily routines. It made me think more about life and how fragile it is. It gave me more empathy for those in pain, for those suffering through so much stress this year, either relationally, spiritually, financially, physically.

I did order two wrist braces, one for daytime, the other for sleeping. They will be here Sunday. I also ordered Penetrex Therapy Cream inflammation formation with Arnica. That will be here today. Also ordered Organic Turmeric Curcumin C3 Complex - Bioperine Black Pepper, Boswellia & Ginger (Clinically Proven C3 Turmeric) 95% Standardized Curcuminoids - Inflammation & Joint Supplement. All had great reviews. I will let you know my own personal opinion after using.

Thanks for your prayers, love and encouragement. This year has been difficult for so many and I am thankful for all of you. 

May God bless you all in 2021.  

One last photo posted for 2020, 

and what a surprise to find another heart in the form of a rain drop. 

God is good all the time. 

Love, hugs and prayers,



Saturday, December 26, 2020


Happy day after Christmas. The low temp this morning was 43, which is cold for us here in s.e Florida. 

A lovely you tube video came up on my recommendations list.


Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas to all

Hello Friends ~ It is Christmas Eve morning. Prayers for all of you everywhere around this world to be safe, well, filled with peace and to find some joy as we celebrate this Christmas season.

Praying for those in the path of the snowy, stormy Christmas Eve weather tonight.

I wanted to share a lovely Christmas you-tube video from the series 'The Chosen'. I watched this on the 13th when it was live streamed and it was wonderful, both music and messages.

 Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement during this time of my hand/wrist healing. Swelling is all down but it sure is colorful and it does still hurt/ache, (although not as bad as it first did), especially when trying to do certain things. I'm taking things slow and am very thankful things are on the mend. The photo below is from yesterday, it looks a bit better today as colors are fading.

I have a pain balm called 'Two Goats', coming today from Amazon. Recommended by a friend. I've been using a hemp cream, Blue-Emu, and Taspen's No More Aches cream.  I've been taking a homeopathic remedy, Arnica Montana for bruising and muscle soreness. I believe these all have been helping in the healing process. I have taken Tylenol at night to ease the pain so I can sleep.

My new mantra to myself:

"Move slowly,
watch where you are going,
pick up your feet,
stop when you are tired."


Love, hugs, prayers and Merry Christmas,


Sunday, December 20, 2020


Greetings from Plum Cottage ~ thanks for your prayers, they are much appreciated.

A quick update on my fall yesterday. Sean and I had worked steadily for around 2 1/2 hours when I stumbled and fell. (I think I didn't pick up my feet like I should have, as that does happen when I'm working in the gardens and need to quit.) 

I just sat on a rock til I could get myself back together somewhat. I wanted to just bawl, but just breathed and thanked Jesus it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Even now, I don't know 'why' this had to happen now. But things happen and we learn to go with the flow. I did have a pity party later and texted my widow friend Rita and my sis in law Sue asking for prayer, which they both did. Rita called me and I cried and we talked, laughed a bit and she prayed for me before we hung up.

 On a kind of funny note, with my right hand being out of commission to some degree, I had to go to the bathhroom,  & couldn't get my pants unzipped fast enough, so ended up wetting myself. Sheesh!

What am I to make of this, I'm not sure. On the 9th it was the 8 year anniversary of my dear husband's home going,today is his birthday, and Christmas without him is Friday. I have much to be thankful for, and am, this year has just been hard on everyone, some more so than others. I do know that I need to set limits on how much physical labor I do, as I'm not able to go and do like I could before. It's been over 10 years probably since I worked as hard as I did yesterday. I did say to Sean once that I was feeling tired, and he told me to take a break. I did for maybe 5 minutes at the most. My husband used to come out and tell me it's time to stop, when he knew I'd been outside working for a long period of time.

So, at this time, I will sit more, thinking about and resting in God's tender care. I'm not to stress, and to let Sean do more of the work. It's just that I always helped my husband with every project. I enjoy it, but there does come a time, sometimes, when we have to step back relax.

When Sean got here I asked him if he could do a couple of things before we got started on the tree trimming. Take the last bit of window covering off of the bump out window in the scullery. The top was covered as were the sides, stopping a lot of light from coming in. Plus, I couldn't open the top window for fresh air. He did that. Yay! Then he took out the tiny a.c. that was in the scullery's east window. Yay again. More light and more fresh air into the house. (I will get to the dishes one thing at a time, just haven't felt like it today.)

 Now for the pics of my boo boo. The first two, after my fall. I landed on a rock, in the rock border of St. Francis garden. Not sure which rock I fell on, but ended up sitting on the one laying down instead of it's usual position of being upright. I couldn't get up by myself. I couldn't get up by his just pulling me up as my knees are just not what they used to be. I told him to get the garden stool that's low so I could get that far up, then said, you're just going to have to pick me up with your arms around me and lift. That worked fine. Sheesh!

These photos below are from this morning. Miss Tork was my little comforter.



God blessed me with another heart. I had come in with my dirty shoes on and left some debris on the floor in front of my chair. At first I just saw a leaf, and told myself I would get it later. Well, when I looked later I had to get my cameral. There was another heart gift for me. A gift telling me I am loved, and even though I am hurt and now healing/recuperating, it could have been worse.

Last evening I sat and watched a you-tube video that was wonderfully awesome. I am oh so thankful to my Creator, for what he has done, what he is doing and what he will do in the future.

Have a lovely, peace filled Christmas week.


Saturday, December 19, 2020

Prayer needed

I fell today, tripped landed on right knee & wrist. Both swollen & hurting. I’m writing this on my phone.

On a positive note, Sean & I got a lot done in tree trimming. I was very careful up until I tripped. I was tired. Not a spring chicken.

Thanks in advance for prayers- FlowerLady

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Christmas goodies

Good morning Folks ~ While some of you are freezing it is very warm and somewhat humid down here in s.e. FL. We had another couple of nights of temps in the low 40's, chilly during the day, but our 'cold fronts' never last very long. I just checked the weather, at 6:45 EST and it is 72 and it says we have 'fog'. I'm looking out of the window and it must be a very 'light' fog because I don't really see it. To me it is always a treat to have a foggy morning. Humidity is 100%.

Yesterday I baked a 'Regal Fruitcake' a recipe from my late MIL given to me when we were first married and living in Spain. (DH was in the US Navy). This is a favorite of ours, not your typical fruitcake, no citron. Chocolate chips, maraschino cherries, dates and walnuts. Everyone who has been given this has enjoyed it also.

Here it is with 'Brown Sugar Crescents' another favorite. My dear husband's Aunt Ruthie would bake and send these to his family at Christmas. These are absolutely wonderful!! 

 Now, I'll share the recipes. I will be sharing the goodies with two widow friends, (we are going out to lunch again tomorrow at Chili's, our third time since the pandemic started.) Also sharing with Sean who is helping me with fencing and trimming trees, he will be here again on Sat.



1 c. (8 oz) maraschino cherries
2 c. walnuts
1 8 oz. pkg. pitted dates, chopped
1 1/2 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
        1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. sugar
1 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Drain, slice and drain again the maraschino cherries. 

Coarsely chop the walnuts.
Chop dates if not already bought that way. 

Grease bottom and sides of a 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch loaf pan. Line bottom and sides with parchment paper or brown paper (cut from a bag) and grease the paper. 

Set the oven at 300 degrees. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

Beat until thick and light and piled softly the eggs and vanilla. Gradually add while beating, the sugar.  

Mix in with a spoon, cherries, nuts and dates. Add the chocolate chips. 

Add the dry ingredients in thirds. Mix only until blended after each addition with spoon. 

Turn batter into pan and spread evenly being sure to fill corners. 

Place a shallow pan containing 2 c. hot water on bottom rack in oven. Place fruitcake on rack above it and bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until it springs back when touched, and a toothpick inserted in center comes out dry, (except there may be melted chocolate on pick). 

Cool 10 minutes on rack, then remove from pan and peel off paper. Turn right side up and completely cool on rack, after 'painting' cake with cider, orange juice, Triple Sec, cherry brandy or grape juice. 

When cool, wrap in foil and store 10 days in the refrigerator before slicing.

 Ha, ha, I didn't wait 10 days. 



Brown Sugar Crescents

Recipe in my old Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, received for Christmas from my husband's sister Fern, her husband Pepe, and baby Joseph 1970. This cookbook is filled with recipes I've written out from family and friends way back when.

I didn't roll the cookies in powdered sugar but sprinkled it on.

I have been buying 'Happy Eggs'. They are more expensive, but oh so much better than regular eggs. The yolks are so golden not a pale washed out yellow.  I opened this carton to find a humongous egg in the dozen and thought I'd share the photo here.

 I will end this post with some pics of hearts that have just happened to show up in my daily life.

The first photo ~ a yogurt heart in my cereal bowl, then an applesauce heart on dinner plate, and lastly a coffee stain heart on the plate where I sit my coffee filter.


I am thankful for the many little heart gifts that God has been blessing me with since He called my dear husband home 8 years ago now. 9 Dec. 2012. They have been leaves, rocks, clouds, food. They are always a pleasant surprise.

That's it for now. Time for my second/final cup of coffee, minus the goodies.

Enjoy your Christmas holidays leading up to Christmas day.  Look for things that bring joy to your heart and soul.

Love, hugs and prayers,



Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Christmas at Plum Cottage

Good morning Folks ~ here we are a little over a week before Christmas day. Time is zipping right along. Today I hope to get started on some Christmas baking.

Yesterday I edited photos for this post while listening to a wonderful you tube long playing piece of Christmas music. It did my heart good. I will share the link at the end of this post.

No words this time, just pictures from around this little cottage. The theme was 'more' romantic this year and the Nativity placed in a safe place in the bookcase, as Miss T has been using the mantel as a jumping board to get to top of bookcase. No new ornaments, most of these are 'old' and 'special'. The only new addition were the red ribbon rose buds, which I had a little bag of in my crafting stash.



 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1 KJV)

 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: 

and the government shall be upon his shoulder: 

and his name shall be called 



The mighty God, 

The everlasting Father, 

The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)



Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. He is the Light of the world. Through him we have life, now and forever more when we believe he is who he said he is. He is the great I AM. May we be still and listen for his voice. He loves us.


Love, hugs and prayers,



Monday, December 7, 2020

Plum Cottage happenings - long winded ;-)

Hello Folks ~ Here we are into December, starting the second week with 18 days left until Christmas. Time is zipping right along. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving day in spite of covid and it's rules. I did fix myself a nice dinner and was really pleased at how well it turned out. One of my best I think. I do miss fixing special dinners (and any dinner) for my dear husband, so it's not always easy to fix a special dinner just for one. Last year I did have my sweet widow friend Rita over and we had a nice time. This year we spent our Thanksgiving day alone.

I had bought a small young turkey breast and fixed it in the crockpot. No liquid required, I just made up an herbal butter and spread under the skin. Turned the breast upside down, and at the end of 8 hours it was so tender. I made a green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and a cranberry sauce with a bit or horseradish sauce and Greek yogurt added. Pkgd. cornbread stuffing was made up and baked with JD sausage added. It was all delicious. I didn't make any dessert though.

A couple of days later my friend Mary brought over some of her Thanksgiving dinner for me and it was all delicious as well, plus she made dessert. ;-) Leftovers have been much appreciated. There was stuffing, turkey, a sweet potato dish, mashed potatoes, a broccoli dish, 2 biscuits and pumpkin and a custard pie. Oh my, oh so good, lasted me 2-3 meals.

I have been dealing with tooth pain lower, right jaw for months. It would come and go, until last Monday when I could tell, I really needed to see the dentist. I called and was able to see my dentist the next morning. I'm telling you that the 'dread' of going and what will be done is much worse than the actual event. She is kind, funny and gentle. She put me at ease while the 4 shots of numbing agent did their work. That took the longest, because pulling the actual tooth was over in a flash. I had the $ to pay for it as I had sold something that gave me a little cushion. God provided once again.

We had temps in the 80's, then a little cold front came in and one night it got down to 48. For us down here in s.e. FL that is cold. But it only lasted a couple of days before it warmed back up. Tonight it is supposed to get down into the low 50's, then the next three nights down in the 40's again. Such a nice change from the heat and humidity that we deal with here. It is clouding up and windy, looks like rain, which will be ushering in this little 'cold' front.

With the cooler temps I have been motivated to work outside and am able to do so for longer bits of time. The overgrowth won't be taken care of all in one fell swoop, but a little at a time, makes me feel better.

I did this little bit below in a couple of hours. It's only half of the space, but what a difference.


On the other side of the hedge on the left is 'the secret garden'.

Way back in March just before covid happened, I had three guys from church come over and started work on fencing that needed to be replaced. We figured out what I would need, I gave them $ and they went and bought materials. Well, covid came down along with rules, regulations, lots of fear, etc.  This is how it looked in March, before clean up.



This was after.

The neighbors next door where this fencing work was being done between us, put their house on the market. So, I got in touch with the main guy who had helped in March and we set up a date for this past Friday. It ended up only being he and I. I enjoyed working with and helping him with this project. I have missed working with my dear husband as we did all kinds of building projects during our 43 years together. Sean and I also had some good spiritual discussions which was a blessing, especially during this time of isolation. 

Before he came, I had to get back out to the area and get rid of overgrowth that had grown back up since March. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I was thankful as I'm not getting any younger and I prayed and asked for prayer from friends for this 71 year young body to be able to work along side Sean. We did very well, working from 9:30 until around 1.

Here's how the area looked before and after. We had gone through rain and winds from Eta in the last month which didn't help the fence situation any, but it did stay up. All of that rain caused everything to grow all the more. ;-)

 The creeping Wandering Jew plant has taken over as you can see. It is a nice ground cover and tamps down easily enough when walking repeatedly on it.


While working on digging up old fence posts that were rotted, the neighbor lady came out and said hello. They don't live here now, they live in northern FL, she was here to do some work on their RV to sell it. Well, while talking she said, I meant what we discussed back in March. They wanted to help financially. She said when she was done with her work, she would go to the bank and give me a gift. 

Oh my goodness. God is so awesome. I had been able to just buy a couple of fence sections and some posts back in March just to replace the really bad sections. Well, she got the $ and gave it to me as Sean and I were done for the day and just talking. When she left and I saw what was in the envelope, I just couldn't help smiling and saying thank you to Jesus not only for their generosity, but that he worked it out that she would come down on the day we happened to be working on the fencing. They gave me $300, enough to buy two more sections to finish off the fencing between our two properties, and then to buy 3 sheets to start on the other fencing that needs to be replaced along the other neighbor's property. Back when dear husband and I had done all of the fencing it was around $20 a section, now it's up to almost $41. Yikes. The fencing all around this property is ancient.

Anyway, Sean and I talked and he's going to help me clear this property of 'junk', do more fencing, etc. so that I can be more at peace in taking care of this place. This is 1/4 of an acre. It has been a little haven since 1973 when we moved in here after hubby's discharge from the US Navy. We had lived overseas in Spain since 1970. Before God called my husband home, my husband told me to get rid of the junk, because he knew I would feel better if it was gone.

I couldn't deal with that right after he left this planet, but eventually, I did get rid of a little over 3,000 pounds of metal to the scrap yard and got a whopping $300. There is still more iron, lumber and other things dear hubby just couldn't let go to the dump when he saw it lying on the side of the road. Through the years, we used things, we sold some too and of course, I still have some laying around. So, I am appreciative for Sean's help in this project.

Please keep me in your prayers to keep positive and focused on Jesus. He is my strength when I am weak, He is my provider. I've had some depression these past 9 months, along with sciatica pain, dealt with heat and humidity, been stressed to a degree over the whole state of circumstances with health, relationships and finances around the world. We all go and hopefully grow through the problems that come our way. We can't compare ourselves to anyone else. This time of isolation has drawn me closer to God, made me appreciate so much more and makes me want to be a better person.

Miss Tork and I are still dealing with fleas, but they are a lot less!! She was in my lap one afternoon, when I looked down at her and saw a rainbow on her face. It was from a glass piece from a chandelier reflecting the sun's rays. She likes to sit in my lap like this when I'm here at the computer.

 I did 'start' to decorate yesterday, did a little more today, hope to finish tomorrow.


 Found this little gift in the driveway the other day.

With that, I will close with the following from a devotional I read this morning.


"We wait in hope for the LORD; 

he is our help and our shield. 

In him our hearts rejoice, 

for we trust in his holy name. 

May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, 

even as we put our hope in you."

Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV)


Have a wonderful Christmas month, seeking the joy and beauty, giving thanks in all things.

Love, hugs & prayers,