Tuesday, February 27, 2018


It's a wonderful thing to be a grandmother. I went to Singapore before the baby was born and a couple of days later she was born and brought lots of joy for both families. Her name is Ellery, Ellie for short. Both mom and baby are doing fine.  I passed a month with them and my husband came for the last two weeks of that and we traveled back together. The jet leg is pretty bad and I am still experiencing it.

 We went to the top of the  Marina Bay Sands Hotel, that is the building that looks like a ship on top of three towers. The whole thing is the hotel. From the "ship" we can see the whole city and it was nice to go before it get dark than see the city lights come in when it gets dark.
 It was great to take a day off to go to the beach.
 Gardens by the bay was fantastic. These gigantic "trees" change colors awhile music is played. Many people layed on the ground to look upward.
 The Marina Bay Hotel The "The ship" was fantastic...they have all these palm trees on top, an infinity pool, bar, restaurant...etc, etc.
This view below was from another tall building. We went to a restaurant/bar and from there we have our food with this view. The restaurant is called "Level 33." I had the dory fish and it was great. My husband had something else with a great flat bread.

 The Merlion. I never got a good shot. The first few days we were there it was being repared and was all covered up and then this time we were in a hurry and could not get closer. Sorry for the blurry photo. The Merlion is a big symbol in Singapore so I wanted to include a photo here.
 At the botanical garden
 Our sweet one.
 Satay was great but the sauce was just a bit spicy for me.

 People laying down to watch the tree show with the gigantic trees at Gardens by the bay.
 Some of the fruits my daughter had at her house

A giant tree at Gardens By The Bay (It changed colors constantly with the music.)
We were there during Chinese New Year so we took a train to Chinatown and oh my heavens it was very well decorated all around.

 I was glad this young lady did not mind me taking her photo. She looked so cute with all the red color around. 2018 is the year of the dog.

This was much fun but sorry to report that my crochet and other crafts had to put away for awhile. I was glad to have been there for the birth of the baby and help my daughter and her husband in a few things. The jet leg was bad so I did not sleep well for more than one week. What a mess :(
We are now back in cold North Dakota and it seems like it will be some snow coming this next weekend. Keep warm and I hope you don't mind me sharing about the trip. It's a beautiful country, clean, polite, convenient and comfortable. I do recommend it for a vacation spot. 
P.S.  I corrected the info in here, it is not Fullerton hotel but Marina Bay Sands hotel that has the ship structure on top of it.  No we did not stayed there.  We just went up to enjoy the restaurant and the night view.
Take care and till next time!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Slow January

It seems like January is going slow or is it just my perception? I have not done much since January started. I am soon going to travel to another country to be with daughter and her husband. Their baby will be born by the end of this week. There is anxiety and happiness at the same time in our house. She will be our first grandchild and for sure will bring so much joy to our lives. We praise the Lord God for this blessing. We had a great Christmas time celebration with the family in Iowa. We had terribly cold days and some foggy days but in the last 3 days it has been great with 30 degrees Fahrenheit
 ( -1.1 C) It feels wonderfully warm. I have finished my small crochet project and I'm thinking about starting a new one.
My finished wrist warmers. I didn't follow a pattern. I just created my own thing. Made with leftover yarn. Nick Picks , Wool Of The Andes.
 Foggy days
 Lumi is looking better. The shots the doctor is giving her seems to be working.
Here is a great crochet podcast  LottieandAlbert
 I am about to finish Hygge so I got another book to read however I had to get in the ipad since it's handy to carry when I travel.
 Stewed apples with milk. Just cooked together the apples, sugar, a bit of cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter. Serve warm or chilled. I prefer warm.
 Mimo is is our adorable polydactyl fur baby.

 The lake nearby is frozen and still.
 Frozen lake
 Near the lake
 This was in Iowa, this is my mother is law's back yard.

 Some of the people of our family watching a Christian message in the basement of the church. We rented the church fellowship hall since it's large enough for the large family. My mom in law in the photo (89 years old) and also the youngest member of the family little Joe. (son of my husband's nephew.)
 Baby clothes are so sweet. These came from my mom who lives in Brazil. My daughter will appreciate these cool Summer clothes for her baby.
Little Ruth is so sweet and shy. She is the older sister of Joe.
Sending warm wishes for a lovely first month of the year! Keep cozy, give and receive lots of hugs from all your loved ones! Not sure when I will be able to post another post but soon I hope. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful and peaceful Christmas. We even got to skype with our daughter and her husband. It has been cruelly cold outside. It's now -12 and we are thankful that -23 went away.
May you and your families have a great new year and may the new year bring peace, prosperity, joy and above all good health!
We usually wait till All Kings Day to remove the Christmas decorations.
 Time to be drinking something warm
 Evening aproaching
 Cozy up in the sofa and watch Father Brown.

 Leaving black eye pea, rice and lentils behind the front door in tiny plates for it brings good luck. I don't believe in good luck then why do I do it? Well...my mother used to do it so the tradition stays with me.
 Black eye peas cooking for tonight
 Son brought new board games for us to play

Blessings to you and yours this new year! 


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Wishing a wonderful Christmas time to everyone. It has been quiet around here and we like that. I was glad our son made here from Iowa or it would have been just the husband and me to celebrate last night. This is the first time ever that we celebrate Christmas on the 23rd. Our schedule has to coordinate with the husband's schedule thus the reason. We had a nice meal and opened gifts afterwards. I watched "Miracle On 34th Street." We will go to Iowa to celebrate on the 28th of Dec.  My husband's mother usually has a great program for us and she involves many of the younger ones in the program. We have a couple of nieces who are musicians and they provide a small concert for us which is wonderful! Check them out here Chasing Lovely   .  Do you travel to be with family for Christmas? What do you traditionally do as a family?
My prayer at this time is for more love, we need to say "I love them" more often. Jesus said for us to love one another. May you keep cozy and get lots of love from family, friends and adorable pets!
I am going to try making wrist warmers. Link : wrist warmers
 Our star on top of tree isn't lighted so I am looking for something else for next year.
 We have had lots of warm soups for it's the best thing to cozy up to a warm bowl of soup in this weather.  Recipe here White Bean And Ham Soup

This new house looks a bit lonely without trees around it. We see this in our way driving to the gym in another town nearby.
Love the thoughts of Joy!
Got a few wheat grass ornaments from a lady who was making them at a crafts fair. This art seems to be dying. Hope people in the future will take time to learn it.

When we were in Germany for Christmas 1999 we enjoyed spiced wine at a Christmas Market. We asked to buy the mugs we were using to bring home as souvenirs and they sold it to us. It brings back memories when we use our mugs this time of the year.

Mimo is getting old but he is so sweet!
It never fails, everything gets to park on the coffee table. I dislike mint chocolate and husband dislike cherry chocolate combination so I get him the mint/choc. and he gives me cherry/choc. every Christmas.
Sweet potato pie!!! I love it! We had pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving so I made this one instead this time.
Pomegranate for good luck! Hey, we forgot to open it. I imagine it was because we were too full.
Lonely table just for 3 people!

Three Bean casserole, sour cream mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, carrot casserole and cranberry sauce.
I made stuffing on stove top. It takes too long to get the turkey done when the stuffing is inside cavity. I wasn't in the mood for that this year. My son was suggesting this elaborate stuffing with Port Wine, chestnuts, cranberries etc....maybe next year buddy!
Making of sweet potato pie.
Panettone is a must for us at Christmas time.

Sweet Potato Pie with chai tea.

Started to read my Hygge book son gave me for Christmas. Reading newsletters and cards from family and friends.
When we lived in Zimbabwe for 3 years we loved the tradition of placing Christmas Crackers by the side of the plate. I can't get it around here unless I order online so I just placed some other small gifts by the plate.
Time to eat.

The new kitten Lumi is quick to make friends with our older cat Mimo.
We have another church service tonight with a lovely cantata.   Merry Christmas to you and yours! Keep cozy and spread the love!

P.S. Some of you asked for the recipe for the Carrot Casserole.

Cook carrot, mash, yield 3-4 cups (I like to use 4 c.)
4 Tab. butter
1 C. evaporated milk with 3 teaspoons sugar
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup onion cut very fine
salt to taste
Buttered crumbs for top (panko)

Miss all, place on 9x13 pan. Top with buttered crumbs. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

chasing Lovely