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Nany’s Shortbread

1 cup unsalted butter
½ cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1½ cups flour
½ cup cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt

Maraschino cherries or gum drops for decorations (if desired)


Preheat oven to 300°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
Cream butter. Add the icing sugar and cream well with the butter. Then mix in vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, and salt together. Add to the wet mixture and blend until well incorporated.

Form dough into small round balls (apx. 5/8 oz dough per ball). Place balls on prepared baking sheets and flatten each ball a fork. Decorate with small bits of cherries or gum drops

Bake for 18-20 minutes. Don’t over-bake cookies. Let cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes then remove from pan.

Makes 2 dozen depending on size of cookies

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Hillbilly Wisdom

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks, bankers, and politicians at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

If you don’t take the time to do it right, you’ll find the time to do it twice.

Don’t corner something that is meaner than you.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

Don’t be banging your shin on a stool that’s not in the way.

Borrowing trouble from the future doesn’t deplete the supply.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Silence is sometimes the best answer.

Don‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

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Oyster & Pearl

Did you know….An oyster that has not been wounded in any way does not produce pearls?

A pearl is a healed wound.

Pearls are a product of pain, the result of a foreign or unwanted substance entering the oyster, such as a parasite or a grain of sand.

The inside of an oyster shell is a shiny substance called “nacre.”

When a grain of sand enters, the nacre cells go to work and cover the grain of sand with layers and layers to protect the oyster from harm. The result is a a beautiful pearl.

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Moms Roast Turkey



2 boiled potatoes

1/4 loaf of bread (cubed)

1 small onion

1/4 cup of melted butter

2 eggs



Summer savory (if none, just used poultry seasoning or regular savory)

Cook potatoes, drain and cube. Add half melted butter and let cool.

Cube bread in bowl. Add eggs, onions and seasonings and mix together. Add remaining melted and mix. Add potato mixture and bread mixture together. Do not over mix.

Add to empty cavity of unthawed bird.

Cooking the bird

Once bird is unthawed, remove from package. Put in bowl and let cool water run over it. Remove any neck or gibblets that are stored inside carcass.

Place stuffing in bird. Place stuffed bird in pan, breast side up. Rub a small amount of soft butter on the top. This will assist in browning. Place a small amount of water (1 inch) at the bottom of the pan along with 1/2 a chopped onion.

Place in oven, with cover on (or covered with foil) in 350* oven. You bake the chicken 20 minutes / 30 minutes per pound. (20 minutes, unstuffed / 30 minutes stuffed)

Halfway through cooking, remove cover and allow to brown.


Once cooked, remove chicken from pan. Take strainer and pour juices in a separate bowl and then back to pan again. Mix 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 of cool water. Once mixed well (not lumpy) use the strainer and pour flour mixture into the pan with the strained chicken juices and mix. Once mixed, turn on medium heat and continue to stir constantly till desired gravy consistency is achieved. Turn off heat, add salt, pepper and table spoon of soy sauce.

If this doesn’t make sense, just text..

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Daily Thoughts

Recently, my mind hasn’t been stopping. I suppose my mind has never really stopped before this however lately it’s been too much. So I’m going use my WordPress’s as my over flow. 🫣 😁 My Minds Over Flow. I really like that analogy. Maybe I should change my blog name to that. Lol

My retirement has been submitted. The end of October is my last working day. This is so stressful for me. My pension is very small. Obviously, I will be able to live just not as I am right now and that’s scary. But I am 58 and I want to spend the rest of my life doing what I want instead of being at the beck and call of someone else. It was a huge decision but one that I am glad I had the courage to make.

But with that decision being made, came some kick back from work. Once it was submitted, it was as if they mad. They were threatening to send me away to teach, not supporting my requests for administrative time. It was incredibly upsetting. But they is now over with and I have officially gotten what I wanted and am happy. So I’m trying to shake off my negative thoughts!! Shooo shoooo.. 😚

I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking about Christmas. 🤶🏼🎅🏼 I absolutely love Christmas! I was discussing it with someone recently and they asked if I was having family over this year. I shrugged and said I didn’t know. But unlike 2020 and 2021, this year doesn’t concern me at all. If family doesn’t want to visit here because they have small children then we will visit them! This is the benefits of retirement. No strings ..

I have a lot more on my mind but the majority of my venting about it was in the previous post. I’m trying to let it all go because all is done and over with but it still weights heavy on my heart. I wish I knew how to let things go. How do you do it?

Alright, thought dump completed for today. If you have any words of wisdom on how to let things go, please share. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. 🥰

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✒️ Thoughts on Paper 📃

We have a couple of different functions to attend over the next few weeks so I purchased these note cards on Amazon. They are actually a lot nicer than I expected. They have a little foil look in the centre of some of the flowers which gives them a little glittery look but nothing too cheesy and they are blank on the inside, which is what I wanted.

When I went searching for blank cards, they were very difficult to find. You could find numerous choices of birthday cards, anniversary cards, mixed cards for different occasions with cheesy phrase’s and greetings typed up and created for you to give to your friend or relatives with zero personalization except your signature at the bottom. I’ve been thinking, when did this become ok? When did someone else’s words on a greeting card become acceptable? You are wishing someone congratulations on a milestone or best wishes for a birthday. You should at least give them a card that you wrote in your hand writing with your thoughts on it. Not a greeting from some random human getting paid to come up with catchy jingles.

It would never be socially acceptable for me to pay the same random human to think of and purchase the gift for me. With no thoughts, feelings or suggestions of my own. I think a card in your hand writing with your thoughts is so much nicer.

Just random thoughts ..

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Retirement – 20 May 2022 – DWD

As I watch my husband go through the final few weeks of his career, it creates so many emotions. So much excitement for our future adventures but at the same time we’re both experiencing tiny pangs of sadness for the long successful career that’s ending.

35+ years ago, when my husband signed on the dotted line, he made it very clear that it wasn’t just him joining the military. That as a couple, we were both going on this adventure together. A large part of any military members success is based on his families support. Being in the military isn’t a career choice, it is a life choice especially for our 3 children who were born into the lifestyle. It wasn’t a choice for them.

In the spring of 1998, we were posted to Ottawa, Ontario for the first time. This is where we purchased our very first home on Paddler Way. I remember one day, a little boy around 10 years old (about the same age as Anthony) who lived right across the street, was visiting our place. Anthony and him were playing in the living room while I was in the kitchen. I was listening to their conversation. A typical conversation for a military child who just moved.

Boy: Where did you live before?

Anthony: Edmonton, Alberta

Boy: oh ok. Why did you move?

Anthony: because the military told us to. Where did you live before?

Boy: nowhere. I always have lived in that house. (Pointing across the street)

Anthony: really? Wow.

(Pausing and thinking)

Anthony: isn’t that boring?

Boy: I don’t think so.

I came in to the living room and explained to Anthony that most people don’t move around like we do. That we are unique because we are in the military. He shrugged and continued his conversation with his new friend, not thinking twice about the discussion.

Back then, that was typical for us. Shrugging things off, accepting and not over thinking situations. Summer of 1993, Cpl Mayne comes home from work and tells me he has been slated for his CLC course. I’m pregnant for our second child and end date of the course is after my due date. Back then, being in the combat arms, if you didn’t accept a career progression course, there was a good chance you would never get offered one again. We both knew this. I was sad, upset. He was sad, upset. But we knew what had to be done, so we did it and we both soldiered on.

Richard always put our family first. Deployments, career progression courses, all the time spent away from us was always done to better our family financially. When he chose to leave the combat arms and become a GeoTech, it was our longest consecutive time away from each other. He put in his request while we were living in Edmonton, right before his deployment to Bosnia. Weeks of pre deployment training, 6 months in Bosnia then he was accepted. He came home from Bosnia and immediately went for training in Ottawa for 6 months. Our consecutive time separated was over 12 months with a break for Christmas.

As all of this comes to an end, we always think about regrets. Time away from family is never good. All the birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases, school functions, all the firsts that only happens once that he missed. Does he have regrets? Probably he does. However, I don’t. I always looked at it in a light that we made a choice 35+ years ago. We, as a couple, choose this crazy adventure. He had a job to do and I had a job to do. I was raised as a strong independent woman and being a military spouse has fostered that. When my husband left for deployments, he knew I was there taking care of everything. He could go do his job and not worry about anything back home. In the military , that is priceless.

I’m very proud of us.

I love you Richard.

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💝 17 February 2022 🌸

Tomorrow is this lovely young lady’s birthday. She is my youngest sons wife and the mother of 2 out of 3 of my grandchildren. She’s an incredible wife, an awesome mother and overall wonderfully smart, compassionate human being. I know she knows this as I say this every February, but I’m so happy she is a member of our family.

Sometimes I hear comments from others questioning the necessity of publicly writing a long post announcing your gratitude or love while wishing someone a happy birthday. I do it all the time because when I feel blessed or extreme gratitude for something or someone, I want to scream at the top my lungs and thank the universe for giving it to me. I love showing the world my gratitude and I love seeing others who are equally blessed. Fill the world with your love and gratitude and it will return it to you two-fold.

Happy Birthday Sophie Badofie. I hope you have an amazing day tomorrow with your beautiful little family. Richard and I love you very much. 💝

🎊 Happy Birthday Sophie 🎂
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🎄The Joy of the Holidays ⛪️

Although the COVID cases were high this year, our family (minus my oldest son who lives in Ottawa) still shared Christmas together. Everyone took extra precautions, utilizing the rapid tests, masking and ensured social distancing was done. The result was magical. ✨ It was Elizabeth’s first Christmas and at the same time, we witnessed her take her first steps. Then we watched Auston’s eyes light up when he seen Santa had arrived on Christmas morning. I’m so happy to have been able to share these moments with my kids. These special moments will last with me forever.

Our Christmas Eve video chat with my oldest son is also a memory I will hold dear forever. With tears in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat, I seen the Christmas spirit stronger than ever amongst my children. They are all very passionate individuals which can be overwhelming for a mother. I’m just happy they chose to keep in touch even if they’re not as close I’d like. I know they’d say that they are all still very close, but as the old saying goes, actions do speak louder than words. When you have a busy family, you need to make that extra effort to stay in contact with all your siblings. They were and still are your FIRST family, your first friend, your first mentor, and will always unconditionally love you. As you all grow older, become parents yourself, no matter your age, you can always learn from each other without judgement. Showing your vulnerability only shows how much you trust each other.

Anyway, with the cases souring everywhere around us, my youngest son and family left for home on the 26th. This was a little earlier than we hoped but was completely understandable. They will be hunkering down with my grandkids until things die down. They are safe and healthy, that’s all that matters.

My daughter leaves for home tomorrow. This visit was long overdue as the last time I hugged her was right before we moved here over a year ago. It’s incredibly difficult on a parent not being able to be with their child during rough times. Thankfully she’s a strong independent person however I know it has been very tough on her. My daughter is a lot like me and that when things fall apart around her, she shuts down. No communication, no contact of any sort. I didn’t realize until recently how hard that can be on family members. I apologize to anyone whom in the past I’ve ever stressed out due to my lack of communication. I’m learning and growing even at the age of 57. ☺️

I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. May 2022 bring you health, joy, happiness, and tons and TONS of family gatherings. Love always Lena

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Sharing the Risk (COVID)

I’m been talking to so many people these past few days about COVID. Some people who are literally scared to leave their house or do anything over the Christmas holidays. For me, it’s so frustrating because as far as I can see, COVID is going no where. It’s going to be here for a very long time so my question is: do you plan on staying in your house for the rest of your life?

I know I certainly won’t be. I plan on living my life, seeing my family and friends while being smart about it. Here are a few ways I stay safe.

1 – I’m fully vaccinated and everyone that I see is fully vaccinated as well. I have not and probably will not socialize with anyone who is not immunized for COVID. I would be devastated if I thought I was the reason someone caught COVID.

2 – I wash my damn hands and I do it frequently, not just after I use the washroom. I wash or use hand sanitizer if I go anywhere others people touch things. And I make a point of not touching my eyes, nose or mouth at the same time which … brings me to ..

3 – Wearing a mask! It really helps me accomplish not touching my face. I wear a mask everywhere I go. I’m very used to it. Going anywhere without my mask on actually feels uncomfortable. Plus I purchased some really pretty ones to coordinate with my outfits. 😷

4 – I’m also using COVID 19 rapid tests whenever I visit my grandchildren or older relatives. It is such a priceless tool. Just another option that we have to take control over COVID so it doesn’t control us

Bottom line is, we only have one life and we shouldn’t let it pass us by. But we must be smart as COVID is out there and it’s a major threat to those who can’t be immunized and to vulnerable individuals like the elderly. As long as everyone agrees to share the risk, life can continue.

An example of sharing the risk would be my hair appointment yesterday. Over the past two years, I’ve chosen to not get my hair done intentionally. It’s just putting myself out there where I didn’t need to be. However now my hairdresser is actually my friend and because of that she’s in my bubble. So when I arrived at her salon, I immediately noticed her sign at the front door that read “mandatory masks”. The first thing I did was grab my mask.

She looked at me, I looked at her… I said I have no problem wearing my mask, she said no you don’t need to wear your mask but I don’t mind wearing mine. I said no no, I’m fine with you not wearing your mask. See what we did here was agreed to share the risk. We are both in each other bubble. We’re friends.. BUT we both work. We are immunized, and we both know we are safe. But because there are no guarantees in life with COVID, we have agreed to share the risk in the attempt to get our lives back some type of normalcy.

I’m so thankful and truly blessed that I have friends and family that have agreed to share the risk with me. They are immunized, they do what is necessary to stay safe which is all we can do right now.

Happy Hollidaze my friends. I hope your 2022 is filled with health, happiness, and tons of love.