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The Best Day of My Life..... 
Aug. 9, 2014 4:36 am 
Updated: Aug. 11, 2014 4:26 pm

As the songs says - "This is gonna be the best day of my life!"    What day is that?  This day! And every day! Wake up with that attitude and indeed it can be the best day of my life!

Sure, I've had sad days. Days where things just didn't go my way. Days that were gloomy and it seemed like nothing went right.  We've all had those days. But, each day I try to find something that was good. Something that went right. Something that made that day worth living. Usually for me, I find that something in time spent with family and friends. Time spent with my pets.  Sometimes I find it in time spent in my kitchen. There's always something good in every day. Even this past Monday when I had to get up and go back to work after my summer break. What was good about that day? When I got home and there was my Suzy jumping excitedly at the door; so happy to see me, and upstairs I could hear Annie in her crate - she knew there was something going on and when she saw me she was ecstatic. They both were all tails and butts wagging and tongues hanging out through their huge smiles. Not only was that the best part of my day, I think it was their best part of the day, too!

My summer break went by in a whirlwind! I got to spend time out west with Steve and visit with my sister and brother-in-law. We spent 10 days camping, hiking and winery/brewery/cidery hopping around the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. That's one of our favorite vacations and this year we extended it by a few days. That was one of the best decisions we ever made - it gave us more time to spend enjoying the fantastic views at some of the wineries.

We spent time with family and friends doing things we love to do.  Kristal and I spent lots of time hiking trails with our four-legged kids in and around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are so many neat, fun trails and we've only just touched the tip of them so far.

According to my work calendar summer is over, but there is still plenty of summer left and I intend to enjoy it all.

Hmmm.... did I do much cooking? A little, though nothing earth shattering. I did a little baking. And some canning. I made Sangria Wine Jelly and I canned peaches.  On the last day of our trip to Virginia we headed to a peach orchard and we picked peaches. Kristal and Jake were with us the last 5 days of that trip and their good friends who live in North Carolina came up to stay with us the last day so all six of us were peach pickers for a morning. I'm looking forward to cracking open a jar of those peaches this winter and letting a little summer out into my kitchen!

We had a few things on a To-Do List for the summer, but not everything got accomplished. Priorities I say.  Nobody ever says they wish they had done more work! There will be plenty of time for work another day. In the mean time I will go have a second cup of coffee on my deck with my pups by my side and then get ready for a day of winery visiting with family. Tonight my husband's friend is the entertainment at a local winery. He can play guitar and sing like a pro! I'm going to make these Cheesy Chicken Meatballs into slider-sized patties for mini sandwiches and we'll have veggies and my Grandma's dip recipe, along with my Peachy Bread Pudding.  I figure that should be good fare to enjoy while sipping wine and tapping along to all my favorite John Denver tunes that Steve can sing so well.  I also hope he sings "Wagon Wheel" - one of our all-time favs that he performs. 

Aug. 9, 2014 9:03 am
I love your attitude! This summer flew by so fast! Have fun today.
Aug. 9, 2014 9:51 am
Thanks BSM! It has turned into a beautiful day! Not too hot, plenty of sun and no humidity. Best of all - not a chance of rain in sight!
Aug. 9, 2014 11:46 am
I still wanna come hang out with you and the girls!!!!! Great read! I'm grabbing a glass of wine tonight and reread your blog!!!!
Aug. 9, 2014 12:07 pm
Love reading your blogs, have a wonderful day!!!
Aug. 9, 2014 7:31 pm
Hi Terry! One of these days we will meet! We have to! :) This evening was a beautiful night at the winery! They had a light show after Jon's friend was done playing. So enjoyable!
Aug. 9, 2014 7:32 pm
Thanks manella! It was a wonderful day! Tomorrow I will have to do some chores - some things have to be done like mowing lawn, etc.
Aug. 10, 2014 5:30 am
Thank you for a lovely blog, which I loved reading! You are so right, some days I have to look hard, but there is always something that makes that particular day great! Thank you for reminding me!
Aug. 10, 2014 6:39 am
love to cook - I have had those days where I really had to search the good in that particular day. Sometimes it is something as simple as the smell of my morning coffee, or the way the cats made me smile when they chased their tails. Small things can be the "big" things sometimes! We all need a reminder of that once in a while!
Aug. 10, 2014 6:45 am
Good Morning Mother Ann! I can't believe how fast summer is coming to an end. I enjoyed reading your blog and all the great fun you had especially with the pups. I hope to hear about peach cobbler in your future.
Aug. 10, 2014 7:24 am
Hi Lela! We had the peach bread pudding last night and it was a hit. I still have plenty of peaches left and I'm thinking I'm going to make peach jam. Maybe peach cobbler later in the week; with some delicious vanilla ice cream~
Aug. 10, 2014 9:49 pm
hi ma. it sounds like you had a great summer to me, surrounded by friends 4-legged and those other leg-challenged folks. nothing better than peaches.
Aug. 10, 2014 9:54 pm
I agree ma, it can sometimes be hard to see the significance of a particular day until you take the time to reflect. many times we never pause to take the time. great thoughts, " slow down, you move too got to make the morning last..." feeling groovy ma?
Aug. 11, 2014 3:23 am
Great thoughts, indeed, gderr! Lookin' for fun and feeling groovy... Ba da da da da da da, feelin' groovy. ;)
Aug. 11, 2014 6:46 am
Just saw this in a shop the other day "Slow down, happiness is trying to catch you!"
Aug. 11, 2014 4:26 pm
love to cook - I like that! Thanks for sharing!
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About Me
I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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