short 2 day trip

We went to Warrensburg and Knob Noster State park. Nice, but no more will I stay in a basement airbnb place – just not as fun as when you have the whole thing. People are on top and basements are usually not as nice. Besides, I figured out I spent about 1/3 or more of my college years in basement apartments. Also, today would have been my mother-in-law’s 94th birthday, but she passed away July 13, 2015. Bless her soul ! ! !

The Red Oak leaf is on the right, and the White Oak leaf is on the left. The Post Oak is a variation of the White Oak.


This is at a lake in Warrensburg.



spice mixes

Taco Seasoning:
1 tbsp chili powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
¼ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp paprika
1 ½ tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Chili Seasoning:
1 tsp paprika
2 tsps ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp oregano
2 tsps garlic powder

Cajun Seasoning:
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 ¼ tsp dried oregano
2 ½ tsp paprika
1 ½ tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Dill Seasoning:
1 tsp dried dill
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp salt

These look good – from Savings Experiment

gorgeous nice walk this morning (there is a Robin in the tree):

hat pattern, happy new year, happy feet!

how to massage your feet

1. Wash your feet. This cleans and warms them.

2. The best massages use a lubricant to make the massage easier. Adding essential oils provides the benefits of that specific oil. Add 1-2 drops of lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils mixed with your regular skin lotion or a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil.

3. Let’s start with your toes. Squeeze, pull and twist each toe one at a time, moving from the joint to the tip and the largest toe to the smallest.

4. Using both thumbs, massage the soles of your foot from top to bottom, applying strong pressure for a few seconds to each spot. Concentrate on your aches and pains or use the reflexology chart to guide you.

5. Massage heels, ankles and achilles areas.

6. Don’t forget about the tops of the feet. You have reflexology points there too!

7. Repeat these steps for the other foot.

8. Experts recommend giving yourself a foot massage every night for the best results.

Go ahead, try it tonight. Give yourself this gift of a little nighttime self-care, then let me know in the comments below how it was, or what changes you start to see and feel. Plus, if you need any help with additional essential oils, simply ask.

simple hat pattern to crochet

We’ve been (mostly I have been) taking off the living room really old and dirty rug and now we have hardwoods shining before us. It is wonderful. We also went on a nice walk in Riverside.

Cat on uncarpeted floor


turkey tracks on our walk today and beautiful Sycamore tree