Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Red, White, and Grilled Cheese Hodgepodge

 Dallas Pond and Bridge
July 4

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1. How did you welcome the month of July, and tell us one fun thing you did to celebrate the 4th. (or the weekend for any non-USA residents playing along today)
The best thing about July so far is that it was ushered in with family coming to spend the weekend with us. It was so much fun to watch the little ones having a great time together.
 Cousin smiles on the window seat

2. Right now..what's your favorite red thing? white thing? blue thing? 
My favorite red thing is the red satin sheet that helps me slide into bed. It's amazing how difficult it can be just to get into bed after you've had a hip replacement, but wearing slippery athletic shorts and using sating sheets makes it SO much easier. I wouldn't be telling you this, but just in case a hip replacement is ever in your future, tuck this brilliant bit of info into the back of your brain. You'll be glad you did.
My favorite white thing is my cat, Tuppence.

Right. She's not all white, but it's either that or my pillow.
White is not a favorite. There's too much of it from November through March.

My favorite blue thing is the brilliant blue sky of July here in Northwest Wisconsin. It's gorgeous!

Looking SE from the house

3. Wave the white flag, raise a red flag, fly your freak flag...which 'flag' have you flown most recently? Explain. 
I refuse to raise a white flag, I have no idea what a freak flag is, so I'll say 'raise a red flag.' Our current Presidential candidates getting away with murder should raise many red flags.

4. According to Cond Nast Traveler these are the seven best places to visit in July-
a boat safari in Botswanna's Okavango Delta, Riviera Maya Mexico (it's whale shark season and apparently you can swim with them), Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Pamploma Spain, St. Petersburg Russia, the Fuji Rock Festival at Mount Naeba Japan, the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg Austria

If time and money weren't factors would you want to see any/all of these? Which would you most like to see and why? 
Someone wants to swim with sharks??? Not me. I have no desire to return to Mexico. Long story, 26 hours in the office of the Federales, not on my bucket list to repeat that nightmare. I'd love to go to Spain and see the running of the bulls; love to go to St. Petersburg Russia!, love to go to the Salzburg Festival in Austria (because our daughter was there and said it was fantastic). I think she might accompany me. Those are the ones I'm most interested in. 

5. Grilled cheese, pimento cheese, or mac and cheese...your favorite from the cheesy treats listed? 
Grilled cheese. In fact, I'm including THIS LINK to my two favorite grilled cheese sandwiches. They're unbelievable. My recipes, made on homemade white bread. You'll love them.

6. What makes you sweat? 
Figuratively, I take it. Because literally, I'm definitely not working hard enough to break a sweat. And figuratively, I can't think of anything at the moment. I know that's pretty boring. I'll update if I come up with anything.
7. Your favorite movie with a 'patriotic' theme of some sort?
One of my all-time favorites is 'Enemy of the State' with Gene Hackman and Will Smith. I think I'll watch it again this week.  And then there's 'Frequency' with Jim Caveziel (sp?) which is kinda patriotic, maybe.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

We're waiting for storms here tonight. We've had beautiful weather for days on end, so I'm not complaining, and besides, the garden needs watering.

I'm including a photo I put on Instagram yesterday:  Mr. C. helped me get into the car and go to our local village so I could get a pic of the pond on July 4 (opening photo). Dallas is a pretty little spot in the road. Coming out of town, I took this pic of the Dallas Feed Mill. When it's open, it's not unusual to see an Amish buggy waiting out front.

Dallas Feed Mill and Store


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Joyce said...

Well you'd think red flags would be raised, but we seem to just scratch our heads and say 'whatever'. I don't understand what's happening at.all. I love a bright blue sky in summer and winter both. So glad you had time with family over the holiday!

Loris Glassworks said...

Lovely photos of Dallas, I've never been to Wisconsin it looks beautiful. A hip replacement will be in my future due to arthritis, thanks for the 'slippery' tip!
Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

Linda said...

I love that pond and what adorable grandkids, Judy. As always, enjoyed your answers...(ps Tupperance doesn't have a care in the world, does she?) Have a Joyful day....smiles

Tammy Enjoy Life said...

Totally agree with raising the red flag. It seems we just turn our heads and life goes on but somehow it needs to stop. Grilled cheese lover here-going to try that recipe!

Empty Nester said...

I've been feeding my friend's cats while they are on vacation and her Tinker looks like Tuppence. She's a sweetie too. All her cats are. Jake meets me at the door and talks to me while I get the food ready. Maybe I should get Tucker a kitty. LOL Such a cute bunch you've got! We're on pins and needles waiting for Baby M to show herself. Any day now...

Suzanne McClendon said...

Your kitty is beautiful. It looks a lot like our little Callie. :) So sweet.

I hope that your recovery is going well and that you'll be feeling 100% very soon. I'm sorry that you had to have a hip replacement.

Have a wonderful day!

MadSnapper said...

love that feed store and the cousins are just to adorable and should have a sweet alert...
i love all three of the cheese things, if i had to pic one it would be mac and cheese but grill cheese is really close.. but no thanks to tomato on mine. just cheese please...
no travel for me, but if i could find Scotty to beam me where i wanted to go, i would like to see Austraila and New Zealand and Scotland and some of Africa.

Tired Teacher said...

Glad to hear you're getting around a little bit and snapping some photos, too. Praying that you see and feel progress every day.

This election campaign is the strangest I've ever seen. How I wish someone would step in and say "do over!" I fear for the future of our country if either one is elected.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hmm, as a Canadian I see red flags for your country's political future as well and hope there is a satisfactory outcome.
Interesting tidbit about the satin sheet for someone with a hip replacement, I will keep that nugget tucked away for future conversations.

TexWisGirl said...

really loved the opening scene. so pretty. glad you got out to take it. the satin sheet is a good tip. :) i was sad that fried cheese curds was not an option to select. ;)

Debby Ray said...

Hi's good to hear that you have been able to get out and about some! Thanks for sharing those great grilled cheese recipes...they look amazing! Your red flag, I should say so! Everyone should be able to see it. I had to snicker at your satin sheets...I can definitely see how they could help you maneuver better in the bed after your surgery but it reminded me about receiving a set for our wedding and for the reasons I did not care for them. 'Nuf said :D

Sylvia said...

Love the water with the bridge,so tranquil. Family time anytime is always good!

Stephanie said...

Oh my, that grilled cheese looks amazing - does it have avocado on it? I will definitely have to check it out. I always enjoy adding jalapenos to mine.

Thinking of you, sweet lady, and happy to hear you are getting out a little more. Hugs!

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
I chose Catsby as my white. :-) He is not all white as well, but his tummy is.

21 Wits said...

Lovely pictures, especially of your family! The best thing in life is getting a chance for whatever the reason or celebration to share with the family!

Chatty Crone said...

I LOVE the Dallas Bridge - so beautiful. And your grandchildren are precious. How are you feeling??????????????????????

David E. McClendon, Sr. said...

Cute kitty. We rarely get the white stuff here. The one time we did was our first white Christmas ever. Have a great week.

podso said...

Could you not just slip right off the bed with all the slipperiness? Apparently not, and that certainly is a good tip. I'm glad you were up for getting out in the car a bit. Your grands look like lots of fun!

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Love the beautiful photo of the Grands Judy! ;) Looks like a happy bunch. I'm with you and not loving white because we do see far too much of it for many months!! Lol

That grilled cheese looks amazing...I need to check out that recipe. Yum! Hope you're continuing to heal up well, and are getting lots of time to enjoy the amazing weather we've been having. Truly loving summer this year!!

Blessings Hon. xoxo

Sandi said...

Yum! I need to grill some cheese.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your photo of the Dallas pond is lovely, Judy. Do you know what the pink blooms are? I know you must have had fun with the adorable grands over the holiday. Getting out must have felt so good to you, at least I hope so. Satin sheets to get in bed, brilliant idea. Take care of yourself, dear one. ♥

Buttercup said...

Enjoyed your thoughts and pictures. I'd head to Yellowstone and the Tetons. I've never been to either and I'm eager to see them. So much beauty in America.

Deb said...

Hi Judy: I hope you are recuperating well from your surgery. I'll keep that satin tidbit tucked away, too. I think Tuppence should be proud to be listed as one of your favorites. I presume she has carried out her nursing duties well. =^..^= Your grands are so adorable and your grandson on the left is a copy of Mr. C.

Jenny Woolf said...

I don't need the tip about the sheets myself but I know someone who might. Your summer sky is wonderful. And I enjoyed the rest of the pictures too, specially your grandkids, full of life and fun. Have a lovely weekend!

Theresa said...

It always looks so beautiful where you live. I hope you recuperate quickly. The satin sheets and shorts is very clever.

Lowcarb team member said...

So lovely to see the photo of your grand-kids and their smiling faces.

Hope your recovery is going well.

All the best Jan

Terri D said...

Great photos! Beautiful children. Love your red flag reference. So happy to see you here today!! Keeping you in my prayers for healing and strength!

Mama Hen said...

LOVE all the pictures! What a fun holiday to have the grandchildren celebrate with you! The picture of your cat is adorable. And choosing the blue sky for blue is probably what I would choose too. That last picture of the feed store and weather changing was magnificent! Beautiful! I hope you feel better soon. Enjoy your week.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Now that first image is stunning. Great to see the grands whenthey are off school. Thanks for sharing.

Vee said...

I've been thinking lots about cousins lately so I am charmed by the foursome on the window seat. They all seem to like each other, too.

Cheryl said...

Love your "white thing"! And that grilled cheese sandwich...I think I'd love that too! :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful images, I love the first shot of the Grandchildren and your kitty. Grilled cheese is one of my favorites. I could probably use the satin sheets because of all my hot flashes. They must feel cool to sleep on. I hope you are doing well, take care. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Jean | said...

Judy, that sky! That pond! Kids and cat! The Wisconsin tourist board should get you on the case; your photos always make me want to go there.

Anonymous said...

I always love your heartfelt answers, and your gorgeous photos.

I hope you are feeling stronger every day. I agree about the sheets and shorts. It really applies to all joint surgeries. Take care.


Cynthia said...

Judy, those faces just light up my face. Nothing like seeing smiling kids and summertime. Totally about politicians getting away with murder. Always enjoy seeing your family and surrounding like the Dallas bridge. Good to hear from you


Tracy Batchelder said...

I think I'd stay out of Mexico, too, after that experience. So scary!

Your grilled cheese sandwich recipes sound delicious. I would love to try that bread, too.

Grandchildren are the best! We also had a visit from our sweet grandson and his parents. They went home yesterday, but I'm left with many happy memories.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Love seeing those sweet little Grands! Grilled cheese sandwiches are right up there with the best 'comfort' food! I like mine with a little sliced tomato :) Your kitty is sweet and that feed mill is wonderful. Our very old, local feed store just shut down. I already miss it- it was full of all sorts of wonderful things. That tip for satin sheets is so good for anyone recovering from major surgery. Thanks for sharing that! Hope your recovery is going well. Take good care. xx Karen

Lady Linda said...

Love reading these posts to get to know more about you. Your grandchildren are just adorable! What great tips about the sheets. So many people have joint surgeries now so a good thing to be able to pass on.
Your pix are always wonderful and inspiring.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The kids are so darn cute! Love the blue sky. I love grilled cheese too. Good movie choices.

Lynn Blaylock said...

Oh how sweet the children are! There's nothing like good fun when cousins get together. I enjoyed your post and your pictures were wonderful as always. I hope you have a very blessed weekend.

Lynne said...

I appreciate the questions and your answers . . .
I will remember the sheet tip . . . I do hope hip surgery isn't in my future though.
How are you, by the way, recovering nicely?
I liked the grilled cheese sandwiches link too!
Yum . . .

handmade by amalia said...

Grilled cheese! Definitely.


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