One Bowl Apple Cake

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One Bowl Apple Cake
This cake is so moist and rich and just perfect for this time of year. (and easy to make!)

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2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar (adjust sugar to your liking)
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon (adjust to your liking)
1/2 cup oil
6 medium Gala or Fuji or Honeycrisp apples
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking soda (Use sodium bicarbonate,not baking powder)

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil. Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.) Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix well (best with a fork) until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased one 9×13 or two 9″ round pans. I used a 10 inch spring form cake pan Bake for approximately 55 minutes.


This sure does look good.


From A Distance Or Through A Window

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This picture says it all. I cried my eyes out. It need to go viral.💕


This picture goes to show that even small children can learn to understand about not seeing someone in person, but from a distance or through a window. This so sweet.

Being Lonely

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I know how this can be. There have been some people that I used to go to nursing homes and help with them. For whatever reason, they either didn’t have any visitors, or only one or two, here and there. I would go every day and visit with them and feed them. I usually stayed until time for them to go to bed for the night. After I had a shoulder replacement, I was in a nursing home myself. There were some good friends that visited me as often as they could, but it was still lonely sometimes. This was especially true when it was rainy for a few days and my friends couldn’t come to visit with me.

Kitty Mae Had Fun

This is from Facebook. It should not have ever happened for this picture to be able to be taken. And there’s a medicine bottle in the picture too. Good thing she didn’t get that open either. No telling what kind of injury she could have had from this incident. I thank God that nothing really bad happened to her. What did happen was bad enough.

The paragraph below is what I wrote back to my niece and nephew-in-law about the situation.

Good thing that she didn’t find the gun they go in and accidentally put them in and shot herself or somebody else. This kind of thing is why guns and bullets are supposed to be locked up in a safe place. And there’s a medicine bottle in the picture too. the little one you’re talking about could be fighting for her life right now instead of you thinking she had fun with what was on the floor. What would you have done if she had have swallowed one or more of the bullets or actually opened the medicine bottle and swallowed the medicine inside? I just thank God He was watching out for Kitty Mae while she was “playing” with this dangerous stuff!


Kitty Mae had fun

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Kitty Mae should have never been able to get these bullets to begin with. She could have thought they were candy and swallowed one. Any number of things could have happened when a child finds bullets and a gun. Thank God she didn’t find the gun they go in and accidentally put the bullets in it and shoot herself or someone else. And there’s a medicine bottle too. Thankfully she didn’t get that opened. One thing is for sure, God was watching out for this little one. This picture gave me cold chills when I saw it.
I just hope that my niece and her husband get their act together and remove these kinds of dangerous things out of the reach of the children.

God’s Beautiful Nature

This is from Facebook.


Leaves in various hues of green, trees lush with blooms, and grass as evergreen as the needles on the pines.
Skies of blue dotted with white cottony strokes as if the Artist gently pulled the paint across the canvas with extra care.
I went out for a drive today.
Everything seems fresh, like a newborn baby, pure and perfect.
The air felt lighter, though I know that we must be careful still.
Today, for a moment, I forgot about the pandemic.
For a moment, all was well and right in the world for Mother Nature made herself known in the simplest and grandest of ways.
What are you trying to tell me trees?
What are you articulating, grass?
What is your song, sky?
Is it, “Pay attention?”
Is it, “Be you?”
Is it, as Julian of Norwich has said, “All is well with God?”
Perhaps you are telling us to be in this moment.
Appreciate what is in front of us.
And yes, that hope, indeed, is ignited where we are.


********************************************************************************Even though I write poetry, I could not have said what is in the above article any better.


COVID-19 Has Changed Things – Maybe For Good

This is from Facebook. It has quite a bit of useful information in it, as far as I can tell. But it’s here for you to read and make your own opinion on how useful or not it is for you.


New Etiquette Rules in a COVID-19 World

Here’s how the pandemic has changed our manners — maybe for good

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A firm handshake, a kiss on the cheek, the clink of glasses at a dinnertime toast — these are among the polite gestures now on hold indefinitely because of social distancing guidelines intended to keep people safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

But etiquette experts say that doesn’t mean good manners have gone by the wayside. Instead, they point to safer ways of showing respect for one another, like swapping out handshakes for head nods, that have emerged in the past few months — and that will likely remain with us for some time to come.

“Etiquette is always evolving, it’s never set in stone,” says Massachusetts-based etiquette consultant Jodi Smith. “What’s set in stone is the idea of respect for myself and respect for others.”

As long as showing respect means keeping our distance and avoiding large gatherings, here’s what Smith and others say to expect when it comes to minding your manners in the COVID-19 era:

Handshakes and greetings

Myka Meier, author of Business Etiquette Made Easy, notes that few people are likely to be shaking hands at a time when staying 6 feet apart is the norm.

Even something like an elbow bump means making contact with another person and might not be appropriate in more formal settings like business meetings.

Instead, Meier recommends two totally contactless greetings: what she calls “the grasp and greet” — clasping your hands together and putting them over your heart as you approach someone — and the “stop, drop and nod” — standing still, dropping your hands and putting them behind your back (so you’re not tempted to reach out for a handshake), then nodding to say hello.

Invitations, events and RSVPs

Many large-scale gatherings and events have already been cancelled, but if you’ve RSVP’d “yes” to something that’s still scheduled to happen, international etiquette expert Sharon Schweitzer says the rules around declining have become a bit more flexible.

“Long-standing etiquette and social graces have always dictated that if you accepted the RSVP and said you would attend, you must,” she says. “However, in light of the coronavirus, you can change your RSVP to decline if you cannot attend.”

In the case of events like weddings, she says, be sure to send a gift anyway — and change your response promptly out of respect for the host (you might also want to write a personal note expressing how much you regret having to decline).

When it comes to saying no to casual invitations, like neighbors asking you to join them 6 feet apart in their backyard, the experts recommend having a go-to script to politely decline. Smith recommends something like: “I’m so thrilled that you invited me, but I’m just not ready yet.”

Having a few stock phrases in mind can also serve you well when out and about. Schweitzer’s script for keeping your distance from a friendly passerby while walking the dog is something like: “Fluffy and I are both social distancing. Please greet us from at least 6 feet away. We look forward to seeing you after this resolves. You’ll be more than welcome to pet her then!”

An assortment of face masks

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Masks (and more) in public

With health officials now advising that everyone wear a mask or face covering while out in public, Smith says that fashionable face coverings may become the norm as people start looking to wear masks that coordinate with their clothing.

And, she says, it wouldn’t be the first time fashion norms were shaped by public health concerns. Women of her grandmother’s generation, she notes, always wore gloves in public in part as a way of avoiding germs at a time when diseases like typhoid fever were of concern.

Of course, interacting with others with half of your face covered means losing some of the nonverbal ways we rely on to express ourselves, like smiling.

That’s where gestures come in, Smith says, since something as simple as a thumbs up or a mock salute can help you express yourself in public in the way a smile once would have.

Safety at home

We might also start to see some changes in our homes, Schweitzer says, like asking guests to remove their shoes upon entering, something that she notes is already the norm in many other cultures.

And, she says, there’s really no reason to go back to touching our glasses during a toast or blowing out birthday candles on a cake that is then served to many guests (instead, she foresees alternatives like blowing out an individual candle on your very own cupcake).

Looking to the future

Eventually, however, experts predict that most of our long-standing rituals and habits will reemerge as restrictions on our daily lives are eased.

Smith is certain, for example, that shaking hands — a gesture of goodwill that dates back as far as 5th century Greece — will become the norm in the United States once more.

“We will return to shaking hands,” she says. “It may not be until 2025, but eventually we will.”


Growing Up With Technological Advancements

Reaching the magical age of six years old was something that I looked forward to from about three years old and in Primary Sunday School Classes at Church. My older brother is one year older than I am, and therefore started school one year before I did. Needless to say, I wanted to go to school too, but kept being told that I wasn’t old enough to go to school.

There was no such thing as Preschool, or Kindergarten. That was to come nine years later that a child could go to private Preschool and/or Kindergarten. Public Kindergarten in Virginia didn’t come until the mid to late 60s.

Before that, I would gather the 4 and 5 year olds and we would go to my house, where I would teach them their alphabet, their numbers, their colors, and their basic shapes. For teaching them, I would make their alphabet letters by putting dashes for the shapes of the letters and they would trace over them. The same would be done with their numbers, and I would just hold up items with the different shapes and different colors for them to identify.

There was no such thing as a cell phone, they were all equipped with a dial pad that had a plastic disc with individual open circles for each of the nine numbers, and the phone lines were called party lines and were shared by four or five different families. It would be several years later before the numbers were on individual squares and each one had a different tone that it made when you pressed it down to select it.

Televisions were black and white pictures until 1969 when the first color television came out for the public to be ale to purchase. There were three basic channels ABC, CBS, NBC, a government channel and a public service channel. Television service went off the air at midnight to one o’clock in the morning, and did not come back on until six to seven o’clock in the morning. Profanity, nudity, and sexuality were not allowed. Shows with a husband and a wife made the husband and wife sleep in separate twin beds. There were no walk men, no CD players, no cassette tapes with cassette players. Most radios had only AM on them, there was no such thing as AM/FM radios until the mid to late 60s.

There were no digital cameras. You had to use rolls of film that had to be threaded into the camera after 20 to 24 pictures, and there were no automatic flashes in the cameras, individual flash bulbs had to be put into the flash attachment. Later came Flash Cubes with four sides that had a bulb in each side. Each individual roll of film had to be developed, or put onto picture thick paper. Then came cameras that used little automatic rolls of film in a little cassette roll of film. Now there are digital cameras with little SD cards with different amounts of memory on them. When they are full, you load them onto your computer and save them on your disk drive or save them into one of the many memory clouds that are out there.

Having computers at home were unheard of, and when they did come out, only rich people could afford to purchase them. The manual typewriters were replaced with automatic ones that plugged into a regular electric socket. That was the nearest thing to a computer that most normal people could ever even hope to purchase. Most recorded music was on records. Circular discs made of vinyl, came in three different sizes, with the music being on groves in the vinyl. Now the music comes out of your computer or from a MP3 player where you recorded what music you want to hear, from your other CD’s and real live concerts, if it’s allowed.

Posting about all of the changes that I have lived through could go on for several more hours. But I’m going to stop here and say that thanks to modern day technological advances, news can be reported within minutes of its’ happening, thanks to Drones, powerful cameras, and super fast internet services.


To Keep or Not To Keep

This is from Facebook. Somebody must have been spying on me. This is me all over, and all of my friends will agree if they are ever asked.


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With me, it’s not just a cardboard box, but also the plastic container, the strong plastic bag, the odd shaped jar, and so on. but there are a lot of my friends that have been very much surprised by how I have used several of these things. Last week, I did go through a lot of my plastic containers though, and threw away some with no lids and some lids with no containers. Even though I do keep a lot of stuff, for the most part my apartment doesn’t look too bad, and I can walk very easily in every room in my apartment. This is better than what I can say for some of my friends. For the most part, whenever there is something small that I need in a hurry and can’t go out to the store to buy it, I can come up with something to contain whatever it is until I can go to the store to get whatever I need.


A Jesus Fan With A Jesus Face Mask

This is from Facebook. This really is a great face mask.


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