Friday, February 14, 2014

This and That #2 – 2014

At this time of the year, we are a bit more homebound and travel is greatly reduced…unless we head south!  Consequently, since we’re home a lot more than usual my posts tend to be more focused on our daily life.

Laurie makes great chili!  It’s not for just anyone though… We like it spicy and believe me, it is!  She enjoys it with a bit of cheese…and sometimes I add a bit of Tabasco just to increase its already significant heat.  One of the things I like best about Laurie’s chili making is that we have lots leftover for me to enjoy.  Even better, the flavors intensify as the chili ‘ages’.

One project that we had done recently was the removal of the ‘old oaken bucket’ style pond that was in front of our house.  Maintaining even a little pond…with its pump, filter, water levels, algae, etc. can be an unnecessary and expensive pain!  Now we’ve replaced the pond with some nice rocks surrounding a new slow growing dwarf cyprus. 

As I mentioned, I really like leftover chili!  In this instance my breakfast included a couple over easy eggs, with chili spread over a leftover beef cutlet that’s hidden under the eggs and chili.  This was a very satisfying breakfast indeed!  Of course, I added Tabasco…

This photo in early January was the sum total of our first ‘significant’ snowfall of the winter.  While there wasn’t much snow as compared to the standard set at our former home in Mt. Prospect Illinois, just northwest of Chicago, it was quite cold!

This is J.D. looking very content and happy sleeping on Laurie’s lap on his soft faux fur comforter.

This is J.D. in our bonus room once the temperatures dove down to the low double and single digits!  Now that he’s figured out how to do this, we have to remember to look for a lump under the comforter if we’re trying to figure out where he’s hiding… He spends a lot of time ‘undercover’. 

When Laurie and I went over to St. Louis Missouri for her Aunt Lois’ 100th birthday celebration, we also had a chance to meet Kevin… He and Laurie’s niece Kasey are getting married in March down in St. Lucia.  Laurie took this photo at their new home south of St. Louis.  They sure make a great looking couple!

Kevin gains an instant family when he marries Kasey.  Delaney and Avery are very sweet and they already love Kevin… They sure look like they belong together!  We’re wishing them the very best!

That’s about it for now.  Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Laurie's spicy chili is perfect for the cold and will warm you in more ways than one. Lucky Kevin to have an instant family, especially one as adorable as they are. Happy Valentine's Day to you and Laurie.

  2. Lovely Post dear David, I love J.D. is awesome!
    and I whish to you and Laurie a Happy valentine's day:))
    talke care:)

  3. The chili looks delicious, especially the breakfast version.

  4. OMG, I've eaten a lot of things for breakfast, but never pizza with eggs over easy! When's breakfast???? As Harry (remember him???) would say, "Holy cow!" I was just in Mt Prospect a few days ago, we've got more snow here in Cary, but we're all just as cold. Snow is piled so high at intersections, it's getting hazardous driving even here in the subdivision! And the forecast is not good for the next few days, or maybe years....

  5. so excited for Kasey, they are such a cute couple!

  6. Dear Dave, I do like a good chili too and with the added heat.
    It is great with eggs at breakfast. I like it with cheese as Laurie does.
    They sure do make a nice couple and I wish them all the best. They do look like a lovely family already.
    Blessings to you and Laurie. Catherine