To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart, to hear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never - in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony. - William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)


Sunday, March 13, 2016


One of the reasons I stopped blogging was all the technical problems I was having with Blogger.  No matter what I do, via "settings", "layouts", etc. I cannot get rid of certain things such as checking boxes for reactions (I find it annoying).  No matter how many times I uncheck the box on settings and "save" it comes right back.  I also cannot get the comments box to appear at the bottom of my posts so anyone would not know how to comment.  I have tried that every which way and nothing changes.  I have read that many people have the same problem.  What's up with Blogger anyway, it never used to be like this?, oh right, you can't tell me because you can't comment.  Haha, well I still do occasionally read my favorites.  So hello to everyone I am still out there.

Saturday, February 27, 2016


I don't know about you, but I am tired of cooking.  I scan Youtube and Pinterest for inspiration, share recipes on Facebook, look at the glossy photographs in my cookbooks, but inevitably I will be looking in my refrigerator at 5 pm thinking:  "What ever will I make for dinner?"  We are trying to eat healthier using more fruits and veges, less fat and meat.  It makes it all the more challenging.  I do a lot of frozen stuff that cooks fast, like steam-fresh veges.  Once every two weeks or so I make a big pot of vegetable stew.  Sometimes I use the slow-cooker, which is my favorite method, since I can start it early in the day and then just walk away and let it do it's thing, then voila, dinner is ready!  Do you have meal plans or staples that you cook on a regular basis, or do you wing it often like me?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

My Favorite Most Comfortable in the Whole World Shoes

I am not being sponsored or paid or anything like that.  But I just had to spread the word about how much I LOVE SAS shoes.  I am a retired R.N. and when I used to work I developed heel spurs and my feet would hurt so much it made me cry.  I saw doctors, was fitted for orthotics, got cortisone shots, you name it.  The only thing that helped was when a good friend told me to get SAS shoes.  

I got fitted correctly for the first time in my life, and I could not believe how comfortable they were.  I could walk without pain!  Yes, they are quite expensive, but when I think of all the money I spent over the years on ill-fitting shoes, the purchase is more than justified.  They are well-made in the U.S.A. (San Antonio Shoes, that is where SAS comes from) and they last forever so I don't have to replace them that often.  They come in extra wide width, which has always been a problem for me buying shoes, and they have great arch support, which I cannot be without.

  They are traditional, sturdy, but I think stylish as well.  Some of the Tanger Outlets have stores, or you can find a store near you here.  My favorite sandals are the huaraches.  I just wanted to share with you, so if you are looking for GOOD COMFORTABLE shoes, not designer ones, try SAS.  -    Lana

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thank You

Thanks to everyone for the supportive comments.  I need to take a break from the blog for an extended period of time.  I just ran out of things to say.  (My hubby would differ with me on that one).  I got one part of the technical problems straightened out but not all of them.  I will still be reading your blogs so I am not going away completely.  Life is good and I want to spend less time on the computer.  Love to all!     -    Lana

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