December 2, 2016


We have had a rather tough beginning to December, 2016.
My purpose in sharing our news of Mae Mobley's recent
health development, is that it may possibly help others.
Or...perhaps a dear reader of Estelle's has experienced the same
issue with their adult cat.

Mae has been diagnosed with
Idiopathic Epilepsy.
She began drooling a few times per day
about two weeks ago.
Then it progressed to drooling and becoming
incontinent simultaneously.
This is when I made her an appointment
at the veterinarian. 
The afternoon she was to have her appointment,
she experienced a Grand Mal seizure.
This was frightening and very upsetting to all three of us.
Luckily it occurred thirty minutes prior to her appointment.

Mae is NOT a good patient.
However, it was progress that she
willingly came out of her carrier and 
let the darling assist in weighing her
without anyone getting scratched.
They had to put her to sleep for about
five minutes in order to draw blood
for comprehensive lab tests.
All of her test results came back very, very good.
We are so thankful for that.

Long story short, she apparently
has developed Epilepsy.
There is no known cause of this disease.
It may be congenital or hereditary.
She has been started on
Zonisamide once per day.
Her prognosis is good and
the medication once a day for the rest of her life
should control her seizures. 

Mae Mobley is our darling heart.
I ask that you please say a heartfelt prayer for this little precious.
It's been a tough week.

December 1, 2016


My new color combination for the Christmas kitchen......

I confess, I have never considered BLACK for the holidays,
but the more I looked at this....the more I loved it!
So...with this in mind....I had the inspiration I was looking for
to create a kitchen vignette at Estelle's!

"What's going on here?"

"This looks like we are decorating for Christmas....!!!
Oh....I do LOVE the kitty napkins......these are just for me I presume...."

"Could this be a craft project for me and my mama?"

" milk?"

"I spy a RIBBON to play with in that package....
NOW, I am REALLY excited...
I can get all rumbly-tumbly with a ribbon....!!!!!

"The fun just keeps on coming....
a BALL to roll down the stairs!!"

"What are we doing with those?
Are you serving me my kibble in these?"

"I like it already..."

"It looks like she has some good ideas in the works....
and yes....I am going to be right in the MIDDLE of all this fun!"
~Mae Mobley

November 30, 2016


November in Atlanta offers some stunning fall color!
It's odd that New England can be about one month ahead,
weather wise, from the south!
While it may be a blanket of snow outside in Maine,
Atlanta is still romping in the leaves.......

The Divine Miss M is way ahead of me as 
far as welcoming in December.
The weekend after Thanksgiving,
they rode out to the tree farm to choose
their Christmas tree and have Luke the Duke
enjoy a visit to Santa.

This will most likely be the very last year
that he enjoys doing this.
This Santa has been THE Santa for the past five years.
Isn't he just magnificent?

I'm not in the mood.....
The fall decor is still not packed away
so here is the extent of my Christmas decorating.
Pitiful, I know.

November 28, 2016


This is a beautiful baking pan!
I bought this back in the summer
and found it on clearance
at Victorian Trading Company!
It is a gorgeous bronze color
and the patterns are just perfect for the holiday season!

I mentioned in a previous post
that I was baking gingerbread for the darling
and oh my....the kitchen smelled amazing!

They turned out perfect!
Popped right our of the pan all in one piece!

They might look better in person,
but I was beyond pleased at their appearance!

These are going to be on the table for the holidays..

Do you know what it feels like to have your
first taste of warm gingerbread with a warm, buttery lemon sauce?

Heaven...a taste of the holiday season!

November 27, 2016


THIS was Thanksgiving Day of 2016.
Our Thanksgiving celebration was going to wait
until Saturday, so that Rob could arrive from Austin
to have dinner with the family!
So......we bundled up in throws
and enjoyed the evening outdoors
watching football and having cocktails.
There was a big pan of Chilighetti in the oven!

The Cowboys took yet another WIN!
What is it about watching the big game outdoors?
As always, a perfect Thanksgiving Day in Texas!, weather wise!

Poor Mae....she spent about four days
in our bedroom,
as Bo came to visit and he can be a handful
when behaving himself around our beautiful girl!

Oh honey..
the kitchen as bustling with cooks!
Greg made some fantastic Queso!

Our appetizers for Thanksgiving were amazing!
Everyone "noshed" for most of the day! 

Tea Time Tessies are one of our traditions!


This year Greg wanted to try his hand at 
Smoking a turkey....
the preparation began at 5:00 AM!
Here are the Pitmasters at work!

So...we SMOKED a turkey
FRIED a turkey!
Let me tell you.....
his SMOKED turkey was to die for!

The bar was well stocked.......
Hey! It's the holidays!!!


These are a wild bunch....
they make me die laughing just observing and
being the major picture taker!

Our grandbabies...
who are hardly babies any longer!
Sweetest kiddos ever!

Time for cocktails!

Dinner began around 5:30 PM!
We were SO hungry and EVERYTHING


Even the dogs had a photo shoot!
Honey, y'all would not believe the circus
it was capturing this pose!
Now on to Christmas....
Hope you all had a very blessed holiday!

November 23, 2016


Wishing Each of You a Happy Thanksgiving

May Rich Blessings, Plenty, Peace
Be Yours This Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 2016


I have wanted to try this recipe for some time now
I am SO glad I finally did!
It is divine!
I always try to introduce a new recipe
onto the holiday table and these apple brownies
are going to be a marvelous sweet treat
for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
They are easy to mix up
would be perfect in the afternoon
with tea or coffee.

1 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 large granny smith apple - peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9” x 9” baking dish.
In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, sugar, and egg until fluffy. Fold in the apples and walnuts. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just blended. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish.
Bake 3o minutes in the preheated oven. Do not overbake. Lovely when served warm.