"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Friday, January 11, 2019


After our state voted for medical marijuana, we are now able to buy CBD oil minus the THC which is the part of cannabis that makes you high.  Why try it?  Well let me tell you what my experience has been.

First, the oil tasted awful and I finally found CBD oil in capsule form.  It has 25 mg of extract in each one.  It took about three weeks to feel its effects - and what were those you ask?

Hard to say, but there definitely were some.  New synapses were forming/connecting in the old noggin.  I felt less foggy or clearer and was able to find words easier; decision making was easier too. That was the kicker for me.  I also felt better both physically and mentally.  That one is harder to pin down, but I noticed it.  It helped with my anxiety and I was happier.  My sister was the first to comment on that. 

I also wanted to start taking it for its anti-inflammatory benefits.  I definitely don't know about that aspect, but am hopeful according to the many reports.  My weenie girls are now on CBD for pets.  I am hopeful that it will help.  Fingers crossed. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

As American...

The boy requested an apple pie.  He has never requested one preferring cherry pie.  
Of course I had to comply.
I always use Granny Smith apples for their texture and tartness.
Well, guess what.  For the first time in years, I didn't put a pan under the pie and you know what happened.  
The pie bubbled and oozed over into the bottom of my oven. Made quite a mess.
I don't know what I was thinking.
It will never happen again.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Out With The Old

Just thinking.  Out with the old - in with the new.

I usually make new years' resolutions.  I am about 50% with keeping them, so I figure I should go ahead and give it a try. 

This year my resolution is Get Her Done.

As I get older, I am feeling the lack of time left to get things done.  It is rather distressing, but also a challenge.  Oh, and I usually get a head start before the beginning of the new year.  Maybe superstition, perhaps just nothing more than an early start.

Had a few talks with a family member.  Put off for far too long.  In my later years, I try not to give advice or maybe it is just to mind my own business; avoid conflict at all costs.  That is how I roll. When it affects family, it is especially hard, but I finally did it.  It did not go as I had hoped.  Does it ever?  I may have given up on wishes and dreams coming true, but not hope. Can't change the past, but the future, yes.  That is what I ended the discussion with.  My life's work has been my family. My kids don't know what not having a family is like. They also think they know it all - that parents lived in another time.  Experience mentioned is taken as an insult.  Well, how do you know how it feels to be old when you've never been old?  How does it feel to be a parent when you've never been one?  I can only hope I planted a seed.

On another front, there is a passage in the Christian bible, in the book of Matthew I believe, "all is vanity and that is like chasing the wind".  I was brought up in the church, but am no longer religious, at the least don't believe in a mono-theist religion.  I do remember some of the readings though.  

I haven't been very vain in later years.  Hate wearing makeup and jewelry; just not a very girly girl.  Why should we have to wear make-up when men don't?  Mostly.  I can't stand to put on all the products either.  Scrubbing, toning, on an on.  

Well, guess what?  I've suddenly begun to see things heading south and wrinkles.  I just turned another year older and it struck me like a thunderbolt.  So, I am researching all the new procedures, short of surgery.  I cannot believe all the things they are doing now. BTW, I do draw the line at vaginal rejuvenation and hand fillers. 

Just thinking...