My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Friday, March 19, 2010

What Makes Me Smile

There is a wonderful blog, the Girl Next Door Grows Up, and every Friday is Feel Good Friday. You get to write about things that make you happy. This week it's things that make you smile. What a great idea, I don't always stop to think about that, because I'm happy most of the time. Here goes!

First let me say that I'm much older than most bloggers, no I'm not telling you how much older. I smile the first thing before getting out of bed just because I'm alive. My first words are always the same, "God what can I do for you today." He lets me know later.

I have two little Yorkie puppies, Annie and Mazzy, that make me smile or laugh out loud just looking at them. They are always into something. When the sun comes up outside I go to check for the donkeys, Candy and Pepper, Wolf the horse, and all the other wilder animals. Sometimes my brother, Larry, is out really early feeding the cattle. I can wave and see if he needs a cup of coffee. All these things make me smile. Yesterday was the last radation treatment for my friend Linda that had breast cancer. She is doing great.

Yesterday when I was out all 19 big old trees in my yard had buds on all the branches. The baby rabbits are starting to come out of their nest. Robins and all the birds are singing away. My nephew Randy, will plow the garden this week end so we can get the salad garden stuff planted.

Today I can hang my bed sheets out on the line to dry and have wonderful smelling sheets tonight. I'm making peach and blackberry cobblers to take to olders neighbors today. Fruit that I froze last summer. Yes, there are people older than me. There is so much "happy " stuff to do.

I promise I'm trying to keep this short. For the past couple of days I've been posting about The Sweet Potato Queens - Jill Conner Browne Festival in Jackson, Mississippi. These books don't make you smile, they make you laugh out loud. The really good belly laugh that we all need at least once a day.

Before I go to bed each night I always smile and say,"God, I hope I got most everything done that you wanted."

Don't worry about the laugh lines, they are all worth it.


  1. I love this post! It made me SMILE too! I get up each day so excited and it is always for the little things.

    WHat a wonderful like you must have. I totally envisioned your house, looking outside and seeing the animals - how can one not smile over that!

    I saw a show on PBS this week called This Emotional Life and they said that as people get older, they get happier which is contrary to what people perceive to be true. After reading your post, what they said surely is correct!

    Thank you so much for doing FGF. I look forward to following you now. And I love to cook, so I am extra excited :-)

  2. This is just a happy happy post! Thanks for sharing. And age doesn't matter!

    ~Mimi @ Woven by Words

  3. Okay, I'm here. No bourbon please but sweet tea and cookies sounds heavenly. Thank you for the uplifting post.

  4. All these things made me smile when I read them. Thank you for writing about them.


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