On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Friday, August 16, 2019

Birth Day for Maverick!

Back in the saddle again!!! All it took was two metal parts to get this chair back in the business of holding DH and Annie. Lazy Boy recliner is 20 years old … I would have opted for a new one, but he insisted he wanted to keep his chair! The towels covering the chair have kept the fabric in great condition.

These kids are back in the saddle again also … school started this week for them.

Each one of them is special and unique. Praying for a good year for them … to be good students, good role models in the things that make for good character, and for their minds to be filtered and protected from the world's ideas. All of them so far exhibit excellent character and eagerness to learn! 

A new kid in town!
Nephew Chase with his little family 
Tenley meeting little brother, 
Maverick, up close and personal!

My brother holding his grandson! ❤!!

This one is over the sink

Unedited pics of my light fixtures which our buddy Fred installed this week. The lights are so bright, I don't think you can tell how pretty they are. The LED bulbs are supposed to burn 3 hours each day for 22 years!!! Hahaha!! I sure hope so because putting the light bulbs in was really tricky in that I could hardly get my hands in the glass. We sure do appreciate Fred ... he is the one who fixed the chair and works around our house doing things I can't. 

Several of the broken things mentioned previously have been taken care of or in the process. The hatch door on the Sequoia is fixed ... again! The recliner fixed, door clips are on the way to fix the storm door, and I have an appointment with Apple on Monday to fix my phone!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wednesday Medley

Here is the medley of questions for the Wednesday Medley. Today’s Medley is celebrating national V – J day. You can read all about it on Terry’s blog and get the questions there. Link up if you want to and join the other meddlers with your answers. 

1.  I'm sure many kids today have no idea what V-J Day is all about.  Did you have a loved one who fought in WWII? Yes, my Dad was in the Philippines and also New Guinea. My uncle was in Europe and killed in action. 

2.  The iconic sculpture from the famous photograph of  "The Unconditional Surrender" has been defaced recently because of the #metoo movement. I know we can get very political about this subject, but just keeping it in the spirit for which it was created, what are your thoughts? I always liked that photo and the statue because  it spoke to me of the joy of the war being over! Everybody was celebrating and servicemen were glad to be home and everybody was in the streets celebrating their return!

3.  Terri's grandson, Tristan, loved playing a game called "Axis & Allies".  It was quite complicated, took up the entire dining room table, and was not something Terri wanted to play (Grandpa understood it and played though).  Can you name three Axis countries and five of the many Allies (okay to look it up!)? Germany, Italy and Japan. Allies, England, United States, Soviet Union, France, and China.

4.  Terri was surprised to learn that most historians agree that WWII began when Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Others say it started when Japan invaded Manchuria on September 18, 1931. And some scholars suggest WWII is actually a continuation of WWI, with a break in between.  Have you ever visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii or any other WWII memorials around the world? We did visit Pearl Harbor. Very sobering. We also visited the WW II Memorial on the National Mall.

5.  Calvin Graham was only 12 years old during WWII when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was.  (God bless him.) Terri doesn't know any 12-year olds today who could qualify or get away with something like that.  Times are so very different now but (in the US) we do have ROTC in high schools.  Do you know anyone who started in ROTC and went on to enlist in one of the services? My husband was in ROTC, Officers Training School, and then joined the National Guard, but that may not count. He served here in the U.S. I can’t think of anybody I know who was in ROTC who then enlisted. So many of my classmates were drafted to go to Vietnam.

6.  Please tell us something about your week so far. Dealing with broken things and very thankful that we are able to have them fixed. Tonight I am meeting with all the BSF group leaders and confess I am getting a little apprehensive about the upcoming classes and leading. Kate and Jack were here the past couple of days and we had a good time with them. They wanted to go to the mall and look around. Since we didn’t go to a movie or any other entertainment, I gave them money to spend. They are very different spenders!! Jack is quite liberal and Kate so conservative.  

This pic is so sweet! Jack took a selfie of himself with Annie. 

He also had to hide in the new red box.  
Monday night’s sunset was truly amazing.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Kate's birthday!

Kate was born right in the middle of the hottest month of the year, so every birthday has involved some kind of splashing in water! This year, her birthday celebration was about inaugurating/christening? the new swimming pool in the back yard! We had a great time. Jason cooked burgers and hot dogs. And my worries about the cake were all for nought!

Sorry, Heidi. No cake for you!

I think somebody stuck their finger in the side of the cake!

Kate with her Daddy

Money tree with somebelly photobombing!

Self-explanatory ;-)

The few pics I have are from Kate's Nana as my phone went dead when I tried to take a picture. This is happening constantly, so I guess I'm going to have to get that taken care of. DH's recliner broke,  the trunk back door of the Sequoia is also broken (that was fixed a couple of months ago, but guess Toyota didn't do such a great job.) Boo-hoo! It's always something, right?

Here is the recipe for the delicious birthday cake. My friend Alice came over to help decorate the cake. I would have been fine with just candles, but she wanted to help. We were both disappointed with the outcome on that, but too late! Once the decorations are on, there's no taking them off. Did anybody at the party care? Nope! Not a crumb left. And even better, Kate LOVED the cake and that I made it for her! All her hugs and kind words made the efforts worthwhile.

The recipe is from this website! I made the cake 3 layers in 9 inch pans, used real butter and butter flavored Crisco for the shortening, used whole milk and buttermilk, and real vanilla.

4.53 from 17 votes

Super-Moist Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

When you're baking this super-moist, delicious cake, the whole house smells incredibly delicious with vanilla cake intoxication! Perfect for all your celebrations and holidays!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, baking
Keyword: 2 layer, 3 layer, baking, banana, cake, vanilla frosting
Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Kim Lange


Super-Moist Vanilla Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening , softened
  • 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs , room temp
  • 1 cup buttermilk or milk of choice or use 1/2 buttermilk - 1/2 whole milk combo , room temp
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • cups unsalted butter , softened
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 350┬║ F.
  • Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick baking spray or coat well with shortening or butter and flour the pans, taking care to remove all excess flour. Adjust time for other pan conversions (see conversion chart below recipe if you want to bake other sizes and have leftover batter in some cases, make cupcakes!)
  • In a medium-sized bowl. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, set aside.
  • Using a mixer, in another bowl, cream together butter and shortening until light and fluffy, approx 3-5 minutes.
  • Gradually add sugar one cup at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each cup before adding another. Then start adding each egg one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding another, but gently incorporate in, don't over beat.
  • Pour milk (s) and vanilla into measuring cup and whisk together until mixed.
  • Add creamed mixture alternately with milk mixture and the dry mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  • Gently stir all ingredients until combined, getting all ingredients from side of mixing bowl mixed in as well, but do not over-mix! 
  • Evenly distribute cake batter between cake pans and place pans into oven.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Note: Don't be tempted to keep opening the oven door a lot while the cake is baking as the oven temperature drops each time the door is opened.Remove and allow to cool slightly in cake pans for about 5 minutes, then cool cake layers completely on a wire rack. Note: Leaving cake in cake pans too long could make the cakes stick to the pan and hard to remove because of the moisture that builds up in the pan while it cools.
  • Frost cake as desired.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • Using mixer on a medium setting, cream the butter until it is smooth and has lightened in color, about 3 minutes.
  • Add confectioner's sugar, ½ a cup at a time. After each cup has been incorporated, turn the mixer onto the highest speed setting and for about 10 seconds to lighten the frosting.
  • Add vanilla and a pinch of salt and combine until well-incorporated.
  • Add heavy cream until the frosting has reached the preferred consistency.
  • For a firmer frosting, add more confectioner's sugar, a ¼ cup at a time.
  • For a softer frosting, add more milk or cream, a tablespoon at a time.


Adapted from Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
-Best to cream the butter shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Don't over beat when adding eggs and other ingredients, just mix gently until incorporated well into batter. 
-This recipe makes approximately 24 cupcakes when cupcake tin is filled more than ¾ full.
-When filled ½ full, this recipe makes approximately 36 cupcakes.
-Bake approximately 18 minutes.
For other pan conversions, don't overfill your pans, whether you use, 6 in, 8 in or 9 inch pans and accommodate your baking time accordingly.  Below is a conversion chart with baking times to help out.  

Friday, August 9, 2019

Saturday 9

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! Get the questions right here!

Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs (1993)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This is the theme from Frasier, a TV show that ran from 1993 to 2004. Were you a fan? I have never watched this show.

2) The show is about a radio advice show host, Dr. Frasier Krane. When you listen to the radio, do you tune in for talk or music? Usually talk, as in teaching by David Jeremiah or Chuck Swindoll. When I listen to music, it’s music on my Pandora list.

3) The theme's composer explained that tossed salad and scrambled eggs are both "mixed up," like the people who called Frasier's radio show. Which did you eat more recently, tossed salad or scrambled eggs? A huge salad the other night at Saltgrass.
4) Peri Gilpin played Roz, Frasier's coworker at the radio station. The actress originally cast was Lisa Kudrow, but the show's producers didn't feel she was "right." Being released from Frasier gave her the opportunity to accept a bigger and better part: Phoebe on Friends. Can you think of a time when a setback was really a blessing in disguise? Yes. I was a legal assistant for a law firm for 18 years. When the real estate market turned sour, they laid off four people, but asked me to stay and work part-time. I really couldn’t do that and took the opportunity to find another job. I’m so glad I did because I made new friends and, also, being there caused me to be open to the next place of employment in my life, which was a real blessing with the work and the people. Truly thankful!

5) Dr. Krane shared his home with Martin, his retired dad. Martin's favorite chair was well-worn recliner, held together in parts with tape. Frasier tried to replace it by giving his father a brand-new, expensive leather chair as a gift. Martin wanted his old recliner back. Tell us about a present you either gave or received that wasn't a hit. I usually try to find out what people want or have heard them mention something they like. I have tried several times to "gift" DH with a new pillow because he is never satisfied with his pillow. So far, I’m still looking.

6) Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Krane on three different series (Cheers, Wings and Frasier) over 20 years. What job have you held the longest? The law firm mentioned above for 18 years.

7) Before he found success on Cheers, Grammer played bit parts on the daytime dramas Ryan's World and Another World. Have you ever followed a soap opera? When I got married, my husband suggested that it would be a bad idea to get hooked on soap operas. Of course I did, I began to watch All My Children in 1970, and, after a couple of months, I saw the wisdom of my husband’s advice.

8) In addition to work in front of the camera, Grammer has done voice over work on commercials for Dr. Pepper and Cheerios. Are either of those products in your kitchen right now? We have Cheerios.

9) Random question: You're invited to a party where dinner is served buffet style. There's spaghetti with tomato sauce, barbecue spare ribs and buffalo wings. When the evening is over, how likely are you to have a food stain on your clothes? I’m a very careful eater, never eat ribs in public and don’t eat wings at all. If it is buffet style, I would do my best not to splatter the sauce on me as I poured it, but I guess anything is possible. It's when I'm cooking or doing dishes that I am likely to get a stain. But then, that is why we have aprons!

We will celebrate Kate's birthday Saturday. She requested that I bake her birthday cake. I researched all over the Internet and Pinterest and various cookbooks trying to find a super moist vanilla cake. After baking several cakes and putting on a few extra pounds, I believe I found one that is satisfactory and working on it now. If anyone has what they believe to be a fantastically, moist vanilla cake, I sure would appreciate hearing about it. Chocolate cakes are no problem. I don't know why a vanilla cake is so difficult and am left wondering what is the secret!

It is going to be HOT on Saturday! Kate's party is a pool party, but I'm thinking I will stay in the shade under the fan!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wednesday Medley

If you like meddling, Terri's Wednesday Medley is a great place for that! Today is National Lighthouse Day! You can get the questions here and enlighten us with your answers on Wednesday!

1. Let's start with a number! How many lighthouses have you visited? Two, as I recall on the East Coast, I think. We also saw some in Hawaii, but I don't know if I have any photos.

2. Have you been inside a lighthouse and did you walk to the top? I guess we have. Tada! I found one picture. Here is a pic of Jay at the door of a lighthouse in Hawaii.

3. Do you seek them out when you are traveling the coastlines or are you not that big a fan? Kind of, I like seeing them as we pass them, but I don’t remember seeking any out or going inside.

4. Do you have a favorite scripture or another reference to share with us concerning a guiding light in your life? Yes, a few come to mind and I can never settle on just one. 

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. John‬ ‭1:4
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path … The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? … And Jesus said, I am the Light of the world, He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Revelation 22:5 says, There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the LORD God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

5. If you don't collect lighthouses when you travel, is there something tangible that you tend to collect as a souvenir when you are on vacation or a road trip? I usually just try to pick up something for the kids, and maybe something to place somewhere in the house as a reminder. The bathroom downstairs has a lighthouse theme … the shower curtains, the picture on the wall, and a few small lighthouses.
Wastebasket, light switch, promise box, picture,
shower curtain and holders, and miscellaneous items

6. Please share something with us about your week. Speaking of lights, last Thursday, my friend Alice and I went shopping for new light fixtures for my kitchen and the breakfast area. What we found was beautiful and I will be so happy to see these after our buddy, Fred, gets them hung! It also inspires me to go back when he’s finished and buy new fixtures for the dining room and entryway!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Saturday 9: Who's the Boss?

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme. Get the questions from our hostess, Sam right here

Saturday 9: Brand New Life (The Theme from Who's the Boss) (1984)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Who's the Boss? is a sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. Were you a fan? No.

2) This week's song was composed by the show's producers, two men not known as songwriters. Have you ever tried your hand at songwriting? No, I’ve written a few poems, but didn’t try to sing them.

3) The lyrics tell us that, as we go through life, it's not uncommon to "lose a dream or two." Do you agree? Yes, I agree. Have you ever had to give up on a dream? Yes.

4) Who's the Boss? was about a highly-paid executive who hires a housekeeper. In the 1980s, it was unusual because the exec was a woman and the housekeeper was a man. Do you believe a man can be as good at housework as a woman? Our son certainly can get the job done well. For a guy whose room was always a mess, he is very good at cleaning house now. You know what they say about paybacks? Both his kids’ rooms are very messy! Haha!!

5) Though the show's star, Tony Danza, graduated from University of Dubuque and was prepared to be a teacher, he got sidetracked. Back in New York, he boxed and tended bar and fell into acting. He finally did teach in 2010, taking over a 10th grade English class. How many different occupations have you held? I was a secretary in an insurance company, assistant to a PR man at a university, legal assistant in a law firm for many years, and assistant/researcher/scheduler/jack of all trades for a Christian author/speaker/radio program. In all these jobs, my occupation was pretty much basically the same.

6) On the show, his daughter was played by Alyssa Milano. When she was a teenager, she rebelled against the show's producers by cutting off her long hair and wearing a pixie style. Were you a rebellious teen? In a few minor ways.

7) "The Boss" was Judith Light, who had been known to TV audiences from her work on One Life to Live. She met Robert Desiderio on the set of the soap opera and they have been married more than 34 years. Tell us where one of your romances got started. I met my husband in a country/western dance place called No Whar But Texas.

8) The show -- rebroadcast with subtitles -- was a hit in Italy, where it was known as Casalingo Superpi├╣ (Super Housekeeper). Say something to us in Italian. Buongiorno, Come stai.

9) Random question -- Have you more recently watched the sun rise or set? I watch the sun set almost every single day. I enjoy taking pictures of the sunsets, and sometimes watching the sun rise.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Wednesday Medley of National Parks

Today's meddling … er, Medley, that is, features the National Parks Day. As each Wednesday goes, our friend Terri is providing us with a medley of questions about said feature and you can read up on National Parks on Terri's blog! Get your questions here and share your answers with the other Meddlers on Wednesday.

1. Is there a National Park near where you live? I guess the closest national park that I know of is Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas. We spent many years camping there. It is a beautiful area and many memories were made there over the years.
photo credit

Our old boat at Lake Ouachita
Waco, Texas has the Waco Monmouth National Monument, but I’m not sure that counts. 

2.  How many National Parks and which ones have you visited? Denali, Mesa Verde, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Great Smokey Mountains, Acadia National Park, Hudson River Valley, Blue Ridge Parkway, Grand Teton, Ouachita National forest, Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Who knew our visit to Tennessee would find us spending the next three days at the stroke unit in the University of Tennessee in Knoxville? It was one of those times when I found myself experiencing so many emotions: the check in my spirit that said I needed to get upstairs to our room, fear as I was talking to DH and saw his face and voice change, knowing it was a stroke; immediately getting 911 on the phone and the paramedics helicoptering him to Knoxville. Me? Left at the hotel with all our stuff and thinking, Oh God! I'm all alone! But no! Immediately hearing Him say to me, "You are not alone, I am with you." He took care of all the details and everything turned out all right!

Glacier National Park
So gorgeous!

Is there one you would really like to visit? Yosemite, and after searching online for national parks, I saw many I would love to visit.
3.  The Park Rangers are protectors of the environment, of the wildlife, and visitors in the parks.  Is there someone (human) in your life who you count on as a protector or are you someone's protector? My DH has been my protector, but now it seems the roles have been reversed to a certain extent.
4.  Have you ever had an up-close-and-personal experience with a wild animal that you can tell us about? Does a snake count? I've had a few encounters with them. Not so personal as to touch one though!
5.  It is certainly an honor to show value to this profession by giving them a day of remembrance.  What is another profession that you like to see honored by a "day" of their own? Is there a day set aside to honor the spouses of people in service?
6.  On this last day of July, please tell us something about your week so far.

So far, fairly quiet. We had our Monday night friends over last night and we had such a good time, we laughed and laughed til I … never mind. This morning I had breakfast with RuthAnn; great conversation catching up and this Saturday she is going to come with me to visit the Messianic congregation I've been enjoying for the past few months. The last week was very full and I should have blogged to keep a record, but there just hasn’t been time. Kate came over for a few days and we had a really sweet time with her. She and I actually went shopping together and it was fun (she hasn't been a fan of shopping in the past). We picked up several things for her and she was so expressive in her thanks for the things I bought, I kinda felt embarrassed. We talked and went to the park a couple of times.
(Someday she may kill me for posting this!)

Kate used to stand behind this to pretend to give me ice cream or French Fries. 
Now she is kneeling … getting so tall.

Seems so long ago, we were like this!

It was a very enjoyable and relaxed visit. Sara and the boys called to tell all about their church camp experience, which was good and they were excited about it … the friends they made and fun they had. I was truly thankful to hear all about that. Thank You, Lord!!

Having fun at the water park today with friends.

I also had a meeting with one of the BSF leaders to learn more about my leadership role this fall. So many good things are happening in my life, I feel the Lord is bringing me to a new season … a much needed one because of other things happening, i.e. the kids growing up, transitions my friends’ are making, making new friends, etc. good stuff.

And last, but not least, here is our birthday girl from last week! She made and brought the dessert for us in these sweet little Pioneer Woman ramekins. Lemon/blueberry pudding cake, to which I added ice cream and warm blueberry sauce, and it was all delish!

I sure will hate to see this long time, precious friend move away early next year! :-(