A Simpler Time

I took this picture from the Alaska Railroad between Denali National Park and Fairbanks with my Jim Carpenter and Bob and Linda Littlehale Parker a few years ago. The fall colors were brilliant.

When I look at it, I can imagine the cows grazing in the pasture nearby – there would have been horses in the barn and small children running around laughing – jumping from the rafters in the barn into the hay below. I picture a simpler life. There is probably a wide front porch with rocking chairs where the parents could sit and enjoy the beauty of their property. Fresh bread or a pie is baking in the cast iron stove in the kitchen and a pot of stew is cooking over the fire. And you can almost smell the coffee percolating. Homemade quilts cover the beds and keep them warm. Nice – Big sighhhhhh…

My Mom loved old barns – she would always say “if only those walls could talk”. Indeed –

Enjoy your day!

Anniversary celebration


Last night we had Jim’s daughter and son-in-law over for dinner to celebrate their 13th anniversary.  We enjoyed Mom’s cheeseball for an appetizer.  Dinner consisted of fresh strawberries, corn, barbecued steak and Ciabatta bread.

And, because you ALWAYS have to have dessert – I made a French Vanilla cake with strawberry swirl and buttercream frosting.

Happy ‘Versary Carolyn & Ricardo!

For the love of cooking, cruising and quilting – "Keep it Simple"