Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rainy days and Thursdays...And An Award from a Friend

I know everyone is just sick to death of hearing about how we've been in a drought and still need ten inches of rain to bring us out and blahbablahbablah....but anyway, it's raining! Not hard, just whispering rain, and it's been doing this all night and oh how I love it! Yesterday we worked all day in the yard, planting Lantana (I just love Lantana) moving the Canna Lily bed and mulching everything deeply so that the rain be retained for awhile. So happppy...and today we get to rest to do inside things. I just finished giving the kitchen a thorough cleaning and put away. I decided for supper tonight that we'll have chicken fried steak and angel biscuits with white gravy for supper. I'll throw in some Brussels sprouts and green rice or potatoes...gosh, I'm hungry already and it's no where near supper time! Tomorrow I'll post pictures of supper before the devastation...and give you the recipe for dinner. I know people buy those frozen biscuits, and they are great for convenience but a little tough. A real biscuit should just about float off your plate to your mouth...and they're not that hard to make. Believe it or not, I use an empty bean can that I put in the dishwasher as a biscuit cutter. It makes nice large biscuits that you can use as a breakfast biscuit to rival Hardee's or any of those fast food places...just have to remember not to twist your biscuit cutter...straight into the dough and back out...but I digress. So yesterday we worked our collective heinies off and now I've done a bit of housework. Soon as I finish up in here, I intend to go vacuum then pick up my next book...and read. My idea of a perfect Thursday.

The dear sweet Kat at has honored me with an E for Excellence award and I am so proud to be honored by this dear friend. You really must go visit with her if you haven't already made her acquaintance. She is a cancer survivor, and she offers so much to us in the spirit she shares. You'll love husband George and Wheaten terrier daughter Miss Daisy. She is so interesting and it's always a pleasure to stop by and visit. Now, I am supposed to present this to the ten others that I feel deserve it. So, here goes:

First of all I'd like to present the E for Excellence award to

Lee at for her valued friendship and her bootstrap philosophy of life that makes you admire her courage and tenacity.

Cowgirl at better known as Riverdale Ramblings for her humor and the way she shares her feelings with no holding back and her go get em attitude towards life. She's an angel, no really!

Mima at who faces the worst of MS everyday and manages to get through life with a smile (though through gritted teeth at times, I'm sure...) and a sense of humor!

My sweet niece Kari at better known as Just Livin' Large for her complete disclosure of how she feels about everything...or as we call it, Kari's rants...she is fun and able to say what we want to because she doesn't care if she p*sses you off or not...

Teresa at better known as Living the Life. Teresa is family oriented as most of us are, and she takes such pleasure in her family and in the sharing of that pleasure.

Also Seamus at who shares the nature of his world with us and then illustrates it with pictures. His writing shows the pleasure he takes in life and the joy he spreads in the doing of it...

Jan, you rock...I love coming in to visit with you as well. Though we haven't known each other long, I think we hit it off right away! So Jan at this E is for you.

Merisi of Merisi's Vienna for'll take you on a trip and you won't even have to leave your, I'm not talking about marijuana...her photography is like a mini will be impressed...just run over to and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Jamie Dawn at for her...well, for her. She's fun and she's irreverently irreverent. I love her preaching...she should be in the pulpit...

Now, I really can't leave out David at Author Blog ( ) because without his encouragement to other bloggers I wouldn't know half of the ones mentioned here. He is sort of the Master of Ceremonies who brings this crew together. I know awards don't mean that much to him, he does what he does out of love of the written word. But anyway's to you. Should anyone ask me to take them to my prepared for company.


San said...

Congratulations on your E award, Sandi. Most deserved, girlfriend. And great choices in those you've passed it to.

Biscuits--my grandmother made the best! And she did that little twist thing too. She used the rim of a glass for her cutter.

Jan said...

First of all...I must learn how to make those biscuits you are talking about! A tutorial is a must!
Second...congratulations on the award!! You are so deserving!
And thank you for passing it on to me. You are a doll! I will do my best to live up to the E! : )

Jamie Dawn said...

Thanks for the award!! I will be back by to actually READ this post and the previous one, but I'm packed and about to head out to the airport. My family and I are going on vacation to one of my favorite places in the world... Savannah, GA. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Charleston, SC which is not far from you.
I will be drinking sweet tea and acting like a fine southern lady for the next few days.
We will be back next Wed.
I am bringing my laptop, and if the hotel internet is working, I will visit blog buddies over the weekend.
Ta-ta for now, my new blog buddy!!!!

david mcmahon said...

Um, Sandi, us tough, hard-bitten, leathery cynical journalists aren;t supposed to get misty-eyed, but that's exactly what you've just done to me.

Yes, I'm a sentimental bloke and my parents raised me to honour friends and family and the talents of others. You have just validated everything they taught me.

They would both be so proud.

So VERY proud.

Merisi said...

Dear Sandi,
please let me congratulate you first, you truly deserved this E award! I find your passing it on to me in such excellent company a most generous act, thank you so very much. I feel very honored.

Jeff B said...

I wish i was comming to your house for dinner. Chicken Fried steak and gravy is one of my favorites.

congrats on the E award

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Congraulations on the award....Smiles

Justabeachkat said...

Oh glad you received some rain! Yeah! Your dinner sounds absolutely yummy. And the biscuits...oh my!

Thanks for your very kind words about me and my blog and family.


Lori said...

congrats on your award:) and you are making me hungry for dinner and i just rolled out of bed, i am actually chewing on some girl scout cookies while we are chatting here...thanks for popping over to visit me!!!

PAT said...

Hi Sandi...I was just checking my house post and saw your comment. I am with you on those old shotgun houses.

I have some photos of abandoned houses, I hope to add to. I might even write a post one day, ya never know! I love to imagine who the people were who lived in these homes.

I've seen photos of some restored shotgun houses that are gorgeous! But it's interesting imagining about them and other homes, small or large, grand or not.


bj said...

OK, Mizz Sandi...I am waiting for your rooster picture, my dear heart!!
hugs, bj

bj said...

Oh, meant to say that Angel Biscuits are a favorite around here...have been making them a long, LONG time!! BUT...I had no idea about the twist in the cutter...I've always just....done it. Now I know not to, tho. Thank you, mam'

Vee said...

It's your day for awards! Congratulations! There's another waiting for you at my blog with no strings attached!

windycorner said...

Hi Sandi,
I can empathise with you about the rain-my parents live in Hart County Georgia and have had the same thing going on for years. There have been times when they could see dark clouds just north of them that just blow by and don't drop any rain. Please show some pictures of your garden when it gets going.
My stomach has been growling for an hour and after reading about your supper I'm going to have to go get some leftover mac and cheese.

Mima said...

Thank you so very much for the award, I feel very honoured. Something that was well deserved by you, and so very kind of you to pass it this way.

It sounds as if you have been having a wonderful sort out, with the garden exactly how you want it, and the kitchen under control. Perfect. Rain sounds perfect, and just what you guys need, we have been getting loads. Rose and Sheena have just been outside wrapping the clematis as we are due snow over the next couple of days, and they are just in the middle of flowering. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

San said...

Come get another award, Sandi!

Unknown said...

Okay Sandi, I am coming over for dinner, especially to eat some of those biscuits. Yummy! Books are my favorite way to relax. And congrats on your award. I love to visit David also, I can never get over the photos he post. Have a great weekend.

Jeanne said...

Ahh now you got me good and hungry. I just had a pb & j sandwich for lunch. Can't wait to see some pictures of all your flowers and garden.

myonlyphoto said...

Sandi congratulations to you and to your recipients. Anna :)

Seamus said...

Congratulations on your Excellence Award - a well deserved award!


Thank you for sharing it with me! :)

Funny, but as we are clearing some of the property here we are finding hidden Lantanas and other treasures! Now we can highlight some of these as we clear the understory.

Sam Fox said...

Awwwww, Sandi, thank YOU!!!!!

How cool, I've never had one of those before! Bless your cottons!


Vee said...

Looking for some angel biscuits...

Hoping that all that digging and mucking about in the garden didn't put you on the sofa.

Thinking of you!

Jamie Dawn said...

Okay, now I had the time to read this post.
How nice of you!!
I believe it was David who brought you to my blog, and then I followed by coming to yours. I am SO glad to have found you!
I think you are a top quality, grade A blogger.
I hope you get all the rain you need.
In AR where I live, we've had plenty.