a NEW taste Tuesday…copycat Swig cookies


Happy Tuesday!

There’s a locate cookie/soda shop called Swig. I’ve heard people rave over their cookies and although I haven’t personally stopped by, I did try this copycat recipe.  I tried it because it was EASY (and delicious).  These are sugar cookies, but they’re quick because they’re drop cookies.  I got the link from my sister’s daughter-in-law (I guess that’s my neice-in-law?). Anyway, she got the recipe from The Bountiful Kitchen, which is a new site to me.  I think I’ll have to poke around that site a bit — it looked like there were other amazing recipes there too.

Have a great day.  Do or bake something NEW.


a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  So I’ve shared a lot of my closeup shots from Butchart Gardens, but here’s an overview of it…(although, it’s only one section of that huge, gorgeous place).  And for today’s short sermon, I’ll simply share an overview of what the Book of Mormon is all about – because I know so many people who just haven’t taken the time to find out. This video (HERE) is less than 3 minutes long, but hopefully you’ll learn something NEW.

Have a wonderful day!


a NEW photo of my week


Happy Friday!  When I saw that Cee’s Flower of the Day was Blackeyed Susans, I quickly grabbed this photo to share. One of my sisters that went to Victoria with us last week is named Susan.  My mother says she named her that because Susan had such black eyes when she was a baby.

Anyway, I’ll link up to Cee’s page.  Enjoy your day – and do or learn something NEW!

a NEW taste Tuesday…for doggies


Happy Tuesday! Well, for today’s NEW taste…I tried out some doggie treats to give to my grand-dogs.  I’m (very patiently) waiting for grand-babies to come along, but at the moment, all I have are grand-dogs.🙂 So I decided to make them all some treats.

These pics are of Dizy, I’ve photographed Patch before (here) and I still need to schedule a shoot with Rocky. When I got a shot of Dizy with her eyes closed, I had to try and be funny and Photoshop this one to make Dizy look like she’s winking. (How’d I do? :o)


I thought these Bacon Pumpkin Doggie treats even sounded good enough for us humans to eat!



Have a great day! Do or make something NEW.

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  Here’s (one of many) pics from the beautiful Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC.  I wish I knew what kind of plant this is. If anyone can enlighten me, please do. I’m sad I didn’t get a better shot of the bumblebee for you.🙂

OK, for today miscellany:

I caught me a NEW cold last week (not fun).  I always seem to catch something every time I hop on an airplane!  Can anyone give me any tips on how I can avoid that?  Please???!!!  I meant to overrun my system with vitamin C beforehand, but forgot.  I also seem to remember a SharkTank episode where someone invented some semi-inconspicuous thing to go over your nose that kept out all the airborne junk, but I can’t remember if any of the sharks went for it.

Another random thing…we bought NEW pickleball racquets and have had fun playing at a nearby park. Who plays pickleball?  Have you played in any tournaments?

I bought a NEW compost bin that spins…does anyone have any tips for making sure you have the right nitrogen/carbon ratio?  I gotta get me some dried up leaves to go with my kitchen scraps…soon.

I recently saw this kayak that folds up! How cool (and expensive) is that?!?  I would love to get one (well, we’d probably need two) and do this road trip:  Drive to Moses Lake, WA and kayak that lake.  Do a day-trip to Lake Lenore (I didn’t know there was such a place for a really long time).  Head to Coeur d’Alene ID and kayak on that beautiful blue water (I drove by once, and that blue water took my breath away!)  Visit Glacier National Park, then kayak on nearby Flathead Lake.  Then come home.  How does that plan sound?  If anyone has been to any of the above, feel free to share tips or recommendations.  I figure if I put my vacation plans/ travel bucket lists in writing, perhaps eventually they will actual happen.

That’s enough random stuff for today.  Have a good one and do or learn something NEW today!





NEW boat photos of my week


Happy Wednesday!

I think I’m obsessed with boats – or at least photographing boats on calm, beautiful blue water!  It must be because I live in the desert.  I recently went on a girls weekend getaway to Seattle and Victoria, BC.  It was a fun sister-party! Here are more boat pics from the weekend – and boy, do I have tons of botanical pics from Butchart Gardens to share (eventually).


Someone had fun sailing between the San Juan islands.


This is a twin of the ferry we waited three hours to get on, to go to BC!  Who knew it was a Canadian holiday and a three-day weekend!!??!!  Note to sisters – check Canadian calendar next time!  Here…I’ll save us the trouble: Canadian Statutory Holidays.


I should make a jigsaw puzzle out of the one above, eh? It would be a tough one. :o)


White on blue – one of my favorite color schemes!

And…one more…a tiny boat among docked boats:


Have a great day. Do or learn something NEW!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! I just realized that other than the quick ‘n easy Thursday Thoughts posts, this blog has been pretty dormant this summer.  I really don’t know where my time goes! Where? Really, where? I’m sure you all can relate though, right?

Well, the photo above seems a bit abstract, huh?  It’s a shot just looking straight up while we hiked last weekend. I thought it was a good fit for miscellaneous Monday.  And…other miscellany:

I saw this pic recently and had to laugh because it reminded me of my boys when they were little. They were such innocent little stinkers sometimes, haha!

brothers sisters(source)

Also a friend recently informed be of an app that you can scan food products with your phone and it will give it a grade (A, B+, C- etc), and also give you alternatives.  I had fun going through my pantry and seeing what my average grade was.  The app is called Fooducate. Our techy world is really kind of fun in certain ways. :o)

Also, on the healthy eating subject, I’m lovin’ the two-ingredient cookies (you’ve probably heard of them).  SO easy to prepare and I add a few chocolate chips to mine and they help the afternoon sweet attacks that I get. Yeah! – that’s a really good thing.

Lastly, I’ll just let you know that I learned about a NEW activity called volksporting. Now I think I’ll have to add a least one volksporting activity to my bucket list – and maybe include geocaching with it. (gotta make good use of hubby’s expensive GPS gadgets somehow!).

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!




a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday! I never get tired of visiting Cedar Breaks National Monument. They were having a Wildflower Festival the day we drove by.  We didn’t stop at the visitors center, but stopped down the road a bit and took these flower pics.

So for today’s short sermon, I’ll just feature the lyrics from the great musical sermon “How Great Thou Art”.  Because this place and many others are definitely an ‘awesome wonder’!!!


O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
And when I think of God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow with humble adoration,
And then proclaim, “My God, how great Thou art!”
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And here’s a link to a vocal version (HERE).

Have a great day!  Do or visit somewhere NEW!

a NEW {fabulous} hike


Happy Friday!  Well, recently hubby and I took a short weekend getaway and went on this hike that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now (remember I told you about it a few posts back? :o).  It did not disappoint! Such a fun hike…and beautiful, am I right?!?

For most of the hike, we were trekking through this creek bed and I’m SO glad we invested in some trekking poles for this one!  Our boys really razzed us when we got home and they saw our poles, but I’m tellin’ ya, those wet, mossy, river rocks are slippery suckers, and if we wouldn’t have had those poles, we’d have been a LOT wetter than we were!

I have plenty more pics from this hike that I’ll likely share (hopefully they won’t get too tiring).

Have a great day! Pick out a NEW hike and put it on your to-explore list!