Photo of the Day = Two Cats – Both Named Blue – cat’s are so serious


Blue the Cat © Ckatt 10/2019


Blue the other Cat © Ckatt 10/2019

Two different friends own pretty cats both named ‘Blue’. Both cats are people shy. But they both like me and wanted to sit in my lap and they let me pet them when I visited. Since cats are very particular, I consider this a huge complement. They are loving companions to their individual owners.

When Blue #1 watches birds on the balcony he does this little chirping sound. Not very catlike, but hilarious.

Blue #2 follows people around everywhere and will meow to be let out of the room or closet that he’s accidentally shut into (by a visitor). “Blue where are you?”

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Have a peaceful day wherever you may find yourself.

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A Contemplative Life – Wise Words – A Trip Back In Time

A recent visit to my first college for a reunion was a revelation of memories. More important to me was the President’s speech on the “importance of education in times like these.” As a private college our cost to attend are less than the states universities. Donations are important to our continued success. Making scholarships available for as many students as possible is the standard.

Supporting the educational system that creates leaders, and people of wisdom seems right and just. Teachers are leaders and create opportunities to change our minds and change our outlooks. Every child deserves an education.

Many people at the luncheon who were listening had become teachers. Each one of us had a chance to speak. Education is a an important part of my life. I was fortunate to be helped with furthering my education by scholarship, donor gifts, and financing through my job at a corporation.

I stood there before a small crowd of people. When it came my turn to speak, I felt very emotional: I put my hand to my heart, as I tried to speak. “Oh gosh, I am feeling very emotional. I stand here filled with gratitude. I would like to follow what the president said about education. I was one of those scholarship students he mentioned. Education is so important. It can change lives.” 

A month before on a visit to my best friend, I made a photograph of the late John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural speech. It hangs framed on her wall.

In these times, I believe the words of John F. Kennedy are uplifting to read. Their idealism and compassion reflect an America that must not be lost in the chaos we are living today.

“The inauguration of John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States was held on Friday, January 20, 1961 at the eastern portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.” Retrieved from Wikipedia 10-19-19IMG_0411.jpg

I wish for wise people to arise in these difficult times and breathe life into our nation once again.

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Peace to you wherever you may be.


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Evidence of Autumn – Time passages

dahlia butterfy and bee

Dahlia, Butterfly and Bee CKatt 2019

A paintbrush lightly touches some trees with russet colors.

The air cools and the bees work slower, sleepily in the flowers

Along with butterflies.

Squirrels gather nuts darting in the streets and trees

Small birds feed in the yard on plants gone to seed.

Sunlit days shorten

Overhead a small flock of geese practice in a flying V

Their flight path leads southward

Nature knows an ancient rhythm.

Inside a restless longing sets in over the languishing summer day

Cleaning out and preparing begins with evidence of Autumn outside.

Our nature is an ancient way as season follows season.

But I wish to stop the tawny colors of the leaves and fly away.

Oh, Sky blue days and flowers linger here a little longer? My heart sighs.

Dahlia Butterfly 9-2019 CKatt.jpg


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Have a good weekend.


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Flower of the Day = Bee and Sunflower – September

September bee

Moved so slowly

Across a sunflower

Time moves at no speed

Have a bee-utiful day.

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Chicken Stock! Or When Chicken Stock is a Gelatinous Consistency = Surprise! Make Wine Sauce

After the Chicken Stock Recipe from the other day, I took my chicken stock out of the fridge because I had this brilliant inspiration while food shopping that I should make a wine sauce.


What’s this?! It’s looks like a gelatinous blob. Not to panic…but it looked like a horror movie was about to start in my kitchen.


Chicken Stock 2019

I am a learn as you go type. Turning to The Dear old internet and typing in the search bar “when chicken stock is gelatinous consistency”. You all know how this works, the dear internet browser brings up many iterations or permutations of your phrase…kinda showing off, if you ask me.

Well, as result of the AI, with its smarter-than-moi, search-engines flashing before my eyes; I see that there are many many freaked out questions about jelly or jellied stock. I realize with a big grin on my face and a giggle, that there is nothing wrong with my stock. What I am seeing is the collagen that came from cooking the chicken bones and all. Whew! imadestock? imadestock. imadestock for the first time!

It’s great for making a red wine sauce recipe. (Who knew?)


Cooking Red Wine Sauce 2019

“Therefore” here is a simple recipe for red wine sauce adapted from Food Republic. Basic Red Wine Sauce. Retrieved 9-19-19.

Darn Simple Red Wine Sauce by Maureen C. Petrosky for 2 servings; 15 minutes to make.

  • olive oil, for coating the pan
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine – used a shiraz $ 
  • 1/2 cup beef stock – used home made chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped, optional

In a saute pan add enough olive oil to coat the pan. Add the shallots and cook until translucent. Open the wine or use left over wine from the night before is suggested. Add the red wine and the stock and reduce by half.* At this point, add the butter and chopped rosemary.

* If you would like a smoother sauce remove the shallots before you add the butter and chopped rosemary.

I left out the butter, used rosemary, left in the shallots. Then heated up some baked salmon with garlic and olive oil leftovers in the sauce. So crazy fun.


Chicken Stock prepped for the freezer

The collagen is good for joints. That’s what the bone broth diet book was saying about making our bodies and diet healthy. It doesn’t hurt to try. I’m learning so much about cooking from these latest experiments. There is a wine sauce in your future. Enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Keep the peace wherever you find yourself this week.


Baked Salmon with Red Wine Sauce & couscous and rice CKatt 9-2019



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