5 for Friday April 12

5 for FRIDAY | APRIL 12

Friday greetings, friends! How's your week been?  Good here.  Solar Eclipse happened and it rolled right down my neck of the woods, so to speak, and it did get dark for 4 minutes.  Kinda freaky and cool all at the same time. Great 5 for Friday today - Beginning with: STEPHANIE'S CHIC ON THE CHEAP I know one thing in the camp of Cheryl, I will never look at an overripe banana or potato peels the same.  They all still have value.  For Butterflies and for Me.  I have a wire coat hanger and I'm going to form a banana holder and hang it outside in one of my trees and watch the butterflies flutter around with glee.  Same the potato skins - for moi! Hello, Yumm-O.  No doubt the potato skins are waaaayyyy better than chips outta the bag.  AND!  Banana skins in a pitcher of water for watering some of my outside plants.  Plants will thank me and grow like crazy thanks to Steph!  Ta-Dah! I so laughed outloud at Steph's share of what would literally be her regarding a $7 dress from Ross.  Me, knowing Steph for many years absolutely know this to be true!  I'm pretty sure she finds all the "deals" out there before any of us put our shopping shoes on.  HA! Steph never disappoints with her cool, outside-the-box creative ideas. Thanks, Steph!  Keep 'em coming, girl! QUICK QUESTION What is bravery to me?  Many things --but the first thing that pops in my head is -- one who continues to put one foot in front of the other and keeps moving ahead regardless of circumstances happening in their immediate world at the moment.  You? SOUTHPAW SUPER POWER Is an intriguing list of the specialness of those born left-handed.  Totally makes sense, though.  My dad was a left-hander.  It always caught my attention when he wrote something on a piece of paper - how he positioned his hand to do so - and he did have very nice handwriting.  Are you a southpaw or someone in your family?
Wednesday Reader April 10

WEDNESDAY READER | APRIL 10

Hello Outstanding readers! Presenting Daymaker's Wednesday Reader on this day April 10th - Lots of fun and joy today! Beginning with: QUICK QUESTION Undoubtedly my immediate "ick" is in a grocery store when I witness a kid or adult absolutely full-out sneeze or cough (not covering their mouths) on the buggy handle-bar.  Seriously?  Totally makes me never forget to grab a few or more sanitizer wiper-deals and wipe the handle bar of any cart I grab to do my shopping. Just "ick"!  You? LESLIE ELMAN'S Trivia via Pop Quiz and Fascinating Stuff is intriguing + entertaining + offers material for all of us to find a twinkle in our eye(s) and introduce/share interestings in a 1-2-3 + group of people should conversation lend itself to such. I LOVE the tiny -GIANT story about IN CASE YOU PASS BY A BUS STOP.   A thought-ful, problem-solved read. MEDITERRANEAN LAYER DIP Pretty sure we all know of the fan-favorite "taco style 7 layer dip" -- * drum roll * --  Introducing another outstanding dip - not as well known - yet! STELLAR!
Top of the Morning April 8

TOP OF THE MORNING | APRIL 8

Hello Magnificent Daymaker Readers - Presenting Top of the Morning! Another fantastic-fun great line-up I collected to share today. Beginning with: The Deserted Places that still remain - grandeur.  Imagine the stories they would tell if they could. I'm IN on Gardening with Buckets.  Last time I was in Home Depot/Lowe's - I think I saw a price tag per bucket was a little less than $5.  And then I can properly place them in the perfect spot around here depending on their sunlight requirements! OMG!  Vintage Pianos repurposed to BEAUTIFUL, GIANT sweeping Phoenix Sculptures.  I want one!  Big time. HORSERADISH is the key ingredient to summer coleslaw.  I'm a believer.  I love being in the know about a "secret ingredient"! BREATH-TAKING SHOT OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BEING ZAPPED by a bolt of lightning.  Talented photographer for having a lightning fast camera and skills to capture such a super fast happening.  Super cool! RECIPES!
5 For Friday 3 | The Union Sewing Machine is the Best

5 for FRIDAY

Friday greetings friends - Great stuff packed in this episode today. Stephanie is off this week but she'll be back very, very soon.  She's a super busy lady and gives her time and energy and tips and tricks when time allows.  Hat tip, Steph.  Thank ya! The stand in for Stephanie's Chic on the Cheap is a column by Katiedid Langrock archives from back in 2017.  Not nearly as cool and informational as Steph's column, but it's a heart read.  Enjoy! "PIG"  THE RABBIT STORY by Katiedid Langrock is beautiful.  Almost - ALMOST - wants me to look and find and bring home such a cool pet.  However, this house/ark is full around here! QUICK QUESTION My new name would be Calvin Cheeseburger.  Ha!  You? PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES Recipe reads like it's too simple to be good.  Trust me - they are simple and they're very good. ART ILLUSTRATIONS Have me planning for some kinda little garden around here.  Good news, I have a farmer's market about 15 minutes away.  So, if I fail in doing or succeeding - have the market so close - I can go, shop, choose and enjoy the fruits of the farmers labors!  THANK YOU FARMERS!
Wednesday Reader April 3

WEDNESDAY READER | APRIL 3

Hello Hola Bonjour Daymakers! Presenting Wednesday's  Reader on this 3rd day of April.  How's April rolling in for you?  Good here.  We had some heavy April showers yesterday which my trees and grass (and weeds - ha) were grateful for = me, too. Cool + fun + interesting line up today. Beginning with: LESLIE ELMAN'S POP QUIZ I had to refer to good ol' Google for the pronunciation of the word Qaanaaq in question #1 because I'd never seen the word before and it totally intrigued me.  Here's how it's pronounced if you, too, are intrigued *click* QUICK QUESTION What's the most monotonous sport to watch for me?  BOWLING! And Golf follows at a very close 2nd and then Tennis absolutely is #3.  All fun to play/do -- but being a spectator is a different ball game sort of thing.  You? LAYMAN'S LANGUAGE COLLECTION OF 10 Is spot on.  I am especially fond of #6  "... it's just a bend, not the end."
Top of the Morning April 1st

TOP OF THE MORNING | APRIL 1st

Hello Friends! How can April be here already?  So crazy how time flies (as in months at a time)! As April 1st is known to be a prank day -- have you ever pranked something funny on April 1st or been pranked? Super-duper collection to share today.  (All legit - no pranks - ha!) Beginning with: 25 SIDE YARD IDEAS All so very beautiful.  Like a cool hallway in our homes - but outside! DECADENT ABANDONED MOSQUES IN TURKEY Wow!  The craftsmanship and artists.  Abandoned.  Why? A REAL LIFE INVISIBILITY SHIELD Is most intriguing.  I love that it's roll-and-go as opposed to a giant piece of plexiglass sort of thing that has to be carted around by a vehicle or trailer.  What a great invention.  I, personally, wonder if movie sets/commercials are embracing it, as well.  Move over green screen. HERE'S WHAT OUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN CHILDHOOD BOOKS LOOK LIKE IN REAL LIFE ACCORDING TO AI To me -- most of the AI "real life" depictions were what I had envisioned in my mind save -- The Little Prince. GREAT READ ON GETTING READY FOR UPCOMING APRIL 8 2024 SOLAR ECLIPSE I seriously didn't realize how big of a deal it's going to be.  Especially in my neck of the woods.  Ordered a pair of NASA approved disposable glasses to look and watch.  I've been told that hotels are sold out, people in the area are actually renting out their homes like a B & B for a couple of nights for a lot of dough -- as in the $thousands.  Crazy!
5 For Friday March 29

5 for FRIDAY | MARCH 29

EASTER WEEKEND GREETINGS! We've got a super line-up of Bunny Art, Inspiration, Tanning Tips, Unique Egg Salad Recipe and Pineapple question on this Good Friday. Beginning with: STEPHANIE'S CHIC ON THE CHEAP Fabulous self-tanner tips if you don't wanna crawl into a tanning bed *ahem* which I am guilty of and have been doing too many years to count.  I need to change my ways and Steph's column today is how I'm gonna start.  These 2 products she writes about and presents absolutely intrigue me in that I can still be suntan Cheryl but in a much safer, healthier way. As always, Steph, your easy doable tips of FASHION + DIY ART + INDOOR/OUTDOOR DECORATING + MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL BEAUTY are so cutting-edge and who-knew? until we read it from you.  We look forward to your columns on how to jazz-up ourselves and living environments to a higher, even more exciting level!  Thank ya. QUICK QUESTION Does pineapple belong on pizza.  Well --- not necessarily for me.
Wednesday Reader March 27

WEDNESDAY READER | MARCH 27

Hello Daymakers! Super fun read today beginning with: LESLIE ELMAN'S POP QUIZ AND FASCINATING FACTS So intriguing learning from her facts and trivia.  More fun than watching an episode of Jeopardy. QUICK QUESTION Can I fold a fitted sheet by myself?  Not so far.  But I still give it a shot every time I pull one out of the dryer.  And when it doesn't fold properly (i.e. - I fail) --  I just kinda-sorta fold it or roll it up and place it in the linen closet and call it good.  Do any of you have a tried and true method?  I'd LOVE to know it! 18 APHORISMS Are So.Very.Relatable. and a chuckle. INSTANT KARMA Love this idea of writing down or mentally assessing my 5's each evening around bedtime.  Pretty sure it will encourage me to find the 5s every day. CREAMY POTATO-GRUYERE GRATIN Is an absolute blue ribbon winner recipe.  Without a doubt my favorite potato gratin recipe EVER.  It was Peter's, too.  I pretty much only prepare it on special occasions (like holidays or birthdays) which makes it all the more special.  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this recipe - it's FAN-TAS-TIC!
Top of the Morning March 25

TOP OF THE MORNING | MARCH 25

Hello Monday and friends - How are things going in the new spring season that's arrived and breathing life back into all that was dormant during winter season?  AS IN GREEN, GREEN, GREEN!  Leaves are popping on my trees, grass is growing like crazy and new growth sprouting everywhere.  Spring is ON! Another super fun collection found to share for your enjoyment. BEGINNING WITH: CLEVER TEACHERS and their teaching styles that entice students to sit up, listen and learn!  My favorite takeaways are #7, #14, #43.  Guessing, fun for both teachers and students. SHORT COMPILATION OF BREATHTAKING SHOTS IN MOVIE HISTORY is a tiny movie all by itself.  STUNNING, MESMERIZING! REMEMBER CLACKERS?  I totally do!  I had several, as did my friends, in cool colors and designs -- kinda like GIANT (as in almost the size of a billard ball).  AND I was REALLY GOOD at making those things clack-clack-clack without missing a beat.  Who knew (back then) that Clackers were not necessarily a great "toy" or "idea" based on the what-if scenarios?  Ha.  We didn't care -- it was competition at its best to see who could clack  for the longest time.  Ahhhh, those were the days. WHEN TO PUT OUR HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS OUT NOW THAT IT'S SPRING - I've been wondering exactly when and now I know.  I have 2 and they're great looking "vessels".  Both purchased from Wal-Mart garden department.  I hang one outside my living room picture window and one outside my kitchen sink window (on about a foot long piece of chain so they drop down a little bit)  and I so enjoy spotting the little hummingbirds zooming in - hovering and going a little back and forth - to feed on some liquid "food."  Hummingbirds are happy entertainment.  If you don't have a Hummingbird feeder - I encourage you to think about getting one.  For them AND you!
5 For Friday March 22

5 for FRIDAY | MARCH 22

Friday greetings, friends! Great line-up today beginning with: STEPHANIE'S CHIC ON THE CHEAP I love Stephanie's Xeriscape planter pots tips!  And they look so cool.  Pretty sure I can do that and will! I've planted many, many planter pots of flowers over the years and water in the morning, but by mid-afternoon they don't look so perky and I can almost hear them whispering, Water, water, water please.  Poor babies - of course - I grab a watering container or hose and give them more gulps of water.  Sadly, no matter how hard I try being water girl, by end of summer, they just didn't survive the heat.  Boo! However, there's a new plan around here thanks to Steph's insider tips! AND I totally love the rock garden idea in a large, cool, flat, natural looking container  -- collected pieces from past adventures - future adventures OR simply flat-out buying them from an online source and incorporating all to become a signature masterpiece here at my home. Thanks, Steph!  Keep your innovative ideas headed our way because we are FANS! QUICK QUESTION What's something I do that some may find odd or humorous?  Well, I save envelopes from bills or advertisements I get in the mailbox and use the backs of the envelopes for grocery lists, to-do-lists, reminder notes that I magnet tack to the 'fridge.  I think it's kind of like recycling, yes?  At the very least it's re-purposing.  Works for me!  How about you? 8-YEAR-OLD-PAPER ON GRANDPARENTS I smiled from ear to ear reading this little 8 year old's paper as it is so beautifully true and brought back numerous memories of my (our) grandparents who were the coolest, kindest, patient, grey haired people on the planet.  So many life lessons learned from them - including - and - especially LOVE. BROWN DERBY COBB SALAD RECIPE Is the OG.  I stumbled across this recipe years ago from a recipe book that was specifically dedicated to recipes requested over and over again from readers of the Los Angeles Times most popular food column Dear S.O.S.  Indeed, I have made this salad many, many times and, yes, it's fabulous --  and the Special French Dressing is the icing on the salad.
Wednesday Reader March 20

WEDNESDAY READER | MARCH 20

Wednesday greetings wondrous readers of Daymaker - Presenting a fabulous read today full of fun and awe-some! Beginning with Leslie Elman's Trivia Bits in both Pop Quiz and Fascinating Stuff Of course, I've heard/read about the Frescoes style painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel - but I couldn't visualize it so I did the Google thing and found  *a pic and a little backstory *  mind blowing!  Unbelievably breathtaking. And Sailfish can travel at speeds of 68 mph.  W-H-A-T ?!! QUICK QUESTION Are you double jointed anywhere?  My pinky finger on my right hand is double jointed. I remember that my dad was double jointed on all fingers on both hands.  As a kid that was, "WOW COOL" stuff. Are you, or know someone who is? THE SCHOLAR'S 4 QUESTION TALE Is a great read.  I've been pondering - and have come up with - a couple "morals to the story" sort of thing.  I love tales that make me think beyond the story itself. FRIED CATFISH WITH JALAPENO TARTAR SAUCE Is sooooooo good.  As I wrote in the recipe, we served it at Hippie Cowboy and customers were wild about it.  Our little secret that made it unique was that we used my grandma Miller's recipe for frying trout.  It's a must-make recipe if you're a fan of fried catfish.
Top of the Morning March 18

TOP OF THE MORNING | MARCH 18

Monday morning greetings, amazing readers! How was your weekend?  Mine was chill and a little chilly and wet.  Rained off and on past two days.  Great for the yard and plants. Fantastic line-up of cool fun + interestings for you to check out today. Beginning with: 35 BRILLIANT CLEANING HACKS Yep, I know, I've presented cleaning hacks in the past -- however, this one has additional ones I did not know about.  I think I'm very keen on a dishwasher tablet to help clean ovens and toilets! ATTENTION!  Saluting General Sherman Majestic.  Unbelievable.  Just WOW!  And the read of these old beauties is pretty much unforgettable. THE FASCINATING STORIES BEHIND CELEBRITY NAMES I'm so not *star* struck working in the Motion Picture Industry for a long period of time.  But -- I did find it kinda fun to read how some celebrities came up with their "stage names."  My fav takeaways were Jackie Chan, LL Cool J and Whoopie Goldberg. WHY WE SHOULD KEEP OYSTER SAUCE IN OUR 'FRIDGES Has my full attention and it's on my shopping list.  The hook to me was, "If you want to make any dish taste better just add oyster sauce."  I'm in and can't wait to add a little or a little more to some of my dishes around here. HOW WE SHOULD EAT OUR EGGS IN THE MORNING BASED ON OUR ZODIAC SIGNS Just when we thought we'd read everything regarding our Zodiac sign -- here comes a new one.  Ha! I disagree with mine - Leo - I'm a die-hard fan of eggs cooked hard, poached eggs cooked hard, scrambled eggs and omelets.  I just can't do the runny yolk thing.  My sisters loved the runny yolks oozing all over their breakfast plates and dipping toast in it.  You?