Sixty Sheep and Counting




Animal husbandry

My husband is very disciplined.  Every night at 10 pm, he turns off television, gets up from his recliner, and heads upstairs to bed. I can choose to follow, or turn the television back on.  

On a few occasions, I beat him.  Last night, I delayed a few minutes to finish writing this post.

After completing my normal bathroom routine, I turned off the light and made my way through the dark over to my side of the bed.


Quit pretending to be asleep.”



“I’m more asleep than you.”


“That’s the dumbest thing you’ve said. How can you be more asleep than me?”


“I’ve counted more sheep. I’m up to 60.  You haven’t started.”


(We chuckle.)


A day without laughter is a day wasted – Charlie Chaplin


 Because my husband has vertigo and can only lie on his right side, he lies on the edge of our king size bed; and, since he radiates an enormous amount of heat, I stay as far away as possible.  But sometimes,…..I like to stretch my leg over and touch his leg with my toes.

“What on earth do you have socks on for?”

“I don’t have socks on.”

“Well, what’s this?” (flicking my toe against him).

“It’s my underwear.  You’ve got your foot on my butt.”


(More laughter.)

“What’s your butt doing way down there?”

(Pause) “I love you.”

“I love you, too.  Now, go to sleep.”



“Sixty-five, sixty-six, sixty-seven....”


Have you ever given much thought as to how laughter benefits us?

  • It’s contagious
  • It’s a stress-reliever
  • It strengthens the immune system
  • It strengthens relationships and draws people closer together

 How does laughter benefit your relationship?










That Needs to Be a Painting

1956968_10201921834467690_2056121812_oThat was my friend’s enthusiastic comment as she shared one of her latest wedding photographs.

When the young bride agreed, Pam contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to paint it.  To be honest, the photograph just didn’t hit me.  It didn’t matter whether or not the bride was willing to pay.

Painting is like writing.  It has to come from the heart.  And, if it ain’t there, it aint’ there.
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Summer Squash with Chervil

10426685_479318855545928_5864830952549862378_nNow that we’re back home, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  I’ll admit, the first couple of days I just sat around and kind of got my bearings.  Poor Mr. D had to go back to work the next day.  It always takes me a few days to get back into cooking.  Thanks to someone who posted a delicious looking summer squash recipe, I got my mojo back. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the original recipe to give credit where credit’s due.  I don’t even remember if there was a name to the dish.

I’ll just call it Summer Squash with Chervil.  How’s that?  It’s a simple recipe and is easy to make.


2-3 summer squash
4 oz log of plain goat cheese (room temperature)
4-6 sun dried tomatoes (slice)
Chimchurri or pesto (1 T)
6 T bread crumbs
sea salt
olive oil (1-2 T)

Directions: mix goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and pesto/Chimchurri together in a small bowl, preheat over to 450 degrees, bake for 25-30 minutes.

1.  Wash and half summer squash.  Remove the seeds.










2.  Brush with olive oil.










3.  Fill with the chervil mixture










4. Salt to taste


5.  I didn’t have any breadcrumbs, so I used Panko.  I grabbed what I thought was the Panko box from the pantry and started to shake it on the squash.  Whoa! It was Tapioca flour.  My bad.  Scrape it off and keep going.  Who will be the wiser!





It was sooo good.  Even hubby was getting every last piece off the plate.  This recipe was a definite success.  As soon as I locate the source, I’ll come back and update my page.

If you decide to try it, come back and report, will ya?