<![CDATA[Ann's Excursions in Daily Living... - Ann's Excursions in Daily Living Blog]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:37:22 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[melancholy ]]>Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:40:24 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2015/01/melancholy.htmlPicture

I prefer
The second definition
'Sober thoughtfulness'
To the prolonged state of...

For everyone
Must have some
Remembering time,
When things long gone...

Are remembered
Sometimes tearfully,
But then today comes back...

Things to do,
People to interact with,
Looking up to tomorrow,
Times long gone return to the past...

Faint echoes of
Are not to be lived in
But remembered... Occasionally...

Is greeted with hope
With the creation of
New memories... New blessings...

Each day
We give ourselves
The gift of being in this day...
The gift of new beginnings...

December 2014
By ann t evans

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (
Isaiah 41:10 KJV)

<![CDATA[new year, 2015]]>Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:33:27 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2015/01/new-year-2015.html New year, 2015

So here
it is again,  
a new year starts…

Daily life
cycles in
as we wake each day…

The cold days
& even colder nights
keep us bundled up & thinking…

As we
new beginnings of life…

Cleaning out
lots of accumulation,
not only of stuff but of thoughts…

Looking forward
to new adventures,
new places to explore… new days…

Looking up
to Hope, Light,
and peaceful spirit of mind…

Keep our eyes
on the Light of life,
salvation of spirit, joy of days…

January 2015

by ann t evans


So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. (
Psalms 90:12, 17

<![CDATA[Packing, again]]>Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:31:53 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2014/07/packing-again.html Well,
I am once again
for a trip
to a far, far away place…

the climate change
I must think
of warmth & possible rain…

It will
take all day
just to get there
by airplane
& with transfer…

My suitcase
so I will be
& evaluating my needs…

down the days now
& watching the
weather there
& looking forward to…

is growing
& plans are formulating
& soon, oh so soon,
that travel day will arrive…

June 2014
by ann t evans :D
<![CDATA[Free]]>Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:23:08 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2013/07/free.htmlPicture
To be me...
I live in a country
where I am
& I can travel
from here to there
without much thought...

Free to be
& gather
in my church
of my choice
with others singing
praises to God almighty
whenever I choose, in peace...

Free to be
separate & independent
taking each day
as it comes
expressing my
personal opinions
without worry of persecution...

Free to be
gathered with others
doing things, talking freely,
voting for various folks
that I can openly complain about
or fuss about
or even talk to in open discussion...

Free to live
day to day
& travel from place to place
because others still give
their life & time to
protect me & serve our country
in distant, foreign, troubled places...

Free in life
& thought & actions
free to be me
because I was born
in this time & place
& live where I do...
blessed to be me...

July 2013
by ann t evans

<![CDATA[Conversational drops - dulcimer lessons]]>Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:21:22 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2013/06/june-18th-2013.htmlPicture
Conversational drops

Seems that 
In recent months 
I have acquired the ability 
To add known musical folks names 
To my conversational tidbits... 
First I must say
Agnes West, Florence, AL, gave me  
My very first lessons 
While she continues to teach
And promote my dulcimer training...

 Sarah Morgan, TN, gave lessons 
At our last year's dulcimer festival 
And this year we had 
Well-known local players 
Jerry & Louise Todd, Athens, Alabama...

 Also take for example
Just the other day
When Don Pedi's name, NC, 
Was mentioned & I  said
 'I had a lesson from him!'...

 Then Bing Futch, FL,
Was talked about
And I nodded, 'yes,
I took a lesson from him!... Recently!'  
And now I can add other names...

Traveled all the way to Portland, OR, 
To see & hug my son, Ryan, 
Also planned a visit
 to Columbia River Gorge Mt. Dulcimer Festival 
With diverse instructors there...

 A Force of nature Robert
'Wild dulcimer' music maker...
 Zanetti of nimble fingers Nina
Caressing musical  melodies..
 Both teaching us & performing concerts...

There were three days packed full 
of musical  information...
Rogers sisters lovely Erin & Amber
Shining talents teaching us
with enthusiasm...

 So as I mark two years
Of dulcimer training 
As I continue to add folks I meet 
& places I have been...  
Musical celebration of life...

June 2013
By ann t evans  

<![CDATA[2013 Columbia river gorge dulcimer festival]]>Tue, 18 Jun 2013 03:21:28 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2013/06/2013-columbia-river-gorge-dulcimer-festival.htmlPicture
2013  Columbia River Gorge Dulcimer festival  

Many things to do
 Busy, busy, busy
With food fantastic & 
Lots of interesting, friendly folks...

 Challenging teaching, 
New music acquired, 
Peaceful, tranquil environment, 
And borrowed dulcimer... 

Seems like the top 
Of the world...
 No TVs or radio in my room
 Removed from all things...

 But cell phone connected, 
Had my open mike performance 
Of  'covered bridge waltz' 
No major stops, flowed right along... 

Adventures in the northwest
Adding additional Internet connects, 
Sharing music, laughter 
And life stories...

 June 2013
 By ann t evans 

<![CDATA[lurking]]>Sat, 11 May 2013 01:55:49 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2013/05/lurking.htmlPicture
Around every 
Is the mentality 
That says 
Do whatever
You can get away with...

 It is whispered 
& listened to 
By those of weakness 
Who give in to evil 
& have no compassion 
Or concern for others...

Their evil nature 
Is given full reign 
To live among us 
& practice their perversions
For we must begin to see
That without God we are lost...
Evil loves darkness 
& hides in secret places 
Outward costume of normal 
Inward deception of mind 
Crafty deceiver of others 
Devil's darkest seed... 

Until we acknowledge 
We do not struggle with man 
But with powers & principalities 
And doers of evilness 
That our mind cannot 
May 2013
 By ann t. evans   

Ephesians  6:12   For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 

<![CDATA[Fun filled & laughing]]>Fri, 03 May 2013 22:19:04 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2013/05/fun-filled-laughing.htmlPicture
 How often 
can a person say
 a vacation
week was filled with 
things to do & laughter...
& almost chocking on laughter... At the end!

 we planned to go
& knew there were 
numerous things we could do...
Which we plotted
after our arrival...

Each day had
 at least one major event
 one thing we wanted to do
& numerous other activities 
we just fitted in, as need be...
Free or half price items enticed us to do 'em... 

We even managed
a $1.50 breakfast
 on three days &
a photography class
 with historic information & tips...

Two local shows we scheduled
& a shopping day 
on what was to be a rainy day
So we used our time wisely
& made it to the dulcimer shop...

Every day 
was filled to the brim
 then we had two free
 music shows to attend 
at the place where we stayed...

Our ending plans did go
somewhat awry 
for we planned to stop 
at a festival on our way home
but it was too rainy & so we opted not...

After finding a parking place
 walking through the rain
& hesitating at the entry gate
We giggled, laughed & turned around
 back to the car... Favorite restaurant a better choice...

All in all
one of the better vacations for it
flowed from day to day
 with activities & laughter & choices
decisions made in unity without hassle...

April 2013
By ann t evans 

<![CDATA[Middle of the week]]>Fri, 03 May 2013 22:10:14 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2013/05/middle-of-the-week.htmlMiddle of the week

Once you retire
 the middle of the week
 doesn't have 
the same meaning...

Hump day, 
the slide
to the weekend...
Truly every single day is 
gloriously celebrated...
Except for allergy...

each day blends 
into the next day 
the day of the week lost...

a day has passed 
then a week 
then a month of daily living...

Being retired 
means many things...
When allergy hits
I can moan & groan at home...

No need to medicate
& go in to work,
I can medicate
& sleep in...
Wonder if that extends my allergy...

 Hopefully, I will not
Lose May as I lost January
To allergy symptoms
Seems my
allergy cycles are closer...

May 2013
By ann t evans 

  Composition started on Wednesday completed on Friday!
<![CDATA[Recipes]]>Mon, 25 Mar 2013 01:10:01 GMThttp://excursionsindailyliving.com/1/post/2013/03/recipes.htmlPicture
Recipes, for my son 
Just thinking that you might want
to have some family recipes…
 Cornbread is a good start 
since I just finished making some…

Your Grandmother Evans
made cornbread with half corn meal,  
half flour, one egg, & milk…
mix to pudding texture…

Cook at 400 degrees until done,
depending on pan, fifteen to twenty minutes…
If you preheat the oven before putting in the iron pan, 
you’ll get a golden bottom to the bread…

I modified that 
with ¼ flour, ¾ cornmeal, egg, 
I prefer buttermilk
rather than milk…

But milk will do
since I cook my cornbread 
in a small iron pan,
cups is the measure…

One of my Dad’s sisters
added 1 tablespoon mayonnaise… 
that makes a smooth
 textured  cornbread…

My Mother called it 
the ‘northern’ version… 
don’t know why…
since we all lived in the  South…

 I’ve used either
brand of cornmeal 
even used
cornbread  packages…
Whatever you  use
 be sure to eat some
 hot from the oven… as a sampling… 
butter applied… 

my Dad always
 had his hot cornbread
 crumbled in buttermilk… 
yuck, milk for me…

by the way, 
my creamed, mashed potatoes
has a tablespoon of mayonnaise added…
when you were not looking…  :D
March  2013
 by ann t evans