Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
WITH COLD TEMPERATURES AND SNOW FLURRIES, IT'S BEEN A GREAT WEEK FOR SNUGGLING IN AND GETTING SOME KNITTING PROJECTS COMPLETED...
12/12...MY NEW BLOG HEADER IS A PICTURE FROM TODAY'S FLURRIES :)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
JOINING the Bowyers FOR A GREAT COOKIE EXCHANGE...at such an opportune time...I can have some new cookies to keep out through the Holidays. My selection is an EASY PEASY...I like easy peasy, don't you?!
1 box of vanilla wafers - usually 12oz
1 6oz can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 box of powdered sugar - 16oz
1/2 cup butter
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup toasted, shredded coconut (optional)
So easy - yet so delicious!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
JOINING JOYCE @ FROM THIS SIDE OF THE POND...
JOIN US FOR HODGE PODGE, IT'S FUN!
Monday, November 15, 2010
One of my daughter’s favorite books at night for bed for me to read to her was “IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?”. It points to all the different little animals and the differences in their mommies.
Differences are many when you talk about what and how mothers raise their children. Mothers always wear so many hats while they’re learning to be a “Mom.”
My mother loved to wear hats…figuratively and literally. Pill boxes were the first type hat I remember seeing my Mother wear…it was black and had a small black netting that draped across the front of her forehead. She wore it to church with her pretty, black Audrey-Hepburn-looking suit, along with her gloves, pumps and nylons (yea, the real kind with the garter belt).
As my sister and I grew her hats shifted daily as she wore a chauffeur’s cap, a maid’s crown, a chef’s hat, a seamstress bandana, a teacher’s ruler in her pocket, a gardener’s apron, a room mother’s tag, many cheerleader’s pompoms, many band-aid sun visors and her healing nurse’s cap. All these services she provided to us, my Daddy, my classmates, our neighbors, a volume of church family, our grandparents and anyone else she came in contact with in our community. She has always been a server, never complaining about how much to help…she just jumped right in where ever she saw a need.
Her hat rack remains full even to this day even at the age of 79…after we’ve grown up, my father passed along with all the grandparents…she’s still giving where she sees need in her church and community. She cooks more throughout the week than I do, plays piano for their choir and church services, hand sews quilts for family members, feeds anyone helping on their farm, decorates the house with a Christmas tree in every room and still cuts the grass while tending the flowers.
I hope my hat rack is still full when I get to be her age…TODAY’s her birthday and I just wanted to share her with you, too. Happy Birthday, Mother
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
He shared insight about his past year of deployment and she touched on the first semester of college...each had funny remembrances involving their close friends...yet his was peppered with heart-wrenching realities endured by all his comrades serving their country.
Flashes of her bright, pink-striped hair from underneath the nape of her neck caught my attention while reminding me that she had helped CATCH SOME AWARENESS for breast cancer's cure by going with friends to the salon to 'contribute' together. Their youthful enthusiasm is contagious and I love their wanting to participate in such a fun way.
How thankful was this mother's heart for the two young people of hope sitting across the table from me that night? EXTREMELY, there ARE many moral, loving, courageous young men and women building their own legacies. Thank you, Lord, for giving us that precious time together.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Mennonite Girls Can Cook (Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup)
SkinnyTaste.com (Arugula w/ pomegranates, bleu cheese and pistachios)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
IT'S A SIMPLE PLEASURE for me to be able to 'crochet' or 'knit' prayer shawls and prayer cloths for people we encounter needing some prayers, reaching out, or a little gift of comfort. We love making them, praying over them and especially giving them as the Spirit moves our hearts.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I'm excited to give a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish for my great-niece, Katie, who turned FOUR
...she also was the Heart Hero for last month's heart walk...
Monday, October 11, 2010
Gotta laff cause I'm tired of hurting. Actually, Tyrone is moving FASTER in this video than I am...it took me 20 mins to get into the car this morning for my first chiro trip.
All this mess ensued after I reached high up into a kitchen cabinet for a glass and heard something pop in my lower back..my legs started shaking and I had to catch myself on the kitchen counter after my legs quickly collapsed
(The chiro said I had a badly twisted sacrum...the sacroiliac bone just above your 'tush' and the nerves are now irritated and swollen.)
Sunday brought a morning of moving with great tenderness and NOT GETTING to sit by my home-visiting freshman in church...but I could sit pretty well in my recliner, but today NOTHING is comfortable.
Please send up a few prayers to remove this debilitating pinching in my hips while I ice and heat throughout the afternoon.
In case you don't remember Tyrone and Gladys, here are Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi at their best...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
THERE'S SOMETHING THERAPEUTIC IN KNOWING OTHERS RELATE TO MY DAYS, NIGHTS, THIS OBLIVION CALLED MENOPAUSE...
Friday, September 24, 2010
come join us...
Did you like to read when you were a child?
What were your favorite genres, books or series?
and Nancy Drew in my child/teen years
Adult reading: THE THORNBIRDS by Collen McCullough
anything by Ann Rivers Siddons and Francine Rivers
Did you read books because of the author or because of the title/plot?
Did you own many books?
not when I was young, but lots now as an adult
Did your school distribute the Scholastic book orders (or some other type)?
definitely...i LOVED getting to order books
Did you visit the library often?
about once a month from what I remember
Was there a summer reading program when you were young, and did you participate?
Yes...I received a few participant certificates and bookmarks
Do you have any particular memories of your school libraries?
It was a happy, peaceful place...and they always decorated for any particular holidays, highlighting the books in the same time frame.
Sorry to say I don't remember my grammar school librarian though...loved learning about the Dewey decimal system as I got older...
loved working as a library volunteer while dd was in school.
While working @ Emory University, I used to LOVE hanging out in their HUGE library on my lunch hours...the smells and beauty of ALL THOSE BOOKS amazed me.
What were your favorites and least favorites among the classics (the ones high school English teachers assign!)?
The two I remember liking the most:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (the first novel I ever read TWICE)
Romeo and Juliet (original version) by William Shakespeare *(the danger of hasty action/power of tragic fate)....I found it difficult to understand the Elizabethan language but beautifully deep in human emotion.
hated ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell dealing with corrupting revolution & SKIN OF OUR TEETH by Thornton Wilder (comedy about history's repeating itself) ...
I had to write term papers on both these novels...which probably DIDN'T help my liking them.
If you didn't like reading, do you like it more today than you did then?
I enjoy it MORE today than in my teens....
it was a HAVE TO then, now it is a WANT TO