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Saturday, August 20, 2011


So many things are happening in my life right now.  Some are very sad and some are exciting, but most of them I'm just to old too be doing.  We are starting a new Chapter in our life.  Hubby has officially retired. We are putting our house up for sale.  Last Saturday we had a large yard sale.  Now I'm trying to stage the house for showing.   It's looking so nice, I just might stay.  No, not really.  We're in the middle of purchasing a house in Chester, Va., and it gets a little complicated long distance.  We went down in June, put a deposit on the house, had it inspected and then came back home.  On top of it all our mortgage rep. left and went to another bank, and everything had to be done over.  We have a four story house that we've lived in for 20 years, and it is full of stuff.  I'm trying to pare-down, but it's hard.  I'm working at it everyday from the time   I get up until I go to bed which is very late.  Oh well they say what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.  I always claimed God as my strength,  but now I'm really calling on Him to keep me strong and healthy. Here is a picture of our new house in Va.  At least we have a beautiful goal!

They're Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak

They're back and now they're eating my Hostas.  I don't remember deer having such large ears.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Surprise of the Day!

I walked out of the back door and there they were behind our house on the vacant lot. The young ones still have their spots.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Happy Fourth of July
 These are only 2 of the reasons that I'm thankful to live in America.  I'm also thankful for the men and women who have fought down through the years to keep our country free.  Thanks go to their families for the sacrifices they've made.  Above all, I'm thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ for the sacrifice he made on our behalf in the shedding of His Blood for us, and the home he has promised us in Heaven.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


God bless America,Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
(God Bless America, lyrics by Irving Berlin) 

Be Ever so Thankful for your Freedom, and never Take it for Granted.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mothers Day Sunday

Mother's Day is all about love and sharing and appreciation...
and today,
warmest thoughts are about you
a woman who shares so much
of herself with others
and whose life shows so clearly
the wonderful meaning
of love

Happy Mother's Day

My Mother was a wonderful cook.  She would stay in the kitchen for hours. She took great pride in making all her meals delectable.  When my husband and I were dating she made sure her famous 5 flavor pound cake was always available on the week-ends after football games and dates. 
She has been in Heaven since December 12, 1990, and in her honor I'm going to share her recipe with
you.  She topped the cake with a chocolate fudge boiled icing.

My Moms 5 Flavor Pound Cake
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup veg. shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs well beaten
3 cups All-purpose flour (don't sub.)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon of  the following flavorings:
Cream butter & shortening & sugar until light & fluffy.  Add eggs
which have been beaten until lemon colored.  Combine flour & baking
powder.  Add cream  mixture alternating with milk.  Stir in flavoring.
Pour mixture into greased tube-pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for
1 1/2 hours or until done.
Icing is optional

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Fish Tale

My writing teacher challenged us to write a story as if our pet was telling it.  This is my true story, and Alexandra is the "Little face with long blonde hair."

A Fishy Tale

It was a special day when I saw two of the funniest faces peering in at us. I was living with a group of fish in a holding tank at Walmart Fish Center. One of the faces is smaller than the other one, with big blue eyes and surrounded by long blonde hair. I hear her say,

“But Nana that’s the prettiest one of them all. Her flesh is more golden than all the rest.” The face she called nana exclaimed

“She cost five dollars! Why can’t you get one that cost one or two dollars, because it will probably die in a week; and we’ll be flushing it down the potty.” How dare her! She’s already planning my funeral. Little golden hair begged,

“Please, please, please Nana.” Thank goodness she won out, and I was rescued from all the other fins. Rescuing could be dangerous. The rescue net ran me around and around the tank. I was afraid my golden flesh would be cut or bruised. If that would have happened, I might have been thrown back. Thankfully my rescue was successful. I was placed in a plastic bag with some water, and then placed in my new owners little hand.

We finally got to a big place they called home. They had bought me a new water-home with decorations so I wouldn’t get bored. They called me Fishy. Wouldn’t you think they would have been a little more original? Something like Goldie would have been nice.

At my new home there’s a bigger face with short dark hair. He’s always approaching my home calling,

“Fishy, Fishy,” and dropping flakes in my house. Boy, do they taste good! Now when I see his big hand coming my way I go to the surface and take it right out of his fingers. See I’m not only strong enough to survive, but I’m smart also. The pretty little face with the long blonde hair and big blue eyes moved away. I was sad and missed her sorely. That was six years ago, and I’m still in my home. I guess I showed them.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Decided to give this a try with Leigh Ashley

{one} what was your first job?


{two} have you ever seen a stand up comedian?
yes, a member of our church.

{three} when was the last time you played mini golf?

when we vacationed at Myrtle Beach.

{four} what was the last picture you took?

Pictures of a t-shirt quilt I just finished for one of my granddaughters.

{five} burnt food: yes or no?

No, not recently.

{six} if you have a pocket full of change, what do you do with it?

Try to save the quarters and dimes.

{seven} can you touch your tongue to your nose?

No way, but I had an aunt that could.

{eight} do you scrapbook?

I've tried to, but it's so time consuming.

{nine} do you buy lottery tickets?

I've never bought one, but received one on a Christmas gift once.

{ten} do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind it?

Behind it.

Friday, March 18, 2011

5 Minutes Away From Chocolate Cake

I was really excited when I found this recipe on the internet.  I don't even remember where I saw it, but I printed it out, and tried it.  It was great!  I can make myself my very own cake as quickly as 5 minutes (if I hurry).  If you have a craving late at night, go for it.

Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake
4 Tablespoons flour
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 Tablspoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.  Put your mug in
the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.  The cake will rise over the top
of the mug, but don't be alarmed!  Allow to cool a little, and tip our onto a plate if desired.
I couldn't wait, I only let mine cool a minute.
This can serve 2 if you want to be generous.
A little vanilla even makes it better!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

To me this says it all.  Valentines Day is a man-made holiday, but Gods love is for everyday.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Here we go again!

I can't believe we are getting more snow, sleet and ice. It's suppose to begin tonight or early morning, and go through Wednesday evening.  This time it's coming from New Mexico all the way up to Connecticut.  You can hardly find snow rakes or ice picks, and forget snow blowers.  Thank the Lord we bought a new snow blower in September. :)  Sunday, people heard that a store had gotten a shipment of rakes in and they were waiting in line for the store to open at 9:00 A.M. Today a few stores had them over- nighted from Chicago, but as soon as the word got around more lines, and in one town they  had to have a police officer directing traffic in to the store.  We don't have one, but hubby got the snow off the screen porch, and beyond that we will pray.  Besides isn't  this just one of the reasons we pay homeowners insurance.

Everyday it snows we are setting new records.  I told someone today I was so glad I was a part of the record breaking  snowfalls of January 2011 ):

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Benedict January 11, 2011

Oh my goodness I didn't think it was ever going to quit snowing. This was a record for Connecticut.  Most everyone's work was called off, as was church. Here are some beautiful pictures.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Unfinished Projects

A Kitchen-Aid cover for a special person!

Guess whose kitchen  this belongs to?  This is an unfinished Christmas present.  It's finished today and hopefully will be in the mail tomorrow.  We might have snow tomorrow so that will be the only thing to delay it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Like Grandy, like Great-grandson

I couldn't resist uploading these photos. Grandy so often sits like this, and when I saw Kaleys photos of Kullen in his Christmas recliner, it made me smile really big.  Gotta love it!!!!