Monday, December 31, 2012

And Then It Was Christmas....

Marisa helping grandma make fudge.. 

Wow, Time has blown past me the last couple of weeks. I have a few things to share, but I'll do that later. It will give me something to write about over the next week or so. For now I want to talk about Christmas. 

Marisa and grandma

It was great this year to have our only granddaughter come and help me make fudge. We plan on making a few things this winter. One of my Cousins sent me a Baklava recipe years ago. We are going to tackle it  sometime this winter in between her classes and job.
 I hope we can work it in before graduation. That is the plan before graduation we WILL make baklava. 

Our Lisa with her first grandson and our first great grandchild Aydin

Our biggest Joy this Christmas was having our dinner/present opening with almost every family member this year. We only had one grandson, Jon, missing. He is saving his vacation time for when his sister graduates this summer. I can't wait to see him. His absence was felt. 
We had our Susan's boys too. That was great having them here with the rest of the family. 
All of us at one time. That doesn't happen often now that the older ones are off living on their own.  

Grandson Tim Celebrating his 18th birthday at our Christmas party. 

The Day was great. Lots of Eating, laughing, story telling, and eating, with present opening and eating. 
The most awesome ice cream cake ever (Baskin Robbins) was brought out to Celebrate Tim's 18th birthday. He ate a ginormous piece. LOL  It was great. We have lots of December Birthdays. Lisa, Bryan, Tim, and other assorted relatives. We all celebrated and it was grand. 

This photo was taken when I was putting up the decorations... 

This one was taken after Christmas. 

and well, as you can see it pretty much looked the same when I started to take them down 
and pack them away. (yes it's the same photo) 

All that preparation for one big huge day. Then it's over. I don't mind saying that after all that getting ready, I really would like to have Christmas last a few days. Like maybe a week long extravaganza. 
Hmmm then again maybe not. 
 I have all the decorations packed up and put away. I bought some cool new Christmas stuff at the after Christmas sales. I'm packing that up today. 

It's New years Eve and I'm having friends over for dinner. I'll be starting to ribs soon. It's time to think about the past year and the New year that lies ahead. I have received some sad news about a family member and a dear friend who will be facing this New Year with Cancer diagnosis and all that entails. I'm already praying. I have again been reminded that the Baby Jesus, whose birth we just celebrated was the same one that made blind men see, lame men walk, and the dead rise. I'm putting my trust in His perfect will for these precious ones. Christmas came again. I love that it is born again each year in my heart. I hope it is in yours also. The time of Miracles is not past. The same God who gave the first and the best gift still desires to give us more. 
I look forward to beginning a New Year with all it's unknowns with the One who knows all. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Day Of Great Loss...

Today was a quiet day. A reflecting day. I was preparing to attend a memorial Service for a friend from our VFW auxiliary. I was participating in the Auxiliary memorial Service. It was an honor to remember her and her long life of unselfish giving to all those she met, especially our Veterans. 

Before I left to attend the memorial I heard something about a school shooting and my heart sank. I thought "not another one". I went on to the memorial. 

When I returned home it was all over the news. I sat in shock as I heard it. 26 people were dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School -- 20 of them children. I still can not wrap my mind around it. 

As I sit here now. The tears will not stop. My "mother's heart" is breaking. I don't know any of the families, but I feel like those children were mine. I've prayed and will continue to pray for those families and all those who were touched by that horrible tragedy today. someone posted a prayer that Max Lucado wrote today. It says what my heart feels. You can find it here. 

I wondered how I could pray for those families, then I knew in my heart  what God has shown me. When we can't find the words to voice our prayers, God hears our heart's deepest cry. He hears our groans of pain. His word says He counts each tear. We know He heals our broken hearts. He gives us strength to go on. He Heals our physical and emotional wounds. He gives us Comfort in the way only He can. God is big enough to Trust even when we don't understand. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Family Recipes Make Wonderful Holiday Memories...

Uncle Ralph and Aunt Ellen Pennala Christmas 1990

Today granddaughter Marisa and I are going to make some Candy and cookies for Christmas. I love to make an assortment of goodies to share with family and friends. I also like to keep a few tasties on hand in case we have company. Every great cup of coffee or hot chocolate needs a cookie. 

I got out the recipe box and started perusing for my favorites. I take requests from the grandkids too. As I looked through those worn and yellowed recipe cards I am reminded of so many memories of cooking or eating these same recipes with family and friends. Each recipe whether scribbled on a piece of paper or typed neatly on a beautiful recipe card is so very special. 

Food has always been a connector for me. Just like photographs, those recipes take me back to a time and place where the family shared food and fun. I loved to sit and listen to the stories remembered and retold around the kitchen table. 

Many of those same family members are no longer here to share those memories, stories, laughter, and food, but oh a trip through my recipe box brings those dear ones back to me once again. 

I'm going to share a recipe from my Aunt Ellen Pennala or "grandma Pennala" as some of you will remember her. I can look at this picture and hear her laughter, See her smile, and feel her wonderful soft face. There was always a hug waiting for us in those arms. Truly a women who loved her Savior Jesus and her family with her whole heart. 

I remember Christmas at her house. The adults sat at the large kitchen table. the kids at smaller tables out in the "breezeway" type room that held the piano. I think all us kids pounded on that old piano and sang away. 
Wonderful food was shared. Did I tell you how I can still hear her calling my name and I can still feel those arms hug me tight. 

Today I'm remembering Auntie Ellen and sharing one of her recipes with you. I hope you will try it. Share it with your family and friends. Make sure you Laugh, hug, and tell some stories. It's the best way to make heart memories with those you love.... 

Oatmeal Cookies
Ellen Regina Narhi Pennala

1-cup Shortening
1/2- cup Butter (the real stuff) 
1- cup brown sugar
1- cup white sugar
3- eggs beaten
1-teaspoon salt
1- teaspoon baking soda
1-teaspoon cinnamon
1/2-cup milk
2-cups all purpose flour
4-cups Oatmeal
1-teaspoon Vanilla

preheat oven 350 degrees

** the directions are mine, Aunt Ellen didn't give me any directions 
except to mix it all up and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or till lightly brown. 

Cream the shortening, butter, and sugars together well. 
then add the beaten eggs.
Mix well. 
add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 
drop by teaspoonful onto well greased cookie sheet. 
** you can use spray like Pam
flatten with a fork
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until lightly brown
cool for a couple of minutes on the pan, then remove to a rack to finish cooling. 

Enjoy with a nice big glass of milk.. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

I Can Tell I'm Getting Older...

I can tell I'm getting older.. You may wonder how I would know that.. It's because The Shopping Has Begun.  The Christmas Shopping to be exact. 

Yesterday friend Connie and I made our annual trip to the Ginormous Outlet Mall. 145 stores. Endless shopping Opportunities. There were even fast food places located around the perimeter of the mall so we could rejuvenate ourselves every few hours if needed. 

We started out great. Whizzing from store to store. Carrying our purchases.. Giddy with the smell of newly arrived merchandise. That lasted about 45 minutes. Then we seemed to move slower. We started taking our items to the Truck one at a time.. Walking down past 6 shops was no longer fun or feasible. I needed a ride to the next store. I realize it's just the other side of this door.. I'm tired.. My knees ache.. My feet hurt... 

We decided to stop for lunch. Thank goodness the place had comfortable chairs. My list of "have to go there" stores was getting smaller by the minute. It's just a store. They're all the same Right?

We finally agreed, after hobbling through 3 more stores, we were done. We both agreed the family loved those gifts we got at the corner gas station/convenience store.. Where else can you buy Hot and spicy sunflower seeds, bacon, and day old Krispy Kremes? We placed the last of our purchases in the Truck and headed home. Thrilled at our Savvy Shopping ways. Thankful that we don't have to try this again until next year. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sad Day....

 Today after talking with our Vet we decided it was time to let our Vester Kitty go..
I believe God has a special place for him.. a place that is full of all he could ever want or need..
He is now free of pain..  laying in the Sun. and chasing mice to his hearts content..
He was a very special member of our family for 16 yrs.. He has left paw prints on our hearts..
Goodbye dear friend..

From a dear friend in Ky...

"It came to me that every time I lose a pet they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new pet who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart.  If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be of my pets, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."   Anonymous

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's Hard To Say Goodbye....

Our Sylvester decided in his older years to allow us to hold him.... :-) 

I knew this day would come. The decision has had to be made. Our cat, Sylvester, Vester for short, We will be letting our friend go Friday evening.. He has lived a wonderful and happy 16 yrs. He has developed a severe Kidney issue and has come to a place where he mostly sleeps and is in pain. He is no longer eating. He is ready to leave us. I love him to much to allow him to suffer when there is nothing we can do except prolong the inevitable. 

 I would like to share some about his life. Vester came to us in the summer of 1996. Aug. 7th.. A friend of mine Donna was watching one of the kids from Church. Mike came running into the apartment caring a tiny little kitten. It was the only live one he found in a wooded area just behind the complex. Mama cat had been hit by a car while moving her babies. The other kittens were dead. But this one was still moving. Donna Brought that kitten to Church that night. It was Vacation Bible School week. She called me and said she was bringing the kitten. Could I take it home. I was sure I couldn't. Husband was allergic. No one could take it. So I wrapped it up in the dish towels Donna brought him in and took him home. 

That poor little thing was so cold. I got out the heating pad and turned it on low. found a little box and laid him wrapped in the dish towels on the heating pad. I sent hubby, who reminded me we couldn't have a cat, to the store to buy bottles and kitten formula. He told me years later that he just knew the kitten would die and I'd be a crying mess. He didn't die. So day 2 we named him Sylvester. By day 3 he was mewing a bit. we fed him just as the Vet directed. They had determined the kitten was just hours old when he was found. We were instructed on how to care for him. I made sure I let everyone know we would have a kitten to give away as soon as he was old enough. Since Ken had just retired and he was still on his 3rd shift schedule, he took care of Ves at night. He fed him and held him in his hands on his chest in the recliner all night. Ves still jumps up on Ken's chest and lays down to get his loving. They developed a special bond during those first long nights. 

Sylvester in his typical "cat attitude" photo

Time went by and Vester was growing, litter trained and eating dry cat food. We were ready to find him a forever home. When I asked Ken if we should just take him to the humane society, his answer was no. He had is forever family. Ken's allergies were not to bad with him unless Ves got right in his face and rubbed his nose.. LOL He would touch noses with Ken in his only real gesture of affection. 

Talk about Cat Attitude. Oh my.. Our Vester kitty has attitude. We never could pick him up, or hold him. He doesn't like people. He really didn't like us that much until he got much older. We are here to serve him. These last few weeks he sits in our laps a bit longer, but still only after the dogs are crated. He doesn't like the dogs. They don't like him. When Ves first came to us there were 3 dogs in the house. Annie our mama dog decided he was a baby something and protected him from the others. Ves just never cared for any of our dogs, and there were a few, except for Annie. He would play with her. 

Time went on and Vester got a kitty brother, Stubby. Stubby came to us as a stray that was starving. Ves ran him off a few times, but Stubby came right back. Since Vester had never interacted with other cats he had no cat sense or cat manners. Stubby was all about playing. He would sneak up on Ves from behind doors, from under chairs. etc. After Stubby passed Vester still walked wearily around the house for weeks waiting for Stubby to spring out at him from behind a door, or from behind a corner. 

1996- We hung bird feeders. Vester decided it was an all you can eat buffet put out just for him. 

Vester was a well traveled cat. We took him to tractor shows while he was still nursing from the bottle. I had a basket I would take him in along with his bottles and formula. He made many trips to Ky. One of our favorite sights was the day Vester was coming back from a hunting trip in our woods. He was being followed by 2 or 3 deer. He would walk and they would walk, heads down just staring at him. Probably trying to figure out what he was. He would stop and look behind at them and they would stop dead in their tracts. We about died laughing. He finally broke and ran to the house. I don't think he appreciated how funny it was. 

I could sit here and tell you story after story. He was a great mouser in his younger years. He's been crippled up with arthritis for the past few years so he doesn't hunt like he did at one time. He still goes outside, but now he sits in the sun on the porch. He walks much slower these days, But his head is still held high. 

We have fixed him his bed with his favorite blanket out by my computer. He will on occasion wake up and look at me. His one eye no longer closes properly and he keeps it covered with his paw. My little Vester kitty how I will miss your good morning nudges.
We will keep him comfortable for the next couple of days. He'll get a piece of Turkey for his Thanksgiving Treat. We'll give all the family time to say say their goodbyes. We have wonderful memories of our time together I know he does too. I believe that God has a special place for our Vester. A field in Heaven full of mice and Sun. A place where he can run, and play, and where children will pet him and tell him how wonderful he is. I'll tell him again that he really has been a good friend and I will miss him. I know Hubby will have another talk with him. They will touch noses as they have for 16 yrs. and we'll take him to his forever home.. 

It is going to be very hard to say goodbye..... 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Am Hooked On Coupons...

My coupon haul for the day. 

I am hooked on Coupons. I love them. Is it work cutting them all out, yes. Is it a pain to organize them in my ginormous binder, yes. Is it a pain to go through and toss the old expired coupons, yes x2... So why do I spend hours cutting, sorting, organizing and tossing?  So I can get these kinds of deals.

Free Baby wipes, Toothbrushes, Floss picks and Room spray.. .78 cent shampoo, and .97 dish soap. The sweet potatoes are only .24 cents a pound.. I'm heading back for more later..

The Total retail for all these items. $94.75... After store reward card and coupons.. $16.78.. I saved 84% off the retail price... I purchased 24 items and only paid $16.74.. that's less then $1 an item..

I need to thank the folks at for showing me how to make coupon shopping pay for me. I love that they do all the footwork and I just click their site and print the deals for the week.. I met 2 ladies today who also coupon shop. They hit the store Mondays and go row by row writing down prices and sales. then  they were out shopping tuesday mornings. I don't have that kind of time, well I do, but who wants to spend hours in the grocery store? Not me. I really appreciate a group that does all that for me.

I've even got hubby checking for coupons and bringing them to me. The grandkids think I'm a cool granny cause I have a stash of their favorite stuff. They told me on a recent visit that if the Zombie Apocalypse happened they were coming here cause Grandpa has axes and shovels, and I have lots of food and toiletries. LOL  love those grandkids and the money I save shopping the coupon way.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Favorite Song Night.. "The Well"

Some of my favorite songs are on this CD.. 
Tonight's pick 

"The Well" 

The Well lyrics

Leave it all behind, 
Leave it all behind, 
Leave it all behind, 
Leave it all behind, 

I have what you need, 
But you keep on searchin, 
I've done all the work, 
But you keep on workin, 
When you're runnin on empty, 
And you can't find the remedy, 
Just come to the well.

You can spend your whole life, 
Chasin what's missing, 
But that empty inside, 
It just ain't gonna listen.
When nothing can satisfy, 
And the world leaves you high and dry, 
Just come to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more, 
And all who search will find what their souls long for, 
The world will try, but it can never fill, 
So leave it all behind, and come to the well

So bring me your heart
No matter how broken, 
Just come as you are, 
When your last prayer is spoken, 
Just rest in my arms a while, 
[From: ]
You'll feel the change my child, 
When you come to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more, 
And all who search will find what their souls long for, 
The world will try, but it can never fill, 
So leave it all behind, and come to the well

Leave it all behind

The world will try, but it can never fill... leave it all behind

And now that you're full, 
Of love beyond measure, 
Your joy's gonna flow, 
Like a stream in the desert, 
Soon all the world will see that living water is found in me, 
Cuz you came to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more, 
And all who search will find what their souls long for, 
The world will try, but it can never fill, 
So leave it all behind, and come to the well

Outro: leave it all behind, leave it all behind... repeat

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Back Porch Is Finally Finished...

I know it's been a long time coming. I've talked about it for the past 2 yrs. Finally it's done, and here are the pictures to prove it.. 

There is a table under here. all the things I really needed to get to ended up here by the back door. 
before #1 

I don't know how this happened. Well that's a lie, I do know. We yard saled and flea-marketed ourselves out of room. The back porch became the catch all for everything we didn't have a place for in the house. It took us about 15 yrs. but we finally got it to the point of tossing it up over our heads onto a pile. 
You remember we didn't have a floor in a part of it.. 22yrs. waiting for it to be finished. 
All the Knee surgeries this past 2 yrs. had left me unable to do the 2 1/2 foot drop down to get to those things. 
This summer with the help of my grandchildren, the neighbors, and some dear friends I was able to go through everything. We had a huge hoard sale. Afterwards everything that was left was donated. 
The things we kept were packed away and labeled. 

after #1

I got these great shelving units at Home Depot for $20. they are awesome. 

Before #2 
This is what the left side of the doorway looked like, totes, Christmas trees, and all my coupon goodies stacked.. you can't see it, but I had a wall of paper towel.. LOL  and yes I had garbage bags for curtains. 
I know I know.. yuk

After #2 
We still have to put up insulation and drywall. and we need to put in the wood floor over the cement. 
This is such a great improvement that frankly I don't care if we never get it boxed in and heated, though it would be nice to have the extra living space. 

Before #3
This is another look at the table and the Secretary across the way.. 

After #3
Much easier to see now. The Secretary will be given to our Niece. She's wanted it for years. When any of us take a notion to do some repair work to it.. It's hers. 

Before #4
this is looking down into the pit (that 2 1/2 foot drop) it was stacked out there too. Neither of us could manage to get down there. I was so glad for the grand-kids who scurried down there and hauled it all out for me to go through. 

After #4
Now with my new floor and easy access to everything. I can just walk out and find it. 
I sneak out there a couple times a day and just walk around. it's amazing. 

The ugliest ever polka dotted and flocked sheer panels. 
the only ones I could find that fit the windows using only one panel. 

Hubby had me order Sheer panels to put over the windows.
 I love the light and really the garbage bags had to go. 

Now everything is boxed up and labeled It's great and will be easy to find. 
I remembered to put the least used items on the bottom 
so I won't have to move 3 or 4 boxes to get to my stuff.. 

This is almost to organized.. LOL 

I love the idea of labeling, and just in case the tape or the labels fall off.. I wrote 
on the boxes what was in them. so it would be easy to make a new label. 

I got the 5ft table set up with my Roaster, Bread Machine, Mixer,dehydrator, 
vacuum sealer, and sewing Machine. 
I have enough room to set up one of my folding tables and sew 
or work on my scrap-booking. 

Last but not least I have two windows that look out into the yard. 
I had hubby hang a Suet feeder there. I'll be able to watch the birds from my 
computer. It'll be great. I can't wait.. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Remembering the Victims, the families, the Fire Fighters, The Police Officers, The Pentagon Workers, The Airline Pilots and crews, The Passengers, The Known and Unknown Heroes of that Day. 

We stand Silently and Remember

We Pray for All our Fellow Countrymen who gave of themselves that day. 
We pray for those who have come after, 
and for Those who continue to keep America Strong and Safe. 

Today we remember our men and women of the Military. 
Those who are our Country's
"Watchmen On The Walls" 

We pray for them, and those who still feel the call of Service 
To Guard, To Defend, To Protect... 

Today we light a candle of Remembrance in our hearts and Pray 
that God will Bless our Nation. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Results Are In, It's Officially Fried...

This is NOT my happy face. Well, actually this is not my face at all. I would never wear a green and red stripped tie except at Christmas. 

This is what I know. The power supply was fried and the Motherboard was fried. The Tech guy aka: my girlfriend Cindy's Brother in law, is not sure what went first, But it is 
(big technical term coming here) 

I did have a second hard drive in the computer. One I've taken out of each one I've had since it's housed
all the photos I've taken from 2007 to date.  It had all the genealogy.. 
I just realized it had all the genealogy on it.. I had info. for over 100 Howe families on a file I had created. 

Kill me NOW

OK, I'm OK. I will quit shaking and crying someday.
For now I'm going to Pray that my friend Cindy can recover at least some of the files on that 2nd HD. 
I'm praying really hard about that. 

I have lost everything that was on the 1st HD as I said earlier. All the wedding photos, Anniversary photos and pictures I have gotten from folks on facebook are gone. 

Word to the Wise, BACKUP. Use something. Cindy's Brother in law has a dandy little set up that he can use to try and recover the files. It can also make the HD an external one. If It's not "hosed" I'm going to use it for that. I am also going to get an account at one of those "cloud storage" things. 
I'm reading about them now. Drop box is one of many. It's to important not to back Things up. 

I'm trying to be positive and not to broken hearted about the whole thing. 
I'm really starting to remember all the things I had stored on those hard drives. Amazing what important things I added never considering anything would happen. 

Back up 
My new catch phrase.. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It All Started With A New Monitor

Wow, To think it all started with a new computer monitor. My day was great. I got a new monitor. I hurried home from the super store with the new monitor and a song in my heart... 

I am not tech savvy in the least, but even I couldn't mess up unplugging a cord and plugging it in the new monitor. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy  Right ???  

I kind of lost the connecting thingy when it fell into the computer (desktop black hole of death) 
I just told you I don't know much about the tech part of computers, but I do know one thing for certain. 
You will die if you ever take the side of your computer off. 
or so I was told by my tech savvy friend "Karen" several years ago when I got my first computer. 

I think she told me that to make sure I would never open up the computer and start messing with stuff.
I never did. I know fear when I hear it. 

Well I did get that VGA plug thingy out and got it plugged in, or so I thought. I had to lay the 
tower down 3 times and work on connecting until it finally stayed put. 
got all my cords (about 97) unwound and I was ready to Rock it on my new monitor.. 


Nothing happened. I couldn't get the crazy thing to turn on.
I called my friend "Cindy" she had given me the computer and is real tech savvy.  
She even knows how to supe up stuff. She's like the hot rod Puter woman. 
She opened it up, pulled some stuff out, looked at other stuff, and tried to power it up. 

She made a call to her brother in law, he's gonna look at it and see if it's the power supply 
or a fried mother board. 
For now Cindy has loaned my another computer she had. Don't tell her, but I love it. 
Just like the other one. Hoped up and speeds along. I have my favorite programs on it already. 
I told her this afternoon. She looked shocked.. goodness I've had it for 24 hrs. I need to get things 
done. I need to Skype, and Pin, and play Mafia wars with my friends. 

I told her not to worry I'll take it all off when mine is fixed, or when I find a used one to purchase. 
I really hope she lets me keep this one. We are like best friends already. 

I did find this cool thing to do with the dead computers I have sitting around. 
Looks like fun. People's talents amaze me.. 

To catch you up: 
1. We had our Giant Huge Hoard Sale and it was a success. We got rid of a lot of things. We kept a few but most were sold or donated to our local Goodwill store. 

2. I'm now working, well not now, but as soon as it cools off a bit, I will be working on labeling all the boxes of keep stuff I have and organizing it on the back porch. I was going to open all the totes and try to put like things together. FORGET IT.  I shall look for large sticky labels and will just peek in the totes and get an idea of what is in there and write it on the label. hopefully I can list most of the contents. that should help with locating items when I need to find them. 

3. I have been given the OK to purchase 4 sets of identical sheer curtains to replace the purty black garbage bags we had hanging on those back windows. woot woot.. I can also purchase 2 shelving units or 2 pantry storage units and a table. the table will most likely hold assorted cooking items, like my crock pots, bread machine, mixer, roaster etc. I have a folding table I can keep at the ready for sewing and scrap booking now that I actually have a window I can set it up under. 

4. The shelves will hold my coupon stash. No worries, I don't have enough "stash" to be on any extreme couponing show. 

5. I no longer have a hoard pile so no fear of that show calling to come out and film.. Thank Goodness. 
I'm sure the grands will still think we have to much, But unlike our kids, they think all our old junk is really cool. Just like us.. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Katch-Up Saturday...

Wow, has it been a busy month. Lot's to share, I'll try to keep it brief.. 

August Now ~Wedding wow
Grandkids come ~ back is numb
moving stuff ~ more then enough

look through collection ~ Work election 
Buying Wood ~ New floor looks good

Grandkids back home ~ We feel alone
Ky. Family comes to call ~ a wonderful time is had by all

Soon back to work and to the sorting ~ Axillary night I am reporting
Packing Boxes for a Troop ~ Yes I love our wonderful group

Fought some bees they were tough ~ But our friend John had poison stuff

Bees are dead and dying still ~ stomping them gives me a thrill
Hoarder Sale at this week's end ~ Please stop and buy a lot  my friends.. 

*** a side note for any bee lovers. 
There were thousands of these bees. When they made their way into the house, they had to go.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Gong To Chapel, And She's Gonna Get Married...

Oh my goodness.. Today is your Wedding Day.. Funny how quickly the time passed. It seems like only yesterday when I drove in your Granny's driveway and I could hear you yelling.. "She's here, she's here, Aunt Karen is here"...  That was the very moment I knew you were something special. It was our first meeting. My first meeting with the whole family. I had just found you all and was so excited. (Birth family)
I'll never forget how you hugged me and hugged me.

I remember the first Christmas you and your sister Savanah came to Celebrate with us. Your cousin Kindra was there too. It was wonderful.. I loved the times when I came and spent the night. You were always so excited to have me staying with you.

I remember that every time I came to visit it was a celebration. There were special events like your prom, the "Little Miss Bath" competition, Which you won of course.. :-)   and your graduation open house.

So many times I have thought of you and considered what I would tell you on the day you married. Today is that day.

Be good to each other. Be kind. Always do the little extra things that show Nick how special he is to you. 
Every day won't be great, but as long as you love each other it won't matter. I've seen your love grow from the fuzzy, fufu kind of love to a deeper love. It will continue to grow and mature. There will be days when you will wonder how you could have ever married him, and after a bit you will realize that you really couldn't live without him. 

I can't wait to see what new paths your life takes. I can't tell you the Joy that fills my heart knowing you have found THE ONE to journey with you....  

I Pray for you;  Love that knows no bounds, Love that knows no end, Love that is faithful, Love that is kind, Love that will give all it has, Love that is constant. I pray that you will face your future hand in hand trusting in God to lead the way. 

I want to remind you that I love you..  May your special day be perfect.....  Hugs 

 Update:  Your day was perfect.. here you are with your Uncle Steve at the Reception.. What a lovely bride you made. What a Beautiful Person you have become.. So Blessed to have you in our family... hugs..

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I Am Determined...

  I have spent the past 3yrs. trying to get my back porch cleaned off, Sell off a bunch of that junk back there, and to get the rest of the floor over the 2 1/2 foot drop finished..

I am determined to get it done. I have faced obstacle after obstacle. Three knee surgeries, bad knees, heat, rain, painful knees, and realizing I just can't do it by myself anymore.

I am determined to get that porch cleaned off, the floor put in, and hopefully sell a bunch of that stuff back there, or at least make a dent in it..

I have gotten lazy the past 3 yrs. I just don't push myself to hard. I'll admit it's because of fear. Fear that I'll injure my knees again, and the thought of any more knee surgery is unacceptable. Totally, No Way, Absolutely refuse.

I'm corralling grandkids, well any that are available, and I'm also asking a kid at Church. Alex just got his driver's licence so I'm really hoping he'd like to earn a little gas money..

I know we all have goals we set. I have many I accomplish, but this one just seems to constantly elude me. I actually have been planning it for the past 5+ years.. Shhhh that's our little secret.. So for now I'm ready. I know it won't be easy, but I know if I can have some help, and if hubby can get the floor put in. I will have met a huge goal. I can then spend the rest of the fall arranging and storing things out there where I can find them easier. Put up shelving units. Have a place for my pots, pans, baking dishes, and the assorted kitchen appliances that I need to use, but don't want to store in the leaky damp basement.

I won't even talk about my next goal of getting everything out of the basement and organized out on that back porch.. I'm kind of afraid that I will have a full porch even with the shuffling around , selling and re-arranging.. For now, one goal at a time. If you just happen to to be free next week and are bored and would like to build up your arm and leg muscles: I have a few things you could carry off an old back porch.