Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Favorites

Today's favorites will be items/things that I really like/love and think you might too.

 I'm not sure I could live without this one item in my life.  I am forever needing a label and this is my "go to!"  Yes, you can make a regular label on the computer but not this kind.  And, they are easy on and easy off with no residue.  I use this every week of my life as I do love labeling things. ~smile~

And, I sleep on this baby every night of my life and have for the past 8 years.  It is a super fine contour pillow that keeps your neck and back aligned.  When my Chiropractor suggested this I was not sure how something shaped like this was going to feel.  But, it is the "cat's meow" as they say.  I have only had 2 in 8 years and they have both been from Brookstone.  They are $99 and worth every cent.  You can find them much less expensive but just remember, you get what you pay for generally.  I don't think $99 is that bad for something that you get 4 years of use out of and it keeps your neck in good working order.

 These are the neatest bags and especially to someone like me who is in love with just about every product that Ziploc makes. ~chuckle~  There are many uses for them but I use them mainly for packaging meat portions in before I put them in a ziploc freezer bag.  I might buy a big package of chicken breasts and then break them down into portions for Hubby and me.  I put each individual breast in one of these and then in the freezer bag and to me, they stay so much fresher and you don't have to worry about freezer burn.  I do this with other meat as well.  I will often make up hamburger patties and freeze them and I put each one in one of these just as I do the chicken breasts.  I can rarely find these in our local stores so I order them off Amazon since there is not anything that Amazon does not sell. ~amazing~
I found out about this wonderful sweetner a couple of years ago and it is all I use in my coffee now.  I was using one of the brands that has Aspartame and I knew I had to get away from that scary ingredient.  This is all natural and has such a good taste.  I do find that I have to use 3 packages per cup of coffee instead of 2 that I was using with the other brand. It comes in bags to use in baking and such but I have no experience with that.  I use the "real thing" in my baking but I should try this and see how it works sometime. 
Okay, there you have it, my favorites for this week.  Women need to always keep each other well informed of their favorite items as they just might become another women's favorite as well. It's called "sticking together."  Now, go and have yourself an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday, you know the drill, Joyce makes up the questions and we answer them.  She made me think way harder than I wanted to on the very 1st one.  But, I gave it a stab!

1. Describe love using all five senses.
Sight - evokes our feelings of love
Hearing - hearing the words I love you 
Smelling - we can smell the warmth of love in a hug or a bouquet of flowers or our favorite perfume or cologne that our love is wearing
Taste -through a kiss, or a shared meal
Touch - a hand held tight, a warm embrace

We would most likely think of these descriptions of love when thinking of our spouse but some could also be descriptions of others that we love, family and friends. 
NOTE - I cannot wait to read the varying answers to this question.

2. February is Canned Food Month. What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?
 Pretty much any and all of the Progresso Soups.  They are the best unless you can have homemade. The Chicken Noodle is my favorite.

3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don't wear your pajamas) You can read the letter here. It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs? 
Well, I am really astounded that this would be necessary but I have to remember we have become a very sloppy and casual society.  I do not think it necessary to be dressed to the "9" but surely they could put on a pair of jeans and tee shirt.  And, NO, I have never worn my PJ's out in public and you can know that I have lost my mind if I ever do.  But, I am seldom in our local Wal-Mart that I don't see men and women in their PJ's and the women often have on the fuzzy slippers.  I mean, really???

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?
 You would find mainly V-necks and turtlenecks and of course, the turtlenecks are for colder weather only.  I do have come crew and scoop but very few.  They are just not my favorite style.

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails.
Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?
        I do no late night snacking nor do I ever hit the snooze button.  But, I will often take one last quick look at my email and FB before turning out the light.  Likely a habit that I need to break.  I do not do any of that until I've been up a good while in the morning.  I have too many other things that I need/want to be doing when I first get up.

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?
 We always lived in very, very modest homes (and lots of them) and I use to dream of living in a two story house.  Well, my Dad became the pastor of a church in Virginia when I was 13 years old that had a lovely two story brick house as the parsonage.  I was beside myself with excitement when we moved in.  It had the high, high ceilings, lots and lots of windows, beautiful wooden floors and I felt like a Princess.

7.Your favorite movie based on a true story?
Remember the Titans - a great football movie and I'm not a football fan but this was a great movie.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Goodness gracious, this little boy "finally" lost a tooth this past Sunday.  He has been waiting very impatiently for this event. Many of Clancy's friends have lost a tooth or teeth some time ago so this was of utmost importance to this little fella.  He doesn't have to wait any longer.  The rest will probably start falling out now and he'll be singing "all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" this next Christmas.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday's Musings

I missed posting last Monday as Hubby and I were in route home from Oklahoma where we had been to see our daughter and her family.  
We were so surprised at how Coleman had changed since Thanksgiving.  He's so responsive, laughs and is such a happy little fella.  I love the way he is looking at his Poppa in the above pictures. And, there's not much sweeter than a baby straight out of the bath tub.
Our main reason for going last weekend was to attend Clancy's baptism on Sunday morning. 
 We had a little celebration with a cake and some gifts to commemorate this most special time in his life. 
 Clancy was beside himself with excitement on Sunday morning as we were getting ready to go to church.  The pastor told us after church that he wasn't sure who was going to baptize who when they got in the baptistry because of Clancy's excitement. ~so cute~ It was definitely worth the 8 hour drive to attend this special event.
Last Thursday evening I had the privilege of hosting my small group from our SS Class. We have a rather large class and we felt like to better minister to the needs of the class that it would be good to have  small groups within the class. So, we started this at the beginning of this church year last Sept.   I believe we have 4 groups with about 8-9 in each group.  Each group tries to meet every quarter and we will rotate groups at the end of the church year.
Since it is near Valentine's Day and I happen to love Valentine's Day I decided to make each lady in my group a chocolate fudge heart.  I packaged them in a red box with pink ribbon and I made a cute sticker to finish it off.
I carried the Valentine theme over to the table scape.  Now, I'm no flower arranger but I did the best I could and I thought they turned out real cute. And, the white plates on the red chargers added a real "pop". The menu for the evening was cheesy chicken spaghetti, cole slaw, french bread and a Lemon Blueberry Poke Cake.  If you want the recipe for this cake click here. I mean, what's not to like about a mixture of lemon and blueberry.
It was an evening of sweet fellowship and getting to know one another on another level.  Most of us just see each other at SS and there is limited fellowship so this gives us that time outside of SS.
Clancy had his 100th day of school this past Friday and was a wee bit excited.  This child can make normal everyday happenings explode with excitement.  He's such a fun child!
I came home with the beginnings of a cold bug and that bug had hit me pretty hard by Thursday.  But, since I had committed to hosting the gathering here I trudged forth and made it through.  I knew after the gathering that I was sinking fast and would more than likely need to see my Dr. on Friday and that I did.  It's just a nasty head cold but it knocked me down for sure.  My throat was so sore from drainage and my head was so congested.  But, he gave me a couple of meds and by Sat. I was definitely better and am continuing to feel more human everyday.  I do not know when I have been sick.  I am so blessed with good health and this little episode just reminded me, once again, how thankful I am for my good health.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Letters

It's be a long time since I wrote any letters and I had some things on my mind today so thought letter writing was the way to go.
Dear Joanna and Chip (of the famed Fixer Upper) - I absolutely love to watch your show and love the interaction that you all have with one another.  Plus, your house makeovers are amazing!  The other HGTV shows of this type pale in comparison to yours.  You two are definitely a "dynamic duo."
Dear Adult Coloring Books - I am about to give you a whirl.  I see you everywhere I turn and I have always loved coloring.  The choices are endless and they look like works of art when finished.  It's probably the best and least expensive therapy going.  I have always told my children that when they have to put me in a nursing facility to be sure and pack a coloring book and crayons.  Little did I know that there would be such fantastic choices for them to pick from. ~I really hope that never happens or is a long time away~ BTW, the coloring book apps are quite amazing as well.

Dear Express Lane Clerk - please do not tell the customer with 25+ items to come on through your line when you are not busy.  It is beyond aggravating to run in to pick up 2-3 items and then end up having to wait just as long in the express lane as the regular lanes.
Dear Hummus - I can't believe you have been around for so long and I was only introduced to you a few months ago.  Your name is certainly not all that appealing but I am hooked on you for sure.  Give me some Fritos or Doritos and some Hummus and I'm a happy gal.  And, you are really quite healthy and very low in calorie. ~such a good thing~ I haven't made my own just yet, it's so easy to grab a container at the grocery and they have several flavors.
Dear Valentine's Day - I simply cannot believe that it will be 50 years ago this Valentine's Day that my Hubby escorted me to my first Sweetheart Banquet at our church.  I say escorted because that's what it was, we lived next door to the church and he walked me across the yard to the banquet and then back.  The rest is history............
Dear Ebates - you have made online shopping even more fun!  I'm not sure how you work but I think it's so neat that you pay me to shop and just about every place I shop is linked to you.
Dear Hallmark - why in the world have you decided to discontinue Cedar Cove???  I mean there is a whole lot of folks that have watched this series since it started and we want to see how it all comes out in the end.  Please reconsider!
Dear PBS - I have not been nearly as wrapped up in this last season of Dowton Abbey as I had hoped to be.  Other than the marriage of Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson, it has been rather dull.  But, I will continue watching to the end for sure and maybe it will rev up a notch or two these last weeks.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Missed you guys while I was off making memories in Oklahoma for a few days.  There will be more about that in another post.  But, for now, I'm off to ponder and answer the HP questions of the week.

1. Share a winter memory from your childhood. 
I lived in Virginia during my teenage years and as you know, Virginia has lots of hills and mountains.  At one point we lived in a little oyster village and our house was located at the top of a really fun hill.  I can remember one snowy day all of the local kids gathered with their sleds, boxes, garbage can lids or whatever they could find and spent many happy hours sliding up and down that hill.  I'm pretty sure we were slippin' and slidin'  until there was no snow left.

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?
We were anxiously awaiting the birth of our 3rd Grandchild, our little Andi Kate.  And, we were knee deep and rising in the building of this new house.  Both of those were big subjects over at CiCi's Corner this time last year.

3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.' 

Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?
I definitely see more potential because I see each new year as a clean slate of new beginnings and second chances.  Yes, I have done some intentional things this month and that is something I desire to do more of, intentional acts.  My word for the year is intentional.  Yes, the new year, for me, truly does begin on January 1st.

4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?
Well, since the Super Bowl is upon us and Peyton Manning is a Louisiana boy, and he seems like such a super guy, I'll go with him.  And, he seems so humble and while I'm not really a big football fan, I'll be pulling for the Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl.

5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?
Oh, yes, love cream in my coffee, but it has to be the powdered kind so it won't cool off my coffee. I'll take my pumpkin pie with whipped cream or without but probably prefer without. And, yes to cream cheese on my bagel.  No to sour cream on my baked potato, I prefer Ranch Dressing. I'd take a bowl of Cream of Wheat any morning but it's been a very long time since I've had it. Love scones but have never had one with clotted cream and I don't really like the sound of that. Well, since I'm battling a nasty cold and sore throat, a bowl of Cream of Wheat sounds really, really good right now.

6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?

I took my Daddy to an eye specialist last fall and we waited 2 1/2 hours to see the Doctor.  My 86 year old Daddy was fit to be tied and I was about to blow a gasket.  I even went up to the receptionist and ask her if we had been forgotten.  She assured me we had not and I then said that they had obviously overbooked and she said that "they" required her to schedule appointments every 15 minutes but that some appointments take much longer than 15 minutes.  Duh, ya think????

7. Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.
It's been a great start to 2016!

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
I rarely ever mention politics on my blog but I must say that I have been a bit bothered the past couple of days by a couple of endorsements for Donald Trump.  The first was Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX.  Dr. Jeffress was in DesMoines this past week giving his endorsement to "the Donald."  Then, Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, a conservative Christian university, endorsed Trump also.  I'm  just a bit surprised that these two would endorse  a man that has shown no strong Christian or moral conviction and no real leadership skills. ~just a bunch of ranting and raving~  There are at least two in the running that not only show strong Christian and moral convictions but strong leadership skills. Okay, I'll hush but as I said, it has bothered me. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Our 3rd HP of the new year and I'm still in awe of how Joyce comes up with such thought provoking questions.  I'm off to see if I can give some thought provoking answers. ~big smile~

1.  Speaking of skating...when did you last 'skate on thin ice', 'skate over the details', 'encounter a cheapskate', or just plain skate?
Oh, I have "skated over the details" of all the booklets, instruction manuals and such that came our way with all the appliances, a/c and heat, water softening system and on and on.  I just hate to read instructions and would rather just try to figure it all out by myself.  I wasn't able to skate over all of them but some of them skating over the details was just enough.

2. What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?
 Hummm......facing the reality that we are getting older and along with that comes some things that we would just as soon not have to deal with.  We have to be more careful, we have a few more aches and pains, our skin bruises for no reason at all, we don't bounce back quite as quickly and on the list goes.  We are realizing that aging is definitely not for sissies!

3. What's your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?

In general, jewelry is my very favorite accessory, not any particular piece, just jewelry. And, I wear necklace, earrings and bracelets 90% of the time.  I do not feel dressed without jewelry on.  Regardless of what I wear, super casual or otherwise, I still like to have on jewelry.  Most of my jewelry is fashion jewelry and there's just so much out there to choose from. Decisions, decisions! 

4. January 20th is National Cheese Lover's Day. Are you a lover of cheese? What's your favorite dish made with cheese? Last thing you ate that contained some kind of cheese? 
Oh, my goodness, I am such a lover of cheese! I guess lasagna would rate as one of my most favorite dishes with cheese. We had spaghetti for dinner on Monday evening and I had fresh grated Parmesan on top of mine. Delish!!!

5. What's something guaranteed to make you roll your eyes? 
Oh, that's easy since I just did that yesterday.  When I see a girl or woman wearing leggings like a pair of pants.  Have mercy, leggings need a tunic length top!  And, the bigger one is the longer that tunic needs to be. ~just sayin'~  

6. Your favorite book series?
The Mitford Series by Jan Karon - I got so wrapped up in this series that the characters became like family and I would even catch myself praying for them.  I mean, really!!!

7. Why did you choose your profession? 
From the time I was a little girl all I ever wanted to do was be a wife and mother and that wish was fulfilled for me.  But, if I had it to do over I would definitely have finished my education and probably worked outside the home at least part time.  But, I am thankful that I was "chief cook and bottle washer" of our household.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
All our bags are just about packed and we'll be heading out tomorrow morning for Oklahoma via Dallas.  Our little Clancy man will be baptized Sunday morning and we just cannot miss it, so we'll endure the 8+ hour drive. His parents thought it would be fun if our coming was a surprise, so we will be at their house when he gets in from school Friday and he will have no idea.  It's going to be a very special weekend for sure.  I'll have plenty to share upon our return.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday's Musings

 Last week started off in such a sweet way.  I was invited to have lunch at a very special lady's house.
This precious lady is affectionately known as "Ms. Virginia."  She is probably one of the dearest ladies I have ever had the privilege of knowing.  On January 4th, her precious husband of 70 years went to be with the Lord.  Mr. Dick and Virginia have been a part of our community forever and loved dearly by all. His memorial service was such a tribute to the man that he was and the wife that she was to him all of their married years.  It was truly a celebration!
We had the privilege of keeping 4 of the Granddaughters in our Guest Suite while they were here for the services.  They were just delightful and we were so glad that we could help them out in this way.
Last Monday Ms. Virginia had, what she called, a "thank you" luncheon for those that helped them out during this time.  When she asked me I was somewhat stunned.  I mean, she had just buried her husband, she is 89 years old, lost her sight to MD about 12 years ago, but she's going to have a luncheon.  This is the kind of lady she is and the kind of lady that I aspire to be.  
It was such fun and she made us all feel so special.  She used many of the flowers they had received to place around her house to add such a bright touch to a really sad time.  
Virginia's sweet sister, Sue (in the purple) spent last week with her helping get things lined out.  Ms. Virginia says that for now she will be staying there in their home and continuing to be used as the Lord sees fit.  Now, is that not inspiring!!  She will be 90 years old in June and one more amazing woman who just keeps on keeping on.
Our little Clancy man got the Antler Pride Award for Sincerity last Friday at his school's assembly.  I'm thinking that if his sincerity is already noticed that he's well on the road to success.  He was pretty excited about his Super Star Award!
It's hard to believe that this little "showboat" is about to be 1 year old!  It is rare for her not to be sporting a big smile and is already such a people person.  She is busy, busy little girl! And, if you look really close you can definitely see that red hair. ~big smile~

Have yourself a wonderful new week!