Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Musings

Oh, my, if my calculations are correct there are only 10 more Monday's until Christmas.  It truly does seem that it was just Valentine's Day.  I say it all the time but truly time is just flying by and at 64 years of age, I'm really wishing it would slow down, just a little.  All the more reason to make every day count!  Meanwhile...............

I had to chuckle yesterday morning as I was getting dressed to go to church.  Yes, I wore hose!!! I thought of both my daughter and DIL and how it amazes them that I am still a "hose wearing gal." Now, I don't wear them like I once did, but can I just say that my lily white bare legs are not that pretty of a sight and most especially in dressier clothes.  So, since it's fall and there was a good portion of my legs showing in this outfit, I went for the hose.  And, I'm still so "old school," old fashioned or whatever you want to call it that I actually  enjoy wearing hose.  They make me feel so much like a lady.  Okay, I know some one of you are enjoying a belly laugh right now and that's quite alright. ~the laugh's on me~

Some of you reading this know this precious young lady and those of you that don't, well, you should.  I have known Caitlin since the day she was born and have had the privilege of  watching her blossom and bloom into one of the finest young ladies I know.  She recently graduated from college and is now beginning her search for that "just right" job.  She was a communications major and I have no doubt that the Lord already has the perfect position awaiting her.  Caitlin has always been a shining example in her Christian walk and it has been a blessing to watch her grow and mature in the Lord.  There are some other exciting things going on in Caitlin's life and I can hardly wait to see how it all comes together in God's timing.

Big sis and little sis, are they not the cutest!!!!  Hanna Beth just turned 7 and our Andi Kate is 20 months old going on 6.  She thinks she is every bit as big as her older sister and  goes full force. Hanna Beth just got her first report card for first grade and she made us all very proud.  I'm astonished at what kids are learning at such early ages.  It seems that I was surely in 3rd grade before I was learning some of the academic things she is being taught.
I snapped this picture of these cypress knees last weekend.  Cypress knees are everywhere here in the Bayou State and they are used by crafty folks for almost everything.  If you are not familiar with them, they are structures that form above the roots of cypress trees and serve no purpose other than their unusual beauty. There were literally hundreds of them in this swampy area that we rode by. And, I guess I thought you might be interested in this. ~one never knows~
This little guy had his first horse ride this past weekend.  His Dad and Mom thought he might be afraid but he was quite taken by the experience.  He may well end up loving the horses as much as his big brother.  Time will tell.  We are sure looking forward to seeing he and his big brother this Thursday.
Clancy recently celebrated his 8th birthday. Yes, we have 3 immediate family birthdays within the first 7 days of October. Anyway, he invited 3 of his friends to come out this weekend and ride horses and celebrate his birthday.  It was a huge success as none of the other little boys had ever ridden a horse.  Afterwards they enjoyed pizza and cookies.  A perfect 8th birthday for a little cowboy.

We will be headed out tomorrow to Oklahoma by way of NW Arkansas.  We'll stop and see dear friends for a couple of days and then head on to Ok. City Thursday to enjoy fall break with our daughter and her family.  We're hoping to see some pretty fall foliage along the way.  I'll be MIA for a few days but should have lots to share when we return.  See ya then!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday and that means the HP.  It's all about moving today.  I'm sure Joyce has "moving on the brain" right now and I understand completely.

1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house?Oh this is still so fresh on my mind as we have only lived in our new house 14 months.  The worst thing is going through all the stuff and we had 35 years worth of stuff.  Goodness, I was just glad that I had plenty of time for the process and not sure I could have handled it otherwise.  And, the best part, for me, of moving was moving into a brand new house.  Brand new and CLEAN!!!

2. What's moved you recently?
I was dropping our little Princess off the other evening after she had gone somewhere with us and I was walking out the door she said, "CiCi, I love you."  It is something she says every time we say good bye and it moves me like nothing else.  ~precious moments~

3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so?
Oh, I think it's moving forward.  After 14 months of our old house being empty, we now have it leased.  It is being leased by a company here in our town for four of the men on their staff.  We had not planned to lease it,but this is a new company in our town and our house seemed to fit the  needs for some of their staff perfectly.  AND, one of the best parts is that they wanted to keep Rosco and Rhett (our two labs) there.  We are hoping this works out as well as it appears to be.

4. On the move, move mountains, get a move on, it's your move, or bust a move...which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.
Well, I think "on the move" best describes me most of the time.  I enjoy having something going on, not overload, just enough to keep me busy.  I am well aware that the day may come, that I may not be able to be "on the move", so I'm going to keep moving while I can and hopefully that will be for many more years.

5. What song makes you want to get up and move?
Your the One that I Want from the movie GREASE.  I mean, if that doesn't make you want  to move then nothing will.

6. Your favorite snack to grab when you're 'on the move'?
I am more into salty snacks than sweet snacks, so give me some dry roasted peanuts, toasted pecans, or salted toasted almonds.  But, I'm eating less and less of these due to my teeth. ~ugh~ Guess I need to find another "on the move" snack.

7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home?
My fuzzy afghan.  When I am sitting I have to have an afghan across my legs.  It doesn't matter if it's the middle of summer, I still want my afghan.  It makes me feel all secure, warm and cozy! ~smile~ And, isn't that what home should feel like. ~I think so~

8. Insert your own random thought here.
As many of you know, I had a tooth extraction yesterday and a bone graft done in preparation for an implant.  I went with conscious sedation and it was wonderful.  I have a vague memory of the procedure but when it was over I was only mildly loopy.  I came home with pain meds and antibiotics but the pain has been very tolerable so I'm only taking a half pill with occasional Advil and it is keeping the pain at bay.  I am on a soft diet for several days and I'm not enjoying that but since I don't entitle myself to ice cream very often, I'm taking advantage of eating that right now.  These early days are quite critical to the bone graft adhering, so I will definitely be abiding by the rules for success.

Additional note: I decided to take a whole pain pill before bed last night as I was in quite a bit of discomfort.  I woke up at 2:00 AM in a good deal of pain and took another one. That.was.a.bad.idea!!! It is a medium strength pain medication but I DO NOT handle pain meds well at all!  I felt like I had been run over by a freight train when I went to get out of bed this morning.  My jaw is uncomfortable but nothing too much to handle with Advil!!  I got out of bed about 30 minutes ago and am now in the recliner.  I'm going to drink some tomato soup, eat some pudding and think that will likely give me some strength.  Thus, the reason for my HP post being put up later.  Days like this remind me of how thankful I need to be of my good health.  I don't handle sickness well at all.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

52 Lists - What's on your Heart

52 lists with Chasing Slow

This week's list is "What's on your Heart."  Well, that's easy enough as I have a whole lotta stuff on my heart..........

1. I'm pretty sure I am one of millions with the Presidential election on their heart.  Good grief, how on earth did this happen?  I am sure George Washington has turned over in his grave multiple times and I'm sure our dear Lord above is shaking His head in disbelief.  May God be merciful!

2. I went to the mailbox this past Saturday and had a big white envelope from the Veterans Administration awaiting me.  I was so shocked and, from the look of the envelope, I was afraid they were sending back the application I had sent in for my Dad about a month ago due to some lack of information.  Well, imagine my surprise when I opened it and the first page was informing me that my Daddy was entitled to the maximum monthly benefit beginning immediately.  I almost shouted!!! I expected him to receive some benefit but I certainly did not expect him to receive the maximum.  And, neither did I expect to hear so quickly.  It was exactly 31 days from the day I sent in the application.  I went by to see the VA rep here today to tell him the good news and he was just as shocked as I was.  I am so happy for my Daddy as this is what he is entitled to for his service to our country.

3. I am a bit nervous as I head to the oral surgeon later today.  I will have a tooth extracted and the pre-work done for an implant.  The receptionist asked me if I would like to have conscious sedation and, after pondering that for a few seconds, I decided that was a great idea.  I mean, why should I fret and stew over it when I don't have to.  I did a little research on conscious sedation and it sounds very safe, so hopefully this procedure will only be a vague memory for me. And, hopefully the recovery will be a piece of cake! ~chuckle~

4. I am so looking forward to seeing our Oklahoma family next week.  Our daughter and grandson will be enjoying a few days out of school for Fall Break, so we will share some of that time with them.  We have not seen them since July and little Coleman has changed so much and has celebrated his 1st birthday since that time.  

5. I have been privileged to get to know several of the young ladies involved in our local Teen Challenge program the past year.  I have heard of the program for years but getting to know these girls, hear their stories, and see God's transforming power at work in their lives, has blessed me beyond words.  I can't say enough good about the program! Where would any of us be without God's redemptive grace and mercy?  What a gift!

6. Our church hosted a picnic this past Sunday afternoon at a lovely state park  nearby.  I really wasn't all that excited about it but it was such an enjoyable time.  We took our little Princess with us and one of her best friends came and they had such a good time.  It was so refreshing to be with a group of Christians enjoying good fellowship, good food on a gorgeous fall afternoon.  It was a time to forget all the heaviness and we all need more times such as this.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Catching up...........

I really prefer to blog 3 times a week, that's my goal.  But, sometimes that just is not possible and this week was one of those times.  And, I decided some time ago that I would not get "my panties in a wad" when I was unable to post.  I mean, that takes too much joy out of something that I enjoy very much.  So, here's what's been going on in my exciting life...............
I have had fun putting out some touches of fall and Halloween the past few days.  I don't do witches and ghosts but I do love Jack-o-Lanterns.  And, I love the mercury glass pumpkins and gourds that I found to go with my candle sticks on the dining table. 

We had dear friends come for a visit this past weekend.  Diane and Dwight are sweet folks and we always enjoy our time with them.  It was a gorgeous fall weekend and we made the most of that.  We all attended a 60's reunion on Sat. evening.  It is a reunion of our local high school of all the graduating classes of the 1960's.  It was such fun!  It was a top notch weekend for sure!

I am not one that goes to visit my Mom's grave often but I do always make sure her grave is tidy and neat and I change out the flowers each season.  It makes me feel good to do it and I know she would be thrilled.  I just placed these orange silk mums and thought they looked so pretty on her grave.

My Daddy is such a mess!  I am not all that fond of this mustache that he has decided to sport.  He had a regular mustache and then decided that he wanted a walrus mustache.  Good grief, what a perfect name for it.  He loves it and as I told him, if he likes it, that's all that matters and especially since he is almost 87 years old.  He can pretty much do whatever makes him happy at this point. ~don't you agree~

And, once again, I am having tooth issues.  I have a bottom back jaw tooth that has been giving me issues for well over a year.  The issues only started becoming bothersome last week and I knew I had to see about it.  I headed to my regular Dentist, he then sent me to my Endodonist.  I had had a root canal on the tooth some years ago but just figured it needed replacing or redoing.  But, my Endodonist had other news for me.  He found, through some kind of special x-ray, that the tooth was cracked and the only treatment is extraction.  Ugh!!!!  I did not want to hear that because I have lost too many teeth and it will be imperative that I have an implant done in the place of this tooth that I will loose.  I have one other implant and they aren't a big deal except that it does take a long time to complete them.  There are just so many stages you go through in getting them.  I wish they could just be put in as soon as the other tooth was pulled and that would be that.  But, that's not the way it is and I will live over it.  I will see an oral surgeon next week to begin this process. ~I can't wait~

And, that's the latest in my corner of the world...............

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Letter Writing

It has been quite a while since I had a letter writing session.  So, today, in no particular order, it's time to write a few. 

Dear Fall, you have teased us a little bit these past few days and I love your teasing!  Now, you can show your full face anytime you want to.  I mean, tomorrow is Oct. 1st!
 Dear NFL, it is beyond my comprehension that you would allow your players to show such disrepect to the country in which he lives.  In my opinion,  he/they should be quietly dismissed, well, maybe LOUDLY dismissed!
Dear Presidential Candidates, what is left to say?  This election is one for the books and we still have 39 days left. May the Lord have mercy!!!
Dear Fashion Police, there needs to be someway that you can let women know that there are just some items that were NOT made for them.  All styles are NOT made for all women.  And, mirrors need to be able to talk to tell some folks what they should and should not wear since looking into them doesn't seem to work. ~just sayin'~
Dear Megan Kelly, you drive a hard bargin for sure, especially during this heated political time.  You are a tough, tough cookie and really can be a bitter pill at times. Sometimes I like you and sometimes I don't.  I'm thinking you most probably have high blood pressure.
Dear Dana Parrino, you are my favorite Fox News blonde.  You seem to have a sweet spirit, a kind heart and a pleasant disposition.  You are generally a breath of fresh air.
Dear Greta, I'm not sure all that happened between you and Fox News but I sure do miss you.  You were one of the more sensible voices on Fox News.  I do hope you will find your niche elsewhere because it was definitely Fox's loss.
Dear High Ceilings, I do love you but, my goodness, you deal me grief when I want to get something or do something on a shelf that is near you.  We had 8 foot ceilings forever and ever and making this adjustment is taking some getting use to.  And, I'm at an age and stage that climbing up ladders is really not all that smart.
Dear Donald Trump, I would say that 3 of your biggest credits are your 3 oldest children.  They, just from what I have seen on TV through their interviews, are some fine folks.  They are well spoken, not easily provoked and maintain a lot of self control.  You would do well to follow their example.
Dear Hillary, something about you during the debate was just not right.  You appeared somewhat drugged.  And, the media, for what it's worth, says you were the winner but I thought there really wasn't a winner.  But, you had better come in armed and ready for the next debate because I highly suspect Donald's going to be carrying the big guns. ~just so you know~
Dear Christmas, I have made a huge dent in my gift purchasing and plan to get them wrapped shortly.  Shopping is so easy with Amazon!
Dear God, so much of what your Word says about the end times is happening all around.  I don't necessarily want to be on the next train out, but I do look forward to your coming and the day of rejoicing it will be. 
Dear Readers, do you remember the song, Try A Little Kindness, by Glen Campbell? These are the words:

If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and say you're goin' the wrong way
You've got to try a little kindness yes show a little kindness
Yes shine your light for everyone to see
And if you'll try a little kindness and you'll overlook the blindness
Of the narrow minded people on the narrow minded streets

Don't walk around the down and out lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day will help someone along their way
You've got to try a little kindness...
You've got to try a little kindness...

I'm thinking our world would be such a better place if we all "tried a little kindness." 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Another Wednesday, another Hodgepodge! Joyce,our "question maker", should be very close to moving into her lovely new house.  I marvel at her ability to have her plate very loaded and still be able to come up with great questions for us week in and week out.  Hope you enjoy this week's questions and answers............

1. Have you ever been to and/or lived near the desert? What did you think? Travel and Leisure lists the 'coolest' American desert towns as-

Palm Springs CA, Virgina City NE, Bend OR, Winslow AZ, Marfa TX, Grand Junction CO, Silver City NM, Moab UT, Taos NM, Yakima WA, Borrego Springs CA, Terlingua TX, and St. George UT, and Tubac AZ

Have you been to any of these? Would you like to visit a desert town? Which on the list would you most like to see?
 We traveled to Arizona a few years ago and drove across some desert areas. I have not been to any of the areas listed above.  I care nothing for desert towns as I've lived with gorgeous lush green grass, beautiful trees and overall pretty landscape too long.  Desert towns seem sad to me with little to no beauty.  I guess if it had been all I had ever known then I would likely feel differently.  Of the places listed, Palm Springs would be my choice.

2. What's a plan or project you've deserted in the past year? 
I'm sure there is one but I can't think of anything.  I have completed more projects in the last year, with our BIG move, than the law allows. ~just sayin'~

3. Desert-dessert? Share two or three words you find yourself having to think twice about when it comes to spelling.  
Conscious always gives me fits.  I always want to put in two "s's" in occasionally and I always want to put two "c's" in vacuum instead of two "u's."

4. High and dry, like watching paint dry, dry run, dry as dust, not a dry eye in the house...which phrase can you relate to currently? Explain. 
This goes back to March and the extreme flooding our area received, that's as current as I can come up with.  We were "high and dry" here in our new house.  We live up on a hill and our old house was in an area that would hold water.  We never came close to flooding but water would be all around and I like this "high and dry" feeling a lot!

5. How often do you frequent the dry cleaners? Starch or no starch?  
If the dry cleaners were depending on us to stay in business then they would be in sad shape.  Hubby and I wear so much that can be laundered now and the clothing that we have dry cleaned can be worn several times before being cleaned. And, it's definitely starch!!!!

6. What's a food or beverage you enjoy that's named for a place? 
Oh, New York Cheesecake!  And, if you want to add some raspberry sauce on top that would make it all the better.

7. Do you need solitude? 
Indeed I do!!  In fact, if I go too long without it, I can get real cranky. ~smile~
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I said, after the last season of The Voice, that I would not be watching it this season due to the fact that Miley Cyrus was going to be one of the judges.  Well, I am choking on my words while I'm watching it. It is one of my most favorite shows and I just couldn't imagine not watching.  AND, I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised.  Miley has done a good job with her judging thus far and has behaved, for the most part,  and I hope it continues.  I don't get her clothes but neither do I get Alicia's turban!  That's what I look like when I have my hair drying towel wrapped around my head.  I am thoroughly enjoying the new season of The Voice, a whole lot of great talent!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Musings

The last week of September is upon us.  And, in a flash, the last week of 2016 will be upon us.  Just all the more reason that we need to make every day count, do good, be kind and live according to God's Word and purpose for our life.  Time is marching on...........
This past week my Dad had company from the great state of Virginia.  Dave and Peg were members of the church my Dad pastored 45 years ago and he performed their wedding ceremony.  They have been so devoted to him and have gone out of their way on many occasions to visit him.  They had been to San Antonio to a Coast Guard Reunion last week and decided to make the drive (an 8 hr. plus drive) over to see him on their way back to Virginia.  They stayed here with us and we enjoyed visiting with them as well.  They are what you would call "true blue" friends and my Dad has certainly been blessed by their sweet friendship.

Meet "Peeps."  Peeps belongs to Clancy's 2nd grade class and is in the classroom everyday and each day a different student gets to have him for an allotted time.  Friday was Clancy's turn.  Peeps is a Lion Bunny and apparently an easy going fella.  If I remember correctly, this is Peeps 3rd year to be a part of this class.  Added note:  I suppose that one day before long Clancy will surely get his two front teeth. They've been missing for a while now. ~just call him Snaggle, Snaggle and Peeps~

I thought it appropriate to post about Brandon's 40th birthday dinner celebration today.  His actual birthday is next Monday, Oct. 3rd but he was due, September 26th, which is today.  It's really awful when you go past your due date, but I remember thinking it was worse than awful to actually go into a whole other month.  Anyways, back to the celebration................

I went with an LSU theme since Brandon is an avid fan and I planned the celebration on an evening that the Tigers would be playing.  I had such fun decorating with all things purple and gold.  After dinner the group enjoyed visiting and watching the game.
I found this cake idea on Pinterst and took it to our local "cake lady" and she did a great job recreating it.  And, it was most delicious as well.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I'm about to have a 40 year old child.  I mean, surely, I'm not old enough for that. ~big laugh~  But, what a joy he has been and continues to be.  He loves the Lord, is a family man, has personality personified, is a respectable young man, and  is just an overall "good guy."  We are mighty proud to call him our son and as we often tell the Grans, we love him to the moon and back!