Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday's Random Dozen

1. Would you rather host party or simply attend a party? At this stage in my life I would rather attend one.  I have hosted more bridal parties than I can count.  It was a real pleasure at the time, but "I've been there, done that" and I got a t-shirt too! ~smile~

2. Tell us about the most memorable party you've been to.Well, I gave my husband a surprise 50th birthday party/dinner and it was a huge success and came off without a hitch.  It is still one of my favorite memories of a party.

3. What is one thing you hope for in the after-life? Peace among all peoples

4. What do you enjoy most about sunshine? It shining through the windows in our house.  Just love to raise the shades or open the drapes and see it peeking in.

5. When you attend a bridal/baby shower, do you prefer to bring your own gift or chip in with others to buy a larger gift?  I usually prefer to bring my own gift, but have been know to "chip in."  I have definite ideas about gifts and the way they are wrapped, so it's usually best that I "do my own thing."

6. Would you rather have a FREE week of having your house cleaned or all of your meals cooked for you and your family?  Oh, meals cooked. I do a pretty good job of keeping our home clean and straight on a day to day basis (since it's usually just Hubby and me) but sometimes I struggle getting motivated to cook. Meals cooked for a week would be "the ultimate."

7. What song describes your mood today?  "Celebrate" - just felt extra good today and to me everyday I live is really a reason to celebrate.

8. What is something you received for your own bridal shower/wedding that you still own or use? (If you are not married, feel free to sub a gift you received a long time ago.) How funny, but it is a Corning Ware pie plate. It is not something I use often, but when I bake a pie it is the plate I use.  I probably owned it 12-15 years before I ever used it.

9. Your favorite flavor of ice cream is? Plain ole Vanilla. I can add toppings, or various syrups or fruit if I desire, but most often, I just want it plain. 

10. When was the last time you felt "tested?" About 2 weeks ago and I'll just leave it at that. ~wink~

11. "[Fill in the blank] is a food that once I start eating I find really hard to stop."  Ruffles potato chips, just love the mix of salt and crunch!

12. "-----" is the best motivation.  Well, this is a "toughie" for me, so will ponder it and let you know later..........I have several but not sure which one is the BEST.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook............May 25, 2010

Outside my window..........the sun is shining brightly and it feels like August. I was more than ready for spring, but this feels like "full fledged" summer already. Ugh!

I am thinking..........that I am so glad that Hubby and I had our children when we were still relatively young. We have our 19 month old Grandson this week and we are just amazed at how much energy he requires.

I am thankful...........for the medical care that our society has access to.  I have been dealing with some swallowing issues for several months, and have been seeing a Gastroentrologist
since February.  It appears that it is a very stubborn case of Acid Reflux and perhaps a Spastic Esophasgus.  I've had testing done to rule out anything serious and am thankful that it does just appear to be something "aggravating."  

From the will be good old BLT sandwich for dinner this evening.  That is Hubby's request.  He is growing tomatoes this year and picked his first 3 this week-end and he wants to try them out with a BLT sandwich.  I will just have a BL sandwich since I do NOT like tomatoes.  I know, that is almost a sin, but I have never liked tomatoes.

I am capris, a white knit top and black flip flops.  You dress comfortably when chasing after a 19 month old. ~smile~

I am creating...........a lot of precious memories as a Grandmother.  I have such fond memories of my paternal Grandmother and want my Grandchildren to have fond memories of me one day.

I am where that I do not absolutely have to go. Again, having a 19 month old in tow makes going a tad more difficult. ~chuckle~

I am praying.........that our daughter and son in law will have an uneventful move from their home in Oklahoma on Friday.  They will be making the 8 hour treck from there to Louisiana. I will just be glad when they have arrived "safe and sound."

One of my favorite neatly folded laundry.  Love to see the transformation from being thrown in the laundry basket to being all neatly folded and ready to be put away. I just wish that little fairies would come and make that transformation. ~smile~

A scripture to share........."For the joy of the Lord is my strength." Neh. 8:10  What a great verse!

Around the house........lots of toys and imagine there will be for the remainder of this week.

A few plans for the rest of the week..........just keeping up with my little man and the household duties that HAVE to be done. 

A picture worth sharing..........

Trying out Poppa's hat

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Back in the Saddle

Life has been a bit busy the past week and a half and I've missed blogging, but there are just times when it MUST not be a priority. ~giggle~  I am not a person that can handle being pulled in too many directions at one time and while blogging is a real enjoyment for me, it is NOT something that I HAVE to do.  I really am amazed at how these "big time bloggers" post daily and sometimes multiple times a day. Maybe they don't sleep. ~smile~  Anyhow...........

 The Chateau on the Lake in Branson, MO

Hubby and I left on Wednesday, the 12th, headed to Stillwater, OK. (our daughter and family live there)  We decided to go to Branson on the way and spend a couple of nights. We have been many times and always enjoy ourselves. We decided to "treat" ourselves and stayed at the lovely Chateau on the Lake. WOW! what a lovely hotel!

 Me in the HUGE rocking chair at Grand Village in Branson

Hubby sitting patiently while I did a bit of shopping.

 I was so excited over this "find!" I love cute purses and
I thought this was just too cute for summer.  I had 3 ladies
ask me where I got it the first day I carried it. I thought 
that must mean they liked it. ~smile~  Hubby just
shook his head. ~chuckle~

We enjoyed a couple of shows, ate at some fun restaurants, did a bit of shopping and just enjoyed some "down time."

On Friday, the 14th, we headed towards Ok. and we drove most all the way in blinding rain.  It was not fun!  And, our purpose for going was to assist our daughter and husband in preparations for their move to Louisiana on the 28th of this month. We had reserved a U-Haul trailer and had to pick that up on the way, in Cleveland, OK.  U-Hauls were in high demand last week-end and that was the closest one we could find to Stillwater.  We had never been to or never heard of, Cleveland, OK.  It was only about 6 miles off of our "beating path" so it didn't take a lot of time.  I suppose the U-Haul rental place may be the only business in Cleveland.  Quite a tiny place.   

Once we arrived I helped our daughter with some packing and Hubby kept our 19 month old Grandson occupied. On Sunday, Hubby and son-in-law loaded up the U-Haul and later that afternoon we began our journey home.  We decided to stop half way and spend the night.  We always make the 8 hour trip in a day, but since we were pulling a 12'
trailer we thought it would be good to split the trip in half.
Hubby, daughter and Grandson preparing to load.
  Our Grandson didn't see anything but fun in this whole process.

We arrived home around noon on Monday and our son helped Hubby unload the trailer over at the house our daughter and family will be living in.  It is so amazing that it takes hours to load and minutes to unload.  

We look forward to our daughter and her family living nearby and especially look forward to our Grandson and Granddaughter ( 7 months old) getting to share fun times together.  Hopefully it will not be too big of an adjustment for them.  They will go from living  out on 25 acres to living in a subdivision in the city.  They will pasture their horses at a location about 7 miles from their house here.  In time I'm sure they will once again live out and have land with their house to pasture their horses.  Our son-in-law has 5 beautiful Quarterhorses and enjoys spending his free time riding and being with them.
Hannah and Spirit

I have spent the past couple of days getting "back on track" and preparing to have our Grandson with us next week.  We will get him on Sunday so that he will miss all the confusion of the move.  He is a little sweetheart, but he will keep his Poppa and CiCi very busy and it will not be "business as usual" around our house.~smile~  But, we'll make some precious memories to cherish.

In thinking of all that we have going on I can get overwhelmed, but, then I quickly recall the dear friends that we have that would love to be overwhelmed with busyness. Instead, they are fighting the ravages of cancer. I'm so thankful for mine and my husband's good health and just so happy each day to have another chance to live and hopefully make my life count for HIM. 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday's Random Dozen

1. Please share one memory of your high school graduation. Pics would be great!

My only memory is just the sheer excitement I felt just being through with high school.  If I had only realized at the time that those were some of the best years of my life. ~smile~

2. What is one "emergency use" item you keep in your vehicle at all times?  Well, my Hubby is just like a Boy Scout, always prepared.  The one item that he feels each of our vehicles MUST have is a flashlight, and  he checks them frequently to make sure the batteries are still working.  What a man!!!

3. In your region, do you celebrate graduation open houses? Addendum: (If so,) how many open houses/bridal showers/weddings are on your upcoming events calendar? We recognize our graduates during a worship service at our church, but no open house as such.  Our little city wrote the book on bridal parties and showers.  Brides have announcement teas, showers, and luncheons "to beat the band."  It is amazing that I do not have one on my calendar at this time, but there have been times when I had 3 or 4 on my calendar at one time. I think we Southern Women are just always looking for a reason to  host a celebration. ~chuckle~

4. Tell me one truth you believe about motherhood. A child never realizes the love of a mother until they have their own children.  If they never have children, then they never fully realize the depth of a mother's love.

5. What was the last thing you broke? Well, I cannot remember the last thing I broke.  

6. On average, how many pieces of junk mail do you receive daily? Oh, my, way too much, probably 6-8 pieces a day

7. Do you like to shop by catalog? Yes, yes, yes!!!! Give me a catalog and the internet and I'm "good to go."  I probably do 75% of my shopping (outside of groceries and toiletries) through catalogs and the internet. It's just so convenient!

8. Is lawn maintenance at your house a "his job," a "her job" or "his/her job" or "that's why we have teenagers" job? I'm not a fan of yard work, but my husband loves it and does an excellent job with it. He wants it picture perfect and he pretty much (with some hired help) keeps all 1 1/2 acres manicured. I enjoy working with plants on our patio, a smaller more "doable" job.

9. Which room would you like to redecorate in your home?

Since we just did some major redecorating a year ago, there's not anything I would change just yet.

10. Do you read a newspaper regularly, or do you read most of your news on line? If I read a newspaper it is always just before I head to bed, but most days I don't bother. I scan Fox News on the internet.

11. Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Yes, I do.

12. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?  Well, I'm concerned about both, but if pushed, I would have to say, doing the right things. 

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook........ May 11,2010

Outside my window..............the sun is going down and after a rather dreary day weather wise, this evening is perfectly gorgeous.

I am thinking..........that I will likely not get the ironing done until tomorrow.  It was on my "to do" list today, but I haven't felt good and just couldn't muster up the energy to get it done today.  Oh, well, as my sweet Mom would say, "it won't go anywhere, it will be right there when you get to it." Yea, that's what I'm afraid of.........

I am thankful son and daughter. I feel so blessed to have gotten one of each in two tries. ~smile~ I always wanted an older brother (I had two younger brothers) and really, really wanted a son first.  And, I really, really wanted a daughter second.  We decided since they didn't make anything else that we would just stop with one of each. ~chuckle~

From the kitchen.........absolutely nothing. Hubby had a Deacon supper this evening and since I wasn't very hungry, I opened a can of Chicken Noodle soup for myself.  There are some very ripe bananas on the island and I really need to make some of my delicious Banana Nut Bread with them. Perhaps that will be on my agenda tomorrow.

I am wearing.......lounging pj's.  It's been a bit chilly today and these are flannel and feel good this evening.

I am Oklahoma on Thursday. Our daughter and her family live there and we've had a condo there for the past couple of years.  Since they will be moving here (yes, that's right, HERE) the end of the month, we will giving up our condo.  We will pack up the few things we have there and load in a U-Haul and then also bring some of their stuff too.  I wish I could just snap my fingers and have the move behind us. Moving is one of the TOP 5 worst things to deal with! ~giggle~

I am feel better when I wake up in the morning. I started feeling "yucky" about an hour after I got up this morning, sort of like I did in the early weeks of pregnancy. ~big chuckle~ I did go on and do my running around but have sort of been "laying low" this afternoon. Guess it's just some "bug."  I have lots to do tomorrow and Wednesday in preparation to leave Thursday, gotta feel better. 

A favorite quote..........."I've learned that people will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, But people will never forget how you made them feel."  I try to think of this everyday as I come in contact with people, very profound!

One of my favorite snacking on salty potato chips. If I let myself, I could eat a bag at one sitting, but would never do that.  But, I do enjoy grabbing a few periodically.  Feel the same way about salty popcorn. Yummy!

A picture thought worth sharing............this is my little 19 month old Grandson's new "crocs."  He was quite proud when we put them on him. I use to think they were quite ugly until I saw them on him.  That changed everything! 

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Momma and Me

Good Morning Company Girls, since this week-end is Mother's Day, I wanted to share a few photos and memories with you of my precious Momma.

Momma and me when I was about 4 months old

 This will be my second Mother's Day since my Mom's death. I can say that this one will certainly be much easier than last year.  As folks told me, the first year will be your hardest and they were so right.  My Mom's death was very sudden and I had no time whatsoever to prepare and it took me most of the first year to accept the fact that she was really gone from this earthly life. 
     Momma and me when I was about a year old      

A dear lady told me after Mom died that I would never get over it, but I would get through it.  Those were and are such true words.  God provided for me just what I needed, when I needed it to bring me through to the other side of my grief.  I cannot imagine facing such a loss without HIM.  And, having the assurance of reuniting with her one day gives me such peace.

 Momma and me when I was around 8 years old

 It brought back such fond memories as I went throw old photos.  And, of course, it also brought a chuckle or two as I saw how hair and clothes styles had changed over the past 57 years.  

Momma and me my Senior year - 17 years old

I can remember so well as a little girl thinking that I had the prettiest Momma in all the world.  She sewed everything that the two of us wore and I loved everything she made for me and wore it very proudly.  And, funny, but I also remember wearing the same dress 2-3 times in the same week and never thinking one thing about it.  And, I remember very well owning just one pair of shoes and wearing them until the soles were bare.  My, how times have changed!

  Momma and me when I was about 22 years old

I feel so blessed for the rich heritage my Momma left me. She was such a Godly woman and desired nothing more than to be the wife and Mom that the Lord would have her be. She took her role as homemaker seriously and made our home as much of a sanctuary as she possibly could.  She prayed diligently for her children and wanted nothing more for us than God's best.  

I feel quite certain that her crown is filled with jewels and that upon her arrival to heaven she was met by the Master who likely said, "well done thy good and faithful servant." 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wednesday's Random Dozen

1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated? Oh, my, I'm not much of a procrastinator but I have procrastinated calling and checking on a very dear lady in recent days. I'm not usually one to procrastinate on duties that need to be done. I'm all about "getting it done." Just something else I can mark off my list.

2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night? I fall asleep almost as soon as my head hits the pillow and it is a very rare night for me not to sleep the night through and enjoy some really good z-z-z-z-z's. I hope I'm always that fortunate.

3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles? I think the 40's when women dressed with such femininity and class.

4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd? I make a really good seafood casserole with shrimp and crayfish and I never fail to get "rave reviews" when I serve it.  Of course, this recent oil spill may hinder our ability to get this good seafood here in Louisiana  in the coming months.

5. Are you an impulse shopper? What was the last thing you bought on impulse?  Well, the hardest thing for me to resist buying is "another" pair of shoes and that was my last impulse purchase. Shame! Shame!

6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral? First, I do not wish to have a traditional funeral, I desire to have a visitation and then a private family burial. And, I do not want my casket open for viewing at the visitation. The only people that need to view my body is my family because that  helps with the closure of someone's life.

7. If it's true that joy is in found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?  My simple joy today was enjoying a cup of coffee and a piece of strawberry pie with my precious Dad and my step Mom. It was an hour of pure and simple joy.

8. What is your favorite type of bread? The bread that is served at Outback Steakhouse is my all time favorite bread. I think it is called Squaw Bread, but whatever, me likes it!

9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.) WOW! I've never thought about this but it would have to be laziness. I've never been lazy in my life and I don't have a lot of tolerance for it either.

10. What trait would you like most to develop? I've spent way too much time thinking on this, so will take that to mean that there's too many to name or perhaps none. I'll keep pondering this one.

11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why? Oh, my kitchen most definitely!!! I began collecting roosters several years ago because they are so colorful and have such personalities and remind me of myself a bit. ~smile~  I also have a collection of crosses made from all types of materials and they always remind me of the ONE who gives me life eternal. And, I have a cuckoo clock that puts a smile on my face every time he announces the time. Below are two pictures (sorry,their not the best quality) from my "personality filled" kitchen.

12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?  I have always tried to live with God first, family second and my interests third.  I wish I could say that I have always succeeded, but that would be a lie.  But, I am certainly conscious when I get things out of order and I'm a firm believer that a balanced life is a productive and happier life.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook............May 4, 2010

Outside my window............Rhett and Rosco (our labs) are doing their most favorite thing, chasing squirrels.  They will sit at the bottom of a tree for hours just waiting on one of those pesky squirrels to come down so that they can take off after them. Quite entertaining! Two spoiled dogs!

I am thinking.........that some things just aren't worth the effort and that some things are worth more than the effort.

I am thankful for...........a husband that is quite the handyman. About the only thing that he doesn't tackle is plumbing issues.  In recent days he's been replacing 4 of our light fixtures with new ones.  And, he's a perfectionist about everything that he does.  I am blessed for sure!

From the's going to be grilled burgers tonight. I know they are so easy, but we do love them and we eat our fair share of them in the spring and summer. It's also time to make a fresh batch of Bran Muffins as I ate my last one this morning, so that will be on my list for this afternoon too.

I am wearing.........a tee shirt and capri pajama pants but will be getting dressed shortly.

I am reading...........Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers and it is just as wonderful as the rest of her books and I understand a sequel to this book will be out in the fall.

I am hoping............that our daughter, her husband and our precious Grandson will have safe travels as they come to see us from Oklahoma tomorrow.

I am hearing..........."Dancing with the Stars" on the TV and the clicking of the keys on my laptop.

Around the house............the ironing is done and I will be "readying" things for daughter and family's arrival tomorrow.

One of my favorite visiting with my precious Vietnamese friend while she does my nails. Ami has been doing my nails for about 7 years and we have become very dear friends during that time. She and her husband own the Nail Salon and are two of the hardest working people I have ever known. It has been so neat to get to know them and their two adorable children. 

A few plans for the rest of the week............spending time with our daughter and her family. I can't wait to see our 19 month old Grandson and see all that he has learned since we last saw him about 6 weeks ago.  He is so full of personality and just a delight to be around.   

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