Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's not even 2 weeks until Christmas and just one week from today our family will celebrate our Christmas while our Oklahoma family is here.  Sooooooo, let me get these questions answered and then back to "the task at hand." ~smile~

1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far?
I can not stand to have to hurry if there's any way around it and I don't like to worry either, but sometimes, I must admit, I do give in to it.  But, I am very prepared and organized going in to the holiday season and haven't had to hurry yet due to my advance preparation.  And, as far as the holidays are concerned I can't really think of a thing I'm worried about right now.  So, I'd say it's all going very well so far and I'm hopeful it stays that way.  

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?

Here at our new house there's really not much to prepare.  We do put a heater in the fountain to keep it from freezing and it has been put in place and Hubby has put insulated faucet covers over the outside faucets.  We have heat lamps on our outside hot water heaters and simply have to turn them on if the temps get low enough. ~and that hasn't happened since we lived here~  So, not a very long list for us and we sure are glad.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?

My first thought was "this is some very weird stuff."  I could definitely add lentils and chickpeas to my diet and I am not a milk drinker in any shape, form or fashion but if I were to, I want whole milk. How can it be dairy free and still be milk? I'm just not sure it can be.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?

I think color is just that, color and I don't put a lot of stock into all that different colors communicate. I never think nor do I care what a color communicates, all I think about is whether I like it or not.  Yes, I do like the color purple, I mean our state's flagship university, LSU's colors are purple and gold.  And, yes I saw the movie and liked it.  I do not ever wear purple unless we happen to be watching an LSU game with friends.  The only purple item, other than a couple of clothing items, in our home is something that I always add to my hamburger. ~bet you can guess what that is~

5. Favorite book read this year?

It would definitely be Lysa TerKeurst's Finding I Am.  I not only read the book but did the Bible study associated with the book.  An awesome book and an awesome study.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.


Let me introduce you to little Rivers.  Rivers is the 4th child,  and 1st son, of Laura and Zach.  Rivers was 5 weeks old yesterday and little Rivers was born totally blind.  It has been such a devastating blow to Laura and Zach but I don't know that I've ever known a couple more dedicated to doing whatever they can for this little guy.  Laura and Zach take care of most of the maintenance at my husband's office and are a very hard working young couple.  They have 3 daughters, 8, 6 and 3 and those little girls are already busy learning Braille.  Our Sunday School department adopted this precious family as our Christmas project this year and I'm not sure who has been blessed the most, us or them.  It's what this season is all about and we are thrilled to minister to them during this time.  Please join us in praying that before this little fella is grown that there will be advances made in eye transplants and that he would be a candidate.  

Mid-week blessings to you!


Friday, December 8, 2017

The Latest



It's Friday folks and I'm not sure where the week has gone, but it has sure flown by.  'Tis the season and the holiday buzz is in full swing.


About a week ago I decided to treat myself to a relaxing facial.  I had never had one and it was so enjoyable.  My nail gal (also my Vietnamese daughter) is now a distributor with NuSkin and she used all their products for my facial.  I was certainly more than a little impressed.  The facial spa machine is amazing.  I felt refreshed and invigorated when I left and my skin felt silky smooth and tight.~wish it would stay that way~

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A friend and I went to a great holiday show last weekend.  I wish I had somewhere to use all that was there, such as these adorable wood cut outs.  There was great looking shabby chic furniture and accessories and while I like it, it is not my style. I did come home with a pretty handmade necklace and earrings and some homemade breads.  It was just fun to be there, visit with the vendors and see folks we had not seen in a while.  It was the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season.

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And, I'm happy to report that my presents FINALLY did get wrapped.  It really did not take all that long, it was just getting started that took so long.  I did have a pain between my shoulder blades afterwards but it was short lived and I'm a happy gal to have this behind me.

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Hubby is in the process of having cataract surgery.  I say in the process because he has had one eye done and will have the other one done this next Tuesday.  Generally cataract surgery is a fairly routine procedure but Tommy's first one had a little hiccup and it took quite a bit longer.  But, he's doing well, seeing great out of that eye and looks like all is going to be just fine.  The first 24 hours were a little unsettling and once again I was reminded that "it's only routine if it's not happening to you."  Hopefully the next eye will be very routine with no hiccups.  We've spent way more time than either one of want to sitting in the Drs. office.  Ugh, just not fun at all! ~ it's a necessary evil~

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This Sunday will be a very special day in the life of our family.  Our Hanna Beth ~our Princess~ will be baptized during her church's morning worship service.  She is a bit nervous and would much prefer to be baptized in private rather than in front of a church full of folks.  But, this CiCi's heart will be so full of joy over her decision to accept Christ as her Savior and follow Him in baptism.  There is no more important decision she will ever make in her life.

Have yourself a great weekend because

Monday, December 4, 2017

TBB Asks



It's time for the Blended Blog questions, holiday style.  I really enjoy linking up for this and this one was especially fun.

1. Real or Fake Tree? Well, I like to say I have a faux tree and have for over 25 years.  I love them and do not miss having a real one in any way.

2. Favorite Christmas Cookie?

I'm not sure it's considered a Christmas cookie per say, but the Peanut Butter Cup Cookie.  They are made with miniature  peanut buttter cups.  It has been many a year since I've made them, so I may have to give them a whirl this year since we've had this discussion. ~smile~ I mean, what's not to like about peanut butter and chocolate!

3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel? We are home except we usually go over to our son and DIL's for breakfast and see what Santa left the girlies.  After that we are home the remainder of the day.

4. Clear or Colored Lights? It would be clear, just like the stars.

5. Send Christmas Cards? I have always sent Christmas cards but have given thought to stopping.  They are expensive and they are soooo time consuming.  This year's are done and about to be mailed so I'll decide between now and next year what I'm going to do or not do.

6. Favorite Christmas Present Received? 
I have received many favorite gifts but the year I got a Chatty Cathy doll stands out as one of my most favorite memories.  Times were very hard for my parents financially that Christmas, so our next door neighbors gave this doll to me.  They did not have any children and loved me and my brother dearly.  They made sure that we got what we really wanted for Christmas that year.  I'll never forget their kindness.  Added note:  pictured above is the exact Chatty Cathy that I got and still have to this day.  I had her reworked about 10 years ago and she looks so good.  I did not have her voice box replaced so she is not "chatty" anymore but she is a real treasure.

7. Favorite Christmas Present Given? Humm........I've scratched my head for long enough on this one and cannot think of one  I love giving gifts and think they are all my favorite. ~smile~

8. Stockings or no stockings?  I use to make a big production out of stockings but not anymore.  I would fill upbig Christmas buckets in lieu of stockings and they were crammed full of all kinds of fun stuff. 
9. Christmas PJ's? Not for me but the Grans generally have them.~they look cute in them~

10. Favorite Christmas carol?  Joy to the World, it's so powerful and I love the words.

11. Favorite Holiday Tradition? For pretty much as long as I can remember I have had a birthday party for Jesus.I do it whenever we have our family Christmas which is generally on Christmas Eve.  It became even more special once the Grans came along.

12. Early Shopper or Last Minute? Definitely an early shopper.  I want it done by Dec. 1 and I wish there were little fairies that would show up to wrap them. ~big chuckle~

13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?
There are a lot of great Christmas movies and shows but the first one to come to my mind was, "It's a Wonderful Life."

14. Favorite Holiday Beverage? 
Holiday  or no holiday, it's always coffee for me!  Now, I wouldn't mind having a candy cane thrown in for a little peppermint flavoring, but I do love me some coffee!

15. Cookies and Milk for Santa? 

It's been a very long time since we left cookies and milk out for Santa.  But, as long as the kids were home, we always left him some cookies and milk. ~that's just what you do~

Wishing you wonderful new week!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Decked and Dazzled



It's December 1st and I loved that we had a week after Thanksgiving before December made it's entrance.  I do not like it when Thanksgiving falls in the last week and "bam" it's December two days later.
I have managed to get our home "decked and dazzled" this past week and I'm most pleased.  As you will be able to tell, it is very, very simply done without much fuzz at all.  Just the way I like it at this stage in my life.


The wreaths on the windows have battery operated lights and I found the cute striped pillows at Home Goods while we were in Memphis.  I love them!  With the porch lights on at night it is all very pretty and warm and welcoming.


Our tree is in our wide foyer next to the dining room.  The picture on the left was taken in a dark room and the one on the right was in daylight.  It's decorated with silver and white mercury glass ornaments and truly is very elegant in person.


This is the dining table and sideboard.  You can see how well the tree goes with the total look of that area.  Added note: I love these candle rings from Grandinroad.  They have them for all seasons of the year and I think I have them all (5 to each set).

Some other added touches


These four little vignettes grace the living area of our home.  I have had the Mr. and Mrs. Santa for many, many years and it is one of my favorite decorations.  I know that neither of my children will want much of this type decor when I go to my eternal home but I really hope one of them will want this. ~big smile~ 


And, this is our less formal dining table decor.  I absolutely love this beaded runner from Pier 1.  I think I now have one of these for each season too.  I enjoy having some live poinsettia's and they are the perfect addition to this beautiful runner.  

So, there you have it.  Simply stated, none that's Pinterest worthy, but it's ours and I'm most happy with it.  And, that's what matters. ~chuckle~ 

Happy 1st day of December to you and may the days ahead fill your hearts to full and overflowing of "the reason of the season"

Blessings abundant!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

This is my 3rd blog post in 3 days.  That's a first for me in 8 1/2 years of blogging.  Yea! me!  Meanwhile, let me get busy answering the questions Joyce has for us today.

1.  What's something blogging has taught you about yourself?
That I really enjoy writing.  I'm definitely not one of the best writers, but as folks have said to me, I write just like I talk.  And, I would think that is likely true of most folks.  It's been a run ride!

2.  Leftovers...are you in the 'reheat and eat' camp or the 'put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them' camp? 
Yes, we do leftovers, especially Hubby.  He loves for us to have them in the frig so if he comes in for lunch he can quickly grab something and warm it up.
What's your favorite thing to have leftover?
Soups, chili and the such, not much else for me.
 What can you not abide as a leftover?
I am not a fan at all of a left over hamburger.  I want it fresh off the grill but Hubby loves to have them leftover.

3. 'Me time'...your thoughts?
Love, love, love me time and I generally get enough of it.  I think everyone should enjoy some "me" time just to get to know themselves better and think a little straighter.

4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Well, it really depends on who it is, but often it is helping to organize something or do some kind of computer design work.  I enjoy doing both and am glad to help if I can.

5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why.
Linen - My parents raised me and my 2 brothers in love, with the highest of standards and disciplined us accordingly.  Our family was cool, clean and crisp just like the smell of linen. ~grin~

6. Insert your own random thought here.



This picture was taken last week at The Oklahoma Children's Museum.  Coleman just went right to Santa and I do believe this is one of the best "real live" Santa's I've ever seen.  I think it is just a perfect picture. ~and I'm not biased~

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Want, Need, Wear, Read



I'm linking up with Andrea over at Momfessionals for her monthly "Want, Need, Wear, Read" link up.  It's a first for me but I've seen several participating in it and decided to join in today.


WANT - I think outside accent lighting on a home is so, so pretty, such as shown above.  Hubby and I did not do it when we built but we have talked about how much we both like it since then.  So, I'm thinking it might a good idea to mention it to Santa. 


Now, don't you agree that accent lighting would be "the icing on the cake?"



NEED - Well, what I really, really need is to find a "good fairy" to wrap my Christmas presents.  I'm staring at a pile of Christmas cards to prepare for mailing and my schedule is, otherwise, quite full up until the 17th when our daughter and Grandsons arrive.  So, just not sure when the gifts will be wrapped.  But, it will likely get done.

WEAR - Now, if I were like some of these young bloggers that do such a great job posting pictures of themselves, I would post some of myself.  I just have not quite gotten the hang of how they take all these cute pictures.  I'm saying that to say that I'd post some of the things I'm wearing right now.  But, for now, I'll just tell you.  I'm wearing a lot of booties, lots of jeggings with tunic sweaters or tops and always enjoy "dressing up" on Sundays.  And, I will be wearing a good bit of red in the days ahead and just maybe I'll snap a picture or two and post them.  We shall see.


READ - I recently ordered this devotional book to use during the Advent season this year.  I'm very fond of Max Lucado and I'm sure these devotional readings will be a real blessing to me as I prepare this Christmas season.  It's so easy to allow the hustle and bustle of the season to cast a shadow over the "real reason" that we celebrate.  I want to do all that I can to prevent that.  I will start this on Friday and I'm so looking forward to it.  

And, until next time, Happy Everything!!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Latest......



I don't know about you but during the holidays I have a hard time keeping up with what day it is.  Thanksgiving day seemed like a Saturday, so I've been confused ever since.  But, today is Monday, the start of a new week and I'm back on track, well, at least for now I am.


I went with a friend to see Wonder on Thanksgiving afternoon.  It is such a good movie with such a powerful message.  And, as always, Julie Roberts did a great job, in fact, all the cast did an awesome job in their roles.  It's about as wholesome a movie as you could possibly see.  I highly recommend it.
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Week before last Bridget and one of her friends went to a book signing for Ree Drummond's newest cookbook, better known as Pioneer Woman.  Bridget has been a big fan of Ree's  for a long time and loves all of her cookbooks.  And, Bridget and her family probably do not live 100 miles from where she lives on the Drummond Ranch.  Bridget said she was so very nice and an extra perk was that she brought her husband, Ladd, along.~a real cowboy~  And, he was more than glad to pose for a picture too.  Needless to say, they had a great time!
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Our DIL and the girls headed out to Oklahoma last Monday to spend a few days with Bridget and her family for their Thanksgiving break.


Hanna Beth and Andi Kate immediately feel in love with the Corgi puppies.  They played and played with them and likely wanted to bring a couple home with them. ~smile~ These have all been sold and were picked up by their new owners yesterday.  So, Hanna Beth and Andi Kate provided them a big send off for sure.


The girls likely thought they were at a zoo and enjoyed petting the sheep and horses,and climbing on the tractor.  They enjoyed "life in the country!"


Coleman showed them how to wear a cowboy hat while playing with his Aunt Rue Rue (Windy).


Windy looks like she knows what she's doing and makes a very attractive cowgirl don't you think? Hanna Beth preferred to stay on the other side of the corral. ~smart girl~


Andi Kate loves "mothering" Coleman.  She is only 6 months older but she's so "growny acting."


And, these kids silly Moms decided that they had to get in on the Black Friday madness.  They decided to go in Target in the afternoon and they lived to tell about it.  I can't imagine going shopping with 4 children, much less on Black Friday.  But, I would likely have done it at their age and stage in life. ~that seems like a lifetime ago~

I am so glad that they had this special time together, made this Momma's heart smile really BIG!
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The countdown is on here.  We will be celebrating our family Christmas on the 19th.  Our Oklahoma family will be here at that time and then will return home to celebrate their family Christmas.  So, I'm in high gear thinking about food and getting as much of that done ahead of time as I possibly can.  This weekend I made a dinner casserole, a french toast dish and a sausage/bacon egg casserole and they are all in the freezer ready to go.  I have a couple more dishes to make and then I should have a good head start on the meal prep.  Now, if I can just get the gifts wrapped. ~smile~




Friday, November 24, 2017

Lea's Favorites



Well, I imagine some of you are at the Black Friday sales or have been to them.  I have never done the whole BF deal.  But, Hubby and I did join our son at Wal-Mart last evening to assist him in grabbing a few items.  We got there around 5:15 and the sale, was supposedly to start at 6:00.  We were each by a different item and they let us start grabbing at 5:45.  We got everything we went in for and were checked out and on our way home by 6:10.  Not bad and I have now had "the experience." Brandon and our DIL usually do this together but since she and the girls are in Oklahoma with our daughter we decided we would go and assist him. ~I think he was really glad~

 Now, for a few of my favorites...........



In the winter when I make stews, chili, soups and gumbo, I make a whole lot of cornbread.  Now, if you have been hanging around here for very long, you know I love "quick, easy and good" food.  Well, this cornbread mix qualifies.  It says just add water, but I add an egg and milk and I don't think you can't tell the difference in it and made from scratch.


For some reason I'm thinking I may have already shared this with you but if so, it bears repeating.  I LOVE pepperoni and I promise you, this turkey version is every bit as good as the real deal.  I'm not kidding!  I often eat a stack of pepperoni's, a couple slices of cheddar cheese and some crackers for lunch.  And, I also put a slice of cheddar cheese on a piece of bread and place pepperoni's on top, run it under the broiler and chow down.  And, this is so much better for you with a lot less calories.  So, if you haven't tried it and you like pepperoni, then give it a try.


If you have not heard about the Rodan and Fields Lash Boost then let me tell you, it's AMAZING! I have always had average lashes and they look fairly good by the time I get them coated up with mascara.  But, I've always wanted them to be longer.  I started using this in May and by July I couldn't believe the results.  I have the longest lashes and they are thicker as well.  By the time I get mascara on them they are pretty impressive looking and I've had several folks ask me if they are extensions.  It is fairly expensive but I'm still using the same tube I bought in May and I imagine there's still enough in it to last another month or more.  



Okay ladies, if you do not know about SOMA pajama's and lounge wear then you are missing out.  I think what I wear is called pajama's but I use it as lounge wear. They are so comfortable, and wash like a dream and last and last and last.  And, today it's buy one, get one 50% off, so if you are needing a nice gift for a woman in your life, I highly recommend these.


I have had the WAZE app on my IPhone and IPad for quite some time but had never really used it until our recent trip to Memphis.  Several folks had highly recommended it and now I'm one of those folks.  We had always used MAPS and it has gotten so "squirrely" in recent months that it wasn't even dependable. So, we were using Google Maps and it is good too but WAZE is so cool.  It gives  far more information that just navigation.  It alerts you to police, road construction and even stranded cars on the side of the road.  It's sort of scary that it knows so much but it's very handy and a great navigation system.  If you have never tried it, you should.

Okay, that's my favorites for today.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful last weekend of Nov.  I'm off to begin my Christmas decorating.