Sunday, April 14, 2019

Lately



It's been a couple of weeks since I did a post that wasn't a linkup and I knew that you, my readers, were wondering what I had been up to. Right?  Well, here's what I've been up to lately...........


While my youngest brother and his wife were here about 3 weeks ago, Hubby and I used their help to plant our big pots on the back porch and patio.  It's a big job and it was great to have their young, strong backs assist us. ~smile~



We love our back porch and always enjoy getting it decked out in the spring for the months ahead. And, we get to enjoy the beauty of the porch and patio from inside the house with all our windows. 


Our landscape crew readied all our beds for the spring 2-3 weeks ago.  They put out fresh pine straw and trimmed the plants that needed trimming.  They all look so good now. 


There is a sweet story about this piece of art.  My Daddy bought this from a street artist in Italy in 1950 while he was in the Navy.  It is an oil on canvas and it stayed rolled up in a tube for almost 20 years.  Daddy made a frame for it and stretched it across a wooden frame to put inside the frame.  It hung in our house for many years.  About 20 years ago Daddy took the outer frame off of it and just hung it as a stretched canvas.  He gave the piece to my youngest brother and Joel thought  that it would go in my house better than his.  So, he took it to a framing shop that specializes in heirloom pieces.  It was in such a fragile state and Joel knew it had to be handled very carefully.  Well, this is the finished product!  It turned out just beautiful.  Joel brought it when he came about 3 weeks ago and while I had planned for it to be in another location, the foyer wall just seemed the BEST place for it. It is truly an heirloom that has found it's home for now.  I am thrilled with the piece and love that it has such history.



I took a new bouquet of silk flowers to place on my Mom's grave this past week.  I take flowers each season and it really makes me happy to see how pretty it makes the grave.  I do not go to her grave any other time but I do enjoy the few times a year that I go to place flowers  And, I think that this is fast becoming a "thing of the past."  I don't think my kids generation will ever have the desire to visit or take flowers to our graves.  And, that's just fine, things change.  And, Hubby and I are even discussing being cremated and having our remains put in a mausoleum.  There is a mausoleum 20+ miles from us that has an area for vessels of cremated remains to be placed and it is so lovely.  Once placed, there is no maintenance to be done or no need for flowers and it's always neat and dry inside the mausoleum.  It's very appealing to me but decisions such as this are very individual.  I hope that Hubby and I will have all our plans made and paid for by the time our last breath is taken.  It will sure make it so much easier on our children.

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The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is referred to as Holy Week.  I hope that you will reflect on the difference the resurrection has made in your life as you prepare for your Easter celebration.  And, if the resurrection has not made a difference in your life then I pray that you will change that and accept Jesus as your Savior and experience the difference the resurrection makes in your life.  May this week be extra special as we all prepare for Easter. 


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday 9 - April Love





April Love (1957). Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here. 



1) In this song, Pat Boone sings that April love is a wonder reserved for the very young. Do you think the sensation of falling in love changes as we grow older?
Oh, indeed!  But, I fell in love with my husband at a very, very young age and we married when I was a mere 18 years old (he was 24).  Truth be told, I had no idea what "real" love was and I'd say that rarely does any 18 year old.  Now, that doesn't mean that it can't work out.  We've been married for almost 48 years so I'm living proof that you don't have to have love all figured out for it to work.  I figured it out as we went along and at the age of 66 I definitely view love differently than I did at 18.  And, that's a good thing. ~smile~


2) "April Love" reached #1 on the charts. Between this song and "Love Letters in the Sand," Pat Boone had a career year. Only one artist sold more records in 1957: Elvis Presley. When you think of Elvis, what's the first song that comes to mind?

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I was a HUGE Elvis fan.  I saw him in concert twice, once in early 70's and again in a couple of years.  One of the tickets was $7.50 and one was $10.00 and I could not believe that I actually paid that much to go to a concert.  Funny how times have changed!  The song that immediately comes to mind is, "Can't Help Falling In Love."

3) Pat was extremely busy in high school. He wrote for the school paper, ran track, and acted in school plays. Share a memory of your extracurricular activities during high school.
I cannot think of one extracurricular activity I did in high school.  And, I don't remember ever thinking anything about that. Extra curricular activities were the exception rather than the rule at that time. 

4) It was his track coach who introduced Pat to the new girl in school, Shirley Foley. Three years later Pat and Shirley married, and remained man and wife for 65 years, until her death earlier this year. Who is the longest married couple you know?
  Hummm, I do not know.  I know so many folks that have been married 50+ years.  The 50th anniversary doesn't seem to be near the big deal that is was back in my childhood.  I so well remember my Grandparents making that milestone and a huge affair was given in their honor.  I do believe there is a couple in our church that is very close to celebrating 70 years of marriage, but I can't remember who it is.

5) Pat has lived in the same house for more than 60 years. He once received an offer to sell it for $18,000,000 but turned it down because it's the Boone family home and he simply doesn't want to leave. Do you plan on moving in the foreseeable future?



Well, I imagine that we will move at some point.  We had said when we built this house that we felt like we would likely live here about 10 years and then sell and downsize.  We've lived here 3 1/2 years, so who knows?  All I can say is that if someone came along and offered us the right amount of money, we'd sell in a heartbeat. Otherwise,  we love our home and thoroughly enjoy it, so we'll likely be here as long as our health permits. NOTE: the bad spots in our grass have been caused by the excessive rain.  Hubby has treated them and says they are all going to be okay in a few weeks.  Hubby is so particular about our grass and this has been most bothersome to him. ~chuckle~



6) Pat has a warm friendship with his neighbors, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Pat has mentioned in interviews that he has enjoyed bike rides around Beverly Hills with Sharon. Tell us about one of your neighbors. 
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Nancy and I have been friends for 40+ years and we would have never guessed that we would one day be neighbors.  She lived most of her life in the country, but, after her husband passed away, she decided to move to town.  She has lived here on "the hill" about 2 years longer than we have and she is as happy here in our quiet little neighborhood as we are.  Nancy is a dear treasured friend and we so enjoy now being neighbors.  We may go a while and not actually see each other but we do know that we'd do whatever we could for the other one should a need arise.  I've known Nancy longer than any of our other neighbors but I've known others for quite a long time.  There are only 10 houses and likely will only be a couple of others at some point.  It's a lovely neighborhood, high up on a hill with two beautiful ponds.


7) Mr. Boone was very critical of Barack Obama, enthusiastically supports Donald Trump, and has appeared on Fox News to express his views. How do you feel about celebrities talking politics?
I have about decided that NO ONE needs to talk politics.  I get so sick and tired of all of it and I pretty much don't watch much more than our local news.  So, in general, I think celebrities should stick with their "calling" and keep their political thoughts and comments to themselves. 

8) In 1957, the year this song was popular, Dr. Ian Donald pioneered the use of ultrasound technology. Today ultrasounds are commonly used by doctors in diagnosing conditions affecting the eyes, blood vessels, kidneys, gall bladder and more. Have you ever had an ultrasound?

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Yes, way back in 1979 when I was pregnant with our daughter.  That's the only one I've ever had and I assure you it was not nearly as clear as the one shown above.  I could never even tell it was a baby by the imagine it showed.  And, they sure couldn't tell you what the sex was.  In 1976 when I was pregnant with our son ultrasound was not even available.  I am so amazed by ultrasound today.  You can pretty much see exactly what the baby is going to look like they are so clear, and you can definitely tell the sex.  


9) Random question: You're sitting alone in a restaurant, waiting for a friend. The waiter brings you a drink and the compliments of a member of the opposite sex seated at the bar. What's your reaction? Are you flattered, shocked, embarrassed, intrigued or annoyed?
What a question!! First, I would not be at a bar but if I were, I would be flattered, and annoyed and would send a message back that I was a happily married woman and I walk the straight and narrow when it comes to my marriage. ~shoot straight~
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We are experiencing horrible weather here in NE Louisiana today.  Lots of fun events had to be cancelled and we're praying that it doesn't get as bad as they are predicting.  I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday Medley - Siblings





And, today's questions are about siblings since it is National Siblings Day.  Who knew?  I really figure that there is likely a Hallmark card commemorating today but I haven't browsed through cards lately so I don't know.  But, I do know that greeting card companies capitalize on any and every day that they possibly can.  Now, one to the questions...............

.National Siblings Day - April 10

1.   How many siblings do you have? Are you rivals or do you support each other in all you do?
I have two brothers and we support each other in all we do, especially my younger brother and me.  

This is me with my brother that is 3 years younger than me.  This is the last picture I have of us and it was taken in 2008.  We were extremely close growing up but, sadly, we haven't seen each other much over the past 40+ years.  He's a great guy and I would love to see him more.


This is my younger brother and me with our Dad last November on Daddy's 89th birthday.  Joel was born just before I turned 13, so when I say younger, he really is YOUNGER.  I adored him as a baby and he's really more like my 3rd child.  He is a special man and I can count on him at any time.  Thankfully, we usually see each other 4-5 times a year.  He currently lives in Iowa.

2.  Have you heard of the Birth Order Book?  What are your thoughts on the premise that your birth order affects everything you do in life?
The New Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Dr. Kevin Leman

Oh, yes, I've not only heard of The Birth Order book but I have read it.  I pretty much fit Dr. Leman's description of the oldest child.  It makes sense to me that our birth order does indeed play a pretty important part in who we are.  But, as in most things, that is not always the case.

3.  Is there something that you still do that drives your siblings crazy?
Perhaps if we lived near each other and were more involved in each other's day to day lives there might be something.  But, I can't think of a thing.

4.  Are you closer to your siblings now than you were when you were younger?
As previously stated, I was much closer to my brother that is 3 years younger than me when we were growing up and now my youngest brother and I are much, much closer than when we were younger.  One reason would be that I married when he was a mere 5 years old and moved 1000 miles away.

5.  Would you dare to tell us an embarrassing story about a sibling?
Well, I would love to if I knew one.  But, I've racked my brain and can't think of a single story.

6.  Tell us something random about your week.


Folks, I just had to share this!  Yesterday my daughter, who lives near Oklahoma City, sent me a text of this picture.  I thought it was a joke.  But, oh, no, a car pulled up beside her at a red light with these little guys/gals staring out the window.  Bridget had to snap a picture and it really appears that they knew as they are certainly posing.  I'm guessing they had just left the groomers and it appears they have fluffy bows on their tails as well. ~mercy me~ Talk about prissy dogs!  I'm pretty sure these two qualify. ~chuckle~ And, these are unedited photos, these colors are that vivid in the photo without editing.  I'm also betting they could be siblings as well. ~just sayin' ~


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Prime Purchases


It's Prime Purchase Tuesday!  I'll share some of my favorite  purchases, which all happen to be from Amazon. .

Fossil Women's Riley Quartz Stainless Steel Dress Watch, Color: Rose Gold-Tone (Model: ES2811)
Are you in need of a watch?  If so, this one is beautiful.  I love this style of Fossil watches and have 3 of them.  I have the gold, the gold/silver combo and the one above, rose gold.  They are a big watch and a tad heavy so that may not appeal to you.  But, if it does, click the link below and go check it out.  They really are a most stylish watch and the rhinestone embellishment is the "icing on the cake."



HSI Professional Glider Mini 0.5" Flat Iron - Small, Lightweight & Portable Travel Size Straightening Iron - Quick & Easy Hair Design & Enhancement for Men & Women


This is a mini flat iron.  Who knew?  I sure didn't but ran across this and thought it might be perfect for my back neck hair that is just too short to comfortably use a regular flat iron.  It works like a charm and is so, so easy to use.  You can thank me later. ~smile!

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Redken Color Stain Remover - 80 pads
Okay ladies, how many of you color your hair?  I'm betting a whole bunch of you.  You either color it yourself or have it professionally done and afterwards, you have to deal with the aggravating stain around your hair line.  Well, these little pads take care of that aggravating stain in short order.  I never knew of these until a friend introduced me to them just a few weeks ago.

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Okay, now don't laugh, you know you need to have a stash of these disposable shoe covers.  I mean, do you ever come in from outside and not want to stop to take your shoes off but neither do you want to track debris into your house.  Well, these can be lifesavers. Just slip them on over your shoes and slip them off when you head back out.  Their awesome when you are outside a lot.  And, if a repairman comes to your house and has dirty shoes, you can pull a pair of these out and hand them to him.  No joke, I have gotten so aggravated over this in the past.  We have dark wood floors that show tracks terribly and every other thing.  I decided to see if I could find these and of course, I should have known that Amazon would have them.  50 pair for $9.39, you can't beat it.  And, depending, you might get more than one use out of them.  

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Smiry Easter Throw Pillow Covers Colored Eggs Easter Decorative Cushion Cover Home Decoration Cotton Linen Pillowcases 18 x 18 Inch
I am always looking for attractive seasonal pillows to go on our front porch benches.  I found these and many other seasonal choices.  These are only covers, so I had to buy the pillows to put into these covers but they are on Amazon as well.  There are so many cute choices for such reasonable prices and they are made of quality fabric.  These are 18X18 square.

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Mrs. Meyer̢۪s Clean Day Liquid Dish Soap, Lemon Verbena, 16 ounce bottle (3 count)



If you have not tried Mrs. Meyers products then you should give them a try.  I was given some as a gift a few months ago and liked it so well that I have continued using it.  I have the hand lotion, the dish soap and the dishwasher tabs.  The prices are most affordable and the smell is out of this world.  I suggest you give it a try. 

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Okay, that's it for this edition of Prime Purchases.  I hope you saw something that you are anxious to give a try.  Just click the button and it can be yours. ~chuckle~