Wednesday, May 24, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY





Well I am really behind today.  As my regular readers might know I have had some computer issues.  I did get mine back last night, but LOTS of things were un-installed or missing or just not right...sigh...soo frustrating.  But I "think" I've got most of them back, so we will see.  Soo it's time for the Hodgepodge.  lol   Join the others by clicking on the pic...







1.  What color is prominent in your home?  Are you glad about that or wishing you could cover it up or remove it?  All of our walls and floors are in a neutral shade of taupe, or tan.  All of the colors we decorated with are golds, burgundy's and olive green, and oh some navy as well.  Honestly I still really like most of the colors.  And I've run the theme of them through the whole house so to change it would be too expensive.  If I could do anything, I might paint the walls a very pale olive green, but that's about it.

THIS IS THE COLOR THEME PRETTY MUCH THROUGH THE WHOLE HOUSE

OUR BEDROOM....GOLD, BURGUNDY AND OLIVE GREEN

2.  What's something you'll NEVER do again?  Hmmm  let's see.  I guess it would depend on rather or not I am looking at it from the stand point of a mistake I'll be sure not to repeat, or something I've grown too old to do.  I always overthink these things, lol.  I guess I will go with what I am past the age of doing.  I'll never ride the waves on a bogie board in the ocean again, lol.  It was something I used to LOVE to do.  I honestly enjoyed it more then I can possibly describe, and did so whenever I got the chance well into my early 50's.  Just swimming in the ocean period.  Now I can't even walk in the sand (arthritis in my knees completely keeps me from doing this!) let alone get into the ocean.  Now I might replace my knees someday and walk on the beach again, but ride off on a wave?  I think those days are gone for good.

3.  Tell us a couple of ways you fit the stereotypes associated with your gender, and a couple of ways you don't.  Well I think I am your typical woman in the respect that getting married and raising kids was what I wanted to do with my life, and what I did.  I think I am your typical grandma too in the respect that my 13 are just everything to me.  I love to sew, create and craft as well.  I enjoy a good romance either in a movie, a book, or a TV show too, and certainly real life too, wink.  I LOVE to get flowers and I LOVE perfume. How I might not be typical is that I enjoy most sports.  I LOVE a sports movie right underneath a romantic one.  That's all I can think of right now, though there is probably others.  I am really pretty much a girly girl.

4.  May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.  Have you ever owned a motorcycle?  Ever ridden a motorcycle?  If the opportunity presented itself would you hop on a motorcycle and go for a ride?  I have NEVER owned one, nor has my husband, or thankfully any of my kids.  I did have a ride once as a little girl if you can believe that.  My uncle gave me a short ride on his once.  Whatever were they thinking??  lol  No helmet either.  It was somewhat terrifying, but I pretended to like it. And NO there is no way I'd ever hop on a take a ride these days.  Just not me.

5.  If someone wanted to understand you, what should they read, watch, and listen to?  Hmm this could be a LONG thought process and answer but like I said I am already behind so I am going to go with the quick and easy answer.  Someone could watch Little House on the Prairie. LOL  And not because I ever lived on a prairie or because I don't use and enjoy modern conveniences, but because I just like the family oriented and Christian values the show portrayed.  Ma was always busy baking, cooking, cleaning, or reading her Bible.  And raised her kids with grace and wisdom and with a firm foundation based on the Bible.  She was always selfless.  NOW I don't think this was how I was, lol. (only in my dreams) It was just what inspired me and what I TRIED to copy.  These days praise music is playing most of the day, but years ago it was Country.  Still enjoy Country music, but just don't turn it on like I used to.

6.  Insert your random thought....My mind right now is focused on getting all the materials together that I need to help my grand daughter Lindsey create a toy she needs to have as part of her final in a child development elective class she is taking.  It is to be a sensory toy.  She had a couple of good ideas so we are running with that.  I LOVE things like this.  She asked her teacher yesterday if she could use her grandma's embroidery machine for the project and got a thumbs up, so that will make things fun and easy.  Letting my grand daughter help operate the machine might take a little more effort, lol.  Hopefully we can get it done in a night as it's due next Wednesday.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Monday, May 22, 2017

WEEK-END WRAP UP...AND A FEW SIDE STORIES TOO!

Well it's fairly late Monday afternoon, and I am STILL on hubby's computer.  And yes, I still hate despise loathe dislike it.  I spend way too much time re-doing and re-typing and just flat out "thinking" when I try to work it.  But the good news is mine is fixed and he is going to pick it up for me on the way home from work....YAY!  I contemplated just not doing this post of course until I got it back, but honestly I have a full day already tomorrow and I want to get this post done today.  Sooo I will just have to trudge through I guess and hopefully won't end up totally frustrated and in a grumpy mood when I am finished.

So let's see....I got my sewing machine back last Tues morning, and then I met my sister Diane for lunch and a little bit of shopping.  She doesn't really get many opportunities to do this as she home schools her grandchildren, so I jumped at the invitation even though I really should have sat down and sewed as I had a big list of things I wanted to make for Sophia's first birthday party on Sat.  But we had such a good time and I was soo glad I went ahead and went.  I just have to tell you what happened at lunch though.  I don't remember the last time I laughed quite as much.  It had been a perfectly normal lunch with lots of talking and eating and we had just had our drink glasses filled with water again and were settling back for a little more conversation, when I reached forward and tipped my glass over.  Icy cold water spilled in GREAT quantity on my lap, all over the table, and of course onto the floor.  I honestly don't know how it happened, but it did.  And then!  My sister in her haste to grab napkins out of the holder to help mop it up before even more went onto my lap and the floor, promptly dumped hers as well.  We were literally under water.  We were laughing so hard and making such spectacles of ourselves, I don't know how they didn't ask us to leave.  But we got it all mopped up eventually, got fresh glasses of water, and tried again, lol.  Don't think we will be forgetting that lunch for a while.  We did have to do our shopping "damp" to put it mildly, but it was a break that it was a REALLY warm day.

Then, I spent the next 3 days frantically sewing.  Honestly I don't know why I waited to the last minute.  It really isn't like me.  I sooo dislike feeling pressured that I plan things out way in advance usually.  But I just didn't do it so I just had to really push myself.  Another little side story though has to be told here.  I wanted to make her a swim suit.  I had enough fabric on hand and a pattern that was the same one I had used to make Claire's so I went to work on it first.  Well....I should have done a little refresher video on how to make the elastic work as I did remember it was a giant pain and I didn't do it well.  But I was in too big of a hurry and was feeling on the lazy side so I didn't do it and just raced ahead.  Well I was barely into it when I realized I had botched it up WAY too much to fix. The bottom line on ANY knit fabric (or swim fabric is even worse!) there really is NO making of mistakes, as the stretch stitch I use is pretty much unrippable.  But I had just barely enough fabric left to squeeze out cutting out another piece, so I did and started over.  I got quite a bit further this attempt, but again made a mistake, and by this point I was regretting ever even giving it shot.  Sooo rather then waste any more time, I tossed it aside and began something new.  Thankfully most of the rest of the stuff went fairly well.  I ended up just buying a swim suit, a cover up, and a little sun hat, and honestly it was a lot more enjoyable, lol.  Let me show you everything....

SO HERE IS THE SWIM SUIT, COVER UP AND LITTLE HAT I BOUGHT...SOO CUTE! OH! AND EVERYTHING WAS 50% OFF SO IT WAS REALLY REASONABLE TOO

NOW THIS ONE I REALLY LOVED!  I HAD ORDERED THIS FABRIC MONTHS AGO IN A PRE-ORDER ROUND FROM ONE OF THOSE SHOPS THAT SELL THE PRICEY BUT WONDERFUL KNIT FABRICS.  I CAN'T RESIST IT...I CAN'T!  BUT ANYWAY, IT DIDN'T ARRIVE UNTIL 2'OCLOCK ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON, SO THIS DIDN'T GET MADE UNTIL AFTER THAT, AND I HAD TO WASH AND DRY IT AS WELL FIRST IN ORDER TO PRE-SHRINK THE FABRIC.  ISN'T IT JUST DARLING FABRIC?  I INTEND TO MAKE ONE JUST LIKE IT FOR CLAIRE!

I GOT THIS FABRIC AT JOANNES A WHILE AGO AND HAD IT ON HAND AS WELL

ANNABEL SENT ME THIS TODAY SO I COULD SEE HOW WELL THE FLAMINGO OUTFIT FIT HER.  I LOVE THE COLOR ON HER!  SHE IS SUCH A LITTLE DOLL...LOOK AT THOSE EYES!  SORRY, I CAN'T ALWAYS CONTROL MY GRANDMANESS


AND THIS IS SOME OF THE "NICE" FABRIC THAT I HAD LEFT OVER FROM CLAIRE'S BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.  I USED THIS PATTERN WHEN I MADE ONE FOR CLAIRE TOO.  IT'S SUCH A CUTE PATTERN, AND REALLY PRETTY QUICK AND EASY

NOW THIS ONE WAS FROM PART OF THE FABRIC THAT ARRIVED FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AND I WAS JUST GOING TO PASS ON USING IT FOR HER AS I HAD REALLY RUN OUT OF TIME, AND BY THE TIME I HAD FINISHED THE LITTLE DRESS, I WAS TIRED AND MY BACK KIND OF HURT FROM SITTING THERE TOO LONG....BUT! WHEN I GOT UP SAT MORNING I DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND WHIP IT UP EVEN THOUGH WE HAD TO LEAVE AT 10:00 AM.  NOT ONE OF MY WISER DECISIONS.  I DO NOT SEW WELL UNDER PRESSURE OF TIME (have I mentioned that?) AND I MADE MORE MISTAKES ON THIS SIMPLE,  SIMPLE SIMPLE LITTLE PEASANT TOP THAN I CAN REMEMBER MAKING IT A LONG TIME.  BUT I GOT IT DONE, AND IT WAS WORTH IT.  I LOVE THIS FABRIC!

AND THIS LITTLE PINK AND BLACK ONE TOO WHICH SHE PUT ON HER AFTER SHE HAD CAKE, LOL, AND SO YOU CAN SEE HER IN ONE OF THEM.  IT FIT HER PERFECTLY AND I WAS PRETTY HAPPY LET ME TELL YOU.  IT IS ALWAYS RISKY SEWING SOMETHING FOR A GIFT BECAUSE IF IT DOESN'T FIT YOU ARE REALLY PRETTY STUCK.  NOW I HAVE MELODY MEASURE EVERY LITTLE THING FOR ME AND THAT WORKS PRETTY GOOD FOR CLAIRE.  AND LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME CLAIRE WAS TURNING ONE AND I USED THE PATTERNS I USED FOR HER THEN FIGURING THEY WOULD PROBABLY WORK AS THEY ARE PRETTY SIMILAR IN THEIR SIZES.  IT DID!

We met at a park to celebrate and had pizza for lunch.  The kids played ball and we had a good time.  But it was HOT (95!) and so we broke up early and went to my son's house so everyone could swim.  I watched for a little while, but ended up going inside to relax in the air conditioner, lol.  Afterward we all went for spaghetti at the Old Spaghetti Factory.

YUMMY CAKE...AT FIRST SOPHIA WAS REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE CAKE.  BUT THEN SHE STUCK HER FINGER IN IT AND THE FROSTING OF COURSE STUCK TO HER FINGER AND SHE HATED THAT FOR SOME REASON AND BURST INTO TEARS, LOL.  POOR LITTLE THING AT THAT POINT WAS SOO TIRED AND OVER IT ALL.

THE LOOK ON HER FACE DEFINITELY TOLD HER MOOD, LOL

SOPHIA'S MAMA, MY GRAND DAUGHTER ANNABEL (JOE'S OLDEST DAUGHTER) AND HER HUBBY DANIEL, AND LITTLE TIRED SOPHIA

THE KIDS AND GRANDPA PLAYING SOME SOCCER AT THE PARK

THE GUYS PLAYED SOME BASKETBALL AT JOE'S HOUSE BEFORE THEY JUMPED INTO THE POOL.  IT WAS SOOO HOT WE GALS KIND OF THOUGHT THEY WERE NUTS.  BUT HONESTLY MY BOYS AND THEIR DAD JUST ALMOST NEVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY BALL ANYMORE ALL TOGETHER, AND JUST COULDN'T PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.  THEY PROBABLY PLAYED A THOUSAND GAMES OR MORE GROWING UP RIGHT IN OUR DRIVEWAY.  I AM GLAD THEY STILL ENJOY IT.  BUT AT 65 I AM KIND OF CONCERNED THAT MY HUBBY STILL GETS IN THERE WITH THEM.  HE JUST CAN'T BEAR TO HANG UP HIS SHOES.  HE STILL DOES PRETTY WELL TOO

JUST ANOTHER SHOT

THE KIDS GOT RIGHT IN THE POOL....SO DID THEIR DOG, LOL

LITTLE TELLA IS THE ONLY ONE WHO WOULD STOP AND "POSE" LOL


I have one more little side story...when we arrived at the restaurant my hubby couldn't find his phone. I think (but wisely didn't say!) that he was just SOO tired from soccer, basketball and swimming that he just wasn't thinking clearly, because after we did the search thing on my phone looking for his it showed up that it was on a street we had used to get to the restaurant.  Hubby then remember he had laid the phone on the roof of our car while he loaded up our things, and then just drove off with it still there I guess.  We figured it was gone for good, because it is a REALLY busy street it was saying it was on.  But after we left the restaurant, hubby and I drove by there and he got out of his car and looked and actually found it!  And it was still working just fine!  Now the screen was definitely cracked and somewhat shattered, but it was still working.  We honestly couldn't believe it.  He was hoping to get it repaired today.  How wonderful that there is such an app on an i-phone that helped us locate it, as we of course would have NEVER found it.

Sunday we didn't do much of anything besides lay around after church.  We watched a little TV, took little naps, and generally lazed the rest of the day away.  Today I started work on Luke's 4th birthday things and I need to finish up what I am making him and get them in the mail no later then tomorrow afternoon.

I MADE HIM THESE DINOSAUR SUMMER PJ'S AND TOMORROW I AM GOING TO MAKE HIM A DINOSAUR PILLOW CASE.  HE IS SUPER INTO DINOSAUR'S RIGHT NOW.  IN FACT, THE THEME OF HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY ON SUNDAY WILL BE DINOSAUR'S, LOL.  I WILL REALLY HATE TO MISS HIS PARTY!

Well that's about it for now.  I did this FAST so hopefully there are not many errors.  Not too frustrated either and I am sure hubby will be glad that I don't feel too grumpy either, lol.  Hope you all have a good week.  We are going to cool back down to 70 on Wednesday and I am soo glad.  I don't think I am ready for HOT HOT weather yet.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

Ok, I have to tell you that my computer is in the shop and I am "attempting" to do this on my hubby's Apple computer which is VERY different from mine.  Soo I have no idea how this is going to go.  First off the keyboard is not the same (everything is off to the right more) and I am a very quick typist so I am making a bajillion mistakes.  I may have to give up and throw in the towel.   Of course NONE of my pictures are on here either, and I have already tried to leave a comment or two and had trouble signing in as "me" as well....sigh. YEP, no doubt about it....what I don't know about electronics could fill a whole book.  Hopefully they will fix my computer quickly.  Sooo here goes.  It's time for the HODGEPODGE!  Click on the picture below and join the others as well!


1.  May 17 is National Pack Rat Day.  Sidebar-should we be celebrating this?  Hmmm....Are you a pack rat? Even if you're not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with.  Tell us what's yours... Well considering I am married to a full blown Pack Rat, lol, I DO NOT think we should celebrate this.  I have it seems fought differed with my hubby in this area since we married 42 years ago!  lol. He has forced himself in the last several years to just let me "handle" this as truthfully we just no longer have the room to store ALL the things he seems to think we should have on hand...somewhere, lol.  I consider myself pretty average in this department.  Most things that are outdated, worn, old, or in most ways pointless are definitely discarded by me.  I do have a sentimental side to me though of course and I do like to have old treasures and memories around to look through occasionally.  But honestly as I have aged I have gotten rid of more and more.  IF I have a spot where a treasured item can be preferably "displayed" and enjoyed then I do so with pleasure (like my mother's rocking chair, my great, great, grandmother's quilt, my aunt's doll) But if I have an item that must be stored away in box never to be looked at or enjoyed I get rid of it as I just see no point in saying..."in my closet up on the shelf I have an old embroidered towel that belonged to so and so"  Now less you think I am ruthless....I DO have a box I keep on my closet shelf with old pictures, books, cards, letters, and the like that belonged to my mother and grandmothers. And I have a baby book, scrap books, and a couple of small items that were my kids I can't seem to part with either, though most of them I have passed along to them.  I DO have dishes that are in my china cabinet that belonged to my grandmothers as well. Soooo I guess this LONG answer is to say...I DO tend to hold on to what I consider to be treasured memento's of things that belonged to my loved family members.  But it takes a lot for me to consider something to be in this category, and I'd say for the most part most things are quickly passed down, tossed out, given away or just generally what I call "ruthlessly pitched".   

2.  What are two things you know you should know how to do, but don't?
Hmm I am sure there are many, but let me think....Work this computer for one comes to mind...I can't figure out snapchat..(no biggie...but WHY can't I work it?)  I can't seem to work our printer either.  Notice a pattern here?  Electronic things are not my friend.

3.  Do you crave sugar?  Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea?  Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes?  When dining out is dessert a given?  Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it?  Well......I have DEFINITELY craved sugar in the past....a pretty big problem to tell you the truth.  I do NOT add sugar to my tea (don't drink coffee anymore, but NEVER put sugar in it either). I do NOT use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes anymore either, but I certainly did in my past, TRYING to kick the sugar habit.  Dessert has never been a given when eating out unless I was at a Marie Calenders, but again, only in my past.  I WOULD NEVER SAY the dragon is dead....though he is fully asleep, in a cage, and locked into my closet for now and has been for a while.  I am somewhat of an addictive person.  Sugar was a big problem for me.  Health FORCED me to address this as I found myself falling into the  pre-diabetic category.  I have had normal readings on my last two blood checks, as long as I just eliminate sugars, and watch my carbs.  The only answer for me was to just get rid of it all. Apparently there is no such thing as moderation for me.  And once I "kick the giant" as I call it by having a little something, it can all begin again and I find myself having more and more.  It's really very sad, lol, as I DEFINITELY miss it, and even now "something sweet" sounds soo good...sigh.

4.  What's a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can't imagine living without?  Well, I don't know if texting could be considered a trend since it's been around for a while, and is definitely here to stay I think, but it did take me a while to jump on the bandwagon.  It drove my kids wild.  I honestly just couldn't see the point.  If you have something to say, pick up the phone and say it.  Now honestly I could NEVER get by without it these days.  I use it countless times every day and it serves a bajillion purposes in my opinion.  I was also slow to coming around to Hulu.  Again, we had cable, we had Netflix, what was the point of Hulu?  We got talked into it again by our kids, and now truthfully I honestly don't know why we drug our feet.  I LOVE it.  We pay the extra so there are NO COMMERCIALS, and we watch everything we might ever want to watch on regular TV this way.  Just the next day, at a time that suits us, and without commercials.  And then of course there a hundreds of movies, old TV series and on and on.  We just got rid of cable altogether.  Now it's either Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime for us.  More to watch then we ever have time for.  

5.  What's a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life?  PLEASE elaborate...Oh my goodness....there are SOOO many of them.  Music just has the power to transport you back to a day or time in your past like nothing else in my opinion.  You can close your eyes and you are just there.  To pick one in particular is going to be very hard for me.  But let's see.....Many of the Beatles songs can float me right back to high school like nothing else.  Hey Jude was a particular favorite, and I can remember dancing with many a guy to this particular tune.  So anytime I hear it now, I am right back at a high school dance swaying away.  Then there is always my whole era where I couldn't hear or get enough country western songs.  We went country western dancing every week-end back then believe it or not, and for hubby and me ANYTHING that required the Cowboy Cha cha was a favorite.  To hear one of those now puts me right there with him dancing away.  Sooooo many praise songs can bring me back to a particular church and time of worship that just honestly can't be beat.  But one that keeps popping into my head right now was the summer I was 16 years old and going to the beach with my girlfriends and driving up and down Pacific Coast Highway and listening to the Beach boys sing California girls on the radio, and singing along at the top of our lungs in my girlfriends old convertible and LOVING life.  It's funny....when my daughter was 14 we all went to a National Softball Tournament in Texas and when we went to opening ceremonies each team was introduced at a HUGE football stadium marching out to the music that best described their state.  The girls chose California Girls and I can shut my eyes and see all those sweet young girls all decked out in their red, white, and blue outfits (the team was called American Pastime) doing cartwheels and throwing candy to the stands.  Such a FUN FUN time and a memory to cherish always.  Yep, music to me is a GREAT reminder of past eras and times that made up our lives.  

6.  Insert your own random thought.  Well I wasn't able to post Monday about our week-end and Mother's Day as my computer was on the fritz, and I did not have access to hubby's.  But I did have a wonderful, wonderful Day, and in spite of some fleeting sad moments of missing my mom, I was very grateful for all of my kids remembrance of me.  Sunday we went to church with Joe's family and came back over there for a yummy dinner of ribs, corn on the cob and strawberry shortcake.  I have read around (though commenting has been difficult do to the computer issue) and sounds like most of you did too.  Saturday evening my middle son and his wife came over and took us out to dinner and then we spent the rest of the evening catching up with them.  It too was wonderful.  We will celebrate this coming week-end with my youngest son and his family, and of course there were face time calls from Melody and hers.   I hope my computer is fixed soon as this took me WAY TOO LONG....goodness I am such a creature of habit.  If I have missed or made any mistakes, I do blame this computer.  Hope you all have a wonderful day, and look for and cherish all the blessings around you!  Got a couple of pictures for you now!

MIDDLE SON JOHN AND HIS WIFE....I HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY PICTURES OF HIM AND I RECENTLY, AND I NEED TO CORRECT THAT.  HE IS THE ONLY ONE LEFT I HAVE NOT DONE SO WITH

AND HERE IS MY OLDEST SON JOE AND I TAKEN SUNDAY AFTER A LONG DAY...THIS WAS HIS IDEA, AND I HONESTLY I WANTED TO PASS AS LIKE I SAID THE DAY HAD BEEN A LONG ONE, AND MY MAKE-UP WAS NO LONGER FRESH, BUT I FORCED MYSELF AND NOW I AM GLAD I DID.

PART OF OUR YUMMY DINNER....OH MY IT WAS SOO GOOD!

AND I JUST HAD TO POST THIS ONE OF MY DAUGHTER'S YOUNGEST, CLAIRE.  FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW THEY LIVE ON A DAIRY FARM IN NEW MEXICO AND THIS MEANS OF COURSE FLYS ARE JUST A WAY OF LIFE.  SHE IS CALMLY TAKING CARE OF THE PROBLEM HERE.  MELODY SAID SHE IS DEAD SERIOUS WITH THIS LITTLE JOB, AND REALLY ENJOYS IT, LOL.  SHE IS ADORABLE IN THIS GRANDMA'S OPINION








Wednesday, May 10, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY...


Well it's time for the HODGEPODGE again, and once again I find myself a little bit behind.  Not sure how Wednesday keeps sneaking up on me.  But it worked out alright last week, so I decided to give it a whirl again today and jump on anyway.  Especially when I saw that Joyce has shortened the questions to 6 instead of the usual 8 to give herself more time.  I am honestly not sure how she has managed ALL THESE YEARS to stay on top of this week and after week, but I do know I sure appreciate all the work she puts into these.  Anyway, you can join the others by clicking on the pic below this...



1.  Share a favorite memory of your mother or share a favorite something from your own life as mother.  If your a mother or a stepmom, tell us how your experiences as a mom differences from your own mother's experience.   Oh goodness I have soo many of both my mom or as a mom it will be hard to pick.....I think I will go with one of my mom in her last year on this earth.  She was 80 years old and living with us as she had a stroke and could no longer be alone.  Some of those memories from that last year I find are soo frozen in my memory bank it's incredible, and I am soo grateful now that we had that time together as it was different from the vast majority of the time we had together as mother and daughter because she was soo dependent on me for a change.  But on this particular day she wanted to "get out of the house" and do something and I was dragging my feet as it was not an easy thing to do for me.  She was recovering from a broken neck and was in a brace and needed a walker to get around in and all of it was difficult for me as my own knees kept me from being particularly mobile myself.  But I reluctantly agreed and we loaded up and headed to our local Target.  Big adventure I know, lol.  But she and I had always loved to shop together and they had the electric carts there which gave both of us some quick mobility.  Sooo I got her into the car (no easy feat) loaded up her brace etc. and we were off.  We got into our carts at the store (which I had taught her how to use a few months prior) and we began what was probably our last shopping adventure together.  And everything about it was just plain old fun....She was in a great mood that day and feeling particularly spunky, and quickly pushed the go button for a quick pace and took off and I found myself scurrying to just keep up with her.  We quickly whisked around that store and the laughter began.  At one point I bumped into a stand at the end of an aisle and knocked a few things off in my haste to not let her get away from me.  I debated rather or not I should get off and picked up the few items (it was only a few I promise!) or just continue on after her.  I quickly decided to follow mom (I was afraid I'd lose her and while she had her cell phone with her she never could seem to work the thing right) and that's when I realized she was giggling uncontrollably from her cart and said LOUDLY "I saw that....they are going to get you....QUICKLY get out of this area,"  and she took off as fast as the thing would go almost with her head pealed back as though we were racing from a bank we had just robbed.  I squealed out behind her and the laughter began.  Oh my how we laughed....we got to the other end of the store and laughed until our sides hurt.  We eventually settled down and did a little more serious shopping before we eventually left.  Loading her and our purchases into the car we decided to stop at her favorite restaurant for lunch as well, where she had to be greatly assisted getting in and out of a booth etc., but I remember it as one of the best lunches out we had in quite a while.  When I settled her into her chair later that day for her nap, and she fell asleep almost the moment her head laid back, I looked at her and was SOOO glad I had decided to get out of the house with her and have some fun. Can't tell you how much I miss her.  I think our experiences were similar in many ways.. We were both stay at home moms with lots of kids.  But probably one way mine was different from hers was that my kid were all sooo involved in sports and all that went with that.  Multiple practices, games, lessons, trips, and on and on and on.  My mom never did any of that.  I am sure there are multiple more but this answer is WAY too long as it is...sorry.

2.  In May we celebrate teachers (May 9) and nurses (May 6) both.  Most every family has at least one in the midst, so tell us something (or a few things) you appreciate about the teacher or nurse on your family tree.  Well, believe it or not we have only one actual teacher on our tree and that is my daughter.  She only taught school (2nd grade) for 2 years before she quit to raise her own family, and they are still really young.  She might return to it later after they get older, but it's a "lets see how it goes" for now.  My oldest son is also a karate instructor so he "technically" teaches classes and private lessons every day but Sunday. I LOVE the influence he has had on his students, and the way he builds their self esteem and discipline.  And then my youngest son is a Pastor.  Which means he too "teaches"  every time he steps in front of his church.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate all he does to prepare and the effect he has on me and all those he teaches as well.  That's 3 out of my 4 children who "teach" all of which I am grateful for as it was what I  always wanted to do and never did.

3.  Chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad...which would you go for it all three were on the menu?  On bread or bed of lettuce?  If you answered bread, what kind of bread would make it the perfect sandwich?  On a bed of lettuce it would be chicken salad for sure...but if I went for the sandwich it would be egg, and then on sour dough.

4.  Do you have a desk?  Is it organized?  If so share your secret to keeping it that way.  If you don't have a desk, where in your home do you take care of family paperwork and business?  Where do you normally sit to blog?  Yes, we have a desk, and it's organized only in my dreams.  I am going to blame it on my hubby as we share, and I try not to dwell on it.  I sit normally in my recliner chair with my lap top to blog.

 5.  When I was nine years old...we had just moved into our house in Cypress that we lived in till the day I married.  Soo many of my childhood memories are tied up into that house.  I was the second oldest of 6 children, and my days were spent going to a new school I LOVED and playing outside when I got home.  It was a happy time.
LINDSEY


6.  Insert your own random thought here.....My 16 year old grand daughter came over after school yesterday and we spent a couple of hours catching up and then went out to dinner together and sat and talked a couple more.  How I LOVE this time with her.  She opens her heart to me and shares her world and how grateful I am that she feels free to do so.  Lots of what we discuss could be dismissed as "high school drama" but in her eyes is as important as it comes.  I get my opinions across and my advice and hints and she seems to hang on every word I say.  Which personally I think shows maturity beyond her years that at 16 she is smart enough to know with age often comes wisdom.  (wink) But maybe it's because she KNOWS how much her grandma loves her and that I want only her what's best for her, and so she trusts me.  Whatever the reason, I am grateful.

Hope you all are having a good week.  Hope I am not too far behind for most of you doing this...Blessings to you all!


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Monday, May 8, 2017

WEEK-END WRAP UP...AGAIN!

Well it's Monday again and I intended to get a post up this morning, but it's already past noon.  Time just goes soo quickly.  We had a nice week-end, though we sure had a BIG change in weather.  We have been enjoying some nice warm days with the temps in the low eighties.  Truthfully I'd rather be in the seventies, but still the weather has been nice.  But we dipped WAY back this week-end and actually had some rain too.  I was FORCED to shut our windows (though I still left our bedroom window open) as I was downright cold, and had to pull down my quilt while watching TV.  It was enough to let me know I am not wanting to go back to that, but I have a feeling the heat that's surely coming will make me wonder why.  Anyway....Sat., we had mainly a lazy day and just ran a couple of small errands.  I had to take my sewing machine in as suddenly the needle position was not working properly.  I can MAKE it work when I am just sewing, but when I tried to embroider it just wasn't going to work.  I did manage to get it in on Friday afternoon and it was ready on Sat. morning as it was just a quick adjustment that was necessary.  It is time for it's service though so I need to get it in again soon.  I can just never bear to part with it, lol.  I needed to finish up a project though that I needed for the next day for a birthday party so I am soo glad it was quick.  On Sunday we went to church and then to a birthday party for my sister Diane's youngest grandchild who is 5!  The party was at Chuck E. Cheese.  Now truthfully I have NOT been at one in a LONG time, and I had forgotten just how WILD the place can be, lol.  It was just utterly packed.  Honestly sooo many kids, and adults, and noise and confusion it was a tid bit overwhelming.  Made me feel like maybe I might be getting old, lol.  I made him some batman summer pj's, and a batman pillowcase with his name on it.  I will show you these plus a couple other pics I did manage to take.

THE BATMAN PJ'S....I THINK I ALREADY TOLD YOU ABOUT FINDING THIS KNIT AT JOANNES.  IT WAS REALLY NICE TO WORK WITH

BATMAN PILLOWCASE....HIS NAME IS ACTUALLY JACOB, BUT EVERYONE HAS CALLED HIM BUDDY FROM THE BEGINNING

MY NIECE MICHELLE AND HER LITTLE FAMILY, INCLUDING BUDDY,  THE ONLY PIC I GOT OF HIM ON THE DAY..

MY SON INSISTED HE WANTED THIS PIC OF MY SISTER'S AND I  SO WE OBLIGED.  IF IT WASN'T FOR MY RECENT CHANGE OF HEART THOUGH HE'D HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO TALK ME INTO IT.  MY SISTER WITH HER HAND ON THE PURSE IS MY OLDER SISTER DIANE, AND THE ONE NEXT TO HER IN THE BLUE IS ONE OF MY YOUNGER SISTER'S DANAE.  AND OF COURSE THAT'S ME BEHIND THEM.  OF COURSE WE ARE ALL LOOKING AT DIFFERENT CAMERA'S AS EVERYONE DECIDED TO TAKE ONE TOO, LOL

MY GRANDSON CODY AND MY GREAT GRANDNIECE PRISCILLA.  THEY ARE THE BEST OF FRIENDS

MY HUBBY AND MY OLDEST SON'S ENJOYED THE GAMES AS WELL, LOL

BETTER IN THAT WE ARE ALL LOOKING AT THE SAME CAMERA I GUESS, BUT THAT LOOK ON MY FACE IS HILARIOUS, LOL
MY OLDEST SON JOE AND HIS BELOVED AUNT DIANE.  THESE TWO HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED A PARTICULARLY CLOSE BOND
I honestly doubt anyone has read these books, but I thought I'd mention anyway that I am reading a continuation of a series of books I enjoyed YEARS ago when Melody was about 12 or 13 years old. It is the story of a young teenaged girl and her journey to womanhood and all that entailed.  It is a Christian series, and the story was a wonderful testimony to remaining pure until marriage, and the story of her romance and ultimate wedding to the man of her dreams.  It is such an entertaining and enjoyable series of books that I have bought and given them to all of my grand daughters as they have gotten to the age that it was appropriate for them to read them as well.  I just gave the series to my 12 year old granddaughter Capri for her birthday this last December, and she is already well into them. Well, I recently discovered that there are two more sets in the series of books in the story.  3 of which are called The Married Years, and the second which is called The Baby Years.  I bought the 3 of the married years and have recently read both book one and two.  Honestly they are just as good as the original books, though the content is probably better suited to older teenagers or even adults.  I am anxious to start book 3 and then I am sure I will go ahead and buy the remaining ones about their children.  I love books that tell a LONG life story like this.  Melody is quite anxious for me to finish these as I promised to pass them on to her when I am done.  It's like revisiting old friends.  The name of the series is called the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn.  They are nothing of any real significance I guess, but I have never come across someone who didn't enjoy them.  They are a quick and easy read.  I don't find myself reading like I used to.  There was a time where I always had a book of some kind in my hand somewhere in my day.  But these days I can go months between reading any.  But these have been a treat.

And just had to show these.  This is my great grand daughter Sophia who will be 1 in about a week!  I honestly can't believe she's already a year old.  And such a darling little thing I can hardly stand it. She will be having a birthday party soon (right after her mom finishes finals) and I can hardly wait to see her.  I will be getting busy this week on some things for her.

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IS SHE JUST ADORABLE!??


Don't have a lot else on my agenda this week.  A little of this and a little of that.  Hope you all are well and enjoying God's blessings that are everywhere.  Debbie

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY


Well Wednesday just kind of snuck up on me this week, plus I usually do this on Tues afternoons and I was having my hair done yesterday, so I am behind.  This also means because I am on West Coast a lot of you have already done your "hodgepodging" for the day and I doubt I will have many readers, but that's OK, lol.  If you are looking to join the others, just click on the picture below...From this Side of the Pond


1.  Can you tell I'm embracing a Cinco de Mayo theme here this week?  Do you like Mexican food?  What's your favorite dish?  How about on the side - black, beans, pinto beans, refried beans, rice?  What about heat - mild, medium, hot?  Will you celebrate with Mexican food and drink on May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo?  I LOVE LOVE Mexican food.  Living in So. California that's a good thing because there is a Mexican restaurant it seems on every corner.  It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think I will go with shrimp fajitas. Again, I LOVE all the sides, but mainly I skip all of those to TRY and keep the carbs down.  But IF I weaken and give in I will go with refried beans.  HOWEVER, let me just say, it varies so depending on what restaurant we are at as some are soooo much better then others.  I don't like TOO spicy or TOO hot though so I usually stick with mild.  No, we will not be celebrating with Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo mainly because my Mexican cooking is definitely lacking, and the restaurants will be way too packed for this gal.  OH, I feel I should mention that I don't think I have ever gone into a Mexican restaurant that I don't end up eating more of the chips and salsa then I should have, considering I shouldn't eat them at all!  (grin)

2  Ever been to Mexico?  For work or holiday? Love it or no?  If you haven't been is this a place you'd like to visit?  Can you speak Spanish?  Yes I have been to Mexico a few times.  My parents had friends that had a trailer on the beach in Ensenada that we were able to use a few times for a vacation when we were growing up.  I LOVE LOVE LOVED it.  We'd walk down the street every morning to get sweet bread for breakfast and then spend the day in the ocean...It was wonderful.  I have NO desire to go to Mexico these days however.  I can't really speak Spanish.  But I recognize many words and phrases and can get some basic ideas across.  Both of my best girlfriends growing up and through high school and to this day are Mexicans and I am sure being in their homes and with them has a lot to do with my Spanish understanding.  Two years of it in high school did very little, lol.

3.  What's one thing you may accomplish this month?  hmmm well, I guess I will go with what I HOPE to accomplish this month, because who knows....but I want to make a patriotic quilt.  I am not sure why I have always wanted one, but I just have.  I have been looking over patterns and fabrics recently and trying to decide.

4.  If you were mayor of your village, city, or town, what's something you'd like to see changed, done away with, revamped, or accomplished?  Is serving in public office something you've ever seriously considered?  Wow, this is a tough one for me....Is it horrible to admit I have NO idea?  Not that I think everything is perfect surely, or that there isn't always room for improvement and better almost anything, but I just can't say I have any beefs along those lines.  I cannot imagine in my wildest imaginings being involved or wanting to be involved in public office.  It is just soo not me.  However, I am also very glad that all people are nothing like me, because where in the world would we be then?

5.  What's something that may be popular, but that you just don't get?  Honestly I think it is the way sooo many in our society have such a "thing" about growing older.  All the plastic surgery, botox, and constant strife against wrinkles and aging.  Maybe it was because like I said, yesterday I was getting my hair done, and the shop is in Newport Beach.   And Newport can be an area that is especially bad in this area, but still.  Anyway, all the gals in the shop were discussing their latest botox injections and procedures and who or what was better etc.  These were VERY young women btw, in their 20's or early 30's.  For goodness sake.  They must think I look 100.  Now don't get me wrong, I am all for looking your best, staying as current as you want to, and doing what you feel is necessary to accomplish that.  But the HUGE over emphasis on such I JUST DON'T GET...

6.  Can't let this week slip by without mentioning Thursday May 4th is Star Wars Day.  As in May the 4th be with you, ahem.  Are you fan of the Star Wars series?  Exactly how much of a fan are you?  On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being I've seen every film, own the action figures, might have dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween one year, and 1 being what's a Vader?  where do you land?  Well I am a fan of the first 3, which I think are the middle 3, but not so much of the others, lol. My boys all owned many of the action figures, and I think one of them was Darth Vader one year for Halloween as well, lol.  I'd give myself a 5.

7.  Scroll back through your blog posts and in three sentences or less tell us the general theme of your fourth blog post.  Does it still ring try today?  Is it a topic you re-visit on your blog from time to time? Well, that was interesting, lol.  The name of the post was Grandkids so as you know if your read me at all, it still rings true today, and is pretty almost always part of my themes.  What can I say, I love my grandkids.

8.  Insert your own random thought here....All I can think about right now is that I am WAY off schedule for me, and it's driving me wild lol.  I am just such a "routine" kind of person I guess.  I usually get up in the morning, make my bed, and jump right into the shower.  After I am dressed and have poured myself my cup of tea I am heading towards my chair and my morning devotional time, and THEN I go about whatever I might do on the day which does start with a little blogging usually.  This morning I made my bed, poured my tea, and sat down and did this and I almost just can't stand it.  I must get off and get into the shower, lol.  Soo hopefully there are not a lot of mistakes in this as I am not going to check it over, just going to hit publish.  Hope you all have a wonderful day.  I am behind this morning, but I will be around to visit...right after my shower and devotional time, lol.





Monday, May 1, 2017

WEEK-END WRAP UP...


This Saturday was quite different from most I spend, as I spent a good deal of it with two of my sisters. Our youngest sister was unable to join us as her daughter was going to her high school prom that night, and all of us mom's know what all that involves, lol.  It's funny in some ways I guess that I even have a sister who is still young enough to have a daughter in high school, but there is 14 years between us, and I had my kids quite young, and she was closer to her thirty's. She is only 4 years older then my oldest son....Anyway, I digress as always.  I can't remember if I mentioned that shortly before we left on our trip to Melody's, my Uncle Don called me and asked if my sisters and I would be interested in some of my late Aunts collectors dolls.  Well that was really a NO BRAINER, because of course we would!  I know somewhere in my blog life I have mentioned my Aunt Carolyn. She was my mother's sister, and no doubt her best friend.  Seems they were always together through the course of their lives, and MANY MANY of my holiday's growing up were spent at her house. She was a wonderful, wonderful Christian woman and I loved her so.  She was always blessing someone with something and all of us girls enjoyed spending time with her.  She only had 3 sons and so she considered herself lucky that her sister had 4 daughters to share.  One of her passions for sure was dolls.  She collected them.  She made them.  She restored them.  She had a fairly large collection. Carolyn passed away 11 years ago and we all still miss her very much.  Her son's wives no doubt took some of the dolls years ago, but Don had stored several of them in his storage as he wasn't quite ready to part with them.  Well, he has sold his home and was cleaning things out, and that's where we come in, lol.  I got the dolls before we left for our trip and had just been waiting for a time when we could get together and divide them up.  And Sat. was our day.  We drew names, did our choosing, and spent a good deal of time reminiscing about times gone by.  I ended up with only 2 of them.  I wanted just one truthfully, as I definitely wanted something special that just says "Carolyn" to me, but I really don't have any place to store or display things either.  Truthfully I guess sometimes I feel more like it's time I begin to downsize my own collections and "things" not collect more.  But anyway, the main one I got was Jane....which just happens to be my middle name by the way, lol.  Here she is...


THESE PICTURES ARE NOT GOOD...I AM PAINFULLY AWARE OF THAT...HOWEVER IF YOU KNEW THE TROUBLE I HAD JUST GETTING THESE YOU'D BE HAPPY FOR ME, LOL.  ANYWAY YOU GET THE IDEA.  SHE IS DARLING AND IN SUCH GOOD SHAPE.  

A CLOSE UP OF HER FACE

HERE SHE IS WHERE I THINK I AM GOING TO KEEP HER.  IN MY MOTHER'S ROCKING CHAIR THAT IS IN THE CORNER OF OUR BEDROOM, AND WITH THE PIECE OF THE QUILT THAT IS MINE THAT MY GREAT, GREAT GRANDMOTHER COMPLETELY HAND MADE.

SHE'S A LITTLE SMALL THERE, BUT I THINK IT'S THE PERFECT SPOT.  I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE HAVING THESE SPECIAL PIECES THAT BELONG TO THE SPECIAL WOMEN IN MY LIFE!

 After we finished with the dolls we drove out to Long Beach and picked up my mother's youngest sister Dorothy, and took her to lunch with us.  We brought her one of the dolls too and she was soo pleased.  We had a wonderful lunch 2 blocks from the ocean at a small little seafood restaurant near her house.  It was soo good.  We spent a couple of hours visiting with her and enjoying our time before heading home with promises that we'd do it again soon.  It seems sad how easy it is to have life go by and times like this don't happen nearly enough.  She doesn't live that far from any of us and has really only got one grandson who visits her regularly.  I intend to change that from now on.


JOE AND LEAH

SWEET CODY

On Sun we went to church as always and went to lunch with my oldest son and his wife and their youngest son Cody afterwards.  I LOVE spending my Sunday's like this.  After lunch I popped by Joannes looking for fabric to make my oldest sister's grandson some summer pj's for his birthday party coming up this week-end.  I managed to find some batman (his latest love) knit fabric which is almost unheard of for Joannes.  They carry lots of licensed fabric of course, but it is usually only cottons, and maybe a little flannel or fleece.  I honestly don't think I have ever seen any knit there.  So I scooped it up quickly and then got a little cottone to make him a batman pillowcase as well.  I got the pj's cut out this morning and the top made, so I can show you that now...




I honestly can't believe it is May first.  Time marches on and on and I do my best to keep busy and productive and enjoying this life I have been blessed with.  Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie