Monday, December 29, 2008
Yesterday we gathered at Grandma's to celebrate Christmas. It was so much fun and made me so thankful for family. We ate ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, and did not eat salad and olives that I forgot to take out of the fridge. Jami made a gingerbread triffle and Tessa made cheese bread and cranberry muffins with butter sauce. We did used gifts again this year and I've come to the conclusions it's way more fun than new gifts, AND... I got rid of lots of clutter!
Friday, December 26, 2008
It's been a nice, mellow Christmas. Wednesday night John and I went to church. It was a great service with music to warm the soul! Then we discovered that restraunts were actually open Christmas Eve---who knew?!! So we stopped at Red Lobster for a healthy helping of garlic and butter. Christmas Day I did a puzzle--center pic--, tried a new recipe, and made Chinese food for Melanie, Hope and all the kids. Only one stocking was hung this year since Tanner's the only one left here. If I wasn't such a last minute girl, I could have done stockings for everyone, but the thot overwhelmed me. Trevor and his friend built themselves an ice fishing shack, complete with a pail for a wood stove. Bottom center Matt and Jami(fine actors) are warming themselves by the stove. Sunday we get to do more Christmas fun with a meal and exchanging our used/white elephant gifts. Hope everyone's Christmas was joyful. To think that God Almighty sent His Son here just for us!!!!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is what I came home to today. John heard it fall and then when he picked it up, he grabbed the top and the other 2 sections came apart. I would just as soon sweep it all into a bag and forget it--what a collosal mess! Yuk!
Today I went to the library and spent some happy moments browsing. Got a few books and dvd's. I will probably have to watch one tonight since Survivor is over and CSI is a rerun and no ER. Or I should do some Christmas baking.
Good thing my ornaments are cheap plastic. HO HO HO!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I finally put up a nice little fake tree. Still needs a tree skirt and some presents under it. Last night we went to the church Christmas celebration which was wonderful with cozy atmosphere, great food, music to make the heart sing, and a table full of nice people. We've been going to Bethany since before Tessa was born and whenever I'm at church I look around and find great comfort in seeing people I'm familiar with and have known for a long time--and some not so long. The bond in the body of Christ is joyful and comforting! I love the part of the body I belong to!
Monday, December 8, 2008
On Friday I went to a friend's house for ideas for a Christmas ornament because I had an ornament exchange party to go to on Monday night. Here it is. Lots of hand sewing, but I got it done--12 of them!
I got another idea so bought the necessary stuff and will make those this week to tuck away for next year. How unlike me that will be--actually having something done way ahead of time. The same friend just happened to have a dessert recipe for me too--Thanks Val!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
One of the cutest and most pleasant guests at Thanksgiving in Amery was Isaac. He is son of Tara who is daughter to my sister, Becky. He is so mellow and happy. Had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving. The food was great and fun to just be with family. Becky and I got in a few games of Upwords. We have an ongoing tournament that has been going on for years. When one of us dies, a winner will be declared. We also played Loaded Questions which is always good for laughs. Nephew Christopher played with us and was quite a hoot. In a few weeks we can go back and do it again!
Monday, December 1, 2008
It's been my hand all my life. Pretty amazing when I think of all this hand has done in 56 years. It's had painted nails almost non-stop for 42 years. It loved doing schoolwork. It hated washing dishes. It loved to sew and still does. It's been held by John for 37 years--it's held by John as we pray together. It's raised 4 kids--feeding, nuturing, teaching, spanking, tickling, comforting. It is scarred from raising rabbits and scraping it on the cages. It held the hand of my daughter as we snorkeled together in the Carribean. It wears a ring bought on the cruise trip Tessa and I took. It tells a story of a blessed life!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This morning Tessa had her gall bladder removed. She had a bad attack Sunday night and a trip to urgent care confirmed it was the gall bladder. Surgery at 9 and here she is about 2 and then home. Modern medicine is certainly terrific! Matt got a full page of color photos of her internal organs that the little camera took during surgery. Even her uterus--the furture home of my grandchildren ;)
So this Thanksgiving I'm thankful that she came thru surgery...Love that girl!!!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Last night as I was on the phone with Mary, this bold guy walked on the counter and stared at me and then scurried over to look for food. I know the mice exist, but I don't want to see them. Tanner set a trap with peanut butter and jelly and he had his last supper. Peanut butter traps have not been working the last few years, so the trick must be the jelly!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
My days are filled with making purses and cooking and doing buttons. I'm trying one of my new patterns for a purse today--it has an experimental look if ya look close. As I took the pattern pieces out of the envelope, I told John I still get that same thrill that I got in 6th grade when I started to sew and got a new pattern. Never has taken much to thrill me.
I need to start thinking about what to make for a Christmas ornament exchange party coming up soon. I have a lot of buttons and was thinking they'd be fun to do something with. Then my friend Rae blogged about boxes she'd made with buttons on top. I'm hoping a good idea will come to me in the middle of the night when I get my really good ideas (if I can remember them).
Birds are at the feeder looking for food so I'll get a breath of outside air and feed them.
The goofy calf who started out crippled died while I was in Amery. Blind Boy is still living. I found an old bell to tie on him when he gets loose so he won't get lost. A bell tinkling should really make him nuts!
Well....that was.....I don't know...
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It's been a busy week. I made 11 purses so am happy I got to be creative. And today Hobby Lobby had McCall's patterns on sale for 99 cents so I got 5 purse and 1 apron pattern. Can't wait!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
soon as I get a pan of apple crisp in the oven I plan to sit outside and finish a book while getting an extra dose of vitamin D.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
John and I and Tessa and Matt went to Amery Sat. morning and moved my parents from their large old house to a duplex in town. In 24 hours we managed to get almost all the furniture out and most everything else and put nearly everything away in the new place. Sister Becky, her husband Tim and son Matt were also part of the moving crew. I really liked the new place and could have moved in myself. I think they'll like living there--all on one level--open and cozy. I'll be expecting calls asking where we put things--hopefully I'll remember. Before we left the old house Sat. night, Matt and Tessa took a bunch of stuff no one wanted and put it out at the end ofg the driveway next to the road with a free sign. My parents were aghast! How embarrassing! We came back the next morning and all was gone. So they put more stuff out. My dad went back the next morning and most was gone so HE PUT SOME STUFF OUT!!! If you know my dad--this is unbelievable--but cute.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tomorrow we may go look at some apartments so they can move out of this big house which we think is making my mom sick.
I'm feeling a little chubby! But happy......
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Today we celebrated Tyler's 23rd birthday at Grandma's. Sitting next to John are Kevin and Sara, who are our newly adopted family members that like to come to family functions at Gram's. I was worried there wouldn't be enough cake so I made a chocolate and a pumpkin from scratch. Both were good but I needn't have worried about not enough. Tyler went home with a lot of cake....and bean casserole(poor Jami).
We've been experiencing the Asian Beetle plague for many days now. Between them and the flies I could lose my mind. I can sweep up piles several times a day. Someone said I was being a little dramatic when I called it a plague.....they don't live here!
Tomorrow I get to lunch with a friend and get a haircut!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I spent the morning taking in garage sales. I'm thinking time is running out for sales and it was a beautiful sunny day. I found a dresser for my sister, some books, a life jacket, a set of glass candle holders(one of which crashed to the ground in the parking lot), and 4 little antique salt shakers(about 2 inches tall).
I'm going to make a bunch of different hot/cold herb packs so I bought a 20# bag of rice and spices and herbs.
I was hoping the new movie "American Carol" would be in Winona but will have to wait.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday I hung out with Loretta doing computer stuff with her new laptop. It was fun. Up until last month we exercised together 3 times a week. Then I got a herd. I missed keeping up with her and realized how much when I spent the day with her. I love her heart for the Lord and she's fun.
Today I did an errand for Tanner and then went to the library. What a treat! I got the next book in a series I'm reading, a Chinese cookbook, 2 quilt books, and a book by Eudora Welty who friend Mary recommended. I feel so happy and like I have a pile of treasures after spending time at the library. Then I come home and look thru the treasures and I'm happy all over again. One of the quilt books was written in the early '70's and it has stories told by women quilters from as far back as the late 1800's. I finished it already--very interesting.
I got a diet book in the mail for a diet I'm going to try. There will be no dieting in Heaven :0!!!!!!!
Maybe I'll take 2 months to read it......
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I've had this on my fridge for a long time. This was all a nice thot but I don't think I really GOT it until Matt went to prison. Those were some dark, tough times, but I can honestly say I wouldn't trade them for anything because of all God did. I grew closer to my Heavenly Father than I had ever been, I grew to trust Him more, saw His grace at work, knew His love and that deep down joy no matter what (count it All joy), and the praise goes to Him for all He did.
Sometimes if something bad happens now I have to get hold of my thinking and remember---
He has taken me thru thus far and He will faithfully take me thru this too. And that's the wisdom for today.