Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reflections, page ll

I was pregnant with youngest daughter, when we had the wreck mentioned in the last post.  We just didn't know it yet.  This child could find anything, some days I thought she could read my mind.

Miss Priss was 6 in 1984 and was in school, so I felt pretty confident in purchasing Christmas gifts a little early in October.  I'd found the cutest doll on sale, and figured Santa would love to present it to her for Christmas.
I took it to my bedroom, and  hid it under several items beside my dresser.  A couple of days later, she had a slight temp, so I kept her home from school.  About noon I went into my bedroom to fold some laundry on the bed, of course she followed, to 'help'.  Suddenly I hear her squeal, "A DOLL", how pretty.....yes, she had found it, I just pretended I didn't know how it got there.
That same Christmas, I'd purchased several items, and hidden them under my bed, new house slippers, pjs, a few new clothes, that sort of thing.  Christmas morning, Miss Priss, the youngest, would always wake at about 2:30 or 3:00am and guard the tree until the last holdout got out of bed, usually her dad, who, no matter how early he got up every other morning of the year, slept in on Christmas.  Anyway, finally everyone opened their gifts, we had a big breakfast, and that evening we sat around talking about all the presents.  Miss Practical, the older daughter said she'd gotten everything she wanted for  Christmas, except she would have liked a pair of house slippers like younger sister received....I'm sitting there thinking, then jump up and run to the bedroom, where sure enough, her slippers were still under the bed, 12 hrs after they'd opened all their gifts.

And then there was the Christmas...
I was about 5, I guess, and developed a wonderful case of strep throat..I was so sick that I could barely crawl out of bed.  We lived waaaay down a dirt road, not near any other houses, and I was just sure that Santa would never find our house.What do I get for Christmas that year...The only gift I remember was a little 'Doctor's bag' with a toy stethoscope, needle for giving shots, and some candy pills...I took those pills religiously, and they didn't help my throat one bit.  I was sorely disappointed, I can tell you for sure.

Monday, November 29, 2010


As we go into the holidays, I am thinking back on some of my favorite Christmas memories.

 Starting the year my dh's mother passed away 6 days before Christmas..1972
We had not done any shopping, figuring we would do it on Saturday, then when she passed away, that didn't get done.  She was buried on the 22nd, which meant that we had 2 days to shop, and a 6 year old to entertain while we shopped, without letting Santa out of the bag.  We went into the store, and this was back in the days when you actually had customer service.  A lady who worked at the store could tell we  were kind of lost, I guess, she came up to me and asked could she help.  I quietly explained the situation, and she walked down the toy area, I would point to an item, she would write it down, and when we were through, she gathered it all up, and I went to the checkout, wrote the check, and she helped me get it to the car, while dh got the boy's attention elsewhere in the store.

1977, December 2nd: we were hit head on, while on a grocery run, on a Saturday evening, in a 3 car collision..which meant my car was not drivable.  We had a 3 1/2 year old, and  shopping was fun, at it's best.  The car dealership had totally pixxed me off a few weeks earlier, when I had tried to purchase a new Ford pickup, and they wouldn't sell it to me without my husband's signature.  Yes, he knew about it, in fact, he has sent me to get the truck, because it would cost large $$$s for him to take off work.  After a few days, the dealership had tried to even bring the truck to me, and the owner, who had nixed the deal the day I was there, would call me personally and apologize.  I told them that hecould shove it up his ahem cross ways, I'd buy a truck elsewhere.  Anyway, they heard about the wreck (small town) so they called and offered to go get my car and fix it, and loan me a vehicle free to drive, while it was in the shop, to get back on my good side.  They first loaned me a huge station wagon that the parts department used around town, until they could get me a smaller car. they then loaned me an almost new Pinto wagon, for the next 2 1/2 weeks.   I ran the wheels off that car, since all it was costing me was gas, and it sipped delicately, unlike the larger wagon, which guzzled like a grizzly bear.  We did finally buy a new truck from them, in 1994, after the dealership changed hands. lol.

Anyway, the spare tire well in a Station Wagon is large enough to hide many gifts.

So now you know about the two most memorable, I'll post more later

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Buttons and Bows

I have always wanted to make pretty bows, I would see them on other people's packages, and wonder just how they could make them look so great.  My daughter in law, who I must say is a very handy person to have in the family, Thank you for putting up with us, Robyn, can make the prettiest bows I've ever seen.  She is just a really crafty person, she can paint beautiful pictures, decorates other people's homes, and also can make a mean pan of Apple Dumplings. 

Anyway, back to the subject.
She had promised to show me how to make pretty bows several years ago, but it seems that every time we were together, there was something else to do, or no one had any ribbon.  Yesterday, we were about to leave, and someone mentioned making bows, and low and behold, there sat a box of beautiful velvet ribbon, so she showed us how to do it.  Of course, hubby was in a hurry, so I told her I would come home and practice on some ribbon I had here.  I had some wired 1.5 inch gold ribbon, so I created a very glittery bow.  I am sure it has it's flaws, but, for a first effort, it ain't too bad.  Now to rush out and buy more ribbon.
Oh wait, there is a closet full, somewhere...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A sad day

You know how there is always someone who sends you a Christmas Card that arrives the day after Thanksgiving? It is always the first one you receive, and you secretly wonder how someone can manage to
think about sending cards, get them all ready, and mailed so that they arrive that day??
Well for the 3rd year in a row, I didn't receive that card. 
My friend succumbed to breast cancer 3 years ago.  We'd been friends since my youngest and her oldest child were in 1st grade.  We went through the birth of her youngest, the birth of a granddaughter that she didn't get to see until she was a year or more old (a story for another day) and the weddings of both my kids and hers. 
I miss opening the mailbox on the day after Thanksgiving, and finding that card. No other card can replace that one, ever.
RIP Jeannie, I miss you!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I'm a Clock Nut

I am surrounded by clocks in almost every room of my house, some antique, some decorative, and some that are just for convenience. There are 8 visible from where I'm sitting now, and that doesn't include the one on the computer....  So when I found the application to put a clock on my blog, I couldn't resist.
It is an easy site to use, and the selection is great.  I'm wondering if I can add more of them.  I could do one for every time zone in the USA...
I'm wondering if I can put it on my Yuku site, too...have to check into that , tomorrow.
Have a great night,

Happy Thanksgiving to all

I hope the turkey or ham is tender, and tasty, and the guests at your table are polite, and not too hasty.
Our dinner today will be ham, but on Saturday, when the whole family gathers, we'll have pork loin and smoked turkey. 
May God Bless and Keep you safe until
we meet again.
Anonya Mouse

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Showdown on Apple Street

I've been walking the dog while daughter is at work.  She usually gets off work at 1:00pm, but for the past 2 weeks, she's been working from 7:15 to 5:15 and Pete is crossing his legs by the time she would get home.  So I have been taking him out.

Today, James and I went over at 1:30 so he could have a break, well as I was walking him, a car came by,  very slowly, and stopped one house down.  I went back in, and every time I looked out, they were watching the house.  I stayed about 35 minutes, and finally got James to go see if he knew the car and he didn't, but he did know who the woman, it was Melanie, the woman who lived in that house..So we got in the truck to leave, and she got in the car with whoever was driving, and they drove off.  Apparently, she was trying to figure out who the bright red truck in her neighbor's yard belonged to, also.  Thank goodness, some of the neighbors watch out for each other..

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Will they post

This and That

 I want to tell why there was no post yesterday. 
It wasn't for lack of trying.  I don't know if it was my internet provider, or
an issue with my computer.  I could write the post, but it never would 'complete' the
posting.  I am also having issues trying to post photos here.  They will say that they have
posted, but they don't show up.  I'm going to try one more time, but as a post of just a photo
so I don't lose the whole thing, if it doesn't work.

My turkey is still in the freezer, yikes, it has to come out today, so that by Saturday morning
it will be ready to smoke..No, I don't mean I'm going to give it a cigar and lighter, and tell it to
go to out back, by itself.  I am hoping to convince my other half to get some hickory ready
to start a fire in the smoker.

UPDATE: on the posting, they tell me my account hasn't been activated, lol. 
Well, for some reason, I've been able to post, but I've now activated my acct, again
and we'll see if it helps.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Boiled Peanuts and Boiled Okra

I did tell you we'd discuss these items on another day...
I may be from the south, and I may love southern cooking,
but that means the fried stuff.
I can take a little boiled okra in a large pot of vegetable soup.
That is basically the only way I'd ever eat it, and it won't be a lot
of it that way.  I don't know how it tastes, I can't get past the slime
to even try it.  Everyone says to just put it in your mouth, and it will
slide down, no chewing required.  No thanks, I'll pass, I'm not hungry.
It doesn't matter if  I haven't had food in days, I AM NOT hungry.

Boiled Peanuts, they don't serve them here, but a few years ago, I went to Alabama with my hubby, to deliver a load to a steel mill, and we got stuck there for a couple of days.  We were on foot, basically, because you don't tool around in an 18 wheeler, just to sight see.  The dispatcher loaned us his pickup
to go out to eat. We found a motel a few blocks down, and took the pickup back,
and walked to the motel.  We stopped at a little store for some snacks, and
they had a fresh crop of boiled peanuts.  Now I like peanuts about any way you can serve them.
So hubby bought me a big bag and I proceeded to give them a try as we walked on down
toward the motel.    Lets just say that neither of us were too impressed, and whoever cleaned
the room the next morning found a nearly full bag of boiled peanutss as part of their 'tip'.
I hope they liked them a lot more than we did.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

What a beautiful day...

No, it isn't warm, and no the sun isn't shining at the moment.  No one is coming to visit, and I'm not headed anywhere, except maybe the grocery store.   But my joints aren't screaming at the moment, my belly is full, and I have a great dh.  (now don't quote me on that, as he can get on my  nerves at a moments notice, and probably will, before the day ends).  I am just in a great mood today.  I plan on doing a couple of projects that I've been thinking about, for awhile.  I also have a book to read, and need to post another chapter of my 'writing' for you to read...

I don't think that cheeseburger needed butter on it, lol, but I will have to give that a try.  Do you put it on the patty, or do you put it on the bun?   There are a few things I won't try, but butter on anything isn't one of them...
Now we will discuss boiled okra and/or boiled peanuts on another day. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

And today is the day

What is today the day of, you ask..Today is the day I  finally decided I was going to do something special for myself, every day for the rest of my life.
It doesn't have to cost money, it doesn't have to be anything excessive, just something that I enjoy.  What did I do for myself today? I didn't ask anyone else what they wanted for dinner, I fixed what Ms AnonyaMouse wanted, and had been wanting for several days, Cheeseburgers:  Bet you didn't know that a mouse liked a good burger!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What are yout Thanksgiving plans?

Do you have big plans for Thanksgiving? 
Will you be traveling very far, or will your family be traveling to see you?
Turkey, Ham, or both?

For the first time in many years, I won't be doing a big dinner and taking it to my mom's house.  If you've read all my posts, you  know mom has Alzheimers and  is being 'cared for' by others at this time.  So, thi year, it will be us, and our 3 children, their spouses, and children.  For the first time in several years, I'm looking forward to the Holidays.
Have a great Friday, and a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

OOPs, so I didn't post for a couple of days...

Oh I thought about it, and I meant too, but I had nothing to say!
If you know me, and I know at least a couple of you actually do,
you'll find that hard to believe.

Blogging is hard, at least finding something interesting to talk about. 
Maybe when I start drumming for the house band, I can tell you about that.
Or , learning the guitar, now it might be interesting, maybe I'll UTube a video
of that.
Anyway, sorry I'm such a boring person, but I'm glad that things are calm.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Trying again

I've started my post here twice, and gotten interrupted, so I'll try again.
Today is the birthday celebration of two of my friends.  This next week will be
Birthday central, we have the 17th, 18th covered, and then on the 19th there are 3 birthdays, 20th there are 2, and on the 22nd, another friend is celebrating.  On the 18th, we will celebrate all the November birthdays with a pot luck luncheon, hopefully there will be lots of food, and I may bake a cake to share with the other celebrants.

A dear 'sis' of mine will celebrate her special day next month, along with my dh, daughter in law, and of course the most special birthday of all,  the birth of Christ.

Have a great evening,

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Songs running through my head.....

Some days I get some song stuck in my head, and can't seem to shake it.
This morning, an old old Tammy Wynette song sneaked in, and so I'm singing:
"Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E became final today, me and little J-O-E will be going away."
Why do I have this song in my head, you ask?  Well,someone very dear to me is going through
a divorce right now, and she and her young son are struggling to learn to deal with the fact that daddy
and husband decided that another woman was more important to him than they are, in his life.
I won't use any names, in case someday they run through blogs, and find this.  They know I blog, but they don't know my 'hidden identity'.  

In case you haven't figured out the name, AnonyaMouse, it is a take off on the Anonymous way to post on blogs.  As far as I am aware, only one person knows whose blog this really is, and she isn't going to spill the beans.  Are you Sis?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mini pigs in a blanket, and other fun stuff.

What would you take, if you were attending a function, and were asked to bring a finger food?

Our church is having a Ladies evening out, except, since most of us are older and aren't allowed out after dark, we are doing it as a Ladies Afternoon out. Anyway, it is mostly to allow the newer members to get acquainted, and have a chance to visit.  Everyone is supposed to bring finger foods, and since I don't usually do finger foods, I decided to make Mini Pigs in a Blanket.  One Crescent roll will make 3, so I figure a couple of packages of rolls, and a package of Lil Smokies, along with some swiss cheese, will work out pretty good. 
It will be interesting to see the variety.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It is 11/11/10

And before long all the leaves will be falling from the trees, and I'll be outside raking them into piles, and carrying them to the back to use as mulch in a year or so.

OK, just so you know you aren't 'not seeing things' I deleted the 2 chapters of the story that I'd posted.
I'll post some more  of it later on, but I am going to do some rewriting before I do.

We've been out in the woods for the past two days, enjoying the colors, and visiting some 'hill family'.  I had a chance to do a photo or two of a newborn girl, and I'm going to print the photos and send them to the grandmother, because of the generosity of her husband, in helping us with a project this past week.  He is getting paid, but she had to do the work around the place, while he was helping us.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday posting

I did post the first chapter of  The Door on here yesterday, but by copying and pasting it, it was a scrambled mess, so I removed it.  I'll copy, and paste it into a different format, and repost it later today.
Right now I'm trying to find some clothing to wear to church.  Summer is gone, and I need some warmer clothing. 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday frosty morning

Our first frost, this morning.  Winter is around the corner, and I think I'm going to take the opportunity to enjoy it this year.  I'm not a cold weather person, so I try to hang in there, from the time that we hit freezing temps, until spring, when it starts warming up outside.  This winter, I want to go back to writing, and try and restart book #2, into something I can be proud of, and wouldn't care for you reading.  Book #1, I cowrote with a distant cousin, and we had planned to do a sequel, but, 11 chapters into the newest book, I felt that we were heading in the wrong direction, and he didn't see it that way. No one has read the 11 chapters, at least not that I have allowed, and that tells me that I am not happy with them.  One of these days, I'll post a chapter here, and get your opinion.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday and a full week of posting

I probably won't be as diligent as my friend, Diana, who posts something every day on her blog, but I'll try to keep it going. 
I wanted to be upbeat for Friday and they say a good deed doesn't go unpunished.  Yesterday after thinking about it for several months, I put a book in the mail for a friend.  I had purchased it for her, and just never got it over to her house, so figured if I wanted her to have it before one of us died of old age, I'd mail it.
I called her this morning, and it had arrived, you see, we only live about 13 miles apart.   She is mailing me a new cemetery census in return.  What, you don't know what a cemetery census is, you say? Well, it is a list of all the people who died to get into Pleasant Grove Scotland cemetery, updated to about 3 weeks ago.
And then the phone rings this afternoon, son wanting to know if I am interested in a book of old photos from the newspaper, said when he opened the book, the first photo was his 'aunt' Harriet Morphis.  Actually Harriet is his grandfather's aunt, but lets not split hairs. Anyway when I said yes, he bought it.
So now that you are bored, and wondering about this crazy lady who talks about long dead relatives and census of dead people, you can take a nap.  I'll be going through the book in a few minutes, as he just called and is on his way by here, to give it to me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday morning, and I'm whining

U would have to know our wild and crazy school district, it's spread all over heck and creation, so lots of bussing going on...
yesterday afternoon, the grandkids were getting off the bus here, it was 45 minutes late, so they were starving and irritable when they arrived.
This morning, we stayed outside waiting for the bus for 45 minutes, then I finally threw on some clothes, put them in the car, and took them to school.  One made it inside just as the bell went off, the other, we were about 10 minutes late, to that school.  We tried to call the 'transportation supervisor' both days, no answer...Now, my humble (not so humble today) opinion is there should be someone at the  'Transportation Supervisor's office answering the phones until the last bus is back inside the parking lot.  But who am I to complain????? I just pay taxes....
Now for a message from our sponsors...
It is sunny and cool, and I'm smiling as I finish my coffee.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday and upbeat

Most of my votes counted, last night, but I'm well pleased with the results.
Got the dryer working again, small parts make for no dry clothes, but finally found the
part that was bad, and now it works.  Yahooo.

Did ya know that leather can be cleaned with a good quality soap?  I don't mean dawn or palmolive.  Saddle soap, which is to be used on leather, is just a soft soap with lots of moisturizing oils(glycerin) in it, unlike commercial bath soap.

Read any good books lately?  I love to read, and I have read a couple of books that are outstanding.
Maybe I'll post titles and authors tomorrow.
Smile, God loves you, and I hope you love him.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Another day, another dollar!

Today, I  boxed some gourmet soaps that were ordered for Christmas.  My sales this year have improved over last year, at least.  I'd love for them to get to where they were before the recession hit, but this fills some of the gaps and lets me buy a few things that I would have to do without, if I didn't sell them.  The Peppermint Patty fragranced soap is holding the fragrance well. Mr. AnonyaMouse still says it smells like candy.  Hopefully, no one will bite into it, as they did the little chocolate hearts I custom made for a lady who wanted them for teacher gifts. I still laugh, thinking about how that teacher's face must have looked when the bite tasted like soap, but smelled and looked like chocolate.

Yes, Nana, they tried to carry off the gourmet mustards and sauces I'd bought to use for the leftover turkey and ham. I had to practically grab it out of his hand, as he started tucking it into his bag of goodies he was carrying off.  I won't miss those dinners at all.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 5 of the rest of my life

Thanksgiving is coming up, and we will be doing it completely different this year.
 I'll be doing dinner with my immediate family, 3 children, their spouses, and the grandchildren and maybe the kids inlaws, if they wish to eat with us...We will divide up the different dishes, everyone bringing their favorites and when dinner is over, everyone will clean the kitchen.

Up until this year, I've tried to include extended family, nephews, nieces, and siblings, to please mom.  Most of the time it has been a disaster, they don't show up on time, and either bring nothing, or not enough to feed themselves.  Some days we would eat before they bothered showing up.  I mean 2 hrs late for a meal is unacceptable in my opinion, and when I'm cooking, my opinion counts.  And, as soon as meal is over, they either go outside, and leave the mess for me, or they box up the food, mine included, and leave.  They tried to carry off the condiments 2 years ago!

I hope this doesn't sound too much like a whine fest, but I do have cheese, if it does.