Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I love having a candle burning on a cool Fall day.  I don't know why but it just makes me smile.  I burn them other times but on a cool Fall day, there is something that says "Home", to me.  So anyways...
How the heck are you???  

Our weather is typical for Oklahoma, this time of year.  One day you will need a jacket and the next day, you will be wishing that nudity was in style!  I'm not kidding!  Yesterday, I thought I was going to die from the heat and today, a cold front came in and I'm reaching for the jacket and long pants!  Ugh!  It's supposed to be even worse next week.  By Sunday, we will be near 90*, again!  That poor A/C isn't done, for the year, just yet!

I finished the afghan for my granddaughter.  I hope she will like it come Christmas!  I also finished a scarf for my son-in-law, and started a blanket for the grandson.  I need to get working on some things for my husband before it get real cold.  He works outside for the most part and will need all sorts of hats, scarves, and the like.  I haven't made one thing for myself but that's ok.  I made enough scarves, cowls, arm warmers, ear warmers, and hats, last year.  I didn't even get to wear most of them because the winter was so warm.  

Can you even believe it is the middle of October, already???!!!  Where the heck did this year go?  I don't think I will ever get used to time going by so fast.  Every new month, I am surprised that it is actually that month!  *Shaking my head*  Times just flies, doesn't it?

With the cooler temps, this morning, I decided to do some baking.  I mixed up a batch of zucchini, raisin, walnut bread, to put in the freezer for the winter months when there isn't any zucchini available.  This was the first pan.

For the second pan, I decided to add a bit of cocoa powder.  This is the first time I've done that and I can't think of any reason why I never did it before.  It's just enough chocolate flavor to satisfy my craving.  I have a couple of more batches to make and then it's on to pumpkin bread.

I bet you are wondering why I used bundt pans to make bread.  Well, funny story...not really funny, but you know.  I got the batter all mixed up and went to pull out the loaf pans but couldn't find them.  I dug in every cabinet, in the food pantry, in the laundry room cabinet where I keep extra stuff, even in my storage trailer, but couldn't find them in either place.  So, what does one do?  You use something else!  Got the batter in the bundt pans, put them in the oven, and turned around and saw this...

Oh yeah!  I wanted to get new loaf pans so I had my husband use the old ones for this project.  DuH!  I never did replace them so I guess that is on my list of things I need!  Apparently, not only is time slipping away, but my brain is going with it!  *sheesh*

Y'all have a blessed Fall day!

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Happy Fall and just a putterin' along...


Wouldn't it be wonderful to live in this little cabin?  I tell you, I would never grow tired of exploring those woods or sitting on that porch!  My family would be hard pressed to get me to  ever even go to the grocery store!  Can't you just imagine the smells in the air?  Fallen leaves all around?  Oh, it would be heaven on Earth!

Guess I better stop dreaming and come back to reality!  HeHe!  Our weather has been fantastic this week!  Much cooler temps...so much so that I had to pull out a light jacket for the morning hours.  It won't be long before the leaves start changing and fires will be lit in the fire pit.  Weiner roasts and playing outside after dark!   The granddaughter loves doing that.  We have to wait until it gets cooler or the mosquitoes will carry us off, so this time of year is our favorite.

My "Happy Window" is all dressed up for the season.  I don't decorate like I once did but this window gets gussied up to pretty things up just a bit.  I see my Mister left the mower out and that bird feeder needs some attention.

Just a simple wreath is all this door needs.  I had bid plans to decorate the front porch but so far I haven't done a thing except spruce up the paint on the swing...and finally removed the dead plants.  I'm not sure why those plants died but they sat there forever.  I'm sure passersby thought we had moved or something.  Ha!  

I've been working on a few Christmas gifts for the grands.  This is the beginning of the afghan for my granddaughter.  I'm not totally sure I like it.  Do you think it needs another color?  Either way, she will love it.

We've been enjoying the granddaughter's soccer games.  Last weekend, we went to her game and I stepped in a grass covered hole - actually it was a grass covered ditch -- and sprained my ankle.  Yep, graceful old me.  I will find the only hole in a 20 acre field...every. dang. time.  Everybody else can walk the same path I do and it will be me that finds that hole - or ditch in this case.  Only me!  

After a few days of babying my ankle, I got out yesterday and picked up sticks for a project that I hope will keep my granddaughter busy, tomorrow.  I didn't know if I was going to find enough because our new puppy, Jasper, loves chewing on sticks and has just about hauled them all off to his secret puppy place.  He's such a funny dog.

He tends to get into trouble a lot.  Especially when he chases my chickens!  That's why he is looking so sad.  He had to sit in "time out" aka "be put on the chain", because he was having a big time chasing the guineas.  He's gotten better but he still has to go to time out a lot!  LoL

Been spending a whole bunch of time with this handsome feller, too!  He is now sitting and crawling.  Doesn't seem as if he should be old enough for that.  He has two teeth and has decided to try standing up.  Slow down, little man!

Well, smells like my baked sweet potato is done.  That's another reason I love fall!  Baked sweet potatoes with lots of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon!  Yummmmmm!

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Stop Pinning and Just When I Think...

Y'all, I think I have a problem!  I see so many things, on Pinterest, that I either want to make or do, but I never get around to the making and doing part!  UGH!  It is driving me nuts!  I say, every morning, "I am NOT going to turn on that dang computer until I get something done!".  Yeah right!  I get my morning chores done and then sit down for just a minute and before I realize it, I am pinning away!  Do you have this problem?  Did you have this problem?  How in the world do you "Stop Pinning & Start Making"???

On Saturday, my Mister and I, took the granddaughter to the "Black Buggy Day" over in Chouteau.  I always enjoy seeing all the Amish folk in their plain but pretty attire.  If I had my way, women would still dress like that but alas, I do not always get my way!  Ha!  The granddaughter
kept complimenting the ladies on their dresses, especially the ones who wore blue (her fav color) and their "hats".  They were gracious enough to simply tell her thank you even though they are not supposed to try and be "pretty".  Doing so is seen as vanity and pride which is against God.  Try and explain that to a six year old who is used to complimenting women on their clothing, hair, jewelry, etc.  Her mama is a hair stylist, her other grandma owns a boutique with all kinds of beautiful clothes and her great aunt makes jewelry!  I just wasn't even going to try to teach her that the Amish girls aren't like us, in that way.  That is a lesson for another time but she had a blast at the festival and that's what matters at six years old.

Just when I think summer is almost over, we get slammed with more hot weather!  We've been enjoying low 90* days and cooler nights but, the weatherman said, the upcoming week is supposed to be back up into the high 90's with the heat index into the 105* - 110* range!  Perfect!  Not!  I have several things I need to get done outside but I'm sure I will stay inside for the better part of the week.  I'm sure ready to open the windows and doors, again!  I'm not really going to complain, though, because before I know what happened, it will be winter and I will be hauling warm water, out to the animals, two or three times a day!  

Well, I think it is time for me to finish this last set of boot cuffs and then hit the hay!

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I Need A Trim and Is It Fall yet?

Lordy, I need my hair trimmed!  Back in the Spring I had my stylist daughter cut my hair...short...short short.  I loved the ease of the short hair but you know, it just isn't me so I am trying to grow it out.  Y'all, it is a pain in the tushy to regrow that mess!  I have naturally curly, very fine, hair which, at it's current length, pokes out all over my head.  Ok, not really all over my head because for some weird reason, the top of my head now has straight as a board hair.  ?????  What the heck!?  I can't say that I am surprised because back when I was a kid, I had that nappy curly hair down past my bum which caused my Mama nightmares, I am sure!  It was always an ordeal, come morning, when she had to brush that mess!  She'd holler, I'd holler, she'd cry, I howled like I was being bludgeoned to death by an ice pick.  One day, my Granny came over, right at the time of the morning torture session, and after figuring out what all the ruckus was about, she marched my little nappy head across the street to our neighbor's beauty shop (remember when they were called beauty shops?) and I got the shortest pixie haircut imaginable!  I hated it!  So anyway, for many years after that haircut, my hair was straight...well maybe it had a little wave to it but in comparison to the "wild child" curly hair that I once had, it was straight!  After giving birth to my son, the curls started coming back and up until this Spring, it was curly.  I don't know what happens when I get my hair cut short but I fear I am going to have to get my daughter to give me a perm!  Me...the once nappy headed, wild child, needing a perm.  Who'd a thunk it!

Is it Fall, yet?  I am so ready for some cooler weather.  I don't want cold weather but cooler than what we've had would be nice.  I'm sitting here complaining about temps in the 90's when I live in Oklahoma and temps in September are usually still extremely hot.  I should be thankful and I am but I can't wait to make a big pot of soup and sit on my back porch to eat it.  I have noticed the leaves are starting to change just a bit and of course I have started decorating for my favorite season!  I have so many ideas, in my head, that I want to do but living where I do, the availability of some of the elements, of my ideas, is slim to none!  I need to have a home in New England during the Fall months!  That would be amazing in my book!

I've been busy trying to make some items to sell.  I decided that I would use the skills I have to make a bit of money come Spring.  I've been crocheting hats, scarves, boot cuffs, coasters, and even baby teething biscuits, to sell now.  

I am also working on getting an inventory to stock a booth at the Spring craft shows and festivals.  I am also going to sew aprons, bags, and a few other little items.  I even thought about putting a few baked goods in the booth but I don't know how that works with the health dept. regulations.  I may pass on that.  

Talking about crocheting reminded me that I need to get out and pick up some yarn for my granddaughter's Christmas gift.  I am making a cute little sweater and it has to be BLUE or else!  HeHe...she's very adamant about her favorite color!  I surely can't make it in some unworthy color...not for the Princess!  

Well, I guess I need to get up and get the laundry going.  

Grace & Peace,

Monday, August 22, 2016

I've been missing haven't I?

I want you to know, for a couple of weeks, now, I have said that I needed to get in here and write something!  I'm telling you, every day , I say that!  One thing leads to another and before I know it, it has been two or three weeks since my last post.  Do you ever do that?

So, what have I been doing?  Two weeks ago, my Mister and I went on a mini vacation.  We needed some R&R, so we threw a bag into the trunk of my little red car and headed North East.  That sounds like we went a long way from home, doesn't it?  Well, for me, it is a long way from home, but we just went to Branson, MO, which is only four hours from our house.  We had a paid for hotel room, to use, so we did.  We spent three nights and four days doing absolutely nothing!  It was wonderful.  We did go check out Table Rock Lake, which is beautiful, as well as some antique malls.  The rest of the time we swam, slept late, and just hung out at the hotel.  We did make it down to Branson Landing, on Saturday evening.  We heard an awesome band, and of course, for the life of me, I can't remember their name.  I do remember that they were finalist on X Factor so I can probably do a search and get their name.  After that, we had dinner at the White River Fish House.  We came back on Monday afternoon.  It was good to get away but it is always great to get back home!  I would share pictures but this morning I backed up my pictures onto an external hard drive and I haven't gotten around to sorting through it all.  Maybe next time!

The following weekend, my Mister and I, along with our kids and grandbabies, spent the day at the lake, for my birthday.  It was nice to have them out with us, for a change.  It is usually just the two of us and our granddaughter.  There was lots of fishing, swimming, jet ski riding, and of course, kayaking! 

(My daughter and I)

Naturally, I was the one doing most of the kayaking.  I am pretty much obsessed with paddling around the lake enjoying the peace and quiet. You get to see all sorts of wildlife, on the banks, that normally you wouldn't see just sitting in a chair on the beach.   Funny story...My daughter and I took off to make a round and we saw a beautiful Blue Heron. He was almost majestic the way he stood watch over a small clump of bushes! He watched us for the longest time. My daughter started clucking like a chicken, at him, and asked me if they made noises like that. I replied, “I don't think so”. Then she started quacking at him and I said something like, "I don't think they quack like a duck, either."  She replied,  “Well if he doesn't sound like a chicken or a duck, just what does he sound like?”. Just about that time that big ole bird let out a whoop that would have raised the dead! Scared both of us to death! I said, “Well, I guess we know what he sound like, now.”. We laughed so hard we could barely paddle away! Such a wonderful time and I look forward to many more days, being lazy, paddling around! 

This past weekend, my Mister and I spent quite a bit of time in the yaks.  Every evening we went out for a little while.  I am so glad I decided to buy my own kayak!  Anyhow, last night, Sunday evening, we went do to the navigational channel to paddle around.  Saw a snake...good thing that sucker stayed on the tree limb!  So when we were done, one of the tires on the truck was going flat.  We raced off to a nearby gas station to get air but the tire had a puncture on the sidewall so the air continued to leak out.  We stopped and got a can of fix-a-flat, put it in and raced off to the next gas station with air.  Of course, with a sidewall puncture, the fix-a-flat was leaking out right along with the air, so my Mister put more air in and we raced off towards home.  We got a few miles down the road before we needed more air.  We managed to get to a Walmart but wouldn't you know, that particular store didn't have a tire dept.!  So...Mister bought another can of fix-a-flat, hole plugs, and a small air pump that you plug into the cigarette lighter.  He did what he could and we, once again, raced towards home.  Several more times, we stopped to put air into that tire.  The whole time, I was praying to God that we make it home safely and on that tire!  We made it!  The tire finally went completely flat just down the road from our house and my Mister drove on the flat tire the rest of the way.  What kept that flat rubber from coming off the rim can only be called an answer to my prayers!  This is one of those stories that I like to add the hashtag, #ButGod , to!  We were surely going to have to call for a ride home, but God, took care of the situation and we made it home safe, sound, and on that tire!  Isn't that just like God!!!???

So during the week, between the weekends of kayaking, I have been keeping the grandbabies.  Mostly just the grandson, since the Princess started to school week before last.  She is out on Fridays so I keep both of them then.  I tell you, I love those two precious children!  I just can't get enough of Hoss' slobbery kisses and Princess' bubbly personality!  They do keep me hopping though!  By the time they go home, I am worn out, but in such an amazing way!

Well, mentioning babies, tomorrow will be a long baby day so I better get ready for bed.  Y'all have a restful and blessed night!

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lookey What I Did Yesterday!

Y'all remember this post , don't you?  The one I wrote, just a couple of weeks ago, about being left behind when my Mister and granddaughter took off on their kayaks?  Well, not anymore!!!  I told y'all I had order my own kayak and I finally had a chance, yesterday, to try it out!

This was the view from my very own Kayak!  I am obsessed now and let me tell you, that is HUGE...HUGE, I tell ya!  See here's the deal.  I don't swim...or not well anyways...so I am afraid of drowning.  I think the worse thing that could happen to a person is death by drowning...well, that and being burned alive...so, I generally stay away from the water.  I will go out on our pontoon but I am always overly cautious and never really let my guard down.  So for me to put that fear aside and buy a kayak and then actually fall in love with it!  I am still freaked out about drowning but having my own kayak allows me to control when, where, and how, I go.  So anyway, this is huge and I am down right proud of myself!  Here are a few more pics from our outing!

Here I come...

And there I go!

My Mister shaking his head at me!

YaY!!!  I did it!  Almost 53 years old and I did something I never thought I would do!  Thank you Connie from Crafty Home Cottage for inspiring me!

Grace & Peace!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Piddley Little Post

Oh mercy, it has been hot!  For three weeks, we had extreme heat warnings and by golly, they weren't kidding!  Heat indices in 100's with high humidity!  Honey, you can't get no worse than that, this side of hell!  

The barn kitties, Melvin and Fiona, just laid around in the shade and drank gallons of water.  Melvin looks thrilled to death that I stuck a camera in his face, doesn't he?

Hey!!!  What are y'all doing on the porch???  Every time I stuck my head out, there were chickens and guineas hanging out on the porch.  They would almost be hugging the water pan!

This is what happens to tomato plants in 100* weather...even with watering them, they still succumbed to the relentless heat.  Not one tomato did I get off of about ten plants!  Not even a green one for frying!

All of my granddaughter's babies (chickens & guineas) are now laying eggs!  We are eating a lot of eggs!  I will have to start sharing with the neighbors because we get more than two people can eat!  I love blessing others with the things God gives us and they appreciate the free food.  

These two are also laying eggs but we just found their nest today.  One of the stupid things has been refusing to go into the hen house at night so I figured she has a nest someplace.  We found it but unfortunately, I think a coyote probably got her, yesterday.  My daughter saw a coyote, yesterday, when she dropped off the grandson and I haven't seen the other guinea, since.

With all that grass in the goat pen you would think Betty Goat has enough to eat but apparently she thought the leaves, on the big elm tree, looked more inviting.  Silly thing.

Melvin is not happy with me!  He looks as if he is saying, "Really!!!???  You again with that dadgum camera!!!???".  Ok, Ok...I'll stop!  Mean ole kitty cat!  I'll just take my camera and go take pictures of somebody who loves me!

Isn't this little chubby boy just the cutest thing you have ever seen???!!!  Love this boy!

Well, this piddly little post isn't much but it's all I got!  

I hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Grace & Peace

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

No more, the lake, & dadgum, it's hot!!!

Well, we are empty-nesters once again.  Our foster kiddo was moved last Friday.  I think we will be permanently closing our home, as soon as our certification expires.  We are pretty darn happy when it is just the Mister and I and we both like coming and going, whenever we want to, without having to worry about what to do with the foster kiddos.  Besides, we have plenty of children in our lives, with our grandbabies!  

Lawd, have mercy...it's sure been hot!  I'm talking, "take your breath away" HOT!  I sure don't know how my Mister works out in this heat!  Of course, he does work at the lake so I guess he can jump into the water when he needs to but goodness, I need air conditioning!

Mentioning the lake... we've been spending the weekends out on the boat.  Even this old land-lubber has been loving it!  I used to not even get near a boat but now I am enjoying it.  I think it's because it is so peaceful, quiet, and my phone doesn't work real good out in the middle of the lake!  I just sit and stare out over the water and relax!

Our granddaughter loves to go with us and usually ends up being the Captain of the ship!  She's only six years old but she does really good!  Of course, Papaw is very close just in case!

We carry their kayaks out with us and when we drop anchor, Papaw and the Princess take off to explore a cove.  For only being six, she kayaks like a pro!  Future Olympian, perhaps?  She sure loves it so it is reasonable to believe she will be on the gold medal winning USA rowing team!

They always have so much fun on those Yaks and I am jealous when they go out!  So much so that I ordered my own!  I hope it will be delivered before the weekend!  We have a couple of nice, small lakes that don't allow boats with motors on them and they are perfect for kayaks!

I guess all that kayaking wears one out!  She made a pallet out of the towels and fell asleep!

Well, I guess that is all for now!  Oh, one more picture before I go!

She is also an awesome chicken mama!  Not real sure how "Riki the hen" feels about that!  LoL

Grace & Peace.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Want to go for a little walk?

The "Surprise Sunflowers" look a bit weary, don't you think?  I bet the ants have something to do with that.

The bees seem to think they look fine.

Guineas are funny little creatures, aren't they?

Betty Goat said "Hey"!

Pretty little blooms


Not ready yet!  Maybe I will get enough to make a peach cobbler, this year!

Hmmm...Wonder what lives in there?

Hope you enjoyed our walk.  Let's do it again sometime!
Grace & Peace.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

I miss...

...the handwritten letter.  There is nothing better than receiving a handwritten letter in the mailbox!  The anticipation of reading the words written inside, was almost as good as the letter itself!  I never quite made it back inside before I opened and read the entire letter!  Then, once inside,  I would get a glass of iced tea or a cup of coffee and take it, and the precious letter, and sit on the porch to read it again.  I miss reading about Sally's grandchildren and Myrtle's cow, Beulah, or about the mysterious new neighbor across the way, from Jenny.  

Oh I know we have email but that is so...so...cold, dry, and impersonal!  I have never gotten excited over an email...or a tweet...or a facebook post...never!  Don't get me wrong, if that is the only way I will hear from someone, it is better than nothing but seeing an envelope with a loved ones handwriting on the front is pure bliss!  

And what about love letters!  Don't you miss love letters in the mailbox?  I've been married for a long time but I still have all the letters my Mister and I wrote back before there was such a thing as email!  He traveled with his job and I missed him terribly but when I got one of his letters, I was over the moon!  

I used to have pen pals all over the USA, when I was in school!  I loved hearing about what other kids did and how their school's were.  There was always a fair amount of doodling in those letters, too.  Somewhere along the way, probably around the time I was raising kids, I stopped writing letters so much.  I didn't get many either.  Now, some thirty odd years later, I realize what a lost treasure the handwritten letter has become.  Same with the telephone call but that is another post for another time.

What about you?  Do you miss sending and receiving letters through the mail?  If you do, maybe we can write to one another!

Grace & Peace