Monday, April 9, 2018

Penpals



I don't remember if I've ever posted about my penpals or not!  Years ago, when I was in my early teens, I had penpals.  I loved to get those letters from all over the country!  I loved writing letters just as much.  I don't remember where all of my pals lived but they were all in the USA because sending letters to other countries was too expensive for my parent's budget.  That part hasn't gotten any better but I would love to send ,and receive, international letters now that I have my own budget!  So anyways... One thing lead to another, life and technology got in the way, and I lost my pals and the desire.  As much as I love snail mail and the art of letter writing, it was easier to get online and shoot an email to someone and receive an almost instant reply.  By the way...I hate email!  So cold and impersonal, unless you find someone who is full of life and it shows even over the world wide web.

Recently, I found a couple of penpal groups, on Facebook, and once again I have started writing long letters to people I have never met.  I am ticked there are still people who do this!  I've even found that younger folks are picking up a pen and writing a good letter!  Of course, those young'uns also want to be friends on FB and every other social media out there, but at least they are writing letters!  I mean handwritten letters that require an envelope, stamp, and a trip to the post office!  

Now, I tend to be a purist when it comes to penpals.  I only want to be letter-writing buddies!  I don't want to get an email or be friends with my pals, on social media, although I do have some of those.  We all met on social media about 18 years ago and have been "friends" ever since -- more like kindred spirits, really.  We do still write letters and send cards to one another, as well.  There are some who get offended because I won't friend them on FB but that would ruin the whole experience, wouldn't it?  It would for me!  I want to sit down with a good letter in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, and get to know that person.  I don't want a snippet here and there!  I want life long penpals!  

Well, I'm sure y'all are bored with me but I just wanted to share.  Do you have penpals?  Did you when you were growing up?  I'd love to hear about it.  Maybe you and I can become pen friends!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April...can you believe it?

I don't know how so much time passes as quickly as it seems to these days!  One minute it is the middle of March and the very next second it is going on the second weekend in April!  Whew!  Tires me out!  

I hope y'all had a blessed Easter!  We decided to have the Grand's egg hunt on Saturday because Sunday was going to be rainy and cold.  Yes, you read that right!  COLD!  And boy was it!  We went to Easter service, not in our fancy new Easter clothes, but in winter woolens and rain boots!  I know this is probably the norm for some parts of the country but not in ours!  It was miserable but the service was good and afterwards we went out to lunch with our daughter and her sweet little family.  Then we came home and I crawled into my bed and took a long nap!  I am so glad we had the egg hunt the day before.  I think we will do that from now on.  We were able to focus on the Resurrection rather than the eggs and Easter bunny.  

In an earlier post, I mentioned the journaling I've been doing.  I have gone crazy with it!  Now I am making my own blank journals rather than purchasing them!  Honestly, I think I like making them more than filling them!  Here is the one I am working on now.

Outside cover

Inside front cover has a pocket for pens and highlighters.  Inside back cover has another pocket for a small ruler.  I have made three small notebook inserts.  There can be removed and replaced when full.

This insert is filled with grid paper for taking notes.

Another has plain sketch paper for doodling.  There is an insert with calendar pages, as well.

I'm probably going to use this journal for sermon notes, prayer requests, and church events.  I think I am going to like being able to add and remove the notebook inserts, depending on what I need to keep in there.  I'm looking for other inserts to hold small bits and pieces but so far I haven't found any in this particular size.  I may end up trying to make something, myself.


I've also been working on the journal that I will pass down to my grandbabies.  Here are a couple of pages out of that one.



This one is so much fun to work on.  It is all about me.  Things that I hope my grandchildren will want to know, one day, about their crazy granny!  I love it.  

So, that is just about all I have been doing lately.  I've been too busy keeping my grands, what with Spring Break and now, as you may or may not have heard, through the teacher walk out here in Oklahoma.  I'll not go into that because my blood pressure gets up when I do and I would lose readers ( I don't have that many, as it is!) if I shared my opinion.  Anyways, I have enjoyed the time with the kids, though!

We are attending a new church.  I don't remember if I posted about the crap that went on, where I felt as if I was pretty much being told to leave the old one, but I've moved on and am so happy about that!  God always knows best and, while I won't share the events, my entire family is ecstatic about no longer being at that church!  My Mister actually wants to go to church now and he hasn't fallen asleep once!  LoL  Anyhow...I am trying to get used to the new one.  I'm old school when it comes to church and this new one is anything but!  It is LOUD but the spirit is there in force!  The preaching is awesome!  Some of the best I've heard in a long time but the main thing is Jesus is there and my Mister likes it!  Yay!

Well, it is about time for the babies to get here.  I still need to get some stuff done, before they do.  

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Little Road Trip


Oh Lord, our weather is bi-polar and off it's meds!  I ain't even kidding!  Saturday was lovely, beautiful sunshine, pleasant temps, and light wind.  I couldn't have asked for a better weather day!  Then Sunday came...it started out to be a nice day but then the clouds started rolling in.  We had a few showers and the sky was happy to stay in it's ugly gray mood.


I snapped this picture (which doesn't do justice to the beauty) just after one of the brief showers.  I thought it was going to clear up but it didn't.  Then the weather went back into winter mode and this morning the temps were cool, only to become cold, and the wind is now blowing like nobody's business!  I do not do well when Mother Nature forgets what she is supposed to be doing!  

Anyways, on Saturday, during the beautiful weather, my Mister and I decided to take a little road trip.  We checked out several campgrounds that we might want to camp in.   We usually just go to the one about 10 miles from our house but it stays booked usually all summer, so we decided to venture a little further out.  I can't wait to go camping for the first time this year.  Although, I usually don't stay more than one night because someone has to take care of our animals and I don't see the point of driving all the way home, feed, and going back to the camp, only to have to turn around and do it all again the next morning.  Kind of takes the fun out of it but my Mister loves to camp so I don't mind being the one who comes home early.


I took this picture at one of the campgrounds we looked at.  It isn't the best because I took it with my phone and the Heron, you see, was all the way across the lake from where we were.  He was so pretty, though!

We stopped in a little town, along the way, to have lunch.  I took lots of pictures of the restaurant and antique shop we visited but I want to save those for another post.  I did find some sweet treasures in the antique shop.  I've been on the lookout for old pictures, ephemera, and bits of lace to add to my journals.  



I found this sweet little box containing six note cards, that I couldn't resist!   The paper is so finely textured and even the box is beautiful.  You don't find note cards like this now days.  I can't wait to use them for my Bible journal.  


Some old lace and trim that I found.  Isn't the bow lace unique?  I've never seen any like this.  Again, these will go it a journal or scrapbook.  I would love to have more of the bow lace for trimming new curtains for my bathroom.


These precious little bunny rabbits are just so cute!  I had to buy them for my granddaughter but I am using them for my Spring decorating.  Once I change out the decor, I will wrap and put them in her "Memory Chest".  She loves stuff like that.  

I will be back later to post about the restaurant and antique shop we visited.  In the meantime...



The girls say hello...well...Aja does.  Taffy is napping and it's better that way!  Trust me!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sunset Walks and Green Stuff...

Even though it is still quite chilly, the trees and roses are starting to put on some green leaves.  




I am so happy but I'm afraid we might have yet another frost.  It is only March and Oklahoma is very unpredictable in the weather department.  One day 70*, the next freezing temps, and there might be a tornado in the mix.  We never know!  I sure hope not because I am happy to see some green and sunshine!



And this little lady, named Salem, is ready to go camping!  So am I but first I will have to go down there to clean and get everything ready.  I'm not doing that until it gets a little warmer.  



My little buddy got a big boy haircut, over the weekend.  I'm not sure I can handle not seeing those sweet blond curls!  He is still the cutest munchkin on the planet, though!

Do y'all journal?  I picked my journal up, again, and decided I would finish it and put it in my granddaughter's Remembrance Chest (Hope chest).  





This is not my usual style of journaling.  This is just a book with bits & pieces of who I am.  I call it "Pieces of Me".  Very simple, not very pretty, but I hope, one day, my granddaughter will look through it and say, "Oh yeah!  I remember this about Granny!".  



One day, last week, my Mister and I went for a picnic and a short walk at the lake.  It was a bit cool but with a sunset like this, I didn't seem to notice.  I can't wait until we can do this all the time!



Talking about sunsets...this one looked like a fireball in the sky.  There were a lot of clouds, as you can see, but the sun was peeking out and making those clouds glow.  So pretty!

Well, it's been a day so I'm going to go take a nice hot bath, make a cup of tea, and watch "Grace & Frankie".  Peace!

All my love,
Pam

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Blurry week

Last week was almost a blur!  I was so busy and it went so fast.  Monday, I spent most of the day running errands.  Does anyone really like to do that?  It just wears me out.  I think it's the start/stop process that does it.  In the car, out of the car, in, out, in, out... By the time I got home all I could think about was a nap and that is exactly what I did.

Tuesday & Wednesday, I had my sweet grandboy.  He is just precious but he never sits still.  Oh and he can now open the fridge and since his favorite food, right now, is cheese sticks and the fridge is  where those hang out, just guess what he does...all. day. long.  Either getting the cheese or pulling out the jug of milk, because that is his favorite drink.  He has dropped and busted more than one gallon of milk in his short two years!  I certainly have to be on my toes, that's for sure!

Thursday, I had to have a tooth pulled.  Yay (insert sarcasm)!  Nothing I hate worse than going to the dentist.  This time, I asked for laughing gas.  First time ever and that is the way I will go if I ever need to have another tooth pulled.  Talk about relaxed!  I think I need a hook up here at home!  So anyway, after the dentist, I came home and did a few chores.  That evening, my granddaughter was in a school program.  She was the prettiest little Monarch Butterfly!  I might be a bit biased but I don't think so.  HeHe!  I was so proud of her.  She articulated her speaking part, perfectly.  In fact, she was the only one that could be understood.  She took her time, enunciated her words, and put just enough drama into it!  Maybe she will be a famous actress on Broadway.  We never know, do we?

On Saturday, the Mister and I took the Grands to the zoo.  We always have such a wonderful time but keeping up with two very active, very fast, children makes this Granny feel almost dead!  Boy, those kids have a lot of energy!  

Wow, I just realized I haven't posted one picture yet.  Well, let me see what I can drag up.  Oh, I know.  Last post, I told y'all about wanting to sew while my Mister was on vacation but didn't.  So, in between all the errands, programs, appointment, etc...I managed to get two dresses made.  


This is one.  It is just a simple frock made with the Simplicity pattern for the Dottie Angel dress.  I think the number is 1080.  I just don't know if I like it or not.  At this moment, I don't so it may be made into a skirt.  This dress is made for a tall, uber skinny gal and that sure isn't me!  The sleeves are awkward and the neckline is huge.  I even put in two gussets, one in the front and another in the back neck area.  It still didn't feel or sit right.  Somehow, I feel pretty sure it will become a skirt.  Besides, I am a t-shirt/skirt kind of girl, during the summer.  I don't know why I even bother with making or purchasing a dress.  I just don't like them.

I don't know why I don't have a picture of the second dress.  I thought I had taken one but apparently not.  Anyhow, the second one is more of a smock/tunic type that can be worn with jeans, leggings, or capris.  I probably won't wear it anywhere except here around the house, because once again, I just don't like the fit.  That is the way it is with most things I make for myself.  I'm just not the typical body style I guess and I don't feel like reworking a pattern to fit.  LoL... Of course, I can't just walk into a store and pull something off the rack and have it fit right, either.  My daughter, on the other hand, can!  In fact, her and I went shopping, today.  She "needed" something to wear to a concert next weekend.  I emphasis "needed" because she has a house full of cute clothes but she is a fashionista and loves clothes and shoes.  She is tall and super skinny so she can just walk in and find the cutest stuff.  If I were to wear some of the things she wears I would look like I don't know what.  The girl needs to eat a flippin' cheeseburger!  Double meat, double cheese, wrapped in bacon!  LoL...envious of my own daughter!  At least she got my good looks!  God bless her little boney butt.


While shopping, I found one of those new-fangled Air Fryer things.  I can't eat the greasy fried foods but I love me some french fries, fried pickles, and everything bad!  My daughter has one and she swears by it so I decided to see how much they were.  This one was on sale and I had two coupons so I got it for about a quarter of the regular price.  I'll let you know if it is worth the money.

I'm sure I've bored you to death, by now.  It is just about time to start getting ready for bed and I can't wait! Maybe I can sleep a bit later, in the morning!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Friday, February 23, 2018

Is it Spring...

We have had so much rain this week. 


Well, actually, just in the last two days.  Before that we had temps so cold the rain was freezing before it hit the ground.  I was terrified that we would have a major ice storm, which is how it usually ends up, around here.  We did have a horrible ice storm back in '07, and our pecan trees are just barely starting to produce again.  So anyway, back to the rain.  It sure feels like early Spring.  I'm not ready for the storms, and tornadoes, that usually come with Spring, in our neck of the woods, but I am ready for Spring and welcome the rains that have come at just the right time.  

My Mister has been on vacation this week.  The first couple of days he was sick as a dog.  Bummer, huh?  Well, anyway, he went down to Texas to see his family.  I wanted to go but since I was on jury duty all last week, I just couldn't not be here to keep my grandson, so I stayed home.  I would be ecstatic about getting to do whatever I want but the rain, a massive headache, and spinal arthritis, has kept me grounded!  I had big plans for the couple of days of alone time, too!  I was going to go to my favorite antique and thrift stores, finish up and start more sewing projects, start some seeds, and spend some time with my granddaughter.  None of that happened.  What I have done is binge watched "Frankie & Grace", on Netflix, played some games on Facebook, and have become one with my heating pad, all while watching the rain fall by the buckets.  Oh well...it's not like I can't do those things, I had planned, when my Mister gets back.  I usually do but not having anyone around makes it seem almost criminal!  HeHe!


I decided it was time to take the Christmas wreath off the front door.  I left it up through Valentine's Day, because it was red and I was too lazy to make another one.  By this time, though, it is no longer red.  It is rather faded red almost orange, from hanging there so long.  


I am still too lazy to make a new wreath, so I hung this old thing on the door.  Not very pretty and sure not spring-y, but it looks better than the faded thing I took down.  Once I get passed this bout with the headache and arthritis, I will figure something else out.


I did manage to throw this together.  I just couldn't take the winter centerpiece one more minute, so I took a large wooden bowl and added some flowers, pretty eggs, and spanish moss.  Do you recognize the white beaded stems?  Yep, I took them off the faded red thing and stuck them in with the flowers.  


This is the whole thing.  It isn't what I wanted to do.  I had planned to set one of my Mister's duck decoys on the moss, add the eggs and stick the flowers around it, but alas, the decoy is in the shop and once AGAIN, I was too lazy to go get it.  Now that I look at it, the duck probably wouldn't have fit anyhow.  This will do.

So...that is all I have for now!  Once the rain, and pain, stops, I hope to have something worthy of a blog post!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Saturday, February 17, 2018

I have a good reason....

Yes, I know I haven't written a post all week but I have a good reason!  I do, really!  I was on jury duty all week and by the time I got home, every evening, I was ready for bed.  This was my first time and I don't think I was ready for it.  I am EXTREMELY glad that I don't have to serve, again, within the next two years!  

Next time I'm called, I'm wearing my Princess outfit and crown!  

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Big 2...

Today, my sweet little grandboy turned 2 years old.  I don't know where the time gets to, do you?  


Paw and I always have a small birthday party for the babies.  Nothing fancy.  They always have these big parties that Mama pays too much for, but these small, "just for me", birthday parties, will be the ones I hope they will remember when they are grown.  He loved the blue icing!


Of course, big sister thought the red icing was the best to use as lipstick!  She's a silly, silly, girl who always has fun no matter what she is doing!  Love both these sweet babies!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Sunrise and Beautiful Littles...

It's been a day or two since I posted but I've been busy with the Grandblessings.  Last weekend they stayed with us for two days.  They always keep me hopping but I wouldn't take anything for the times they are here.  One day...I think it was last Friday...we had a day that was warm enough to go out and play.



Hoss loves to jump on the trampoline and was excited to be outside.  He is pointing at an airplane flying over.


His sister would rather be digging for worms.  Notice her bow and arrows.  I'm not sure what she was planning to do if she actually found a worm but I'm happy she didn't!  She is such a tomboy.  She is her Granny's granddaughter, that's for sure!



I have had this old sheet laying around for years.  I don't know where I got it but it doesn't have pillow cases or the fitted sheet when I got it.  Finally, I decided to make an apron out of it.  I got the apron cut out and realized I will probably never use the rest of the sheet, so I decided to cut out some quilt squares.  I need something girly for our spare room.  I get so tired of looking at all the gender neutral stuff around here!  My Mister is very grateful that I've decorated that way, since we got married some twenty odd years ago, but I think I need something pretty for a change.  Anyhow, I thought these squares, along with some pink flowery fabric, white and light green accents, would make a cute quilt.  Of course, then I will have to try and match the material to make curtains but that's the fun of it, right?  



I don't think I've introduced y'all to the second cat we adopted. This is Aja (pronounced Asia). She is our little mysterious gal.  She loves to hide.  When she does come out, she tends to be very vocal...almost to the point of needing a sock stuffed in her mouth!  LoL  She is a pretty Torti girl but this picture doesn't show that.  She looks like a gray tabby here but she isn't.  Probably the gray floor bringing out her gray.  Good Lord, I'm not going to lay on that floor.  My gray shows well enough!  



One morning, I woke up to this eerie sunrise.  Not quite sure what was going on but I suspect a cold front was chasing away the warm weather.  It was way more amazing that this picture shows.  I may have to edit it just a bit to bring out the pretty colors.

Well, I need to go make sure the outside animals have food and water.  We are supposed to have some freezing rain, later, and I sure don't want to be out in that mess!

Grace & Peace,
Pam
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cleaning and Magnificent Creatures...

I am always honored when y'all come visit but when I get new readers, I just get so tickled!  Thanks to Regina, Kristi, and Gramma Grits, for stopping by.  

Not much is going on around here.  I'm itching to get outside and do some flower bed cleaning and rose bush pruning, but it is still too cool for that.  There's plenty of time, before spring arrives, but there are so many things I want to do.  I know, for sure, there are some Privet hedges that need to be moved.  They aren't doing well where they are.  I guess not enough sunshine.  I've been trying to figure out what I will put in their place.  Maybe just put in some gravel and a statue or some other decorative piece.  

I have started my spring cleaning, though, I won't begin washing walls and such, until it warms up for good.  I've been dragging junk out of closets, and storage areas, to donate.  How in the world do we accumulates so much STUFF?  I just did this a couple of years ago.  I've tried super hard to not bring in more than I throw out, but somehow, it still gets piled up.  My husband is as bad as I am...that's why his shop looks like it does even though he blames that on me!  He might be worse!  HeHe!

We've been hanging out at home, for the most part, but last weekend we did take a little day trip.  It really wasn't much more than sitting in the car and driving for two or three hours.  I had a plan but when it took us more time to get to our first stop, than we had planned, we decided to go eat and start the drive back home.  Our first stop ended up being about an hour and a half drive through a big bunch of nothing called Tallgrass Prairie Preserve


  LoL  I kid you not!  Gravel roads and miles and miles of prairie land!  We did have a chance to get really close to the buffalo that freely roam the preserve.



We were about 50 yards from this guy.  Trust me when I tell you, I was inside the car when I took most of these pictures.  Apparently, buffalo can jump about six feet, both vertically and horizontally.  They also can run at a clip of 35mph.  That's far quicker and further than I can run and jump, so I stayed at a safe distance.  



I love this picture!  I did some editing on it and will probably put it in a frame.  Again...I was in the car taking pictures out of the windows.  They really were more curious than anything, though.



Now, on the other hand, this big man didn't act like he was too keen on us looking at his little harem and babies!  He never took his eyes off of us.  This group was about 200 yards away, but I felt pretty sure we would be in trouble if Big Boy, there, decided to let us know how he felt!  Such magnificent creatures!

I guess I should get back to cleaning!  Have a great afternoon, y'all!

Grace & Peace,
Pam
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