Thursday, March 7, 2019

Book Review -- Devotedly,

Devotedly: The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth ElliotDevotedly: The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot by Valerie Elliot Shepard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've always been a huge fan of Elisabeth Elliot so I jumped on this book! The devotion Elisabeth and Jim had for, not only each other, but also to God, is inspiring! Loved getting to know them better, through the eyes of their daughter!  It was emotional, moving, and a bit humorous at times.  I would definitely recommend this book!




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Well...

Alexa...take down the Valentine's decorations.


 

I was playing with my grandson, this morning, and realized the decorations are still hanging around.  I never, ever, leave decorations up more than a day after any holiday.  Most of the time I usually have everything back in a box and out in the shed.  I didn't even think about it until this morning.  Oh dear and here we are just a couple of weeks away from St. Paddy's day!  In my defense I had a pretty busy weekend but I have got to do something about this little matter!

So over the weekend, my neighbor had am estate sale.  You know she lost her husband back in July.  Such a sad time.  She's a tough old bird but she was terrified to stay out here without him.  She bought a home in town and is in the process of selling this place...I do pray we get good neighbors.  Now, Allen was a bit of a pack rat and had so much stuff so really she couldn't do anything else but have a sale.  I don't know if I could part with my Mister's things like that.  I would probably just tell my kids to make it disappear...one piece at a time...not the whole mess all at once.  But anyway, we went over and bought some things.  My Mister bought a lot more than I did because I'm just not into tools and "man stuff"! 


I did buy this sweet little table and a vintage kitchen cart that will work great for my vinyl cutting machine.  I love this table!  It has two drawers so I can tuck a pen and pad of paper in one and a couple of coloring books, for the grands, in the other.  It will be a good place for my most loved cookbooks, too.  I am on the lookout for just the right bookends for those.  Gosh, I wish my neighbor lady would have had two of the tables.  I have an identical place on the other side of the kitchen that needs a table.  I'll find something!  Oh and notice the letterboard?  Yeah, that is kind of my motto, lately!  Bacon makes everything better doesn't it!

So back to the weekend.  My Mister and I went to the Daryl Starbird car show and had a blast!  I took pictures but they are still on my phone.  I'm not usually one to like car shows but I wanted to go with My Mister on a date!  You know, sometimes we have to do things we wouldn't normally do.  This time, I am so glad I did!  We had so much fun!  Got to listen to one of his friends, who is in a RockaBilly band, play.  Very good sound!  I will be watching for more of their shows, that's for sure!  We saw lots of "Rat Rods", which is my Mister's favorite, and several VW bugs and buses...and y'all know those are my favs!  We are on the lookout for a VW for me and he has already been working on a rat rod for him and also one, made out of an old lawnmower, for our granddaughter.  We are going to be in that car show next year!  Some how, some way!  *blush*  Yeah, I had a good time.

Oh!  Before I forget again, I wanted to welcome my new follower's, Linda Eller, Mrs. C, Teresa, and Elaine !  Thank y'all so much for visiting!

Grace & Peace,
Pam
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sometimes...


Sometimes...
...it's the little, 
every day,
 things
 that make the 
best gifts.

Grace & Peace,
Pam 
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

RAWR!...He's 3!

Yesterday was my sweet grandson's birthday.  He is a big ole 3 years old!  Over the weekend, we had his birthday party and it was so much fun!  He is into dinosaurs, big time, so the theme of the party was naturally all about that!
To get to the party he had to follow the dinosaur tracks...

...through the dinosaur jungle.
He was a little bit overwhelmed, I think.
I made a photo booth with vines, leaves, and of course a baby dinosaur!
The birthday table.
I made his cake.  Yummy chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing and chocolate ganache.  Chocolate chip cookies were the rocks.  This was so much fun to make but man, that cake was RICH!
There was finger painting, a pinata, and even a dinosaur dig...yep, all in my kitchen.  Too cold and wet to go outside but that didn't stop the fun!  Granny knows how to improvise!
Grandbabies!  That's what it's all about, right there!
Handsome dinosaur hunter!  Looks like he got over being overwhelmed!  Happy birthday, Hoss!
God has surely blessed me!

Grace & Peace,
Pam
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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Pruning and Planning

Hey y'all!  I hope everyone has thawed out from the Polar Vortex that swept through much of the country this past week.  Fortunately, we only had one day of brutal temps and the very next day we rebounded into the high 30's, which is still far too cold for me but it was a big improvement from the single digits we had the day before.

Today, was a much warmer day!  Although the humidity must be something like 972%!  That is very odd this time of year.  We are usually dry as a desert during the winter months.  I tell you, weather in Oklahoma is never boring...until the summer, that is!  Today, we had temps in the high 60's which sounds wonderful but it was as gray and gloomy as a cemetery in a horror movie!  I didn't let that stop me from going out and pruning my rose bushes.  I cut them way back because I am planning on moving them all to a special little place I am working on.  This will be my "Memory Garden".  All of my female ancestors loved roses so I thought what better way to remember them that with a special place to sit and reflect.  Well, that is my dream anyways!  It may take me forever to actually get it done.  We have so many projects that really must be taken care of this year.  It's a never ending list!

I've been sketching out my plans and dreams for the yard.  Do you ever do that?  I am not an artist but I suppose the idea can be figured out.


Sometime, this year I want to screen in our front porch.  That is probably another fantasy because of time and money constraints but, hey, I have that plan when and if we can do it.  I wish it was already done!  I love to sit on the porch but I hate fighting the flies and mosquitoes.  So this is my very unprofessional sketch of how I picture it.


HeHe, y'all may not be able to figure it out but I know what I mean!  Now if I can make my Mister understand!

Well, there you go!  Big dreams that I am going to try my best to make happen!  So what are you planning for your yard and house?

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hey, Hey, Good Looking...


...What ya got cooking?  That's what I've been doing all week.  Seems like our life has revolved around food.  I love to cook and bake but I admit, I don't do it like I once did.  I need to get back into the habit of cooking food from scratch rather than grabbing one of those tasty rotisserie chickens from the grocery store or something from the freezer section at Walmart.  I tell you, it is hard to want to cook for just the two of us.  I like to cook a big bunch of food!  I'm going to try to make a conscience effort to cook healthy, fresh, foods.  TRY being the key word!  UGH!



Do you remember that tiny egg that was barely bigger than a quarter?  Well, Silver & Goldie (the girls), presented me with two more tiny eggs.  See how much smaller than large eggs from the grocery store?  So cute!  Well, I've been teaching myself how to decorate cakes and cookies, so I baked cupcakes to use for practice.  I always use a couple more eggs than what is called for.  Do you do that?  It makes the cakes so rich...so does the two sticks of real butter, but I digress!  Those three itty bitty eggs made up for one egg in my eyes but when I broke them to put in the batter, I realized something!



Imagine my surprise when I realized the yolks were only a bit smaller than the ones from the large eggs!  SCORE!  I love the yolks but could do without all that icky white stuff!  So anyway...the yolk is what makes foods rich so this batch of cupcakes was extra yummy!  Maybe it was just my imagination because I love egg yolks so much but that is my story and I'm sticking to it!  



The lighting is horrible but those are fudgy chocolate cupcakes and I couldn't be prouder!  HeHe...doesn't take much to make me happy!



And here is my attempt at making swirly bakery pretty cupcakes.  I need to practice more but by the time I had gotten to the last two or three, I finally got into a groove and they turned out pretty well.  Remember, I have Valentine's cupcakes to make, pretty soon, so I better get to practicing!  My granddaughter has every bit of faith in my abilities and I will not disappoint her!  LoL...She is my biggest fan.  She always says, "Granny can do it" or "Just take it to Granny.  If she can't fix it then it can't be fixed!".  Good Lord, that child sure knows how to put pressure on her Granny!  That's what keeps me young!



I told you I've been cooking all week.  I wasn't exaggerating!  It all started with a chili cook off at our church.  The Granddaughter, of course, had to snap a picture of me serving up samples.  She's a toot!  Anyhow, I didn't win but it was a lot of fun and she sure enjoyed sampling all the different chili.

Well...I guess I better go deliver those cupcakes to my grandbabies.  One has the flu and the other has a cold.  I bet chocolate cupcakes will fix them right up!

Grace & Peace,
Pam  

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Fun Stuff and We're going to need more than that...

Back in late summer, my Mister and Granddaughter brought home two Bantam pullet chicks.  I wasn't happy about that since I was looking forward to finally having a winter that didn't require multiple trips, out in the cold, to haul warm water to chickens and goats.  So far, though, I haven't had to do that much because these little girls are so small their little coop can stay in my Mister's shop for the winter.  Did I mention how small these gals are?  Well, they wouldn't make a chicken tender baskets between 'em.  Ok, I know that was bad but that's just how little they are.  If you don't believe me, just take a look at the egg one of them gifted me.  


Not much bigger than a quarter!  I had to laugh because our last chickens laid eggs that could have been considered jumbo!  I picked this little thing up and patted the girls on the head, said, "Thank you but we're going to need more than this to make a cake!".  Seeing as how I got pecked by both, I suppose I should have kept my comments to myself.  Little Snots!

Last weekend the Grandbabies spent the night with us.  I had everything ready to get down to some serious craft time with my granddaughter.


I should have known she wouldn't be interested since PawPaw was home!  Oh, she loves me and she loves to do crafts, but when her PawPaw is anywhere around, me and the crafts are quickly passed over for rough-housing.  I am not jealous, really I'm not, but I have thought about banishing my Mister to his shop until I get my Grandbaby fix!  Oh well...


I would just have all the fun by myself!  I cut out letters and hearts, glued and drew, until I had two cute banners made.


This one is what I had planned for her to make.  Simple and cute!  


I had some small Valentine's gift bags so I decided to make another banner using the example I saw on another blog.  Sorry, but for the life of me, I can't remember which blog it was.  My apologies but thanks for the idea, whoever you are!  I love it and so did my granddaughter.  She took the one she was supposed to make, home with her.  Turkey!

So mentioning, Valentine's and my granddaughter...


She sent a note to me.  I love getting these little surprises but I do believe she has an agenda!  I know you probably can't see her writing very well but this is a list of supplies I am supposed to purchase.  Apparently, I am making cupcakes and cookies for her school Valentine's party!  LoL  And I will surely be glad to do so!  She knew I would!

Well, it is time for me to put the furbabies to bed and head that way, myself.  Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
Pam
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

It's All I Got

I've tried all week to come up with something to post.  Honestly, there just isn't much that I find inspiring, right now.  It's all this gray, gloomy, wet weather.  Really, I'm not complaining because the amount of rain we have received, so far this year, will come in handy when our temps reach the triple digits.  It's just...well...it is a mood killer.  Blah, Blah, and more Blah!  I seriously need to find something that will keep me busy enough that I won't notice what the weather is doing.  But what on earth could that be?  Every volunteer opportunity, that piques my interest, is outside!  Hobbies/Crafts just aren't what I want to do these days.  What do y'all do - besides housework and crafts - to keep your sanity?  That is inexpensive???  Something that might hold my interest for more than a minute!!!


So...this is how I dry my clothing.  I can't stand to put my clothes in the dryer.  Why would you want to "cook" you garments?  HeHeHe...That's what I've always thought even though I do use the dryer, for most of the laundry, during the winter months.  Some things like my Mister's clothes and the towels/linens, would never get dry.  Why, I would have these racks all over the house trying to get it all done.  How two people can have so much laundry is beyond me!  My Mister has more than I do and the amount of towels and wash rags we go through is crazy!  Anyways...I got side tracked and have no idea where I was going with all of that!  By the way, ignore the dirty floor.  As you can see, it is very dark and my dog is very white!  And she is a sloppy eater!  Oh well.  I'm not going to scold her for it.  After all she is 16 years old!  I suppose she has earned the right to be messy.


I've been burning the oil lamps to help chase away the gloom, lately.  I normally don't use them unless the lights go out.  They tend to give me a headache from the odor they give off, but they do help a bit to make things cozy.  


And of course, I light candles all the time.  Isn't candle light the most delightful type of light?  I think I would have done very well back when people only had candles for lighting.  What do you think?  I love reading a book and sipping a cup of tea or coffee, while listening to soft instrumentals, and doing it by candle light is so soothing.


I need to finish this lapghan!!!  I've been working on it since before Thanksgiving and I only have about eight more rows and the trim left to do but dad-gum it, I just can't focus long enough!  I know I will eventually get it done but I hate having projects unfinished!  I really need to put away my phone and tablet!  I think those two things keep me from accomplishing a whole bunch of stuff!  Maybe I will do just that.  Nah...probably not since they are my link to the outside world and keep me from going stark raving mad!


There have been a lot of birds hanging out lately!  Several Cardinal pairs, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Blue Jays, Downy Woodpeckers, little wrens and sparrows, and of course those noisy Orange-Winged Blackbirds.  Oh and those pesky winter birds that are the bullies of the bird world in my opinion.  I don't know what they are called but I would rather they didn't run off my sweet little friends.  

Well...that's all I have.  If you're still reading, thank you!  I'm pretty sure I have bored you to death!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Friday, January 11, 2019

Follow By Email


I just added the "Follow By Email" gadget so you can receive my posts right there in your inbox.  Of course,I love when y'all actually stop by but I understand email is sometimes easier.  I don't personally use email, for anything other than bills, but if you do, the gadget is over there in the right hand column.  I do hope you will still come in here and leave a comment...just 'cause!  

Grace & Peace,
Pam