Sunday, October 21, 2018

There is simply no sense...


Hey y'all.  I know it has been over a month, again, since I posted.  Our life has been turned upside down, lately.  While I have tons to write about, now, I have no time to do it.  So...I am taking a "break" from this blog.  I don't know when, or even if, I will return.  I will continue to visit y'alls blogs because they have become the only quiet place I have...or so it seems.  I love you all and thank you for reading my blog.

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, September 20, 2018

But Life!

I had every intention to come right back and make a post, after my last one.  Well, you know how life is.  Some stuff came up and I had to take care of it, immediately, then one thing led to another and here we are many days later!  Story of my life!  Ha!

Like I said before, I don't really have anything that will be all that interesting but I do have a few pictures I can share.

One weekend, my Mister went to see his Dad, for the weekend, and I got the bright idea to learn how to make tamales.  Can I just say I lost my ever-loving mind for just a minute!  Who would have thought these delicious little corn husk packets, with meat filling, would have been so time consuming to make.  Lord help me, it took all of two days!  Of course, I was making them by myself and clearly this is, obviously,  a multi-person job.  Way too much work for one person but I think it will be fun to make them, with my kids, for the holidays.

My birthday came and my daughter gave me this sweet little letter board.  Now, I love quotes, chalkboards, letterboards, etc, so you would think I would change this sign every day but I can't think of a better quote than this one.  It's very true!  LoL

Last month, I planted a couple of planter boxes with pumpkins, in hopes that we get a couple for the grands to decorate.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks after I planted them.  Now the vines are going crazy.  Filled that fence up and is now running across the back field!  Craziest things I've ever seen!

There are several baby pumpkins and a couple of them have gotten quite a bit larger than this little one.  Hopefully, with water and some love, we will have a decent harvest.  I love fresh pumpkin for breads and pies.  And oh those wonderful roasted pumpkin seeds!  That is my addiction!

The birds have blessed me with many flowers this year.  I love surprises, don't you?  I'm going to be putting out different food for the winter birds, soon.  Wonder what surprises I will find next Spring!?

My Mister and I went out for some much needed therapy, a couple of weeks ago.  You just can't get better than this.  It was quite windy, though, so we had to stay right around one cove and not go as far as we wanted.  This is the first time I had been in my "Yak" since early last summer.  It felt good!

It is getting to be that time of year when the sunsets are the most beautiful in Oklahoma.  Late summer, early fall, is ideal for taking pictures and just enjoying God's artwork!

Well, I told y'all I didn't have much to post about so if you are still here, thank you for stopping by!  And please do come again!

Grace & Peace,
Pam



Thursday, September 6, 2018

It's winding down



I didn't mean to be away for so long but summer is winding down, my granddaughter is back in school, and life seems to be slowing down some.  I will be back to make a good long post, very soon...probably tomorrow if I don't forget!  

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cusp of 55 and Longing...


Do you ever wish we were still in the good old days?  It seems the older I get, the more I long for the days that my ancestor's lived in.  Oh, I know it wasn't as glamorous as the internet makes it seem.  I know it was a hard life but sometimes, I don't think that is a bad thing.  Families worked together, lived together, ate together and worshiped together.  It took everybody to make the family farm work.  Mom up before dawn, making biscuits from scratch.  Getting the morning breakfast ready before the children came running to the table.  Daddy out of bed, even before Mama, milking the cows and feeding to animals, before heading out to the fields.  The younger children doing chores before they headed off to the one room school house, and then again when they returned home.  Running through the woods, wading in the creek, or laying in the pasture, watching the clouds go by.  The older children heading out to the fields, to help Daddy, before Mama calls them all in for supper. 



Everyone gathering around the table, giving thanks to our Father, for the food before them, the people beside them, and the blessings around them. 
 

Everyone sitting on the porch, in summer, or in front of the fireplace, in winter, talking about the day, singing sweet little songs, and reading the Bible.  Then off to bed before the last little bit of light, fades into darkness.  Little ones tucked in with a kiss on the forehead and Mama telling Daddy, how blessed she is and how much she loves him...

Come Sunday, the entire family went to church...together.  Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins...all worshiping God.  You knew everybody in that church.  Why, today, I dare say you don't even know who is sitting in the same pew as you...providing there are still pews and not some fancy padded folding chair.  That is a sermon all on it's on...these new fangled church seats.  Most churches have thousands of people who attend them.  Even in my own church, I know all of four people, other than my Mister and granddaughter.   The only reason I know them is because they used to go to the same church we did.  They left about the time I was basically asked to leave.  Anyhow, that's a whole 'nuther matter. 



Back in the day, you knew you were going to church, as a family, no question about it.  After church,  you knew there would either be a potluck lunch on the grounds or your family was going to Grandma's house for Sunday Dinner.  That's just the way it was and everybody got along or Grandma would put her foot down and tell you just how it was.  In the land before everyone was offended about everything...Grandma ruled the roost and the family with a switch in one hand and a bag of love in the other.  And you didn't dare cross Grandma or she would sit down that bag of love and tan your hide with that switch.   LoL

Where did we go wrong?  Why are families not coming together, anymore?  Is there no such thing as neighbors, these days?

I will be 55 years old, in ten days.  Even though my days are spent babysitting the grands, reading, browsing the internet, and piddling around, I am bored, restless, and sometimes I even feel lonely.  Of course, my Mister comes home from work and we talk for all of five minutes.  It usually goes something like this. 

Me:  How was your day?
Mister:  Fine.  How was yours?
Me:  Oh, you know.
Mister:  How were the babies?
Me:  They were good.  Suppers almost ready.
Mister:  Ok

We eat.  I clean the kitchen, he heads outside to his shop.  I head back to the internet.  He comes in, takes a shower, and plops down on the couch to watch the mindless drivel that is television.  I take my bath and head back to the computer or some other something that passes the time.  Right before bed, I make his lunch for the next day, set the coffee maker, water the dogs, pet them, and tell them that I love them.  I go to my reading spot.  Mister goes to bed.  I do the same after a little while.  It's not that we don't enjoy being together or love each other.  We simply have a pretty consistent life.  There really isn't much to talk about because our days are pretty much the same...day after day.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not complaining or having some sort of pity party.  I am extremely blessed.  Way more than I deserve and most of the time, I love our mundane lives.  But sometimes I feel something is missing...has been missing.

We live in a place where there is no community. 

My siblings live in another state, my children are busy with their own lives, and I feel like life is no longer...life.  Does that even make sense? 

We live where people are constantly on the go.  No time to make friends or meet their neighbors.  Even the elderly are blowing and going.  Most days, I am the only human at home, in our neck of the woods.  Our neighbors are older...you would think they would be home but not around here.  It's crazy and I don't like it.  I don't know...maybe my upbringing makes me feel this way.  We lived in small town, USA.  I went to school with every kid who lived in that town.  Our parents were friends, we were friends.  The entire town was "family".  Of course, I married and moved away so I lost some of that hometown feeling.  Then I divorced.  I suddenly became a single mother.  I had to get a job...in fact I had to get several jobs.  I spent all my time working and raising my babies.  I thank God that I had a loving family who helped me out some.  Even during those days, I still had a support system who got together, who came running if I needed something...I had a community even if I was so busy working that I couldn't enjoy it! 

I remarried, and we moved to Oklahoma, for my Mister's job.  Everything changed.  We left all of our family and friends, behind.  We knew not a single soul here.  It was just the two of us and the kids.  We've been here going on 22 years and it is still just us, the kids and grandbabies.  Even the kids don't come around much.  Of course, our baby girl does, but it is her kiddos that I babysit and sometimes I wonder if it weren't for that, would she call or come by?  Would she be so busy with her job and life that she wouldn't realize how long it was between visits?  That is what happened with our son.  We see him, maybe...and that's a huge maybe...once a month.  He lives about two miles down the road, passes by on his way home every day but is so busy that he just doesn't have time to stop in, even for a minute.

I know this all sounds like I am pouting but I'm really not.  What got me started was an article, from a fellow Okie-blogger,  I read the other day.  You can read it here.  The Redneck Diva   Kristen sums it up pretty good.  We have to make an effort.  Unfortunately, when only one person is making the effort, families fall apart.  Community ceases to exist.  This is what I feel has happened. 

So then, this morning, I found that my friend, Teri from Homespun Cottage , has a second blog called, Table for 2.  Both are sweet blogs.  In her first post, she wrote about her kitchen table and it got me to thinking about how my own kitchen table has changed over the years.  That led me to writing this post.  I know, I know!  This post really has nothing to do with my kitchen table but humor me...that's just how my brain works.  I know you are probably think, "Man, she has watched way too many episodes of The Walton's, Little House On The Prairie, and Andy Griffith.  Well, I do love those shows but it goes much deeper than television.

So...on the cusp of turning another year older, my yearning for a simpler time is stronger than ever.

I so long for the good old days when family was everything, community was essential, and God was first in all of it.  

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Princess Sparkles gets what Princess Sparkles wants...

As the title suggests, my granddaughter pretty much gets what she wants, when it comes to her PawPaw.  A little while ago, she mentioned that she wanted her own camper.  Mind you, she is only eight years old, but she thinks it would be fun to have one that she can call her own.  So, being the good PawPaw that my Mister is, he is building her one.  I thought I would share a few pictures of the progress.

I didn't get pictures of the trailer frame before he started so this is after he has pretty much got everything built.




Two large windows, one on each side, will allow for a cross breeze.  The rain gutters will help direct the rain away from the sides.  See the antennae on the end?  Yeah...she asked for and so she will have a tv, dvd player, and sound system...nothing less for our Princess Sparkles.



The door is solid but it can be fully opened and will have a screened canopy covering the entry.



The inside is very simple with wood like vinyl flooring, an A/C, and shelving for the sound system and storage.  I didn't get a picture of that but it is on the left above the fire extinguisher.  It will have a fold out cushion chair/bed, curtains, and a place for a few books and toys.  She hasn't nailed down decor, yet, but I think she is leaning towards tie-dye, peace signs, and beads.  Girl has her Granny's hippie-gypsy heart.



The front will have a cover over the A/C, that can be removed when in use and of course the frame will be painted and the fenders will be put back on.  I am in charge of painting it like she wants it.  So far, I have one coat of primer done with at least one more coat needed, before I start painting it like she wants it, and she wants it like this...



...sans the "cheesecake" wording.  See, I told you she has my hippie soul!  As I said, what Princess Sparkles wants, Princess Sparkles gets!

I can't wait until it is finished.  I know PawPaw will take it out on overnight camping trips and I can't wait to hear the talk around the campground!  LoL 

Stay tuned!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, July 19, 2018

117* in the shade!

What can I say about the heat wave going on in Oklahoma, other than, "It's Freakin' HOT!".   107* in the shade with heat indices making it feel like 117*!  And...we still have August and September to get through.  It seems this time of year depletes everything in me.  I don't like Winter anymore than I like Summer so I'm not going to wish for that.  I would love to live someplace where I could get outside, year 'round.  I hate being stuck in the house, with the curtains closed and A/C working overtime.  Hate, Hate, HATE, it!  Oh well, that is my lot in life, I guess, because we're not moving anytime soon.


So, since we're not moving someplace where I don't have to be inside all the time, I made new curtains for my kitchen windows.  Don't mind the dirty dishes in the sink...or the dirty window.  Both are clean now!   I needed color and I think I achieved that with these bright and fun fabrics.    


I reversed the fabric on the set of double windows, on the other side of the kitchen.  I think it gives it a quirky little difference that I can switch up whenever I want a change.  I love them but honestly, I can't wait until I make some new curtains for the Fall and Winter!  Back to that nasty hate of  this hot weather!  LoL  Sorry but it's horrible!  I do love my new curtains, though.  I will use them a lot, I think.

I don't think I told y'all about selling our massive, 7ft. farmtable.  With no more foster kids and very seldom having our own kids and grands, over for a meal, it made no sense to keep that big ole table.  Besides my precious grandson kept walking into the corners and I was afraid he would really hurt himself.  So I sold the table and adopted a smaller table and chairs from my daughter.  It's a good size for me and the Mister and has a leaf that will be used when the kids come for holiday meals.  The thing is, it has six chairs and without the leaf, only four will fit around the table.  I have the other two here...


...which I am not crazy about but I have no where else to keep them.  The table and remaining four chairs are across from the double windows.  I'm thinking I might like to have a small, narrow, table there under the windows, with these two chairs, for the grands to sit at and color or do crafts.  My Mister might like to have a small table there, too.  He is always looking out those windows so if I put a table there, he could sit and drink his coffee while watching the deer or whatever is out there.  I don't know.  I'll have to play with it, for awhile.  


Can you see my hand through this fabric?  Looks like cheese cloth doesn't it.  Well, it isn't.  This is actually supposed to be a flour sack dishtowel.  I couldn't believe they sold this as a flour sack!  This is even after I washed it, in hopes that it would shrink and close the threads together.  MAD, is what I was because these things aren't cheap.  I won't be buying anymore, that's for sure.


I had to get out, this morning, so while I was running an errand, I decided to stop in at a local charity shop.  I am so glad I did!  I found all of these things and only spent $6.  I've wanted to make a sign like this but have never gotten around to doing it so when I saw this one for less than $2, I couldn't resist getting it.  I will take it apart and paint the frame.  I'm think a bright sunny yellow.  The stack of books are those adult coloring books.  Brand new they range in price from $5 - $19.  I got 8 books for 25¢ each!  They've never even been colored in!  My granddaughter will be over the moon when I show her the books!    The canister was also less than $2 and it is heavy ceramic.  It says "treats" on the front but the back is blank, so I think I will come up with a decal to put on that side.  I use my Cricut for so many things but I've not used it for something like this, yet.  I can't wait to show you what I come up with.

Well, I'm sure y'all are tired of me complaining about the heat!  If you happen to still stop by, thank you for doing so!  Stay cool and be sweet!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Banana Bread recipe


I was asked to share the recipe for the Banana Bread, I made for my granddaughter, so I thought I would do it while I was thinking about it.

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 1/8 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ripe medium-large bananas , mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chopped walnuts ( in addition to 1/2 cup)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.

Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Mix the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined.

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and when blended, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas; mix well.

Fold 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Top the batter with remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts.

Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Grace & Peace,
Pam

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Definitely July!

Y'all, it is definitely July!  We have been under heat warnings, for the past week, with no end in sight!  Triple digit heat indices and full blown sunshine!  Y'all know where to find me.  In the house, with the curtains closed and the A/C working overtime!  No playing outside for me!  I think I am allergic to the heat, or something, because every time I go out, I get a headache and have to come in and take some Tylenol.  My Mister says it's because I'm getting older.  That's probably the truth but I refuse to admit it.  I will admit to being an air conditioning baby, though!  I don't like to be hot at all!  Of course, y'all know I don't like to be cold, either!  Isn't that just how it is!  Never happy with the weather!

Yesterday, we took a drive to what was supposed to be a sweet little spot on one of the rivers.  We were expecting...



Either we never found the right spot, even though it is supposed to be a very popular place, or it was dried up!  Either way, we were very disappointed.  We decided to drive to another natural swimming hole, which is definitely well known, called the Blue Hole Park in Salina, OK.  




This is a very pretty place and apparently very popular!  There were so many people and even up in the campground, it was packed.  We may have to take the Grands there but we will go early to beat the crowds!



While we were looking for these two places, I spotted one of my favorite places to hang out!  An antique mall!  My Mister was looking at his phone trying to find better directions so I decided to stop until he figured it out.  I wasn't looking to buy anything but I just loved this little pitcher and the hand painted chicken canvas.  I think they will look cute in the kitchen where I am slowing bringing back more color.  I went through a phase where I wanted everything white with a small touch of color but I'm out of that phase now and need to get back to my favorite look, "Grandma's Kitchen" or "Country Farmhouse", without all the modern stuff they are calling country and farmhouse.  I guess I want that fun, colorful, clutter, that is so famous from past kitchens where Grandma put things she loved!  I'm just tired of everything being so...perfect...I guess is the word I would use.  Not that mine is perfect but you know how all the design magazines look.  I need my "lived in" kitchen, back!  Anyhow...



I bought this material, a few days ago, and will be making new curtains for the windows.  I have green ric-rack to trim them with, too.  I can't wait to get them done!  I normally don't put curtains on the kitchen windows because I like to be able to look out to see the birds, and other wildlife, playing, but with the heat that comes in from those windows, I decided to make the curtains.  I can keep them open in the morning and evening, while closing them through the heat of the day.



It is time to start working on the handmade part of my Christmas gifts.  I make the grandbabies either a quilt or afghan, every year.  These are the fabrics I picked out for my granddaughter.  I think they are pretty but now that I look at them, I wonder if she will really like the yellow and gray scheme.  She is a colorful little soul and I think I need to go and get different fabric.  I will look at these, for awhile, and then decide.  Anyone else get vibes from fabric or yarn?  LoL  I do this with everything.  If something doesn't "speak" to me, I go a different way, so we will see what these color tell me about my granddaughter.  I told y'all...my head is a strange place to hang out!  I haven't decided whether I will make my grandson a quilt or afghan yet but I know his will be something boy-ish!  Probably dinosaurs, trains, or trucks!  Maybe I will combine the three! 



My granddaughter and I go to the library every other Wednesday and she insists we get a Starbuck's while we are there.  We are fortunate to have a nice library that is home to one of the many Starbuck's, in our city.  She loves their banana bread!  I mean, who doesn't, right?  I had some over ripe (almost black) bananas so instead of throwing them out, I decided to make her some banana bread.  I made two loaves and it was so good!  I used a different recipe. One that promised to be "just like Starbuck's".  I think it was even better but then mine is homemade where their's is commercially made.  It really was delicious which is unusual for a recipe from Pinterest!  Have you ever made a recipe that you found online?  I have many times and almost every single one has turned out horrible!  

Well, that is just about all I can think of to tell y'all!  See you next time!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Here it is July...

Here it is July and I haven't been very productive this entire year!  I mean to tell you, I have been lazy as all get out!  What I need to be focusing on, now, is buying a few Christmas gifts.  I know it is a long time before Christmas but I would like to have the majority bought before Thanksgiving.  I hate the holiday crowds and usually end up spending too much money because I go online and shop for the same things I could get locally at a much cheaper price, just to keep out of the craziness!  I just can't deal with it.  Anxiety, is a horrible thing.


My Stargazer Lilies finally bloomed!  They're are so pretty, aren't they?  This is probably my most favorite flower and the aroma they have is definitely my favorite fragrance!  I thought they might not bloom at all because of our crazy weather but I have three or four blooms and hopefully there will be a few more but I'm not expecting it.  It's been just too hot!


Apparently, my feathered friends, that visit the bird feeders, are a messy bunch!  There is a large patch of sunflowers, coming up, right under one of the feeders!  I think I will leave them alone if I can remember to tell my Mister to not mow that spot!  It will be fun to watch the Finches visit the sunflowers when they bloom.


This is a pre-planned camping weekend for my Mister.  Early in the year, I try to make reservations up until July otherwise, we would never get a campsite at any of the area lakes.  They fill up fast and reservations are the only way to go.  Why some of the campgrounds are booked up a year in advance!  I don't like to make reservations because, if I'm honest, I don't know what I'm going to be doing five minutes from now, much less in a few months!  But like I said, I make the reservations mainly so my Mister can get away from the stress of working long hours and taking care of our place.  He deserves that much!  So anyway, I reserved a spot at a different lake than the one we usually go to.  It is pretty much secluded in the rolling hills and the trees.  The lake is a small lake but it is really clean.  As usual, I go out during the day and come home in the evening to feed the animals, then head out again the next morning.  One of these days I will be able to go and stay but until our animals cross the rainbow bridge, I will do what I have to do!  It was a good thing I came home last night, for sure.  


While I was still at the lake, it started clouding up and soon it was getting darker and darker, so I came on home.  By the time I got here, the sky was very dark and it was thundering and lightening!  As soon as I got the outside animals fed, it started raining and cooled off, probably 20*!  It's a good thing I left when I did because my little man, Tater-Bug, is deathly afraid of thunder!  Poor little guy goes directly to the bathroom that we use in case there is a tornado in the area but I had the baby gate up where they couldn't get in there!  Poor little guy was a nervous wreck by the time I finally got inside and moved the gate!  I've thought about one of those Thunder Shirts but he is tiny and they won't fit him, so I just let him go into the bathroom until the storms pass.  


It rained all night and all of nature said, "Hallelujah!!!".  I think we got close to an inch and a half, which we needed, but now the humidity will be off the charts when the sun returns!  Such is life in Oklahoma!

Y'all have a great week!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Food On A Hot Summer Night...

You know, I am so happy that I have a husband who will eat just about anything I put in front of him.  Only exceptions are asparagus and sweet potatoes.  These 100*+ days call for something light, cool, and nutritious.  I've taken to making homemade pita chips and mixing together some tasty chopped veggie salsa.  


This has become quite normal around here.  The homemade pita chips, hummus, chopped veggies, and lunch meat, cheese, and a few crackers.  I don't eat much so this little bit is more than enough for my Mister and I.  Both of us could stand to lose a few pounds so maybe eating like this will help with that as well as being able to prepare a meal without too much trouble or over-heating the house.


I made this yummy corn, tomato, avocado, salsa tonight.  It was easy as can be and so tasty.  All I did was thaw out some frozen corn, dice the tomato and avocado, chop a sweet red onion, and add fresh shredded Parmesan cheese.  Then I stirred together about a tablespoon of EVOO, three tablespoons of fresh lime juice, two minced garlic cloves, a smidge of red pepper flakes and salt/pepper to taste.  Pour that over the veggie mix and gently toss.  Easy, easy, easy!


The pita chips are the only thing I had to use heat for but it was only for a few minutes, so it didn't heat up the house at all.  I took out three whole wheat pita rounds, coated them with a little EVOO, cut them in wedges, sprinkled with garlic salt and baked, in a 400* oven, until crispy and golden brown.  

All of this took just minutes to prepare and I was in and out of the kitchen in no time!  Now that's my kind of meal on a hot summer night!

Grace & Peace,
Pam