Thursday, January 31, 2019

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Backfield in Motion (1969)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week's Saturday 9 has a football theme because there's a big game Sunday. Will you be watching?Yes, my husband is a huge Tom Brady fan and so we will watch. 

2) The Super Bowl is the second-largest day for food consumption in the US, second only to Thanksgiving. What's on your menu this weekend?I am sure we will have pizza, wings, and maybe tacos.

3) Super Bowl Sunday is the #1 day for consuming guacamole. When did you most recently eat something with avocado in it?I don't like avocado so I won't eat anything with it in it. 

4) The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, OH. Have you ever visited Canton, or any other city in Ohio?I have been to many cities in Ohio but never Canton. Maybe this summer. My best friend lives in Ohio and I need to visit her soon. 

5) This song mentions different moves that football players -- and, it seems, girlfriends -- can make that will result in penalties. What's the last rule you broke? What were the consequences?I can't think of anything. 

6) In 1969, the year this song was popular, the Colts lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. The game is famous because of all the hype leading up to it, including Joe Namath "guaranteeing" his underdog Jets would win. Tell us about a time when you felt like an underdog.I started a direct sales business and promised myself that I was not going to fail but when business did not go at the rate I hoped, I felt as an underdog. 

7) This week's featured duo, Mel and Tim, are cousins from Mississippi. Tell us about one of your cousins.My cousin, John, works for the railroad and travels often. I get to see him more than any of my dad's side of the family.

8) The song is about a man who catches his girl cheating and he just won't put up with it. In romance, do you find it easy to forgive and forget?It would depend on the situation. I can't say that I would if it was cheating. 

9) Random question: You've collected a box of gently-used items to donate to a second hand store. What would it be most likely to contain: clothes, housewares, or books/video/music? Clothes, toys, shoes, and possibly some household items.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Here Is My Day!

The date today: Jan. 30, 2019

How's the weather? 
Frigid Cold with temps below zero and wind chills around 30 below zero

What chore around the house have you been putting off?
Cleaning a closet, which I may work on this weekend.

What special dish or recipe are you planning for this week? Feel free to share your recipe if you'd like.
I have beans and cornbread tonight and I think the special meal will be beef and noodles. 

What are you reading?
Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiania

Have you had an "Aha" moment lately - then suddenly the light bulb came on and you said, "Aha!" ?
Not that I can think of. 

A scripture verse you'd like to share.
Proverbs 3:6 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Is here a prayer request and/or praise report you'd like to share?
I have a prayer request for Cierra, a young lady that recently underwent thoracic surgery and has other issues. She is the daughter of someone I attended high school with. 

How about a creative project you are working on?
One in progress or one still in your head
I am attempting my first quilt. 


What special dish or baked item are you planning for this week?
My husband wants homemade bread so I will attempt to make some this week. Anyone have recipes, you can email them to be at

Tell me the story of one of your Christmas decorations.
I have a small naked angel that has hung on our tree for many years and she hung on my grandmothers' tree as long as I remember as well. I find her cute and now that I have a blonde haired grand, she reminds me of the blessing she is. 

A photo that we would love to see?

Is there a quote or graphic you want to share - humorous or serious?

Any parting thoughts?
Until we meet again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Brr !!!!!!!!!!

Brr !!!!!! It is frigid outside and the next couple of days will bring the same type of cold to the US. Many states are used to cold weather during the winter and cold is one thing, but bitter cold with wind chills on top of it are not normal for those in the midwestern United States. Forecasters are saying that it is going to be some of the coldest temperatures that we have seen in several years and that it is a life threatening cold.

Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 10 minutes or less. I decided that I really did not know the exact signs of frostbite so I looked them up and here is what I found. 
    • Cold, numb, and pale skin
    • Pins and needles
    • Sensation to touch is decreased
    • Burning skin sensation
    • Stinging sensation
  1. Skin discoloration: skin turns red, white, blue or grayish- yellow
Plus, I learned that frostbite can occur in those with poor circulation a lot quicker than those that are healthier. Frostbite is not a common issue that medical personnel see, but it does become a factor when temperatures are hitting below zero and staying there along with wind chills of 20-40 below zero. 

Tips for preventing this is making sure you stay warm and make sure any skin is covered! I was just thinking today that I will be making sure we have some scarves and extra gloves for when we are out. 

Farming brings its own challenges at this time of the year and with the temperatures that we are going to have, it is going to be a little more difficult to feed and take care of them. Luckily, they all have dry houses to get into and hopefully, the warm bedding will aid in keeping them healthy. I worry about the calves the most, but since they are older I believe that they will be okay. They are locked in the barn and won't be out.

Please check on elderly neighbors or anyone who lives alone during this cold spell and make sure they are safe. If you have neighbors who might need some help during this time, offer it. Bundle up and stay warm. 

Until we meet again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Valentine's Day Decor

Most of us are aware that as the tree and pretty lights come down after Christmas, we are usually a little disheartened because all of the spirit is gone from the room and we are left with that blank looking home. I felt the same way and although I personally have chosen most of what is in my home, it still loses some of the magic after the Christmas décor is down.

With the grand doll being a little older and a lot smarter, I have decided to look for some nice Valentine's Day décor that we might be able to purchase and save for a couple of years. I was sure that finding things that would work with the normal farmhouse décor might be difficult, but I believe that I have found some things that I want to share with you.

I know she is not a shopper so the items would have to be found online so I began at Amazon. That is the online shoppers paradise, right? Many treasures to be found and some to be bought. I quickly spotted one item that I knew I needed. This red "farm" truck was everywhere for Christmas so why shouldn't it be a part of my holiday décor.
Of course, we love pickup trucks so who could resist this pillow as well. 
I love primitives as well for my home and so looking for a primitive sign was a must, but it needed to be a small sign for the area I wanted it in so I searched for a bit, but finally found this cute little wooden heart box sign.
I have some French style pitchers, like this one 
I intend to add some red flowers to them and possible a few battery operated lights if I can find some and place these in my kitchen to brighten it as well. Valentine's Day can be a fun day to decorate for and I have had fun searching for décor. I had an idea in mind and I will look forward to seeing what you all come up with. Maybe a home tour is in our future for this holiday as well. 

Until we meet again, may your trail be blessed and your ride be smooth!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Saturday 9: My Favorite Things (2018)

Saturday 9: My Favorite Things (2018)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This week's artist, Jennie Abrahamson, is very happy living in Stockholm, but she refers to Paris as "a flirt." She enjoys her time there so much she always wants to return. Is there a place you've visited that tugs at your heart and imagination, tempting you to return? There are several places like this. One of the main ones is Clinchport, Virginia where my dad's family was raised. I love the mountains and river there. I also want to visit Niagara Falls again. 

2) Jennie has said her music has been heavily influenced by 80s pop, which was popular in her early teen years. Are your favorite songs the ones you listened to when you were growing up? Yes, I listen to a lot of the 80's music and I listen to a lot of the gospel music that I grew up on. 

3) "My Favorite Things" is from The Sound of Music. Crazy Sam's high school claim to fame was playing Sister Margaretta in the senior class production. Though not a big part, her performance lives on because relatives love embarrassing her with pictures of her in an especially unflattering nun's habit. Who took an embarrassing photo of you? What were you doing? I never seem to take a good photo so I consider many of them embarrassing. I also was in the musical The Sound of Music. I played a nun as well, but not a major character.

4) The lyrics celebrate "brown paper packages tied up in strings." What was in the last box you received in the mail? The last package I got was a box from Amazon that contained items that I am going to use to teach preschool to my grand doll. 

5) It mentions doorbells and sleighbells. What's the most recent bell or alarm that you heard? I have been working with my daughter a bit the last two weeks and they have a doorbell in her warehouse that drivers must use to be allowed in the building. 

6) This song has nice things to say about cold weather, specifically snowflakes and mittens. What do you like about winter? I don't particularly love winter, but I do enjoy the beauty that the snow can bring to the woods around me. 

7) Dog bites and bee stings are singled out as things that can leave us feeling sad. What's most recently given you the blues? I have been sad the past two weeks because of the time I have spent away from my grand daughter. I usually have her 4 days a week and I have hardly seen her the past two weeks because of work. 

8) In 2018, when this song was released, Roger Federer won the Australian Open. Are you good with a racket? I have not played tennis for a very long time, but I used to be fairly good at playing. Never to the standard to of being a pro, but as far as just a common player. 

9) Random question -- Your local zoo announced the hatching of three snowy owlets. All males. You won the honor of naming them. Go ahead. Well, I would probably name them Hickory, Dickory, and Dock because that is my grand doll's favorite nursery rhyme. 


Monday, January 21, 2019

Digging Out and Now, Staying In

Saturday brought a wide array of weather our way. The morning began with rain and quite a bit of it.  Later in the day, we had a slight amount of freezing rain and then the snow began.  Quickly, we realized that the winter storm that the weather man had been forecasting was certainly hitting us as we suddenly had a lot of snow quite quickly.

I believe our total snowfall on Sunday morning was around 4-5 inches with ice underneath it. That meant digging out by clearing the cars off, shoveling a path to the wood pile, making sure the animals were within reach, etc. That takes awhile but luckily it was not too cold. However, by 4 p.m. the strong winds that we had earlier in the day had certainly brought in the colder temperatures and it was down right cold.

Last night brought bitter cold temperatures with lows near zero and wind chills below zero most of the day. Now it is time to stay inside where it is warm. Of course, animals still need fed and cared for and we must still work, but once we are done, it is time to stay warm. Beef stew from left over roast was a quick dinner and now I will write this, hit the shower, throw a load of laundry in and be done for the day.
I will curl up next to the wood stove and read for a bit and settle in for the night. I pray that you are warm and comfy in your home tonight. 

Until our trail meets again, my your trail be blessed and your ride be true. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday 9: '65 Love Affair (1977)

Saturday 9: '65 Love Affair (1977)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The first line of this song is, "I was a car hop." Car hops used to take orders and bring diners food to eat in their cars. Today, the drive through lane has pretty much replaced car hops. Think about the last time you went to a fast food restaurant. Did you order at the counter or at the drive through window? I went through a drive thru this morning and ordered a drink

2) Mr. Davis sings that his girlfriend was "bad with her pom-poms." Presumably she was a cheerleader. Share one of your school's cheers. We've got spirit, yes we do. We've got spirit, how bout you?

3) The lyrics tell us he believes that if he could go back in time, his girl would still be his. If you could travel back in time to your high school years, what would you enjoy doing again? What would you do differently? I was very shy in high school and I would certainly be more outgoing. I also would have dated a friend that I had a crush on. 

4) During his performing days, Paul Davis sported a full beard and flowing hair. We're using that to check your powers of observation and recollection. Think of the last man you spoke to. Who was he? Describe his hair, and tell us whether he was clean shaven. The last man I spoke to was my husband when I told him good night and no, he was not clean shaven. 

5) Paul Davis was born in Meridian, MS, and that's where he returned to when he went into semi-retirement in 1982. Meridian's biggest employer is the Naval Air Station in Meridian. Do you know anyone who is currently in, or employed by, the military? Yes, my cousin's son just recently graduated from Basic.

6) He was a pool player and a golfer. Which sport are you better at? Neither, but I play a mean game of miniature golf.

7) Sadly, he died in 2008, on the day after his 60th birthday. His best friend remembers him as "a homebody," who enjoyed staying up long into the night with his friends, playing and listening to music. Describe your perfect way to spend an evening.I enjoy an evening with friends and a glass of wine or an evening spent with my husband especially summer time while camping. 

8) The publishing rights to "'65 Love Affair," as well as Paul Davis' bigger hits ("Cool Night" and "I Go Crazy"), are owned by another Paul -- Paul McCartney. Sir Paul's MPL Publishing Company has made him a very rich man, and Paul says that's because he chose to invest in music, something he loves. What about you? If you were to invest in a business or industry you love, which would you choose? I believe that I would invest in a book store. Of course, my Pink Zebra business is a pleasure as well. 

9) Random question --You're at a party and one of your host's best friends is a real egghead who tries to draw you into a conversation about paradigmatic counter existentialism. Would you: a) just listen politely while letting your mind wander; b) admit you don't know what the hell he's talking about; c) explain why you personally feel that the counter existential paradigm just adds unnecessary complexity to the individual's search for meaning? I would tell him that I am not interested in talking of something that I have no idea about. 

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