Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Thanks

The day of giving thanks is upon us and for those that are traveling I bid you safe travels to and from your destination. For those that are home, I bid you a blessed day full of love and family. We will be home today celebrating with family and then we will travel to my daughter's new house on Saturday for a celebration there as well. Our son will be here today with his girlfriend, (that is going to be fiancé soon- SHH!) as well as our youngest daughter, her boyfriend, the grand doll, and my father in law and my mom.

I will be cooking dinner today and then Saturday, I simply get to enjoy the day! I am thrilled about that! My Thanksgiving wish is that one day I am able to sit and watch the Macy's parade thru it's entirety without cooking. I think I may be dreaming that will ever happen. For those that are cooking, I pray that everything turns out perfect. I have my turkey on and I am getting ready to start the ham. I have potatoes almost ready to go in the pan and I have my cranberry sauce chilled. Pumpkin pies are ready and banana pies will be soon. I will get the veggies into the pans soon and they will be cooking away without much worry.
I pray that the day is filled with love for each of you and I want to say how very thankful that I am for my blog friends. A few of you, I have connected with more than others, but I must say that I am thankful for each of you. 

What are you thankful for today? 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Weekend At The Farm

Good Tuesday Morning from my house to yours! Since I totally missed blogging yesterday and had the grand doll due to her mommy working on a normal day off due to the holiday, I thought I would take a chance to catch you all up on what is going on at the farm. ( Sorry the photo is blurry. I thought a nice warm fire would be cozy for our chat.)
When the grand doll is here, we like to bake. Since I was not in a mood to bake, we found a simple recipe and we made our Christmas Almond Cookies. 
Adding the candy sprinkles was one of her favorite activities. You can't see it in this picture, but she always wears an apron when we cook. 
Before the oven. 

The finished project. Just enough for a taste for everyone. 

The chore of cleaning up. She loves water so dishes were her responsibility. 
Next, we moved to lunch. She asked for pigs in a blanket, so that was what we made. 
Dinner was a big pot of chili.
Then the grinding of 4 pounds of venison to make hamburger. I love to season it a bit as soon as it is ground. 
A little decorating happened. Here is the stocking hanger, but it needs to be bigger. 

A soldier and some snowmen to sing along with. 
Look at this farm decoration that I got from a friend. It lights up and I love it. Lights seem to be my theme this year. I am enjoying all the battery operated lights that we have available. 
Another blurry photo, but this is my front door wreath with lights added. 

More lights around the lamp and a candle burning. 

The close of the weekend brought a new animal to the farm. Meet Kujo ( my husband picked his name)
Isn't he cute? He's a blue heeler and my grand doll got one as well. I had forgotten what people charge for animals, but they are cuties and keepers. Last night was his first night in the house. I am not sure my Jazzy,( Jack Russell -Chihuahua mix) is too fond of him. We shall see.  

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday 9 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

Saturday 9: No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) 1979

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

1) This lyrics use weather as metaphor for romance. Here at Saturday 9, we're more literal. How do the skies look where you are this morning?

A. Since it is 6:30 in the evening, it is dark. The sky is dark because it is rainy and there are no stars to be seen. 

2) According to Merriam-Webster, "enough is enough" is what you say when you want something to stop because you "can no longer accept or deal with it." When did you recently say -- out loud or to yourself -- "enough is enough."

A. Just this past Thursday when we had another horrible day with my mother in law.

3) Grammy winner Luther Vandross began his career as a background singer and performed on "No More Tears." Tell us about one of your early jobs.

A. I worked at the local public library as a library page, which was basically a book shelver. On the weekend, we were able to work at the circulation desk in the children's department. I loved that job!

4) Both Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand made slight changes to their first names. Summer was christened "LaDonna," while Streisand's parents spelled her name the more conventional "Barbara." When she was in high school, meme mistress Samantha Winters went from "Sammy" to "Sam." Did you ever make a similar change to your first name?

A. No, I have never made a change to my first name. I would like to at times as I am not fond of it. 

5) Hair was higher maintenance in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Streisand and Summer are both sporting styles that would require chemical treatment, like a perm or relaxer. Today's looks are less rigidly styled and tend to be smoother or slightly messy. How often do you change your look?

A. I don't change my look often, but I am looking to add a little bold color to it soon. How we loved our Aqua Net hair spray in the 80"s.

6) In 1979, it seems every kid was asking Santa for Star Wars toys. Some things don't change, since the Star Wars franchise remains popular with children and toymakers after more than 40 years. What book or toy did you love as a child that remains popular today?

A. Barbie. She is still a popular doll today, although her look has changed a bit. She is still a sought after lady!

7) Thinking of things that endure ... In 1979, the #1 show in the ratings was 60 Minutes. It's still on, every Sunday night, and in the summer of 2019 it came in at #4 in the Nielsen ratings. What's the most recent show you watched? Was it news, sports or entertainment? 

A. I am currently watching "Holiday Baking Championship". Such a neat show and I sure wish I could bake like these people. 

8) In 1979, the price for a dozen eggs averaged 85¢. Today, it's about twice that. Are you more likely to use eggs to prepare a main course (like an omelette or Eggs Benedict) or as part of a recipe (anything from a cake to a meatloaf)?

A. I would be more likely to use eggs in a recipe, but I do like to make omelettes and quiche. 

9) Random question: You’re alone in your car, driving through your neighborhood on a bright, sunny day. You get a flat tire. You have a spare and a jack in your trunk. Would you fix it yourself or call for help?

A. I would call my husband, but if he was not available, I would change it.  

Friday, November 22, 2019

Christmas Caroling - Is it A Lost Tradition

As I was watching a Hallmark Channel movie the other evening, I was watching the small town feel that I think we have lost in America. The town was decorated with lights and trees and a small festival took place in the center of town for people to walk around, play games, and people were caroling. I began to think - Do people do caroling anymore?

I know no one would dress in the fancy gear that it shows on these shows, but just to go sing in front of someone's home for the homeowner to enjoy the music of the season. Are there towns that still have carolers singing at their winter festivities, if there are any of them? Do random people get together and go sing for anyone these days? Or has caroling became a tradition that has just as well been lost!

I do believe a few churches here still send visitors to the nursing homes to sing for the residents and that is nice, but with the prospect of singing in the outdoors in front of homes, businesses, etc. I am not sure that it is done. Have we became a society that doesn't listen to Christmas carols? Do children know the Christmas stories like Rudolph, Frosty, The Little Drummer Boy, and some of the other classics?

I truly believe that our society is heading into a downward spiral that it may not come out of. I feel that once we take away all that our society was based off of and take away the traditions that we have had for years, we may never return the to the society that cares for others. It is sad that so many simple joys have been taken from children and adults.

Are there Christmas festivals in your hometown? Do people still go caroling near you? Name one of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Christmas Exchange

HI to all my readers today! I have been thinking about two fun exchanges I participated in last year and can't seem to find information on any that are happening this year in blog land. I participated in a tea cup exchange and a gift exchange with other bloggers here and I truly enjoyed it and made some new friends. I would love to do something like that again. That brings me to my post.

I would like to get 10-20 people that are interested in doing a secret type gift exchange on here. It can be homemade, store bought or even just something nice that you no longer want. The price should be around $10, if possible. I will write down all names and then decide who will give to who. You will not be aware of who your gift is coming from until the gift arrives.

If you are going to participate, please comment below and then send an email to me with a few things that you are interested in. Items such as a love for reading mysteries, I do yarn crafts, just things that you love. Your favorite color or something that you collect are very helpful in these types of exchanges.

Ladies, we spend so much time making sure others are taken care of, let's make this about us! Imagine opening your mailbox to find a package for yourself that someone else has taken the time to think about you and show you a little appreciation.

We need to have the list made soon of participates as Christmas is only a few weeks away. I would like to have names sent out by Dec. 1 to give all time to get gifts and get them in the mail. I would like them mailed by Dec. 15th to insure that the item is there by the holiday.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #7

I have been forgetting to post these for some reason lately and I am determined that this week I am not missing a post. As it is midweek and many of my readers are looking forward to the weekend, I started this to give them something to look forward to in the middle of the week.
 I have thought long and hard about this particular post as I have many post ideas written down, but nothing that goes along with this and so I have decided that I would share some photos that I feel will bring a smile to someone's face today.
Fall brings beautiful colors and showcases God's amazing work. However, fall also brings winter and for many that is a time of year that can be depressing.  I personally don't care for winter, but we need to make the best of it as God felt that we needed it.  And after all, isn't a snowfall absolutely beautiful in some places. 
Both of these just remind me how beautiful the winter season can be. 

For so many in these parts, travel to Florida for the winter has been a must. I know it is for the sunshine and warm temperatures, but I must say that I have seen some beautiful sunny days here in the winter time. 

Enough of the weather, what is more wonderful than the site of a newborn sleeping? 
Or the wonder that they see on Christmas morning
For many of us, the wonderful thing about a Wednesday is a simple cup of morning coffee. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Crafting Today

I needed a catchy title for this post, but the item I intend to show you was something I done on Sunday. I will be linking this to Frontier Dreams Crafting On today. 

I am usually not doing many crafts, but winter always brings the time that I can possibly sit and do something for myself and Sunday was a lazy day here as my husband was not feeling well and I did not want to disturb him with cleaning, etc. I decided while he napped, I would work on something that I wanted to do. 

Several weeks ago, I made a trip to Hobby Lobby ( where I wish I would have won a lottery before entering their doors). I was thrilled to find something that I truly wanted to paint. I decided this year that I would like to have some new Christmas items so I have been looking. Of course, now that it is completed, I think I would like to do a few more for gifts. 

Everyone needs a red truck for Christmas, correct? I bought this charming little wood piece several months ago and just decided to paint it this weekend. I love it! I have found a pillow that says something about Christmas trees and I think that I would like to place it near it as well. 

Another project that I worked on and this is what I think I want a few more of are the Merry Christmas wreath signs. 
This was after my first coat of paint and before I finished the Merry Christmas. I was not thrilled with the purple bow, but I could not find my Glitter paint and I do love purple. I think my next one will be blue. 
Here is the final picture. Lighting was not great, but I used gold for the letters. I believe this will possibly go to my mother in law at the nursing home. I think it will be a nice décor for her room and I would like to find her a small Christmas tree. I think that she will like it. 

What are you working on this week? Do you make homemade gifts or only buy gifts or a combination of the two?

Monday, November 18, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - Nov.18th

Hello everyone! I am excited to be joining Sandra again to take part in her Happy Homemaker series and look forward to reading everyone else's posts as well. Mondays can be dreary days for many, but I don't mind them as much since I have truly never had a Monday thru Friday job until the last few years while doing home health. I am looking forward to today because I am meeting friends for breakfast and a little Christmas shopping.

The weather.....  
  It is a little warmer here and I think we are to see some 50's this week. I know the sun was shining yesterday and it was not too cold out. 

Right now I am....
  Enjoying a cup of Caramel Crumb Cake coffee and listening to the click of the keyboard as I type.

  Of gift ideas for my husband. Yes, we still exchange gifts for Christmas even though I have suggested that the kitchen remodel was enough. He doesn't like sports and he really doesn't have hobbies except hunting. He is the kind of man that when he wants something he buys it. Makes gift giving so hard, plus we have an anniversary coming up that I want to celebrate. 

On my reading pile....

  Spirit of the Season. I just can't seem to find the time to finish this book.

On my TV.....
  It will be the news in about 15 minutes when my husband gets up, but I am enjoying the silence.

Favorite blog post last week (mine or other)....
  I can't say that I have one. I have not really thought about it. There are so many of you that I follow and enjoy tremendously.

Something fun to share....

These cute towels from Kohl's. Aren't they sweet? 

 Blog Hopping..
  . I can't say that I have read many new blogs this week. 

On the menu for this week....
  I have not thought about the menu yet for the week. I will tackle that some time today, I guess. The pork loin that I marinated in pear juice last week was delicious. 

On my to do list....
  Preparations for Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas are the two priorities here. 

In the craft basket....
  Many projects in the works. I am still quilting and I have some items that I picked up at Hobby Lobby that I want to paint. I am making my daughter some homemade ornaments for her new home. 

Looking forward to this week....
  Spending time with the grand doll and working on some crafts together. 

Looking around the house....
  There is some clutter that needs to be handled today as my husband hunted on Saturday and was sick all day yesterday so of course, he leaves a mess behind. 

From the camera....

The start of another delicious batch of apple butter. I can hardly wait for the deliciousness to be finished. I am so thankful for apples. 

   On my prayer list.....
   Susie and her husband Ted, my children, peace in the world, school shooting survivors, my friends and family 

Bible verse, Devotional....
  I am starting to read my Bible all the way through again and today is Day 1. Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth". 

Many blessings to each of you and I will link  up as soon as Sandra posts this week. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Fall Reading Challenge - Wild Awakening - Book # 4

The month of November is winding down and as it does so is my time to do these posts of the books I have read for the Fall Reading Challenge that Colletta began on her blog and you can read more about it here.

This will be book number 4 and I am happy to say that I also have book number 5 read and will be posting about it soon. This particular book was a non fiction book, which is not typical for the books I chose for the challenge, but I must say I am glad that I did.  I read this book in 3 days and was fascinated by the entire story.

Title: Wild Awakening

Author:  Greg J. Matthews with James Land

Series: No

Pages: 214

Date Published: 2019

Publisher: Howard Books


Greg Matthews was the ultimate poster-boy for masculinity. Avid hunter and outdoorsman, Air Force and civilian firefighter, EMT, rescue helicopter pilot, fugitive recovery agent, Ground Zero volunteer and more, Greg had spent his whole life striving to serve others but for all the wrong reasons. After his parents’ divorce when he was young, Greg believed deep down that the only way he could be loved and valued—by his father, by his family, and by God—was if he earned it through daring, high-stakes, high-risk—what society commonly refers to as “manly”—achievements.

But everything changed when an idyllic hunting trip through the backwoods of Alaska turned into a harrowing fight for his life. Greg was attacked by a grizzly bear—but the gruesome, nearly fatal conflict offered an unexpected encounter with God. Greg’s eyes, and more importantly, his heart, were finally opened to the lie that he’d internalized as a child: that his dangerously high-risk achievements were the sole signifiers of his worth. The road to recovery was long and painful, but it forced Greg to come face-to-face with the long-held view of manhood he had absorbed as his own identity. The relentless grizzly uncovered something in Greg’s heart: that he was being pursued by an equally persistent God, who loved him unconditionally.

A gripping tale of survival and a rebuttal to outmoded notions about masculinity, Wild Awakening offers an alternative way of living in the world, allowing them to finally see their value in God’s eyes.

My Thoughts:
Fascinating story! Greg was facing a trip of a lifetime with his brother- a hunting trip to Alaska. As he prepares for this trip, his mind allows him to prepare for most anything that could happen to them while they are away and his avid hunting and outdoorsman skills as well as the jobs he has had allow him to know what the best survival items are. So he begins to pack things that most people probably never truly think of. 

As the trip is going well and they are thrilled to be in Alaskan wild country on the trip, one day a sight disturbs Greg a bit, bear scat - sure signs that one or more has been where they are. They continue their trip though and just as the hunt is on, a grizzly bear attacks Greg and all of his training and preparation is not enough to fight her off. As she mauls, bites, and tears at his skin, arms, legs, and head - he fights. He begins to think of his wife and children that will be left behind with only memories of the work that he has accomplished. 

Suddenly, Greg's realization that his high risk lifestyle and his manly achievements are not the things he wants to be remembered for. He wants his memory to be more. He wants to hug his children once again, he wants to  hold his wife again, he wants to live. His fight for life and his recovery change more than just his life, it changes his beliefs and his heart! 

This book captures your mind immediately and never lets go. It is an edge of your seat reading that makes you want to continue to read without laying the book down. It is an honest look at the way we live our lives and what truly matters versus what we are taught matters. I would highly recommend that you read it. One of my favorites of this challenge that I have read! 

*Disclaimer: I normally do not add affiliate links to these posts, but I fell in love with this book and would hope that others would read it as well, so I am asking that you allow me to possibly earn a little off of this if you choose to purchase this. Any sales I make from this affiliate link, will go to the feed that it takes to house the animals that we do. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Saturday 9 - Judy Garland

Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)
We're spotlighting this legendary concert because  Bev from Sunday Stealing loves Judy Garland. This week's Saturday 9 is a "thank you," one meme-mistress to another, in gratitude for Bev's willingness to pick up Bud's meme and keep it going.

Song #1: "When You're Smiling." What made you smile this week?
    A.My grand doll made me smile this week, as she always does. Hearing her laugh while watching a video was priceless. 

Song #2: "Almost Like Being in Love." We've all had many crushes, but love is rare. How many times have you fallen in love? 
    A. I have loved several, but can only say that I have fallen in love with my children, my husband, and my grand doll. 

Song #3: "This Can't Be Love." This Rodgers and Hart song was introduced in the play, The Boys from Syracuse. Syracuse is the county seat of Onondaga County, NY. What county do you hail from?
   A. I currently am in Brown County, but I am from Johnson County.

Song #4: "Do It Again." What's something you'd do again, if only you had the time or money? (A book you'd like to reread, a recipe or pattern you'd like to make again, a vacation destination you'd like to revisit, etc.)
   A. I would love to go back to Niagara Falls in Canada and I always enjoy going back to visit my cousins and family in Virginia and Tennessee. 

Song #5: "You Go to My Head." Judy forgets the lyrics, but gamely keeps going. Tell us about a recent moment when you chose to keep going, no matter what. 
   A. Almost daily, I am tired by the time the grand doll leaves for the day, but I continue my day.

Song #6: "Alone Together." Is anyone there with you as you answer these questions, or are you alone?
   A. I am alone as my husband just left to go hunting. 

Song #7: "Who Cares?" This song was written by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. They had a lesser known brother, stockbroker Arthur. Are you more creative and artistic, like George and Ira? Or more analytical and methodical, like Arthur?
   A. I believe that I am more analytical than creative and artistic. 

Song #8: "Puttin' on the Ritz." Judy sings that The Ritz is the place in New York "where fashion sits." If we wanted to see everyone "all gussied up" in your town, where would we go?
   A. I believe that you would have to travel to a larger town then here to see someone gussied up. Maybe a local church, although these days it seems that no one even dresses up for that. 

Song #9: "How Long Has This Been Going On?" Judy sings about discovering how glorious romance can be. Have you made any new discoveries lately? It doesn't have to be as groundbreaking as Judy's. A new podcast or a faster route to work counts, too. 
   A. I discovered a new blog this week that I really like and I discovered a new restaurant that is near here that I intend to go to soon. 

If you're wondering why there are no Garland hits here ... these are her first numbers in the order that she performed them. She saved her better-known songs for the end of concert. Who am I to second guess Judy?

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