Showing posts from 2022

Happy New Year

 Happy New Year to each of you! May your year be full of happiness, good health, wealth, friends, family, and many blessings. I wish only the best for each of you and I will be praying for each of you as well.  Do you make resolutions this time of the year? I am not this year, although I have in the past. I set goals, but I never set things to the point that I can't reach them if I try hard enough. I set goals for my personal life and my professional life. I set family goals and life goals. I usually choose a word for the year and this year it is FREEDOM. Freedom from the struggles that I have had this year and freedom from the financial struggles that have came along this year. Freedom from the many problems that I have had with my feet. Lastly, freedom from the pain that I have endured this past year.  I have some goals set from my word as well. I want to make more money with my Pink Zebra business and I want to pay off some bills that I have struggled with recently. I plan to fi

Happy Homemaker Monday - December 26, 2022

  Good snowy, cold Monday morning! The past week has been a challenge to so many across the United States struggling with this massive winter storm that brought artic temperatures with it. I know many have struggled to keep warm and deal with frozen pipes. Even in areas that are accustomed to snow and cold, this brutal bout of cold has been difficult.                                                   :::::The Weather::::    We have already discussed the weather, but our next few days are looking better. Tomorrow we should be above freezing for the first time since Thursday and in the mid 50's by the weekend. The weather man is saying that the warmer air is coming, but so is the rain.

Merry Christmas

Santa Claus is on his way, are you ready? I am finishing up some last minute things and then my husband and I are putting together a Barbie Dream House for the grands. We will enjoy a few quiet minutes in front of the tree and then it will be to bed for a few hours sleep before our home is invaded by grands.  From our house to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Keep an eye open for the man in the red suit as he is watching. Remember the pretty packages with the bows are nice, but the real reason for the season is the baby child that was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manager so many years ago. Jesus is truly what the season is about and I am happy to say that my grand baby is aware of that and the others will be as well.  God bless you! Merry Christmas!!!  

Celebrating Christmas With Friends

 Last night was a night full of friends, fun, and some amazing music. A dear friend of mine, Libby had purchased a concert ticket for a few of us as a Christmas present and I must say that it was a blessing. I had reservations about going due to the foot issues, but I am thankful that I went. There were a couple of hiccups due to having to walk a flight of steps that I was unaware of; I managed and had a nice evening.  The concert was sponsored by K Love a Christian music station and was a Christmas Celebration with  Danny Gokey   and  Natalie Grant . Each singer is immensely talented and brings an energy to the stage that is unsurpassed. Together they brought the spirit of Christ and Christmas to each person in the crowd. Each performer brought a different element to the stage and provided a musical experience that will not be forgotten.  Danny Gokey may best be known for his time on American Idol. His performances landed him a third place finish in Season 8 and has given him the oppo

Sunday Morning Smiles

 Let's try to start a new party here! Let's make Sunday morning for smiles. I would love for each of you to link to this post if possible. Share a post here that will make others smile on this amazing day that the Lord has made. I have a full day of things planned as it is our annual friends Christmas party. I will share my goodies another day so that each of you are able to see the thoughtful gifts that my friends give me. There are 6 of us that will be attending, but two of them are my daughters so I won't receive gifts from them today as we will wait till Christmas. We are meeting for a lunch today instead of at someone's house and I am thrilled to be able to walk into the restaurant, although I am still in some pain.  While my kids were on their Thanksgiving trip, they took the grands to Bass Pro Shop and were able to have pictures taken with Santa.  Isn't this one of the cutest photos ever? I sure do love these girls and I can't imagine life without them. M

Putnam Inn- Greencastle Indiana - Good Food

 Last night our daughter and son-in-law invited us to dinner at Putnam Inn in Greencastle, Indiana. I have driven by it often and was excited about the adventure. After being down for so long with this surgery, everything is an adventure.  It is a small, local restaurant and known for its buffet from what I hear. Friday and Saturday night they offer a seafood buffet as well as the normal buffet. The prices are a little over what I would normally pay, but the food was good. My husband and daughter decided to get the Seafood buffet as my son-in-law and I decided to just do the regular buffet.  The regular buffet included plenty of choices with salad, meat choices including some delicious fish, potatoes, broccoli and cheese casserole, rolls, and many other options. With the seafood buffet, you were also offered all you could eat crab legs, frog legs, steak, and other options. There is a small dessert bar as well, which offered pies, cakes, cheesecake, banana pudding, and ice cream with to


 Recovery from foot surgery is going better than expected, I guess. My last appointment was a week ago tomorrow. That put us at the 5 week mark and the podiatrist suggested that I begin weight bearing, which usually does NOT happen until 8 weeks. He wants me to start walking a bit on it and then next week run a few errands and the next appointment I will go into my tennis shoe.  NEVER has been this fast!!! I will say that as excited as I was to begin weight bearing, I am realizing that just because I am making these strides, does not mean that I am going to be walking easily soon. I am finding that I am having more swelling and more pain now that I am weight bearing. I have graduated to a surgical shoe instead of the walking boot and I am using the knee scooter more. I truly don't care for the knee scooter. My granddaughter had her first filling yesterday for a tooth that she had a cavity in and she was a great patient. The ladies at the dentist office were really impressed with ho

Fire Country - The New Series To Watch

 Many of my readers know that I like shows like Swat, Law and Order SUV, Criminal Minds, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, House and New Amsterdam. Some of those have been taken off the networks and I hate to see a show that I enjoy leave because we do not have a lot of good quality television these days. I have to ask though, "Have you seen Fire Country?" Fire Country premiered three weeks ago on CBS and I must say that it is certainly one of the new series to watch. It is exciting, has a fabulous story line and the characters are intriguing and the actors and actresses are some of the best I have seen lately. It follows the story of Bode Donavon and his family whom are career firefighters. Episode 1 introduces us to Bode as an inmate that is joining a firefighting program to lessen his sentence in prison, but he suddenly finds himself in the only town he truly does not want to be in. Bode suddenly finds himself working on a fire with an old friend that he is not really

Another Surgery, Another 8 Weeks

Three weeks have passed since I had yet, another surgery on my foot. The left foot that I had surgery on in January had to be operated on again because the hardware that was placed in to hold the bones in place was not holding and the screw had begun backing out and had to be replaced, but due to the time it had been happening, more extensive hardware had to be placed in. Another surgery, another 8 weeks of non-weight bearing before I am able to walk again. I can't win! I have been in this chair and on the knee scooter more than I have walked this year, it seems. I am so over the issues with my feet. I have a fabulous podiatrist and he does great work, but I will be glad not to see him for a period of time longer than a few months. I am so tired of surgery and the waiting to walk. It limits everything that I can do and it drives me crazy to rely on others. My husband is always more concerned about his work than being here to care for me. He is usually outside for over 12 hours a da

My Pink Zebra Business

 Hello! I have had several of my readers say that they do not know about Pink Zebra and I would love to share some information about this with you all. I am an Independent Executive Consultant with the company and have been with them for 7 years, but only recently began my focus on making this my full time career. I am working to reach manager this year and I am excited to say that my daughter has accomplished that in her career with them.  My love for their products started almost 8 years ago when I was finishing up a long week as a show mom at the local county fair. I was hot, tired and exhausted and decided to walk through the commercial tent to see what companies were represented. I knew nothing of Pink Zebra and the girl that was at the fair did not get any of my attention, I am sorry to say. I simply walked past her and did not take the time to learn more. I did stop at the end of her table though and smell the Toasted Marshmallow Sprinkles that she had set out.  After the fair

Happy Homemaker Monday - July 25,2022

 Good Morning Everyone! Happy Monday! As I am going to join Sandra at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and will link this to her post later, I thought I would share a few notes first. I am still thinking of my dear friend, Ang that passed last week after a hard fought battle against cancer. I am also thinking of another friend who has a daughter that is struggling with some issues. Prayers for these families!  The weather . . .     We had rain last night and it was much needed. Although, my husband had just done some dirt work for a friend and so the rain was much harder and more than he needed for that. Our plants and grass were certainly thankful for the rain though. We are forecast to have more later this week.  As I look outside my window . . .     I see gorgeous sunshine and a lot of weeds that need to be trimmed. I really am not sure what we will do with all of the weeds. I might spray some later today. It is not supposed to be as hot and humid today. Thankful for that. It sure has be

Loss of a Dear Friend

 Hello! I have not written for quite a long time, but I have to write today to share the loss of a dear friend. Some of you may know, Ang Specht, from   Just A Country Girl blog  and we became pen pals several years ago after a Christmas stocking exchange that was posted here on Blogger by someone. I am so thankful that I took part in that as it brought this amazing woman into my life. Ang was a homeschool mom, a wife, and an amazing woman of God. Her faith was consistent and she never faltered no matter what life threw her way. Ang has fought a very rare form of breast cancer for a few years now, but remained optimistic and faithful in her beliefs that God's will would be done. Today, she has met her Heavenly Father and I am sure she is pain free for the first time in awhile and she is rejoicing with God. She will be deeply missed here on Earth by her husband, her father and her amazing children. Ang was blessed to see her oldest son graduate this year and she was so proud of him!

Crochet - How To Begin

 Do you crochet? I have in the past and my mom and grandma both were quite good at it. I have not learned many patterns, but I can make a chain and I have done blankets and a few other small projects. I am learning more as I get older and find that I am more interested in it.   Crochet is from a French word meaning "little hook". How accurate is that because I have seen projects that required quite a small hook for the work. In crochet, each stitch is completed before the next stitch is started and that is why it is different from knitting. Crocheting is making something from interlocking yarn and is usually done with hooks.  Learning to crochet these days can be much different than what I did as a child. These days we have the internet and sites such as ,  the Spruce Craft , and You Tube to teach us if we don't have someone in the family that can show us. In the days I was learning, you needed someone to spend the time to show you what to do. It was a great

Happy Homemaker Monday - April 25, 2022

    Good Morning and how is everyone in blog land today. Things are good here at the farm, except for the weather. I will share more about that later in the post. After you read this, hop over to visit  Sandra , who graciously allows us to share these posts. The Happy Homemaker Series is one of my favorites to read and write.  :::: The Weather :::: Rainy and cooler than the weekend. We had beautiful spring weather for the weekend, but today is not so nice. We have had periods of hard rain followed by lighter showers. The temperatures are to be in the 50's and 60's today. It seems as though the rain will end at some point later today, but I will believe that when it happens. It seems that we have had many showers and lots of wind lately. It is to be cooler this week as well with lows back in the upper 30's for several nights. I truly need spring to get here and stay.    :::: How I am feeling this morning :::: I woke with a headache and it is all because of the weather. I bel

Scrapbooking Thoughts

 Making a scrapbook seems like an easy task until you start to do it and then it can be much more overwhelming than you expected it to be. Do not do a lot of research on the subject or you will find that the internet can be full of very detailed pages and supplies, when you don't need all of that to get started. Remember that this is your creation and you are telling a story, so making it yours is important. The pages do not need to look exactly perfect or exactly like someone else's page.   Let's take a look at what I feel are the steps that you need to take to prep for getting the scrapbook together.  2. Decide the theme of the book. Now, I am not saying that it must be all of the same types of photos, but it is important to know if you are doing one that is based on vacations, school, or just life in general. The types of paper and photos that you will use in it needs to go along with what you intend it to be. There is no point in purchasing paper or die cuts of school r

Crafts, Books, and Other Hobbies

 So many of my readers these days are crafters and I think that I am going to begin a weekly series on these types of products. I will be sharing some links with you on these posts. I am looking to make a little money from here until I can get my own site set up and use it for my marketing. Camping is becoming a huge hobby as well and so I will be adding it to the list as well. Something for everyone is what I am hoping to do. I will remain dedicated to the farm as well. It is what first encouraged me to write this in the beginning.  Many of you are Cricut users and I have friends and family that use this amazing machine as well and I hope to share many hints and tips for these crafters. I do not have one, but it is on my wish list.  Yarn lovers are here as well. I know that I see many projects on here that my readers are working on. I learned to crochet very basic stitches and I rarely ever do these projects, but I would like to learn more so I am hoping to share some more information

Easter Bunny Pictures - As Promised

Here are the Easter photos that I spoke of in my Happy Homemaker Post. I finally got them to download here so that I can share. Look at how cute the girls are! These were taken at church yesterday! Live bunnies and kids make adorable photos!!  

Happy Homemaker Monday - On the Farm - April 18, 2022

Hello Homemakers and Readers! How is everyone today? Good, I hope. Life here on the farm is busy as usual and quite cold for this time of the year. I will get into more of that later. First of all, Welcome to my Happy Homemaker post. If you are not aware of what exactly this is, I suggest you head over to visit Sandra at  Diary of a stay at home mom . She has created this amazing little Monday fun corner and allows us to share some small tidbits of our week with all of our amazing readers.    :::: The Weather :::: Weather: we are to have 4 seasons of the year where I am living and it seems that each year we skip one or more of those. This year it seems as we are skipping Spring. The day after Easter and we awake to a cold and very wet snowy morning. Yes, SNOW! The temperature was like 33 degrees F and we had snow. Not the weather we expect in mid April! I am ready for sunshine and warm! We actually have our wood stove going for heat today as it is to be cool all day with scattered show