Our Simple Journey of Faith, Family and Life

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sept. Blog E-Letter

                                                 {Ron & Jean}

Sept. has been a busy & Blessed month for Ron & I. We celebrated out 39th annivsary on the 10th of this month. How the years have flown by. We are Blessed with 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and now were by ourselves again (excupt for our 2 dogs) enjoying life and checking out this awesome country we live in.

Fall is beginning to peek it's head into our lives and souroundings. I can see the tree's thinning out, and some leaves taken on the fall colors. We were sitting on our deck last evening and noticed that the shrubs are thinning out already. Maybe we should prune them now before winter hits. Who knows,

Temp. have cooled off here in the Beautiful Ozarks. We've been able to turn off our air conditioner and open the doors & windows. How nice to have fresh air in our home again. The nights are cooled down as well. In fact we put a light blanket on our bed because it's gotten cool now. I see it's pre-dected to go into the high 30's & 40's durning the evening for the next week.

Ron's daliah's are blooming strong and looking great. I see I have new Job's tear seeds again, that will need picked before long. I bought some new "Purple" Crocus bulbs that I need to get planted. I love seeing the crocus pop through the snow to let us know spring is in the air. We have a garden full of yellow crocus  & a "few" purple already,  but I need lots of purple as it's my favorite color & besides why not.

I have been busy crocheting hats for children in Headstart. I've decided to start making them for the children (low-income) in our much needed school here in Harrison. We have an elementary school where most of the really needy children seem to go and they need some love and care as well, so thats my goal to make hats for these children who will gladly take our gift of love and donation.
Headstart (here in Harrison) wants you to sign a paper saying your donation is worth no more then $25.- and I can't lie, I have over $80.- invested in the yarn alone each year not to mention my time and energy, and anyhow It's a donation, Love-Gift FREELY GIVEN to the children with NO CHARGE whats so ever, so why do they need to make it difficult for me the giver. it's NOT like  this is community service or court ordered, the hats are made because I have been Blessed with the talent of knitting & crocheting and I just want to Bless others that are less fortunite with some love and warmth. Mother has a bundle of gloves for the children as well so this will be a great box of love to share.

It is our (Ron & I) Prayer that you are enjoying your fall weather and souroundings as well. May God Hold you in the palm of His Hand and keep you safe & healthy until we meet / chat again next month.. Blessings Ron & Jean

PS.. Make time everyday to spend in HIS WORD, your life will never be the same again

Buttermilk fudge

                                                     Buttermilk Fudge


2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup butter

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped nuts, if you like nuts it really enhancing Pecans are my favorite

Directions:Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 1 1/4 hr

1 Butter sides of a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven.

2 Combine first 5 ingredients in pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until butter milts and sugar dissolves.

3 Using a pastry brush dipped in hot water, wash down and sugar crystals on side of pan.

4 attach candy thermometer to pan, making sure thermometer dose not touch bottom of pan.

5 Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Do not stir while syrup is boiling.

6 Continue t cook until syrup reaches softball stage (Approximately 234 to 240 degrees).

7 Test about ½-teaspoon syrup in ice water. Syrup should easily form a ball in ice water but flatten when held in your hand.

8 Remove form heat: add vanilla. DO NOT STIR until syrup cools to approximately 200 degrees.

9 Using a medium speed of an electric mixer, beat fudge until thickened and no longer glossy.

10 Stir in nuts.

11 Pour into a buttered 8- inch square pan. Cool completely.

12 Cut into 1-inch squares.

13 Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Don't Ever Sell Your Saddle

                                         {Don't Ever Sell Your Saddle}

Daddy shoulda been a preacher man

'Cause everybody loved to hear him speak

He didn't always follow his own advice

But we got a sermon every week

He'd say trouble always starts as fun

And broken hearts will always mend

Tough times don't last, tough people do

And nothing breaks if it can bend


Don't ever sell your saddle

Never owe another man

Watch where you spit on a windy day

Don't use words you don't understand

Find the Lord before you need him

And never lose your pride

Don't ever sell your saddle

'Cause life's a long, long ride

Daddy never ran from anything

Always took his share of the blame

Had a heart big enough to fill a valley up

But hard enough to stop a train

He said only fight when you have to

'Cause there's always a faster gun

And you'll know a hero from a coward

When you see which way they run


Daddy left me his old saddle the day he passed on

And these words are etched into my mind just like they were in stone


Wonderful Memories


'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.

'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !

'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.

Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow)

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a..m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.'

When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had..

I never had a telephone in my room.

The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea.. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.

Real ice boxes.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.

Ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum

2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water

3. Candy cigarettes

4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles

5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes

6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers

7. Party lines on the telephone

8. Newsreels before the movie

9. P.F. Flyers

10. Butch wax

11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])

12. Peashooters

13. Howdy Doody

14. 45 RPM records

15. S& H greenstamps

16. Hi-fi's

17. Metal ice trays with lever

18. Mimeograph paper

19. Blue flashbulb

20. Packards

21. Roller skate keys

22. Cork popguns

23. Drive-ins

24. Studebakers

25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You' re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

My Dogs

My Dogs;

This morning I went to sign my Dogs up for welfare. At first the lady said, "Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare". So I explained to her that my Dogs are mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can't speak English and have no clue who their daddies are. They expect me to feed them, provide them with housing and medical care.

So, she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify.

My Dogs get their first checks on Friday.

Isn't this is a great country!

Monday, September 27, 2010



This is very up lifting! It blessed me today, I am sure you too will be blessed.

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.

It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.

The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the firey sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday'.

We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.

The Lord is my Shepherd ----- that's a Relationship!

I shall not want ----- that's Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ----that's Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters -----that'sRefreshment!

He restoreth my soul ----- that's Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness --that's Guidance!

For His name sake ----- that's Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death--that's Testing!

I will fear no evil ----- that's Protection!

For Thou art with me ----- that's Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me -----that'sDiscipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies------that's Hope!

Thou annointest my head with oil ----- that'sConsecration!

My cup runneth over ----- that's Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life----that's Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord -----that'sSecurity!

Forever ----- that's Eternity!

Face it, God is crazy about you!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Purple Luggage

Look how spoiled I am, My Precious Mom bought me some purple luggage today, must mean it's time to plan our next trip.. Thank You Mom, I LOVE You So MUCH!!!!!!! ♥ ♥

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mom's Lipstick Plant

Stacy (my Sister) bought this plant for Mom, now look closely at the flowers on the bottom, they actually look like a tube's of lipstick.

Now isn't this plant just the coolest with it's display of lipstick blooms on the bottom.

Mexican Pork (Crock-Pot) Recipe

Mexican Pork

1 lb pork boneless loin roast Cut into 1” pieces

1 (20 oz) jar salsa

1 (4 oz) can green chilies, drained

1 (15 oz) canned black beans, Rinsed and drained

1 c. Monterey Jack cheese

Mix pork, salsa, and chilies in 3 ½ to 4 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat 6-8 hours or until pork is tender. Stir in beans. Cover and cook 5 mins or until hot. Sprinkle with cheese.

Yield: 6 servings= 274 cals, 14g fat, 6g fiber, 17g carb, 21g protein, 764mg sodium, 54mg chol

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Beauty of Mathematics

The Beauty of Mathematics and the Love of God! This is TOO cool!

Just the math part is good enough, the end is even better.

I bet you will NOT be able to read it without sending it on to at least one other person!

Beauty of Mathematics!!!!!!!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9

12 x 8 + 2 = 98

123 x 8 + 3 = 987

1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876

12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765

123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654

1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543

12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432

123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11

12 x 9 + 3 = 111

123 x 9 + 4 = 1111

1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111

12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111

123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111

1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111

12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111

123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88

98 x 9 + 6 = 888

987 x 9 + 5 = 8888

9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888

98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888

987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888

9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888

98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1

11 x 11 = 121

111 x 111 = 12321

1111 x 1111 = 1234321

11111 x 11111 = 123454321

111111 x 111111 = 12345654321

1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321

11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321

111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

Mind Boggling...
Now, take a look at this...

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to

GIVE OVER 100%...

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help

answer these questions:


Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%

A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E
1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:

L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D

12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will
get you there, It's the Love of God that will put you over the top!

If you find this interesting share it with your friends & loved ones.

Have a nice day & God bless you and yours!


Look Around You

A very special teacher in high school many years ago had a husband who unexpectedly died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, "Before class is over, I would like to share with all of you a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves... and none of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment. Perhaps this is God's way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day."

Her eyes beginning to water, she went on, "So I would like you all to make me a promise... from now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice. It doesn't have to be something you see - it could be a scent - perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone's house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please, look for these things, and cherish them.

For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the "stuff" of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted. We must make it important to notice them, for at any time ... it can all be taken away."

The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.

                                              ~Author Unknown~

Red Lobster's Cheddar Biscuits

Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Red Lobster's Cheddar Biscuits

Todd Wilbur Reveals the Secrets to Great Restaurant Dishes

America's largest seafood restaurant chain and you get a basket of some of the planet's tastiest garlic cheese biscuits served up on the side. For many years this recipe has been the most-searched-for clone recipe on the Internet, according to Red Lobster. As a result, several versions are floating around, including one that was at one time printed right in the box of a baking mix.

The problem with making biscuits using a baking mix is that if you follow the directions from the box you don't end up with a very fluffy or flakey finished product, since most of the fat in the recipe comes from the shortening that's included in the mix.

On its own, room temperature shortening does a poor job creating the light, airy texture you want from good biscuits, and it contributes little in the way of flavor. So, we'll invite some cold butter along on the trip-with grated cheddar cheese and a little garlic powder. Now you'll be well on your way to delicious Cheddar Bay. Wherever that is.

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix

¾ cup cold whole milk

4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese

Bush on Top:

2 tablespoons butter, melted

¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes

½ teaspoon garlic powder

pinch salt


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a large fork. You don't want to mix too thoroughly. There should be small chunks of butter in there that are about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don't over mix.

3. Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop.

4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.

5. When you take the biscuits out of the oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter. Makes one dozen biscuits.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Grandma's Pearl's of Wisdom

                 I Love You so much JesseAnne and I DO BLEIEVE in YOU!!!

I've traveled paths you've yet to walk, Learned lessons old and new,
And now this wisdom of my life, I'm blessed to share with you..

Let kindness spread like sunshine, Embrace those who are sad;
Respect their dignity, give them joy, and leave them feeling glad..

Forgive those who might hurt you; And though you have your pride,
Listen closely to their viewpoint, Try to see the other side..

Walk softly when you're angry, Try not to take offense,
Invoke your sence of humor, Laughter's power is immense!!

Express what you are feeling, Your beliefs you should uphold,
Don't shy away from what is right, Be courageous and be bold..

Keep hope right in your pocket, It will guide you day by day,
Take it out when it is needed, When it's near, you'll find a way..

Remember friends and family, Of which you are a precious part,
Love deeply and love truly, Give freely from your heart..

The world is far from perfect, There's conflect and there's strife,
But you can make a difference, By how you life your life..

And so I'm very Blessed to know, The wonders you will do,
Because you are my Granddaughter, And I Believe in YOU!!!!!

{I so wish I would have written this, but lo I did not, It so express'es my feeling for you Our Precious Jesse, who is going forth into adulthood. You are so Precious, & Wise. Take each day as it come sweetheart, and never be quick to say yes. Always take time to think things out completly before making a decision. 
Most important, Always Keep God first place in your Heart & Life, and everything else will fall into place. Love Grandma & PapPap Q.}

American Flag made in China

                         The American Flag is presently being made in China

What a farce!!! Shame on the American company's sending our Treasured Flag over to China of all places to be made at pennies a flag then sending them back to America for us to Proudly Display.

The American Flag should be made in AMERICAN factory's, employed by AMERICAN  citizens, displayed by our AMERICAN GOVERMENT, AMERICAN business, & Homes & Schools.

All flags in Wal-mart are made in China. Shame on them!!! We as AMERICAN should REFUSE to buy anything that is not made in AMERICA

http://www.carrot-top.com/  Carrot-Top proudly sells FLAG  made in AMERICA only . Please support Carrot-Top and help support the AMERICAN Citizens.

Sentimental writers and orators sometimes ascribe meanings to the colors in the flag. The practice is erroneous, as are statements on this subject attributed to George Washington and other founders of the country.

From the book "Our Flag" published in 1989 by the House of Representatives...

"On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America. This mission, designed to reflect the Founding Fathers' beliefs, values, and sovereignty of the new Nation, did not become a reality until June 20, 1782. In heraldic devices, such as seals, each element has a specific meaning. Even colors have specific meanings. The colors red, white, and blue did not have meanings for The Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777. However, the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:

"The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."
http://www.carrot-top.com/   Carrot-Top proudly sells FLAG made in AMERICA only . Please support Carrot-Top and help support the AMERICAN Citizens.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Handmaid of the Lord

                                      Handmaid of the Lord

Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. Lu. 1:38

By: Sarah Raber

1.Though our names and ages vary, yet no title’s necessary,

Old maid, young maid, single ladies—no such titles in God’s Word.

Yet there is a title given when a maiden walks with God,

The exalted high position of a Handmaid of the Lord.

Such an honor, such a calling for His humble handmaid fair,

Let me cherish every moment He’s entrusted to my care.

I His handmaid give to Him my heart’s devotion full and free,

Working only for His glory, in His service let me be.


Be it therefore to Thine handmaid, Lord according to Thy Word,

Let Thy servant wash the feet of the servants of my Lord.

Thou dost guide and order every life according to Thy will,

I will follow as Thou leadest, and my heart be yielded still.

2.Free to travel, free to serve, free to study and to learn,

Free to care for things above, offering heart and hands of love.

Single eye, single goal, singleness of heart and soul,

Singled out to serve with passion, joyful in my single role!

Though my future be unknown to me, ‘tis not unknown to Him,

If He offers me “Prince Charming,” yet may it never dim

Any of my heart’s desire, any of my first true love;

May I first and foremost, always, live for Him who reigns above.

3.Single doesn’t mean rejection, poor material, second-rate,

Singlehood is not a curse, is not brought on by chance or fate.

But positions of true honor, jewels kept with jealous care,

Chosen for a special purpose, being for His work prepared.

Whether called to joyful singlehood, or called to marriage sweet,

Let us live within the moment—worship at the Master’s feet!

True fulfillment in our life will come by resting in His will,

He the greatest Lover of all time our hearts shall truly fill!

Annivsary Flowers for My Precious Ron

These are the flowers I bought for my Precious Ron to celebrate our 39th Annivsary. They are so bright and cheerful, and the Balloons go together like PB & jelly... SMILE

Your my Sugar Pie Honey Bunch!!!  Love You Honey!!!

Today is our 39th Annivsary

                                            {Happy 39th Annivsary}

I awoke to these Beautiful Flowers sitting in front of the computer this morning. My Beloved Ron bought them for me in celebration of our 39th Annivsary Today.

Were going out tomorrow night to celebrate, dinner at the Red-Lobster and then we'll see what the Lord has in mind for us while were over in Branson

Years ago when our children were in Jr. High School {In Calif.}, I remember our Daughter Rhonda saying, you two are the only ones still married to eachother. All my friends parents have divorced and either are re-married or living with their other's.

In High School Rhonda said maybe 3 families still had the original parents married to eachother and the rest were re-married or living with their other.

We moved to Harrison Arkansas "Ozarks" {Bible Belt}  in 2001. Most of the couples are married to their original spouces. To see others married for 35 yrs, 40 years, 45 yrs, 50 & 60  yrs is Not Un-Common here..

YES there are many here divorced, re-married, living together etc. but Most Couples who have gotten married are still together. Do I contrubute it to living in the BIBLE Belt, YES I do, When you Walk in God's Word, You live as God wants, and thus a Happy Marriage, Home, Family, Life

I have been Blessed to be Married to my Precious Ron for 39 yrs today.
Ron is my Gift from God, My Best Friend, Father of our Children, Grandfather to our Grandchildren. I am so BLESSED to have Ron as my Husband & Partner in life.  We have been through many trials together in our lives, There is NO ONE I would have rather walked through these trials with other then Ron, He's my Rock, Thank You Ron for 39 Wonderful Years together.

          As Ron would say, 39 down & a lifetime to go.

   Happy Annivsary My PRECIOUS Ron, I So LOVE YOU!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Difference Between Italian Mothers & German Mothers - By: Pat DeCurtins

The different between Italian mothers and German mothers:

Italiam mothers torture their children with talk and some strange hand movements while talking that only another Italian can translate.

German Mutters wear helmets with horns on and ...let their children enter the house only if they obey orders and show zem their papers!

By: Pat DeCurtins

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wisdom - James 1:5 (NIV)

James 1:5 (NIV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him you)

Wisdom means practical discernment. It begins with respect for God, leads to right living, and results in increased ability to tell right from wrong. God is willing to give us this wisdom, but we will be unable to receive it if our goals are self-centered instead of God-centered. (To learn God's will, we need to read His Word and ask Him to show us how to obey it. Then we must do what he tell us).

Monday, September 6, 2010

My New Pattern BLOG

I have opened a new BLOG called Qunique Creations for just my patterns. I have so many that I don't want to to blog down this blog. This way there will be 1 place in which you can locate my patterns.


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Labor Day

Today is Labor Day,  Last day of summer vacation and on to Fall & Winter happenings.

Ron is going to BBQ tonight, He's cooking hot dogs (more about hot dogs later), Potato Salad, Beans & chips. This is our yearly dose of hot dogs, and believe me when I say once a year is enough for this girl.

NOW on to the hot dogs. There was a time when you went into the market to buy hot dogs. Thats what you found was a couple brands of hot dogs. You picked one and were on your way.. Not today...
I buy Oscar Meyer brand if I'm not buying Hebrewnational 100% beef hot dogs.  Today at our local Wal-mart they did NOT have 2 kinds of Oscar Meyer hot dogs (beef & regular), No they had Turkey, Beef, regular with turkey, chicken & pork,  with nitrats or not with nitrats, with cheese, no cheese, jalapinos or not jalapinos, 8 pack or 10 pack. Mind you I didn't plan on going to the libuary, but in order to buy a single pack of hot dogs, I spendt 15 minutes going through these awful things just to find a simple pack of 10 hot dogs. Oh each had their own price as well, 8 packs that were NOT cooked  & were more then the rest. HAAA lets get this, I have to pay more for less and then cook them, did someone say duhhhhh.
Next year, NO hot dogs, I'll be BBQ'ing chicken where I can grab some (without water solution added)  and go home and cook it, and yes, Ron will be thrilled I'll even make my own potato salad... YUMMY

Hope your all having a wonderful day off from both school & work.. Enjoy your down time

God's Blessings upon each of you

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Spirit of Winter

                                                  {Spirit of Winter}

Once again the beautiful spirit is called upon to complete the cycle of nature by creating a winter wonderland. As she moves across the landscape adorning trees and plants with their winter dressing she helps an eager assistant to paint leaves with frost. Children play in the snow and ice, blissfully unaware of the miracle that is unfolding before them. When her work is complete she will move on making room for the spirit of Spring to follow in her icy wake.

Spirits of the Springs

                                              {Spirits of the Springs}

Eureka Springs (Arkansas) was founded because of the popularity of its healing waters, which had been held sacred for many years by the Native Americans. With the growth of the town, the springs were covered, enclosed, forced through pipes, and polluted. In recent times, the townspeople have been doing a lot to bring back the health and beauty of the springs. Now there are lovely gardens and walkways. Groups of well-wishers visit, bringing crystals and chants to call back the power. My paintings in this series have the intention of revitalizing the waters. I mix sacred water from Lourdes into the paint to carry a high vibration onward to the viewer and back to the water.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Murph's Head-Start Hat (Crochet)

                                        {In Honor Of Murph's Surgery }

So I made this up today while I awaited for news about Murph's surgery. It is a quick and easy hat to make, and the kiddo's will love it for sure & for certain.

I or J hook    These will fit children between 3-5 yrs of age.  (Do NOT Turn)

Row 1: ch 4, join, ch 3, work 11 dc in hook, join (12 sts)

Row 2; ch 3, * 1 dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each st around, *Repeat around, join (24 sts)

Row 3: ch 3, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, *around, join (36 sts)

Row 4: ch 3, 1 dc in each of next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st. *Repeat around, Join (48 sts)

Row 5:  ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st., *1 dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st. *Repeat around. Join (60 sts)

Row 6 -9: ch 4, *skip next st, dc in next st, ch 1. *Repeat around, Join, sl into ch 1 space, ch 4, repeat for a total of 4 rows

Row 10-12: 1 sc in each st around. finish off and tuck in tail

Murphy - Surgery day

Murph Man is looking pretty good after his big surgery today. He had the growth removed from his hind quarters, he had a seed growth removed from his rib, and he had 4 teeth pulled. Dr Joe said the growth is not cancer just ugly, We can live with that..♥ ♥ ♥

I also created a new hat pattern for the children in Head-Start today while awating the news about Murphy. Will have to make time to post it as well

Thursday, September 2, 2010

NEW - Purple Pots, Pans & Silverware

Look what My Precious Mom bought for us, Purple Pots & Pans Plus matching Silverware. The silver on the handle just before the actual metal piece looks like a CREST. Awesome set. I am so excited.. Love Purple so much and when Mom saw these in a catalog she surprised us with them... Thanks Mom, I Love You SOOOOO Much!!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Koffee Time - Dolls & A Snake

I can't believe it's already Sept. 1, 2010. How fast this year has flown by. Sept. means fall is just about to come upon us, How blessed this time of year is. I so love the colors of all the tree's, like a quilters pattern waiting to be placed into that special quilt.

It's also raining here in Harrison. It's ben so dry here, this rain is most welcome to all our community.

Enjoyed not 1 but 2 visits from our Granddaughter JesseAnne this afternoon between classes at the college. I so love she just drops by for a visit and some Grandma hugs. We are so BLESSED.

                                       {3 Cabbage Patch Dolls}

Went into the NARMC Thrift store this morning while I was out running some errands, and not only found  several Cabbage Patch dolls, but I actually bought 3 of them each for $3.00. I tossed them into the washer and they are sitting on the dryer to dry. Then I will make them some clothes. Lace dress'es & bonnets. They are lovely and a good size for making baby clothes.

                                               {Our Perfect Grandson}

We also have our "PERFECT" Grandson. He sit's on the bed in the spare bedroom. He has such Precious smile, no diapers to change, no feedings, no crying, no temper tantrums, no demanding to be rocked or held. Nope, I also bought him in a thrift store, but haven't come up with that "perfect" name for him yet.. Any idea's?

Monday 8/30/10 evening, I was looking out the screen door out onto our deck when I saw a gentle movement out of the  corner of my left eye. I turned to the left and saw nothing, I started to turn away and saw a moment again, I turned and just stared into our handing flower pot which hangs behind Ron's BBQ & under the Wisteria Vine which is on a full trellis. Movement again, outside I went. I said Ron you better come out here, we have a snake in our hanging planter. Sure enough it was not a baby snake, but it was a young snake, not agressive at all, maybe a garden snake or something like that. Anyhow Ron moved it off the planter and down on the ground with the handle of the fly swater. Now everytime we go out on the deck, we look see if there might be another. Hea, that snake slithered up HIGH into that planter, and I sure didn't want it on our deck.. yuk my bare feet and night-fall, Oh My oh my