Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
Here is a picture I took of myself. Not a great picture but you can see me partly!
We haven't had any snow here so I thought I'd take a picture that hangs on our wall which is a snowy one. This is a Fred Thrasher painting. He is very well known here since he lives here and his painting are very popular. It kind of reminds me of the old days with the swinging bridge across the creek and the house down the lane. I've crossed a few swinging bridges in my time!
This picture I took of the lake recently at a dock that is about 2 miles from here. Two men had been out fishing and had just come in to the dock. It was pretty nippy for fishing that day. But I see some people out here fishing on really nasty days. I'm thinking then that they aren't too smart or they surely do love to fish!!
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
"Under the mother otter," muttered the other otter.
A big bug bit a bold bald bear and the bold bald bear bled blood badly.
A cheap ship trip.
Aluminum, linoleum, aluminum, linoleum, aluminum, linoleum.
On mules we find two legs behind and two we find before. We stand behind before we find what those behind be for.
Tie twine to three tree twigs.
A tutor who tooted the flute Tried to tutor two tooters to toot Said the two to the tutor "Is it tougher to toot Or to tutor two tooters to toot?"
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Friendly Folk and Memories
I figured he was going hunting but he said that he had just gotten the gun and he planned on going to a turkey shoot and he wanted to try it out. He had put a target up on a fence post to test it. He was such a nice guy. He asked me if it would bother me if he shot or should he wait until I left (now how polite was that!?). I told him it was fine to shoot. I went about feeding the cats and of course when he did shoot the cats scattered and I jumped since it was so loud! I went out there to see how he had done. The gun was shooting a little low and to the right. A lot of buckshot had hit the paper but not in the target area.
I told him that my Dad used to have turkey shoots many years ago. We raised turkeys back then. He would have the turkey shoots usually in the weeks before Thanksgiving. Then when someone won they got to pick out the turkey they wanted. Then they took it home to fatten up, kill, keep, or whatever. I'm pretty sure they all ended up like most turkeys. He usually had a good crowd of men wanting to shoot and Dad made some money doing it. One day a man won a turkey and had gone over to the pen where we had the turkeys to pick out the one he wanted. His little boy came running up and said, "Dad, Mom said to get a she-male!!" My Dad got so tickled at that! He didn't laugh at the little boy but later he was telling us and he got so tickled!
This gentleman told me that now they usually won a turkey or a ham. He said he would usually shoot his off if he won. I asked him what that meant. He said they would shoot another round and the money went to him and whoever won it got the ham or turkey. He didn't say but I'm sure the turkeys are frozen ones and not live ones!
I was glad we had that talk. It brought back some memories. When I left he was putting up a new target.
My Dad with one of
his shotguns. We were
skeet shooting that day!
It was fun too!
When body parts die....
He said, “My penis is dead.” Then he continued to cry. She said, “Oh, your penis can’t be dead if the rest of you isn’t dead.“ He insisted though that his penis was in fact dead. She patted him on the back trying to comfort him and told him that everything would be okay tomorrow. She left the room but he was still crying.
The next day when she got to work there came the old man down the hall pushing his walker and he had all his private parts hanging out of his pajamas for everyone to see. She rushed up to him and said, “You told me last night that your penis was dead!”
He said, “It is. Yesterday was the mourning. Today is the viewing.”
Monday, December 26, 2005
So it was just me and my husband. No visitors. No special meal. My husband doesn't eat much anymore so I didn't see the point in cooking a lot of stuff for just us two. I guess I was a little down in the dumps. I asked him that evening if he had had a good Christmas. He said he had. I asked him what was the best part of it. He said, "Being alive." After he said that I perked up some. Usually I'm always the perky one and I very seldom get depressed. So then I told him that was a very good answer to my question and I was proud of him for being so upbeat!! He just grinned! Usually I am the encourager, so it was nice to be encouraged by him.
Christmas day was rainy and I did get to watch 3 squirrels playing in the trees outside my window here. I wondered what it would be like to be able to run in the trees like they do and jump from one tree to the next. They were having a good time running and jumping and I did enjoy watching their antics!
Tomorrow hubby's #2 son and his wife are coming down to spend the night! She is pregnant and I know that sometimes pregnant people have cravings. I wonder if I should make sure I have pickles and ice cream?? I have plenty of pickles but no ice cream. Oh well, there are stores only a few miles and Speedway is open all night, so we'll manage if she gets a weird craving!
So we are looking forward to their visit! They are such wonderful fun people! Both in their 30's, first marriage for both of them, both Christians, and both had been waiting and searching for just the right person, and at last they found each other!! We are just so happy for them!
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Merry Christmas Everyone
A Cowboy's Christmas Prayer
I ain't much good at prayin', and You may not know me, Lord--
I ain't much seen in churches where they preach Thy Holy Word,
But You may have observed me out here on the lonely plains,
A-lookin' after cattle, feelin' thankful when it rains,
Admirin' Thy great handiwork, the miracle of grass,
Aware of Thy kind Spirit in the way it comes to pass
That hired men on horseback and the livestock that we tend
Can look up at the stars at night and know we've got a Friend.
So here's ol' Christmas comin' on, remindin' us again
Of Him whose comin' brought goodwill into the hearts of men.
A cowboy ain't no preacher, Lord, but if You'll hear my prayer,
I'll ask as good as we have got for all men everywhere.
Don't let no hearts be bitter, Lord; don't let no child be cold.
Make easy beds for them that's sick, and them that's weak and old.
Let kindness bless the trail we ride, no matter what we're after,
And sorta keep us on Your side, in tears as well as laughter.
I've seen old cows a-starvin', and it ain't no pretty sight:
Please don't leave no one hungry, Lord, On Thy good Christmas night--
No man, no child, no woman, and no critter on four feet--
I'll aim to do my best to help You find 'em chuck to eat.
I'm just a sinful cowpoke, Lord,--ain't got no business prayin'--
But still I hope You'll ketch a word or two of what I'm a-sayin':
We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord--I reckon You'll agree
There ain't no Merry Christmas for nobody that ain't free.
So one thing more I'll ask You, Lord: just help us what You can
To save some seeds of freedom for the future sons of man!
Written by S. Omar Barker
I wish for all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas filled with peace, love, and joy!
Friday, December 23, 2005
A Kitty's Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse.'
Cuzz the cat had pounced on him
And tore him apart -
Ate his mouse intestines
And chewed up his heart.
Kitty thought he heard sleighbells,
Which made him take pause -
He stopped daintily licking
The blood from his claws.
"Must be Santa," thought Kitty
(That quite clever cat)'
Cuz nobody else climbs down
The chimney like that.
Indeed it was ol' Santa
So jolly and fat
With a huge load of presents
And all for the cat!
"Wow, the best Christmas ever!"
Kitty thought with a purr,
Then he coughed up a hairball
And shed some more fur.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
A Little Girl
Here I am when I was a little girl! I'm not sure how old I was. As you can see this picture was taken on the side of a rocky hill. The sun was in my eyes and I was squinting. I've been squinting ever since I think. That's one reason for all the lines around my eyes. Squinting and laughing!!
My Mom said that when I was born I had a head full of dark hair. Then it all fell out and it came back in blonde.
Looking at this picture it's hard to believe that that was once me!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Lunch and fun with friends!
The food was good. It started with amber tea (her trademark tea which is a secret recipe!) which is good and coffee if we wanted it. There was salsa but it had various beans and corn in it and it was far better than plain old salsa, and she had the tortilla chips to go with it. Second course was a dill tomato soup which was also good. Then we had pork, asparagus casserole, and some sort of cooked fruit, and rolls. Then dessert was chocolate cake with black walnuts in it and topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate! Yum!
She has the place decorated so pretty!
Afterwards we were trying on some red hats she had and one lady at the other table told us she had a whole bunch of red hats in her van if we wanted one. Of course we did! We went out and she had bought a whole bunch of those red hatters hats for $1 each at Kmart! (They were marked down from almost $11 to $1, so she just bought a bunch of them!). She refused to take money for them. She said they were a blessing for us! How sweet! So we all got hats (I got 2). Then after we left there we were going to the assisted living home to see another lady who broke her hip and is there until she can go home. She is a member of our Sunday School class. We all wore our red hats to see her!! Believe me we attracted some attention!! I took the extra red hat in and we visited and we all took pictures, etc. Then we all went down to the dining room where they have their big tree and had our pictures taken in front of it with all of us wearing our red hats!!
It is an event that I look forward to each year! She has dinners at other times too, so I may not wait until next Christmas before I decide to go again! The place is not that big but she decorates it so nice and it feels so cozy! They have 2 bedrooms that they rent out for overnight guests, and they live upstairs. The lady that owns it is really funny and usually has us cracking up at some of her antics she has done. She told us a great joke today but I'll save it for another time!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
What worried the relatives was the fact that the bride Ezra selected was a young, healthy twenty-two year old.
One of Ezra's sons cornered him and pleaded: "Look, Dad, you must give this more thought. It's very serious. In fact, a thing like this could prove fatal!"
"So what?" answered Ezra, unperturbed. "If she dies, I'll marry again!”
Monday, December 19, 2005
Johnny raised his hand and said, "He's in heaven." Mary was called on and answered, "He's in my heart." and Robert, waving his hand furiously, blurted out, "I know! I know! He's in our bathroom!!!"
The whole class got very quiet, looked at the teacher, and waited for a response. The teacher was completely at a loss for a few very long seconds. He finally gathered his wits and asked Robert how he knew this. and Robert said, "Well.....every morning my father gets up, bangs on the bathroom door, and yells 'Jesus Christ, are you still in there?'!
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
Sharing my opinion!
Maybe I was what some might call “delicate” or “soft hearted” or “weak?” (or wimp??) I never did like to see anything that consisted of any violence or anything being hurt. Even now I don’t like to watch TV or movies that contain violence. I like comedies and movies where it all works out nice for everyone. I remember watching Tarzan (some of you may recall that show), and they never really showed you anything, but the natives would capture someone and they would bend over two trees and tie him to each tree and then cut the rope and let the trees fly up. They didn’t show anything but the trees flying up and all you heard was the scream but you knew what was happening. That used to bother me to no end. I would lay awake at night and think about that. I would think how horrible that would be to do somebody like that! Then on westerns, which were so popular back then, they might have a hanging. Oh they never showed anything but you heard the sound of the trapdoor opening and then they’d show the legs hanging there. That bothered me too! I know you’re thinking, “Gosh this was one weird child!” But I couldn’t help it. I can’t imagine how traumatized I would be being a child now and the stuff they have on TV and the movies!
I never had children but I always said if I had that the only thing I would let them watch would be “Andy Griffith” and “Leave it to Beaver!” I mean, I know if things like that bothered me back then that there must be other kids like that who are bothered by such shows today. I’ve seen people let their little tiny children watch stuff like “The Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th”, and such shows as that!
Am I the only one who ever felt this way? I know it’s just TV and it’s not real, but still I don’t like to watch it, and I honestly don’t think kids should watch that stuff. Just my opinion.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Brightening up the Night
Candy Cane Cookie Recipe
Cream Cheese Candy Cane Cookies
3 dozen cookies
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (18.25-oz.) pkg. Pillsbury® Moist Supreme® White Cake Mix
1/4 teaspoon red gel or paste icing color
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine butter, cream cheese and egg; blend well. Add cake mix; mix until well blended. Divide dough in half. Add food color to half of dough; blend well for even red color.
For each cookie, measure 1 teaspoon white dough and 1 teaspoon red dough. Roll out each into 4-inch rope. Place ropes side by side. Lightly roll together; twist. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet; shape each to resemble candy cane.
Bake at 350°F. for 7 to 9 minutes or just until edges are golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.
High Altitude: (Above 3500 Ft.)Add 1/4 cup flour to dry cake mix. Bake as directed above.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Candy Cane Cookies
This is a picture before they went in the oven
The dough was VERY hard to stir up. I used the electric mixer but it barely had the strength to turn in the dough. It was very hard rolling them out and twisting the two doughs together at first, but the more I made the easier it got. The dough works better if it is cool. Larger is not better. My first ones were real big and so naturally they break easily, so smaller ones work better.
This is how they looked when they came out of the oven
That was my cooking adventure for tonight. Wish everyone could reach in and try one.
Sleep and dreams
This guy here looks like he's getting ready for some sleep!
Monday, December 12, 2005
Living Christmas Tree
Yesterday evening I went to see the Living Christmas Tree at the big Baptist Church downtown. I had never been in that church but I wanted to see the program. It was packed and I had to sit in the balcony. I think the tree was 25 feet tall. It was certainly lovely with all the lights. I was amazed that all the lights were controlled by computer. (I know this because the guy working them was not that far from me in the center of the balcony). They had an orchestra as well!
I thought the music was too loud but other than that it was awesome! I prefer to hear the singers more clearly over the music. They had 50+ people singing. It was certainly a nice service even if the music was a little on the loud side. I especially loved the way he worked the lighting. Just amazing! There had to be over 100 poinsettas there around the tree and other various places. A lot of work went into that production. They said it was their gift to the community. My thanks to them for that!
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Christmas Shopping Woes
I do not like to shop. I know coming from a woman that might sound strange to some people, but I seldom like to go and just "look." I went shopping with a co-worker at lunch one time. She was looking at men's sweaters as an idea for her son-in-law a gift. If it had of been me I would have gotten his size, glanced at the colors and chose one, looked it over briefly, and bought it. Not her. She looked at every sweater in every color, and she laid each one out and inspected it front, back, seams, sides, sleeves, everything!! She went over several of them with a fine tooth comb. I'm thinking, "God please let this lunch time pass quickly." I encouraged her, "Oh this one is so pretty! He'll absolutely adore it! Get it! Get it! Get it! Go ahead and get IT!" But on she looked and I thought I'd go nuts. Believe it or not we ended up leaving the store and she still couldn't decide on any of them. ARGHHHHH!!! I spent that whole time looking at a bunch of men's sweaters. Not my idea of a fun time at all. Even if we could have moved around the room some, but no......we spent the whole time at that one rack. Yep, you guessed it, my last shopping trip with her!!
When I shop for Christmas gifts I pick out things that I like. Then I think, "would so and so like that?" Then I ponder. To get or not to get, that is the question.....it's so hard to decide. "I like it, will they?" And so it goes.... I usually end up buying something I hope they'll like but I'm still not sure of it. That's where the money and gift certificates come in so handy. They are quick and easy!
Does anyone else have these problems shopping for Christmas presents or have a hard time choosing what to get people?
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Man vs. Woman?
The wife replied, "The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men…”
The husband then turned to his wife and asked, "What?
Runaway Christmas Tree
I chopped down the tree and my plan was to tie it to the saddle on the pony and he would carry the tree home, just following us along. I had what we called sea grass string with me, which is also baling twine. I used that and I managed to tie the tree onto the saddle and hoped it would hold. Well, I still think it would have if the pony had cooperated. I got on the mare with my hatchet in hand and started towards home. We had only gotten out of the trees and started up the slope when the tree slid over to the side and fell part of the way on the ground. The pony got scared of the tree then and took off running dragging the tree behind him. There he went around the hill dragging the tree through hardened (thank goodness) cow piles and through the light snow that was on the ground. It was getting dusky dark by that time and I can still see him running around that hill dragging that tree and I get tickled every time I think about it. P Jack and that tree! Then when he was dragging the tree the mare became frightened and I thought she was going to rear up so my first instinct was to get off, especially since I had no saddle and carrying a hatchet! I got off her and tossed the hatchet over to the side. He made two circles around the hill, and then P Jack came running straight for us. That sacred the mare more than ever and I was hold of the reins saying, “Whoa girl, steady now.” She was jumping back and pulling against the reins and me trying to hold her and calm her. I managed to hold her and P Jack ran right up to me and stopped dead still. I was so mad at him! He didn’t care though. He had always been ornery when he wanted to be.
I got the tree off of him and decided it would still do for a Christmas tree. Thankfully he had not run it through any fresh cow piles or it would not have done at all! I ended up carrying the tree and hatchet and leading the mare. P Jack followed grandly behind us as if to say, “I got out of carrying that tree home!” I thought he had a smug look on his face.
When I got close to the house I met Mom. It was practically dark by then and she was worried. I told her what had happened! But the tree turned out to be okay and made us a nice Christmas tree that year, even if it had been a runaway tree!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
A picture and a chuckle!
Here is a chuckle for today. Some people might be able to relate to this story.
A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her, "Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."
His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all of his beer.
Monday, December 05, 2005
My Brother and the Buzzard
My Dad made my brother get on the roof and remove the buzzard and unhook the gutter drains and then wash the roof! My brother was so mad! It was his fault but somehow he blamed the buzzard.
My brothers are all great guys! That same brother and some years later, they decided to clean out the cistern. I remember after they pumped all the water out and he was down in there. I yelled down and asked him what was down there. He said, “There’s chicken bones, dirt, and I don’t know what all. And there’s about to be puke!” Poor guy! He managed to get it cleaned out without upchucking after all!
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Thinking of Others at Christmas.
So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I was thinking about Christmas and how lonely it is for some people. In fact, they say it is the loneliest time of the year for some.
If we know someone who is alone I think it'd be good to invite them to be with our families as we get together. Maybe if that person isn't able to get out then perhaps we could visit and maybe take them a meal. It might be the inspiration and uplifting that a person needs this Christmas.
Certainly worth thinking about neighbors or anyone we know who we could reach out to. Just my thoughts today.........
Friday, December 02, 2005
Dogs, Cats, and Vets
Today I took the dog and the cat to the vet. This was the first visit to the vet for the cat since I had gotten her as a stray. Trying to get 2 animals to the vet at once! Whew. I was wondering if it was kind of like a mother with 2 kids. Here I had one in a carrier and the other on a leash. The one on the leash jumping up on me continuously while whining and wanting to be held. The one in the carrier scratching at the door and biting it. Me with my purse and an extra bag to carry the meds in! (I took the boxes from the last time to show what I had used and some of what I still had left). I know they can look that stuff up but I try to make things as easy as possible! Then the extra bag is good to put the meds that they give you in to carry as well!
I had the leash tangled up in my purse handles and the leash wrapped around my legs. I was wondering if maybe taking them at the same time might have been a mistake! Once in the exam room I let the cat out of the carrier and she was fine. She just sat on the exam table grooming herself! Pup still trembling while I held him. Then when it's time to go I sit him down on the floor to gather everything up and he starts jumping up and down and whining again because he knows that it's time to leave! I have to hold him while I pay the bill, othewise he is jumping on me and getting the leash wrapped around my legs and making a general mess of things!
Needless to say, I was glad to get home with those two! But I have to take care of my critters!!They are such sweethearts (when they're not going to the vet that is!).
Thursday, December 01, 2005
This is embarrassing to admit ......but here goes.
A few years ago I was thinking I needed to buy some lattice for a project at home. I looked in the advertisement from the local lumber co. and it said it came in 4 x 8 foot sheets. One day I was at work and having a slow spell so I thought I'd call the lumber co. with a question I had. I was working in an office and there was one other girl in there at the moment. There I was at my desk and she at hers. I made the call and a guy answered. I said, "I was interested in buying some lattice and I see that it comes in 4 x 8 sheets. I was wondering if it's 4 feet wide or 4 feet tall?" He said, "Well, it depends on the way you turn it."
Then it hit me what I had asked and I just died laughing. I couldn't believe that I had been that STUPID!! He laughed too and I tried to thank him between my hysterical laughter! The other girl turned around and she got tickled just watching me. I could feel my face getting very red! When I caught my breath I told her what I had done and she and I both broke into laughter again. I said, "Well, I'm sure not going in there to buy my lattice, because then they might think it's me that asked such a stupid question!"
Am I the only one to ask such a STUPID question?? Time to fess up everyone!!