Thursday, November 30, 2006

I'm All Set

This beautiful cat is one of the ones at the farm where I go and feed them daily. There are now 5 there. I think 2 of them have kittens someplace but I haven't found them yet. This cat is absolutely lovely and she is so friendly!! I am so tempted to bring her home with me. There is another little one that looks like my cat and it also is so friendly and sweet. They both try to get in the car with me. Then there are two that have been there from the start. Then the fifth cat is one of the grouchest cats I have ever seen. If one of the others even get close to her she jumps on them. They are all scared of her and with good reason. I wish they would all jump on her at once and give her a good dose of her own medicine. That might change her attitude. If ever a cat needed an attitude adjustment she does. She is friendly to me but she sure hates other cats! I don't know how a tomcat managed to get close enough to get her pregnant!! He may have gone home with scars after that one!! She has a litter someplace but I haven't found them yet.

Our weather is due to change. We have had lovely warm days and now tomorrow we are under a wind advisory and they are predicting rain and snow showers. Well, it was sure nice while it lasted! These are pictures of our sunset tonight. I know they would be prettier without all the electric lines. The red caught my eye and I grabbed the camera. Then the other picture I took a few minutes later. You can see the headlights of a car coming down the road. Actually two of them if you look close. So with a new chill in the air, a pot of chili on the stove, and plenty of firewood on the porch, then I think I'm

all set!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Nothing Much

I thought of something wonderful to blog about earlier and now it has totally slipped my mind. So you will just have to bear with me and make do with this. I really have nothing to blog about, so this post will be about nothing. ...............well, nothing much let's say!

Today was another warm one for us, in the 70's. This week has been warm. Yesterday my neighbor asked me if she could borrow my electric leaf blower. I took it to her along with the 150 cord. Then I came back and gased up the gas leaf blower and went back and helped her blow her leaves over the hill. She worked on one side of the house and me on the other. We sure got those leaves to moving! She has a guy who rents part of her house and he had been blowing them off for her, but now he has quit doing it. He is kind of a moody person, so she is not comfortable asking him why he quit. Of course he doesn't have to do it, he just volunteered when he did do it. He blew off her driveway and patio and they are not very big, so it's an easy chore. It's all concrete and she lives on the edge of the cliff so you just have to blow them over!

She used to have another guy that rented from her and he was just delightful. We all missed him so much when he moved out. He was just so funny and he used to fix things for her and help out and he was a friend. She cooked dinner for him so many times and the few times I was there and he was there he just had us laughing like crazy!! Then he up and met some woman and fell in love and got married and moved. He never came back to visit and that really hurt my neighbor because she thought so much of him. I think his wife didn't think he should and that he should break all ties with his former life.

Amazing how two people are so different isn't it? This guy now just comes in from work and he might speak to you and he might not. Just depends on his mood. He's an okay guy, just moody that way. He has been there now about 3 years.

I have to say that I am not a moody person. I am the same every day or certainly try to be. Now if I feel bad or something then I might not be as chipper as usual, but I am always in a good mood.

Okay, so maybe this post is about something after all. Moods.

Do you think you are a moody person??

Monday, November 27, 2006

Money Talks

Did you hear the one about the man who went to the priest and said, "Father I want you to say a Mass for my dog."

"It's my pet dog," said the man. "I loved that dog and I'd like you to offer a Mass for him."

"We don't offer Masses for dogs here," the priest said. "You might try the denomination down the street. Ask them if they have a service for you."

As the man was leaving, he said to the priest, "I really loved that dog. I ws planning to offer a million-dollar stipend for the Mass."

And the priest said, "Wait a minute. You never told me your dog was Catholic."


Humor is a divine quality, and God has the greatest sense of humor of all. He must have; otherwise He wouldn't have made so many politicians. Martin Luther King

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sunday Church Sign

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thanksgiving Meal

I went to my nephew's home today for their Thanksgiving dinner. Here is a small amount of the food we had. I took these pictures just as she started putting things out, so this counter was entirely covered plus the stove had 3 items on it. I didn't even get any pictures of the desserts. There was so much food for everyone. My 2 nephews and their families were there plus their Dad and Mom(my brother, who is pictured with me in the last picture).

We had a great time visiting and eating!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


This piece was taken from an article I read in the paper by Mr. Craig Harris of CNHI News. It was all worth sharing but I'm only putting part of it here.

What are you thankful for this year? The point of Thanksgiving is finding things for which to be thankful. The world will never be perfect, but there is always enough good to give us hope. It's up to us to look for it, find it, and remember it. If we really look, we can always find something.
Yes it is important to stop and give thanks, even if the only thing we are thankful for is that we survived another year. You see, it is at that moment that we begin to realize there truly are many things good about our lives. We begin to think about the joy our loved ones give. We remember our shelter, transportation, job, friendships, our kid's successes in school, clothing, church, and our daily bread.We are thankful for getting well when we were sick or for living another year with our sight and hearing intact. Maybe we got a raise. Maybe we reconciled with an old friend. Maybe we have learned something that we never knew before.
Then it hits us: that maybe life isn't so bad after all. Maybe there is reason to have hope. Without hope, life would not be worth living and being thankful reminds us of the hope we have. That's why I think Thanksgiving is so important and why I am glad it's a national holiday.
If we don't teach our children to be thankful, they may go through life without hope and they may not appreciate the world around them. How sad to live with blinders on to all but our own interests. How sad to go through life with a chip on your shoulder. How sad to go through life with no desire to take care of our world. Teach your children to be thankful. Count your blessings and let them hear you. Tell them they are high on your list.
My wife says Thanksgiving is the "middle child" of the holidays and some people overlook it. She's right and that's sad. Life is more than a party, and it's more than giving and receiving presents. Life is at its best when we are thankful.
What are you thankful for this year? I'm thankful for faith, hope, and love. Sometimes that's all we have, but it's always all we need.
I personally do have so much to be thankful for and not just at Thanksgiving but all year long. I do appreciate and count my blessings. I do agree with this article so much. I think that Thanksgiving is the "middle child" and is often overlooked or it's just a day to feast for most people. I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. One of my blessings are all my blogging friends! I am thankful for you all.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving Eating Plan

I posted this sign back in August and Burger King was needing people that work. (the date on the picture is way wrong).

Now they have this new sign out wanting honest hard working people. I wonder if they hired one that worked but wasn't honest? Sounds like it from the sign doesn't it?

We had our first snow of the season this morning. We had maybe an inch of wet snow. It was gone by noon. I was surprised to see it. No, I didn't get a picture. Lazy me.

I need to cut back on my eating so I can save up for Friday. Friday is when my nephew invited me to his house for Thanksgiving dinner. He is working on Thursday and taking off on Friday so he can have a 3 day weekend. Can't blame him for that. His wife has a 4 day weekend off. She is a great cook! My nephew told me they were having fried bologna. I said that would be fine if he had eggs with it. He said it all depended on whether the hens laid or not. He is a joker, that one!! So I will cut back and then I can eat extra on Thursday and Friday. Thursday I will cook us a smaller Thanksgiving meal here. Don't you think if I cut back now I'll be able to eat more then, to balance things out?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

It's Two, Two Posts in One! Like DoubleMint Gum!

Okay, I have figured out how to get pictures to download quicker. When I did this one it was being slow so I waved both hands out towards the screen and said a few magic words and waved my fingers at it while doing so, and it downloaded it. Yep folks, that's the trick. Bwaaahahahaha!!!!!

I'll be okay. Really I will. Oh, you also need to make a noise while doing the finger/hand wave thing, kind of like a cat hissing, only softer. Go ahead and try it the next time you want pictures to download faster. Just don't take my word for it.

If you notice to the right of this sign across the road is the place where the tobacco was hanging. That thing is more than half empty now, so they are stripping the tobacco (taking the leaves off the stalk). I had hoped to get over there and get some pictures to put on here. Another project to work on! I'm posting this on Saturday night because I never have time to get on here Sunday mornings. It's time for one of my favorite British comedies, "The Last of the Summer Wine," so I'm off to watch that! Have a terrific and blessed Sunday everyone.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Dark Skies

This first picture was taken yesterday. It was windy and getting colder as the day went on. When this was taken it was still raining off and on. I was doing some shopping and took this when I got back in my car. I'm not a big shopper but I decided I needed a new outfit for the holidays. This store I was at was having a big sale, so that put me over the edge and I decided to go for it. I did get a lightweight jacket. I hate wearing a real heavy coat. I like the lightweight ones with hoods. This one was just what I had been looking for.

This second picture I took today. I see this car around quite often when I am out. Sometimes he is parked in the Walmart parking lot. This spot here he uses mostly I think. I don't think there was anyone in the car when I took this but I'm not sure. I have seen him when the weather is warmer sitting on the back of the car with hands folded as if he were praying. I don't know anything about this guy but I'll have to find out. I'll keep you posted on that. At least he is spreading the word, or trying to it seems like. The car is painted all over like that. It say's "Free Bibles" "I have the whole truth" "Please pull in" "Jesus is coming soon." I can't see that last sign to the far end of the car. All the little red flags behind there are at a car dealership across the street.

It's Friday evening. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and stays out of trouble!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Rainy Day Hobby

Today has been one of those rainy gloomy days that is best spent inside reading a good book, quilting, knitting, or whatever hobby one has. Our Sunday School class had our monthly meal out today and that was breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. I don't go to the Cracker Barrel much since it is so noisy in there. Most of the ladies in our class can't hear well anyway, so there was a lot of "What'd she say?" "Huh?" "Talk louder!" There was only 8 of us. They had a fire in the fireplace and it was quite cozy and pretty busy, even at 9:30, which is when we met. It was raining really hard when we left there. Thankfully my jacket has a hood on it. You know there is that fear of melting! Not much danger of it with me though!

I finished another basket today. It was from a basket kit and is pretty small. It is an egg basket. I'm afraid it wouldn't hold too many eggs. This makes 4 baskets now that I have made. I think with each one you learn a little more. None of mine are perfect and so you learn from your mistakes. That sounds like life doesn't it? Learn from our mistakes. Anyway... my neighbor got me started this past Saturday on a potato basket. She was teaching the 3 of us again. I had to come home, so I finished it on my own. I see a couple of mistakes I made but you have to look real hard to find them, so it's okay, as most folks wouldn't even notice. They are plenty of work. I have some walnut stain I made and I have been staining them. I like the darker stain better I think. I got about 2 dozen walnuts that had the black gooey hulls on them and put them in a big container of water. Earlier today I put on a long plastic glove and got several of those walnuts and squeezed those hulls to get lots of that stain out, so my walnut stain is getting pretty dark. Then I strained it and dipped the baskets in the stain several times. Now I have walnut stained hands and I have 3 baskets drying in the basement.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Friday's Child

Do you know which day of the week you were born on? I was born on a Friday. My Mother used to quote this little poem.

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child that's born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny, blithe, good and gay.

Of course the child that was born on the Sabbath being gay, well that means lively and happy, not that other thing it means nowadays. This is a very old poem but I don't know who wrote it.

So which day were you born on?

Here's a joke for you.

Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long johns, dressed quietly, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, slipped quietly into the garage to hook the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour.
There was snow mixed with the rain and the wind was blowing 50 mph. I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad throughout the day.
I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. There I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."
She sleepily replied,
"Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that stuff.”

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday Sign

I thought this one was rather unique and different!!

Saturday, November 11, 2006



Thursday, November 09, 2006

Leaves are falling......

The leaves have been falling like crazy. I went outside and swept them off the porch, ramp, steps, and sidewalk. They really need raking but when I looked up at the oak tree it still has many more leaves to fall. I am not fond of leaf raking so I prefer to do it only once. So I will wait until more have fallen. Then I will blow some and rake some, and over the hill they go. Perhaps between now and then a big gust of wind will come through and blow some of them across the road into the neighbors yard and they won't be my problem anymore. That is always a thought. It does happen. Sometimes the wind blows my way and I get lots of their leaves instead. It could go either way. Today was in the 70's. Very nice weather but will change in a day or so. Then more leaves will fall and it'll be cooler and I like raking them in cooler weather. Not 70 degree weather. Raking leaves is very physical and brings up a sweat, so best to do it on a cooler day.

A walk revealed this man trying to catch his dinner. I don't think you'd have much luck there. With all the driftwood in the water in that area I can see lots of getting the line tangled.

Here are two of my buddies. Chunkey Monkey, who is looking at me upside down. She is a sweet cat. Then Pup who is like my shadow. In this picture he is leaning against my knee. He can sit on his behind and beg for the longest time with the front paws just waving in the air together. So cute! Then if he has done something wrong and knows I'm mad at him he will come and sit on his behind and lean his paws on my knee and look at me with a sad pitiful expression. Then I just have to lean down and hug him and tell him how much I love him.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Rudolph The Red Nosed .............

Last night I watched the Country Music Awards. I used to keep up with them but I don't listen to the radio as much as I used to, so I don't know some of the new ones. Brooks and Dunn were big time winners. Ronnie Dunn is such a good singer though. He has an amazing voice. I was glad to see Sonny James and George Strait inducted into the hall of fame. I wish they would give the winners a little more time to say what they want to say without cutting them off, within reason of course! Normally I don't watch it but tape it, so I can fast forward through all the commercials. Vince Gill did an awesome song with Sheryl Crow, his wife Amy Grant, and daughter Gina. It was called "What You Give Away."

They had one group on there that I had never heard of called the "Wreckers." They were nominated for something. I didn't think they were good at all. I just about as soon heard an old rooster crowing than listen to them. I didn't think they had that much talent. I hope they are not related to anyone reading this. I mean no disrespect, but I just don't know how they got that far with singing like that.

Last week was a little different for me. It started out Monday with a water leak. I noticed our water bill had been a little bit higher and there was some water in the basement along the back wall. I called my brother-in-law. He came over on Monday at the same time that the VA doctor was here to see my husband. So I needed to be in there with my husband, but my BIL needed tools and I had to jump up and down and help him find things and then run back in the house. He located the leak easily enough. He is the one who put the lines in. He had to dig down 3 feet and there was a pinhole in the copper pipe. So he went for parts to fix it. While he was gone my husband got sick and began throwing up while the doctor was still here. I ran to get a cold cloth and there was no water. Naturally I had not thought I'd need any. His nausea and throwing up was not very major so it worked out okay. You sure do miss that water when it's not there though! He fixed the pipe and I was real grateful for that. If I would have had to call someone else it would have cost a fortune. I don't know how a copper pipe 3 feet below the ground gets a pinhole leak, but it can happen!

Later on in the week my washing machine died. Dead. Do not resusitate. I was not surprised since it was old and had been acting up. Sometimes I had to help it get started and sometimes it wouldn't spin. I got a new Maytag and they delivered it yesterday morning and took the old one away. This one is deeper and more open so it's easier to get clothes in and out of, plus it does a better job washing.

I went out and voted this morning. There was several in line. They had 2 voting machines, the ones they used before and then one with newer technology. I used it. Spin the dial to the one you want and push enter, then spin on around to the next one. After you were done there was a big red button that said, "Cast Ballot." I'm sure the candidates are eager to see how they did and tonight they will know if they are in or out.

Yesterday was a miserable day for me. My nose ran all day long. I must be built upside down. My nose runs and my feet smell. feet don't smell and normally my nose doesn't run. It made up for it yesterday. I hate that. It makes you feel awful and you can't do anything because you are busy blowing/wiping your nose. Today I feel better after taking every allergy pill I could find! I got my flu shot last week too.

So I'm hoping that all my blogger buddies are doing well and that they have non-runny noses. Today I could pass for Rudolph easily. Nuff said.

Saturday, November 04, 2006


This is the front of an old postcard. From the 60's as best I can see the date.
I thought it was cute!

Here is my Sunday sign.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Nature's Beauty

Sunday I took a quick drive and got these photos. The thing that is so pretty with these pictures is that lovely blue sky.

This soybean field is ready for harvest!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Trick or Treat

Last night my greatniece and her Mom came over before trick or treating time and they asked me if I wanted to go along. She was dressed as a zombie but blogger refuses to let me post the picture. Maybe blogger doesn't like pictures of zombies. I went along for about an hour. I had truly forgotten how much fun trick or treating can be. We drove along slowly while the zombie went door to door (the ones with porch lights on that is) and collected goodies in her bag. The fun part was when she got back in the van and we snatched that goodie bag and took out our favorite things to eat! One person had given her a pack of straws. That's different. I had to dig deep to find a Kit Kat. Couldn't find a single Musketeer bar in the bunch and only one Kit Kat. What is wrong with people? Don't you know that that is what the grown ups like???

We don't have trick or treaters here. Even if I left my porch light on no one would come. Last year they came over and she had a little friend with her. Well, I had no candy in the house at all. I ended up getting goodies out of her bag then too. She got more Kit Kats last year. They are not her favorite so she was glad to part with them. Some things she liked she would say, "Oh don't take that one," and so I didn't, but there was some I liked that she was happy to part with.

They brought me home and were going to go to a subdivision closer to their house, but I estimated she already had enough candy to make her sick for about 4 days.
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