Sunday, November 30, 2008

Turkey Reflections!

We had a great" Turkey Day"!

We had dinner with our son-in-law's family. His sister had just moved into her first house and invited us to be part of their celebration . Her husband, baby, parents, sister and family, brother and family (our son-in-law and daughter) and hubby and myself were there.

The dinner was wonderful as well as the company.

Of course, we got to spend the day with our grand son and new grand daughter. We passed her around a lot and gave them both lots of kisses.

This is Sarah, Joe, Jonas and Ivy Louise. Mother and baby are doing great!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and rested to start another busy week. Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time.

By the way Connie over at is having a giveaway in honor of her upcoming 5o th birthday. Be sure to go over and take a look at it and her blog.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Decor

Hi Everyone,

I can almost hear all the hustle and bustle going on at every one's house right now. It's a busy time of the year, for sure.

The cooking, shopping, Christmas card letter writing and all the daily chores are keeping us hopping, aren't they?
I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and may you enjoy the day with family and friends reflecting on all that we have to be grateful for.
I just wanted to share a couple of things I have painted that I set around at this time of year. They help to make it a little festive & fun.

A set of chunky pilgrims. Maybe they had too much stuffing.

Another pilgrim couple. The woman is carrying the pie and he has silverware in hand, ready to dig in. Soooo typical. (smile)

This is a shot with candles that are really too tall for them.

I think my favorite is this scarecrow. His expression and the saying on the sign says it all.

Thanks for stopping. See ya all next week.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

California There we Were

I wish I could say "California Here I Come" instead of "California We Were There".

Seriously, we had a wonderful time visiting our daughter, son-in-law and grand daughters. They are church planters in Riverside, CA. They have a huge undertaking ahead of them but they serve a Great God.

It's hard to believe we did all the site seeing, amusement parks, zoo, mountain day trip and shopping without my husband having a medical emergency while we were there.

For those of you who may not know---my hubby was taken to the emergency room the second night we arrived home and had open heart surgery a few days later. We are so thankful we were in our home state and are very blessed that he is doing well after 5 weeks. He continues to gain strength and is walking more than 2 miles a day. God is so Good!

I haven't had time to post some of the pics from that trip until now.

Here's a beautiful palm tree in CAArriving at the entrance to Disneyland. The whole park was decorated for Fall and was very pretty. Our daughter, son-in-law and grand daughters are in front of a Mickey Mouse shaped pumpkin. They were so excited. They had never been to a park like this.Hubby and I in front of a Mickey Mouse pumpkin. I just had to have a replica of the pumpkin to remember our trip by. (smile)

Emma and Olivia were so excited to see all the Disney Characters walking around the park.

My gift to them was a Disney autograph book and pen to carry around for the characters to sign and it had a pocket next to their signature to add a picture that is taken with them. (which we were sure to get) Ceekay of gave me the great idea.

Here is Mary Poppins. It made their day to see Mickey in his "finest"garb.

The end of the day always brings a parade and people line up hours ahead of time. The girls happened to get a front row seat and many characters stopped to shake their hands or high five them.

They have some wild looking characters. (smile)
Thanks for visiting today and for all who said prayers for my husband's recovery. We appreciate them more than we can say.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Winter decoration

I saw this project in a magazine somewhere and knew I could use things I already had in the house so I commenced to gather the supplies that you see below. Household scissors, tacky glue, construction paper, magnetic strip and three different size circles. I used whatever was available for those, which were a Nichol, contact lens case and a button pin that was a little larger. These are a few pieces. Can you guess what it is?------- You're right!

I made my own pattern and guessed at the size I wanted it to be. You could make it smaller or larger. It would, of course, work best on a white frig. and one that has a visible side. I have seen it done on the front, though. The kids or grand kids in the house will love it.

I changed the mittens to blue after I took the first picture. Which do you like best?

Thanks for taking a peek at my first winter decor. Now, I need to go dig through the Christmas tubs.

Have fun shopping this weekend. The sales have already started here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


When some people are asked to name the seven wonders of the world they ramble off these:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. India’s Taj Mahal
3. The Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

There is another set of "seven wonders" that we need to focus on daily and be thankful for:

1. to touch
2. to taste
3. to see
4. to hear
5. to feel
6. to laugh
7. and to love

It is so easy for us to look at achievements of man or at spectacular things and refer to them as “wonders” while we overlook some of the seemingly little things God has given us, regarding them as merely “ordinary.”
These recent weeks following my DH heart surgery, we are thankful each day that he is here to enjoy all the blessings God has bestowed on us.
When someone can't seem to find something in there life to be thankful for I ask them if they have checked their pulse today. It's good to be vertical and ventilating.
May we all be reminded today of God’s ordinary blessings that are truly wonders.
As we are “thankful,” let’s be sure to remember to thank the One from whom all blessings flow and not just be thankful that we’re blessed, forgetting the Giver.
I wish you all a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2008


We arrived in MI Oct 2nd at Detroit Metro Airport. We were met there by my sister and niece, who so kindly made the trip to pick us up. They have to allow a couple of hours compute to get there.
We were taken to my sister's beautiful home to stay for a few days, so we could attend my nephew's wedding.

My brother-in-law took off work the next day so we could do some bumming around. Here's the four of us .

My DH's only request was to fit in a trip to the cider mill that we always went to while living in MI. It does have the best hot dogs, donuts, cider, and caramel apples anywhere around that area. We ate lunch there and were off to enjoy the day.

Here's the cider press in operation.
Just look at all those gallons of cider.They have a shop to purchase jams, fruit, veggies and some gifts.
Look at all those yummy apples. I have a great weakness for the caramel ones with nuts. My sister was sure to treat me to one. She's such a good big sister!

I'm in my glory sampling a little of everything, as you can tell with my mouth full. We had so much fun that day.

Right after the wedding ceremony, which was early afternoon, there was a break till the evening reception. We took advantage of that to meet Ceekay, from thinkin of home, and Mimi, from Mimi's Garden at a local restaurant. Ceekay was visiting from AZ.

Here is the two of us.

This one includes Mimi. It was a great time of fellowship and fun. So good to see you girls.

With DH surgery and the birth of Ivy I haven't had time to share this trip or CA. Stay tune for that one.

Have a happy week!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

New Awards

Terrie from gave out this award to her blog followers.

I pass it along to all of my blog followers. I appreciate all of you.

I am to name five things I have always wanted to do.

1. Travel to all 50 states. Thankfully, I have been to 37 already.
2. Paint more on canvas
3. Go to Italy
4. Visit family more
5. Retire & have more time to travel

Terrie also awarded me this award:

Here are the rules to this cool award:

Pass this on to 5 blogging friends.

Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56.Write out the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that. The book is The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright.

The 5th sentence and a few after says this:
"Don't talk about your sister like that!" Samantha flew through the door and ran toward her brother, catapulting into his chest, knocking him backward and nearly back down the stairs.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Turkey Feathers

When I was doing craft shows a few years back, I painted a turkey's head and feathers to stick into a faux pumpkin. I just got mine out to display last night and thought I would post it for Show& Tell . Mine is setting on a table on the front porch. They were simple and fun to make and always sold well. They have pegs that are sharpened like a pencil to stick into the pumpkin.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Praising God

We are praising God on how well hubby is doing after having his quadruple bypass 3 wks ago.
We are praising God for letting him be here to share the joy of Ivy's birth.
We have so many, many, blessings to give thanks for.

Thanks for letting me share this with you today. I hope you are having a wonderful week thus far.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Back to Blogging

It's been a while!
I was able to sit down and actually think about doing a post today.

Things are beginning to seem a little more normal now that all out of town company has left.

(In the last 5 wks. we have been with someone, either in their home or in ours.)

I want to thank any and all who have prayed for my husband as he underwent open heart surgery on the 21st of October. Your prayers have meant so much and have been answered in many ways.

He is regaining his strength each day and is walking a mile and half around our neighborhood. He will start rehab next week at the hospital. God is so good and we are so blessed.

In fact, he brought another wonderful blessing into our family yesterday in the person of Ivy Louise.

We have been anxiously waiting all month for her to arrive, since her due date was Oct. 31st. She missed my Mom's birthday on the 8th, my brother's on the 9th and mine which is today. That's ok though, she deserves her own special day!

She weighed in at 8lbs. 12oz. and 21" long. She's such a little sweetheart. Mother and baby are doing great!

Sarah, our daughter, was such a trooper and went completely natural. That's right, without any aid of drugs at all. Whew, so glad it's over for her! (She got to the hospital at 3 a.m. and had her at 5:08 p.m.)

Here she is getting weighed and measured.

With me, the proud Grammy

I've missed you all and hope to be more regular in posting. Thanks again for your good wishes, prayers and thoughts.