Monday, July 6, 2015






It seems like I have been neglecting my blog... I have had things turned upside down in my private life and so have not been very attentive to blogging but when the Whirl wind stops or at least slows down so that I can hop off I will continue my regular posts of gifts and granny's box...  I went through some old pictures of my mothers and found some great pics of her I intend to share later! Until then I will see you soon

Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4th Independence Day

When our children were small we would spend the day celebrating with family and friends but now that they are all grown my husband and I celebrate in a different way, the easy way, the slow way and the early to bed way lol.
Baby sitting our little fur grandchild... 
she's is protecting her (diy soap box lid) Frisbee while drinking making sure to keep an 
eye on us so we won't steal it away from her... She is so funny



 Enjoying the pretty rose days after it was delivered to me by my parents... 
It's a get well gift... 
Sure put a smile on my sad face lol
 Lunch out with the in-laws
always a pleasant affair
I found two books at Sam's Club that I am really looking forward to reading
The first is about the children of Villains that have been banned to an island with their magic powers stripped and the bottom one is about brain power... I really need this one lol
 And a hot summer rain, thunder clouds, lightning and a bit of flooding
It was extremely pleasant siting outside under an awning soaking in this beautiful weather
Overall a wonderful quiet day spent with my LOML... (love of my life)
Any and all time spent with him is nothing but the purest form of wonderful...
Heart of my heart 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Granny's Box of Papers

I came across this portrait of gran and her children
The two boys are my uncles whom I have always adored
My mother on the right and gran in the middle
I love looking at these old pictures and imaging the world they lived in
what was happening personally in their lives and in the world
I think of my children when at this age... the things that were going on,
their joys, struggles and adventures
I love this picture

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One Thousand Gifts


~ Funny smart phone texting mistakes

~ Laughing so hard I cried

~ Receiving a long anticipated  new book in the mail

~ Finding out that new book was personally autographed by the author

~ Reading that new book and LOVING it

~ Learning more about snails than I have ever known and being fascinated with them

~ Really feeling a lot of emotion for the author and her trials

~ Thankful to the fellow blogger for introducing me to that book now one of my favs

~ Finishing the first book in a series of children's books about Taffy

~ Lining up the next four books in that same series of children stories

~ Loving the creative part of writing books

# 268 The Delicious taste of no cook oatmeal breakfast in the morning already pre-made

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's for dinner?


I love smart phones and auto word insert... it sure makes for a good laugh

I was out picking up dinner the other night and txt the kids asking if they had eaten yet....

Above is our hilarious conversation

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Flower Garden

My brother in law knows that I love flowers and every chance I get while at his house I take pictures. So last week while the flowers in his garden were in bloom he sent me these pictures. The colors that decorate his yard are breath takingly beautiful. Below are just a few that are currently blooming
 The above pictures are of a Balloon flower opening


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

We love our father... and wanted to celebrate Father's Day in the same fashion we did our mother
 We just made minor changes to dads (rough instructions below)





I took a blank canvas, dry painted it blue, added measured cuts of painters tape, eyeballed them into a grid, painted six different colors over the canvas and tape, removed the tape while the paint was still wet, printed out pictures of all us siblings, with one word representing what dad means to us and why, then I mod podged it all upon the grid painted canvas.

Then on a separate and larger canvas I printed words representing what our father stands for and means to us then Mod podged them to the white canvas, covered it with mod podge as well and let them all dry. When it was all dry I took my glue gun and put glue on the underside of the small canvas on the wood part of the frame and then glued it to the center of the large canvas... When it was all done I double checked all the papers making sure that they all stuck and were covered with mod podge.

The paper with the words and pictures will curl and warp... This is normal, do not touch them as they will smooth out once dried
*Note... Make sure that you watch what mod podge you buy as you may not want it to glow in the dark lol.... I did not notice that I purchased the glow in the dark kind... and now my fathers will glow at night. Oops... It was to late to change it but now we... all of us kids... will shine upon him at night! lol Right? hahaha...

Dad loved it
I would call that a success 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Introducing Taffy

Taffy is a small penguin that my son Michael created 

He asked if I would write a story to go along with her... 

I have now done so and now he is working on the sketches to go along with the story... 

Here are some that I love

They are not ready for the press yet as he is still fine tuning her but I am so pleased with how she looks 


So much fun... 

I have finished one story and in the process of writing three more with Taffy and her adventures

I really love to write I cannot explain what it does for me but... 

You could say it's a bit of an escape or mini vacation I take in my head lol... 

Sounds weird right lol Oh well that is me... Abby Normal as my BFF calls me

Thursday, June 18, 2015

One Thousand Gifts

Short but significant list today

~ The sweet ministrations of an elderly couple especially from the man to his wife
          A senior gentle man waiting outside the hospital for the love of his life to come out... barley able to walk himself does a shuffle run to get to the car as his wife exits the building... before she can get to the car he backs up to her so that she did not have to walk far herself. He was a slow shuffler/walker/runner but she was even more slow... 
          Seeing that made my heart smile! It reminds me of my sweet husband rushing around trying to help me out when I am in need. I wonder if these two have shared a life time together as my husband and I have... Well I suppose they would have been together longer but still... The love in their eyes was fixed... There was no doubt about it and they operated in sync with each other... I hope that when my husband and I are 80 something still have that fire behind our eyes even if the body has started quitting. Staying together for years makes for a long marriage but at the same time makes for a particular partnership filled with unmatched love that can be obtained by no other way. I stood in awe with sweet emotions swirling all around me

~ Sweet sounds of piano infusing the hallway
         As I entered the hospital I could hear someone in the Grief room playing the piano which happens occasionally. The piece that was being played was divine...  I imagined the person playing was in a suit maybe with his collar loose a handsome sort, Or maybe a young mother or school student or even one of the staff playing that sweet sound tickling my ears and making me desire to sit and listen over and over again to what ever he or she would play.
          I came to the room and glanced in looking for my handsome man and was surprised... well truth be told shocked. There was a man, a scraggly man who looked like he might not have had a bath in sometime. His hair was so dirty looking that I thought he may have not washed it in six months or more. His clothes were old and unkempt, he wore a worn out hat over his dirty hair and played with his heart... There were several of us that stopped and stood in awe of the master at the piano. After he was done playing we all felt moved enough to applaud and he was so pleasantly surprised that he played another piece for us. The joy on his face was of pure pleasure at being recognized for playing. I always wonder at how what happens in our lives shape our future and the journeys we must endure... 

# 256 Time standing still (This happened a while ago but still lives strong in my heart)
          Have you ever watched a movie where a couple are standing together in the middle of a storm or chaos and they are the only ones moving in real time? Everyone and everything else is in slow motion around them as they talk... Well that happened to me... Truly it did
          It was a family dinner, I was feeling especially thankful for my family and as they all talked to each other and passed around the food I took a real good look. And in my heart I felt my love for all of them swell. I stopped, I looked, I felt an overwhelming sense of love for each of them as I took a moment to really look at them all. Then I felt it... First the sound faded, I could see them moving and talking but the sound was muted. The love was so overwhelming that tears filled my eyes. I could remember hoping that it would last long enough for me to look into the faces of each and everyone of them... and you know what? It did. No one knew, or saw or had any kind of idea to what had just happened to me but it was an amazing gift that I will cherish forever. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Refrigerator Oatmeal Breakfast

I found this web site on Pinterest of making an easy no-cook breakfast. As I rise at 4am on work days I find it hard to eat at that time of the day so... I thought this is a perfect make and take meal

It's oatmeal (which I like) with fruit and it looks simple enough right? Haha you may well think but this is me we are talking about lol I make things much more hard on myself than is necessary.

First off I forgot to purchase the Marmalade and next my honey was semi crystallized and did not mix well once added. (I thought it would pppffftttt)

I made it anyway and am looking forwards to eating it tomorrow. I will post an update here later 






Update 6-19-2015 Below is what the semi crystallized honey looks like on the bottom of the jar... It mixed up very well after two days but I will make sure from now on to use regular sugar. The taste was great! I could have used the Marmalade though to make it a bit sweeter but it was okay just the way it was. The Chia seed was the consistency of Tapioca which I love... Over all this was super simple, easy and a winner with me! I will be adding these to my list of breakfasts 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Granny's Box of Papers

I think this top picture may be my Great Grandfathers sister.. She was 80 in 1956... My gran and her share the same facial bone structure. It's amazing to me that a birthday announcement with who attended is new paper worthy. I think as I did in the last post that this is the way they shared news kind of like we do today on Facebook... So fun
Here is Joe Sparks he was also a brother to my Great Grandfather... He was 82 when he passed. His obituary states that he was a well liked person and had lived in his community for 50 some years. Both were Baptists and served in their churches many years. My great uncle Ted was a southern baptist preacher and he was such a fun man! I do not have to many memories of him but what I do is fond to me

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kindergarten Graduation



I have to say that it sure has been such a pleasure to be included in our nieces life this past year from her birthdays to softball to her graduation. She is so adorable... She always runs up to us when we arrive and gives us a hug and then runs off. So cute and too mature for her age. I thought that she was eight and here she is just graduating from kindergarten... sigh... I am getting to old lol
P.S. May's date night with my husband did not happen in may (Due to having way to many engagements) but happened last night... I do not have pictures but we were to go Mini Golfing but the course was broken... So we went to Galaxy Imax theater and watched "San Andrea" I didn't care for it to much but it was so fun being with the love of my life any chance I get!