Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST FOR JETTIE'S SURGERY

GOOD MORNING!
If it weren't for Jettie
I would have never started blogging!
She has been an encourager 
on so many levels.
I hope this prayer request
is some small token 
of repayment for her friendship
and help over the years.

Jettie has had several surgeries
in the last few years.
After this last hip surgery failed
she has been in a tremendous amount of pain
for a couple of years!

She has had to use a cane,
a walker and a wheelchair.
Tomorrow she will have
 a surgery to fix 
the damage that occured 
after the last surgery.

Please say a prayer for her.
Pray for a safe surgery
 and pray that this surgery
WILL END HER PAIN.

For those of us that have experienced
long term pain,
we know that you can sometimes feel
helpless and hopeless.

This surgery is offering her 
HOPE.

I you are not a pray-er,
please wing up some healing thoughts
and good wishes.

Thanks so much!
I will let you all know how the surgery went
later this week.

ps- I am not gonna tell you how old 
she is because 
you wouldn't believe me anyway.
She has that 'baby face'
BUT
trust me-
she is part of the
"old as dirt" 
group that I belong to....
and if you tell her I said that
I will deny it vehemently!

So---I am off for a class this morning-
and will check back later today.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

A SWEET LITTLE PIECE OF WINTER- THE WINTER SPRUCE

I wrote this a
while back for a 
Gardening Group
that I used to belong to
and thought I would share it here.

It looks like
January
to me!
The spruce stands in full glory,
A pretty sight to see.
As daybreak catches glimpses,
Of the snow upon this tree.

He lifts his boughs to Heaven,
To give glory and full praise.
He stands in solid tribute,
To the Maker all his days.

He shelters every bird's nest,
He guards it; standing green.
And he beckons to the bunnies
As they hide & remain unseen.

He will stand there oh-so-proudly,
If we will let him grow.
For he's living just as we are
And this is what I know.

A man with all his knowledge,
Cannot create a tree.
He can only guard & keep it,
For the gift of life is free.

Poem by: Nana Diana©
Picture by: Marilyn/Enchanted Gardens
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

DO YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN? CAN I BE A HIPPIE AT THIS AGE? HMMMM...

Well...
Jumping in with both feet
and hoping my butt will follow.

I am sad to say I no longer
have a camera.
I gave two of them away
at Christmas.
I was going to use
MY PHONE 
to take back few pics--
Yes! I! Was!

But then-
I surfed the web a bit,
found Pinterest and...
well...here you go.

Here is a day in my
Imaginary Life.
Can I get an Amen to
THAT THOUGHT?
Sometimes all we have to do
is believe in ourselves...
even if others are consumed with
doubt...
I do believe that I CAN!

Morning will find me on my way
to Starbucks or taking a
grandgirl to school.

This is a scene that is common in
our neck of the woods this time of year.
After a drive through
Winter Wonderland,
sipping my hot coffee,
I would love to come home to this
Sweet Tree
holding court on my sun porch.
Walking into my kitchen
I would find these happy
little faces smiling at me.
 
And, instead of making  
hair bows----
I might be tempted to make
a sweet little skirt...
or two...or three....
Won't be making one in my size,
thankyouverymuch,
because I already am
HIPPY enough.

Oh- Hippies---
Remember the 60s & 70s?
I do---
I loved the clothes-
Fortunately, 
I missed the drugs and free love
that was part of my generation.
I was 
TOO RESPONSIBLE
to do anything too wild.

I am thinking of going back to 
being a hippie...
but this is what I am afraid 
I would look like now...
Oh! Wait!
I will never be 
THAT SKINNY!  

Have a good day-
Let your hair down and
have a little fun!

I'll be back in a couple of days 
to share what new venture
I have embarked on....
Who says an old dog 
can't relearn their old tricks?

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Friday, January 12, 2018

GINGERBREAD --GOOD FOR COLD JANUARY DAYS & AND OLD SWEET CHEEKS SMILE

I know Christmas is over
BUT---

I do have one more
little thing I want to share
with you because I keep
it up thru January.

We have a little
kitchenette in our lower level.
I have a little tree that I 
set up there that has
miniature kitchen tools
on it...spatulas and
soup ladles and small 
cookie cutters.
But the best thing this
tree holds is memories.
These are from some people
that are near and dear to my
heart....not family...but 
even better in some ways.
Pretty cute, huh?
(or eh?...as you Canadian gals say)
I love my little tree..
it reminds me that I am
warmly loved.

And warmly loved makes me
think of my Dad.
His all time favorite food was
gingerbread.
When he married my Mom he
had been a bachelor for a long time.
He told her that she wouldn't have 
to cook big meals for him because he
was used to fending for himself for meals.
She said later that what he
DIDN'T TELL HER
was that she was going to have
to BAKE every day of life.
And what did she bake?
THIS:
GINGERBREAD!
He liked it plain or with butter
on it. 
We like whipped cream!

One day I baked gingerbread
when SweetCheeks was about three;
she was here
and
she looked at the pan and asked...
Where did HIMS go?
She thought the
gingerbread boy had been
baked INSIDE the cake!;>)

The recipe below is almost
identical to my mother's recipe.
(only better!;>)
Let me tell you- this stuff
is good for what ails you.
Uh-huh!!!!

Prep: 15 min. 

Bake: 30 min.Yield: 9 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon-2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • (1 tsp is pretty bland-adjust to taste)
  • 1\/2 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream

Directions 


  • Combine egg, sugar, molasses, butter and water; mix well. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, ginger and salt; add molasses mixture. Beat until well mixed. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm with whipped cream. Yield: 9 servings



I hope you all have a wonderful warm

JANUARY DAY!

We are at ZERO DEGREES F today.

My Hero is always cold since

losing a lot of weight to cancer.

This should warm him up!


January Jones!!!




Ummm.....Uh-Oh---

I guess it worked!

Look what happened to 

THE COOKIE

he was holding!



I hope you have a 

wonderful WARM weekend!

Keep smiling-

Spring is coming soon

unless you live in Wisconsin

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1960s/70's FOODS FOR THOUGHT (OR MEMORY)

It was so much fun reading 
all the comment about hair & products
from the 60s & 70s.

I thought it might be fun to 
visit the 
FOODS SOME OF US  MIGHT REMEMBER.

Let's start with breakfast.
Any of you ever eat these?
OR
Notice how they proudly displayed the word
SUGAR?
LOL-That's a definite NO NO in today's cereal aisle.

After a nice bowl of cereal swimming in
WHOLE MILK
did you wash it down with
OR 
one of these?
Maybe mom was downing a quick cup of this-

You went off to school and came home.
Did you have this for an after school snack?
Or maybe this?
CHUCKLES!!!!
Did your mom make this for dinner?
SPAM THE ALMOST HAM

It might have been served with side of this:
Or maybe you were from a modern family
and ate these?
And what did you have for dessert?

After a nice dinner did you sit around and watch
Did you snack on these while watching 
the old black and white TV shows?
Or maybe you had a box of 
CRACKER JACK
back when they had 
REAL PRIZES!
Maybe you washed those down with this...
While mom, being ever weight conscious,
poured this over a glass of ice...
And..sometimes a little milk got heated up
and you drank a cup of this before
going off to bed in a sugar coma.
Feel free to share your own wonderful
food memories!

I will tell you one little 'story'
that I am NOT proud of----
When MAGIC CHARMS came out 
I WAS CHARMED!

I ate so many of them at one sitting
that I was sick for 2 days...
yes-indeedy---
To this day I cannot even think about
eating them
without feeling slightly nauseous.
So, if that is on your morning breakfast menu,
please take me off the guest list.
Because 
TRUST ME-
It will not be pretty if I show up!

Have a great day-
fill it with 
GOOD MEMORIES
not like the one I have of 
LUCKY CHARMS!



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Monday, January 8, 2018

HAIR AND HEALTH- 1960's 1970s AND TODAY!

A couple of days ago I did a
FOR GIRLS ONLY POST
about things from the 1960's/70s.
It struck quite a chord with a lot of you
and I had a lot of fun comments.

I am going to pick up where
I left off and maybe make this a
Semi-Regular Feature
on my blog.

Here are some things that many of you mentioned.
Some of you couldn't remember 
the name of the product(s)
but we won't mention that here.

We were ALL about the HAIR!

I mentioned Prell Shampoo  
and YOU mentioned the 
CREME RINSE
we all used.
I can still remember the soft sweet smell of it.
AND you mentioned another product I used:
See the price tag on there?
For less than $1.00 you could
make your hair so sticky you could
use it for a fly trap.
Some of YOU mentioned this one-
I SURE DO REMEMBER IT!
Oh- how it stunk and made your
head itch while you were waiting for 
it to "process"!
You see where it says,
THE UNCURLY permanent?
Yeah-that was a lie straight from the Devil's mouth!
The result of a Toni perm?
Which brings me to 
ANOTHER LIE-
Does she -or doesn't she?
Only her hairdresser knows for sure...
and anyone else that has seen her naked!
SOME OF US
(I DID- I DID)
set our hair on CANS to straighten it.
I used orange juice cans myself
The Dippity Doo would have 
held your hair to the cans
without any clips!
And I IRONED MY HAIR!
Yes!Yes! I did!
This is OBVIOUSLY a FAKE 1960's picture
because NO ONE I KNEW had a
Steam Iron in the 1960's!
And-Finally-
When we were done-
curling and setting and ironing our hair we 
SPRAYED IT
so it wouldn't move in a Hurricane.
Many of us used this:
or this
As for me?
I used this-

and kept waiting for it to work..
even sprayed my face a few times..

Well, AFTER a good curl and spray
my hair looked like this~
TEASED AND TOSSED 
and SET for the SHOW!
forgive the quality-it's a 
picture of a picture in an album-
stuck permanently to those sticky sheeted albums
they sold years ago to SAFELY keep your photos.
Just realized looking at this that my nose
looks like it has a ski slope on the end of it...
kind of like an elf's nose...lol..
....optical illusion, folks...
Remind me to check my pictures better
before I post them next time.  lol
So--that's about all I have to say today
about HAIR in the 1960s/70s.

 But wait-some of you mentioned
GARTER BELTS-
Yep-wore that ---but I think I was
THE FIRST PERSON IN LINE
to pick up a pair of these
and I never looked back!

Feel free to add any thoughts of your own.
I have a whole lotta things I want to 
share about the 60's & 70's
if you all are GAME!

ps.  NEVER tell a HUNTER
you are GAME because
you might end up looking like one of these:


Have a great week.
I am working through some
miserable inflammatory issues and
trying to find the right meds to get
my body back into a restive state.
I have not had a flare in 6 years.
It hits me like tendonitis and
moves from area to area in my body.
The last flare I had took about
18 months to get it under control.
Not Good!

I am taking a few weeks off from
THE VA.
I will miss being there-
it is one of the highlights of my week
but know it will be like old home day
when I go back.

This flare came out of nowhere and I am 
NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.
I am a "doer" and "caretaker"
and can't stand being on the side
where I need 'help'.

Speaking of HELP-
Remember The Help?
Let's just say I won't be eating
any chocolate pie 
MyHero offers me!

If you don't know what 
THAT is all about you can 
read about it here.
And that's all I'm gonna say
about that!

Have a great week!
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