Sunday, September 23, 2018

A SURPRISE WEDDING! AND TWO SHALL BECOME SEVEN!

WOW!!

Nothing like giving the
FAMILIES of the 
BRIDE & GROOM
a surprise!

Everyone was told that the party
was an honorary fete for Glen's 
25 years of service with the
FIRE DEPT
and an
ENGAGEMENT PARTY
to follow the 
honorary presentation.

LIAR, LIAR,
PANTS ON FIRE!!

When people walked in the door
here is the sign that greeted them.
This was made by Tara's oldest daughter-
ALANA---
this girl that has lots of creativity.
The next clue was the "altar"-
My new son-in-law
and my daughter are both
super-talented and artistic....
a match made in Heaven.
Tara did all the florals with help
from her sister and a friend.

Two little nephews and a niece
carried/tossed flowers down the "aisle".
Tara looked beautiful
In spite of the fact that she
was unable to wear the 
gown she had commissioned to have made
for the wedding, (long story-don't ask),
she bucked up at the last minute
and ordered a dress that
worked for her.
Her dad (MyHero) married them.
That is my WHITE HAIR on the left-
with CJK (ringbearer)
on my lap -not a wiggle out of him
as he watched the wedding unfold.

Afterwards, during the presentation
of newly wed husband and wife,
Glen gave a very emotional speech.
He was adopted and
found his birth mom 2 years ago.
Both  moms were right in the front and 
get along beautifully.
He also recognized his ex-wife, Sue,
the mother of his boys.
He thanked her for 
her part in his life and
paid tribute to what a good mother 
she has been to their boys--
 a testimony to the fine man
he is.

There was a first dance....
And a sweet moment where both had
something to quench their thirst.
Our friend, Jessica, 
sent me all these pictures 
this morning.
THANKS, JESS!!!
She is the one to the right 
and my other daughter, Mimi,
shows off her red head on the left.
What a blessing to have Tara's 
high school friends attend-
Rachel to the far left- her hubby,
Jessica (blond)
Mimi and my youngest son, Ryan,
Kristen and Jess (in front) taking the selfie.
It was a wonderful, wonderful night.
However, as much as I would like to
SIT ON MY BUTT ALL DAY-
I am off to pick up coffee for everyone
and help with cleanup.
ANOTHER SURPRISE!!!
oh wait....
NO SURPRISE THERE!

When the professional photos come through
I will share some of those with you, too....
and you might even see one of me if
they do enough photo-shopping so that 
I look like Loni Anderson....
just sayin'------

Have a wonderful blessed Sunday.

Where are those blogging friends
when you need work done?
Clean up crew volunteers?
ANYONE? ANYONE? ANYONE?
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

THINKING ABOUT DECORATING FOR FALL-YEP---STILL THINKING

I am one of those weird people
(..I hear those of you that KNOW me..)
Anyway, I am one of those weird people
that STILL keeps notebooks of ideas.

Yeah, yeah--I know all about
Pinterest and the internet but
there is something satisfying to me
about sitting down and looking through a
BOOK OF IDEAS.

I have one notebook for each season..
(well- Christmas has 3 or 4 binders)
These are all I loose leaf 3 ring binders
filled with page protectors full
of inspirations and ideas.

Being as it IS Fall now..
I pulled my
PUMPKIN COLORED
notebook out.
Yes! They are colored for each Season-
White For Snow/Winter.
Red For Christmas.
Pink for Little Girl Ideas.
Blue For Little Boy Ideas.
Yellow For Easter Ideas.
Green For Gardening/Outdoor Ideas.
And a slew of white ones with
typed cover inserts.
Well, you get the picture.

But for Fall
(and Halloween)
I dug out the Pumpkin Colored binder.
Here are a few of the images I have saved.
These are pictures of magazine pictures
so don't expect award winning 
photography on my part...ok...
no whining about it either.

I have always loved window boxes..
and I like the earthy simplicity
 of this one.
and a  white pumpkin surrounded by Fall gatherings...
A peek at a birdbath that is
Closed for the Season
(poor birds)
And the path of pumpkins
that leads you through an arbor..
And brings you home to this..
A place to spend an afternoon,
or an evening,
or a life time.
I have had these images for many years
and don't know WHERE they are from...
but Thank You to the people
that photographed these.

Now..
Please excuse me..
I am headed to Starbucks...
I hear they have a
NEW COFFEE..
(edited to add-new for the 
FALL SEASON-it's been around for a few years)
I'll pick one up for my daughter..
cuz I don't do sugar...
Can you say..
Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Now wipe the drool off your chin
and get busy (did I SAY you were lazy)?!

Hmmm...would that be what they mean
by the pot calling the kettle black?

You KNOW you need to get ready for Fall!
I do, too...
(if you are already done I DON'T want to know about it-m'kay...like I don't feel bad enough already?!)

Have a wonderful mid-week day & evening!


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

A QUOTE ? YEP! A QUOTE-AND THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

My lovely friend, Sheri,
over at 
Red Rose Alley
suggested this would make a
good quote.

So, I thought I would post it
here for you.
I believe this is
especially relevant to those
of us that are downsizing
and trying to adjust and adapt
to the changes.

Just thought I would share it
with all of you.
Hope you all have a
WONDERFUL WEEKEND!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I'M BACK!!! YES! I AM!!!! Y'all got apples?

This time of year always
makes me a bit nostalgic.
It makes me long for my youth,
and remember those I loved.
There are songs that I find
particularly haunting.
Neil Diamond's
is one of them.
I am not putting the music
on here because I know
most people find background
songs annoying...
but if you get a chance 
listen to the song when you can.

September brings out my
"rustic side".
I love picking 
the perfect apple!
 and baking
 and making
Needs a sprinkle of cinnamon,
doesn't it?
All those things make me
a  little nostalgic but 
what hits even deeper?

We have moved from 
what was supposed to be our
"forever home".
We have downsized and 
gotten rid of tons of stuff.
We still have a warehouse 
to empty--sigh.

Life is full of changes, 
isn't it?
Thanks be that I am one that
ROLLS with the PUNCHES
although sometimes I will 
say I feel like
PUNCHING SOMEONETHING.
Can't you just hear your grandma saying,
"That's not ladylike" (or nice)...

If you promise to be very good
and not give 
mean old Uncle Arthur 
Ex-Lax in a Hershey's bar wrapper,
I will be back in a bit with
some pictures of the new place.
Yeah- Yeah- I promise!

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

NO INTERNET FOR TWO WEEKS? NO CABLE? NO TV? WHAT THE WHAT?

Yes! It's true.
I am moving this weekend
into a brand new place.
It is lovely 
BUT
there is 
NO SERVICE AVAILABLE
there for at least two weeks.
I won't mention any names
about why we won't have service sooner...
but it wasn't me
SO---
If you come looking for me
you might find me
doing something really weird
with my time...
like reading....

My internet shuts off at midnight tonight...
no cable, no internet, no phone---
sigh....what did we do back in the
OLD DAYS?

I will try to pop in from the office
when and as I can....
but I have a tough boss-
so not sure how often that will happen.
Meanwhile, I will be 
Love you all-
I promise I WILL be back!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

RIP IN MY DEAR OLD "BEAR"

A wonderful man
has left this earthly realm.
I am sure that by now
he is singing with the angels....
and what a voice he had.

Barry Christensen 
died as he lived,
peacefully and with joy in his heart.
(shown here with his beatutiful daughter, Beckie)
While heaven is richer,
our world is poorer.

He was connected to our family
on a deep level.
While we are glad he is beyond
all earthly pain and suffering,
our hearts are heavy with the loss.

I hope he knows somehow
how much joy he brought to 
everyone with a voice that was
unequaled to any other I have
ever heard personally.

God speed, Barry!
Forgive the tears because I know 
your mission
was to spread joy~
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SOMEBODY STARTED PRE-SCHOOL TODAY & SOMEBODY GOT GLASSES!

These are the times I miss
because I live several hours
away.

How cute is this?
Little Miss Bright Eyes!
She goes to a Christian pre-school
and is just delighted to be there.
Now- Here's the funny part.
SHE might be delighted
BUT
look at the little girl's face
as she is looking at Anna.
is that funny, or what?

AND
Not to be outdone--
CharlesInCharge
got glasses!
Mimi said he took them 
off and put them on about
ten times 
as he gauged the difference
between blurry and crisp vision.

Off they go for another year
of school adventure.
They look like Irish lads,
don't they?

And WHAT, pray tell,
is Mama Mimi,
the beautiful Irish colleen,
doing with all her
FREE TIME
now that the kids are in school?
Why-she is drinking wine 
and taking selfies with
Miss Peggy Sue.
As you can plainly see,
she is a 
VICIOUS WATCHDOG!

Don't you just feel sorry
for Mimi?
Look how sad she looks!
NOT

Meanwhile, I am still in the process of
Purging & Packing.
If I don't show up in a day or so
send someone to search for me
among the boxes and packing paper.
I may have taped myself in a
box somewhere!

Whew- here is ONE job I 
won't have to do this year!
I hate raking!
I thought it might be easier to MOVE--
I was wrong!

Have a great week!


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

PICK YOUR FAVORITE RESULTS---A LITTLE LATE

What's the old saying?
"A day late and a dollar short"--
Well, I resemble that remark!

So, you all picked your seat-
(no hidden meaning there at all)
and it looks like there might
be a knock-down-drag-out
to find a seat at a couple of the tables!

Ready to see who is at your table?
Table #1-GREEN RUFFLES
Here you will find the lovely 
Jane the bluebird lady-afraid she would be alone-
Kitty-not sure if she has a cat or not- & Terri
 Debbi (bringing her crystal ball and tamborine-up to no good for sure---and DON'T pay her to tell your fortune either!
 Also seated here is Sue & 
Someone With No Name!
(I'm thinking witness protection plan)?

Table#2-A TOUCH OF GOLD
You will find two Lindas here along with 
Betsy,  Susie, Lauren, 
Missy-who analyzed the whole
table before making her choice, 
Jettie (said the table SPEAKS to her-
didn't know we had a talking table 
but then what do I know)
and
RON-The Cocktail Guy---
Just wait til Jettie has a few of
Ron's cocktails and the
stone wall will be singing to her.

#3 LOVE THOSE LIGHTS
Well, the lights have it.
Lights on? Nobody's home?
Apparently there are lots of people home here!
Carole, Dewena (wants way too much info before deciding-sigh), Nonnie, Debra, 
Tete (I knew it),
Penny, MA, Gert, Kris,
Vee, bobbie, Lisa (already complaining that Fran is drinking too much & Fran is at table #4) Marilyn, Kathleen, Phyllis, Rita,
AnnMarie, Linda, Cindy,
Lorrie (wants to exchange the glasses-
one in every crowd, folks,
Sweet Stephanie, Jeanie, Holly,
Jean, Kay, Sally, Amy, 
Janey & Melanie.  
Whew!  Keep the noise down there, will ya?

#4-BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR
Hi Fran! Barbara, Judy, Dawn,
Pamela, Sandi, &
Dear Deborah who will sit here if 3 is crowded!
JACK (yay! another guy in the group)
& OMGCathy (who sputtered around and finally said she might steal a chair).
Hey- I don't make this stuff up!

#5-LET LOVE GROW
LOVE that you are here!
Sandi, Linda (aLa) Judy, Doris, 
Lisa K & Henny.
(Henny might bring chickens for dinner-
or maybe just to pet--a comfort animal, if you will,
although the airlines might change that rule
before she flies to the party)

#6-FRANKLY LOVING FERNS
Oh- my green loving, nature loving gals!
Cecelia-careful-she may paint while she eats-
AFTER she finally decided where she would sit,
Tina, Leslie (who is bringing her own wineglass,
& Laura & bonny Bonnie.  
You should have fun girls!

#7-COURTLY COURTYARD
Sandi (complained there was no food there),
Sylvia (who never complains about anything),
Diane (Wants to sit at the head of the table-Go aHEAD---get it?  Never mind)
Joyful Chaos(alias, I'm sure)
Penny, Laura, Linda,
Kathy (finds it peaceful-wait til you all get going and we'll see how PEACEFUL it is),
Ellie (bringing her cat), Linda (Life &L), Bonnie,
Denise (I called my brother's son DeNephew)
Rose (picked this table because the seats are padded), Bethany Sandie, Cathy, Cindy (forgot my name-but I'll seat her anyway) Kim, Sheri, 
Jann & LV (who doesn't really want to be outside but doesn't want to miss the party)

WOW!  I LOVE that you take the time
to play along.
I tried to make sure everyone got
at the right table.
I hope I didn't forget anyone--forgive me if I did!
I got interrupted at least 25 times trying
to pull this together.
I may have a little less hair left
than when I started~!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!!!





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Sunday, August 19, 2018

HAPPY SUNDAY TO YOU!!!

Good Morning!

Up to another day of 
PURGING & PACKING!

I will get the 
Pick Your Favorite Table
results tallied today
and posted tomorrow.

Have two grands sleeping
in various spots here this morning.
Going to be a warm, humid
wonderful day here~
Hope YOUR DAY is 
wonderful, too!
~Love to you~
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PICK YOUR FAVORITE-FALL TABLE SETTING

Well-Here we go!
I figured if I didn't get back here soon,
y'all would forget my name.

What better way to reappear than with a
PICK YOUR FAVORITE?!?!
Here's the scenario-
It is an outdoor wedding.
All you have to do is show up,
be on your best behavior,
and if you don't have anything nice to say
about someone----
don't say anything....
come sit by me.

Remember- 
Pick ONE TABLE--
Otherwise you will
PAY FOR YOUR OWN MEAL!

So, without further ado-
here we go!

Table #1
GREEN RUFFLES

Table #2
A Touch of Gold

Table #3
Love Those Lights
Table #4
Bring Your Own Chair
Table #5
Let Love Grow
Table #6
Frankly Loving Ferns
Table #7
Courtly Courtyard
Okay!  Now---
Pick a table and I will be back
in a couple of days to let you
know who you will be sitting with....
some of you are going to
be surprised!

Have a wonderful Tuesday.
I am off to push the old boys
around at the VA this morning.
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