Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Thanks to all of you that are praying for
(or sending good thoughts and well wishes)

I wanted to give you an update.
While we were down visiting my daughter, 
Mimi, and her family for Thanksgiving
in Indiana,
MyHero and I drove about 20 minute south
to the hospital where Ted is a patient.
As many of you know,
MyHero works with cancer patients 
at a local hospital.
He is also a survivor of cancer.
He has been treated 3 times 
for 3 different types of cancer
and has beat the odds.
So, he understands
exactly what Ted is going through.

Ted does not look sick at all.
He looks healthy and young for his age.
He is eating well 
and has tolerated chemo quite well.
He just finished his first round of chemo.
His immune system is at ZERO-
a scary place to be.
They will run some tests in a few days
and see what is happening.

He has been told he will be hospitalized for
That is a long time for him and for Susie.
She does not drive in the city so is dependent
on others to get her there every day.
She lives about an hour or so 
north of the hospital.

Please keep them wrapped in your heart
and continue to pray 
and/or send healing thought
and good wishes.

Thank you all so much 
for your outpouring
of love and caring.
I know Susie and Ted appreciate
each and every one of you.

Have a great rest of the week!

your photo name

Sunday, November 25, 2018


Good Morning!
Did you eat too much?
I did NOT myself.

My father,
God rest his soul,
was a humorist.

you're saying...
Not YOUR Dad.

Well, he was!
One of the things he absolutely
was poetry.

He read a lot of poetry to
me when I was a child.
Most of it way beyond
my understanding.

One of the ones that I
remember most vividly is
the one below.
It is short..
and I guarantee it will
put a smile on your face...
especially if you are thinking
about going out and having
a few little drinks
as we head into the holidays

It is called


One night in late December,
When I was far from sober,
Returning with my load of manly pride,
My feet began to stutter,
So I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came near 
and lay down by my side;
A lady passing by was heard to say:
"You can tell a man who boozes,
By the company he chooses,"
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.
                              Unknown author

Happy Sunday!
Don't eat too many leftovers
and pick your companions well!

See you soon and I will give you an
update on Ted & Susie (She Junks)

Ummm--need I remind you that
is one month from today?
You're welcome!

your photo name

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


I was working at the office
a few minutes ago
when I got a text
from Susie.
ALL of you know our sweet SUSIE
I was lucky enough to meet her in person
last year and, let me tell you,
she is as dear in person as she is in blogland.

I told Susie I would do the request tonight
when I got home but I feel like
I need to do it 

Her dear, sweet 
was diagnosed TODAY with

He was hospitalized immediately
and starts chemo tomorrow.

He is in the closest city to their home
but Susie doesn't do city driving...
so she is planning on staying there
with him.  

He will be hospitalized for 
at least a month.

Please pray that the 
Also pray for peace of mind for

As we well know, when our loved ones
are ill we worry and
many times we just feel helpless.

For those of you that are not pray-ers,
please send healing thoughts and 
best wishes their way
and leave a sweet comment for Susie 
on my blog if you have the time.

Sending you love, Susie~
Thank all of you so much!

your photo name

Friday, November 16, 2018


Does anyone remember that commercial?
The one with the line that went-
Poke me with a fork I think I'm done?

Well, I remember hearing the ad and it was
often repeated by a little neighbor boy, Brett.
Brett also carried a NAKED blond Barbie doll around 
AND he called it Mrs.Kosmoski!
.....and now you know my real name.....

Anyway- That might have been 
a tad too much information
so let's move along to cooking, shall we?

It's all about turkey right now
but if you are looking for an
EASY recipe to use leading up to
this might work!

I am basically lazy when it comes to meals.
There- I've said it.  It's true!
So, that means 

Does this look EASY?
Well, it is.
Brown 4 pork chops in 1 Tablespoon of butter over 
Medium-high heat.
Kinda fuzzy picture, huh? 
Hey!  You want perfect pictures?
Buy a magazine!
Or visit a blog with a better photographer.
I'll work on it.
While those are browning,
Core and slice about 5 - 6 apples.
I used 2 big Honey Crisp and 
3 or 4 Braeburns that I had.
Use more apples than you think you will want 
because they cook down.
Throw them in the crockpot.
Sprinkle heavily with cinnamon 
(or Apple Pie Spice-that's what I used)
and 1/3 cup brown sugar.
Place browned pork chops on top of apples.
Salt and pepper them to taste.
Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.

I served ours with rice and broccoli
and coffee in a Pumpkin cup.
Trust me- there will NOT be any leftovers!

So- Here's the recipe-

Slow Cooker Pork Chops & Apples
4 boneless pork chops
4-5 large apples of choice
Cinnamon  or Apple Pie Spice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple juice or apple cider.
(I used cranberry juice this time)
Salt & Pepper 

Brown pork chops over medium high heat in 1T melted butter.
Core and slice apples and toss them in crock pot.
Sprinkle with Apple Pie Spice or Cinnamon
(I would estimate I used 3 or 4 teaspoons)
Sprinkle with the brown sugar.
Pour apple juice over it.
(I didn't have any apple juice/cider so I used Cranberry juice and it was delicious)
Layer on the pork chops.
Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.

AND - if you see one of THESE lying around
naked please DO NOT call it
Mrs. Kosmoski!!!
I don't want the neighbors to talk.

your photo name

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


While the momma's away
the girls will play!Momma Cat is off on a 
belated honeymoon
(in Canada)
Yeah- I know- who goes to Canada
this time of year, right?

I am staying with the girls
while their mom is gone.
On Saturday, I took two 
of the girls 
to the 
Christmas Fantasy House in
Milwaukee, WI.
Grandgirl#3 was engaged in
 tryouts with her dad.

All proceeds from the walk go to the 

Always before it has been a
Christmas walk here in our own town.
Sadly, they have cancelled the
Christmas walk the last two year...
so--on to a new tradition, I guess.

Ready for a peek?
Bear with me on the pictures.
I am having a terrible time with the new
PicMonkey---don't get me started.
Anyone else having problems?

Anyway- the 
was beyond amazing.
Each decorator took a different room
in the multi-million dollar home.

Here are some of the things we saw:
Staircase side of the living room.
The bows on the stairwell post
The living room was lovely-
The kitchen was decorated by:
Goodwill!!!!  LOL
Yes. It.Was.
There were garden stakes behind the headboard in 
one of the guest bedrooms:
and that guest bathroom was delightful.
A dress form dressed for Christmas
A trio of trees in a bedroom
A little girls's room in pink and silver
There were elves in the laundry room
They had hung their clothes to dry:
 There were elf wreaths on hangers, too.
Every little boy's room needs a 
Christmas teepee, right?
There was so much more to see-
but I won't overload you with pictures.

I don't decorate for Christmas until after
but it was fun to look and dream and plan.

Oh--and just so you know--
I did NOT wash my hands in 
Would you believe that I did not get a 
picture of the two girls together?

And for those of you that 
Save those corks.
Then you, too, can make
ornaments like these!
just don't be working with the hot glue gun
to make these
You're welcome!

I may take up drinking myself---
I have 3 teen/pre-teen girls to
"lead to good decisions"
for the week!
Lordy--pray for me, will ya?

your photo name

Sunday, November 11, 2018


I am ashamed to say

that I don't

always think about what the cost

is for my freedom.

I don't always think about

the person that laid

down their life so that

I can enjoy the freedoms

this country allows.

I don't always think about

the day-to-day struggles that

some of our veterans must deal with...

the physical, emotional, spiritual end

of it.

I do think about my Father,

a vet of WWI (yes-WWI)-

He was a young man in the service

and an old man when I was born (53).

I do think about my Uncle Samuel,

that fought in the Korean War~

but I don't ever remember him

mentioning it.

I do think about my foster brother, Gene,

that was part of the Vietnam war years...

the war that wasn't a war,

or so they say.

I do think about my nephew, Scott,

that suffered permanent damage

when he was fired on as

he guarded one of

Sadam's palaces.

And, I do think about a man

that has a blog..

A man that I met in my blog travels...

you know when you hit that

Next Blog button on the top..

This is a man that gave it all

for his country...

and is now but a shadow

of his former self, on the outside..

Inside- he is a fighter of the

greatest magnitude.

I have a soft spot for 

Kurt The Krippled Warrior.

He lives a hard life but asks

for no pity or sympathy.

I also think about my 

old classmate, Tom,

that was a chief petty officer

in the Navy.

I haven't seen him in years but

I remember his infectious laugh.

I am sure he kept his

Navy friends laughing

with his wit and humor.

The only picture I could find of him

(along with his lovely wife)

Today, I raise a salute 

to EVERY man or woman

that fights (or has fought) for all of us.

God Bless Our Veterans

and those that are serving

our country today.

Without them- we have no hope.
your photo name

Monday, November 5, 2018


Oh Pumpkin,. Oh Pumpkin,

You used to be so bright.

You glowed like neon.

You shone like a light.

Now you have calmed down,

And I love the sight,

Now that you're painted,

A pretty off-white.
Yesterday, Yesterday,

You looked like this,
But I took the chalk paint,

and gave you a kiss.
Then, when you were dry,

Valspar touched your  face.

Oh!  How I love you-

You belong in this place.

The last rose of summer,

Graces this little vignette.

And I painted that gourd

while you were still wet.
Good day little pumpkins,

I am off to the races.

But I will return,

To see your sweet faces.
Here you were before

My lovely little gourd.
And here you are now-

On my cutting board.
Thanks for the visit,

Please stay a while,

I promise I'll try

To give you a smile.
Have a great day!!!!

And remember~

Put on your nicest dress when you go to Walmart-

because you never know when the 

paparazzi will be following you.

See what I mean?

You have been warned!
your photo name