Friday, March 22, 2019

WORDS FROM THE WORLD OF A FIVE YEAR OLD

Little Miss BrightEyes
has her own take on
EVERYTHING.
I want to post this before 
St. Patrick's Day is too long gone.

The day after St. Patrick's Day:

Bright Eyes:  Am I all done wearing green?
Mama said- "Yes~why?"
Bright Eyes- "Because who wants
to walk around looking like
A WEED!
Above she was at a church party.

Mama: Who is your new little girlfriend?
Bright Eyes- Her name is METAL.
Mama:  What?  What's her name?
Bright Eyes- Her name is METAL, I said!
Mama:  Are you SURE that's her name?
Bright Eyes- No-nobody knows her 
REAL NAME 
so we all just call her METAL.

I am pretty sure Bright Eyes is the one
that bestowed that name on her.

And- there you have it-
Conversations with The Kid!
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

PLEASE VISIT THESE TWO BLOGGERS -THEY NEED SOME HEALING LOVE

Rather than me
trying to do two prayer posts
I thought I would send you to
these two wonderful bloggers
that need prayer-
or good thoughts and healing wishes.

I am putting Terry first 
simply because his surgery is today.
wrote a post about Terry.
Click here to leave her a little
love-filled message.
He has had way too much pain
for way too long!
Next to my son-in-law,
Terry is my favorite fireman!

ALSO
Please pray for 
Debby Ray (My Favorite Things).
Gotta love a gal that dresses her dog in pink!

She has had a terrible time of it-
misdiagnosis, pain, tests & more tests,
hospital stays-etc.
Please click HERE to read her post.

As always thanks for praying-
and if you don't pray-
Thanks for any good thoughts
and healing wishes.

Have a beautiful spring day!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING-SHARING SECRETS


Short and Sweet
today.

I call this

Sister Secrets.

This has always been
my favorite Springtime
picture of these
3 girls when they were little.

Sweet Cheeks, Ria & Lulu
in the dresses I made for them
for a trip to Disney World.
Hey- What's the big secret, SweetCheeks?
Don't you love it?

I hope you have someone
special in 
YOUR LIFE
to share a secret with.

Have a blessed, wonderful
first day of Spring!
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Monday, March 18, 2019

LINDA-THE FAIRY BLOGMOTHER/LIFE & LINDA NEEDS PRAYERS

I usually just do these
prayer requests on Sundays
but......

Our beautiful friend,
Linda from Life & Linda
needs prayer.

She is caretaker to her mom,
wife, blog designer,
(The Fairy Blogmother)
3 time cancer survivor and now,
to top things off,
she has pneumonia.

Linda has helped me out too many times
to count when I had blog problems.
She did it with no expectations
except being helpful.
She is a gem.

Please pray for her.
She has so many that depend on her.
We need to see that bright light
restored to good health.

As always, if you are not 
a person that prays,
please send healing thoughts
and good wishes her way.

Just want to add-
you are all just 
THE BEST
when it comes to doing this.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

ST PATRICK'S DAY- MEMORIES FROM A PENNSYLVANIA CHILDHOOD

Sometimes life is bittersweet, isn't it
to remember the days when 
people in our lives celebrated
special days with us?

Days like St. Patrick's Day!

I was always well aware of 
being Irish.
My grandmother was an Owen
and her family immigrated from Ireland.
She died long before I was born
so I never had the pleasure of
knowing her.

The family unit I knew as a child 
is all gone now.
A father, a mother and one younger brother.
We celebrated 17 years of Sundays  together 
before I left home. 
17 years out of a lifetime isn't much but
 0h! the memories created then..

My parents were not religious people
but they were believers.
I grew up right next to a Catholic church
but never attended there.
This was taken from the road in front of our house
before the road was paved..

I don't remember my father ever
going to a church service.
My mother took us kids sporadically over the years.
When I was a young teen I
started going on my own
with some cousins.
A little country church with a marvelous pastor,
Melvin Shultz.
His wife, Thelma, had the voice of an angel
and I loved
to sit as close to her as I could on a 
Sunday morning..
My father always pared the farm work down
to a bare minimum on all
Holidays and every Sunday,
doing only the chores that were necessary to 
get by for the day.

My Grandfather, dressed in his Sunday suit,
 would stand here by the
road on a Sunday morning to greet people
on their way home from church.
He lived with us for about 5 years
until I was 6 or so.
I remember when my father planted
the elms on the left hand side
to give some shade to the front yard.
They were mere saplings then.

The big barns are long gone now.
The house burned to the ground 15 years ago or so.

The shed that you see in the picture above
(that is hidden behind the trees)
is the only building that remains
of the original farm buildings.
I remember when my Father and two neighbors
built that shed for wood, storage and butchering.

Going the other way, down the hill,
the road makes a sharp curve then leads down
 to my Aunt Bessie's house.
She, too, is gone these many years.
 I spent a lot of time in the woods
that grew along the road..

Sweet, sweet memories this morning.
Memories of coffee percolating
on the kitchen counter-
Watching the sun rise and flood the East facing kitchen with light.
Bacon sizzling in the frying pan-
the sharp crack of eggs against the side of the pan-
Biscuits with home-churned butter and honey
from the bees from the hives
down past the little pond.

Sunday Memories-
Sharp-
Strong-
Stored Forever-


And----just so you don't think I have gone
all smarmy  and  sappy on you
here is what I plan to serve MyHero
for breakfast this morning if he
doesn't shape up.
It will go great with a side of
poisonberries boysenberries.

.You can order your very own
SKULL EGG SHAPER here..

I guess I got sidetracked from a
St. Patrick's Day Post...
but that is what you get when you
visit me.  lol...
You never know what lane my
mind will go down.

ANYWAY~
I hope you have a wonderful
St. Patrick's Day & Sunday.
Make it special and tell someone
you love them.
As for me--
I'll be looking for leprechauns
and I really need to visit
the Blarney Stone
before I die!
Who knows what I could talk
MyHero into after that!
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

PRAYER REQUEST FROM KRIS- JUNK CHIC COTTAGE

Many of you know Kris,
and those of you that know her
know about all the struggles 
she has had this last couple of years.
Hubby's job-
Moving-
Mom moving back to the area-
Recent foot surgery-
The list goes on and on.

Today she is asking for prayers
for her mom & Terry.
Her mom JUST got back from Florida
and is in the hospital with heart issues.
AND
Her hubby, Terry, has been in terrible pain
for months with his back.
Meds & shots have not worked.
Now he is scheduled to have 
BACK SURGERY
next week.
Did you know that 
next to my son-in-law
he is my 
FAVORITE FIREMAN?

Pray not only for Kris's mom
and Terry but pray for 
Kris's peace of mind, too.

She gives so very much to others-
let's give back to her by
sending up prayers.
As always, if you don't pray,
please send healing thoughts 
and well wishes her way.

Her request is on her blog here.
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Monday, March 11, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE RESULTS ARE IN- ST. PATRICK'S DAY TABLE

Well, begod and begorry,
you made your decisions.
Some of you with gnashing teeth
and muttered oaths.
Some of you with itemized lists (really)
and some of you 
COULDN'T MAKE UP YOUR MINDS!
You're gonna be sorry about that fact~

So-Just to refresh your memory
here were your choices.
So-Here you are surrounded by your friends.

TABLE #1-Green Stripes-Yikes!
You all certainly liked this one.
Snuggle up because there are lots of chairs here~
Linda/Ramblings, Dawn, Debra H, Moontides,
Jettie, Jeanie (taking time from her travel blog)
Jan, Sally, Phyllis, Missy, Sandie/Chatty, Sarah, 
Betty(she's as Irish as Paddy's pig-and that's a compliment),
Suz,Karen, Doris, Debbi (once again with her crystal ball-will probably tell your fortune for a fee paid UNDER the table)
Noreen(wants you to know she was named after Queen Honora-seriously) 
and my ex-SIL, Ellie, (I KNOW she waited to see where Jettie was sitting before she chose..and I know she will want to sit right BY her, too.)
Denise-(Likes a refined table but says she needs two chairs for her butt-read that any way you want, folks)
Ron- Mr.Cocktail Himself
and bj (who will pay anyone from Table #6 $1000. (sadly-it's Monopoly money) for a cupcake.
Well-there you have it -- and a rowdier bunch cannot be found.

TABLE #2-Leafy Love
We have some nice ladies here.
I was going to say 
QUIET LADIES
until I read the list.
You know who you are!
Laurie, Kim, SweetSugar, Pam,
Jenn, Sissie (sitting here in case she spills something), Theresa, Vee, Pamela,
Sylvia- really wants to be at Table#6 but is afraid she will eat the whole plate of cupcakes.
Tete, KarenAnn, Wanda, 
Jane(stealing a cupcake on the way to her seat)
Lorrie, Dewena,
Deborah & Lauren.

TABLE #3-Shake My Shamrock
Well, Willie is here!  (If you don't know Willie you are missing a lot of laughs-he wants a Guiness), DebbyRay, Julie, Cindy, Lisa K, Cindy/Cloches...
and for two of you that didn't pick-
I picked FOR you-
Patty/Attic Clutter  & Liz/Shortbread
(that'll teach ya)

TABLE #4-Shamrocks & Gold
Susie-is here because of the dishes, Liz,  Nonnie,
Gert, Fabby, Sandi/RoseChintz, LV
Jenny- who made fun of me being pinched for wearing my pin and then had the audacity to LAUGH about it,
bobbie (made her list and checked it twice), 
Michelle (also wants a Guinness-I might move her over to Willie's table so all the drunks can sit together)
Ann-but is moving later for a cupcake,
Diane & Betty D (BOTH sitting here 
because their Lucky # is 4--wondering 
if they both play the lotto?)
Barbara-(totally fascinated by the napkins),
Gayala, Kay, Jan &
Cheri-(says the gold makes her tingle. I'd like to see her after a visit to Fort Knox
AND MELANIE-that I forgot two times in a row...
just shoot me now......

TABLE #5- Tie One On
Here sits our roamers, Jack & Sherry, 
Leena, Adam, Anne, Shirley K and
Terri-(who is determined to figure out 
how to fold those napkins).
Kathy-(couldn't comment on the blog so 
emailed me her choice---gotta love that gal).

and-
last but not least
(might be lying about that part)

TABLE #6-A Cupcake Chaser
MA-(whew she is all about green-wearing it, springing for it, sniffing it?) Linda/ItsyBitsy,
Lisa- wondered if Ron is HOT-
told her yes he is-year round-he lives in 
New Orleans, (shame on you , Lisa)
GDazee-(Also made a list to evaluate her options),
Sheri, Happy, BillyJo, Krishna, 
Kris (stumping along with her bad foot) Karen &
 Linda (she is willing to sell bj a cupcake for $1000. Wonder if she even knows what Monopoly money is.....)

TABLE #7-Special Table For Someone Special.
OKAY-
So there is always ONE, right?
You all know Cathy @1929 Charmer, right?
Let me just say-she is sumthin'
I am going to copy and paste her response.

Since I’m late to the table so to speak I’ll be quick! I’ll have my soup and salad at #4, then the main entree at table #2, then I’ll slide over to table #1 for desert! I don’t like sitting too long at one place and like moving around! If there are any late night snacks I’d like to be at #3! 
Like I said--
ONE IN EVERY CROWD.

Now, I checked this list twice
after I wrote it down.
I am SURE (because that is MY luck)
that I missed seating someone.
IF I did-speak up and I will cram 
you into a chair.

Have a wonderful week!
I will start working on an
EASTER TABLE 
soon!

No offense meant to anyone.
(I mighta lied about that last statement)


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Saturday, March 9, 2019

PRAYERS FOR PEOPLE WE LOVE-BLOGGER FAMILIES

This has been quite a week.
I received prayer requests
for several people.
How I got to be the messenger
is beyond me---
because I am not a
"religious type".
I don't fit that mold.
I guess Someone saw fit to 
use imperfect me to pass
along these
Prayer Requests~

First up-
Connie's hubby, Steve,
needs prayers for health issues.
He is very private so asks
that you pray and he figures God
will know his name and know what
you are praying for.
Isn't he a handsome devil?
hmmmm...maybe I shouldn't be using
THE WORD DEVIL
in a prayer request?
We'll let God sort that one out.

Next- Sandi-RoseChintzCottage
is asking for prayer for her son, Jeff.
He suffered a concussion and has 
ongoing problems with dizziness
and other side effects.
He is unable to work at this time.
This young man needs to 
GET WELL
so he can move on with his life.

Debbie-Dabble's nephew, John,
continues his fight against cancer.
You can read about him here
He is fighting the good fight but please
pray for him and his family.

Also, please continue to pray for
Wild Bill,
Sugar's hubby (AtRivercrestCottage)
He has a PetScan coming up.
Let's pray that he is 
ALL CLEAR
so they can move forward
with health issues behind them.

Also, please continue to pray for
Devon Wooten.
He is a young man that continues 
his fight for a cancer-free life.
He has brain cancer,
and desperately needs a healing.
So very sad.
I will never understand why
ANYONE-especially CHILDREN
have to suffer like this.

Now- here is the sad thing.
I KNOW someone else
asked me for a prayer request post.
I cannot, for the life of me,
remember who it is---
sorry---blonde moment.
If you asked me and I don't have you included,
please let me know and I will go in and add 
your/the name.

As always,
if you are not a person that prays,
please wing good thoughts, good wishes and
healing vibes towards these good people.

Have a blessed weekend and
REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCK AHEAD

Back Monday with the
PICK YOUR FAVORITE RESULTS.
Some of you should 
BE PREPARED 
to be raked over the coals...
and you know who you are....


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

CANCER FREE- THREE YEARS TODAY

Many of you were here
and along for the journey as 
MyHero
fought for his life.
This is before & after cancer.
His prognosis was 
NOT GOOD.
We called all the kids home
to say their good-byes
to him just before 
Christmas in 2016.

You can read the first plea
for him here.

Three years ago today
he had his last radiation treatment
and they told him he was
done with treatment.

He fought off sepsis 
and a very aggressive form
of head and neck cancer.
A cancer that only affects
about 3% of people...
a tough cancer to beat--
a tough cancer to recover from--
a cancer that forever changes
your life.

It was a long hard battle
and he is forever changed.
It has meant adapting
in several ways.
There is a permanent 
feeding tube in place.
He cannot swallow properly,
he tires easily but is still
working as a chaplain.

This sort of thing can make you bitter
or you can accept the changes
and move forward with an
altered way of life, 
being glad that your life has
been extended even though it is
different than the life you had before.

We have accepted the changes.
It has not always been easy.
There have been up times and down times.
Let me tell you- 
having a sense of humor helps.
Sometimes you have to laugh 
at unexpected "problems".
CHEMO BRAIN IS REAL, folks.
Trust me-but don't ask for details.

Do you think THIS is part of 
Chemo Brain?
Do you think he remembers when
he was a rabbit?
In case he doesn't-
here's a little reminder.
I hope that this gives some of you 
HOPE THAT YOU CAN CONQUER
cancer or whatever life throws your way.
We have-and if we can do it-
you can do it!
Pinky Promise.

I will be around this weekend with
results for the
Pick Your Table Game.
I like to wait for people that 
don't get to blogs daily to show up.

Have a wonderful Wednesday-
I'll be getting MyHero's new costume
ready!
I'm pretty sure I can convince
him he wore this before and just
doesn't remember it!

Do you think someone should have 
warned him not to marry someone
with a warped sense of humor.....


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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE- ST. PATRICK'S DAY TABLE~

Well- this is one of my 
FAVORITE HOLIDAYS!
Being Irish I am drawn to 
all things Irish and Green!

So-You know the routine, right?
PICK ONE TABLE
to sit at and then we will see 
who else is at your table.

As always- I do NOT pick other
BLOGGER TABLES
because I don't want to pit 
one blogger against another.
These images are not from blogs!

AND!!!!!
You KNOW that I will be 
MAKING FUN OF SOME OF YOU
so bear that in mind as you 
PICK YOUR SEAT!

Here we go!

TABLE #1-
GREEN STRIPES? YIPES!

TABLE #2
LEAFY LOVE

TABLE#3
SHAKE MY SHAMROCK INTO MY LAP

TABLE #4
SHAMROCKS AND GOLD

TABLE #5
TIE ONE ON (TO THE NAPKIN)

TABLE #6
A CUPCAKE CHASER

THERE YOU HAVE IT!

I am sure our friend,
RON THE COCKTAIL GUY
will be around to mix us up 
something special!
Can't wait to see who sits where!!!!

I am out the door to go push
the old boys around at the VA...
LOVE IT!!!

Next week I am going to wear my
SPECIAL IRISH PIN
to the VA Clinic....
Wonder if I'll get any takers?
(under the age of 80)


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Sunday, March 3, 2019

A NEW PRAYER REQUEST AND AN UPDATE ON KRIS

Good Sunday Morning
I had a dear sweet blogger,
send a request for prayer 
for her mom,
YOLANDA.

Yolanda had a stroke
and is not doing well at all.
Please pray for a 
restoration of her health,
mind, body & soul.

She has been an active senior
and I am sure this is very hard
on the whole family---
especially Fabby, so pray for her, too.

If you don't know Fabby,
she & her hubby owned a 
china factory. 
She has more dishes 
and table settings
than anyone I know.
It is always 

Fabby entertains a lot,
has a prayer group that meets weekly,
and hosts wonderful meals for her mom.
Pray that her mom can once again
join her for one of her special luncheons.

UPDATE:
I talked to Kris yesterday.

The nerve block had worn off
and she was in quite a bit of pain.
I just got a text from her
and the pain is less today.
LOVE THOSE DRUGS!
I can see her going through
drug rehab in the future, can't you?

Please pray for her pain level,
and her peace of mind.
I know it makes her anxious to 
not be able to "do anything"
and to have to be waited on.
In REAL LIFE she is the one that
takes care of and waits on
everyone else.
As someone once said-
She is a waitress at the banquet of life.

As always-
if you are NOT a "prayer",
please send good wishes and
healing thoughts to 
Yolanda & Kris.



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