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May 2, 2022


 Funny story......

Years ago my granddad fell ill and had to go to our local hospital. My mom and my brother David went to admissions to start the paperwork. Everything was going well until mom mentioned granddad's birthdate which was May 2, 1898.  That's when my brother lost it....falling on the floor of admissions laughing hysterically.  Mom stopped mid sentence to admonish him...to no avail. He could not fathom that our granddad had been born in another century. How was this possible? Mom made him leave the building and go sit in the car. Of course I had to go with him to make sure he didn't draw more attention to himself....sigh.....little brothers are very tiresome.

When she came out, needless to say, she was very angry with brother David but he was still laughing and trying to figure out how all this could be. I wanted to hit him over the head with a heavy object.

Anyway, I want to acknowledge my granddad's birthday today. He would be 124 today. 

WOW! I can still hear my brother's laughter.

Happy Birthday to everyone whose born on May 2nd!

Apr 13, 2022

Several Things

 Hi Everyone!!

It's been quite awhile since I've sewn anything so when I decided to do so my Janome wouldn't cooperate. In fact, she let me know by making very weird noises and the needle wouldn't raise or lower. So it was time to take her to get a check up. I packed her up and Mr. Cowboy & I drove over to the nearest Janome "fabric" store (65 miles away) to drop her off.  Three weeks later I got her home and discovered that whatever the thingy that the feet would fit onto was missing. In fact I had taken it off and put it in a safe place.....can you see what's about to happen her?!  I looked high and low; near and far; left and right....to no avail. 
Plan B formed in my head....I called the nearest Janome parts place (80 miles away) explained what I'd done and what I needed......he guy was very nice as I tried to tell him what I needed.....finally, he did understand ( I shopped a bit longer while on the phone...ehehehehehehhehehe). A few days later the part arrived along with some other things I "really" needed.  So now I'm back in action.

Whew!!!! This is a quick top I've had for years and decided to all a border to make it bigger. It's a bit busy but I like it.  Stay turned for the end result.

In this photo I'm sifting my old potting soil. This saves a lot money each year.

Surfing the Internet, I came across this brand of cucumber seeds......I don't have good luck with cucumbers so why not try this one out.

3 days in a wet paper towel in a dark place and wow, roots sprouted.  So far so good.

Finally, I'm going to plant the cucumbers in "grow bags" which I can keep on my back porch. We'll see how all this turns out but it's fun so far.

Mar 25, 2022

Scissor Alert!


I decided to do a bit of cleaning up in my sewing room starting with some drawers that I thought had only thread. Well that turned into a big surprise. Scissors!!!!! OMG!  Why do I have 4 crane type scissors....this is a bit ridiculous.

I know there are more somewhere but for the moment I'll have to deal with these. Do you have a scissor collection?  Talk to me friends.....LOL!

My new bread machine.  You really don't want to know how the first two loaves turned out. Let's just say a brick would have been softer.

And now...about my latest and much better bread endeavor. I've been experimenting with my new bread making machine.  I added some of my own ideas like adding 1 egg & some baking powder.  This loaf is so good especially with butter and jam. Even Mr. Cowboy didn't turn up his nose at it...WHEW!

Mar 15, 2022

Didn't Feel A Thing


Back in the early 1980's my brother & I spent a lot of time at our great-aunt's home. Each spring she would do loads of spring cleaning and some canning. One year we happened to be there when the clocks were to "spring" forward. My brother asked if she wanted him to help her reset the clocks. Auntie responded, "Nope, I don't pay those clocks any attention & pretty soon it'll be time to "fall back anyway!" Wow my brother & I thought. Auntie didn't care one way or the other.  That stuck with me for many years. 
In my school teaching years, I would be very upset to spring forward and do a happy dance to fall back.  You see, sleeping was my main goal.
Well finally this past Saturday night into Sunday morning.....I didn't have to worry about the time. It doesn't affect me one bit and I can sleep in or nap any time I want to......oh...shhhhhhh, let's not mention that to Mr. Cowboy.
Take care everyone!!!!

Feb 28, 2022

February into March

 Greeting everyone! Here's an update on my life.  First, my Janome 11000 is in the hospital. I miss that machine but I know that it needs a great cleaning of which there hasn't been in "years."

And then there's this little problem.

Can you see that little red blob laying underneath his mom? Well just the other day, one of those very cold 25 degree, wind blowing at 15 miles per hour days......well this little guy was laying very near the fence where his mommy left him for whatever crazy reason...and what did he do but roll over which placed him on the other side of the fence which placed him out in the road...which unfortunately was the exact moment that looked out the window and saw it happen......!!!*&@#^^$&@)@*^$@!*
What to do.....what to do?!?!?!?!
Have I mentioned that I don't like cows!? And of course Mr. Cowboy was away....Eeeeek!
I threw on my overcoat, found my boots and gloves and walked outside hoping not to spook the little critter.  After some heart-stopping moments and huffing and puffing, I managed to guide him into my front yard and closed the gate.  Then I promptly call Mr. Cowboy!!!!!!! Mind you, it was very cold....let's say freezing and this is a two to three day old calf.  By now this mom has coming looking for him only to discover he's missing.  After a lot of  bellowing and charging the fence look for the little guy, she turns and runs off in another direction looking for him. He's shaking and panting and finally lays down near another fence which, thank goodness, is made from hog wire (small squares impossible to get through)....WHEW!
After about a half hour Mr. Cowboy comes home, wrestles, grabs, tussles.....you can picture it and manages to get him back to his mom.  I'm exhausted after all the action....I think I need a strong cup of coffee to warm up.
To reward himself, Mr. Cowboy bought himself a new pair of boots.

Hummmmm, something's wrong with this picture.!@#$%^&**&@_
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Jan 10, 2022

Crafting with Rhonda

 Whew!  I just finished a great little class with some wonderful folks at your local Seniors center.  Lots of the items used came from my second favorite store.......Hobby Lobby.

If you're wondering what's my number one favorite store??!?!?!?!?!!? It's any fabric store near and far..LOL

We broke for a hardy lunch and finished up by 1PM. 

Jan 2, 2022

Take A Guess

 First of all.....Happy New Year everyone!

If you guessed a strange tree....you would be incorrect!!

I'm barely able to hold it up so that you can get a better view. Anyone guessed yet?

Ok, I've de-leafed it.....Any guesses?
My cousin Thelma called on New Year's Eve to offer this thing to me. I'd never dealt with this type before and was a bit apprehensive, to say the least.  Ok....no more stalling...
This is a very large collard green stock.
Thelma had to talk me through the process of cutting the leaves off in order the cook them.  I'm not a fan of the taste because they are more dense than mustard or turnip greens and took way longer to cook. Mr. Cowboy loved them.....go figure!

Dec 26, 2021

Whoa! 2021 Is Almost Gone

 Greetings everyone!!! Wow, it has been forever since I've posted. What have I been doing, you may ask?  Well, warning......this post will be packed with photos.

Celebrated Veterans Day at our Seniors Center

Taught a couple of classes at our church

Visited with the boys in the summertime

Looking comfortable with my cousin at our annual homecoming & above that photo is the food truck we had to serve a wonder meal to everyone.

Ayden has really grown up from a little cutie to a young lady....wow, GoGo feels really old!

I'm still in teacher mode of capturing photos of nature even after 15 years in retirement.

Found this card from my great uncle's years as a porter.

Mom & grandma in front of my great-grandfather's home circa 1949.

Been crafting & getting ready for a class.

Got the fever to bind several quilts.

Having a great time with my girlfriend at our get-to-gather Christmas party.

Layout in the garage for the little/big people for Christmas.

I hope to start blogging more regularly.......fingers crossed.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas!!

Jun 18, 2021

Zucchini in Abundance


One of my girlfriends gifted Mr. Cowboy & me with several large zucchini......OMG...... I was over the moon but only knew one way to cook them. So Google came in handy with an oven recipe.  There are several recipes to choose from. I use the one with Parmesan cheese.
Let's just say yummy doesn't even describe the tastiness.
Hope those of you who still have your dads around or granddads.....have a happy Father's Day weekend!

May 23, 2021

I Blinked And....


I blinked and they grew up! OMG!!!! 
Since Covid-19 came into our lives I hadn't seen my little people for over a year. And now some of them aren't little anymore. They all had hugs and kisses for GoGo and I love every precious moment.
We played Connect-4.....I lost numerous times. We talked in the pasture to visit the two bulls who were not impressed because we failed to bring cookies (AKA - range cubes); Austin stalked the humming birds with little success and finally they played in the rock pile that Mr. Cowboy hasn't finished spreading.
The boys haven't changed that much.....maybe a bit stouter....hehehehehehehe!  One has been working in another state but is back for good I hope.
And my daughter-in-law is looking great. I am truly blessed!
We all pigged out on burgers, hotdogs chips, pickles and sweet tea.
I baked three pecan pies. One for the day and other two went to each son. Now GoGo is about to crash on the sofa after all that clean-up.
Hope everyone has a great Memorial weekend next week. 
Mine came early.

May 13, 2021

What's Happening with Blogger?

 Mary noticed, as I have, that ads keep popping up with I'm loading my blog or just right in the middle of posting, it may go to an ad. Anyone else have this problem?

May 11, 2021

My Hero - Mr. Cowboy


The other day we ordered several loads of dirt and rocks to fix the driveway.  As soon as that first dump truck pulled into our area, his back tires sunk in the "sugar" sand we have an abundance of.  The poor guy was beside himself but Mr. Cowboy said "not to worry, I have something that will help to get you out."  After locating a very heavy chain he hooks onto the rear of the dump truck and fired up the dozer.  The rest of the loads were delivered with the dump truck backing into the yard.......hehehehehe.

May 2, 2021

A Sad Cry - A Happy Cry

 Yesterday my cousins and I went to another funeral. It was very sad and I had to do the resolution for our church.  As a was reading, I looked over to one of the family members who is a close cousin and a classmate, well I almost lost it a couple of time but managed to pull if off and walked back to my seat in tears thanking God that He saw me through. 

All of the experience weighed on me especially after the last funeral the other day.  As we drove home, there was silence in the car. I know we were all in our own heads about the whole thing.

When I got home I must admit, I cried a bit. Mr. Cowboy didn't go to the funeral and tried his best to lift my spirits. So told me to turn on the TV and veg out. So I thought, why not.  I channeled surfed for a bit and landed on a few minutes before the actual Kentucky Derby.  As the horse were loading up, I was drawn to their skinny legs and thought, how could they manage with all the noise, etc. but I kept watching and the announcer said, "And they're off!"  The first thing I observed was the white-ish horse in the lead.....the next thought was.....wow, there are a lot of horses....please don't bump into one another...that would not be good!! As things progressed I began to see the beauty of the horses, those skinny legs flying.....then there were four vying for the lead to the finish.....I found myself off my feet....hollering, "come on babies don't get hurt and fly, fly like the wind!"  One horse won out but as I was crying with tears of happiness my thoughts were how awesome God is to have created something so beautiful.....and how bless am I to have known a wonderful cousin who suffered for a little while but now is a rest in the Lord.

Thank you all for listening to my strange happenings.  Stay save everyone!! 

Apr 24, 2021

Tough Day

 Today is a tough one for me. Three people, relatives of mine, have passed away. Not from Covid-19 even.

My cousin Pam passed from an aggressive cancer. She fought hard but that fight is over...mercifully.

Another cousin passed away in his sleep and yet another from a massive heart attack.

No more suffering for them, I know this, so I'm trying to find that inner strength to face the families and I know I will because I know God is my strength & he is theirs as well.

I just needed to post about this today. Thanks for your listening ears.

Apr 5, 2021

Windmill progress


At the beginning of 2021 my wacky sisters challenged me to get back to sewing, quilting or just get off the old sofa and DO  SOMETHING!!
I did get the message but am a bit slow in getting things done.  Here's my version of the top of a windmill and barn just at dusk......I don't have a setting sun directions or anything else at this time....it may not even happen.....ssshhhhhhhh!!! Let's not mention this to the girls.
What's everyone else up to these days??

Mar 24, 2021

A Couple of Things


The migration of this little guy has started. It's a moth, of course and they are attracted to my garage night lights. This one is frozen in place for the moment because it's 45 degrees this morning......burrrr but not as cold as that icy weather we had the other week.

I have this card from my mom's things. It's my great-uncle's Brotherhood od Sleeping Car Porters. Mom talked about the travels Uncle A.D. and his wife took. I barely remember my uncle and not at all this wife but I will treasure this momento.


Don't count the days, make the days count!


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