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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy 2012!

Have a safe and happy New Year

Thank you for visiting, following, commenting my blog in 2011. 
 I am so thankful for each of you!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

An "In Tune" Christmas

Today, HB (HoneyBunny) brought in the mail and handed me a Christmas card from my oldest son and his family.  In it was a gift card to one of the chain restaurants.  It reminded us of one Christmas when my kids (five of them) each sent us gift cards and we sent each of them gift cards and all the cards were for the same Home Improvement store!  TeeHee...we all got a huge laugh out of that surprise!

It seems we were all on the same page with our thinking that year!  Have you ever done that?  I wonder if it is common in families?  Another year, my daughter and I ended up buying the very same sweater from the same department store for one of her brothers.  Ha!  Were we shocked when he opened the second one and found another white cable knit pullover just like the first one!  Another good laugh shared.  Thank goodness for refunds and returns!

What is the most "in tune", the silliest, oddest, or craziest gift you have given or received from family?

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Remembering My Dad

Today would have been my Dad's 100th Birthday.  He didn't live long enough to reach this milestone, but this day has been on my mind for days now.  I don't think he cared whether he lived a long life or not.  My Mom always said she planned to celebrate her 100th Birthday, but she died too soon, too.  I don't think I want to live that long.  Chances are, since both of my parents died from complications of Alzheimer's Disease, I would have no memory of that accomplishment if I did live that many years.

My Dad was a talented man.  He crafted shelves, picture frames, plaques and all sorts of things in his workshop.  He refurbished an old school bus into a camper.  He was a good hunter and fisherman, providing meat and fish for many dinners.  He raised chickens, calves and sheep to provide more meat for our freezer.  He designed jobber catalogues.  He could fix most things. 

He had his faults, but for today, I wish only to remember the good.  I remember going on long rides every time he bought a new car.  Back then, the cars needed to be "broken in" by driving them so many miles at certain speeds, etc.  I just know that it meant long rides in the country, and a stop at a favorite take out place for chicken-in-a-basket - on a warm summer night with the car windows down.

He raised beagles for a time and his favorite was Brownie, one of his hunting dogs.  He also had two Golden Retrievers named Buff and Sandy who were hunters.  There were always "pet" dogs, too, that we kids could pal around with.

I spent a lot of time being angry with my Dad, (he drank too much) and not respecting him as I was growing up.  I miss him now that it is too late to tell him how much I loved him, in spite of being angry.  Deep down I did love him, and I miss him now. 

How I would have enjoyed singing Happy Birthday to him today.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Maggee's Creative Corner ~ Chile Corn Chowder

This is the third of Maggee's delicious recipes.  She is sharing her kitchen knowledge and tips with us hoping to keep us or make us healthy and happy as we age.  Speaking for myself, I can tell you I would do great at this if only someone like Maggee was doing my shopping and cooking for me!  Left to my own devices, I can be found munching on junk food and sweets!  Tsk...such a bad example I am!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Joy To The World

Luke 2:9-14

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas!
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

From My Kitchen to Yours ~ Pumpkin Bread

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours...

This week is a busy one for everyone, so I thought  I would share a recipe - my all-time-favorite recipe - with you as my Christmas gift to you!  It is one I got from a good friend many, many years ago.  This has been served at family gatherings, potlucks, as gifts throughout the years.

Have a safe and happy weekend, with loads of family, fun & food! 
Christmas Blessings to all of my Bloggy Friends!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Book Review & Giveaway ~ Forensics By The Numbers by Carolyn Chambers Clark

FORENSICS BY THE NUMBERS (Jewel Connor Mysteries)
 By Carolyn Chambers Clark & Anthony Auriemma
·       Format: Kindle Edition
·       File Size: 326 KB
·       Print Length: 203 pages
·       Language: English
·       ASIN: B00599RQUY  

Forensics Nurse Examiner, Jewel Connor, isn’t satisfied with waiting for Lt. Graham (her team member with an attitude) to follow leads and clues when the next crime victim turns out to be her friend, Sara, the DA.  As Jewel investigates, it stirs a long-buried memory that urges her on to fight for these women that have been battered and sliced by a serial killer.  She stays right on his trail, but soon finds out he is also following her and waiting for her.

As to who the killer is – well, there are several characters that seem to have motive and ability to carry out these attacks.  I found my heart racing at some of the twists and turns this mystery takes.  Jewel’s husband helps her by using contacts from his mysterious past and his technical expertise on the computer.  Both of them realize her life is in extreme danger, but she is compelled to follow through to the conclusion. 

I give this a 4/5 and recommend it to those who enjoy a good thriller.  It kept me guessing, which is what I look for and the reason I would consider reading more by these authors.  This is a well-written, fast-paced mystery that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat (or bed in my case, as I read this in two nights in bed!)  I couldn’t put it down. 

I received this book free from the author for the purpose of an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Did Santa Lose Rudolph? ~ A Neighborhood Mystery

Is this Rudolph or his perhaps cousin???

It seems I need to encourage my neighbor, Pansy, to get her eyes checked.  (Giggle)  You see, from her house, this piece of metal resembled either a "reindeer lawn sculpture that had an epic FAIL," or perhaps a "pig" in a sort of "Warholesque" way.   

Actually, it is an old BBQ grill that another neighbor set out for the trash truck's special pickup day today.  It has been sitting on the sidewalk for a few days now, waiting patiently for a "ride" in the big truck.  I might have imagined it, but I thought I heard it mumble something about being tossed out like trash after years of faithful grilling.  Maybe being replaced by a shiny youngster with more gadgets and things.  For a moment I even felt sorry for it.

Does Santa haul new grills in his sleigh, and do the reindeer mind all that extra weight?  I wonder about things like that.  It would be unfortunate if Rudolph's nose light went out under the strain of pulling Santa, all the toys, and such things as new BBQs.  At my age I doubt I will be able to stay awake long enough to find out the answer.  What?  Well, yes, of course I believe...ho ho ho!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ugly Cookie Contest

It's An UGLY Cookie Contest
Here's My Entry!

Cranberry ChocolateChip Oatmeal Cookies

Yesterday was like any other day around our house.  Until I decided to bake some Christmas cookies to share with friends.  I gathered the dry ingredients, and all the rest of the ingredients on the counter top and set to work...
mixing it all together, then spooning on to the cookie sheet, and placing them in the hot oven.  Next...the wait was on!  Seven to nine minutes to deliciousness!

You might not be surprised at this next part...oh, there was deliciousness, but at the cost of prettiness.  Something terrible happened in that oven.  What should have been rounded, soft oatmeal cookies,
turned out to be flat-as-a-pancake ugliness. 

What on earth am I going to do with all those dreadful-looking yummy-tasting cookies?  I can't eat them all myself.  I surely can't give them to the neighbors - I like them too much to play that kind of trick on them.  Or....should I start an "Ugly Cookie Contest" in our culdesac?  What would be the prize?  Hmmmm....this may deserve some thought. 
What do you think about that idea? 
Have you ever had a cookie mishap? 
Care to share with us?

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Maggee's Creative Corner - Make Your Own Gift Boxes #3

Just in time for Christmas ~ another of Maggee's Creative ideas for making your own gift boxes.  We hope you enjoy these DIY posts and that they are news you can use!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hark the Herald Angels Sing ~ A Treat for You

I am feeling Christmas-y today.  Here's a treat from the promotional album "Christmas Carols" by Choir of Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin - Hark the Herald Angels Sing

The sole aim of this video is to promote the choir's music. It is not my intention to infringe copyright. Before I posted this video there were no individual recordings of this song on YouTube. I felt that his music should be available to a wider audience. However, I will happily remove this video should the copyright owners request so.
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Empty Seats at the Table

Today HB (HoneyBunny) and I are going to the Memorial Service for a man we have known for many years.  It was a total shock to us to see his obituary in yesterday's paper.  I had just talked with his wife a couple of weeks ago and there was no mention of sickness.  He was sixty one years old.  Younger than us (gasp!).

So today I am feeling bad that I have been feeling sad about not being able to see my children and grandchildren often enough, and here are friends who will have an empty seat at their table for Christmas dinner.  I am convicted.  I, at least, know that I can talk with my family who live far away, and will see them again.  There are so many families who are missing someone - really missing, as in gone forever missing - this holiday season.  Those families need our prayers now and all year.  Prayers for comfort, strength and to be able to carry on with their lives.  Prayers that the good memories will overshadow the sad ones.  Prayers of thankfulness for the time spent with those loved ones.

And, it wouldn't hurt us to think about a few things now.  Are we ready to die?  Do we have our "things" in order?  Could our families make sense of what we leave behind, or are we leaving a nightmare of paperwork and trinkets collected over the years.  Will they need to play "Storage Wars" to figure out what to do with all of our belongings? 

More importantly, how are we living our lives?  Are we "right" with God?  Are we living the way Jesus meant for us to live?  Are we serving others?  Are we reading His Word?  So much to consider when we realize our time could come at any moment. 

Remembering the Reason for this Season...

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Laugh Wrinkles Wanted

These last few days I have been feeling a little out of sorts.  I am not sure why, but I suspect it is because I am missing my children and grandchildren.  For complicated reasons, I don't see them often enough and it weighs heavy on my heart. As I get older, I miss them all more and more - all the family occasions and celebrations.  They all live in other states except for my Step-Daughter.  We will be spending Christmas Eve and Day with her family in Phoenix again this year, and we are looking forward to that.  

I love this time of year, with all of the wonderful Christmas music, decorations and festivities.  I should be crinkling and wrinkling my face till it is hurting!  But, alas, I am not. 

Our tree is up and decorated, wreaths have been hung (indoors) and cards have all been mailed.  Packages are on their way with love wrapped in each gift, and parties have been happening.  I can relax now.   I know if I could stop trying to handle everything myself and try harder to let Jesus carry my burdens I would have peace with my life, and I do try, but I confess, that is so difficult for me.  Not that I don't trust Him, but that I just am on auto-pilot when it comes to worry and stress.  I forget to pray at those moments.  Is it just me, or is this a struggle for you, too?

So, I have decided that what I need most today is a cute little joke or riddle from you to lift my spirits (and a wee bit of prayer if you are so inclined). Would you mind?  I would appreciate it so much! ♥

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