Thursday, December 23, 2010

A quick Merry Christmas post!

We are about to leave to go to the Columbus Zoo with Daniel, Jaylon and Erin, but I wanted to post quickly before we left!
Hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas!!

Some months ago, I got out Daniel's old Matchbox car carrying case which also contained Daniel's cars. Jaylon fell in love with them and I have bought him many more since! BUT one day he found an old ice cream bucket that I had and commenced to putting all of his cars into it.
THAT is now his "Matchbox Carrying Case". :-) Oh, it is pictured below. Yep, he likes the "bucket-style" carrying case. I've even put his cars neatly back into his dad's old carrying case, but I found him dumping them back into the bucket one day.
Soooooo, the bucket, it is! Why fight it? :-)

Below is Jaylon and Grandpa looking through Jaylon's new book "Only One Woof" by James Herriot.
Jaylon isnt quite patient enough to have an actual story read to him yet but he does love to look at the pictures and, in his own way, comment on them. :-) And, of course, I always have a running commentary going on when I look at books with him. Grandpa does, too. :-)

These are the rolls that I baked for our family get-together which we had a couple of weeks ago. I though they looked so pretty so I just had to take a picture of them! :-)

The sun actually broke through the clouds one morning last week and little Jaylon just had to see what that bright light was! :-) He laid in it and played with one of his little cars.

Oh, and this next picture is of a Christmas Candy Pizza that I made for our family get-together! I got the recipe from Mary at Life In A Small Town. I took one to our ladies Christmas party at church and everyone loved it!! Just click on the link to Mary's blog up there and it will take you to the post that has the recipe! Mary has a fun blog so take some time to look around and get to know her!! :-)

Below, is a picture of my front porch! Well, one half of it, anyway! I think it looks so pretty and Christmasy!! I'm so thankful that we have snow this Christmas!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wednesday Hodgepodge!

Once again, here I am, as Wednesday is coming to a close, finishing up my response to Wednesday's Hodgepodge, which is hosted by Joyce at From This Side of the Pond! Good questions this week, Joyce! :-)

If you would like to join in, just click on Joyce's blog and follow the instructions!

1. What does it mean to have the 'holiday spirit'?

The first thing that comes to mind is to have "goodwill toward all men", to truly want the best for all, no matter what has transpired throughout the year and to do something to make life a little better or easier for someone along the way.

2. What sits atop your tree (s)? Why?
At the top of my tree sits a blue,white and silver bow that I bought a few years ago at an after-Christmas clearance sale. I just looooove this bow and I have small ones scattered about on my tree. I've tried several different things through the years, but think I'll be sticking with this bow for a while. :-)

3. When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back?

Hmmmm........I have to really think about this one. Andddddd, I honestly can't remember, although I may have an eeeensy, weensy bit this past Saturday after our family get-together was over, which I organize every year. We had a wonderful time!

4. Which of your senses is most sensitive this time of year?

I believe it would be my sense of smell because Christmas brings such a wonderful array of holiday smells! Cinnamon, fresh pine, clean, fresh cold air, wood burning in the fireplace or stove, the smells of cookies baking, turkey roasting, and mulled spices for hot tea!

5. What do you have too much of in your kitchen?
Just stuff. It takes a constant effort to keep the counters cleared and organized, the table, and so on. Ed tends to put all of his stuff on his side of the dining table.....He says, he wants it where he can see it. :-) And I have my own stuff on my side of the table. It's not looking too good at the present time and no, I'm not takin' a picture of it either! :-) Just trust me when I say......I need to get right on it first thing in the morning! :-0

6. What do you do for meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Big meal? Breakfast tradition? Open the cookie tins and have at it?

Hmmmm.......I'm really having to think about these questions this week. On Christmas Eve we have been known to order pizza because it used to be me, Ed, and Daniel. Now that it is just me and Ed, I think we will definitely be having some Pizza Crossing Pizza. On Christmas Day, we usually go to Erin's (our DIL) aunt and uncle's home where all of her family gather together for dinner and every one carries in for a big meal. They all usually have breakfast together earlier in the morning.

Sometimes, later in the day, on Christmas Day, Ed and I drive around to each of my siblings' homes and visit with them and partake of their leftover goodies and enjoy a warm time of visiting and seeing what everyone got for Christmas and so on. I like it when we do this and I think my brothers and sisters do, too. :-)

7. What is the best thing about winter? It isn't sweatin' hot, humid, and muggy to the point that you just don't want to go outside or do anything. There aren't bees, flies and bugs to contend with. AND there is all kinds of time for just staying inside, cozying up in bed or by the fire, reading, relaxing, watching a movie, because there is nothing that needs to be done outside, the days are short and the nights are long. Plenty of time for sleeping! :-)

8. Insert your own random thought here:

Welllllll......Daniel and Erin are going to be off work starting this Friday through the Monday after Christmas! Sooooo, that means I won't have the boy during that time either. Now, I'm sure I will just have to go and get him at least a couple of days during this time, seeing as how I love him sooooo much! :-)

BUT, I have to admit that I am looking forward to having some time to myself. I don't know if I'll get much accomplished, but I won't be setting the alarm. I WILL be going to the library to find a good book or two to read. Oh, and I'm definitely doing some baking next week!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Miscellaneous Pictures!

I was shopping in Lancaster a couple of weeks ago and when pulling into Meijer's parking lot, I spotted this kind of confusing signage! :-)
I mean, they really had to tell people not to take a right turn into the building? Okayyyyyy......:-)

I was at home with Jaylon one day and noticed that I hadn't heard or seen him for a bit and when I went looking for him, this is where I found him.....just looking so grown-up and serious. :-) He had gotten up there all by himself, though I know not how. :-)

These next few pictures are of MY room, which used to be Daniel's bedroom before his dad built a new one for him. What I didn't take a picture of is all of Jaylon's toys which are stacked not-so-neatly in the other corner. I'm havin' to fight to keep this MY room and I'll give you two guesses as to who I'm havin' this tug-of-war with! :-)
The reason I took these pictures is because I just got it cleaned and rearranged the way I have been wanting it. Pretty pleased with the results. :-)

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Wednesday's Hodgepodge!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I'm posting my Wednesday Hodgepodge kind of late but I was determined to participate this week! :-)
It's a bit late to join in this week, but you are most welcome to do so next Wednesday! Just go over to Joyce's blog, read the instructions and join in!!
1. Have you ever been on a real sleigh ride? How about the warm weather version - a carriage ride?
Oh yes! I took a carriage ride through Central Park in NYC with my New York girlfriends.....I have a picture somewhere. The one memory I have of our excursion was that our driver was not very courteous and did not want to answer any questions that we might have. But other than that, it was fun.
And, for my birthday one year, my friend Becky took me to One Nation for dinner, which WAS a wonderful restaurant at the top of the Nationwide building in Columbus but it is no longer there...*sigh*.... and then we took a carriage ride through Victorian Village. It was so freezing cold!!! And it was snowing just enough to make it absolutely beautiful BUT did I mention that!?!?

2. What's your policy on 'chain mail' know, the emails you receive that are often some sort of poem/blessing/good wish that ask you to send it on to 10 or 12 friends? Do you delete without opening, read and trash, read and trash and then worry you won't be blessed/lucky/protected? Do you delete the sender from your contacts or just go ahead and send the love onward?
If I have alot of email and not alot of time, I just go through and delete most of the fwd's, unless one looks really interesting or if it is from Daniel....the son.....:-).....then I read it/them.
If I am at the library where I can really go through them quickly, I will look at most of them.
If I see one that is REALLY good, i.e. funny, interesting, encouraging...I will forward it to just a very select few who I am sure will like it or appreciate it.
Oh, and the ones about being blessed/lucky/protected? In the words of Tigger....ppsshaawww.....DELETED! :-)

3. Who is your favorite character in any of the Christmas movies and why?
I looooove Elf. He is just so sincere, honest and child-like.

4. Share a favorite quote.
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these." ~ George Washington Carver

5. What's your favorite holiday scent?
It would have to be cinnamon or a blend of cinnamon and another scent!

6. Does the Christmas season stress you out? In what way?
No, because we do not do alot of gift-giving, so there is not alot of shopping to do or gift-wrapping and all. Now, there are parties and banquets and our annual family get-together but these are spaced far enough apart that they are not stressful, so all is well. :-)
I only have one small tree that I put up in the house and just a few other very simple decorations, so that is fairly easy.
AND Ed and I put the outside decorations up in record time last week! I used to think the wreaths had to be PERFECT and the pine swags and the bows, but discovered......when I was so down with my back and hips for a few years.....that they didn't have to be.
I learned to give those puppies a quick fluff and pat and on the windows they went and looked just fine! :-)
Being down physically really helps you to learn what is really important and what really matters and that things don't have to be perfect AND life will still on! Imagine! :-)

7. What's the best thing about your life right now?
Being me. I mean, I am comfortable in my own skin at 59....finally. I like being a mature, older woman. I've learned so much through the years. I feel calmer and more stable than I've ever been. I've learned to trust the Lord in every situation because He's been so faithful through the years in helping me through trials that I thought I might never survive.
I've learned what love isn't. And that is a good thing. :-) Love isn't romance and candlelight and a box of candy.
No, it is being awakened by your wife, who just had major surgery, every two hours to tell you that she has to go to the bathroom. You (being my precious husband, Ed) gently say...."Turn on the light and give me a minute to get awake,k?". And you proceed to do all that it took just for me to get out of bed and to the bathroom, just to have to get me all settled back into bed again just to have to do it all over again in a couple of hours and never once....not once....did you complain. You just loved me through my recovery......twice.
Oh, and before the surgeries.....well, you just loved me through the pain and frustrations that I felt while learning to live life on a much smaller scale because of my physical limitations.
So, in a nutshell? The best thing in my life right now is being me and being able to be me with the best husband that the Lord could have ever given me!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
This being a grandmother is more wonderful than I could ever put into words. The following quotes shed some light on this most wonderful of relationships, that of you, as a grandparent, helping to raise and loving YOUR child's child.

"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children." ~ Alex Haley

"Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild." ~ Welsh Proverb

"What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies." ~ Rudolph Giuliani

"Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends - and hardly ever our own grown children." ~ Ruth Goode

"It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace." ~Christopher Morley

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I am so far behind.....

....that I'll never get caught up! With my blogging, that is. :-) I'm doing pretty good with everything else, thankfully!

Gosh, so much has happened that I haven't blogged about. Where do I begin?!?!

Okayyyy....for starters.......Ohio State whooped up on Michigan! Yayyyyyy!!! AND, I am not totally sure about this, but I have a friend who got married on the same day as the game?.....the 27th of November....and she scheduled her wedding for 5:30pm. I didn't get the opportunity to ask her, but I had some people ask me why she had her wedding so late in the day, seeing as how the next day WAS Sunday and all and I said I thought it was because of THE GAME being at noon that day. Seriously. Her pastor who is my former pastor is a serious Michigan fan......*grin*......I'm just saying......

AND, our town's annual Christmas parade was moved to the Saturday AFTER Thanksgiving weekend! Hello!! It has always been the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend because people have friends and family in visiting for the holiday and going to the parade is a tradition for many families.

Well, the Chamber of Commerce put something in the paper about it being moved to the next Saturday so it would put people in the holiday spirit. WHAT? Hello. That is just...well...stupid. There....I said it. I don't usually use that word but why didn't they just say it was moved because of the Ohio State/ Michigan game? People would have had a hissy if they had tried to have it on that Saturday. I mean, no one was going to miss THE game for the Christmas parade.

AND while it was thought for awhile that this would be the last game the two rivals would play against eachother because of changes in the Big Ten.... *sigh*.....why do things have to change?..... they will continue play at the end of the season, so THE rivalry continues! Yayyyy!!!

Now for some really random stuff! Brace yourself! :-)

I am not sure of just what day or date it was that this happened but we had ourselves a windstorm come through this little valley!
If it wasn't tied down, it probably got blown somewhere and little Jaylon's play center got blown over to the backporch! Amazing! AND we had a yard full of limbs and sticks to pick up and add to the bonfire pile! :-)

And here's Jaylon and "Papa" playing with the mega blocks! They are so much fun to watch and listen to! :-)

My "New York" girlfriends" and I had our annual lunch date at Old Dutch Restaurant here in town a few weeks ago. It is always so much fun to spend time with them. :-)
I call them my "New York" girlfriends because we four took our inaugral trip to NYC back in 1999 and in 2000 three of us went back again, as Arlene, who is second from the left in the picture, was sick and unable to go.

Oh, did we ever have fun!! We walked for MILES and saw all of the usual touristy sites and saw "Phantom of the Opera". The next year on the second trip we saw "Lion King"!

These are just three of the sweetest and most fun ladies you will ever meet!! :-)

Oh, and if I don't look so great in the picture? I was so sick that day and when I got home, I had to call Erin to come home early and get little Jaylon. I went to bed and thankfully, was feeling much better the next day.

But I just couldn't miss my lunch date with these three wonderful ladies because it is always so difficult to find a time when we can all get together!

Moving on to the Saturday before Thanksgiving......Ed and I joined his brother and sisters at the church fellowship hall where they attended as children for their annual Thanksgiving dinner and gathering!

It was an absolutely gorgeous day and we had a great time eating, singing and catching up with Ed's family! We always have so much fun with them!

This first picture is of Ed, his four sisters and brother. They have had two brothers pass away and one sister and their oldest sister lives in Alabama and was not able to join us as her husband is not well.

In this next picture, I'm the little short woman in the raspberry sweater! Good grief! LOL Though, I do believe that Leroy's friend, who is standing on the step up and behind me is about my height, too, so I wasn't the only short one there! :-)

We took these pictures on the steps of the church. It is just the prettiest little church ever! I just love it!

Below is a picture of the church cat and kittens! :-) Yes, you read correctly! And the cat is simply beautiful!

The cats actually live across the street from the church but anytime there is church or an activity in the fellowship hall, there are the cats at the door. And yes, we fed them! How could you not? They are so adorable!!! :-)

Now, you didn't think I would post without sharing a picture or two of the boy, did you? I didn't think so. :-)

Here he is with his little bucket gathering rocks to take down to the creek and toss in! And he's doing the same in the next picture only he's dressed a bit more warmly because it was chilly that day!

In this next picture is the kitty of the house better know as Ellie! She's never met a box she didn't like, IF she can squeeze her fat little body into it, that is!

I had just cleaned out the pantry and had this empty box. Well, I actually never thought she would be able to squeeze her fat self into but as a tease, I put it down in front of the woodburner and called her.

Don't you know that here she came, sauntering in, acting a bit snooty.....she's a cat, remember? She can't act too excited, you know. She DOES have her pride. :-)

Well, she sniffed around the box a little was difficult to be patient while she went through her typical cat antics BUT before longggggg....there she was maneuvering her chubby furry self into that LITTLE box! And she has been sleeping in it ever since! Well, when Jaylon isn't here, that is. :-)

I told Ed that I hoped she doesn't cripple or deform herself in squeezing into that little box! LOL

That's all for now! So glad to be back! But I've had to forego my afternoon nap to post this!! Wait....he's still asleep.....shhhhhhh......I'm going to try and sneak in a little snooze before he wakes up! :-)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday's Thanksgiving Hodgepodge!

Yes, I am still alive....just super busy and, believe it or not, the internet is not a priority most days. :-) But livin' life IS!!!! :-)
BUT I just had to make time to do the Wednesday Hodgepodge, even if I have gotten WAYYYYYYY behind on my Giving Thanks Challenge! I may just catch it up on my sidebar! is my contribution to the Hodgepodge! I just love that word!! :-)

1. If you had known what they knew then, would you have boarded the Mayflower?
Well, I tend to be a bit of a daredevil and I am always up for a challenge. I tend to be like the Apostle Peter, too! Ready to jump in with both feet! But, over time, my enthusiasm tends to wane a bit. BUT,in all honesty, I'd have to say....."When do we sail?"
Oh, and this would have certainly been in my younger years. As I've gotten at the mature age of 59, I probably would have stayed on land

2. How far have you traveled on a boat and how do you feel about boats in general?
Hmmm.....we travelled to Perry's Island in Lake Erie one summer. That was a one-way 17 mile trip and loads of fun!! And I've also taken the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Neither trip was very long and did not affect me adversely. I'm okay with boats!

3. What traditions have you kept, acquired thru marriage, and/or tossed? If you're single what are some of your family's favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

The only tradition I can remember Ed, Daniel and I having through the years is this one:
I would always have the turkey and rolls baked by mid-morning, say ten-ish.
Daniel would usually wake up about that same time and ever since he was old enough to do so, as soon as his eyes opened, the first word out of his mouth, even before his feet hit the floor, would be, "Fooood"! :-)
Well, he and his dad would come into the kitchen and I would carve off a few slices of hot, juicy turkey and butter rolls for them as they sat down at the table and while I continued doing this and that in the kitchen they would enjoy a leisurely mid-morning snack. :-) They did this for years!! We would have dinner later at about 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

As a child the only tradition that I can recall is having the same foods at Thanksgiving each year and, oh, how we looked forward to Thanksgiving dinner! There was not ONE thing that I did not like! Okay, well, I wasn't craaazy about sweet potatoes but I ate them smothered with butter and gravy or noodles. :-)

Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, noodles, homemade yeast rolls, pumpkin pie. I honestly don't remember anything green being on the table...:-)....though there may have been, most likely in the form of green beans, but not green bean casserole. It would have been green beans fixed with bacon, the way my mama taught me to fix them and I still do today. :-)

I do remember waking up early in the morning and hearing my Dad in the kitchen humming. It would still be dark and everyone else snug in bed still. He was always up before anyone else, making coffee and starting the rolls and noodles for Thanksgiving dinner.

Dad would have on a pair of gray work pants, and a clean, white t-shirt, his hair freshly combed and usually a dish towel laying over one shoulder.

Our dinette set was gray and red, with chrome legs on the tables and chairs. Remember those? :-) I would crawl up onto one of the chair, all sleepy-eyed and Dad would tell me to go over to the sink and wash my hands so I could help him shake out the noodles as he cut them. :-) It is such a precious memory that I have. Just me and Dad in the early-morning kitchen, working together, not saying much, but there was no need for alot of conversation. How I loved my dad!

4. What time is dinner and how many will be round your table? And what is the one side dish you cannot do without on Thanksgiving day?
We will be going to our son's in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner and it will be at 2pm. I believe there will be approximately 15 people there.
Besides the turkey, we must have noodles on Thanksgiving! That is a Peters' family tradition. (Peters' was my maiden name.) And, yes, I have the noodles made! :-)

Yes, I know it goes against all I believe in to ask for 'just one', but I made up for it by asking three questions here.

5. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Do tell....
No, I never have but we do have two in the house, just in case. I'm thinking I need to make sure that I know how to use them? :-/

6. Tell about a situation that caused you dreadful trepidation and feet dragging, only to realize later it was a true blessing.
Well, I am not able to share the details here but I can tell you that on the other side of even the most dreadful of situations, you will indeed find the blessng of the Lord when you've done all that you can to make things right, when you've been honest with yourself and others and when you've allowed yourself to completely surrender to the Lord and His will, humbling yourself before Him.

7. Baked, sweet, mashed, hash browned or french fried...which one's your favorite?
I would have to say hash-browned or homefries! With plenty of salt and some ketchup!! :-)

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Would you believe my mind is just kind of empty at the present time? But I do have some fleeting thoughts.....
I will say that I am so thankful for little Jaylon. I never thought I could love a little one like I did Daniel, but I do.....oh, and how! :-) And this "grandmother" love is different than the "mother" love that I had for Daniel.
I am more patient. I am not so pre-occupied with all that needs to be done. I so enjoy watching him grow and learn and discover every little thing. I think it is just that I have slowed down and come to realize what is really important and am able to give myself to that more now.
I'm sure I was much the same with Daniel but life WAS busier for us then, what with us both working full-time jobs, me until he was 2 1/2. We must have done a pretty good job. I mean, the boy....Daniel.....has turned out pretty well! :-) The Lord is so good.
I am so thankful for where I am at in my life. At times, I feel kind of cocooned in the wisdom that I have gained through the years and there is a secure feeling about it, this being a "mature" woman. :-) Oh, but I've earned it and learned most of it the hard way, but learn it I have! :-) And I'm still learning. Aren't we always? But I've been so blessed to reach this "good" place in my life for which I am so thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and remember:

"Count your blessings,
Name them one by one,

Count your blessings,
See what God hath done!

Count your blessings,
Name them one by one,
Count your many blessings

See what God hath done."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My first Wednesday Hodgepodge!

Joyce, at From This Side of the Pond is hosting Wednesday Hodgepodge and I'm excited to be participating in my first!! Just click on her blog and join in the fun and make some new friends while getting to know some "already" friends better! :-)

1. What is the most amazing weather you've ever seen?
I'm not sure just what year it was, but we had FEET of snow here and were without power for days. Talk about being socked in! I'm thinking it was in December of 2002, if my calculations serve me correctly, because it was right before Daniel turned 16.
It was right after Christmas, because we were able to dig out before Daniel's 16th birthday party. And we were concerned that his then-girlfriend and her aunt and uncle, who are dear friends of ours, might not be able to make it. But they did and I remember them coming to our house after the party and our driveway was like a tunnel almost with mountains of snow on either side!
If you're wondering why I'm including all of these details, it's because I'm thinking out loud about it all in trying to figure out just when it was.
I'm going with the snowstorm of 2002-03!!! :-)

2. What is a sound or noise you love?
Jaylon yelling "Pa-pa" when we are outside. It is so precious! I'll have to get a video of it and post it!! AND the that a sound? right now, as I'm sitting here typing this and Jaylon is sleeping. *sighhhhh* All I can hear is the computer humming and the tapping of my fingers on the keys.

3. Do you like seafood? What's your favorite seafood dish?
I looooove seafood! And would you believe that just about my favorite seafood dish is the seafood salad at our local chinese restaurant? Oh yum! AND the fishtail dinner at Jack's Steakhouse!

4. What part of your day requires the most patience?
I would say the evening between 5-6 o'clock. I'm usually kind of weary from a long day. It's time for Jaylon to go home. Some evenings, we have somewhere to go or I'm thinking about dinner. And now it is dark by that time. It just tends to be a bit of a stressful time for me.

5. What's your favorite shade of blue?
I would have to say navy!

6. Do people underestimate you?
I believe so, if appearances mean anything. ;-)

7. When was the last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
You know, honestly, I think it was when little Jaylon was being born. *tears* Can you believe it still makes me teary-eyed? It's so amazing that you can love this little baby so much and you've not even seen him till that moment in the nursery, where the nurse is doing all of the necessary things, gathering measurements and data and so on, while we grandparents stand at the window straining to get a peek at him. *sigh* Yep, I think that was the last time. :-)

8. Insert your own random thought here, and remember...I have a wooden spoon and I'm not afraid to use it.
Joyce! You are so cute and funny! A wooden spoon! :-)
There are days when I think, "Who has time to blog?". It would just be one less thing I have to do. But then when I finally get back to blogging, I find that I just love it and the people that I've met and blog with.
I don't mean to whine, but it would help tremendously if I didn't have to deal with dial-up still, so I'm praying that they get high-speed capabilites here in my little valley SOON!!! Please!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jaylon livin' life!! :-)

Jaylon was a cute little monkey for Halloween! And his daddy was just his handsome self, as you can see!! :-) And mommy was her pretty self but she is behind the camera so she is not visible! Gosh, that reminds me of someone else....ME!! Always behind the camera! Never in the pictures! *sigh*

Here's Ed and Jaylon playing with blocks. Jaylon loves his blocks, especially dumping them out onto the floor! That is his favorite part AND he is pretty good at helping me pick them up, too, thankfully!! But we do have to be a bit dramatic about putting them in the container, so as to make it alot of fun!!! :-)

Awwww...and when we were outside the other day, I was sitting in my rocking chair on the front porch when Jaylon came bringing me a pretty little pink flower that Ed had helped him pick! It was so precious!!

And these are pictures of Jaylon and Rocky down by the creek, one of their favorite places....with me right there with them....behind the camera!!! :-)

Not enough hours in the day!

OR am I mismanaging my time? OR am I trying to do too much in a day's time? OR am I getting older than I am willing to admit and really slowing down?

Who knows?!?!?! But blogging or even the internet in any way just hasn't been a priority of late because I have a toddler at my house most days and then when he isn't here, I'm endeavoring to accomplish some things that I don't or can't do when he is here. 'Cause when he IS here....well, I just wanna spend time with him....playing cars, reading books, being outside, watching Tigger and Pooh, just holding him and kissin' on him and responding to his jibberish which he speaks very expressively and I try to respond to intelligently. :-) He is sooooo adorable, as you will see in the photos supplied below! :-)

Isn't his little toboggan just the cutest on him? :-) And in the last three, you can see just how much he loves laying on grandma's bed! Oh, and he loves jumping on it, too! :-) Especially when I hold his little hands and help him to jump "way up high". AND he can watch himself in the mirror!! :-)

I remember, as a child, loving to lay in AND on my mom and dad's bed. There was just something so comforting about it.

Mom and Dad's bedroom was the middle room of our house downstairs and it was kind of a combination bedroom/sitting room where we kids tended to gather to play especially in the winter time.

In the mornings, after mom and dad were up, usually on a Saturday or Sunday morning, Johnny, my twin brother, and I would get out of our beds and snuggle into mom and dad's bed. :-) It is such a warm cozy memory. :-)

Enjoy the pictures of the boy and I'll do my best to post again before the day is done!!

Oh and are any of you watching Dancing With The Stars? Who are you hoping will win? My money is kind of on Bristol, believe it or not!!! At first, I was of the opinion that she shouldn't even be on the show but I've had a change of heart. I mean, she is the only person who doesn't have any performance experience and after seeing the bios that they showed of each of the final four last night, my heart really went out to her AND she has been dancing really well the last two shows!

And I thought she looked especially pretty last night!!

It would be pretty awesome if she won!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Catching up on my thanksgiving!!!

Okay, somehow I missed Day 7 of the Giving Thanks Challenge that is being hosted by none other than Leah at South Breeze Farm!!

Soooooo, I'm catching up today!! Oh, AND today is my birthday!! My 59th birthday, no less!!

Did I ever think I would see 59? Nooooooo......I honestly thought the Lord would have come by now. Some 35 years ago when I gave my heart to the Lord and started learning about Him and also about His second-coming, I never thought we'd see the year 2000, but here we are and I am still watching and hoping, trusting Him each day, knowing that He IS coming back for His church one day!!! Hallelujah!!!

Today, Day 8, I am thankful for my relationship with the Lord. It isn't just something I've read about or heard about but it is a walking, talking, living, breathing relationship that my Saviour and I have each day. Oh, what a friend He has been to me and continues to be and He's so much more than just a friend. He is everything to me....a father, a comforter, a healer, a refuge, my hope, my peace.....everything I've ever needed Him to be, He has been! He has never failed me and never will. How great is our God!!!
Backtracking a bit, as in going back to Day 7, I am thankful for my home. Next to the Lord, it is my refuge. Is there any place like home? That place where you can just be yourself and truly relax. *sigh* I loooove my bedroom! And it ever so humble....there IS no place like home!!!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Giving Thanks - Day 6

It is Day 6 of the Giving Thanks Challenge being hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm!

I am thankful for my blog and blogging. I started blogging as a sort of therapy because I was going through a difficult time physically, I was unable to do as much as before and it became an outlet of sorts and also a great way to meet new people! It is also a journal which I would love to have published one day.

AND this Giving Thanks Challenge has really helped me to up my blogging game!! EVERY DAY!!! :-)

Friday, November 05, 2010

Giving Thanks Chalenge - Day 5!

Leah at South Breeze Farm is hosting Giving Thanks Challenge at her blog and I am enjoying it immensely!! Thanks, Leah! And it is always wonderful to make a new blog friend, too!!

On this, Day 5 of the Giving Thanks Challenge, I am thankful for my friends. My friend and prayer-partner, Pam, and I went out to dinner this evening and I was once again reminded of what a wonderful friend she is and how blessed I am to have her in my life, along with my other blessed circle of friends. (You know who you are!) :-) Thank you, Jesus.
Below is a picture of Pam in the lobby of the Ramada Inn where we had dinner this evening!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Giving Thanks Challenge - Day 4! :-)

It’s Day 4 of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm.

Today I am thankful for my two sisters and sisters-in-law! They took me out for my birthday dinner tonight and we had such an awesome time!! My birthday is coming up on Monday, November 8, but this was a good night for everyone to go out, so we did!

They took me to the new Golden Corral in Lancaster and it was very good!

We WERE each buying a set of bath towels for whoever's birthday it happened to be but we talked the last time we got together for my sister Debbie's birthday and discovered that we are all getting way stocked up on towels, sooooo we decided to buy gift cards to Walmart instead, or wherever the birthday girl would like them from.

These wonderful women gave me some of the most beautiful cards! I will cherish them!!

It just seems that as we have all gotten older and our children have married, had children of their own and so on, that we five have gotten closer and really appreciate and enjoy our time together when we go out.

But now there isn't another birthday to celebrate until May! We will be having our family get-together for the holidays on December 11 and my two sisters, two brothers and our spouses go out for lunch on New Year's Eve Day, which is always a special time, so we will still be seeing plenty of each other. :-)
And I think we've discussed and agreed that we will probably do dinner out together sometime in February just for the fun of it! :-) The sisters and sisters-in-law, that is! :-)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Giving Thanks Challenge - Day 3

Well, here it is! Day 3 already of the Giving Thanks Challenge being hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm! If you would like to join, just head on over to her blog and follow the instructions!!

Today I am so thankful for my church family, my Pastor and his wife. I am always encouraged and strengthened when going to the house of the Lord and spending time with these wonderful people as we worship the Lord and break the bread of life together, the Bible.

Some Wednesday Randomness

Or, perhaps....."It's A Hard Habit to Break"!! :-) I mean, being used to posting randomness Wednesday, that is. Those of you who read my blog faithfully and were used to doing the RD each Wednesday will understand said comments.

It is a beeeyoootiful day in SE Ohio today!! Wow......let the sun shine in!!

First of all, several weeks ago I had mentioned wanting a blog button and Joyce at From This Side of the Pond emailed me to tell me that her sweet daughter Shannon makes blog buttons. Shannon has a cute blog at Sincerely Shannon and, after emailing her, she responded and said she would be happy to make me a blog button. She just needed some time to look around my blog and kind of get a feel of what would be fitting for me. I could hardly believe the end result!
It's amazing! Thank you so much, Shannon! Sorry for taking so long to acknowledge your wonderful gift to me!!!
Here is the blog button she made for me:

Again, thanks so much, Shannon for my new blog button!!
Okay, I have to take a couple of deep breaths here.

I.Cannot.Believe.That.Gretchen.Won.Project.Runway!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! Mondo was robbed!!!! There was no comparison!! None whatsoever!!!! Gretchen's clothes were so drab and boring!!! Oh.My.Word. I am 59 years old and wouldn't wear her drab, saggy stuff! Hello.

When something like this happens, I always say that am not going to watch the show next season! BUT I usually do. :-/ I just cannot believe that they picked Gretchen over Mondo. Sheesh!!!

I have a Michael Kors shirt hanging in my closet that I really like but I am about ready to offer it as a burnt offering in protest!

Jaylon has not been feeling very well, so Erin made an appointment for him yesterday and I met her at the doctor's office with little Jaylon.

The little guy has infection in both ears! No wonder he was whiney yesterday morning and wanted Grandma to hold him with his sippy cup and blanky.

AND does this little guy throw a fit at the doctor's office! Oh my!

When we got out of the car? He started crying and twisting in my arms but once we were in the waiting room and he saw the toys, he was fine.

But then the nurse came out and said, "Jaylon?" and he started in again, even when he was just getting weighed and having his temperature taken.

So we get settled in the examining room and all is fine until the doctor came in. Oh my. I had to hold both of his arms down while he examined his ears, nose, and throat and listened to his breathing. I had my hands full!

BUT, once the doctor scooted back away, Jaylon was fine. Those tears stopped like a water faucet being turned off and he even high-fived the doctor before we left.

And then he started crying and reaching for grandma when we left the doctor's office and he had to go with this mommy. BUT I just kissed him and told him goodbye and left. Whew. It took me a few minutes to recover. :-/

Anywayyyyy.....he is here now this morning, taking his morning nap and from what I can tell, he is feeling pretty good, even if his little ears aren't a 100%. But, hopefully, medicine and prayer will have them good as new in no time!

AND, hopefully, we won't be making any trips to the doctor again any time soon. *fingers crossed* :-)


I have a pot of chili simmering on the stove and I finished baking a double batch of oatmeal raisin cookies since Jaylon' s been sleeping this morning. I also started a load of clothes, got myself together for the day, so my day is off to a good start!


Oh, and my dear husband's birthday was October 17th! He turned 68! Instead of baking him a cake, I made him his favorite dessert....peach pie!!! And it turned out really good!! Thank heavens!!

Oh, yes....AND, lest I's the birthday boy!! :-)