Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Here's Jaylon letting Grandpa know that he would like to go outside! :-) He is such a cutie pie!!!
We are doing something a bit special this week, so I won't be blogging again until possibly Saturday or Sunday!
Have a wonderful week and Easter Sunday!!!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
1. How do you feel about the marshmallow Easter Peeps?
Ohhhh, I don't care for peeps at all. Huh uh. No, thank you.
2. Chickens are notoriously nervous creatures. When you are nervous, what is the best way to calm down?
The best way for me to calm down is to find a quiet place and spend some time with the Lord and His word and I usually end up playing the piano and singing and worshipping Him, too.
"Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." ~Psalm 55:22
"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." ~I Peter 5:7
3. People say, "April showers bring May flowers." Do you enjoy Spring rains?
Oh yes. They make the air smell and feel so fresh and wonderful. And I love to hear the rain on the roof. Ahhhhh.
4. When I was randomly flipping through TV channels this week, I saw a show in which tattoo parlor employees received tattoos of a co-worker's face on their bodies. I can't imagine having a portrait of a colleague tattooed on me. But if someone forced you to receive a portrait tattoo (face only) of anyone, who would it be? Why?
Hmmmm....I would have to say Ed, my dear husband. He has been a wonderful companion to me for these past 24 years. I don't know what I would do without him by my side!
5. Would you rather have a tattoo (any kind) or a nose ring?
Neither, thank you. I came into this world without either and I would like to leave this world with neither. :-)
6. Do you have any special plans for Easter?
No, not really, though Easter is always special to me whether I have special plans or not. :-) I'm working on special music for the morning service at church and we will be taking communion in the evening service.
Easter is always a special time of remembering the overwhelming price that the Lord paid to set me free and give me new life in exchange for the old. Oh, what a Saviour!
We had Daniel, Erin and little Jaylon over for an early Easter dinner yesterday evening (Tues.). That way they can be open on Sunday to spend time with Erin's family or do whatever they want as a family.
7. Cadbury Eggs or Reese Eggs?
Welllll....if I am going to have one or the other, it would have to be the Cadbury Egg, but, in all honesty, I am just not a candy-lover, so I won't be having either. Now, the Easter ham? Oh yes!!! Seconds please!!! :-)
8. What was the last thing/person you took a picture of?
Daniel and Jaylon! Hard to believe, hm? :-)
I fixed an early Easter dinner for Daniel, Erin and Jaylon this evening. After dinner, Daniel was lifting Jaylon up so that his head touched the kitchen ceiling and Jaylon was just laughing! It was so cute!! Had to have a picture of that AND video!!! :-)
9. What book are you reading now, or what was the last one?
Game Change by John Heileman and James Halperin. It is about the presidential campaign of 2008, the 4 years preceding it, and the candidates who were running, specifically the Obamas, the Clintons and the McCains/Sarah Palin, with a few others thrown in, i.e. the Edwards, the Romneys, the Guilianis.
10. What do you think is the most difficult task when it comes to Spring cleaning?
Moving the appliances and cleaning behind them. Or possibly washing walls. Or maybe cleaning windows and blinds. Or.....all of it! :-)
No, really....the first one...moving all of the appliances, i.e. washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator.....and cleaning behind them.
11. How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?
Nada. Zilch. I've not been able to wear flip-flops for years because of back problems and so on. But then, I never was a big fan of flip-flops. Oh, wait! I did have a pair of "Jesus" sandals back in the '60's. Remember those? Anyone? :-/ (Am I THAT old? LOL)
12. Which color makes you happiest?
I would have to say PINK!! I do love pink. I've finally come to realize just how much I really do love PINK after a random dozen question of a few weeks ago conerning which was our favorite, ed or pink?! :-)
Monday, March 29, 2010
I finished the afghan I was making for little Hayley, my great niece, who is now one month old! Does time fly by or what? Oh my!!
I took it to her on Friday and had such a good visit with Bethany (Hayley's mommy, my niece) and my sister Bev, who got home from work while I was there. Bethany and the little ones have been spending a few days with Grandma and Grandpa. :-)
Saturday was a wonderfully relaxing day for me and Ed. We slept in until 7am. Wow!! :-) That's late for us!!! (We're so old! LOL)
I fixed us a hearty breakfast; then we went in and cleaned the church. We then grocery shopped and came home, where we watched Tennessee and Ohio State. :-( I crocheted, as I am working on another afghan for our adopted daughter, Kaitlin, who is now married and lives in Bossier City, La. Her husband is in the Air Force and is stationed at a base close by.
This afghan is the most colorful one I've ever made as Kaitlin's favorite color combo is black and hot pink! Ooolala!! :-)
She doesn't know I'm making it for her, so I'm hoping she'll be really surprised and happy with it! I know she will be! Kaitlin also likes travel size toiletries, so I've been saving some little shampoos and such that I've saved over the past few months when we've stayed at a hotel somewhere and I'll be sending those to her, too. :-)
Little Jaylon is here today!!! Yayyy!! When we don't see him for a couple of days, as in the weekend, it is so wonderful to see him on Monday morning!!! He is so happy today!! And he is usually in a good and happy mood, except when he isn't feeling well or he is grumpy, as pictured below:
Don't you just love that picture??? :-) He was wanting me to do something and came over to me as I was sitting on the sofa and apparently, I wasn't moving fast enough to suit him and he started fussing. Thankfully, Ed got the camera to me in time to snap that cute picture above! :-)
Although I feel like I should have all kinds of stuff to blog about, I have just not really felt like blogging lately. *sigh*
Do any of you go through that?
And I don't really know why I've been feeling this way. Just a part of being me.
I'll get back in the groove before long hopefully! :-)
AND I will be doing the Wednesday Random Dozen, of course!
AND gorgeous spring weather is on its way this week!!! Yayyyy!! Starting on Wednesday we are to have sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's!!!
I am trying to talk my DH into taking me to Washington to see the cherry blossoms! We'll see! He's on spring break this week!!!
BUT with the nice weather coming, a part of me thinks we should just stay home and do some things around home here.
BUT, alas....there will always be stuff to do here at home, right? :-)
Sooooo, perhaps we will be Washington D.C. bound by the latter part of the week. We'll see. :-)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
ANDDDD....here's Grandpa and Jaylon taking a morning walk down our road one morning last week when the weather was sooo nice! :-)
I made meatballs for the very first time in. my. life! last week and they were sooooo delicious! The recipe is below. I believe I found it at....oh, I don't remember where I found it exactly, but I do remember that I googled "easy meatballs and spaghetti" and it was the first website listed. :-)
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 large egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 jar (26 to 30 ounces) prepared spaghetti sauce
You cook the meatballs IN the spaghetti sauce! Joyce had told me that that was the way she prepared hers and then I found the recipe above which said to do the same. Jaylon loved them so I am going to be fixing them again soon! :-)
Lastly, but certainly not leastly, Ed and I took Jaylon for his inaugral visit to the park last week....WHEN the weather was so beautiful. (Have you noticed a pattern in this post? :-/ )
He enjoyed himself, though he did seem a bit reluctant to do too much. He just kind of checked the place out. :-)
I'll be posting the weekly Random Dozen tomorrow, so I'll see you then! Hope your days have been good and that the Lord has been near! God bless!
2. Did you remember to spring forward on March 14? If not, how did it impact your day?
3. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what vegetable would you plant in a garden this year?
4. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what fruit would you plant?
5. What is your least favorite insect?
Spiders!!! Without a doubt!!!
6. March 22 was World Water Day. To celebrate, here are some water questions. Do you drink bottled water? If so, what brand?
Yes. Any brand that is on sale, though I love the blue-tinted bottles, i.e. Dasani. The water just seems crisper, cooler, more refreshing when it comes from one of these bottles! :-) I know, I know....it's all psychological!
We use our bottles over. At least some of them. We try to keep fresh bottles available for company but, for our own use, we use the bottles much more than once by just refilling them.
8. How many glasses of water do you drink per day?
9. March 24 is the birthday of Harry Houdini. Have you ever watched a professional magic show? Share.
10. Have you ever been a participant in a professional magic show (up on stage!)?
Uh, no. :-)
11. March 24 is also the birthday of Steve McQueen and Clyde Barrow. Do you like Westerns or gangster movies? If so, what is your favorite?
12. (Really random) What U.S. state that you've never visited would you like to visit someday?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Okay...that title might be sounding a bit more chipper than I am actually feeling BUT I press on! :-)
Below, is my contribution to this week's random dozen questions hosted by Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee! If you would like to join in the fun, just click on her blog back there and share some thoughts about yourself and in the process, you'll meet some great people and perhaps find out more than you REALLY might want to know about us, but, hey, you will probably have a good laugh or six and that never hurt anyone! :-)
Jaylon, our little grandson, is on the mend! Yayyyy!! His body functions are all back to normal!! Yayyy!! And he is on the move, so I had better get this posted, as he will be here in a few minutes!! :-)
1. On a scale of 1-10, how superstitious are you, honestly?
Honestly? I am not superstitious at all.
2. Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, "I came, I saw, I conquered." Which circumstance or experience of yours does this saying best describe?
Would you believe that that is kind of how I felt about the piano when I started playing seriously in my early twenties, after giving my heart to the Lord. AND let me say that I have not "conquered" the piano after 35 years, but I can play sooooo much better than I ever thought would be possible all those years ago.
After becoming a christian at 23, I wanted so much to be able to play all of the new songs that I was learning at church but all I could do was play a few songs that I had learned while taking piano lessons and songs that I had found the sheet music for. I had not really devoted myself to playing the piano.
BUT, once I was born again!, a fresh new intense desire to play was ignited in me! I started taking lessons from Pam Rentzel . The Lord truly knew what He was doing when He made it possible for me to take lessons from her. She was exactly the teacher I needed to inspire me! We still stay in touch and exchange music from time to time. So many times when I am playing, I hear her playing reflected in my playing and I am just simply amazed because I remember so many times while practicing or even in the midst of our lessons when I would think I would NEVER be able to play like her or play the way she was encouraging me to play. I felt like I was all thumbs.
BUT the Lord is good. He is able to take our small offering of what talent or gifts we place before Him and multiply them beyond our wildest dreams or desires. Thank you, Lord Jesus. "You've been faithful, faithful to me."
3. If I peeked in on your day like a mischievous little leprechaun, at what time would I most likely find you blogging?
In the morning between five-thirty and six and in the evening after seven o'clock.
4. Re springing forward for Daylight Saving Time, is there anything you've ever been really early or really late for?
No. I am either just a tad early or a tad late. No in-between. :-)
5. What are you most looking forward to concerning Spring?
The beautiful spring flowers, sunshine, and warmer weather. Being able to be outside more and enjoy the fresh air. Sitting on my back porch with a hot cup of coffee, early in the morning and on my front porch in the evening. *sigh* We're almost there! :-)
6. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick's Day and worn on the lapel or shoulder. Do you wear green on St. Patty's Day?
I have, but it isn't something that I've done very often because I only have one piece of green clothing in my closet! Green is not a color that enhances my natural beauty. ;-)
7. One of Caesar's assassins, Casca, said, "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me," which of course means he didn't understand something. Probably his own lines in the play. Anyway, what is something that is "Greek to you," something incomprehensible or indecipherable?
How the internet works. The nitty-gritty technical stuff about a computer. I know just enough to be dangerous. :-)
8. Is March behaving more like a lion or a lamb where you live?
Definitely a lamb, so far.
9. "An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later." -Winston Churchill. If you had one extra hour per day every day, what would you do with it?
Sleep and read.
10. Legend says that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in the Irish countryside. Aside from real gold or money, what material item would be in your dream pot of gold?
A new keyboard for me. A new Honda Gold Wing for Ed.
11. "The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you." Robert Louis Stevenson. Look around you right now and tell us about something essential or beautiful very near you that you take for granted every day.
The freedoms that we have in this wonderful country.....America, the Beautiful.
While the "government" leaves so much to be desired in this present time, this country is so wonderful, which is attributable to the people, who are the ones that make it so great. We are free to travel and go wherever we desire. We can be whatever we aspire to be as long as we are willing to put in the work and effort. And, as Nel said in her random dozen response, we are free to worship our one true God. And yet, at times, we take it for granted. Alas, we are fickle human beings. But I am truly thankful to have been born in the land of the free.
12. Just for a bit o' fun, click here (www.blogthings.com/irishnamegenerator/) and then report your Irish name. Mine is "Zoe O'Sullivan." I love it!
Caitlin O'Donnell :-) Oh, brother. :-)
Little Jaylon...pictured in all of his cuteness above...has been sick. To be perfectly honest, he has had diarrhea for almost a week. And with the diarrhea has come a pretty nasty diaper rash but we've gotten that all healed up. AND, Mrs. NB, you'll be pleased to know that the doctor recommended a mixture of Milk of Magnesia and Aquafor. He had a pretty high fever for a couple of days but that has gone away, thankfully. The doctor said the diarrhea could last 7-10 days, so we are just praying that it goes away soon. He is still eating and drinking normally, so that is good, but he has been a bit grumpy and fussy and hard to get along with. (Please don't tell me that THAT is going to last! Oh my!).
The SUN (that obscure yellow orb that rises in the east and sets in the west) is supposed to shine the rest of the week until Saturday when we are supposed to be visited by some passing wintry mix (I'm not even going to mention that 4-letter wintry word) that is not supposed to stick or stay around.
My niece, Bethany, gave birth to a beautiful little baby girl a week and a half ago. Here is a gorgeous picture of Bethany and her little Hayley:
And here is a picture of her little son, Nathen, with his little sister:
Isn't that just adorable? :-)
Well, I am going to post this and go fix Ed and little Jaylon some breakast. Jaylon loves his eggies and toast in the morning.
Oh, and yes, I am a bit late in getting breakfast this morning BECAUSE I woke up at three o'clock this morning and lay there kind of fretting about some things, couldn't go back to sleep and, consequently, did not get much sleep last night. So, when Jaylon went back to sleep this morning, I crawled back into bed and slept until 9:15. Now I am ready to greet the day!!!!! :-) AND fix breakfast! AND later today, I am wanting to fix spaghetti and meatballs. I have had a craving for them for some wierd reason and I've never made homemade meatballs but I have found an easy recipe, so I am going to attempt it! I'll post a picture!!!
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Needless to say, I'm more than a bit weary tonight BUT I press on......to do my random dozen! (Because I know you look forward to it, Bethany! *smile* Love ya!!)
1. How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?
Hmmmm......about 4 years old, if my memory serves me correctly. I cleaned my shoes out awhile back and got rid of the ones I no longer wore.
3. Do you know how to ballroom dance? If not, would you like to?
No and no. I'm too tired to even think about it. Oh, and did I mention that I don't have the time, either? *grin*
5. How many of this year's Oscar-nominated movies did you see?
Blindside and it was sooo good!
7. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
8. Do you miss anyone right now?
Does my bed count? *yawn*
9. Do hospitals make you queasy?
No, should they? I thought that is where you are supposed to go if you ARE feeling queasy for an inordinately long amount of time?
10. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card. Not that you ever would, you responsible person, you.
11. Are you true to the brand names of products/items?
Just certain ones. Tresemme' 2 hairspray. Dortios. Dawn dish detergent.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Last Thursday, my two sisters, two sisters-in-law, three nieces, great nephew, grandson, son and a partridge in a....no, wait a minute....I got side-tracked there.
Ahem....anywayyy.....a bunch of us, excluding the partridge, went to Scrambler Marie's in Lancaster for lunch!
All of us women-folk get together for eachother's birthdays but we don't have a birthday to celebrate between November and May, soooo I came up with the idea of having lunch halfway in the middle.....not EXACTLY, to-the-day in the middle, but you get the idea!
PLUS, my niece, Bethany, was scheduled to give birth.....isn't it amazing that they SCHEDULE births now?......to her baby girl (AND they KNOW what they are having in advance! Amazing!)Tuesday, so we wanted to get together before that wonderful event and wish Bethany and little Hayley well!
I had the most amazingly, delicious hamburger that I have EVER had! It was a Portabello Angus Burger on a pretzel bun. Oh. my. word. I was a little concerned about the pretzel bun, thinking it might be hard and crusty but it was soft, warm and wonderful! :-)
As we were preparing to eat, my sister Bev asked Daniel to pray. I thought he would pray his customary quick-prayer-before-we-eat-prayer. You know the prayer. :-) BUT this young man prayed the most beautiful prayer over our food and our gathering together. Tears came to my eyes as I listened to this young man ask the Lord to bless our food, our time together, and those who had gathered around the table.
It was one of those moments, that as a mother, I will always cherish. :-) Thank you, Lord Jesus, for moments like these.
I won!!! I really won!!!!
AND Angie is hosting another give-a-way at her food blog which you can find HERE but hurry because the entry time ends tomorrow night, Sunday, March 7 at 9pm!
And finally.......here is the newest addition to our extended family! Little Hayley Elizabeth Yerian, daughter of Drew and Bethany Yerian and sister to little Nathen, who loves his little sister bunches! Bethany told me that little Nathen has been sleeping with a picture of Hayley! Awww! AND they have some of the sweetest pictures of Nathen holding little Hayley! I'll try to get one posted soon!
She was born this past Thursday morning and weighed 7lbs.11oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. She is so gorgeous! I have been feverishly crocheting a little blanket for her and I have it almost finished! I'll post a picture when it is completed!
I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather and much-longed-for sunshine!!! :-) Have a great weekend!!!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Well, "8 " is my favorite number because it is my birthdate, so I will say even numbers, though if we didn't have the odd numbers, we wouldn't have the even numbers, but I do like for things to be even, so I'm sticking with my first answer! Even!!! :-)
3. Among these Irish stereotypes, with which do you identify most closely? Talkative, Proud, Inquisitive, Love to party, Hot-tempered
5. What is the subject of your favorite post that you've written?
Me and my two wonderful sisters! :-) Three Sisters and a Tracker
Take your pick! :-) (We have it all in Ohio!)
8. How "green" are you, environmentally speaking?
11. Complete the sentence: "Every time I look outside my window ...."