Friday, February 26, 2010
Angie at Angie's Ad Lib is having a Spring Blogiversary giveaway in celebration of her one-year blogging anniversary! You can enter here if you become a follower of her blog and leave a comment! Angie blogs her thoughts about life, her family and whatever else strikes her fancy. To me, her blog is a breath of fresh air! :-)
Angie is a mom to 4 great kids and has been married for 21 years! She also has a food blog at Angie's Home Cooking!
I think I am in denial about my love of pink. I have been pondering this ever since I answered Question 12 of THIS Random Dozen. I said that of red and pink that red is my favorite color but I do like pink....ALOT! But when I go into a clothing store, I am just naturally drawn to red, THOUGHHHHHH now that I really think about it, I do have a really pretty spring jacket that is a print and primarily pink with "sequels' on it. I walked into Catherine's that day and there was that jacket just hanging there all sequelly and all, just begging me to buy it and I did!!! Only because it was on sale and I had a $10 off coupon AND I signed up for a charge card and got more off!
And I always get alot of compliments when I wear pink. Our den is done in Ohio State red and gray, while our bedroom is decorated in rose, country green, deep burgundy and shades of pink.
Soooooo, my conclusion is that I like them both about the same! :-)
BUT I have to say that red just edges out pink a tad because it always reminds me of the precious blood of Jesus that He shed for me and what a difference He has made in my life! :-)
Jaylon loves his little books. :-) I must read his books to him at least two times a day but on Wednesday, I know that I read some of his books to him 7 times, especially his "Spot Goes to the Beach" book. And he loves his "Our Big, Big God" book.
AND I discovered that he thinks I should read to him whenever I sit down in the living room. :-) It is so cute!
I'll admit that none of his books are very long or involved but once in awhile, I just don't feel like reading another book,k?
Sooooo, Ed said he would read to him yesterday morning while I fixed breakfast and it was soooo cute listening to them. Ed changed words and skipped pages :-0 and it didn't make any difference to Jaylon. :-)
I told Daniel and Erin that by the time Jaylon is really talking he should be able to read these books to me frontwards and backwards! :-) Oh, here is a picture of him wearing his little bookbag that we keep his "bookies" in:
AND he calls his little books "ooks" and he says it really quietly but loud enough that you can hear him. It is soooooooo adorable! :-)
Well, I am going to and work on the afghan that I am making for my niece Bethany's little baby girl Hayley, that she is due to have on March 4th! It will be the first little girl in my sister Bev's family. They have four beautiful boys and are so excited about little Hayley, as we all are!! :-)
Stay warm, everyone, and I hope the snow is not causing too much of a hardship for you.
Joyce, at From This Side of the Pond has some great pictures of the snow where she lives in New Jersey.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
As a sidenote: It's snowing! Again! Egads!
Would you believe that the only time I've EVER shot a gun was one time when Ohio State beat Michigan in their yearly football rivalry? I just couldn't help myself! I was so wound up and excited that I asked Ed to get the gun (I don't know if it was a rifle or a shotgun :-/), we went out on the backporch, he helped me put the gun to my shoulder and POW! We about laughed ourselves silly! Gosh, but that sounds so "Hillbillyish", doesn't it? LOL
Now, this is a tough one. I've never been to California but I do think I would love the warmth, ocean, beaches, and sunshine. The wildfires, earthquakes and mudslides? Not so much.
Yes, LOUD. That about does it. :-)
Regular Doritos. Oh.my. May we have a moment of silence please? *sigh* Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em!!!
8. Have you ever cut your own hair? To quote Dr. Phil, "How'd that work for ya?"
I cut my bangs when I was in jr. high/ high school and it seemed I ALWAYS got them too short and then couldn't wait for them to grow out a little.
10. Are you allergic to anything?
11. Why is it so hard to change?
12. One last question dedicated to February love: CS Lewis said, "To love is to be vulnerable." Please share one example of that assertion or share any thought you'd like to about this topic.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I'm not sure what day it was exactly....hmmm, perhaps it was Thursday? Anywayyy, I baked cream cheese cookies because I absolutely love them, as does Ed, Daniel, Jaylon, Erin...well, you get the picture, hm?! :-)
I've shared the recipe before but, oh well, I 'll share it again, k?! :-)
CREAM CHEESE COOKIES
1 BOX OF YELLOW CAKE MIX
1 8oz. PACKAGE OF CREAM CHEESE
1/4 CUP OF MELTED BUTTER
1 TSP. OF VANILLA
EMPTY THE CAKE MIX INTO A MIXING BOWL.
SOFTEN THE CREAM CHEESE IN THE MICROWAVE.
BEAT THE EGG AND ADD TO THE CAKE MIX.
ADD THE SOFTENED CREAM CHEESE, MELTED BUTTER AND VANILLA.
MIX THESE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER THOROUGHLY.
THE DOUGH WILL BE PRETTY STIFF.
YOU CAN DROP THE DOUGH ONTO A GREASED COOKIE
SHEET BY THE TEASPOON OR MAKE OUT
LITTLE PATTIES ABOUT THE SIZE OF A
FIFTY-CENT PIECE. BAKE AT 350 DEGREES
FOR 10 MINUTES OR UNTIL LIGHTLY
BROWNED ON THE BOTTOM. DON'T OVERBAKE.
THESE ARE SO EASY AND SO DELICIOUS!
The hubs and I went into Walmart the day AFTER Valentines Day, which was our anniversary, where they had all of the candy drastically reduced! Yayyy!! We purchased a bag of Valentine M&M's Peanuts and a bag of Valentine miniature Reese Cups. They were only $1.37 a bag! Talk about a bargain! This is what was left two days later:
Ed still has some Reese's left, but my M&M's are all gone! :-)
You know, after writing all of that above, I've just realized that I've really been eating ALOT of sweet stuff lately and I've always said that I'm not a sweet tooth. Am I changing in my older age? Hmmmm......
On Friday evening, Ed and I went to Jack's Steak House for dinner. It was wonderful! I had been wanting a good steak for some time and this did not disappoint!
Ed was not hungry, to be quite honest, but I was, so he had a bowl of vegetable soup while I
hogged out on had a 16oz. sirloin with home fries, salad and roll. Of course, I did bring some home as I wasn't able to eat it all.
I find it so enjoyable to go somewhere nice to eat, relax, take our time, have some mellow conversation and allow someone else to wait on me for a change.
Saturday morning, my friend, Laura, and I got together at church and worked on a few songs that we were both wanting to learn. We always have such a wonderful time together. She is such a blessing to me and I truly thank the Lord for bringing her into my life.
Afterward, I went to Walmart, where I purchased yarn for an afghan that I am making for my newest great-niece who is scheduled to arrive on March 4th! :-)
Then it was on to the library where I spent a goodly amount of time browsing through the books, magazines and newspapers. I could spend an entire day in the library! I could! It is one of my very favorite places to go, next to church!!! :-)
Later, Ed and I went to a birthday party for my great-nephew. Since we were in Lancaster, we decided to do some shopping later which resulted in us getting home a little later than we planned.
Ed said that I set a new record for going to sleep quickly that evening. I mean, I laid my head on my pillow and that was it. Out. Oh, but I am so thankful that I can go to sleep so easily and that I sleep so well. I know quite a few people who have difficulty going to sleep AND sleeping. It truly is a blessing to not have that trouble.
Now, I am not one to lay in bed and sleep late. I am almost always up by 6am, even on the weekends but that is because I go to bed early, meaning I am usually in bed by 9:30. Well, except for tonight because I am determined to get this posted! :-)
Soooo, having said THAT, I am taking myself off to beddy bye! :-) I hope your week is off to a good start and that you have good days ahead of you this week!
Oh, and my friend, Deb, informed me that this is Random Acts of Kindness Week! So get out there and celebrate!! :-)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Below are some great pictures....thank you, Jesus...... we took. I'm am amazed and thankful at how well they turned out!!
After finishing our hike, we went to Pizza Crossing for our favorite pizza! Oh my!!! :-) Pizza Crossing pizza is my favorite food group! :-) Ed had lasagna and Erin had spaghetti. Jaylon ate a little bit of everything and entertained all of the people around us! :-)
Later, we came home and settled in for some rousing games of Euchre. Daniel keeps a running tally of our wins and losses and at the present time, he and Erin are ahead by like 7 games! *sigh* Oh well. Ed and I may never catch up to them but we sure are having fun trying!! :-)
Today was the first day of school for our local district since last Friday but we are on Plan A which means the buses are running limited routes.
I don't think we are supposed to have any more snow until next Monday or Tuesday.
AND while I do love the snow...it is so beautiful...I am getting just a weeee bit weary of it. *sigh*
I'm needing a little hint of springtime. *sigh*
If YOU'RE needing a little springtime pick-me-up, too, you might trying clicking HERE! My friend sent this to me and I thought it was so sweet! Just click all over the page or hold the mouse button down and just move it over the picture!
Happy Thursday!! :-)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
You're kidding, right? :-0
Okayyyy....at this point in my life, I'm going with shooting in the Summer Olympics,k?
2. Do remember a specific Olympic moment from the past?
I remember the women's skating when Oksana Baiul won the gold in 1994. I thought her skating was beyond beautiful. Her program was either called The Dying Swan or that was the name of the song she skated to and she wore a feathered camp headpiece. It was beautiful.
Also, Paul Wylie skating to the theme song from Schindler's List in 1994 at the World Professional Championship and, if I remember correctly, he won! He is my all-time favorite male skater. He puts so much feeling and emotion into his performances.
4. If everyday activities were Olympic-worthy, which activity would you have a gold medal in?
My husband would say: Fixing a delicious meal in just a few minutes! :-) And he should know!
5. Do you know anything about your ethnic heritage?
The only thing I know about my heritage is that Peters, which is my maiden name, is of German origin.
6. Do you enjoy sleeping late?
No, I love early morning, seeing the sunrise, and getting a good start on the day. That being said, I love taking an afternoon nap! :-)
7. Have you ever performed CPR on anyone? Do you know how? (Yes, that's two, I know. Whatevs.)
No, but I know the basics of CPR. I need to take a refresher course!
8. Name one country you'd like to visit and explain why.
I've always wanted to visit England. I'm not really sure why. It has just always intrigued me. Now, I know you HAVE to see London when you go, but I would mostly want to visit the countrysides, the coastlines. I just want to see it all!
9. Have you ever fixed up a couple romantically?
Oh yes! Actually, I've fixed up a few couples!
10. What is the last book you read?
Besides my Bible, it would be The Choice by Nicholas Sparks! He is one of my favorite authors!
11. If you could spend the winter somewhere else besides cold, snowy Ohio (where I live) or wherever you happen to live, where would it be?
12. What is your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant?
It would have to be all-the-way pizza at Pizza Crossing! Now, you may say, "Pizza?", but you would have to taste this pizza to understand. It is the BEST!!!!! :-)
Friday, February 12, 2010
Is it just me or were there ALOT of participants in the Random Dozen this week? Not that I'm complainin'! :-) It's just that I had alot of new visitors to my blog and I've met some new friends and all and I love their blogs!
And let me just give a shout out to Linda who is so faithful to do this meme every week! I've done other memes but kind of faded out on them after awhile but not this one, for some reason, and I am so proud of myself AND glad that I haven't for the reason that I put at the beginning this paragraph! :-)
One of the bloggers I've met is Kara at Kara with a K. Her writing is so refreshing and honest and she has such a sincere love for the Lord!
ANDDDD.....remember I told you HERE about Jaylon mastering climbing over his rocking toy to gain access to ME in the bathroom?
Wellll.....here is a picture of him clinging to the gate that we now put up in the bedroom doorway.
He looks so pitiful! :-(
BUT, I didn't give in! I finished what I had to do and returned to the kitchen and scooped him up and loved and kissed on him! :-) That's what grandmas do best!
AND here are a couple of pictures of Jaylon all buckled in ready to go to the library yesterday! :-)
I've read to him since he was only about 4 or 5 months old and he loves his "bookies". :-) He has a little Winnie the Pooh bookbag that our pastor's wife gave him. We keep his "little bookies" in there and each day, after lunch, we get them out to read and he gets sooo excited!!! :-)
Then we sing songs and do hand movements to them, too, like Itsy Bitsy Spider, Deep and Wide, Ten Little Indian Boys...just to name a few.
Oh, and one last thing about the grandson....well, for THIS blogpost, that is, 'cause you will definitely be seeing more pictures and reading more stories about him! :-)
Anywayyyyy.....I found him in the bathroom, bouncing up and down with his hands on the scales! He thinks it is so neat that the numbers move and bounce! :-)
Wish I found stepping on those things as entertaining as he does. *sigh* LOL
Ellie,the cat of the house, has had a very exciting winter. Yes, she has. This is her favorite activity:
Soaking up heat in front of the woodburner! :-)
AND while I'm at it, I might as well show you what Ed has been doing this winter, so he won't feel left out! :-)
Good night, everyone!! :-)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
This is the road we live on. It is a township/secondary road. Our driveway is just up ahead and to the left. Daniel and Erin's is right before ours. It looks like we live in the Tundra! :-) Oh, but it is so beautiful!
Looking out from our front porch toward the woodpile:
The view up our driveway:
Then the sun actually came out for a day:
Only for the snow to come back the next day:
BUT....I believe the worst is behind us....until the next storm, that is! :-) Is there another one in our future, before spring arrives? Only time will tell and those crazy weathermen!
And lastly, a picture of our snowy little valley:
Speaking of the little guy, we had put a rocking toy in our bedroom doorway to keep him from going in there. I know, I know...why not just shut the door? Because when the sun is shining, I just love to have that door open because it brightens up the kitchen and my spirits and so on and so forth. :-)
Anywayyyy.....Jaylon conquered the riding toy blockade this week as evidenced in the photos below:
BUT! We're on top of this, folks. Yes, we are. :-) The said riding toy has been replaced with a gate, which we've had in reserve and probably should have had up there instead of the riding toy, but, hey, better late than never AND I wouldn't have gotten these cute pictures if I'd had the gate up! :-)
Oh, and in case you're wondering why he was so determined to get into the bedroom? Well, I was in the bathroom which is just beyond the bedroom and he was wanting to get to me!!! :-)
I have been cooking a little more than normal the past few days. Probably because we've been snowed in. :-) One day I fixed All-American meatloaf.....it is my new-found favorite meatloaf of all times! Oh my!
AND one morning, about mid-morning, I fixed a layered breakfast dish for us. The first layer was hashbrown potatoes....yes, I peeled and grated them myself! :-) Next was a layer of scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, sliced turkey bratwurst and topped with sauteed onions and green and red peppers. It was soooo delicious!
Well, I need to go and get ready for little Jaylon's arrival! He's coming over late this morning because Erin is leaving for work a little later than usual.
Have a great day, everyone!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
1. Are you pleasant when you're ill, or are you a grumpy, fussy patient?
I don't know that I am "pleasant" but I don't make anyone else miserable along with me. :-)
I just try to lay low until I am feeling better.
When I had my hip replacements and was recovering, Ed said I was the model patient. :-) He should know. He had to take care of me.
2. When you find out that school is canceled (due to inclement weather) what is your gut reaction?
"Yes!!! Ed will be home all day to help me take care of little Jaylon!!! Yayyyyy!!!" :-)
3. What is one domestic skill you wish you could improve?
Organization. You see, while my home looks nice on the surface, there are areas that REALLY need to be sorted and organized! Badly! :-/
4. Do you decorate your home for Valentine's Day?
No, though I may have put a few things up when Daniel was younger as in when he was in gradeschool.
5. What song is on your mind today?
"You've stolen my heart.....yes, you have,
You've stolen my heart.....yes, you have,
You wiped away the stains,
Broke away the chains,
Yes, You have."
I just learned it this past week and I love it! *sigh*
6. Do you prefer contemporary movies or classic?
I prefer contemporary movies, though many of the classics are my faves. I just prefer the technical improvements that have been made in the newer movies.
7. How well do you "compartmentalize" your feelings? For example, how well can you put aside a really trying moment to deal with the immediate situation which is not related to the trying moment, e.g., putting aside a tiff with your spouse in order to finish wallpapering a room.
Hmmmm......I am able to do this much better now, as compared to when we first got married (24 years ago). But I do believe it has happened as I've gotten older and grown emotionally and spiritually. It has definitely been a process.
8. What is the first thing that attracted you to your spouse? (Or if you're single, to your best friend.)
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
AMAZINGLY SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES:
1 . AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP .
2 . AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK .
3 . FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS . REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER .
4 . A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON .
5 . IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES . THEN YOU'LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH .
6 . YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE - WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN'T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40 . IF IT SHOULDN'T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE .
7 . IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM .
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Not always, BUT I just received some beautiful ones this week and plan to use them! :-) AND I am seriously considering sending them a small contribution because they sent so many and I love them!
2. What is your favorite time of day (or night) for skywatching?
Actually, it is at about 5 o'clock in the morning because the stars seem so much brighter! BUT I'm not up that early very often. Can I have more than one favorite time? Please please? :-)
I also love sunrise at the end of our road because there is this beautiful hill that it rises over. *sigh* And I love to watch the sunset from our church parking lot where there is a beautiful, expansive view of the evening sky.
There! I'm done. :-)
3. What is the most adventurous you've ever been with trying a new food? (Keep it G-rated please)
Many years ago, I tried oysters on the half shell, at the prompting of friends we were having dinner with. I put the shell to my mouth and slurped it down. I didn't really taste it or chew it, so I don't get the big deal and I've not had one since. I do like fried oysters and oyster stuffing, though. :-)
4. Have you ever heard a rock sing? (Trust me, there's a reason for this one!)
Hmmm, can't say that I have but this question reminds me of a song we sing at church: "Before the rocks cry out, I just have to praise Him...." AND another one...."Never will a rock cry out in my place, He's worthy of all my praise!" Soooo, I hope I never DO hear a rock cry out! :-) Neat question!!
5. If you could learn a language you don't presently speak, what would it be?
Although I would love to learn French because I think it is such a beautiful language, I would have to say Spanish because it would be much more useful as there are many Spanish-speaking people in our area.
6. Al Capone's tombstone read, “My Jesus, Mercy.” If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
"I Hope You Dance...."
I bought the small gift book which contained the CD for my son and I want it played at my funeral for him. It just says what I feel about living life.
7. If you were a famous musician who was known by one name, like “Cher,” “Sting,” or “Jewel,” what would it be? It doesn’t have to be your first name, but it can be, if you’d like.
Wellllll, seeing as how my name IS "Jewel", I don't know. :-)
8. Have you ever been inordinately “into” a television show?
Oh my, yes! "Top Chef", though we no longer get that station :-( , Project Runway. We DO get that station! :-) I would watch "Top Chef" over and over and over. That is the most "into" a show that I've ever been. I got alot of crocheting done during that time! :-) It's probably a good thing we no longer get that channel. :-)
9. When you sneeze, do you go big, or do you do that weird “heenh!” sound that makes people think you’re going to blow your brains out? Any other variation we should know about?
Oh, I go big WHEN I am at home or in the car, but if I'm holding Jaylon or he is close by or if I'm out in public, I do my best to keep it to a minimum though not to the point where I do the one where you are risking blowing your eardrums out! LOL
10. Do you still read an actual newspaper that you hold in your hands, or do you get your news elsewhere?
Occasionally, I go to our local library and catch up on reading our local newspaper which is about 4 pages long. :-) Other than that, I get my news on the internet.
11. Are you a good speller?
Yes. I was the spelling bee representative in my particular class 4th grade through 8th in school. Spelling has just always come easily to me.
12. At what time each day do you start thinking about
It varies because sometimes we have a late breakfast, so we don't do lunch, per se. But, in all honesty, I'm thinking about food and fixing it ALOT during the day while doing other things around home.