Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Penny Say's "Let me in, I don't like it outside when it's cold."
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Dawn & I went to a Christmas craft fair last week, where I spotted this awesome handmade card. The lady who crafted it said she had an embossing machine. I'm not sure what an embossing machine is, or where to purchase one, but when telling my husband that I wanted an embossing machine he replied, "You already are a bossy machine."
Do any of you know about embossing machines & where to get them?
Friday, December 12, 2008
You can't buy true affection. It just doesn't work. you have to genuinely care about other people before they care for you.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We attended the Middle School Christmas Concert last night.
The band & choir are very good. Dawn is in the 8th grade choir. They sang four songs, ending with one of my favorites "Winter Wonderland"
For the grand finally the 8th grade band played a good old fashioned sing along.
I was listening to the radio this morning. They where chatting about a phenomenon called "ear worms". When you hear a song that keeps running thru your mind all day. They said that your mind wants to finish it, so it just continues playing.
Here is a good example of one of those snappy little tunes.
It came off of Shari Lewis's "Lamb Chop"
This is the song that never ends.
It goes on & on my friends.
Some people started singing it,
not knowing what it was.
And the continued singing it forever just because.
This is the song that never ends.
What songs do you hear playing in your mind?
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Our little baby girl turned 14 years old last week.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
"After the initial shock of discovering she had cancer, Jenifer decided to turn this very negative time in her life into a very positive time and help others cope with cancer in anyway she could. Just a few years earlier, with no formal training in art but a true love of birds, Jennifer had begun painting birds as a hobby and to give as gifts, using water colors and her own detailed technique."
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We had no front yard, just a few steps leading down to the side walk, which took you down Water Street to a small market, where we would walk to pick up a loaf of bread or gallon of milk. There was always a wolf dog laying out side the store. You didn't dare get near this dog. He would growl if you got to close.
The back of the house had a huge picture window looking out on the ocean.
We had a parakeet named Davey, who sat by the window & helped us look for pirate ships.
One of the ships we kept an eye out for was "The Flying Dutchman" a notorious ghost ship. Legend has it, the captain made a deal with the devil & the vessel is doomed to sail the oceans forever.
Looking out the window and down to the rocky beach, one day we saw a terrifying sight.
My older sister Susan and cousin Jenny where crawling out on a rock to get a quarter. The tide was coming in and waves where pounding against the rock. They did get a good spanking for that adventure!
My cousin vernon and I had great times exploring the caves and searching for treasures in tide pools.
I had a pair of little, red, canvas tennis shoes. The kind that the rubber comes up over the toes. I thought I was to old for shoes like that, so one morning, before school, I hid them under my bed. Mom searched frantically for them while all along I knew just where they where. At the last minute realizing I had no other shoes to wear I crawled under my bed to get them.
Across the street and up the road a bit lived a very nice lady. She had long grey hair, kept in a braid. She had wooden steps leading up thru her yard to the house, with trees & bushes all around. She had birds and squirrels that she could feed by hand.
May first she invited all the neighborhood kids over to do a May day dance. She had a pole with ribbons attached to the top. We each took a ribbon and with her instructions weaved in and out around the pole to create a beautifully decorated May pole.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
When I am old,
I will live in a redwood cabin,
in the woods.
I will have a long grey braid,
trailing down my back.
I will have bird feeders,
all over my yard.
I will hike in the mountains &
fish in the streams.
I will pick berries &
grow beautiful flowers.
I will raise goats &
sell arts & crafts.
These are some of my dreams for the twilight years.
Tell me some of yours.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The year that I was 13 my family bought 40 acres of beautiful property in the northeast corner of Oregon.
It had everything a family would want, a creek, a pond, gorgeous views & plenty of trees & bushes for kids to play in. It even hosted it's own resident ghost.
Mom & Dad picked out the perfect spot for a pole shed, with living quarters, that would become our temporary home, while building a log house up on the hill. Early that fall, when the evenings began to turn crisp, we noticed some mysterious occurrences.
We had moved in before drilling a well, so had no running water. Consequently we had to carry water from the pond for our menagerie of animals.
One dusky evening, while at the pond we heard people calling "Karen, Karen" We quickly packed the water in that night. It continued to happen, so there was no lolly gagging at the pond in the evenings.
Sometimes the sent of a sweaty man hung in the air.
While we, "Noisy children" where in school & Mom was at home alone, she would often have things pulled from her hands & would see a little girl sitting on the ladder leading up to the loft.
Even though I heard the calls for "Karen" I never truly believed we really had a ghost until one day in the middle of the afternoon.
The bus dropped us off as usual at the end of the driveway.
I was the first one down the driveway & to my dismay, saw a little girl running around our yard. She had long blond hair & wore a long dress.
I went in the house expecting my Mom to be visiting with a lady friend & said "Mom who's here."
We had no visitors, only a ghostly apparition, by the name of "Karen"
We believe "Karen" was a little girl from the 18 hundreds, traveling with her family. She must have become lost on the property we later purchased. Her parents ghosts have been searching for her ever since.
Children have always felt safe & comfortable around my Mom, so I believe, Karen liked to play at our house while we where in school.
Do you have any ghost story's?
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Grizzly bears are the mascots of the new library. They have been painted by local artists.
The library is spectacular! If you are ever in the Cody area you must stop by & see it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
My daughter dawn is ruining my husbands reputation as a manly man.
Being the very forgetful child she is, she has lost quite a few things this fall. First her precious cell phone, her swimming bag & the latest her pretty, little, green wallet, in which she had been carrying her dads expired drivers licence, hair clips & some Avon perfume samples.
Willie received a call from the police last night asking if he had lost his pretty, green wallet.
He replied "No, I don't think so."
They said that it had his drivers licence in it.
I went & picked it up this morning & imagine the people at the police station had quite a laugh.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
We are having our first winter storm of the season. It's a little early, but not unusual to have a snow storm in October. The snow is supposed to keep coming all weekend & then be up in the 50's Monday.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Doesn't this look like great ingredients for beef stew. It all came out of my garden this year. Root crops seemed to do the best for some reason.
Here is the recipe:
1 pkg. stew seasoning
2 lbs. beef stew meat
3 Tbsp. flour
2Tbsp. oil 3 cups water
5 cups cut up veggies
1. coat beef with flour. heat oil in skillet. Add beef; cook until browned on all sides.
2. put all ingredients in crock pot & let cook all day
This recipe works great with wild game to. The first year we where married we had an old elk in the freezer. That meat needed to simmer all day, so it would be tender enough to chew!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It's proven, sunflowers make people happy. Their sunny yellow faces pointing to the sky bring on warm fuzzy feelings.
These are the sunflowers I planted in my garden this spring.
I remember the first ones I planted years ago. We had remodeled an old log cabin in Cody. it was the very first house we owned & I have very fond memories of my cute little cabin.
It had a large yard with tree's & bushes. I planted a row of sunflowers along the front fence.
We had a good Friend Lupe, who was always joking around. He said I was never going to get any seed's out of those sunflowers, so early one morning he snuck over and tied a small bag of sunflower seeds to one of the plants.
When I looked out that morning, I wondered what on earth that was dangling from my flowers!