If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thankful Thursday

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 My mother-in-law traded in her SUV and bought a new one this week and has decided to get rid of her van and hubby and I are buying it.  I'm excited now to sell my car and then we'll be a two van family.  I am so thankful for this.  It's a 2018 (my car is 2005) and it has very, very low mileage.  Our mechanic says it's like new.  God has really blessed a lot lately and I'm so thankful to be His child.

I hope you are thinking about your blessings too.  I know it sure helps me to be a happier person if I count my many blessings as the song says.

Thanks for visiting and I consider you one of my blessings too.


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Is school back in session where you live? Yes, school is back in session here.  Is everyone in person or does your system still offer a virtual option?  As far as I know it's in person.  Are kids wearing masks? I don't think they are required except for maybe on the buses.

2. Something you still do 'old school'? Nothing really comes to mind at the moment.  

3. One lesson you've learned in the 'school of life'? Probably the most simple is to treat other people the way I want to be treated.

4. When you were in school did you pack a lunch or buy a lunch? We did both.  Your favorite thing to see on the lunch menu or inside your lunchbox back in the day? I loved the schools hamburgers.

5. August is National Family Fun Month. Tell me something fun you’ve done this month. We celebrated my birthday on the 4th and we are celebrating hubby's birthday today!!

6. Insert your own random thought here.
If you look at the upper right of my sidebar, you will see I now have a retirement countdown.  We have set the day!!  I will work to the last day of this year and my first day of retirement will be Saturday, January 1, 2022.  Of course, after saying that I must say that's our plan, but the ultimate result is up to God and his will!  

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tuesday 4

Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 kept in memory of her. Click here to link up

Let's talk about food this week shall we?


1.What is/are your favorite meal(meals) to eat and to cook?  My favorites are anything I don't have to cook.  However, if I'm cooking, lasagna (to take for potlucks),  or beef & noodles in the crockpot for dinner at home (of course hubby does that one).

2.How often do you cook at home and what kind of  meals do you make? We probably cook about 4-5 times a week and that could be what's listed above or as simple as burgers or hotdogs.  

3. When you go out to eat what foods do you find yourself ordering most?  It depends on where we are eating.  But my favorite is probably Mexican or Chinese or a really good steak and potato.

4. Can you recommend a restaurant in your area?  Why do you like it?  Mostly we just do the chain type places such as:  Chuys', Red Robin, Outback, Red Lobster, etc.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Monday, August 16th was National Roller Coaster Day. Are you a fan?  Yes. Did you celebrate? No.  Last place/time you rode a roller coaster? That would probably be our last trip to Disney World which I think was in 2012 and it was on the Rock N Roller Coaster and Big Thunder Mountain.

2. Tell us about a time in your life where it felt like you were figuratively riding a roller coaster. Working through the whole adoption process was definitely a roller coaster ride.

3. Favorite treat to eat at an amusement park or state fair? Funnel Cake

4. Are you easy to get along with? I think so.  Elaborate. At least most of the time.

5. Something on your calendar to see-do-read-accomplish or just enjoy before month's end? Celebrate my hubby's 60th birthday next week.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Thankful Thursday and Lifelong Learning - 10 on the 10th.

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I am so thankful this week for a new Bible Study I've started.  It is for our Fall bible study at church starting in september.  I got the book early and have started some lessons and I believe it is going to be so good.  It's priscilla shirer's "Elijah".  
I am thankful to have lived another year.  My birthday was last week.
I've enjoyed the last 2 nights working a jigsaw puzzle.  It's been awhile since I've done one.  And I'm thankful for a sister who has lots of puzzles and is willing to loan them out.



I'm late on this meme, but enjoyed reading other's answers and decided to join in too.  So mine is actually 10 on the 12th.  lol  Go here if you'd like to read others posts or link up with your own.


1.    How old were you when you started school? Did you attend pre-kinder and/or kinder or go straight into first grade?  I was 5 years old when I started Kindergarten.

2.    Were you a good student? What was your favorite subject?  Yes, I was a pretty good student, but probably a little lazy.  If’ I’d worked and studied a little harder, I believe I could have been a straight A student.  My favorite subjects were math (until we moved and I had to change schools as a Freshman and Algebra kicked my butt because the new school had a different book and they were way ahead of us.) and I liked Reading.

3.    As a child, did you take music lessons? Or play a sport? Do you still play an instrument now?  I took piano lessons from 2nd grade and until I graduated.  I did not play an organized sport.  Yes, I still play piano.

4.    Did you attend any kind of training or classes beyond high school? If so, what did you study?  Did you wind up working in a profession or job for which those classes or training prepared you?  I did not go to college, but I have taken many classes and training connected with my work over the 45 years I’ve been here.

5.    Have you taken any personal growth or adult education classes for fun? During the year that was Covid, did you home school, learn a new app to work from home, teach yourself to do something you might have paid someone else to do for you?  No, I haven’t taken personal growth or adult education classes.  I’ve used YouTube to learn stuff though.  Like new stitches for my crocheting and I learned to use a knitting machine from YouTube videos.  

6.    What would you like to learn how to do that you don’t know how to do already?  I would like to learn to play the ukulele.  

7.    Name something that you learned easily. Then name something that was a struggle for you to learn to do. Crochet was fairly easy to learn, but Algebra was really hard.  I passed but I can’t say I know it.

8.    What’s the last thing you remember learning? What kind of learner are you: visual, auditory, hands-on/kinesthetic, verbal, logical/mathematical? How to use the knitting machine and I’m a visual learner.  

9.    Hard to teach an old dog new tricks, school of hard knocks, pass with flying colors, learn by heart, burn the midnight oil, pull an all-nighter, play hooky – which of these expression best fits your life lately? Why?  Hard to teach an old dog new tricks.  But I’ve learned I can learn, it just takes a little more time sometimes.

10. What is something you’ve learned from past mistakes?  Don’t jump to conclusions until you’ve heard the whole story.

    11. Bonus: Share your favorite learning/education quote.   “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's something you would say 'runs in your family'?  Love for the Church of God.  On both my mom and dad's side of the family I am at least 3rd generation Church of God and hubby is also 3rd generation at least on both sides of his family.  Also, music.  Hubby and I both come from singing families.

2. A book, song, tv show, or movie you love that is centered around family. The Sound of Music

3. Family matters, family ties, family tree, family man, family fortune, black sheep of the family, family values, one big happy family...choose a 'family phrase' that applies to your life currently and explain. Family Matters - It seems in the last couple of years, we have lost so many family members.  I have one uncle and aunt left on my dad's family and my last uncle on my mom's side past last month.  It seems funerals are about he only time we get together now.  I keep thinking our family is getting so small and then I remember no, the older generation is mostly gone, but there are many, many grands, great-grands and even great-great grands.  So the family is just as big or bigger, but it's just different.  I love my family and am so thankful for everyone of them.  What a legacy we have and so do the next generations.

4. Last thing you fixed for a big family dinner? If you're not the cook, last thing you were served at a big family dinner? I'm definitely not the cook, but chicken and dumplings are my favorite family get-together-food.

5. What are three words you would use to describe your family. Happy, Loud, Loving

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I hope you are choosing to be happy today.  


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Tuesday 4

What Are You Doing Lately?

From Annie: "Welcome. I am still not back to normal but, I am trying.. here are this week's questions. As always they are in memory of Toni Taddeo."

Here are this weeks questions:

1. Reading anything good lately?  How about magazines? Do you buy any?  I'm reading all of Lori Wick's books right now and I just read a good book by Jean Kuhnke and she has a bunch of books, so she'll probably be the next author I'll try to read.  I don't read magazines much anymore, but I always loved Reader's Digest and Guidepost and Good Housekeeping.  I seldom buy a magazine and most books I get on Kindle from Libby or the Library.  I do buy books from time to time.

2. Do you belong to any clubs, societies, or do you meet with friends regularly to chat?  I do not unless you consider our Women's Bible Study group and I love to meet with those ladies.

3. Where are you from originally and if you moved why did you move?  I have always lived within probably a 20 mile radius of where I am currently.  I've lived in a lot of different houses and apartments, but always in this general area.  We may sell our house and move to a condo sometime, but I think it will still be in this area.  May consider snowbirding in the winter months sometime in the future.

4. Do you like a good Western Movie? Who was your favorite movie/TV Cowboy?  Yes, I do like a western, although we seldom watch them any more.  My favorite cowboy is John Wayne, the Duke.  Although I really liked Roy Rogers and Dale Evans too.

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Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day.  I plan to.


Friday, August 6, 2021

Friday Photos

 Just sharing some photographs that make me smile this week.  These come from my youngest daughter. Some she sent me and some I stole from her FaceBook.  

Laying in the sun

Relaxing with his puppy, Drogo

Cool Kid shopping with his mom

My little Blondie washing dishes

Making Slime

Wearing his mom's glasses

I hope they made you smile too.  Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thankful Thursday

 Today I am thankful for:

**My Daughter and Grandson. She is always so good about sending me pictures and videos of him several times a week.

He got a new haircut Saturday.

Eating marshmallows

Got his training wheels off and Daddy is working with him to learn to ride.

**My husband - I know I say this quite often, but I am so thankful to this man.  He is the best.

**Tomatoes - These are some I've grown in a pot and I am so enjoying them.  Plus my sister gave me some from their garden and they are delicious!!

**Birthday - I'm thankful to have lived another year. And this is one of the best birthday wishes I received.

So what are you thankful for?  You can link up here with Overflowing with Thankfulness or here with Knit by God's Hand or here with Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day!


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

A Sentence a Day - July 2021

 1 - Thursday.  After work, we ran to the post office to send a package to Colton and then home for a quiet evening of brats for dinner and watching some TV and doing some reading.

2 - Friday.  Hubby and I both had a chiropractor's appointment and my sister had surgery...we got news around 10:30 that she was out of surgery and all went well and no signs of cancer...God is so good.

3 - Saturday.  We took my sister shopping and to pick up some lunch and then we went home and spent a quiet (not so quiet with fireworks) evening with the dog, reading (finished reading Where the Wild Rose Blooms by Lori Wick) and watching some TV and listening to all the fireworks going off in the neighborhood.

4 - Sunday.  We met hubby's mom and brother and family for lunch and then spent the rest of the day at home and we watched the Capitol 4th Celebration which was pretty good and again listened and watched some of the fireworks in the neighborhood.

5 - Monday.  Went to work and took my sister for a CT Scan and then got word hubby's brother was in the emergency room having cut his finger (the end was just barely hanging there) and they stitched him up and sent him home to contact a surgeon tomorrow because he's going to need surgery.

6 - Tuesday.  Worked (finished the audio book I was listening to - Yarn to Go, Yarn Retreat Mystery #1) and then had salisbury steak and rice for dinner and watched some TV and played on my iPad and checked in with my sister who is recovering from her surgery on Friday.

7 - Wednesday.  After work (started a new audio book Silence of the Lamb's Wool, Yarn Retreat Mystery #2) hubby and I picked up some dinner and then had a hour or so at home before church, so I took the dog for a short walk and read some on my book.

8 - Thursday.  Brother-in-law had surgery and the doctor has raised the odds from 20% to  50% of saving the finger. (finished reading Whispers of Moonlight by Lori Wick)

9 - Friday.  Got a picture from the girls as they are in Texas together with my grandson.

10 - Saturday.  Took my sister to the store and also to pick up her new glasses and spent the rest of the day with hubby.

11 - Sunday.  After church Sunday night, we celebrated a couple for 65 years of marriage.  They are such wonderful people and truly model a Christian marriage and life.

12 - Monday.  Came home from work and found out the pilot light on the hot water heater was out.  We tried off and on all evening, but could not get it lit.

13 - Tuesday.  Washing hair in cold water is not fun but we called on the way to work and we have a plumber coming tomorrow morning. (finished reading Just Above a Whisper by Lori Wick and also finished To Know Her by Name by Lori Wick)

14 - Wednesday.  Plumber showed up but we found out we needed a new water heater, they had it installed within a couple hours, older sister saw surgeon and great report - no cancer and all is well.

15 - Thursday.  A friend had  heart surgery scheduled early this morning and around 9:30am hubby got a call from her husband that all had gone well and it was not as bad as they thought and the surgeon was very pleased and she should go home this evening and the Taco Truck was in town and we had tacos and a quesadilla for supper.

16 - Friday.  Work and then home to read, crochet and watch some TV

17 - Saturday.  First Saturday in a long time where we had absolutely nothing planned and we enjoyed it by eating lunch at Cheddars, buying some yarn, running a couple quick errands and then spending the rest of the day at home.

18 - Sunday.  We had 2 wonderful services and we had some visitors and all in all it was a great day.

19 - Monday.  After work we went home and made spaghetti and then I met my sisters and did some shopping and got home around 8:30 and I was worn out and barely moved the rest of the evening.(finished reading A Texas Sky by Lori Wick

20 - Tuesday.  Work and then went and got our first shingles shots and the 2nd dose is after 2-6 months.

21 - Wednesday - Work and then we both came home and took a short nap before church...Hubby hadn't felt good all day and I didn't get a really good nights sleep, so this helped a lot. 

22 - Thursday.  After work hubby and I went to my Aunt and Uncles house to visit and have prayer with them as my Uncle is not doing well...he celebrated his 90th birthday a couple months ago.

My mom's only surviving sibling.

23 - Friday.  Went to dinner with my mother-in-law after work. (finished reading Promise Me Tomorrow by Lori Wick)

24 - Saturday.  We had a rummage sale at church and spent the day there assisting when needed and crocheting when not, plus visiting and having a good time.

25 - Sunday.  2 terrific services at church and saw a rainbow after the evening service.

26 - Monday.  Hubby put on a beef roast before work and then after work finished it up and made some noodles and then after supper I met my sisters to do a little shopping.

27 - Tuesday.  After work we took a 20 minute drive and picked up some dinner from City Barbecue and then came home and ate and just enjoyed the evening.

28 - Wednesday.  After work I ran into Walmart and picked up a few items and then we had chili dogs for dinner and I took a short nap before church.

29 - Thursday. Decided to start binge watching JAG.  It's been awhile since we watched that series. (finished reading City Girl by Lori Wick)

30 - Friday.  Went to dinner with hubby and his mom after work.

31 - Saturday.  Met my sister and her husband for lunch and then ran a couple errands and were home for an evening of laundry, TV and reading (finished reading A Place Called Home by Lori Wick).

So that's my July in a nutshell.


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