Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I really did think I was back, but God has been dealing with me about maybe I have my priorities in the wrong place.  So for the time being I am taking a break from the blogging world.  I will be back, hopefully next month.  We are leaving for Arkansas Monday morning I need some grandkid fixes.  I will include a couple of the newest pics I have received, you know how us granny's are with our pictures.  

My prayer however, is that each of you have the best Christmas you have had in a long time!  Above all remember there is more to Christmas than presents and candy, remember to give Jesus the glory only He deserves.  

Give your family an extra hug this year, you never know what tomorrow will bring!  Looking forward to making memories with mine!


until next time...nel

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I'm Back....

Gosh, I'm not sure if I remember how to do this.  It has been forever.  Life is Good.  It has been busy and exciting and overwhelming at times, did I mention busy? lolol.
Silas James is doing wonderful, he is having to have a Swallow Study done.  He seemed to be choking more than normal, so the Doctor put him on thickened formula until they find out what is going on in case he is aspirating.  I think his test is the 9th of December.  Other than that he is wonderful and so is momma.  This is a new experience for her.  She never had to deal with bottles, spit-ups, burp rags or for that matter burping.  It is easy to burp tube fed babies.  Big Sister and Brother thinks he is wonderful too.  I have a feeling he is going to be one spoiled little boy.  Here is a picture of my little hunters.
And a better one of Silas.
Nothing like those grandbabies...

I ran across something that I would like to share with all of you.  You may have read it before, but it is worth repeating.  I did not write this, I am not sure who did.  If anyone knows please let me know and I will gladly give them credit for it.  

Who Started Christmas?
A woman was out Christmas shopping with her two children.  After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both of her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season this time of year.  Overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, getting that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.  Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the elevator car.  She pushed her way into the elevator car and dragged her two kids in with her along with all of her bags of stuff.  When the doors closed she couldn't take it any longer and stated, "Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot."
From the back of the car everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, 
"Don't worry we already crucified Him."
For the rest of the trip down the elevator was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.

As we enter the Christmas shopping season, let us remember this year to keep the One who started this "whole Christmas thing" in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word.  If we all do this, just think of how different the whole Christmas experience would be.

God bless you and have a Merry Christmas with Christ in it.

until next time...nel

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Welcome to the world...

I would like to introduce our newest grandson...

Silas James Lusk
4:28 p.m.
6 lbs 12 oz.
19 3/4 inches long

Momma and Baby are doing fine!

...And so is this granny!  Thank you Jesus!

until next time...nel

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hodgepodging Again...

It is that fun time of the week know you want to join in!

1. What's the best thing about growing older?
You can do stupid things and get by with it...lolol.  It beats the alternative!

2. When did you first feel like a grown up?
I think when I had my daughter and had the responsibility of another person.

3. Chocolate cake with white icing or white cake with chocolate icing?
I would prefer white or yellow cake with white whipped icing.  I am not big on chocolate.  I know strange...

4. What's the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
Bought my lunch.

5.  What's something you learned from your grandparents? 
I was never really around mine to learn anything from them.  Sad I know, I think that is why making memories with my grandkids is so important to me!

6. Wednesday marks a sad day in the history of planet earth-9/11...what's something you do (or can do) to bring peace to your little corner of the world?
I try to live my life seeing the best in everyone and everything.  I think you can bring a lot of peace by living the attitude of not saying anything if it is not good. Don't talk about people negatively, if it is not something good just don't say it!

7.  Share a favorite quote, scripture, or song containing the word peace.  
'These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.'   John 16:33

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
We are having a great time in Arkansas.  My daughter is doing good, feeling better.  The baby is still moving and kicking her all the time.  The Doctor said he seems to be doing great.  And of course our grand kids are wonderful!

If you have not checked it out you need to go over and like my page on Facebook - Nfast Creations.  When I reach 50 likes I will be doing a giveaway.  There are several crocheted items posted and will be different craft items from time to time.  Just an idea - the scrubbies make wonderful stocking stuffers for the older crowd.

until next time...nel

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From The Farmhouse Porch...

Everyday Ruralty

Don't you just love porches?  Grab you a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea and come on in and sit a spell.  We would love for you to join in the fun!
  1. Did you ever take piano lessons, as a child or adult?
    Yes I did when I was in 3rd grade.  It did not work real well because the piano was in the living room.  I couldn't practice like I should because the TV was always on.  I think I could pick it back up if I had a keyboard.
  2. How many times do you eat out each month?
    Probably 6 or 7 times.  We usually eat out after church on Wednesday nights and sometimes Sunday evenings.  There is a little diner close to our church that serves really good food and has specials all the time.
  3. If you could snap you fingers and change on thing about your appearance, what would that be? (Temporary or permanent)
    Facial hair...what's up with that?  I hate it!
  4. Do you like looking at art or photography? Do you go to any place that displays them?
    I enjoy looking at both.  If we run across a gallery when we are out exploring we will take a gander.  I do look at photos online quite often.
  5. Do you have new things for your fall/ winter wardrobe?
    No, nothing new.  Everything from last year still fits and is in good shape.  I may get energetic and make me a new skirt and jacket.  
until next time...nel

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

New Page...

Woot woot!  I finally got a page on Facebook up and running.  NFast Creations, Stop by and take a look, see if you find anything you like.  While you are there I would love for you to LIKE my page.
NFast Creations

until next time...nel

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge...

1. Labor Day weekend (in the US of A) is approaching...what's something you've labored over this year? 
I would have to say getting my craft area organized and arranged like I want it.  But it  was a good labor!

2. What is one word to describe your 'job' or career?
Blessed, or Heavenly,   Retired (not old enough but I no longer work)

3. What was your worst or least favorite job ever? Why?
When I first moved to Arkansas back in 1979, I worked a couple weeks at Levis.  I hated it and I love to sew.  But it reminded me of a sweat shop...I guess I was just spoiled to an office job.  My job was sewing on belt loops.  And of course being new kid on the block, I had most of the larger sizes, more belt loops.  You were paid and advanced by how many you sewed, needless to say I was very excited when I received a call for a job in an office, even though it was at the Chicken Plant.

4. How do you measure contentment?
My life right now!  I measure it by level of happiness, amount of friends. I love my life, there is always a few things that would be nice to change but I would say I am totally content.

5. Pickles-like or dislike? What is something you eat that requires a pickle? Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins...what's your favorite kind of pickle?
Love pickles, I was wanting a good dill spear the other day.  I love wrapping them in light bread and eating them like a sandwich.  My sister in law used to make Sweet and Sour Pickles, they were to die for!  Love me some bread and butter pickles also! Yeah pickles are good!

6. In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?
Living here in Willard MO we are close enough to Springfield that if you need something from the store it is just a quick trip, or if you want to be in the country it is just a drive up the road.  So it is kind of the best of both worlds.

7. What is one thing on your 'want-to-do' list before summer draws to an official close?
There are a few beautiful parks in Springfield with loads of flowers.  I would love to go take some pictures before they are completely gone.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Getting excited, we are headed to Arkansas, end of next week.  My grandson will be turning 12, and I will also be attending 2 baby showers for my daughter and new grandson.  Thought it was pretty awesome they planned to have them during the time we are there.  And of course will get to spend time with Eden Jade and Cain during our visit.  Nothing like making memories with your grandkids!

until next time...nel

Monday, August 26, 2013

Just had to share...

A wonderful gentleman at our church had a video he wanted us to watch.  The name of it is: 'How Great Is Our God' by Louie Giglio.  It is part of the Passion Talk Series.  

It was awesome!  Unbelievable!  I was just amazed.  There are several youtube videos featuring him, below is an excerpt from the video we watched.  It is worth your time if you have not seen it!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

until next time...nel

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Clinging to Jesus...

As all of you know I love to take pictures of anything and everything.  I took the one on the right the other day and knew that I had taken one a year or two ago.  What a difference between the two, granted it was not in perfect condition back then, but it looked clean and livable and inviting.  After years of being in the weather the paint is almost gone and the decorative trim is missing.  This summer the rose bush has taken up residence with it’s thorns and briers. 

I couldn't help but look at these two pictures and wonder about our Christian walk.  When we first accept Jesus into our lives and we began our walk with him, we are not perfect, but we feel alive.  We feed on His Word and try to surround ourselves with Christian friends.  That is one reason it is so important to find a Bible Believing Church. 

‘Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.’     Hebrews 10:25

We need to continue to be fed spiritually.  We need to hide His Word in our heart and grow closer to Him as we grow spiritually.

‘But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and for ever.  Amen’     2 Peter 3:18

Life is not promised to be easy without trials and problems.  But we have a promise; if we will continue to praise Him through our hard times He will be there with us.

‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’     Matthew 11:28-30

‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’     Psalm 46:1

What promises these are!  He will take our problems, whether it be health, financial, any problem especially sin that keeps creeping into our lives and He will be there for us.  He will help us spiritually and physically.  It is so important for Jesus to be first in our lives.  When He is, the world will not crowd him out, nor thorns choke Him out.

‘And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.’     Mark 4:18-19

So how does your Christian walk look?  Does Jesus have first place in your life or are you like that second picture, getting overrun by things of this world?  Something to think about huh?

until next time...nel

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hodgepodging Right Along...

Grab the questions and don't forget to link up over by Joyce.  Don't miss out on all the fun!

1. What's your worst food memory?  How about one of your best?
Really having a hard time thinking of one.  I was very disappointed when I tried a Sonic Chicago Style Hot Dog - sorry folks not like I remembered.  There was no comparison to the taste.  Best one that comes to me quickly was a couple years ago we were in Branson and decide to try Old Chicago Pizza.  We ordered the Deep Pan Chicago Style - I have to tell you I was in heaven.  That was the best pizza I had tried since I left Chicago back in 79.  Very similar - yeah a very good food memory!

2. Do you appreciate people telling it like it is, or would you rather a speaker temper his/her words and maybe beat around the bush a little?  How about when you're the one communicating...which type are you? 
I like straight forward talk as long as it is not vulgar or disgusting.  And I am usually pretty straight forward.  It is what it is people!

3. What's your favorite place to hang out?
These days I would have to say my craft room!

4. When do you most feel like you're a slave to time?
All I have is time... do not really feel that way.

5. What was the last concert you attended?  Who'd you go with? Was it any good?
I went with my hubby and we seen Bill Gaither Trio.  Great concert!

6. Reality TV...harmful or harmless?  What's your guilty pleasure when it comes to reality TV?
I really think some of them could be harmful. Some of them have awful language.  I am not into TV a lot.  I have to say I enjoy American Pickers and I like to watch Duck Dynasty.

7. What's something you think is overrated?
There is quite a few things that are overrated!  A lot of the movies, and shows are definitely overrated.  Material things in general tend to be overrated.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
We have a special couple that attends our church that sure could use your prayers.  They are both in the hospital.  She has been dealing with pain and different things for about 5 months now.  They have not been able to determine what is causing this.  It may be Post Polio Syndrome, and of course they do not know a lot about that.  She had polio as a child.  Last Thursday her husband thought he was having a heart attack and Shirley called us.  We got there before they left with him in the ambulance.  He was also coughing up blood.  He has acid reflux, takes medicine for it.  When they got him to the hospital they ended up having to give him 2 pints of blood.  Not sure all the results on him - they let him go home Monday.  Meantime her son got her admitted to try to find out what is going on.  This morning, Tuesday - he was brought back to the hospital, he was slurring his words, leaning to one side, hand and face drawn a little and dragging foot a little - he had a light stroke.  So now they are checking him out again.  Please remember this sweet couple in your prayers they are having a tough time of it!  Thank you!

until next time...nel

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chatting Farmhouse Style...

Everyday Ruralty

It is that fun time around the porch, grab you a glass of sweet tea and join in the fun, you know you want too!
  1. My oldest daughter has returned to college for her second year. Could I get you to give her some good wishes here? PleaseS?
    Hope you have a wonderful experience!  Have a lot of fun but study hard, it will be over before you know it!
  2. Summer is about to move on, what will you miss the most? And the least?
    We travel a little more during the summer, love the beautiful flowers.  I would say the bugs, ticks and chiggers, nope will not miss them in the least.
  3. Are you currently working on any craft, sewing, DIY home, or any other creative project?
    I have always got something going, or two or three somethings.  I have been finishing a baby quilt - hopefully my daughter will not read this and I have been crocheting.
  4. If you could have any treatment at a spa for free, what would it be? 
    Nothing elaborate, probably a pedicure and manicure.
  5. What's your favorite kind of pasta?
    Lasagna is to die for or home made ravioli, but I love a good pasta salad too.  See I am not hard to please at all.

until next time...nel

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hodgepodge #137

It's Hodgepodge time you know you want to join in the fun, what are you waiting on?

1. My daughter earned her Master's Degree this past weekend...what's something you've 'mastered' in recent weeks or months?
I can't think of anything right off.  I haven't tried anything knew lately.  Hmmm that kinda sounds boring.  My life is not boring tho- I love my life!

2. What song most reminds you of your childhood?

The Mockingbird song, my mom used to sing that to me when I was going to sleep, when I was real little.  Good memories...

3. What do you think about single gender groups and/or events? Should every group/event be open to both genders?  If not, what sort of exceptions do you think are appropriate? 
I think at times it is good to have events for single gender.  Sometimes the girls just need to be together bonding and the same with the guys.

4. What's your favorite spice? Your favorite dish containing your favorite spice?
I love Cavendar's seasoning.  I use that in a lot of different dishes.

5.  I saw this question on Marla's facebook page and asked if I could steal borrow it for the Hodgepodge...thanks Marla!  

Chevron patterns are everywhere!  Do you like it or think its just a little too much? Do you own anything 'chevron'? 
I am so out of things.   I bought a case for my zeepad and it has the chevron pattern.  My granddaughter informed me how cool I was.  lolol

6.  What's something you disliked as a child, but can fully appreciate now?
Vegetables in general... I disliked about everything except green beans and corn, now I love all kinds and will try anything at least once.

7. What can irritate you very quickly?
People acting like they are better than others.  We all put our clothes on the same way people!  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My daughter was in the ER again last Thursday with contractions.  They got them stopped Thank you Jesus!  But she is still hurting some.  Please remember to say a special prayer for her.  She is only 31 weeks.  She is not due until October 17th.  The doctor did say everything looked perfect, that he was right on schedule for size and everything.  My daughter thinks they may have a football player cause he is definitely kicking more that Eden Jade did.  I am sure that is why she is hurting more.  They said his kicking may be throwing her into contractions at times.  Anyway the little man needs to chill and relax for awhile longer.  :)

until next time...nel

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chats on the Porch...

Everyday Ruralty

Nothing like sitting around the farmhouse porch talking and visiting.  I have great memories of a farmhouse we lived in when I was very young.  Good times...  We would love for you to join us, it is a lot of fun.

1.  Do you have any type of air cleaner in your home? 
We have one in our office where we spend a lot of our time.  It really helps with the cigarette smoke and for that I am very thankful.  We usually throw it in and take it to Arkansas with us when we go down.  It helps since the house there has been closed up for extended periods of time.

2.   What do you do with the spare change you accumulate in your car, purse, pockets, etc? 
We have a plastic cup that we put it in, then when that gets full I count it and put it in the bigger bottles.  This is our mad money...lolol

3.   What's one chore you wish you never had to do again? 
I would say cleaning the bathrooms.  I hate cleaning the bathroom!

4.   Are you outgoing, quite, shy, reserved, or life of the party? 
No one ever believes that I used to be extremely shy, now I never meet a stranger.  I wouldn't say I am the life of the party, but I am not a wall flower either like I used to be.  

5.  Have you understood your parents more as you've gotten older?
It is amazing how smart they have gotten the older I get.  lolol. Just wish they were still here to tell them.

That's it for this week folks!

until next time...nel

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hodgepodge Already....

Sometimes it is hard to believe it is time for Hodgepodge again.  Time is swiftly passing by.  I mean really folks the year is over half gone.  Christmas will be here before we know it.  Join in the Hodgepodge and enjoy life!
1. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week...what's one thing you could do this week to qualify as a participant?
My life is actually pretty simple already. I have some organizing of files on my external drive I need to do.  That would definitely make life easier.

2. It's also National Peach Month...peach pie, peach cobbler, or please pour me a Bellini?  What's your peach pleasure?
Definitely peach cobbler!  My mom used to can peaches and they were the best for cobbler...sure do miss them!

3. Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, "Do one thing every day that scares you." Agree or disagree...explain.
I think I disagree.  I am not scared by a lot of things, I think it would be hard to find something every day.  I am not afraid to try new things.

4. What's your favorite household chore?  Yes-you have to name one.
Dusting my family pictures, nothing like family!

5. Fodors recently listed (what they've dubbed) the ten most beautiful sunset spots in America. Click here to read more and see the pretty pictures, but this is their list:

Butterfly Beach in Santa Monica CA, Mount Haleakala in Maui HI, Old Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe NM, Laguna Beach CA, Hopi Point in Grand Canyon AZ, Four Seasons in Miami FL, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica CA, Gay Head in Martha's Vineyard MA, Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City UT, and Mallory Square in Key West Florida.

Have you seen the sun set from any of these spots?  If you could choose to watch the sun set this weekend from one spot on the Fodors List, which would you choose?  Where was the prettiest sunset you've ever seen?

I have seen the sun set at the Grand Canyon, not sure if it was at Hopi Point or not that was many years ago.  I love to take pics of sunsets I have so many from all over.  Here are a couple:

Panama City Beach 

Arkansas - Lusk Farms
6. What's your favorite or most used app?  If you don't use apps how about your favorite or most visited website?
I use a few apps on my zeepad.  I think the one I use the most is the Bible.

7. We've recently passed the halfway mark for 2013...write a seven word sentence that sums up your year thus far. 
Where on earth has this year gone?

8.  Insert your own random thought her
Getting excited and anxious about our new grand baby.  Talked to Jan yesterday and she is very uncomfortable and hurting a little - her back.  She talked to the doctor and they told her to get home and put her feet up and do nothing until the hurting quit.  And if got worse to come in.  She is not due until October 17th.  Eden was about 7 weeks early and spent her first 6 weeks in NICU, we are praying and believing there will be no complications with this little man!  

until next time...nel

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chatting On The Farmhouse Porch...

Everyday Ruralty
Grab you something to drink and join us on the Porch just to chat for a little while.  Make sure you link back up so we can read your answers too.  Great way to meet new friends...nothing like a front porch!
  1. Have you ever baked bread from scratch?
    You bet!  Nothing like the smell of fresh home made bread.  On holidays everyone always requests my yeast rolls.
  2. If we decided to have lunch on the porch, and you so kindly volunteered to fix it (thank you). What would you serve?
    An assortment of finger foods.
  3. Show us, or tell us about your key chain ( the thing you have on your car or house keys).
    I am kinda boring when it comes to my key chains.  I have an assortment of the cards from different stores and the library and the ring.  I was always told not to have heavy keys especially hanging from your car key, it is not good for your ignition.
  4. Have you ever tried a challenging or dangerous sport? No. I don't mean rush hour traffic, but I understand the confusion. :)
    Nope I am not much into sports.  Turning the pages on a book or counting stitches on my crochet project is about as sporty as I get.
  5. Have you ever written poetry? If not, have you ever had anyone write a poem for you? If you aren't happy with this question, we'll even accept a "Roses are red..." poem.
    Yes I have tried my hand an poetry at different times in my life.  I have had one rambling in my head lately.  I need to put it to paper before it rambles right on out.  You can read the one I wrote about my dad here. And the one I wrote about my friend Patsy here. The one about Patsy was published in a book, but at the time I was not able to purchase a copy and now it is out of print.  I love all kinds of poetry.
until next time...nel

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge #135...

Hodgepodge time, where has this week, no year gone?  I feel like I have missed half of it.  Join us in the fun, you know what to do...

1. Share one way you think the world has changed for the better since you were a kid?
There is so much more available, with the internet, the sky is the limit.  Talk about resources.

2. How 'bout one way it's changed for the worse?

However, along with the internet are things are kids do not need to be exposed to or see.  I think we as parents have to have our eyes open all the time, there are so many crazy people in the world.  And maybe there was back in the day, but we hear about it more now.  I don't know, but you sure can't let your kids run the neighborhood like we used too.

3. Starlight, starfish, starling, Starbucks...your favorite 'star'?

I would have to say starlight.  I love looking at the stars at night, especially at my kids farm - Circle L in Hector AR.  You can see thousands of them on a clear night.

4. Name a song that's overplayed, but you love it anyway.
My mind is blank.  I have not listened to the radio in forever.

5. When did you last have home made ice cream? Your latest favorite flavor?
I made home made ice cream in Arkansas on the 13th of this month for a Birthday Fish Fry.  I made Vanilla...and I have to say it was just pretty good!  

If I am purchasing ice cream, either Butter Pecan, Black Walnut or Rocky Road. mmmm good!

6. What do you think is the best way to inspire or motivate people?
Listen to them, then encourage them.  Let them know you are on their side.

7. When was the last time you were without power?
Gosh I really can't remember. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This last week we attended a funeral for a fallen firefighter.  We knew him and his dad is our preacher.  Wow!  I have never seen that many people.  It was held in the gymnasium and there were probably close to 1,000 people there.  Firefighters, policemen, EMT's etc., filled one side of the bleachers.  There were very few empty seats anywhere.  The funeral procession took about 45 minutes to get through town, wall to wall cars and trucks.  And people lined the streets with flags and posters showing their respect for Matt Blankenship.  His casket rode on his truck one more time with about 6 of fellow firefighters in dress uniform standing beside him.  It was amazing...nothing like small towns!
R.I.P. Matt Blankenship  5-5-1975 - 7-20-2013  Gone but not forgotten!

until next time...nel

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nothing like a front porch...

Everyday Ruralty

Thought I would join in on the chat today.  I love porches, I will have a large porch one of these years!  Here are the questions for this week and my answers.  Feel free to join in and don't forget to link up over by Wendall and Patrice here.

  1. Are you looking forward to fall?I love the temperatures in the fall!  And love to take pictures of the trees so yes I am looking forward to fall.
  2. What are the three best colors for you to wear, and the three worst?
    I think blue, purple and yellow so my hubs says.  I try not to wear white, tan and lavender.
  3. What is your favorite kind of juice? If you are not into juice, you can tell us your favorite flavor of soda, tea, coffee, Tang, mud, etc.
    I love apple juice, cranberry juice and white grape.  Muscadine  juice made in Altus, AR  is pretty good to if you can find it.
  4. Have you ever been in the hospital (at least an overnight)? You don't need to share the ailment, but tell us what the longest time is.
    There has been 5 different times that I remember where I have had to spend the night.  6 days was the longest when I fell off a horse and was unconscious for 3 days of those days.   
  5. Do jingles, songs from ads, and TV or movie themes stick in your head? Do you find yourself singing them? (This question means that I'm trying to find out if I'm the only crazy person who sings quirky stuff!)
    Yes, they do so you are not the only crazy.  I usually remember the old ones though... You know ... Plop, plop fizz fizz.... I can't believe I ate the whole thing... The Good and Plenty song... and 


    Sorry, I get carried away  Too bad they do not have commercials like we used to have.  See you next week...

    until next time...nel

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge # 134...

1. July 24th is Amelia Earhart Day.  Earhart was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  What's something you've recently accomplished solo? 
I made 13 1/2 pints of Salsa while in Arkansas.  I have made it before but have usually had help cutting things up, but I did it all by my lonesome this time.   Good stuff too!

2.  What's one product you use that never ever fails?

Wow, not sure.  I don't know if you would consider perfume a product, not sure what you were aiming for.  But I use Vanilla Musk by Coty, and I always get compliments on it.  If we are going out there is always someone that asks me what I am wearing cause they love it.   So yeppers that is what I would have to say.

3. Have you found your place in the world? Where is it?
Yes, I think so.  A best friend to my hubby and a good momma but an awesome granny.  But the most important is a Child of the King!

4.  Worst movie you ever saw?
I am not sure, usually if I don't like it, I quit watching it.

5. What's the last fun thing you did?
Last night we went for a ride and watched the sunset, then to Sonic for a Sundae.  Any time with my hubby is fun!

6. The month of July is named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar...ever been to Rome? What's your favorite Italian dish?
Can't say that I have been there.  Been to Paris, Arkansas that is.  :)

I would have to say Chicken Parmesan... mmmm good!

7. What is one piece of advice you'd offer new mom Kate Middleton?
Don't sweat the small stuff.  Go with your heart and just be real.  Love every minute with your new little man, they grow up to fast!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We had a wonderful time in Arkansas celebrating birthdays.  Next few days are going to be kinda rough.  Our preacher's son, Matthew Blankenship, lost his life from injuries due to a fire.  He was a volunteer fireman.  38 years old left a wife and 3 kids.  Sad...   Viewing at the funeral home is Wednesday night then the funeral is Thursday at the Marshfield High School Gymnasium.  They know there is going to be a crowd!  So sad...  He was burned 73% of his body, at least he is no longer hurting.  Please remember his family in your prayers.

until next time...nel

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hodgpodging 132...

It's Hodgepodge Time, grab the questions and join in the fun, you know the drill!

1. What's something people might ask you for help with?
Figuring something out on the computer, or organizing something.  I am a great organizer.  

2. What's something you might ask someone else for help with?
I have some old pictures of my mom's that I need to find out who they are.  I need to ask one of my older cousin's if they have any ideas.

3.  Did your family take summer vacations when you were a child? If so, where did you go? If you're a parent, did/do you plan summer vacations with your own family? Did/do they resemble those you took as a child?
Yes, usually it was to Arkansas to visit family but I have a lot of good memories.  We did go camping on weekends also with my mom's sisters and their families. We took a few vacations, usually to relatives.  We could not afford much more.

4.   Pool-lake-ocean...which one is most appealing to you on a hot summer day?
I am not sure, they are all so crowded on a hot summer day. 

5.  Have you ever justified using the expression, 'you gotta be cruel to be kind'?  Was it really necessary or were you rationalizing?
No, can't say that I have.

6.  The Journal of Psychology recently mentioned the results of a survey identifying the ten most hated foods as-liver, lima beans, mayonnaise, mushrooms, eggs, okra, beets, brussel sprouts, tuna, and gelatin.  Of those foods, how many do you actually hate? Anything you'd add to the list? 
I agree with liver if it is beef liver, yuck!  Not big on lima beans or beets.  Okra has to be fried good not slimy.  Otherwise the rest would be okay.  I am not fond of green peas (martian turds), I can eat them in something but not by themselves.  Ewww!

7. What's your favorite book or movie set in a beach or lake town?
I really enjoyed Safehouse.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Arkansas bound on Thursday.  Clint's birthday is today, Jan's is tomorrow and Eden's in Sunday.  Fun times!

until next time...nel

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chatting On The Front Porch...

Everyday Ruralty
I happened to run across this meme while I was visiting Cathy's blog, Tales of the TCKK Family.  Something about a porch always catches my interest, so I decided to join in.  It works a lot like Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Questions are posted and answered on Tuesdays and there is a Linky tool to join in.  These memes are a great way to meet new friends.  So here is mine for this week.  Join in you know you want too!

1.  Bacon or sausage? If vegetarian, what do you have for breakfast?
I am kind of picky about both.  My bacon has to be crisp as in dead!  I can eat Jimmy Dean sausage with no problem, but others do not get along with my tummy.

2.  Do you take time to "smell the roses"?
I think I do.  For the last 6 1/2 years I definitely have.  Since I have remarried I no longer have to work.  I love to take pictures and capture what the Lord has given us to enjoy!  We are so blessed!

3.  What's your favorite stone fruit? (Peaches,nectarines,plums, apricots, and cherries are in the stone fruit family.)
I would have to say peaches but plums are right behind!

4.  What is the thing people notice most about your personality? ( quiet- outgoing- polite-funny-etc.)
I enjoy life!  I love to talk and never meet a stranger.  I love the Lord and my family with all my heart and soul.

5.  Is there a hobby that you have wanted to do, but haven't started yet?
I was just discussing this with my hubby a couple of days ago.  I want to give my hand to oil painting.  Definitely on my bucket list!

That was enjoyable!

until next time...nel

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th Of July!

Hope everyone has an amazing day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hodgepodging 4th of July Style...

Do you ever feel like you just have to shut down sometimes and catch up.  Eden Jade spent almost 2 weeks with us and of course this Granny was on the go all the time.  We had such a good time but it did wear me out.  I thought to myself how did I ever do that when Janice was little.  Then the light bulb went on and I remembered - that was 31 years ago!  My baby is going to be 31 in a couple weeks and yes this Granny is feeling old.  lolol.  But I love making memories with my grandkids, just like I did with my kid!

Okay it has been so long since I joined in - I hope I remember how to do this!

1. What's one simple small pleasure on your summer 'to-do' list? 
I would love to do some fishing.  I love to fish even if I am not catching anything. Just being there trying is so relaxing to me.

2. Do you have strong feelings or opinions regarding the immigration debate in your home country? Feel free to share your thoughts, but please play nice.
I have no problem with people coming to America if they are here legally.  And if they work, and learn English and do not act like we owe them.

3.  What's something in your home or wardrobe that could be described as 'star spangled'?
My wardrobe is pretty plain.  I do have a t-shirt that has red, white and blue on it with stars.

4.  Is your house set up for a party?

Not really and that is one thing I hate, because I love to entertain.  If it was just Stan and I it would be different.  And unfortunately our house in Arkansas is too small.  But who am I kidding when I am in Arkansas it is all about the grandkids!

5. What one never-before-visited city in America, would you most like to see?

I would love to see New York City.  I want to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  I have read a lot about Ellis Island working with genealogy.

6. Your favorite red food? White food? Blue food?
I would have to say red-watermelon, white-bread, blue-blueberries.

7. What freedom do you value the most, and why?
I would have to say the freedom of religion.  I cannot imagine not being able to read my Bible, attend church or worship our Lord.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I need to get with it and write a post about some of the things we did while Eden was here.  We really had a wonderful time.  Nothing like making memories.  I have to say though I realize I am not as young as I used to be.  She went home last Wednesday and I have just been relaxing since then. We have not done a lot of  anything except Church.  Today we did our monthly grocery shopping then I spent the evening in my craft room.  I did a little painting, now that is relaxing!

until next time...nel