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Friday, January 26, 2007


Once upon a time there was a little girl who asked a lot of questions.
She was about four years old and there was so much to learn.
One day as she was exploring the family bathroom, she saw a blue box with some cottony things inside. Pulling one out she took it into the kitchen where her mommy was making lunch. "Whats this?' the little girl asked.
The mommy, caught off guard, sputtered the first thing that came to her. "Those are for when we have a sore throat." she answered. "Go put it back now." The little girl accepted the answer, and her curiosity satisfied, she returned the cottony thing to its box like a good little girl.
A few days later Mommy needed to go to the corner store. It was a very cold winter evening so as the mommy bundled up, her little girl did the same, and even pulled the collar of her heavy wool coat up to meet her white fur hat 'so jack frost couldn't bite her anyplace,' she said.
Once at the store, while mommy was choosing the items she needed, the little girl, stood directly in front of the elderly Mrs. Nevers who was the store owner, and proceeded to unbutton her coat and pull off her hat so she could proudly show off her sore throat 'things.'
A soft smile crept over Mrs. Never's tired, wrinkled face, as the little girl announced, "I have a sore throat."
The mommy turned to see her darling daughter smiling delightedly with two Kotex pads pinned around her neck, with the tails sticking out like flags.
The horrified and very humiliated mommy's face first turned a deadly shade of blue-white, then turned a deep red color, which clashed with her red hair. When she was able to speak, she ordered her darling daughter to button her coat right now! She paid for her groceries, grabbed the bag in one hand and her daughter with the other, lifting her off the floor she shoved her out the door.
All the way home mommy was silent. The little girl didn't know what was the matter but she knew she had done something bad because of how mommy nearly jerked her arm off at the store.
When they got home, Mommy removed the sore throat 'things' and told the little girl that they were just for 'big people' and she wasn't to touch them again.
She didn't, but she sure wondered why Mommy was so upset about it.
The End
Yes, this really happened. The Mommy was mine and I was the little girl who put suggestion into action.
My mom laughed about this in her later years.
I had three daughters and told them the truth.
I remembered this incident after reading Merles blog today.


Thursday, January 25, 2007

to my sweet Aussie friends
Australia Day, January 26th, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.
On Australia Day people come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what they have achieved and what they can be proud of in their great nation.
It's the day for them to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

After she caught two girls shoplifting sports drinks, Custer Country Store owner wanted to find a way to give the culprits a strong message without handing them over to Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies.
“We’re in a small town here and everybody kind of knows everybody,” She said. “We never had a good, effective system for dealing with younger shoplifters. … You don’t want to let them get off with nothing, but you don’t want to put them into the court system.”
Perry’s solution: an unofficial $200 penalty that the perpetrators work off in her store at minimum hourly wage — while wearing a T-shirt that says, “I stole from the Custer Country Store.”
The girls and their parents preferred that alternative to legal prosecution.

This happened in Custer, which is in Whatcom County where I live.

I hope the humiliation will make them think twice the next time they are tempted.


Monday, January 22, 2007

My daughter and I are having a baby shower for my granddaughter who is due in March.
Our menu includes, three wines, assorted cheese and meats, assorted crackers, fruit tray, coffee, tea, punch and cake.
The big problem is we know absolutely nothing about wine. I have seen several sites on the internet but don't trust their judgement. That's where you come in. Can you please suggest three different wines not too expensive that we can serve, also some cheeses that will be nice with them.
Also do you know any fun shower games we can play?
Thanks for coming to my rescue!!!


Sunday, January 21, 2007

On Saturday some of my family came to help me celebrate my 68th birthday, We had a wonderful time visiting, watching the little ones play, (two three year old's can be very entertaining!)
We did a lot of reminiscing and laughing, and of course eating some of the delicious treats we generally try to avoid.
I'm posting photos in two sepatate posts because blogger won't let me do more than five in a post! What's with that?

Here are my lovely birthday flowers. Oh how they brighten a dark, cold January day. Thank you Patty-Jo and John C.

Besides several wonderful gifts, my second daughter and her family brought this New York Cheesecake. Oh my gosh!! I just prayed for the Lord to take all the fat and cholesterol out of it and I enjoyed a slice. It was HEAVEN ON A PLATE! Thank you Kathy, Gary and Aimee. And thank you also for all the other lovely gifts.

Patty and John C. brought this cheesecake treat. It was made by the Cheesecake Factory and had four kinds in the box. Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Topped, Snickers Bar Chunks Cheesecake, and last but certainly not least, was White Chocolate Rasberry Truffle Cheesecake. I had the Raspberry Truffle. There's nothing more I can say about it. You will have to try it for yourself to believe that anything on earth could make your tongue so darn happy!

Ok, ok, I know. Sweet Dairy cream, Creampuffs, like my grandson David said, "are a heart attack waiting to happen." Well it was my birthday party after all, and they were very small and I only ate five, and I could have eaten a lot more but I exercised self control! Well, actually that's not quite true. My tummy was doing the hula from all the cheesecake and I know my limits at my age. Usually

Do they know me or what? (((((smile)))))

My second daughter Cyndi and her family brought me a beautiful gift bag filled with lovely gifts including this bag of Dove chocolate. I haven't had it before but just opened the bag and popped one in my mouth so I can tell you what it tastes like......'slurp-Mmmm, slurp, gulp, yum, gulp, swallow. Oh my gosh! This could be habit forming.

(see more of my party below)


Here are a few more of my birthday photos.
Kenny & Maddie love popcicles. And see how neat they are? Both have a napkin in their hand.
They love the cookie jar. The lion says, "Get your hand out of my cookie jar' and then it roars a few times when they lift the top. The kids think its the greatest! They liked the chocolate chip cookies too.

I shared my birthday bubble gum with the little ones. Yes I still love bubblegum and keep a large supply in my purse, my computer desk and in my car. I am never without! Here is Maddie showing me she can blow a bubble. Maddie's grandma gave her a hair trim after her five year old sister took her in the bathroom and gave her a scalping....er....haircut.

Hailee came to my party and brought her babydoll too. She's the five year old hairdresser.

And here is Matilda Rose in the new dress and bonnet I made for her especially for the occassion. It has hearts on it.

She made us all smile!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my party and seeing my photos. I sure enjoyed living it! Having family around lifts my spirit and makes me feel about twenty years younger, which makes me about 48 today. Hmmmm.....same age as my youngest daughter.

God Bless All

Please remember to pray for our troops and government leaders. They really need it.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

This is an aged Borage Blossom. When the blossoms first open they are a beautiful blue with a black center. Just before it goes to seed it will be totally pink.
Borage is an annual and a great re-seeder. I set out one plant seeral years ago and I still get new plants every year.

It's an edible herb which tastes similar to cucumber and is used in soups and salads.
The blossoms have a sweet, honey like flavor and are used to decorate desserts or freeze into ice cubes to make your drinks look special.

Borage is rich in oleic and palmitic acids which can be purchased commercially.
These acids are blieved to regulate metabolism and the hormonal system and is considered by many to be a good remedy for PMS. It's also used to help heal colds, bronchitis and respiratory infections and has been used for centuries as an antidepressant.

Isn't the Lord sweet to give us such pretty medicine?


from Wikipedia

National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly's adoption of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16, 1786. This vital document became the basis for the separation of church and state, and led to freedom of religion for all Americans as protected in the religion clause in the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
Religious Freedom Day is officially proclaimed on January 16 each year by an annual statement by the President of the United States. This day is commemorated by the First Freedom Center in Richmond, Virginia by an annual First Freedom Award banquet


Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Sunday, January 14, 2007





Saturday, January 13, 2007


One icy winter day when I was around eight or nine, I put on my heavy coat, tied my wool bandana tight under my chin and ventured outside.

My breath made cloudy puffs, and my nose tingled as the north-east wind swooshed around me.
I wandered up to the street where there was an old, rusty barrel with a thin layer of ice on top.
A few snowflakes were fluttering down and one landed on top of the barrel. Because the top of the barrel was dark with rust, the snowflake showed up very plainly. I was amazed to see something shaped like the ones we cut out of paper, but this was very small and lacy. I couldn't take my eyes off it and was sure it was the only snowflake ever to be shaped so perfectly. I have never forgotten this delightful experience.

Now here's some info you may not know. I didn't, until I researched it.

Wilson "Snowflake" Bently (1865-1931), a self educated farmer, attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.

He would go on to capture more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime, not finding any two alike. His snow crystal photomicrographs were acquired by colleges and universities throughout the world and he published many articles for magazines and journals including, Scientific American and National Geographic.

He said, "Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."

Just imagine! Our Creator is still designing snowflakes for us, each one an original, like the babies He creates. Each one is His design, perfect in His eyes and loved beyone measure. This includes you and me.
We are so blessed! Thank you Jehovah God.


Friday, January 12, 2007

come on in and read a bit,
You can stand or you can sit,
No matter if it's night or day,
Just don't forget to have your say.


This little French perfume bottle has been around her so long that I don't know where it came from!
It's 1¼ inches tall and ¾ inch wide and seems to be fairly old but I am not sure. If you know anything about it please let me know.
I thought the glass part of the bottle was black but when holding a flashlight to it I see it's a very deep purple. I think it may be what is called Amethyst Glass.
The metal design overlaying the glass is of gold colored flowers and silver colored squares.
The beaded chain may or may not belong with it. The glass beads are the same color as the one in the lid and was with the bottle so I assumed they belonged together.
The top screws off and has a tiny glass dauber attached.
You can imagine my surprise when I sniffed the open bottle and discovered the fragrance is still very strong.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Today is my two year anniversary. I tried twice to do a copy and paste of my very first post but each time my blog page went berserk, so this time I will just say my first post is the 91st Psalm. It is the favorite Psalm of my grandma Lillie, my mother Irene, my daughter Patty-Jo and myself. I hope you will take time to read it. It will lift you, renew your faith and fill you with His precious love.

I sure want to thank Ken, my sweet Texas friend who designed this pretty blog for me, and has been a wonderful help whenever I stub my toes on a blog bump.(which has been frequent) "Ken there are no words to express how appreciated you are. The world needs more people like you. Many blessings dear!"
Ken has two blogs you can read about him at Carpenters bluff
and also learn his political views at Squamata Report.

I hope to continue blog-relationships with all of the dear bloggers I have met, and meet some new blog friends in the coming months.

May the Lord bless you all and fill you to the brim with his precious love.


Monday, January 08, 2007


A few days ago, I got brave, bundled up and went outside and planted some tulip bulbs. (It's cold in these thar hills!) This Tulip is called Beauty Of Apeldoorn and are yellow with a little red trim. At a distance they look a golden color. The blossoms are shaped like a peony and each stem has multiple blossoms. They will bloom late spring.
Now I just have three hundred and thirty bulbs left to plant before spring.
We have had a lot of rain which makes planting sort of like making mudpies, and the ground is very, very cold, but I just keep telling myself how pretty they will all be.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

When old man winter is howling around my little cottage, and slapping snow and hail against my windows, I shut the curtains, crank up the heat, turn on my favorite music and search garden catalogs for a new posy to plant come springtime.
And sometimes, like today, I spend time looking at pictures I have taken of my flowers, garden and wee visitors.
I hope these I am posting will brighten your winter.





Tuesday, January 02, 2007

November of last year I did a couple posts concerning my views on this subject. I was somewhat surpirsed by the varied comments I received. The ones that bothered me most were by those who did not understand the partial-birth abortion procedure. It has been so widely publicized I thought everyone knew what it was. I know that many people don't even understand the true facts of abortion even in the first trimester.
Women of all ages have been led to believe that their fetus is just a glob of cells and not even a baby. This is a lie.
Because I am pro-life I feel it's important for everyone to understand exactly what abortion is and why I believe it is wrong.
First and foremost I am a Christian. I believe murder is wrong. Please let me be clear on this. There is a difference between murder and killing.
Websters Dictionary:
Murder: The unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of a person.
Killing: To cause the death of.
I realize this can be misconstrued to mean the same thing, but think of it this way. What Saddam Hussein did was murder, what was done to him was killing.
The partial birth abortion procedure is not the same as abortion but both kill an innocent human being. There are dozens of sites available on the internet explaining the difference, some with very graphic pictures.
My November 2006 posts explain partial birth abortion.
Remember, this prodedure is performed on many full term babies, some still alive at the time the doctor inserts the instrument into the back of their scull, then inserts a suction device to remove the brain.
No one is certain at what stage of development a fetus feels pain. Doctors don't know. The infant has no voice, however the reaction of their little body at the time they are being killed is a pretty good indicator.
Do you remember the movie called "The Silent Scream?" The abortion of a 12 week fetus was shown through ultra-sound pictures. I saw this disturbing film and believe me, that fetus felt what was happening. When it's little mouth opened wide in what would have been a scream of pain, it broke my heart. How could anyone do this to another human being.
It's called abortion but in truth it is torture and murder.
One site says:
"…..As we all know, abortion is permitted throughout the nine months, or 39 weeks, of a pregnancy. The pro-life community has argued that pain can be felt by an unborn child as early as 13 weeks into the pregnancy.
Regardless of who ultimately is correct in this debate there is a logic that sooner or later has to cause alarm in all Americans. Even under the most conservative of estimates we live in a nation that is willing to abort a child who would feel the pain of the procedure as it occurs."
Ok now for the big question, "what about in cases of rape or incest?"
this is a difficult question to answer. I believe there are many things to consider. From all I have read, very few pregnancys are caused by rape or incest, and it used to be that doctors could be trusted to make the right decision, but these days most seem to be more concerned with their bank account. Lets face it. Abortion is a multi billion dollar industry.
I have such mixed feelings concerning the young girl who is raped. Or even the adult woman for that matter. She shouldn't be forced to raise a child conceived in such a horrible way. But is abortion the only solution?
What about adoption.
I don't believe there is ever a reason for abortion.
If you have more questions about abortion please check out the many sites available on the net. This is an important issue and we all deserve to know the truth about it.


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