Saturday, December 29, 2012


I had Christmas here at my house.  We had
a lunch of ham, chicken nuggets (for the kids
who did not want ham), pizza rolls, pickles,
olivcs, salami, dip, potato chips, baby carrots,
jello with strawberries, french bread, and of
course pumpkin, pecan and chocolate pie plus
the goodies my guests brought.  We had a good
time and it was a blessing having my family
around me for this blessed day.

This is my daughter Deann and her two boys,
Joseph standing and Adam sitting.

This is my son Kenneth( with red sweater on) and
in the background once again Adam and Joseph and
my son-in-law Brian (Deann's husband).

This is my daughter Debra ( she is the one with the red scarf.
Grandson Eric, his wife Summer and their little girl with her back to us is Abigail.

This is my lovely granddaughter Katie. She lives in New York City and has a
role in an off Broadway play.  My grandson Eric again in the background.

My grandson Kris  is on the left holding red cup.  His mother Lisa my daughter-in-law
in front.

This me with all the grandchildren and great grandchildren who were able to come.
From left to right Adam, Joseph, Kris, Katie holding great grandchild Aaron, Eric
and sitting in front great grandchildren Abigail and Ethan. The lady in blue is me.

This is me ( in blue) with my children from left to right Deann, Debra, and Kenneth.

My youngest Daughter Kara and her family were with us in spirit.  They live
in Washington state and were unable to come.  She called that evening and they
had a wonderful Christmas.  All the grandchildren back there Logan, Drake, Peyton
and Bryce all wished me a Merry Christmas and thanked me for their gifts.
Also one grandson, Grant was sick unable to attend.  My oldest granddaughter,
Julie and her husband were not here they went to his  parents house. 
As I said it was a blessing having my family, that were able to come, here with me
this Christmas.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


                                              What's Christmas

Christmas isn't about toys
Christmas isn't about money
Christmas is about giving food to the needy.
Christmas is about loving your family
Christmas is to get time to spend with your family.

What's Christmas
Christmas is about the holiday
Christmas is about loving what you get
Christmas isn't about sending cards
    ~Jeffery McNutt~

Merry Christmas to all my relatives and
blogging friends.

Friday, December 21, 2012


                                  Winter Time

Icy fingers and icy toes, bright red cheeks and
bright red nose.
Watch the snowflakes as they fall, try so hard
to count them all.
Build a snowman way up high, see if it can
touch the sky.
Snow forts, snowballs, angels too, in the snow
so white and new.
Slip and slide and skate so fast, winter time
is here at last.
               ~Mary Ryer~

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Last night my daughter, Deann, and her family took me to see the lights and
decorations at the Birmingham Zoo.  Above are some of the pictures that I
took they do not do it justice.  You have to see them in person they were just
beautiful.  They even had fake snow falling in places.  We walked around
looking at all the lights then we took the train ride to see more lights and even
Santa by the tracks.  It was a very enjoyable evening.  Thanks Deann, Brian,
Adam and Joseph for asking me to go with you.

Friday, December 7, 2012


I was only five years old when this terrible thing happened.  I honor
all you have given their lives for our country. God bless and keep
all our service men and women. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Last night an angel from the Hospice Services
of Alabama delivered this beautiful ornament
in memory of my husband Karl. It will have a
special place on my tree. I am very grateful for
all they did when he was sick and for this very
generous gift. I will treasure it always.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Wishing my youngest daughter, Kara, a
very happy birthday.  She is a wife, the mother
 of four children and she also holds down
a full time job, I don't see how she does it.
Enjoy your day.  Love you

Monday, December 3, 2012


                                       You who follow my blog know I love to decorate for
                                        the holidays.  Above are some of my inside decorations.
                                        The first seven are of my great room, kitchen and small
                                        room off the kitchen.  Done in the colors of red, green and
                                        white.  The next three are of my living room , which I call
                                        my Victorian room.  Done in the colors of gold and pink.
                                        The last is my Christmas tree in my computer room.  I did
                                         not take a picture of the little trees I have in the bedrooms
                                         and bathroom.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


"December finds himself again a child
even as he undergoes his age.
Cold and early darkness now descends,
embracing sanctuaries of delight.
More and more he stares into the night,
becoming less and less concerned with ends,
emblem of the innocent as sage
restored to wonder by what he must yield.
    ~Nicholas Gordon~

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Woke up to rain and thunder this morning.
A good day to start my holiday baking.  I
made these 3 pumpkin breads which I will
freeze for part of the family.  I still have 3
more to do for the rest of the family.  I also
got a batch of gingerbread cookie dough
made and will bake them tomorrow.   I
enjoy baking for my family and friends
when the holidays are here.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012



The year has turned its circle,
the seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
and chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
the fields, their yellow grain,
so open wide the doorway--
Thanksgiving comes again.
     ~Old Rhyme~

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part; the full, the
true Thanksgiving comes from
the heart.
        ~J.A. Sheild~

Have a Happy and Blessed
Thanksgiving everyone.

Friday, November 16, 2012

This is my latest crocheted afghan.  I did it for my guest room.  When I am
not raking and burning leaves and finished with my household duties I  have
to keep myself busy.  This is the fourth one I have done in the last couple of
months and it will be the last for a while. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012


                    Because of you, Unknown Soldier
   Because of you, I am here.  Because of you, I am
able to live freely.

Yet I do not know you and I have not done
anything for you.

But there you stand, ready to fight  and there you
are prepared to die for me.

You've fought before and you'll fight again  for
someone you don't know.

So thank you Unknown Soldier fighting for me

I'm here because of you and I owe my future to you.

                  ~Courtney Tanabe

Many in my family have served this country . My Dad (WW1), my uncle
(WW2)  my husband (Korean War), my brother (Navy) and many cousins.
I am proud of them all and for those still here with us I say thank you and
for those you have gone on to a better place I hope they knew how much I
loved them and appreciated their service. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Received this cute hanger and diabetic brown sugar from one of
my blogging friends BJ.  She has a wonderful blog which I enjoy
very much.  I sent her a recipe last year for gingerbread cookies
and she said when she saw this hanger she thought of me.  Thank
you BJ for your thoughtful gift.  I will find a special place for the
hanger, and I will definitely  try the brown sugar when I start my
Christmas baking.  I know we have not met in person but I can
say you are a true friend as are my other blogging friends.  If you
wish to check her blog go to Sweet Nothings I know you will
enjoy it as much as I do.

Monday, November 5, 2012


My grandson, Logan is celebrating his birthday today.  Twelve
years old.  He is growing into a fine young man.  Watches after
his young brothers and sister.  Have a wonderful day Logan,
mamaw loves you.