Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NINE MORE DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!


Here we are, just nine more days till Christmas! The time is just flying by!

Today the painters moved down stairs. The upstairs turned out beautiful! It smells so clean, I love the smell of fresh paint!
My husband built our home from start to finish. We painted when we built, but it has been almost 5 years and was needing it again. Remember, I have 14 grandchildren and that makes 28 little hands with a total of 140 little fingers to make finger prints with! I have lupus and painting this whole house again was way too much for me to undertake.

I'm done with the shopping and wrapping gifts. It really feels good to have that part finished. Now I just have to clean up after the painters and put everything back where it belongs. I'm still not sure if they will be finished before Christmas! I told them they can paint till Friday and then its going to have to wait till after the first of the year.

Today I blogged a new recipe on my recipe blog. For dinner we had chuck roast and noodles, along with mashed potatoes and creamed peas. Since my dinning room and kitchen is all torn up (from the painters), we had to eat in the living room.

To end the evening my husband and I set down to enjoy the movie "Polar Express". It's a cute movie, it's been out for a long time but the first time that we ever watched it. After this gets over it will be time to go to bed! I hope you all had a great day!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

THINKING BACK ON CHILDHOOD DAYS

Today I found myself thinking back to yesteryear when I was a child all excited waiting for Christmas to come. How different it was back then.
My Dad was a farmer in Ohio in the summer and then we would winter in Florida, for my Moms health. We had a home both places and all my life until I was married that was our routine. To pack up our clothes around the first of October and head to Florida and then stay until April and head back to Ohio. We would start school in Ohio for the first month and then attend in Florida and then finish the last month in Ohio.
Christmas Day was always warm and we would play outside after opening gifts. Mom would have over our friends who were also wintering in Fl, as their families were in the north. Everybody would bring a dish while Mom would fix the turkey and ham. It was always a wonderful meal!
My Dad was very frugal with his money, I suppose that came from going through the depression.
There was 5 of us kids and we usually received one gift each probably not costing more than $5.00. There was always socks (usually our knee socks) hung and we would get a tangerine, pecans, and a candy cane and a pack of gum. Somebody would get a switch (off of a tree), we would never know who till Christmas morning.
Dad would go out in the country and cut a tree for free. Then we would get to help decorate it. We would string popcorn and there were pretty bulbs and lights and tinsel. We would rub it back and forth on our upper lip and make it look like we had mustaches! (the silver rubbed off)
We were very happy children with no burdens on our shoulders! My folks never talked about problems around us. If they had any we never knew.
It was a simple Christmas with out all the stress that we all seem to have now.
My wish for Christmas is that Families all over the world could have that stress free, safe, relaxing Christmas that I once knew as a child!
The world has changed, and our children and their children and on and on have so many more things to worry about. I PRAY for PEACE, COMFORT and JOY!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER


Here we are coming in to the last few weeks before Christmas! My head is spinning! With 14 grandchildren to shop for and 9 children (including spouses), it becomes a real challenge to figure out what each person would really like! My husband says I worry about it tooooo much! Hes probably right!
The tree is up, most of the shopping is done. I just need to finish with my wrapping. And still waiting on the UPS orders to come. I love Internet shopping!
I need to start making candy and baking. And finish cleaning.
Today we are under Tornado watches until 3:00 pm. So strange for December! It started to rain yesterday and is still raining today. It's probably going to get colder after this front moves through! Well, I'll just keep burning my wood stove! We never used it much before this year and then our son talked us into starting it and now I love it! It's so much warmer heat, than our electric heat!
This year I took my grandchildren shopping for there families. It was so much fun! They really seemed to enjoy it. Now they have secret gifts under their trees that Mommy and Daddy has no idea whats in them! It lets them receive the gift of giving!
I hope you are enjoying this Holiday Season! And Remember the Reason of this Season, that Jesus was born on this Holy Night! Bless you all, take care, and be happy!

Friday, November 28, 2008

WORN OUT FROM SHOPPING!

Today I went shopping with my 15 1/2 year old twin granddaughters. Needless to say I'm exhausted! We had lots of fun! Went and ate Japanese for lunch and then shopped for 6 hours. The mall was packed!!!! I started my Christmas shopping today. Its about time!!!

We had a wonderful day at our daughters house for Thanksgiving! She served turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, dressing, rolls, pickled eggs and red beets, pumpkin pie, cherry pie, iced tea. We had plenty to eat!

My granddaughters are staying with us until Sunday. Then they will go home and their little brother who is 3 is coming to stay while their little sister (who is 4 1/2 mo. goes in for kidney surgery Monday morning). He will stay until baby sister comes home from the hospital. Its going to be a very busy week!

Say a prayer for our little Josie! I hope this finds you all well and happy! Have a Great Evening!

Monday, November 24, 2008

An Idea for Christmas Gifts


Why not make Christmas really special this year! We did this with our family several times and everybody loved it.
Make a rule that this year nobody can buy a gift to give to another person. Let each person come up with there own idea of something that they can make.
One year we had homemade apple butter, noodles, bread, peanut brittle, marshmallows, hard tack, fudge, taffy. Homemade, flannel pajamas, fleece blankets, wooden shelves, wooden toy wagons, wooden barn shaped toy boxes, wooden paper towel holders, wooden cutting boards. Homemade pot holders, cross stitched bread basket liners and etc.
It can be as small as a homemade book mark , it just doesn't matter, a homemade gift will be treasured forever! They are made with love and mean so much more than anything that you can ever purchase in a store!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

RELAXING COLD SUNDAY AFTERNON


Relaxing Cold Sunday Afternoon

Today we spent the day taking it easy. Resting up after a week of our son and grandson being here. It has been very cold outside. Really feels like Christmas is just around the corner!!!!






We have been burning our wood stove and our house is nice and cozy! Our son Jared cuts wood for us and it's a great way to heat our home!

I have been setting on the couch with my laptop, catching up my blogs.

My husband is enjoying T.V. He usually likes to watch the car races. He is so busy during the week, Sunday is his only down time.

Our son is busy with his X-box 360, so as you can see we are all chilling!

For Thanksgiving we will be going to Jennifer's (our oldest daughter) house. She loves to cook and I'm sure we will have a wonderful time!





Ron just made Sunday Night Sugar
Popcorn (the recipe is in my recipe blog), it just completes a perfect Sunday evening!

Monday will be here before we know it! The weekends just fly by!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Take care and have a great week!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN VIEW


This view is out my back window! The leaves are falling but there is still some color. It has been a beautiful fall here in the North Georgia Mountains!!!!

My Son is back from Indiana with his four year old to spend another week with us. He came to help my hubby with some work. I will spend the next week with my grandson, Windsor, having quality time doing things grandmothers and grandsons do together!!!!

I hope this finds you all happy and healthy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

ONE OF THOSE "CAN'T SLEEP NIGHTS"!!!!

One Of Those "Can't Sleep Nights"!!!!

Have you ever had one????? I hate nights like these!

I started out falling asleep on the couch watching TV. So I went to bed and went right to sleep, no problem! Until I heard our dog, Hoover throwing up, so that put me into a tail spin getting it all cleaned up, and now I'm wide awake!!!!.

Oh well, thank goodness for blogging! I can do this until I get sleepy again, or maybe I will go play on pogo.com.

It is windy out and it is getting ready to rain. The leaves are almost completely off of the trees. Winter is just around the corner.

Our daughter is having our whole family for Thanksgiving. It will be fun and not to mention lot's of good food also!!

Tomorrow is going to be a cleaning day for me. I need to make a goodwill trip with a bunch of stuff that I have been bagging up over the last couple of weeks.

I hope you have a good day!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

WASHING WINDOWS


Washing Windows

It has been a great accomplishment to get the outside of our house painted! Now I have to face the facts that all the windows are horribly dirty since they pressure cleaned before painting!

Soooo, for the next week I will be attacking the screens and windows! Any helpers out there??????
I'm sure I will be able to muddle through by myself! But, how I dread this job!

Today, I first have to make a town run and then I will come back and start tackling this much dreaded chore!!!

I also wanted to post a picture of one of my grandson's pictures on the front porch swing.

I hope this finds everyone well and happy today!! Keep smiling!!!!

My Review of 5806 4-1/2" QEP Jamby Repl. Blade

Originally submitted at Contractors Direct

  • 4-1/2" carbide blade.
  • Use with 4-1/2" jamby jamb saw
  • Great blade! Very happy with it!

    By Ron the tile man from North Georgia on 11/6/2008

    5out of 5

    Pros: Sharp, Good Design, Durable, Safe, Cuts Fast, Keeps Its Edge

    Best Uses: In The Field

    Describe Yourself: Professional

    Have used this blade for years! Very happy with it.

    (legalese)

    My Review of 7575 Siri Hand Sponge Interchangeable

    Originally submitted at Contractors Direct

  • 5"x 12" wide sponge makes cleaning quick and easy!
  • Yellow sponge is softer than brown.
  • 1/2" thick sponge, choose from yellow, yellow slitted or brown.
  • Sponge is interchangeable with Raimondi handle
  • Been using for a long time, Love it!

    By Ron the tile man from North Georgia on 11/6/2008

    5out of 5

    Pros: Powerful, Lightweight, Good Grip, Versatile, Durable

    Best Uses: Contract Jobs

    Describe Yourself: Professional

    Primary use: Business

    Very happy with this!

    (legalese)

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008

    ELECTION DAY!!!!! GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

    Tonight I will be staying in and watching the t.v. to see what the outcome will be with the election!

    My kid's and grand kid's have all gone home. I have spent the last few days resting. I was worn out from all the cooking and etc!

    We are getting the inside and outside of our house painted. They started on the outside last week, and what a difference a fresh coat of paint makes!!!!

    I need to work on some of my flower beds before winter sets in. I also need to put straw down on my strawberry plants. It seems that we never get caught up with our chores!!!

    Well, I just wanted to blog a bit and catch you up on the last week and hopefully I won't get behind in the future!!!!!

    Have a good evening!

    Monday, October 27, 2008

    FAMILY TIME, OH SO SWEET!!!!!


    This past weekend our son Joshua and his wife Emily and there 4 children, Ashlyn, Lauryn, Windsor and Watson came to visit from Indiana.
    We all were at our oldest son's house (Jared's) for lunch on Sunday. There were 11 adults and 14 grandchildren. Sooooo you can just imagine what fun we had!!!! We all played a game called occupation in the afternoon. It was really fun! The kids played all day and had a great time together!
    Jared had smoked 2 great big pork butt's on the green egg for about 27 hours at 200 degrees. That was the best pulled pork I have ever tasted!!!!!!! He had also made a homemade barbecue sauce to go with it. Yum, Yum!!!!! We also had gourmet potatoes, green beans, salad, pumpkin pie,
    apple pie, pecan pie, orange fluff & friendship sugar cookies.
    It was a wonderful day!!!!!

    Tuesday, October 21, 2008

    SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY

    Today my youngest daughter, Jessalynn and her two sons Izac and Lucas, came over for a visit.

    She home schools the oldest Izac, (he is 8 years old). Lucas is 3 and she is also doing a preschool
    curriculum with him. This a.m. they did there work here at my house. Later we will will go out for lunch.

    All of my children live here in Georgia except my middle son Joshua, he lives in Indiana. And now we just heard that our oldest daughter Jennifer may be moving to Minnesota. Soooo, it looks like we may be doing some traveling in the future!

    I sure will miss having her close! Thank goodness for the phone and the computer!!!!! Every morning she gives me my wake up call. The day doesn't seem normal without it.

    We are so blessed with our children and grandchildren!!!!!

    Saturday, October 18, 2008

    OUT MY BACK WINDOW


    Just wanted to share the view off of my back deck. It is beautiful!!!!

    LEAVES,LEAVES,LEAVES

    You sure can tell fall is here! I live in the middle of a woods, and I'm beginning to wonder if there is a lawn under all those leaves!

    I need to have the grand kids over to help me rake and then they can jump in the big piles like I used to do when I was a kid! Such fun!!!!

    Today I spent most of the morning and early afternoon cleaning. I also blogged on my other blog where I post my recipes. If you want to check it out it's at http://alwaysanotherrecipe.blogspot.com , I still need to go to twitter and catch up there.

    I still need to list some items on eBay. My eBay name is gpaandgma if you ever want to check it out. It's a fun way to clean out your closets and yet make a little extra moo la while your at it. Mostly my greatest amount of listings are at half.com which is a part of eBay.

    I guess it's getting time to start on dinner. Hope everybody is having a great Saturday!!!!

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    GETTING READY FOR THE LAST DEBATE

    I'm getting ready for the last debate. It will be interesting to see how it turns out!

    I spent the day in town and I'm worn out! Going to town is harder on me than working all day! I have already plopped myself down in the Lazy boy chair and have my feet up. All I need now is popcorn!!!!

    Hope everyone has had a Great Day! Keep smiling!!!!

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

    It is finished!

    Yesterday I mentioned that I wanted to clean the garage out, well I started at 12:00 and by 5:30 I was finished! What a difference! It is so clean and organized, find myself sticking my head out there every whip stitch and checking it out!

    I didn't get to listing anything on eBay today but, there is always tomorrow! And while cleaning out the garage I came across more items to list.

    As for dinner I grilled steaks on the green egg and made baked potatoes, baked beans and a salad. It was delicious! I don't know if you are familiar with the green egg, but if you have never grilled on one, you have never tasted anything like it!! It's the best grill ever!!!!!!!

    I'm going to go and add a recipe on my other blog at http://alwaysanotherrecipe.blogspot.com
    and then I'm going to bed!

    Hope you all had a wonderful day!

    Monday, October 13, 2008

    AWESOME MONDAY

    Today was an awesome day! I spent most of the morning hours getting the things that I sold (over the weekend), at half.com ready to ship. Plus I was able to catch up on bookwork.

    After lunch I went outside. The weather was perfect for working in the yard!
    I was able to mow the yard and clean up some of my flower and herb beds. The basil, oregano & thyme, all grew like crazy this past summer. There was a nice fall like breeze the whole time that I worked. It felt so good!

    It really lifted my spirits, and put my mind at ease! We all have been sooooo heavily burdened with the worries of the economy and the election. I recommend that every body should get outside and dig in the soil or putter in your gardens every now and then. (It really is good for you!)

    Tomorrow I plan to list some new items on eBay. Also I would like to clean my garage out!!!!

    I hope you all had a Great Day!

    Sunday, October 12, 2008

    Approaching The End Of Another Great Weekend

    We had a great weekend! Our daughter and her four children came and stayed the whole weekend.
    She has two twin daughters that are 15 years old and a son who is 3 and another daughter who is 3 months old. Needless to say there wasn't a boring moment!!!!!
    The twins are growing up so fast and are very sweet young lady's! I'm so proud of them! The 3 year old is into Lego's and he played on the Nintendo WII for the first time. It's amazing how fast they can figure out how to play! The baby is so good and she is beginning to reach for toys and trying to talk back to us with her cute little baby sounds! It's wonderful to be a grandma.

    We spent the whole time playing with the kids and enjoying each others company! My daughter and I spent some time working on our blogs together, as we are both new to this.

    Friday night we had Taco Soup and a salad for dinner.

    Saturday night our other daughter came over with her husband and two children. She brought lasagna for dinner and I had made a salad and garlic bread and raspberry pretzel dessert. Lots of laughter and fellowship with each other!

    Sunday we all went out for Chinese at lunch and then it was time for our oldest daughter to head home.

    Now I'm in my lazyboy with my feet up, resting! Another week is approaching and I wonder what it will bring. We will see how the economy does and what happens with the election.
    It has been nice to have the distraction with our children here all weekend!

    I hope you all had a great weekend!

    Wednesday, October 8, 2008

    IT'S A RAINY DAY IN GEORGIA

    Today the rain came down all day long! It was a day that you just wanted to curl up on the couch and turn the TV on and enjoy a good movie!
    Which is just what I did. I had all my housework and bookwork caught up soooooo, why not!
    We deserve to have a lazy day every now and then! I sure enjoyed it!

    For dinner I made pizza, which was very simple. We always have homemade applesauce when we have pizza. They really are good together! You should try it sometime!

    Tomorrow I want to see about starting a new quilt. Are there any quilters out there reading this?
    If so , let me know what your working on. It's always good to hear about other people's ideas and projects.

    I talked to my sister out in Wyoming today and they are already getting ready for a snow. I can't believe winter is already around the corner!

    I hope you all had a GREAT DAY! ;)

    Monday, October 6, 2008

    I Love Wire Haired Dachshunds


    Wire Haired Dachshunds are the greatest pets! We have two. The oldest is one is 5 years old, his name is Hoover and he is a red wire haired.
    When we first got Hoover we also had his brother, Murphy. When they were about a year old Murphy died. Every since Hoover has missed Murphy sooooooooooo much!
    Well, about 8 weeks ago we heard about a litter of wire haired dachshunds that had been rescued, so we went and checked them out and came home with little Millie!
    Hoover just loves her!!! She is a dapple (mostly gray and some black and brown). Wire haired also. So cute!

    The two of them have become best of friends and it really seems to have filled that void for Hoover.
    They run and play together and also sleep in the same bed. Usually with Millie resting her head up on top of Hoover.
    I will try to post some pictures later on for you to see.

    Pets are wonderful and bring much happiness into our home!

    Saturday, October 4, 2008

    Hungry? Try These...Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

    Here is a GREAT cookie recipe! A nice comfort food to have around the house when times are tough. Puts a smile on your kid's faces and hubby's too! Hope you all have a Great Day!

    Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

    Mix 2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup oil, & 2 eggs.
    Add: 1 1/2 c. flour
    1 tsp. soda
    1 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. vanilla
    3 cups quick oats

    Drop by teaspoons into bowl of powdered sugar.
    Roll till covered with sugar. Place on cookie sheet.
    Bake at 350 degrees - approx 8 to 10 min (depending on your oven) Don't over bake.
    Makes approx 3 doz en.
    I press cookies down lightly, with the palm of my hand on cookie sheet before baking.

    Friday, October 3, 2008

    Have You Ever Thought About Ebay?

    I have eBayed since 2002. I have made 724 transactions. It's a great way to bring in a little extra income! You can sell clothes that you don't need anymore, to household items to who knows what. Everything is on eBay! It's great for you mom's who have little one's outgrowing their clothes quicker than you can turn around!

    Also you can go to half.com or amazon.com and sell your used books. Another great way to bring in that extra income!

    All you need is a computer and a digital camera and your set! I will be glad to give advice on figuring these out if you need help getting set up. Just post a comment and I'll get back to you!

    This past month I cleared over $600.00 working on these sites. It's Great!

    Thursday, October 2, 2008

    Another Day Gone! Where Did It Go?????

    Whew!!!! I can't believe how time passes when you are busy!
    It seems like Tuesday, not Thursday!!!! Today was filled with the everyday housework plus errands, and then let's not forget the bookwork for our business! Not enough hours in a day!

    I'm really getting tired of hearing about this bailout bill!!! How do you feel about this? Can hardly wait until the debate tonight!

    I live in Georgia, and we have been having to deal with the gas shortage on top of everything else!
    It seems with everything that is going on, it really works on your nerves!

    Well, I guess I have vented for long enough so I will switch to the lighter side! The leaves on the trees are starting to turn and it's beginning to feel like fall. I live in the mountains and it is beautiful! It doesn't cost me a thing to look out my window and enjoy the beauty outside!

    When I was a kid, we used to gather the prettiest leaves and iron them between wax paper. Something you can do with your kids and it's free. They can use them for bookmarks.

    Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    What's For Dinner?

    Here we are approaching dinner time. I thought I would add a recipe that my family loves. It's easy, fast and made all in one pan!

    One Pan Stroganoff

    1 lb hamburger 1/2 c. mushrooms
    1/2 c. onion 4 to 6 oz. noodles, uncooked
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder 3 to 3 1/2 c. water
    1 tsp. salt 2 T. parsley flakes
    1/2 tsp. pepper 1 c. sour cream
    2 beef bouillon cubes 1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 T. lemon juice


    Brown the hamburger and onion in a large skillet. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except parsley and sour cream and soup. Simmer 20 minutes or until noodles are soft and liquid is mostly absorbed. Stir in parsley, sour cream, and mushroom soup. Heat but don't boil.

    Living Day to Day In These Tough Times

    Today more than ever, we need to be thankful for those things in which we already have! Make use and share with those in need!
    I'm in my middle 50's and have very little that I need and way toooo much that I have already accumulated! I'm not rich!!! But yet I feel very fortunate for the knowledge my parents passed onto me, as far as survival in tough times. I know how to garden and then can and put away food for my family. I would love to be able to share this with young people and older also, if they need help. I also love to cook and sew and these things come in handy at times like these. If you need help coming up with something, just ask!

    We need to tighten down the hatches as far as spending! Get back to the basics! We went through Hurricane Andrew and lost everything we owned; our house, business, and all belongings. At the time we had our own 4 children plus 2 foster children. It was tough!
    And you would be surprised at how much you can live without! Believe me, we found out! And we got along just fine. I feel we actually are better off, from going through that experience! Although I would never wish it upon anyone!

    As far as this bailout bill not being passed, I'm for letting wall street work there own way out of this mess. And hopefully they will learn from their mistakes! I don't think we as the people should be made to suffer from their mistakes!

    We had to pull ourselves back up from complete loss after the hurricane. And we never had one penny of help! We had been married 20 years and lost everything that we had accumulated and saved for during that period of time. It was hard, but we survived!

    If anybody has any ideas to help family's go from day to day and make the best of it , please feel free to post!

    Have a great day and keep your chins up!