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Hi!  Well, wouldn’t you know, today I’m in the mood to write, but can’t think of anything to write about.

How are your garden’s doing?  My husband’s is looking GREAT. We have eaten asparagus, snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, potatoes and cabbage & strawberries thus far. I say my HUSBAND’s garden, but really, I am working in it more this year than in the past. I’ve always said, he plants and takes care of it and then I can and freeze when it comes in the house…

Do you preserve stuff from your garden for the winter? I do. My sister does, but I don’t know many other people who do.  I have frozen Peas and Broccoli so far this year (in vacuum bags).  In a month or so I will be very busy canning tomatoes and green beans.  I will also be making Sauerkraut in a week or so. I’ll can it if I have enough.

I have even planted and revamped my flower gardens this year.  2 years ago I had tennis elbow in the spring and just couldn’t do anything and last year it got HOT really quickly so they were looking pretty awful. Well, since I had no GOOD excuse this year, I HAD to do something!  I am very pleased with the way they are looking.

Do you remember me talking about the Water Balloon fight we had last year on Father’s Day?  You can see some pics here. We’ve decided to do it again this year, we are calling it the “2nd Water Balloon Extravaganza”!  My birthday is June 19th and Father’s Day is always the Sunday before. We have invited our kids and grandkids.  We all had a lot of fun last year!

We used to have a big July 4th party, but it’s been so stinkin hot the last few years, we decided last year we would do something in June instead.  It ended up being about 105 degrees.  Oh well, it wast JUST RIGHT for a water balloon fight! One of my grandsons said, “It was the best party EVER”! I think that was because he got to throw water balloons at mom, dad, cousins and sister, aunt, uncles and grandma & grandpa.

Caleb and I are going to try out a new water park. It is called Andy’s Alligator.  We have plans to buy season passes to White Water Bay, but now we’re not sure.  Have you all been? The one in Norman, OK just opened this month.

Hope you are all safe from the storms last night in Oklahoma.  We barely got a thing, but the metro had very LARGE hail and VERY HIGH winds.  Lots of power outages. We need rain, but not the damage!

Are you all bored to tears now?? DID you get to the end? WHEW! Thanks for sticking with me.

Have a great WEEK!!


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Well, I guess you thought I’d never post again…and to be honest, I thought I may never again…but I made a cake the other day for LM’s b-day and would like to tell you how EASY and GOOD it was! Not to mention a BIG hit with the kids AND the ADULTS!  (We fed 7 kids and 13 adults and had a few pieces left over).


23-24 Ice Cream sandwiches  (original, neopolitan or chocolate)

TIP: Buy a few extra in case your husband decides to eat 4-5 the night before….

2-8 oz) OR 1-16 OZ Cool Whip

Hot Fudge Topping (Caramel, strawberry…) I used about 1/2 jar.

Mini M&M’s  (or ANY topping–butterfingers, heath, oreos, Sprinkles…it’s endless!) I used about 1/2 lg bag.


Put FOIL on bottom of 9 X 13 pan…be sure to put it up on the sides so you can get the cake out easily.

Let  IC sand set out a few minutes and lay side by side…kind of “squish” them together.

Spread Hot Fudge topping, (YOUR choice of thickness) and 1/2 Cool Whip.

Layer the same again ending with hot fudge.

Freeze for 1 hour

Take out of pan and put onto a flat pan or bottom of cookie sheet.

Sprinkle M&M’s on top.   You can use ANY candies or SPRINKLES

I also put candles on at this time.

Freeze 2 more hours.

Cut with serated knife.

PICTURES???  SURE ! I took Pictures!!

Have a good Month….(s)!

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Happy Birthday Sister!!

My Sister, LORI 

               About 5 years old

About 30??
Summer 2011

My sister has a BIRTHDAY tomorrow! 

 I won’t tell you how old she is, but I will tell you that she will ALWAYS be older than me!!

When I think of her, I think of her smile and laugh.

 We have had so many fun times over the years.

We have also had many sad times over the years.  

She has always been there for me. 

She is a mom to 3 beautiful daughters. 

A grandma to 7 grandchildren.  She is always there for them and they have a very close relationship. 

She is a devout Christian.

 Every Sunday she invites people (via Facebook) to come to their church to worship with them and always offers to feed them lunch.

She is a secretary at an elementary school.  I think she has to have the patience of Job for that job!

My oldest sister, Kim, and I couldn’t ask for a kinder, sweeter sister than Lori.


I Love you!!


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Have you ever tried Iced Coffee?  I can’t drink coffee in the summer because it makes me SO HOT.  I’ve been telling my husband I want a “morning drink”.  Well, Pioneer Woman had this recipe for iced coffee the other day so I thought I would try it.  I cut it in half.  The first day I tried it, it seemed very bitter. Today I added some water and whole milk and sugar. It’s pretty good. I used Folgers Decaf and about 1/3 Gevalia traditional roast.   I think I can get used to it and the great thing is, it is already made and in the fridge. All you do is mix the milk and sugar in it. Oh yeah, and ICE.

Did I tell you I got stung by a wasp a few weeks ago?  It was not a good reaction.  It kept spreading…all around my foot and then I got a really bad lung congestion thing for about a week and then it went to my head, like a head cold. I don’t know if it was coincidence or if it really had something to do with the sting but I’m all better now. I know you are so happy to hear this!!

We have had a 4th of July party with our kids and family several years. But it started getting so stinkin’ hot that we haven’t done it lately, well, last year we did and it rained all day.  So…this year we decided to have a Father’s Day/Birthday party.  We were thinking we may beat the heat by a couple of weeks. HA! I just heard that it is supposed to be 101 on Saturday.  I guess instead of a cook out we’ll have an “eat in”.


 ” WHO’S BIRTHDAY”??   (apostrophe??)

I heard you ask….. 


 (My sister just reminded me that it is also Garfield, the cat’s b-day   B: 1978)

 My “bonus” daughter’s is also June 29.  Mine is not a significant one, but HERS IS. I won’t tell you how old she will be,

 but let’s just say it makes ME feel old!  🙂  She’s 9 years younger than I am.

Remember “Father of the Bride, PT 2”?  We were both pregnant when that came out.  GREAT Movie!

MORE good news!!!  My sister, niece and (1 of my) GREAT nieces are coming to visit me!! They live in Arkansas. I’m sooo happy. I go visit them about 2-3 times a year but they don’t come here very often. Lori, my sister, usually tries at least once a year, but doesn’t always make it.  They have jobs and school and stuff. We will get to see my other sister, maybe another niece and nephew with their families and my “bonus” mom.  LM is excited, too. My great-niece and he are very good buds and about 1 year apart in age.

Our garden is looking really good.  We have lots of tomatoes on the vine, so I guess you all know what I will be doing this summer…CANNING tomatoes & green beans….freezing corn, bell peppers.  If we have enough Cabbage I will attempt sauerkraut. I have made it before and it was good. We’ve already been eating onions, peas, potatoes, broccoli & cherry tomatoes.

We are going to WHITE WATER this week!!  Caleb and I have gone every summer since he was about 3 years old. We had season passes for a couple of years but with the price of gas, we can only go a couple of times a year these days…. Whitewater is expensive but we have a good friend that got us some discounted tickets.   Thanks Cyndi!! 

Well, I hope you all have a GREAT Father’s Day…to your husbands, dads, brothers, sons, nephews, cousins, friends…..It is a bitter sweet day for me. I miss my Dad terribly, but I’m so thankful to have a husband that is such a wonderful dad.   (am I supposed to put an apostrophe with dads, husbands…..???)

Have a great week end! Stay cool! Drink lots of water!!

By the way…you are WELCOME to comment and tell me Happy Birthday!! I would love to hear from you!!   😉


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!!!My son is 10 years old today!!!!

 I can’t believe it. Since we are going on vacation, we didn’t get him anything for his birthday, besides things to take/wear to Florida.  So today is not real exciting for him except that I saved the cards he got in the mail for today.  He ended up getting $130.00!!!  Won’t that be great for the vacation??  He is having a good time and I will get pizza for dinner.  That is what he requested. I told him that when I wake him up @ 6:00 AM on Monday I will say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to him (and every day that week!!)

 He is a great kid and I hope we are raising him the right way. I wake up worrying about his future alot.  With the way the world is going, it scares me. But then I have to realize that it was Yahweh’s decision to bring him into this world and give him to us. 

Thank you Yahweh for such a blessed gift!

Here is one of my favorite pictures of him…taken in a dryer box when he was three.

We are headed to Florida on Monday!!  It sure seems like it went by quick. I almost don’t want it to come

 because the faster it comes, the sooner it’s over!

Here are a couple of pics from the trip we took to San Antonio about 4 years ago. 







See how happy we were then? 

That’s how happy we are now…imagine 3 days from now!!  


I have decided not to take my laptop with me…can you believe it??  Anyone that knows me very well knows that this was a tough decision.

So, If I can figure out the iPhone for blogging..I may post a couple of pics.  Don’t know how well the camera will work. Or how well I will be able to figure it out, but I will try, if not, I will see you all next week…after the 7th of May! 

 Hope you all have a great upcoming week!

Happy Birthday to my WONDERFUL son…we love you!!

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This week-end was great and busy.

LM & DH cut some trees so the garden could get more sun.  Hopefully this will make our garden more abundant this year. We are planning to store a lot of veggies this summer. It will help on our grocery bill next winter. With the way prices are soaring right now, I think we will need it!!  Also, the wood will be great to cut down on electricity bills next winter, too. We have a wood stove and I love it!   Here is a post about the last time we, he cut wood.

LM is pretty sore from all the wood lifting…he thinks he’s getting some “guns”…(muscles).  DH says he really helped a lot and even made some money.  Have any of you looked forward to the day your children can help out with chores??  We have and it’s finally here!!  He seems to really like working, I think it makes him feel “useful” or “grown up”.

A wood stove sure makes those winter nights cozy!
We went to a memorial service..Remember me talking about DH’s great-aunt that was born in a blizzard and died 95 years later IN A BLIZZARD?  Well, they FINALLY had her memorial service.  LM felt pretty out-of-place, but he did real good. Hey, I felt out-of-place.  I’ve been married to DH for almost 20 years and have seen these relatives about 4 times…maybe 6.  But they are nice and it was good for DH to see some of his cousins and relatives. Fun to hear about the old days…even if they weren’t MY old days.  🙂  At the service, her granddaughter was telling us that Nonie was a very hard worker, lived on a dairy farm and helped her husband milk cows, clean milk cans, plus, she cooked and sewed and gardened…but what I got out of the service was that she LOVED.  I guess she went out of her way to show her grandchildren/family how much she loved them.  They said not only did she LOVE, but she FOUND ways to love them…I don’t know if this explains what I feel, but I have decided I’m going to try to do that more.  I would love for my grandchildren, son & family to remember me that way. She must have been a GREAT example of the Proverbs 31:10 woman.
I was able to go out to dinner and a play with the girls.  My “Bonus” daughter, Heather &  (MY 15 yr old granddaughter) & I went to dinner. Then we went to a High School play, “Grease”. My (almost 14-yr old granddaughter) Aidan, was in it.  (She’s in the 8th grade, but they let the middle school audition, they had four 8th grade girls in it). They did a great job.  My granddaughter looked beautiful on stage.  I think she will probably pursue this play stuff, at least in school. 
Both granddaughters like to sing. Aubrie goes to competitions and she has done very well!  (If you read this post about Heather, her mom, you will know why…. she also sings).  It was a really long Saturday, especially for someone who usually “Shabbats” on Saturdays, but it was fun.
LM went to his first birthday party that wasn’t a relative’s, or one that I wasn’t there with him. There were about 5-6 boys there and they were all older than him, but I think they had a good time.  It was a “Video Game” party. They all brought games and Wii controllers.  I guess they had snacks, Pizza and a little flag football and flashlight tag.  DH took him and picked him up.  That was weird for me, since I usually do that kind of thing.  But I had already made plans for the play.
We gave his friend money for his b-day, that’s what he wanted.  But a couple years ago, LM got a gift bag that said, “Pull this” or something.  When you start pulling, there are $1.00 bills taped end to end.  You keep pulling and money keeps coming.  We did this for LM’s friend and he loved it.  Everyone else gave him a card with money in it, but this was more fun. And do you know what $20 looks like in 1 dollar bills end to end??  It looks like a lot.  We also added 1- $2. bill to the end of it.  I did it for LM last year and added a couple of gift cards  and other denominations to it..a $5 and $10. bill to the “line”.
Well, that’s a  look at MY week-end…tell me about YOURS….I NEED comments…it’s what keeps me going!!!

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