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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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In Memory of my Mom

I wanted to share this today, because Fridays are such busy days for me and I'm thinking of her today.  Maybe Friday will be a good day and I will think of the fun times, not the bad.  Like I always say, "So glad to have had the dance!"
Another year has passed, and I don't miss my mom any less.  Isn't it strange that you start re-living that time ?  I hate that, but I do like all the good times I remember with her...too many to remember at one time.  I guess as long as I have this blog, you will see these  things...remembering my mama & daddy.  The following was written in 2009...If you have any good memories of her, comment...let me know the fun times you might have had with her.

Phyllis Elmore Dickerson Nelson 1938-1998

She was always “mom” to my sister’s & I’s friends. She was more like “one of the girls”. Which wasn’t always a good thing for her to be. But she was always fun for us to be around and loved our friends.

I loved the times I spent with her. We liked to do crafts. We cross stitched and sewed. At one time we worked for a lady that groomed dogs. Mom & I made Dog Bows…10 cents apiece. We created them and made some that were really cute and different.  If mom didn’t have 2-3 craft projects to work on, something was definitely wrong.  She also crocheted. She tried to teach me, but with her being left-handed and me being right-handed, I didn’t learn very much of it. Now I wish I had.

I used to (up until she died) hold hands with her. I loved her hands. They were strong, soft and loving. I miss her hands.

We would travel together. We had such good times. My grandparents lived in Nebraska and we’d take road trips. We always took Fried chicken and cheese and grapes, candy, chips ….I would drive and she would get our lunch ready and  feed it to me….not actually “feed” but make sure it was all at my fingertips.  We also took several trips to my sister, Lori’s, in Arkansas to visit her family.

I was in Nebraska with her when he father died. That was a hard trip. I was there for 2 weeks and got a ride home with my sisters, while she stayed for a while longer. I hated to leave her, but I was so homesick for my husband. She was such a strong, independent woman.

She was so organized. Boxes, containers and making sure everything had a place. It was funny because as organized as she was, she was always looking for something.

I like to think of what she may look like now, 12 14 years later. She would be 71 73 years old. I wonder what she would look like as an old lady.

My sister, Kim, just reminded me that she also had the best hugs & kisses and the softest lips.  She never cleaned her glasses. I also remember that she never dusted..her famous words, “Why should I? It will just get dusty again”. I would write in it.  I once gave her a plaque that I now have on my wall,…”you can touch the dust, but please, don’t write in it!” (I’m not as bad as she was about dusting, though!)

The last time I spent with her, I had planned a trip to Arkansas to see my sister. I was looking forward to some “alone” time driving the 6 hours by myself.  Mom just kind of invited herself and came with me. We had such a great time and I’m so glad she went with me, because about 1-1/2 weeks later she was gone.

Please take the time to LOVE your parents.  AND YOUR KIDS, you never know when they won’t be there. I had GREAT times with my mom, but I sure wish I had ALOT more!!



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Caleb's Pirate Picture

See this cute pirate??  He is entered in a photo contest.  It is Sea Life Aquarium.  You have to go to the facebook page and “LIKE” this picture.  Would you PLEASE vote for him???  I think you can go to my FaceBook page  Over there—————>> to get to it or try this link.   PHOTO CONTEST WEBSITE

I have already planned a vacation, for his b-day, to this place and it would be great to get FREE tickets AND a “Goody Bag”.

I would appreciate all votes and would gladly oblige if you ever need a vote!


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My Dad

  My Dad…

This post was originally written 1-31-11.  From now until eternity, if you read my blog, you will probably see this post.

My dad, Bill, died   9  years ago, Jan. 31, 2003. Needless to say, this is a very hard day for me and my sisters….nieces, nephews…bonus mom, daughters and sons, bonus Sons & Daughters…even my husband and brother-in-laws, nephew-in-laws, even some friends called him Dad……he was very loved.

I loved him dearly. In the later years of his life we became the best of friends. I talked to him EVERY day and he thought LM hung the moon. I lived 60 miles from him and went to see him almost weekly with LM.  Of course, LM doesn’t remember him, but I will never forget. He had severe heart trouble the last 25 years of his life and still was so close to his kids, grandkids and neighbors.

I know this will sound weird, but I listen to the recording of his funeral every now and then.  One of my “bonus” daughters sang at the funeral…I have posted about her here… and the other one read a poem he wanted read.

 One of his neighbors told a story at the funeral that Dad was always trying to make his yard look the best in the neighborhood.  Chris (the neighbor) visited one day and dad told him he wasn’t going to fertilize that year….Chris was like, “Really?…blah blah blah”… and as he walked off he felt the fertilizer crunching beneath his shoes. He turned around and dad gave him that sheepish little smile……

 Dad was a great person. I miss him so much.

But I can always smile because I have such great memories of him….

I’m so glad to have had the dance!!

My dad taught me good values and morals. 

We laughed a lot.


He was the best cook.

Go to this post if you want to hear more about my wonderful dad….and pictures!

The pictures below are of my dad and my mom on their wedding day in 1955,

  the other is of his wife (Carol, my “Bonus” mom, who is still a VERY dear friend to me)

 at his 60th B-day party in 1998….


I am SOOO blessed to have had him for my Dad 40 years of my life!

Dad, we ALL miss you so much!

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News Years!

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Hi!!  Hope you all are recovering nicely from the last week.  We decided to do Hanukkah at the last-minute and ended up enjoying it.  LM read the scripture after lighting the candle each night and he did a great job.  We exchanged a few presents..I got a DOLPHIN TALE movie from LM.  He’s a very thoughtful little guy!  I also got “A day at the Spa” from my wonderful husband.

Here is a picture of our Menorah on the 8th night….(last night)

We had company for 3 nights.  My bonus son and his 2 boys ages 10 and 12.  They live in California and we haven’t seen them in almost 3 years.  It was a nice visit.  I sure hope we get to see them in less than three years next time!  Here is a pic of my boy with them  LM is their Uncle! He’s the one in the middle…I hope to compare pictures as they get older and see who gets to be the tallest/biggest.  They are all quite handsome, don’t ya think??

Now I am getting all geared up for a New Years Eve party for the other 4 grandchildren and LM.  2 granddaughters, ages 14 and 15 (almost 15 & 16), and two grandsons ages 12 and 10. I am planning Hamburgers, snacks, Sparkling Grape Juice, Fireworks, Glow Sticks, Firepit, Badminton, trampoline, Fourwheel rides and FUN FUN FUN. I think the weather is going to cooperate, too!   I wrote something similar to this last paragraph on facebook. Someone suggested a tent. I informed them that I have a grandson that doesn’t even like that we LIVE in the woods, I sure don’t think he’d SLEEP outside in them!

Of course, grandpa/daddio will make his famous wheat pancakes for breakfast Sunday morning.

I want our grandkids to remember fun times like I do with my grandparents and cousins.

 I am excited!

Do you have fun times that you remember from younger days??

I have been on the phone all morning…trying to find a new trampoline (IN STOCK), a new Four Wheeler tire (IN STOCK) and Kosher marshmalllows…Since we eat Kosher, I don’t believe I will be able to do s’mores, I   Kosher marshmallows ordered online in time and I can’t find them anywhere locally.  😦

Now, I need to decide what I need from the grocery store…..this is costing more that I thought it would….  🙂

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Ahh…looking forward to a little break in school stuff.  Homeschooling is fun, but I have to be very disciplined to make him do it everyday.  Plus, I have to figure out what he needs to do!!  And with the High School Holocaust class I am teaching, it can be time-consuming.  Thankful that I have a husband who supports and helps in every way!!

I found out yesterday  (two days notice) that LM is having an “end of the year” party in one of his classes…”Oh yeah, we need to make a snack”.  When you live 25 miles from the nearest Wal*Mart….you go to the grocery store once a week.  Hmmmm…gotta figure out what to do with what we have on hand.  I have stuff to make my good, healthy homemade oatmeal cookies, but I think they would be thrown away.  😦

Deer 12-13-11

We saw 6 deer in our front yard yesterday. We were sitting at the table doing homeschool and LM said,”DEER”. One got in the garden and the others just meandered around. I took several pics and videos. I can’t put videos on the blog and can’t get them to load on Facebook, so I guess you will have to just settle for the pictures.

Deer 12-12-11

We are getting rain today, off & on supposed to have more tomorrow. But it is about 45 degrees, so it’s okay. I don’t mind, we really need it and sometimes it’s nice to have clouds and dark.

We don’t do Christmas, but it sometimes feels like it. With the commercials, TV, stores, friends doing it, it’s hard to not get into it some way.  I love the pretty colors, lights, snowmen and SNOWFLAKES.  I gave out buttons from AFR (radio station) the other day that say, “It’s okay to say ‘Merry Christmas’ “.  We donated to them and they sent them to us.  So many people say, “I thought you didn’t do Christmas”.  “We don’t, but if we are not FOR Christians, we are against them”…I can think of alot of other people I would rather be against.  If we don’t have Christians in this country…we would be in DEEP TROUBLE!  I love all my Christian friends and family!! We have thought of doing Hanukkah, but this year we have told LM that if he wants to do it, he needs to do some research and find out what it’s about.  So far, he has done nothing, so who knows?

I have invited our 7 grandchildren to come to our house to party on New Year’s.  We have 2 grandsons that live in California that will be here on the 24 & 25, but they won’t be able to make the party… :(.  So that will be LM-10 years old and 5 other grandchildren that are between 10 and 15.  There are 2 teen girls, 1 teen boy and 3 tween boys.  I haven’t told LM about anyone coming in the next couple of weeks.  He gets so excited, he doesn’t sleep well.  So we have to keep it a secret until the very end.  I would really like to go all out.  Snacks, decorations and things for them to do…we DO have to stay up until after midnight, right ??  I hope the weather will be suitable for riding the four wheeler and a fire pit. I would like to go to Hobby Lobby to purchase some decorations.  Maybe I will order some kosher marshmallows for some s’mores??  Sparkling Grape Juice?   I’m thinking Wii games,  board games and lots of pictures.  Of course, we will have to have a good brunch for the next day, too.  Do you have any suggestions on dinner, games, decor, brunch, ???

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