Thursday, October 31, 2013
Happy Pumpkin Day to you! It has been a busy day here in my Punkin Patch!
Tradition demands that I bake on/for Halloween. This year packages had to mailed early so the baking took place several days ago. Pumpkin bread for all! That's in addition to a few other goodies. :-)
This year I only had one local delivery to make. I went to visit my dear Aunt Grace. We had a nice chat and I always get a sneak peek at all of her new quilting projects. I always come away inspired, entertained, and hopeful that I will be just like her in my eighties. I made her a couple of kitchen towels for the Fall season. With just a small amount of cloth and a few pieces of trim I had a personalized gift that she seemed to really like.
Tonight my doggie and I are all decked out for the occasion. She is a cute little bee just waiting for someone to ring the door bell. I will formally introduce you to my doggie in a future post. She is a true handful!
In true Halloween tradition, I am working on some appliqued pumpkins for a Fall pillow project. Gotta keep busy!
Hope you have had a Great Pumpkin Day! If it were possible, I would sent you a small loaf of pumpkin bread, a Fall kitchen towel, and of course some candy as a treat on this Halloween night. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so.....enjoy your treat/picture! Blessings!
at 8:24 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013
There is no doubt that Fall is here, or perhaps I should say Winter. This morning my yard was covered in frost. The temperature was well below freezing. As I ventured out of my cozy bed, I knew without any hesitation that it was "that kind of day". You know what I mean. The type of day when you cook soup all day in the crockpot. Baking is a must and hot beverages are consumed all day long. No makeup is allowed and you absolutely must wear "ugly clothes". Ugly clothes are those that are the most comfortable thing in your closet. They are too big and are completely unflattering! :-)
Potato soup with grated cheese on top was ready just in time for dinner. Yummy and warm....perfect for today!
Tonight a snack of homemade cinnamon oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip too.
Of course a cup of delicious pumpkin spice coffee is a must to warm up my cold body.
It has definitely been "that kind of day". It isn't over yet. I am planning to do some handwork while I watch some British TV. And yes I am still in my "ugly" but perfectly comfortable clothes!
Quick! There is still time! Go put on some "ugly clothes", fix yourself a warm cup of deliciousness, and grab a cookie or two! It is just "that kind of day". Blessings!
at 8:19 PM
Monday, October 14, 2013
Webster's Dictionary defines home as, the place where one lives. As Christians we often talk about our heavenly home. As a Nurse I have often had the difficult task and blessing of being with patients as they drew their last breath. Three weeks ago I was with my wonderful Mother as she took her last breath here on this earth. The road to her heavenly home was a long one. She was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease) in October of 2012 although she had symptoms for at least 6 months prior to that. Her battle against this horrible disease was courageous and brave. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring to watch how she handled the knowledge that she had a terminal disease and there was absolutely nothing anyone could do to stop the progression. Since April she had been unable to speak and could communicate only by squeezing a hand or blinking her eyes. The disease gradually progressed until she was bedridden the last two weeks of her life.
My father was her primary caregiver. I am blessed to live very close to my parents so I was able to spend several hours a day helping in any way possible to ease his load. I saw first hand what true love really looks like.
In every aspect, Mom lived her life as a true example of a Christian woman. She was a loving and dedicated wife and mother. She valued faith, family, and service to others above all else, and she touched many lives simply through the way she lived her own.
She choose a career where she could be close to my brother and I. She impacted thousands of school children's lives in the 26 years that she worked. Then on Sunday she taught 3rd graders for over 20 years during the Sunday School hour.
In addition to her dedication to her family, church, and career, Mom was a creative and industrious homemaker. She was a talented seamstress, decorator, cook, and gardener, and she served as a patient and generous teacher of these skills to her children and grandchildren.
Obviously Mom was an exceptional woman. The things I will miss most about her are the long talks, the lunches out, the visits to the fabric store, the advice that only she could give, and the reassurance that she was there to help with any problem I had. Many times she would drive right over to help with a sewing problem or decorating dilemma. Mom had excellent taste and we would often collaborate on outfits. Picking just the right accessory to make the outfit "sing".
I miss her tremendously but I also watched her suffer so much at the end. I know that she is in a better place and is watching over me right now. I know that Mom is Home and for that I am thankful. I am blessed that I was there at the end, holding her hand and reassuring her that everything would be alright.
I am trying to allow myself to get back to normal. I am resting and helping my Dad with all of the paper work he is having to deal with. I would ask for your prayers for our family, especially my Dad. They were married for over 58 years so it is a huge adjustment for him.
The road Home was a long and difficult one for my Mom but because of her amazing faith my family and I know that she is in a far better place. She is free from pain, has a perfect body, and is singing and talking with all of the angels! She is Home! Blessings!
at 10:14 PM
Friday, May 31, 2013
I am not going to try to explain my absence the past two months. In my mind April and May didn't even exist. I won't go into detail, let's just say that I have been in "nurse" mode for quite a while. The world of Mrs. DD has been on hold. I am hopeful that I can return to some sense of normalcy or perhaps I should call it my new normal.
Along the way I have viewed the normal elements of life in a little different way. Yesterday I took a much needed walk around the neighborhood. I saw the flowers as more of a miracle than in the past.
The magnolia blossoms are about to burst forth in all their splendor. The gardenias were not only pretty to look at but also heavenly to smell.
I even eyed some peaches that will make an appearance on my kitchen table in just a couple of months.
Along the way I have experienced the true goodness of people. In phone calls, texts, cards, visits and even goodie boxes.... friends and family have been there. God was present each and every moment. He used his "angels" to bring me peace and comfort.
Even simple tasks have taken on a "fun" element. Believe it or not doing laundry is a joy! :-) Cooking a meal is like going on vacation....really!
My new journey is not over but I am certain that "along the way" God will be walking beside me. Hope to be back soon with reports on what Mrs. DD has been up to! Blessings!
at 6:42 PM
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Since today was St. Patrick's Day I decided to attempt to find a four leaf clover in my yard. I have only found one four leaf clover in my
life and that was as a small child. I remember it quite vividly. I was outside with my Mom and Dad and I was sitting on the ground underneath the clothesline. There was a large patch of clover there and I liked to play in that area. On this particular day my parents were telling me that four leaf clovers were rare and if you found one then legend said it would bring you good luck. Well of course I searched and searched and I found one! My Mother helped me to preserve the treasure and I kept it for years.
On many occasions I have tried and failed to find another of the rare gems. Today it was time to try again. It was hard to find a patch of clover. My dear hubby keeps our yard free from "unwanted yard pests". :-) I finally found a small area of clover. I looked down and there it was! A small four leaf clover. What luck! I ran for my camera and took pictures. I yelled for my hubby and told him. Of course he immediately had to try to find one too......he didn't. LOL
Gently I picked the lucky specimen. As you can see the insects attempted to eat my treasure before I found it! :-) I plan to preserve it in some way. Have you ever found one of these rare gems? Did you keep it?
I feel like I found "a bit of luck" today! It certainly made my St. Patrick's Day just a little more memorable.
My old church always ended every Sunday service by singing the old Irish Blessing. I love the words and the meaning behind them. Blessings to you today and everyday!
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind blow at your back,
May the sun shine warmly on your face,
May the rain fall softly on your field.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm
Of his hand.
at 8:51 PM
Friday, March 15, 2013
This week I received a "Sweet Surprise" from the special folks at Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D. C. Now I am sure you are wondering why they would send me a dozen of the best cupcakes in world!? Well my wonderful children (daughter, son, and son-in-law) sent me an assortment of 12 of the most famous cupcakes in the land....according to me and many other fans of the TV show!
Now why would they pick this week to send them? It was my Birthday and what a great way to help me celebrate. They arrived in a cute pink box that happens to match my sewing room.
They carefully selected the 12 flavors that "sounded like me" and had them delivered to my door. I have never tasted a better cupcake. They were all delicious! I forced myself to test each one. I did share some with my dear hubby. :-) I will admit that I had a few favorites. Key lime, lemon, cherry, strawberry, and cinnamon would be at the top of my list. Of course the chocolate ones were good too and then there was the peanut butter. Oh and the traditional "birthday" cupcakes....chocolate and vanilla of course. As you can see I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite!
What about you? Do you have a favorite cupcake? Maybe you are like me and they all get an A+. Are you a fan of the television show? I try to watch as often as I can and usually I end up making cupcakes the next day! :-)
I am blessed with wonderful children who know their Momma well. There is nothing better than a "Sweet Surprise" to brighten this birthday girl's day! Blessings!
at 8:00 PM
Monday, January 21, 2013
Through out our lives we are required to make choices. Some are easy to make and some are more difficult. Often the answers are not as simple as A, B, C, or D. Many times the choices can effect not only our lives but those around us as well. The positive or negative effects often linger long after we are gone, perhaps reaching from one generation to the next.
It is not often that I share my opinion on "hot" topics. In fact I don't think I have ever "ranted" in my blog. If you knew me in "real life", I think you would say that I am a calm person. I am a peace loving, live and let live gal but yesterday my senses were touched and I felt convicted to share my feelings.
My husband and I were invited to attend a MAJOR sporting event yesterday by one of his work "friends". We were both very excited (we both are huge football fans). We had shopped for our team gear. I had prepared the appropriate game day (tailgating) food. We even purchased a new cooler! LOL
The clue should have been that the party started at 8:00 a.m. It was cold....really cold! Being the dumb person I am, I expected coffee. No coffee just bourbon, vodka, whiskey, beer, wine, jello shots.......get the picture. I certainly respect everyones right to choose how they live their lives. I just got tired of being hit on by every man there and being told by all the women that I was "too up tight". My husband and I were out of place....way out of place and lets face it trapped. Finally I got so cold that I had to go to the car to warm up. My husband joined me and we read the paper and believe it or not I had some knitting in the car. Yes, I did knit and almost completed a project. No one missed us and it was nice, warm, and peaceful in our cocoon.
After 7 hours of eating and drinking (Diet Dr. Pepper for me) we made our way to the stadium. I was really excited and hopeful that my team would pull out a win. We were delayed while the women took plastic travel size shampoo bottles and filled them with vodka to slip into the stadium. They hid them in their pants and bras. The men stuffed flasks of bourbon into their knee high socks. They all made it through security and were eager to get to the concession stand to purchase bottled water and soft drinks to mix with their "treasures".
The funny thing is my husband and I really enjoyed the game. Unfortunately our team lost but it was close and exciting. We yelled and cheered for our team until the last second. The others in our group slept through most of the game. They did wake up when the decibel level reached 1.3 from fan noise or when they made one of their numerous trips to the restroom.
My husband and I made a choice many decades ago to obstane from alcohol. My choice was fueled by my parents and the fact that my grandfather was an alcoholic. The choices he made meant that my mother and aunt had a horrific childhood. The effects of which still linger today for both of them. Fortunately by the time I arrived my grandfather had made the choice to stop drinking and I knew him as a fun man that I loved dearly. I am even named after him. You see my grandmother became very ill and was at the point of death. My grandfather prayed to God and promised if he would allow my grandmother to live he would quit drinking. She lived and my grandfather kept his promise.
In my professional life I worked with patients who had cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcoholism. A part of my nursing education was to attend 4 months of AA meetings. A true eye opening experience.
None of the people that ended up addicted to alcohol started off as alcoholics. They made a choice. It only takes one drink to "get the ball rolling" and once it starts it is hard to stop. Don't get me wrong I certainly know that everyone who drinks is not an alcoholic nor will they become one. The thing that always scared me about starting was the fact that I didn't know if I had that internal button just waiting to be pushed, a personality that was prone to excess or a genetic link that I wasn't even aware of. It isn't worth the risk for me. I didn't want to have to wonder about driving and hurting someone else for the choices I made. I never had to wonder if some child would watch me and wondered why I was acting so funny or inappropriate. I knew that my family and I could have a good time without numbing our feelings just to get through the event. Maybe it is just that I am "old enough" that I don't really care what others think of my choices, or maybe like my daughter says I've just become "feisty" now that I am working.
My husband and I made our choice. We raised our children in a home that was free of temptation. We have suffered riticule several times because of our beliefs but that's OK. I respect others and hopefully they will respect me, but if they don't that's OK too. I've made my choice and for the record I kind of like the "fiesty" new me! LOL Blessings!
at 2:29 PM