Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Works For Me On Wednesday

I don’t have much… but how about these virtual stick-it notes on the new computer.  I love them.  I know without any doubt that my Handy Hubby will use the computer every morning.  So… I leave him little notes there. 


… and that’s what works for me!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday’s With Jen

Let’s see… what do I remember from my youth?  I recently ran into a young lady who years and years ago was a little girl who wanted to ride my horse.  She rode Magnium in at least one of the classes at the Fair show.  When her mother spotted me at the Christmas party, she proclaimed “There’s Magnium’s mother!”  How fond I was of my Magnium.  He was a safe ride for a young teen, myself.  What a good horse he was.  He took me far and wide.  Farther and wider than my parents might have ever imagined.  When I sold him I was heart broken.  I remember my own mother asking me if I’d made a mistake.  That wasn’t any help.  When the big truck came for him, he jumped right on.  I visited him on various occasions, mostly at horse shows where his new owners took him. 


I understand that he now lives in Ohio… if he’s still alive.  He’d be rather ancient in horse years now. 


He was a good horse.  I miss him.  Magnium_1992

Monday, December 28, 2009

Blessings Monday

It’s been SOOOO long since I could actively participate in Blessings Monday. So, it seems fitting to count the blessing of our new computer!!!! Yay!!! We are back online and wireless now!!! Saweet!!!

Marci over at Down On The Farm hosts this weekly forum asking one and all to count their blessings and share them. C’mon over and count your blessings too!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sneak Peak Sunday

Well, the last week has been so cluttered with this and that.  I’m not even sure I can recap it all. Nor do I think I should try. 


I’m very much looking forward to continuing the celebration of Christmas with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and their precious littles this afternoon.  I’ve got a baking dish full of stuffed shells in the oven that we’ll take along to share. 


We also hope to connect with the Zombeck family this evening as we have a little something for them too… he he he! 


Note to self:  need to get batteries!  if you don’t get batteries, there will be no picture taking tonight!



And here’s a little photo that I didn’t get to share months ago.  We celebrated our birthdays in style by dining at a fancy restaurant in Pittsburgh this summer.  Amanda’s b-day is 8-16 and John and mine are 8-17.  We invited Keith by default even though his b-day is in May…. It would not have been the same without him.  It was delightful!


I’ll close with this reminder… Don’t forget to savor the moments of awe, wonder, and marvel at the glorious works of the Lord!!! 

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Keith's Favorite Gift

We visited the Valentines in the summer. We had stayed out way too late at the cottage and the kids were tired and probably nappless. It was almost 10pm when Gayle asked if she could ride home with us. Her Dad told her "For $5." Her tired whiney reply was "But I don't have $5." Her dad reminds her that she has money from a garage sale to which she replys in true distress "OK, but I was saving that to buy a unicorn!!!!!!" We all had a good laugh and really, writing this story just does not do it justice. I think you really had to be there to get the full effect. So the next day we questioned her about this unicorn that she wants to buy. She wants a white unicorn with a blue mane and a pink tail and a yellow horn and a purple whatever... so specific.

So Keith got her a special unicorn at the glass blowing center. This photo is her opening that gift. Keith feels like such a special uncle for getting her a unicorn. Sadly, the head broke off only minutes later as she was playing with it. We packed it back up in the gift box and her parents said they would try to glue it. The next morning I came into the dining room to find her sitting by her lonesome pearing into the box with such a sad sad look on her face. She was devestated.

I keep meaning to call the glass blowing center to see if they can fix it. So maybe the next time they visit, they could carefully transport the precious unicorn and we will see if we can get it fixed for her.
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Saturday’s Savings

Trying to get back to my daily posts on particular topics.  I like order.  I need order.  Clutter aggravates me!


Today I’m saving my sanity!  I will not be going out to shop.  What aggravates me more than clutter??? Crowds!  So I’m not only saving money today… I’m saving my nerves.  Besides… my house really needs cleaned!

The Day After…

Wow!  Christmas was a whirlwind this year.  We had Christmas Eve dinner with Rene’e because Keith wasn’t going to be able to make it to her house for the festivities… and festive it was!  I love going to Renee’s for Christmas.  While Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, Christmas is hers and she spares no expense.  Her home is a winter wonderland of decor and her tree sparkles so pretty.  There was ham and turkey with all the fixins and desserts galore!  The gift giving was a wild exchange with ribbons and paper waste all over.  I’ve never seen so much red (Farmall Fans) in one place.  They crack me up.  It was nice to see them all, especially some of the family that I don’t get to see very much. 

christmas tree clipart

Renee does the white-elephant gift exchange too.  You know, the game where you can either pick a gift or steal someone else’s.  It was hilarious.  There was a red union suit with an International Harvester logo on it.  Someone said “That’s the sexiest thing in the room.” and it made its rounds being stolen several times.  Whoda thunk it?!  I wanted to steal it for Keith, but I don’t think he’d actually use it.  (I know he wouldn’t)  So I couldn’t because there were some there who wanted it for its warmth!  (or maybe they wanted it for its sex appeal?)  HA!!!!  The gift that I got (I shall not reveal it yet) was something that was a re-gifted gift to start.  Someone brought it to the game to get rid of it.  The person that opened it vowed to re-gift it to someone else.  Somehow I ended up with it.  I plan to re-gift it too… Shhhhhh… don’t tell the Zombecks!  They will either love it or hate it.  (and it comes with permission to be re-gifted.)  It’s too funny!  I hope to take pictures and post. 


After the party I went to the barn.  I had two big carrots for each of the horses.  I had plans to take the time to brush my little pony, but alas she was wet from the rain.  It’s not a good idea to brush the wet in the cold.  That would make it soak down to her skin and she could chill.  Better to let it air dry as is.  None the less, I rubbed her forehead and doted on her a bit.  She’s so sassy and spoiled, but I love her dearly.  I’m very blessed to have her and enjoy it very much.  Yes, even in nasty weather. 


My favorite gift would have to be the pasta bowls… something that’s been on my list for a long time.  Yay!!!!  I also really like the singing cow stocking that Rene’e gave me.  What didn’t I get that I really wanted?  Those gel socks that’ I’ve been eyeing up for months.  Every time we got to Walmart I point them out to Keith.  I think I just might buy them for myself after all.  Rene’e got some and I was jealous.  What was your favorite gift?


I didn’t get to my folks in time to give the littles their gifts.  I think their new Wii will definitely overshadow our little presents anyway.  So they can enjoy the game for a bit and then hopefully we’ll see them in the next couple of days. 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It’s Christmas Eve

Yes, it’s Christmas Eve.  All best intentions of having all our out of town relatives gifts mailed has gone out the window of time.  They will all be having a New Years Christmas from us.  SORRY!!!  Lucky for the Valentines… we had Christmas early with them. 


I’m working a half day today.  I’m taking the truck aka “The Big Bird” to work so I can pick up a gift for Keith on my way home.  If the store doesn’t have what I’m looking for, then I’ll have to backtrack and initiate plan B.  As usual… I have him guessing what in the world I’d need the truck for today.  Ha ha ha.  :)  We are to have dinner with Rene’e this evening and then we’ll attend the candlelight service at church.


I’m so glad for Keith.  He spend much of yesterday playing on Facebook.  He found most of his old Army friends!  How exciting for him to reconnect. 


I’d like to wish all a most festive and very Merry Christmas.  Enjoy!!!clipart-snowman

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Way Back Wednesday

In the spirit of Christmas, I’m thinking back to Christmas as a little girl.  The first memory that comes to mind is that I dreamed excessively that I would get a horse for Christmas.  It was a vivid dream… I imagined someone telling me to look out the window and another someone leading it down the driveway.  Of course this dream was never exactly a Christmas reality.  My horse-gift did not come at Christmas time. 


My next Christmas recollection is that my Mom would wrap the gifts and number them, instead of putting our names on them.  Great idea Ma.  Among the coolest gifts….  a radio/cassette player from my parents and jewelry from cousin Steve. 


And last, but so so sweet…. Grammy always wrapped her gifts in white tissue paper and sometimes used stickers for tape. 


My final comment this morning is that I’m disappointed because there will be no Ugly Ornament Contest for us this year.  Bummer! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'm Back!!!!!!

We got a new computer!!!!

Sorry, no pictures downloaded yet... working on it!

Yee Haw!!!!!