Monday, June 29, 2009

Patriotic Home Tour . . .

Welcome to our
"Patriotic Home Tour"

Three cheers for
Red, White, & Blue!

Flags Unfurled

Flags Galore

I love America

Chair Pillow

You're A Grand Old Flag

Patriotic Teddy

Miss Liberty

Uncle Sams Big & Small

More Pillow Talk

God Bless America

So glad you stopped by for a visit!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Endurance, Character, Hope . . .

Endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
Romans 5:4

It seems that in today's busy world with all its knowledge and new technology, many people are overlooking the importance of developing good character. In bygone days, it went without saying that neighbors helped neighbors and a man's words was his bond. Children learned good characteristics by the examples set before them in their parents and teachers.

This is still the best way to produce good character. God's plan is for us to be wise and develop positive character traits not only in our own lives but also in the lives of our children and those we influence. Don't make the mistake of thinking this can be accomplished overnight. It takes time and determination, but the end product is priceless.

Character--the sum of those qualities that make
a man a good man and a woman a good woman.
Theodore Roosevelt
Taken from God's Daily Answer

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Score ! ! !

Here's one of the great bargains
I scored at a garage sale in our
subdivision today.

Count 'em, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 . . .

Christmas china plates for $3.00.

What a deal!

They'll be a great addition to our holiday gatherings in December!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Opie Taylor . . .

Is it possible that little Opie Taylor. . .

is on the cover of AARP's July magazine?

I felt very old when I found this
in the mail on Thursday.

Oh how I loved the Andy Griffith Show when I was a kid. I always enjoy the reruns whenever I can find them. Happy Days was one of my favorites too. Wish someone would start producing this type of wholesome sit-com during prime time these days!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

4 Months Old . . .

Ethan is 4 months old today.

He has been working on his roll over technique.

Step 1
Raise your arm high in the air.

Step 2
Roll on your side.

Step 3
Try to figure out how to move the right
arm out of the way.

It won't be long until he masters the art
of rolling over!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Heat Is On . . .

Summer has arrived in Oklahoma!
Temps are predicted to be in the 100s
for the rest of the week.
I remember the dog days of summer when I was a kid.
We had no air-conditioning at home.
Really very few places had air-conditioning.
Some people relied on window water coolers.

Do you remember fans like this?
My mother would keep us inside after lunch & we would lounge
around in the living room near the water cooler
with the blinds closed.
We also enjoyed running through the water sprinkler to keep cool.

I wanted one of these slip 'n slides so much.

Kool-Aid was a big treat!
Mother would also make popsicles in ice trays with toothpicks.
Stay cool friends & enjoy the dog days of summer!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer's First Harvest . . .

Our 'Victory Garden 2009'
is growing & thriving.

We picked our first okra harvest on Saturday.
Count 'em, 8 okra spears!
Just enough to fry up for a yummy side
dish for tonight's supper.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Legacy Of Love . . .

Father's Day brings to mind a legacy of love
through the generations.

Here I am with my Daddy, Gerald,
and my Mother, Helen,
soon after my birth.
Can you see the love on Daddy's face?
Oh, how I've missed him the past 21 years
since his passing.

Bob became a proud Daddy to our
son, Bobby, in 1981.
What a wonderful father he has been!

The legacy of love continued on February 25, 2009
when our son became a Daddy to Ethan.

Happy Father's Day
to the wonderful men in my life!
I have been blessed!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Innocent & Carefree . . .

While Bob & Bobby were dealing with the
frustration & labor of installing
our hand me down dishwasher
in Bobby & Kari's kitchen. . .

Ethan was snoozing in his bouncer. . .

So innocent & not a care in the world.
How sweet!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday Garage Sale Shopping . . .

Well, I had high hopes & expectations Saturday morning when I went garage sale shopping with Bob & Kari. I am looking for items to paint with chalkboard paint & other things that I can re purpose & use in general for the home. I had been disappointed earlier in the week when I stopped by Goodwill & didn't see anything that I could use. There really wasn't much there at all! Anyhoo, I didn't find one single thing during our Saturday morning adventure. Kari found some nice things for their home, throw rugs, a basket, & a salad spinner. Bob even walked away with a hose reel & a nearly new smoker for Bobby & Kari's house. He's going to teach Bobby the art of smoking meat!

When we got home Kari found an over sized chair & ottoman with a fold out bed on Craig's list. We all hopped in the pickup & went to check it out. The girl wanted $100.00, but was willing to sell it for $80.00. Great bargain!

One of the ladies that was having a garage sale on Saturday gave us a flier about an indoor estate sale that she's having starting Thursday morning at 7:00. I'm hoping Kari & I can check it out. I'm determined to find some great things for my chalkboard painting project!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Old Glory Day . . .

Here's a history lesson about Flag Day.

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.

My Country 'Tis Of Thee

What if Betsy Ross had said,
"I'm just too busy to take on another sewing project."

I love to see the flag displayed in front of homes.

Patriotic Pie

It almost looks too pretty to eat!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Out With The Old, In With The New . . .

Late Friday night while I was waiting for hubby to get home from work I kept hearing a weird clicking noise in the kitchen. I finally figured out that the clicking was coming from the refrigerator. When I opened the freezer I discovered the food was thawing out. Oh no!! When Bob got home he checked out the situation & determined that the compressor was out. We loaded up all the food & took it to Bobby & Kari's house around 12:00 AM.

On May 30 we had a power outage for about 2 hours. The power went on & off quickly several times. Last week we had another outage & power surges. We are pretty sure this is what fried the compressor.

Our old Whirlpool fridge was at least 10 years old, maybe older, we can't remember when we bought it. We spent most of the day Saturday shopping for a new refrigerator. After running all over town checking out the options we finally made a decision.

We bought this Samsung, French door fridge at Lowe's. It was delivered Sunday afternoon. We're still learning how to use all the fancy features. So far we love it!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

No More Monitor ! ! !

* Praise Report *
Yesterday Bobby & Kari were informed
by the doctor that Ethan
no longer needs to wear the apnea monitor!
Now he's got no strings to hold him down!

Thank you Lord
for answered prayers!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy 25th Birthday ! ! !

25 years ago a beautiful baby girl was born
to proud parents, Tim & Carol.

When she was 21 years old she married
our son, Bobby. Finally we had
a daughter. She blessed us with our precious
grandson, Ethan, 3 months ago.
Happy Birthday Kari!
Enjoy your day!
Bob & Carol

Sunday, June 7, 2009

His Representative . . .

Whatever you do or say, let it be as a
representative of the Lord Jesus,
and come with him into the presence
of God the Father to give him your thanks.
Colossians 3:17

In the middle of a difficult day when you're feeling most hard-pressed that's the time to give God thanks. Perhaps you're at work dealing with disgruntled coworkers or customers . . . or at home, dealing with belligerent children. Instead of giving up in despair, thank God for the opportunity you've been given to exhibit His love. Then take a moment to look into their faces and give thanks for them.

Giving thanks for people who sometimes cause you problems increases your appreciation for each person as God's totally unique creation. It's a reminder that even the difficult people around you have been places on this earth to fulfill a God-given destiny and are, therefore, precious in His eyes.

Taken from God's Daily Answer

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer Fashion . . .

Every well dressed baby boy
should have certain items
in his summer fashion wardrobe!

Denim shorts, cool sandals . . .

and a t-shirt with a catchy sentence!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Old Age Favorite Things . . .

My sister, Mary, sent me this funny e-mail & I just had to share it!

Julie Andrews Turns 69
This is hysterical !!

To commemorate her birthday , actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan 's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP.One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used:

If you sing it, its especially hysterical!!!

Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd
that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

VBS Memories . . .

Early this morning when I woke up it was cool & rainy.
This sparked a memory of Vacation Bible School when I was a child.

VBS at our little Baptist church began the week
after Memorial Day & was a two week event.
None of our mothers worked out of the home
so they were experts of dedicating themselves to VBS.
I remember the first few days of VBS always being rainy & cool.
Here are a few of my memories of Vacation Bible School.
* Lining up on the front steps of the church for the grand entry
* Pledging allegiance to the American & Christian flags
* Memorizing scripture verses
* Fruit punch served in jelly glasses & homemade cookies
* Playing games on the church lawn
* Arts & crafts projects

One year when I was about 10 years old we made a rooster
on a large piece of plywood out of seeds.
Believe me, we needed the full two weeks to complete the project!

Now in the 21st century most churches have streamlined VBS.
Some hold VBS in the evening after parents get off work.
Now Mom & dad can both be part of the fun.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Thanks Patsy ! ! !

I want to say a big 'Thank You' to Patsy
for giving me this award!

I'm honored that she considers me
an 'Uplifting Blogger'.
I feel the same way about her posts.
She always has interesting bits of information to share.
Hope you take the time to pay her a visit.

All of you gals are uplifting & inspiring to me, so that makes its totally impossible for me to choose only a few to pass this award on to. Please feel free to pick up this award, you all deserve a pat on the back!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Time With Ethan . . .

On Saturday we had a great time
taking care of Ethan while
Kari & Bobby went to the
Tulsa Drillers baseball game.

Snack time . . .

Watching TV on the quilt
I made for Bobby
when he was a baby. . .

Papaw's asleep too . . .

We enjoyed our first big babysitting gig with
our precious grandson.