Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY


Midweek and time for the Hodgepodge again....join the others by clicking on the pic...ENJOY



1.  What did/do you call your grandparents?  If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name?  If you are a grandparent what do your grands call you?  Who chose your moniker?  I called my grandmother on my dad's side Grandma Merrick.  Not sure why the last name was attached to her name, as the other one's was not, lol.  We called my grandmother on my mom's side Gram.  Never really knew either one of my grandfathers.  My grandkids mainly call me just plain old grandma. Sometimes, when BOTH of their grandmother's are present, then they might call me grandma Debbie.  Which means of course two sets of my grands call both of their grandparents the same thing. Melody's kids though call me grandma, and her husbands mom Grammy.  I think way back when I got started on the grandma road someone might have asked me what I wanted to be called, and for me it was simple....Grandma.  lol
Carmel, CA

2.  Ever taken a road trip along the California coast?  If so what was the highlight of your trip?  If not, any desire to do so?  If you were to take a trip along the coast, what's one attraction that would be on your must see list?  Well living in California pretty much my whole life it seems as if I have been up and down the coast too many times to count.  I do remember one trip we took when our boys were young up to San Francisco.  There is a spot in Pismo Beach where you can drive your car right onto to the sand up to the water.  My boys LOVED this.  We also saw Hearst Castle which was fun.  But Carmel remains one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  We didn't do anything or see anything spectacular any time we have ever been there, but the just the beaches, and the countryside, and the little town, and all of it are BEAUTIFUL in my opinion.  I could go there anytime and be happy.  

3.  What are three things you don't know how to do....well, lol, this will be easy.  There are MANY things I don't know how to do.  Let's see...I don't know how to knit or crochet (does that count for one or two?) and I'd really love to learn.  I don't know how to use a serger.....BIG time on my bucket list, lol.  And I don't know how to water ski.  There was a day when I wanted to learn, but that day has definitely come and gone.

4.  Tom Peter's is quoted as saying...Celebrate what you want to see more of.  If that is true, what will you celebrate, and how will you celebrate it?  Well I haven't ever really thought about this like this before, but I think it's true.  I think this is the question this week that I will "overthink" because there is always at least one, lol.  What I want to see more of honestly is just seeing people treat each other well.  How or when I would celebrate such a thing I honestly don't know, but it is what I think the world needs right now.  If we are taking it at a very personal level, I thought back over my life these last few years, and I am pleased with the fact that I managed to learn to quilt.  It was always a lifetime (or so it seems...at least most of my adult life) goal, and I'd have love to have celebrated that somehow with my mom.  But I didn't learn how to till after she passed away.  "MAYBE"  if I celebrated that more, I would make some more.  

5.  Thursday (February 16) is national Almond Day.  Do you like Almonds?  What would you prefer..an Almond Joy or a macaron?  What's something that you make that calls for almonds?  I LOVE almonds.  I'd definitely prefer an Almond Joy, and I can't think of anything right now that I make that calls for almonds...though I do like them slivered and sprinkled on oatmeal.  Does that count?

6.  What does Sat. morning look like at your house?  Sat mornings at our house have been very, very similar for years and years it seems.  It started back when we had a house full of kids and my husband and I looked frantically for a time and place to catch up with each other.  We bought ourselves two giant rocker recliners (that we STILL own and use every day!) and put them in our bedroom, and then made our coffee and breakfast and brought them to our room where we ate together ALONE and chatted and talked until we felt we had caught up.  Our kids knew better (they were a little older by that point) then to interrupt us, lol.  To do so usually meant being put to work somewhere.  These days the recliners are in our living room, I've switched to herbal tea instead of coffee, and our breakfasts are WAY smaller and healthier, lol.  But we still guard this time together and "catch up" on any untold stories we might have.  There aren't as many these days, but we almost never don't have "our time."

7.  Share with us a book you have read this winter...Hmm, I haven't read but two, but I loved them both.  Both by Karen Kingsbury....Brush of Wings, and A Baxter Family Christmas.  Both of these books are just the kind of books I love.  A love story, but told from a christian perspective.  I don't know if I could honestly say which of these I enjoyed more.

8.  Insert your own random thought....My head right now is full of sewing....for anyone who reads or knows me well this is hardly shocking, lol.  But I have had a few things on my list that I have wanted to learn to do or make for a while now, and I decided THIS YEAR I am going to make at least a stab at them.  And with "goggle" and tutorials, you can honestly teach yourself almost anything I have found.  One of the things on my list was to make a bathing suit.  I knew the only thing of any real difficulty would be the attaching of elastic to the suit.  Soooo I watched several tutorials and set out yesterday.  The first one was kind of a nightmare I won't lie, lol.  The fabric slid all around (my least favorite kind of fabric!) and there is a definite right and wrong way to stretch the elastic while putting it on.  The suit was merely OK.  lol.  But forever stubborn, I pressed on today and looked at a couple of other tutorials, and found a couple of tips I thought would be helpful.  Plus, I searched through my sewing machine manual to see if there were any attachments or stitches I didn't know about that would help.  And yes! there was.  No, attachments, but a stitch that was made just for this.  Attaching elastic to both swim suits or lingerie.  Who knew?  Anyway, I made another one today, and it was a completely different experience.  WAY WAY easier, and came out not bad at all, lol.  So hopefully it will fit her.  I've made this for my grand daughter Claire.  I feel an obsession coming on.  I might be making a few more!  lol

FRONT OF SUIT...THIS SHOP HAS THE CUTEST FABRIC

BACK OF SUIT....THE NECKLINE COMES DOWN A LITTLE LOWER IN THE BACK

COMPARED TO YESTERDAYS, LOL....don't look too close as yesterdays, lol


Hope you are all having a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie
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Monday, February 13, 2017

BACK TO SEWING FINALLY....

It's almost 5 on Monday afternoon and I really should be getting dinner in the over, so this will be quick.  I don't want to fall behind on my Monday posts though so here it goes.

Let's see....I have FINALLY managed to get back to my sewing machine.  I think it's like everything else with me.  I am kind of an addictive person.  I'd like to think that isn't true, but honestly it just kind of is.  Once I get going on anything, I tend to just keep going on it, sometimes downright over doing it.  It is true of many things I have done over the years....eating, exercise, sewing, eating, reading, decorating, and did I mention EATING?  sigh.  It CAN be a good thing, but more often then not I just have to really watch myself so as to NOT fall into a frantic overload.  Anyway, I found the old fever for sewing this week, and I made up a lot of stuff that I have been wanting to get to.

I found MORE adorable fabric, and new shops and patterns, and I really had myself a very good time. Let me show it.....First I made up Claire's pj's.  I loved the flannel fabric I found in her beloved Paw Patrol, but of course again, using a flannel verses a knit, meant I needed to find a pattern that would accommodate.  I couldn't find one like I did for the boys that pulled on over her head, so I head to go with a button up the front.  It wasn't hard (I've made a bajillion over the years) but you do forget how much more work goes into one of those tops verses the quick and easy pull over the head knits.  Plus, finding a pattern in a size that was going to fit her proved to be kind of hard to.  I finally cut out a 1 and cut it to fit her.  Thank goodness I have taught Melody how to take proper measurements, so that helps alot.  Lot me show you these...

THIS PARTICULAR PATTERN HAD A FRONT BINDING PIECE TOO, WHICH IS CUTE, BUT ADDED UNNECESSARY WORK IN MY OPINION, LOL.  I DID PUT A LITTLE DECORATIVE STITCH IN LAVENDER DOWN THE FRONT OF IT THOUGH, BUT DIDN'T PUT THE BUTTONS OR BUTTONHOLES IN THIS UNTIL SUN AFTERNOON

JUST A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SOFT ADORABLE FABRIC....FOUND THIS ONLINE

I GOT THIS ALL CUT AND READY FOR JEFF, AND HE TIED IT UP FOR ME ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER CHURCH...SUCH A HELP!

SO HERE'S CLAIRE'S PJ'S AND BLANKET SO SHE CAN GET ON THE FUN WITH HER BROTHERS...MAILED THEM OFF THIS MORNING TOO.

Then, Melody had decided we needed to bump Claire up to a size 2T, so that meant finding new patterns and getting those together before I could get started on anything else.  I am getting better about putting together PDF patterns, and truthfully I guess I am beginning to prefer them.  I have yet to use a PDF pattern for anything but knit yet though.  The PDF's do seem to have a much wider choice in this area compared to traditional patterns however, so that has helped.  I found the cutest fabric and got enough to make her two complete, yet interchangeable outfits.  Let me show you those...

OK, THIS IS FABRIC FROM A NEW SHOP I FOUND, A NEW PATTERN FROM ANOTHER, AND!!!  I DECIDED TO TRY MY HAND AT MAKING A RUFFLED LETTUCE HEM TO GET THE GIRLY AFFECT THAT I REALLY LIKE.  I WATCHED A FEW TUTORIALS (such a wonderful thing those tutorials!) AND JUST KIND OF DOVE RIGHT IN.  IT CAME OUT PRETTY GOOD, BUT THERE IS A LOT OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, LOL.  I AM THINKING HOPEFULLY I WILL IMPROVE WITH PRACTICE.  I LOVE THIS PATTERN AS IT GIVES YOU MANY DIFFERENT POSSIBILITIES.  SKIRT, OR NO SKIRT, SLEEVES SHORT, 3/4, OR LONG, AND A HOOD OR NO HOOD.  I LET MELODY CHOSE THESE ITEMS, LOL  THEN OF COURSE AFTER YOU CHOSE WHAT YOU WANT, THEN YOU HAVE TO DECIDED WHERE TO USE WHAT FABRIC....TOO MANY CHOICES, LOL

THEN I MADE A PAIR OF LEGGINGS TO GO WITH IT IN A COORDINATING PRINT...SOOO CUTE  I LOVED THIS FABRIC!  AND SOO PERFECT FOR THIS DAIRY GIRL

THIS IS THE SAME PATTERN, MINUS THE SKIRT AND WITH A HOOD.  CHANGED THE FABRIC AROUND A BIT AS WELL

AND ANOTHER PAIR OF COORDINATING LEGGINGS

SO THERE ARE THE TWO INTERCHANGEABLE OUTFITS...SOO FUN.
 
Then today I decided to try making a swim suit for Claire.  I have always wanted to try making one, so I decided a little one would be best.  Again, a few tutorials on how to put elastic in a swim suit, and I began.  I had gotten some really cute little coordinating fabric panels from my favorite shop, and was really anxious to try it.  Well.........it was A LOT more fiddly then I hoped.  The fabric slip and slided around, and the elastic has to be stretched just so, and the bottom line it is going to take some practice.  But just like the lettuce hem, I really WANT to learn to do new things now and then so I push myself through.  The suit is merely OK, LOL.  And that's because the fabric is soo adorable.  I have two more cut out for tomorrow, so hopefully they will be better.  Let me show you this one...

LIKE I SAID, FABRIC IS ADORABLE...BUT I HAVE A FEW MORE TIPS TO TRY TOMORROW WHICH SHOULD IMPROVE ON THIS A LOT.  MEANWHILE, I HOPE IT AT LEAST FITS HER, LOL

AND THIS IS THE BACK!
So honestly, that's about all I have been up to.  Our week-end was pretty ordinary for us.  Relaxing, a few errands, and more relaxing.  Hope you all had a good week-end.  I did stop and put my dinner in and I am hearing Jeff pull into the driveway so I finished this just in time.  Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all, Debbie

Monday, February 6, 2017

MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS

Well here we are to Monday again and honestly I just remembered my plan to post every Monday morning if I could, so here I am.  Though truthfully, it is already noon.

We had another GOOD week-end.  I am soo grateful for the fact that my husband and I get this time together, and that we are usually soo on the same page for how we should spend our time.  We didn't do much of anything of any real difference, but here is what we did do....Sat. we had our usual S L O W morning, and then headed out for a few errands.  After we finished that up, along with a yummy lunch out, we headed over to my oldest son's house and picked up little Cody so that he could celebrate his 8th birthday with grandma and grandpa.  We started a new thing with most of our grandkids a few years ago now, where if their parents have not had an actual birthday party for them, (which is frequently the case the older they get!) then we pick them up and take them to lunch, or for ice cream, or to a movie, and then finish it off with a stop at the toy store (or a clothing store for the older ones, lol) and let them pick out their own birthday present.  Soo much easier then trying to buy something for them when we are usually "clueless" as to what to get.  Sometimes (with the oldest ones who are busy with their own lives!) we just send a card and a check, but we both REALLY love the time spent just "hanging out".  We enjoyed EVERY LITTLE MINUTE spent with Cody. Seriously even though I know all grandparents say this, but Cody is just the sweetest thing you ever saw.  His nature is happy, laid back, and willing to go with the flow.  I just can't describe it.  He is a complete and utter delight to be around.  We stopped for ice cream first and he asked for 2 cherries on his oreo cookie shake, lol.  Doesn't take much to please him.  He was concerned that grandma wasn't having any (like I said, such a sweet nature) but I assured him grandma has had more then her fair share of ice cream over the years, and these days she needs to just pass that up.  Sad, but true, lol.  We talked about school, his friends, and Disneyland, which is where he spent his actual birthday the day before.  He had actually never been to Disneyland which is kind of unusual for someone who has grown up right here in California, but he had not.  He of course LOVED it and had much to tell.  I was sooo glad his parents were able to take him.

8 YEAR OLD CODY....HOW GORGEOUS ARE THOSE FLOWERS BEHIND HIM?

SUCH A CUTIE!

HIS FAVORITE THINGS ON THE DAY WAS THE CARS FROM THE CAR MOVIE

WITH MOM AND DAD AT THE START OF THE DAY

FATHER AND SON ON THE ROCKETS
After ice cream it was on to the toy store.  I can't even really describe what it was he selected, lol. Some kind of a robot watch that works with your i-pad and has lots of possibilities, lol.  How is that for vague?  Whatever it he was, he was  sure delighted.

Then yesterday it was church as always, a couple of quick errands and grocery shopping afterwards, and then home for the super bowl.  I am not a big football fan.  HOWEVER my entire family is....including Melody.  She is maybe even a bigger fan then a couple of her brothers are, and of course her dad, lol.  Since I was always outnumbered, I did learn the game, and do usually enjoy the super bowl. Most of the rest of the time when I my husband watches I head to my sewing machine.  But yesterday found me on the couch totally immersed in the game.  What a game!  Melody has been a HUGE HUGE Tom Brady Patriots fan for years and years it seems, so naturally I usually root for her team when I can.  I was convinced they were beat yesterday that's for sure, but was I ever wrong. Only Tom Brady could have pulled off that win.  We made chili and enjoyed the game while texting frantically back and forth with all of our kids as they watched from their own homes.

So that brings us to today.  I spent quite a bit of time over the week-end organizing my patterns, and running off new ones, in hopes of getting back to some sewing this week,  I have a few things lined up I want to do, and hopefully I can get back into the grove of things this week.  I am not sure why I have not been able to get myself going on things, but I have been going through somewhat of a lazy, dry, slow spell.  You might remember a couple of weeks back I made up some pj's and pillow cases for Sam, Luke, and Vinny.  I finally got Sam and Luke's mailed off and they got them last Thursday. Melody said they were soo excited that when they put them on they refused to take them off, and got their pillows and blankets I made for them a long time ago, and curled up on their couch for some cartoons as happy as can be.  Their happy little faces is why I sew.  Let me show you....

LUKE AND SAM....THE PJ'S ARE BIGGER ON THEM THEN I THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE!

SAM WAS THRILLED WITH HIS NINJA TURTLES...HE IS WRAPPED UP IN HIS FAVORITE JOHN DEER BLANKET I MADE FOR HIM WHEN HE WAS A BABY TOO

AND HERE'S MY LUKE WITH MICKEY MOUSE....I MADE FOR BOTH OF THEM THE MICKEY BLANKET A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, BUT IT IS A DEFINITE FAVORITE FOR LUKE.  COULDN'T BELIEVE I FOUND THE COTTON FABRIC OF THE PILLOWCASE TO MATCH THE FLEECE OF THE BLANKET

AND HERE'S SWEET CLAIRE WHO DIDN'T WANT TO BE LEFT OUT EVEN THOUGH GRANDMA DIDN'T SEND HER ANY NEW PJ'S OR PILLOW OR BLANKET!!  GRANDMA IS ALREADY WORKING ON THAT, LOL.  HONESTLY, I GUESS SHE HAD NO IDEA SHE'D BEEN LEFT OUT.  SHE JUST RAN AND GOT HER NIGHT NIGHT BLANKET AND JOINED HER BROTHERS ON THE COUCH, LOL
And that's about all I got.  I did get the blanket we (Jeff helps me with these) are making for Claire all cut out and ready, and this afternoon I plan on getting her pj's cut out.  Hope you all enjoyed your week-ends. and are looking forward to a good week!  Many blessings to you!  Debbie




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY


Wednesday already and time for the HODGEPODGE....click on the picture below, you know how it;s done...








1.  Can you believe it't the end of January?  What was the best day of January 2017 for you, and why? Well I am guessing for many of us it was January 20th, Inauguration Day.  My eyes, along with many of yours I imagine, were glued to the TV as I watched President Trump take office.  My heart if full of hope that America will once again become the great nation that we all love.  I am encouraged by all he has already accomplished, but saddened that there is such opposition from some as well.  I do feel that there is real hope now for my children and grandchildren, and I am so very grateful, and I intend to pray everyday that God again will richly bless the United States.

2.  What sounds make up the background noise in your life?  Hmmm  as I just stop and listen right now I hear birds chirping through the open windows today, and a neighbors power saw going (they are extending their porch) and an airplane flying overhead, our grandfathers clock ticking, and soft praise music playing from the station I listen to almost every day.  These are all really common background noises for me on an average day.  

3.  I read on the Power of Positivity website a list of ten things to drop from your life right now.  The are: anger outbursts, people who put you down, regret, negative self talk, being a people pleaser, the notion you need to be perfect, the past (but keep the lessons learned!), gossip and judgment, comparing yourself to others and the word hate (focus on what you love instead)  Which thing on this list do you most need to drop? Are you trying or will you try?  Well I guess it might be between being a people pleaser (I do want everyone to be happy) or the notion that I somehow should be better then I am.  I have always been my own worse critic.  I guess I still have a tendency to compare myself to people who I consider to be a stronger person or Christian as well.  I am WAY beyond comparing my looks or figure to others, or even others homes, cars, etc., but I do look at what others have accomplished with their lives etc.  Sooo to answer the question, lol, I guess I will go with as I have dwelled on this...comparing myself to others.  I have been putting some real effort into this already, and hopefully I can make it something I don't give much thought to in the future,  

4.  What is scared to you?  I guess I would go with my belief and faith in Jesus Christ and all He has done for me.  I have no idea in this world where I would be without Him.  If ever I hear His name being taken in vain, or in a negative way, it literally makes me cringe.  There are many other things I consider scared to....life, family, the Bible, I COULD go on, lol, but I will stop there.

5.  January is National Oatmeal month.  Are you a fan, and if so how do you like it?  I love oatmeal!  I don't eat it a lot as I prefer the longer cooking oats over the instant, and I don't like to take the time. When I have it I like it with a little skim milk, cinnamon, some blueberries, and a few slivered almonds.  I also have a recipe where I put oatmeal in my meatloaf.  I LOVE this too.  Oh, and I love oatmeal cookies, and I have a wonderful oatmeal cake recipe too. (though I rarely if ever eat either one of these things anymore)  YEP, a big fan.

6.  What feelings does twilight stir up in you?  Twilight has always been my favorite time of day.  Honestly I am not sure why.  It just gives me a warm, good feeling.  Like the day is done and yet the night time lies ahead.  There can be a beautiful sunset.  It reminds me of twilight in the summertime when my kids were growing up and we'd be just home from the beach and they'd all be freshly showered and I'd be getting dinner on and my husband would  be getting home from work and we had the whole evening lying in front of us.  Doesn't sound that great I guess, but I have just always loved that time of the day, lol.  
MY FAMILY....JEFF AND I AND MELODY, JAMES. JOE, AND JOHN


7.  Something you're looking forward to next month?  There are a few things...First, it will be our 42nd wedding anniversary (today as a matter of fact!) and then two of my grandchildren have birthdays, and then there is Valentines Day which I usually always enjoy.  Yes, February is a month I always enjoy.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.  Not sure why I haven't got a lot of random thoughts again this week.  I am still not doing much (which I am learning to enjoy more then I thought!) but intend to get back to my sewing machine tomorrow.  My husband and I are watching a TV series called Lark Rise to Candleford which we are just thoroughly enjoying.  I had never heard of it, no one recommended it, and I just happen to randomly find on Hulu.  But it is REALLY good and we both look forward to tuning in every night.  It has become all we do anymore when it comes to TV  Or mainly all we do I guess.  Find a series and watch all the seasons from beginning to end.  It's very addicting to watch TV this way.  Anyway, watch this show if you get the chance (or am I the only one who had never heard of it?) and enjoy.  Wow...talk about random, LOL

Hope you are all having a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie




Monday, January 30, 2017

MONDAY MONDAY....


Good morning!  Well it's Monday morning and I am going to try and put up a post every Monday if I can from now on, so here I am.

It was a nice week-end with GORGEOUS weather here in So. California which was nice after the giant storm the week-end before.  Hubby and I had a very lazy Sat. morning and then caught a movie in the afternoon.  I had been wanting to see the movie Loving, and had missed it when it was at most theaters, so we caught it at the bargain theater which was OK.  It only costs 3.25 for seniors which is not bad of course, but truthfully the leather recliner seats at  our other favorite theater are only 5 dollars if the movie is seen before noon, and it's well worth it believe me, lol, so I will continue to try and see movies there.  This movie was another one that is based on a true story, and those kind are some of my favorites.  Truthfully I was stunned that such a thing went on as late as the 1960's.  Interracial marriage was against the law in some states, and people who disregarded this law were sent to prison. So of course if you married in a state allowing it, and then moved to a state that didn't, you could go to prison.  It was sooo ridiculous, and soo wrong, and I am glad that this couple got it overruled in the Supreme Court and changed that law in every state.   After the movie we went by my son's new studio again and Jeff helped Joe hang his boxing bags, and Leah and I worked on the pictures on the walls.  It is looking REALLY good, and we are praising God for working out all the details.  On Sunday we decided to go down to San Diego to hear our other son preach, and spend some time with that set of grandkids.  We had not seen them since Christmas, so I was really looking forward to it.  My son and his wife had a ministry meeting right after service, so Jeff and I decided to take the 4 kids to lunch and to see the movie Sing.  I have been wanting to see that too, but I always feel when it comes to those kind of movies I really need at least one grand kid along to enjoy it too.  I LOVED it!  lol  When it comes to most "kid" movies lots of times truthfully I struggle to sit there, or even doze off occasionally lol, but this one had my attention from the beginning.  I loved all the singing, and it was quite funny too.  Anyone who hasn't seen this, and enjoys singing, should definitely see it.  We went back to my son's house after that and spent another hour or so catching up with them, and so we didn't get home until late, but it was time well spent.  HOWEVER!  I forgot my Bible.  We had to use their car after church (all 4 kids do not fit in ours!) so I still had my bible with me, and then while I did remember to bring it in with me when we got back to their house, I forgot it there once we were leaving.  I am such a creature of habit.  I don't usually bring my bible in there after church, so I didn't think to bring it back out again when we left.  Now we do have other bibles of course, but the 3 we have are not the same translation as mine, and of course are not marked the same way mine is, so they are not going to work well for me.  I know I can look up the version I want online of course, but I am doing an online study for one of my studies right now, and I like to have my computer on the video from that, and my bible and study book open at the same time, so getting it downloaded on my computer wouldn't work very well.  Now of course I can get it on my phone too, BUT I really hate to read anything off of my phone.  Way too little to work well for me.   I feel positively nude without my bible!  lol.  However, they do not live around the corner, and we will not be going back there for probably around a month or so, so I will just have to make do.  Can you believe I wrote this WHOLE paragraph about forgetting my bible?  lol

I got some of the fabric I ordered in the mail on Sat. so I intend to get going this week on some of that.  It's swim suit fabric to make a couple for Claire.  I have never actually made a swim suit before, so this will be a little bit of a challenge for me, but I am really looking forward to that.



JUST HAD TO SHOW YOU HOW BIG THIS LITTLE MUNCHKIN IS GETTING.  GREAT GRAND DAUGHTER SOPHIA IS ALREADY 8 MONTHS OLD!

AND THIS DARLING LITTLE PICTURE OF CLAIRE BEING A GOOD MAMA AND BRUSHING HER BABY'S TEETH, LOL...LOOK AT THOSE PIG TAILS, AND THAT WHITE HAIR.  JUST LIKE HER MAMA'S!

DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER THE PURSE I MADE FOR MISS CLAIRE SEVERAL MONTHS AGO....WELL, SHE IS OLD ENOUGH NOW TO APPRECIATE IT I GUESS, AND REFUSES TO LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT IT.  SHE IS APPEARING TO BE A GIRLY GIRL SO FAR SO MELODY CAN ENJOY THINGS LIKE THIS.  MELODY WAS ALL TOM BOY, AND I COULDN'T MAKE HER CARRY OR WANT A PURSE UNTIL HER SECOND YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, LOL!!

HERE'S THE TWO OF THEM AND AS YOU CAN SEE CLAIRE HAS FIRMLY GOT HER PURSE!  I LOVE IT!


That's about all I have for now....Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY



Jumping on the Hodgepodge today...join the others by clicking on the pic....ENJOY!




1.  "The cure for anything is salt water: tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan)  Would you agree? Of the 3 which has "cured" you most recently?  Yes, I agree that there is a somewhat of a cure for me in ALL of these things.  Let's face it, sometimes a good cry is the best medicine there is. Followed by a good laugh.  And sometimes you just have to dig in and work until you have a good sweat going to get a problem solved or something done.  And I know very few who are not calmed by the sea.  I am for sure.  As far as recently I would go with sweat I guess as I have forced myself to dig and REALLY work at cleaning out some things around here.  But for me personally. the best cure for anything that really bothers me is time spent in prayer. 


2.  What is something you can't eat without salt?  Do you normally salt your food a little, a lot, or not at all?   Honestly I can't NOT eat anything without salt, but I do prefer to have salt on my eggs in the morning.  I do NOT use a lot of salt on anything though.

3.  Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand...which sandy line could best be applied to something in your life right now?  I think it would be sands of time which is always kind of my feel in January as the new year starts and I am struck once again how time just continues to march on and on.  




4.  A favorite book, movie or song with an island setting or song.  I am going to go here with Anne of Green Gables set on Prince Edwards Island.  I loved first the books, and then the series that was made off of the books.  Just an all time favorite.  

5.  Yesterday - did you run your day, or did it run you?  Hmmm yesterday (which would be Monday since I am doing this Tues afternoon) I would go with I ran it.  It was just one of those easy days where I made my little plans and schedule for the day and everything just kind of flowed along just as I hoped. I got a lot accomplished, and yet never rushed or felt flurried.  January is often like this for me as I usually don't have a lot on my schedule.




6.  Your on an island holiday.  Will I most likely find you parked on a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?  This is easy....definitely parked on a beach chair watching the water.  Shopping in town would definitely happen as well, and so would eating some different type food in fun and beautiful restaurants.  



7.  What do you think we humans take most for granted?  Believe it or not I was just thinking this week-end about how much we take for granted with our electronics anymore.  Even me....AND I fought many of the things we have.  But we turn on our computers, and have in an instant literally thousands of different kind of information at our fingertips.  Of course I do not have a clue how any of it works, so I just kind of take for granted somebody else has it all figured out.  But going a completely different way, I think we take too much for granted sometimes the beauty of nature that is all around us.  Sometimes we just have to slow down and soak it all in.  Much easier for me to do now that I am the age I am, but there are still sometimes when my life gets too busy and I just don't even notice like I should the simple beauty of a sunset or a flower.  Oh, and then when you think about it, it's not until something is not working properly in our bodies that we realize just how much we use them and take it for granted.  I burnt my finger a couple of weeks ago on our toaster.  A pretty decent little burn.  And for at least 3 days couldn't do much with that hand as I was soo hindered by it. Just take for granted all that I really use it for.  I could go on and on I think with things we take for granted, but I will stop with these lol.


MELODY AND MIKE


8.  Insert your random thought here....I usually have soo many random thoughts floating around in my head it would be impossible to get them all down....but today, not so many, lol.  I guess I will go with I was soo grateful today for the nice, L O N G talk I was able to have with my daughter.  Living in another state, and having 3 small children under 5 she has her hands more then busy, and sitting around on the phone talking is just not something that happens much.  She does text me daily, and send cute little videos of the kids, and a quick picture here and there as well, but L O N G conversations are rare treats.  But we got one in today.  She had just popped the baby down for a nap and the boys were busy with their toys and totally occupied so we chatted away.  We made plans for us to go and spend Easter with them this year and celebrate Claire's second birthday as well, and I am already looking forward to it.  It will have been an entire year since we were there last, and so even the L O N G drive doesn't seem to horrible right now,

Hope you are all having a good week.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie











Monday, January 23, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS.....

Well it's Monday again so I decided to put up a quick post, even though I really don't have anything all that interesting, earth shattering, exciting, fun, different, informative, much to say.

Well first off we about floated away this week-end with all the rain we got.  Sooo different for us Californian's of course, and yet soo needed.  Truthfully even though I was out and about in it probably more then I should have been, and it was dreadfully inconvenient considering what we were doing, I DID enjoy it.  Sat morning Jeff (I've decided from now on to refer to my husband by his name instead of hubby, as truthfully hubby just isn't something I ever comfortable saying, lol, so just so you know in the future who Jeff is) had our usual Sat morning catch up and coffee and then headed out to help our oldest son a bit as he was moving his karate studio to a new location.  He did have several of his young men students who were helping out when they could too.  I have to guard Jeff as though he is still stronger then most men I know, he does tend to forget he is 65 years old now, and there are plenty of much younger men to do the heavy lifting, and his back just isn't what it used to be.  After one GIANT truck load was completed, we left and went to relax some at a movie.  We saw the Resurrection of Gavin Stone.  I am sad to say we were the ONLY ones in the theater, but happy to report, we both thoroughly enjoyed it.  The acting was really good, and the message of salvation was loud and clear.  I do wish more would see it, but somehow I have a feeling they won't.  But if you are looking for a GOOD Christian movie and entertainment, I'd recommend this.  We awoke Sun to a HUGE storm, and pretty cool temperatures, but decided after church to go back and help our son a little more as the amount of people helping had dwindled terribly do to the rain.  I ended up sitting in the car WATCHING them all run back and forth from the truck to the studio gathering the rest of the things as I was not only cold, but terrified I might fall or something worse.  But I was anxious to SEE the new studio so when we got to the new place I got myself inside and watched things going up from there.  It will be really good when it is all put together, and I think the move was a smart one.  By the time we practically swam back home, Jeff watched some recorded football, and I started dinner.  Poor Jeff was soaked and freezing.  I really hope he doesn't end up getting sick from the whole experience.
Other then that I have nothing new to report.  I did finish Vinny's pj's, and a new outfit for Capri.  I used a different company for the panel for the front of her top, and honestly I didn't like it as well as the other company I've been using.  However, I am thinking it might just be the particular design of this panel, so I MIGHT give them another shot.  Let me show you these things....

CAPRI'S OUTFIT....I REALLY HOPE SHE LIKES IT...THE SKIRT IS A LITTLE SHORTER THEN I NORMALLY MAKE FOR HER, BUT IT SHRANK A LITTLE MORE THEN I ANTICIPATED, AND I HAD ONLY ORDERED 1 YARD...IT WAS KIND OF PRICEY.  THE BACK OF THE TOP IS A SOLID BLACK LYCRA.

SAME FABRIC AS SAM'S PJ'S, AND SAME PATTERN AS LUKES...IT HAS GOT IT'S PERKS HAVING GRANDKIDS IN THE SAME AGE GROUP

I have added a new (to me anyway) devotional book to my devotions this year and I am thoroughly enjoying it so I thought I'd mention it here for those who might be interested.  It is New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.  And I've also started another new for me thing as well.  An online bible study by Lysa TerKeurst.  I have done some of her studies in the past and have always enjoyed them, so I decided to give this a try.  You get 2 teaching videos a week delivered to your email, and have a work book with daily homework to complete as well.  Melody and some other female family members are doing this too, and I think it is going to be really good.  The name of the study is Finding I Am.  It does enable you to listen and do the work when it works for you.  You do miss the fellowship you get from regular women's bible studies of course, but a few of us are going to text our thoughts in a separate place to try and remedy that a bit.  So far so good.  I am wanting to devote much more of my time in 2017 to the studying of God's Word.

Well that's about it for now.  Hope all of you are off to a good week.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie....   Oh, I thought I'd share the following pic for you that I came across in cleaning out a drawer recently.  Scary really where I can STILL find things like this just randomly in a drawer. lol

THE LIGHTING AND COLORING ARE HORRIBLE HERE OF COURSE, BUT I THINK YOU GET THE IDEA.  THIS IS MY 3 SONS AND I BEFORE CHURCH ON EASTER SUNDAY YEARS AGO.  I WAS A MERE 29 YEARS OLD....LOOK AT THAT 80'S HAIR DO, LOL.  AND THE MISCHIEF YOU CAN KIND OF SEE ON THE FACE OF THE BOYS WAS VERY REAL LET ME TELL YOU.  BOY DID I HAVE MY HANDS FULL.  MELODY DIDN'T ARRIVE UNTIL A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER.  JAMES IS 4 IN THIS PICTURE, JOHN IS ALMOST 8, AND JOE WAS A VERY COOL 12, LOL.