Wednesday, June 26, 2019


My Words of Wisdom for this Wednesday.....

That's how I feel today !!

Saturday, June 22, 2019


I haven't been on line for the last week.

Hubby and I have been working at our summer camp called Breakaway.

It's like Vacation Bible School on steroids.

Hubby's morning session responsibilities was being on the security team.

I was a part of the snack team, serving some goodies to the "campers" every day.

The total count was 1200 campers and volunteers.

The logistics are a huge undertaking.

One of the snack traditions is PRETZEL DAY.

We serve warmed pretzels that have been slathered in job on this photo,

smothered in cinnamon and sugar, then cut in two and put into individual bags.

Its so messy and delicious.  Nobody wants to miss that day.

This is just a portion of our team, I'm second from the front on the right.

What a great team, lots of laughter and making forever friends.

Friday, June 14, 2019


Here are a couple of photos I found going back into my archives.

The year is 2010.

Our Granddogger...Snickerdoodle...aka..Snicker...

She was such a puppy then.

She still thinks she is tiny and a lap dog   9 years later.

Just a beautiful Iris from 2010.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


My goodness, the weeks roll around so quickly.

Here we are again at Wednesday Words of Wisdom.

I really like the thought for today.

Have a great day, everybody.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

More Flashback Photos

I decided to post a few more of my Flashback Friday Flea Market photos.

For your viewing pleasure....

I love the crystals hanging against the green of the pond.

Be sure to enlarge the photos to see the detail.

Only an artist would have thought of displaying pewter pots in such a way.

It made me want to buy every one of them.

Delightful balls in a cut glass bowl....

Such a clever way to show them.

A vintage book nestled in a wooden basket with a lone rose.


Here's hoping your Sunday is truly delightful too.

Friday, June 07, 2019


I was looking at some photos in my archives.

2008 Hubby and I went to the most interesting Flea Market.

Everything was arranged in the most artistic way.

I'm so glad I brought my camera with me.

Here are several from that day.

Even a pair of old garden boots was presented in an artistic manner.

It almost made me want to buy them.

Have a wonderful weekend  everyone.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019


Today's words of wisdom can apply to each and every one of us....

I have inserted my own name in there....

I want to be the right type of person for someone else to like.

Sunday, June 02, 2019


This has been a crazy couple of days.

It certainly isn't the typical beginning of June weather.

The thunderheads off to the North and East have been amazing.

Friday night Hubby and I were prepping and serving

BBQ for Celebrate Recovery at our church.

The temperature got muggy and there was a stunning sunset

with storm clouds building off in the distance.

I wish I had been able to capture the best of the color.

This will have to do.

That evening and last night we had a full scale "MidWest thunder storm".

Truly powerful.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Friday, May 31, 2019


Yesterday the sky was amazing.

There were what I call Thunder Bumpers to the East and North of us.

The Weather guys called for flash flood warnings in the areas that were devastated

in the terrible fires last year, just a 3 hour drive from our home.

Here we are going into our summer mode at last and the temps. are in the 80's F.

I wish the camera could capture all that I actually saw.

Take care...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


My Wednesday Words of Wisdom are a bit tongue in cheek this week.

The first one is especially for my blogging friend Sandra.

Stress sure can do things to our well being.

This is a groaner...

I sure wish I didn't have these big "Flags" flapping in the breeze...

Have a great day and keep looking up !!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019


I was going through some old photographs the other day.

Two came up from a very long time ago.

This is me at my graduation from a program for certification.

I had gone through a program to become a Certified Nurse Assistant.

June 1986...... That's 33 years ago !!!

A lot has happened since then.

My favorite instructors Karen and Betty handed me my certificate

and I was officially a CNA.

I never used my certification in the working world,

but it had so much value in helping my Dad in the last year of his life.

Time well spent being able to help my Mom at that difficult time.

Our job situation improved and responsibilities changed...

So my certification lapsed but I have never regretted learning all I did.

Working in the Nursing home was a challenge but I think it has helped me

understand aging more...

( now that I am at the age of those I cared for during onsite classes).

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Such wise words from Mother Teresa....

No more needs to be said.

Monday, May 20, 2019


I was so happy to see the sun this morning.

Bragging about that bright orb in the sky.

Then I looked out again.....

Where did my sun go??

It's still a pretty Monday...

Have a great week, everyone.

Saturday, May 18, 2019


There are storm clouds, rain and very gray days in our future.

I am longing for the sun to warm things up.

Wishing you Sunshine and Sweet Peas.

I absolutely love Sweet Peas and their heady fragrance.

Sure wish I had some right now.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Despite many heavy duty concerns in my life,

I am truly thankful.

Thankful for God's promises that give me Hope,

Thankful for family and those in my life that are like family.

I am thankful for the beauty that surrounds me every day.

Thankful for all of you,

My blogging community.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Words to live by.....

Enjoy your day...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Here's your smile for Throwback Tuesday...

Or is it Toes...Day ?

Have a great day...

Saturday, May 11, 2019


I finally found another photo of my Mom.

I just love her in this one, especially that glamorous hair style.

It is her High School graduation photo, circa 1927.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Miss her every day...

Wednesday, May 08, 2019


Here's a tidbit of wisdom for this Wednesday.

Happy Planting...

Tuesday, May 07, 2019


Its hard to celebrate special occasions when part of the family lives so far away.

Our Granddaughter Maddie turned the big #10 a few days ago.

We miss her but know she had a wonderful celebration.

Dinner out at Olive Garden...

Cake and ice cream at home...

I'm so thankful for FaceBook

It lets me be part of the action too.

Saturday, May 04, 2019


I have been off line for several days.

Nothing serious, just am getting old....

Hubby and I helped prep and serve food to the volunteers at our church conference.

It was certainly not as big as my Mexico work every year


I'm not as young as I was a year ago either.

We did a great job and I loved the people I worked with.

Very happy to just be helpers and not the leads on this one.

Continental breakfast, hot lunch, full dinner for 400-500.

We had lots of happy and full tummies people.

I put this quote up because....

When I'm tired and the feet hurt for being on them for 8 or 9 hours

Everything becomes "noise" and my attitude too.

Today, after a pretty good night's rest

The music is beginning again.

My dear friend Melissa Woods and I.

I was so happy to work with her...

She definitely made the music begin again.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019


As a follow up to my last post

I thought I would share this bit of witty wisdom.

Well maybe not wisdom exactly....

Happy May Day !!!

Monday, April 29, 2019


I have been whining about the pollen from our trees.

So I thought I would show you how "Pretty" it is.

It's very breezy today and that isn't a good thing for allergies.

Our backyard...this morning...

The table is full of the fluffy, pollen.

Every nook and cranny is full of the stuff.

Enlarge the photos to see it better.


Friday, April 26, 2019


It was one year ago today that the house behind us burned.

Actually it burned two days in a row at the same time.

We always felt things were suspicious but it really doesn't matter.

The house has been unlivable for the entire year and is now finally getting some work done on it.

We see that tar paper for the stucco and the windows are finally in. 

Lots of empty spaces still.

One year ago...

Today..April 26, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019


I decided to post some more photos of our family trip to Oregon.

Again, these are mostly for me and my photo journal,

But, I hope you will enjoy them anyway.

Our sloppy wet trek to Multnomah Falls, Oregon.

Fun even in the rain.

Temp. was 40F.  cold with the rain coming down.

Grandpa ( Papa) with Maddie.

Grandkids having a ball together in the car.

Son Mark and his wife Kellie.

Another shot of Mark and Kellie at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Oregon.

Kellie and granddaughter Hanna.

All but 2 of our grands.

Mark and his daughter Samantha...her 16th birthday.

Our sweet and funny Maddie.

Maddie wanted to be Papa for a while wearing his jacket and hat.

She said Dave could pretend to be her for a while.

This made me laugh.

Thanks to our son Steve for taking this photo of me.

I just love the dramatic sky.

Getting "down" and getting silly, dancing the night away...

The best memories ever!!!