Wednesday, December 22, 2010
However, since I don't cook often, when I do have to bring something to a potluck or family dinner, then I have to find something that is simple, fool-proof, and yet make everyone think I spent hours in the kitchen. An easy solution to that is my new, favorite websites...The Pioneer Woman and her Tasty Kitchen (http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/) site.
On the Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com/) site, Ree blogs about life on the farm (really, big farm), photography, home, homeschooling and food. Her recipes have the best step by step directions and photos of each step, which makes it so easy to see if I can do this - and if I'm doing it right! Right now - Hurry!- she is giving away a wonder HP printer, so you can print the recipes and the step by steps. Just follow this link to see how to enter. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/special-offers/2010/11/name-your-favorite-holiday-recipes-and-enter-to-win-a-printer/
The Tasty Kitchen site is interactive. You can post your recipes there too. This means that because someone put their name on it and put in on the internet, it must be a good recipe. So I go there frequently to find something new and unusual. You can also comment on the recipes so sometimes you can find alternatives to the method in the original recipe. There is a way to save recipes in your "box" so you have them when you want to come back.
Check out these sites - there are several (like 3) giveaways going on right now. I'm entering one just by posting this on my blog, but I really, really think you would like these sites. So, go check them out!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
1. Cell phones. I have gone from not seeing why I would ever need one to never being without one. Without them I would be lost when I have a sudden need to talk to my son in the middle of the day. I wouldn't be able to call my daughter who just left my house and ask if the fire truck/ambulance/police are that is headed in her direction is coming for her. I wouldn't be able to just let my husband know that I love him when he's knee-deep in some messy, dirty job that's he's doing because he has to.
2. DVR's. At last I can watch my craft shows, my HGTV, and my guilty pleasures when I want to. That may happen at 3 am or at any other time of the day that I am lucky enough to be home alone and can wrap myself up in their goodness.
3. My grandchildren. I love both of my children, but let me tell you about my grandchildren....They are such a wonderment of life. They will keep my young (unless I have to chase them very far or for very long) and I can't wait until their next visit (which, thankfully, is almost every day).
4. The internet. I love to sew, I love to paint, and I love most crafts. What I hate is that no one in my local shopping area seems to share those interests. While buying fabric on the internet is not my favorite way to shop, it's good to know that I still can. I can also find items that my grandmother taught me to use but are no longer made because someone out there thinks, "I can sell this on e-bay!" Thank you!
5.Daylight Savings Time. It's gone now. I miss it very much. It gets very dark, very early. I need some more sunlight.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
In 1775 some ordinary men stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and opened the door for thousands of other heroes who would follow them. They all did it so that a better way of life, our freedoms, would be won and protected. Today we need to remember all of these heroes. Not the ones who fell in battle, but all who stayed true to their beliefs and gave us the right to celebrate today.
"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom." - Bob Dylan
Revolutionary War – John Bradford
US Civil War - William Batterton
WWI - Orem Redding Lancaster (Millersburg Military Institute, Millersburg, KY)
WWII Elmo Howard – US Navy - USS Arizona
Richard Dale Howard – US Army - Pacific Theatre – Okinawa
John Allen Howard – US Navy - USS Ward
Charles Dana Howard - US Navy
James Breckenridge Howard – US Army
Korean War Joseph Curtis Howard – US Navy – USS Rochester
Teddy Eugene Giles – US Army Danny Lee Giles - US Army
Today, especially, thank a veteran. Thank someone who risked it all to stand up for what they believed in. A true hero, who stood for us all.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
1. Go to Pearl Harbor and visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the punchbowl. I can come home after that a happy woman, but if I could see a little more of Hawaii I would be happy too.
2. Learn to tat. I have tried to teach myself, but there is a disconnect somewhere. I can tie a knot, but I can't make it slide. So, I need a teacher. Did I mention that tatting is a dying art form? There are no teachers in my world. I've even had to explain tatting to a few people.
3. Own - and drive - a 1971 Doge Charger. I think my son will eventually fix one up for me, but he'd better hurry! I may not be able to get out of a car like that much longer.
4. Be able to stay at home with my grandchildren all day - every day. I want to teach them to sew, to do decorative painting, crochet, hang drywall, change the oil in their car, and all the other cool stuff I can do.
5. Finish my family tree. This may be impossible. Just this week I took one line back to the 1300's (and found out I was a 2nd cousin 9x removed of George Washington). There always seems to be another branch to follow.
6. Finish my house. Before I die. I'd like to live there before I die too.
7. Create a stained glass window. To go in my house would be nice. But not necessary. I just want to create a window.
8. Drive a semi and a wrecker. Not far - just so I can say I did.
9. Build a pulling truck and a show truck (or car). Just so I can say I did.
10. Make quilts for all my children and grandchildren that they can hand down to their children and grandchildren along with a little family history. I also hope that one of them is interested in family history and the "treasures" we have.
So there, Jessi. Did any of these surprise you?
Friday, July 9, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
1. No snow! I really love waking up to a white covered world, but by the time I'm ready to leave the house I want it gone, gone, gone!
2. My pond. I love to get out of the car and be greeted by the sound of babbling water. I love to look into the water and see the different designs and shapes resting on the bottom of my little pool (this is assuming that the water is clear enough to see the bottom). I love the plants around the edge and the way that some of them dip into the water. I love the fact that we have "accidentally" purchased another small pump, so that I can now create a waterfall or maybe another fountain.
3. Daylight. It's so depressing to get home from work and have to turn the light on in the house. Summertime is when I can really save on my electric bill by not turning on lights until it's almost time for bed. Oh, wait! The electric bill is not smaller because it's also time for....
4. Air Conditioning! Let me just say that personally summer should not be allowed to start without air conditioning being in place. I love, love, love my air conditioning!!!
5. Flowers. It's so nice to see color in the yards and along the road. Someday I will be able to grow my own flower gardens, but for now I just enjoy looking at everyone else's. (Who are we kidding?!?!? My green thumb never grew up and I will never be able to keep a plant alive, let alone make it flourish. I am doomed to have only weeds and mint (which no one can kill as it slowly takes over).
6. Cookouts. First of all it means that someone else (Jerry) does the cooking. There is also very little clean-up. I'm all about the cookout - of course it would be even better if there was air conditioning outside.
7. No school. This used to mean that I didn't have to get up to make sure my children got to school. Now it means the grandchildren can stay all night whenever they want to.
8. Holidays. Maybe it's just my imagination, but there seems to be more holidays in the summer. Days I don't have to go to work and can sleep in, spend the day doing what I want-when I want.
9. Lightening bugs. Nothing makes me feel as safe and happy as lightening bugs. They are a part of my childhood summers, my teen age pranks, and my children's summers. Now I can show my grandchildren the "magic" bugs. They are also the only 'bug' I will touch!
10. Ice cream. Yes, I know we can have ice cream in the winter, but nothing is as good as ice cream on a hot summer day.
Enjoy your summer!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Sweet Mary - For some reason I always think of this song when I hear One Toke Over the Line....
Popcorn, by Hot Butter - something you just have to experience
Friday, June 11, 2010
Cover of the Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook
And of course
Swamp Witch - Jim Stafford
This song was very much Dale. It's also one of my son's favorites too.
Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody
This was NOT one his favorites, but it was in his truck's tape player for months and he took a lot of ribbing about it. However, he kept it there for his daughter.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Ok, to understand this video you have to see the movie "Billy Jack", but this is the only video I could find with the band Coven and this song.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Donnie Osmond - the cutest boy EVER
The DeFranco Family - more family cuteness
And of course, the one and only made for TV family - No, Hannah Montanna is not original!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
God really needs to show me that green line to follow NOW!
Friday, May 14, 2010
No music - but this is our Diesel and his beloved truck.
My son and Diesel - doing what they did best....
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
One Saturday morning, I walked into my living room to find a large boy in a white, wife beater shirt asleep on my floor and my son asleep on the couch. I fixed breakfast for them – a rarity in my house – and Dustin carried his plate to the sink and offered to help clean up the kitchen – another rarity in my house.
Dustin, or Diesel, as he is better known has been in and out of my house ever since. Last winter, during a big snow storm, Diesel brought the hood from one of his old trucks, which was then hooked to a 4-wheeler and became the Super Sled (don’t try this at home! Only trained stunt men or bored teenage boys should attempt this feat!!) When my son’s truck was stuck in the snow, it was Diesel who came to the rescue. On the Saturday mornings when I would find myself alone, I would curl up on the couch in my pj’s with a coke and watch all the Saturday morning tv that I never get to watch when anyone else is home. I could almost guarantee that about mid-morning, Diesel would be knocking on my door, wanting to show his newest toy.
Diesel had a talent for bargains. He bought cars for $400 that everyone else had to pay thousands for. He traded a $400 car for a motorcycle about the same time my son bought one that cost every cent he had made working that summer. Of course, I was the only one home when Diesel came by. I told him how nice his bike was, but he said my son’s was nicer and looked better. I still disagree with that, but that was the kind of kid Diesel was. He never bragged about what he had and he always appreciated yours.
Was. On Mother’s Day, while the sun was shining, a dark cloud formed over our lives. Diesel was in a terrible wreck and was killed. His diesel truck that he loved so much was destroyed and the laughter was taken out of our lives. Diesel was always laughing. He was always smiling. He would go out of his way to speak to you. He never forgot a face. Or a friend. Diesel was known for his white, wife beater shirts, but he was always kind and easy going. He was one of the best kids I have known.
Yesterday, as news of his death spread, his friends gathered at the hospital. They stood in groups, crying, talking softly, or standing silent vigil. They spoke of the good times and how much they loved this soft spoken, bear of a man/child. Diesel was 20 years old. Yesterday I saw 18-25 year olds age before my eyes. They met death, stared him in the face, and they stood strong for their friend. They planned memorials and they remembered good times. They stayed as long as Diesel did. When the funeral home left with their friend, they moved to where they hang out every night, hoping this was a dream and that big, red diesel Ford, would coming roaring in - Power Smokin' everyone in sight. It didn’t.
Diesel, we miss you and whenever we see that black smoke roll from a big, chrome diesel stack we will know that you are up there - watching and laughing.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Her records were from the 1940's and were known as 78's - meaning they played on a record player that rotated them at 78 RPM's/ Evidentially in the 1940's an artist would record songs and then another artist would record the same songs on their record and you could buy the artist that you preferred. However, I didn't know that, so when she kept asking whose album I wanted that song on, I kept saying I just wanted the song.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
This isn't really a blog post, but more of a cry for help.
You may remember about my fledgling water garden last year. Well, it made it through the summer and fall. During the winter it froze and for some reason the fish did not go to the bottom or move behind one of the rocks, so they also froze solid – just under the surface of the ice. During a thaw all the ice melted, but the fish did not revive (so much for cryonics!)
So when the weather warmed and we foolishly thought winter was over, we drained the pond, cleaned out all the decaying leaves that had accumulated over the fall and winter. We re-filled it, installed the pump, and started the fountain. It was very pretty for about 15 minutes or so. I went inside but my 5-year old granddaughter came and told us the pond was pouring water over the sidewalk and was almost empty. My husband caught it just in time to keep from burning out the pump. I re-filled it, reset the fountain, and turned it on again. Fifteen minutes later it’s once again watering the sidewalk. So I gave up. For the time being.
A few days later, on a whim, I bought a water lily (also because the same 5-year old granddaughter thinks I should have one). I sat it in the water, just below the surface and the green leaves have been reaching for air ever since. It was looking good.
Yes, was. We received twelve inches of rain this weekend. You would think that with a water garden that wouldn’t matter. But it does. I think. My water lily is gone, I think it drowned. I’m sure the torrential amount of rain has knocked it off the shelf it was sitting on, but I can’t seem to find it in the bottom of the pond. I was skimming with the net, but I couldn’t find it. Now that rain has stopped I will drain the pond again – just turn on the fountain, because the rain also knocked it over too – and hopefully find a soggy, but semi-happy water lily just waiting to be rescued. And we will start once again.