Wednesday, September 24, 2008

#3granddaughter(doesn't she take a great picture?)

#1grandson(can't believe it ,does he needs to shave?)
#1 is #76(it is my first time to get to see him play, he did so great, and they won,Yea!)
go get them(only yesterday he was sitting on my lap, he still could,but don't think he will)
ready set go(I had trouble taking a picture and watching the game)
Doesn't he look great is his football uniform(is that what they call it?)
#2 granddaughter( she is trying to talk her mom into something)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

At last the weekend

I'm not sure why the weekend is better than the weekday but I feel like I have more time on the weekend. Even though I'm probably busier on the weekend.

Started to bake for the Sunday covered dish at the church, don't know why but when I bake to take something somewhere it never turns out. UG

My husband is mowing now, every time he comes in he sees me sitting down, I don't think he thinks I do anything. He takes lots of breaks, but he says he works harder than I do. He says when he works he sweats. I told him I sweat too when I work around here, he just looked at me in disbelief. Men, can't live with them and their moms don't want them back. Only kidding, I think. HA

A few years back just after Christmas, I found a big stuffed Old English Sheepdog. Really cheap, the same size as a live one. Well I was cleaning the spare bedroom and there was Olivia. So , I put her is the dryer on just air(I read somewhere that is what you are supposed to do with stuffed animals to make them fresh again)Well when she was through, I put her on the couch. When my husband came home home , he about had a heart attack, he thought she was real and I had bought one. I just laughed at him, then I looked at her from the side. Her fur was standing straight up, she did look like a real one.

I never thought I would miss not having a dog around. I guess I haven't been without one to love in a very long time. There are times that I can almost see Olivia coming up the hallway. Weird I know, but sure miss having her on my lap.

Forgot to sit my cream cheese out so I have a little more time before I frost the orange brownie like thing. Sure hope it tastes good. Other wise I will tell everyone that my husband made it. He will get a kick out of it.

May Heavenly Father pour out his blessings on you and your family! Char

Thursday, September 18, 2008

looking forward

Wow, another great day. One day closer to Christmas, Ha!

I get to go watch my grandson play football!!!!! Where did all the time go? It just seems like yesterday that he was small enough to sit on my lap. Now he is taller than I am. I have tried to look at things a little more positive. I was looking at it that I really hated to have my grandchildren grow out of the "I am better than peanut butter" ( that is they thought I was better than peanut butter) Now it is harder to get time for them to visit, they are so busy with their lives. I wouldn't have it any other way, they are all such a blessing. Now , I am forcing myself to think how lucky I am to have had them so close to me. My oldest granddaughter told my a few years ago that she was going to do what her mom had done. When I asked what that was , she said, I am going to have my children come and stay with you. What a great thing to say. They better hurry, my sister is on her great,great grandchild. Ok, I know it is not a race.

My daughter just called to ask me to go to lunch with her. We live in the same town , but we have to make a date to see each other. I do tind to stay inside a lot, a big day for me is going to walmart.

Our neighbors father is suffering from cancer. I came back with a bang. He is not sure how much longer he will be with them. So, if you would like to pray for him his name is Charles, and please pray for his family too.

I pray your day is blessed with friends , family and laughter. Char

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It is too quiet

Just talked to my youngest, she and the girls told me a joke, got my first laugh of the day. Hope it's not the only one.

As I was talking to her, I realized why I'm so out of sorts. I had them this weekend, and the house came alive with them here. Now the house is so quiet, I don't like it.

I get my hair cut today, yah! It has turned curly after my radiation treatment. I have always had body to my hair maybe a little curl. Now it takes off on its on. I don't know what to do for it. Now that it is getting cooler I thought I would let it grow a little. No way! I feel duddy(it that a work, OK maybe my word) and I can't do a thing with it. I have to put so much hair spray on it to just get by, and if the wind blows it all takes off. Hope it helps, I need a boost.

I wish you so many blessing you get tired trying to catch them all. Char

Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday morn.

It has stopped raining and the sun is out. Can't believe the flowers need to be watered. They are on the porch and didn't get the rain that the other flowers did.

I'm fighting the feeling of going in the closet and shutting the door. If only there was room for me. That along is a downer.

I seem to be in constant prayer today...maybe I should be quiet and listen for an answer.

We had a fun weekend , the grandchildren were here. What fun, sure needed all the hugs and kisses I can get.

Well , the flowers are calling me, and since I can't go into the closet, I need to get busy .

May your blessings out weight your problems! Char

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wed. morn

To all who read my blog(book)last time, I will try not to do that again. The word is try.

I have been thinking of my parents lately. Last nite, don't know why, I started thinking of being on the farm and bugging my dad to go milk the cows. My dad didn't believe females should be out where the men did their work. We were to be in the house where the women were. So , I guess, that made what he did look all the better. The barn was really old, full of, (well you know) and a 1 10 watt bulb to lite the milking stalls. He did let me go and milk the cows a few times. He would put me at the last cow(the one that had kickers on and a sore bag) I would be there scared to death. Remember , I was little and the cow was BIG, and I would not let my dad know that I was scared. He would milk all the cows(about 15 I think) and then have to come and finish off my cow. I always wondered if he did that on purpose so I wouldn't want to go out again. I finally ask him just before he died if he had done that , he looked at me strange(like I had been smoking something)and said no. My dad was a straight shooter. I mean , if he gave his word that was his bond. He was the strong silent type. He had a great laugh and could tell a story on about anything. You just had to look at the twinkle in his eye to know if he was leading you on. The last thing he said (to grandpa Floyd) was, "Have I got a story for you". I guess Heavenly Father got to hear it. Sure glad He has a sense of humor.

I'm getting ready for the 4 younger grandbabies(there not babies anymore, but I'm having trouble letting them grow up) I think they will be the last grandbabies and I'm holding on tight! Of course, I always pray for miracles, Heavenly Father has his hand on everything and I'm not getting rid of the baby crib that all my grandbabies have used. I know just what they like to have to eat while they are here so I stock up. I don't think it is going to work out for them to swim while they're here. They will probably try, I will load them up on juice and pray they don't get sick. The house comes to life when they are here. What fun.

This is the first visit that Cleo won't be here. I will be hard I think. The little one still talks about her cat that has been gone for years. How precious she is.

The weather is still cool(cold) in the morning and I am fighting myself so I don't bake something. I will just eat it. UG I usually just bake and send it to my husbands work, that way I don't have it around calling my name.

I pray you have to put your umbrella upside down to catch all your blessings! Char

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday morn.

Ok, one more time, and I give up on this blog. I just spent a lot of time putting my thoughts on
the blog and it is in outer space somewhere. Maybe it to much for me to think about. Ug!

Monday morn. isn't my most fun time. That is when I have to pay bills,UG!!!!!!!!!!!!
But as I put out the bills to be mailed, I saw for the first time what the weather was. My husband took the car so I figured out that it would be raining sometime today, but it is just overcast and cool. People usually think of a day like this is a downer. But, not me, it just makes me want to bake. You see, on cold days when I used to live at home on the farm, my mom would always bake on days like this. It wasn't until I was older I understood why she did that. We lived on a farm and were very poor. She baked on cold days not just so we could have something to eat but also to keep us warm. Smart lady, my mom was very talented! I don't think I ever saw her try something that she didn't do very well. She made wedding cakes(without air condition), painted(I'm so lucky that I have some of her pictured on my walls) she could make her home look like a house out of a book by going to garage sales and watching for someone to move and buy what they didn't want. She also would sew all our cloths. I still have a dress from high school. I have loaned it to my nieces to wear and it now waits for my granddaughter to wear or possibly laugh at the thought of wearing it. She was a typical farm wife , had a large garden, had chickens and cows. My dad would milk the cows and she would do the rest. She would can all the food we would use for the year. We grew up without running water or a bathroom in the house. I don't remember things as being bad, we always had food to eat and a safe place to sleep. My mother would spend all day washing our cloths. Now, it was not like it is now for kids. We got a new dress at the start of the school year and another at Easter. My mom was a Great seamstress! So we had to keep out cloths in good repair and be grateful for what we had. There was no time given to plan what you would wear for the day, like the kids today do. There was one closet for four girls and my parents. So we didn't spend time trying to figure out what to wear. If you just have eight outfits all you do is make sure you had one in the closet to wear on cloths washing day. She did this in the wash house, still no running water. She had to pack the water in and then heat the water herself. She did this in different ways depending on what year it was and something else would come out to help women with the wash. I remember she had one thing that she would plug in and then drop into the water, that was supposed to heat the water,we were told not to go near the washing machine or we could get electrocuted. I guess it worked , I was young at the time. Praise the Lord thing are different for me and my family! My job was to take in all the cloths when I would get home from school. There would bet several lines of cloths that included the linens and bedding. I always thought I was being picked on because I had two older sisters(5and 6 years older) I never thought of all the work my mom had done all day just to get them washed and dried. I sure hope I thanked her for all she did for all of us before she died. I just hope my children and grandchildren remember back to their childhood with great memories. We knew how to play without toys, on a farm it is a lot easier to create a place to play in.

I have been looking on the Internet for Old English Sheepdogs. I found a family in another state who will have puppies by Christmas. ( I posted the oes that I had a long time ago on this blog.) I have been thinking of getting another since our dog Cleo went to play in Heaven. Looking for another dog has helped since Cleo passing. I know that you can never replace a dog that you have lost but looking to an oes has helped me through my sadness. But alas, things don't always work out like we want them. She is saving me a female but it looks like this is not to be. So , I guess I'm back to square one(or probably minus one) I know it is just a dog, but I have always wanted one since Olivia.

Now, I have learned by now in my marriage to not say what I would like. My husband will try to get me this. You see we had goats when my children were home, and have always said I would like to have them again. My husband just couldn't get past it and had a woman where he works tell me all the work that having goats would be. Now really we live in town and goats are out of the question. I have always said I wanted a milking cow. You do realize some wants really aren't supposed to come true. It is just fun to think of them. But back to the first. Several years ago(before I figured out not to tell my husband what I wanted) there was a movie staring Steve Martin and I think Goldy Hawn(not sure if that is how you spell it) and in that movie was an oes. I told my husband about it . It was Christmas time and guess what I got. Wrong, he got me a min. fox terrier. He was working out of state and so he had to keep her with him until he got back home. By then she had bonded with him, I think she loved me, just in a different way. I was the alpha dog, my husband is the push over . I have never liked small dogs, only Big ones. So, I told my husband if she snapped or bit the grandchildren, I didn't care how much she cost , she would have to go. Now , that little dog was great with the littleones, and great company to me when my husband was out of state and I was home alone. That winter was a big one on snow and I had just put in new carpeting. Little dogs don't like to go outside when it is cold, wet or if there is snow that touches their bellies. Training Cleo was a challenge,( I told my husband that he owed me a lot for that one.) The littleones would carry her like a baby, dress her up , they even put a blonde wig on her. They just treated her like their baby. Well a few weeks ago (as I said before) Cleo , went to heaven. She had congestive heart failure. I couldn't take her to her last trip to the vet. So my dear daughter took her for me. She even took care of resting place for us. What would I do without my family.

Well, I am now all wet with tears, I even cry at the tv when there is a commercial. So glad I don't have to go anywhere today. I will be saving money and will get some thing done around here.

May Heavenly Father bless you. Char-
P.S. I write like I talk so bare with me.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


My daughter is underneath Olivia being squished
This is a test of the post, this is only a test had it been an emergency well I'm not sure what would have happened.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Is it really Thursday?

I can't believe I just took 30 min. to write a very long letter and when I went to post it, it disappeared Ug!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe I will go into it later or maybe tomorrow. Char

Monday, September 1, 2008

4th of July

Almost the whole gang for the 4th of July

Part of the view of our back yard