"Live in such a way that those who know you but don't know God, will come to know God because they know you."

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Hi all, I hope everyone had a good Monday.  We had a restful day. Kinda good and kinda not.  We did not get to sleep until 4-5am.  And slept in a bit. My husband has trouble sleeping sometimes. It is after midnight now and he is watching a dvd. Same one he watched earlier. lol 

Anyway, gotta run. Have a wonderful Tuesday.  Take care.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Ponderings....

Hi everyone, :)  We had a nice lesson in Sunday School today. We are studying the New Testament, and today's lesson was from 1st and 2nd Peter. After I came home and was thinking about the lesson, I thought of something...

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48
A definition of perfect is--whole or complete. So Heavenly Father is perfect, whole and complete.

How can we be perfect? Jesus was our example, and He taught us the things that we can do. If He said to be perfect 'whole and complete' then I know it is possible. To me this means if we strive to do all the things He asks us to do, if that is a goal, then we are on our way. :) There will be times when we make mistakes or have to repent but that is part of life. We sincerely repent, and forsake, HE forgives then, we start again. It is wonderful.  What is your idea about this?

The words of Peter are great. He spoke of things we can do or the type of people we ought to be. If you get a chance to read his words,  let me know what you think, ok?  

I love to Ponder the scriptures :)  

Have a wonderful week. Take care all

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Welcome TCP

Welcome to all my followers, especially the newest ones.  Twin Creek Primitives is the 20th one.  WOOHOO!! Twenty that's great. :) 

This is the site where I found my templates/backgrounds and most of the graphics I will have here. Y'all should check it out :) http://twincreekprimitives.blogspot.com   Love your work. 
Gotta go...take care everyone and have a great Sunday. :)

Christ the Savior is Born

AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.  
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.  
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:1-19


Hi everyone, well Christmastime is here. :) I just love this time of the year.  I love the cold and the snow. And we do get an abundance of both things here in my neck of the woods. I just love it.

I do love the excitement of the children, the decorations, the smell of home baked foods in the house. The roaring fire in the fireplace and hot cocoa on cold nights. I love how everyone is just extra nice and happy.  

But what I love most of all in the Reason for the season. 

We celebrate the birth of the Son of God. Jesus Christ, who taught us how to live, love and pray. He showed us by example how to treat  people and how to love everyone, no matter their race, creed (belief), color, because we are ALL brothers and sisters and children of God.  And we all deserve to be treated as such.  He showed us how to forgive, turn the other cheek. 

But above all he showed us how to love.  He loved us so much that he died for us. He suffered all the mental, emotional and physical pains that we suffer. But he suffered this for ALL the people who ever lived, who live now (us) and who ever will live.  He did this so that if we accept this and are obedient to his teachings, have faith in Him, repent, and be baptized, we would not have to suffer so greatly for our sins and we would be resurrected in the last days. What a wonder gift.

What a wonderful example of love. I love Jesus and Heavenly Father so much for this gift.

Where would we be if Jesus didn't do this? 

So I pray that we will ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM.  And especially at this time of the year when the excitement of the world is overwhelming, that we will remember the real reason we celebrate. Take care.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday?

Well, we had a fun time at my sister in law's.  And as I mentioned before she DID have their Christmas tree up. And her log home living room is so nice and cozy.  Dinner was great. My tummy still feels full, but my taste buds are wanting something. I am not sure what to do about that. lol  

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends

Those of you who are going shopping tomorrow or are already sitting outside waiting for a store to open,  have a great time. Take care

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I Am Thankful for...

Each of us have so many things to be thankful for. We thank the Lord for all of our blessings; our families, friends, jobs, the roof over our head, etc. This night before Thanksgiving day I am thinking about something that I haven't thought of before at this time of year. I am grateful for my religion, my faith.  In the 14th-16th centuries or so many people in other countries wanted the freedom to worship God in their own way. To not be dictated to by the government/churches of their states or countries.  I believe that this country, America was meant for this purpose.  That God's hand was in the discovery of this land.  And he guided those here who wanted to worship him freely.  He choose good religious men to write the laws of the land and of religious freedom.This is to be a land of religious tolerance.  I am grateful for that. I am grateful that I am free to choose my religion.  To worship Heavenly Father his way. One of the Articles of Faith of my church is:
We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

I am thankful that we all can worship according to the dictates of our own conscience.  That we can all be friends whether we believe exactly the same or not.  That we can learn and grow from each other. Be uplifted by  each others faith. And be Christians and not hated for it. 

May we all be ever thankful for our freedom of religion. May we love each other as Jesus taught.

  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13: 34,35

I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.  Take care all....(((HUGS)))

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


WOW! When I came to my blog today I found that the flag of a country that I have been to had been added to my visitors counter. ITALY.  I am always excited when I see that I have had more visitors, especially visitors from other countries. :) 

I lived in Italy for just over a year and a half back in 1982-1984.  It is the only place I have ever been outside of this continent.  I was there for my church. Rome, Naples, Pisa, Florence were the cities that I was in, for a few months at a time. It is a very different place than the USA. The culture is different.  And they have a lot of art.  The buildings are older of course, and the architecture is amazing. I went to and climbed up the leaning tower of Pisa. The Vatican dome is fun to climb up to also. And we drove past the Colosseum. With only one day a week off it is hard to see all there is to see, what with doing laundry, shopping and writing letters home.  I was there for my church and really didn't have time to see much. But that was ok because I loved what I was doing. :) Talking to people about the Lord. About His plan of salvation for us. And about His great love for each of us. :)

The people of Italy are so sweet and friendly.  Most of the people in the southern areas only speak Italian. It is a different dialect than what I learned before going there. A lot of the  people in the north speak English as well. I went to an open market in  Florence I think it was and heard many different languages.  Everywhere I went the people were very sweet and giving. You've heard of Southern Hospitality. Well the people in Italy are just like that.

While I was reading this over, I remembered something that happened. :)  It was Sunday, we were at church in Naples.  The church is up on a hill and is built on stilts in the back because the back of it hangs off the cliff. I think it happened the Sunday I was to give a talk at church. We were all just minding our own business having a nice church service, and then... the ground moved.  THE GROUND MOVED?!?!?  Yep, it did. Oh, I forgot to say that the church was just a ways away from a volcano,  like almost across the street. Well, everyone took off out of the church, faster than Superman changes his clothes in the phone booth. This was not the first time I had been in an earthquake. So I was relatively calm. Unaware that unlike Seattle earthquakes, Naples earthquakes do major damage.

Naples, has BIG earthquakes and volcanos erupting and it is very scary for those who live there. They had just been through one the year before that had devastated the area.  Buildings falling, ceilings caving in. They are close to several major volcanoes.   We, my companion and I, spoke to a family who lived just a few blocks from our apartment ,on the top floor of a building. They had lost their ceiling in the earthquake of '81 and it wasn't repaired. So we could see the roof of the building while in their home. :(  An older lady we visited hardly ever left her apartment anymore. She lived a few floors up. The elevator did not work anymore, and the building was being supported in the middle by tall  logs like our power poles.  It was sad.  She would let down a basket from her window each  day and buy food from the  vendors when they came by.  

Anyway, it was a very interesting and enlightening experience to live there and to visit with the Italian people. :) I learned a lot during that time.  There were also some interesting and funny times there too. I may tell you about them sometime. :)  Gotta run, take care.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm So Excited! Again :)

Well everyone, this evening I have come up with the best idea.  I have a name and a theme for my craft business and  business blog.  I can't wait to tell you. But I will have to. I have to get a lot of things ironed out. I am so excited about it I just can't stand it. YIPPIE!!  LOL  I just don't know what else to say. I will probably not sleep tonight for thinking of all the things that I need to do.  And how fun it is going to be to work on getting things ready.  LOL I just told my husband that I don't think I am going to get any sleep tonight. He said.  AW Janet, you just gotta go to sleep.  Or something like that, said in a slightly 'grumpy' tone. lol  He's funny.  Well, I do have to go now and TRY to sleep. I think it is also too early for me to sleep. This is going to be hard. Ok. Everyone take care and have a good night and a great Tuesday. ((HUGS))

Just A Quick Note

Changes have been made as you will see as you go along. I have rearranged my sidebar.  And removed a couple things. One is the Some of My Favorite Scriptures space.  It will return in a different more prominent way. :)  Later all...Take care

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I'm So Excited!

My blog is not even a month old and I have already met some great new blogging friends. This is so fun! Everyone, please take the time to scroll down the right sidebar and visit those who have signed up as followers of my blog. I am following their blogs and wow, there are so many neat things to see.   So much that I can't even begin to tell you everything. Their blogs are listed also in my blog list further down the sidebar. Welcome to my new followers from today and yesterday. 

I know I have said this before....I love blogging....LOL 

To those of you who will not be back until after the holiday.....Have fun, be safe, and count the many blessings you enjoy each day. :) 

And to those who will be around the next few days.....enjoy each day...please stop by again, and again and again and.....LOL Silly me. :)

Take care all  ((HUGS))

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hi everyone, it is now 11:47pm.  I have my work done and I think I am ready for Sunday. :)  Usually at this time I am still running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Hmm, not sure if I like that saying. :(  I have been having so much fun with this blog, and reading others blogs that I could sit here all night. :)  But hubby is already in bed and I said that I would be in in a few minutes. So I can't stay long. 

Welcome to my new followers. Lol, that sounds funny.  Thank you for stopping by.  I will enjoy stopping by your blogs again.  Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week. Take care all,  byeee :) 

Sunny And A Little Breezy

Well, after a nice warm night sleep we woke up to sunny and a little breezy. When I signed off here last night, or early early this morning and went to bed, I checked outside and saw that I would have to clear the snow off the porch again in the morning before the Princess would be able to go out. :)

My first peek outside today surprised me. The porch was clear. I thought maybe the sun had melted it.  I looked at the stairs and the ground below and at our two car driveway (no garage) and saw that they were cleared off too. Somebody must have come over and cleared the snow away while we were sleeping. ( Hmm, While You Were Sleeping, I like that movie.)  lol
Now, this could have been done by the nice new neighbor lady next door because I cleared her porch the other day. Or it could have been done by sweet friends from church who thought of us.  I am betting on the latter.  Out on the driveway it looks like the work of a snow blower. And I know that the lady next door doesn't have one. Anyway, I think I know who it was. :)  

Today is my 'get ready for Sunday' day.  Any housework that is needed gets done so I don't have to look at it on Sunday. :) And any shopping I need to do that can't wait til Monday gets done. I save my Sundays for Heavenly Father.  He blesses us so much each day and all he asks of us is that we keep this one day, the sabbath day holy. That we use this day to remember him and his son Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for us. I will write more of my thoughts on the sabbath day sometime. :) 

I am grateful for the new friends I have met here. I am grateful for your support and comments. I pray that Heavenly Father will bless you with good health, happiness, and the things that you stand in need of. More later....I think. :) Take care.

Last Snow Update For the Night

It is 1:39 am.  A little while ago I swept and shoveled the snow off the porch for the 4th(?) and final time of the evening. Princess Downy had to go out one last time. :)  The snow has almost stopped and I think we have  a foot or more. We might get more through the early morning hours.  It has been an interesting day. I hope everyone will have a great weekend. And enjoy whatever kind of day the Lord sends you. Take care. :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Welcome to Rugs And Pugs :)

Welcome Rug and Pugs in Ohio. Thank you for wanting to follow my blog. Isn't blogging great? :)

Snow Update :) And Welcome To Cousin Robin And Husband Barry

Yesssssssssssssssss. LOL it is still coming down.  We have about 5 inches or so now.  It is now just after 8:30 pm.  Although the post will say some other  strange time.  I am still trying to figure that out. :) I have swept the porch/deck off twice already and will have do it again so Downy can go out. Wow! Just looked outside again. It is so pretty.  I wish I had a digital camera to take pictures so I can put them right on here.  I will get one soon though. :) But for now we will have to wait until I take the camera to the store for them to send it away for a week

Today I was able visit for a little while with my cousin in law Barry on MSN messenger. He is married to my cousin Robin.  They live up in the Pacific Northwest. I told him about my blog and he went to it as we were speaking :). 

Robin is into family history/genealogy like I am.  I just love it.  It is an addiction with me. A good one.

Oh and the picture of me  with Downy is a few years old. She has more hair now and so do I. LOL And I am a little more scarier looking now. LOL   Be right back. Downy needs to go out.

Back LOL Cute little critter.  I had swept a few feet out from the door and Downy came out. The snow came up to at least her belly or maybe higher she went around trying to figure out how to get to the stairs, then turned around and went back in the house. Like no way, man. LOL   I had to sweep more before she could go down the stairs to the yard. :)
OH, it is sooooo nice outside. Another snow update later :) Byeee

Warm Warm And Hot Cocoa And Snow :)

Some time during the night our furnace went out and oh boy was it cold.  I think we need more than just two thin quilts. Great gusting winds last night rocked the walls and went down the chimney blowing out the pilot light. My husband can't fix things any more and we didn't have a good flashlight to see inside or I would have fixed it. So we had to call someone. And only a few minutes ago did someone finally come to fix it. It's almost 5pm. We may need a part called a Thermocouple. Don't know if that is the right spelling or if it is two words. I hope we won't need that.

And just about a 1/2 hour ago the snow came. May have a couple inches all ready.  The weather report on my trusty cell phone said that today we would get 2 to 4 inches.  And tonight 6-10 inches more. WOOHOOO!! Here it comes! LOL I love it. 

I have cocoa right now. The cup warms my hands. :) Its my toes that are froze. lol  Snow update later..Have a great weekend.:)

You Silly Girl :)

Hi everyone, not sure what to say tonight. It is 2:18 am.  You are probably thinking 'go to bed you silly girl.' lol  I am a night person. But I am sorta trying to be a not-so-late person. I had a nap today well, yesterday because I took a muscle relaxing pill. Dr. just ordered them because I am having pain from head to toe all the time. Like my arthritis and fibromyalgia  pills are not working. Dr. thinks it may be my muscles going nuts.  Yes, that is the official diagnosis. LOL I don't like having to take pills but I am a wimp when it comes to pain.  Well, I had this new pill, flexeril a few days ago for the first time. It is supposed to make you drowsy. I wasn't worried about that because I usually don't have any problems with drowsiness. Well, it made me more than drowsy, and it waited till about two hours after I took it to do it.  I was sooooo tired that I went to sleep for I don't remember how long.  I said to myself nope not taking that anymore.   So what did I do today well, yesterday?  I took it again and a couple hours later had a two hour nap. This is just taking one. Dr. wants me to take three in a day if I have to. Can you imagine my life on three? I don't even like the idea of sleep walking, let alone sleep LIVING.   Nope nope. I will pass thank you. :) 

Oh no, I am hungry. Nope, go to bed you silly girl. LOL  Have a great Friday everyone. :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Thanks to everyone who has come to check out my blog. In just two weeks we have past the 100th visitors mark. YAYYYYYYY 

I appreciate all of you. Your comments have been great. I love these little surprises every day. :)
Thank you Lisa J for telling your other blogging friends about me and my blog.
And Vicki, Lisa A, Sherry, Mrs Mordecai, dr momi, Melanie, 'fullfreezer.' and mjk  thank you. Thanks to ALL those who have added me to their blog list and have started to follow my blog. :) This is soooooo fun! I love it. And I have been having a great time checking out each of your blogs.  Keep up the great work, ladies. :)

I will try to make  interesting posts. Slowly but surely lol. I will also try to get more  pictures on here. And when I have pictures of my craft items I will let you all know. Thanks so much.
Have a wonderful Thursday. Take care, (((HUGS)))

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Moment You Have Been Waiting For....

TAH DAH !! This is Downy. Awwww ain't  she sweet?  Please ignore the mess behind.  We were just moving in or moving things out to our storage unit. And ignore me. lol  Only one eye has dark circles under it here. This is the best post-chemo picture of me. Others are too scarey to share. lol

Downy is a Maltese. She is now about 9 yrs old. This is as big as she will get. Well, except she is a little bigger now. She has been a little piggie the past year and has gained a little weight. Maltese are very friendly little dogs.  Downy  always has to be where the action is.  If someone comes to the door, or she hears someone in the house she will come flying out the of back room to see who's here.  If you rub her tummy you got a friend for life.  She LOVES tummy rubs. 

We got her in 2004. In the spring my husband had a stroke. It didn't cause mobility problems. It was a small stroke. Still a bit scarey. This was in April. We were living in the mountains as security/caretakers for a gated area in the Uintah mountains in northern Utah. Someone found Downy just wondering along the highway and brought her to us. Mel road around the area to see if she belonged to anyone.  He came back with her and she spent the night. The next day I checked outside our gates and found her owners.  They were a family from our church.  Mel had become attached to her already and it was hard to give her back. A few days later they asked us if we would tend her on Tuesdays cause no one would be home. We said yes of course. Then a few days after that they asked if we wanted her. We said YES of course. So that is how we got her.  She and Mel are so attached to each other. And she is just the funniest little thing.  She even fights with her food. lol She will get a piece of food from her dish in the kitchen and bring it out to the living room and throw it, then crouch down like she is getting ready to pounce on it. Then she springs at it. LOL She even grrrrs at it. LOL  Sometimes she loses her food  under the chairs when she throws it.  

More about little  Downy another time. It is late. Hope you have a great Wednesday. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pondering and New Stuff

It is about 12:15 am.  The time on this post will show earlier.  Not sure why it does that. New stuff, well I changed my template as you can see, I like it. I have added and removed some things too.  Twincreek Primitives really has some great graphics and templates. If you'd like to check out what they have, the url for their site is at the end of my first post.

I have been pondering a little lately about what to do on this blog.  I have enjoyed all of the new blogs that I have seen. They have many different things in them. They talk of the weather, how the snow will be coming soon,  of family, friends, good times.  New meal ideas, and crafts. And the blog owners faith in God. 

I love to hear about all these things. I was thinking about the scriptures. And the word ponder. To ponder means to  weigh in the mind with thoroughness and care…to reflect or consider with thoroughness and care.  To think deeply and seriously about something.  This is the way we should think about and read the scriptures. Our relationship with God is what should matter most in our lives. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 '....seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.'  Meaning if we put Him first then all other things will take care of themselves.  I think I would like to have a weekly "Pondering" post.  A post that talks about a certain verse or group of verses.  With a question to ponder.  First question,  What ways can we put God first in our lives? Would you like to share your thoughts? Have a nice day everyone :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011



Sunday Scripture Time 1 :)

Sunday, oh how I love Sundays. This one started a little like Saturday began and ended, hurting all over. :(Still not sure why. I didn't feel like I could get up and get ready for church without more aching. I do hate missing church. :( I did watch a devotional and two scripture discussion programs on tv though. That was nice.  And I looked for verses about being thankful and giving thanks unto the Lord.  Here are a couple:

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

Psalms 95:2

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psalms 100:4

I am sure there are many more. What are some 'thankful' scriptures that you like?

Welcome :)

Hi again, just wanted to welcome those who have decided to follow my blog. I will try to make it exciting.  Not sure if that will happen ALL the time, but I will try :)  I would love to check out your blogs if you have them.  Please let me know the url, ok?  And thank you to those who have  made comments. It is a nice surprise to get up in the morning and find comments. :)

I have made a few changes to my blog today.  I have removed some  pictures and added a new section.  It is called, Some of My Favorite Scriptures.  I love reading the scriptures.  I love studying them and talking about them.  They are the word of God to us.  They are to be read, studied, pondered over, prayed about. There will be verses that you are all familiar with and a few that you may not have seen before. I look forward to sharing them with you. Take care, have a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday and Cricut

Hi everyone, I hope that you are having a good weekend.  Mine started out not so good and got worse. Not sure why but have been hurting all over  all day. :(  Saturday is not the day for this to happen. It is my work day.  It's the day I get ready for Sunday. :)   It is 11:34 pm.  I am not ready.  I shoveled about 5 or so inches of heavy snow of two decks and stairs and around my car, and cleared a space in the yard for Downy.  I swept and vacuumed and did dishes (not all of them), dusted, and did laundry. Is that all? Well, I ran out of steam. Isn't this sounding like last Saturday? Except for the snow and running out of steam. lol   

Ok, this is not what I wanted to talk about. The title of this post says Cricut not Work. lol Does anyone out there have a Cricut?  For some reason mine is not doing what it is suppose to.  Or I am not doing what I am supposed to.  I need to know what are the settings for cutting vinyl. The blade #, regular blade or deep cut blade, speed, and pressure.  And when I tried to get the vinyl off of the mat the mat wouldn't let go. The backing tore and I had to spend time picking it off of the mat.  I have to get some things made this week using the Cricut. My goodness, this is just not my day. lol  Ok, I am done fussing.  Oh wait!  AND I have a hole in the bottom of my foot. Ok, now I'm done.

Well, speaking of snow.  :)  Yes, it snowed today. It was nice about 5 maybe 7 inches. I LOVE snow. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

In Remembrance

Today we remember those at war.  The wars of the past. present, and future.  My son Rob went to Iraq in 2005 at the same time I was having chemotherapy treatments. It was hard for both of us. Thank you Lord for email.  I was able to hear from him every day except when they had communication blackouts. He and his entire unit came back safe. He came back physically safe.  But emotionally he is a mess. :-(  He is soooo angry. It hurts me inside.  I don't know what to do for him.  I just pray hard. One day I will know.

We pray for the safe return of our servicemen and women. We pray for the wounded. And we pray for those who are mourning the death of their loved ones. ( I have tears now for all of us). Thank you to the families whose husbands, fathers, sons, brothers care for this country enough to die to keep it free for all of us. I wish no one had to die.


Downy Again...:)

Hi there!  Yesterday we went to Utah. Riverdale, Utah to be precise.  Me, Mel and Downy. Mel and Downy spent most of the time in the car.  Mel has a hard time getting around. And Downy, well...how many stores will let dogs in?

The purpose of the trip was to go shopping for craft supplies. I had bought  what I could here in town at Walmart.  That wasn't very much, and there is no other place in town to get things.  First stop was Michael's. Michael's is a craft supply store in the West.  I don't know if they are nation-wide. They have a wide variety of things. But they did not have all that I needed.  I was able to buy a paper cutter/trimmer, and etching solution. No cartridges for my Cricut.  So on we go to JoAnn's another neat store. I think it  started out as a fabric store only and then after a while went on to include a bigger selection of art and craft items.  Here I was able to get one cartridge, Winter Lace that has snowflakes on it, vinyl and transfer tape for it, and some adhesive dots.  

After this we headed for home. At about the half-way point we got off the interstate for a break.  We stopped in Morgan, Utah at a little gas station/minimart place.  Mel went inside to go potty. And Downy (our doggie) stayed outside to go potty.  I had to carry her a ways across the parking lot to get to a grassy area.  And boy, did she have fun. All the leaves had fallen from the trees and were crackling under her feet.  We don't have trees in our little yard so she is not used to leaves.  She did what she went there for and then went running all over the place. It was hilarious.  I through leaves on her too. lol  Then we are on our way again.

I wanted to be ready for  our Santa's Workshop event on the 19th, but because of how long it is taking for things to come together I am afraid that it may not happen.  I have only a week to make enough things to sell, and I am having a hard time getting a hold of the people who are in charge, to see if I can get a booth.  If I am not ready then I will work toward being ready for the spring craft bazaar. When I get some things made I will take pictures and put them on here for you to see. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR  My goodness!  It is only about 23 degrees outside according to Yahoo,  and I was freezing. Usually it takes lower temps than that to make me cold.  Little doggie, Downy, whose picture I will try to remember to post some time, had to go potty. Sometimes she can go down the stairs on her own and other times she will pace the top step looking like she is trying to figure out how to get down. Well, guess what, tonight mamma had to get a sweater on and go out in stocking feet and pick her up and take her down the stairs. lol  Whats funny is is that the minute I pick her up she is trying to get down. She flaps her front legs like she's trying to fly or swim or something. Then, this time it just takes 2 seconds or so to do what she went out there for.  Usually she has to sniff every blade of grass or pile of 'other stuff' in order to decide where to 'go', when she has found the general area that suits her she goes around and around and around and around in circles before she lands. LOL Sounds like a plane waiting to land. She is a very sweet, cute and friendly little white Maltese.  She is almost 9 years old. Later when I get a  picture of her up I will try to remember to tell you how we got her.

Monday, November 7, 2011

What I learned in Church...

Well, I had written something a few minutes ago about what we talked about in church, as I said  I would do in my last post. Then I deleted it.  Then I thought of something else I learned today.  I learned... that I was scary. Or is that scarey?  Neither word looks right to me. lol  But yes, I learned that I was 'that'.  My husband had left the chapel and hadn't come back in a while so I went to see if he was ok.  I found him sitting in the foyer.  Then I turned to go down the hall to the restroom. As I started down the hall a little girl was there. She was about 2 years old or so. She looked at me, her eyes got big, she made a sound  and she took off toward her daddy. And grabbed onto his leg. I even smiled at her but that didn't help. Now, I do not have a green face and a long nose. I didn't get close to her and say, ' I'll get you my pretty'. I just walked by.  I know that I don't look great.  No, really, I have dark circles under my eyes. I am starting to get my grandma's wrinkled neck.  And I don't have all my teeth anymore. But I really didn't think I was THAT bad. LOL  I really don't know what to think. Or how that should make me feel. Should I even post this? Oh well....

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Whew! And Did You Remember to Turn Your Clocks Back?

Wow!  It is midnight now.  This day, Saturday, has been a very busy day.  It started out late. And ended in a mad rush to get the dishes done by midnight lol. I don't like to work on Sunday. It is my day of rest. Well, as much rest as one can get with rushing around in the morning getting ready for church. And 3 hours of church (which I love). And then trying to make something for dinner after.
And just what made today so busy you might ask? Well, lets see.....
  • I climbed a pile of stuff taller than me  in our storage unit and yanked out three long folding tables.
  • I rearranged the living room to make space for the tables as my work space for my business.
  • I dusted.
  • I vacuumed the living room and the hallway.
  • I swept the kitchen.
  • I hauled two window unit A/C out to the car, also some boxes and took garbage to the dumpster.
  • I made breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • And I washed a lot of dishes.
Right now I feel like I am 150 years old. LOL. But I am satisfied with how the house looks. And I won't have to look at work that needs to be done. Did that make sense? Whew!
Now I need to remember to change the clocks back before I go to bed.  I guess I will do that right now. Be right back. Ok, back. Done except for the one in the bedroom which will have to wait til I go to bed or til  in the morning. Did you all get yours turned back an hour?  Except for you  folks in Indiana and Arizona, I think it is. Well, has this been the most exciting post you have ever read? LOL Tomorrow it will be better. I can let you know how church was and what I learned.  I always go with the idea that someone is going to say something just for me.  Something that I need to hear. I love Sundays and church. And  once in a while I will be writing about my faith and what it means to me. :-)
Gotta go now.  You all take care and have a great Sunday and a wonderful week..byeee 

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Hi Everyone!  Ok, the post title is YAYYYYYYY for two reasons.  One, our car is fixed. It was dead for a week.  A week ago, Thursday I was in the Walmart parking lot.  I got in my car to go home. I turned the key and it did nothing. Now, I know it is not good to run a car on less than 1/4 of a tank but we just had to. And the gas light had been on. But usually I know how far I can go like that. Not that this has happened a lot. We still had four or five days til payday.  I was going to price some things and go home. I thought I had enough gas to do that and then to get to church and back and not drive again til payday and go right to the gas station. Well, I was wrong.  I have to admit that that happens once in a while. lol  A friend came over with some gas and I was able to get home.  The next day, wait, I think I am remembering wrong cause the next day we were at Walmart again.  I think I forgot earlier that we were going to get a little income sooner than the four or five days.  Anyway, we were in the same parking lot, I got into the car turned the key and  it did nothing.  I thought ok we have gas what is going on here. So maybe it is the battery, not sure why it would be acting up it is relatively new.  Someone came over with jumper cables and got us started and we went home. I thought I don't think I want to be in Walmart parking lot anymore if the car is not going to work every time.  The next day hubby wants to go to the mailbox which is clear around the block and he can't walk there, and the car doesn't start again.  So we find out from a friend from church that he thinks it is the starter so he takes it and finds out that it needs to be rebuilt. Oh my goodness!  Anyway he didn't come back til today to put it in.  They turned the key and it went VROOOOOOOM!  lol yayyyyy.  I know that this is really long so I will be brief with my second reason for my YAYYYYYY title.   IT'S SNOWING AGAIN!!
Take care all.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cozy and Warm

AHHHHHHH Doesn't that fireplace picture look soooo inviting?  I'd like to be curled up in a chair by the fire with a mug of cocoa. Either watching the fire or watching the snow fall. Some day I will have a living room that looks like that. I'll live outside of town in a log home with the deer and other critters outside . More later....

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dashing Through the Snow WOOOHOOO !!!!

Woohoo!!  Oh ok, I already said that in this post title. LOL  Snow, snow, snow!  In case you haven't already guessed, I LOVE snow.  It snowed today, well during the night and on and off today.  What makes me so excited about it is, this time it was a surprise.  We don't have cable/dish right now so I didn't know it was coming.  This is our second snowfall of the year.  Our first was on the 6th of October.  It didn't stay around though.  I have been told that this time it will be nice for the next few days and then it is supposed to snow again on the weekend.  This time we have about  7 inches or so. :) I took some pictures before and after I shoveled off the deck/porch.  I will have to get them on here so you can see them.  
The picture here of our front yard at Manorlands is from 2003-2004.  My husband and I were security and caretakers for Manorlands. It is a gated area in the Uintah Mountains of northern Utah.  We lived there for about 2 1/2 years.  I thought we would be there forever.  At least that was the plan when we signed on. But things happened and we moved on.  Only my heart is still there.  I miss it so badly.  We still get to go there once a year to so. We have family and friends that have cabins there.  But that is just not the same. *sigh*