Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I Am So Honored!!!!

No one loves surprises more than I do! Can you imagine my surprise when I got a sweet email from my friend Kat telling me that she was giving me this award. Thank you Kat, I am so honored by this and so in awe of you!!
I am suppose to pass this award along to someone. I love you all girlie's.
Today I will pass this award along to:
Angela: Terrible Speller
Torie: Craven 5
Alison: Cummings Family
Danielle: Sliger Family
Shannon: Flanagan Family
Have a blessed day!

Beautiful Give-a-way!!!

Go visit Sandy here post a comment for a chance to win this awesome painting. She is giving this away in honor of Breast
Cancer Awareness Month, so this is the last day to enter! Her site
is absolutely Fabulous! She is so talented. Ladies remember all those who have been touched by this disease! Lets make others aware so that someday our daughters maybe able to say there is a cure. Have a blessed Day

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Today is my sweet mother-in-laws birthday! Happy Birthday Mrs. Betty!! I love you and I hope you have a wonderful birthday! You inspire me in all you do. Thank you for always, always being there for me. Thank you most of all for raising a son who is an amazing husband and Dad. You are a blessing to all of our family. I hope you enjoy your day and know how much you are loved!!

Favorites Stars and A reminder!!!!!!!

OK ladies, who watched "Dancing With The Stars" last night? I really enjoy this show, whenever I get a chance to see it. I absolutely love the group dance last night. It was so good, the choreography was great, the costumes were cute, the theme was 50'sock hop. Do you have a favorite celebrity? Please post who you are rooting for!!!*****************************************************
Don't forget tomorrow night the little "spooks" will be out. Please keep this in mind as you are out driving. Lets all be a little more cautious and watch out for the little ones who will be out "trick or treating" they will be excited and having fun! They will more than likely not be as careful as usual. So just a reminder to us all!!!

Tip Tuesday!!

Today we are doing things a little different, mixing it up! Instead of me posting a helpful "Tip" I would love to hear from you. If you have a "Tip" that has been helpful or made life easier please post it for everyone to enjoy. This is your chance to share! I hope you will contribute, next week we will be back to the usual. Sometimes it's fun to do things different.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Menu Plan Monday #7

Last week did not go as planned, so we have 2 carry-overs meals this week they are listed below. If you would like to see other delicious menu ideas visit Laura at and a big thank you to her for hosting Menu Plan Monday.
Mon: Leftovers (cleaning out the Fridge.) lol
Tue: Breakfast Pizza, juice
Wed: Mexican Casserole, salad (carry over)
Thur: Grilled Fish, Oven Baked Fries, salad (carry over)
Fri: Eat out or Carry out

Where or Where did the Weekend Go?

Saturday was our annual "Coat Give-A-Way" at the
Three Star Mall, several of our J.A. members worked
on this project, and our hearts were so happy! Pam was
the Chair of this project and she did a excellent job this year.
The many recipients were so appreciative of being able to come
and pick out a coat for their child or children. Several adults
were able to get a warm winter coat. You truly are blessed
whenever you spend 2 hours on Saturday and help many to
brighter winter days ahead. We try desperately to spread
sunshine and help those in need, with all of our involvements
in Junior Auxiliary.
Today, thank God for the many blessing in each of our lives! Look
to help those in need. God will truly bless you.
Have a blessed Sunday!!!


Today, Sunday we attended church services. Our preachers message to the congregation today was concerning our conscience being our guide. God gave us a conscience as a moral compass to use to guide us. That conscience must be trained in the right way to be able to lead us in the right direction. God's Word is our 1st guide so our conscience should be in alignment with the Word of God to be justified. You all know or have read here that on Sundays we have lunch at my mother--in- laws home. Well today I did lunch, to give her a break and to celebrate her birthday a little early. Every year I cook her birthday dinner on the Sunday before her birthday! Did I mention I cooked lunch for my mother in law before services!! lol Actually I had to start night before. I am in awe of her, every year whenever I am trying to pull this meal together and get my family out the door to church, realizing she does this every Sunday, every Sunday!! Pat all those Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and sweet women on the back who cook for their families every Sunday. It is so much more than a meal these ladies are providing, they are providing their families a time of fellowship to connect after a week of work and activities. I know our family truly cherish this day, and this time to be together in one place, spent making some of our most beautiful memories together!!
Oh, I almost forgot I cooked. Crock Pot Chicken Dressing, Hash brown Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Corn (my garden), Mac-Cheese, Green Beans, Cornbread! Yum!
**I did not get to post this yesterday as planned so it is posting today!!!!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

"25 Women Of Acheivement"

Thursday night we attended a dinner, at the Country Club, to honor "25 Women of Achievement" from our hometown. It was a beautiful ceremony to recognize these ladies and all they had achieved in their lives. There were many happy family members and the food was delicious, although the best part of the evening was the recognition of each lady and the presentation of an engrave clock to commemorate their being chosen as an honoree. Each lady left that evening a winner!!
We were so proud to be with our honoree "Mrs. Betty Boyd". My mother-in-law is so deserving of this award. Our Ladies Bible Class nominated her as a recipient to be recognized for her commitment to God, Church, Family and her community. She truly is a wonderful Christian example to all who she meets. She is a true servant in every sense of the word. Whether it is, Church benevolent work, Meals on Wheels, Retired Teachers Association-treasurer, or the VISER Program (volunteering at schools), or even Warren Co. Saddle Club where she volunteers. She gives of her time with grace and dignity in a way that amazes me. She is very honest and sincere in all that she does. A true servant does not seek out recognition or wait for a pat on the back, nor do they need an award to acknowledge their self worth. They are looking ahead and seeking to help those in need. She has accomplished much in her lifetime. She is a wonderful godly wife and mother, and her love for God and family inspires me. I admire and love her and I feel so blessed to be part of her family. Our relationship is so special to me, and she treats me as her daughter. She has paved the road ahead for the ladies in our family, and we are going to have pretty big shoes to fill. Her birthday is Tuesday, and this just made the night that more special. I hope you enjoy the pictures of this special night!
I must say, a most gracious thank you to the Southern Standard and their staff for all their hard work in making this night possible. A special thank you to Mrs. Margret, for the pictures and loving Mrs. Betty (almost as much as we do.) Please check out the Southern Standard on Wed., Oct 31st. A special addition will be included, with each ladies accomplishments.
Today I would like to challenge each of us to give the acknowledgement and honor to those ladies in our lives who so well deserve it!!!
Have a blessed day!!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tip Tuesday

Boy have I had trouble getting this Post to Publish!!! Whew...!!
Needless to say we all know the #1 use for Kitty Litter! lol
Whether you have a feline pet or not, I think you will run
out and buy a bag of Kitty Litter after you read these great
uses. I almost always keep a bag in my pantry and my garage!
The store brand works as well as the top dollar brand.
Uses for Kitty Litter:
1. I pour a cup or two in the bottom of my trash
containers. It is a great odor eliminator.
Hint: husbands do not pick trash container up
and dump, may cause a mess or at least
aggravation. Poor Richard, I almost have him
trained!! (no pun intended)
2. I place a container with Kitty Litter in the
basement and garage to help eliminate musty,
stale odor, which these areas are notorious for.
3. Sprinkle on oil spills in garage or drive, great to
soak up spill.
OK Girlie's, how will you or do you use Kitty Litter? Post and
let me know! Have a great evening, only 3 more days till
Reminder: As with all chemicals, cleaners, and pet
products, please use caution around children
and pets. As my children are almost adults, at times
I may fail to notice a hazard. Please feel free to let
me know of safety issues with any of my "Tips"
I will gladly post a correction.

Monday, October 22, 2007

A sweet surprise!!!!

I awoke this morning happy, not necessarily because it's a Monday and I have the day off from work. Imagine my surprise this morning when I checked my email and found that my thoughtful friend, Kat at JustaBeachKat, had awarded me the "One Sweet Treat to Read" award. This is especially nice coming from her. Kat's blog is fabulous and I stand in awe of her. Thank you Ms. Kat, you truly made my day!!!!

Here's how this award works:
1. Once you've been awarded, make a post and award it to bloggers who you deem "One Sweet Treat to Read" everyday.
2. Make sure you inform those who you awarded that they have won!
3. Grab the button and proudly display it in your sidebar for all your old/new readers to see!

I am suppose to tag someone else to receive this award. There
are so many sweet treats to read, today I pass along this award to
Tabetha at Reminisce heirlooms and Leanne at Lots of Loop

Menu Plan Monday #6

I hope everyone had a very fun and restful weekend. I do have one carry over item from last weeks menu. Richard and I are trying to eat healthier, and sometime Menu planning is harder when trying to diet, (the only hard part is choosing for our needs and the children wants). lol Thursday we will be eating at the County Club. We will be attending a dinner to honor my sweet MIL as one of the 25 outstanding women of Warren County (post more on this later).
A big thank you to Laura at Orgjunkie, for hosting Menu plan Monday, please check out her site for more fabulous Menu's. She also has many organization idea's she is inspiring. Happy Menu planning this week....God bless you all.....
Mon: Fried Chicken Salad (carry over from last week)
Tues: Grilled Fish, Oven baked Fries, salad
Wed: Mexican Casserole, salad
Thur: Dinner at the Country Club (celebrate MIL award)
Fri: Cookout friends house.
Sat: Left overs from past dinners
Sun: Dinner MY house!!! Sweet MIL birthday dinner

Bell Buckle Will "NEVER" Be The Same!!!!!!!

Sherri (my sweet SIL) and I decided to spend our Saturday at Bell Buckle Craft Fair!!! Jalen, Sherri's oldest had a soccer game, so immediately after the game we head out. This girl, knows her directions and she knows how to shop. I was in awe, had a hard time keeping up. I love Bell Buckle and we had a wonderful day. We even got a little silly at the end, giggling and pulling out the camera to see if we could sneak a picture (of items we "One day" will try to make) haha. I don't think those vendors have anything to worry about if they take a look at her schedule or Girlies we really need little snippets or even days of Girl Time, however and with whomever we choose to spend that time, to connect as only females do. Thank you Sherri, for a much needed break and much fun and laughter. I love you and value our relationship....

P.S. Our day did end at the hospital, Ms. Carrie, one of Sherri's teacher co-workers, had to go in for kidney stones. We visited her and hopefully cheered her up. Keep her in your prayers that the stones will pass quickly. God Bless you Carrie, don't kill me for mentioning you here!!!!!
Update Ms. Carrie had to have them removed so please keep her in your prayers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

mY BiTs oF HaPpY!!!!!!

Driving to beach with family.
Stawberry Shortcake ice cream.
Summer Break from Work.
First cup of coffee
Completed "To do List".
Cru meeting me at door end of the day.
Snow Days!!!!!
Sunday Lunch with all my family
Giving and Receiving "happy birthday wishes"
Pleasant day at work.
Living on a Farm, working in City.
Friendship of my Mother-In-Law
My sweet nephew and niece saying "GimMe, we love you"
Granny's and Cracker Barrel's Dumplings!!!
Richard planning surprise weekend "get a ways"for us.
Tag You are It!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Business Mixed with Pleasure......

We had our annual Junior Auxiliary Provisional Social tonight! It was beautiful. The new girls, "Provisional" are a wonderful and talented group. They are so excited to be a part of our sisterhood. We are so blessed to have them as part of our family. Natalie M. is the provisional leader this year and she is going to do a fabulous job. I also want to comment on our President, Susan B., she is doing an amazing job. She has made our meetings informative, fun, and she is such a great leader. She is encouraging us to set our goals higher, while honoring ourselves and others we come in contact with. She truly wants our member to achieve their personal best, as we go into the community and make a difference. We love you Susan, and appreciate your hard work and leadership. Keep those great ideas coming!!!!
We have several things coming up. Only two more weeks until our annual "Coats for the Community" this is such a worthwhile event. We provide a coat for those who are in need of one. It truly touches your heart to see a child's eyes light up and know that their little bodies will be warmed by our efforts. I challenge you to search your closets and find those coats that need a home and find someone who can appreciate it. I promise it will make you feel as good as the recipient. We are also working on the Christmas in Park downtown. Something new this year will be the Lollipop Shop (more to come on this later). We are also working on a float for the Christmas Parade.
This is where I need your help and input. Susan, Natalie and I were talking about doing a blog. A "Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville" Blog. What do you think, I think our associate members and life members would love this. We could post upcoming events and let you know what is going on with JA. Please post and let us know what your thoughts are on this. Especially if you are reading and you are active, associate, life member. We are trying to find ways to keep you informed and get the message out about JA and what we are doing in the community.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of our night.

Tuesday Tip

I just have to share this cute info. since today is Tues. Tip.
I won't reveal names, you know who you are. I was in
Walmart recently and the clerk told me she read my
blog and enjoyed my Tuesday Tip, made me smile.
So you never know who is reading or enjoying.
Today's Tip follows

Cleaning Chandeliers/other Light fixtures:
Chandeliers have a reputation for being difficult
to clean but it doesn't have to be that way. First,
turn off the light and let the bulbs cool, don't start
until they're cool. My Chandelier is in a two story
open foyer, can't reach it to clean it. I place a clean
sheet (so I can see the dirt as it drips off) on the floor.
I get my ladder and I spray the entire Chandelier with window
cleaner and let it drip clean/dry. Must completely saturate
the prism to remove dust. Just pick up sheet put in wash.
It works for me, give it a try this works for other Light Fixtures
too. Have a blessed day.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Menu Plan Monday #5

Richard is going on a business trip. So this week is going to be
simple for Ethan and I. Come back next week for our regular!
This week we are doing Check out
for other good menu idea's.
Mon: Sloppy Joe's and French Fries
Tues: Fried Chicken Salad

Wed: Chicken Pot Pie, garden salad
Thur: Pizza, salad
Fri: Take out, eat out
** I will only post weekends if special event...Sundays are always dinner at MIL..yummy

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Ethan

Today is Ethan's 18th Birthday! We have a special bond, Brittney always tells me that I am the one he truly opens up to. I have always enjoyed our little late night talks (after being out late with his friends). Yes, he is the one who broke his curfew, and he is the one I usually was up late waiting on, but by doing this some of our best conversations have taken place. I am so thankful for him. I have truly been blessed by this young man. He has a huge heart, and he is so thoughtful. He is also my worrier. Always has been. He may not say much, oh goodness does he think about things. I feel his love and see it daily (even though he doesn't always show it at this age.) He never goes to bed without telling me goodnight and I love you. This means so much to me. He is a strong young man and I am so proud of his christian example.
Ethan, God truly blessed my life with you. I wish you many more happy birthdays. I pray for your courage and wisdom to always consider God's will first in your life. I love you with all my being and I hope you have a happy day sweetheart.
All my love, All my life!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Happy 95th Birthday Mr. Claude

Mr. Claude Stubblefield, is 95 years old today!! Happy birthday to you, Mr Claude ( I don't think he reads my blog). lol He is our oldest member at our Church. It has been a tradition for me to bring a cake and ice cream to celebrate his birthday. We celebrated on Wednesday night. His birthday is the day before Ethan's and it, as he is very special to our family. Brittney's friend and Claude's neighbor, Jody, took him flying today to celebrate turning 95. Jody, thank you for being so wonderful and thinking of him. Ms. Margret, who also goes to church with us is doing a story about his birthday for the newspaper. I called her to let her know to include his flying adventure. Reminder to us all, never grow to old to experience new things. We LOVE you Mr. Claude, and hope you have a wonderful, fun filled birthday....

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy Fall Y'all

I just love this time of the year. I had a great time
visiting several of the booths and seeing all of my friends
at Autumn Street Fair Saturday. Such a success. Richard's
Leadership Class, was the first to host the"Autumn Street Fair",
it has grown so much since those Early days. Every year I enjoy
it more than the last. It really gets you into the Fall season. Brandie,
designed the shirts and her booth was great with all her artwork.
We also visited a new shop downtown. Three Peas In a Pod it is
absolutely Fabulous!! Marcy has outdone herself with the help
of several ladies her shop is so unique, she has very beautiful
handmade items, bows, candles and of course Miss Ashley's
outstanding Artwork. If you haven't visited you really should.
We should all take a deep breath, we will turn around and it will be
time for Christmas......

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I get by with a little help from my friends!!!!!

I know this is a line in a song, right? I have to give a big shout out to
Ms. Kat at I LOVE my
new signature that she helped me configure on my blog site. She is so
nice, and her site is Fabulous. Kat thank you for being so patient with
You can tell a lot about a person by listening to them, or in our (bloggers)
case, reading written thoughts and words. She is so very talented, beautiful,
and has such great ideas. I visit her site daily. It is so uplifting and her post
are interesting, educational, or just sometimes very funny. Stop by and visit
her it will be time well spent.
I just love making new blog friends....

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Tuesday Tip ( Yeah it's late too!! sorry)

Yes I know, I am running behind, and I apologize
but just couldn't let today end without this little tip.
Gum Remover for clothing;
Ice Cubes, Girls it works like magic. If the gum is harden
on the fabric, get an ice cube and use it to chip at the edges
of the harden gum. It will start to remove the gum, launder the
item and all residue of gum should vanish.
Believe me, I did this one and saved a pair of white shorts.

Menu Plan Monday #4 (gosh I am late)

OK, girlie's you know I have an excuse...back to work
after being off for a week has thrown me for a loop...
anyways last week we received several meals from
ladies from church and my sweet MIL. So we are
having some carry overs meals from last weeks menus
Thanks Laura at, for hosting
Menu Plan Monday.
Mon: Hamburgers and Fries...
Tues: Pork Chops, white beans, fried potatoes, cornbread
Wed: Roast, Potatoes and Carrots (carry over last week)
Thurs: Leftovers.......
Fri: Eat out or carry out.
Sat: Chili, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (carry over from last week)
Sun: Dinner at Dear MIL yummy

Friday, October 5, 2007

Calling All Mothers YOU Must Hear this!!!!!

If you are a mom you must hear and see this
soooo real world, it's it...let me know
if you do too...... btw my son is William "Ethan"!!!!

Look What I received in the Mail!!!!!

Nicholas Sparks' new release, "The Choice" came in the mail last week,
to bad I was so drug induced from surgery, I was not able to understand
what I started to read. So needless to say, I had to lay it aside. Now that
I am getting back to normal, I am ready to enjoy this book page by page.
He is such an awesome writer. You really should add this to your list of
good reading material. Happy reading today........

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Hump Day, Haircut, Driving, Oh MY

Well it is hump day, middle of the week and half way to the
weekend. I am also celebrating driving for the first time
since last Thursday. This little privilege we take for
granted is so important in our day to day lives. I will
admit it felt a little uncomfortable or maybe I was
being a little more cautious today. It reminded me
of my children when they first started driving, how
aware of the dangers and slow they were on the beginning. This
driving story leads up to why I was going out in the
first place. Now ladies you know how important our
monthly trip to our hairdresser I had my
appointment way before I found out about this little
surgery incident. So needless to say, I was not going
to reschedule it even if I had to call a cab. I made it fine
and with a smile on my face. You know I have always
felt like our time spent with our hairdresser is like
therapy anyways. So couldn't miss out on my monthly
appointment to get my fix. lol
My husband did make the comment that I had my
winter color on, hmmm what exactly does that mean?
He doesn't like it, its to dark, whatever .....
I am just so happy to be able to drive to my appointment
and now I must run because it's also time for me to leave
for church, try to teach class tonight. Maybe the ladies won't
notice I have my winter color on tonight.......Peace love and
have a great evening, .....however you decide to spend it.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Tuesday Tip

OK Girlie's, I have been taking it easy this week, I wanted to
thank you all for the sweet phone calls, emails, food, cards, flowers
and most of all your prayers. It has been a blessing to
know your friends are there in our time of need. I have been so
touched by your kindness, and "thank you" just doesn't seem
Sorry this post is late in the day, so I will keep it short and sweet.

Easy way to store Bed Linens
After you launder you sheets/pillowcases.
Take them immediately from dryer and fold each
sheet individually , fold small enough to fit inside one of
the pillow cases. Insert all items for each set of Linens
inside the designated pillowcase. Place these
in your Linen closet or if you are like me I like to put
mine in top shelf of my closet. This makes it so easy
to find when I am ready to change them. This does save
time looking for a misplaced pillow case.
Have a blessed day...........

Monday, October 1, 2007

Menu Plan Monday #3

This week's menu will be different. I am keeping it simple and easy.

I am only posting menu Mon-Fri. , weekends give me a chance to be
flexible. I hope you enjoy, and get your menu's planned for this week
girls. One thing I can mark off my to do list. The Roast, Spaghetti, Chili
are made easy by using a crock pot.

Monday: Grilled Chicken salad
Tuesday: Roast w/carrots, potato
Wednesday: Spaghetti and salad
Thursday: Chili, grilled cheese
Friday: eat out, take out or leftovers