Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We Have a Winner!

Reading all your comments about the fun things you did this summer confirms what I have been feeling for a long time already. Simple pleasures are the best!

With out further ado, it's time to visit the random generator to choose the winner for the beautiful flexi-clip.

And the winner is...........................
Comment # 1

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said .................

I was able to have a garden and do canning this year again! I had back surgery 2 years ago and wasn't able to do anything those 2 years. Felt so good to get back to doing what I love in the summer.

Congratulations Debbie! Please send me an email with your address, and your flexi-clip will be mailed to you. I hope you will like it as much as I like mine!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Summer is coming to an end, and as much fun as it is choosing the perfect back to school supplies for a new school year, sometimes it's fun getting something a little special for yourself.

So today I'm having a giveaway for one of my favorite things. A Lilla Rose flexi clip.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment telling me something fun you did this summer. We didn't go on a vacation. In fact our summer wasn't anything like planned, but we still had a smattering of fun thrown in. Enjoying the best ice cream at this little ice cream shop, playing baseball in the backyard, and going swimming.

As always, for a second entry share this giveaway with a link back to this post on your blog or Facebook, and then leave another comment telling me you did.

I will be choosing a winner on Wednesday August, 20th.

Giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


My email was exploding this morning with people concerned about the two little Amish girls that were abducted from a little roadside stand in New York, where they were selling vegetables.

No, I don't know them, but my stomach is still in knots thinking about what their family and loved ones must be going through. I can't imagine the anguish and helplessness they must be feeling.

No parent should ever have to go through something like that, and no child should have to ever experience being torn from their family.

I will be praying for them, but not only for them, but for all parents that are hurting, waiting, and hoping for their child to return.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. The best part of waking up is____________________________________.

That feeling of having an entire day ahead of me chock full of potential.

2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?

Interacting with lions scares me. Spending an entire day tracking California condors makes me feel hot, tired and itchy just thinking about it. So I'm going with swimming with the dolphins.

3. What is something you fear about 'old age'? What is something you look forward to?

The thought of not being able to care for myself or possibly losing my memory scares me. I'm hoping I can be like my great-grandma who lived to the ripe old age of 106 and was spry and independent until just the very last weeks.

It's still a long way off, but I do look forward to hopefully having grandchildren when I'm old.

4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot?

Not a fan of hot sauce. I like spices and flavorful food, but see no reason to burn off my tastebuds.

5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house?

Love, patience, importance of family, and a healthy dose of hospitality.

6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title?

We don't watch a lot of movies so the only one that comes to mind is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I have no desire to watch it again though.

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day...share one here.

I'll spare you from all the knock-knock jokes I hear on a daily basis, and instead share another one the children shared this morning.

What does a nosy pepper do?

Gets jalapeno business.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

This is what happens when Sunbeam sings along to something Buddy is watching.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What would you say is the key to success?

Patience, persistence, not ignoring those gut instincts.

2. Have you ever been to the Florida Keys? Any desire to visit that part of the US of A?

I have never been to the Florida Keys, but I would love to visit someday.

3. When and where did you last see a real live donkey? Monkey? Turkey?

Donkey: Several years ago while we lived in Missouri our next door neighbor had miniature donkeys. They were the cutest animals with the biggest voice. We enjoyed them a lot.

Monkey: I have never seen a real live monkey. Would love to visit a zoo before long.

Turkey: Yesterday. There are several large flocks that roam the hillside and woods behind the barn.

4. An old Portuguese proverb says, 'Beware of the door with too many keys.' What do you think this means? Share an example of how this has proven true or false in your own life.

Hmmm..... I've never heard that one before. What comes to mind is to beware of trying to please everyone.

No idea if I'm even close to what they had in mind, but I absolutely think it has proven true in our life. We would go batty if we tried to fit our life into every mold that has been thrown at us.

5. Besides your home, vehicle, and special jewelry, what is something you keep under lock and key?

The letters LV and I wrote to each other before we were married. No one needs to accidentally stumble across them and read them.

6. When did you last get keyed up about something?

Keyed up as in nervously excited? I wasn't really nervous, but was feeling excited about having a new school year begin. Today is day three, the children are loving it, and so am I.

7. Who thinks we need an easy one right about now?  Key lime pie...yes please or no thank you?

Yes, please!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We have been competing with the birds to get the black raspberries on a few bushes. I think I have enough to bake a pie. The raspberries are now over, and blackberries will soon be starting. I'm hoping to be able to get more of those if the birds don't beat me to them again.