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Today is going to be a great day!

Updated: 2018-02-17T12:53:37.291-05:00


No, I am not at the beach...


No I am not at the beach, just looking back at ONE YEAR ago:)  Do you ever do that?  This picture was taken a year ago, we were traveling to watch Autumn play ball and took a trip up the coast of Florida to see the sites!  What a fun memory!  Sometimes I look back and say ahhhhh, I miss that day!

Perhaps I need a trip to the beach, what 'cha think?  Wanna join me?  Enjoy your day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Well lookie here...


Well lookie here, peeking thru the leaves, the yellow blooms of the daffodils:)  I can't believe my eyes, the middle of February and Spring is just around the corner.  I am trying really hard to live in "the day" but these pretties are a tease of the Springy days ahead.

AND more to come:)

It's Friday again.  I remember when I worked how much I looked forward to Friday and dreaded Monday.  Now it's just another day for me to enjoy!  Hope you all have a truly blessed day whatever you do and that you have some blooms to brighten your day!  Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

A sweet day and then...


After staying in all week, I gathered my Valentine goodies and headed to my Daughters.  She called me, "Hi Mom, what 'cha doing"  Me: "ringing your doorbell"!  She was headed home, I got to visit with Austin between classes, got a HUG and gave him a donut:)  I wasn't there long and here comes Tracy.  She was working on finishing these beautiful and tasty cookies for her Church group.  Aren't they pretty?  She has a steady hand and continued to decorate them, I watched:)

On my way to visit, I stopped to grab some tasty treats for the kids!  Austin chose a chocolate one as he headed back to class:)  I surprised Marc with some for our dessert after dinner too!

I returned home early afternoon, turned on the TV and saw the news about the School shooting in Florida!  HORRIBLE!  Kids should be safe at School!  I will be praying for all of these families!  SO SAD!  Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Happy Valentine's Day and it is pink...


Happy Valentine's Day to you ALL!

My heart is pink this morning:)  My Granddaughter Autumn just announced that she is having a baby girl!  I am SO excited to start shopping for little girl things!  I can't wait to meet my little Great-Granddaughter!  This picture was 22 years ago with my FIRST grandchild!  Sweet little baby girl, having a sweet little baby girl!  I am "over the moon" happy!

Have a blessed day dear friends, sending VALENTINE'S DAY HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

February blooms and a recipe...


The only time I went out yesterday was to get the mail after dinner!  When I was coming down the driveway, I looked up and saw these beautiful blooms on my camellia bush/tree:)  I couldn't get a very good picture in the dark, but I took it anyway!  This was a gift from a guy that I worked with and carpooled with for many years for my 50th birthday!  That was almost 14 years ago and it just keeps blooming:)   My day was busy yesterday working in various areas of my house.  I don't think I will ever be finished with my closet, perhaps in time to change out the clothes for Summer:)  We had a delicious casserole for dinner and of course I will share the recipe!Tater Tot Casserole (Simple and Yummy)Ingredients1 pound ground beef1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese1 (16 ounce) package frozen tater totsDirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).Cook and stir ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink and completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes; season with salt and black pepper. Stir cream of mushroom soup into the cooked ground beef; pour the mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Layer tater tots evenly over the ground beef mixture; top with Cheddar cheese.Bake until tater tots are golden brown and hot, 30 to 45 minutes.Enjoy your day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way![...]

A construction party for Grant...


After Church and a short stop at home, off to my Great-great-Nephew Grant's birthday party!  It was a construction themed party and his Mama and Daddy threw a great one for their little sweetie!  The decorations were colorful and the entire place was decorated with balloons and construction vehicles:)  The cake was made by Grant's grandma, a piece of art and SO yummy!

Gift time, there was one gift that was Grant's most favorite... a little music set:)  He LOVED the cymbals, perhaps he will be a musician!  Whatever he chooses to be, we will all be there to watch!  I enjoyed visiting with my family, lots of good food and smiles!

Today?  No plans!  I am staying in and working on catching up after a busy weekend!  It was a great one, but I am tired!  "The old gray mare ain't what she used to be"  Still moving, just not as fast:)  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Saturday shower of blessings...


The bridal shower was so much fun, I knew it would be!  These girls, Nieces, Great-Nieces, Great-Niece In Laws are the best party planners!  The food was wonderful, decorations scattered ALL around were awesome and lots of gifts for Joseph and Kelsey!  I enjoyed every moment of my time there!  The rain held off until I got back home, thankfully!

There was a photo booth with lots of props!  I love my family!  Always doing things for others!  I am looking forward to the wedding, now 48 days:)

That was my Saturday!  I will be putting on my galoshes this morning to head out to Church and a birthday party for my Great-Great-Nephew Grant this afternoon!  Another fun/busy day ahead!  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

100% chance of rain...


100% chance of rain ALL weekend!  Hopefully it will hold off until after the Wedding Shower at my Niece Kelly's house!  My Great-Nephew Joseph and his beautiful Fiance Kelsey are getting married in March.  Today is their shower and I will be there to celebrate them.  I love showers:)

That's all I have for this Saturday!  Gotta get moving, gift loaded in the car and umbrella in hand:)  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

He's home...


Well after 6 nights in the hospital and a successful surgery, Frankie is breathing freely on his own!  Tracy and Alex picked him up yesterday:)  Avery was at play practice and was happy to see him in the car when she got out!  Welcome home Frankie!  We were all so worried about this little guy!

I was out and about yesterday running some errands, enjoying the sunshine, blue skies and gentle breeze.  Today I have to get out again and hope to accomplish a few more chores around the house!  Slowly checking things off my "to do" list!  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

A lazy day is OK...


Lack of sleep made me take yesterday off!  I was so lazy, by the afternoon I needed a nap:)  I managed to get a few things done, packages ready to mail and did some more "clearing the clutter"!  My sleep was a little better last night and after my coffee is gone, I am getting busy!

Hopefully Frankie is coming home today!  I know he will be so happy to be home with his family and his brother Munson!  Have a blessed day, take time to be lazy if you need to:)  HUGS!

I don't always enjoy being retired...


OH wait, yes I do:)  I am coming up on 16 years of being retired!  It amazes me that it has been that long.  After 30 years of working, now almost 16 years of retirement.  It is a joke with Tracy and me... I say "I am gonna do that when I retire".  We both laugh!  There are still things to accomplish and yet haven't been done:)  For those who are working hard every day, your day will come... mine finally did:)  LOVE retirement!

What made me post that today?  Well, yesterday my day was filled with doing whatever made me happy.  I wrapped a shower gift for this Saturday, painted my nails, made some Valentine goody bags to mail to my Grandchildren and did some more organizing:)  Trying to enjoy the moment!  Today is supposed to be a rainy one, I think it's a "stay in" kinda day again!  Frankie's surgery was a success and he will hopefully be home soon and the family will be SO happy to have him back.  Enjoy your day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Puppy love...


Tracy visited Frankie at the hospital yesterday, he was happy to see her and wanted to go home when she left.  A few more days and he will be back with his buddy Munson.  Just a few more days.  Surgery today and some recovery time in the hospital.  I pray that the surgery will help him breathe better and get some spring back in his step!  His family is really missing him:(

I have been trying to accomplish SOMETHING productive every day.  Not really a New Year's resolution, just me deciding that I have areas that need work.  Yesterday I worked in my closet, still work to be done, but it felt good to get TWO shelves organized.  TWO shelves of leggings, organized and sorted.  I swept the front porch which collects leaves when it is windy and dusted/swept the foyer and kitchen/hall area.  As long as I can keep this up, perhaps one day I will finish in time to start all over again.  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

What a game...


I didn't really have a team in this game but I know people who did on both sides:)  The only thing I thought throughout the game was that the The Eagles HAD NEVER WON a Superbowl.  AND as we all know the Patriots have won a bunch of them.  It was a great game, back and forth, trick plays and SOME good commercials.  This guy right here, Nick Foles proved that he could step up when needed.  Amazing performance!  He was humble and kind in victory! My favorite commercial was Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. spoof on Dirty Dancing!  If you missed it, you can watch it HERE:)We enjoyed the game in the comfort of our home:)  Pizza and chicken wings while watching a great game!  Now it's over AGAIN, we watched a little golf this weekend and now we will have baseball and racing soon.  Oh and Winter Olympics will be on this week.  We really enjoy watching sports:)  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way![...]

Now it is over and I will be thankful...


Now it is over!  Avery's All-Star event was yesterday and her biggest fans were in "the house":)  It didn't last very long and we were back in the car headed home.  Our Saturdays have been spent headed to watch her play, now what will we do?  Oh we will find something:)  Our Grandkids have kept us busy over the years traveling far and wide to watch them doing whatever they were doing.  We love every moment and they appreciate us being there!  Avery gave us a big hug... those hugs are priceless!

Even though it is pouring rain outside, I will be thankful for this day!  I am thankful that my little "grand-puppy" is better, still in the hospital but getting great care!  Frankie will perhaps have to have surgery tomorrow to correct his breathing issue, I am thankful for people who are smart enough to know what he needs to help him and that Tracy and Derek made sure he is getting the best care!

This afternoon, I will be watching the Superbowl:)  I hope it is a really good game, lots of good commercials and J.T. at halftime:)  Sounds like I won't be able to look away!  Enjoy your day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Frankie isn't feeling well...


This is the family dog, my Daughter's family pet/human:)  He isn't feeling well and spent the night in the hospital.  I pulled a few pictures, this one is when he joined the family Christmas 2013.  He is loved.Austin giving him some love before heading off to College...Little fella in the snow:)I know Munson doesn't understand where Frankie was overnight:(I am praying for Frankie.  God knows who he is and how much he means to the family!  Please say a little prayer that he is feeling much better this morning!I got my hair done yesterday and while I truly DO NOT enjoy taking the time to do it, I am glad that I went.  Avery has one final Basketball All-star event today, so that's what we will be doing.  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way![...]

Gen. Beauregard Lee predicts...


AND... General Beauregard Lee predicts 6 more weeks of Winter.  That's OK with me, it hasn't been a bad one.  With my "live in the moment" attitude lately, whatever the weather is today suits me just fine:)  Supposedly groundhog day  started back in 1840, wow that's a long time ago.  So, I will keep the sweaters, scarves and boots out a little while longer:)

Enjoy your day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!



Tracy was going thru old pictures and videos recently!  She sent me SO many memories that made me smile and cry.  The years have flown right by since the grandkids were babies.  Now, this little girl holding her baby doll is getting a real-live baby doll:)  We are over-the-moon excited to have a new little one in our family!This book "Someday" was one of her Christmas gifts:)  It was a sweet little book!  I loved the picture on the cover:)  "A mother's love leads to a mother's dream -- every mother's dream -- for her child to live life to its fullest". I also gifted her this little frame with her first ultrasound picture:)  SWEET little one has my heart already! "Love at first sight"So... toward the end of July, I will become a GREAT-GANKY:)  I pray that she will stay healthy and I know she will be an incredibly AWESOME MAMA!  We love you Autumn, ALWAYS and FOREVER!  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way![...]

Last chance for January 2018


Here it is, the very last day of January 2018!  It has been a pretty busy month.  I am trying really hard to live in the moment.  I am hoping it will make time slow down a bit.  With that said, today is the last day to do anything in January 2018:)  What will I do with this day?  For one thing I have to do a computer update that I have been putting off, and I HAVE to do it today!  I have no plans to leave the house after a full day of running around yesterday, staying home sounds good to me.  Perhaps I will get some laundry done, work in my closet and put away all of the shower decorations that are on the dining room table:)  PERHAPS:)

I will get busy shortly AFTER I finish my coffee:)  Roast will go in the crock-pot, that will be a yummy dinner for the evening!  Enjoy your LAST day of January, whatever you do... enjoy it!  Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

I see the moon, the moon sees me...


I have been singing this song to my Grandkids since they were babies and their Mama too.  When I look up and see a bright, big and beautiful moon, I sing it to myself:)  The moon was so pretty last night and will be even prettier tonight.  I snapped this picture with my phone as I sang...

This is the way my lyrics go...

I see the moon, the moon sees me
Down thru the leaves of the old oak tree,
Please let the moon that shines on me,
Shine on the ones I love!

I have an early morning dentist appointment, six months sure has flown right by.  Enjoy your day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

The little engine that could...


After Church yesterday, in the pouring rain... Marc and I headed to watch Avery's team in the playoffs!  They struggled to get points in this game.  It looked pretty bad and could possibly be their last game, they were down by 10 points and then...  They kept shooting and scoring against a really aggressive team.  IT WAS AMAZING what happened right up to the final second:)

Tracy just happened to be videoing at that moment!  Just take a glimpse at "the little engine that could"!  We were all jumping and screaming... UNBELIEVABLE!  Thanks Tracy for the video:)
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They will play again tomorrow!  Whether they move on in the playoffs or not, this team will never forget the ending of that game.  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Baby shower for Waylon...


My Nephew Justin, his wife Kimberly and SON (coming soon) Waylon's baby shower was a huge success!  Lots of good food including my Daughter's yummy and cute cookies!  My Sister Cindy made that CUTE little elephant tricycle out of diapers!  So many hands helped, set up, clean up and food preparation, FAMILY... SO thankful for family!I didn't take a ton of pictures but sat and watched everyone enjoying themselves.  Here are a few pics!A table of "thank you" gifts for the guests to take, a corsage that I made from baby socks:), a frame to display the ultrasound and "ready to pop" popcorn that my sister made!  I love showers:)They got SO many nice gifts, a Church shower today and one more for Kimberly's family in March.  After I landed at home last night, I was thankful that everything went as planned.  It was a fun day after Avery's early morning basketball game!  I had leftovers from the shower, that's what we had for dinner:)   Thanks to my Sister Barbara for the yummy pimento cheese sandwiches, Sister Cindy for leftover chicken salad and potato salad.  I enjoyed it even more when it saved me from cooking!Enjoy your day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!   [...]

Today is a good day...


"Today is a good day for a good day"  This is front and center of my mantel.  I love this saying and isn't it true?  (thanks Tracy)  You can start your day with your mind set that it is gonna be a good day and just stick to it:)  There is always something that can get you to veer off track, but just be in control and head for the "GOOD"!

I gotta finish my coffee and get my day started.  My Sister and I are meeting to decorate for the shower, makes it less stressful the day OF:)  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

I am truly blessed...


It's easy to complain about the weather, the flu season and being tired or busy.  But... today I just want to be thankful for the sunshine shining thru the blinds and that I am able to see it.  I am thankful for a place to call home and someone to share it with.  I am thankful for all of you who visit my little blog and leave your sweet comments:)  I am truly blessed and wanted to say that!

Enjoy your day dear friends, thank you for stopping by!  Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Stop the spread of the flu...


I have decided "I don't like shopping anymore"!  Yes, I said it.  I have always loved to shop but since I do much of my shopping on-line, that suits me just fine.  Yesterday, I had to go get the "R" for my banner that I am making for the baby shower.  I am almost paranoid of being in crowds because of the flu.  I went to Church Sunday but didn't hug or shake hands.  I use hand sanitizer often and open doors without touching the knob or handle.  With all that said, I had to go to Walmart... EWWWW people everywhere touching everything.  I lived thru that too.  I saw this sign and decided to share it.  I hope you all are "Flu-free"!  Let's stay healthy guys! 

More baby shower work today and one more trip to Kroger for food items.  Have a blessed day dear friends, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

My craft table and me...


Good Morning Ladies!  I don't have a whole lot to talk about this morning.  I spent ALL day yesterday preparing for my Nephew Justin and his wife Kimberly's Baby shower this Saturday!  With my little craft table sitting in front of me, the glue gun was my friend and enemy:)  That little thing gets really hot.  I was one letter short for my banner, so... off I will go to Michael's for ONE .99 cent "R"!  Much of my crafts are complete, gifts wrapped and I will make a trip to the grocery store in the next few days!

The rain came and went over night and the temps are pretty nice.  For that I am thankful.  I hope you all have a truly blessed day, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!