Thursday, November 29, 2007


Is it just your blogger having issues?

On Tuesday, I went to visit with my blogging friends... when I got there I saw Monday's post on almost everyone's site. I thought, well maybe it's a blogging holiday, and nobody told me.

Yesterday, before I headed over to house sit, I checked in again....still Monday's post....well they have all gone on holiday and didn't invite, my feelings are not hurt...*sniff*

Today, when I get in, I look to see if anyone has returned from their getaway....without me....*sniff, sniff*......What the...? I've missed 2 and 3 postings at almost everyone's site!!!!!

Have I angered the blogger gods in some way?....Was there a monthly fee I missed somewhere? .....Is this some kind of joke!?....... Well, it's not very funny!

I'm trying to catch up.....all I can say is....


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

House Sitting

I'm house sitting again this week. I can't believe I get paid to stay in a beautiful house by the, sorry....I can't show you pictures....the owner is very particular, but a sweet heart all the same.
I tell you this because my daily schedule is thrown completely out of whack! I'll be terribly erratic all week....those who know me might argue that this is completely normal....well, I never said I was perfect.
Hope to stop by and chat soon.......

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Gifts From Above~Gifts From Friends

This was the view outside my window yesterday~the gift of glorious raindrops falling in the bird bath. With the draught we treasure every sweet moment of rainfall.
BJ at Sweet Nothings made the day even sweeter by giving me this precious award ~

~Thank you BJ, you are such a really put a smile on my face and made my day:)

I would like to pass this award on to Dena at Swaddle Cottage. Each visit with her is heart warming and welcoming . Her post yesterday about Ethan Allen really put in to perspective the giving spirit of this holiday season. Stop by and pay her a visit, you'll be glad you did.

Monday, November 26, 2007


It has been cold and rainy all weekend ~ sooo thankful for the rain! On days like this, the mind turns to visions of comfort foods...something warm and soothing.

Hmmm, chili sounds good.....and I made Penny's cornbread recipe to go with it.

Dinner was delicious, but it needed something.....what could it be.....Oh, yes! I know....Smooches!

"Hey, little helper, wanna help me make cookies?" "SURE, MOM!"

Chocolate-Hazelnut Smooches~Recipe from Giada on Everyday Italian.

Gather Ingredients

Mix the dry together

Cream Butter and Sugars

Turn it into dough~my little helper needed a sample:)

Roll in Colored Sugar

Put'em in a pan~well, really,
a cookie sheet

Unwrap the Kisses....wait a minute, I know there were more in this bowl....little helper, do you know anything about this? "HeHeHe...."

8 minutes later....Give'em a smooch

FINALLY.....Down the hatch!

Here you go, this one is for you~Enjoy!

BTW~ Please check out the Seasons Greetings audio on the side bar~my little helper and I made it just for you:)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Peaceful Sunday

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

And into his courts with Praise.

Be thankful to Him,

and bless His name.

Psalm 100:4

I have add an audio message on my side bar. Press the play button and listen:)

Hope everyone is having a peaceful Sunday.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Christmas Wares

I have finally recovered from Turkey and trimmings enough to join in the Craft Fair. Thank you, Phyllis for organizing the market place. I would like to urge everyone to visit Shabby in the City for a list of all the participants.

OK, the shop is open.... Each item is created in my Smoke Free home, except for when I get busy blogging and forget I have water boiling on the stove....thank goodness the only thing that got ruined was the pot! Anyway....if you see something you like, just leave a comment identifying the Item Title. I will need your e-mail address~send to, and I will send you a pay-pal invoice. Thanks for stopping by, if you are only window shopping, please peek in to say, "Hello." We shop keepers love visits from friends:)

Each Stocking is made with a cotton outer layer and a cotton inner layer with fusible fleece in between to give the stocking stability. The cotton fabrics were washed to pre-shrink.

The Tea-Towels were embroidered on my embroidery machine...sorry no hand embroidery this time. If you have questions or need verification just ask:)

1)Burgundy Paisley Christmas Stocking ~ Measures 17 1/2" Long

Price: $22 plus $5 shipping

2) Holly Christmas Stocking~ Measures 17 1/2" Long

Price: $18 plus $5 shipping

3) Christmas Lilies Stocking~ Measures 21 1/2" Long

Price: $20 plus $5 shipping

4) Christmas Bells Tea Towels~ Each 100% Cotton Towel

Measures 28 1/2" Long by 31" Wide

Price: $10 for the Pair plus $4 shipping

Thank you for taking the time to view my goodies. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Craft Fair

Just a reminder, today Phyllis @ Shabby in the City is hosting a wonderful Christmas Craft Fair. Check out her comments section to connect to the participating Crafters. I will be listing some items for sale either late tonight or tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by those you love.

A couple of weeks ago I posted my daily gratitude list...if you would like to read it, you can find it here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Prom Day Farm Style

Sorry I am running late, I had to do my chores first!
Here at the farm we do things a bit differently,we call our Prom a Barn Dance. The best ones are always held by the light of the full moon.

I picked out this beautifully twirly dress.

In red, it should really stand out against the hay bales in the barn:)

Also it perfectly matches my boots!

OK, I'm all gussied up! Ready to go...Oh No! I almost forgot my hat.....

Hop in the truck and I'm off.

The band is really good....local boys.
Everybody is having a great time!!! I think the cows wish we would keep the noise down...hee, hee.
Thanks Natasha....what a great idea!

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Blissful Homecoming

Sorry I haven't been around lately. We have been away welcoming the new baby! He is such a CUTIE PIE!!!! I wish we could have stayed longer.
When we arrived home last night, I had the most wonderful welcoming. My Victoria magazine and the Cotton Veggie Bag that I won from Julia @ Chicken Scratch were both here waiting for me:) The little tag on my package from Julia says "Enjoy" indeed I will, Thank You, Julia!

I am trying to get around to visit everyone, but I have my class tonight so it may be tomorrow before I am able to sit down with my cuppa and chat. Thanks to all who checked in on me while I was gone. I guess I committed my first faux pas, going off without telling anyone I was leaving...oops! I have missed everyone. See ya soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A New Arrival

A Baby is a Miracle
This little tiny baby
Was sent from God above
To fill our hearts with happiness
And touch our lives with love
He must have known
We'd give our all
And always do our best
To give our precious baby love
And be grateful and so blessed
Author Unknown

Congratulations to my Sister and Brother-In-Law on their precious son. Your lives are changed forever in the best possible way!!!

Blessing #12~ Holding your long awaited child in your arms:)

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Friendly Gift

What a pleasant surprise!! Dena @ Swaddle Cottage has awarded me this beautiful Friendly Site Award. Coming from someone that I regard as super friendly and a delight to visit makes this award all the sweeter! Thank you so much Dena.

I would like to pass this award to Kari & Kijsa. These are two of the friendliest ladies anyone could have the fortune to meet. Their site offers wonderful inspiration with a warm helping of hospitality. I always leave their visits with a smile on my face. Thank you girls, I hope this award brightens your day as much as it brightened mine.

Blessing # 11~ Friendly hearts that make us smile.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

In Honor of Our Veterans

In Flanders Fields John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

Blessing #10~Those who answer the call to serve. Who risk everything for our right to live and be free. THANK YOU!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Gratitude Gala

In honor of the Season of Thankfulness, Angie @ Scrapnmoms Moments has put together a Gratitude Gala. A time for us to celebrate the multitude of gifts that make up our lives.

As I pondered the design of this post, I considered the numerous moments that surround me in blessings daily. I arise each new day and begin my tasks. In a warm and comfortable home, I sip my coffee and correspond with friends. Laughing and crying, gaining new wisdom and inspiration with each visit.
I tend to my animals and the soil from which I gain sustenance and a sense of self-sufficiency.

I have the ability and resources necessary to cook our meals and wash our clothes.

During the day, I often touch base with those I hold dear, my parents who provided the foundation of love and instruction that I have built my life upon. My brother and sisters who are not only my siblings but my closest friends and confidants.

I am often caught off guard and filled with happiness as I recognize the little moments of wonder and beauty that remind me that life is more than chores and expectations.

In the evening, as my husband returns from work, the focus shifts to family together time. Talking, relaxing and relating our day.

At the close of the day, I snuggle my son into bed and I am humbled by the infinite gifts the Lord has provided, in spite of my sins and shortcomings. I am thankful that I have the ability to Praise Him openly, for his provisions and grace.

And it occurs to me that even though time has altered the appearance of our world dramatically since the first Thanksgiving, the things that we are most thankful for have not changed.

Food, shelter, the knowledge and tools necessary to survive and thrive. Our families and the lives that we share together. A sense of love and acceptance gained through our relationships. The aspects of our lives that bring us peace and joy. The freedom to rejoice in fellowship and gather in worship.

These have always been the whispered points of gratitude in our daily prayers and I suspect that they always will be.

Blessing #9: The spirit of Thankfulness.