Saturday, April 30, 2011

TSMSS............How Great is our God

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hodgepodge Wednesday

Wednesday's Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce.  Grab the questions, answer them and link to the rest of us.  Have fun.

1. What is something that bothers you if it is not done perfectly?
Well I would have use to of said clothes hanging in a closet, or my cans and spices being in ABC order.  But I'm learning not to be so anal.  I use to hang Makayla's clothes not only all in the same direction, shirts together, shorts together, etc.  But I would hang all the white shirts together, blue shirts, etc.  You get the idea.  And they would always start from the left to the right and be in primary colors, secondary colors, and neutrals, in that order.

2. What is one of your best childhood memories?
Only naming one is hard, but being that I can't make memories with my Dad anymore.  I will say anytime I spent with him one on one.  Either out in the garden, or years later when he taught me how to drive.
3. Do you plan to watch the Royal Wedding and when was the last time you wore a hat?
Well considering that to watch it live would be at 4:00AM.  I'm sure I will probably watch it later in the day at some point. 
 I don't wear hats.

4. Where do you fall in the birth order in your family? Do you think this has influenced your personality?
I'm number 5 of 6.  But was always labeled as the baby girl, so I think in a way I was raised as the baby.

5. Where do you think you spend most of your money?
The biggest bill is our house payment.
6. When you need to confront someone would you rather communicate in person, on the phone, by email or by letter? Why?
Depends on who it is.  I'm not a confrontational person.  If it's family probably in person or by phone.  A business either by phone or email.
7. Dodge ball, freeze tag, kickball or jump rope? You have to pick one.
jump rope.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I read MaryBeth Chapman's book (Choosing To See)  this week.  If you haven't read it yet, you should.  Wonderful book.  It makes you laugh, cry, and laugh some more.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

TSMSS.................Happy Easter

I have so many favorite songs for Easter.  Here is a few.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

TSMSS...............Sinner Saved By Grace

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday, this is a meme I haven't participated in a while, but I can truly relate to this one.
If you would like to join in grab the questions from Linda and link back to her.  Have fun.

Do you have any memories of gardens from your growing-up years? Did your parents have a flower garden? Was landscaping important to them? Did they take care of the yard themselves or have someone else do it? What about a vegetable garden? Did your family have one and was it big or small? Any fruit trees? Did your mom (or anyone) "put up" (as we say in the South) or can the bounty from a garden? What involvement did you and any siblings have in planting? Was growing things encouraged, discouraged, or treated with ambivalence? What is your attitude, ability and involvement in gardening today?

During my growing up years, my Dad always planted a garden on Good Friday.  I'm not sure if it was required of us to help, but most of the time I did.    He would show me how to drop the seeds and then he would walk behind me and cover them while I dropped them.   I can remember digging potatoes, picking green beans, and corn.  There were other vegetables in the garden but Mama always cut the okra and picked the cucumbers.  The potatoes were always the first few rows then the peas and beans.  Corn would always be the last few rows.    I shelled many a bean, and peas, and shucked corn.  My maternal grandmother would come sometimes and stay and help get everything put in the freezer.  Then when we would go to her house  on some Saturdays, there would always be beans, or peas to shell.  I don't remember my Mom ever putting them in jars.  It was always bags, or plastic freezer containers.  They would sit on the kitchen counter until they were cool enough to put in the freezer.
But the one thing I regret now is never hanging around to see how they put them up.   A couple of years ago when Scott decided to plant a garden he was surprised that I didn't know how to put anything up to go in the freezer.  I had to call my Mom and learn about blanching vegetables.
There was a pear tree way off to the right of the garden.  It was always loaded down with pears.  My Mama would make pear cobblers, or pear tarts from them.  But my favorite was just to eat them like an apple.  You don't find pears like that anymore.
My Dad, or brothers always cut the grass themselves.  I don't remember anyone ever doing it for us.  I'm sure as I got older I cut my share.  There was a row of azaleas beside the driveway separating it from the where the garden was.  I can remember my Mama out there pulling up weeds around them.  Then we had some kind of purple flowers along the back of the house.  I don't remember the name of them, but I remember cutting them down when we cut the grass and they would come right back.  Finally years later, Mama offered them to a neighbor and they got out there and dug them up.
As we got older and I guess Mama had more time to be outside she started a rose garden.  I wish I had pictures on here because she could grow them so pretty.  Maybe that's where I get my love for roses from, and that's one thing I can grow.  I love roses, but I want colors you don't see ofter, not reds, and pinks.  I have never been able to take flower seeds and plant them and they grow.  I have always had to buy the plants and they would last and do well.
It's strange how memories come back from so many years ago.  I never realized then the importance of growing a garden, but we had vegetables that lasted until the next year by doing so.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday Hodge Podge

It's Wednesday, hump day, or also know as day for Hodge Podge over at Joyce's.  You know the routine, grab the questions, answer them and link up with the rest of us.

1. Would you rather talk to everyone at a crowded party for a short time or have a significant conversation with two people?
I'm not one for crowds so significant conversation with two people would be just fine.

2. What objects do you remember from your parent's living room?
I can't think of anything out of the ordinary.  Typical living room, a sofa, end tables, recliner, and a tv. 
3. Do you hog the bed? Steal the covers? Snore?
No I definitely don't hog the bed.  I sleep as close to the edge as I can because I have a fan on my nightstand.  And it must be on at night.   Can't say that I steal the covers, but if I do I'm sure he pulls them back.  Scott says occasionally that I snore, but I don't think I do.  I have on occasion when extremely tired woke myself up with my own snoring but that's not often.

4. Speaking of Easter dinner....what is your favorite way to cook/eat lamb? Or does just the thought of that make you squeamish? If you're not cooking lamb what will be your entree du jour on Easter Sunday?
I have never cooked lamb.  I can remember once my Mom cooking leg of lamb.  Don't remember anything about it, but if she only cooked it once it must not have went over well.
I usually bake a ham for Easter.

5. Let's throw some politics into this week's mix-oooohhh...Do you know the whereabouts of your birth certificate and when was the last time you had to produce it to prove you're you?
Yes, I know exactly where my birth certificate is.  On the shelf in my closet in a safe box.  I can't remember the last time, maybe when I got my driver's license. 
6. As a child, how did people describe you?
quiet, and picky eater is the only two things that pop in my head at the moment.

7. What do you complain about the most?
I try not to complain, but people that really shouldn't be driving.  Like the woman I was behind Saturday that was going 15mph and passed 3 places she could have turned into after turning on her blinker.  Not to mention that when she did finally turn she came to a complete stop to do it.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
32 more school days.  I don't know who gets more excited, me or Makayla.   Also seven weeks until the due date of my first grandson.  I know who's definitely more excited about that one would be Megan.  She said last week he's already turned and dropped so she is soooo uncomfortable.  Just hope he's not late like Emily was.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tickets on a budget

When shopping or buying anything online, I always make sure it's a secure site.  But I also like when I find one that is approved by the BBB.  I have found another such website.  It's a website to find area concert, sports, and theater tickets.  It's called acheapseat .   
Whether it's jazz tickets you are looking for or tickets to the next concert.  You can find it there.  Sports tickets, whether it's baseball or the Kentucky Derby.  But there was one I had to look up and find out what it is.  It's called Bamboozle.  I'm sure if I lived in New Jersey I probably would have known.  It's an annual music festival.  It made it's debut in 2004 with over 50 bands on six stages.  Then in 2006 it had over 150 bands on six stages.
You can search either by city, or by event.  For example when you click on concert, it gives you a list of hundreds of groups to search.  Or you can search the city your interested in.  If yours isn't in the drop down just type it in.  Ours is a relatively small town but when I typed it in, it was there.
Then once you order your tickets they are delivered to your door via FedEx.  There is a seating chart available for most events.  So you can see exactly where you will be seating.
Last but not least there's a 100% guarantee.

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

TSMSS..................Cry Out To Jesus

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Car Repairs

Being a female I almost refuse to take my car to a mechanic.  But sometimes it can't be helped especially with Scott traveling so much.  I can remember when Scott and I was dating and I took my car to a mechanic.  I took the paper I received from the mechanic showing what work needed to be done on my car and what it would cost.  Then I took the estimate to Scott and he looked it over and pointed out a part that they wanted to replace that wasn't even on my car.
Well I found this website called RepairPal that is approved by the BBB.  You can go it and find mechanics in the area in which you live.   My car is needing it's tires rotated and balanced so I went on RepairPal and not only found a mechanic close by but also an estimate of what it should cost me.
On RepairPal, you can also list the cars that you own and any car repair and maintenance you may have done on your car.  It will keep track of it all for you.  It will also let you know of any recalls there may be.
Last but not least it has a column as referred to as encyclopedia.  There it gives you helpful hints for the maintenance of your car.
The best part of it all it's free.  RepairPal has quick and easy sign-up, just and e-mail address and to know the make and year of your car.  Very simple.

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday Hodge Podge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge, the day we link our answers for all the world to see.  So hop over to Joyce's and join in the fun.

1. National Read a Road Map Day falls on April 5th. Would people say you have a good sense of direction? Do you rely on a GPS when you drive somewhere new? When was the last time you used a map?
Sense of direction, Scott would definitely tell you NO.  Especially when Megan and I travel together.  We seemed to always go the most out of way possible.  You can read about our last excursion here .
I honestly can't remember the last time I used a map.  With the age of computer I usually map quest the directions and just take them with me.

2. What's your favorite cookbook?
Well it would be a toss-up between a cookbook from the church I attended most of my life, and a cookbook that came from a Baptist church we attended around the time Michael was born.
To me church cookbooks are awesome especially the older the better is great for southern cooking.

3. What painting would you like to "walk into" and experience? Why?
Well honestly I couldn't think of one, until I read Donna's.  I totally agree with her it would be awesome and in such awe to have been there. 

4. What annoys you more- misspellings or mispronunciations?
misspellings,  I use spell check for everything, and I wish facebook had spell check because there is definitely some people that need to use it.

5. What is something your mother or father considered important?
There's so many things I can think of for this one.  But the most important one would be their salvation.  Their love for Jesus shone through to their love for their family, their church, and their neighbors.
6. Do you like or dislike schedules?
I like schedules.  I like to know what I'm going to be doing when. 

7. Let's have some fun with National Poetry Month (that would be April)...write your own ending to this poem-
"Roses are Red

Violets are blue..."

What would we do without these
interesting questions

To answer each week.

Incidentally if you'd like to read the history behind that little ditty you'll find it here.

8. Insert your own random thought in this space.
Spring Break this week.  Monday I had Emily overnight so she, Makayla, and myself planted some flower seeds.  She loves being outside.  Then Tuesday we all went to Monkey Joe's.
Today Makayla has been practicing learning how to decorate a cake.  Linda use to decorate the cakes for all the kid's birthdays.  She has since given me all her supplies.  So we got her in the kitchen showing us how to use everything.  Her vision did okay for about an hour and now she's tired so it's fading out again.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

TSMSS..................Until The Whole World Hears

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