Monday, July 30, 2012

COMMON GROUND ~




If you like coffee as much as I do, we are on  "COMMON GROUND" !  My SIL drives for Peet's Coffee and he gave me several bags of coffee beans.  A mild/medium bean that is perfect for my taste in coffee. 

Since I usually buy ground coffee, I had given my little grinder away some time ago.  But today looking at those bags of beans, I just wanted to have a freshly ground cup of coffee, so picked up a nice little grinder at the Super Market.

You should smell my kitchen...after grinding enough for my little Rooster Canister the aroma is heavenly. 

Do you have a special mug or cup that is your favorite for coffee?

Mine is a pottery cup I found at the Thrift Store last year.  I love the ocean, and this is a simple blue cup, with the ocean at the bottom and a few sea gulls flying by.  Coffee just tastes so good in this cup.  If you will excuse me, I'm going to go have a cup, and maybe a peanut butter cookie.

Thanks for stopping by, now be sure to tell me if you have a favorite cup!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

MY NAME IS MUD and SWEET MUSIC


We got to see our great grandsons, Issac and Matthew, this weekend as they are moving into a new home.  They have a huge back yard, and since it's not landscaped yet, two little boys were in heaven with a hose, a old ice chest, and a whole lot of mud!

I got a wonderful welcome as they know me as Grandma GG, who brings cookies!!  And I did!


We also had the pleasure this weekend to attend a Worship Service where another grandson, Elijah played his guitar with the Praise Band.  Our son Myk played the drums, but it was to dark in the room to get a shot of him.  So fun to see him behind the drums again.  Reminded us of all those days he played in our garage growing up.  Blessing on top of blessings.

How was your weekend?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW!


Our grandson, Jon found a baby sparrow that had fallen from a nest, and survived without anything broken.  He brought it in, and for the past 4 days they are nursing this little guy and he's a fighter, and is getting stronger each day.  The animal control said if they can keep it keep it warm, at it will eat and move around on it's own in the box, for 7 days, it will survive.  But because the family is all it knows, the bird will adopt who takes care if it, and will not survive in the wild. 

So every 45 minutes, this little guy (named Captain Jack) is fed food on a tiny paint brush.  You can see him opening up and then closing on the paint brush. They have him comfortable on a heating pad, lots of warm fuzzy things around him and he responds to my daughter's voice.  She says it's harder than a newborn, as it wants to eat so often.  It's eating and pooping, so it's little body is working.  It should begin to get feathers soon.  I will give an update of how our little Captain Jack is doing.

I'm so reminded of the children's book   "Are You My Mother?"

Friday, July 27, 2012

GOOD DEEDS AND CAT FOOD


All the above pictures are from googleimages.com

The elderly lady in line with me at the grocery store was not someone of means, as her dress was old, shoes worn out, and her long grey hair matted.  She had 3 small cans of cat food in her hand. The lines were long, even in the express, so we had a conversation.  (She really did look similar to the google image)

She told me her name was Kathy and she had one cat that was very old.  We shared stories of cats and dogs and previous pets and I saw such a loneliness in her blue eyes, yet she seems so please to be having this chat with me.  I was glad the line was long, as we talked for quite some time. 

She was behind me, but I asked her to go in front since she had little to buy.  She smiled and put the cans of cat foot on the counter.  I smiled at the Cashier and said I would like to pay for her cat food.  She said "Oh no, that's not necessary."  To which I replied, "I know that, but I really need to do a "Good Deed" today as the Lord has bless my life with our conversation." She smiled, and  the clerk put her cat food in the bag, handed it to her, and she thanked me and walked away.

When I finished paying and walked to the door to leave, a very nicely dressed attractive, woman stopped my cart, and said "I work for corporate Von's and I just saw what you did for one of our customers.  That was a very sweet and precious thing you did, thank you".   Feeling a little embarrassed, I said "Everyone  needs a "Good Deed" once in a while". 

I knew God was watching.... I was doing it for Him...but how nice that one of Von's managers saw Christ in Action.   And that's what a good deed is....Christ in Action in us!

Have a wonderful weekend.  We're off to visit our kids for the weekend.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NIGHT BLOOMER


Our neighbor has a beautiful Cactus that has decided to put a couple of it's arms over to my side the the fence in the back yard.

  Tonight I got a call from her, saying check my back yard because she thought I had a "Night Bloomer".  She had several on her side of the fence. 

Sure enough, we went out with the camera and a flash light and this is what we found.  They only last a few hours...So glad she called!

Isn't it beautiful!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DID YOU KNOW YOUR GRANDPA?

Front row, Aunt Carrie, Grandpa John, Grandma Amelia Ellen, Uncle Clarence
Back row, Uncle Bill, my mother Floy, Aunt Cassie, Uncle
Troy  (They are all gone now, Aunt Cassie was the last at age 98 several years ago)
Picture taken 1938

A Gun Accident took my Grandfather's life on September 16, 1941.  I was 4 months old. 


I was going through some old pictures looking for something else, and came to an envelope with the newspaper clippings of the fatal accident that took my grandfather's life.  He had a farm out on West Main Street in Turlock.  I was born in that old farm house, but was only 4 months old when the accident happened, so never got to know my grandpa.  There is a picture somewhere of him sitting in a rocking chair with my cousin Don, 6 months and me in his arms.''

The newspaper clipping gave this account:  "J.T. Stover, 64 year old Turlock farmer, died in Emanuel Hospital here this afternoon with a bullet in his head.  Stover accidentally shot himself this morning while hunting gophers on his farm on West Main Street.

According to members of his family, he had taken a .22-calibre rifle to kill gophers in the field.  Carrying a loaded weapon, he started to climb through a barbed wire fence, was midway over the fence when the gun was discharged.  A bullet went through his temple, Stover slumped unconscious.  His wife Amelia, saw him hanging from the fence, his leg caught in the barbed wire, the gun lying on the ground nearby.

Members of the family called the ambulance and the injured man was taken to the hospital.  Attendants there said he died about 45 minutes after he was admitted.

Every family has stories of tragedy.  How I would have loved to know my grandfathers.  My Dad's father died before I was born so I didn't get to know either of them. 

Did you know your Grandpa's?

DAD, I KNOW YOU LOVE ME BEST!


We have a standing joke in our family about who is the "Favorite" kid.  Having three daughters, and one son, it's obvious who the "Favorite Son" is.  Myk of course!

Jill, being the baby of the family and coming 5 years after the others, has never worried about her placement! HaHa

The firstborn, Michel (pronounced Michelle) has been playing this family joke for several years now.  Signing cards, and making comments about being the "Favorite".  Julie (16 months younger) just gave her Dad a mug to set the record straight! HaHa.  It's hilarious and just had to share it!  We've had such a laugh over this.

Click on the picture to enlarge and read all the "comments" on the mug.  Dad's having a cup of coffee in it as I type.

What can be more fun than family jokes!  We thrive on them around here.  Maybe I'll share a couple more some time.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

NEW BEDDING


I've been wanting to change my bedding to a quilt.  Especially in the summer they are so  much cooler than the silk comforter I had on the bed.  On my birthday in May a dear friend gave me a generous gift card from Kohls.  I really couldn't think of something I needed, so have just been hanging on to it. 

I was looking at bedding on line at Kohls and spotted this quilt bedspread with two pillow shams.  It was in stock, on sale and with my gift card a really good deal.  It came today, and I love the new look in the bedroom.  Sometimes changing the bedding...changes the whole feel of the room.
 What do you think? 

I will probably move my "Wolf" painting and put an softer more appropriate one ~ maybe my Apple Blossoms or my Iris and Poppies!

Monday, July 23, 2012

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS A MANGO AND A BANANA??


Our next door neighbor brought me two ripe mango's.  I've never bought one, and only eaten some on a fruit platter at a Buffet.


I peeled it and it was really ripe and very mushy.  So what to do with a mushy mango, and a couple of bananas.  I experimented  and came up with the most delicious "Mango~Banana" Bread.

I also added some chopped walnuts and a little drizzle and made two loaves. Surprised my neighbor  with one!  This won't be the last time I do this.  In fact...there is one more ripe mango in the refrigerator.

Do you experiment in your kitchen?? 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

FUN AT THE PARK

Two of our grandsons spent the weekend with us.  We have a routine when they come... Burger King, The Dollar Store, and the Park. 

This time Grandpa joined us at the park.  His activity, talking to his friend in Texas, listening to the Dodger Game on his headset and watching the boys...This man can multitask.. Oh and you can't see that he also has Molly on the leash.  Grandpa you ROCK!

Our grand kids are growing up fast, Nick, who has his back to you in the picture, will celebrate his 13th Birthday next week.  So glad we live close now to do these kinds of things with the kids.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

SUNDAY BRUNCH


Last Sunday we had a delicious Sunday Brunch at the local Country Club and Golf Course.  We shared this afternoon with some wonderful friends that we have not known for a long time so sitting ,eating, sharing, laughing is a good way to really get to know someone.
The time passed so quickly and we were sharing common stories and eating the most delicious food. 
I ate my lunch in three courses ~ the top picture on the right is my first plate ~ fresh fruit, roasted veggies, poached salmon, figs and crackers and cheese.
The plate to the left is the main course of prime rib, saute onions, figs and salad.
And for dessert... Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, blue berry scone, fresh strawberry and banana bread.

I was introduced to an Arnold Palmer, which was quite refreshing.  Half ice tea, and half lemonade.

All in all....and Excellent Sunday.

Betsy over at "My Five Men" is trying to teach me to do collages on my blog...this is my first attempt with a little guidance from her. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

HANGING OUT ~


This morning after a doctor's appointment we stopped in at "Bob's Big Boy" for breakfast.  When Don was in High School in Burbank, Bob's Big Boy was the place to hang out with friends.

Growing up in Northern CA, our hang out was a Drive-In called Izzy's where like the menu at Bob's was Hamburgers, Fries, and Shakes!  Izzy's no longer exists, but the Bob's Big Boy restaurants in Southern CA are still around and going strong.

Where did you "hang out" in High School?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

THE CHURCH STALKER

I really love the little set up on my front wall for the birds.  The Church Birdhouse, their seed dish and water bowl. Perfect for my "rowdy" birds that need Church, the good ones who come everyday to visit.


We have a "Church Stalker"...This isn't the first time he's pretended to be a "Church Cat", but after finding the evidence he has ulterior motives, I keep an eye out for him.


As you can see, he is hiding in the leaves by the tree and waiting for the opportunity to have a free lunch.  Don't get me wrong...I love cats.  He belongs to someone in the neighborhood, I'm sure, as he is clean and well fed.  If I could catch him, I'd baptize him, HaHa.  (Just kidding) Leave my little birds alone Mr. Cat.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

IT'S A WAR!


Sometime over the last couple of months six pounds snuck up behind me and jumped on.  I've worked so hard to keep off the weight I took off after my gall bladder episode and surgery, and I have been successful....The a week in Turlock getting my hearing aids, a week in Tahoe, just having fun and then since my stupid fall, and no YMCA time, I let down my guard, didn't see it coming till it was planted firmly on my hips!


It's a WAR, I tell you.  We battle things everyday.  Weight, Finances, depression, over-worked, under-paid, health issues, and the list goes on and on. 


My dearest gets the opportunity to preach once in a while now that he's retired, but he's always working on a "sermon."  Retirement didn't take away the fire in his belly to preach so he studies and prepares.  As we've been discussing the daily battles in life, he told me he's working on a new sermon called "WAR" dealing with the daily battles in our lives.  Can't wait to hear it.


So, this morning with my Armor on (Eph. 6:10-18) and the Sword of the Lord in my hand, I will, with his help, win today's battle.  I needed to get back to my "old" routine of eating, and only enjoy the "treats" on the weekend.  It worked for almost a year...I know it will work again.  So be warned you "lousy six pounds"  you are on your way OUT!!!  If I win the battle today, I will be stronger for the battle tomorrow.


What are you battling today in the War called life?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SEND IN THE CLOWNS




Today I experienced two very sad things.  The first was a video sent from a friend called "Send in the Clowns" showing all the "old time" comedians that were funny and clean.  Ones we watched every week, and laughed our socks off.
This video is so worth watching, but made me sad because we don't have Clowns anymore.  Every sitcom on TV is either vulgar in language, or innuendos, or immoral in it's attempt to be funny.  I wish we had some old fashioned clowns.  Watch the video, it's only the length of the song, but I think you will understand where I'm coming from.
My little House Finches visit every day.
The second sad thing today, was Molly found a little baby house finch that had fallen from the nest and didn't make it.  So small and frail as it laid in my hand.  Didn't even have all his feathers yet.  I gently told the little bird that the Heavenly Father sees every bird that falls, and he cares for His creation.  How it reminded me that I too am in the loving care of my Heavenly Father, no matter what the circumstances I find myself in.  I wonder if all the little birds that didn't make it, are flying around among the flower in Heaven.  Just thinking out loud. 

The Lord was watching over me this morning and I have good news with my Annual Mammogram...All is well.  After 3 years, I'm still cancer free.  If you look for it...we can always find something to praise the Lord for.  Thank You Lord, for the good report today.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

ADULT COOKIES


What is the world is an "Adult Cookie?"  The reason I call these adult, is because my grandchildren wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole, as the old saying goes.  When I make Chocolate Chip, that all they want in them....Chocolate chips...no nuts, etc.  And when I make Oatmeal....for heaven's sake DON'T add raisins or nuts and ruin them.  Snicker doodles and Peanut butter...Plain Please!! 

Today ~ I didn't have any grand kids over, and since I'm still standing better than sitting, decided to make some cookies, I would like, and put everything in them but the kitchen sink.

Basic Oatmeal cookie recipe...then I added
  • Nuts
  • chocolate chips
  • sugar coated dates cubes
  • Natures Path Organic Granola
  • that has pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, peanuts and rolled oats.
Now is that an ADULT cookie or what?
How do they taste...As Aunt Trula would say if she were still with us...."HEAVENLY".

I'm taking a plate of them too Church and see if my "R" rated cookies can come to Church. HaHa.  Also taking some plain chocolate chip cookies for the kids.

Blessings and love and a Great Sunday!

Friday, July 6, 2012

1000 Gift List Continues.....


It's been a while since I share my 1000 Gift Journal I started sometime ago after reading the book.  The list continues to grow, and I don't jot down nearly the number of gifts (blessings) that come into my life each day.  #721 A beautiful African Violet from my Church family after my fall.  #729 A flock of brilliant green and red parrots in our neighbors tree.  #731 Getting a donut pillow and heating pad from the Medical Supply. #732 Feeling healing in my tailbone.  Yeah. #733 Vicodin


#734 The gift of music.  Listening to beautiful piano music before falling asleep. (Cassettes 2 for 25 cents at the Thrift Store)  Another gift!

#735 The little bird bath candy (nut) dish I found at Ross.
 

#736  A new Linda Dillow book "Satisfy My Thirsty Soul". 
#737 Planning our trip to Oregon to see Jill and Jaya.
#738 The constant love and attention I feel from the Lord.
#739 Reading through the One Year Bible, and being faithful, and now half way through.

What are you thankful for today?  Be sure to share a few in your comment.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

TWO KINDS OF COMFORT


Had my appointment with the Doctor today to follow up on my fall last Sunday.  Since "tailbones" just have to heal, a "donut pillow" and a "heating pad" are doing the trick to bring me comfort.  I can now sit without pain, and the heat is really soothing.



My other kind of comfort was "food".  Our new neighbors brought each of us a plate as you see above.  Steak, roasted corn, rice, and shrimp.  This was such a nice surprise, since we were not able to celebrate with our daughter at her Church as I couldn't sit that long.  About 9 pm...the fireworks from the High School Stadium just up the street were seen beautifully overhead.  The neighbors all gathered and sat on our brick wall, as I passed out cookies.  It turned out to be a lovely "4th of July".

Hope you had a wonderful time too.   God bless America, and God bless Good Neighbors.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A BUMPY WEEKEND ~

"googleimages.com"
I'm sure this is what my face looked like as I made a mis-judgement on the uneven brick sidewalk next to the Church Sunday morning getting out of the car.  "Bang" before I could do anything about it, I was down..purse and Bible flying.  The tail bone hit first (ouch) and the head next  (double ouch).  Don and others rushed to my assistance and by the time I was standing..I had a large goose egg on the back of my head.  To make a long story short...I'm OK.  Still have a tender head, and a very sore backside.  I have talked to the doctor, and will have a follow up visit on Thursday.  Unfortunately, your tail bone is not in a good place for sitting....so I've been doing more standing than sitting.


Well, the best place to stand is in the kitchen, so why not make a coffee cake...a little comfort food for a sore bottom, and a hurt pride.

This certainly changes my plans for this week.  I had a friend coming for a few days, but didn't think I'd be a very good hostess, so we postponed it for now, and I won't being sitting for 5 hours at the 4th of July celebration at our daughter's Church tomorrow.  Maybe Don will buy me a "Sparkler" to hold in the back yard. HaHa.

Enough about me...how did your weekend go??

Monday, July 2, 2012

AND THE WINNER IS......


All names folded and secure in the Little Rooster Jar.



An honest hand goes in, and pulls out a name!



"Tanna" you are the winner!  Congratulations!  Just email me your address, and your set of cards will be in the mail.

Thanks to all of you that entered.  We'll do this again sometime, so you'll have another chance at winning.