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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Project 365 ~ Week 22

Apologies for being so late in posting this today, but y’all I just had the very best nap in the history of Sunday afternoon naps. It was great!

Now that I have shaken off the fog of a deep and restful sleep I’m ready to get at my week in pictures.

Sunday, May 23

I woke up early Sunday morning to this.  A thick blanket of fog!


Monday, May 24

My Veggie Patch is full of  Zucchini Squash Blossom’s


Tuesday, May 25

Happy Tootsies!


Wednesday, May 26

My Girl Child is a happy camper. The Last Day of Middle School!


Dinner at our favorite restaurant to celebrate! I had my usual Veggie Plate, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, Green Beans with a small side salad and a piece of Corn Bread. It did not disappoint!


I love these rockers out front!



Thursday, May 27

My husband was returning from a month long business trip so I was in cleaning mode all day Thursday. I swept, mopped, dusted, vacuumed, cleaned the bathrooms, cleaned the kitchen and went to the grocery store and wal mart for last minute supplies for the DD mission trip to Mexico.  In all the hurry and blurry of the day I totally forget to grab the camera.


Friday, May 28

YEA!!! My Husband is finally home! We were sitting outside in the back yard enjoying our morning coffee and several of these lovely little birds came to join us. They sat on the fence for quite some time.


Saturday, May 29

Saturday morning we dropped our Girl Child off at church. They headed off to Mexico bright and early Saturday morning. I covet your prayer for my Girl Child as she serves in the mission field. I am so thankful that especially during these teenage years that she still has the desire to look past herself and answer that call of service the Christ has put in her heart!

Can you say proud momma?


Well after over a month the hubs and I finally got to have our date night. We went to dinner at an expensive steak house. We had never been to this restaurant before but as soon as we walked din the door we knew it was gonna cost us. The atmosphere was very nice and the steaks were cook very well and the service was excellent, but every now and again it’s ok to pay more that $6.00 for a dinner entre! After dinner we went to the Mall for a movie. We saw Date Night on our Date Night, kinda cheesy I know! Funny movie! Some bad language and a few kinda raunchy parts but overall not to bad!

It was a good Date Night! We really needed it!

I followed through on my intention and we stopped at the grocery store on the way home and bought a bottle of champagne and dusted off our wedding glassed and had a celebratory toast to our 28 years together.

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At dinner we could not help but take a very long trip down memory lane.

A long time a go in a galaxy far far away, in a land before digital photography and project 365 a baby boy was born.

Happy 21st Birthday My Beloved


They go from this to this so very fast!


Happy Birthday to my grown up boy!

Well that’s it for me for this week! For more Project 365 y’all head over to Sara’s!



Friday, May 28, 2010

90 Minutes of PURE BLISS and Sometime You Have To Wonder What God Was Thinking?

Seriously what up with feet. I have to wonder what God was thinking when he designed the human foot. They just look weird, or at least mine do. My toes look like little stubby wrinkled protrusions jutting off my feet. 

All parts serve a valuable purpose, however for as odd looking as they are at times these pink wrinkled protrusions were the recipient of 90 minutes of pure bliss!

Are you happy with your feet?

I was sure happy for my feet and the whole rest of my body for that fact.





Y’all I had a huge treat the other day!

Skoots1mom took me to have a pedicure!

We had both been working out hinnies off getting ready for her DD Graduation Open House, which was a HUGE success BTW!

So she rewarded us both with a few minutes of pure heaven.


We stopped a got a large cup of coffee and then headed over to the nail salon. We walked in and God was good to us and we had the whole place to ourselves.

I am thinking of having one of these installed in my spare room.

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For 90 minutes we got to sit in these amazing chairs that massages up and down and every which way. It was such a treat! If the chair was not wonderful enough while we experienced this awesomeness, Tina our wonderful pedicurist, clipped, trimmed, filed, sloughed, scrubbed, massaged, polished and treated out toes to an amazing experience as well.


Mine are bottom left, skoots are top right!


On the way home I figured I would top the experience off with an extra treat.


All in all is was a great morning!

Thanks Skoots for the AWESOME TREAT!



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Random Dozen

Well here goes it for this week!

1. Would you rather host party or simply attend a party?

Probably attend, however hosting would not be an issue either. Y’all know me, move out of my way and hand me an apron and I’m good to go! It’s all about the pre prep work and having a plan!

2. Tell us about the most memorable party you've been to.

From time to time my accountability sisters and I will have the occasional gathering. We have a new years day brunch every year, sometimes we will get together for various other holidays or for a birthday and sometimes we will just get together for nor reason at all. We all bring something and just enjoy each others company. We will laugh, eat, fellowship, maybe play a game of Wii, or a board game, card game etc.

It doesn't have to be fancy or elaborate it just has to be time spent together!

As we are closing out these evenings we linger and find it difficult to part from one another because we don't want the evening to end. That is what I call memorable!

3. What is one thing you hope for in the after-life?

Aside from the “Eternal Paradise” and “New Body” concept of living happily ever after in the glow of Chris perfect love….when I think of heaven I think of perfection and perfect peace with maybe a side order of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans cooked with a ham bone, buttermilk biscuits and jam and and a big ol’ bowl of home made peach cobbler and home made vanilla ice cream for desert which could all be eaten without fear of a spreading waistline.

There are no calories in heaven, that’s what I’m hoping for!

4. What do you enjoy most about sunshine?

The way it feels on you skin, the warmth, the sense that you are getting filled up with something wonderful, that is until I begin to glow with the sheen of perspiration then it’s time to seek the comfort of a large umbrella, a heavy duty fan and a tall cold glass of ice tea!

5. When you attend a bridal/baby shower, do you prefer to bring your own gift or chip in with others to buy a larger gift?

I like to bring my own gift! However I have gone in on gifts before. I think it’s whatever the situation demands and how much money you have to spend!

6. Would you rather have a FREE week of having your house cleaned or all of your meals cooked for you and your family?

I’ll take a free house cleaning any time any where, no questions asked!

7. What song describes your mood today?

“Sometime's you feel like a nut, yeah-yeah-yeah,sometime's you don't. Ba-whoop,” again y’all know me I’m about the least musically literate person I know. Silence is golden around my house!

8. What is something you received for your own bridal shower/wedding that you still own or use? (If you are not married, feel free to sub a gift you received a long time ago.)

One of my biggest regrets is that I did not pick out a china pattern when we got married. At the time I did not see the need of feel that that was important. I did not own a china cabinet or have a dinning room set, nor did I foresee getting one in the very near future.

I still have the champagne glasses from our wedding. I also have a small square engraved platter. It has our names on it and the date of our wedding. I may have used it a few time but not very often.


The tall slender champagne flutes of today were not in fashion back in the day. These are the old timey wide rimed glasses. They have our names engraved on one side and the date on the other!

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I may just give those champagne glasses a quick rinse and use them for an anniversary toast when the hubs returns in a few days. Sound like a plan……

9. Your favorite flavor of ice cream is?

This is like asking me to pick a favorite child or bible verse, I am wondering if it can even be done???

Coffee Ice Cream, Moose Tracks, Mocha, Vanilla, Chocolate, Butter Pecan….

However I will share that I have finally gotten my family brainwashed into thinking that Mayfield Vanilla Frozen Yogurt really is “Ice Cream” , Publix has some wonderful Frozen Yogurt but sadly I very rarely shop there as I find there prices a bit high for me.

10. When was the last time you felt "tested?"

  1. Take the elevator or walk up the stares?
  2. Have the cookie or drink the water?
  3. Order the  salad or get the chicken wings?
  4. Sleep in or get up and go to the workout room!
  5. Watch the morning news or have my quiet time?
  6. Balance the check book or talk on the phone?
  7. Check my email or sort the junk mail?
  8. Play Farmville or unload the dishwasher?
  9. Smile and take a deep breath or say what I’m really thinking?

That about does it for today…tomorrow will be a whole new list of testing moments…

11. "Once I start eating Jelly Beans I find it really hard to stop." I only buy them periodically because I simply can not resist them. I will say that this past Easter season I felt like I had been transporter to an alternate universe because every time I went into any story, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreen’s any story you pick one, the Brack’s Jelly beans were GONE!

12. "Praise is the best motivation.”

That’s it for my Random Dozen.

If you want to see what everyone else is saying this week head over to 2nd Cup of Coffee for more!




Monday, May 24, 2010

I think I’m LOST??? I’m not sure what I was expecting….and my Weekend Review

As weekends go this one was very busy.

Friday was party prep at skoots1mom’s house.

Saturday was party day and my anniversary, such that it was with the hubs out of town! He is returning home on Thursday of this week (hopefully) and you can bet that there is a date night planned in the very near future to celebrate together!

Sunday morning I took the stares. Now this may not sound like a big deal to y’all, and in reality just taking the stairs once is not really that big of a deal but it’s a start. A new re-beginning to adding more activity into my day! 

Sunday the DD was commissioned at church for her upcoming mission trip to Mexico! Momma is, as always, fighting the Nervous Nellie’s I get before putting my baby on a plane to a different country. God is good and I know He will be with all the members of the team!

Sunday the DD had her end of the years party with her girls group! They had a cook out and played games and generally had a great time!


This bring me to the last major event of the weekend.

The Final episode of Lost. “The Television Event of the Decade!”

Are you one?

One of the millions of the Lost-a-holic’s?

Well after six seasons of wondering each week what would happen next and pondering all the unusualness of the show I find that I am still a bit confused as to exactly what it was all about. There were many conclusions that made me extremely happy. The opportunity to be reunited with members of the show that had passed on was very satisfying. Isn’t strange how we can form attachments to characters on a television show.

I can’t say that I am disappointed by the conclusion but I can definitely say that it was not what I was expecting, but then with this show one never knows quite what to expect. Maybe the intent was to keep us in that place of wondering?

So for all of y’all who were all glued to the television last night's…What did y’all thing of the conclusion?

I have a confession to make. I made a preemptive call to my husband to insure that the final episode would not get interrupted by his phone call! My bad?

Well for as busy as the weekend was the first few day of this week will be even busier. With the hubs out of town I have been giving myself a bit of a vacation from the daily chore list.

My list of “To-Do’s” is very long but I know once it get it all done I will feel better and I know that I will be super glad when the hubs walks through the door and all thing are in order!

Y’all have a great week!



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Project 365 ~ Week 21

OK, I did a bit better this week. I only missed one day this week.

I will just dive right in!

Sunday, May 16

Sunday was our annual Senior Recognition Dinner at church. It is always a big deal. The Juniors get to make all the plans and decorate. This years theme was kind of a beach/survivor theme. This was the first year to have senior dinner in the new youth space down in the warehouse.

The Juniors did a wonderful job with all the decorations and the seniors all had a fabulous time.

At the end of the evening all the parents and family gather around all the graduating seniors and place hands on them and send them off into the world protected by a massive circle of love and prayers.

It was awesome to witness!


I don't have a senior this year, four more years for me and then I’ll have an empty nest. I took almost 150 images at the celebration. If you look closely in the above picture you can see skoots1mom in the center at the back laying her hands on her sweet honor role graduate.


Monday, May 17

There is a story behind this slightly pathetic little blossom. Two springs ago I bought a packet of Purple Cone Flower seeds. I planted them in a container on my patio. I diligently watered them for about four or five weeks. I then forgot all about them and they eventually died. I just left the planter box sitting on the patio all winter long and never gave it another thought. The next spring low and beholds there was one lone hold out that survived the winter. It came up and bushed out but never bloomed. I was not even sure it was in fact a purple cone flower since it never bloomed. When I began my landscape in the backyard I dug this mystery clump out of the planter box and split it in two as it was a rather large clump and planted it in my yard.

I just love how resilient God’s creation is. It weathered the winter and is now coming up gang busters in both locations in my landscape. Hopefully as the plant gets established the flowers will be a bit more attractive.


Even in it’s pitiful state it served as a nice little perch for this bright ray of feathered sunshine. He plopped down and took a few pecks at the flower, paused for a rest and then took off to parts unknown. By the time I got my camera attached to my tripod to try and get a better picture he had flown the coup.

I hope “Mr. Yellow” comes back he was gorgeous!


Tuesday, May 18

This came a few days ago. If y’all have never visited Robynn over at Robynn’s Ravings then you must go over and give her a visit! She is a hoot!

Any way I won a giveaway over at her blog and I am looking forward for the dust to settle so I can give this DVD a watch!

Yea!!!! For!!!! Me!!!!!


Wednesday, May 19

Bummer, no pictures!


Thursday, May 20

My cherry tomatoes are beginning!


The corn is probably 12 to 18 inches high!


Friday, May 21

Friday was a flurry of activity. Skoots1mom marinated, chopped and arranged, I peeled, chopped, piped and arranged. We were busy with all the pre-open house details.


Celery Stick with Lobster Mousse, if ya have to eat celery stick then this is the way to do it! IMG_2036

Saturday, May 22

Party day at skoots1mom’s. Y’all keep an eye on her blog as I am sure she will have more pictures about the party. It really is her “Ho Ha” to tell about.

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Red Velvet Cake Pop’s dipped in White Chocolate! They were the hit of the party!

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Lastly, this picture was taken 28 years ago. Happy anniversary to me and my husband. We did not get to celebrate together, I think in all the 28 years of marriage this is the very first time we have been apart on our anniversary. He has been out of town on an extended business trip from nearly a month now. I am looking forward to his coming home.


Well that’s it for my 365 this week. For more head over to Sara’s!

Blessing and happy picture taking!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Random Dozen

1. What is one really fast, know-by-heart "go-to" meal to fix in a pinch?

I usually have all the ingredients to fix either chili or spaghetti in my pantry at all times. That’s practically a no brainer. Pancakes are another quick fix at my house a little flour, eggs, buttermilk, a pinch of that and a dash of this and you’re done, I can always manage to toss any leftovers in a pot with a few cans of chicken or beef stock and off set with some other pantry ingredient for a big ol pot of soup.

Having a well stocked panty is the key! When I am running low on canned good like chicken stock, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chopped tomatoes with green chilies, green chilies, roasted red peppers, beans, rice, pasta, egg noodles, condensed soup it’s time to go the the grocery store. Plus I try to keep on hand onion, celery, carrots and garlic.

Another super quick meal is to take pork medallions and season both sides well with salt and pepper. Slice one large onion or two small onions. Chop several cloves of garlic. Sauté the onions in a large skillet for several minutes then add the garlic. Add the pork chops in the pan sear well on one side for about 4 minutes. Turn and cook off for another two to three minutes. Remove the pork chops from the pan and continue cooking the onions until tender and caramelized for about two minutes. Finish off with a bout a 1/4 cup dry sherry and 1 or two tablespoons of real butter. Stir together until thick and bubble, make sure you get all the good brown bits off the bottom of the pan, fancy cooking term is deglazing the pan, and then add the pork chops back to the pan for just a minute and then serve over rice or egg noodles. If ya want to send it right over the edge then add a few tablespoons of half and half at the end with the butter. Serve with some stemmed veggies or a side salad and your done in under 20 minutes!

2. What is one item you won't leave home without. (Purse and license do not count.)

Probably my cell phone, it is usually at arms length most of the time.

3. Where is one place you never tire of visiting?

The beach! Give me a comfy lounge chair, a big umbrella, a good book and I’m good, real good!

4. Share one factoid of your family's history.

Young Jean Grandma 2002

My grandmother worked in the kitchen at Ohio State University, she and her staff were in charge of preparing all the meals for the student body every day. She also worked for a fancy shmancy catering company and would work lost of fancy parties. I used to love to hear all the stories of all the mishaps and how they would pull a near kitchen disaster out of the fire with miraculous quick fixes.

5. Complete this sentence:

"Once upon a time me, Half Pint, Ma and Pa came across the wilderness in a covered wagon and built a little  house on the prairie….oh wait that was a television show"

6. If you could win a one year's supply of anything, what would it be?

Toilet Paper or Coffee Creamer. These are the only two absolutely must haves in our house!

7. "One quirky thing you may not know about me is I like to separate my M & Ms, Jelly Beans or any candy that is different colors in to small piles according to color. You must eat all one colored then move on the the next color, preferably in descending order from least to greatest. It’s a rule!"

8. You have one dollar in your pocket. What will you buy?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a cup of coffee for a buck!

9. "One thing that always makes me laugh is The Carol Burnett Show, an episode of MASH, The Andy Griffith Show, Guam and the absurdities of life in general. "

“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.”

—Dame Edna Everage

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

e e cummings (1894 – 1962)

10. What is one thing you could do today to help yourself reach a personal goal ?

Regular Exercise, it’s so easy to let this one slide! I’ll do it later turns in to tomorrow and then tomorrow turns into next week and then before you know it you cant remember how long it has been since you made it down to the work out room.

11. What is one thing you could do today to bless someone else?

Remember to treat everyone the way Jesus would!

12. What is one thing you're looking forward to soon?

My husband coming home and watching the last half of Lost.

These two things go hand in had. You see my husband has been out of town for almost a month now on a extended business trip. His schedule is very busy and there are some days when he simply does not have time to call home. Well it had been a few days since I had talked to him. I had settle down to watch the next to the last episode of Lost and the phone rings. Caller ID is a good thing and a bad thing and DVR’s are an ever better thing!

Yes you guessed it, the hubs calls right in the middle of LOST.

Love trumps Lost.

I tried to watch and talk at the same time but it became very clear real quick that having a conversation while watching Lost is a talent that I no longer have. I made the ultimate sacrifice and turned the television off and finished my conversation with my husband.

So I am looking forward to my husband coming IREALLY MISS HIM!!!! home week after next and I am looking forward to watching LOST as soon as I hit the publish button!




For more Random Dozen head over to 2nd Cup of Coffee and check it out!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Project 365 ~ Week 20

Y’all for this week I have to give myself a big fat “F” in the picture taking category. I only took pictures four out of the seven days. I have no explanation, the dog did not eat my memory card, I was not abducted by aliens, it just didn’t happen.

So such as it is I move on…

Sunday, May 09

One of my dearest friends was out of town on vacation last week. When these occasions arise my DD is hired to water the plants and feed the cat. We headed out there on Sunday afternoon to give the animal and the plants a nice drink. While the DD tended to the animal and the plants I had to snap off a few pictures.

I think if I could pick any setting to live in it would be this friends home. It is a small log cabin set back off the road. When the trees are fully leafed out you can not even see the house from the road. It is one of the most picturesque, serene and peaceful settings I have ever seen. She has by far one of the greatest front porches on the planet. There is a wonderful swing and two comfy rocking chairs and the porch is overflowing with lush blooming potted plants, hanging ferns, trickling water fountain and tinkling wind chimes. All you have to do is settle down in that porch swing and let the peace overtake you. The back yard is just as wonderful with it’s small gurgling fountain and multiple bird feeders that attract a constant stream of tiny feathered friends.

It was a small feast for the eyes and a briefs moment of peace.

A visual gift on Mother's Day!

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After we watered the plants I pointed the car in the direction of the co-op garden. The corn was poking out about two inches and I think the other picture is squash. It won’t be long until out first harvest. It’s the waiting that's so difficult but as all gardeners know patience is a virtue that yield baskets full of wonderful produce!

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At the end of our trip on Sunday I pulled in the driveway at home I am greeted by more sunny blooming faces. The iris in the front bed of my yard were just beautiful this year. They have really gotten established.

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Monday, May 10

No picture…

Tuesday, May 11

My corn is a bit head of the corn at the co –op garden as I got it in the ground a few week before. It was hard to thin it out but I pulled every other plant out to give my corn a bit of breathing room. I am being obedient to the instruction on the back of the package of seeds. It said to thin it out so that’s what I did! I’m still learning!

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Wednesday, May 12

My last Prayer Shawl meeting, for a few weeks anyway, the youth bible study is officially on break for the summer. They will start back in the fall and so I will be back with my knitting needles in tow. I have a project in the works which will probably take me all of the summer break to get completed so my hands will not be idle over the summer.

God is always faithful to provide. Look at the stack that was turned in. In addition to the ones we actually make ourselves, we have several ladies that scour the local Goodwill’s. You would be amazed at the treasures that are tuned in each week. We are all astounded at the pieces that they find. Every one look like it is brand new and never been used. It just amazes me at what folks will give away.

We have come to stand upon the promise that God is using individuals even through the act of an anonymous donation. They may not want a treasured work of handmade craftsmanship but we have scooped them up, prayed over them and then they in turn go forth to bless those who are suffering.

I call that a double blessing!!!


Thursday, May 13

No pictures….

Friday, May 14

I thought for sure it was dead. All the other crepe myrtles in my back yard had fully leafed out. This poor little transplant stood dormant. I was nearly at the point of digging it out off the ground. This picture was taken on April 29. Not a trace of life anywhere to be seen.


On Friday low and behold I was giving all my new plantings a morning visit and I see these tiny little green leaves all over the branches.

Patients pays in the end. I am so glad that I did not dig it out!


Saturday, May 15

I attended the wedding of my one of my oldest friends oldest daughter. Try and say  that three times fast…

I had good intentions of taking a few candid shots at the reception. I even had my camera at hand but somehow the mood never over took me.

There were multiple people there all with their cameras out snapping away.

I was secondly motivated but the concept of just enjoying myself. Just over a year ago I was in attendance for my friends youngest daughters wedding and I was in charge of the food. It was a lovely change to simply sit back and enjoy the celebration and not have to worry about refilling the veggie trays or making sure the chicken finger were holding out!

The wedding was beautiful, the bride made a stunning entrance down a long staircase and then met her father at the bottom of the stairs. Be still my heart,  it was just beautiful! They proceeded up the isle together arm in arm. It was breathtaking to watch her face as she came down the stairs.

Y’all I remember when this child was born and holding her tiny little self in my arms.

Where does the time go?


Well that’s it for me and my Project 365, such as it is. I hope to do better next week.

If y’all want to see some more folks who hopefully did take a picture ever day head over to Sara’s for more!



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