Sunday, November 30, 2008

Snowy Sunday

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It isn't our position but our disposition that makes us happy.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I'm a Winner!

I won this beautiful wall art from Lilli at Make Mine Blissful! Isn't it wonderful? The colors fit into my home perfectly and it even has a bird on it. I haven't decided where I'll put it yet and since it's time to decorate for the holidays, I'll put it away and have something new to play with when Christmas is over.
Thanks, again, Lilli! I love it!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner

Do you think we had enough food for 3 people? Chris and Laurie were at his family's dinner yesterday so it was just us and Jerzie. Jerzie was too tired to eat well so she had a bowl of Froot Loops after her nap! Thanksgiving dinner has to consist of the same foods every year no matter how many are eating. I also made my no bake pumpkin pie and brown bag apple pie. Looks like everyone is full and content!

I trust you all had a super day with fami;y and friends.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

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How much do you know about turkey? Take the Turkey Trivia Test.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'd like to report...

...a horrendous crime! Here is a picture of the crime scene.It is still not clear if this was a drive by snowballing, a snowman tipping (We have heard of cow tipping but never snowman tipping!) or just a violent assault by the weather. It doesn't appear to be a robbery as everything this poor snowman owned is laying on the ground beside him.As you can see by the picture this was a very violent crime. These are the only pictures available because the scene is completely cover by several inches of fresh snow. This will be a hard case to crack so in the meantime we will tell Jerzie that her and Daddy's snowman is taking a nap!
If you have any information about this crime please call the snow police!

Monday, November 24, 2008

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!


Today I'm going green! We have had about 38 inches of snow according to the radio, although I didn't have quite that much, so I would love to see green!

I like plants that not only add beautiful blooms but also look good when not in bloom. Here are some of my favorites.

Brunnera, Jack Frost.

Hens and chicks

Lady's mantle

Variegated Solomon's Seal

Ornamental Grass

Coral Bells


Chameleon Plant
I also have lots of plants with burgundy foliage. We welcome anyone that has gardening pictures or house plants of any kind to join the fun. If you would like to sign up just add your name and permalink to Mr Linky and add a link to this post on your blog. (I'm hoping Mr Linky is working this week!) Thanks for stopping by!

Daddy and Jerzie

Daddy had the day off today and when he and Uncle Chris finished hunting he came over to play.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Food for Thought

If we learn how to give ourselves, to forgive others, and to live with thanksgiving, we need not seek happiness--it will seek us.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Darla over at Family and Flowers tagged me to write 6 things you don't know about me. I have done this a couple times before so I hope I don't repeat myself. There isn't much that I haven't told, I don't think.1. I love to garden but I only have one houseplant. It is in my beauty shop on the windowsill. It has almost died several times. My daughter looked at this plant in my living room one day and asked "Is that a fake plant?!! I can't believe you have a fake plant!!" Since I love the plant holder and had already killed 2, I decided I better go fake!

2. When my Father's family came over from Sweden they changed their name from Cederquist to Carlson. Then his Mother died and left his Dad with 4 small children. As was common back then, the children were given away to relatives. My Dad was the youngest and he and his older sister were given to a cousin. Their names were then changed to Olson. His 2 other sisters were given to two other families several miles away. Miraculously, they remained in touch. None of this was done thru the system or made legal. That's just the way it was back then. So who am I really?

3. When I was young, my Mom made me take ballet lessons because I was so clumsy. I'm not sure that it helped much!

4. I also took piano lessons for several years. My Mom was a very good pianist so we always had an old piano in our home. I was never accomplished and didn't continue past junior high school.

5. I went thru all the ranks for Girl Scouts. As a Senior Scout I earned the highest award possible. During school I helped my Mom with a troop and when my daughter was in school I had her Brownie troop. I believe it is a great organization and wish more teen girls would give it a try.

6. This is a biggie! You know I'm desperate when I tell a real secret to the world! My Uncles had a special nickname for me. As I got older I hated it but by then they were so used to it they didn't even think about it. My one Uncle worked construction and I walked by where he was working. At the time, a boy from my class was also working there. Imagine my embarrassment when from the roof he yelled " Hi! Jerky!!" Yup, that's what they called me! The last time I saw my one uncle before he passed away he still slipped and called me Jerky! I'm told they called me that as a baby and I smiled so they decided I liked it!

I'm supposed to tag some people but I know everyone is busy so if you want to make me feel better by telling one or more of your deep, dark, secrets just leave me a comment and let me know.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Show and Tell

This Gospel Primer was in some family stuff but there is no name in it. It was copyrighted in 1894 and is the eighth edition. My Grandma was born in 1900 so it must have come from her or Grandpa's family.

The first page talks about learning to read by the "Word Method". Each letter has a "slate exercise" of words. I love all the graphics.

It's not hard to come up with words for the "hard letters" in the Bible!

The next part of the book has larger drawings and is all Bible stories.

To see more Show and Tell posts go on over to Kelli's House.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Great tip!

I wanted to share this great tip before you started making your Thinksgiving pies!Grandma's Pies
Grannie made such beautiful pies! One day, I asked her"How do you get such beautiful pies with the crimps around the edge so even?"
"It's a family secret" she said "So you must promise not to tell"
I roll out the dough, then cut a bottom layer and carefully put it in the pie plate. Then I slowly pour the filling, making sure it's not too full. Next cut the top layer and put it over the filling. Finally, I take out my teeth and just run them around the edge of the pie crust and they make the nicest even impression you ever did see.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

Edit: Because of problems with Mr Linky yesterday this will be my post for today . It was 18 degrees when I got up at 6:30! Welcome!

I just added this picture to show you the view out my kitchen window yesterday and today. It's 27 degrees!

Since we are having real wintry weather here in Western New York I decided to fool myself into thinking it was warm and sunny out by looking at some of this summers Secret Garden Tour pictures. These are some of my favorites.

There now, doesn't it feel like summer?
If you would like to see more bloomin' pictures just click on the names below. If you would like to join in the garden tour, just add your name and permalink to Mr. Linky and put a link to this post on your blog.
Now sit back, think summer and enjoy the tour!

Snow Day!

Jerzie isn't feeling great today and is enjoying laying around in her jammies and doing something she never does at Gramma's, watching TV. These pictures are from the little bit of snow we had last week. Today we have about 8 inches and it's still coming down.It took quite a bit for me to get her to touch the snow with her mittens on but she finally got into it.
She'd pick up a handful, look at it,
open her hands and let it drop.
We also got ready for Christmas by making a shirt from an iron on I've had for years.
I hope you are warm and dry where ever you are today!