Sunday, November 18, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
We saw the very end of the leaf change but we still saw a lot of color! It was so pretty there. Our vacation was delayed a couple of days because my Uncle Russell died the day we were to leave town. It was a hard decision but we decided to go after his funeral service. He was 68 years old and suffered with diabetes and congestive heart failure, among other things. I still can't believe he's gone. He was always the larger than life uncle, the fun one. Not always the storybook uncle but he was my favorite. I cried most of the way to Tennessee. We got to Gatlinburg around midnight on Monday. On Tuesday we ventured to Cades Cove, a one-way, 11 mile loop around an isolated valley located in the East Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We wanted to get there in the late afternoon and finish the loop around dusk. Our timing was near perfect. We saw deer, turkeys and even a bear cub. We had to stop our car to allow this deer to cross in front of us. Since they live in a protected environment they have little fear of humans.
We had a wonderful time. We packed a lot in to the time we were there enjoyingThe Dixie Stampede and The Comedy Barn along with several great meals. It was good to get away but we were ready to get back home and back to OUR OWN BED! It's rough to sleep in a queen size bed after you're accustomed to sleeping in a roomy king size bed. Well it's back to work for me tomorrow...I'll be daydreaming of the mountains......
Friday, October 12, 2007
I really hated to let go of these lamps but I didn't have anywhere to put them and I was scared they would be broken if I just kept storing them. The "dealer" bought these....
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
It has so much character. Of course I love the piano but I also love the curved staircase, the gargoyle looking angels on the clock in the background, I could go on and on. And the frame! Oh my gosh. My frame is prettier than Barnette's. Hers was a simple, cherry wooden frame. I knew that it would one day hang proudly in one of our guest rooms. We are finally about to paint the walls in this room and I will be able to hang this beautiful print. God is so mindful of us. Most certainly for what we need but sometimes our wants too.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart...Psalms 37:4 KJV
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Here's daddy with the cake: and doing what he loves....
His horses are named Bonnie & Clyde. Cute, huh? My dad is a good man and has always been a wonderful provider for his family. He's retired now and I hope he is able to enjoy retirement for many years to come.
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Proverbs 20: 7 KJV
Monday, September 24, 2007
For two weeks in a row I've done my weekly cleaning and then baked a cake. This is huge for me! Cleaning alone would be huge but cleaning and baking? I'm trying to do a modified Fly Lady routine and I will say that it has definitely been working! I have my little routines and I've been sticking to them. I still have to work on the decluttering part! Anyway, I guess maybe you just feel like baking when you walk into a kitchen with a shiny sink. This is my cake from this week, right off the Duncan Hines box. Oh my goodness!
This cake is so good! It's super easy and oh so moist! I love me a bundt cake! (Actually any cake baked in a bundt pan). I can remember a time when I used to think.. how boring..a bundt cake. What was I thinking? Bundt cake is 'da bomb! This cake is made with a Duncan Hines devil's food cake mix. Is there any other kind of cake mix? If you'd like to try this cake.....
- 1 Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake Mix
- 1 small box of instant chocolate pudding mix
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup oil
Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until done. The easiest part of this cake is the icing. Take 1/2 cup of Duncan Hines Creamy Homestyle frosting and microwave for about 10 seconds. Stir well and then drizzle over cake. Just beware if you make this cake. It is so good. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Friday, September 21, 2007
We just got back from our anniversary dinner....with my parents. Because you know what? Today is their anniversary too. They were married 45 years ago today! I chose their anniversary as the day I wanted to be married. You see, before God gave my husband to me he gave me the best parents a girl could have.
Happy Anniversary, Mister! I love you very much!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
The arrangement is made of 6 bunches of .97 Wally World flowers. The vase I found at Goodwill for .69. The small piece of foam that I used cost .10 on clearance at Wally World. My nephew Jacob
(He grills a pretty mean hamburger too)
This is another of my craft projects. Can you tell I’m ready for fall and cooler weather? Our temps here are still in the 90’s but I don’t care what the thermometer says. Fall is in the air! A tell tale sign is daylight. We have less and less each day. Ok, back to my project. It really wasn’t that hard. The hardest part was pulling the sticker off the glass bowl. But aren’t these beaded miniature pumpkins the cutest?
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1, KJV