Friday, May 29, 2015


The idea that Christ was crucified on a Friday is debated by many.  It's okay, this video blesses me every time. 

Because He came the first time as He said, He will come again.  Next time as a lion, not a lamb.

Praise Him!



Thursday, May 28, 2015


These are a few of the photos from the Relay for Life this year:
This is Paul, a friend of mine and also a cancer survivor.  He is 85 this year.

This is me, sweaty already and two of the GRANDS cheering me on.  Love them!
This is our family, the three grown kiddos.  We took a picture before the walk.  It was all of us.  I will see if I can post it later.  We are blessed.

So thankful to all my family for coming and supporting me on my 40th year celebration!  Love to all of you!!!

Me, before the walk and before the rain.  I was a sweaty mess by the time it was over but so happy my family was there!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


One of the new crazes in the craft world are pocket letters.  

Here are pictures of one sent to me from Dinah of Diary of a Not So Mad Housewife.  It's so cute!!!  She did an amazing job.  It's probably the best one I've ever seen!



Cute and more cute!  Just plain cute!  

She also makes greeting cards as a hobby.  I think she's got it down to a science!

Thanks, Dinah!


Monday, May 18, 2015


Freebies are great.  I love something free! 
Last week was the Relay for Life walk in our little town.  During the week, we were privileged to attend the survivors dinner, held each year at the local Methodist church.  They have a beautiful family life center and graciously host the dinner each year for the last several years.
The dinner for the survivors and one guest is, you got it, free.  We are given a t-shirt to wear at the Relay for Life usually held the Friday after the Monday of the same week of the dinner.  Free. 
This year, I won a door prize.  It was a nice canvas box with family movie night goodies, including a movie.  There was gourmet chocolate popcorn, microwave popcorn, two different kinds of popcorn seasoning, four can Cokes, movie sized boxes of candy, plastic boxes shaped like a popcorn bag, etc.  We devoured it over the weekend.  Free.  One year I won the beautiful center piece at the table I was sitting, purchased by a friend who is also a survivor.  Free. 
Entertainment at the walk is also free.  The GRANDS were able to enjoy the bumper slides before the official start of the walk.  Free.  Music at the walk was also free but was hampered due to speaker problems.  Still we were able to sing before the walk, walk to recorded music and I requested the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight for the GRANDS.  They love the song because they jump, play and dance while it is singing away.  Free.

Memories.  Free. 

At church, we were given a prayer journal for Mother's Day.  Free. 
Our Daughter, SIL and our GRAND daughter gave me a beautiful pink vase for Mother's Day.  It's huge and I love it!  Something I would never buy for myself but they did.  Free to me. 
The younger Son and his new Bride are in the process of painting a picture for me.  Excited to see it but being patient. 
A long time friend, Dinah of Diary of a Not So Mad Housewife blog, sent me a lovely pocket letter.  Free.  She did a great job on it.  I will ask and see if I can post pictures of it. 
Years ago, we were able to get the younger son a full mattress because he was grown.  We had some heavy wood given to us.  Free.  The Hubbie made a mattress size box and the mattress went on top.  Free.  Now, years later, he is using the wood to make his new Bride a desk.  Memory.  Free. 
This blog is free. 
The wonderful rain we had today.  Free.
Sunshine and fresh air.  Free. 
So, although not many things in life seem to be totally free, I certainly enjoy the ones that are!!!  Freebies seem to make life sweeter.  Why?  Cuz its free.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


It's the big 4-0. 
 No, not my birthday.  Although I do remember it.  Bad day cuz no one else remembered it!!  I won't even go there!
No, it's the 40th year of still breathing after cancer.  Thanks be to God and good doctors!
The kiddos are all coming.  All I need to do is get groceries, clean the bathrooms and dust. 
Let's get this celebration on the books!


Saturday, May 9, 2015


Who would have ever thought the word BLOG would be an every day word in our every day lives?  Not me.  But, it is. 
Blogs are fun but blogs are also for profit.  Many make money by having a blog.  I don't.  I would like to say I did but nope.  Not a dime into my checkbook as of this date.
This is a bit of a rant but I'm tired of some blogs. 
Glad you asked.
Because they are like magazines advertisement after another with very little content. 
Think about it. 
The magazines of today are page after page of commercials with very few actual articles.  Yes, I quit buying even Woman's Day and Family Circle, years ago, for that reason.  What's the point? 
Some blogs are the same way!
If it is a source of income to support your family, good for you.  But you would get more people on your blog, linking to it, free advertising to it for you, IF there was more actually IN it.
One word.....BOOOORINNNNG.
Rant over.
Happy Saturday World!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I am a senior citizen.  I don't want to be but it's better than the alternative at this point in my life.  The alternative you say?  Yes being 6 feet under or a lot older.  Not ready to take the next train to Heaven just yet.    So, I'll take what I have and not complain about it.

Senior citizens can be a target for thieves.  Several years ago, I was with a group of older than me ladies.  They were concerned about putting their pocketbooks (yes that's what they called them) in the car while unloading their groceries.  Apparently some had friends who had their pocketbooks stolen right out of their cars. 

We brainstormed for several minutes and came up with these ideas:

1 - use the baby belt in the grocery cart to secure your pocketbook at all times and while you are unloading your groceries

2 - put your pocketbook in the car and secure it with the seat belt

3 - put your pocketbook in the trunk beside you while you are reaching for the groceries

4 - carry a smaller version inside your waist band, not around your neck 

5 - keep all doors locked expect the one you are standing beside

6- invest in a large key ring that fits over your wrist so you will not lock your car without thinking about the keys

There is a video showing a woman with an SUV pumping gas.  Another car pulls beside it, the passenger in the front seat jumps out, quietly opens the passenger door to the SUV, opens the passenger side door which is unlocked, grabs the pocketbook, gets back in the car, drives off and the woman pumping gas never sees the car drive up or away.  Think how much that costs to replace!  Plus the thieves now have all of your personal information, your phone, where you live,  etc. 


So, all of these are safety tips but all of them can save your money!  Maybe your life!

The last suggestion I have is hide your credit cards in your wallet.  Put them behind a library card, or a picture, whatever you have.  Or you can turn them face down, bottom up, so the name of the credit card does not appear where it can be read.

The money tip.....protect your money.  


Monday, April 27, 2015


Several people have asked for information about being a donor for our son. 
If you follow this blog, you know he needs a liver transplant due to a genetic disease called Alpha1.
Here is the link:
IF you would consider this possibility, please leave a comment and we will be in touch with you.
Thank you for reading this and for your concern.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Cracker Barrel is a great place to eat.  There are locations across the United States.  The food is delicious, good down home cooking. 
I found a nifty money saver when we dined at a location near us. 
There is a Kid's Menu.  The food varies from Hamburger with a side to a plate of Mac and Cheese.  The drink, which can be anything including tea or soft drinks, is included in the price. 
I chose a regular hamburger with a side of mac and cheese.  Wait, am I repeating myself?  Yep. 
It was delicious.  Thing is, the portion was just right!
The price was only $4.99 with a couple glasses of sweet tea!
The Hubbie orderd a plate of pancakes with blueberries inside, strawberries laid on top, two bottles of syrup and water.
Our ticket was about $12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will gladly take a smaller portion if I get the drink, too!!!!!
The menu says the items are for kids of all ages.  That's me!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


We are on Day 79 in an effort to raise $17,500 for our older Son's liver transplant.  The deadline of July 8, 2015, will be here before we know it!

Here is the link.....