Friday, June 29, 2007
Our evening at the Saure's was pleasant. Family enjoying themselves, sitting around a bonfire. The men trying to keep it going and the kids playing with fireworks. Brenna's camera died, so John took her to Best Buy to replace it. I know that it can be hard to get used to a new one, but I am sure she will do well. I am about to go to Alicia's so that I can ride with her when she takes Mariah to the cities. It will be a long day of driving so I hope we can both stay awake. Have a great day! Till next time...
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I am SOOO excited! Brenna is coming home for a couple of days!! I can hardly wait to see her. She wanted to see Mariah before she left for the summer. She is going to spend the summer with her father in SC. The family is getting together Thursday evening to spend the last night with her. Alicia and I are taking her to the cities to meet Chris at the Airport. I can not say I am really looking forward to that long drive. I can't help Alicia drive as I still can not drive a clutch. She would NOT want me to even try to either!
The weather has given us a break for the heat. I am really enjoying the 60's with the windows open. Tessa spent the earlier morning hours pulling a tooth so that when she saw the dentist he would NOT do it. She did not want to ruin her record of having pulled all her own teeth. She has a mother that turns a bit green at the thought of even seeing a loose tooth. One of my many strange quirks. (she loves to torment me with that one also!) The visit to the dentist found one cavity. She does NOT seem to care. I would be so mad if it was me. I always hated getting them filled. She was more excited about her mood ring prize she got today.
John had bought this little squirrel feeder and today I found a squirrel sitting inside just a munching away. I don't think I have ever seen anything so cute in my life. The right before we left for the dentist a finch came to feed. IT was the first one I had seen this year, and so I had to take a picture as proof.
I am really enjoying a lovely quiet afternoon. Tessa went to Madi's to play and I decided to try a new recipe. If it is good I will put it here. Lemon Muffins. I hope they are good. Brenna's call to say she was coming made my day. I had the pleasure of letting Alicia in on the secret and by the tone of her voice she is really excited to see her sister. I hope that you are all well, till next time...
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
John had a rough day yesterday. Pizza was the treat for supper and then down to the river to see how high it had gotten as the crest was actually in the morning. Wednesday evening the water was right to the edge of the platform, the water as you can is now over it. There was this plane flying overhead spraying for mosquitoes. I showed Tessa a gopher and she wanted to take one home. I am really not sure why she thinks they would make a good pet. We were getting ready for bed when the storm came through. I noticed the lightening and said we should go for a drive. I guess this was the first time we had ever done this with her? I have memories of Dad doing that when I was a kid. I believe if memory serves me right, I actually saw a tornado from a distance once. John and Tessa were trying to capture the lightening in photo. The photos are not real clear, but it was kind of fun to watch them both try. Hope you all have a great day. Till next time...
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
John has still not decided where to place the new rose bush. His mind has been on his co worker that was hurt over the weekend. It seems that by the grace of God, he is going to come out of this ok. John does not know for sure when he will be back to work.
Tessa, what do I say about her. She made a blogger because she wanted be able to use sparkles. I have to laugh at how she wants to express herself. The way her minds works quite often amazes me. I often pray that her 'talents' will be put to good use! Well, the movie is over and I have to say, it was worth a few good laughs. I hope all is well with everyone, have a great week! Till next time...
he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and
knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he
wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that
his father had purchased the car.
Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into
his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a
fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a
beautiful wrapped gift box.
Curious, but somewhat Disappointed, the young man opened the box and
found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed
in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all
your money you give me a Bible? and stormed out of the house, leaving
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He
had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was
very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him
since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he
received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed
all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately
and take care of things.
When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled
his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and
saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears,
he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had
carefully underlined a verse,
Matt 7:11, "And if ye, being evil know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more shall your Heavenly
father which is in heaven, give to those who ask Him?"
As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It
had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the
sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation,
and the words...PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not
packaged as we expected? I trust you enjoyed this. Pass it on to others.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember
that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for...
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
The moment you arrived and seemed to look at me from the warmer, you had my heart. The year of every 2 hour feedings, (which at the time I thought I would NOT survive) to the trip to the emergency room to deal with the meal of tylenol you decided to enjoy. The time you thought it necessary to inspect a mommy bunny's cage and she did not like it. I will have you know, I think you may be the only one in this family that has ever needed stitches so far. I am still amazed they put stitches in your tiny little finger. My embarrassment when you came out needing help with your pants while we were out in public.
The first year of college, I had to drag you on the bus to catch a ride to class. You were the topic of many a conversation with those around me. I have to laugh at all the little moments that pop into my head. The time I picked you up from the University Children's Center and you told me,"Mommy, you stink!" I am sure I turned three shades of red, and quickly made our escape.
I still see this tall skinny little girl with long blonde hair that I would put into those three pony tails. Your face seemed to be all eyes and such a dark brown. The tears I would cry when I would watch you go by yourself to get on a bus for the first time. The back rubs you gave when I was pregnant with Tessa. It was so sweet to have you still want to be my little girl for just a little longer.
I watched you grow into this amazing young woman. I felt the pain of seeing you struggle with disappointments in life. I know you have all these desires in your heart, and you wonder if they will ever be fulfilled. The solitary life you have had to endure at times seems so not fair.
We have often agreed that our personalities are like night and day. The sparks often fly when we do NOT see eye to eye. I know you have my best interests at heart and I am pretty sure I drive you crazy at times. I can only say this, I love you very much and you are in my thoughts ever day.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
My thoughts have not really been conducive to sharing. It is not that I was not thinking, but maybe thinking to much. We have been dealing with an issue that just plain makes me so anxious. I guess most of life's lesson are learned the hard way. In my case, I seem to keep flunking the test and having to redo the test.
Tessa finally has her own 'Webkinz'. She can play on the website now, which is all she really needed. Do you hear the sarcasm?! Today being rainy and leaving me just wanting to curl up in bed, I put myself thought watching movies with Tessa. I have never watched the Harry Potter movies, until today.
I was doing double duty, watching the movie with one eye and TRYING to figure out the other website. The plan to move the Hampden website has me maybe helping in some way. Can I say I was very FRUSTRATED today with it!? If any of you are like me, change is never easy. I am so used to using this, blogger, yahoo and msn space. WordPress is not coming to me that easy, or maybe I am just too impatient. Right now, I am watching some show on Sci Fi that bores me. Tessa is with her friend hoping to swim. She really can not bet enough of that pool.
John has his camera back and it seems there are a few different options or something. It sounds like they replaced all the internal workings. He is happy to not have to use my less than perfect camera (just kidding, Honey!) Till next time...
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2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, separated
1 cup cornflakes
4-5 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed
1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons milk
In a bowl, combine the flour and salt, cut in butter until crumbly. Add the milk and egg yolk; mix well. Divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 13-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Place one rectangle in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cornflakes.
In a bowl, combine the rhubarb and 1-1/2 cups sugar. Stir in the pie filling and vanilla; spread over cornflakes. Top with the remaining pastry. Cut slits in the top.
Beat egg white; brush over pastry. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Bake at 350 degree for 50-55 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
In a bowl, combine the glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
These are the best and if you have a bread machine so easy to whip up. I use these for rolls and also to make caramel rolls and tea rings.
3/4 cup warm milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cup-3 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, softened, divided
2 1/4 tsp. Rapid Rise yeast
BREAD MACHINE METHOD: Heat milk in the microwave until warm. Place ingredients in bread machine pan in order given. Divide the butter into fourths placing one in each corner. Place machine on dough cycle. When cycle is over make into rolls and place on greased cookie sheet and cover with a towel. Let rise 20 minutes. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 8-15 minutes (check often) or until golden brown. After removing from oven, rub with butter. ENJOY!!
Monday, June 11, 2007
If this doesn't make you laugh just go ahead and close
A pastor concluded that his church was getting into very serious
Financial troubles While checking the church storeroom, he discovered
Several cartons of new bibles that had never been opened and distributed.
So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the
Congregation who would be willing to sell the bibles door-to-door for
$10 each to raise the desperately needed money for the church.
Jack, Paul and Louie all raised their hands to volunteer for the task.
The minister knew that Jack and Paul earned their living as salesmen and
Were likely capable of selling some bibles. But he had serious
Doubts about Louie who was a local farmer, who had always kept to
Himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment. Poor
Louis stuttered badly. But, NOT WANTING TO discourage Louis, the
Minister decided to let him try anyway.
He sent the three of them away with the back seat of their cars stacked
With bibles. He asked them to meet with him and report the results of
Their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday.
Anxious to find out how successful they were, the minister immediately
Asked Jack, "Well, Jack, how did you make out selling our bibles last week?
Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Jack replied, "Using my sales
Prowess, I was able to sell 20 bibles, and here's the $200 I collected
On behalf of the church."
Fine job, Jack!" The minister said, vigorously shaking his hand
You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you."
Turning to Paul, "And Paul, how many bibles did you sell for the
Church last week?
Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently re plied, "I am
A professional salesman. I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and
here's $280 I collected."
The minister responded, "That's absolutely splendid, Paul. You are
Truly a professional salesman and the church is indebted to you."
Apprehensively, the minister turned to Louie and said, "And Louie,
Did you manage to sell any bibles last week?" Louie silently offered the
Minister a large envelope.
The minister opened it and counted the contents. "What is this"?
The minister exclaimed. "Louie, there's $3200 in here! Are you
Suggesting that you sold 320 bibles for the church, door to door, in
Just one week?"
Louie just nodded. That's impossible!" both Jack and Paul said in
Unison. "We are professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold10
Times as many bibles as we could."
"Yes, this does seem unlikely," the minister! Agreed. "I think you'd
Better explain how yo u managed to accomplish this, Louie."
Louie shrugged. "I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don't kn-kn-know f-f-f-for
Sh-sh-sh-sure," he stammered.
Impatiently, Peter interrupted. "For crying out loud, Louie, just
Tell us what you said to them when they answered the door!"
"A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said WA-WA-was," Louis replied, "W-w-w-w-would
Y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-bible
F-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks ---o-o-o-or--- wo-wo-would yo-you
J-j-j-just l-like m-m-me t-t-to St-St-stand h-h-here and
R-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you??"
Remember when the funniest jokes were the clean ones?
They still are!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
After mass he asked the monsignor how he had done.
The monsignor replied, "When I am worried about getting nervous on the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. if I start to get nervous, I take a sip."
So next Sunday he took the monsignor's advice. At the beginning of the sermon, he got nervous and took a drink. He proceeded to talk up a storm.
Upon his return to his office after mass, he found the following note on the door:
1. Sip the Vodka, don't gulp.
2. There are 10 commandments, not 12.
3. There are 12 disciples, not 10.
4. Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.
5. Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.
6. We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late J. C.
7. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as Daddy, Junior and the Spook.
8. David slew Goliath, he did not kick the shit out of him.
9. When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey,don't say he was stoned off his ass.
10. We do not refer to the cross as the "Big T."
11. When Jesus broke the bread at the Last Supper he said, "Take this and eat it for it is my body." He did not say "Eat me"
12. The Virgin Mary is not called "Mary with the Cherry,"
13. The recommended grace before a meal is not: Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, yeah God.
14. Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter's, not a Peter pulling contest at St. Taffy's!
Friday afternoon, as I was trying to get buns on the pan, Tessa comes over to tell me that she has been asked to go with her friend to the lake for the weekend. I actually found myself not sure if I really liked the idea. I now wait to hear if she had a good time and I sure hope she remember her manners.
This weekend is the Art Festival in Grand Forks. John and I had the nicest time just walking around and looking at the exhibits. Every other year, I usually have someone yelling at me to go here and there and so I miss out on most of them. The day started of with a bit of drizzle, fired up and then ended with RAIN! John is really missing his camera. Mine is really not as good, but he did get a few nice pictures. I love it when we go for a drive, just to see what everyone else does with their yards.
John had expected to spend the evening working on the computer with his photos. Our internet and phone quite working about 7:30pm and did NOT return until sometime after 3am. I know this because the thunder work me up and the little like on our phone was still on. I wish we had a rain gauge to see how much came pouring down last night. I hope the weather was better where Alicia and Gregg are camping! There is it, my weekend in the nutshell. I think you understand why this was stress free. If you are family you do!! Till next time...
Thursday, June 07, 2007
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Juls was here and after she was done with her appointments we went to a movie together. I have never been there when it has been so empty. The movie was 'Pirates of the Caribbean, Worlds End'. IT WAS SO GOOD! I know that sitting next to me was a trial in patience on occasion.
Julie, remember the phone was acting up when you left. The midco guy had to come out and do some repairs as our settings were apparently not what they should be. Tessa and Mariah were able to swim for awhile. Alicia was at her first golf lesson tonight. Mariah and I are watching the movie called 'The Wild'. I guess it is not so bad, just not my type of movie! Till next time...
I was craving chocolate last night and found this recipe in a Taste of Home publication. Julie tasted them today and said you need to put this one on your blog. Here it is, ENJOY!
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
9 milk chocolate kisses
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well.Fill paper or foil-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Place a chocolate kiss, tip end down, in the center of each. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until top of brownie springs back when lightly touched. Yield: 9 cupcakes
Monday, June 04, 2007
This past weekend was really good family time. The weather was not that great, but the rain did not stop me from digging up some plants for Alicia. The weeds never seem to stop growing. I really am not complaining as I just love to be out there see what else is new each day. Mariah had spent most of Saturday with us so Alicia could put in some hours towards her vacation time. Mom, I know you want to know how Brenna's time went. I am sure she will fill you in. I did get to talk to her on Sunday and she said it had its good and bad moments. John and I are now going to enjoy the rest of the evening. Till next time...
I was out taking all these photos of the rain drops on different plants. John, of course, had to blow them up as big as they could go and noticed that my reflection is in the rain drop. UGH! I am glad that when on these sites you can not get them big enough to notice.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Last night, John, Tessa and I went to University Park to see the all the bags with names on them. It was so beautiful out and Tessa would have really like to stay all night. I am really NOT sure that will ever happen. John had to use my camera to get a few shots. Till next time...
My sister Julie shared this with me when I was home the last time. It is really easy and surprisingly yummy. Enjoy!
Layer of soda crackers on aluminum foil. Very important that you do this step. She laid them 5x5 it was on a bar pan and the foil was edged up to keep the toffee in when poured on it.
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
Heat on high until about the hard boil stage. Pour over the soda crackers.
Immediately place a layer of milk chocolate chips over this and spread.
Try this, it really is good.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Next time you use a pair of rubber gloves you can remember this.
A dentist noticed that his next patient, a little old lady, was nervous
so he decided to tell her a little joke as he put on his gloves.
"Do you know how they make these gloves?" he asked.
"No, I don't," she replied.
"Well," he spoofed, "there's a building in Mexico with a big tank of
latex and workers of all hand sizes walk up to the tank, dip in their
hands, let them dry, then peel off the gloves and throw
them into boxes of the right size."
She didn't crack a smile. "Oh, well. I tried," he thought.
But five minutes later, during a delicate portion of the procedure,
she burst out laughing.
"What's so funny?" he asked.
"I was just envisioning how condoms are made!"
Gotta watch those little old ladies! Their minds are always working!
Yesterday he was able to catch a hummingbird at the feeder. This photo is taken through a window so is NOT crystal clear. I still have not seen it with my own eyes. I did get a brief glimpse of it as it flew to the lilac bush.
Today I had the pleasant surprise of a letter from John's nephew Curt. He is in Iraq serving with the Marines. I need to get back on Motomail and answer him. I hope I can get John to write him a little note sometime. I will just be relieved when he is back in the States.
I was back outside taking photos of the flowers. I like to keep track with photos were everything is. Once the blooms are gone it is hard to tell which color Iris the plants are if we want to move them around or give away as some need to be split desperately. The white Iris has a really pleasing scent. I just wish they lasted longer. Till next time...