Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Hope, at Second Time Around tagged me for the 'Seven Weird Things About Me' meme. Now Hope, what in the world ever made you think there was any thing at all weird about me? Has word become so widespread that everyone in cyberland is aware that instead of saying, "Our G'ma is Weird!" my grandchilden say, "Our G'ma is Special!" ......?????
Just remember....You asked for it.
Here Are The Rules
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person that tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3. Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
Seven Weird Things About Jo
1.I believe that I am a 19 year old trapped in the body of a 58 year old!
2.When eating sloppy Joes, the menu has to include whole kernal corn and potato chips.
3.If I am rushed for some reason and don't get the bed made, I have to make the bed at some point before I can go to bed for the night.
4.Same goes for dirty dishes. They have to be washed before I go to bed.
5.When I start a project, I want to finish it before I move on to anything else.
6.I believe in Karma and have believed in it long before 'My Name Is Earl' came to TV.
7.I feel organized when I have a to do list to work on.
Now it is my turn to >>TAG<<>
Hmmmmm......David at Drunk With Barley
J.D. at J.D.'s Soapbox
Mari-Nanci at Smilnsigh
Judy at Memories Are Made Of This
Aisha at Leaf Float Down River
Peggy at Hidden Haven Homestead
Have a Blessed Day.......
Good morning everyone. Yesterday was quite a long day. J.D. and I both had Dr. appointments, which even under the best of circumstances can manage to shoot a huge hole in your day. The Dr. wants to have J.D. tested for P.A.D. and he is sedning me to the pain management clinic to see if they can help me with the effects of my Fibromyalgia.
Monday, February 25, 2008
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.
In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.
She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.
He asked her about the contents. 'When we were to be married,' she said, 'my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.'
The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.
'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?'
'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.'
A Wife's Prayer
Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom
to understand my man;
Love to forgive him;
And Patience for his moods;
Lord, I don’t pray for Strength,
if I did I'd beat him to death;
Because I don't know how to crochet.
Note from Jo: I had planned on posting this today and after reading Tammy's post today laughed all the time I was working on mine and thought to myself... "I sure hope that Tammy knows how to crochet!"
Wishing all a blessed week..........
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I just wanted to share a few photos of the winter wonderland we have going on in our yard right now.
When we first moved here the winding path from the parking area to the house was made of wood chips. It was very pretty as long as it was dry. However with rain it washed out and piled up on the front porch. With snow and ice it was slick and not too safe. We ended up replacing it with stones....... Just as pretty and a whole lot safer.
An up close look at this one doesn't show any sign what-so-ever of yellow.
I am thinking it will be a while before we have any buds in our yard. Oh well..... No problem, George made it up the mountain yesterday and we are all hooked up with high speed. So that should keep us entertained for a little while.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Today is supposed to be high speed hook up day.................. We will see.
Have a great day and stay warm.
Friday, February 22, 2008
For more examples, check out Not Quite What I was Expecting: Six Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure, written by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser.
Here are the meme rules:
1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4. Tag five more blogs with links
5. Remember to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
I came up with two........... My first choice was: Life's A Journey, Hang On Tight. Although this is true of most of my life, present day life for me is quite a bit different so I did a wee bit of a variation on my original.
Life's A Journey, Enjoy The Ride!
With that said, I tag the following people to take part in this meme:
Diane at Diane's Place
Tammy at The Pink Magnolia
Lynne at Lynne's Little Corner Of The World
Mary at Mary's Writing Nook
BJ at Sweet Nothings
Since my last posting we have had snow twice. We received about 2 1/2 to 3 inches of the white fluff on Wednesday. I ventured outside with the camera and took a few shots to share with you.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
lol.................. I bet you thought I was talking about here on the mountain!! The only time we know we have neighbors is in the winter when the leaves are off the trees. The rest of the year no one knows we are here.
This is our frog dog. He sits on top of a 1 1/2 to 2 foot rock, half way down our winding path from the parking area to the house. He was laying on top of that rock when we bought the house 4 years ago and still occupies that spot welcoming anyone that should come to visit. I used to use him as a guideline for Riley when he was a little guy and played outside. He could play anywhere in the front of the property, but wasn't to go past the frog on the rock. I would watch him run up the path and bend over and look that frog over real good, then come running back to the house to inform me, "That frog isn't even real, Gummaw".
While I am on the subject of Riley, I have a story to share. About a week ago, out of the blue he asked if dogs can take cat naps!! That I think is an excellent question. He was told yes. Then he goes into the living room and lays down, closes his eyes and Mom and Dad hear...... "zzzzz... meow.... zzzzz... meow". This was their cue to carry the discussion of cat naps a little farther. I love it when these little ones come up with questions like this. It shows that those little minds are churning away and they are doing what they are meant to do................. LEARNING!!
The Direct TV tech made it up the mountain on Thursday morning and got us hooked up with some great reception. We questioned him about the lousy reception we had from Dish Network and he told us that from what he saw, as he disconnected their handy work was that it was never hooked up right to start with. I told him about the tech they had sent to install everything and how he kept saying he had a steel plate in his head and it was throwing everything off. I thought he was joking, but now I have come to wonder if it wasn't true. The Dish Network guy had been here for the biggest part of the day doing what it took Direct TV about half an hour to do. I remember thinking that if he stays a little while longer we may be able to claim him on our income taxes. Any way.... we now have a great picture on the TV and we had storms come through since Thursday and didn't loose reception. With Dish Network, everytime a dark cloud passed over Houston we lost reception.
Now comes the really great news. We have been dealing with a dial up connection since we left Louisiana in 2003. It wasn't too bad when we first moved back here and lived just outside of town. Our connection speed was around 56000 bps. We tolerated it, but for the past 4 years here on the moutain, we have been fighting with a 24000 bps which is the same as a snail's pace. Hughesnet is making the satellite high speed internet connection more affordable to people that live out in the booneys like we do. We made the arrangement indirectly through Direct TV and The Hughesnet Tech will be here Thursday to hook us up to that. Keep your fingers crossed that a blizzard doesn't blow through here and prevent that from happening. I look forward to being able to visit my blog friends again and leave comments for them. There are a few that have become so graphic intense that my slow dial up connection won't load all of the graphics and then when I try to leave a comment, the comment box won't even load. So if you wonder where I have been and why I haven't left any comments...... Now you know the rest of the story.
The Scioto River winds its way south through Ohio and empties into the Ohio River at Portsmouth. This past weekend Chris and Melody took us to Portsmouth to eat at the Scioto Ribber. It is a little sports bar the sits on Galia Street with dining available. They serve the best Ribs and Steak you could ever think of putting into your mouth. They have been serving up these special meals since 1978. Nothing is cooked ahead and put on the back burner. Your meal is prepared when you order it so there is always a wait, but it is so worth it.
G'pa and Seth before we left. Seth loves his G'pa. The boys stayed with Melody's sister, Mindy while we went to eat.
We had a wonderful day with Chris and Melody. All that was missing was Tersie. She wasn't able to go with us because that flu bug had bitten her and she was home trying to sleep her way through it.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
You may not "Carrot" all for me
The way I care for you.
You may "Turnip" your nose
When I plead with you.
But if your "heart' should "Beet" with mine
Forever "Lettuce" hope
There is no reason in the world
Why we two "Cantaloupe".
Yesterday, we were looking for the Direct TV techs to come hook us up to their sattelite, but not really counting on them making it because of the bad weather and road conditions. Before the morning was gone we received a call from Mike our friendly and determined tech. He was 24 miles away and wanted directions to the house. I gave him the directions and we waited for him to pull into the driveway..... And we waited....... And we waited....... The phone finally rang again and we heard Mike's flustered voice on the other end. It seems that after driving all that way to get to us, he made it to the bottom of the mountain and that was as far he was going to be going. JD's mountain is very steep on the front side and it seems that Mike didn't have four wheel drive and just couldn't get enough of a running start to make it past the steep part. I really felt bad for him, because before he was faced with climbing that mountain he was so determined to get here and do the job. So we are rescheduled for Thursday morning.... God willing and the roads are clear.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
We had a blast of cold winter weather come back through our neck of the woods yesterday and the night before. As a result, I figured the best thing to fix for dinner would be a BIG pot of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. Next to Veggie Soup that is the best remedy to ward off the cold that I know of. While I was waiting for the final 10 minutes of cooking time to add the remaining ingredients, we received a call from our adopted daughter, Amy. A few months ago she packed up and moved off to western Kentucky. The call was to let us know that the storm that was coming our way is a bad one and if we will be in need of anything in the next few days we had better get to the store to get it. She said it was already going through where she was and it was a nasty winter storm. She was pretty certain that if it still carried the punch that it had there, we wouldn't be leaving the mountain for a day or two. It doesn't matter how far away Amy moves, she will still call to check on us like she always has. In the winter time it is to see if we are staying warm or to tell us there is a level warning for the roads. In the summer time it is to make sure we are not overheating and to be sure that Papa isn't outside overdoing things like he has a tendency to do. She is a sweetheart and we do appreciate her.
We have had major issues with Dish Network for the past year over reception. After repeated phone calls and no satisfaction to resolving the problem we are switching to Direct TV. Our contract with Dish Network is up this month, so Friday I thought I would arrange to get Direct TV up here to hook us up to their equipment. I have been counting down the days. Well today is the day and if they don't cancel on us, I will sure be surprised. They announced that area schools will be closed today. So the snow plow won't be in a big hurry to come driving through the back roads and up the mountains today.
On that note I will leave you with a couple of pictures of our over night snow fall. We are supposed to get quite a mix of winter stuff all day today.
I stepped outside just long enough to snap these and decided the rocking chair next to the wood stove and a cup of coffee were calling my name.
Wishing you a Blessed Day.
Monday, February 11, 2008
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson
about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil.
It is anger, envy, jealousy, hatred,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment
inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good.
It is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied,
"The one you feed."
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
In my dictionary, TGIF doesn't mean Thank God It's Friday because the week is over. It means Thank God It's Friday because it is also Seth Day!
It is days like this that I am glad that my health is good enough to be able to offer my Fridays to care for little Seth. It will always amaze me how fast time passes with these little ones. Just Thursday Melody told me Seth was crawling very well now. (Keep in mind that this is in just a weeks time.) She also told me that if he is on the carpet he doesn't venture past it.
Well, guess what the little man did yesterday!! You got it..... ventured right past the carpet onto the hard wood and found something of interest along the way.
WOW!!! Tools of the trade G'ma...... It looks as if he has inherited big brother Riley's facination with tools and sweepers. Trust me once he had roamed this far from the carpet, it took no coaxing to tempt him into other areas of the house. He kicked that crawling up to high gear and went cruising into the dining room and then to the bedroom/bathroom hallway, grinning all the way. The grin was what tickled me. He was so pleased with himself.
G'pa caught these pictures of Seth on the camera, but then had errands and chores to tend to yesterday so he didn't get to spend much time with us. When he cleared his agenda and came back, Seth was thrilled to see him.
Riley had a big day yesterday too. It was his first visit to the dentist. Before he left he told us he was going to the dentist to get some braces. One of his older friends has braces and he is facinated with them right now. To a 4 1/2 year old, anything that is shiney is GREAT! I am sure that one talk to his Dad about braces would put them in the right perspective. Poor Chris really suffered with his. Any way the dentist told Riley he has no cavities and that he has good looking teeth, did the flouride treatment and all went well. He and his Mama stopped by the house on the way to Riley's appointment so he could freshen his mouth with another tooth brushing. Riley told me that when they were finished at the dentist office he and his mom were going on a date and he got to choose where they would go..... I asked where they were going and he couldn't remember the name of the restaurant, but it was the one that has nuts. (Dakota's) I am so glad that his first appointment with the dentist was a good experience.
Today Tersie, Britt and T-Bear are coming to the mountain to visit. I just have to cook on special occassions and that is what this is. We just don't get to see any of the girls (Oop included) nearly as much as we would like to. Time available is split in half when there is divorce. Add to that equation the fact that these girls are now preteen and teens with a social life and obligations to their activities, and time available is split again. So any time we can spend with them is greatly appreciated, loved and jumped at. I am fixing Britt's favorite meal: Chicken and Dumplings, biscuits, coleslaw, and the healthy recipe cheesecake for desert. I need to get this meal started and on that note I will end today's post.
Have a wonderful blessed day..................