Monday, December 31, 2012

End of the Year... Hopes for the New

I have I neglected my family posting this year.  We have all had many changes, some happy, some not so happy, and some inevitable.
I am challenging myself to remember to post and take the time to visit some of my blogging friends to make myself relax from my hectic genealogy world a bit.
Thought I would share a few photos from this year.

While daughter number 3 was here from California they had a cousins sleep over. 

On Thanksgiving day, my beautiful mother-in-law , who was 93 years of age, left this world. I know I will see her again, but I am sorrowful for my own loss of her in my daily life.  It was always so much fun sharing my genealogy finds with her.
Boys' not happy with taking pictures.  :(    'tis normal. 

The youngest son helped trim the tree.  He spent 4 hours on Christmas eve getting the lights to work .
This year we put my  Holly Baby Angels  on the tree for the first time since the Hero died.  There is one for every child. 
My summer in Idaho. The oldest bought a 110 year old home.  It is awesome.  Inspired my son in law to put up his 'Ambassador' to Texas Flag he made. 
My second daughter's new home.  The light shinning through the trees looks like heavenly approval. I am their gardener now. :) 

The first Squash plant to survive the Squash bugs.  (don't like those.)

Granddaughter's first visit to the beach and I was there!
My first 2000 + mile trip all by myself.  and! it snowed before I got back to Texas!
I lost my last SD photo disc from my camera, so you do not see my trip to Oklahoma and time with my oldest son, nor my youngest daughter's home that they have worked for for a year.
Blogspot was doing something weird and I could not get the pictures fixed in the order I wanted... decided I needed to just post and not use as an excuse to procrastinate.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

CreativeGene Carnival, 122nd Edition "School Humor"

For the CreativeGene Carnival 122nd Edition "School Humor"
I can not remember any humor in my school days, but I have a funny related to my daughter in High School.
My Hero was member of the Optimist Club.  We had gone to a community class on how to involved the school kids in fighting drugs.  The Optimist Club sponsored at C.H.I.C.K.E.N. Club who's motto was 'Just Say No'. The name stood for C.H.I.C.K.E.N stands for "Cool Honest Intelligent Clear-headed Keen Energetic and Not interested in drugs!" 
They had a Chicken Costume for a mascot to wear at rallies and activities.  It was kept in my office.  I was the school nurse, and my oldest daughter was the vice-president of the club in her sophomore year.  

Her boy friend went to a different high school, 30 minutes away.  He was also a senior and had privileges of getting out early, etc..

One afternoon, thirty minutes before our school was let out, he came to my office.  (This was in the days before you had to go though a screening before entering the school)  The office personnel knew who he was because my daughter was a twirler and he was always with her, so they waved him on.
When he came in, he said he wanted to go to her class.  I had to say no.  The next thing I knew he came out of the bathroom in the big yellow chicken suit and was out the door before I could stop him.  There he went, all 6 foot of him looking like a big yellow chicken with red feet.  He went to her class and looked through the door, and waved.  He then ran back to my office and tore into the bathroom to change.  I knew he was worried that the principal was around, but lucky for him, the principal was off campus that afternoon.  I am supposing that the teacher didn't see the chicken and the kids just thought it was another "Just Say NO"  activity, because there were no repercussions.    
He has always been a funny bunny, but him in that chicken suit was one of the funniest things I ever saw.  Still giggle about it.  
She married him and he continues to be a funny bunny.   

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fun Musings

I am excited about the up coming movie called "Brave".  For our family, it is so like our own Crystal and RedBeard.  I have sat and laughed while watching the trailer because I have seen our Redbeard in similar actions.  And Merida, well, they had to have been hiding somewhere and used my granddaughter as a model.  She is the spitting attitude of Merida, not to mention look a like.  Look at my scrapbook page and tell me if you don't agree.

This promises to be a fun summer.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Congratulations To the Second Place Winner of the Texas State Plumbing Association Tournament

You are always proud when your child has an achievement. Of course, he would be quick to tell me, he is a man, not a child. (smiling)
Loved this observer's tee.
Last week the Texas State Plumbing Association held their annual tournament for apprentice plumbers.  Each area could pick one.  My son had thought he was not going to be able to go as a classmate had been picked.  At the last minute, he was given the go ahead to compete.  He asked me to go so he could study the Plumbing Codes on the way up to Dallas.  Not a problem, I like seeing plumbing tournaments... just one question what is it? Do they joust with wrenches? or pipes?  Not exactly, they are given a blueprint,   supplies, a work space,and told to bring specific tools,
His work space

The first night they arrive, they are given an exam.  The second day, they have to perform a task with in 8 hours.  It was a challenging task. The contestants worked hard at it, then it was over at 4pm.  The son looked tired and worn out but had hopes.
He is working upside down

Judges discussing.
The judges examined the work, graded them, factored in the written test, then called all together to announce the two winners that would go to National Plumbers Association Tournament in Maryland in the fall.
Wait for it....

Choosing his prizes.

With head judge
He was not number one, but he was the second one, and only one point behind number one.  Not bad. He was the youngest and the last to receive the instructions. He still beat out the man who had been picked first from his area.
Mom was doing the dance and had her cell phone camera going.
Yeah!  You go son!

PS For mother's day he has fixed my sink and drainage pipes.  Not bad.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Great Ideas at the Nursery

For those of you who do not know, I have started working at the Nursery the Hero and I worked at before he died.  It is spring time work, and of course this is my favorite time of the year.  I love plants... well, selective plants; weeds, some, not so much.
Spring Gardens Nursery in The Woodlands, Texas  has grown and branched out since I last worked for them.  The owner has come up with several alternate growing methods.  Those who live here know what I mean when I say to grow organically in the ground in the south is challenging because of fire ants. His use of the strawberry pots and a wire arbor is great for someone wanting a small garden that looks fashionable. It would be awesome in a Townhome's patio.
Tomatoes, Cucumbers
His other idea was to use strawberry pots stacked for a floral display.  This is the beginning, I will share with you as they fill out.
Dianthus, Begonia, Purslane, Mexican Petunia
Yes I am having fun. It was hard the first day coming down, but my old friends were so nice.  it is okay now. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Post for My Granddaughters--My Roof Top Visits

When I was a teenager, my grandmothers lived with us off and on.  I was at the rebellious age and would feel the need to escape to talk with someone I felt would listen.  I was fortunate to not have any friends live near by, so my petitions, and complaints, and joyous feelings were shared with my friend Jesus Christ.
I would go to the old walnut tree next to our garage, and climb up on top of the roof.  No one ever thought to look for me there. Once I had found a comfortable spot (I am on asphalt shingle right, comfortable?) , I would lean back and contemplate the stars and how small the night sky made me feel. Sometimes I was upset, and would sit and cry and express my feelings to Jesus with great fervor. I talked with him about many things.  My pain if I had been disciplined, my sadness if I hurt or felt wronged, my desires for the future...husband, being actively engaged in helping others.  He was there for me. I never heard a voice or had a star open up in a cloudy sky like your GranddadE, but I felt an immense comfort, I Knew He was listening.  I loved and still love Jesus Christ with all my heart. I have never failed feeling good when I was about his business making others feel loved and good.
What I smiled at many years later when I heard your GranddadE's story was, I wonder if we were looking at the sky at the same time.
'Twould be a fine story right?
I love you and hope this is a story you will remember. GrandmomE

Friday, January 13, 2012

Recipe Experiment That Worked.

I was tired.  There was still an abundance of left over turkey, so I decided to try an make impossible turkey pie in muffin tins so I could freeze some ahead if they tasted good.
[If my children come on and comment, it will be something like "Mom, you are taking the 'Impossible Pie' to a whole new level".  They all complained that Impossible Pie recipes were a regular menu item while I was working.]
When I got the link, I discovered someone else had a similar idea. Great minds.
My Impossible Turkey Pie in a Muffin Tin.
First, I filled the muffin tin with chopped turkey, peas and carrots, and a sprinkling of Colby Jack/Monterrey Jack cheeses. Sprinkled with garlic powder, onion salt, and a pinch of sage for taste.

Next in a 1 cup measuring cup, I mixed 1/2 cup of Bisquick, 2 beaten eggs, 2 Tbs of Plain Stoneyfield Yogurt, then finished with enough milk to make a cup.

I slowly poured this mixture over the turkey mixture allowing it to sink in.
I had preheated the oven to 350 degrees.
Now I popped the muffin tin in the convection oven.  Since I had never done this before, I set the timer for 15 min.  At 15 minutes, they were not done. I added another 5 minutes and they were golden brown, with the same sizzling look that Impossible Meat Pies have.
I sprinkled some grated cheese on top and allowed to set for 5 minutes.

Mmmmm, yes, they tasted good, but don't take my word for it. My son who is NOT like Mikey, grabbed them up and I was lucky to get two.  Now I will have to make more to freeze ahead. ; )
Hope your day was a good one.