Sunday, October 4, 2009


For those football fans out there the Dallas Cowboys play in Denver at 3:15 CST.

My baby

My youngest DD is coming home for her birthday weekend. I can't wait to see her. This is the longest we have ever been apart.

Monday, September 7, 2009

My busy weekend

We had company this weekend and when my dearest friend comes to town we turn into teenagers all over again and we can't stop giggling.

She arrived in town and she and I had plans to watch the Dallas Cowboy football game, and we won! That was fun oh and we had to order pizza, they have "The Cowboy Special", I don't know if we ended up with that special because DH wants to have everything thrown on it, except anchovies he also prefers for the onions to be grilled first but I don't know of any place that grilles the onions first.
We went to Joanns and I did some stashing, the we ran to Staples to get some things for DH. One thing I find infuriating about some stores is that they are not handicap friendly, I have heard of 3 point turns but never 10 pointed turns. That was ridiculous even some customers had to come to my assistants when I was doing a one of my 10 point turns. that was because nobody that worked there came to my rescue. I couldn't even get my Hoveround down some of the aisle's, and that just makes me mad. I won't be going back to Staples EVER! I do NOT recommend them if you are handicapped.

After that we came home and ate the fish dinner (out of Racheal Rays 'Big Orange Cookbook') I had made (with help), then we made a bottom to the shade we had put up in the office. We tried fabric glue but it would not stick, I guess its because we were using tulle, but I don't know for sure. And if I remember MacGyver correctly he always had a paperclip, a sock and duct tape and he could fix anything with just those 3 things, so I should have known to get the duct tape out, My DF said that's how she hems her costumes for the musicals that she is in.

We had hoped to watch the UofN game but PPV wanted 30 smackeroores to watch the game. Well being on a fixed income sure makes you very aware of the price of things. I felt like was spending a billion dollars this weekend as it was. Course I didn't spend a billion dollars because I left it in my other jet and it is in the shop. giggle

After my friend left. DH and I watched all the games that came on the tube. Well it was a fun weekend.

How was yours?


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Our trip

Our trip was wonderful although exhausting.  We left home about 9:00 am and drove thru north Texas then up into Kansas.  We spent the night in Salina, Kansas at least I think that is the name of the town.  The next morning Noel called in a panic because they had moved the ceremony from 5:00 in the evening to 11:00 in the morning so we rushed to get ready and left as fast as we could, I don’t remember what time it was.  We barely made it.  When we got there, parents were milling around and then they started grabbing seats very fast so Noel told us where to sit for the best view of her.  The ceremony started and we couldn’t really hear what was being said except I heard “yes sir” several times.  The unit came to attention made a precision right turn and then started walking.  They walked past the families and made a left turn got into a two row formation.  The acoustics were terrible so let’s just say there was a lot of mumbling into the microphone.  They played the “Star Spangled Banner” and then they did the repeat after me thing.  Then they were released them and so we spent the rest of the day with Noel, I took a little nap while David and Mom took Noel shopping, David got both of us a University of Nebraska hat’s.  He spent too much money but Noel needed a few things, and you only live once, right?

On Saturday, we got up and went to a picnic with and for Noel’s unit.  It was a very nice day.  We had to leave right after the picnic to head for home.  We stopped in Newton, Kansas (I think that was the name of the town.)  Mom and Bob went exploring the town while David and I rested.  When they got back, they said they had found a little Italian restaurant for dinner.  David and I shared some calamari and spaghetti after dinner all we wanted to do was go back to the hotel and go to bed.  We got up on Sunday and drove the last 7 hours to get home.  Boy howdy, were we ready to be home.  


Friday, August 28, 2009


It's official, my youngest daughter took her oath or she was sworn into the Navy ROTC. We went to see it this past weekend. here are some pictures that I took. We are so very proud of her.

Here she is talking with her family before the ceremony.

Here she is in full uniform.

Here she is with her Daddy.

The ceremony was very nice.


I just had to share with you that my DD got a job and she starts September first. Most of you know that she graduated with her master in social work in June about a week before her wedding. She could find a job in Seattle, and that is there lose. I am so happy o have them back in Texas that I would sing it from the roof tops (good thing I can't get up there ... I would surely fall). and I don't do tall things as I am scared of heights. I am anxiously awaiting a phone call to tell me how her first day of work went. I know, I know that I have to wait for her to start the job.


As you can see I have been working my fingers to the nubs trying to finish a gift to my kids. It still needs more work but i hope to be finished soon.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My Tat

I just had to share my tat ... my baby got it for me before she moved.

So what do you think?

Empty Nest

Well its official, I have an empty nest. My oldest DD has gone to visit her new in-laws and my baby DD has moved to Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska. In 4 years she will be a navy nurse. This will be an exciting time for her.

We are both a little sad, we are used to the noise we hear when everybody wakes up in the morning. Although it was crowded with 5 adults in our 3 bedroom home, according to my daughter. I loved having them all at home. We had lots of family time. Now its just so quiet. Its like "what do I do now". We have been raising our kids for a lot of years, and now what?

Hugs to all

Friday, July 31, 2009

My dear daughter and her hubby

My DD & DSIL left Seattle to move back home (Texas) yesterday. She just called and she is in central Oregon and headed for San Jose for her next pit stop. I am really excited that she is coming back home, even if they can only stay with us for a day. I can hardly wait.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Beautiful Girl

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Wedding

My DD turned from a beautiful young woman into a breathtakingly beautiful bride and our new SIL was as handsome as ever in his tuxedo.

They are so happy, it just shows on their faces

like the sun shining on the morning dew. I have tons of pictures that I took as well as some from family members. We haven't even got the ones from the photographer yet. Here are a few because "as they say" pictures are worth a thousand words.

I just had to share their moment in the spot light.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hi there

It is getting really exciting around here. The wedding is only a week away now. I think we have everything paid for except the unexpected stuff. I just hope the unexpected stuff doesn't cost much because we looked in our pockets and only found lint.

Our baby is stressed out because she graduated from Grad school and last week and she doesn't have a job yet. It seems the economy has made it difficult to find a job even if you have your masters.

Please cross your toes and your hairs and light candles and say your prayers that she finds the job she is supposed to have!

Hugs until later ...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

No Crosses

This is a fake! see link:



No Crosses


Property! Did
You see in the

news last week

where the

Court doesn't

want any crosses on Federal

On Federal


Well duh.........

(Scroll Down)

Them try and remove these.

Are these people thinking?

What point do we say, enough is

Pass this on to as many
People possible as quickly as
You can even if you normally don't do
This type of

Messages just need to be forwarded and this is most certainly one of

Take the time.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

My Baby's

Aren't they cute, they aren't that little any more.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

My day

Well my day will be easier than it has been in a week.

All I have on my schedule is working on wedding stuff and maybe I will find time to cross stitch in addition. We are one month from DD's wedding.  I better get busy! 

American Idol Finally

Hip hip harray!
Hugs to all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

American Idol

I am so excited American Idol is on!  I sure hope Kris Allen wins!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Two choices....

Two Choices

What would you do? make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three..

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I wav ed to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the
plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right b
ack to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!

Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled..

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball .. the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!

Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!


We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the appropriate ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.

You now have two choices:

1. Delete

2. Forward

May your day, be a Shay Day.


Monday, May 11, 2009

I don't know if I posted this but ...

My youngest daughter

DD won the ROTC scholarship ... YippySkippy!  She is going into nursing for the Navy.  She is very patriotic and wants to help in the best way she can.  So far she has been accepted in every University she has applied to. Now we wait and see which one she picks.

Floral Fifteen (with embellishments)

Isn't this the coolest biscornu pattern.  It is definitely on my wish list. 

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mac the Knife

You are absolutely not going to believe this ... I know I am still in shock.  We were doing a water change on our fish tank and we were down about a third, so we had removed approximately 10 gallons of water.  Well suddenly Mac  panicked ... he was our 8 inch Bala Shark. He took a flying leap and jumped out of the tank and landed on the other side of the kitchen table on the floor.  My Sweetheart ran over and tried grabbing him (he was slippery), it took 3 grabs to hold onto him and get him back into the tank.  Of course he died in less than a couple of minutes.  But of course, after that landing he had that was almost expected. Let's see we had him for 3-4 years.  The tank looks so empty now, even though we have lots of fish in it.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My bunnies and Me



Here are some pictures of me playing with my bunnies.  One thing I learned about bunnies the hard way is that they can jump so hard and fast that they can break there back's.  My favorite died in my hands after jumping so high.

The other two died during the night while we were sleeping.  I couldn't bring myself to look at them but my DH said it looked like they died the same way.  I was really attached to all of them as my daughter never picked them up.

I hope you enjoy our pictures.

Friday, April 17, 2009

My Cousin -- Abigail's Surgery

Dear loved ones,

We met Pearlie's surgeon today.  He addressed all of our concerns and we were very comfortable with him.  After visiting with him, Doug and I realized the severity of her condition.  It seems it is more complex than we were able to understand previously.
Long story short, it is very important the surgery be done, as scheduled on May 7th.

Abigail is a happy, vibrant sweet heart!  In fact, I asked the surgeon today, "How do you expect me to believe what your telling me is the truth?  I look at her and she's fine."

  Having known this was a possibility, even before her birth, Doug and I thought we were prepared for this.  How wrong we were.  The blow felt harder today.  The cut felt deeper.  The why's and how's and what if's seem to echo louder now.

We ask for your continued prayers for Abigail's complete healing.  Samantha is scared and I ask that you pray for her comfort and peace.  She is a girl of very few words and I worry so much about her heart, too.  Both of my girls have "broken” hearts.  One entered this world with a broken heart and the other's heart was broken in this world...  I believe God can and will heal them both.

Through the turmoil, I still see God's hand at work.  I see the opportunity to grow in our love for Him and our love for each other.  I am learning more each day to lean on Him...because I have NO understanding of my own.

Thank you all for you support and prayers.  We so appreciate each one of you.  We will continue to keep you all posted on Abigail's surgery and recovery.

Proverbs 16:3 


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Disaster Update

We called our favorite carpet cleaner, Roy Dudley, and he came over and cleaned up our living room water catastrophy and for the most part he got everything up.  So our carpet looks pretty good.  I would have taken a picture of the mess if I had thought of it.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Here is a picture of the three bunnies.  I found out that they are Jack Rabbits.  Two of them are very friendly, the third one is very skiddish and DD has named it Skeeter from some show she likes.  One of them is so friendly and curious that it will lay on my hand and after a couple of minutes will start looking around and walk back and forth on my arms and even peaking over my arm, I have started calling him Cuddles.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  I have more but DD has my camera at the moment.

What a disaster!

Well another day another mess, I decided to rearrange and redo my office/craft area.  Anyway, I have realized can't find room for everything.  I have to figure out where to put one more piece of furniture, in addition to this so the only thing I can figure out to do is start stacking, and there isn’t any better place to start than on my head.  Disaster updates to follow shortly.





RE: My day so far...

We called Blackman Mooring and they said it would cost a minimum of $600.00 so Mom took turns with DH sucking up the water with one of those machines that they borrowed from a neighbor who was willing to let us borrow it for a few hours.  He said that the only thing he ever used it for was to pick up leafs in the yard.  Then Mom cleaned the machine before returning it.  My guess is that its cleaner than when she picked up because I saw soap in it.



Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My day so far

My wheelchair got away from me while I was cleaning the rabbit cage and I broke the table leg, as I turned it over.  The rabbits ended up in the aquarium, which fell into the sofa.  The sofa turned over, the aquarium hit the floor and broke… glass everywhere.  Twenty nine gallons of water is on the floor etc…  The angel fish where flopping so DH grabbed them and quickly dumped them in the other aquarium.  Then about 10 minutes later, I remembered that we had a Cory so he looked and looked and finally he found it under a pillow.  DH said he was alive and put him into the old aquarium.  Most likely none of them will live but we are trying.

I will update you later.



Sunday, March 29, 2009

It's a little crazy around here.

I sure have been gone a lot ... lets see if I can remember what all has been happening ... Well I watched my youngest DD try on her bridesmaid's dress for her sister's wedding.
Then it was my turn to try to find the right dress. After trying on umpteen dresses, my Mom actually found the perfect dress. They let her "borrow, that's right borrow" the dress and bring it over here so that I could try it on, she had to have it back in a couple of hours. Well it was the perfect dress for DD's wedding. I can't thank Mom and the store enough for finding the dress. They had to order it in the right color.
We have done a lot of work around the house like rearrange the kitchen and shampoo the carpets. We have switched out sofa's, cleaned up the living room, and much much more.
I have also been busy making things for the wedding.
In between all of that I did managed to find a little time to stitch for me. I even finished a small piece. Here is a picture from several different angles.

I hope you are having a great day.



Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Abigail's Surgery

I am asking for prayers for my baby cousin, see the letter below.


“From: Charlotte

Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 7:36 AM

Subject: Fw: Abigail's Surgery



Dear loved ones,

We learned today that Abigail's open heart surgery is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th.  While it is nice to finally have a date, I must say the emotions and thoughts are so overwhelming.  We will meet her surgeon on March 31st and he will give us all the specifics.

Abigail is otherwise healthy and doing great!  I've attached a picture of her eating rice cereal for the first time.  She loved it!  (Had to check those labels, though.  There's soy and dairy in everything!!)

Again, thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement.  We will keep everyone posted as things progress.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Tracy's Christmas Present

Hey I finally found time to post this picture of the handbag that I knitted and felted for my lil' sister.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

FW: Baby Abigail

Here is an update on my little cousin.  Thank you for the update Charlotte.






--- On Tue, 2/10/09,

Subject: Baby Abigail
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 9:24 PM

Hello family, friends and loved ones!

It is time for the latest update on little Miss Pearl. Let me begin by saying that Abigail is such an incredible blessing to our family. She is so much fun and brings incredible joy to our lives. I truly find it hard to now imagine our family without her in it. She is strong, healthy and beautiful. Yes, she remains my high maintenance girl with her little allergy and heart issues, but that's all worth having her with us.

We had her "big" echo- cardiogram yesterday and nothing has changed. All her issues (holes, leaks, etc) remain the same. The goal now is to keep the valve from leaking any more than it currently does. The longer we put off surgery, the more time we allow for things to progress and cause more problems. Two atrial holes will need to be patched and there is  a suspicious area in her ventricular chamber that may also need to be patched. Her cardiologist is recommending that we have the valve repaired and the holes patched within the next month or so. Her case goes to the surgery review board on Monday and we should be getting a call next week with a surgery date. Just before we left, we were told it could be scheduled anytime in the next 1-3 months, depending upon available dates.

We have known since before she was born that this was a possibility. While we have prayed for healing and that surgery would not be necessary, it seems that God isn't finished writing her story. Now, we put our trust in Him to guide the surgeons and physicians treating her and that He would use their talents to perform His healing.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. We love you all so much and thank you for cheering on our sweet Pearl.

I will be in touch with the details as they become available.


Monday, February 2, 2009

I need to be inspiration

I have been totally uninspired lately. I don't know what is wrong with me. Usually it seems that inspiration is almost overwhelming around here. I think that I need to find my passion again. I may have to hunt for a new angel to start. Usually, if I stitch an angel then that gets my blood flowing sorta speak. Hopefully, that will get me going again.

Y'all take care now ya hear.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Faith Cross Stitch WIP

Here is my update for Faith.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Here is more Christmas pictures.  I thought if you are interested you might want to take a gander.







Hope this makes you smile as it did me...

      Give this heart 

to everyone you don't want to lose in '09 including me 

if you care.  Try to collect 12 it's not easy...




Thursday, January 8, 2009

Christmas 2008

A slideshow of our Christmas celebration

Christmas 2008

Our 25th Wedding Anniversary

Here is a slideshow (if this works that is).

25th wedding anniversary

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year's Day!

2009 Here we are ready or not.

Let’s all start our new year with family and friends.

  Hugs ya'll

Thursday, January 1, 2009

25 Year Anniversary

The last 25 years just seems like a dream.

It seems like yesterday that my babies were born and the day before when we married.
I know that cannot be right cause our oldest baby is planning her wedding.

Now our babies are old
enough to plan this wonderful 25th anniversary surprise party for us.

We had a few friends from
church and some family come to celebrate with us. Here are just a few pictures that were taken that night. I will be sharing more a bit later.

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