Hard to believe that 2014 is about to come to a close and a New Year is almost upon us. Have no regrets about yesterday because honestly there is nothing to be done about it. All of the focus needs to be on today. No matter your dream of tomorrow, if you neglect today you have wasted a valuable resource that is irreplaceable. Tomorrow may never come so live your dream today.
As my journey into the land of blogging has begun I have met and enjoyed many new people and have had the pleasure of enjoying other blogs. I know being a newbie I still have a lot to learn but as this season comes to a close I want to thank everyone who has commented on my posts and to those who have helped with my website. I will continue to study and listen to all you have to offer. I look forward to the New Year and to all I wish a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Whether you live in the country or the city find something to make your life enjoyable. Time goes by so fast, and yesterday will never come around again. Live today with importance because today is all you have. Everyone has their battles to fight and win. You never fail as long as you keep up the good fight.
Disillusionment comes when a person believes in something that is superficial and not everlasting. Focus on the heart and not outward appearance.
Life is full of hustle all the time, but at Christmas time it is more so. There are people everywhere; the spirit of Christmas is in the air and the many heartfelt good wishes from everyone all the time seems to make the air light up with wonder.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. There is such an air of giving and people have better attitudes they seem so much happier.
The beautiful lights and decorations are everywhere and it just so beautiful, it makes me want to hug everyone and tell them life is good and full of blessings. It is even fun to watch the kids change as they get older and go from being happy to play with the wrapping paper to wanting to be the one who passes out presents.
Time passes so fast, I love looking back at Christmas’s that have gone by and remembering the joy in the faces of the small children on Christmas.
At this time of year I wish for everyone a joyous Holiday and a Blessed time always.
I have always loved old barns. I grew up in a small town, or perhaps you would call it a country side, there wasn’t much of a town a post office and a gas station. But the place me and my siblings would call home was the beautiful farm home of my aunt. I recall milking goats and watching others milk cows. There was a huge Barn there that had a loft in it and we used to stack hay bales and jump from the loft to the hay bales it was so entertaining, we never knew we were missing out on television or video games. Life was so much simpler then.
We moved into the place we live now around nine years ago. There was a beautiful barn on the property and I have to admit it was a large part of the attraction to the property.
Since we moved in, we have had a couple of real bad snow storms and this barn that has stood on this property for over one hundred years decided it had stood all the weather it could stand. First one side fell down the last year the entire front of the barn caved in. It is a very sad thing to see it go like it did, but, now I am making barn board signs and saving a piece of history. Our once majestic barn is now nothing but a huge pile of boards.
It would be interesting to see if it could be made into a pole barn of some kind; the large beams are still standing and intact. I miss the beautiful barn.
Everyone in the Pacific North West has a story or two to tell about an icon named Yard Birds. It was a very large department store located in South West Washington. You could count on meeting your relatives and friends there whenever you went shopping. You were able to find anything and everything you were looking for and the staff was always helpful.
The story I have to tell is a personal one, when our daughter was young around four or five she loved to go in and out of the clothes racks. We got used to it and until she disappeared for more than a few minutes we never worried about it. Then we get a call over the loud speaker asking us to come upstairs to the customer service desk and pick up our daughter. Of course we are panicked and run to get to her thinking she would be scared and crying, but, no she was sitting in a chair eating a sucker and smiling, feeling just fine.
A couple of weeks later we were back at Yard Birds visiting with some friends, we had both daughters with us a four year old and two year old and the two year old had been safe in a stroller. We get a call over the loud speaker asking us to come up to customer service and pick up our two daughters. We run up the stairs afraid some customer had taken them, or thought our girls were lost, we get up there and we are so thankful the girls are OK, as we see both of them setting in chairs eating suckers. Turns out our older daughter was a little smarter than expected, she convinced our younger daughter she knew where to go to get a sucker and they ran up the stairs and told the receptionist they were lost and could they please have a sucker.
Looking out the back door I saw apples falling from a tree in the deepest part of the orchard. As I looked I saw a very large black bundle that looked like a bear, I called my husband to go check it out; what he found was a mamma bear and her three cubs. The cubs were up in the tree breaking branches and knocking apples to the ground while the mamma was just eating them as fast as they fell. While I am not afraid of most creatures of the woods, like deer, I kept my distance from the black bear and let my husband take the pictures. He tried hard being quiet as he could and got a few pictures before he got detected.
The mamma must have heard or smelled my husband because she lifted her head, looked around and took off toward the woods, she waited at the edge of the forest for her three cubs to catch up and they disappeared into the woods.
When you want something fast and filling, here is a go too recipe that is a family favorite.
4 medium Tortillas
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, spray your pizza pan with nonstick spray, spread the tortillas with Ricotta cheese, put ham slices over the Ricotta, and add Tomatoes slices, top with cheese.
Put in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
What could be easier? Hopefully this will become a family favorite for you too. You can easily substitute any meat or vegetable that you love on this versatile snack.
With the television playing one of his favorite Super hero shows; my grandson was quiet in the living room and I thought he was just enjoying the movie. I was quite unaware that while he cuddled up under a blanket he had a pair of scissors. He not only cut up the bottom of the shirt he was wearing, he also cut up the cape on his brothers super hero toy and part of his favorite blanket.
As I was only babysitting, when , his mom came home and I thought boy is he gonna get it, He ran into his bedroom because he thought he was in for it also. She went in and told him “honey I’m not mad at you, but you need to remember that we only use those scissors for cutting paper at the table okay?” She handled the situation so much better with her son than I did with her …
When she was around three, I gave a hair cut to her older sister and her dad, she did ask if she could have her hair cut too, but she had beautiful long thick hair that hung clear down her back and looked perfect on her so I said no she didn’t need a hair cut.
After I got done cutting my husbands’ hair I went to use the bathroom, however I found the door wouldn’t open, I asked what was going on in there and my youngest daughter told me she was going to the bathroom. I pushed on the door a little and she was standing at the door not letting me in. When I opened the door I found two foot strands of beautiful long blond hair all over the bathroom floor, I of course started crying, what have you done to your beautiful hair, she then told me in a shaky voice “I told you I was going to the bathroom.”
We had to take her to the beauty shop to have her hair fixed and for the longest time she had long hair in the back but, because of how thick her hair was the front of her looked like a puffy ball.