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21 posts from February 2009

one year ago today

Sitting in a restaurant having a Valentine's dinner we decided to get a dog and two days later we drove over 600 miles to get one,


and came home with this beautiful girl, who we named

Sadie Noelle.

Sadie is home 

I remember when she couldn't even climb these few stairs,


and loved to curl up on Jim's feet.

 Sadie sleeping  

It's so hard to imagine how small she used to be.

Sharing her crate

Sadie knows when we get the collar with her tags out...that means were going for a walk,

 J and sadie 

and sometimes it means going down to the river.  Where she learned new things, like testing the water,

Testing the water 

and eventually learning to swim,

Hey i'm swimming 

and just playing around.

Eating the grass

Even tho I secretly wanted a dog...these two have developed quite a bond.

Enjoying our walk 

That goes so much so that she'll sit under Jim's shirts hanging on the line for however long they hang, even if it's all day.

Waiting by the clothesline 

I'm not really sure what life would be like if we had never brought Sadie girl into our home.

Massage time

Her favorite spot used to be the area by the wood stove.


Now she's too big for it and is happy to just lay in front of it.

Sadie by the fire 

You can't imagine how hard it was to get her into this spot, but she did it.

Sadie 1 year 

That's our Sadie, she's a keeper.

Happy Valentine's Day!

a story and recipe share

Last night I made another form of spaghetti.  I found this one in the Gooseberry Patch Family favorite recipes. 

Again, I seem to keep making a meal for a table full of people...I should have invited you all over.

Family cookbook 


Baked spaghetti 

Virginia's Baked Spaghetti

16-oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked

2-(24-oz.) jars spaghetti sauce

2 lbs. ground beef, browned

1/4 c. butter

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

2 t. salt

1/2 t. garlic powder

12-oz. evaporated milk

3 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Combine spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce and ground beef in a large bowl; set aside.  Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat; add flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and garlic powder, stirring constantly until smooth and bubbly.  Add evaporated milk and one cup cheddar cheese; stir until thickened.

Pour half of spaghetti noodle mixture into a greased 13"x9" casserole dish and pour the cheese mixture over top.  Pour remaining noodle mixture into dish; top with remaining 2 cups cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.  Serves 12.


I've been picking Elaine's kids up from the bus stop on Thursdays so they end up having dinner with us.  Around our dinner table we have always talked.  We have always asked each one how their day was and what they learned in school.  It gets them to thinking...last night was no different.  Jim would also tell a little story sometimes, usually they were made up but sometimes they weren't, but the kids always believed him whether they were real or not.  Who wouldn't, the stories always sounded so real that they kept you wondering.

Yesterday was Abe Lincoln's birthday, and Jim started to tell our guests a story about how their Great Great Grandfather was born on Abraham Lincoln's birthday....but was he really?  The story I've heard tell was that their Great Great Great Grandmother (his mother) actually changed his birth date to the day Abe was born.  Babies were born in the homes back then so no one knew if you changed the date or not.  This is one of those stories that always kept me wondering...was he or wasn't he?

Jim also told the eager listeners that he himself was born on a famous politicians birthday, but we had to guess who it was.  So, they being a bit too young to name any names, that task was left up to me.  Well, I failed to come up with the correct name, so he revealed the answer being Adolf Hitler.

The question is was he or wasn't he? be the judge (lol).

You all have a super day today and don't take any wooden nickles ;)

the one and the only....

Tennessee Bird Walk. 

When we bought our new van it came with some features that I liked and some that I could care less about.  But, the one feature that I LOVE is my Sirius Satellite Radio.  I usually listen to The Roadhouse, and occasionally 70's music.  I have been hearing the Tennessee Bird Walk a lot lately and I just had to share with you a song that brings me back in time and I'm sure it will for some of you too.


The second Wednesday of every month is the local knitting group meets and heck if I didn't bring my camera, we had a full group show up.  I am just plugging along on the "secret" project.  The Labyrinth Carpet bag is or was coming along nicely...but I had to rip out the third hexagon...never talk and try to knit something that really really needs your undivided attention.  So, I put that down for awhile until I can concentrate a bit more.

We split a half a cow with our daughter so now our freezer is full of meat.  It will be really nice not having to buy any meat for awhile.


So, I'm off for now...and go and enjoy a little blast from the past.

no snow...for now

Coming home from running errands yesterday I spied my neighbors outside having a picnic.  It was way too wet and sloppy out so I didn't get out of the car to get better shots.  I just didn't feel like scraping mud off my shoes.

Let's get out of here

Ignoring me 

I'm eating  

Dinner time 

It felt good to be taking pictures again...and as you can see our snow is pretty much gone, with lots of bare brown grass showing.  I love taking pictures of these horses and I just had to post one of my favorite shots from a previous post

I usually post current photos, so I really had to dig deep in my folders for the next couple of ones...sorry if I'm repeating myself.

The reds

Spring is just around the corner and the old sandbox is just waiting to be opened up.


After a day like yesterday who can blame anyone for wanting winter to hurry up and go away?  I know I can't.   But, the forecast doesn't call for snow it calls for "flood watch" and snow is in the forecast for next week.  So, I'll take days like yesterday and just enjoy them, you just never know how long they will be here.

6th folder...6th pic challenge

I was tagged by Kar for this cute challenge.  I had to go to my 6th folder, to the 6th picture and post about it.  I don't think I have ever posted this picture before.

Gramps and cass 

Well, here goes....I was a bit worried as to what picture I would find.  I was tickled pink when I counted over to the 6th picture and found this one, Mr Wonderful and Granddaughter Cassidy.  Grandpa was wearing her crown at birthday coffee...(which BTW family, we haven't done in a while).


I received quite a few packages in the mail yesterday and some yummy yarn was one of the packages.  I just couldn't wait to start on this until after my other two WIP's were completed.  The yummy yarn was just calling me.  Kar is making an awesome hexagon blanket and she just gave me the bug when I saw this cute bag in the Interweave Knits Holiday 2008 magazine.  It's a felted bag called Labyrinth Carpetbag.  So far I have 2 hexagons made.

2 hexagons

I also received this awesome magazine in the mail called apron.ologyMalphi aka Susannah has a feature on page 98.   I haven't been able to really sit down and thoroughly look through it yet.  But, I did make sure I checked out Susannah's feature.


The snow is starting to melt now and I'm getting the itch to get back outside to take some pictures.  I haven't been taking pictures lately and I'm missing that.  So, hopefully with the warmer weather coming pictures will once again re-appear on this blog.

You all have a wonderful day today.

surgeon should be added to the list

of the many things I do (lol).  My grandson Wyatt got a sock monkey for his first birthday and it needed some minor surgery.  Wyatt sleeps with his little friend, so this was of the utmost importance.

Look at the poor guy, can't you tell he just doesn't feel well?

Woe is me

Picking out the right color thread was tricky, as I didn't quite have the right shade of color and I didn't want it so you could see where I had sewed him up, or that the thread just stood out.  He can't be left with too bad of a scar now.

 I'm splitting open

Looking good now and... 

All sewed

feeling great...

and all ready to head back home to his loved ones.  Owner and monkey were happy to see each other and so was the big sister.  Who BTW, was very worried about Wyatt's monkey.


 How was your weekend?  Mine was great again and the weather was awesome.  Thanks for the tips of how to use that beautiful lovely fabric.  I do have an idea now and it's something I would actually use.  I can make it only if I have enough fabric for the pattern.  It's a secret and I will post it when I'm done.

I did lots of knitting over the weekend and have gotten a lot farther on the two projects that I have going right now.  The 3 Button Wrap I had to rip out about 2 inches...yikes!  I somehow lost 3 stitches while talking with daughter Elaine at granddaughter Kiirsti's swim meet.  All is well and I made up for lost rows.

Lane 2-2 

This picture was from the last swim meet I went to. 

I did bring my camera on Saturday but forgot to take it out.

Kiirsti who's 8 years old is a great swimmer and has been since she was very small.  Saturdays meet she took 2nd in her freestyle heat and I can't remember how the other heats turned out.

Off I go to start my week.  We are supposed to have temps in the 40's with some rain.

So you all have a splashing great day today.

a couple of awards and i need your help

I bought a tulip plant the other day and it's starting to open up.  Just a bit of Spring to have around the house.


I was given a couple of Awards and I want to share them with you. 

Kar over at Kar's Down Home Bliss gave me this award.  Thank you Kar.



Joyce over at Home Again-Vintage Treasures gave me this award.  Thank you Joyce.


I have to post 6 things I'm thankful for.

I'm Thankful for...

1. My Faith

2. My Husband, Children and Grandchildren

3. My Health

4. My freedom, and that I'm able to write this post.

I know I only have 4 things that I'm thankful for...anything else I thought of sounded corny and these 4 were the ones that popped into my mind right away so I went with these.

Now, I'm supposed to pass these 2 awards along but I always have such a hard time deciding who to give them I'm giving them to all who are on my blog list, because you are all deserving of both of these awards.

Now for the help.  Last night at my ASG meeting we were all given a wrapped gift.  Inside each gift there were 2 pieces of fabric one measuring 1/2 yard and the other measuring just over 1/4 yard.  This is our challenge fabric for the year.  Now, I have done it every time since joining but there are many who don't.  This year no one was given the chance to say NO.  I think that's more party poopers.  Now here is the fabric were were given.


Any ideas for what to make would be great.  I do have a few...a bag/purse, a pillow, cover a small foot stool, line a basket.   We have to use at least 75% of each fabric piece.  I would love more ideas if anyone has any.

I'm making a 3 Button Wrap out of this delicious, yummy yarn.

Brush paint 

So far, I am about 25% done on it.

3 buttonhole shawl 

Enough chit~chatting for today.

You all have an awesome day and I'll see you on Monday. 

the recipe box swap

swap blogpost

Randi is hosting The Recipe Box Swap again, and this month's theme is "Fun Foods" or anything that is sugary, salty, sticky or fattening.  I went to the "Fun Food" expert in our house, my son Dan.  I had him tell me what he thought a fun food was, and he said ", Scotcharoos it is.



1 cup Corn Syrup

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Peanut Butter

5 cup Rice Krispies Cereal

1 cup Chocolate Chips

1 cup Butterscotch Chips

In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine corn syrup and sugar.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter; mix well.  Add cereal; mix well.  Press into a greased 9x13 pan.  Set aside.  In a small saucepan, melt chips together.  Spread over bars, chill about 15 minutes before cutting.


I couldn't stop at just one recipe.  My DIL makes these and I can't claim the recipe.

Cornflake crunchies 

Cornflake Bars

6 cups Corn Flakes

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Corn Syrup

1/2 cup Peanut Butter

Put sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Add corn flakes and mix well.  Spread into a 9x13 greased pan.  Cut when cool. 

eta:  My DIL says to add the peanut butter after the sugar and corn syrup boil. 

a little bit of cheer

In just over a month daylight savings time starts...and I can't wait.  The days are starting to get a bit longer but not long enough for me.  Can you tell I'm being very impatient for Spring to come?  I had to show you another purchase I made from last Saturdays road trip.  I found this strawberry tea cup in an Antique shop.  It's not an antique but I fell in love with it for the strawberries on it, so I had to get it to put on my strawberry shelf.

Potted tea cup 

But, before it went on the shelf, I got an idea from blog surfing to put a plant in the tea cup.  I thought that was the neatest idea and when I came home with this cup and saucer I thought I would try it, so I put and African Violet in it.  So for now it sits on my kitchen table to bring me a little bit of cheer.

Tea cup violets  

Speaking of cheer, I babysat our Grandson yesterday while his parents took his sister to have a procedure done.  He came before he had his breakfast, so of course Grandpa had to feed him his special pancakes.

Hungry boy

The cheer doesn't stop there, I received a package in the mail the other day from Niki.  She sent me some dishcloths, look how pretty they are.  Thank You Niki.


  I also have to show you some Spring~like cheer.  I found this cute tutorial over at Dutch Blue and just had to make it.  I have it hanging in my bathroom right now, but I'm not sure that's where it will stay.

Bag basket 

I hope you all feel a little bit of cheer after coming here.  We still have a few more months of winter and we could use all the cheer we can get right now, at least I do.

You all have a cheerful day today.