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“Rain Smells”   by: Marilyn Griffin

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The rain came in slowly…

Just one cloud…

Somewhat lowly…

As if cued…

It came in dark…

Wind begins to blow…

A bird calls… Lark!…

The sun still a glow!…

The smell is next…

A damp scent…

The drops hit decks…

Nature has sent…

Smelling of Earth

Musty and sweet…

Smiling in mirth…

As we retreat!

 

 

 

 

 

Mouse Trap Craft Time

As I’ve said before, “We do crafts with our folks at the YMCA“…

I’m responsible for one a month… sometimes more if we need a little something extra…
I asked Jennifer to get me these supplies…

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Mouse Traps… one for each person…

She later said, “The cashier looked at her quite odd and questioning”… she explained… she had no mice… at least not that many…( 30!) … and was for a craft…

We all had to laugh at this mental picture!…

Mod Podge…

Magnet Strips…(We had already)…

and I painted them with some spray paint I already had… and cut pictures from magazines for them to choose…

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We have an hour to complete our craft…

They had a choice of pale blue or red…

and a picture they liked…

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The mousetraps were handed out and the pictures applied with Mod Podge… a very tacky glue that you can use to Decoupage

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They were questioning me about what in the world we were going to do with these!…

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We then attached a 3″ magnet strip … on the backs with glue…

A glue gun works great!…

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We had created a Mouse Trap Magnet Notebook Holder!…

 

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Bit by bit… the idea was forming in their minds and they were quite pleased with their finished products…

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They ask me, “Where do you come up with all of these ideas?”…

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“The internet… I say, and all of the years I worked with Special Ed Children!”…

I love my job!

 

 

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I quickly sketched a few of my memories…

I climb Knotty Pine steps to my room…

Dad had built our home himself… and the hand work of this wood was fashioned in every room…

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I see a twin bed nestled under an eve of this pink papered room… A knotty pine built-in bookshelf  lines the wall on one side of the bed… This held anything from books… stuffed animals… crayons… coloring books a glass from a late night snack… a

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I would lay on this bed pretending to read when I was a young girl… I wanted to read so bad!… but, the words made no sense at that time…

I had watched my sister reading her teen magazines and books…

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The bathroom was green with white porcelain fixtures… a shelf was built into the wall here too… to hold towels… wash cloths… soap… Good smelly things…

A window pushed open to the roof here…

I was always tempted to climb out that window and sit on the roof… but, knew I would probably get in BIG trouble… So not worth it!

Now, I probably would… my adventurous side came out later in life…

There was a full bed tucked under another eve… I lined my stuffed animals

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along the pillows… The head of the bed was backed up to a short wall with a ledge… that

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Daddy had made this room upstairs for my sister, brother and myself…

My brother slept in the back of the room in another twin bed tucked under an eve… with the same bookshelf design

There was a hidden door behind this bed that opened under this eve… and Christmas Ornaments and such were tucked in there

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It was fun to crawl back into this space… and see what treasures I could pretend to find…

There was a chair… sitting under the push-out windows on the front of the house… and daddy had built drawers into the wall to hold our clothes…

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Windows at both ends of this long room… Plenty of light!… two closets facing each other with plenty of room to hang our clothes and extra room in the back for storage…

That rosy pink always comes to my mind… The care my dad took in providing us such a nice place to call our own…

Being the baby… it wasnt long until it my brother married… and my sister and I had this area to ourselves… 5-1/2 years difference… I loved watching her dress in her skirts… sweaters… crinoline slips that made her dresses and skirts so full… you are talking about the late 1950′s and early 1960′s… I imagine I was thought of as a pest!… k0695152

She married… and moved on…

I then had the whole upstairs to my own… Girlfriends spending the night… long talks… about boyfriends… hair-dos… clothes… and such…

I stayed in that room one more year after I married… due to Bobby going to Viet Nam right after we married… I worked and saved money he sent… and when he returned I moved out to spend the rest of my days with him…

This room was built with love… and I tried to convey my sons’ rooms in the same way…

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Letting them have their own space… a place to escape to… play in… share secrets… have sleepovers… hold their treasures and just lie and dream…

 

Company From Georgia

Company from Georgia… The state my husband is from…

His sister just had a stroke… but, was determined to come and visit and be here for her brother’s birthday…

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Not a big celebration… just to see him and be with us…

Her daughter and two Grandchildren came along… and we had a wonderful weekend! …

Arriving on Friday evening… I had dinner ready…

Of course we talked and hugged at first… then ate…

I had decided on…

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Sweet/Sour Pasta Salad

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Things I could make and keep until they showed up… and with me working until noon… it worked!…

After we ate we sat outside and caught up a little…

Us getting to see how the stroke had affected Bobby’s sister… She was doing great!… We were so happy with her progress!…

I had an agenda for the next day…

Walking the Ohio River BridgeThe teens would love this!…

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We borrowed a wheelchair from my sister…

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where Lorene could ride if tired and be pushed on the inclines…

It worked out great!…

After our two-mile walk… we opted for a quick-lunch at McDonald’s 200px-McDonald's_Golden_Arches_svg

and then we were off to the Slugger Baseball Museum and Factory

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The Louisville Slugger Bats” for the major and minor baseball teams are made there!…

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she was wanting to see this place for sure… She left with a couple of baseball T-Shirts… and souvenirs…

Lorene and Bobby had went back home to catch up on a visit and rest…

This worked out well too!…

We got home and I warmed up the leftovers… adding a few new things… and the we celebrated Bobby’s birthday with cake/ice cream…

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Completing a lovely day!…

I thought Sunday was going to be a day of taking it at a slower pace… only we started later!…

Starting with the Awesome Flea Market…

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Finding a few items… we walked the whole building inside…

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… huge game room… Bumper Boats

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Doug being silly with his Cousin and Aunt…

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… Had great food… and then onto my youngest son’s house…

Sitting and talking to them… and each other was in awe of the growth of the kids…

and cousins meeting for the first time…

Left to rest up a bit…

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We ate quickly and left for my sister’s… She was getting dessert…

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More talking as family does!… and then we went our separate ways… They to their hotel room and us home… It was getting very late… and they were heading home the next morning…

We are hoping to make a trip South before summer is up… but, will welcome any of the rest of the family if they decide to visit!

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FINISH THIS: Week 27

1. For July 4, I celebrated by … Walking the Bridge over the Ohio River from Louisville to Jeffersonville, Indiana… and watching the fireworks shot off in our neighborhood with neighbors… great day!

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2. My go-to cosmetic product is … a light foundation and “Burt’s Bees” Color Lip Shimmer… I’m a plain girl with simple ways…

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3. I am inspired by … my husband… He has always been a strength to me… knows a little about everything… can fix anything… a hard worker… but, can be and have fun!… caring… honest… and to know he loves me unconditionally… makes me inspired!

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4. The best relationship advice I received was … LIKE who you will be with … LOVE is Great!… but, you have to LIKE them!… Enjoy being with them… Have the same interest…

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Have “liked” him for 46 years!

5. When no one is around, I tend to … slack off!… I lose myself in things I love to do… writing… arts… a book or even a TV program…

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I read a recipe I think on FACEBOOK…but, couldn’t find it… so I knew it would be on the internet… at least a version that was similar…

It was for Peach/Hot Peppper/Jam

It sounded so good!…

Whenever I’m at Fair or Craft Booths I look for Pepper Jelly… Love it with Cream Cheese and Crackers…

I bought about 10 peaches 8 for my jam and two for my husband

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He’s from Macon, GA… so he loves peaches… (The Peach State) and one Anaheim Pepper… Read where it was mild to hot… in flavor…

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Recipe:

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1-Anaheim Pepper… about 5-6 inches long… Washed… cut in pieces and the put in blender to get finely chopped…

Please be cautious with any HOT Pepper about getting on hands or in eyes… I just washed my hands thoroughly after cutting!…

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1-Lemon (juiced) = 1/4 cup

1-2 Tablespoons Butter/Margarine

1- Packet of Pectin

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After peaches are tender… Add lemon juice and Pectin and boil for 1- minute…

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Let cool slightly then pour into 5- 10 oz. jars…

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Let cool a while longer than put on lids freeze

If opened… keep for about 1- month in refrigerator…

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So pretty and quite yummy!… will definitely make more!

I posted on FACEBOOKmy Pretty Jam… and a friend from high school wanted to purchase a jar… We hadn’t visited before except at reunions… So, I asked her just to come by and she could have  a jar!..

She took me up on it… and we talked and talked about old friends and who we had kept up with… Such a pleasant surprise!… Jane said she would save the same kind of jars I use… because she eats the fruit that comes in them too…

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I think we have a deal… She saves jars… and I provide her a jar of jelly or jam!

 

 

Tie Dyed Undershirt?

Every month… we… that work at the YMCA Adult Day Program have to come up with an activity… to do with the Adults that attend…

We are given free rein on what we decide to do… and the director buys us the supplies…
Each week a different worker does their idea with the others helping…

I made Strawberry Banana Smoothies one day

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… and they went over really well…

I had several of the adults help with this… and they were more than willing…

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Adding 1/2 banana

1 cup strawberries

1/2 cup apple juice

2 scoops vanilla ice cream and some ice…

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Blended in a blender… then poured into small cups…

Something most could do with little help…

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The other day we tie-dyed T-Shirts 51i4B0SDa6L__SP160,160,0,T_ that each of the adults had brought in…

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I asked William if he had brought a shirt… and he said, “No, I forgot”… and rolled off in his wheelchair

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As I was helping with one of the other adults pick the colors they wanted… We were letting them pick 3… William asks me, “Will this shirt do?”… It was a sleeveless undershirt  k8043145 … I said, “Yes”…wondering where he got this shirt???… because he had said he didn’t bring one… and then it dawned on me… He had went to the bathroom and taken off his undershirt… because he wanted to do the tie-dye so bad!…

We giggled and then reassured him that he didn’t have to use his undershirt… That we had brought a few extras… and he would get one!… k6484610

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and we thought pretty smart to figure out the dilemma he had found himself in…

We got all of the shirts done in an hour… and rinsed out later that afternoon…

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This is the one I did for me on a pale yellow shirt…

Front and back are dyed at the same time the way the shirt is twisted and tied with rubber bands

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They were washed in cold water and will be given out next Monday when they dry…

They looked great!…

 

 

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