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Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

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The sun is coming up… “Let There Be Light!”…

If you look closely you will see a little face peeking out from our bird feeder

NO… it’s not a bird… although a Cardinal came by looking for food k12490074… and had a little surprise…

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As the light (sun) gets brighter… a little body stirs…

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The sun (light) has awakened our new baby…

She has made our bird feeder into her own little house…

We added a towel for comfort and warmth…

and she seems to be quite content sleeping in it…

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She did come in…

making herself quite comfortable…

on the chair by the Christmas Tree

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Later… found her sound asleep…

stretched out under the “warm lights” of the tree…

It seems “Kitty” was pleased with the light also!

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-4

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VVV Challenge

TUESDAY’S A TO Z CHALLENGE
The letter “V”…

Home Recording

As soon as I read the prompt for the week was the letter “V” from “frizztext”…

I immediately thought of my cousin Vera…
Some “V” words to describe her are…
vivacious… lively; animatedk6543910

vigorous… strong; active vmo0012

venturesome… bold; daring u13543456

variable… diverse  car0191

viable… take care of self  u20665558

vibrant… lively; vigorousk15798830

verbal… in speaking and writingk15245685

versatile… capable of doing many things competently k15902140

vigilant… alert; watchful     k14783181

We have known each other since we were very young…
My first remembrance of her was when we played at her house around 5 years old…
I’m sure we were together sooner than that… but, I actually can’t remember…
I lived in the county… more like a country setting with a big yard… creek and woods…
She lived downtown… on a busy street… with a park nearby
I imagine we both loved the differences…
Kinda like the City Mouse and Country Mouse book…

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We got along pretty well… we definitely had different personalities…
Vera more of an action kid… more adventurous I would say…
Me… a coloring book / crayons kid… although I loved outside too…
We continued our cousin relationship off and on until we graduated from High School…
Then… she married… and I was working and dating
She then moved for a while… and when she returned to LouisvilleI had married… and she had re-married after a divorce…
We both had boys… She had one and I had two…
We became more like fast friends during this time…
and did most everything together
Kids played… dinners were eaten… and we talked for hours on the phone…
Then… she moves again…
and our lives were busy with our new families and kids…
Lots happened…
but, some how… we reconnected…
and I really don’t know how that happened…
Maybe it’s a cousin thing
Maybe it’s that we had become more like friends…
and when you are friends… it’s forever!

She still lives out-of-town but,
we now… talk most mornings for about an hour as she travels to her job… and I am getting up to start my day after retiring…
We never tire of each other’s conversations… Sometimes her talking and sometimes it’s all about me…

Husbands ask, “How do you have so much to talk about?”…
We visit a few times a year… and have spent many Christmases together… her and her husband visiting here… because of other family living here also…
I’m glad she is my cousin… but, I’m really glad she is my friend!

SOAPS: Pretty Enough to Eat!

I finally made some of the soaps I had planned on making for Christmas presents…

You know… those people you just need a little something for…

These would be more “ladylike”… but, I think I’ll experiment with some men fragrances soon…

I had a few forms which were in varied shapes… and then I experimented with a couple of things I had around the house…

Why not!  

I had bought the one “JOY” Christmas form in a kit from the Thrift Store OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 

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I then saw some cupcake / muffin silicon forms as well… and bought them…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sprinkle natural ingredients in bottom… before pouring in soap…

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Soap poured into forms…

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I checked around my kitchen cabinets and found an E’clair Tin OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Oatmeal sprinkled in tin… Put in first… then pour in soap…

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After I popped these out… I decided to cut them in half… Making more like little hand soaps…

After cooling… I stick in the refrigerator to speed up the time… just barely pry up on soap and  they pop right out… As I say to my Grandkids…”LIKE MAGIC!”…

They all worked… Of course I have my favorites…

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Melt soap squares on low heat in a saucepan… stirring occasionally…

Liquid Scents and Coloring too…

I chose Honey Almond and Plumeria some of my favorite scents… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Add as much of the scent to please yourself…

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Of course the more you use… the brighter the colors…

Just add a drop at a time and stir… until shade you desire…

You can add natural ingredients for exfoliating…or texture…

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Poppy Seeds  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …

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I’m just experimenting at this point… Will learn what works best as I continue to make them…

I love pretty soaps… and I know I can do anything if I try… So why not make my own!

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One of my favorites… The poppy seeds make the “JOY” really stand out!

The scents of “my soaps” ended up being called…

“Honey-Almond-Poppyseed”

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“Orange-Honey-Almond”

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“Oatmeal Plumeria”

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Now to wrap them in a unique way… and make sure people know they are “SOAP”… not, something good to eat!

Foods Speak…”Christmas”…

I’m definitely a kid at heart…

How do I know this? …

Because… I reach for anything that says Christmas

The last things I have bought… all food items…

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Spumoni Ice Cream

My Dad bought it when I was a little girl… at Christmas Time…

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The Green is Pistachio…Chocolate… and Cherry/Fruit is the pink…

Doesn’t it just say, “Christmas”!

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Captain Crunch Cereal…in the Limited Edition of Christmas Crunch“…

It just begged for me to buy it…

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Red… Green… Yellow shapes of Christmas goodness…

Santa Hats…Christmas Trees…Stars…Snowmen… and Presents..

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My Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Plate was waiting for Chocolate Covered Peppermints in Red and Green foil wrappings…

My husband’s favorite… Chocolate / Cherry Kisses… and my traditional favorite of Peppermint Candy Nougats with Red /White striped edges and bright green Christmas Tree in the center…

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This dish will be filled many times during the Holidays… with what ever speaks “Christmas”…

Feeling Blessed

As I sit here reading other’s thoughts through their blogging… I feel so blessed

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I have my family close… most watching TV… resting…

I have a little Granddaughter  ( 18 years )… that comes to spend the night on T-W-Th… between working late at United Parcel Service and going to college at U of L …

Easier than driving all the way to her home which is in another little town South of us…

Having her makes me feel complete… a Grandmotherly feeling that Mom’s and Grandma’s will understand…

Love runs deep with Grandchildren… ( I have a total of three )… she’s the oldest… u21182167

We’ve eaten…

Talked a little…

and kinda went to our own spots…

We just do what we feel comfortable doing… x17717566

It’s so quiet… except for the occasional Christmas song I play on my computer…

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but, Celine Dion has a voice that reaches me…

http://youtu.be/51bO1CVPWRA    So This Is Christmas

http://youtu.be/4RWA3T9i4c8      The Christmas Song

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I have two things that give me pleasure… in a simple way…

Soft music… and Candlelight… with a lite scent… vmo0839

So, this time of year has me smiling a lot!…

Now, my mind is wandering to my cup of hot tea… Nothing too sweet… but, just warming to my body… k6616465

I hope you are enjoying your evening…

My Sunday Grateful: November 17, 2013- Friends and Shopping

Friday I was asked to a sale at my neighbor’s place of work… Sale on NFL Jerseysfootball… basketball and hockey…

Why not!

might as well check it out…

and I did find Steelers128670 and Viking thumbFootball Jerseys for my grandson and a hat…

Wasn’t it nice of her to save me a coupon k5595157to go and look with her!… I thought so!

The next day…

I met up with two friends I worked with for lunch…

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One is retired like me and one is younger and still working…

We sat and enjoyed a drink k7218898for about an hour before ordering our lunch…

We had all agreed on the place to meet…

and anticipated hearing all of our tales of woes and good times

The waitress was very understandingjea0002… and told us to take as much time as we wanted…

So we did!… and had a very leisure lunch…

I talked and listened so much… I had to take half of my food home… but, that was OK… I enjoyed it later…

We left there and went shopping for about an hour or more…

Both of my friends have little granddaughters… two and under…k4413427

So, I knew I could find them in the little girl’s department looking for Christmas presents…

I was on my ownk15902140 looking for presents for my 3 grandkids… who are getting older…

I browsed just in case I saw something I thought they would like…

I came home with some great little brown leather low-cut boots k11134952for my oldest granddaughter… and a great price on them too!… Now… if she likes them as much as Grandma does… You never know!…

We met back up and checked out each other’s purchases… and said good-bye with a group hug… promising to get together after Christmas…

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This week I’m going with a sister, sister-in-law and a friend to shop again… and I get to choose the place to shop and eat…

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“I-Hop Restaurant”… loyalty-card

How does chicken and waffles sound? … Chicken_Waffles

Sometimes I purchase an item or two and sometimes just look and look… getting ideas…

The best thing about all of these little trips… is being with such great friends…

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I’m so grateful for the people who are in my life and sharing good times together!

Christmas Gift Giving…

I’ve started stashing a few presents for Christmas… I have to buy a few things at a time… with our money coming in on certain days… u13311684

YOU know what I mean!…

and the every day bills are still there… and food needs to be bought sfo0814… and gas for the car…

We do draw names with the adults in our immediate little family… consisting of 7 of us…

I suggested it last year and everyone jumped at the ideak15480118 … and we are continuing this tradition… Thank Goodness!…

I have three Grandkids… and have a budget ( certain amount I spend ) for their gifts too…k4399683

They like gifts… ( wrapped presents ) x18728389and maybe a gift card… to a favorite storek4809558

and it makes me so happy buying something I feel they will really use or enjoy…

I give this great thought…

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My husband , my son who lives with us and myself… fill each other’s Christmas Stocking including our cat, Jill’s…

We are not allowed to peek until Christmas Eve night when everyone has left for the night…

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My niece gave my son “A Christmas Story” stocking last year for fun… since she knows that’s one of his favorite Christmas Movies…A-Christmas-Story-30

Mine is a quilted one…

My husband’s is the Santa and Jill has a kitty on hers… which is only appropriate for a cat!

Our own private little celebration…

Our own little tradition!…

And we are so surprised at our own ingenuity in finding items that fit into the area of a sock u17965586and are items that each will enjoy! 

We do good!

Other than these few gifts… I draw names with my BUNCO group… and we exchange when we go out to eat to a favorite restaurant…k13712070

When we go to my niece’s house for a pre-Christmas get-together… Women bring a $10.00 lady gift… and the men bring a $10.00 man gift… ( if you want to participate… which is optional ) and then a game is played where everyone ends up with something…sma0111

Fun and not expensive

The men seem to have more fun than the ladies… passing a certain present from one to another… like it’s worth more than the $10.00 paid!…

The children here… also draw names… with each other… and they are all satisfied… u23842863

I feel we have become smarter in our thinking on this gift giving idea…

Less stress…

Less a financial burden…

and we have learned that just being togethermardep0013s

enjoying good food prepared by all  x10497109

is the best Christmas Present we could ever have!

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Sunday Grateful: November 10, 2013… Grandkids Inspiration!

k11365675As I said in a previous blog… putting up the Christmas Tree had priority over leaf raking Saturday… k10972180

But, when the Grandkids came over… they decided they wanted to rake leaves… Actually use the leaf blowerbc_gardener_c

They did pretty good… for a beginning…

Of course playing with the soccer ball and jumping in the piles of leaves they created… became more fun than raking…k9765394

I started a fire in the fire pit… and had help placing small logs and twigs in it…

The fire felt good with the cooler day and evening…

We all were outside for quite a few hours…

and finally decided food, drink and a movie sounded good…

They had already watched Chevy Chase in “A Christmas Vacation”51qWq0xjLCL__SX215_ and a Scooby Doo Christmas Cartoon…51Y8l1t9QVL__SX215_

and as soon as “The Muppet‘s Christmas Carol” 61YxxoytAEL__SX215_ was started Kennedy with her blanket and pillow fell fast asleep…

Carson continued to watch the movie and laughed out loud at parts of the show…

What a wonderful sound Grandkids giggling… eating popcorn  027d8219and snuggling by the lit Christmas Tree…

Their parents had went Christmas shopping  k11703541… and seemed to have had some luck… when they returned…

Brian sat back and commented how cozy it was… with the lights shining… warm… and all of us just sitting… talking… laughing…

I’m sure there will be several more shopping days… and I love having the kids over…

They got our thoughts running to getting those leaves raked

So, the last two days we have been raking… blowing… dragging… those pretty leaves we all had admired on the trees… but, not so much now falling to the ground…

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Bobby using leaf blower… we made many piles!

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The piles kept growing…

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Even after raking… the leaves continued to fall…

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The sun shone brightly through the leaves that are still hanging on…

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Not too many left…

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They are all gone now…

I have to admit… I’m a little sorea twinge in my back nri0230… and “tired to the bone” k13556594 as they say…

Sleep will feel good…

I’m grateful for the Grandkids for inspiring us to get working on the leaf clean up…

and I wonder what they will inspire me to do next!Christmas-Cookies-Cutters

Leaves to Christmas Tree…

We were going to rake leaves… k9765394

So many still falling… Neighbor’s trees still harboring many yet to fall…

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So we debated…

Who… really wants to rake leaves?…

We actually blow them a lot… with the leaf blower… so much easier!…

Bobby had already gotten out the Christmas boxes… and I have many!…

There they were staring at me

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I started looking… Oh, no!… that was downfall… k14677210

and the next thing I know… Bobby is in on it… and we are putting up the Christmas Tree

Leaves were forgotten!…

We decided where… to put it…

Got the lights just right… I use just white… seems to show off the ornaments better…

I found some new ones I had bought… and mixed with the older ones… it seemed to work… k7346587

It’s not a fancy tree… k11127296

It’s not a fashion tree…k4611704

It’s not a perfect tree… k4755247

It kinda reminds me of the
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Simple and decorated with love… u17994164

Jill, the cat… has already found her place under it…k11365675 and watched the whole time from her perch on the couch as we put on each ornament…

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Last year…

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This year!  We aren’t even finished yet!

I have boxes and boxes of ornaments to go through… k7346587

My little neighbor neighb_c who is always in need… will get a lot of them

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The rest will be offered to my daughter-in-law… I’ll pick out a special bag for her…

I didn’t want to have Christmas intrude on Thanksgiving… k0769591but, it seems to have a way of doing it…

and the “leaf story” will be continued later…