Sunday, January 15, 2017

C–is for Corn Flakes Candy, Cantata and Christmas

Mixed up some Corn Flakes Candy this afternoon.  So simple!

Combine 1 cup corn syrup and 1 cup brown sugar in a 3-quart saucepan.  Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture bubbles.  Remove from heat.  Stir in 1 cup peanut butter and 6 cups corn flakes until well coated.  Drop by teaspoons on waxed paper.  Or, press into well-buttered 9 x 13 pan and cool until firm before cutting.

I usually make some for Christmas, but we had plenty of other sweets around, so didn't this time.

Christmas–that's my second favorite holiday (after Easter).

In a way, Christmas always begins in October for me, as that is when rehearsals for the community Christmas cantata begin.  I’ve missed a few years, maybe more than a few, but have usually sung in it over the past thirty-eight years!  I had an uncle who taught music here one year in the early 1960s, and apparently he was instrumental in getting the annual event started.  What a joy it is to sing about the birth of Jesus, the real meaning of Christmas!

Our traditional Christmas Eve soup and gifts with Benny’s side of the family was at his sister’s, just up the road.
Usually we go to a Christmas Eve candlelight service, but since Christmas was on Sunday, the Lutheran church (which we attended until a few years ago) had a Julotta (Christmas, just before dawn) candlelight service we went to instead.  Then we went to our Berean church's Christmas Day service.  Had a non-tradtional Christmas Day dinner here of crockpot BBQ pork ribs, followed by a relaxing day of nothing in particular.

Midweek my side of the family gathered for our WWW Christmas, always fun and filled with laughter, food, games (always Nerts), gifts, traditions and memories.

This would be our three (so far) grandkids!
Some of the immediate family was able to stay the entire week. Then we celebrated Christmas again with all the immediate family on New Year's Day!
Blessed, blessed, blessed!

Friday, January 13, 2017

B–is for Blog

     I started this Blog over ten years ago, but have yet to publish my 200th post.  I know, I know!  That's not much of an average, but like I said Back in 2006, it's always Been "A POSSIBILITY..... IF I COME UP WITH THE TIME AND INCLINATION TO ADD ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE OF THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST TO ANYONE."  So, hopefully, there are a few of you out there who will still Be slightly interested as I continue on!
     It took until my fourth post to include a picture.  This was the first one, Back when we had chickens.  That seems forever ago!
     I enjoy posting my Bits and pieces of life, but it seems I've always spent more time reading other Blogs (Janet, Martha, Karen, Linny, Priscilla, Christine, Rachel, CiCi, Wanda, Renee, ...) than working on my own.  Oops!  Thank you to those of you who have not given up on me.
     I'll BBack, hopefully soon, and I hope you will BBack too!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A–is for Apple, of course!

A new year.  A fresh start.  A different approach (at least for today!) Chances are good that forthcoming topics will be random, and they may or may not relate to the current day or season.

Our Apple tree didn't do so good this past year.  This is the beginning of last year's Apple harvest.  
Alas, it is also the end of last year's Apple harvest!  Can't complain though–it produced much good fruit for us for many years.

Apple fritter bread
 
Still have some Applesauce and pie filling in the freezer.  Guess I'd better work on getting that used up!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Trunk or Treat

Have done trunk or treat at our church's fall fest for three years now.

2014
That's Brittany helping out.

2015
"It's a zoo in here! How many of the creatures God made can you find?"
There's a mirror at the back so they can count themselves as made by God too.

2016
"Don't be an Angry Bird"
Bible verses about anger and forgiveness.



Monday, October 24, 2016

Ping Pong!

Ping pong.

Do you remember the first time you saw the game being played?  I don't either, but this past weekend I had the fun of watching Andrew, our oldest grandchild, see it for the first time.  He was completely enthralled and couldn't stop grinning!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Golden Pennies



Thirty-two pints of carrots finished out this year's gardening!

Monday, October 17, 2016


July of 2014.  That's as far as I got previously with posting events going on in my life.

July of 2014.  That's when my life changed.  Not in a way that doesn't happen to people every day, but still a change that no one wants to go through.

Mom took a tumble in her living room, broke a vertebra in her neck, and was hospitalized not quite two weeks.  We always worried about her falling and breaking something, because of extreme osteoporosis.  That hospital time is not something I want to dwell on.  Just suffice it to say that it was awful for all of us watching her be so miserable because of getting very little much-needed sleep and from the hallucinating effects of pain medicine.  Rant: Hospitals--let your patients sleep if they're asleep!  It was a hot, hot, July day when Mom left the hospital and was transferred to a care home.  So many little things added up to more frustration, but we were glad to have her closer to her own home. That night brought swift-moving pneumonia.  It was just a week before Mom's 90th birthday. So grateful to have been able to be with Mom.  So grateful for loving and supportive family and friends.  So grateful for God's love and never failing promises.

July of 2014.  That's when Mom left this world and moved on to the glory of her eternal home in heaven.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,who is to come into the world.”
John 11:25-27

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Let's Try This Again!

How could I let most of a year go by without posting anything? I have kept up-to-date reading several other people's blogs, but haven't done much commenting. I'll try to do better, as I know how encouraging comments can be!

So, over the last several months there have been a good number of family gatherings.

Andrew continued to grow.

The whole family pitched in to help Trina and Josh move in February.

Visited at Mom's several times. She went with us to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in February.  Wish the photo wasn't so blurry.

Benny and I toured our newly refurbished state capitol building in Topeka. I'll try to do a separate post about that another time.

We took a trip to the Amana Colonies. That should be a separate post also!

In April I sang with the county community choir as we presented selections from Handel's Messiah. What a joy that was!

Look who learned to walk!

I lost something the end of May! Fifteen inches were chopped off, destined for Children with Hair Loss, a group that does not charge for wigs for children who need them.

In June we celebrated Andrew's first birthday!

I helped with VBS, which is always a fun time!

Brittany (DIL) and my sister-in-law and I went on a walking photo tour of our county seat the middle of June. Of course that resulted in many interesting photos, so I have my blogging work cut out for me with yet another potential post!

There's more to catch you up about, but I'll leave off here for now, with this shot of Andrew and me on the Fourth of July.


Monday, December 09, 2013

In Thankfulness

(Welcome to any visitors from sweet Linny's "A Place Called Simplicity"This is my first time linking a post, and I sure didn't mean to use the generic linky image, but guess that didn't stop you! Would love to have you come visit again sometime!)


Somewhat over a year ago (October 30, 2012), I had surgery to remove my thyroid, which as suspected, did have a cancerous growth on it.  The surgery went very well, with no follow-up chemo or radiation needed. I only need to take a thyroid pill every day the rest of my life.  I can do that!

After the surgery, praise the Lord, I could talk! (but not loudly)

I could read orally! (but not for long, or with the usual inflection)

After several months I could sing! (but not with a reliable sound/range)

Yes, I was grateful for the talking, reading, and singing ability that was there.  But... things just weren't like they were before the surgery.  They weren't "normal" and the feeling of a lump in my throat remained, even though there was nothing physically wrong with my vocal cords.  It was 
F R U S T R A T I N G
for a long time!

Fast forward.
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Last evening the annual Community Christmas cantata was presented after nine weeks of practice.  It was such a BLESSING to be able to participate!

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
--Psalm 104:33

God is good!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Meow!

Thought I would feature our indoor cats, Ching and K.C., since  I heard that today is National Cat Day. They are twelve and thirteen years old, with distinct habits and personalities.
K.C. is shy and soft-spoken. She has learned to "High five!" with me.  Almost every morning I find a toy she has brought from another room and left in or near my shoe as a present.
Ching is our socialite, curious if we have visitors, very vocal (as would be expected being Siamese), notices right away if something new shows up, and loves to jump up to our shoulders and snuggle.
It wouldn't be the same without them around!