Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Scribble Picnic–Octopus

Oliver was so nervous about his first date that he forgot whether they planned to go bowling or play golf.  Oh well, he was prepared either way!

I joined in on the Creative Tuesday art challenge a couple of weeks ago, but it turned out to be the final week of the run of that particular art co-op. Fortunately, CT is being replaced by Scribble Picnic each week, so I'll see if I can keep up with that.  Or at least join in now and then!  This week's theme–Octopus.  (And my first time using color in my drawings.)

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

G–is for Gum Ball Machine

     As mentioned a few posts back, I decided it was time to start putting pencil to paper again. Through Wanda I found Creative Tuesdays, where this week's theme is–you guessed it–Bubble Gum Machine! So, just for the fun of it, here's my attempt. Guess I was so intent on making it recognizable that I forgot to get creative with the contents. Oh well, maybe next time! Since this will be linked, I suppose I might see a few new visitors, to whom I say, "Welcome!"

Monday, February 06, 2017

F–is for Family

     Family.  What does one do without it?

     I’ve been blessed all my life with an amazing family.  I have SO MANY great memories of family time when I was growing up.  My dad loved the Lord, was the kindest man you could ever hope to know, and absolutely adored my mom.  They were college sweethearts and had over 50 years of married life together.  Mom was the best anyone could ask for, and I’ll forever miss her love, encouragement, and support in my life.  My older brothers put up with their younger sister, and still do for that matter!  I just wish we could get together more often.

     My next level of family began with the answer to my prayers that I found in Benny.  We were late twenties and mid-thirties when we met and married, and both agree it was worth the wait!  Raising a son and two daughters was not without its challenges of course, but those were far outweighed by the good times!  What a joy and privilege to see them develop into such fine young people and find their own loving spouses to continue on with.

     This may have been taken a dozen or so years ago!

     Grandchildren.  Did I mention grandchildren?  :-)  We have four now–ages 3 1/2, almost 2, almost 1, and just over one week!  All the clich├ęs are true–there’s nothing like it, why didn’t we have them first, etc.  With their different ages and abilities, each one is a unique delight!

#4 (#1, #2, and#3 are a few posts down)

     Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins… None ever lived in the same town I was in, which made each time we were together all that much more special.  Of the older generation, I’ve only two aunts remaining. 

     Of course marriage expanded family immediately.  In-laws and their families brought another good dimension to family that I can't imagine not having.

     I can’t leave the subject of family without including my spiritual family.  These fellow believers have taught and been with me through all kinds of joys, frustrations, and sorrows.  Some I’ve known for decades and some for just a few years, but we all have eternity to look forward to because of accepting Jesus Christ into our lives as Lord and Savior.

     I think family should be spelled b l e s s i n g!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

E–is for EEEEE

     EEEEE!!!!!  I finally made it to 200 published posts!  (Yes, I know that's hardly any for most bloggers, but obviously I don't publish daily, and sometimes I've even gone months at a time without posting.)

     In case you happen to wonder what it is with all the Es on this blog, our last name begins with the letter E.  Five in the family.  Five Es.  There you have it!  Now wasn’t that EEEEExciting?

     In the EEEEExtra miscellaneous information category, the KS instead of X in my blog title has to do with the spelling of our last name.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

D–is for Draw This

     Once upon a time (at least 2007-2012, but I don't know for sure when it began) there was a blog entitled "Draw This". It was a place where a few people who had an interest in art could share their artistic endeavors, whether painting or drawing or crafting or photography.  "Sticky", "animal", "sharp", "insect", and "bumpy" are just a few of the weekly topics posted by the moderator and left open to interpretation by the artists.

     I'm pretty sure that "insect" was the first topic I posted under.  I shared a photo I took of a baby praying mantis, one of dozens and dozens that had hatched out from our pasture-cut Christmas tree one year after being in our warm living room for the season!

     I finally got up the nerve to post a pencil drawing.

     That whale, and many of the subsequent drawings, were rather coloring book style with their dark outlines and one-tone, if any, shading.  I kept trying, though, and in 2009 I took a drawing class, which helped quite a bit if I do say so!  I never got it posted on the "Draw This" blog, but here's one of the drawings I did for that class.

     Sadly, interest and time to keep up dwindled, so that eventually no one was posting, and finally the entire blog was removed.

     But, in addition to encouraging me to keep working at my hobby, another good thing about that blog was the connections from it.  I feel like I would know Wanda, Priscilla, Rachel and "New York Martha" if I saw them on the street, just from keeping up with their own blogs.  I only wish a few more (Oregon, Minnesota) had kept their blogs going.

     Time will tell if I ever get back to drawing on my own.  Here's hoping!

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.

That's Brittany helping out.

"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.

"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!