Monday, December 14, 2009

A Prayer Shawl

I got this book last year with the intention of making a prayer shawl for my Mother-n-law last Christmas. It never happened, but it did this year!!!! YEAH!!! This is the end result.

I really like it!

I am in the process of making two more of them for a couple of special people... They are a different pattern... we will see if I get them done! Lol

A little side note: Now that hunting season is over I have the deer back in my yard... They are so beautiful with their winter fur.

Monday, November 30, 2009

GRANDMA'S HANDS (From an email)

This moved me and I thought it worthy of a post!

Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.

When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.

Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. 'Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking,' she said in a clear strong voice.

'I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,' I explained to her.

'Have you ever looked at your hands,' she asked. 'I mean really looked at your hands?'

I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.

Grandma smiled and related this story:

Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.

They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.

They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went off to war.

They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.

They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse.

They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.

They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.

These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of life.

But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of God.'

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home. When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God.

I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Six Word Saturday

House and home busy busy busy!

This Six Word Saturday is the creation of Show my Face at

Friday, November 20, 2009

2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

I am going for "Just My Size" I will attempt to check out 50 books and read them. Wish me good luck! Lol
If you would like to participate you can get all the information from J. Kaye's Book Blog at Sounds like fun and it is for a good cause!

Monday, November 9, 2009

WooHoo Another Award

This award was given to me by a wonderful writer and bloggy friend at

She is writing about a very sensitive subject right now that we all should pay attention too... Abusive spouses.
"This award is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award." I'm going to give this award to:

1. Candace at:

2. Rocksee at:

3. Krystal at:

4. Jennifer at:

5. Crystal at:

6. Tammy at

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lots of Family

Well they all got their deer and we had lots of family time!
We even got to go and have an old west picture done... Candace and Kyle (the only guy in the picture) had already gotten their deer so they got to be in the picture too... or it sort of happened that way! Lol
Gladeen was the tough Annie Oakley type, my daughter was the bottom of the barrel bar maid, I guess I was the floozy that was taking her booze for myself, Christy(the newest to the family)was the besotted bar maid for the only guy in the group and Roxanne was the prissy one in her uptown long dress and hat...Lol It was a lot of fun.
Candace and her deer... the biggest body and most meat out of all of them.

We got to go to Shell Falls a couple of times with different family members. Gladeen (my sister-n-law) took them about 3 times... I ended up being sick the whole time :( but I did make it with them one time. We also tried to go to Yellowstone but the roads were to icy and I am a chicken on bad roads.

Here is my great niece Jaelyn and my grandson watching Baby Einstein. Jaelyn could watch that whole show with out getting up once and she is just 14 months old... not my Boo though.

Jaelyn and Uncle Chuck. I love the way she is looking at him... she was very curious about his oxygen hose.

We had a full rainbow the last day... hard to see in this picture but it was beautiful!

A partial pile of the bedding that needed washed after they all went home... My cat Misty was in heaven!

And JoJo trying to keep me from doing all that wash... she lives to play!
Except for being sick, I had a wonderful two weeks catching up with family!
And now, hopefully, I can get back into my blogging... I miss it and the comments!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Catching up and feeling bad that it has taken me so long!

The Redhead Riter is a wonderful blogger and writer... And this Award was given to me back in August by this wonderful writer... I know I know... I am an awful person but I am trying to make it right. Lol Truly, this just got by me without me knowing it! Thank you Thank you Thank you... I love getting awards! Go check out this wonderful blogger that leaves the sweetest comment love!

*The rules:
"The Humane Award" honors certain bloggers that I feel are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. I love love love them!!!!!!

Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendships through the blog world.

Link back to the person who gifted you with the award and share the love with other bloggers."

Now that I received the award, I am going to pass it along to 4 other bloggers who are deserving of the Humane Award - they stop by my blog often and leave such nice comments - thanks!! Please go check out their blogs as well.
2. My beautiful daughter Candace at
3. Pam at ... I know you don't do awards but I wanted to give this to you anyways... thanks for all the wonderful comments!

Thankful Thursday #8

Thankful Thursdays are all about taking the time to appreciate all the little things or big things that actually went right during the week and not focus on what went wrong!

This theme is possible because of the inspiration of another blogger, Pam at

1. I am thankful ... that I was able to go to AZ for my nephews wedding. It was a double blessing because I got to visit with lots of family!

2. I am thankful ... that I just about have my house in order for all the company I will be getting starting on Fri. I will be picking up my beautiful niece and her boyfriend and my beautiful great-niece from the airport.Then her Mom and Dad (my brother Ted and sister-n-law Gladeen) will drive in from CA late Sat. afternoon. The next Sat. will bring another brother and his wife (Vern and Roxanne) with their son and his new wife (the wedding I just went too). Most of the work is done and it is almost time to just play and enjoy family!

3. I am thankful ... that my daughter went to the Doctor. I hope the med's make her feel better.

4. I am thankful ... that hunting season is here because it just makes my hubby so happy.

5. And as always, I am so thankful for my grandson Gunnar who makes my life full and tiring... Lol

Monday, October 5, 2009

First Snow of Fall

Here it is on Saturday... sunny, temperatures in the late 60's early 70's, and of course my Boo waving to the camera... Then this morning we woke up to a beautiful white world, you can't see it in the pictures but it is still snowing. Smells so fresh, I love the first snow of the season... makes me want to curl up next to the fire and read a good book (which I haven't had time to do in a long while) with hot cocoa or something hot to drink in hand.
Back yard. There was quite a bit more snow when I woke up but of course I didn't get the picture taken until a few minutes ago.

Looking out from my front door, the mountains look really pretty in the back ground and by the tree the grass is still green. Just pretty!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Secret Revealed

I was so blessed that my sister-n-law (Roxanne) had a voucher for airline tickets that enabled me to go to my nephew, Kyle's, wedding! Roxanne wanted to keep it a secret from my brother and my niece and nephew, hence the secret, and it was fun to surprise them!
This is my brother Vern and his wife with their son in the background.
Here is the whole family at he rehearsal dinner.
Roxanne immediately put me to work helping with the last minute details and the wedding was a great success. Here is a picture of the newlyweds and the new addition to our family. I think my nephew Kyle made a wonderful choice in Christy!This was at the reception.
Here is the new Mr. and Mrs. Peterson

This is Jaelyn (the flower girl and my great niece, 13 months old) and Tristan (ring bearer 18 months old).
I really enjoyed getting to help and then I had some relaxing days that I didn't have to do anything but sit out by their pool. Here are some pictures of their backyard. It was very hot and I enjoyed every minute of it (hot flashes and all)!
The best part of all was getting to spend time with all the family.

The three sister-n-laws!

My brothers and I! We have to claim each other... Lol

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thankful Thursday #7

Thankful Thursdays are all about taking the time to appreciate all the little things or big things that actually went right during the week and not focus on what went wrong!

This theme is possible because of the inspiration of another blogger, Pam at

1. I am so thankful... that we almost have my daughters remodelling (this phase anyway) done! My hubby refurbished a head and foot board for her, we painted it and her dressers, we are trying to finish her living room that was actually started last year... it is really looking good.

2. I am so thankful... that my Boo is really starting to do a lot of talking... repeating words and putting them together. His face lights up when he realizes you understand him.

3. I am so thankful... that my hubby is going to see his Mom... she is getting really frail.

4. I am so thankful... that I have a secret that I can't disclose at this time. It is a surprise!

5. I am so thankful... that I was able to see the house my Dad was born in... here is a picture of it at about the time my Dad was born. That is my Uncle Leo standing in front of the porch.
Just look at the date written on the back of the picture. Probably in my Grandpa's writing.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thankful Thursdays #6

Thankful Thursdays are all about taking the time to appreciate all the little things or big things that actually went right during the week and not focus on what went wrong!

This theme is possible because of the inspiration of another blogger, Pam at

1. I am so thankful... that we got my daughters yard all weeded and cleaned up! I helped her as part of her Birthday present.

2. I am so thankful... that my wonderful Husband reached his 57th Birthday on the 15th!

3. I am so thankful... that my Great Niece, Jaelyn reached her 1st Birthday on the 18th! She is precious, precious precious! And Beautiful!
4. I am so thankful... God and my Mom are up in heaven taking care of my beautiful baby granddaughter Achaela! I so miss being a part of that little girls life! She would have been 4 tomorrow.

5. And of course, I am so thankful for... My Boo! My Sweet grandson Gunnar. He is trying to kiss a butterfly in the picture! He is so loved by his Gamma!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Warnig, Hail the Size of Golf Balls

Well, we had lots of fun yesterday... hail the size of golf balls and bigger!! Here is a picture of one of the smaller ones. I wished I would have gotten more pictures.

It blew a couple of holes in my daughters porch awning but no other real damage. Sure was strange watching it come down... looked like someone was up there throwing them down as hard as they could throw them.

I remember as a kid, we were camping in the Big Horns and it hailed. It dented our moter home all up on one side. What we had yesterday didn't last as long but it sure was bigger.

Monday, August 3, 2009

I Got Another Award... WooHoo

All bloggers love comments. An award that recognizes great commenters is a brilliant idea. And that's the idea behind the You Don't Say Award. Pam at Pam's Perspective was kind enough to pass this award on to me.

Getting awards is always an honor but an award that recognizes those bloggers who consistently comment is a high honor indeed. The You Don't Say Award "... is for beautiful people who practice blogging etiquette by visiting or visiting back, and leaving comments. Their observations are apt and helpful and it's a pleasure to have them comment on your posts..."
Usually, I have a hard time deciding who to pass awards on to. It was a bit easier this time since the "rules" are so specific. I looked back on all my posts and tallied up all my comments. I am going to give this award to my top 4 commenters after my top commenter... Thank You Pam @

1. Rocksee at

2.Rachel at

3.The Redhead Riter at

4.Candace at (my daughter)

Congradualations ladies. Thanks for always taking the time to visit. I enjoy reading and commenting on your blogs as well.