Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall decorating

I think Im going to do my fall decorating this weekend. Im excited to do it!
The weather has been beautiful here in Oklahoma. We have been having cool mornings and delightful evenings.

We had a fall bonfire party about this time last year...

Im thinking I may need to arrange another.

Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun at the last one.
Yes I think I will make some plans.
What are your fall plans?
Tell me.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A green thumb

My mother certainly has a green thumb. She can grow anything.

My grandmother is another one with the ability to grow flowers. Her house is full of beautiful plants of all shapes, colors and sizes.

I think I may have inherited a little of the love of growing things from them....

And when this blooms, it makes me very happy.

Is your thumb green?

Tell me.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Addyson is 3!

I would like to know how it is possible that this little girl is nearly 3 years old already?
I cant believe that time goes by this quickly. I can remember the day she was born. Dylan asked, "When will she be a kid?" . I would have to say, that time is nearly here.

Addy Grace wanted to have her party at grandmas house. That was just fine with me.
They invited a lot of her friends. Cute kids!
There were kids everywhere!

Some girls...

Some were boys...

Everyone enjoyed playing and running and laughing and joining in the birthday celebration. They also had burgers and hot dogs. I hope everyone had a great time..

One thing I noticed is that when its time to open the gifts, all the kids want to see first hand what is opened.

They were all willing to help with opening the gifts...

The cake was delicious and pretty...

Im glad that so many people came.

And Im so glad she had her birthday party. It was all she talked about for weeks.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Birthday

to me!

I received this on my phone this morning...

I was delighted!!

I can tell you exactly what is happening in this photo.

"Dylan, we are going to do this for your Grandma." His mother
"But I dont want too!" Dylan : on the left
"Dylan, thats not nice, its for Grandma!!" Emma : on the right
"Is it my birthday yet?" Addyson : in the middle
Love those kids..

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The institute for the blind

My grandmothers suffers with Macular degeneration.
Along with her COPD, this can make for some very trying days.
Now there is an organization in Pennsylvania that has been helping my grandmother out. She has finally accepted their help. This took a LOT of coaxing. She always feels that someone out there needs it more than she does. She is very proud. Oh, and stubborn. Yes!
But thats ok. It makes her what she is.

This is one of the helpful items that the institute for the blind has given to her. It is the worlds most giant calculator!! It is massive! AND, it talks! How cool is that? I just couldnt get enough of playing with it. I did her check book and mine!

Also they gave her this long light for her table. It is fantastic!
Another item of interest was a talking bible. The whole bible in a little 4in by 4in talking box. Simply amazing is all I can say.

My Nanny is the coolest older chick ever. I love and adore her. So does Bob, as you can see. He was right there every chance he got so his *Nanny* could comb his hair. At one point during our visit she remarked how Bob was almost like a little human boy instead of a dog. I thought I was the only one that felt that way!!

Even with all the attention and pettings, when it was time to leave no matter where we were, Bob was the first in the car.

And there he would wait and wait until we were all ready to take off. He sure didnt want to be left behind.

Odds are, I might have noticed he wasnt with me.
What do you think?

Monday, September 13, 2010

My name

I recently inherited a portrait.

This is my great great grandmother, Melinda. This is who I was named after.

Dont know who this might be, but this is a charcoal sketching that is on the back.

And Im not quite sure this blue-ish flower
was actually a part of the dress....

But, regardless, it is a treasure. A family treasure.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Goodbye Dinky

Having a hobby farm is a lot of fun. There is a lot to do and there's lots of love. But there is also pain and grief that goes along with it. Just like in human life.

We lost Dinky yesterday. He had been sick for a just a short time and he passed away in his sleep.

He was born a very small guy. My friend called and asked if I wanted him because he would have been too small and weak to contend with the others for food. I said yes.

He was my first angora goat. He was so small he fit inside a cardbox box and rode on the front seat of my car....

He had a great life. He was loving to me always. He had a keen affection for my sister in law, Susan. She was his long distance love.
He was a character also. He liked to turn on the water hydrant and pretend he knew nothing about it. He has been known to grab a pony tail or two and yank. Even with his pranks, we adored him.

He was loved..

And he will be missed.

This is the hard part of keeping animals. Letting them go.



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Not my mothers pasta

During our Pennsylvania trip, we made our stop at Mickeys sisters house, as usual. We have the best time there! They always have every potato chip Ive been longing for plus my favorite hoagie in the world from OIP. They just treat me like royalty.

During the visit, Mickeys nephews girlfriend came over also. She is a teacher and hadn't yet started back to work/school, so she was able to be with us. Turns out she grows garlic. That is her in the picture standing up.

I had no idea there are so many varieties.

I told her my garlic hadn't turned out. She asked if I planted it in the fall and harvested it in spring? Well no.

I had no idea on that either...anywhoo..She gave us some samples to bring home.

I decided to try it in a pasta dish I created. I was telling my mother about it and what all I put in it and she became very quiet on the phone line. Mom? Where did I loose you?
She replied, "When you said shrimp and heavy cream together".
I knew then this was NOT my mothers pasta. This is also NOT pasta for anyone worried about calories or concerned with heart health. It is good tho.
I don't have exact measurements as I throw as I go, but I'm sure you can catch it..

I start with a couple of pounds of large uncooked shrimp. I then remove all shells and tails.
I start a pot of water to boil. I'm going to boil about a half pound of angel hair pasta soon.
I bought some fresh asparagus. It was expensive. I almost didn't..but then was I ever glad I did.. Chop that up like so.

Then in a fairly hot skillet, add some olive oil...
Chop the garlic, the asparagus, some small tomatoes, some mushrooms and some green onions and saute in the olive oil. I cook this until tender.. Set aside..

Add some butter and more garlic to the skillet then cook your shrimp..Then set aside.
This is when I add a container of heavy whipping cream to the skillet..
When that is heated then I add back the veggies and stir that around and then I add the shrimp back then turn off the heat..
Put some pasta on your plate and spoon up the shrimp mixture..
Then grate some REALLY GOOD cheese over the top...
And it should look something like this. You can sprinkle with parsley if you like for a little green color. Or not. Whatever. There are no rules at Grandmas house..
Then just in case there are a rash of vampire attacks in the area, chop up some more garlic and add butter in that skillet and make some yummy garlic bread.
All this, with a salad, is heaven on me. Not my mother..

But I bet she might like it if she would try it..
What do you think?
Tell me.