All Rise on Then Sings My Soul Saturday!



This song just makes me get chills thinking that one day we will be in the presence of Jesus!   Bowing before Him and praising his Name!

Thanks to Amy at Signs, Miracles, and Wonders for hosting this fun meme!

Published in: on May 31, 2009 at 5:04 AM  Comments (3)  

Pooh on Friday Funnies

Friday Funny

One day I was looking through my collection of children’s books to select a book for a read-aloud, I picked up a random book and opened to a random page on said random book and began reading:

Pooh!” squeaked the voice.
“It’s Piglet!” cried Pooh eagerly. “Where are you?”
“Underneath, ” said Piglet in an underneath sort of way.
“Underneath what?”
“You,” squeaked Piglet. “Get up!”
 “Oh!” said Pooh, and he scrambled up as quickly as he could. “Did I fall on you, Piglet?”
“You fell on me,” said Piglet, feeling himself all over.
“I didn’t mean to,” said Pooh sorrowfully.
I didn’t mean to be underneath,” said Piglet sadly. “But I’m all right now, Pooh, and I am so glad it was you.
“What’s happened?” said Pooh. “Where are we?”
I think we’re in a sort of Pit. I was walking along, looking for somebody, and suddenly I wasn’t any more, and just when I got up to see where I was, something fell on me. And it was you.”
“So it was,” said Pooh.
“Yes,” said Piglet. “Pooh,” he went on nervously, and came a little closer, “do you think we’re in a Trap?”
Pooh hadn’t thought about it at all, but now he nodded. For suddenly he remembered how he and Piglet had once made a Pooh Trap for Heffalumps, and he guessed what had happened. He and Piglet had fallen into a Heffalump Trap for Poohs! That was what it was.
“What happens when the Heffalump comes?” asked Piglet trembling, when he had heard the news.
“Perhaps he won’t notice you, Piglet,” said Pooh encouragingly, “because you’re a Very Small Animal.”
“But he’ll notice you, Pooh.”
“He’ll notice me, and I shall notice him,” said Pooh, thinking it out.
“We’ll notice each other for a long time, and the he’ll say: ‘Ho-ho!'”
Piglet shivered a little at the thought of that “Ho-ho!” and his ears began to twitch.
“W-what will you say?” he asked.
Pooh tried of think of something he would say, but the more he thought, the more he felt that there is no real answer to “Ho-ho!” said by a Heffalump in the sort of voice this Heffalump was going to say it in.
“I shan’t say anything,” said Pooh at last. ” I shall just hum to myself, as if I was waiting for something.”
“Then perhaps he’ll say ‘Ho-ho!’ again?” suggested Piglet anxiously.
“He will,” said Pooh.
Piglet ears twitched so quickly that he had to lean them agains the side of the Trap to keep them quiet.
“He will say it again,” said Pooh, “and I shall go on humming. And that will Upset him. Because when you say “Ho-ho!’ twice, in a gloating sort of way, and the other person only hums, you suddenly find, just as you begin to say it the third time that — that — well, you find –”
“That it isn’t,” said Pooh.
“Isn’t what?”
Pooh knew what he meant, but, being a Bear of Very Little Brain, couldn’t think of the words. “Well, it’s just isn’t,” he said again. “You mean it isn’t ho-ho-ish any more?” said Piglet hopefully.
Pooh looked at him admiringly and said that that was what he meant — if you went on humming all the time, because you couldn’t go on saying “Ho-ho!” for ever.
“But he’ll say something else,” said Piglet.
“That’s just it. He’ll say: ‘What’s all this?’ And then I shall say — and this is a very good idea, Piglet,
which I’ve just thought of — I shall say: ‘It’s a trap for a Heffalump which I’ve made, and I’m waiting for the Heffalump to fall in.’ And I shall go on humming. That will Unsettle him.” ~ from The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne

Ha, that cracks me up!  In my opinion this is far superior to any Disney version, but then the book is always better than the movie anyway.  :)

I was looking for a sweet image like this to post with my Pooh excerpt:

pooh and piglet

But found these instead:


Courtesy of Past Expiry Cartoon


pooh swine flu

To participate in this meme go to Homesteaders Heart!

Published in: on May 29, 2009 at 3:15 PM  Comments (5)  

Friday Fill~Ins ;)


And…here we go!

1. It’s cold and __”That’s the way, uhhuh uhhuh, I like it”___.

2.  ___”Ain’t nothin’ in the world that I like better
Than bacon & lettuce & homegrown tomatoes…Homegrown tomatoes homegrown tomatoes
What’d life be without homegrown
_____ tomatoes.

3. My favorite health and beauty product is __my Reach Access Daily Flosser___.

4. __Life’s not about the destination, but about enjoying__the_ a nice long ride along the way.

5. Well, first of all , let me start by writing that I am honored that you came to visit my blog.   Second of all, be a love and leave me a comment so I can return the favor :)____.

6. _Old friends, strangers, a party in an historic Irish domicile and a case of foreign ketchup in glass bottles____; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was _ surreal_.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to __family time___, tomorrow my plans include __library time___ and Sunday, I want to _have some church time____!

Published in: on May 29, 2009 at 4:26 AM  Comments (8)  

Thursday Thirteen Things I’d Enjoy on a Trip Back in Time

TT-PlaneHeader from Samulli

If I could somehow travel back to a time when kitchens were done in harvest gold, before 30 was old, when Elvis was King, Ali was in the ring, before Wal-Mart opened shops, when bell bottoms went with handkerchief tops, or beyond but I wasn’t allowed to make major changes (like buy stocks in microsoft or something); I would…

1.  … enjoy another Marathon Bar.  When I was a kid, I always chose the Marathon because it looked so huge, I thought for sure I was getting more candy than my sister who always chose Cherry Mash.  

2.  …go to into K-Mart: have my photo made in the photo booth, drink a coke at the cafe, keep an eye out for the blue light, and see how many items they had that were made in China.

3.  …go to a full-service filling station, have my gas pumped, oil and air checked, and windows cleaned – all from the comfort of my seat and without paying extra. 

4.  …relive the excitement of sitting around waiting for the Wizard of Oz, The Year Without a Santa Claus, or other seasonal favorite TV special; knowing I wouldn’t get a chance to see it again until next year rolled around.  Then I sit glued to the Television until I heard the words, “This concludes our broadcast day”,  followed by that old familiar tone illuminated with the bright color bars.

5.  …go back before microwave ovens (when a girl could still cook and still would) and  tupperware and find out how people handled their leftovers!

6.  …go to the local drugstore soda counter and order a vanilla root beer soda!

7.  …eat at PoFolks, or some other restaurant that you don’t see much of in the 2000’s, and I’d take some food back and do some side by side taste tests of the  products of yesteryear that are still being produced today to see if they really were better way back when.

8.  …go see loved ones who’ve gone on, and do a ton of genealogy research.

9.  …turn on my transistor radio with a knob as God intended and run up and down the dial without ever punching a button!

10.  …do Jay Leno “Man on the Street” type  interviews to see if people then were more up on their current events and then interview these same people asking them about future inventions, disasters, and changes in politics, life, and morality to get their reactions.

11.  …go to the schools and mentally compare today’s students, schools, and teachers with those in the past.

12.  …experience a small town event like they used to be, bigger and better!

13.  …and finally, go to all the places that when you inquire about them today, someone sadly responds, “It’s not there anymore.”

View the New Thursday 13 here for a list of participants.

Published in: on May 28, 2009 at 5:45 AM  Comments (16)  

What Not Wednesday ~ Which Witch

Which Witch Is Which


1. Are you a good witch or a bad witch?
Neither, although some may disagree.

2. If you were in the Grammar Police, what would be your rank?

3. Ever corrected someone’s grammar in public?
Sadly, yes.

4. Ever had your grammar corrected in public?
Again, yes.

5. Should Dorothy have stayed in Oz?
No.  “There’s no place like home!”  :)

Thanks to What Not Wednesday for starting this meme.

Published in: on May 27, 2009 at 3:06 PM  Comments (1)  

Gratituesday & Thankful Thursday ~ On Loan


On Loan

I’m grateful for the muddy footprint path on the floor, 
The sticky handprints on the just-washed glass, too,
The clothes, strewn and spilling out a dresser drawer,
And dirt spots on the lawn where once plush grass grew.

I’m blessed with laughter disrupting my quiet time,
With  “read to me mama” and “wanna play a game”?
Or a sweet little voice singing a nursery rhyme
In the off-key drama of  a classic refrain

I’m grateful for the fights over whose turn by the door,
Or who gets to choose which game is played today
And the battle raging within their civil war
As what was fought for is soon dismissed in play

I’m grateful for a sleeping child with a curl on her brow
I watch with wonder as the child becomes a woman somehow
I cherish every memory, every moment that is here and now
As I come to realize they’re not my own, but from God on loan

Knowing they’ll forever remain the children I’ve known
I’ll savor these days with the dirt and the messes galore
When all’s left is a return by car, letter, or phone,
I’ll recall these memories and enjoy them all the more.
~Auntie Q

To join the Gratituesday fun visit
View more Thankful Thursday Posts here.

Published in: on May 26, 2009 at 5:37 PM  Comments (4)  

Memorial Day Monday Musings

Monday Musings is hosted each Monday by Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~ Irish Epitaph

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
~ Moina Michael

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

Published in: on May 25, 2009 at 5:58 PM  Comments (1)  

Daybook for Memorial Day

FOR TODAY May 25, 2009…

Outside my window…  sun is shining, perfect day for a celebration and to welcome summer!…

I am thinking… I hate biting insects!  Summer has begun.  Maybe not according to schedule, but definitely in the hearts and minds of most Americans!

I am thankful for… Zyrtec

From the learning rooms… Patriotism, The Bible Study Guide for All Ages, the 3R’s, finishing  up the school year.

From the kitchen… we had toast and eggs, grilled cheese, dinner is undecided.

I am wearing… red, white, and blue!

I am creating… goals, plans, dreams and schemes.

I am going… to make me a huge glass of iced green tea!

I am reading… The Diseasing of America’s Children Exposing the ADHD Fiasco and Empowering Parents to Take Back Control by John Rosemond, MS and Bose Ravenel, MD. 

I am hoping (praying)… for America and her people. 

I am hearing… I have been listening to patriotic music, Elvis singing gospel, and songs of the Civil War.

Around the house… it’s Memorial Day!

One of my favorite things… finishing a project! 

A few plans for the rest of the week:  having a meeting to wrap up a project, library, church, perhaps sewing.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing…

Memorial Day Vintage


The Simple Woman’s Daybook is hosted by Peggy Hosetler.  Visit her blog to learn more!

Published in: on May 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM  Comments (1)  

Well Sing My Soul ~ 4 Days Late! ;)


I love this song!  It’s such a great reminder that our time isn’t always God’s time, and His timing is always right on time!

Thanks to Amy at Signs, Miracles, and Wonders for hosting this fun meme!

Published in: on May 24, 2009 at 1:55 AM  Comments (1)  

Sunday Scribblings ~ Worry

“Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” ~ Matthew 6:27

“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. ~ Psalm 37:5

Why Worry When You Can Pray? 
And yet, I do it anyway.  My biggest worries involve my children. 
Things that help me cope are my faith: the Scriptures (see above), prayer, other Christians (like Nick Vujicic), and getting my mind off of the things I can’t control (with funny songs like the one below). 

Words cannot express how much this young man inspires me!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!  :)
“In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy.
Don’t worry, be happy now.”

And remember:  99% of the things we worry about never come to pass!  :)

 Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there ~ Unknown

Do not worry about whether or not the sun will rise. Be prepared to enjoy it. ~ Unknown

For more Sunday Scribblings participants click here.

Published in: on May 22, 2009 at 11:30 PM  Comments (7)  

Friday Funnies ~ Dick Van Dyke

Friday Funny

Dick Van Dyke is so funny!  This episode (The Night the Roof Fell In) cracks me up!  My favorite part is where Dick and Laura are in the middle of a fight and he sits down (skip to 5:49 in the video below) and she asks him what he is doing and he replies, “I’m going to sit here and make some paper hats for this gay party we seem to be having.”

To participate in this meme go to Homesteaders Heart!

Published in: on May 22, 2009 at 11:14 PM  Comments (1)  

Friday Fill-Ins ;)


And…here we go!

1. “Moving __on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie__.”

2. __Footloose and fancy___ free.

3. My best quality is __probably not what I think it is__.

4. ___The devil’s in the____ details.

5. In nearly 10 years, _”Oh, the last ten years, it’s been quite trip
Over thirty-six-hundred spins around without a cosmic slip
But within the realm of our atmosphere
We’re ’bout as out of whack as we’ve ever been in a million years
We watched the Y2K scare in a panic
An’ we watched as time proved Nostrodamus wrong
An’ we watched as Mother Nature shook the planet
An’ cellular replaced the telephone
We lost Charlie Brown, Ray Charles an’ Johnny Cash
We even lost Superman, mhm. ..~ Kenny Rogers”

6. _A miracle____ is what I need right now!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to __staying in___, tomorrow my plans include __reading___ and Sunday, I want to __be in church___!

Published in: on May 22, 2009 at 5:18 AM  Comments (2)  

Thursday 13 ~ Things that Satisfy

tt girlcoffee

Banner created by Write From Karen: Web Designs.

1.  Jesus!
 Bread of Life, Living Water, Saviour of the World…
Nothing satisfies a lost soul like Jesus.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” ~ Acts 3:19

2.  Water
“Water makes up 60 to 70 per cent (by weight) of all living organisms and is essential for photosynthesis.”
Nothing satisfies like water to quench dry parched lips!

3.  Sleep
Humans spend about one-third of our lives in slumber!  Sleep deprivation affects our health and our ability to function on a day-to-day basis.  On the other hand, a good night’s sleep can make all the difference in our mind set and in our performance.
“The sleep of a labouring man [is] sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:12
There is nothing like a good night’s slumber to satisfy a weary soul.

4.  Nourishment
“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” ~ Proverbs 27:7
Nothing like a good home cooked nutritious meal to fill an rumbling tummy.

5. A Bath
“Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.”  ~ LBJ
A relaxing warm bath soothes away the body’s pain and drowns the torments of the mind.
“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”  ~ Sylvia Plath

6.  Encouragement
“Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” ~ Proverbs 16:24

7.  Recovery
The of a lost or stolen item brings satisfaction.
“And when she hath found[it], she calleth [her] friends and [her] neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.” ~ Luke 15:9

8.  Warmth
There is nothing like the feeling of warming up in front of a blazing fire in a cozy warm living room cuddled on a comfy sofa, sipping a steaming cup of tea (or mug of coffee/cocoa) to defrost a chilled-to-the-bone body!  

9.  Fulfillment
Nothing like the filfillment of a dream, especially one that is hard one for without a struggle there is no thrill in the victory!
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.” ~ Proverbs 13:12

10.  Bedsheets
(This after #5, makes #6 possible!)
The nice linens with a high thread count that are  crisp, cotton, and smooth.  Nothing beats falling into bed made with freshly laundered sheets at the end of a long hard day!

11.  Contentment
Being happy with what you have and accepting the things you cannot change and making the best of the life that is yours.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.” ~ Philippians 4:11

12.  Snickers
“Packed with peanuts, Snickers really satisfies.”  Like you didn’t see that coming!  :)
Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.

13.  Relief
Which really sums up everything from true love to financial freedom because relief from pain, grief, boredom, financial woes, chaos,  loneliness, sorrow, unrest, clutter, and brokenness comes in many forms.  And brings us right back to Number One.  And another ad slogan,

 “How do you spell relief?”

View the New Thursday 13 here for a list of participants.

Published in: on May 21, 2009 at 6:50 PM  Comments (4)  

What Not Wednesday ~ Tripping

Richard Scarry carPhoto taken from Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks Little Golden Book

1. Beach, mountains or somewhere else?

2. Summer or winter?

3. Drive or fly?

4. See America first or International Jet-Setter?

5. Friends, family, or all alone?
The more the merrier.

Thanks to What Not Wednesday for starting this meme.

Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 4:59 AM  Comments (1)  

Pasta and Pepperoni Salad

Nothing says summer like salad!  Here is one of my favorite summer salad recipes.

Rainbow Pasta Salad

1 lb tri-colored pasta
Zesty Italian dressing 
Black olives
Cheese (Parmesan or mozzarella or whatever ;>)

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Rinse well under cold water. Drain well.  Add remaining ingredients.

Toss and refrigerate at least overnight before serving.

NOTE:  I love to just throw in whatever veggie I find in the house, including:  onions, cucumbers, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and even cabbage!

Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 2:15 AM  Leave a Comment  

Gratituesday – Free Books

to borrow from the public library!  I’m so thankful that I live in a town with such an awesome new library.  Our library has a wonderful children’s section with an amazing children’s librarian.  She hosts field trips, parties, and even overnight sleep overs.  

The children’s section has a puppet stage, lots of chairs for all the story hours held each week, as well as all the children’s events the library hosts.  There are computers just for the children, stuffed animals, and toys to keep the kids happy.  There are also events just for teens.

There is something for everyone at the cafe.  The used bookstore is always running a sale and is stocked with titles to please the youngest picture book lover, to the oldest antique collector. 

There are several meeting rooms, perfect for community group meetings.  Lots of comfy chairs inviting you to hang out, computers for adults, helpful staff, and local collections and artwork on display. 

A cleaning staff that’s constantly dusting, sweeping, mopping; and keeping the entire place clean and neat.

It’s perfect.  In fact, I think I’ll move in.  Tomorrow.

To join the fun visit

Published in: on May 19, 2009 at 7:42 PM  Leave a Comment  

Daybook 5-18-09

FOR TODAY May 18, 2009…

Outside my window…  the cool air beckons…

I am thinking… I really do much better when I’m early to bed, early to rise!

I am thankful for… coffee! 

From the learning rooms… More of The Bible Study Guide for All Ages, the 3R’s, trying to finish up the school year.

From the kitchen… Blueberry bagels with COFFEE, chicken parmesan, and fried cabbage with onions and bacon.

I am wearing… still in my pjs.

I am creating… goals, plans, dreams and schemes.

I am going… broke!

I am reading… The Duggars: 20 and Counting!: Raising One of America’s Largest Families–How they Do It by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. 

I am hoping (praying)… for God’s wisdom and blessings. 

I am hearing… not much of anything.

Around the house… I’m drowning in paperwork, but I’ve already made a small dent this morning!

One of my favorite things… seeing the Hand of God working in my life and in the lives of others. 

A few plans for the rest of the week:  book sale, museum visit, library, writing, mailing…

Here is a picture thought I am sharing… Here’s a altoids tin I decoupaged to hold my stamps.  :)

altoids tin

The Simple Woman’s Daybook is hosted by Peggy Hosetler.  Visit her blog to learn more!

Published in: on May 18, 2009 at 4:22 PM  Comments (5)  

Monday Musings, Doused with Coffee

mondaymusingsladyMonday Musings is hosted each Monday by Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers

Drink coffee; do stupid things faster with more energy ~Author Unknown

All the coffee in Columbia won’t make me a morning person. ~Author Unknown

Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with. ~Drew Sirtors

A morning without coffee is like sleep. ~Author Unknown

Deja Brew: The feeling that you’ve had this coffee before. ~Author Unknown


Man does not live by coffee alone. Have a danish. ~Author Unknown

Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee. ~Stephanie Piro

Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis – a good hot cup of coffee.
– Alexander King

Hope you enjoy your Monday a latte’! ;0)

Beware though, according to this old article, Coffee makes us say ‘yes’!

Published in: on May 18, 2009 at 6:27 AM  Comments (6)  

Hello ~ Continued…

For Sunday Scribblings ~ Disconnected
After I wrote Hello (see post here), about the phone being dead, my friend Kim challenged me to write a poem about the computer being on the blink.  It just so happened that the computer also went out that day.  The following is my reply to Kim’s request:

The Story I Tell

That fateful day when the phone went dead, 
I simply sat at on my computer instead!
‘Twas naught but heaven surfing, IM’ing, and that
till a quarter past seven,
When the line when flat, so I sat
As my heaven turned to h-!
When all power was lost to my Dell
That’s just Swell, said I with a yell!
I stared at the thing for a minute or two
What’s a girl to do?  Thank you!
Couldn’t pay my bill
Check a recipe for my meal
Get the number for Dr. Cook
Renew my past-due library book
Google the rash on my cat
Thank of that?!  So, I sat.
Thought of sweeping the floor
What a bore!
Considered washing the dishes –
Hubby wishes!
The laundry was calling
Yet   I   kept   stalling
Just waiting for the juice to return
Whilst my anger then turned to concern
Live like this forever?
No power on earth can sever
The love of me for my CPU
It would be funny, were it not true
Then, oh glory, the power came back
There was no time to lack
I kissed my Dell
And wrote another email
And all was well…
Or at least that’s the story I tell.

~ Auntie Q

Published in: on May 17, 2009 at 3:29 AM  Comments (10)  

Friday Funnies

Friday Funny

I just love this!  The Kettles and I have the same math reasoning!

 To participate in this meme go to Homesteaders Heart!

Published in: on May 16, 2009 at 2:31 AM  Comments (1)