Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Birthday, Tool Belt Man!

It's Tool Belt Man's birthday today and I am cooking his favorite food for supper. I'm Fixing mashed potatoes and gravy, herb chicken rolled in corn flakes and baked, corn, mac and cheese and salad. Haven't thought about bread yet. Maybe I'll make cornbread in the good ole cast iron skillet like mom did. Gotta get back to cooking.

By the way, he's 57. And I picked up his favorite ice cream cake from Dairy Queen too.
Wonder if he realizes how blessed he really is?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sign Up Now!

If you are a caring, compassionate and dedicated person I know of a volunteer opportunity for you! The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers to be trained and ready to respond to disasters in your area.

Red Cross volunteers provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Our volunteers work together to deliver on the American Red Cross promise “We’ll be there!”

As a community, we must be prepared to respond in the event of any type of disaster. That is why it is so important to be prepared before we have to deal with the effects caused by such disasters as tornadoes, flooding, fires or ice storms. Do you or your family have a disaster plan in effect now? Have you thought about how you can be trained to help those that may be cold, wet, and hungry and out of a place to stay in the event of a disaster in your own community?

Statistics show that home fires are the most common disaster in America. The Red Cross responds to 180 home fires every day. The goal of the Red Cross Disaster Action Teams is to be at the scene of the fire within one hour, if possible, to assist the victims both financially and emotionally.

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Won't you join us in preparing for disasters before they strike in your local community as I have done in mine? Go online at or contact your local Red Cross office to find out what trainings are available in your area. Be counted among the thousands of volunteers who are proud to wear the emblem of the "Big Red Cross" and make a difference in this world that sometimes presents us with pain and devastation. You'll wish you had done it long before now!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I survived the week-end....

I can make apple dumplings in my sleep now. We must have made about 400 of those things . We met at the community center at midnight and started baking them and then putting them in the warmer oven so that we would have lots made by about 6:00 in the morning. That's when people start knocking on the back door wanting them. I slept most of the day today. I'll put some pictures up soon.

Oh, and my nose never swelled or turned colors, so guess it wasn't broken.

Friday, October 17, 2008


What does a broken nose feel like? Is it still movable? Tool Belt Jim loaded a 6 foot table in my short bed truck because I am getting ready for Fall Festival Days in my hometown and I needed it. My sister and her husband have a family tradition of making homemade apple butter over an open fire as a demonstration at the festival and then they make Apple Dumplings and sell them. After I got home, I had my head down and had already forgotten I put the table in the back of the truck and you guessed it! I ran smack into the table at nose level. Ouch!!! It's still movable but I sure have a headache. I am just vain enough that if I have a swelled nose or black eye that I am not going out in public forever!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Quote for the Day...

The world desperately needs a generation to emerge that will fear nobody but God and proclaim nothing but the truth!" By David White

Sunday, October 12, 2008

October Birthdays....

As many as could gathered at the 80 acre homestead to celebrate October birthdays on Tool Belt Jim's side of the family. We had lots of good food, and it was fun catching up on everyone's happenings.

We had brisket and ham and cheesy potatoes and baked beans and salads and desserts and we all ate until we could stand it no more. Then we filled our plates and ate again.

My dad came too so it was a "blended" family get-together. Here's the two dads visiting.

Donna and Gaylord brought me some walnuts and some "persimmons". The persimmons were good and sweet. I have to fight the squirrels for the walnuts because for some reason, we don't have any walnuts on our trees this year.

Of course mule skinner had some stories to swap. Here he was telling us why he needs to go to the remote corners of Kansas for solitude, and his sister couldn't understand why when he lives at the end of a road in a pretty remote area himself.

One of my grandsons sang "Veggie-Tales" song while he played the piano. This was the piano I bought for $75.00 for my birthday years ago and normally it just sits because I have no musical talent. My son Tim plays by ear and he can sit down and play something that would take me years of practice to be able to play. Where is the fairness in that?

Our niece Samantha just turned 21 and brought her "little sweet-heart" with her too.

Here's the upcoming generation that will take care of the rest of us in our old age!

And of course Mule Skinner had to end the get-together by our newest tradition--blowing the horn! And my little grandson Koda covered his ears once again. You would know why if you ever heard one of those things being blown!
A good time was had by young and old and we'll do it again sometime soon.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Family Party

Tool Belt Jim's family don't get together very often so we decided to gather at the 80 acre homestead and celebrate October birthdays. So my little grandson Mark was put in charge of the games for our little "family party" as he calls it. He is digging out his Sorry game, and hunting up cards and all kinds of things for his cousins to play with. He has been counting the days for about 4 days now. Me, I'm cooking up 4 briskets and 2 half hams and making lots and lots of cheesy Hash Brown potato casserole. And it Looks like tomorrow's weather will be perfect for a party!

Diggin the Trench

Because we live out in the "boonies" we have satellite TV and because our house in right in the middle of the trees, we had to run the cable way out across the front yard to the clearing. So for quite some time, the cable has laid across the ground. This leaves it vulnerable to getting ran over by the lawn mower as well as it gets driven over everyday by vehicles. So Tool Belt Jim dug out his trencher machine and buried the cable again. The first time we did this we ran some PVC pipe and put the cable inside the pipe. Only problem was when something happened to the cable, it was no easy task to dig up the pipe. And when we switched satellite carriers, they wouldn't use the same cable the previous company used. Thus, the cable ran across the front yard until today. Hopefully, there will never be a need to dig it up again.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pear Pickin Time...

It's that time again! The pears are ready to be picked so Poppy put the boys on the 4-wheeler and headed out to the orchard.

Time to dig out the old cookbook because Poppy wants me to try to make some pear honey. Fall is truly here!!

Is This Wicked Or What!!!

I know God created everything and everything has its place, but spiders!!!! I was cleaning my windows and seen this giant. Looks wicked to me!!

Finished Product...

I tacked my memory quilt up on the wall tonight because I have a family get-together coming up this Sunday and I needed to get my sewing stuff off the table. I am very pleased with the way it is turning out. And I can add things to it as I go along. Maybe I'll start doing some more sewing.

I Got It!!!!!

Great News! The phone technician that had previously called and told me I could not get high speed internet called today and said if I was going to be home that he would come out and hook up my DSL. Took him about 15 minutes and now I have high speed. Granted, it is extended high speed and not as fast as some might have, but it sure beats dial up. I won't have to have two phone lines any more and my phone bill will go down to boot!

Oh, happy day!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Still waiting...

Wouldn't you know that I would get the same phone technician that came out the first time and told me I could not get high speed internet where I am located! So, he wouldn't even come out this time, he just called me.

So, I called back to the phone company who called another supervisor who called his supervisor etc. etc. Someone was suppose to get back with me right away. In the meantime, I sat at home another day waiting on a phone man who never showed up.

So, who knows whether I will actually ever get high speed or not. Apparently, we are in the right area to qualify for it as far as footage goes (which the technician said we were not), but he also mentioned something about coils and there could lie the problem. Whatever, coils have to do with it.

Centurytel, just tell me whether I can have high speed or not and quit calling me and getting my hopes up!!!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Waiting for high-speed....

My local phone company called and has assured me that out here in the boonies where we live qualifies for high speed Internet now. The friendly phone person sent a technician out once before and hooked my daughter who lives next door to us on the 80 acre homestead up, But when it came time to hook us up, we seemed to be too far out...whatever that means. I think it meant he was having a bad day, and didn't want to mess with doing whatever it took to hook us up. He didn't even come in the house to try it. So it's an irritation to go to my daughter's house and watch her use the laptop anywhere in the house, when I too should be doing the same.

So , now my friendly phone person has called me once again, assuring me that I too, can be lucky enough to have that much coveted "high speed" Internet.. Unless you live in the country and have to wait for that good ole dial up stuff, you won't understand what I mean. So, we'll stay home another day and wait for the repair man to bring the 80 acre homestead into the current century. I can hardly wait!!!