Saturday, January 30, 2010

We certainly got the snow!

We certainly missed all the ice that everyone got south of us but we did get our share of snow. From the looks of this patio set I would say we got about 8 or 9 inches. Very beautiful but not much fun to drive in. So thankful the Red Cross did not have to set up any shelters in our area but I feel for Oklahoma. They got the ice and then the snow on top of that!

Unfortunately we did have to cancel my Red Cross CPR/AED/FirstAid class I organized for Saturday. Oh well, we'll reschedule it for next week.

I am so ready for Spring and flowers and warm weather and gardening....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hello sister, what is wrong with your chicken?

Tool Belt Jim came in and said one of our chickens is acting sick. All hunkered down in the coop. Unfortunately, it is one that I was keeping for my sister who is living in Mexico at the moment. So I shot off an email asking her what could possibly be wrong with the chicken . I had also dug out the issues of my Backyard Poultry magazine cause I remember reading somewhere that eggs can get stuck and not be able to be passed through or sometimes they have problems with their craws etc. etc. etc. But since my sister is a connoisseur of chicken diseases, I thought maybe she would know.

Here's her response to my excited email of "Janet, one of your chickens is sick and I don't know what is wrong. Any ideas?"

Immediately came back her reply, " Is it the older black chicken and not the young black and white chicken? If it is it's called death. She is old and that is what they do just about 24 hours before they die. Any other questions?"

My reply was " Yes, it is the older chicken. YOU THINK SHE IS JUST DYING??? I thought maybe she had a egg stuck or something wrong with her craw or some exotic disease or ......"

My sister..." Joyce, Joyce....what am I going to do with you....Do not overthink the equation....she is old.....she is hunkering down. She is dying. We will all face this process if we live long enough. This time tomorrow when you walk out there, she will be two feet in the air. Pick her up and feed the coyotes on your way to town....aka ...throw her into a ditch as you drive off...just don't do like Edna did (her elderly neighbor) and have the door open, drive through the ditch and fall out of the truck...."

Good golly!!! A dying chicken!!!! I have never heard of a chicken EVER, EVER dying of old age. All our chickens got ate before they died of OLD AGE!!!!

Anyway, I'll spare you photos. And maybe, Tool Belt Jim will give her a decent burial, you think??? Once, she has gone to that chicken heaven in the sky where all good birds surely go.....

I'll keep you posted....

Monday, January 18, 2010

Getting prepared one class at a time...

I helped set up the Shelter Operations and Shelter Simulation class for the Red Cross yesterday and we had a great group attend. More and more people are beginning to realize the importance and necessity of being prepared for disasters such as ice storms, tornadoes, chemical spills and even earthquakes. If you get the opportunity to take a Red Cross class, please do so. And of course we like to see everyone become a Red Cross volunteer as well!

Good instructors make for good classes and Dennis was great!
We had a Chapter Response for Disaster class recently and the next class coming up will be a CPR/AED/First Aid training. Busy, Busy, Busy...

Friday, January 15, 2010

7 Layer Dip

I had forgotten how easy it is to throw this dish together for a quick snack when company drops in. This may not be the official recipe but here's how I make it. If I don' t have something, I just leave it out and go on. Or throw something extra in that everyone likes.
First spread the bottom layer with refried beans. Then combine a 16 oz carton of sour cream with a packet of taco seasoning mix. I think the original recipe calls for 1/3 cup mayonnaise but I didn't have any so left it out. Stir this mixture together and spread evenly on the refried beans.
Add a layer of guacamole dip.
Then add tomatoes, chopped green onions, olives, shredded cheese, and heck, throw in the kitchen sink if you want to. (That just means anything else you like for those of you like my daughter that don't understand my lingo)
I like to serve with those cute little tortilla chips that are like little cups so you can actually get a decent amount in them.
Oh wait, I just realized I didn't add any salsa anywhere. So throw some of that on too if you like it. Home made is always good.
I put this in a 9 x 13 but it looks really good in a round, flat platter also. Little more decorative!
Good food, good friends equals good times!

Helping set up some Red Cross training classes. Be back soon. Keep the people of Haiti in your prayers!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Whiter Than Snow...

Thought you might enjoy some pictures of our country road. Notice the snow has a tendency to "drift" out in the country which doesn't happen so much in town. My grand kids called these drifts "snow caves"

Reminds me of the scriptures where we are told the blood of Jesus washes us "whiter than snow" "Come, let us reason together, though your sins be as scarlet, I will wash them whiter than snow"

This morning when I got up it looked like ice crystals were everywhere. Apparently the fog froze in ice crystals on the trees and when I went in to the office this morning it looked like glitter in the air as these ice crystals began to fall. It was a beautiful sight. Only God could make such a beautiful scene as that was. I gazed in wonder as the air was filled with "sparkle" and loved the feel of it as it softly fell on my face!!! What a great way to start the day!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Great DAT training

We had a great Red Cross training on "Chapter Response to Disaster" last night. More trained volunteers now available in case of fires or other emergencies needing responded to.

And the two ladies who instructed the class spent the night at my little "town house". We had a great time visiting and getting better acquainted with one another.

We really are ONE RED CROSS!

Been cancer free for 7 years now!!

Thankful to be alive and able to praise God for what He has done in my life!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Letting my senses of humor shine brightly!

This is my sweet daughter who sometimes wonders about my sense of humor. I always told her she would thank me some day for making her do the dishes every night before she went to bed but she never bought it. Probably still doesn't today even though she is married now with three little boys. But I digress...notice how excited she is to be sitting beside me on the swing having her picture taken?
Well anyway, I loved doing funny things when she was least expecting it when she was younger. Once, when it was some special night at the little Christian school she attended--maybe Senior night I wanted to really make her proud of me. So I slipped into the bathroom while they were playing volleyball and changed into my best clothes for her!

Can you tell she was appreciative?

Hey, I had to look long and hard to find this outfit!
And then another time I had this friend named Schotzi who happened to have a birthday. So myself and several other friends dressed up and went to her place of employment which happened to be our local medical clinic and sat in the waiting room outside the lab where she worked and moaned and groaned and told everyone we needed "Nurse Schotzi" to come help us. Doctors and nurses walked by and looked at us very strangely.
Now let's see, one was dressed with a basketball stuffed under her shirt and pretended she was in labor, one had wrapped her arm in a sling with what looked like blood on the wrapping, I can't remember what the rest of the girls did but I dressed up like a little girl with measles and carried a candy thermometer with me. And we fixed a bed pan up with flowers to give to her. It was really hilarious and I am sure Schotzi was pleasantly surprised to see us all there anxious to take her out to lunch. We really wanted to take her out to lunch in a hearse but couldn't find anyone that would let us use theirs.
And now, back to my daughter. Didn't want to waste the moment or the outfit, so I went to the same little Christian school to pick up my son and daughter after taking Schotzi out to lunch dressed in all my finery.
She appeared mortified but I am sure she secretly loved it! Let's see, the bib, the pacifier, the baby rattles, the pooh bears tied to my shoes and of course giant red spots all over me. Yep, that sure was a fun day!
And I smile everytime I think about that too!
P.S. didn't seem to bother my son but he is the one that also followed her around in our local Wal-Mart pretending to be Ruprecht one day dragging one leg around like a cripple and talking in a strange voice. He watched the movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels can you tell.
Chip off the old block isn't he?
Come on, enjoy life and laugh a little while you are doing it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Cottage or Town House....

I have this little house in town that is decorated in cottage style. I love to stay there cause it reminds me of "grandma's house". This little house always has someone staying there and everyone seems to feel a sense of peace when they are there. I call it my refuge from the storm!

This bed is a full size and I love the bedspread and pillows
This bed is a queen size and is like sleeping on a cloud! Love big pillows too!

Antique cups and saucers make me smile...

As does this antique chair that my sister and I bought at an auction together
My living room couch in my favorite color.

Antique picture with a very old poem in it.

Rose petal shower curtain...

Antique picture of a little girl I think I once knew...

Twin rockers waiting for someone to sit in them. Love those original hardwood floors!

This is my $10.00 TV and on top of it is the one left on my front porch!

Another favorite chair with my Great-Aunts handmade thingy's on it.

And who could forget the frig that the missionaries who have stayed here leave their pictures on so we can remember to keep them in our prayers
Kitchen shelf with some of my favorite things on...

Love this bar height kitchen table set. And those curtains are so lovely!

Can you tell this is a magical place for me? Hope you enjoyed taking a tour of my special place and hope you have a special place that seems magical to you too!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sloppy Joes are ready...

Anticipating that my police officer son will be stopping by for a quick bite to eat today. Sloppy joes, chips, salad, and a cheese stick . Looks good and semi-healthy. He seems to have a sixth sense that is always aware of when I am at my little house in town and comes by looking for food.

It snowed again last night....

I'm at my little "townhouse" as my daughter likes to call it. Just a little cottage I bought when I need to spend the night in town. And when it looks like snow I try to get into town ahead of it cause usually out in the country without 4 wheel drive is bad news.
Here's a picture from my front door looking across the street. You will notice the street plows have not ventured out yet to clear the streets.
Unfortunately, I don't have off street parking at this little house so I am praying no one hits my little truck. There is a park at the end of my street and I know kids will be heading that direction with their sleds. The snow is beautiful even though I hate getting out in it. I have sandbags in the back of my truck but I still spin all over the place.
I have had two fires over the week-end that I know of so looks like next week will be a busy week for this Red Cross person. Take care and stay safe!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Gracie's birthday party

My niece Angie had a birthday party for her little girl. Gracie just turned two! Enjoy the pics
Gracie is taking a quick break from opening presents to visit with Kaden. Let's see, that would make them second cousins.

Visiting with my dad and her great-grandpa. She's listening pretty intently.
And of course everyone got to hold the littlest baby in the clan, Trooper.
And here's grandma (nana Brenda) and Grandpa (Poppa Bill).
The Hicksie Chicks celebrating with Gracie!
Dad is helping Gracie open presents! Wow, A doll!
The best part of being a little girl, is the dresses!

This present was bigger than she is!

Our birthday girl

She even clapped for herself! Don't you love it!
Dad helping her with that first bite from those scrumptious cupcakes!
Hope you had a very Happy Birthday, Gracie! We love you....

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Isn't it great to wake up in a new year? Lots of people choose this time of year to make new resolutions of how they want to live their lives different and better. It's a time of hope that things will change or be different. But, in reality, every day has those possibilities. We can choose everyday to make changes, do things differently, make better choices. But the best change we can make is to start everyday off knowing our relationship with God is right, our goal is to live life as He would have us to and to show love and mercy and kindness to everyone we meet.

I'm gonna keep things simple in 2010. I have found that the older I get, the less satisfaction I get out of "things" and pursuing those things that only hold momentary satisfaction. Relationship is the key. My relationship with my Father God and my relationship with those God has placed around me. Gonna enjoy both in 2010 !!

May this be a great and fulfilling year for you too