Wednesday, December 3, 2008


So.....let's see........here's the rules:

Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.


Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.


Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.


Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.


Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.


Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up. So here goes...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Fun Facts...

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Over the Years

Though many competing claims exist, the most familiar story of the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in present-day Massachusetts, in 1621. More than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.
Sarah Josepha Hale, the enormously influential magazine editor and author who waged a tireless campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the mid-19th century, was also the author of the classic nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative Thanksgiving stamp. Designed by the artist Margaret Cusack in a style resembling traditional folk-art needlework, it depicted a cornucopia overflowing with fruits and vegetables, under the phrase "We Give Thanks."
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On the Roads
Despite record-high gas prices (more than $3.00 per gallon) in 2007, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 38.7 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, a slight increase (1.5 percent) over the previous year.
Of those Americans traveling for Thanksgiving in 2007, approximately 80 percent (31.2 million) were expected to go by motor vehicle, 12.1 percent (4.7 million) by airplane and the rest (2.8 million) by train, bus or other mode of transportation.
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On the Table
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 49 million in 2008. Just six states—Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri and Indiana—will probably produce two-thirds of the estimated 271 million birds that will be raised in the U.S. this year.
The National Turkey Federation estimated that 46 million turkeys—one fifth of the annual total of 235 million consumed in the United States in 2007—were eaten at Thanksgiving.
In a survey conducted by the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88 percent of Americans said they eat turkey at Thanksgiving. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds, which means some 690 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S. during Thanksgiving in 2007.
The cranberry is one of only three fruits—the others are the blueberry and the Concord grape—that are entirely native to North American soil, according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.
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Around the Country
Three towns in the U.S. take their name from the traditional Thanksgiving bird, including Turkey, Texas (pop. 465); Turkey Creek, Louisiana (pop. 363); and Turkey, North Carolina (pop. 270).
Originally known as Macy's Christmas Parade—to signify the launch of the Christmas shopping season—the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy's employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, some 3 million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television.
Tony Sarg, a children's book illustrator and puppeteer, designed the first giant hot air balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927. He later created the elaborate mechanically animated window displays that grace the fa├žade of the New York store from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade.
The first National Football League game held on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium, in front of 26,000 fans. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944); in 1956, fans watched the game on television for the first time.

The Pilgrim's Menu...

The Pilgrims' Menu

Foods That May Have Been on the Menu
Seafood: Cod, Eel, Clams, LobsterWild Fowl: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, EaglesMeat: Venison, SealGrain: Wheat Flour, Indian CornVegetables: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, CarrotsFruit: Plums, GrapesNuts: Walnuts, Chestnuts, AcornsHerbs and Seasonings: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips

What Was Not on the Menu

Surprisingly, the following foods, all considered staples of the modern Thanksgiving meal, didn't appear on the pilgrims's first feast table:
Ham: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered a pig by this time, though they had brought pigs with them from England.Sweet Potatoes/Potatoes: These were not common.Corn on the Cob: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.Cranberry Sauce: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar at this time.Pumpkin Pie: It's not a recipe that exists at this point, though the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.Chicken/Eggs: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it's unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.Milk: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it's possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.

Source: Kathleen Curtin, Food Historian at Plimoth Plantation.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Take5 Tuesdays...

Take 5 Tuesday...

Today’s topics:List…
1. 5 of your favorite kinds of candy.
2. 5 of your least favorite kinds of candy.
3. 5 things you plan to do for halloween.
4. 5 things you’ve dressed up as in the past.
5. 5 things someone you know has dressed up as in the past, (they can be kids, relatives, friends, etc.)Happy halloween!

Enjoy the rest of your day, and your week!
Take 5 Tuesday...

My answers are:
1. First has to be CHOCOLATE...Snickers, Reeses, Carmels, Red Fishes...
2. Raisinettes, fondant candy, marshmallows, chocolate covered ants or any bugs, pixie sticks...
3. S Things I plan on donig for Halloween are: Make my Grandson his costume ( Mario), carved a pumpkin, buy candy, See our grandchildren all dressed up and Wish everyon an Happy Halloween...
4. I have dressed up as a bum, princess, pumpkin, Queen and cat...
5. My hubby has dressed up as Dracula, 2-Daughters have dressed up as Winnie the Pooh,Grandson as a Policeman, Granddaughter as a Snowhite, and Grandson as Winnie the Pooh...

Well that is what I have to say and hope others will share theres...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fall...

When autumn wind goes running
It does some magic things.
It gives the shadows dancing shoes
It gives the bright leaves wings
When autumn wind goes running
It curls the bonfire's tail of smoke
And shares a little whispered joke
With cornstalks who delight to prattle
It turns a seed pod into a rattle
When autumn wind goes running


Did you know that every month there is an online quilt auction and money raised goes to Alzheimer’s research? All the quilts are donated by caring quilters from around the world and are beautiful to see and read all the dedications on each of the quilts. If you have never visited this quilt site it is worth a look. There is a great deal of information about Alzheimer’s plus great quilting info and Ami Simms is a delight. A great use of even a few minutes of your time.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Simple Women's Daybook...








September 22, 2008…

Outside my Window...the sun is shinning and the trees are starting to shed there leaves, you know fall is on its way…

I am Thinking...about where to start and what to do first in my home…I have bought shelving units and need to organize and labels the containers for future use…



I am thankful for... God’s Love and Grace…this I can say again and again…for family, friends and the air we breathe…



From the kitchen...I have my slow cooker on with ribs and salad ingredients along with tea brewing for ice tea…




I am creating... a few quilts, doll clothes for the American dolls, gourds that I have saved to paint, scrapbooking pages of our new Granddaughter…Karcy Marie…I am going...outside to clean and then close up our pool before the leaves fall…



I am wearing...black jeans, navy & white stripe big shirt ( so comfortable) and again in bare feet…




I am reading...a cookbook by Giada…some very delicious food recipes …WOW!




I am hoping... and praying for our family to be safe and healthy…for them to know that they are all loved…




I am hearing...the TV is on in another room, the sound of my computer, and my thoughts surfacing as I write…




Around the house...the grass is cut and the plants are starting to fade away…such a sad thing to see when you know that snow is just around the corner…




One of my favorite things...is being outside in the fresh air and walk threw the woods looking for berries…




A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...Clean, scrapbook, shop, cook, laundry and anything else that happens to come up…Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
I would like to announce the birth of our Granddaughter…Karcy Marie…5 # 14 oz. on Sept. 15…She is absolutely the most beautiful baby you have ever seen…


Have a terrific day! Be sure to visit Peggy to read more daybooks and/or get the guidelines so you can participate, too! It’s a great way to meet kindred spirits.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Simple Women's Daybook...

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For more Simple Women's Daybook...click on the above link and visit Peggy and read more...

Monday, September 8, 2008

Pay It Forward...



I want to give a BIG Thank You to Elsie of http://elsiequilts.blogspot.com/ for having this meme... also for the beautiful bag that she made for me...what a surprise it was to receive this in the mail...It is absolutely gorgerous!!!
Below is a photo of what I was given...Elsie you made my day special and I can't Thank You enough!
http://elsiequilts.blogspot.com/

September 8, 2008...



September 8, 2008

Outside my Window...the sun is shinning and I see a lot of yard that I need to do today…over the weekend I dug out 2 large bushes with my tractor, now I need to transplant them somewhere on our property…

I am Thinking...about a movie that I watched last night, it is call “The Secret” I was surprised that it was different than I thought it would be. I had seen it on the Borders and B&N booklist every week so I thought I would get the DVD and watch it…I thoroughly enjoyed it as a positive process for living…I believe in positive thinking and careful of what I let into my mind…

I am thankful for... for so much that I don’t think there is enough time to express it all…but here are a few things to start with. I am thankful for the man I married who lets me be me, that means a lot to me because I have to do and think what I feel, I don’t mean that in a negative way…but I do see things further down the road and respond accordingly. Next, because of the union of this man & I with God’s grace and love we made 3 beautiful, intelligent, loving, caring, independent and I could say a lot more, we are just so proud of all 3 of them and the women they have grown into. Because of there union with there soul mates they have blessed us with awesome grandchildren, 2- girls and 3 boys. I love them all so very much and love seeing them grow into the persons they are going to be…That in it self is God’s greatest blessings…

From the kitchen...I am presently eating a salad that is so delicious…as for our dinner today I am not quit sure what to fix but I do love to cook and will figure that out later…

I am creating... well I have been working on several quilts, scrapbooking, cards, and deciding the next color for my bathroom…I paint it very often as it is the room that I express myself with color and as I have been told that walls could stand up on there on with the amount of paint on them, I just laugh and smile…

I am going...to go threw my quilt fabrics and see if there is any that I need to finish projects…as I am sure there are items needed and love the trip to several quilt shops…LOL

I am wearing...black jeans, black and white top ( so comfortable) and again in bare feet…

I am reading…at the moment I am not reading any book but I do have some on my ipod that I am enjoying time to listen to…

I am hoping... and praying for a safe delivery of our new grandchild…

I am hearing...I have my ipod on and Robbie Robertson is singing one of my favorite albums called: Contact from the Underworld: Redboy…I love native American music…

Around the house...I am starting to decorate with fall colors and items that I have saved from year to year…

One of my favorite things...is my bath with plenty of hot water and a fragrance that fills the room…subdue lighting or candles , a beverage of the season maybe hot or cold and there has to be chocolate or ice cream bon bons, also the music is loud with some soothing sounds …

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...Quilt, scrapbook, play with grandchildren, shop for a few items that are needed, maybe a movie, make Drs. Appointments and spend time with hubby…

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
I thought this is an awesome quilt and love the free flowing of colors...





Monday, August 25, 2008

August 25, 2008




August 25, 2008…

Outside my Window...I see the trees blowing and the sun is shining…My clothes line is ready for me to hang out a load of laundry…

I am Thinking...what to make for dinner today and the rest of the week. I have several ideas of what flavors I am craving…now it is just that I have to decide what to make…

I am thankful for... God’s Love and Grace…this I can say again and again…for family, friends and the air we breathe…

From the kitchen...I have decide to take down my old border and put on the new one I bought a year ago…not sure what I was waiting for, but the time is now!

I am creating... scrapbook pages of the photo’s that have been taken and not placed anywhere…that to is the time to get this done…

I am going...make a few bookcases and attach them to the walls in one of the bedrooms…I have a large collection of books and magazines that I wish to keep a little longer.

I am wearing...black jeans, a teal floral big shirt ( so comfortable) and again in bare feet…

I am reading...a book called “Secrets of Serenity” will add later my thoughts on this…

I am hoping... and praying for a safe delivery of our new grandchild…

I am hearing...the TV is on in another room, the sound of my computer, and my thoughts surfacing as I write…

Around the house...our hostas and yuccas are doing well along with a few trees that have self started…

One of my favorite things...is being outside in the fresh air and walk threw the woods looking for berries…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...Clean, scrapbook, shop, cook, laundry and anything else that happens to come up…

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...


Don't forget to click on the Simple Woman's Day Book to go and see all the other lovely entries for today

Monday, August 4, 2008

August 4 th...

August 4, 2008…

Outside my Window...there is a breeze and I decided to open doors and windows to air out our home…

I am Thinking...about school shopping, baby shopping and putting up some can goods…

I am thankful for... God’s Love and Grace…this I can say again and again…for family, friends and the air we breathe…

From the kitchen...I am roasting 2 chickens…then I can make several recipes and dips for the week…

I am creating... a quilt for our daughter and son-in-law and hope to be finish soon…I have thought long and hard to capture a bit of there personalities with the colors and design I am using…

I am going...to the kitchen to make bread, then to the dinning room to scrapbook a few more pages as I do almost everyday…

I am wearing...black jeans and a teal shirt and again in bare feet…

I am reading...a book call several quilt magazines, and quilt books…looking for more history in design and graphics…

I am hoping... and praying for a safe delivery of our new grandchild…

I am hearing...the TV is on in another room, the birds outside chirping, Niko snoring, and Madi panting…

Around the house...our grass has grown tall and the weeds by the creek are multiplying rapidly…

One of my favorite things...Turtle Ice Cream…WOW I just had some and I think my headache is gone, love this cure and will implement it often…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...Cut grass, can fruits, shop for baby items and what ever else comes in my life to do…

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...



August 4 th...


A miniature Pony that was taken at Iona Farm, Dayton, Ohio...across the road from Hubby's Uncle...

August 3 rd...



A photo that was taken by my Hubby...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

August 2...



Garden of Gethsemane

As Felix Lucero lay dying on a World War I battlefield, he reportedly proposed a deal with the Virgin Mary: let me live, and I'll spend the rest of my life creating Christian art. Mary agreed, Felix survived, and when he returned to America he eventually got to work

August ! st...



Well here it is August already...can't believe how times flys...speaking of flying...hubby and his Uncle are visiting the Air Force Museum today in Dayton, Ohio.
Go check it out at http://www.wpafb.af.mil/

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman is the original home of The Simple Woman’s Daybook.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook will take place each Monday.

Here’s how to take part:

1. Write up and publish your journal page using the questions/picture ideasI have listed below onto your blog. Be as descriptive as you can! This makes it more interesting to your readers. (You may cut and paste them forthe purpose to participate in The Simple Woman’s Daybook.)

2. Copy the “permalink” from your “The Simple Woman’s Daybook” post, notthe link to the front page of your blog.This will make it much easier for others to find instead of looking throughthe entire list of entries at your blog for your “daybook”. This will save time for all of us.

3. Come back here and add your permalink to Mister Linky.

You will find this link over at http://the simplewoman.blogspot.com
This is the founder and her name is Peggy...Thanks to Peggy we have enjoyed taking part in this meme...

The Simple Woman's Daybook


July 28, 2008…

Outside my Window...the sun is shinning and I think I will hang out some laundry today…along with making bread and cupcakes…

I am Thinking...that I need to make some plans for travel along with a list of clothing for the fall season…go through the winter clothes and make sure of what I need for us before shopping…

I am thankful for... God’s Love and Grace…for guiding me thru life and showing me the way to grow…

From the kitchen...I have a crock pot going as I usually do, what a great invention…even though I love to spend the day in the kitchen cooking for the week a or at least a few days at a time…I love to try new recipes when ever I can…

I am creating... as I stated last week, I have been working on scrapbooking pages, along with cutting out quilting blocks to sew, playing with a graphics program on my laptop…I love to be creative…

I am going...outside to mow the grass later and cut some branches that I have seen hanging down in my way…

I am wearing...blue jeans and a teal sleeveless shirt and again in bare feet…

I am reading...a book call “ Iron Rails In Seneca Land” this is the reservation that my grandfather is from and he and his brothers work on this railroad…

I am hoping... and praying for a safe delivery of our new grandchild…

I am hearing...the TV with Giada telling of a new recipe…I have the DVR recording this so I don’t miss anything…

Around the house...I have seen a lot of Butterflies…they are everywhere , flying so close that one even landed on our grandson…

One of my favorite things...is sharing a good meal with family and friends as we talk and laugh till the we hours of the night…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...get hubby ready for the weekend, and move my trailer to where I can throw stuff I am getting rid of from the second floor…

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...


Monday, July 21, 2008

A special thanks to The Simple Woman for hosting this meme.
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July 21, 2008…

Outside my Window...the daylight is showing, but I think it is going to rain again…

I am thinking...about getting my laundry done, birthday gifts bought, some gardening weeded along with planning the meals for the week…

I am thankful for... that I can still learn from my family and friends things that I thought could not be done, That in it self gives me hope to dream…I had to leave this in for another week as I am amazed by my family…

From the kitchen...well I am going to add the beef to the crock pot with southwestern seasonings…this I learned from our newest son-in-law when he and our daughter visited at Easter time…Delicious!!!

I am creating... a few scrapbooking pages each week to share with my family and my own books…I love to look back at these photo’s and see the growth…

I am going...to a children’s clothing store to buy a couple of outfits for my grandson’s BD for school…

I am wearing...blue jeans and a white t-shirt and again in barefeet…

I am reading...the old testament again…also a woodworking book, I need to make some bookshelves to organized and clean up the clutter of my books…

I am hoping... and praying for a safe delivery of our new grandchild…

I am hearing...the wind blowing the leaves…

Around the house...I have install lighting…I should say solar lights…in my plan in going green…someday to be off the grid…

One of my favorite things...the smell of fresh hung laundry…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
I am in search of anything that I can recycle, get rid of or find a new purpose for items that I have kept …

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook...


July 14, 2008…

Outside my Window...I see the sky is so blue, the trees are green, and the flowers are so beautiful with all the colors there are…

I am thinking... how nice it would be to just enjoy the day with out having to accomplish anything but rest and relaxing…

I am thankful for... that I can still learn from my family and friends things that I thought could not be done, That in it self gives me hope to dream…

From the kitchen...I am cooking a casserole with chicken, carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, with a light dusting of herbs…this is all in chicken stock that I had made at the beginning of the month…

I am creating...a quilt that can be taken outside on the grass so I don’t have to worry about stains…I came upon suit fabric that my Gram had and with some denim I decided this was the purpose for these fabrics…

I am going...to the post office to mail out FQ’s for an exchange that I am in…

I am wearing...black Capri’s , Bright Floral Blouse and barefoot…

I am reading...The Cross Country Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini along with Mary Jane’s Farm magazine…

I am hoping... and praying for a safe delivery of our new grandchild…

I am hearing...the TV and the thoughts in my head telling me we have to get going to get everything done today…

Around the house...we have hostas and yuccas growing everywhere…with flowers blooming and trees that we need to cut down…

One of my favorite things...the smell of fresh hung laundry…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...to paint a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood for a train track…Scotty, Ellie & I have made plans to work on this all summer so it is done for Christmas…with Pappy’s help with all the wiring and setting up the control base to power the trains accessories…

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

An Angel's Story


"An Angels Story".

It is from this book we are making the angels we are so in love with...and are determined to finish!!

She loved the idea...and wrote this:




"This sounds like a BRILLIANT idea!!, and I absolutely LOVE the badge – I WANT ONE!!!"

So I guess ...now we have her blessings and this will go like a dance to get this quilt together!!
Hope there are more of you that want to join... don´t be scared of the deadlines...just join and see where it leads...of course the prize will be drawn from the ones who are finished 1st of January 2009..but the biggest prize must be to have this gorgeous quilt finished!! Don´t you agree!! So join and we all support each other!!
If you forgot the the simple rules...here they come again...
Top finished by 30th September..and quilt finished (quilted and binded) 1st of January 2009!!

So feel free to use this badge made of Marica...isn´t it lovely... and use this link to the picture:

http://kviltstina.blogspot.com/2008/06/angel-story-challenge.html