Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday.........Should be home by 10:00pm

It has been restfull and we have had a great time......but it is TIME to go home and see all our aminals and friends and thank Jackie and Tommye for taking care of everyone.
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Hope to see you Monday with lots of pictures....

Last post from Sedona.


Hugs,
Barbara

Friday, May 15, 2009

HEADED HOME TOMORROW!

We have had a great time and have gotten lots of rest, but I am ready to go home and see my animals and be able to post and check all the other blogs.

We will arrive in Houston at 6:35pm tomorrow and it will be 10:00pm for sure before we are home.

I will resume blogging on Monday.....See you then.

Hugs from Sedona,
Barbara

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Having a Great Relaxing Time

I am so surprised to be able to post, I don't know where to begin.

So far all our activities have been just visiting small towns around Sedona, but we have found some great surprises.......great food, beautiful little shops and very friendly people.

Yesterday we started in old town in Cottonwood, it was early so only one shop was open and it was a rock store..very interesting and then found a small cafe with the best food and I had a great hot drink.....will have to check on it today, we are going back for lunch.

Then on to Jerome, where we made several purchases and finally to Prescott for a late lunch and a quick walk around the town square.
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Our only planned events are on Wednesday ....A Hot Air Balloon ride which we love and on Thurs rafting thru Glen Canyon .

Most of the other things here we have done and since this is my fourth trip, we came this time to rest and relax.....and just bum around. We are doing just that and having a good time.

Will show pictures and give more details when we get home, since this is one of the few times I have been able to post.


Hugs from Sedona, Az.
Barbara

Monday, May 11, 2009

For Some Unknow Reason

I am very limited as to what I can do on my blog.......so rather than become more frustrated than I am already, I will just wait until I return to post anything about the trip. I can't believe I am even writing this and just pray it will post. Have a great week!

Hugs from Sedona, Az

Saturday, May 9, 2009

My Mother

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A WONDERFUL MOTHER

 

GOD made a wonderful mother,

A mother who never grows old;

He made her smile of sunshine,

And He molded her heart of pure gold;

In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,

In her cheeks, fair roses you see;

God made a wonderful mother,

A He gave that dear mother to me.

                               Pat O’Reilly

 

My mother is no longer here with me except in all the beautiful memories I have.  My mother loved my brother and me, but she loved her three grandchildren beyond words.

Every once in a while I think, Oh, I need to tell that to mother….but I know she already knows.

I love you still, Mother.

Barbara

Up, Up and Away on Pink Saturday

 

 

Couldn’t do it without you Bev!Pink_Saturday

 

 

The Sedona  Special….

 

 

 

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Happy pink Saturday!

 

Much Love,

Barbara

Friday, May 8, 2009

Foodie Friday

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This is one of the gifts my sweet daughter sent me for Mother’s Day and since I didn’t have any other food to show, I am showing a basket full of food.

 

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Thanks to Gollum at Designs by Gollum for hosting this wonderful “fattening” day.

Have you noticed that there are no diet foods on this day, everything looks like it has thousands of calories.

Hugs,

Barbara

Thanks for Comments

Thanks for all the comments on Manners.

Dixie added one about turning off cell phones and enjoying the company at the table.  Good one.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

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I don’t have a picture of a beautiful table to show you, so I thought I would write about Table Setting and some Table Manners.

If you are like me, we are sometimes eating on the run and some basic rules  just seem to go down the drain.  Lately on TV I have heard more comments about American’s                     refusal to carry on friendly conversation while eating, and a tendency to eat rapidly and get the job of eating over as soon as possible.  It is little wonder that indigestion is common among us.

So I have tried to set a more proper” everyday table” and retain some of the “Old Table Manners”.

Setting a table is not as difficult as it seems. The basic rule is: Utensils are placed in the order of use, from the outside in.

 

Basic Place Setting

Everyday setting, but I don’t use a bread plate, probably should!

 

 

Informal Place Setting

Informal setting…..looks some what formal to me.

 

 

Formal Place Setting

Formal Setting!

 

Probably more important are our Table Manners…..have you been in a restaurant seated next to people who make your dinning uncomfortable because of their manners?

Nowhere are manners more important than at the table.  They prevent us from being sloppy and offensive.  No where does              breeding or lack of seem to be more on display  than at the table.  I found a list of rules I thought you might enjoy and although some are old, they are still very appropriate today.

A Few Rules

  • Do not play with the table utensils or crumble the bread.
  • Do not put your elbows on the table, or sit too far back, or lounge
  • Do not talk loud or boisterously
  • Be cheerful in conduct or conversation
  • Never, if possible, cough or sneeze at the table.
  • Never tilt back your chair while at the table, or at any other time.
  • Do not talk when the mouth is full
  • Never make a noise while eating
  • Do not open the mouth while chewing, but keep the lips closed. It is not necessary to show people how you masticate your food.
  • Never indicate that you notice anything unpleasant in the food.
  • Do not break your bread into the soup, nor mix with gravy. It is bad taste to mix food on the plate.
  • Never leave the table before the rest of the family or guests, without asking the host or hostess to excuse you.
  • Eat soup with the side of the spoon, without noise.
  • The fork is used to convey the food to the mouth, except when a spoon is necessary for liquids.
  • Raw oysters are eaten with a fork.
  • If you wish to be served with more tea or coffee, place your spoon in your saucer.
  • Tea or coffee should never be poured into the saucer to cool, but sipped from the cup.
  • If a dish is presented to you, serve yourself first and then pass it on.

Rules of Etiquette and Home Culture, 1886

  • Never allow butter, soup or other food to remain on your whiskers
  • Never wear gloves at the table, unless your hands are for some special reason unfit to be seen.
  • Never, when serving others, overload the plate nor force upon them delicacies which they decline.
  • Never make a great display when removing hair, insects or other disagreeable things from your food. Place them quietly under the edge of your plate.

Hill's Forms

  • Eat Cheese with a fork, not a knife
  • Ask a servant in a low tone for what you want
  • Break your bread, do not cut it.
  • Eat fruit with silver knives and forks
  • If you prefer, take up asparagus with the fingers. Olives and artichokes are always so eaten
  • If a course is set before you that you do not wish, do not touch it.
  • It is not your business to reprove the waiter for improper conduct; that belongs to your host.
  • A gentleman must help a lady whom he has escorted to the table, to all she wishes; but it is improper for him to offer to help other ladies who have escorts
  • Use a napkin only for your mouth. Never use it for your nose, face or forehead.
  • It is very rude to pick your teeth at the table. If it becomes necessary to do so, hold your napkin over your mouth.

 

I wrote this page as a reminder that sometimes we just seem to get in to much of a hurry and I know for families today, everyone is busy and have different eating schedules.  Our children and grandchildren learn from us.  I am learning how little effort it takes to be a little more proper at our table.

I WAS TAUGHT BETTER!

Happy Tablescape Thursday.

Thanks so much to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for working so hard to put this day together.

Barbara

Running out of Time….

I was trying to answer and visit as many blogs as I can, but Saturday morn will arrive before I know it.  Roy doesn’t come home until sometime Fri, so he will have little time to help me.  When you have all these animals, you must be sure there is enough of everything…..I need more milk and baby bottles for my three children…..

What I am trying to say is I can’t get to all of you, but please know I would love to.  I have post done thru Sunday and will definitely post from Sedona,,,,,,,our balloon ride over the red rock and our walk on the sky walk over the Grand Canyon. 

Please be here when we get back, I would hate to lose you……my friends.

Barbara

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

MAMMA, MOMMIE, MOTHER

 

WORD WED

 

 

 

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mother4 mother3

mother5

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I think I've seen this woman at Wal-Mart........

Thanks to Dixie for sponsoring Wordless Wednesday and helping me.

Barbara


Monday, May 4, 2009

PATIO PARTY

 PorchpatiopartyLg[1] I don’t have much done on my patio, so I just added some to the little area on the side that I have shown you before.

We are building an outdoor kitchen at the lake, my brother is having surgery Wed., I still have to bottle feed the little one 3-4 times a day, I am trying to get ready for our vacation on Sat to Sedona and my cousin will be here Friday afternoon for her instructions.

I am trying hard to make you feel sorry for me and rush down here tomorrow and help!

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HAPPY PATIO PARTY DAY!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

BLUE MONDAY

 

 

This is the beautiful necklace and earrings Roy bought for me in Calvert, when we attended the Home Showcase.

The pictures do not do it justice. The stones are Blue Opal, Chalcedony, Pearls, Amazonite and Swarovski Crystals with Sterling silver.

I think it is breathtaking and very dainty.  Hope you like it also.

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My week ahead is full to the top and we are leaving Saturday morning, so I will not be able to visit as much as I want and will not have much time to post, but know I am thinking of you.

Love Y’all.

Barbara

What a Great Way to Explain the 23rd Psalm

 

 

Spiritual Sundays

 

The Lord is my Shepherd = That's Relationship!
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I shall not want = That's Supply!
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He maketh me to lie down in green pastures = That's Rest!
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He leadeth me beside the still waters = That's Refreshment! 
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He restoreth my soul = That's Healing!

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He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness = That's Guidance!

 

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For His name sake = That's Purpose!


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Yea, though I walk through the valley of t he shadow of death = That's
Testing!


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I will fear no evil = That's Protection!

 

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For Thou art with me = That's Faithfulness!

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Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me = That's Discipline!

 

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Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies =
That's Hope!

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Thou annointest my head with oil = That's Consecration!

 

My cup runneth over = That's Abundance!

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Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my
life = That's Blessing!
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And I will dwell in the house of the Lord = That's Security! 20p
 

!cid_002701c9c8fc$90bf26d0$4101a8c0@LANCLOS  Even though you can’t see Him, GOD is there for you.

 

Love each of you!

Barbara

Saturday, May 2, 2009

ALREADY? TIME FOR PINK SATURDAY AGAIN!

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GOLLY BEVERLY I DON’T KNOW YOU KEEP WITH EVERYONE WEEK AFTER WEEK, BUT YOU DO, SO THANKS AGAIN. For more participates go How Sweet the Sound

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THESE ARE OUTDOOR PLACE MATS.

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I tried not to get carried away this Saturday and make you look at 99 pictures, I need to practice my skills.

I’M HEADED TO THE LAKE TO CUT OUR GRASS AND MY NEIGHBOR’S GRASS, THEY ARE VERY NICE PEOPLE AND NEED A LITTLE HELP RIGHT NOW.

HAVE A WONDERFUL FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY.

LOVE Y’ALL,

BARBARA