Sunday, July 19, 2009

National Ice Cream Day!

 

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TODAY IS NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY!  NOW THIS IS MY KIND OF DAY!

When you get the urge for a snack on a hot, humid summer night, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? That's right....Ice Cream! Therefore, it's only fitting that ice cream be given it's own special day. On this day, I hope you enjoy an ice cream cone, a sundae, or a milk shake. Set the diet aside and splurge a little...have one of each!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month. He also established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month.

 

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Ice cream is nutritious. A little heavy on the sugar and calories, ice cream is otherwise good for you. Its base ingredient is milk, which is loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals.

 

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If you can resist this, you are a better” man” than me!

 

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Customize your own irresistible ice cream sandwiches. Bake or buy a batch of your favorite cookies, fill with ice cream, and coat the sides with sprinkles, chocolate chunks, candied ginger, or nuts. Freeze on a tray until firm, then wrap tightly in waxed paper and stack in an airtight container.

Hey wouldn’t the little ones love the sandwiches……Oh to heck with the little ones, I will take a couple. Get out of my way kid, I was here first……..HAPPY NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY!

HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY. SAY A SPECIAL PRAY FOR ALL THOSE IN NEED TODAY WHETHER IT BE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL, SO MANY NEED OUR PRAYERS, GOD HEARS YOU!

 

PURPLE HUGS,

BARBARA

Friday, July 17, 2009

This Blog is on Hold !

 

I need to sit back and take a look at what I am doing here…..Thinking hard.

See you soon!

Purple Hugs,

Barbara

Thursday, July 16, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TARA!

 

 

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Today is my daughter, Tara’s Birthday and I just wanted to say Happy Birthday to her.

She was here for the 4th of July and I took this picture of her and Fifi in the kayak.

 

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In her 20’s, Tara was taking an amino acid, tryptophan, that cardiologist gave  their patients who could not sleep. It is a natural substance found in beans, turkey and milk. The only company that made it was in Japan and they made what is called a “hot batch”, which was contaminated. It caused many people to develop a disease called eosinophilia myalgia syndrome.

Simply stated this disease attaches to the lining of the body’s muscles and nerves.

It was terrible disease because  doctors were grabbing in the dark for ways to stop or slow it down. There is still no cure today.  For Tara, it moved around her body and for about 3 years, we spent a lot of time in Houston at the Medical Center, then her doctor moved to New Orleans and she still goes there today. It affected her eyes, throat, heart, her arms and legs and back, we joked at the time that we had visited every floor in the building seeing different kinds of doctors. There were not many places she wasn’t having problems.  They tried everything from Chemo to Cleaning the Blood and nothing really worked except pain killers which she takes everyday.  Tara lost a friend to this disease and many older people died also.

She has made peace with this disease and with the help of medicine,  massage and the Good Lord, she lives a fairly normal life, raising cows, goats, horses and donkeys.

She is a extremely smart and giving and caring  daughter and I love her very much.

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TARA! YOU ARE THE LIGHT AND LOVE OF MY WORLD.

LOVE, MOTHER AND ROY

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Junkin, Thrifting and Shopping/ Three or More Tuesday

 

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Thanks to Tam at The Gypsy’s Corner for  sponsoring Three or More Tuesday.  Please visit her blog to find more participants.

 

 

 Last Thursday, Sharon, Karen and I took off for Malakoff to check out the shops there.

Our first stop was at Curious Goods, this is Sharon visiting with owner, Donna.

 

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Old Hair Dryer and purple chair they had for sale.

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Front of the store.

 

Right down the Street is Junk Palace, a darling shop, I bought 2 cloches in different sizes for $9.00.

 

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Across the Street is Thrifty Sisters and Sharon got 12 etched glasses for 50 cents each and 2 cups for 50 cents each.  I got 4 cups for 50 cents each.

 

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Of course they have a purple flower on them.

I had purchased 8 cups on another trip we took, so I now have 12 to serve soup for my bunko or bridge group. (or fruit).

We left there and headed to Lindy Mall….I loaded up there. Roy loves Waterford Crystal and I found this ships decanter.

 

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A pair of Swarovski Candle sticks.

 

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Love House by Blue Sky.

Wooden floats that are used on fishing nets.

Roy will use these at the lake.

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Blue frame I will use at the lake.

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Cane River Cuisine  from Natchitoches, Louisiana printed in 1974.

I love old and Cajun cookbooks.

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Next we went to Antiques on Royall and then to a Mexican Restaurant for refreshments and lunch.

We then headed to Athens for a look-see at Winnie & Tulula’s  and The Reblooming of Sweet Pea’s. There are lots of things there to oooh and aweee over.

We then found a brochure on a Winery just outside Athens, so off we went.

It is Tara Vineyard & Winery , wow.

There is the most beautiful big old 2 story house built by the Murchison's,  it is called The Inn at Tara and they have 3 bedrooms  and  you can also rent the entire house.

 

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We tasted some wine and met the owner , Patrick Pierce.

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On Saturday night, they have a Bar-B-Que Buffet, live music and then you can stay in the Inn.  What a nice weekend.

We stopped in Palestine at the Star of Texas and visited 2 of the antique malls.

Headed home about 5 or 5:30, tired but laughing about the day, saying what we liked and disliked.

I probably left out something…a few extra pictures.

 

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I know the last 4 were taken at Winnie & Tulula’s.

We had a great day and will be looking for some place to go.

Purple Hugs,

Barbara

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Blue Monday/ I am Brain Dead!

 

download[2] Thanks to Smiling Sally for her continued sponsoring of this day.  Please drop by to see all the other participants.

 

I usually love Blue Monday, but I think the heat has finally gotten to me.  We have had weeks of temperatures over 100 everyday. My grass and plants are dying, even though I am watering day and night.  My goats are losing weight and they have plenty to eat.  Pilgrim the guard  dog has lost weight. Wow, we need 10 inches of rain and a break in the weather…. and I have nothing but 1 picture for Blue Monday and that really makes me Blue.

 

 

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In Jasper on our Father’s Day weekend from Hell, I found Roy another painted horse for his collection and it is blue.

 

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So this is my meager contribution to Blue Monday.

Happy Blue Monday to you and Purple Hugs.

Barbara

I have Metaed..but not Morphosised Yet!

 

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Thanks to Susan for sponsoring this great day, Metamorphosis Monday.  Check out the list at her blog, Between Naps on the Porch.

This is my first time to participate in Metamorphosis Monday, because I am not really very good at “ Metamorphosising”. I am in the process of redoing my bedroom , bathroom, hall and one bedroom.

I gave away all of bedding in our bedroom and I  am planning to remove wall paper, repaint the room,install plantation shutters and recover a chair. The carpet in the bedrooms, hall and living room is medium sage green.

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In the Bathroom, I am going to remove wall paper and texture wall and paint and change towel and mat colors.

 

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This is the door  from my bedroom to my bathroom.  It is an antique with antique knob and lock and the flowers were hand painted by my friend, Peggy Bloomer.

 

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The hall will simply be repainted and so will the guest bedroom.

I want to go neutral for a change, but I can still accent with my purple.

 

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My living room is a soft gold and the kitchen will remain light purple.

 

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This is the guest bedroom I will not change.

 

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This is the Mud Room done in Barn wood. I don’t know if you can tell, but there is an old metal roof extending out over the mud room.

 

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These are pictures of the family room.

So Lady decorators and others, I am looking for a beautiful color.  The Bedroom furniture in both rooms is beautiful solid oak and the woodwork is white.

I welcome any and all suggestions on anything you have seen. I need to get started.

I feel unfinished with my bedroom in disarray.

Purple Hugs,

Barbara

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wow! What an Awesome Week!

 

PRINCESS Have you ever felt like a Princess, well I haven’t until this week…

 

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AND A FAIRY PRINCESS TO TOP IT OFF!

 

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TWO AWARDS, I AM OVERWHELMED!

THIS IS THE PREMIOS DARDO AWARD GIVEN TO ME BY SHERRY @COUNTRY WINGS IN PHOENIX AND SEVERAL DAYS AGO DEBBIE@ THERE’S AN ANGEL ON MY FRONT PORCH GAVE ME THE BELLA SINCLAIR AWARD.

 

This award is the PREMIOS DARDO which means Top Dart..... The award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his or her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values everyday The rules are: 1. accept it 2. link back to the one who awarded it to you 3. award it to 15 others who you think should receive it, then let them know.... Here is my list:

1. Jeanne @ Backyard Neighbor

2. Sally @ Smiling Sally

3. Kathy @ Just A Beachkat

4. Janie @ Southern Lagniappe

5. Mary @ Little Red House

6. Stacey@ Poofing the Pillows

7. Shelia @ Song Notes

8. Cathy @ CC Millefleur

9.Brook@ The Home that Love Built

10. Shelia @ The Quintessential Magpie

11. Dana @ The Stone Rabbit

12. Betty @ DayDreamin World

13. Spencer @ Bellamere Cottage

14. Ginny @ Faith, Hope & Tea Therapy

15. Nancy @ My Crafty Little Page

 

Please come and get your award.

I am blessed to have such kind and generous friends.

Purple Hugs,

Barbara

Friday, July 10, 2009

Pink Saturday

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Thanks to Beverly for all her hard work putting PINK SATURDAY together for all of us to enjoy. Check out her blog for all the PINK  People joining in today. HowSweettheSound.blogspot.com

Yesterday Sharon, Karen and I went shopping, junkin and thrifting in Malakoff, Athens and Palestine, Texas.  I will post that  one day next week.

I found this piece of Blue Sky, I love Blue Sky, called the Love House for $10.00, at the Lindy Mall in Malakoff.

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In Palestine, I found these Flowers.

 

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This is my external hard drive I bought from Dell, to be sure I don’t lose all my data and pictures if the computer goes down.  The only problem, I haven’t learned how to use it.

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This is a sea shell I have at the lake house, but I had to use this picture.

 

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A pink rose in my yard.

 

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PINK Things are getting few and far between around here.  So I will be searching far and near for more Pink Thingies.

Hope your PINK SATURDAY  is the best ever!

Barbara