Monday, September 7, 2009

Blue Monday/ Labor Day

 

Blue Monday

Thanks to a special lady for hosting this day.

Sally at Smiling Sally, give us the opportunity to showcase all the special days that fall on Monday and to show your blue thingies.

 

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. 

 

 

 

What is happening to our work ethic in this country…so many today want the government to provide everything for them.

 

Happy Labor Day!

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Housework!

 

 

 

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch on fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. no one cares. Why should you?

                            Erma Bombeck

 

I wish I could feel this way about the Frou Frou house, but it is to the point of not being able to walk inside without putting your life in danger.  So off to work I go and all those great things I couldn’t live without are on their way to Good Will………

I will return soon …I hope!

 

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tablescape Thursday/This is a Rerun!

Last week I was so excited to post this tablescape, but I forgot to sign up, so I am posting it again this week.

Again I am so happy Susan is hosting this day, because I am just beginning to play with all my dishes. Visit her at Between Naps on the Porch.

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I am not sure where the place mats came from, the chargers are from Wal-Mart, the white dish from Laurie Anna’s and the polka dot salad plate is from TJ Max. The black and white cones are from Hobby Lobby and the black napkins were found at Kohl's. My silverware is Golden Aegean Weave and the Crystal is from Joske’s many years ago.

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The green and black glitter balls are Christmas decorations, the little green tree came from Laurie Anna’s at the Nutcracker Market. Sharon gave me one white pitcher and I bought the other at Hospice Thrift Center

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The atrium was purchased on a trip to Crocket, Texas and the Candle stick in the background, I made.

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The black and white hat box came from TJ Max for 3.99.

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Happy Tablescape Thursday,

Barbara

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Calling all Texas bloggers/ three or more

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Thanks to Tam at the Gypsy’s Corner for sponsoring this day.

I am going to cheat a little and ask for three or more new Texas Bloggers. So if you are one or you know one, please leave their site name.

 

Many Thanks  and Happy Tuesday.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

blue monday/blue goats

 

Blue Monday

Smiling Sally is still hosting this fun day, and you can tell I am getting desperate.

Thanks Sally,,,drop in on her if you want to see loads of blue.

Here is my poor desperate attempt to participate in Blue Monday

 

 

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Well, what did you expect from the Purple Goat Lady…………

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PRAYING FOR AMY, DEBBIE AND RICHARD ON SPIRITUAL SUNDAY!

 

 

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MANY THANKS TO GINGER AND CHARLOTTE FOR HOSTING IS MOST HOLD OF DAYS. DROP BY THE ENCHANTING COTTAGE FOR OTHER SPIRITUAL SUNDAY POST.

 

 

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TODAY I AM ASKING FOR PRAYERS FOR AMY, DEBBIE AND RICHARD.  MOST OF YOU KNOW THAT AMY NEEDS 24 HOUR CARE AND THIS IS BEING DONE BY DEBBIE AND RICHARD.  PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM TO HAVE STRENGTH TO DO THIS AND PRAY FOR AMY.

I HOPE YOU HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY,

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pink Saturday!

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Another fun Saturday and I thank Beverly for being such a gracious hostess.

 

I WON A GIVEAWAY AND IT IS PINK!

THANKS SO MUCH TO ELIZABETH @THOUGHTS FROM AN EVIL OVERLORD.

 

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A DARLING PINK BRACELET WITH LITTLE COLORED  BEADS

 

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GIVEAWAYS ARE GREAT. THANKS AGAIN ELIZABETH.

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY.

BARBARA

Thursday, August 27, 2009

SHOW YOUR ROOSTERS!

Many, Many thanks to Barb at Bella Vista for sponsoring” Show your Roosters.” There are so many participants, it will take several days to visit them all.

I have had so much fun arranging my roosters.

All of my Roosters are Fitz and Floyd.

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Roy and I love Tuscany, this rooster is the from that group.

 

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The salad plate is from 222 fifth called Grappa.

 

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This is the Dinner plate.

 

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The picture and the cups, I found at the dollar store.

 

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The casserole and pitcher came from Ross.

 

 

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I have 4 of these place mats, I use in other ways.

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This and the next rooster are from the same group by Fitz and Floyd.

 

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This is a soup tureen.

 

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I have some miscellaneous things.

 

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Dish Towels

 

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Napkins

 

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Napkins Rings

Hope you enjoyed seeing my roosters as much as I enjoyed showing them.

Happy Friday.

 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY BLOG LIST AND FUN DAYS.

 

I have been working on the blog list for hours and I know I have left someone out or have someone on the wrong list.

Whichever is the case, please let me know, I really would appreciate it.

If you sponsor a fun day and would like for me to list it, please let me know.

Thanks so much for your help.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

A Visit to Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Monastery

 

Yesterday I had the unique pleasure of visiting a Monastery in Washington,Texas with Sharon and Ernie Sarandos , Ernie’s sister , Georgia and her husband Louie. Ernie, Georgia and Louie are Greeks.

Three nuns  came there originally and all they had was a beautiful home and a large barn.  Since their arrival, with the help of Monks, they have built a beautiful church and a visitor reception center with a gift shop.

 

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The home was built by a builder for his wife, but he died shortly after the completion and she sold it to the Greek Church.

We arrived about 11:30 and were greeted by the Abbess and one of the Sisters.  We were required to wear a skirt and cover our heads the entire time we were there.

After introductions were made, the Abbess  took us inside to see the church. It was breath-taking.  I was allowed to take pictures of anything but not the Sisters.

 

 

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We were then taken to the reception center and served Greek coffee and a Greek sweet. What a treat.  We visited a while and toured the Gift Shop and then were told they were preparing lunch for us.

I have to tell you it was very hot and the scarves we wore on our heads got very hot.  The Sisters do not use hardly any air conditioning, but did turn it down some when they realized we were burning up.

They raise grapes and make two kinds of wine, they have 4 goats that are milked twice a day.  They drink the milk and make cheese. Of course, I had to go and visit the goats, and I offered to buy any that they do not want.

They hope to soon make soap and lotions.They make the Icons they have for sale in the Gift Shop.  As a first time visitor, I was told to choose any thing in the gift shop, I ask for an Icon of the Saint for which the Monastery was named after.

 

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This is Saint Paraskevi, and the Icon I chose to receive.

The Sister dress in solid black, they have no mirrors, TV or internet. The are allowed to go to town to buy things.  They do not eat meat. Three days a week, they have dairy products and eat fish.  They work in the beautiful gardens and live a very simple life devoted to prayer.

 

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Our lunch was wonderful. Stuffed Bell Peppers, Shrimp, Green salad, potatoes, and  marinated veggies.  Wonderful rich bread and wine, from a near by Vineyard. Oh, I almost forgot the cake and fruit for dessert.

 

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I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful day it was and how gracious the Sisters were to us.  Sharon had been there many times before and today she brought them towels, water pitchers, place mats, magazine or wood rack, yarns, a beautiful tray and a lovely plant. Sharon is a very giving person and the Sisters were all so happy to see her again.

 

 

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The Gift Shop.

 

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Sharon standing in front of cross in courtyard.

Regardless of your religion, if you ever have the chance to visit a Monastery  or Convent, you should go and experience the devotion and peace that surrounds you in the presence of women who have given their life to God.

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