This plaque was a Christmas gift from Lisa & Jeff (my daughter & son-in-law). It now hangs above the pantry door in the kitchen. I have to look UP to see it, and find myself doing that quite often.
Today, I'd like to share with you a verse about each word on the plaque:

FAITH...Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV

HOPE...For You have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. Psalm 71:5 NIV

LOVE...This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 NIV
As we begin a new week, I hope yours will be filled with renewed FAITH,


This is for anyone who is a Mom,
has a Mom,
or who has ever known a Mom......

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Someone sent me this info., & I had to go into the kitchen and check it out for myself. I'm passing it on...

Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil box? You know when you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The roll of foil always comes out at the wrong time. Well, I would like to share this with you:

Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end it said, Press here to lock end. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place (It's actually on both ends). How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up.

Okay! I'll wait while you go check it out........



Hope this brightens your day! It did mine!

And, my favorite..............


I should've titled this post 'WALKIN'...PART II'......because that's what we did for six hours!
When we planned our recent trip to Florida, we didn't realize it was the weekend for the Renninger's Extravaganza. Three times a year over 1400 antique and collectible vendors converge for this 3-day event. The picture below is an aerial view of the grounds, which includes outdoor and indoor booths.
It is difficult to take it all in in one day. In fact, we did not make it into any of the indoor 'shops', just yard vendors.
This is where we were last Saturday.
It was such a nice time of year to be outdoors in Florida, and we enjoyed the cool temperatures! Since we were meeting friends later to go out to dinner, we didn't even stop for lunch.
I was mainly looking for 'junk jewelry' at bargain prices to use in mosaics.
Apparently alot of people had the same idea. There was MUCH to choose from!
The picture below is a jewelry selection nicer than what I was looking for...(not exactly 'junk'!) Pretty, huh?
Well, let me say that I'm NOT a jewelry person, & wear the same few simple pieces all the time. However, for crafting, my taste changes to gaudy!, sparkly!, colorful!
Anyway, I was able to find some brooches, rhinestone earrings, pendants, charms, etc., all at super-good prices, so now I'm anxious to incorporate it
into new mosaic projects. I'll keep you posted on the crafts blog, as these projects come to life.
I have a few ideas in mind, but if you have any suggestions to pass along,
please do!

By the way, if you're ever in Mt. Dora, Florida, be sure to check out Renninger's Twin Markets! They are open every weekend. There are about 400 dealers inside the buildings, so even in the hot summer, you can browse in cool comfort.


Walking can add minutes to your life.
This enables you at 85 years old
to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing
home at $7000 per month.

My grandpa started walking
five miles a day when he was 60.
Now he's 97 years old
and we don't know where he is.

I like long walks,
especially when they are taken
by people who annoy me.

I have to walk early in the morning,
before my brain figures out what I'm doing..

I joined a health club last year,
spent about 400 bucks.
Haven't lost a pound.
Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',
I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I do have flabby thighs,
but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day
is so when you die, they'll say,
'Well, she looks good doesn't she.'

If you are going to try cross-country skiing,
start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise
the last few years,......
just getting over the hill.

We all get heavier as we get older,
because there's a lot more information in our heads.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


Today, our terrific grandaughter, Amanda, is seventeen!


Amanda and Charley

Amanda and Jesse

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

We love you lots!
Mimi & Grandad

Birthday Graphics


Here we are, back home again! We had a wonderful week.
I thought I'd share a few


*Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
*There are 5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4,998 live in Florida.
*There are 10,000 types of spiders...ALL 10,000 live in a couple no one's seen before.
*If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites.
*It's not a shopping's a buggy.
*People actually grow and eat okra.
*'Fixinto' is one word.
*Backwards and forwards means 'I know everything about you'.
*You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.
*All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain,
insect or animal.
*There are only four spices: salt, pepper, pepper sauce and ketchup.
*100 degrees Fahrenheit is 'a little warm.'
*Anything below 70 degrees is a 'cold snap.'
*Fried catfish is the other white meat.
*EVERYONE can't be a takes talent!

& one more....



Here we are in Florida for the week. Having a great time, & the weather is almost like home. Low 30's this morning, but sunny afternoon.
Not much time for blogging, but I'll be back (hopefully with some pictures) when we return.
Blessings to all!




Redneck Horseshoes

Redneck Sidecar

Redneck Fire Alarm

Redneck Camper (Sorta!)

My daughters are going to think I've totally lost my mind! I am so NOT a George Jones fan...(sorry, George!), or even much of country music in general, but the song DID seem to go with the pictures, don't you think?


Hop over to my other blog for a peek at some of our 2008
crafts projects.


Most of you are aware that I collect Victorian era postcards, and feature them often on this blog. What you may not realize is that sometimes, the back of the card is more interesting than the front. This is one of those times.

This undated, unsigned handwritten prayer was on the back side of an old 'Happy New Year' postcard (from about 1910, or thereabouts). It caught my eye, and I wanted to share it with you:

If the printing is too small, here's what it says:

"A New Year Prayer
Our Father in Heaven, we pray for the redemption of the race. Wilt thou empower us for longer service. May the prospects of the wide wide world capture our aspirations and help us to covet the glorious office of harvester for the King. Give us a deeper sense of our stewardship and teach us how to exchange our money into redeemed lifes (lives). Grant us at each opening year the vision of some real service to Thee, by helping our fellow men. Send us to tasks with cheer, and at each day's close, wipe the stain of the world from our hearts and grant us sweet rest - for Jesus' sake. Amen."
What a missional heart! Don't you love the descriptive 'wipe the stain of the world from our hearts'?....and such a beautiful aspiration... 'help us to covet the glorious office of harvester for the King'.

I think I'll put this front and center on my bulletin board, instead of filing it in a postcard album.


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:15-20.
One of my favorite hymns is 'Fairest Lord Jesus'
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It is also sung as 'Beautiful Savior':

"Beautiful Savior"
by Author Unknown, 1677
Translated by Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904

1. Beautiful Savior,
King of Creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I'd love Thee,
Truly I'd serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my Joy, my Crown.

2. Fair are the meadows,
Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer;
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

3. Fair is the sunshine,
Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer,
Than all the angels in the sky.

4. Beautiful Savior,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!
Lord Jesus, fairest Rose of Sharon, sinless Messiah, you are truly our
Beautiful Savior
and the light of my soul!


What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics from one
hundred years ago:

*The average life expectancy was 47 years.

*Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

*Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

*There were only 8,000 cars
and only 144 miles of paved roads.

*The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

*The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

*The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.

*The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

*A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

*More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

*Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '

*Sugar cost four cents a pound.

*Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

*Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

*Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

*Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
entering into their country for any reason.

*Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

*The American flag had 45 stars.

*The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30!

*Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea
hadn't been invented yet.

*There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

*Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

*Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

*Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.'

*Eighteen percent of households had at least
one full-time servant or domestic help.

*There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.