If I haven't visited your blog as often as usual, or failed to leave comments, I apologize!
This computer's been giving me fits! Slow, slow, slow, & we have DSL! It gets worse & worse with each new anti-virus program we install.
(Is anyone else having this problem?). There must be a disconnect somewhere, because only part of the letters show up when I'm typing, & I have to edit & re-edit until they're all there. Grrrrrrrrrr.
I haven't forgotten you, and will be checking your postings whenever I can get this thing to work.
Anyway, for now, I'm going to have some cheese with this whine, & just say:

Here's a short 'SILLY SATURDAY' to tide you over:

Ray & Bubba (mechanical engineers) were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.
'We're supposed to find the height of the flagpole,' said Bubba, 'but we don't have a ladder.'

The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down. Then she took a tape measure from her pocket, took a measurement, announced: 'Eighteen feet, six inches,' and walked away.

Ray shook his head and laughed. 'Ain't that just like a woman! We ask for the height and she gives us the length!'

Bubba and Ray are currently working for the government....... and
helped design the "stimulus package."


A friend sent me this, and I just had to share it with you.
(Don't forget to mute PlayList before watching)


Some days, you just can't win!

(Read the bottom of yesterday's post,
if this doesn't make sense).


Here we have a picture of a Black Bear
(Ursus americanus)

Photo courtesy of the U. S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

The Black Bear uses its sharp, curved claws
to scrape insects and grubs out of logs.
He is the only kind of bear that lives in North Carolina.
He's a shy animal, but many people do not know that.
He's often mischaracterized as a fierce carnivore
in books and movies, but is really an omnivore,
eating mostly plants, insects, and some meat.
While they vary in color, most black bears
are black with a brown muzzle.
Each of their feet has five toes with sharp, curved claws.
They use their claws to feed on insects and grubs in logs.
The black bear also apparently likes black sunflower seeds
and peanuts!
At least the one that tore into our back porch did!
We didn't get a look at him, because he came during the night
(two nights in a row, in fact!).
He ripped the screen on one end of the porch to come in,
and went out the other end, in the same way.
The picture below is of a part of our back yard and potting shed.
Notice round logs which the bear tossed to and fro.
The coffee can on the ground had been on the porch full of
sunflower seeds for the birds and chipmunks.

Here's the torn screen where he came in:

There's a glare from the sun, so it's
hard to see that the cloth on the picnic table
is all frumpled up.The can that was full of
peanuts is empty on the floor, and the floor is
littered with wet chewed peanut shells.
He must've sat here on the floor gobbling up those
peanuts and spitting out the shells. The rascal!

Oh yes, and he left some souvenirs in the yard..........
We have black bears wandering through our area now and then.
They seldom get this brave, though.
Needless to say, we've brought all of the bird feeders
and seed cans in for tonight.


1 Corinthians 13 is sometimes referred to as the 'LOVE' chapter.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now, these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

True love -- God's love --
is unconditional and never fails.


Forty-five years ago, I attended a friend's
Valentine's Day wedding with my boyfriend, Bill.
As we walked out of the church after the ceremony,
someone (I can't even recall who) stopped us & said
"You're next!"
As it turned out, that person was right!
A few short months later, Bill & I were married
in that very same church.
So you can see that the 'Wedding Bell Blues' song playing
isn't really apropos.
I just like the song, because it's about a guy named Bill.

To quote a line from another 'Bill' song
(from Showboat):
'I love him because he's wonderful,
Because he's just my Bill.'

A very special
to my sweet hubby, Bill...
my forever valentine!

Here's a few more neat old Valentines.....

Hi, sweet little Miss Caylie!
This one's for you!

Here's an old mechanical valentine.

Notice the pacifier pinned to her dress.

A fancy, layered handmade Valentine.

And last, but not least.......
(This was given to me by daughter, Jami,
who scopes out any and all chipmunk cards)
I wish you all a
LOVE-ly Valentine's Day!


A long ago school dance, perhaps?
(artist, Ellen Clapsaddle)

Tennis, anyone?

Looks like someone's given Cupid the Boot!

The wonderful art of
Charles Twelvetrees

This card one of many
drawn by Mgt. Evans Price

That's a 'Get out of my way!' look!
(another Twelvetrees card)

This is my favorite of the cards shown here
(artist unknown)
You may have noticed that I didn't include any frilly, fancy cards.
More to come....
Stop by again tomorrow!


Recipe below is the one that I used for the cookies pictured above:

Classic Cut-Out Butter-Sugar Cookies

1 c. unsalted butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 c. all-purpose flour

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone sheet
(If you don't have parchment paper, spray with Pam)

3) In large bowl, cream butter & sugar for 2 min.
4) Stop & scrape the bowl, & cream for 1 minute longer.
5) Beat in the egg & vanilla. Continue beating until well combined.
6) Sift together bak. powder & flour.
7) Add flour mixture 1 c. at a time to the creamed butter & sugar mixture.
Mix thoroughly after each addition.
Blend in the last cup of flour by hand.
The dough will be stiff.
8) Divide dough into two balls. Wrap w/plastic wrap & refrigerate
for at least 1 hour.
9) Roll out 1 ball of dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper
(or waxed paper) until dough is about 1/4" thick. Remove top
sheet of parchment paper.
10) Cut out cookies with cookie cutters of your choice. Dip cutter in
flour before each use.
11) Carefully place the cut-out cookies onto prepared cookie sheets.
12) Bake cookies 8-10 min. or until just barely starting to brown.

Let them rest on the cookie sheet for 5 min. before removing them
to a cooling rack. Repeat process with second ball of dough.


1# box of 10x sugar
1/3 to 1/2 c. milk (I use fat free half & half)
1 egg white, beaten slightly
1/2 t. vanilla

Optional: for more flavor, beat in 2 T. softened butter)

Stir all together, then blend with a mixer until smooth. Divide it
into portions in separate bowls, & add to each bowl the food
coloring of your choice. (If frosting is too soupy, add a little more
powdered sugar. If too dry or stiff, add a little more milk.)
Frosting should be thin enough to spread smoothly over the
top of the cookie.

*If you're planning to put sprinkles, colored sugars, etc., on the cookies,
do this right after putting the frosting on. Don't wait until it drys.
*Don't stack cookies on top of each other until frosting has glazed over
*This recipe makes approx. 3 doz., but can be more or less,
depending on the size of the cookie cutters used.

I took this platter to church last Sunday, as it was our week to furnish refreshments. Sadly, my hubby (who's diabetic) can't enjoy these. S: (

Feel free to copy recipe, if you like. It's a very easy, workable dough.


Some of these I was aware of, others are new info. Perhaps you'll see something here that'll be useful & worth trying....................

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat's or dog's ear... Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.Kills fleas instantly...

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.
Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffy nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Balm for broken blisters..To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.
Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer....
If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's Tomato Paste boil cure... Cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... it's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Did you know that drinking two ounces of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately--without the unpleasant side effects of traditional pain relievers?