I have several chipmunks that come into our back porch & climb up onto my feet to get peanuts.

Meet 'Smoky', one of my favorites.
(He got his name because his 'home' is out in the
back yard under our barrel smoker)

Oops! All out of peanuts!

I'll post more pictures soon.

Have a fabulous Friday!!



Come on over and help me celebrate!

(That's lemonade on the table, but

I don't know what the waiter in the

background is serving.)

S: )



Planning on having some remodeling done?
You may want to think twice before hiring these carpenters........


What a profound short little paragraph!

"Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they don't have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

--Quoted by Dr. Adrian Rogers in 1984


Have a beautiful, wonderful Sunday!



4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.
Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well...
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!


Not everyone can whistle,

..............but everyone can SMILE!
YOU CAN SMILE (When You Can't Say a Word)
--A. H. Ackley

There are many troubles that will burst like bubbles,
there are many shadows that will disappear;
When you learn to meet them, with a smile to greet them,
for a smile is better than a frown or tear.

Tho' the world forsake you, joy will overtake you,
Hope will soon awake you, if you smile today;
Don't parade your sorrow, wait until tomorrow,
For your joy and hope will drive the clouds away.

When the clouds are raining, don't begin complaining,
what the earth is gaining should not make you sad;
Do not be a fretter, smiling is much better,
and a smile will help to make the whole world glad.

You can smile when you can't say a word,
You can smile when you cannot be heard;
You can smile when it's cloudy or fair,
You can smile anytime, anywhere.

I hope you find something to smile about today! S: )


My husband and I are so blessed that both of our mothers are living. Both turn 91 this year. They both love the Lord, and guess what!.... they are both named 'Edith'. Two very different, but amazing women!

Richer Than Gold

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
richer than I, you never can be --
I had a mother who read to me.
--Strickland Gillian (1869-1954)


Happy Mothers' Day to mothers everywhere,

but especially to our two very special mothers!



Here are a few pictures from our yard:
We've had rain all week, so the flowers are a little 'beat down' from the rain. The first is one bush of numerous azaleas currently in bloom. I only snapped this one, but we also have white, light pink, and lavender.

I had not heard of wild azaleas until we moved here to North Carolina. We did not plant them; some were here when we bought the property. Now, they are scattered throughout our yard. They aren't bushes, but trees, and are loaded with rich apricot-colored blossoms.

This is a lavender hybrid rhododendron. Each flower cluster looks like a bouquet of azaleas. We also have many bushes of wild rhododendrons growing all along the sides of our creek, but these won't be in bloom until next month.

Closeup of rosy-pink hybrid rhododendron:
Now, if I can just get the chipmunks to co-operate, I'll post some pictures of the cute little munchkins in the next few days.



*Memory was something that you lost with age
*An application was for employment
*A program was a TV show
*A cursor used profanity
*A keyboard was a piano
*A web was a spider's home
*A virus was the flu
*A CD was a bank account
*A hard drive was a long trip on the road
*A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
*And if you had a 3 1/2" floppy just hoped nobody found out



Where God Ain't
--Unknown Author

He was just a little boy
on a week's first day.
Wandering home from Sunday School
and dawdling on the way.

He scuffed his shoes into the grass;
He found a caterpillar.
He found a fluffy milkweed pod
And blew out all the 'filler.'

A bird's nest in a tree overhead
So wisely placed up high,
Was just another wonder
That caught his eager eye.

A neighbor watched his zig-zag course
And hailed him from the lawn;
Asked him where he'd been that day
And what was going on.

'I've been to Bible School,' he said,
And turned a piece of sod.
He picked up a wiggly worm, replying,
'I've learned alot about God.'

'A very fine way,' the neighbor said,
'For a boy to spend his time.
If you'll tell me where God is,
I'll give you a brand new dime!'

Quick as a flash the answer came!
Nor were his accents faint.
'I'll give you a dollar, Mister.....
If you tell me where God ain't!'

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?
If I go up to the heavens,
you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths,
you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there Your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
--Psalm 139:6-10


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Today is our 45th Anniversary!
This card's for you, Bill!
God has blessed our years together
more than we ever could have imagined!
Thank you Lord, for bringing us together;
for being our Savior, Counsellor, Guide,
for the blessings of children and grandchildren,
and for all of the joys
You've brought our way,
and thank you Bill, for being such a
wonderful husband and putting
up with me for all these years!