Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday Medley

.  If you have ever followed the Garfield comic strip, you know Garfield loves lasagne.  What is your favorite Italian food?  Do you over-indulge when it comes to pasta?
I love this considered Italian?  When I go to Olive Garden, I order Eggplant so maybe it is Italian. 
I am not a fan of pizza, lasagna, or spaghetti...Are ya'll shaking your heads!

2.  Tell us about your very first pet.  If you have never had a pet, can you tell us about an animal that touched your life in some way?
My very first pet was a dog..Pekingese.  

3.  Garfield sleeps his day away, only waking to eat or sweet talk his girlfriend Arleen.  How many hours sleep do you normally get each night?  How much sleep do you really need?
Oh gosh...I normally get 4 to 5 hours a sleep a night.  I know this is bad and I know it messes with my concentration...but there are some nights I just can't sleep. I I need more sleep. I think a person should get at least 8 hours of sleep.
4.  Garfield lets the mice in the house have their way.  When was the last time you had to chase out a little varment?  
I probably chased out a critter a few years ago.
5.  Garfield also loves his teddy bear Pooky. Did you have a favorite stuffed animal when you were young (or now!)?  If you didn't or don't, what about someone you know?
I didn't have a favorite stuffed animal growing up...if I did I don't remember.  However, my grandson has to bring his stuffed dog to my house and his mom says he sleeps with a stuffed rabbit.
6.  Please tell us something about your week, so far!
Speaking of critters....I have caught 3 groundhogs!  In my building where I store my lawn mower, I saw 4 groundhogs.  One evening a groundhog was on my back porch after being under my vehicle.  I called Animal help with this because a groundhog isn't considered wild life but they did give me another number to call.  I called this number and spoke to a man about my groundhog problem.  The suggestion the man gave me was to shoot I live in town and firearms are not allowed.  My brother-in-law came with a trap and without 5 hours we had caught 3.  The 4th groundhog must be older and wise; it will walk around the cage, sniff the early apples but won't go in the cage.  Hopefully, I can catch this one soon!
Asking for special prayers Thursday....Thursday will be my wedding anniversary...first one without my dear hub who passed away in November of 2018.  We would have been married 38 years if he would have lived.

Thursday, June 6, 2019



What a Turn Around....

In weather that is.....Image result for weather

For the past couple of weeks, the temps have been in the high 80s and 90s.  I kept telling myself it wasn't even summer yet and wondering how hot August would be.  Well, we have dropped to the 70s and the rain has started.  It has rained for the past 3 days....not complaining cause I feel sorry for all that have been in the torrential downpours and have lost everything due to the rain. But going from 90s to 70s was a shock to me.

Little man was at the beach all last week and boy did I miss him.  According to his mom, he loved the ocean and had a great time.  She face timed a few times and I could tell he was enjoying himself.  Since he returned, he doesn't want me out of his sight (not that I mind of course). A few people who have seen us around said little man missed me just as much as I missed him.

Last year hub began some landscaping.  He always had a project going.  He became weak and didn't finish the landscaping.  I went to Lowe's last week and the brick he used they didn't have; it was discontinued.  The salesman was so nice. He called other stores in my area to see if by chance they would have had any. No such luck.  I purchased one brick to see how big of a difference the looks would be...I only need 31 bricks to finish the project.  Not that much of a difference so I returned to Lowe's purchased the other 30 bricks.  Instead of placing the mismatch brick next to each other, I kinda made a pattern...if I must say it looked nice. Next was finishing the red rock...  I went to our local store and purchased 4 tons of red rock....I know a lot right?  Monday I finished almost 2 tons!!  Shew!!!  Yep, I felt it the next day. A fellow stopped by and said I was working in the hot afternoon and I needed to do this kind of work in the early morning. Ha! He is telling me!!  I can't do this in the morning because I go to the pharmacy and try to do some paper work...I am there before 7, then I return home to babysit little man at 8 and it is hard to do landscaping with a 16 month old so I have to do this work when little man goes home.   It might take me all summer to finish but I will finish this project.

I have 5 groundhogs in the building where I store the lawn mower.  I called animal control about the problem who said they couldn't help me but gave me another number to call.  I called that number and told the man on the phone about the groundhogs...A Virginia Game Commissioner, I think.  He told me to shoot them...Ha! I can't see myself doing this.  If anyone knows how to get rid of them please let me know.
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Just a few things going on in my corner of the world.

Take care and Enjoy Life....

Sunday, June 2, 2019


Courage has many forms but for me Courage is to ....

Share your fears
Stop talking and listen
Forgive someone
Go out in public by yourself
Ask for help
Book a flight

Life sure didn't turn out as I visioned.  I never would have dreamed I would be a widow at this age.  Hub was a non-smoker, an athlete, a business man, and a social butterfly.  How did cancer take over his body is something I ask myself daily.  These past six months have brought on new challenges for me...ones I never thought of.  
Ironically, my 'word' for 2019 was Courage.... 

Share your fears.... I was asked if I was afraid...afraid of what? was my response.  It took months before I opened up about some fears I have.  Fear of every noise I heard, fear if I was putting the filter in correctly, fear if I was mowing the lawn the way hub wanted it mowed, fear of running the pharmacy the way hub wanted it, fear of the unknown...and the list could go on and on. Sharing some of my fears have helped.   Did it take Courage? You bet it did! 

Stop talking and listen... I am the one who can finish your sentence or insert a word while you are talking.  I could also finish your story...this was me.  I have started to really look a person in the eye and really, really pay attention to what he/she is saying...then I talk.  Have I completed mastered this?  No Way! but having the Courage to at least try is a step in the right direction.

Forgive someone...A person has deeply hurt my late hub and my family.  It is very hard facing this person and I do try to avoid contact.  At night when I do my Bible reading and journal I ask God to help me forgive and I even write that I forgive this person.  Courage.... yes, to me it is Courage.

Go out in public by yourself....I am not talking grocery shopping or a trip to Wal-Mart but....  I have been to two funerals...and if it weren't close friends there is no way I could have taken those steps inside. One was a friend who had lost her hub to cancer and the other was a friend whose son was killed on duty. Courage to walk inside...Yes
Yesterday, I attended a wedding of hub's close friend whose son was getting married.  On the memories came.  Courage
People never said here is Charlie or here is Tammy. It was always here is Charlie and Tammy...we were one. And to go SOLO takes Courage.

Ask for help....Hub just to say I was too stubborn and I need to ask for help.  I have always been the type to do things on my own.  I have had to tuck in my wings on more than one occasion and call someone to ask for help.  The first time I did this, I was so nervous, but the generosity the person showed me eased my nervousness. I thought I had locked the keys to the vehicle inside the vehicle..turns out I started the vehicle inside my house and had the keys in my purse!  Courage to make that first call.

Book a flight....Actually, the flight was booked by my friends because I was backing out of the trip (they know me too well).  So a little trip is planned in the future. Courage I guess...or craziness.

Many probably think these are definitely  not examples of courage....I didn't jump into a burning building to save someone, I didn't dart in front of traffic to rescue a person, etc. My Courage is facing tough challenges when I lost my spouse of 37 years to cancer....after watching and caring for him for a year. 

June is going to be rough for is our anniversary month June 20th to be exact...and then July is our birthdays.   I lean on this verse: Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid, the Lord your God is the One who goes with you. (Deuteronomy 31:6). 

Six months have passed since I lost my dear husband and I have had Courage to do what I never imagined.

Have a Blessed Week and don't forget to....
Enjoy Life

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Mother....Wednesday Medley

Thank you for hosting!  Happy Mother's Day to you!

1. Where did your mom grow up? 

My mother grew up in Clinchburg, Virginia....a very, small town. But, I am sure back in the day it was a booming little place.

2. Tell us about her siblings, if she has/had any. Did you have a favorite aunt or uncle?

My mother had seven siblings....six brothers and 1 sister.  My mother is not the oldest but it is the only one living in the family.

3. What is ONE of your favorite memories you can share with us of your mom?

I can't think of any.

4. Please share a picture or two of your mom with us.

I am sure I have one, but don't remember where it is.

5. Let's not leave out the grandmothers. Share what you will.

I had the best grandmothers.  My paternal grandmother was the most loving and Christian person I had ever known.  She helped me buy my wedding gown and whenever I had a problem she would say, "Have you prayed about it?"  That was her response always.

My maternal grandmother was one I go and spend my summers with in Baltimore, Maryland.  She and I would bake candy for her son stationed in Vietnam. She had a heart of gold.

I miss my two Mam-Mow's terribly.

6. Do you have any special plans for Mother's Day? 

After attending church service, and if the weather holds daughter has planned a cook-out.  PLUS...two of my college sorority sisters are coming for the weekend.  Yipee!!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Saturday 9

I forgot to post yesterday!!!!

Saturday 9: Every Time You Go Away (1985)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about separation. Who is the last person you said goodbye (or maybe just "so long") to?

My grandson and daughter...just goodbye because will see them Sunday in church.

2) This week's featured artist, Paul Young, was a gifted athlete during his school days and briefly played professional football (aka soccer). Sam enjoys playing tennis, though her serve doesn't give Serena Williams anything to worry about. What's something you enjoy doing, even if you don't excel?

I enjoy going to my Zumba class.
3) Mr. Young and his wife Stacy were married for 31 years, until her death in 2018. What do you think is the key to a happy marriage?

My late hub passed away this past November.  We were married 37 years.  I think the key to a happy marriage is not necessary 50/50.  There were many days I needed more than 50 and hub was there for me and vice versa.  You will have disagreements in a marriage but if you truly love someone you will stick it out and not throw in the towel like so many couples do today.
4) Paul Young's performance of this hit song was one of the highlights of the July 1985 Live Aid Concert. This international benefit raised more than $100 million to alleviate hunger in Ethiopia. Tell us about a charity you support.

Relay for Life...I have been supporting this charity since 2010.  Hub was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010....became involved in Relay for Life then.  It took seven years for the ugly cancer to return.
5) This song was written by Daryl Hall, of Hall and Oates. What's your favorite Hall and Oates song?

"You've Lost that Loving Feeling"

6) In 1985, when this song was popular, the New Coke was unsuccessfully introduced. What's the last beverage you drank?

Sweet Tea
7) In 1985, the New York Stock Exchange had to close because of Hurricane Gloria. Has a hurricane shared your name? (Find a list of recent/upcoming storm names here.)

2017 Tropical Storm...Tammy  even though my legal name is Tamara, I go by Tammy.

8) 1985 was the year that the Titanic wreckage was discovered. There have been at least 11 movies and TV shows about the fatal voyage. Have you seen any of them?

Yes, I love anything about the Titanic.

9) Random question: Would you rather own and run a coffee shop or a shoe store? Why?

Hub use to own a coffee shop before he passed away...I was a retired school teacher.  
I still go to the coffee shop and make coffee but it isn't like it use to be.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cooking ...with Wednesday Medley

National Pigs in a Blanket Day - April 24

1.  Typically served as an hors d'oeuvre, have you ever made or had a Pig-in-a-Blanket?  Do you like Pigs-in-a-Blanket?
Yes, I like Pigs-in-a-Blanket
2.  Pigs-in-a-blanket are also known as devils on horseback, kilted sausages, and wiener winks. (Seriously.)  Please make up another name for this fun little appetizer!
Red Hot Poker!!  A hot dog is red and I have heard people call a pig a poker!

3.  In the UK, pigs-in-blankets are small sausages, or chipolatas wrapped up in bacon.  Which country's version is most appealing to your taste buds?
I don't think I would like the UK version of pigs-in-a-blanket.
4.  The first written record of pigs-in-a-blanket occurs in Betty Crocker's Cooking for Kids in 1957.  In this digital world, do you still have a favorite cookbook you use most of the time?  Is there a recipe you can share with us from that cookbook?
I usually pull out my cookbooks as we approach the Christmas season. My favorite is Boiled is the recipe....8 eggs (yolks), 1 cup of sugar, 4 Tbsp.flour, vanilla flavoring, 1/2 gal. milk. Directions: Mix egg yolks, sugar and flour. Put milk in double boiler and let milk get hot but not boiling. Pour ingredients in milk and add vanilla. Cook until mixture coasts a spoon. This make 1/2 gallon.

5.  What is your favorite cooking show on TV?
Not really into watching cooking shows on television.  If I do happen to come across one, I would watch the Pioneer Woman.

6.  Tell us something random about your week, please!
I learned how to use the riding mower!!!   I was able to go in reverse instead of circles.
We had a nice Easter...the weather was horrible on Friday and Saturday, BUT the sun came out Sunday!
Have a great week...
Enjoy Life

Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter 2019

I enjoy surprises and I still get my daughters something for Easter along with a bucket full of goodies. 

The weather Friday and Saturday was awful...rainy, windy, and cold BUT Easter was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and just a little cool.  At first, we had decided to grill out but changed our plans due to the weather on Friday and Saturday.  I told the girls I would fix Easter dinner.  I know they were skeptical...I am not known as the cook in my family BUT I have met the nicest man....Bob Evans

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Thank Heavens for Bob Evans!!!
and some things from our local deli...

Easter Dinner was a success!!

Before the nasty weather set in on Friday, I was able to take little man to the park. 

A friend came by earlier to give him an Easter gift.

Being so rainy Friday, I had Blake help make his mom and dad and aunt/uncle an Easter card. He loved putting the stickers on.

Enjoyed the message on Sunday morning at church and there were over 600 people in attendance!!  The best part were 6 baptisms!!!

The girls/hubs and grandson came down later for my famous dinner...again, thanks Bob Evans!

 After dinner, it was time to hand out the Easter treats.



He was so stinky cute Easter morning.

 Hope your Easter was great.

Until next time....Enjoy Life

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wednesday Medley

1.  Haiku poetry is actually pretty easy to write.  Give it a try right here...
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Pollen is nasty
My allergies have started
But I love new growth

2.  Haiku poetry aside, have you ever written a poem?  Will you share it with us?
I use to write poetry when I taught English.  

3.  Do you have a favorite poet or does poetry usually make you yawn?
I have a few favorite poets...Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Maya Angelou.

4.  April 17  is National Ellis Island Family History Day, too,  Did any of your ancestors or relatives immigrate through Ellis Island from another country? 

I have no idea...I imagine so though.

5.  We also celebrate National Cheeseball Day on April 17th.  Do you have a favorite cheeseball recipe to share with us or have cheeseballs basically disappeared from parties today?

I usually buy my cheeseball...I am not known as a very good cook.  Thinking about your question...the last little get together I attended, I did not see a cheeseball.
6.  If you want to share, please tell us something about your week.
My heart is so sad with the fire at Notre Dame Catherdal....I kept watching the news for ours.
One of my pet peeves is lying...just tell the truth...
“Still I Rise”
“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

Wishing all a Happy Easter....Enjoy Life

Wednesday Medley

.  If you have ever followed the Garfield comic strip, you know Garfield loves lasagne.  What is your favorite Italian food?  Do you ov...