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Wednesday, September 20, 2017



 I borrowed these cool questions from Myra and loved answering them! She belongs to this meme -

Something Different

What is a normal thing that took you an embarrassingly long time to learn?
  Well I have never mastered the art of driving a stick shift.

In what ways are you old-fashioned?
My faith and I try to follow the Lord's Word as closely as I can.

What is the best sandwich you've ever eaten?  Where did you get it?  What made it so delicious?
The Original PassKey Special, in my hometown of Pueblo, Colorado
An Italian sausage sandwich with provolone cheese on a fresh bun! Sigh 

What are you currently not bragging about that you should totally brag about?
 Our son expecting their first child, a boy. I want the baby to be healthy, especially because they struggled carrying a child but my father would be tickled because a son is a good thing, carrying on the phamily name.

What food have you never tasted and are most interested in trying?
 Nothing really, I have never had caviar and really not interested in something so expensive and wasteful.

What history facts were you surprised to learn because it was never covered in school.
My  friend Myra has a son (a history buff), who recently shared something that floored me:

"The Federal government demand that (Robert E.) Lee himself pay his taxes in person.  He sent his wife, but the money was not accepted from a woman.  When he could not pay the taxes, the government began burying dead Union soldiers on his land.

The government is still burying people there today.
It is now called Arlington National Cemetery." 

What is something that you waited entirely too long to start or stop doing?  What made you say, "Why did I wait so long?
 A horrible job I stuck it out at for 12 years before being let go because the doctors sister-in-law hated me. I find today it was a blessing because they were horribly racist people. I find you can not put up with such terrible people unless you yourself are one too.

What socially expected thing do you hate doing the most? 
 Never been a corporate suit or kiss up so never could advance in the working place . I am honest to a fault.

What thing about polite society really grinds your gears?
Political correctness (yuck!)

What is something about your city that I should know if I'm going to visit?  We are a mile high, 5280 feet above sea level. Good food, good health and beautiful surroundings.

What is the hidden 'must see' that you always tell friends and visitors to not miss?

Pikes Peak
I say this because it is my absolute favorite. It is one of 54 fourteeners. I went up that mountain in my youth on foot. Plus when my father built our phamily home for my mother  I looked out our living room window to see this spectacular view. It is still there today but whoever purchased my foilks home probably never noticed it. They don't take care of our home my father used his own hands to build. It is sad so many abuse our beautiful mountain ranges and because so many have died on those peaks this summer, things will certainly change.

What do you miss most about childhood?
My view of Pikes Peak. I have a real hidden treasure but rarely share it. Too many people trampling our open spaces. It is my private secret. Wink Wink! A photo share from there above.

What 'fact' did you learn in school that is not true or no longer true?
 All the beautiful history of our land. Today people are unhappy with the past so they are changing it to suit themselves. An example you can no longer say Native American Indian. I have a treasured childrens book, from 1956 and guess what? Native American Indians were just that! Plus my hubby's great grandmother was a full blooded Ogala Sioux Indian. I will find that obit and share it sometime. She was exactly was she was and extremely proud of her roots. Here is Bird Head, an Ogala Sioux Chief.

What's your favorite piece of useless trivia?

 Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts

What's your best go-to homemade 'lazy' meal?

 Fresh pasta with butter and grated Pamesan cheese. My mom called it Parmi Noodles.

What's the title of this current chapter in your life?
Old Age Ain't for Sissies (quote attributed to Bette Davis)

What is a habit or practice that you learned form your childhood that you didn't realize was 'weird' until you were an adult?
  I am not sure this falls in this category but being called a "BoJon" really isn't racist and where that nonsense came from floors me! Darn proud of it too! Plus some people in Chicago and some  Minnesota  folks know the term too! The ladies in the photo include my grandfather Joseph Steblay's mother and two sisters plus their mother. I do not have a lot of information regarding phamily ancestral history with them. My grandfather passed away when my mother was a young girl. But I knew one of the two sisters. She lived into old age.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weddings and Other Life Situations

These two guard dogs make sure that boy Harrison is safe and sound at my house. When he heads towards the front door they are with him all the way. Guard dogs and fast friends. It is always something fun at my house. Leo and Stella are proud.
Maybe Sandee and the Aw...Mondays gang will remember who I am when I post this share. I have been missing in action but so much  happening in our lives, mainly good things, that we have been on the run.
One of the navy "blue" dresses I like for our middle Rebekah's wedding December 2, 2017. They had planned an autumn wedding in September 2018 but changed their minds. Just like a girl, to change her mind. Sort of like her birth 29 years ago, should I make my entrance, uh-oh, wait yes, well, no! We are so very excited. Stop by Blue Monday and say hello for me today.
Not her dress, but Rebekah found her dream dress. She would not make a commitment to get the dress without her daddy at her side. He was probably the happiness guy in the bridal salon. One guy, buying his wife the Mother of the Bride dress looked like he would rather eat a plate full of nails! Two would be husbands were darting their eyes around looking for an escape exit! Ah....the joys of weddings. Once men learn it is all about the bride, they will somehow survive. On the subject of weddings, my cousin Ray and his wife Kathy  celebrated 57 years today! That is one awesome accomplishment. Happy they are still enjoying each other's company.
Good old fashioned advice, right out of the Good Book! Somehow you just know when everything is right.
Our own marriage has been like this more times then we can even remember. We hung in there through thick and thin and would do it all over again. We are better because  we grew stronger. It   helped that we had some excellent role models along the way.

Oh Maxine, you must have your say each day! You are living and learning.
I think it is an OCD obsession but  I like the dishwasher loaded a certain way. Even Maxine agrees.
I hope everyone has a beautiful week. Lots of prayers for Texas and Florida and all the fires and other natural disasters all over this great land.

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Blogger Mishap

Voila! I Have had mishap after mishap trying to keep two blogs up. My brand new blog is not posting my photos but giving me line after line of silly words! So I am going to try to resolve it but work on my blog here today.
Stop by and say hello to Sandee and those who faithfully join each Monday. This pup says you are all awesome!
I'm left handed, he is not! We usually sit opposite of each other or I sit on the left inside seat of a booth when we are with someone else. Love too precious to me.
I have to chuckle at Maxine. Do you have Monday's like this? I sure do and I don't even work anymore. Tomorrow I am going to return and find out if I can fix my new blog. But I will post about exciting news for my phamily and birthdays and other fun times. Oh, I can't forget the plumbing. Have a beautiful day!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Aw...Mondays and Other WeekDay Fun

 Please share some fun with Sandee. The Aw...Mondays crowd share some of the most fun posts. These two are no exception! Sharing a sweet cupcake. It made me smile and today was a rough day.

I hope you will stop by Diana's and read her posts for Sunday and Monday this week. Usually she does a Prayer Request post on Sunday. But this week she did one Sunday and Monday. She is a kind heart and I appreciate her so much.
Love those M and M colorful candies! This blue one has a message for Blue Monday and iti s           E P I C.
Love is...always knows the right thing to think about!
Oh Maxine, you are a piece of work! Even being ornery when it comes to dreaming!
I believe prayer is powerful. It is one of the things that can get me through a tough time.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Weddings Are Wonderful

Love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage! Do you remember it?

Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You can't have one without the other
Love and marriage, love and marriage
It's an institute you can't disparage
Ask the local gentry
And they will say it's elementary
Try, try, try to separate them
It's an illusion
Try, try, try, and you will only come
To this conclusion

 Frank Sinatra - Love And Marriage Lyrics | MetroLyrics  

This was Andrew and Tarrah today as they tied the knot. A simply lovely day and their dinner reception was so sweet.

Tarrah found this watermelon Wedding cake and her sister-in-law, Christal, that crafty artistic grandgirl whipped it up. Since these were real watermelons she she carved they weighed a lot! It was beautiful and refreshing on a summer evening. I'm so happy to be related to these precious girls.

Weddings are always wonderful. They make me happy. They always have good cake and yummy food to eat. There is always fun dancing and brides are beautiful!
Marriage is not complete with God.
The bible is filled with beautiful scripture pertaining to marriage.
Love is...sums up this post nicely. Stop by for a visit with Pink Saturday today.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Aw....Mondays and I Am Happy to be Back

I felt the way this kitten looks when my blog disappeared for several weeks. I am not a huge fan of blogger or google because I could not get any help and a few people asked if they removed me as the blog administrator! I wondered why anyone would even think that! So here is my input with Sandee and everyone at Aw...Mondays! This kitten and I share the same eye color. So the blue eyes will work for Blue Monday too!

I have had a flu bug all weekend. Feeling a little better but this crude keeps attacking me. A lot of it is mixed up with sinus crude. We had a big torrential rain for about thirty minutes earlier. Grateful for our sump pump that it works.
A little humor about something I love.
Love is....fits me to a "T".
Oh Maxine, this girl can make me laugh out loud.

These 14k gold earrings belonged to my grandmothers cousin Frances and when she passed away she left them to me. Many sLOVEnian women wear these and I wish I knew the story behind them. I am going to continue this blog now that I figured out the blogger/google mix up and continue with my newer blog too. The name of that blog will be My Tata's Cottage. It will be here on blogger too. I am waiting to get a header and I was under the weather so I finally got all my photos and such to my dear sweet pal Cat and she is designing my new header. I will keep you posted.
Have a wonderful week and stop by and visit some blogs today.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


My daughter Noelle and her husband Roger had to make the difficult decision to put this girl to rest today. Cancer SUCKS! It stinks, it is mean and hateful. Stealing the life of this precious girl. She had surgery in February and for a brief while she was fine. She became ill this week so quickly. Lymphoma, a horrible, awful, disease. Layla was 9.
The goofiest and silliest girly dog ever. Our son Jeremy called her "Rufus". She was so silly, she knew he meant her and she would acknowledge him. We all cried so many tears.
Layla was Roger's girl. A woman I worked with, had a sister, who said she had to get a new home for Layla because her apartment had height restrictions. It broke Noelle's heart to see her go into a shelter so she convinced Roger they needed Layla to be friends with Trek, their other furry phamily friend. The sad story about all this is that woman bought a white boxer after she dumped Layla. Sometime when you don't want pets, I wonder why there isn't something to notify breeders and pet stores that you do not really care about the animal.
After her February surgery she came home, much to the delight of Trek. Now anyone who knows Trek knows he is very unfriendly to other pets but Layla was special. He loved her. I would stop by the house a few days a week to check on them, fill their food or water and let them run in the yard. The last few days I noticed Trek did not go too far away from her. Say a prayer for Trek. He is going to be so sad without his number one girl.
Layla once walked right up to Rose, Nick's cat and stuck her face in Rose's space. The claws came out and Rose swiped her nose. Didn't stop Layla, she looked as if the cat truly wanted to be her friend and Rose swiped her a second time, drawing blood. She also won Trek's heart, even Harrison and Trek have this volatile relationship. Trek barks wildly and Harrison scolds the dog! You have to step between them! But Layla was different. The only naughty thing Trek would do was steal her treats. I learned to bring a few extra ones when I went over to their house. I would tell him, ladies first, and he started to understand. I will miss those moments.
Roger and Noelle gave Layla a good life. They loved her unconditionally, something we do not always see when it comes to pets. But she wasn't their pet, she was their phamily.
Rest In Peace Layla, we will miss your silliness