Thursday, September 28, 2017


After the weekend filled with more controversy than one needs to see I need a break. Here are some words, that I think are powerful. 

This is food for thought. Words to ponder.
Calm words make me feel better. Otherwise my brain bursts into a giant headache!
Have a most wonderful Wednesday and remember these silly  humorous camels!

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.