Saturday, October 16, 2021



In celebration of Auntie Ang, her friend Little Ang (glasses on) and all those lost and all those struggling with breast cancer.  Auntie Ang had breast cancer and lost her battle too soon. I will always believe she was not given the best care althoguh she had the best insurance available. I loved my aunt, she was kind and funny a sharp dresser and strong willed. Her life long friend Little Ang, was a small lady with a big heart. I remember visiting her tiny house she lived in on the same block as my paternal grandparents. What  wonderful memories. I remember when Little Ang passed away although no one ever told me the cause of her passing. She made me always feel so welcome in her precious home. These women were rare. I am not sure very many exist anymore. They took care of each other.  In celebration of those who lost the battle, those fighting the battle and the month of October celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness never stop fighting. I am praying for all who suffer with this dreadful disease today and pray for the loved ones of those lost to it. 

Have a beautiful Pink Saturday

Friday, October 15, 2021

TiME GOES BY/ Feline Friday

Time drifts by. It moves too slow or too fast depending on how you are feeling about it. My head has been spinning. So much to do. Not enough time in the day. But somehow it will all come together.

Blake will walk into my house and go around the corner and slowly say C A T ! Then louder, C A T ! He will carefully approach this beast, smile and run away. Not Shea, she stalks him. When he settles in for a nap she approaches him quickly and touches him full on the face. He looks up, did she just really touch my face? R U D E ! 

Just another Feline Friday here at the house that small children love.

Nick has decided to rename Mister Kitty "Garfield". The cat has more aliases than a criminal. But as long as he get s his meals he does not care what anyone calls me. Just call him to breakfast and lunch/dinner.

Friday, October 8, 2021


 We watched our two little grandsons today. After they left, we took a two hour nap.    

Then we wnet out for some Mexican food at a favorite place. It was a great day mostly because Avery was able to take off the day and enjoy those boys with me. It is late and we are exhausted. A busy day. Had to wish a  Happy Heavenly Birthday to my mother-in-law Rita.

The years have flown by since you left us but we will never forget you. Pink Saturday I thought their photo here would be a perfect Pink Saturday addition.

I will be aroudn to comment tomorrow, God willing. We have so much going on , we have to buckle our belts for a few weeks so we get everything we need to taken csare of. Prayers welcome. Thank you.


Thursday, October 7, 2021


 I can never find a good photo of my lazy Mister Kitty. a/k/a Tiger. He is forever sleeping or eating. So I started searching for the top rescues out there. I figured there are many people who want to help homeless animals. Here is the one no kill shelter I found

I was shocked to learn that so many shelters euthuanize kittens! I can not believe home many innocent animals are put down to make room for more!

I think it is a good thing that shelters have animals spayed or neutered before releasing them. I had a neighbor that had that old cat, they called her MaMa, but this poor cat had dozens of litters of kittens, and I am not even going to try to think about what happened to those poor kittens. But eventually MaMa disappeared. I am sure she went somewhere quietly to pass away peacefully without having to deal with more kittens her tire old body could not take. 

I had tried to reason with the owner of this poor feline. I asked her why she would not spayed her. She always had that same answer, I can not afford it. Ah....baloney! There are vet clinics who offer reasonable rates to help with the financial burden (if you really do have a financial burden). The neighbors phamily lived a nice life. She had a high paying job with benefits. Two of her kids also worked after school and weekends. My personal opinion of pet owners who do not spayed or neuter their pets is, they should not be allowed to own them. I think they should post their phoots at shelters and vet clinics to show how irresponsible they are. 

I wish there was an app or a website that would show shelters and clinics that there are people out there who have no business owning pets. If you can not afford to care for a pet it is simple. Do not get one.

It is tough world we live in and I know not all shelters are up front and honest either. My friend was a lifelong animal lover. She has probably 4-5 pets that she rescued. But after her retirement from a long career in journalism. You know, the days when journalists gave you both sides of the story. She became involved in a local shelter where she lives. She was seeing things there that were not on the level and brought it up to the director. The woman who ran this shelter was not the brightest being. She would  text my friend threathening her , talking inappropriately and threathening my friend. Fortunately when they went to court those text messages were taken as evidence and the woman was removed from her position. 

I was grateful to see how many animals were spared this woman's Cruella DuVille mentality.

Today I am thankful for the people like Brian's mom and dad. Ellen and Lorianne who do their part saving feline fur babies from death . They take in these sweet pets and care for them.  I Know there are so many more of you out there. Please comment your own stories and thank everyone who is involved in the rescue and loving care of these pets. You are all so amazing.

No matter what you have to put up with, rescuing an aminal is worth it."

"They don;t choose their fte, open your heart and youe open to homeless cats."

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Happy Tuesday and Maxine Cracks Me Up


Happy Birthday and Happy Tuesday to our son-in-law Jake. Although they are miles away from us we get to wish him wonderful birthday wishes. You will see them here agin in two weeks when they celebrate their two year wedding anniverary.

These are were made for each other. Hannah is a domesticate godness and she baker Jake a beautiful cheesecake for his birthday. She could have a business because she bakes the best cheesecake around.

Now I can not edit my photo Hannah sent me to show you Jake's birthday Cheesecake. She is such a kitchen queen cooking and baking and enjoying a simple life.  Do you like cheesecake?  I could do a face plant hahaha but I am going to try my hand at a chocolate cheesecake. It is my sweetheart's favorite.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Random Monday Thoughts


I am very technically challenged but I want to share a sweet story here. I would love to share a photo but I respect the privacy of friends with young children.

My friend in Kansas has two little girls. The oldest one turned 4 this weekend. She is a real sweetheart. She told her great grandma recently that  Jesus died for us so one day we will all go to heaven and be with Him. She is a smart little lady and her mom telling this story made me smile. I love those young mom's and dad's teaching the little ones about all the important things. One day this world will fade away but eternity will be forever. 

I was raised to know that same truth but often told to pray to saints. In the 2nd grade, I can remember thinking, I never had one prayer answered by a saint. I think I will go directly to Jesus. I figured He did die for all of us, so why shouldn't I just pray to him? 

Everything good I know I Learned early on from my parents and from my teachers at school. I am grateful every day for the childhood I had. It is refreshing to see young mom's raising kids like this.

Amanda and Aaron are expecting natural triplets. They homeschool their kids, mostly Amanda, because Aaron has an outside job. But with Amanda on bedrest, he is able to work from home and their homeschool community pitches in to help with their five little ones and their homeschooling. Amanda says it best, if we don't teach our little ones about Jesus, the world won't. Amanda comes from a very large Catholic phamily and she is the most encouraging young mom. She has her hands and heart full of little ones, yet it is her favorite world to be in. She encourages everyone she knows because that is her way. Although she is unable to do much physical activity now, she makes sure to inspire and encourage those of us who know her at social media. If you knew Nancy, her mom, you would know where Amanda gets her spunk.

This painting is called "First Day in Heaven".

I have a prayer request, for Brenda and Steve. Brenda is one of the kindest people I know. She is always willing to help out and she is a nurse . She has that personality, what can I do to make you feel better? Help you in any way. They would appreciate prayers.

Always praying for Amanda and those triplet babies growing so quickly. If she does not go into labor on her own, they have already scheduled a C-Section. It is very exciting, because she will have a team of doctors. Having worked in the medical school and the hospital Admissions for many years, it was always exciting when there were multiple births. Not all surgical procedures have large teams of doctors and nurses but multiple births and Transplant patients do.  I learned so much about my own surgery that I had because I asked questions. If you don't take hold of your own health, someone may not see important issues you have. Always be alert and pay good attention. 

The eye exam I had, was a blessing this year. That doctor was older and he knew all Opthamology good guys like E. Bruce Wilson who was a Neuro-Opthamologist.. When I had my first neurosurgery that guy tortured me by placing these metal clothespins on my eyelds to hold them open. He claimed he was checking my  peripheral vision. I said I think he shouldn't send me a bill because "torture" is not usually covered by health insurance! Although he is retired now, he was an excellent surgeon and all around good guy. My friend Sandy S. had an older sister who lost the vision in one of  her eyes. She would have lost the vision in her other eye except Dr. Wilson was there to help save her vision in one eye. He came highly recommended. They sure don't have doctors like him today.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy this new month. I am finding nuggets in each day to remind myself how important it is to take care of all the little things in life. They are usually the big things, and sometime we realize this too late.

Today was a prime example, people losing their minds over social media shut downs. If that made you pull out your hair, you aren;t going to like when worse things come along. So take a breath, stop watching 24 news coverage and remember what is truly important in your own lives.

Sparks for Annie who is taking a break. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Feline Friday and More

 Feline Friday 

I loved this handsome fellow. He was the perfect gentle feline. I don't think there will ever be another like him. He has been gone over 9 years and it feels like he left me yesterday.

I knew Love is... would come through for me with pink goodness. Hearts together all through the years.


September flew by and now we head into October. I hope it is a great one. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Thankful Thursday

 Things are happening so fast in our world I just can not stay quiet anymore.  Last year a very dear friend gave up all forms of social media, blogging, email, everything. She felt called by God to pray and stay in prayer. I feel that is where I need to be. You can not argue with people, so many think they know everything.  I can only be thankful for my faith.

I have been praying for so many, who have requested prayer. Holly, dealing with leukemia. She seems to be going through her  therapy and staying as active as she is able. I know God listens so I am very thankful for Holly, that I can pray for her.

Praying for MD and MJ. One for the loss of the love of her life, one dealing with health issues. I am very thankful I can pray.

All the things my father warned me about are happening before our very eyes and people want to pretend everything is jolly. It is not. So I am thankful I can turn to the only One who hears me, who will not judge my thoughts. The days of trying to have an honest conversation with most people is long gone. So I am thankful to pray.

I also am so thankful I was raised by parents who loved God, raised us up right and never lashed out at others. I had a long conversation with a relative  recently. I am forever grateful they felt the same way. Not everyone does. Thankful for one relative who understands what is happening around us.

Praying for Baby B and Baby C, Baby D, Baby N. I think of and am thankful for the grandmother who was the truest best friend I ever knew. She would always say, when someone kind passed away, "God always takes the good ones." When a new baby was born, she would always say, "That is another sign that God will allow the world to go on for a while."Thankful one day I will see my beautiful grandmother again. 

Praying for JA and MI and HA all dealing with cancer. So very thankful people reach out to me and ask me to pray. I am so thankful for them and for the ability to pray.

Thankful I got my point across today while waiting for a grocery delivery that never arrived. The CS rep was not very helpful and I just repeated the fact that although it was cold and rainy, we left our front door open so I would hear them come up on the porch from 3 o'clock this afternoon until 7 o'clock tonight. They delivered my groceries elsewhere, and I am not going to pay for something I never received. After calmly repeating myself five times the person said they would refund me and apologized. I am thankful I was rasied by a father, who until the very day he passed away, told me, when you go shopping don't take anything you did not pay for. I am grateful and ever so thankful that I had that earthly dad as my very own.  I am very thankful to have lived an honest life. There is nothing in this world that excites me. Nothing here that makes me want to stay here forever. No, not one thing. 

So very thankful.

Thankful to know all the wonderful felines and their mom and dad at Thankful Thursday. Good honest folks and fur babies who should have their photo next to the word "Kindness".

Wordless Wednesday

 Wordless Wednesday

You may view this image at Fall Foliage

Friday, September 24, 2021

Feline Friday Pink Saturday

 Cats speak only to those who listen. Sigmund Freud Feline Friday

Click on this image you and can see for yourself.  Pink Saturday

They sure don't make cars like this anymore. Today cars are make so cheaply and cost so much money. It is sad plus they have gone to mundane stylrs. Look in a parking lot. You will see rows and rows of identical car style. I love anything unique.

A cool pink VW Bug. 

Oh My Goodness, I saw this at google. I have this sitting by my kitchen sink! I love this little rings and things holder.

I have been missing as I am trying to work in my home and get things organized. We work in the yard and garage on weekends so it has been crazy business. I appreciate everyone who has taken time to stop by . Thinking of all of you.

Nehemiah 8:10  "Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. "

I have had my nose stuck in scripture too. I am trying to remain strong as difficulties are coming to our country as they have already to other ones. God has His hand on this world and He will send Jesus sooner I believe, than many will be ready for. I see things happened and it makes me sad and than angry. I need to stop and breathe and pray. I can not change anything, only GOD can handle evil spreading over the world. So I am trying so hard to be more positive and stay strong. I need to remember His Joy and His words. His plans are not mine to know right now. So I pray and would like to ask for prayer:

My sweet friend MD lost the love of her life Harold. Oh I am so broken for her. He had been terrible ill for a short while but God had other plans for him . I am sad because he was a history buff. He knew history particularly the Civil War history. I learned so much from this amazing man. Please pray for my sweet friend, married over 61 years and their loved ones too. I hear my grandmother's voice inside my head when a kind soul passes away. She would always say, "God takes all the good ones." 

Pray for Megan. She is the daughter of my husbands cousin. She had open heart surgery and is convalescing. She needs prayer please. 

Pray for sweet Janna and Brian. They are getting ready to welcome their firstborn child into this messy ole world.

Pray for Sarah and Evan, Jack and baby sister Emersyn Jeanne who both are born the same date. She is barely one day old and Jack turned 2 yesterday.  They will need lots of prayer in this ole world too.

Pray for Jayden, he is 10 and celebrating his birthday this weekend. I think kids in schools today have a huge burden I never knew. I pray for all the kids attending schools. The littles and the big littles too.

Pray for Jess and Joe. Recovering from the virus. One has the jab, the other one does not. 

I could use extra prayer too. Heading to my annual eye appointment and than off to the specialist for catarac surgery when I get an appointment. I can not see as I onc did so I need to have this taken care of.

Prayer always welcome for my sweetheart Avery. Dealing with the stresses of the office and busy days for which the work is always grateful to have. 

Prayers for the world, for Australia, for Canada, for all the countries under attack and for my friends in Arizona and Texas.

I am grateful to know all of you and will be visiting you as quickly as I can. Please take care.

"Rejoice in hope,  be patient in tribulation,  be constant in prayer."  Romans 12:12

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Thankful Thursday

 To be thankful is a gift we should all cherish very much. Things I love right now were easy to list. Being thankful is something I try to do every day, no matter how small or how large it is. 

1. Thankful for the evening walk we took. It was so dark and Zach had a ccol little flashlight to help us see where we were going.

2. Thankful for Avery cooking up a batch of hamburger meat for tacos and tostadas.It was a quick and easy meal.

3.Thankful for Lulu who comes to us every night and sits and watches the baseball game with us when they are on.

4. Thankful I can pray. My grandson drives a truck and he was heading to North Dakota today.

5. Thankful I have an appoitment for my labs tomorrow. I pray all willbe well.

6. Thankful my cat has a built in alarm clock and wakes me up every morning to be fed.

7. Thankful the weather is cooling down somewhat.

8. Thankful for friendships here.

9. Thankful for the cute little succulent plants gracing two of my window sills.

10. Thankful for people who are kind and can agree to disagree and still smile with you.

11. Thankful our car repair for the Kia was not too excessive. Thankful we had a little cushion to cover it.

Thankful Thursday and remember to be kind, adopt a rescue pet and S M I L E !

Wordless Wednesday


Li River near Yangshuo, China

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tuesday 4

I am joining Tuesday 4  today. I have missed so many great memes and want to get back into these blog hops. These are in memory of Toni Taddeo. May her memory live forever.

1. What Makes A House A Home?

My house is a very nice house because of the people who live in it and make it a home. This is a street view of our home. I am sure some realtor wanting to buy our house took this photo in the winter. I think Love is the key to having a house become a home.We all pitch in and do things and try so hard to keep it up. There are tons of things we would like to improve but since the roof is newer and the furnace, water heater and a/c/ are all in great order we are tremendously grateful. Your own home offers you better security. It gives you a better peace of mind and good neighbors, they always help. We wtach out for others. 

Example: When my broke  Kia down down Carleen up the street said I can give you a ride. Where do you need to go? She and I are each others sounding boards about lots of things we do not discuss in general.She is the person who remebered Grandparents Day this weekend and sent me a GIF. She sends me messages about all the holidays ans I love her kind heart.

I think home is where I always prefer to be because I feel comfy here. 

2. How do you keep your house neat tidy and clean? Do you find it difficult?

It is a full time job. As I grow older I find it harder to do many chores I use to breeze through. But my husband is a tremendous help. Neither of us are as quick as we once were. I would have someone clean my house weekly if I could. That way I could keep up on laundry and projects we never seem to have time to get to. The dogs leave their hair everywhere and the cat is messy with his scratching pad. So the vacumn gets a workout. It seems we need to run it 24/7 to keep up.

3. Are plants important in your home..or collections or wall art? Is there a theme you like to create?

I started to buy succulents. They are tiny and they  seem to be happy in window sills.  I do want more live plants because they get rid of bad air indoors. I love phamily photos and am looking into a different type of frame to add to a wall. They frames would be smaller so I could share more. We had black and white canvases in the living room with our gray walls. It is sort of modern and I like comfy and that cottage look or farmhouse style. 

Our youngest daughter in Western NY has an etsy shop and she makes art and beautiful shadow boxes. I have several pieces she made for me including my sign which hangs above my side of the bed. It says Life is hard, pray harder. Her shop name is Cherry Creek Creations.

4. What is a typical day/evening like in your home?

Since I had to take an early retirement, I stressed for a long while about it and not finding other comparable work. But I took the advice of my dear Bea who is 93 years young. She said enjoy your retirement! Sleep late, don't keep a schedule! Ha Ha - so I took her advice. I sleep in some mornings, others I am up with my husband at the crack of dawn. He is up at five a.m. and gets ready for his work day. He leaves the house by 6:15 and if I am up I start to empty the dishwasher, straighten up the living room and kitchen. I make our bed and flip on the TV. Leave it to Beaver or Perry Mason. Oldies, no interest in much modern day TV. I do watch MLB baseball if my Colorado Rockies are playing. I do laundry about three times a week as Nick and I wear so much clothing that has to be washed in cold water and hung to dry. Avery and I hit the sheets by 10 and often he sleeps even earlier. We do play Gin Rummy and watch some shows I have taped, like Perry Mason and we watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Nothing else.

I do not always participate with Hodge Podge at  from this side of the . The blogger system is not allowing me to input the info here but rather saying error error error but recently one question was name 10 of your favorite right now things:

My husband Avery

My kids and grands

some of them anyway :-)

My Minky blankets this one is the promo from their site Banana Sorbet Crepe

My LuLaRoe leggings and other clothing

My favorite teas

My favorite Brie cheese

My favorite rosemary crackers

MLB Baseball


Hint Raspberry water

My fur babies

I had 11 like Myra! I guess we are troublemakers!

Thanks for stopping by. I am really trying to catch up with everyone. I seem to visit a blog and find myself still there for fiftene or twenty minutes. But it means a lot to me when folks stop by so I like to catch up with them. It is how I roll.

Have a wonderful evening, hoping your week is going well and any thoughts you may have, please do share them here.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Happy Tuesday and Maxine Cracks Me Up

 Happy Tuesday

> >>> I fall into the "dirt" category!
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Someone asked the other day,,,,,,,,,,,,, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'
> >>> 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,
> >>>
> >>> I informed him, ' All the food was slow .'
> >>> 'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
> >>> 'It was a place called 'at home ,' I explained!
> >>> 'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, & if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
> >>>
> >>> By this time, the guy was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
> >>>
> >>> Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood, if I figured his system could have handled it:
> >>>
> >>> Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.
> >>>
> >>> My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
> >>> We didn't have a television in our house until I was 10. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at 11:00 p.m., after playing the national anthem and a poem about God. It came back on the air at about 6:00 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people ...
> >>>
> >>> I never had a telephone in my room.
> >>> Our only phone was on a party line.
> >>> Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
> >>>
> >>> Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was & so was bread.
> >>>
> >>> All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers
> >>> -- my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 5 AM every morning .
> >>>
> >>> Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies! There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.
> >>>
> >>> If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Don't blame me if they bust their gut laughing.
> >>>
> >>> Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
> >>>
> >>> My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

A friend shared these "old as dirt" memories with me. I thought I would pass them along on this Happy Tuesday to you.
Oh Maxine, I understand how you feel. Totally. Completely. 100%




The words appear to be grainy for whatever crazy reason.

Let your gentleness

 be evident to all.

Philippians 4:5

The cooler months are approaching us. I do have my very own personal hot water bottle. 

I will be caqtching up with everyone these next few days. It seems I lose track of time and I want you to know how very much I appreciate each one of you. All your kind comments make me happy. I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

A Blog Break

 I took a short blog break and now I am going to ease back into it. I have been walking with my son-in-law Roger in the A.M. and with Avery and Rebekah and Zach in the evening when they walk  Finn and Thor.  Roger tripped and fell and hurt his back and his knee so no walking for us tomorrow. My little Kia had a breakdown and waiting to see if the auto shop can find the source of this annoying problem. Thankful that we live a few minutes within walking distance to the auto shop. Say a prayer for us.

I will be here tomorrow ro post for Aw....Mondays. We had an exciting and busy weekend so heading to bed. I will post tomorrow, God willing. Hoping everyone is well and I will see you soon. 

Saturday, September 4, 2021


 Our Saturday morning started out nicely. Avery and I went out to breakfast. When he says, hey how about breakfast at the Delectable Egg? I hop up and make a quick dash to the door, after I am properly dressed and all that good stuff. 

Roosters Surprise and my cute new Morgan I won from LuLaRoe Sandra Hicks just for answering a question. I would see everyone winning everyday and wondered , would I ever have a turn? Yes, I and I was excited.

Avery's Fiesta Skillet with an extra side of yummy green chili. Oh, it is getting to be chili season and chili weather. Sigh....time to fill our freezer and visit LuLu's Farmers's Market and Palumbo's farmer's Market. They roast 'em, we peel and freeze them. But always wear gloves!  It is a messy process but all winter long we have chilies for all sorts of dishes.

11 However, in the Lord, neither is woman [a]independent of man, nor is man [b]independent of woman. 12 For as the woman originated from the man, so also the man has his birth through the woman; and all things originate from God.


Oh no my friend, I am far from strong.

What you are seeing is 

simply a weak person

With a very strong


Soooooo....this is from Joni. She is a LuLaRoe friend too. She loves birds and lives in an area in Pennsylvania where the birds seem to flock to her home. Sometime people would be annoyed that she shared beautiful bird photos and would tell her so at social media! I guess we know what not to buy for those naysayers at CHRISTmas. No Birds and Blooms magazine subscription for them!

As a child growing up my parents had two canary birds. They were Oliver and Elmer and they lived very long lives. They sang so cheerfully and at night they were so quiet in their little covered cages. They brought us great joy and they loved my mother. When she cleaned out their cages they were so kind to her, never pecking at her and she use to have a little porcelain bathtub. They would furiously wash themselves. I wish I had the technology we have today so I could have shared them here. I remember so clearly how hapy they would be when mom would bring them a bathtub filled with fresh water.  

I would rather listen to Joni tell me about birds than to listen to the constant hateful battles going on at social media. Sing me a song Birdie! Are you a fan of birds? We attempted to save birds who fell out of their nests when the kids were small. We never had the success but I admire those who care for wildlife. 

Being raised in the Catholic faith I learned so many wonderful stories of saintly men and women. Francis of Assisi was one of them and he loved all animals. I still have books about saints. For a special occasion my mother would take to the downtown store that sold Catholic memorabilia. I have many volumes of books about saints and could probably pass a quiz about their lives if I had to. My mother made sure I read during the summertime. It was to be expected where I attended school. So by the end of high school, I had ran all of the classics, Don Quixote,  The Catcher in the Rye, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Little Women. There were dozens of them and I am always very grateful I was asked to complete a summer reading list. I still love reading to this day. But my all time favorite book, in the history of books, is To Kill A Mockingbird. Many years ago when I had a very successful postcard giveaway I met a blogger from Alabama who lived in the same town as the author of that book Harper Lee. She sent me many postcards of the courtroom where the trial was held and many other notable postcards. I still have them and treasure them. I also loved the author Pearl S. Buck. My Uncle Louie had a large classics collection and he let me borrow and read her book The Good Earth . I purchased my own copy years later and still love that book. My friend Iggy a/k/a Karl told me Pearl S Buck lived up the road from him. I was so jealous! Karl went thrugh some difficult times. First he lost his dad, than his mom and than his health became very poor. He says he is better but I miss him blogging as he was a real history buff and could tell so many wonderful stories. I still pray for Karl and hope he stops by someday to visit here.

Three wonderful ladies participated in my postcard giveaway (right hand side bar). I have been collecting little gifts to send to each one of them and hope they know I have not forgotten but was wanting to put some fun into those gifts. One gift I had hoped to send each one of them, was a delicious toffee from a small company in Nederland Colorado. I see they are no longer on line and it made me very sad. I am guessing they either went under during 2020 or simply gave up the business. Years ago a fellow in Evergreen, Colorado sold potica loaves. I found him quite by accident and he used the recipe where my two sets of grandparents came from in Ljublana, sLOVEnia. I would order from him and two Christmases ago he posted that he was going through a rough divorce and had to close his business.
As for the postcard giveaway I suppose many people were not getting out and about when I started it and it made me really sad. I found out tons of great info from various bloggers and even received cards from abroad. I have saved every single postcard and have a bound notebook where they all reside. Our son Jeremy took his phamily to the North Pole a/k/a Santa's Worksop which sits at the base of Pikes Peak. He sent me a postcard from there last SONday but alas, still traveling through the mail system, although we are about 70 minutes away from there.