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Sunday, May 16, 2021

PHAMILY BUSINESS : I AM BACK IN MY BLOG BUSINESS

 I know many of you so graciously stop by and leave your comments knew I was under the weather with food poisoning.  It was awful but I am much better and we just spent an entire 8 days with Hannah and Jake. Our baby girl and her hubby came here for Mother's Day. They drove 22 hours in their RV and we enjoyed wonderful memory making moments with them. If my father were in this world still, he would be so very proud of me. He always told me, don't invite anyone to your home unless you can offer them a cold or hot beverage or a meal.  My older middle brother Ed came to our home years ago, peeked inside our pantry and said, "you are our mother's daughter!" 


Our first born girl Noelle and I on Mother's Day 2021. Jeremy, our first born son and his beautiful wife Brittany hosted a brunch in their new home. We were all together except our son-in-law Zach (Rebekah's hubby) who spent his day with his mom. He is a good man.  We had so much food, bacon and eggs, bagels, toast, stuffed French Toast and Cracker Barrel style cheesy hash brown with and without ham.   We had Rebekah's famous pasta salad and lots of great memories. Rebekah created a "MOMosa" Bar.  We ate, drank yummy drinks and enjoyed the company of some of  our grands and two of our great grands.


Those of you who know "the Mean Mugger" a/k/a Shea Shea or formerly known as Shea Avery Marie . You know she is her own person. This lil lady turns 1 in three days. She is a fashion diva but set a long and steep staircase in front of her and she will scurry as fast as those chubby legs will carry her up the stairs. She knows no fear, smiles the biggest and brightest smiles she can make and she will mean mug you if she is not interested in you telling her the dirty word " N O "! She loves big brother Harrison but she is the spitting image of her "Angel" brother Alastor Avery. She is a daddy's girl and will steal your heart. Our grand boy Brody loves this child and he is not afraid to tell the whole world!


Hannah and Harrison spent a quiet moment while Brody looked on. What a terrific day we had. I kept thinking how proud my folks would have been to see us all together. A joyful day. Filled with blessings and good moments.


This big brother jumped off a cliff into the deep water in Mexico where he vacationed with his granmmies Lisa and Carolyn. Fearless and kind he is showing Duke, Jeremy and Brittany's pup some love on those long stairs up to the second level of their new home. Sharing with Aw...Mondays


Anyone who knows me well knows I do not go along with the wicked ways of this ole world. I am not going to be political.  I steer away from social media for that very reason but I found this quiz. It is generalized but my lifelong friend Carole (another good BoJon girl) shared this one having just lost her mom in late 2020. I took the quiz and came up with this answer. It was perfect. My parents demanded respect from all of us. My father was the kindest, most quiet, wonderful man. He worked 47 years in the CF and I Steeel Corp. But he made sure we were respectful and kind to all we encoutered. So unless you were raised without regard for others, you should have a common, basic courtesy of being a decent human being around others. Having attended Catholic school from k to 11 I made sure to mind. No one ever wanted to be in the path of Sister of Beatrice or Sister Zavier while they were swinging their yardstick! Worse yet, the metal edged ruler. Yet none of us ever had the desire to harm anyone else or commit a crime. I am extremely grateful for the education I had in parochial and Catholic high school. My parents had hardsghips of their own yet they never complained and made sure we were raised with faith in God, respect for others and kindness in our hearts.


Rebekah set up a Momosa sign at the brunch. We enjoyed champagne with different juices and fresh fruit and it was wonderful. 


Rebekah had this made for me, a cupcake bouquet but she made sure the fellas had some chocolate cupcakes of their own. She is a good daughter, wife and general all around kind soul. She and Zach gifted me with two beautiful floral bouquests. Once my photos are organized, I will post more of the fun and wonderul gifts I received. 


Rebekah and Hannah made freckle faces on Mother's Day 2021 on the way to Jeremy & Brittany's. 


Noelle, Jeremy, Avery, myself, Rebekah, Nick and Hannah. This was us, Mother's Day 2021.


Avery Bear never tells a fib. He tells it exactly the way it is. We are loud and wacky and silly. We love to laugh, we crack jokes, we have fun and we love each other with every fiber of our being. I am guessing it is the BoJon and Irish mixed up blood the kids have. 


I will end here and be back with more Mother's Day stories and photos. I am going to head over to  My Tata's Cottage too.  I will be sharing more stories there. Have a beautiful day and an  incredibly wonderful week and be kind.  This is a perfect share for Sparks

Love is...makes me smile when I think of all the time I was laid up from my neurosurgery, not once or twice but three times.  Anytime I am under the weather, there is Avery caring for me, like the sweet and kind man that he is. I love him and thank him for being so amazing.  Have a blessed and beautiful week everyone. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

MAY FIRST 2021

 


April flew by and here comes May! Filled with happy moments and sad ones too. Avery and I will celebrate 37 years of marriage on May 3. May 6th would be the birthday for my late brother-in-law Gary and May 8 would be the 113th birthday of my favorite Uncle Louie. My Tata Rose passed away on May 12.  and Shea Avery Marie will turn one year old on the 19th.  My grandparents Joseph Kocman and Mary Videtich were married on May 22.  May is filled with many memories and bittersweet times.  Welcome May!


37 years of marriage today! It is the second time in our marriage I have been sick. I had food poisoning Friday and I won't go into that but I still feel wonky. So with a cold rainy day and the hubby busy as a bee at his office, it is a good day to rest.


We've had a good marriage, fun times and lots of sadness too. But all in all we have a strong bond and we enjoy our time together.



The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race that didn't marry me. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? ~George Eliot (1819–1880), Adam Bede, 1859


I know that marriage is a legal and religious alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut and a woman who can't sleep with the window open. ~Ogden Nash, "A Definition of Marriage," 1948


Aw...Mondays




 


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Feline Friday and Anniversary Joy

 Feline Friday

I will always miss my Boots. He was a BFF (Best Feline Friend).  I hope you visit Sandee and wish her a fabulous cruise for their anniversary.  Join the fun too.


Brittany and Jeremy celebrate five years of marriage on April 30th. It was a picture perfect day, snow and all. Stop by Pink Saturday

Jeremy received the very best bonus when he married Brittany. Addy was just a small girl. Today she is a cool teen. These two get along well.

Robinson pham when Blake was just a tiny tiny boy. Memories are the best. We store them inside our hearts. So happy for these kids. They have been in their new place a short while and it looks terrific. They have so much room.  They both work so hard so it is good to see them reap some good benefits. Wishing them a Happy Anniversary today and always.  Photo by Jessica Montoya Phtography.

What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thankful Thursday

 Thankful Thursday

This is Lulu on this date in 2018. She was so tiny.  I am always thankful that I made the decision to bring her home with me.  She is still a little love bug and a good mom, though that was unexpected. Now she is older and content with her two babies living with her. Mollie was born first but she is still so tiny. Finn was born 5 hours later and he is a big boy but also so gentle and sweet. Mollie is very much like her mom. A hungry, hungry pup.  I am happy they live here and enjoy a good life. 


Here is my girl with Thor and Loki in 2018. They were so small. So thankful for them. 


Rebekah should be a dog photographer. She captures the best photos and this is 2021. Still all best friends. Very thankful.


This is true of good canine and feline fur babies. Always thankful .


Ellen and Lorianne co host these blog hop. Here are the questions this week. Each lady chooses two of them. Thanks gals!


1. I wouldn't mind if __________________.

2. I want to _______________my ________________.

3. Others come to me when they need ______________.

4. ______________is a memory I reguarly think about.

Tomorrow I will share my answers with these great gals. Come join the fun. I am very thankful for these two kind hearts.



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Wordless Wednesday

 

                           Wordless Wednesday I know I am not wordless but this was so cool. 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Happy Tuesday and Maxine Cracks Me Up

 

Someone set up housekeeping and a nursery on Hannah and Jake's backporch. Aren't those eggs so beautiful? I figured they would be perfect for Happy Tuesday Are you a fan of birds? I have always been amazed at their ability to create such lovely nests for their young.


I have never seen Maxine flip out like this! She is one tough chick.


On Friday Nick wanted a couple donuts. I was not about to sit in the driver thru with ten cars ahead of me for two donuts! So I bought his favorites and hs dad's too. Unfortunaterly, for me, I ended up eating two of the filled donuts. I usually do not eat them but they were fresh. 


Oh Loretta, I get her humor. I have seen people in grocery stores with pets that are no more a support pet then I am! So many truly needy folks are on waiting lists to get an Emotional Therapy dog.   Whoever decided it is ok to consider your pet as a support animal was out of their mind. I saw a man in the store with a very angry and agressive dog and when the clerk asked for his certificate for the dog he laughed at her. I was really fearful because the dog was huge and very angry. I suppose when someone gets hurt and stores are sued they might change their mind about some of these things. I prefer Loretta's emotional support chicken with a biscuit. That sounds really yummy.

Have a great week and get your rest! Take care.

Aw...Mondays and Love is...

 

Handsome Leo always watching the front door or someone passing by. He is a great Aw....Mondays


Love is...always hold a special place in my heart and so does Avery, my sweetheart.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Feline Friday, Friendly Fill , Pink Saturday

 

I mentioned at my other blog, I tweaked by shoulder while sleeping. HaHaHa- I know! It might be an age thing. So I was not focused on writing. I did miss everyone. I hope you visited Feline Friday


                                 Love seeing these beautiful felines and the quotes along with them. 


Ellen and Lorianne co host Friendly Fill In's

Here are the questions:

1. __________is a non-cat related blog I follow.

2. My favorite place to shop on line for ___________is ____________.

3. ___________has been keeping me busy lately.

4. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self _____________.

My answers:

1. howsweetthesound.typepad.com is a non-cat related blog I follow.

2. My favorite place to shop on line for the pets is chewy.com

3. Getting ready for Hannah and Jake to visit has been keeping me busy lately. Counting down the days.

4. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self to record all the loved ones gone before me. I always listened to their stories, and will forever grateful, but wish I could have recorded their stories.


This cute lil house sits on Main Street in Lamar, Colorado. We were going to visit the farm at Holly in 2019 and I forgot to snap a new photo and update this one from 2010. The cutest lil white house with pink trim. I love this so much. Please visit  Pink Saturday  


I always dreamed of owning my Tata Rose's little cottage and painting it pink. There were so many memories for me there as a child.  Her house is in my header at my blog My Tata's Cottage.


Have a beautiful weekend, Get your rest and take your vitamins. Enjoy some good times and think pink if you will! It is a very happy color.




Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Thankful Thursday

 

Avery Bear is watching over Mister Kitty as he rested near the Love pillow and the burlap pillow , which he loves that says Just remember, as far as anyone knows, we are just a nice, nornaml family. HaHaHa....

My big boy was resting because it was snowing outside and it was in the 20's. We both enjoyed some luxury time lounging about. I told him, he wasn't the only one who knew how to take a nap. Thankful for such a feline friend to rest with. 

I found some beautiful strawberries at the store and a small angel food cake.  Fresh Strawberry shortcake was served for dessert. Someday I will master the angel food cake. My mother-in-law Rita could make an angel food cake as light as a feather and delicious. Auntie Ang also whipped up angel food cakes like a dream too. But she was very decadent. She cut her angel food cake in half and smothered the between layer with chocolate mousse. Sigh... Thankful those amazing ladies were in my life. 

Since it was so cold, Rebekah already made BLT's for dinner Monday night. She baked two mini and two large loaves of French bread. Avery and I made a batch of Potato Cheese Soup Tuesday evening. We had it tonight too. Thankful for these comfort foods and cozy meals.

I hope you will enjoy your night, rest well and have a pleasant Thursday with lots of sunshine. I pray for it everyday. 

Wordless Wednesday with WORDS




 Wordless Wednesday


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Monday, April 19, 2021

Aw...Mondays and More

 

If Leo could catch the squirrel he would! In his younger day, he gave many of them, a run for their lives! This was too cute not to share with Aw...Mondays.


One day at a time...Love is... they make me smile everyday.


We missed Brody and Blake on Saturday. We watched Shea for her dad, who is going to truck driving school. We had such a fun time.  She and I sat in the car while Grandfather ran a few errands. We had fun making these funny faces at each other. She loves some of the same music her brother Harrison loved too. We listened to John Mayer and the Monkees, Celine Dion singing lullabyes in French and of course, some wonderful songs about Jesus.

 Pray tomorrow that Denver's snow storm will prevent  the violent protesters from an  attack on the city where my husband works. His office has already made  arrangements to close early because of the violence. I am going to be praying. I  believe God loves all of us and there is not one race of people He loves more than the rest.  He loves all of His children, every one of them. Many cities are  having good weather  so there will be violence and as a result of all the violence, nothing will change. It never does.

52 Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve [a]legions of angels? 54 How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”

to slander no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing every consideration for all people.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Backward: Feline Friday and Friendly Fill In's

 A snowstorm yesterday put me out of  sorts. My neighbor stopped by, saying our tree was again touching the power line and possibly causing problems. Still waiting to hear from the  power company. We did what we could without touching that live line but it is sad that service is nonexistent anymore. I know many trees were broken and falling yesterday . Fortunately Kristy, our neighbor has a pole saw with the rubber grounding so she will help us once the snow melts away. 


We also had the solar people here Thursday. Of course, the big storm yesterday hindered the completion of the rewiring of the electrical work. Murphy's Law....it never tells a fib!


   “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

  “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:17-18)

   “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

   “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:7-8)

   “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:9-10)

Murphy might be right but God never fails me. 



Please join  Feline Friday even though I am running so late. I feel exactly like this feline. Life is hard, my mother would tell me, PRAY harder! When days are difficult I sure miss my mom.


Ellen and Lorianne co host this blog hop. I am just skipping to my fill in's today since I am so late. Thanks ladies, you always do a great job of sharing your thoughts here with us.

My answers:

1. I wish I knew how to play Solitaire. My mother and my auntie Ang sat opposite each other and spent many evenings playing Solitaire together. I would love to have a buddy to play with like they did.

2. If offered a free trip to space I would decline. I am not a fan of confined spaces . Claustrophobia hit me hard after my first neurosurgery.

3. Being with my loved ones is the most exciting thing in my life right now.

4. I could give a long lecture on the topic of  " I will pass on this one". I like my life exactly the way it is. I don't need any validation from others on things I know . Too many differences of opinions in this world. No thank you!

I am a homebody, pure and simple. Not many places I am interested in visiting. There was a time I had a bucket list . The last time we traveled via airlines, I was totally turned off by the unprofessional attitudes of the attendants and the cheapness of the airlines for the outrageous prices they charge. If I had money to travel, I would have someone take the hubby and I all over the USA in a luxury motor home.  I like my life but I still can dream.

When someone  asks to meet for lunch, I am not interested in socializing . I use to love it. Now I love my privacy. I'm very happy with everything I Need right in front of my nose. Plus I am in a place where I want to eat healthier. I also have gotten very picky about who I see and where I go. 

Have you ever outgrown people? I think sometime you see a different side of people and you both change too much to continue to the friendship. Today have two lifelong friends I will always keep in touch with.  I had 6 friends who I lost since 2010 , three of them in 2010, including Laura,  Mollye in 2014 and two of them, including Vivian in 2018. The sadness of their losses is only Laura, Mollye and Vivian really stayed true to me.  We all change and realize we have nothing in common anymore. Life is hard, my mother would tell me to PRAY harder!

I did not mean to make this so long. I think often I write lots of things because they weigh on my mind and I like to write them out. I suppose I could be secretive and write inside a diary or journal but I have had high hopes for these blogs so I will do it, as the song says, "My Way".