Wednesday, November 29, 2006
At least five of the neighbors have made a point of stopping by and complimenting us on the color, so that is what really counts and it made me feel better, cause if the neighbors aren't happy...ain't nobody happy! So many of you asked to see the color so this morning, I'll have you know, I went out in the drizzly rain and took a couple of pictures! After all, what you all think really matters too, wish they were better pics, the sun just wouldn't come out for long today! ;o)
A big shout out to Pea, of Pea's Corner! The other day she posted several cookie recipes. I am just elated to be able to say that I made one of her recipes called Peanut Butter Surprise cookies.
Last night, we cleaned and swept out our garage. Took down all the Christmas decorations, and brought them in the house. Yea, I do think we have gone crazy...lol and earned a break...hehe! We both are very sore, but we are tickled to be looking forward to nothing but fun for today and tomorrow.
Today, just the two of us are watching our little Grand Baby little Ben, and taking him all the way up to see my Mom at the Lake house. She lives about 45 minutes away so we will enjoy a nice ride and a day filled with catching up, visiting and playing with Ben! We hope you take advantage of the breaks you have earned and do something fun!
Monday, November 27, 2006
We started at 8:00 am; after painting the entire front courtyard, as well as, the front of the house and the ceiling to our courtyard, we decided we had earned a break. About 4:00 pm we took our first 5 minute break when Dennis said "Oh no, who's that"? It was the folks.
Mom and Dad showed up and gave us reinvigorated strength, Dad took a hold of our handy dandy magic wand and went to town! The wand is this paint roller that we bought last week. It works much the same way a syringe does. It has a huge tube attached to the roller and you simply draw up the paint and press the trigger when you need more paint. We loved it and it really sped up the job, however, cleaning it was a real bear. Mom started pulling a few weeds here and there. Dennis started doing the trim and I started sweeping and raking, as I had trimmed all the plants in the front yard so we could paint. It was wonderful!
Today, it is a bit drizzly so we may or may not be able to finish but that might even be a welcome break as I have never been this sore! hehe! If not , we are going to clean and sweep out the garage so we can take down the Christmas decorations.
So it's just the two of us, reaping the rewards of our efforts and hoping you are striving to make little improvements that make your hearts happy!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Just the two of us
remember this day like it was yesterday,
time seemed to just stand still, as I
captured Uncle Noel, and Auntie Deb
jumping in our pool with our three kids,
Kevin, Terrence and Chrystal
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Friday, November 24, 2006
Total Ingredients: 9
I love to use it for either
leftover Turkey or Ham
They will scarf it up!
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
2 tbs parsley flakes
2 tbs finely chopped onion
2 tbs prepared mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 c (6 0z) shredded Swiss cheese
1 c fresh fresh or frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
1 c diced cooked ham or turkey
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated cresent rolls
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
OVEN 350*........................6 TO 8 SERVINGS
In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, parsley, onion, mustard and lemon juice; blend well. Add cheese, broccoli and either ham or turkey; mix lightly. Set aside.
Separate crescent dough into 8 triangles. On a greased cookie sheet, arrange triangles in a circle with bases overlapping (The center opening should be about 3 inches in diameter and the points should be toward the outside.)
Spoon meat filling, in a ring over bases of triangles, about 1/3 c per triangle. Fold points of triangles over the filling and tuck under the bases at the center of the circle. Bake at 350* for 25 to 30 minutes un golden brown. Serve hot.
Tips: Cooked, cut asparagus may be used for broccoli.
To make ahead, prepare, cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours; bake 30 to 35 minutes
Sending out a big *thank you* to Overwhelmed With Joy for letting me participate in her Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange that she is hosting. Click on the link to get more great recipes.
Cheesecake click here
Oatmeal Barley Soup click here
Holiday Recipe Blogger Style/Merinque Wreaths click here
Banana Pudding click here
Zesty Cheese Asparagus Quiche click here
My sweet daughter, Chrystal called us from Tulsa, she was exhausted because the restaurant she manages sold 800 turkey dinners! They make everything inhouse so she didn't get home til after 1:00 am, got to love those lazy spoiled people! haha! She was teasing us that noone would want to stay if they couldn't watch our beloved Bucs football game with our TV being out of commision. lol
Well, Chrystal, I should have reminded you that God provides! lol My wonderful sweet brother, Duane had a huge extra TV that he wasn't using and so he surprised us and gave us a nice stand, as well! Whoo hoo! Thanks to Duane everybody stayed, and stayed and stayed! lol My Mom, Mother-in-law, and Daughter-in-law were so sweet to help and clean up...yes! I was so appreciative as my batteries were definitely running down. Later, thanks to Renee, she surprised us and brought over two homemade apple pies she had made; we had 5 pies to choose from! Thanks Renee! :)
Our little Grand baby Ben was the highlight of the day. He just started walking a couple of weeks ago and between the little arangatang walk and the incessively cute and infectious giggle, he was just a pure delight! My favorite memory was when we passed around a fall leaf and said what we were most thankful for...at least four of us were brought to tears, then my hubby lead us in a heartwarming prayer full of grace! Thanks Dennis!
So, it's just the two of us hoping you had a wonderful time with much to be thankful for with your friends or family and that you are enjoying polishing off some yummy leftovers too! It's Christmas time!!!
Monday, November 20, 2006
This has happened to us more than you would ever imagine. Once when we were packed and ready to go on a cruise. Once, when we had plans to go out of town to a wedding. I have always joked and said I am the wife/widow of a Retail Manager. lol Pictured right, just the two of us at Raymond James Stadium, Ray Jay for short! It was a bright sunshiny day, little windy, as we were way up high, and about 73 degrees. Awe, this is why we live in Florida! lol
If patience is a virtue, I am still a project in the making. I have come up with many ways to muddle through countless times when my sweet hubby couldn't come home in time for whatever function we had plans for in that particular evening. If we needed to be at the party at 7 pm, I would tell him 6 pm. Instead. So that being said, we are glad Dennis will start his vacation the day after Thanksgiving! Pictured left, Tampa Bay skyline.
It became clear right away, what we would have missed out on had Dennis' vacation started when it was suppose to. We wouldn't have gotten to go to the Live, up close, and personal...well incredible BUC'S FOOTBALL GAME!!! The stadium was awesome! I loved every minute of it! We played the Washington Red Skins, and we WON!!! 20 to 17! Every time the Bucs scored a touchdown, the Bucs pirate ship fired off the cannons! I probably won't have a voice tomorrow, but I also will never forget what fun we had. I love the free visors they gave us just for coming to the game, anything free is always good! Pictured right, Pamela , beaming from ear to ear! lol
Thanks Scott, so glad Dennis was still at work when you came in to give him the tickets, they were awesome!!! Whoo hoo!
Pictured left, our view from way up high in the nose bleed section, sitting amongst the angels! The air was so pure and fresh, and the view was surprisingly good! lol
Our colors are Red, Black, and Pewter. The stadium holds 67,000 fans and is always sold out so what a hoot we got to go!
Pictured right is a fairly good picture of the Buccaneers Pirate Ship that fires off the loudest cannons whenever the Buc score a touchdown! If you will look behind the Ship you will see oodles of little shops! Gotta cater to the women too!
After the game was over. We were still clinging to the ceiling with excitement at being able to see the game in person. There is such a different atmosphere when you are right there...the people that sat by us were delightful and we had so much fun interacting with them. hehe!
So, it's just the two of us, holding hands, and saying a little prayer of thanks for all that he has blessed us with in our lives. Enjoying Shrimp and Salad at one of our favorite little places that a friend of my hubby's wife manages called Cody's. Reminding you that if you are getting a frozen turkey and doing all the cooking for your loved ones, best get it while the get ting's good! :)
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Just the two of us
splurged when we took the whole family up to
the Wisconsin Dells. It is one of the best kept secrets.
in family vacation resorts.
The family suite we rented at this plush resort was
called the Volcanic Suite. It slept 8 people.
It was decorated with tropical palm tree murrals
one of which, glowed in the dark. It had a volcano that
lit up when you walked through it to the bedroom. It had
a round bed that had stars on the ceiling of it and
played surround sound music, along with a light show.
All seven of us could easily fit in the 6 person spa.
The big screen TV, reminded me of a pool table turned sideways.
It was indeed very memorable and very plush!
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at such a plush resort, but grateful to be home sweet home!
Thanks to all of you for the sweet
birthday wishes yesterday!
I will always cherish my blog friends!
I just discovered that Larae, a sweet blog friend
posted a really cute post about my Birthday yesterday!
If you all want to see it swing on over to
The Everyday Ramblings of a Northern Southerner
Have a great weekend!
Sending out a big Happy Birthday wish to our brother Dave
in San Diego!
Susie is a sweet blog friend, and today is her hubby's 39th birthday!
So, go on over to A Pink Carnation in Bloom and wish Skip a
Friday, November 17, 2006
So glad you came!
I just can't tell you how much this means to me!
In fact, some of you showed up early, yesterday,
as a matter of fact.
Hope you didn't get caught in the rain!
Oh, what a surprise! How did you know it was my birthday!!!
Well come on in and join the party!
I just love surprises!
Here have a piece of cake, it is absolutely delicious I hear!
Aww, you went to so much trouble to wrap up
a little gift for who, me? Oh I am so touched,
thank you so very much!
Look at what pretty packages my sweet Mom brought!
Why, I almost cried with delight to see she had given me
such lovely pots and pans! Big crocodile tears
were falling down my cheeks...hehe!
Bless your hearts for coming so far!
It is so hard to believe I am 47 today! All my life I have
always said, "I am '19' at heart", whats a girl to do! hehe!
Look at this sweet card my hubby gave me, being
as we are painting today, isn't that just heartwarming!
So it's just the two of us, starting to paint our house,
(if it doesn't rain)
and so very touched and
just amazed at what wonderful friends
we have made out here in Bloggityville.
A special Thank you to Sue, Pea, and Tammy, for posting such
sweet and kind words for my Birthday. If ever there were a
a little network of angels on earth, it is Sue and Pea and Tammy.
Thanks to all of you for being such a great friends...
You all are such a blessing! Thanks so much,
you really made my day special!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
We are enjoying a bit of a rainy day. It is just lovely and looks so refreshing, and just makes me happy.
Yesterday, I pressure washed our whole entire house and the pool cage along with all the concrete out there. whew! It took over 5 hours! I was so thrilled with the outcome, there is nothing like giving your house a bath. lol
My Mom was great, she raked several bags of leaves and pushed the pressure washer behind me when I was ready to move to the next area. I couldn't have done it without her help.
Wouldn't you know Dennis came home right after we had put all the pool furniture back in the pool cage. hehe! He was amazed, and made us feel really good, but when he said he wanted to take us out for dinner, I couldn't do it. We ended up phoning in an order to Cracker Barrel and my sweet hubby went and picked it up.
The consequences of pressure washing and holding the trigger for that long was intense shaking of my hands for about 2 hours and then later I couldn't even open or close them. lol No blogging for me! lol
I feel so much better today and the satisfaction of having the job done is well worth it! I am just beaming from ear to ear at the lovely results. No more mossy green! We'll have to wait to see if the weather is going to cooperate so we can start painting tomorrow! So, never the less, I thought this year it might be fun to have our Thanksgiving Day feast outside by the pool. After we eat, the guys usually like to watch football and our big TV is still not working so hubby said we should make it a bring your own TV. Ha Ha! Right! I hope everyone will be up for some fun games. I love games! :)
So it's just the two of us feeling it and hoping you have a sky be it rain or sunshine, that brings a smile to your face.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Tomorrow, my Mom is coming down and is going to keep me company while I pressure wash our house. Now that some of the leaves have fallen off our enormous Sycamore tree out front you wouldn't believe it but our lovely blush colored home is now mossy green. lol It looks awful! An affliction of the humidity here in Florida.
Friday, my hubby is going to take the last week of his vacation time off this year. Whoo hoo! I am so excited to be able to spend time with him. We are going to paint the outside of our home. Right now, the house is a pretty blush color. It looks nice for Florida and is ever so soft that you barely notice the hue, so this time I would like to either match it or add a touch just a touch of peach. A bit more daring, but not enough that the neighbors will wince. he he! I love peach or blush!
We are looking forward to having dinner with my hubby's and my folks. Seems they have some out of town relatives visiting. So it will be great fun to get together and catch up with everybody!
Here's a turkey tip I caught on Martha Stewart this morning. Take a piece of cheese cloth and soak it in 1 C of white wine and a stick of butter melted. Drape the cloth over the turkey. Roast and baste the turkey through the cheese cloth, only removing it just prior to the final half hour. It adds flavor and the Turkey is tender, dark and delicious.
So it's just the two of us gearing up to doing a little painting and hoping you are all getting some of those nagging little chores out of the way so you can experience all the joy that comes along with getting together for the holidays.
Below, is one of those fun little personality test, this was my results. Give it a try and see how you do!
Your Five Factor Personality Profile
You have high extroversion.
You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.
You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.
Enthusiastic and fun, you're the first to say "let's go!"
You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.
You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.
You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.
Openness to experience:
Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there's no way you'll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.
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Monday, November 13, 2006
Marine boot camp was rough for Kevin. When Kevin was a senior in high school, he and his brother were co-captains of the wrestling team. Kevin made it to Regionals in the State tournament. Kevin was injured in a match, he consequently, dislocated his shoulder, instead of forfeiting, Kevin asked to remain in the match and finish it, this was a major reoccurring struggle, when it came to doing the required chin ups at Marine boot camp. In total, we received three letters from the medical infirmary, that Kevin was ill. Once for pneummonia, once for having to have his wisdom teeth pulled, and once for re-dislocating his shoulder.
Because Kevin was so sick or injured it actually took him twice as long to graduate. Our hearts bled for him that he would have to go through such a rigorous and physically demanding boot camp for so long. He did it though! When Kevin left for Boot camp he was an 18 year old boy, 2 weeks out of High School...the day his father and I went to Boot Camp Graduation and Family Day, he was a gentlemen and a Marine! Our hearts bursted with pride.
One of the requirements that all of the recruits had to pass in order to graduate was called "THE CRUCIBLE" it was an endurance task that was extremely physically demanding. It lasted 72 hours and was the most grueling three days a Marine is expected to complete. It involves several obstacle courses, hiking with 50 Lbs of weight on their backs with little or no food and they have to go 55 miles with 6 hours of sleep maximum over the entire time.
His drill Sargent's wife ran into Kevin and I, during family day and she said her husband the drill Sargent, couldn't say enough of this fine young Marine, our son.
and that was saying a lot coming from he husband.
Kevin was so excited to be stationed in San Diego, CA as a Marine. He had been half way around the world on his ship. Getting to see many countries along the way, On September 11th, he was on a three day leave in Sidney, Australia, suddenly the entire crew were called back to Port. 9/11 had just occurred...
Kevin was with MSSG 15, Communications. His ship's name was the USS Pelieu. Kevin had several close calls while in the front lines of the war. His bullet proof vest saved him from three bullets that hit him in the vest. One of his most frightening experiences was when he had gutted out the back of their hummer vehicle so that he could rig up a computer system, never the less, almost got crushed to death.
Kevin said that his experience with the people over there was of gratitude. They even played soccer with the kids in the streets. He had other close calls, being shot at with snipers on the roofs etc.
Just the two of us clung to the television while Kevin was in the war. It was such heart-wrenching and emotional time for us that every single Marine looked like our son. We were blessed in that Kevin, being in Communications was able to call us once a week. One of the first calls we received from Kevin he told us they were using chickens to detect whether gas was in the area, as there was a huge fear of chemical warfare. Probably one of the most heart-wrenching conversations was when Kevin said his socks were so wet and the sand had froze to them making them feel like sandpaper. He asked if we could please send socks in his care package. When he got food poisening from eating some bad chicken, he woke up in his trench he had dug to sleep in and he was drenched in sweat. He said that between his uniform and the hazmat suit it felt like five layers of pure sweat. Just the two of us prayed that our wonderful Lord would keep our precious baby out of harms way, cause you see, no matter how old they are, they are still your baby! I also prayed that God would help us get through this too.
They had MRE's (meals ready to eat) that were incredible for the most part in that they would heat up with just a bit of water, right in the bag. He told us while in Afghanistan they had a severe water shortage which made things difficult.
Three days after the war began, March 23, my Dad, Kevin's Granddad, had a sudden heart attack and went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. We were devastated, and learning that they didn't allow the Marines to come home for the death of a Grandparent (at that time), (since then they changed the rule to allow them to come home). We had to make the difficult decision not to tell Kevin until he was out of harms way. Kevin took it very hard, but luckily his Uncle Floyd and Aunt Lisa, their kids Christine and those cute little twin girls, McKenzie and Alizabeth whom he was visiting in San Diego and who were more than generous in being there for Kevin, while he was stationed there in Camp Pendleton, helped him get through it. What a blessing and comfort they were to all of us!
While in Iraq, Kevin was able to take pictures with a few celebrities, Wayne Newton, Drew Carey, and General Frank. Two days before Christmas Terrence and Chrystal had several of their friends over when Chrystal came running in to tell me that Drew Carey was on the phone. I was amazed at how sweet, and thoughtful he was in calling me. He had gone over and entertained the troops when my son and several other young Marines gave him phone numbers and ask him to call and wish their Mom's and Dad's "Merry Christmas from your son, Kevin". I cried but only because it was so kind of him to see their wishes through.
When Kevin was almost ready to be Honorably Discharged they issued a stop order and we had to wait an addition 6 months for him to come home. When he flew home for that last time. we made posters and called friends and had balloons and were dressed up in patriotic colors with hats on that sparkled with glitter. The television crews were lined up to cover his homecoming, when what does he do, he misses his plane. We welcome him home a bit later that day...but no TV crew, it was too late! lol
Dennis and I flew out to California to help our Kevin move home, we enjoyed seeing Camp Pendleton, and all his hot spots where he liked to hang out. We went to the Ocean where Kevin and I battled those huge freezing cold waves. We got to take my BIL, Floyd, his wife Lisa and their Kids out for Scrumptious Chineese food, it was a great time for all. Then we treated Kevin to four days in Vegas to unwind. We had the time of our lives, and it served to help Kevin unwind, and just enjoy a little time with us.
So it's just the two of us, humbled and ever so grateful to God that Our Son~Our Proud Marine, Kevin is home safe, married, with a great career as supervisor of a local Cable Co., and attending College full time. He is such a good Daddy to our first and only little Grand Baby, Ben, with his sweet wife Renee, who is expecting our second Grand Baby, and it's going to be a little girl due in February! Realizing that we are eternally grateful for God's loving mercy!
Post Note: Kevin's commanding officer, wrote a letter to just the two of us expressing immense appreciation and gratitude for going above and beyond in the service of our country. For the gallant and outstanding service that our son had demonstrated. He said Kevin was indeed a hero in every sense of the word, and that he wanted us to know this and that he wished he could elaborate but we should just take his word. Wow! What more could any parent ask for in life. ...and how trivial some things seem to me now; I am so appreciative to God for all of the blessings in my life...as life is just so precious!
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Just the two of us
Love the fact that although the growth of the Cypress Knees is very slow, we enjoy seeing them at the base of my Mom's Cypress trees up at her lake house, here in Florida.
The Growth of the Very Old Cypress
Geologists believe cypress trees have been present in southwest Florida for just over 5,000 years and for around 6,500 years in the far northern region of the state. Some of the old-growth giants still present in the Corkscrew Swamp are over 500 years old and represent only the seventh or eighth generation of cypress located in this region (Ripple 1992).
I had always thought the knees were like anchors, keeping the tree steady in a wet, unstable environment. That may be true, but I learned at Francis Beidler Forest that no one really knows the function of cypress knees. They may be anchors, or they may be snorkels -- providing gas exchange to oxygenate the underwater roots. Although the growth is very slow. Also possible is some role in the storage of starches -- sort of a root bank. Whatever they do, they do it with style.
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So it's just the two of us sharing some pictures
mostly wise men with lots of character in their faces!
Monday, I will be posting about our Son, Kevin