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Vacation…All I Ever Wanted


It’s that time of year.  When all your friends and family are taking vacations.  It begins as soon as school ends for the summer.  First, Facebook is full of graduation pictures from Preschool to College.  Then before you know it, everyone is talking about going on vacation!  Where they’re going, who they will see, where they eat, what they eat, the beach, the sun, the fun.

Well, now it’s MY turn!

We are leaving tomorrow to go visit 1) A daughter and her family and then 2) Good friends who are about to be stationed in Germany for maybe three years.  We’re going from the Midwest to the East Coast.  It’s going to be a beautiful, fun and busy trip and we’re so looking forward to it.

Now, my boss has a little tradition that he has to do before he goes on vacation.  He has to have a little in-office celebration (rubbing it in?) by playing the following song and having a little dance (remember it from National Lampoon’s Vacation?):

Me? I’m more of a Go-Go’s kinda girl:

Either way, I’m outta here.  Glad to be off work, traveling with my hubby and seeing family and dear friends!  And yes, if you are “friends” with me on my personal Facebook, there will be pictures of it all! 😀

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Hello everyone!

Spring is in full swing in the Midwest, USA.  The daffodils and tulips are gone and the vegetable gardens are beginning to thrive.

Today I want to talk about something that has bothered me for a long time.


I became a grandma for the first time when I was only 37 years old!  My oldest daughter was 20.  Please don’t do the math 😉  From the very beginning of the grandmother adventure I noticed that society picture grandmothers the way MY grandmother looked.  See pictures below…

This is an illustration from 1949.   Source: http://www.americanartarchives.com/petersen.htm

This is an illustration from 1949.
Source: http://www.americanartarchives.com/petersen.htm

This was posted TODAY by a Facebook page for a wonderful new movie called "Mom's Night Out".

This was posted TODAY by a Facebook page for a wonderful new movie called “Mom’s Night Out”.


BOTH illustrations show lovely older women.  Short gray hair, pearls, apron, domestic.  I’m here to tell you this is NOT what the grandmas of TODAY look like!  This is what MY grandma looked like! (below)


Grandma & Grandpa Smith. Grandma was born in 1904.  She would be 110 now if she was alive.

Grandma & Grandpa Smith. Grandma was born in 1904. She would be 110 now if she was alive.

Grandpa Smith doing quality control on the watermelon and corn.  Grandma in the background ... WORKING of course.  Note the softly floral dress and apron.

Grandpa Smith doing quality control on the watermelon and corn. Grandma in the background … WORKING of course. Note the softly patterned dress and apron.


Again…grandmothers of today just DO NOT look like this.  The World Wide Web needs to get with the times.  It’s 2014, let’s update those grandma memes please!  Something like this would be nice:

 …… Um, well… I can’t FIND ANY young grandmother pictures online without using actual photos of my friends! haha Or cosmetically altered celebrities.  Thus, enforcing my point.  

GRANDMAS OF THE 21st CENTURY UNITE!  Get pictures of yourselves out there so the stereotypical mid-20th century grandma images can be banished!

Thank you for listening…


How are your gardens doing?  Ours is really taking off.  Well, most of it.

Just a few of the things we currently have thriving.

Just a few of the things we currently have thriving.


Have a wonderful first week of June!  Please remember to visit me on FACEBOOK and post pictures of your gardens and YOU with your GRANDCHILDREN!  I’d love to see some smaller container gardens and hear how they’re doing.


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Haven’t blogged for a while, and when I have it’s been pretty much just fluff.  Sorry about that.  Everyone has a dry spell I guess.  Here are a few Bits and Pieces thoughts on this bloggers birthday:

  • Yessss, it’s my birthday.  And no, Facebook did not tell you.  haha  If you know me well enough, you knew.  And if you forgot… SO WHAT?!  Life is far too busy.  It’s not as if I’m five-years-old.  I know you love me because you tell me on REGULAR DAYS!  That’s what counts.
  • Don’t even ask about my age cause you won’t get the truth! 😀  However, it did occur to me that I have lived in this old house for half my life!  When I moved here I had three small children.  My oldest was only in first grade, the others not yet in school.  I was younger then, than my Baby Child is now.  Oy vey!  Next subject…
  • It’s been a typical winter in the Mid West, USA.  We’ve had it all.  Record cold, big snow, thunder snow, a hint of spring.  There have most certainly been worse winters!  Let’s not complain.  But yeah, we’re all ready for real spring. 
  • I use the UberTwitter app on my BlackBerry phone.  Love it! It’s even better than the actual online Twitter.  Last weekend it was shut down by Twitter for some kind of violations.  Now it’s back under the name UberSocial.  It’s all good.  Except, it’s still not working quite right.  That Twitter to Facebook connection is making me crazy.  It either posts only to my FB wall, or it posts two or three times all over Facebook.  Or not at all.  #frustrating (little Twitter hashtag joke there folks)
  • When can a dreaded thing like diarrhea sound cute?  When a precious two-year-old who has been sick tells you “I have di-a-reah.”  Awww, poor little Mia!  Another round of the cycle-of-illness makes its way through my oldest’s household.  When has there ever been such a “sick winter”?!
  • Speaking of illness…Hubby is so sick!  He usually manages to fight off the colds etc.  But this one has got him big time.  Sinus infection for sure.  Poor guy is at work as we speak just suffering.  Factory work sucks, I don’t care who you are.
  • I don’t know about you all, but there are a lot of people to pray for in my corner of the world.  I have a deal with a few friends which goes like this… “I’ll pray for you and yours and you pray for me and mine!”.  Sound like a good plan for blog readers too? 
  • We’re excited to see some great concerts in the next few weeks.  This Friday it will be Sanctus Real and on March 12th it will be Third Day.  Yes, Third Day AGAIN! haha 

It’s late.  Probably past this old woman’s bedtime.  Have a great end to your week blog friends!!  Leave me a comment and let me know how you are REALLY DOING!  Even list a prayer concern!  It’s all about being the Body of Christ right?  Right!

Have you seen this girl?!  I want to be this faithful child of God!

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Hello and Happy New Year everyone!  Here are a couple of things on my mind today that just make me say “hummm?”.


Anyone who actually knows me, or is a “friend” on Facebook, knows that we have had a very difficult parking situation.  For the last few years we’ve had to compete for a parking spot in front of our house with neighbors who seem to live in a world where all space is theirs.  This family owns a taxi service for which they have three limos along with other vehicles.  They park them on the street and literally do not care if they park in front of your house and across your access sidewalk.  On Christmas morning I asked the owner as nicely as I could to please leave us a spot and to not park across our walk.  He swore at me, blamed the “neighborhood women” and went on to park the way he wanted.  Thankfully, our city council has seen fit to enact a new 2011 city ordinance which prohibits these business vehicles from parking on the street.  Yeah!  Sometimes the system works and we are so relieved!  I don’t know where they have found to park their business vehicles, but it’s not in front of our house and for that, I am grateful. 

I babble on with all this background info just to show you this picture of what I saw parked in front of their house this afternoon:  


Hummm? The sight of this old maroon bus made me laugh out loud!

















What is the deal with all the dead birds and fish in Arkansas over New Year’s?!  Have you heard about this?

Thousands of dead fish, birds in Arkansas
(From gantdaily.com)

Now, I’m not a big fan of the notion that there are “aliens” among us.  I mean if they ARE…well, then they just are.  I have enough to worry about in this dimension without freaking out about aliens.  But things like this don’t help us pessimists stay that way!  Thousands of Red Winged Black Birds and hundreds of thousands of Drum Fish don’t just up and die within 125 miles of each other!  One report speculates that the birds died of fright from New Year’s Eve fireworks.  Oh come on!  Is that the best you can offer us?  I live in the midwest where there are thousands of July 4th celebrations and a bazillion Red Winged Blackbirds!  I don’t think so.

Disclaimer: I’m not saying that this is a sure sign of alien life.  I’m also not saying it’s Biblical.  Although, those are the two explanations that come to mind.  😀

So those are the things puzzling me today.  What’s on YOUR MIND?  Share with your comments.

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How about a little week-in-review compliments of all my Facebook “friends”?  Glad you agree! 

Here are a few things said on Facebook this week that made me think and laugh:

FRIEND: “truly believes that everything happens for a reason. But sometimes its hard to figure out what those reasons could possibly be…”
REPLY: “Those reasons may have nothing to do with you at all, my friend. Sometimes we just get caught in the crossfire of the things that happen to others that are supposed to be teaching them lessons.”

WELL SAID!  In fact, my Pastor told me the very same thing about a month ago.  After the year our family has had, I need to realize that it isn’t all “about me”.  However, getting caught in the crossfire is painful and exhausting.


Copy this text and put it in your status if you know someone or have heard of someone who knows someone. If you don’t know anyone or even if you’ve just heard of someone who doesn’t know anyone, then still copy this. It’s important to spread the message. Oh, and the hearts! ♥♥♥♥♥ For goodness sake, don’t forget the hearts! ♥♥♥♥   


When doing one’s Christmas baking, one should consider complimentary odors. Right now my house smells like cabbage, chocolate, garlic and peanut butter. While individually, all are delicious…combined the effect is far less desirable.


Groceries at Walmart: $250
Nuts from Farm and Fleet: $30
Spending the day baking and decorating for Christmas with my angry 16 year old daughter: priceless!!


Modern Day Thought:  Can you imagine if a young woman posted on Facebook, “um yeah, like this Angel from God came and talked to me. He told me I’m going to have a baby…and it’s God’s son.” Riighttt! Can you say “straight jacket”? Even though Mary’s family must have been filled with unbelief, it was such a different world. They lived their lives LOOKING for God. EXPECTING God. Today, He can hardly get our attention without knocking us down.

What are your faves from the week in Facebook?  Share with the rest of the class please!  🙂

It’s going to be another C O L  D weekend in the Midwest USA, stay warm everyone!

The Mighty Mississippi under the influence of below zero low temps

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I’ve always loved a book full of short stories.  Became a fan back in High School when we read The Martian Chronicles, a collection by Ray Bradbury.  Then there was Stephen King’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes.  Just love that stuff.  You can read when you want, and walk away from it for a while too.  Maybe that’s why I’m becoming more and more fond of my “Bits and Pieces” blogs.  Little bits of yapping about many different things.  🙂

Here we go…

  • Winter has hit us head-on!  We were blessed with an amazingly colorful and warm Autumn so it’s hard to complain.  Also, this IS the midwest and winter is a fact of life.  But even native Midwesterners are never really ready for the cold cold temps.  Repeat after me, “the snow is lovely, the snow is lovely…”.  Here’s a little secret I’ll only tell those who are reading…I wore my fuzzy socks to work today!  Shhhh!  Don’t tell.
  • I’ve been typing since I was in ninth grade.  Began on a manual typewriter then progressed to the awesome IBM Selectric!  Remember that sound?  Here’s a reminder:
  • OK, that was a bit of a long video example, but that ol’ IBM was awesome!  Such high technology and convenience after using a manual machine.  If memory serves me (which it rarely does), you could change that ball carrier to one with italic font!  I think I still type with a hard touch because of using a manual and then the Selectric.  This all leads to my next point…
  • I believe that all my years of training and conditioning as a typist are fading due to TEXT MESSAGING!  I use a Blackberry.  Which allows short cuts such as holding down a letter makes it a capital and spacing twice leaves a period at the end of a sentence.  That just doesn’t work on my computer keyboard!!  I should know…I tired it more than once today.  At least I’m not typing with my thumbs…although some may say that would explain a few things.

Do you remember the IBM Selectric?


Couldn't you change the ball to get italic font? Sweet technology!

  • I read a lovely blog today about the magic of “unpacking Christmas” and couldn’t agree more.  Thank you Melissa Brotherton.  I experience this walk down memory lane every year as well.  It’s as if our family’s history is packed away in this box and we bring it out once a year.  Our ornaments remind me of our children when they were little, our parents and relatives who are mostly gone now, church ladies who are all gone now too, vacations, shops we’ve visited, friends who gave ornaments as a gift and even my dog!  Yeah…he has two ornaments.  What or who do YOUR ornaments remind you of each year? 

What or who do your ornaments remind you of?

  • I love the Christmas Eve Candlelight worship service at our church.  It’s the one tradition that is always there for us.  Changing and extending families may go their separate ways each year, but on Christmas Eve I know I can go to church and enjoy the Christmas Story as well as a mix of beautiful traditional and modern Christmas music.  The glowing of our sanctuary filled with candlelight as we sing Silent Night still warms my heart.  Nothing as sweet as children’s faces by candlelight as they concentrate on being so careful and singing at the same time.  Ahhh…it’s the best! 

That’s all for today.  Have a wonderful week and stay warm if you’re in Snow Country!  🙂

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