Archive for November, 2010

Being Thankful, Teddy’s list

Teddy wanted to share his list of what he’s thankful for – here it is!

I am thankful for:

being alive

having a Wonderful and Loving God

having a Mother

having friends

having kitties

a garden

a house to live in












Being Thankful









protection (guns/knives/swords/etc) Mommy’s note: BOYS!






and so much more 😀


Being Thankful

I am thankful that it doesn’t really matter how often I post on this blog 😉

I am thankful for Jesus, my Savior

I am thankful that my parents were willing to take my son and myself back into the house, and that my Mom still puts up with us 🙂

I am thankful for my son – full of energy, drives me crazy, but he loves me SO much!

I am thankful for all my wonderful friends, whether I know them in real-life, or if they only “live in my computer”

I am thankful for the friends I’m going to spend Thanksgiving with; can’t wait 😀

I am thankful for a paycheck (however minuscule) that shows up a week sooner than expected!

I am thankful (most of the time ;-)) that my son is out of school this week and we can spend time together

I am thankful that God knows my needs, and I’m trusting that He will provide

I am thankful for continued well recovery from back surgery

I am thankful that I am no longer a smoker!!! 😀

I am thankful for freezer pizza’s for lunch, and Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie for breakfast 😉

I am thankful that Teddy wants to make his own “Thankful” list

I am thankful that God has given me a desire to be a better steward of what He’s given, by wanting to grow my own food – animals as well as fruits and veggies

I am thankful for a BIL, that even though he thinks I’m nuts ;-), is still willing to teach me how to skin a deer so I’ll have an idea of what to do when I have my own meat animals

And I am thankful for sooo many other things 🙂 God is so good!



A Week?!?!?

Bad blogger, bad, bad, bad 😉

Life just got really crazy as it can do sometimes, and I hope to have time to blog about stuff-n-such later on today (unless the school calls me to sub, which would be FABULOUS!).

Possible bloggy ideas:

– last Sunday’s (not yesterday) sermon synopsis, which I was gonna do a week ago because it really spoke to me, but then I got called to sub 😀

-pictures of that oh-so-yummy supper I was telling you about before I went silent

-the South Georgia Growing Local Conference I went to on Saturday!!!!! Made some great connections, learned a whole lotta interesting stuff, and found some more internet groups I need to join/keep track of. I’ll let ya know more about the Okravores as I learn myself 😉

There, I think I’ve got myself covered if I can’t get back and talk about what I want.  And it’s very difficult to type with a very determined dog sticking his snout under your hands while you type because he wants to play. Doesn’t he realize it’s too early in the morning for that?

Have a blessed day!


This Season Called Fall….

What a wonderful season this season called fall.
The grass is still green, but hardly growing at all.
Bundled up outside with a warm coffee, cocoa, or tea.
Just thanking our Father, how much better could life be?

“I asked God for all things, that I might enjoy life. God gave me life that I might enjoy all things.”

written by a wonderful fellow church member who wishes to stay anonymous

pictures taken last fall by my Daddy


I’m so excited! Tonight, we are eating (translation: I am cooking, but when I’m in the mood to do it, I love it!) venison cube steak, homemade mashed potatoes, country gravy (made from a packet – anybody got a good recipe?), steamed broccoli, and rolls.

Wa-hoo! I get to break out the oil and fry something! My sister lovingly calls me the “queen of the deep fryer,” but I had to put that away when I moved back in with Mama and Daddy – heart problems, diabetes, etc. And now that I’ve adjusted to frying foods on a rare occasion instead of at least once a week, I appreciate them even more, and my body likes me better, too 😉

We don’t have buttermilk though, so I’m going to try mixing some yogurt (plain, not vanilla – I promise, plain) with some milk or 1/2 and 1/2, and see how that does for soaking/dredging the steaks in. I’ll let ya know.

Also, I might SAY mashed potatoes, but my intent is uber-creamy mashed-to-within-an-inch-of-their-lives potatoes; I hesitate to say whipped, because I don’t use a mixer, just a potato masher. And I don’t use milk. I’ve often said my middle name should be “Paula Deen” *sly, sneaky grin* I will use a WHOLE, ENTIRE stick of butter, and approx 8 -12 oz of sour cream to achieve my desired creaminess level.  (I really want a goat, just this meal we’re going through all kinds of dairy!)

But seriously, anybody got a good recipe for that country gravy?

Now, to go get started on it. I might be mean, inducing jealousy nice and share pictures later 😀

Glorious Sunday, Part 3

Time to finish my tale before the next Sunday is upon us….

The church supper was fabulous as always – say what you want, but Southern Baptists in South Georgia can COOK! There was the typical fried chicken, the Pumpkin Sloppy Joes I took, Mama’s Autumn Yum, pecan pie, 10 layer chocolate cake, this yummy delicious creamy coconut and pecan topped pie, rolls, cornbread, butterbeans, peas, corn, macaroni and cheese, various and assorted casseroles, and just general yummy goodness 😉 And of course you can’t forget the awesome fellowship of chatting with your table neighbors!

Then we had a church conference, but I’ll skip that part because it was boring – necessary, but boring.

After that, we were blessed with a free concert from the Brass Ensemble at a local college! It was fabulous 😀 2 trumpets, 1 tuba (not a sousaphone, a real tuba; I’ll get to why this is important later), and 2 trombones. Funny aside – only the trombones were actually brass, the other 3 were silver! They played several songs, some hymns, some classical, some contemporary – all beautiful, well-played, and everybody enjoyed it.

ESPECIALLY Teddy! He’s been saying for a couple years now that when he’s old enough for band (6th grade, he’s currently in 4th), he wants to play the tuba. Thank you, VeggieTale’s “Gideon Tuba Warrior.” 😉

I’m just glad we’ve got 18 months or so for Teddy to keep growing INTO that tuba!

Now to our fun fact lesson of the day: John Phillips Sousa – you know, the famous marching band composer and such, decided the tuba players needed something much easier to carry. So he created the sousaphone – which is what MOST of us think of when we think tuba. The sousaphone wraps around the player. I found a picture that shows both together:


And this picture shows why it would be so hard to march around carrying one of these

And because I just love my veggies ;-), I found one of Larry playing the sousaphone!

“You’ll play the guitar”

“But Bob, I don’t have any hands”

“Well, you’ll play this”

“Oh, alright, but they better not laugh….”


The Simple Joys of Life

PB & homemade J 😀