Family Time


I have great family.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them.  My brothers and my sister have been great to my kids and for me, that means so much.  Growing up I didn’t know my aunts and uncles all the well outside of my Aunt Agnes that I’ve told you about.  (read here if you missed it) My others either lived further away or we didn’t see them a lot.

My kids are on the younger end of the cousins.  There are 22 in all.

The spread between my sister Judy and I is 16 years and there and three boys, Jule, Jay and Jim, are in between.  My kids always enjoy seeing their aunts and uncles and all the cousins.  I love that.  For a long time I had felt a bit like I deprived my kids their cousin experience by moving to Iowa.  Happily, as they’ve gotten older, the cousins have formed more of a bond than ever.  Part of that is due to my brother Jule.

Jule and his wife Wendy are awesome.  For years and years Jule had a band.  My first memories of Jule have been of him playing guitar.  As a kid him and friends would practice out on my mom and dad’s open front porch.  It was so cool to have a big brother that could be in a band.  I was little…Jule is 11 years older than me so when he was 17…I was six.  He would let me play tambourine.  I thought he was a coolest and honestly…still do.

This past weekend Kalissa, Craig, Carver and Karl made a trek to see Uncle Jule, Aunt Wendy and all the cousins.  It’s more fun than ever for them now that they’ve gotten older and the five or more years of age difference between the cousins don’t make as much difference.

Jule is a magnet for anyone who loves music and has done a wonderful job with his tribe of children and grandchildren cultivating them into performers.  He has built a music room in his basement and has tripped it out with all the neatest equipment.  Wendy is regularly posting videos of songs the kids put together and music that they are working on.  I love seeing it all and am so thankful that she posts it on Facebook so I can see it.

Here’s what they were working on over the weekend with some of my family included.

That’s Kalissa singing..Karl is playing bass…Craig on drums…Jule on guitar and Krysta playing guitar too. There are others doing vocals. See why they love going to Uncle Jule’s??

Carver got totally loved on too….See? [Read more...]

Fireman’s Breakfast


Sunday was the day for the Firemen’s Breakfast.  It’s an annual thing here.  Every first Sunday in March, no matter what, is the date.  We’ve been a part of it all for years.  Originally I started helping out in the kitchen often doing dishes or whatever needed to be done.  Later when Hubby became the treasurer we started sitting at the door and taking money.  We’ve been doing that for MANY years now.  I enjoy it.

This year I was so busy setting up and working that I forgot to take pictures until the end…the very end.  So this is what it looks like after all the people leave and it’s just clean up time.  All the raffle prizes had been selected and it was time to start finding firemen to deliver them.


There used to be a crew of firemen who delivered all the items but now it’s more of a “who is on your way home that won a prize” delivery system.  They all get delivered and it works out pretty good.

Kalissa had worked the overnight shift on Saturday night and with Craig, Hubby and I all working there was no one for Carver…OOPS.  That’s a lie.  Carver was not lacking for attention at all.  Many of the firemen, wives and kids all took turns making him laugh.  Kelli came a little later and took care of him full time.


One thing I have always loved about the men of the fire department and their families is that when together, they are all one big family.  Everyone is patient and respectful of the kids.  They find jobs so the kids can feel included and part of the force too.

Many of the kids spent time today bussing tables and pouring drinks…then stayed for clean up too.  These same kids have been doing this for a couple years….in fact, our own kids did that as they were growing up.  I think this helped them be willing to volunteer as they have gotten older.


Working at the firemen’s breakfast is one thing they looked forward to growing up.  They learned to volunteer and be part of a bigger thing than themselves.  What a valuable lesson!  I am so happy that Carver is going to get a chance to be a part of that too.


I am so thankful that Hubby is a part of this family of firemen.  Being a part of this bunch is one of the things I treasure.  This is one of the many benefits of living in a small town.

Anyway…it was a fun day….lots of work but a fun day.

Before I go I wanted to show you this…  One of our firemen painted this.  You can’t tell from the picture but this is a mural.  I’m guessing it might be 8′ x 8′.  It’s really neat.


That’s our fire station and our water tower.  It’s was really stunning.  Usually it’s on display at the fire station.  For the benefit they brought it out for all to see.

That wraps up the 2017 breakfast.  We had a marvelous turn out and were happy to have great weather for the day too.


My Saturday


Saturday I decided I would try to catch up on blog posts.  I like to have a few done in advance so that there’s not a pressure to have one done.  It really makes blogging a lot easier for me.

It had been a long week and started out by deciding that I would sleep in…Neighbor Girl typically comes over early-like 7 am- so Friday night I left a note on the white board that I mounted on the door between the garage and the house.  It said, “I’m sleeping in.  Come back at 10:00.”  I didn’t know if she’d come but I knew she’d see the note if she did.

Saturday rolled around and I couldn’t sleep in so was awake by 6:30 puttering around upstairs until Ruby wanted outside and then I was downstairs writing blog posts….shortly after 10:00am Neighbor Girl showed up.  Yep, she had been over earlier and saw the note.

She played here while I wrote blog posts.  Before long Hubby came home and someone needed to go get his meds.  I asked Neighbor Girl if she wanted to go.  She did so we messaged mom and that was okay.  Then we messaged Kalissa to see if she wanted to go.  She did so off we went.

We started out at a thrift store…all clothing was 5 pieces for $1.  Yep, I found 6 men’s shirts…Neighbor Girl found two shirts for her too.  From there…next thrift store…more goodies including a table Kalissa found.  I got a few things for childcare and a bracelet.  Neighbor Girl found a couple things too.  She came to my house that morning with zebra print leggings.  We ended up finding a zebra print shirt and a bathrobe too.  She seems to love zebra prints.

Then is was off to eat.  Ede’s Angry Pickle was our destination.


Kalissa and I adore the Fish Chowder there.  It is SO good.


It’s really neat.  They have table cloths but they put a piece of paper over the top of the cloth.  There is a jar with crayons there so you can decorate the paper.  Neighbor Girl had fun with that.  I got a crayon, made a heart and wrote best buddies over the top of the heart and wrote our initials inside the heart.  She got a HUGE smile when she saw that.


Of course Carver got hungry just as we started to eat….  Here’s Kalissa “doing it all”!!


From there we were on to Wal-Mart to do the errands.

We got back into our town and Kalissa asked if I thought Hubby would fix the top of it for her.  There was paint and stuff on it.  I said we could stop and ask.  He came out to the truck and looked at it.  He said yes and she proceeded to carry it into the garage herself.


Then posed on it….Silly Girl.


The table is awesome for what Kalissa needs.  She has to photograph her LuLaroe clothes.  She can layout items on this table without having to put them on the floor.  The height is perfect.


The table was in the garage for only a couple hours and Hubby already had the top off and was working on it.

Neighbor Girl was AWESOME in town.  She didn’t ask for things….wasn’t whiny.  We’ll definitely take her to town again.  She has a great laugh and it’s infectious.  It’s so easy to do the simplest of things to see her smile….the best part, as good as we are to her, she’s just as good to us.

Back at my house she put on all her zebra printed things.  She was SO-SO cute!!

It was a great Saturday….and I didn’t even do a stitch of sewing.

I Think I Created a Monster


It’s true.  I think I created a monster….that Monster is Kelli.  I think she turned into a bead loving girl.


You might remember my hunt and determination to replace my bracelet that told the life story of Jesus. (Full story on that here).  Then you might remember that I had wanted a to make a Psalm 23 bracelet and that my friend and blog reader Linda made it for me. (Full story on that here)

Well along the way, I’ve always wanted to make some of the bracelets.  I would love to have some of the Psalm 23 bracelets on hand when I hear someone is diagnosed with cancer or dealing with a hard spot in live.  So gradually I began accumulating all of the supplies.  Kelli was with me on NUMEROUS outings as I was looking for beads.   Gradually I had accumulated what I thought I needed…BUT I was a unsure of how to start.

Well Kelli to the rescue.  She loves learning new craft things…me not so much.  I think I”m always nervous that I won’t do it right.

Here is the Psalm 23 bracelet.


Here is the story of Jesus’ life bracelet. [Read more...]