Loving My Life as Wife, Mother and Grandmother

Monday, August 31, 2009


Good Morning to Everyone..We are still sniffling a bit around here..but I think we're feeling a tad bit better :) I was mistaken on the date for the next school board meeting. I thought that they met every 2 weeks..but it was evidentally twice a month..and the next meeting is down for the 8th..So, we get to wait a little more than I thought. The weather here is beautiful! Yesterday's high was 78..today is only suppose to 72 or 75..and that is suppose to be the weather for the next couple of days...YEAH!! I love it!! Mark planted 9 broccolli starts and 9 cabbage plants last week and over the weekend I helped him plant 9 more of each. He also planted some winter radishes and turnips..Now, I'm not a big turnip fan..but, my dad likes them and we will probably just give them away if we get any. I do like the radishes, cabbage and especially the broccolli. Mark said he just wanted to watch something else grow..so I hope they do as well as everything else has. That's about it for now...I've got schoolwork to get to and laundry calling my name :) I thought I'd share a picture of our little watermelon that we were able to enjoy last night. He wasn't really that big..but it was sweet and delicious.. also, a cutie that I got in my e-mails this morning!

Have a Great Day!!! With Love, Jerelene

An oldie but goodie GRANDMOTHER OR NOT, YOU WILL LOVE THIS Subject: This is so cute!!1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Gramma,you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye...2.2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 62. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room,putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?" 4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!" 5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know howyou and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo and I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied. 6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read." 7. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these, yourself. 8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights." 9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised, "mine says I'm 4 to6." 10. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool.. "That's interesting," she said, "how do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'I and add 'es'." 11. Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. "Sure," said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child." 12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties."Theyuse him to keep crowds back," said one child. "No," said another. "He's just for good luck." A third child brought the argument to a close."They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants 13. A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. "Oh," he said, "she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then,when we're done having her visit, we take her back to the airport."14. Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but Idon't get to see him enough to get as smart as him! 15. My Grandparents are funny, when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.

The watermelon was called Crimson Sweet....and it WAS!!
Sorry, I couldn't help but throw in a pic of Mickey..since the windows have been open...he is really busy being guard dog....that, and he's just nosey! Nothing gets by him :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to Marcy!!

Today is a very special day! Today is Marcy's Birthday!

Marcy has brought so many new friends my way...there are no words to thank her enough for that :) She is always thinking of others and putting them first..The world is a better place because of Marcy..she brings people together and sends love to each and every one of us through each delightful post!! I am so very thankful to have you as a friend Marcy!!

This is a Happy Birthday Cake from Sam!!

This is a Happy Birthday Cake from Me! It's a princess cake for Princess Marcy!!!!
Flowers for YOU!!

Village Bears singing the most Beautiful Happy Birthday to you!!
A cake AND flowers...Because Marcy is such a special friend!!!
Happy Birthday to YOU!
Happy Birthday to YOU!
Happy Birthday Dearest Marcy!!
Happy Birthday to YOU!!
& Many, Many More!!!!
Village Kitties singing especially for you!!!
Wishing you the Best & Happiest Birthday EVER!!!
Love You Marcy!!!!
Hugs!!!! Jerelene :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sickness:( & Presents :)

We're having a sick day here again today. Sam spent yesterday and today lounging in bed with a fever, sore throat and runny nose. No coughing yet..but, I'm afraid that may come along soon :( I had originally planned on showing these pics after my last post..but then Sam got sick and I didn't get back on. Mark and I escaped for a little bit by ourselves the other evening. So I went to the dollar store and couldn't resist these goodies! The glasses were actually a necessity. We had been using my canning jars from the past to drink out of...and I sort of stole them all out of the cabinet and used them. ;) So, we were down to a few glasses and the mugs...so I don't feel too bad about getting them. They are adorable! But the candle..that was just a splurge..and it smells HEAVENLY!!
In honor of my festive Autumn mood that I've been in..I got this out and hung it on my back door. I just love her..she really is adorable!

I received a gift box from Eileen at Ummas World today! It was such a pleasant surprise on a day when I could certainly use a surprise!! With Sam being sick...it's been kind of ucky around here...so opening the door to this was just WONDERFUL!!!! Inside was the cutest EVER...Cow Basket...See, she even has udders! How sweet :) I love her bunches......I will find the perfect spot for her...I promise!

Next, were these sweet little cow eggs....(SAM LOVES THESE!) By the way..I let Sam help open the box and take everything out....He got a huge SMILE out of helping!! Which was really nice since he's feeling sickly....Aren't they cute as an be?

Then...we found these....Eileen was so sweet as to know that my favorite color is purple!! I stuck all these little purple ones inside the big one she sent...and if you look very closely...you'll see on the bottom left that 2 of them look like hearts..... I love them!!!
And lastly was this! Isn't it beautiful? Right when I saw it I knew right where it was going....
Right above this...This was my Grandmothers. My Mother bought it for her and when she passed away..it came back to my Mother. A few yrs. ago..she gave it to me..and since then it has been hanging right next to my bed..literally. I love to look at it before I go to sleep. I was very close to my Grandma and to have it means a lot to me :)
It's hard to see all the little details..but it has little music notes and such on it..so they look really good hanging together...at least I think so...it's a special place for me..so it is the perfect place for this beautiful present from Eileen!

Thank You So Much Eileen!! You are such a good, sweet, thoughtful friend!!! I'm so very glad to have you for as my friend:)
Sam still isn't feeling well..he's still running a fever :( So, goodnight for now....With Love, Jerelene

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Interview and a Giveaway at Morning Glories and Moonflowers!

I wanted to let everyone know that Mark's interview is in the morning so please, please keep us in your prayers :)
Also, my sweet friend Lori at Morning Glories and Moonflowers is having a button bracelet giveaway in honor of her 700th...yes, you did read that correctly ;) post!! Please take the time to stop by visit her page...she is very talented and you won't be disappointed.....
This is going to be a short little post as I am feeling better..but I am trying to just sit around and relax this evening..We had a yummy supper of chicken with peppered milk gravy, green beans from the garden and yummy sugar cookies fresh from the oven :) Yum-Yum.. So after the clean up I'm just going to sit around with my hubby and maybe watch a little TV..
Hope everyone has a restful evening too ..........
With Love, Jerelene

Monday, August 24, 2009

Itching in Indiana...

It was a beautiful day here again in Southern Indiana...a little warmer, but definately gorgeous! I stayed outside a lot this weekend and really enjoyed it...That is until yesterday afternoon :(
I told Mark that if he cut the corn down..(which he did)that I would decorate with it..remember...I LOVE fall! So, I decided to tie it up in designated areas and put a pretty bow around it..Well, not too long after I started dragging it up from the garden towards the house..I started itching really badly. I looked down and I had hives coming out all over my arms! Well, that spread and soon I was itching ALL over. I am and always have been, a very allergic person. (I'm even allergic to Tylenol..wierd, I know!)I decided to go ahead..remember, I LOVE fall..and finish what I was working on. Well, by the time I came in my head was hurting so bad that I thought I would throw up, and I was still itching badly everywhere. I ended up taking a pain pill and some benadryl. I was also aching all over from all the weeding and bending over that I've done this weekend...so I was feeling pretty cruddy!
Well, the benadryl and pain pill kept me up all night..and I was still itching! I got up at 4:00 in the morning and took some more benadryl and some advil..hoping and praying I would go to sleep. I finally had just started to doze off when Mark's alarm clock started beeping at about 5:10...Now, Mark does something very annoying to me...he likes to push the snooze button...many, many...many...times...At this point I am ready to take a hammer and mash the clock into tiny pieces...Please, keep in mind..I am still...itching and have had NO sleep...Well, finally I manage to doze off after he leaves for work..to then be woken by daughter number 2...leaving for work..Then daughter number 1 comes in and wants to talk to me about John having just called her from Afghanistan. Now, I just want to go to a hotel or anywhere quiet. Maybe..just go to the van and try to sleep. I did finally get to fall asleep for about an hour..then had to get up and take a bath and start school with Sam. I only hope and pray that I sleep tonight..because if I don't...I may not be a very nice Mom or person tomorrow ;) I am feeling better this evening and felt a lot better once I got moving around and had several cups of coffee with my snow man mug :) Sam and I took a break from the school work to come out to the pumpkin patch and pose for a picture..He is awfully proud of the pumpkins!! The patch is starting to die back some...but we still have vines growing out into the yard that look pretty good. They even have flowers. We have a few smaller ones coming on too..
Just so you don't think I'm nuts...we are seeing a few signs of fall here at my house. My crabapple tree actually have some leaves turning a beautiful shade of red...If you look closely you'll see the birdnest....
If you look closely in this picture..you'll see I tied up some corn stalks with ribbon on the handrail on the front steps..I have a basket with fall flowers and leaves that is suppose to be on the door..but I was trying to get my oldest son to put another coat of paint on the door..so I had taken it down. Our little old house...nothing fancy..but we like it here...
I'm hoping to put a scarecrow out in the middle there and some more of Sam's pumpkins later on. I'm wanting to hang one of the stars that I see everyone hanging on their houses...between the windows, higher up in the gable part..maybe a black one..I wonder if they have a meaning or symbolize something. I've wondered about that before I decide to hang one. I thought maybe that they are just Americana or something..If you know..I'd love to hear :)

Here's (above) a picture of one of the trees that you see when you come out my back door..which is what we go in and out of all the time..I put them all the way around the tree. I'm hoping to have a birthday/weenie/bonfire/outside/ birthday party for Sam on Sept. 30...He wanted to last yr. and they had a burn ban because of the drought conditions in our area.. so, I'm trying to decorate a little bit for that too.. And below..is Sam working on his school work today. I was going kind of slow today..due to lack of sleep and energy :) He did pretty good though.( I secretly think he was scared I would snap..I was a little, tiny bit grumpy...)
And lastly, I got a beautiful card from Lori...my pen-pal exchange for this month..today!! Isn't it pretty! I just loved the colors and especially the cows...How did she ever know that I like cows?
The artist is someone that Lori knows evidentally..she told me she has artwork done by the lady that did my card...It says Wilson & Wilson folkart co. on the card. I looked it up and here's a link...please check it out :) There's lots of pretties there from the peek that I just took!
The end of the month or the 1st week of September (around there somewhere :) we'll exchange names again. Fiona that lives in South Africa...did sound as if she wants to participate too. I will talk to her some about it this week.
I hope everyone got a card..and if for some reason you didn't....Please, please let me know :)
One final note....I got another call from the school corporation...they are bringing Mark in on Wednesday morning for another interview. They have 2 more part-time positions available. I sure hope the Lord will move the right hearts to allow Mark to get in this time...He is working now some during the day..but the work is still slow and when winter comes...he could really use this to help...it is for 2nd and 3rd shift. Please, please...continue to pray :) It would help us out so..so..much!
Wishing a wonderful week to everyone..with lots of love and hugs from me.......
"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together." ~Woodrow Wilson~
Love, Jerelene

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A boy and his Cello.....

Hi Everyone! I promised you I'd post a few pics of Sam and his new cello. He still has to learn how to hold the bow correctly..(we've been working on it) He really loves it though!! It has the most gorgeous sound :)
Remember my clematis? It has been blooming like crazy since I posted the first set of pics. The blossoms are really thick now...It is just beautiful..and it still smells heavenly!!
And just for cuteness...here's a baby pic of Mickey that we ran across recently...Isn't he adorable?
When he would eat his back feet would lift off the ground...
It's been a lovely day here...I opened the windows and took my sheets and towels out to hang on the line. The clouds look like you could pull them out of the sky like cotton candy...
I weeded my flower bed and spent a little time outside since it's so beautiful today. I don't know if it's cicadas or what...but the insects are just humming like crazy in the trees. I'm hoping to leave the windows open tonight and let this lovely breeze that we're having blow in...don't you love watching the curtains blowing in the breeze?
I decided to add this.....It was sent to me and I thought everyone would enjoy reading it..here's the link...it's worth looking at:) go here It made me smile!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Hugs to Everyone...talk to you soon :)
Love, Jerelene (Why does spell check always tell me my name is mispelled ?) Smiles!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Catching Up..

Hello to everyone! It's been a busy week here so far! So I guess I'll try to catch you up on everything that's been going on.

The school corporation did post 2 more part-time jobs. So please pray even harder. I'm hoping that this time Mark might actually get one of them...nothing would make me happier.

I would love to hear from all my pen-palers. I'm hoping that everyone got their cards out to their pal for the month. If you could just leave me a comment here letting me know..I would feel a lot better knowing that each partner got a card.. I've had a bit of a tummy ache here Sunday and Monday. I've got a card to send to Tamara and I will try to get it out to her right away. I also sent Lori, my pal for the month a card.

I have a little bit of a story to tell...Saturday evening I had went to our local Wal-Mart with my Mom and Sam. While I was walking around I happened to notice one of the ladies that had helped out with Sam's dog show club. I felt the sudden urge to go down the aisle and talk to her. I even started to walk away and again felt a strong urging to go speak to her. So, following my instincts I walked down the aisle and said "Hello!" I then told her that I was Sam's Mom and she said oh yes, I remember you.. Then I proceeded to tell her that I really appreciated how kind and helpful she was to Sam during the classes. I also told her that he was thrilled having got 2 blue ribbons and that he had really enjoyed the class and that she had been a huge help to us the day of the show. She literally teared up and told me she really appreciated me stopping and talking to her. She then started telling me that she hadn't been well and had been thinking that maybe she just might not do it anymore. I then asked her to tell me what was going on with her healthwise if she didn't mind. So, she did and we got into a deep discussion about life and Sam's illness and hers. She then told me just had been really down about everything in general. She said her co-workers didn't really befriend her and that her husband works out of town a lot. I then could just tell that she was really lonely..and sad. So I just felt moved to ask her if she might want a friend. Well, this really put her into tears and then she asked if she could hug me. I of course said yes. So, then I told her I would love to have a new friend; that I don't get out much and that I would love nothing more than to go sit together and have a coffee or coke and just talk whenever she wanted. She agreed and we exchanged numbers. It was a very moving experience for me. It was one of those few times in your life when you feel like God was really using you for something worthwhile and that you have a purpose. I've always been very talkative and not the least bit shy. This was the first time that I felt like this was a blessing from God. I left Wal-mart feeling a lot happier than when I went in. Her name is Norma..I haven't called her yet..but I will...
I went to the parent meeting for Sam's homeschool co-op on tuesday evening. Sam will be taking beginning strings..(cello,)choir, beginning drama and art. I didn't know it before hand..but the kind ladies that are the chairpersons for this..asked me to get up and talk about Sam's Tourettes and about Sam. I wasn't expecting this AT ALL. I did though, at their urging, rise to the occasion in front of 60 families and the teachers..none of which I had ever met before...except one family...get up and give my little speech. I actually think now, that it may have been good for me. I told them all about his getting diagnosed, everything he's been through as far as meds and all the tics and how I didn't know until recently if he was even going to be able to do this co-op. I also told them that I would love it if they would talk to there children about Tourettes and about Sam...I told them that sometimes kids, even adults either laugh or shun him and how he wants to make some new friends...and, that I hoped they would all tell their children to please take the time to get to know Sam...that he is a wonderful, sweet, caring, intelligent and special person. I closed with telling them all how happy I was to be there and how excited Sam was to be coming to the co-op. Afterwards, many of the parents and all the teachers came up and talked to me and told me they were looking forward to meeting Sam..One of the teachers..The art teacher..really touched my heart. She told me that one of her teachers in college that taught her art, has Tourettes. He evidentally is quite prominent in Society locally and is head over some big Art Program here. She said her teacher was one of the most gifted people she ever met and that in her experience people with Tourettes are quite often gifted in the arts..and that she wouldn't be surprised if Sam was too. Then she finished me off with telling me that I was a wonderful and loving Mom to have got up and spoke as I had and that Sam was an extremely lucky little boy to have me as his Mom...(tears....)
On to happier things...Sam got his cello yesterday and he is very excited. He got to meet all his teachers today and quite a few of the students as well. Things went very well and everyone was extremely courteous and kind to him. I am very optimistic and feel that things are going to be great with this co-op. :) I'm looking forward to making some new friends too! It was nice to be around other Moms and know that they homeschool too. Sometimes, you can feel kind of alone..and it's nice to meet others that you can relate with a little on that subject :)
I will post some pictures of Sam with his cello tomorrow as I am just too tired tonight. It has been an extremely long week. It's rained off and on the last few days and my poor arthritic joints are aching for me to go lay down...so I'm of to rest my weary head! I've missed you guys this week. I tried to pop in with a couple of you hoping you would see that I hadn't ran away...
Please, please let me know in the comments that everyone sent their partner a card :)
Hugs to All of you from me!! I appreciate you guys so very much...you are the best friends ever!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My Friday Favorites...a day late

A while back I promised to post some pictures of my daughter Elizabeth's ceramics that she made her senior yr. of school. She made quite a bit of it..
These 2 lovely little dishes...the girls' prom flowers are in them..(they've went to a lot of prom's and Christmas dances..)
A purple pitcher that she made for me....It's really unusual...but I like it :)

A close up of the one with her name on it..It's so pretty..and it's shiny blue inside too!
This is the turtle that she made for Sam. It sits on my computer desk next to where my mouse is..it's a favorite too!
That's about all for now...These were supposed to be my Friday Favorites, but I wasn't able to get on here to post. Elizabeth loved her ceramic class and we loved what she brought home.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
I couldn't help myself...I'm in the mood for Autumn...hence, the blog change. I love Fall and this background reminded me of quilt squares...
Hugs to everyone!!
Never apart, maybe in distance,
but not in heart.
Author Unknown
With Love to All, Jerelene

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Flowers and More...

Hello to everyone! The lovely Mary Poppins music is in tribute to Marcy... at Blessing Each Day's post about sugar. She is a very sweet friend and everyone should check out her blog...she's on my sidebar...Go for a visit!!! My old-time clematis has finally bloomed! She was worth waiting for :)She smells just heavenly...She is growing all over about half or more of my clothes line..I will share though! It smells a lot like honeysuckle and the smell is just wafting all throughout the yard. I LOVE it!
And she's pretty too!
Mark is staying busy picking all the tomatoes and we're still getting some squash and zuchinni too..I hate to say it..but I'm kind of looking forward to it coming to a close for the season. I'm tuckered out :) If any of you know anything about saving corn stalks for decorating with..I'd love some info. I don't know if to pick them and dry them or if to leave them where they are...I want to decorate for fall with ours..Any info for me the dummy..would be greatly appreciated :)
I wish this picture would have shown you a peek at our albino zucchini..we've had one plant that has grown very pale, almost white zucchini all season long. I think he was way on the right and I didn't get him in the picture :(
All of that lead to lots of this...and this is just a peek into the pantry.. some of what I've been having fun with!! There's lots of other frozen goodies too..And this is our dear sweet pumpkin and his buddies...he really is getting big and it's hard to tell by this picture...We really like him and his friends..a lot! :) I've lost track...I think there's big guy and maybe 2 others that are turning a lovely orange...and there's a few new babies too...Life is Good here in the pumpkin patch! They make me very happy..always a smile when I go out to take a peek...

And this...is my poor old pink rosebush.. She's had a terrible time with yellow leaves. I was told she's kind of old fashioned and has been here a very long time. I've tried to get out and cut the yellow leaves off and cut back after the blooms some...but of lately I've not had the time. I thought this bloom was pretty and that she deserved to have her day in the spotlight too! I do love pink roses. In the spring, when she first started blooming..she was really lovely. I even brought blooms in and put them in vases. If I could keep the little fur babies from weeing on the bottom of her..I'm sure it would help :)
We do have some fencing around the bottom and that helps a little...
Friendship's Flower
Life is like a garden
And friendship like a flower,
That blooms and grows in beauty
With the sunshine and the shower.
And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.
And, like the garden blossoms,
Friendship's flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.
And, if the seed of friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship's flower will bloom for you.
~Helen Steiner Rice~
I hope that your tomorrow is Happy and Blessed!
With Love, Jerelene

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Someday..I'll have some free time again :)

It was a nice first day of school here at the Postin house. Sam did really well and I didn't get frustrated...YEAH!! As I told some of you Sarah is going to be participating in the GED class through the local school corporation. She will take a practice test and then they will do classes with her on tues. and thurs. evenings on any parts that she didn't pass on the practice test. We gave her the choice of just getting a homeschool transcript and working with me in this..her senior yr. or doing the GED classes. I think she was kind of tired of working with me and wanted her days free to work at her job. She works at the local Tractor Supply and has been there a yr. now. I'm really kind of relieved..this gives me a lot more one on one with Sam and eliminates the arguing which happened occasionally between she and I. She can be a little hard headed sometimes. I guess that's somewhat normal for a 17 yr. old. But..this does make it a little more her responsibility to get things done. I actually think that will be better than trying to get her to do things for me. She didn't start homeschooling until her sophomore yr. She went to church school her freshman and sophomore yr. At the end of the sophomore yr. we came back home to homeschool. I should say...she spent a couple of months her freshman yr at public school and it just wasn't working..at all. I am not a bit sorry for pulling her out either. The time she spent at the church school and here at home was good..she did learn and wasn't around the crowd that she was around at the public school. We did still have some troubles with her...but all in all I wouldn't change things from what we did...Sam started homeschooling at the start of 2nd grade...he is in 6th grade this yr. and does very , very well with homeschooling.
I haven't felt well yesterday or today..I run a fever quite often and started running one again this weekend. I do think I've been doing a little too much..I'm going to be taking all of your sweet advice's and taking it easy for a while. My heart problem has been giving me a good kick too..so yes...it's time to slow down a bit. I have mitro-valve problem and when I do too much it really starts skipping and making me short of breath. My arthritis is also giving me a fit and so I sat around a lot today and yesterday. I always tend to overdue in the summer. I don't know why that is..but it always seems like there is just so much to do! Does anyone else overdue it in the summer too?
I thought maybe you might like to see some pictures of some of my hobbies when I'm not so busy with veggies. I'm hoping very soon to have a little free time to enjoy some of these again....:)
This is the raggy squares I started on for Elizabeth...Don't you just love the sweet smile on the butterflies face?
I love the little ladybugs...and the green fabric is sparkly...there's another square with the center fabric in it...underneath the little rooster...it says..all things grow with love :)
Yummy, yummy!! The little words say I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

This is just a basic square block throw quilt...well, it will be eventually :) Do you see the sweet little dragonflies and raggedy ann and andy? Oh yes...the sweet little cherries too?
The little girl one in pink is my absolute favorite!! It shows her doing laundry, gardening, ironing and cooking on a little cookstove..you can see the little black chimney at the bottom of the square ;)
I'm hoping to put a back on it and finish it this fall...Sam's is pretty well ready to quilt too...then I got so busy...and a little scared...and haven't finished it yet. When I got the quilting foot it was harder than I thought it would be. I thought I would try to practice on a few things before I started quilting on his...this little project may get done first as a learning experience..
Sometimes if I get the chance I sit down and knit some pretty little dishcloths too! I usually end up giving them to my Mom...she likes them so well and I like giving them to her...sometimes she uses them and sometimes she just sits them around and shows them off :) I love the way the cotton yarn feels..I just hate that purl stitch..it makes me mad sometimes!!
Well, that's it for me tonight! I'm off to bed..I've not been sleeping well either. Is it possible to feel so tired or crummy that you can't sleep? That's kind of how it's been for me lately :(
I wish I could just lay down and sleep...really sleep and not toss and turn and roll around all night. I am cutting back on the caffeine. I think it may be part of many of the problems I've been having. I hope everyone has a great Thursday and that it will be blessed and happy!!
No quotes tonight...just sweet dreams to everyone and many hugs :)
With Love, Jerelene

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Hello to everyone! It was a busy weekend here...lots more time spent in the kitchen for me. Salsa, zuchinni relish and zuchinni bread were some of the things made other than the mess. Wow..you really do make a mess when you can..at least I do. When I get finished with the actual canning..then you get to the not so fun part of cleaning everything up :( Yesterday and today I have just tried to take it easy. We officially start school tomorrow..so I felt like I needed to rest a little.
I got the nicest card last week from Marcy...she sent me a card to let me know she was thinking of me. After Mark didn't get a good call saying he would be starting after the much anticipated interview..I had been pretty bummed to say the least. Even though..they did say not to get upset that they would be hiring some more after school started..I am trying to keep my chin up and concentrate on that...Marcy's card stated that when life gives you lemons..make lemonade. I am trying to do just that...It was full of wonderful Bible verses and recipes. I would love to make a lemon meringue pie..I've never made one!! What a sweetheart Marcy is! She is very thoughtful and helpful to everyone she meets. I'm so very sure that Heaven is smiling down on her :) Thank You Marcy!!

I posted previously that we had been busy painting...so I thought I would share a couple of pics...

And this is the Canna that I'd been anxiously waiting to open....isn't it pretty? I gave Mrs. Cow something to really smile about :)
I just realized I didn't take a picture of the shutters...duh!! Well, they're grey now too..They look a lot better now than they did. I'm very happy with the results. Now my next big project is hopefully going to be to finish things in the kitchen. I just love the kitchen shown here...actually I love a lot of the rooms on here...but be sure to scroll down and check the kitchen out..it's beautiful!! (Eileen..this made me think of you!)
For all of you village pen-pal r's....I would love to hear from all of you that participated. It would just be nice to know that everyone sent and received :) I'll be mailing mine out tomorrow (So, Lori...keep your eye out for a card :) And if any of you haven't met Lori...please check out her blog and get to know her as she's participating in the pen-pal exchange :) and will eventually be your partner!
It's been scorchingly humid and hot here...It's stormed here off and on the last couple of days. I am hoping that it will cool off a little tomorrow. The horrible humidity has been giving me the worst headache. It always does...and the rain makes my joints ache horridly..I've been that way since I was a child. I guess it's just something you sort of get used to..sort of..
Tomorrow will be kind of busy...but I'll try to prepare a little something tonight for tomorrow..
I hope your week so far has been a good one...and that tomorrow will be even better :)
There is no distance too great between friends..for love gives wings to the heart.
~Elizabeth Koehler~
Friends are angels...following you through life.
With Love, Jerelene