Time flies by…


I started this blogging journey in December 2013 thinking I wouldn’t make it through a couple of months.  Here it is a year later and I’m still here.  Some months have been pretty slow posting wise, not so much life being slow.  As a family we’ve been through a lot this past year.  Dealing with the bullying of my grandson in the spring and then with finally getting the diagnosis of Autism.  He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome but due to the changes in the DSM-V he falls under Autism now.

Had a pretty quiet summer, got the pool up and working even with dealing with a leak in a new liner.  Spent a lot of hours on the mower in the “back 40” from March through October.  One of my favorite things to do outside.  In the midst of all of this I started back to school, working on my Masters in Criminal Justice.  It has been an interesting journey from May.  Been on break with no classes since mid October but they start back next Monday, 5th.  Transferred to Nova Southeastern in FL to finish.  Pretty interesting class starting, all about Firearms and Ballistics and the other one on Forensic Science.   Looking forward to these two.

Still hanging on to my insurance license, got too much time and money invested not to keep renewing it every two years and doing the continuing education.  I am in the midst of working on my AFIS (Agriculture and Farm Insurance Specialist) designation, so I guess taking the third part of that course will be my continuing education this year, that and the Ethics class that is required.


Started by journey as a Jamberry Nail Wrap consultant in November.  Funny thing, I’d never heard of them until August of last year when a Face Book friend had a Face Book party and then became a consultant.  Wish I’d know about this company before.  Pretty new, started in 2010 and growing fast.  Check it out: http://www.eulasullivan.jamberrynails.net/ and anyone wanting info let me know.  Cool nail wraps and get paid to have pretty nails.  It’s only in the US and Canada right now.

Through all of this the last month has be trying on my health and dealing with blood pressure issues.  I am hoping that things will settle down again when school starts back next week and one of the grandkids will be back in school.  They have all been sick including the three year old.  This crazy flu and respiratory stuff is nothing to mess with.  If you are sick with this, go to the doctor, emergency room or something.  Kids are dying from it, scary crap!!

If we could keep all the vehicles around here running it would be a miracle.  Out of seven vehicles, three are down right now….OUCH  that’s a lot of $$$$’s going to be going out the door. can-stock-photo_csp7026993

This is about it for my crazy life.  Striving to increase my blogging and writing in this new year and accomplishing much more along the way.  With major home improvements looming on the near horizon it’s going to be a busy one.







Photography 101 – Day 2 Challenge – Street and #NaBloPoMo

Yes, I am behind.  Yesterday’s challenge was a street.  I went to Richmond, VA three years ago and this is one section of the interstate that cracked me up with the sign.  If anyone plays any of the games on Facebook you can relate to the “Farmville” sign.   Love Virginia and look forward to going back.  This one of my favorite pictures,  and that’s the reason I am using it on this challenge.

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Photography 101 – Day 1 Challenge – What does home look like? & NaBloPoMo #3

Photography 101 – Day 1 Challenge – What does home look like to me?

When I think of home, I think of a safe place, a place to grow and learn and be loved.  My mother always had roses and many other flowers, there was seldom a month that was half way warm that something wasn’t blooming.  When I see roses I think about her.  My roses are still putting out new growth and blooming even though we’ve had several nights in the lower 30’s and upper 20’s this past week.

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Taken with my Fire phone but downloaded to my computer.

Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend….change your batteries

It’s that time again, for most of us in the US, daylight savings time (DST) will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2nd, 2014.

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Most US clocks will spring forward again in early 2015, when DST resumes on Sunday, March 8th. Do we really need this and does it save on energy?   The debate is still on and now that the end of this year on DST is almost here it has ramped up again. Seems like most want to just pick one and stick with it, there doesn’t seem to be much savings as the temperatures drive energy use more than an extra hour of daylight would save. Since DST is not mandated by the federal government there are some states that don’t observe it.

And don’t forget, when you set you clocks back now is the time to change the batteries and test your smoke alarms!

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A properly installed and tested home fire alarm with a fresh battery is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to protect yourself and your family from a home fire.

What do you think about DST, do we need it?  Please leave a comment.

Holidays, family and food….what’s your favorite?

Well, it’s almost that time again. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years – the holidays; a time for many things including family gatherings and food. Many of us have favorites that we cook every year and many of us like to try something new. I thought that this would be a good time to share favorite foods (recipes, pictures, etc.). Maybe there’s something you want to try that you haven’t attempted before, post that and see how many offers of help and suggestions we get.

One of my favorites for the fall is banana nut bread and apple crisp pies and of course chili.chili spiced cider

I remember making banana nut bread with my Mom many years before she passed. When I think about that and about family dinners, it makes me sad since both my parents are gone and both my mother and father-in-law as well. Granny (my mother-in-law) used to make jam cakes every year, that’s a lengthy process for made from scratch for sure.

Fruit salad, cranberry salad, candied sweet potatoes, ham, turkey, dressing, homemade biscuits with country ham, redeye gravy, white beans, pinto beans, green beans, turnip greens, corn bread, mashed potatoes, baked apples, fudge pie, chocolate cake, coconut cake, peppermint cake, jam cake, and on and on.

Jump right in here, what’s some of your favorites in the food department for the holidays. Share a recipe or two and some pictures.

What about those homemade food gifts – hot chocolate, spiced cider, fudge, old fashioned hard candy.hard candy 1 hard candy 2

I could keep going but now it’s up to you.