Sunday, November 30, 2008

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.....

Wonder what to do to keep your six year old grandson occupied? Let him play with your camera!

Ya just gotta love this kid!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving please remember to pray for our military. Some are far from home and from their families, sacrificing so that we may be safe.

May you be blessed on this day. I'm so thankful that I have been able to meet so many wonderful bloggers. You really enrich my life.

Please continue to pray that Memphis will be found.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Simply Sophisticated Month Two

Nothing like waiting until the last minute to get something done! The two blocks on the left are the month one blocks for The Fat Quarter Shop's Simply Sophisticated Block of the Month program they have going on now. The two dark ones in the middle are month two blocks of the month. This month they threw in the six on the right for us to do, also. They must be for filling in when we put the entire quilt together. So instead of two to do this month, we had eight! It's going to be beautiful, however, and so worth the extra work.

Our dear little Memphis is still missing. She was spotted on Saturday night about a mile from home. Keep her in your prayers that she's safe and will find her way home.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Calling all Bloggers

My daughter lost her beloved Jack Russell Terrier this past Friday evening. Memphis got out through a side gate by accident and has not been seen since. She's a sweet little adult lady, has short hair and the nights have gotten very cold. They live on a busy street and our worse fear is that she has been hit by a car. We've contacted the local animal shelter, put an ad in the local newspaper, put fliers around the neighborhood, called our local emergency veterinarian, contacted friends in the area and have driven the area numerous times.

Sadly she didn't have tags on her at the time and has not been micro-chipped or tattooed. Please remember to keep your dog and cat's collars on them with their tags at all times. Get them micro-chipped. It's an easy, inexpensive procedure. It could just help prevent the heartache that we are going through.

Please be in prayer that we can find Memphis soon and that she is well.

Thank you so much.

*UPDATE: It's been a week since Memphis went missing and she still hasn't been found. Keep this little dog in you prayers. We're hoping that someone out there found her and doesn't know yet where she belongs.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What is in Miss Jean's Garden today?


Though Autumn is upon us

And Winter not far behind

Yet in a small patch of the garden

Fresh green leaves are appearing

Soon there will be flowers of white, red, blue, yellow and purple

With little chocolately faces

The season of pansies is about to begin

~Marilyn Shepperson

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lest we forget...

We in the United States are celebrating Veteran's Day today. Whereas our Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who died in the line of duty and also to honor those veterans who are deceased, Veteran's Day is to thank and honor those living veterans who served in wartime and in peace.

My father and father-in-law, both deceased, served proudly in the Army during World War II. My Sweety and his brother served in the Army during the Viet Nam War, although they both served their tour of duty in Germany. Our son is presently an officer in the Navy and our daughter-in-law is an officer in the Air Force.

I know first hand the hard work, dedication and sacrifices our military personnel, past and present, have made and are making every day. They are my heroes. God bless them all!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sans Camera

Hey Bloggers out there! I need to know that I'm not the only blogger out there that has missed a great camera shot and a great blogging opportunity because I left the house without my camera!

We live in a rural area that is quickly becoming filled with housing tracks and mini strip malls. It's not unusual to drive by a fast food restaurant and a half mile down the road come upon a working farm. Yesterday Sweety and I were on our way into Modesto to do some shopping and went via a little town called Riverbank. Riverbank has been experiencing some growing pains of late. Rather than remaining the sleepy little town that it has been for years, it filling up with new houses and shopping malls. However, you can still find lots of examples of "the country" and the way things used to be.

One of the roads we traveled on was a prime example of this. It used to be a rather quiet road with not much traffic. Not anymore. It's very well travelled. New houses right up against older, smaller, mini farms. I glanced over and saw a young teenage girl outside her house. Typical for her age, she had a phone stuck in her ear and was attempting to feed the families herd of goats while she talked. Trouble is, she forgot to close the gate. As I passed, I looked in the rear view mirror to see the goats happily crossing the road to get to the greener grass on the other side. Talk about hilarious! Talk about a photo op! Talk about a missed posting opportunity!

I'd like to hear from you about what camera shots you have missed. We're going into town again today and I'm taking my camera with me this time!

Monday, November 3, 2008

This and That

Go on over and say hello to a new blogger, The Voice of Melody. She has just started her blog and already it looks great. It looks like there will be lots of wonderful recipes and friendly chats over tea. Welcome aboard!

I love to read. I always have a book with me when I leave the house. You never know when the line at Burger King might be slow or you get stuck behind a long train. Sweety has physical therapy twice a week so I read there, also. Then there are evenings where I will read for hours. "Is it really 2:00 a.m.?"

I've discovered a new author, Robyn Carr. I just love her books. So much so that I have read three in the past three days! She's been writing for a while so I don't know why I just found her. So far I have finished her Virgin River series of three books as well as her Grace Valley series of three books. Virgin River and Grace Valley are llittle towns set in Northern California filled with good, hard working people. The story lines are compelling and believable. Although they are considered "romance" novels, they are more than that. You won't find any over the top, embarrasing love scenes here. Sometimes I'll buy a book and let my mom read it first (she's 85). Then I get it home and start to read it and think, "oh, my gosh, I let my MOTHER read this!" You won't have to worry about that with these books.
My next read is Robyn's Virgin River Christmas. I can't wait to start it. I"m actually making myself get some work done around the house and errands run before I start it. What I would like to do is crawl back in bed with a cup of tea and start it right now. Discipline, Miss Jean, discipline.

My favorite authors in no particuar order:

Who are your favorite authors. What have you read lately? Do you belong to a book club? What have you read this past year with your group?