Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 Favorites

As I was packing up Christmas decorations,
I was thinking back over the year.
(yes, I am one of those who take down before New Years)

Where did the time go?
It seems as though the year melted away
like an ice cream cone....
gone before I really had time to enjoy it.

Here are a few of my favorite things
shared with you in 2011.

This gorgeous day in January when
the sky was so blue reflected in the lake.

A spring walk in the park with another
blue sky framed with the fresh green leaves
of spring.

Dogwoods of Easter.

Do we detect a nature theme here...............

Surprise wildflower "secret garden"

Sunflower Trail

Fall trip to the Ozarks

Beautiful Lake Greeson, Arkansas

Melrose Plantation tour with my
lovely daughter.

Home for Thanksgiving and Mama's
Rio Somba rose.

Beautiful Christmas gift of Pelicans
on the lake.

Not all was lovely....the drought, the unexpected
surgery, the relentless, record high heat of our summer..
but, for some reason,
 my heart chooses to remember the beauty.

I pray your 2011 was beautiful........
looking forward to the blessings of 2012. 

Till next time.....

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas
 From Our House To Yours!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Pelican Brief

As you know, we live in the Pelican State
with the Brown Pelican as our state bird.

We rarely see Pelicans this far north, but
once in a while, we get this awesome experience
and usually it is only for a brief time.

I passed by what is locally known as the
"twin bridges" and as I looked into the lake
cove, this is what I saw. Hundreds of
pelicans, white egrets and "poodle doos"
or "coots"  as some folks call them.

The day is overcast and grey so the
pictures are a little on the grey side as well.

The beauty of our state just speaks to my heart and
I know you all have places of beauty where
 you live as well.

Lots of folks fish from the bank on this
part of the lake. This pickup truck caught my eye.
I know my son-in-law would like it....
pretty cool ride to go fishin' in, I'm thinking.

I know this isn't exactly Christmasy to
most folks, but for us, this is what we
see this time of year.

This brought such joy to my day
and I hope it brightened yours a little also!

Til next time,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Not pictures you would expect in December.

As I drive down the street to my house,
this is what I see................

Beautiful fall color...

Isn't it almost Christmas??

I took this one this morning while a misty
 fog was hovering, but this color would
not be quiet!

Even trees that normally just drop
their leaves without turning color
are favoring us with beauty.

I was going to post some Christmas
pictures but just couldn't resist nature.

We had some fall color back in October and
early November. Below freezing
temps the first of December could be
what brought the color out.

I, on the other hand, prefer to think God
just decided to bless us with an extra dose
of beauty right now as we celebrate
the birth of His Son.

"Oh come, let us adore Him!!"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Office Christmas Elves

We're getting into the Christmas spirit
around here, going to great lengths
to bring a smile to the faces of
folks who drop by the church :))

Meet Mrs. Rudolph, Mrs. Santa and Mrs. Christmas Cheer...
(I'm the Frosty Hat lady)

Don't you wish you had a little
Christmas elf to help you get
all your work done?

How about a cute little reindeer like Megan,
who makes sure things run smoothly
for Bro. Randy?

Or a Mrs. Santa like Ilona, who
publishes our bulletins and calendars
and keeps Bro. Kris at the right place
at the right time.......

Or maybe, Mrs. Christmas Cheer, Sharla,
who makes sure our bills are paid and
our paychecks are delivered.....
a favorite of everyone on payday!

As well as decorating ourselves, we like to decorate
 our office area for the holidays.

Keeping the reason we celebrate Christmas
evident to all who enter.

With a little winter whimsy added for fun.
These ladies are the sweetest!
They make going to work fun.

Now, if I could just get Mrs. Santa to finish
my shopping and Mrs. Rudolph to wrap my
gifts and Mrs. Christmas Cheer to do my
 holiday baking, ..........

Hoping your day is merry and bright!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


While visiting family in Mississippi recently, my niece
 and I took the opportunity to shoot a few photos of this
wonderful old barn near my mother's house.

The patina of the wood is just beautiful and the
barn has been lovingly and carefully preserved. 

I have a little confession to make, I
still haven't learned to use my new camera!
I am so familiar with my old Canon,
I just grab it an go.

I know my niece has the same camera
and she takes great pictures. So I imposed
upon her to give me a few lessons.

This old barn was the perfect place to practice.

But, there is still much to learn........:)

~ Remembering Pearl Harbor ~

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An Especially Happy Thanksgiving!

With a face like this...what's not to be thankful for?

How about a whole couch-full of sweet
faces to be thankful for?
They are GG and Pawpaw's great-grandchildren.

Grandma Karen and GG with the newest member
 of the Mississippi side of the family.

This was our first time to see this sweet
little boy. He was a joy all weekend.

We also got to visit with the twins (niece's children)
 and the triplets and their older brother
(nephew's children) on Thanksgiving Day.
(Yep, we come in groups on this side of the family:)

The only thing missing was our daughter and son-in-law
who gathered with the family in Shreveport this year.

We have much to be thankful for...........

I visited some of the beautiful places around Columbus
while I was there. It is a beautiful old city
with tons of southern history.
I will share those pictures in a later post.

Till next time.............

Monday, November 21, 2011


"Over the river and through the woods
Trot fast my dapple gray.
Spring over the round
Like a hunting hound
On this Thanksgiving Day. Hey!

Over the river and through the woods
Now Grandmother's face I spy.
Hurrah for the fun,
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie."
                        English folksong

We will be going
"over the Mississippi River"
and through the
"woods of western Mississippi"
to Mother's house this week.

We won't be riding a dapple gray
but we are looking forward to
mama's dressing and pumpkin pie!

 I am thankful for family and
the opportunity to gather together
around the table in fellowship.

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie Weather

Our daughter and son-in-law came for
supper. The weather was
crisp and cool yesterday, so I
decided it was a pot pie night.

Rooster plates seemed to go with
the chicken theme :)

Hot from the oven!

This recipe was given to me by
a co-worker many years ago
and always tastes good and is
very simple, quick and easy to prepare.

Chicken Pot Pie

2-3 chicken breasts - boiled and chopped
2 cans cream of potato soup
1 can mixed vegetables-drained
(frozen mixed veggies can be used also)
1/2 cup milk
Fresh rosemary - finely chopped
(or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pie crusts -  I use Pet Ritz rolled crusts
that come two in a box.

Mix all ingredients and pour into an unbaked pie shell.
Top with second pie crust.
Slit top crust to allow steam to vent.
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until
top is browned and filling is bubbly.

We also had a green salad and Shannon
brought brownies for dessert. Not gourmet
food by a long shot, but good and filling
and best of all, shared with family.

Till next time.....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


"How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,

Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky,
Twisting, turning through the air

Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.
                                                    Elsie N. Brady, Leaves

Are you tired of tree pictures?
I hope not..........

The trees are spectacular here now.
I am afraid any day now, I am going
to wind up in the ditch because I have
 my eyes on the trees instead of the road!

As I write, we are actually getting some rain
and I'm afraid most of the leaves will be
on the ground after this.

I hope your part of the world has been
 as beautiful as ours this fall.

These are pictures from my yard.
Sassafras, Black Oak, Crape Myrtle and
maybe a few others are pictured today.

Till next time.......