Monday, June 29, 2009

Killing Fields

I just finished reading this book yesterday and watched this movie last night.

Both were wonderful and I recommend watching the movie and reading the book.

Haing S. Ngor played Dith Pran in the movie. They had similar experiences in Cambodia during this time. They became close friends after they made it to the US.

Both the movie and the book made me sad and I cried. What a horrible experience for them both and all of their countrymen.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Memory Verse Week 26

Halfway through the year already!!

Proverbs 14:26 (New King James Version)

26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


These are two 10 inch Granny squares made for a charity for an afghan. They get squares from many people then put together a blanket for charity or someone special.

It's one great thing about my crochet board. If I want to do something easy in between projects, I can just look under the charity section and see what's there.

These squares are made with Red Heart and the color is Cafe.

These squares are going to a members brother in law who is very ill.

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's out of control...

I can't help it.

I bought more yarn. It was on sale for a good price. I don't need more yarn. I was finally getting my stock worked down a bit.

But lately I haven't been crocheting as much. I've been needle pointing and doing small crochet projects for charity.

The yarn pile has taken over the extra room now. There's yarn piled everywhere with a narrow path between colors. It's bordering on obnoxious. My husband was looking for some headphones and thought maybe they were buried up there somewhere. If it gets any worse, I could be trapped when the yarn pile collapses and the fire department will be digging me out.

It will all be used, no doubt about that. Eventually.

In a recent conversation with the hubby, I told him I didn't need to buy any more yarn for a while.

I even admitted I had a LOT of yarn....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

And another one........

RIP Michael Jackson. Only 50 years old!

RIP Farrah

Farrah Fawcet died today. She battled cancer for three long years.

I used to watch Charlies Angels. And she was wonderful in Burning bed.


Thankful Thursday

Today Laurie has chosen deserved rewards as our theme.

I'm not really sure what to say about this subject other than God knows what we deserve and what we don't deserve and he never gets it wrong!

Today I am thankful for:
*warm weather
*swim lessons
*my two children
*reconnecting with long ago friends
*my husband for working so hard for us

Colossians 3:15, King James Version
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


These are butterflies I made for the Holocaust Museum Houston.

There are eleven altogether and they are made with Red Heart scrap yarn. They are super easy to make too. They measure about 5 inches across and 4 inches tall.

More info about the project here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


RIP Ed McMahon.

I always enjoyed the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon. He was a wonderful sidekick to Johnny.

I have vivid memories, of when I was young in the 70's, of watching The Tonight Show with my Grandma when we went to visit. We laughed a lot and at a young age, some of the more racy jokes went over my head.

More Ed info

Monday, June 22, 2009

First day of Summer!

This is the first whole day of summer. It's hot and humid here and my husband put in the air conditioners yesterday!! I am so glad.

We don't have many plans for the summer. We are not taking a vacation this year.

The little guy has swim lessons through out the summer and T ball will last til mid August probably.

There are some birthdays in July too.

I'll be driving my mom down to Illinois again this summer. She wants to visit some more places.

Other than that not too much happening.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A quote

Don't let the past be a hitching post--but rather, let it be a guidepost!!

Memory Verse Week 25

Proverbs 13:20 (New International Version)

He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm.

Wow, I like this verse a lot!!!

Happy Fathers day!

For my husband and the daddy to my children. Happy Fathers Day!!!

What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad
Author Unknown

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summer solstice 2009

Tomorrow is the Summer solstice. It arrives at 12:45 CDT am Sunday morning marking the beginning of Summer int he Northern Hemisphere. It is the longest day of sunlight in the whole year!

More info here from last year.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Finally finished!!!!

I finally finished the Leprosy bandage I started so long ago. WOW, I can hardly believe it was over a YEAR ago that I thought of starting this project.

It ended up being about 4 inches wide and 42 inches long. I used a D hook and #10 cotton thread. This is also the first time I have ever worked with thread.

I have to admit, it seemed more like a chore to finish this bandage. The hook is small and the cotton thread is even smaller. My eyes aren't what they used to be either so it was a difficult task. I want to make another one since I have the thread for it but I will use an E hook next time.

Read the three posts below for more background info on this project.

Read thispost

And this thread.

I used the Ecru on the right hand side.

And finally, this one.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today we have had some strange weather. I am thankful for the sun and warmer weather. I was getting tired of the rain.

Today our host Laurie chosen "Your fathers eyes" for our theme today.

I actually have my fathers eyes!!! My four brothers have blue eyes and I have my fathers brown eyes. My little guy has my brown eyes too.

My dad is no longer here but I wish he was since I have a ton of questions for him, things I didn't think to ask when he was alive.

Today I am thankful for Gods eyes that are on all of us all the time. I am thankful for such a father to look out for me.

I am also thankful for:
*hot sunny days and air conditioning
*my husband who is the best husband and daddy!!
*fresh food
*fresh air

God loves fathers. He is one.

-- Dr. James I. Lamb

Ephesians 1:17
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy 234th Birthday!!

Today the United States Army celebrates its 234 th Birthday!

Army info

Two hundred and thirty-four years ago, the United States Army was established to defend our Nation. From the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror, our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a deep commitment to our core values and beliefs. This 234th birthday commemorates America’s Army – Soldiers, Families and Civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong both here and abroad. Their willingness to sacrifice to build a better future for others and to preserve our way of life is without a doubt, the Strength of our Nation.


I bought some Carl books when I first got married in anticipation of more children. My daughter was sort of too big for them at the time, but I feel in love with these books.

I have recently been reading them with the little guy. They have very few words, so each time the story is just a little different!! And the little guy has started adding his thoughts on the stories as we tell them.

There have been some new Carl books written since I bought the other ones and I have ordered them since they are so fun to read with the little guy.

I would definitely recommend these books to anyone with smaller children. They are fun to read, and make up parts of the story!!

Just look at any book seller under Alexandra Day. They are truly wonderful books!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Memory Verse Week 24

Proverbs 13:10 (New International Version)

10 Pride only breeds quarrels,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Flag day

Happy Flag day!!

I posted about Flag day last year too. You can read that post here
Look here for more info

When : Always June 14th

Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.

As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!

Properly Display Our Flag

There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:

* The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
* In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
* The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
* The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
* After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's called "half staff" on land ,and "half mast" on a ship.
* When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
* The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
* The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
* Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
* Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
* When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see.Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony.

Famous Flag People:

Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the country's first flag and the rest is history.

Francis Scott Key Inspired by the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to our national anthem as he witnessed the event as British rockets whizzed in the air while our American Flag flew in the breeze

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Farmers Market today

Today I woke up early and me and the little guy went to the Farmers Market in the big city.

First we picked up daughter and two of her friends.

I haven't been to this farmers market in many many years. We have a tiny tiny farmers marker two days a week in my little town.

The big city farmers market was gorgeous. It was beautiful. It was full of yummy smells and beautiful colors.

I smelled cilantro throughout the whole market. There were tons of flowers and plants too. Herbs and other miscellaneous stuff. We didn't look at all the miscellaneous stuff but I bought some yummy produce and fruit!! I thought the prices were pretty good too! Better than the supermarket prices.

I bought:
*three different lettuces (split with daughter)
*a huge bag of spinach
*tiny new red potatoes
*grapes (dirt cheap)
*green beans (dirt cheap for a ton of them)
*onions (split between all of us--dirt cheap)
*BISON roast!! ( I had told my husband that they have them there and he told me to get one!)
*strawberries (again they were dirt cheap for the amount we got)

I would like to go again but not with the little guy. I would like to look at everything they have there again. I have to admit that the little guy was wonderful though. He held my hand or daughters hand the whole time. And he got a balloon sword made for him!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Disco baby, Disco....

Yes, disco. I liked disco music. Or most of it.

One of our high school dance themes was disco.

What brought this up you might ask??

Well, I recently got an invite to my high school class reunion. And during my high school years, disco was popular.

My favorite group was the Bee Gees, I still like them.

KC and the Sunshine band? Yep. The Hustle? Yes. A hometown favorite--Funkytown--yep!
Gloria Gaynor--I will Survive was also another favorite. Donna Summer. I could go on and on but I won't, you get the idea.

Who could ever forget Saturday Night Fever?? A young John Travolta??!!!

I wasn't much of a dancer at all but I sure liked the music, or most of it. I still do. I have lots of it on my iPod too.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thankful Thursday

This week Laurie has chosen true beauty for our theme.

Everywhere we look, there is Gods beauty all around us.

You only have to step outside and look around. At the flowers, the trees, the animals and the vivid colors all around.

I can only imagine the real beauty God has for us.

Laurie referenced the Sistine Chapel. I would love to see the beauty of that.

Today I am thankful for:
*the beauty I see each day outside my front door
*my hardworking husband
*being able to stay home with my children
*my friends


Psalm 96:9 (New King James Version)

9 Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.

Proverbs 31:30 (New King James Version)

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

1 Peter 3:3-5 (New King James Version)

3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—
4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The other dog

This is my other dog. She is a Jack Russell too. I inherited her from my aunt who got her from the neighbor when she was about seven months old.

Neither of us named her either. Her name is Sophie and she is seven years old. We have had her for almost five years now.

She really didn't want her picture taken so it took about eight shots to get this one.

June Blankets

These are 12 Granny Squares I have made over the last few days for a charity project from my Crochet board.

These are easy to make and it's a great stash buster too!!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Lou

This is my dog Louie. He wanted his picture taken too. He is my Jack Russell and he is seven years old. He's a good little dog!

June Blankets

More NICU blankets.

From the top down:

Pink 15X18
Blue 16x19
Wh/Black 16x16
Blue 18x22
Wh/Purple 21x20

The pink one is made with Homespun. The two light blue ones are made with Joann's Rainbow Boucle. I am not sure I like this yarn and I have more of it left to crochet with. It may or may not have been a poor choice for yarn. The white/black and white/purple blankets are made with Red Heart.

All these blankets are made with leftover yarn I have. It's been a great project for getting rid of those scraps of yarn! And the preemie blankets are fun and quick to make.

I joined in this project last year too. My daughter was a preemie and it's nice to give back a little.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Memory Verse Week 23

Proverbs 12:25 (New King James Version)

25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.

Arranged marriage??

Yesterday as we were driving, my little guy asked why I cried at my wedding!

Let me back up a bit. We were talking about sister, when the little guy was in my womb, how me and daddy met, where we lived before we met, all about the house and where we live now etc. Innocent little guy questions.

About a month or so ago, we all watched our wedding video. I cried through most of my wedding and of course they were happy tears!! I explained that to the little guy while we were watching the video.

So today as we were driving around he started asking if Mommy and Daddy knew each other in school. We explained we grew up in different towns and didn't meet until later. He then asked if Mommy knew Daddy when we got married! When we said yes, he asked if that was why I was crying at my wedding!!!! We told him that it wasn't an arranged marriage!

My husband and I burst out laughing!!! It was such an innocent question but it was how the little guy said it!!! We told him that it wasn't an arranged marriage!

So we had a good laugh yesterday afternoon.

Saturday, June 06, 2009


The Normandy Landings were the first operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, also known as Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 British Double Summer Time (H-Hour). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

The assault was conducted in two phases: an air assault landing of American, British and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 6:30. There were also subsidiary 'attacks' mounted under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the Kriegsmarine and the German army from the real landing areas.[3]

The operation was the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000[4] troops landing on June 6, 1944. 195,700[5] Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000[4] ships were involved. The invasion required the transport of soldiers and materiel from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

This site has a lot of D day info.

This is another good site.

Lego Jackpot!!

Today we hit the Lego jackpot!!!

About a week or so ago, I told my dh that we need to get some legos for the little guy.

We ordered one thousand miscellaneous specialty pieces off Ebay for 49.99, free shipping and the seller added 100 extra pieces.

Then we went out and bought a basic set.

Then today, we all went to my mom's for cleaning day. I was telling my mom about our lego adventure and she told me that she has a container of legos up in her storage area in her garage. So, I go up there to look and lo and behold there are THREE containers of Legos!!! As seen in the picture here.

These are the same legos that my daughter and her cousins played with years and years ago at Grandma and Granpa's house and my mom was happy to pass them along to the little guy!!!

So we are all in lego heaven here.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today Laurie is our host for Thankful Thursday. Today she is talking about a spiritual sweet tooth.

To me that means someone hungering after the word of God. Through the bible, devotional or whatever they choose.

I go through phases of having a spiritual sweet tooth and admittedly, my sweet tooth for the Lord should be all the time.

Today I am thankful for:
*having enough food, this is something I often take for granted
*beautiful spring weather
*my husbands days off work
*my little guy who makes me laugh every day with what he says
*a good day at practice kindergarten!

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Seven Things

Two more items for my seven things project. Even though I don't do it weekly, I still find items to recycle and rehome.

I really think it is an ongoing lifetime project.

These two items I rarely used.

The Gizmo can opener ( remember that?) was just ok, I never really used it much at all.

The blender is like new it was so rarely used. Just no need for it really. And it takes so much space when space is at a premium.

So, these two items will go to a friend having a garage sale for the breast cancer walk. She generally does very well with her garage sales!!

Monday, June 01, 2009

June Blanket


Not exactly a blanket but close enough!

This is another prayer shawl.

Made with Homespun Plum.

It measures 86 inches wide by 42 inches tall.

It is for a young woman I know that is battling cancer. She is a classmates daughter.