Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Melody's book describes how the families of the children communicated and tells about the life lessons she learned from those seriously ill young people. Although Melody has written these stories from the perspective of young people, the strategies and lessons from the book might easily be applied to people of all ages. To view Melody's blog, go to http://journeysgrace.wordpress.com/.
Melody states that the purpose of her blog is to connect people who are interested in the common topic of dealing with serious illnesses and to help people find the resources that will help them in their journey. She suggests that if you have thoughts/ideas/comments about life-threatening or altering illnesses, she would welcome your questions and comments on her blog.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
And here is one final picture for Little One who does not have squirrels where she lives. When she came for Easter she was fascinated by our squirrels which she called "monkeys" because she had been to the zoo and watched the spider monkeys climb in the trees.
Friday, April 24, 2009
After the meeting I was amazed that our group was able to improvise in such a way that we planned a quite nice event without spending lots and lots of money, thanks to the generosity of the members of our group. We were also challenged to use the resources that we had before we just went out and spent money. I can apply that same principle to my own life by using the resources I have before I just go out and spend money. Guess I had better check my resources before I go shopping this afternoon!! !
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I can see one of my flower photos framed and up on my wall! Or I could use it for a study for a painting. I might use the one I posted on Charley's Plant back at the end of March. It is a closeup of a beautiful orange flower from the plant on our back fence. It was in full bloom all during February, March and into April. Alas, it has gone to seed now, but it was so beautiful that we had people stopping to ask the name of the plant. We don't know the name of the plant, but call it Charley's Plant because it came from cuttings I got from Charley's plant in Corpus Christi.
Here is the picture I was thinking about for the poster!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
But, alas, Son #3 and his pal, Nero, had to return home and to work. We really enjoyed having him here, though! Hurry back--and I have to admit that my husband kept offering to adopt Nero, all to no avail!
Friday, April 17, 2009
She says, "I love reading your blog and I have some solutions for your gift buying. Right now there is a fantastic sale on girls' clothes at J.C. Penney. Not much for boys, alas. I buy a lot of presents there. My other favorites are TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls. They have kids' toys and books for a fraction of full price. You have to check that they work and all pieces are present but they are usually good deals.
I never go to the toy stores. That would be way out of my league, especially when I buy for my grandchildren and the CASA kids I work with. If you plan a year ahead, you can get $40 little girl dresses for less than $10 at both Dillard's (best), Macys (OK) and Penneys (depends). So do your shopping a year ahead at the end of the seasons. In about 2 weeks, I predict the Easter dresses will be reasonable. For me, less than 75% off is not a sale, but a trap."
I agree with Kathy and went Easter shopping yesterday. At CVS I found two grocery baskets of Easter things marked 75% off. I bought several Easter egg-shaped note pads for next year's Easter baskets along with Easter grass, a couple of little stuffed bunnies and my bill was $1.63. The Easter grass was 20 cents a bag! That was quite a savings considering what it would have cost the day before Easter. I packed those things up in my Easter box to have next year when I begin preparing for Easter baskets here or gifts that I send to my grandchildren for Easter.
I also stopped in at Michael's (same shopping center as CVS) but their Easter sale was only 50% off and that was not quite low enough yet. By next week it will be 90% off and that will be more appealing to me.
Happy after-Easter shopping!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
One of my unplanned efforts at de-cluttering happened last week when our living room flooded. We had to move two large bookcases and I decided it was time to eliminate a bunch of things so that the bookcases would not look so cluttered. My biggest problem is letting go of some family heirlooms that I have inherited from my grandmothers, my mother and an aunt who died several years ago. I hate to turn loose of those things, but I can see that they definitely add to my cluttered look. My sister is a master at arranging things artfully, but mine just looks like CLUTTER! Sis, can you come over and give me a hand at rearranging my clutter--or just eliminating it??
Anyway, I hope to learn some good things on Lori's blog about de-cluttering my house.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Granddaddy giving a wagon ride.
The girls at the Japanese Tea Garden.
One of our Easter art projects.
Little One with the Easter eggs she found on the Easter egg hunt.
Great-Gram and Little One relaxing on our beautiful Easter afternoon.
We had a wonderful time with Son #2 and his family. I was so glad that they chose to spend Easter with us and I was sad to see them leave. Now I will begin to prepare for a visit later this week from Son #3 and his pal, Nero.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Cousins getting to know each other
My sister-in-law with the youngest of the cousins.
The cousins on an Easter Egg Hunt.
My hubby entertaining Miss Ella Bella like he did our boys a "few" years back.
Our lovely neighbor (on the right) provided a pedicab ride
My brother helped entertain the cousins in our backyard
And we ate every time we turned around. Yum! Mexican food!
We had a wonderful time and the weekend was over before we knew it. I am so grateful for the times that we celebrate together.
Friday, April 3, 2009
In the interest of saving money, I was thinking about making some of the stuffed animals I used to make for my children as they were growing up. We still have a few of them around here. However, my time is limited right now due to lots of company this weekend (blog report soon--taking LOTS of pictures).
A young mother visiting us also suggested that I go to a couple of second-hand stores in our area that specialize in young children's clothes and toys. She said that she has found several toy sets in excellent condition with all the pieces intact and the price was very reasonable compared to the local toy stores.
Well, I am off to buy a birthday cake to cover the 5 birthdays that we are celebrating this weekend with close to 30 people visiting for the occasion(s). Then I plan to visit at least one of the second-hand children's stores! More on the family gathering next week when the dust settles and I can hook up my camera to the computer for a pictoral view of the weekend.