Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy Birthday dear friend

Dear Friend,
It will be a day late, maybe two days, before you read this. As the time ticks away, it may even be a day late by the time this is actually posted. It all depends on how long I spend looking thru old photos. :)
This one is not old. This one is hot off the presses from last weekend. 
Readers - please notice the beautiful tissue paper flowers behind me. They were made special by a new up and coming artist. She's 5 1/2, so it might be awhile before you see her face on a billboard. But the talent is there.

I believe in angels,
The kind that heaven sends,
I am surrounded by angels,
But I call them friends.

- Aizabel Parinas -
During our young and carefree days, it was so easy to get together and hang out. Today, even though it takes a little bit more planning, it is just as fun!



Friends will come and friends will go,
The seasons change and it will show,

I will age and so will you,
But our friendship stays, 
strong and true.
- Author Unknown -





When you ask God for a gift,
Be thankful if he sends,
Not diamonds, pearls, or riches,
but the love of real true friends.
- Helen Steiner Rice -







There is a miracle called Friendship
that dwells within the heart

and you don't know how it happens
or when it even starts.
But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift
and you realize that Friendship
is God's most precious gift.
- Jean Kyler McManus -

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

a game of blogging tag


My CFA tagged me in a game of blogging tag. She writes over at Look to Him and be Radiant. Since we no longer see each other daily or weekly, it is nice to at least read about her life online. :)

It only took me two weeks to respond. Sorry for my sluggish blog activity lately. 


So Here's The Rules:


  1. The first rule is to post these rules.
  2. Post a photo of yourself then write 11 things about you/your life.
  3. Answer the questions for you set in the original post.
  4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.



That's me on the right. My oldest niece J is posing on the left.

Eleven things about myself
one - I was in WI this past weekend with my dear friend J.We went to a concert with Aaron Shust, Jason Gray and Downhere. It was a great night out!

two - I love the program Adobe InDesign. I thought I could go without using it at my new office, but after 6 months I broke down and loaded my personal copy onto my work computer. 

three - I just saved my brother-in-law and sister $1950 on repairing my car after my sister backed into it. A little buffing and touch up - skip the new plastic bumper and trim and don't worry about the dent. Cha-ching, $$$$ money saved! I love it!

four - I found a great second hand store in Peoria that I always find something that fits and at a great price. I would tell you about it, but I'm afraid it if gets too popular, there won't be anything left :).

five - I am the new mama of 24 baby chicks. I incubated them in my office and they hatched on Monday. I'll save the photos for another blog post.

six - I love to play volleyball. Love it love it love it! It never matters if we win or lose, I always love playing with my team. 

seven - I'm also a volleyball snob. I only love playing volleyball with other people who know how to play. I try to avoid playing any "slop" ball games. 

eight - the last couple of years I have added a new vegetable to my foods I eat. At the beginning there were so few veggies that I liked, it was easy to add something new and tasty. I'm not sure what to add this year. Parsnips was one recommendation. 

nine - I make the best batch of popcorn. I consider it one of my specialties. It is the only dish that I have ever had people ask me to make for them.

ten - I have changed my own car battery, car oil and windshield wiper blades. 

eleven - one of my life long goals is to learn to back up with a trailer attached to the back.

My CFA's questions for me.....



  • Favorite movie? Driving Miss Daisy or Fried Green Tomatoes
  • What did you want to be when you were little? I don't remember much from when I was little. I remember when I was really little I wanted to be "Julie" who was one of our neighbors. When I was in high school I wrote a report about wanting to be an obstetrician, but that didn't last long. 
  • Most expensive item [at the grocery store] that you have ever purchased?? Razor blades. Can you believe how much they cost now?
  • Best television series you have ever watched? NCIS.  After 10 years, they still have a strong character plot going on along with interesting issues in individual episodes. (That was exactly what my CFA wrote for her question/answer. I didn't even change the explanation. In fact, last night's episode is playing in the background as I type this.)

    • Most Memorable Moment - when I broke my foot is the one that came to my mind first. 
    • Favorite Childhood TV Show - Dukes of Hazard was a favorite! 
    • Kitchen Item You Cannot Live Without - wooden spoon and my little ceramic corel cooking pan
    • Favorite Recipe -Roasted chicken
    • Dream Vacation - a nice rental house in a small quaint town that is quiet and peaceful. It could be near an ocean or a lake or in the woods.
    • Coffee, Tea or Pop - tea with honey
    • Favorite CD that you can listen to the whole thing -Mercy Me, The Generous Mr. Lovewell.
    1. I tag... Ema
    Her questions are:
    1. What color is your toothbrush?
    2. Describe a recent funny story from/with your nieces or nephews.
    3. What would you like for your 40th birthday?
    4. What is the most recent thing you cleaned?
    5. What was a memorable facebook comment you read today?
    6. Name every school you have been a student.
    7. What do you remember about kindergarden?
    8. Who do you talk to the most on a regular work day?
    9. If you had a completely free day would you fill it with new adventures or just relax?
    10. What is your favorite pair of shoes?
    11. Have you ever broken a bone? If so how did it happen?



    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Sissy's Vacation


    Dear blog world,
    I would like to introduce myself. My name is Sissy. A year ago I moved to a nice big house where 2 people live. They are usually around the house quite a bit to pet me and sweep up my long hair that I like to leave on the floor and furniture for them.
    It is a nice quiet place to live. Every once in awhile three little kids show up and then things get a little more crazy. I can play with them for a little while before my patience runs out and I have to go find a quiet place to hide. 
    Things do get a little bit hectic when this dog shows up at their house. He is so much bigger than me, I don't really know what to do. 
    I think it was those three kids who picked out my name. A my other house it was Henrietta. I'm not sure which name I like better - or worse.

    Well that is enough of that. I took over this blog today to tell you about my vacation. The two people that live here went away for awhile so I had a nice time without them.

    I started out my vacation at this new little place that just opened up. It is called The Laundry Basket. It has a nice fresh and airy atmosphere. The modern decor is just faboulous. Very geometrical designs. I was so glad that The Laundry Basket could fit me right in. Since it wasn't busy I could spread out and come and go as I please. I give it a 5 star rating.

    I love a good adventure, so several days I took advantage of the roof top activities. If you have never climbed on top of a roof, then I highly recommend it. It is a great challenge for individuals or for groups. 



    I just had to spend some time at the spa. My coat needed some deep conditioning. I had to skip the massage portion because I am so picky about who touches me. However, I did let the lady style my hair.




    It was perfect timing because I had a surprise visit from my boyfriend. I could hear him outside and I could see him through the window, but no one would let me out. No matter how much I yelled and hissed, I could not get anyone to open the door for me. I just don't understand why.
    Either way, it was nice to see Sunshine. (Shh...don't tell, but we met up one night when I got outside. Someone at the house kept calling for me, but I waited until bed time before I came back.)

    The accommodations were spectacular. I had a choice of this cozy little bed or I could share a big bed with the maid servant. I enjoyed having options. 

    The two people who live here came home safe and sound and life is back to normal. Actually, it's not much different than vacation. I love my life!

    Paws and Purrs
    Sissy