A Mother Who Reads Is A Wonderful Thing

 

My mom was a reader long before I came along. At least I can’t remember a time when she didn’t have something she was reading.

She taught me to read before I started school.  And she read to me every night when I was little. Sometimes the same thing over and over….The City Mouse And The Country Mouse was a favorite.

She also made a lot of my clothes back when I was little. She didn’t stop doing that till I was about 14 or 15 I think.

She taught me how to cook and keep house too. She is still teaching me some things because up till recently I wasn’t really much interested in cooking.

My mom was a beautician for years but she retired when we moved and now she only does hair for family, friends, and neighbors.

She is really good at figuring out how make a place look great. She helped my cousin with her decorating and she helped me with figuring out how to arrange my place.

She is pretty good at listening and just hanging out too.

She does have an addiction though. Yep Farmville got her. I’m not sure she is going to recover from that.

I love her anyway. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Mother's Day

Tomato Gravy For Breakfast

When I was little we often had tomato gravy for breakfast. I loved it. I still love it.

We had it with biscuits and scrambled eggs.

Scrambled eggs.I think it was my great grandmother that introduced tomato gravy into the family. I’m not really sure because I remember having that from when I was really young.

She made it just like milk gravy except you put canned tomatoes in it instead of milk.

First you brown your flour in a bit of grease (or oil)…she got hers really browned but some folks don’t like the taste of that…you can brown it however much you like. Be sure and salt and pepper it too.

When the flour is as brown as you want it…add your tomatoes and stir till it is as thick as you want it.

Then you eat it. I still love that stuff. I can’t eat it as much any more though…it tends to give me indigestion these days.

And of course back then we used the canned  tomatoes that my grandmother, mother, and aunt had canned themselves out of my grandmothers garden. With the help of us kids of course!

That may have been part of what made it so good….knowing that I helped put up those tomatoes. It was such fun to pt the tomatoes into the  boiling water and watch for the skins to split. When I was bigger they let me take them out and peel them too.

The diced tomatoes you buy at the store work just fine…but they are still not the same.

Maybe remembering things makes them seem more pleasant than they really were….and it probably wasn’t so much fun for the grown ups…but it made for some great memories!

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Books You Can ReRead For Years

Most of my all time favorite books are books that you can reread multiple times. They are just as good the second time…or the tenth. Some are even better on reread because you get more out of them the second time…and the third…and every other time you see something you didn’t notice before.

Little House On the Praire cover.The Little House On The Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are like that. I have read them more than 20 times…the last time was less than two years ago. They are still good. One thing I like about this set of books is that the first one is written for young kids…and each book is written for someone older than the last book…so your child can start with the first book when she is little and read the others as she gets older…and grow up right along with Laura and her sisters.

Another book that you can read multiple times is The Stand by Stephen King. I have read it well over 10 times and the last time was just as good as the first time.

The Dragonriders of Pern books by Anne Mccaffrey are great to read over and over as are the Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordon.

Actually it seems that most of the books I like to read multiple times are books that are part of a series.

I love the Red River of the North series by Lorraine Snelling too. Those I have read about 6 times so far.

And of course the Sackett books by Luis L’amour are really good rereads.

Oh I almost forgot the Lord Of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien! How could I leave those off????

There are so many more! I will have to go through my library and make a real list and post it.

You notice that I seem to like all different kinds of books? Is that normal? What do you like?

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That Rebate Sure Went Fast

We did get a small refund on our State taxes this year. It has already come in and been spent.

We got my hubby a couple of  McDavid wrist supports and a couple of books about small engine repair. One for really small engines (weed-whackers) and one for larger engines (lawn mowers).

McDavid Wrist Support.

The Federal tax hasn’t come in yet and I have no idea what we will do with it. So far as I know right now there isn’t anything we actually NEED…except to pay bills. So that is probably where it will go.

This year was the first time I ever did our taxes myself. My mom used to do them but she decided this year that it would easier and probably cheaper to just take them to a professional.

Ours were pretty easy. We qualified to use the free online programs you can get to from the IRS site.

I picked the Turbo Tax one because it did both Federal and State and because it is supposed to be pretty easy.

It did turn out to be pretty easy. It guides you through it one step at a time.

It also went pretty quick. The only time consuming part was typing in the information. So I’ll probably do the same thing next year. If we don’t qualify for the free program then I’ll use the paid one. It doesn’t cost all that much and is worth it to get it out of the way so we don’t have to worry about it any more.

Which is a heck of a relief. Not to mention spending the money is fun!

Have you got your refund yet? What did you do with it? If you spent it…what did you buy?

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Practicing Procrastination

I love to procrastinate. Especially if it involves dusting or dish washing.

That is mostly laziness right there. Other procrastination involves boredom…or fear.

Sometimes I’ll have a book review and it turns out that the book was harder to get into than I expected or wasn’t quite what I thought it would be…and then I tend to put off finishing it and the review.

And sometimes when I know darned well I NEED to get a post written….I just don’t think there is anything to say that anyone would want to read. My mind is blank or what is on my mind doesn’t seem that important.

So basically I’m afraid to post some things.

The weird thing about that is that some of the blogs I really love to read are only about everyday things like cleaning a kitchen or weeding a garden.

So I guess it isn’t really the subject matters that I don’t think are worth the effort…but that I don’t believe I can make those subjects seem interesting.

So I put it off. And some never get done at all.

I’m working on getting over that. I don’t think I’ll ever give up procrastination completely though.

So do you procrastinate?

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No Fooling! April’s Fun!

No Fooling! April’s Fun!

 

Or at least it can be.

I remember my uncle getting a goose egg from one of our neighbors and putting it in one of our chickens nests. My husband was new to chickens and he wanted to see if my hubby would really believe one of the chickens laid that egg.

Goose egg and a chicken egg.

I was out there when my hubby went in the pen to get the eggs and picked up that huge goose egg. The look on his face was priceless!

Of course it didn’t take him but a minute to figure out that there was no way our chickens laid an egg that big. It was more than twice the size of the regular hens eggs.

It didn’t take him more than a couple of seconds to figure out who put the egg there either.

He took it inside and just looked at my uncle and Uncle James started laughing so hard he almost fell off the couch. He was really tickled especially when I told him that my hubby actually thought for a minute that it was one of our hens eggs.

That was a really funny joke. My hubby still gets tickled whenever he thinks about that. Most of the fun was in my uncle getting so tickled about doing it.

If you are short on laughs this month check out a couple of pictures that made me laugh. One is on cheezburger.com and the other is on uberhumor.com. The cheezeburger site is pretty much family friendly…the other site does have some bad words and crude jokes on it so be careful.

Do you have any really good jokes you remember playing or having played on you?

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Heralds Of Spring In Northeast Arkansas

Heralds Of Spring In Northeast Arkansas

Right now it is pretty hard to believe it is actually spring. It snowed here this past week and it has been cold outside.

There are a few things that indicate spring is here though.

The Corkscrew Willow started putting out leaves a few days ago! It will be fully dressed for summer before long.

Peony shoots coming up.

One of the Peony plants is starting to come up already! I can hardly wait for the blooms. They are usually big and gorgeous!

Purple grasses, or weeds.

This purple stuff is coming up everywhere too. My yard doesn’t have it thick enough to look like a purple carpet but some places do. I think it is pretty when it comes up thick.

I’m not sure if it is a weed or some kind of grass but either way I like it.

And of course we have had Daffodils and Jonquils for a while now. Some of those are finished blooming already but a few are still going strong.

White Jonquils in my back yard.Daffodils in my yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve also seen a few Tulip trees blooming on the way to town. Those are really lovely!

So if it would just warm up a bit it would really feel like spring here.

How is spring coming along in your area?

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It’s Never Too Late

It’s Never Too Late

Clocks keeping time.

Not too long ago I ran across a quotation that really inspired me.

It was “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” by George Elliot.

I have no idea why that resonated with me so much. Maybe because my hubby has been talking lately about things he didn’t do.

I wrote the quote down to show to him too. I’m not sure what he made of it. But to me…it is saying…don’t be sorry for what you weren’t…just start being whatever it is you want to be.

If you wanted to be a writer…but never got around to it…well it isn’t to late to start! No matter how old you are.

If you wanted to go to college and couldn’t or didn’t for some reason. Go now!! When my hubby was taking classes there was a lady there in her 90’s and she was having a ball! Unless you are past being able to think at all…it is not too late!

Of course there might be things you can’t do once you reach a certain age. I for sure am not gonna try to be a ballerina at this point! And I would have to get in shape if I wanted to take up cross country running or something like that. But I could still take ballet lessons. That might make the getting in shape easier in fact.

So just about any dream is still valid in some shape or form. You would just have to figure out how to do it.

So go ahead! Be what you might have been! It is NOT too late!

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Leprechauns Pot Of Gold

Leprechauns Pot Of Gold

Leprechaun

If I should find a leprechaun and gain access to his pot of gold…what would I do with all that gold?

1) Well first of all I would pay off what I owe on my house.

2) Then I would buy my hubby a truck. It would be a used one because he wants one that is already battered a bit so he won’t worry about messing it up taking it out in the fields and hauling stuff on the farm.

3) I would pay off all our other debts. Namely what I owe the dentist for the work he has/is doing on my teeth.

4) A new car!

Right now that is all I can think of. I’m sure that if there was anything left it would get spent. All we would have to do is go wander around Lowes for a while…we would find things we want! Possibly even a few things we need.

So what would you do if you got a pot of gold?

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Dealing With The Winter Blahs

Dealing With The Winter Blahs

Many days lately have been dark, cloudy, and gloomy. Like this picture.

Picture of a gloomy day.

And not only that it is cold! Which means you can’t stay outside long even if you wanted to be out in the gloom.

But inside isn’t much better.

My whole family is starting to get stir crazy. Of course the daffodils do brighten things up a bit and some bushes are starting to get buds on them.

That just makes us more eager to get outside and start doing things.

My hubby was out trimming trees the other day. Even though it was really cold out there.

We are looking forward to when it is warmer and we can go out in the yard and get the flower beds ready and maybe plant a few vegetables too.

And the local parks will be full of people again. Hiking, playing ball, and swimming. It is nice to go by there and just watch sometimes.

And Crowleys Ridge State park will have their waterfall open again when it is warmer. It is really relaxing to go sit on the benches and watch the water run down into the lake.

I’m really looking forward to sunshine and warm days! How about you?

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