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Staying Busy on Vacation

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I am on vacation! It started at 2 pm on the 18th of this
month and I will not be returning to work until Jan. 4th...
NEXT YEAR.

Now, what to do with my time????
Get somethings in order and organized.
Thinking that I just have to much stuff and
it is all closing in on me so I decided that it
was time to clean out cabinets, closets,
drawers and whatever else I can find to
mess with.

Yesterday I decided that I wanted to make a
coat rack for my hall. I got the idea from my
cousin, Kathy. So here are my versions of
what she had made.

The top one is for the coats and the second one is
to hang behind the door in the bathroom to hold my
belts and scarfs.

I got a baseboard from Home Depot, that had
the curved edge over the top. The board cost
me $8.00 but I have been able to get to racks
measuring 24 inches each and one measuring
15 inches ( for towels in the bathroom, yet to be
made).

The hooks on the top one were $3.98 each for a
total of $11.94. With the board cost cut in 3's and
the cost of the hooks, …

Wordless Wednesday

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Beautiful under the Christmas tree.

True Story Tuesday - Kenny Rogers

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Several, several years ago I went to
a Kenny Rogers concert with two
friends. I have always liked ole Kenny
so I was looking forward to it.

The concert was held at the Grand
Ole Opry here in Nashville and we
had really good seats, 4th row back
to the left of the stage. Not bad
seating at all.

Well, my friends decided that for some
reason they were bringing a pair
binoculars to the concert. Between
the three of us we past the binoculars
back and forth to take a good look at
Kenny. From where we were sitting
and with the aid of those strong
looking glasses, we had a great view.

After several passes of the binoculars
it was my turn again. At this point
Kenny decided to stop singing and look
my way and ask me what I expected
to see sitting that close to the stage
looking through the binoculars! Okay,
I was so red and I could have very easily
crawled under the seats in front of me.
Yes, I could see the sweat on his
forehead and the whiskers on his
chin really well…..but did he have
to announce it to the whole place?

T…

I Heart Faces - Pets

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This weeks post at I Heart Faces is about Pets. This is my dog Dakota,
he was happier posing for this shot then he was when I tried to wrap
him up in lights and put a bow on his head!

Run on over to I Heart Faces and check more pets out.
http://iheartfaces.blogspot.com/

Thanks,
Pam

For those of you who know me know that
I am not much of a cooker. I actually
have done more since September then
I probably have in several years. It is
just really hard to cook for one person
so it has been easier to grab something
here or there and make the most of it.

When I married at 20 I was not much of
a cook then either. The reason then was
a bit different, I did not know how to
cook. See my Mom was a stay at home
Mom until I was in the 11th grade. But
even then she was still home to cook
our breakfast before heading to school
and there to cook dinner. Plus, she
would rather not have anyone in her
kitchen misplacing things or making
a mess. With those reasons, I never
cooked.

After marrying, I learned and became
fairly good at it. I cooked my children’s
breakfast before they headed to school
and I headed to work. And after work I
cooked a nice dinner, helped with
homework, started laundry and picked
up things all before going to bed.

Years after my divorce my son moved in
with his Dad, he was 12, wanted…

Trip into the Past - Bethlehem

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Last Friday evening my grandson,
Caleb and I went back in time to
Bethlehem.We walked down
the streets of Bethlehem during
the time when everyone
was called together to be counted

for the census. We watched as vendors
try to sell us their wares, as kids

played in the streets and as people
danced and sang.





Dancing and singing

As we entered the city of Bethlehem we had to sign our names in so
that we could be counted on the
census. And as we walked the streets
we viewed and passed Roman soldiers
with their sheilds and swords.



There were vendors making baskets, selling fine linen, selling
herbs, selling bread and one
vendor's child was even stomping grapes to sell wine. There were vendors that looked richer then some and
poor children that played in the
streets. We viewed shephards
tending their animals. It was a
site to view.
basket weaver
Caleb and the linen lady




Shepard

After our journey through the streets we entered the Bethlehem
Inn. We were greeted and taken
to our seats by servants. As
we set…

Wordless Wednesday

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Pic of niece when I gave her the birthday gift from me.

True Story Tuesday - The Seat Belt

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Many years ago a friend I was out running
around with a friend, Jill.
We were going shopping and then to
do lunch in her car.

Each time we got into the car to go
somewhere I noticed that the seat
belt was acting up a bit. It seemed
to be a bit hard to slip into the slot
and I was having to push on it really
hard. But when I went to release it
every thing seemed to be okay with it.

UNTIL…..when I got back in the car
on our very last stop I really had to
force the belt into the slot but before
I could make mention of it we started
talking and I forgot. When we arrived
to where my car was parked and I
pushed the button to release the belt,
I realized I was stuck.

The button would not push in far
enough to release the belt. I pushed,
she pushed, I pulled, she pulled…but
it would not work. So between gasp
of laughter from us both I suggested
that we go to her brother’s house to
have it cut off! She suggested loudly
that we were not cutting that belt, then
she rolled with laughter yet again. O…

I Heart Faces - Sweet Dreams

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I Heart Faces this week is titled Sweet Dreams.
Go by and check out all the pics.

http://iheartfaces.blogspot.com/











My grandson, when he was 11 days old. He is now 1 yr. old.

Pam

Wordless Wednesday

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Daughters dog.

Happy Thanksgiving

Hoping that you all had a great Thanksgiving.
I sure did. Family, laughs, good times and
great food.

Thanks to my brother, Ray and my sister in
law, Lori for having Thanksgiving at their
house which is big enough to hold us all and
we all can move around. Love you guys.
Everything was so nice. We all bring something
but thanks really goes out to them for what
they do and for allowing all to join in.

We had turkey, ham, dressing, two kinds
of sweet potatoes, creamed taters, and
cheese taters. Baked beans and green
beans, corn casserole and rolls. We
had sweets, and sweets and more
sweets!

We were able to visit with each other,
take family photo's and enjoy each
other.

My Thanksgiving was made even better
when my nephew, Chase asked me to
go with him after dark to downtown
Nashville to photograph. Chase has
recently gotten into photography and
he wanted to do night shots of buildings
and city shots. I was all to willing to
join him and honored that he asked
his FAVORITE aunt! Okay, that might
be a stretch bu…

Grandson's Surgery

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Yesterday my grandson, Dustin Jr., aka DJ,
had surgery. He was born with a club
foot a year ago.

He did really well through the surgery
and was able to
go home in just a few hours.

Being the CAMERA person I am, not
only do I have
my professional camera, I always
have a point and shoot
in my purse. So here are some pics
of DJ after surgery.



my daughter Amber with DJ after surgery in the
holding room.


After he woke up....not sure about that cast on his leg

Looks like he is saying "this thing has to go"
Pretty big cast for a little guy.
Look at those eyes...still suffering from the effects of being put to sleep (that just sounds so wrong) and the pain meds. Thanks for stopping in, Pam




Wordless Wednesday

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wedding I shot a yr. ago.

Hands and Stitches

Okay, so I had surgery on my hands, yes, both
of them 11 days ago. For those just reading about
this I had a cyst removed from my ring finger on
the left hand and a bone spur from the thumb
on the right hand.


I have not been limited much on typing (that is
my job) except for the first 4 or 5 days and it
was a hunt and peck sort of thing. After that I
can type, just not overdo it. The thumb is
still swollen but both are healing nicely.

My biggest issue is that I have to keep them
dry. So washing your hands is fun! I normally
wash the thumb and two fingers next to the
thumb on the left. Washing the right hand
is a bit better, I can hold the thumb out and
wash the whole hand. I have learned to work
with it.

The next problem with keeping them dry is...
showering and washing your hair. Yes folks,
I have showered and I do wash my hair..daily!
I have been wearing latex gloves with rubber
bands at the wrist to keep water from running
in. Not so bad except by the time the shower
is over, I am ripping the gloves off.…

I Heart Faces - Autumn Beauty

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Hello...this is my first time to be a part of I Heart Faces at iheartfaces.blogspot.com This shot is my niece, Holly. I had her out taking pics of her this weekend and this is one shot that I just love. Look at that face, laughter, smiles and fun. Thanks for stopping in, Pam

Thankful

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Caleb...just last fall
Caleb and Nana (I) taken a couple of years ago.

I am addicted to Facebook! I found it almost
a year ago and I have been a daily visitor since,
and I must add more then once a day ( I don't
even count it )....

I have reconnected with friends from school
(and I have been out a while), its a great way
of keeping up with family in other states and
just daily chit chat.

Last week there was a post (can't remember who
it started with) that asked you to post something
that you are thankful for from then till Thanksgiving.
I have posted that I am thankful for family, friends,
my job, and my health so far.

I was telling my sweet grandson, Caleb who is nine
about this and then I asked him what he was thankful
for. His reply, after just a second of thought was that
he was thankful for his great family! That reply made
his Nana happy, it was a sweet r…

Ladybugs

As the weather outside is getting cooler here
in Nashville TN. the bugs are starting to
venture indoors. That ranges from spiders
(which I am deadly afraid of) to Ladybugs.

As I sit at my desk at work I find those
harmless little bugs all over the windows inside.
Now our windows are sealed tight (suppose to
be) but somehow these little bugs keep
finding their way in.

Today, I noticed I had rolled over one in my
floor....oops, didn't see you there.

With that a discussion got started here in the
office about the color. I always thought of them
being red with black spots. The ones that are here
in the office are orange/red with black spots.
So with that discussion of color I had to run to
my favorite source of info...the internet. Had I
had the internet in school I would have graduated
with the highest honors and been the smartest one
around. I read from it all the time.

Anyway, this is what I found out.
Did you know...
Not all ladybugs are really ladies (course not...don't
they need a male???)???
Lady…

Stair Redo

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Morning all,

This post is done in reply to a question
that Gail at My Repurposed Life had.




The stairs after the removal of the carpet. Your basic
building material grade wood...not much to work
with. And I really could not get into the expense of
putting finished tops on the stairs or ripping these
out and putting in all new.


First I primed and painted the rise in white. I did not
paint the over hang lip (for lack of knowing that it is
actually called ), instead I stained it. But being that
the stairs were not good grade wood or pretty enough
to redo I went with this wood looking product.
This is a product that I found at Lowes. It comes in
strips of about 4 inches wide and....oops, forgot the
actual lenght! Sorry.....But this stuff is easy to work
with, it is your basic peel and still flooring only in
strips. Cuts with sissors.


My issue was that my stairs did not meet together and
there was a gap there. So...the fix for that was corner
round, stained.




So there you have it...my finished product. I have …

Wordless Wednesday

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True Story Tuesday -Hand Surgery

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I found myself at a loss for True Story Tuesday
this week and somewhat limited on being able
to type something up....so I decided to make that
my True Story Tuesday.

See last Friday I had hand surgery. Now leave it to
me to not be able to leave it at one hand but I had
to do both! Yep....I did.

On my left hand ring finger I had a small cyst up
from the joint. This had been here for years and
only became an issue when I hit it on something.

Now I can take pain very well but when I hit this
small thing on my finger, I actually would get sick
at my stomach. See picture below, not very big.

Like I said, it had been there for years and I would not have done anything with it.....UNTIL.......


this thing popped up on my right thumb. It was a bit more of an issue for one, it looked bad. For another it was starting to bother me so I went to the doctor to see about them. Dummy me thinking this was an office fix! NOT. It was going to require surgery, out patient to remove these. Well, I figured I only wanted to …

Give Away

I so love a free product to try.

A few weeks ago I actually won a
Hazelaid necklace made out of Hazelwood
and I am wearing it now.

Lauren over at Green Peas Review
is having another give away. Her
blog is where I won the necklace.
Go check her out at
http://peasaregreenreviews.blogspot.com/2009/11/crunchy-clean-laundry-detergent.html

Today she is offering a give away from
Crunchy Clean Laundry Detergent.
http://crunchyclean.com/
Crunchy Clean is all natural and
environmental friendly detergent.
Worth looking into and giving it a try.
So go by the above sight and check them
out also. Sounds very interesting.

Thanks Lauren for getting these offers
together.

Pam

Just a Few Hints

The other day a woman at work made the comment
that her shoes squeaked. So I shared my fix that I
learned via the internet. Lifting up the in sole of your
shoe and sprinkling powder in them and replacing
the in sole. She tried it and it worked great. I posted
this fix last week....

But that conversation lead to another one.....

She proceeded to tell me that her nieces dog had
been laying on her jacket and it was covered with
hairs. She had been using a lint roller to remove them.
I then told her to put the jacket in the dryer on
air dry for about 10 minutes. That will remove those
dog hairs.

You can also do this with silk flowers or vines for
knocking off the dust. I usually put mine in a
pillow case and throw them in the dryer.

If the dust is more stubborn then throw a damp
rag in the pillow case also! Thanks Mom for
that tip.

Speaking on pillow cases:

Do you hate to dust off the ceiling fans? So dislike
it when you wipe them and all that dust up there
goes here and there? Take a pillow case and put it
ove…

Wordless Wednesday- Daughters Dog

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True Story Tuesday - Driving/Racing/Nephew

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My nephew started his driving career really early in life. Chase was just a little tike when he decided to jump in his Dad’s vehicle and back it out of my Mom’s driveway. He could not have been more then 3 years old or so.

We were all outside at Mom’s for some reason when we looked up just in time to see Ray’s vehicle rolling out of the drive, you could barely see Chase’s head bouncing up and down as it rolled down and right across the street in to the ditch. At the point that he hit the ditch, the head disappeared as his body slid down and out of the seat into the floor.

All was well, Chase was fine. It has been a source of fun and laughter ever since. Chase is now 26 years old.

But it really did not stop there with his driving experience. When he was about 8 to maybe 10 years old when he took his favorite Aunt Pam (that would be me!!!) out for a go cart ride. My mistake! We were having a fun time in the lot next to my brother’s house just riding around and laughing. Chase wanted to tak…