Pleased to meet Ya

Now it's time to say Hello to me and all my kin
I would like to thank you folks for kindly droppin' in
You're all invited back again to this locality
To have a heapin' helpin' of our hospitality!
Hillbilly, that is, sit a spell, take your shoes off
Y'all come back now, ya hear?

--adapted from "The Beverly Hillbillies" by Paul Henning

Monday, May 31, 2010

Quite fitting

You have met Seth, Stephen, have seen my husband Jerry (who has his own blog HERE), have caught a glimpse of my granddoggy Coco...but you've yet to meet my wonderful daughter Amy. Today is quite fitting for an intro because Amy's husband is deployed in Afghanistan.

Recently I wanted to do something nice for my daughter. She and I had attempted to make some scrubs for her awhile back, but we got stuck on the sleeves. This past week my sister, of Heathers Custom Sewing came over and taught me how to read a pattern and sew on those pesky sleeves! I think the scrubs turned out so pretty! (But not as pretty as my 'little' girl)

I enjoyed making them so much, I plan on making more styles. (someday)
Here are a couple of Amy style reminders to leave you with for this Memorial Day...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Stephen's Mall Adventure

 We have so much to show you and catch up on while my computer was ill! Seth, Stephen and I all have something to share, but since Seth is at his cousins for the holiday, I'll give Mr. Stephen the spotlight today.
(By the way...please forgive the blurry shots. I was so disappointed in them, but this was such a big deal I had to include them. My husband's phone did not work well for me. I need to remember to take my camera everywhere because Stephen is always wanting to write adventures!)
Here's Stephen now:

Today me and mommy woke up Daddy real early. Mommy said she wanted to go to Farmers Market. We shouldn't have woke up Daddy early cuz we didn't have much luck at Farmers Market. But seeing as how we wanted an adventure we went looking for one somewhere else. Have you ever been to someplace called "The Mall"? That's where we went and it's full of adventures! Just look and see what I did:

I found out that the mall is a very big place. It was so hard to choose what adventure I wanted to do first. But, then I saw just the thing. Since I am a cowboy, I figured it was time that I had my first bull-ride. I look a little nervous, but I was just doing that for mommy. She doesn't really want me to be a bull-rider, so I didn't want her to see how exciting it was! (Don't tell her that I really had fun.)

Have you ever been on a speed boat? Me neither, til today. Daddy found this blue one. It was cool, and it zoomed really fast. Daddy said it was neater than most speed boats cuz we didn't even have to get wet. I just loved zooming fast!

Do you know what I did in that speed boat? I zoomed all over the place til I found the Ocean! There were even Killer Whales there! Oh, don't worry. They didn't hurt me. They were my friends. They even gave me a ride. See?

When I was riding the wales around the ocean, I saw some horses far off in the distance. I knew since Daddy is a real live cowboy, he'd want to ride them. We picked one out for me named "Duke". Daddy said it reminded him of John Wayne. I know all about that guy (He's in my room. I'll show you someday), so we just hopped right up and rode Duke.

Before we went home, Daddy said we had one last adventure to go on. He took me into a big place and taught me all about tools. Him and me, we are going to make things together cuz we are best buds.

Don't you think that was some really big adventures today? Mommy says I am getting to be such a big boy going on all these adventures. I think being a big boy is fun!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Stupid, that's what it is. Why do people make computer viruses? How does it benefit them?

Well, mine got a virus, and it killed it. Dead.

So..that's why you've seen no new blogs. Hopefully in one more week, maybe less I'll be back up and running again!

I'll also probably have around 500 blogs to catch up on reading. That is not an exaggeration. I love to follow/read blogs.

See you when my computer is back from surgery.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Stephen makes a friend

by Dinger
A Friend is one who needs us and one whom we need. Around us may be many whose companionship we enjoy, but were they suddenly to drop out of their places there would be no soreness, no sense of deprivation, no lack of comfort. We do not need them, neither do they need us. A friend is one to whom we cling, though many leagues of space separate us. Though days pass with no sight of his face or word from his pen, we know our friend loves us and that when we meet again we will be on the same old terms: we shall begin where we left off. A friend is one in whom we can confide. The secret chambers of our soul open to his touch on the latch. Thousands imagine their friends are numbered by scores, but if subjected to these tests every one of them would fall into the great sea of common humanity.

(photo: My youngest-Stephen and my "granddog" Coco.)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Seth Gets

LOOK What I Got!

My mom took me to Jamesport, MO (An Amish town) and I got 2 Amish home remedy books. One is about people and the other is for animals and garden. They're very helpful, and I hope to use them alot.

My roses are in bloom. I use roses alot in my herbal pillows, bath stuff and even tea. I plan on harvesting these blooms tomorrow.

This is peppermint and chamomile. The chamomile isn't doing very good. This is my first try, so I hope it gets better.

These are my other herb starters. I have 50 started, but they aren't all coming up yet. My catnip isn't coming up at all, and I use catnip alot, so I hope they sprout!

This is my work station. It's actually pretty handy. I have a sink to wash dirty plants, and a spot for all my herbs. The herbs have to be kept in a dark, cool place, so we keep fabric over them.
That concludes my blog for today. Next time I promise I will teach you how to make herbal syrups. Also, are you sick? Do you have a chronic illness? I will try to help you find the best herbal remedies to help you. Just ask.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Kreativ Blogger Award

What a nice surprise...I got my first blog award! Thanks so much to tolduso for thinking of me!
 Here is the award:
The rules are pretty simple: I just need to type 7 things that you may not know about me, then pick 7 people to pass the award on to. As a thanks to Tolduso, I will splash some pics from her Etsy shop throughout my blog.(My kids...hint hint, mother's day is coming!) Sit back and enjoy how a hillbilly becomes a hillbilly!

1. Not too many people know that my mother died when I was only 8 yrs old. She had a brain tumor. Life changed for me real quick! I believe all things happen for a reason, and if my mom wouldn't have passed away, then my #2 wouldn't be.
2. My dad remarried and had 3 more children, but due to a family split, I haven't seen my younger siblings for years. My sister was 12 yrs old the last time that we really spent any time together. Last fall she found me on facebook. It turns out that she has an Etsy shop, too. Well actually two of them ~
We still haven't seen each other face to face, but we've done a lot of catching up over the internet. We both sew, both are self taught, and neither of us knew that about one another until last fall. I love Etsy and facebook for bringing my sister and I together again.

3. Since the invention of this blogger thing, my true inner self is coming out. It used to be, most people thought I was pretty reserved until they got to know me. Actually, I am daring and can be a bit crazy. I've been indoor skydiving and outdoor bungee jumping; I've hiked in tornado warnings and severe ice storms; I've stayed up for 3 days straight to hang with some teens. In fact I have a nick name...MamaG...given to me from some teenagers. The G stands for goose because I am just crazy as a goose most of the time.

4. I have a target painted on the car wherever I'm riding. It's invisible, but if one wants to find it, I am sure that they will. I have been in 5 collisions (that I can remember) where our car was totalled, and each time they crashed into wherever I was sitting. The two put me into labor, but I was on the way to the hospital to be induced anyway. As for the other, we flipped in the air, rolled several times, and I spent a year in physical therapy~ but not one night in the hospital :)

5. I used to have Miniature Horses and used them to help under-privileged kids in 4H. We put on our own horse show and everything. My smallest horse stood 18" tall at the whithers, was smaller than our Lab, and was a very feisty stallion. When I had to get rid of them, I sent my two favorites to a home for mentally impaired women. ( I miss my little horses ).

6. I absolutely love to hike. I geocache so that I can find fun or beautiful places that you wouldn't normally find otherwise. Several years ago I made my kids go on a 20 mile hike with me for Mother's Day. That won't be happening this year, I am too out of shape from that geriatric pregnancy!! I do miss hiking, but I am prone to spending my entire summer covered in poison ivy...and that would probably not be good with baby around.

7. As I sit here typing this, I am wondering what to put on this last item. I have done so many things in my life that I've learned from. I've been places that I'll never forget. Things have happened that have molded me, some good, but a whole lot of bad that I keep tucked in the back of my head for only a small handful of people to catch a glimpse of. Frankly, what it all boils down to is my faith. Nothing happens that God doesn't allow to happen. The most important thing I've ever done is to put my faith in Jesus, and really nothing else matters much. It's all neat, or interesting (or maybe not so much); but 100 yrs from now, no one will know who I even am. But, I know where I'll be!

Ok, now for my 7 people that I am picking to give the same opportunity to are...(drumroll)...

Thank you so much for this; it was fun!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fine Sunday Fixin's

I don't know bout you all, but Sunday Supper is a big thing roun our house. Boy, we get ourselves all fancied up like and head on down to the local chapel for some good music and some o' dat southern preachin'. I am a bit worried that my stomach might be makin some awful big noises in church this morning, cuz I know my mind'll be wonderin', thinkin bout that yummy supper waitin for us at home. I am goin to share one of our finest recipes with you all today. Enjoy!

Sunday Skunk Supper
  • Two adult skunks~ ya needs to skin them suckers, and take the bones out too. The hounds don't be likin skunk bones so, just save em for Pa to wittle into toothpicks. An be real careful like with the scent gland. Set is aside for later
  •  one-fourth cup oil~the cookin kind
  •  one-fourth cup butter
  •  two cups finely chopped celery
  •  one-fourth cup finely chopped parsley~it might jest be a tad easier to chew it to the right consistency
  •  two cloves garlic, finely minced
  •  one bay leaf
  • two carrots, chopped
  • two tablespoons flour~get that kind like you use for bread. Dandelions an daisies just don't work as well. But, they do make it a tad perttier.
  •  one cup broth
  • one cup dry red wine
  •  three tablespoons whiskey (mind you, we keep it roun just for' ailin. Them fancy folks call it 'cognic' but they just stick their fine nose in the air too much to admit what it really are) 
  • one pound ripe, red tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped~I just scoop em outta the wash tub after we wash the hounds in it. What's it called nowadays? Repurposed? Boy, it are what it are. Using your marbles, thats what it are.) 
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • juice of half-lemon. (I jest get the boy to suck on the lemon and spit it out. Saves me the trouble)
  •  one-fourth teaspoon nutmeg
  •  one cup wine (Grandpa's gooseberry wine is the best)

Preheat yur cookfire to 350 degrees. In large skillet, brown skunk well in oil and butter; add carrots and stir until lightly browned. Sprinkle with flour. Add broth as needed when mixture starts to brown. Stir to dissolve brown particles. Add remaining broth, red wine, whiskey, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Place in cookfire, cover and bake three hours. Strain gravy. Bring strained mixture to boil. Add lemon juice, nutmeg, an grandpa's gooseberry wine. Carefully puncture scent sacs and add fluids to mixture. Simmer five minutes. Pour sauce over skunk
Dont that jest sound like a fine Sunday Supper? My mouth is a-waterin like a grizzly bar sniffin up a bee hive.
Speakin of Skunks: Pa started him a new blog too. Now mind, he's a bit more sophisticated then me, so's dont ya all be expectin recipe's an the like. Hed be mighty proud if'n you'd check it out. An if you take a yearnin to foller him too, Im fairly shore he'd puff up like a croc after a fine meal.