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Saturday, January 10, 2015


Jorge and I have lived in our home for almost 20 years.
Our sons grew up in this home.
Many kids have come and gone.
We homeschooled  all the way through in this home.
Our mailman loved coming to our home because
he never knew what he would find in our front yard.
I still remember vividly my boys and the neighbors' kids
re-enacting the Civil War using my bed sheets!
They re-eancted the American Revolution in the front yard,
World War II, the Trojan War, and more.

Chris always had his own unique way of studying.

Many meals have been prepared in this home.
Feeding two hungry boys and their friends was always on the agenda.
When David went through his five hand surgeries,
his friends came over a day or two before the surgery to play Halo.
I prepared a lot of food for those young men.
Neither Jorge nor I minded it at all.
We have no idea how many people we've had over for a meal.

Having wonderful neighbors has been such a blessing.
They've been there for us and we have been there for them.
They're not only neighbors and friends but they're family.
We love them dearly and spending time with them is always a blessing.

So it is bittersweet for Jorge and me as we start a new chapter in our lives.
As we get our house ready to put on the market,
I'm ever so grateful for the wonderful neighborhood that
we have lived for almost 20 years.
If this house could talk, I can only imagine the things it would share.
We've experience joy and happiness in this home.
Jorge and I look forward to making new memories in our new home.

Friday, January 9, 2015


When my boys were young, we would always have dinner around the table.
But as they moved out and moved on with their lives, our dinner time changed.
Jorge would come home from work tired.
He would go and sit in his very comfortable lazy boy and relax.
I didn't have the heart to tell him dinner was ready
and to come up to the dining room and eat.

Deep in my heart, I knew this was not a good idea.
Jorge and I would have our dinner but the tv would be on.
Even though we would talk,
it wasn't the same thing as when we talked around the table.

I resolved to make a change.  I missed eating around the table
and talking about the day's activities.
When dinner is ready, Jorge and I sit and eat around the table.
It has been really nice doing that.

I really enjoy setting a nice table
and make dinner with my wonderful husband very special.
I intend on doing this as much as I can.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


I belong to an online group of crocheters that
accepted a challenge for the month of January.
I decided that I wanted to make the hat for myself.
Seldom do I get to keep something for myself.
This time I was determined to do it.

The directions were easy to follow and
so was having it on YouTube.
Several ladies have made many of these hats.
I'm happy with just making the one for myself.
Here are the links to the pattern.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Several years ago, my next door neighbor made cookies for my sons.
They both loved the cookies very much.
She even made them for my oldest when he
was in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I asked my neighbor for her recipe because
the cookies are so delicious.
This year I will be trying something new for my blog.
Every Monday I will share a different cookie recipe
that my family loves.

Here's the recipe.

2 2/3 cups flaked coconut, divided
1 package yellow cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 almond extract


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Reserve 1 1/3 cup coconut in a bowl and set aside.
3.  Combine the cake mix, egg, oil, water and almond extract
4.  Beat at low speed until well mixed.
5.  Stir in the remaining 1 1/3 cup coconut
6.  Drop by rounded teaspoons into the reserved coconut and roll the cookie.
7.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet
8.  Bake at 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
9.  Cool in pan for 1 minute and then transfer to cooling racks.

Thursday, January 1, 2015


During the fall of 2014 I made many trips to the hospital for tests.
There were several young ladies that knew what I was going through.
I had asked the young ladies to pray for me.
As I was at the hospital, I would take yarn and knit
scarves to give to the girls as a thank you.
The girls all loved their scarves.

I found the pattern online and used YouTube to learn
The name of the pattern is called Lottie.
To find the pattern go to
The pattern is free and very easy to make.

I decided that I finally needed to make one for me.
I saw this yarn and only bought two skeins.
It is not enough to make it like the instructions say
but I still like the way it turned out.
It took me less than a day to make this infinity scarf.

 Work in progress.