ABC Wednesday ~ J &K

I'm a little early for ABC Wednesday. Again, I am posting 2 letters.
From last week ... the letter ~ J
J is for JOURNEY ~

jour·ney (jʉr)
noun pl. journeys -·neys
  1. the act or an instance of traveling from one place to another; trip
  2. any course or passage from one stage or experience to another

For the week  ... the letter ~K
K is for ~ kicking back

kicking back~ chilling, relaxing, chillaxing, relax, weekend holiday 

I know I haven't been posting too much the past couple of weeks. I have been working and getting ready for a Journey

It is Spring Break week!!


We will be heading out early Monday morning. I am ready to be kicking back, soaking up sunshine and warmth! Joining me , my oldest daughter and her 2 children. We have been counting the days, although the grandkids have no idea where they are going, and know that once it is here, it will, just as quickly, be over.

Right now the 13 year old is not too happy. She will not be able to communicate with her school friends in any way shape or form. She is already a text addict and is totally bummed that her cell phone will not be traveling with her.

The 9 year old is in fact somewhat interested in what he thinks may happen. At least he won't be BORED at home. 

A great adventure awaits them. We will take hundreds of pictures to help us remember this time together. 

I just LOVE Spring Break! 

To see more posts featuring the letter "K" click HERE

BUT you might want to wait til Tuesday, which is really Wednesday in blogland.

Thanks Mrs. Nesbitt for hosting this fun meme.



Transition - Thematic Photographic 138 -

It's been awhile ... today I am joining  Carmi @ Written Inc.. Each week Carmi posts a word and you post a picture showing how you interpret the word.

This weeks word is
Not an easy week~
But ~ this is what I'm going with~

    Take a look at Written Inc. for more examples of Transition.

Meet Me on Monday

I know it's |Sunday night ... BUT it's really Monday in blogland...

Welcome to another MEET ME ON MONDAY! What is Meet me on Monday??
It's a fun little meme hosted by JAVA @ Never Growing Old.
Java  will post five get to know you  questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we  can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!
Its a great way to to meet new friends and for others to get to know me better....one Monday at a time!

Today's Questions:
1.  What jewelry do you wear 24/7?
    None. I use to wear jewelry a lot, but  
    now...hardly ever ... and because of a 
    hemoglobin (kind oflike a strawberry 
    birthmark),I can't even wear my
    wedding ring. Sometimes my finger 
    swells and that could be dangerous.  
2.  Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
     If I have pasta, it is usually Penne or 
       Ziti. So,that would be NO to both!
3.  How many siblings do you have?
    I am the oldest of 5 siblings.
By age, my youngest brother (16 yrs. younger)
middle brother (5 yrs. younger)
oldest brother (3 yrs. younger)
sister ( 18 yrs. younger)
AND yes, we all have the same parents!
4.  Were you named after anyone?
    Not that I know of.

5.  Coke or Pepsi?
    Growing up, we always had Pepsi
     in our house. I love Pepsi!
But ... after having Colon Surgery 17 years ago
          the carbonation upsets my stomach.  On occasion,
I  can drink a Coke. It has less carbonation.
Now it's your turn! Click on over to


ABC Wednesday ~ H & I

Ok ... I'm getting farther and farther behind. Work is CRAZY and time is zooming by. Of course, it always gets busier as the weather warms up (we still have patches of snow on the ground) and , at present moment, I'm feeling older than I really am.

This is my ABC Wednesday post on Thursday.
Why today? Because I am 2 letters behind.

H is for HOCKEY~
                                               My Grandson's Hockey team  is
                                               made up of boys ages 8 & 9.
For most, it is their second year of playing.

This is my Grandson. He has pretty much taken
 to skating like a duck takes to water.

Here he is chasing the puck.
His position is Defenseman, usually left side

Being a Defenseman, you are pretty much in the back wings, 
protecting the goal. This year he has made 1 goal.
Pretty good for the guy who is suppose to be in the background.

I is for IRIS~  

Even though we have warmer weather, we are in "limbo land", somewhere between "a chance of snow"  and 
"the threat of flooding" This is the time of year I like the least. Everything is a gray-brown color. How I long for that "perfect" Spring green. While out walking with the dogs on Tuesday, I did notice the tips of my Daffodils breaking through the ground.  What an encouraging sign. BUT ... I am long for tall flowers (really ... any flowers), in the colors of the rainbow.

I still have a few months before these beauties appear. 

For posts on thei week's letter "I" you can visit HERE
The letter "I" is being hosted by Troy


Meet Me on Monday

What's a great way to to meet new friends and for others to get to know me better...."Meet Me on Monday!"

Each week, Java from Never Growing Old post 5 questions for you to answer. Join in the fun! Let your followers know a little something about you and make some new friends!

Today's questions :

1. Do you have a fireplace in your home? 
  We have 2.  The one upstairs is a gas burning fireplace. The fireplace 
  downstairs is a wood burning one. Neither one works. My hubby would like to 
  put in a corn or pellet burner downstairs. We have been in the process of 
  re-doing the downstairs. Soon he will have to decide.

This is not a very good picture, but it gives you an idea of what the upstairs fireplace looks like.

2.  Can you drive a stick shift?
     Yes, I can. My husband taught me when we first got married, 32 years ago. 
    We have always had a stick shift pickup. The truck I learned to drive on 
    looked like this.
The one we have now  looks like this.    

3.  How many computers are in your home?
     We have 3 of these.
And these 2.

4.  Are your taxes done yet?  Do you do them yourself?
     No, they are not done yet. My hubby does them and he is usually running to  
     the post office at 10pm the day they are due.

5.  What is your favorite meal of the day?
      Even though, most of the time I have coffee and toast or yogurt. I LOVE 

Now it's your turn ... click on over to 



YES! I WON a  giveaway!!

Imagine my surprise when Leslie @  Tranquil Acres of Alexandria  left a post on my blog that I was a winner of her giveaway. 
A giveaway?? Me?? I didn't remember entering a giveaway.
She went on to explain that she had a special giveaway for every 10th follower on her blog. I was number 140.
This past Tuesday I received my gift.

I love the flavor of lemon and have a great bunt cake recipe that I will be using this in. I also have a wonderful short bread cookie that calls for lemon flavoring that I plan on using this in.
This is such a perfect gift!

Meet Me on Monday

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you  questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we  can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!

"Its a great way to to meet new friends and for others to get to know me better....one Monday at a time!


Questions for March 7,2011

1.  What is your favorite way to eat potatoes?

I pretty much like potatoes in any way... shape ... or form . . . BUT . . . the way I eat them most is at breakfast. I LOVE hash browns with onion, bacon, and melted cheddar cheese. Sounds low cal ... Right??! Lol. Good thing we only have these a couple times a month.

2.  What was the last package that was delivered to your house?

This past week I received this bottle of  Watkins Pure Lemon Extract from Leslie @ Tranquil Acres of Alexandria. Leslie has a special giveaway for every 10th follower to her blog. I was number 140. I can't wait to use this extract. I LOVE the flavor of lemon and have a favorite bunt cake recipe that I am sure will be extra delicious with this in it. 
THANK YOU LESLIE!! This is such an extra special gift! 

3.  What is your favorite scent that you love to smell?

I have both purple and white Lilacs in my yard. They are on the side of my home where my bedroom is. I love waking up to the smell of them. I just wished that they lasted longer then the do.

4.  Do you smoke?

Nope, not me!

5.  Are your parents married or divorced?

My parents where married for 29 years, 3 months, and 19 days when my Mother passed away from complications due to having cancer. My Father passed away 4 years later from a heart defect. This past December would have been their 50th Anniversary.

Giveaway # 2 Winner

Remember this cute little Bunny?

He now has a new home!

Congratulations to Karen @ Shabby Sweet Cottage!

Giveaway #1 WINNER

Here she is  ... that cute little Bunny!

She  now has a new home!

She belongs to ...

Congratulations to Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement




I have 2 Giveaways going on. You can view them HERE and HERE .
Tomorrow the winners will be announced!!

Good luck to everyone who has entered!


Doubles~Thematic Photographic 136

It's time to try and get back in the swing of things. Going back to work aways is exhausting for me. It really takes a toll on my blogging. Leaving between 4& 6 am for a job doesn't give me time in the morning and by the time I get home ... I just want to relax.

So... I am a couple days late for Carmi's Thematic Photographic theme... but what the heck! This week Carmi has chosen the theme of DOUBLES.

Here are my choices ~

You can find more posts on doubles @ Written Inc


ABC Wednesday ~ G

G is for GROUNDHOG ~
Specifically ... Groundhog Day

NO ... Not the movie Groundhog Day featuring  Bill Murry and Andie MacDowell

GROUNDHOG DAY is a  holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada . According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for 6 more weeks.

The Groundhog living in our area, JIMMY, supposedly saw no shadow and came out of his burrow.
Here is it 30 days later and we still have a good amount of snow on the ground. 
We have had snow for 2 months!Am I complaining? YES!! I am ready for SPRING! While in the doldrums of winter, Groundhog Day gives us hope, gives us something to look forward to ... Spring! Would it come without Groundhog Day?? Of course! There are many places in the world that have not heard of this day ... let alone celebrate it. 

Here are some of the places that celebrate GROUNDHOG DAY and their predictions~
2011Early spring        Sutton SammySutton, Ontario
2011Early spring      French Creek FreddieFrench Creek, West Virginia
2011Early spring    TumbleweedBrookfield, Illinois
2011Canceled due to snowstorm Woodstock WillieWoodstock, Illinois
2011Early spring   GusAthens, Georgia
20116 more weeks of winter   Octoraro OrphieQuarryville, Pennsylvania
20116 more weeks of winter   Balzac BillyBalzac, Alberta
20116 more weeks of winter Woody the WoodchuckHowell, Michigan
20116 more weeks of winter  Sir Walter WallyRaleigh, North Carolina
2011Early spring    Grady the GroundhogChimney Rock, North Carolina
2011Early spring   ChucklesManchester, Connecticut
2011Early spring  Susquehanna ShermanMount Wolf, Pennsylvania
20116 more weeks of winter     Poor RichardYork, Pennsylvania
20116 more weeks of winterDover DougDover, Pennsylvania
2011Early springMalverne MelMalverne, New York
20116 more weeks of winterHoltsville HalHoltsville, New York
20116 more weeks of winterUniMyerstown, Pennsylvania
2011Early springWiarton WillieWiarton, Ontario
2011Early springShubenacadie SamShubenacadie, Nova Scotia
2011Early springJimmy the GroundhogSun Prairie, Wisconsin
20116 more weeks of winterStormy MarmotAurora, Colorado
20116 more weeks of winterMountain Maryland MurrayCumberland, Maryland
2011Early springStaten Island ChuckStaten Island (New York City)
2011Early springBuckeye ChuckMarion, Ohio
2011Early springDunkirk DaveDunkirk, New York
2011Early SpringGeneral Beauregard LeeLilburn, Georgia
2011Early SpringPunxsutawney PhilPunxsutawney, Pennsylvania

On a brighter note. While driving home from work yesterday  I saw more accurate signs of Spring.
Hundreds of geese flying North ~

and a Robin~
For more posts on the letter ~G~ click HERE

Thanks to Gattina for hosting today's letter.