17 December 2014

December FB saved pages

I have saved quite a bit on my FB page this month so far, but I haven't had time to move them, so I will do it a little here and a little there. I was really amazed at how many things I had saved this time and how long it has taken me to find them. There are recipes, patterns and just fun things and educational things. Enjoy.

Recipes:
Red Velvet Cookies
Peanut Butter Potato Candy
All Star Holiday Cookie Recipes
Meatball Sandwich Casserole
75 Cookie Recipes
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Christmas Vanilla Roll Cake
Italian Christmas Cookie Recipes
More Italian Christmas Cookies

HomeSchooling:
Netflix Educational Movies
Math High School Games
Mystery of OH's Serpent Mound
Website Design Workshop Free
Free Math Worksheets

Patterns:
Hobbit Inspired Knit and Crochet Patterns from Lion Brand
Two Tone Granny from the Crochet Crowd
Moogly Links for Crochet Slippers something for the whole family
Quick Mini Garland
Magic Griffindor Scarf
Moogly Links for Quick Crochet Gifts
Daddy's Simply Easy Mittens
30 Free Christmas Amigurimi Links
Moogly Links for 10 Free Last Minute Crochet Christmas Presents
Christmas Penguins
Crochet Holiday Joy Hat
Reindeer and Penguin
25 One Night Crochet Patterns
Crochet Owl Candy Cane Holder
Starburst Flower Mandala Square

Just for Fun:
Christmas Knitting Bingo
12 Days of Homeschool
99 Texting Acronyms Parents Should Know
40 Famous Authors on Reading
Creative Ways to Say Goodbye - my kids said these every day at the end of preschool day.

My girls want me to make these for Christmas. Thanks Diana Hagee for sharing this.


Chocolate Cake For Breakfast Defense

Bill Cosby one time told the story of feeding Chocolate Cake to his children for breakfast. His excuse, the children wanted it and it had some breakfast things in it - eggs, flour, etc. His wife got on his case about feeding the children inappropriate food for breakfast.

When our children were young, I was taking care of something else and my children had followed their Dad downstairs to get a drink and food. Notice, I don't say breakfast because I don't consider ice cream breakfast food.

I asked why the girls had ice cream for breakfast? His response, "They helped themselves." I became Bill Cosby's wife - "You are the Parent, tell them no!"

I truly believe that working Dad's cave to their children's demands for the wrong foods because they don't want to be the bad guy and also so they don't have to take responsibility too often.

It's like when you see your child eat cold left over pizza for breakfast, to hear them say, "What? It has all the food groups! Dairy, meat, vegetables, etc." But usually they are older and sometimes in college. When they are in preschool you would hope they eat better than ice cream or chocolate cake for breakfast.

But his little slip up doesn't get him off the hook. He still has to feed them breakfast. If I let him off that easy I would never get all things completed, and just stress myself out more than necessary. So I'll just have to make sure he knows that the Chocolate Cake Defense doesn't work with me.



Special Place in Hell

This may come off as insensitive, but there has to be a special place in hell for people who abandon, abuse or throw away an animal(s) that they took in to be their friend. On Monday, this beautiful, sweet, loving, very ill, white cat showed up in my garage. She was covered on her back half with something that stunk. After she had been in the garage for awhile, she tried to clean it off herself. But she just couldn't get it all. She was starving (what you see is a plate with canned cat food) and very thirsty. She was needing medical care. I posted her picture all over FB in hopes that her owner (the cowards) would reclaim her. I didn't realize at that point how very ill she was. But as the day progressed and the next morning, I knew she was very ill. I had dreams all night long that she was dead. We fixed a very large carrier up with a blanket and we set her up with a temporary box to use for potty. We named her Ursula.  But she was not able to make it to the box. A very wonderful woman with a group that helps to rescue cats, contacted me and had me bring her to their favorite vet office. They took her from us and checked her out. She had Feline Leukemia and they loved her and fed her some really good food and they put her down, so she would not have to suffer any longer. Her last 24 hours on this planet were good ones, but they could have been better and the people who dumped her are cowards and idiots. Taking care of these sweet gifts are a blessing and one that should not be taken for granted. My girls and I are heart broken, she was such a sweet, loving little girl. We really just wanted her to have a chance at a good life, like the one that our sweet rescues have enjoyed over the last 14 years that my husband and I have been together.

07 December 2014

My Birthday Date

Last night (Saturday), my husband and I went to Macaroni Grill for supper. This was his gift to me, to take me to a restaurant to celebrate my birthday, belatedly. We were waiting for a table and I was knitting and we were talking. I was also watching the people around us.

There was an older couple. You could tell they were dating. They were so cute together. They were paying attention to each other, cuddled together, and holding hands. They were talking about every day life and things that were happening to them and their families.

Next to them was a younger couple. They had their cell phones out, looking at the screens and texting other people. After awhile, they put their phones away and talked a little. But then a phone buzzed and they were back into their phones.

There was a group of women, who were wearing what looked like pj pants, it was a mixed group of older and younger ladies. The older ladies did not have their phones out and they were just sitting off by themselves. On the same bench were the younger ladies and they were a little more animated. But they had phones out.

Now, as I stated, I had my knitting with me. But I was talking with my husband and we were talking about what was going on around us. We also noted that it seemed that the buzzer that they gave us, was not working as they came into the area looking for us, asking us if we were "Mary." Then we went and sat at a table. I did put the phone out. That was so that if it rang we knew it was ringing, but I didn't stare at the screen and I didn't play on it. When you are parents or you have someone who is ill, you carry your phone everywhere. You use it to make sure that all is well. But, yes, I did have my phone and yes it was out. But I didn't sit staring at it or texting with someone else. My priority was being with my husband.

Now, I will also state, that due to food allergies and the menu, the place used, I needed to use my phone to look up ingredients in the food. If I had ordered the wrong thing, I would not have been able to eat or if I had eaten, I could have had a severe allergy reaction. I think there is a time and a place for phones, but I do like how that older couple did it. They were more interested in each other than in their phones (if they even had them with them).

30 November 2014

More for Christmas

For me, Christmas, has been a time of baking and being with my girls and making fun things. But it is also all about celebrating birthdays. We have a lot of those right now. So I will be putting recipes (mostly links) to help me find them again, and pattern links so I can find those also. FB is still a horrible place to save things as it is so hard to find them again. Good place for pictures, but not for links to things you want to find again. I will also have some homeschooling links, that I want for later. I will also be cleaning out my email, there are so many things there, but some of the emails have only one or two things I want to save and so many I don't show any interest in. This will be a very long blog page, as I will be emptying out both areas:

100 Ideas for Shoeboxes for girls
50 Acts of Kindness for Advent
Travel US and see Major Landmarks

Patterns:
Hats and Mitts Garland
Snowflake Garland
Over the Rainbow Afghan
61 Crochet Season Afghans
24 Easy Crochet Granny Squares
Brightly Colored Throw - makes me think of the kind shown in TV shows
Small Happy Flowers - thinking about these for nieces
Huggable Happy Colors Penguin
17 Knit & Crochet Ear Warmers
Crochet Tote Bag
Moogly Links for Holiday gifts
Elsa Frozen Inspired Afghan
Moogly CAL Block 23 (I am so far behind on this I may never catch up).
50 Free Scarves and Cowl Patterns
Triangle Shawl
Christmas Garland Round Up
Polar Bear Ornaments
Bird Trio
Little Frogs and Toads
Starburst Cozy for Electronics
Drew's Little Monster
Snowflake Table Runner
Moogly Blog CAL # 24 Block
Moogly Blog Christmas Stockings

Recipes:
Nicole's Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe
50 Thanksgiving Recipes by State
Cookie Recipes - supposed to be good for cookie exchange
Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies
50 Fudge Recipes
Inside Out Buckeye Cookies
Simple Chocolate Fudge
Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Almond White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pecan Cookie Balls
Winter White Red Velvet Fudge
Dinner Rolls
Buckeye Brownie Cookies
Crochet Elephants

Homeschooling:
50 Reasons Homeschoolers like learning at home
70 Apps for Teachers or Students
15 Board Games to Help Person Grow
Cozy Reading Nooks

Also, an old, old picture: Me, My Mom and My Dad about 1967 (since I was born last part of the year): 

21 November 2014

It has been a very hard November

In October, my husband's uncle passed away. After his funeral, my mother became very ill and was hospitalized for 15 days. She has a kidney disease and is undergoing treatment. She is still very weak. Please pray for her. We are trusting God to take care of all things with this illness. 2 days after my mom came home my uncle passed away. I will miss his laugh and his spirit. Goodbye, Uncle.

My aunt (my dad's only sister) is also battling a return of her cancer. It is aggressive and she is saying it is not back. Prayers for all the family.

19 November 2014

November is Here!

In a few short days, my baby, my youngest will join the world of double digits! Where has the time gone. It seems such a long time ago, and yet, it seems like yesterday, that I had my little monkey (she was born the year of the monkey). She is my little turkey, my baby and my child that helps me around the house. She so desperately wanted to come early. She has the my sense of humor and she giggles when she thinks of something she wants to do, that will make others laugh. I love her so much. She loves to bake with me, she wanted to be homeschooled. She was so bored at school and she just wanted to be with me more, I think. She pushes me to do better as a mom. Happy Birthday, my sweet Nicole. I love you so very much.