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WHERE to Cat Nap?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cats sleep wherever they want!


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LADYRH 1/19/2014 4:58AM

    Really Cute

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FISHINGLADY66 1/18/2014 9:31PM

    Oh how cute. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2014 11:44AM

    That was really cute!! I love cats!

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PB4WEGO 1/18/2014 10:51AM


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LAC936 1/18/2014 10:48AM

    Loved them. The kitty on the stove was funny. It must have still been warm.

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PDSLIM 1/18/2014 10:42AM

    My guys pick he oddest places too.

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MARITIMER3 1/18/2014 9:21AM

    Love them - thank you

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ZEEDRA 1/18/2014 9:06AM

    Judging from the condition of my sheets when I wake up these days I think I've taken some of those positions during the night! Thanks for posting!

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

Sydney helping her Mom make fresh salsa!

Don't those veggies look delicious? Low calorie, low fat, high nutrition!

You never heard anyone say, "I think you have too many veggies in your diet", did you?

Here's to a happy, healthy New Year!


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LOLA_LALA 2/5/2014 9:39PM

    What an adorable picture of a future healthy, happy cook...and some future delicious salsa, too! Thanks for bringing it to us ) Hope the salsa was great - the ingredients look perfect!

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SUSANNAH31 1/9/2014 10:30PM

    Yes, vegetables are the BEST!

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ZEEDRA 1/6/2014 10:21PM

    Lovely presentation by beautiful granddaughter. So...you can get salsa that doesn't come in a jar???
Seriously, though...I have friends who get together every year and make antipasto. Whenever I get a chance to go to Costco, I look for a large jar...yummy.

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ERIN1957 1/6/2014 5:58AM

Great pic!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/5/2014 9:09PM

    emoticon those veggies look so delicious. I have a son in law who will not eat any veggies or fruits. I couldn't live without my veggies.

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GABY1948 1/5/2014 7:44AM

    I am definitely in agreement with you and a "veggie" at heart! emoticon

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LADYRH 1/5/2014 6:26AM

    Great reminder Karen

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    The produce section is my favorite in the grocery store. I spend most of my time there.

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WOUBBIE 1/4/2014 9:51PM

    Absolutely never, lol!

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ACIMPEGGY 1/4/2014 9:13PM

    Love it! (and you)

Happy, happy!

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DEMETERSCO 1/4/2014 6:54PM

    She is beautiful. Fresh salsa sounds yummy but then I'd want tortilla chips....

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UMBILICAL 1/4/2014 5:26PM

  luv em.

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My True Christmas Story

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I have posted this here in past Christmases, so I apologize if anyone is getting tired of hearing it!

One year, after my sons had gone to live and work on their own and Christmas was approaching, I was looking around trying to think of what to buy my husband for Christmas. After I while I realized I was really trying hard to dream up a gift for him. I knew he’d be having an even harder time thinking of what to give me.

This got me to thinking about the whole meaning of giving and of Christmas. I’ll try not to make this terribly long, but this is the idea that came to me and what we actually did for Christmas that year -

My husband was a Game Warden. He often confiscated game killed illegally. What happens to it? We tried giving it to facilities like orphanages, but too many government and health regulations kept that from happening. So he always had a list of people he found who were down on their luck and needed food for their families. Most were country boys who could come retrieve the game and dress it and prepare it for eating. This included venison, wild duck, goose, quail, doves, sometimes fish.

Many of these people in our rural area supported their families off the land, too. They hunted and trapped and sold hides. So Jim would also stop when he saw a hide-bearing animal on the roadside - hit by a car - retrieve it and give it to someone so they could sell the hide. This little extra money made a big difference to some families.

Christmas was close and Jim found a huge raccoon that had been killed so he took it to the house of a construction worker who had hurt his back and was out of work. He knew the man would get a nice sum of money for it, enough to buy a few groceries for his wife and 5 kids. The next week Jim stopped by the man’s house and the kids came running out to greet him. One little boy said, “Mr. Jim. Thanks so much for the raccoon. We haven’t had meat in a long time.”

When Jim told me this, we were both horrified. These people were not only eating something most of us wouldn’t, it was a road kill, intended for the hide sale only. But they hadn’t wasted any of it! I’ve eaten roasted raccoon and it’s ok, but not what I look forward to having for dinner, and certainly not when it’s picked up off the roadside.

So here is the plan I put forward to my husband: This year we will not exchange gifts. We will use the money we would have spent on each other and we’ll buy groceries for this man’s family. The important parts of this are:

1. We are not just giving food to a poor family at Christmas. We are doing this instead of giving to each other. You and I will NOT exchange gifts.

2. We will not tell anyone about this.
A part of the Bible that has always made a huge impression on me is Matthew, Chapter 6, Vs 1-7. To put it in the vernacular - Do your good works in secret, don’t blow your own horn. You can read it here: tiny.cc/verse

There was a friend at our house when we were discussing this. He did not like the idea because this man was often arrested for one thing or another - misdemeanor crimes. Jim knew lots of people like this and helped them feed their families anyway. They knew if he caught them breaking the law, he’d take them to jail and then take some food to their families. We talked about it for a while and before he left, our friend added his own money to the contribution.

SO, on December 23rd, I left work early and went to the grocery store. I mentally prepared meals for that family of parents and 5 children - 7 days worth, and bought everything that would be needed to prepare them all. That included a turkey dinner for Christmas day and dessert and candy for the kids. I had more than one grocery cart filled. Christmas Eve morning Jim delivered the entire load, including cash we had collected from our friend. I didn’t go.

He came home crying. The gratitude of the entire family just overwhelmed him. It overwhelmed me, too. The father came to our house later to thank me himself and tell me how hard times had been and what this meant to his family. I can’t tell you the deep joy that filled me that Christmas. It was THE most wonderful Christmas I ever had. It became a tradition I repeated many times, but that first time was the most awesome.

So why am I telling you about this now? I want you, most of all, to hear the SEQUEL. The very next year, this man and his family were in better shape. He came to our house again, to let us know that he and his family were doing the same thing for someone they knew that was in bad shape! He was so thankful to us, not only for the gift of food and money, but for the gift of the GIFT. Of seeing the GIFT in action. I went on to hear, in subsequent years, how the GIFT was being passed on, throughout a community of working poor, and yes, people who were often in our jail for one thing or another. Still people with families to feed and needs to be met.

Even though we didn’t tell anyone what we did, the word spread around, mostly through a community of people that most good citizens ignored or wouldn’t associate with. I still hear about it now and then, 25 yrs later. I certainly still reap benefits un-imagined from it. The memory of that first time still gives me chills.

That’s my Christmas Story.

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GRANJERRY1 12/31/2013 6:28AM

    Karen, was lovely reading this……
God Bless you for the action to touch so many lives………..
This is indeed the true spirit of Christmas

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ZEEDRA 12/28/2013 1:49PM

    I remember the story, Karen, but don't stop telling it...there might be new people reading it.
I thought I was getting a notice when a friend created a new blog but I'm not. I'm glad that I decided to check. And glad my list of Spark friends isn't long. Easier for me with my kind of brain to keep track.
Here's to all your good memories of Jim!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/23/2013 12:53AM

    It's a great experience for you (and by the way, I *LOVE* the freesia photo in your background - I'm breathing deeply now wishing for a scent of it!! Ahhhhh)...

It's sad that so many take the "Christmas" message and make it a one day only thing, when I believe it should be year round... as much as possible. And you are so right to just keep the matter private, instead of tooting your horn. There's that saying I keep seeing around on Facebook etc., something about Giving to those who could never repay you. But those good works DO ripple out across the neighborhood, the country, the universe...


I hope you have wonderful visits with your family and friends during this time of the year.

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GABY1948 12/22/2013 2:51PM

    This is a beautiful story and I am glad you posted it again! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 12/22/2013 10:25AM

    A beautiful story and one that we never get tired of hearing. This is the true meaning of Christmas and a gift that just keeps growing as many people will be sharing their part of the story through the years. Thank you for sharing at this very special time of the year. Merry Christmas!

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/22/2013 7:47AM

    While reading your blog, I felt tears forming in my eyes and heart. I was preparing a Christmas lesson today for Sunday School, ages. 8-11, and your story touched my heart and it is something that I can share with them, with the lesson. Thanks for sharing this with us today.

I live alone and have no family, and often feel stressed prior to Christmas day. On Christmas day itself, no matter what's happening in my life, I always feel the Spirit touching my soul and peace. I know God is there with me, for me. So I can't wait for Christmas day and I thank you for sharing your Spirit of Christmas. God bless you. emoticon emoticon

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LADYRH 12/22/2013 7:37AM

    Karen what a beautiful gift that is still giving 25 years later. This is the true meaning of Christmas/ Thanks for sharing.

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IMLOCOLINDA 12/22/2013 3:16AM

    What a beautiful story about the true meaning of giving. Thank you so much for sharing!

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JENNY888 12/22/2013 1:14AM

    Such a beautiful story. I'm really glad you posted it again Karen.

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KAHLAD1 12/21/2013 9:20PM

    Such a wonderful Christmas story! God bless you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/21/2013 9:16PM

    We have done something similar. We also like to keep a low profile about it. I worked with a woman who had a house full of children and a disabled hubby to support. They were poor and ate everything - even things I've never heard people eat before, like starlings. People would take them all kinds of dead animals and she would cook them. Raccoon, possums, carp, etc. She was a wonderful cook actually but many of us were afraid to eat what she prepared as we were not sure it is something we would want to eat. LOL!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/21/2013 5:54PM

    That's a wonderful story Karen. The biggest Wonder is the truth and caring and giving that you did. This world would be much better off with more people like you. God Bless you.

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Megan and the Scorpion

Friday, December 13, 2013

My GD Megan practicing her Scorpion!

Youth is a beautiful thing, isn't it?


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GRANJERRY1 12/31/2013 6:24AM

    Wow…. amazing agility…… I had learned a dance called Bharatanatyam and did similar steps…. some 70 odd years ago…..

You said it, youth is beautiful.

May the Lord Bless the child with health and long life.

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BECKYSFRIEND 12/15/2013 9:41AM

    makes me ache just looking-she's amazing

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JUDY1676 12/13/2013 10:50PM

    Amazing and beautiful! IF I could get in that pose, I would probably be taken to the hospital!

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WOUBBIE 12/13/2013 8:47PM

    Sorry, couldn't do that even in my youth!

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AKHEIDI 12/13/2013 5:57PM

    I did that once. ONCE! lol

She's a beauty!

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GABY1948 12/13/2013 1:37PM

    It sure is! Makes me hurt to see her do this! She looks healthy! Good for you guys instilling health in her so young!!!!

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/13/2013 1:37PM

    Afraid I'd have to be rendered unconscious to get into that pretzel.

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PJSTIME 12/13/2013 12:40PM

    Beautiful but I couldn't have done this even when I was young. I hope she continues to keep in shape she will never regret it.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/13/2013 12:05PM

    You have a lovely GD. I don't think I could have ever done that. emoticon Youth is a beautiful thing.

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ZEEDRA 12/13/2013 10:35AM

Unfortunately, I have Scorpiophobia. I have a fear of bringing my knee any higher than my hip and my feet any higher than my knee as well.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/13/2013 10:10AM

    Excellent!! My scorpion died a long time ago. LOL.

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VEGIBIKER 12/13/2013 9:53AM

    wow. Yeah - I don't think I'll try that one. Youth is pretty awesome

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WHO trims those hedges?

Words not needed.

Party Boat (I'm sorry SP doesn't let this photo come through in a larger size so you can see the beauty of this boat with every sail lighted.)


Equal time.

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ZEEDRA 12/3/2013 6:22PM

    I Like!

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KINEPS 12/1/2013 5:21PM

    Thanks for sharing!! I can't imagine how long it took to decorate tall those sails!

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PJSTIME 11/28/2013 5:20PM

    Love the pictures. Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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ZEEDRA 11/28/2013 5:01PM

    Thanks! Fun and beautiful (remind you of anyone? Hahahaha!)

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LADYRH 11/28/2013 5:51AM

    emoticon Karen, thanks for sharing.

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GABY1948 11/27/2013 8:25PM

    What a BEAUTIFUL blog, Karen! Thank you so much for sharing!

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FISHINGLADY66 11/27/2013 6:54PM

    Oh how lovely,. Thank you for sharing these.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/27/2013 6:26PM

    Loved the pictures!!

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