Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I could not have participated in last years "Relay For Life" if my life had depended on it... this year, thanks to Sparkpeople I can and look forward to honoring all those who have given freely of their time and energy in preparation of this life affirming event.
One day. One night. One community. One Fight.
Our family will be honoring those who have past as well as those living with and having survived cancer while participating in this years' "Relay For Life" in Southern California. Look for our "STRIDING FOR LIFE" booth and get Lots-O-Free-Hugs
Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people- to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer; remember loved ones lost to the disease; and fight back against a disease that takes too much. Won't you join us if you live in Orange County California. Or go online and find a location near you.
Event Date and Time
Saturday, May 21, 2011 11AM thru Sunday, May 22, 2011 11AM at
Central Park in Huntington Beach, California
What a great way to get some exercise and spend time with friends and family
Why I relay....... For my grama, for my daddy, for my brother Tom
Sunday, May 08, 2011
"Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but there’s only one mother in the whole world."~ Kate Wiggins
There truly are so many beautiful, and awe inspiring things in this big wonderful world. I have been so very blessed to be gifted with the one mother I have. She has taught me how to be the best mother, grandmother and mother-in-law that I could possibly be just by watching how she has lived her life. She is a constant inspiration and role model and, like so many other women, I find myself becoming more and more like my mother every day. And for that I couldn't be happier. Thank you mom… and thank you God for the 83+ years you’ve graced this planet with her sweet soul. She’s been our families biggest cheerleader, loved me longer than anyone I know and been a better mother to my hubby than his own and, as a result of that, the only grandma to all our children and a beloved great-grandma who’s loved more than ice cream.
My dad and mom in the summer of 1946... age 18 & 19.
Just a few months before my dads passing the summer of 2007.... after more than 61 years of marriage.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom =]
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I hadn’t quite decided what I was going to reward myself with once I reached my fifty pound loss since joining Sparkpeople. I had a couple things in mind and hit my goal in FEBRUARY??? Well it’s April now and I was still waffling (mmmmm waffles) between the wii Fit, which I decided to borrow from my daughter to make sure I could use, and either a Bonsai tree or miniature fairy garden because they just make my heart sing.
After using the wii Fit and looking around for a Bonsai the past month and a half my DH and I went in a different direction and decided to put a raised vegetable garden in our back yard instead. Something we always wanted to do. It’s been a huge process because we have California Desert Tortoises’ who like to eat every thing so the fruit & veggies have to be out of nibbling range until they are ready to be shared with them as well as family & friends. Which means we had to clear the back forty….. well we don’t have 40 acres it just seemed like it once we got started. Of course one raised bed can’t possibly grow everything we wanted to plant. So we added six pots… still not enough. Another raised planter was added and a couple rows of corn and giant sunflowers will be sowed behind a white picket fence once May arrives. We look forward to sitting by the pool this summer and watching the corn grow!!!! In the mean time we are sore, sun burnt, and giddy at the prospect of being urban gardeners. I am my most happy when working hard along side my sweet hubby. Thirty years as the king & queen of the DIYers has been the adhesive that’s kept our marriage strong. So how appropriate to celebrate this benchmark in my journey to healthier living than with our very own "Victory Garden."
The garden has become a focal point of our days… we drink our coffee there in the mornings and check several times a day to see if the seeds have sprouted. We have a new definition of brown nose now…. it’s what you get from peering closely at the dirt for new growth. Our evenings include giving them all a good watering and a pep talk to “Sunny” the scarecrow about keeping the raccoons and possums’ at bay. Our 9 year old grandson said, “Pop-Pop, that scarecrow isn’t going to scare anything away with that big ole smile!!!”
So far the tortoises see the greenery from a distance and head on over but once they get there the beds are too high. I have in years past seen them crawl on top of each other to complete a task so time will tell if the beds are high enough.
We shared our first strawberry yesterday and every thing is growing. beautifuly. Almost all the seeds are up and we’ve already lost a row of bunching onions to root maggots so we are learning a lot. Our garden includes cucumbers, bell peppers both green and gold, zucchini, romaine and head lettuce, leeks, bush beans, yellow squash, carrots, three different kinds of tomatoes, cabbage, a few herbs and some cilantro. My dad was the gardener in the family and was always successful with what ever he grew. He’s been gone now for a little more than three years so he’s our garden angel who’s not only proud of my weight loss but pleased that his traditional Victory Garden flourishes once again. Thanks dad for passing down the hoe. I will think of you every time we enjoy our garden.
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardners who make our souls blossom"~Marcel Proust
Monday, April 18, 2011
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.~Martin Luther
Around 1945, when he was just a young boy, Volker Kraft saw his very first Easter Tree, in German, and decided he would have one of his very own, when he grew up. Time passed and young Volker became a married man, with a family. But his childhood dream stuck with him and so he decorated a small apple tree in his yard, using 18 colored plastic eggs and began realizing his dream come true with his very first Easter Tree in 1965.
As the years past he and his wife, Christa couldn’t afford buy so many plastic Easter eggs. So they began drilling holes into real eggs, using the contents in the kitchen, and then hand painting the shells as decorations. When their children got old enough, they started helping with the decorating, and the Easter Tree became a family tradition, known not only in their home town of Saalfeld, but all over Germany.
The number of Easter eggs hung by the tree’s branches grew every year, and in 2011 it has reached an incredible 9,800 eggs.
See more pictures and read about this beautiful Easter Tree here.....
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