If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sepia Saturday

It''s been a busy week and this is my only blogpost all week. But I think these pictures are so fun, I had to share them.

I think this might of been a New Years Eve party.
The men are my Uncle Rex, cousin Kendall and I don't recognize the 3rd man.


Men at one table, the women at another.....
I think their little farm house decor, in the 50s, was just charming.

Uncle Rex resting, probably reading the weather or a farm report or maybe the sports page.

I expect Uncle Rex was going to eat both of these waffles, how he is posing with them is really funny to me!


for more Sepia Saturday, visit PoetiKat's blog - all the stories and photos are special and interesting.
I am so glad she hosts this one.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sepia Saturday

My grandparents were farmers in rural Oklahoma. To get to school, my mom and her siblings mostly rode a horse to school. This is still hard for me to imagine even though I know its true.

This first picture is my Aunt Bernice and Uncle Rex (Mom, correct me if this is Uncle Cecil)



The next four pictures are my mom and Uncle Bill with the horse they rode to school. Her name was Topsy.
I really like that Grandma is in the background of this picture, can you see her on the porch? Guessing at my mom's age here, I think these pictures were taken around 1938.








for more Sepia Saturdays, visit the homepage, but I'm warning you, the pictures and stories that go with them are so good, you will want to read them all.

a few thrift store goodies

It is still too cold here for yard sales - Audra, The Frugal Missus, has been to some great yard sales recently in warm Arizona - almost makes me want to move, but then I remember how hot it get outs there in the summer, so I guess I'll stay in Oklahoma. She has a nice giveaway going to, if you like rooster, head over and enter.

I went to 4 of our local thrift stores this week. I bought nothing at the first 3, then found this assortment at the last one.

11 vintage washcloths for $1 - they've never even been washed, someone bought them on clearance, can you see the yellow price tags? - I think they will be great for washing Gavin's face and hands.

kitchen towels

pink striped pillow cases, also vintage and still in the original package

silly Woody Wood Pecker hand towels - again, never used, 25 cents each - I bought these with Gavin in mind as well

a yard of polka dot fabric - Nina wants a top out of it.

Lowes discount for Military

Lowe’s military discount now year-round

my source The Navy Times
By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Feb 10, 2010 11:37:59 EST

Most members of the military community no longer will have to wait for a special holiday discount to buy shovels, paint, and other home improvement needs.

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s has expanded its 10 percent military discount to all day, everyday, for active-duty, National Guard and reserve, retiree and disabled service members, and their families, company officials announced Wednesday.

Those who want to receive the discount must present a valid military ID card.

All other military veterans will receive the 10 percent discount on the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

The discount is available on in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000. It cannot be used on sales at Lowes.com, on previous sales, or on sales of services or gift cards.

“Lowe’s was founded on the heels of World War II by veterans Jim Lowe and Carl Buchan and has always been a supporter of the military,” said Larry D. Stone, Lowe’s president and chief operating officer, in a statement announcing the new policy.

“The year-round discount program is one way we are reaffirming our commitment to the thousands of men and women who are serving throughout the world, as well as their family members at home.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Are you as ready for spring as I am?

I may be jumping the gun on spring decorating but all this cold weather has me just a bit weary - so when I packed away the Valentines decorations this week, I got out some of our Easter things. The colorful eggs add some brightness and cheeriness, so even if Easter is 40 or so days way and it is still winter, it is starting to feel like spring - if only in my living room.







pimento flavored jelly beans in the olives, really now....


see that little red thing on the counter? that is a pimento like substance that this food processor uses to stuff the olives, instead of just using real pimentos like we all expect to be in the olives.
I know food scientists and manufacturers are always looking for ways to cut costs but this one shocked me.
I don't like olives but Jeff does, and when I showed him this, he decided to throw them away and just stick with "real olives" in the future

This jar was purchased at Aldis but I would guess they are not the sole seller of fake pimentos.

So, read your food labels, on everything! Or you won't be eating what you think you are eating.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sepia Saturday

This set of sepias is a tribute to my mostly glamorous Aunt Cleta.

I think this is her high school graduation picture.

Dressed up and looking so pretty -

This is Aunt Cleta with my Uncle Rex, around the time they got married. She was very young, and Uncle Rex was older, he had already been off to the Navy, serving during WWII. They look really happy together, don't they?

Aunt Cleta was glamourous but she was also fearless - she is posing with a pile of dead coyotes. They were farmers and coyotes are predators to farm animals so it was very normal for farmers to hunt coyotes.

One Christmas - I love all the icicles on the Oklahoma cedar tree.

I'd guess she is dressed up for a party in this one
Cleta and Rex - probably after a long day of farm work


here she is wearing a very pretty long hostess skirt

Aunt Cleta passed away of brain cancer in the early 1980's. Uncle Rex just moved into a retirement home - but not because of his health, for less to do taking care of a home and for all the social activities at the retirement home. He still goes dancing most every Saturday night and bakes the best pies and biscuits.


to join in or see other Sepia Saturday photos, click here

Happy Valentines Day






My pint-size model was more interested in climbing off of and throwing the props than in posing. But I somehow managed to get a few cute pictures.
Gavin is my grandson and he turned one this month.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Winner of VIP pack for Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls is.....

Susan!
She will get a gift pack for Pillsbury that will include coupons for Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls and a photo album especially for keeping pictures of meal time memories.

I've been thinking about this idea and I think Pillsbury is so right. We cook lots of meals and take lots of pictures, but I have very few family pictures of special meals.
I did find a couple and want to share them with you. I hope it will inspire you to take photos of your ordinary meals as well as your big occasion family meals.


this one is a family dinner at my dad's parents home. My mom and dad are the good-looking ones on the front end of the table. Beside my mom, is Aunt Delores, then my grandparents, MiMi and Victor, then Uncle Jesse - I'm not sure who the next 2 men are.

This is my dad standing at the end of the buffet at a big family meal at my Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Jarvis's home. I think the occasion may of been my
grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary. I do know for certain that all the food was delicious because everyone on my moms side cooked like a pro.
I think there are 8 Jello salads at the end of this table - that family all loves Jello salads. Uncle Bill especially loved every Jello salad - it was a family joke that no matter what flavor, every Jello salad was Uncle Bill's favorite.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Today's Chinese Proverb:

Talk doesn't cook rice.

just another way of saying, if you do stuff, stuff gets done.


this guy in the middle of the first photo, stirring the huge pot of rice, reminds me of when I cooked for a fraternity - I seemed to always be cooking huge amounts of stuff surrounded by lots of boys eating like locusts.



photos are from Flickr

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sepia Saturday

Betsy requested I participate in Sepia Saturday, so here goes.....
I hope you like these photos as much as I do


This is Charley and Fay, my grandparents, in 1949, on their anniversary.
Grandma does look really young to of been married for 33 years, the women in our family all got that young-looking gene, and since Grandma got married when she was just 16, she does look great.
Grandpa was 24 when they got married.

This is Tom and Carrie, my great uncle and aunt. Aunt Carrie and my grandma were sisters.
Both families were farmers and lived in Breckinridge Oklahoma most all of their lives.

I think this note from the back of this photo explains the occasion. Is this sweet or what?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls Giveaway


BlogSpark and Pillsbury have asked me to host a giveaway for them. The winner will receive a VIP pack for Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls. Pillsbury says family breakfasts are a great time to make good famiy memories. So, they will also give the winner a photo album to store their photos in, to remind them of happy memories.
Pillsbury is looking for pictures of families enjoying breakfast together, so if you post a family picture on your blog, be sure to tell me about it in the comment so Pillsbury and Blogspark will know too.

I've always served breakfast to my family - they especially liked pancakes, waffles, coffeecake, biscuits with gravy, eggs in a basket and Dutch babies.


Here are some vintage pictures of my children and some children I cared for enjoying breakfast - approximately 1990.



To enter, just leave a comment with your favorite breakfast - I'll draw a winner Monday, Feb. 8.

click here to print a 95 cent coupon on Pillsbury orange cinnamon rolls

USMC humor

unless you know a Marine, you won't get the humor in this - but since I know several Marines really well, it made me laugh out loud


Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda