Fall Garden Clean-up 7 Reasons NOT to!

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DON”T Clean Up the Garden!! What, that’s not what you’ve been told all your life? Me too! Parents would always talk about cleaning up the garden and lawn and getting it ready for winter. As a kid, that never made sense to me. The garden looked just fine to me. I figured it could take care of itself.
Now that I’m an adult, most of the time, I got to thinking about it and I came up with 7 good reason not to clean your lawn or garden. (They just might make you smile:)
So read on, and don’t forget to comment, I want to know what-cha think? I know I’ll have a lot more time to watch Steeler Games by not doing something so unnecessary, like clean up the garden!


1) “Baby its Cold Outside”
Do you really want to be out in the COLD? I thought so, me neither! There’s always Spring, it’s much warmer then now. So don’t drive yourself crazy, settle in watch the game, and drink a cold one for me! (Sweet Tea that is)

2) Leaves-now that’s a Different Story!
Remember how your Parents used to get you to rake the leave for them (that’s cause they didn’t want too!) They would let you make big piles so you could jump right in (they’re tricky that way, they always made it sound like fun). It was fun when you hid in the pile and jump out to scare your brother or sister to death, we fell on the ground laughing, loved it:). That was the end of the fun cause you eventually had to re-rake, bag and drag huge garbage bags down for the Poor Garbage Man to throw in is truck, remember that?

Angels in the Leaves

Angels in the Leaves

3) Hold your Horses! Do you realize what your about to Do? By pulling all those dead plants, leaf liter, twigs and the top layer of soil You are going to destroy a whole Wildlife Habitat. Shame on you! How would you like your home up rooted when you had just settled in for a long winters nap?
By leaving plants standing, you will help protect them. How you say? By helping the plants to gather snow. What’s that gonna do? The snow packs up around the plants covering their roots. The snow then helps to insulate the roots, it also adds moisture to the soil to keep them hydrated and keeps them from loosing water. So Protect your plants, they need a winter coat too. Look at you in your warm Camo Super insulated Coat & Snow Pants – not to mention your boots with 2000 grams of Thinsulate, How could you?

4) Give the Predators a chance to Live too! You hunt, so do they.

Leaving Plants welcomes all sorts of wildlife to your garden. It creates protection for the small, but it also supplies the food for the large critters. The garden helps everyone, That’s the way God intended things to work.

5) Did you know that weeds are actually “Bird Food”!
So D0N’T MESS WITH IT! It’s like a food pantry for birds and other small critters. By just leaving all those thistles and fermenting berries on the shrubs and trees, along with perennial seeds you create a Bird and small Critter Sanctuary. Song Birds love you for it. A bird feeder wouldn’t hurt for those finicky birds and you know there out there. Oh, don’t forget to set out the heated birdbath, remember nobody likes a cold bath. There’s one bonus for you. You may even get to see a drunk bird (from all those fermented berries), it’s almost as funny as Cow Tipping! (Get your camera out, nobody is gonna believe you)

6) Create Winter Interest!
Why would you pay someone like me the big bucks to Design a Beautiful Garden for you if it didn’t give you something beautiful to look at year round? If it don’t, your Designer isn’t worth his Beans. Picture Snow covered Evergreens planted thorough out the Garden, Trees and Shrubs covered with Berries that gives color to your garden when the snow falls. Grasses are one of my favorites, they might be brown now, but try tying them up with a bright colored bow, Orange for Fall, Red for Christmas, Pale Yellow for Spring. Summer will take care of it self. The Grasses will send out Beautiful Green Arching Leaves, there is no need to add anything to that. Remember to cut them back to about 6″ before the Green starts to show, that way none of the brown will show.

7)The Best of all!
Just think of what a good thing you have done. You’ve saved the Birds, the Small Critters, the Predators and the plants. Because of you they will all live another day. What a Hero, and did I mention, you got out of a lot of work!

The Best Thing of all, this is what God intended, He always knows what’s Best and He is the Awesome Designer of our Beautiful Earth.

Genesis 1:11 And He said, “Let the earth bring forth with every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant, and fruit trees with seeds inside the fruit, so that these seeds will produce the kinds of plants and fruits they came from.” And so it was, and God was pleased.
Genesis 1:29-30 And look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth, and all the fruit trees for your food. An I’ve given all the grass and plants to the animals and birds for their food.” Then God looked over all that he had made, and was good in every way.
Enjoy the Fall Season, put a picture of it in your mind, Winter is soon to come.


It’s been a long time Friend!

Dancing Leaves

Dancing Leaves


The summer has speed by so very fast. As usual I had planed to accomplish so many things and that was why I decided to take the Summer off. Now that summer has passed I realize that it is not what we wantr has passed and time has run out, I find it was not My Goals that needed to be completed, it was God’s. I realize now that it is not what wet to accomplish it is what God wants to accomplish in us.

We are very fortunate to own our home, and a second home on the property. We have a very large and beautiful pond (full of Fish). Now what more could you want?  We have worked very hard to remodel our home .There had been a fire before we bought it. It had also been a store, and first floor was not a living space, everything is on the second floor. The outside had gravel where the yard should be, and people were always parking out there, or just driving through! One guy almost hit my Husband while he was cutting wood!  It required new wiring, plumbing,  new roof,  new windows, insulation, drywall, flooring, smoke clean-up, and painting, all of this on our income.  I’m sure I’m missing something, but it was an overwellming task. That was the reason we decided to sell our home.

They saying that the grass is always greener on the other side and after many hours of hard work that is how we felt. If we just didn’t have to do any more, if we could just find a country home with land, trees, a big pond (with fish), so we could move in and enjoy it. (Now isn’t that just what we have?)

Looking back I see that we wouldn’t have been happy  anyway , we like to do things and fix things, and make it our own,.

The sale of our home was very tramatic, experience  to say the least! The Realtors wanted everything perfect,  now  if it were perfect, why would we sell it? We were told to take everything off the walls and shelves, declutter and then paint it all one bland color! Our home is decorated in a Primative Style, and that means STUFF. It was painted in beautiful warm Fall Colors that went with all the Oak Molding. The rereasoning for the new Paint, according to her,  most women can not decide on colors, and can’t see their stuff in your place. Well, if you ask me they just need to look in their over crowded closets to see all the Colors They Picked Out! As you can see I was a Bit Mad, well a lot mad!

This went on most of the Summer, till we came to our senceses  and took our Home off the market!

God showed us that He had put us where we needed to be, that he had furnished us a home, no matter what shape it was in, and He would provide us with a way to accomplish everything that was needed to make our House a Home.

He has certainly done his job. Sometimes we just need to stand back ,be thankful and Praise the Lord for providing for our needs. Never give up on our Faith in God.,  as things may not turn out as we tought we wanted it too, but it will turn out God’s way.

Thank You Lord. we love Our Home

So that was our Summer, how the heck was yours?

Don’t forget to Comment, I’d love to hear from you!      Thanks Donna

First Day of Deer Season


It’s The First Day of Deer Season!

I Never knew why the guys got so excited about it,  Now I know! this is my first year ever to go hunting. I never thought that would be something I would like to do. I am so thankful that I have a wonderful husband that talked me into it!

My  Husband made me a part of his world. It is very rare that a man would want his wife to be with him on a hunting trip. Guys and some women too, look forward to this all year. this is their chance to get away for a little while. Now I can see why.

 there is so much preparation needed to get ready to hunt. First you must have the correct licences, One for Buck,  Doe, Archry, Small Game, probably some I don’t even know about.  Now you will need something to Shoot. A rifle, shotgun,  Bow and Arrows, A  Muzzleloader,  Flintlock and a crossbow. Don’t forget your knife, I won’t even go into the different types of knives available!. Something warm to wear is a must. Body armor, Camo, Orange, Gloves, Hat, Coat, hunting pants, and don’t forget the all important extra warm  Boots.  Because I’m always cold my Husband got me some hand warmers, toe warmers, and you can even get a Butt warmer cushion that warms up if you sit on it !thCAR6RKXG

thCAHL0D8V       Hunting isn’t an inexpensive sport! But you’ve got something to Show for your money! unlike makeup, or the so called latest fashions (that  are not fashionable after the next week). Give me Camo instead. I am All Girl, and  I love Pink, but please don’t put it on My Camo or My Tractor!

  thCA4BP3SRMy Husband is very safety conscious. He spent a long time teaching me all the different guns, how you load them,  the gun safety, and how to unload them. We went over every bullet and shell, so I would know which one was correct for which gun. He told me when I could load before going into the woods and when I had to unload before coming out of the woods. He showed me the guide that comes with the licences, it shows you what is in season, what time  you can start to hunt, and when you need to be out of the woods at night.

Hunting has been around since time began. It was a way for man to provide food for his family. It still is, but it is a lot more. It is a way to get away from everyday stress, your work and sometimes your family. It is a way go out into the woods and enjoy all the beauty that God gave us. To sit still and take in all the quiet around you. the only sound you hear is a rustling of the leaves,  and some time the crack of a stick that lets you know one of God’s little creatures is near. Hunting makes you a part of something much bigger than you, a real feeling a peace comes over you, and the knowledge that you are doing something that so many others have taken part of, maybe even on the very ground that you are standing.

This post is for my Husband, Dave. I thank you so very much for taking the time to teach me and for sharing something that has always been yours. For loving me enough to make me a part of something bigger than the little world that I live in. Thank You Honey, I will never forget it!

                                                                                                      The Beauty of the Lord is all around us

Please be sure to learn to hunt safely, follow all the rules, and take the time to enjoy the Beauty around you.

Don’t forget to let your Government know that we will never give up Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms!









7 Ways to have a Stress Free Christmas


The Rush is on for Christmas

The rush is on for Christmas!

  The Rush is on for Christmas

                               How can you have a Stress Free Christmas?

How can you have a Stress Free Christmas? Read on maybe I can simplify things for you!

  • The First Thing To Do Is Simplify Things 🙂  
  • Get started early. I know some people work better under pressure, or so we say. Are you one to leave things to the last-minute? Do you enjoy being so stressed out that you don’t even enjoy the Season? So what do you do?  MAKE A LIST! Stick to it, check things off when you’ve accomplished something (it’ll make you feel good). Don’t take on more than you can chew!
Tree Glowing in the Night

Red and Green on the Christmas Tree


  • Did You Know Things Don’t Have To Be Perfect 🙂 
  • Do you really need the outside of your house to look like Chevy Chase’s National Lampon’s Christmas, or the inside to look like Martha Stewart? Who are you doing this for anyway? Keep it simple. You know I used to put up a Christmas tree in every room. Each one had a different theme. I had so many trees and different vignettes in every corner, that you didn’t know where to look first. Do you know how long it took me to put all that stuff up? As they say Rome wasn’t built-in a day, and neither was my Christmas House. Now I have come to appreciate simple things. I don’t need a tree in every room. Now I have one or two trees, and they have homemade ornaments on them. They don’t have thousands of LED lights on them, and they have simple stars to top them off. One of them is a rusty star at that. You know these are some of the prettiest trees I’ve ever had!  My house isn’t perfect either, it looks lived in. We have 5 Cats and 3 Dogs, so it is as clean as if I had 8 Kids running around, (maybe cleaner now that I think of it). At least I don’t trip over toys all over the floors, just Dogs.  I do dust and clean as much as I can, but you know, we live here. When we have company, I hope they are coming to see us, not our house. If that were the case, I guess they aren’t very good friends anyway. What do you think?
Back to the Old Times

A Old Fashioned Christmas

Spend Less 🙂 Think about it, do you really need to have hundreds of gifts under the Tree? Figure out one Gift that would really mean something or make a difference in someone’s life. Watch their face light up when they open it. They don’t need a mountain of Gifts, just one special gift that comes from the Heart. Of course it’s OK to get a few small things that they need, but this is enough.  As for Kids, look around at your house. Do you really want more Toys lying around the house? Toys they only played with once, or have broken already. Pick out one Gift that is most important to them. You know, we used to get toys that we could make things with. Do you remember Lincoln Logs, or Erector Sets, Lego’s or a Paint by Number Painting? These are things that take time to make, something that lets them use their brains. Don’t give in every time your child has a fit in the store and you promise them something to make them behave! Make Gift Giving Special, not just a daily thing that means nothing to them. Spend time helping them make something with their gift, they’ll love it, and I bet that toy won’t get thrown by the wayside. It’s ok to get things they need, but make that One Toy Special. Now you know what I mean by spending less? Less on Gifts, Less on Wrapping Paper, and Less Stress getting it all together!

Best Gift

Make mine Homemade


  • Handmade Gifts 🙂 
  • I know, you don’t know how to make anything. Your not Crafty. You never made anything in your life. Well think about this, do you cook, can you shop, do you know what that person likes. YOU CAN DO IT!

How do you get started? GO TO PINTEREST! This is the best place in the world to find out how to make something and you will be inspired with so many ideas. Pinterest is easy to do and it’s free, just find the official site, register  and choose what you would like to make and pin it. It will ask you to create a board, just give the board a name. The Board  is the place it stores your Pins till you want to use them. You will find so many Tutorials and directions to make projects. Some of them are on YouTube and some you have to visit the Site to get help. That easy too, just push Visit.  If you still decide you can’t make something, make them a Theme Basket. Think of something they really love. For Example Hunting. Put together Small things that pertain to Hunting. Like a subscription to a Hunting Magazine, maybe a gift certificate for Ammo. Small things like a hunting Cap or Gloves use your imagination. They will love it.


Party, Party, Party

Drink Up

  • Party*Party*Party 🙂 Don’t*Don’t*Don’t ! Think about what a Stress getting ready for a Big Party causes you. Not only getting your house ready, (remember homes are lived in not perfect). Also all the cooking, or if you decide to have it catered, just paying the bill will be extremely stressful. Now get yourself ready, new Dress, Shoes, Hair, Nails. You just know you can’t wear the same Dress from last year. Do you remember what you wore the last week? Do you really think anyone else will remember?  Christmas is a Family time. A good time to stay at home, and be a Family. Maybe a build – it – yourself Pizza Party would be fun, .Everyone has to come in Slippers and PJ’s. String some Popcorn for the Tree, Sing Christmas Carols, and remember past Christmas’. No stress there, just fun. ENJOY!
Don't give in to it!

World’s Biggest Stress Maker

  • Credit Card Christmas 🙂 NUMBER ONE REASON FOR STRESS! Buy everything you want no Payments till next Year, only 28% interest. Sounds good don’t it? Think about it, next year is only a week away. Better watch you don’t go over the card limit, they will add an extra charge right away. Now your payment is more that you can possibly afford. You can’t pay on time. It turns into a BIG SNOWBALL OF DEBT. Don’t let this happen to you. Paying cash for gifts is the best way to stay stress free. Try to put a little money away each pay. Don’t go into Debt! Buy only what you can afford to pay for. Don’t feel bad, do what you can do. Give something that you made, as long as it comes from the heart, it will be the best Gift they will ever receive. Make New Christmas Memories and Traditions. Give of yourself, help someone and spend time with the Family. This will probably be the best Christmas you have ever had.
Jesus' Birth

Oh Holy Night


Now The Real Reason to be Stress Free 🙂

Two Thousand years ago God gave us the Greatest Gift of all. Baby Jesus, who was born of the Virgin Mary, in the City of Bethlehem. Do you know the reason Jesus was born as a man? He was born to save you from your sins. How can he do this? He died for you on the Cross to take on your sins. The Gift of Grace is given to those who Love Him and ask Him into their hearts. When you do this you will know a true Joy when you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Now you will  realize the True meaning of this Holy Christmas Season is to give thanks for the Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ. All the material things that you have or can give can never compare to God’s Greatest Gift. So this Christmas accept God’s Gift, and find out the REASON FOR THE SEASON. I wish you a Blessed Christmas Season, and a very Joy filled New Year! 


Merry Christmas

Frosty Christmas



                                                                     Happy New Year









Happy Thanksgiving


Here’s Wishing You a Blessed Thanksgiving


Be Yea Thankful

Gods Bounty

 This happens to be my favorite time of the year. Not only do we have all the fall colors to enjoy, but People tend to be a little nicer. Have you ever noticed that? This is the time of year when People start to think about things they are Thankful for, family, friends and get together. They may even think about doing something for others instead of themselves.

Maybe we should think of Thanksgiving as GIVING – THANKS, that way there is no doubt what it’s all about.                                                                                                              


Give Thanks

God Our Provider and Father

Have a Happy Heart

Have a Heart Filled with Gratitude

 What are you Thankful for? Is it that New Car sitting in the driveway? Or that new Outfit you spent a fortune for, and will only wear once? Maybe it’s the Biggest House in the neighborhood?  Did you ever stop to consider that these are Only Things. They are not something that loves you back. Trying to impress others is such a Childish thing to do.

Thank You Lord

In Everything Be Thankful

I think the key to being Thankful is to Thank God everyday. We do not have to save our Thankfulness for one day of the year.

 So, what should we be Thankful for? Just look around! How were you able to look around, you have your sight. Just think what it would be like to not be able to see all the Beautiful Fall Colors. The Thanksgiving Table set with that huge Turkey and all the food which God provided. Best of all, Your Family. Be very thankful for them, some People don’t have Family to Share a meal with or to visit with or to even LOVE. You are very fortunate. Now Listen, you have your hearing so Listen to the laughter, and the stories of Thanksgivings past. The Children giggling and being silly. Does any of the superficial things you have give you this joy? Look up to God, be so very Thankful  that he Loved us so much that He gave us a wonderful Gift, his Son Jesus. Without Him you would not be saved. Thank Him daily for all that he has provided. Never forget that it wasn’t you’re doing that you have what you have, but God’s. Thank You Lord.


What should we give? Maybe you give a couple of dollars at Church, when you decide to go. Maybe you throw a quarter or two in the pot at Christmas Time. Maybe you even took Donuts to work for the other workers, it probably would make you look good with the Boss. Is this the kind of giving that God expects? He did not throw us left overs. He gave us His Son, and His love, He listens, and He answers our Prayers. Have you ever thought of giving of yourself?

Where do you begin? How about loving your neighbor, maybe you should take the time to meet him. You may be surprised that you really like him. Do you know what God says? Love your Neighbor as yourself. Listen to your Children, I mean really listen, don’t pretend, they can tell. Don’t always tell them you are too busy, that Newspaper can wait. Do you realize how much that would mean to them? Take the time to go throw a ball, just that little thing will make a big difference in their lives, and help to create memories. Instead of having a Feast at home, go help at a soup kitchen, talk to the People, you may be surprised as to why they are there. You never know if you may need help in you life sometime. There are always those that do not have a family to spend the Holiday with. Invite them to dinner. If you don’t know where to find that special person, check the Retirement Homes. Do you know what is would mean to them to spend the day with a family that Cares? Make a difference in someone’s life. Be Thankful for everything. Life is to short, don’t miss your chance.

What are you most Thankful for? How do you plan to help others in this Holiday Season? Please leave a Comment. We would love to hear from you.

In Everything be Thankful

When The Autumn of Life Has Ended

 I wish you all a very Joyous and Happy Thanksgiving. Make this a very Special Day by making a New Tradition. When Dinner is served  ask everyone to tell something they are Thankful for. Now is a good time to Thank the Lord for family, friends, this Glorious Feast and most of all for His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. Be mindful of Thanking Him daily not just on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a day to spend with family, not running out early to start Christmas Shopping. That is not what Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about!

Please leave a Comment telling us about one or two Thanksgiving or Christmas Traditions that your family celebrates. We’d love to hear from you. Thanks, Donna


                                      Enjoy the Day!

Help Glades

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble


The History of Veterans Day

History of Veterans Day     This Post has been Taken in whole from an Article found in a Newsletter of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — In the Hope it will help Americans to understand the reason for Veterans Day, and to appreciate our Soldiers and what they have done for this Country.


World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

God Bless America– Thank You Lord for our Soldiers

Things that will make you Smile :)

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How did it sneak up on me again? It always makes me Smile when I finally realize “It’s Here Again”. The Colors are so Jaw Dropping Beautiful, you just can’t stop looking at them. You probably think what the heck is this Crazy Country Girl talking About! I’m talking about FALL in the North East! The Warm Colors just gives you a warm fuzzy feeling all over.

We live in North Western Pennsylvania. Fall is one of the things I love about living here. God truly used his Magical Paint Brush, and created something so beautiful that Human’s Hands could not possibly duplicate.

Every year though, it seems to sneak up on me, without me noticing, One day it’s sunny and warm, and everything is a Beautiful shade of green. The flowers are blooming in every color imaginable, the birds are chirping, the Hummingbird comes for Breakfast, and I can enjoy my Morning Cup of Coffee on my deck. Then you notice a very slight chill in the air, and that one tree that has a couple bright red leaves. Then out of nowhere it happens, the change. It’s gradual at first, but before you know it, there is a spectacular burst of color. The most Beautiful Oranges, Reds, some Green here and there, Yellow, and I’ve even seen Pink in this mixture. You can see God’s handy work everywhere because only God could produce such a Masterpiece.

If you have never seen it, put it on you Bucket List, as something you Must Do, don’t worry, you won’t be sorry!

Every Season has something to be thankful for.

The Spring brings the new plants emerging from the ground. Every year I think what a Miracle, which of course it is. I take a walk every morning to check on all my flowers. Why am I always surprised to see them peaking through the ground, they made it through another harsh winter. God has taken care of them by giving them a blanket of snow to cover them so they stay sleeping till Winter is done.

Then comes Summer, all the leaves are out, and if you take a good look, you’ll see many shades of green. I love to paint Landscapes and this for me is one of the most difficult shade to get just right. It’s very subtle, but it’s there, just take the time to look. This is when we are blessed to feel the warm sun our face, being able to go outside without a coat, and just the healing power of the sun. A good time to just sit with a cold Lemonade and take it all in before it’s gone. Sometimes I wish Summer could stay all year-long, then I think what I’d miss if I didn’t get to enjoy the other Seasons.

Fall, probably the most Spectacular of all the Seasons! The Colors, Oh, the Colors, enough said! The Chill in the air makes it a nice time  to sit by Our Pond, enjoy a Hot Cocoa, and start a nice warming fire. Listen as the leaves rustle, people rake, kids play and scatter the leaves all around the yard again. A time to stay close, a family time. A time to remember…

Winter, has always been hard for me. I tend to be cold most of the time. This year I am blessed to be on the inside looking out on the Snow and Cold. No more 9 to 5, no more uniforms, now, when I go out I can dress for it. I think I’m finally going to enjoy Winter! This Season too has a beauty all its own. I never paint anything white, I love color, but God Paints the landscape with a gleaming White that sparkles and reflects the sun, giving it a glow of  it’s own. I never knew White could be so pretty. Winter is also a time to play, have fun, stop and enjoy the Beauty all around you. There is nothing like an evening snowstorm, with big flakes floating down from Heaven, laying thick on the tree branches, changing everything around into a wintry wonderland. A time when no one has made tracks and the snow is like a giant cotton ball, everything is quiet, and a Peace falls on your soul. The morning brings a new beauty, everything sparkles like someone sprinkled glitter everywhere.

We have so very much to be Thankful for, take the time look, listen, and enjoy. Don’t rush life, it moves quickly enough. Like I said, the Season have a way of sneaking up on you, but as we get older, and a little slower, we seem to appreciate things more. So, if your young or not so young like me, make the time to enjoy every Season, it will make you Smile.


Retirement…Life’s Great Adventure

Old But Not Forgotten



So, you decided to step out and take life’s great adventure, Retirement!

Day 1… It hasn’t sunk in yet, I’m still getting up at 4:30 am whether I need to or not! When you’ve done something all your life it sure is hard to change. But, I have the rest of my life to try. That’s the great thing about it.

Wow I get to enjoy my first cup of Coffee before I have to rush out of the house. Oh yea, I don’t have to go anywhere, I’m loving it!  I think I’ll just relax for a few days, before I decide to tackle all the thing that are waiting for me to start, And to get finished.

It’s about 11:00 am, and about four Coffee’s later, I’m still Blogging. You know, I’m enjoying this already.

I decide to make a list of things I need at the store, one of them is a Day Planner. That way I can keep on some sort of schedule, and write a To Do List. Well, you know I thought about it and decided that I could make my own. I’d just get on Print Shop, it would be fun, no driving (that’s why I retired in the first place, I’m tired of driving the Bus), and I wouldn’t spend any money. I keep forgetting, I’m on a budget now, no more what you see is what you buy! This is gonna be easy, I can do this.

Boy does time fly, it’s one o’clock, I completely missed lunch! I was used to getting about 15 min. for lunch at work, now I didn’t get any. Better get that Day Planner done soon and schedule myself lunch! Don’t want to miss too many lunches, I’ll get skinny! But you know, it was worth it,  I did designed a really Pretty Cover for the thing. Guess I’d better get to work on the inside of my wonderful Day Planner. Finally it’s all starting to come together, it’s about 4:45 pm, and I’m almost ready to print, I’m so excited.

Time to fire-up the Printer, haven’t had any time to use it for a while. I can hear it warming up in the office. Good thing, I’m ready to send the Cover, can’t wait to see it. Maybe I’ll start a home business called, “The When You Get Around-tu-it Day Planner for Retirees” I’m sure it’ll be a big hit, don’t you? But, anyway, let’s get printing. I push the send button on the computer, don’t hear anything happening. Now what? I run down the hall to the printer, I see that flashing light, oh darn, it says I’m low on Ink. How could that be? I’d bought ink, about a year ago or so. The only things I’d printed were some pictures, well, quit a few pictures I guess. You know what that means don’t you, a trip to town, best laid plans, you know how that goes?

I get myself ready, make sure all the Cats and Dogs have food and water, and that they are where they need to be so I still have a house left when I get back, and off I go. I’d better pull over to text my Husband, dinner will be late, I had to make an urgent trip to Wal-Mart, be back soon. We will have Pizza for Dinner (thank goodness for Little Caesars ). What ever happened to the Chicken and Mashed Potato Dinner I had planed, with desert too?

There it is Wal-Mart looming in front of me. Boy does that bring back bad memories! I used to have to drive a big Transit Bus thru there! If you think it’s bad for cars driving thru, you should see how the Wal-Mart people treat you when you drive a Bus. They are running out of the store like a Herd of Buffalo, running to their cars like they need to get home right away. Meanwhile they had just spent five hours Shopping!

Yellow should never be a car color!

I used to Love “Bugs” !

I keep telling myself, you can do this. I managed to fight off some lady in a little Yellow Volkswagen Beetle for the last a parking space. It was way out in the Kingdom Come part of the Parking Lot. She was good, I’ll give her that. I knew by the way she drove that she had done this before. I think she was the one that pulled out in front of my Bus the last time I drove thru there. Wow, I won, so  chock one up for the Bus Driver, that’d be me. Now if I hurry I can get in and out, be on my way home, with the Pizza before my Husband is totally starved.

When I get in I see it’s packed, but how many people could possibly need printer ink? Obviously a lot of people are in the same predicament as I am. You know what that darn store does? They put everything together that you need and don’t need so you go home with more than you came in for. Did you ever notice that? They put some beautiful paper that would be great to print my Cover on right next  to the Printer Ink, wouldn’t you know it, I would not have thought to have looked for expensive paper, if it wasn’t for them. They are smart, you know that?

I finally find the Ink, Oh, my gosh, in my hurry, I forgot to check and see what color Ink I am low on. Now what’ll do I do? The only thing I can do, get some of all the colors, and black, just in case. Drat, there goes the budget.

Mission accomplished, on the way out, I find a few Fall Decorations, my favorite time of the year. I make a note to self (in my Beautiful Self Made Day Planner), to take a day and do something with all the Fall Flowers, The Scarecrow, The Pumpkins, and few other things I definitely needed to make everything look nice. I know you’d do the same thing, right?

He's so cute he couldn't scare off a fly!

Life’s little perks – a trip to Wal-Mart for Fall Decorations!

Isn't Nature Beautiful?

God’s Beautiful Bounty, Enjoy, and give Thanks to the LORD.

I’m finally ready to  checking out. It’s time for a new cashier. I was watching my Phone, (don’t have a watch) it only took about 20 min. for the new cashier to get ready to ring us up! Now, I’m one of the Buffalo Herd running for their cars because they spent too much time shopping in Wal-Mart. I make it to my car before all the old people, boy does that make me feel good. Nice to hear the Jeep start right up. I even get out of the parking space without incident. I have one more intersection to get thru so I can leave Wal-Mart behind, then I’m home free and off to Little Caesars. But, there she was, sitting across from me at that intersection, giving me the evil eye. I knew it was her when I heard her roar up her Little Yellow Volkswagen Beetle. I knew I could take her, after years of driving a Bus, I’d had learned how to intimidate other drivers. I roared up my Jeep too, sounded really good. She started her move, but, I had my foot on the brake and gas pedal at the same time, off the brake my foot came and I made a 90 degree turn in 2 seconds flat, I left her in my Wal-Mart dust. Boy, does driving a Bus for years give you good training.

There was no problem at Little Caesar’s. Thank goodness for Hot and Ready Pizza. I got extra napkins so I could test a piece before I served it to my Husband, it’s all good. You know, you could go crazy by the time you got home if you didn’t try at least one piece?

There is nothing more Beautiful than Fall Colors!

Fall’s Last flowers show their Beautiful Face’s before the Harsh Winter comes…remember

There he is my Handsome Husband waiting for me, I don’t think 7:00 pm is too late for dinner, do you? We finally settle to eat our delicious Pizza, I tell him the Story about my wonderful day at Wal-Mart.  I know will just fascinate him!  He listens, eats, tells me Good Night, I Love You, shakes his head and walks off to bed. Wonder what that was about? Guess he had a hard day, he didn’t say much of anything during dinner? Wonder Why?

It’s late but I guess I have time for one more cup of Hot Coffee before the end of the day. I took my seat on my favorite chair out on the Front Porch to pondered my first day of Retirement. I realized that all the years of hard work really does pays off, when you can look forward to fun days like this.

Think I’ll do it all again tomorrow, have a Good Night, see you about 4:30 am.

One warning to the Wal-Mart Lady, I’ll be back, and next time I’ll be driving My Truck!

Scared Stiff…No More 9 to 5

Wow, now that I’m scared stiff, I stop to consider just what I have done? It is something we all look forward to. We plan just how we are going to do it. We know everyone is going to miss us, they’ll tell us what a great job we have done. They might even give us a bonus for a job well done. They will tell us that is was great to have us as a part of the team, right? Let me tell you, that all does not always go as we plan.

Sometimes it just takes that little push, something gets under your skin. Someone says the wrong thing. We don’t feel appreciated, or paid enough for what we do. You know you have been doing the very best you can do, so why can’t they see that? Then you start to have bad dreams about it every night, you just know something terrible is going to happen. The stress is terrible, you start to feel older than your years.You have just had enough!!! It all blows up in your face, all those years you have given of your life, down the drain.

Feeling Scared Stiff? It’s finally over. You give and give, and they take, and take till you have nothing left to give.

That’s what happened to me, so I finally went and did it, I just up and quit my job. I went to work that morning, as usual I’m early, I do my best , that’s the way I was brought up.  I say a Pray to have patience, keep my passengers safe, and keep a smile on my face. Until recently I drove a City Transit Bus for a living. It takes a lot of prayer to get through the eight to nine hours or more of driving per day. To put up with the constant noise, the terrible drivers and pedestrians that think you can stop on a dime. People asking me if I know I’m late, when I have been driving like crazy to get them there safely and on time. Do you know how that feels. Of course you do. It has happened to all of us. When you give all that you have to give, and you can’t do it any more.

I know all jobs are different, but if you think about it they are all the same. We start out young getting that first job. Probably making enough to buy stuff for ourselves. If you were like me you had parents that taught you that things in life don’t come free, so you learned how to pay your fair share of the bills. (that’s the way it used to be, we’ll call it the good old days). Then you go on to school or learn a trade, and life happens. Bills get higher, jobs not enough to cover things. So what do you do, you move on. Hopefully to something better, and life goes on. Years fly by, and you think I must be getting old, I don’t want to do this any more. It just gets harder to do what you loved to do at one time. You think, how did this happen? Where did the time go, so you see in the end we are all alike, no matter what you did or how much you made. It is time to go. To get out, don’t look back. It is our time now.

To Work or not to Work, that is the Question?

Some of us will have it easer than others. We will have the money to relax and enjoy ourselves. Others not so easy, not because we are stupid, but we just didn’t make enough to tuck money away for a rainy day. I wish someone would have told me some day I’d have to make a choice to give up my paycheck. Make up your mind to be prepared when that day comes..

Don’t toss your life away, be prepared, enjoy the rest of you life!

It’s a scary thought, to have a paycheck one week, and the next week, there is no more checks. But, it is also freedom, a peace that comes over you. Something you have earned, that takes a whole lifetime to achieve. It’s slow in coming and I never in my life thought I’d be able to stay at home. I have worked all my life. My brother and I had a paper route, for years. My parents did not drive us from door to door to deliver our papers like people do today. We learned what it was to work, and be responsible. We got our job done on time and did the best job we could do. I thank my Parents for the many things they taught me.

So how will you handle it when it comes your time to get out? Hopefully you have a plan, and have put something away for a rainy day. Believe me your rainy day will come sooner than you think.

I am very fortunate, I have a small store in  the bottom of my home. I walk down the stairs to work. I also have a rental to help pay the bills. I give credit to my parents for making  this happen. I also have a wonderful Husband who supports all of my decisions.

So now it’s my time. I can’t tell you how much I love staying home. Every day I have something new to look forward to. This is truly a blessing. I thank the Lord. I have spent many a night and day praying for his wisdom to help me make this decision. It has truly changed my life, for the better. I know it won’t be easy, there are still bills to pay, and life to live. But I am so very thankful to live long enough to actually enjoy my life.

So I guess it comes down to being prepared. You may even get the joy of saying good bye to the rat race a whole lot sooner than I was able too. Then you too can sit on the front porch and enjoy the many things that God has blessed you with. If you happen to get bored, you can always help your neighbor, or maybe tell them your life story, I’m sure they will enjoy that. But never forget to give thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to live in a Country where we still have the right to retire and live the rest of our lives in freedom. God Bless America!

Oh my gosh, is this all there is! I’m Scared Stiff, I don’t even know how to play the Lottery! Can I have my job Back? Guess Not! Do they have a Lottery Book for Dummies?

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