Not the BUS!!!

Kate has been wanting to ride the bus for a long, long time.  Since our county K-12 school sits out in the middle of nowhere, trying to center it in the county, everyone has to ride the bus to and from school or has to be taken and picked up by family.  So my daughter and I have always taken my precious baby girl to school and always picked her up.  She’s only in first grade, so we have been doing this for about three years, from Pre-K to now.

Last year she started wanting to ride the bus.  In kindergarten!!!  She is definitely a free spirit and loves new experiences, but those bus kids learn all sort of things when they ride the bus.  And I did not want her learning all those things.

Kate's first bus day

Kate’s first bus day

But she has been insisting, so her Momma finally gave in.  She gets to ride the bus home from school.

I got to be at the house her first bus trip home because her Momma had a doctor’s appointments or something.  It gave me a great opportunity to get those first bus trip photos.


If you look really, really closely underneath all the glare, you will see the reason I am not worried about my precious cargo riding the bus: her bus driver, Lisa.

Do you see that happy smiling face?

Can you tell how competent and caring she is just by looking at that pretty lady?

Do you think she’s laughing at me for taking pictures of my granddaughter getting off the bus?


Kate definitely was not laughing at me for taking pictures of her getting off the bus.  As a matter of fact, I think I will probably be banned from future first-time events.

Kate not looking too happy about Gigi in the middle of the road taking pics.

Kate not looking too happy about Gigi in the middle of the road taking pics.

But… she loves her Gigi and doesn’t stay embarrassed too long.  I got a big hug after this sprint from the bus trip home.


She sits with a big girl at the front of the bus.  We are right there to meet her when she gets off.

I guess it will be okay.

From Romance to Recliners

From Romance to Recliners

Twelfth Night Ball on January 5, 2013

That was a fun night.   We hadn’t been married just a couple of weeks.

And now… today is March 18, 2013.  This is where we went today:  the furniture store.

I've already tried out my side

I’ve already tried out my side

I have never had a recliner in my entire life.  Nor have I watched much of the following:

Country music videos

Country music videos

Do you see the little logo in the bottom right corner?  I’m a hiphop-dance-all-night kinda gal.  Not boot-scootin’-boogie.

Or used to be.   This could be me reeeeeaaaal soon.

Steve in the new recliners

Steve in the new recliners

Awwww, isn’t that cute?  And romantic?  Side-by-sides, matching pillows, electric so we can save our energy to watch country videos or old Roy Rogers movies (I hear it in the background).

That old Tina Turner song “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” comes to mind.


Looking for Spring

I see spring!!!!

I see spring!!!!

Summer is and (I’m fairly certain) always will be my favorite season of the year.  I don’t want to miss Autumn or Winter or Spring because they make me appreciate summer so much more.  And actually I like those seasons, too.  They all have their own unique wonderment.

Today is an “I-can-almost-see-spring” kind of day.  The sun is shining, making it a little warmer and brighter, a little closer to gardening or riding bikes or walking, opening the pool, enjoying summer.  The Easter lilies are poking up out of the ground, and I’ve noticed new growth on the rose bushes.

Today is also the day I remember birthdays of those I love.  And the hardships and passing of those I love.  It can’t be helped.  It’s all intertwined, like the seasons of the year.  But as God does, He walks along with us through the seasons: the cold, seemingly death of winter; the restfulness of fall, no more blooming to do, just resting and preparing for the new births that will come in spring; the hope of spring with its rush to get life going, the realization that life still abounds; the fullness of summer, living life to its fullness, working hard, playing hard.

“This world is fading away, along with everything it craves.  But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.”  1 John 2:17

And what is God’s will?

“The Lord is pleased with those who worship Him and trust His love.”  Psalm 147:11

“Give yourselves to God . . . surrender your whole being to Him to be used for righteous purposes.”  Romans 6:13

“Give yourself completely to God.”  James 4:7

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  Mark 12:30

“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family  by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 1:5

Wow, it’s chili tonight!

Today is March 5, just a couple of weeks till spring, yet we had a blizzard.  I’m talking big, fat snowflakes.  And lots of them.  Of course, it wasn’t really warm enough to stick, so tonight it just looks like we have had a big rain.  The blizzard was a wet one, and snow was sticking to everything. And it was freezing out!  The wind was blowing frigid air; it was snowing humongous snowflakes:  Where in the world is spring?! So… since it was so chilly, I came home and made chili.

IMG_6946Somewhere along the pathway of life I have accumulated all these old dishes.  Some are cracked, and yes, I realize they are probably not the safest things to use since they have cracks.  They may have given me some kind of bug that affected my tummy, or they may not, but either way, I will continue to use them because I like them.  Cracks and all.

Here is the recipe:Wow, It's Chili Tonight

The spice I used in the chili had some interesting ingredients: Wow it's chili tonightSo I’m wondering.   How many people put cinnamon, cloves, or cocoa powder in chili?