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I am a Christian wife, mother and grandmother. I love to sew and create new and innovative items to share with my customers. The most popular area of my store is my Walnut Grove section which features clothing reminiscent of "Little House on the Prairie". Please take a moment to visit my store and see my latest creations. www.pattisoriginals.etsy.com

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

You know you're a Redneck if:

You can change the oil in your truck without ducking your head.

You're a lite beer drinker 'cause you start drinkin beer when it gets light.

You think the stock market has fence around it.

You own a homemade fur coat.

Your entire family has ever sat around waiting for a call from the Governor to spare a loved one.

Your grandfather died and left everything to his widow. But she can't touch it until she's fourteen.

You've been married three times but still have the same in-laws.

You think a stock tip is advice on worming' your hogs.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy 12 Year's Old

We arrived at our son's home on the evening of our youngest granddaughter, Lauren's, 12th birthday.  All celebrations were delayed until the next day since we arrived so late.

Tuesday my daughter-in-law, 2 granddaughters and myself headed out for a ladies' day.  First and most important stop was for the much anticipated birthday gift of a manicure and pedicure.  Lauren has known exactly what she wanted for her special day for months. 

French tipped nails.

Next came the pedicure.

Some very green toenails.

The finished Diva look.

From the spa we headed to lunch and a chance to sit and visit.  Then a day of shopping.  So much fun and I miss these girlie days so much.

Only a couple more days and we head back to North Dakota.  I plan on enjoying each and every moment with our family!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Long Awaited Visit

Finally, after being gone for almost 6 months we had a chance to visit our son and his family for Thanksgiving. 

We went from North Dakota to just outside of Minneapolis, MN the first night.  (2 states)  Saturday we drove from Minnesota through Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and spent the night in Louisiana. (5 states) We had our car checked out and then headed back to north Mississippi, Monday night, where our son lives.  3 very long days of driving but destination was finally achieved.

We will get to visit until Friday morning when we will head back to North Dakota via, Missippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.  The plan is to arrive back in Minot, ND Sunday evening.

A very long drive but it was so worth it to see our family and get to spend the holiday with them.  Hope to be back for Christmas.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

Quirks About Life ...
that you notice by the time you are fifty.

Most people deserve each other.

All the good ones, no matter what it is, are taken.

The one who snores will fall asleep first.

The length of a marriage is inversely proportional to the amount of money spent on the wedding.

If you help a relative in need, he or she will remember you the next time they are in need.

The probability of meeting someone you know increases greatly when you are out with someone you do not want to be seen with.

Toothaches always start on Friday night when the dentist's office will be closed for the weekend.

Monday, November 14, 2011

An Early Morning Surprise

We have been watching the weather reports very closely because we are planning on heading home the end of this week.  The last report we saw, yesterday, was for clear days all week with the temperature dropping a bit each night.  That was a great report for travelers.

Imagine our surprise when we woke up to see this today.

Our poor car is very used to being garaged overnight and it has sure gone through some tough weather up here.

By the way, the temperature is 32 right now so the snow should not last long.

I realize this is not a heavy snow but coming from the deep south it sure is a lot to us. 

We got out the snow brush and window scrapers and began the chore of getting the car ready to drive safely on the roads.

All cleaned up and ready to go.  We were glad to see the snow had already started melting on the driveways.  My sweet hubby is learning a new trick, driving safely in snow-on steep hills!

Our New Theme Song

Since the weather has changed and the cold is here to stay for about 5 months, our new theme song has become this one from the Animals.


"We Gotta Get Out of This Place" seems like the perfect song as we try hard to complete the job so we can leave before we get snowed in and can't get away.

Oh, Lord, please help us get home soon!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Phunnies


Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at them and says, "I'm sorry, gentlemen, only one carrion allowed per passenger."

Did you hear that NASA recently put a bunch of Holsteins into low earth orbit? They called it the herd shot 'round the world.

Two boll weevils grew up in South Carolina. One went to Hollywood and became a famous actor. The other stayed behind in the cotton fields and never amounted to much. The second one, naturally, became known as the lesser of two weevils.

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it, too.

A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."

Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? He wanted to transcend dental medication.

A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Amal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal."

These friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that: Hugh, and only Hugh, can prevent florist friars.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Snow, At Last!

This past Sunday the long awaited first snowfall occurred.  The overall snowfall was only about an inch but it was enough for us.

We were watching the football game and kept checking the window and the snow continued to fall very lightly but the wind kept any accumulation from building up.  Then the game got exciting (the Saints were winning) and we forgot to check the window.

Imagine our surprise when we saw this.

Snow had settled on all the cars in the parking lot.  Well, that is more snow than we ever get in south Mississippi so we were excited.  Excited until we woke up the next morning and our car looked like this.

So we got busy brushing the snow off and were surprised how easily it brushed away.  Any snow that falls in MS is very wet and icy but this snow was light and brushed right off.  Of course, there was a little ice under the snow but not much at all.

The biggest surprise was the snow INSIDE of the car.  Yes, the windows were all closed up tightly but the wind was blowing 20-30 miles an hour and somehow a bit of snow made it inside.

Driving was a little scary but not too bad.  We were very thankful that our first experience with North Dakota winter snow was a very mild experience.  Next time we will probably not be so lucky!

Monday, November 7, 2011

To Snow or Not To Snow

One of the things which caused us trepidation about taking a job in North Dakota was the weather.  Stories abound about the frigid cold and one of the sweatshirts up here says "41 below keeps out the riff raff".  We were not looking forward to experiencing this.

When we arrived we met some locals through church who told us stories about the year they had record snowfalls in early October.  More dread and another trip to the store to buy more winter clothing.

This year has been very unusual, from all reports.  The summer was gorgeous.  We only had a few hot days and nothing like the heat from our hometown, Diamondhead, MS.  The fall has been beautiful with earlier sunsets and the changing colors.  The best part, however, has been the temperature.  The days fluctuate from the high 40's to the low 60's.  Absolutely perfect!

The last few weeks has brought a distinctive change in the weather.  Around the middle of October you could see the sky patterns changing, and could feel a difference in the air.  Sure enough we had several storms push through the end of October-but still no snow.

It is interesting watching the weather reports up here because everyone is dreading the first snowfall-for fear of what is coming next.  In southern Mississippi everyone gets excited if we are expecting snow. 

The difference-south Mississippi 'MIGHT' get one tiny snowfall a year, but most often not.  In North Dakota when the snow starts winter does not let up for about 5 months.

I am writing this on Oct. 24 and we had a chance of snow flurries last night but it did not happen.  So these two travelers from south Mississippi are still looking forward to our first North Dakota snowfall!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

Kids and Church

3-year-old, Reese: "Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen."
A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."

A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."

I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer for several evenings at bedtime. She would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word right up to the end of the prayer: "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us some E-mail. Amen."

One particular four-year-old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

A Sunday school teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church? One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. "See those men standing by the door? They're hushers."

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'" Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"

A father was at the beach with his children when his four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand. "Daddy, what happened to him?" the on asked. "He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?"

A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?" "I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied. "Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered. The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ballet Magnificat

Ballet Magnificat is America's Christian Ballet Company located in Jackson, MS.  They recently came to Minot, ND to put on a benefit performance and I had an opportunity to attend.

They performed the story of Moses in a production called 'Deliver Us".  This was the first time I had attended a professional ballet and I was overwhelmed.  The costumes and set design was very original and made the story come alive.  The dancers were fantastic. 

The entire performance was an experience I shall long remember and look forward to sharing with my granddaughters.

There are several videos of their performances available on You Tube.  I hope you enjoy and that the videos whet your appetite for a live performance.

If you get a chance to attend one of their performances I hope you will go and receive a blessing.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hoodies and Hats

As the weather begins to change way up north the fashion has become hoodies.  Everyplace you go, everyone you see is wearing hoodies-from oil field workers to grandmothers-hoodies are the style of choice.

The breakfast room in our hotel looks like a fashion show of hoodies.  Pick your color, pick your lining, add a layer or 2 and your are ready for the day.

Hoodies really are the best thing for staying warm on these cool days.  I love the Sherpa lined hoodies the best.  Sherpa is a polyester and cotton fabric that resembles fluffy wool.  It adds a warm lining to the fleece hoodies.

We have truly learned the value of these jackets since the weather has changed.  They are warm, easy on and off and washable.  Perfect for everyday wear.

The other item we notice that is very popular are ear flap hats, especially character hats.  These hats come in all characters from monkeys, to birds, to cartoon characters.

Of course, you can still find the regular ear flap hats,

and those are cute as well, but I really like the character hats the best.

This type of clothing is really necessary up here, even though the temp is only in the 30-40 range, because of the wind.  The wind is a constant and usually blows about 20 mph which makes it feel much cooler.

So, our wardrobe is changing as we add hoodies and hats to the baggage we must bring with us when we head home.  But we must do, what we must do, to stay warm and so far the natives have not led us astray.