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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

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Joys of The Season

Hope you had a very blessed Christmas, we did!  We arrived at our son's home on the Saturday before Christmas.  Sunday we went to church with them and rested up.  Monday the girls went out to do a little last minute shopping.  Tuesday, Christmas, we spent at home with the family.  It was a fun day and everyone got lots of goodies.

The weather has been pretty wet since we arrived-lots of rain but we even had snow the day after Christmas, I really thought we would be leaving the cold snow up north.

Yesterday it finally dried up and we had a cold gorgeous day.  We took a ride to Shelby Farm Park in Memphis, where our son does a lot of running.  We went for a little walk but it was pretty cool outside and none of us had dressed for it, so we kept the walk to a minimum.

We are hoping to get together with some friends this week and take care of some much needed business and then Saturday we will head for the coast and our home.

We haven't been to our home in about 6 months so we are excited to visit again.  Looking forward to visiting with our house sitter and picking up a few things.  We also have some doctor's appointments and business details to take care of before we begin our long trek back north.

Have a safe and wonderful New Year's and I will be back next year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Phunnies

You can say what you want about Florida , but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.
These are actual ads seen in ''The Villages'' Florida newspaper.
Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty,
80's, slim, 5'4' (used to be 5'6'),
Searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion.
Matching white shoes and belt a plus.
Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband,
Looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness,
Fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.
I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and
Meditation. If you are the silent type, let's get together,
Take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.
Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flossier
To share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.
I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on
Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar.
If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen,
let's get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.
I can usually remember Monday through Thursday.
If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let's put our two heads
Male, 1932 model , high mileage, good condition, some hair,
Many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves.
Isn't in running condition, but walks well.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!!

Monday, December 24, 2012


We left North Dakota Friday around noon and finally made it to our son's home for Christmas.  It was a long trip but we passed so many beautiful sights of the seasons.

It feels so good to be down south where the temperatures moderate around 40 degrees, ahh what a blessing.

Looking forward to some quality, extended time with family and friends since we will be taking a month off work.  It will be nice to be able to relax and actually have time for visiting.

Two sad parts to this holiday season-our oldest granddaughter got married this year and they will not be able to get off work and make it home.  Both husband and wife work in a hospital and will have to work Christmas day.  This is the first year she won't be with us for Christmas and we will surely miss them both.

The other sad part is the death of my brother earlier this year.  He will also be missed this year.  We are hoping to have a chance to visit his widow and daughter while we are down south.

Something we are both looking forward to is a visit to New Orleans.  Even though our home is only an hour away, we haven't been there in years.  The plan is to visit the city sometime in January.  Hoping for some beignets and cafe' au lait!!

Hope everyone has a lovely holiday season!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Phunnies

Why is getting Christmas presents for your kids just like a day at the office?

You do all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.

It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. Pastor Mike was looking at the nativity scene outside when he noticed the baby Jesus was missing from the figures.

Immediately, Pastor Mike turned towards the church to call the police. But as he was about to do so, he saw little Jimmy with a red wagon, and in the wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus.

Pastor Mike walked up to Jimmy and said, "Well, Jimmy, where did you get the little infant?"

Jimmy replied, "I got him from the church."

"And why did you take him?"

With a sheepish smile, Jimmy said, "Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to little Lord Jesus. I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas, I would give him a ride around the block in it."

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Caroling

Our church went to an assisted living center this past weekend to Christmas carol.  We had such a nice time and the residents seemed to truly enjoy it.

We gathered in the lobby and walked through the halls singing the familiar carols of Christmas.

The residents truly love having visitors.
And they do enjoy the youngest singers so very much!

Even the young boys joined in the singing.

Every once in awhile the young ones had to take a break.
Naomi persevered and got lots of attention.

After the singing in the library, these guys are joking around.

Reading a book (wounded in action about a week ago).

Greeting the giant snowman.
We had a fun time and the elderly people seemed to enjoy our visit. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Beauty of Snow

A few photos of the beautiful, snow covered trees.

It is amazing how the snow covers every inch of the needles on the pine trees.
The snow is so beautiful and such a lovely reminder of God's blessings.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Phunnies

A woman walked into the kitchen to her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"Hunting flies," he responded.

"Oh, killing any?" she asked.

"Yep, 3 males and 2 females," he replied.

Intrigued she asked, "How can you tell them apart?"

He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Shopping

The snow started Friday night and we woke up to find a beautiful blanket of white covering everything.  Our plans had included doing a bit of Christmas shopping Saturday and, since we had never been Christmas shopping in the snow, we decided to make the most of it.

We got ready and headed upstairs to find our car blanketed in snow.  So job 1 was to clear the snow off the car.
 Even the inside of the car was snowy.

And this is what I looked like after cleaning the car-good thing the snow is dry and powdery.  The snow looks like soap flakes.

Driving was a little slow as the roads had not been cleared yet.

Turning around corners is tricky and the cars slip and slide so the trucks come through and pour sand at the intersections.

We took our time and headed to the downtown section of town.

This is the only kitchen store in town and we just have to visit whenever we are in the area.

Downtown looks beautiful and so festive.

This is the parking lot of Hobby Lobby-so beautiful!!

We visited the mall, finished our shopping and headed home to some warm soup.  It was a fun day and we enjoyed the snow that fell all day long-quite a memory for us southerners.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Phunnies

Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk.’ The question was worth 70 points or none at all.  One student, in particular, was hard put to think of seven advantages.  However, he wrote:

1) It is perfect formula for the child.

2) It provides immunity against several diseases.

3) It is always the right temperature.

4) It is inexpensive.

5) It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa.

6) It is always available as needed.

And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test, he wrote:

7) It comes in two attractive containers and it's high enough off the ground where the cat can't get it.

He got an A.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Goose-Geese, Moose-Meese???

While traveling to work on these cold Fall (it's not winter yet) mornings, it is dark or dusky and the wildlife is very active.  We have seen deer, moose, rabbits and muskrat.

The other morning we saw a family of 4-5 moose munching away on the prairie.  These moose were not very big so we assume it was a momma and some little ones.

The question was asked if a bunch of goose are called geese, why are a bunch of moose not called meese?  I don't make the rules so I don't know the answer but it did get me thinking about moose.

The distinctive feature that allows us to tell moose from deer, while driving down the road, would be the antlers-if it were male.    Since we did not see antlers we looked for the next most distinctive feature, the loose skin under the chin-called the dewlap.  This is pretty easy to see and lets us know we are not looking at cows or deer.

So next I wondered if this skin is called a dewlap on a moose, what is it called on a turkey?  The answer is the wattles.  It is called the same thing on a rooster.

These are the things that run through my mind as we drive down the highway.  I am so thankful for the internet where the answers are so readily available. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday Phunnies

Why Do I Like Retirement !!!

Question:  How many days in a week? 
Answer:  6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday
Question:  When is a retiree's bedtime? 
Answer:  Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.
Question:  How many retirees to change a light bulb? 
Answer:  Only one, but it might take all day.

Question:  What's the biggest gripe of retirees? 
Answer:  There is not enough time to get everything done.
Question:  Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors? 
Answer:  The term comes with a 10% discount.

Question:  Among retirees what is considered formal attire? 
Answer:  Tied shoes.
Question:  Why do retirees count pennies? 
Answer:  They are the only ones who have the time.  

Question:  What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? 
Answer:  NUTS!  
Question:  Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage?
Answer:  They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.

Question:  What do retirees call a long lunch? 
Answer:   Normal.
Question:  What is the best way to describe retirement? 
Answer:  The never ending Coffee Break.
Question:  What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? 
Answer:  If you cut classes, no one calls your parents..

Question:  Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with? 
Answer:  He is too polite to tell the whole truth. 

And, my very favourite.....
QUESTION:  What do you do all week? 
Answer:  Monday through Friday, NOTHING
.....Saturday & Sunday, I rest.

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, 'How old was  your husband?'                                                          
'98,' she replied... 'Two years older than me' 
'So you're 96,' the undertaker commented.. 
She responded, 'Hardly worth going home, is it?

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:
'And what do you think is the best thing
about being 104?' the reporter asked.. 
She simply replied, 'No peer pressure.'

The nice thing about being senile is
you can hide your own Easter eggs
and have fun finding them.

I've sure gotten old!
I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement,
new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes.
I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine,
take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded,
and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia.
Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.
Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92.
Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver's license.

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape,
so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and
start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired
for an hour But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her
preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be
cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered
over  WalMart.
'WalMart?' the preacher exclaimed.  'Why WalMart?' 
'Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week'

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

Know how to prevent sagging?
Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

It's scary when you start making the same noises
as your coffee maker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, 'For fast relief.'

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference..

Monday, November 26, 2012

Let There Be Lights

The downtown merchants hosted an open house for the lighting of the city Christmas tree and we decided to go.  It was so very cold, about 16 when we left home, so we bundled up and headed out.

This is Main Street as we approached it from our house.
All the shops along the street were open for shopping but, the stores are small and the crowd was large so we just went in long enough to warm up.

This is the tree before the lights. Notice the sound system, they were playing Christmas music that could be heard for blocks.

All along the road there were Christmas displays and merchants serving warm cider, hot dogs, and even roasting chestnuts.
My hubby peeling the soft outer skin off a hot chestnut so we could try our very first chestnut roasted on an open fire.  It was good!

Some of the windows had cute displays.

 Some had live displays.

We even had snow on the sidewalk-leftover from yesterday.

There were hayrides North Dakota style.
And then everyone headed north for the tree lighting.

and then the countdown 10..9..8..7..6..5..4..3..2..1
This was as close as we could get for a picture and my poor hubby was so sweet to bring me, and so cold, that I didn't want to ask him to wait around so I could get a better photo.  It was fun and it was cold and we can now say we have been to a Minot, ND official Christmas tree lighting.