Friday, January 22, 2016

I just remembered something that happened on the way...

I was reading Maxmom's blog and remembered something funny that happened to me during Christmas. Go ahead and read if you haven't already, it's really short and it sets up my story perfectly, I will wait until you return.

MAXMOM's Cracker dog

Awe,,isn't Toby the cutest?  Okay, I needed to deliver a gift to a friend and I would only be in town one more time before Christmas. So, I called her and it was going to be great because I would get to meet the mom of her exchange student from Australia. I was so excited. As usual, I call beforehand to let her know I'm on the way only to learn that the airline had lost mom's luggage and they had to rush to the airport,,so sorry,,just leave the gift on the counter where yours is,,the side door is open don't let the dogs get you wet the groomers will have just left. Whoosh!!!

I was so bummed, but what can you do. So, I drove into the subdivision where my friend lives and saw two golden retrievers out in the road and they were wet, oh and the temperature on my car dash said 38 degrees!  Well, that silly groomer must've left the door open!! I thought I would take them in and dry them.  So, I pulled into the driveway where they were and called them to me and one of them tried to jump up on me which, of the couple, they usually do but I said no and we went in the house well behaved. That is when my world got fuzzy, my friend's house opens up into a great room; I was in a hallway.  But, I chalked that up to not always going in this particular door. Then I glanced to my right and the wall was COVERED in diplomas that ended in the wrong name and to my left was a elderly gentleman rising up from a mahogany reading chair, with reading glasses down his nose.  I sputtered "I thought these dogs were my friends, they just got groomed as well and it's so cold outside." "They are four houses that way" he pointed back up the street, well I was so embarrassed I retreated promptly to my car and went to my friends house where her dogs were laying in their beds so sleepy and dry after being bathed by her groomer (and dried).  I was told later that the other two
retrievers get loose and go swimming.   Well, my friend and I had a good laugh. JP said it could be called breaking and entering, but really, the door was open and I was returning his stuff.  Plus what a funny story I gave them (hopefully) he was able to laugh about it.  I didn't stick around to see.  Haha
 Preview isn't cooperating so I hope this works,,,
As always, blessings from the holler...

Saturday, January 2, 2016

We are still in the holler!

I am the worst blogger ever.  One post a year is hardly even a blog at all but I do think of you my friends. I see some of you on Facebook, my new distraction. But I thought I would write a few lines for those I don't see there.  JP and I are well, the pack is minus one. our sweet Daisy died 2 days before her 16th birthday. We miss her so much and the pack seems so much smaller going from 6 to 5 you wouldn't think but you all know they are family member and we mourn the the same way.

You know, this is how we will remember her, playing the stick game with Charlie! Which, by the way, Scrappy has taken up that mantle and is his stick buddy or bully rather. Haha. He and that little jack Russell run all over their yard chasing sticks and squirrels they run into the trees.

God is so good to prepare us for life's moments. I am in a Bible study now of the book of Revelation and the week before we had to take Daisy in we studied in chapter 5 verse 13, there are every creature  praising God in the end,,,,on earth, under the earth and on the sea and the are all singing:
To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be
Praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever!!

Wow, that's gonna be something!  Doesn't that give you hope in these trying days?  Make sure, dear friend that you belong to Jesus. He died for you to be with him in that glorious moment. As always, blessings from the long lost holler.  Haha. I will try to do better 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm not gone, I just haven't been here....

I don't mean to depress you but I am taking this space to tell my year in review in all it's facts and glory to God.  This year has posed some unusual challenges for me; I attended two funerals of people that are so very dear to me.  My Aunt died early in the year, suddenly, and is with her Lord.  My sister-in-law died after a long battle with a difficult disease; also, safe in the arms of her Savior.  Both were more like dear friends.  But I am so happy for them because they are in heaven and not here on this earth where things are so uncertain.  I'm thankful that my brother is now free from being care giver (after 20 yrs.)  I honestly don't know how people go through these things without the comfort that comes from God's Holy Spirit that has lead our family.

We are, by nature, a happy, laughing family.  And so, life goes on.  We put all our trust in God's Sovereign plan happily.

Now to the pleasure of celebrating HIS-story.  Galatians 4 says
When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman.....
We get to celebrate this because God made a way for us sinners to come to Him, through His Son.  For God so love the world that He gave is only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

JP is our substitute pastor now and is doing a really good job.  He served last week.

All our furbabies are doing well. Daisy, our eldest, shows that she sometmes has trouble coming up the back two steps with her back hips so we help her then.  She is 13 yrs. old...for A GSD that's pretty old!!  But, she is so fiesty, still with the stick game and she can see a squirrel in trees at the end of the yard that I have trouble seeing!   My shadow, Charlie, is still a big lug love! as they all are it's just that I spend more time with him since he literally take every step I take (can get old by the end of the day,,,haha)

We here in the holler wish you all the best and Merriest Christmas season.  Blessings from the holler...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Chicken bake and happy Remembering weekend to you...

A few nights ago I made a dish that's been a staple in our house since I met JP.  He had a version of this dish at a friends house in college and then made it his own.  He actually cooked for himself in college, therefore, had many friends!  Oh, he still cooks for himself and me sometimes,,yall know that haha.  This recipe is so good, good for you and easy, that I had to share it.  Here goes:
Grease your baking pan with bacon grease or spray (whatever you choose)
chop up the vegetables you like and dump them in there.  We use onion (quartered), broccoli (tops and bottoms), potatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash.  Just use what you like and looks best at the store or out of your lovely garden!  I season this layer with Adobo (a mixture of garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper).  I also mix up my sauce which is olive oil - 1/4 c, red wine vinegar - 1/3 c, and Worcestershire sauce - 1/2 c or more taste it and see what you like.

The next layer is chicken seasoned with Adobo or you can use Montreal Chicken seasoning or salt and pepper work fine too.  This recipe is very forgiving and easy to make to your taste.  One thing we do is cut the breast in two pieces so it's all about the same size.  Then I cover this with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for about 50 min to 1 hr..until the potatoes are almost done.  Then I uncover it and bake it for about 20 more minutes to brown the chicken.

This is what it looks like after two hungry people have already helped their plates!  I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture when it first came out of the oven.  This recipe reheats well, and goes into lunch for a hubby well.  Enjoy!

Our deepest thanks and respect to all of our military family and friends.  Our respect and honor to those who have fought and served this country.  Blessings to you all from the holler...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Springtime in the holler..

We have been so blessed with Indigo Buntings this year.  This afternoon, JP spotted one of these tufted titmouse birds gathering up some of Charlie's hair, from when I brushed him, they'll have a really soft nest.

The turkeys are on their usual trek in the mornings.  These two gentlemen are the escorts; the ladies come up from the creek and go to their roosting spot behind the house.  They made several trips that day.

We are blessed and doing well.  I hope that this finds you all enjoying the spring too (or whatever season you might be in :) Blessings from the holler yall...