Thankful Thursdays - nature's bounty

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Summer has rewards.

It's not just that I don't like the cold and snow, but summer has so much more to offer. It isn't just the warm sunny days with the cooling breeze, which is
irresistible...but summer brings with it the best tasting produce.

Fresh produce is so much better!

Ever notice how much sweeter a fresh grown tomato tastes than a hot house one? I love to eat them fresh and raw like a piece of fruit. I also love to fry firm green tomatoes until their slightly browned and nice and crisp. I gave my grandson some and he said they taste like apples? I guess that description is as good as any.

Nature's bounty is often free.

Much of what nature gives us is free for the asking. I happen to like dandelion greens, and recently found out we can eat Rose of Sharon petals and Queen Annes Lace. I made a pretty tasty dip with the Rose of Sharon flowers.

With a little research we may find a whole lot of free food and herbal remedies within our grasp. I am now researching goldenrod. I've spotted it all along the road sides and know that it has quite a few health benefits. I'll share them with you, when I'm done.

Take care & God bless.


Thankful Thursdays - grandchildren

I have a ton of grandchildren

If anyone has the right to be thankful for grandchildren, it would be me. My oldest has nine children. With a total of four children and two step children I have twenty three children calling me grandma Judy.

Aren't grandmas old and gray?
That's how I remember mine. My paternal grandparents owned a farm so my sister and I spent summers there. We never realized the farm was their livelihood. It was their jobs, so I imagined I would be retired when my grandchildren came around. It may not be logical, but as a child I had not thought this out clearly.

I always thought becoming a grandmother was something you did when you were old and gray. I thought I would sit around and rock them in my rocker, bake cookies with them, and tell stories to them. It is so different than I imagined, but so much more.

This past week end I took my 14 year old grandson with me to my friend Jeanne's farm. We took over 30 pictures of her garden, grounds, and flower beds. On the way home we drove through Burger King and out of the corner of my eye I saw these beautiful vibrant yellow flowers growing in the brush behind their parking lot. It was Shaon's turn to get a kick out of his grandma as I oohed and awed over the flowers and snapped away.

When we got home we shopped for a birthday present for his mom and I showed him how to curl curling ribbon and make a home made gift card out of card stock. My daughter was very pleased with our handiwork tonight. I loved having children and now I get to experience the thrills all over again.

Take care & God bless.


Wordless Wednesday - Veggies

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Wordless Wednesday - Jeanne's garden


My Baby Boy's Back!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

This summer I had a surprise call from the sister of my ex husband. It had been over 15 years since I had heard from any of my exes family, so I was almost in shock, but my youngest was ecstatic. He had wondered about his family and wanted to meet them.
I posted in my blog earlier about our call and his trip. I have long ( a whole week) awaited his return. While I was/am happy for him and his opportunity to meet the sisters, nephew, and father he never knew, I was pins and needles waiting for his safe return. It seems the worse thing that happened to him was a blood blister from getting his finger pinched. But I believe I am a normal mother. It was not enough to hear his voice, I had to see him and touch him. He's back. He loved it; had stories to tell, but is glad to be home. and we are happy to have him.

I'll take squirrels.

See the lizard climbing up this tree. He laughingly told me that lizards in Puerto Rico are like our squirrels here. They are everywhere. He showed me a picture of one of his sisters playing with a rather large snake belonging to her uncle. I have not included pictures of his family, as I did not obtain permission.

It is not just hot, but humid there.

We asked about the fire, and he said they seem to start easily because of the extreme heat. He said his father's home had fans and air conditioning, but he still found himself showering three times a day because of the humidity. The fire station looks different than ours, but as long as everything functions.

The scenery is breathtaking.

My son's girl, LaToya said there are many multicolored homes up in the mountains and it is a beautiful sight to see all the homes resting in the mountain sides in an array of different colors. She said she wished she could have gotten pictures of them. They brought me back 75 pictures and I'm loving my mini-vacation by browsing through them and listening to their adventures.

The vegetation there is green year around. He visited the beach and the river. He said the beach was amazing because the water was hot. You don't cool off from a dip. He said the river had fish and wild life, so they (my son and his girl) were not quite used to sharing the water with fish.


Wordless Wednesdays - Watch out!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Wordless Wednesday - Pretty Posies

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


My Baby Boy is in Puerto Rico!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

About three months ago I saw a name flash across my caller i.d. ; one I had not seen for over 20 years. I hesitated to answer the phone because so many hurtful memories came crashing down on me. Some things we just never really get over, and this is one of them. It is something much too personal to disclose online.

Please talk to my brother, she pleaded...

My ex-sister in-law was on the other end and she really only knew half the story, and she had always been kind to the children and I, so I answered the phone with hands trembling. What could this be? She explained that she had tried for years to get in touch with me. They wanted to see their nephew, my baby boy. I explained that while working as a prison guard we were advised to keep our number unlisted and I had just recently stopped doing that because I lacked the extra funds. She begged me to talk to her brother. She wanted us to be on speaking terms. I broke down as I told her briefly what had happened then she no longer pushed the issue but asked how we were doing. She then asked me for my son's phone number.

My baby is a man.

My "baby" boy is 23, so he has a right to make up his own mind. He had wanted to meet the family he had not seen since the age of 2 months, so I gave her his telephone number and she hung up to call him.

He was ecstatic!

He was always curious about the rest of his family and felt shorted when my older children referred to their father and all he had was a photo of his. We did not even get child support, letters, or calls. He had heard that his father remarried and had daughters. What did they look like? What were their interests? Many thoughts ran through his mind and he would ask me sometimes about his aunts, cousins, and his uncle.

He talked to his sisters for hours, his father minutes..

He bonded with his sisters instantly and they established a rapport. He became their friends on My Space and they his. They emailed each other pictures and swapped stories. He talked to his father for a few minutes and after an awkward silence asked for one of his sisters back.

They are meeting now.

He and his long time girl friend flew out early this morning. He sent me a text to let me know he arrived safely and I advised him that we want pictures for our blog. I have been praying for his safe trip to and from and hope everything goes well. He's still my baby.

picture source


Thankful Thursdays - Maturity

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thanks, Krogers!

I ran into Krogers to get a few groceries for dinner and was distracted and dazzled by the beautiful bouquets I saw displayed there. I'd like to buy bouquets for all my loved ones and surprise them, but my funds are limited, so a picture will have to suffice. :-)

Media worships youth.

This Thursday I am reflecting about how the world worships youth. The innocence and blush of youth is a prized commodity, but I am grateful for my maturity and for that of my children. Although I reveled in their adorable years and the antics that came with them, I am grateful for the maturity they show now. I've seen many a friend raising their grandchildren and marvel at their ability to keep it all together, while I am fortunate to be able to "borrow" a grandchild and take them home after they completely wear me out. My children are wonderful caring and responsible parents and I never have to waste a moment worrying about the care they provide to my grandchildren. There is a lot to be said for peace of mind, and that comes with maturity.

If I knew then what I know now...

How many times have you thought back to your younger days and wished you knew then what you know now? My children now know why I warned them about certain dangers and are actually thanking me! Suddenly I am the "go to person" for all kinds of issues, when previously I was underrated. They actually listen to me. That comes with maturity. I've gotten apologies and respect. That too comes with maturity.

I used to feel so unsure about myself.

There are some topics I still feel some what shaky on, like modern technology, but there are many things I have gained confidence in. So what if I not cute and giggly any more. Becoming mature is not so bad after all. My baby girl, who is in her early 30s told me the other day that she was grateful I stood my ground on many issues that she had long ago fought me tooth and nail on. She advised that it is because of my strong stand on many issues that she now feels confident in goals she is pursuing as a parent. As a parent, especially a single one (like I was) we must stand strong, and sometimes it means being lonely, not causing our children to fill that friendship gap, because our children have friends. It is our place to be their parents and help them reach maturity.

Take care & God bless.


Friends and Tequila

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Strangers are friends we have not met yet.

As a teenager I worked my summers as a car hop at the small neighborhood root beer stand. It was here that I met a girl that I took an instant liking to because of her friendly and giving nature. I wondered how she talked so easily with some of the strangers we waited on. She told me that her father taught her "a stranger is a friend you have not met yet". She welcomed everyone as if they were a long lost friend. So to all of my "friends" I have not met yet, I wanted to send these words of encouragement adapted from ones I received from my friend Shelly:

Tequila and Salt

This should probably be taped
to your bathroom mirror
where you can read it every day.
You may not realize it,
but it's 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world
that you would die for.

2. At least 15 people in this world
love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you
is because they want to
be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone,
even if they don't like you.

5. Every night before someone goes to sleep
they think about YOU.

6. You mean the world to them.

7. You are special and unique.

8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever,
something good comes from it.

10. When you think the world
has turned its back on you
take another look.

11. Always remember the compliments you received.
Forget about the rude remarks.
(Compliments take more thought to give than insults do.)

If you are a loving friend,
send this to everyone,
including the one that sent it to you.
If you get it back, then they really do love you.

And always remember....
when life hands you Lemons,
ask for Tequila and Salt and call me over!

Good friends are like stars...
You don't always see them,
But you know they are always there.

"Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another, Even Though
Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway"

I would rather have one rose and a kind word
from a friend while I'm here
than a whole truck load when I'm gone.

Life is not just happiness
And easy roads my friend
Life is full of stress
And trials around each bend

But friends I meet along the way
Have made the load much lighter
Because of friends like you
The darkest days are brighter.

So when I bow my head in prayer
I take an extra minute
To thank my heavenly father
For life and YOU within it!

Poem by Judy Sheldon-Walker


Thankful Thursdays - Cheap Books!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Escape in a Book

Books can take you to exotic places to meet exciting people, to the depths of despair and/or the apex of joy. In a book one can forget all about today's problems and escape into a world of fantasy. When you can't afford to put gas in the tank to drive around the block to escape the day's pressures, you can climb into your favorite book.

Read, Read, Read!

When writers are not writing they are thinking about writing or they are reading. Like my good friend Icy says, to be a better writer one must read, read, and read some more. The more one reads the better they write.

Reading and Writing

Reading and writing go together like the left and right hand. With the two of them working "hand in hand" the product is so much more refined. Reading opens the mind and soul, while writing explores it depths.

Cheap Books

I am forever on the look out for new books. My girl friend Jeanne found a site where she actually was able to get some for as little as a penny a piece. Read about how to get in on this deal here. This even topped the 10 for $1.99 I found them for last week at Good Will.


Wordless Wednesday - Cookie & Tiger

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This is my keyboard, and both my cats have decided to take turns having a "sit down strike". They are making it extremely difficult for me to participate in blogging so I decided to take pictures of them on my lap. It was late so I had to use my flash. Notice the squinting. Cookie was more persistent. One flash and Tiger chickened out.


Wordless Wednesday - Roses

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