Friday, December 26, 2008

Our tree!

Merry Christmas from Paul, Ann, & Jackson!

Buddy waiting for Santa

Jackson with Mommy and Daddy and Great Grandma Marian

Jackson and Aunt Lori

Jackson and one of many toys Santa brought to him on his first Christmas.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas. I pray for safety for everyone who is traveling. I pray you find happiness in your life and peace and joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

And praises sing to God our King

Christmas Canon - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Merry Christmas to all!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You!

I posted this video from MTV last year (06 & 07) and I thought I would do so again. I've always liked this clip from MTV. Back when MTV was worth watching and was "music" tv. We don't watch anymore. My family thinks I'm silly but I just shake my head and watch it anyway. I like it. My friend Debbie is the only one who agrees with me! It's cute and fun! So please enjoy it with me!

When this video came out in the 80's I was a young stay at home mother with one then two small children at home. How things change over the years. Since then we had a third child and she is the only one still at home. I work full time and I'm a grandma. We have been blessed!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snowy Sunday

This is the snow we received last week. It came on Tuesday and melted on Wednesday.

For more Snowy Sunday's visit Laurie & Chris at Miss Flower.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Just had to share this video. The group is called Il Divo. I saw the advertisement for their CD on TV and looked them up on the Internet. This is one of my favorite hymns. They do an excellent job. The bagpipes are great!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree!

Well, which one do you like?

This one!

Cut, cut! Saw, Saw!

Wrapping and then it will be ready to come home with us.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snowy Sunday

Saturday, December 13th Garrett County, Maryland

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A crazy day!

Yesterday was my birthday! Thanks to everyone who called and emailed birthday wishes!

Paul gave me this! Thanks honey!!

I bought this for myself with my birthday money!

The day started out crazy as we had to take Lori to the emergency room in the middle of the night. We went at midnight and got home again at 5 am. I went to work at 11 am after getting a few hours sleep. She's is okay! Couple of problems but she is feeling much better today!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cool Yule - Bette Midler

Cute huh? Fun too!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Snowy Sunday

No snow here yet! But we are hopeful.

Here are some photos from the Blizzard of 2003

Our street!

The neighborhood.

Our GMC Jimmy in the snow.

Paul shoveling the sidewalk in front of our house.

Paul took this of me as I was trying to follow him in the snow. We had walked down to my my office and he came to help me shovel the snow.

Buddy came along to help!

Drinks for the weary.

For more Snowy Sunday blogs visit Chris and Laurie at Miss Flower.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

For my fellow LOST fans!

LOST & FRAY Music Video Extended Edition

I'm thinking about Christmas! BUT I'm also thinking about Lost. Premiere is Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8 pm! I can't wait. Now we have something to look forward to in 2009 except snow and cold weather!

The ABC site has more info!

And here's the Season 5 promo shot.

I found this at Nikki Stafford's Nik at Nite blog. Click on the photo to enlarge it. There are some "strange" things about the photo. Nikki outlines them on her blog here.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

For My Daughter's!

Doesn't she look nice now that her daughter is old enough to tell her just what to wear?
Ladies Home Journal, January 1949

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A good movie - Australia

Lori and I went to the movies on Thanksgiving evening! We saw the new release -Australia starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The movie isn't getting very good reviews and didn't do well at the box office but Lori and I liked it very much. It was fun and exciting and the ending was just how I wanted it to end. I'll be buying it on DVD when it comes out!

Snowy Sunday

Laurie & Chris at Miss Flower have started a new thread - Snowy Sunday! No snow here yet. As you can see from my new header. I took the photo yesterday, Saturday the 29th, on our way to Altoona, PA. I thought I'd join in and post some photos of snow in our area from past years and maybe some current snow photos if we are lucky to get some snow this year. Join in if your interested!

I took this from a snow covered bridge about 3 or 4 years ago. This is Will's Creek. It runs through our town. It has flooded several times and we now have flood control walls which were built in the 40's. This photo was taken above our town in the Narrows.

More Snowy Sunday photos here!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Someone has a Birthday today!

The Camera Totin' Idiot turns 49 today. Go over and wish him a Happy Birthday!

Here he is today with his new toy. A Monopod for his camera!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm taking a little blogging break. See you soon! And don't eat too much turkey!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Chris Tomlin - How Great is our God

"Blessed are they who do not see and yet believe..." John. 20:29

Sunday, November 16, 2008

#3 for #48 Jimmie Johnson

Woo-hoo! Jimmie won the Nascar Championship for the third time!! I'm doing my happy dance! 2006, 2007, & 2008!

Photo courtesy of

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday

Morning Glory Seeds Anyone? No wonder they come back so strong in the spring!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

An Award for ME which I'm passing on to some friends too!

At the end of October my good blogging friend, Connie, at Devoted Mama gave me an award and I never thanked her for it! Thank you Connie. If you have a minute go and visit Connie's blog. She has a very nice blog, she's a great wife and mother, and has lots of fun pictures to share about her family. She has two beautiful boys, Justin & Kendall and a great husband, Bobby. Say hello when you stop in she loves comments!

Now I'm too pass this award on to 4 other blogging friends in the USA and one from another country.

Laurie & Chris at Miss Flower - They are a married couple who share their blog. We met a few years ago online and I've enjoyed reading their blog ever since. I always look forward to seeing what changes they have in their blog decorations for each season or holiday. They love Nascar and Chris is a fellow fan of Jimmie Johnson #48! I was honored a year or two ago to win one of their contest. I have the prize hanging in my craft room! I love it! Thanks for being such nice people!

Maggie Ann at Knitting Kat - Maggie Ann is a lovely person. How can I tell that when we've never met? Just read her blog and who'll find out. She loves the Lord with all her heart and when I read her blog I feel her special love and it makes me work on my relationship with Him too. I love reading her blog each day to see what craft project she is working on. She loves to knit and makes some beautiful creations. She also loves to collage. We exchanged ATC several years ago and she sent me several beautiful ones I would not have wanted to part with if I was her. Go and visit her blog you'll be glad you did. She just became a grandmother right before I did! Wish her congratulations!!

Debra at As I see it Now - Debra's blog is one of the first blogs I started to read back in 2006. She's one of the reason I started my blog. I joined a yahoo message group she monitors and have meet some wonderful ladies through the group. Debra and her husband just recently bought a farm house and they are having fun fixing it up and realizing their dream. She shares her everyday ups and down and writes wonderful post about her relationship with the Lord and how he works in her life. She is a fellow lover of the Betsy-Tacy books. I thought I was the only one!! She loves vintage homemaking. Go and visit her blog you'll feel wonderful after you do.

My hubby at The Camera Totin Idiot - I'm not sure if he'll re post this or not. At his blog you'll find someone who loves everything trains and Steelers Football. Nascar too but he's a Junior fan. I guess we like him anyway! He has a great sense of humor and a great way of writing about things like our kids, life, people! We will be married 30 years next year and it's been a fun time for us both. We love photography but he's better then me. He's also a writer working on the next great novel. If that happens remember you read it here first. He works second shift so we see each other at lunch time, bedtime, and weekends. We treasure our weekends! While I'm at work he spends all morning writing. Someday we will have that cabin in the woods we dream about! I love you sweetie.

A friend from overseas:

Shani from France at Jusqu'aus yeux... - I found Shani's blog though another art blog earlier this year. She loves collage and her pieces are so fun. I find inspiration in her work. I love reading about her life in France and how different it is from mine but yet the same too. I'm going to try her pumpkin butter. It looks yummy! Shani had a her first blog anniversary in October. Visit her site and wish her congratulations! She recently visited the US too and I had a good time! If you want to learn more about France or find some inspiration for art visit Shani and her blog!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Election, football, and our town

So the election is over. I'm glad! I feel like I can breathe again. I'm disappointed but we will just have to all wait and see what happens. Now I'm going to focus on family and work and try to get back into my scrapbooking and art.

Today was Homecoming Week in our town. If you're into football it's great fun. If you're not there are other things to do. I wrote about homecoming 2007 here. We always route for Allegany because that's our kids school. They didn't win this year but there is always 2009!

This is also a special time in our town of Cumberland. The town is celebrating World War 2 and our local veterans. Check back later for more.

The best news this week: Jackson rolled over from his back to his stomach on Friday the 7th!!!

Photos courtesy of the Camera Totin' Idiot. Thanks honey!

Are you thinking of Christmas yet? I am. Starting my shopping too! I love this time of year. Why? Cause:

Christmas comes but once a year! If the video isn't here go HERE
Sara loved this video when she was little. We watch it every year!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Count Your Blessings

On this election night eve I thought of this song today.

Click here for a video of Bing Crosby singing Count Your Blessings to Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas.

If your interested here are some sites that can sum things up better then I can:

The Anchoress
Michelle Malkin
Victor Davis Hanson's Private Papers
News Forum
Glen Beck
An Angry American
Laura Ingraham

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hubby and I went to a Halloween Party last weekend. I went as a Bohemian Hippie Gypsy! Best thing I could come up with. I borrowed it from a friend. I'm not much on dressing up and with glasses forget a mask.

Me and hubby. He's one of the Jokers henchmen!

Our host - The Joker

The Joker and his henchman! Why so serious?

Superman was there too!

He was ready for any problem that came up!

Thing One & Thing Two didn't cause him any problems. They didn't make a mess but they did win for silliest costume!

Raggedy Ann was there for some fun too!

The Dead Prom Queen and Loretta Lynn made an appearance. The Prom Queen won best costume!

The Dead Prom Queen is seen here with the Cereal Killer!

An Australian Cowboy, Gypsy, and Viking

There was apple bobbing and

Rock Band! Who wants to play guitar?

What Halloween party is complete without a black cat!

Pictures taken by The Camera Totin' Idiot! and our host, The Joker! Thanks!