Monday, February 11, 2008


Good Monday Mornin' Yall,
I do hope that everyone had a Blessed Sunday and ready to start a new day. It is currently 26 degrees with a windchill of 15 degrees. The winds are out of the East Northeast at 12 mph. I am having trouble sleeping, so I thought I would go ahead and do my post for today. I can always sleep after I take the girls to School later on this morning. We had another beautiful Sunshinny day here yesterday, but it only made it up to 44 degrees. The wind was blowing and that made it feel even colder. Rain is back in the forecast for tonight and in the morning. The high today is only suppose to be around 45 degrees also.
Since Thursday is VALENTINE'S DAY, I thought I would put up a Valentine Picture each day this week. I would like to say a BIG "THANK YOU" to Pea@, Anni@, and Shelley@ for giving me some Valentine's Cards.
The above Card is from Pea. "THANK YOU" so much Pea. It is a beautiful card.
The above card is from Anni. "THANK YOU" so much Anni. It is a beautiful card.

This above card is from Shelley. "THANK YOU" Shelley for this beautiful card as well. I hope I haven't forgotten anyone that has given me a card. I know I'm so behind on acknowledging some things, but I 'm trying to get caught up. If I have forgotten someone, please know that I didn't do it on purpose and also let me know so I can acknowledge you and the card. I just Love Valentine's Day, don't you? It is such a Romantic Time of the year.

I would like to let everyone know that Mary@, is having an Easter Giveaway. Here is what Mary is saying about her Easter Giveaway. I'm having an Easter giveaway. I'm hoping that you will all enjoy participating in this one. I've been making Easter cards and want to giveaway three of my cards.The are three designs below and you will be able to have these personalized.This one is nice for a mother, sister, daughter, niece or any other little or grown up girl.

This little basket of ducks could be for a child or a grown up. Ducks and flowers are a definite sign of Easter and springtime.
This one is so cute. A little bunny with a rose. It could be given to almost anyone.

If you don't like any of these, be sure to check out my ebay store, The Old and New Shop or these from my post of February 7th. Any of these cards are also available to be personalized. The winner of the giveaway will have a choice of the cards they receive. You can choose three the same or three different ones.
In order to win this giveaway, I ask you to comment on this post and tell me about your most memorable Easter as a child. This will be a lot of fun and I look forward to your stories. Be sure to enter your comment before midnight Eastern Standard Time on February 14th. Comments after that time will not be considered. The winner will be chosen at random on February 15th. This will give me lots of time to print your cards and get them out to you in time for you to send them for Easter.
Also, please pass the word about my giveaway on your blog. Thanks and good luck! Yall be sure to go and visit Mary and enter her Easter Giveaway. She does some very beauiful work and also is very good at writing. You are always Blessed when you leave her place.

I have been blessed in the last few weeks with some Awards and I haven't posted about them. I have also been blessed in the last couple of days with some Awards as well. Please forgive me ladies for not posting about them sooner. My first Award is from Mary@ It is the "YOUR BLOG OF THE MONTH AWARD".

"THANK YOU" so much Mary for this lovely Award. I do appreciate it very much and for you thinking of me. You are a great friend and I'm so proud that you are my friend. My second Award is from Grams@ She presented me with "THE SPREADER OF LOVE AWARD".
"THANK YOU" so much Grams for this lovely Award as well. I do appreciate it very much and I appreciate your Friendship so much. You are a great and wonderful friend also. I have also received some Awards from these 2 ladies and also from Anni@ "THE ROYAL BANANA AWARD" is from Anni and Grams.
"THANK YOU" Anni and Grams for this adorable Award. I do appreciate you both thinking of me. I'm going to do like most of my blogging friends do. If you are on my Blogroll, please take the ROYAL BANANA AWARD home with you and feel free to pass it on to your friends. My next Award is from Grams@ and Mary@ It's the "COOL CAT AWARD".
"THANK YOU" Grams and Mary for this cute Award. I do appreciate it very much and for you thinking of me. You ladies are both very special to me. I'm going to do like I did on the Award above, if you are on my Blogroll, please take this COOL CAT AWARD home with you and pass it on as well. My last Award is from Grams@ and Mary@ It's called "YOU ARE TOADALLY AWESOME AWARD".

"THANK YOU" so much Grams and Mary for this adorable Award. Again, I do appreciate it very much and appreciate you thinking of me. Again ladies, if you are on my Blogroll, please take this Award home with you as well and feel free to pass it on also. WHEWWWW!!!! I sure hope I haven't fogotten any Awards that I am suppose to acknowledge. If I have, please know that I didn't do it on purpose, and be sure to let me know about the Award. Sometimes life just takes over and as I'm getting older, I find it hard to remember things. I have to write things down just to remember what to blog about. LOL. Am I the only one that does that kind of thing? I sure hope not. LOL. I've had so many things to share with you today, I feel as if I've put in a 40-hour week. LOL. Just a little humor there yall.

My DH left out going to Salt Lake City yesterday morning. The last time I talked to him last night was around 11:30p.m. and he was just getting into Wyoming. He was going to drive down to Wamsutter, WY, and then let his Uncle take it on into Salt Lake City. Everything is going good so far for them and the weather seems to be co-operating with them. So, hopefully, they will get to come in on early Wednesday morning and stay till noon on Wednesday. Hopefully they will get home sooner than last Wednesday morning. After my DH left around 5:00a.m. yesterday morning, I finished the pot of coffee I had made for me and him. With both of us drinking coffee, we usally get about 2 cups a piece from the pot. Now we don't drink out of your normal coffee mugs or cups. He has a 30 ounce cup that he got at a truck stop and I have a 16 ounce cup that I got from a truck stop when I was out with him one time. Well, needless to say, 2 of my cups isn't going to do it for me, so I made another pot of coffee. I had 2 of my cups from it and when the girls left for Church, I ate my bowl of Corn Flakes and layed back down. I fell asleep and woke back up around 12:30p.m. I still had 2 cups left, so I finished drinking the rest of the coffee. I guess that's why I'm still awake now. LOL. Too much coffee for me yesterday. I haven't made any just yet, but I will before too long tho. I've got to have my coffee fix or else I get grouchy. LOL. The girls ate lunch at Church because their Wednesday night group, Kid's for Christ, was going to a Nursing Home in Lake City, AR, to deliver some Valentine Card's to the elderly there. They had been working on the cards in class on Wednesday nights. They got home around 3:00p.m. and said they had a good time. After they got home, I told them it was time to clean their bedrooms really good. I didn't have any trouble out of them doing it this time. LOL. Sometimes I do and have to stay on them till their rooms are clean. They both did a great job and I am very proud of them. I had told my DH about it once last night when I was talking to him, and he told me to tell the girls he was proud of them also. I told them when they were done to keep it clean because their Daddy was going to look at it when he gets home early Wednesday morning. So, hopefully they will. They also took out the trash and put the big garbage can by the road. Today is garbage pick-up here in our town. I had heated up those Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs that my DH had cooked for us on Saturday afternoon. That is what we had for our supper last night. There is still enough for me and the girls to eat the rest of them tonight for our supper. I am "THANKFUL" for not having to do alot of cooking. LOL. But I do love it when my DH cooks out on the grill for us. After they had their supper, they got their baths and put their pajama's on.

I was watching t.v. last night and I was watching the Extreme Home Makeover. Did any of you watch it? I tell ya, it was so heart warming and touching. There was a guy who lives in Kansas and had served in the Marines over in Iraq. He lost one of his legs and he is divorced and is raising 4 kids himself. The Makeover Team came and built them a new home that was Handicapped Accessible. It was beautiful. Anyway, I could actually tell that this Marine, was very "THANKFUL" for his new home. You hardly ever see a man cry and if you do see a man cry, it's not really crying like us ladies do. This guy was crying yall. Oh my goodness, it touched my heart so and I had big old tears in my eyes for him and his happiness. I don't know why I watch shows like that because I know it's going to make me all teary-eyed, but I can't help myself from watching shows like that. Maybe it's a hormonal thing I'm going thru. LOL. My DH tells me from time to time that he thinks I'm going thru the change of life. I am like LOL, yeah right, how would you know? LOL. You are not doctor. But then he says he knows because his Mother went thru it and he say's I have the same symptoms. Oh well, leave it to Dr. DH, and he will make me all better. LOL. If only men could experience some of the pains and aches and go thru the things we have to go thru. Wouldn' t that be sight to see? LOL. I'm not downing my DH yall, we joke around with each other all the time.

Well, I guess I've about posted enough for this Monday. I think I will go lay back down and see if I can get me a nap before my alarm goes off at 4:30a.m. I will get back up and fix me a pot of coffee then. Take care my friends and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.



dabrah said...

Hi Karen
I'm the first to comment! 9.45 am here and I guess you'll be asleep now where you are. It's another beautiful sunny day here. It isn't warm enough to put the bunny outside yet, but I guess in an hour or so it will be. I hope you have a wonderful Monday. It sounds like your girls did such a good job cleaning up their rooms. I hope they can keep it that way so you husband can see it on Wednesday.

Cottage Contessa said...

Congratulations on ALL of your awards sweetie! You deserve each and everyone of them! Hope you have a lovely day and got some good rest! Take care sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards they're so pretty. Congratulations on your awards you deserved them!

I love that extreme makeover programme they've shown it a few times over here and it always makes me cry.

Hugs n' love
Sarah x

Denise said...

Good morning sweetie, congrats on all of your awards. I hope you have a lovely day, take care.

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Nonna said...

Congratulations on all your awards!! Well deserved!!!

I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Take care,

Shari said...

I always feel proud of the girls for cleaning their rooms, but it doesn't last long. Good incentive to keep it clean by saying DH wants to see their handiwork. :)

About a year and a half ago, the Extreme Makeover team was in our area helping a woman whose husband just died of cancer. She had four kids to raise. They made a mansion. It's beautiful. The Makeover team was really affected by the help and neighborly feel of the area. Everyone wanted to help. The makeover was in honor of the husband and father, but he didn't make it to see it done. They even fixed a mill for them-it was something that he was always fixing for the small town. I am very happy for the family. They were about 20 minutes away. The team stayed in a hotel in our town. It was cool. :)

I am happy for the veteran and his family. I cry at those kind of shows because of the kindness and generosity. I didn't see it last night, though. :( I was watching chick flicks on Lifetime. (I don't always watch a lot of TV unless it's late and I always forget what's on. I need to be reminded. I'm getting old, too. :)

Hootin' Anni said...

LOLOLOL. Oh Karen, if only our hubbys could have just ONE child, carrying for 9months or longer, delivering and nursing for however long that would just MAKE my day! rofl

I love your awards!

I'm sure glad to hear that your hubby and his uncle are finding highways that aren't snowpacked and icy!!! That really made my day. And ya.........girlfriend 32 oz of high caffeine will keep you awake. rofl

Oh, and one more thing, I thought that was just REALLY SUPER to read about the girls church group going to a nursing home with Valentines...that just made my day!!!!

Giant hugs to you...have a terrific Monday.

bj said...

Congrats on all your awards, Karen...they are all so pretty.
Gosh, do drink a lot of coffee! I have a couple of cups in the morning and that's pretty much it.
Take care and get some rest today...
hugs, bj

Lisa said...

Congratulations! Karen on all your awards.You deserve them all and thanks for passing them on.I think it is wonferful your girls will take the cards to the nursing home. I have worked at one and I know how lonely these precious people get. God Bless you and your sweet girls.I hope your feeling better. Warms hugs (((Karen)))

Sandra said...

Congratulations on all the awards Karen :)

I thought I loved coffee but I see I found someone who loves it even more than I do LOL

I watched the Extreme Makeover Edition and it was heartbreaking, I cried my eyes out. I think for me being a military wife it hits me even harder, I keep imagining my own husband getting killed or hurt like that....thankfully he hasn't but my heart goes out to the soldiers who have.

Have a great day,

Hugs and kisses,

Anonymous said...

Good morning Karen... Guess it is pretty cold in your state. Im on my second cup of coffee just being lazy. Have to go into work at 2:30, but need to go ship EBay first so I gotta get rolling. Hope you have a great day and don't miss your hubby to bad.

Sally said...

I'm like you, Karen. Those home makeover shows make me cry every time, but I'm so happy for the ones who have help getting their lives back in some kind of order.

Yes, those tornadoe's were devastating. I'm glad your community was able to help so much. It really does take towns like yours and mine to make a difference in the lives of others who have suffered so.

I hope you have a good week. Those hamburgers and hot dogs sound soooo good. :)

Brenda said...

Happy Monday Miz Karen!

Hootin' Anni said...

P S....just wanted to tell you that for my Friday's Fixins...I will have how to make an award page.

Mary said...


I love your animated Valentine. I enjoy seeing, giving and receiving Valentines. Guess it's the kid in me. LOL

It is COLD up here. With the windchill is was minus 30 Celsius this morning. That is minus 22 Fahrenheit and that wind is nasty. No school for the boys again today. I've had about enough of winter. I WANT SPRING. LOL

Congratulations on all the awards. You are definitely deserving of each of them and thank you for letting your visitors know about my giveaway. It's much appreciated.

Praying for your family and DH and his uncle to be safe. Take care and please drop over when you can.


Hope said...

Hi Karen,
I'm trying to get caught up on laundry today so I put in a load, stop and do a comment, do another load..etc.!! I had my pot of coffee too so that helped me get going!

Congrats on all your nice awards. Bloggin is such fun, ain't it?? :)

Did you see that Lib is sick again. Poor thing, let's keep her in our prayers. I miss her.

Love and Hugs,

BittersweetPunkin said...

Wow...Karen you sure are racking up all the you have anough wall space to hang them all??

Diane J. said...

Hi, Karen. My, that was a jam packed post, LOL! ;o)

We ended up having Mexican for dinner yesterday so I'm going to fix my butter beans and pork chops for supper tonight instead. I'm starving too and boy it sounds good right now!

Can you believe they've got a winter weather advisory in some of the same counties that the tornado hit? It comes really close to us, and it's only 36ยบ now, so we may get some winter weather this evening and tonight. And there's snow in the forecast for this weekend!

Y'all stay warm and take care,


Anonymous said...

Wow Karen you and Esther are becoming award hoggers LOL!
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Mimi said...

I love your valentines... you have such a heart warming blog... and you deserve all the awards you have just won...Congratulations... I am glad that the weather is clearing up some in your neighborhood...get some rest.. the night hours are wearing you out

Angela (Gran) said...

Good Evening Karen,
Congratulations on your awards and for your kindness and love to pass them on. THANK YOU!

I pray that you will have a restful nights sleep tonight and be refreshed with energy for tomorrow.

Your girls are so sweet to take Valentines to the nursing home...when I was an Acteen leader in our church about 10 years ago we loved going on our missions in action visits each month. The patients/residents always enjoyed our visits. Tell the girls that I am so PROUD of them for reaching out to those special people in a loving way.

It is so wonderful when the children help out with cleaning and taking the trash can to the road. That's a BIG help anytime. :)

Yes, Karen I did see the Extreme Home Makeover last night...I cried and cried. It was so heartwarming to see how appreciative the Marine was. You could tell that he was thankful from deep in his heart. What a great man and dad he is to be a single parent of 4 children. His sweet spirit of endurance with love was shinning through loud and clear. That show was such a blessing to me.

Take care my sweet and dear friend.May your week be filled with many blessings, lots of love and laughter just when you need it most. :)

Love to you,

Betty said...

Hi Karen,

Congratulations on all your awards, Karen. You are so deserving of them all. Thank you for passing three of those on to me and all on your blotroll. That was sweet of you.

Karen, I wouldn't sleep a wink if I drank that much coffee before going to bed. Coffee keeps me awake, but tea doesn't. Go figure.

I'm glad the weather is holding out for your DH and his uncle. Maybe now Spring will be just around the corner, but wait, I want one real good snow before Spring. How about you, Karen?

Renie Burghardt said...

Good evening, Karen,

Congratulations on all the beautiful awards! A loving, kindhearted soul like you deserves every one of them!

You know, after a gorgeous Saturday and a cooler, but lovely Sunday, we've been having a downer of a Monday. Sleet, then freezing rain followed that. But it wasn't too much of the stuff, and I was sighing a sigh of relief. But guess what? It's giving us another round tonight, so I dunno what we will wake up to. Maybe an ice rink, but I'm still hoping that it won't be too bad. Besides, I don't ice skate!

I hope you didn't get any of the freezing rain in your area. I enjoyed reading about all your family doings, and wish you a restful night tonight.

Love and Hugs,


Nonna said...

How nice of you to share the awards with all of us on your blog roll.I"ll be sure to get them posted in a day or so! I hope you have had a great Monday!

Nan said...

You soooooooo deserve all those awards and your cards are beautiful.
I did see Extreme Makeover Home Edition last night. I missed the beginning so I didn't know what happened to the wife. They had all gone through a lot. So nice to see people take care of them

Anonymous said...

I would be honored to be your friend and be added to your list. I am doing the same.

Mary Isabella said...

You are a gem to share all of your most deserved awards with us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...Mary

Joyce said...

Hi Karen, Just a short note. I watched the Extreme Make over too and cried my eyes out. Been busy and will get back to you tomorrow night.

Love and Hugs,

MightyMom said...

have a good night!

Brandy said...

Hello I am glad you are back!! I am sorry I didnt get to you until today. I have been so busy lately and shew just frusteratin i tell you! I love the awards and I am going to take mine with me and go put them up now! I will visit again soon! Take care!

Jackie said...

Karen, thank you so much for the awards my friend. I am happy to be back and posting once again. I have really missed all my friends in blogland. I have so much catching up to do. Thank you for the prayers this last week.