Friday, June 17, 2016

I Want That!

Between Facebook and Instagram, not to mention the "I Want That" TV show, a post will show up every now and then with all these great gadgets but rarely do they tell the peeps where they can find them. 

What a tease, right!

Since I can be such a google geek, I directed that skill to Amazon, my favorite go to place for things like this. I was pleased to find out that every single item on that list can be found on there. If you have Amazon Prime, you can have all them delivered to your house for free with 2nd day delivery.

Are you curious what items I searched for from a post that had only picture? 

Check them out!



Gas Range Protector Liner

  • Non Stick,Reusable,Wipe Clean,Dishwasher Safe.
  • Can be trimmed to fit different gas stoves.
  • Size : 27CM*27CM (10.63"*10.63")
  • Color: Silver
  • Package Include: 4Pcs Reusable Silver Gas Range Protector



$8.00





5 Quart Pasta Pot, Orange


  • Oval design accommodates noodles without breakage
  • Twist and lock lid for easy straining
  • Aluminum construction
  • Nonstick interior for easy clean-up
  • Stay cool handles

$29.82



  • Creates perfectly even strawberry slices.
  • Equipped with 7 blades for slicing.
  • Blades are constructed of sturdy stainless steel.
  • Ideal for cakes, pies and garnishes.
  • Package Includes: 1*strawberry slices



$5.29





E'Plaza Convenient Sponge Holder



  • Size: approx 3.3*7.7inch
  • Material: soft and durable PVC
  • Easy hanging on all kinds of water faucet. Best choice for storing small items in kitchen, bathroom, sink etc
  • Water draining, protect from the growth of bacteria, keeping healthy, neat and dry
  • Package includes: 3 pieces sponge holders + 1 EPLAZA money clip (EPLAZA money clip - Keep your money and card organized without using a bulky wallet)

$10.99




  • Layer cake slicing kit contains an adjustable grooved slicing collar, 12" serrated baker's knife and 11" cake lifter
  • Makes slicing up to 8 uniform layers a "piece of cake"; professional looking results
  • Easy to use: fit collar around cake, slice layers with extra long serrated knife, separate layers using the cake lifter and fill
  • Accommodates cakes 10 to 11-inches diameter


                  $47.98


Perlli - Ice Chilled Serving Salad Bowl



  • Conveniently keep appetizers, fruits & veggies, dips, dressings cool and protected from bugs with this ice-cooled serving bowl set; foods stay cold for 6+ hours
  • Made from non-toxic acrylic, BPA free, shatterproof and designed for regular use; rugged enough to transport easily without breaking
  • Versatile design provides 4 separate appetizer serving sections; remove the bowl divider and it's a perfect serving bowl for salads, cold noodle dishes, and other larger meals
  • 5-piece iced appetizers bowl set includes serving bowl, ice tray, bowl divider with dip cup, 2 serving utensils, and dome lid; 6.5-quart capacity, 11.5" diameter x 9.5" height, 3.1 pounds
  • Iced serving bowl set convenience features: easy care, dishwasher safe on top rack; spacious snap-on lid; refrigerator and freezer safe; included utensils attach to appetizer bowl


$29.99



Lekue Lemon Press Set



  • Allows you to squeeze exactly the amount of juice you desire, free of seeds and without risk of splatter
  • Protects the lemon halves in the refridgerator for maximum freshness
  • Easy to use: cut lemon or lime in half, place in basket, squeeze, plug spout with stopper and refridgerate for later use
  • The innovative design of this product has been worth already 2 International Design Prizes
  • Platinum silicone repels water and germs so, apart from easy maintenance, it guarantees maximum food hygiene and safety

$9.99



  • Attach to edge of pot; slide spoon into holder
  • Keep messy spoons off counter
  • Heat resistant silicone
  • Great gift idea




Rooster   $3.49

Pig          $6.41

Chicken  $5.00





  • With this tomato slicer and knife you'll create perfect tomato slices everytime
  • Made of durable plastic
  • Easy to use; simply place tomato in slicer and slice with knife
  • Also great for potatoes, onions and more
  • BPA free; dishwasher safe



$9.72






  • SPECIAL DESIGN SHAPE - This pot holder with special shape like a spider-man,meanwhile,they has great ability of super pressure resistant like spider-man.
  • USEFUL ARMS AND LEGS - The iron man's arms and legs are designed so that they bend at exactly the right angle to hold your pot steady and safely.
  • HEAT RESISTANT POTHOLDER - The hotman is a steel trivet,flexible, non-stick, heat resistant without risking burns,and which is designed to hold your hot pot without damaging the work bench.
  • EASY TO CLEAN AND HANG - Easily clean it with fresh water, no seams for bacteria to grow, the hotman can be tidied away with no mess - just hang him up with all the other utensils!
  • GREAT VALUE - He's good for outdoor feasts and indoor dining alike and looks cool and quirky without showing up your other kitchen tools. Commercial quality can be used in restaurants, food shops, catering halls Etc.

$14.95 each

So there you go. 

I am not going to say which of these found their way into my shopping cart. I love giving unique gadgets at Christmas. They also make great gift for a Gift Exchange Christmas Party. Yes, I have already been shopping for Christmas! As the family grew, the budget needed to grow with it. The best way I found to soften the blow is to start early and get all the deals you can.  


From Our Journey Through Life, to your shopping journey.


Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Flag Day, A 5th Birthday, And So Much More!


June 14, 1777, commemorates the adoption of the United States flag, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. 

In 1916, the president of the United States issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day.

In 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

If you want to learn more go to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




It also commemorates the day our last grandchild was born.


Boy or Boy! From the very beginning I was scared to death of my daughter getting pregnant again. Her last pregnancy did not go well and it was best if she not have anymore children. God had other plans, so on that day when she surprised us with the news, I had to reach deep for faith that it would be okay. I had no idea just what God's plan was. I just felt like a mother bear protecting her young. In no way did I want my fear to cloud her joy, so I gave it to Him, and He gave us this awesome little dude and so much more!

His arrival was not as planned either. I was bouncing back and forth between home and my son. Each week it got closer I got a bit antsy. His mom wanted a natural birth this time and she worked hard toward her goal. I think her Midwife knew all along what could happen but she supported her plan. I believe she had some thoughts of her own and at that right times encouraged some minor assistance with the, "just in case?", added for comfort. It went bad from there, and I mean really bad. The anesthesiologist who administered the anesthesia, administered to much. She had no control of anything, even breathing!

Of course I didn't know what was going on at first. Being outside the room didn't help. Codes are going off. Carts are rolling in. Nurses are coming out and others are rushing in. It was another one of those longest 15 minutes of my life. I finally got to go in for just a few minutes before they whisked her off for a emergency "C" section. 

THIS WAS NOT THE PLAN!

Flash back 2 months earlier, I was at a different hospital, waiting for those words from my sons doctor, "We got all the cancer and we saved his leg!" That was the longest 14 hours of my life. Each hour we got updates, but towards the end, he was getting tired of being under, mesh wasn't cooperating, but the doctors didn't give up. 3 hours later he made it to ICU. Prayers were answered.

This time, I sat in that waiting area alone. Pacing and praying. Finally a nurse came and got me but she wouldn't say anything. She guided me to a door, opened it, and finally said, "He has news for you!"

There stood her hubby, a proud new daddy of a son! You see, no one knew if it was a boy or a girl. She wanted this one to be a surprise. BOY! Was he ever!

The prayers then took me on a journey that only God could have guided me through. Remember my post on "What Faith Can Do!" Well here we are, 5 years later. Hope that never ends. Miracles continue to happen. Dreams still move mountains. Silent prayers are still answered and so much more!


Our Journey Through LIFE! 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

What Is With This Weather?

It's the middle of June and it's not over 100 degrees?

Oh, but please don't stop! 


I am just loving the mornings we have been having again. I thought they were gone for the summer. Usually once it hits 115 there's no going back. But here they are again!


My back porch via my iPhone

I know all to well that it will eventually be coming to an end. In fact looking at the forecast, this is the last time we'll see temps in the 90's for some time now.  

I will surely be enjoying these next few beautiful mornings outside, while doing my devotions, some writing, and of course capturing this beautiful family of hummingbirds. 

Just another day on Our Journey Through LIFE!




Friday, June 10, 2016

It's A Love - Hate Relationship!

I have a LOVE-HATE Relationship with Facebook!



I love the connection it has allowed with my family and friends a far. 

I love how we are able to share our journeys and life's experiences. 

I love the games. They fill a time that would otherwise be miserable! 

I love most of the tidbits shared back and forth.

I love to read the updates from those I love, to the travel and entertainment pages I like.

I even love some of those sarcastic meme things some post. They can be so funny!

What I hate about Facebook are all those opinions and propaganda adds that are shared. Some are years old and are shared as if it happened yesterday. Some arrive as "Trending" or "Suggested Post" that Facebook thinks I might like. The political ones are my biggest pet peeves of them all. Lately, all they are about is slamming each other and calling names. What ever happened to talking about solving the problems instead of creating more. 

Then there are the videos of all those riots at the rally's, or protesters after a verdict. Even a win or a loss from a sport championship game can become violent and then it goes viral. It's just getting out of hand. I just hate seeing such disrespect and anger, leading to so much unnecessary property damage.  

I am thankful for that drop down menu on the right of such post where you can click to not ever see them again. It's kind of like deleting your spam email or unsubscribing from unwanted email list.

Reading all those opinions just doesn't bring JOY to my life. 

There are a variety of opinions that people share that can be very entertaining but others can be very hurtful. Those that use it to shame or share their views have every right to post hourly or daily as those of us who use it to share our lives. 

Some just need to chill out!





First off, it is NOT my diary! Believe me, you don't want to read what I write in my diary! Thus this post a few weeks ago. 

Besides, Facebook greets us each time we log on with...



"What's on your mind?"

Isn't that the same thing we do when we open up our dairy or journal, we write what's on our mind?

The election, is on our mind!

Our jobs, our families, our problems, are all on our minds on any given day. If sharing that information is like my diary, then click that arrow on the right of the post like I do and call it a day. 

I see Facebook more like...


  


of my journal, better known as 

"Our Journey Through LIFE!"

Friday, June 3, 2016

It's Always Something, Isn't It!

It all started back in May. While planning for an upcoming 6th Grade Promotion Pool Party we decided replacing the deck beside the pool had to be done. The composite decking just didn't hold up to our excessive heat. We can't remember exactly when we built it but believe it was around 2005 or 2006. So 10 years wasn't bad I guess.



 What we found under the deck was a complete surprise!





 Those darn gopher's had filled it up with dirt! Just what they needed, more work!

It's always something!




We surely weren't expecting that! Thankful to have a healthy nephew around who can handle the job. We couldn't have done this without him.




Once all the dirt was removed, the framing having been buried in the dirt, and though it was that pressure treated stuff, had so many rot spots it too had to be replaced. 

It's always something!

Finally, they got to begin building. After resetting the piers and leveling the framing, it was getting close to the time for them to add some deck boards. Calling it quits for the night, the last rails would get done the next day.





Unfortunately hubby accidentally left the pool fill on ALL night! All that water filled their work area and took 2 days, which we really didn't have, to dry out. Not only that, another gopher popped up. Without any decking, I was able to have the pest guy inject the area with bait. He'll come back in a couple weeks and re-bait again around the perimeter. 

It's always something!






While they waited for the area to dry, I decided to build that flowerbed I've been wanting along the walk way to the pool. Something that had been put off for years. Now that I have dirt, and I didn't have to have it to get trucked in, I can now get it done with a little help from the nephew. He hauled a couple rocks for me and brought me 3 wheelbarrow of that dirt full to complete this job. I also have a few other plans for that dirt as well. So long as I pace myself, I am getting quite a bit caught up around here. 

Once they got back onto the deck it only took another couple days to complete. Actually, it was the second half of one day and the first half of another.






All that is left to do is to seal it and we can slap on the "DONE" sign! 

For now it was fine so we could celebrate Memorial Weekend and a Promotion Pool Party a few days later.




You know that song, "My Front Porch Looking In", well I LOVE my view looking out also! Watching 10 adults and 14 kids celebrating promotions to Jr. High, 1st grade and kindergarten, the view was awesome!










We're ready for the summer around here on Our Journey Through LIFE!

Hummingbird Time!



I absolutely LOVE my time in the mornings with the hummingbirds! It's a slow time I enjoy the most. I surely don't mind the wait.

Over time we've become really good friends. I can get within 2 feet of them, or shall I say they get within 2 feet of me so long as I stand still and wait. 

They zip around me as if saying "Hello!". 

If a feeder is empty they will persistently fly around me chirping with their distinct sound, reminding me to refill it. 




 In time it has created a routine between us. It allows me the opportunity to capture them in so many different places around my yard. 


My time with them has also created a LOVE to surely last a lifetime if not an eternity. Where this LOVE will take me on Our Journey Through LIFE, only time will tell.





                                         

Friday, May 20, 2016

I'm Still HERE!

This last month has been jam packed with this, that and the other in regards to some family time, some adjustments on the health front, but mostly there was lots of progress on the writing projects. 

Spring cleaning the laundry/craft/sewing room took me a bit longer then expected. I have yet to create the writing area though, however a plan has been established and is ready to be executed once another areas needs are met. Having to replace a rotted deck, before a graduation pool party, was not on the agenda. It's always something!

In the meantime I'm keeping notebooks, yes that is plural, in many locations. From the bedside table or the table beside the chaise lounge, to the car and travel trailer, anywhere I can in order to allow me the ability and the opportunity to jot down a thought or memory. It has been so helpful. I have also been using Siri more often and we are becoming pretty good friends. She really helps when my tired handwriting has become so illegible, not even I can read it.

These notebooks have also become a very convenient tool when it comes to making a list of items needed. I LOVE using a list for shopping. Which stores I need to go to and what is needed at each one. I've become the "Go in, get what you NEED kind a shopper". I especially use one for groceries. It controls most impulsive buying and we seem to get out quicker.

Oh, the many list of my life! 



I have a Bucket List of places I want to go someday, with locations and directions in code. Some are even given by friendly people we meet while misdirected at one time or another. Places we heard about on the Travel Channel or Discovery Channel, are scribbled with web page addresses and hints.

Not to mention the notebooks are great for being able to leave a note on a friends front door when they are not home or a windshield when someone has parked in such a way, they need reminded in the nicest way that those lines painted so nice and straight are meant for. A happy face for a signature really helps.

They have become my traveling journals. My memories. My calendars. My place to vent, and my place to leave tears. I don't know what I would do without them. 

I do know, getting the words off those pages and onto the computer, takes longer then I expect. Then to get them organize into some type of a filing system, well, I procrastinate more then I would like to admit, but it's the truth! 

There are a few pages, okay a large number of pages, of "What Was I Thinking!" thoughts. The "Where did that come from?" pages create questions. Pages only I will ever know what they say. As I go through those pages deciding what I will keep or what needs to be deleted, I read, I reflect, I pause, I pray, and when I am ready, I rip those words right out of that notebook. 


Words that were never meant to be spoken, and should never be read by anyone else. 

Words that created healing and growth within me, and are so personal, they were only shared with God.

I would like to rip more then just those pages sometimes. 

Be it the side effects from the medications or dealing with one constantly being adjusted, I would like to throw some pill bottles into that same receptacle! 

"Patience Elizabeth!" 

I must keep reminding myself of this, but all to often I tend to beat myself up with what I haven't thrown away. As I reflect on how others had gotten through these years with the stuff they were dealing with, reminds me of the example they set as they had gone through what ever it was they were going through. Life is full of milestones. Some are well documented, while other are torn pages from a journal. 

I will keep growing forward!




I told my hairdresser during my last hair cut, that for the first time in my adult life, I only have to take care of myself these days. Everyone else is taking care of themselves, just as it's suppose to be. I have a feeling the years ahead, those prior to the "Grand's" becoming adults themselves, my role will be shifting again. 

Getting into a new groove is and will be "Grand"!

What Journey!

All of this and that creates Our Journey Through LIFE and I wouldn't be where I am without the roads, paths, and directions we have been given or taken. 



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