TBT {Whoa. What’s that?}

Throwback Thursday memories.

Who remembers these?

The metal ice tray where you pulled the handle to crack the ice loose.

metal ice tray

Loved, loved going to the drive-in movies!  There’s still one drive-in around here and I have to get my kids there before it goes away.  What fun times.

drive in speakers

This goes way back.  Remember the switch on the floor, you’d press with your foot, to turn on the high beams on your car head lights?

high beam floor switch

Who didn’t see their mom, grandma or someone in their family using good ol’ Dippity-do?

dippity do

How many of you used to love getting a box of Cracker Jacks, just for the prize?  Remember these itty-bitty joke books found inside a box of Cracker Jacks?

mini joke book

We called these elephant pants.  The wider the better!

elephant pants

How was that trip down memory lane?

How many do you remember?

Thank you, Great Spirit.


(All images via Pinterest)

Gifts from Mother Earth

Out in the garden today, I found lots of peppers:  banana, bell and jalapenos.  And cucumbers and tomatoes.

I already made a fresh batch of salsa using tomatoes, green peppers and jalapenos from our garden.  Nothing better than food straight from the earth.

We had a lot of rain yesterday and last night so the garden was wet and the veggies were splashed with dirt.


Sometimes the veggies look so pretty growing that I hate to pick them.





The sunflowers are looking straight to the sky for the sun they soak up to flourish and become big, seedy flowers.  Not quite there yet, but soon.

Many of them have been knocked to the ground by mother nature’s wind and rain yet they still turn to the sky for the sun.


How blessed I am, to wake up in the morning and find these gifts from the earth.

What grows in your garden, floral or vegetable?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Weekend Festivities

Our city festival was this past Saturday.  We decorated our church’s float and then walked in the parade and handed out candy.

We walked around the festival after. The local police and fire department always have some kind of attraction.  We decided to take a ride up on Ladder 12 to get a bird’s eye view of our city.  We were 95 feet in the air.

ladder12 1



Our church had a photo booth set up which we sat at for a while.  It was fun to see how people would dress up and act for the camera.


Later that evening, I went to see The Music of Abba at a local casino.

It was day packed with fun!

Did you do anything special over the weekend or just hung out and relaxed?

Thank you, Great Spirit.


Sunday Stealing – Would You?

Would You?

Would you ever cheat on someone if they cheated on you?No, that sounds a little immature.

Would you ever consider becoming a teacher?

When I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.  I greatly admire the work that teachers do, especially after being around them so much and seeing all the different roles they have to play day to day.

Would you ever give a hitch-hiker a ride somewhere?

No, much too dangerous.

Would you ever try fasting for a whole week?

No, that is such an unhealthy thing to do.  Besides, I can barely fast for an evening when I have to do a blood test in the morning.

Would you ever try to quit one of your addictions?

I have and I’m proud to say that I’ve been sober for 4 1/2 years.  I also gave up my addiction to Diet Coke, although I will have one occasionally.

Would you ever dye your hair purple?

I wouldn’t be totally against it if I was younger.  I don’t know that I would chose purple unless I was going to a Vikings game.

Would you ever spend $100 for the best tasting hamburger in the world?

Since I don’t eat meat that answer would be no.

Would you rather chew gum off the ground or kill a squirrel?

Chew gum off the ground while gagging.

Would you rather play Monopoly or Operation?

Monopoly.  I get the iron!  Although that might be one of the pieces they removed from the game.

Would you rather eat chocolate or fruity candies?

I usually prefer fruity things but when it comes to candy I have to go with a dark, rich chocolate.

Would you rather listen to one CD forever or become deaf?

When you say listen to one CD forever, does that mean you only have one CD as a choice and it’s not playing continuously?  That would be fine with me.  No matter what though, I’d never want to lose my hearing.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Wow, we’ve gone really depressing here.  I chose neither.

Would you rather text or talk on the phone?

I’d rather talk on the phone.  Texting is so limiting.

Would you rather spend a day with Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus?

I think Miley Cyrus might be kind of fun.

Would you rather learn to play piano or guitar?

I tried to learn guitar a couple times when I was a kid.  I am not musically inclined in any way.

Would you rather have a stomach-ache or headache?

Neither, but since we have to chose from these depressing questions I suppose a headache because I think it would be easier to get rid of.  (Not counting migraines, I know those are awful to get rid of.)

Would you rather be overly interesting or overly dull?

Since I’m already overly dull I’d like to try being overly interesting.

Would you rather be too loud or too quiet?

I’m already a little more on the quiet side.  I think being too loud would become very irritating to people.

What are your Sunday plans?

Thank you, Great Spirit.

Six Word Saturday – Busy Bee

Busy, busy, busy, busy, busy, busy!

This week and today has been crazy.

I’m super behind on reading blogs.

I hope to do some catching up soon.

I’m going to see Abba tonight!

What are your weekend plans?

Thank you, Great Spirit.


Wednesday Hodgepodge {Better Late Than Never}

I’m joining Joyce at From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. The best part of waking up is Folger’s in your cup.   I wonder how many people will answer with that?  Remember the Folger’s commercial?

2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers…which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?

I’ll take swimming with the dolphins as long as I know there are no sharks around.

3. What is something you fear about ‘old age’? What is something you look forward to?

Getting Alzheimer’s is a fear.  I look forward to seeing my boys turn into young men.  Not too fast, though, I can wait.

4. Hot sauce…are you a fan? If you answered yes, what’s something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot?

Is salsa considered hot sauce?  I make some pretty mean fresh salsa.  There really isn’t anything I have to have it on but I do like it on tacos.  It’s never too hot, so maybe a 10.

5. It’s been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house?

Compassion.  Both my kids are very compassionate about how other people feel.

6. What’s your favorite movie with a number in it’s title?

Sixteen Candles.  I love that movie.

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day…share one here.

I’ll share two!  :-)

What do elves learn in school?                                          The elf-abet.

What did one pencil say to the other?                             You look sharp.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Our church has been holding an outdoor campfire worship on Wednesday nights this summer.  It’s been so lovely sitting outside and the casual tone to the service.  Tonight we rode our bikes.  We live less than two miles away.

I’m doing this Hodgepodge late because all day I was thinking it was Tuesday!  Geez Louise.


Thank you, Great Spirit.