family, Grandparents

In-laws and Out-laws

Don’t call the nana police – this was just a fun time with my grandchildren playing. I was obviously the “bad guy” that got tied up. “In-laws and out-laws, we all have them!” Words of wisdom from my father shortly after I was married. At the time, I did not comprehend the meaning. It seemed… Continue reading In-laws and Out-laws

cooking, family, gardening, Grandparents

How to Make Nana’s Sweet Pickles

Chopping cucumbers to make sweet pickles, I realized “when I am gone no one in the family will continue this tradition.” My husband’s mom canned her nine day sweet pickles and my husband and our sons could finish off a pint at a meal. A lady in my husband’s first church made the best sweet… Continue reading How to Make Nana’s Sweet Pickles

Decorating, Grandparents, Home, Legacy, prayer, Youth

The Porch

Did he know, or did God know that I needed these gifts?

cooking, Grandparents, Youth

Why did I agree to make a dessert?

    Culinary masterpieces flashed on the TV screen in the foyer of the church of cakes from last year's dessert auction to benefit our church camp for children, Canal Lake Bible Camp.  Just before Sunday School, our resident baker, Rodney, showed me a picture on his phone of his wife’s lemon cake made for the… Continue reading Why did I agree to make a dessert?

children, Decorating, Grandparents, Home

What is Beautiful?

Ms. Pat, your house is so beautiful.  People who don’t have kids have beautiful houses.  Our house is not pretty” Jada said. I responded, “Well you should have seen my house when our boys were your age we had toys and shoes and stuff all around and it was not beautiful.” I thought of my… Continue reading What is Beautiful?

children, Grandparents, Legacy, prayer, Youth

Unlimited Data Plan

“I love my phone.”  “I hate my phone.”  How can one be so fickle?  When you upgrade to a new cell phone it is easy!    After using an android smart phone for several years, I upgraded to a newer version.  At the same time my husband changed from a flip phone with no data… Continue reading Unlimited Data Plan

children, family, Grandparents

Christmas 2012 Traditions

Tradition????  Christmas 2012     Many of our traditions were interrupted, delayed and changed this year causing frustration, depression, and ultimately joy! My first full year of retirement and I was ready – or almost.  Shopping done early in November, decorating started first week of December, candy and cookies made – only thing left was… Continue reading Christmas 2012 Traditions