In Case You Were Wondering…

in case you were wondering

You may have thought when you saw the site today, you were seeing double!  You aren’t!  For some unknown reason to me, I decided to play with some of my dashboard gadgets.  When I did, I hit something that copied my pictures twice.  Now if I try to get rid of the second one, it throws the entire article away! 

I appreciate your patience, precious reader.  It is just going to take a little bit of time to get it back to “normal”, until then I didn’t want you to think you had something wrong with your vision!   Only me, right??  Oh, and feel free to let me know how to correct it if you know how!  I would greatly appreciate it!!!  Blessings!  Juliana

A Sweet Gracie Story…:)

gracie after election day

                                 Gracie in her spot while I blog…she sleeps on an Aggie blanket because we are an Aggie family!   WHOOP!!  JOHNNY FOOTBALL!!

 

Gracie is my chihuahua.  She has a very, very sweet heart!  I had been away for a meeting one night this past week and while I was gone, Sunshine’s chihuahua had made a crying noise she nor my husband had ever heard.  She said it was just so sad!  I asked her what it sounded like and she was able to imitate it. 

If you don’t know about Chihuahuas, they are the quintessential lap-dog!  They are a baby  in a dog’s body.   They cry and sound just like a human child!  They want attention, love, and to be in your lap just like a human child!  They get the bad rap of being “ankle biters” or “the world evolves around me and me alone!” personas, etc..  I suppose some Chihuahuas in history have been like that, but ours are cuddlebugs, lovebugs, and angels!

As Sunshine made the crying noise, I decided to see if I could make it, too.  Obviously, I can imitate a chihuahua  very well.  Gracie, who was beside me, looked at me.  I continued to make the noise because her face began to take on expressions I had not seen her have.  First, she turned her head quizzically to stare at me.  Then, she began to get a sad look in her eyes.  Suddenly, as though she could not take my so-called distress any longer, she jumped on my arm and began to kiss me profusely on my cheek.  Of course, when she did everyone in the room emitted awwwws!

I have never seen such intense love and affection from any animal as what she has for me!  I am amazed by her sensitivity and her literal kindness and compassion!  I know she is just a dog, but animals have such a capacity to love, I truly cannot imagine anyone not wanting one!  They are loyal, protective, affectionate, loving,  and can truly sense what you need.  They know when you are in emotional distress and/or physical distress, and if you are fortunate enough to find that  special one you truly bond with, they will not leave you until the crisis is over;  Even then, it is reluctantly!

I will never make that sound again.  Her reaction was endearing, but at the same time heart wrenching!  We all felt so sorry for her!!  She is my special angel.   It is as though she was made just for me!  As I blog, she has her place by my side where she sleeps until I am finished.  She knows when the last letter is typed and all is in place, she will be cradled in my arms and her face will be showered with kisses!

I almost didn’t get Gracie, because of the reputation of Chihuahuas.  Would I have lost out had I not listened to my heart!  I thank God for her!  He truly made Gracie just for me, and yes, I believe that with all of my heart!

Good night, dear reader!  It is “Gracie time”. 

Faith Filled or Lazy?

gracie and daisy looking out of window 2 Gracie and Daisy in sunnier days!  🙂

 At this moment rain is pounding against my window pane as I sit directly in front of it.  I am alone in the living room with two Chihuahuas barking, growling, mohawks standing!  I see the lightning and hear the thunder immediately after the flashes across the sky!  They say pounding rain means there is a tornado nearby.  Still, I sit and watch and try to calm Gracie and Daisy! 

I begin to wonder why I don’t just get up and move to another room.  I mean it does sound pretty ominous!  Even the plates on my dining room wall are rattling.  I think to myself, “Well, I am either a tremendous woman of faith or I need to be delivered of a horrific stronghold of LAZINESS

Gracie (mine) is calming and has settled beside me and is drifting to sleep.  Daisy (Sunshine’s) is lying on top of Gracie and is as close to me as she can possibly get.  Every once in a while I hear a slight whimper come from her tiny mouth.  I pet her and talk to her in soothing, cooing tones.  It seems to help.  I plead the blood of Jesus for complete safety for Sunshine who is driving home from work in this!  I know all is well because God is with her, the blood covers her, and satan can’t touch her! 

I begin to think how faithful my God is!  How I can trust Him with the most precious things and people in life I can possibly imagine.  I also begin to ease, I feel peace flood me and a security I, even as a writer, cannot explain.

I think we have identified what I am.  Faith filled!   That is until in the morning when hubby sees the dishwasher is still full…then he may want to debate the lazy part of this question!  Goodnight, precious reader!  See you soon!

It is WORKING!!!

sandy creek

Well, praise God it is working!!  pay pal is up and running, now just for the book to come out March 1st!  Gracie and I are headed for the “wild”!!  Nature is calling and we are answering!

I will be blogging while I am away at “grown-up” camp.  I am so looking forward to seeing that beautiful lake and having time, just God and me!  I am reminding myself there are holes there and don’t fall in one this time!

I will see you soon, precious reader.  I have a feeling some “funny” blogs are coming out of this trip!  Roadtrips for me are NEVER normal!  Blessings in abundance!!  Juliana

 

Service With a Smile!

Today, I had lunch with my beautiful daughter!  We will call her Doctor Sunshine, because that is what she is going to be and what she is to me!  Here is a picture of her and my son we will call “the Rev.”….

As we ordered, we ordered something off the menu.  Our waiter didn’t know what we were talking about so he handed us over to his manager, who I see is the manager because she seems to be able to manage any challenge that comes to her!  Here is her picture with the great plate of food she made for us herself!

You can just and tell she is a sweetheart!

Nachos!  Nummy!  And, no I didn’t eat them all by myself…Dr. Sunshine helped!

I love a good restaurant where it is about the customer and making them happy!  Thanks to Sara for a wonderful dining experience!  We will be back!   :))

Oh, and Patty, who is also known as http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/ I felt so much better after you gave me that beautiful word, I got up, put on my make-up, went to lunch with my daughter and laughed and laughed at all she had to tell me!  I feel HEALED, WHOLE, AND MY BODY IS FUNCTIONING TO PERFECTION!  Amazing what a word from the Lord will do for you!!!  Love you, sweet sister!!!  This one is dedicated to you, my precious friend!!

Service With a Smile!

Today, I had lunch with my beautiful daughter!  We will call her Doctor Sunshine, because that is what she is going to be and what she is to me!  Here is a picture of her and my son we will call “the Rev.”….

As we ordered, we ordered something off the menu.  Our waiter didn’t know what we were talking about so he handed us over to his manager, who I see is the manager because she seems to be able to manage any challenge that comes to her!  Here is her picture with the great plate of food she made for us herself!

You can just and tell she is a sweetheart!

Nachos!  Nummy!  And, no I didn’t eat them all by myself…Dr. Sunshine helped!

I love a good restaurant where it is about the customer and making them happy!  Thanks to Sara for a wonderful dining experience!  We will be back!   :))

Oh, and Patty, who is also known as http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/ I felt so much better after you gave me that beautiful word, I got up, put on my make-up, went to lunch with my daughter and laughed and laughed at all she had to tell me!  I feel HEALED, WHOLE, AND MY BODY IS FUNCTIONING TO PERFECTION!  Amazing what a word from the Lord will do for you!!!  Love you, sweet sister!!!  This one is dedicated to you, my precious friend!!

Blog Party Summer!

Today Auntie Em invited me over for lunch!  It was delicious!  She made a beautiful vegetable and strawberry salad with her own homemade dressing!

 

Yummo!!

 

For dessert she had cantalope she grew herself!  Sweet and scrumptious!

 

Yes, it was as good as it looks!

 

I would put a picture of Auntie Em, but it was sideways and I can’t get it turned right!  Nevertheless, we had fun changing my theme and adding a new layout!  What was the most fun and brought the most joy was the surprise of something I didn’t plan today.  My friend called and treated me to an “it is all about you day!” and who doesn’t love that??  Thank God for sweet friends and cherished new memories!

Blessings, my precious reader!  See you soon!  Oh, and hop over and see Auntie Em!  You will love it there!  🙂

http://auntieemsguide.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/grace-under-pressure/

 

 

A New Twist and a Timeless Classic RECIPE!!

I decided to mix things up a bit and give you all a recipe my grandmother always made for Sunday dinner when I was a little girl.  I saw this on another site and it took me back in time.  Today my daughter is blogging with me as a guest.  She is my super-duper photographer!  🙂  I hope you enjoy this timeless classic.  There is a twist to this recipe.  If you don’t like mayonnaise, you can use cream cheese and crushed pineapple (drained) for the filling.  Here we go!

Step 1:  You can either use canned pears in heavy syrup or pear preserves.  I used a can of pears in the syrup.  Lift it out with a fork. Make sure the pear is drained well of the syrup.   You can place it on a lettuce leaf if you would like as decoration.

Step 2:  Stuff pear with Miracle Whip!  DO NOT use real mayonnaise!!  It just is not nearly as good!!

 

Step 3:  Add mild cheddar cheese (grated).

Voila!  You are done!  This is quick, easy, and sure to please on any dinner table or for a church supper.  Enjoy!!

And We Are Off!!

Just waiting for hubby to come back with the trailer to load up and head out.  Thank goodness this will not be as long of a trip as it was to Oklahoma.  Gracie is going so please say a prayer for me and her!!  She doesn’t potty on car trips and I make a fool out of myself at truck stops trying to get her to!!  I will post pictures when I can get to an internet “hot spot”!  See you soon, dear readers!!  🙂