Friday, January 29, 2010

Good Samaritans

Good afternoon....I just caught a bit of time to share with you my thoughts for today....You know, here in Missouri it is known that if you don't like the weather, just stick around cause it will change at a moments notice. The forecast on last night's 6 o'clock news said to expect snow starting around 9 P.M. and continuing though Friday and ending by Saturday morning with accumulations of 6 plus inches...more in the Southern parts of Missouri. The air is so dry, which is unusual for here, that the snow has been light, but has been falling all day. It's around 2 P.M. , the roadways and cars have a coating of snow but still to see anything to really measure.

Reynolds County is full of rolling hills and curvy 2-lane roadways. Our county has 7 different school districts...some called off school early this morning, but some were stubborn and waited until the snow started falling and getting the kids back home was a problem. One district even said they couldn't send the busses back out and that parents needed to pick up their children...glad that wasn't the school my granddaughter goes to...I would have been pretty mad.

Against my better judgment, my daughter and son in law set out to keep a doctor's appointment in Farmington this morning. While there they called to let me know that the roads weren't too bad and that their trip had been far...On their way home, about 10 miles from home, they came across a lady whose truck had slid off the road. They stopped, gave the lady a ride to call her husband and even drove the truck out of the ditch for the couple. When the thankful husband asked what he owed the kids for their help...they replied "not a thing, we were glad to come though when we did and able to help".....Makes me so proud of my kids!!. They are the "bestest". They have been invited to the couple's campgound to enjoy drinks and fellowship...I hope when the weather is better!

The snow is picking up and coming down a bit harder. It looks beautiful and I'm sure that the area kids will be able to do some sleigh riding this weekend. During my younger days, we used to gather at the best sledding spot, build a bonfire and take turns seeing who could go the farthest down the hillside. Yes, I did have some of those "good ole days"

Have a great one....Shelly

Monday, January 25, 2010

Blog Candy

Please check out this blog spot I am following. Linda is at Lots of crafting ideas and her work and blog spot is wonderful...
I need to win some blog candy so I can start my on creations....Shelly

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Photo of the Week...Favorite Coffee Mug

Here it is, my favorite coffee mug. This is a special cup mainly because it was a gift from a very dear friend, but also, it makes the flavor of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or just plain water taste it's best.

My friend, Judy, and her family vacationed in Cape San Blas Florida this past year. I'm sure she will post pictures from their trip. Some are on her blog site now. They had such a wonderful time that she and I are planning our own trip in the near future...I can hardly wait!

I keep this mug at my office and have my daily coffee and Pepsi in it to "take me away" to places where I'd like to be. Don't we all want to visit or live in another place? By following and visiting blog sites of all my new friends, it is almost like being in their part of the world. Such enjoyment following blogging friends in Austraila, England, Canada, Florida...gee, I can travel and not leave my chair, for now anyway. For all of you, thank you for giving me a glimse into your lives....Shelly

Friday, January 22, 2010


Found a great link for all of you crafty bloggers. Click on and look into this site for gifts, ideas and motivation...Shelly

Monday, January 18, 2010

Photo of the Week...Shadows

Wouldn't you just know it, the day I want to find some good shadows, the sun will not cooperate! Two of my kids, Mandy and Ryan, suggested we take a drive down some of our back roads, staying nearer to home. They took me to places that I had never been before. The pic on the right is of a barn near "Horseshoe Ranch". We were trying to capture the shadows of the sunlight peering though the slatted sidding, but I think we may have caught a mistic orb. I have heard ghost stories about this place...spooky!!

Another journey down "Hyatt's Creek Road" we came upon a cave near a place called Alcorn Hollow. Ryan crawled in, just to snap a few pics of how the light streams in from a small opening above. Further in, and past a small pool of water, the cave opens into a large cavern...awsome!!

You just never know what you might find while venturing down the back roads of Reynolds County. New places, old places, new friends, old friends, (we acutally came across an old buddy to visit with). Some places have changed and many have stayed the same, but everyone has their own stories about the where's and why's and how's...

Have a great Monday.....Shelly

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Out and about

I had the most amazing day Saturday. Headed towards our largest shopping area, about 40 minutes away, to pick up my monthly scripts when I found my self pulling into a flea market. I wandered through looking and inspecting all that was offered. I personally thought most worthy items were overpriced, but what do I know? I did find an antique country cupboard that was priced at $350.00. It was in great shape, even had a flour drawer and beautiful wood. Lots of old dishes and linens caught my eye also. I must have spent hours in there just gazing and admiring...what fun.

I still don't have a camera of my own, so I missed some good opportunities. Maybe soon as I am having to borrow my daughter's.

Next, I found myself dinning at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, we like to call it "Chippy Dippy" for the chips and salsa they provide as an appetizer. Good food and drinks. I did finally pickup my scripts and did a little shopping at the local Walmart. Couldn't believe how long the waiting line was at the pharmacy. Maybe a dozen deep the whole time I was there.

A different way home than the usual. Country gravel roads and lots of scenery. My day out was so enjoyable and stress free. See, I am starting to think of me, me, me.....Have a great day! Shelly

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Blog Candy Time!!

I've just found a wonderful blog site about an artist. Her special talents include cardmaking. Check out her Blog Candy Time!! at and you won't be dissapointed.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Photo of the Week...Something New

I can't tell you how excited I was to be selected as one of the winners of Linda's (The Window of My Life) Christmas give a way. A lighted container full of hand picked shells from her favorite spot in the world, Anna Marie Island, FL. I was notified that the package was on it's way and I watched eagerly for it's arrival. The mail carrier brought it directly to our door on Saturday morning. She knew it was too important and impressive to leave at the box on the highway. As I carefully peeled away the bubble wrap I felt a soft spot. Much to my dismay, the container was broken. For a minute I was upset, not because the glass was broken, but because I knew Linda put her love into gathering, arranging and packing this lovely gift. I looked around at my own supplies and found a container that was just a bit large so scrambling now, I pulled a box of sand that my best friend brought back this summer from her vacation to Cape San Blas, FL. What a perfect combination, treasures from an old friend and treasures for a new friend.

I have also included a picture of how the container looks with the overhead lights on. My only delima now is whether to take the container to my work site so I can enjoy it during the day, or to leave it at home, on my computer desk, so that I can enjoy it during the evenings. As my youngest used to say, sissions, sissions, sissions.

Now I need to work on my photography skills.

Have a great day! Shelly

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Photo of the Week...The Grandkids

Well here are all five of my grandchildren. The oldest girl and the youngest girl on the bottom left are the daughters of my first born girl Becky. The two boys are the sons of my middle daughter Lori and the little one in the middle is the daughter of my youngest daughter Mandy. Can you tell that they are my pride and joy? Having grandchildren is the "grandest" experience a person can have. I was always close with my cousins and I try to make sure that these cousins will be the best of friends. They all live nearby and can get together often. We just had the best Christmas enjoying each other and trading gifts. Of course, I always make them promise to be Grandma's baby forever. Do you think they can keep that one? Not!
Have a great day!


Saturday, January 2, 2010

A New Me

Most Saturdays are routine for me, breakfast for the family ( I usually only do breakfast on the weekends), straighten the house, do laundry, drive 20 miles one way to get groceries, back home to fix the supper meal then I'm free to do my thing, whatever that may be! Being the routine creature that I am, I have Saturday night TV shows that I like, but what's up with all the reruns? I guess a hiatus for the holidays.

I've decided not to make resolutions for the new year, but to try to make my life more interesting as in, reading more, finding blogging friends and concentrating on me me me....

We'll see how that works out.

Have a great day!


Friday, January 1, 2010

Learning From My Mistakes

I have been following a new found friend on Blogger and thought that I could give it a try. I figure that if I connect with talented people, surely, some of their abilities will rub off on me. I enjoy crafts, but do not confess to be an artist. I can follow directions and usually produce a good product, but artistic ability, no. Let me give this a try and rate my progress.....

Have a great day!