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Monday, November 12, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear family and friends.

May the spirit of Thanksgiving enter your home and heart,
filling you with many blessings.

 ♥ 
Carla

 
 Let us have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, too the end, dare to do our duty as we understand.
President Lincoln

 
 Be Back Soon!

Off to Basic Training Graduation for Sam.
Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes during the last 10 weeks. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thank You to our Veterans'


America's White Table
 
 If you have time watch the below video.

 

Thank you, Hero's!

A little - known tradition to the outside civilian world, "the white table" originated during the time of the Vietnam War as a symbol for and remembrance to service members held prisoner of war or missing in action. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit.

Thank you to all men and women in uniform who dedicated their lives to freedom's cause.

 ♥
Carla

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

It is Wednedsay .. time for Wednesday Medley and it is all about WHAT?



It is Wednesday and that means it is time for the Wednesday Medley.



 Terri asks the questions
We answer the questions.







What is your claim to fame?


 Creating Garden Bouquets

 What is something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Cook .. I do not use boxed mixes, frozen meals or other. 

 I like to cook the old fashioned way. 

 What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t?

Collecting rocks, sea glass and drift wood.

 What is the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?

I volunteered myself for something. Later I wondered why on earth did I do that? It ended up turning out pretty well, I was happy I had volunteered.


If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?

I would not change my first name. I would change my last. Not because I am not happy with my last name. Sadly, my maiden name will not be carried on. Only girls left in the small family that it already is and we all got married and took our husbands name. 
My maiden name will be done after my father, his two brothers and unmarried sister.


What is something random you can tell us about this week?

 
 I found this quote..

To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.
J. Jenkins

  

 Have a lovely day!


Monday, November 5, 2018

TBB ASKS ~ November



1. Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal?

Yes, I did it once for myself. 
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When the boys were in Middle School we all participated in writing in a Gratitude Journal for one month of the year.

2. Hosting Thanksgiving at your house?

We will be enjoying Thanksgiving just the three of us this year. We will just be arriving home Wednesday before Thanksgiving from our road trip to Fort Jackson / Fort Gordon. 
It will be the first time I have missed Thanksgiving at the farm. It is also the first Thanksgiving with out our oldest son who will graduate from Fort Jackson on November 15th and we will be taking him to report to duty at Fort Gordon on November 19th. 

~ Giddy for Christmas because Sam will be able to come home for a leave from Fort Gordon and we all can go to the farm together to visit my parents. ~
3. Favorite Food from the Thanksgiving Meal?

My mom makes the best stuffing!

4. What one thing in Nature are you most grateful for?

 
 Trees!

5. Pumpkin Pie: Yes or No?

Yes!
6. Traditional Cookbook:

Yes! Betty Crocker 

7. Oven Baked or Deep-Fried Turkey?

 Oven Baked
8. Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yes or No?

Yes!
Turkey sandwich with cranberries and cold stuffing!!

9. What is one household product you are most grateful for?

Bleach

10. Are you most grateful for home cooked meals or restaurant meals?

Home cooked and eaten with the company of  family and friends!
 
 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Operation Christmas Child 2018

 It is that time of year.
Operation Christmas Child 2018

Participating in Operation Christmas Child has been a tradition for our family. The boys have enjoyed shopping and filling the shoebox.
This year we made up a box from Sam.

 What to pack and not to pack.
This list is so helpful to have when heading out to the store to shop. 
Items not allowed:
toothpaste
candy
liquid soap
lip gloss
nail polish
chocolate 
and more ... it is important to read over the list so you do not accidentally include something you should not. In years past we have always sent toothpaste and candy. Customs rules have changed.

 Boys age 10 to 14 are the age group that most people DO NOT shop for. 
We did shopping for this age group.
And what do you get a boy age 10 to 14? Great ideas are the following:
Tool Kits .. we bought a screwdriver, screws, nuts, nails and bolts.
Fishing lures
Soccer balls (deflated with a pump)

Hygiene items:
bar soap
washcloth
toothbrush
comb
tissue
first aid kit


 School supplies:
Notebooks
Pencils
Pens
Eraser


 Pack it all snug in the box.
You can include a letter and photo of yourself too.
One year we received a letter back from the child who received our box. 

  
One of the most exciting items the kids receive are the toothbrushes. We take toothbrushes for granted, we learned many have to share with family members or do not have one at all.


 All ready for delivery .. blessings on the boxes, volunteers that take on the project, delivery and to the child who receives the box.


Merry Christmas
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween and the Wednesday Medley

Trick or Treat! Happy Halloween from our house to your house. Boo!






It is Wednesday and it is time for the Wednesday Medley.
Terri asks the questions.
We answer the questions.



 1. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person left, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?


I am the smart one. 
I will use all my knowledge of raising two boys, who have taught me a thing or two about survival. Not that I survived raising them LOL .. but as a girl .. you learn a few things as a Mom to Boys. Like when they start to fart and they really stink and it could kill someone. 

Yep, I am the smart one, I am going to survive this horror movie.

 2. While watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time or the person who falls asleep?

I have my eyes closed.





 I have a fear of spiders.. my dear husband loves to put these plastic spiders around in different places to scare me. 
On the bathroom soap, in my coffee mug, on the coffee pot ....

 3. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?


No Way!
The last time I entered a haunted house was 2014. It ended up one of the characters knew me. We were entering a made up gulag room. My boys and husband made it safe out of the room, but the guard shut the door before I could get out. I just about died. Here it was a high school student that I was an aid in the classroom of. I did not know that until he started to laugh his head off from giving me the scare of my life. 
No more haunted anything for me after that! 


4. Favorite horror monster or villain?

I read Frankenstein for the first time last year. I LOVED it. It has become a favorite of mine. I recommend for all to read it.
Image result for frankenstein the book
5. Favorite horror or Halloween-themed song?


Bobby Picket "Monster Mash" 


6. Tell us something random about your week.


Our son Sam should be finishing The Forge today or early Thursday. His last big test at Basic Training. We carved a pumpkin for him.

We put our green light up for America's veterans.


America’s veterans are some of our nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.


Happy Halloween

Max our Cat inspecting the jack o lanterns.
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Forge


 The Victory Forge

If you are a regular reader of The River, you know our son, Sam has been in Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He is in his final test, The Forge.


 Sam is now in the Forge. 
My sister gifted our family the candles to burn during this final test for Sam.


Prayers for Sam!

May he do well and complete the task before him.


I will be honest, I had a hard weekend. I just wanted to hug him. Talk to him, meet his battle buddies, meet his Drill Sergeants and so much more. I have had a few cries this weekend and a few more Monday. 
Thank you for the prayers my dear family, friends and blog buddies.

 ♥
Carla
  

Monday, October 29, 2018

An Autumn Project

My Little Greenhouse


 I shared last week that my husband and I were working on a project. 
This past week we finished it.
A little greenhouse for my Little Garden That Could.



 We will be putting shelving up in the spring, just before I get busy starting seeds. 
We built a raised bed on the floor of the greenhouse.
I planted Perpetual Spinach, Swiss Chard, Kale, Radish, Butter Oak Lettuce and some tulips inside. This all will be an experiment on how things will grow in the greenhouse during the winter. It is not heated. The lovely sunshine is the only heat at this time. 


 I will be doing some landscaping around the greenhouse in the spring. 


A little greenhouse is something I have wanted for a long time. I saved my bouquet sales during the summer to go towards purchasing my little greenhouse. 
I have a feeling you just might find me in it during a cold, yet sunny day in the winter, soaking up sunshine and taking in that greenhouse smell.
 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Joy List Monday

One of the bouquets I made for my Flower Subscription business .. using edibles in the bouquet.


 Joy List Monday

 a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties
and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day


 ♥ Sunshine .. goodness we went for about three weeks of clouds, rain and fog. When that sunshine came streaming out for not just a few moments but for several days .. a jump for joy was had!

♥ A little project is happening here .. I will share soon .. each time my husband and I get a little more done on the project,  I do another jump for joy.

♥ A new to us place to walk. It really was there all the time, it was the first for us to think of taking our daily walks there.

♥ Autumn colors .. I do love them. The only thing I wish I could do would to be able to glue on the leaves until after Thanksgiving.

♥ Apple Pie Bars .. a new recipe I made over the weekend.


Another bouquet using dried seed pods. I am noticing texture makes a bouquet just as much as the blooms.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hot Fudge Golden Grahmas Parfait

 Hot Fudge Golden Grahams Parfait
This is a fun sundae. We hosted a dinner party a few weeks ago and I wanted to try a new dessert. I found this fun recipe and it did not disappoint.

What you need:
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups Golden Grahams cereal
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; lightly grease.
Bring sugar, honey, and 3 tablespoons water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook without stirring, until mixture is a deep-amber color, 6 to 7 minutes; remove from heat.
Immediately stir in salt and baking soda, then quickly stir in cereal and almonds.

Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet. Let cool until hardened, 40 to 45 minutes.
 Break into clusters.

Scoop up your ice cream, add your honey comb and swirl on your hot fudge!

Enjoy!
 

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