Sad News....

SAD NEWS - Please join me in remembering YET ANOTHER great icon of the entertainment community. 
The Pillsbury Dough Boy died yesterday of a yeast infection and traumatic complications from repeated pokes to the belly. He was 71. 
Dough Boy is survived by his wife Play Dough, three children, John Dough, Jane Dough, and Dill Dough, plus they had one in the Oven. 
Services were held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes

Due to the sadness of this, the only comment I can make is,

"The one in the oven was probably " poppin fresh".


I'm off for a morning of 'Garage Salin' and will post my finds in a few days!!

 Have a great weekend all!



Gina With Love: Sesame Noodles with Tofu & Veggies

 I'd like to share a recipe my daughter put up as her "First" blog post.
Gina has been wanting a blog for quite some time but homeschooling three small boys has kept her pretty busy.

I'd like to invite everyone to check  Gina's blog.
She will be posting on a variety of topics, Family, Home, Food and Homeschooling.

I'd like to Congratulate "Gina" and to let her know how proud I am of her and what a wonderful woman she has become.

She could also use a few Followers to get started!

'Just click the link below'



Lightening does not strike twice??

Who ever said "Lightening does not strike twice" 
is fooling everyone.
We had "Quite" a storm this morning

And another Lightening strike! 
Out back somewhere! 
Not sure what was hit but it was LOUD!   After last weeks strike I found myself wanting to hide under the bed.... 
Our power went out  and this time it stayed out for hours, until the power company came out to restore it!  
Although it was 9 in the morning, inside our home was as dark as midnight and I sat on the sofa, while a violent thunderstorm loomed over us, knitting to candle light.  Me and Rikki (my 16yr old cat) sat together trembling.
I'll need to go back and find mistakes in my stitches, for sure!

 It has been raining for the past three days and everything is soaked.  The creek out back is flowing into my yard and so many trees are loosing branches with the gusts of wind.

All my plants are drowning!
The little Gnome is dealing with the weather very well.

Rainy season has been hard on us  in the Tampa Bay area.  This morning everyone was soaked during rush hour trying to get to work.  
But I was lucky.  I had no where to go!
Each summer I come to expect the rain but after a few weeks of it, it starts to get old and all of us here can't wait for the Fall, when it ends. What I would like to do with all this rain is huff and puff and send it West to Texas and the states in need of rain!
Come on Winter!
Well, just for us here in the tropics.  
I'm not wishing it for you all up North.
Oh how I remember Central, Illinois in the winter!  
That is why I'm here in Florida.
Ok,, I'll stop complaining!
Enjoy what is left of Summer everyone!
School starts August 22nd in my area and I'm sure there's  a lot of grumbling going on.
Boy did we have "Quite a Storm"


I'm joining Jennys"Q"
Alphabet Thursday


Next Years Seeds

My  Purple Cone Flowers have had to contend with all the rain we have been getting each day and they did not grow to the heights of past years.  I thought it was time to harvest a few seeds for next year. 
Before they wilt away and drown!

I cut a few of the older blooms and let them dry for about two weeks.

Then I gently tore the flowers apart to reveal the seeds.

Once separated I put them into a standard envelope for storing, to prevent moisture from forming.   Over the next few weeks I'll collect more seeds,  then plant them in the ground in the Fall. This way they will start sprouting in the early Spring.  That would be about February in my zone 9-10

There will be quite a few envelopes saved with  the many different flowers that grow in my yard.  I'm also sure there will be seeds sprouting, that fall from the plants... 
"Mother Nature"  will   re-seed on her own.

 It's hot and steamy out and I'm getting ready for the fall.  
I noticed all the Halloween items going up in many stores.

Slow down time!

I just can't believe it's the middle of August already.  Just think, the children in my area will be starting school on the 22nd of this month.  Where did the Summer go?
I for one can say "I've had a great Summer"

I hope you can say the same!

I'll be joining



10th Wedding Anniversary

I wanted to send out a big "Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary"
to my daughter and her husband.

For the past two years they both have been stuck on the Island of Guam while he serves  in the USCG.  
It took a lot of planning but they finally got back to the states for a bit of R&R.

Their three small boys stayed with Grandma and they flew off to Vegas for 14 days and got a well needed vacation.
While there they renewed their wedding vows and had a few photos taken.

Their back in Guam now settled in for one more year until they can come state side again. 
For now he will command the base and she will get back to homeschooling their boys.
But both are refreshed and ready to get back to their life as it is.  

"Happy Anniversary" to them both.