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Monday, May 22, 2017

Wesley graduation

Wesley graduated from head start today!! Am so glad I got to attend!  He is growing up fast.
Angel, me, Michelle and Aaron

Angel and Karen (me)

 
Angel, Karen and Aaron  
Sure was a happy Memaw to go see Wesley graduate from headstart.  Although I don't guess I took any photo's of Wesley at all today.?? Not sure how that happened.  I got there late as I was at work.  So ended up in the back of the building.  Wesley looks so little compared to the rest of the children on stage.  



Friday, May 19, 2017

Allison graduation

My sweet niece Allison graduated!!! Am so proud of her!!  She pulled thru some of the hardest times in here life and made it to graduate!! Ally you are so special to me!

Stacey and Allison

Hunter and Allison

Stacey, Allison, Hunter and Spivey 


Way to go Allison! I am so proud of all you have done and accomplished.  Keep your head on straight and you can climb the highest walls and explore this crazy world of ours.  Always remember Aunt Sissy loves you so very much.

 



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blake's biological family

Gerry,Carrol,Hoyt,Carrolyn,Melissa and David

Carrolyn,Carrol and Gerry

Carrol

Carrol, Carrolyn,Gerry and Hoyt


I wanted to share these photo's of Blake's bio-dad's family.  I personally do not have any photo's of the family.  Carrolyn shared these with me and so I wanted to put them on here just in case Blake ever wanted to check the family out. He has been around the family but Carrol passed when Blake was still very young.  Gerry's family has always welcomed us and I am thankful for that! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cruise picture ideal

Picture frame for my cruise photo's


I so want to find a frame like this for my cruise photo's!  I would have never thought of this ideal but seen it somewhere on the internet.  Now I just need to start searching for a frame.  I have even put it out on Facebook that I am searching for something like this window. 

Do you ever look at something on Facebook and say that will go great in my house?  I do all the time but that doesn't mean that I get it right then and there.  But I like keeping a visual board so I can look back and see if my taste has changed much.   That is one reason I love my Pinterest boards.   

Anyways I wanted to share this great ideal for my cruise pictures. 
Have a great and blessed day!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Big 50th Birthday!!

I'm 50 years old today!! I am so thankful for each and every day that I am on this great Earth.  Getting to this age was no small feat.  I have done some crazy and wild things thru the years.  I do know that God has wrapped his protective arms around me every single day!

My oldest son threw me a surprise party at his house.  Blake and Jessica and Logan,   Aaron and Michelle and Wesley and Angel, and of course Trevor and my step-dad Kendall and Kevin Green stopped by to say hi.  I feel very blessed with my family!!

Jessica, Me and Michelle

Trevor and I


Blake & Jessica  Aaron & Michelle

Jessica and Logan

Angel and Wesley

Grandpa and Blake

Logan
This was one of the best birthday's I have ever had!  Love my family!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Laci's Baby Shower

Guest Table

                                                                  Pink Elephant cake
Mom and Presley
                                                                    
Table for presents 


I was honored to be a host for Laci's baby shower for Ms. Presley.  Our theme was pink and elephants.  I wish I had taken more photos.  I only took a few as we were setting up for the event.
Lots of people showed up with lots of gifts for Mom and Presley.  I do believe we had a great time.

I can't wait till my son's start having children of their own.  Although I love my three bonus grandchildren very much!! 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Guy's chip bouquet


I made several of these for Valentines Day for the guys.  I can't believe how many we have sold. They are great for birthdays.  I like making them.  On special occasions I enjoyed making it for my boys.  Also I made several for nieces and nephews.

I use bamboo sticks, colored cellophane, hot glue gun and florist wire and of course the candy, chips and peanuts.  I've seen these made with many different items.  So it can be customized to your guys taste.   Takes me about 45 minutes to put it together.

What are you waiting for...go give this a try!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Feeling blah

Turtle, Julie and me! 
This was taken on Carnival Liberty October 2016.


I'm having a rough day today.  I feel like I need several days off or I am going to explode.  Really no reason to feel like this but today it's been heavy on my shoulders. Does your body give you signs when it's time for a break? I think mine is trying to tell me that it's needing a short vacation.
   
I thought my travel folder was finished from last years cruise. Well I dug it out and yikes I was wrong. So brought it to work this morning and got it fixed up.   I thought I had wrote more daily entries but only had Monday and Tuesday entries. I put in the fun times for each day.  I add port postcards, pictures taken on the ship and random tid bits.  Am really proud that I finished it up today.

So I started a new travel folder for this October cruise.  Just hopefully I will add more daily entries.  I think I should write my entries when I go for brunch every morning. Evenings are way to busy to even think about writing.

Does anyone else make travel journals?  Wish I had been making these thru the years.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February is here

Seems like last month went by in a blur.  Time is getting away from me.  I really think I need to cut back on the amount of time I am on Facebook.  I also play way too much FORGE of EMPIRE.  I so need to get back to crafting and being more social.  I would love to know how everyone balances out their daily schedules.  It's not like I have much free time but I need to be more pro active with the time I have.  

With this being February it's our busy time at the flower shop.  Will be working overtime until February 15th.  Guess I had better pull on my big girl panties and get busy. We are working on our school specials and I need approximately 100 made up.  Yikes!!  It is going to be long days and nights.  

The valentines orders are rolling in and I'm hoping this will be a bigger event this year.  This is a holiday for everyone. Love is in the air.   We also have homecomings and girls are starting to come in and pick up their dresses.  That always seems to be right smack in the middle class of us getting ready for valentines.  But we are grateful for the business. We sell a lot of  dresses.  We go to Market at Dallas Texas and buy just one of a kind dresses.  So no worries of two girls wearing the same dress from out store.  A lot of girls would rather go to Oklahoma City and pay triple for the same dress that we have.  Can we say spoilt?   

This month is going to be filled with long hours.  I'm geared up and ready to go! 
  Welcome February! 







Sunday, January 29, 2017

Smoked sausage and potato bake


I had been seeing this recipe float around on Facebook.  So I actually had the ingredients on hand and so I got busy and  made it.    It turned out really good and it was all ate in one meal.  This recipe is a keeper for our house.

1 package of sliced smoked sausage
1 diced onion
6 potatoes diced
1 diced red or green pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp of olive oil
2 tbs butter


Preheat oven to 375
In a pan place sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions. Place butter over the ingredients.  Drizzle with olive oil and season.
Bake covered 40 -50 minutes till potatoes are tender.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Snail mail!

I'm so glad to be writing letters again.  Feels good to get back to nourishing the friendships I have made thru snail mail.  I probably lost several pals due to me not writing much this past year.  I am going to blame it on being depressed.  In all reality I do believe I should have went to my doctor for some help.  Which I wouldn't do.  Not because I didn't have insurance or time, but because I didn't want to acknowledge why I was depressed.

So here is another blog post about my outgoing mail! Yes mail does make me happy and all fuzzy feeling.  I do want to be a good pen pal but sometimes real life has a way of getting in the way.
Sent off letters to my cousin Daisy, Andrea and Jenn B. I also sent my secret sis a card.  She is going to be way surprised to get another card from her secret sis.

How many pen pals do you have? What amount of pen pals do you think is way too many?  My threshold for not getting overwhelmed is around twenty five pen pals.  More than that I just can't seem to manage.  I have a few pen pals that only write a few sentences and I think I will just let them go with a nice break up letter.

Thanks for reading my post today.  If at possible would you leave a hello or question in the comment for new?  Starting to feel a little lonely right now...lol
Till later my friends,
               Karen

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Flip book

Oh my goodness my latest obsession is pen pal flip books. I'm enjoying putting these together for my pals.  Here is the story about how I found these little gems.  I hate to admit that I was not a YouTube fan, only because I thought it was only for music.  Yes this will for sure tell you that I am going on 50 years old.  Not great with modern technology at all.  So anyways in the search I entered pen pal mail. Let me tell you I was amazed at how many videos came up.  Watched several on flip books and that is all it took for me to dig out my project life cards and washi tape.   So far I am happy with the results of the few I have made.  Now I want to drive 45 minutes to Lawton Oklahoma to Hobby Lobby and buy more project life cards.  I would like to make at least 25 of these for my current pen pals.

So what are you guys currently creating? Please share photos,ideals,or even links with me.  I thought Pinterest was the bomb but it may take a back seat to YouTube.




Thursday, January 19, 2017

Outgoing mail

I've been busy trying to get back into snail mail. This took me about two weeks to write all these letters.  One package is a journal to Moira.  The other package is to my cruise buddy Turtle. She will be surprised because I didn't tell her I was sending anything to her.  It will be waiting on her when she gets back home from vacation.  Sent off 15 letters on January 17th 2017.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ice Storm

For the last week we had been hearing about the ice storm that was going to cripple our state.  Everyone was buying milk and bread and  gas for generators.  Seeing as we don't have a generator we was hoping that we wouldn't get ice.  I've been begging Luther for a generator for many years, with no results.   So Thursday night we filled up the tub with water so we can flush the toilet if our electric went out.  I went to Walmart and bought stuff to drink and lunch meat. Then we hunkered down at home. In fact I didn't go to work Friday at all. Sure didn't want to get caught away from home and had to stay on someone's sofa.  Plus I am a big ole baby and do not drive on ice or snow. So come  Friday afternoon just a little bit of sleet.  So when I woke up Saturday still nothing.  Oh what a let down but one that we were glad to have.  Our house is all electric and I would have froze to death with no heat.
So glad we were kinda ready but yet didn't have to use any of our back up plans.  One day I will talk Luther into a generator but till then I will hold my breath every winter.

This was a few years ago when we were without electric for 15 days.  Looking back at that seems like forever ago.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Small town living




Living in small town in Oklahoma can be a blessing.  Although not everyone will agree with me.  For instance this morning when I made my gas and coke stop at my favorite convenience store Sarah asks how everyone is doing and updates me on her family.  Her mom and I was friends from grade school.  In fact our parents were friends.  Growing up in Marlow Oklahoma hasn't been a bad thing considering everything.  Such as small town gossip, where if they have nothing to say they will make it up.  Growing up back in the day if I did something bad my mom already knew before I got home.. That is still crazy scary to think about today.  In fact now that I'm a parent it still happens, for which I'm grateful to be aware of what the kiddos do.  Ok so they really aren't kiddos anymore.  Blake turned 25 years old, Aaron is 21 and  Trevor is 18.  Amazing how time has flown for me.  Another good thing about living in a small community is knowing that there is someone who can give a helping hand in need.  The other morning I had a blow out in Aaron's truck.  In less than 10 minutes I had a ride to work and Aaron went to change my tire.  Thankfully because it was on a bitter cold day. I also like the fact when I run into a elderly person they will not hesitate to ask who my parents or grandparents are and go down memory lane.  I enjoy hearing stories from way back in the past.  Makes my soul happy. 

I sure miss both my parents. So many times I would like to call mom or dad with some exciting news and realize nope can't do that.  With the boys getting older they sure are missing out on how much they have matured thru the years.  Some days the pain and hurt of them passing way to early hurts my heart.  Dad was 62 and mom was 64.   I hope to live a bit longer than that myself... I feel like 60's is hardly old.  Especially since I am  fixing to be 50 years old myself.  

I've always heard age was just a number and I totally believe that is how we should live each  and every day.  Thru  the years I've heard older family members say when I retire I want to do more camping or fishing or even traveling.  They retire and somehow they never get around to doing what they dreamed of doing. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Daydreaming about next cruise!


The weather here in Oklahoma has been snowy since Friday.  I took a snow day and enjoyed being home on the love seat with a warm throw and a mug of hot cocoa.  So then I got on the Carnival site and started daydreaming.  I would love to be able to afford more than one cruise a year.  Although that isn't going to be possible in the near future.  So therefor I will settle for one cruise a year.

My next cruise is scheduled for October 7th 2017.   Am hoping Aunt Kathy, Janet and Turtle will all go on this cruise.  Going back to Cozumel and Progresso Mexico.  So many things I want to do but haven't yet.  This year I may do the Cozumel Island Hightlight excursion.  I wouldn't mind doing another Mayan Ruin excursion.  Not sure this would interest the other ladies but I don't mind going by myself.

I need to get my budget figured out and start putting some money away for this trip.  Am thinking I want $100.00 for photos,  $100.00 for aa few cocktails,  and $300.00 for spending on board.  I like to have $150.00 for each port.  Can I cruise cheaper absolutely but I don't really want to do that unless it's necessarily.  I will want some money for the casino as well.  I enjoy going to Casino to play the penny slots on occasion.

This next cruise I will NOT overpack.  I had bought a HUGE suitcase and a carry on.  Way too much stuff.   Although I did wear nearly everything I bought.  I did change several times a day.   I do enjoy wearing a dress to Main Dining Room.  I never wear dresses so that part was very nice.

I have always taken a bottle of wine but never opened it and took it back home with me.  Guess that means I would rather have a Miami Vice or A Kiss On The Lips from the bartender.  My goodness you can't go wrong with a yummy frozen drink.

Hurry up October 7th! I will be ready for another cruise!!

Cheers
            Karen

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

My goodness can you believe it's a new year already?  May everyone be blessed this year and every year.  I did not make any resolutions this year.  First off I need peace and happiness for myself.  So am going to focus on what makes me happy.  One thing I know is this blog and my pen pals make me a better person.  Am sure your wondering how can that be possible? Well when I write pen pals or jot down a entry it's as if it lifts the weight on my shoulders off.  Tension is a mean and nasty thing for your body.  I'm not always good about communication with my boys or Mr. C.  I never stop worrying about being judged.  Yes even at my age I still feel like people are judging who I am and what I have done thru the years.  So this year is my year to let me be me.  I'm going to focus on the inner me as well as the outer me.   I'm ready to have a healthy life and until I make much need changes that will never happen.

I do have goals for this year.  Some simple to some that might be out of reach.  Spending more time with family members.  I say this time and time and then it's like I just don't feel like going and visiting.  Blake and Jessica just bought a beautiful house with a huge shop.  I've only been out there a couple of times.  Yes I know shame on me.  I just get caught up in my world and forget to be more involved with others.

Everyone I'm sure has heard of The Pioneer Woman? Well she had got The Mercantile in Pawhuska Oklahoma.  This would be a perfect road trip with several other ladies.  It's about 4 hours from where I live.  Am thinking we could make it a over night trip and stay at Tulsa at the Hard Rock hotel and Casino.   Which is something I've been wanting to do for awhile.  

Organize my life!  Planner, new organization skills, and figure out how to control paper clutter.  I don't know about you but I love paper of all kinds.  It's to the point the paper clutter is taking over in my craft room.  Yikes!!!

My yearly cruise!! Scheduled for October 7 2017.  Carnival Valor here I come!
 
It's a sister ship to the Freedom, so am looking forward to exploring her. She is a beauty by the pictures I have seen! Can you tell I'm super excited!