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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day dreaming

Am daydreaming about the next time I will be on water.  I feel more at peace when I am this close to water. 
Today I can feel that I am not in a good place mentally but almost don't want to work on my attitude.  I know I can focus and get back on track but sometimes I feel like what does it matter. 
For instance:
I sit in the same spot every day when I am home.  This morning someone else was in my spot.. It just went all over me.  For one thing I am hardly ever at home due to working.  So don't sit in my spot till I leave for work.  If you feel the need to sit there by all means but do it after I have left for work.  I think as the sole bread winner right now I should be able to sit in my area.  Then my logic kicks in and says REALLY??  your upset about your parking place for your big ole butt when there are many other places to sit? And I am like YES! I want to sit in my spot.  Uugh I hate feeling like this but yet oh well.  I will get over it OR I will choose to do something different.  Right now I am needing to make major changes but am way too scared to get the momentum started. 
I hope to shake this feeling off here in a little bit.  Makes me cranky and I don't like that feeling.
Hope everyone is having a better day than me.  I will keep focusing on wishing I was on the water right about now!






Friday, June 16, 2017

Welcome Weston

Welcome to the world Weston Nunley!  Congratulations to Whitney and Coby! 
What a sweet baby boy. 

Weston is going to be loved by many. 

 
Not sure how little Gunner feels about the new baby boy coming into his life.  Knowing Gunner he will end up loving and being the best big brother ever!

I love being a great aunt! How much fun it is to watch babies grow up and have babies of their own.  I am so proud of Coby and Whitney.  They were made for each other with out a doubt. 
Welcome home Weston!!!!





Thursday, June 15, 2017

Outgoing letter


I had got out of writing for a while.  So have jumped back in with both feet. Have found a fun Facebook pen pal site..  PenpalsRus   I have been doing tags and wishes and have received several new pen pals.   Plus I have been writing letters to several ladies that have been waiting patiently for MANY months.  It feels good to get happy mail once again.  I have both my home address and a PO Box that I use.  Seems like I need to get back to using my po box just so its not so empty.  I am sure my pen pals get confused as I do when I put different addresses on my outgoing mail.  I have had this PO Box for 17 years.  I probably should give it up but after all these years I feel like its mine.  lol

I do not normally write letters like the one above but wanted to try something different.  This is for a new pen pal hope she likes what I did for her. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Headed to Galveston



I love going to Galveston Texas!  If  you have been reading my blog for a couple of years you know that this is one of my favorite weekend get a way.  It takes about 8 hours to get to Galveston from Oklahoma.  Plus we get to stop by and visit with my Aunt Ginger and Uncle David. 
Once I see this bridge I know I am on the home stretch to a fun time.  Do you have a favorite get a way? If so I would love to hear about it.

Waiting to board the ferry.  I enjoy riding this ferry and looking for dolphins and other sea life.  Being on the water is calming.  I always feel at peace with my self when I am on this ferry. 


I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have been on the ferry here in Galveston.  I do believe the best part is it's totally free.  When my boys were younger they enjoyed the ferry as much as I did.  When they knew we were going to Galveston that is something they always asked to do first.  The second was ride the big bikes along the seawall.  Lot's of great memories was made here in Galveston. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Snail Mail



Here's a few outgoing letters.  I made the envelopes out of a old calendar that I had at home.  I really do like making my envelopes.  I love how colorful they are and hope they put a smile on the receiver's face.  I do not always use homemade envelopes but lately have  been on most outgoing mail.
I believe that adding a little extra touch is well worth the time I invest in making the envelopes.  This week I have gained 2 new pals.  One lady wants to understand what embellishment's can be.  So am trying to round up several items to send out in the first letter to her. 
Last weekend I bought several different project lifecards.  I have been using them in my journals a lot.  Plus have sent out several to my current penpals. 
Happy mail is what I look forward to every week.  This week I have only received one letter.  Which I have already wrote and got sent off this morning.  So I am going to write a letter this evening to a pal that is long overdue.  I am determined to get caught up on my mail pile.

How was your happy mail week?  Are you behind on your pen pal letters? 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Perfectly Posh


For my birthday my friend Dana gave me a gift basket of Posh items.  If you haven't tried Perfectly Posh you should.  I took this off  their website...

THE POSH Brand

We believe you deserve the best—products you can trust and a brand you can feel good about. Our products are made in the USA with the purest, natural ingredients on earth. We don’t use parabens, paraffins, sulfates, or fillers and we do not test on animals—we love our furry friends.


Google Perfectly Posh and check out their items.  You will love everything like I do!  Trust me on this guys!  To answer another question I was not asked to talk about Posh products.   I am just excited to use their products. 

I was totally surprised with Dana's kindness.  I really am so glad we are becoming friends outside of our church.  What lady doesn't like receiving pamper items?  I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Fishing time!!

Time to go fishing!!  We cleaned our fishing pools and cleaned out our tackle boxes.  I have a pink and purple tackle box.  Most of my fishing tackle is pink and purple.  My rod is pink and purple as well. 

I have had this tackle box for probably 13 years if not longer.  Mr. C. bought it for me from Bass Pro Shop in Oklahoma City.  I have bought a lot of tackle from several places but mostly at Bass Pro shop.  I normally bought when it was on sale or clearance. 



Most of my used items we put in Mr. C's tackle box.  I want mine to look beautiful. .lol
I need to start buying some more cute tackle for my box.  I haven't looked for fishing stuff in several years.  I know there is probably some new and improved items that I must get for my next fishing trip. 

One of our main problems is finding a private lake around and getting permission to fish it.  I need to buy our fishing licensees and lake permits.  Then we should be good to go.  I also will need to buy us a couple of new outdoor chairs. 

Have you been fishing?  I find that it is peaceful and I like being so near nature. 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Coby's Family

Had to work Saturday.  Which I wasn't to happy about... then Coby, Whitney and Gunner came to see me (Aunt Sissy).  That I love the man Coby has became.  He is a good dad and husband.  So very proud of all he has accomplished at his age. 


Gunner is a little shy.  He turned his head right as I snapped their picture.



Here is the little cutie!  Gunner makes my heart melt!!


Here he is at the splash pad once they left the shop.  He had a blast! Gunner is a happy boy that is for sure!

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.