Friday, November 8, 2013

Alphabe~Thursday the Letter Y

Welcome to Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe~Thursday.
This week is about the letter ”Y”.


Y is for Yucca.

I have been thinking about planting one in my back yard but I think they are kind of ugly.

As a child, our neighbor covered each point with a broken egg shell.

Why? I couldn’t say, but I think it was a tacky thing to do.

I certainly don’t find them attractive, but because of their deterring, sharp, pointy stay away qualities, I may have a use for one.

 I am trying to deter unknown visitors from cutting through my backyard. It isn’t fenced and you can’t imagine the skipped heart beats I‘ve experience from looking out into my backyard and seeing a stranger walking through it. Apparently some think it is a short cut?

I am just looking to make a point.

Ha! Get it? Point?

Well that is my big contribution to Alphabe~Thursday. See you next time!


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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Oh Fall!

 Could it get any better?
 I just got over my peach pie cravings 
 and now I'm onto the pumpkin pie cravings.
Oh Fall! You are so abundant!

I long for your change!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday Centus 180

Hi all,

This week on Saturday Centus Jenny has given us a word, HOPE, and it is to be conveyed into a story using 100 words, without actually using the word HOPE. We can use as many pictures as we want. Here is my attempt.

From it many things come, where would we be without it?

We need it…….

To survive.  To be wanted. To be loved. To be cured.

That feeling of what is wanted can be had, or the events will turn out for the best.


Great things can be attained with it! It surprisingly encourages us!


When the world says give up…it says try it one more time.

When we need forgiveness and look for a brighter future, we hang on to it.

Be the one who inspires it!


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Country Living Fair Ohio

Hi all,

Just got back from the Country Living Fair in Ohio. 

There was so much to see it took us two days. 

Here is just a few pics of what we saw.

HGTV's Cash and Cari

Sisters on the Fly (yes that's me)

I just love their little trailers!

Dough bowls! Too big to take back on the airplane. :(

Someone actually bought this lamp. Truly a one of a kind.
It was crowded the first day!
But not so crowded the second day.

Well, I went with two suitcases and came home with three plus a carry on. 

I couldn't resist all of the neat treasures I bought.  

I Walked and Shopped until I Dropped but enjoyed every minute of it!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Alphabe~Thursday P is for Pain

I am angry.

A Wasp has stung my precious granddaughter and she is in PAIN!!!

She's only 2 1/2 years old. :(

Darn Wasp!

If that darn Wasp could die a thousand times over, I would be killing it repeatedly all day today.

Darn Wasp!!

Thanks for stopping by.~Grumpy Grammy Ames

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Nothing but dead Wasp here.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mommy I Made Cookies!!!

I made cookies with my granddaughter, Lily, yesterday. She is two years old and 4 months now. 

We made them with our bare hands. Her standing on a chair and me with my leg wrapped around her so she wouldn't fall. 

Sugar and flour went everywhere. A joyful stickiness that kept me wiping down stuff all during her nap. 

The first thing she said, with a smile to her mommy, after we gingerly awoke her from her cherubic sleep ....

"Mommy I made cookies!" 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Starting a New Collection of Fiesta

Well it has been a long time since I collected anything. I just got tired of everything. 


Fiesta caught my eye and I just caved. 

Lapis Blue
and Shamrock to start.

I hope I don't go overboard with this.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Last Alarm

Prescott  Firefighters
Granite Mountain 
Hotshots Crew
Yarnell Hill Arizona Fire
June 30, 2013

Andrew Ashcraft, 29
Anthony Rose, 23
Christopher MacKenzie, 30
Clayton Whitted, 28
Dustin Deford, 24
Garret Zuppiger, 27
Grant McKee, 21
Jesse Steed, 36
Joe Thurston, 32
John Percin, 24
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Eric Marsh, 43
Travis Turbyfill, 27
Robert Caldwell, 23
Scott Norris, 28
Sean Misner, 26
Travis Carter, 31
Wade Parker, 22
William Warnecke, 25

Rest in Peace

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Alphabe~Thursday The Letter "F"

“F” is for Flag

Did you know:

Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is generally referred to as the Flag Code. Some general guidelines from the Flag Code answer many of the most common questions:
  • The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
  • The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.
  • The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
  • When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
Info Credit:         USA Flag

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Saturday Centus Week167 ~ My Flag

My Flag

Though stretched at the seams and ragged, 

she proudly waves in the wind and screams I am

still here.

Many threads are woven together to form this flag.

She is a symbol of unity, bravery and freedom.

She rises out of the ashes of oppression to form 

hope and peace.

Respect her.

Support her.

Protect her.

Help mend her then give allegiance to her.

Be a thread or leave.


Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Independence Day!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Alphabe~Thursday The Letter "E"

Alphabe~Thursday again?

I must have missed a few.

This week it’s all about the letter “E”




E Cigarettes

E Cards

Who knew it could be so ….Electronically versatile!
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Thanks for stopping by. ~Ames

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Be careful what you go looking for.

Hi all, I'm back to take another stab at Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus.

The idea is to write a story using the prompt "I release all fears and doubts" and you can only use 106 words including the six words in the prompt!

I came up with this idea from a dream I had last night. I guess we still have fears and doubts in our unconscious states too.

Be careful what you go looking for!~Ames


I was holding my friend’s hand. “It won’t hurt much.”  I said. “It will be over quickly.”

The wailing of the world was piercing!

It came closer, holding the death tube in its three digits.

The elderly are of no use to them.

We were wrong to make contact with them.

I jolted awake; clutching my covers tight, I realized it was just a nightmare.

Holding my breath I began to exhale slowly chanting I release all fears and doubts.

Then the room filled with light so bright it hurt to look at it.

My dogs were having seizures.

The wailing was piercing.

I screamed. 



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Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Pride and Joys

Congratulations to my grandson Gregory who not only graduated with Honors, he also won a scholarship. Congratulations to my daughter Joanne for the wonderful job she has done in raising this fine young man!
SOOO proud of this boy!

Happy Mother's Day


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday Centus #157 ~ A Recipe of Love

Hi all, long time no see!

I haven’t participated in SC in a long time. This was short and I think I can pull it off so here goes..... 

The rules are to use the bold prompt in a story and to only use 109 words and that includes the 9 words in the prompt. The prompt is "Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat."


Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in two handfuls of brown sugar, sprinkle cinnamon over that, dot with cherries, dump in a can of crushed pineapple, and pour the yellow cake mix batter over that. Bake in 350 degree oven for twenty five minutes. Dahdah! my quick and easy pineapple upside down cake.

Gram, how come you don’t follow any recipes?

They’re all in my head sweetheart.

If I can get a ride to the nursing home tomorrow I’ll bring you a slice and maybe you can give me that Oatmeal cake recipe too.

That will be real nice Shelly.

I’ll look forward to it.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Being Demoted

I find as I am forced to slow down there are many things in life I never took the time to observe and enjoy.

Over the holidays my normal mode of function is planning and executing .

Planning: Making lists of what to cook for the dinner, what to buy, what to cook first and last etc.

Executing: Prepping, cooking, cleaning, setting up for the big feast etc.

But once you have been demoted from chief cook and bottle washer, to a guest, it is then that you realize there are many things you never had the time to notice before.


Your older grandchildren organizing the Easter volleyball game.

Your younger grandchildren speculating the Easter egg hunt and where the best location is around the yard to look for that coveted "Golden egg."

Your daughter, who never wanted to learn how to cook when she lived at home, actually hums when she is busy in the kitchen.

Your dogs sitting on the outskirts of the kitchen watching your daughter move about like one watching a tennis match, but patiently waiting for the stray morsel to get flicked on the floor.

And your husband engaged in an actual conversation that is more than a "a huh" or "ok". Who knew he was so engaging?


Being demoted to a guest.

I shall enjoy being one more often.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

He Has Risen!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stuffed Peppers

These are so easy to make and delicious too!
Stuffed Peppers
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
2-4 Green Peppers
1 cup of any cooked rice (can use Uncle Bens Microwave Brown rice too)
1 egg
¼ c chopped onion
Salt, Pepper, parsley and garlic powder (can use fresh parsley and fresh garlic if desired)
1 can of Tomato Soup
Cut tops off of peppers, remove seeds and clean. Par boil peppers covered in water for 10 minutes. Chop tops up into small pieces and add to meat mixture. Once all ingredients are mixed, place peppers in a baking dish and fill with meat mixture. Spoon the remaining meat mixture around peppers to help them stand up. Cover all meat with ketchup. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. This is very good. I served it with a side of corn and French bread.
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames
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Photo credit: Road 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Baby Takes A Trip to the Dentist

I happen to look down at the rug and lo and behold there was a canine tooth laying on the rug.
After some frantic mouth checks (two), it was determined that Baby had a broken tooth.
We  worried that she might be in pain and rushed her in to the Vet. He said it was broken below the gum line and the root was exposed.
Long story short. Baby had to have 4 broken teeth surgically removed at a cost of $3,000.
We would have paid $30,000 so the price wasn't an issue when it comes to our fur children. And afterwards I found out they offer pet insurance. Who would of known?? Us obviously!
I asked the Vet what could have caused her teeth to break and raw hide chews were the culprit.
Be careful giving rawhide chews to your pets. They are not good for them.
Baby is okay now. She is a little sloppy when she eats but at least I know she isn't in any pain.
Tinkerbelle will be next for a dental check up. Lets hope she doesn't have any broken teeth.

Rainy Day

Welcome all you soggy friends.
Welcome to Alphabe ~ Thursday's letter "R"

It's raining 
It's pouring
The old man is snoring.....
To some, a day like today is boring
but not me.
I love the rain.
Beautiful rain.
We need it to wash and replenish the earth
and make all things anew like a green rebirth.
It can stop the sinkholes.
It's just plain good for the soul.
Beautiful rain.
It's raining 
It's pouring
This old woman is singing.
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Just Checking in....

For some reason Blogger won't let me upload any pictures.

So for now I will just say this without pictures.....

Many unexplainable things happen in life. Sometimes it boils down to a man made or natural earthly scientific chain of events.

 I know most of you have already heard about the man that went to sleep and was sucked into a 100 foot sinkhole that was to become his grave. My heart goes out to him and his family. I don't know about you, but I live in Florida and I often hear my house ping and pop at night and I am now even more concerned. I live near the shore and they say sinkholes don't open up over on the coast but our earth is constantly changing.

Talk about changes happening, I read that they are telling Marines to save every bullet and any gasoline they can. Why? Why can't a Congressman or  a Senator or the President give up some of that lavish lifestyle they live? Without the tools our armed forces need they won't be able to defend and protect us let alone themselves.

Ok, I got those two issues off my chest. I hope everyone is keeping warm and staying dry. I am enjoying our rainy day here in Florida because we need it!

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Alphabe~Thursday the Letter "N"

“N” stands for Nincompoop.

Pronounced nin-com-poop.

Yep, it’s a real word.

I may have posted about nincompoop before, but my grandchildren don’t seem to get it.

You know….


It’s a noun.

And it means a foolish or stupid person.

I’ll share a few synonyms with you:

Ninny- now I haven’t used that word in eons.

Fool- What I curse at political nincompoops on TV.

Simpleton- Would that be Simon??

Booby- Say what?

Noodle- cousin to noggin?

Dolt-Ummm ok…moving on.

Nitwit- Now this is right up my alley. I use it along with nincompoop when I’m driving and my grand’s are in the car.

I’m umm … umm …a middle aged woman now.  If I want to call a guy and his side kick, standing on the side of the road with their pants below their underwear while begging for money, a nincompoop and a nitwit…I will.

Because I can!

I’m all for helping those that need help, I'm just not into supporting a drug habit.



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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alphabe~Thursday the Letter "M"

“M” is for my mom.

Her name is Mabel.

She’s gone now.

But I’ll never forget her.
I will always love you mom.
Isn’t she beautiful!
She will always be my forever Valentine!

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