Monthly Archives: April 2014

Luck of the draw

Today I am reminded of how lucky I am.  (Usually, not my mind-set.) All of the people here in our local communities that have lost loved ones and property, my heart goes out to you.  May you persevere and begin anew.  Also, my best friend’s 7 month old grandson is undergoing surgery this morning to remove a cancerous tumor and his kidney, chemotherapy to follow.  How heart-breaking and worrisome this must be.  I cannot imagine the terror the family must be feeling. These things make my problems seem petty.  I am praying for all of you.


I am so obsessed with ‘Game of Thrones’.  What a good show, not fit for children of any age, very graphic and violent.  The only thing is you can’t get too fond of any of the characters, because just when you think they are necessary for the story line, they die in some violent way!  Main characters too. For those of you who watch too, you will understand this…..maybe.  I find myself shouting, “Hodor!” randomly.  LOL

Tense night last night here in Arkansas.  Stormy weather.  Tornadoes.  Autumn and Connor came over last night when the sirens went off and Connor headed straight for the bathtub.  His mom ran home to get their kitten.  (The storm was 30 minutes away).  Connor started crying and said, “I’m scared Grandma.  I’ve never been in a tornado before!”  Bless his little heart.  I told him I never had been either, but I had been in the bathtub during several storms and reassured him that luckily a tornado had never hit here, but that we got in the tub just in case.  He was reassured by that, but when I asked where his mom was, he said she’d be right back, but he was worried about her and the baby kitty.  About that time, she came in the front door and all was well.  Her presence alone calmed him down.  Once last night when Autumn went out on the porch, the atmospheric pressure was so great, (The severe storm that caused the tornado was very close.) that when she opened the front door, the vents on my attic fan opened and whistled with wind and she had to really pull the door closed. That has never happened before.  Interested to see where and what the damage was now that the sun is coming up.  Prayers for those who have lost loved ones and property. 

Homemade Strawberry Jam

I made two recipes of strawberry jam this morning.  I have enough berries left (out of 8 quarts) to make another recipe of jam tomorrow and we are going to have berries and spongecake tonight, plus there is one quart to just munch on.  Connor loves them for snacking!  He has turned down chocolate for a snack on several occasions, but I have never had him turn down strawberries.  I put a picture of the jam on my blog this morning too.  (Well, crap I just figured out how to do that WITH a post just now, so hopefully there will be another picture of the jam on here with this post!  I am a little excited by that! Image LOL I am a little technologically challenged!) I made 9 quarts of jam!

The other day, Connor, who is 6, wanted to put on a long sleeved shirt on a day when it was almost 80 degrees.  I told him he was as ‘weird as his mother’, who is cold until it gets 90 degrees.  He put the shirt on and buttoned it up and then he said, “I’m only as weird as my mom, not weirder.”  LOL  Because apparently, that would just be too weird!