tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16061610417496487892014-05-31T14:31:32.844-04:00Old Centennial FarmhouseA little journal of our life in the country....in our old farmhouse built in 1897. Living simply, enjoying family, friends and vintage finds of all sorts.Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.comBlogger1209125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-33986044561236190732013-10-15T16:18:00.002-04:002013-10-15T16:18:37.604-04:00Oh Where Oh Where Has Joni Been??<span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-r2_3orcUN0c/UJheQcPzz-I/AAAAAAAAwao/e26AP3HUSUM/s1600/IMG_1759.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-r2_3orcUN0c/UJheQcPzz-I/AAAAAAAAwao/e26AP3HUSUM/s640/IMG_1759.JPG" width="426" /></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><br /><span style="font-size: large;">I want to say thank you to all who have sent me email asking if I am okay. &nbsp;I am! &nbsp;I am just busy as a one-armed paper hanger in this Patriot work of mine. &nbsp;I am tired but I keep fighting--mainly for service men and women abroad. &nbsp;They keep going when they're tired and so shall I!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4wHmKzyz6c8/UJhZJ16B2-I/AAAAAAAAwZg/ZQbXB__kS0w/s1600/IMG_0956.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4wHmKzyz6c8/UJhZJ16B2-I/AAAAAAAAwZg/ZQbXB__kS0w/s640/IMG_0956.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Wonderful writing opportunities have arisen and up until this Monday, I wrote for TWO major pages on FB, and I'll only tell you which ones if you email me to ask, I won't announce it here. &nbsp;The combined audience on both was 44K on the first one, and 55K on the second one when I took them on. &nbsp;The first page is now up to 131K in spite of the censorship of FB, and the second page went from 55-305K in the month I participated. &nbsp;The second page was very fun, because it went from 55K to 305K in the space of about five weeks. &nbsp;Needless to say that page was on the cutting edge of our peaceful rebellion. &nbsp;I may go back soon, but really needed a break, because of the intensity.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><i><b>I do believe we will make a difference, finally, in kicking the throne out from underneath his highness King Barry.</b></i></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><i><b><br /></b></i></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GEZ8bQhh7gA/UJheo-qIZEI/AAAAAAAAwa0/fzPpgUaOIPA/s1600/IMG_1854.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GEZ8bQhh7gA/UJheo-qIZEI/AAAAAAAAwa0/fzPpgUaOIPA/s640/IMG_1854.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-size: large;"><i><b><br /></b></i></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I have given it my all and I will continue to do so until the dam breaks, my friends. &nbsp;I write like someone possessed, because I'd rather fight in the arena of ideas, than on a bloody battlefield.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Let's hope in never ever comes to that! &nbsp;We can do this peacefully if we persevere!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-POYLZJ2BFL0/UJhc6Ryke2I/AAAAAAAAwaQ/2U4OJJ0quX4/s1600/IMG_1662.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-POYLZJ2BFL0/UJhc6Ryke2I/AAAAAAAAwaQ/2U4OJJ0quX4/s640/IMG_1662.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">Someday I will hop on here and tell you of the history I have had the blessing of witnessing from my computer screen. &nbsp;I know when I tell you, you will be amazed at the breadth and the scope of the things God has been doing on behalf of those who trust him--it's totally a GOD thing! &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XIu_hfbJT1w/UJhp8U-iLKI/AAAAAAAAwbk/C5mtsF1r9Vg/s1600/IMG_7543-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XIu_hfbJT1w/UJhp8U-iLKI/AAAAAAAAwbk/C5mtsF1r9Vg/s640/IMG_7543-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I miss you but I cannot leave this work until the dam breaks. &nbsp;I would love to hear what you've been up to! &nbsp;Thanks so much for all your concern over me, it truly is touching and to be honest, I hadn't had time with all going on personally and with my writing to even check that box in MONTHS! &nbsp;So let me know what's up with you all, my dear bloggin' bloggy blogger friends! &nbsp;May God bless America and may America bless God again!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Yours truly,</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Restless Patriot....</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i9tHGAYqHCg/TeGYR-QghHI/AAAAAAAAqk0/_T92lq4JnaQ/s1600/IMG_3389.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i9tHGAYqHCg/TeGYR-QghHI/AAAAAAAAqk0/_T92lq4JnaQ/s640/IMG_3389.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-80175534999670597902013-07-19T20:41:00.003-04:002013-07-19T21:10:57.982-04:00I Want to Go Back to a Time...<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">I JUST WANT TO GO BACK TO A TIME: AMERICAN HONEY</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #3b5998; cursor: pointer; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center; text-decoration: none;"><a forcediv="true" forceinline="true" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzzr7RbzUTs" original_target="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzzr7rbzuts&amp;h=zaqhqadgc&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow nofollow" saprocessedanchor="true" style="background-color: white; color: #3b5998; cursor: pointer; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"></a><a forcediv="true" forceinline="true" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzzr7RbzUTs" original_target="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzzr7rbzuts&amp;h=zaqhqadgc&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow nofollow" saprocessedanchor="true" style="color: #3b5998; cursor: pointer; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzzr7RbzUTs</a></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eSI-nZU291k/TnyvPvBdHyI/AAAAAAAAslM/N-ZdqFPYcNo/s1600/IMG_5431-2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eSI-nZU291k/TnyvPvBdHyI/AAAAAAAAslM/N-ZdqFPYcNo/s640/IMG_5431-2.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">Do you find yourself as you travel across this beautiful country wondering if you're having a bad dream? Everything LOOKS normal, but NOTHING fee</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">ls the same at all.<br /><br />Doesn't it seem like the crumbling of the foundations of our Republic should be evident in the faces and the places you see as you drive along and conduct your business?<br /><br />Does the urge ever come to you in a crowd of people to yell out and ask everyone if they realize that their country is on the edge of a cliff and about to go over into a totalitarian state where all is dark and gloomy?<br /><br />Do you ever look at the sky and think that the dreams you had as a kid laying on your back watching the clouds go by would end in a nightmare called Washington, D.C.?<br /><br />Sometimes I want to weep when I see what is happening to us, other times I am angry and righteously indignant.</span><br /><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-07JANJAqEu8/UQIW1-wk9dI/AAAAAAAAxeU/RAFxdExcEmg/s1600/IMG_8026.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-07JANJAqEu8/UQIW1-wk9dI/AAAAAAAAxeU/RAFxdExcEmg/s640/IMG_8026.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;"><br /><br />I think we are being abused in every possible way by those we have trusted to lead us. Like any person in an abusive situation, our frustrations are many, our bruises show at some times and not at others--we look for ways to cover how we are really feeling, what we really think. We rage into our pillows at God and ask him why.<br /><br />We imagine ways to throw off the chains of our captor and safely escape. Liberty is all we want. To be left alone is all we want. We wonder when our abuser will tire of his games and endless battles to rob us of our freedoms: will it take a strength greater than his? Will it require us to "stand OUR ground"? We plan, we watch, we look for our path of escape. Sometimes it looks absolutely hopeless, and whisper a plea to God for a way to breathe, think, and talk freely again.<br /><br />Yes, abuse, America is being sorely abused.<br /><br />And we remember the good America we knew when we were younger and more innocent and pray with all our hearts that our children and grandchildren will know what being carefree means; to know that "American Honey".</span><br /><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; color: #333333; display: inline; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i9tHGAYqHCg/TeGYR-QghHI/AAAAAAAAqk0/_T92lq4JnaQ/s1600/IMG_3389.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i9tHGAYqHCg/TeGYR-QghHI/AAAAAAAAqk0/_T92lq4JnaQ/s640/IMG_3389.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="color: blue; font-size: x-large;">A Restless Patriot</span></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-27679592808985684752013-06-03T10:10:00.001-04:002013-06-03T10:20:16.108-04:00Farmhouse Porch<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JLNT1m6cTlQ/UayfPYm5AqI/AAAAAAAAyFs/vMFOibi8348/s1600/IMG_9571-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="434" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JLNT1m6cTlQ/UayfPYm5AqI/AAAAAAAAyFs/vMFOibi8348/s640/IMG_9571-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Spring is so brilliant and so special, especially after a long, gray winter.</span></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">It's always a pleasure to get back outside and ready the porch for the summer season.</span></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ICRNA60Buyw/UayfQZWWLSI/AAAAAAAAyF4/7VA22VIETWw/s1600/IMG_9572-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ICRNA60Buyw/UayfQZWWLSI/AAAAAAAAyF4/7VA22VIETWw/s640/IMG_9572-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">So now that it's done, I thought I'd share with you.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GYVVIIWT0SI/UayfRa0nRaI/AAAAAAAAyF8/aqjWv40p0sU/s1600/IMG_9574-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GYVVIIWT0SI/UayfRa0nRaI/AAAAAAAAyF8/aqjWv40p0sU/s640/IMG_9574-001.JPG" width="458" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I got out the old washtubs again, and this year, I used the bottom shelf, which now looks less awkward than sitting empty. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">In the washtubs are some nice full geraniums. &nbsp;Someone had asked if I planted the flowers in the washtub. &nbsp;They are not. &nbsp;This is a couple of potted geraniums sitting up on a brick so the pots sit high enough to see the flowers.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BcQH0OtyueI/UayfTYvTyoI/AAAAAAAAyGM/Cgcz1nxBwBY/s1600/IMG_9576-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BcQH0OtyueI/UayfTYvTyoI/AAAAAAAAyGM/Cgcz1nxBwBY/s640/IMG_9576-001.JPG" width="448" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I keep a cute little enamelware dishpan on the table with water in it for JuneBug. &nbsp;I think the birdies might eventually find it and don't know what I'll do then, especially since JuneBug is such a good hunter girl. &nbsp;:(</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JPf77sY4knQ/UayfWboZjGI/AAAAAAAAyGk/tHEeHqA2XOM/s1600/IMG_9580-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JPf77sY4knQ/UayfWboZjGI/AAAAAAAAyGk/tHEeHqA2XOM/s640/IMG_9580-001.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I just love the old Spirit of &nbsp;'76 flag flyin' in the wind.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;">I usually fly two flags, one on the front and side railing each. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;">So one of the flags is always 1776.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BcQH0OtyueI/UayfTYvTyoI/AAAAAAAAyGM/Cgcz1nxBwBY/s1600/IMG_9576-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BcQH0OtyueI/UayfTYvTyoI/AAAAAAAAyGM/Cgcz1nxBwBY/s640/IMG_9576-001.JPG" width="448" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Come sit, down, let's rock and chat a spell!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dcyWznXLRm4/UayfJG059uI/AAAAAAAAyFM/0aEho9Cr19A/s1600/IMG_9588.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dcyWznXLRm4/UayfJG059uI/AAAAAAAAyFM/0aEho9Cr19A/s640/IMG_9588.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">How have you been?</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I've missed you!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-58073422864039539792013-05-23T08:30:00.000-04:002013-05-23T11:14:32.313-04:00When You Really Need Cushions<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eBC0oiPCBF0/UZ2PCqGk22I/AAAAAAAAyD0/6j2vE2w6RWQ/s1600/IMG_9550.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eBC0oiPCBF0/UZ2PCqGk22I/AAAAAAAAyD0/6j2vE2w6RWQ/s640/IMG_9550.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">What do you do when you're too cheap to pay the big money for cushions for your wicker chairs?</span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Well, if you're me, you improvise.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5pQNU9idtV0/UZ2PBXMsPHI/AAAAAAAAyDs/LaNq2Rezvu4/s1600/IMG_9548.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5pQNU9idtV0/UZ2PBXMsPHI/AAAAAAAAyDs/LaNq2Rezvu4/s640/IMG_9548.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Throw rug is a homemade rag rug I got for $1 at a garage sale,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">a favorite that is a treat to pull out to use for the summer.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">What I did is bought four pillow shams for my wicker that match my porch decor at Pottery Barn outlet for $7 each. &nbsp;Then I got some old pillows out of the attic.</span></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The shams are a blue gingham with red trim! &nbsp;PERFECT! &nbsp;I found them in the kid's section late this winter. &nbsp;I had this use in mind when I found them.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JZnkH2Y5Hqc/UZ2PAKaX2SI/AAAAAAAAyDk/uxYsn5Xl8jA/s1600/IMG_9541.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JZnkH2Y5Hqc/UZ2PAKaX2SI/AAAAAAAAyDk/uxYsn5Xl8jA/s640/IMG_9541.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">This crochet rag rug is a favorite, bought it filthy dirty at a garage sale for $1 and have had it for years,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">I save it just for the porch in summer.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">WAY cheaper than buying ready-made lawn-furniture cushions that I never can find in the colors I need for our Old Centennial Farmhouse front porch.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Sometimes, they're thrown on the chairs in this direction, sometimes the opposite, but one thing for sure, they're comfortable and home-y and they fit the need I have for very little money.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I can wash them whenever I need to and the bonus is that&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">June-Bug loves them, she's always curled up in a cushion for her nap.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6D8k7LgPQwY/UZ2cXZkHTNI/AAAAAAAAyEE/8Ya1jdS0fYg/s1600/IMG_9581.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6D8k7LgPQwY/UZ2cXZkHTNI/AAAAAAAAyEE/8Ya1jdS0fYg/s640/IMG_9581.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Meow! &nbsp;JuneBug says HOWDY!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">XOXO</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com13tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-88150758608511466782013-05-04T09:17:00.001-04:002013-05-04T09:17:07.506-04:00Spring has come to Michigan<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u2B5TueLPXE/UYSTx-5vyxI/AAAAAAAAx7I/KtRvUN9RIfk/s1600/IMG_9520-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u2B5TueLPXE/UYSTx-5vyxI/AAAAAAAAx7I/KtRvUN9RIfk/s640/IMG_9520-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">We are finally getting outside to get some things done. &nbsp;Winter lasted a long time! &nbsp;Our garden will be larger this year. &nbsp;Will yours be larger as well?</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-51130641388306436382013-03-26T23:27:00.000-04:002013-03-26T23:32:07.233-04:00CPAC 2013<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NtSXFXkFM3M/UUZQCSPYxVI/AAAAAAAAxtM/FWqWfbXKFWk/s1600/IMG_8912-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NtSXFXkFM3M/UUZQCSPYxVI/AAAAAAAAxtM/FWqWfbXKFWk/s640/IMG_8912-002.JPG" width="624" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Steven Crowder and I.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XbST78ujymw/UUZP4nZn7yI/AAAAAAAAxss/67EuOmkRJjI/s1600/IMG_8895-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XbST78ujymw/UUZP4nZn7yI/AAAAAAAAxss/67EuOmkRJjI/s640/IMG_8895-002.JPG" width="626" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="text-align: start;">You often hear Wayne Dupree on Sean Hannity's show, he has a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://newsninja2012.com/" style="text-align: start;">blog called News Ninja 2012</a><span style="text-align: start;">. &nbsp;He is a great guy and after following him on Facebook for years, I finally met him! &nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large; text-align: start;">He just taped a Glenn Beck show today!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H5QIEiYd9eI/UUZP6GfDfPI/AAAAAAAAxs0/TH7-G3MWbO4/s1600/IMG_8898-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H5QIEiYd9eI/UUZP6GfDfPI/AAAAAAAAxs0/TH7-G3MWbO4/s640/IMG_8898-002.JPG" width="432" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">OH HOW I WISH! &nbsp;I love the Breitbart News Network. &nbsp;I visited quite a while at this table. &nbsp;I also attended the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+univited+panel+at+CPAC+2013&amp;oq=the+univited+panel+at+CPAC+2013&amp;gs_l=youtube.3...677.7781.0.8734.33.29.1.0.0.0.699.8532.5j8j4j2j4j6.29.0...0.0...1ac.1.6Y2SzxgSjbM">"UNINVITED"</a> panel discussion that was not allowed on the CPAC Schedule--a subject they seem to want to avoid which is the Islamic infiltration of the United States. &nbsp;That is also on YOUTUBE.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nkB4izkesHk/UUZPzr2SJ7I/AAAAAAAAxsc/zrQxiehpa8I/s1600/IMG_8871-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nkB4izkesHk/UUZPzr2SJ7I/AAAAAAAAxsc/zrQxiehpa8I/s640/IMG_8871-002.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">This is Dan Bongino, another great patriot. &nbsp;If you don't know who he is, look him up on YOUTUBE. &nbsp;He is a former Secret Service agent that could not keep working for this President as he had in the past. &nbsp;He left to do something to save this country, and is patriotic in every way, and is a fiery speaker, a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dan+bongino+gun+control&amp;oq=dan+bongino&amp;gs_l=youtube.1.0.35i39l2j0l3.25944.28554.0.31257.13.12.1.0.0.0.317.2379.2j3j6j1.12.0...0.0...1ac.1.GFb4oAAJYYo">plain spoken patriot</a>. &nbsp;He is going places, I can tell you. &nbsp;Keep your eye on him!</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xi5WDhoDD6M/UUZPyQJBE1I/AAAAAAAAxsU/qitOqwPeTTU/s1600/IMG_8870-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Xi5WDhoDD6M/UUZPyQJBE1I/AAAAAAAAxsU/qitOqwPeTTU/s640/IMG_8870-002.JPG" width="448" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">This sweet girl's name is Paula. &nbsp;She came from Canada with an American friend to CPAC. &nbsp;She was raised in Argentina but her family decided to leave when Communism took that country. &nbsp;She visited quite a while, after she asked to borrow my charger for her phone, so we sat by the outlet for a while.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Paula cannot believe that our country would settle for such a president, and she says our country is going the way of Argentina and giving up our freedom so easily. &nbsp;She said our country is the only one in the world with a bill of rights, why would we give that up?! &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">She told me that if America stays great, she would one day like to become an American, but is extremely frustrated at the direction we are going. &nbsp;She admires our freedoms and envies them, and wonders why we cannot see the direction our great country is going. &nbsp;She said one sign we should have rejected Obama is because the rest of the world loves him.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Wise beyond her years. &nbsp;But when you have to leave your family and homeland to leave Communism, it gives her a special insight into where we are going.</span></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jzzHR4-nzlg/UUsFLfmKDqI/AAAAAAAAxzc/zno-zln61eo/s1600/IMG_9279.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="432" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jzzHR4-nzlg/UUsFLfmKDqI/AAAAAAAAxzc/zno-zln61eo/s640/IMG_9279.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Artur Davis is another great speaker, a former Democrat from the state of Alabama. &nbsp;He gave a speech advocating freedom and American exceptionalism. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cpac+2013&amp;oq=cpac+2013&amp;gs_l=youtube.12...0.0.1.27.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0...0.0...1ac.lijzxN22Z7A">ALL SPEECHES LOCATED ON YOUTUBE.</a></span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--VuYO5tP-Nc/UUZQU8Kh40I/AAAAAAAAxt0/saoGcU9xgDE/s1600/IMG_9199-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="594" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--VuYO5tP-Nc/UUZQU8Kh40I/AAAAAAAAxt0/saoGcU9xgDE/s640/IMG_9199-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I met my friend Tanya at CPAC, someone I'd known for several years on Facebook, but had never met in person. &nbsp;We are patriots, writers with defiance in our "pens" -- which is the keyboard. &nbsp;There are MANY women like us that are giving of our time to the effort to save our nation from the forces of tyranny!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UICsVDiVSf0/UUZQc25XhuI/AAAAAAAAxuU/lG17vrGSLjo/s1600/IMG_8857-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="456" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UICsVDiVSf0/UUZQc25XhuI/AAAAAAAAxuU/lG17vrGSLjo/s640/IMG_8857-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;I even got to meet <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ElectAllenWest?fref=ts">Col. Allen West.</a> &nbsp;He is a humble and kind man.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hDg2PjS8u9s/UUZQfJMXwYI/AAAAAAAAxuc/Pnd1_YkoY8s/s1600/IMG_9298.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="434" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hDg2PjS8u9s/UUZQfJMXwYI/AAAAAAAAxuc/Pnd1_YkoY8s/s640/IMG_9298.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And Sarah did not disappoint, she gave a<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkRw4EOwY2g"> barn-burner of a speech</a>, poking the mainstream media all the way through!</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GTLjXGDA1ME/UUZQgqrHVCI/AAAAAAAAxzg/_oS0Qag5s04/s1600/IMG_9285.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="402" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GTLjXGDA1ME/UUZQgqrHVCI/AAAAAAAAxzg/_oS0Qag5s04/s640/IMG_9285.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lazhYw86-X8">Ted Cruz!</a>&nbsp; Love this man and am so proud of him! &nbsp;He makes me wish I was from Texas!</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bNx1nNngUII/UUZQhrh3nHI/AAAAAAAAxus/F88N8jv1nTA/s1600/IMG_9315.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bNx1nNngUII/UUZQhrh3nHI/AAAAAAAAxus/F88N8jv1nTA/s640/IMG_9315.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=CPAC+2013+steven+crowder&amp;oq=CPAC+2013+steven+crowder&amp;gs_l=youtube-reduced.12...169568.171901.0.173324.14.11.0.0.0.0.971.5668.0j1j2j2j1j2j3.11.0...0.0...1ac.1.0D1CBQSdtPc">Steven Crowder:</a> &nbsp;you remember him, the guy who got beat up by a union thug in Lansing, MI during the "right to work" legislative fight. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8j70EWdTjxM/UUZQkbTfuzI/AAAAAAAAxvE/6z_QXn8oWkY/s1600/IMG_9321.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8j70EWdTjxM/UUZQkbTfuzI/AAAAAAAAxvE/6z_QXn8oWkY/s640/IMG_9321.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Ms. Schlafly gave a great speech about the losers that the GOP hands us to vote on. Her age allows her to be a little more plain-spoken I think than someone younger, but I loved it!</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mM6XsfI_L1Y/UUZQlE86SEI/AAAAAAAAxvM/HOMexvZLvQk/s1600/IMG_9324.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mM6XsfI_L1Y/UUZQlE86SEI/AAAAAAAAxvM/HOMexvZLvQk/s640/IMG_9324.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=CPAC+2013+steven+crowder&amp;oq=CPAC+2013+steven+crowder&amp;gs_l=youtube-reduced.12...169568.171901.0.173324.14.11.0.0.0.0.971.5668.0j1j2j2j1j2j3.11.0...0.0...1ac.1.0D1CBQSdtPc"><span style="font-size: large;">David Webb! &nbsp;</span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nQZPeuEVgEY/UUZQX6tMToI/AAAAAAAAxuE/XrPWAkl7dJg/s1600/IMG_8843-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="442" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nQZPeuEVgEY/UUZQX6tMToI/AAAAAAAAxuE/XrPWAkl7dJg/s640/IMG_8843-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">RAND PAUL is very popular, this was the week immediately following the 13-hour filibuster which was quite buoyant for Conservatives. &nbsp;I feel he has the youth vote and that he will be a contender for the presidency.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KnE6miHgYOI/UUZP_Iro8yI/AAAAAAAAxtE/c3c2xQjPhXM/s1600/IMG_8908-003.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="432" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KnE6miHgYOI/UUZP_Iro8yI/AAAAAAAAxtE/c3c2xQjPhXM/s640/IMG_8908-003.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">IN THE GOP LOUNGE AREA!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pmfw-0EL7sM/UUZQY6H_92I/AAAAAAAAxuM/TgSheKHDWxw/s1600/IMG_8844-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="448" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pmfw-0EL7sM/UUZQY6H_92I/AAAAAAAAxuM/TgSheKHDWxw/s640/IMG_8844-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JotCx1_-59k/UUZQD5LMsNI/AAAAAAAAxtU/SBJoMvX-zJQ/s1600/IMG_8941-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JotCx1_-59k/UUZQD5LMsNI/AAAAAAAAxtU/SBJoMvX-zJQ/s640/IMG_8941-002.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">AND ... I saved the best for last! &nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/DraftDrBenjaminCarsonForPresident?fref=ts">Dr. Benjamin Carson! &nbsp;</a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">He is as nice and humble and kind as can be! &nbsp;He is the real deal, that is why the liberals hate him so much already! &nbsp;He signed books for a long time and was the longest line in the place!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">ONE NOTE: &nbsp;There was a GREAT turnout at the convention of young people. &nbsp;I was very encouraged by that. &nbsp;Some of the nicest looking kids you'd ever want to meet!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-25538085179181975202013-03-21T09:22:00.000-04:002013-03-21T11:27:54.061-04:00I Went to Washington, D.C. & Met Hillbilly Debutante!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sG25TFixenU/UUsFQA2poxI/AAAAAAAAxzw/VBOpIUw66_g/s1600/IMG_9352.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sG25TFixenU/UUsFQA2poxI/AAAAAAAAxzw/VBOpIUw66_g/s640/IMG_9352.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">This lady is as sweet as she looks and she is as cute as a button. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">And you should see her drive that little six-speed Mini-Cooper around the city in all that traffic! &nbsp;She is impressive, let me tell you!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">(I am a country bumpkin and I must apologize to Kathie for all the times I said "They're going to hit you!" &nbsp;Or..."That car is in your lane!" &nbsp;Poor Kathie!) &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iGaUHAdlovE/UUsFOp2ADPI/AAAAAAAAxzo/p1lNixyP1as/s1600/IMG_9354.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iGaUHAdlovE/UUsFOp2ADPI/AAAAAAAAxzo/p1lNixyP1as/s640/IMG_9354.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">She and her family were welcoming and kind. &nbsp;I enjoyed talking with Kathie's husband Jay because he is a politically-oriented man, having spent much of his career in Washington, DC. &nbsp;I could talk to him all day! &nbsp;And, I do apologize if I yammered too much, Jay!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eaRPbjF9Mvg/UUsYv5wrKqI/AAAAAAAAx2I/N_AsdCfJ7bs/s1600/IMG_8887-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eaRPbjF9Mvg/UUsYv5wrKqI/AAAAAAAAx2I/N_AsdCfJ7bs/s400/IMG_8887-002.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">If this car isn't Kathie, I don't know what is!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">Cute, cute, cute!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UQ1-9Un3Y7U/UUsa4myFg7I/AAAAAAAAx2Q/kO5ai70C9WM/s1600/IMG_9405.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UQ1-9Un3Y7U/UUsa4myFg7I/AAAAAAAAx2Q/kO5ai70C9WM/s640/IMG_9405.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">This restaurant is that owned by Kathie's daughter and son-in-law and is as adorable as can be. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">It also has very delicious food and was a true treat for me. When I'm with my guys (only guys left at home now!) they would never choose a restaurant like this one, but oh, what heaven it was!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">We don't eat out much and I truly enjoyed this place, the food is gourmet and the presentation is artwork. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">I enjoyed visiting with Kathie at this restaurant and the other restaurant her son-in-law and daughter own called Polpo. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">Polpo was in Georgetown, I think. &nbsp;If you're in the area, I HIGHLY recommend these two restaurants. &nbsp;At Floriana, they bread and pesto they bring out for you to begin your meal with is incredible!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-82z96A_SoFk/UUsFCFji9YI/AAAAAAAAxys/9VvmwpIyBxY/s1600/IMG_9248.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="280" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-82z96A_SoFk/UUsFCFji9YI/AAAAAAAAxys/9VvmwpIyBxY/s640/IMG_9248.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">Last weekend, I went to CPAC. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">I stayed with Kathie of Hillbilly Debutante fame. &nbsp;(Her blog is <a href="http://hillbillydebutante.blogspot.com/">here</a>.) &nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">You know the gal who wrote the book "False Victim"&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">and Hillbilly Debutante Cafe! &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">(Her books are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Hillbilly-Debutante-Cafe-Kathie-Truitt/dp/1618620894/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1363878291&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=Kathie+Truitt">here</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/False-Victim-Kathie-Truitt/dp/1616633522/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1363878291&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Kathie+Truitt">here</a>.)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">I was so excited I couldn't sleep the night before.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">It was like Christmas when I was a kid!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-18JvdpMQpQA/UUsFDBaMU8I/AAAAAAAAxy0/S3sXis1-lMg/s1600/IMG_9249.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-18JvdpMQpQA/UUsFDBaMU8I/AAAAAAAAxy0/S3sXis1-lMg/s640/IMG_9249.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">I've never been to Washington, DC and it was so exciting!</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Mnbc8pkPZgI/UUsFEBRZs1I/AAAAAAAAxy8/TIIteY4BznY/s1600/IMG_9251.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="440" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Mnbc8pkPZgI/UUsFEBRZs1I/AAAAAAAAxy8/TIIteY4BznY/s640/IMG_9251.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">The Jefferson Memorial made me cry. &nbsp;When you walk up to it, you can't see his statue, it's situated where it's hidden until you walk in.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">I don't know why but instantly, tears came into my eyes.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">The place was filled with kids on a tour and they were loud and obnoxious and they probably thought I was nuts, but this just got to me. &nbsp;Mostly because, I think that Jefferson understood the most what happens when government becomes to powerful, we have most definitely let him down. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">This sits on its own out toward the bridge going over the river, and it's by itself. &nbsp;It was my favorite stop and at night there, it's even more impressive somehow because it stands out in the darkness...like our country once did.</span></div><br /></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iVun_tPFn98/UUsIpp3e4gI/AAAAAAAAx14/5BUdK_Uos7Q/s1600/IMG_8930-002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="498" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iVun_tPFn98/UUsIpp3e4gI/AAAAAAAAx14/5BUdK_Uos7Q/s640/IMG_8930-002.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">We didn't do the "tourist" thing, but Kathie knows the area and drove me around in her cute little Mini-Cooper (six-speed) to see the famous sites from the car window and she showed me the highlights of DC and different neighborhoods like Georgetown.</span></div></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GPe7ip3ejko/UUsFKZZ03RI/AAAAAAAAxzU/7KTR1XqEjy4/s1600/IMG_9265.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GPe7ip3ejko/UUsFKZZ03RI/AAAAAAAAxzU/7KTR1XqEjy4/s640/IMG_9265.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">I even got to to Mt. Vernon.</span></div></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3WalORww7Cs/UUsFR1pfrxI/AAAAAAAAxz4/KWRuf1lezT4/s1600/IMG_9364.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3WalORww7Cs/UUsFR1pfrxI/AAAAAAAAxz4/KWRuf1lezT4/s640/IMG_9364.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3a_mQqThR6E/UUsFT4MX9AI/AAAAAAAAx0A/ZLSc1vwqTmI/s1600/IMG_9365.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3a_mQqThR6E/UUsFT4MX9AI/AAAAAAAAx0A/ZLSc1vwqTmI/s640/IMG_9365.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">We got here in a little more than an hour before they closed -- I got to see the highlights and we are going to plan a trip back to the area to see more of the historical sites and spend more time exploring. &nbsp;What a beautiful area! &nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-baeSB_uugF4/UUsFa_UroVI/AAAAAAAAx0g/q0ojY8OJ488/s1600/IMG_9376.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="352" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-baeSB_uugF4/UUsFa_UroVI/AAAAAAAAx0g/q0ojY8OJ488/s640/IMG_9376.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">Photos were not allowed in Mt. Vernon itself. &nbsp;But I snapped this one as I was walking in from that back porch -- it was thrilling to know that I walked where George Washington and many other of our Founding Fathers had been. &nbsp;Isn't this wood beautiful?</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-byPCk5YZCgU/UUsFZNwLbSI/AAAAAAAAx0Y/W25dHtU9KqY/s1600/IMG_9375.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-byPCk5YZCgU/UUsFZNwLbSI/AAAAAAAAx0Y/W25dHtU9KqY/s640/IMG_9375.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">On the back porch, facing the Potomac, was a long line of thirty-some chairs for all the entertaining that the Washington's did at their home. &nbsp;These are replicas of the original chairs, even so, they are from the late 1800's.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_iliTeE1fG0/UUsFX4SKS8I/AAAAAAAAx0Q/2-DTy7Mo3Pk/s1600/IMG_9369.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_iliTeE1fG0/UUsFX4SKS8I/AAAAAAAAx0Q/2-DTy7Mo3Pk/s640/IMG_9369.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tvmBiC2sivM/UUsFWpo3n8I/AAAAAAAAx0I/5Y-bJtIUE7Y/s1600/IMG_9367.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tvmBiC2sivM/UUsFWpo3n8I/AAAAAAAAx0I/5Y-bJtIUE7Y/s640/IMG_9367.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gO6Z2E4IXKs/UUsFb2vo0oI/AAAAAAAAx0o/KWMDjbi3VRE/s1600/IMG_9377.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gO6Z2E4IXKs/UUsFb2vo0oI/AAAAAAAAx0o/KWMDjbi3VRE/s640/IMG_9377.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: large;">It was pretty special to walk where so many of our nation's founders may have been. &nbsp;The lady who took this photo was a homeschooler there with her three daughters. &nbsp;I could tell they were exceptional and guessed they were homeschooled before I even talked to them. &nbsp;This lady had her three daughters and had come clear from Texas with a camper and they were headed north to Pennsylvania the weekend I met them. &nbsp;This family was a true pleasure to talk to. &nbsp;The kids never watch TV and have a lot of hobbies and know how to do many things. &nbsp;The oldest had graduated and this was her senior trip! 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="376" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2bniDFAbpaQ/UUsFg1JCp9I/AAAAAAAAx1A/Q_kzQA81mh8/s640/IMG_9386.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5SMj3apTHf8/UUsFj6dCzMI/AAAAAAAAx1I/1LUiTGMhVkM/s1600/IMG_9390.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5SMj3apTHf8/UUsFj6dCzMI/AAAAAAAAx1I/1LUiTGMhVkM/s640/IMG_9390.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="322" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YqoXB0zkBvc/UUsFdEf_lWI/AAAAAAAAx0w/O9Cx7gjCRO0/s640/IMG_9382.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Soon, I will share some of the photos from my time at CPAC for you. &nbsp;What an awesome weekend! &nbsp;I met so many interesting people and have some good stories to tell! &nbsp;See you soon!</span><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-27699647214954954602013-02-27T00:01:00.002-05:002013-02-27T09:54:38.199-05:00Let's Talk Strawberries<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ESYjcWzMWtw/US1bZBFlRbI/AAAAAAAAxrQ/Pc4YHMNCD90/s1600/IMG_9066-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ESYjcWzMWtw/US1bZBFlRbI/AAAAAAAAxrQ/Pc4YHMNCD90/s640/IMG_9066-001.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I bought this decal in a package as well as a red geranium, originally 10 cents, now $2.50, adding a little color to a lingering-a-little-too-long winter. &nbsp;I love how it looks on my depression glass. &nbsp;It sits on a little clock shelf in my kitchen. &nbsp; ;)</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">***</span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Can we talk strawberries? &nbsp;We have to plant a new patch and I would love to hear your tips, tricks and the type or variety you like. &nbsp;Although we didn't have any last year, there's still plenty in the freezer! &nbsp;Yum!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-60250058593068133502013-02-26T11:23:00.001-05:002013-02-26T11:23:32.722-05:00Back Road Beauty: I Shoot through the Windshield!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eHQYMgwt4hE/USzggEKcLwI/AAAAAAAAxq8/V6DPOPCwpRY/s1600/IMG_8971-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="288" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eHQYMgwt4hE/USzggEKcLwI/AAAAAAAAxq8/V6DPOPCwpRY/s640/IMG_8971-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">This is what you get when you go out on a cold, frosty, foggy morning and you shoot through the windshield on your truck.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">The lesson is brought to you free, by the girl who refuses to read her instruction manual that came with her digital DSLR because I am sure they would say this is a no-no.</span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-9312462262791133322013-02-23T01:11:00.002-05:002013-02-23T01:23:24.602-05:00Restless Patriot & Modern Committees of Correspondence<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qCMD7elUDbE/UShDNBkT2ZI/AAAAAAAAxqA/EFBnLlKR1no/s1600/IMG_8907-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qCMD7elUDbE/UShDNBkT2ZI/AAAAAAAAxqA/EFBnLlKR1no/s640/IMG_8907-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">There's a farm near where I live with sheep...and I love going by to look and snap a picture. &nbsp;It's beautiful almost any season, spring is the best. &nbsp;But winter with snow and fog isn't bad either.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I have been kind of a lost soul in 2013, so far on blogging. &nbsp;I've taken a full-time (unpaid) job as a Patriot writing every single day for an audience of over 56 thousand people on a Facebook page...</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Although I am happy to do my duty, and I do think of it as a patriotic one, it wears me out. &nbsp;I am part of an anonymous staff, and do my best to pull my weight over there as best I can, pumping out news that the mainstream, lame stream, antique alphabet media won't tell. &nbsp;They are purposeful in their propaganda, so we must then be purposeful in exposing them.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Our country is at a crossroads, I believe, with action needed soon to save her from certain and intentional destruction. &nbsp;If anyone can't see what is ahead, I do hope they will pry their eyes open and see the truth of where we are being intentionally driven...like so many sheep.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I am doing my best to see things for what they truly are, and because of that, I feel I've neglected my own cozy little blog somewhat. &nbsp;(My spammers still show up every.single.day. &nbsp;I wish they'd find someone else to go annoy!)</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Spring is coming soon and I hope my post-election and winter doldrums will lift and I will be much more inspired to do what I love to do over here. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">The election knocked my head sideways, and slapped the slobber right out of my mouth, and it took me a few months to regroup and now I am taking more, bigger action. &nbsp;I prayed for something to do. &nbsp;When this opportunity came, I believed it was the answer.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I hope that can you understand that the country needs us, this band of patriotic writers with fire in our bellies and defiance in our "pens" that take the words of truth to the people... with "pen being the internet every day. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I look at what we do as similar to the work of the Committees of Correspondence that were instrumental in the first American Revolution. &nbsp;If we are to regain our republic, we must fight for it, freedom isn't something that is passive, it must chased after and must be fought for.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">But can I tell you something? &nbsp;It wears a person out to be immersed in what is mostly bad news all day long. Reading it, posting it, commenting on it. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">The best way I can describe being immersed in this bad news market that we've got going is this: &nbsp;Stand against a brick wall while a cannon is being aimed straight at you and full force you're hit over and over with the vilest stinky sludge...literally every day.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">So this is all to say, that although I am writing less here, I am not writing less. &nbsp;Just writing for a different purpose. &nbsp;I hope you understand and stick with me, for I am not going away, just taking more time out than I usually do in service of our country. &nbsp;I post an average of only three times a week here. &nbsp;:)</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Along the way, I am trying to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=dr.%20benjamin%20carson&amp;sprefix=dr.%2Bb%2Caps&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adr.%20benjamin%20carson">read as much</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Dr+benjamin+carson&amp;oq=Dr+benjamin+carson&amp;gs_l=youtube-reduced.3..35i39l2j0l2.3163640.3171548.0.3171939.32.25.7.0.0.0.388.3200.8j15j1j1.25.0...0.0...1ac.1.InEGdIqC4yw">learn as much </a>about Dr. Ben Carson as I can. &nbsp;I think he is a modern-day "Common Sense" patriot in the tradition of Thomas Paine. &nbsp;He is something else; just the sort of boost we needed to give hope when all seems hopeless.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I'd been watching/hearing and learning of him before his National Prayer Breakfast declarations, and now I am fully immersed in learning all I can about him. &nbsp;He speaks, with learned wisdom, courageously, for US--that is, WE THE PEOPLE.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://0.gvt0.com/vi/PFb6NU1giRA/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/PFb6NU1giRA&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/PFb6NU1giRA&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">And no matter what happens, I will always be thankful for his boldness in doing that for WE THE PEOPLE in the honor and tradition of our Founders. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">His story is so inspiring: &nbsp;buy GIFTED HANDS for the life story or watch the movie made based on his book by the same name, or read America the Beautiful for his ideas on common sense in government. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://0.gvt0.com/vi/h1269Q6J8LA/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/h1269Q6J8LA&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/h1269Q6J8LA&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Thanks for being here, readers, and for being you, and for standing by me. &nbsp;And join me as I ask...."God please bless America again!". &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Find something that you can DO to help save our country ... our fighting men are not here to do it for us, we can only rely on ourselves.</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">A Restless Patriot...</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-61678407951198333702013-02-20T18:34:00.000-05:002013-02-20T18:34:05.181-05:00I am Nostalgic for ... Sam's Country<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jf4jpt56mT8/USVa7M-Xk_I/AAAAAAAAxnE/qdEXK_bWKu8/s1600/IMG_9099.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="628" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jf4jpt56mT8/USVa7M-Xk_I/AAAAAAAAxnE/qdEXK_bWKu8/s640/IMG_9099.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/---JOYR_aH5U/USVa-4MbWSI/AAAAAAAAxnM/I2EW6DHT0FM/s1600/IMG_9101.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="354" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/---JOYR_aH5U/USVa-4MbWSI/AAAAAAAAxnM/I2EW6DHT0FM/s640/IMG_9101.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fh3H3849nCk/USVbAjKdVZI/AAAAAAAAxnU/Yfo1E-owXZE/s1600/IMG_9102.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="330" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fh3H3849nCk/USVbAjKdVZI/AAAAAAAAxnU/Yfo1E-owXZE/s640/IMG_9102.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LZWQNM4uPE0/USVbcGaGZPI/AAAAAAAAxok/yxGkKkidcq8/s1600/IMG_9113.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="354" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LZWQNM4uPE0/USVbcGaGZPI/AAAAAAAAxok/yxGkKkidcq8/s640/IMG_9113.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8KC5FZSaYNI/USVbdRdvwgI/AAAAAAAAxos/lYoC-jdTQRM/s1600/IMG_9114.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="334" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8KC5FZSaYNI/USVbdRdvwgI/AAAAAAAAxos/lYoC-jdTQRM/s640/IMG_9114.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ILUXHNHeVh4/USVbeNOiaPI/AAAAAAAAxo0/1zNpf-Uj-u4/s1600/IMG_9115.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="350" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ILUXHNHeVh4/USVbeNOiaPI/AAAAAAAAxo0/1zNpf-Uj-u4/s640/IMG_9115.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4YzXSNtT7dU/USVbhPfHEjI/AAAAAAAAxo8/mIbNeh3q-5E/s1600/IMG_9116.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="630" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4YzXSNtT7dU/USVbhPfHEjI/AAAAAAAAxo8/mIbNeh3q-5E/s640/IMG_9116.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I just thought I'd share one of my vintage school books with you today. &nbsp;I get lost in the pictures in this one. Totally lost.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I collect these sort of books, and I can tell you why I love them so much. &nbsp;It's because they take me back to the way things used to be in this country. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Sometimes I get unspeakably sad when I think about where Sam's Country is being taken, and how so much of what she is made out of is being snatched away.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Do you ever feel that way, too?</span><br /><br /><span id="goog_1460195355"></span><span id="goog_1460195356"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div>Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-13085325009953173472013-02-18T11:49:00.000-05:002013-02-18T11:50:51.317-05:00Longing for Spring...<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MCDvkXeDdoQ/USJa71GtflI/AAAAAAAAxkQ/APHhjvgkuHw/s1600/IMG_9096.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MCDvkXeDdoQ/USJa71GtflI/AAAAAAAAxkQ/APHhjvgkuHw/s640/IMG_9096.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">My pansy platter ... makes me long for spring!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-19301534839545536092013-02-13T15:21:00.000-05:002013-02-13T15:21:17.258-05:00Back Roads Beauty: An Ethereal Morning<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KjKZ5q_kuhg/URvz8zVyauI/AAAAAAAAxjU/1F-kyuDx4ZE/s1600/IMG_8963-002.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="466" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KjKZ5q_kuhg/URvz8zVyauI/AAAAAAAAxjU/1F-kyuDx4ZE/s640/IMG_8963-002.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I looked out the window Saturday morning to find this:</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">a hoarfrost and a fog, the sun was rising quickly so I brushed my hair, got my boots and grabbed a coat and my camera pack and left the house in the sweats I slept in!</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-l0LgL3cgUcQ/URvz-WnKmVI/AAAAAAAAxjc/f2dADYRV_6Y/s1600/IMG_8970-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-l0LgL3cgUcQ/URvz-WnKmVI/AAAAAAAAxjc/f2dADYRV_6Y/s640/IMG_8970-001.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And it was magic, ethereal, and quiet except for the sound of the snow squeaking under the tires on a morning that registered exactly ZERO on the truck's digital thermometer.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2vp2XZK__l0/URvz_8kcAgI/AAAAAAAAxjs/3PEB90RBH60/s1600/IMG_8978-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2vp2XZK__l0/URvz_8kcAgI/AAAAAAAAxjs/3PEB90RBH60/s640/IMG_8978-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The heater on high, a window open and oldies on the radio, and the magic lasted for nearly two hours.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iFyC-USxYis/URv0BrBHJ4I/AAAAAAAAxj0/mJ9grZVlv64/s1600/IMG_8988-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iFyC-USxYis/URv0BrBHJ4I/AAAAAAAAxj0/mJ9grZVlv64/s640/IMG_8988-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">On one road, the fog was so thick, the road so remote, I got out of the truck and I stood in the road and just listened to it. &nbsp;It was just me and the birds, and I thought I heard the sound of spring in their song. &nbsp;I enjoyed every second of it. &nbsp;</span></div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gu2aqEnsB_s/URv0CuuSVsI/AAAAAAAAxj8/AS-mzXv7BZE/s1600/IMG_8989-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gu2aqEnsB_s/URv0CuuSVsI/AAAAAAAAxj8/AS-mzXv7BZE/s640/IMG_8989-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I have so much thankfulness for these little treasures handed to me, and if I look and I act, I can preserve just SOME of the magic for us to share.</span></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-5291312977866695352013-02-11T23:20:00.002-05:002013-02-11T23:20:29.851-05:00Back Roads Beauty: Hello....!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XGbUTlTy-lA/URnCnS3GySI/AAAAAAAAxi8/A68ukdpoo4Q/s1600/IMG_8995a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XGbUTlTy-lA/URnCnS3GySI/AAAAAAAAxi8/A68ukdpoo4Q/s640/IMG_8995a.jpg" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">See my new friend?</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I went wandering the other day after a good snow that stuck to everything,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">whipped up by a good stiff wind. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br />Took the back roads and had a grand time with a friend. &nbsp;Two barn-shooters!</span></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-30015900210825258192013-02-06T17:00:00.002-05:002013-02-07T22:40:59.333-05:00All Things Bright & Beautiful: Vintage Quilt<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6Iy3lzO8CNU/URLMoHtnnkI/AAAAAAAAxgo/Ua7YH9GRQqE/s1600/IMG_8839.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6Iy3lzO8CNU/URLMoHtnnkI/AAAAAAAAxgo/Ua7YH9GRQqE/s640/IMG_8839.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I have happy place in my house I like to go to sometimes when I need a nap, or when I'm feeling down.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SGf8TIAx5CI/URLMmG8802I/AAAAAAAAxgY/M6sIcVlL3Jg/s1600/IMG_8855.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SGf8TIAx5CI/URLMmG8802I/AAAAAAAAxgY/M6sIcVlL3Jg/s640/IMG_8855.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">There are happy faces everywhere...</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tXYnJnSg9Ms/URLMnDzPMRI/AAAAAAAAxgg/1QpeIOSSlvM/s1600/IMG_8856.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tXYnJnSg9Ms/URLMnDzPMRI/AAAAAAAAxgg/1QpeIOSSlvM/s640/IMG_8856.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">There's a friendly little gal that sits on the bed.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">It's our vintage toy guest room.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NVhjT_iisOw/URLMpOoy41I/AAAAAAAAxgw/ITG8Ji4fJho/s1600/IMG_8840.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NVhjT_iisOw/URLMpOoy41I/AAAAAAAAxgw/ITG8Ji4fJho/s640/IMG_8840.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">In that room are little reminders from childhood,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">when peanut butter came in tin buckets with handles.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0vQLlCycOds/URLMqL_gNlI/AAAAAAAAxg4/MZrpb6Pfkmc/s1600/IMG_8841.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0vQLlCycOds/URLMqL_gNlI/AAAAAAAAxg4/MZrpb6Pfkmc/s640/IMG_8841.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">There are little creatures with winsome eyes...</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xaphYY7-fwk/URLMrRm7NZI/AAAAAAAAxhA/ZjilJNM3mqk/s1600/IMG_8845.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xaphYY7-fwk/URLMrRm7NZI/AAAAAAAAxhA/ZjilJNM3mqk/s640/IMG_8845.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And now...</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SvMoza2MhOA/URLMtQjIgQI/AAAAAAAAxhI/VbGmgCOqxqk/s1600/IMG_8851.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SvMoza2MhOA/URLMtQjIgQI/AAAAAAAAxhI/VbGmgCOqxqk/s640/IMG_8851.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I finally have found the vintage quilt I've been watching for ...&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">for quite a few years. &nbsp;AMAZING, because it's just what&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I've wanted, in the right colors and at a decent price.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YeFD9lRCUDw/URLMu5JSrjI/AAAAAAAAxhU/hRhIAu8t27Q/s1600/IMG_8858.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YeFD9lRCUDw/URLMu5JSrjI/AAAAAAAAxhU/hRhIAu8t27Q/s640/IMG_8858.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And I found this one with all the right colors...&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">in the double wedding ring pattern.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-F9X8pHr4yAU/URLMwDQ9DLI/AAAAAAAAxhc/embQDiZn-Zk/s1600/IMG_8860.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-F9X8pHr4yAU/URLMwDQ9DLI/AAAAAAAAxhc/embQDiZn-Zk/s640/IMG_8860.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">It matches all the toys...and it matches the bed, too.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-45Vzw9VfIjQ/URLMxcN7mrI/AAAAAAAAxhk/_cGfSFMNTj4/s1600/IMG_8096.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-45Vzw9VfIjQ/URLMxcN7mrI/AAAAAAAAxhk/_cGfSFMNTj4/s640/IMG_8096.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">There's enough of the apple green in it that matches the bed...</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jd5WZhS8064/URLM0MNgBvI/AAAAAAAAxh0/nYvYltSr8l0/s1600/IMG_8131.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jd5WZhS8064/URLM0MNgBvI/AAAAAAAAxh0/nYvYltSr8l0/s640/IMG_8131.JPG" width="528" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q88WcTtb8H4/URLM1ueGbOI/AAAAAAAAxh8/HhOr73k3VpY/s1600/IMG_8133.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-q88WcTtb8H4/URLM1ueGbOI/AAAAAAAAxh8/HhOr73k3VpY/s640/IMG_8133.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And all those lovely intersections that make me woozy...</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">and if I was a little kid,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">my Matchbox cars would be going in circles all over the place.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qeR8f1H-BKk/URLM22x7OVI/AAAAAAAAxiE/1bw0tgTejSo/s1600/IMG_8135.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qeR8f1H-BKk/URLM22x7OVI/AAAAAAAAxiE/1bw0tgTejSo/s640/IMG_8135.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Isn't it perfect?! &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6zVRPzGRFaM/URLM8_8XZWI/AAAAAAAAxik/YyM0MKrj_oQ/s1600/IMG_8851-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6zVRPzGRFaM/URLM8_8XZWI/AAAAAAAAxik/YyM0MKrj_oQ/s640/IMG_8851-1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">All hand pieced and hand-quilted, in perfect condition,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">just a bit of yellowing on the muslin from age.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8NtLMDvtPOU/URLM4Ll8rBI/AAAAAAAAxiM/UiG5Xme92ac/s1600/IMG_8136.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8NtLMDvtPOU/URLM4Ll8rBI/AAAAAAAAxiM/UiG5Xme92ac/s640/IMG_8136.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I love the border pieces with the tiny squares.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6DfuovA4lxE/URLM7rIH3TI/AAAAAAAAxic/4w0smslwp1E/s1600/IMG_8175.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6DfuovA4lxE/URLM7rIH3TI/AAAAAAAAxic/4w0smslwp1E/s640/IMG_8175.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">There are so many different quilting patterns&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">that you can see on the back.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ODICvZkC4co/URLM5FuwGHI/AAAAAAAAxiU/o-tg7v45onM/s1600/IMG_8143.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ODICvZkC4co/URLM5FuwGHI/AAAAAAAAxiU/o-tg7v45onM/s640/IMG_8143.JPG" width="610" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Making this red-gingham room an even sunnier place...</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And we have had such a run of cloudy days,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">and I found&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">a puddle of sunshine,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">so I laid on the floor in it curled up like a kitty cat,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">but I was snuggled under a quilt as the sun shined on my face. &nbsp;And as the sun moved, I moved with it..</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VzZyVliNHx4/URLM94iJCQI/AAAAAAAAxis/jMb-IUHvGvg/s1600/IMG_8845-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VzZyVliNHx4/URLM94iJCQI/AAAAAAAAxis/jMb-IUHvGvg/s640/IMG_8845-1.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And as Uncle Si on Duck Dynasty says...</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;I was ... "Happy, happy, happy!"</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-30042936230331130092013-02-03T22:24:00.003-05:002013-02-07T22:41:28.926-05:00So God Made A Farmer: Best Commercial Ever.<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="http://2.gvt0.com/vi/sillEgUHGC4/0.jpg" height="266" width="320"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sillEgUHGC4&fs=1&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/sillEgUHGC4&fs=1&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Best of the night, hands down.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I'm telling you, this one made me cry.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">It made me miss Paul Harvey, and the men of that generation. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">It made me remember his commentary, soothing, calming commentary.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">As each one ended, it made you realize what a good place you lived in.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The photos on this are absolutely stunning, heart-breaking-ly stunning. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And you know photos are the way to my heart. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The truck was almost immaterial.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">What a great country we have.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">What great people we have.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">What a sad thing to watch it being dismantled.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">But for a minute, I forgot about all that, and my heart swelled with pride&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">for those that work hard,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">and work well, and sacrifice to successfully feed and clothe us. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">THANK YOU, farmers, thank you.</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-36909621697579270902013-01-29T23:24:00.002-05:002013-02-07T22:41:54.526-05:00Back Road Beauty: In Green...<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u-TYeb55dMs/UQifvbh33PI/AAAAAAAAxgI/gi330tAxh-8/s1600/IMG_8811-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="324" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-u-TYeb55dMs/UQifvbh33PI/AAAAAAAAxgI/gi330tAxh-8/s640/IMG_8811-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">This caused me to hit the brakes...just had to stop and take a shot.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">My telephoto is broke...waiting for the new one.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-30533765802647831482013-01-25T00:25:00.003-05:002013-01-25T00:29:31.779-05:00Let's Go For a Drive...<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aKwhHQ8IDno/UQIWxECU4KI/AAAAAAAAxd8/USbUJz-y_yA/s1600/IMG_8011.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aKwhHQ8IDno/UQIWxECU4KI/AAAAAAAAxd8/USbUJz-y_yA/s640/IMG_8011.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vsurkrZC8zw/UQIWy_EBRdI/AAAAAAAAxeE/s8MTgO241fU/s1600/IMG_8014.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="370" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vsurkrZC8zw/UQIWy_EBRdI/AAAAAAAAxeE/s8MTgO241fU/s640/IMG_8014.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JrkJxsanavk/UQIW1K7IRlI/AAAAAAAAxeM/0j5FawEVsE4/s1600/IMG_8019.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JrkJxsanavk/UQIW1K7IRlI/AAAAAAAAxeM/0j5FawEVsE4/s640/IMG_8019.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-07JANJAqEu8/UQIW1-wk9dI/AAAAAAAAxeU/RAFxdExcEmg/s1600/IMG_8026.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-07JANJAqEu8/UQIW1-wk9dI/AAAAAAAAxeU/RAFxdExcEmg/s640/IMG_8026.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZOu0j0FPK2o/UQIW3RPhe2I/AAAAAAAAxec/mPLVYz3Bugo/s1600/IMG_8054.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZOu0j0FPK2o/UQIW3RPhe2I/AAAAAAAAxec/mPLVYz3Bugo/s640/IMG_8054.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I am so glad that some go to great lengths to preserve what was once the&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">beauty of rural America.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">So glad it is preserved and many times still very much in use.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Aren't you?</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-26865022139750918572013-01-21T08:00:00.000-05:002013-01-21T08:00:01.376-05:00Just Missin' Summer...<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7OEKLm5b1Vs/T9QrmIlSdCI/AAAAAAAAu2c/rQhE4J9k85k/s1600/IMG_0329.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="408" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7OEKLm5b1Vs/T9QrmIlSdCI/AAAAAAAAu2c/rQhE4J9k85k/s640/IMG_0329.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">It's always about the end of January before I let myself even start to think about it.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YuyglNz_PYQ/T9Ns3U0CbsI/AAAAAAAAu18/rfFS8ZOcNW4/s1600/IMG_9958.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YuyglNz_PYQ/T9Ns3U0CbsI/AAAAAAAAu18/rfFS8ZOcNW4/s640/IMG_9958.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">But it's months away!!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-awD09KeN5es/T9Qrkc4e9FI/AAAAAAAAu2U/I0CErRMLF_M/s1600/IMG_0328.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-awD09KeN5es/T9Qrkc4e9FI/AAAAAAAAu2U/I0CErRMLF_M/s640/IMG_0328.JPG" width="514" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">But at least I have some pictures to remember it by...</span></div><span id="goog_557322182"></span><span id="goog_557322183"></span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-90983094946172777732013-01-18T23:34:00.002-05:002013-01-18T23:41:25.048-05:00Brrrr!!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wep625D00qU/UNSdRUu0a7I/AAAAAAAAxMA/SGuAOLw1vz4/s1600/IMG_7950-001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wep625D00qU/UNSdRUu0a7I/AAAAAAAAxMA/SGuAOLw1vz4/s640/IMG_7950-001.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">WINDY &amp; COLD! &nbsp;Not much snow!</div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-83065173973556069082013-01-18T09:41:00.003-05:002013-01-18T09:41:49.864-05:00He Loves Me...<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dgtGWgF1bms/UPley1TTwsI/AAAAAAAAxds/FFjrwjgd-9E/s1600/IMG_8795.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="422" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dgtGWgF1bms/UPley1TTwsI/AAAAAAAAxds/FFjrwjgd-9E/s640/IMG_8795.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Look at what he brought me!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I don't know what this tin was for, do you?</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The inside is lined in black, and is pristine inside.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The crackled look and half the missing label just makes me love it more!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-9281813311773686322013-01-17T00:08:00.002-05:002013-01-17T00:09:05.374-05:00Back Road Beauty: The Blue Hour<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-598siTkPk1o/UPeEv5IXfRI/AAAAAAAAxc8/765ChGHaZKk/s1600/IMG_8027.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-598siTkPk1o/UPeEv5IXfRI/AAAAAAAAxc8/765ChGHaZKk/s640/IMG_8027.JPG" width="536" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The other night I left right when the sun dipped behind the western horizon.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I drove a while out in the country with my camera.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-113rm77Oe_Y/UPeEzLroqFI/AAAAAAAAxdU/TKvVuljPyAM/s1600/IMG_7999.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-113rm77Oe_Y/UPeEzLroqFI/AAAAAAAAxdU/TKvVuljPyAM/s640/IMG_7999.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">It's the time of day called the "blue hour"...with some of the most beautiful light you've seen in winter, and especially when there is a fresh snow on the ground.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EIf4D1xF-UU/UPeE0H2BFwI/AAAAAAAAxdc/xLyoSYM-w8Q/s1600/IMG_8002.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EIf4D1xF-UU/UPeE0H2BFwI/AAAAAAAAxdc/xLyoSYM-w8Q/s640/IMG_8002.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The blue hour makes anything ordinary extraordinary, but I think I've told you that more than enough...</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fG9VNTT1SnE/UPeEyHrCS1I/AAAAAAAAxdM/jGeVEyGHBNk/s1600/IMG_7992.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fG9VNTT1SnE/UPeEyHrCS1I/AAAAAAAAxdM/jGeVEyGHBNk/s640/IMG_7992.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Barns, sunset...the blue hour...all of it, just gorgeous.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k1wzksrF1HA/UPeExOV_SbI/AAAAAAAAxdE/znsPYOuW8f0/s1600/IMG_7993.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k1wzksrF1HA/UPeExOV_SbI/AAAAAAAAxdE/znsPYOuW8f0/s640/IMG_7993.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And I relaxed, decompressed, and had the best ever mental health therapy just as the sun said good-bye at the end of the daylight. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I sure do hope you've enjoyed these shots, too. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And I hope your day is beautiful, too....don't forget to peek out the window at sunset, you never know what you might be missing.</span></div><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-81275872182122414902013-01-09T22:32:00.002-05:002013-01-09T22:42:27.171-05:00Do You Value Your Liberty?<br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BaHTHn9ZCOo/UO41IlelGzI/AAAAAAAAxcY/NcIzus38MoY/s1600/DSC01718.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BaHTHn9ZCOo/UO41IlelGzI/AAAAAAAAxcY/NcIzus38MoY/s640/DSC01718.JPG" width="496" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I am upset beyond words today.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">To think our Second Amendment rights could be infringed by an Executive Order.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Are we no longer a Constitutional Republic?</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">(Executive orders are NOT legislation!)</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I have to wonder.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">And I have to wonder at the sacrifice made of our liberties, all in the name of "safety".</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Read this poem, it will make a tear come to the eye, realizing the TRUE sacrifice made so that we can have our freedom.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Let's not cheapen it by not defending it, people.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Let's not become a government&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">OF THE CRISIS</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">BY THE CRISIS</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">AND</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">FOR THE CRISIS!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">HE WAS A SOLDIER BOY</span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">(author unknown)</span></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">It was from his home that made up his mind.</span></span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He weighed all the options before he signed.</span></div></span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="background-color: white; display: inline;"><div style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He loved his country, his family came first.</span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He could make a difference, but expected the worst.</span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He was a soldier boy.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px; line-height: 18px;"><br /></span></div><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">Away from his home he would have to be.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">There was a farewell with no guarantee.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">A plane to somewhere the youngster would fly.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He would train to kill, so others wouldn't die.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He was a soldier boy.</span></div></span><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He soon found himself in a far off land,</span><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">&nbsp;</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">A hostile location with shifting sand.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He would write home, guarding his plight.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He didn't want worry in the middle of the night.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He was a soldier boy.</span></div></span><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">Heading home soon consumed his thought.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He cherished the idea as he lay on his cot.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">His mother' cherry pie entered his mind.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He missed them all, they were one of a kind.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He was a soldier boy.</span></div></span><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">There was a day when a firefight broke out.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">"We need a medic," a private would shout.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">The enemy was routed, like the day before.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">Counting the dead was no easy chore.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He was a soldier boy.</span></div></span><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">There is a land far off that seldom we see,</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">An ultimate sacrifice that those may go free.</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">A tragic loss: what could he have been?</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">And on his etched marker,"I would do it again."</span></div></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12.800000190734863px;">He was a soldier Boy.</span></div></span></span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com28tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-84567190185319255172013-01-08T09:00:00.001-05:002013-01-08T09:05:41.690-05:00Walking Through the Year: Miles Walked in 2012<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HHQqAkjHe2E/UOcv-2ntxzI/AAAAAAAAxY8/kh1IlCKABPE/s1600/IMG_8371.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HHQqAkjHe2E/UOcv-2ntxzI/AAAAAAAAxY8/kh1IlCKABPE/s640/IMG_8371.JPG" width="476" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Evergreen garland draped over the top of a china cabinet. &nbsp;Love this idea!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q87VmiHvCh8/UOcwEIfOUiI/AAAAAAAAxZE/4GHWQSP7G08/s1600/IMG_8372.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="432" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q87VmiHvCh8/UOcwEIfOUiI/AAAAAAAAxZE/4GHWQSP7G08/s640/IMG_8372.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I love the way the shutter is turned on its side, and lays on the mantel as a backdrop&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">for Christmas decorations!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sCWZi_xLBM8/UOcwGf4GASI/AAAAAAAAxZM/pg1HGYkK4iw/s1600/IMG_8376.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sCWZi_xLBM8/UOcwGf4GASI/AAAAAAAAxZM/pg1HGYkK4iw/s640/IMG_8376.JPG" width="476" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I took this picture because I LOVE the way the sunlight shows the green glass off.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-emcmEKFxC-E/UOcwKkCRjDI/AAAAAAAAxZU/E3MiY6UvDBY/s1600/IMG_8388.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-emcmEKFxC-E/UOcwKkCRjDI/AAAAAAAAxZU/E3MiY6UvDBY/s640/IMG_8388.JPG" width="476" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I am drawn to painted pieces, and loved this white china cabinet.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">IF ONLY my husband would let me paint some of our pieces!&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">He thinks it's a travesty!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6hjnXKEaTwk/UOcwqPIL_MI/AAAAAAAAxac/QIK7aJiGr78/s1600/IMG_8394.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6hjnXKEaTwk/UOcwqPIL_MI/AAAAAAAAxac/QIK7aJiGr78/s640/IMG_8394.JPG" width="476" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">This many cubby-holed piece had me in love.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I love the stool collection underneath it as well.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I cannot start another collection, but I enjoy looking!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UTnihB3EG5E/UOcwu6bU_eI/AAAAAAAAxak/H6nlS7QJUZM/s1600/IMG_8391.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UTnihB3EG5E/UOcwu6bU_eI/AAAAAAAAxak/H6nlS7QJUZM/s640/IMG_8391.JPG" width="476" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Jamie bought Audrey some of this set for&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">her first REAL tea set, beautiful and matches her&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">bedroom colors.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><i>Now that I am back home,&nbsp;</i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><i>and I hung my new calendar...</i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I finally got my miles for 2012 added up.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I record them on my wall calendar, daily.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I do this now each year as a motivation,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">logging miles each time I walk.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I then total each month.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">I keep a running total.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Then, at year's end, I look at my grand total.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Then, I try to compare something geographical&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">to the number of miles walked.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">This year's grand total was 488.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">The Mississippi River is about 500 miles long.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">This method, for me, has worked as a great motivator,&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">and that is why I am sharing it with you!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">HAVE A GREAT DAY!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">PS: &nbsp;Photos from an antique jaunt I took with my iPhone when I was visiting my daughter's family.</div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1606161041749648789.post-35336190984330003632013-01-04T15:07:00.002-05:002013-01-04T19:06:56.224-05:00The Magic of the Ordinary<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ePCZj6fKeaE/UOcw3AyY03I/AAAAAAAAxbA/5wfbKZQKoCU/s1600/IMG_8685.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ePCZj6fKeaE/UOcw3AyY03I/AAAAAAAAxbA/5wfbKZQKoCU/s640/IMG_8685.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n4tqCn0VSbI/UOcw4u0Q0tI/AAAAAAAAxbI/GzyLf3LtY9Y/s1600/IMG_8688.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-n4tqCn0VSbI/UOcw4u0Q0tI/AAAAAAAAxbI/GzyLf3LtY9Y/s640/IMG_8688.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPELU-Cc_80/UOcw5kpS-YI/AAAAAAAAxbQ/11NwWtqw2fU/s1600/IMG_8700.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPELU-Cc_80/UOcw5kpS-YI/AAAAAAAAxbQ/11NwWtqw2fU/s640/IMG_8700.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Peek-a-boo with Papaw!</div><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HpgD29j_cDc/UOc-N2Y4JhI/AAAAAAAAxbo/E3gYQ6Y3ZxE/s1600/IMG_8659.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="444" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HpgD29j_cDc/UOc-N2Y4JhI/AAAAAAAAxbo/E3gYQ6Y3ZxE/s640/IMG_8659.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Puzzles after breakfast.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EPGgnaxX47A/UOc-QEb4-II/AAAAAAAAxb4/DgftyRYH26Q/s1600/IMG_8668.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EPGgnaxX47A/UOc-QEb4-II/AAAAAAAAxb4/DgftyRYH26Q/s640/IMG_8668.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sGmbt9IciQM/UOc-RYL89hI/AAAAAAAAxcA/kUTg1hXEhW8/s1600/IMG_8678.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sGmbt9IciQM/UOc-RYL89hI/AAAAAAAAxcA/kUTg1hXEhW8/s640/IMG_8678.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Audrey's got her game face on! &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">This face CRACKS NINNIE UP!!!</div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Way1gvoLbNI/UOcwfQPEJOI/AAAAAAAAxaE/EmxfR8POcCc/s1600/IMG_8364.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="628" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Way1gvoLbNI/UOcwfQPEJOI/AAAAAAAAxaE/EmxfR8POcCc/s640/IMG_8364.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Silly time!</div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rlk7LVIYNg0/UOcwhj_jSZI/AAAAAAAAxaM/6MS0Neq9OIg/s1600/IMG_8358.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rlk7LVIYNg0/UOcwhj_jSZI/AAAAAAAAxaM/6MS0Neq9OIg/s640/IMG_8358.JPG" width="474" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Lots of play time!</div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GEKJeZD6oNs/UOcwmJmZGPI/AAAAAAAAxaU/2IrOfq5Zujk/s1600/IMG_8360.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="474" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GEKJeZD6oNs/UOcwmJmZGPI/AAAAAAAAxaU/2IrOfq5Zujk/s640/IMG_8360.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HC5XQCypzgQ/UOcw7hdtAuI/AAAAAAAAxbY/vXp0FJsmrvo/s1600/IMG_8276.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HC5XQCypzgQ/UOcw7hdtAuI/AAAAAAAAxbY/vXp0FJsmrvo/s640/IMG_8276.JPG" width="474" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5z_vOSDJFcc/UOcw1yi6uHI/AAAAAAAAxa4/_AKBIFYJzgk/s1600/IMG_8273.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5z_vOSDJFcc/UOcw1yi6uHI/AAAAAAAAxa4/_AKBIFYJzgk/s640/IMG_8273.JPG" width="426" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Whenever Papaw leaves, he hides money in each of their rooms. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">This time, I was here when they got to hunt them. &nbsp;Fun times!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bmgBSOf0U30/UOcv7yilhfI/AAAAAAAAxY0/6p4dlKCHFj4/s1600/IMG_8370.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bmgBSOf0U30/UOcv7yilhfI/AAAAAAAAxY0/6p4dlKCHFj4/s640/IMG_8370.JPG" width="608" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">On her little potty.</div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iByNLLJ20vY/UOcwZKacUFI/AAAAAAAAxZ0/8sktJFaSQZA/s1600/IMG_8305.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iByNLLJ20vY/UOcwZKacUFI/AAAAAAAAxZ0/8sktJFaSQZA/s640/IMG_8305.JPG" width="520" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">We started to work on potty training with Levi and look who started to join us!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Little Miss Priss did GREAT this week and she goes potty every time we put her on.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Good thing Mama had two potties! &nbsp;:)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z0FjVl7PYVY/UOcwLs5UEYI/AAAAAAAAxZc/v9Sw-SxW5wU/s1600/IMG_8328.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z0FjVl7PYVY/UOcwLs5UEYI/AAAAAAAAxZc/v9Sw-SxW5wU/s640/IMG_8328.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">I had to teach Levi the proper use for training pants...haha!</div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3_oTmFEvS0o/UOcwcV0t30I/AAAAAAAAxZ8/EdlOnv-0cI8/s1600/IMG_8298.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3_oTmFEvS0o/UOcwcV0t30I/AAAAAAAAxZ8/EdlOnv-0cI8/s640/IMG_8298.JPG" width="454" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">This is a vintage doll bed Jamie found at an antique store while shopping for<br />vintage kitten decor for Audrey's 1st birthday. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Jamie also made her little sheets, pillow, and quilt for a Christmas gift,&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">using all reproduction vintage fabrics for them.</div><div style="text-align: center;">I love the little decal and the little "abc blocks" in the headboard.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eFT07c3OnaM/UOcvqGGkmuI/AAAAAAAAxYU/xvImwlo2VKI/s1600/IMG_8369.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="542" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eFT07c3OnaM/UOcvqGGkmuI/AAAAAAAAxYU/xvImwlo2VKI/s640/IMG_8369.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Levi LOVES the bed his Papaw made for him that I brought down here in the fall. &nbsp;He calls it his "Papaw bed". &nbsp;He did make the transition very easily from the baby bed to his "big boy" (toddler) bed.</div><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">I have spent the last two weeks immersed in my grand baby's glow.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I just thought I'd share a few images and a few anecdotal stories to tell you what I've been up to.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">It's been pure bliss, I've enjoyed every minute, and tomorrow I head back home....the trail of tears. &nbsp;Saying good-bye is the worst!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">Levi told me today "Ninnie, I will miss all my PEOPLE." &nbsp;He calls all of us from Michigan who visit him as "his people". &nbsp;He's right, we are his and his sissie's people, too.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">My husband and older son left here a week ago, and myself and my younger son got to stay another week. &nbsp;After his Papaw left last week with his Uncle Mark, he asked: &nbsp;"Where did my people go?" &nbsp;I had to explain to him that they had to get back to Michigan and back to work.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">This morning when we all got up, I explained to him: &nbsp;"Tomorrow I won't be here when you wake up, Luke and I will go back to Papaw and Uncle Mark in Michigan." &nbsp;He responded "Ninnie, I will miss all my people and I want my Papaw!" &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">That is the truth, and we shall miss him and his family, too. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: blue; font-size: large;"><b>I have learned this from living so far from my babies: &nbsp;the time spent immersed in their lives 24/7 is the best part of the separation. It's the silver lining I had to look for. &nbsp;</b></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">The worst part is not being here from day to day, in the small ways, but so much of the enjoyment while we are here is waking up with them and being with them until they close their eyes at night, reading them stories, putting them down for their naps...being present for their meals. &nbsp;It's all so good.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;">I will see you next week.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;xoxoxox</span></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img align="center" src="http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1/tes1/Jonisig-1.png" style="border: 0px;" /></div><br /><br />Old Centennial Farmhousehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16865061855481840216noreply@blogger.com13