Friday, January 15, 2016


Its been a long time since I've posted on either of my blogs , we've been in & outta the hospital since July battling leukemia which I will update you later
  a few days ago while trying to get bills set up on line, meds organized along with other things my grand daughters & me finally got our cookie candy pantry done, we got just the right jars together, made the labels then sorted all the goodies needed to make cookies, candy, blizzards you name it we've got it going on in our pantry

Saturday, October 17, 2015


I tried a new recipe using what I had on hand which left me to find this recipe for cabbage apple & walnut salad
I pulled out the big George & grilled some pork chops the salad suggest to prepare everything cold, I opted to stir fry the cabbage just enough to give it a little tenderness but still  having a little crispness, sliced an apple, tossed with about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, the recipe didn't call for sugar but I added just a pinch for added sweetness, I then put it in the fridge to chill, I used pecans cause that's what I had which were added before serving, this quick & easy salad turned out to be pretty good & I see making it again

Friday, September 11, 2015




seems I’ve been on every diet from A –Z, who hasn’t right? well any hoo, my body has decided it won’t go pass 10 lbs no mater what I do, so I decided it was time for professional help. not one of those diet places, been there  done that years ago, it did not turn out well in the end  health wise, any hoo, the Dr & I agreed  this body is getting older & it’s changing & after talking about  health issues that run in  my immediate family such as high blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure, dementia , I asked if being over weight can contribute to any of those &  like I figured the answer  was yes, several times he asked what was my goal weight, my reply was to be healthy

I’m  not on this journey to see how little I can get, I want to be healthy, to have the strength to help care for my ageing parents, enjoy my grand children, this will not  be a lose weight quick journey, rather  a life long life style change, Thru will be my first weight in


I’m not sure how much I’ve lost so far, that’s what I pay the Dr for LOL! any hoo Thur will tell the tale, I haven’t missed sweets but between you & me I believe I whoop down  some Mexican & not look back! LOL!

I’ve only been on this journey for one month


1 carb

1 fruit


it makes you think about what you’re eating, like you’re allowed 1 carb a day, bread is on that list  but do you really want that bread???? toast or  a breakfast wrap etc  is good but there goes your carb if you want rice, sweet potato or pasta lol!

any hoo I can a difference little by little, today was not a good hair day so over look that lol! 2nd pic is from my photos for pattern reviews wardrobe challenge a few months back

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I can really tell a difference in my pink skirt, it’s starting to look like a circle skirt like it’s supposed too!


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it’s the little things! going in I inhaled a lot of watermelon, just water right? lol! I found out it turns to sugar & watermelon is a diabetics nightmare  because of the  high sugar & it wasn’t allowed lol! tomatoes turn to sugar as well as onions, this is why onions caramelize , milk is in the dairy & is allowed but did you know that if you crave milk it could be a sign of early stages of diabetes? I use to crave milk , pour  a glass & put it in the freezer & get it really cold & drink  just about not come up for air  lol ,no more! you don’t have to starve to lose weight , just make the right choices & it will become a lifestyle instead of a quick fix for that is my goal for this journey!

Monday, September 7, 2015





Raggedy Ann

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Raggedy Ann meets Raggedy Andy for the first time; illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

First appearance
Raggedy Ann Stories

Created by
Johnny Gruelle

Raggedy Ann is a character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. Johnny Gruelle received US Patent D47789 for his Raggedy Ann doll on September 7, 1915. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. When a doll was marketed with the book, the concept had great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920), introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat.

Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. From his bookshelf, he pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, and combined the names of two poems, "The Raggedy Man" and "Little Orphant Annie". He said, "Why don't we call her Raggedy Ann?"[1]

Marcella later died of what Gruelle believed to be a side effect of the smallpox vaccine she had received without his permission. Raggedy Ann has since been a symbol of the anti-vaccination movement.

more on Raggedy Ann here



Sunday, September 6, 2015




Fanny J. Crosby


Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915) “set the standard for the ‘successful’ writing of gospel hymns,” according to UM Hymnal editor Carlton R. Young. She was the author of over 8,500 gospel songs.
Blind at six weeks of age, Crosby began composing texts at age 6. At 12 she began her study at the New York School for the Blind, a school she later served as a teacher. A friend of several presidents, she became one of the country’s most important advocates for the cause of the blind, addressing a session of Congress on the topic.
Her texts were set to the compositions of some of the most prominent gospel song composers of the day including William Bradbury, William Doane, Robert Lowry and Ira Sankey. Crosby composed under a number of pen names. She married blind musician Alexander Van Alstyne, and British hymnals have always used her married name, Frances Van Alstyne.
This hymn is one of many collaborations between Crosby and composer William Doane (1832-1915). The late Baptist hymnologist William J. Reynolds provides the context for the composition of the hymn in 1874 during a visit by Crosby to Doane’s home in Cincinnati:
“One evening she and Doane talked at length about the nearness of God in their lives. When Fanny went to her room, her mind and heart were flooded with ideas from their conversation. Before she went to sleep, the lines of “I am thine, O Lord” were in her mind. . . . The next morning she recited the words to Doane, who wrote down the stanzas and composed the tune.”
The text appeared with the following inscription from Hebrews 10:22: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (KJV)
Carlton Young points out that Crosby seems to mix her cleansing metaphors intentionally—“pure water” and “bleeding side.” The connection becomes clearer when one reads the previous verses in Hebrews 10:
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God. . . .”
Like so many of Crosby’s hymns, “I am thine, O Lord” is written in the first person—a personal testimony of her relationship with Christ. Stanza one begins with a total surrender to Christ, “I am thine, O Lord,” and the desire to “be closer drawn to thee.” The second stanza appropriately draws upon the closeness of this relationship as an impetus of service: “Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord, by the power of grace divine.”
Stanza three defines the relationship further as one forged in prayer: “When I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend!” In the final stanza, Crosby acknowledges that her relationship will not be complete until she reaches heaven (“cross the narrow sea”) and then she will find “rest in peace with thee.”
The refrain is the theological hub around which the spokes of the stanzas all connect: “Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to thy precious bleeding side.”
In this case, it is Christ’s blood that cleanses and perfects the relationship. Fanny Crosby is thoroughly Wesleyan in her understanding of grace and perfection.


Saturday, September 5, 2015



in  a few days I will be three weeks into getting this body healthy, the DR. offers a B12 shot but I told him no shots! lol! I basically told him my goal is not to see how fast I can drop  the lbs. but to simply be healthy, congestive heart failure, high blood presser, diabetes, cancer, dementia all run in my immediate family & being as over weight as I am is not helping my chances , he agreed & confirmed my metabolism's outta whack, age & being menopausal factor's into weight gain, yes I needed help! lol!my next visit he may tell me the pills aren’t penetrating through the fat to take the shot ha ha ha ha ha! I hate shots! but I can tell  a difference little by little

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this is a skirt I made for Pattern Review contest back in May, on the left is the entry picture, on the right is from last night where I was getting ready for a Ladies conference, notice how much more swing I have at the bottom of the skirt? that’s; the way the pattern intends for it to be, before I was big around as I was tall & that & my belly was taking up my swing lol!

another difference I could tell because of  the big belly issues the band  kept coming unfolded & riding up my arm pits & I was constantly folding it  back down, last night this was not an issue, it’s the little things!


this pattern is now in my TNT (tried & true) collection ,TNT patterns are those that you know will fit perfectly without any alterations,  they will never disappoint you, sew it up! wear it ! & go!

Thursday, August 27, 2015




this is an easy & quick choice  & I don’t have to worry about the scales lol! shrimp is  your protein, pasta is your carb ,  have you noticed the word “DIET” begins with the word “DIE”there’s no need to die trying to lose weight

meanwhile, I’ve been tweaking the sewing room, I moved the wicker set to the other end of the room, loving it!, other end has issues lol! but will be straighten out soon


show time will be here before I know it, as far as I know my 2 day Christmas show will be the only one this year, I hope to get started soon as I plan  to make all new stock, just saying that makes me tired lol!

Jessie Willcox Smith