Thursday, June 20, 2013


What in the world to put as a heading when it’s just a bunch of mish mash of things….I guess Hodgepodge is good as it gets.

Two days ago I was playing around with my camera and had the camera card out – but not realizing it I went to view photos and the only ones that showed up were on the camera’s internal memory – and what to my surprise were photos of our neighbors from Christmas Eve day when they brought over their traditional tray of home baked cookies!  I had wondered why I couldn’t find those pictures on any of the files before….so I got them off quickly!!!
I’ve told this story before that the dad and 5 daughters are the cookie bakers, mom doesn’t like baking. And they treat all the neighbors to a cookie tray every Christmas.

The other daughters were making other deliveries

Cookies from aldrichs 
Needless to say they don’t last long on Christmas day with all our gang here….and they always look forward to see what they made us each year.

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Oh and then putting the camera card back in the little gold thingy that slides up and down to lock the card…BROKE OFF…well thank goodness I had just downloaded all the newest photos so none lost.
I purchased a new one immediately and didn’t pay attention to the size…well I went from a 2 GB to a 32 GB…lol   It says I can store up to 25 thousand photos – Not a chance!!!!

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Yesterday Doug went to a golf outing the whole day and evening – and shortly after he left I heard this horrible scratching and clawing in the downspout by the screen room next to the kitchen…thought it might be a bird on the gutters – heard it again a few minutes later on the other side of the screen room.  Well by then I knew it was a chipmunk but for the life of me I could not figure out how he got in there because there are screens over the gutters.
This went on for hours!  He’d scoot from one side to the other because they connected UNDER THE SCREEN ROOM and under the driveway – we had the tubes buried and they run into a drain that runs underground to the back of the house…so I didn’t know what to do and finally I got a crow bar and got the lid off the drain, put a board next to the drain hole with some peanut button on it and waited.  Within 10 minutes he must have smelled the peanut butter or maybe saw daylight at the end of the tunnel…really he did!  And I saw him pop his head up from the board and climb out!  Gave my heart a good feeling knowing he wouldn’t be stuck in there till he died.

Love my creativity? lol  Don’t know how he squeezed his little body through the grate slits but it’s the only way he could have gotten in there.
chipmunk board 1

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Like I said in the title…this is a hodgepodge!

Being Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were upon us it got me looking through some photos last week and I came across this one of my Mother and Father.
It’s dated Memorial Day 1936…Dad was 20, Mom was 17. Goodness they were so young!  I always thought my dad looked rather like a movie star!
Mom and Dad 1936  2 

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But now for the good stuff….
Yesterday I received a wonderful package…it was the wool I ordered from
Margie of Hungry Hook Primitives

I also ask for continued prayers for Margie as she is still not feeling well and spends most of her days in bed with so much pain.
She is asking to hang in there and don’t give up on her and her blog…she is still selling wool and doesn’t want to loose her customers so if you buy wool from Margie – she’s still there, just needing some time.

When I opened it up I saw this green metal object…oh no! She didn’t!
Yep…Margie said there was a surprise in the box and you guessed it…
She received a new one from her son for Mother’s Day and sent me her old one.
My heart was beating so hard…not only from the sight of seeing it but from the generosity of this dear, dear friend…who is hurting so badly right now and still had time to think of her friend! A thousand times THANK YOU Margie

  Wool margie 1

And this Teal and Taupe check wool…just because she thought I would love it…well ya!!

Wool margie 2

She got my wool just perfect in dying – the Reds are just perfect…
lots of Brown in them.
And a sweet little sample pack of her wools/colors – cute idea.

Wool margie 3

Oh happy girl I am!!!

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Well I will leave you all with a couple pictures of our newest family member.
great grandparents

Uncle Jesse…oh my goodness he hasn’t stopped smiling!
I think Uncle Jesse is going to spoil him terribly.
jesse alex zayne

And of course or son Dan…GRANDPA! 
Dan you are not old enough to be a grandpa!
dand and alex 

Bye Bye and have a great rest of the week and weekend.
We will be going to Darren’s on Saturday to celebrate
Miranda 1 year and Aidan 5 year birthdays


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  1. Poor little chipmunk, glad your were able to free him! How sweet of Margie, hope she gets to feeling better soon. Good family pictures, just think now you can store thousands of pictures, that's really amazing isn't it when you stop and think about it!

  2. I love a hodge podge post! Lots of fun things to share. Jane

  3. Hi Karen, Cookie platter looks so good and's the presentation that counts!!! Nice neighbors. Your family is growing but isn't it wonderful.

    Yes, and prayers for our dear Margie. Such a sweetheart .....she really is!


  4. Hi Karen -- what a wonderful hodgepodge post! Babies, cookies, wool . . . and of course thoughtful prayers for a dear friend. thank you for sharing.
    32 gb picture card? Wow!
    We expect LOTS of shots from you now!

  5. Aww such a sweet post...super sweet...
    And the baby is darling..lots of hugs and prayers for dear Margie ..
    Big hugs for you always dear friend.
    I love you x

  6. What a sweet baby boy. I'm a little partial to little boys you know. They are so wonderful in so many ways.
    Blessings to you and your family,
    Homespun Elegance

  7. What a beautiful family...loved your hodgepodge and glad you were able to save the chipmunk. Janice

  8. Great hodge podge! Oh Karen, I sure hope you might come to our Harvest At The Mill show! We have some awesome vendors coming and I know you will have a ball. We are also lining up hotels with discounts for the show close by. By the way, you look just like your dad! Have a great weekend, Dawn

  9. Glad you got the chipmunk out. They can squeeze thru little spaces.

    Little Zayne is growing already.

    Love your wool.


  10. What a fun post - love "hodgepodge" type posts. Poor little chipmunk - I bet he was really confused and a great job getting him out - I'm sure he was scratching his head thinking what the heck lol. What great neighbors you have - beautiful looking cookies. Wonderful wool and gift from your friend and congrats on that newest member to your family. Have a great weekend - karen

  11. Congratulations with the new family member Karen!


  12. Karen,
    I shouldn't say this. I never say poor chipmunk around here..sigh.. they are very disruptive around here...always tunneling under our front step causing our side walk to drop and separate... ugh...
    Margie, what a doll. Been thinking of her, so hope she can get on the mend. hugs! Oh yes, congrats on the great grandbaby!!!! OLM

  13. Oh goodness. glad you knew how to remove him.What a wonderful surprise box, but that little baby, the joy hasn't even begun!!! I enjoy my greats so much. Your Christmas cookies made me want one!!! What good neighbors.

  14. Karen, Beautiful Baby!!!
    The cookies have a place in my heart. grins. Soon, Christmas will be here again and the cookies will be enjoyed once again.

    The best to you,

  15. That was good thinking for the chipmunk rescue!

    Ooo, that wool, just melts my heart :)

    What a beautiful new Great-grandbaby (great right?)! Congrats!


  16. yum those Christmas goodies look wonderful! always fun to find old pictures. your parents look so young and ready for the road ahead. omg soo that means you are great-grandparents!? gosh.. how wonderful for you all a new babe! glad you rescued the poor lil chipmunk! they sure can get thru small areas. my cats sure can too.
    love the goodies you got in the mail and I will send thoughts and prayers margies way! enjoy!

  17. Hi Sweetie, Love all those special photos. Would love to have a few of those yummy cookies - like right now! ;)

  18. A chipmunk! Those little buggers can wreak havoc! We got one in the family room was ripping around and had our big burly Craig screaming like a little girl! LOL! It finally found it's way out the door after klunking his little head on the fireplace...poor thing! Alex looks so happy...and the new little one is so sweet. Margie was so generous! What a sweet thing to do..sending you that cutter! Beautiful wool too! --Jan


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