Sunday, November 10, 2013

To All of Our Veterans, Thank You!

My grandpa wrote this nearly twenty years ago and I wanted to share it with you all.

July 4th 1995

To Our Grandchildren:

This has been a good day mainly because we live in the greatest country presently on the face of the earth.  All is not perfect with our country; our land is showing a few warts but I’m sure that you, the younger generation, can remove them to better our society.

We must never forget the great price paid for our freedom starting way back in time at Lexington and Concord and much sacrifice was endured up to and including the times during WW2.  Many brave men have laid down their lives for our present days wellbeing.

I’m proud to have been a part of the 4.3 million-man Navy, the largest Navy by far ever to go to sea to take on the enemy.  Dictators will come and go; the best part is when they go.  Hitler, by starting WW2, caused 52 million deaths across the wide world.  And speaking of our Armed Forces’ loss of life, they gave up all their tomorrows so that we can enjoy today.

So be alert so that your land and mine will always be in the right and always remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Your Grandpa

This was written by Lawrence Porter Rehkopf, who served in the US Navy for 20 years.

He was in Hawaii when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and on the first ship to go into the area to help afterwards.  He is now 94 years old and lives in Escondido, California.  Thank you to Dad (6 children), Grandpa (16 grandchildren), and Great Grandpa (18 and counting)!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dear Internet

There are, in fact, people who hate pumpkin flavored edibles.  

The end.

Monday, October 7, 2013


It's finally starting to act more like fall around here.  The best thing about fall here is that the wind picks up and cools down the air in the evenings.  I love opening all of the windows in the house and watching as the curtains billow inward as the cool air rushes in.

I'm loving the mornings when I get up and check the thermostat and it's below 75 in the house.  This morning it read 69 and I have to tell you, it made me smile.

Come on sock weather!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Foodie Friday: Avocado Risotto with Edam

Okay, okay, this is the last risotto for a while.  I promise!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Foodie Friday: One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

One pot?  Yummy?  Easy to throw together?  Check!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Taking Stock

I saw this on Little Miss Momma and thought it looked fun.

Making: Something blue and fuzzy for Bean.
Cooking: Nothing right now.  Later, breakfast for dinner.
Drinking: Water.
Reading: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Wanting: To get lots done before Bean comes.
Looking: The overcast skies.
Playing: Monk on Netflix.
Wasting: Time on Pinterest.
Sewing: Crib sheets, at some point.
Wishing: My mom could be here to sit and crochet with me.
Enjoying: Tall glasses of milk.
Waiting: For the strength to get up and go to the bathroom.
Liking: Biscuits and gravy.
Wondering: How to get my dresser to the refurbisher for painting.
Loving: The recent cold mornings and the welcome break from the heat.
Hoping: For a good night's sleep.

Marveling: At God's grace at my impatience.
Needing: A cookie.  Or a Blizzard.  Or maybe both.
Smelling: Nothing, as usual.
Wearing: A cami and athletic shorts.  I'm slumming today.
Following: Lots of people on Pinterest who are starting to cook fall foods while I'm still not wanting to turn on my oven.
Noticing: That Bean has one position that she prefers.
Thinking: About the list of projects on my fridge.
Knowing: That I must take it one day at a time.
Focusing: On how I can maximize the next few months before Bean arrives.
Bookmarking: New recipes, now that food once again sounds appealing.
Opening: A bowl of homemade chocolate fudge sauce and taking a spoonful.
Giggling: At my dogs as they sleep in contorted positions.
Feeling:  Overwhelmed and excited.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

First Official Day of Fall

Today is the first official day of fall and it's supposed to be 86 degrees.  I'll believe fall is here when we have at least two days in a row of temperatures below 80 degrees.  When that will be, who knows?

This photo is from last year and does not denote how it looks at our house right now.