Sunday, December 23, 2012

                Warm wishes for a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to my family and friends!


Hugs,
Valinda

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Official Announcement!! :)

Mama and Joe are getting married ...Valentine's Day 2013.



Saturday, November 10, 2012

SELAH - HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW with LYRICS


I woke up this morning with the word.."Debacle" . No matter what is happening around us. Our Father knows what we need..before we even ask. Let's keep our eyes on HIM and not on what is happening around us.:)

Debacle:
1
: a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river
2
: a violent disruption (as of an army) : rout
3
a : a great disaster
b : a complete failure :

and then I was given these scripture verses...

Luke 12:

22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 
Hope this encourages us!! 
 
Hugs! Valinda

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Mama's Getting Married!!!! :)

Good morning my friends!!
 I just wanted to share my good news with you.:) My Mama is getting married on Valentine's Day this coming February! Mama is 83 years old and she met her neighbor's Dad who happens to be 81 years old.This will be my Mama's third marriage. She has been a widow twice and the Lord is blessing her again with a WONDERFUL man who lavishes her with LOVE. He doesn't seem to be able to do enough for her.Always trying to show her how much he really LOVES her. She told me that she thought Valentine's Day would be a good time for them to get married.:) Well..she asked me to make the invitations for her. Hand made...whew..NOW you know where I have been recently.:) Learning to mass produce my cards.LOL I finally got fifty of them folded and cut to size and now all I have to do is decorate them and add the invitation to the insides.(after I print them onto Vellum or something similar. This will most definitely take MORE time than the folding and cutting.:) If she needs more than fifty..well..I just might be a bit longer before I am able to catch up with your blogs etc.:) Just want to let you know..that I am still around. Just extremely busy!! Not sure I will be able to even do Christmas cards this year...but it is a HAPPY time for my Mama.:)

 Thanks for stopping in and..I would LOVE to hear from you before you leave.;)


Hugs,
Valinda

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Christy's Hooded Jacket for her Monkey.

                   This is the side view of Christy's hooded jacket for her monkey.:) So CUTE!

     Here is the front view.Isn't he CUTE?  Christy said she was thinking of making him some slippers.He will be ALL set for Winter.:)

Thanks so much for stopping in and if you have the time..we sure would love to hear from you!!:)

Hugs,
Valinda

Sweetly Broken - Jeremy Riddle

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Christy's Latest Crochet Project






Isn't this ADORABLE!!? Christy was asked to make a monkey for Zander's 2nd. birthday the end of November. Shhhh!! It's a surprise to both his Mom and him.:) I don't think Melisa keeps up with my blog..so hopefully she won't see it until that day.:) I was asked to definitely keep it off of Facebook though. Seems nothing is hidden over there.LOL Christy got the pattern off of
  • Delicious Crochet
  • and his name is Chuck the Monkey. ..Pattern by Paola Navarro.

    Wednesday, October 03, 2012

    Christy's Crocheted Bunny :)


       This is Christy's newest Creation.:) A crocheted bunny! It's really CUTE! It is smaller than the others that she has made so far. The body of this one will fit in the palm of your hand.:) She said it took her about five hours off and on to complete it. She put it down to do other things and to rest her arm and hand etc. She is soo much like me.If I get going on something..I don't know when to stop.LOL Most of the time that comes when I am forced to. KWIM? :)  This little bunny was given to her Daddy.:) She left it on his desk this morning and went to work. He saw it and asked where it came from.(Like he didn't know!!LOL) He said something to me on the order of..."Does she realize just what she is capable of ? " :)

       She AMAZES me how smart and talented she is!

       I want to thank each and every one of you who have stopped by and left encouraging words for us. They are sooo appreciated!! :)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Monday, October 01, 2012

    Christy Made Another Crocheted Animal!!

                             This is where it ALL starts. At the bottom and working her way up.:)

                            The BASE of the body and her ergonomic handle for her crochet hook!:)

                                        Added the neck,head and nose then stuffed them.:)

                                                                Feet and nose stuffed!

    And ...here it is! A Lavender Giraffe!! Isn't it sooo CUTE!!? Christy brought it up to me after she got most of it done ( she added the tail and mane after she showed it to me) and said.." I have a gift for you as she pulled this CUTEY from behind her back!! :) I LOVE IT!! Thank you so much Christy for this WONDERFUL gift!! I will treasure it ALWAYS!:)

    I don't have the link to the sight where she got the crochet pattern..yet. She got it off of Pinterest.:) I think she had to purchase this pattern since she couldn't find a free pattern ...and she really wanted it.:)

    I want to thank each of you who have stopped in and left sweet comments for Chrsity and me. We really LOVE hearing from you. Makes our day!!:)

     Huge hugs,
    Valinda

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Christy's Latest Creation :)





    This is Christy's latest creation. She has taken up crocheting and has gone WAY beyond anything I have ever tried. I use to make bedspreads and afghans,doilies, hot pads etc.but never attempted anything like this.:) I think it is ADORABLE. Here is what she said about it when she posted it on Facebook. "First ever crocheted bear :D. He's not perfect, and took FORever to finish, but i think he turned out really cute..( made from a written pattern)" She found the pattern on Pinterest...which has got to be the latest hit on the internet. Several friends and members of my family(Christy and some nieces) have joined and pinned LOTS of things from there.:)

    I know I have not posted as often as I use to. Life has a way of taking over. KWIM? I do have more pics of our trip to the Smoky Mtns. and will post them as soon as I get them organized. My header is one of them.:)

    I have gotten a couple awards from my friend Kyra and will need to post those too.:) Thank you so much Kyra for thinking of me. How SWEET of you!!:) 

    Thanks so much for stopping in and I would LOVE to hear from you!! :)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Happy Birthday Barb!! (Mrs. Miles) Have a FANTASTIC day my friend!! :)
    May your greatest wish come true!!

    I LOVE YOU!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Pics from our Trip to the Smoky Mtns this week.

    Jim and I saw these beautiful horses on our trip to the Smoky Mountains, Monday morning. We just HAD to get pics....so we pulled over and then the one on the right decided to .....
    roll around in the tall grass. He was feeling GOOD!:)The mountains in the background was one of our destinations.:)
    This was a really nice way to start our trip.:)

    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    Birthday wishes :)

    Today is my oldest son's 38th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY!! I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH! :) I would say "May your wish come true" but I can't afford the Corvette that you keep asking for.LOL Soo..I will say...May your "reasonable" wish come true!!:) Love, Mom

    Wednesday, September 05, 2012

    Beautiful Sunsets From Trip Back From Florida :)

    These are only a few of the pics I was able to capture of the BEAUTIFUL sunset on the way back to Georgia from Florida. We can find BEAUTY even in the saddest of times.:) We were coming home from Jim's Mom's funeral when we were BLESSED with this GORGEOUS sunset! I LOVE to take pics of the clouds and sunrises/sunsets when we travel to Florida.We live in Georgia and sometimes we don't get the full view because of the BEAUTIFUL landscape full of hills and trees.:) Jim said he LOVES the open spaces in Florida..but we both prefer living in Georgia.The change of seasons are worth it!! Gorgeous sunsets too when we don't have so many trees in the way.:) Thanks for stopping in.:) Hugs, Valinda

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Our Rainy Trip to Central Florida :)

    There were police cars with their lights flashing on each side of the road to slow people down...Ya think? :)
    This guy on a Motorcycle during this kind of weather? I couldn't believe it!! The smart ones were under the overpasses.:)
    This truck must have slid on the water on the road because he hit the guard rail,messing it up and stopped here.
    You could barely see the car in front of you and the ones in front of them were even harder to see. I asked Jim (with great emphasis).LOL ... to slow down and pointed out to him that you could only see the cars up ahead when they hit their brakes to slow down.
    This was after the hard rain we had just come through. Here we go again.LOL


     

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    Update

    Just popping in to let you know that Jim's Mom passed away this last Saturday evening. Jim,Christy and I got up early Sunday morning and headed to Central Florida to be there with Jim's Dad and sister during this difficult time. His Mom had dementia/Alzheimer and was in the last stages of it for a while now. She finally went to be with Jesus and the funeral was Wednesday. Jim thought he needed to be back home to go to work today..but when we got home and he called his District Manager.She told him to take time off and don't come back in until Monday.Isn't that SWEET of her?:) He can really use it too. We are all DRAINED at the moment. Mentally and physically. It is really hard to see your loved ones hurting.:( One blessing though...Mom knows who we all are now!!! Praise the Lord!!:) Thanks for stopping in and I pray you will have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to hug your loved ones and tell them that you love them.:) Hugs, Valinda

    Monday, August 06, 2012

    Sisters - I'm Gonna Make It Through

    Eye trouble again.:(

    Good morning my friends.:) I just wanted to let you know that I am having some eye troubles again. The last few years I have had something going on with them. My eyes would get tired and I started seeing double until I rested them.One time I was looking at my monitor and it was like a crystal lake swirling on the screen.Weird and kinda scary until I read about eye migraines. Recently I started having trouble in my left eye. It is like a haze or film over it when I look at stuff. It seems to be getting worse so I am going to have to go to the eye doctor to see what is going on with that.:( I am having to spend less time looking at the monitor etc and watching TV hasn't been as enjoyable as it use to be. This is one of the reasons my posts have been short lately..plus my visits to my friends blogs have slowed down too.I have a hard time with the glare on my monitor while reading your posts. I want to thank my dear friend Kyra for sending two awards to me this past week!!:) How SWEET of you! If possible I will try to follow the rules and pass them on to some much deserving blog friends.:) I haven't quit..just slowing way down for a while until I get my eye problem taken care of.:) We are trusting our Lord to intervene in this situation. He has healed me soo many times before..several times..instantly... and as that song says..He'll Do It Again.:) Your prayers will be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.:) Hugs, Valinda

    Wednesday, August 01, 2012

    Happy 41st. Anniversary Jim!! It can't get any better than being married ALL these years to my BEST friend.:) I LOVE YOU more than anything you can think or say in return!! LOL ;)

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Happy 11th Birthday Destiny

    This is my youngest Grand daughter,Destiny. Today is her 11th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Destiny. May your wish come true!! See you tonight at the party!!!YAY!!:)

    Love,
    Grandma Johnson.:)

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Another SAD day.:(

       Christy's guinea pig,George, died yesterday.:( She took George to the vet and had x-rays done because he had stopped eating and drinking water for several days. They found out that he had a blockage in the intestines and evidently they couldn't do anything about it because they don't do exotic animals. Guinea pigs are really hard to get better after they have become sick. Christy has had several of them and most develop tumors etc and pass away from that.:( It is especially hard on Christy to have both Freedom and George leave us in the same week. We KNOW that God is in control of each and every situation that we go through and are trusting him to walk with us through this time of sorrow.
     I want to thank each of you who have left such sweet comments for us and your kindness is truly appreciated.:) THANK YOU!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    My Friend Freedom



    When I had to quit work because of my bad ankle and not being able to stand on it for long periods.Mama convinced me to get a dog to keep me company at home.I decided it had been years since we had had one and where we were renting before (for 6 years) didn't allow pets and it sounded like the right time..since we had bought a home in Georgia and could now have pets again.:) Jim took Christy and me to the Animal Shelter to pick out a puppy. I had asked the Lord to help me to pick out a good one before going and when we got there,there were LOTS of puppies in cages.Some sleeping..some whining,some cowering in corners shaking etc.The one that caught my eyes and heart was the one trying it's very best to claw it's way out of the cage and into my arms.:) She was standing up on her hind legs,clawing at the front of the cage...begging me to pay attention to her. She looked so much like another dog that Jim and I had to reluctantly give up.:( That dog..named Sugar was one of the SWEETEST dogs you could ever find..until Freedom.:) I feel that God replaced the one we loved so much with another one that had the same personality Sugar had. Jim asked me what I was going to name her when we were on our way home from the Shelter. I thought for a couple of minutes and then told him ..."Freedom" ..because she wanted out of the cage so badly..and was finally FREE!.:) Freedom was so smart and so gentle and loving. We have and will miss her tremendously.She was a LOT of fun and filled our hearts with joy.:) Thank you Lord for helping me to find ..just the right puppy for us!!

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Saying Goodbye to my Dear Friend...Freedom :(

      Today has been a sad day for our family. We had to say goodbye to our dear friend and companion...Freedom. (dog) She was 13 years old this month. She had been having difficulty getting up from a lying down position and she just fell over this morning ...and then she fell down the steps this morning going out to potty and landed on the concrete patio. Did some kind of damage and couldn't walk or stand up on her own. She wouldn't eat or drink anything for us and just laid there whining.:( Jimmy had to carry her to the car and into the vet. One of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make...but I know it was the right one ...for HER!! Rest in peace my friend!! 

    Thank you Lord for the many happy years you have allowed us to have with her.She was the BEST!!

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    More Easter Layouts..:)

     I know..this one looks familiar.(last post)  I decided to add a frame to the photo. :)

     This is a layout of Ruthie..my Nephew and Niece's daughter (Great Niece)... and Lexi..my middle Grand daughter. It wasn't easy getting great pics when the kids were running to find the eggs. You wouldn't believe how many pics got taken with them as a blur.LOL

    This one is of Ruthie...in the background finding an egg and Kai..her little brother..prolly thinking that is the spot to find them.LOL Carrie (oldest Grand daughter) is helping Zander find eggs. He is growing up sooo fast!!:) I added a frame to this one and the one above. The swirly one is Gaye's and in the kit.:) I also used a scalloped shape in my paint program and filled it with Gaye's paper ..to add to the page.

     I know these are more along the traditional kind of scrap booking. But these days..that's about the best I can do with my eyes. I can't sit hours and hours looking at tiny dots (pixels) trying to make sure I got them all when extracting elements etc.:) Personally..I like this kind of scrapping.LOL Good thing huh? :)

    Thanks for stopping in and leaving a Sweet comment for me.:)


    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Another Easter layout :)

    This is my middle Grand daughter...Lexi. She was having a blast. I LOVE that smile on her face.:) I am using Gaye's Easter Hop kit for my Easter layouts. I LOVE IT! The egg in the wheel barrel wasn't in it before I made it look like it is.:) I arranged the chicks so they are looking at Lexi.  I also added the alpha to the flags. That was a last minute idea and ...I LOVE the way it turned out. :)You can see Zander running to find eggs in the left background. :)

    Thanks again for stopping in.:) I LOVE your visits!!


    Hugs,
    Valinda


    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Easter Layouts...finally :)

     I haven't made layouts in SOOO long. I even had to remind myself where certain actions were located on my paint program.LOL This layout is of my dining table and the Easter baskets that were placed there for my Grand kids. Zander included.:) Jimmy ...my oldest son...drew the coloring pages for the kids to color. They LOVE his coloring pages.:) I started these layouts sometime in the last couple of weeks and just finished the third one today.

     Here is a layout with the girls and their Mom. (you can see the back of their Mom's head) and that is Christy in the red T-shirt. They all LOVED coloring the eggs and getting them ready for the adults to hide them.:)
     Carrie..our oldest grand child helped Zander find eggs. I think he was a bit reluctant to part with them.... to place them in the carton.LOL

    This is my dear friend

  • Gaye's
  • Easter Hop kit. It is such a CUTE kit and I LOVE making layouts using her designs.:) I haven't finished making the rest of my Easter layouts from this year...so stay tuned...if you would like to see more.:) Please visit my friend Gaye and check out her COOL designs.You will LOVE them!!!

    I know that I had been making cards recently..but my Grand daughters LOVE looking at my scrapbook albums when they come for visits ..so I thought they would enjoy some new pages to look at.....plus..I LOVE them too.:)

    Thanks for stopping in.:)


    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    More of the Panarama Farm Market.:)

     Lollipops anyone..name your pic..it's probably here.LOL

     There were several small barrels of  assorted flavors of  Taffy in different sections of the store.

     These pies look so yummy! Fresh made apple is what we were told.mmmmm:)

     This assortment of jarred candies reminds me of those Western movies where the kids run into the grocers and stare at them until the clerk gives them one. Those huge white jaw breakers were over eight dollars a piece. They still had the jar full after I saw the price.LOL

     This is my sister ..Tionie (pronounced...tea on knee.) :) She saw this bag of peanut butter candy and told me that these are the closest she has tasted that reminds her of those peanut shaped, peanut butter filled candies we LOVED as kids.:) mmmm  She was soo excited to have found them.!!

     This is Tionie after she saw the cold apple cider and the mulling packets for hot apple cider. She had to have a couple of those.:)

     Tionie,Mama, Joe and a lady I don't know.(cashier).LOL

    Mama wanted a picture of me so I got behind Tionie and put my head on her shoulder..LOL Yeah...that would be me.:)


    A few days ago..I almost broke my little toe. I hit the baseboard on my return trip from the trash can to the bathroom sink. It turned dark..and purple ..with a reddish bruise too. OWWIE!!! :( The whole toe bruised and swelled some.It is still bruised ..mostly on the top of my foot where the two toes separated. Yesterday it kept shooting pains into it..like someone stabbing it. The last couple of days when anyone comes close..I tell them.."Don't step on my toe!!!" hehe  They don't even have to be that close.LOL I am more aware now of that little toe than I ever have been.:)  I turned down a shopping trip with Christy the other day because I didn't want to put my shoe on.Now that is SERIOUS!!!LOL

     We are going to dinner and a movie this afternoon and I may wear flip flops.hehe JK

    Thanks for stopping in and I sure do LOVE it when you leave some love for me.:)

    Hugs,
    Valinda

    Monday, July 02, 2012

    Panorama Farm Market

     Friday morning...Mama and her friend Joe, Tionie (my sister) and I went to Elijay,Ga.( an hour or more trip from our town) to get some apples. Joe said he had gone there a few weeks ago to get some apples and they didn't have any yet. Well.. we were informed once we got there that the apples don't come to them until either the end of July..or during August or September. So..Tionie and I got some peaches and mine are ripening on my kitchen counter now.:)

     I always enjoy going into these kinds of markets to see what things they have come up with to can and sell..or try to sell..LOL This is only a small part of the pictures I took while there.:) Mama and Joe are looking over the baked goodies.

     Here's a closer pic so you can drool with me.LOL If you look deep into the pic you will see that the store is larger than you would think.This pic was taken at the front door looking in to the left.

     This pic was taken from the center of the store ..looking towards the back. You can see Joe getting some of his Muscadine (ms) Cider. He said he LOVES it.:) Mama is in the foreground and Tionie is looking the canning section over in the background.

     Here is Joe getting some Apple Cider for Mama. This is on the shelf  behind the Muscadine cider.

     Here is the Bakery where they make all kinds of breads and pies. They had apple -cinnamon bread plus home made apple pies too.I have a pic I will try to post tomorrow of the gorgeous and delicious pies cooling on the baking rack. Mouth watering and I didn't even taste any of them!! I did try a sugar free fried apple pie.Not too bad...for sugar free.hehe

     This is my sister being herself. Isn't she CUTE? LOL See the brooms hanging on the wall? That..plus Tionie drew me into this part of the store.hehe

    This is Mama and Joe looking at Jaw Breakers in glass containers and a couple of ceramic Jungle Monkeys on the top shelf. She said.."Those are us,Joe". Snort! :)


    More tomorrow.:) 

    Hugs,
    Valinda