Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Morning Staff Meeting

Good morning everyone. I hope you had a good weekend.

First, I'm going to apologize for the fact that I haven't any goodies for you this morning. Perhaps you've brought something to the meeting? Maybe you've baked up a batch of cinnamon rolls. That would be lovely. Anyway, no goodies on this end because this is what we woke up to yesterday morning.


What's that you ask? That's the view from the bathroom window. Here's the view from the patio door.


Yeah, that!!!!

This weather should have held off until Wednesday when it would have been more appropriate - April Fool's Day!

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Last week Vee had a jelly bean guessing contest and luckily I guessed the correct number of bags that it took to fill the old biscuit jar. Vee emailed me to inform me that I'd guessed correctly and she asked me to submit my favorite phrase or Bible verse to her. Hmmmmmm...... what was she up to?

I grabbed my grandmother's bible from the bookcase and found a page where she'd made notes in the margins.

It says, "Aunt Lillie's favorite prayer". For a little history on the subject, my great aunt Lillie was a Nazarene preacher who seemed to breath fire and brimstone. My mother would crawl out of the open church window to escape her sermons!

Fast forward to yesterday mail delivery. I received a package which was exciting because I hadn't ordered anything. That means it's a surprise! It was from Vee.


Look how lovely the item is wrapped. But what could it be?


She has taken Aunt Lillie's prayer and created this beautiful wall hanging. I don't know how she's done it but it's really nice, mounted on a sturdy board.


I've hung it in my bedroom, across from my bed. Every morning I can read my great Aunt Lillie's prayer.


"I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me."

Thanks so much Vee.

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Stay tuned because later this week I'm going to show you how to create a great little Easter project. The kids can be involved with this one. I do need to ask from some help. If anyone can tutor me on how to create a PDF that people can download, I'd appreciate it.

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I've received requests for my gumbo recipe. This is from a recipe card that I bought on our honeymoon in New Orleans 30 years ago. Enjoy.


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EDIT: You must go over to Living Life in Saint-Aignan. She's making a tartiflette! I never even knew they existed and after seeing her pictures I can't imagine how I lived without one. It's like au gratin potatoes on steroids. I am trying to figure out what a waxy potato is though.

The floor is now open. Anything exciting going on at your blog? What's on your agenda for the week?


Heidi said...

*pass's out fresh cinnimon rolls* The boys talked me into getting up early and making them cinnimon rolls.... I am stupid... BUT - I cant see your pictures, it says exceeds bandwith? Is that my problem? How can I see them??? btw - GOOD MORNING ILLINOIS!!! LOL

Vee said...

Oh cinnamon rolls seems to be the least of our worries today. (I'll try to remember to bring some Paska for next Monday morning thanks to the gals at MGCC.)

Vee said...

Oh! Forgot to say that you're very welcome and I'm glad that you liked it. I'm surprised to find that it's hanging on a wall in your home. That sounds like a very special spot. (I just hang them over lamps or on the ends of frames or on a doorknob or something.)

chocolatechic said...

I'd love some fresh cinnamon rolls.

I'm not feeling well today and I just know that a fresh cinnamon roll would make me feel better.

All I see is that you have exceeded your bandwith and need to upgrade to photobucket pro.

Anonymous said...

All I see is that you have exceeded your bandwith and need to upgrade to photobucket pro.

The Blue Ridge Gal

lifeinredshoes said...

Well what a lovely gift! Vee, perhaps you could teach us how to recreate one of our favorites?
Damn, damn, snow. You've already visited my place to see the great disappointment that was poured out upon us.
I have something for staff meeting! I made a sour cream apple pie, I'll be sharing the recipe later in the week.
Would you like ice cream on that?

Texas Gardener said...

We had blowing snow Saturday morning as I was stocking the suites at Texas Motor Speedway! We have a NASCAR race here next week. That better not happen again.

Too bad I already planted my tomatoes, the weather gets us again!

lisa said...

To convert Word docs to PDF, I've been very successful with the online service at

As always, enjoying your blog from afar - but not for long! I'M COMING HOME WEDNESDAY!!!

Yeah. Just thought you'd want to know that.

You've helped keep me going in some very trying times. Thank you!:o)

belladella said...

That sign is wonderful. How special. And I can't believe you guys have snow- well I can, but I wish I could send some Spring your way!

Jenni said...

What a beautiful gift!

I hope this bout of wintry weather is as short for you as it was for us! This morning I was too hot in my sweatshirt as I worked outside, and almost all the snow and ice are gone already. Now there are just all those limbs to clean up!

BittersweetPunkin said...

What a lovely gift from Vee...and Oh My...your snow!

srp said...

I love your snow... I know it is cold and hard to deal with at times.. but when you live where a snow like that would be a gift... a bit of time to sit and reflect (because no one here can drive in it).. then I just cannot help being jealous. Of course, your grandmother would have been right to say that jealousy is not a fine quality. BTW... my dad is a retired Nazarene preacher and I graduated from Bethany Nazarene College in Oklahoma. My brother, the opera singer, is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene College up near your neck of the woods.


Snow here too. I want to put away my boots and coat. In fact, I want to burn them!

Suzanne said...

Heidi - OMIGOSH....You get up SO EARLY it hurts my brain to think about it. That's why I never could have been married to a dairy farmer - I don't do mornings. I love the cinnamon rolls you've brought to the meeting. Just perfect.

Vee - Paska?? What's Paska? Seriously, I don't know. Thanks again for the very thoughtful gift. Such talent you have.

Chocolatechic - What are talking about? You baked some really great cookies. Ooooooh yummy. Bandwith, I don't even know what bandwidth is.

Di -Yeah. I've been speeding along their photo highway and they finally caught me.

Red Shoes - Yes, we got a foot of disappointment. Sour cream apple pie? I've been wanting to try it every since I saw it on Alicia's site, Posie Get Cozy.

Texas Gardener - I can't say I ever saw more than a couple of snowflakes the whole time I lived in Texas. Have some Nascar fun this week.

Lisa - Thanks for the PDF help. You're coming home???? I'm doing the happy joy dance. I've been following you along your very tense journey. I HOPE your daughter is coming with you. Please say so. I don't know what I could have done to have helped you but I'm glad if I did. WOO're coming home.

Bella Della - I'll take all good wishes for no more snow.

Jenni - Send that warmer weather this way. I think Heather at Mindless Junque sent the snow. I'll blame her.

Punkin - YES....oh my, the snow.

SRP - When I lived in Texas I prayed for snow, just to have something different....sun, sun, sun, every stinking day. HA.

Liberty - Let's start a bonfire. I'll bring the match....and the winter coat.

Thanks everyone for visiting with me at the weekly meeting. What a wonder the internet is.

lisa said...


Yes! My daughter has the necessary documents to get out - a 'one-trip' temporary pass out and back in - only she will never, ever, never, never be coming back here!

You've helped me by just being you; by showing me the things I have to look forward to, which gave me the will to keep going.


Oz Girl said...

Well, our weekend was positively eventful, with the ice storm that hit south central Kansas, which knocked down many power lines, cracking the poles in two.

I guess four days without power would be my eye-opening introduction to rural living. Our power just came back on less than 2 hours ago, and I never thought I'd be so ecstatic to do laundry and vacuum!!!