Friday, November 30, 2007

Still at Mom's

Hi All,
Just another quick update while I have access to my dad's computer! Mom fell on Tuesday evening and broke her humerus bone - but no - it isn't humorous at all! She also required 11 stitches in her neck due to a soup tureen breaking when she missed the step and the tureen hit the travertine floor! I came over Wed. to see how I could best be of help. Well - it's Friday evening and I'm still here! I really am going home tonight to see what needs to be taken care of at my home! LOL

Mom is in good spirits, albeit, great pain! It's hard to keep her down. Just imagine Tigger in a recliner!

We left her house Thursday around 11 a.m. to pick up her emergency room XRays. We then had over 2 hours to wait for her Ortho appointment. She asked me if I would mind taking her to the mall to get her nails done! So that's what we did! It was nice to have time to sit together and have them done at the same time. We are both usually so busy and going in totally different directions.

We then ate Chinese for lunch and shopped a little at Macy's. Great sales there until Monday! Mom has a friend on the board for Macy's who gave us a "Friend and Family" card so we get an additional 20% off all items until Monday! What fun!

After the mall, we were off to the ortho Dr. appointment for her arm. He took new xrays because he wasn't pleased with the ones taken at emergency room. Her shoulder if full of arthritis, which I've been telling her to get checked out for months now! She received a cortisone shot. We finally returned home at 6 p.m. exhausted!

Please keep her in her prayers. The pain medication helps take the edge off the pain.

I've been online comparing prices for computers.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I'm on my dad's computer and posting really quick before heading up the road to my home.

I'm experiencing extreme blogging withdrawal! My computer crashed on Saturday.

I'm at my parent's due to mom falling yesterday and breaking her arm. I brought groceries, easy stuff for dad to prepare on the George Foreman grill, and did some laundry for mom.

I'm in the middle of pricing and shopping for a new computer! Mom's hospital trip and injury kind of interrupted that!

I'm missing knowing what is going on in all of your live's. I did have time to visit a few blogs tonight.

I'm anxiously awaiting to write a real post! Hopefully I will be privileged to do that soon in the comfort of my own home!

I'm thinking and praying and loving y'all!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Houston...we have a problem!!!

Hello! This is Jungle mom, Pam's sister, writing from Paraguay! We received an emergency call this morning from Pam asking us to post on her blog so that everyone will know where she has been.

Her computer has crashed and she is unable to get online. She says to tell you all how much she misses you and that she does not know when she will be back online, but, please, keep checking in to see when she is up and running again!!!

Funny, how that even though I am here in South America , I can help her out with this!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It's Right Around the Corner!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! The holiday arrives a little earlier than usual due to the calendar - are you prepared? Be sure to follow these safety tips and guidelines to ensure a happy, healthy holiday meal.

Remember it is important to mix in a little activity with your turkey and pie. Consider having a family football game or scavenger hunt to get everyone moving. Even a group walk after dinner is a great way for everyone to get some physical activity - on Thanksgiving and every day! We live near a gorgeous county park with basketball and tennis courts, along with soccer fields galore and football fields. My favorite part of the park is the one and one half mile track around the perimeter. Most everyday, I walk three miles (2 laps). I hope to be able to get visiting family members motivated to join me at the park after the big meal! However, I've already told myself not to be terribly disappointed if my idea is met with growls of dismissal! LOL With this in mind, I'm going to rent THIS wonderful movie.

"Facing the Giants" is an inspirational movie of faith which I know my parents and brother will just love!

I've inlcuded some links below with turkey tips and coloring/activity sheets - a fun way to keep your young ones occupied during meal preparation. Shane and I have been having fun with many of these pages this week. Enjoy!

- Cooking Turkey is a Family Affair... with the Right Safety Tools
- Tips for a Safer Turkey
- Thanksgiving Activities (worksheets, games, crafts & more!)
- Thanksgiving Coloring Sheets
- Turkey Trivia

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving Riddles

Scroll down for answers!

#1.What kind of key has legs, but can't open doors?

#2.Why didn't the turkey finish his dessert?

#3.Why did the turkey cross the road?

#4.Why did the pilgrim cross the road?

#5.If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?


#2.He was stuffed

#3.It was the chicken's day off

#4.He was chasing the turkey


Weren't those fun!??

Friday, November 16, 2007

Take Time To Be Positive

Take time today to notice six great things that helped you stay positive. I promise you will find yourself smiling at the end of the day for the little things in life.

Today I:

1...saw: my son play soccer!

2...ate: pancakes which were lovingly prepared by my hubby!

3...recieved: no bills in the mail!

4...did for me: walked 3 miles in our beautiful park!

5...did for someone else: typed a business letter for my husband.

6...found funny: watching King Juan Carlos of Spain telling the ever cocky Hugo Chavez, dictator of Venezuela, to shut up during a summit meeting in South America. I keep watching the video clip both in English and Spanish!

(Hat Tip to Ginger of Just A thought for this idea!


I have some "turkey trivia" for you to share with your guests at this year's Thanksgiving meal......

Until 1863, Thanksgiving Day had not been celebrated annually since the first feast in 1621. This changed in 1863 when Sarah Josepha Hale (the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb) encouraged Abraham Lincoln to set aside the last Thursday in November "as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer."

About 300 million turkeys are produced each year. About 45 million (15%, or about 675 million pounds) are consumed at Thanksgiving. Ninety percent of American homes eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Fifty percent eat turkey on Christmas.

According to a survey commissioned by the National Turkey Federation the top five ways consumers eat leftover turkey are: (1) Sandwich (67%); (2) Soup or stew (20%); (3) Salad (14%); (4) Casserole (12%); and (5) Stir-fry (6%).

The average American ate between 18 and 19 pounds of turkey in 1996. Sandwiches are the most popular form of turkey consumption.

Californians are the biggest turkey eaters in the country. They eat three pounds more turkey than the average American consumer.

The Israelis eat more than 22 pounds of turkey each year, largely because red-meat production in Israel is limited and it is expensive.

Domestic turkeys are raised in just about every state. North Carolina produces the most turkeys, while Minnesota and Arkansas are number two and three.

How did the turkey get its name? No one seems to know for sure, but we are certain how the turkey got it's nickname, gobbler. It comes from the loud "gobble, gobble, gobble" that the turkey makes. Only the male turkeys (called toms) gobble, while the females (called hens) make a clicking noise.

Domestic turkeys cannot fly. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour and can run 25 miles an hour.

A fully grown turkey has over 3,500 feathers.

Wild turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset.

A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is one reason why they easily elude some hunters.

The fleshy growth from the base of the beak, which is very long on male turkeys and hangs down over the beak, is called the snood.

Out of this world meal. When US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin sat down to eat their first meal on the moon in their historic 1969 voyage, their foil food packets contained roasted turkey and all the trimmings.

Benjamin Franklin tried to switch our national symbol from the Eagle to the Turkey.

Visit for more educational information.

I Can't Wait To Try These!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 c. miniature semisweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 pounds chocolate bark, melted (can find in baking aisle next to chocolate chips)

Beat butter and sugar at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour, mixing well. Add chocolate chips. Shape mixture into 1" balls. Cover and freeze balls until very firm. Melt chocolate bark as directed. Using two forks, quickly dip frozen truffles into melted chocolate, coating completely. Place on wax paper to harden. Store truffles in refrigerator 2 to 3 days or place in freezer. Makes 4 1/2 dozen. (May use
melted white chocolate to create a "swirl" on top for decoration.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Update on Patti-thanks for your prayers!


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2007 10:10 PM, CST
Good evening, I finally was able to visit Patti today after not seeing her for a couple of days.... It was not easy for me to see her so, so pale, so fragile, so skinny.

I figure she must not be more than a 100 pounds now. Tomorrow it'll be a week she had the surgery and all she has eaten are ice chips, so you can imagine how weak her body must me, she was already weak before her procedure....

Todd and I don't believe they are going to send her home any time soon. They need to know when she starts to eat how things are going to work for her, there are a number of concerns that will be difficult to deal with at home.

She was fast asleep, very peacefully, had cards on the wall, flower arrangements, a pink kitty cat, everything to cheer her up when she is able to notice it all. To my surprised, she called me this morning to see how I was feeling, I know, that took a tremendous effort on her part, I did not recognize her lettle voice at first, once I did, all I could do was to cry, happy to hear her, and knowing how difficult it must have been for her to do it, I knew at that moment how much she loved me and cares for me, that was one of the greatest gifts I have received in my life! We all know she is an amazing loving, kind soul, that is why we all love her so much.

Continue to pray with all your heart, we need patience, we also, this is for me, know the Lord is in control and she is in the hollow of his loving hand, He'll protect her and carry her through this storm as He has done before.

Victory is near for Patti Byrd, and when it comes, what a celebration that will be! I love you all, God bless,




Let me start by telling you that before I went to see Patti I went to the store to buy a Christmas gift I saw in the paper. I was walking down to the register, I saw that the pajamas were 50% off, then instantly one in particular got my attention, it was green and had kitty cats dressed as Santa everywhere, well, green is Patti's favorite color, and cats, she is crazy about them, without hesitation, I got the pajamas, paid for them and drove to the hospital.

I was dreading the visit, yesterday I came out very down, very sad. I opened the door and she opened her eyes, inmediately she started to cry, quickly I kissed her and said, no tears, I'm not here for tears, do I have a surprise for you! She smiled and got a little excited as I handed her the pajamas. What a sight that was!

She was opening them up as fast as she could, between crying and smiling real big, she kept on saying, they are green and have kittens on them, turned around and told the nurse, everyone should have a Raisa in their lives... I told her I have been shopping and found a beautiful skirt that would be great for our Florida Worship Choir outfit, I told her that I had left it in the car because I thought she would be asleep, asked her if she wanted me to go get it, all this conversation was very happy and uplifting from me, I wanted to raise her spirits and I was doing it! I went to the car, came back and to my amazement, she had the nurse change her to the green Christmas pajamas! The poor nurse had to disconnect and connect all of the equipment so she could wear them, not only that, the pajamas came with a strap, she had that around her bald head like a bow, she was acting like a little kid with a new present.

You can imagine, my relief, my joy my happiness.... The Lord had taken me to that store to get that present for her, which in turn uplifted her and ME! She loved the skirt and I told her I would buy one for her birthday in January and not to ask for another thing, that would be it! She laughed when I told her that my daughter Becky wants to be the first one to take her out to dinner to the greasiest restaurant in Tampa to begin the process of fattening her up, she said she could not wait to do that and go shopping with me. She also said her mother in law was going to decorate her house for Christmas and the theme for the tree was going to be pink kitties like the one I gave her and the color of the breast cancer ribbon. It was awesome, rewarding and made us aware of God's love for his children, how He does things to get the results that are needed....

She started with a liquid diet today, however, all she wanted was 2 popsicles. They have to see how food agrees with her as it is introduced slowly and she has to have at least a couple of BMs before she can go home.

I apologize for going on and on but, I knew you would enjoy reading today's events after so many somber reports.

Pray on, for that's what the Lord is looking for, get on your knees for that is how the battle is won, and IT IS!!!! God bless you all,


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

W Ketchup Toasts French President

DISCLAIMER: AS you read this post, remember that I am a very conservative Republican but have friends who are not. I also realize that because a friend and I don't agree on all things political, it needn't harm our friendship! I don't intend to offend anyone with this post, only share a couple of stories that do my heart good! Enjoy!

I don't know if any of you have heard of W Ketchup or not. My family became familiar with W Ketchup during the 2004 presidential campaign. Remember, it was George W. Bush vs. John Kerry, husband of Theresa HEINZ Kerry. My son, Shane, age 8 at that time, very wisely decided that our household should not purchase any food items with the name HEINZ on them! We agreed! To make things more interesting, Shane made it his mission for that campaign year, to turn as many HEINZ ketchup bottles backwards on the grocery store shelves as time would permit! Of course, we didn't stop him! We still order W Ketchup from time to time because it tastes good, but mostly because W Ketchup donates a portion of every purchase to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, which helps fund college tuition for the children of America’s fallen heroes.

I remember when a long time friend, who now lives in Pennsylvania, came down to visit us for Thanksgiving. When she mentioned something about Democrats in Pennsylvania, Shane's mouth flew open in surprise and he exclaimed incredulously: "What? You mean you have Democrats all the way up in Pennsylvania too?!!!?" We all laughed so hard at the shock portrayed by this young "conservative"!

I said all that to say this! Ever since my first order of W Ketchup, I have been receiving email updates from the company. I really want to share today's email as it goes hand in hand with Veteran's Day. I watched, via C-SPAN, as the new French President spoke to the joint session of congress this week and was thrilled to detect a refreshing change in tone as he appears to be PRO-AMERICAN! Now if we could only get a few more American citizens on board!
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W Ketchup Toasts French President Sarkozy this Veterans Day

Eagle Bridge, NY — November 11, 2007 — Last week newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Washington, the first official visit by a French president in six years. Before visiting Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington, Sarkozy addressed a joint session of Congress, saying:

The men and women of my generation heard their parents talk about how in 1944, America returned to free Europe from the horrifying tyranny that threatened to enslave it. Fathers took their sons to see the vast cemeteries where, under thousands of white crosses so far from home, thousands of young American soldiers lay who had fallen not to defend their own freedom but the freedom of all others, not to defend their own families, their own homeland, but to defend humanity as a whole.
. . .
To those 20-year-old heroes who gave us everything, to the families of those who never returned, to the children who mourned fathers they barely got a chance to know, I want to express France’s eternal gratitude.
The previous evening, President Sarkozy awarded the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, to seven World War II veterans.

Dan Oliver, CEO of W Ketchup, commented: “At the age of 19, the Marquis de Lafayette left France to volunteer his service in the American Revolution, and became a life long friend of George Washington. Last week America witnessed a French president, walking in the spirit of Lafayette, who understands freedom, acknowledges America’s sacrifices, and appreciates American exceptionalism.”

On the eve of Sarkozy’s visit, CBS broadcast a “60 Minutes” interview between Sarkozy and Lesly Stahl. When Stahl asked about his ex-wife, Sarkozy replied, “If I had something to say about Cecilia I would certainly not say it here,” took off his microphone, and left the interview. When asked why his press secretary had arranged the interview, Sarkozy responded: “He is stupid.”

W Ketchup’s Chairman Bill Zachary reacted: “The liberal media has made a habit of lionizing America’s enemies, and degrading America’s friends, turning the fourth estate into a fifth column. We wish more American politicians showed Sarkozy’s dignity by refusing to submit to the humiliations and abuses of privacy of the media.”

In his speech to the US Congress, Sarkozy also said:

America’s strength is not only a material strength, it is first and foremost a spiritual and moral strength. . . . Fundamentally, what are those who love America asking of her, if not to remain forever true to her founding values?
W Ketchup is dedicated to supporting America’s founding values and the men and women of the armed forces who protect them from foreign tyrants, especially on this Veteran’s Day.

President Sarkozy returned to France to find his country paralyzed by striking trade unions and protesting university students who want less work and more entitlements. W Ketchup wishes Sarkozy Godspeed in his effort to cure France of its eurosclerosis.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Day

Let's remember to thank the Lord for those who have served in the past and are serving us and our country now. Freedom isn't free! Please be sure to teach your children why we celebrate Veteran's Day.
One military wife who is such a blessing to me is Christina. She is keeping the home fires burning, training her four wonderful children, serving in their local church, homeschooling, etc while her hubby serves in Iraq. I count it an honour to have gotten to *know* her through her blog. Please visit her sweet, soothing blog by clicking here.

I have cousins serving in the military in several different countries right now. Our family offers prayers for each of them daily. Even though we may not know exactly where they are, we have a God who knows their exact loacation and their every need.

Thanks Tiany!

I was blessed to receive the following award from Tiany during the week of my birthday! She had such glowing words to say about those of us she chose to pass it on to. I'm just on top of the world having received this from Tiany! For you see, when I was a humble baby blogger, new to this whole genre of communicating, Tiany's blog was one of the first blogs I visited daily! My niece first told me about it and after one visit to Tiany's homey, comforting blog - I was hooked! I felt she was such a professional at this blogging stuff, that I shuttered to leave her a comment! When she came over to my place and left me a comment, my niece Jackie and I were thrilled! What an honor! I remember Jackie leaving me a comment stating how neat it was that Tiany left me a comment because she was like this "famous" blogger who won awards, etc. SO you see why I am so thrilled and humbled by her consideration of me for this sweet award! Thank you Tiany for welcoming me into the *bloggity fold* so warmly and helping me feel I can do this! If you want to learn more about this amazing mommy of 4 beautiful boys, who really has her act together, simply click here! I know you will thoroughly enjoy your visit.

I'm a Candle Addict!

Heather of Heather's Brain is hosting a candle giveaway! I LOVE candles and am really hoping to win this one! I must confess that I'm a *Addicted to Candles*! This month's candle is just right for the holiday season....Winter Candle Apple. Autumn Apples wrapped in a hard sugar candy with sweet caramel. Click here to enter and be sure to follow the rules!

Is that a FREE candle I smell?: NOVEMBER'S CANDLE

Thursday, November 08, 2007

AWW Thanks Everyone!

All the many birthday wishes were recieved warmly and with a thankful spirit. My day was spendid and I have much to share about this 47th birthday of mine, but it will have to be tomorrow! I felt so very loved! Hubby just got home and is now finished showering, so I'm off to hear about his day. Goodnight!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Hi Dear Friends! I just got off the phone with Patti's husband, Todd. Please remember him in your prayers as you remember Patti. It has been quite a few long months for him as the spouse of a very sick gal. Thanks y'all. I know I can count on you. I'm sure Todd and Patti will both appreciate your prayers for them. Patti did well through her surgery yesterday and is now starting her long recuperation time. You may read the journal entries below if you want the details.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2007 07:42 PM, CST
Hi everybody, Patti had her surgery at 12:30 p.m. today, everything went smooth, they did find another infected pocket, the surgeon did not know about that one, she was able to clean it and of course she'll be on antibiotics to make sure the infection goes away. They took the piece of the colon that was bad, so we can thank God that the surgery went fine under the circumstances.

She has and is connected to all the necessary things with that type of surgery, the hose in her nose does not let her talk very clearly. When she was taken to a room, (temporary room) until she gets a private room, she had pain, headache, don't know if it is a migraine...

Has nausea and the expected discomforts, they were prepared and started giving her morphine, nausea meds, etc. That is all I can tell you at the moment, tomorrow is another day. If everything is okay, she'll go home after a week at the hospital.

Please continue to pray, with this type of surgery the recovery is difficult and lengthy, only the Lord can control the outcome

God bless you all, I'll keep on updating you until she can do it on her own.



The tube down her throat is gone, that was aggravating the nausea, so she feels more relief, the head still hurting, they took her for another brain MRI tonight. Praise God the tube is gone, we'll see what tomorrow brings.

She is not in a private room as of yet, we hope it'll be soon. I'll spend some time with her tomorrow, just sitting there, not saying a word, the ones that know me know how difficult it is for me to keep my mouth shot, but for Patti, I'll do it! I just want to keep her company and let her know I'm supporting her through this journey.

Let's pray that tomorrow will bring more relief, keep the prayers coming , God bless you all.



Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Please remember to pray for Patti today, (Tuesday) as she will be going into surgery to have part of her colon removed. You can click on the link next to her photo above to view the latest entry. She has posted a photo of her and Raisa, the dear one who has been updating Patti's journal for us during Patti's most difficult days. I have had many of you inquire who Raisa is, so a click on the link above will let you see that sweet ladies face, along with Patti'!

I was privileged to get to speak with Patti on the phone for about 2 hours last week. Yes, 2 hours all at once! What a blessing that girl was to me! One thing she told me which caused tears was how she just loves it when my daddy visits with her and prays over her. She said she just loves to hear him pray, then she spoke about him being so humble and loving. She also said it made her feel as if it was her own daddy standing there comforting her! She lost her father several years ago.

This was shared with me by a wonderful cousin who is a stamping/card making enthusiast. I felt I should share it with you.

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!
I had a "fun, girly" weekend! My friend Ashley met us at the park Friday evening where I do my walking and Shane plays soccer. She joined me in my laps around the track, which by the way, I have built up to 2 laps a day. That translates into THREE MILES! Yes, me, Pam, the one who could barely walk last fall! Praise the Lord! Anyway, we came home around 9 p.m. ravished, so we ordered pizza. Then on Saturday night we watched "Gone With the Wind" together while eating popcorn and Funguns; washing it all down with Orange Soda! LOL I never buy sodas unless we order pizza or have a party! Once in awhile, I might order a Diet Coke when I go out to eat. So I felt like a bad, little school girl sitting on the guest bed, eating junk food! Oh and we got to chat with Jackie down in Paraguay off and on through out the evening.

It was fun sharing face care products and talking "girl talk" for most of the weekend. I always feel so honored when someone only 18 years old wants to hang out with an old chick like me. Thanks Ashley for keeping me young!
Last but certainly not least, I'd like to wish my Aunt Donna a very happy birthday today! Just click on her name to link to a post I did about her and her quilting. She is celebrating her 81 years of life with a little less fanfare than last year. Her big 80 was a big affair with many surprises, such as: Her sister flew down from Indiana, a son flew in from Germany with his wife, another came in from out west, one came from Atlanta, a daughter came in from Virginia, and of course her son, who lives here in Florida, was in on the whole surprise! Many wonderful memories were made!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Hey All! Below is another update on Patti from her dear friend Raisa. I've had a few of you ask me who this dear soul, Raisa, is. She started attending the same church as Patti a few short years ago. She and Patti really hit it off and have become like sisters. She has been such a blessing to Patti's life and I know Raisa would say the same thing about Patti. Hope that helps you all understand just a little more about who this faithful woman is.

Hello! Patti is hanging in there, gets tired very easily, that is to be expected when you eat very light Today she went for her pre-op, it took her 3 hours so she was very tired when it was over.
Monday she is having a colonoscopy and Tuesday is Surgery, the surgeon told her it would take about 2 1/2 hrs. Warm up your praying engines, buy some knee pads, don't forget to forward this to your friends and family, churches, everybody! Let's pray that surgery goes smooth and the recovery will be easy and without complications, especially those evil migraines!
She is very thankful and very blessed to have you all, what she does not understand is that we are the blessed ones, how generous of the Lord to put her in our lives!
God bless, much love.

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Senator Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin stand during the national anthem. Barack Hussein Obama's photo (that's his real name)......the photo here is worth a thousand words! Does he deserve to be the next Commander in Chief if he can't pledge his allegiance to our beloved flag and country? What is your opinion?