Sunday, January 30, 2011

Another Project - Happy Birthday, Daddy

In the last 8 years, Rick and I have restored and redone many items from lake houses, my kitchen, to quilt chests, chairs, and the lists go on. This weekend we went to Lubbock to pick up another project.  We are going to be out of our league on this one. This one is actually one of my "wants." In fact that is why I actually acquired this. Greg found it, and had heard me say that I wanted one of these; so when one of his friend's business had one for sale, Greg called me to see if I wanted it. Of course I did - sight unseen.

Sight unseen. The suspense Saturday morning almost killed me as we waited to get into the warehouse to see it. We had no idea what shape it would be in, what model it was, if it would roll, or how we were going to get it on the trailer. We did KNOW that it would not run.

Finally, we got in the warehouse (Greg did have a few blond moments along the way, but that is OK. Rick and I are not telling the whole story about our trip out to Lubbock. We are not ready to be compared to Short and Jack. Maybe, Fred and Ethel.)  Here is what we found!

1948 Willys CJ Jeep

We found this information out by finding the serial number and then looking it up on the Internet. Even though this one looks like the war jeeps; it was made in 1948. The war jeeps had a MA in the serial number  for "military action." If the number had CJ in it, it was a civilian jeep.

Why would I be fascinated with one of these? It reminds me of my father. I know that we had one when I was a very young girl. I have heard many stories of my brother driving the jeep when he was in elementary school. Later Daddy had one for the deer leases. He rolled one in Colorado, cracking several of his ribs.  He later had one on his Jacksboro deer lease. The only time we went to the deer lease was for a day trip just to see the lease. He took Diana and I riding in this jeep. The men on the lease made a pack that which ever man lived the longest got the jeep. I am sorry to say that Daddy did not win. This week was Daddy's birthday - January 25. Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rachel's Challenge

Our school took part of "Rachel's Challenge." What an amazing story of this young gir! She was the first to be killed in the Columbine school shooting in 1999. If you are not aware of her story, it can be found at this site:
The challenge from this includes items that will make anyone, any age a better person. I accepted the challenge.
1.  Look for the best in others.
2. Dare to dream - Write down your goals.
3 .Choose postive influences.
4. Kind words and little acts of kindness
Will you?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It's Twin Girls

The girls will have their own blog pages. Abby's can be found by linking onto "Abby Rose" beside the word "Home " at the top of this.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Snow Day

I really did not want nor need a day-off for snow. I did want a late start;  but because of bus routes and parking lots, I got a day-off. Like a kid in a candy store, I could not decide what to do with my day - so I did it ALL.

  • I started out by baking Chocolate Chip cookies and two Pumpkin Rolls.
  • I read a manual on operating my camera with all the knobs.  
  • I did my daily Bible study for my women's group.
  • I sewed on my strip quilt.
  • I cleaned out my sewing box.
  • I watched a chick flick movie.
  • I cooked dinner. 
It was a great day. However, I know in May when we make this day up, I will be disappointed knowing that we were supposed to be off that day.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The First Snow of 2011

I sat down to read a couple of blogs and posts on Facebook. I noticed that everyone mentioned the snow and put several pictures out there. I will admit that I did take several, but I did not have any really good ones. I am still trying to learn all the dials on this dslr camera, so while I was taking pictures I was turning knobs to see what difference it made in the pictures.

I was trying to get the red bird, but I never got lucky. One of my goals again this year is to learn the camera. Tomorrow is a new day. We will see what kind of shots I can get before school in the morning.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Highlights of 2010

Some of the highlights/happenings for 2010 in NO particular order.
  • Moved Chad to Conway, Arkansas.
  • Missy and Princess both died..
  • Chad had his tonsils out.
  • Very successful fireworks season with rain at the perfect time.
  • Washington DC with the kids.
  • Trips with the ladies.
  • Mission trip to Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Sprinkler show in Boston.
  • Started 33 year of teaching.
  • Remodeled the kitchen.
  • Grandchildren did great in baseball and football.
  • Fishing off the dock with the grandchildren.
  • Visits to the Indians.
  • Built the house for the Victory Project.
  • Good health other than the Vitiligo worsened.
I heard an old song this morning say that "it doesn't get much better than this." I give God all the glory for this year. God blessed us really well.

Happy New Year!