Monday, November 30, 2009


Why did " not a cloud in the sky" come to mean something good?

With all the clouds in our political sky, we must consider that God can use them for good... in that we will be awakened from our 'sleep' and get involved in a solution to the travesty that our government has become.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Back Home Again

While we were away for the Thanksgiving holiday, I started this layout as April was cooking. But more interesting activities drew me away from my laptop and I haven't had a chance to finish. It was rather cloudy on our way east. But we still enjoyed the scenery. Pennsylvania is a beautiful state. I'll finish this later, if the Lord is willing. I hope to give you several more glimpses of our trip and of the family members we visited. It was wonderful, but as always, I'm happy to be home and back at my desk.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gramma Jane

My friend Jane has just become a grandmother. I am taking this opportunity before she becomes famous world wide as the best grandmother of all times, to let everyone know that I know her personally.

Monday, November 23, 2009


I appreciate good food. And generally I like the main course better than dessert. In these days when they try to tell us red meat it bad for you, I don't believe it. I eat it at least twice a week.
Even though my favorite is steak, I really like those hamburgers and when I look at a menu and nothing stands out, I'll order a ...hamburger. Some end up being pretty mediocre, but the ones I give 4 stars have fresh ingredients and a large, just out of the oven tasting, bun. Forget the sandwiches with piled on extraneous stuff like mushrooms and bacon. I don't even want cheese. Why do they ask if you want cheese on a hamburger? If I did, I'd ask for a cheeseburger! IN-N-OUT deserves 4 stars in my book. I'm looking forward to seeing our son again and eating one of those special HAMBURGERS.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Makin' Up Crap

This layout was requested by one of our primary members...Paulette. The reason we would make ourselves so vulnerable, by doing this and even acting it out for the camera, is because our fine reputations prove that this is just a joke. We take seriously our station in life which is to be examples of perfection to all who might meet with ORU. (Tongue in cheek here.) Seriously, the reason for this post... When we have been together all day or ever for days and talk and talk and talk, one would think we would run out of anything to say. No! Maybe what we are saying after so many hours is no longer extremely important to saving the world, but it is all meaningful to us. The term in our title came from the mouth of our astounded sister (Sali) when she just couldn't believe something one of us had said. "Are you just makin' up crap?" burst from her mouth. It amused us so that we use it frequently to mean,'really?'

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cotton Patch

The triplets and I visit our first cotton field. They enjoyed the novelty.

I appreciate that someone in this country still knows how to grow cotton, since we now get ours from Egypt. They tout that stuff for being so very good. I wonder why towels made from it do not absorb as well as our towels in the past. It isn't the fabric softener, because we've always used that.

Who would have ever guessed that we would give away our country to others who are willing to work for a less? Our unions and taxes have driven companies overseas to get resources and labor that we could very well provide here if we were not too good to work for a living, if we didn't demand so much for so little.

So as this extreme recession and terrible inflation hits, we can reflect back and know exactly why this has happened. Our people did not follow after Christ who said that man should work honestly for a living. Too many are looking for a way out, for someone or something to take care of them. They grabbed for the Utopian promises of the recent administration and look what has happened. It is time for a REAL CHANGE...a good change this time. Stand up and be counted.

This is a Christian nation. And Christians have nothing to fear, for God is with them.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pine Tree Barn

Today we ORU girls made our annual trek to the Pine Tree Barn. The economy is not so good these days and several of us mentioned the glut of stuff already at home. Whatever the reason, it resulted in us not spending as much as usual. Some of us bought nothing besides lunch.

Naturally we all had opinions on practically everything we saw. And we had just as much fun talking and laughing with and at each other as ever. It's good to be friends and share days like this in the greatest state in the union. I can say this because Teresa was not able to be with us.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kiki and the Flashlight

This was a story I really wanted to tell, but really had no pictures to depict it.
Kiki has not really liked anyone coming into her home besides her family. I was there the night they found her, a scared little kitten, all alone in the middle of the road. But of course she doesn't remember that because I left that weekend. Whenever I've gone back, she has hissed and clawed at me. This time, however, we sort of made up. I say 'sort of'' because it was more like she began to tolerate me. She didn't seem to relax while I was around. But when Ashley got out the flashlight ,which Kiki had not yet discovered, the cat went crazy, running from room to room, jumping and twisting in the air in an attempt to catch that light. I took lots of pictures, but I just wasn't fast enough and the lighting was dim. But here you go...the best I could do.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Birthday Spice

It is good to be home, but it was especially good to be in Tennessee last week. I got to experience a few days with Chelle, Greg and the triplets: Aussie, Mason and Ashley.
They are very active and to say they add spice to life is an understatement. What fun they are.
Here they were on our outing to the home of a Confederate Hero. Chelle is leaning against what
we learned was not just a slave cabin, but two that were joined together by what we would have called a 'breezeway'. The whole building was known as a dog run, because the dogs would run through this area between the two sections. The farthest cabin in the larger picture is the one she is in here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

In Search of Color

As you know I left home in search of color. Ours was fading except for some maples that were still multicolored and vibrant. Going south didn't help a lot. But there were some pretty trees here at the historical house of Sam Davis. Our visit of the house and grounds was quite interesting. The guides were well informed and made it come alive for us, or at least for Chelle and myself. However, I think much of it was lost on the 7 years olds wh0 were much more interested in playing in the leaves.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Through the Glass Dimly

These pictures of the triplets remind me of a passage in the Bible, I Corinthians 13:12, "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
Right now, we only see a dim reflection or as if we're looking through dark glass, but soon we will see as if we're face to face. We will know and understand when that great day comes and we are ushered into our father's house.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Colorful Personalities

I'm posting this prematurely because some are anxious to see a new layout. Hopefully, I will actually come up with an appropriate title soon for the second page.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Looking for Color

While I'm off line, perhaps you could think about this. Is it prudent to be PC (politically correct)
when it involves national security? Don't jump to any conclusions. Just weigh the facts and
make a decision. We can't afford to be wishy washy any longer.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Curves Connection

I've been going to Curves since January. I love the girls I've met. Connie works there. I could tell she was a good Christian lady. I knew she taught Sunday school and worked with a charity program. But I didn't know that we were Christian sisters until by chance I visited her church in a nearby city. She was the first person I met when I walked into the narthax.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Scrapgirls Event 09

This group picture was taken in Salt Lake City, Utah October 10. I think Ro might be a little surprised to see her car parked behind us, since she left it in the parking lot by the convention hall. But thanks to her we have all become more and more equipped to do this type of thing.
Since we didn't have the muscle power we needed to move it here, I used 'mouse' power.

I wonder how many ways we could indicate on our license plates that we belong to the fabulous Scrapgirls 'Club'. I'm afraid there just aren't enough to go around, even when we consider we are from so many different states and countries.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Big Rock

Hugh and Kay are our neighbors. We see each other at least once a week. They have turned up here in Blogville more than once. I suppose he has grown bored with my bland blog and wants to give it some oomph; so he provided this picture of himself in his front yard. You'll have to enlarge the picture and read the story.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Middle of the Road

It is not like me to be in the middle of the road! I'm generally right of center, enough to walk alongside the Constitution. If it isn't constitutional, I don't want to be a part of it and I most definitely will not vote for it!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Latest Book

I'm so impressed by My Publisher, I submitted my last book on October 31 and it arrived here yesterday afternoon, November 4. It amazes me they can do it so quickly.
And it always looks absolutely great. The book is called Blog This, Blog That and is a book of our family memories of the last 9 months. It includes mostly the layouts from this site, Rightly Opinionated. Been showing off my work already and getting ready to start working on the next volume., which will be one for ORU. Yes, you girls will be published AGAIN.


Boy it is hard to live with these guys when they win; but we can do it. Both couples have been married more than 40 years. We know the ropes. And in spite of all the real frustration,
we love these guys.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


This is the time for bonfires and S'mores. It seems everyone loves those marshmallow, graham cracker, chocolate creations. Since I've never been a camper, one had never crossed my lips.
Well this was the first time. I just wanted to taste Ron's. But he made me a whole one. I ate the whole thing and enjoyed it; but can truthfully say, I think it will be the last one. They just are not worth all the calories. As Phyllis says, I might as well just apply it straight to my hips.

This has been a good day. Election day was yesterday and has given us a glimmer of hope for conquest in 2010. Seems like the people have been awakened to their fate if something isn't turned around quickly. I am praying we will turn back to the LORD and HE will hear our cry and save us from the enemy within.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Rainbow on My Bible

It was a joy for me to see this rainbow streaming across my Bible on Sunday morning in church.
It means a lot to know that God has made a promise to us and set the rainbow in the sky to remind us periodically. He promised he would never again destroy the earth by flood.

However, it will be fire next time.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Less Than Perfect

The title might be a little misleading. ORU is still perfect. It is the group shot which is not.
Six out of nine of us were together Saturday; so we grabbed the opportunity for a photo.
We really needed a fall layout. We rarely (can't remember when) have had everyone together.

The scene is lovely and although the lighting was bad, I was able to fix that.
However, poor Jill's lower face was hidden behind Jane's head. Although it would be difficult, it could be fixed if only I had another pic with Jill's full face on it. Didn't happen this time. Oh well, I had to put something on the blog that isn't perfect. LOL