Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Traveling Tuesdays

Mèmére's Adventure Bus pulled out of Mesa, AZ June 28th about 8 AM.  Off and running with our destination, Shelbyville, Kentucky home of 4 amazing gorgeous precious grandchildren an their parents too :-)

New Mexico

We drove the max pretty much each day.

Enchante Trails RV Park

Elk City, Oklahoma 

Arkansas

Arkansas


Getting closer


We made it Friday evening with lots of friends waiting to help us set up camp.


So good to be back to Kentucky!



Found a wild blackberry bush on my walk an I am gathering berries as they ripen.  When I have enough we will have cheesecake.


Can you guess what these are?  Never seen such things before.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Oldies but Goodies Gang (plus extras)
Doug and Anna, Tom and Carol, Rex and Sherry, Paul and I
Friends for over 36 years
(Anna in the middle)


You Took The Time

You took the time to stop and chat
As you passed by today
To jest a bit in pure delight
Before you went your way.

You took the time to lend a hand
When I was faced with care
To give the strength of fellowship
To comfort and to share.

You took the time for words of praise
That warmed me through and through
You took the time to be a friend
So patient, kind and true.
Author Unknown

I received the call this morning that no one wants to get.  Our precious friend Anna went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early this morning.  

Anna leaves an amazing testimony to all that knew her.  She truly was the fragrance of Christ.  She left such an impression on my life as to how to live right up to the end.  

As our friend Sherry said this morning, "Our oldies but goodies dinners will not be the same next winter without her."

I will always hear Anna's laugh in my head and know in my heart she is dancing and singing tonight with Jesus.  I am blessed to be a friend of Anna's.

Hold your loved ones close and never take love and friendship for granted.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Coffee, Tea and Me


Would you believe that I have made the switch from coffee to tea.  I can hardly believe it myself actually.  Coffee has always been my go to in the morning.  Didn't think I could start my day without my hot cup of caffeine.  Then that hot mug of morning gold started losing its pizzazz.  Just didn't taste as good anymore.

So yes, I made the switch to hot tea.  You know what?  I am really enjoying my morning tea.  I am actually quite amazed at the transformation of my morning ritual.    Are you shocked?  If you know me well you probably are.

At Walmart I found this cute little wall hanging sign with the painted clothes pins.  Perfect.  I have several potted herbs that I carry in the motor home and arrange at our front door when we arrive at our various stops.  The clothe pins hold cuttings from my traveling garden and dry my herbs perfectly for my tea.  Black breakfast tea in the morning and herb tea as the day progresses.  Apple mint, lemon balm and chocolate mint are my favorites and I just added a pot of lavender to the garden.

This tea party loving gal can feel a little more legitimate now that she really enjoys tea and has put the percolator away - at least for now.

& Hugs,
Mèmére

❀ Thankful for hot tea and herbs grown fresh to make my own.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Changing Tuesdays



No more Tempt My Tummy Tuesday for a while at least.  The Langlois' are trying to change their eating habits so I am thinking better quit posting all those tempting cookie and candy recipes.  First tip for weight loss - quit scoping out the dreamy recipes online.

So Tempt My Tummy Tuesday will now become Traveling Tuesdays, as in get on the bus and see where we are going.

Left Mesa, AZ this morning a little after 8 AM and landed in Albaqerqe in time for supper.  Zapped some leftovers and then Daisy Grace and I went out and walked around the RV Park.  Our second time to stay here and I took pictures but they haven't come across from my phone to computer yet.

I did find a few from last visit.  Love all the vintage cars and RV's grouped at the front of the park.





We are headed to Kentucky to spend the summer with our 4 grandkids and their parents too of course.

Really looking forward to time with this little charmer.  Tanner Paul is 4 1/2 now and this picture was actually taken late last summer with his best friend, Shyla.


So come on by and see what's happening on Mèmére's Great Adventure Bus (as one of our grandchildren named it).  Will try to keep our travels and adventures updated on Tuesday.  I will let you know if my change on Tuesday makes any change in the waistline.

& Hugs,
Mèmére






Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Memo: Good Advice Quote

Mesa Spirit RV Park
Mesa, Arizona 

"Start by  doing what's necessary, 
then what's possible and suddenly 
you are doing the impossible."
Francis of Assisi

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daisy



Her name is Daisy.  Daisy Grace.  Last week she celebrated her 1/2 birthday - 6 months old June 6.  In my last post I promised as Paul Harvey would say to tell you the rest of the story so let's begin.

Several months ago I began wanting to get another dog.  Dutchess our yellow lab has been gone quite a while and I missed the companionship that is unique to having a dog in the home.  So the search began.  Of course I wanted the perfect dog.  She had to be the cutest dog in town.  She had to be the smartest dog in the campground.  She wouldn't shed a hair.  Easy to house train if not already done.  Get the picture.  The perfect dog!  Oh, and did I say this new dog shouldn't require a bank loan. At the top of my wish list was a mini golden doodle.

Precious Husband was reluctant to add to our family.  He loves dogs but after all we are now living the life of nomads on the open road in a 40 foot motorhome.  But, Precious Husband loves me.  Probably a week before finding Daisy Precious Husband added a quick brief p.s. to our breakfast prayer, " and Lord, please find Dorothy her dog."  Oh, I was excited now.  Precious Husband was on board with my desire for a dog.

We were doing some yard work at our home in Maricopa (which we sure hope to sell next fall) when I heard the sound of PUPPIES!  What's that I ask Precious Husband.  "Puppie"s he said, "over the fence behind us."   "PUPPIES? Why didn't you tell me?"

Quick as I could I was up peering over the fence.

A knock on the neighbors door and wall-la, I am holding this little white ball of fur - just a little handful, no more.  When I set her down she turned in circles to the right.  Observant husband of mine has his caution antennas up. Not me - I am in puppy love.

Because the new pups had not been to the vet yet Precious Husband asked if we could give the owner a down payment and have her checked out before deciding for sure.  Precious Husband is concerned - not me I am in puppy love.

The vet believes our little Daisy Grace has neurological damage.  She is for all intent and purpose deaf and blind.  She hears a tiny bit but doesn't understand where the sound comes from.  She has again, just a tiny bit of sight in her right eye and that is why she turns to the right.

Are you getting a little glimpse of how Daisy got her middle name?

Grace :
Webster says grace is the infinite love, mercy, favor, and goodwill shown to humankind by God.

Daisy Grace will need God's grace everyday.  As for me I am needing God's grace every moment dealing with this little pup with the special needs of blindness and deafness.  It is hard.  My patience is often worn thin I quickly admit to you.  But! God's grace!  God gave us a perfect puppy.  He does not make mistakes.  He will daily give me grace to love and care for his creation.


Grace Is . . .
A tender word • peace surpassing understanding • 
the warmth of God’s favor • calm within the storm • 
rainbows • quiet moments • a lingering hug 
• unconditional acceptance 
•  giving and receiving love 
• heart to heart forgiveness 
• the rustle of angel’s wings • an afternoon nap 
• unexpected blessings • the kindness of a friend 
• a stranger’s smile • a cup of tea and a prayer 
• belonging to God • finding promises in the Word 
• an inner knowing • the arms of Jesus open wide.    
—Ellen M.Cuomo


Love and Hugs,
Mèmére 





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

After 33 Years of Marriage . . .




There is a big announcement to be made.  

 Can you guess what we are announcing?

Drum roll please.






Is the suspense getting to you yet?

After 33 years of marriage Precious Husband and I have adopted again.

Welcome Miss Daisy Grace Langlois born December 6, 2016 and adopted February 9, 2017.



Her name came by suggestion of this cutie:


our youngest grandson 4 year old Tanner Paul King.

When I showed him the new puppy he suggested BonBon and said it was a name from Disney.  
"Disney huh?  Well how about Daisy?" I asked.  
"Sure Daisy is great!" he said.
I chose her middle name, Grace.

Daisy Grace has a special adoption story just like our other children of course.

I have been absent for a long time but our new baby definitely brought me back to blogland.  

I will share parts of her adoption story soon and more about her name Grace.



Her Daddy, my Precious Husband, loves her and Daisy completely loves him as you can see.








Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Living Life in Kentucky



We arrived in Kentucky the afternoon before my birthday.  Five days of driving.  Stopping only to sleep and then drive on.  We  have decided next time things will be a little different.


Source unknown


My anxiety level was not nearly as severe as it was last year and so Precious Husband allowed me to try my hand at driving The Beast.  Originally we named our 40 foot motorhome The Great Adventure Bus at the suggestion of our grandson Trent.  Then reality struck and the bus became The Beast.  I mean really - she is BIG, intimidating, and at times has a mind of her own over powering our plans and causing detours and delays.  The Beast fits.

Learning to drive the bus has helped make friends.  I understand a little better how she works and what I can expect.  I am hoping now we can go back to calling her The Great Adventure Bus.  Don't you agree it has such a better sound to it?

My birthday was shared with my 10 year old granddaughter, Ava Dorothy on Saturday.  We both love potato soup so Michelle made a big pot of it - oh, was it ever good.  Ava enjoyed the cake and ice-cream as much as I did.  




I am still enjoying the flowers from Dallas, Michelle and the grandkids.  So cheerful!



I spotted this little guy today.  He is a little hard to see here but he is quite cute and I will enjoy watching him scamper up the tree every day.

Hopefully tomorrow Precious Husband will put up my bird feeder and my hummingbird feeder.

So thankful to God for his watch and care over us as we travelled the 1800 miles to get here.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére



Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Memo: Promises BUT


The Bible, God's Word.  It is full of promises BUT, yes, BUT.  With God's promises come conditions or commands.


We want the promises BUT do we want to be obedient to the command or condition?  Remember Abraham.  God gave him a promise but it also demanded obedience.  By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.  Hebrews 11:17

Psalm 16:11says, In Your presence is fullness of joy.  I am promised joy BUT I have to be in God's presence.  I have to be in the Word, in prayer and in communion with Him daily to enjoy the blessing , the benefit the promise of joy.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Beauty In The Eye of the Beholder



Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say.  
This is used to express the fact that not all people have the same opinions about what is attractive.

The yellow roses above came from my backyard and they are beautiful.  They were left is this condition when we left the house to return to our motorhome.  Returning we found they were dried and brittle.  When they appeared in a new arrangement I continued to see beauty.  Precious Husband, not so much.  He even inquired a few times about when I was going to throw the dead flowers away. (Later he did admit it was not the dead flowers as much as that they were hindering his view of the TV.  😍

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder the world says.

Our precious 80 year old neighbor in the RV park lives full time in a mobile home and she has a wonderful inviting front yard.  Recently we discovered her very distraught.  She had little yellow flowers that came up voluntarily and the park landscapers had sprayed them because they are actually considered weeds.  She was so upset telling us that she has made it clear that she knows they are weeds but she nurtures them and thinks they are lovely and has told the management not to spray them!  (Evidently the word was not passed down.)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder the world says.


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder the world says.  But God's Word tells us where true beauty resides for women.  No supposition here.  Biblical fact.  God's Word says it and I believe it.  


 I pray God to help me daily be obedient to His Word.

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—
arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 
rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, 
with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit
which is very precious in the sight of God.

1 Peter 3:3-4 



Monday, May 2, 2016

Thankful Be For True Joy

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I find great blessing in the fact that God has given me a heart that finds joy and happiness in "the little things".   It does not take a lot for me to smile or giggle at something my day has presented in some form.  Precious Husband smiles when he sees me smile or giggle and that makes me smile even bigger too.

Of course as a Believer my greatest joy is that my heart finds rest, peace, confidence, security and true joy in putting my faith in God and what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross.  Thank You Jesus!

Psalm 90:14
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Love and Hugs,
Mèmére

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Almond Joy Cookies



Get the yellow bowl out and try the best cookies ever!  These cookies are even better the next day.  Last week I mailed them to my oldest grandson in Kentucky and the delivery notice in the dorm got pushed to back of mail box and so they were actually a week old when he got them and yet he said they were great.  I love a "pretty" cookie and these come out of the oven thick and wonderful full of gooey chocolate, almonds and coconut.  Yum!  I added white chips too as you can see below.

Almond Joy Cookies


1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups chopped almonds


Pre-heat oven to 375°F Lightly grease cookie sheets.

Combine dry ingredients, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, stir in the vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients until well mixed then stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.








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Love and Hugs,
Mèmére