Picking Pix

Sis and I are helping Mama sort thru her enormous tub of pix. We’ve worked on it twice now. But both times, we got sidetracked! First time, we watched old VHS of my girls and I in Alaska. That was so wonderful! I had tears in my eyes, a lot of the time.

Because most of what I remember for the first year, was lying on the couch, too exhausted to move. I’d have their Daddy make up a lot of bottles, and sippy cups, before he left for work. Then when they woke up, we’d all come downstairs. I’d make 3 bowls of oatmeal, and for lunch, I’d drag myself back into the kitchen for more oatmeal. I did change the baby’s diapers, but barely raised my head.

The view from our front porch. 3 Arm Bay Dr, Adak, Alaska

It didn’t help my memories that DD1 has told me before that she raised DD2, by herself, since she was 2.

DD1 on her second birthday. I took a whole roll of film that day!

We moved to Alaska when DD1 was 2, and DD2 was 3 months old, May 1989. DD1 did have to get her own sippy cups, and sister’s bottles out of the fridge. And if they wanted a snack, she got the graham crackers out of the cabinet.

I’ve felt guilty for 32 years, for being a horrible mother. Now, the video evidence proves that wasn’t the whole truth. Thank God for that video!!

I made us 3 matching Christmas dresses. I took them out to the porch to play. I let them play by themselves, sure. But that didn’t hurt them. I was always physically there.

I did have a physical problem, or 2, I eventually found out. Their dad was so tired of my lethargy, that after nearly 6 months, of the struggle, he told me to get to the Dr, and find out if I had a medical reason for my exhaustion, or get up and quit being lazy.

Well, turns out, my thryroid had completely quit functioning. And I had SADS, on top of depression. So yeah, I had multiple reasons to be laid out on the couch. Medicine for the thyroid situation, and antidepressants, did me a world of good! Oh, and did I mention I’d had a C-section, and still lingering weakness??

After the meds all kicked in, I was doing so much better!! I’d take the girls to “the mall”, the base grocery, post office, general store, and snack bar. Every time, they begged for chocolate donuts!! Which they promptly received of course! And I got the biggest, iciest Coke available!!

We went to play group, had play dates at the house, I began sewing more, and we even went out on the tundra, and picked tundra berries!! No pix, cuz the lady we went with had a baby too! All of us were flat on our tummies, in the cold grass, picking tundra berries, the size of the tip of my pinky!!

We both made jam, and I sent most of mine home in the tiny baby food jars, for presents. Everyone loved it, and begged for more!! Of course they did, there was 5 lbs of sugar for every lb of berries, I think!! lol

This pic was taken right before we left the island. Baby was put in the sled too, but she wasn’t having ANY of it, and crawled away! Oh well, DD1 enjoyed it!

Prettiest Eskimo ever!!

I’ll write more of our Alaskan adventures another day.

Back to Mama’s to get more pix, first tho!


Oct 2020, packing our OCC, Operation Christmas Child boxes, at Sis’ house. So much fun!! WE get as big a blessing out of doing it, as the children do from receiving them!

This year, 2020 I mean, Mama paid for the shipping for 12 boxes! WE did 40!! The year before, we did only 30. In 2018, we only did 20. I sure hope we can keep up the pattern, and do 50 this year!! That means Sis better get busy shopping!! She gets the toys. Sometimes for a penny!! Really!! (Ancient Chinese secret.)

Update: She already ran into an excellent sale- and has bunches! I forgot to ask if she has 50 yet! 😉

PP helped pack the shoe boxes, into bigger boxes for transport.

This year, I’m also excited to have the girls help us!! We will make sure to schedule the packing party, on a weekend, when the girls will be with us. They will enjoy it so much!! I wonder if I can get them to start now, writing letters!! CC can write her name now!! ❤

Venomous Vaccine

Today, DD1 got her first dose of the Moderna vaccine. I’m vehemently against vaccines. But she is an adult, so I have to clamp my (big) mouth shut.

She was determined to get the vaccine, due to her hard struggle, in Dec. (2 weeks in hospital with pnuemonia), spending the whole month of Jan. recovering, and barely working; now suffering with the residual heart problem after effect.

So, I can understand her desire to be protected from further Covid infections. However, I just firmly believe vaccines are evil. For decades, they have added so much poison to them, that they are now lethal in some cases!

Here is a snapshot of the flyer she was given.

Page 1:

May prevent you from re-infection??? MAY?? Then what is the point??

Ok, my first objection, it seems pointless. It hasn’t even been approved yet, either, that means not enough studies, and trials have been completed. No, Jen Psaki, there are NOT any FDA approved vaccines yet!! Only Emergency Use Authorized ones.

My second objection, it might harm, not help!!

Proof: Page 2

What ARE the ingredients??

Do you know what polyethylene glycol is? I searched Bing, for you. I already knew what it is.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is made from ethylene glycol (ethane-1,2-diol), the main ingredient in antifreeze!! (I asked my daughter, why would she let someone inject antifreeze into her?? She tried to defend it!! So, I just shut my ears. I pray to GOD she doesn’t vaxx the girls!!)

And it is also in Miralax. WHY?? Meds are supposed to help us!! Not kill us!!

What are the side effects of polyethylene glycol? Side effects of polyethylene glycol are diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and flatulence.

I didn’t know what acetic acid was, so I looked it up. Turns out, it is the main ingredient of vinegar. So, I guess it can’t be that harmful.  Industrially, acetic acid is used in the preparation of metal acetates, used in some printing processes; vinyl acetate, …

The second part of that did not comfort me at all!!

I didn’t bother looking up any of the other words. I was done at antifreeze.


Jesus is not here! He is risen!! He is risen indeed!

I didn’t get this written before I left to go see the girls’ for the weekend. But Biblical truth isn’t confined to certain days!!

Jesus was crucified on a cross on Golgotha.

John 19:17And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Jesus shed His blood, to take away the sin of the world.

2 Corinthians 5:21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Luke 23:6

34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Matthew 28:1-3, 5-10

28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

The Good News of the Gospel of Christ!! He died, to save us from our sins! And He rose again, so that we can live forever in heaven with Him, and the Father!

Dratted Drinks

If you’ve known me a while, you know I’m an avid peach Fanta, and Classic Coke addict. Don’t forget the brownies!! Of course, but they ain’t drinks! Oh, true.

But now with the “Be less white” training by Coke, I just can not buy it anymore. I think this whole racist agenda, that everything is racist now, is not only insane, but Anti-God. As is so much going on today!

Of course, there’s always this mess;

But, I can only drink so much water, before I feel like I’m floating! Weird! That never happens with cola!

So, I’ve tried lemonade.

Eh. Ok, but not the same!! I need the caffeine!! I need that shot of pure sweetness, no tart!!, in every sip, SIP?? Ok, every gulp.

My cousin Sylvia recommended RC, which she went to for the same reason. But, it only came in 2 liters, at Walmart. And they go flat too quick!

Then DD1 got some peach juice, and ginger ale. YUM-hum! But, for a lazy bones like me, no good for the long term. Why, if you like it? It’s a 2-step process! Takes too long!

Really good, tho!!

So, I went with Sam’s cola, in cans. Pretty good.

Finally, I did try the RC, again. It’s been about 50 years, since I had it last time! But, no peanuts this time! 😉 Since DD1 is deathly allergic. None in this house!

Such a nostalgic flavor!

But the cans win! Cold and crisp every time!! (And cheap!! If ya buy them in the 24 pack!)


My alliterator failed me! Couldn’t think of anything!! Oh no! I hope it isn’t broken!! Me too!!

Just sitting here, prepping crafts for the babies!! I get to see them this weekend!! We are going up for Easter, and CC’s birthday!! *squee!!* So excited!!

First craft;

Never forget the real reason for Easter: Jesus died on the cross for our sins! And was resurrected the 3rd day!

PP made 1 in 2019, and it’s VERY faded!! And the cross got torn, in the making. Mama was very upset! But, PP made it, so she realized I had to leave it as is!

Here it is.


Now I gotta color! Yay!!
One fourth done!
So cute, right??

Free! @ SimplyBessy.com Thank you, Bessy!

And just for funsies, since you can’t even see it, I added Peter’s cottontail.

That’s the tale of his tail.


Uh- oh! I’m supposed to put string in her ears, and I don’t have any!! OH NO!!

What do I do now?? Well, you could stop for the night. NOOOO! I’m not done crafting! Well, it is 1:12 am, after all! Ok, I guess I could stop for now. Good choice!

Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way!

And, since Peter hadda have a tail, so did his egg head sister.

Holding her up to the light helped her show off better!

Free @ Easypeasyfun

Fourth, and final:

It’s gonna be a chick outta yellow paper plate, with orange beak, and yellow feathers on the side, for wings.

Gotta feather her nest! er- her face!

cheep, cheep!

Sorry, I don’t remember where I got this idea.

The end of this week’s line-up! Next month, tune back in for more!!

PS: Do y’all get tired of seeing my keyboard in every pic? Or do you not even notice??

Dad’s Deals or Duds

My Dad turned 80 in Feb. He was a teenage Dad for 1 day! I was born the day before he turned 20. It sure is easy to keep with with his age!! (And his dad, my Grandpa Hawkins, was 20 years older than him!)

He has decided to start going thru stuff, and trying to make as much money as he can, before he dies. Which might not be for a loooong time! Grandpa lived till 82, but Grandma lived to be 92!

I picked some things from inside the house, that maybe I could sell, for a decent price. He who shall not be named, hauled away full boxes from the crammed full FL room. Says he will go to the flea market. Who cares!

Here is the first thing I disposed of:

Big bad gun!! Almost life size!

This would have been only $5 on ebay, because it was missing the keychain part, on the bottom of the grip. Was I about to post it, after taking pix, wait for bids, then mail it? AND pay the fees from ebay?? NO! I was not. So, I just wrote down Dad’s half, and went on.

So pretty! Avon lady- Mrs. Albee

I thought the Avon collectible would surely be worth some money. Oh yes!! $19.99-20.00! That’s 4x what the gun was worth!! It was way too common, tons of them listed, so practically worthless for all the time and trouble it would take. Now, if it had had “Groebels’s” written on the bottom- jackpot!! $75!! $10 written down on Dad’s side of the ledger.

And the sugar bowl- Nippon on the bottom! I know that’s rare! Before Japan was named that, it was Nippon. It’s gotta be a money maker! Hope springs eternal, but this bowl sprang a leak. 😦 If it was the whole set, with creamer, it would be $25!! Most expensive thing yet! We’re on our way up! Without, tho, only $10.

Then a small round Pyrex bowl, with brown flowers on it, $6 for Dad. (Forgot to take pic, before I gave it away.)

Just donating it all, and paying Dad his imaginary half, saves me so much time, and effort, it’s worth it to me, to just give him some money.

I sure hope some of the other Pyrex I have turns out better than that!

Braggy McBraggerson

*gasp!* You didn’t Alliterate! Are you sure this is you writing?? Yes, I’m sure. Do you have a fever? No, I feel fine. But something is terribly wrong! You always alliterate!

I don’t know what to tell you. This is the only title that came to me to describe what I’m gonna do. What? Brag on myself!

I was sending emails, trying to find contacts, so I could delete some old ones. So, I was scrolling down the list of folders. Came to “Slob”. Had no idea what was in there. Now I do! And I’m a gonna share it with you. Cuz I’m generous like that!

Here is your comment:
Haha! Just like me! Everything I try to do involves 40 have to do first steps. That’s why I live in such chaos.
And I’m drowning in laundry. And it’s only me here. sigh
Maybe you’d like to stop by my blog? You were one of my major inspirations to starting it, and I quote you several times.
Thank you, for being you!
And you ARE funny!Melinda —— 2015-04-09 10:29:27

Here is the new reply:
Love it!! And go you for blogging. It’s a great way to stay focused!Dana White —— 2015-04-09 11:57:39
Visit: http://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2010/09/combining-glue-bottles-so-i-can/#comment-342099

The famous “Nony”, AKA Dana White, replied to me!! She’s famous, now I can claim she spoke to me!! I was so excited!!

Your comment on the post Step Three of My Messy House Checklist: Throw Stuff Away has a new replyHere is your comment:

Just decided to donate huge box of grape decor, which I absolutely love!! But, this kitchen does not have display space like my previous 2 places. So, much as it pains me, I have to let it go. If it’s not useful, and I have no space for it, it’s clutter. Also, I wanted to keep the 7 purple glass goblets from that box, so I got rid of 7 plastic cups, and mugs. 1 in, 1 out. Thank u Nony!melinda —— 2014-08-03 13:29:46

Here is the new reply:
Oh I love how you managed to get to keep your faves! Go you!Dana White —— 2014-08-03 14:43:23
Visit: http://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2013/11/step-three-of-my-messy-house-checklist-throw-stuff-away/#comment-242505

I felt like a celebrity when she answered me personally! She is a big time star!! She has published FOUR real honest-to-goodness books!!

I even took a pic of me peeking over the edge of the book! Too baqd I can’t find that now!

This is the first one I read. It spoke to me, mainly because she had been a real life slob herself! And she was digging her way out. So I knew I could too! Of course, I read this in about 2015, and I’ve been on this journey since 2014. Here it is 2021, and still working on it! Someday!! But then what will you blog about?? Oh yeah! Hmm… have to think about that one…

My Mama

In my previous blog, I wrote a tribute to my Mama. But since many of you might not have had the priviledge, I mean opportunity, to read that one, here I go again.

My Mama is so beautiful!!


Don’t forget elegant! Of course not! She dresses so carefully coordinated, and elegantly, no one would ever guess how little she actually spends on her wardrobe! She color matches everything, from her earrings, necklaces, clothes, all the way down to her shoes. Somehow, I missed that fashion gene!

I love buying her jewelry! It’s so much fun! There’s always something new, I know she’ll like. For Valentine’s day, I bought her these animal print earrings, and wouldn’t you know it, she had on animal print the day I gave them to her! And she had forgotten to put on earrings that day, and was plumb naked! 😉

She’s such a tiger!

Yeah, you already wrote about that on this blog!


Here we are:

Mama and Daughter!

In the kitchen, where she loves to be, feeding her family! Not only food, but food made with love!

Cooking up something delicious!

This is her only living sister, out of 5, Aunt Pat, who is a complete sweetheart!

Me, duh!, Mama, and Aunt Pat

Mama loves giraffes!! SO easy to buy her presents!! I think we’ve bought her every kind of giraffe item in the world! Probably so! I think the weirdest was the towel bowl brush set! Sorry, not sorry, no pic!

She names them all, but I can’t remember!

She loves her children, grands, and great grands! fiercely!! And we all ❤ her just as much!

Regretfully, I don’t have a pic of the whole family together. 😦 That would be so cool! Maybe photoshop??

She also received her BA in English at 60 yrs old!! That was the accomplishment of a life time!

And a foreign missionary, that was a vision that God gave her at 12 years old, and due to her family’s poverty, she thought it was an impossible dream! Also her education was impossible, in her mind. But faith in God, hard work, and perseverance can work miracles! She is living proof!

Oh, you almost forgot! She taught English in China for a semester! (There she learned that I was not just a whiner about low sinks, they hurt your back!! Even she had to bend over quite a bit there! Thank you China, for validating my lifelong pain! lol )

One final thing, on my list: she is a published author! In her college paper, and an anthology from her senior year there. She writes tremendously well!

Well, I think that’s enough bragging for today. We don’t want her to get the big head!

I love you Mama!!

Bitter Bites

Would you bite the hand that feeds you? Sadly, I have been doing it for months. Wow! Anxious much?? Yeah, I guess so. Instead getting up and getting a xanax, I’d just chomp down on my hand. Not even aware really, that I was doing it, until the pain registered.

Sis has been concerned about it, as soon as I finally confessed to her. She began to pray for me to stop. When I told DD1 about it, she asked if I’d heard about teething necklaces? Nope. So, she ordered me one on Amazon. It just came today.

Wow!! Just in a few hours, it’s already made such a difference! I have started to bite myself several times, then I’d catch the glance of the purple, and remember what I can safely bite, without self-harm!! Thank you, DD1!! She really is a blessing. And I love her lots, and lots! A bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck!

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