Hello 2017

(I made the picture above in the PicsArt app using some of their free stickers.)

The year is a week old, so saying “Hello 2017” is a little late. Oh well. 

I’ve decided to try and blog more this year. This year I will try and do a blog once a month highlighting things that happened each month.

 I will eventually post a video with pictures from 2016.

Look for more from me in the coming weeks.

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2015 in Pictures (a video)

Here are the pictures I took of myself (and sometimes with my youngest nephew) every Sunday in 2015. Sometimes there is more than one picture for each day. There are a couple of Sundays where we didn’t have church because of snow, so I’m dressed in regular clothes. I got my hair cut some time around the end of February.

I tried a new program to do the video. It’s an online program. I’m not sure if I’ll continue to use it.


(Click on the above link to see the video.)

ERH 2015Kizoa Video Editor – Movie Maker

Click here to see the video on youtube if the other link doesn’t work.

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Ohmy…one picture with this blog. (6-3-16)

Wow, I haven’t written a blog in a while. I’m overwhelmed sometimes. I just can’t manage my time wisely enough to do everything I need to do let alone do things I want to do.
So much is going on in my life and I’ll not bore you with all the details. In the past month and a half I have lost two people that I love like family. One was an older gentleman who had been on hospice for a few months. The other was his 34 year old granddaughter who had a massive brain aneurysm.
There are other things going on that I don’t want to share on such a public place.


My mom took this picture with my phone. This is my youngest nephew and I playing in the pool the other day
(May 25th, 2016). He likes to come over a lot to play. I am wearing a swimsuit under my shirt.

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Apologies – blog with no photos

It’s been well over a year since I’ve posted a blog about my life with photos. I’m still taking photos, just not one a day. A lot has happened over the last year and life has just gotten in the way of me doing a blog on a regular basis.
I moved last November, so the months before were busy getting things sorted and packed. Since then I have been organizing things and trying to stay on top of all the other things in my life.
I keep saying to myself that I need to just sit down and work on this blog, but then something else comes up that needs my immediate attention. I need to be more disciplined in time management.
I now have a smart phone and have installed the WordPress app, so hopefully I will post more blogs in the future.
Look for a highlight of pictures from last year in the next few weeks (I’ll have to do that from my laptop).

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It’s been awhile

I know it has been awhile since I have posted a blog. I have been working on some blogs to catch up, but life has been more important than these blogs. I have been working a part time job and this summer my youngest nephew has been here a lot.

I just got a new laptop with more hard drive space and hopefully will be able to work on my blogs and get this site up to date.

Keep watching for a new blog.

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August 16th–31st

August 16th – 23rd

My youngest nephew and I took my dad to the hospital to see my mom. We came back to the house and changed our clothes (we were wearing our pajamas) then went and ran some errands. While we were at one store, we saw that a nearby store was having a closing sale. We went to that store and got my mom and oldest sister a card and a small angel figurine each. We came home and ate lunch and then went and took the card and angel to my mom (and visited her a bit). We went back to the house for a bit then went and got some frozen yogurt. We then went to a park in town (not close enough to walk). My youngest nephew played hide-n-seek with some kids, then played with a soccer ball with a couple of them and their dad. He hurt his foot (he was wearing flip flops), so he played in the sand. We then went back to the house to wait for my brother, his fiancé, and their foster girls. They picked us up and as we were leaving, my oldest nephew showed up and wanted to go with us. We went to McDonald’s to eat. We let the kids play on the game machines there and then came back to my house. They all left and my youngest nephew and I play some games and after awhile we went and picked my dad up from the hospital.

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My dad wanted a coke from the machine at the hospital and this is the one that came out when I pushed “Diet Coke”.

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My youngest nephew playing around with his spoon after eating his frozen yogurt.

On August 17th the message at church was titled, “Has God Got A Plan For You!” and the text was Ephesians 2:1-10. Three ways that God is at work in our lives are; 1) God wants you to bury the past in the past (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 12:2), 2) God wants you to be alive Spiritually today (Ephesians 2:4-5, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:8-9), and 3)God wants to design your future (Ephesians 2:10).
After church my dad went with my older sister and her family so that they could pick up my mom from hospital. My youngest nephew and I went to my house and waited. Shortly after my mom got home my nephew and I went to a park then went to get my mom’s medication from Walmart. They didn’t have some of them, so I will have to come back tomorrow and get them. As I was leaving (driving out of the parking lot), my oldest sister called and needed me to get some things for her. My mom called and needed some thing. I went to another store and got some things. I called my sister after I left that store and found out that I forgot something, so I had to stop at a store in the town where she lives. I took my youngest nephew home and gave my sister the things she needed then went home.

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The sun setting as I was going home from dropping off my youngest nephew.

Happy 41st Anniversary to my parents!

I did some laundry and hung some of it up outside. I went to the library to pick up some items I had on hold then went and got my mom’s medication from Walmart (the ones they didn’t have yesterday).  I also got some other things that we needed. I came home for a bit then went and did an errand for my oldest sister. I went and got some supper for my parents and I. After supper my brother, his fiancé, and their foster girls came over. I played with the girls in the playroom for awhile then outside for a bit. My brother took his car when they left. After they left, I went outside and got the clothes off the line since it might rain over night.

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The sky as I got the clothes off the line.

I did some laundry and hung it up in the basement since it rained and it might rain again. I made my mom some tea. I cooked dinner for my parents and myself (Chicken Nuggets and Macaroni & Cheese). I took out the trash.
I read Pioneer Girl and The Story of The Ingalls Family both by William Anderson. 

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A new rose bud on the bush in the backyard.

I worked on some pictures on the computer. I made chicken with broccoli, cauliflower, and cheese for supper.

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One of the Morning Glories that bloomed on the fence.

I did some laundry and hung some of it up outside. The sewer guys came over to clean out our sewer (our property manager was also here). I made homemade potato salad (my mom talked me through it) for the first time. I cleaned off the grates and the grill so that my dad could grill out.

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This is what the potato salad looked liked when I was done. I think I cooked the potatoes too long.

I  made some cupcakes from scratch (even the frosting). I wasn’t very patient and the frosting didn’t thicken up. I fixed the back of a shirt for one of my brother’s foster girls. Then I did some laundry. My brother came here after work. My brother’s fiancé and the foster girls came here after the girls got their hair done. The girls and I played in the playroom while my brother and his fiancé went and got supper. After supper the girls and I played in the playroom some more while my brother and his fiancé went to the store.

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The cupcakes that I made.

I went to pick up my oldest sister and youngest nephew, on the way I stopped at an ATM to get some cash out. We were going to a nearby town that is having a concert/festival. We listened to the concert and right after the concert there was an announcement that a storm was on the way (it wasn’t in the area yet, but we all needed to be careful). I got my nephew an armband so that he could ride as many rides as he wanted to. He rode one of the rides and then wanted me to ride one with him. I got some tickets then we got into one of the rides when the boss of the rides said they were closing because the storm was here. I got back my ticket. We then went and waited for the storm to pass. At one point my nephew wanted to leave, but I told him to wait it out and maybe he could ride more rides. While we were waiting a couple of the guys from the band took pictures with my nephew. We waited awhile under a tent and soon the storm passed and the rides opened back up. I rode a few rides with my nephew. I took them home then dropped off some things at my other sister’s house and went home. On the way home I stopped and got supper for my parents and I. 

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During the concert someone lost a couple of balloons.

August 24th – 31st

The message from August 24th was titled, “The Church Being The Church” and the text was Ephesians 2:11-22. Two Biblical truths that will help us live in unity are; 1) As The Church We Are Connected (Ephesians 2:12-13, 21) & 2) As The Church We Are Responsible For Reconciliation (Ephesians 2:14-16).
After Church my brother, his fiancé, my oldest two nephews, and my brother’s fiancé’s foster girls came over for lunch. They brought Italian Beef and some other things for lunch. They visited for awhile (I played with the girls). I made supper (I think it was a Chicken Helper).

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Tomatoes are starting to grow on the vines.

I went to the library to return some items and pick up some I had on hold. They were having a book giveaway (all the books that didn’t sale during their book sale). I got my dad some Tom Clancy books. I went to Walmart to see about my mom’s medication. For some reason her insurance is refusing it. I also got some groceries and gas. I then went and got some more groceries from another store. I came home and did a load of laundry and hung it up outside. I ended up going and getting them off the line since it was going to rain. I made pizza for supper. My brother and his fiancé dropped off the foster girls while they went to Bible study. I played and colored with the girls.  
On the 25th our new property manager told us that they want to “relocate” us and they want it done by October 31st. She said that she will be looking for a new place for us, but we should also be looking. UGG We just signed a new lease a few weeks ago and now she is saying that is null and void.  So, now begins the looking and packing.

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A Morning Glory that bloomed along the fence in the front yard.

I cleaned out the toy box-I went through the toys and cleaned the box then took it outside to wash it. I did a load of laundry and hung it up in the basement. I made chicken enchiladas and corn for supper. I brought the toy box back inside and put back some of the toys. I separated some of the other toys to give to my youngest nephew and some to my middle three nephews.
I started reading Laura Ingalls Wilder by Ginger Wadsworth.

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A new bud on the rose bush in the backyard.

I didn’t do much on the 27th. I read some. I cut the hamburger roll in half and put one half in the freezer. I did a load of laundry. I made Sloppy Joe and French Fries for supper.

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Another Morning Glory along the fence in the front yard.

I did some laundry and hung it up outside. I read some. I went through a box in my room that had papers in it. I made Brats and Macaroni & Cheese for dinner. After supper I took a walk around the neighborhood to see what houses are available to move into (I saw two that I thought were owned by the same company we rent from).

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The tomatoes are getting bigger.
[They never ripened enough to take them off the vines before we got our first frost in late October.]

I got clothes off the line because it was about to rain (it started to while I was getting the clothes off the line). I went with my brother-in-law to run an errand. Then when my brother got here, I went with him to run a couple of errands. We drove around and looked at a couple of places to rent that we had seen advertised online. We came home and I started making super (pig in blankets and Macaroni & Cheese).  My brother’s fiancé came with their foster girls and we all ate supper and hung out for awhile. After they left, I did some laundry.

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The sun shinning while I ran my errand with my brother-in-law.

My dad and brother went to the college football game. My brother’s fiancé and the foster girls came and stayed here. I played some with the girls. My brother’s fiancé went to run an errand and then got some lunch for us girls (her, me, the foster girls, and my mom). The girls took a nap after lunch (my mom and brother’s fiancé, also fell asleep). I did some laundry and hung it up outside. After the football game was over, my dad and brother came back here. My brother, his fiancé, and the girls went home. I went and took something to my sister’s house. I went to the store to get some things and some gas. I stopped and got some supper on the way home.

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The sun trying to shine through some clouds.

August 31st was my dad to help in Children’s Church.
I made chicken with broccoli & cauliflower & cheese.
I finished reading Laura Ingalls wilder by Ginger Wadsworth.

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One of the roses in the backyard.

{I have been slow in getting this posted. Look for the rest of 2014 pictures/journal soon.}

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I  made this picture using Photo Editor on my tablet.

Happy new year to everyone that is reading this.

I am so far behind in posting my blogs from last year. My thoughts are that I’m going to finish the last blog I’m working on (August 16th – 31st), summarize the rest of the year, then start this year’s blogs.

We (my parents and I) moved  at the beginning of November [I still don’t have all my stuff out of the boxes].

Photoshop (version 5.5) on my laptop wasn’t loading so I re-installed it and lost some of my brushes that I had made. A couple of those brushes are what I use to frame the pictures I post on here.

Look for new blogs in the coming weeks.

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August 1st–15th, 2014

August 1st – 8th

I was going to hang up clothes outside on August 1st, but it was raining. I got the clothes that were already on the line (from the day before) as well as the blankets that were on my mom’s swing. I hung the clothes up in the basement. I hemmed a pair of shorts. My brother came over. Him and I went and ran some errands. My brother’s fiancé and their foster girls came over and they all ate supper with us. After supper my brother and his fiancé went to the store. I got my barbies out and played with the girls until my brother and his fiancé got back from the store.

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The roses on the bush out front after the rain.
The rain makes the roses look fake.

I did some laundry then went and got my dad something for lunch. My mom and I then ran some errands. My mom got her hair cut. We then went grocery shopping. We came back home and I did some more laundry. I also dyed some clothes blue and hung them outside to dry. I soaked the grill plates so that my dad could grill out.

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My mom and I saw this display at County Market.
We got some to try. It’s been a long time since I’ve had Salt Water Taffy.

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The other side of the display.

On August 3rd we watched a Francis Chan video at church. He spoke on Philippians 3:8-11 and The Biggest Lie In Your Life.
I took a short walk after lunch.

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These flowers are in my neighbor’s yard.
I think they are called Naked Ladies (or Surprise Lilies).

I took my mom to get a few groceries. I did some laundry and hung some of it outside and some of it in the basement. I hemmed a pair of pants, well I turned them into shorts. My brother, his fiancé, and their foster girls came over. My brother’s fiancé made us a chicken casserole for supper. Her and my brother left the girls here while they went to a Bible study. The girls and I played outside for awhile then came inside and played with Barbies and played dress up.

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A new bloom on the rose bush in the backyard.

I moved the Step2 slide before the mowers came. I did some laundry and hung some of it up in the basement and some of it outside. I hung some more laundry up outside after dinner (hopefully it doesn’t rain). I then sat in my mom’s swing and read.
I finished reading The Accidental Bride (I started reading it on July 30th) and I started reading The Trouble With Cowboys. Both books are by Denise Hunter.

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A Morning Glory bud.
In a couple of days this will open up all the way.

I started making some shorts for my next to the oldest nephew. I had promised him some shortly after his birthday (and his birthday was April 1st). I did some laundry and hung it up outside. I also read some (inside).

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The rose bush in the backyard.

I finished the shorts I was making for my next to the oldest nephew (well, I have to put some elastic in the waistband). I did some laundry and hung it up in the basement since it might rain. My brother-in-law dropped off his youngest two kids (my middle and next to the youngest nephews) while he went to the ER. His oldest boy (my next to the oldest nephew) went with him.  After a couple of hours my nephew came back and said his dad was getting an i.v. I took the boys with me to get my older sister from work. I took her to run some errands then took them home. My brother came here and shortly after he got here my brother-in-law came back from the ER and took his van home. My brother and I then went and got some supper. My brother’s fiancé got here with the girls right before my brother and I got back with supper. After we ate supper I played with the girls inside since it was muddy outside. I tried to fix the rocking horse we have, but couldn’t. My dad ended up looking at it and fixing it.

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One of the Morning Glories in the front yard.

I went with my parents to sign the lease for the place we are living right now. We then went to Borics so that my dad could get his hair cut. We then went grocery shopping and my mom bought me the movie “God’s Not Dead”. We also got some gas in the car. I finished the shorts for my next to the oldest nephew and did some laundry. I read some then my parents and I went and met my brother and his fiancé at Ruby Tuesday’s (they were treating my parents to an early anniversary dinner and included me). On the way home, my parents and I stopped and got some frozen yogurt. After we were home awhile my mom and I then went to the store and got some things for breakfast in the morning (we had forgotten earlier when we were grocery shopping).

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The movie my mom bought me (“God’s Not Dead”) with the bracelets that came in the version I got from Walmart.

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The moon through the clouds when we went to the store after supper.

August 9th – 15th

I did some laundry then went to a friend’s son’s going away party (well, first I went and got a card for another friend who’s birthday is coming up). The son is going to boot camp for the Marines. I stayed there for a couple of hours and socialized with some old friends that I hadn’t seen in awhile. I ran an errand then came home. I did some more laundry.

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The sky over the house.

The message from August 10th was titled, “Mastering Connections”. We master our connection with God by; First, Knowing Who Christ Is (Ephesians 1:15-17, John 10:30, & John 14:9)-Three areas about Christ that we need to understand are His Power (Ephesians 1:19-20), His Honor (Ephesians 1:19-20, Philippians 2:6-9, & Hebrews 12:2), and His Authority (Ephesians 1:19-21 & Philippians 2:9-11)-, Second, Knowing Who We Are In Christ (Ephesians 1:18).
After lunch I cleaned some in my room.
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My youngest nephew wearing The Armor of God.
They have been learning about The Armor of God in Children’s Church.

I cleaned some in the craft room and playroom. I finished my nephew’s shorts-I had put the elastic in the other day and re-sewed the waistband. I went through the small dresser in the extra bedroom and got rid of some clothes that won’t fit any of my nephews. I put some clothes in a box to give away. I read some then did some laundry. I cleaned some in my room and the extra bedroom. I helped my brother bring the love seat from the living room to the extra bedroom. My oldest nephew was here to help move couches. We are getting my brother’s fiancé’s old couches and my oldest nephew is getting our old couch. I used my oldest nephew’s car to go to the store to get some things we needed for dinner. My brother’s fiancé and their foster girls came here and had supper with us. My brother and oldest nephew moved the new couches into the house before we ate supper. After supper my brother, my oldest nephew, and my brother’s fiancé took  our old couch to my oldest nephew’s apartment. The girls stayed here and we played bubbles outside for awhile. We then came inside and played for a little while until my brother’s fiancé came and picked them up.

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One of the many bubble wands we have.
This one is from a Lighting McQueen set of wands.
I was trying to get a picture of the bubble coming out of the wand.

I cleaned some in the craft room and swept the floor. I did some laundry and hung it up outside. I cleaned some of my room then read some. Our property manager came by and looked at the house and saw some things that needed to be worked on (she was suppose to do this before we signed the lease, but didn’t). Her and I saw some mold in the basement (on the concrete). After supper I read in my mom’s swing.

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A rabbit running away from something in the side yard.

I did some laundry and hung it up outside. I found some buttons for a shirt I have had for awhile. The shirt will now fit my youngest nephew. I sewed some of the buttons on the shirt.
I finished reading The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter (I started reading it on August 5th). I started reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. [This is the book I got from the Library for the summer reading program.]

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The sun trying to shine through the trees in the side yard.

I did some laundry and hung it up outside. My mom is having knee replacement surgery. She had to be at the hospital at noon and the surgery was scheduled for 2:50 p.m. My brother came here after work (to get information about my mom-I didn’t know anything). My oldest sister came after work to see about my mom. I still hadn’t heard anything and it was after 5 p.m. My sister wanted me to go with her over to the hospital. We went over and our dad was in the waiting room and said that the doctor was running behind and that the surgery didn’t start until after 4 p.m. Shortly after 7 p.m. they called the waiting room and said that my mom was moving into her room. My sister and I stayed for a little while and then came back here and my sister went home. My brother had left his car (his fiancé picked him up) and locked the house door. I got his car and went back to the hospital to pick up my dad. We then went and got some supper.

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A friend of mine gave me this Cross plaque a few years ago.

My oldest sister came and got me so that I could be with her while she has gallbladder surgery (she is at a different hospital than our mom). She had surgery around 10:30 a.m. and was in recovery around 1 p.m. One of her friends came then and stayed with us until she was released (it was outpatient surgery). I drove her home (using her vehicle). We stopped on the way to get some medication she was prescribed. Her husband brought my youngest nephew and I back to my house. I’m watching my nephew over the weekend so my oldest sister doesn’t have to worry about him while she recovers. We played outside some then my youngest nephew wanted to go visit my mom in the hospital. We stopped at the gift shop and got some candy before seeing my mom. We stayed for awhile then we came back to the house for awhile. We then went and got my dad from the hospital and got something to eat for supper. We pulled out the hide-a-bed (bed that pulls out of the couch) and slept on it.

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My youngest nephew brought my tablet with him when we went and visited my mom in the hospital. I’m not sure what game he is playing in this picture.

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