Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Letter from the CEO
Dear Employees:
As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%.
But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off six of our employees instead.

This has really been bothering me, since I believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who would have to go. So, this is what I did:

I walked through our parking lot and found six ‘Obama’ bumper stickers on our employees’ cars and I have decided these folks will be the ones to let go.

I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. They voted for change, I gave it to them.

I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic.

I can’t claim credit… Igot this as an email with no credit citation.
It’s sure a good one, though!

Kitchen tip tuesday-line dried laundry

Todays kitchen tip Tuesdays tip: Line fresh laundry, photos. Can you smell the freshness?

Monday, March 30, 2009


Jeff is safely home from Germany. His flight kept getting changed until it finally got in about 2:00am from the original 9:30 pm. It was good to see him. He seemed even more handsome than when he left. We stayed in Tulsa because we knew the weather in Hardesty and all points east was quite bad. It was nice to be in a cozy camper with heat, food and TV as opposed to stranded in the truck or worse yet a ditch. (been there, done that) Remember sisters? That was in March too.
Anyway the girls and I headed back to Hardesty Sunday afternoon. Apparently the roads had only just been cleared of 15 foot drifts. We were very glad to have missed all the snow. I was anyway. The girls were disappointed though because they didn't get to go sledding. That is such a rare occurrence they were sad to have missed an opportunity.
The weather is warm so the snow is melting rapidly.
Thank you Lord for the moisture.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Odd names

I am always amused when people name their children odd names. Do they have a weird sense of humor? Are they even thinking? Some examples of people we actually know or know of are.
Justin Case
Chason Katz
Crystal Shanda Leer
Cutter and Blade (brothers)
Ripcord, Canape, and Parachute (a family)
Remmington and Winchester (brothers)

Do you know of any funny names? Let me know.

The Beverly Hillbillies

Someone told me about a guy whose last name was Hill. His parents named him Billy hoping he would join the military where everyone is refered to their last name first. Hence. Hill Billy. Kinda silly.

63 years later

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sinus Infection

I now have a full blown sinus infection. I have been gargling with salt water and using my netti pot. If you don't mix the salt solution too strong it isn't too bad. Jeff puts way too much salt in his solution and it burns. I think it is not good to use too much salt in the solution. We always use sea salt. I tried importing a picture of the kind of netti pot I use but a bunch of letters just comes up. I dont know what is up with that.

Monday, March 23, 2009

I gotta try this recipe

Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies
1 Can vanilla frosting
2 Sticks margaine
3/4 Cup White sugar
3/4 Cup Light brown sugar
2 Eggs
1-1/2 Cup Cake flour or plain Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Soda
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups One minute oatmeal
How to make
Cream together margarine,sugars, and eggs mix flour,salt, soda and cinnamon
separately add dry ingredients to sugar mixture and stir. Use a mixer for
this blend in vanilla and oatmeal. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet(use a non stick cookie sheet) or can be baked on foil, lightly sprayed with pam.
bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Bake until almost done and then use thebroiler to finish the top...
cool and then ice a cookie and place another on
top. until all are used..makes a lot. for keeping them fresh..then wrap each
cookie in a sandwich bags and then put into a large freezer bag. The cakeflour is better than the plain flour.

I copied this recipe from the web so the grammar mistakes belong to someone else. LOL

I really would rather have Jesus

I saw the lyrics of this song over at Biblical Womanhood
and it reminded me of how much I love this song. I heard a recording once of a famous black gospel singer singing this song at a Billy Graham concert and it was beautiful. I cannot remember the singers name. I do know she has gone to glory.

I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold;

I'd rather be His than have riches untold;

I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands,

I'd rather be led by His nail-pierced hand.

I'd rather have Jesus than men’s applause;

I'd rather be faithful to His dear cause;

I'd rather have Jesus than world-wide fame,

I'd rather be true to His holy name.

Hes fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;

He's sweeter than honey from out of the comb;

He's all that my hungering spirit needs,

I'd rather have Jesus and let Him lead.

Than to be a king of a vast domain

Or be held in sin's dread sway,

I'd rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

-Lyrics by Rhea F. Miller

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Germany and Jeff

Jeff has been blessed to be staying in a hotel where he is the only guest. The owners speak English and have taken Jeff as a friend. They have shown him the sites and he has gotten to visit more places than he ever would have, had he been on his own. They have also helped make the homesickness and loneliness he feels bearable. Today they went to France. So far on this trip he has been to Germany, Switzerland, and France. Jeff took the owners out for supper Sunday night to thank them for their kindness and friendship. They have been so good to him.

We are back from our mission trip

Tired and worn out are we.
Happy are we.
A job done well and a job well done.
Sleep deprived, paint on skin.
Loads of laundry, stinky socks and paint stained clothes.
We went, we worked, we gave.
There is more work to do.
Not enough people or time in a day.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


I shopped at two Walgreen's yesterday and spent a total of $48.24
I saved $252.71
I bought:
11 Garnia Fructis gels, sprays, shampoos, etc. on sale @ 2.99 each -2.00 each Easy saver book
4 Jordana eye liner pencils @ .99 each sale 2-1.00
6 Sambucol cold med @ 11.99 -10.00 each easy saver book and -4.00 each coupons so overage
4 Glade sense and spray @ 7.99 -4.00 easy saver book and -4.00 each MQ
7 Metamucil on clearance for a total of 11.00
5 clearance candy @ .50 ea
2 electrosol gel packs @ 3.99 ea. -.55 MQ and 1.00 MIR
8 Mentos gum @ 1.69ea. -6.10 total MQ
12 Orbit gum @ .66 each sale 3-.99
Colgate toothpaste 3.49 -2.50 easy saver book -1.50 MQ
8 Coffeemate creamers sale 2/2.49 -1.00 IP each
2 Pink hair straightener for my nieces clearance at 2.00 each

Another good day at wags.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Russian abortion

Did you know that 80% of all females in Russia have an abortion? The average number of abortions they have is between 2 and 10. Visit Jill Staneks site to see a trailer for the movie Killing girls. Here is the link:http://www.jillstanek.com/
Jill is the nurse who helped expose Christ hospital and their partial birth abortion practices. She was finally fired because she would not keep quiet about what she was seeing. She was speaking at legislative meetings and the white house and anywhere she could, talking about a hospital named after our Lord, Killing babies.

Fun Friday

Today the girls are finishing up any work not done this week. We are also taking care of Sammy and Kolby. The two cutest boys on the planet.
After the boys leave we will deliver 4-5 sets of 10 commandment stones and then head out to Dodge to work on my sisters floor.
I have a feeling we wont get as far as we wanted, but maybe we can get a bunch done so they can finish up the rest.
We are constantly trying to keep up with the laundry so we have enough for this weekend and then for the mission trip.
I hope each one reading this has a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I am pro life

I am pro life. I do not believe in abortion. I believe every human life is precious. I know God loves us from conception. Abortion is murder. When we get to heaven I know we will meet millions of babies who were aborted, we must fight for their right to live. I am alive, why should they not get to live? You are alive, they should get to live. The Bible commands us to stand up for those who do not have a voice.

Pro 24:11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
Pro 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

When I get to heaven I do not want to be ashamed that I did not stand up and let my voice be heard for those who do not have a voice.

Psa 25:3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

Children were always and are still important to God. After all, everyone was once a child. You were, I was.

Isa 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

God will be with us and He never changes and He will never let us down.

Isa 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

We must stop the killers who take the lives of infants who are our future. Who will be our inventors, doctors, etc. if we kill the next generations?
The pro abortion folks are killing their own selves. Makes no sense.

Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Home for a few days

The girls and I are home for a few days. It is always good to be home and sleep in your own bed. The Osborn's beds were very comfortable but they were not our beds. We all slept in one great big room. We could talk and laugh and such, but when sleep time came the girls complained of my snoring. Oh well. Jeff always tries to get to sleep first. He snores too.

We are going to be busy the next few days. Friday we will go to lay tile for my sister. Saturday we hopefully finish the tile and then on to my granddaughters birthday party. Then home for a day and then on the the mission trip. I am trying to think of meals we can make for a crowd. I said I'd be in charge of the meals, at least while we are there.
Any ideas? I will bring my crock pot.

Hopefully when we get done doing all these things, Jeff will be able to come home.
Today we are watching a darling little 7 month old boy who belongs to a local teacher. He is very cute. He has the cutest smile.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


The girls and I are enjoying Cimarron New Mexico today.  We drove in yesterday and went on to Taos where we visited the Rio bridge, pix later.  We wanted to go to the adobes but they are closed for a few weeks.  It looks like we are here too early for much of the tourist places and museums.  
We are going to have lunch at the Boy scout ranch which is huge, huge, huge.  Something like 16 thousand acres.

Correction: The boy scout ranch has 137,000 acres.. Whew

We want to visit the store there as well.
 After staying one more night we will head back home.  The drive is not bad but no towns to speak of.  I do know this time we will make sandwiches for the trip home.  We drove for two hours before we came upon any place to eat.  We do have emergency supplies in the pickup but we didn't have to use them.
It has been great seeing our friends the Osborn's again.  They are the kind of friends that you feel like you just talked to the other day and you don't have to get to know them all over again.  They sure made us feel welcome and wanted.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


I have not been menu planning and I realize I do like having a plan. I had earlier found a monthly meal planner from K State in Kansas. Here is the site: http://www.humec.k-state.edu/fnp/resources/materials/menus/Month_of_Menus.pdf This is a pdf document of about 73 pages. It lists resources such as equivalents, substitutions and such. I did not need that part but it is a great resource for a less experienced cook.
I read each page and found very few meals we would not enjoy. The grocery list is made for you. You can just cross off any items you may already have on hand.
I think when we come back from our mission trip I will give this month long plan a try.

I needed to go to Liberal today to pick up Hannah so I did my Walgreens shopping.
I did very well.
10 Garniea Fructis @ 2.99 ea.
12 Orbit gum @ .99 ea.
3 Glade air sense and spray @ 7.99 ea.
2 Colgate toothpaste @ 2.99 ea.
2 pkg. sweet tarts @ .80 each
10 candy bars @ .50 ea.
2 candy bars @ 1.50 ea.
total 81.50
coupons and sales and RR 73.95
out of pocket spent $7.55

Sunday Smiles

Have a good day. Its beautiful here. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the wind is hardly blowing.
Mrs. O

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Saturday Sunshine

Chip and Dales

My daughter, I won't mention which one thought that Chip and Dales was a department store. It was so funny. Someone asked her if she knew what Chip and Dales was and she said yes its a store. The story got around and last night the preacher said I heard your family shops at Chip and Dales. I laughed and said the only problem is all they sell are bow ties.
Its funny when things get misunderstood like that.

Mission Trip

The girls and I get to go on a mission trip during spring break. Whoo Hoo. We are going to the Kingman church and either work in the parsonage or on the church. They both need lots of work.
I'm not sure how long we will stay or exactly what we are to do, but it will be our first ever mission trip. I know its not over seas or in an exotic location. But it is still a mission trip. I dont think we will have to sleep in tents though. LOL.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fun Friday

Our preacher is now a part time cop. It is funny in a way. He looks nice with a badge.
I think he will enjoy it, it is only for a couple of hours a day and of course ministry comes first.
Joy and I are going to the preachers for supper, he is a really good cook. I told Jeff via email and he is jealous.
Joy is already over there, she spent the night last night. The other girls had friends over for a sleep over. Joy wanted to get away from all the kids so she went to the preachers and their little girl 8 y/o had a sleep over, so she didn't get away after all. LOL.
Monday and Tuesday the girls and I are going to New Mexico to see friends and drive the enchanted circle. I will take pictures and post them later.
The following weekend the girls and I are going to Dodge to lay a tile floor for my sister in her downstairs bathroom. I am good at cutting the tile and Joy is good at laying them so we can get it done in no time.
I am thinking I should do that in my bathroom upstairs. Jeff may say no though.
My sisters in law want to meet for lunch while we are in Dodge so we will have another busy time.
I just need to keep scheduling things to do so I have something to look foreword to and not miss Jeff so much.
I am still going to schedule a soap making class, I just don't know when for sure.
I borrowed an exercise bike from Jennifer Martin, I can use it until we move. That will give us some variety. Treadmill and bike.
Mrs. O

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Happy Thursday

The kids don't have school tomorrow so we have a houseful of girls. I made pizza for supper and they decorated it. Actually I just made the dough and the sauce and they did the rest, it was good. They then went and hung out on the trampoline. I guess its finally cold enough they came inside. Now they will play the Wii or watch a movie. I am going to bed and read.


My daughter saw this and I thought it was funny.

My best friend sent me a text and asked what does idk mean?
I said I don't know.
She said good grief no one knows.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Is it good news or bad news?

I got an email from Mr. Olson this morning. He said that he would be staying in Germany for a month instead of just two and a half weeks. I know we both will miss each other. That's the bad news.
The good news is he will be learning things that make him more desirable from a job standpoint. He is learning the German technology. That is good.
The Germans apparently are better at some things than Americans. I know they make better camera's.
Anyway German PLC's are suppose to be better than American ones. He has been learning about them since he started this job in Nov. 08.
It will be a great experience for him. He hopefully will get to visit with Marius who was an exchange student here last year. He is near where Marius is.
I filled out my passport papers, I just need to have Joy take my passport pix with my passport camera and go to the post office or court house and get it going.
We also need to get the girls passports going.
There is a slight possibility that in the future we could go abroad as a family for six months or so at a time. What fun.
Joy thinks that's great. Mollie says no way. Hannah doesn't care one way or another.
Well that is my news for now.
Mrs. Olson

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Do you remember the story?

Do you remember the story of the praying hands? Or maybe you have never heard it. In any case this is the story of the famous praying hands picture.

Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighborhood. Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer the Elder's children had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.

After many long discussions at night in their crowded bed, the two boys finally worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down into the nearby mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy. Then, when that brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he would support the other brother at the academy, either with sales of his artwork or, if necessary, also by laboring in the mines.

They tossed a coin on a Sunday morning after church. Albrecht Durer won the toss and went off to Nuremberg. Albert went down into the dangerous mines and, for the next four years, financed his brother, whose work at the academy was almost an immediate sensation. Albrecht's etchings, his woodcuts, and his oils were far better than those of most of his professors, and by the time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees for his commissioned works.

When the young artist returned to his village, the Durer family held a festive dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant homecoming. After a long and memorable meal, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honored position at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht to fulfill his ambition. His closing words were, "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream, and I will take care of you."

All heads turned in eager expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat, tears streaming down his pale face, shaking his lowered head from side to side while he sobbed and repeated, over and over, "No ...no ...no ...no."

Finally, Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. He glanced down the long table at the faces he loved, and then, holding his hands close to his right cheek, he said softly, "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look ... look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once, and lately I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush. No, brother ...for me it is too late."

More than 450 years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful portraits, pen and silver-point sketches, watercolors, charcoals, woodcuts, and copper engravings hang in every great museum in the world, but the odds are great that you, like most people, are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer's works. More than merely being familiar with it, you very well may have a reproduction hanging in your home or office.

One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands," but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love "The Praying Hands."

The next time you see a copy of that touching creation, take a second look. Let it be your reminder, if you still need one, that no one - no one - - ever makes it alone!

Mango Salsa

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced (about 1 1/2 cup)

1/2 med red onion (finely chopped)

1 jalapeno (minced with seeds removed for less heat)

1 small cucumber (peeled and diced, about 1 cup)

3 T. fresh cilantro leaved (chopped)

3 T. lime juice

salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Diced avacado may also be added.
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I bought milk at Walgreens last night. I bought 2 gallons on sale for 2.49 each. saved 80 off reg. price. Paid for it with a 3.50 rr and 1.88 cash
At wal mart I bought a few other groceries.
1 pillsbury white cake mix .88
1 GV american sliced cheese 15.47
1 mango .97
1 avacado .68
3 jalapeno peppers .33
2 sweet potatoes .76
1 red onion .56
1 cucumber .78
1 bunch cilantro .33
1 can black beans .78
2 wheat bread 1.38 ea.
1 pkg thin cut steak pieces for carne asada 6.83
total spent at walmart 31.13
total spent for groceries 36.11
total saved 4.30

total spent this year 444.72
total saved this year 140.56

Another good day at Walgreens

I did 11 transactions at walgreens last night. The first five I did to get my register rewards. The next six were to buy the rest of my stuff and spend the RR.
Here is what I bought
4 Sambucol cold and flu 10.99 ea. -10.00 Easy saver -4.00 Internet coupon earned 3.01 each
4 Blink eye drops 7.99 ea. - 2/ 1.50 IP (only had 2 coupons) 8.00 RR ea. earned 3.00 extra
4 Colgate tooth paste 2.99 ea. 3.50 RR ea. earned 2.04 extra
4 candy bar fillers 2.00 total
1 fancy full temp hair color 3.99 -3.50 MQ -.55 MQ earned 6 cents
1 Memory Vitamins sale 19.99 8.00 MQ sent in for 19.99 rebate earned 8.00 extra
1 wags headache medicine 2.99 sent in for 2.99 rebate
1 wags wal-zyr allergy med. 3.99 sent in for 3.99 rebate
1 Clarol hair color 2.99 -2.00 MQ
1 Axe hair putty sale 5.99 sent in for 5.99 rebate
3 travel pillows 1.99 ea

spent 69.65
saved 121.81 plus 60.46 after the rr and rebates so total saved was 182.27
still have 27.50 in register rewards
rebates 32.96
grand total this trip cost me was 9.19
not bad for all the stuff I got.

Monday, March 2, 2009


I had intended to stay with Mr. Olson for one week. A few days after our arrival there he was informed that his trip to Germany was postponed for one week. It seemed like the best idea to just stay another week so that is what we did.
We used the extra time to drive and drive and drive looking for houses. Still don't have one that I must have. LOL.
I have a list of things to do now that I am home.
Get tax stuff to accountant.
Get water softener fixed.
Get all the clothes washed.
Keep the house cleaned.
Go through the mail.
I cant think of the other stuff right now.
Mrs. Olson

I'm back and this is funny

(On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.)
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,"
--Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.
"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff."
--Mariah Carey
"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life,"
-- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign .
"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,"
--Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC . ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it,"
--A congressional candidate in Texas .
"Half this game is ninety percent mental."
--Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
--Al Gore, Vice President
"I love California . I practically grew up in Phoenix ."
-- Dan Quayle
"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
--Lee Iacocca
"The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
--Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.
"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people."
-- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.
"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."
--Department of Social Services, Greenville , South Carolina
"Traditionally, most of Australia 's imports come from overseas."
--Keppel Enderbery
"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record."
--Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman