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I am a Christian wife, mother and grandmother. I love to sew and create new and innovative items to share with my customers. The most popular area of my store is my Walnut Grove section which features clothing reminiscent of "Little House on the Prairie". Please take a moment to visit my store and see my latest creations. www.pattisoriginals.etsy.com

Monday, December 26, 2011

Home for the Holidays

We left Minot, ND Thursday morning and drove 26 hours to Olive Branch, MS to spend the holidays with our family.  It was a long drive but our car was so loaded we decided we would rather drive on than try  to unload at a hotel for the night.  Now that we are here I am so glad we did it that way. 

We will be in the south for 2 weeks and then we are headed to Superior, WI for a few months.  I think we will enjoy the warmer weather and not having to put on so many layers everyday.

Wishing everyone a very blessed holiday season and our travels will resume the middle of January.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

Shallow Gene Pool
Here are some clues that the gene pool may be getting shallow ...

IDIOTS AT WORK ... I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed that I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature on the credit card with the signature I just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared that signature to the one I signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched.

IDIOTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ... I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: many deer were being hit by cars and he no longer wanted them to cross there.

IDIOTS IN FOOD SERVICE ... My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the individual behind the counter for "minimal lettuce." He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.

IDIOT SIGHTINGS ... Sighting #1: I was at the airport, checking in at the gate, when the airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?" I said, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?" He smiled and nodded knowingly, "That's why we ask."

Idiot Sighting #2: The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it is safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-worker of mine, when she asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals to blind people when the light is red. She responded, appalled, "What on earth are blind people doing driving?"

Idiot Sighting #3: At a good-bye lunch for an old and dear coworker who is leaving the company due to "downsizing," our manager spoke up and said, "this is fun. We should have lunch like this more often." Not another word was spoken. We just looked at each other like deer staring into the headlights of an approaching truck.

Idiot Sighting #4: I worked with someone who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the life of her could not understand why her system would not turn on.

Idiot Sighting #5: When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told that the keys had been accidentally locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger's side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered it was open.
"Hey," I announced to the technician, "It's open!"
"I know," answered the young man. "I already got that side."

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

Senior Moment II
Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades.

Over the years they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures.

Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't get mad at me ... I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is."

Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally, she said, "How soon do you need to know?"

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

Senior Moment
Two elderly women were out driving. Both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself, "I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light."

A few minutes later they came to another intersection and the light was red again, and again they went right though. This time the woman in the passenger seat was almost sure the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous and decided to pay very close attention to the road and the next intersection to see what was going on.

At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was definitely red and they went right through. She turned to the other woman and said "Mildred! Did you know we just ran through three red lights in a row! You could have killed us!"

Mildred turned to her and said "Oh darn, am I driving?"

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Snowy Sunday in North Dakota

We woke up to snow again today.  The snow is beautiful but it makes traveling a bit scary. 
The snow was gentle but had started around 1AM so by the time we woke up the parking lot looked like this.

Our poor car is used to being garaged overnight, it sure is getting a workout in ND.

Life goes on, even in the snow, so we loaded the car and headed for church.

We drive through this parking lot (the local mall) on our way to the main road leading to church.

Such beauty could only be created by God!

And the lovely spruce trees.

Then in the parking lot I slipped on the black ice-UGH!  Landed flat on my back.  Took some Valerian Root and applied essential oils and am feeling much better.  I need to remember, small steps and slowly!

Had a great day at church and drove home through more snow.  Spent the afternoon in our warm room relaxing and watching the snow fall.  A perfect ending to an almost perfect day.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Back to North Dakota

We had an opportunity to visit our son's family for Thanksgiving.  The trip from Minot, North Dakota to Olive Branch, Mississippi takes 3 days.  It is a long drive but we sure are glad we had a chance to visit and see their new home, which is gorgeous!!

We avoided snow and ice both going and coming and our travel was pretty much uneventful, which is good.  Since we were so anxious to see them we didn't make any stops on the way down but on our way back up to North Dakota we saw a couple of really interesting sites.

I am not sure where this was taken but someplace in either Kansas or Nebraska.  We were driving down a highway with occasional ranches and farms, made a turn and came upon this site:

We drove a few feet and the cliffs were over, not to be repeated.  I wish I could remember exactly where these were located but we came upon them so suddenly that I only had time to grab the camera and click.

The second night we stayed in Mitchell, South Dakota, home of the Corn Palace.  Of course, we had to visit.

This part of the country is big time corn country so every year they decorate this 'palace' with tons of corn.   All of the pictures are done in different types of corn.

This was really amazing to see how creative they were in developing these mosaics.  Mitchell seems like a very nice town with lots to see and do but unfortunately we had to leave early the next morning.

We made it safely back to Minot Sunday afternoon.  It sure felt good to plant our feet on the ground and not have to get back in the car for awhile.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Phunnies

Senility Sisters
Three sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96 live together in a house. One night the 96-year old draws a bath. She puts one foot in and pauses. She yells down the stairs, "Was I getting in or out of the bath?"

The 94-year old yells back, "I don't know. I'll come up and see." She starts up the stairs and pauses. Then, she yells, "Was I going up the stairs or down?"

The 92-year old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea, listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, "I sure hope I never get that forgetful." She knocks on wood for good measure. She then yells, "I'll come and help both of you as soon as I see who's at the door."