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I WON THE PRIZE!

I had to do a post and tell you about my prize.  The lady in the picture is Balisha, my friend from Never Enough Time blogspot. Check out her blog!  Balisha is a poet, gardener, writer, and artist among many other things.  She is one talented lady.  Balisha is my friend and one of my favorite bloggers.  We tease each other about posts, my recipes on Southern Lady Cooks, (she didn’t think there was such a thing as chocolate gravy!), and e-mail jokes to each other.

Balisha recently did a post saying she was going to do a give-a-way at her place and it would be something she made. I know how talented she is and was hoping and hoping I could win her prize.  She put a piece of paper in a container for every comment and on her 1000th post, she drew out the winning name.  She posted the winner yesterday. I WON!

I am so excited and can’t wait to receive this item in the mail.  I am posting a picture below for you to see!  I just love her painting on slate. I will love and cherish it forever and give it a special place.

                                                                                                                                

I have not posted on here for a while. I just can’t seem to keep up with both blogs like I used to.  The Southern Lady Cooks Facebook page now has 1140 people and grows a little every day.  If you are not on Facebook, you would have fun here.  We discuss everything from aprons to St. Patrick’s Day!

I had to tell you about my prize and how excited I am. Hope everyone is doing great and spring is near at your place. I am so ready for warm days and some sun on my face!

(Note: You can click on the picture of my prize to see all the little details Balisha added!)

SECRETARIAT!

It has been a while since I have done a post on this blog.  I am having a hard time posting here and on The Southern Lady Cooks, too.  The fan page on Facebook now has 813 fans so it keeps me busy writing blog posts, cooking, getting new recipes together and posting both places.  I love to cook and I enjoy the Facebook page so I spend more time there these days.  So whether you like to cook or not, there are lots of good articles on the cooking blog and things to comment on. Today,  we are doing funny food stories over there, so click on the link above and tell your story and read the comments of some of my readers.

Anyway, I checked my friend Balisha’s blog this morning, Never Enough Time, and she has a post about the movie, Secretariat.  I have wanted to see this movie since it came out.  I had it on my Netflix list for months and behold it came today!  I watched it the minute I got it.

If you have not seen this movie be sure and watch it.  It is a wonderful movie.  I could watch it again right now and I just saw it today!  A lot of the scenes are filmed in Kentucky and several people I know were extras and such.  The scene where the horse runs the Belmont was filmed at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington about 30 minutes away from my house. I know you are going to love it.

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!

Someone sent me this in an e-mail.  I wanted to put it on here so that everytime I feel down or depressed or upset about something, I can come over here and look at this post!

LIFE ISN’T ABOUT HOW TO SURVIVE THE STORM, BUT HOW TO DANCE IN THE RAIN!

RAMBLING THOUGHTS ABOUT THE NEW YEAR

I guess by now everyone has heard about the man in the picture, Ted Williams.  It is nice to hear a good story on the news once in a while. He does have a golden voice.  I saw his mother on t.v. this morning. That’s her in the other picture. She said she was very proud of him since he has been clean from drugs for over two years and now has gone from homeless to a job and a house to live in.

There seems to be a lot of bad things happening lately as well.  Two nights ago my daughters had all three vehicles ransacked while sitting outside their home.  The thieves must have been looking for money or credit cards because nothing was taken.  Not even the GPS system in their truck.  The sheriff told them several of their neighbors had the same thing happen and a stolen credit card from one vehicle was used in Tennessee yesterday morning.  It scares me because they live a good distance back from the road and someone had to be brave to come back their driveway.

A new Chick-fil-A is opening in a neighboring town and people have been camping outside the building for over two days to try to get a coupon good for a combo meal once a week for a year.  One lady was 74 years old and sleeping in a tent in the parking lot!

Sears is closing in my town.  It has been here for years and years. I hate to see it go.  That store is about the oldest one in my area.

Food prices are supposed to really go up in the first six months of this year.  Especially, cereals, meat, and dairy. I did an entire post on this on The Southern Lady Cooks blog the other day.

I am ready for spring already.  I want to plant a garden this year in my backyard.  I have several projects and flower beds I want to do in the spring.  I need to order seeds.

This is the worst time of the year for me when it comes to eating.  I just want to stay in the house and cook and stuff myself. I have to really watch or I will start gaining weight. 

I hope your New Year is going well.  Do you have lots of resolutions and things in mind for the months to come?

A NEW YEAR, A TIME TO REFLECT

The picture is of me and my twins in 1980.  I was 35!  I had never seen this picture before. My sister posted the picture on facebook last week. She said I was leaving her house and she snapped the picture. 

Every year at this time I always start looking back, looking at old pictures, remembering old times. I went to the farm for Christmas and spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day with my daughters.  We made sausage balls, country ham and biscuits, eggnog, cookies, and then cooked dinner Christmas day.  We played cards half the night and listened to old songs and talked about old times.  We watched the horses with their blankets on, eating hay in the field on Christmas morning and the dogs playing.  We rearranged furniture in their house, rummaged through boxes of books that belonged to their grandparents and talked about days gone by.  It was a time we cherish together.

On Sunday, my son and his wife, brought Tater to my house to get his Christmas gifts.  He was so excited. Tater jumped out of the car and came up the sidewalk in a hurry to get his gifts from his Nana.  Tater told me a long time ago that he wanted a Criss Cross Crash for Christmas. I got it for him but waited till the last gift to give it to him.  He loved it and ran around the house showing us how excited he was with his new present. 

It has been 30 years since that first picture was taken of me with the girls.  So much has happened in all our lives. So many friends and family have passed on during this time that we look back and remember every year and miss so much.  We thank God for all our blessings and for our friends and family.  

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful New Year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY BLOGGING FRIENDS!

God Bless You and Keep You Throughout the Christmas Season and The New Year. 

The First Christmas Gift

Thanks to all my blogging friends for your friendship throughout the year.  I appreciate and enjoy each and every one of you.   I hope we will continue to be friends for many years to come.   Love and hugs,  Judy

A GIGGLE WITH THE GOATS TO JINGLE BELLS!

I thought this was so cute!  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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