Thimble Thoughts: May 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Word Cloud

There's a place on the web called that will make a word cloud when you give them the url to your blog. The word cloud is compiled of different words they find on the blog. Here is mine!


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Our Memorial Day Weekend

We had a very nice Memorial Day weekend.

It started out by welcoming Celine's little sister into the world. She was born Thursday evening and we saw her for the first time Saturday afternoon. She is so cute. She looks just like Celine. I was going to post a picture of her, but I think it's too soon for that. Maybe later if her parents give the OK on it. But just take my word for it, she's a cutie pie!

We left the hospital and went to my mother-in-law's home for a cookout with hamburgers, hotdogs, and all the fixins. Bruce's Aunt Sue, his brother, Barry, and his sons were there. The kids were able to play with their cousins and the adults just sat around telling stories and laughing. As usual, it was a really good time.

Here is a picture of Bruce getting ready to cook the burgers and dogs. And the only thing smoking in this picture is the grill. Bruce has a sucker in his mouth.

Marie being thankful that her son is there to do the cookin!

Aunt Sue fussing at me for taking her picture. HA! Gotcha!


Zach, Barry's oldest son

Justin doing his impression of George W.

After our cookout, Celine's Daddy, Chris, dropped her off to spend the night with us since her Mommy had to stay another night in the hospital. It was really hard on Celine, being shuffled between Grandparents and us. Bless her heart. She wanted to be with her family so bad. But she went to church with us Sunday morn and came home with us for lunch and then I took her home. She was so excited to be home with her family. They were all glad to be together. It was really sweet.

Sunday morning service was really good. Bruce was in the honor guard and carried the American Flag. He looked sharp! After the pledges were said, My dad played taps on his trumpet and Justin stood in the back of the church and echoed him. It was so beautiful and solemn, I cried. I couldn't help but think of all our men and women, boys and girls, fighting in this war and those that have fought in other wars. We honored those that are serving now, those that have served in the past and remembered those who died in war. It was a very sweet service. Of course, we had some old time preachin too!

Sunday night after service, we went to the Rohrer's home for chicken fritters, fries, cheese sticks, ice cream, and of course...MARBLES! The ladies won....Ha!

Monday we just loafed around all day. We went to the Howell's home and picked up the treadmill I bought from them. When we brought it home, we all took our turn on it. Even Harrison. I'll write more about the treadmill later. But the day was very relaxing and very lazy. We did nothing all day. No phones, no work, no nothin! I thought maybe we would go to the Battleground, but we just never made it there. Bruce did work on a Sunday School lesson he is supposed to teach Sunday. Our SS teacher is going to Colorado to visit his parents for a couple of weeks and asked Bruce to take the class. He's never done anything like that before and is nervous, but I think he'll survive. Anyway, it was a very nice day and we enjoyed just having family time.

Justin on the treadmill

Hannah on the treadmill


Updated Moving Sale

Here are more items that the Lewis Howell Family are selling before their trip to New Zealand. These items can not be taken with them when they move and all proceeds will be put into their moving fund. If there is something you are interested in, you can contact me by email or visit their site for their email information and title the subject "Moving." Thank You.

Little Tikes Toddler Rocking Horse
  • Condition: Very good
  • Used inside
  • Sells new for $50
  • Asking $20

Step 2 Rocking Fish
  • Condition: Good
  • Used outside, has little fading
  • Sold new for $60 (interesting: I found this sold new in New Zealand for $120 US dollars)
  • Asking $20

Twin Bed Frame with Wheels
  • Condition: New in box
  • Never used
  • Sells new for $50
  • Asking $25

GM Accessory Roof Rack
  • Condition: good
  • Genuine GM Part
  • Removable, expandable, lockable
  • Load capacity 165 lbs.
  • Used on 2000 Malibu, fits other vehicles, makes and models that have a Valley roof gutter
  • Sold new for $200
  • Asking $35

Decorative Cabinet
  • Condition: Excellent
  • PA Dutch pattern
  • Hand painted, hand crafted
  • 4.5" W x 19.5" H x 7" D
  • Inside 4.75" depth
  • Flat back so it can be hung on a wall (needs hardware to hang), we kept it on the fireplace mantle
  • Sold new for $100
  • Asking $25

1959 Fleer Ted Williams Card #1 of The Early Years series
  • Condition: good
  • Sells $60-$100
  • Asking BEST OFFER

Weber 22 1/2" Green One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill
  • Condition: very good, not used a lot
  • Heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled lid and bowl - Green
  • One Touch? cleaning system made of stainless steel
  • Rust resistant aluminum legs
    Glass reinforced nylon handles
  • Made in USA
    Removable high-capacity ash catcher
  • Hinged Cooking grate
  • Sells new for $150
  • Asking $50

33 Gallon Flat Back Hexagon Glass Aquarium with Oak Stand, with Door
  • Condition: good
  • Includes all accessories
  • I will be using this item through Summer
  • Bought all new for $400+
  • Asking $75

Rocking Horse
  • Condition: used/good
  • Works great with our 40 pound girls, sound does not work
  • Sells new for $100
  • Asking $20


Toastmaster Bread Machine Model 1190

Art Deco Style Mirror
  • Condition: Excellent
  • 24 in. X 21 in.
  • Bought new for $100
  • Asking $50

Stained Glass Table Lamp (soldered plastic - metal base)
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Round, floral, hummingbird
  • Bought new for $80
  • Asking $35

Stained Glass Desk Lamp (soldered plastic - metal base)
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Rectangular, 2 bulb, 2 AC plugs with surge protection, and phone surge protection
  • Bought new for $100
  • Asking $35

Step2 Super Tuggy Sandbox / Pool
  • Condition: Good
  • Heavy-duty plastic, protective cover, steering wheel, seat ledge at the back, drain plug, and holds 400 lbs. of sand
  • Currently full of sand
  • Sells new for $150 without sand
  • Asking $50 with sand


Plastic fire engine toddler bed with night-light and mattress


Sharp UX A255 Fax / copier / digital answer machine / CID

includes 2 hutches on either side

O'Sullivan Diplomat "L-Shaped" Workcenter, Snow Maple with Pebblestone top
  • 1"-thick desktop and extra-wide, height-adjustable keyboard shelf
  • 2 Hutches (purchased separately) designed to mount on the left and right side of "L" work center and has multi-use storage compartments
  • 28-3/8"H x 73-1/4"D x 73-1/4"W
  • Condition: very good
  • I will be using this item through September
  • Set sells new for $350
  • Asking $75


CADENCE 200CS Treadmill


Saturday, May 27, 2006

A Tammy Carter

Tammy Carter, a lady in our church and the wife of our Sunday School teacher, wrote a poem for her Patch Class to give to the veterans in our church. I have asked her permission to post the poem here in honor of our veterans. If you have someone in your life that was or is a veteran, please leave their name in the comments section of this post.

A Soldier
You were a young man sent far away,
While family and friends were told to pray,
I know you missed some precious times,
Like birthdays, babies, or wedding chimes
Harrison J. Birt 1920 - 1992

You went to a place you had never before been,
To fight a war with other brave men.
You had no way of knowing your fate,
You followed orders without debate.
Clyde Morrow 1935 - 2002 US Navy

Dodging bullets and seeing men die,
Watching as the enemy drew nigh.
Willing to give your own life if need be,
For God and our freedom in this country.
Larry Birt Sr. 1945 - US Air Force
I have no way of knowing what you saw,
What you heard, and who you fought.
But this I know you did for me,
To keep America proud and free.
Bruce Morrow 1969 - US Air Force
Some have forgotten the sacrifice you made.
While others with their life, the price they paid.
Thank you for the time you fought
With no reward my freedom bought.
John Birt, 1968 - U S Navy
There is a reason God didn't let you die.
And I know that reason and this is why...
You were left here to be an example to me,
A child who wants this country to be free.
Larry Birt Jr. 1966-2004 US Army
I may proudly be a soldier someday,
Or touch a life in some other way.
But I know one day I hope to be
Just like you, a hero to a child like me.
~Tammy Carter


Friday, May 26, 2006

Grandma's Apron

Here are more Show and Tell Aprons. I'm
wearing one that belonged to my Grandmother, my mom's mom. She wore this apron cleaning, cooking, in the garden, pretty much any time she was doing anything around the house. And with the exception of the garden, she would ALWAYS be barefoot.

Hannah is wearing Bruce's Grandmother's apron, his dad's mom. This is a serving apron with a tulip embroidery on the pocket.

It used to take a mother only a minute to get ready for supper for she only had to remove her apron.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Show and Tell

Tammy, from Tammy's Times blog, has a show and tell going on right now. This one is to show off your aprons. If you would like to participate, she is encouraging you to do so. You can see her site by clicking here.

Courtney, from Courtney's Contemplations, has a picture of herself in her apron for show and tell. Click her blog name to see it.

This is a picture of me in my apron that Hannah made me for Mother's Day. It was too pretty to use so I have it hanging in my kitchen. Don't you just love it? I do!


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I Have Several Prayer Requests

For those of you who visit my blog several times a day, you know that today I have had several different backgrounds. Something happened to the original and I started changing it, and I just couldn't decide what I wanted. SO! I ended up with this one and I'll use it until I tire of it.

Brother Johnny preached a very good message tonight. He always does a good job while our Pastor is away. Pastor Goodman is in the Philippines with his son Josh. Well actually, they're on a plane right now coming back home. They should be here around 3:30 tomorrow afternoon. I know that Mrs. Ava will be happy to see her men. Brother Johnny said that while Pastor was preaching today, Josh was holding his own little service on the outskirts of a sugar cane field where nine souls were saved. Isn't that great? I know Josh was bouncing off the walls. He probably did not want to come back. I know they'll have lots of good stories for us on Sunday. I'm looking forward to that. Please pray for their safe journey home.

I don't keep my little Celine any longer. We miss her. If her Mommy doesn't go into labor on her own, they will induce her on Friday. So pray that her body will do what it needs to do naturally. Celine is very excited about her new little sibling. It will be interesting to see how she handles this new little one. Hehehe

A young mother in our SS class just gave birth to her baby that is six weeks early. So pray for her and the baby. So far, Mom and baby are doing good. Just remember to pray for them. Preemies can have good days and bad.

And pray for my friend's daughter, Anna. She hurt her arm this week and can't do a whole lot with it right now. There is a possible fracture and they're waiting on the doctor to call to let them know for sure.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Library, Park, Museum

Today, the kids and I met up with Sis Pam and her kids and went to the Library, the historical museum here in town, and then ate lunch at the park. We had a very good time. The museum was great. They had a disply of old timey toys and they were so neat. I could just picture my parents playing with some of them. Of course I am NOT saying my parents are old timey...Just the toys. :) And as usual, here are some pictures.

The Museum is in the old KM Post Office

A game called Carroms

I loved the tin Merry Go Round in this picture.

This was a little wood stove with cooking pots on it next to
a little table. It was my favorite at the museum.

Hannah, Harrison, and Nicole behind the display case of
the music toys. Nicole was switching her gum in her mouth
for the picture only I didn't know that until I had already
taken it. LOL

The Dick and Jane Display.

Here are the tin vehicles. On this side you could
see the trucks and cars and also the guns and sheriff badges.
On the other side.........

......were the airplanes. I'm not for sure and for certain,
but if I had to guess, Caleb liked these best.

Here is a little desk (so cute), lunch box and Abacus

I liked this display too because of the bottom shelf. There
was a little cookbook called Jolly Times Cookbook and all
the baking utensils. They were all so cute.

Here are the old riding toys. The bicycles, wagon, and tractor.

Sis Pam told Caleb that the riding toy to the right was
one of the first four-wheelers. But he said, "No, it's not!
That's not a four-wheeler." Pam and I just giggled.

I LOVED this doll house. You can see the mother reading
a story to her child while the baby rides the dog in the bottom
left room. Honestly, I would have loved to play with that

This was the front of the doll house. There was a porch
swing, a family name plate by the front door, and small
pots of flowers on the steps. How cute is that?

Here was an Erector set, train set, and other tin toys.

Justin, Caleb, Harrison, Nicole, and Hannah