Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hop On Over

Hope you'll take a "look-see" at a great blog. I am lucky to know Jeanna personally and her precious boys :) Her experience on going "social media free" for a month is here: http://jeanna.me/2014/12/15/fast-flashback-a-social-media-detox-in-retrospect/
I'd probably last this long.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Day After

Our family tradition continued last night at the Annual Hunter Family White Elephant Party. 2014 was no different as we had our usual shenanigans. There were those who we missed as always and hope to see them next year. But I have to say "thank you" for not spilling the beans last night on Facebook. More on that in a bit....
There were the "gifts"
Some were "R" rated and so we'll just say I was fortunate enough to have the "family friendly" gift of the evening. Here you see the Tissue Cover Barbie Couch. Accompanying this fabulous item was a clock with various grains imbedded in it. Just Lovely Michelle :)

We had a card exchange, cookie exchange, and a fabulous pot luck meal. Loved Ashley's cream cheese corn and glad she told me the recipe. Gonna try that one!

The game of the evening was provided by Bob & Maybelle with their Cookie Bowl Roulette. I dubbed it Roulette but it was actually how a White Elephant party is supposed to work. First we all get a number and take a turn picking out a gift from some choices they provided. After that, anyone can 'steal' your item if they think it's better than yours. Apparently I have good taste, because my choice became the HoT PoTaTo of the evening.

I had it

But lost it. I think nearly everyone tried their best to keep it.
 



But my daughter, Rachel triumphed in the end. She was pretty excited about that!
(So was I actually)
Sorry to those who were plotting a "strategy". Better luck again next year.
Now for the More on that in a bit part.
 
We're a fairly versatile group of adults.
Retirees
College Students
A High School Senior
Business Owners
Skilled Professionals
Blue Collar Workers
 
Real Salt of the Earth Family.
No Fakes here
 
When I asked them to all wear the "Find A Cure For Isaiah" bracelets, they didn't let me down.
We are uplifting him and his family in our "Pound It" photo here.
We're definitely not a group to sit around a camp fire singing 'Kumbaya',
but we are giving in prayers, goodness and actions.
We hope that you'll take a minute or two to read about Isaiah and get to know him through the world of the Internet.
He also made the New York Daily News
Please take a minute in your day to spread some prayer, information or your support for this disease.
Isaiah's journey is one to make us all stop and bring us all together this Holiday Season and beyond.
Adding a blurry picture here of Isaiah's mom (center).
We're standing in the rain at the Lee Summit train depot but I promised to share this one.
Rachel and Emily are responsible for the bracelets.
Proud of you girls!!
Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
 
Merry Christmas from the Hunter family to yours!
 

 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Life is Too Short

Feelings that can come to pass when you have been singled out by your family.
  1. Despair: "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
    Philippians 4:8
  2. Anger: "Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools."
    Ecclesiastes 7:9
  3. Depression: "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
    Isaiah 41:10
  4. Grief: "Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."
    1 Peter 5:7
 Yesterday at a local craft show while attending my booth there came along a lady who was reminiscing of yesteryear as she tasted the goodies from the booth next to ours. She described in great detail the recipes of her grandmother who was an immigrant of Austria and how it was rumored she was held for some time by the Royalty there for her great talent of baking and finally allowed to come to America. Great stuff. A story to be very proud of.

I said as much and said I hoped she had those wonderful recipes. The next thing I know she's telling me she is estranged from her sisters who have the book of recipes her grandmother had written them all down in and who won't allow her even copies of the recipes. Or copies of family photos. They won't even speak.

She was in tears slowly telling me more and more about wrongs of her siblings towards her and she was unaware of why they treated her this way. She talked about her brother near death but recovered and hearing about it from a family friend.

She offered her help in a family member's time of need and was firmly refused; given excuses that seemed sensible at the time, but revealed later by another friend as just another part of her alienation.

The story went on and on for about 45 minutes.
Ron, sitting there, was totally convinced we knew each other. I never learned her name.

We've all been in situations where someone is mad at us. My theory after losing my father at a young age:
Life Is Too Short
 


I'm not here to preach about wrongs and rights. Only about feelings.
During this upcoming holiday season, if you can lend an ear to someone, do it.
We all have struggles.
We all have been wronged.
We all feel pain.
And we all have the ability to lend some human spirit of caring to someone.
Pass It On.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Little Banjo Humor

Earlier this week I tried sharing this pic but it didn't work. so once again....
 
Preparing for my A to Z April Challenge as we speak.
But this time I'm using this blog. Hoping for user-friendly options with my audio. 
I've also lined up a good picture source or two. Thanks in advance to those who agreed as my pictures aren't as plentiful this year.
Now off to practice that banjo!
Link :A to Z Blog Challenge

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chocolate


Above you will see me beginning the unloading of Salt and Pepper Shakers. I have a post about my cabinet on this link. But that's not really what I'm talking about this time. Although the unpacking of the cabinet is tedious and time-consuming.
I'm on the 2nd shelf as of this writing and the excuse to write this post was much more enticing than finishing another shelf.
Mainly because Kirsten walked in with a plate of these cupcakes. I'm definitely taking a break now from the salt and pepper project.
Thanks Kirsten for the diversion.
I needed that!
 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Reconsidering

Upon careful reflections, I have decided to use this blog again. I hope Blogger won't disappoint me but I'm hoping to give it a whirl. Now what will I talk about??????





Making up for lots of lost time.
You're welcome :)
 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Changing to WordPress.com

Katy Trail Creations This is my new blog address. Hope you'll check it out!! Thanks for all the fun Blogger but it's time for a change.