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17 posts from May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Opportunity Knocks

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Yep, Big Bear is on the road again to Maryland, another 9 hour drive - but this time he isn't carrying a casket in the back.  Nope, he's going on an interview - a very promising opportunity, and he is looking forward to having the conversation.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Highschool Yearbook Memories

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Do you remember how exciting it was to get your yearbook towards the end of the school year?  I sure do.  It was always fun passing the yearbook around to my friends and having them sign my yearbook.  Now, my little girl is experiencing the same thing.  The fun.  The memories.  The friends.  The sports.  The football games. 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Life Well Lived

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This has been a difficult week.  A somber week.  A sad week.  Even my own dreams have been strange - a feeling of being lost, alone, frightened.  Losing a parent is second in heartfelt sadness only to losing a child I think.  There is something about the loss that changes the entire dynamic of our lives.  It forces us to reflect on our own lives and our own legacy in this world.

I want to remember my mother-in-law for the life she lived.  A pictorial walk down memory lane for those who knew her, those who were a part of her life, and those who never knew her.  She was a special lady.  Full of spunk and vinegar.  Full of love and laughter.  We are all better for having known her.  So here, I want to share with you a bit of what I know about my mother-in-law ...

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Passing On to Be With Her Beloved

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At 2am, Bob and I received a phone call from the nursing home where Bob's mother, Geneva, resides.  They didn't think she was going to make it through the night and thought that we should get there as soon as we could.  Exhausted, Bob and I left the children in the care of our oldest daughter, Kathleen, and drove the hour to the nursing home.  It was a quiet and somber trip.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fine Art, Mayor Nancy Anderson, Congresswoman Sue Myrick, and Me

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Sunday was a great day.  My girls and I got ourselves dressed and fixed up for the presentation of awards at the Weddington Town Hall.  I was a speaker and presenter at the ceremony of the 2009 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives and Congresswoman Sue Myrick of North Carolina.  It was an exciting experience.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Singingirl's Devilish Eggs

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Isn’t it funny how deviled eggs just seem to “go” when you put them out at a party or gathering? Double the recipe for a large group of people.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

A BIG Day at the Races!

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There is no way to explain clearly the excitement and enthusiasm, the downright joy and jubilation, that a 12 year old boy experiences when told by his daddy that he has 2 tickets to attend the NASCAR Race at Lowes Motor Speedway.  Nope, I can't begin to tell you the lifetime memory that day had on my boy.  All I can do is show it to you in pictures and share with you the stories they told me about their dad & son day out this past Saturday.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

There's a Lot of Young, Promising Talent in North Carolina

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About a month ago I received a request from Congresswoman Sue Myrick's office to be a judge in this year's Congressional Art Competition.  I agreed.  I was one of 3 judges from my county of Union to attend the exhibition of artwork from promising young high school students in the area who had applied to be a part of the competition.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

New Fashioned Potato Salad - Yum

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By Beth Sollars "Singingirl Cooks!"

This recipe is the perfect way to kick off your memorial day weekend!  So, kick your potato salad up a notch and try this delicious concoction for your weekend memories. Finely chopped colorful vegetables give this great flavor. Paul named this one for me. He said it was anything but old fashioned potato salad!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Where Have My Babies Gone?

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I can't help it.  I'm a bit melancholy lately.  I look around me and see my children - a few all grown up.  Others close behind.  And, a grandson who is rambunctious and growing up so fast too.  Where have my babies gone? 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Peepers Birthday Visit

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It was a beautiful day on my birthday and we were all getting ready to go out as a family and enjoy the day.  Glen came running into my bedroom enthusiastically "Mom!  Our bluebird is back and knocking on the window!"  "Really?"  I asked as I ran out of the bedroom only half dressed.  "Look Mom" and then Glen pointed to the big paladian window in our foyer.  There was Peepers, flying into the window as if determined to get in the house.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Tribute to My Mother, My Hero, My Friend

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My mother.  Her strength amazes me.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Daughter's Day Out

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This is the best Mother's Day weekend I've ever had.  I am surrounded by all of my children and it is wonderful.  To celebrate this wonderful event we had a daughter's day out - Kathleen, Sarah, and me.  All smiles, all happy, just a perfect day with my girls.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Oh! What Nice Navigation You Have! ©

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As you can see, I've been busy this week updating Raisin Toast to make it easier for you, my wonderful readers, to navigate the site, enjoy posts in other sections, and hopefully find things a little easier.  It has been a lot of work.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A Simple Indoor Garden

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By Kathleen Smith (Susan's Big Girl)
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You don't need a backyard to grow a beautiful garden. If you have a little bit of space, a container, and some sunshine, then you have all the necessary ingredients to bring a little green into your home.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

Harry Potter Witches Brew with
A Magic Trunk for You ©

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We Have A Winner!

It’s been over 10 years since author JK Rowling first introduced us to the magic of Harry Potter and to a world of wizards, witchcraft, and fantastic creatures. When I purchased the first book 10 years ago "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," I couldn't put it down.  It was nothing like anything I had ever read before, and although I am not a big fan of witchcraft and wizardry, I found Harry Potter to be incredibly entertaining and exciting, filling my imagination with vivid imagery.  I was hooked.  Any author that can build a story such as this around one character - Harry Potter - deserves much recognition.

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... to discover the secret trunk, under the sorcerer's stone, past the goblet of fire, and through the order of the phoenix that holds the key to your prize.  Woohoo! and Abra Cadabra Foo Bah Mawn Waserpan!

Friday, May 01, 2009

A Miscellaneous post

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Sometimes you just have to say something, and I've been working so hard to update my site that I haven't posted in what? 2 days?  So here's what's happenin...

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