Good Bye Uncle Betty

My Aunt, “Uncle Betty” passed away last night. She’s been so sick and fought so long, but eventually she lost her battle and God called her home. I will miss her more than I can say.
I have cried, and I am grieving. But when I step back I see, that “Uncle Betty” will always be with me. She lives in my heart.

Do not stand by my grave and weep,
I am not there – I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow
I am a diamond glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle Autumn rain
When you wake in the morning hush
I am the sweet uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight
I am the soft starshine at night
I am the kiss of angels’ wings
I am part of all these joyful things.

Do not stand by my grave and cry
I am not there – my soul did not die.

Author Unknown

Dashing Through The Snow

I love watching Greta in the snow. Yesterday we had 7-8 inches of the fluffy white stuff and our girl, who doesn’t stand much higher than that, went out to play. She had an old tennis ball, and would push it through the snow with her nose. Then she would toss it and jump through the snow to find it. How wonderful it was to play!!!
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She would play and play until I could see her shivering and then I would call her to come in so she could warm up.
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It was such a wonderful thing to watch.

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven 375 F

2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

In small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In large bowl cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Gradually add in flour mixture until well combined. Stir in chips.

Drop by well rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Thirteen Things about Maribeth

1. My best Christmas present ever was my daughter Mandy. She was born 12/20/76!!!
2. I’ve decided my favorite pie is Pumpkin
3. It’s bad to make cookies when you are on a diet! It can drive you insane!
4. I love buying presents for other people.
5. I even buy presents and wrap them for the dogs.
6. I wrote my first fan letter to an artist I discovered in Germany. He draws dackels!!
7. I miss the Christmas’ I spent with my daughters. I would get all sorts of Barbie stuff and they loved it! I did too!!
8. I love Christmas lights.
9. I love writing a Christmas letter each year and putting in pictures.
10. My favorite holiday is actually Thanksgiving. Less stress.
11. The best gifts I give are to my elderly neighbors. I love to see their faces when they open the cookie tin and see the goodies!
12. I always cry on Christmas. Call me sentimental.
13. I love to get Christmas cards!!!

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Ginger Spice Cookies

* 3/4 cup shortening
* 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup molasses
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar. Add the egg, molasses and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll into 1 inch. balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 1-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. (I always spray mine with Pam) Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4 dozen.

5 Weird Habits About Myself

Just 5???

5 Weird Habits about Myself

Rules: “The first player of this game starts with the topic “five weird habits of yourself,” and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says “You are tagged” (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.”

1.I talk to people while I’m in line at stores or just walking around. No one is safe.
2. I talk to my dogs and I know they understand.
3. I like to get into my pajamas right after I do the dishes in the evening.
4. I must always have socks on my feet
5. I worry about being late for things, so I am always chronically early.

Ok. There you have it. Now, to tag:

1. Casey
2. Loup
3. Amanda
4. GrannyZ
5. Janet
(the art of getting by)

You’re it!!!