Friday, May 30, 2014


Costochondritis ~it is a swelling or inflammation of the tissue that connects your ribs with your breastbone.  It may occur on it own, through trauma (accident, or simply from coughing or minor exercise. I may take up to 6 weeks to get better.  (6 weeks is a very long time)  If you have ever had pleurisy (I have), its like that but in the front center of your chest with pain radiating toward your shoulders.  Its also called arthritis of the ribs.

So why talk about this?

I met it up close and personal.  And I developed it on Tuesday.  Ended up in the ER on Tuesday night thinking I was having a heart attack.  It was scary.  One of those things that sneaks up on you and you never want to meet it again scary.

We are very Thankful it was just costochondritis and not  heart related.  It could have been so much worse.

It could have been brought on by playing in the waves on Monday at the beach ~ or working (but the working trauma probably would have occurred before now) ~ or just one knows.

So I've just been sitting ~ resting ~ watching some movies ~ cross stitching ~ reading ~ playing backgammon on the kindle.  Amy has fixed dinners for us and worked at the shop.

I am thankful for ~ a caring family, modern medicine, warm hospital blankets, pain medication

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Beach

Ocean Breezes
Ferry Boat Ride
Sand (Greg HATES sand)

Greg, Amy and I took an impromptu trip to Gulfport after church on Sunday and stayed overnight, then rode the ferry out to Ship Island ~ about 11 miles off the coast in the Gulf.  The best $25 we spent was on beach chairs and an umbrella.  There is a snack bar, restroom facilities and Fort Massachusetts on the Island ~ and sand.....lots of sand!

The water was crystal clear ~ which was kind of different as you saw everything that swam past you ~ right past your between the you and the person a couple of feet from you.  Schools of fish being chased by something a little larger than them....Amy swears to was a little shark.  Guess it could have been, it did look different than the fishies.  And we "swam" with dolphins ~ well, we were in their water and they were another 100 yards from us, Amy said that doesn't qualify but I am counting it!

For someone who HATES sand ~ my husband was certainly a good sport and planned a fun time for us.  We may make this an annual tradition! 

Between the 3 of us, we used an entire, brand new container of sunscreen.  It doesn't look like Amy put any on at all ~ she is well done.  And yes, she was covered in it and reapplied several times.

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed many of the old trees ~ artists came & carved them into statues!

They carved dolphins, eagles, fish, pelicans, etc.  all up and down the Miss. coast

THANK YOU to the men & women who serve our country & especially the ones who gave their lives for our freedom!

Fried shrimp dinner

fried catfish dinner ~ shrimp was better

love these colorful houses

Fort Massachussets

these birds loved our ritz crackers

we think these were carp ~ they were swimming under the dock while we waited for the ferry to come back.
A few beach observations ~ just because they make a bikini in your size...doesn't mean you should buy it!  And if your beer keg belly overlaps your bikini bottoms ~ well, someone should have told that gal that was not the look for her.  For all the idiot college kids that were there ~ the English language has some lovely words that you should practice using ~ not just ones that begin with s or f.  And I don't care about your s.. life, or your partying ~ grow up. 

Since you can only reach the island by boat ~ it did cut down greatly on the crowds.  Some folks came out on their own boats or rented boats ~ which we think sounds like a great idea.  They were anchored all around the small island.  They also had the advantage in that they were not right at the more crowded area.  Things to think about for next time.

A cooler was a must ~ and the snack bag!  Next time, more than 1 sunscreen!  A float or 2 would be nice also! And some grandboys to build sand castles with!  But what you haul in ~ you also haul out! 

Thanks Greg!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Coming Clean

Over a year ago I read a post called "No More Poo" or something like that ~ intrigued by the name I read from beginning to end.  It was about a gals journey to stop using shampoo or "poo" and clean her hair naturally.  I was skeptical ~ very skeptical.

I've read more posts about that  and seen all the pins on pinterest about more natural skin/hair remedies and not all the chemical laden products.

So I decided to give it a try ~ the last post I read was ~  This seems simple enough ~ I had everything needed ~ what could it hurt? 

So here goes my story ~

I took 2 squeeze bottle containers (like the old fashioned ketchup/mustard squeeze bottles).  Into each I put warm water.  In one bottle I put a tablespoon of baking soda and into the other a tablespoon of vinegar.  Shake them both up ~ the baking soda one will fizz a little and squirt a little out the end of the squeeze bottle. 

Thoroughly wet your hair, squeeze on a couple of tablespoons of the baking soda/water first ~ scrub around like you do with shampoo.  It may or may not fizz a little.  Rinse ~ then squirt a couple of tablespoons of the vinegar/water in your hair.  Don't rinse yet...bathe & shave or whatever and then rinse.  The vinegar helps further strip the gunk buildup out of your hair and seal the hair follicles.

No shampoo, no conditioner, no spray on detangler.

It works ~ and it works well.  I can easily comb my wet hair and usually air dry it. 

wow ~ look at all the gray!
I usually wash it twice a week ~ this picture was taken after 2 days.  And I've been doing this new routine for 4 1/2 weeks.  My hair is clean and its softer.  I expect with swimming, it will be washed more than twice a week in the summertime.

Amy tried once and didn't like it ~ but maybe she will try again sometime.

The articles about this method say that it could take a week or 2 for your hair/scalp to adjust and could be a little more oily, especially if you battle with oily hair anyway.  I don't, and I didn't have an adjustment period. 

So give it a try, what can it hurt, you may like it ~ and if not, go back to your normal routine! 

I am linking with ~ Farmgirl Friday ~

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Dream

There once was a little girl with a dream ~ to own a Volkswagon Bug...she loved them, pointed out everyone she saw, and was downright giddy over the red ladybug volkswagon with the eyelashes we spotted.

As she got older (and figured out that most older bugs had a standard not automatic transmission) ~ her dream expanded to include a Jeep, a small SUV & a Mustang.

This little princess was left a small inheritance by her grandfather, so the funds were available ~ the closer she got to age 18, the more she looked. And looked, and looked, and looked.

On Friday, Greg found Amy a car.  It was one of her top choices, it was downright cheap (needs brakes, a little engine work, and a good paint job).  This car was owned by a young man who just graduated from high school and is joining the military. 

We met Sat. morning ~ checked out the vehicle, made a deal, & the young man went home to find the title...but it was missing.  At this point we were disappointed and just a little skeptical over the bargain ~ what if this was a scam?  However, the young man went and got a replacement title & sold the Princess the car yesterday.

We met in town, made the deal, took some photos, & the Princess and her daddy drove it straight to the shop for the much needed brake job ~ actually the daddy drove & the princess rode.

My first car was a Mustang too ~ a '65.  It was kind of a yellow color, the air conditioning was opening hand cranked windows, the heater worked after about a 30-45 minute warm up, no power steering or power brakes, but did have an automatic transmission.

And what color will this chariot be painted?  That has yet to be decided!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fun Giveaway ~

Fave Crafts is giving away this super prize pack of crafting supplies this month ~

here is the link to enter ~

And you can get bonus entries if you share it on your blog (check), like on facebook (check) and repin on pinterest (about to check).

There are lots of goodies in this prize pack ~ someone will have lots of fun with all these supplies!

diy for grand prize 1024x523 The Giveaway to DIY For!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dinner Ideas for the Week

We can have ~

spaghetti with meat sauce
barbeque chicken, squash casserole, green beans
chicken enchiladas
grilled hamburgers, mashed cauliflower
homemade pizzas ~ various toppings
baked hamburgers/alfredo "gravy", peas & carrots
Ham, sweet potatoes, green beans
Taco Salads

I have all the ingredients to make all of the above.

A couple of weeks ago, I ran out of the beef boullion that I normally put in with our green beans ~ so I decided to try French Onion Soup since it had a beef stock base.  It was yummy!  Just drain all the liquid off the green beans (homecanned or factory canned), dump the canned onion soup over the beans and heat to serve.  Easy & good!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Golden Rules of Biblical Interpretation

Defending/Contending had this awesome article yesterday on Biblical Interpretation ~ the link is

Number 3 was one of my favorites ~

3. Allow Scripture to interpret itself and refuse to be clouded by personal doctrinal presuppositions or preferences. This really sets the great Bible expositors apart from those who refuse to depart from their own denomination’s guidelines.

Many times folks approach studying/reading the Bible from their own Personal opinions or from what someone else said that they "admire".  Many denominations have added to what Scripture says to benefit their personal opinions and after many years ~ these additions become part of Church doctrine & no one realizes it was just someones opinion of their interpretation.

The Bible speaks for itself.  It never contradicts itself.  It is the Lords words to us ~ His Children.

If you are questioning a church "requirement", or tradition, or something just doesn't sound right ~ search the it mentioned?  is it a commandment? is it plainly spelled out?  is it properly interpreted from the original text to English?  Is the scripture used to support it taken out of the context in which it was written?  If it is mentioned ~ who was the original audience? 

Questioning what you hear or the teaching you are under, isn't a sin.  Its smart.  Anyone can be led astray, even Pastors or Teachers.  Many will try to argue over tiny, insignificant points to confuse, mislead, or prove their own point ~ Biblical or not. 

Stick to the important ~ Know what the Bible says ~ Pray & seek the Truth ~ Don't be drawn into petty debates ~ if its not Biblical....Run the other way.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


We switched Amy's ballet "school" this year ~ for her last year of dance.  The new place is at a church, 2-3 blocks away from our home.  Her teacher is an awesome young lady who love ballet, and specifically using ballet as a form of worship to our Lord and Savior.  The girls have their ballet lessons and a devotional/bible study. 

Amy was leary about the switch at first but loves it now.  The girls have fun together, are learning a lot, and are beautiful dancers.

Their recital practice was tonight, and the costumes came just in time ~ today.

I love these costumes ~ beautiful!

Garden Pictures

we have Baby Grapes on our grapevines!


the roses are gorgeous this year!

a tiny squash is growing

blooms on Gregs blackberry bush


Monday, May 12, 2014

Mothers Day

Yesterday I got to spend Mothers Day with my Mom!  This hasn't happened in a couple of years!  We started the day with attending Sunday School & Church, followed by a great steak lunch grilled by my husband, an afternoon of planting cucumbers, a butterfly bush & an apple tree (honey crisp!), cross stitch ~ dinner out....we ate frozen custard for dinner (YUM), and a rollicking game of Phase 10 to end the day. 

The plants got in the ground right before the rains came ~ so that was great timing!

beautiful flowers from my Katie Lynn

my twin friends wearing their birthday dresses from me

3 of our 7 children ~ Amy, James, Will

Granny, Amy, Me, James, Will

3 generations of "Cash" girls

grilling ~ he threw the hotdogs on since the grill was fired up

Perfectly grilled steak, baked sweet potato & salad

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Makes Me Smile

Amy decided the other night to try making pretzels ~ they were yummy!

My new pepper grinder ~ $1.99 on clearance at Kroger

Cute little metal tray I found at Dollar Tree

Surprising my buddy Ragen at school for a lunch picnic!
Take time to enjoy the little things!