Thursday, December 19, 2013

Things are changing around here.

Hello, my name be Buddyboo, and here be a picture of me back in my carefree days.
Dat being 
{Before CAT}
back in late summer, my mom 
found this
Then This
An dey staydid in de baffroom
foreber, before she would let me sniff dem
See, I not be nice to kitties, no sur, dey don't bewongs in de house, or near my yard.
I chase dem, and ifn I catched dem, they go bye bye.
Well, finwey, mom lets me sniffered dem.
I growl, dey run, and mom say 
'Bad Dog'.
I onwe gots to sniffer dem when mom was holdin 
and den from a distance.
Here I be, watchin from oder side of gate, 
and dat yeller thang be stickin him paw at me.
Finwey one da, I sniffered de yeller thang, 
and he didn't run.  He bit my tail, and 
you see my tongue sticked out at him.
Dis wus about a week, den one day, 
dat Ghostey one, wif the pinky ears
came by and slappered me. 
De chase be on, mom hollered Bad dog, again.
Da yeller thang, he be quite friendly now
and slips up and sleepz ons my bwankey, wid me.
Ghostey hasn't gotten that friendly yet, but doens't runs aways, when I sniff. 

Dey gots a new house today,

butz dey won'ts let me in, yet...
Silly kitties...
I kinda like dem now, except when mom gives me a bite of food, and dey swipes it for I get dare.
I fergot to say der names
yeller one is Bubba Gump
and whitey one is
Sure glad mom didn't give me no silly name like that, Buddyboo is much more seffistigated.

Friday, December 06, 2013


The Advent of Murder
a Faith Morgan Mystery
By Martha Ockley

Faith Morgan is a former policewoman, who is now a Vicar of Little Worthy, but any time a murder happens nearby, she manages to get involved..  Even when she tries to stay out of the investigation, it seems it draws her in.

I enjoyed this book, it is well written, and no, I couldn't figure out who had killed the young man, who was found in the river. I can usually figure out the murderer before the end of a boos, so this was a good thing for me.   I did have a bit of an issue staying focused during about 30 pages, up to about page 115, but then the story picked up again, and I found myself drawn into the tale.  This goes to prove that even if a book is a bit of a wade through at times, it is worth taking the time to keep reading, to make sure you aren't missing something really good.  

I was given a copy of this book by Kregel publications, to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  I'm not required to give a positive review, and all opinions given here are my own.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank You to all Veterans

Great Great Grandfather
Andrew Gross, 
who served in the Civil War

Joseph Brown
Great Great Grandfather who 
served in the Civil War, Union
His father, Gamlin Weeks died in
Cassville Missouri 
while serving, he was one of the oldest that
is known to have enlisted in the Union Army.

My husband, Jerry, who served 4 years during the Vietnam era
He was never shipped to Vietnam, as his skills were needed elsewhere. 

Not a relative, but 
one of my Great Great Grandfather's
commanding officers, and one who helped get a pension 
for my Great Great Grandmother, after 
GGGrandfather's death.

I could go on and on, clear back to the Revolutionary War
and up until today, of the young men in my family who have served honorably in the US military.
For helping free us 
and keeping us free.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

4 of the 7 guitars hubby has designed

#2, #4, #5 and #6
#7  is in the shop

#1 was just a test to see if he could really build one that played.
#3 was built for grandson's birthday, you can see it if you check the March 2013 posts.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

getting closer to finished.

 Need to put the jewels in the fretboard, and do a bit more polishing.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Just playin around with wood

All natural, no stain at all on any of the wood.  White Oak with Cherry half moons.
The Cherry will darken to a rich red, in a few months.

Half natural, and one half moon stained with Cherry wipe on stain, then coated with poly.

Both stained with the wipe on stain, then coated with poly.
They are the same color, the light just struck them different when flash went off.

So, what do you think?

The grain on the cherry is much different on the stained one, than on the unstained.

I told the boss we had to get some birdseye maple to make some half moons with, soon.

Another few coats and a few more sandings, and they will be ready to put on the guitar, and strings go on.
Then we'll se how it sounds.

Friday, November 01, 2013

A mouser on our hands.

Yes, I do believe that we have a good mouser on our hands.
This is Booger, about 9 weeks old and fresh from his bath, which he says was NOT given by a momma cat, she wouldn't have put him under a faucet.
He has been bottle fed from the time he was 1 week, when he was abandoned by his mother.

I think I got it,

Yes, it is now a dead mouse.

Here he is with his little sister, her name is


 Hard to believe they are the same age, isn't it.
They have 2 more brothers, one is now living with his forever family, and
GoldenBoy decided he was mad, he didn't like the bath, 
so he hid in the closet.
Here he is a bit later,
He may have a new home, too, a friend saw his picture on Facebook, and is making sure her husband doesn't object, before saying for sure.
His eyes look blue, like the others, so he may be a blue eyed GoldenBoy.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Published by Thomas Nelson
337 pages
An Amish Wonders Novel
Can I give this book about 10 stars?

Josiah Plank lost his wife, the only woman he thought he could ever love.  He is left with a deaf child, 8 year old Hannah, who misses her mother terribly, and his father in law, Simon, who is living on the farm.  

Lindie Wyse finds herself in a mess, and her brother, a friend of Josiah, convinces her that she should marry his friend, leaving the only place she has ever lived, and move to a completely foreign area. 
 A letter from Josiah says he will offer her his name, but not his heart.
Lindie almost backs out when they arrive, but she sees no way to support herself, so she and Josiah get married, then her brother gets back on the bus, heading home, and leaving Lindie in the care of strangers.
Can you imagine yourself in a new place, with not one person you know, a husband who is still in love with his dead wife, and now finds himself ill, and a baby on the way?

 Ruth Reid is one of my favorite Authors, her books are clean, and they always are so uplifting, never are they predictable, as some books tend to be, after the author has written a few books.  
I think this is my favorite of all her books, so far, but then I say that after every one I read. 

I was given a copy of this book by the author, no other compensation was given.  All opinions expressed here are my own, I'm not required to give a favorable review.

Monday, October 21, 2013

I, Saul by Jerry B. Jenkins

Worthy Publishing

When Augustine Knox receives a message from his friend, needing help, he doesn't realize what he is getting himself into, at that moment.
This is a gripping story, that switches from present day, to the time of Paul, 2000 years earlier, when he is in prison facing death. 

I think you will enjoy this book, there were times I got so intrigued, that I didn't realize how long I had been reading. Don't sit down to read for 10 minutes, before you have an important appointment, or you may miss it.

I was given a copy of this book by Worthy Publishing to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  I'm not required to give a positive review.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

OK another naming opportunity

One of two things is going to happen here, in the next few weeks.  
Either you will be reading my obituary in the newspaper, and hubby's arrest, or

I will be getting one of these.  
No, this isn't a photo of the one I am getting,
they are only 2 weeks old, and the only photo I've seen was on a phone, so all I know is she has 2 black, a white, and 3 others, 4 male and 2 female.  Since I already sweep up black dog hair from this stinker
(the other dog is my grandson's and  he visits occasionally)
I figured I'd just go for matching hair.

OK, so here goes.
The Rules for naming.
Has to be a male name, no sissy girly names.
The name will have to fit the dog.
It will have be be kind of unique.
This means I won't choose a winner, until I actually see
and hold him, and watch his temprament for a few days.
Feel free to offer more than one entry 

Just a hint
here is a short list of Boys names
that I've used in the past:
Monster (chihuahua)
Pancho Villa
Big Foot
BA (Bad Attitude)
Lucky (white Chihuahua)
Huckleberry Hound 
So have at it, and come up with some good names.

or, if the other
thing happens, if you are close enough, come to the funeral...

Friday, October 11, 2013

THE COMPASS The study Bible for navigating your life

Published by Thomas Nelson 2012

The Compass is a Bible set in what I consider normal language.  It makes for easier reading, and then, it also has a detailed summary of what you have just read, with a bit of explaination.   I don't know about a lot of people, but to me, some of the Bible, in the KJV form, is a bit hard for me to understand.  This, with the summary, is more like following along with someone else while you study, and discussing what you have read, to help understand it.  

There are also Historical references which help with the timeline, or did for me.  

I only had one small problem, the print was a bit small for me.  Of course, at my age, lots of printed material is a bit small for comfortable reading. 

I recommend that you look at THE COMPASS and see if it is for you, and give it a chance.  I learned a few things, that helped me understand what I was reading, and had read before, but made it much more understandable this time.

I was given a copy of THE COMPASS to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  I am not required to give a positive review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Our new original artwork

Skylar is taking art lessons from her Aunt Robin,
and she has painted each of us an original 
I have a beautiful butterfly hanging in the hallway.

She was trying to figure out what to do for Poppy,
and decided since he loves guitars so much,
she would paint him a guitar.

It  now hangs in our living room.

Worth every bit as much as a Rembrandt.

Kitty pictures

If you try holding 2 at a time, they fight over the bottle.
3 weeks old.

Monday, September 30, 2013

POISON by Jordyn Redwood

ISBN 978 0 8254 4212 4

This book is 2nd in a a series, Bloodline Trilogy, I have not read the first book,  PROOF, but I don't feel as if I missed anything, by not reading it first. 

Keelyn Blake is estranged from her half sister, Raven, after an incident that happened 5 years earlier, when her stepfather took the family hostage, and some were killed, before the rest were rescued.

This is a very gripping novel, you don't want to put it down, because you know another murder, or kidnapping is just a page or two away.  On a 1 to 5 star checklist, I'd give this 5 stars, because you cannot wait to find out what comes next.

I was given a copy of this book by Kregel Publications to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  I am not required to give a positive review, and all opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, September 27, 2013


This is wild mother cat's 2nd litter of kittens.
at the time she had the first litter, we also had another cat, who had tiny kittens, and the other cat ended up with both sets of kittens, and they both fed them.  I'd forgotten that she had help.

Well, this time, she had no help, and either her milk is very poor, or has dried up or she is just a bad mother.  
First I took Booger, who she rejected.
Then, I took Snowflake, who was not gaining any weight, and cried constantly.  
This morning, I went out, the last 2, both males, were screaming their heads off, dirty and in a bad place for them.  
So, as of this morning, they are all in the bathtub, in a box, after having a bath and a bottle.
They are about 2 1/2 weeks old.

Left to right, red tabby male, no name yet.
White male with red ears, no name yet.
White male with no markings, that is Booger.
White with the pink legs and a bit of color on her ears is
the only female, her name is Snowflake.
She is tiny but LOUD.
The jug you see in the corner of the box, is the heater. It is filled with warm water, and changed out when it gets cool.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A new Baby

I've held off posting about our new baby, just in case something happened to him.

My white  female 'wildcat' had kittens about 2 weeks ago.  There are 4, 3 whites and a yellow and white.  On Wednesday of last week, she rejected one of the white ones.   I would find the others, and put him back with them, and I'd find him alone, again.  Finally, she let him stay. 
Thursday morning, we had a cold rain falling, and I heard a baby kitten just screaming.  I went outside to find him very cold and wet, at least 25 ft from where the mother cat had the kittens.  
I brought him in, and put him into a warm bath, to get his body temprature back up.  Then I fixed him a bottle, thankfully, I still had some kitten formula stored in the cabinet.   I made him a nest, and put a can with hot water inside to warm it, and a lid on top to keep a nosey dog from getting him.  It has been almost a week, and we are doing well, so let me introduce you to our new family member.

This is Booger, aka Snowflake.
His eyes are now fully open, and his ears 
are changing.  He is approximately 2 weeks old.
I considered stealing one of he other babies to
give him a sibling, but he is enough work, so I'm going
to raise him as an only child.
Granddaughter is holding him, she finally got her manicure.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Guitar in progress

Drilling Tuner Holes

Ready for cleanup

Fitting the electronics

About ready to take apart and put finish on it

First coat
Last Coat

Laying out the Fretboard

Maple inserts cut and ready
I didn't get a picture of gluing them in, as
my fingers were covered with glue.
and before I got back to shop to get a picture, 
Jerry had gone down, cut and sanded them flat.

Fretboard ready to sand and install

And there you have the process not including the
cutting out and shaping the blanks.

Are you ready to build one now?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Old Photos

Andrew Gross and his dog, Nebo
My great great Grandfather on my paternal Grandmothers line.

Evaline Tate Gross with Lawson
and Jim Wes
My great great grandmother on paternal grandmother's line

Samual and Virginia Bailey Henley
Great grandparents on Paternal Grandfather's line.

Samual and Virginia and 5 of their children.  I'll have to make sure of the order before posting names.

W.F Henley and Lovada E. Gross Henley
My paternal grandparents.  
Oh how I loved these two, My happiest times were spent on this porch, in the yard, or inside that wonderful old house.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Worthy Publishing
128 pages

I'm sure you will recognise the name Michael W. Smith, but maybe not as an author.  H is a noted recording artist.  He has written several books, also.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to find that he is a very good author

I really had to think about the title of this book, Is there such a thing as an ORDINARY prayer?

I would highly recommend this book to a new Christain, or to a person questioning their faith, it is the kind of book that makes you think, and will help you
understand what prayer means.

I was given a copy of this book, to read and review. No other compensation was given. I am not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

HE KNOWS YOUR NAME by Travis Cottrell

Published by Worthy Publishing
155 pages hard back
Introduction by Beth Moore

If you recognise the name Travis Cottrell, that isn't surprising, he is a noted singer and songwriter, and now he is a published author.  This book is an easy read, doesn't take a lot of time, but it is full of stories and and each chapter is ended with a special prayer.  It is the kind of book you'll want to pick up and reread a chapter, or just one of the prayers.  It would also be a wonderful gift for that 'new Christian', who is just now learning to walk in Christ.

One of my favorite prayers is on page 57, so I am going to print it here.

Father, Thank You for knowing my name and exactly where I am at in my life.
I know that every good and perfect gift comes from Your hand.
Help me to accept all  of the surprises You bring my way, knowing that You, in turn, are never surprised by
what happens in my life. I am so thankful  I can trust in You, Amen

Isn't that a beautiful and simple prayer!  The whole book is filled with this kind of wisdom.

I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  I am not required to give a favorable review, and all opinions expressed here are my own.

Isn't this a lovely cover.