Never Give Up – Even After 950 Times!

There are some people in life who I’ve met and wish I hadn’t, and some people who I’ve never met, but wish that I could. I’ve never met the lady pictured, but I admire her. Why? Because she truly understands the saying Never Give Up. This south Korean lady, age 68, knows persistence, failure, perseverance, and now a sense of accomplishment.


She took her written exam for her driver’s license 950 times. That’s right, 950 times. I’m a strong woman and quite confident, but I truly don’t think that I would have that kind of determination. This lady has taken her written test almost daily since 2005. She’s determined to get her driver’s license so she can become self-sufficient. She owns a vegetable selling-business.

For everyone who is struggling in any area of their life and is finding themselves on the Whoa Me Trip and thinking about giving up, please allow this lady to be an example for you. Never give up.

My Little Spider Man

Ready To Trick or Treat

Worn Out Spider Man
Xavier choose a Spider Man costume for Halloween. My daughter initially choose an adorable little lion outfit, but he would have none of it. He claimed he was scared of the outfit, lol. In the top picture he was preparing to go out for a few treats. He was so excited. He remembered to say Trick or Treat and Thank You.
 
I may be a little biased, but isn’t he the cutest Spider Man that you’ve ever seen.

Can You Take My Order Challenge

Can you take my order please? It’s an order Rapped by two teens at a McDonald’s. Listen carefully, and test your Rap skills by translating the order. Leave your interpretation of the order on the post. We would love to see what you come up with.

Curel Lotion Give Away

Fall and winter are harsh on my skin, so I have to step up my moisturizer in my body lotion. I turn to Curel in the fall and winter. I love their products, I’ve been using them for years. When my skin immediately drinks up my body lotion, it’s a sign that my skin is extra dry. Curel has always provided the moisture that I needed. It’s light and creamy and is easily worked into the skin. Within days, I notice a difference in the feel of my skin. It’s smooth and the moisture is restored. I receive compliments on my skin and how healthy it looks. I spend as much time moisurizing my body as I do my face.

I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review several of Curel products. I already knew the quality and I also knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed. I wasn’t. I tested the 13 ounce bottle of Lavender, Chamomile and Oatmeal body lotion. Love It! It has a light scent, not perfumy, and it’s not greasy. I also like the fact that I can find Curel products at the local CVS or Walgreens at a reasonable price. I’m all for quality that doesn’t break the bank.

I tested the foot cream as well. I am a high heel and boot wearing diva who’s feet has paid a price as a result of my attempts to be stylish. I have regular pedicures, so I decided to use the The Curel foot lotion as a part of my daily foot care instead of the regular body lotion. It’s recommended that the lotion be used at night. I applied it before bed, and it didn’t take long before my feet felt silky smooth. I’ve started wearing socks since the weather has turned cooler, and there were no snags when I put them on. The lotion contains Shea Butter, Coconut Milk and Vitamin E. This was the first time I used the Curel Foot Lotion, but it won’t be the last.

Curel would like our readers to experience their products too. We will be giving a set of Intense Moisture Lotion for extra dry skin and a tube of hand and cuticle cream (shown above) to one lucky reader. You could be a winner! Visit the Curel website and let us know what other product you would like to try. This give away will end December 1, 2009 at midnight. The give away is open to US Residents 18+.only.
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Crockpot Steamers

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 bottles of Heinz Chili Sauce
  • brown sugar to taste
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water

Brown ground beef in skillet chopping beef until it’s fine; pour into colander and rinse well with hot water. Combine ground beef in slow cooker with sauce, water, and brown sugar. Stir thoroughly. Cover and cook on Low 6 to 8 hours stirring occasionally. Serve on a hot dog or hamburger bun with chips and sweet pickles. Great over hot dogs too.

Sister Love

I adore my sister. As I’ve gotten older, I have truly learned to appreciate her. Please allow me to introduce her, Teresa, shown on the right. This picture is of us when I was visiting her in Savannah, GA last month. I wish the photographer had told me that my purse straps were twisted, lol.


When we were growing up, we were vastly different. She was a tomboy. She refused to play with dolls or be a guest at my tea parties. She preferred to jump on a pogo stick, play baseball and beat up the boys in the neighborhood. She hated house cleaning, cooking and doing laundry. As a result, I decided to start a business. I charged her to do her household choirs. It paid off, as a teen I was never broke. Enterprising became a way of life for me, in addition I started charging my brothers to iron their shirts. In the 60’s, ruffled shirts for men were in. They had no clue how to iron them, so they were happy to pay me.

We look back on those days and laugh. She’s visiting this week, and last night she reminded me that I was a tattle tail when we were growing up. When we first started school, we weren’t allowed to wear pants. My mother’s religion forbid it. When we reached Junior High, my sister managed to get someone to purchase jeans for her. She would carry them to school, and change her cloths when we got there. I told on her, yes I did. If she was going to wear pants, I was going to wear them too. She was furious. Eventually my mother changed her outlook and we were allowed to wear pants.

We have become “two peas in a pod” as my mother says. Exchanging recipes, shopping, chatting on Facebook, and discussing our own family problems. It has become a way of life for us. I’m so grateful to have her as a sister, we love each other unconditionally and that is priceless.

When I’m down or stressed, I read a plague that she gave me years ago. It says, “Sister- I see God’s beauty in you. I thank God for you always”. It always makes me feel better. Isn’t that beautiful? I know that I don’t tell her often enough, but I thank God for her too.

Wordless Wednesday

This pumpkin was carved at a local wine festival.

Do You Wear White After Labor Day?

Do you wear white after Labor Day? I do, but 90% of our readers stated that they did not wear white after Labor Day. Fashion etiquette used to say that white after Labor Day was taboo. Fashion designers say that summer whites should be packed away, but winter white is acceptable.

I’m not into fashion as I once was, but I do pack my summer white capri, shorts and dresses away and bring out the winter white. Summer white fabric is too thin to wear in the winter here. I live in West Virginia, it gets cold. I do love creams, beiges, off-white in the winter, it looks so fresh.  According to glamour, we shouldn’t put away our white denim!  Suze Yalof Schwartz, executive fashion editor at Glamour says, “Nothing is more chic than white jeans in the wintertime with a chunky cozy sweater or a blazer and leather boots.” I love blazers and leather boots. I have a closet full of them.  I don’t own a pair of white demin jeans, but I’ll be purchasing a pair this year.  Put on you winter white ladies. It’s in.

Wordless Wednesday

My Little Sweetie at his 1st Pumpkin Patch last year.

He thought they were balls, lol.

Crockpot Pork Chops & Potatoes

PORK CHOPS AND SCALLOPED POTATOES

  • 4 extra thick pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 – 5 large russet potatoes, can use more if needed
  • 1 can cream of asparagus soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 ounces Velveeta, cut into chunks

Melt butter in a large skillet. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously on both sides of chops. Brown chops on both sides. While chops are browning, wash the potatoes and slice into 1/4 inch. Whisk together the soup, sour cream and milk.

Spray crock pot with PAM. Layer potatoes slices, soup sauce and cheese chunks 2 or 3 times. Lay pork chops on top. Cook on low 4 – 5 hours. I serve with a garden salad & hot rolls. Delicious!