Sunday, May 31, 2009

If you have faith, you must either give it
away or give it up.

"And you shall be My witnesses both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and even to the remotest part of the earth."
Acts 1:8

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Mystery Quilt

This is the quilt Kasey,our granddaughter, made for her boyfriend. The first picture is Kasey sewing the quilt at our house and giving a thumbs up. The second picture is THE QUILT. This was the first time I got to see the completed quilt and I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful it came out. I would say her boyfriend is one lucky guy. Good Job Kasey!!!!!

Friday, May 29, 2009


My Day started with a good doctor's report. PERFECT
Our house was entered while we were gone and someone left Home baked raisin nut bread and sugar cookies that just came out of the oven. PERFECT
Erica and friend Jared came to bake strawberry rhubarb pies which if you follow the pictures from bottom up the sequence with lead you to beautiful pies. PERFECT
Grandpa, Erica, Jared and I all walked outside to our Amish neighbors to see their family of swans on the pond. PERFECT
Only God is PERFECT and I know this day came from Him. PERFECT

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Every formula that expresses a law of
nature is a hymn of praise to God.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and
the firmament shewth his handy-work."
Psalm 19:1

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Real Hoot

I have to share my friend, Beth's, email to me. It's a real Hoot!

Good Morning Pat,

Don't feel bad about the blackened fries, you are not alone. I for one have destroyed many dinner components including the main dish. I will tell you a funny story that happened about 21 years ago. We had just moved into this lovely palace and were in the process of burning the barn that had collapsed after we signed the papers, but before we had actually moved in. David had an old Trac=hoe and an even older bull dozer. He had dug a big,deep hole about where the little building is now and was pushing debris into the fire that was in the hole. I was in and out of the house,toting Katie on my hip and of course I was making dinner. You can see where this is going can't you? Anyway, I came in from outside to discover the green beans had burnt to a crisp in the pan on top of the stove. I decided I wasn't going to deal with it and grabbed the pan with the charred beans and went out to the hole and gave the pan a toss, well it over shot the hole and landed in the dirt behind it. I figured that was close enough and that David would push it in the hole with the next pile of wood. So back in to make another vegetable for dinner. Upon completing supper, I waved to him to come eat and went about setting the table. David came in all excited and said "Look what I found, if you clean it up a little it looks almost new." Yes it was the pan. I calmly removed it from his hand and walked back to the hole and this time I made sure it landed in the bottom of the hole. That was just one of many such kitchen castastropies.

I now have a stove that you can program to start at a certain time and shut off at a certain time so as not to burn things. Only one problem, I can't find the manual that came with it, so I don't know how to do it. Welcome to my world.

Have a wonderful day and don't sweat the small stuff, There's always McDonald's.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I Pulled A Pat

For all you quilters and those who just love quilts my sister-in-law gave me a wonderful blog that consist of a first on line quilt festival. Lots to see and places to visit. The Blog is called Party City Girl Quilt Festival Spring 2009.

Now for the (I Pulled A Pat) story. As I was enjoying the beautiful quilts on line with their stories while supper was cooking Grandpa asked if something was burning. Then came the smoke alarm, burnt oven French Fries and one Unhappy Grandpa. In all fairness Grandpa stopped the alarm, opened the windows and waited for the remaining supper that was left without saying to much. So now I know not to mix computer with meals.

For those of you wondering why I called it (I Pulled A Pat) it's because of all the dumb things I do. I told my family if they do dumb things that it's not their fault that they can say " I Pulled A Pat". :(

Monday, May 25, 2009

The boss looks on me as a sort of
consultant; he told me when he wants my
advice, he'll ask for it.

"A man of understanding holdeth his peace."
Proverbs 11:12

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Uncle Sam

This is a picture of my Uncle Sam and Aunt Sue. Uncle Sam just had his 85th birthday and I'm posting his picture because he served in the United States Navy during World War 11. Thank you Uncle Sam for serving our country proudly.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Thankfulness is the channel through which
the gift of peace can pervade our lives.

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within
you, with all wisdom teaching and
admonishing one another with psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs, singing with
thankfulness in you hearts to God."
Colossians 3:16

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Let's Party

Today I would like to wish my Uncle Sam Janka a very Happy 85th Birthday. Also celebrating a birthday today is our nephew, John Canty. Happy 48th Birthday.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Very busy day today with going to prayer and bible study, senior luncheon, visiting an elderly friend, taking Amish girls to Laundromat, shopping, loading the truck with STUFF for a Pixley Park Nelson Yard Sale, supper, dishes and writing to you all. Now I plan on fixing a cup of coffee and sitting on the porch to rest and relax. I feel so blessed to be able to do the things I do.

Monday, May 18, 2009


The quilt is finished. I finished it last night about midnight. This is Grandpa's quilt since he picked out the pattern. 51 years ago today Grandpa gave me an engagement ring. How appropriate to give the quilt to Grandpa today. The quilt was hand pieced, machine foundation pieced and hand quilted.
Now I can go to the 3 unfinished quilts and work on them.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Love from God's Word

Earth has no sorrow that heaven
cannot heal.

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He
cares for you."
1 Peter 5:7

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thought for the day

Experience is a hard teacher, the test is
given first, the lesson afterward.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap."
Galatians 6:7

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Today Grandma made two rhubarb pies, one for the neighbor and one for us. A neighbor came over this morning and brought a banana cream pie for us. All I can say is if your in the neighborhood stop in for pie and coffee.

Grandma might have to start swimming two miles if I keep eating all this pie. Ö

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I am not very good at making decisions. Really I'm not. Today Grandpa and I went shopping and decided to eat at Subway. That is not the place to go if you don't like making decisions. First of all you have to give them an order, then it's what kind of bread? Do you want it toasted? What kind of cheese? Then we start at all the fixings of veggies. Thinking I'm done and giving a sigh She ask what kind of sauce?
I took my Sub, sat down and unwrapped it and couldn't believe all the fixings I had on it. Was it good? YOU BET!
By the way, Grandpa ordered a personal pizza. Smart man.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Whoopee!!! 10 o'clock last night I put the finishing quilt stitches on a quilt I have been working on (lets say) a long time. I think maybe only quilters can really appreciate the high feeling it is to complete the quilting portion of a quilt. I still have to put the binding on and maybe, just maybe, I will post a picture of the completed quilt. Excuse me but I just have to give another Whoopee!!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Happy Grandma is pretty happy today because I spent time with our daughter and granddaughter. Kasey, my granddaughter, is making her boyfriend a special surprise and it was fun being included and having a sneak peek at her surprise for him. I can't share that with you now because just maybe he might read Grandma's blog.
God has truly blessed us with a loving family and we are very thankful for all His gifts.

Cheerfulness oils the machinery of life.

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a
broken spirit dries up the bones."
Proverbs 17:22

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I would like to take this opportunity to wish MY Grandmother a Happy Mother's Day. It's because of her I am able to be the Happy Grandma today. My Grandmother raised me and paid the ultimate price of giving up her self. Now that I'm a Grandmother I can understand all what she did for me so now I would like to say Thank You and Happy Mother's Day to Grandma Rose Janka. August 6, 1887 to December 27, 1961

Friday, May 8, 2009


I just got my new glasses today and I either have to have my nose on the screen or sit across the room. I'm thinking I should have gotten trifocals. OO

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Not Just Any Deer

Now that you met my friend, Beth, from my previous blog, I would like to share with you an unusual sight she saw yesterday.

I'm back from following him to the field and I wanted to tell you about the unusual sight I saw today. I was about to let the dogs out about 1:00 p.m. when I got home. I looked out the porch door and there in front of the big building heading for the road was a deer. Not just any deer. This one was very different. It's head,chest and front legs were brown,but the body and back legs and butt were snow white. No I haven't started drinking. I swear it's true. I told David while he wolfed down supper and he said he saw it one morning while he was out back turkey hunting. He didn't say anything because he thought he was seeing things.

Beth lives just around the corner from us so maybe her deer just might wonder our way.

I've encouraged Beth to start a blog because as a farmers wife I'm sure she has lots of fun and unusual stories to share. If she does you all will be the first to know it.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Beth's email

I am sharing this email sent to me by a very good friend. I hope you don't mind Beth.
We all should be blessed to have friends like Beth.

Dear Pat and Ralph,

I'm so sorry to hear about Bubba, though I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Bubba, I can certainly understand the sorrow. If our pets could live on our love for them, they would live forever. Wouldn't that be wonderful. I know I still miss Beauty and Austin and Channing , they were our 2 border collies and a st. bernard. Now we have Lucy and Lumpy who pretty much rule the roost around here. I love them most of the time. Okay all the time. I just yell at them because I'm pretty sure they're deaf. At least that's what I tell myself when they refuse to come or go or sit or stop barking. I think they're perfect. Most of the time.

We have started planting, so things are somewhat hectic. Home is all planted and I disked up at the sheep farm today. If it's not going to rain I'll probably be back up there tomorrow. David will plant what I disked today, tonight when he gets home. The weather is so unpredictable and he would rather not disk the ground unless he can plant it before it rains. We are planting only soybeans this year. I have a feeling I'll be living in the combine this fall.

How have you two been doing. I've been following your blog so I know about Ralph showing off at the eye doctors and about you behind the darn garbage truck. I'm so glad you didn't say I was behind this farmer driving down the road tying up traffic. HaHa! Your blog is a wonderful thing for me. I so enjoy hearing your stories. It really is a wonderful life that we live and Thank You for sharing yours with me. I consider you two of my dearest friends.

Well, no rest for the wicked (I must have been very bad in a previous life) I'm off to check on dinner and move the tractor out of the middle of the driveway.

Have a wonderful evening. beth

Monday, May 4, 2009


This is in memory of our Grand-Dog, Bubba. Saturday, May 2, 2009

Bubba belonged to the Grubbs Family, Tim, Kathy, Kyle, Kasey and Tori

Bubba has given us many years of unconditional love and play-time.
Even though he was just a little guy he was big in our hearts and had no fear from those who were bigger then him in size.
We enjoyed having him at our house for his vacation time when his family was away.
He gave us exercise when we took him on his walks. He would hold his head high and lead the way.
Bubba had his own way of communicating with his little rrrrrrrruf. Somehow you always knew what he wanted.
Bubba the girls, Annie and Jodi, are waiting for you.

Bubba, we will miss you.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Thought for the Day

If your troubles are deep-seated, try

"Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry
come to You." Psalm 102:1

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Thank you Lord!

A beautiful day today. Thank you Lord!
Made up 4 rhubarb pies for the freezer and some rhubarb sauce for grandma to put on ice cream, pancakes , french toast and anything else I could think of. Can you tell I love rhubarb?

This evening our neighbor Bob is taking Grandpa and I out for a swiss steak dinner. Yum! AND NO DISHES! Hurrah!

Our Amish neighbor brought over some fruit pizza today. It's not your typical pizza. The crust is more like a cookie then the cream cheese filling topped with strawberries, kiwi, grapes, and pineapple. We live in the BEST neighborhood. Thank you Lord!

Friday, May 1, 2009


Today our grandson, Aaron, graduates from Basic Training in the U.S. Army Corps/Engineers. Congratulations Aaron.

Today is a big day in our little Village of Garrettsville. It's their annual Garage Sale Day. There are over 200 families that are participating. Grandma should be having one but not this year.

Yesterday was an interesting day for me. I had to see the doctor for a Blood Pressure check up. Wellllll! I was running late and happened to get behind a garbage truck that stopped at every couple houses. Did I fail to say I was on a state highway with double yellow lines and no passing. Needless to say my pressure was extremely high. So it's another trip to the doctors next month.

You all have a good weekend.