I am on vacation! It started at 2 pm on the 18th of this
month and I will not be returning to work until Jan. 4th...
Now, what to do with my time????
Get somethings in order and organized.
Thinking that I just have to much stuff and
it is all closing in on me so I decided that it
was time to clean out cabinets, closets,
drawers and whatever else I can find to
Yesterday I decided that I wanted to make a
coat rack for my hall. I got the idea from my
cousin, Kathy. So here are my versions of
what she had made.
The top one is for the coats and the second one is
to hang behind the door in the bathroom to hold my
belts and scarfs.
I got a baseboard from Home Depot, that had
the curved edge over the top. The board cost
me $8.00 but I have been able to get to racks
measuring 24 inches each and one measuring
15 inches ( for towels in the bathroom, yet to be
The hooks on the top one were $3.98 each for a
total of $11.94. With the board cost cut in 3's and
the cost of the hooks, primer and white paint I
had on hand, this rack cost me about $15.00.
The bottom one was less since the hooks were only
$2.98 each. Costing a total of about $12.00. I love the
way they turned out.
In between cleaning out things and working around
the house I knit. I will stop and take a break here
and there (back issues still) and while I break...I knit.
I worked off and on, here and there on this first
one for about 2.5 days. Love the colors in this
one. Cost.....????, the yarn was gotten at
some time or another at a yard sale that
my Mom has picked up.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Posted by Pam Jackson at 7:57 PM
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Several, several years ago I went to
a Kenny Rogers concert with two
friends. I have always liked ole Kenny
so I was looking forward to it.
The concert was held at the Grand
Ole Opry here in Nashville and we
had really good seats, 4th row back
to the left of the stage. Not bad
seating at all.
Well, my friends decided that for some
reason they were bringing a pair
binoculars to the concert. Between
the three of us we past the binoculars
back and forth to take a good look at
Kenny. From where we were sitting
and with the aid of those strong
looking glasses, we had a great view.
After several passes of the binoculars
it was my turn again. At this point
Kenny decided to stop singing and look
my way and ask me what I expected
to see sitting that close to the stage
looking through the binoculars! Okay,
I was so red and I could have very easily
crawled under the seats in front of me.
Yes, I could see the sweat on his
forehead and the whiskers on his
chin really well…..but did he have
to announce it to the whole place?
Thanks for stopping in,
Posted by Pam Jackson at 12:10 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Posted by Pam Jackson at 5:12 PM
Friday, December 11, 2009
For those of you who know me know that
I am not much of a cooker. I actually
have done more since September then
I probably have in several years. It is
just really hard to cook for one person
so it has been easier to grab something
here or there and make the most of it.
When I married at 20 I was not much of
a cook then either. The reason then was
a bit different, I did not know how to
cook. See my Mom was a stay at home
Mom until I was in the 11th grade. But
even then she was still home to cook
our breakfast before heading to school
and there to cook dinner. Plus, she
would rather not have anyone in her
kitchen misplacing things or making
a mess. With those reasons, I never
After marrying, I learned and became
fairly good at it. I cooked my children’s
breakfast before they headed to school
and I headed to work. And after work I
cooked a nice dinner, helped with
homework, started laundry and picked
up things all before going to bed.
Years after my divorce my son moved in
with his Dad, he was 12, wanted that Dad,
male bonding thing. At the same time
my daughter moved out on her own
(only to come back several times),
she was 18. I enjoyed it in some ways
and missed it in others. But one way
that I enjoyed the kids having moved
out was that I did not have to get up
and cook breakfast, I did not have to
cook dinner if I did not want to. Learning
to cook dinner for one was an adjustment
and just became easier not to worry with it.
When my grandson was 1 year old, my
daughter and Caleb moved in with me.
I told Amber that I did not cook much
anymore. After a week of living with me
she came to me and said “ Mom, you said
you did not cook much anymore, you did
not say that you did not cook at all anymore”!
Recently I have changed a lot of ways that
I eat. I started on fruits, veggies and
chicken. I have pretty much cut beef out
of my diet due to stomach issues and a
lot of what I eat is organic. So…that
required me cooking again! I cut starches
and sugar out of my diet also. This was
going really well until my surgery on my
hands a month ago and I could not cook
with stitches and bandages on both hands.
So I have to say that I have fell off that
wagon for the past month. I am working
on getting back on it but the Holidays
make that harder.
I tell you all this to make a point….I have
been cooking more for several months,
lots more. I have also tried a few different
things in my cooking adventures that I
wanted to share with you.
Roasted asparagus – not something that
I have ever made a habit to eat. But the
other night I cooked some fresh asparagus
and it was really good. I used a recipe from
2 pounds asparagus, tough ends
trimmed, rinsed and patted dry
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large glass baking dish, toss the asparagus with the olive oil and garlic. Season lightly with salt and pepper, and toss. Bake until the asparagus are tender and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes, depending upon the thickness of the stalks, stirring twice. Remove from the oven and toss with the lemon juice. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Monkey Bread – I cheated on this
one and made it really easy.
A small batch (in a small bunt cake pan)
2 cans of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls –
cut each roll in fours
Layer the pieces in the pan and then
I poured a bit of melted butter over
that, adding more cinnamon. (yummy).
Continue this until all pieces are used
from both cans. Bake according to the
directions on the cans. Be sure and not
over cook. Remove from pan and pour
the icing over the top of the bread.
This was a hit at work!
Pecan Crusted Tilapia –
Tilapia filets with one side coated with
honey mustard. Press that side into a cup
of finely chopped pecans. Bake at 400 for
about 15 mins.
Fast, simple and so easy. If I have to
cook I am all about easy and fast!
Thanks for stopping in,
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:59 AM
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Last Friday evening my grandson,
Caleb and I went back in time to
Bethlehem.We walked down
the streets of Bethlehem during
the time when everyone
was called together to be counted
for the census. We watched as vendors
try to sell us their wares, as kids
played in the streets and as people
danced and sang.
Dancing and singing
that we could be counted on the
we viewed and passed Roman soldiers
herbs, selling bread and one
poor children that played in the
tending their animals. It was a
Caleb and the linen lady
Inn. We were greeted and taken
we settled in, we were served
The room was lite only by the aid
talking with our neighbors as
datas, olives and grapes. We
that the vendor in the streets
Then our host and his family
the long journey that most
Then there was a knock upon
loyal servants to see what was
they told Eli about a man and a
for a place to stay, they had
were late arrivers due to the
Eli had no more room in the
to bunk in the stables (yes,
Later on during our meal the
crashing into the room, yelling
and it had a tail. After calming
got out of them that it was a
stables. It was hugh, firey
Eli mentioned that the tail
God pointing down upon them.
Things seemed to settle down
there was another issue,
around the stable. Eli
to find out what was going on.
The servants arrived back
with their hands tied
Only upon questioning
learn about the shephards
how they came upon his
sang to them and how they
the stable to glaze upon the
in a manger, Baby Jesus.
Inn got up and went
we too could look upon
the last few years. The
place at Silver Springs
Mt. Juliet, TN. You can
the church to Bethlehem
given week. There is no
it is given to anyone who
by the church members
the first time for me to take
so glad I did, he so enjoyed it.
Thank you for stopping
that Jesus is the reason
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:32 AM
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Posted by Pam Jackson at 1:53 PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Many years ago a friend I was out running
around with a friend, Jill.
We were going shopping and then to
do lunch in her car.
Each time we got into the car to go
somewhere I noticed that the seat
belt was acting up a bit. It seemed
to be a bit hard to slip into the slot
and I was having to push on it really
hard. But when I went to release it
every thing seemed to be okay with it.
UNTIL…..when I got back in the car
on our very last stop I really had to
force the belt into the slot but before
I could make mention of it we started
talking and I forgot. When we arrived
to where my car was parked and I
pushed the button to release the belt,
I realized I was stuck.
The button would not push in far
enough to release the belt. I pushed,
she pushed, I pulled, she pulled…but
it would not work. So between gasp
of laughter from us both I suggested
that we go to her brother’s house to
have it cut off! She suggested loudly
that we were not cutting that belt, then
she rolled with laughter yet again. Oh
my gosh what to do.
Thank goodness that seats in cars today
will lean back almost to laying position!
I laid the seat back and started to wiggle
out of the belt over the back of the seat,
almost landing in the back seat. The funny
thing about it was that as I wiggled and
released another section of my body, the
seat belt would tighten up more and more.
When I out, thank goodness, the belt had
tightened up to the point that you could
not slid a body back into it. As far as I know
that belt never worked again.
Okay, stop laughing!
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:38 AM
Monday, December 7, 2009
I Heart Faces this week is titled Sweet Dreams.
Go by and check out all the pics.
My grandson, when he was 11 days old. He is now 1 yr. old.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 9:28 AM
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Hoping that you all had a great Thanksgiving.
I sure did. Family, laughs, good times and
Thanks to my brother, Ray and my sister in
law, Lori for having Thanksgiving at their
house which is big enough to hold us all and
we all can move around. Love you guys.
Everything was so nice. We all bring something
but thanks really goes out to them for what
they do and for allowing all to join in.
We had turkey, ham, dressing, two kinds
of sweet potatoes, creamed taters, and
cheese taters. Baked beans and green
beans, corn casserole and rolls. We
had sweets, and sweets and more
We were able to visit with each other,
take family photo's and enjoy each
My Thanksgiving was made even better
when my nephew, Chase asked me to
go with him after dark to downtown
Nashville to photograph. Chase has
recently gotten into photography and
he wanted to do night shots of buildings
and city shots. I was all to willing to
join him and honored that he asked
his FAVORITE aunt! Okay, that might
be a stretch but that is my story and
I will stick to it!!!
Chase came by and picked me up and
out we went camera's in hand. I did
not do that much shooting but I enjoyed
watching him. He is very talented and
I think he got some really great shots
to work with. Can't wait to see what
he turns out using an effect called
HDR. I was very impressed listening
to him tell me about the steps he
takes to get the finished product.
Thanks Chase, I really had a great time.
Now my day is slowing down and I
think I will curl up on the sofa with
my dog and chill out a bit.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:38 PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Yesterday my grandson, Dustin Jr., aka DJ,
had surgery. He was born with a club
foot a year ago.
He did really well through the surgery
and was able to
go home in just a few hours.
Being the CAMERA person I am, not
only do I have
my professional camera, I always
have a point and shoot
in my purse. So here are some pics
of DJ after surgery.
my daughter Amber with DJ after surgery in the
After he woke up....not sure about that cast on his leg
Posted by Pam Jackson at 8:29 AM
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Okay, so I had surgery on my hands, yes, both
of them 11 days ago. For those just reading about
this I had a cyst removed from my ring finger on
the left hand and a bone spur from the thumb
on the right hand.
I have not been limited much on typing (that is
my job) except for the first 4 or 5 days and it
was a hunt and peck sort of thing. After that I
can type, just not overdo it. The thumb is
still swollen but both are healing nicely.
My biggest issue is that I have to keep them
dry. So washing your hands is fun! I normally
wash the thumb and two fingers next to the
thumb on the left. Washing the right hand
is a bit better, I can hold the thumb out and
wash the whole hand. I have learned to work
The next problem with keeping them dry is...
showering and washing your hair. Yes folks,
I have showered and I do wash my hair..daily!
I have been wearing latex gloves with rubber
bands at the wrist to keep water from running
in. Not so bad except by the time the shower
is over, I am ripping the gloves off. You have
to have the rubber bands tight you see so I
get them off before the hands turn blue.
Shampooing is an issue, do you know how
hard it is wearing latex gloves to know if you
have gotten all the shampoo out of your hair??
I just stand there a bit longer to be sure it is
getting out cause I sure can't feel it.
Okay, out of the bathroom!
The next issue is cooking! I have bandaids on
the fingers but try cooking and not getting that
wet! So I take the bandaids off and then the
stitches really get wet, but I figure I can dry
them and the air helps.....but do you want
raw chicken around that area???
There are more issues that I have learned to
work around but I don't want to bore you so
I will add a few touches to this blog on this
subject and let it go. One issue is just
being limited on things you can do. There
is that fear of hitting or knocking them. Not
being able to limit over 5 lbs and not being
able to really use them for things like
painting, crafts or even stripping that
table I started on before surgery.
Last but not least, changing from park to
reverse or drive. My car's gear thingy is
between the seats (auto), but there is a
button on the side that you have to push
in before moving the gear stick. Its on my
right side of course, and there is the issue
of the swollen thumb! Okay so I turn my
hand and use my first three fingers to
do this now...course I wonder how many
times I try with the thumb before I feel
Anyway, this is life in my eyes or should
I say with my hands.
Thanks for stopping in.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 1:10 PM
Monday, November 16, 2009
Posted by Pam Jackson at 7:24 PM
a year ago and I have been a daily visitor since,
and I must add more then once a day ( I don't
even count it )....
I have reconnected with friends from school
(and I have been out a while), its a great way
of keeping up with family in other states and
just daily chit chat.
Last week there was a post (can't remember who
it started with) that asked you to post something
that you are thankful for from then till Thanksgiving.
I have posted that I am thankful for family, friends,
my job, and my health so far.
I was telling my sweet grandson, Caleb who is nine
about this and then I asked him what he was thankful
for. His reply, after just a second of thought was that
he was thankful for his great family! That reply made
his Nana happy, it was a sweet reply and he did not even
have to think about it.
Two days later when he came to stay the night with me
I asked him again what he was thankful for. Without
thought he replied that he was thankful for Sgt. Young.
This sparked my attention so I asked who that was.
Sgt. Young, a man my grandson has never met, is the
husband of Caleb's math teacher. Sgt. Young is a doctor
in the service and has just returned from over seas.
Now I know that the teacher talks to her students about
her husband and where he was because Caleb told me
a few weeks ago that she was not there that day cause
he was coming home. I think that is so neat that she shares
this experience with her kids. They now know that Sgt. Young
was at war, protecting them but he was also the doctor
to help with the injuryed. What touches me more is that
my nine year old grandson knows the importance of this and
he is thankful for Sgt. Young and the job he has done for
They say things like "out of the mouths of babes", and I
consider this reply to me as being out of the mouth of a
very sweet, loving and kind hearted young boy. I am
blessed and very thankful for him in my life.
Thanks for stopping in,
Nana aka Pam
Posted by Pam Jackson at 12:53 PM
Friday, November 13, 2009
As the weather outside is getting cooler here
in Nashville TN. the bugs are starting to
venture indoors. That ranges from spiders
(which I am deadly afraid of) to Ladybugs.
As I sit at my desk at work I find those
harmless little bugs all over the windows inside.
Now our windows are sealed tight (suppose to
be) but somehow these little bugs keep
finding their way in.
Today, I noticed I had rolled over one in my
floor....oops, didn't see you there.
With that a discussion got started here in the
office about the color. I always thought of them
being red with black spots. The ones that are here
in the office are orange/red with black spots.
So with that discussion of color I had to run to
my favorite source of info...the internet. Had I
had the internet in school I would have graduated
with the highest honors and been the smartest one
around. I read from it all the time.
Anyway, this is what I found out.
Did you know...
Not all ladybugs are really ladies (course not...don't
they need a male???)???
Ladybugs are also called Lady beetles or Ladybirds
All ladybugs are born black
There are over 5000 different kinds of
Ladybugs are a type of beetle
Ladybugs chew from side to side
Ladybugs make a chemical that smells
and tastes terrible so predators won’t eat them
It only takes the larvae, or baby ladybug,
about one week to grow into an adult
Ladybugs eat aphids
Ladybugs hibernate for the winter
Ladybugs are commonly known to be
red with black spots, but they can also
be found as orange with black spots
or black with red spots
The colour, pattern of markings, and
the number of spots on a ladybug
will help you identify what type of
ladybug it is (okay, time to start counting)
A ladybug beats its wings 85 times
a second when it flies (like a hummingbird..fast)
Ladybugs are cold blooded
If you squeeze a ladybug it will bite
you, but the bite won't hurt
The spots on a ladybug fade as the
ladybug gets older
Thought that info was rather fun and interesting.
And since I was at a loss for a blog today and
still recovering from finger surgery...it was an
Thanks for stopping in. Please leave a comment
so I will know you were here.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 12:35 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This post is done in reply to a question
that Gail at My Repurposed Life had.
The stairs after the removal of the carpet. Your basic
building material grade wood...not much to work
with. And I really could not get into the expense of
putting finished tops on the stairs or ripping these
out and putting in all new.
First I primed and painted the rise in white. I did not
paint the over hang lip (for lack of knowing that it is
actually called ), instead I stained it. But being that
the stairs were not good grade wood or pretty enough
to redo I went with this wood looking product.
This is a product that I found at Lowes. It comes in
strips of about 4 inches wide and....oops, forgot the
actual lenght! Sorry.....But this stuff is easy to work
with, it is your basic peel and still flooring only in
strips. Cuts with sissors.
My issue was that my stairs did not meet together and
there was a gap there. So...the fix for that was corner
So there you have it...my finished product. I have had
a couple of pieces slip and had to re-glue them..so I
suggest getting the glue that you can apply to the back
of the floor product. It will prevent slipping of the
product that way.
Hope this helps Gail.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 8:39 AM
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I found myself at a loss for True Story Tuesday
this week and somewhat limited on being able
to type something up....so I decided to make that
my True Story Tuesday.
See last Friday I had hand surgery. Now leave it to
me to not be able to leave it at one hand but I had
to do both! Yep....I did.
On my left hand ring finger I had a small cyst up
from the joint. This had been here for years and
only became an issue when I hit it on something.
Now I can take pain very well but when I hit this
small thing on my finger, I actually would get sick
at my stomach. See picture below, not very big.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 9:15 AM
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I so love a free product to try.
A few weeks ago I actually won a
Hazelaid necklace made out of Hazelwood
and I am wearing it now.
Lauren over at Green Peas Review
is having another give away. Her
blog is where I won the necklace.
Go check her out at
Today she is offering a give away from
Crunchy Clean Laundry Detergent.
Crunchy Clean is all natural and
environmental friendly detergent.
Worth looking into and giving it a try.
So go by the above sight and check them
out also. Sounds very interesting.
Thanks Lauren for getting these offers
Posted by Pam Jackson at 10:12 AM
The other day a woman at work made the comment
that her shoes squeaked. So I shared my fix that I
learned via the internet. Lifting up the in sole of your
shoe and sprinkling powder in them and replacing
the in sole. She tried it and it worked great. I posted
this fix last week....
But that conversation lead to another one.....
She proceeded to tell me that her nieces dog had
been laying on her jacket and it was covered with
hairs. She had been using a lint roller to remove them.
I then told her to put the jacket in the dryer on
air dry for about 10 minutes. That will remove those
You can also do this with silk flowers or vines for
knocking off the dust. I usually put mine in a
pillow case and throw them in the dryer.
If the dust is more stubborn then throw a damp
rag in the pillow case also! Thanks Mom for
Speaking on pillow cases:
Do you hate to dust off the ceiling fans? So dislike
it when you wipe them and all that dust up there
goes here and there? Take a pillow case and put it
over the blade like you would if you were slipping
a pillow in there. Gather it up on the open end and
slid it back off the blade...taking the dust with it.
Thanks for stopping in.
Posted by Pam Jackson at 6:57 AM
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
My nephew started his driving career
We were all outside at Mom’s for some
All was well, Chase was fine. It has been
But it really did not stop there with his
All was okay, I did not suffer from
If you are thinking this is the end of
Yes, I said race car. Chase was going
We are driving around the neighborhood
The speed picked up, we topped a hill
Chase was able to control it and all was
Chase went from racing go carts (he
Through racing Chase was able to meet
As his racing career moved on Chase
Chase is no longer racing these days
I was able to enjoy (actually walk a
Check out his website and read all
Thanks for stopping in to read about
Posted by Pam Jackson at 7:03 AM