Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a
time of reflection on our Fallen Heroes.
There are no words for what they have done
for us other than what the Holy Word of God
says in John 15:13, "Greater love has no man
than this, that he lay down his life for his
friends." Even more so those he does not know!

My dad came back alive. I thank God every
day as do those in the wars of today have the joy
in the return of their loved ones. I pray the strength
of Almighty God in those who have lost loved
ones in the wars of yesteryear as well as today. We
can not truly know their hurt and loss. LORD, let them
know in Christ they will see their loved ones again.

Dad was a gunner in World War II. He was stationed
on the two following aircraft carriers; first, the USS
Intrepid and then the USS Yorktown.

I want to thank those who have fought and
protected our country with their service in our
military; our fallen, our Veterans, and
especially our active duty personnel.
Thanks to:
Walter Fred Todd - Navy
Arnold James Galloway - Navy
James Walter Todd - Air Force
Delton Granger - Navy
Thank you for your service, duty, and love
for our country.
Praise to our God that His Word tells us in
Isaiah 2:2,4
"In the last days...He will judge the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation
will not take up sword against nation, nor
will they train for war anymore."
Two major events happen before this comes
to pass; the Rapture of Jesus' Church, and
the Tribulation of Revelation. Please be
in the first event. Salvation in Christ is so
simple a child can understand it. What makes
it difficult for adults, is pride. All have sinned
and fallen short of God's Perfection. Christ can
make you Perfect again in the Eyes of our Holy God
that can not look upon sin without His Holy
Judgment condemning the lost to Eternal
separation in an everlasting state of
punishment. Let not the War of sin keep
you from the Glory of Eternity.
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name,
Let Angels prostrate fall.
To Him that saves us by His Grace,
And crown Him LORD of All!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hodge-Podge Saturday

It's amazing how you go through
different modes with collections.
In the '70's I collected unicorns.
In the '80's it was Collector Plates.
This wall has ocean wildlife.
Again the walls were white in our
house. With mom's passing I painted
the hallway blue to match the ocean
theme. The walls on the side were
of a salmon color. Again the color
changes with how much light is
projected upon the wall.

This is a closer picture of half of
the collection. The poster was
purchased at one of our books
fairs at school back in the '80's.
It matched the plate's theme

My refrigerator collection of magnets.
My neighbor friend is always so kind
to bring me a magnet back from her
travels each year! Some I have made
on my computer that have my pets
on them.

This is my neighbor friend, Alice. On
her 48th birthday, I took her to have
her picture taken. It was a professional
picture studio where they did our
make-up. I always call it our,
"Ebony and Ivory" picture, ha! We have
been good friends for 25 years (since
she and her husband first moved into
their newly built home on the culdesac.
The day they moved in, they had gotten
stuck in the sand in the middle of the
culdesac and I used my dad's 4X4
to pull them out!)
God is so good to have His Holy Spirit's
fellowship among His Children!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Field Day Friday!

What a great day we had! The kids
really enjoyed themselves. The day was
beautiful. It didn't get cloudy and
sprinkle rain until after the kids
had already gone home!
Now come the goody bags we need to
fill with play dough, bubbles, chalk,
candy, small notebooks for writing,
fancy pencils and erasers!
The last day of school (June 8th for
the kids) they will get their fancy
silk screened t-shirts and goody
Look for you tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Still Around!

I'm still here!!
I've been busy getting 130
refrigerator magnets done
for Friday's Kindergarten
Field Day!
My station has this activity
plus two others. Each of the
7 kindergarten classes will rotate
every 30 minutes to the different
teacher stations throughout
the day. So, by the end of the day
I will have seen 130 children!
Some of the stations include a
"bouncy house," bubbles, sidewalk
chalk, water tables, reading "bubble,"
making silly goo, decorating cookies,
shaving cream on the tables, hand print
posters with class' teacher name,
computer game station, and more!
With the busy preparation, as well
as getting end of the year things done,
I'll see you on Hodge-Podge Saturday!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hodge-Podge Saturday

Flowers that last! These I have had for about
six years. The house had white walls for 19
years. When mom passed away, I put myself
into painting the inside of my house. This
color on the walls is so unusual. The color
gets darker, the less light you have. So,
during the day the walls look light in color.
At twilight or after dark and you have the
lights on, the walls are a deeper salmon
color! My neighbor friend, Alice and I
found these beautiful flowers that went
with the decor.

YES, those two are still the mums I have left
over from my bouquet of flowers. They are now
FOUR WEEKS OLD! The flowers I bought and
placed in the back have a wonderful bright
color. It amazes me how bright they are in
the low light!

This grandfather clock is a family loom.
My Uncle Ernest, mom's brother, put it
together from a kit back in the 1960's.
As you can see, I have two of the weights
put aside (on the right.) I could not take
throughout the night!!!
Well, I'll let you go. I have to get started
finding pictures for next week's
Hodge-Podge Saturday!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Get Organized!

As you can see, I have been going through my
photo books to get pictures for my blog. I didn't
realize how unorganized these pictures were!
Many won't even stay in the books anymore.
(I wonder why? They are in albums that are
30 years old or more, ha!)

I have even moved them to my dining room
table! I have got to get busy reorganizing
the paper memories!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hodge Podge Saturday

Three Weeks! Wow! I didn't know
cut flowers lasted so long.
I wish my outside flowers on my
bushes lasted as long!

Guess whose feathers these are?
If you said Max, you're right. It's
going on six years that I have had
him. When he loses his tail feathers
for the new feathers, I collect them
and place them in this cup. The
longest one measures 22".

This is a picture of dad in one of the jobs
he had while in the Navy. I'll never
forget the story of his first time doing
this. They were just going out for a
"ride" and dad was in his gunner's
seat, but not belted in. The pilot
decided to take a dive. Dad said as
the nose of the plane headed straight
down, his knees hit the metal shield
in front of him and he held on for
dear life! If it hadn't been for that
he would have been flying free
with no parachute! They were
over the water, but I don't think
that would have helped from the
height they were in the sky!

Monday, May 10, 2010

When Life Becomes Eternal

I care not for yesterday.
It is gone forever.
The gains are now but loss
And must need starting over.

What of today's survival?
It too shall soon be gone.
And what have I accomplished?
Just another day alone.

I care not for tomorrow
Or what vanity it brings.
"All is vanity!" Solomon proclaims.
"All of these earthly things."

Sometimes of things I think,
The beggar on the street
Has less burdens to carry
Than I and all I reap.

I only long for Thee, oh LORD,
And the Eternal Life you bring.
Away from all this vanity,
The corruption by earthly things.

LORD, begin in me, right now, today;
A well of strength, Your Living Water.
Set my eyes toward that Eternal Goal
And let my heart not waiver.

Then all this loss shall become gain.
For You have said,
"I'll never leave you nor forsake you.
So, why all of this dread?"

"I will lead you, walk in My Ways.
I will strengthen you all of your days.
Keep your eyes upon Me,
And you will I lead.
Then, Eternally the Gates of Heaven
I will open unto thee."

Susan Todd
July 12, 2004

It was about a year after mom had died when I wrote this. I had always been with mom and dad, now I found myself by myself. I think everyone finds it hard when you lose your loved ones whether it's your child or your parents. However, the greatest joy of all is that the LORD has promised us we shall see them again!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I dedicate this to you, mom and to
you, Nellie!

Happy Mother's Day to my mom who is now
with the LORD. She would have been 82
years old. Now age is of no worry.
She was truly a mom who loved her children
with all of her heart!
I now wished I had told her more frequently
how much I loved her.

I also want to wish my dear sister-in-law,
Nellie, a most Happy Mother's Day! I have
a handsome and wonderful nephew which
she has been a great mom to in all of his
33 years! I also have a beautiful and loving
niece which Nellie has nurtured into a
wonderful young lady who loves her mom
with all of her heart.
Happy Mother's Day also to Janet and Bonnie,
two of my bloggers who love their children
with all of their hearts! Thank you for sharing
the love of your children on your blogs!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hodge-Podge Saturday

A week and counting! These are two of the
beautiful flowers that have opened all the

What beauty! These were so pretty when I bought

them! I didn't even realize they had not opened
completely. Sam (my 12 year old lab mix)
couldn't help but be in the picture.

Below is one of the animals I had bought to
go in my jungle theme in the bathroom.


Another picture of Uncle Harry when he and
Dad had come back from a catch!

Surprise!!! I caught Sarah in her cat tower! The
flash turned one her eyes a different color!
The next two pictures, choose which one is real
and which one isn't!
This is one of my Beanie Babies (of the larger
I don't think this one is so happy at having
his picture taken!

My room of comfort! It definitely is a den of
lounging! My favorite spot to be! Behind me
is my computer office. I dare not show all
of the contraptions, wires, paper, and stacks
of my collection of loose leaf books I have
put together. I have promised myself I will
organize it this summer!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I'm Still Around

I'm working on something. It will be
posted on Saturday!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hodge-Podge Saturday

Your flowers have been so beautiful, I went out
and bought myself some! I can't believe how the
colors have a florescent incandescence! As you
look in the background, you can see my ceramic
Fifi and Beaudeau. The little poodle belonged
to Aunt Tommy and Uncle Leslie (from the 1950's!)
The Portuguese Water Dog was given to me by
Alice. (It was given to her and she said she had
no place for it.) She knows how I like dogs, ha!

I found some pictures of Uncle Harry and Aunt
Mary when they visited us in the Keys back in
1967. We were on the peer in Key West.

Sorry about the wash out. I wasn't suppose to
use the flash. I didn't realize it until I had
uploaded it to the blog! Oh, the life of living in
the Keys back in the '60's!

What a catch of spiny lobster! I was looking
for the picture where our dock on the water
had dad's display of over 300 lobsters! I
couldn't find it right now, so I used these
that dad got when Uncle Leslie had visited.
Believe it or not, the tails of these were packed
in water and frozen to eat on for a long time!

In the picture above you can see some
of them trying to walk off. I now feel
sorry for them as they were searching
for the water. I would never stay around
when dad "took care" to prepare them for
the freezer. It's kind of like "wringing
off chickens heads" for those who grew
up on a farm.
It makes me want to go into a "mode" of
being sorry we have to eat other animals.
But then, when I'm hungry I don't think
about it, only how hungry my stomach is!
If the LORD does bring back all of his animal
life in the here after, I surely hope these
lobsters don't come up to me and say,
"Hey, Susie. You remember me, July 4th, 1967?
I thought I'd try to end with a bit of humor
(for what it is, lol!)