Hey Y’all! (Getting Back to my Roots.) Welcome to Julie 2020 Blogging I sincerely hope that this year will be a good year for all of us. If you are a regular reader of my blogs then welcome back. I will…
The Bulletin Board pictured above is hanging in our Hallway. I put it there when we bought our house, and moved in. Nothing ever seems to get taken off of it although for some reason we keep cramming things into it through these years. I have no desire to remove any photo or tiny scrap of paper.
As cluttered and as tacky as it all may be, that Bulletin Board in a nutshell, is ME!
Hello and Welcome to our Current Website Events
We actually have a few Bulletin Boards around our house.
These 2 are in mine, and Gordon’s Bedroom.
(Rachel Ashwell’s Books and DVD’s are Favorites of Mine.)
This Bulletin Board is to the right in the photo above.
Our Microwave/Our Bulletin Board
I get asked a lot about what post or page that I am working on currently. We do have a very large website and in addition to creating new posts, I also tend to update old ones. So, I decided to create a post letting our reader’s know what is current, and has new content. Not that any of the above mentioned “Bulletin Boards” helps to keep us organized. But they are kinda fun! 🙂
We do appreciate your interest in us and our website and you are always welcomed here.
Julie and Gordon
March 29, 2020
I added another recipe to:
It as a recipe that I had totally forgotten about.
I am coming across a few of those that I need to attach to various posts. I’ll get there though. 🙂
March 28, 2020
March 27, 2020
I finished a new update for:
Our Re-Take on our Re-Take of our Reubens
I created a new post today:
Also working on a few others and I will let you know when they are finished.
March 23, 2020
I just finished adding 2 new recipes to:
March 21, 2020
Gordon and I finished the write up for:
Our delicious Whole Wheat Heaven and Heat Breakfast Muffins
March 20, 2020
I started a new post for Christmas.
I’ve already done the write up for these baked olives.
I also updated my:
I am also finishing up my:
March 17, 2020
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Irish Sour Cream Bread with Golden Raisins
Reuben Club Sandwiches
Two new recipes to add to our:
I’ll let you know when I add those recipes.
March 15, 2020
I finished up my writing portion of:
It is now time for Gordon to do the write up’s for the recipes. Then I tweak what he writes because sometimes he gets it wrong. (Most of the time he gets it wrong.) And then I will let you know when it’s all done. 🙂
But I am proud of my portion of the post.
March 14, 2020
I am probably the only person in the world that writes in his birthday on my calendar. I guess I miss and appreciate the greats!
March 13, 2020
I am currently working on a few posts at once. I would like to finish up my:
What with this Coronavirus coming I feel like I’m working on a DEADline.
Hey! I handle life’s up’s and down’s with humor. So…..
March 9, 2020
Just Updated My:
Still working on it.
March 4, 2020
Just Updated My:
March 3, 2020
I will miss you forever my little Monkee.
March 2, 2020
I created a new post today:
We had an excellent day at Weeki Wachee Springs and we would love to share it with you.
Can’t wait to work on it!
February 28, 2020
I have spent the past few hours updating my home page with some Spring and Easter posts. Some of them I need to tweak and update. When I transferred my website over to a new format last year some of the colors of the posts are just too light to read properly so I need to fix those. There is always something! 🙁
But, I do the best that I can given that most of the time I am a one woman team.
And in my case there is an “I” in Team.
Nice weekend ahead for us. Looking forward to it! 🙂
February 27, 2020
Happy Birthday to my sweet Trish who would have been 79 today.
I miss you every day!
I also updated my personal blog.
I’m starting work on my:
I’m also still working on some other blog posts but I do like to switch around and work on several at once. Sometimes I’m strictly dedicated to working on just one blog post and other times I’m not.
February 25, 2020
It’s Fat Tuesday!
I did update:
With a delicious Beignet recipe……
I also created 2 new posts:
Our son Brodie and his girlfriend Mackenzie finally decided to take me up on a offer I had been making them for about a year….. “Would you guys like to start a blog post on my website? I’d love it if you would. It’ll be fun!”
So, after countless heeing and hawing, they finally said YES!
Well, here it is! They are also debuting an excellent Onion Soup. 🙂
I’m also linking together my southern food posts and seeing as how I was doing that I decided to just go ahead and do the work on my….
Seeing as how I was in the mood. 🙂
Oh, and I’ve also been attaching some photos here and there to past blog posts but nothing yet to bring to your attention.
Have a nice day!
February 20, 2020
(What a cool day, huh? 02-20-2020.)
I just did finish adding two new recipes to my……
I am now working on adding one recipe to…..
I will be finishing up my:
Happily Typing Along…..
February 18, 2020
I just did finish…….
Granted, I probably need to look for spelling errors and Gordon does have a fritter recipe to write up but other than that it is finished.
I have also been noticing that so many of my blogs that originally had photo backgrounds need to be reworked. When my guys in India redid my website and removed all those background photos I had a lot of light colored printing on each page which now is very hard to read on a white background. It’s such a pain but I have been spending a bit of time trying to change the coloring so that it can be read more easily. I have so many posts on my website that there are probably many that I need to fix but I do the best that I can.
I now want to work on updating some already existing blog posts and then I will probably tackle a big one. I’ll let you know what all I have done and what I am working on. Just keep tuning in here.
p.s. NOW it’s all finished!
February 14th., 2020
I have updated my blog post:
I will also be adding new content to it in the next few days.
February 4, 2020
I just did finish this post. As time goes by I’ll add more content to it but for now it’s done.
January 30, 2020
I just finished doing the write up for………
I will probably add some links to it to some of our other Halloween pumpkin carving posts. But other than that it is finished.
January 29, 2020
I just finished combining and attaching all my Cinderella blog post together. I had never linked them all together until today.
I’ve also updated my……
I had content to add, not to mention a wonderful recipe…..
My Little Mice are Coming Together
Cute Little Army of Mice
I’ve also updated my………
January 27, 2020
Hey! I just finished……..
January 25, 2020
I just finished updating……
January 24, 2020
I added something to……..
January 20, 2020
First of all I would like to say that my grandmother, Nellie Mae Keith Haskin died 20 years ago today. I just wanted to make that date clear because I miss her so very much.
I finished working on our:
P.S. I do have this one more scene I wish to add but I will let you know when I do. 🙂
January 19, 2020
I added something to the very bottom of my:
I also created a new post:
Gordon and I don’t make a lot of pies but when we do they will end up on this post.
I also created:
My Pearl Onion Balsamic and Pickling.
January 16, 2020
I finished up:
(Although, I do have a few Star Wars things to add to this post as I come across them.
So, stay tuned!)
January 9, 2020
I just updated my:
I’m also working on my:
January 5, 2020
I created two new posts:
January 4, 2020
The next posts I will be working on are…….
I will be updating, revamping, adding content, etc., etc. etc.
January 3, 2020
I just updated…….
January 2, 2020
I updated my personal blog:
January 1, 2020
Happy New Year
(Once again, wearing my pajamas.) 🙂
I will have my:
Finished by tonight, January 1, 2020. 🙂
I also just redid my Homepage of my Website with new content and even updated some blog post photo sliders:
I realize this blog post wording kind of reminds me of some fake psychic, but I had to fill a line with text and that is what came to mind….. Oh, well? I don’t mean for it to sound commercial, but it kind of does. Yet, oddly enough it does fit. So, why not?
We had a nice New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. Same old foods. Nothing really new. Gordon had been gone for 15 months and all he wanted was his old favorites, which I happily obliged.
Fill you in soon,
I have just updated…….
I am still working on my……
I can do my write up’s, but waiting for Brodie to do his will take forever!
But I am also adding content to:
I also changed the name of it as I only want to add the “fancy” extras here and not the casual ones.
I also added a few photos to my very old post, Casual Christmas Touches. I’ll have to revamp that one eventually. I still want it nice and small and tidy but it does need a few new things that I will eventually get around to adding.
We did NOT do any pickling today because Gordon had a migraine. But, we do want to pickle the Brussel Sprouts and the Pearl Onions that we roasted the other day, (my idea to roast them.) 🙂
At this writing we aren’t planning some special New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day anything. We just want to finish up what we have going on right now and then clean up and pack away. And besides, we are kind of sick of all this food!
But we are planning a Kayak Adventure with our kids and their partners. And Gordon and I are planning our Honeycation to take place without your knowing it. 🙂
Have a nice evening,
Merry Be-lated Christmas
We hope that everyone had a nice Christmas and here’s to a very Happy New Year to YOU!
And I’m still working on:
We will be doing more pickling this weekend and I want to revamp a Star Wars post of mine and add more content to it. I’ll bring that to you once it’s created.
And here it is……………….
I changed the website post from Novelty Gift Ideas. Here is where our Star Wars stuff will end up. Including Leia’s Cinnamon Buns recipe. 🙂
Have a great day!
I am currently working on……..
I’ve got a few recipes I’m doing the write up for.
Julie’s Christmas Wreath Leftovers Dinner (Is one of them.)
AND…. I’m still working on my Mermaid Lagoon Christmas in the Nook featured below:
As of this writing I am currently working on…….
Have a nice day,
It’s December, 2019, a beautiful weekend for the two of us to get away and immerse ourselves in all things Weeki Wachee Springs, and Mermaid’s. 🙂 Weeki Wachee is a State Park in Florida located in Spring Hill. It…
Meet Sparky and Spooky
They are the newest members of our family. They are rescue dogs. A mother and her son. Spooky is a Chihuahua, and Sparky is a Chug. A Chug is a Chihuahua/Pug mix. Sparky’s father was a Pug. Their story is a very sad one. They lived in a trailer park. The father sold drugs and would abuse the dogs. I believe the wife did alert Pug Rescue and a volunteer went out there to retrieve them in the middle of the night and take them away. But, there were days when they got no food or water from the original owner’s.
The drug dealing father kicked the pug father so badly that his stomach swelled up to the size of a basketball and he wasn’t able to use the bathroom for two weeks. He was rescued and placed in a hospital. I don’t think he made it.
What amazes me about these two is how quickly they fit in here. They are so happy with us! It’s as if they knew this is their home now. 🙂
Brodie and Mackenzie with Spooky and Sparky
The Drama Duo
Whenever I go outside they panic, watch me through the window, and howl as if there is no tomorrow. 🙂
March 28, 2020
Laying in the Sun
October 30, 2019
Telling Ghost Stories
The Spooky Witch Project
‘……and then out of nowhere here comes the VACUUM CLEANER!!!!’
Spooky and Sparky’s First Halloween
Gordon with Spooky
She is adorable!
She loves to press her face against yours and just leave it there. First one cheek, then the other.
She is nothing but pure love! 🙂
Sparky also loves to snuggle. But, as you approach him he will lay on his back for a nice belly rub. He is very trusting, so is she. That is a bit odd considering their background before we adopted them. At this writing we have had them about 3 months and they have added to our home life positively. We all compliment each other. They love it here and we love having them here. This is their forever home. 🙂
They were also cute little bell hops for our haunted Halloween.
‘Your bags, Madam.’
August 19, 2019
Meet Spooky and Sparky
They are the newest members of our family. They are rescue dogs. A mother and her son. Spooky is a Chihuahua, and Sparky is a Chug. A Chug is a Chihuahua/Pug mix. Sparky’s father was a Pug. Their story is a very sad one. They lived in a trailer park. The father sold drugs and would abuse the dogs. I believe the wife did alert Pug Rescue and a volunteer went out there to retrieve them and take them away. But, there were days when they got no food or water.
The drug dealing father kicked the pug father so badly that his stomach swelled up to the size of a basketball and he wasn’t able to use the bathroom for two weeks. He was rescued and placed in a hospital for weeks. I don’t think he made it.
What amazes me about these two is how quickly they fit in here. They are so happy with us! It’s as if they knew this is their home now. 🙂
I remember back to when we first adopted Monk, how sad he was for days. I would sit with him many a day and just hold him and pet him because he was so sad. He had been passed around so much prior to us getting him. I wanted to assure him that this is his forever home and that we will love him, and care for him forever. And we did. When we adopted Sugar she acted as if we had kidnapped her. Hyperventilating for 2 days! My god I thought she was going to have a heart attack! But they both settled into their new environments and realized that we were going to take care of them from now on. A pug’s lifespan is 14 years. We got Sugar to 14, but we got Monk to almost 17.
With Spooky being 4, and Sparky being 3, we will have them for many years to come. 🙂
It’s been 2 weeks since adoption day and we are still getting to know each other. When I brought them home they had no concept that all that these dog beds were for them. So, they would sleep on the cold tile floor in the kitchen as that is what they are used to. Finally, they realized those beds are for them. Oh, and because I am so lazy and I don’t feel like dragging one dog bed around the house, therefor I have 4 dog beds.
Dog toys are also a bit foreign to them. They just don’t know what to do with them? Sparky is getting the hang of it when we toss the toy he does know to run after it, but he doesn’t know to retrieve it and then bring it back to us. He just runs after it and then stands there. But they are learning. Just feeding them in bowls is new to them. I don’t know that they are used to that. They also won’t eat if I’m standing there. I have to leave their eyesight otherwise they won’t eat. It probably has something to do with the abuse they suffered.
You know, an evil person can ruin someone in one minute but it takes year’s to undo that one minute worth of damage.
I wish that I had some great photos to post of them but with this terrible soaking wet August there is no where really dry to take photos outside. And when it is dry there is so much mold, and mud from all this rain and humidity that we have to do some cleaning outside first. But, I’m thinking there will be plenty of years to take photos. 🙂
With Gordon being overseas all he knows of them are photos that I send him and he hears their barks when he calls. He loves Sparky’s bark! But, Spooky is something of a yipper. Most men don’t like yipper’s, but Gordon does say that he loves Spooky’s little yip. He has been doing research on them online and he is quite impressed with the loyalty of Chihuahua’s. They are territorial and extremely loyal to their families. I have discovered that most Chihuahua dog owner’s LOVE THEM! It’s people that don’t own them that don’t love them. (I do hate using that word “own.” But I know no other way to describe how other people view them.)
We are settling in with Spooky and Sparky and they are getting to know us as well. We are trying to establish a routine. But for some godforsaken reason they start barking at 6 fickin’ 30 every morning!!!! (We are working on that though.)
Proud Mom of Spooky and Sparky,
Sparky and Spooky
The cutest little dogs in the world! 🙂
August 3, 2019
Doggie Adoption Day
Julie and Veronica in Clearwater, Florida
Ever since our beloved Sugar and Monk died,……
Click Here For: Monk and Sugar Blogging
……we knew that we would be adopting more family members of the canine variety to be a part of our lives. I had signed up to receive notices from doggie adoption agencies in and around our area, and I would view the dogs that were up for adoption. I would even inquire about a few but most of the time my inquires would go unanswered. Finally I saw these guys up for adoption from
Pookie & Sparky – “Pugs” of the Month (bonded pair)
July 27, 2019|Ready for Adoption
If you are looking for double the cuteness, well look no further!
Introducing Pookie and Sparky, and bonded mother and son! They are looking for a home where they can stay together forever, and we are hoping that home might be yours!
First, let’s talk about Pookie. She is an adorable 4-year-old white chihuahua. (and mom to Sparky). She is very loving and devoted, and loves to snuggle. She will curl up against your neck to take a nice nap. At night, she loves to sleep under the covers. Pookie does have a strong alpha personality, and can become a little protective over her human if other dogs are around. She will need to be in a home with no other dogs (except Sparky, of course) or another submissive dog.
Next comes Sparky! He is a 3-year-old pug mix (chug), who loves to snuggle and give kisses. He loves belly scratches, and will lay on his back with his head in your arms. He just wants to be loved on all the time! If you will let him sleep in your bed, he will cuddle up next to you and keep you warm all night.
As a bonus, these two pups are completely potty trained and housebroken. No chewing on furniture for these two! They are also both healthy and have no current medical issues. They are up to date on their vaccines and heartworm negative.
As our “Pugs of the Month” the adoption fee for this pair will be waived so their new family can spend that extra money on treats and toys to help them start their new life.
Pookie and Sparky are keeping their paws crossed that the right family comes along quickly. If you feel you are a good match, please fill out an adoption application today at
FUN FACTS ABOUT POOKIE:
BREED: Chihuahua (female)
WEIGHT: 12 pounds
BEST QUALITIES: Loveable nap buddy
FUN FACTS ABOUT SPARKY:
BREED: Chug (male)
WEIGHT: 19 pounds
BEST QUALITIES: Well trained, and great snuggler
LOCATION FOR BOTH: Clearwater
Last Saturday my daughter Veronica and I drove out to Clearwater to pick up Pookie and Sparky and bring them home! They were so panicked at first. Scared. They didn’t understand where they were going and why? That is one reason I wanted to take Veronica with me. I knew that I may need help in getting them home.
Sparky and Pookie in my Car
They are so sweet and cute!
Pookie and Sparky Exploring Their Backyard
I brought them home and turned them loose and they fell madly in love with their surroundings.
Around the Magnolia Tree
All they want to do is to snuggle, and be close to me.
So, I moved a chair close to mine by my computer and that is where they sit. Just while they adjust.
I have to say that I am not a fan of the name, Pookie. I did originally think of the Taco Bell dog whose name was Gidget, but her stand in was named Taco. A name that I love!
Gidget, the Taco Bell Dog
I am famous for my chicken taco’s. Veronica and I adore Mexican food, especially taco’s. So, I really wanted to name Pookie, Taco. Veronica and Brodie even had the Taco Bell dog toy from when they were little. We loved that little Chihuahua!
Pookie in JAWS’s mouth left, and Sparky and Pookie, right.
Seeing as how Pookie would not respond to the name, Taco, I knew that I had to come up with a name similar to Pookie. That is when I realized that the name “Spooky” would be perfect! She is solid white! I adore Halloween! I adore everything spooky! I also adore the X-Files and the name, Spooky Mulder…….
“Do you think I’m spooky? That’s spooky. That’s my name, isn’t it?”
Therefor, Spooky and Sparky, it is!
Mackenzie with Sparky and Spooky
Happy Adoption Day!
p.s. They are the the happiest dogs! They fit right in. There has been no adjustment period. They just know this is their home. I/we could not be happier and I could not have chosen better dogs to fit in with our life. 🙂