Wednesday, March 19, 2008

It's Almost Spring!

It seemed appropriate to put up my new header and colors now, since Spring is set to arrive at about 2 am in the morning Central Standard Time. Although going by the temperatures on Wednesday and overnight into Thursday you can't really tell that it's supposed to be Spring here. It didn't make it above 50ºF today and it's only 37ºF right now at midnight.

If this Spring is typical for past Springs in Northeast Arkansas we'll still have quite a bit of cold weather yet, and maybe even some more snow. The usual last frost here is April 15th but it's not unheard of for us to have frost even later. April 15th is just the average last frost.

Just to keep things interesting we'll probably have some hot weather along with our cold weather, and it's not unusual for us to have both the hot weather and cold weather the same day, with some storms and tornadoes somewhere in the middle of the hot/cold war for dominance.

Ah, Spring in Arkansas! One thing about it, it's never boring.Here's a picture from my archives that I've posted before. It's from Easter 1973, I think. That's my sister DONNA, holding her son Frankie, my sister CECIL and me. If I'm right about the year, and I think I am, Cecil is 8 here and I'm 9 years old.

Sorry for the poor picture quality but this picture was developed in August of 1974, so you do the math. And my family was notorious for their procrastination in getting pictures developed so that's the reason for the discrepancy in the date the picture was made and when it was actually developed.

Dig those snazzy white knee socks and the sleeveless jumpsuits! We were stylin' now, let me tell you. Note Donna's updo. She had her hair fixed nearly every week. And she worked in a Singer wood working factory! My how things have changed.

Notice the hen in the right background? That was a particular favorite of Cecil's and she named her Penny. As in, "Henny Penny", I suppose.

Memories, Memories......I had asked AMY @ SPLIT DECISIONZ for some advice on changing my blog to a 3 column template because I had thought about adding BlogHer ads to my blog, but decided against it. I even learned how to code my template for 3 columns and have a test template ready to use, but after some research of the financial side of it I found that I can't legally put the BlogHer ads on my blog because they report what they pay you to Soc*ial Sec*urity.

Now for most people that's not a problem, but since I'm legally disabled and drawing disability, any earned income is counted against me. I'd end up worse off rather than better, so while I'm sure it's a good source of a little extra income for some, it's not for me. I had thought they might pay it into a Pay*Pal account and then I could use it to donate to needy bloggers and such, but apparently not. And I so hoped I could get a little extra spending money from my blog to help others, but it didn't work out for me.

I'll keep my 3 column template though because I still might use it sometime later down the road, or someone else might want a copy of it.Lamar's family is having a reunion this weekend and I have Emmy all day on Thursday and then on Friday afternoon, plus we'll be performing our Easter play at church on Saturday night and again on Sunday evening, so the next several days are going to be busy for me. Lamar has family coming in from Texas and Michigan, among other places, and some we haven't seen in several years.

I have to cook something for the reunion potluck on Saturday and I think I'm taking MY CROCKPOT CHICKEN AND DRESSING. As of this moment I have no idea about Sunday Dinner but I'll do my best to post Saturday night. Hopefully by then I should have a fairly good idea about my plans and/or menu.I've got to get up with Emmy in the morning so I'll post this and try to get in bed at a reasonable hour. That's hard for this night owl to do!

Y'all have a great rest of your week, and Happy Easter!


Myrna said...

You certainly have some busy days coming up! Be sure to get soe Easter shots of Emmy. I'm sure she will be the cutest in the Easter Parade!

Tammy said...

Your banner is a breath of fresh air to this Ky friend! I love dogwoods!!

I recently made a crockpot of your chicken and dressing and ended up sending most of it to work with Hubby. He's now asking for your Texas!

I'll be seeing my Ky grands soon!! I'm beyond exited!!

Love & Hugs to YOU! ♥

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

Happy Spring
Happy Easter
Like the look

Lynne said...

I love your spring colors and header!

You've got some busy days coming up. Enjoy Emmy and take pictures - I'm sure you will.

Lucy Stern said...

Diane, I can't believe I am that much older than you. In 1973 I was already married for 2 years....Loved the picture. I'll have to go check out your recipe for Chicken and dressing. I am cooking a ham for Easter dinner and having the kids over to enjoy it.

Have fun with your Easter play and enjoy your company. I suppose you survived your rainy weather. I watched it pass over you on the radar and wondered about you. Give Emily a hug and a kiss for me. Talk to ya later.

Susie said...

Hi Diane,
Both my children were born by 1973!!
I remember when you posted that picture and I enjoyed seeing it again.
Sounds like you're going to be so busy (as most of us are these days!)
Love your new header...dogwoods grew around my grandparents cabin, but they had white blooms..
love and hugs!!

Morning Glory said...

I love your new spring look. It's really light and airy -- makes me hopeful that spring really will come.

Barb said...

I'm getting ready to fax my paperwork off to BlogHer today. For me, I think it will work. I sure hope so since I'm scrounging around, trying to hang onto this house. I'm sorry it won't work for you, but I understand how it would work against you.

Your Arkansas weather sounds crazier than my Colorado weather and that's saying something. LOL

MammyT said...

Hello, Diane, I'm so glad you posted today. Thanks for putting up the photo. I think those are such fun. And were you wearing *sandals* with the snazzy knee socks? Where *are* the fashion police when you need them! ;)
I love your new header. Dogwoods are one of my alltime favorite. When we came back to Ohio it was so delightful to me to see them peeking through the woods, growing wild everywhere.
What a nice thing to have family come in for Easter. You must post a photo or two of the Church program, too. I'm a night owl like you, and do most of my work on my site after midnight.
Hey, crockpot chicken and stuffing sounds very good. Do you have that posted?
I pray God's protection over you and your family during the tornado season. We have them here, a-plenty, too, but I think you're a bit more exposed?
Love you,

Dick said...

Our current temps are about the same as yours. Here they are about 10 degrees below the average for this time of the year. And I can still see snow on Cultus Mountain to the east of town. I keep hoping for spring like weather but the long range forecast doesn't look promising.

My Annie had the same problem with Social Security. Sometimes she felt good enough that she could have helped out substituting in various places but she couldn't do some of them as they would have had to pay her. But she did find some fun places to volunteer.

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Diane,
I am now trying to catch up with everyone. LOL. I finally got up around 10:10a.m. when my DH called me. I am still having my coffee. Would you care to join me for a cup while I visit? I love your new header. I have always loved Dogwood Trees. Years ago when I was married the first time, I had a White Dogwood in my front yard and it was so beautiful. I do love the Pink Dogwoods much better tho. I love the picture of you, Cecil, and Donna. I do enjoy looking at old pictures like that. "THANK YOU" for sharing such a wonderful picture from your past. I do remember the white knee high socks myself. LOL. I do think I wore them quite a bit. The jumpsuits I had a couple of them myself. If this picture was taken in 1973, I was 11 years old that year. I also remember seeing alot of women having that same type of hair do that Donna had in the picture. I remember my Mom going to the beauty shop once a week and having her hair done. My DH's side of the Family is having a reunion on Saturday, but we already have other plans for that day. We may go over there and visit later on in the day tho. I don't blame you for not doing the BlogHer. You sure don't want anything to mess you up on your Disability that you just got started. I've never even heard of BlogHer. Sounds like you have some busy days ahead of you. Since my DH will be gone for Easter, I'm not sure what me and the girls will do just yet. We got some hail here on Friday night as well. I was in the bed asleep and it woke me up hitting my bedroom window. I bet Miss Emmy is getting all excited about Easter huh? Has she had her picture made with the Easter Bunny yet? They are having the annual Easter Egg Hunt here at the City Park on Saturday, but our girls have outgrown that. I'm not sure if I'm going to get them an Easter Basket or not. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

RennyBA said...

Thanks for sharing some spring spirit with us and also for visiting mine and tell about your spring flowers

I do love your header - a sign of the change in season.

The archive picture was so nice - thanks for sharing.

Wishing you a great end to your week too and Happy Easter Holiday.

Love and Hugs,

Renny :-)

It's All Good! said...

Hi Diane, love those knee hi's! I think I had a couple pair of those! We were stylin'!
I know you're going to be busy the next few days. I got my first tag, and tagged you. If you want to play along fine, if not no problem! Happy, happy Easter Day!

It's All Good! said...

btw, I love your new blog colors!

Jess said...

Hey mom...I really like the new look and I like the one you did for me too...thank you by the way. Also..good to hear there is going to be something good to eat at the reunion...I dont care for kfc's chicken. Hope all is well and see you tomorrow. Love you

Cecil said...

Hey Joe... hmm.. that pic is the only one I know of where my hair is normal... and what a fashion faux pas!!! those socks are hideous... lol... we could have at least pushed them down or folded them down.. oh well... This Easter.. 2000 years later, I have a punk hair-do and, thankfully, the outfit I'll be wearing is much better!! Love ya more... Cecil

Pearl said...

I love your new banner. It is so springy.

Your picture is so cute. I know all about those knee socks...Catholic school for 12

Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Dawn said...

I can hardly wait for Kristen to get back to work next week so she can take my winter look down! She has all the stuff she does on Blogger on her work computer - yikes! Anyway, it's time to get rid of the snowmen. Wish I was savvy enough to do it myself. She's going to have to teach me so I don't have to depend on someone else. But she loves doing it.

I am so glad my post blessed you in the middle of the night! I am blessed every time I think of those words.

Just yesterday I was remembering how you used to post old pictures so often - I do remember seeing that picture before and love it again. Oh, yes, the updo's done every week. I had to sleep on my finger to keep my "ratting" from looking too ratty! We tried everything - the most popular was wrapping t.p. around the head. What good that did, I'll never remember!

Hope said...

Hi Diane,
Just wanted to wish you and your family a very blessed and happy Easter weekend. I'll try to catch up later on. Love the new header!

Love and Hugs,

Michael Manning said...

Hey Diane! I LUV this new look! Very refreshing! I was smiling as I was reading on just waiting for you to say something about the bee hive hairdo! Remember photos of Priscilla Presley's wedding? I'll bet you and Emmy are just a riot together. lol!!!

Mississippi Songbird said...

I found you thru Karen's Blog..
Oh, I love your blog.. the colors and layout is neat..
Have a Happy Easter! I want to check out your recipes..

Greeneyes said...

Hey Sweet Sister friend , lovely spring do on your blog , lovely!!

Now dont over do it with all you have to do in the next few days , dont work to hard ,wouldnt want anything happening to those knees of yours LOL
sounds like a Busy time , wish We could share Easter together our families I mean ,it would be so nice , everyone all hustling and oh my the accents HAHA !!!!!!!
I miss you dear friend hope your well and I will set a plcae for you in my heart on Sunday , take care
love you

Greeneyes said...

Uhhhh Duhhh , I meant set a "place" for you ,,,,I despise TYPOS LOL
HUGS BSH and extra sugar for Emmy Please .
Love ya

Lisa said...

Happy Easter Diane and Thanks for the recipe. It sounds like a good one. Your new blog header is very beautiful. Hugs. Lisa

Rachel said...

I love the pretty header!!!
Sounds like it's a busy time for you and your family!! Have a wonderful blessed Easter Diane and enjoy it all!!!


Mary said...


I'm sorry I'm so late getting over. I LOVE the photo. I remember those jumpsuits. Michelle wore them. She was five years old when your photo was taken. And that hair do... I used to go every week to have my mop of hair put into a French Roll. Today my hair has thinned so much there wouldn't be enough of it for a do like that.

I absolutely LOVE your header. I will put my spring one up after Easter. It's nice to be able to redecorate our blogs for the season and yours looks fantastic.

Sorry that your idea for extra income didn't work out. It would have been nice to have a few extra dollars to do with as you wish ... helping others and such.

Take care, my friend and a blessed Easter to you and yours.


BigDadGib said...

I love the new header too.

Happy Easter my friend

Granny said...

Have a lovely Easter. I'll get back later to check on your Sunday dinner.

As for us, no cooking on Sunday. We're invited out.

Jo said...

Sounds like you will have a busy weekend ahead of you.

Happy Easter Dear Friend.

Nashe* said...

i love those easter baskets!