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Me and my Husband on vacation


Here is me and my husband, Wendell, enjoying a much needed vacation! We went down to Branson for a week and stayed at the Big Cedar Lodge. This was our first vacation alone EVER. We did not even have honeymoon, we got married on a Friday night, went home, and Monday morning Wendell was back to work. In the 26 years we have been married, this was the very first without our kids, or other family! Better late than never I guess, so may it be the first of many that are yet to come!

Love life and breath deep


I did not die, I just took an Extremely long vacation from the computer:)

I know it has been quite a while since I have shared with you all! Life has definitely been happening around this household. My husband quit his sorta secure job to be his own boss, and the most exiting part is that all of our children are employed by the business!! He started a roofing/construction company named, you guessed it – Specker Construction. I have been busy too. In the spring my Dad had bypass surgery, so I was at their home quite a bit helping Mom with whatever needed to be done. Growing a garden and putting up the produce takes massive time slots from ones life. Please don’t show me another tomato or green bean for a while:) Giving classes several times this summer, and I still have one to give this Saturday, has also taken a lot of time. Then more recently, my Dad went back into the hospital, ICU to be exact, for …. well we don’t know what happened to him. Doctors are intelligent people, but what they don’t know is whole lot more than what they do know. So after 7 days, 3 rounds of different antibiotics, being poked dozens of times he was released weaker and more worn out than when he sought their help. I have him taking flax seed oil, spirulina, cayenne, and lots of good food. The physical therapist comes several times a week to walk with him and give him some exercise.

Tomatoes!!This is a 6 foot table!!

My grandkids are such a joy to my husband and me. We love having them over to spend time with them. Seeing them grow is a miracle unto which I wasn’t focused on with my own children. I guess that is why grandparents are special, they are experienced, wiser, and less stressed.  Notice I am speaking of myself too, ha ha!

So here I am in September of 2013 blogging after a long and busy absence. I plan to actively post now. We purchased a new computer for the business, our old one being more than 6 years old and irritatingly slow. WOW!! What a difference it is to have a new, fast, sophisticated piece of electronic equipment!! I actually enjoy typing now!

I’ll leave you with one herb to have on hand this winter – Red Raspberry. It is one of the first herbs I use in a cold/flu, icky sick tea. Red raspberry cleanses the mucous membranes of the alimentary tract. The actions are astringent, tonic, stimulant, alterative, stomachic, antiemetic, parturient, cathartic, antiseptic, and ant abortive. It contains alpha carotene, alpha tocopherol, ascorbic acid, boron, calcium, chromium, manganese, niacin, pectin, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, fiber, iron, magnesium, malic acid, selenium, silica, thiamin, and zinc.

Raspberry (red)

Uses for Red Raspberry: constipation, nausea diarrhea, dysentery, diabetes, pregnancy, uterine hemorrhage, parturition, uterine cramps, labor pains, cholera infantum, hemorrhoids, vomiting, colds, fevers, intestinal flu, bowel complaint, thrush, sore mouth, ulcers, and wounds. So you can see why it is such a great herb to use, and it makes a real tasty tea.

As always, Love Life and Breathe Deep,


Our Favorite Family Getaway

Years ago when my parents were married, back in 1965, they traveled to southern Missouri for their honeymoon.  They went to a small park known as Silver Dollar City.  In those days you parked right up next to the Homestead Cabin!!  Now you park 1/2 mile away and ride trams up to the entrance!  I  went to Silver Dollar City as a small girl and loved all the rides and sights. I remember riding “Fire In The Hole” an easy-going roller coaster in the dark, and yelling, “Fire  in the hole!” that whole trip.  I went back as an adult and wow had things changed!!  The park was massive with lots more things to  see and do.  My husband and I took our family there many, many times.  We are guilty of purchasing season passes for several years, going down for most of the different festivals they host each year.  They have super shows during the year and at Christmas, including “A Christmas Carol”, and their new one, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, which I will see soon:).  The food is amazing, the 2 million lights are spectacular, the old-time crafters are fantastically talented, my favorite is the wheel-thrown pottery, and the atmosphere is truly family friendly.  My absolute favorite attraction during Christmas is the 5-story tree lighting every evening at 5:30. After the story of the birth of Christ is told,  all the lights in the Town Square, the smaller pine trees, the lights draped from tree to tree, the lights wrapped around the trees (I’m talking about real 40-50 foot oak trees here!), including the ginormous 5-story tree are programmed to an outstanding light display to “Carol of the Bells”, it is truly marvelous, I cry every time.  Then comes the light parade, where every float is plastered with colored lights.  This festival is DRIPPING with Christmas Cheer!!!  Hope you can visit Silver Dollar City yourself and enjoy some!

Here are some photos of their “Old Time Christmas.





Love life & breathe deep,


My New Big Bowl!!

Last Saturday my husband and I, along with some friends of ours went to Jamesport, Mo.  It is a small community noted for its Amish presence and last Saturday was their Fall Festival.  We toured the Main Street booth venders, visited the local shops, and toured an Amish farm.  In one of the Amish stores my husband found this Big Bowl.

It is huge, Huge, HUGE!!

The 15 oz. can is so you can size compare. I don’t think it quite captures the true massivness of the Big Bowl.

To try to illustrate the immense size of the Big Bowl I got all my other large stainless steel bowls out and placed them alongside the Big Bowl.

I left the can there just to compare the different sizes. My largest mixing bowl is pretty big, but the Big Bowl is at least 2 1/2 or 3 times larger!!!

I placed the can inside the Big Bowl and snapped another photo. I still can’t get over the size of it.

I imagined all the things that could be done with this bowl.  I could:

  • give my grandson a bath in it
  • gather garden produce in it
  • give our dog a bath in it  (I really wouldn’t do this, but it is big enough)
  • let alot and I mean Alot of bread dough rise in it
  • make granola in it

The possibilities are endless.

So, we bought it.

I can’t wait to put the Big Bowl to good use! I know it will become a special part of the family, but I wonder. . .  which one of the kids will want to inherit it??