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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Be Grateful

As you might know, it is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada!   I hope you all enjoy time with friends and family this weekend...and take a little time to think about how fortunate you are to have all the wonderful blessings that you do.'s not what you have...but who you have that makes you blessed.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Until next time….be thankful!
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Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

As we get closer and closer to the festivities starting, it seems to be getting busier and busier in our family. It’s an exciting time for us as we anticipate the new year and reflect on all of the wonderful things and all blessings and changes that these past few months have brought. 

I am looking forward to hopefully finding more time to get my “Tootsie “ on in 2019 and all of us are looking forward to the new year bringing so many wonderful things to our lives and spending time with family and friends. 

Remember the true reason for this holiday season as you celebrate with loved ones... 

From our house to yours....Merry Christmas and the happiest of Things in the New Year. 💙

Until next time...Happy celebrating!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Giving Thanks…


This weekend is Thanksgiving  for Canada.

Our family is looking forward to gathering with our loved ones and spending time together.  

There are so many exciting things happening in our family…I just can’t wait to share!

 Stay tuned…all in due time.   :)

I wish all my Candian friends and family a safe and happy Holiday!

Until Next Time… Happy Thanksgiving!

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

This Father’s Day…

Happy Father's Day Weekend from Tootsie Time!

Families are made up of all kinds of complicated stories…and situations.   The sad fact of the matter is that not everyone who is blood related will treat you like you matter.   Once in a while, you find yourself in a relationship with someone who is very special and who takes  on many roles. 
This world has a whole lot of good men out there that are taking on a father (or even a grand father) figure role when they really don’t have to do so.
Our family is fortunate to have a few of these type of men in our lives.
As a child, my family ‘adopted’ an elderly fella or two who did not have families of their own nearby to spend time with.  I think back and have such fond memories of them.     I guess I must have enjoyed that as I have carried on that tradition.  
Each week we make sure to set aside some time for a very special visit with someone who my kids have come to appreciate as a grandfather figure.   Bill has been a friend to all of us since our move to the house next door to him several years ago.   We are all very fond of him and he has been joining us for all of our  birthdays, special occasions and every holiday. 
I often wonder who looks forward to our weekly visits more…us or him. 
If you have been following Tootsie Time for a while now, you know that several years ago I went through a divorce.   My children do have a good  relationship with their dad, but they also have a strong bond with their step dad, who we affectionately refer to as the Cowboy.   They both love the kids…and if you ask my opinion…there’s no such thing as too much love.  

So on that note:

To all the Dad's, Step Dad's, Step Grandpa's and Mom's who end up doing both jobs...We celebrate you!


...and to those Dad’s that have never failed to do their best by their own kids!


Until next time…Happy Father’s Day!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Grateful Mom…

Another Mother’s Day is upon us…most of us moms think about how we hope to be pampered and shown gratitude by our children.  
This year…as I anticipated this day, I was  thinking about MY children and how very fortunate I am to have the three of them.   So…I  decided to do a slightly different take on the traditional Mother’s Day post.
I am the proud mom of three amazing kids…three of the best young people I know.   I am pleased to say that we are very close and they in turn are very close to each other.   No matter what the situation, good or bad, all three of them are there to show support for each other.  
I have spent their lives trying to do my best to guide, teach and support two young ladies and one young man through this life.   When I look at my them…who are quickly becoming young adults…I am absolutely amazed. 
I am amazed at how quickly the time has passed from when they were small and so dependent on me for everything…and I am in awe at the people they are becoming.   My heard swells with pride and my eyes well up with tears when I reflect on the people they  have been and will be.  
My three joke about me being a Beverly Goldberg kinda mom…they tease me constantly about how much I worry…how much time I spend caring what they do…How much I try to do for them…and how I crave time WITH them.  
This year will be my 18th year as a Mom.   There is not one day since my first baby arrived,that I have not been excited to see the faces of my babies…hear their voices or spend time together with them.   They are, have always been, and always will be the light of my life…my proudest accomplishment.   I am excited for their futures…and can’t wait to be a part of them.
I love you Mr B.  I love you Georgie.   I love you Busy.   Without the three of you, I wouldn’t even be a mom…So Happy Mother’s Day, and THANK YOU for making me a yours.
Until next time…Happy Mother’s Day to you all!!!!

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

10 Years!

It was 10 short years ago that I created Tootsie Time as a gift to myself for my birthday.  
I am so very proud of all the hits, and comments from all of you and so very happy to call many of those who read my musings not just friends but family.  
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me through so many projects, journeys, trials and tribulations over the last 10 years…I love you all and hope to pick up where I left off a few years ago soon.   I have many posts in draft, just waiting to be finished and shared…and I can’t wait to reveal all that I have been doing in the last while.  
In these 10 years, you all have walked many an adventure with me…and in some cases pulled my raggedy old self through some very difficult times.   For this friendship, I am truely grateful…and I do enjoy reading from time to time, the inspiring posts you all share.  
This past year or so our family has made some very healthy choices and have changed our lives for the absolute best.   I have been keeping track of things, and hope to be able to share with you all very soon.   Between family time, some health issues, the odd project here and there and my little clothing design company, I have been a very busy girl.  I absolutely cannot wait to fill you all in and get back to my precious Tootsie Time.

Until next time… Happy gardening, decorating, blogging and creating!!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mothers and Moms

Today is Mother's day.

It is a bittersweet day for many who have lost children or moms for whatever reason.  When I sat down to write a post for today I started to look though some of the others I had published over the years.   It got me to thinking about what it means to me to be a mom.

I would also like to include some of the most amazing Dad's who have to do BOTH jobs in this salute.

I am so fortunate to have my three beautiful children making my heart smile and my chest swell with pride  every day, but I just could not find any words that fit more than this.

Every mom is different -  just as every child is different.

So...I decided to share the first Mother's Day post I ever did...(with a few slight edits)  there is something for everyone, and I think it is perfect for today.

Please read to the end...

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, 'It's okay honey, Mommy's here.'

Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes.

And all the mothers who DON'T.

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies in and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.

And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or hockey or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars. And that when their kids asked, 'Did you see me, Mom?' they could say, 'Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world,' and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner.

And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies.

 And for all the (grand)mothers who wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read 'Goodnight, Moon' twice a night for a year. And then read it again, 'Just one more time.'

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school.

And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls 'Mom?' in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college -- or have their own families.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them.

For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year old dyes their hair green.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good mother anyway?

Is it patience?


Broad hips?

The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?

Or is it in her heart?

Is it the ache she feels when she watches her son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?

The jolt that takes her from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put her hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when she just wants to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in her home?

Or the need to flee from wherever she is and hug her child when she hears news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...

And for mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.

For Step Mothers and Adoptive mothers.

Single mothers and married mothers.

For Mothers who didn't have a great example of how to be a Mom, but still try.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all.

For all of us...

Hang in there.

In the end we can only do the best we can.

Tell them every day that we love them.

And pray and never stop being a mother...


...and to my three beautiful (and no so little) children...Thank you for being who you are and for making your mom so very proud.  I love you forever!

Until next time…when hopefully I have time to share more of my Tootsieness….happy weekend!!!

*)*)*) Thought for the Day: "Irony is the ability to love someone and not like them."

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How Fast…

Hi guys.   It has been a while since I shared anything new…and the only excuse I have is that I have had NO time to sit and write!   Things have been crazy now for over a year…go go go!   I am so very happy that my little company is going gang busters, but sad that I have had to eliminate many other things to accomodate it and the most important thing…family.   That said…This Toots Misses YOU GUYS!

This post is covering a LOT of business in a short bit of time…

This Friday will mark ANOTHER birthday for Tootsie Time!!!  I made Tootsie Time as a birthday gift for myself on May 12  2008…and never looked back.   I have absolutely loved sharing and learning and growing and getting to know some amazing people because of this blog,  and as soon as there’s time, I have SO MUCH more to share.   Thanks all for being patient.  

This Sunday is Mother’s Day!!!
For me this is a bittersweet Mom’s day, as it will be my last with 3 kids.   In just a few weeks my amazing son will turn 18 and become an adult.   As proud as I am of what a fine young man he’s become, I am saddened at the thought of him being all grown up.   I truely thought I had more time…one minute he was just a little boy and now I look at a grown man standing before me…My girls are growing more each day into fine young women, and I just wish on wishes I could turn the clock back and keep them small a little longer.   My kids and I are very close, and always will be…they are my world.

Coming in June is my son’s Graduation…then in July is his birthday…and then college…and ….and…and…lol
Happy Mother’s day to all you Mom’s out there that have been proud of and loved your kids since before they were born…<3   I hope every Mom out there gets the recognition that they so richly deserve.  
If I could give my children three things in this world they would be
1.   the wisdom to know their self worth.
2.  the strength to chase their dreams.
3.  the ablilty to say NO to anything that does not bring them happiness.  
I Love you ‘Mr.B’…’Georgie’ and ‘Busy’…Thank you for making me the luckiest Mom in the world.

Until next time….Happy Mother’s Day!

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

From Our Home To Yours.

Well guys, it’s that time of year again…another year is almost at a close and for many of us, it is a sentimental time.   We think of those we know and love, we get in touch with friends and family and if you are like our family, you think of those less fortunate than you, with generosity.   I just wanted to take a moment to extend warm wishes from our family to yours for a safe and very Merry Christmas!  
Before I let you run off to your Christmas Celebrations, I wanted to share with you, a little something.   A few years ago I came across this poem that was written by Helen Steiner Rice,  and it is just so very fitting, that I am going to share it with you again.  


I have a list of folks I know, all written in a book
And every year when Christmas comes, I go and take a look,
And that is when I realize that these names are a part
Not of the book they are written in, but really f my heart
For each name stands for someone who has crossed my path sometime,
And in the meeting they've become the rhythm in each rhyme
And while it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim,
I really feel that I'm composed of each remembered name
And while you may not be aware of any special link
Just meeting you has changed my life a lot more than you think
For once I've met somebody, the years cannot erase
The memory of a pleasant word or of a friendly face
So never think my Christmas cards are just a mere routine
Of names upon a Christmas list, forgotten in between,
For when I send a Christmas card that is addressed to you,
It is because you're on the list that I'm indebted to
For I am but a total of the many folks I've met,
And you happen to be one of those I prefer not to forget
And whether I have known you for many years or few,
In some ways you have a part in shaping things I do
And every year when Christmas comes, I realize anew,
The best gifts life can offer is meeting folks like you.
And may the spirit of Christmas that forever endures
Leave its richest blessings in the hearts of you and yours.

It seems that this is a year of learning for us all…and Cowboy and I are NO exception to this rule.   This year we learned that no matter how busy our lives are with work and everything else….to NEVER wait until the week before Christmas to shop for gifts for the ones on our list!  Never again…lol…and I don’t think I need to explain why.  Smile

Until Next Time…Merry Christmas!

*)*)*)… I'd rather be rejected for being who I am than accepted for being someone I'm not.  At least I don't have to keep track of my act...I can just be me!  Can you? When one does just a little too much to convince, the truth REALLY shines through.   Just Sayin’   
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Christmas Poem

by Helen Steiner Rice

I have a list of folks I know, all written in a book
And every year when Christmas comes, I go and take a look,
And that is when I realize that these names are a part
Not of the book they are written in, but really f my heart

For each name stands for someone who has crossed my path sometime,
And in the meeting they've become the rhythm in each rhyme
And while it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim,
I really feel that I'm composed of each remembered name

And while you may not be aware of any special link
Just meeting you has changed my life a lot more than you think
For once I've met somebody, the years cannot erase
The memory of a pleasant word or of a friendly face

So never think my Christmas cards are just a mere routine
Of names upon a Christmas list, forgotten in between,
For when I send a Christmas card that is addressed to you,
It is because you're on the list that I'm indebted to

For I am but a total of the many folks I've met,
And you happen to be one of those I prefer not to forget
And whether I have known you for many years or few,
In some ways you have a part in shaping things I do

And every year when Christmas comes, I realize anew,
The best gifts life can offer is meeting folks like you.
And may the spirit of Christmas that forever endures
Leave its richest blessings in the hearts of you and yours

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Letter To My Mom

It occurred to me the other day, that we often take for granted the people in our lives that mean the most to us.  As I go through my life loving you, appreciating you, and admiring you, I don’t generally take the time to tell you.   I always just assume that you know them.   Today, because it is Mother’s day, I think it might be nice if I made sure you know how I feel about you.

Since the first day of my life you have loved me, taken care of me and put my needs above your own.  You have disciplined me, taught me and encouraged me. You have sacrificed things I will never know about, and you did it all because you loved me.

You have given me so many things, that I often don’t even think about.   Your values, wisdom, unconditional love and support in every thing I do.   You have taught me honesty, and to live my life in such a way that  I can make myself proud.   You have always been the one that I turn to when my world is in crisis…for, even if I don’t take your advice, I do hear it.

I admire that you are such a strong and very successful lady in every thing you do.   Most everyone I have met, that knows of you either personally or casually respects and admires you mom.   You have built a very successful business, a beautiful home and well….best of all ME!

My children look up to you, feel safe with you and respect you for everything that you are.  They know that I am who I am, partly because of the example that you have set…and they know that you will always be there if ever they need you.  I am so glad to have such a strong role model for my children.   In this world there are so many challenges…that they need that.

I have many memories of fun times with you, that I will forever cherish…and do love to share them, and laugh about some of the ridiculous things that we have done.  I think that my most favorite memory is “please enter the code”, and any time it crosses my mind, I laugh out loud.  I am happy to say that this isn’t the only crazy day that I do think fondly of…and I hope there will be many more memories for us to make.

Mom, you are always a lady in every situation, and you handle yourself with dignity and class no matter how silly, difficult or ridiculous the circumstances are.   You have overcome hard times and flourished in good times.   I have been blessed with many things in my life, but the biggest most valuable thing, is that you are my mom.

Love your favorite Daughter

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Sunday, June 1, 2014


I could not have said it better myself!
It is not a race… and no matter how many of you follow me…I appreciate you all the same.
Just Sayin’!

Again...if you follow me...and I am not following you yet..let me know...and I will rush right over there and follow you too!

Until Next Time....Happy Following!!

*)*)*)..."I haven't stopped looking for the good in people. I've just accepted the fact that I'm not always going to find it."
-Patti LaBelle

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers Jan 17/14

 Welcome!!!   Today is the first Fertilizer Friday party of 2014!!!!   Isn't that exciting!?   

 Friday is a BIG day for us here at Tootsie Time…(ok, just me really…there is no one else here…lol)  It’s a big deal because it means it’s PARTY TIME!!!!
Fertilizer Friday is the day of the week than an ELITE group of gardeners from all around the world get together, snap photos, link up and Flaunt Their Flowers!!!
If you are new to Tootsie Time and Fertilizer Friday, I just know you are asking yourself…”How do I join?”

Well…it’s easy really. Here’s all you need to know to become a part of this great group of gardeners, bloggers and friends:

If it is spring or summer where you live, you need to snap a few photos of what you have growing, blooming or just love to look at that is of the plant variety…if it is winter where you live, you may post past favorite photos…or indoor plants…whatever you like.
The only criteria is that it is a plant or something growing!
You do not need to use fertilizer to participate in this party, but if you do, this is the reminder to fertilize weekly!
All I ask is that: Your post must include the logo above and/or a link to Tootsie Time, or the linky will be deleted
I would like to invite each and every one of you to join in and share your photos...

This week I am celebrating EVERYONES birthday, by sharing this cute little thing I found while looking online for interesting and new flowers to plant in my yard this coming spring!  I decided that today was as good as any to share it...It isn't my flowers, but I haven't any to is winter here!   So...I am sharing each month in flowers. 

Traditional Birthday Flower Guide.
You have all heard of birth stones...and you have all heard of the traditional gift list....but have you heard of the traditional birthday flower guide? If you have is your lucky day!
I found this online at a site called homestead garden.

Since it IS January...and we have a full year of birthday's to be ready for, I thought maybe everyone would enjoy seeing what the flower is for your birth month.

In Gem stones, I am an emerald...and in flowers I am a Lily of the Valley...(darn!  I wanted a better flower than that!  lol)    What are you?


April--Sweet Pea or Daisy
May--Lily of the Valley




I hope you enjoyed seeing which one you are! (at least no one is a Dandelion)

Until Next Time....Happy Celebrating (if it's your birthday!) :)

*)*)*)... Its not what you say, But how you say it..The tone of your words affect more than the words itself..

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Welcome 2014!

Well friends, a new year is upon us, and it is cold cold cold here in Alberta Canada.   We have had freezing rains, frigidly cold weather and snow snow snow!  Myself…I am desperate for spring to come, as the winter months seem to drag on at a snail’s pace.  I want warm winds, spring rain and SUNSHINE!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and sent 2013 packing with a smile.   I wish for you all a great year to come, filled with all the good things life can offer, including love, good health and prosperity. 

In spite of the bitter weather…2014 has come in with a smile for me.   I am in a good place in my life right now…busy, peaceful and happier than I thought I would ever be.   It feels good to be here…as you all know, there was a time that if anyone had told me that I would be even a fraction of this  happy 2 years ago, I would have told you that you were insane! 

I have taken on a few new challenges this year, and I have been busy as a bee learning some new skills, and planning future projects…all of which I do plan to share with you all as soon as I can!    I plan to finish sharing the 108 year old house project (as I go along…and reveal a few changes I have been making inside my own house now.  I can’t hardly wait to get things finished up and share them!   It seems to take a lot longer to finish a project since I moved from the city to this little rural community.   If I don’t have the things I need to complete a project, the chances are pretty good that I will have to wait until I take a little road trip to a larger center to find what I need!   Be patient with me…I am working as fast as I can!  Smile

Our holiday break is almost over…Fertilizer Friday will resume it’s regular postings next week…  The post will be up in the early evening of January 16th!!!   I hope to see you all there with bells on!!!   I can’t wait to see what you all have to share from your greenhouses and gardens…

I have been snooping around in my seed catalogs at all the glorious flowers and plants that will inspire me to get planting the spring crop of annuals in the greenhouse.   Oh how I do love a little dirt therapy any time I can get it!  

I have also been looking back at some past posts during our little break…and have made the decision to bring back a little thing that I used to do WAY back when Tootsie Time was young…The Q&A posts!   You guys remember them don’t you???   Those were the posts in which I did my best to answer questions that you all sent to me.   I really enjoyed those posts…and can’t wait to get started on another one or two!

So…What do you want to know?  Let me know!!!   You can send me your questions via my email…or you can simply pop them into the comments box at the end of this post…I moderate all comments, so they will not be published until AFTER I put up the post to answer! Smile 

So….WELCOME 2014!!!   This is going to be an exciting year for us all…and I am just so excited to be able to share it all post by post with all of you….and equally excited to visit your pages and celebrate all of your lives too!
Enjoy the last week of our holiday break kids…we are about to get our Tootsie On very soon!

Until Next Time…Happy New Year!

*)*)*)…Paradise is wherever you are happiest...

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Sunday, June 30, 2013


Before I share a little story with you all today…I just want to say:
Happy Canada Day!!!! to all of my Canadian friends and followers…We are a proud Country…a strong people and I am so glad I live here!

As we attend the Festivities of Canada Day, there are bound to be crowds of people, of all walks of life.  I ask you to keep in mind the following story as you head out to celebrate.

You Reap What You Sow

“Good morning”  said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on the ground.

The man slowly looked up.
This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new.. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.. "Leave me alone," he growled....

To his amazement, the woman continued standing.
She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. "Are you hungry?" she asked.
"No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with the president. Now go away."

The woman's smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.

"What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone.

Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked..

"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"

The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"

"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."

"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. "Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything."

"This is a good deal for you, Jack" the officer answered. "Don't blow it.."

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived...

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked. "What is all this, is this man in trouble?"

"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.

"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business.."
Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place."
The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled....... "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?"

"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."

"And do you make a godly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"
"What business is that of yours?"

I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."

The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a difference." She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. "Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"

"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."
"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"

"Yes, ma’am. That would be very nice."

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."

The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.
"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."
She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently.. "Jack, do you remember me?"

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."

"I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."

"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat."

Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said.. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."

"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble... Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right."

"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.

"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card.. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons...He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office." She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet... If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he said.
"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus...... He led me to you."

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways...

"Thank you for all your help, officer," she said.

"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And.. And thank you for the coffee."

God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor.
God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close…

I received this story in an email from a good friend…and it touched me enough to share with you all.  I have got a few friends who are having a difficult time for one reason or another right now…and I think this story is fitting for each of them to read.

Without any more delay…I wish you all a HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!   Be Safe Friends!

Until Next Time…Happy Celebrating!

*)*)*)   Happy endings in life are not just handed-out...You have to fight for them, earn them..and only with bruised hearts, torn souls, and sacrifices are they won...

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

On This Day (a few years ago) …

A LEGEND WAS BORN.   Yes…I am absolutely referring to myself…May 12  is Tootsie’s Birthday…  Which is also the day a girl named Iris…became….


Today we will celebrate My  Mom.


Before I begin the personal  err…silly …err…risky…oh heck, you get the idea….before I get down to business here…with the fun part  of this article, I would like to say that if you guys don’t hear from me for a while…it is probably because she has locked me up…taken my computer away…OR worse…hahaha!

OKAY… Lets get our giggle on!!!

MY Mother is many things:
She is a Sister…to two crazy brothers…(one on each end of the photo)  Hi Uncle Vern and Uncle Fred! xo

She is a wife…(man were they young and SO skinny!)  

She is sometimes confused…Smile  Hey…she IS a blonde.

She is a hairdresser (with a sense of humor)   Yep…that’s me!

She’s an excellent seamstress (just had some bad taste in color! )   She used to sew all of our clothes when we were little!

She is playful and has the strenth of 10 men!   hahahaha!
LOVIN the jammies and the glasses Grammie!
She is NOT perfect…even she makes fashion mistakes sometimes…lol

She is a VERY snappy dresser!!!  OH YA!!  She could rock a halter top in her day!~  (I am probably going to be killed now for sure!.)

She is patient and creative…That horse had, and still has a horrible squeak…and I LOVED it!  
She designed and sewed all the curtains and things for our house. 

She is SHORT…AND….She Loves to be outside and spending time with her biggest baby…yes…I am referring to my dad…AKA Grampie.  

She is family oriented!   That is my late Great Uncle and Aunt.

She LOVED big hair!   Good Lord Grammie…if we dyed it blue you could be Marge Simpson!!!  hee hee!

She is supportive…even when she KNOWS I am making the biggest of mistakes!

She’s not afraid to get a little dirty…or be a little…ugly…OR do a little welding…oh  NO…wait…OOPS!  that’s just her regular glasses…there is no welding going on here!  MY BAD! Smile
yep…I am going to be tortured…for sure

She is quite physically fit and has an adventurous side…if you want proof…click the photo to get to the post that outlines one of her funniest adventures.  I guarantee you will find a giggle or two!

She is MY MOM and the Grandmother to my kids.  (who adore her…even when she lays the law down….”or ELSE” )

She is One heck of a business woman!!!

…and don’t forget to pop in and say Hi to Grammie…and get your mom a pair of shoes so she doesn’t drink and drive!  In my case…Grammie and Grampie are a bit of a handful…and I could really use a drink or two!

She is a lot of things to a lot of different people…but to me and the kids…she is GRAMMIE…and that’s a good thing.   We are all lucky to have you in our lives…
With Love  from,
Toots, Cream Puff and the Gang!

That’s it for me for today!!!   I am pooped!   You would not believe what I had to do to get some of those photos out of her house without her knowing I had them!!!  Yep…I was VERY sneaky!

I really hope all you moms out there are having a wonderful Mother’s Day !!!  As for me…I am going to be taking my punishment like a trooper…Mother’s Day is the day they make me shop…for DRESSES!  eek!!!

Today is not only Mother's Day, and My birthday....Today is Tootsie Time's birthday too!!!   Stay tuned for a special post to celebrate 5 years of Tootsie Time!

Until Next Time…Happy Mother’s Day!

*)*)*)  Three things you can't recover: The word...after it's said. The occasion...after it's missed. The time...after it's gone.

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