Monday, December 5, 2011


When some people retire they feel like something is missing in their lives. I know several and some have told me they feel lost and others tell me how great it is.

To be healthy after you retire people should be active. What I have noticed is that a lot of the retirees find ways to stay busy by being a volunteer at some charities. All of the people who donate their time at our hospital are retired and they usually say they could not stay home and watch television and they needed something in their life to keep them busy. Retirees run the habitat for humanity, the humane society and the hospital gift shop and second hand store.

There are some who physically cannot volunteer but they seem to find some other reason to keep themselves busy and feel needed. One who is house bound told me she crochet's baby caps for newborns and gives them to the hospital. She said it makes her feel good and also needed.

Then there are those who are happily retired and staying home. You will usually see them either traveling on a trip or traveling to a doctors office. After being busy for so long while they are working they do not seem to realize how their body will react after they retire. Your system changes along with your activities. Staying active by walking or going to the gym and working out is a very good way to stay healthy.

If and when my time comes I plan on being a volunteer. I am one who truly believes that if you sit around the house and do nothing but watch television you will eat more, gain weight and start the process of needing to make the trip to the doctor for one thing or another. Exercize helps keep the heart healthy also. Heart desease runs in my family but I try to be heart smart.

Until the time I retire and probably after I do, I will continue to have my on line business at OLA.COM. That certainly keeps my mind busy as well as keeping up with friends. I ride a stationary bike now and I walk and I work.

If you are retired I hope you can stay busy and have a feeling of being needed. If you are not retired yet I hope you think about what you will do when you retiree. Most importanly keep moving, a little or a lot it all helps.

Be safe, be healthy and be happy

Legend of the Donkey

I was getting my ornaments out to put on my tree, and I pulled out the blown glass donkey I got a few years ago. It came with a little story.. 

"Legend tells us the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday followed Him to Calvary. Appalled by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but could not leave. It is said that the shadow of the cross fell upon the shoulders and back of the donkey. A cross marking found on many donkeys today remains a testimony of the love and devotion of a humble, little donkey."

I found a bunch of donkey things at!

The Brayer Journal of the American Donkey from crittercache!

Vintage Donkey Figurine from pwittsstuff

Unique vintage donkey condiment holder from morerivethead84

The Christmas Donkey golden book from Classic_Chloe

And while you're at looking for donkeys, please take a peek in my store..

Scrabble Tile Pendant - Snowman

This pendant is made using a recycled Scrabble tile!

This auction is for one pendant, with an adorable Snowman! It has been crafted on a tile featuring the letter "E". Pendant only! No chain or cord is included. Each tile measures 3/4 x 13/16 inches. The silver bail adds 5/16 inches to the height. Every pendant has been handcrafted, featuring colorful designs from stamps, cards, magazines, and other decorative papers, and then sealed with a non-toxic glaze, for a glossy finish!

Yep, FleaPirates has been busy making more pendants! This one is so cute! It would make a festive holiday gift... or... it's reasonably priced so that you can afford a gift for yourself! It sure is time to bring out the winter jewelry!

You can find lots of seasonal jewelry, at great prices, at Shall we take a peek? Ok!


The bidding starts at only $2 on this Delightful Christmas Snowman On Skates, So Cute Pin Brooch, available from Goldi!

And this WOMENS JEWELRY COSTUME CHRISTMAS EARRINGS STUDS SNOWMAN #NR opens for a bid of only .99 cents, at OurBusiness!

Just Look What I Made!!

OK, I must admit I was totally surprised!

A little history.

My father-in-law is gluten free and has been for about ten years. Ok, you find these flours that are gluten free and they have recipes or they say you can use them in place of regular wheat flour. Well, I gotta say . . . . NOT NECESSARILY!!

I found some 4 bean flour one time that the package said, "use just like regular flour". Well, I got some bread dough made and put it in my bread machine. I had the timer going and it smelled so good!!! Wow!! I was so excited!!

The dinger went off and I opened it up to find . . . . . a hard little ball, no bigger than a tennis ball, nicely baked!! That puppy was as hard as a croquet ball!!

My second attempt was making pie crust. How hard can that be?? Well, I figured the bread dough fiasco was because I was using a bread machine, so I tried again making pumpkin pies.

Have you ever set your oven on fire???? Well, I DID!! If there is no gluten, the shortning does not absorb and really makes a mess on the bottom!! After I got the oven cleaned up, I said never again!! Mixes or nothing!!

If you have ever shopped for gluten free mixes, you know how expensive they are!! Each year, I buy pie crust mixes to make him pies and on the holidays, frozen bread to make stuffing for him. The pie mix is over $4.00 and the frozen bread (very small loaf) is well over $5.00!! And this is rice bread so it really doesn't taste like "bread" as we know it! It's very dry and grainy. The pie crust is better but it isn't what Mom used to make!!

I wasn't too pleased with it but it was the best we had . . . . . . . until . . . . . .Sunflower Antics came to and joined in the Terrific Tuesday Sales!! WELL, guess what I found in her store?
1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster, Diet Celiac Disease Nutrition!!

And just look at the Brioche French Bread that came out of my oven!!! WOW!! And the best thing is, it tastes LIKE BREAD!!!
I am just so excited!! I also made some Sourdough French Bread out of the book and it was wonderful, too, but I didn't get pictures of it!! But again, IT TASTES LIKE BREAD!!

So, ya gotta experiment sometimes and see what else is out there! (If you are like me, keep a fire extinguisher handy and the phone close to dial 911!!)

I am no cook. I HATE to cook! But this was so much more enjoyable than making a mix that didn't quite taste like food. Or setting the oven on fire!

So maybe I need to take a peek at what else is out there!! I feel pretty good about my ability now!! Wooohoooo!!

SilkandTreasures has this Confederate Era Southern Recipes Cook Book (oooh, sounds rich!)

Debsvarietyshop has this wonderful Rada Gifts in a Jar Cookie and Desser Recipe Cookbook (just think of the goodies you can give people!!)

Sunflowerantics has this Gooseberry Patch Christmas Holidays Book for Ideas Crafts and Recipes (just in time, too!!!)

And for your pets . . . . Uniqueboutique has this Dog Biscuit Recipe Book with Treat Cutters! (now you can spoil Fido!!!)

So, come on over to and check it out!! Lots of great things to be found!! And, if you have time, check out our store, Korn Kountry Treasures!!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!!