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Friday, December 30, 2022

A special surprise in the mail! Cooking for New Year's Eve

About 6 months ago I joined a crafting page on Facebook. Not because I'm crafty, I am NOT. I just wanted to see what other people make and maybe sell. I saw a beautiful hand painted flag that a woman and her 5 year old nephew made. I asked if they sold them and she said no they didn't. 

A little later she messages me and tell me she and Austin had a talk and decided to gift me with a new flag they were going to make. 

 Wednesday I got a message from her telling me to check my mail. It didn't come until later in the day but this was the sweetest surprise ever! I can't stop looking at it! I am just amazed that a woman and a little boy from Kentucky would do this for me. πŸ’–πŸ’– She is very proud American and proud of our Marine and Sailor too. Thank you, Thank you  Austin and Jen! We will find a special place for this masterpiece! πŸ’—πŸ’—  I know this took hours and hours to do. She told me she and Austin had so much fun making it! πŸ’™ 

This beautiful hand made flag! Painted on two sides of two
pieces of burlap. Just gorgeous! πŸ’™

The two artists, Jen and Austin πŸ’™

I even got this sweet card from Austin πŸ’™
I think I've got myself another pen pal! 
Got a nice card from Jen too! So blessed
to have these friends I've never met πŸ’—

Later we went to  John and Karen's for Happy Hour. We spent the evening on the back porch under their propane heaters. Nice and toasty. 

Yesterday morning we were surprised with a light dusting of snow, by 1400 it was all gone! If the weather guessers are right it looks like New Years Eve will be a wet one, if not a white one. 

Last night we had a nice fire outside along with a happy hour or two with adult beverages. 

Gin, seltzer and lime YUM. Thank you Eric and Christina
for the Gin from Georgetown Distillery! 

Nice and toasty fire kept us warm 😊🍺🍸

Today was all about cooking. We're going to John and Karen's for New Years Eve. Tradition you know.  I made 7 layer dip, sausage cheese balls, 2 ingredient fudge and mexican wedding cookies along with our good for us banana bread. Glad to be done! Ken's making great northern beans /black eye peas with the ham hock left from Christmas. He'll cook that in the dutch oven tomorrow. 

Ken gifted himself with an Emeril 360 Air Fryer, Convection,Toaster Oven with french doors and rotisserie. He's getting to be quite the chef with his pit boss, griddle and now this new toy. Spare Ribs were excellent! 

Jacob's on the plane headed back to Italy today. Seth and Holly will be heading back to Oceanside this afternoon. It was awesome seeing them for the short time we were able! πŸ’—

Have a great evening! Tomorrow we celebrate! LOL! 


  1. The flag is amazing. God bless you Jennifer and Austin!

  2. How cool is that?!? Way to go Jennifer and Austin!

  3. Love that flag! Austin is a cutie and that's an awesome gift.

  4. Way to go Austin. Jennifer is raising that boy right!! I can't think of a nicer gesture!!! I may just have to come over the hill and get some bbq tips from the Master Chef!! In the summer that is!!!

    1. She isn't exactly raising him, but is certainly a good influence on him! So sweet. You are welcome any time!

  5. An amazing gift, and very talented artists.
    Happy New Year!


  6. Thank you Deb, I so agree! Happy New Year to you and Riley!!

  7. Happy and blessed New YearπŸ’₯πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
    What a wonderful gift from your new crafty friends!
    Such a lovely act of generosity !
    The outdoor kitchen is sure decked out with all the
    cooking gadgets.... lots of food will be coming forth. Yum!
    Linda a.

  8. Thank you! Same to you! It certainly is..they are amazing! We do have a lot of cooking stuff out there, but it's so cold right now and Ken had to turn off the water so pipes don't freeze, but there will be goodies down the road! Thank you for reading and commenting! :)