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Thursday, August 27, 2009


The flier is at the printers and we actually have an online copy. I will be adding a link over in the sidebar soon so it can easily be found.

I did removed the contact information on purpose for the online version. In the event you would like to help be it from afar or locally I can be reached at If you don't hear back from me in a timely manner you can also contact Tammy at
I will do my best to get back with you as soon as possible but please remember Jophie does keep us quite busy :0)

I do have a 2 lists compiled of the items already donated as well as what we still need. If I wasn't so tuckerd out I would have added that information to the bottom of the flier. Hopefully, it can be included in the next few days.

Jophie is still doing well...All smiles of course and we sure like that! :0)

The time has come for yet another steroid reduction......UGH! I so hate these but, I can honestly say the last drop saw very little of that nasty Roid Rage. We saw a bit but nothing compared to what we have seen in the past and for that we were all quite thankful....

Now let's just pray the next reduction goes as smoothly as the last. I'll be sure to let you know when I put my brave pants on and begin the drop. Lets just keep this between us though K? Jophie does tend to get all bent outta shape when we take away his drugs. :0)

Omgosh! It's almost 7 a.m which can mean only one thing......I've forgotten to take my benadryl and here I sit pretty as you please totally oblivious to the world waking up around me...

Guess this momma is heading towards the bed. I must try and catch a few Zzzzz's before Lora gets here......

At least one or two ;)

Trina and Jophie

Friday, August 21, 2009

Give me your best shot........Shoo-Fly

Ok so this is a bit of a repeat for my regular readers but, for those of you Playing Along this little guy would have to be my favorite.

I know I know....
It is somewhat weird but, in a strange and even a little bit twisted kinda way......
I like this small freakish wonder....
Watermelon eyes and all!

Course the first time he sinks those furry fangs into me he's TOAST! LOL

Make sure you click to enlarge lest you miss all the freakish little details! :0)

Now go check out all the other best shots from this week!

Trina and Jophie

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I was cutting grass Saturday. The dew was falling and the grass was getting wetter by the minute. Every few steps the lawn mower would die and then I'd groan because I knew that once again I'd have to repeat that torturous tug on the starter. My body was weary and every tug made it worse. I'd been at it for nearly 3 hours and honestly didn't think I had one tug left. I was just finishing up the lower end of my yard and the end was finally in sight when suddenly, I started getting dive bombed.

Thud! Right to the back of my head!

I ducked and moved a little faster.

Wack! Right on the top of my head this time!

By this point I'm zigging, zagging and ducking my way to the upper end of the yard forgetting about the weariness that nearly overtook me only minutes early.

This went on for the next 20 minutes and at one point the evil flying black blob dive bombers followed me to the upper end at which point I panicked just a bit. Well ALOT. You see I was attacked by a hornet when I was younger. That evil bugger got in my shirt and showed me no mercy nor I to him! Several stings and bites later I managed to kill that sucker. I was sick for weeks. Yes weeks! So you my fear is not unfounded.

I did manage to finish the yard free of any bites or stings from the dive-bombing mystery bug. I was however covered in mosquito and fly bites. At least they have the nerve to sit boldly while they feed on you. Regardless, I still had no clue what those flying black blobs were. I was however sure of one thing. I had ticked them off royally and in no uncertain terms they were warning me to go away! I gladly granted their request.

The next day I went out camera in hand ready to shoot the first thing that caught my eye.

I thought these would do just fine....

Pretty aren't they? They're weeds. Yep weeds. Funny how if we look a bit closer that ugly duckling turns right into a swan.

I was talking to them you know? The weeds and the flowers. I didn't realize it till my neighbor yells over and asks what in the world I was doing and WHO was I talking to? Yep I suppose I've lost it talking to weeds and all but hey, it's still a pretty weed wouldn't you say?

Now these are not weeds but rather my flowers we planted this summer...

Check out these Orange beauties...

How bout yellow?....

By this point I'm pretty drenched. It was late evening and the humidity was so high you literally could see moisture lying on your skin and on the flower petals as evidenced in the yellow flower. If you can't see the droplets just click on the picture and you should be able to see it in the larger version.

Pretty cool huh?

I'm just ready to go back inside when what do you think happens?

Wack! Thud! Oh no you didn't!? My mystery evil black blob flying critters were back and with a vengence! It seems that once again I had angered the flying black blobby gods.

I ran into the house and grabbed myself a weapon. Well a fly swat....I needed something to wack these critters away from me. When I got back outside I notice several have landed on my vans top. I sneak up to the van and finally I know what these mysterious flying critters were.

Horse flies! And let me tell you these suckers were BIG! They were all hanging onto the luggage rack and I swear I saw the van lift clean off the ground! LOL

I wasn't very successful other than to spook the whole lot of them away. The next morning I go out to look again cause well now I'm facinated with this colony of horse flies. What do you suppose I find? One lonely horsefly just sitting as pretty as you please on my deck. He was almost daring me to come near. I went and grabbed my camera because this little guy was poised to fight. He wasn't going to budge no matter how much bigger I was. I seriously was almost touching the thing with my lens!

This was only a baby compared to the others!

How freaky is that???! He has watermelon eyes! Ewwww! And, you have to enlarge that picture so you can see his "fang-like" teeth! That my friends is what they bite you with. No wonder it hurts like the dickens!

After many different poses he decides to fly fly away. I can honestly say there was no love loss at all.

I was just turning to go back in the house and what do I see next?

This little guy......And ya know what? He wasn't afraid either. I swear he was posing too! A little to the right. Ah yes left is my better side. Look how hairy that thing is??

Or maybe a full out front view? How bout some action in those wings? What? You think your tryin' out for the part of the Mothman?

OK so I've had enough of all things flying, stinging and pollenating so I retreat back to our castle and head straight for the kitchen. A girls gotta eat ya know! ;0) Besides, it relaxes me so much to cook.

Not long after I deposited this on the counter all gooey and ready for me to devour!
Mmmmmm! Blueberry Cobbler!

And yes it's completely sugar free and figure friendly. One more to add to our many recipes. :0)
For a little bit of Jophie news. He is well and seems to have weathered the Roid Rage storms. Dare I mention another reduction? Nahhh...We won't say the words out loud lest Jophie gets wind of it. Only in our heads will we know the truth. :0) I will however, be sure to let you in on the secret when I decide to do another reduction. :0)

The fundraiser is coming right along. We now have a venue! Yay! It's set it stone which means I can now give our flyer to the Hog man so he can have them printed.(The printing was donated by the way)

I will be posting the flyer on Jophies sight very soon along with a list of what we have and what we still need. We have many of the big items out of the way but still have quite a few things that need taken care of and/or arranged/picked up/workers ect....

We received another themed basket this week from my missionary friend Laura in Japan. Thanks Laura! We love all the goodies and think it's perfect for the raffle/auction!

Again, anyone who would like to help in any way just toss me an email and those who are local you can call or toss me an email as well. More details to come very soon.

And with that my friends this momma needs to grab some Zzzz's....

Trina and Jophie

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Bullet Kinda Night.........

  1. Jophie has been trying out all colors of the rainbow for the past few days starting with a bit green under the gills leading up to a lovely shade of Dusky blue then altering shades of white and red. He's also been testing his monitor alarms evidentally to make sure it will in fact record heart rates well into the 100's and Sats low enough to keep the best Limbo player on their toes. Ahhh fun Times!
  2. Beat my grass into submission it also beat me to a pulp. Hope I can move tomorrow
  3. Swam with the girlies Friday(Only 3rd time this summer cause its been so rainy/cold...It's gonna be a looooooooong winter)
  4. Finally managed to get Pictures of girlies in graduation Gowns/Caps and for the first time ever I screwed up the pictures royally. I barely salvaged one. UGH
  5. Girlies all start School Monday
  6. Crazy people grabbed man walking on road/dragged him to cemetary up the road/doused him with "something" then set him on fire. Had to be lifeflighted. 2nd/3rd degree burns. Lovely neighborhood we live in(So I thought)
  7. Crazy looney bird neighbor was finally evicted for good(At least I don't have to worry bout that mess now)
  8. Without going into detail....I've Spent the last couple weeks running my tail off and sitting/sitting/sitting in this office or that office signing this paper and that paper which in the long run was worth it but sure didn't help me worry any less. (Nothin' like flyin' by the seat of your pants)
  9. Finally got paid(I think I can breath now.....For at least a couple more weeks)
  10. Snagged some tasty summer harvest and have been eating my fill
  11. Need to get things moving along on the Fundraiser(Someone please kick me in the tail K?)
  12. Summer is leaving and I feel I've missed seeing a long lost friend. Gonna enjoy what bits of sunshine I can snag before it truly is winter
  13. Cleaned/Treated Pool(It's a lovely Aqua Hue)
  14. Thank you Charles ;)
  15. Watchin' my favorite thing Football!(TONS of pre-season games)
  16. Neighbor knocked on door late tonight which of course scared me(Was Seeking dirt on the earlier fire accident or rather asking if Katy our resident watch dog had any dirt)
  17. Neighbor then calls at 11:30 p.m. tonight which scared me again(She was just offering up the tid bits of dirt that she and hubby went and gathered up on earlier fire accident)
  18. New nurse then calls at 12:30 a.m. scaring me yet again(My phone never rings folks but Saturday and tonight it's been like Grand Central Station round here)
  19. New nurse was sick and says can't work and also "Quits"(Devasted is an understatement)
  20. Me thinks God wants me to remain a hermit
  21. Me thinks I'm never dreaming of possibly doing something enjoyable ever again
  22. "Crying Uncle"
  23. I think I need one of my friends tonight. Ativan or Benadryl? What say you?

Good night my friends.......

Trina and Jophie

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Remembering the Sunshine..........

Because this summer I'm pretty certain it's left Ohio to spend its vacation on some remote island FULL OF SUNSHINE no doubt......

I do vaguely remember it's existance....

And just to celebrate what used to be and to give me some healthy reminders of what is hopefully to come let's plaster this Amazon Jungle Rainforest with some Sunshine!!


And here......

OK so it wasn't so sunny on this day but what a great time he had looking at the world without those shades....

Had to work slowly to get those shades off....

Ta Da! No Shades and I'm still cool!

Now thats what I call some sunshine!

Seeee even Jophie is excited......

Who wouldn't after drinking up a yummy cupfull of this?

Now how's that for bringing some sunshine to our Amazon Jungle??!
I'm not sure what's brighter the actual sunshine or Jophies smiles! :0)

For now I'm gonna bask in the glow coming off this page from Jophies smile and thank God just one more time that he's been able to actually "go out" and enjoy the sunshine rather than just see glimpses of it peeking through his bed railings.

Walking in his SONshine and praying for some SUNshine.....
Trina and Jophie

Friday, August 7, 2009

"SPRINKLED" with Love...............

And it's days like this that keep me going .....

Mix in a whole lotta sunshine......

Then add.....

  1. One little boy

  2. One bath chair

  3. One pair of shark swim trunks

  4. One pair of cool shades

  5. Two feet with very hot piggies

  6. One big smile

Stir Gently.......

Next add ONE magic ball....

Wave your hand.....Say the magic words then sling one cup of magic "sprinkle" dust through the air!......

If mixed correctly you will see lots of this......

And This...

A whole lotta this......

Plenty of taste testing to see if we got it "just right".....

Set Timer for hot sunshine degrees and bake for 1 hour at which time you'll start seeing one little boy getting very very sleepy..




Funny how this......

Can create so much of this.....

Especially when this AND this said otherwise.....

It was a very dark and scary time.....

Yet here we are over a year later and Jophie is doing the very thing he loves best..

Playing in water!

YIELDS: One funfilled hour with said small boy fully enjoying some sprinkler fun!

Thank you Little Tykes(On sale for $11.00 by the way)

NOTE: This is not a paid advertisement

Trina and Jophie

Monday, August 3, 2009

VBS Saturday on the Ridge.........

  1. It was fun

  2. It was relaxing

  3. It was calm

  4. The weather was perfect

  5. The kids were unbelievably GOOD

  6. The bible lessons were enjoyed by the kiddos

  7. The crafts were adorable

  8. The music was entertaining, relaxing and quite clever

  9. The food was yummo all 3 meals ;)

  10. There were Sno-C0nes

  11. There was chocolate and more chocolate

  12. The games were fun

  13. It was very organized

  14. The kids had the best time ever as did the adults!

A few pictures from the one day event.......

Craft Time Round One....

Laynie is as messy as Megan when she was that age! LOL

One things for certain....Her craft was gonna be BLUE! LOL

Even the Teens were enjoying themselves...

Music Time....This was so relaxing/sweet and the little ones just loved it

Crafts Round 2....This was the most adorable craft ever. It really brought out the creativity in them all...

Megan making sure Jophie and J(Another little fella like Jophie) had crafts as well.

Music Time Again...We moved to the back of the fellowship hall making room for everyone

The Teen Bell Choir.....

The Tiny Little Bell Choir....Aren't they so cute? :0)

Relay Fun......

Run Lexie!

Run Run as fast as you can!

Sorry no pictures of the food/chocolate/Sno-cones cause well I was eating all that! LOL

And....No pictures of the bible lessons or games cause once again I was either eating or helping with crafts....Sounds like I was eating alot doesn't it? LOL

It was a nice, relaxing, fun day. Thanks for asking me to help Tammy...I really enjoyed it.

Now I'm off to fix Jophies meds and set up his water infusion for the night...

Trina and Jophie

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