Friday, January 27, 2006

a few jokes from my Grandmother

If the #2 pencil is so popular why is it still #2?

If Wal-Mart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing in the store is free yet?

When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs

Why is the word abbreviation so long?

Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do . . . write to these men? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they delivered the mail?

How much deeper would oceans be if sponges didn't live there?

In keeping with the Smithy tradition, this here is a PRAT at a National Park. :) Posted by Picasa
wow, kinda red neckish looking with the laundry huh? LOL This is our boat! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Well, here is a little info I ran into reading about the soap making process.


From the Foxfire books

6 old Soap recipes

hmm...complicated but interesting recipes

This was a pretty neat site

Interesting site with recipes
soap Posted by Picasa
I was looking through old pix and found this of Charlie, isn't it cute?- kressant Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Mysterious mug, there really is more to this pix than meets the eye. :) Posted by Picasa
Daddy and Bethy went out to dinner tonight, charming aren't they?! Posted by Picasa
Hey Darth, Beth asked me to put this on here for ya, it's a tatting needle? Posted by Picasa
This evening, Daddy and I barrowed our neighbor Mr. Williams little truck and drove over to another neighbors to buy hay. I had a lovely time chatting with Mrs. Hill and her husband who live on the road over next and who own all the sarrounding acreage. Their house was built by Mrs. Hills father in 1897! and is quite a cute little farmhouse situated amongst rambling barns full of old tractors, trucks, gizmos and gadgets and even a workshop where Mr. Hill was helping a man to build a race car! His shop was filled with every tool imaginable hanging neatly on the walls and stacked in large containers. They also have four horses and several cats. I was so excited about riding in our neighbors little old truck that I forgot to take my camera along for the trip. Oh well, maybe next time? -Kressant Posted by Picasa
and here it is.... Posted by Picasa
hey, they're getting bigger. Posted by Picasa
yesterday was spent on taping, again. Posted by Picasa

Film Festival pix

Bethy and I were looking at the San Antonio pix from the festival de 2005 and lo and behold, we found our Campana's and Mortons!!!
ha! and it's our Mortons!!! Posted by Picasa
If you look in the left bottom corner, you can see our dear Campanas!!!!! Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 23, 2006

Here is some useful info that I found searching today about essential oils that would help with respiratory problems . We Smithy's seem to be suffering from allergy related problems and I thought I'd try a few of these this evening.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Mouth, throat and tonsil infections
Eucalyptus Oil (blue gum Eucalyptus globulous)
Anti-viral anti-septic. Warms, opens and clears respiratory airways. Also assists the immune system. Diffuse for cough, bronchitis, sinusitis and throat infections.

Ginger ( Zingiber officinale)
Analgesic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antitussive, bactericidal.
congestion, sore throat and sinusitis. Can also be used topically for muscular aches and pains.

Lavender (angustifolia or officinalis)
Lavender has many uses and properties. For respiratory ailments it targets bronchitis, laryngitis, asthma and throat as well as whooping cough. It adds a sweet touch to your blend and also helps with associated headaches. Lavandin (Lavandula intermedia) has a top note of fresh camphor and may be better suited for respiratory ailments.

Headache, cough, stomach upset and sinus congestion.

Peru Balsam (Myroxylon balsamum)
Anti-inflammatory, balsamic, expectorant, antiseptic. Assists in decreasing mucus for asthma, bronchitis and coughs.

Tea Tree Oil
Anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral. Also a powerful immunostimulant. Diffuse for bronchitis, cough, whooping cough and sinusitis.
As a sufferer of sinus problems each winter season, I like to use this blend in a diffuser at the very first sign of symptoms. It not only clears the nasal passages but is also uplifting, pleasant and helps with headaches associated with sinus problems.

Anti Viral Oils I have a reader that sent me an e-mail last year after I distributed The Essential Oils for the Flu Season E-mailshe has been a Respiratory Therapist for 20 years and this is what she recommends.Lemon 10 dropsCinnamon Leaf 6-8 dropsEucalyptus 3-4 dropsRosemary 4 dropsClove 3-4 dropsTo use as a gargle mix with 1/2-cup thyme or sage herb tea As a room spray combine with 4oz of distilled waterYou can also add the Essential Oils to a Nebulizer diffuser and diffuse into your home

Vapor Balm For lung congestion a salve or a massage oil containing essential oils can be rubbed over the chest, back and throat. The oils will be absorbed through the skin and lungs as the vapor is inhaled. Place a flannel fabric on the chest after rubbing in the oil to increase warmth.
3 teaspoons peppermint oil3 teaspoons eucalyptus oil1-teaspoon thyme oil 1 cup olive oilWarm olive oil over very low heat. Cool a bit, add essential oils, and stir. (Be sure to keep your face away from the oils as you stir them in.) Allow hardening. Store at room temperature.

Recipe from my loving Aunt D!

Hi Kress,
Cut up all your apples in small pieces and put into your crock pot. You can fill it to the top b/c it will cook down and you will be suprised how many apples will go into it. Actually I have a slow cooker rather than the old crock pot. Anyway, add just a bit of apple juice or cider (about 1 cup and only if you have it) otherwise, water. Then add whatever spices you think you would enjoy, like cinamon, allspice, nutmeg and of course a touch of sugar (like about 1 1/2 cup sugar to 2 cups. You can add more sugar later if you want. Stir it once an hour or so and about 6 hours later its ready. The apples will cook down and also become mushy and you can leave it like that and can for applesauce or put it thru the food processor (or blender) and make it slightly smooth for smoother applesauce or blend it well for applebutter. For applebutter I would probably add a touch more sugar so it will jell. Put it back into a pot on the stove and bring it back to a low simmer and have your jars ready. Your mom can fill in the rest. You can get on Google and say "apple butter" or "applesauce" and a million recipes will come up and all of them are just what someone likes to do. Matter of fact, to make it be a nicer color than my recipe which the apples were greenish so it came up a real not so appetizing color, you can add red hot candy which would color it reddish. Alot of recipes call for that. Hope this helps. Love, Aunt Dianna
-kressant Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 22, 2006

hmm...we have a litle plumbing problem eh? Posted by Picasa
Pizza anyone? What fun I had today making homemade pizzas! Posted by Picasa


Hey y'all!
I bet y'all are familiar with the game "Scattergories"? Well, my sissy's and I are making our own version called "Scatterbrains" and we were hoping that y'all might have a few suggestions on cattergories to add to our list? Thanks so much!!!! LOL
ha, I found this in an e-mail from my grandmother-Kressant Posted by Picasa

Day with the Turner Ladies

Yesterday, Bethy and I drove over to spend the afternoon with our friends the Turners. We met the Turners in Puerto Rico way back before when I could really remember. When we moved back to the states, they returned to their home in McDonough, Ga, just 30 minutes down the road. When are you too old to play dress up? Well, I played yesterday after a long period of abandonment of this sport, and enjoyed it immensely. Thank you girls for the lovely day my dears!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

wedding party Posted by Picasa
Miss Diane Turner, bride to be wed to Mr. Collins Posted by Picasa
the girls Posted by Picasa
the two bridesmaids Posted by Picasa
the pianist Posted by Picasa
the wedding couple exchanging vows Posted by Picasa
Charlie and Wess drove the 5 hours to Cape Canaveral, Fl as Thomas and I slept on the back to seats. I awoke at 5:50 am in the marina and watched as Charlie attempted to remember the combination, for the gate to the ship yard. Unable due to lack of sleep, he climbed back in and we all closed our eyelids until 7 when the gate was opened. Finally after many months of absence I was re-united with our once floating home, now perched up on blocks. I climbed aboard and expecting the worst was pleasantly surprised to find the boat in pretty good condition. I guess all that buffing and waxing payed off! After preparing breakfast, we compiled a shopping list and started off for Walmart, West Marine, Banana Boat Marina, and an auto parts store. Thomas was my most amusing companion and comforted me in my missings of my sissy's and the ordeal of shopping, as which you might be able to tell is one of my favorite activities right?! LOL hehe, well. Thom and I scampered off at the banana boat Marina, peering into the muddy water from the piers. We found a construction site on the harbor with a dock that we ran out on. We were watching a flock of pelicans and discussing my favorite subject, Sharks; LOL when Charlie whistled for us. Back at the boat we unloaded and I set up house keeping persay, organizing and then cleaning. After straightening up everything inside, I scampered up top where I recruited Thom in the assistance of washing the hull and bow.
Hmmm...water hose, thom, and a 5 gall bucket of sudsy water; sounds fishy eh? Yep, I got soaked, well actually, Thom and I somehow managed to give each other a complete bath from head to toe. LOL
Oh that was so much fun!
Finally settling down to our work we shiveringly scrubbed clean and then waxed, whilst Charlie and Wes worked in the engine compartment. Before supper the Campana's arrived!!!!! I joyously jumped down and ran to meet Aunt Lisa. I gave her a grand tour around the boat which consisted of standing in one place whilst your eyes scan the one room living quarters. It took all of 30 seconds and then we chatted whilst I washed dishes. After visiting they departed leaving us one of their vans. We ate supper and then tried to take showers. The marina had hired new people who would not give us a key to the showers. So we gave that up and packed up for the night. Then Charlie drove their van whilsted Wes and I drove the truck. We had a few delays, one at the gas station, and then the van got overheated and the guy's disappeared under her hood trying to conjole her to start. (why do we always call cars, boats, and houses female?) I'm not sure what they did but it took awhile and then we were able to start again. We arrived tired and dirty at the Campana residence where to our enjoyment we surveyed uncle franks new toy truck. It is the cutest little thing and Wes took it for a spin. I joined the kids in a game of Scattergories where I failed miserably. (due to sleepiness to be sure, hehehe) Question: Car parts that start with W. "ummmmm" think Kressant think I drew blank and thus decided that it was time to head to bed eh? LOL
Window and Wheels would have been good choices. LOL


at the Morton's, we girls went on a trip to town! Poor uncle Michael B. had come home due to a bad stomach virus that was going around, and aunty stayed home to tend to him. In town, Katie and Darthy dropped the rest of us off and then headed over to Grandaddy's and Grandmama's. With Jonny as our dear little escort, we walked the square stopping by an adorable shop with the cutest little baby clothes, where we studied and admired the smocking. Smocking is on our list (my other sissy's will probably have to learn and then teach me LOL) of things to learn and it's so exciting to see what you can do with thread and a needle! Next, we stopped excitedly at an interesting little bookstore filled with new and used books. The Smith family has a bad weakness for books and we can spend a whole day flipping through various volumes filled with interesting information. We studied the culinary isle for awhile and then Miss Addie may and I meandered over to the art section. Glancing over the different titles and pictures we came across this old beautiful book with a picture of a young women from the 40's or 50s? We opened the book to find a great wealth of information about sketching. Our attention was thus held for the next 10 minutes where we eagerly studied to drawings. We could not really tell you what was so neat about the book but the women were all elegant, the baby's adorable, and the elderly men just like Grandaddy's. When we had looked the book through several times, we thought for laughs that we would check the price, $2.50! We giggled and then decided to buy it. Walking triumphantly to the front with our prize in our hands, I held out the book and a $ 5.00 bill. To be sure, the look on the mans face behind the counter was rather amusing to say the least. He just looked at me his eyebrows arching and his nose scruntching up. I stood there with my hand outstretched and he finally said, "That's $250.oo" Adeline and looked at eachother, surely he's joking we thought. After a second he repeated his statement and said "Would you like to buy it?"

wow, we later searched on the computer at home and found the book on eBay for $100!

After our book incident we met with Katie and Darth at a cute little restaurant called the "3 crazy Bakers" where to our delight we had a girls afternoon tea/chat. We all ordered a different slices of pie and shared tantalizing bites. It was delicious!!!! Next we headed off to Lowe's to get seeds for Darth's garden. She was so adorable searching through the seeds. Her excitement soon caught ahold of the rest of us and 6 girls eagerly huddled about the seed display squealing over this and that. It was so cute!

Back at home Kate and I prepared supper whilst the other girlies worked on their hand sewing. As the guy's returned from work, Sam and Edwin both were sick with the stomach bug. Poor baby's couldn't eat. Katie and I minced garlic and just poured clove after clove into the spaghetti sauce, in hopes that it might keep the rest of us from coming down ill. That night late, after cleaning up supper, a jolly joke from aunty, and a siesta with my sissy's, Charlie, Thomas, Wesley and I headed for Florida!

Friday, January 20, 2006


Hey y'all,
Yesterday whilst searching the web for information about registering our boat in the state of Alabama, I came across this. Ugh,

Thursday, January 19, 2006

This here is my thomas Andrew! I just wanted to say how much I greatly appreciate your escorting me around Florida! Always there to help me when I needed it, to wash the boat, take me here and there, explain things to me in the store. you brightened up my whole trip and I wanted to say thank you so much! I sure enjoyed spending last week with such a fine young man! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Quote of the day

"Some poeple quote movies becuase they cannnot think for themselves"

-KressyB and Beef
"pick three my lord, pick three!" :Oranges from the wonderful Campana grove!  Posted by Picasa