Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Summer Childhood Fave

Hello all! Popping in with a favorite from my childhood. How do you beat the HEAT? Well, make Kool-Aid cubes. Pour kool-aid into an ice tray, let freeze and VOILA' you have a yummy cool treat. Enjoy! Back later.

Friday, July 22, 2011

W, X , Y and Z are for...

On this Friday, I am going to finish up my A-Z posts and then take a blog break. Two weeks left and I still have many things to accomplish before I go back. Let's get going--- W is for...Water~~ Stay hydrated! X is for...eXtra~~ Be extra careful in the heat. Y is for...You~~ Just a reminder for YOU! Z is for..Zippy~~ This is how we will feel when the HEAT WAVE passes. Thanks to everyone for reading these last 26 silly posts. Especially the anniversary post! Such kind words from EVERYONE! This has been fun! When I return, Dreaming will go back to regular scheduled programming. Be back soon! ~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, July 21, 2011

V is for...

V is for...Veggies
From the garden that is.
We have enjoyed :
Onions-Red and White
Leaf Lettuce
Cherry Tomatoes
Jalapeno and Serrano
Corn on the Cob
Potatoes-Yukon gold
and Red
Our neighbor girl has
her own veggie stand and
we buy cucumbers and
tomatoes from her at rock
bottom prices! We also
bought a giant Zucchini
from her.
Our garden is pretty much
finished for now--Ken still
has peppers and the tomatoes
will keep coming. Salsa any-
one? This year's garden was
much more productive than
last year's and Farmer Ken is
a happy boy!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

U is for...

U is for...Unanimous
It's UNANIMOUS we are tired of
the HEAT! I am so ready for Fall!
We are going to have more of this
"delightful" weather into next week.
Please remember to: drink plenty
of water
Stay inside
Keep your pets indoors too
Check on the elderly.
They said on the news tonight-that
the best way to cool down when you
are over heated is to mist yourself.
Keep cool and stay inside if you can.
~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

T is for...

T is for...Tigger
T I double GGER.
Can't wait the see the new
movie with Tigger in it.
Winnie the Pooh!!!
Yes, I am a child at heart.
~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, July 18, 2011

S is for...

S is for Summer
~Keep in Dreaming~

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Two Years Old!!!!!!

Two years ago today, I
wrote my very first post
here at Country Dreaming!
Thanks to ALL my blog friends
and others who read Country
On to another year of fun!!!!
Happy Anniversary Country

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Q and R are for...

Q and R are for... Quiet and Rest. It is tooo hot for anything else. Enjoy! ~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, July 15, 2011

O and P are for...

O is for... Outside-- Shots from the yard, porch and the deck.
P is for...Porch Swing
My favorite place to sit
~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, July 14, 2011

N is for...

N is for...Name What does your name mean? My name Melinda comes from Latin/Greek meaning Mild Gentle; sweet like honey. The typical pronunciation of Melinda is /me'linda/ In Romania the emphasis is on the first syllable and in Hungarian the empahsis is on the second syllable. In Hungary--Dec 2nd is Melinda Day--who knew?? In 2009, Melinda was the 319th most popular name and was in the top 1% for that year. Famous Melindas: Melinda Gates--Bill gates wife Film and TV Melinda Gordon--Jennifer Love Hewitt character in Ghost Whisperer In music "Melinda" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers again who knew? I have always like my name probably because not many people were named this. I did go to school with another Melinda(Mindy) and a Belinda But other than those two I don't know any other Melindas. When I was very little and just learning how to say my name I shortened it to "Endy" because Melinda is a mouthful for a little one. I have one friend who calls me Mel at times. My parents did good with my name! Do you like your name? ***Blogger is on the loose again!!! ~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

M is for...

M is for... Missouri
Missouri is the 24th state
The state bird is the Bluebird
The state flower is the Hawthorn
The state capitol is Jefferson City
As my profile says: " I am Missouri
born and bred." I grew up in
Independence and continued to
live and work there until I met
Ken. When we got engaged, I
moved over the state line to
Kansas. Oh no. :)
Missouri is located in the Midwest
and some people are still of the
belief that we get around by
horse and wagon. Oh contraire!
The Royals and Chiefs make
Kansas City home and the
Mavericks make Independence
home. (Baseball, Football and
You can find The Country Club
Plaza, The Power and Light
District and Crown Center
in Kansas City, Missouri.
These are wonderful places
shop and dine.
Independence is home to
Harry S Truman, you can find
his home and Library there also,
as well as the Historic Independence
Square. Another place to shop and dine.
On the other side of the state is St.
Louis and the famous Arch.
Check it out.
Some famous Missourians:
Thomas Hart Benton
Calamity Jane
Jesse James
Jean Harlow
Vincent Price
Others who called Missouri home:
Walt Disney
Samuel Clemmens
I have met (through blogging) many
nice people from Missouri and I
am proud to call them my friends!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

L is for ...

L is for...LETTUCE
Wilted that is. We have been
enjoying the lettuce from our
garden. Salads Yum-O.
A couple of years ago
Ken wanted Wilted Lettuce
like he had as a child. Off
to the internet I went. Lucky
for me a Mary Jones posted
just THE recipe.
I will share it with you. Bear
with me if Blogger posts it weird.
**Wilted Lettuce Salad**
~5 slices of bacon
~2 T red wine vinegar
~1 T lemon juice
~1 tsp white sugar
~1/2 tsp ground black pepper
~1 head leaf lettuce-rinsed,
dried and torn into bite size
~6 green onions with tops,
thinly sliced.
1. Cook bacon in a skillet. Cook over
med-high heat until evenly brown.
Remove from skillet, crumble and
set aside.
2. To the bacon drippings, add the
vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and
pepper. Stir over med heat until
3. In a large bowl, combine lettuce
and grren onions. Add the warm
dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle
with bacon and serve.

Monday, July 11, 2011

K is for...

K is for...Ken
(Mr.) Ken is a wonderful
husband, a cool son, a great
friend and a super brother.
But most of all he is THE
best person on the Earth.
Love ya! Ken.
Thanks for being YOU.
~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, July 10, 2011

J is for...

J is for... "Jangly." Jangly bracelets that is . I love to layer bracelets and listen to them make noise. I also love the bracelts made with the wire that you can wrap around your wrist. One dayI am going to make some of these Do you like bracelets? *********************** Scroll down for "I." ~Keep on Dreaming~

I is for...

I is for Ice!
We needed a lot of this
today. For us here is the
Midwest it was HOT! 98
degrees but felt like 113.
Some of you are saying
"HOT? That's cool
compared to where
I live." It's HOT to me.
Ice in water, ice in tea,
ice in any cold beverage.
I'll take tea!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, July 8, 2011

H is for ...

H is for...HAPPINESS

Thursday, July 7, 2011

G is for...

G is for...Games We love games! The game basket lives in the dining room so we have easy access to the "portable games." These are the games we take with us to festivals, parks etc. We have some large board games in the living room but the majority of the games live in the chest of drawers down in the family room. (Both of the Clue games came from garage sales. The top one is an anniversary version, it came in a metal tin.) Summer is the perfect time to gather the family for game night! Have fun. ~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

F is for...

F is for... FRIENDS Sonja-a business contact turned SUPER FRIEND. Missy-friends since Kindergarten.
Laura and I at her wedding--we've
been friends since elementary school.
My two friends in pink:
Top---Nancy (Acorn Cottage)
She is married to a friend
of Ken's and we have become
close friends over the years.
Bottom---Ann (friend and
coworker) for 8 years now. ******************************
Valerie--Our first meeting was
lunch and a delightful time we
had. The second time we got
together was at her house.
The husbands got to meet this
time and we got to meet kids.
A great time too.
This is my friend MaryAnn.
You may remember that she
and I met unexpectedly at
a minor league game here
in town.
As always it is great to meet
blog friends.
Friends are a must, whether you
have known them all your life
or you have just met. Some-
times we don't see each other
for awhile but we know that
any time we need each other
Find time to spend with a friend!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

D and E are for...

"Dudes"--Mr Ken and Dan.
"Dudettes"--Nancy (Acorn Cottage)
her daughter Nadia and myself.
E is for...ENJOYMENT!
What do you enjoy?
I enjoy:
Summer break
A COLD glass of Ice
Peace and Quiet
But most of all:
I enjoy spending time
my wonderful husband
Mr. Ken!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Boom, Boom, Boom

Ken and I want wish everyone a
Happy 4th! Enjoy your day.
We will go to our parade in the am.
In the afternoon will go over to Nancy's
(Acorn Cottage) for a BBQ then in
the evening we will head out for
~Keep on Dreaming~

C is for...

C is for...CANDY My name is Melinda and I am a "candyaholic"-Yes, I admit it. I love, love, love candy! All kinds. Milky Way, Snickers, Hersheys, Skittles, Spice drops, Starburst, Mike and Ike--I could go on and on but you get the idea. Right? I try to be a good girl with this "issue" I have BUT there are days I NEED CANDY just like Cookie Monster needs COOKIES!
How about YOU?

~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, July 2, 2011

B is for...

B is for...cont. The gift is ready to go.
The birthday girl and her Mom.
This was our gift.
The birthday girl in a bag!
Cake for ME! Yum!
Happy birthday to ME!!!!
More cake!
I think the birthday girl enjoyed
herself. WooHoo.
~Keep on Dreaming~

B is for...

B is for...BIRTHDAY!
Today we will be celebrating
this beautiful baby girl's
1st birthday! This is Emily
at approx. 4 months old.
Today she is bigger and
has a whole lot more hair.
More than Grandpa and Uncle
K! :)
This little lady is our Grand-
niece and we just love her
to pieces. Auntie Mel and
Uncle K have been invited
to the party festivities,
I'll be back with more later
from the party.
~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, July 1, 2011

A is for...

Today I am joining Katharine at "Just A Thought" for Summer thoughts A-Z. Each day we will have an alphabet post. Join in the Fun! *** A is for...Americana *** Reds Whites Blues
Show your patriotic pride
this 4th of July!
To my Canadian friends:
Happy Canada Day!!!!

~Keep on Dreaming~

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