Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shy Kooky Meets The Pioneer Woman (Part II)

Thanks to my good friend, Dawn, she notified me that
The Pioneer Woman would be coming to town for her cookbook signing. As I mentioned in last week's post, Kooky Chicken wanted to meet her as well, but he can be a little shy.

For those of you who don’t know, Ree Drummond (a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman) is a Rancher’s Wife, Mother of 4, who home schools her kids. She has an amazing blog that chronicles her tales of life, photography, home schooling and of course her cooking. I stumbled across her blog a couple years ago. Little did I know that when I met Dawn, that she had been a faithful follower of The Pioneer Woman since the early days of her blog.

Dawn and I agreed that if The Pioneer Woman ever came to the NW, we were going to go see her. So, last Monday after I finished working at school, I headed straight to the bookstore and got in line. Soon after, Dawn met up with me. AND, since we were part of the first group that was there, we were able to score some seats. I think the crowd ended up being around
500 – 600 people. They were lined up outside the bookstore, trailing into the mall.

I feel bad for the guy in this picture. He worked at Powell's Books and I think was a little frustrated at times, struggling to corral all of the fans.

The time arrived for The Pioneer Woman to take the stage. She was gracious, down to earth, funny and very approachable.

But, when it came time for us to meet her and get our books signed, Kooky started up…He had been begging to come along and meet her, but he was SO scared. I finally figured out why…"Hello…she’s signing cookbooks…and Kooky is a Chicken." He had this terrible vision that it might be the end of the road for him. Huge dilemma, but he figured that since The Pioneer Woman was there to sign books, she wouldn’t have time to catch him, skin him, or whatever else goes into preparing a live chicken for a good meal. Poor Kooky…maybe the nightmares of him being roasted were becoming a reality; however, with much coaxing and encouragement from Dawn, he put aside his fear and got up enough nerve to meet her.

I think Kooky had a slight panic attack. You can see he looks a bit jaundice.

The Pioneer Woman is signing my book

I love this picture of Dawn with Ree. She looks so relaxed. (Kooky, take note)...ha ha...

Well, there you have it. Thank you Ree, for coming to Portland. It was great meeting you!

And everyone lived happily ever after.

Happy day!

Monday, April 26, 2010


I was reading a devotional today from one of my favorite preachers,
Joel Osteen. He was talking about how we need to bloom where we're planted in life.

Sometimes the day to day routine and hum drum can leave us feeling anxious, bored, depleted, weary or stagnant. But, I think it’s important to realize that wherever you are in life – whatever stage, God is there working in you. Take flowers for example. Just because we don’t see a flower’s blossom, doesn’t mean it's not growing. There is development happening, deep in that dirt.

When it comes to our lives, the times where we feel like we’re in the midst of a lot of ‘dirt’ (tough times/challenges) and don’t see changes; we can be certain that God is preparing us for the next stages in life. I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to enjoy the ‘now’ instead of focusing too much on the future. Needless to say, I still have goals, dreams and hopes. But, if I get so distracted looking ahead, I miss out on the simple things in life that are happening around me right NOW.

I like how Joel said it: You can't wait until everything gets better before you decide to have a good attitude. You have to be the best that you can be right where you are. When you bloom where you're planted, you're allowing God to work in you, and He will be faithful to complete what He's started in you!”

"…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus"
(Philippians 1:6, NIV)
Happy day!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Feeling Good

I have to admit, I haven't always been a morning person. But, the older I get the more I enjoy the early hours of the day. There's something so refreshing about waking up before the break of dawn...opening the back door to let the fresh breeze circulate inside, hearing the sound of birds chirping, and even the sound of traffic. 

It reminds me of the words sung by my good friend, Michael Bublé, 'It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day.' Okay, he's not my personal friend, but you get what I mean. He sings that song here. Enjoy...

How about you? What's your favorite time of the day?

The LORD's kindness never fails! If he had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed. The LORD can always be trusted to show mercy each morning. Deep in my heart I say, "The LORD is all I need; I can depend on him!" Lamentations 3:22-24

Happy day!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shy Kooky

Kooky Chicken heard that The Pioneer Woman was coming to town.

He was SO very, excited to meet her!!!

Question is - Did he get up enough nerve to actually do it?

To be continued...

Happy day!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Friday

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Roasted Chicken?

Ever since someone suggested that Kooky be roasted, he's been having really bad nightmares...


It was just a bad dream. Nobody's going to roast you.

Phew! What a relief...

Happy day!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Keep On

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (MSG)

Happy day!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Have a random kind of day...

And, don't forget to stop and take time to be thankful for something.



Happy day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Kooky Chicken would like to go outside and play, but the weather looks a tad icky...

So, he's taking it easy today and staying indoors.

Kooky, you may need to get your eyes checked; you're a little close to that catalog.

Happy day!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Eggs

I've been looking at different ways you can decorate eggs. The other day, I read a post on this very cool blog called How about orange... This gal is so creative and always has fun & interesting things on her site. She referenced a collection of egg-decorating techniques on Martha Stewart's website.

So, I made my humble attempt to try one of these techniques. I blew out some eggs and used scrapbook paper along with glue/water to create these. Well, I can tell you they didn't turn out even close to the beautiful eggs on Martha's site...I think part of the reason is that I was supposed to use origami paper. Oops...oh well...I had fun doing it anyhow.

I had some paper that had these adorable little birdies on them, so I cut them out and used them to go into one of the partially broken eggs. Rob is the blue one and I'm the orange one.


Happy day!