Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
What Kind of Wife Are You?
You are a(n) Stepford Wife. If you look up perfection in the dictionary you are bound to see a picture of yourself there! You are absolutely flawless and make all the other wives look like trash. You are a super woman and get everything done without even a hair getting out of place. You are always in control and keeping appearances are the most important thing. You cook and clean and lavish your man with so much attention that the other husbands are jealous.
|Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com|
Five for Five
Five things in my purse
1. Bills to pay
4. Check book
Five things in my work room - den/computer room.
1. Laptop and printer
4. File cabinet
5. Office chair
Five things I've always wanted to do
1. Spend the cold months in a warmer climate
2. Have time to walk/exercise daily
3. Quit work
4. Go back to college - I love learning - not that it's easy for me, but.
5. Win the lottery for big bucks (took this one straight from Tammy).
Five things I'm currently into
4. Learning about Facebook (or is that Myface?)
5. Purging the cedar closet for Purple Heart
Five people I'm tagging
I liked Tammy's answer here too. You! If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged! Kind of removes the pressure from me and you.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Baker’s One Bowl
Chocolate Bliss Cookies
2 pkg (8 square each) Baker’s Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, divided
¾ c firmly packed brown sugar
¼ c (1/2 stick) butter, slightly softened
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup flour (see note below about adding more if no nuts)
¼ tsp baking powder
2 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 F. Coarsely chop 8 of the chocolate squares, set aside. Microwave remaining 8 chocolate squares in large microwaveable bowl on high 2 min, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla; stir until well blended. Add flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in chopped chocolate and walnuts. (Note: if omitting nuts, increase flour to ¾ cups to prevent excessive spreading of cookies as they bake.)
Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 12 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and shiny. Cool 1 minute; remove from baking sheets to wire racks. Cool completely. Makes about 2 ½ dozen cookies.
For Larger Cookies: Drop dough by scant ¼ cupfuls, 3 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until cookies are puffed and shiny. Makes 18 large cookies.
While making the cookies I was questioning the amount of flour, that’s when I glanced at the back of the Baker’s Chocolate box and saw the same recipe. Only on the box they had the part about adding an additional ¼ cup flour if leaving out the nuts – which I did. When I added the flour to the wet ingredients is when I noticed that these cookies are a lot like my brownie recipe. I got 25 cookies from this recipe. So, if you love brownies make these cookies they will put you over the top. I could only eat one, but MM had three!
You are The Moon
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.
The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Don't you love it when you have a good cleaning day. Purple Heart, a charity that picks up, is coming on Saturday and I'm in the mood. What's the saying "when in doubt, throw it out." Hubby's trying to nail his stuff down lol. Thank God for good cleaning days.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
1. Have you ever been on TV? - No not that I know of.
2. Have you ever sung in public? - Does singing in church count? No solos though.
3. Have you ever dyed your hair blonde? - very long story, but yes
4. Have you ever eaten frogs' legs? - no
5. Have you ever received a present you really hated? not that I can remember.
6. Have you ever walked into a lamp post? - Probably lol
7. Have you ever cooked a meal by yourself for more than 15 people? - Does the shower for 25 two weeks ago count? Yes.
8. Have you ever fallen or stumbled in front of others? -Who hasn't? That would be 'yes'
9. Have you ever done volunteer work? - When the kids were little I did it all, church, school, girl scouts, boy scouts, yes I did it all.
So now you know a lot more about me than you did before. Instead of tagging others, I'm just going to put it out there and say grab it if you want. It's fun, easy and I'd love to learn more about you.
Monday, January 26, 2009
These pink ones have a rhinestone in the middle of a pearl button.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I'm really thankful for my sewing talents. Don't know if it's really a talent, but what comes really easy to me is often quite difficult for others. I also enjoy the creativity of sewing - you know you enjoy something if the time just flys by when you are doing it lol
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I don't know why I'm always amazed, but when I'm in a hurry and ask for a close parking spot, it never fails that there is one right up front. "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22. This doesn't just work for parking spots for me, but that is the most recent thing that has reminded me how blessed I am. Does this happen to you a lot?
A friend was also talking about her tennis bracelet that is starting to weaken. I've got to tell her about these titanium bracelets. These are made of the same compound as airplanes. Let's face it, titanium has to be strong to make airplanes of it. Be sure to check these out, they aren't even expensive when you think about the cost of jewelry. I really like the color of the tungsten and titanium too, more platinum, silver, pewter like. Add lots of shine and you have a beautiful strong product. Do you think I should ask for a new ring for my 40th anniversary in 2 1/2 years? I really do like my plain gold band, but if I were to get a new one I'd definitely look at these.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
We have a new baby coming in March and I really want to be around for that. March is going to be hard time of year to be here for her 1st birthday party next year. It's important to establish a theme and get supplies and decorations to compliment that theme. For a first birthday it would be fun to do some sort of Disney theme or Princess theme for a little girl. I know we missed Peanut's 1st birthday last year and I was really bummed. For Peanut's birthday they had lots of family (just not me and Papa) and friends. Our son did take lots of photos though so at least I felt a part of it. My SIL built a real cute playhouse on part of the deck and she had lots of climb on toys. They did the traditional cake just for Peanut to delve into and of course she's been taught better than that and didn't want to at first. But they somehow got her to put her hands in it and then eat the frosting. I always love that part of the first birthday party, besides the hats and horns. The older parties are a lot of fun too when they really know what's going on and want everything. My niece just had a winter birthday party for her daughter and they had a sledding party. The weather cooperated and the kids had a ball. Who would think something so simple would be so much fun. Of course, there was lots of hot chocolate for all when they came in.
I love that I still have my Mother around to visit often and play Scrabble with. She's 86 and I try to go visit her after work a few times a week. She still has it all together and is hard to beat at Scrabble. Oh yeah, she loves to win!
This tag is supposed to be 8 random things about me. This should be simple, but I don't like to talk about myself.
1. I'm currently reading a book by Suzanne Somers - Breakthrough
2. My hubby is 4.5 years older than I am. Is he a cradle robber? lol
3. I have two children and wish I'd had 6.
4. I've been married to my husband for the last 37.5 years. We had our first baby one year and one day after our wedding.
5. My hubby and I love to camp and travel.
6. I have to be busy at all times - sewing, knitting, reading or even playing a hand held game.
7. I love to work in the flower garden in the early morning hours.
8. Blogging is fun for me, but I do find it time consuming.
Now here are the RULES for this tag:
1. Each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged and to read your blog.
5. For the recipients, leave a comment for the person who tagged you, so they can go and read your answers.
Now it's time for me to tag some of my blog friends. I'm going to put this one up for grabs. If you want to play along please feel free.
This first picture shows one of the patterns I used.
Then you trace the pattern on the fusible webbing
Next you iron the wrong side of the fusible webbing to the wrong side of the selected fabric.
There are a lot of fusible webbings out there, but this is the one I used.
After it is fused to the fabric you cut out the pattern on the exact cutting line and remove the paper.
I usually set up all the pieces on the main fabric before fusing it on.
Once I've finished fusing all the pieces onto the squares I use a zig zag stitch around all the pieces to make them stronger for the many washings these little quilts will receive in their lifetimes.
For this quilt I used a two inch border between the pieces so I cut the strips 3 inches using 1/2 inch seams.
Once I have the strips done I connect them to complete the top.
For these baby quilts I then cut a back to fit and stitch around three sides leaving the bottom open.
I then turn it inside right and give it a good pressing so the edges are sharp.
Then I turn it back inside out and lay the batting on it. I cut the batting to fit and do a whip stitch to hold it all together for now.
Then I turn it back inside right and do a lot of pinning. On this particular quilt I stitch around each of the white squares and close up the bottom. Below is the finished quilt.
I've done over 2 dozen of these quilts over the years. The one for little Peanut was a different design, but all the other are this design in different fabrics.
With my little Peanut now into the running stage I want to put a play gym in the yard and it sure would be nice to have a beautiful soft lawn under it. She was just walking last year and it wasn’t always easy for her, but I’m looking forward to us spending a lot of time out there this year just playing and rolling around on the beautiful green lawn. Okay, I really need to look into some artificial turf. Just the thought of the time and money spent on regular upkeep would have to offset the initial cost of installing a beautiful, no maintenance lawn.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
You Are a Boxer
You are playful and energetic. You bring joy to everyone who crosses your path.
You are hyper to the point of being a comedian. Everyone is wondering what you will do next.
You energy can get the better of you if you're not careful. You can have a destructive streak when you're bored.
You're very strong willed and powerful. You get you way without even trying to.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I am so thankful that there are treatment centers out there that can do the job that we as families have a difficult time with. It is so hard to practice 'tough love'. You can't allow them to continue whatever it is that is slowly destroying them. And to look the other way is to enable that behavior. I wonder how long a full recovery would take? Or is there such a thing as a 'full recovery'? I know I still have to say 'no' to cigarettes occassionally. The pull is a lot less that the first few months, but these 30 years later, once in a while it smells good.
I once read that when a person is removed from their surroundings that it can be very helpful, but my experience is that persons with an abusive tendency seem to find another with the same problem no matter where they live. So the desire to be and stay clean will follow them for their whole life, and they just have to resolve everyday to stay clean and sober. I'm just really thankful that there are treatment centers available that have qualified persons to help loved ones through the difficult times.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I found this meme over at Canned Laughter who found it at Schmutzie and I think it's a marvelous idea. So maybe this will get me back on the track of being appreciative of all the blessings in my life. Not that I'm not appreciative, but to become more consciencely aware and share my many blessings. For my first one (okay, I'm a little late, but I'll carry it into January 2010)
My car that started on the first try today in this frigid weather.
On a better note, my car started without a sputter. A friend at work had to take her husbands car because her's has a diesel engine and it was too gelled up. Guess you have to plug them in or something to keep the diesel from gelling. Okay, between you and me I've typed 'jelled' and 'gelled' and neither one looks right. I hate when that happens. I think it's this stupid sinus infection that still has me wonky. I had to call in for another antibotic because 10 days on this one hasn't really knocked it out of me. How's anyone supposed to get better in this weather.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The way it hangs on the wall gives you an illusion of open space. We ended up with something real similar only there’s a full drawer that pulls out from the bottom with perfect storage for more paper goods. We also ended up saving our counter top from the original bathroom. It has different shades of brown pebbles suspended in Lucite. Everyone that sees it makes a comment about it because it’s so different. We were thinking about a double vanity but that would have involved a lot of plumbing and who needs that?
I think what I like the most about our remodel job was the 10 jet Jacuzzi tub. We tried like the dickens to try to fit in a bigger tub, but the original floor plan was the best. I’ve discovered that most builders have already established the best floor plans when building homes. The other big change for me was the new ceramic tile floor (I hated that nasty carpet).
When my little Peanut comes over she loves to get into the tub. There’s no water in it, she just loves to walk back and forth and play with the buttons of the Jacuzzi. Fortunately, when we installed it MM was smart enough to put a main switch for the electricity in the closet nearby. We just leave it turned off until we’re ready to use it. Okay, once in a while I get in and discover that I forgot to throw the switch in the closet. I sit there for a while screaming and hollering, then I give it up and step out and turn it on. I hate when I do that.
You Remember 50% of 2008
Okay, you were somewhat paying attention during 2008.
But you're not going to impress anyone with your knowledge of what went down.
You know the basics about what went down, but little else...
Let's just say you won't be writing the history book for 2008.
Come on somebody - be worse than me. This is embarrassing.
Last summer when we were hiking around Mendenhall Glacier – way back in the woods and up the mountain – I would have loved to have a portable liter to be carried back on. Joking aside, that wouldn’t be a bad thing to carry with you. These words coming from the couple that kept forgetting the basics like water and bear repel. We had to laugh because every time we were way out in nature enjoying all the beauty we’d discover that once again we forgot the basics. We didn’t laugh too hard when we had to stop for the bear to cross the path when we were biking around Diamond Lake in OR. Talk about scary. We were in several outdoor situations that more would have been better – oh yeah – we would have had to carry all the stuff. I think it was a combination of thought processes that went through my head, from ‘I can’t wait to get outside’ to ‘I don’t want to carry anything extra’ that left us unprepared so many times. More often than not, when we were prepared it was my Maintenance Man that would carry the backpack with the essentials. Boy, I miss those wonderful days. It’s all taking me back to the perfect vacation – not a bad place to be on this snowy, blustery cold day.
The one thing I’m happy about is the local ski mountain is really busy. Not that I ski, but it’s good to see something that’s promising for our local economy. More skiers mean more people at the local restaurants and that’s a good thing too.
The snow is a BEAUTIFUL blanket of white everywhere. MM took some great pictures of a red cardinal in our cedar pine out back, too bad I can’t find the cable to download them right now. Oh well, this is the northern country and this is January so I’m sure it’s not going to end soon. I’ll have to be happy reading about my friends that are traveling south.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
And with Spring just around the corner I know Maintenance Man will be looking at Car loans. Does this happen to everyone else? Spring makes my man want a new car. He's drooling over Corvettes now. He had a Corvette when I met him and we had one together til we sold the last one in 1984. He's been kicking himself ever since. Now that we're empty nesters we don't need to seat 4 anymore so this Corvette thing just might work. Who knows what the future holds. What color do you think we should get? We've had green ('67), gold ('69) and the last one was gun metal blue ('65). I think I liked that last one best, it was a coupe and MM built a cute little seat in the back for the kiddies. That worked for awhile if our oldest ducked her head a little. But that's not a worry now. We'll just have to keep our boys away from it (they like to drive FAST).
Thursday, January 8, 2009
There are both Baby Boy Clothes and Baby Girl Clothes. I found some cute onsies for my niece's twins born in August. One says '1 of 2' the other '2 of 2'. Is that cute or what? They also have matching outfits with one boy and one girl which is what this set are. With personal monogramming also available you could get a special gift for that someone special.
If you're like me you can't walk by those adorable little cloths for the little ones while walking through the store. If you shop on line you can just find a lot more selection for just about any occassion. I wish I'd found this earlier. We're having a baby shower this weekend and they have the cutest eco friendly elephant diaper cake. What a great centerpiece and we all know how many diapers a baby can go through.
My daughter has also started me thinking about buying eco friendly baby toys. I've found the cutest wooden blocks and building sets along with wooden rattles. These are the kind of gifts that would become heirlooms to be handed down from generation to generation. When buying 'eco friendly' toys you don't have to worry about plastics or lead paints since they have no toxic finish on them.
Your Word is "Hope"
You see life as an opportunity for learning, growth, and bringing out the best in others.
No matter how bad things get, you always have at least a glimmer of optimism.
You are accepting and forgiving. You encourage those who have wronged you to turn over a new leaf.
And while there is a lot of ugliness in the world, you believe that almost no one is beyond redemption.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A friend's husband also went through a whole sleep study and he can't get good sleep without wearing the mask that attaches to a machine that keeps oxygen going to him throughout the night. He doesn't really even know that he stops breathing, but he's always tired in the morning because his sleep was disrupted repeatedly. It's the whole oxygen deprivation that is the major problem. If you stop breathing for more then 10 seconds or are getting less that 25% oxygen for more than 10 seconds then you would be considered a person with sleep apnea. Glad I just have a sinus infection and I'll be able to breathe again in a couple of days hopefully.
Liposuction is another thing that I would consider to finally get rid of that little 'pouch' that we ladies get from childbirth. As well as those thighs that just aren't giving it up no matter how much I work out.
Another procedure that I’ve needed for the last 10 years is microdermabrasion. I have a large scar from an auto accident and I’ve been told that this kind of deep exfoliation would really improve the appearance of my skin. This is a non-surgical procedure and you could almost have it done on your lunch hour since it just takes 30 minutes. The list could go on and on, if only I had the time, money and courage. When my ship comes in I will definitely be making some appointments.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Happy New Year!!
I just found out I have an acute sinus infection and the only thing I can think about is getting home and going straight to bed. The doctor gave me a couple of new medications and they're still not working. Why do doctors always give you the latest most expensive drugs they can find? I'm sure the one with the $10 co/pay would have worked just as well and I would sleep just fine in a nice new bed.