Wednesday, February 29, 2012

~ Smile ~

Love this ♥

  Be a best friend, tell the truth and overuse "I love you," Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense. Never let your prayin' knees get lazy and love like crazy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

~ Losing hair, choosing joy and giving hope ~

In case you haven't read about this gorgeous young lady, Ashley, I urge you to do so. Take a look at this blog, Jones Design Company about her diagnosis, an auction to help and a heartwrenching video.  It will touch you deeply and make you want to live out loud!
Of course, check out Ashley's blog too, Lilblueboo.

The blog world is so amazing ALL the time, but especially in a time of need. I'm sure Ashley and her family would appreciate your good thoughts, donations, prayers and for you to choose joy!

I'm adding to ~

Friday, February 24, 2012

~ 25 Things ~

I'm so anxious for spring ~  these roses just make me happy!  I'm not looking at the chocolate ~ :-)

Korrie at Red Hen Home recently posted her 25 Things and I thoroughly enjoyed it so thought I'd try too.

1. "Hi, my name is Pat and I am totally addicted to Pepsi." I have no idea why it calls my name so often lately.

2. It appears as though I'll have my last physical therapy sessions next week. It has been a challenge but oh, so worth it!

3. Holly, the therapist, recommended getting knee braces. The right patella is doing good, the left one "floats" and will not stay in place. Anyway, yesterday after therapy I went to The Brace Store nearby...they fitted me, explained the details, etc.  Cost?  $100 bucks ~ for one.  :-(

4. Today Holly agreed with me that the cost was exorbitant ~ after all, it is not a custom made brace. She found some at a Medical Supply source online....$8 each.  Yay!

5. I absolutely love sandals and I'm already seeing such cute ones in a couple of stores locally.

6. I'm ready to plant some seeds and anxious to have flowers and plants outside.  Flowers in abundance make me so happy!

7. I actually bought a bouquet for myself this week at the store...only $4 and so very pretty.

8. My grandson's regional track meet was yesterday...actually lasted until 11p.m. last night. He won 1st place in 3 races! Between the 2nd and 3rd race, he competed in the long jump and was 1st there too....then turned his ankle. The trainer taped it and then he ran the 3rd race. He's such a great athlete and amazingly handsome!

9. Do you have difficulty deciding on paint colors for furniture? I'm in such a quandary.  I have 4 pieces to paint and just cannot make a decision. I think I'll buy paint for one and then see how I feel after it is completed.

10. I'm boxing up a lot of decorative items...not ready to give them up yet. Right now they feel "heavy" to me.

11. Hearing the dishwasher and it's grinding like a piece of heavy equipment....hmmmm.

12. I will never, ever understand why people sit a very long time waiting for a green light to change and, when it does, they continue to sit. When it's a protected turn, few cars can get through. I want to yell at them that it's not gonna get any greener!

13. And....why do people drive slower than even possible and stay in the left lane?  It's like they are in another world...or on the phone. 

14. I'm a native Texan and have lived here all my life.  In different cities, but not outside the state.

15. The ocean and a beach are like therapy for me. I am craving time to spend walking the beach, finding sea shells, reading a good book and having Cabana boys bring me drinks, etc.

16. My brother and sister-in-love volunteer in cities after natural disasters. They spent several days in Joplin, MO, after the horrendous tornadoes swept through there. A friend and I are collecting clothes and food items for them to have on hand, just in case.

17. My high school is having a Reunion in April. Notice I didn't say what year!  :-)  Actually, it's for everyone that has been out of school for XX years.  Do you think I could lose 40 lbs, have a face lift and a new wardrobe in time?

18. I could eat rice in any form or fashion. I'm really working on having only brown or wild rice now.

19. There's no wreath or decor on my front door at the moment...highly unusual for me. That should be corrected don't you think?

20. For some reason, I'm loving shades of pink this season...deep shades, no pastels. I've never been a "pink" person so I think this is weird.  Perhaps I'm the weird part here!  :-)

21. I just love bloggers that are "real" don't you? They show their homes that are actually lived in, the projects that don't turn out perfectly and they don't spend a ton of money on things. There are lots of talented and creative people that do so much it seems with very little.

22. Going to a thrift store is so fun I think!  I always get excited when I find treasures that cost very, very little.  That helped a lot with my wardrobe when I was working. I found Ann Taylor skirts for $3, shoes, jackets, sweaters...items with tags still on them. 

23. My mother loved Easter (really, all holidays). She passed away just prior to Easter Sunday in 2003. It's been difficult for me to decorate or really get into it like I did prior to that.

24. I'm striving for consistency with my daily gratitude lists. I was in a yucky mood for awhile with all the renovation problems here in Dec & Jan and then the knee problems. I find that staying in gratitude makes everything better!

25. I did have a pedicure last week and my toes are turquoise. Really fun ~ 

IF you made it through, thank you so much!  ;-)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

~ Laessez les bons temp rouler!

I'm late but still wanted to wish all a very Happy Mardi Gras!

I've been cleaning out, donating, tossing, trying to name it!  I feel sure that one day soon I shall be through....or at least just give up for the time being.  :-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

~ Great Idea for Power Outages ~

                                                                                    Home Depot

I received this in an email today and figured with spring storms and then hurricanes, it might prove helpful to some. Who would have thought!!  Might be worth a try ~

I have a friend who used her solar lights inside at night when her current was off during a hurricane. She stuck them in a jar or bottle and said they gave off plenty of 'free light'. She put one in each room and would put them back outside in the daytime and bring them in at night as long as the current was off. They are safe to use and cheaper than batteries. Bring in a solar light one night and test it.

Due to a thunderstorm, we lost power for about 5 hours. We were scrambling around in the darkness, looking for matches, candles, flashlights, etc. We looked outside, and noticed our solar lights shining brightly all around our patio, stairs, dock, etc. They were beautiful. My wife walked outside, and brought several of the solar lights inside.

We stuck the solar light pipes into plastic drink bottles containers and they made the nicest, brightest, safest, lighting you could ever imagine.

We put one in the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, etc. There was plenty of light. There are all types of solar lights available. We bought ours at Harbor Freight. We put them all around our yard. They look nice and they do not attract flying bugs like the outdoor lights around our doorway.

The lights we have fit into the small (20 oz) water bottles and they also fit into most of the larger liter bottles. If you need a weight in the plastic bottle to keep them from tipping over, you can put a few of the pretty colorful "flat marbles" that they put in aquariums, and vases. (you can also use sand, aquarium gravel, etc., whatever you have available).

The lights we have were perfect inside our home. They burn all night long if you need them.

The next day, you just take your solar lights back outside and they will instantly recharge and be ready for you to use again any time you need them.

Perfect for power outages, hurricanes, etc. I never thought of it and now you don't have to. So go buy 3-4 solar yard lights--they're cheap!

Monday, February 13, 2012

~ Random Acts of Kindness Week ~

February 13-19th has been designated as Random Acts of Kindness Week

Come join me!  It's so much fun and you will feel amazingly wonderful ~ I promise.  I like to do RAOK's all the time and I personally feel that the anonymous acts are the best.  It could be extra fun since tomorrow is Valentine's Day!  Please share your actions and thoughts if you so desire.

"A little consideration,  a little thought for others, makes all the difference." - Winnie the Pooh

Sunday, February 12, 2012

~ Catholic School ~

Until a child tells you what they are thinking, we can't even begin to imagine how their mind is working....   I hope those that are Catholic will find the humor in this. :-)

Little Zachary was doing very badly in math.
His parents had tried everything...tutors, mentors,
flash cards, special learning centers. In short, everything they could think of to help his math.

Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school. After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn't even kiss his mother hello. Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying.

Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work. His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner.

To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before.

This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference.

Finally, little Zachary brought home his report Card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation, his Mom looked at it and to her great surprise, Little Zachary got an 'A' in math. She could no longer hold her curiosity. She went to his room and said, 'Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?' Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no... 'Well, then,' she replied, Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? WHAT WAS IT?'

Little Zachary looked at her and said, 'Well, on the first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren't fooling around.' 

Have a wonderful day and God Bless!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

~ Clear Your Home, Clear Your Life ~

Stephanie Bennett Vogt

I've shared several posts from Daily OmI just love this website and the daily emails. Since a lot of us are organizing, decluttering, etc., I thought you might enjoy this. You can pay as much as you want for the course and yet receive very valuable information.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

~ Blog Highlight ~

If you haven't visited Little Miss Maggie's blog, I really recommend that you do!  She is very creative and talented and today has posted some French typography and old, old invoices. Stop by and take a look ~ you'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

~ Winner! ~

I still have not learned how to do a screen shot or whatever for the dealie (that is a word isn't it?)  :-)  I just copied it as best as I could.  Anyway, our winner is Barbara F. 
Thanks so very much to each of you for stopping by and entering. I love doing giveaways!  We'll try for another soon ~

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Monday, February 6, 2012

~ Last Call for Giveaway! ~

I know you can't wait to go shopping ~ :-)

Don't forget to sign up here!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

~ Mama's Pound Cake ~

This recipe is from Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook, copyright1997.  I've made this a jillion times over the years and often make adjustments to it as noted below.  I LOVE this cake pan!  It has a fleur de lis pattern although it's difficult to see  it with the glaze.  Check this out on Amazon ~ 

Mama's Pound Cake

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup Crisco shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk ~ I used 2/3 c. milk and 1/3 c. Triple Sec
1 tsp. vanilla ~  I used orange extract...approx 2 tsp.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and shortening together. Add sugar, a little at a time. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Sift together dry ingredients and add to mixture alternately with milk, starting with flour and ending with flour. Add vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and bake for 1-1/2 hours.

I made a glaze using powdered sugar, 2 T. softened butter and Triple Sec for the liquid. It's a fabulous cake, very moist and serves a crowd.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

~ Valentine Giveaway ~

I think it's time for a giveaway...and just in time for Valentine's Day!  I would love to go out and shop for things but, to save time and my knees, let's go with a gift certificate.  ;-)

This will be for $25 to Tarjay Target!  I think everyone loves that store...I know I do.  Timing will be fairly short so I can get it to the winner. 
To enter, please be a follower. Also, leave a comment about your favorite thing(s) about Valentine's Day. If you don't like it, tell me that's ok.  You have until midnight, Monday, 6th. I will announce the winner on Tues, 7th.  

Good luck!