Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I stopped making New Year's Resolutions too many years ago to remember. I am not actually sure I ever remember making any. Ha.... The hardest part for a new year turning over, for me is to remember to write down the correct year. Maybe I will practice writing 2010. Well....nah...I am sure I won't. I will be watching a movie and knitting, and doubt I will even make it until midnight. Our neighbors like to shoot fireworks off that will be my clue for the 2010 beginning.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Brenda and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Yesterday

I think we have this book around here somewhere. Maybe I should go fetch it and see if his day was as yucky as mine was yesterday. I went to the dentist and went there thinking I was going to get x-rays and have my teeth cleaned with my little misleading coupon that came in the mail awhile back for "x-rays and teeth cleaning for $49.00". I hadn't been to the dentist for awhile, but I knew that I most likely would not leave there paying just $49.00. But I sure wasn't expecting to see a plan they worked up for me for $1600. I had one broken tooth and a small cavity on the tooth next to it. Their plan was for me to start a gum disease preventative first for about $800 and then to clean and repair the others for the other $800. I questioned why they wouldn't want to repair the teeth first and do the gums last. The lady I told this to must have gone back and told the dentist that I was questioning their plan. He comes back in to the room and says..."How old are you Brenda?' I told him, but wondered why he was asking me that when he could have read it on the chart. He then says, "You are not a dentist are you?" I said no, and again wondered why he asked me that. Later I thought about it and figured out the hygienist must have told him I questioned their plan, and he decided he was going to put me in my his own style.
It was one of those experiences that you think about later and all of the things you could have done and said differently. If I had to do over, I would have asked him to lose the attitude and just explain the plan and let me go home and think about it. We ended up spending $750 for x-rays, half of my mouth cleaned and 2 fillings. I came home and looked around a little on the Internet to find out what the average filling cost, and it was half of what he charged. No wonder he sends out those stupid coupons. From now on I plan on taking someone with me... to help me not get in those situations. The amount he charged was bad enough, but the attitude was worse. I am still in a really bad mood!
Lesson learned. From now on do NOT make any appointments without
1. Having someone there to help me understand what is going on.
2. Research the person you are going to go see.
3. Be better educated about dental practices and procedures.
4. Continue to throw away coupons that fill up the mailbox.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sweating It...

Just had a great workout at the gym. I have been trying to push myself a little more each time. And by little...I do mean little. Like never increasing each exercise more than 10 repetitions from the last time. I have however tried to increase the elliptical to however far I feel I can go.... without overdoing it. I think I remember my trainer telling me that I should try to build up to being "out of breath" at the end of a workout. I came closer to that today, but not quite. My biggest goal right now is to just go everyday or at least 5 days a week and not slack off at all. So far...I have achieved that.
I get emails from the gym, and the one I got today said something like...Now that you have been going for a few weeks, you should start seeing some results. Well...not really. I don't think anyone that looks at me would think I go to the gym. Ha.. But I do feel better and that is hopefully what they meant. The great thing about this particular gym is that I don't feel self-conscious at all. I see women and men that are my age and older and some that are in a little worse shape than me, and I feel like we are there just trying to get healthier...and that in itself is a great feeling. I used to go to Vic Tanney about 20 years ago with a friend and I just felt like it was a show-off your body place....or someplace to try and meet someone if you were single.
Well...we are barely into winter and I am already missing sunny days and flowers. The orchid in my bathroom is almost ready to burst out! Can't wait!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Cheer

Our Christmas this year was very pleasant. Every year I feel there just isn't enough time to see everyone I would like to see, or do everything I would like to do. But it always works out however it is meant to... I suppose. Brian's family came in town this year to celebrate here, so Bob and I and Bobby were invited over to their house yesterday for a nice meal. We brought Maddie her gifts to open up there and got to take movies and pictures of her 2nd Christmas. Last night we exchanged our gifts amongst ourselves. Katy and Brian and Maddie got me tickets to see Chicago at The Fox next week. I will be going with Katy and I am really looking forward to it. I love live performances.
A good gift choice for Bob is almost always a book, and Bobby gave him a sports book and Katy and Brian gave him a gift certificate. I also got him some books that I thought he would like.
One is about some of our Catholic churches and their history and architecture. And 2 others are about St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

We got Bobby the lettering and numbers on his Blues Jersey that we got him last year. Since I do not watch sports, I could not tell you anything about this person he wanted on the jersey.
Bobby knows how much being together as a family means to me, and got me this game. We all watch this TV show and have since it started so it should be a fun way to spend some family time together.
The gym was not open yesterday, but I got in there today and managed to increase some of the exercises I do. I have now advanced to 10 minutes on the elliptical machine. I hope to be up to 30 minutes in a few more months. It is FREEZING here!!!!!! I think we had a high of 20 today. We have had very little snow, but with all the rain we had for a few days, the water on the side streets froze up and you have to be careful. I hope it starts to warm up to the 40's pretty soon. That sounds warm to me right about now.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Jimmy Stewart One of my favorite movies is "It's A Wonderful Life". And one of my favorite scenes is when George has been "reborn" and realizes that his life really did matter and sees life with a new heart and soul and his eyes see everything as if he has seen them all for the first time. I love the excitement this scene fills me with. Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this little blog of mine, and thank you all so much for all the Cards you sent to us, as per header photo.
May you all realize the importance your life has on others.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hair Dyeing Disasters

The day before I came down with the flu I decided I was sick of looking in the mirror and seeing so much gray hair looking back at me. I went out and bought the hair dye in the above photo.

My hair came out looking this color. This is not a photo of my hair, but of yarn that I stole from someplace. I mean.. I did not steal the yarn...the photo. If you google charcoal you will see some pretty interesting images pop up. Especially the art images done in charcoal. This is a link I found where they are showing how to do charcoal sketches. Very cool.
I tried to take a picture of myself but... was scary looking. I have since dyed it twice and now have sort of brown colored hair with not much gray showing. Not sure if I like it... but I sure do not like the gray either and blond coloring just isn't doing the trick. It really sucks getting old sometimes. Especially when you are a somewhat vain woman.
Other than that little fiassco, life has been good. I am pretty on top of things for being just a few days shy of Christmas. I have made it to the gym everyday since I joined except for the 2 days that I was ill. It gets better each time and I really enjoy it.
I need to back track and make a few comments to some of you have visited me recently. I really do appreciate all of your visits.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Knitted Poncho

I finally finished the poncho I was knitting for Maddie to match her hat. After looking at the photo though, I see that I should have blocked it or steamed it before I put it on her and took a photo. Oh well. I was so surprised it fit her. Once again, as with the hat, I could not figure out the instructions and had to make it up as I went along.

Bob took these with his iPhone. It takes pretty good photos. She couldn't quite get the feel of the sleeveless poncho as you can see, and wanted to play "Where's Maddie" with the hat. I think now I will go back to knitting her little sister the blanket I started a while back.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Life's Road..........

Bear with me while I reflect on life a little bit here. I have been feeling somewhat better today , after being asleep for the past 2 days with a flu bug that knocked me out with body aches and a slight fever. I don't know about you but when I get sick I tend to get a little depressed. Not sure why that is, but I get a little weepy. It seems that things have just been popping in front of me, testing me to see if I will break. So far I have avoided an all out crying jag, but tears are welling up just a little too often. I ran across some photos of Clifford and I missed him, just looking at his picture. I remembered how soft his fur was, and his bad doggie breath, and how much he loved to follow me everywhere and sit close to me. Teary moment for me..., but really it should be a teary moment. We should miss our friends when we can't see them any longer.
And then today, we went to get Maddie a new dresser with Katy, and I didn't get to see her this week because I was sick. She gave me the biggest hug, and even though she is only 2 I think she sensed we hadn't seen each other this week either. Teary..a little again.
Then we got home and I went to get the mail. Here is a Christmas card from Rudee. Teary again. I was so surprised that she remembered me when she made her cards out. Thank you dear friend.
Then I got on the computer and see that Flydragon, who I came to know from Rudee's blog, has passed away. I really only exchanged a few comments back and forth with her over the past year, but she seemed like someone I would really like if we were to meet in person. She had a great sense of humor and I used to love to read her and Rudee going back and forth. She gave Rudee a Hot Air Balloon Award that was funny.
You just never know where the road will lead us during our daily travels. I sure wasn't expecting to meet people through blogging and actually care so much for them, especially when I may never get to meet any of you face to face. But I find that I do care....a lot about all of you that I have visited these past two years. I remember I started blogging right about this time 2 years ago, right before Maddie was born. One of my first blog posts had a picture of "Harvey" the Jimmy Stewart movie as a topic. I said that I thought blogging would feel something like talking to Harvey....
Well....surprise surprise none of you are like talking to Harvey. You are all very real to me. Thanks for visiting me....and for your friendship.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Flu, flu, go away...come again.....never. Feeling yucky.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Can't Sleep.....

Well...I over slept this morning and now I can't get to sleep. I have too much to do.. to have... too little sleep. I would do some cooking that I need to do tomorrow but I don't want to wake everyone else with all my pot clanging. So thought I would just clang on the typewriter instead. Whoops...this isn't exactly a typewriter, thank goodness. I remember those crazy things. My first typing class I think we had 2 electrics and all the rest were like this one. may not have been quite this bad, but close. The keys were really hard to push. How my fellow classmates typed 70 wpm on those I will never know. I love the little short close together keys on this laptop. Whenever I have to use a regular computer keyboard I even have trouble pushing the keys down. I sound so wimpy.
But....two wonderful things happened to me today at the gym. First...I found the bathrooms, and yes they really were hidden. Very odd place for a potty. Second...I did so well... the trainer promoted me to higher weights and longer counts, or whatever you call the number of times you do the exercise. I walked out of there proud as a peacock. I thought ...."Not bad for an old". Maybe this time next year, I will be able to lift a car or something.
I have also been messing around with my blog templates again and losing the blog roll. That is always the first thing to go and a hard thing to recover. I have a couple of test blogs just for those times when I want to change things around and not lose anything on this one, but it doesn't always work, when I go to changing things here. I am just not that slick with computer things like that. While I was over at the testing blog, I noticed when I came back to this one that the font is really large. So if anyone reads this post let me know if you think it is too large and looks ridiculous.
Tomorrow I may change my hair color to a darker one also. (If I have time) I do that sometimes...go back and forth from blond to darker. I always think the darker will make me look younger and hide some grays, but I think I just like to change things up every so often.
Off to search for a tasty appetizer recipe for a party Wednesday.........

The first photo was taken down on Main St. Just thought I'd throw that in.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Too Many Days to Catch Up On....

This is a very bad picture of what was a beautiful snowflake made by a lady that partners with me as President of the Ladies Auxiliary. We had our annual Christmas party and she surprised me by bringing 18 of these for decor at the hall. I was very impressed. Just made out of paper. My camera was not cooperating and the photos came out blurry no matter what I tried. I did however, find the video of how to make them on line.
How to make a beautiful paper snowflake for decorations. Click here.
I have not been doing very well on keeping my "Days" journal here, but it is after all a very busy time of the year. I have been attending the gym every day since I joined and have not ruined any machines or made a fool out of myself just yet. I am still feeling like the new kid on the block..wandering around not sure of where anything is. I was searching around the other day looking for a bathroom, and was unable to find one, even in an area that I thought would be an obvious location. Where the lockers and showers would think, but they seem to be hidden from me. I looked around twice and didn't see them. Most of the people I see there have on headphones and are listening to something, so I don't want to bother them. Tomorrow I plan on finding the bathrooms and learning some new machines.
Last Thursday and Friday I spent the days with Maddie and she was sick on Thursday night and Friday. Saturday she was over it though and she had a nice day with her Mom and Dad.
Saturday we went to church to set up for the party and then came back after a little while and got ready to attend Mass and the party afterwards. The food was really good and we received an award for Family of The Year. It is nice to be appreciated and recognized, but I try not to do things expecting anything in return. I guess I should be more gracious if someone tries to throw a compliment my way....but I usually just end up getting embarrassed. Either that or I get defensive. Like when someone says..."Oh I like your hair." I tend to think... boy it must have really looked bad the last time you saw me. I need to work on that. I should just smile and say..."Thank You!"
This week...lots of activities, everyday and 3 evening functions so I hope I can squeeze in some knitting time. There is no way...that I will complete the things I wanted to give as gifts. Oh well....maybe next year.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I Took The Plunge....

Yesterday I took the plunge and went to 24 Hour Fitness and signed up! Today I had my first meeting with my trainer and learned how to use 3 of the hundreds of machines they have. My trainer was really nice.... except for the part where she didn't seem to believe me when I told her I gained 30 pounds within 6 months after having a hysterectomy, and another 30 when I took anti-depressants and that... is how I got so overweight. She went over the fact that 1 lb. of fat weight equals 3500 calories. I don't want to argue with what seems like a logical scientific fact, but I do know that Doctors are FINALLY agreeing that those two factors can cause weight gain. They used to say that anti-depressants caused weight gain because they make you feel hungry and you eat more. Now they just say they can cause weight gain....period. I think you can gain weight without over eating...the same way that stress from a death in the family or divorce, etc. can cause weight loss or weight gain. I have seen it happen many my lifetime. But...of course I could just be in denial that I consumed 245,000 extra calories that caused the weight gain. But when you are in denial, you don't know that you did that...right? So I am sticking with what I said before.
Anyway...other than that.. it felt really great to try something different. I know that exercise is going to make me feel a whole lot better, and I am excited about going. I was a little leery at first about having others watching me exercise, because I have been known to be a klutz at times....but maybe it will just create some funny stories to tell to the grand kids. I've got plenty...but I can always use a few more.
Our weather was EXTREME today!!! I don't know what the temperature was, but while I was out the wind was fiercely freaking freezing! I think about 900 people in the city lost their electricity and several trees blew down. We had light snow, but no accumulation. I had to go to the store to purchase a lock and small towel before my appointment, and went to put the items in my trunk and the wind blew my trunk on my head. OUCH!!! Not a good way to start out to the gym. No brain damage that I have noticed yet though.
Maybe later in the week I will talk about a book I just finished by one of my favorite authors, Vince Flynn. Right now I am freezing and have to go get under the covers!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

An Early Christmas Present From God

My son gave me this orchid for Mothers Day about 5 years ago and when he gave it to me it had a beautiful bloom on it. I had never had an Orchid until this one and tried to care for it according to what I had read about it. I re potted it in soil that is specifically made for them and fed it with food made for Orchids. It did not bloom however, after the blooms died off....until now!!!

I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this shoot coming up on it the other day! After waiting 5 long she is about to burst open with a gorgeous flower or flowers....looks like maybe there are 3 or four!

My African Violet is also in need of some tender loving care as it has split off and made another plant.
When the orchid blooms I may take a photo and use it for my header photo or avatar for awhile.
Thank you God for this most enjoyable gift.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

How I Named My Blog Day

While visiting Dana's blog this morning I discovered Ruth is having a How I Named My Blog Day. So...thought I would join in.
Lets see......I started a blog just about this time 2 years ago called Ageing Wisdom. I started blogging mainly because we were expecting our first grandchild and I wanted to journal about the experience. I think that name just popped into my head, without much thought behind it....getting old...being a Grandma....maybe I have become wiser.....Ha! I would have been ok keeping that blog and name, but when blogger decided to add the sidebar thing that shows the blogs that you follow....mine would not update. I liked that feature and the only thing I knew to do to get mine to update was to start a new blog all together. So that is when I chose the name "Days of My Life". There isn't anything interesting behind that thought. It is nothing more than a journal of my days. I do wish I would have put a more creative spin on my name though....I wish I would have named it "A Blip On The Radar" maybe.......because I think about how huge blogging has become and how many good blogs and nice people there are out in cyberville or cyberland get to know.
I love all the creative names for blogs and enjoyed seeing some of them over at Ruth's. Thanks Dana for directing me there.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Maddie's Hat

Well, I finished Maddie's knitted hat. I had to make it up as I went along. I was using a free pattern, that made no sense to me, so I winged it all by myself. Now I am making her a poncho to go with it. Big coats are difficult to deal with with you are buckling them in the car seat. Hopefully it will be warm enough in the car. We have some snow in our forecast for Thursday. I am ready for it, I think. I have all the snow wear for her to enjoy building a snowman. I doubt we will get much accumulation though. I started putting up the tree and decor today. Hopefully I will finish it tomorrow.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


photo from Wiki Commons
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I am not sure why I found this so fascinating but I did. I was looking at some of my blogs I visit occasionally on my reader and came across this colored pencil site where you can click on a group of them and see all the color names. Wouldn't that be a fun job? To try and come up with enticing names for colors. Well, it might be fun for awhile but maybe after doing it for a month or so, it could be challenging. Something like my Happy Thoughts blog. At first it was fun to try and come up with all the things about life that make me smile or feel good. Try doing that for a year really do have to put more effort into observing things....and then you think...opps...already said that one 6 months ago. With colors, I suppose you can just rearrange the words around and make it seem like a different name or color even though it isn't . Like 'Orange Blossom' and later 'Blossom Orange.'

I used to sell Avon off and on for years, and had a lady who bought about 5 tubes of lipstick every 2 weeks. She confessed to me that she did not really wear all of them, she just loved the names they had and liked to look at the colors of them. Which reminds me...I have a drawer full of outdated makeup that I think I will try and use to do some kind of art work with, before they go in the trash. Ummmm....what could I come up with.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Flipping The Bird....a new adventure

I would imagine that blog post title should capture some attention. Hahaha....well we had some laughs at the dinner table yesterday about me flipping the bird at 7:30 am yesterday. I tried out some new recipes that I discovered in the book that I picked up at the library a couple of weeks ago. One recipe was a way to prepare the bird so that is not so dry. It sounded really good because you make a broth with onions carrots and celery with several spices, a little butter and water and baste the turkey in that, invert the bird so that the breast is on the bottom for 2 hours. I awoke at 2:30 am, for who knows what reason.....decided to come downstairs and start cleaning the bird because it was a big one, about 22 lbs. I had everything ready for the baking process at 5:30. All was going well, until 7:30 when it was time to flip it. I must have missed the part in the book where they give you specific instructions on how to do this. I had no leverage around this bird with which to hold onto. It was barely cooked at this point, and very slippery. I could not get a grip on it with any utensils without tearing it all to shreds, and I so wanted the thing to turn out looking like a Norman Rockwell photo. I finally had to grab the thing with pot holders and wrestle it over, while all the yummy broth ingredients sprayed all over me and the kitchen. I managed to take a photo of it but it was....gross looking.... and that is why you see a photo of the one dish that actually turned out looking half way good. My Million Dollar pie. I went back to bed after the bird flipping for one hour.
All in all....the day was very enjoyable. We played Cranium and that was a lot of fun, and told some funny stories while we feasted on the meal in the dining room. I tried to ask everyone to arrange their food on their plate to make it "picture perfect" for a photo contest. Katy has the photos on her camera and I haven't seen them yet.
My food was just "okay" this year. Nothing was very special. The dressing recipe I made was not very good, and the lemon meringue pie was so runny I will have to throw it away. I still haven't figured that out because after I made it, it looked fine. I followed the recipe it remains a mystery for right now.
Next year I think I will just go buy store bought items, and give up on the "made from scratch" route. It just wasn't worth the effort that went into it. Bob Evans has some really tasty "already made" things.
The best part of it all..... was that we had so much fun. No drama...nothing negative about the entire day, as far as I know. Just lots of blessings.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Update of My Days.......

Boy....I have been slipping with the upkeep of my journal blog here. Almost a week has past since I wrote something. We had a great weekend of playing around with a new toy I bought. A power washer. Our home with white siding had become...well...gross, and it was going to take more muscle than we possess. I researched power washers...a little... and discovered we could do just fine with an inexpensive one, and it worked! It took most of the weekend, but we now have a much "cleaner looking outside" and I did the driveway also. Come Spring we will finish it, but we managed to get it to look better anyway.
Our weather has been wonderful! Except for is dark and rainy today. But, after doing the shopping yesterday for the Thanksgiving feast, I am just snug as a bug in my home, doing some of the prep work for the bigger work load I will face tomorrow. The cornbread has been made for the dressing, and I have made 2 pie shells. This is my first time of trying to make homemade pie shells. If they work out, I will photo them and post them later. I make so many dishes that they have to be made days ahead of time, and in stages, according to how much I can store in the fridg.
Hanging out in the kitchen, I have been watching a little more TV than usual. I watched Rachel Ray for the first time today. The main thing I got out of the show was that she invented a pot designed to hold spaghetti without having to break it up. I have always broken my spaghetti up in half to fit in the pot. I kinda like the sound of snapping the spaghetti, so don't know that I will run out and buy the pot. It is a great invention though and I would imagine it could be used for other items that have a more oblong shape.
Back to work for now.......

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lucky Break for Me.......Thanksgiving Menu Made Easy

Time is sneaking up on me as far as trying to come up with my menu for our Thanksgiving feast next week. I caught a lucky break though because when I was returning my library books this book jumped into my hands. I plan on using my recipes from this book. I think I will be ordering this book from Amazon also. It really is a great book. In the beginning it tells some of the history of our American Thanksgiving. In 1621 "The First Thanksgiving", the English colonists and the Wampanoag Indians did share a meal together. However it was not the same meal we traditionally serve today. The only written record of the celebration mentions just two food items- Deer and Wildfowl-and doesn't give a hint about what else was eaten or how the food was prepared or served. Some sources such as European paintings and drawings and some period cookbooks, artifacts, oral histories and journal entries have suggested that there could have been small turkeys, and possibly bread stuffing with onions, chestnuts and garden herbs. They probably did eat cranberries because they grew in the wild, but there was no sugar to sweeten them. The sweet potato was not known to the Wampanoag at the time, nor was the white potato. There were pumpkins and squash, but no pies made as we know them today.
One single eyewitness account of the 1621 harvest survives, in a letter written by colonist Edward Winslow to a friend. This letter reveals that they most likely ate deer.
This book, called "giving thanks" by Kathleen Curtin and Sandra L. Oliver and Plimoth Plantation, has a lot of interesting information in it, and if you can find it at your local library I hope you take a look. The History Channel also has had a few good shows about our Holiday. I think most of us just enjoy the day off from work to be with our families, and if we are fortunate enough..... to be able to share some good old fashioned fattening food. Probably one of the best meals of the year in my family, because the stuffing cooked in the bird is just better, and we only cook turkey one day a year. My problem comes from cooking tooooo much, and this year, since we are only having immediate family, I really need to watch it.

My side of the family ate different desserts than my husbands side of the family. Pecan pie was always served, as was mincemeat and blackberry, apple and cherry. My Dad wasn't very fond of turkey or pumpkin pie, but we still had them. Did you know there are 500 calories in one piece of pecan pie? I used to love that pie until I heard that.

This book also has a recipe for Sweet Potato Pie that sounds really good, and I may try it after a week or so when we have eaten all the ones that my family likes. One of our grocery stores has a signature cranberry orange relish that is really tasty and I am pretty sure the one in this book is similar to it. If some on these new recipes I try turns out good , I may have to revive my Recipe Blog with them. That poor blog has been very inactive for a long time.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bye Bye...Leaves on the trees...see you in the Spring...

I captured this photo about a week ago before the leaves hit the ground. So sad to see them go dormant until spring time.......sigh. I am, however, looking forward to Christmas this year! The baby will be so excited to see the decorations and presents. I love the holidays when there are little ones involved, especially when it is all so brand new to them.
We just recovered from a rather difficult week with the flu and all of its side effects it left in its path. Katy had been taking whatever cold and cough medicine she could take during her pregnancy for about a week right until she had caught the H1N1 and then started taking Tamiflu. All of this medicine caused her to have insomnia and high anxiety. She became dehydrated and had to go to the hospital for an IV drip, and didn't sleep from Wednesday until Sunday night. She finally slept 4 hours on Sunday night, but I don't think she slept well last night. What a difficult task for her to have to worry about work, illness, her pregnancy, her little Maddie and everything. Sometimes life just doesn't play fair. God love her though, I know she will make it through it all because she is a fighter. She also had a Dr. appointment on Monday and he said that the baby looks perfect, so that is always music to our ears.
I have been able to sneak in a little bit of Christmas shopping here and there for the baby. I have been working on making her a knitted hat also. I really wish that I could get myself in gear to start her quilt and the new little one a quilt, but so time or no big push to get myself going on it.
Now....I need to start planning my Thanksgiving meal. I told the kids to come over around noon and Maddie will take a nap and we can start a game and just play games and eat all day and evening. No worries about the calories on that day........

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Flu Hits

Just wanted to put this in my journal as record keeping. Katy had to leave work early on Friday because of cough and not being able to talk very well without coughing. She thought she had a cold and went to Walgreens clinic and they gave her an antibiotic and her told her to get some rest. Monday she tried to go in to work and couldn't talk without coughing, so she went to her ObGYN and he told her to stay home and in bed for a week and to continue to take the antibiotic. Tuesday she called me and said she had a fever and wasn't feeling well, and no sleep the night before from coughing. I went over to make her lunch and convinced her to go to the ER. She was tested and has the H1N1 virus. We have had a shortage of Tamiflu here but because she is pregnant she was able to get a prescription for it. I have been caring for Maddie here to keep her away from Katy, but she ended up getting it also. Brian took Maddie to the Dr. yesterday afternoon and she is now taking Tamiflu also. I have started feeling... not so hot, so we will see what tomorrow brings. Say a prayer for us please.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Hats Off To Hat Wearers...........

Last night I couldn't find anything to watch on TV and not having planned ahead by going to see if there was anything good to rent, I went scouring for some of our old movies that we have around here. One of them I found was "Out Of Africa". It is not one of my favorites, but I was glad that it won the awards that it did, because I thought it was deserving of them. Especially the Award for "Best Costume Design". I love all of the outfits and hats that Meryl Streep wears in this movie. I love the wedding outfit with this hat!

And this hat.

And this one.

And especially these two!

My husband might remember our first days of dating, and me wearing hats. They were usually the inexpensive straw ones with the wide floppy brims, but I would be a "hat wearer"
if I were a wealthy woman and had occasions to wear them. I wonder if they will ever come back in style for all of the average people. I know some people still wear them, but in my circle of the world they don't.

I also love this movie because of this beautiful veranda.

Oh...found one more I like.

Friday, November 6, 2009

My new hobby...........

My latest thing to become obsessed with has been ....all things related to American History, with a special attention being paid to First Ladies. When I was being educated back in the olden days, History was very boring. Boring stories..most not even all that accurate today's standards and having to memorize lots of dates...yada yada yada. Why is that when I became a half century old myself, I became very interested in most things involving the past? There was something about turning that age that caused me to want to know more about my own family genealogy and I think that was when it all came to life for me.
The photo above is of all of the library books I have been renewing for the past...I don't know how long. Why I had to be so greedy and check out 7 books thinking I could read them all in 2 weeks is beyond me. The lady who checked me out said.."Well, they will either sit on our shelve... or yours, and as long as no one requests them, it may as well be yours. "
I decided to take a photo of them, just in case I take them back before I get to finish them all. That way I can order them off of Amazon or maybe just get a Kindle for Christmas and read them that way. This house is overrun with books and no where to go with them. Good thing someone came up with the idea of electronic book reading...I may have to resort to reading that way.
I just finished reading "The Lost Symbol", Dan Brown's latest book. It was pretty good, I thought. He packs a little too much in each book, for my taste. I would have preferred for him to take the five books he wrote and stretch them into 10. Just too much information to absorb in my opinion.
Don't think I am trying to impress anyone with this post about my new knowledge of History. I am so far behind the average person, it will take me a very long time to hold my own in a conversation with anyone about it. Back to my studies..........

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Vivien Leigh

I have a web page I visit sometimes that tells me when famous people are having a birthday. This morning when I went there I realized it was Vivien Leigh's birthday today.... one of my favorite female movie stars. I remember seeing her for the first time when I was in the 8th grade, so maybe I was about 13 years old. My history class went to the Ambassador Theater downtown St. Louis to see "Gone With The Wind". I thought she was probably one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. I remember wishing I was as pretty as she was. At 13, I don't think most of us feel very pretty. When I was in my early 20's I read whatever books I could find about her life. One thing I read that still stands out for me is that she had said that Clark Gable had terrible bad breath and after reading that I could not look at their love scenes without thinking how much she must have disliked those scenes. I read that she smoked 4 packs of cigarettes a day while they were filming the movie, so I wondered with all the smoke around both of them, how bad his breath must have been to stand out amongst the smell of cigarettes.

I loved the scene where she was back home at Tara with Melanie upstairs recovering, when an intruder came in the house. I think she had on an outfit similar to the one in the photo above. Her famous right eyebrow arched up as she looked at the intruder square in the eye and fired the gun. That was the most violent thing I had seen in my young life. Gone With The Wind was full of emotions. It was so strange for me to witness all my fellow classmates, laughing and crying throughout this movie.
I don't watch a whole lot of TV or movies at this time in my life, but I do have several favorites from my younger years. Vivien Leigh is one of my all time favorites.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Crayon Case

Just wanted to post something crafty. I made this crayon case for Maddie the other day. You can make it in just a couple of hours and I will tell you how.
Cut 2 pieces of fabric 5 x 16 1/2 inches for the outside and inside. Then cut 1 contrasting fabric 6 inches x 16 1/2 inches. Fold this piece in half and iron. Cut a piece of fusible interface 5 x 16 1/2 inches. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the 5 x 16 1/2 in. fabric for the inside.
Line up bottom edges of the folded piece with interfacing and pin together. Sew parallel lines with edge starting at 1 1/4 inches. Space 1 inch apart after the first 1 1/4 inch. Pin rick rack along edge. Use 30 inch ribbon for tie. Fold ribbon in half and sew in middle on edge. Pin remaining piece right side together. Sew around edge with 1/4 inch seam. Leave about 3 inches across bottom for turning. Stitch opening after turning and pressing.
I hope she likes it. She enjoys taking things out and putting them back in purses or bags, so I think she will like this.


I watched the new TV show "V" last night. It was a Sci-Fi/comedy. It was holding my interest off and on while I knitted the baby afghan I have been working on here and there. I now have 3 blocks done, and started on the fourth one. The show was entertaining until the main alien told the Americans they would promise them Universal Health Care. That line cracked me up. Don't know where they are going with this one. I mainly wanted to watch it because Juliet from "Lost" is one of the main characters. I haven't gotten to see "Flashforward" yet, but noticed that a few of the cast from "Lost" are on that show. "Lost" is suppose to answer all of our questions from the precious 5 seasons...starting this January. I read that it may be delayed until March because of the Olympics. That will be okay with me. It will take me that long to watch some reruns of the past few years and try and put together my long list of questions I want an answer to. My daughter and I are the only ones in my family that are hooked on get your list ready Katy!

Monday, November 2, 2009

An Award....I am Honored!

I was pleasantly surprised with this yummy award the other day from Mary Anne Gruen, who is an author
that has written 4 stories for 10th Kingdom, and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. I found out a little about her on Here is a quote from the site.

I have a great love for characters and plots...especially if they have a happy ending. Long sagas with plenty of strong women characters are especially my favorites.

I love writing about the strong women in my AU of "The Tenth Kingdom." Virginia, who always seems to be remaking herself. Rose, who tries to be a proper fairy tale princess but really wants to be a general. Matilde, who did her best to run away from her duties at one point, but now is impatient with anyone getting in the way of her work. And who couldn't love Wolf, Virginia's husband who struggles with wanting a quiet life in the woods and the burden of leadership. While his wife often tries to not deal with her feelings, Wolf dives into his headlong.

And then of course there's Buffy! In my world she learns to embrace who she is...which is what most of us have to do. And the soft hearted one time poet William the Bloody, for me is just as much her match as Wolf is Virginia's. I'm a Spuffy through and through. Though Spike eagerly embraces his position as supporter of The Slayer, while Wolf's desires are more simple.

The only trouble is, I just can't seem to write anything short.

Please check out her blog called, Starlight Blog.
It is always nice to be recognized and appreciated and also to find new blogs and people around the world to interact with. Thank you Mary Anne!

Now there are the "Rules" about passing this award on to others, but all who visit my blog know that I don't follow rules very well....or read instructions. Ha! I appreciate all of your visits and so if you enjoy visiting me.... please accept this award and post it on your blog. You all know who you are. This photo makes me really hungry for cupcakes......yum.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Review of My Week

Don't let this flower fool you into thinking we have had a good weather week because we have had so much rain, that we have had some areas flood. It has been non-stop, and I don't mean anything light. Hard down pours. It felt as if it would never let up. The photo above... I think I captured it right before it started. It is of our one lone flower that sprouted out of no where really, because I didn't plant anything this year. I did start some flower seeds early in the spring and only a couple of them survived. This could have been one of them.

Monday night I had our monthly meeting with the Ladies Auxiliary. Another lady from the organization and I are co-Presidents. She ran the meetings last year and I am running them this year. There is usually a fair amount of preparation that goes into just having a meeting, so Sunday and Monday I was busy with that.

Tuesday Maddie came down with a cold and couldn't attend day care so her and I hung out together. We mainly watched Wonder Pets...her favorite cartoon show. The rain prevented us from even getting to go for a walk around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, Bob took off a couple of hours to watch Maddie while I had lunch with some high school friends. I have known these ladies ever since we were in the 8th grade and were best friends back in the day. Family life and children kept us from getting together very often over the past 35 years, but when ever we do make the time to get together, we enjoy catching up and remembering a few funny episodes that happened in our youth, like laughing so hard we wet ourselves. We chuckled that it doesn't take much to wet ourselves at the age we are now. Just kidding....I don't have to wear Depends YET. Hopefully that will be a few years down the road.

Thursday, I walked around somewhat sleep deprived because I had some kind of weird itchy skin thing happening all night Wednesday night. I felt like I wanted to scratch all my skin off, but resisted because I knew it would make it worse. It felt more like an internal thing and not an external rash, so I wondered if it was pre-diabetes or something. My Mom had late in life diabetes and that was one of her I called my Dr. to get an appointment and they were all booked up until the middle of November. They said if it got worse to just go to the Urgent Care and they could run blood tests. Well...knock on wood..Friday it was better. Thursday night I took an antihistamine and went to sleep and so far it hasn't come back.

So today is Saturday and Halloween and I suppose I will go buy a bag of candy for the Trick or Treaters. Have a Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Genealogy and Names

I felt like I needed to clarify my poll on my sidebar of baby names for our new grand child. Some of them may sound odd to you, but they were put on the poll as a joke between me and my daughter. Haskell, Bird, Lum, and Boots are family names. My Dad's first name is Haskell, but the other three were from census records that I found one winter when I was researching my genealogy. You won't find them on the photo above, though because my records are in hiding somewhere around here, for the time being. I need to find them soon though, because I have been wanting to get together with my cousin soon so we can compare notes.
Hard to believe that anyone would name their child Boots or Bird. Makes me wish that I had asked my Grandma when she was still living, what those names meant. Lum, I think could be an Irish name, as was Pinkney....I think???? There are quite a few odd names in my family, and my daughter and I get a kick out of them. But when I decided to do this post, I tried looking up some of these names to see if there was anything on the web about them. I couldn't find out anything, but did run across this page, with celebrity baby names that are pretty...out there. Many are just so difficult to pronounce and Bird and Boots don't seem half bad. Just kidding!!!!
I have one side of my family going back to 1820. When I have to go back to the original countries, which will be Ireland, Scotland, Germany and England, it will get much more difficult than searching here in America.
I think it is fun and interesting, but very time consuming. And so far there isn't anything very legendary about my family history. But if I keep looking who knows what I may stumble upon.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nice Art Work

I just saw some really nice art work over at peaceofpistudio. And she is having a give away! Check her out.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever