Sunday, March 29, 2009


When we got home from church we did our usual deciding what to have for lunch. I suggested chicken salad. He agreed. "Can I make it my way or would you prefer it plain?'' He responded, "Go ahead, make it your way, I will try it. I am sure it will be good." And so I did, toasting some pecans, cutting up a pineapple, slicing some strawberries. We sat down to one of my FAVORITE lunches. YUM! I looked across the table and could tell I was enjoying it much more than he was. I asked, "Don't you like it?" He looked up and said, "Oh it is delicious (and then under his breath) if you have ovaries." I started to chuckle replying that he could have something else. He insisted that he would eat it but added, "It's sort of like eating dessert at the same time as you eat the main course. I like everything in it just not together. I love strawberries, pineapple and pecans but they belong on my icecream sundae not my salad." He got up and made himself this for lunch. That's ok because guess what I will get to have for lunch tomorrow....Now what should I make for dinner?

The week flew by and I got a lot done but didn't make blogging one of them. Perhaps this week I will surprise you all and post some more! I do have to share the exciting news of the week. I found out that one of those babies due in August is a boy! A grandson! The most exciting part of finding out was hearing my son's excitement as he shared the news. We may just find out about the other baby this week!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


We just returned from a wonderful week with Miss Hannah (and her mommy and daddy!). This year has gone so quickly and we celebrated it in perfect one year old style!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Making it home

This chest has had a story to tell. It started out as a blanket chest at the foot of our bed many years ago. We got tired of stubbing our toe on it and put it in our basement. My son painted it black and even put skulls on it for his band room. Well it moved here with us, thinking it would sit in the shop for storage BUT this weekend it was painted red and brought up to the kitchen. I am going to make a cushion for it eventually (remember I gotta get that sewing room ready first!) and it can be a quasi-window seat and extra seating at our "table for two."

Funny how you look at things you have around you forever and it can make even a new house feel like home. I just love these - especially the red and white! I appreciate the work that went into them as I neither knit or crochet well.

I have never used these wall letters before but saw them on sale at Hobby Lobby (a store we did not have in PA!!) and thought they would be perfect over our bed. Still looking for the perfect bedding. Our last bedroom had Waverly rose wallpaper ceiling to floor (that we had to strip-ugh- for selling the house) and a four poster cherry bed. We are going for a different look here but have not found the perfect bedding yet. On a side note, mom and I went to Tuesday Morning last Saturday morning (now that sounds odd) because she wanted to get these bed lights that were in the circular. Can you believe that folks were lined up at the door before the store opened (we were #3). I heard people talking about the bedlights while we were in line so I knew there would be a rush on them. I positioned myself for a quick start to find them, leaving mom in my dust. Found them! There were plenty for everyone who wanted them. I decided to get some as well. They don't give a lot of light but do make it easier to read in bed.

Yes, it is starting to feel like home. I will be away for a few days though and know it will feel great to get back home ..... after celebrating a VERY SPECIAL someone's first birthday!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The News

I really enjoy starting my mornings with my friends. As they say, their news is fair and balanced and might I add that they can be really funny! I was watching this AM- not typical for a Saturday- and decided that golf might actually be fun. They showed footage of this event.
I have tried listening to some of the other networks but they are so blatantly biased in their reporting that my stomach turns. I do admit I listen to NPR from time to time as they have some interesting programming. Some of their stuff is so absurd I can't help but laugh (while crying inside knowing people are stupid enough to believe their bogus stuff).
The other thing we watch is the weather, I mean who doesn't talk about the weather. The warmer weather here is one thing we are celebrating with our move. One fun thing is that we can see a familiar face here when we watch the local weather. Leigh Brock was the weather girl at WFMZ in Reading and Allentown PA and she is now here in the Triad! We would also see her in church in PA although we never spoke (very large church). We now take a peek around every Sunday to see if we see her at our new church! I also have to let you know that although she looks pretty on TV, she is stunningly beautiful in person!
I can't talk about news without mentioning Drudge. If you don't read this, might I suggest checking it out. I am amazed by the stories he uncovers that the traditional news media does not pick up on or else they pick up on it days or weeks later.

Friday, March 13, 2009

We Surround Them

5:00 PM (EST) tonight on FOX

There are parties all over the country watching this together or you can watch it from home. I am looking forward to watching and have added my face to the group. Click here and you can get more information.

Our government needs to know that WE surround THEM. They do not surround us. They work for us, we do NOT work for them.

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

12 Values

•Hard Work
•Personal Responsibility

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The bones are there but so are the boxes

The bones to my new sewing/craft/extra guest room space that is but there are BOXES and MORE BOXES! I am overwhelmed.

So what did I do? Spent an hour sorting and unpacking a few boxes and then went out to enjoy the blossoms that I am sure my PA friends are not enjoying. Now if only they could come here and help me do something about all of this stuff.....

I want to sew and create but just can't get past this chaos so I usually retreat back downstairs where there is calm and serenity knowing that the boxes will wait. Just think, if I spend an hour every day I should be able to sew when I turn 75!

Friday, March 6, 2009

It's my birthday!

And this is my favorite card.....

I am looking forward to sharing a relaxing day with my mom and dad.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

America, I pray for you

Since I am at home I have a chance to do a lot more reading and listening than I have done in a while. I am so sickened over the state of affairs in our country right now. Our new president is digging the hole deeper that our democratic congress has gotten us into- no it was NOT Bush who did this.

Talk of bailing out foreclosed homes by the governmnent??? Paying a mortgage can be tough at times but it is not up to the government (meaning us who pay taxes) to bail everyone else out. And now for those who have saved and made deposits into the bank may not be covered by FDIC insurance! As I sit and watch our retirement slide into non-existance I try to save more in the bank but now I wonder about that.....

Don't get me started on unions- another hot button of mine. They had a time and place but that time has come and gone. And now an attack on freedom of speach. All I can say is Obama must feel he has something to fear from Rush Limbaugh if he is so busy using his and other socialist energies to attack him. I keep asking myself what if it was Bush who was saying and doing these things? He would be struck immediately. He could not make a mispronunciation without being attacked- Obama has made plenty of them and I have never heard our media attack him or even mention is foibles once.

So easy to get caught up in all of this and then so easy to turn the TV off, ignoring what is happening and go about my life with business as usual. I am afraid that is what too many Americans are doing. Ignoring it until it is too late and the America we love will be gone. Wonder how long it will take people to wake up?

The word hope has had a lot of airplay since Obama's been around. Putting hope in this man is not cutting it. I will lean on Proverbs 3:5 and so many other promises and will put my hope and trust in the Lord with all my heart. Watching the current scene is a great reminder to me of the evil in man. I must keep reminding myself of the assurance that He is in control and I will pray that Americans can see the true changes we need to make and learn to trust in the real and only hope, our God. I wonder what our founding fathers would say about the mess we have made of this great nation. I wonder what we will say when this life is over and we meet our Creator face to face.

This one is for you, Donna!

My friend Donna was asking to see Miss Hannah-here she is and as cute as always!

I am missing you and everyone else in the office, Donna!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hannah's Hat

I purchased one of Lallee's great hats a while ago. It finally fits Hannah and she is adorable in it! Not so sure she wanted her picture taken, though! Isn't the hat cute?! It's undeniable that Hannah is cute too!

And I thought we left it all behind....

Guess not....but they are promising it to be 70 on Saturday.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


This gorgeous girl became an official member of our family two years ago but I fell in love with her long before that. Gina brings warmth, great fun and great music into our lives. Happy birthday, dear Gina! I hope you were able to lay back and take it easy today.


We lived right near a JC Penney outlet store in PA. I loved to take a stroll through there from time to time to see what I could find- usually left with something good. The last time I was there before we moved I bought this lamp....for $30!. (If you click on this link you will see what a bargain that was.) I really liked it in our new living room and wanted another one. We stopped there when we went back to PA last weekend because I wanted another one. I was so sad when I did not see the stack of boxes where I bought the last lamp but as I looked around I found more of the same but this time I paid $9.99!!! (Bought two- my husband says it's for parts!)

Catching up....

I can't believe it has been two weeks plus since my last post. So much to do and so many things to find when you move and I guess that is what I have been doing all this time. I wanted to get shelves of some sort to make up for the great built ins we left behind. Of all places we ended up getting them at Ikea. I am not always an Ikea fan- was good for some furniture but generally does not stand up (in my experience). We drove to Charlotte on Friday evening as that is the closest store and picked up these black shelves. I actually think they look better in person than the photo shows. They were quite easy to assemble too.

I found 4 of these covered soup bowls at Tuesday Morning. I just love them! We have a Tuesday Morning just up the road and I like to tease my mom that our Tuesday Morning is bigger than hers! Speaking of birds....we are loving watching all of the birds that have found our feeders. There are some different varieties here than in PA. So many have found our feeders that this is becoming a rather expensive hobby!

I was surprised with not one, but two deliveries from a group that I was involved with in PA. What a special treat!!! Thanks, folks!