Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
I think the wreath adds a little elegance to our dining room table atmosphere, reminding me that yes, there IS a reason it looks like that. Well, that and a dog that loves to get into every single thing that's ground level! Of course I'm going to put the blame somewhere - I learn from my children. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with loved ones near you and you're now able to wake up from your sugar coma and carry on with the holiday festivities ~
By the way, I got what I asked for and am SO excited to make something in my new trifle dish! Layers of cuteness and compliments to follow...bring it on! I hope it's as easy as it looks or I'll have to dust that box every couple weeks when I dust my springform cheesecake pan, my cookie press, and my fondue set.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I just wanted to share a couple of my favorite things that I get out at Christmastime. The first is the star that goes on our tree every year. It was made by my daughter, Meredith, when she was 4 years old in pre-school (she's 20 now). It's cardboard attached to a toilet paper roll and says, "Hugs and Kisses - Stars for Wishes".
Another thing I like to get out this time of year is a collection of old Christmas books. These are just a few but they're so sweet and bring back a lot of fun memories. I keep them in a basket next to the fireplace. Actually paper next to the fireplace isn't that smart, but they sure look cute.
Finally, here are my elves who help make the day even more special. My son was doing "no-shave November" which gives him a Fidel Castro-esque look, don't you think (minus the cigar)? Hey wait, my mother-in-law's Cuban - I think we need to talk. ha ha
However you celebrate the joy of the day, I hope you and your family have a very special Christmas and a 2010 full of many blessings!
Monday, December 21, 2009
So I had been having the never-ending cold of the year. I was miserable and I'm sure you heard me whining from wherever you live. It just wouldn't quit and it was nothing more than a headache and stuffy nose...every...single...day. No fever, no cough, no other symptoms. For 3 straight weeks my best friends were Advil Cold & Sinus (which I had to show my license and sign for every time), my vaporizor, and my Afrin nasal spray (I know, it's addicting, don't get me started). Between you and me, I'll tell you why it's addicting - breathing comes in pretty handy!!
Finally one Friday evening around 7:00 I decided to go to Walgreen's to their new Take Care Clinic. I knew I'd have to keep it a secret from my real doctor because last time I said I brought my daughter there they called it a "Doc in the Box". Do I care?? I'm not having them remove a goiter for Pete's sake, I have a stuffy nose! The nurse practitioner gave me some steroidal nose spray, told me to quit the Afrin, finish an antibiotic and I'd be good as new. By the next afternoon, I could already tell it was getting better. Within 2 or 3 days I was back to normal and decking my halls. Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Then I got an e-mail from Walgreens about my experience there. Sure, it had the typical questions, but I just HAD to show you one question on their survey...
Let's see, I can't imagine a world without coffee or comfortable shoes that don't hurt my back, but can I imagine a world without Take Care Clinic?? Is that a trick question? I'm being punk'd, aren't I?? If you're wondering how I answered, I clicked the button to the very far right where it says "Don't Know/Does Not Apply". As in, "I don't want to hurt your feelings, but yeah, I can pretty much imagine it - and did for the first 44 years of my life." Ding dongs. I do have to admit, however, they did make my world a bit brighter!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This is what happens when you cross a 9th grader with New Testament religion class...
I just think she was very
bored full of the Holy Spirit that day! She's 20 years old now and alas, she and Jake have moved onto greener pages pastures. I just love that Bible!
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. ~ Mother Teresa
Sunday, December 13, 2009
...that's good enough for me!
My husband makes cookies every year for the people that work for him. Then he puts together extra platters for our good friends and holiday get-togethers. I wish I had taken a picture of the assembly line of cute boxes on the kitchen table today. Oh well!
Yesterday he made "puppy chow" and Chex Mix for just the family...
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thanks, Alicia, for hosting Friday Photo Flashback!
Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles ~ Author unknown
Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles ~ Author unknown
Go on, say it..."I didn't think your family could get any
sillier COOLER than they were last year! I was I guess 13 months old here and even today, you can still usually find me with something to eat in my hand and with that same look on my face. That, 'I'm not sure who you are but I'm not sure I care either' look. Now I know where it started! Let's blame the one in the hat/bonnet/sleeping cap.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
OK, I've never seen a James Bond movie but I know who Pierce Brosnan is and this is why I think he's adorable. Not only is he still married to Keely Shaye Smith but he's proud of his honey! Nice to see that in Hollywood. And that's my 2 cents worth for today.
As my kids would say, "Well that was random!". Yeah I know.
Now onto some other things... there are two wonderful giveaways going on now that you need to check out:
Yes, she is having a giveaway every single day of these 12 days with a different sponsor every day and there are only 2 days left after today. (How many times can I use the word "day" in a sentence??? Apparently a lot.) And it's cute stuff ~ I actually won a tea wallet one day. A what? A tea wallet - you put your little tea packets or individual Crystal Light packets in it and keep it in your purse. Then of course I ordered some for Christmas because it was so original and cute! But no purchase is necessary of course.
Next, Monica at The Mennobrarian is having a giveaway for this PRECIOUS Christmas pie plate, with a little cardinal pie bird - for venting of course. Not venting like I have to tell you all my problems and get something off my chest, but venting, like steam. Duh. Shhhh, we won't tell her I've never made a real pie crust from scratch. Hello - I don't want to put Pillsbury out of business! You're welcome, Pillsbury.
Please visit these generous people and you may thank me later. Or now, whichever.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Just wanted to share with you how I started my day today (which happens to be my day off this week). Ahhh, I love how the water runs right through all the wood - I hear that's SO good for it! And the beautiful gray lines caused by the burst pipe have such symmetry and depth. It reminds me of a country stream or a babbling brook, after it got done drowing everything in its path. The sound it made was that of a harmonious misting waterfall (with the echo of a hollering woman in the background). It's important that we all look for the calm beauty in everything around us - that way we don't accidentally pick up a heavy object and throw it against a
person wall. Did I mention it's only 8 a.m? Hope you have a good day!
By the way, I can't thank you enough for helping out with the blogging issues! I was planning on working on it today for a while. We lost a good friend this past weekend and between that and work, I've been on the computer very little. Plus I need to pay bills today. Man, this week keeps getting better and better!! Hope you're not jealous!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I need a fairy blogmother! There's a lot of things I don't know about blogging and even more I don't understand about Blogger. If you're able to help in any way, by all means e-mail me and set me straight! However, if you're going to tell me to switch from Blogger, that's probably more than my psyche can handle at this point so I'll have to pass on that one. I recently changed my e-mail address and that's where the excitement all began...
1. When I changed my e-mail address, it said I should invite my new e-mail address to be an author on this blog (a "Team Member", which sounds much more supportive than it is). Can I still sign in with my old e-mail address even though I no longer have access to that e-mail account? If I sign in with my new e-mail address, then I have no profile. What the...??
2. Speaking of profiles...gone. For a while I had two - my old one and my new one which was basically empty, except it said I had 34 views. I know I blog for fun, not profit, but 34 just looked so sad to me. I know I can add a "gadget" and there's a thing that says profile, but I want my old one - it has my visits on it, my blogs I like to visit, etc. Someone call the wahhhmbulance. I can still see it if I sign in with my old e-mail address.
3. Do I import my other e-mail address blog to my new e-mail address blog? Does importing have anything to do with this at all?
4. Someone said they use Windows Live Writer to write up their stuff and then transfer it to their Blogger account but when I tried, it just said, "You are an idiot! You can't even use Blogger, you think I'm going to publish some foreign entity?? Think again, numbskull. Now drop and give me 20. ERROR!"
5. When I click on someone's name who left a comment, so that I can visit them and leave a comment...NOPE! It says, "What!? You don't even have a profile, what am I going to do with you? I don't know who you are. Be gone, you blog intruder!" Or something like that. I'm pretty sure those were its exact words though.
So, if you've left a comment...thank you! I can't visit you if you're new, however, until I get all this straightened out because it won't let me. Blogger is trying to boss me around and I will not have any of that nonsense. I'M the boss, applesauce! I'm really not, I'm totally at its mercy right now. If you're able to help, and want to e-mail me to do so, it's Sbams5(at)gmail.com ~ and I hope to be there until the cows come home.