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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lunch with Selena

Selena and I had our second lunch out today and as always, it was great fun. We ate at a Mexican restaurant in town I love called 'Paco Dominguez'. Their guacamole is TO DIE FOR!!

Thanks Selena for the lunch and the visit.

Thought I'd go ahead and post this picture of us seeing how we actually remembered to take a picture today.........

Friday, September 21, 2007


My neck is still not 100% but it's getting better...thankfully.

It has been a ssllooww week for some reason. Not much going on with dh working a lot of overtime but it's nice when the $$$ comes in.

I've been working on swaps at CrochetMania as well as stuff for my Etsy store. I'm hoping sales pick up soon, I was hoping to start Christmas shopping soon. It would be nice to be able to buy some stuff with crochet money. It would make me feel like I was contributing.

We are going to be taking family photos soon too, likely within the next couple of weeks. I do the photographing and use a tripod for the shots I have to be in. We do it every year in the fall. The first time we dh was 'bothered' by it but now he says 'shouldn't we be taking our family photos soon?' I love having that record of my family growing. I like my shots better than the ones the kids take at school. They never get that natural smile at school but with me it's a lot better. I want us all to dress in same colored shirts this year but I'm getting some resistance on that so time will tell. I'm thinking white shirts, what do you think? White shirts and jeans (long or capri for the females). I have to wait until Drew is here though because I like him in the photos with us. K, I'm really not sure why I'm talking about taking family well.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm hoping to hit the jackpot when we got to yard sales tomorrow but they've been slim to none lately....wish me luck.

Ta ta for now........ttfn

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Did you ever wake up in the morning and your neck hurt? Well that was me yesterday. Now, this morning I woke up and it still hurt, just as bad. Ok, I dealt with yesterday so I'm sure I can deal with it today. was time. Time to get my youngest the cereal. No biggy. I got it off the top of the fridge, slowly, poured it in the problem, put it back up on top of the fridge.......OWW OWW OWW....CAN'T MOVE....I'M STUCK....HEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!

So, now I'm walking around like an invalid, hardly able to move my head at all, nevermind bend over. I don't even think I'll be able to crochet today.........the HORROR of it!!! I can type because I only move my fingers.

DH even had to help me get dressed....which he enjoyed waaaaaay too much I might add. But after that he was nice and tried to loosen up the muscles and rub my neck and shoulders. It didn't help much though.

So, I'm off to go find a comfy place to sit that I can rest my head on so I don't have to hold it up.
I don't know if it's my bed or my pillows or the way I sleep but I'm getting sick and tired of this. It's not the first time it's happened since we've lived least the 3rd time I'd say. I DON'T LIKE IT!! Can I take my little temper tantrum now?

Ok, it's time for me to get off the computer now.....wish me luck getting around today....I could sure use it!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I was hit with a RAOK

When dh works overtime my ds goes and gets the mail for me. It's a mile walk to my mailbox from my house, each way. So when he came home with a big box under his arm I actually felt sorry for him. That left quite quickly when I opened it up!!

Tina, I can't thank you enough for all the stuff in the box!
Look at all this awesome stuff!!!

She made a little candy filled pumpkins for all of us....
She even included a 'how to learn to crochet' for Samantha but it wasn't in the picture.
This totally made my week!!!
Thank you soooooooooooo much Tina!!!!

Countdown to Heroes

6 days....13 hours....8 minutes.... (taken from an online countdown...I'm not quite that obsessed)

I just love love love this show!! It is likely one of my most favorite shows EVER!! Well, Heroes and Survivor, which, by the way, starts its new season in 2 days...yay!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Random thoughts

Totally random thoughts..............

The house is a mess
I wish I had a friend to come over for a 'coffee'
Dallas news is so depressing
I'm already making plans for next July
Don't want to leave Chico for two weeks (in July) but I'll have to
I'm so proud of my daughter
I'm so worried about my oldest son's future
$5000 would change my life forever
Teenagers are so hard to get along with, even my own
Looking forward to 12/7/07
Yikes, Christmas is only 3 months away
DH and I are going to start walking tonight
I'm so tired of being overweight
I wish I had enough $$ to adopt a little girl
Thinking about fostering but dh thinks I'd get too attached
I will be lost without my daughter when she moves out next year
I want an orange kitten..a male
I miss trick or treating in Canada
US healthcare system SUCKS
Hillary for president?
I miss chatting with Viqui every day
My dad is my hero
My mom is my best friend
Putting my hair up in a ponytail gives me a headache
I dropped my camera and scratched the mad...I need a new camera now
Aren't hummingbirds cute?
I hope mom's surgery, when it does happen, goes well
Craig Ferguson is hillarious
Go! Jeff Gordon! Go!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Just sitting here.....what a week!

Well, I was just sitting here, at the computer, realizing I had not posted in a few days. Maybe because not a lot has been going on........oh wait!! I'm wrong.....there has been stuff going on and that's why I haven't posted........been busy.

On Wednesday, the day after my birthday, Selena came and took me out for lunch. She also brought me some great gifts too. It was awesome. The best part of it all was getting to 'meet' her. Well, we talk on the phone all the time and talk on the Crochet Mania forum but it was so nice to see her in person. We had a wonderful time and I sure hope we get to do it again.
Here is the stuff she brought me............nice red yarn to make stuff for my red/apple kitchen...yay!!

On Thursday a woman by the name of Darlene came to my house to learn how to crochet. We found each other through 'freecycle' which is kind of like a trading post for people to get rid of things they don't want instead of throwing them away in the garbage and taking up landfill space. I had made a post about wanting some yarn and she emailed me to ask if I could teach her how to crochet. She was extremely way too generous and brought me all of this stuff as payment.......

It turned out she already knew how to crochet but she had some big questions about certain things that she couldn't get the answers to. I still feel guilty about 'taking' all this stuff from her but I'm glad I could help her.

Also, I made this bag for LadySnow on Crochet Mania for a purse/handbag swap. I tell ya, I loved the way it turned out so much I nearly kept it for myself....and I'm not kidding, I almost did. I couldn't find a purse strap for it at WalMart so I ended up buying a heart chain belt and using belt. I'm tellin' turned out sooooooo nice.

And then there's this. I made this 'scarf' for someone who asked me to (custom order from a pattern she'd found and I purchased) on my Etsy store. It was a pain in the butt to do and if I ever do it again I'll charge more for it. Let's just say it's not MY style but I hope she likes it. My daughter is the model in this pic.

Well see, I guess I had a busy week after all...........

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Jimbo's Crochet holiday Sept 12th

On Jimbo's blog he's come up with a great idea........Crochet Day!! Sept 12th!!
So, what am I going to do to celebrate this day?? I'm going to get together with a friend I met on CrochetMania. Selena is coming over and we are going out for lunch. How d'ya like that?? I am so excited. I'd say I'm excited to 'meet' her but heck, we've PM'd, we've emailed, we've talked on the we'll just to see each other face to face. Can't wait. I'll fill you all in with some pics...I promise to take some pics!!
Happy Jimbo Crochet Day!!

Happy Birthday to me

I've already received some very nice well wishes from people. What a nice thing to wake up to!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Funky time of year

Yes, it's that time of the year again. The anniversary of 9/11. All the programs will run their remembrances. Everyone will remember how horrible it was. It's a depressing time of the year.

Geesh, how awful it must be to have been born on that day of the year and have to share YOUR day with that memory. I can't imagine....oh wait, I can......that's my birthday, isn't it?

I remember one time I was on the phone with someone.....someone who needed my birthdate for some reason, I don't remember why now....and when I told her her comment was "you're kidding? How unfortunate for you."


Saturday, September 08, 2007

Hubby, Yard Sales and more.......

Thursday was dh's birthday. For 5 days he's a whole 'year' older than I It was also a cook-a-long at the Mania so I made what everyone else was making, my recipe for Chicken, Potato and Veggie bake. Looks yummy doesn't it?

Here is a pic of me and hubby from last weekend. It was his birthday after all, so I had to include a pic of him.

DD got her Letterman's jacket in the other day. I was thrilled for her. $35 for a leather coat like that...awesome!! She got it because of UIL last year. I'm so proud of her.

Went to some yard sales today and found some crochet stuff...for a change. Although, I had premature buying syndrome.......bought stuff I really don't know what to do with. The buttons are great! I've been looking for something like for such a long time. I use them for so many things...I was excited about that!
The pic on the left is from knit squares that are not put together and I'm not sure what to do with them. On the far right is 8 flowers made from thread. I love them...but don't know what to do with them.

I hope everyone has a fantasterrific weekend!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Blog contest winner!!

Congradulations to Tina (Timeless Creations) for winning the box of yarn. I got so many nice comments from people and get to know some of you too. She coincidentally also made the most comments. DH picked the lucky 'ticket' this morning.
Tina, it was a ball getting to know you through much fun!!
Thank you again to everyone!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Apples Apples Apples

I'm starting to finally get some things to put in my 'appley' kitchen. Yesterday I found some spongey kind of tack paper that I just loved the design of. So I cut out the apples and glued them onto the backsplash behind my stove, which is blue...I'm not fond of blue.
And I finally the perfect curtains for my kitchen window. I was sooo happy.

So here it is 'appley' far!!

Now I need to get an apple utensil holder, an apple clock, an apple mat for in front of my sink, salt and pepper shakers.........and so on and so on and so

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Life's a Beach

What a great day we had at the State Park (Tawakoni State Park) . DH thought it would be fun to go the lake for a 'cookout' and we all thought it was a great idea. There had been news stories lately too of a giant spiderweb along the nature trail out there so I wanted to go check it out.

Of course, I had to take a lot of pictures...what else is new??

Here is DH and DD striking a pose. And the 'little fella' who can't wait for the food to be cooked!

Don't know why but I just love this pic of Austin. And had to fit Matt in too.


Just thougth this grasshopper was sooo cool looking. Almost looks like an alien to me.

Here is one pic of a spider web cluster that we saw. The majority of my pics didn't turn out well because of the lighting but you get the idea. Click here for a news article about it.

And we left, literally, just in time. We rounded the corner, leaving the park and it started to rain. When we got home, and inside, it started to pour. Phew.......just in time!!
Hope everyone else had as great a Labor Day as we did.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

What really bugs me...

Ok, there are a lot of things but for this entry I'm focusing on getting my email...or rather NOT getting it.
Since I moved to this house in December '06 I have changed ISP's 3 times. This new one I have is great for speed and it's half the price I was paying for satellite. So what bugs me then? EMAIL.
I don't know how many times now I've had problems receiving my email since switching to the new ISP. It also bugs me that I've grown so dependant on my email. It's how I communicate with so many friends. It's how I get orders for my Etsy store. It's become such a major part of my life, kinda like my cell phone and computer in general.
Growing up we didn't have any of this stuff. Try to tell my kids that and they think I grew up in the stone age. I'm an 80's teen and to get the kids to understand that there were no cell phones, Nintendo, home computers, DVD's hard for them understand.
I remember in 1998 when there was the big Ice Storm in Eastern Ontario and we didn't have power for 3 days, which was actually a short time because my parents were out for a week and my brother was out for 3 weeks. My power came back on so soon because I lived close to the hospital and was on the same 'power vein' as them. No one could do their banking because it was all done by computers and using the ATM's. What a mess!
Yes, I start on one subject and go off on a 'rabbit trail' as dh would say.
Anyway, I'm done venting now.
I hope everyone has a fantasterrific day!!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Off to the yard sales

Yup, dh and I are going to hit the yard sales today, hoping we find that perfect 'thing' to sell on eBay or to add to our home. I've always heard of people finding big boxes of yarn and such but I never find anything like that. Maybe today is the day.....

Well, I'm still a 'normal people' as we didn't win the lottery last night and it was won by 4 different people in different states. One winner being in Texas but I think they said Houston, or was is Arlington? Doesn't really matter to wasn't me!!

I've been crocheting up a storm lately. Doing stuff for swaps, for my Etsy store and a comfortghan for the 84 year old lady who lives next to me who was just diagnosed with cancer (so sad).

Well, my little fella is looking over my shoulder, wanting to get on the computer to play his games so I'll cut this short for now. If I find any fantasterrific deals, I'll sure let you know!!

Have a great Saturday everyone!!