Friday, December 28, 2007
Thank you, to those who read. I know there are many out there who read and lurk. I'm cool with that, but for today, for my accomplishment, for my curiousity, would you leave a comment? I will enable anonymous comments so you don't have to open a google/blogger accout, just leave your first name as your comment or at the end of your comment. Thanks.
So, here is to another year, a new year, a year of change, for aren't they all?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
signed our names a million times,
and entered the little town of Dagsboro.
Our door is always open
Won't you come visit?
We went to settle and just check things out. We packed a few dishes, our new pillows courtesy of Mom, new towels and bath matt courtesy of My Sister and family. We figure we just need air mattresses, sleeping bags, a coffee pot, mugs, toilet paper and we can survive New Years at the shore. We will move in little by little, take our time. We went looking for water access which we think is only a few miles down the road, did not find it but do know there is some within 5 miles in Millsboro. We ended the day here, and yes it is the best margarita in town.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Christmas Eve, my sister and I would sleep together. We would gather games to play in the wee hours of the morning, although I don't remember actually playing them, just planning. We were not allowed out of our rooms until 7am. Our house was open on Christmas day, both sets of Grandparents came, cousins, aunts, uncles, and usually a person or two from church who might have found themselves alone otherwise. My best friend lived across the street. I don't really remember exchanging gifts with each other but I do remember going back and forth, visiting.
Christmas eve, candlelight, and Silent Night have always inspired awe, except last year. During the service, communion prayer to be exact, my daughters in front of me, laughing, shaking the pew. I tapped them and gave them "The Look". Then during candle lighting, all is forgiven, I give them another, softer, look, and look behind me to My Handsome Prince, who holds his hands up and mouths "I lost mine". If you have not seen Claymation Christmas bells, check out this link. I asked the girls what had them laughing, and they replied that the prayer started "Sweet Baby Jesus" and they had watched "Taladega Nights" the night before. It was not a holy night, per se, but it was memorable.
The four of us have continued the tradition of a Christmas list. This is no ordinary Christmas list. We list our Reasonable Wants and Outrageous Desires. It is interesting to look back on lists, or even the current one and see what changes from outrageous to reasonable and vice versa.
My sister and her husband host an adult party every year that starts very tasteful, adult, and soon turns raucous when the gift exchange begins.
We celebrate with 4 different sets of parents/Grandparents every year. We open our presents, one person, one gift at a time so all can see. We usually attend Christmas Eve service, National Guard Family Day, Christmas concerts, and have hosted our own holiday ornament exchange.
The constant is church and family.
What are some of your traditions, memories, and plans?
Friday, December 21, 2007
- Address Christmas cards and put in mail (they just arrived yesterday)
- Finish stocking for Emma
- Clean kitchen
- Start wrapping gifts
- Buy present for Davy
- Buy stocking stuffers for MHP, Em, Audrey, and Mom
- Make chocolate covered peanut butter ritz crackers (mmmm)
- Buy stuff for dinner tonight, having company
- Frame posters
- Make 2 ornaments
- Make gumdrop wreath
- Buy copy of Bladerunner
- Buy wire to make above ornaments
- Bake molasses cookies
- Make potholder and apron
- Buy wine and beer
- Look for sisters ipod in my bags from last Saturday
- Buy a rubber chicken and a six pack of Natty Boh
Not all of this needs to be done today. I'm just making my list and checking it twice! Of course, I still have to work this morning too. Ugh. I'm having my quiet time now, coffee in hand, computer on the corner of the couch. There is no one home, no one to get to school, just me and the dogs. Honey is just happy to be out of her crate for a little bit, unfortunately she's just going to have to go back in while I'm at work. Poor thing, in, out, in, out, in, out. I may be checking in later (adding to the list).
- Add turn in time sheet at work
- Straighten rest of house
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
My sister told us to wear our best rock star outfits for the Christmas gathering at their house with our Father. We took this as a personal challenge. This is the image I am using for our Christmas cards.
I lack skills but am working on giving good face.
I couldn't drum, I couldn't guitar, I couldn't sing, barely survived the tambourine but...
Li'l Sis and I rock on the penny whistle and recorder!
For the record, yes we did allow the children to play also.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Walking down the hill to get the car that got stuck at the bottom.
Honey's little legs are so short the snow came up to her chest and yes she loves it!
"Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes"
Tuesday was just a tease. Today the real stuff came down. Honey and I were the only dog walkers. It was so peaceful and quiet, walking in the snow. It kept falling, enough that I cancelled my last class, got stuck going up the hill and had to hoof it with dog and crate. We went back down to get the car after the road had been plowed. Audrey and I had fun, walking back down, catching snowflakes in our mouths, slipping, but were quite happy to get back in our warm house.
snowy. We got a light dusting of snow during the night, as much as a half an inch, which makes the entire neighborhood go crazy. The buses were 45 minutes late although school was not delayed, neighbors calling, traffic crazy. I'm surprised there was still milk, bread, and toilet paper on the shelves at the store.
What is this stuff, Mom?
Friday, November 30, 2007
Today was quite the self indulgent day. After my classes this morning, I ordered lunch to be delivered to the Y from my favorite place, Warehouse Gourmet Catering. Before it came, I had my massage. OMG! This was the best ever. She did something different on me and when I came out of there, my eyes were little slits, I was feeling so fine, people were asking if I was alright. Once home and chores done for the party, I promptly opened a bottle of Proseco. Party time!
This is the end of NaBloPoMo. I am tired, a little buzzed, and have to clean up from a party. That being said, Good night.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The small butcher business that eats breakfast together, complete with place settings, and those who take their smoke break together in lieu of breakfast.
The small group of minority children, latino and middle eastern, who wait for the bus on the same corner as the KKK appeared the first year I moved here. Progress is good.
The couple who eat at the table by the window overlooking their yard.
The old man who sits in his breezeway, staring out into the yard.
The older woman who thanked me for putting her Times paper on the porch along with her Merchandiser every week (and I didn't think she noticed).
The honk and wave of those I know who I know I love it when they honk and wave.
The bus driver that drove my children to school over a period of 10 years, who still smiles and waves.
The local pharmacist who knows what I am picking up without even asking.
That's small town life.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Melt one stick of butter in a medium sized baking dish by putting it in the oven.
Mix one 20 oz. bag of frozen corn, 1 can creamed corn, 1 cup milk, 4 beaten eggs, and one box of Jiffy corn bread mix.
Pour slowly in baking dish. Don't mix the butter in, just let it happen.
Bake an hour and a half.
Nice, open fire, with red, hot logs
mix 1lb. ground pork, 1 lb. ground beef, and 1 lb. ground turkey, veal, chicken (whatever) and follow the directions of a packet of McCormick Meatloaf mix, using 2 packets for this amount of meat.
In a large cast iron dutch oven, put in cut up sweet potatoes and white potatoes. Press meatloaf on top of the potatoes. Layer slices of uncooked bacon, and gobs of bbq sauce. Do not put directly on fire, but put hot coals on top until some of the fat and juices run down into the potatoes. Once that happens you can place the dutch over directly on the coals with some on top also. Cook, checking occasionally, monitoring the fire, until done. I think it took about an hour and a half, but it all depends on your fire. This was promptly eaten by 15 people, plus the camp guy took some for his dinner while manning the post. He left us a note saying it was the best dinner ever!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I am thankful for my husband, that he is still with me, for our children, who are lovely, fun, and wonderful to be with, for my puppies, who make me laugh (and grit my teeth, too), and of course my extended family - phone calls, visits, letters, emails. - D
Among the less serious in nature, I am thankful for music on my ipod, my blanket and pillow, my cool cowboy boots, for the corner in the sun room that is perfect for everything from reading to sewing to knitting to napping, for my able body to do my job, for my ability to motivate. - D
I am, of course, thankful for my family and friends. For all of our health and happiness. I am also thankful for my puppy Honey! And Apple Sunshine, Gus, and Punkin of course. Oh, and I'm thankful for my doorbell! (Family joke.) I'm thankful for my faith and love. But overall I'm thankful for this holiday to spend together. - A
I am thankful for my life and the good people in it. This of course including my wonderful, supportive family. I am thankful that they will always be there through any decisions or mistakes I may make. I am thankful for re-uniting of friendships, exploring new ones, and expanding on old ones. I'm thankful for hugs and kisses (including puppy kisses). I am thankful for the joy that puppies bring- especially Apple Sunshine who is 1 year old tomorrow. And OH how I am thankful for good food!!! -E
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Amidst staff meetings, kids coming and going, dogs playing, Mom came over bringing subs and her project. We spent a lovely afternoon in the sunroom crocheting, knitting, talking, and dreaming. We don't do this often enough.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
A fire in the wood stove.
A nap, followed by "How was your nap, Mommy?'
A laugh with Audrey
Going to Washboard Abs with Audrey (we are spending more time together which is the BEST)
Order in the house
All of this after waking up grouchy and not feeling well, sharing my coffee with Audrey, who has become a coffee drinker in the morning (huge glass over ice!), not having my act together, and truly a bull in a china shop, wondering if I will ever be graceful or have my act together.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
And the other part of my day? Spent peacefully knitting a hat.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Love reading this guy
Want one of these in my beach house
Going to see this tonight
This is how I found blogs
A lame post, I know. Today was a slow, easy day. Sometimes that's just what is in order. I've starting my Christmas shopping, made Thanksgiving plans, finished knitting a Christmas hat, and am now sitting at my computer, wasting time, drinking a glass of wine, listening to Public radio, with a cute puppy sound asleep beside me.
Friday, November 09, 2007
My Handsome Prince works on the eastern shore. We have been looking for a house on the shore. It is a huge PIA. When he find one he deems worthy, we must look, for it might get snatched up. We are unsure of what we are looking for or even where to look. The options seem endless. Our vacations have been interrupted by house hunting, I've spent days on the shore and never even seen the water. Sometimes, I get a bit resentful. I have to continuously remind myself that these little sacrafices will find me on the water on a regular basis. I'll be able to take an evening stroll on the beach whenever I want. I dream of a screeend porch, music playing, cocktails, card games and visitors. Don't forget the outside shower. I do enjoy our short trips in the car, though. We converse, I knit or read, we listen to good music or a book on tape, I nap. We talk about the houses we are going to see, our hopes, our plans, our future. I just did not feel like going on this last trip.
Well, he found one. It's in the big town of Dagsboro. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 garages, a pool, and a nice deck. It's bigger than what we live in now. You can see the water tower and walk to here, cool little movie theatre. It is 11 miles from Bethany Beach. Emma already has plans to live and work at the beach this summer. While it does not have a screened in porch or outside shower, it is in town, which I love. I'm a townie. I'm anxious to find the places that the tourists don't know of, to explore the area, to find the Mexican food, to have visitors, and strolls on the beach in off times. Oh, and I also have this book.
Will you promise to come visit?
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Keep on the sunny side of life.
- I found my missing house keys and car keys. I haven't had them since Friday.
- I was finally able to get my truck that we forgot about on Tuesday. We drove almost all the way home before remembering it was in Town.
- My house is so trashed that there is a phone jack that has been messed with and my phone is permanently off the hook until the handsome one comes home. Perfect for taking a nap.
- The spot could be scar tissue or a nodule and the surgeon says wait 3 months.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
candy - very pivotal event with Sammajamma
All being silly trying to make a post for tonight. My sister, her children, my father, even Emma came home (she was excited for good food). Dogs (4) wrestling in one room, kids (4 - Emma doesn't count) wrestling in another, adults around the table drinking wine, pork tenderloin, sweet and white potatoes, salad, bread, .Mmmmm.
Did you hear that?
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
That gave me time to think. Today I had to get to church a half hour before it started to get guidance as a deacon and special circumstances, which I really did not receive. Then was supposed to stay for a congregational meeting, lunch, and the band playing, which I did not stay for. Then required to go back for youth activities at 5pm. All of this along with the fact that we live 35 miles, 45 minutes to an hour, from church. Along with the fact that I've been asked 3 weeks in a row to bring food for some social event and last year we struggled to feed a homeless shelter once a week. Along with the fact that I never speak to anyone at church during the week, only on Sunday. No one calls to just to say hello, it's only when they want something. I started to complain and realized I was just as bad. I only helped with the homeless shelter once last year, I never contribute to the Thanksgiving dinner for shut ins. And I never call anyone just to say hi. So to see a change I'm going to be a change. I will send a card this week to someone and make a call just to say hello to one of our family friends. I will see what they need for the Thanksgiving dinner both here and at Mom's church where she works. I will look for other avenues to make that effort rather than getting mad at the situation. Be the change.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Afternoon at Mom's - cleaning a bit while she and Audrey baked a cake
Shopping with both my girls - We all have a love/hate relationship with Anthropologie
Maybe a movie tonight.
All ordinary Saturday doings but with no real commitments, each done at leisure, they were extraordinary.
Friday, November 02, 2007
I know what needs to be done and I'm taking the little steps to get there. Today started with a short soak in the hot tub, the sun just starting to rise over the trees, a lovely fall morning. I taught classes with a bit more energy. Then I had a massage. Oh, how I love thee, Laura. A tiny, cute thing, wonderful physique, amazing strength. She moves me in directions that don't seem possible, presses her fingers so hard into knots that it sends chills down my spine, and it feels wonderful. She talks music, plays music, laughs, tells stories, and I don't mind. She's my younger twin, a bit over the top, curly hair, loud, loves Danskos and Ozomatli. The girls thinks she looks like me from behind. One day a few weeks ago, in that stupid funk, I put on regular exercise gear, even kind of crummy, then changed my mind. I literally said to myself, "I want to look cute, just like Laura". I ended up seeing her later in the day and we were wearing the same shirt. Great minds think alike.
A massage is the most self indulgent thing I can think of and I already have next month's scheduled.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
For another healthy baby girl
For a little order in my house
For an exhausted puppy who can not walk even a step further and lays down on the ground, refusing to move, bringing smiles and laughter to others
For a good project
For a loving man
For addressing my Father at his 70th birthday bash
For a great weight workout
For benign report of a friend's daughter's brain tumor
Oh, it was not all thanks and praise this week. I made some mistakes with my daughters, ignored my husband, spent too much time running for good things, then complaining about it. It took me all week to realize the goodness of it all.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say "Hello", goodbye! I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!"
Friday, October 12, 2007
Crossing the bay bridge always brings a smile to my face. The kids used to look at me when we crossed.
Making dinner for my Mom and children then eating with them. What a simple, wonderful thing to do.
The smell of wood smoke.
A possible new friend and project.
A new to me wool blanket with satin edging that kept me warm last night.
Tonight I am home alone. I'm sorting through my studio to make room for the Project Linus quilts we picked up. My neighbor, possible new friend, has lured me in to this endeavor. I'm looking forward to a service project, a new contact, and someone in close proximity. She and I will share the duties with another woman of picking up donations from the local Wal-Mart, inventory them in, label quilts, and drop them off at another friend's house.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
And everything there feels just as it should
You're part of the life there
You're part of something good
If you've ever wandered lonely through the woods
If you've ever wandered lonlely through the woods
Have you ever stared into a starry sky?
Lying on your back you're asking why
What's the purpose I wonder who am I
If you've ever stared into a starry sky
Have you ever stared into a starry sky
Have you ever been out walking in the snow?
Tried to get back to where you were before
You always end up not knowing where to go
Have you ever been out walking in the snow?
If you'd ever been out walking you would know
go to music, The Story, #6 Have You Ever
2-3 pieces of hot italian sausage, crumbled
lots of garlic
brown sausage and garlic together
Add a jar of marinara sauce
add some red wine -big glug - last night I used a Grenache by the name of "Bitch" (a photo was taken of Mom holding the bottle with a glass also)
add chopped fresh basil, nice big handful
add some cream, enough to turn it a delightful orange color maybe 1/4 cup
Serve over fresh tortellini, with a caesar salad, and good crusty bread. Oh, let's not forget that Audrey and I made an apple pie. Mmmmm.
Neither one of my children like sausage, Emma does not like pasta with tomato sauce, so for them to wolf this down was quite an accomplishment.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
any small, pleasing picture or view.
A short scene or incident, as from a movie.
To describe in a brief way.
Hello! Do you remember me? I took a bit of a blogging break, not intentional and not all that advantageous. It just made me stress about how I would come back, what I would find worthy of words. So here I am and here are some scenes from my break.
Do you like a little Honey with your Apple?
Even the old man, Gus, aka Handsome Rob likes a little Honey.