Friday, December 28, 2007

Blogging Been Bery Bery Good to Me

Today marks two years. From my first post listing gratitudes to yesterday's post about our new home, blogging has been quite the experience. It is not what I expected. I expected simplicity, posts about everyday, normal things, crafts, kids, cooking, and what not. So that is what I did. What I did not expect was how posting about those things would be so wondrous, so thought provoking, so eye opening, so healing. I am truly amazed.

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?

Salud!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Downy Ocean

We crossed the bridge

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

Memories, Traditions, Nostalgia

When I was a young girl, during the advent season, my parents would wake us at the crack of dawn, Monday through Friday, to attend a short advent worship seervice. We would sit in 2 rows of chairs that face each other in the frigid church. Ten would be a large crowd. We would sing hymns acapella, listen to scripture and be on our way in 30 minutes. At that time of day, that temperature, outside and in, and our age, it was 30 minutes of not quite, but almost, torture. Yet, we did it. I'm sure it was difficult for our parents to get us out everyday. It was important to them to expose us to this discipline. It remains a constant memory and something I wish I had the discipline to do with my children. It was a way to wait in spiritual awareness. To depart from the commercial. To be Holy.

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

Down to the Wire

Today's To Do List:


  1. Address Christmas cards and put in mail (they just arrived yesterday)
  2. Finish stocking for Emma
  3. Clean kitchen
  4. Start wrapping gifts
  5. Buy present for Davy
  6. Buy stocking stuffers for MHP, Em, Audrey, and Mom
  7. Make chocolate covered peanut butter ritz crackers (mmmm)
  8. Buy stuff for dinner tonight, having company
  9. Frame posters
  10. Make 2 ornaments
  11. Make gumdrop wreath
  12. Buy copy of Bladerunner
  13. Buy wire to make above ornaments
  14. Bake molasses cookies
  15. Make potholder and apron
  16. Buy wine and beer
  17. Look for sisters ipod in my bags from last Saturday
  18. 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

Ornament

It's my house! It was great fun to make. They are off to Michele at Calico Daisy, Gail at Runnergurl, and Chris from the Holiday Traditions Exchange.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Moments

Sunday night, a small darkened Sunday school room, Audrey playing the part of Mary, My Handsome Prince, the part of Angel Gabriel, Emma and I operating the light. We sat together in this small, dark room, waiting for the crowd to come through every 1o minutes or so, waiting for the birth. We had no ipods, no phones, no tv, no lights, no games, no books, just us. We waited in quiet peace (disturbed only by fits of coughing by Emma and me), we waited in laughter, we waited making silly noises, we waited by singing (ok, it was Backstreet Boys). We waited what seemed forever but was only a couple hours. At the end, the baby was crying, the donkey pooped, the angels still sang, and the crowd stood in awe. Do you think that's how it was?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

It's Safe Now

The hat I knit for my Father









The purchased blanket that I appliqued ginkgo leaves on representing the leaves I see on my walks in Hanover

At the table

I Want to be a Rock Star!


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

Snow Day


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.

Can You See Me?

It was freakin' cold yesterday! I bundled up for my walk, not looking forward to it, windy, and...
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

3rd Annual Handmade Ornament Exchange

We hosted the third annual handmade ornament exchange. The criteria is that every participant brings 1 ornament. The ornament must be handmade and must be something you would be pleased to receive. Our tree is now ready for our other ornaments.

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

Melancholy


" And I had a dream I stood beneath an orange sky With my sister standing by " - Alexi Murdoch.
This morning's sky.

Abandoning all chores, we went for a walk.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Art at Aunt Dana's

Okay, first let me say, I'm an idiot. Remember my dreams of skirts? Well, I had the same kind of thoughts about today. My sister, her kids, and probably her dog were all coming over to help me get ready for a party, make ornaments, and have a fun artsy/craftsy day. I imagined taking lovely photos of kids at work on projects, hands, nature, dogs, and using it for my post. Well...let's just say it did not quite go that way. One was done in 10 minutes, the other required my help on the machine, the other tried constantly to sit on the dogs, while the dogs tormented my cat, who was hiding under the woodstove, which was extremely hot. At one point Sambino came out of a bedroom covered in powder. Luckily he contained his spill in a box which promptly got shoved right back in a cupboard. I am totally not ready for a party but I got my ornament done.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Things That I See

As I walk in town on Tuesdays, I witness simple, yet remarkable things

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

He's Back!

So go Elf Yourself!

runner gurl sent one to me! This year you can even record a message. My Handsome Prince got one from one of the band members. Now go to it!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

It's a Keeper!

Thanksgiving is the only time I ever make corn pudding. It's always requested, even by children, who typically do not like corn pudding, something about the texture. I originally used the recipe in "The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American". Then I started ad libbing. One year I added corn bread. Of course it was for the gang we just spent the holiday with and all they could talk/email about was that great corn pudding with the corn bread in it. Well, come Thanksgiving, I was sweating bullets. I was afraid to try and not live up to my reputation, but I did. I promised to write it down and share it, along with a recipe for meatloaf we made over the open fire during the summer. Disclaimer: Neither one of these recipes are low fat or good for you but sure are yummy.

Corn Pudding
Oven 350
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.

Meatloaf
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

They Won't Be Around Forever

After hearing this phrase for my entire married life, it is unfortunately ringing true. Who knows what has kept Shorty around 94 years. After the passing of Eulala, he has succombed to his congestive heart disease. He and his daughter, my MIL, did not make it out for Thanksgiving, so we went to them today. The four of us, plus two puppies, plus My Handsome Prince's Sister and her family went to see Shorty and Carolyn. He looked good and did not require much oxygen, but this was a good day. Emma remarked that there could not be a cuter, small old man than Great Grandaddy. He sat in his chair, smiled, asked for food, took a nap when told, and ate his requested apple pie. He was happy today with his flock around him, not really hearing the conversation, but alert in observation, loving Apple on his lap, holding the hand of whoever was next to him. I'm glad we went, for my husband, for my children, but most of all, for Shorty, for it was a good day.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Photos

Welcoming yellow door
Dinner crew

Technique for making room for dessert

Dessert table, see Audrey's smile?


My new 'do - I let Audrey braid my hair and some never even noticed.
Rolling in leaves
Cool boots

Ridiculous winning Euchre hand

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Things We Are Thankful For

I am thankful for the pleasant & safe trip we had driving to my Aunt & Uncle's beautiful home. The Fall leaves changing, as the setting sun shown through them, made us more aware of God's presence and creations he has blessed us with. I am always thankful for the time with family, that this holiday brings. - P



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

Thanksgiving Travels

The girls dropped the dogs off with my sister, the Prince and I both worked in the morning and by 2pm we were on the road. We drove Rt.30 from Gettysburg to Latrobe, through the mountains, looking at the beautiful leaves, listening to a mix of Anders Osborne, Ben Harper, Brandi Carlile, listening to snoring girls, then silly girls. We are here with a mix of joy and sorrow in the family, while Shorty/Grandad struggles with congestive heart disease, along with the grief of a broken heart, the arrival of a new child in the family, and health struggles with my brother in law/The Handsome Prince's brother at Johns Hopkins. I will miss my family, my sister, who is hosting dinner along with 3 dogs, my Mom who is with her sister, and my Dad who will be with my sister. Where will you be tomorrow?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sylvia

Audrey and I went into Baltimore yesterday to meet with Sylvia. Sylvia is 89 years old and runs a food pantry out of a small church. Single handed, for the most part. She drives a PT Cruiser. I met Sylvia about 9 months ago, through Mom, when I asked her to present her story for my Everyday Inspiration Sunday school. I chose her because she lives and breathes as every day is a blessing and a gift from God. She is funny, tells a great story, loves to talk, is fairly liberal in her thinking, and is a servant. Born Jewish, she learned the New Testament by reading it to her Mother in Law, and was baptized a Christian at the same time as her infant child. Back to Monday. Sylvia had 25 families to feed for Thanksgiving through the food pantry. That meant 25 boxes of mashed potatoes, 25 boxes of stuffing, 25 cans of cranberry relish, 25 loaves of bread, 25 dozen eggs, 25 cans of corn, and so on and so on. Who do you think buys all that food? Shops for that food? Humps that food into the church? Bags that food? Distributes that food? You got it, Sylvia. Audrey and I thought we would help. I shopped with her while Audrey and Sylvia's great granddaughter put out what they already had. Then assembly line style, we put one of each into brown paper bags. While we were working, Sylvia's granddaughter was going in to the hospital for emergency surgery. I heard her speak to her granddaughter and at the end of the conversation, Sylvia said "God Bless You." I have never heard those words uttered with such conviction, so heartfelt, so loving of child and Lord. God Bless You, Sylvia.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cable out Today

I had this post going through my head all day but the cable has been out, phone out, tv out, computer out. I read instead. This is the best you will get. It's time for bed. See you tomorrow!
D

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I have so many things running through my head, so many desires, so many aspirations. Currently, I'm looking at going to school. I never went to college. During the college search for Emma, I realized that, while it was not for me then, it is now. I want to attend the local community college, focus on Health and Exercise Science, exercise track. Then again, anything artsy fartsy turns me on, and after a visit to the local Holistic and Therapuetic Health spa, I'm thinking, Hmmm, or is the Om? Oh, and I want to be fluent in Spanish, that's the direction the community I live in is going, along with the shore home. Add to that the fact that I have wanted to compete in a bodybuilding competition since my friend Lisa did, at least 10 years ago, and there just happens to be one in the spring. Oh, don't forget the house on the shore. I want to live there during the summer. Maybe I could work at the local coffee shop, get dreadlocks (yes, they are a desire, too,) and work at the surf shop (no I don't know how to surf, but I'm sure I could learn), or maybe be the umbrella girl at the beach. Let's not forget that I have a puppy and am a clueless operator, so dog obedience and maybe agility is in order. She is a working dog and would love a job. Back to the spa, Yoga would really help me make that mind/body connection and maybe I wouldn't feel like I'm falling apart. After today's sermon, about first fruits, the idea of several years ago came back - teach sewing lessons to women from Prisoner's Aide. Does everyone's mind race like this?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

What's Not to Love?

As I knit, I remember wearing that dress, or the favorite T-shirt of Emma's, or how cute Audrey looked in a certain outfit. These thoughts along with the fact that this is a gift for Christmas, that I am a bit in the lead concerning gifts, and that it's part of the handmade pledge bring me peace. I really, really, love knitting this.

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.
A meteor shower tonight, the girls and I planned our hot tub outing, turned out all the lights in the house, but a malfunction in the hot tub and hazy skies foiled our plans. So I knit, listening to Sounds Eclectic on the radio and they watch their favorite episodes of The OC. While we could be together, we are all quite content in our own setting. The only thing missing is the Prince.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Girl's Afternoon

Silly girls. It's girls day/weekend. My Handsome Prince is off on the shore, attending to matters of state and matters of a new home. Audrey and I made plans to go thrifting, simple dinner, and a movie. We started our afternoon returning library books so I don't have to pay someones salary (which I do quite often despite how easy they make it to not have overdue fines). I had not showered, opted for a nap instead. I was dressed in BDU pants, over sized hoody, pink polar fleece, down vest, scarf, and (in Audrey's opinion) a geeky hat that made me look 10 years old. She made it apparent that she did not approve of the outfit. So...turning from the outside book drop, I started to do a model turn, open the vest, swing of the scarf, but as soon as I started, Audrey made a head/eye motion, and a man exiting the staff exit was right in front of me. I burst into laughter, he said "I didn't see a thing", and Audrey was hysterical in the car, in total disbelief that I made such a fool of myself, and did not care. I had tears streaming down my face. We went to a local bakery for coffee and goodies and up to Goodwill. She was looking for a sweater to make into legwarmers, I was just looking. We came out with sweaters, skirt, and a set of dishes all for a song. I followed Runner gurl's lead, and made this delicious pizza with what I had on hand, chicken, pesto, broccoli slaw, and cheese. A fine Friday night.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

It's Also the Simple Things

An ordinary Thursday. Numerous phone calls in the morning, classes, home, lunch, laundry and before I know it, it's time to go back to work. I hate these split days. But...I did manage to compile a cycle list on my ipod and attach it to the stereo at work. Woohoo! It worked awesome! I was happy as a clam despite the fact that I looked like a dork, cycle shorts, cycle shirt, white footies, and...red dansko shoes. I totally forgot my athletic shoes. I was not taken seriously for the rest of the night. See what I mean about having my act together? This was only the second time in 3 years though.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's the Little Things

Lunch with a new friend, talking knitting, our corners, other interests.
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)
New ideas
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

Little Bit



My neighbor started calling Honey "Little Bit of Honey". We joke around that she is a little bit hungry, a little bit tired, a little bit wet, a little bit silly, a little bit wild, a little bit cute. In this photo she is a little bit bad don't you think?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Can You Say "M! Huh!"?

I subbed for another instructor tonight. It was a kickboxing class. If I were to pick a favorite, this would be it. Faster pace, grunts, groans, loud music, sweat, and of course my loud voice booming above it all. I'm hoarse now from it. It is so worth it. Emma, Audrey, and cousin Lauren came to my class one time (when I was teaching it regularly). Lauren remarked that I must have some anger issues. I told her absolutely not, 'cause I kickbox.

And the other part of my day? Spent peacefully knitting a hat.

Kickbox/knit/kickbox/knit

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Knitting Today

I finished this hat for a friend, my masseuse, pilates instructor, and twin cousin, Laura. She admired one I made for myself and continues to comment about it. I used a similar yarn, just a different color. I hope she likes it. I'm thinking about (my doorbell) adding a felted flower, making it a bit over the top.

I'm making a ginormous ball of yarn out of this pile to knit a couple rugs for presents.
Honey is keeping watch, or was.
I've also started a funky hat.

Audrey is crafting too, despite a low grade fever. I'm so proud of this child, she didn't take a shower and is wearing a bandana. A child after my own heart. :-)

I'm keeping all of this a bit mysterious for there are some that read this and I don't want to give it away.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Internet Finds

Marketplace today was on consumed. Food/trash for thought, literally.

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

S'cuse Me While I Get Sick

Should I vomit because I may have a second home/second mortgage? Or maybe because I let My Handsome Prince put in a contract on a home I've never seen?







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

Always on the sunny side

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

Dinner with my Family

children
chaos
cacophony
coffee
cookies
chicken
ciabatta
cashews
chips
cheers
chatter
charades
cards
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

Another Day at Hopkins

Today I took the morning off from classes to accompany My Handsome Prince to Johns Hopkins for his quarterly with his Orthopeadic Oncologist. I had waivered on the fence as to whether I should go and decided it was important. My sister quietly asked this morning if he was nervous or was I nervous. That's a difficult question to answer. Yes, that cloud hangs over us continously, yet we are not people who dwell in the negative. We went today to discuss pain and options to control it. He lives with a constant pain in his knee and leg. Reconstruction is not really an option until the pain becomes unbearable. It's not unbearable. He was sent for the chest CT scan, we delayed the time with cappucinos, and then went back to the Dr.'s office. The resident came in, said scans were in and they would discuss them, then talk with us. I could tell. There is a look in the eyes. Another nodule in his lung. Upon hearing the news, MHP asked "Will I be doing this the rest of my life?" Another difficult question without an answer.

Monday, November 05, 2007

My new T shirt

This is the T-shirt I'm ordering. It's to wear to work. I think it's perfect. Check it out at Cafe Press. It says "I'm Not Bossy, I Just Know What You Should Be Doing".

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Be The Change

This morning I woke about a half hour before the rest of the house had to get up. I got my coffee, took the dogs out, checked my email, and a couple blogs. Very peaceful. I had not done that in a while, risen before anyone else. I woke My Handsome Prince and he announced that we had to change the clocks tonight. That was when I realized I awoke and HOUR and half before anyone else had to. Of course, the clocks were to be set back at 2am this morning. It made for a leisurely morning.

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

An Extraordinary Saturday

Breakfast at Dutch Corner - doesn't that just reek of local
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

Little Steps

I'm not sure exactly how I landed in this funk I'm in, but it has gone on long enough. It seemed as if I was just going through the motions, not really enjoying the process. I'd wake up in the morning and think oh, class again, papers again, puppy again, dishes, laundry, etc...
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

7 Random Things

This is the latest internet meme sweeping the blogs. Although a bit late in fashion (not unusual) I am participating, but not in the typical manner (again, not unusual). Rather than list 7 random things about myself I will list 7 random things I've done since my last post. So, in no particular order, 7 things, accomplishments, experiences, etc.
1. Joined NaBloPoMo, which is National Blog Posting Month. I have not been motivated to post, to sew, to read, really, to do anything lately, so this is my motivation, my inspiration to change my habits and move onward.
2. Walked with a record breaking 9 dogs! Yes, 9! This class is so much fun!


3. Hung out at the local Barber shop while My Handsome Prince waited, then received his haircut. This Barber Shop is complete with a spinning pole and chairs that the Barber himself, remembers sitting in as a child. I learned that men love scoop.
4. Camped in the rain (again) for Halloween. Ate massive amounts of food, drank beer, had a great time. Watch out for these vampires, though.

5. Participated in the Fall Swap and received some wonderful goodies from Calico Daisy. Since she already took a photo, I'll let you go there to see what she sent me. Plus I'm already using the towels and one is dirty. I just love them! Her package is going out tomorrow. I'm always sending on the deadline.
6. Went to the Autumn Wine Festival on the Eastern Shore. Here we are, just the two of us.


7. Made a cement trough planter. We used only one mold and built on the inside of it. I'd love to make more but that would require a 90lb. bag of Portland cement.
8. Had an absolutely body and soul satisfying lunch with a friend. We had lunch delivered from here. (They deliver to the Y too, I had dinner delivered twice) We ate wonderful food, a bit of chocolate, and a cup of coffee. I felt comfortable in her beautiful home. It was just perfect.
Okay, so I posted 8 Random things. I'm sure I could come up with a few more. Blogging everyday would prevent this, wouldn't it?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Look What I Made!

Simple pink yo yos that I had done a while back stitched onto a piece of linen lying around set into purchased shadow box. Too cute present for a new baby girls room. I will be doing more of these. Loved it!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Give Thanks and Praise

For Mom's good Dr. report
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

SPC - Food - No time

No time to sit and eat, running late to class, needing a bit of sugar, hence the frosted mini wheats, water to offset the vast amounts of coffee before breakfast,
"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

Gratitude Friday

Creative Daisy culiminates her week with gratitudes, Jeanne at Spiral is daily. I'm sure there are others out there that list their gratitudes, whether they be simple or complex. I like the idea. It's too easy to complain about the things that go wrong with our days our weeks. I had some nice times over the past week or so.

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

Contemplation

Have you ever wandered lonely through the woods?
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

-Brandi Carlile
go to music, The Story, #6 Have You Ever

A Keeper

Last night, among other things, I made a scruptious dinner. That doesn't happen very often. It's not that I can not cook, it's that I don't. No pictures as what wasn't eaten last night, I just finished for lunch.
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)
simmer
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

Vignettes

vi·gnette /vɪnˈyɛt/n.
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.


Family gathering. The ladies again.
, A father and his daughters.The middle set of sisters, out of the three sets present.
We had all gathered for the last concert on the patio at Lansdowne Christian Church, my father's church. The Nitty Gritty Church band was playing, who are from Christian Temple, the church my Mom, sister and I attend. It was, as usual, a festive, animated crowd, and when the concert ended, no one wanted to leave.
Mom had her spinal fusion surgery on the following Tuesday. She spent an agonizing week at the hospital. It was not quite what she expected, the nursing staff was lacking, and the recovery was slow. Upon release, she spent two weeks with Auntie and Uncle in West Virginia in the throws of luxury and pampering. Each time I visited, I was amazed at her progress. I know the love and care she received from her sister and her husband were the key. She is now home, adjusting to life alone, well, with a cat (who is delighted to have her home) and receiving many visitors and tons of food.
A late September trip to the beach. We almost always go in September to Ocean City, when the crowds are smaller. This year, we went to Bethany Beach instead, staying on the Military post. We did all the usually beachy things, sunbathe, swim, walk, look for shells. We walked the boardwalk, shopped the shoppy shops, had dinner at Mangos. We had wonderful sunny weather, a bit of rain, and wind.
Family portrait.
The view from Mangos of boardwalk and beach.
Do people really buy these stupid, irritating, barking, snorting, things, that usually fall over resembling a turtle stuck on its back unable to get up?
Walking to the beach.
Precious girls.
Communicating.
Home life:
The addition of a puppy. Honey Bunch, Honey Bear, Honeysuckle Rose. Take your pick. Or you can just call her Pepper.
Do you like a little Honey with your Apple?
Even the old man, Gus, aka Handsome Rob likes a little Honey.
The subtraction of one puppy. Apple Sunshine went to live with Emma. Boohoo.
Homecoming Cuties. These two have been friends for many years, having met through camp. Always a bit awkward at first, they warm up quickly. But, leaving Audrey with a bunch of strangers, these two still in their awkward stage, her giving me this look that said "help" and whispering "I can't" just nearly killed me. The next day, a good report was given and a good time was had.
Finally managed to get a ride in, although Black Betty must have been a bit miffed at me because she was not shifting as she should be. She might need a check up.
Things I've made:
Embroidery on the edge of baby socks for gifts.
A baby hat, made from this pattern. It was larger than I desired so I felted to size.
And a baby T with embellishment from a discarded dress from one of my girls.
Two more girl hats to make and one boy, plus a hat for my masseuse.
A story to share:
Gus is aging. He is constantly thirsty and constantly urinating so constantly needing to go outside or have his water dish filled. He has been checked and is fine, just aging. Anyway, My Handsome Prince wakes in the middle of the night, because he is aging too, and needs to use the bathroom. He comes back to bed and immediately falls back asleep, and I know this from a little tell tale breathing pattern that we won't talk about. All of this wakes me. I hear Gus pacing in the kitchen and panting so loud I wonder why no one else is awake. I get up, give him some water, go back to bed. Still I hear panting. So, I get up again, let him out and he stands so long with his leg up he almost falls over. Comes back in, I go back to bed, yes, still, panting. More water finally does the trick. He comes into our room, leans against the bed and lies down. Meanwhile, through all this, My Handsome Prince is still sleeping, making his own breathing noise. I am fuming. Why didn't he hear or pay attention when he got up? Why me? I truly hate to get up at night. Anyway, I get back in bed, way over on my side, on the very edge, so much so that I could fall out, with my back to the MHP. In the morning, not mad, but wanting to bring the situation to light, I told him this story. When I got to the part about sleeping on the edge, he promptly says "Well, that'll teach me, won't it?" I nearly snorted my coffee out my nose. We love to laugh.
The King in his hiding place. Audrey and I are both creeped out by the King in the Burger King commercials. He is just too creepy! One of the rare times going to BK, we received this guy in a kids meal. We play a game where we hide him for the other to find. He's hidden in wreaths, looked down from ceiling fans, appeared in bag of dog food, he even made his way to Italy in a certain young ladies suitcase. She almost threw him out that time! I love this little game we play and it always makes me laugh when I find him, and sometimes that takes weeks.