Thursday, December 25, 2008
I have to also wish my parents a happy 50th wedding anniversary. Due to my father's call to serve in the Navy and be in California three days after Christmas, my parents were married Christmas Day and are still so very in love. They are my inspiration and some day I hope that I will have that same happiness. I am working towards it daily. And, yes, I know that it is work, it does not just "happen".
I also want to share these three images....
This is the front of the first card from SF. What a thoughtful gesture to search for a card with red rose buds on it knowing how much they mean to me....
Inside the gift bag, was this blue box...... and this was inside....SF took the time to listen to what was important and when she was certain, she set out to find the perfect gift. I was so surprised to open it and I was so nervous that I couldn't even put it on myself.
That's all for now...I'm off to get everything gathered up and ready to head to dinner with SF and our friends and their family....look out boys, I bet you got toys that I might like....
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday the mattresses for the bed were delivered at 9:00 AM. I spent the morning washing all my clothes so that I could get it all done in preparation for this week. I also had three weeks worth of ironing that was overtaking the apartment. I worked up to 3:00 PM and got myself ready for the Christmas Party.
The host couple's house was beautiful. They had won their subdivision's award for best lights. They also had two trees. One was a cream and gold theme and the other was flamingos. The food was fabulous and the company was even better. We had a White Elephant exchange and it was so much fun. There were 14 of us and I had number 5. My first pick was two silver bags tied together. One contained Asti and the second contained edible underthings. One for each partner (male and female)...and they were the candy on a string type. My face turned about sixteen shades of red. Needless to say, they did not remain in my possession for long. I ultimately brought home a tool kit. It has all kinds of nifty tools that I needed but had not purchased.
Sunday was laid back. I finished the remaining ironing and worked on afghan squares for the Pine Ridge Reservation project. I also snuck out and picked up part of SF's present. I got her a piece of the Comets floor from the Summit when it was damaged by Tropical Storm Allison. It comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and I am so excited. Part two of the gift will be getting it framed in a shadow box once she tells me what color the rest of her frames are in the memorabilia room. No, I still have not seen or been to her place. Not time yet for the waltz to increase. No rush on my part and if it is to be it will be. I also have a mechanic shirt from Hellanbach. MEOW! I also have Lisa Leslie's book for her.
I managed to get all of the gifts wrapped and under the tree. I am looking forward to this first Christmas on my own. New traditions and no pressure to get the perfect gift for a couple that has no real need for anything from us common folk.... Instead, I will be having a wonderful dinner Christmas Eve with SF and exchanging gifts with her. Christmas Day, I plan on getting together with Trouble and Jack first. If Munchkin can squeeze me in since she is starting with someone else other than her mother, I'll see her as well. If not, she and I will need to have Christmas another day. I am looking forward to Christmas dinner with SF at the same house as Thanksgiving Day dinner and then a movie in the afternoon. I think we are going to see that new Brad Pitt movie...
In lieu of my normal temptations, I wanted to take this time and forum to thank everyone for their love and support this past six months. I will not name each of you here, as you know who you are and what part you have played, and continue to play. I owe three of you packages and I plan to get them in the mail over then next two weeks. I wanted to avoid the holiday mailing frenzy and make sure that you each receive them after the new year begins. I also want to thank melaswell for the awesome music mix she sent me! I think I am totally in love with you woman! You ROCK! Talk to that landlord about getting that hole in your ceiling and let me know when I can "drop" in... ;) Boston here I come!
I also want to take this time to wish each of you the best holiday season possible. I hope that you enjoy your family and friends, your children/grandchildren/nephews/nieces, and the joys that sharing yourself with each of them brings. There is a song I am reminded of that reminds us that everyday should be Christmas, not because of the gift frenzy but the love that we share with everyone. How fortunate I am to have learned to look within myself for strength and happiness. I am stronger and more self-confident and looking forward to all that lies ahead of me in the coming new year.
I am looking forward to closing out this year and ringing in the new one. I am enrolled in college and I will be taking a history class and a web design class the first semester. I am also scheduled to take two CLEP tests within the next thirty days. If I pass them, will have four classes left and I will have my degree. For the first time in my life, I am doing this because I want to control my destiny. I no longer feel compelled to finish in order to meet the measure of anyone. I know how intelligent I am and it is a shame that I need a degree to be accepted, but it is a price that I am now excited to pay. No longer will ANYONE be able to hold the fact that they have a degree and therefore are superior to me over my head!
Helen Ready said it best, "I am woman hear me roar in numbers to strong to ignore"!
Happy Holidays to each of you and may all that God and your fellow man/woman share with you enrich you beyond words!
Friday, December 19, 2008
How fortunate I am to have friends that knit and are scattered all around this big place we call the world! Special shouts to Megan, Amy, AHJ, Mel, Katie, and Lesley!
How blessed I am to have two beautiful daughters and all the pains and joys that come with mother hood. And yes, I thank my own mother every time I talk to her for all that she taught me, and for all that she let me discover on my own without protecting me from myself.
How lucky I am to have my "big sister". She is the best non-relative that I could ever have in my life and I am truly a better person for having her in mine. Together, we are invincible!
How wonderful it is to meet a person that accepts you for all your faults/warts and wants to know more about you in spite of everything that they know. Developing a friendship that doesn't judge the differences between my family and hers. A woman that accepts me for all the reasons that I have never been comfortable with myself and encourages me to develop and use them to gain the self-confidence I deserve. A woman that accepts me as an equal on all levels of the playing field. Thank you SF.
How happy that I am at this point in my life to have accepted my own short-comings and instead of running from them, I have challenged them to a head on duel. Accepting the fact that I have things that I must conquer and things that I must let die. It is quite liberating and allows me to continue to gain self-confidence.
What five things are important to you right now? I could list more, but these five seemed enough to get the point across eloquently.
More later this weekend...I have a White Elephant gift to get wrapped and deviled eggs to finish....
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I wish that the website showed you how awesome this shirt really looks. It is a Christmas present for SF. and I am so excited. I also know that SF likes, no loves, watches. If I knew that this one would be acceptable, I would have ordered it as well. Perhaps when I am more attuned to what is the favorite style I can add that to the gift list.
While I was trolling the Internets looking for something else, I saw this, this, and this. Okay, yes, I have the ability to wear any of these. That had me looking at the other holiday choices. And then I saw these road signs...and I couldn't narrow it down to any one favorite. There were just so many that could be acceptable....Of course no self-respecting motorcycle owner could exclude looking at the Skull/Cross/Motorcycle category and I saw this one. Of course, knowing that I have now officially declared the Open Rose (Full-Blown) as my trade-mark, I saw this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this was my favorite. I also found this category but did not investigate it as much as I should have.
Thinking ahead to road trips in the summer, I was also on the look out for any deals on this, or something like it. I am also very much in love with the aux input jack in my car. it allows me to listen to my iPOD through the car's speaker system. I may need this to enable me to have all of my music with me on my next road trip. My only "challenge" would be what color....
Okay...that's enough for this edition....my next one will be food related again, as I have been pouring through sites again....you have been warned. I will also be adding several posts tomorrow about the House of Blues show and Hurly Knitting.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
It has been one full month without the meds and I am doing really well. I have had two small "attacks" but in general, I am calm and upbeat. It feels good to be in control of that part of my life again. That is not to say that I can remain off of them forever, but I am doing fine so far. Training for the 10K has had a very positive impact on my mental state of well being too. Not to mention the obvious physical changes. I am quite pleased with my progress and when I am in a little better physical shape, I will post some of the before and after shots for your viewing "pleasure".
Saturday, S.F. and I spent the entire day together. We met at 9:30 AM and didn't part company until 11:40 PM. We did some errands together and then we headed to the Lone Star Rally in Galveston. It is the largest sanctioned AMA event in the US. It was hard to see Galveston in the state of disarray that was evident in some parts of town. They have done an amazing job but they still have so much more to accomplish. The Rally was amazing. Since I have been going to motorcycle shops and sitting on bikes, I was much more comfortable climbing on those that were available at the Rally. Every type of bike and every type of rider was there. The food was wonderful, the weather was amazing, and the company was stellar. I have added some pictures to my Flickr slide show. Shopping was good too. I got some Christmas presents, so I cannot post about them here. I did get this in blue for an amazing price. S.F. got a shirt to match. We needed them for a party that we have been invited to and Hawaiian attire is the mandatory dress code. I also got this for myself. The owner of the booth is from the same hometown as S.F. and we had a wonderful time talking with he and his daughter. Their products are amazing! S.F thinks that I should get these to match. All kinds of thoughts came to mind with that suggestion and we both had a pretty good chuckle as a result. That made me think I should have this to match as well.
It seems that the open rose (full blown) is my trade-mark. I have a tattoo, a necklace, a pin for my blazers, and now the vest. It will be something that I pay attention to in the future. And, when the situation presents itself, I will make certain that it is one of the patches that I get to have sewn on the vest that I will wear to show my affiliations as a rider.
Sunday was a laid back day. I slept in and got caught up on sleep. I also managed to finish one of the catghans that I was making for a new friend. She has five cats and one of them is older and has some challenges associated with aging. I will post a picture of it later this week and add it to Ravelry. I made the first one this week and delivered it to her. We spent some quality time sharing a bottle of wine and some dinner while we talked about a variety of subjects. I will make the remaining four catghans the next two weeks and get them to her the Saturday after Christmas.
This could be another low post week due to the social calendar. I have tickets with S.F. to see Aaron Neville at the House of Blues on Tuesday, Hurly Heights Knitters at Waldo's on Wednesday, dinner with Alex (Posse) Thursday, dinner with Melissa (Comets) Friday and the High School Division 1 5A playoffs and a White Elephant party to attend with S.F. on Saturday. I have the Temptations post in draft already so that I can add to it and get it posted on time this week.
I hope that your weekends were all that you expected. Special thanks to Amy, as I know she laid wreaths this weekend. Special thoughts, hugs, and prayers for Megan, she needs them.
Friday, December 12, 2008
First, I recently acquired this at a GREAT price!
I have added the Moroccan pieces from the original twin size bed I was sleeping in to the canopy rails and the effect remained the same. I need to get a dust ruffle to complete the look. It was really easy for me to assemble and I only broke one finger nail in the whole process. I really like the head board. It has a lower bar to keep the pillows from slipping down behind the mattress and is high enough to support you when you do sit up in bed. The foot board is high enough so you can drape the extra blankets over it and they will not fall to the floor. I'll post a more personal picture when I get the rest of the accessories "installed".
Okay, I have been contemplating a Holiday Party at my place. I was looking at several drinks and I saw this recipe and this recipe. The second one has dual benefits. It makes a great syrup over French Vanilla ice cream to give it a special flair to end a meal. I was also thinking of a punch that could be set out and be self-serve. Any favorites you have would be welcome as suggestions.
As part of a party, you need appetizers. This dip, as well as this one look really delicious. This is more of a spread, but it sounds yummy! While I don't care for spicy things, this snack does sound pretty good as well.
I know that I also need food, but I skipped that part and stated looking at the end of the meal....I found this and almost couldn't concentrate on anything else. I also liked this as a second one to have available. I like this, but I think it may be a better "breakfast bar" than a dessert. I also want to make this I think for Christmas dinner with Trouble, Munchkin, Jack, S.F., and whomever else might attend. I have made one before and it was a huge favorite!
I did see this as a possibility for the main entree meat. I also saw this as a possibility for an entree meat selection. I want the meal to be simple and a little on the non-traditional side since I am wanting to create some new traditions.
One tradition that I will not be forgetting is the Mimosa. This is very similar to what I make every Christmas morning. After our showers and coffee, I mix up a batch, put on the Christmas music and serve my own version of breakfast food. This year, I think I will make breakfast tacos. Or something like a frittata. I like this one a lot.
I am curious. Please tell me what some of your traditions are. Share some of the recipes too if you can....I understand that you might have to kill me if you pass on Great-grandma's super secret ones.... ;)
Cancer, the Cardinal Water Sign, is ruled by the Moon. And all good scientists will tell you that the tides are directly attached to the moon. So, it makes perfect sense that the Full Moon actually does have a huge impact on those born under that sign.
This is the Talisman of the Moon. The Moon is the strongest of the celestial bodies. It is the source of the enigmatic feminine power and the creation of life itself.
All I can say is that I certainly feel the pull of the Moon today and it has been causing quite a few ups and downs. I have been feeling a bit more emotional than normal and I am trying not to make any "crucial" decisions while I feel like this.... And, Tuesday Temptations will get posted today....
2. Make your health a priority; it’s the one thing that will keep you going strong into older life and prevent you from needing assisted living longer.
3. I’m ready for new holiday traditions!
4. Swiss Army is one of my favorite colognes to smell.
5. The oldest ornament I have is one that my parents gave me 28 years ago.
6. Take some yarn, a good movie, a glass of wine, and special person, mix it all together and you have the perfect night at home.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing sweater number 2 for Zoë and weaving ends on a Pay-It-Forward gift, tomorrow my plans include attending the Lone Star Rally in Galveston and Sunday, I want to finally finish all my ironing and get the gifts I have purchased wrapped and under the tree.
This late in the year, I always take a moment to think about all the great talents we have lost during the year. I saw this on the MSN site and wanted to share it as well. I know that the year is not quite over, but we can all fondly recall memories from the contributions of most, if not all, of the people we have lost.
This is not a sad post, as much as it is a celebration of the lives that these wonderful individuals led and the accomplishments that they left as their legacies. I will be trying to see if I can watch/look/listen to any of their contributions the next couple of weeks as my own tribute to them.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Last week we had the Board of Directors visit us and announce our new CEO. Tuesday was the longest day. There was breakfast for them and then hurry to clean that up and get everything set up for their lunch. They stayed until 6:00 PM and then I had to clean up the dishes and food. Wednesday was a blur getting them done and out to the airport. Thursday I don't even remember. Friday was not much better. In all I worked WAY to many hours and I was exhausted. I didn't even have the energy to go out with the Posse like I normally do. I was in bed well before 10:00 PM....
Saturday was a great break! S.F. and I had a full day of fun scheduled. Our first event was to attend the 5A Division 1 High School Football Playoffs. The Pearland Oilers were playing the Hightower Hurricanes. I wish I could say that Pearland won, but Hightower was too big (those boys are TALL) and too strong. Both teams were 11 - 0 going into the game. The final score was 38 to 21. This was our second weekend in a row that we watched them play and I have to admit that it was so much fun. The bands were great and the fans were wonderful. We had tee-shirts to support the team and you would never known that neither of us had a child attending the high school the way we cheered. We are planning to attend the Finals which will be held at Reliant Stadium on December 20th.
After the game ended, we had dinner and headed to Edwards Greenway Palace to see Twilight. For the record, I am not fond of horror movies. I agreed to see this with S.F. because it did not look too bad and we had already seen two movies together that I wanted to see. All is fair so far, right? The movie was really more of a chick flick than I imagined it would be. I liked Robert Pattinson as the lead male love interest. Oddly enough, he was born the same year as Munchkin, so it sounds a bit like a perv comment to find him attractive, but he is quite striking.
From there, we called it a day, as we had been out and about since noon and it was 10:00 PM, and ten hours was a long day.... ;). As I was leaving the cinema, Trouble called and asked me to join her, Jack, Munchkin and several others at The Big Easy. It is a Blues bar that was just a few blocks away from where I was. I was tired but they usually don't ask "mom" to hang out, so I went. John McVey was the featured performer and the show was great. The company was wonderful and I even danced with Bill (one of Trouble's friends). He is a great dancer and I can't remember the last time I danced to swing music. Beer was cheap too. My Guinness was $4.50 a glass and it was draft.
Trouble and Jack spent the night with me and after we all showered and ate, we went shopping. Our first stop was The Magick Cauldron. I am a fairly open-minded person, so this shop was a true experience. I enjoyed meeting the two ladies that own and operate the store, their dogs, and one of their friends that helps out during the holidays. All three ladies were very nice and helpful. I made a catghan (cat afghan) for their friend's aging cat and I will be taking it to her on Sunday. If it is a good size for her, I will also make her other feline babies their own catghans as well so no one is left out. It was fun to meet her and spread the love. I know that Sassy and Eraser are quite spoiled by their catghans, and they both believe that all cats should have one.
Our final destination of the day was a huge antique store. I have always loved this place, and I knew that they had some furniture that I wanted to share with Trouble and Jack to see if it was acceptable for Zoe. The place is so big that we didn't finish and will return this Sunday. At least that was the last plan we had set up.
All in all it was the best possible way to end the weekend and I was quite content when I went to bed.
Needless to say, all the ramps of the freeways on that side of town are loaded with accidents and snow and ice. And I live in the South to stay warm? Oh well, this really only happens about every four or five years, so I should be thankful for that. Thank goodness the Haruha scarf I knitted is really warm!
Taken at 5:15 PM as I was headed home from work. That is the hood of the car you see.
Taken at the apartment around 8:45 PM before I went to bed.
Taken at the apartment around 8:45 PM before I went to bed.
Taken at the apartment around 8:45 PM before I went to bed.
Taken at the apartment around 8:45 PM before I went to bed.
So to all my friends and family that live in snow prone areas.....HELP.....no one really remembers how to handle this stuff. It is 29 degrees outside and the wind chill makes it feel like 20. Needless to say, I did not run this morning. I slept in and stayed warm.
More posts later today.....
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Also, thank you all for the karma....it has been spread and acknowledged....
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
All I will say is please say a prayer for a woman many of you will never meet or never have the fortune to be blessed with her smile and friendship. She is the closest thing to a big sister I will ever have and I love her as if she was just that.
She has been the wind beneath my newly opened wings, the crutches I needed in the beginning of this evolution, and the voice of love and encouragement when I doubted myself. She has also been the little voice that reminds me when I have slipped into thought patterns that defeat the growth. Most of all, she has never failed to believe in me, even when I lacked the confidence to believe her.
She is strong, but she needs all the love and prayers she can get and that starts with me. So, I ask you to take a moment and send her all the positive karma you can muster. Not for me, but for her.
While you send the karma, I will hum along to "When I Need You" by Leo Sayer. It means nothing special to any of you, but I know she knows what it means to us.
All my love, prayers, and thoughts to you my "Big Sister".....
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Before I get to the temptations, I was looking over my stats. I don't know how many of you use a stat tracker, but I love SiteMeter. I have noticed an odd follower....
Now, at first glance it may not be anything to be concerned with; however, it is quite interesting to me. I know a certain couple that utilize SBC/AT&T as their carrier as does another person I know. Am I worried that I may know the person? No, not really, as I am always pleased to see the daily traffic. What amuses me more is the the fact that All Saint's Day is quite an obvious date for me and if you want to stalk me....or lurk to gain information on me and my activities, don't choose an entry page that will cause undo attention when I do the in depth analysis of the site traffic...I'm just sayin...are ya STUPID or just too dumb to know how to bookmark the main blog entry page, OR BOTH?
Now I know that Thanksgiving has passed; however, many people fix the same things for Christmas. I stumbled across this but did not have time to post about it. There are some wonderful things that can be learned and shared!
Trouble needs furniture that will grow with Zoe, and I am starting to think that a crib like this is the best call. For those of you that are "current" moms, please share other sites that you like/use that have convertible furniture! I want to make sure that they are taken care of and I am SO out of the loop on what all is available. I could research but I hope that my friends will also lend their experiences and expertise!
I'm not sure how many of you will like this recipe, but I am dying to make it!
Port Wine and Cranberry Braised Beef Short Ribs
6 12-14 oz. boneless beef short ribs
3 cups port wine
2 pounds cranberries, frozen or fresh
2 medium yellow onions, diced
4 celery, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
6 cups beef broth or water
3 bay leaves
3 tablespoons tomato paste
See cooking instructions.
Apricot and Walnut Chutney
1 cup apricots, dried and reconstituted
2 cups walnuts
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
See cooking instructions.
There is no way for me to share this other than like this:
Dear Social Diary,
With the holidays nearing, I’ve penciled a LOT into my schedule. I’m going to start preparations early – there are outfits to choose, but more importantly, some necessities to stock up on. Here’s what I’m gathering in my clutch in order to avoid a festive faux paux. The Tidbits gals told me all about it, so I’m armed and ready with my Holiday Party Survival Kit.
Clearly, you can’t abstain from red wine altogether, but it’s downright embarrassing what it does to your pearly whites. Carry a teeny tiny tube and rub it on your teeth after indulging. Flashlites get rid of that telling grayish-purple stain so you’re all the more kissable under the mistletoe. (Kuhl-Linscomb and Sephora)
This is Houston, so when it drops to 60 degrees outside, people pump up the heat and stoke the fire. It’s hot in here, so avoid perspiration – it’s the pits – with Garment Guards. Apply these adhesive, breathable cotton pads to the inside of your shirt, and you’ll never sweat through silk again. (Nordstrom and drugstore.com)
Nothing ruins cocktail hour like flat hair. You spent hours on that look-like-you-didn’t-try ‘do, so maintain it as the night grows longer with a handy Hairspray Pen. Just sneak to the loo, freshen up your lips and locks, and be photo-ready in a flash. (Blue Mambo Hair Salon)
There are two things everyone should notice when you stride into a room… and that’s your dress and shoes. Say no to nippin’ out with Low Beams. They cover up the headlights, no matter how super-thin your bra is. Leave perky to your personality… (Intimacy)
This article caught my attention as well. No hostess or host should plan a party without reading the article. Even if you have your guests bring libations, you should be prepared for those that do not plan ahead for the ingredients needed to imbibe.
A certain friend in Boston will love this article I found. I think I can manage numbers 10, 8, 3, and 1 with no problem. I will have to work on numbers 6 and 5 but not until later next year. This article goes hand-in-hand with the last one.
I was doing research for work when I stumbled upon this site. Most states have a similar site. I was amazed at how many places in the US grow wine. Not to turn my nose up at California, but there are some AMAZING wines in many of our 50 states! Check out yours and please share!
I love this and you should try it!
Chocolate Marble Bread with Ganache
1. 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
2. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
4. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
5. 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
6. 2/3 cup sugar
7. 2 tablespoons sugar
8. 4 large eggs
9. 1/2 cup whole milk
10. 1/4 cup heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 1/2-by-4-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pan; dust with flour, tapping out excess. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder into a medium bowl.
2. Melt 5 ounces chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
3. Put butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add sugar; raise speed to medium. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two batches of milk. Mix until just combined.
4. Pour half of batter into melted chocolate; stir well. Alternating between remaining plain batter and the chocolate batter, drop large spoonfuls of batter into the prepared pan. When pan is filled, use a table knife to cut through mixture with a swirling motion.
5. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour. (If bread browns too quickly, tent with foil.) Let bread cool slightly in pan on a wire rack, about 10 minutes. Run a thin knife around edges of bread to loosen; unmold. Let cool completely on rack.
6. Make ganache: Put the remaining 3 ounces chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until just about to simmer. Pour cream over chocolate; stir until mixture is smooth. Let stand 10 minutes to thicken slightly. Using a small offset spatula, spread ganache over cooled cake; let stand until set, about 1 hour. Bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 2 days.
Yield: 12 servings
Nutrition Info: Per Serving: Calories: 373 kcal/Carbohydrates: 34 g/Dietary Fiber: 1 g/Fat: 25 g/Protein: 5 g/Sugars: 23 g
Okay gang! It is late and the Board of Directors are in town and they are a needy group! Gotta love 'em! I hope your week is going well and that you are all healthy!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thanksgiving was a new tradition for me. I celebrated with S.F. and her extended family. I have never felt so at home and so welcomed. The food was wonderful and the company was delightful. I am borrowing this format from my dear friend,
I am so very thankful for :
- My daughters. They are two of life's greatest joys and without them I would never have realized how special a gift it is to have been able to bring life into this world. Each of them has their own strengths and talents and have developed into wonderful adults.
- My family. I have two amazing parents, two brothers and a sister, plus their respective wives and husband. I have numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, and a Nephew. Each of them has their own personalities and I love each of them for the person they are. Each of them is supportive and their love is unconditional, and best of all, they accept me for the person that I am and only wish for my happiness.
- My "Big Sister". You are truly the most amazing person that I have had the privilege and honor to touch my life. Words are never enough to express all that you have shared and shown me. You keep me on the correct path but encourage me to find myself.
- My friends. Each of you has seen me at the lowest and the highest, as well as the best and the worst of times. You have picked me up, brushed me off, and started me on the path again with love and encouragement.
- My feline babies. Life is always richer when you share it with pets, and Sassy and Eraser are no exception. They are my "family" on this new journey and I love them dearly!
- My unstoppable desire to learn. It has been the catalyst that keeps me striving to know more, to achieve more, and to do more. I believe that is gives me the ability to work and earn my keep. I also believe that it has made it possible to share with others, because knowledge is power but is useless unless you share.
- My online/blog/Ravelry friends. Not a day goes by when I do not check on each of them online. I may not always comment on their journey, but I revel in their accomplishments and feel their pain when they share it. Each of them has offered me the same friendship and even though we do not know each other in person, we are indeed friends.
- My knitting (crafts). I am so thankful for my Aunt Pat for sharing crochet with me and for my mother for teaching me to sew. Their love for crafts spurred me on to learn so many others, including knitting. Without this love, I would not be able to create and share these gifts with my friends and family.
This is indeed a short list, and I have so many more things that I am thankful for. I hope that everyone else made sure to tell those people in your lives how thankful you are for their presence.
Have a great Monday!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I was thinking about some things that I want to make during the Holiday Season and Pumpkin Bread popped into my head. I have used a recipe similar to this one, so I needed to get the spices, since I have been slow to add them to the pantry. I am a huge fan of Oyster Dressing, but I haven't made it in over 11 years. If any of you have a better recipe than this one...PLEASE share, as I can't seem to find my original one. I also have craving a Sweet Potato Souffle and I found this recipe that seems to fit the bill. It is excellent with ham. I also thought about a new vegetable tradition. It seems that Brussels Sprouts fixed like this sounds perfect! And since you already know I don't really care for the "traditional" green bean casserole, I would much rather make this instead.
Knowing how much fun I have been having re-learning to cook, I saw this and thought I should have Santa get it for me so that I am ready for cooking out this spring and summer. I also decided that Santa needed to know that I have wanted an outfit like this for some time and have never gotten it, so why not this year?
I saw this and knew that Munchkin needed it for her apartment. I also saw this and this and knew she needed them for Christmas. Munchkin would also get a kick out of this as well.
That's all for this addition....enjoy and please feel free to share your Holiday Recipes.....
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I was pleased to meet so many people that care for both she and Jack. I also got to meet Jack's baby brother. Bob is a wonderful young man and I look forward to learning more about Trouble's new family, especially since I am the "MIL". Wow, it sounds so funny to hear grandma/Big Mama and Mother-In-Law all at the same time....
Bob is quite an interesting young man. He is a Marine and will be finished with his tour in April 2009. He has purchased a place back in town and has started gathering stuff for it. He has a Great Dane, Sampson, and a Harley....
I learned how to drink an Irish Car Bomb....
Irish Car Bomb recipe
Irish Car Bomb is one of the most popular drinks worldwide. The ingredients are simple and widely available, and beer lovers will almost certainly enjoy it. If you ask for one of these in an Irish pub you'll be greeted with either a smile, or a black eye. Enjoy!
I also tasted Dead Guy Ale, and if I wasn't already on my third Guinness I might have considered drinking that for the evening. The crowd at the bar was very laid back and I even learned how to shoot pool. I even won a game or two....
I ended up spending the night with Trouble and Jack because I watched the Texas Tech game there so I didn't miss anything. I wish I hadn't watched at this point. It was a heartbreaking loss. This morning we had an old fashioned southern breakfast and after our showers we went antique shopping. Jack even came with us. I think I had more fun watching him "find" things than I did looking myself.
Off to finish a few things for work and then soak in a hot bath so that I can get a good night sleep. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and I have my Tuesday Temptations post in progress.
Friday, November 21, 2008
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is spending time with those people that I love the most and being thankful for the others that are in my live but cannot share with me in person.
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is about mid-way done.....
4. Thoughts of website designs, knitting for Zoe Raven, and Holiday cooking fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear a size another size smaller jean than what I tried on tonight.
6. Bagpipes are amazing and I have the utmost respect for the men that can play them.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing the second sweater for Zoe Raven and getting to bed earlier than I did last night, tomorrow my plans include attending the first baby shower for Trouble, Jack, and Zoe Raven and then scurrying home to catch the Texas Tech game, and Sunday, I want to finish the laundry, iron, and get some web design work done in between football games and knitting. I also want to finish some lingering WIP's so I can get to that Luxe sweater....
Have a great Saturday and I will post pictures of the second sweater and the baby shower on Sunday!
GO RED RAIDERS!
I flipped to the back of the catalog, past the unmentionables, to the sweaters. Nothing really caught my attention until I saw this. Look familiar to anyone? It should. Lion Brand Yarn has chosen it as their next Knit-Along. The pattern can be downloaded free until November 27th from their website. Ravelry has this posted in the patterns as well.
I think that I may just have to pour through the stash to see if I have appropriate yarn to get this on the needles ASAP. If I focus, perhaps I can have it completed and ready to wear for a New Year's Eve party, should an invitation be extended. I have this already in my queue, and I have it on the needles even though it is not in my active projects yet....Stealth knitting...hehe. I will have to see which one I can get done first, as either would be great with a pair of slacks or dressy jeans.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I do actually want this because I need a casual watch and I love the sentiment on the face. The ooohhh aaahhh factor on this, especially in red is drop dead gorgeous. And this one for the unique neckline gets a mention as well. Now, bear with me on these two. I don't want a man in my life but how could you resit a man in this classic look or this one? And trust me, the pictures in the catalog are far superior to the ones posted on their web site! Now,while this and this are both listed as men's items, but I would love to see S.F. in either of them! And how hot is this for a woman! And have we not seen this on Ravelry? Trust me the catalog version of this is much sexier, but I love the overall look and S.F. would look great in this too. I must admit it looks totally hot with jeans and a white shirt....OY, I'm a sucker for that look. I saw this and just had to chuckle....you'll see. Again, the catalog picture is much better, but this is lovely. I would NEVER pay for this when I can make it but isn't it lovely? I love to entertain for friends and this is beautiful. Finally, I want to get this for both Munchkin and Trouble, as all good Southern women should have a Southern Living cookbook.
Hope you all are having a good week so far!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Special thanks to all my Posse for the compliments on the new haircut. They were all a little worried because their only mental images were with the blond highlights and length. Almost all of them agree that the Sass is back! I ran two miles this morning and it was out of my way. I need to be able to run three by the end of this week, so I will be keeping my fingers crossed that we have no rain in the morning forecast.
I will be casting on for the next baby Zoe sweater tomorrow. I still have to get some more goodies, but I am so excited for the opportunity to pass on items that I know are unique and functional. Knitters have the gift of providing both a special gift and passing on a centuries old craft and tradition. I am forever grateful to my Aunt for showing me the craft and insisting that I learn.
I am also remiss in wishing a few people Happy Birthday. The following people have already celebrated theirs: Vicki, Ramey, and The Feminist Mafia. Barbara will be celebrating this week and a Happy Retirement to her as well!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
1. Please feel free to Soar!
2. When I get perfume/cologne on my skin from the one I love I can’t help sniffing occasionally.
3. My favorite thing to cook is food that people enjoy and find comfort in sharing with me.
4. Time with family and friends is something I can’t get enough of.
5. That’s the thing I love most about knitting. The freedom of creation and the joy of sharing with those that appreciate the love and the effort made on their behalf.
6. Driving home on Friday in traffic always makes me think to myself, what the heck?
7. And as for the weekend, Friday I’m looking forward to time with the Posse, Saturday my plans include a host of things that include a hair cut and going to see Quantum of Solace with Special Friend and Sunday, I want to iron, get groceries, start Zoe's second gift from Big Mama, and have Munchkin over for dinner!
What was the first thing you thought when you looked at yourself in the mirror today?
Holy Hell, what time is that haircut?
Do you have a recurring nightmare? If so, explain.
Not really. I'm mostly thankful when I can sleep the whole night without my brain waking me with thoughts for a book plot, a web site design, or a work thought.
List three foods you can’t stand:
- Liver and Onions - YUK!
- Butter beans, Lima Beans, and Green Peas - Double YUCK!
- Green Bell Pepper - TMI if I really told you why.
Special Friend (S.F. from now on) had to run an errand to pick up a beautiful leather jacket (item C) at the motorcycle shop this afternoon before the movie. While we were there, this (long sleeved red version) was also purchased. I wanted one but they didn't have my size, but they will get it in soon. While S.F. was discussing other K-9 and Big Dog stuff, I took the opportunity to "cruise" the showroom.
I think I have actually found the bike for me. I have been reading a lot about various brands that are built with women riders in mind. All of the sudden this afternoon, it hit me like a bolt of lightening. Victory introduced the first bike on July 4, 1998. How much more of a clue could I need? They introduced their line on my birthday! I was wearing "appropriate" clothing, so I decided to sit on a few while no one was paying any attention to me...., or so I thought. The first one I sat on was the Kingpin Low. She was a sweet gal. From there, I climbed on the Kingpin. She was a little wider and higher. The one I sat on was exactly like the one I linked. I love the Midnight Cherry with White. She was clean and sweet to look at but I think she was a little wider than I was comfortable with. From there, I tried the Vegas Low. The showroom model was in Solid Sunset Red. She was a little taller than the Kingpin Low, but still very comfortable. The red was a little bright for me with a little too much orange in her coloring. Lucky for me that the Midnight Cherry with White is a color option if I want her. The last one I tried was the Vegas. She was by far the biggest one I tried.
After I thought I had gotten away without S.F. and the sales guy noticing, they brought me back to the Kingpin Low. The sales guy had me sit on her again and then in the ultimate test of faith, had me put my feet on the foot pegs while he held up the bike. The first foot was easy, but the second one was a real leap. I was hooked! S.F. thought that Kingpin Low was too short for me, but there is a four inch height difference in our frames and mostly in the legs (inseam). I will admit that it would be hard to have S.F. ride with me as the passenger if I get that model. The sales guy thinks that I can easily get the Vegas or the Vegas Low and be comfortable and safe on either of them. Bonus, S.F. could ride either of them with no challenges.
That degree is getting top priority come hell or high water. I will also be working to pay off the car as quickly as possible so that the payment for the bike can be the focus. I am thinking by next year this time I could easily have one. Giddy with anticipation....
The big thrill for the evening, Quantum of Solace! OMG! I still maintain that Sean Connery is the ultimate James Bond, but Daniel Craig is an excellent modern Bond! His eyes were mesmerizing and his chiseled looks were hot, even to me. The Bond Girl, Olga Kurylenko is HOT! I will not give any of it away, but I can tell you that a white wife-beater just took a whole new role as SEXY! Goodness, hot flashes just thinking about it again. If you can, I highly recommend catching this one at the cinema for the full effect. I may have to go again just to make sure I didn't miss anything....
That's all for tonight....
Thursday, November 13, 2008
As promised, I now will share the Tuesday Temptations that I mentioned on Tuesday....
First, I am really tempted to upgrade my current phone to this one. I need more capacity and I think I want the Internet access as well. We'll see...if I do it will most likely be in January....
I saw this a few weeks ago and it keeps calling to me. I like the description that is on the page as well.
As previous posts have indicated, I tend to not wear pajamas but do like certain lingerie from Victoria's Secret. I think that this set might be cute for lounging about in the spring. It has a certain feminine flair to it that I can't quite explain. S.W.C.B.N. and the girls' father both detest this kind of look, but I have always loved it, so I may just have to own it....
I love this necklace. Soldalite - (dark blue) soothes and heals the central nervous system.
I love this watch, this shirt, this jug, this necklace, MUST have this soon, baby Zoe will need this too, I love the quote on this, I love this, and this gown and robe could be a special set for an anniversary get away or weekend getaway.
For my final thought....I have been contemplating an image change. S.W.C.B.N. and the girls' father have an aversion to short hair on women. I, of course, love the sass and the ease of care. I saw the Governor of Michigan on TV and fell hard for her hair, with a few twists, of course. Here is one picture I like. I love the glasses on the tip of her nose in this one. I love this one too. I also love the sass in this one and this one. I am shooting for Saturday early noon....I am armed with several of these pictures and a few others I found of her across the Internets. I will post a new image picture as soon as I can. Disclaimer - the cut will take place this weekend and the color next weekend. I DO NOT want to spend half of my day in a salon this weekend, as I am going to see Quantum of Solace this Saturday, come hell or high water.
Okay gang, need sleep.....
EDIT - Disclaimer should have stated that I was getting the sassy hair cut because I wanted to and not out of rebellion.
Also, why is it that there is always a person that is compelled to comment as anonymous and leave the most negative things....if you don't like what is posted to a blog then stop lurking and stop reading, or post comments with your real name in the comment!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I do have a Tuesday Temptation post in draft form, but it is not quite ready because I was on a date. No, I was out late on a school night? I know, I was otherwise preoccupied and this is the first time I have had to get in front of the computer. Yes, that is it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
For those of you wondering about the Full Moon, here is the 2008 schedule. I know, we area already in to November....but better late than never. Why is this schedule important? Because, as a Cancer baby...I am totally out of control during full moons. I have cravings, urges, wants, and needs....all governed by that glowing orb in the night sky. So consider yourself lucky if you do not live near me, or if I am not romantically attached to you....I could possibly suck the life right out of you, or at least make you tired from the exercise.
2008 - Full Moon Schedule
Times are Eastern Standard Time
January 22 / 08:35 - Wolf Moon
February 20 / 22:30 - Snow Moon
March 21 / 14:40 - Worm Moon
April 20 / 06:25 - Rain Moon
May 19 / 22:11 - Flower Moon
June 18 / 13:30 - Strawberry Moon
July 18 / 03:59- Deer Moon
August 16 / 17:16 - Fish Moon
September 15 / 05:13 - Fruit Moon
October 14 / 16:02 - Harvest Moon
November 13 / 01:17 - Hunter's Moon
December 12 / 11:37 - Cold MoonThe last two moons are best described like this:
November ~ Beaver moon
December ~ Cold moon
I promise that your regularly scheduled post for today will be posted tomorrow. For now, I need sleep and with the gentle rain outside and the wind chimes lightly singing....I should sleep like a baby...
Monday, November 10, 2008
If you have a Revelry sign-in, click this link for details. For you non-knitters and anyone else that doesn't have a clue what Ravelry is or an account. This is what I am talking about:
Oh my, I have been a very naughty KG this year and I think most of you girls have too! So since I’ve been so bad I doubt Santa will be visiting me this year except for maybe a little KG booty. I thought we need to make sure we bad girls get something too! Why do all the good girls get all the presents? So time to show your naughty side. This is to be fun, bad, naughty and silly!
The naughty package should include
- Something naughty
- Something knit related (doesn’t have to be knitted)
- Something tasty
- And/or KG wild card or just anything you want to send.
Sign-ups are starting today and will end in a week or so… I know I’m so great about deadlines but it all depends on the amount of girls. Once we get the names the mods will be emailing everyone their partners
So start thinking… we want you girls to have fun and remember photos will be required!!!!
So, this is going to be so much fun! My swap partner is someone that I have been an angel for in another swap, so I hand a little advantage of knowing her already. Bonus, for me, I told her that the sky was the limit and to shoot for the moon, since I have no real ideas as to what I want/need/desire on this one. This will be a true chance to spread my wings and see what some one else thinks fits the requirements as well as some other top secret questions that she has asked. All I can say, anyone that is interested in wooing me may have to consider any and all parts of this swap in their future if I like them that much.... ;-}
Shopping is already so much fun now that I know my partner and her wished/wants/desires.....I'll keep you posted as best as I can without giving anything away....But, if you have sites or ideas, by all means, share.....
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today, I researched places around town that are running clubs and have training facilities and runners resources. I found an excellent source for shoes, diet, and conditioning. The next six weeks I will be on the treadmill and the stationary bike to get my cardio training back up to snuff. I am psyched! I ran track in high school and I was quite good. I ran what was the 440 yard dash. Yes, in the old days, that was one full lap around the track at a full-bore sprint. My best time was 51 seconds. I came in fifth in the State Track Meet my senior year. So running is in my blood.
I also visited my favorite jeweler. He had a necklace that I needed to be repaired ready for me to pick up. We discussed black diamonds and black opals for Trouble. She and Jack want their wedding bands to have one or both of the the stones in them. She has sketches, naturally, that she will bring for him to look at. I also asked him about getting a pair of Amethyst earrings for baby Zoe. As the Big Mama, I can do that. And besides, I think that all women/girls deserve at least one piece of jewelry in their given birthstone.
Also, upon the advice of my counselor, I discussed some options for converting some of the pieces I have from S.W.C.B.N. into other items. I can only handle one thing at a time because of the emotions attached to some of them. The good thing about the jeweler, he is a wonderful young man that listens and takes all the time I need. He makes excellent suggestions and offers solutions that are reasonable and affordable. Evolution is truly a tricky beast at times and jewelry is the hardest part. I am a true jewelers dream and a partners nightmare. I love good pieces and that has a price at times. I will keep you posted....I will even show before and after pictures so you can see why I love my jeweler so very much.
Also, one last thing....I checked out two cookbooks last week from the library. I am in love with the Mediterranean one. So much so, that I am searching Amazon to find myself a copy to purchase. There are at least twenty recipes that I want to try and I haven't even made it to the main course chapter.....I'll keep you posted. The cooking class was postponed due to Ike, but we are trying to do it between Thanksgiving and Christmas.....I am SO excited!
Okay gang, off to bed so that I can get myself up and ready for the week....should be a doozie of a week. I have work, a dinner/music engagement, dinner with the Posse, a possible second dinner engagement, and then Friday night with the Posse at a favorite hangout. Somewhere in all that I also want to get my hair cut on the short side and colored...possibly red/reddish. AND, Quantum of Solace comes out on the 14th.....I am so excited....I LOVE Bond movies and he gets the coolest technology and of course the best sex scenes.....
Saturday, November 8, 2008
2. A peppermint disk was the last candy I ate/had.
3. The best facial moisturizer I’ve ever used is Grape Seed Moisturizer. It is made right here in Texas and is amazing!
4. Knitting and Exercise can be good therapy.
5. I’d like to tell you about Black Beauty Wine from Black Mesa Winery.
6. Passion is my strongest characteristic.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hanging out with the Posse at Jumps, tomorrow my plans include errands to drop clothes at the dry cleaner, shoes to the repair shop, pick up jewelry that was repaired, grocery shopping, and watching the Texas Tech Red Raiders game, and Sunday I have to wash clothes, watch the Green Bay Packers games, iron, attend a birthday party for a four year old....., and knit.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I forgot to post the following to posts...saved them as drafts, so I lumped them together for a post tonight. Brought to you by Malbec....a wonderful wine......IMHO.
Friday Fill-In 1. My favorite food seasoning is fresh basil from my patio garden.
2. Trouble and Munchkin's voices (and Special Friend too) are music to my ears.
3. Lucky is having the opportunity to express myself in ways I never dreamed.
4. Child Abuse is something I take very seriously.
5. Many people have no idea who they really are because they haven't looked into the mirror and really looked at what was staring back at them.
6. Groceries and Prescriptions were the last thing I bought at the store.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to handing out candy to Trick-or-Treaters and watching Rocky Horror Picture Show for the millionth time, tomorrow my plans include finishing the first Pay-It-Forward gift (needs to be properly blocked) while watching College Football (Go Texas Tech!) and Sunday, I want to clean the apartment, cook a few meals for the upcoming week, and watch the Green Bay Packers.
How many hours of TV do you watch per week? Do you feel that’s too much, not enough or just right?Depends. On Saturday I watch college football, sometimes for the entire day while I am knitting or doing house work like ironing. Sunday, I watch at least one of the pro games. The rest of the week it just depends. Over all, Monday through Friday I would say that I watch about three hours of TV. Saturday and Sunday I would say about eleven hours. All in all, just about right for me....at least at this point in my life.
Which of the 5 senses do you feel is your strongest sense?
Hands down, it is my hearing. I can hear things that most people can't. Sometimes I can even hear the conversations of other tables when I am out at a restaurant....
What’s the wackiest belief you held as a child?
Oh wow - good question. I think it would have to be the fact that my mother said she had eyes in the back of her head. I quickly learned that she was kidding, but my kids thought the same thing for YEARS! Now they both have eyes tattooed on their neck so that they can say that they have eyes in the back of their heads.....OY....Okay, gang...off to bed or I will never want to get up. I owe lanoue81 a text message tomorrow since I stood her up at the Houston Hurly Knitter's Java Stitch gathering. I had a "Come To Jesus" meeting that I needed to attend and she will understand when I tell her about it....that's what friends are for....
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Second, this temptation was first "seen" on Ravelry in this forum. I loved it and immediately added it to today's post for all of my bloggy peeps. I think that many of the items will be great for those swaps we seem so fond of....
I went to the library yesterday and found some cool books. I Checked out: Flying Solo Single Women In Midlife by Carol M Anderson and Susan Stewart, Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss, Knitting For Baby by Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas, Nick Stellino’s Mediterranean Flavors, and Lee Bailey’s New Orleans Good Food and Glorious Houses by Lee Bailey with Ella Brennan. A little light reading and baby knitting pattern searching….
I originally went looking for the Debbie Bliss book with the kimono pattern that Franklin suggested. Turns out I have to request it from the Main Library. Request submitted….should be at my local branch Wednesday….
My latest temptations all come from The Art Institute of Chicago catalog that I received recently. As soon as I opened the catalog I saw this, and fell instantly in love/lust. A soon as I turned the page, I was distracted by this, this, and this. A few more pages later and I was captured by this and the companion glasses. A few more pages and I saw this, this, this, this, and this. A few pages later....see a trend yet....I saw this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this. As I skimmed through the Christmas card selection and past the snail mail order form, I found this and these in blue and red. I just love the painting they are inspired by. I so would love this as well. I think that I may totally change my signature color to red. Almost done with the catalog I found this, this, this, and these. I also need to add this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.
Looks like I may need a sugar mama or a lucky lottery ticket if I keep up lusting after some of this artsy stuff....