Have a great day!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Have a great day!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
...since I gave my mom a digital photo frame for Christmas, maybe she might want to add these.
Have a great day!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The snowman at the end of my table is a new one Dan got me this year. He isn't going to stay there. He always surprises me with new snowmen, and this guy is now exception. He is a candle holder. I think he may go on a window sill, since I have those really deep (22 inch) window sills.
Have a great day!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles; and who knows when I'll find any more free time in the next 18 years, so now - -
***Here are my Christmas wishes***
*I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (-in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.
*I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.
*If you're hauling big-ticket items this year, I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
*On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, 'Yes, Mommy' to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.
*I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, 'Don't eat in the living room' and 'Take your hands off your brother,' because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.
*If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.
*If you don't mind, I could also use a few miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely.
*It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.
Well, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing, and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his red crayon back. Have a safe trip Santa, and remember to leave your wet boots by the door, and come in and dry off, so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table, but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.
Yours always with love and appreciation,
P.S. One more thing. ..You can cancel all my requests, if you can keep my children 'young' enough to believe in Santa.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This is our main tree in the living room. It has all our family ornies, and all my son's ornies that he has been given and made since he was born. It also has the real lights and bubblers. It is where all our gifts go. I actually went to the tree farm sick because I was afraid we would not get a tree if we didn't go them because Dan was supposed to go out of town for work the following week but the trip was cancelled....oh, if only I knew I could have waited!!!
Oh, my son turned 18 on the 10th. We let him have a bunch of friends come to the pizza place down the street (thank goodness for teenagers!!!) and then tonight I had the family over for cake and ice cream. He took his final exam for his first semester of college today. It was a trying experience for all of us. Tomorrow he is having all four of his wisdom teeth removed. God help me!!!
My daughter broke up with her boyfriend and he moved out, so she has been in a state of semi depression. She has been stressing over affording the rent on her own, trying to get a 2nd job, etc that comes with a break-up. We were not big fans of her boyfriend but had accepted that they were together, now I think she can get on with her life and make smarter decisions, but she is not ready to hear that yet. I want her to know that a broken heart will mend but giving up who she is for someone who doesn't do the same and who doesn't respect her is not love. It is too soon. She is healing. I am seeing more of her now than I have the last 3 years. That is a good thing!
Ok, so as you can see, there has been a lot happening here, some good, a lot not so good. I need more time before Christmas, can someone arrange that for me? I haven't baked one cookie, I guess we won't have any this year, we will survive. I am still hosting Christmas morning breakfast here. I don't know what I am thinking. Dan is working a double the night/morning before. Yeah, we have lost our minds. I am sure I missed a lot on all my favorite blogs, sorry, I am sure it will take me a long time to catch up...at least till after the New Year. Speaking of which, I am not making any resolutions! I never keep them anyways!
I gotta go get some sleep, tomorrow is going to be an emotionally trying day.
Have a great day!
Monday, November 24, 2008
That is my schedule for holiday decorating. I was just curious what everyone else thinks about Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving and why you do or don't do it. Ok, I have some pies and a cheesecake to get started today and on top of everything else going on, my neighbor died yesterday and so we have the viewing tonight and the funeral tomorrow. It is really sad, he was a very nice man.
Ok, on that note, have a great day!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This is my current camera, the D40. I love it. I still don't know all that it does, but I love it. It is lightweight and takes great photos, and since I have been taking photos I have been able to do all the things with this camera that I was not able to do with my Sony Cybershot point and click.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Here is another picture from the police 140th anniversary party we went to. I had my hair done that day, that curl lasted all through the next day. My hair is really hard to curl, so I was thrilled with how it came out and how it looked. I only wish I had more pictures taken of it. But once again, I was the one behind the camera, so I only got a few. This is one of our city's women officers, Sarah. She is great, and aside from serving as a police officer, she also serves in the military so I thought it fitting to give her a special honor during this week as well.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
And of course Chip and his wife Dawn.
My friend and one of the K9 officers Matt and his wife Jen.
Dan and I, I am not responsible for the fact that the person taking the picture cut the top of Dan's head off. It was late in the evening and there was an open bar!
And the lady cops in my city. Besides being lovely, they are awesome cops!
There was an after party, but by that time I had just had too many glasses of wine to take any more pictures. All in all, it was a big success.
Now, I have the big push for election day tomorrow. Then I think I finally have some down time until Thanksgiving.... I think! My mind right now is still trying to process all the info I learned at class this weekend. I don't have pictures from class, it just went too quick, and it was long days, it was an hour drive to get there and home, so I was just trying to make it to class and get all the information I could. But after class I hope to be taking even better pictures than before.
Now back to my regularly scheduled life, cleaning, laundry, vacuuming.
Have a great day!
Monday, October 27, 2008
These pictures were taken about 3 years ago.
This large brown patch in the bottom left hand corner above is my veggie garden. Right above that is the rock wall we had made with rocks that were scattered all over the yard. Those tiny white lines you see in front of the wall is my clothes line. That gray patch in front of the garden is a pad of crushed stone where my gazebo is now.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
It has been allowed to deteriorate but recently a group of preservationists began bringing it back to it's glorious state. Today was the ribbon cutting ceremony and the wheel was going to begin turning with the help of the fire department.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I used fishing line so it is clear. And it hangs on the tree so lightly. But it is so cute. I think I will use it on my kitchen tree, although that is usually blues and reds. I guess I could make another one in those colors.
So that is what all those yoyos were for. What do you think?
I am feeling a little better. Still have a little congestion, but the sore throat is mostly gone! YAY!
Have a great weekend!