Monday, December 21, 2009

~* the tree is finally done~ whew! *~

I know I say this every year, but I am so behind this year. I finally finished the tree today. I can't wait for Matthew to put his ornaments on the tree for the garland any longer so I hung it along with the icicles, and put the presents underneath. That is it. Check that off the list! Tomorrow I have to do my cleaning and finish wrapping the last of the gifts I have.

We got 2 feet of snow yesterday and it really was a mess. We are still trying to clean up from it. I shoveled for 3 hours and still couldn't get my car out. Yes, we have a snowblower but I don't know how to use it and Dan had to go to work, and he leaves for work at 5 am and only had enough time to clear off half the driveway and then Matthew was doing the sidewalks and then since he also has a nasty head cold went back to bed for a few hours so I thought I would shovel for a while to see how far I could get. That sent me back to bed with a pounding head ache and the chills. Finally Dan came home and snowblowed the rest of the driveway. I was able to get out today. I don't mind if I am snowed in as long as I can get out if I have to. I have an AWD vehicle so that I don't ever have to worry about not getting where I need to go, but when there is 2 feet I cannot drive over it. But, I think I was so upset more because of this stupid cold than the fact I was snowed it. You know how that goes, you aren't really that upset, but because you are sick it is a bigger deal than it really is? Well, it was and then I was so tired and sore. And cold! But today I am better! And a pretty holiday manicure and all is well again! And the tree is done! Yay!
Have a great day!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

~* Whatcha Workin' on Wednesday *~

I always seem to be a day late with this but I DID make this yesterday. I just had to get the labels made. I made 5 pints of Christmas jam for gifts. I got the recipe from Sue at Country Pleasures some time ago and just got around to making it. At first I was skeptical about the taste- I mean strawberries and cranberries? But it is really a nice blend. I saved a jar for us, of course! I also am giving some of my very own vanilla extract. I make my own (it is really quite easy and beats anything you can buy!). That is if I can find some bottles. I can't believe how difficult it is to find glass bottles! But I have hubby on the hunt and if there is anyone that can find them, it's him! So, that is what I was working on yesterday. Finished with my labels today.
I have another meeting this evening, so I should get to work on my housework and more wrapping.
Have a great day!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

~* out with the old ~ in with the new *~

So my new dishwasher arrived last Thursday. We put it in Saturday. I tried to get Dan to do it Friday night when he came home from work, but he is not one of those spur of the moment kind of guys and it is a good thing he is not. It appears that the dishwasher manufacturers have changed the hookups and we had to buy a new piece to hook it up. It was not known to us until we got a good ways into the installation. Dan was not happy! And we had to enlarge the opening that the thing went into by about 1/2 an inch. Another thing we didn't know until we got into the installation. But here we are now, with a new functioning dishwasher!
I figured since I had to get a new one I might as well go with stainless. Although I am constantly wiping the fingerprints off of it. I guess I will get used to that. At least I have a dishwasher that cleans the dishes each and every time I use it!
Well, I have to run some errands today and get my Christmas cards going. I know I am so late...
Have a great day!



Tuesday, December 08, 2009

~* ho ho ho, ol' St. Nick *~

Finally got my Santa tree up! I had a migraine this weekend so I didn't get much done, but I did get my little Santa tree up yesterday. I love it! I have all Santa ornies on it. And these cute candle lights. And my yo-yo garland. Of course I put the new ornie that my mom made me right on the front! We haven't even gone out and tagged our main tree yet. We should have probably done it last weekend, but I guess we will have to do it next weekend.
I am going to try and do my window candles tomorrow and maybe get my wrapping done. Maybe I will have some time to bake some cookies. I have an unexpected meeting Thursday night, I don't think it will be long, but I hate when that happens, it throws me off, so now I have to work around that, and that is the day my new dishwasher is coming and I still don't have my delivery "window" to know when to expect that! Oh the holiday joys!
Have a great day!


Thursday, December 03, 2009

~* oh, the housework never ends...*~



Ok, so one bathroom scrubbed and down, some laundry out of the way, dishes done, vacuuming done, dusting done, minutes typed, and I am prepared for the community event I have to do tonight for the Neighborhood Alliance. Whew...
This is my downstairs bathroom. It has not been re-done yet. I want to pull up the linoleum on the floor and hope the hardwood underneath is good enough to refinish, put bead board 2/3's of the way up with a small shelf topping that off, and paint the outside of the tub (that hideous peach/pink has got to go!!!), plus I want to put the mirror cabinet and the sink cabinet in the corner with homemade cabinets. I would also like to paint the radiator gloss white. I think I would like to go with wrought iron for the towel and paper holders, but I will have to wait and see what I do for the knobs and lighting. Right now I only have 2 lights on the wall, I definitely need more lighting. I don't know if you can tell from the picture but my window sill is 22 inches deep, and I have a jade plant there as well as some jars of bubble bath, bath salts, etc. Well, that is my plans, but we all know how plans go, I keep ripping pages out of magazines and taping them behind the door of ideas of how this bathroom can look. Until the renovations start I could change my mind! Lol!
I have to go get ready for my community event tonight!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

~* it's a blogiversary! *~


So, 4 years ago I started my blog with a Christmas post and here I am with a Christmas post! This is my dining room tree, my favorite one. It holds all my snowman ornies, most of which my husband has given me, much of which he has snuck on the tree! I love it. A few years ago I decided that I had enough ornies to do a tree of just snowmen. Well, I got this one and put it in the dining room, but it was not nearly as full as it is now. Even so, each year even more ornies appear on it! It is the first tree I put up and the last one I take down.
I posted a giveaway for my blogiversary the other day. I really wanted to hear from my blog friends who read or visit so please leave a comment!
Ok, I have to get ready to brave the elements and go Christmas shopping. It rained yesterday and I hate going out in the rain, so today is a nice day so I think I will try and head out today!
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

~* it's a blogiversary giveaway *~

Next Tuesday, the 1st is my 4 year blogiversary. Kinda just snuck up on me. But in honor of it I am giving away these sorta prim Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls. Oh, and no I didn't make them.
All you have to do is leave me a comment, tell me what you like about my blog, what you don't, what you've learned about me, what surprised you most about me, whatever.... I'd love to hear what you think about my blog.
I will pick a number next Friday for the winner.
It's Christmas season now, I can drag out the Christmas decorations. I think I will start with my favorite, the snowman diningroom tree! Maybe the window candles too. I am still recovering from our second Thanksgiving dinner yesterday! Always good food, just sooooo much of it.
I had to get a new dishwasher. Mine didn't last too long... it was new when we bought this house, 6 years ago. I hate that appliances and such are not made to last that long anymore. Anyways, it is coming on the 10th. Great! Right in the middle of the Christmas holidays we are going to replace our dishwasher. Oh well, what are you gonna do? At least it will be new and ready for my tradition of Christmas morning breakfast!
Time to get some housework done, that neverending job...
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

~* happy Thanksgiving *~

Happy Thanksgiving my bloggy friends!
Fill your day with family, friends and lots and lots of yummy food!


I will be going to my parents' house and seeing my brother's family.

Don't forget to take some time today to remember all that you are thankful for.


Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

~* happy Thanksgiving eve *~

I just finished putting dinner in the crock pot, sausage, peppers and onions. YUMMO! It will start smelling so good in here soon. And I got some fresh rolls at the market this morning. Oh dinner is going to be so good. But before I get to dinner I have so much to do!
See, today I am making pies for tomorrow and our second "Thanksgiving dinner" Friday. I won't make whole pies for both, but what is left over tomorrow will be for Friday which is why I am making more than one to take to my parents. We don't usually have any leftovers, that is a problem with a big family. Yesterday Dan picked up our turkey. We got a fresh one from here , you should really go to that link and read about them. I wanted one about 10-12 lbs seeing as it is just the 3 of us and we don't need more than that, but the smallest he could get was 19lbs. Oh goodness, we are going to be eating a lot of turkey over the next week!!!
Well, that is what I am working on today. I was finally able to get Dan's Christmas present that I ordered months ago. The person I ordered it from dropped it off this morning. I honestly almost forgot all about it until he reminded me about it last weekend. That is how long ago I ordered it. I know you are all probably wondering what it is and I would love to share but Dan sometimes reads my blog so, sorry it will have to wait until after the holidays!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday tomorrow! Fill it with lots of family, friends and love!
Have a great day!



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

~* some more TS goodies *~

I went to pick up one's of Dan's Christmas presents that I ordered months ago and on the way there I stopped at a local thrift store. I found these goodies today. A tea canister in my Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne pattern, a wooden box (says flour with some pattern on it) that I am going to sand and paint black and put in my bathroom with some of my bathroom supplies in it, and 2 prim wooden plates.
This crow one that I can leave out all year long. I don't really have any thing crow, I don't believe but I couldn't resist this plate, it was just calling to me and the price was right at $1.99

And this awesome prim Christmas tree one that I just may leave out all year. It is just so cute, I love it. And it wasn't bad at $2.99. My whole day's trip was only $9 so it was a good stop. I have to go to the market still today, and I am getting over some kind of stomach bug so I don't want to get too worn out. We are going to my parents for Thanksgiving but doing one of our own here on Friday. It may not be as stressful, but it will be as large. Still have to get all the fixin's! Well, time to get those errands done!
Have a great day!

Friday, November 20, 2009

~* li'l st nick *~

How do you like this little guy? I LOVE him. A few years ago I saw him (well not him but one just like him) on my mom's tree and just fell in love with him. They had made him at workshop and she told me they had more put away for the bazaar and I could get one when they brought all the stuff out to sell. Well I worked and worked waiting patiently to get my little guy last year. Come bazaar time I volunteered to set up the ornie table. I gently unpacked (ok not really, I tore into those boxes looking for Santa!) and set up the tables but there were no Santa ornies to be found. She said "hum, maybe be sold them all last year". WHAT??? I was so disappointed. I told my mom she should just give me the one off her tree. She didn't find that amuzing. So, they made them again this year for the bazaar and she made me one specifically, in colors she knew I would love. And I do. I have a small tree that is all Santas and I cannot wait to add him to that tree. He will get a prime spot in the front somewhere. I love ornies that are different, that are not mass produced, that you just can't buy anywhere, and he fits the bill perfectly. And what makes him all the more special is that he was made for me by my mom! He's so perfect!
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

~* a yummy post*~

I love this stuff. It makes my morning coffee so good. It reminds me of my favorite Starbucks coffee that I don't partake of too often because 1. they closed the one close to us and 2. they are really too expensive to have too often. So this is the next best thing, and for $1.50 a bottle I can have many cups of this delicious nectar. However, since it is a holiday flavor I can only have it around this time of year.
So, I can sit and enjoy my morning joe with my peppermint mocha flavor all through this holiday season, as long as I can find it (ok, I bought 4 bottles at the store yesterday!!!). But it one of my guilty pleasures of the season that I give myself, and I don't give myself too many.

Have a great day!



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

~*my latest thrift store find*~

I found these electric sponge ware lamps today when I stopped into the TS spur of the moment when I had to go pick Matthew up from school since his truck is broken and his class is in the a few towns over (college you know!) so I was a few minutes (20 or so) early and decided to stop in the TS just to check and see if they had any new Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne or prim stuff. I happened upon these lamps and was even more surprised to see that they were electric. I am not sure what room they are going to go in yet, but I just could not pass them up. They were only $3.99 each. I may or may not keep the globe arms on them, I might just get low wattage frosted bulbs and use them in the living room for light when we go out and turn on lights so we don't come home in the dark. I just adore them.
Tomorrow we pick up Dan's new car, and Matthew will have his old one so the driving him back and forth to school will be remedied. I can hardly wait, I hate having to make that 2o minute each way drive 4 days a week trip. And Matt really doesn't enjoy having his mom drive him to college!
Well, it is late, but I got a lot accomplished today. About 3 months worth of junk mail shredded, groceries, laundry, moved all the stuff from my old jelly cabinet into the old TV armoire that I am now using next to my desk, finished packing up all the t-shirts and banners from my election, and finally cleared off my kitchen table! Whew! Off to bed now!
Have a great day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

~*a new before and after *~

This was my previous TV stand and TV. I was happy with the TV but the stand was not meant to be in the corner to it made blind spots on the screen so you couldn't see areas of the screen. Ok, I could live with it. But a few months ago (several but a little thing called a city council campaign overtook my life!!!) my TV died and we have been using a spare 19 inch in it's place. Now, you can't go from a 36 inch to a 19 inch. It is like going from running water to a outhouse. Very disturbing. And I can't see anymore so trying to see the writing on that little screen was near impossible. I didn't know what was on most of the time, or who the actors were or what time things came on, etc. But a few months ago (again, a little thing called campaign happened!) we bought a 42 inch flat screen TV at a really good price. However, that would not fit into this TV cabinet/armoire. It was not going in, no way no how! So, finally last weekend Dan and I had some free time so we went TV cabinet shopping, in the rain! Yeah, I know! No so bright. But again, I say, we finally had some free time. There is an unfinished furniture store about 5 minutes away in the next town so we went there to see what they had. I really wanted a corner armoire but I have a window on the left hand side that is quite close. So we found this cabinet instead AND it was already finished! Good deal, I don't have to finish it AND it fit in the back of my car! Plus Dan is going to build me a corner shelf for above it so I will have some more storage that I gave up losing my armoire! I will all around! And I can finally see what is on TV, what time it is and who the actors are! Whew!
Life is good again!
Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

~*thank a veteran today*~


Ok, so I am almost all caught up on reading all your blogs... it was after all several months since I could sit and just read. First there was the restaurant, then the campaign. But I think I will be done before Christmas. Just kidding. I am pretty much up to date on all that you have been doing... busy busy bees! And life is pretty much back to normal for me. I am back to my volunteering duties, Neighborhood Alliance, Beautification Committee, Economic Development Commission. I have even volunteered for some more things. After all, since my "baby" is at college this year he needs me around less and less. So I might as well make myself useful. And thank goodness the campaign is over, it is coming up to my favorite time of the year and I would hate to miss out on my favorite holiday season! So, things are getting back to normal and I have getting the house back to normal (it was a mess, really!). I even had a short bout with a flu bug, I think from letting myself get worn down too much. So, it's time to concentrate on the approaching holidays, putting the house back in order and getting caught up with all my blog friends...
Thanks to all the veterans for serving! They are why we are free today!
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

~*Hello dear blog friends*~

Ok, so it's been some time since I blogged, and as a little refresher it was because I was running for City Council here in my hometown. I've been out shaking hands, going door to door, speaking to the people, pounding the pavement, and telling the good folks all about my message about how I felt I would be a great addition to the council. As a wife and mother I have skills only another mother can appreciate! Unfortunately, I didn't win. Don't feel too badly for me, some long time polititians in my city lost as well. but I may make another run of it in two years, maybe not. We will see. I have time to think about it. But now I have time to get my home back into order (it was campaign central!), decorate for the holidays, and concentrate on some of my other civic responsibilities. I really believe I would have made an important contribution to my city and I had (still have) some great ideas on how to make this city great! But that is for another day! I thought I would share my campaign photo. It is not too often I have professional photos taken, I really hate having them...but this one didn't come out half bad! If you want to take a look at my campaign blog before I take it down it is: http://votemarie09.blogspot.com/
Well, I am feeling so tired! I need a vacation! I think I have some kind of bug! And I have soooo much housework to do. But I will be back to regular blogging and visiting your blogs again, so that is a good thing! See you all soon!
Have a great day!

Monday, September 28, 2009

~*got a little contest*~


There is a link to a contest to win a pair of ugg boot over there on the right. Click on it and enter. I LOVE mine. I would wear them all year long if it weren't for the fact that people would think I was strange. After all this isn't Hollywood! So, go ahead and enter to win!
Have a great day!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

~*campaign season is in full swing*~

Ok, so my campaign for City Council has officially begun. Oh yeah, I am freaking! But I am excited too. If you are interested in contributing to my campaign, contact me and I will let you know what you can do. Otherwise, say a prayer for me! It is a full race this year. 14 candidates. 7 slots. Oh boy! Let the mud slinging begin.
Have a great day!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

~* ahhhhhh, breathe......*~

Ok, so what's new? With me? Oh, not much. Except I got the nomination for City Council!!! Yup, I am OFFICIALLY running. And Dan and I sold our share of the restaurant. Yeah, we had to. I could not devote the kind of time needed to run a successful campaign and spend the kind of time I was at the restaurant daily. We were able to get out what we put into it, and so it was a good thing. And a learning experience for sure. If we were to go into the restaurant business again, we would know what to do, and what NOT to do. So now I am trying to catch up on things that just got so behind...my gardens are a mess...my house is a disaster... and my cupboards are bare! Plus, the exciting political campaign that I am starting on.
You just don't realize- we really spent every waking moment at the restaurant, and Dan came straight from his other job, and after we closed it was so late, we literally went straight to bed! So stay tuned for more info on the campaign! I am very excited about my new venture! I know I have shared with you all my intention to run for some time now, but it is finally a reality!
This is a hibiscus from my yard, actually my neighbor's but right on the property line and these flowers are as big as dinner plates. It is gorgeous!!! Ok, well I wanted to update you all on what has been going on with me.... I hope to have some time now to stop by all your blogs and see what is going on with you!
Have a great day!

Monday, July 20, 2009

~* I graduated *~

I don't know how I pulled it off with the 12-14 hour days I am spending at the restaurant, but I took a class that my city offers (13 weeks) and recently graduated. It was a great class, lots and lots of history and how the city runs now. It was great and I got to meet some new people from my city, and learn some awesome history. I am glad I had the opportunity to take this class because with budget cuts, it may very well be the last one offered. Especially since I am still interested in running for City Council this year. I may be a bit overworked and overwhelmed right now, but I can seem to find time to do the really important things. I just wish I had more time for crafting and sewing right now!
Have a great day!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

~*life as I knew it....*~

...is over. Yep, we bought a restaurant and now that is my ENTIRE life. I am there open to close right now while we try to work out all the bugs and get it running smoothly. I am exhausted most days and fall asleep almost as soon as my head hits the pillow. Do I like it? I haven't decided yet. I really have always wanted to open a restaurant, but the dream and the reality are 2 entirely different things. We are moving into a new building soon, too. The rent on this one is high and we need more room, so we found a place just down the road and I think that is where we are gonna go. Things are a bit crazy here now. In addition I have my interview for City Council on the 29th. Oh yeah, I am still planning on running this year. What? Ah, yes I am crazy!!! Just wanted to stop in and let you all know that I am still alive and kicking... I wish I had the time to come by all your blogs and see what is going on in your worlds. I will soon. Just as soon as things calm down a bit here. Miss you all dearly!!!
Have a great day!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

~*catching my breath*~


Oh I have been so busy I hardly know where to begin. First, I was finally able to get our neighborhood watch going at our end of the street (we have one at the other end- 4 streets down, but not including our end) and I am the chair. We are planning a street festival as a fundraiser for the K9s and that has been taking up a lot of time. I have been getting ready on Beautification Committee to start planting for the year, and if you recall my site in the city is City Hall...well they are re-doing the back of it with a new walkway, new bike stand, with stamped concrete, etc. It's all very exciting and I have been meeting with the contractors deciding on pattern and color and style, etc. I can hardly wait for them to get started so I can see how great it is going to look! I have also agreed to be nominated as secretary in the Neighborhood Alliance. It is the umbrella organization that all the neighborhood groups fall under. And I have still been working on preparing for my City Council run this year. I have met with some union officials and have several unions who are willing to endorse my campaign. Whew....I am tired already just listing this all. But I miss stopping by and reading all your blogs. I don't know when I will have the time to stop by again...but I certainly hope it will be soon. I hope all my blog friends are well and enjoying spring. We have a beautiful day here in Connecticut today. And we are supposed to have another one tomorrow. Right now I am enjoying watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees! This picture is from Easter, I can hardly believe how big my kids are...they tower over both of us! How did that happen? Well, there is laundry to fold and dinner dishes to put in the dishwasher.
Have a great day!

Friday, April 24, 2009

~*oh brother!*~




It's never boring in my city!

Friday, April 10, 2009

~*hello world*~

April 3rd I started my vegetable garden seeds, April 7th a broccoli seed sprouted. Now I have tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and pumpkins all sprouting... it is so exciting. If the weather would only cooperate and we would get some warmth... it is still so cold and we have had so much rain. There is sun, but it just has not been warm!
Hopefully the warm weather will be coming soon...
Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

~*come on Spring*~

Ok, so I am sure you all want to know where I have been. Well, I have been busy. With my already busy schedule I took on a class. It is a class given by my city about my city and I have really been enjoying it, but it adds yet another busy day to my already full schedule. I have also been attending some police functions, and there was the St. Patrick's Day parade, a full day event here for me, and I was finally able to get my neighborhood watch group going. That really required me going door to door over and over again, but I think it will be well worth it. So I had some time today, no meetings, classes or events to attend today, and thought I would try and catch up somewhat with you all. I picked these forsythia branches a couple weeks ago and forced them inside. They are in full bloom today. Really makes me want Spring here fast, but we are still having some cooler temps and lots and lots of rain. Today is so sunny out but we are only going to be in the high 50's maybe! I really want some warm weather. I want to open the windows and air the whole house out.... well, that is what I have been up to. I have a few things on the back burners but I can't share them yet.... hopefully I will have some info by June to share. Until then you will have to guess. Still working my K9 challenge. Last week I gave my second deposit of donations of $2,764. That brings my total to over $3,500. It is hard to get people to understand the importance of police services. You know, they only appreciate them when they need them. So I continue to plug along. Ok, I am gonna go get some breakfast...I just realized how hungry I am.
Have a great day!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

~*been gone so long*~

I know I have been gone so long...but between meetings and migraines, cleaning and computer woes, I have been busy. And blue. I have the winter blues and it is snowing again today to make it worse. We are in for a duzzy of a storm too. 6-10 inches before the whole thing is over tomorrow. I can't stand it! I am soooo done with the snow. But I guess we are gonna have one last (I don't really know that it is the last, but I can hope, can't I?) one. So, I wanted to to pop in and try and catch up with all my bloggy friends. Sorry I haven't been around, hope you all understand. As the weeks get warmer (there I am hoping again) I may be around less and less as I am outside more and more, but I will try to stop in more often. Gotta try and make a point of stopping in and checking out everyone's blogs. I will get around to seeing all my friends, just give me some time. Until then,
have a great day!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

~*looking forward to spring*~

I am looking forward to this. Flowers! And lots of them. This in between time is really depressing. It is just starting to get sunny and almost has a warmth to the day that you can feel when you walk outside. I am tempted to pull back the dried brown leaves that cover my gardens to see if the bulbs are sticking their heads out of the ground. I know it is just a matter of time before I will see the green tips of the leaves coming up through all that brown. I have started getting my seed catalogs. I saw some seeds out in the store yesterday... oh it is so tempting to start preparing the seeds to plant. I just have to hold on a little more. Easter will be a boost when I bet some flowers... and get to start opening up the windows to let some sweet smelling fresh air in...
oh spring...don't be late! I'm waiting for you!
Have a great day!

Friday, February 13, 2009

~*I don't have any time for my friends???*~

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Thought you would all get a chuckle out of it. Enjoy!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

~*under control*~

My blood pressure that is. I have had high blood pressure all my life. Even as a child. They use to say I was "high strung" or "nervous" but it was always a bit high. Lately it has been high enough to have the Dr. want me to be on medicine. I was on a med before that caused me to gain all kinds of weight so I was not game for that again. The 1st med he put me on gave me a dry cough all the time. Not fun! So 2 months ago he switched me to a new med. and today when I went to check my pressure it was an amazing 120/70. I cannot even remember when it was that low. Yay! So I think we have found a med. that works to control the blood pressure, doesn't give me nasty side effects, and doesn't cause drastic weight gain. All in all I think we have this under control. Now I have to work on my cholestrol. Yuk! I know! I have to cut out all the good foods I love. But at least I do love fruits and veggies, so that is a plus. I guess I have to make this a lifestyle change, as they say!
Have a great day!


Thursday, February 05, 2009

~*Whatcha' workin' on Wednesday (a day late)*~

Still organizing around here and yesterday I spent a huge chunk of time going thru 5 years (YES 5 YEARS!!!) worth of bank, credit card, oil statements, etc and cleaning out the drawer that the bills are all kept in. Now I have a huge bag that I have to burn in the chiminea because I would burn out the shredder if I tried to shred all this. I need to get a larger cabinet by the desk so that I can get hanging folders (like a filing cabinet system) but at this time I just have the bills in folders. I had every bill since we moved in here in September 2003 in that drawer! I had intended to clean it out, but never gotten around to it. In my resolution to organize yesterday was the day. I would have much rather been doing some nice craft... but this was necessary! I also had some paperwork to get done, and some meetings for tonight to prepare for, so it really was a productive day. Hope you all had a good WWW, and got some nice things done. When I get around to burning my papers I will get to roast some marshmallows so it won't be a total waste! And I love a good fire!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

~*oh good, more snow*~

We are having a snow storm today, yay, more snow. I am thrilled!!! *said sarcastically* I really am so tired of the cold. I want some warmth. My toes are so cold! My nose is so cold. I live in my thermals! So I fixed myself the last of my Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi soup that I made. I kept seeing the commercials and I love soup but going to Olive Garden is so tiring, the wait is so long, it is always so packed, and expensive. So I searched online for the recipe and made a pot the other day. It was DELISH!!!! And today I finished it off. Yum! And put the crock pot on with spaghetti sauce. And curled up here at my desk with my bowl of soup and a blanket and decided to read some blogs! And watch the snow fall, and fall, and fall. You get the idea. It is coming down. Lots of it. GREAT! Ok, so we are gonna have some more snow. At least my belly is happy!
Have a great day!

Monday, February 02, 2009

~*a little blue*~

Ok, it is not often you will hear me say this but....I am sick of the snow. I am sick of winter! We are supposed to have another snow storm tomorrow and I don't want it!!!! Yes, that is right, you heard me correctly. Me, the girl who loves the snow is saying... ENOUGH!!! I am having a slight case of the winter blues... I want to open the windows and let the fresh air in, I want to hang my clothes on the line to dry, I want to start planning my seeds for the spring gardening... I don't want more snow. Yes, yes I know I told you that I love snow, lots of snow and being snowed in all day, etc. But now I am telling you that I am done with it. Not only has it snowed a lot here in Southeastern CT but it has been bitterly cold, too and that combination has been too much for me. I like my seasons. And this one is DONE!!! I don't even need to wait for the groundhog to tell me, but I know this is just wishful thinking... I know we are a ways from Spring. But a nice day here and there would go a long way. And maybe a pot of flowers. Usually my husband brings me home something growing and blooming around this time of year. He knows how much I love flowers and also, I put the bulbs out in the gardens after they have gone by. It has been a long cold winter and a nice warm day would be a pleasant change! So, a little bit of the winter blues... and more snow on the way! Great!
Have a great day!

Friday, January 30, 2009

~*have a seat*~

I got these ladderback shaker chairs free off Craigslist the other day. I know some of you are probably saying "yeah, you got them free, cuz they are worthless!" but they actually are not in that bad of shape. Yes, the seats are worn, and I need to get all new seat tape and replace them entirely, but the chairs themselves are really quite nice.
They may need some work on the finish and I am not sure if I am going to restain or paint.

I think a lot of that will depend on what color seat tape I get to re-do the seats with. Although I really like the blue. Maybe a blue and cream check!
I love the shape of the ladder backs. They are very narrow and tall. Very shaker! Very prim. Well, these are my T2T find and I was quite pleased with the condition of them. Especially since Matthew and I had to drive an hour to pick them up and I only had a picture to go by, but I knew that they were something I really could do something with.
Have a great day!

Monday, January 26, 2009

~*dirty dishwasher?*~

I cannot believe how dirty the inside of my dishwasher was but I used this stuff today and now it sparkles!!! I had this hanging around for a while and while cleaning out around under the sink I discovered it and decided to go ahead a use it. WOW!!! If you have never tried it- you should. After all, this is where you clean the dishes you eat off of. I can't believe the difference. Had I imagined how clean it would have made it I would have taken a before picture so I could have showed you both the before and after, but I didn't really think my dishwasher was all that dirty. It looks brand new (if it weren't for the fact that the stupid utensil holder is held together with tie wraps!!!). Even the racks are sparkling! I am not one to promote products, I am a skeptic! But this stuff is great! Ok, run out and buy some right now and use it, I will wait for your reaction...
Have a great day!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

~*my dawgs are barkin;*~

My feet are killing me! I spent the day helping a friend out at his restaurant and now my feet are hurting so bad. Really really bad. I love to help him, but they have hard tile floors and after several hours on those hard tile floors on my feet, my feet and legs are so sore. I think there has to be a better way to help then standing on my feet all day, but there really isn't and it is so cold there that I have to wear either extra socks with shoes I can fit them in or winter boots and neither one of those have great soles. When I was a young unmarried and right out of high school I used to waitress. I was good at it, I made a lot of money at it. A lot! I worked in Mystic. Tourist trap Mystic, Connecticut. First at a breakfast place, then I did a dinner place, then a bar. Then I bar tended at the bar. And I wore sensible waitress shoes. Now I don't have those kinds of sensible shoes. And my feet are paying for it. But since I am not really working at this restaurant, Dan and I are really just helping out a friend who is getting his business off the ground, I can't complain. But my feet are. Tomorrow I think I will soak in the tub and let my feet have a good rest! Tonight I have them propped up on the ottoman and I am gonna read some blogs!!!
Have a great day!