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!

Friday, January 23, 2009

~*looking for some help*~

Ok, first let me say I know this is a fuzzy picture, but it was of my whole kitchen and I cropped it down to the top of my fridge to show my calendar. And here in lies my problem. See my calendar? Well, last year I downloaded it, printed it, laminated it and put it on my fridge and use wipe off markers to put my months' appointments on it. I need to make another one for my desk. Portrait not landscape. But I cannot find any prim style blank calendars to download. I had some on my laptop, and as you know, I had to scrap that the other day, and although I tried to save as much as I could off of it, it was the most important photos and documents (otherwise I would still be saving!) and so even though I think I downloaded a few, they are gone. And I can't seem to find any sites with any blank prim calendars. Now I know that there are some of you out there that are frugal enough to print and make your own calendars. Someone knows where I can get a prim style blank monthly style calendar!!! So if someone can point me in the direction of a website that I can download a calendar I would be greatly appreciative!!! Thanks.
Have a great day!

~*have you seen her?*~

This is my friend Mary. She is missing. I used to talk to her everyday. Some days more than once. But she moved and now I don't hear from her at all. When I call her I get her voicemail or she says she will call me back and she doesn't. We could talk for hours, about nothing in particular, and we could do it while we were doing our housework. We would go to the beach together. Go shopping. We had a lot of fun together. But again... she moved. Not far. Just over the river. About 10 minutes away. And now I never hear from her. I don't know what happened to her. Maybe those people there have done something to her. Maybe she has bought into all that snootiness. I don't know but I know I miss talking to her and spending time with her, so if you see my friend Mary, would you tell her that I miss her? Thanks.
Have a great day!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

~*Where do you blog?*~

Sue over at Country Pleasures invited us all to show "where you blog". Here is my space. It is a corner in my living/family room. I have been spending some time orgainizing this space lately. It feels good to know where things are. This desk is large and holds a lot of stuff but there are not a lot of spaces to organize with so I have had to add a lot of cubbies, jars, and boxes to do it. On the right side door there is cork board, but on the left I am hoping to get some metal board so that I can use magnets. I need to get new racks as first I have plastic and they are not strong enough and second, there are not enough of them. You see them to the left of my printer? They hold some of my craft projects that I have printed. In the cabinet to the right of the desk I have my extra paper, CDs, programs, etc. I actually need to get a larger cabinet. That one is full and I still have documents in boxes that I need to be able to get to. I have my box of photo CDs, my laminator, my camera tripod, and of course a candle for some scent of inspiration. So that is it. Now it is time for you to show us all where you blog!
Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

~*technology woes*~

Yesterday I spent retrieving important documents and photos off my Compaq laptop before whiping the hard drive. You see I had a virus... a bad one... one that wouldn't let me repair, do a system restore, wouldn't let me update my virus protection, hijacked my was a bad one. So the only way to get it off my laptop was to whipe the whole thing clean. It took hours. And I still had to go to the college bookstore for Matthew's books and to the car service department to pick the Mustang up (it was acting up and wouldn't start- we don't drive it in the winter but start it occassionally to prevent this exact thing from happening, evendentally not enough!). So, now I have to reload all my programs- oh joy! I hate that. Not to mention that I had to move all my photos and such to my desktop and now my laptop is empty....
I was still trying to finish the updates from Microsoft at 9:30 last night. Fun fun fun! So, that was my day. In between, I did run to the bookstore and a quick grocery run, but most of the day was taken up with lovely tech repair. gotta love to hate them.
Have a great day!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

~*more fluffy white stuff*~

Oh yeah, more snow today. My husband says it is my fault because I LOVE SNOW. And because my snowmen are like snow voo doo dolls around the house. I can't help it, it looks so beautiful out there. But I know it is a pain. He was out early this morning (4:30 ish) snowblowing and then of course the plows come along and plow it all right back in front of the driveway. But it looks so bright and clean out there right now. But in a few weeks it will be dirty and grungy and I will want it to all melt away, or have a clean new blanket of snow to cover it all up. And since I was all warm and cozy tucked away in the house today I threw a pork roast in the crock pot and it smelled de-lish all day in here. Now I am catching up on my blogs and waiting for "24" to come on. I may even venture out tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

~*a loss for all*~

Andrew Wyeth
I have the print of this painting hanging over my bed. It is one of my favorites. It is so simple and yet it is says so much. As a matter of fact when we re-did our bedroom it was one of the first things I hung back up. Andrew died Friday at his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was 91.
Did you know that M. Night Shymalan's film The Village was filmed in Chadds Ford and was based on Wyeth's paintings? Mr. Roger's had a Wyeth hanging in the entry of his studio home and Charles Schulz and Andrew Wyeth were good friends? Just some facts for ya'. Well, he will be missed. I still love this painting.
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

~*a yummy doggy recipe*~

Yesterday I said I made homemade dog biscuits as a retirement gift for one of our K9s whose last day on the streets is today! His police officer/handler Matt is being promoted to Detective and he will be spending his days at home now protecting Matt and Jenn's new baby come April. Someone asked me for the biscuit recipe. I did give Bella one of these yesterday and she gobbled it right up, and she is a doggie biscuit snob....

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

½ cups water(add more water later if required)

½ cup oil

2 eggs

3 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

½ cup cornmeal

½ cup oats
Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough. Roll out and shape. Put onto a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased one. Cook 20 minutes at 400 F. Turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool in oven until crisp and hard. Store in airtight container.

I didn't add any extra water and I do have a 3" dog bone cookie cutter. It made quite a bit of cookies and I made them fairly thick. I do like to make them as gifts for friends dogs on special occasions, or on events such as this, but if you have a problem with store bought dog biscuit's you could make these. Bella prefers IAMS puppy biscuits and usually gets a huge box each year for Christmas. But like I said, I wanted to check to make sure these were good and she took it and crunched it right down. And believe me, when she doesn't like something she will let you know. She takes it from your hand and then drops it on the floor right in front of you! Ok, go ahead and try them and let me know how your doggies like them!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

~*Whatcha' workin' on Wednesday*~

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for Leslie's Whatcha Workin' on Wednesday!
Ok, so one of our K9's is retiring tomorrow since his officer Matt is being promoted to Detective. I know, we are short a dog again!!! But, Matt's promotion ceremony is Friday and I thought people are going to be giving him all kinds of gifts, so I decided to bake gourmet dog biscuits for Ike. That is what I am working on today. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures of the finished biscuits before I wrapped them, but trust me, they look good!!! And they are all natural! Good for Ike. He will be off the road with Matt but since Matt and Jenn are expecting a baby in April he will have a new job protecting their most important addition. So besides my basic housework and getting ready for yet another meeting tonight, I made Ike a retirement gift. I hope he enjoys them.
Have a great day!

Monday, January 12, 2009

~*but baby it's cold outside*~

Brrrr!!!! We are in the teens this week. Cold!!! Bitterly cold! I know this is New England and I expect cold weather, snow, sleet, hail, pouring rain, hurricane force winds, drought conditions, heat waves, but this freezing bitter cold temperatures has got to go! It is just too cold. You walk outside and your face freezes! Your eyelashes freeze! Your breath freezes right in front of your face and than slaps you in it to add insult to injury! THAT is just TOO cold! I do love how it looks, tho! Ha! The ice is just beautiful and makes for awesome photo shoots. If I would ever venture out of the house to take any photos, as evidenced by these that I snapped by opening the windows and holding my camera out and snapping then slamming the window shut quick!

Yeah, I know I am a wimp, but like I already told you, it is cold out there.... like 17 degrees! SEVENTEEN! That is cold. Is there a word colder than cold? That is what it is out there. And oh yeah, I gotta go out later, after the sun (the hottest thing known to man!!!) goes down and it gets even colder, if that is even possible!!! They are predicting that it will get worse this week. WORSE!?!?! COLDER!!! Are you freaking kidding!?! On the bright side there is only 67 more days until the monsoon rains of Spring start! Now THAT is something to look forward to!!! Ok, I have to go get some housework done! Maybe that will make me forget that it is Southpole like out there!!!
Have a great day!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

~*shine baby, shine*~

Finally got a new cell phone and this is what I got. A red LG Shine. I love red! And blue. And pink. But that is besides the fact. I got a new cell phone today to replace my old Razr. I love it. It is so shiny and bright and cool. Now if I can only figure out how to use it I will be doing great!!! lol!!! I need to find a way to get my ringtone and picture from my old phone onto my new one. I would ask Matthew as he is my tech support in this house, but unfortunately Matthew got a new cell phone today too, so he is all upstairs in his room playing with his new phone!!! Can you believe it?!?! I guess I can try and look online for cell phone for dummies instructions... I may find what I am looking for and figure it out before Matt gets time to do it for me... or I could just wait until he can do it. I don't know which one would be quicker! But for now I can just look at the pretty phone. It matches my new MP3 player! Which I got right before Christmas with my Sony points. My old one just died and I had enough points to get a new one because they were having a special half off for the holidays. I usually use my points to get Matthew new headphones...he always needs them... but this time I got myself a little something. It is 4 gb so it will hold more songs then I will ever fill it with (ok, so my old one I filled up and said I never would...I may eventually fill this one up too!). And I can store photos on it, too. Since I have an MP3 jack in my car I can carry my music with me in the car easier than cds or tapes.
We didn't get the BIG snowstorm we were supposed to. We just got a light dusting. Big disappointment! I don't know when the next snow is supposed to come but this one was a dud! Oh well.
Have a nice day!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

~*let it snow, let it snow, let it snow*~

So this is what it should look like here at my home today. We are supposed to have a big storm. Storm Carlos. It is supposed to dump 10" on the state. I love the snow. I love a good snowstorm. I don't love having to go anywhere in it and today I don't. Yay! We will see how many inches we really get, but for now I am waiting for it to start!
Have a great day!

Friday, January 09, 2009

~* time flies*~

Wow time flies! I found this picture while cleaning off my desk the other day. It has to be 10 years ago. My daughter has braces and glasses. Both of which are long gone now. Dan had a lot of hair on his head and none on his face. And this was taken at my SIL's house that is long since sold and she has moved to Arizona. My son towers over both of his parents now and he has plenty of hair on his face now too. My children have grown up so fast. They tell you that when you bring them home from the hospital. People stop by to see the new baby and they say...."ah, enjoy them they grow up so fast" and you think they are crazy!!! But it is true. Now I have one that lives in her own home and one that is in a big rush to be out on his own. Now they say my next reward is grandchildren, but believe me, I am in no rush for them! So remember how fast your children grow up and hug them today, cuz tomorrow they could be far away!
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

~*getting organized*~

I spent some time the last few days organizing my computer desk area. I have a corner armoire and it doesn't really have too many shelves on it, so I brought up a tall pantry cabinet from the basement and organized a bunch of my software and special papers, CD cases, envelopes, etc that were just stacked up on my desk top and then was able to clean that off. Now I can actually find what I need. Not to mention get rid of all the stuff I didn't ever use but had just stacked up there!!! It feels good to have a nice neat desk top. Organization makes me happy, I hate not being able to find what I am looking for. I have to take a day and do some serious shredding now...I have a few years of bills that need to be shredded and I am not looking forward to that. But we all know that has to be done... there is not throwing those things away in the garbage these days! It does feels good tho, and it is especially a good feeling to get it done in the beginning of the year, a nice way to start the year. Well, I have an Economic Development meeting tonight that I have to get my packages of papers all ready for. You know, public service never ends...

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

~*a little gift for a little one*~

I just finished crocheting this baby blanket for one of the K9 officers and his wife who are expecting their first baby in April. Actually, next week he will no longer be a K9 officer as he is being promoted to Detective! But I wanted to make this blanket for them. His wife Jen is really sweet and he had been really helpful with my K9 challenge, coming to several appearances on TV and news interviews with his K9 partner Ike, who will be retiring next week, and so I got to work on this last week and finished it Monday morning. It is really super soft yarn and if you click on the pictures to enlarge them you will see that they have different shades of multi colored stripes. I may be doing her maternaty photo shoot, she is just starting to show.
It is so soft I may need to do a full sized one for me!!!
Have a great day!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

~*a good night for the K9s*~

It was a good night for my K9 challenge. The organizer of the event last night promised me a donation. I don't know what it will be but last year he gave the K9s $7,500. Now, I don't expect that, but I know he will be generous. And as I was exiting the stage after he made the announcement, someone came up to me and gave me an envelope. Later when I opened it I was shocked when I saw a check for $500. It was a lovely letter inside that explained how this woman had adopted a german shepherd and wanted to make sure money went to New London and especially the NLPD K9s. I was so excited. We will soon be retiring yet another dog and will be in immediate need of another patrol dog. I am doing all I can to get people in the generous donating mood, but times are tough and donating to the police department is not top on people's lists! I can't understand why, because it really does benefit all the citizens. Not to mention if there is a lost child or something these dogs can locate them, or dead bodies long buried, or drugs hidden in anything. They do amazing things we humans just cannot. But people are hesitant to want to help the police.

Well, they just don't know what they have until it's gone.

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

~*What's up for the new year*~

So tonight we are going to a big party at the beach. It is an annual fund raiser for several organizations and the organizer has promised me a donation for my K9 challenge. He gave a huge donation to the police department last year to purchase their drug sniffing dog, and now we are in need of yet another new dog. Yes, one of our K9 officers is going to be promoted to Detective and so his dog will be retired. Once again I am in search of funds to purchase another dog. But aside from the donations it is a great party, lots of local restaurants bring in food and you get to spend time with people from the city. It is a good time to network! So, I gotta start to get ready and get the curlers in... my hair is so hard to curl I have to have the curlers in for hours or it will fall as soon as I take them out.
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

~*my favorite things*~

My kids~ My husband~ My beautiful stone house~ my past, present and future diamond ring~ Gingham~ my Nikon D40 digital camera~ my parents, brothers and their families~ Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha latte, whipped cream- no sugar!~ my Louis Vuitton purse~ blue, blue, blue!!~ Country/Prim style~ my Ford Edge~ my gardens full of flowers~ cookouts in our backyard~ Overalls~ Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne~ Coty Bodymist Pink Grapefruit~ Rainbows~ Junior Mints~ Yankee Candle Macintosh candles~ Quilts~ Fred’s Shanty footlong dogs~ being snowed in for a day~ Christmas~ Wintergreen Lifesavers~ snowmen~ cooking~ my daughter’s antique sleigh bed~ watching my kids swim in our pool~ Lemon meringue pie~ driving with the top off the Mustang~ walking on the beach with my husband~ the smell of Autumn~ nighttime summer showers~ nice neighbors~ watching movies~ French manicures~ Daisies and red roses~ Pink~ Mini 3 Musketeers bars~ spending a day in bed in my pj’s~ Amish dolls~ decorating my house~ Blue, yellow and red spongeware~ Food network~ Buttonwood farm’s Peppermint stick ice cream~ baskets~ wrought iron~ Corona with lime~ Dr. Pepper~ Unicorns~ White Diamonds perfume~ my laptop