Sunday, February 28, 2010
I needed some lobster clasps for some other bracelets I plan to make, and wound up going by the 'real' bead store. They had pearls for 75% off, so I got a stand to play with...soon. What a deal! I love pearls.
I am so ready to say goodbye to February. Come on spring! We are still windy and chilly here in WPB. GWMA...it isn't happening here! This has been a COLD winter and I want it GONE.
We aren't hockey fans, but we sure are rooting for Team USA to beat Canada. Our neighbors just cheered for the point made. Us or them will not like the outcome, but we'll all be good sports...and life will get back to normal tomorrow with no Olympics to watch.
So that's our day here in Paradise. Hope yours is a great one!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
And now that Dick is pretty much finished with that project, he moved to the back of our patio where he had already removed some ugly plants (we inherited the landscaping). He is filling in the area with paving stones and concreting them in. This will give us more usable patio area...and it will all eventually be prettied up with the topcoating.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
3. Politics (may be the same as #2)
5. Root beer
Actually now when I think about it, maybe liars should be at the top of my list. They are more abundant than smoke.
What are your five?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
My job was to keep him hydrated. And fed. And to wash his dirty clothes. Do you think he deserves a steak dinner and a backrub tonight? I thought so. That's certainly what he'll get! He's such a hard worker.
The plan for the patio is to beef up the end of the sidewalk with rebar (it didn't have any...which was dumb), and pour a much deeper end to it with sloped edges so that it will then take the weight driven across it. We eventually plan to even the whole patio out with a concrete mix to get rid of all the mini-potholes in it (whose bright idea was that?). All those little depressions do is hold water and that creates a perfect breeding ground for mildew...which stays black. Then we'll have a finish topping put on smooth concerte, and it will be attractive, instead of ugly and always dirty looking. The end.
Today feels like the Florida that we know and love...during the winter only.
May you each have some sunshine in your life today. We are going to sit outside for awhile. Dick needs to rest. After his shower.
Friday, February 19, 2010
I've had a good visit with my siblings and everyone...and I'll be leaving with a heavy heart as I drive south. I don't want my brother to die just yet, but his quality of life is almost non-existent, so he is ready to go. And I am preparing myself to accept this. At least I'm trying to get there.
Thanks, friends, for all the sweet words and prayers. They truly mean a lot to me and my family.
Make the most of every day, y'all. It is truly a blessing.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Mickey is just shy of turning 69 next month. It will be a glorious celebration for him...
I'll be careful and be in touch as I can. Thanks in advance for good thoughts for our family.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Happy Fat Tuesday from windy paradise! I'll take the wind over the ice reported back in Mayberry. School is closed another day (it is too dangerous for buses to go on some of the icy back roads).
Have any of you ever celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Mobile? We haven't...we don't like the huge crowds...but I would love to sit on a balcony high above Burbon Street and watch the festivities from up above.
Do you have a Mardi Gras tradition? We always attend the annual Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) pancake supper at church. Today represents the last hurrah before Lent begins tomorrow. Milk and eggs were at one time forbidden during Lent in long ago England, hence the pancakes to use up the household supply of those items. So now you know.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Lynne and I found that Hoffman's is a chocoholics paradise! She found some cutsey chocolate alligators, dogs and ballerinas to take back to her grandkids. I'm sure they'll love them.
The day is supposed to be a romantic one, but this is what we'll be watching this afternoon. The Daytona 500 RULES the day here in the south! Brian and a few friends will actually be there enjoying the madness, um, race. I much prefer watching from the comfort of our own patio and big screen, with no crowds to fight, and my own potty inside. I guess that is a sign of gettin' old.Come join us for a hot bowl of chili and a cold beer if you are in the neighborhood. It'll be relatively quiet, and no crowds! Guaranteed.
Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
And of course we had a deadline for him to get cleaned up so we could go out to dinner with friends. We were only about 20 minutes late, because he wanted to get that sucker fixed and back into place. See how it blocks the hallway? So back into place it went, all hooked up but not tried out and off to dinner we went.
When we got home, full of blackened Mahi, he put the door back on the washer, then the wooden doors back on the cabinet it sits in. I fed a load of laundry inside, shut the door, and turned it on. Success...happiness...and one back rub for my sweetie. It was hard work, bending over this thing and lifting and squatting. His back is getting too old for this kind of work!
No schlepping laundry to the laundromat. Hallelujah! We now have one load of darks done...and the whites are happily spinning. I love that sound. Roll, Tide, roll!
Thanks, honey. You are the bestest fix-it guy. I guess you think this is my Valentine's present, right? I know...I'll buy YOU flowers...and chocolate. And you don't even have to share the chocolate. That's true love. Besides, I do have a new potato pearl necklace. It was draped across that lovely bag of *stuff* from Tuesday Morning. Nice.
So what are you doing for your sweetie for Valentine's Day tomorrow? Dick, you get another back rub. I promise.
Friday, February 12, 2010
I learned that I need to get a work light because our overhead lights just don't hack it when working with small items like this. After playing around with the glass beads, I will eventually move on to some semi-precious stones that I have. I have a necklace in mind...with matching earrings, of course.
My washer/dryer has a problem. The drum is off center...no, I didn't overload it! It has been sounding a little sluggiesh...like a belt is slipping or something. Dick is gonna have to take it out and get to the innards to see what the problem is and hopefully fix it. I'll have to use the facilities here at our park until then. Keep your fingers crossed that it will be a simple fix.
It is another sunny but windy day. We could get good use out of some windmills around here!
You know what Friday is here in Florida--beer and wings night! Enjoy your day, whatever you do. And wear RED to support our troops! Speaking of, welcome back to the USA, JQ. Thanks for your service 'over there' in sand country!!! Hopefully you'll be back in Mayberry real soon.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Dick and friend Johnnie have gone to Miami for the whole day to see a bunch of boats at the annual boat show, so I am carless...which means that I will be home ALL day by myself, playing with my crafty things, creating something lovely, I am sure. Of course I have to do some pesky laundry and vacuuming and change the sheets and stuff, but my personal reward when finished with all that will be the gift of creating...something. Whatever! I do have a few ideas running around in my head.
Maybe I'll put out a "Do Not Disturb" sign and stay in my jammies all day. Who knows...I'm gonna seize the day...and play!
If you had a 'free' day, how would you spend it?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
June, April (girls), October (boy) and another June, but a different color for the wee boy. It was fun putting it together. Come back tomorrow and see my shopping finds from yesterday!
Thanks for the scarf compliments. Ivana asked what they are made of...well, plain yarn, fancy yarn, narrow ribbon, fun fur, eyelash yarn, cording...whatever strikes my fancy that will bend and blend and knot well. They are about 6' long and can be worn simply hanging down the front, or either looped or pinned over the shoulder. I use many different colors that coordinate and contrast so that they can be worn with a variety of colored shirts. And I'm learning techniques that make it easier to do all this in a moho, where storage and working space is limited! And no, Sandee, I don't want to go into business doing this. That would take the fun out of it. But I do take special orders for friends and family:-) And I accept all offers of leftover yarns and narrow ribbons!
So Bob and Lynne have left...I need to go to the post office and run a few errands today, since I will be 'carless' tomorrow. It is sunny but windy today, but a freeze is expected tonight. I know you folks up nawth are used to that, but this if FLORIDA and there are crops down here that us and the rest of the country needs! We don't need frozen...again!
Stay warm, y'all!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Dick is heading to the dentist to have a pesky tooth checked out...that of course wasn't hurting this morning! Lynne wants to visit Hoffman's Chocolates, so that is what we'll do today. That is much more fun than going to the dentist. Heck, vacuuming is more fun than going to the dentist!
And later on we'll catch the afternoon matinee for The Blind Side.
Who 'bout those Who Dats?!!! Our Super Bowl party was successful...and most everyone seemed to be pulling for the Saints. Do we know how to pick a winner or what?
Enjoy your Monday, y'all!
After all New Orleans has been through, I guess I am rooting for the Saints to win. They need something positive, right? So, who are you rooting to win?
Why Dem Saints are going to win....
This will be the 44th Superbowl
The Saints franchise is 44 years old
There are 44 days from Christmas to the Super Bowl
Obama is the 44th President
Super Bowl Sunday it will be 4 years and 4 months since Katrina
The Saints won in 4 minutes and 44 seconds overtime
Whatever you do today, have a bit of fun...and remember how blessed we all are. Life is GOOD!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Did you know that one in three women will die from cardiovascular disease? Wear RED today in support of women's heart health. Visit the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women to learn more. Start changing your lifestyle NOW to protect your heart. It's the only one you've got!
Shamelessly stolen from Haley as a mother is privileged to do......AND because I was on the board of the American Heart Association for quite a number of years there in Mayberry and this is a subject that is close to my heart. Literally. Plus.......Friday is always wear red day to support our troops. Today my RED is doing double duty.
From my heart to yours...
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Amy/Jason are taking the boyz out bike riding again to wear them out before we head to Don's hunting camp this afternoon, where they will get worn out again. Can you say "sleep well tonight?" They sure will.
Dick is doing moho maintenance on the internet satellite...Bob is over at their moho reading. I'm sure those two big boyz will find some kind of trouble to get into while us gals are out shopping. Sherman/Pat are going to visit their son/family nearby, so they aren't joining us in our doings today, and that's OK. Everybody can do their own thing.
At least the sun is out to dry up the rain, but I know two boyz who will still find plenty of mud to get into later on, just as boyz will do.
Dinner tonight at the camp will be hamburgers, beans, cole slaw and all the trimmings...yum..........
Enjoy your day...ours will be grand!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Amy and I did some damage at Marshall's and Jo-Ann's this morning. Had fun!
We are all going back to Don/Carolyn's house for a seafood boil tonight. Yummm. Last night's dinner there was great...a good chicken casserole. They are great hosts.
Have a terrific Tuesday, y'all!
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Monday, February 1, 2010
Dick and I did go to the Hard Rock Casino...and the smoke hit me in the face the moment we walked in the door. That was not a good sign, and it only got worse. Needless to say, we did not stay long. Dick quickly shot our $40 in free money; added his own $20 contribution. The buffet was definitely pricey, and neither one of us were hungry enough to enjoy it, so we headed to the food court and enjoyed a really great Cuban sandwich and plantains. That saved the day just a bit.
Shampoo and shower to rid of us the smoke smells that were lingering, and yet another load of laundry...and then checking out a bead company online completed the day. Life's simple pleasures.
Today, we are doing the stowing and hooking up thing and heading to Orlando to meet the kids...and then go to Carolyn/Don's home for dinner tonight with a bunch of family. We'd better take two cameras, just to be safe. No, I didn't 'lose' the photos of my aunt/cousin in a strange folder. They totally disappeared from my memory card. And I know they were there, because I checked them out immediately after taking the photos. I even put the card back into my camera to check it out...and there were NO images captured in the camera. Maybe it is time to buy a new memory card! Stuff happens!!! But Pat promises she will send me a new photo when her granddaughter shows up with her digital camera. That's the best we can do.
Have an awesome Monday. Life is short...make fun of it!