Tuesday, March 30, 2010
What actually happened was that I was too busy playing BettydamnCrocker to even touch the camera, except to take a photo of the birthday gal and family with HER camera. She will send me all the photos from last night if she knows what's good for her, but click right here and see "Birthday fun" over on Haley's blog, already posted. Watch out for the dog pile at the end. No one was actually injured or hurt, other than maybe a little pride.
The green beans were a big hit, but 'Mr. Publix' needs to have his recipes tweaked just a bit...so I'll fix my copies.
I started putting all my recipes on my computer years ago, all in categories, easy to find from my kitchen computer, and always available wherever I am traveling. This way, I can get rid of those hundreds of saved paper recipes that I have tried/mean to try. And I don't have to remember all those pesky measurements either. It makes cooking simple.
Do you have a special time-saver tip? Please share.
Hallelujah, the sun is peeking out its little head............and I'm seeing some blue skies for the first time since getting home! Yes, those really are buds on the tips of a few trees...............and the willow tree is showing some sweet green. I think Spring is arriving! I'm lovin' it, including the fox I saw sneaking through the woods this morning.
Life is good!
Monday, March 29, 2010
And enjoy a slice of cake...
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I needed him to peddle home to get this pot for us the other night so Lynne and I could fix the lobster bisque, and this was the easiest way for him to get it back to us on his bike. Bless his heart.
Today, he is Dick-the-long-distance hauler. We are driving straight home......well, with a rest stop here and there...........so it will be a VERY long day. He doesn't mind all that driving, plus the reward is Home, Sweet Home!
That also means kids and grandkids. We do have our priorities right!
Picture me sitting in the co-pilot chair, reading a book, scratching Missy, checking email on my raspberry, and fetching tea and peanuts for the pilot. I tell Dick he's got himself a good woman! What a team we make!
Enjoy your Saturday. Life is good, y'all!!!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Ray and Lois are just home from a Santa convention in Gatlinburg, TN, where about 400 Santas gathered. They enjoyed it, despite the full-time rain. We were happy they joined our Grumpy Grouper group last night for a farewell dinner. Even Dick's and Bob's old swimming coach attended! How cool is that?
So today is last-minute shopping for Haley's birthday dinner (Monday...and she shares her birthday with Santa). Lynne is going with me, while our boys go check out the 'nice stuff' that will be auctioned off tomorrow next door at the FP&L site.
Dick has the awnings retracted ahead of the rain, which sure makes a temperature difference inside, so we had to turn on the A/C today. The bikes and outside chairs are stowed already, so we have made great progress toward getting everything ready for tomorrow's departure back to Mayberry.
We'll have a busy day. Enjoy your Friday, y'all!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I went home and played with beads, which I will do again today, then put everything away. We have to get in the stow and go mode! Saturday is rapidly approaching.
Life is blessed!
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
And spring is what we'll be leaving on Saturday. Yes, it has finally arrived in West Palm Beach, just in time for us to kiss it goodbye and head to Mayberry. Where is the fairness in that?
Haley said not to tell her if we were taking Bob and Lynne to John G's for breakfast, so Haley, stop reading NOW. We went yesterday. Then Lynne and I went to Michael's and to a yarn shop. She found beautiful baby pink yarn to knit a dress for her first granddaughter expected in July, lucky baby, and has already started on it.
I bought some lovely beads and stones. Really lovely. And they're not just for me either. Our table is still filled with my projects, so our shared dinner was held over at Lynne's coach. She doesn't mind a bit. I certainly don't want to put away my craft crap (as Dick calls it) till I have to put them away...like on Friday when we have to begin to close up! Yikes...I've got lots to do between now and then.
So today we'll meet Neal and Judie for a final bowl of fisherman's stew up at Schooners, and to say goodbye for now to them. Where has the time gone?
Seize the day, y'all!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Long-time friends Bill and Vickie met us for breakfast at our fave place—John G’s—before they headed back to chilly New Jersey. It wasn’t exactly warm here on Monday…and still isn’t, but we are thankful for the sun after several days of rain and clouds.
Dick is taking a forced break from his concrete job to go have a root canal done this morning. Where is that fun I mentioned in the title? I think that happens NEXT week!
I’ve been playing a little genealogy. Hi, new cuzn Jim in Seattle! John in GA included me on an email to him, so we have all been corresponding and comparing family tree nuts, um, notes…and finding some funny stuff, some discrepancies (aren’t there always!), and some missing links. Working with this stuff is like putting together a humongous puzzle, only we don’t have that photo on the box to guide us. Ivana, ‘humongous’ just means REALLY BIG. Sorry about my ‘southern’ expressions. I did remember to put “New Jersey” for you, instead of just NJ.
So today I want to make the pink bead earrings that I didn’t make yesterday. I know that knowledge will send a trill down a few spines.
Sending big hugs to friend Judy, who had to have her appendix out yesterday. Ouch!
Whatever you do today, make it a super day, y’all!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Everyone gets to be Irish today. Dick's family is Irish/English. Mine is English, with rumors of Scot/Irish thrown in, but I haven't documented that yet.
Do you have any real Irish blood in your veins?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
My two sisters, Delle and Nan...I didn't realize how much taller I am than they are...
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The gals loved their new jewelry, but Aidan asked where his necklace was! How cute is that? I asked what color he would like, and he promptly replied RED, so I'll have to figure out a boy necklace to make for this special guy. You bet I will!
So today is sunny and nice...and we'll celebrate and say goodbye.
And be grateful for family and friends. Life is good!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
We have a long drive today, with happy/sad events ahead to celebrate the life of my brother... tonight at the visitation, and tomorrow at his farewell service. Our kids will join us, along with various cousins, two remaining siblings and a host of other relatives and friends as we say goodbye to my big brother.
Thanks in advance for holding us in your good thoughts. I sure need them...
Friday, March 12, 2010
So we made the decision to drive the 'toad' up for Mickey's service, then return back to WPB. The patio is not actually finished, I discovered. Merely another section was finished, and there was also a misunderstanding about the term "done," but I won't go into marital disharmony at this particular time, nor that right brain, left brain thing, bless his heart. Come to think of it, Left Brain seems to be enjoying this rain, parked over there on the couch reading a book!
He's definitely earned a day off.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Thanks so much to everyone for the kind words of love and sympathy in the loss of my brother. We'll head to South Georgia Saturday for the service. We're not sure if we'll keeping going nawth afterward, or come back to WPB. There's lots to consider...and some of that has to do with the rain...and things left undone...people not seen...people expected...mail...Missy! Oh, the decisions! Remember when life was simple?
I'll go get another cup of coffee and think on that.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Dick is fixin' lights today, just in case you are interested; those white ones around our palm trees are mostly dead, so he'll replace them. It's a law here in Florida that you have to have white lights in trees. I think it is under that same law about old people having to go to Florida in the winter, but I haven't looked it up.
And lunch is included after our fun. Oboy. Girls will be girls, ya know, and we seem to play AND eat! We promise to stay outta trouble, or at least take a photo or two of anything interesting. Dang, wish y'all could join us.
Hmm, I wasn't gonna write this morning, and look what happened!
Happy Monday! Make it a fun day...
Sunday, March 7, 2010
And this is what I made for my sister-in-law, recycling some pearls from a broken necklace that belonged to my Mother. My brother isn't doing well, and since I can't be there to help out, I figured I would make Barbara something special to brighten her up.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Start'em young................and wipe that nose, Dada! And give that boy a kiss from Grammie.
So today is almost a great weather day here......sunny, not too much wind, and with the promise of temps climbing over the next few days. Alrighty...I like the sound of that!
I have all the ingredients to make Bee's posted easy peasy chicken 'n dumplings that (their) dtr #1 made recently and Bee posted. I'll let y'all know how it turns out.
And I made another necklace and ear ring set today. I seem to be on a black and white kick lately, but that'll change soon. Definitely. I have some chunky purple agate that is begging to be turned into a pretty necklace...for moi.
Time to tackle that chicken now and turn it into dinner. Enjoy your Saturday!
Friday, March 5, 2010
This is how I spent yesterday afternoon. Not too bad, huh? I had someone in mind for each piece, so I am hoping the recipients like what I made for them. It was a good way to spend a windy afternoon. Missy was a big help…NOT. She did find a purple bead that she liked a lot and batted around. Purple is her color, I do believe.
The ear rings were a little tricky, but they’ll get easier as I keep trying. These were my first attempts, and I know I still have plenty to learn. Funny, but when I got in bed last night and was thinking about those ear rings, I thought of a better way to do it, so I’ll try that technique today. Why didn’t that thought arrive when I needed it???
So today I really should do a little house cleaning. Bleh…that’s so NOT rewarding for very long……………but it’s gotta get done and that job is mine. Dick does the ‘blue’ jobs…all that heavy duty, manly stuff. Like concrete. But he’ll take a turn at the vacuum if I ask him. He’s a sweetie.
At least today is sunny but chilly……..and not so windy. I hope that lasts awhile.
Enjoy your Friday, whatever you do. Just make sure you do something nice for someone today, OK?
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Work got in the way of beading yesterday, so that is today's project. I hope I have everything I need...but if I don't, I'll just regroup and do something different. That's the fun of it!
Enjoy your day, y'all, especially Roger, who is 80-something today (Joy's dad). Love ya both...
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I got several things accomplished that were not in the plans...Haley helped from afar with one of them. Thanks, honey.
And the things I had planned didn't get done.
But I had a nice unexpected tonight when I got to hear the preview of a talk Macey (8) has to give soon at school on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt. She did her research (with a wee bit of help from Mom), and read her project so confidently to me over the phone.
Yes, I'm a proud Grammie...who is VERY blessed.
Sleep well, my darlings. Tomorrow will be here soon.