Monday, November 29, 2010

Like a Hole in The Head

That's just about how badly i need another project! I still haven't completed moving around furniture in our family room, sweet mans home office has become a dumping ground for all things 'in progress', and Ms. A's bedroom re-do is still un-done. Gaawww!

So, what a great time to take up a new hobby! Right?

I've always wanted to crochet, and i have a sweet collection of wooded hooks and such, so i checked out a tutorial on youtube by Aunt Esther. What a sweetie! She has a simple, easy to follow video, and come to find out she has a blog, too. She answers all questions no matter how silly (thank goodness) Check it out at, Ask Aunt Esther.

We have plenty of left over yarn from various school projects. I've always loved the color of this one.

This is what i have so far (yes, i've un-done and re-started at least a dozen times!)

I really have no idea what i'm making, but it's kind of fun! Check out that little ruffle on the bottom- i have no idea how that happened- but i like it!

It seems like all projects these days need a pair of these. Ugh.

Have you started decorating yet??? We broke out the menorah this week end! Check back on Thursday and i'll show you our Hanukkah decor.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

This is the time of year when i look back and am reminded of all the things i'm thankful for. You realize that this could now be the longest post in the history of blog land!

Pie is one. I love pie.

And this slice of sweetie pie, who make my dreams come true

And these little dumplings, who make me smile (and grind my teeth) every day.

(...and have grown up way too fast, when did that happen?)

And these fuzzy loves who fill my heart with dog hair. Really.

And this amazing freedom that we live every day.

And a million other things and people and moments and experiences that fill my heart on a daily basis.

Thank you.
Thank you for being part of my world and making this journey the adventure that it is.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Now, off to defrost that yummy tofurkey! I know, it's weird to be a vegetarian at Thanksgiving. Thank goodness for side dishes!

P.S. This is our friend Tom. He lives at our school farm. He's a bossy bugger, but we love him! (and not in that mashed potato and gravy way!)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

They're Baaack

Oh, candy gods of yummy goodness, thank you!!!

Only once a year can you find the marriage of candy cane and Tootsie Pops, living so happily together in one sweet morsel...yeah, kind of dramatic, but really, these are de-lish!

They only make them this time of year, and believe me, i.stock.up.

I might be able to make these last until January. Maybe.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Sweet Man and i are heading back to Arizona this weekend to do some more house hunting ( this will be our forth time out, we're a bit indecisive!) Wish us luck!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Catching Up

I'm so happy to report that Miss. Rylee is back home from the doggie hospital and doing great! She's on regiment of daily meds and seems back to her old self. Max's world is back in order, too. I've been slowly catching up on all the important things like laundry, your blogs and past episodes of 'Boardwalk Empire' You know, the important things!

One of my favorite reads 'Forgotten Old Photos ', was blog of note this week. This lovely lady does such a beautiful job of bring the past to the present. Many of the photo's she posts, actually make their way back to their families. Can you imagine receiving an unknown photo of long gone relatives? Amazing.

Another blog i enjoy along those lines is 'Forgotten Bookmarks'. Old books, and the forgotten treasures tucked inside their pages. I eat this stuff up. Many of my old books are from my Grandparents. I love finding treasures stuffed between the pages. I have found many articles from their hometown newspaper, directions to apple orchards and inside this copy of, 'Sonnets From The Portuguese', was this cute add from 1928:

Was someone shopping for a new frock for the dance? We'll never know, but it's fun to eaves drop into that little window of time.

I think my love for all things old and forgotten is a desire to rescue the past. To hold on to and bring back to life even the tiniest and dustiest glimpse into what once was.

And i just love old junk. ♥

Have a great day!

Doodle Did It-Part 1

Anytime something has been chewed up, dug up or just plain messed with, we declare, "Doodle did it" We know this to be true because Maximus would never lower himself to the hi jinx of his sister. There's too much shame involved and he just doesn't enjoy 'badness'

Case in point- the suspicious brown blob on the floor that Max is walking away from, isn't what you might think...'s what's left of our friend the Tick. May he rest in pieces.

Territorial birds you ask? No, Doodle loves bird noms...a lot. Mmmm, birdie noms.

Have you a square to spare? Or twenty? Notice again, Max has an appropriate toy at hand (paw)
WHAAA! Brand new rug- brought it home that day- didn't even get a chance to get it dirty!

Whom you may ask? Doodle did it. be continued.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Clean- It's How I Roll

Clean. I've been on a major roll lately. Windows, cabinets, woodwork, if it's not moving, i've cleaned it!
It's how i handle stress- i take it out in cleaning. The smell of Lysol is my drug. This last week has been a humdinger. Sweet Man was in last week for kidney surgery and is recovering beautifully. This is nothing new to us, he has on going kidney issues that require the occasional surgery, but it always puts me into stress mode.

My first born turned 14 last week. It doesn't seem that long ago she was 'lil Ms. B, sporting pony tails and playing polly pockets! She's growing into such a beautiful person. (still makes me feel old )

Then one morning last week, Rylee woke up vomiting all over the family room (more cleaning)
Later in the day she became more and more lethargic, normally this wouldn't send us bolting for the emergency room, but something just didn't seem right. We took her in and found out her blood pressure was so low, so probably wouldn't have survived the night!
After they stabilized her and ran numerous tests, we were told she has Addison's disease. This is when the adrenal gland does not produce enough cortisol or aldosterone. Certain breeds are prone to this disease, like Poodles, which is in her breeding. She showed no symptoms, except for the vomiting.
Poor baby girl, she'll require medication therapy for the rest of her life, but the Doctor said it shouldn't effect the quality of her life.

Maximus has been very depressed since she's been away. He's use to her bossing him around (i think he likes it!) and now he has to get a job to support Rylee's drug habit! Kidding : )

They are quite a team

We were allowed a visit last night. She's been chewing out her I.V. so now she wears the cone of shame. We shared a few minutes in the cone together.

Things can only get better, right? Hopefully she'll be home soon.

Now to tackle those carpets!

Happy Wednesday!