Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prognosis is Looking Good

I think I am going to live.

I wasn't sure there for awhile, it felt like I had been run over by a truck that kept backing up and doing it again and again.

All that is left is the headache and stuffy nose and plugged ears.  {That kinda sounds not so fun but compared to the whole achy/fever thing it seems like a picnic}

I actually got out of my pj's for the first since Monday.

Thank your for all of your kind comments and hugs and prayers.

 Blog buddies are the best!


You won't want to miss this BIG EVENT that will debut on my blog next Tuesday.

Here is a hint:
It could relieve stress.

Watch for more clues to come.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


With the flu bug, that is.

(borrowed image)

Monday, March 28, 2011


Another week and another Meet Me On Monday linky party.  These are a great way to get to know other bloggers.  Join in with us, it's fun.


1. Crunchy or soft tacos?

Crunchy.  I really like the Taco Bell brand they sell in the grocery stores.  They are thin and crunchy.

2. Do you scrapbook?

Not really.  I attempted to at one time but realized that it would take over my life.

3. Do you take any daily medications?

Yep, I take thyroid meds and Prilosec for heartburn.  What can I say, I am getting old.

4. What is your favorite sound?

I love the sound of a giggling baby, nothing more pure in this world.
5. Where were you born?

Portland, Oregon.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


My good friend JANE ISFELD STILL has a giveaway going on at her blog.  She is a very funny and talented writer who has just published her second book.  It is another great take on motherhood and all of the humorous events that take place while raising children.  If you get a minute go check out her blog and enter for this giveaway.  She is also trying to reach 100 followers and would appreciate some BLOGGY LOVE from y'all.

Psssssssst!  She is at #97 right now, so head on over (HERE) and you just might be the lucky one to make her 100 follower goal and win her new book

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Ok, I agree.  The post title is really lame.

I stalk follow a very sweet blogger and was inspired by her tutorial she had of this flower. Her name is Lori and she is a VERY talented crafter.  I always look forward to her posts, she has the best ideas.

Here is my attempt at creating these cute paper flowers.

I actually used double sided card stock where Lori used two different papers.
Be sure and go to Lori's blog for a great tutorial on making these.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Apparently I created a controversy with one of my answers to the Meet Me On Monday post.

The question was:

Coke or Pepsi?

I answered that I don't drink lots of "pop" but I do kinda like drinking Dr. Pepper if I drink any at all.

 evidently people have their own way of referring to their soft drinks. I got a kick out of this, apparently I live a very sheltered life here in the Pacific Northwest.

I got all kinds of examples of how it is referred to depending on what part of the country you are from.

So what do you call
 where you come from?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Here is another Monday Meet me linky party.  I love this opportunity it gives me to get to know people who blog that I wouldn't normally just come across.



1. What jewelry do you wear 24/7?
Just my wedding ring.  If I am not sleeping I usually wear earrings, I can't stand to sleep with earrings on.  In fact I love to make earring to match pretty much anything I wear.

2. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
I cut my spaghetti, it's too messy otherwise.  Oh ya, with LOTS of parmesean cheese on top.

3. How many siblings do you have?
I have one sister and one brother.

4. Were you named after anyone?
Not that I know of.  As a child I always imagined I was named after Connie Francis. For those who have no clue who she is, she was an actress and singer from the 50's and 60's.

5. Coke or Pepsi?
No preference, I am not a big pop drinker although lately I have been liking the taste of Dr.Pepper.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Sunday Spotlight this week is a blog about a funny mother of nine children,
 (that's right, NINE, it is not a typo).
Nine Is Fine is the name of Becky's  blog.

She shares their family adventures and lots of practical tips on being frugal.  From canning to
Craigslist, she shares triumphs and tragedies mingled with lots of laughter.

A woman to be admired for sure!

Check out her adventures HERE.

Friday, March 18, 2011



I was going through some pictures on my computer and  came across this one of the babies that was taken a couple of months ago.
We were trying to get a good picture of them together. 
This one was just screaming for a word bubble or caption of some kind.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Popcorn Popping or Forces of Nature?

Seeing this idea in magazines recently I decided to try it myself. 
I cut some branches off of my flowering cherry tree about ten days ago and put them in water.

Not really too attractive at this point.
 You can see that there are lots of buds wanting to burst.
 This is what they look like today.  Doesn't that look like popcorn?

I am sure you have heard of 'the forces of nature'.
I like to call this 'forcing nature'.

Spring is on its way, YIPEE!

Monday, March 14, 2011



I have kinda hit a brick wall when it comes to ideas for blog posts.  That is why I decided to do this whole Meet Me On Monday thing. 
The questions are already done so all I have to do is answer them and put a link back to the party, go search out new bloggers who are participating and meet some new people.  It doesn't get much easier than that.


1. Do you have a fireplace in your home?
No fireplace but we do have a spot to put a pellet stove...someday.  We used to have a wood stove in our previous home that I loved.  Cutting, hauling, splitting, and stacking the wood were NOT fun though.  That is why we would like to go with the pellet stove, they are so much cleaner.

2. Can you drive a stick shift?
Yes, I can drive a stick shift.  That is what I learned to drive in drivers-ed in high school.  I am so glad I did, it comes in handy at times.  Especially when I buy one of these...ya right, now wake me up from my dream.

3. How many computers are in your home?
We have both a lap top and a desk top computer.

4. Are your taxes done yet? Do you do them yourself?
Taxes are done...check.   I do them myself...check.   I dread it every year...check   Now just waiting on the...CHECK.

5. What is your favorite meal of the day?
I don't have a preference on which meal is my favorite but I must say that I look forward to Friday's though, we usually go out to eat.  One of my favorite things to order is halibut fish and chips.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


For my second edition of the SUNDAY SHOUT OUT, I would like to introduce you to a very funny lady.
Her name is Laraine and she is a HOOT!
If you are looking for a good laugh or a bust-a-gut, rip roaring rib tickler then you must go visit her.

Larainy Days is her blog.

Here she is from a post she did in February called 'The Webcam Never Sleeps'  that had me in stitches.

You won't be disappointed.  I know I look forward to her posts.

Friday, March 11, 2011


I am participating in this great Linky party called, BOOST MY BLOG FRIDAY. 

Click on the picture below to follow along.



Thursday, March 10, 2011


I had the opportunity to babysit my sweet granddaughter for a couple of days this week.  We had a fun time, we played and cooed and even got some cookies baked.  She is now 5 1/2 months old and learning new things all the time. I absolutely love watching my grandchildren, especially one on one, it's the best.
I even got a picture of her squeezing out a tear, she was getting tired and had pretty much run out of patience with me for taking so many pictures.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


I have a blogging friend, Beverly, who does a Shout Out each Saturday with links to great posts she has come across the previous week.  I love that she shares things that have touched her life and decided to begin a new feature on my blog that is similar. 
(Thanks for the idea I am stealing...uh hmmm, borrowing Beverly.) 

I decided to do a SPOTLIGHT SUNDAY feature where I link to a blog that has inspired me the previous week.  I will be looking for mostly crafty things that inspire me but will not limit my choices to just crafts.

This week I have chosen Nicole's blog, SWEET PICKLE DESIGNS.  Nicole and her sister also share a blog together called CRAFTY SISTERS, which is also worthy of mention.

Because Nicole is a wood worker and uses lots of the same tools as I do I was immediately attracted to her projects.  Take a minute and go check out the basket she has made for Easter...SO STINKIN' CUTE!!!
Here is a just one photo but you really need to go to her blog and see what else she made.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I was given this award by Vicki from the Green Eyed Girl Crafts blog.  What a nice surprise Vicki, you are too kind.  

Although I have never personally met Vicki I am sure we would become fast friends if we did meet.  She loves to craft, what is there not to love about her?

Here are the rules:
The terms for accepting the award are:

1-) Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award...

2-) Share 7 things about yourself...

3-) Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers... and

4-) Contact the blogger and tell them about the award...

1. My love for crafting began when I was probably six or seven.  My mom showed me how to run her sewing machine and gave me scraps of fabric to practice with.  I started making clothes for my Barbie dolls and the rest is history.
2. I recently started teaching crafting classes in my home.  I have enjoyed this new adventure so much, I am getting to share my love of crafting with others who love it too.  It doesn't get much better than that.
3. I am not the most tidy person in the world.  When I am working on a project it can get pretty cluttered and I can live with that which I am sure would drive most people to drink crazy.  On the other hand I can stand clutter just so long and then I have to get in and clean it all up.
4. I am not very good about getting rid of things, I always think,"I just know I will need that someday".  However, when I watch the show HOARDERS I get creeped out and hope I never get to that point.
5. I CANNOT wash a window without leaving streaks.  Any suggestions on how to get windows clean without getting streaks?
6. I have had lots of good friends throughout my life but never a 'best friend' that I could say 'she is my best friend'.  Not the kind that you keep up with your whole life, the ones you can say have seen you through thick and thin and still loves you anyway. (I am sure it is because I won't let anybody in that deeply into my heart because of fear of rejection.  That is a post for another day or maybe a few counseling sessions).
7. My biggest pet peeve is having to wait on people who are late.  I make every effort to be somewhere on time and it bugs me when people can't make a better effort on their part, (aside from the unforeseen things like emergencies, car break downs etc.).
Laraine @ Larainy days
Jessica @ Life's Blessings
Randy @ Hall's and Critters
Beverly @ The Beverly Buzz
Lori @ My Life Among the Three Stooges