Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Madness

Happy Monday to All!! As usual, I had every intention to post first thing this morning, but my overwhelming list of chores seemed to just suck me right in, and now, hours later, when Dane is finally home from school, I'm sitting down to make a quick blog post. It has just started raining, make an already overcast Monday a little more dreary. Think we might be making a fire in the fireplace tonight!!

Have any of you ever seen these things? I saw them laying on the side of the road. The first time I was in the car with my neighbor. I made her stop so I could pick some up. Then I went back with Hubby and made him pull over on the side of the road, so I could grab some more. After doing a little research, I found out they are Osage oranges. They do have a sweet, citrus smell, something like combining lemons with oranges. But I just love the color! I am going to attempt to harvest some seeds. Since I don't have a permanent backyard, I might send some seeds to my Mamma and see if she can grow some. She is the family green-thumb anyway, so she might have better luck than me.

And while trying to get some Christmas decorating done on a limited budget, I pulled these two funny guys out of a bin that had been in an outside storage shed for two years. Dirty and possibly in need of a little paint update, their smiles are still in tact!!

I appreciate all the thoughts and well-wishes from my last post! You guys are so sweet! Things are better now, I guess I was having a "moment"!! We can have those, can't we?

Well, I've gone from housework to homework time. Dane has started reading "The Magic Tree House" series. We are on Book 2 - Knight at Dawn.

And I will say, his reading has improved. But he still has a ways to go to achieve his reading goal in class. He is required to read 80 words per minute and right now, he's at 65. But just last week, his school acquired a new 2nd grade teacher and he got in the new class, so I'm hoping this might be a good thing.


Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Starting to Look Like...



But at least they are a very pretty shade of yellowish gold.

I guess it's also the time to throw junk out.

So you know what I've been doing.

Rescuing said "junk" (can you hear the Hubby groan?)

Pink chair (notice how WELL it blends in with red carpet - LOL!)

One-legged rocking chair

A poor abandoned decoy. If it's any kind of animal, real or not, I'll be rescuing it.

And the one I'm most excited about, yet the one that I have no CLUE what I'm going to do with.

A cool wooden crate with a pallet-style bottom. There are two rows of sides and each side comes off and collapses. Cool!

And I just have to say a few personal words. Yeah, I know this is a blog and it's all mine and I can say pretty much anything I want, yet I know no one likes to hear (or read) about people's sad, boring lives. About their once-in-a-blue-moon personal little meltdowns. Well, you'll read about that now. Because I had one today. A meltdown. Not going to bore you with all the dirty little tid-bits, but it's wasn't fun. And I'm still trying to rise above it. And I would so love to talk to my Momma, yet she has a little to do with said depression. Because I haven't talked to her in almost a month. Because I'm too embarrassed to talk to her and tell her how much I screw up on something. See, I told you know one wants to hear all that.

So, I will end on a HAPPY note.

My son's Thanksgiving Project was to take an ordinary picture of a turkey and disguise him so that he wouldn't be eaten for dinner.
Dane's idea:

Chef Turkey-feathers

I loved it!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Sunday Café - Manly Man Cheeseburger Pie


1 lb. ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

2 eggs

1 cup milk

4 slices cooked bacon

1/2 cup whole kernel frozen corn

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup buttermilk biscuit mix

Heat oven to 400°.

Grease 9" pie plate.

Cook beef and onion until beef is brown; drain.

Add bacon and corn, until thoroughly heated.

Spread in pie plate; sprinkle with cheese.

Stir remaining ingredients until blended.

Pour into pie plate.

Bake for 25 minutes.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterns Day - 2010

While I do not have anyone significant in my life that is in the Military at the present time, I do have a grandfather that served in WWII and a son that is very much interested in the art of warfare. I chose the vintage postcard below because of Dane's love of eagles (which reminds me, I can't WAIT to show you what I am stitching him for Christmas!)

But I do know that the life that we lead today could very well be a lot different than what it is. And it's all because of the Few, the Proud and the Brave. Thank you, each and everyone. And thanks to the families that support these heroes.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween 2010

Oh wow, it's been awhile!

But I've been a busy bee.

My Mama's birthday is in October, lucky girl.
I made a set of cross stitch pillows for her.

The design was from an old magazine, but I switched out the color combination's on both the witch's outfits and the cats.

My Mama's has blond hair and green eyes. Plus their mama cat, Alley, is a calico.

I guess this one was supposed to be me - reddish/brown hair and blue eyes.

And then brown hair and more blue eyes. And I just love all the cats!

Now for our Halloween!
Dane was a Swamp Monster, Gracyn was a witch and Charlie was a Kung Fu Instructor.

And yes, that's me in the Werewolf costume.

Our neighbors Brianna, Betsy and Chuck.

Spooky Nighttime

Hope you had a great time. Now it's time to start getting ready for the cold weather. And the Jolly Elf himself!