Monday, April 28, 2008

Happy Anniversary Baby!

25 years ago, Wow!
I can't believe we are so old.
Thinking back to that day, I was surprised when Grandma said, we where both to young to be married, after all Willie was the ripe old age of 25.
Our wedding was a simple country affair, held in Mom & Dad's back yard.
It was a beautiful day, filled with friends & relatives. The colors where Blue & White, still my favorite. We had wild flowers for the bouquets.
The dinner was potluck style, with everyone pitching in, featuring my aunts famous sour cream rabbit.
My uncle Randy took fabulous photographs, that I still pour over.
Everything we owned fit in the trunk of our Chevrolet Impala.
We where free as a breeze & could do as we pleased!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I Hope You Dance

We've just finished our basement & Dawn has moved into her new room.
She got to pick out her own paint & accessories. I think she did a fabulous job!
It looks like a creative person lives here.
I dedicate this song to you Dawn: Lee Anne Womack's "I Hope You Dance"
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door close, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance
And when you get the choose to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

Monday, April 21, 2008

Spring Time in Paris Swap

Wow, Tiffany went way out for the Spring Time in Paris Swap. What fun!!!

I just picked up my box from the post office today & couldn't wait to dig into it.

Everything was wrapped in white tissue paper with black & white dotted Swiss ribbon & little white roses.

Look at the handmade place card tin. Isn't it neat! This is my first swap. I am so lucky to get a fabulous partner!

Thank you Tiffany!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pelican Post

I got sick Tuesday evening with bad stomach cramps & spent most of the night in the bathroom. O.K. that was too much information.
Wednesday I had a fever & slept most of the day, so today I was trying to play catch up, but while dusting I came across this great, little magazine, that I picked up while visiting Oregon & since I still am tired, I decided to take a little vacation & sit down to read it.
Happy reading to you!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Under the Hood Ornament

This is my new under the hood ornament.
What do you think?
Isn't it beautiful!
This morning while driving my daughter to the school bus, we herd what sounded like something live in the dash of the Blazer & when I turned the fan on, it sounded like it was about to explode.
Back at home I opened the hood, but couldn't find anything, so I took it in to the Chevy dealer, who found a huge mouse nest & 1/2 a bag of dog food up in my engine.
I had to move the dog food out of the garage & put mouse poison around and under the hood. I hope the duct tape holds!
I don't like mouse poison, but I guess it is better then having a ruined vehicle. After all I do need to drive!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Thrifting & Great Art!!!

This is my favorite thrift shop! It is in the small town of Ralston Wyoming. I drove passed it for years without stopping, & just really discovered it last Summer. I always find great treasures there.

It is also a consignment store, so I've been taking my cast offs there & trading them in for other peoples. You know "One man's junk is another's treasure!"

Yesterday I was into pictures & filled some empty walls in my house.

I can't seem to get my pictures to go thru out my post. They always go to the top. Any suggestion's would be greatly appreciated!!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

What's For Dinner?

Left overs!!! Unfortunately you have to cook something before hand to have leftovers.
It's not that I hate to cook. Infact sometimes I rather enjoy it, but when too many things are going on & I never know when hubby is going to come in for dinner, or if daughter will even eat. She would rather have microwave food then eat a home cooked meal with Mom & Dad. Then I would rather just have last nights pickings, but if you don't cook you run out of left overs fast!!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008


This is a quilt I made last winter.

It seems that every where I go lately, people are quilting.

I have never made a big quilt, just small decorative ones.

It is fun to pick the matching fabric's & put them all together.

When I was first married, my husband & I lived on a ranch 40 miles out of town. We had no TV & I didn't drive at the time, so was quite lonely & isolated.

The ranch lady's in that area would get together once a week for a quilting bee.

I sure did enjoy that day of the week!!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

"The Beach House" By Mary Alice Monroe

I've just finished reading "The Beach House"

What a fitting novel to bring on a coastal getaway!

I started this book in my favorite reading spot, out on my sunny redwood deck & it has seemed like a mini vacation when I sit down to read.

This novel is a light romance, that reminds me of a "Nora Roberts". It centers on a mother, daughter relationship, on the Isle of Palms.

They are on a turtle team, a conservation group, helping to protect sea turtle nests & hatchlings.

Each chapter starts out with information about the sea turtle.

For example:

"The turtle uses her hind flippers in an elaborate digging ritual, alternately digging out scoops of sand to create an egg chamber eighteen to twenty- two inches deep"

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Catching Raindrops in Astoria

Last week my daughter & I took a long awaited trip to visit my sister Paula & her family in Astoria Oregon.

I felt like "Sammy the seal" when he took a trip from the zoo, Looking & pointing at everything. I'm sure it was obviose. I was from out of town. All of the greenery was facinating, after living in the dessert for so many years.

After arriving in Portland, we ate at a fabulouse restraunt & whent to a huge book store, "Powell Books". It is amazing. If you ever get a chance you have to go there!

It was rainy & chilly most of the time we where there & even snowed in Astoria, wich is very unusual!

We didn't hang out at the beach much. It was just to chilly for that!

Puala's husband Riff was a great tour guide & took us to see some awsome light houses!
We ate lots of great sea food. My favorite place was "The Wet Dog". It is a pub in Astoria. They had the best fish & chips and you could see the boats & river from the dinning room.
Paula & Riff fed us very well. My pants are a bit tighter since the trip!
Paula took us shopping & to some great art galleries.
There are so many things to see & do in the area. We will just have to go back & do more some day!!!