Thursday, August 28, 2008

True Confessions

Yes, my dear blog friends, I have a confession to make which will cause you all to  comment on how twisted I am.  You will remove me from your lists.  I will no longer be your friend.  I am hanging my head in shame. goes:  I am addicted to reality shows.  Yes, it's true.  I saw the light this morning when the local news show mentioned that the Jerry Lewis Telethon would start Sunday night.  Sunday night!  Argghh....Big Brother is on Sunday night.  Oh no you didn't!  I cursed Jerry Lewis!  I ran for the remote  and checked Sunday night's guide, pulse racing...sweet will still be shown.  After only comes on twice a week!  That's when I knew.  I'm am a reality show addict.  I should have realized it long ago when my DVR was full of shows such as Big Loser, Project Runway, Shear Genius, and America's Top Model.

  But...I'm not alone in my shame.  'Bama Girl is as much addicted as I.  My DVR was  also set to record What Not to Wear and Say Yes to The Dress.  Oh my!, what she doesn't know is that I've had to remove those to save room for the others that we will watch together when she comes home.  What am I saying?  I've brought  my sweet, innocent daughter into my world of disgrace.  This has got to stop.  Right after the finale of Big Brother.  I promise.  But wait...Wednesday is the premier of the new Top Model.  I'll quit next season, really I will.

And...another confession:  I'm messy and I have proof.




  There's this mess.







  And this.







  And...again.  Such a mess.




You see, I've been home alone all husband, no kids...just me and the dog.  Also, no vacuuming, no dusting, no groceries.  I've played and now I've got to pay! day is laid out for me:  cleaning and grocery shopping!  David comes home tonight and I think he'll notice if I don't do these things!



PS:  Just heard from the Doctor...the 'spot' on my forehead was benign...Yay!  Thank you for your support and prayers!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Gone to the dogs!

Yesterday, I had my 6 month check-up with the dermatologist.  I was hoping everything would be okay.  And it was except one place on my face.  So, she took a biopsy and I should know the results next week.  If you don't know, I had skin cancer last year and had to have surgery to have it removed.  And wouldn't you know was on my upper lip!  And this one is on my forehead...near my eyebrow...okay now, I can hide the quarter size scar on my lip with make-up, but how on earth would I hide the fact that half my eyebrow would be gone?  Eyebrow transplant?  UGH!  But, I'm ahead of's a tiny little spot and it's probably nothing!

Nothing much going on here today.  Went with a couple of friends (Kim and Lisa) to Huntsville today.  We ate at Jason's Deli....mmmm good!  And also went to Sam's Club.  I bought a 'present' and some instant hot chocolate!

Wow!  Isn't that exciting!

As for the title of my blog,  this afternoon, I came home and finished up a project I started yesterday.

Can you guess who it's for?













Yay!  Chance finally got his own quilt.  Can you see how much he loves it?











I know...I'm sick!  No, really the truth is my machine was messing up and I needed something small to figure out what the problem was.  I was also practicing my freehand quilting.



Monday, August 25, 2008're it!

Or I am! I was tagged by Queen of Planet Hot Flash. And I promised I'd do it, so here goes:

7 things I plan to do before I die:

  1. Dance at my children's wedding.
  2. Laugh when 'Bama Girl has a daughter...just like her!
  3. Stop worrying about every little thing and live for the moment.
  4. Lose weight.
  5. Be more patient.
  6. Be more forgiving.
  7. Celebrate my 90th birthday...I could have said 100, but I'm a realist!

7 things I can do:

  1. Clean my house...I'm OCD about it...especially vacuuming!
  2. Make really good coffee.
  3. Cook...see #4 above!
  4. Play the banjo.
  5. Edit an English paper.
  6. Talk to anyone, anywhere.
  7. Do hair...I used to be licensed.

7 things I cannot do:

  1. Whistle
  2. Have more children.
  3. Change a flat tire.
  4. Swim
  5. Lose weight.
  6. Buy a sewing/embroidery/quilting machine ($5,000 is the reason!)
  7. Eat crawfish (Yeah...I'm from Louisiana...but I just can't do it!)

7 things I say most often:

  1. Turn off the light.
  2. Shut the closet doors.
  3. Who turned up the air conditioner?
  4. Pick up your stuff!
  5. Duh!
  6. What do you want to do now?
  7. Good boy! (To my dog!)

7 celebrity crushes:

  1. Michael Buble'
  2. Sean Connery
  3. Michael Buble'
  4. Anthony Bourdain
  5. Michael Buble'
  6. Guy Fieri
  7. Did I mention Michael Buble'?

7 People who need to do this

I won't list know who you are!

Well...this just gives you a little insight into my world!



Saturday, August 23, 2008


I guess you've wondered what I've been up to besides canning apple butter and jelly.

Well, I was making a surprise for 'Bama Girl.  I worked feverishly for a week on it.  I knew we were going to Tuscaloosa to see her play in the band (Oh, that event was canceled because of the rain from Tropical Storm Faye!).  But...the surprise was on me.  When I took it to her...she didn't want it.  Oh well, I don't want you to think she's a spoiled brat so,  here's the story.  When we moved her into the dorm, we were not able to stay and help her get unpacked because she had to be at a band meeting.  So...later on she called very unhappy about her room.  It was messy, not unpacked, plus her comforter had gotten lotion all over it when she packed. (Don't know why that was in there!)  Anyway, because she sounded so unhappy, I decided to make her a quilt, pillows, new curtains,  and found a chair at a yard sale for her.  I thought it would cheer her up.  What I didn't know, was that she loved the stuff in her room.  The problem was, she just didn't have time to fix it 'pretty'.  Plus, I think she was a little down (homesick!)  So...egg on my face!  (I'll have to get pictures of her's now 'fixed', because we went up there this weekend!  She had rearranged, put pictures on the wall and we bought her a bookcase).  Now 'Bama Girl is happy now and all is right in her world!

Here's pictures of the quilt and accessories:




Not a very good picture.  But, it's bright and cheery!











The chair.  The pillows and cushion match the quilt - picture is dark though.







This is a tuffet I made.  A very small ottoman!  Like Little Miss Muffet! 


I made it from this:





The step stool I used in the kitchen to get into my upper cabinets.  I had gotten paint on it, so I was going to get another.  Instead used it for the tuffet!



Anyway...I brought the quilt and stuff home and if she decides to re-do her room next semester or even next year, it will be here.  If not...I may re-do her room here at home next year!

I've  also been tagged a couple of times by some blog friends and need to get that out of the way, but it's getting late, so I'll try to do it sometime next week.  That is if Bonnie and I don't don't get the pears.  (Another story, another time!)  Stay tuned for the next canning episode!



PS...if you click on the pictures to make them bigger...ignore the dirt on my didn't get on the quilt (my bad...I should have swept!).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

To all who care...

I'm sorry.  I'm a terrible blogger.  Slap me on the wrist!  I've gotten caught up in another project.  No!  Don't blame me.  Blame my friend Bonnie!'s all Bonnie's fault!  She pried my hands from the computer and dragged me kicking and screaming to go apple picking!  And then, forced me to make apple butter and jelly! 











32 quarts of apple far!

(We also got free tomatoes...Bonnie said we got those because I flirted with the old man who gave us the apples, but really I didn't. Not too much!)









12 quarts of apple far!





We still have about two and a half bushels of apples...maybe 3 to peel, core, and cook...I'll be dreaming of apples tonight!

But, to be honest, we can't blame Bonnie...she's a whole lot like me!  One of says, "Hey, you wanna......?" (insert almost anything) and the other of us always says "Heck yes, lets do it"!  We're kinda spur of the moment women!

I've also got to show you the most pitiful picture.  Poor, poor Chance.  I took him to the groomer today and apparently they had different ideas of how he should be cut than I.  I wanted him left a little long.  They decided he needed a short cut.  They even shaved his ears.  Poor baby.




Before crazy groomer.

Nice and fluffy.







After crazy groomer.

He's a maltipoo, but he got a schnauzer cut.  Not pretty.

You can see how disgusted he is!



Oh well, nothing we can do, unless we go Britney and get extensions!  Nah.




Thursday, August 14, 2008

Colors of Summer

Not much going on around here...I'm home alone for the first time in about 3 months.  Auburn Guy and 'Bama Girl have gone back to college.  David is in South Alabama (Evergreen).  So, I'm doing a little quilting, some catching up with friends and a whole lot of nothing!

I went to the farmer's market and here's what I came home with:



Purple fingers!, this is what I got from going to the farmer's market!








This is what gave me purple fingers...Purple Hull Peas!







Bacon and 'mater sandwiches.

Fried squash!







Peach ice cream!  If David stops eating them!




As I said, not much going on in my life!  (Which is a good thing).




Monday, August 11, 2008

Yadda, Yadda, Yadda...

Same song, second verse!  It's been extremely hectic around here since I got home.

Auburn Guy came home but didn't stay long.  He starts classes as well as teaching next week, so he had to go back for orientation, to get his office (?) set up, and to get ready for anything else that will come his way.

Bama Girl went back to the University.  We went to Tuscaloosa with her to take all her stuff and help her move back in.  She started band camp today.  I heard from her and she said she was already sore from carrying the tuba around all day.  Her classes start sometime next week.  I think she was glad to be back and to be independent again.  (No, I know it!)

David has yet to be reassigned to another job, so he's still home.  This is really hard on both of us.  We don't live together much, since he's always on a job out of town.  It takes a lot of patience from both of us to get used to living together  again.  But, he's a sweetie...if I could just get him to stop snoring, life would be good! 

And he really is a sweetie...I got a new car!

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Yes, people, I am the proud owner of a BMW X3.





I also want to show ya'll some pictures of what I brought home from my trip!





My cool zebra chair from Wyoming!

Bama Girl and I almost came to blows over it...but it's mine...all mine!  Besides, I brought her silver and turquoise bracelets back!






Went to an antique shop near Denver and found this purse.  It was a steal, plus I got the price lowered even more!  I love a bargain!





And this basket?  I made it!  REALLY!

My SIL Kim makes baskets and she taught me how...yeah baby, a new hobby!  (I hear my hubby groaning!)  Kim had baskets all over her talented!





I bought some fabric for a quilt today and borrowed some quilting books and magazines from Bonnie to get some fresh ideas.  So, I guess I'll go watch the Olympics with David and browse through them.



Friday, August 8, 2008

Out of the Loop!

I've missed all of you and feel so out of the loop! It's going to take days to catch up on all of your blogs!

We had a really good time on our vacation, but I'm so glad to be home! I'm going to post a few pictures, but not so many that you'll be bored (once you've seen one mountain, you've seen them all!)





Upon leaving Pinedale, Wy where David lived.








Me in Rocky Mt. Nat'l Park.

Very windy, but amazing!




David on  Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs.  (Notice the houndstooth Alabama cap? Roll Tide!)







Santa Fe Hotel



Santa Fe Plaza where local Indians sell their jewelry.

We also went through Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. But...for some reason I didn't take any pictures...not even when we visited my family in Louisiana! I guess with 1350 miles between Wyoming and home I got a little tired!

I've got so much more to show and tell, but I'll leave that until tomorrow (I'll show all that I bought!). Now, I'm going to try and catch up with as many of my blogging buddies as I can!