Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ground Control to Major Tom

This is how I feel this morning as I get ready to leave for my first two classes at our community college. I took a class last semester but that was online.   This time around I am actually going, so I feel a little like that astronaut stepping into the unknown.  

David Bowie's song is in my head: 
Ground control to major Tom 
Commencing countdown
Engines on 
Check ignition
And may Gods love be with you.

Blessings friends,

Saturday, January 14, 2012

More Evidence that I'm Nuts...

We are Raven's fans over here. Tomorrow we are getting together with our good friends to watch the game. You know Flacco's Fu Manchu? I decided to make some mustaches just for fun. I went to JoAnn's for stiff purple felt but they were out so I bought regular purple felt and a stiff white felt that I used for the back. I also stopped at Michaels just to see if they had any stiff purple felt and they actually had a mustache candy mold!!!  How fun is that? I bought purple candy melts and then spent the whole afternoon and evening yesterday making purple mustache pops. I only had one mold so I literally made one at a time, waited for it to harden, and then repeat, again... and again... I only made 16 and by then it was midnight- no lie. I used a paint brush and just used the purple to coat the mold and filled the rest with milk chocolate.

Today I made purple felt mustaches and glued them onto wood sticks.  I found a couple of different styles of fu- manchu mustaches on google images and made a few of each.  Here is a scary picture of me sporting my 'stache'.    

Next on the to-do list for tomorrows game is Cream of Crab soup!  Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, January 6, 2012

My Mantle Fix and Other News....

I know Christmas is over but as I was taking down my decorations today I remembered that I wanted to blog about my quick fix mantle. My husband took a 6 foot long 1" by 8",  stained it, and screwed cup hooks in the edge. Then we just laid it on top of the mantle and used clamps on the ends. You couldn't see the clamps because the greenery with lights hid it. I love it!  My kids have these adorable Christmas stocking holders from when they were small and they have fallen so many times Santa's head is scuffed, Mrs. Claus has lost a knitting needle, and Barbie has lost an arm a few times and this year she lost her head! :)  Now they can sit up there and pretend they are holding the stockings.  The  mantle stays in tack and I can just take it off and store it for next year. 
Yesterday was my Dad's 79th birthday. We celebrated with a trip to the audiologist to get his hearing aids checked and a nice lunch at Red Lobster. He's a pip.  After the waitress' delivered his birthday sundae and sang to him he said to me "Should I tell them the one I got yesterday at Bob Evans was bigger?"  He has such a good sense of humor. 
This is the third block I've made so far for our Wild Thread groups, block exchange.  I had a bye this month so I only had to make this one.  I like the way it turned out.  Hopefully it's owner will too!
My daughter made it to the Big Apple Monday evening.  She is enjoying the city.  Her internship is with a company called STUDY NY.  She got to use their industrial sewing machine yesterday.  She has been going on adventures and finding good gluten free restaurants and good coffee!

I best get back to taking down the decorations.  I hope you are all having a good week!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Do, or Do Not. There is no 'try'.


Yesterday, the first day of the new year greeted us with a call from my son that he totaled his car. He was fine, thank God but that was not how I had envisioned the new year to start.  To say that I struggle with stress and worry is an understatement.  On top of that, our 22 year old daughter won an internship in New York city for the month of January. This is a huge opportunity and I am so excited for her.  She is on her way via the Megabus from Pittsburgh to the big Apple this morning.  She will be staying with my nephew in Manhattan and will have to get herself to Brooklyn each day by subway!  She is so much braver than I am!  

With that said here are my 'goals'.  And even though Yoda says there is no 'try', try I will.

  1. Trust God more and worry less....  that is a BIG one.
  2. Read the Bible every day.  My husband and I are going to do Our Daily Bread.
  3. Drink more water.  Actually my 'goal' is to drink 8 glasses of water a day before I get to have a Coke!
  4. Exercise.  I have a 2 centimeter kidney stone which needs to come out by surgery.  It is painful and I haven't been doing any exercising at all and now I am squeezing into my pants.  I don't like it so I am at the very least I am going to walk each day. 
  5. This one is more fun.  I am going to make one of everything I pin that is craft or recipe related this year.  Maybe I will have to call it my Pinterquest.  
  6. Clean on a more consistent schedule.  For example, clean my refrigerator once a month, etc.  
  7. Declutter our house and donate it.  We have too much stuff that others can use.

Ok, seven is good.  Let's not get crazy.  
I pray your new year will be filled with many blessings,