Saturday, November 29, 2008

Food Fest

Friday the Thanksgiving dinner I made turned out yummy. In fact we ate it tonight as well. I am stuffed! I am always glad when the food fest is over. The wild rice and sausage dressing was to die for this year if I do say so myself!

Rylee was so good all day Friday she hung out with Shannon and I and helped trim the tree. (Well to be honest Shannon did all the work and Rylee and I watched TV mostly.) The trees look lovely and the house is so feastive! Thanks Shannon!

I got the book club book today-Born on a Blue Day-or something like that, I will let you know if I like it. It is going to be different.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm thankful

My Thanksgiving was quite different this year. But all in all still a good day! (Thanks again to all of you who extended invites for dinner but I just needed to chill...)

I made a quick breakfast for S. , J. and Rylee, but most of my day was spent with Edward. Yes, I re-read Twilight, finishing it about suppertime. I thoroughly enjoyed it after the movie. It gave me the long version of the love story. Then I curled up with a good Christmas movie. In between I talked to most of my family and extended family, seems like everyone had a different holiday than usual.

I was most thankful for Rylee this year, but also for the rest of my family and friends both in MN and here in FL. I am one lucky gal.

I also babysat for Rio. Which basically consisted of moving the big chair in front of the window so she could look out and obsess about when her parents were returning. The only time I coaxed her to join Angel and I was when I fed the dogs dinner. It might have been kinder to leave her home where she have known they were coming back. Here, she had to worry. (Now I know what Shannon goes through babysitting Angel for me.)

Hope everyone had a wonderful day! Good luck on Black Friday if you are one of the bargin hunters.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm thankful

I am having the Thanksgiving blues. I haven't spent a thanksgiving day without my husband for 36 years. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. When my parents were alive we would all gather there and my mom would make the best dinner. The food, the fun, the fighting, the drinking and the doesn't get any better than that! I love being with my family and sharing the "I'm thankfuls." A tradition which I started years ago making my family wait to eat until we all went around the room saying what we were most thankful for that year. This year of course it's Rylee. The Lord blessed us with her and we are thankful that she is healthy and happy. I am making breakfast for Shannon & Jon tomorrow and we can do our "I'm thankfuls" then. Traditions change and so do situations. It's not the day that is important--it's the love it represents.
I am happy to be here with Shannon and Rylee but I will still be sad because I won't be cooking with my brother or hanging out with John and sharing the day.

I will miss all of you that are still here with us, and those of you who are new and just joining this crazy family, and most of all I will miss those of you who are gone from this earth but never from our hearts. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Edward fever

Went to Twilight again and enjoyed it even more the second time! I plan to see it one more time as a Christmas gift to myself and then many times when it gets to the dollar theater!
I have Edward fever...Erin I need to read the book again and you have Shannon's copy. I'd love to read it Thanksgiving Day so I hope we can work out the hand off . ??

When we left the show tonight Shannon was talking to a woman who brought her daughter to the show. The daughter mentioned that Twilight was required reading for her English class. Schools have come along way baby! In my day the books were boring.

Monday, November 24, 2008

movie mania

I'm on a nostalgic kick. I hardly even like to celebrate Christmas and yet I have been recording and watching every holiday movie on the family and hallmark channel. Which is a lot of feel good cheesy movies but I can't seem to help myself.

Going to Twilight again just to satisfy my need to re-live this movie. (Then I need to re-read the book.)

What have I gotten done lately this is productive...not much! I can't imagine what I could accomplish if there were no TV. I should have lived in an earlier time...before TV but after toilet paper!

Friday, November 21, 2008

hearts a flutter

Thanks to Edward (from the Twilight movie) hearts are a flutter in women from 17 to 70. With the opening of the movie today women of all ages have rekindled their love affair with Edward. Vampires have never seemed so appealing. Movies are never as good as the books but this one did a very good job and Edward was very well...EDWARD. The movie was wonderful-go see it! The book was even better-go read it!

Quarantine lifted

I have had a busy few days, bunko, book club and today Twilight movie and I can be around Rylee again...happy happy me.

Book club at Pilar's was fun fun fun...thanks Pilar for opening your beautiful home.

A have had a revelation and I am not sure if my mother would be mad or proud? Since birth I have had an adversion to peas. She had to keep them out of every dish she made just to please me. This year I have decided I love peas and put them in everything. I still wouldn't eat canned peas or soggy peas, but frozen baby peas quick stirred in most anything...yum. Sorry Mom!

Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to see Edward (Twilight) I go..........It couldn't possibly be as good as the book but I have high hopes it will be enjoyable.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Still under quarantine...haven't seen the baby for a week. (well only from a distance) I am going stir crazy I may have to go out and infect Target shoppers. (That is how I most likely got this.) According to the medical websites I shouldn't be contagious any longer but not taking chances with the baby.
Getting sewing done and not much else.

Monday, November 17, 2008

fuzzy headed frenzy

I don't know if it's because I'm fuzzy headed from the sore throat, cough, stuffy and runny nose--(crap, colds suck) but here are some things I have been thinking:

1. Why do we get colds? All the things doctors can cure and we haven't figured out the cold. I think there is a cure but it is being held hostage by NyQuil and Vicks!

2. Girls that haven't seen Grease is that even possible????? I have one word for you-Net flicks!

3. Today, Oprah is having a young girl teach us to yodel...(could it be Obama is planning to take over Switzerland?)

4. I think, "Walking with the Dinosaurs" looks awesome! Wish I had tickets for the front row.

5. That's all for now.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Erin was right the accident must have been awful two hours after I first saw it, the police had it still blocked off. That intersection must have a high accident rate...there is a lot of accidents there. Why I don't know, it is wide open and straight stretch. I will be careful.

Didn't babysit tonight...between my cold and Jon's laryngitis made Shannon decide she needed to stay home. So I watched old John Wayne movies. Sure brought back a lot of good old memories. Did any of you know I called John Wayne in 1970 and actually talked to him? True story. Too long to write about, but it is a wonderful memory. Ask me in person some time.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Friday, November 14, 2008

bad accident

There is a bad accident on 115Th and Oakland. There are at least 6 cops and a tow truck or two. Traffic has been stopped or trickling for quite a while. I sure hope no one got hurt. I didn't see any ambulances but that doesn't mean much.

I didn't sleep much last night so I plan to hit the sack soon. Tomorrow is babysitting for Rylee and it seems like forever (since Thursday) since I held her, so I am looking forward to it.

Have a good weekend all.............

Nifty Thrifty

I went to the west coast of FL to visit a friend for a couple days. We had such a blast. Mostly we just hit Thrift shops. I can't believe how many they have in such a small area. On our side you can hardly find a GoodWill and in Bonita Springs we hit about 8 really nice thrift shops and there were more we never made it to. Nina bought a few things and I found a few treasures too. All in all, we had a very relaxing & fun visit. Just what I needed.

We also hit a great high-end baby store. I like to knock off a few...we will see what comes of them. I did buy a couple Christmas gifts for little miss Rylee. (Hope I can keep the secret, they are fun.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gone Hunting

Everyone I know has gone hunting. I come from a big hunting family. Even though John and I don't hunt I always loved this season in Mn. I liked many things about this time but one of the best memories is everyone would eat dinner at my Mom's all week. One of my favorites was the night we had, boiled dinner. One night venison stew. One night, John and I would eat leftovers because they would eat venison heart and liver...yuk. But the nights were always full of stories, drinks, laughter and fun.

Other things I like about the season:
The stories.
The crisp cold air.
Everyone dressed in orange.
All guys growing beards.
The stories.

Well good luck hunting everyone wish I was there!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Saturday I got to Jon and Shannon's at 9:20 to take care of Rylee which they went to a morning wedding. At about 5:30 I called to see if they could bring me a bottle of Tequila and Rylee wanted little painted dolls...from Mexico that I was sure they had crossed the border! Ha ha...they showed up about 6:00. Rylee and I had a great day though! Lots of smiles and cuddling. She was very good.

Today, Sunday, I did all the washing, cleaned and made Spaghetti and had Shan, Jon and Rylee for dinner. (Although Rylee only ate soy...go figure-when the sauce was soo good.) Now I am ready to watch Desperate Housewives and Brothers and see ya..............

Hope your weekend was good as well.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Open or closed

Did you ever notice that most people who live in Florida don't open their window shades/drapes/blinds etc.? Whenever I have been out walking the dog, day or evening, I have noticed all the units in my complex have their window coverings closed...always. You would think all the units are empty. I have noticed that same scenario in Shannon's complex too. In my complex I swear I am the only unit with the shades open and lights on. What is the point of living in the Sunshine state if the sun never shines inside.
Has anyone else noticed this? Or does this?

Please share: Open or closed?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

election selection

Tomorrow, (or in a couple days) we will know who we are following into the future. Whom ever it is wouldn't it be wonderful if we all got behind him, treated him with respect and gave him a chance. Let's assume the best man won. LET'S JUST ALL BE AMERICANS. ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL. AFTER ALL WE ARE LIVING IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

Monday, November 3, 2008

peaceful weekend

Such a peaceful couple of days and I needed it. I have either carpel tunnel, tennis elbow or Rylee arm pain but my left arm is hardly strong enough to lift a glass. Any body know the best treatment? Besides, Advil, ice packs and an arm band...that isn't working. (PS I am typing with one hand too. )

Saturday, November 1, 2008


When I was a young teen, (yes I can remember that far back) my gal friends and I had a thing about words. We liked some we hated some. For instance, we hated agony, anguish, Hank & hug. Don't ask me to explain, we just did so when we were irritated by anything we would say (groan) them all in a row, agony anguish hank hug. Over & over. Try it it relaxes you.

Words we liked:
Earp (my mom hated this word and if she heard me say it she washed my mouth out with soap.)

Zotz was a very bad movie from the early sixties, the only good thing about the movie and the only thing I remember about it was the word Zotz...we used it for everything from hexing some one to swearing around parents & teachers & they never knew, to the equivalent of Zotz you're looking hot/cool whatever...Zotz was a good word!

I know it's absurd but for those of you who can't relate...ZOTZ to you.

PS Trick or Treating sucked for kids in down-poured all night! Wish the kids would dress up and try again tonight! All those costumes wasted...sad. Hope I didn't jinx the weather because I hate Halloween.