Thursday, March 29, 2012
This is the pin that made my pins go to four figures! Yup, 1,000 pins on Pinterest.
This is making wind chimes with beads, cookie cutters and spoons. I've been thinking of having a few different things at the craft shows this fall.
I love my Pinterest boards. My favorite is my "Tried and True" board. When I try something and I like it, I post it on that board. I should have a "Tried and Untrue" but I don't like saying I don't like something!
Monday, March 26, 2012
I decided we needed to have a list of reasons to be happy. So I put long sheets of computer paper (remember computer paper???) on the wall in the kitchen and we started writing things on it. It changed our attitudes about everything. Every day we couldn't wait to see if someone had added something to be thankful for - and one day we came home and found that our next door neighbor, Kay, had written something on the list! That was the best day.
Friday, March 23, 2012
We spent all day with Ayva. We stopped at several parks, unfortunately they are still closed. So we went to the Mid Michigan Children's Museum.
Ayva loved the blocks, the sandbox and running through the maze. We loved every moment.
Papa picked Javier up after school. It was pajama day at school. When they came home they had just enough time to have Javier win the wii bowling. He stomped Papa!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
We worked almost all day. Pat and I will go over to finish up tomorrow morning. It feels good to have so much done already. Diane and Sue worked until Noon, I worked until 2. Then at 4, Diane, Sue and Gary, Jean, Nancy, Pat and I went back and worked until 6:30.
I am going in at 9 this morning and a couple more will be in at 10. So we should finish the two and get a good start on the third.
These are so beautiful. Each one is turning out - I just hope all three together work. It is so nice working with this group of people. They are talented, supportive and trusting.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
What a nice night. Michigan in March usually isn't like this. It has been a beautiful day!
The guys went outside to enjoy the great evening and Amy snapped this shot.
Dinner was yum. Amy made Ruben dip, spinach in filo tarts and Shepherd's Pie. Olympia made a broccoli slaw. Jan made dough wrapped around ham and asparagus. I made mint brownies. We talked, talked and talked some more!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Pat has been putting the shelves together in my closet. It is almost done. I am getting organized! The closet by the front door has my beads and silverware. I added the hooks today! I love it!
It may sound like we do a lot around here, but we were supposed to get the basement done this winter and we didn't!
We did take a road trip yesterday to Big Rapids. I found 20 glass plates half off at an antique store. And a FSU running team green t-shirt (that is a picture of the saying on the back.) to give Sheala! She has accepted the scholarship to Ferris!
I have to say, watching the glacier implode yesterday, and the delightful warm winter we are having this year, probably are not very good signs for our planet.
Monday, March 12, 2012
I called her cell phone, no answer. I called the house phone, disconnected. (Don't you think she should have told me she finally got rid of her landline?) Sent a text, no text back.
Then I thought I should text her daughter, no text back.
Then I decided to text her a few messages.
UR butt called Pat call ur sis
How can you ignore someone so cute?
Where r u?
Im stalking u
How many messages does it take 2 fill ur inbox?
OK I give up u dont love me anymore
No I didnt. Im a middle child. Very needy
U gotta love me
U cant get rid of ur landline and not answer ur cell
She finally called to say she just looked at her phone. Sarah's phone died on Friday and she had her charger at work. Yes she got rid of her landline. She hadn't read her messages before calling.
I told her to read her messages when we hung up.
She texted me: You silly goose - it must take a LOT of messages to fill my inbox if that many didnt fill it!!!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The sunrise was spectacular for about a half hour. However a cloud bank came in before it was up. But, the pictures are great - I'll post them when we get home.
Six loons have been playing in Lake Huron as we eat breakfast. They were too far out to get a picture of them.
What a gorgeous day!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Had lunch with friends yesterday, Mr. Doomsday kept saying our pensions will never last! Told Pat when I got home and he said we should spend it!
So here we are at Huron House. Big beautiful moon last night and a fabulous sunrise this morning!
Pat has to go work at a friend's for a bit so I'll be writing all day while looking out at Lake Huron!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Oh, this is just why I love Michigan. It was about 64 degrees today. We had all the windows open and the house smells like springtime!
We had our taxes done today. Enough of a refund to pay our property taxes for the year. (That is our goal!)
We are on our way to church for a Lenten evening prayer.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I don't measure - here are the ingredients I use for white chili.
4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
brown in a little olive oil
add a chopped onion and
several cloves of minced garlic
Small can chopped green chilis
large jar of rinsed Randall beans
box of low sodium chicken broth
Seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash, cumin, paprika
crush a whole bag of charras tostados (I find these at Meijer in the ethnic food aisle)
They should be very small pieces. This gives a great corn flavor as well as thickening the chili.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Yum! Jesse cooked. All homemade by my favorite oldest son-in-law. Bean soup, fideo, tortillas and hot salsa. You can't buy a more flavorful and tender Carnitas than at Maria Elena's. Javier wanted to know if Papa wanted ice cream, but Papa had more fideo for dessert!
We had fun playing with Ayva and Javier. Sheala loves the new puppy, but not as much as her Dad does! We missed Robbie, he stayed home because he was sick.
I love it when my children invite us to Sunday dinner!
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Driving to Traverse City we saw this sign - I had to have Pat turn around to get a picture! When the kids were little and we lived on West River Road in Sanford there was a dog that lived across the street. It kept going in the road and we called it "Dumb Dog" - so when I saw this sign I had to take a picture of it for Joanna and Caroline.
The wind was howling last night. It sounded like a scary movie. I loved it. This was the kind of storm I don't like in the trailer - high winds. We had a tornado once when we were camping in a tent at School Section Lake. Spending the night in the bathroom with the rest of the campers wasn't what I had in mind that weekend. But I do love a good thunder and lightening storm in the trailer. I'm getting ready for camping - collecting recipes. I found some good ones on Pinterest.
I was thinking of us going to Mackinac Island for the lilac festival. Do you think the flowers are all going to be early this year? Our daffodils have been coming up for a couple of weeks already. I wonder if there is a place on the internet to find out when peak blooms will be.
I may be going back to work for a bit!!!!! I know, I know, I said I wasn't going to - but the new Deputy Chief asked me to come in and train him and a couple others. We'll see if City Hall agrees.
Have a nice Saturday everyone.