Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
- I love the All Natural Granola Bark from Publix
- Not so much a fan of the new Hazelnut Biscotti creamer
- I despise when while pouring my coffee in the morning that the pot leaks all over the counter. (this isn't supposed to happen as I purchased the dang thing from Williams Sonoma)
- I took the What Type of Flower Are You? and I am a Snapdragon! Go figure! Is everybody a Snapdragon?
- I really hate my cell phone and long for the day when they did not exist
- I confess that I love to watch the hurricanes as they twist and turn through the Atlantic as they make their way westward
- I love a good thunderstorm
- If my family is safely tucked inside their homes, I love a snow storm. Not the dusting we so often get here in Atlanta, but the ones I experienced during my years in Chicago burbs
- I am absolutely addicted to Michelina's Buffalo Style Chicken Snack - on the days that I follow Weight Watchers, I'm happy to know they are only 4 points!
- Oh the beauty of autumn! I love the colors and the long shadows of the day
- When I see a feral cat or kitten, my heart breaks. I would take them all in if I had the room and the means
- Every Tuesday and Friday, I have all my "I just won the lottery!" plans already laid out. Yes, I dream twice a week about how my life would change if money was removed from the equation of life
- I adore my grandson, Jack and am ready for lots more
- I worry that my mom may lose her eyesight and wonder what kind of person she will become if plagued with that burden
- I am a closet decorator and if invited to your home, mentally redo your interior to what I think is best
- I love a good movie where boy meets girl and they all live happily ever after
- At times, I believe I have a limited physic ability and can predict what life's toll may take
- There is nothing better than a hot and juicy tomato fresh off the vine
- No matter how many times I do a html link on my blog, I always have to redo it because I've made some mistake
- I simply cannot memorize my kid's cell phone number because I use speed dial all the time
- Although it has been 5 years, I still miss my beloved beagle, Heidi
- There is nothing better than the ocean breeze waifing across your face while floating in the warm waters
- I believe that animals should not sustain pain and suffering and that we need to be the better person and allow them to pass on
- I believe that dreams do eventually come true through faith, hope and prayer
And that, my friends, is it for today. Bless you all and have a grand weekend!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
- my hair dryer
- 1" round styling brush
- 2" round styling brush
- Goodies hair brush
- Suave hair spray
- Redkin Align 12
Mind you, I don't know if the Redkin product works, but I have been programed into believing that is does wonders.
It is a hair styling conspiracy. Use these products and you will look fabulous, darling! Well, here is what I think. Yes, there may be an upside to using the latest can't live without product, but the product dirties your hair thus, requiring you, me, all of us to wash our hair more frequently. By using more products, we generate enormous sales. It is a vicious cycle.
Alas, I will continue to search for the greatest new product on the market, searching for that miracle product that will transform my life!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Yet the other day, whether it was lack of time or just a forgetful moment, I got out of the shower and began drying my hair. Yep, no products. Much to my surprise, well, shock, my hair never looked so good! There were no flips in the wrong places. No wicked cowlicks to contend with. And much to my surprise, no bed head the next morning.
Do you believe the hype? The advertising claims? Share a tale of marketing woes.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Never, mind you, NEVER, come up upon your sleeping cat and think it is a good idea to give him a kiss. If your cat is in a deep sleep like mine was, you will find your face clawed because you startled the little furry guy. Yes, my face now looks like I have been clawed by a bear, well, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but none the less, I am grateful that I am a bang wearer!
Excuse me now while I go find the antibiotic cream.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Consider it therapy, but much, much cheaper!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Check This Out
Now, mind you, I won't be happy purchasing just the Monogram set...that would be too easy. This affliction I shared with you requires me to have all of these items because one just won't due. I need them all...all...ALL!!!!! I need them NOW!
So what is your Achilles heel? Or do you even suffer from an obsession?
Is there a 12 step program for me? For my sisters in scrapbooking? Can we be helped?
Sunday, August 17, 2008
We started by stopping by Piedmont hospital to meet little Molly Beth for the very first time. Here she is, sleeping like a little princess. Don't you just want to pinch those little cheeks and kiss her from head to toe? Why is holding a baby so emotionally uplifting? Is it because we are holding the closest thing to innocence on earth? Is it that these little souls are so pure? Or is it that these little miracles trust so unconditionally?
After a short visit with the new parents, we had to hit the road to head down to Fayetteville.
Upon existing the highway, there it was. The RaceTrac sign! WOW! $3.59 a gallon! I was so excited, well, you know, I took this picture.
Next, we unloaded the clan and entered the nursing home to visit my MIL. Here's Jack and his Daddy waiting in the family center for Oma to come down. If you don't think Jack looks like his Daddy, well, you need glasses!
I managed to click this photo of four generations.
After the nursing home, onwards to Becky's house for a cook out, fun and frivolity! Uncle Steven and Jack manage to look to the camera for a sweet memory. Here's the little man with all his gear on to face the pool for the very first time. He is armed with sun tan lotion, sunglasses, big floppy hat and brand new swim trunks, but most of all, he has the protection of his loving parents. Jack was not amused. The pool was not for him. Although he never cried, the look on his face clearly gave us all the impression that he wanted nothing to do with the cool water. Being the grandmother that I am, I climbed the stairs, fetched a towel that was warmed by the sun and his mother scooped him out of the pirate ship and placed him in my arms. Off with the wet clothes and into dry attire, he finally was happy. We'll try the pool again next year.
Racing to the kitchen, I had to put the final touches on the meal. Thanks to Pioneer Woman, I came armed with beef brisket, crash potatoes and my very own recipe, brushetta with toasted baguette bread. My son's contribution to he feeding frenzy was 4 lbs of crab legs and a cooler full of beer. Add a great salad, fruit plate and chips, we ended up with a feast for 17 or 18 peeps.
After packing up from Becky's, a short visit to my mother's place. Sadly, she was not feeling well and choose not to join us for the feast. Mom just loves to hold Jack. It's the baby aura that cures all ill in the world.
Today is going to be a relaxing, low keyed day.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Carolyn and Joe are dear friends of ours. We've shared some great vacations, house projects and many hours listening to music on 50's, 60's and my favorite, 70's satellite station trying to guess not only the year of the song but also the artist. My answer to every song was always "Bread". I don't even know what songs Bread sang! Go figure!
These two lovely young people are two of the most amazing parents ever. They have 3 beautiful children and have been married for over 5 years now. Tim is like my surrogate son as he was joined at the hip with my son since the age of 2.5. He has grown to be the man I always knew he would become. Yet he has great things still ahead of him.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Kay: Sarah had Molly at 4:59 today
Erika: How is Sarah?
Kay: Sarah is in recovery. I haven't seen her yet. Doug is in the nursery, but Molly isn't there yet.
Erika: How much did she weigh?
Kay: 9 pounds....pause
Erika: 9 pounds! Wow!
Kay: 9 pounds 13 ounces!
Erika: WOW! That hurts just hearing it! I'm glad Sarah had to have a C-Section.
Kay: So is Sarah!
Little Molly was breech and the reason for the C-Section. So, Molly probably will not fit into the newborn diapers or most of the newborn clothes. All the more reason to go to Babies R Us to buy more clothes for Molly Beth.
Let me stand corrected. Miss Molly weighed in at 9 lbs 13.5 oz. Her first photo that her Daddy posted on Flickr proves she is a beautiful, bouncing, baby girl! Little boys, be on alert! Miss Molly will be a heart breaker!
Sorry, but I don't think Molly's birthday will coincide with my friend's birthday. But Happy Birthday to Debra!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 13, 2008, a dear family friend, Sarah will give birth at Piedmont Hospital. This is the first child for Sarah and her husband Doug. Sarah and Erika go way back to their days at Young Harris College where they roomed together.
Molly Elizabeth Coole will enter this world at approximately noon. I will, with permission, post photos of Molly Beth as soon as we get to visit her.
Another baby to love and spoil! The world is a beautiful place!
Sipping my hot coffee while blogging and chatting on the phone, well, that is dreamy!
What's your favorite way to rise in the morning? Are you a tea drinker? Need to have a Pepsi or Coke? Tell me.
Monday, August 11, 2008
- We finally got around to it to see Momma Mia. I have to tell you that this movie was full of songs, Greece, dancing, Greece, great cast, Greece, toe tapping music and finally Greece. This leads me to my next gotta plan vacation....my Mediterranean cruise to the Greek Isles. Back to the movie, Meryl Streep was really good and who knew she could sing? Pierce Bronson is so handsome and a treat for this old lady's eyes, but the truth be known, he should never sing in public again or wear blue spandex! Don't get me wrong. I would see this movie again in a heart beat and when it comes out on DVD to purchase, I will own this.
- Saturday we drove down to visit our friends who have felt a bit neglected. A good time was had by all.
- Most of this spring and summer, our friends have worked non-stop finishing the basement of another friends. They have done a marvelous job and of course, we christened the bar. One apple martini later, my head was throbbing and I said, "Oh darn, I can't drink this vodka either".
- Sunday we met the kids and grandson Jack for an afternoon lunch at Macaroni Grill. Their new menu allows you to select 2 items from the lunch menu for under $9. I happened to remember the coupon for a free appetizer...usually I leave it where ever I am not!
- A quick trip to WalMart for our monthly meds and a few items. What would a weekend be if we did not visit the big W.
- To kill time, we toured a couple of new subdivisions up 400 near exit 13. There are so many good deals out there for buyers. In the future, we would love to find something with no yard work, but with a yard. Does that make sense? We found the perfect place in Cumming but wish we could get closer to the city.
I snapped lots of pictures which I will upload later in the day. Well, this is a babysit Jack day so who knows if I will have time!!!!
Have a great week everybody!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Jack has found his voice. Aside from cooing and gurgling, Jack discovered his little mini scream. At the ripe old age of 9 weeks, he has mastered the task of rolling over from his belly to his back. OK, mastered is a bit of an exaggeration because he really only rolled over 4 times! However, in the act of rolling over, Jack gets really frustrated. It's hard work, afterall! No crying. Just loud, shrill squeals and an occasional scream. He loves the sounds of his little voice which leads me to believe he will chatter and talk or ears off in the years to come. I have begun to prepare for the million questions "Why, Grama?".
There are so many new and exciting things at the disposal of parents and babies these days. Certainly I am not up with the proper lingo yet as it's been 20 plus years that I have had a baby in the house. Whether this green thing is a Boppie or a Boopie or a just a plain seat, Charlie the cat feels quite comfortable sitting here. Charlie also loves to pose for the camera, eat off of my plate and drink the milk from my cereal bowl
Thursday, August 7, 2008
After further reading, Thomasville has a line of furniture named The Sililoque Furniture Collection. Although I am not fond of this collection, I love the word. For only reasons that my brain can knows, the word soliloquy has been stuck in my head since reading this silly email.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Here we are at the Mad Batter where we just enjoyed a fabulous breakfast. Someone who reads my blog suggested we go here. I had the best French Toast ever. Unfortunately, I had to sit next to my sister while she ordered and ate Eggs Benedict. Did I mention that I hate eggs? Gross!
Yes, this picture is out of order, but here is my baby sister hugging on her brother-in-law. She has known him since she was 9 years old. Yes, I am that old!
I kid you not, this was the largest hibiscus I have ever seen in my life. The circumference had to be 12 inches in diameter. If anyone knows just how they grow hibiscus this large in New Jersey, please let me know.
I captured the boys thoroughly enjoying the shopping experience in town. Right! See how they were color coordinated? My BIL is wearing a New York Giants Super Bowl tee shirt. My nephew is wearing, what else? A Chicago Cubs shirt! Go Cubbies! And Fred, he's the one in the middle, wearing a non-descript shirt. He really hates to wear a tee shirt with anything printed on it. That has also passed on to my son as he refuses to wear tees with messages, unless of course, it has anything to do with the Atlanta Braves.
Monday, August 4, 2008
- half box of thin spaghetti
- 1 pound of fresh asparagus - cut into 2 inch pieces
- half pound of fresh peas (I bought these at our local Adam's Farm)
- 1 or 2 cloves of fresh garlic - minced or chopped
- half onion - chopped finely
- fresh Parmesan cheese - the good stuff, not the stuff in the green container
- tiny bit of red pepper flakes
- and lastly, my favorite, extra virgin olive oil
Now I don't have to tell you to cook your spaghetti as usual. Two minutes before your spaghetti is done, throw in your asparagus and fresh peas.
In a separate pan, add the olive oil. I usually add the olive oil to just slightly coat the bottom of your pan. Get it nice and hot. Add your garlic. Stir...stir...stir! Next, add your onions. Keep stirring until the onions are transparent. Now either cut off the stove or if you can multi task, go rescue your noodles.
Now that the noodles, asparagus and peas are finished, reserve about one cup of the liquid. You will use this later.
I don't like to rinse my pasta. Some people do. You decide for yourself.
Throw the noodles, asparagus and peas into the garlic and onion. Use medium heat. Add a little of the liquid to the pan. Add a little more olive oil, but not too much. You want this to be light! Stir well. Add a bit more liquid until you get the noodles to coat nicely.
Transfer to a lovely serving platter. Toss 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, a bit of sea salt, red pepper flakes and some fresh ground pepper. Serve with a nice tossed salad and share with 3 other family or friends. They will love you forever!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Walking to the back yard... no, this isn't the fence that my honey fixed...it's on the other side of the house...I loved this shot. My sister's backyard is virtually a wildlife retreat. Just a few nights before we arrived, a mother fox and 5 of her babies were spotted right back here.
Here's a silly and embarrassing story. Her family was sitting in the family room and heard screaming. Children screaming loudly. It was dark and my baby sister's first impression was to call the police. When Park Ridge's finest arrived on the scene, they politely said "Ma'am, that is the sound of a mother fox calling her baby fox to come back home." See that little house in the middle of the photo. Every animal known to man has given birth beneath the studio.
I love black eyed susans. I love the blue, green and brown eyed susans, too. Yes, that was corny. Sorry.
Black eyed susans attract butterflies. My friend, Debra, photographs the most gorgeous butterflies on her nature walks and in her backyard. I should have shot the butterflies but I didn't want to embarrass myself. Although, mark my words. There will be a time when I enlarge my equipment inventory. When that time comes, if I can take photos half as stunning as Debra's, I will smile softly.
There's something stunning about hydrangeas. You really never know what color they are going to be until they bloom. It's all about pH levels and either adding aluminum or subtracting aluminum from the soil. It's too much for my pretty little head to think about. I'd rather be surprized by Mother Nature.
Tomorrow...there will be more.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
According to the rules, I must bestow this award upon 7 other bloggers. Here's the problem, all the blogs I read have already received this honor.
However, I will site those blogs that inspire me each and every day, even if there is a redundancy.
To Debra, who inspired me to get into the blogging world.
To Chere, who is a fun loving, cabin/roomie nut who shares a love of Canon equipment!
To Jamie, who is a great Mom, hard working career person who loves her family...and by the way...did I mention she is expecting Ava in December?
In addition to these blogs I read as often as I can, I love, love, love The Pioneer Woman blog. She is a funny mom, living life on a ranch, and cooking up a storm! Check out her Cooking Section for so many great recipes. Honestly, I have tried several and they are completely yummy...mark my words!
So thank you all, for your inspiration.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Stay tuned for some great photos of the fog enveloping the town, great photos of black-eyes Susansand of course, my muse, little Jack.