Thursday, December 31, 2009

Feel Good

Last night, I watched Julie and Julia and was glad to have rented it. If you are a blogger, it really should be a must watch, just as if you ever wanted to tour the country in an RV, you really must watch the Robin Williams film, RV!

I particularly loved how the writers melted the two story lines into one beautifully flowing ensemble. There was so much I learned about Julia Child. She married late in life. Worked in China in the '40's. Lived so much of her life over seas and it wasn't until her 40's that found her lot in life. Going to the Le Cordon Bleu against all odds, mastering her culinary skills to outshine even the most skilled male chef.

Feel good movies make you, well, feel good. And what is wrong with that? Warm and fuzzys give us that nice feeling in our tummies. That and a nice martini!

Happy New's Year to my family and friends! I wish you all the very best 2010 you could possible have.

xoxo

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Now Am A Happy Camper!

Back from my trip from Fry's, the very kind, young, baby faced manager,
gave me store credit.
You sure can get more bees with honey than vinegar...
or something like that!
Now...anyone see a good deal on SanDisk CF cards?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Not A Happy Camper

One of my purchases was a new CF card for my camera. For those of you who didn't know what CF stood for, it is compact flash. I didn't know that until my series of mishaps with the CF card.
Rather than go with the same SanDisk I had and in an effort to save $20 bucks, I purchased a Kingston 4GB CF card with the photo of a pretty little lilly on the front.
How cute?

Not so cute after taking photos of my daughter's birthday celebration and this awful error message appeared on the display of my Canon Rebel XTi
"There is a problem with the CF card.
Replace the CF card."

These days, I save every receipt that is placed in my little chubby hands. With receipt in hand, off I go to Fry's to get my money back.

me at Fry's: hi, i would like to return my CF card for a refund.
Fry's person: Sure, do you have the original packaging?
me: no, but here's my receipt.
Fry's: I can only give you another CF card without the original packaging.
me: well, that sucks. what if this one goes bad again?
Fry's: I'm sure it won't. Go get another one and I'll swap it out for you.
Swap completed and I put the new CF card in my hand.

Christmas day, I took photos like a maniac. Careful not to lose my photos again, I quickly downloaded them to the PC.

Yesterday, I felt the urge to take some artsy fartsy photos of candlelight. Just when I took all the photos I wanted guess what happened.

Yep...

"There is a problem with the CF card.
Replace the CF card."

I am warning you now Fry's that I will not settle for another piece of crap
CF card from Kingston. I want and will get my money back.

Consider yourselves warned!!!!



Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas is Over...

Christmas is over. The goose that was once fat is now a small facsimile of itself. I am relieved. Presents once wrapped have left our home and only the wrinkled paper remains in the trash. The food that I stressed over, cooked with love and prepared with the utmost care, is now long gone.
If I had it to do over again, I would not change one thing, except perhaps, to include my mom, sister and her family to be with us to celebrate the day.

I've come to realize that a holiday will never meet the expectations one has in ones mind. I try to channel my Martha Stewart but I discovered that there are more important things in life.

This year, I made a few Christmas presents. One present that I was particularly proud of was a scrapbook of my daughter for my son in law before he met her. When he opened the book, there was a slight smile upon his face as he read my inscription to him. Flipping through the scrapbook, he came upon a photo of my daughter in her senior year of high school.
He looked up at her and said "I would totally have hit on you in high school if I knew you!"

Mission accomplished.
And I smiled with pride.

Dedicated to Gus



May he rest in peace...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve

May your holiday be filled with special memories,
love,
family,
friends,
and peace!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rudolph is Dead

As I decorated my mantel this year, Santa, his sleigh and Rudolph came out of the
cabinet to be placed in a prominent location.
I thought it was a grand idea at the time...
until I had to fuss with the pine boughs and then...
CRASH!
Rudolph took a nose dive off the mantel and smashed into a
million tiny pieces.
Husband was not amused and returned everyone back to the cabinet.
What a stupid idea I had!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Glimpse of My Tree

Santas and bells and Disney...
make up our tree...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

33 Years Ago On A Snowy Day...

Happy Birthday, dear daughter!
Your Father and I love you very much.
Your family is amazing.
You are amazing!
Love,
Mom and Dad

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pioneer Woman Comes to Atlanta Part 2

Pioneer Woman - I know you want more! So here goes...if there was a Q & A, we didn't stay for it. But really, we know so much about her and her family, at least the parts she chooses to share with us and in my opinion, if she doesn't share it, we shouldn't ask about it.

I wasn't going to embarrass her by asking briefs or boxers...how rude! Quick...what sitcom did this statement come from? I have no idea, really.

Back to Ree, my initial impression when she arrived and took the mic was that she was still, shy and overwhelmed. Since this wasn't her first rodeo, I thought she would be a little more at ease, but clearly, I don't think she was ready for the Atlanta gals to cheer, roar and applaud upon her arrival.

Shortly after her arrival, she quickly manned her table and began signing away. Betsy was there, although I didn't see her because she had escaped to get a latte. Hyacinth was sitting at the table beside Ree, ready to give out the lovely tee shirts to the first 100 or so women standing in line.
The design is as lovely as the post she did a few weeks back. The tee shirts run small so if you are Miss Big Boobs, watch out! It will be tight fitting. (I think I need to lose 15 more pounds before I venture outside with the tee shirt on!)

I am never shy and am usually the first to ask a question. Here I am, asking Ree about the perfect sugar cookie recipe. "Don't use the one in the book if you want to cut out cookies, pull the one off my website and you will be a big hit. " (I will report back on this one.)
While we were chatting, I became aware of her struggle with concentration. As much as she wanted to chat with me, clearly she was multi tasking and not one with the moment.

And that was OK with me, believe me. She was on the road for days, away from her family and man, probably lacking in the sleep department. I get it. God Bless Her for taking on such a monumental task. Atlanta 100% appreciates your stop here on your world wind tour.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pioneer Woman Comes to Atlanta And I Was There!

Yes, we did! My lovely daughter and I got up at the crack of darkness on December 7th to drive to Borders book store to get the very necessary arm band to see our very own Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. We stood in line for about an hour at 7 am, chatting with the fun women from all over the South. No, I did not bring my camera for the morning event. Do you really want to see me with no makeup? I didn't think so!

Lovely photo of my daughter and Ree, but as for me, well, I always manage to close my eyes for very important photos! Rats!


Considering we only had a 10 minute drive with traffic, our commute was nothing compared to the Tampa Girls. They hit the road the day before and drove 8 hours. Tampa Girls are dedicated blog readers!

With arm band in hand, I left my home at 4:30 to pick up my daughter from work. Tackling the Atlanta traffic, we arrived at our destination at 5:30. PW was to enter the premises at 6:00. We were ready!!

With orange arm bands on our wrists, we were in the very first group in line. As much confusion there was prior to the event, it was very organized once we arrived.

We were a little bored, so we tried to entertain ourselves. Here is our self portrait standing in the Arts section of Borders.

I'm back to using blogspot for posting. I miss Windows Live. I'll just have to post single photos until I get better at this nonsense!
I promise to get back on my daily habit of reading all of my favorite blogs.

Oh, did I mention that we both received a free tee shirt from our best friend Ree! Yep..and it is so very cute. Photos to come.

Until tomorrow, my friends!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On a Cold and Rainy Night...

Greetings and Salutations!

Computer issue solved and now I'm back online once again. I have lots of things to say and photos to go with my blabbering. First, I must figure out how to download my photos.

Aside from the stiff neck, shoulder and sore back, I am fine. A little tired and chilled, oh Lord, please don't let me be sick!!!

Our weather is dreary, cold, windy and at least not snowy. Snow comes to the South in February. Since it is not February, there can be now snow yet. That is my rule and I'm stickin' to it!

Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday celebration. I can hardly wait!!!

Later, Gal Pals!


I Am Almost Back

I'm almost back online!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hanukkah Memory Box

Many of you know that I have created lovely little Christmas boxes. 

I pride myself in the fact that these were of my creations.

Imagine how honored I was when a friend of my sister’s asked me

if I would create 4 Hanukkah boxes to give as presents.

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Well, I completed my project on Sunday and shipped the order to New Jersey promptly on Monday.

I didn’t want to post these before my customer receives them because I want her to be surprised.

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I was very concerned not to create something that would be impropriate.

IMG_3878 Let me share with you that I am very nervous that she won’t  be totally

delighted. 

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Keeping my fingers…

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toes, arms and legs all crossed. 

 

What’s next?  Well, thoughts are racing through my head in designing something for Valentine’s Day.

Got any suggestions for me???

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday Sunday Sunday

 

IMG_3866A mouth full of crackers

his hand on his mother’s boob

a typical Sunday afternoon at Grand Mom’s.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Recap of My Thanksgiving Day

 

After a second look at the photos, I decided they didn’t look all that bad. 

Oh, could be because I am not in the photos.

IMG_3833From across the table, my MIL, daughter and grandson, Jack.

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Brianna, Kay and Ron waiting for the feast to begin.

IMG_3831 My boys, Fred in the background, Aaron, my favorite SIL and my baby, Steven

 

IMG_3829 My baby was the first to eat.  He loved my mashed potatoes and

thought my homemade bread was good enough to eat with my mother’s silver!

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Some of the items served on Turkey Day…

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Jack, please pass the gravy!

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…and when you tell her to smile…

she smiles!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Bird is Dead

One more successful Thanksgiving under my belt but just between you and I, I am so ready to pass the apron along to the next generation. Don't get me wrong, I'll be happy to claim Christmas Day forever, but Thanksgiving, well, let the next just say that I think I'm done with cooking turkeys.
Every year for the past 37 years, my husband never thinks the turkey is done cooking. Doesn't matter if the internal temperature of the bird says 180 degrees or 1800 degrees, if he sees one minuscule dot of red, he wants it back in the oven.
I prepared 13 pounds of mashed potatoes, 5 pounds of sweet potatoes souffle, 3 pounds of green bean casserole, an entire casserole dish of dressing plus a 25 pound bird for 9 people! "There's not enough food", he claims.
In years past, I cooked for 25 and prepared the same amount of food. Man, I know you love Thanksgiving, but you cannot eat like you used to do!
With that said, I am nursing a runny nose, very dry throat (which is why the pot of water is on the stove top) and the beginning of a sinus headache. This is what happens when you do not drink your Cold Therapy tea every morning!
Happy After Thanksgiving to all of my family, friends and bloggers!
Sorry that I added the confirmation word to the posts but there is a little Chinese man wanting everyone to purchase his knock off brands of American design goods. So, go away Mr. Peng!
Now where's my paper and pen so I can begin planning my Christmas dinner??
I downloaded my photos but ehhh...I'll save for later.

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's a Slow Week...Yeah, Right!

If you're like me, you, no we, have many things to do this week. Wait, we don't have all week, we only have until Wednesday evening.
First, it's the menu. I have written and rewritten my grocery list several times. Why do husbands have to make notes on the menu you've slaved over just to add "softener" right at the top of the page. I mean, who does that?
Next, I must check out the local grocery ads. Do you know butter is 2 for $3 at Publix? Really! I plan on hitting the grocery stores on Tuesday.
Maybe start my baking Tuesday evening.
Wednesday, I pick up my 24 - 26 pound turkey at Whole Foods. My husband doesn't think it's a big enough turkey unless it weighs in over 20 pounds. Just sayin'. He lives for turkey left overs.
The balance of Wednesday will be filled with cooking and trying to determine what things in my fridge really don't need to be cooled.
I miss my second fridge.
And since we will be eating at my daughter's in laws, I will pack up all of my delicious food and enjoy a big family dinner.
So, what things do you have to do this week? And please, don't say make reservations!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

What Would You Do?

When confronted with a minor catastrophe, what would you do?
This morning, I found the label falling off my mayonnaise jar.
What would you do?
Rip it off like a band aid?
Or?
Would you wander through your house to find the tape...
and adhere the label to where it belonged?
Yeah, I taped the label on the jar...
I need serious help!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gypsy Resolution!

When I'm wrong, I'm wrong. When I'm right, I'm right. And when something that I've complained about is now righted, I will blog about it.
Through the wonderful use of message boards and the most experienced tech rep by the name of Mercy, all computer issues were resolved, the registration was completed and I am designing and cutting like a maniac.
Yeah!!! Resolution is a wonderful word.

Viagra is OK But Breast Exams Are Not?

What is going on?  First, the news bombards us with the recent recommendations that women do not have to get their first mammogram until the age of 50. 

Today, I read that we no longer need Pap smears as frequently as recommend just a few days ago. 

Just who is making these decisions?

Are the lobbyists for the insurance companies involved in some way? 

Are these recommendations being enforced because we just may have a national health care plan and cost cutting is a mandate?

Well, readers, I am very, very angry.

Upset.    

Provoked.

Raged.

And downright pissed.

We better be reading in the days to come that insurance companies will cease to cover Viagra prescriptions.

I am still appalled that insurance companies never paid for birth control pills but approved Viagra in a heart beat.

Is this acceptable? 

Women…we must bond together. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Review of the Provo Craft Gypsy

Being an avid crafter, I was excited about the new product about to be released by Provo Craft.

Yes, I was sucked in by all of the hype on HSN regarding the Gypsy.  After watching one  day in October, the premiere, I decided to order it

and just my luck, I was placed on a waiting list.

The voice inside me told me to cancel and just as I was about to do so, it arrived on my door step. 

OK, I was genuinely excited and thought to myself,

I have many projects in the coming months that this will really allow me to complete them with ease.

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Opening the box and much to my dismay, I discovered that Provo Craft decided

to cut costs and not supply a manual nor DVD with this tool.

What?  Really?  What were they thinking?

Sure, you can go online and download the manual, but please.

My next experience was my inability to register my Gypsy online.

I like to think that I am a computer savvy and, yes I am, but after spending hours and hours of unnecessary problems, I was about to give up.

Several phone calls and hours trying their fixes to the company later, still nothing.

What really burns by cookies is the fact that when someone takes your name and number and promises to call you back

and they don’t, all hope of getting your problem soon go out the window.

It’s been more than the “24 to 48 business hours” since my problem has been reported.

The only positive thing I can say is that HSN shipped me another Gypsy to see if I had a defective one.  Thank you HSN, but it is not the Gypsy

but the log in process and is definitely on the manufacturer’s side.

What solution will make me a happy customer? 

First, resolve the problem so I can begin to use my tool.

Second, compensate me for my troubles by offering me 5 cartridges of my choice.

Third, an apology for my troubles.

I will be happy to post the resolution and salute the company once again as the leader in the industry.

…..I’m waiting….

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday The 13th...

I do not have paraskevidekatriaphobia.
Do YOU!
Would you sit in the 13th row?
Live on the 13th floor of a building?
Do you pull the covers over your head on mornings like this??

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One Down, 743 to Go!

IMG_3716 One project to scratch off of the list!

Jack’s Christmas stocking is complete.

Yea!

IMG_3717 I haven’t used my embroidery skills for quite some time.

By the time I got down to the lower stocking,

all skills of stichery somehow came to the forefront

of my brain and I was proud of my accomplishment.

IMG_3718 Here’s the baby bear saying “Grand Mom, you did an awesome job!”

 

I already ordered and received the next stocking for baby number 2…whenever he or she

makes his or her appearance. 

Monday, November 9, 2009

An Autumn Afternoon With Jack

My baby loves his Little Tykes car.  Especially when Grand Pop plays with him.  Grand Pops play rougher than

Grand Moms.  Grand Moms walk around the cul-de-sac, waving to the neighbors and the security man. IMG_3728

Grand Pop … where are you?  I’m waiting.  Grand Pop?

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Swish….Grand Pop pushes Little Jack and he

zooms down the street.

IMG_3731  Yep, that’s what I’m talking about!

Zoommmmm!!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Kinder, Gentler Life

In life, there are certain things that separate us from one another.

There are kind souls who truly feel compassion for others.

I have been behind those racing through the toll booth to find out that my toll was paid by a kind person ahead of me.

Often, we meet someone who is just unbelievably rude in life or someone that flips us the bird for  turning right. 

It truly boggles my mind.

However, civility would rush over all if we simply used place cards for dinner parties!

Here’s the link I found, thanks to HGTV that I wanted to share you all of you!

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Although I own Christmas Place cards, I have lived a unruly life at Thanksgiving. 

Thank you HGTV for bringing order to my life!

Hope you enjoyed the light hearted post today!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Things That Go Buzzz in The Night!

Often when I'm asleep at night something ultimately wakes me up. Either it's our little Grace kitty complaining because she's out of water or can see the bottom of her food dish. Or perhaps it is my MIL wandering the hallways but last night, it was all together different.
As my eyes opened, I was certain that some loved one or drunk sending me a text message. Buzz...buzz...buzz. My hand dabbled on my nightstand, I picked up the phone and brought it closer to my eyes. Nope. Not my phone.
Buzz...buzz...buzz.
OK, it has to be my sleeping husband's phone. I get out of bed, walk around the bed and stumble to his night stand. In the dark, I grab his phone. Nope, not his phone.
Buzz...buzz...buzz.
Back in bed, I manage to plump my pillow to surround my ears. It's quiet. Alas, I can try to go back to sleep.
Buzz...buzz...buzz...
Eyes open again.
Buzz...buzz...buzz...
Damn, what is this annoying noise?

It can't be? But is it?

Yes, the buzz...buzz...buzzing is coming from my husband!

How on earth is he making this noise, his own very odd snoring?

Buzz...buzz...buzz...

and then my beloved rolls over and the buzzing stops.

Where are my ear plugs? I wonder...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Georgia Bloggers Eat Lunch!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting some new Georgia bloggers.

I don’t remember who exactly had the idea to meet for lunch, but

Joyce, Sue and I agree, it was a great idea.

We met at Red Salt Pub on Canton Street in the middle of Historic Roswell. 

The food was great, as always.  I tried their 7 onion soup which is nothing

like a French onion soup but more like a creamy bisque. 

Many of the bloggers tried Red Salt’s Roasted Pear Salad with Chicken. 

Yep, it was very good, sans the blue cheese of course. 

Blue cheese does not like me one little bit, although,

I love blue cheese.

red salt   Thanks to Yelp, I was able to grab this photo.  Somehow, I managed to forget my camera at home. 

To top it off, I changed purses that morning and my handy little Kodak was left behind.

Be sure to visit Sue's Blog, Rue Mouffetard for the full pictorial recap of the afternoon.

A grand time was had by all!

Hope to see all of you Georgia Bloggers in December!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The First Annual Georgia / Florida Gathering…and Halloween, Too

Fun times.  Family.  Football.  Georgia lost, but that was expected.  Darn, I really was wishing for a miracle. 

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It was an official party because of the signage made by yours truly on my Cricut Expression.IMG_3658

The official posters of the two collegiate teams.IMG_3659

 

Our host, Ron, shows off his brand new projection TV!IMG_3660

Son in law and Father in law discuss pregame strategies and enjoy a beverage.

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You can’t have a party without food and we had plenty!  Here’s the beginning of it with the

Halloween goodies.

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More delicious treats…

IMG_3663       One cannot have a party without cocktail weenies…

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This is Kaye’s famous cherry crock pot cakes!IMG_3666

These are my famous chafing dish meatballs.  IMG_3667Ok…a Gator came to the party… and laughed at us all day!

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The necessary Georgia and Florida cupcakes…

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   Home made salsa…yum!IMG_3673

Spidery cheese balls

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Wormy candied apples…

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More treats for the kids….I made the goodie bags!

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This is a house divided….

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Mom in Law, Kay and Daughter in law Erika

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Jack sampled all food at eye level…did I say he only napped for 20 minutes all day?

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Here’s Oma…inside to keep warm.

 

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Linda and Jim, the next door neighbors…

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Steve and Bobbi…Bobbie has the very cute tattoo on her ankle that I love!

IMG_3691Ron and Terry enjoying the party         

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Doug, Molly and Sarah…true Georgia Fans!

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Future Georgia Cheerleader, Molly

IMG_3709Many hours later, Jack, Mom and Dad stopped by to deliver my cell phone to me which I forgot.

Jack was still going strong at 8:00 PM but was not very accommodating to posing in his Halloween costume. 

Although Georgia lost to Florida, it was a great day.  There’s always next year, right!