Friday, July 31, 2009

Give A Way...Last Day to Enter

Today is the last day to enter to win the lovely, vintage Christmas box.

Remember to leave your comment in the post down below in the original post.

If you would like a second change to win,

just pimp me on your blog.

Which means, provide a link to your blog to my blog.

And when you do that, leave a second comment on my blog.

Good luck everyone!!

To all my dear blogging friends who left such heartwarming comments on

yesterdays post, just know that I was very, very touched.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Living With Alzheimer's

This is the first in a series of posts I plan to do in which I want to share what it’s like living with an Alzheimer’s family member.  Perhaps I am doing this because I’m looking for a therapeutic outlet.  IMG_0369

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a 24/7 a day job.  You don’t get a vacation.  The weekends are not your own.  You cannot spontaneously go to a movie.  Even planning a trip to the grocery store requires that someone is always caring for your loved on.    You are on the clock with no relief in sight.

In this post, I want to focus on the communication aspect of talking to your loved one.  For a toddler, teenager and adult, if you have a stomach ache you know how to convey that message.  For an Alzheimer’s patient who is easily confused, a simple question becomes a foreign language. There are times that nothing makes any sense.  You instantly revert back to caring for an infant and try to guess what’s wrong.

I’ve learned that simple questions work the best.  Short sentences are a must.  Forget any big word you just read from your daily email from Webster’s.  They don’t work. 

At times, I am embarrassed to admit, I find my self yelling.  It’s those times, that my husband steps in and settles me down and takes over.  When my husband is at his last straw, I try to do the same for him.  Anything to break the tension.  We both are learning not to criticize and praying for patience everyday.  However, when she asks ‘Who is that baby?” every single day, we feel as though we want to pull our hair out.

Thank goodness for Respite Thursday.  Budgets cuts have reduced our hours from 22 a month to 8, but we try to make the most of this time away. 

If I learned anything from this experience it is that patience is the utmost virtue.  Lord, I need a million times more of it!

Don’t forget to check out my give a way…you have until noon on Saturday.  Give A Way


 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

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Who sang this song?

Don't forget to check out my give a way...

look down there..

that's right...

keep going!

You found it!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Christmas in July Give A Way

What better way to celebrate the middle of summer with a give a way for one lucky blogging friend? Just because I want to, I will be giving away a Christmas box with an accordion album. This happens to be my design and I have already given one away last December. Sorry, Kate, you will have to sit this one out!

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This paper mache box holds an accordion album inside. More than likely, I will make a minor modification to the box before shipping it to its new home.

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I really love these vintage papers from Melissa Frances Scrapbook. Her collection of designs and patterns reminds me of a little sea side cottage. I can smell the ocean spray right now.

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These papers bring me back to a time when I think I would have loved to live…The Victorian Age. But let’s not fool anyone, I want all of the modern day luxuries.IMG_3300This paper on the left takes me back to a time when I played with cut outs. I was never a doll kid, but give me cut outs and I was happy for days.

So if you think you would like this little project to adorn your coffee table this Holiday season, leave a comment on my blog.

Pimp my blog on your blog and get another entry. Be sure to leave a second comment.

Those are the rules, not very complicated, I know. Life is sure complicated enough!!

And oh, the give a way will end on Saturday, August 1st at noon. Good luck!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

It's Sunday

It's Sunday.
Yes it is.
Laziness has beat me down this weekend.
I still owe you all my Christmas in July post.
Don't worry, it is coming, just like Christmas!

If my friend was a little treasured nic-knack, I would

certainly have him on my shelf of Santas.

Happy Sunday!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

You Could Hear a Pin Drop

I received this email the other day....I wanted to share.


JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded "Does that include those who are buried here?" DeGaulle did not respond.
You could have Heard a pin drop
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When in England , at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush. He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.'
You could have Heard a pin drop.
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There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?' A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply Emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, They can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'
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A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?' Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, 'Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'
You could have Heard a pin drop.
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and my favorite....

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The American said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." "Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France !" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to."
You could have Heard a pin drop.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

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I’m short on words today so I’m trying this…

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Security

Parenthood

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One photo says volumes.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Monday, Ya’ll!

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And if this face doesn’t make you chuckle or giggle

than you must be a Vulcan!

…and yes, those are Spaghetti O’s dripping down that cute face!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

What Are They Thinking???

…Monster.com.  What are you thinking?  Do you really think I am qualified for the following jobs you sent me today? 


Tax Manager - Quantitative Services Manager Atlanta
Ernst & Young
GA-Atlanta
Apply Now


$ Teach English in Korea and Experience the Asian Culture. No Exp Reqd. All Majors are welcome
CraigsKorea.com
Multiple locations
Apply Now

 
team Member - Retail Shift Supervisor
Pilot Travel Centers LLC
GA-Smyrna-30080
Apply Now

 
The only true way of finding a job in today’s market is networking, but I probably have a better chance in winning the lottery!

Friday, July 17, 2009

When Less is More

One week and four days

plus

Lots of spearmint gummy drops

plus

Some sleepless nights

plus

Loads of fidgetiness

equals

22 less cigarette packs sold in Georgia.

That’s right!

My hubby quit smoking.

This time for good.

Well, this picture was taken when he was still smoking…sorry, dear!

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Shopping in the Comforts of Home

Internet shopping. What shall I say about it? It’s the best window shipping ever without having to leave your home. No one will judge you for the type of clothes you have on. You know what I’m talking about…when you enter a ritzy boutique and you have your flip flops on with jean capris and a tee shirt you purchased when you visited Cancun seven years ago…you get the “look”. The Look that is shot right down the nose of the person judging you. The look from the size 2 in the black spandex, low cut dress with her purchased boobies standing at attention is wondering why the hell are you even in this store! Right? Am i right?

Shopping from the comfort of your desk chair or your comfy recliner at 2 in the morning is just the best medicine for insomnia. On my list of favorites on my laptop is my virtual shopping folder. You can’t imagine the eclectic objects and clothes I have accumulated. Everything from furniture to Sex in the City shoes to flatware. Yes…flatware.

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Thanks to Horchow's, I am just in love with this flatware. Truly! If you didn’t already know, Deborah, Debra, Debbie or Deb is a name derived form the Hebrew language meaning “bee” or “little bee”. Anyone ever receiving a home made card will surely see my bee stamp on the back of the card. My soul tells me that some day, I will own this whimsical set of flatware to adorn my very own table.

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While visiting Pottery Barn, I came across this shiny, glistening chandelier that grabbed my attention. I love the mixture of iron work and the prisms that remind me of my grandmother’s home. You can say this designer combined yesteryear with modern influences.

Today, I wanted to share with you some things I love. What items have caught your eye? Are they on your wish list, too?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Searching for a Match

Sometimes when I am writing my post for the blog, I have a definite idea in which I want to share. As I write, I wonder, what photo will be appropriate to accompany my gibberish? So I find myself searching my archives and wonder…does this fit?

Other times, when blogging, I have a set of photos in mind and decide to tell my story based on those photos as in yesterday’s farmer market post.

And…there are times when I have no photo which will pay respect to my writing. I may go photo-less or I may just plug in a photo that happens to be one of my favorites for no apparent rhyme or reason.

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What do you think today is all about?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Please Vote For Jack

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Jack’s paternal grandfather entered this photo in the Messy Baby Faces Contest. 

Check out this Messy Baby Faces and vote for this cutie pie!

Thanks for your support!!!

The Bounties of Summer

Imagine how surprised I was to find out that every Saturday beginning May 31st to October something that there is a Farmer’s Market right across the river from where we live.  My daughter insists that I knew this, but somehow I forgot.  I think that is highly unlikely, but I will proceed!

If we had a canoe, we would have to walk 2 blocks and paddle across the Chattahoochee River and we’d be there.  However, without such canoe, we have to take the standard roads to arrive at this fun little market.

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 Immediately, I commented to my husband that this looks like…don’t say it, he said.  It is not Costa Mesa, California.  Do you see the ocean.  Well, no, but it DID remind me of Costa Mesa. 

Come with me to the farmer’s market…

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Home grown herbs with an Asian flair..

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Fresh beans…crunchy cucumbers…

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Peppers, tomatoes, and jalapenos, Oh My!

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Summer squash and baby eggplants

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Fresh herbs, lemon cucumbers (which I purchased to try)

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The sweet corn doesn’t get any fresher than this.

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Anyone for watermelon?   

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Bring your game on…

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Home made pastas made with peppers and spinach…oh yum! 

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Breads for the masses…

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Here’s Becky…sharing the bounty from her flower gardens…

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What are these brilliant flowers?

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Her display was fetching.

All in all, I will return next week to try the home made tamales, salsa and chips and the baked breads and muffins and the home made honey and the fresh eggs and the sweet cream…..Whew…I’m exhausted from just thinking about it all!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Happy Sunday

Now this says summer…

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Hope you have a spittin’ great day!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lady Finger Cake

Lady finger cake…

It’s a no bake recipe with a dramatic presentation for family and guests.

It happens to be my SIL’s favorite dessert.

For his birthday dinner, I was happy to make it for him.

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We start with the ingredients. 

Three packages of Lady fingers, large instant vanilla pudding, whipping cream, cream cheese and 2.5 cups cold milk.

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Line a spring pan with approximately 1.5 packages of lady fingers.

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I forgot the sugar….3/4 cups of it.

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…and the vanilla…1 teaspoon

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Prepare your pudding according to directions for pie.

You will cut the milk by one half cup. 

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Fill the spring pan with the pudding mixture.

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Line the top with the remaining lady fingers.

You will have some lady fingers remaining…

if you have a little one running around

he will be happy to eat a few for you. 

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Now it’s time to join the room temperature cream cheese

and the 3/4 cup of sugar.

Introduce them slowing.

Noticed I changed blades.

My momma taught me to do that….and you should always listen to your momma!

Once the cream cheese mixture is finished,

transfer it to a bowl.   

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After cleaning my bowl again….

change your beaters and…

beat the whipping cream and the vanilla.

Once the peaks form in the whipping cream…it’s time to bring back the cream cheese.

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Changing beaters AGAIN…

slowing fold the cream cheese into the whipped cream. 

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Layer this mixture on top of the layer of lady fingers…

refrigerate for at least 5 hours…

over night is quite fine.

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Remove the spring pan and Voila!

I have tied a ribbon around the outside for a more dramatic presentation.

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The happy couple!

Recipe

3 packages of lady fingers

1 large instant vanilla pudding (lemon is good too)

2.5 cups milk

cream cheese (room temperature)

3/4 cups sugar

whipping cream (small carton)

1 teaspoon vanilla

The worst part of making this recipe is having to clean the mixing bowl 3 times.

Considering you don’t have to turn on the oven, I find it a nice refreshing dessert for those special occasions.

Oh…let me not forget…

do not try the low fat cream cheeses as it will not bind properly.

Enjoy!

 

Friday, July 10, 2009

25 Random Things

There is this 25 random things about me going around and i have been tagged

1.     I never received my 3rd grade report card from the nuns at St. Gerald school.  My parents were divorcing and I was going to have to go to public school in Chicago. 

        The nuns felt I was going to go to hell because I was leaving the catholic school and thought this to be punishment for something not of my control.

2.     One night about 15 years ago, my friend and i had too much to drink and we walked the golf cart paths of peachtree city in the dark.  our husbands were out of their minds. 

3.     I won a beauty contest at age 3.

4.     My first air plane ride was at age 12 from Chicago to Baltimore… thanks to my favorite aunt.

5.     When my parents brought home my baby sister, after holding her, I told them they could take her back.

6.     If I never had another drink for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t mind at all.

7.     When I was pregnant with my first child, I craved anchovies and peanut butter.  Not together, though!

8.     Of all the jobs I ever had, I never waited tables.

9.     I hate any kind of mushrooms.

10.   At around age 40, I became allergic to many things:  shell fish, clams, blue cheese, penicillin and now I must forego milk and ice cream.

11.   At least once a week, I have a dream about my old job in some form or another.  why can’t i let this go?  it’s been 5 years.

12.  When i was 12 years old, my grandmother took me to a fortune teller to have my fortune told.  she told me i would marry a man with large brown eyes, olive complexion. 

        I would have a beautiful but unique diamond ring.   I would have two beautiful children, a girl and a boy and move west.  All came true except for moving west…I went south instead!

13.   At the age of 15, I tried smoking cigarettes at Archer park in Chicago.  After almost coughing up both lungs, I vowed never to try this horrid habit again. 

14.   Whenever I am a passenger in a car and the driver is filling up the gas tank, I always unbuckle my seat belt for easy escape if necessary.

15.   My daughter and I have worked with habitat for humanity houses.

16.   There is nothing I would change in my life if given the opportunity to do so.

17.   My little sister will be 50 this year!  Gah, I'm old.

18.   I believe that my son will find the love of his life by age 30, settle down and have a family of his own.

19.   My ideal job would be to work in the management end of a hospital

20.   I secretly wish I could sing like Rita Coolidge.

21.   If I could live anywhere in the world, I would be in Hawaii…any island…it doesn’t matter.

22.   Of all the jobs I’ve had in my life, there is nothing more satisfying than being a grandmother.

23.   I plan on hitting all 50 or our States…I think there are only a handful I have to step foot in.

24.   My dream vacation is to go on a Mediterranean cruise.

25.   I am actually a shy, reserved person but alcohol turns me into a complete fool.

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Here is my cat, Jack, when he was just 8 weeks old.  Doesn’t he look like a calendar kitty???

And The Winner Is...

With 9 entries from yesterday, I entered the pertinent data into Random.org.
And the winner is....
4
that means,
Nurse Nancy is the lucky winner of the
cat book cover!
Please email me with the info!
Congrats to you!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Second Try...Give A Way

I am surprised that no one guessed correctly. Perhaps my taste in movies is considered out there by my blogging friends. Here's the truth and nothing but the truth!!!!

As much as this may surprise you, I considered Quantum of Solace very good. Believe me, I wanted to hate it so much because for me, there will never be a more sexier Bond than Pierce Bronson. So he's getting a little pouch but that far out weighs the dark hair and those piercing (no pun intended...well, maybe a little) blue eyes. As any Bond movie, it was full of the high speed chases, breath taking scenery (Italy), and well, an incredible "save the world" script.

Never really thought much of Liam Neeson as a tough guy, ex CIA operative before, but intrigued by the whole "save my child" angle, I rented Taken. This movie was very entertaining in an ex spy kind of way and take no prisoners alive scheme. Who knew Liam could climb on a 4 inch ledge 4 stories above a cobblestone courtyard? Liked it.

Here's the one I bet you all never saw coming. I find historical re-enactments mind consuming. With that said, Valkyrie was a two thumbs up for me. During the entire movie, I kept thinking to myself, why does the media thrash Tom Cruise for his acting ability or rather lack there of? He never seems to get a fair shake from the critics. Put aside his religious beliefs aside for a moment and rent the movie...only if you have an affinity for historical films with huge budgets!!! I liked it...please don't hate me. (and another little secret... I loved Seven Years in Tibet and most critics panned it)

To wrap things up, I did not care for Pink Panther 2. Honestly, I only rented it for my husband. Never been a fan of the slap stick nonsense comedies. He's Not Just That Into You was the movie I thought dragged on and on and on. The women were portrayed to be so needy and desperate. If that is any reflection on what our younger single sisters deal with today, well, I want no part of it.

In order to give away my cute little book cover, I will randomly draw a name at 11:00 P.M. Thursday evening and make the announcement on Friday. No more quizzes.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

At The Movies & A Give A Way!!!

You can say we have been on a movie watching frenzy!

In over the course of three days, we have watched the following movies.

Partly due to the fact that my son purchased his Dad a Blueray DVD for his birthday.

Pink Panther 2

He’s Just Not That Into You

Taken

Quantum of Solace

Valkyrie


In my expert opinion, I found that I really enjoyed 3 out of 5 of these movies.

I believe one movie was clearly too long.

The other movie was not very enjoyable. Just sayin'

The first person to correctly name the films that I did not like…

will win a prize!

It's a lovely cat pattern cloth paper back book cover.
Perfect for covering those summer beach must reads!
Easy…right?

Good Luck!!!

p.s ...no one has come close to guessing...come on ladies...I'm not that complicated!