Tuesday, February 28, 2012

40 bags in 40 days

So I am going to start this post off by stating a few things:
1) I am in no way trying to push religion down your throat-If you know me, you know I am not that religious
2) You don't have to be catholic, religious, or even believe in a higher being to take on this challenge. If you need to justify wanting to do this...do it for the greater good of the world.
3) I am aware that Lent started 6 days ago. But I just found this thread today & thought it sounded like a cool thing to try.

So here we go...40 bags in 40 days challenge. Google it!
Here is one of the links I found: http://www.faithandfamilylive.com/blog/40_bags_in_40_days/

The basic premise is..that during the 40 days of Lent (now 34 days) you dispose of 1 bag from your home each day. Basically a way to declutter your home, your life, your everything. You can donate to Goodwill, another worthy cause or put it out for the trash. It's simple enough that you can get your kids to help or even join you in the challenge.

Let me know what you think & let me know how you are making out.

I know I will not get 1 bag each day but this challenge will help me to be more conscious about what is surrounding me and what I bring into my life.


P.S. An update..Miss Winnie is doing much better. The seizures seem to have subsided. She is back to running the woods with her sister and chasing small critters-that they never catch.

Miss Emma (our fat cat) was diagnosed today with cancer. She has gone from 23 lbs down to 12 lbs. We are making her as comfortable as possible.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Point & Shoot

Wanted to share this beautiful scene I captured today on my drive out of the office parking lot.
The deer were walking out of the woods & down to the pond for a drink.
In all I counted 5 deer coming down. To the right & left of the 2nd bench are one deer each.

It must have been an active day for the creatures today. Hubby had to stop to let the turkey cross the road and than after I got home we were sitting on the side porch & 3 deer came walking out of the woods towards the pool.

Beautiful Sights!

And all the more reason why I need to pick up a point & shoot camera to carry with me. I did actually get a picture of the deer drinking out of the pond, but the memory on my phone was full and it wouldn't let me send it anywhere. AUGH! So I think this weekend I will go on the search for a point & shoot, under $100, that has a good zoom, clear pictures & easy uploads. Than I'll be overwhelming you, my loyal blog followers, with lots of lovely pictures.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Redneck Wine Glasses

I love our local Hallmark store and can be found in there on an almost weekly basis. Either to buy cards or check out the latest clearance updates. 

So today I had a good laugh when I stopped in to pick up a few cards after work. I took a path I normally don't & stumbled upon these. 

This, my friends, is a generic red solo cup on the wine glass base! Check out what they are charging (picture caption)
Found in the Hallmark store for $10 EACH!

Found something similar in Hallmark store for $20 EACH!

So I know you are thinking...why are redneck wineglasses so funny?

Because John and I have been making Redneck wine glasses for a few months now. We gave them out as Christmas Gifts this year and we made a special batch for kielbasa fest! 

So while out walking Miss Winnie today it occurred to me that I am missing out on a great opportunity. 
Our redneck wineglasses are now officially for sale! 

A set of 4 for $30! (Shipping is available if you are out of the area. You pay for shipping)

How can you go wrong! 

Hallmark is charging $20 FOR1 glass wine glass. I am charging $30 for 4 glass wine glasses. 

Mine come with ribbons, a pretty cool tag and a pretty fabric topper. Hallmark did not have any of that. 

So check out my wine glasses & give me some feed back!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Momma made us a quilt!

What an honor to have mom make us a quilt, made from the fabric of America & one of my favorite patterns to boot!

The Traveling Log Cabin maker-Fabric Acquired traveling across America
I'll let the pictures tell the story, but the quilt arrived shortly after John's knee surgery with a note that it was to aid in his recovery. He was almost as excited as I was.

Currently on John's bed is a quilt from Nonie's house, a mexican wool blanket & than a store bought comforter.  A day or two before this quilt arrived, John mentioned to me that we needed to find a new quilt for him because the Nonie quilt was getting pretty battered. What Luck!

The Traveling Log Cabin maker-Fabric Acquired traveling across America

Friday, February 3, 2012

Miss Winnie Update

Well it looks like this is going to be trial & error with Miss Winnie.

We stopped the phenobarbital, stopped the antibiotics, put her on a diet as close to natural as you can get and she was doing well.

Being that our weather has been so un-winter-like, I wanted to get the girls their flea & tick medicine. That was 2 days ago.

Today, Miss Winnie had a seizure. I suspect it was the flea & tick medicine that caused it. She started having small tremors the day after I gave it to her. Seizure over, she seems to be doing well. I bought some Dawn dish soap on the way home & both girls ended up getting a bath.

Such excitement for a Friday. And to top it all of I broke another bra. That's 2 this week. I suspect this means it's time to do some bra shopping. I hate bra shopping. You can't go buy size because they don't all fit the same way. AUGH!  Willing to hire a personal shopper! Any takers?

By the way..this cute little boy turned 1 year old this week. Who would ever guess he made his appearance 6 weeks early. Happy Birthday Sir Liam.


While Phil may have seen his shadow yesterday & predicted 6 more weeks of winter, I think the signs of spring disagree.

Every day I've been looking for the ducks to appear in our pond. Always a sure sign of spring, followed closely by the sounds of frogs chirping (or as some North easterners call them Chirppers). Yesterday hubby texted me to say that sure enough the ducks were back. Woot Woot! I got home too late yesterday to see them but hopefully today they will be floating around when I get home. I love to watch them. It's a mallard couple that grace us with their presence every year.

This morning I made the decision to stop & fill up my car before work. Was I thankful I did. As I started to pump my gas I heard that familiar sound of geese honking. I did some quick calculations in my head and was able to determine that indeed they were heading NORTH!

I guess having spent a large portion of my childhood in the Northeast, you learn to appreciate the little signs of spring. Geese honking, a robin red breast sighting, buds on the trees, hyacinth & lilacs trees coming into bloom. After having spent a long barren winter, you smile at these things. Someone from another area might not understand your smile, but it warms your heart greatly for you know that the barren of winter is almost over and soon the green grass and warm days will be here to stay. You know that soon you will be donning your spring jacket & shortly after that you will be shedding it to soak in the warm rays of the sun. By the end of summer you will be thankful for fall to arrive & than once again another winter season. That's one of the best things about living in the Northeast is you get to fully experience all 4 seasons.