Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Actually have the Thanksgiving layout complete from this year! While I applaud myself for getting it done so timely, I also realize how little scrapbooking I've done this year. But that's ok - the scrapbooking police won't be visiting any time soon - I hope!
I finally went to the doctor yesterday for my coughing and such and I have bronchitis, which really comes as no surprise. I left the doctor's office with a fist full of prescriptions and headed straight to the pharmacy. I *love* the cough syrup she gave me because it actually works! However, I woke up about 12:30 last night coughing and since my next dose wasn't due until 2:00 I got up and went into the living room to knit on my sock. I've started the toe shaping, so sock #1 should be completed while watching Lost tonight. Then the true test will come - trying it on to see if the fit is right before casting on the 2nd sock!
Other than that we're plugging along! Keith worked on setting up his building last night and it's looking so cool. Lynne' took the camera out and got pictures for me, then tried to entice Joe inside the building. It took some effort on her part to get the chicken dog in there, but then he strutted like he owned the place. :rolling my eyes at my guard dog:
A friend is a gift whose worth cannot be measured except by the heart.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
1 1/2 lbs chicken pieces (boneless, skinless chicken breast cut up)
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup lemon-lime soda (7-Up or Sprite)
2 - 3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon hot pepper (or to taste)
Cooked white rice
Place chicken pieces in crockpot. Combine other ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low six to eight hours. During the last few minutes of cooking shred chicken with a fork (I didn't do this, but I cut my chicken pieces pretty small). Serve chicken and sauce over rice.
Lynne', mom and Michelle putting the final touches on the table before we ate.
The entire day went so well and I'm so glad since I was kind of dreading it. There was definitely a huge hole for me where daddy should have been, but it was also so nice to be surrounded by the ones you love and that love you. I am so blessed to have family that I genuinely like to be around.
This was Loni's first Thanksgiving with our family and we just love having her with us as well.
I am also truly blessed to be able to have the four generations of women in our family together another Thanksgiving. Grandma,
mom, myself and Lynne'.
I just had to giggle at mom giving Gary "the look" and was glad we got a picture of it as well.
"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy."
Sunday, November 27, 2005
And of course it was. Keith was in his motorcycle class again today, so Lynne' went to church with me. It was a wonderful service and we are so blessed to have found this church. The opening and closing song today had a "Jewish flavor" according to the pastor and they were awesome! We couldn't help but smile during the last song when amidst the singing and clapping we saw the little girl in front of us dancing while she sang.
After church we went to brunch and had such a nice time together. Food was good and the company was even better. When we got back home Lynne' went out shopping with friends and I went to take a nap. I still haven't gotten over this cough and congestion thing and it's about to drive me crazy!
"Shout to the Lord all the all the Earth let us sing,
Power and majesty praise to the King.
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar, at the sound of Your name."
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Joe and I started the day off by going to the park at 8:00 this morning. Not surprisingly, there was absolutely nobody else there, so I let him run free. He's been very lethargic lately and even walks around the neighborhood would find him just plodding along. The park always makes him turn into a puppy. He tosses his head, kicks his heels and runs zig zags all around me. We stayed for about 45 minutes until he was totally worn out, then headed home.
I have a new recipe cooking in the crockpot and it smells very good. It's Chicken Teriyaki and I got the recipe somewhere on the internet. Keith is being a good sport about having chinese food for dinner since it's not something he cares for at all.
And I just got back from Sam's where I picked up the pictures from Thanksgiving. Very pleased with them! Earlier I got my crop table cleaned up and organized, so my "reward" will be sitting with the pictures and actually doing some scrapbooking. We also had Michele take some pictures of the "4 Generations" for us - Grandma, Mom, Lynne' and I - and they turned out great. Sometime after Christmas I'm planning on painting the hallway and putting up lots of family pictures and this one will definitely make the cut.
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Today is our Thanksgiving meal at work and I was assigned to bring a side dish. The good thing about meals like this is that I get to try out new recipes. I pulled out the church cookbook and found a recipe for Triple Corn Bake. Of course when it came out of the oven I had to cut out a corner of it to make sure I wouldn't be embarrassed bringing it to work! We liked it, but the real test will be how it goes over today.
Triple Corn Bake
1 (16 oz) can cream-style corn
1 (16 oz) can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 (8 oz) pkg. cornbread mix
1 c low-fat sour cream
3/4 cup butter, cut in slices
Combine cream-style and whole kernel corn, cornbread mix, sour cream and butter, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Pour batter into greased 13 x 9 x2 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Serves 12.
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise"
- Psalm 100:4
Monday, November 21, 2005
And here it is Monday of Thanksgiving week. I finally have a little bit of my voice back today and think I might be getting over the worst part of the creeping crud that I had - yay!
Saturday I headed up to Remember When in Whitesboro with a friend for the monthly 8x8 album class. Tracy, the teacher, is so nice and so talented - I love these classes! This class was "the year in review" with a 2 page layout for each month. I am a sloooow scrapper, so I only finished through March. But I did take pictures of the other months so that I can finish up at home. We then stayed for a Chatterbox class that is a really cute little album. I wasn't sure about the class before taking it, but it really is a lot of bang for the buck and I'm glad I took it. Still not entirely sure what I'll do with this little album, but that's ok! I really, really enjoyed this day. My group of friends tends to travel in a pack mostly, so it was truly great to spend some one-on-one time for a change.
Yesterday I ran up to Scrapbook Warehouse for some ink pads that I needed and was surprised to run into 2 groups of 2 people I knew! Most of my group was at a retreat this weekend, so it was a pleasant surprise to run into more people.
Now I'll confess one of my "silly pleasures" - I have always loved disaster movies! All of them - doesn't matter how bad. Of course this meant I was going to watch tv last night since the remake of The Poseidon Adventure was on. I sat down to knit on my sock, finished the gusset and decided I couldn't take it anymore and had to try it on. The loud "SNAP!" I heard was my first clue to the disaster.....I broke one of my precious Lantern Moon needles! On the bright side, the sock seems to fit well. ~ sigh ~ At least these needles come in a set of 5 and I only use 4, so I went ahead and started knitting. Very shortly after that I dropped two stitches, so I stopped them from running by putting them on a needle, then decided perhaps I shouldn't be knitting anymore and set it all aside to worry about this evening.
And before I forget - YAY Tony!
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Keith and I have always had a hobbyist type interest in photography. When we first married my dad gave us his darkroom equipment and we had so much fun developing pictures and playing with different settings and such. And through the years we've not hesitated to buy a new/better camera when we've felt the need for one. This will be the first time I've actually denied myself when I've started wanting one and I"m feeling rather virtuous over that! If I do start messing with the current camera enough I know I'll go ahead. Besides, I have to get really good at the photography thing again before the grandbabies start blessing my life!
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"
- I Corinthians 2:9
Friday, November 18, 2005
I talked about Daddy with a friend the other day. She was one of many friends that provided such comfort after he died and I shared with her that when she told me it really will get easier that at the time I thought she'd lost her mind. :) But she was right. It really does get easier and I was even able to look at some pictures of him the other night with love rather than with tears. When the grief hits it's still like a knife and hurts so very bad, but at least those times are becoming fewer and fewer.
I know in my heart without any doubt that he's better now and no longer tired and in pain. Keith and I passed a church on the way to our church last Sunday morning that had a sign out front advertising "Java, Jazz and Jesus" on Friday nights. Though he didn't drink coffee, I like to think of daddy sitting with Jesus, drinking a Dr. Pepper and waxing philosophical for hours like he so loved to do. I miss those long phone conversations. And I miss my Daddy.
"Sometimes when one person is missing the whole world seems depopulated."
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Then we watched Invasion after that and actually got some answers to some of our questions and Keith and I have some theories formulated on that show. It is so nice to sit in the evening and do nothing more than enjoy an hour of tv together. We don't do that nearly enough because it seems as though most of the time we're running around trying to get things done.
While watching tv I did get most of the heel flap knitted on my sock. Probably will finish it at lunch today and tonight will start the actually turning of the heel. I am so loving working on this project and will almost hate to see it end. Luckily I have sock #2 to knit when this one is finished.~ Elizabeth
Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
I realized that I haven't shared my newest addiction yet - Pumpkin Spice CoffeeMate! This stuff is unbelievably delicious and if you like the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks then you will probably love this!
And words cannot describe how silly I felt taking this picture....
I do have the sock ready to turn the heel tonight. I'm still loving working with this yarn and especially with the new needles. We are very big Lost addicts and tonight's show is a special two hour episode, so lots of knit time. Maybe even get the heel done?
I am reminded again of how blessed I am with my job. Since I am feeling so run down I asked yesterday and received permission to work from home this week. It really is so much better for me physically because I get to lay down during lunch and no drive time involved. Keith would be very happy if I'd do this all the time.
"The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
- Arnold Toynbee
Monday, November 14, 2005
Presenting the fabric and pattern for the as yet unstarted Christmas Tree Skirt! While running errands on Saturday Keith and I passed right in front of Quiltmakers, so we pulled in looking for tree skirt makings. Very, very pleased with what we found. The pattern is paper pieced, which is probably my favorite way to quilt.
Now, I have not touched my quilting toys in several months and have been wanting to jump in again. Wouldn't it make more sense to work on one of the many UFO's that I have rather than buy all new? But where is the fun in that?!?!
This is the newest sock on the needles! I started it Saturday night with the new yarn from One Fine Yarn. Note the snazzy Lantern Moon needles as well - I really feel decadent knitting with these. :)
The sock is probably twice as long as this now because we sat and watched Dallas Stars hockey last night and I got lots of knitting time in. I'm really loving the sock knitting. And to make it even better - I checked the gauge on this sock tonight and I am dead on. It really doesn't get much better than that!
Here's the Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sock yarn I splurged on. I haven't decided whether to do a plain stockinette stitch sock or a patterned sock with this. I'm afraid that very much pattern in the knitting would just fight with the gorgeous color of the yarn. In the meantime, I get the yarn out every so often just to love on it.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
- Proverbs 31:13
Sunday, November 13, 2005
We stopped at a couple of motorcycle shops, then Sonic, then I spied a quilt shop that I hadn't visited in years. Went in and got a pattern and all the fabric to make a Christmas Tree skirt - again spending a lot on crafting! However, we hit two more motorcycle shops and he finally decided on one and purchased it, so his hobby WAY outspent mine yesterday! He's happy though, so that makes me happy. It's still at the dealer because he doesn't have a motorcycle license yet. A buddy of his is going to go with him to pick it up some time this week.
So we finally got home and my order from One Fine Yarn is here! Sock pattern and two more skeins of sock yarn. It's Clown yarn by Marks & Kattens in a gray and white color. We sat down to watch a movie and of course I had to start yet another sock! Using the Lantern Moon needles and the Clown yarn I'm about 2 inches into this sock. This yarn is patterning up so pretty. Once the sun comes up I'll be taking a picture of it.
For now, it's time to get ready for church as I see the sun peeking over the horizon. I truly love Sunday mornings and my church! :)
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord - Hosanna!
Friday, November 11, 2005
So what's a girl to do? During each commercial break I went in and started pulling everything out of the pantry to sort and clean the shelves. I'll not tell how much I threw away, but I do feel pretty liberated! I cleaned all the shelves and today during lunch I plan on reloading the pantry and getting things organized the way I want them. This all started because we made a Sam's run tonight and nothing would fit.
Prior to the Sam's run Keith, Lynne' and I went to Taco Bueno for a celebratory dinner! I heard from my sister-in-law Michele yesterday that she did get the seasonal job at Coach AND it's almost a done deal on her huge promotion at work! I am so proud of her and happy for both her and Gary as this will really give them some flexibility now on their future.
This layout was actually done a week or so ago, but I'm finally here to post it! I'm very, very pleased with it in real life and am even more pleased that I actually finished something!
"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!"
- Psam 150:6
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Perfect segue for me to talk about last night. I didn't pull out any of my scrapbooking stuff to work on at all! I did pull out a layout to show, but that was it. However, it was a great evening. The group of friends that were there are wonderful and of course we laughed so very much. Each person there has a special gift and I love being around them. Maybe I need to do a small book on my friends and list their special gifts??? I will say though that Dawn seemed a little nervous when we started talking about pinky swears! It was an evening with friends that you don't want to end and when I got home and was laying in bed I found myself reflecting some more on adult friendships of women.
One quote from the Sisterchick book that applies so well to me and my friends last night: "If laughter is good medicine, then I believe Elina could have been cured of her hormone imbalances and her crazy-making mood swings by the time Penny finished releasing all those healing endorphins through her storytelling abilities."~ Elizabeth
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Did absolutely nothing at all last night. Got home and after cooking dinner and eating I fell asleep on the couch. Completely missed knit night in Denton last night as I slept right through it. I am just really dragging my tail right now and I suppose the shopping weekend took it out of me. Tonight I'm going cropping after work, but I'll bet I don't stay long and odds are I don't even get anything out of my bag. Oh well - this too shall pass.
"I read recipes like I read science fiction. I get to the end and think 'well, that's not going to happen'."
- Rita Rudner
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
We started the day at Nordstrom's Rack for the big shoe sale. What seemed like miles of shoes stretched out for our shopping pleasure. I did good and only got one pair, but they are so nice and will fit in my wardrobe perfectly. The picture is my cousin Michele and mom is right behind her. We then went next door to Tuesday Morning and my only purchase there was a set of sheets that I needed to buy anyway.
Next stop was lunch at La Madeleine. This shot was our group at that point - we had people coming and going all day
as their schedule allowed. Lunch at La Madeleine is ALWAYS a good thing!
We headed off to Sam Moon and of course shopping there on a Saturday is pure insanity. So many people shopping and some of us just went next door to a deli and sat with a Coke and waited for the shoppers. Off to a discount shoe house, because a woman can never have too many shoes! Our last shopping stop was the Outlet Stores in Allen, then off to Michele's house to crash.
"A family is like a tossed salad - each ingredient is distinct and identifiable."
- Naomi Judd
Friday, November 04, 2005
My birthday was very low key and wonderful yesterday. I did get to tease the gals I work with and that was fun. We were down to the final wire trying to get a project out the door on time, so we've been working through lunch this week. I completely forgot about taking my lunch yesterday, so I ate some club crackers that I keep in my desk and had some water. I got a lot of mileage out of saying my birthday lunch was crackers and water!!! It really will work out to be better this way because we also missed another gal's birthday at work, so we're planning a nice lunch out next Wednesday.
When I got home from work last night I had these beautiful flowers from Keith! I love the look and smell of fresh flowers and have always said that when my ship comes in I will keep fresh flowers in the house. How special that he remembered my love for flowers. James and Loni came over and brought me Season 1 of 3rd Rock from the Sun - I can't believe they remembered me saying how much I enjoy that show! We went to Babe's Chicken and had a delicious dinner. After they went home Keith went in and made frosting for the cake that he'd made earlier and came into the living room with a slice of cake with a candle on it and sang Happy Birthday to me. It was so special and I so love that man! We were still stuffed from dinner, so we shared the cake. Then Lynne' got home from work and brought my gift in, which was Season 1 of The King of Queens - another show I really enjoy! Now I'm set up for either my treadmill walking (I usually walk to a 30 minute show) or for sitting and knitting while watching tv. :)
Today will be such fun, too. Mom and I are planning on stopping at Woolie Ewe on the way to my cousin Michele's house because that store is awesome! Then we'll go over and visit with family and have dinner together. Luckily I have charged up my camera batteries for the Girl's Shopping Weekend! Tomorrow mom, Lynne' and I will get up early, pick up Loni and head back over to Michele's where we'll all start the shopping and I can't wait! Good times.....
"What we love to do we find time to do."
Thursday, November 03, 2005
What a nice surprise I got in the mail yesterday! This is the prize I got for my 3rd place tie in the knit design contest! I was so happy to open it up and see what it was and the colors are so me. So what's a woman to do but sit down and cast on for a pair of socks? I already have about half the ribbing done on the first sock! The colors of this yarn are working up really pretty and it's a nice yarn to work with.
Tonight I think we'll be going out to dinner with James and Loni for my birthday. Last night we went to El Chico with Lynne' (she has to work tonight), so I'm getting two birthday meals out of this!
And we've been working really hard at work and get tomorrow off as our "reward"!!! Perfect timing since mom and Grandma will be getting into town tomorrow for our big "girl's shopping weekend" with all the cousins and aunts and such.
"The coffee is richer, the conversation better, the whole world brighter when we share them with our friends."
- Kiefer James
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
My exciting evening last night? Well, I do know how to have a good time! I cleaned my bathroom from stem to stern including going through all the cabinets and weeding out "stuff" that has accumulated through the years. It was truly not my idea of fun, but on the other hand this morning when I went in there to start getting beautiful for the day the room brought a smile to my face. While I am by no means a Martha Stewart I will admit that a clean house just makes me feel better.
"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower."
- Albert Camus
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
We had quite a few trick or treaters tonight as well and Lynne' was our official candy giver outer. Every time I heard her say "Awwww" I had to get up and go look! We did get a chuckle later when we realized that we seemed to either have cute little pixies and fairies or hideous monsters! Joe loves going to the door to see the kids too, but one time he flipped out and came running into the living room. When we went to the door we saw the ugliest monster masks I've ever seen. Poor Joe must have thought the world was coming to an end! He was also very puzzled by a little 3'ish year old girl dressed as a kitty that kept meowing at him! :)
Later in the evening James and Loni came over and they brought pictures of the pumpkins that she had carved. She amazed me with her pumpkins last year and this year's were even more so - they are so cool! What's really strange is that we have a picture of the wolf pumpkin not lit up and there is no way at all you could tell what it is. Maybe next year I'll be a little more brave and give it a try!
If you want a tasty sweet. . .
Be sure to holler trick or treat!