Sunday, November 30, 2008
Went to church this morning then stayed for hanging of the greens...John even surprised me and went with... this is a little dark...I'm gonna have to bring out my book to see what I can do to help with that!
SO pretty...thought about getting my own decorations out but think I'd better wait another day or two...have other things that need doin' this afternoon so I'd better get busy!
Have a wonderful day...stay warm and dry!!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
You wouldn't believe the line at the Coach store! We got there at 11:15, some stores opened a bit earlier than midnight...there was a long line already at Coach...no way was I waitin' in line for that...I don't have a coach bag and don't want one that bad! We finally did venture in there before we left...there were a couple bags I liked but not THAT much! Anyways...
John finally made it home late last night...he's been enjoyin' the leftover turkey as turkey salad. He & the boys went out this morning and cut some much needed firewood! That huge stack I showed you some weeks back...GONE! Temps are starting to drop again...trying to rain today &/or turn to snow later tonight!
This is the path right behind our house...it leads back to where they're cutting...of course Lucy had to go with me then three of the cats showed up! They're not about to miss a walk!!
While John & Ely worked on splittin' in one area & loaded one truck...
...Briar loaded this one.
While it's been a quiet day, it's been busy...had a quick run to the grocery store earlier...doin' laundry...bakin' pumpkin pie...chocolate cake. Need the cake for hanging of the greens at church tomorrow. We always serve a light lunch & desserts right after worship service then decorate the church. Maybe one day this week I'll get my tree up and the house decorated!
Hope you are having a great weekend...I have a crock pot full of chili and the last load of laundry I'm doin' in the dryer. I think I'm going to light the fireplace and bring out some stitchin'. I finally got all my colors for my new counted cross stitch patterns!
Have a good night!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
What ARE your Thanksgiving plans? I'm cooking here this year....for what started to be my side of the family since my in-laws were planning to leave for Texas already.... but that hasn't happened .... Pops kept putting it off because of a building project so now they are not leaving til the day after Thanksgiving. So, since I'm cooking anyways, I'm having dinner for both sides! Not all of Johns family will be here as they have other plans, but there will still be lots of folks here! It's supposed to be around 54*.... nice enough kids...both young and old, can "play" outside....Ely will set up the soccer nets.... and horseshoes...
I spent yesterday pickin' up and cleanin' to make room! I think I might have to work for a little while today, but this afternoon I'll be makin' my desserts & finding as much kitchen counter as possible.....tomorrow the turkey, ham and all the fixin's....everyone coming will bring favorite Thanksgiving dishes from their kitchen as well! John will miss dinner....but will be home for the weekend....I think! Sometimes things have a way of changing at the last minute.
I also cleaned and filled the hot tub yesterday.... it's been "broke down" for several months now .... I SO wish I hadn't put it off for so long...I really coulda used it last night! The guy is supposed to be here Friday to check it out!!
Well, I supposed I've rambled on long enough this morning...I really do need to get busy....Oh...I also wanted to share a pic of that holiday potpourri I told you about in a previous post....see? Not your typical potpourri.....
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Then off we went...we decided we'd go on down to West Frankfort to Arnetts Country Store holiday open house then stop in Mt Vernon on the way back and grab a late lunch somewhere inbetween....but on the way, I had a handsome truck driver call me for us to meet him & another driver at a truck stop just off the interstate in Mt. Vernon & he'd buy us lunch! LOL...those of you that know me, know that my husband is an over-the-road driver and we just happened to cross paths yesterday...he runs that neck of the woods on a regular basis! We wrapped up lunch & we said our "love yous & be carefuls" & off we went!
I think we reached Arnetts around 2....If you've never visited Arnetts, you can get a sneak peek on their web site http://www.arnettscountrystore.com/ or www.picturetrail.com/arnettscountrystore . I hope that's right! What an awesome early american primitive store!! I'd been there before about a year and a half ago and have wanted to go back since! FINALLY made the time to go!! These are my treasures from Arnetts...
We got the jeep loaded up...Sherrie bought a small table and a fairly large wall shelf w/pegs....and off we went back to Mt. Vernon to The Olde Homestead.... fyi her web addy is http://www.theoldhomestead.net/ . Another awesome primitive store! She has also been featured in the Primitive Gatherings magazine! I had also visited this store before and I was SO hoping that Sherrie & Linda enjoyed them as much as I did....which they did!
We made it back to my house around 10:30....we stopped for breakfast in Wentzville at the Waffle House....a fine dining establishment that I enjoy stopping at for breakfast while out and about & a place that neither Sherrie or Linda had the pleasure of! LOL And...on the way home I found out that that handsome truck driver that bought our lunch was going to be going home on a fluke! He made it home before I did!!
I'm already making a list of things that I need to email Arnetts about....Sherrie decided she needs some stockings as Linda & I bought....and I'm wanting more of them too!
It was a GREAT day....I think we done some pretty good shoppin' & covered alot of territory for just a day!!
Nice weather, good friends, awesome shops and a handsome fella to buy lunch...what more could a girl want?!
Today isn't as excitin'...but not as costly...shhh.....LOL....went to church this morning but doin' laundry this afternoon.
So how have you spent your weekend? Do post a comment....I enjoy hearing from you!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I'm not going to ramble on this evening...I would like to request your thoughts and prayers for my older sister, Marsha, who had a lumpectomy last week and returned to the doctor today to find out that they missed a small bit and will be going in again this next Wednesday. Stage 1. We will learn more after this next visit whether chemo &/or mastectomy is necessary.
Thank you so much....God Bless.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Found this in my email when I got home this evening...sent by my sister-in-law, Sheila.....I don't know who the author is but I want to share it with you all anyway....maybe you'd like to share it with the girls in your circle!!
GIRLS IN MY CIRCLE
When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend,
And then I started to become a woman.
And then I found out that if you allow your heart to open up,
God would show you the best in many friends.
One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom.
Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and their activities
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One friend will say, 'Let's cry together,'
Another , 'Let's fight together,'
Another , 'Let's walk away together.'
One friend will meet your spiritual need,
Another your shoe fetish,
Another your love for movies,
Another will be with you in your season of confusion,
Another will be your clarifier,
Another the wind beneath your wings.
But whatever their assignment in your life,
On whatever the occasion,
On whatever the day,
Or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,
Or to hold you back from making a complete fool of your self .
Those are your best friends.
It may all be wrapped up in one woman, But for many, it's wrapped up in several..
One from 7th grade,
One from high school,
Several from the college years,
a couple from old jobs,
On some days your mother,
On some days your neighbor,
On others, your sisters,
And on some days, your daughters.
So whether they've been your friend for 20 minutes or 20 years,
AND ONLY IF YOU'D LIKE TO,
Pass this on to the women that were placed in your life
To make a difference.
Thanks for being in my circle.
Monday, November 17, 2008
We also went up to see our sister, Marsha, who'd had a lympectomy last Wednesday....so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, if you would!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
They were just distracted by Lucy.....what do you think was running thru their minds?
Now Harley doesn't seem to be as uptight as Clyde.....
And I think Salem is relieved that they've both been put outside now....they'll live outside and learn to be good little mousers!!
This is the booklet I bought, which was highly recommended by the Michaels associate. Wish me luck!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Getting me in that holiday spirit!!
I hope to catch a nice day sometime in this next week and get out my Christmas greens for my front porch! I'm usually out there in the wind, rain, sleet, snow.....putting it up! I want to try to avoid that this year!
Hope you are having a great weekend!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
And SO much more! Each year I ask myself how it can get any better but it does! I stopped in yesterday and they are busy busy getting things ready for this weekend!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Don't miss the
Holiday Open House.....
Friday, November 7th...10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, November 8th...9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, November 9th...10 am - 4 pm
Come in for a sip of hot apple cider while you browse all that Randolph Mercantile has to offer this holiday season!
This year, we welcome two special guests...
on Friday, Santa will be here from 4:00-7:00.
Then on Saturday, shop to the sounds of ragtime musician,
Bob Ault of Blackwater.
Free gift with any purchase.
$30 purchase receive an extra free gift.
Spend $100 and receive both free gifts AND
a Randolph Mercantile sweatshirt!
Monday, November 3, 2008
It was quite a weekend. Saturday night, I ended up going over to Illinois and picking up John so he could be home for the gathering yesterday. I'll be taking him back over today. It's just cheaper to drive over in a vehicle than him bobtail the truck home. I swapped vehicles w/Pops so we could haul back some 50 gal plastic barrels...something everyone around this farm is wanting! 50 gal barrels and 5 gal buckets are always in demand on a farm! Anyways, I'm hoping for some treasure seeking time on the way home this afternoon if it's not too late.
The gathering was so nice yesterday. Not only did we get to see our friends from Goose Bay, but we also got to see John's sister and her girls, that we've not seen for several years.
Well, I'm REALLY gettin' droopy eyed here....my body is tellin' me it's past 10 now....you know, I used to not go to bed til 1,2 even 3:00 in the morning then get up at 7 and go all day....I hardly ever stay up late anymore....I've gone from being a night owl to an early bird.
Okay....hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow.....don't forget to go vote McCain/Palin!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I want to share the "treat" that I got last night from my trick-or-treater football player nephew, Evan. He had his mama draw the face on and he colored it all in! Isn't that just the sweetest thing?!
I slept in this morning til almost 8:00 and that is SO not like me. Maybe that's why I woke with such a terrible headache so popped tylenol right off. So after coffee and my internet time, I put the leash on Lucy and we went for a walk. I started walking again just this last Thursday then missed it yesterday by the time I got home from work and with Halloween so I got back after it this morning. The first of October I joined my sil's team in the 'Shape Up Missouri' campaign. We track our weight and minutes of physical activity over several weeks and I've not been doing too good in either department. I've not really gained or lost, just always fluxuating a couple pounds so I decided it's time to take things seriously. With all this candy in the house it's a true test of willpower! Not that I'm leaving it alone, I'm just trying to keep it within limits! Try to eat regular meals and cut out all the junk!
My absolute favorite is the kitchenaid mixer that my dear sweet hubby got me for my birthday several years ago! I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything!
Well here's the cheesecake fresh from the oven! I think I'll drizzle it with caramel then spinkle with a handful of chopped pecans!
The weather is beautiful so I think I'm going to go outside in a bit, once I get the dishwasher emptied and loaded again! I'm sure there are things out there that need my attention!
So what are you doing with your Saturday....your weekend? I hope you're having a GREAT one!!