Thursday, August 31, 2006

end of the month- and blog day 2006??

If God had intended us to follow recipes,
He wouldn't have given us grandmothers.
~Linda Henley

this is from what's the recipe today Jim?

Kalyn from Kalyn's kitchen has directed us to some cool food bloggers - one of which was the above blogger.

Katie the Scrapbook lady reminds us we are at the end of another month and to round up the memories and do some house ( blog) cleaning! here is her link

I am month end at work today too. so I am off and running. See you soon.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Uncomplaining Friends

Kind words smooth all the paths of life
And smiles make burdens light,
And uncomplaining friends can make
A daytime out of night.

~~Carrie Jacobs Bond~~

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I'll be on again in a bit

just trying to play catch up and get schedules straight

kids all back in school and stuff.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Albert ~~What a Guy

Not everything that counts can be counted.
Not everything that can be counted counts.

~~Albert Einstien~~

Thursday, August 24, 2006

blueprint magazine

I love this publication. I have recieved my 2nd copy and it is jam packed with graphic elements and fun ideas. Blueprint magazine is part of martha stewart living.

I haven't really looked at it all since it came in the mail today, they don't even have a photo of it up on the web at their site either. I will post more about it later.

My Baby brother is in town this weekend and we will go to the Boulder farmer's market and the tea house and have a nice visit together.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

You Are 70% Psychic

You are pretty psychic.
While you aren't Miss Cleo, you've got a little ESP going on.
And although you're sometimes off on your predictions...
You're more often right than wrong
So go with your instincts - you know more than you think

charming boy

It is always good to know,
if only in passing, a charming human being; it refreshes our lives like flowers and wood and clear brooks.
~~ george eliot

J is a charmer- has been since he was a little boy and this quote just struck a cord with me. it seems like this is how he gets by so well. He flashes his smile and he is a charmer - people can't seem to get enough of him. He reminds me of my Brother ( older) these guys just know how to turn it on when the world needs a little charm.

The big boys J, SSD and SSD2 are off to school all of them in high school it is hard to belive. Another year closer to getting rid of the mom Van, yeah.

on my blog roll - bloglines

I have been reading no limits ladies

today prlinkbiz has this to say :

" Classic. And appropriate for me, as I am making a transition in my life, and being scared to death, have been tempted to think I'm not going to make it. The first step is to will it. Decide you can do it. When you think you can, you can. Those are all so cliche, but for me in my week of setting specific goals- the first step is to decide: "I think I can.""

Yes that is a great thought - I think I can. Thanks for inspiring me today!

I have been hooked into BlogHer a compilation site for women blogers - nice current reading on lots of topics. Check them out.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

1st day back

looking at the class lists- Hh got her first choice of teacher, loved her 1st day back and is overall happy!  Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 21, 2006

When is an 800 number not really an 800 number?

That is the question that for three years has bothered me. You must understand I spend an awful lot of time on the phone And I answer it at work, with my business name and my name, I say it a little fast, but I am clear.

every year begining in August and going to past thanksgiving another Company has a Toll free number that is the same number as ours only theirs is not 1-800 it begins 1-866 , we are polite when we answer- but the other folks are in a hurry or need help from the company that begins with the 1-866 number and are not always so happy to find out they must hang up and try dialing the correct number that is not an 800 number.

so it begins for another round of you dialed an 800 number but not the correct number, yours will begin with 866 thank you. Good bye

Sunday, August 20, 2006


inside the church today! I never tire of looking at the windows they are so beautiful and I did the alter flowers today too. A bouquet from costco very nice peach roses and daisy and tons of nice greenery .  Posted by Picasa

this is the best photo!

S took this today at church, we were taking photos for the Vestry board at the church and he took this great shot! Hh says it " looks" just like me LOL  Posted by Picasa

silly kitty

he was so happy to get pets and loves from J they are friendly! he is so contented  Posted by Picasa

long kitty

can you see how long this cat is? his back leg is up by J's belly and he s streched out all the way on his legs.  Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 18, 2006

a little LOVE

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition. ~~ alexander smith

This was a raffle basket

so cute! Did I mention that the teachers association gave all the participants a gift card, Hh got ten bucks on hers to Toys R US it made here very happy !  Posted by Picasa

A natural with the Mike

she seemed calm and together, was articulate and charming too. I loved that she got the audience to laugh and was right at home with her principle Mrs. Scarffe right up on stage.  Posted by Picasa

a star is born

Hh in her debut! we had a blast the kids were so funny and cute- the principles asked the kids , what makes a good teacher, and questions about teachers and learning. IT was like a giant pep rally for the returning teachers.
It made me proud to think of my child as being one of 8 " kids choosen" in and around our area and by the principle. What a wonderful honor. ( hh is slightly right of center stage leaning over to listen to another kid. ) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Should be in bed- up writing instead

J is driving me crazy- his dad ExJ driving me crazy too, can't pay on time, can't pick them up, just can't do anything to make my life easier. J is in full blown control freak mode today, he and Hh went with friends to the movies, but he had to try everything to make her made and boss her around before they went....

I am fed up with his behavior, and am trying to pick my battles with him, he has managed to do very little this summer - ride his bike. Get to go to the occasional outing ( movie). Mostly he is doing his hodini well and not spending much time here. He has in his mind all the things he want to happen this year ( like driving) , I have in mine all the things that need a level of completion. I want him to work on completing tasks involved with scouts, and chores, and school work in order to consider driving. both He and SS D have no concept of putting 20 to 30 dollars in gas in the car.

Hh and I are doing something special tomorrow morning, we are going to our High school to be with returning, educators in our district. Hh's principle personally invited her ( we were told that the principles of each school could only invite one student) and i feel honored to have her participate in this public forum and that she is so highly though of. camera toting mama will be there with her and for moral support. She gets to be part of an onstage question and answer session!

I am back to dosing off in front of my monitor, so I better head to bed.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Tubs and such things.

S and I were going to lay the tub for the downstairs bathroom this weekend, in the enclosure we made for it months ago.... but that didn't happen. Instead we went on a garage saleing trip and in search of corn. We ran a couple of other errands we have been wanting to do and then napped and had a nice dinner.

I was going to actually scrap and that didn't happen either.

I have project for scouts and that didn't happen either.

I have to provide information to the newsletter for church and that didn't happen either.

I see a trend here, lol - procrastination

We had a weekend without kids, sometimes this is hard to come by in the summer months so we just enjoyed each others company and watched movies, had an us weekend.

I spent time last week doing for everyone else- so I was glad for a break. I spent tons of money for the boys to go back to school, a little bit for Hh and the 100$ for school supplies for everyone.

We spent money speed racing and haing fun- money seemed to be going out at a high rate of speed.

just a little recap for the moment and more later.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Mountains and valleys

A friend is one who joyfully sings with you when you are on the mountaintop,

and silently walks beside you through the valley.

~!~william a. ward

red dress

in support of preventing women's heart disease celestial seasons created this out of teabag wrappers. I thought it was pretty cool .  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Our Father, we thank You
for... the trees of our childhood
in whose shade we played
and read and dreamed;
for the trees of our schooldays,
the trees along the paths
where friendship walked.

Marguerite Harmon

Monday, August 07, 2006

I passed

The hand gun basics and saftey course, I only missed one question on my test! The Fire Chief of Estes park and His son missed more than me, and he's been shooting and gun handling for a lot of years.

We didn't get to the shooting part ( Kate you can still try it out some time) - but at some point I will get the hands on too. I am looking foreward to that as well.

The kids and S are home and doing fun stuff today while I go off to work. S's mom and here friend are here and they are going up to Boulder today to the Celestial seasonings factory -they give tours there and tastings. I hope that they will take the camera and have fun and take photos.

catch up with more later.

more fashions

new jean skirt- " grandma didn't like the worn spots" says Hh but she did like it on . I think she looks very tall here, I think she actually has gotten taller over the summer! the top you can't really see from the photo has an elastic down low with a tie on the side. and the cute pink thing is a screen print of roses on the front. very cute.  Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 05, 2006

pistol packing mama

today I will be shooting this a S& W lady 38 special.

I am taking a handgun safety course with my Friend Karen, BSA Shooting Sports instructor!

This was a hard won prize of my divorce years ago, given to me as a gift and fought over in the final settlement. The only gun my Ex didn't get to keep and I got instead, registered in my name.

I am actually looking forward to getting familliar with it again.

I will try to post more later on how it all went.

Friday, August 04, 2006


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I love the high contrast Shadows in this Photo

S and Hh thought this said hot! but it is just the letters we did and had a great time creating unique art for our decor.  Posted by Picasa

Hh had a blast

decorating her own decor for her room. She did a great job and it was inspiring, so I did mine too.  Posted by Picasa

real gals have their favorite things close by

this is where I work my projects, my favorite things are here including a picture of kate and I a clock not running ( but it does when it has a battery) , my newest QT and my cool sign QT evnvelopes and cards. Yup its all good Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Let there be many windows in your soul, That all the glory of the Universe may beautify it.~~~ ella wheeler wilcox