Tuesday, October 31, 2006


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Friday, October 27, 2006

Bumper Stickers

We don't put bumper stickers on our cars, but I still enjoy reading what others put on theirs. Saw this one this morning:

It is still making me chuckle almost 12 hours later! *giggle*

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Organization Idea

I have ALWAYS struggled with organizing my spices. They are stacked alphabetically in the original containers, but it doesn't really work for me. I have been searching off and on for something else. I don't want them sitting out on the counter and don't want to attach any hardware inside the cabinet door.

A couple years ago I was watching a decorating show on HGTV or TLC and someone used magnetic paint in a child's room. I have always remembered this paint and thought it would be cool to use inside a cabinet to make a little message center or something like that. Well, fast forward to today when I noticed magnetic spice tins at BB&B. Couple dozen of these brilliant little tins paired with the magnetic paint inside that cabinet, and I think I will have that problem solved! I hope to do this next week. I will let you all know how it goes when I am done!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Bathroom Project

Today's to do list (the bathroom):

  • paint ceiling
  • hang border
  • hang pictures
  • order larger print (Essence by Kimberly Poloson)
  • new hand towels, soap pump, trash can, etc.
I love days that are that productive. Yes, the bathroom is small, but it always feels good to get a project done. Well, it's not completely done, but the last part of that list will be easy.

Here are a couple pictures (the second is most true to the actual color):

The print I had in there before adding the border did not match the style of the border at all. The solution: cut three images from the border put in three 5x7 frames that were not being used, and taaadaaaa--instant art for the bare wall!

The towels, soap pump, and other accessories don't really go either, but I don't have a quick fix for those. They will just stay until I go to the mall with grandma next week. I also plan to replace the mirror sometime!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Home Improvement Stores

I love browsing around the home improvement stores. I needed some ceiling paint, wallpaper adhesive and a couple other things so I stopped at Menard's. While there I spotted one of the strangest products I have seen in a LONG time! Have you heard of Paint Pourri? In case you haven't, and you have the same look on your face I had when I first looked at the package. It is not scented paint, but a packet of fragrance you add to your gallon of paint. The scent can last 6-12 months. You better make sure you like the scent you choose before you paint. That's a long time to have to put up with a dud fragrance.

Don't Drink the Project Runway Water


From people.aol.com: Project Runway judge Nina Garcia and her husband, David Conrod, a senior managing director at Guggenheim Capital, are expecting their first child together in March, Garcia confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.

"This baby must have some amazing fashion sense," Garcia says, "waiting until empire waists and volume came back into fashion!

I love that quote...lol!

Monday, October 23, 2006

One Step Closer

I ordered a border for our half bath last week, and today it arrived! That means I am one step closer to having a completely decorated bathroom! I plan to tackle it on Wednesday or Thursday. It's a tiny room so it should only take a few hours to hang. I can't wait to have that step done. Then I will have a find a print or two to hang. I have my eye on a couple, but will decide after the border is up.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Charlotte

Carolynn, Kelle, and Diane...

I will be thinking of you!! I wish you all a safe walk with no blisters!! :)

For those of you who don't know, these three dear ladies have made the trip to Charlotte to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this weekend! They raised over $8,000 for the cause. Great work ladies!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Project Runway Finale

I totally loved the outcome of this show! I fell in love with Jeffery's collection, and Uli's was a VERY close second. I have always LOVED Laura's designs, but she has kind of a narrow scope -- lots of evening wear. Her pieces were always sewn to perfection. During the season I liked Michael, but I thought he lost a little something when it came to his collection.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Century Mark

I just noticed my entry yesterday brought me to 100!

Must Be The Season

Catalogs, catalogs, and more catalogs! That's what our mailbox was full of today! Guess it is time for the catalog retailers to remind us that there are only 67 shopping days until Christmas. As if the trees full of ornaments in the stores aren't enough.

Anyone done shopping yet? LOL!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Key to the Cure

Oscar de la Renta Key To The Cure T-Shirt

Show your support for the fight against women's cancers with a limited edition cotton T-shirt designed by Oscar de la Renta exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue's Key To The Cure. $31 from the sale of each T-shirt will benefit the Women's Cancer Research Fund.

If interested, you can order this t-shirt from saks.com. My sweet husband ordered this shirt for me yesterday! What a nice surprise! He has NEVER placed an online order! Yes, he has said I want this or that, but then it is my job to find it online and order. I have even had to order my own gifts before! :)

Thank you, honey! Do I have to take away your credit card now? LOL!!

Monday, October 16, 2006

I Love Words

I ran across this quote by Evan Esar today:

You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.

I searched for more of his quotes. Some of his others are as funny as this one is good. A couple funny ones:

Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn't done it.

It takes hundreds of nuts to hold a car together, but it takes only one of them to scatter it all over the highway.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Good News In the NASCAR World

Here's an update to the sad news I posted about a few months ago!

NASCAR legend Parsons says he is cancer-free
By Greg Engle, Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

CONCORD, N.C. -- Benny Parsons, the 1973 Cup champion-turned NBC/TNT broadcaster, said Friday at Lowe's Motor Speedway that he is now cancer-free.

"Three months ago my family doctor called me into his office and told me I had lung cancer," Parsons said. "So Rick Hendrick told me if I was going to fight cancer, you have to get [oncologist Steven A.] Limentani. He helped Rick through his leukemia 10 years ago. So we did.

"The last three months we have been battling the disease. Then Wednesday, I had a scan and [Limentani] called me Wednesday afternoon with the best news: 'The cancer is gone ... see ya.'"

The rest of the story can be read at nascar.com.

On a less serious note, Kevin Harvick is the Busch Series Champion! Woohoo Kev!! :)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Campaign for Real Beauty

Have you seen Evolution?

This is a GREAT message for our young girls. I know a few older girls who could learn a thing or two from these ads as well...lol!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Cold & Snow!

There wasn't much, but we did get some snow! My word it is COLD here now! It is 38 degrees here right now which wouldn't be too bad if the winds weren't 30-35 mph! That makes the wind chill 24 degrees! I don't mind the cold weather, but this is a little too soon for me.

The pictures I posted yesterday were taken late yesterday afternoon. Here are the same flowers this morning:

They won't be around much longer with the cold that is here! :( Here are a couple more shots of our yard with the itty bitty snowfall.

Nothing like the two FEET they are expecting in Upper Michigain -- YIKES!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Shhhh...Don't Tell Our Hydrangea It's October 11

Or the roses...

By tomorrow morning they will probably be covered in frost. The temperature is dropping so quickly here right now that you could probably see the movement in a thermometer. There is a chance for SNOW, but no accumulation is expect. At least not tonight, but it won't be long before there will be.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


It's not that "good" a confession! If you were thinking you would have some dirt on me, sorry...lol!!

I have turned into a Rachael Ray fan. Not because I sit and watch her new show, but because it is on in the house for noise while I am cleaning, surfing the web, doing a craft, or getting ready to face my day. I late September she made Spaghetti & Meatball Stoup (yes, stoup -- thicker than soup, but thinner than stew). Well, I made it tonight and it was YUM-O!

So are you going to tune in tomorrow? hehehe!!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Celebrity Fantasy League

Not into sports fantasy leagues? If you are a celebrity junkie, Girls In The Know may be the place for you! :)

No School (again)

Olivia was off school again today. This time it was for parent/teacher conferences. She is doing well so far! We have been on her to keep up her grades and are proud that she has so far!

Friday, October 06, 2006

ABC News: Person of the Week

This story is for you, Carolynn! :)

Lindsey Adams
Teen Racecar Driver Dedicates Career to Breast Cancer Awareness


Oct. 6, 2006 — Lindsey Adams has traded her cheerleading uniform for a race car as she mixes her love of speed with a cause that's close to her heart.

The desire to race is in her blood — her father and her grandfather were also race car divers. "My earliest memory is actually at the motocross track, begging to race," Adams said.

She eventually got behind the wheel, and now wants to go all the way to the Indy 500. The 19-year-old is so serious about becoming a professional race car driver that she deferred a college scholarship to keep racing, despite her status as one of the few women in the sport.

"Being a female in racing, it's like the big pink elephant in the room," Adams said. "The guys definitely did not make it easy for me."

She said it was hard for guys to lose to someone driving a hot pink formula Mazda. "Because there's a girl that shows up to the track in a cheerleading uniform … she goes and puts on a racing suit and she kicks your butt," Adams added.

Driving for the Cure

Adams is now making her pink car work for her own purposes. The rosy colored hue happens to symbolize breast cancer awareness, a cause she is embraces because her mother survived the disease.
Her mother, Debbie Adams, initially postponed cancer treatment because she was pregnant with Lindsey, opting for a single mastectomy after her daughter was born.

"My mom had battled for her life," Adams said. "And she was there for my sister and me only because she willed herself to be there."

Then, when Adams was 17, her mother had two bad mammograms.

"She was just like, 'I'm exhausted. I'm tired. I don't want to worry anymore,'" Adams said. "So she made the decision to have a mastectomy."

Adams said it was then that she realized her mother's disease was not something that was "just going to go away."

"It was real to her this time," Debbie Adams said. "She said, 'Mom, someday I'm going to do a race for the cure.' I said, 'You better win that one!' But then I started thinking about how we win, and how surviving is a win."

Adams is dedicating tomorrow's Grand Bayou Road Race — at the No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La. — to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and her career to finding the cure.

"Right now, we're sending out a mass mailing. I think it's like 500 letters, which doesn't seem a lot to a lot of people, but it's just me and my mom that's doing it, that's putting this all together," Adams said.

Together, mother and daughter have given a painful experience a purpose, and an exciting career deeper meaning.

"[I'm] given this opportunity to race, to be a champion, to be a role model, and I wanted to use that for something other than the vain pleasure of being famous," Adams said. "I wanted it to be something where … I could make a difference on a bigger level than just the motor sports circuit."

What a refreshing thing (the last quote) for a 19 year-old to say.

Sheryl Crow: Life After Cancer

By Jenny Sundel

Almost six months after being cancer-free, Sheryl Crow is "the happiest I've been in years." The singer, who's touring the U.S. with John Mayer, says that having breast cancer redefined her life. "I think it was a great release for me, just going through the experience. It’s what you do with the experience that really defines who you become."

So, how is she different now? "I let go of a lot of the pressure I used to put on myself. I was very self-critical and I also was a person who would never say no to anything," she told us a recent Estée Lauder breast-cancer benefit in Beverly Hills. "I was conscious at all times of making sure everybody was happy before myself, and now I’ve just made it a practice to say 'no' once a day, just for the exercise of it!”

Though Crow – who wears a custom-made gold bracelet with the words "Breathe" and "That which does not kill me makes me stronger" as well as her diagnosis date inscribed on it as a spiritual reminder – is already looking forward to celebrating her one-year anniversary. "It depends where I'm at in my life," she says. "I might take a trip."

from: people.aol.com

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Boxing Anyone?

If you are thinking of taking up boxing, why not purchase some pink boxing gloves. Let's knockout breast cancer!

Aren't they cool?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Reminder for Me

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~ Hans Hofmann

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's About Time

From packers.com

Green Bay Packers on Tuesday released cornerback Ahmad Carroll. Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson made the announcement.

Carroll, the Packers' first-round selection in the 2004 NFL Draft, played 34 games in three seasons, starting 28 contests. He had 104 tackles (95 solo), three interceptions, three sacks, 26 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

What they forget to mention is all the blown coverages and the umpteen million hands to the face penalties!

Chevy Likes Shoes

This morning while walking past the living room I found Chevy sleeping in the sunshine. Not far from him were a couple dog toys and a "foreign" object...

Dog toys? LOL!

It should be to the left of the dress in front of the vase on the window seat!

This was taken another day, but this is where he sleeps every sunny morning.
This dog LOVES the sun.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Sewing Success!

I worked on a sewing project most of the day Saturday. It was so much fun to be at the maching again making something wearable. I scrapped the top project for now and worked on a dress. I still have to put in the zipper, hem, and make a couple alterations to the shoulders. The way the instructions in the pattern said to sew them it leaves points. I don't want to walk around with pointed shoulders...lol!!

I chose to make the dress pictured on the left:

Here's my not quite finished version:

In the picture my dress looks like a shapeless kimono. That is because the zipper isn't in and it's just hanging there gaping open in the back. Once it is finished I will have Bob or Olivia take a pic of me wearing it. You will then see it isn't shapeless at all...lol!

My inspiration for the dress: A Dress A Day and Boden. I really want the Boden dress, but I don't wear dresses often enough to justify the $128 price tag. I will settle for my red & black Butterick 4849 that cost me less than $40 for fabric, a zipper, and the pattern.

Also, ignore that "fast" on the pattern. With all the pieces and facings on this dress it is not fast...lol!!