Wednesday, October 24, 2007

We had a fabulous day at the Pumpkin Farm on Sunday. The weather was fabulous, actually it was down right hot. Sunny and gorgeous! Most of the gang went, Mom, Amanda, Kayla, Cathy, Mike, Melissa, Jessica and Cammi. We bought about $71.00 worth of pumpkins. That's our load in the wagon minus a whole lot of little ones that the girls picked up on the way to check-out. After loading the pumpkins in the various cars, we then went to the bakery and farmer's market. Of course we bought apple cider and pumpkin butter. I also bought some snow white cauliflower, an avocado, some tomatoes and for Kayla, fudge and cashews. It was a lovely day.

Still working on the diet. Weigh-in was yesterday. What a struggle. Especially since Amanda has been away house-sitting. Kayla and I have eaten out almost every night. Tsk. Tsk.

Our Halloween party is Sunday. I have so much to do to get ready. Saturday will be busy cleaning and cooking.

Oh, Christmas shopping - coming along nicely! I've ordered most of the children's gifts and everything should be coming in the mail within the next few weeks. That leaves just the money gifts. I scrapped Joey and Tera a mini book of Jade when she was just about 3 hours old. I used a kit from Lasting Impressions and it turned out really cute.

This month has gone too fast. We haven't even decorated too much.

Well, I hope you all have a Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

ScrapMojo Challenge # 1

Here is my entry for ScrapMojo's Challenge #1 using the title "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner. Supplies used: Bazzill Basics Cardstock; American Crafts Patterned Paper; Plaid Wood Letters, Making Memories Brown Paint, Trims and Simply Stated Rub-On Letters; Heidi Swapp and Prima Flowers; Cherry Arte Chipboard (arrow); DMC thread, felt, button. My felt embellishment are wings which I whipstitched the edges with baby blue DMC thread.

Fabulous challenge!! I am looking forward to the next one.

Friday, October 12, 2007

It's Friday, again!

Can't believe it has taken me a week to blog. I am so busy lately. Weight Watchers started at the office. Our office pays for any employee who would like to join. There are quite a few of us this round so we are having our own Biggest Loser Contest and the prize is money. As I have a closet full of too tight clothes, I am going to do this. Weigh-ins are Tuesdays. We took before photos. I'll have to get mine and post it. I am looking forward to the after photo.

It got quite cold here this week. Not cold enough for winter coats, but close. Tomorrow is the Church's rummage sale - Kayla looks forward to this twice a year. She is our little shopper.

I've got to check out Babies R Us and order Amanda's baby gift. Ohhh, I am such a procrastinator. Which is what I have done all week and now I am behind on two layouts that need loaded this weekend.

I have so much to do this weekend and I have made a list and am not stopping until it is all done. Okay, that was your joke for today.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Friday, October 5, 2007

It's Friday!!

Hooray!! So much to do this weekend. Ben and Jayme are staying over tonight and then tomorrow I pick up Joey and Cammi and off to the mountains we head. Must decorate this weekend - must!!

I am so loving this layout. It's for the first challenge in Croppin' Cousinz' Tricks or Treats Challenge. The assignment was to scraplift a layout, I chose one by Amy Welch and this is the result.

The Farmer's Market was in town yesterday. I bought fresh green spinach, ripe red tomatoes and shiny green peppers. Mmmm, Mmmm!

Loved Earl and The Office last night. I look forward to watching those every week. Well, I'm off to read some blogs.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2007


There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots
may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on
the feelings, as now in October.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Not a great title I know. Coming up with a title is like journaling on a layout for me - not happening! I think maybe I need to take a writing class.

It's a new day. I went home with such a migraine yesterday that I went from the front door to bed. Woke up at 10:30 to see the girls before they settled in for the night, had some zucchini, just picked from Mrs. Murphy's garden, and then back to bed. What a waste!!! Migranes for me are like seizures - they leave you drained and shaky the next day.

Tonight Kayla, I promise, we will go through the Halloween boxes, pop some corn and then settle in to watch Earl and The Office.

It will be 85 degrees here today. Wow!!

Congrats to all who made it to the 2nd round in the Dares Last Scrapper Standing Contest.

I need to go check out the remaining girls added to ScrapMojo's new design team. Some awesome talent there. I also need to get my layout done for the first challenge of Croppin' Cousinz Tricks or Treats contest. Busy, busy.

Also, Ali's blog led me here. Fascinating!! I am starting my life list today.

Have a fabulous Thursday!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ahhhhh, October 3!

Ahhhh, October! Decorating the house, the leaves are changing colors, frost-covered pumpkins, the scent of wood-burning stoves, the search for the perfect costume, taffy apples. Ahhhh, October!
A Lovely Poem
Crispy air and azure skies,
High above, a white cloud flies,
Bright as newly fallen snow.
Oh the joy to those who know October!

Colors bright on bush and tree.
Over the weedy swamp, we see
A veil of purple and brown and gold.
Thy beauty words have never told. October!

Scolding sparrows on the lawn,
Rabbits frisking home at dawn,
Pheasants midst the sheaves of grain,
All in harmony acclaim, October!

Brown earth freshly turned by plow,
Apples shine on bended bough,
Bins o'erflowed with oats and wheat,
And satisfaction reigns complete. October!

Radiant joy is everywhere.
Spirits in tune to the spicy air,
Thrill in the glory of each day.
Life's worth living when we say, October!

~Joseph Pullman Porter

Have a lovely October day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Ahhhhh, October!

It's time to decorate!! Looking forward to going home this evening and pulling out the Halloween decorations. Kayla is so looking forward to this, too. We have collected quite a few skeletons, witches and black cats over the year. My Father is a huge fan of Halloween and it has rubbed off on my kids. I also need to begin planning our annual Halloween party. This year it will be on the 28th. We usually have Chili which my Mom is requesting again this year. And I always like to try something new. I'm thinking maybe a pumpkin cheesecake. Yum.

It's beautiful here in Pittsburgh, not too cold, not too warm, just perfect!! We will be driving up to the mountains this coming weekend, and I hope to get some gorgeous fall photos.

Hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Good Weekend

Adorable make-n-takes featured at Happy Scrappin' Scrapbooking this weekend. I completed those but not enough of the challenges to win any of the fantastic prizes. Friday, I stopped at the LSS with the girls and then we went to dinner. Saturday, my sister came over and all of us spent too long a day shopping. Whipped up a lazagna, salad and garlic bread though and had a great dinner. Sunday was Church, Open House and a Party Lite party at Phylis's house. Whew! And the weather was and still is great. I hear 80 degrees for today, October 1!!!! I am only hoping it continues through the weekend as I am taking Cammi, Jade and Kayla to Hallowbaloo at Idlewild.

Well, its a new month, new challenges, new contests. I'm off to check it all out!

Happy Monday!