Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's Only Tuesday????

It feels like Wednesday. Probably because I have this sinus infection, the Comcast people have not replaced the lines so that I have phone and internet service back and the water company is turning off water to the whole neighborhood today and tomorrow between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to repair 'something'. What an incentive to come to work! (except for the sinus infection)

Earlier I may have blogged about Kayla being homeschooled. We looked forward to it. Amanda was enjoying it. But Kayla - she NEEDS friends. She does. She is such a people person. So, she is back in school. And she takes a school bus which she is loving. Soooooo, we needed to go school clothes shopping. (She's such a drama queen!)





Five pairs of jeans, countless number of shirts and two pair of shoes later . . . she's ready.

I lent Amanda my camera for the week as I will miss Halloween with her and the kiddies this Friday. There is no way I would make it out to their house from town in time for the trick or treating. I was going to take 1/2 day but since we are so close to Christmas, I'll save it. We do have a Halloween Party to attend the next day, complete with a bonfire - that will be fun! fun! fun!

Happy Tuesday! (Is it 5:00 yet?????)

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Weekend and a Giveway

Hooray! It's Friday! If you love tea, or know someone who does, hop on over to Making a House a Home to enter a to win an Adagio Tea Starter Set. How cool is that?

This weekend is going to rather busy, and fun! Tonight, Ben and I are going to make frosted brownies for the Halloween party at Kayla's new house tomorrow. During this weekend, I hope to catch up on housework and get the dining room set up.

This week, my parents signed the Deed and then I signed the Deed and now it just needs recorded. And then I will be an official homeowner. Yippee!

Kayla got a cell phone. She called me twice yesterday and once so far today. She is so happy!

Brendan is getting his top front teeth while Cammi lost a few more.

My internet is still not working well. Hopefully the cable guys were at the house today and found the problem. It's always something!

Anyway, I hope you have a fun-filled weekend!!



The crew at Zoo Boo.

TGIF!




Hooray! It's Friday! And I am getting a head cold. UGH! And we have such a busy weekend ahead of us. Tonight, I get Ben. We are going to make frosted brownies for the Halloween party at Kayla's new house tomorrow. Then there is the party and Sunday, I must, MUST, get caught up on laundry and housework. I want to get the bed and dresser left by Amanda up into Jayme's room and then his bed up into the guest room and then, hopefully, start setting up the dining room. I have so much to do before Thanksgiving.

My parents signed the Deed and then I signed the Deed and now it just needs recorded. Yippee!

Kayla got a cell phone. She called me twice yesterday. She is so happy!

Brendan is getting his top front teeth while Cammi lost a few more.

My internet is still not working well. Hopefully the cable guys were at the house today and found the problem. It's always something!

Have a fun weekend!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Fabulous Find!



Sitting up on the third floor behind the door, like, forever! Seriously. I thought a friend of my Dad's had painted it for him, but he said no, it came with the house. Well, we've had this house since 1962 so that already puts its age over 40. Did a little research on the internet and found a wealth of info on the painter, a Mr. Andrew Severin Gunderson who was a self-taught painter and at the age of 18 opened his own store in Chicago. Just fascinating!! The photo is now hanging above the mantle in the "new" living room.

OMGosh, I have been working on so many projects (too many at once) but I'll be uploading a few soon. My pc is dying, truly, it sucks. I'm thinking of just replacing the hard drive and hoping that does the trick, but it is old and I should just upgrade. Maybe.

Well, it's cold here, but gorgeous. The sky is such a deep blue and the sun is shining. There are so many leaves on the ground. I need to rake.

I got up early and put a stuffed chicken in the crockpot (love that crockpot). The house will smell so good when I get home. I am going to steam those green beans I picked up at the pumpkin farm and make a pan of twice baked potatoes. MMMmmmmm good!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 20, 2008

It's Tradition

Autumn, for our family, has officially begun. We always kick it off with our Church's bi-annual rummage sale. And true to form, it was a cool, crisp morning. Then breakfast at Eat-n-Park, next the Zoo Boo and then a late lunch/early dinner at Panera's and the topper of Saturday - the Haunted House and a hayride. Sunday, the pumpkin farm. And the weather was glorious!! It was. And the weekend was fabulous! Wonderful fun! Friday, Amanda took me grocery shopping. Kayla stayed over. Saturday morning - the Church rummage sale. I got a few goodies, Jayme picked up some old Life magazines, Kayla bought a fuzzy lamp for her desk and a few dolls, earrings and a couple other trinkets. I got my Dad an old camera for his collection and a white wicker framed mirror for my sister and my Mom picked up some aprons and some storage crates. Oh, I also got a sewing machine cabinet and stool for $5.00. It did have a Singer machine, but it needs a new motor and I really only wanted the cabinet and stool.

After breakfast, Mom and Cathy went their way (meaning they went to shop til' they dropped), Jayme went home and Melissa, Amanda, Kayla, Brendan and I went to Zoo Boo. Did I say the day was glorious? Yes, it was cool, but perfect for walking. The Zoo's Haunted House was really cute (not too scary). There were free Slushies and bottles of Pepsi and the children got loads of candy. After our late lunch/early dinner, we went to the Koenig Field Haunted House which was great fun AND scary and topped the evening off with a hay ride.






Kayla and I went home and packed an overnight bag and off to Melissa's we went for the night. The next morning we all gathered at Amanda's house for hot tea and donuts and off to the pumpkin farm we went. The sky was so blue, the moon was visible. We had apple cider and caramel apples and bought blocks of honey and vegetables from the farm. I got a white pumpkin and lots of little ones while Kayla got two big pumpkins. I had thrown a pork roast in the slow cooker at Melissa's and we all went back there for pulled pork sandwiches.

That afternoon we spent playing 31, electronic Monopoly and electronic Life. Then we all weighed in on Wii Fitness and each did a few workouts and laughed ourselves silly at our little Mii's. It was a fabulous weekend!!

Now, I am back to work. When the alarm went off this morning it was 32 degrees out! I went back to bed until it was a little warmer - thank goodness for flex mornings!

Happy Autumn!

Friday, October 17, 2008

To Clean or Not to Clean

I follow and totally love the Flylady's routine of cleaning. Her routine keeps my house clean and me sane and fairly organized. If you haven't tried it, check it out here. I do not know how I would keep this huge house clean without her routines and Kelly's missions.

This was Ben last Saturday. The weather was so glorious we ate lunch on the porch.



That may not be happening this weekend. It's ALOT cooler here today. Downright fall weather. Well, it is the middle of October. But I am still not ready for winter coats and gloves. Or putting the furnace on. Jeez, the bill is bad enough without turning it back on. I am going to have to invest in some electric heaters.

Busy weekend. Tonight grocery shopping. Hate it! Tomorrow - the rummage sale, the Zoo and Sunday, the pumpkin farm. Kayla is staying the weekend - I am so looking forward to that. And I want to work on a scrappy present for Amanda and some cute Halloween decorations with Kayla. The weekend is going to fly by. I know it.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It's Only Wednesday and a Shout.

I have to keep telling myself it's only Wednesday. I've already logged in too many hours here in the office over the past two days, it feels like it should be Thursday or Friday. But tonight we get Ben and I wouldn't want to miss that.

I have a shout for Suzanne who made the Simply Obsessed Design Team. WTG!!!!!!!

It's lovely here again today, a little sprinkling but it should reach 73 out there. (Sigh) Of course, the temps are dropping and we have a filled weekend of outdoor activities. Well, except for Saturday morning, that's the Church Rummage Sale. We will be in line before 8:30 a.m. shivering, I'm sure (this is Kayla's most favorite shopping event of the year), the doors don't open til' 9:00. We've gotten some pretty good bargains in the past years. I can't wait to see what this sale yields. Then we are off to Zoo Boo in the afternoon. Sunday is a visit to the pumpkin farm. I have to get the current photos uploaded and put in fresh batteries. All these events will be Brendan's first.



But today - work. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Weekend . . .

was fabulous! We are having great weather (I hear it ends Thursday) and this past weekend was fabulous!! I'm repeating myself. We had Ben. He is so cute! Saturday, he woke up at his usual 7:30 a.m. and I said no way! So, Jayme took him and I went back to bed til 9:30. Then we had breakfast, dressed and walked to the store. I took pics but forgot to upload. Will do so later. We played in the yard, swept the yard, had lunch on the porch. I fixed up the "new living room" some more - just added a few more personal touches. It's looking good. I like it. We had dinner, watched some tv and then we were in bed by 10:00. So, when 7:30 a.m. Sunday rolled around, I was ready to get up and get the day started. And it was another fabulous weather day. Ben and I had breakfast and then we walked down to the store cause he wanted sketti and meatballs for dinner. Good thing, too, cause my sister came over and then Amanda and kids came over and then Joey and kids came over (My sister and Joey both have a knack for stopping in at dinner time) and we all sat down to a good dinner (no leftovers), and the children played and it was a really good time. Kayla and Cammi stayed over (no school due to Columbus Day, but I had to work, so it was up to Jayme to hold down the fort). The kids played with the neighbor's granddaughter til about 9:00 and then they each filtered into the living room to catch Charm School. Ben crashed on the couch about 10:00. Kaileen went home about 9:30. Cammi and Kayla colored and then I showed Kayla how to hem her new jeans on the sewing machine. She did a really good job. And we all went to bed by 10:30. Except for Kay. I found her on the couch in the wee hours of the morning with the t.v. still rolling. Covered her. Went back to bed.

It was a fabulous weekend! One for the books . . . or scrapbooks!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Did you See This?



Go on now, go check it out here.

P.S. The girls and are going on a little adventure this weekend. So much fun! Hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 6, 2008

What a fabulous weekend!! Really! Cath and Kayla picked me up from work on Friday and we had dinner at Panera's. Stopped at Michael's, got some goodies from their dollar bins, and Kayla bought a rag doll to dress up. On Saturday, Mom came over and we cleaned out the first floor room - new living room! Later Kayla and I boarded a bus and went downtown to join in the celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th birthday. We had a wonderful time!


The Fort Pitt Blockhouse


Pumpkin Ice Cream - MMMMMMMMMM Good!


Eating our Self-Decorated Smiley Face Cookies


The Fireworks!

The Fireworks were awesome! They went off on each side of us, behind us, in front of us. They were gorgeous and went on for 30 minutes. I am SO GLAD Kayla talked me into going - it was a night full of good things.

Monday, again

What a fabulous weekend!! Really! Cath and Kayla picked me up from work on Friday and we had dinner at Panera's. Stopped at Michael's, got some goodies from their dollar bins, and Kayla bought a rag doll to dress up. On Saturday, Mom came over and we cleaned out the first floor room - new living room! Later Kayla and I boarded a bus and went downtown to join in the celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th birthday. We had a wonderful time!






Friday, October 3, 2008

Today is the Last Day . . .

. . . to sign up for YMBD's "So You Think You Can Scrap" Contest! This is a 6 round contest and there are prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. So, go on over to the forum, get yourself signed up, load a favorite layout and you are ready.

I am participating in the Contest! Whether you join in the contest or choose not to, still come and vote for your favorite submission in this week's round! The poll will open sometime this evening and will remain open throughout the entire weekend, closing at Midnight EST on Sunday.

The video I posted yesterday does not run correctly with the audio. Any suggestions on how to fix this????

Tomorrow is National Card Making Day and there are so many wonderful virtual crops to attend! And with three major holidays coming up, I'm hoping to get a nice number of cards made.

And it's Friday! Hooray for the weekend! Kayla is coming to stay over. She and my sister and I will be eating out tonight. I've rough sketched some blue prints on how to arrange the living room and dining room (with the girls moved out, I've gained two more rooms, plus another kitchen and bath - so much to decorate!). I probably won't get a dagnabit thing done, but I've got huge hopes!

Okay, I do have work to do. Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Weather Report



I've finally finished uploading the photos and movies from our vacation in Daytona Beach this past August. I think I took more movies than photos this time around. We were there when Tropical Storm Fay blew in. Kayla was a hoot! That wind did blow though we did not get any of the really bad weather. Our vacation was gray and rainy but we still had a blast!