Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year Resolutions!?!?

"I do not do well with making and keeping New Year's Resolutions. Many years I made them and they went by the wayside before the end of January - actually before the first week of January was over or Jan. 2nd or 3rd. So I won't make resolutions, but I am updating my "To Do List" to start the year off right. Yeah! I know, the "To Do List" - The one that the only time it gets my attention, is when I recognize it's existence so I can add something else on the list. You really don't want to know how long some of those things have been on the list (how long have I lived here?). So my New Year's Resolution (scratch that) - "To Do List" (nope, that title does not get my attention either) How about "Don't Turn on the Computer List". Get up (don't turn on computer), and eat breakfast (ugh!). I am not a breakfast person, unless I have been up for a while and someone else does the cooking and cleaning up after. Anyway, eat a few bites so can take vitamins - 1/2 of banana will work (don't turn on computer). Get dressed and put on a face - just in case I have to run out or someone comes to the door ( don't turn on the computer). Get list out - #1 requires a trip to Home Depot or Lowes - Okee Dokee! DO NOT GIVE UP AND TURN ON THE COMPUTER. Do you see what my problem is here??

Does anyone know where I can hire a very qualified "handy man", who can do plumbing, electrical work, painting, carpentry (and the list goes on). He must be cheap, licensed (cheap), insured (cheap), bonded (cheap), honest (cheap) handy man (did I say cheap?)."

Some of you may be saying "Where have I read this before" ? Yep - I wrote that post Jan 1, 2009. I started a post yesterday and went back to work on it this morning, and thought this sounds like what I wrote this time last year. Soooooo - to save me some work, I C&P the old post. Nothing has changed - It all still applies ! ! :-D Now off to make a couple of phone calls I should have made 2 days ago.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Yummy Pecans & Going on Strike!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas ! It is hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone. The original plans were to have Christmas at my home tomorrow (Sunday). Then a couple of days before Christmas , some decided to come over Christmas day also. Had already planned to have ham for Sunday, so back to the grocery for a small turkey. I am thinking very seriously about going on strike next year. :-)

I love pecans, and had some that I wanted to do something different with, then Michael Lee West @ Designs By Gollum posted her recipe for Tabasco Pecans. Click here for the recipe http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/2009/12/have-you-tried-tabasco-pecans.html. I can't handle the heat, but the rest of the ingredients sounded good, and she said the tabasco and garlic were optional, so decided to give them a try. Let me tell you!!! You can't eat just one! They were a big hit. The only thing I did different - I used a little garlic powder instead of the minced garlic (because I forgot the garlic when went to the store), and omitted the tabasco sauce. If I knew how much to use more for the flavor without them being to hot, I would have used some. But I was not about to take a chance and get them to hot for me. Let me tell you - these things are addictive. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe - I will be making them again.

OK - off to make a check off list - what time to put the ham in the oven, have it done and ready for the potatoes to go in the oven, then what time the sweet potato casserole goes in, etc., etc., etc.
Enjoy the Holidays!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Just to Wish Everyone A



Enjoy this Wonderful Time of the Year !!!!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It is the Holidays ! !

One thing about the holidays - we eat things that we don't normally eat, because they will make you gain weight, or they are not good for you, etc., etc., and we justify what we ate by simply saying "but it is the Holidays". Where am I going with this?? No where - I just need to justify eating baklava for breakfast this morning. :-)
I am linking this post up with "Deck the Halls" hosted by Susan @ Thoughts From Over the Rainbow http://thoughtsfromovertherainbow.blogspot.com/

In a previous post, I said I would post more pictures of the gingerbread houses that were on display in the lobby of the location where I attended a luncheon. They were created by the culinary staff at the hotel.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these works of art as much as I did. Be sure and visit Susan to see what see and the other participants have to share this week.

Last week a couple of the stations here were saying a 20% chance of some of that dreaded white stuff Christmas Eve night. :( Now "they" are saying the temps won't be as low as originally expected and will have 40% chance of rain. Yay! No snow!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Deck the Halls and a Winner!

Time for Deck the Halls hosted by Susan @ Thoughts From Over the Rainbow. http://thoughtsfromovertherainbow.blogspot.com/ Went to a Holiday Luncheon today and thought I would share a couple of the trees at the location of the event. But before we get to the pictures .............

We have a Winner!! Today has been a very busy day and I have been gone more than at home. Walked in the house and immediately saw the container of names ready to have a name drawn. I did not take the time to figure out how to use the Random # thing-a-ma-jig! I just mixed them up real good and pulled one out.Photobucket The giveaway is going North to "Cold Country" !! Congratulations Cindy! If you will email me with your address, the package will be on its way. My email address is on my profile.
Went to a Holiday Luncheon today and these are couple of the trees at the location of the event.
PhotobucketPhotobucketThis was a stack of cans of popcorn in the shape of a tree, but I was slow taking photos. :-)
I replaced the little white pumpkin with an ornament.
Settled on this one.

Be sure and visit Susan to see what she and the other participants have to share this week.
Hope everyone has a great week.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How About A Giveaway!!!

I was a "lurker" on several blogs for quiet some time before I started my own. I commented under "Anonymous" (had no clue how to set up an account), but always signed off as Glenda/MidSouth. Did not want anyone to think I was one of those "stalkers" out there! :) Then I thought - I would like to do that! So with the encouragement of several, I decided to take the plunge. I will admit, I started this new adventure very cautiously. Had no clue whether anyone would have an interest in anything I do or how I do it, in my spare time.
One of the main reasons I started a blog was because of my 2 main hobbies - Repurposing old/vintage jewelry, and 1/12 scale miniatures (dolls houses, etc). Then I started blogging about my "junkin" adventures, small "redos" around my home, etc., etc., and then it grew from there..
When I first started out, I thought I was the "new kid" on the block, but soon realized that many of you "bloggers" out there started during the same time frame that I did - lots of good company out there . Was there something in the water? :-)
Thanks to everyone who has visited, those who left a comment (love them - even the one that said I had to much time on my hands) :-), those who joined as a "Reader" (follower), and to those that come and go silently.

ANYWAY: When I started out , I decided to do a giveaway when I hit 50 posts. That happened so fast, it slipped past me. Does that mean I talk to much? :)
OK - I will do a giveaway when I hit 100 posts - well I let that one slip by also.
How about 100 followers - missed that one !
Anniversary - 1 yr. 11/18/09 - To much going on.

TODAY IS THE DAY ! ! ! In June(?), I did some early Christmas shopping at Cupid's Charm http://cupidscharm.blogspot.com/, and decided to giveaway one of the items I purchased from Joy. Her jewelry is absolutely beautiful!! It is a vintage postcard image necklace, designed with Swarovski crystals & pearl, and Mother of Pearl heart bead (info. on card she included with the necklace). Sorry about the blurred pictures - rain and dreary all day, so no bright natural light.
A few other things will keep it company while in route to the winner! Remember the Bradford Edition Angels I found at a yardsale last Spring - I am including a couple of them. How about the pretty bookmark I got a super deal on at HL, WS lobster shaped spreaders, Southern Recipes book I bought on a trip (never opened it so can't vouch for the recipes) :-), Wine bottle replacement cork, wine motif coasters. Need a beach motif note pad and sticky notes?
Who knows what else may take the trip also.

How do you enter you ask?
Comment on this post - You get 1 entry.
If you are a follower - You get 2 entries.
Mention this giveaway on your blog - You get 3 entries. - You must let me know that you did.
Deadline for entries - 12/13/09 Midnight - Central Time.

Very sorry, but due to postal rates, giveaway limited to United States residents only. :(
Hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Deck the Halls

Time for another "Deck the Halls" hosted by Susan @ Thoughts From Over the Rainbow. http://thoughtsfromovertherainbow.blogspot.com/. Thanks Susan for hosting this event. I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's Christmas decorations. I brought my decorating to a screeching halt, as I think I have been on my leg to much, but I do have a few more things around the house to share. Some of you may remember my birdcage that I hung a chandelier ( tree ornament) in a while back. Well - I found a package of two white trees at Dollar Tree and put them in the birdcage. I think it gives it a Winter/snow look, then added a touch of holiday decor on top.


Hard to photograph the inside. Remember the house Dr. Zhivago and Lara fled to, that snow had blown inside and everything was covered in snow and ice.....................may work on this some more. :)



This is my small contribution this week. Be sure to visit Susan to see what she and the other participants have to share this week.
Stay warm and have a great week!

ETA: I have crossed a lot of milestones since I started blogging, and have let them slip by. Sooooo.......I will be announcing a "Giveaway" in the near future - so stay turned!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Cloche Party

It is time for the "Holiday Cloche Party" hosted by Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/. Thanks Marty for hosting this fun event.

Before: Fall/ThanksgivingPhotobucket
For Christmas: I duplicated the little vignette that I used last Christmas for this one.

I did not notice the beads were hanging off the side until the pictures were uploaded.
The angel is actually a tree ornament.

This is my contribution to the "Holiday Cloche Party". Be sure to visit Marty to see what she and the other participants have to share. I know I am looking forward to seeing everyone's cloches decorated for the holidays. I drew a blank on mine, so need some inspiration. :)

I would like to welcome all the new readers who have joined in. :)
Hope everyone is having a great week.