July 25th, 2014

When I'm having a crafting "brain fart" of my favorite go to websites is  This website never fails to inspire me and get my creative juices flowing.  I can ALWAYS find something to pique my interest.

I've blogged about this website to you before.  This website is the one where you can buy tutorials or patterns on all kinds of items (sewing, crafts, jewelry, stuffed animals, etc.) AND, if you're a can also get FREE, yes, I said FREE patterns!

Sinus pressure rice bag pattern

Stuffed Owl

Simple Tied Tutus

Photos courtesy of website

When I'm done going through the website, I'm cranked up and ready to get crafting!  I'm sure you'll feel the same way!

Christmas in July

July 21st, 2014

My girlz and I are true blue Christmas fanatics...we love when Hallmark has their Christmas in July movies...when KSSK has their LEON fact, I have Christmas365 playing on my iHeartRADIO right now!   I believe that it lowers my blood pressure here at work, and relaxes me.

Do you realize that it's only 156 days until Christmas?  That would mean that it's only 153 days until I'm 57 years old!  YIKES!  I am so loving it!  Not the getting a year older part, but the fact that Christmas is coming!  :)

Oh don't bah humbug ALL love Christmas in one way or another.  :)   Another school year is upon us, then football will be here...then comes Halloween...Thanksgiving...and before you know it, old St. Nick will be here!


That "Special" Song

July 11th, 2014

So do you and your Special Someone have a Special Song?

I know I have songs that remind me of special times in my life.  There's 10 years difference between my sister and I...she practically raised me, so many of my musical memories are of songs that she listened to in the 60's, my dad's favorites were country western songs (Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash), I don't remember my mom having any preference...and my brothers were pretty much grown and out of the house when I was adopted.

I've always loved music.  I love dancing, I love to sing karaoke (don't know that I'm real good at it ~ I enjoy it!), I played the ukulele when I was little.  Music makes me moves me.  Sounds corny huh?  I listen to the words of a song and it touches me.

Recently, Megan and Thomas moved to Tacoma.  Before they left, she said that Thomas asked her to listen to a song by Tanya Tucker...Two Sparrows in a Hurricane...I recently listened to it.  And it TOTALLY fits the path that they have chosen right now...the move to Tacoma, the fact that they have a little baby and another on the way ~ unfreakin' real!  It's such a beautiful song!

Makes me miss them so much more every time I hear it.  I share it with you...enjoy!  I love you my two sparrows...


Patriotic Moments

July 2nd, 2014

The 4th of July weekend is upon us.  A day to celebrate our off our Stars and Stripes.  Time for parades, picnics and fireworks!

Are you going to bake...order out...or BBQ on the 4th?

Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake Recipe4th of July BBQ & GrillingAmerican Apple Pie - Brown and white sugars, raisins and lemon juice add a wonderful taste and texture to this quintessential apple pie. Be sure to cube or slice the apples uniformly, and, if you like, dot the apples with pats of butter.

Boston Baked Beans - This recipe for Boston baked beans uses navy beans, molasses, brown sugar, and ketchup to create a wonderful old-fashioned baked bean flavor.Chris' Bay Area Burger - These burgers are the hit of my town. All my friends come over every weekend just for these burgers.


Hmmm...what to make, what to make?   I can't decide!    Well, I still have a couple of days to think about it.


Yummy food pics courtesy of Google Images...  :)


Kindred Spirit Mailbox

June 24th, 2014

While watching the news last night, I viewed a special feature on a Kindred Spirit Mailbox in Bird Island, North Carolina that made me stop and just go ... "Awww"!  (heart, heart)

A kindred spirit is a person whose interests or attitudes are similar to one's own.   Some people refer to it as a relationship based on a spiritual and emotional connection.

It all started over 35 years ago when Frank Nesmith and his girlfriend put up the original mailbox and left a blank notebook in it in hopes that people would leave little messages in it.   Something so seemingly simple, yet many people actually stopped and took the time to share their deepest thoughts and feelings in these notebooks.   Apparently, people are still leaving messages to this day!    I'm sure it's not the same mailbox...and there's a cute bench there now...but what a cute idea huh?

They have a collection of notebooks from years past, and the gentleman, Mr. Nesmith (who is now 87) has helpers that keep the notebooks replenished since he does not visit as regularly as he used to.  I was wondering what happened to all of the full journals and read that they are kept at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

I would love to visit this mailbox and pen my thoughts as well as take time to read some of the journals of the past!

What a heart warmer! <3