Friday, November 27, 2009

The day after!

The day after Thanksgiving and boy am I ever stuffed. All those leftovers, Turkey for lunch and turkey for dinner, pretty soon we'll be flapping our wings! It sure does smell wonderful while cooking though doesn't it. Nothing like the smell of that turkey cooking all day!
I allowed room for a special treat this year. Chocoholic that I am, I ordered a Mr Gobbles for each of us in the chocolate variety, from one of my favorite shops in PA, Sarris Candy. OMG, creamy and wonderful chocolate, and cute, they do such a nice job!

Here is a scene not unlike most off yours I expect, only on a smaller scale, my table was set just for 3. Nevertheless we had all of our favorites: mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole, rolls and pumpkin pie.

Here is hubbys plate, overflowing, because his plate is too small! He hates these Holiday dishes. I knew when I set the table he would mention it come dinner time, as he does every year, the plates are just too small! Not like you can't get a refill LOL! Last year I gave him the platter instead :)

While I spent the day in the kitchen the boys brought the tree up from the basement. And the wreaths for the windows. Cleo is getting excited as usual once the sparkle and glitter comes out, here she is "nesting".

Now the Christmas rush is on, full steam ahead! Yikes I can't believe this has crept up on us again! Did you go out in the crowds shopping today?
I spent the day doing a little decorating and sewing. I like to shop on the week days when the stores are a little quieter. I also do a lot of shopping on line and send gift cards as most of our gifts will be mailed.
I am glad you stopped by, hope all of you have an enjoyable weekend!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Flip flops to snow shoes

We're home once again! Jerry and I spent all day yesterday flying, 3 flights from Florida to Kansas, nearly 12 hours from door to door. We had a wonderful little visit with Jerry's Dad, sister Julie and brother in law Steve. Each year we try to co-ordinate our flights with Julie and Steve who live in Pittsburgh, to meet in Tampa where we all drive up to his Dads in Ocala together. We couldn't have asked for better weather, cool mornings and evenings, 80 degree afternoons. Golf for the boys, pool time for the girls. Dinners out and games in the evening, sooooo relaxing!
Each year we go to the huge, and I mean HUGE outdoor flea market. We buy sunglasses, fudge and silly stuff. This year we tried to outdo each others hat style for our Saturday boating adventure.

Julie and I got big straw Chinese hats, the boys, doo rags or visors with fake "hair" sticking out of the top.
Saturdays boat trip was so much fun. We drove to Homosassa Springs where we rented a pontoon boat for the afternoon.

Our Captain for the day was none other than our sea worthy experienced BIL Steve.

Thank goodness we had him along to navigate our way out to the gulf! What a sight the Gulf is when you live in a land locked state. Just beautiful!

Although the signs were posted we never did see a Manatee.

But there were plenty of sea birds, one on top of every marker.

And of course lots of Pelicans.

The Coast Guard seemed to be following us most of the way back, I don't know if it was our funny hats or what LOL!

We only saw one alligator, this little guy sunning on a log.
And now I am back home, where we have no sea birds or family close by. I do however have one very large bird thawing out in the frig, gobble, gobble, gobble, Turkey Day is quickly approaching. I am off next to make up my grocery list, a big feast for three!
Most of all I am thankful for my family and friends, both near and far, wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving where ever you are!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bloging with a cat on my lap

Ah, a quiet afternoon, taking a few moments to send an update. Cleo is snuggled in on my lap, did you know it's hard to type with a cat on your lap? Especially when she takes up so much room lol! Sorry Cleo, not picking on you because you know I love you!
What a fun week we had. Wednesday night was Bunco, my turn to host. I had a lot of fun fixing my snackies, the big hit was the cream cheese penguins, they are so darn cute! The dice sandwiches are a nice touch for a card or dice party also.

Thursday my daughter, son in law and Grandsons arrived from OKC for a long weekend visit.
Alex is 5 and William 3, we can never get enough of them, so fun at this age! Uncle Jon was able to get away from KU for a quick visit, the boys just love their Uncle!

Cleo, my, my, my, her quiet little world is turned upside down when little ones come. She insists on being in the midst of it all though, no hiding for her! I had to laugh, she is in all my pictures of the boys. Here she is safely tucked under the table but lying on top of the train tracks watching them play with Lego's.

Such fun having them here.
And nowI had better get cracking and packing! Tomorrow Jerry and I are off to sunny Florida to visit Grandpa. Yeah! So hard to believe I am packing sandals, shorts and Capri's!
See you all when I get back, have a fun week!

Friday, November 6, 2009

I was abducted by Aliens!

I could say I was abducted by Aliens, beamed up, it has been so long since my last post. And that would be an easy peasy explanation for my blogging absence although I think most of you aren't buying it LOL! A lot has happened since my last post. I had a birthday in September, my 1st Grandson Alex started Kindergarten, and my baby Jon turned 24 yesterday! I spent a month sewing Batman costumes for all 4 Grandsons! Belts and fusible logos were also sent along to complete the outfits. And gee, I do not even have a picture of the boys in their outfits to show off as their Mommys have not emailed them to me yet, hint.... hint girls!
I have to also admit to spending much of my computer time on Facebook. A fun and easy way to keep up with friends and quilty friends daily, it's easy to get hooked on!

I have been adding to my fabric stash, one can never have enough. Especially more yardage of "A Sherry Berry Holiday". Love, love, love the vintage colors and designs!

Couldn't resist a few cuts of Love Notes by Faye Burgos. Adorable!

And then there are these pure and simple polka dots for backgrounds, the muted shades are all from Fig Tree Quilts "Mill House Inn" line. Perfect for some spring themed designs I want to start working on.

And last but not least, I'm always a sucker for Hello Kitty. Isn't she sweet here dressed in her little Christmas outfit.
I thought I would leave you with a picture of my little partner. Cleo sits in this child's chair (which you'll notice she barely fits in!) every morning checking out the outdoor action.

The next 2 weeks will be busy for me. Wednesday night is Bunco at my house. Which means a wild cleaning spree and goodie preparation for my girls. We always have such fun! The following day my daughter Erin and her little family are driving up from Oklahoma for a visit. A few days with my munchkins, can't wait! Then it is off to Florida to visit Jerrys Dad. And then home to thaw out the Turkey, my goodness gracious, we are on a roll!
I'm glad you stopped by, have a great weekend all!