Thursday, June 30, 2011

What's up with us??

Why have I gone from posting every week, several years ago to posting every two weeks?  Life.  Even my life, as blessed and some might say relaxed as it is, get hectic.  I am home full time and that can translate into cooking three meals a day, doing dishes and cleaning house (sometimes), and most of the other things that go with keeping a family healthy and happy.  We eat well, exercise regularly, run errands, clean messes, make household repairs, deal with sudden events like running around like a nut covering up power tools when a storm is brewing and hubs is at Lowes, things like that.

Add into this normal routine watching the coverage of the Anthony trial on my computer and television and you have a pretty full day.  Some days I clean house while the trial is on, some days I just sit at the table and do art.  I am currently at a standstill with polymer clay bead making.  Everything I make is starting to look the same. That may mean I'm developing a new style, but actually I think I'm ready to move on to something else.  I got out my unsharpened set of Prismacolor pencils and started to sharpen them and to my frustration, each one broke as I sharpened it.  Now I'm not the sharpest pencil in the desk, but I know that these are good pencils and would not just be breaking, so that means I need to get a new pencil sharpener.  Office Max had an actual Prismacolor brand sharpener, so I tried that and man, it is great.  The best hand held sharpener I have tried in years.  Be sure and try it out if you are having a problem sharpening colored pencils.

So while I'm doing chores and sharpening pencils, I try to keep checking on DH (dear hubby) while he is working on a under-deck drainage system, very similar to this one.  He is doing a great job, but it has required several trips for lumber and other supplies.  When he was doing major yard work earlier this summer he got into chiggers, and poison oak and had quite a time.  Now that he is under the deck, a little bit of sunscreen and bug spray, along with some ice water is all he needs.  I don't have to worry about him taking a tumble down into the woods, which on our little acre is a distinct possibility, so I'm staying inside watching the trial.

I haven't posted any pictures because I had to replace my computer and have just now reloaded my photo program.  Hopefully soon I will have some new pictures to show you.  Before and afters of the deck, along with a picture of a dime-sized frog that was helping out.

All that being said, seems like we were too busy to make a gift for a very special gal, so once again we are sending something pretty cool that we bought.  But not to worry, Lucky, as soon as Carl Coyote gets off that ladder he WILL be at the art table. Homer can attest to that, as well as Laurie.

Well, that's it for now.  Take care all and be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How's it goin' y'all?

Just stopping by for a few minutes to say hello and to see if everyone is doing OK.  I'm doing my usual thing, working out and trying to eat healthy.  I'm still playing around in the studio and in between play times I even found time to finish a commissioned order of miniature food earrings.  They have been received now so I can show them to you.

This time I added cheese to the burgers...

and since some of them were to be PR for a diner in Georgia, I made some bacon and eggs...

and ham and eggs...

I also made some hot cakes and some waffles, but the photos are not the best. And just for fun, I'm posting a picture of me.  I had my hair cut six weeks ago and never got around to posting the before and after pics, but here I am now. Almost time for a trim.

We are having a lovely day today.  Actually quite cool and comfy.  We have had so many days already in the upper 90's that a day in the 70's is wonderful.  Even with the heat I have enjoyed sitting on out on the deck and reading.

Speaking of sitting on the deck, we lost power one evening last week. We had plenty of battery time on the laptop, so we lit a couple of candles, got some chips and ginger ales and sat out on the deck in the dark and watched Andy and Barney on DVD while the power guys tromped around in the woods in the pitch black working on the cable.  That was fun.  They didn't figure out what was wrong for quite some time, but we finally got power late the next morning.  Looks like a generator might be in our future.

Well, that's it for me today.  I'll try not to take so long between posts, but I know you know how it is.  Take care and keep me posted on what's happening in your part of the bloggersphere.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Life goes on...

Ahh, does go on.  Blogging seems to get put on the back burner if I don't have anything that I think is extremely interesting.  Why should that be?  Everyday life is interesting. The fact that we wake up every morning to greet another day is interesting.  Who is to say that me mentioning all my crazy ailments isn't interesting?

In the past few weeks, I have turned my ankle and had to baby it for an entire...evening.  My habit of sitting in a folding chair outside while supervising DH's many chores, afforded me a lovely spider bite that didn't abate until I finally found the Benadryl several days later.  It even blistered at the bite sight (rhyme time) and I had to repeatedly "doctor" it to get it to heal.  Shucks, I still have a scab from that.  And I closed the refrigerator door on said injury the other night and that hurt like crazy and now I have a huge bruise on my inside left forearm from....wait for it....pinching my own arm, while sleeping in a tight ball with my arm trapped between my still somewhat plump knees. Ahh, the joys of growing older.  I always have bruised easily and I don't think that will be changing.

And so it goes here in my corner of the world.  I am still working out 5-6 days a week and am keeping my calories between 1200-1400.  I'm weighing in at 175 and all my size 18 jeans are finally too big.  Needless to say my current swimsuit is too large, so I went to the mall (even though there was a stabbing there the previous day) and got a mix and match type suit.  Full coverage bottom with a kicky little skirt combined with a nice Delta Burke top.  I will still be in big girl sizes for a while yet, so I just better deal with that.  The pool at our fitness center does not have a deep end, so we will be checking out the city pool on the other side of town.  Hopefully the kiddies will stay in the shallow end and now that I can swim and have fun in the deep end, I will be doing just that. I will be keeping plenty of SPF 30 or higher in reach. Look up lily white in the dictionary, and you will see my picture.

I'm still having fun with polymer clay and am currently trying to decide if the July Birthday Girl will be getting her usual object d'art, or something fun from one of the many online stores that I am so fond of checking out.  Oh, well..I do still have several weeks.

Hubby and I have a commencement to attend in the morning at eleven.  The daughter of one of our friends is valedictorian of her class.  I'm interested to see what she will be saying.  Graduation speeches are probably a bit different than they were in 1971.  I doubt if she will advise her friends to "keep on truckin" and hopefully she won't fall off her massive platforms that match her white mini dress.  But who knows?

Well, that's it for me for now.  Hope everyone is having a great week.  Take care and keep those cards and letters comin'.