Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bacon Masters

Our niece, Amy, has crowned me and her uncle (The Husband) as "Bacon Masters."

You may call me "Your Highness."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shelves For Everyday Dishes

I'm adding more shelves in several of my kitchen cabinets. My "temporary" (7 years) plastic racks finally got on my last nerve.

Before:
After:
About 6 years ago, the Fiesta dishes were given to me. The original owner had tired of them and was going to take them to Goodwill. She told me I could take what I wanted first, so I selected everything in these colors. There were many dishes I did not take because I didn't like the colors and they all ended up at Goodwill.

I took the Fiesta because what I was using were cheap Peir 1 dishes I'd had since before The Husband and I married. They went to Goodwill and the Fiesta collection took up residence.

I am now VERY tired of the Fiesta.

The colors were never what I would have purchased. I'm more of a primary color girl as opposed to a pastel color girl. If these were bright purple, red and orange colors, I would not be tired of them.

What kind of dishes do you use every day. What color are they? Are you tired of them?

If you are tired of your dishes and they are bright, bold colors perhaps we should trade?!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vivid Dreams # 2

The Husband and I have been working to check off a few chores around the house.

A major chore is cleaning up our basement, which means reorganizing some items and determining what to trash, donate or put on Craig's List. Our basement isn't really in bad shape, but when you have an area like that you tend to put things down there a bit haphazardly and say to yourself, "I'll tidy that up later." Later has finally arrived!

While running up and down the stairs recently, my nieces were trailing my every move. The 7 year old noticed a spider web with 3 egg sacs attached. I told her not to touch them, just as her little index finger was going in to poke one of the sacs.

I asked the husband to help me get rid of the web. The last thing we need is a bunch of baby spiders hatching in the basement! We did the deed and threw out the trash sack. No big deal.

Of course, that night I go to bed and dream of a web, a mother spider and egg sacs!

The setting is the living room of the house in which I grew up. I walk in the front door and my mother is sitting in a chair by the window. I start to sit in a chair by the tv and see a big web between the two pieces of furniture. I say, "Mom, I'll get rid of that web for you." She replies, "Thanks, Cindy."

I retrieve the vacuum from the closet, plug it in and turn it on. The mother spider immediately flies (yes, flies) through the air and lands on the ceiling fan. (Note: There was never a ceiling fan in the living room of my family home.)

Mom says, "Go to the kitchen and get the broom and knock that spider down." Being the good daughter, I retrieve the broom and step into the living room. The spider sees me with the broom and flies straight at my face. The spider, by this time, is flying just like a hummingbird.

I'm waving the broom around, trying to knock the flying spider to the floor and my Mom just sits there watching me. Thanks, Mom.

Finally, I hit the spider with the broom and it falls to the floor. I think I step on it, but I don't really remember. I do remember using the vacuum to sweep up the remains of the spider, the web and the egg sacs. I remove the bag from the vacuum and double bag it in plastic and take it outside to the trash can.

The End.

I did not watch any spider tv shows or movies that night. I have not read any spider books. I have, however, recently read Donna's two posts here and here about her spider.

Hey, the spider in my dream looks a lot like Donna's spider!

I think she is making me feel guilty about getting rid of her very small sister in my basement!

Should I document all my vivid dreams here on the blog? You, my dear readers, could psychoanalyze me. Comments welcomed. Or, Connie could tell me which dream interpretation books to purchase.

Monday, September 27, 2010

You Had Me At Scalloped...

The Husband and I patronize local restaurants during the week, when we don't have to fight the crowds. As a result, we almost always eat at home on Friday and Saturday nights. If we entertain on those nights, we enjoy preparing very nice meals. Even when we don't have guests, we try to prepare something special for ourselves.

While discussing dinner on Saturday, we could not decide what to prepare. I suggested we stop in at the Stonehorse Market in Utica Square and see if something struck our fancy.

We selected the lamb shank for dinner. We've had it before and it is delish. As I walked past a counter, I saw trays loaded with individual scalloped potato dishes just out of the oven. The girl working the counter asked, "Would you like a scalloped potato?" I replied, "You had me at scalloped!" We also picked up a bit of salmon pate for an appetizer.

You might think this was a pricey dinner, but we only spent $23. $14 for the shank, $3 for the potatoes and $9 for the pate, plus tax. To be fair, we did purchase enough pate to have it at least once more, maybe twice.

With the addition of a salad prepared at home, dinner was heavenly. And easy. And much less expensive than a restaurant.

If you haven't explored the Stonehorse Market, I encourage you to do so.

Note to Self: Don't bother to make scalloped potatoes at home. Spend $3 at the market for a perfect portion for yourself and The Husband. No tempting leftovers the next day. :-)

NOTE: The owner of Stonehorse Market has no idea who I am. I wrote this post because his staff prepared delicious take out items for us and I barely had to do a thing at home!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Vivid Dreams

I'm a vivid dreamer. I always have been.

Some mornings, I recite elaborate, strange dreams to my husband before we ever get out of bed.

I can remember the most minute details, as long as I tell someone the dream as soon as I awake. If I don't, by afternoon the details have faded and all I can remember is if it was strange, exciting, scary, etc.

Friday night we stayed home. Late in the evening, we watched the first episode of The History Channel's Swamp People, followed by an episode of Animal Planet's Hillbilly Handfishin'.

Jealous, aren't you? Go ahead, admit it. I'll wait.

Over it now? Okay, let's proceed with my story.

We went to bed and I dreamed of a bizarre combination of those two shows, plus a healthy sprinkling of some of my favorite post-apocalyptic books such as The Stand, Lucifer's Hammer and The Road.

I dreamt of the world as we know it ending and the only people who survived were those who had skills like alligator hunting or fishing by hand.

I woke up several times during the night. And every time I fell asleep again, I fell back into the same dream.

"As God is my witness," I drank only ice tea Friday evening.

Seriously.

I either need to more carefully choose the shows I watch or have a cocktail or two before bedtime!

Questions:
Perhaps I should learn to noodle and hunt alligators? Would I then feel more prepared and not have dreams on this topic? Or, should I quit reading post-apocalyptic books? Or, quit watching those tv shows? Or, go for counseling? The possibilities are endless.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fall Decorations

I finished setting out my basic decorations for fall. A few snippits:
Pumpkins on the dining table:
A fireplace tableau:
All I have to do now is, at the appropriate times, add a jack-o'-lantern here or a turkey there.

Since last year, I've picked up a few new and a few vintage items for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. I can't wait to incorporate them into the mix.

Holidays are for adults, right?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Vintage Tablecloths

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I love estate sales, flea markets, antique malls and the occasional garage sale.

One of the categories of things I collect is linens. Lovely, lovely linens. Old tablecloths and napkins. Side table scarfs. Embroidered anything!

I have a lot of items. But, it's okay because I use them!

Recently, I was happy to loan a number of vintage tablecloths to my niece Amy. She used them for a neighborhood celebration of their local park. Read all about it here.

For me, one of the saddest things about going to estate sales is purchasing beautiful, wonderful, UNUSED items. What were the previous owners waiting for?

The moral of this story is, whatever vintage items you may own, get them out and USE them!

Please!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Today is my sister and brother-in-law's 9th wedding anniversary. Wow!

Happy anniversary!
P.S. Yes, this is the sister our brother and I put in the trash can when she was little. She lived to tell the tale, and does quite frequently!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Versatile Blogger Award

The mistress of The Yard Art Game awarded me an award!
To accept this award I have to: 
  • reveal 7 truths about myself (what?)
  • select 7 blogs that I would like to share the award with
Here it goes. Seven truths about me. Don't judge too harshly:

1) I read my local newspaper from front to back (section A, page 1 to section X, page ?) every day. I love the routine of reading the paper. Reading it on-line is just not the same.

2) For approximately 13 years, I worked one week out of the year at the NFL's National Invitational Camp in Indianapolis, IN. I always volunteered to be on the "weighing and measuring" team, but they would never let me. I was constantly relegated to data entry, dang it. Even so, oh the stories I could tell...

3) I've always wanted to design fabulous tablecloths and napkins. I love to set a pretty table, you see.

4) I'm stubborn. Really stubborn. Really, really stubborn.

5) When I was probably 9 or 10, my brother and I put our little sister in a trash can and carried it to the curb just as the trash truck was turning onto our street. She screamed. Mom heard. You can pretty much figure out the rest of the story.

6) I'm perfectly happy to never leave my house for days at a time. Days, I say.

7) I'm obsessed with ensuring the doors to the house are locked. At all times. The Husband does NOT appreciate it when I accidently lock him out.

The 7 blogs I would like to see play along for this award are:








This is a self perpetuating award. Don't feel obligated to play along, but I sure would like to get to know you better!

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Weekend - The Nieces

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that we babysat our nieces this past weekend.

We spent time at Miller Swim School, Cherry Street Farmers Market, Tulsa Greek Festival and Maple Park. We also embroidered dish towels, painted ceramic figurines, colored Princess pictures, played cards and drew chalk pictures. Uncle Steve, as always, made "initial" pancakes for Sunday breakfast. Alison:
Lauren:
I asked the girls what was the most fun thing they did all weekend. Lauren said "Getting my face painted." (at the Greek Festival)
Alison said "Visiting Chance, the puppy." Who, I might add, is still totally darn cute and I continue to plot the puppy 'napping!

It was an exhausting weekend. And FUN! What did you do this weekend?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

If You Don't Follow Me On Twitter # 2

You missed this:
Sign at a Missouri highway rest stop.

Merry Christmas!

Follow me here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Good Bye, Great Aunt Clorine

My mother, sister and I drove to Viney Grove/Prairie Grove, Arkansas this week to pay our final respects to Great Aunt Clorine, the wife of my father's uncle.
When I was 10-12 years old, Aunt Clorine bought a brand spanking new sewing machine. She thought of me just learning to sew and knew her old machine would be a good starter for me. I used that machine for probably 20 years, before it died.

She confided in me years later that she regretted giving me that machine, because she never did learn to like her new one!

Aunt Clorine was a sweet, pretty lady. She and Uncle Gene were married 67 years. Bless his heart, he is going to miss her so much.

We'll miss you, Aunt Clorine. Rest well.

P.S. Last year I wrote a short post about attending the funeral of my cousin's husband. I mentioned that he was a well known boys basketball coach. I saw their joint headstone this week, while attending Aunt Clorine's funeral. I didn't mention earlier that my cousin is also a well known girls basketball coach. This headstone perfectly reflects their love of the game and it made us all smile.

Yes, death is serious and sad, but the remembering doesn't have to be!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Team Barnabas

The world has been taken over by vampires. Again.

Does anyone, besides me, remember Barnabas Collins?
He was the sexy vampire of the 1960's soap, Dark Shadows.

I vividly remember rushing home from elementary school and watching Dark Shadows.

Did you?

Did you love Barnabas, as I did?

In these modern times of "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob", I am still "Team Barnabas!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Babysitting Two of the Grand Nephews

We kept the 5 year old and 3 1/2 year old grand nephews last Friday night through Sunday morning.

There was lots of 'rassling (wrestling), both on Friday night and Saturday morning.
There was a walk to the local park Saturday morning with Uncle Steve. Saturday afternoon consisted of a visit to Uncle Bill's house and 'rassling with Cousin Kevin. Plus, cake!

There was pizza making on Saturday night with the girl cousins ("kissing cousins"). *

After the pizza making, there was a little contest to see who is the tallest:
After the height contest, there was a play extravaganza with toys, dogs and a bit of movie watching.

The oldest boy was asleep in the car before we even left the driveway. The younger boy was asleep after a couple of blocks. They were not happy when we woke them to get them into our house, but they rallied and climbed the stairs to the bedroom under their own steam!

On Sunday morning, Uncle Steve made his famous pancakes. The boys got pancakes of their initials.

A for Adam:
N for Nathan:
There was playtime with the neighbors grandchildren, plus another walk to the park with Uncle Steve, in addition to cartoons!

Uncle Steve and Aunt Cindy had fun with the grand nephews this past weekend, the little stinkers. :-)

* Thanks to the sister and brother-in-law for hosting us on Saturday evening and providing a fun dinner for the boys.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Family Baby Shower

On Saturday, September 11th, there was a baby shower for my niece-in-law, Tosha, who is expecting our grand niece, Ella Mackenzie, on November 1st.

From left to right: Erica and Callie, shower hostesses (with the mostest!), Tosha (and Ella) and Tosha's mom, Cindy.
Shower cakes by Callie. She is really doing a great job with her cakes! *
One of the many gifts Ella received that day - a custom quilt created by her paternal grandmother, Claudia (my sister-in-law and Erica's mom). Claudia does awesome sewing projects!
We are all looking forward to Ella's arrival. She is a much anticipated addition to our family!

* Callie, Erica and I are planning to attend the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show at the Tulsa State Fair in October. We are all very excited!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Oh, My Aching Back! (and leg)

In the past, I have had problems with my lower back and, after a few adjustments from a chiropractor, have gone on my merry way.

I'm in need of a few adjustments again. This is obvious if you see me trying to get up out of a chair and walk. Although, once I'm up and moving around you can't tell I'm having any trouble.

But, I decided to give in today. The pain is not getting any better. In fact, it is worse.

I have a chiropractor appointment this afternoon. Wish me a good adjustment!

P.S. I'll be working on blog posts this week covering our last trip and this past weekend, which consisted of lots of family fun. Plus, I hope to catch up on my blog reading and commenting.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Technology

I had a birthday on September 4th. My gift was an iPad.
I love new technology!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

If You Don't Follow Me On Twitter

You missed this photo:
Taken in a small Wisconsin town recently.

What?!?!

Follow me here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fine Art Fridges

We were in Chicago for 36 hours recently.

The weather was gorgeous and we walked Michigan Avenue to see what we could see.

We saw old refrigerators.

As art.
 Me and a fridge.
This installation features recycled fridges as fine art. It was very interesting and typical of what we see when we visit Chicago.

Read more about this project here.

Thanks Com Ed for encouraging people to eliminate old, non-energy efficient fridges and for supporting the arts!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2,118 Miles

Our latest road trip: Tulsa > Des Moines > Chicago > Minocqua > Des Moines > Tulsa

We took delivery on a new car at the end of February, 2010. It now has 16,264 miles. In 6 months. We need to stay home for a while.

P.S. I did not drive one mile on this vacation.

P.S.S. More details to follow.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hello. My name is Cindy.

Sorry I've not posted in a few days.

The Husband and I have been celebrating our 16th anniversary and my X birthday. :-)

This Labor Day weekend we have been in Minocqua, Wisconsin visiting a friend on his 40th birthday weekend. The wife organized a fantastic, surprise party with a whole, roasted pig! There were 80+ folks at the party; from Calgary, Chicagoland and WI locals (plus 2 stray Okies). Let me just assure you, a GREAT time was had by all!

It was quite the weekend. His father-in-law's birthday was Friday, his father's birthday was Saturday, my birthday was Saturday and our friend's birthday was on Sunday. Cake and ice cream for everyone, every day!

We've had lots of fun, for sure. Heading home Tuesday morning. Talk to you all soon!

Saturday, September 4, 2010