Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'm A Reacher Creature!

Do you know Jack Reacher? He is a character in a series of action/adventure books written by author Lee Child.

Jack is a loner, with no home or possessions, who walks everywhere. During his travels, he typically runs into a bit of trouble and then stays around just long enough to help innocent people resolve the problem. These books are fun, escapist entertainment enjoyed by both men and women.

I saw a story on Lee Child on the CBS Sunday Morning news recently. I really, really enjoy Jack Reacher mysteries and I knew other people did also, but I did not know some people called themselves "Reacher Creatures" until I saw this piece.

If you like a fun read, pick up the first book in the series and meet Jack. You may end up loving him!

P.S. If you live in Tulsa, Gardner's Books usually has the books in stock.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ella Mackenzie Has Arrived

We have a new grand niece! May I present Ella Mackenzie Powell:
Born Sunday evening, October 24, 2010. 7 pounds, 10 ounces. 21 inches long.

We cannot wait to meet our new grand niece in person. Look at her cheek. I just want to kiss it!

Our Weekend

We had a great weekend.

The Husband's cousin, Charlene, came in Thursday evening from Denver. We went to Oklahoma City to visit two of our nieces and their families. We ate, drank, talked and laughed.

We also went to the twins Halloween school party. They were Woody and Buzz:
Sunday morning, we drove from Oklahoma City to Tulsa on old Route 66. One of the sights we saw was a motorcyle pulling a coffin:
We had a lazy Sunday afternoon at home and a lovely Sunday night dinner at McGill's on 21st.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hello Out There...

I've really enjoyed writing this blog over the past year. In addition to it keeping our family informed of our day-to-day life and my weird thoughts, one of the best things is I have made new friends.

My new friends stop by to read my posts and, from time to time, leave a comment. Sometimes the comment leads to a further exchange of e-mails between us. I also make it a habit to keep up with my commentors by reading and commenting on their blogs.

I know I have some folks out there that read Cindy's Clipboard, but never speak up. I'd love to hear from you and get to know you better.

Please feel free to comment on a post or "follow me" (on the right side of the page). If you follow me, I'll follow you!

All I'm saying is, I'd love to make more new friends. A woman can never have too many friends, now can she?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Drink Dispensers - The New Punch Bowls

The Husband and I shopped in a small town antique mall recently and I was struck, again, by how many punch bowl sets were for sale in the $30-$40 range.

Hostesses don't seem to use punch bowls much these days. At the parties I've attended lately, everyone uses drink dispensers, which eliminates the mess of trying to fill cups with a ladle.

I must admit, I have two punch bowl sets (Star of David and Forest Green, both by Anchor Hocking), but I have not used them for punch in years. Wait...I did loan one to a neighbor last year for a baby shower.

My question is, how can I repurpose these bowls and get more use from them? I did use the Forest Green bowl as a centerpiece on St. Patrick's Day. I could float candles in them as centerpieces for upcoming holiday tablescapes. I could arrange flowers in them.

What else can I do with these bowls? Do you have any ideas?

Perhaps I should begin serving punch when we entertain and start a movement of renewed appreciation for and use of these icons of the past!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Entering A New Phase of Life

The Husband and I recently spent an entire day with my mother. At the end of that day, I realized we have entered a new phase of her life.

Mom still lives on her own and drives only during the day to familiar places within a 6-8 mile radius of her house. If she has to go somewhere new, my sister or I will drive her. She has had arthritis for years and one side effect is painful legs, knees and feet causing difficulty walking. In the last few months she has begun to use a cane and her doctor authorized a handicapped parking permit. 

We organized this day because it was time for Mom's car to be serviced. We decided we would drop her car at the dealership and run errands with her.

The Husband picked us up and we took her to a couple of furniture stores to look for a new chair. She selected a Medi-Lift power chair from Mathis Brothers.

We also took her shoe shopping at SAS Shoes. The employees there were very helpful and very sweet to her. After our shopping stops, we ate lunch at The Brothers Houligan. Mmmm good. Especially the green beans!

It hit me during this day with Mom that she really is getting older. She has always been a petite woman, but as she ages she seems to be getting smaller and is becoming quite fragile. Add in the fact that she purchased a Medi-Lift chair, now uses a cane and has a handicapped parking sticker and suddenly I'm thinking:

"Hey! Wait a minute. What just happened? And, when did it happen?"

I've been with her many places the last few months, it's just that on this day it really hit me that she is now elderly. (She'd hate it if she knew I called her that!)

Hopefully, she will have many more years of being mobile, active and independent. I'm going to do everything I can to ensure that she does.

How about your older family members? Have you spent time with them recently? Do you know their true status?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Bear and A Bridge

A friend forwarded an e-mail with this story. I love bears and I enjoyed the photos, so I thought I'd share it with you: "This bridge is on the Donner Pass Highway. It has a spectacular view of Donner Lake and Donner Pass on Route 80. A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge (Old Hwy 40 at Donner Summit, Truckee) when two cars, also crossing the Old bridge, scared the bear into jumping over the edge.
Somehow the bear caught the ledge and was able to pull itself to safety. Authorities decided that nothing could be done to help Saturday night so they returned Sunday morning to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge.
A net was secured under the bridge.
The bear was tranquilized and fell into the net.
The net was lowered to the ground.
And the bear walked away."
Taking a nap is, more often than not, my way of dealing a situation. Although, when I wake up I never have a net under me!

You can google "bear donnor pass" and find several versions of this story.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Gender Reveal Party!

Do you know what a gender reveal party is?

It's a party where everyone, at the same time, finds out the sex of a baby on the way. People wear pink or blue to indicate what they hope the baby will be. Of course, there are lots of pink and blue decorations, food and drink.

Not only had I never been to a gender reveal party, I'd never heard of them either. That all changed this week, when I attended a gender party for my niece, Tracy.
Tracy wore pink and blue, to indicate she'd be happy with either sex. But note, the pink is the dominant color because she is already Mom to our sweet, twin grand nephews, Charlie and Jesse:
Everyone bit into their cupcakes at the same time, with all eyes on Tracy, who could not believe she saw PINK!
Through her tears of joy, she checked the ultrasound picture to be sure. It's a GIRL!
As we all took a look at the ultrasound picture there were more tears, as well as big hugs amid much laughter.

We had great food. Grand nephew Nathan is overseeing the cupcakes for us:
I made the Palmiers (savory puff pastry appetizers). They were easy to make, tasted great and will certainly make a return appearance when I'm asked to provide an appetizer. 
Kudos to niece Mary, who was the hostess of the party and kept the sex of the baby secret for 24 hours. Good job!

We are all looking forward to welcoming "Timothena" into the family. Joke. :-)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

He Deserves A Post By Himself (Cake Gnome)

In my opinion, the best entry in the Tulsa State Fair Sugar Arts Show:


It's a gnome!

A yard gnome!

Sugar Arts Show

Bless The Husband's heart, he went with me to the Oklahoma Sugar Arts Show at the Tulsa State Fair. We saw beautiful works of art.

Drapes made of sugar:

A TV dinner. Doesn't it look delicious?

A dragon with castle:

Look at these flowers:

Look at the recipe cards and the knife:

Look at this sweet Halloween cake:

One of my favorites this year is this drawer of jewelry:

I love, love, love the jewelry. But, look at the baby clothes:

Closer:

Again, closer:

There are many, many more photos I could show you, but I won't.

If you did not attend the Oklahoma Sugar Arts Show in 2010, I would recommend you plan to attend in 2011. It is fantastic and fabulous!

Monday, October 4, 2010

I Bought A New Hat!

I went to the Tulsa State Fair Sunday with The Husband.

I bought a new hat. What do you think? I like it.
My head is big and my hair is really, really thick, so finding a hat that fits is difficult. I'm very, very happy with this hat!

Also, I truly love the smiley face balloons. Truly, I do.

We saw The Sister and her family, while we were goofing at the fair.

Sweet baby Lauren also bought a new hat:
She has Aunt Cindy's sharp, witch chin. Bless her heart.

I'll have more posts from the fair this week.

A Fun Game For Tulsa Peeps

Here's a fun game:

1) Attend the Tulsa State Fair

2) Find these balloons:
3) Take your picture with the balloons.

4) Post the picture as your Twitter, Facebook or Blog picture for the duration of the Tulsa State Fair.

I have, will you?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Neighbors!

How do you meet and greet new neighbors?

I typically do some variation of the following:
The attached paper says:

Welcome to Newport Avenue
Decorating a new home is exciting.
So is meeting new neighbors.
When we are sitting on our front porch,
it is an open invitation to come over and visit with us.
Welcome! 
Cindy & Steve

A cordial greeting goes a long way toward breaking the ice and assimilating new folks into our neighborhood. 

It also serves as a great opportunity to get some of our most pressing "Gladys Kravitz" questions answered quickly! 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Magic WD-40

Everyone knows that WD-40 is magic, yes?

Pair WD-40 with a razor blade and magic truly occurs. You know how hard it is to get the sticky residue off from a price tag?

  • Spritz it with WD-40
  • Wait a minute or two
  • Scrape the residue with a razor blade
  • Wipe with a paper towel
  • Wash
  • Use
I learned this probably 20 years ago. It changed my life!