Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Trying again...on many levels

I was at the store yesterday buying food items from a 5 day diet plan that sounded good. Lots of grains and fiber to fill you up. We had salmon with bread stuffing, broccoli and even rice (I should have gotten brown and we had white) for dinner last night. I had a few small snacks way after dinner, a few honey wheat pretzel sticks and a Stella Doro cookie.
Brian is a constant snacker. He eats too fast and won't listen to Sean and me to slow down (you know that it takes your brain 20 minutes to realize you've eaten). His tummy is big and rock hard. I mentioned a diet aid pill and he told me to take it. I think he's a nervous wreck, you can tell by looking at his fingernails as they are all nibbled down. Probably having a father in his 80s doesn't help and worrying about his future.
Another thing I want to do is try 'Curves'. There's a sign for a free month, but I wonder how many months you have to commit to first? All the gardening and sweating I did this summer and my weight didn't budge. I also had a sick mom and when I am stressed I eat more.
After lunch, I plan to list a few things on eBay. I haven't really felt like doing eBay lately though I have a huge table full of things gathering dust. I rarely make that great of a profit. I think it's too popular now (really has been for a while). I remember when I first started, I'd sell at least 15 things a week.
I tried to call my friend in Alabama and her phone just rang and rang. She is up near Birmingham. My other friend from Mississippi sent us all an email and said she moved the family to Panama City, FL. From what I saw, PC didn't fair well either. That's where the loan company is that we just sent the promissory note to. It's going to be a long few months for the people down south. I would definitely go to this site and donate a little something. I plan to do that too.

Can you identify this?

I know what it is already. One of our pals has a baby plant of this. So, what is it? The ants seem to like it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Salvia-one of my favorites

The red salvia did really well as did the blue salvia. I just like them in general as they are the annuals that stand the test of time and put on a nice show at the end of the summer. This was taken near my little pond.

Monarch caterpillars happily munching away

A bit blurry, but this is why I don't pull out all the milkweed that has sprouted up near the side of the house. I counted 4 caterpillars tonight. I just couldn't get a clear shot as it was rather breezy when I was trying to get my photos. When you disturb them they almost look sad as their antennas go droopy. Really!

Sean's 1st day of college

It seemed like this event was years off and now it's today. I can't believe he is a college freshman. I am sorry his first few days will be tarnished because of the loan problem. I think I have that figured out. I tried to get help from the loan people, but the hurricane was messing with their phone lines. Brian has to get a PIN number to fill in the form electronically. And yes, we sent them the incorrect form. Wish he had read the letter from the loan people better. But the names of the forms are so similar. So it's either wait 3 days for the PIN number or fill out the form and send it in through the mail. The loan people said that it will go through right away if he does it electronically, so that seems to be the best option. Sean at least is optimistic saying 'We'll be laughing about this in a few years.'

Monday, August 29, 2005

Eggplant parmigiana

After the priest dropped by for his bi-annual visitation, I got busy and made eggplant parmigiana from scratch. Sean had just picked an eggplant for me and I thought I had another one in the frig, but I waited to long to use it and had to toss it. The newly picked one was enough to fill the entire toaster oven pan. I made some tortellinis to go with it. It came out pretty good, esp with all the fresh basil added to the top. I should have taken a photo of it! I never hardly ate eggplants until a few years ago. I think my grandmom would overcook them and they got stringy and mushy. Mine weren't that way at all tonight. The guys even went for seconds.
There was a big stink over Sean's loan for school. Seems it hasn't gone through yet because we sent the loan company 'maybe' the incorrect form. I finally found the 'maybe' correct form through trial and error and tried to fill it out online. When it got to the page that said 'chose lender', it wasn't on the list! So now I have to give them a call and tell them. I got financial aid and loans and never had so much of a hassle. I am thinking that the 'maybe' correct form hasn't been processed yet as it was only mailed the 23rd of this month. Sean will have to get his books 'out of pocket' until he gets his money. His algebra book 'used' is about $77! Are they kidding? Glad I am finished school.

Prayers for the gulf coast

Needless to say, I am watching the tv and praying for all the people living in the New Orleans, Biloxi and Mobile areas. I feel so bad for the people in the Super Dome in New Orleans, especially when the roof was leaking on them. I have pals in MS and AL and I know they are dealing with this too My brother lives in Fort Lauderdale and he was without power and cooking all his perishables on the grill. I think he had to do that last year.
Back to cleaning...the vacuum is calling me! (The guys are gone today and it's so quiet here).

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Soggy Sunday

I am still a little tired from our recent trip. Today I decided to sort through some magazines and papers that have been accumulating on the dining room table and overflowing in the magazine basket. Good thing I did this as I read that the priest from church is coming for a visitation tomorrow! I thought he was coming Tuesday. So I have to tidy up a few areas that he will see (LOL) and since I did the sorting, I can just rearrange some knick-knacks and run the vacuum around. I have a feeling that I will be the only one home here. He will probably only be here about 10 minutes, so no big deal. Maybe I'll bake some brownies. I have until about 4 pm. We skipped the church picnic today. We haven't gone for a few years as it's rather boring if you don't have kids to put on the ponies or have them do sand art.
Brian goes back to work tomorrow. I actually got him to do a little something for me. He cleaned out a few file drawers in the downstairs cabinet! Sean and I had been down in this area and he had just tossed papers in there haphazardly. He threw away a lot of my old eBay paperwork. I haven't looked at it for years. I feel some organizational vibes coming my way!
The stitching question of the week was what was your biggest project and what was your smallest project.
I think my biggest project was a Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse design I did for my nephew when he was born. It was Mickey handing Minnie a flower. They kept that hanging up for a long time. The smallest has to be the little sampler I did when I was a new stitcher back in 1980.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Funny share...

See the montage of Cossy in a bag on his blog--->
(click on 'I love my cat' blinkie)

What I like about vacations...

This one in particular was a bit different as we had Sean as the main driver and he was driving his car. That gave Brian a tremendous break. Brian tends to be uptight on the road. I definitely felt a bit more relaxed in my cocoon in the backseat. I loved seeing Sean frolic in the ocean on his boogie board. He isn't really a swimmer, but he had a grand time catching the waves. I love the familiarity of a place. We stayed in the same hotel we stayed in 5 years ago and forgot how convenient it was to the beach and boardwalk. We ate at the Marina Deck right next to the bay and watched boats come in.
Sean wanted to go to a pre-21 club his friends had gone to. He had to walk a few blocks to the place and the cover charge was only half price until 8:30 pm. He did go and we were watching out the window worrying about him being out until 11 in a strange town. He said he was 'holding up the walls' but he talked to a girl from the Pittsburgh area too.
I love the outlet shopping in the Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach area. We go to the outlets in Lancaster a few times a year, but the ones down at the beach seemed to have a ton of things to chose from. The Bass and Old Navy stores had the best buys.
Most of all, seeing something different is what keeps me going for a long time. I get tired of the same old thing and a trip, even a short trip does me the world of good.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Cool OC shots

We ate at our favorite restaurant last night! A server comes around with a big basket of homemade coconut muffins, bread and raisin bread with icing. I got the tropical salad that includes baby shrimp, pineapple, mandarin oranges and a sweet dressing. My entree was a baby lobster tail. Scrumptious! I love the verbena on the posts.

No, this isn't one of us parasailing. I liked all the action and color in this shot.

The clouds and sun looked heavenly. : )

Ocean City, MD 2005 part one

Sean and Me after him boogie boarding

Night time shot of the official OC boardwalk sign

View from the roof of our hotel. Gotta love being this close to the ocean!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Happy Blogger Anniversary to me!

1 year today!
I really love to blog and I hope anyone who reads it gets a 'little something' out of it. ; )

Finished Charity quilt square

I had a little time before dinner to sit a spell. The luggage is pretty much packed. I need to water some flowers outside after we eat. Yesterday I planted the iris rhizomes that came. I thought a few didn't look that great, so I will email the company to see about replacements for them.
I went to the doctor and more or less the midwife (a new lady who looks like an older version of my sister-in-law MaryAnne) said my odd complaints are due to my age. Oh great.
Anyway, here is a charity square I just completed. They are for a bird themed quilt and are baby blue birds.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Busy week...don't know about blogging

That's why I was f-a-arting on the computer today. We won't be home for 3 days this week. I have that doctor's appt also the day before we leave. I'll be glad to get checked out. I am sick of feeling crampy and not myself lately. I was really good for nothing today.
Sean and Brian brought me home a red Liz Claiborne XL t shirt from Atlantic City. It's nice, but it's too big and not dressy. I wanted fudge for cripes sake. Sean got himself an expensive Eagles jersey. I told him I bet he spent a lot of time looking at them and not for fudge! :P
Hey, anyone know how to get an older gent to give up his favorite shirt and jacket? Brian's dad has been wearing the same worn out striped shirt every time I've seen him since June. It's ugly and there's something stained on the pocket. I told him nicely to only wear it around the house, but the guys said he was wearing it plus a dirty, ripped 'use to be white' nylon jacket that's at least 15 yrs old yesterday (we have proof because he took Sean to a aircraft show at Boeing when Sean was about 5!). We had gotten him a new jacket and he said it's too big in the shoulders'. I wonder if I can fix that? Add another sewing project for D! I told Bri to take him jacket shopping anyway. I know he doesn't need shirts. My grandmom's sister did the same thing Pops is doing at the same age wearing the same clothes day in and day out. I hope he is just lazy and not getting Alzheimers.


I found this on another blog called 'The Happy Homemaker'. : )
1) I must have a cup of hot tea with lemon and artificial sweetener first thing in the morning.
2)I need to wash my face every night-some people don't and that's nasty.
3) I usually apply anti-bacterial lotion on my hands after church (I've seen the priest really sick and you know why).
4)I have a bedtime routine-must stem from not having a real one as a kid, but mine entails the use of beauty products and it gets more complex the older I get.
5)If something I read or see on tv really bothers or interests me, even an image or song, I can't get it out of my head for several hours.
6)And if I hear a song I like, sometimes I'll just hum or sing it for several days. Guess that's why Sean bought me the latest Mariah Carey CD and I only liked the title track.
7)I like dogs, but I think most of them smell even when the owner says they bath them regularly.
8)I dream about pulling out weeds. That's a gardener for you.
9) I think I have ESP.
10) I smell everything!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Mom's yard

The first photo is a little garden next to the driveway with mostly marigolds and geraniums that mom's neighbor was nice enough to plant for her. I planted a pink butterfly bush to the left. The yucca was from our yard and blooms nicely.
Next-what's left of the hydrangeas.
The daylily bed in progress. I left the hosta there as it seemed to do well. In the far corner are 3 mums-two yellow and a burgundy that are out of range. I bought some Autumn Red mulch-phase 3 in a few weeks once the daylilies get established.

Guys are in AC

Sean and Bri decided to take the bus to Atlantic City with Pop pop before school starts. That is where I draw the line traveling. No bus for me. I like the car. Anyway, thank goodness there is a little more to do down there than there was say 5 yrs ago. The big mall is getting revamped and I don't think that is opened again. There is some decent outlet shopping. Sean of course can't gamble at 18. They may go on the beach a bit and play miniature golf. It's about a 5 hour excursion. Please bring me home some fudge! ; )
I was just tidying up in here since we will be out of town for a few days next week. I have a doctor's appt that I am getting nervous about (the dreaded gyn yearly). I don't know why I am this way, but I had a few weird problems this summer which I think is from overdoing it in the garden/digging dept. Wish me well.

Hey, did you hear about the woman who was brain dead and was pregnant? I think it was down in Virginia. A lovely 26 yr old woman had a brain hemorrhage from a reoccurance of melanoma which sounds scary to me. They kept Susan alive so the little girl she was carrying had a chance. She did and was delivered by c-section at 20 something weeks. And she was named after her mom.
I was watching a rerun of Oprah and saw the lady with the 200 pound tumor. Now how in the world did that poor woman function before her surgery? After they removed it, she only weighed 98 pounds. It took her 2 years to recover, but she looks really good now. I couldn't help get misty eyed when I say her.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Remember him-and why does he live in Pa?

Brian thought you guys in blogger world would like to know about this guy.
So do you
remember him? 'Hey, hey we're the Monkees' ring a bell?
And why does Davy Jones live in Pennsylvania? Is it a lot like his homeland?
Wonder if he makes personal appearances at things like Mushroom Festivals?
Anyway, he lives about 126 miles from here, east of State College in Beavertown, PA.
His main interest is race horses and a few of his seem to do really well. I was reading an article on the web that Bri sent me. Davy says he lives in an old place that he thinks is haunted. A lot of times he sits by himself in front of a roaring fire. (He's been married and divorced twice). Interesting. The other Monkees are mostly on the west coast.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Pond Pal

My baby hibiscus raised from seed and newly planted near my coreopsis and zinnias

My own little Kermit. He rules my pond. I've watched him grow from a little guy if he is fact the same leopard frog whose been hanging around all summer. ; )

This doesn't look like much, but I just planted 14 lilies in the circle area along with a few I already had.

My life over the last 10

Thanks to Abby for this:

A Real Live Meme

Where I was ten years ago

Our house was robbed in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon. The neighbors were home, but didn't see anything. Most of my jewelry was taken including my high school and college rings plus an amethyst piece that belonged to my great grandmom. They also took our camcorder, VCR and little 8 yr old Sean's gameboy.
Where I was five years ago
I was doing the domestic goddess thing as usual. eBay was consuming a lot of my time as was looking for stuff to sell on it. I still do eBay, but not to the extent that I did it 5 years ago. My maternal grandmom who helped to raise me and my 3 brothers had just passed away at age 97.
Where I was one year ago
About to go to Atlantic City for a few days. I talk about it in one of my first blogger posts.
Where I was yesterday
At my mom's house with Sean (seen previous post)

Where I am today
I was mainly doing nothing. I sat outside and read and stitched, planted four baby hibiscus plants and made homemade chili with our garden tomatoes.
Where I will be tomorrow

My son has promised me a lunch at Olive Garden all summer. Maybe he'll take me tomorrow.

Five snacks I enjoy
Honey wheat pretzel twists

Chex mix
soft serve ice cream
Jordan almonds

Five singers (or bands) for whom I know the lyrics to most of their songs: James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates, the Beatles, Heart.

Five things I would do with $100,000,000
Pay off debts and possibly revamp house to sell

Help mom fix up her house
Go to the west coast on a long vacation
Maybe fix some things on this bod
Donate to charity
Five locations I would like to run away to
Really any seaside resort or high on a mountain.

Maybe the Bahamas, Bermuda and then across the sea to Ireland, Greece and England.
Five bad habits I have
Smelling things

leaving tissues lying around
squirming in my seat at church
sneezing into my shoulder
cleaning out the cat's ears

Five things I like doing

Surfing the web

Cross stitching

Five TV shows I like
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Any TLC show
Conan or Craig's late shows
The Amazing Race

Five famous people I’d like to meet
Dare I say Jesus? ; )
James Taylor
Jimmy Carter
Carter Osterhouse (met Frank Bielec from Trading Spaces)
Any of thos English chaps from 'Cash in the Attic'
Martha Stewart-just to say I met her? She is my mentor (BP-before prison)

My biggest joys

Sean my handsome only child
Brian my husband of over 21 yrs
My cats esp Cosmo
My love of nature

To be able to create things
To make my mom happy

My favorite toys

Digital camera
DVD player


So Sean and I couldn't wait until today when it was cooler outside to move about 50 pounds of weeds out of my mom's side garden. I haven't seen weeds like that for a long time. We had to borrow the neighbor's wheelbarrow to move what we pulled out, and we almost pulled our guts out. Thank goodness for a strong, young man to help his achy middle-aged mom. It took a few hours, but we transformed an ugly area into a daylily bed with about 16 different kinds of daylilies scattered about (most came from an eBay seller in Utah-I think that is neat). I just need to find some mulch somewhere to finish it off. Of course there had to be some sticky weed amongst the grass and honeysuckle. I also applied more Tilex on the house shingles where I could reach and it is whitening them up.
Mom just told me my younger brother is replacing her rain gutters for her! One had completely fallen down in the back. So gradually we are helping her out. I even put her name in to win $5k of flooring from the HGTV site. If she could win that! Wow! Cross your fingers for Jeanne. No one else is more deserving.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Rainy Tuesday

Sean and I were going to go to my mom's today to do that side garden where I have the 14 assorted daylilies to plant. A few places are going to take some muscle work, but I don't think it will be too bad if the two of us are working. Sean and I work good together. We are starting to clean out the room in the basement (did you feel the earth move?) and we are good sorters (trash, Goodwill and save).
We didn't get to mom's as the heavens opened up! I am glad for the rain for all the plants and my well water. ; ) I ran to the post office to mail a book off priority for an eBay customer in Seattle who needed it by Saturday. I also got my auction of Harry Potter things sent to Vermont. I use to never have that many customers from New England, but I have been getting more and more.
I planted my 10 daylilies (plus the Stargazers I had) a few at a time yesterday. It was nicer earlier in the day and right when I wanted to get these in the ground, it heated up. I was all sweaty and red-faced, but I wanted to make sure I got at least half of what I bought planted.
Off to make dinner-really easy-chicken tenders-mayonnaise with parmesan and oregano added and spread on the chicken then baked. Easy and tasty.
PS-I got some of that Sheer Cover make-up and I think it looks nice. I'll have to take a photo of me with it on.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Burnt grilled cheese

Still not quite up to par today. I asked Sean to watch some almost browned grilled cheese sandwiches because I had to run to the bathroom for like the 6th time. When I came out a few minutes later, he had gone away from the stove thus burning the sandwiches on one side! Someone who is almost 19 and has made grilled cheese before should know better. I ate about half of what wasn't burnt. He ate all of his-good luck there!
To calm myself down I went out and took a few more photos. Top photos: I have a huge portuluca bonus plant next to my brick sidewalk out front. The salmon color is really pretty next to the brick. Shasta daisies are blooming around back. I planted these in late June. That's a photo of my front border under my big evergreen. The marigolds are looking just dandy next to the blue salvias and yellow celosia. And the last photo is of my huge planter that I am using for waterlilies. Though it could be deeper, the one plant has bloomed about 5 times. That's the cute little duck spitter I bought from Collectibles, Inc.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Another hot and muggy day

These photos were taken late yesterday. Most of the day today I wasn't feeling too great. The first photo is of my moonflower vines grown from seeds. You can see the very tall cardinal flower peeking in there. No moonflowers yet. Next are the pretty plants I bought at Walmart last week-the multi-colored nicotiana and the grass and coleus. They are sitting under a chestnut tree neat the road. I felt like it needed some color there.The final picture is again of our butterfly bush which has been my pride and joy this year. As you can see, the swallowtails love it! I've seen a dozen or so on at one time. They don't seem to mind the heat. I love watching my private butterfly show of these gorgeous creatures through the window there.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Breck's Order!

Thanks for the thumbs up on this one Zoey!
Qty. Item Unit Price Total
5 Persian Blue Allium
SKU 67359 US$9.99
8 Scarlet Majesty Tulip
SKU 67411 US$9.99
Product Total US$ 19.98
Shipping & Handling US$ 5.95
Offer Discount US$ (25.00)
coupon / gift certificate Order Total US$ 0.93 <-----you can't beat that price!!!

I had to try the allium. 'Blue' flowers are my 2nd favorite next to yellow. The tulips were so big and red I had to get them too!

Movies I've seen....

I think this is a list teenagers made up (got from Sean's blog), but I have seen quite a few of them!

If you've seen 80 or more, you are a movie whore. Copy, paste, fill out, and post.

( X) Blue Lagoon
(X) Passion Of The Christ
( X Rocky Horror Picture show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
() Boondock Saints
()The Mexican
() Fight Club
(X) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
(X) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
(X) The Princess Bride
(X) Young Frankenstien
(X) Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
(X) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Saw
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
() Anger Management
(X) 50 First Dates
() Jason X
() Scream
() Scream 2
() Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( )American Wedding
(X) Harry Potter
( ) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Resident Evil I
( ) Resident Evil 2
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(X) The Village
( ) Donnie Darko
( ) Lilo & Stitch
(X) Finding Nemo
(X) Finding Neverland
( )13 Ghosts
(X) Signs
(X) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
(X) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) Thirteen going on 30
(X) I, Robot
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Cinderella Story
(X) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( )Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( )Dumb & Dumberer
() Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
(X) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
(X)Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
(X) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
(X) Secret Window
(X)I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
(X) The Day After Tomorrow
( )Child's Play
( )Bride of Chucky
()10 Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X)Nightmare on Elm Street
(X)Sixteen Candles
() Coach Carter
( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( )Joy Ride
( ) Seven
( )Oceans Eleven
( ) Oceans Twelve
( ) Identity
( ) Lone Star
(X) Bedazzled
() Predator I
() Predator II
(X) Independence Day
(X) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(X) Christine
(x) ET
( )Children of the Corn
( )My boss' daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
() Frailty
( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( )She's All That
(X Calendar Girls
(X) Sideways
() Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
( ) Ever after
(X) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
( ) X-men
( ) X-2: X-Men United
( )Jeepers Creppers
( )Jeepers Creepers 2
(X)Catch Me If You Can
(X The Others
( )the original Freaky Friday
() Reign of Fire
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) The Hot Chick
( ) Swimfan
(X) Miracle
( ) Old School
(X) Ray
(X) The Notebook
(X) K-Pax
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
( ) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
( ) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
(X) A Walk to Remember
( ) Boogeyman
(X) Hitch
() The Fifth Element
(X) Star Wars episode I The Phantom Menace
( ) Star Wars episode II Attack of The Clones
( ) Star Wars episode III Revenge of The Sith
( ) Star Wars episode IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars episode V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars episode VI Return of The Jedi...
(X) Troop Beverly Hills
( ) Swimming with Sharks
(x) Air Force One
() For Richer or Poorer
( ) Trainspotting
() People Under the Stairs
( ) Blue Velvet
(X) Sound of music
(X) Parent Trap 1
( ) Parent Trap 2
(X The Burbs
(X)The Terminator
( ) Empire Records
( ) SLC Punk
(X) Meet Joe Black
( ) Wild Girls
( ) A Clockwork Orange
( ) The Order
(X) Spiderman 2
() Amelie
(X) Mean Girls
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2
(X) The Incredibles
( )Collateral
( )The Fast & The Furious
() 2 Fast 2 Furious
(X) Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow
(X Closer
(x) Titanic
( ) Saved
( ) Bowling For Columbine
(X) Farenheit 9/11
(X) The Sixth Sense
(X) AI: Artificial intelligence
(X) Love Actually
( ) Shutter
( ) Ella Enchanted
( ) Princess Diaries
( ) Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
(X) Constantine
(X) Million Dollar Baby
( )Envy
( ) Eurotrip
() Malibu's Most Wanted
( ) Big Daddy
( ) Black Sheep
(x) The Breakfast Club
(X) West Side Story
(x) A Christmas Story
(X ) Spanglish
() Pulp Fiction
( ) Sleepover
( ) The Evil Dead
( ) Killer Klowns From Outer Space
( ) Seed of Chucky
(X) Vanilla Sky
(x) The Nightmare Before Christmas
(X) Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
(X)Interview With a Vampire
() The Crow
(X) Purple Rain
() Reservoir Dogs
(x) Wayne's World
(X) Wayne's World 2
( ) 21 Grams
( ) Honey
( ) Save the Last Dance
( ) Blow
(X) Edward Scissorhands
( ) Clerks
( ) Guess Who
( ) Monster In-Law
( ) Elf
(X) Stuart Little
( ) Stuart Little 2
( ) Mall Rats
( ) Chasing Amy
() Dogma
(x)Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory(70s)
() Friday
() Next Friday
() Friday After Next
() Jay and Silent Bob Strike BacK
(X) Beetlejuice
(X) Last Samurai
(X) The Aviator
( ) Romeo and Juliet ( William Shakespeare's Modern version!)
( ) Beautyshop
(x) Legally Blonde
(X) Legally Blonde2

(X) The Forgotten
( ) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
(x) Grudge
( ) Wimbledon
( ) Bring It On
( ) Bring It On Again
() Flight of the Phoenix
( ) Johnson's Family Vacation
(X) National Lampoon's Vacation
( ) National Lampoons Vegas Vacation
(X ) 2001: A Space Odyssey
( ) Dr. Strangelove Or How I Came To Love the Bomb
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
(X ) Animal House
( ) Happy Gilmore
(X) Monty python and the holy grail
(X) Monty Python's The Life of Brian
(X ) CaddyShack
( ) CaddyShack2
(X) Casablanca
(X ) Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery
(X) Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me
(X) Austin Powers, Goldmember
( ) from Justin to Kelly
( ) Thirteen
(X) School of Rock
( ) Along Came Polly
() Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
(X) The Goonies
( ) State of Grace
( ) Clueless
( ) House of Sand and Fog
( ) Liberty Heights
( ) Brown Sugar
( ) Love & Basketball
( ) Tombstone
( ) Mystic River
(X) Dead Man Walking
(X) Major League
() American History X
(X) Garden State
( ) The Rookie
(X) My Girl
( ) My Girl 2
( ) Less than Zero
( ) The Barber Shop
( ) Serendipity
( ) Audition
( ) The Sandlot
(X) The Bad News Bears(70s ver)
(X) Harold and Maude
(X) Roxanne
( ) Fantastic Four
( ) Can't Hardly Wait
( ) Drop Dead Fred
(X) Pretty in Pink
() Natural Born Killers
( ) Rules of Attraction
(X) Thelma and Louise
(X) The Longest Yard(70s ver)
( ) Airheads
( ) Cool Runnings
(X) A League of Their Own
(X) Stand By Me
(X) Encino Man
() Underworld
() Super Troopers
( ) Spy Hard
() Black Hawk Down
( ) Formula 51
( ) Gone In 60 Seconds
( )Batman begins
(X) Ghostbusters II
(X) Hook
(X) Peter Pan (old disney version)
(X) Peter Pan (new version)(Robin Williams ver)
( ) Wedding Crashers
( ) Say Anything
( ) Lords of Dogtown
(x) Alice in Wonderland
() Night at the Roxbury
( )Tortilla Soup
(x )Super Size Me
() The Professional

Friday, August 12, 2005

A mid-August view of my plants

I love these coleus! The lime green was featured as a new variety-I believe it was Kong and I purchased it in Walmart. My red one is so pretty too.
Not too many sunflowers came up (many were nibbled by deer) but these are worth sharing.
Brian gave me this lily for Easter and it rebloomed again after I planted it.
One of the two pumpkins I found.

7 from Philly area gone in 4 days

War isn't hell for nothing

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Fat Actress-Kathy Griffin-Queer Eye

I rented the 'Fat Actress' DVD as we don't have Showtime. Kirstie Alley is pretty funny. It's like a parody of her. John Travolta played himself, but his wife Kelly Preston played an obnoxious weight loss consultant. Lots of 'f' words are flying around this one! I like seeing her mansion (I guess it's really her place) and her squeezing into her 'fat pants'. She did have a big tush! I still have to watch 2 episodes from the DVD. Having always been overweight, I can relate.
Now Kathy Griffin is like a little, fiery red headed sailor. She's got a new show on Bravo. I know her best from the 'Suddenly Susan' show. Either she made a ton of money from that or her husband has money-she lives in a huge mansion! Her voice gets to me and how she is trying to get all the free goodie bags at the different functions she attends. Her parents are at her house a lot and she is just like them. She also pals around a lot with gay guys-go figure...
And speaking of gays, I still can't miss 'Queer Eye' on Tuesday nights. I found out a few weeks ago that the only blonde, Carson Kressley, graduated magna cum laude from Gettysburg College and he is from Allentown, Pa. Ha!
I think they do such nice things for the men they chose. The last episode featured a basketball couch who took every player under his wing and they displayed excellent team work. The couch had Thom crying like a baby. I could easily have a few gay guy friends for 'girl friends'. I grew up with 3 brothers who teased me mercilessly and a guy friend in college was gay (I didn't know at the time). I would say I get along pretty well with guys my age and under. Senior guys who dominated women in their hey day bug me to no end.

Gardening Journal

You know I just realized that my blog is the best journal ever for keeping track of what I am doing in the yard this year! I do have a 'hard copy' journal in the form of a Mary Englebreit hardback book that's divided into months and has a ribbon divider. I can easily fill up those pages in no time. I did use it to write down the names and colors of the 10 new daylilies I just purchased. I am trying to figure out what to do with them all. I have 10 for mom (as mentioned earlier) plus a few Asian lilies for her. I can't garden in this kind of weather. I was pulling weeds under the shade of my blue spruce earlier and I was wilting fast.
I am having so much fun reading other gardening blogs. Zoey (Perennial Passion on sidebar) had a 'guess the plant' question yesterday. From her description, it was a plant I had here for years that I thought was lamb's ear. The plant Zoey was referring to was called 'Rose Campion'.
You learn something new everyday!

And stitchingwise...

I am working mainly on finishing up a charity square of little bluebird babies in a nest which are surrounded by apple blossoms. I swear it looked easier than it is. And I snuck that wildflower piece in there for Allie (see sidebar). I'll get it done. I have a stitch-along to complete. Actually started the Prairie Santa piece ages ago. I'm trying to get my stitching group (I head a group of over 60 stitchers) to do one by Sept. 1.
Some of the stitching bloggers questions off the top of my head:
No, I don't dye my own fabric for stitching. I use white most of the time for Love Quilts. I have heard you can use jello to dye fabrics. For the heck of it, I may just try that sometime on a small piece of fabric. I'd love to have a deep pink.
And I believe this week's question dealt with whether or not I have a rotation of my stitched wall pieces-LOL Well, I have a few things that I have stitched on display-one is a Prairie Schooler garden sampler (made into a banner) hanging on a twig in the family room.

There's a Just Nan-Big bee-Little Bee (I think) right behind me on my Martha Washington sewing cabinet.

And in the living room is Judy Garland as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz sitting with the other Oz collectibles. I am getting tired of looking at that for over 2 yrs and it will probably be changed and Dorothy may go in the box with everything else.

That's about it I think.

This post is in memory of Kyle B. who I made a collie dog head (it's on the right in the photo there)for a LQ we made for him last year. He almost made it to his 16th birthday.

A big box of daylily fans arrived today...

...right at the beginning of our 5th heat wave. Darn-it! I hoped it would stay in the 80s so I can get my 10 daylilies planted and Mom's 10 planted at her house. I got these from an eBay seller in Utah and she didn't send planting directions. I googled 'when do you plant bare-root daylilies' and found an answer-within 2 weeks. So I have some time. They said if you can't get them in the ground to keep them in a cool, moist place. I have them in the living room near the air vent-lol
I was out digging up around where I wanted mine to do. Bare roots look so much easier to plant then getting a big pot from the nursery. I sure hope they make it ok as they were expensive! And I can't wait to get my mom's planted for her.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

New Garden enhancing books

Zoey wanted to know the titles that I purchased at the various stores yesterday. I'll post the books that I have gotten in the last few months. I have some serious reading to do this winter.
  1. Ortho's All About Creating Natural Landscaping ($4.25) Like a little lesson on what plants go well in different locations like humid or arid. I like that it has lots of photos and lists of plants with both their Latin and common names. We really need to learn those Latin names don't we! ; )
  2. Mix and Match Gardening by Lindsay Thomas ($6.00) Published in London. I am wondering if their seasons are similar to the Pacific west coast? If you know off hand, let me know. Ms. Thomas uses all the Latin names. I like how the pages are divided so you can study plant details and garden plans at the same time. It's like the little gardening plans that Better Homes & Gardens uses for like ideas for a 'white garden', etc.
  3. The Gardening Year of Color by Lance Hattatt ($4.00 with 20% off) another English dude but a nice compact book that will help you know when to plant what. I like to have something blooming from as early as possible to as late as possible. The flower photography is beautiful.
  4. Place the Plant by Frances Welland ($4.00) Now I have trouble with some plants. I pretty much know which ones like the shade and sun. It also talks about soil conditions. And yes, another English author.
  5. American Garden Writing-an Anthology edited by Bonnie Marranca ($7.00) I think I look forward to reading this one the most of all. From the one selection I learned quite a bit about Queen Anne's Lace. There are more than 50 selections from travel journals, letters, personal essays, natural history and seed catalogs. I can't wait to see what Thomas Jefferson wrote.
  6. The New Guide to Remedies ($2.99) I little book I picked up at Michael's Crafts. The print is so small I almost think I need reading glasses. I like to try natural remedies. I learned this from finding out the hidden value of milk thistle. If only my mom would see the light.
  7. Tong Sing-The Chinese Book of Wisdom ($6.98) The Chinese views on astrology, health foods, herbal remedies and recipes.
  8. Cassell's Garden Directories Foliage Gardens by Richard Bird ($3.98) I guess I bought this with my mom's yard in mind. About half of it is shady and this book helps you chose the right plants for yards like this. Nice photos too.
  9. Better Homes & Gardens Garden Decorating ($5.98) Fun book! Lots to make for the garden. Just like the magazine (which I get too).

I did great with the prices. I guess I am lucky to have so many places around here where I can buy books. I just need a few more bookcases for them all.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Daytrip to Lancaster

Sean wanted to go up to Lancaster County to go to the different outlets stores off of Route 30. We live about 22 miles from here. We got a late start-we left around 2:00. The stores are opened until 9 anyway. I think he wanted to try out his car on a longer trip. He was looking for new sneakers and has had good luck at the Adidas store there, but not today. He did get some Penn State Nittany colored blue and white Nikes for a little more money.
I hit Tuesday Morning to look for a few birthday gifts. It was freezing in the store and thus took some enjoyment out of my browsing. I got my sis-in-law the cutest piggie bank dressed in his swim trucks with removable sunglasses.
We went up to another center as we had 20% off coupons for things at various stores not on sale. I hit Liz Claiborne (I love Liz) and got these pretty mocha slacks with no elastic around the waist! I have to turn them up, but they will be great for the fall. And I got 20% off. We went to Gap and tried to use a coupon but the girl wouldn't let us saying the shirt was already marked down. We got a lot of stuff for $58, so we left, but I complained about them at the book store. The bookstore gave me 20% off.
We realize that they send you the coupons to get you up there, but we managed to use 3 of the 4 and saved maybe $10 or so, not too bad.
We ate at the Texas Roadhouse and enjoyed that. Sean enjoyed the waitress who looked like a dark haired Bo Derek.
Sean went back to get the Nikes and then he dropped me off at a book sale. That's when the weariness hit me. I managed to sniff out 2 gardening books and a cross stitch book. The last place we went to was the Pepperidge Farm outlet store for some bread and goodies.
I noticed they are building up Route 30. There was a new miniature golf course with a big pirate ship as one of the holes across from the Steamboat hotel (it looks like a steamboat with it's big wheel on the side). I want to eat at the Waffle House one of these days which is across from the Rockvale outlets. It use to be a Dairy Queen which was in the movie 'Witness'.
I have to tell you that on the way up there I was checking out house gardens because it's such a green and fertile area. I was disappointed not to see more going on. The ones I saw looked like they were tended to with love, much like the ones my gardening blog pals and I tend to. It's a shame not more people find joy in such a simple and easy hobby. I mean, you have to weed and feed, but it's a hobby you develop to your own taste over the years.
We saw a few buggies on the way home around 8 pm. I thought all the Amish went to bed at 8!
Here's a good joke I heard from a guy named Vic on Comedy Central last night- 'When the other countries heard that Bush and the USA were going to war, they stared at him like Amish in a Circuit City.'
PS-Good luck to Dana Reeve who announced she had lung cancer at age 44. Hasn't that poor woman been through enough? I heard she didn't smoke. Scary thing.

Monday, August 08, 2005

A few words about Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings was a class act. His voice was so dignified and you enjoyed hearing him read the news. If you are about my age, you remember him from when you were in your 20s or younger.
It's hard to realize that he's gone at only the age of 67. His last appearance on the news was quite shocking and touching back in April. His wonderful news reading voice was all raspy. He said he had lung cancer, though he had stopped smoking 20 yrs earlier. I couldn't help but get teary-eyed when ABC dedicated their entire broadcast to him. He would have liked it. It showed him as a down-to-earth person even doing a segment in his boxers and getting caught in the act!
My mom always said that Peter reminded her of her dad as he had a high forehead and quick wit. My pop-pop only lived to be 58 and cigarettes were his curse.
I also really appreciate how much he cared about kids and how he had specials for them to hear about their concerns and interests.
Sorry to hear about his passing in only 4 months after diagnosis.

Saturday, August 06, 2005


Thanks to Karin for this great forward:
ICE could save your life ‘In Case of Emergency’ initiative turns cell phones into lifelines
By Dawn Fratangelo
NBC News
Updated: 7:36 p.m. ET July 28, 2005

NEW YORK - At Montefiore Medical Center, New York City’s busiest emergency room, information is vital, and sometimes hard to come by — like when a woman in cardiac arrest is brought in alone and unconscious.
“We were resuscitating this woman with no information,” says Dr. Robert Meyer, “and only two hours later did someone show up.”
News that she’d had chest pains for weeks came too late, but she was carrying a potential lifeline: a cell phone.
That sort of situation is just what Robert Stimpson, the acting police chief in Madison, Conn., is thinking. Now he’s launching a campaign that’s catching on: asking cell phone users to create a specific entry called ICE, or “In Case of Emergency.”
It couldn’t be easier. Enter the number of your emergency contact into your cell phone’s address book. Label it as ICE and store it. Paramedics or doctors can then access that number if you’re in an accident.
“A program like ICE,” says Stimpson, “would make our job much easier, save a lot of time, help the emergency provider, and ultimately, help the person in need.”
Most of the 193 million cell phone users in the United States probably already have an “in case of emergency number.” It just may be under something like “mom.” Programming it again under “ICE” only takes moments.
There are some concerns, especially that the emergency contact be up to date about medical history.
The idea caught on after the bombings in Great Britain, where a paramedic conceived it. Word spread, and a grass-roots movement was under way — from the Internet to hospitals worldwide.
“It’s a no-brainer,” says Meyer, “It’s a wonderful idea. It’s cost-free.”
It's three simple letters that could help save lives.
© 2005 MSNBC Interactive
© 2005

I bought more plants...

Well, I mostly bought mums for under $2 each at Wally World. I also bought some pretty pinkish and ruffly coleus (I really like them this year) that I will but in a display with some ornament grass I just purchased. Got a container of Black-eyed Susans and one of Nicotiana in three shades-one is lime, my favorite. Bought some Asian lilies for my mom's future lily garden for $1 each and in all colors, minus the flowers. I will also give mom a few mums. All the above plants were around $25, so a bargain indeed. We don't get our first frost for a while, so I can enjoy the plants for about 2 more months.
I found a couple of pumpkins growing today in the patch! Woo-hoo! Now I think I better protect them from the beasties. Maybe I should get fine wire mesh to surround them in? LOL
Mom felt good enough to tidy up her room a bit today. I am still after her to take the herbal supplements. She said she would try them. I get misty-eyed when I think about her and me wanting to do things around her house to make her happy. I couldn't find the sprayer thing at Walmart, so I guess I better go to the home & garden center. I have to make that green stuff on the shingles history!

Flora galore!

These pretty pale pink lilies 'appeared mysteriously' under the crepe myrtle bush. I think I will be moving them with the other lilies and I'll be saving a few for my mom.

The baby hibiscus are coming along. I can transplant them when they are 8-10" tall.

These petunias (some ruffled ones too) are so nice and bushy but I know they need a little trimming.

Shooting fur balls

I was down at my mom's again yesterday to get her vacuum running. I knew it needed a belt. I rummaged around a drawer at her house and found one. I have the same vacuum (I helped her buy it), so I know how it works. It usually is a wonderful 12 amp (Bissell Powerglide) that gets all the crud out of your rugs. Well, after I reassembled the roller and belt, I tried it out. I'm doing all this tinkering in an room that isn't air conditioned and the sweat was running down my face. The new belt broke within minutes! I took the assembly apart (again) and went to look for a belt in the drawer. Thank goodness there was an unopened package of the correct belts that I hadn't seen before! Yeah! So I repeated the above and got it running, but the hose part had no suction. Uh-oh! I started to tap it on the floor and out popped all these little furry gremlins! The dog's long blonde fur had clogged up the entire hose part. It must have been this way for a long time because as I vacuumed, I had to do the tapping and shooting of fur balls about 10 times. It's noisy, but it's working.
Sean and I had to take mom to the CVS to get her pills. She did really well walking around in there. It had been since the 11th of July that she was out of her house! This morning she called and said she was in terrible pain. I wish she would try the herbal supplements. I got them out for her and she defiantly said 'not yet'! I told her I take herbs everyday of my life and they don't bother me. I don't know why she is afraid to take a capsule that has rosemary and other herbs in it.
I applied bleach to the green on my mom's house shingles and it looks like it is fading it. I need one of those applicators that people use for Miracle-gro. I can't reach the second floor area without a ladder. I figured I could put bleach where the fertilizer goes and shoot from ground level. I also plan to add topsoil to the side of the house under her dining room window and plant all kinds of daylilies (mom's favorite flower) there. I am hoping to win an eBay auction for 20 daylily fans-10 varieties.
Sean and I went to the mall and had salad and pizza at a place called Carrabba's. It was pretty good. We wanted to do some damage with our Macy's gift cards. I got an Anne Klein watch for 40% off. It's pretty with a two tone chain bracelet and mother of pearl face (with a diamond chip). I got a few pairs of earrings, 2 skirts, a poncho type thingie in aqua, tops for mom and me, and some shirts for Brian and his dad. His dad gets us the g.c.s at Caesars in Atlantic City.
I am trying to get my act together to go to a book sale down the road. I don't need them, but I love to look.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Green fried tomatoes at Dianne's

Last night I was making turkey meatloaf (I sub turkey a lot for hamburger) and decided to have fried eggplant as the side dish. There was also a green tomato sitting there and I thought, what the heck, I'll fry that up too! Did you know that tomatoes turn red from the inside out? All I did was slice the veggies up, dip them in an egg wash, then Italian style bread crumbs. I salted and peppered them (and threw on a little garlic powder) while they sauteed in olive oil (another staple of mine). I thought they were very good. The fellas said 'they were all right'. Guess they like zucchini fritters a little better.
It's a steam bath already. I have a package to mail to Lititz, PA (I could drive there too) for eBay. I may walk around Big Lots for a change of scenery.
Outside the petunias are gettting a little leggy and I will probably take scissors to them. I finally got the pump in the pond to sit upright by replacing the container it was in. The water is crystal clear! It should be as it's been replaced about 5 times. I could see and remove all the stringy algae.
I have raising some hibisicus that when mature will give me blooms the size of dinner plates.
The little seedlings are only about 2 inches tall and under the shade of the umbrella today.
Above are a couple of bookmarks I made for my niece and nephew. They are stitched on a vinyl type of product, so fractional stitches aren't used except for half stitches. Kenny plays guitar, so that was perfect for him. I made up both verses. Tori's says, "Nemo likes finding Tori with a book". Kenny's says "It's so cool to strum a chord, now open this book and you won't be bored". I like making bookmarks as they only take a few evenings to complete.

View from my family room. Those are my many African Violets in the foreground. The point of this photo was seeing how big the butterfly bush is!  Posted by Picasa

Headed for the shur, I mean shore...

It's a rite of summer around here to 'go down the shur'. I've been doing it all my life. I love the beach areas. We've been to: Wildwood, NJ, Cape May, NJ, Ocean City, NJ, Atlantic City, NJ, Seaside Heights, NJ, Rehoboth, Delaware and Ocean City, MD. One of my first posts last year was about our trip to Atlantic City. This year we are headed for one of the best beach resorts in the area, Ocean City, MD. Love the inlet area, the bay, the shopping, but mostly the beach as it's never really crowded as there is so much of it.
I was thinking about all the trips to Wildwood growing up. You have to pause several times before you get to the edge of the water as the beach is so wide. We got caught in a downpour when I was little and were not able to get under the boards before becoming drenched to the bone.
We stayed on the third floor of a place and my mom and grandmom brought too much stuff (sequins to play bingo?).It rained most of the time we were there and Don and I played 'Movie Moguls' 30 times. I also got a wicked sunburn and remember suffering from it.
I also went down there with my pals from junior college when we graduated. Three of us tried to sleep in a double bed. I ended up on a blow-up raft. I ate turkey hoagies for every meal it seems. We were also stuck in the rain and ended up in this seedy bar. I was so tired from that trip, I slept for almost 2 days.
Wildwood is also where I fell for Brian. We have a polaroid to prove it.

Dianne is...

Found this on 'The Daily Bitch' (on the sidebar there--->)
What you do is Google your name "Dianne is" and see what comes up. There are some cool Diannes out there!

Dianne is a seminar leader who has many success stories.

Dianne is slow going.

Dianne is damp. (only in the shower or caught in a rainstorm)

Dianne is acknowledged to be one of Australia’s leading teachers. (never been there, but I did call someone in Aussy on the phone a few years ago). this is still a fairly new area that Dianne is exploring.

The Transitional Services are great, but Dianne is what makes it the BEST!"

Dianne is the spark plug for a group of supportive and motivational people. ...

Dianne is a gifted author and educator who has used her skills to address the destructive nature of anger and the healing power of love.... (so true! LOL)

Dianne is FABULOUS!!! (thanks Dahling!!!)

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Cleaning my tail off

I haven't posted for two days? Don't faint now. I was down at my mom's again yesterday trying to help her out again. I was doing the kitchen. I can't get into how bad it was or I'll get myself in a stew again. I spent 2 hours cleaning a small portion of it and wore myself out because it was warm in there and there was too much that needed cleaning. Mom vegetated on the sofa and didn't have the air up all the way. I wanted to take her out in the car, but she said she's too weak. I brought her down some breakfast, which she hardly touched and a hoagie. I did manage to get her to drink almost half a jug of green tea. I told her she is never going to feel stronger if she doesn't eat.
Sean had dropped me off on his way to his math tutoring. He had to go a little longer to hopefully get into a higher level. So he'll go up two levels! As a treat, we went to Ruby's Diner. It's looks like the 50s diners and we had burgers. I treated myself to a couple of books at Borders. My garden chums will appreciate this-I got a lovely big book called 'Encyclopedia of Herbs' the definitive guide to the identification, cultivation and used of herbs with over 1,000 herbs and 1,500 photographs-only $9.99. The garden lay-outs are beautiful. Lots of flowers are actually herbs. Well that makes sense doesn't it? I purchased a wonderful magazine that Miracle-Gro put out called 'Container Gardening' (Zoey!). I was really enjoying it at 2 am when I couldn't sleep. Some of the combos of plants are fantastic. I saw a 'planter' made out of various flowerpots that I want to make for mom and me. I actually saw those bowl shaped clay pots marked down at Value City a few weeks ago. I sure hope they still have them.
Speaking of making things, I bought some makings of a Christmas 'alphabet block' tree last year. I need a base for them. I had made one years ago and they are so adorable, I'd thought I'd make and sell a couple of them on eBay. I really love to make things and miss using that part of my brain when it's been a while since I've gotten 'down to brass tacks' with my craft things.
It's smoldering here again. I just love seeing the plants wilting everyday. I am wilting too. My sinuses are killing me. It's a mixture of something outside, the air running all the time and cleaning at mom's. Time for a cross stitching break!

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