Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
I am working on a little political side-note, I hope it won't offend you. I like to keep my blog bright and cheerful, but this topic is under my skin, like an annoying sliver of wood. My brother and I are coordinating our blogs regarding this "sliver"...his will be factual and articulate, mine will be an emotional, raving, nonsensical editorial. We'll link up once it's a go.
On that note, I'm off. I have some sewing to do and volunteer work this afternoon. So be happy, dear friends. See ya later!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Hello, bridges! I know you haven't seen me in a very long time...but I'ma comin'! All those wonderful walks up, down, up, down...all for naught! I blew it, I fell off the wagon, I caved! Now I have to start over. But I'm gonna get back on track and walk "it" off. Oh, the injustice of it all!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
. . . or, How the Other Half Lives--north of the Mason-Dixon line, that is. The bent-over gent in the picture is me (Tom), Patti's brother, stranded in an Arctic settlement known as Brockport, between Buffalo and Rochester, New York. This is how I'm enjoying my Christmas vacation. How about you folks down Florida way? I thought so--WIMPS! As of 5 p.m. Sunday, December 21, I've had to shovel out my driveway 6 times--since 11 a.m. on Friday, December 19. Seven times if you go all the way back to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16. WHAT FUN! Up here, we can really relate to all those cute graphics you see on Suthun blogs of Santa in his Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses, sipping a fruity cocktail. Well, we know the REAL Santa--we live just down the street from him! So, when ya'll get tired of sweating in your shorts and T-shirts, c'mon up here and we'll put you to work in the driveway, where you can experience sweating under 7 layers of heavy clothing with a shovel, instead of a cocktail, in your hand! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Do you remember these guys? How genuinely funny they were, how much fun they seemed to be having together? I thought that maybe you'd enjoy this little clip. Just take that walk down memory lane and try to remember what you were doing way back when.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I'm waiting on Brown. I hate waitng on Brown. Something special is coming for me, via Brown. I am going to be sooooooo happy when Brown gets here. BROWN! Where are you?! I'll let you know what's in Brown's box once it arrives. And you're gonna say, "Is that all? She's nuts, that's not exciting!" But Randi will love it. Randi will be very happy for me. C'MON, BROWN!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
And the winner of the waffle weave apron is...RANDI!
Any apron that I can lick chocolate right off of, is the apron for me! In fact, I will be making chocolate covered caramels will wearing it. At least I am hoping that I will! ;)
December 7, 2008 11:44 PM
Oh, my! This is like sending a photograph that you took of your baby to Anne Geddes. Now I'm all nervous...congratulations, Randi! Please email your address to moi and I'll get that apron washed and mailed. Just kidding, I didn't use it...or did I?
Friday, December 12, 2008
I have a friend who requested 4 to 5 wristlets. OK, Friend, here they are. I decided that it would be easier to blog about them rather than email you individual pictures. Let me know which you'd like. Just shoot me an email!
I'm waiting on a very exciting package, which should arrive in the next few days. Once it's here, I'll squeel with delight and take pictures of its contents, which I'll post right here. Oh, I can't wait!!!
You all have a lovely Saturday...sleep-in, inhale the Christmas season and pass along that beautiful smile .
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
**Please enter the apron giveaway, right here. I'll draw the winner on Saturday. Remember to leave your email address, so I can notify the winner. Good luck!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Speaking of beauty, enter the apron contest if you haven't done so already. Just click here and enter to win. Please leave your email address for me...good luck!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Plan B: use the waffle weave fabric I had stashed, cut it and hem it and add a few pretties...ta-da!
The waistband and ties feature pretty cardinals and holly, the embroidered snow couple are adorable and the red ball trim adds a little whimsy.
And it's for YOU!
The beauty of this apron is that you can wipe your damp hands on it and it'll absorb the water. You can get flour all over it and who will know? You can get chocolate on it and you can just lick it off. I mean, why waste good chocolate?
Here we go, ladies. Just leave a comment telling me what you're going to make while wearing this apron. And if I know some of you, this might be an interesting topic!
Leave your comment with your email address...many of you wonderful readers featured my last giveaway on your blog. Thank you! Do it again and you'll get an extra chance in the draw *if any of you have a great way figured out how to do that, please email me with your method*
We'll run this giveaway until next Saturday, at which time I'll let the Random-thingy do my dirty work! It's a pretty cute apron and I don't have one! Why is that?! Can I choose me?
If you'd like to purchase an apron, email me and we'll figger it out. In the meantime, good luck and enter now!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
For Christmas? I'd (seriously) like a cleaning service. Twice a month would keep the piles o' crap at bay. And, after the chocolate and really REALLY good organic free trade coffee, I'd love a "subscription" to a nails or pedicure place.You can see I'm looking for creature comforts. I've decided I'm worth it!DebP.S. Mindy ROCKS!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
If you've entered my giveaway but didn't leave your email address (if you don't blog), please check back to see if you've won. Otherwise, I can't contact you for important mailing info.
My Photoshop Elements is installed, but it's going to take some figgerin' out. Does anyone have some extra time they can lend me?
Please enter the giveaway...time's up Thursday!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
My photo-editing software arrived last evening, so I should be able to post better pictures in the very near future. Have I told you that I have my own I.T. guy? Yup! He's also referred to as MacGyver in these parts. He had a meeting last night, which was very inconvenient of him! But tonight, he's mine! In a day or two, better pictures on this blog, my friends!
Randi's reciped box swap is Thursday, so I've been thinking of a holiday recipe to share. Geez, all this pressure! So many decisions to make and so very little time.
And by the way, if you haven't entered the giveaway, do it here. I'll be announcing a winner on Thursday. I already have the next giveaway planned and it won't be a wristlet. It's something you've never seen before at It's A Wonderful... and I think you're going to like it. Stay tuned for details.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I had considered blogging in rhyme, but with Christmas coming, I just have no time!
Oh and before I forget, please enter the giveaway to win a wristlet!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I am thankful for:
my faith and love of God
my husband & our son
my family: mom & dad, mybrothers & their families
my parents-in-law & family
dear & loyal friends
our church community
To have been born in the United States of America
In a country founded by God
Who inspired a group of men to write a document,
The United States Constitution.
God bless America!
Have a wonderful & blessed Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A neat little slice of American history on this glorious holiday, Thanksgiving. Have a blessed day with your loved ones...I'll be over for leftovers.
P.S. Head over to my brother's blog, Marching On, for a cheerful description of the birth of our American Thanksgiving tradition. Does that even make sense? I didn't think so...
Monday, November 24, 2008
My brothers are very dear to me. Today, I am going to introduce you to the "oldest" brother (sorry, Tom), the most senior of the set. He is quite remarkable. He's very smart, extremely patient and has a very wry sense of humor. The boys were each others' playmates when they were little, and I remember them playing baseball in the field across the street, or touch football in the yard. And when playtime was over, Tom would inevitably end up with his nose in a book. He never left home without at least three. Books. Or more. There's a Jello incident in his past, but let's just say that rather than drop his books, he opted for the Jello dessert Mom had labored over to take to Grandma's for Thanksgiving. It had like, six layers to it, each seperated with a yummy cream concoction. I never did get to say this, but "NICE GOING, TOM!" I do believe that Mom forgave him. The rest of the family still carries a grudge, but moms are good about overlooking that sort of thing. I digress. Tom's book fetish paid off...he's a lawyer, a history buff, a writer, an editor, a Civil War re-enactor Not to mention that he married a sweet and gentle soul and they raised three talented children, who are now grown (sigh).
True to my history of ripping my dear brother off, I snagged that photo up there off his new blog, Marching On. I'd love for you to go and visit him. Please, please don't compare our writings! Oh Lordy, once you finish reading Tom's posts, my ramblings will sound like the kid who writes backwards on that elementary school lined paper. In crayon. With snot smeared across the page. DON'T JUDGE ME!!! Tom writes beautifully, able to express his thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Unlike me. He has some beautiful thoughts about God and country, our family history, politics and history.
Friends, let me introduce you to Tom, of Marching On.
My first instinct is to apologize for offending anyone with this clip, but then I thought, "What the heck, I've watched eight years of Republican mockisms and if they were funny, I'd laugh!". In light of the fact that we all need to develop thick skin, here's my contribution to the first layer.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This is Wanda in the '80's. Wanda has curly hair in the '80's. She doesn't have curly hair in real-life. I'm sorry about this picture, Wanda. You see, I'm waiting for my photo-editing software to arrive and not being able to upload my fabulous photos, I just had to post something. I thought this might be fun. It was fun for me, but I don't know if my girls will forgive me.
I can take comfort in knowing that these two ladies are fun-loveing and have a great sense of humor. Right, girlfriends?
If you'd like to play with some photos, go to Yearbook Yourself. Then blackmail your friends and family. .. go ahead, it's fun!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Can you guess what this is going to be? Yes! You're correct! It is going to be a duffel bag. I've gotta tell ya, flamingos have been very popular this week. And gators. I mean, Gators. Flamingos, Gators...can you tell I live in the South? If I were back home in Buffalo, NY, it'd be buffalos, I mean, Buffalos and Sabres. Anyhoo (Canadian lingo), this is going to be for my friend Terri, who really does have a heart. I know, because I saw and heard it on a monitor at her doctor's office. That was a great time! I'm planning on sewing up a storm this week..I have Christmas orders starting to come in. Which reminds me of a song. Too soon to sing, I'll wait until Black Friday.
So for now, good night and have a pleasant and cozy evening.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
And have yourself a beautiful, restful weekend. Hugs and love.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This is a very clever clip...stick around for the ending.
If you're in the mood for a heartwarming short film about a hero & the dogs who worship him, please visit the following link:
The birthday boy is Papa, who is sitting at the table. Granny is his girl. Pa is in the white shirt and Grandma is his girl. Jonathan is, of course, the one holding the dog, B.B. And B.B. is his girl. We had some yummy hamburgers, a birthday cake and lots of laughs.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We started off with building these crazy round roll-around units with glass shelving and polished brass hardware. I guess they're attractive enough, but what a pain to put together. And who, I wondered, is going to have to clean this glass? Duh. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to build another unit rather quickly. I finished my second unit and went over to help a lady finish her first unit. Upon completion, we were instructed on how to build another shelving unit. This was twice as big, twice as much glass and hardware and was rectangular in shape. In order to construct these monstrosities, we had to sit on the floor or kneel at the beginning and contort our old, tired bodies to tighten up the screws under the glass shelves. These suckers are five units high, crazy heavy glass, not to mention that we had to unpack, unload, ...oh, what's the use? It was hard! Have I mentioned that it was HOT in that store, no air, no open doors...hello, this is FLORIDA!
Lunch time. Hitler informs us that we have an hour, but we shouldn't expect an hour's lunch every day. Scorched flag #5. Hmm. Off to my car I went, blasting the airconditioning to cool my tired, aching body. Why I didn't just drive home at this point is a mystery to me. But no, I went back to East Germany for another round of body-breaking torture. That's what happens in fascist societies, I was an indoctrinated worker and was worried about my older, heavier partner Sally. Who would help her finish the stupid shelving unit?
By now, you're all bored with my story. But I returned and the work became more physical and back-breaking. We were given one 15-minute break in a ten-hour day. I really felt sorry for some of the women there who were very heavy and plum worn-out. The managers were seldom to be seen, except for the last half-hour as they stood watching us lift heavy peg-board and assembling these crazy aisle-units they use in the stores. We'd been at this for hours, very physical and tiring. At exactly 8 PM, little Hitler called us to the front of the store for a short meeting. What?! Couldn't this have been called at 7:50? All that was left of Red flag #6 were the grey ashes on the floor. Our Comrade informed us that tomorrow, if we were caught "not busy," we would be told to leave. "There are 100 other people who are waiting for your job, so if you can't follow the rules, you're out." She then read from a list the names and the times that her soldiers were to report for work the following day.
I left that hot-box, the nice hard-working friends I'd made and flew to the comfort of my family. I dragged my tired, old aching body out of the car and into the strong arms of my husband. To the loving hug of my son. Even the dog was thrilled to see me. There was a 7/7 on the counter and the aroma of dinner on the stove. A hot shower awaited and then into the comfort of my cozy chair. Jason brought me my dinner and drink that he had prepared for me and honestly, it was the most delicious dinner I've had in a long time. I didn't move until bedtime and needless to say, I slept like the dead.
The end of my story is this: my name was on the list to report for work at 7 AM. As I was leaving the communist block of Hobby Lobby, I thought of those Red warning flags that God had been waving at me throughout the day. Driving home, I realized that I could never keep up this pace for a whole month until the store opens (Dec. 26th). I thanked God for the warning flags, for getting me through the day, and for the comfort of my home and family.
I didn't report for duty this morning. I'll never see the Little Fuhrer and her Gestapo again, but I am going to pray for those women who desperately need those jobs. I honestly don't know how they'll do it, but perhaps with a little prayer from me, Eva Braun will lighten up.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I'll let you know when and where the keys have been, once St. Anthony leads me to them. He's always been very faithful to me, but I'm figuring it's because he and I were helping someone else. Perhaps he needs you to help me, this time. So in advance, thank you for your prayers.
God bless you and have a great weekend!