Saturday, October 31, 2009

SO I have 15 days

15 days until my 4 year blogoversary!
I can't believe it has been that long. I started blogging as a way to have someplace to vent my rambling and sorta keep a journal of what was going on in my life.
WOW! I had no idea that I would "meet" so many wonderful people all over the world. 4 years ago I would have never started a sentence saying "My friend in Australia or My friend in Wales..." Now I think nothing of that.

So I want to do something big for the 4 year mark a giveaway X4 or to the 4th power or something. I am still working on the details
(heck I have 15 days why rush it LOL!)

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Fingers anyone?


As a fun Halloween party treat I made peanut butter fudge fingers.

recipe to make your own:
1 C peanut butter smooth
1 C butter cut into chunks
1 lb powder sugar
1 t vanilla

Melt PB and butter together in a microwave for about 90 seconds to 2 minutes then stir, microwave another 60 to 90 seconds. add vanilla and powder sugar and stir with a wooden spoon.

At this point if you just want peanut butter fudge press it into a 8x8 or 9x9 pan that has been greased with butter.
To make the fingers take a stick pretzel and form the fudge into a finger shape around it, add a sliced almond for the nail and use a tooth pick to make the knuckle creases, add a little raspberry jam to the ends for the bloody bit and throw on a spider ring for fun.
Let set up in the fridge for at least an hour.

Happy Halloween

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I got this box today

When I dug through the peanuts this is what I found

So I opened this box and found

Let me explain, Greg over at Flat out quilting was horrified that I would steal the bottle caps from my kids Halloween candy. So he offered to send me some. Who knew he suffered from the same inability to do things in a small way the same as me? I have enough Bottle Caps to put me in a sugar coma for a year WOO HOO!
Thank you sweet, wonderful, awesome, terrific, fantastic, fabulous, bodacious, Bad(meaning good), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Greg!
(k I am going to have to buy a thesaurus ;O)!)

This made my day!

So anyone with fantastic ideas to help me repay this kindness give me your ideas.

Happy Halloween Hugs!

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Another fab giveaway!

Jackie over at Canton Village Quiltworks is having a fantastic giveaway to share some of the yummy things she picked up in Houston, so go HEEand check it out!
There is also a beautiful giveaway Hereat cottoncocktails so don't forget to check it out too.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

My oldest UFO/inhereted UFO

This quilt (sorry the picture is so small I had to use my cell phone)was the only quilt I ever worked on with my grandma, we got it tied but she never got it bound. It was in her basement for over 25 years.
When she passed away I rescued it from going in the trash by my Uncle. Yesterday I trimmed it and bound it, then washed it really good cause it stank like basement.

This is a typical grandma project, she had grand ideas and started things but had a hard time finishing them. When we started this quilt the idea was to make on for all her grand kids I think there were 6 of us at the time (my sister came later)so maybe it was even longer than 25 years it was in the basement. Anyway she got this pattern and loved that you could make a star by using 2 different colors of yarn on the gingham fabric. I guess I will be the only grand child with a quilt she worked on.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

A quick link to a good cause

Dandelion quilts is collecting for the Salvation Army as well as having a give away, go check it out!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Why mom can't be sick after the 5 year old is better...

I often jokingly refer to my youngest son as the cat whisperer, for what ever the reason our cats will let him carry them around, "hug" them even get right in their face to chat with them. I never thought however the one of them would hold still while he "Gave it a hair cut"

This is Trixter (when we got him we were told he was a calico, there for female and we named him Trixie when we went to have "her" fixed they said well this will be cheaper cause she is a he hence the name Trixter)
Trixter wont let any of us(except Wade)cuddle him, hold him or even pet him if he isn't "In the mood" yet for what ever reason today while I was not watching the 5 year old monkey like a hawk, Mr Wade gave him a bit of a trim. SIGH!!!!

When I first came in the room I couldn't imagine what had been torn apart on the bed it wasn't until I inspected a bit closer that I realized that it was cat fur in piles on the bed.

Luckily he didn't shave anyplace to the skin or anything he just has some weird short patches here and there. That and somehow the dumb cat thinks this is all my fault. He wont let me any where near him, Wade he can still drag him around but I am on the list! Brother!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

The mail man is buzy!

I have to take a second to thank the people I won lovely giveaways from
First is Pam @ french knots

All of the fun things from her Sisters that Spook giveaway Thank you so much Pam I love Halloween and this will be great to add to my stash of Halloween fun!

Second Was Julie @ Julie Bagamary

Isn't this pin amazing! It's even cooler in person! I am putting it on my dress coat so that I can wear it all winter.

This third picture wasn't give away but just a lovely gift from sweet sweet Gina @ quilting in the valleys

She knew I had been having a rough time of it and knew of my weakness for club crackers and licorice allsorts. Gina you are such a wonderful friend I really can't thank you enough!

This fouth picture I am late in posting (SORRY!)It was part of a giveaway from Julie @ Jewel's arm candy

Aren't they beautiful! I can't wait to find something fun to do with them.

All of these are great blogs and if you don't already you should stop by and visit these ladies they are all amazingly talented as well as generous!

This last picture is a really crappy picture of the dragon wall hanging I made for my DD's school fund raiser. Don't look to hard LOL!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The gift that keeps on giving...

In true brotherly fashion sweet Wade who shares everything with his darling brother (hohohoho hahahahaha Rolling on the foor laughing!!! okay no really I have ahold of my self now I can tell you this with a straight face) has shared his flu.

The good news is Wade's fever broke this morning so he is on the down hill side of this and we managed with no complications from his asthma.
The bad news Austin just started with the fever last night, so we are looking at 3 to 5 more days of him being sick.

Since they share so well (snort) they are playing X-box, This means less humming of "da ta daa ta" and more of "no its my turn", or "Mom he is killing me on purpose" (here and I thought that's what the shooting games were about silly mom) At least Austin can answer the questions like "is the machine gun better at killing the zombies" or "can I add more engines to this"

My fondest wish and biggest hope is that Austin's fever breaks and he is clear to go to school by Monday so I can have my life back.

On the mom is sick front I still feel cruddy and weak, my fever is down too but not quite to normal I am hoping that means I am almost done too. I will post a picture later of the cute dragon wall hanging I made for the silent auction at Miranda's school to raise money to build the gym. (her school mascot is the dragon) for now I am going to lay back down.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Voluntarily quarantine Day 3

The native is getting restless after having watched all his cartoons 3 time, all the Star Wars movies and all the Indiana Jones movies. We have discussed why we can't make the dog pull our wagon around, why cats don't like to be carried like babies, why we have brown carpet and what happens to Lego's that get sucked into the vacuum.

The adult female shows signs of possible brain damage from forced viewing of "Johnny Test" and may require a trip with her husband to recover from being sick.

NOTE to any terrorists that may read this blog, it is cruel and inhumane and I am sure that some where in the Genevia Convention it is considered torture to make a woman watch Harrison Ford age before your eyes by watching from the first Star Wars to the latest Indiana Jones movie. I am sure that very stern measures will be taken if it is found this method is being used to extract information from people.

Upon review of my research I have found it is possible the reason Lions eat there young has nothing to do with territoriality or hunger but may be because the young are humming/singing a mixture of the theme songs to Star Wars and Indiana Jones incessantly. Perhaps I should contact Nation Geographic and see if they will fund an expedition into Africa for me to further study this phenomenon.

In all things are as well as can be expected, Little guy is doing well still fighting the fever but overall he is good, Mom seems to be suffering more but that is just cause I am old I think LOL!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Who knew...

All these years George Lucas was wrong, He and everyone else called this an ATAT now I find out from my 5 year old (and anyone who has a 5 year old will tell you they are never wrong about anything just ask them) that this is an ATET also I should have been cheering on Darth Vader because "he has cooler weapons"

As you can see we are having loads of fun in our self imposed quarantine, Yesterday morning little guy woke up with a fever of 104 (scary!) after rushing him to the doctor we are told that he does indeed have the H1N1 or Swine Flu. After a review of the symptoms we determined that I (who never has a fever for anything) that have been running a temp between 99 and 101 probably have it too. So we in everyone's best interest Little guy and I are in lock down until probably Monday. BIG FUN!

We always have the fun stuff going on here!

So for your info to help you stay healthy a few tips from my doc to me to you...
1 wash your hands often with lots of soap and hot water
2 this virus can live on a surface for 2 hours so use the wipes they have at the grocery store and wipe the cart before you use it.
3 don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible.
4 if your sick stay home! You can spread this 24 hours before you show symptoms and up to 48 hours after the fever breaks and is gone.

the good news is while this spreads much easier than the normal flu it is 1/7th as deadly so if you are a normal healthy person and you get it you should really just feel mostly like you have a super nasty cold.

I hope you can all stay healthy and I made sure to spray this post with Lysol so you should be safe ;)

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Monday, October 19, 2009

A fab giveaway!

Check out the wonderful drawing that is happening here at Pumpkin patch primitive quilt shoppe

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

I think I need to go to Vegas!

I just found out I also won this giveaway from Pam over at french knots!!!

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What a day!!!

I was catching up on my blog reading when I came across a few things that made me happy so I am sharing
First if you head over to Molly's place she is having a giveaway for a year subscription to "MCCALL'S QUILTING"
That would be cool right!

Then I found
I WON!Many thanks to Julie I can't wait.

Oh yeah and I put a countdown to Christmas on here just to push myself into getting things done! So anyone that has any extra mojo, get up and go, creative juice or the like send it on over cause I am going to need it ;O)

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My new best friend

No not her the Snuggie!

This post could also be subtitled I know my husband loves me OR You know your a klutz when...
First some background, I am always cold! This is not an opinion but a statement of fact. I would not run the air conditioner in my house until it was over 80 if left to me.
Second I am cheap some may try to make it sound nice and say frugal but lets face it I am cheap.

Given that information you will understand why I have been torn about turning the heater on, see its cold first thing in the morning but by afternoon and into the evening its fine and then I am asleep. SOOOO I have been hesitant to fire up the heater and since we cut down a couple trees in our back yard this year I have just been starting a fire in our wood stove to take the chill off in the mornings.

Yesterday I managed to burn a pencil lead width line all the way across the back of my hand, a second degree burn at that. Was this the first time I burned myself lighting a fire heavens no as a matter of fact I usually make my sweet hubby do it cause again I am a klutz. (I have managed to catch my big toe in my pj bottoms and tripped UP the stairs almost breaking my nose! I am a worlds class klutz!)

Since my sweetie can't be here to babysit me and light fires for me all the time yesterday on the way home from work he stopped and bought me a Snuggie. I know that Jay Leno compares them to body bags and mocks them but it is warm and I have sleeves so I can wear it and blog. What more could I ask for.

Thank you my sweet! I shouldn't have to light a fire this morning and as Fall is rushing forward to Winter I should be firing up the heater soon, cheap or not.