Monday, December 31, 2007

Last Night of 2007

Well, here it is, the last evening of 2007! And what are you doing?
We decided to just stay at home & "veg" out this New Year's Eve. After all the hustle & hurry of "the storm" and Christmas, and all the rescheduled catering events that took place this Fri - Sun, we are POOPED!!! Just can't head out to one more place!!!
Saturday evening my sis & I catered an event about 40 minutes away. All went very well, but for the past 2 1/2 weeks I have had this horrid headache--a migraine that just would NOT stop. It would get a little more bearable, I'd sleep maybe 3 hours at one time, and on Saturday it just began to get progressively worse.
Now, I'm not one to go to the Dr. I grew up going each & every time I sneezed, (mom always worked for Drs), and I just HATE going. But sis insisted we stop by minor emergency on the way home. She said it was just stupid to try to live with this pain, and that maybe there was some infection there. Ok, I let her take me---the Dr was a bit surprised at the intensity I described, and also at the idea of dealing with this for the long term. After a lecture (during which my head was bursting) about getting blood work done & seeing my primary care DR, he finally got around to the good stuff!!! A shot in the hiney of pain med, some dissolving tabs for the onset of migraine, and an Rx for both pain & the migraine pills. He said I would begin to feel better within 20 minutes. So, on the way home, I was griping & groaning about how that didn't do any good, when LO & BEHOLD, the world became a much better place! That old pain shot began to sink in!!! Oh was I excited!!! I just kept telling sis, "I'm gonna sleep tonight--ALL NIGHT LONG!" You just can not imagine the thrill of that thought unless you have gone through this!!! I just smiled and smiled all the way home, I felt GOOD!!!!!
Well, next morning I got up, and whoops! Here comes the pain again! So I tried one of the "dissolving delights" and GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY!!!!! This stuff works!!! My headache is officially gone!!! I can't believe it took me this long to wake up & smell the roses!!!
So, today sis, niece & I headed for Edmond, and had a terrific lunch at a place named "501"---yummy to the tummy!!! It was super--we had dessert too!!!! Man that place was heaven!!! Then we shopped for a couple of hours. Spent some moolah!! Got a new purse, necklace, B & B hair products----needless to say, we had a super fantastic time!!!
And so, blogger friends, I wish for you a restful, peaceful New Year. Make it great in 08---(OMG that is sooooooo cheesy!!!!). Hugs to you all---I look forward to developing the new friendships I have made on this cyber town, and to meeting new friends!!! Have a terrific week!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Post Christmas Day!

I wonder if that really is a term? "Post Christmas"???? Well, it's after (post) and I'm posting!!! hee hee hee So this must be "Post Christmas"!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We spent the major portion of each day EATING!!!!! I'm going to look like Santa's Wife!!! Better just move on up to the North Pole--at least there the clothes cover the lumps!!! We had dinner Sunday at the in-laws, Christmas Eve after service at Lonestar Steak House, brunch here on Christmas Day, and dinner at sis's that evening!!!! Usually I cook on Christmas Eve and everyone comes here after the service, but I have fought a Killer Migraine for the past week, so we all opted to eat out. Have to share a recipe I found for brunch---yummy---it's called

"Orange Marmalade French Toast"

24 slices of sourdough bread, buttered

1 12 ounce jar orange marmalade

6 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

Layer 12 slices bread (butter side down) in sprayed baking dish. Spoon marmalade on top & spread. Top with 12 slices bread (butter side up). Combine remaining ingredients, pour over bread, cover & refrigerate at least 8 hours. Top with pecans or walnuts, bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

I think you could use other jams, preserves, etc and it would be just as heavenly!!!

We had Chicken Piccata for Christmas dinner. Always made by my brother in law---yummy! This year we added a baked turkey & dressing cause some of the grown "kids" are PICKY!!!! But, it's Christmas, and one should have what they want to eat on Christmas. Dinner at inlaws always consists of teryaki steak & fried rice, with a variety of sides. Now you can understand why I'm getting "lumpy"!!!

Have to say, watching a child open presents is magical!!! Hank loved opening his presents, and playing with all of them at once. He got some John Deere tractors which proved to be his favorites!!! He loves to line them all up and then take them "out in the field" one by one. He also found a balloon he had a blast bouncing around. I'm posting a picture (don't know where this one will fall on this post!!!)--it's Hank and his cousin, Michael. Michael was in his "pack-n-play" and it struck me that Hank was explaining how big boys don't have to be in those anymore!!! Another pic is of the cousins watching a top. My mother in law finds the best toys!!! This one has a train that rotates and makes train noises as it spins. Everyone, adults & kids, was mesmerized by this!!! The other winner was a "Curious George Jack in the Box"!!! I chose this one---yoo hoo, winner!!! Both little cousins got one, and my 29 year old son liked it soooo much, that instead of Santa bringing one to Hank, he brought one to my son!!! And son loved it!!!! Christmas does bring out the children in our family!!! And, I think we should all get some kind of toy, regardless of age!!!
Well, better run for now. This house isn't going to organize itself. And, Pushing Daisies is on. Does anyone else like this show??? I find it fun! But then, I have a strange sense of humor! My hubby doesn't like it at all, but then, some people just don't "get it"!!! I like it.
Have a restful night! The Christmas push is over for a year. We can all go back to laziness!!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Dog Tired!

Bet you thought this was my furry friend, right? Actually, it's a photo of ME this evening!!!! Ok, so it isn't actually me---but it's actually how I feel! Anyone want to take a long winter's nap with me????
After the ice storm & no power for a week, which of course, set everyone here back that week on Christmas prep, I was informed the church would go through with the weekly dinner--just happened to also be the "Christmas Dinner" for church family. Rush, rush, rush to purchase & prepare the food for over 200 people! Then, as we had the Baptist Disaster Relief Crew here working on the trees in town, and as they were staying at our church, and as we were responsible for feeding them, I helped 3 nights with the evening meal. After working all day!! Then, Friday, my kids came home for the weekend--which I wouldn't trade for all the tea in China, and they just left. We had the big celebration at my in-laws today. That plus, it snowed again yesterday & was colder than the artic here!!! Plus, I had a killer migraine Wed through Sat. One of those where you see double, the affected side eye tears constantly, nausea sets in, and I slept for 4 hours over 72 hours!!! No, I'm not complaining--so many have worse stories, I'm just explaining why I feel like Abby right now!!!
I have learned a few life lessons over the past 2 weeks: mainly that in times of disaster, discomfort, or distress, true personality traits manifest themselves! I have learned that there are quite a number of persons I don't want to be stranded with on a desert or artic island! I have learned that complaining only serves to make us "unattractive" to those around. I have learned that there are some who are so abused in their workplace by the general public it is alarming.
Case in point--my good friend L works for a local utility company. She doesn't usually take calls, but was called in to work as the storm qualified as a disaster. L worked over 73 hours last week---missed her son's birthday completely. When I saw her, she looked like she was on the verge of a nervous collapse. She related story after story of people calling in and complaining that someone out there should "just flip that switch" to restore the 5000 homes without power. Yes friends, there is a big switch that utility companies flip off and on in dire weather for our inconvenience!!! And the "flippers" sit around playing cards, drinking hot cocoa, while the residents suffer. Mean times we live in--ha ha ha. L also told of call after call that let her know, in straight talk, that her job was on the line; they "knew" a board member who they would turn her in to for her inability to control nature, and that those who have been utility members for long periods of time expect to have their power restored PRONTO---doesn't matter where they live in relation to downed generators, power stations, etc.; their longevity of account awarded them top of the list, priority service. And, not one person, no, not one, ever thanked the men & women who worked hour after hour, day after day, missing their own meals, families, health, for keeping the phone operable, answerable, etc. No, the common thought for these persons is "well, that's their job!" Yes, I agree, that is their job, but no one signs on for the worst part of any job. And, after all, we can't all have the SAME job, right? Someone has to fill those positions. Sometime we take jobs because we have a desire to work within the confines of the convenience of the location, hours, etc. We don't all have the "choose or leave" benefit.
I digress. Anyhooo---thanks to all those who worked so diligently.
I have also learned that we are such spoiled whiny babies! In this day and age, there are still locations in America and abroad, where utilities are a luxury item-either because of location or lot in life. And I have learned that in the cold, quiet hours of darkness, families can enjoy one another, look at life's journeys with bitterness or with anticipation. I choose anticipation.
I have learned that this was a short time of discomfort, and that there are thousands upon thousands who would trade this small window of discomfort for the pain of watching a child, spouse, mother, father, etc., suffer with physical and/or mental health. Perhaps they would trade this time of ours for the unemployment that is hung around their necks like an albatross; or maybe they would trade for time given back with a lost loved one. In the big picture of life, this was just a pimple---not a tumor!
Ok, enough already!!! Good grief Charlie Brown, is life all gloom with you???? Not at all. I have had a wonderful day with family, exchanging food & small gifts; watching our children's children learn to play together ( they are 21 months, 12 months & 6 months). I have been blessed to sit and watch my kids, nieces & nephews eat, drink and be happy. And I was blessed to sit through a morning sermon reminding me that faith is a day to day life, hope is the future hope I have that God is in control, my church is a place of refuge and solice, and my heart can be warmed by the knowledge of the enormity given me at that manger so many thousands of years ago. Sometimes I just have to be reminded.
Merry Christmas to all--may God bless you as you meet the day with whatever challenges or rejoices you face. And may He bless you with his steadfast presence in the coming year.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Fa La La La La, La La La La

What is your favorite Christmas song & why?

Ever asked that question? Well, now you can answer the question!

I think my favorite is "Christmas Time Is Here" from A Charlie Brown Christmas. I know, I know, it's not a carol, but it just takes me back in time: My brother & I sitting in front of the TV, watching Charlie Brown, Mom in the kitchen stirring homemade fudge, Dad asleep on the sofa. The Christmas tree lights were on & presents were wrapped. My brother & I could get sooooo excited about Christmas. After all, we got to go to Mom's parents, see my aunt & uncle & their 6 children, then go to Dad's parents, see my other aunt & uncle & their 3 girls!!! We were soooo lucky that both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, & cousins lived no longer than an hour's drive away.

I don't remember the gifts, just that we had so much fun!!! The houses were always too small to accomodate the number that showed, but we sat up tables in the bedrooms, the dining room, and ate, laughed, teased the younger cousins, sang songs, and enjoyed Christmas.

My Dad's mom would make us homemade hot cocoa, and we would swear it was heavenly!!! My Mom's dad was the piemaker in the family. In fact, when he was a young man in the early 30's, he worked as a pie maker at a hotel. He made the best cream pies & the best meringue topping!!! Grandmother never attempted to make a pie---why should she? And would she dare make one that was even close to being as good as Grandpa's & steal his glory? I think not!!!

My Dad's father was quite older when Dad was born (close to 40), so he was "old" when Dad was growing up!!! And, he had been in WWI, where he suffered some type of "gassing" that permanently damaged his lungs. SO, he was basically an invalid the time I knew him. My cousin, Susan, & I would read him the Christmas story from the Bible in the evening. We were probably around 10 & 12 at the time. He loved to have us read him the Bible when he was trying to fall asleep, so we'd start, think he was sound asleep, start to tiptoe out of the room, and we'd hear "Read one more chapter". It seemed like we read for hours & hours, but it only really worked out to around 1/2 hour. Anyway, I learned later that this was his way of teaching us Bible stories & passages. He knew we'd remember better if we read it with our own two eyes than if he told us. Sadly, Grandpa passed on when I was 13. And, he was in his 80's!!!! I didn't really have that many Christmases with him--I'm glad I spent that time with him.

My Mom's dad, in addition to being a fabulous pie maker, was quite the story teller. He'd sit us kids (6 cousins & 3 in my family), down, and tell us stories about his childhood, his work, his brothers, anything he felt like at the moment. Sometimes he ventured a bit too far for our parents liking when he told of getting inebriated & making a bad choice!!! But we hung on every word. We loved hearing Grandpa's booming voice and deep, jolly laugh. This grandfather passed on when I was 19--he was only 62.

Both grandmothers lived well into their 80's and enjoyed many, many Christmases with us. Sometimes they all came over & watched Charlie Brown with us. Maybe that's why I love that song so much--it takes me back to a safe time, a time when I wasn't so burdened with my own decisions, cause they were all made for me with love. A time when we didn't care what was in the package, we were more excited about seeing the cousins. A time when manners were expected, but table settings weren't. A time when all the love that filled the room couldn't be contained--it trickled home with you.

"Christmas time is here, Happiness and cheer.
Fun for all that children call, Their favorite time of year

Snowflakes in the air, Carols everywhere,
Olden times and ancient rhymes, Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air, Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside, And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here, We'll be drawing near
Oh that we could always see, Such spirit through the year"

Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday, December 15

My Hank! He just makes my heart swell--I can't imagine life before he came and brought us joy! Read on below!!!

It's just been a perfect "Mayberry" week around here! All the family together, nowhere to go, watching Christmas DVD's, home cooking every night---the only downside has been the ice storm, and all the unfortunate without power. Other than that little bit of discomfort, (!!!), I have had the best time.

I've had my parents here (questionable in the comfortable area, but fun), my kids, and grandson, and we have just felt save with each other in sight.

Mom & Dad returned to their home, with generator power, yesterday. Today, after spending the day baking cookies all afternoon with daughter & sis, my son came in, received a call: his electric is back on, and out he went. (I can't believe he didn't want to stay just one more night!!!). Then daughter received a call from her area, and their electric is on. They started packing up like hummingbirds on crack, and are leaving in the morning. AND THEY ARE TAKING THE SWEETEST KID IN THE WORLD WITH THEM!!!!!~

Do any of the rest of you get this "sad from the bottom of your heart" feeling when your kids leave? Am I just emotionally sensitive? Already I am missing them!! And I'll see them next Sunday!!

But, you know, I always got terribly sad when they would leave for college after a weekend at home. Many times I just had to cry for a while, and feel my heart ache.

I really, really like my kids within sight! If we could afford to live like the Ewings on the old Dallas show, I would do it in a minute. Wish I had the land and all the house "wings" for us to just stay together. Aren't I silly?????
But, just look at that sweet cherub in the first two pictures---now you know why I'm so smitten. And why I can hardly stand the thought of being away from him--even for a week!!!
Well, anyhoo--I am just rambling. Truly tho, family is the most important possession in my life. And I guess it has gotten more valuable as I get older and realize just how much is invested in a family.
Ok, on to Christmas decorating & present wrapping this next week. I think I'm finished with all shopping except for one person---I'll wrap that up and have time to sit back and enjoy. Sometimes I think, when I traveling life too quickly, the good Lord slows me down in the most interesting ways. I've had time to get my cards out, get my baking done, get my shopping done, & now I have time to get the presents wrapped, the decorations finished, and even have time to go eat out and relax with hubby this week!!!
Well, friends, I'm tired tonight, so I'll sign off and get some sleep. Have a wonderful tomorrow---

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Big Chill!

Storm of the decade, right here in my front yard!!! The first picture is my car sitting beside evergreen trees that lined our yard on the north. Second is Queenie P's house--see all the broken limbs? Next is Queenie's next door neighbor--no difference! The fourth picture is of our back yard & a car we had parked waiting for spring to sell--ok, I won't tell you that I TOLD him we should go ahead & get rid of it!!! The next picture is my pretty redbud trees, the ones I love to watch bloom in the spring. And the next picture is looking out my front towards a neighbor's home. Every stinkin tree in my yard is broken, along with every stinkin tree in the neighborhood! But, you know what? No homes were damaged on the block. And I did hear about tree limbs crashing into kitchens, dens, etc. So we were indeed fortunate!
The town is still mostly without electric. Did I mention my parents are here? They don't have electric as the meter box was torn down by limbs, the limbs have to be removed & box reattached before they can be reconnected! Now, have I mentioned the patience my mother has????? She is certain this is a direct insult to her personally! She keeps wanting my dad to call city hall & find out exactly when they will have her electric on---and she wants an electrician NOW (doesn't everyone in town????), AND FIND SOMEONE TODAY to take those limbs down!!! Forget that people have been called in from other towns to help city & rural electric with restoration---forget that the Baptist Relief team is here volunteering their services & 2000 people are begging!!! Forget that no one else has their Christmas shopping done, decorations up, etc., etc., etc., NO this is a problem designed to make HER mad---and we all get to listen to this on a MOMENT BY MOMENT BASIS!!!!! There isn't enough Lexapro in the world to make us calm!!! But we are all biting our tongues, enduring headaches, etc.!!!!!
On the other hand!!! My kids (especially daughter with 20 month old son who is 1 1/2 hours from home) are patiently waiting for nature take it's course, and people to work at their own break neck pace. They are so gracious and good to have around!
Well, don't I sound like a pleasant person????? Well, let me tell you, Queenie P has her story too-----I hope she doesn't disable her hubby before power is back on!!! She just might. Especially if she has to attend her son's college graduation after showering at the university!!! Which is what her hubby suggested!! Don't you just feel the love and goodwill flowing around here???? Does the term "cabin fever" bring to mind any images????
Ok, well now it's time for me to fix supper--I'm going to fill their bellies with chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, rolls, etc. Maybe that will soothe some ragged nerves!!!
You all just keep those good thoughts headed this way!!!
From the North Pole, Oklahoma, I'll see ya later!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


It has been COLD and ICY here in Oklahoma!!! And, lo and behold, my little town was on the new as having received the "brunt" of the ice storm!!!

We lost power Sunday morning around 2 am and just got it back this afternoon (Wednesday) around 2 pm. Hubby bought a generator Sunday morning first thing, so we had "limited" electric, and we have a gas water heater and stove/oven, so we had hot water, and the ability to cook. We were living the high life compared to neighbors, including Queenie P!!!

Our town looks like a war zone--hopefully I can take some pics this evening and post them, I just wanted to communicate with all my blog buddies! Every tree in this town has been affected. Either completely obliterated, or damaged; limbs down everywhere! Power lines have "leaf chandeliers" hanging from them, roads are blocked by fallen limbs, houses have damage from the limbs--we have a car sitting in the backyard that has limbs all over it. It's just rather, no it's not rather--it's just REALLY sad. Our trees will never look the same, and so many were old, stately trees.

Well, I'll sign off for now & post more later.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Friday, Family & Fun!

Ok, so it's Friday----thank goodness!!! I made it through an exceptionally booked week!!! I know I've said that before, but this really took the cake. I won't even tell you my schedule, suffice to say it began hosting a meeting on Monday night, something every stinkin evening, and ended with a family dinner at home tonight.

But, the dinner tonight was in honor of my son's birthday---never a better reason to host than that. Had both sets of grandparents here, daughter, son-in-law and grandson, sis & her hubby & two kids, plus niece's new "boyfriend". We had beans & cornbread, ham, green beans w/new potatoes, cranberry salad, coleslaw, sweet potatoes, key lime pie, & brownies. Now, lest you think I really am superwoman, let me just add that some (most) of the menu was left from dinners I had cooked previously this week!!!

So I want to share the joy with you, so I'm posting some family pics--not to brag, but to show how fun it is when we all get together. I'm trying to post between paragraphs, but it may not work for me. Be patient!!

Well, better luck next time--the first pic is of son (left), niece & nephew.

The second pic is of son, son-in-law & daughter (making silly face).

The third pic is of son & his mom---ME!

It's amazing to think I have a child 29 YEARS OLD!!!! Doesn't seem that long ago that I was 29---and he was just 5!!!

I am extremely proud of both kids, and son-in-law---they are such good kids. They may never be wealthy, live in elaborate homes, drive top of the line cars, or have American Express Gold Cards, but they are fair, kind, decent, hard working, loving people. Can't ask for more. Wouldn't want to.

So, as you can imagine, I am bone tired, so I'm signing off for now. Did you by chance notice my tree has lights, and nothing else!!!!???? Gotta fix that!!!

Sweet Dreams all.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I'd Share!!!

So the picture isn't so great, BUT, thanks to those dear blog friends who posted comments to my whining!!! Just knowing someone took the time to read and then reply makes me feel so good!!!
And what a difference a day makes---funny how things always work out; we still love, laugh and live; we forget what was hurtful and look ahead; we want to have the good in life, so we ignore the stupid!!!
Blogging has put me in contact with new friends, and tho we haven't personally met, I feel a kinship with you guys!!! Well, all but Penny, and I have met her, and I do love her !!! More than a kinship, more like a "soulship" (love to make up words)
However, Phyliss---we will definitely have to take you with us to eat one of these days!!!
And, Kari, I'm not toooooo far from Texas that a road trip might be in order for me & Queenie P one of these days---after all, she has a son in Dallas & I have a dear cuz in Houston!!!
Anyhoo---life really is good. Hard sometimes, but good---there's always someone else with more problems, troubles, pouts than me. And usually those people come into my line of sight when I'm having a pity party!!!
So, dear blog friends, thanks sooooo much-------you make me smile & shine!
And, I would share my ice cream with you!!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

I Give Up!!!

I think I'm becoming a crotchety old lady!!! This weekend my mom gave me a whole lecture on how I "snap" at her and make her feel like she's "dumb" (really, I don't intend that!!), and then tonight, I was called "snippy".
I really thought I had things under control. But the past 3 days have been a whirlwind of activity, and I've had a migraine!!! It's still with me--guess I'm not seeing myself realistically. Maybe I am a b****--maybe I am becoming all those women I don't want to be like! Maybe I'm just a tired old hag!!!
And, lordy, I am tired. Not in the physical sense, I'm just tired of the same old thing, the same old routine, never having time to do what I am really interested in!
Could it be the hormones??? Is this my experience instead of hot flashes??? If so, give me some hot flashes!!! I don't want to end up bitter and hateful!!!
So, if I'm snippy and snap at people, please know I'm sorry. From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry.
Have a great night.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ohhhh Nooooo!!!!!

Oh my---here it comes!!! The holiday rush!!!!
Anyone else out there feel it?????? My house is a horrid mess---the decorations are not up-----the shopping is not done----catering is piling up------and I want, want WANT to enjoy this season!!!!
Add to that----I'M CONSTANTLY HUNGRY!!!!!!! Wake up hungry, go through the day hungry, end the day hungry-----STRESS MAYBE??????
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!! I think the person who wrote that was in the funny farm at the time. We listen to all these songs hailing the perfect Christmas, see magazines portraying the perfect holiday season, watch the HGTV specials showing how "easy" it is to make your home perfect for the season-----dear Lord, who are these people and where do they live????? La la land???????
AND--family gets extremely creative with their jabs and insults this time of year. Tried to "just suggest" a help to my mom yesterday and she BIT MY BUTT!!!!! Thank goodness we were on the phone! Otherwise, I think I would still be bleeding. And, of course, I'm more sensitive this time of year--could be the lack of sleep! And, dearest hubby comes home from work with that "kill" look in his eyes!!! Add that to the fact that he doesn't hear as well as he used to and it makes evenings so much fun!!! You try managing stress with the TV at earthquake decimal level!!
Ok, so I'm feeling a bit stressed this morning----just wanted to let those out there (who haven't reached perfection yet) know that I'm here holding the flag over the fort of "Good Grief, This is a Hard Season"!
AND, now I get to go to work at the office --- and smile when asked to do "just one more thing"!
Hey you guys----have a great day!!!! SMILE, it'll make em think you have it under control!!!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Let Them Eat Cake!

This is my latest--a cake for a baby boy's shower. Used a whipped icing this time instead of the traditional buttercream. It was actually quite good!! The buttercream is much more rich, much more labor intensive, but for a change this is good!
Hope all had a wonderful Thanksgiving--ate too much, laid around too long!!! I know I did!!! Both my parents & Gy's parents live within a couple of miles, so we don't have to do the "long distance" travel thing- We have a rather new tradition in my family (about 8 years running) of visiting an "outdoor" shopping center in the older part of the metropolis near us, for a "lights on" ceremony. Even tho the whole event takes only about an hour, it's fun to pack on the coats, drive like mad to make the light show, and walk around the mall, shoulder to shoulder, with the other people, looking in store windows, drinking hot cocoa. This year we took our Corgi, Abby, and my sister's Jack Russell, Petey; they dressed in matching patriotic sweaters (will have a picture of that later) and had a grand old doggie time!! Lots of people bring their dogs to this event, and some get quite creative with dressing them--kind of like a Halloween for dogs!! Abby was quite impressed and showed her best behavior!!! No growling at other dogs, jumping up on people, or trying to pull me this way or that--she was in awe of the crowd and just focused on taking it all in. So cute!
Friday we made a trip an hour away to pick up Hank so he could spend the night. He's now 20 months old and too cute for words--no, I am not biased!!! Then he went to spend the morning with my sister on Saturday while I prepared for a shower and anniversary reception Sat am and pm! We all have to schedule our "Hank fix" when he's in town!!! The reception was for 200 people and wore me plum out!!! When I got home had to ice 3 cakes--two of which are the pictures above--and then church on Sunday morning, lunch at sisters, shower, and church decorating Sunday evening!!! A full, full Thanksgiving break!!! And, now it's off to work in the morning. I have a rather quiet week, but come Sunday, I have events every day or night through Saturday!!! Ah, the joy of 2 jobs!!! But, hey, I want to take the whole family (at least my kids) back to Lake City this summer. Reservations are already made, so gotta keep working!!!
Enough for now. Let's get some well deserved rest; will check in later.
Sweet Dreams

Sunday, November 18, 2007

It's Not Easy Being Green---or Is It?????

I took the color personality test thanks to Tuesday Update, and found out I'm green!!!
You may wonder what that means, so------
"You are green, the color of growth and vigor. Good-hearted and giving, you have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in people. Green is the most down-to-earth color in the spectrum--reliable and trustworthy. People know they can count on you to be around in times of need, since your concern for people is genuine and sincere. You take pride in being a good friend. For you, success is measured in terms of personal achievement and growth, not by status or position. Rare as emeralds, greens are wonderful, natural people. It truly is your color!"
Now, after taking another personality test last night (which you can read here on my blog!!!), I have been called a giver or giving twice. Guess that's true. And both descriptions pretty well fit me in my eyes, but I guess it's more important how others see me. I hope they see me as a Green Giver (better than the Green Phantom!!!).
Gotta run--gotta go to church, and attend a business meeting. Want to see how the Kitchen Meals account has faired!!!
Later from greenie!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

One More Post For The Evening!

I found this personality test that was quite on the mark. You can access it at:
The Giver
You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed. Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections. Sometimes you idealize relationships too much--and end up being let down. You find the most energy and comfort in social situations. . .where you shine.
In love, you are very protective and supporting. However, you do need to "feel special" -- and it's quite easy for you to get jealous.
At work, you are a natual leader. You can help people discover their greatest potential. You would make a good writer, human resources director or psychologist.
How you see yourself: trusting, idealistic, and expressive.
When other people don't get you, they see you as: bossy, inappropriate, and loud.
WOW--I think this pretty well sums me up!!! I have been called bossy & loud too many times. Now I know that is just people who "don't get me"!
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Birthdays & Baking!

Today is my dad's 75th birthday--isn't he a cutie? My parents are in good health & I'm so thankful for that--Dad even still plays tennis weekly with a group of retirees. And, he's into anything he can get into in the community--he is a trustee for the local education foundation, serves on the Sr. Citizen Advisory Board, is the head of the Historical Society, is active in the Chamber, and a group of alumni called the "Nifty 50's" (all graduates of the 50's from the high school here), and leads singing at his church (which he has done for 50 years!!!).

I'm so proud of my mom & dad, and would tell you more about my Mom, but this is Dad's day, and dads are overlooked too often! I'm lucky to live within 2 miles of them--they have been able to enjoy watching their grandchildren (4), and now their great grandson grow up. So Happy Birthday to Dad!!! We actually celebrated his birthday (along with 2 other family members who'll I introduce on their birthdays!) last Saturday night. But, I wanted to mention him!!

This is what I did yesterday & today!! I goofed on the cake tho--in my mind, I am acclimated to think of this year as 08--that's the year according to the educational calendar. So, when I post or code for school, it's 08, and since this was for the SCHOOL football team---well, you can see where this is going. Haven't heard from the reception people today--I'm sure I won't hear the end of it Monday---lots of joking!!
The pies were for a coworker who was having her Thanksgiving Dinner this evening. The meringue is homemade chocolate--it would have really looked pretty if I had cut a slice out & taken the picture. She would have probably overlooked it, but, just for a picture??? How tacky of me!!!

Other than those items, I just hung out at home--did laundry, put things away (my house was beginning to look like one of those derelict pack rats lived here!!). And I don't have to deliver, shop or anything tomorrow! So after church, it's hello house clothes!! I can't remember the last time I had two days in a row that I didn't have to make deliveries or shop in bulk!! It's such a treat. And it won't last long. Next weekend I have several events to cook for, so I'm going to indulge tomorrow!!!

Went to "Affair of the Heart" in the local metropolis Friday. This is the first fall/winter show in this area--we usually only have the July show. I have to say, it was NOT the quality of the July show--I left quite disappointed. I did find a couple of things to purchase--things I'll add to Christmas decor, but usually I'm talking myself out of purchases all over the building. Not the case this time. Hope this isn't a sign of things to come from them!!!
I hope to do some "wreath making" tomorrow. I have all the supplies & have had for the past 2 years!! So, tomorrow is the day!!! Don't make any bets yet tho, I have been known to go back on my word in this area!!!
Have a great evening!!! Gobble Gobble.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Awwww Ducks!!!

Ok friends--I need some tips!!! I have been asked to make a ducky cake for a baby shower; that I can do. HOWEVER, they want the cake made from cupcakes! I have seen these but have not done one myself.
Anyone have any tips for this??? I'm going to try it,but if any of you have experience with cupcake cakes, please PLEASE let me know!!!!
Thanks sooooo much!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Return of the Dwarfs

Ok, not to make more of this than should be, BUT, this is a much MUCH better picture taken of the Seven Dwarfs on Halloween. This was taken by the local newspaper, and yep, you guessed it--we'll be renowned in our town!!! Ah poetry!!
I'm the one in the green, and sitting beside me is the office NUT, Stacie. We have such fun.
I guess that's one of the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving--having seven gals and two men working together who like each other, and get along! There have been a couple in and out that have really tried my nerves, but this time, this crew is a-ok! And, get this, four of us graduated from the school we work for!!! Matter of fact, my boss, the superintendent, was my driver's ed teacher in school!!! Talk about not getting far from home---but this is the way I want it. I love this town, the people, the school, the eccentrics, the oddities, all that goes with this town. I couldn't think of a place I'd rather be; in fact, if I were to move away, I think I would want to take the town with me!!!!
Well, I'm pooped from cooking the Thanksgiving dinner for church tonight---50 lbs of turkey breast, 2 1/2 gallons of gravy, 5 pumpkin pies made in large sheet pans (yes, I make my own crust!!!). Had about 150 there. So, you can understand why I have to close for now.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Poor Boomer!!!

This is Boomer--you have seen him here before; he's one of my furry children. This picture was taken before Boomer became OCD!!! He is now on anti-anxiety medicine!!
Now, Boomer hasn't always had emotional problems. He began his life with a family of 3 children & two big dogs; they were sent to Japan by the Marines, so Boomer went to live with my daughter & son-in-law. This was all in North Carolina.
When son-in-law was sent to Iraq for the second tour, daughter moved home with us. He traveled from NC to Tulsa via airplane. And he became my cat (child). That was 2 years ago, and he has been just perfect.
Then, this August, he began pulling his hair out--stomach, back legs, front legs, tail. We gave him a few weeks, then took him to his Dr. Boomer received a cortisone shot in case it was allergies. He checked out perfectly elsewhere. The shot worked for a few days, then the pulling began again!
So, after consulting with Boomer's Dr., he was put on the medicine this Tuesday. He absolutely HATES the pills--it's quite a sight to behold-me giving them to him. And I'm afraid he will start to hate me!!! But Dr. believes after a week or so we will see a difference. And also, that after hair grows back, we can take Boomer off meds.
Now, I have had cats all my life (many years, trust me!), my dad & aunt passed this gene to me! And in all my cats & years, I have never had this happen.
So--friends--if any of you have had this happen, please relate your stories to me. I'd like to know that "this too shall pass".
I love, adore, Boomer & I want him BETTER!!!!
Thanks for listening!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Daniel Boone & Fall Folliage

On Saturday, my sis, daughter, niece & Hank, went shopping ALL DAY LONG!
Hank has taken a liking to wearing hats, and we found this raccoon hat--he just would not take it off---guess what Ya Ya did????? He now has it!!!

Then we found a darling black felt cowboy hat, which he loved, (my pics didn't turn out--will have to wait on how cute he was in that!!), and guess what Ya Ya did?????

Hank has two hats!!!

Now, as I have mentioned, we get really, REALLY silly when the four of us gals are together. Well, the three of us--daughter is so very composed & reserved that we tend to embarrass her!!! But it doesn't stop us--we took to trying on hats too.

This is my darling niece, Kelsi, who is in her second year of college, and she found a hat that is so NOT HER!!! She was upset cause she was on her way to work, and didn't have all her make up on, but I think she looks cute!!! Told her this would be a great hat to wear to one of her sorority functions!!!

When we returned home from shopping, we had 30 minutes to make it to Mom's for November birthday dinner. Had a great meal of chicken enchiladas, chocolate meringue pie, salad, green beans, corn, chips & salsa. Yes, I made the pie & enchiladas---got up early on Sat to get them finished before shopping. Needless to say, I was pooped when we arrived home last night. But, I'd rather go to bed worn completely out from spending time with family than be rested and lonesome!!!

These are some pics I took around the neighborhood today. Aren't the colors pretty? If I had taken the pics last Friday, as planned, you could have seen the flame red maples that took my breath, but the wind blew through yesterday and the flame red leaves are all way to the north!!! Maybe they are in Kansas by now!!!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons--and I love winter. The colors this time of year are so rich and warm.

I'm still a bit pooped friends, so I'm signing off to watch Desparate Housewives!! Later!!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

How I Began Catering--or, Am I Crazy!!!???~~~

I have had two people ask me how I got into catering, and so, to save from a LONG email back, I'm going to share it in a post.
I have always, always cooked. I am an oldest child of working parents, and from age 13 on one of my responsibilities was having dinner on the table, or at least begun, when Mom & Dad got home from work. The other was ironing---I am sensational at ironing, but I don't think I want to do that for a second career!!!!
So, my school was the school of "Trial & Error". After I got married, until I went back to work full-time, I would host holiday parties for friends---and I prepared all the food. Sometimes we would have up to 60 people in our house--I cooked for days to feed and entertain these people.
I was also a Blue Bird (Camp Fire) leader, and cooking was one of our strong points!!
Through the years, I would be asked to furnish dinners for people at church (funerals, etc.), for pagent events in town, and for various other things.
After I went back to work full-time I thought my dream job of cooking was over. Not so much! After 10 years at my "day" job, the Wednesday evening hostess for the church retired. I was approached about taking this position, and after talking with my boss, (who knew this was an unfulfilled passion), it was agreed that I could take off on Wednesdays to pursue this. For the past 7 years, I have cooked dinner for 100-150 people each Wednesday, September though May. I plan the menus, do the shopping, and cook the meal. I do have two ladies come in late afternoon and help set up and serve.
Ok, so now I'm working at the school and at the church. One other girl in my office was cooking the school athletic banquets, and people began to approach her about cooking at other events. We attend church together, and she wanted a partner, so viola!!, she & I are catering on week-ends and evenings. After 5 years of working together, she decided this wasn't her cup of tea; plus, her children are nearly out of school (last daughter is a Sr), and her husband travels with work (of course, she wanted to go!!!), and she brought up the thought of getting out. I offered to buy her out, we agreed on a price, and Nov of 2006, I became the sole proprietor of the catering business!!!
Through the years some of my jobs, besides weddings and anniversaries, have been lunches for the Chamber of Commerce monthly (have done this for 4 years), occasional lunches & special events for the Better Business Bureau, receptions for the local banks & city offices, receptions for the Fire Fighters (major city involved), church dinners for other churches, and the Chamber banquet. The most I have prepared for to date is 350.
So, here's where I have ended up!!! Sometimes it's very stressful---such as when the Education Foundation has a Tuesday luncheon, Wednesday church dinner, Chamber luncheon and a reception all in one week!!! Tends to make me busy and cranky!!! The furthest I have traveled for catering has been 1 1/2 hours away--did a dinner wedding reception for 200 PLUS the cake & groom's cake. You guessed it---I have also taken all the Wilton cake courses, and have sold cakes for 5 years!!!!!
Even with all the stress and hurried frenzy, I do love this job---and someday I hope to be doing that ONLY!!! Just a few more things to pay off.
So, that's my story. Maybe not too exciting, but long!!!
Have a good evening!

Friday Fill Ins

1. Plans and schedules make my chaotic life so much easier!

2. I'm happy when my kids call or come to visit!

3. The last thing I drank was water.

4. One of the most valuable things in my life is family.

5. I like pepperoni or cheese only on my pizza.

6. Dear November, you are one of my favorite months--here in Oklahoma it's still autumn, and the trees are turning. The hint of December & it's festivities are looking from up ahead!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I've been to Sam's for church groceries, made chicken enchiladas & two pies for a family dinner tomorrow night; Saturday shopping with my sis & daughter; Sat night family birthday dinner -- 3 in Nov;
Sunday church & dinner with sis & family, and son at St Anthony's Greek Orthodox--Lebanese menu.

But, yea!!! I don't have to be ready til 9:30 in the morning!!!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I AM Smiling!!!!!

Whish! The days are just running by--at warp speed. Don't you feel it too??? It's November 8 & Kari @ Just Livin Large, keeps reminding us how many days til Christmas and I AM NOT READY!!!

Anyone watch the CMT awards last night? I really like this music, and have just figured out why---the country music of today reminds me of the "southern rock" of the 70's--well, sweet home Alabama---I'm right at home with this. And those guys are soooo cute---not that I'm paying too much attention!! But that Brad Paisley and John Rich can get my attention! Love those songs--Somewhere Between Raisin Hell & Amazing Grace. Now that sounds like a song I live to.

Not too much happening around here today--and that can be a good thing. Shopping with sis & daughter on Saturday; birthday dinner for dad, sis and son in law Saturday evening. Then Sunday--Hafli Dinner. A local church, St Anthony's Greek Orthodox, hosts a Lebanese dinner at this time each year and it is YUMMY!!! Cabbage rolls, tabouli, baklava, and other things I can't spell.

Tomorrow is payday---yea!!! I'l have a dollar's worth of change again!!! Means I shouldn't call in sick--I really wanted to cause I'm so behind at home, but on PAYDAY????? No way!

Tonight is "put away things" night. All the Halloween decor is sitting in the middle of the dining room table. Folded clothes are also there and in a chair next to the table. Magazines strewn hither and yon!!! Shoes, shoes, shoes, just the two of us at home, but shoes, shoes, shoes in every room--how did that happen???

Gotta run--just saw the time & it's time for the shower ---"wash away my troubles, wash away my pain, with the rain of Shambala" Who remembers that song?????

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!!!

Ahh--this is the street in my town; this is where I shop and meet all my friends during the holiday season; this is where we go for hot cocoa and gingerbread---NOT! But isn't it dreamy??? And wouldn't it be great if this were our town???
I actually received the first gift that I ordered online in the mail today--Fisher Price!!! There is nothing so fun as shopping through magazines and toy store fliers!!! Remember the wonder as you shopped for your want list? I remember we always got the Spiegel and Penny's Christmas catalouges in the mail. My brother and sister and I would spend hours purusing the pages, listing item after item we wanted from Santa. Didn't matter one iota if we got something on the list or not. Christmas was always wonderful--
Does anyone else remember Otasco's Christmas television ads? The ones I refer to were on in the mid-60's and featured a little elf named (I think) Tom??? I loved the commercials for toys!!! I also loved (and still do) all the Christmas specials on TV. Remember the King Family Christmas??? Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra combining families for a Christmas singfest??? Charlie Brown's Christmas, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas??? All the cartoon versions--weren't they the best??? After my kids grew up, I used to watch them ALONE--but now!!! Now I have Hank to watch them with. And to teach about Christmas lists!!! The wonder has been rejuvinated!!!
I still hang stockings for my kids--as long as you believe~~~ And I don't care one bit if it reeks of secularism. As strong a Christian as I am, as spiritual as I am, I LOVE SANTA and all the other fantasy people of Christmas---And all of the excitement surrounding the holiday.
I was in Hallmark Sunday and there were ornaments replicating "A Christmas Story"--you know the one "You'll shoot your eye out"! So, my son in law (who loves that movie) is getting the "leg lamp"ornament--it's foreign--from Fragile!!! Oh I love this time of year.
One of my favorite things is to find special gifts that represent what someone likes and play to that. Things someone else might over look. All year long I make lists of what my family & friends mention they like, what their interest are, etc. It's quite the game with me.
Well, enough about that.
I hope all of you are approaching this season not with dread, but with the enthusiasim of childhood. Slow down and make cookies--drink hot cocoa. What gets done, gets done. What can be attended, so be it. Just slow down and enjoy!!!
Happy Days Ahead!!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Dwarfs Arrived!!!!!

Wow! This picture came through from a co-worker via email!!! I'm so smart--I figured how to save & send it!!!!
Anyhoo--there we are--the 7 dwarfs! Ok, so the costumes aren't the most creative in the world, but we only decided to do this a week before Halloween. Don't know if you can tell, but the tree on the wall has branches that hang from the ceiling!!! I'm the one kneeling in green--yes, Dopey!!! How appropriate!!!
We have tons of fun at work, we all get along wonderfully, and we all add our own character to the day. There are also 2 men (the bosses) who we allow to work with us!! I'm sure they feel intimated----NOT!
So, I just wanted to share this pic with all of you. Good Night!

So, This Is How It Is!

This was supper--banana & peanut butter sandwich. I was sitting here thinking (dangerous), back (way, way, way, way back), when hubby & I were engaged. I remember thinking that life would be perfect. I would always fix dinner; the house would always be clean; the kids would do whatever we wanted; we wouldn't age; we wouldn't ________
And now, it's banana & peanut butter sandwiches! And dear hubby is at he local football game, where he runs the time clock at home games. The house is a mess--no really, A MESS! And the kids, well, they are at an age that we don't know what they do!! But, they didn't always do exactly what we wanted. Still don't!! Didn't want Ashley taking my grandson & moving. Didn't want Alex to have to suffer through divorce. Didn't want them to grow up--but they did!!
We actually did age! A friend & I were visiting at a high school graduation reception when we looked over and noticed our husbands in conversation. Our husbands grew up here, graduated together, and were considered "hotties" in the day. They are now both paunchy, balding, harder of hearing, and not too keen on staying up past 9 pm. I laughed and said, "Think we should warn the graduating gals that this is what happens to the hotties?"!!!! We had a good laugh at that. Boy, how did we know that time would go by so quickly?! And yet, when I think back on how much we've said & done, how many we've known & said goodbye to, how much we've worked & stayed at the same place-----time went quickly slow!
Enough contemplating that. Darn that banana & peanut butter sandwich!! I don't know what it contains that took me back. Maybe it's the fall season.
On to better & more uplifting things. I got a call today from the convention center in a local community (of 30,000, so not a massive center). The gal who is in charge of the facility reservations knew of my catering (??), and took my information to pass on to a church that is booking an event in April. She said she would probably be calling me alot---hmmm. I'm not getting my hopes up til the deposits come in, have had things fall through, down & out before, but still---it's promising. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Maybe I'll be able to take this catering thing to the next level before I qualify for social security!!!
Well, Reba is on TV--I love, LOVE those reruns. So, I'm going to say good night you all. Bye Bye. Sleep well.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Goblins, Ghosts & Ballerinas, Oh My!

These are Hank's "downtown" pictures. "Minnie" is a 2 year old who lives next door to my in-laws & plays with Hank when he's there. They also attend church with us, so we know them quite well!

Now, I know this doesn't look like the hat a pumpkin costume would have and it's not! Hank wanted to wear my "dwarf" hat so badly that I made him one to wear with his costume!!! He had a BLAST!!! He thought this was the biggest, best party he had ever been to! And he tasted his first sucker. He gave us a look that said "why have you all kept this secret for so long????".

Remember I told you about the office we were decorating & that we were the 7 dwarfs???? Well, the pictures taken with my camera were blurry, so I'm depending on a co-worker to email me hers so I can post them. We had alot of fun. As the afternoon wore on, one of the gals came up with our "hooker" names. It was too funny!!! Hope you all had a fun Halloween.

Our office is attached to a bank, actually we rent space from the bank, and each year these people go NUTS decorating & dressing up!! Their theme this year was "60's --Groovy!" They all dressed in 60's "hippie" attire, they had this psychadelic bus, and they even had one of the offices as a "black room" with incense burning, blacklight posters and lava lights. It was really cool!!

These are ghost brownies I made for the office on Halloween. Wish I could say I had this brilliant idea, but Penny shared this with me. So cute!! They were a hit! We all brought food (any reason to eat!), had a baked potato bar, dip & chips, and sweets!! Yummy!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

And They Played & Played!

These are Hank's private stock of pumpkins!! We went outside and he carried them around all over the yard, lined them up on every flat surface he could find, and showed them to the neighbor cat--who, I'm certain, was thoroughly impressed. So much so that the cat ran (RAN) home. Could be that Hank tried to let the cat hold them!!!

These are the last of the gerbera daisies that are out in the flower bed. This week has been quite warm, but I doubt if that will last, and good-bye flowers. This is the first year I've had these & I just love them. Anyone know much about them? If so, do tell. Are they perennial? I guess I could look this up online, but it's nice to hear from you guys & I'd like to hear your experiences with them.

I stayed home from work today! Hank didn't feel well yesterday, so to be on the safe side, I kept him today. What fun!! He actually felt really good!! Ha ha ha

It amazes me that he has matured so much in 1o days!! One really does forget quickly what children do!! He's now interacting constantly, jabbering non-stop and playing reasoning games with me. He's a real lover & boy, am I enjoying that!!! He & his mom are spending the night tonight so they can be here for Halloween. Our town has a "goblin parade" and feeds all the kids hot dogs. The churches have begun "Trunk or Treat" and, lucky me, our church sits right on Main Street at the very end of the parade route!!! I'm making hamburger stew & cornbread for all the members who are participating in the "Trunk or Treat". And the church will give out hot cocoa.

Anyway, Hank, along with his mom & dad, will be spending the Halloween evening with us!!! Other grandmother doesn't really "get into" holidays and all the traditions we practice in our family. Works for me!!! Not only do I get to be the "spoiler" grandma, I get to be the holiday one too!!! Have already purchased all the holiday sets Fisher Price has & they sit on Hank's little table in the living room. It'll always be a holiday when he's here!!!

I'll be taking pictures of the gals at the office tomorrow--remember, we're the 7 dwarfs (or dorks!!). We put up our "forest tree" yesterday, and today they are supposed to be painting the boulders on the entrance to "mine" (another office!). The boss came out yesterday while we were transforming the office--I think he considers us all nuts!!! We told him that, as all the dwarfs were taken, he could be Snow White!!! Don't think that's going to happen--after all, he is a former football/baseball coach!!!

Hope you all have a fun, safe, and exciting Halloween. Then Thursday--it's the race to Turkey Day!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Well, I Meant To!!!!

Got through the rehearsal dinner on Friday night--I meant to take pictures of the display to show here & to use in a flier--notice the "meant to"!!!

We got there and people had arrived wanting hors d'oevuers!!! So we had to set up in a hurry!!! We sat out the guacamole, salsa, white queso along with tortillas & chips, and the drinks, and it looked like a convention of locusts!!! BUZZ they devoured the food!!!

But that gave us time to set up the dinner without anyone hovering over---and it was a hit!!! I always make my own salad dressing (unless different is requested), and had lots of good comments on it. In fact, one of the guests begged for the recipe. She even offered to PAY for it!!! hee hee I didn't make her, I just glady obliged!!! But the guests loved all of the food, and a few even asked for business cards, so I consider that an over-the-top success. Especially since it was in the higher end area of the city!!!

Funny part was, the host made margaritas, and as the night wore on, I don't think some even knew what they were eating!!!

I did see my ex daughter in law. It was quite civil--even friendly. We spoke, talked a bit & I gave her a hug--want her to know what she is giving up !! She made a point of telling me good bye, and I could see she was hurt. I don't know what issues she is dealing with in her life, but I am keeping her in my prayers. She obviously doesn't know what she wants, or which path to take in life. She really needs to get into a church based group for support and help. Enough of this!!

Halloween is around the corner, and as I LOVE HALLOWEEN, I can't wait. Baby doll Hank is coming for the evening, the church is having Trunk or Treat, and I am preparing hamburger stew for the workers. Hank is too young to go treating, so he'll dress up and hang out with me. Can't wait!!! We can see all the goblins together.

Gotta go to the real job, in the real world so have a great day & I'll be back!!!