Friday, August 26, 2011

It's a Good Day!

It's been a week since my last post and I apologize.  The harddrive on my laptop died last Sunday night.  Yes....actually died which meant I HAD to make an appointment with Apple for Monday morning and drive my poor, sad laptop to St. Louis to be repaired.  This time they couldn't make the repairs in a couple of hours so I had to leave it with them.  Now the upside to all this is I got to see my good friend Meagan AND go shopping (in St. Louis!!) TWICE in the same week.  Made up for the fact that I had no computer all week.

Yesterday after a day of HomeGoods and Mexican food with Meagan I was able to pick up my laptop (and start Pinning away!)  Today has been a good day. I got in a FABULOUS work-out this morning at the gym.  It's been a hard week around here cause it was the kids first week back to school and I have to admit...this morning's work-out really kicked my butt.  Took me a bit to recover.  About 1pm I decided I needed a coke but I really did not need to make the 12 mile round trip to get one.  It was a silly idea really.... (now I realize I shouldn't be drinking the Coke and if I would just stop then I wouldn't have to go to the gym so much but that's not going to happen.)

Well...as soon as I had this conversation in my head (yes in my head...I do that a lot) the phone rang and 2 different people who owed me money called to tell me I could come and pick it up.  Then within minutes the library called and told me the book I was wanting was in.  It was a sign!!  I should go to town!

I get to the library and all the new magazines are in!  Woohoo!!


So, I will now drink my Coke and read my new magazines in peace....for a few more minutes.


See...it's been a good day.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Twinery Anniversary Giveaway!! --Help Me Out!!

This is my new love....Baker's Twine.  And this is the entire Ultimate Collection from The Twinery.

The Twinery
I know it's just string but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff.  I only have the small sampler pack right now and I  totally hoard it.  If you get a card or craft from me made with baker's twine then you are something special.

So...now dear readers....help me out!  Check out The Twinery Blog and enter to win the Ultimate Collection of Baker's Twine for me.  I would be forever in your debt.  I might even give you some...maybe.

(I just called a friend to tell her to enter and instead of saying Baker's Twine I said Baker's Wine.  She said she would be more inclined to enter if it was for a case of wine. HA!)  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First Day of School 2011

And they are off.....


...do you hear the SILENCE!?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teacher Gifts

It's always a good idea to butter the teacher up before school starts so when my kid does something crazy she might not be so hard on him/her.  



I found this super simple idea over at eighteen25.  She had the cutest ideas!  Take a inexpensive calculator, wrap it up in a bag and attach the cute tag.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Following in Her Mamma's Footsteps

She love mowing.....


unfortunately I don't want to hand the reins over to her yet.

Friday, August 12, 2011

My New Addiction

I have a confession....a new addiction.  This is a no calorie, low budget addiction.  I can sit for hours (HOURS!) with my new addiction and the whole time I'm learning and expanding.  I'm finding new ideas, new recipes, and old loves.  Guessed it yet?  It's Pinterest!

Here is how it works.  You know when you are looking across blogland and you find a picture of something you like and you want to save it for the future?  So you save it to your hard drive and then later you look at it and wonder what website did it came from?  All you have is the picture.  Well, Pinterest has solved that problem!  Pinterest lets you create Boards to organize and share all your favorite ideas.  The picture is then saved to your Board of your choice with a link back to the original website.

After opening an account you will start to get Followers and you can choose to Follow others.  It's so much to see what everyone is looking at.  Every time you refresh the Pinterest homepage it's like opening a new magazine with all kinds of wonderful things to look at.  

Here is a sampling from my 10 Boards.

Products I Love

Pics of fun things I would love to have or I had at one time.  I'm on the look out for cheap (free) wire baskets or milk crates now.

Etsy

Favorite Places & Spaces:

I want to go here and live.  This is the prettiest little place EVER!  
Rustic Cabin Vacations

Books Worth Reading:

I just finished reading Ashley Judd's memoir and it was so moving!  This woman is amazing!  She travels to the worst of the worst places in the world to educate and care for woman who have seen nothing but desease, war, famine, rape & death.  Very hard to read in some areas but so worth it.  

MS Magazine

My Style Board:

The board is for all the fun things I would love to wear.  Someone is always putting together these fabulous outfits that I would love to purchase and wear.  I found this wonderful necklace that I think would be perfect for me.  Somebody buy it for me please!!

Etsy

My NEXT House:

We have a saying in our family when something in the house isn't just right:  "My NEXT house will have that."  My mom has been saying it forever and she has been in her house for 25 years.  So, this board is dedicated to all the places I want to live NEXT time.

Southern Living
Cards:

This board is obviously dedicated to pictures of all the cards I want to make in the future or have made already.  This has been a GREAT way to organize all my card ideas.  I used to bookmark the site (and then forget the name) or copy and past the picture to my harddrive but then didn't know who made the card.  This flipflop card is just the cutest EVER!

True Gift's From the Heart



Words I Love:

This is a Board for all the funny signs and sayings I keep finding.  Someone out there is just too darn witty!

source
Recipes:  

A Board for all the yummy things I'm going to make someday.  I did dedicate a whole week awhile back to all Pinterest recipes.  

Basil Popcorn

People I Love:  

A Board dedicated too all those wonderful people out there who I think are great...real or fictional.  I love the movie Rear Window.  Ever seen it?   No?  Pick a dark evening and watch it.  It's wonderful!!

Source
 
Want to Make:

The Board where I put all the ideas of all the things I want to make but I don't have time cause I'm too busy Pinning.  I'm a sucker for a window with vinyl.  Loving the vinyl signs right now.  

Etsy

So...I'm sure the one think you HAVE to know is...how do you get started with Pinterest?  You have to go here and request an invite.  Why you have to be invited I don't know.  But it's a lot easier if you just send me your email and I'll invite you.  It's quicker that way for some reason.  Then you put a little 'Pin It' button on your toolbar, go to the Pinterest home page and start browsing.  Three hours later you can email me and thank me.  




Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Keeping Cool

When the temps reach 100 plus for weeks at a time what do you do?  


We spent a lot of time in the basement keeping cool.


Keep cool!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Farmer Instead of Hunter

Lately the hubby has been more farmer than Hunter.  Our garden is doing really well considering this is the first year in this location.  We have had a number of zucchini, cucumbers, and peppers so far.  The lettuce was ok for a couple of days and then gone.  The tomatoes are coming along nicely but the carrots and onions have not fared so well.  Hopefully I will be able to trade someone for those.  


We were able to get some local manure for the garden and I know it will help us a lot next year but OMG! has it smelled.  I thank God we are not goat farmers cause it was rank around here for awhile.



We are lucky to have a lot of veggies from the garden and from friend's gardens because if we had to depend on ours for everything we would probably be in trouble.