Wednesday, December 31, 2008

8 Months to go.....

8 months to go, 
till the family reunion, I am so excited.  My mom is starting a 6 week  yoga series with me on Saturday, Jay says he is going to start working out with me this week as well.  My sister?  Well she is a fashion model, so she doesn't have to do a thing. I am hoping we get Jack for the week as well.  The last couple of weeks have been horrible on my work out and I am hoping to start my running schedule again, May is coming awfully soon but the weather has been pretty icy. For Christmas Stevi got me a Timex Ironman watch that charts your progress and  keeps track of your calories burned.  I want to wear it today while I paint the salon, but I will have to go off of the Self chart and say that I will probably burn on average 100 calories per hour ( I don't want to get paint on my new watch!). Not that great of a work out but at least I am getting some stuff done, as well as a workout, Stevi and I will try to make it to the Energizing Yoga class tonight at 6:30 and it will probably feel good after painting and pretty much doing nothing for the last 2 weeks.  So for all you family members out there planning the reunion in 8 months, please remember, Aunt Pat is coming and she teaches Yoga all the time, we don't want her running circles around us!  Plus bring your hiking shoes, I plan on bringing all willing victims on a fun hike or two!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Knitting the "Ugly" stocking........

I think I make it look more difficult than it actually is, I am Bubba, therefore when I knit, it is not pretty, it is , picture Bubba would knit.  I started a stocking for Guoda, yes a Christmas stocking, the pattern I chose is an intermediate pattern, and I decide to be frugal and instead of purchasing new yarn, I would use some Chenille yarn my sweet little sister gave me for free..........she later told me she gave it to me because it was so hard to work with.  My mother has seen me knit, it is not pretty.  But I try, the stocking has 3 rows of shingles that attach to the base then you knit the 3 needles together.  I followed the directions and special ordered the double ended needles and when I got to Madreadoptiva's house, she said.."No, no, no,  put those down!"  then went and got me her needles on the round and said, "You are going to love me for this!"  Boy what a difference!  I didn't look like I was going to snap the knitting needles in half.......(and yes you can do that, I have) I was so proud of my achievement that I proudly held up my stocking to show my loving husband and he looked at it and said......"That is ugly." then tried to fix it by saying..."well, it's not exactly pretty....."   Just like when my mom saw the fabric I chose for her bathrobe and said, "I hope that fabric isn't for me, that is hideous ."  Does anyone see a pattern here? My family is so proud of me........I can tell.  Maybe I should quit while I'm ahead, but I will not be defeated so 'BRING IT LOVING FAMILY, BRING IT!'  Because there is no crying in knitting.......It takes a lot of balls to knit like I do..........

Monday, December 29, 2008


"THE LAW OF LYNCH"  That is what we call it.  Kind of like Murphy's Law.......only worse.  What CAN happen WILL happen.  

Jayson and Stevi, excited, on their way up to Boreal Ski Resort to break in  their new snowboards, boots, bindings and snow pants, jackets that they got for Christmas.  Stevi couldn't sleep.  Jumped out of bed, make lunch and a snack pack for her and Brother.  Loaded everything into the car.........SCREAM!!!!!  DADDY!!! SCREAM!!! DADDY!  I thought she slipped on ice and cracked her head open, thankfully no, she slammed her finger in the car door, completely shut it in there.  She will lose her fingernail for sure.  Being ever so tough as she is, pure white and ready to pass out, blood dropping all over the garage floor, on her shoes and pants, she sat down, we cleaned it off, fed her, got her water.  She still wanted to go snowboarding, I think more because she didn't want to disappoint her brother.  They headed out, her stomach  was really upset, so I cut up a couple of cuties for her and fed her as she iced her finger and told Jayson to stop and get her a Sprite and water.  She had some Advil, ice and a package of bandages and Polysporin for the trip up the hill.  

And they are back.  Poor kid, she was so excited, she decided she wouldn't be able to enjoy herself and it is really throbbing, so she is home.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Menu Monday

  • Sunday- Shrimp Scampi with Pasta, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes and Olives
  • Monday- Chicken Parmigiana with Angel Hair Pasta, Steamed Broccolli and homemade tomatoe sauce.
  • Tuesday- Chimichurri Flank Steak with Black Beans and Brown Rice with Homemade cilantro and parley sauce.
  • Wednesday- Beef Kebabs and Creamy Brown Rice flavored with lemon, sour cream, paprika and parmesan.
  • Thursday- Skinny General Tso's Chicken with a salad topped with Carrot-Ginger dressing and brown rice.
  • Friday- Oven baked fish and sweet potato fries with a salad.
  • Saturday- Ginger-Lemon Chicken Skillet with bow tie pasta and mixed veggies.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ummm.....I have a confession to make......

So my sister said it would happen, I thought I could just do a little Crank, but once you get started, you start "Jonesing" for more.  "I'll just do a little today, and a little tomorrow and stick to my guns..."  I couldn't put  Crank down, I had to keep doing more and more.......I'm sorry, I know I planned to not pick up Crank until January 1st, but once I started, I couldn't stop.  I picked up Crank for the first time at 7:30 last night and couldn't stop it until it was all done at 12:37pm.  Crank kept me up all was unreal the feeling it gave me. Curiosity, and fear, I dare you to pick up Crank and only go to page 135.  I couldn't, I was addicted to Crank.  Now I am scared I am going to get "Burned" too.  I will post for all you blogger's who are doing the book club also and post date so it is as if I only read 135 pages per week,  but I guarantee you this, once you pick up Crank, you won't be able to stop until it is all gone.  Good job Ellen Hopkins, and thank you for taking us on this horrible journey, Wow.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Things always happen for a reason........

Things always happen for a reason.  Sometimes we are not really sure what they are but they do.  We may not always agree with the way things are going, but if life doesn't happen, we wouldn't live it, right?  I am going to be a great aunt. I am not as shocked as some may be, I think I am broken in.  Hello, I was 17 when I got pregnant with Jayson, in high school and completely terrified.  Jay and I struggled many times with financial things, jobs, youth, trying to be adults, good parents and good spouses.  We had to learn
everything the hard way, but the decision we made back in 1986, was the right decision for us.  When Jayson told me he and Chrissi had gotten pregnant, I was a little upset.  I knew Chrissi was ready to be a mom, I knew Jayson was not ready for parenthood at all.......despite what he thought.  But as I said things do happen for a reason.  Chrissi is an amazing mother.  I love Jack just as much as one of my own children, I would die if I couldn't be a part of his life.  I knew I would love that child, but not like this. Along with it comes my love for Chrissi.  She takes such good care of him, I don't worry at all.  Of course I worry for them as far as them making ends meet and little things like that, she and Jayson didn't work out.  That happened for a reason as well.  If they had, things would be alot different than they are and Chrissi and Jack wouldn't have Kevin in their lives.  You see, from the day I was told almost exactly 2 years ago, things have changed dramatically.  Jack is in Bend, Or. with Chrissi and Kevin, happy, thriving and wonderful.  Jayson, he is still growing up.  I love him to death but I do think that for the time being, things are exactly the way life intended them.  So when faced with life changing decisions, just remember, what happens is what should happen, and we all survive, as my mom always says when faced with tough challenges and decisions, "God gives us only what we can handle. " I always say, "What doesn't kill us, only makes us stronger."

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Menu Monday

  • Sunday: Brisket with sweet potatoes
  • Monday: Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Ham
  • Tuesday: Nacho spuds and baked cauliflower stuffed tomatoes
  • Wednesday:  Sweet onion and garlic soup
  • Thursday: Pot Luck at Moms for Xmas bringing Sirloin and veggie stir-fry****
  • Friday: Deviled Fishwich and chips
  • Saturday:  Lemon Chicken Schnitzel with roasted potatoes
Where did I get all these yummy ideas you ask? Why the Rachel Ray everyday Menu planner, check it out, it is kind of fun, no brainer and you can print out the recipes and a shopping list right off the web sight, anyways here is the recipe for Thursdays pot luck dinner I am bringing to my moms house.........

Prep time 15 min.
cook time 20 mins.

3 lbs trimmed, boneless beef sirloin, sliced 1/4 inch thick 
6 tbs. soy sauce
2 bunches broccoli rage, florets separated
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil and garlic halved plus 6 tablespoons of their oil
4 large cloves garlic chopped
4 bunches scallions cut into 1 in. lengths
3-4 pickled hot peppers chopped
1 lb angel hair pasta
2 cups beef broth
2 tbs. cornstarch

  1. In a bowl, combine the sirloin and 3 tbs soy sauce, set aside.
  2. In a wok or large skillet, bring enough water to reach a depth of 2" to a boil.  Add broccoli rabe, lower the heat and simmer for 3 mins.  Drain in colander and rinse well with cold water; set aside.
  3. Return the wok to high heat, add 4 tbs sun-dried tomato oil and the garlic and stir-fry for 1 min.  Add the sirloin and stir-fry for  for 2 mins.  Transfer the meat and its juices to a bowl.  Add the remaining 2 tbs sun-dried tomatoe oil to the wok, then the scallions, peppers and sun-dried tomatoes, stir-fry for 1 min.
  4. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 3 mins.  In a small bowl, stir together beef broth, cornstarch and remaining 3 tbs soy sauce.  Add the mixture to the wok.  Stir until thickened, about 1 min.  Return the meat, its juices and the broccoli rabe to the wok, cook until heated through.
  5. Divide the pasta among the plates, top with steak and vegetables. 

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tales from the Chair Chapter 15

Everyday I hear it.  I need to cancel, sorry I just don't have the money right now.  Or, I/my spouse just lost their job.  We just lost our house.  We walked away/ did a short sale.  My client "Haley" was sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner when the knock on her door changed the mood of the day.......3 day notice to vacate.  Yup 3 days, she had no idea her boyfriend was even behind on the mortgage, he, too embarrassed to tell her.  It took her, him, their family and friends the whole 3 days and on that Sunday, the police came and locked them out just to make sure.  Really 3 days.  When she had all her hours cut back to 20 hrs. a week and he, a barber, is in the same boat I am in, only he only does cuts at $12 a piece, mainly on older men.  He doesn't have greying women to fall back on like I do.

Same day, my new client and friend "Tim"  told me he has been late on his lease payment for his condo every month so far,  he moved up here for a job with a 2 year contract that has recently been laying everyone off and they cut his hours in half.  His family lives in Mexico, he has no one and may not have a roof over his head soon with nowhere to go.

I can't tell you how this breaks my heart.  I hear it all day long.  I myself am late on our house payment.  What can I do, if the money is not there, it just isn't there.  I guess right now we are most of us in this position.  I could cry about it, but I just hug my clients and tell them to keep their head up, we are all struggling right now.  I was really scared about losing my house that I have put so much of our money and hearts into but you know what?  I could still be happy in a 2 bedroom apartment if I had to,  life teaches us lessons the hard way.  All the money we have saved is gone and now all of our credit card are maxed out but I have my family and my health and that is all that really matters isn't it?  We have a roof over our heads for now, if we get one of those notices on our door I guess we will cross that bridge when we get there.  For now we are swimming up stream and I don't even know how to swim, but I am learning.  

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stevi's Dance Recital.........

As I watch my beautiful daughter grown up, sometimes it hurts, sometimes it is exciting, scary, confusing and just plain wonderful.  I remember when she first started at Dance Unlimited, she was unsure, unsteady and not very limber.  Now I watch her on stage and every time she gets up to perform, I am watching a new dancer I have never seen before.  She has thinned out, grown tall, gained movement, technique and facial expression that amazes me.  This week Jay mentioned that sometimes he's not always sure about Miss Gina.  I told him to get over it because she is passionate about what she does, sometimes she may come across mean, or impatient.  One thing she said a couple weeks ago at auditions, yes, just because you dance at her studio doesn't automatically place you in all the dances, some of the kids had to audition 3-4 times just to find a spot, she said...."I AM NOT PREPARING YOU FOR RECITALS!  I AM PREPARING YOU TO AUDITION TO DANCE!"  and she does,  she is hard, and always tough but she is very serious about what she does.  I have heard her tell student's and/or parents not to come back for disrupting class or not showing up, or talking back and not following direction.  If you go to other recitals, you see the difference,  the technique is sloppy, the dancers look confused and mess up the whole routine which in turn messes up the other dancers along side them and it is painful to watch.  To know Gina is to love her, you may not always agree with the way she runs things but I feel blessed that Stevi is in the studio.  It will toughen her up because as you know, auditions whether it is for dance, schools, interviews or just plain life is tough.  I have seen Stevi grow tremendously over the last 3 years, I think I do owe alot of the to Miss Gina as well.  She is helping me in many ways to develop my beautiful young daughter into a strong, poised and confident young woman.  Thank you Miss Gina.  Despite some of your strict hard rules, I understand why you are the way you are and I truly value you in our lives.  We love you and you are stuck with us!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Five things I do daily to clear my mind.......

  1. Check my palm many times to see what the hell is going on next.
  2. Read, whether it is the newspaper, a book or magazine, I absolutely have to read to escape.
  3. Exercise or see when I get to exercise next.
  4. Blog, or read blogs.
  5. Accomplish at least a few things off of my written list of things to do, otherwise I stress that I haven't accomplished a thing!

What do you do?  If you read this and don't have a blog, post your 5 in your comments please!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

And Heather makes 3!

It's funny, when I used to do hairshow's and in-salon education, the worst part of it was walking into a salon for the first time.  Hairdressers are so catty, it's like when you walk in you are crapping in their cat box.  One of the reason I opened a small cozy salon.  My client Janet told me her niece Heather had been looking for a salon to move her clients to but everywhere she went they were rude, or didn't give her the time of day.  "Send her down!"  I said.  She came in the next day and is just adorable, the only reason they were rude to her is probably because she is so dang cute!  Good, cuteness works for me and she is also very sweet.  We had our salon party Monday night so I invited her along to meet the other girls and see if she felt like she had a home.  We all had a great time and January 1st I will have a full house again,  I am so excited.  Heather, Jeanne and Angie are all starting out part time but that works for me.  I couldn't be happier, and now we will be open 7 days a week with a couple of girls working weekends.  I went to work early this morning and they building is almost done, painted and my signs are there and ready to go.........Things are looking up, must be the Stress Busting Strategies I have been posting.

P.S.  As you can see, Crank is in the lead for the 1st book to read............

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Book ideas.........

I had a really hard time voting on one because I wish I could read ten books at once.  But here are a few suggestions to get us started!

Book ideas.........

All of these books may be researched on if you have any other suggestions please feel free to make them!   We will start on January 1st please let me know how you want to do this, how many chapters a week, month etc?

No more Mrs. Niceguy!

I have absolutely had it.  I try to be patient, understanding, and relaxed and now I see that that gets you absolutely now where.  They have been putting stucco up on the building the Salon is in.  Now, that is great except they started in October and not only are the workers not done because they are never there, they are complete pigs.  I have left very considerate and patient messages with the landlord with very appreciative responses and it is still a disaster with garbage, bricks, shingles, boards with nails sticking out of them, no sign, no front light and just crap strewn everywhere.  Everyday I go to work and it is absolutely embarrassing.  I finally had a PMS fit and started calling everyday.  Mondays message was much kinder and gentler than Fridays message I assure you.  I called Friday and told them I had had it, and was not paying rent until their pigs came and picked up their garbage and all the crap all over the front of my business and if it wasn't done by 4:00 on Friday, I would do it over the weekend and take $30 per hour out of my rent check.  Magically they came and do you know  that the crew they brought with them had 2 months worth of scaffolding , garbage etc. picked up in 1 1/2 hours!   Amazing.  Now I don't have to do it Thank God, but I will still be taking the price of my Bistro Set that they broke and my front deck mats off, I also need to put up a new security light the light I had is just hanging off the front wall and doesn't work, and  my front sign which I wouldn't have had a problem paying for except now I do.   It is still not done, I still have no sign up and I have decided that from now on, it is all business.  If I try to please every one else and not ruffle any feathers, I am the one who ends up frustrated.  Moxie Lady move over, Bubba is coming in.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Two new girls for a great New Year.....

Ha ha,  I met my two new girls for lunch today at PF Changs, they are  both starting on January 1st and are going to share a station for the first 6 months and then we will re-evaluate how well they are building a clientele and see if they are ready to go full time or not.  

  Angela a.k.a. Angie, has been a client of mine for around 3 years, almost 6 feet tall, maybe a size 4, huge breast, jet black hair down to her waist with a hot pink chunk in the front, and sultry Italian eyes.  She is such a knock-out that every time she has been in the salon, if a male is anywhere in the vicinity, they are asking me to set them up, get her number etc.  Well today, lunch was on the "Head Chef" at PF Chang's......that hasn't happened to me ever, her apparently she thought this happened to everyone.  When we walked in all eyes where on her and we had around 5 male waiters attending us at all times, I felt like a celebrity, or should I say a celebrities "friend".  She is 31 and very very sweet to go with her beauty.  A rare find.

     Jeanne is 36 and a single mother of 2 with an adorable haircut and a very cute style.  Very cute as well and a little more serious, I think only because this was the first time I had ever met her.  Our lunch took almost 2 hours and we chatted endlessly about everything, I feel that they will both make a comfortable fit in the salon.   We are all getting together for cocktails and appetizers on Monday evening so that Angie and Jeanne can get to know Christi and Tita before they start to make a comfortable transition into the salon,  I was new once and I know how intimidating it can be.  I am so excited that out of the 5 of us Angie will be the baby in the group, and they were both happy with my "No Drama" policy.  

     The week between xmas and New Years I am going to repaint with chocolate browns and redo the 3 benches we have in leopard print.  Anyone need a cut and color?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hello Bangledesh!

K, Still having major issues with my computer due to the crashing of the hard drive a.k.a. dropping my laptop.  So I called the 1-800 # for Palm and I spoke to Russia, China, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and finally Hong Kong, and he helped me, I actually got to hot sync my computer after 1 hour and 5 minute!  That is record time when your have to travel the world to get someone with computer know how.  So Cumin, or whatever his name was, was awesome and I told him I loved him and he is magic!  Aaaaah,..............he's my hero for today!

p.s. I don't think I got to speak to the girl in the picture though........hmmmm

Monday, December 1, 2008

Menu Monday

Sunday- Pot Roast, Mixed Veggies, Rice, Apple Pie.
Monday-Hot Pockets
Tuesday-Left overs
Wednesday-Breaded Chicken Breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, Veggies.
Thursday-Hamburgers, mashed sweet potatoes
Friday-Lobster Bisque Soup and Bread
Saturday- Chicken Margherita penne past

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Parlay Card for Fun and Hopefully Money!

I haven't made it to Verdi to check and get another lottery ticket so this morning as I was reading the Sunday paper and making my pick for football, I decided to give Jay my picks and have him run to Grand Sierra Resort and put the $40 I had in my purse on a parlay card.  It can't be any worse than what I have done playing the lottery which I think the most I have won on a $20 lottery ticket is $8.  My mom does much better than I do, yet she plays weekly, I make it down around once every 3 months.  So I gave my picks to Jay and he decided on 6 games out of the 10 I chose.  Odds are 50-1 so if we win all 6 games, we will win $1960 after the $40 take. Here are my game picks..........

  • Jets have win by 7.5 points
  • Bills have to win by 6.5 points
  • Buccaneers have to win by 3.5 points
  • Steelers have to lose by 1.5 points
  • Raiders have to win by 2.5 points (Hey they are playing the Chiefs it could happen!)
  • Bears have to lose by 3.5 points
Since I am trying to not leave my house on Sundays, (one of my money saving strategies) this will actually make me watch football as I sew with my husband.....(watch football that is!)  Wish me luck , for a $40 bet, $1960 is not too bad, problem is, you have to get all in order to win.  This is our first time, so we will see if this is something we can do and enjoy......(win).

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Friday Crazyness

I have never seen my sister like this.

She was on a mission.

Nobody got in her way.

She accomplished what she came for.

It started out at 3:15, I set my alarm for 3:30 but couldn't sleep, due to the excitement and suspense of the morning we had ahead of us.  To my surprise my daughter was laying awake in bed waiting for me to come and wake her.  As I was getting ready to go, I thought I heard my cell phone ring.......It was 4 was my sister.  Oddly she sounded wide awake and told me she was in line waiting for Kohl's to open.......huh, my little sister who would sleep in every weekend as kids and could definitely out sleep anyone in our family.  Oh yeah, she was bright eyed and bushy tailed.  Stevi called her and asked her if she would like us to bring her Starbuck's instead of meeting us there her response.."THAT WOULD ROCK!" .....ok so we did and got to Kohl's got some great deals on clothes and a few toys, then off to Walmart, whoa, she was gone, we literally had to haul ass out of the parking lot to catch up with her then when we arrived to Walmart, she was almost to the front doors at a very quick clip which turned into a run when she saw us.........uh-oh.  Stevi and I quickly parked, crooked I think, and got out and started running to catch up.  We were too slow, by the time  we hit the front doors, my cell rang and she was already in the toys.  So I went with Stevi to electronic to help her get the much coveted DS Special Edition Brain Age.  Only so many for sale and the natives where getting restless.  Whoa, Crackhead central,  my mom would have been hyperventilating if she were with us.  Some lady started to yell at me, yes AT me when I called Liz and said "This is ridiculous there are people pissed off because they have been in line for 2 hours and I am not going to wait in line like this......"  Wrong thing to say, I actually had people yelling at me because I was not willing to stand in line for 1 item, no way.  So we met Liz in the toys and the one item she came for was completely wiped out, not even a remnant of what was there other than a crooked price sign.  We left not purchasing a thing, it was mass chaos and from what TDH told Liz and what I read in the paper this morning, an employee of a Long Island Walmart was trampled to death yesterday and 8 other people sent to the hospital for injuries.......Is this country out of its ever loving mind?  Are you serious, are these items we CAN NOT possibly live without?  Give me a break, these sick people took a humans life to purchase an in-animate object that was on sale.  Good Lord.  Then we were off to K-Mart to stand in line and wait for it to open, funny, as I scanned the line for my sister-in-law and my nephew, the line started to move and I literally had to sprint to catch up to my sister and daughter, it was moving that fast.  Oddly, K-Mart wasn't prepared at all for this sale, the prices where not marked and the shelves where not all.  Crazy, so we got what we needed and split to Target (which had WAY better deals and is much nicer than K-Mart).  My sister looked at me at one point and said, "I admire your focus!"  Gee.....thank you? Funny thing is the whole time I'm calling my mom saying....."Your daughter is a CRACKHEAD right now!"  She actually had the nerve to ask which one........ummmm duh, the baby in the family, the perfect beautiful one, NOT ME........BUBBA,  apparently I am "focused".  Liz finished before Stevi and I did and went home, then we headed on to Scheel's to finish up and Barnes and Nobles.  Afterwards, Stevi and I went to breakfast at Mimi's and we were home by 10:30.........6 1/2 hours of power shopping, and I am done!  Came home and hung out with Jack before Mama and Kevin came to pick him up to head back to Oregon, started to read my book and passed out on the couch until around 4.  Got up, made dinner, then got killed at Monopoly by Stevi (my little Angel) started to read again and passed out by 9 o'clock.  But hey, I am DONE  with my x-mas shopping, completely done, finished, no more!  And I think my sister and I saw a different side of each other yesterday..........I think we will do it next year!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Learn from my mistakes.......PLEASE!

No picture because I just got my laptop back.  I dropped it and they had to install a new hard drive.  No I didn't have it backed up to anything.  I lost my photos, music and all my business information on Quicken.  Don't you just love technology.  I have to start from scratch.  I couldn't upload a picture because for some reason, I don't have iphoto on this hard drive.  Jayson is going to come over and help me. I have no clue what I am doing.  I tried to print out coupons to go shopping, only my printer won't work because I can't find the disk to set it up.  Oh yeah, I did some hardcore spring cleaning....LAST WEEK!  I was sick of all the extra crap laying around that everyone says you should save.  I cleaned out my desk that had tons of disks with dust on them. Some of them said 1995, hadn't needed them so far so guess what I did?  Threw them in the trash on Tuesday of last week, that means they went into the trash truck on Wednesday with our trash pick-up.  So yeah, I have nothing, I have some photos (I had over 3,000) thank God on Flickr but I can't pull them onto my computer because there is not iphoto.  They told me at Apple that they could try to transfer my files and depending on how long it took I was looking at $425 to $3200.  Hmm that extra $65 for the little hard drive USB whatever they are that you plug into your computer and back up your files sounds pretty cheap right about now.  My smart little baby sister (I know she is in her 30's but that is so young to me!)  Even was smart enough to back up her stuff with a system they offer on line. But OH-NO! Not me, I questioned the security of that with hackers and such, I am sure she remembers my comment on her previous post regarding this, THAT sounds like such a great idea.  I had over 7,000 songs in my itunes library.......kept the cd's in the garage for around 3 years (It literally took me 3 days of non-stop downloading) and finally got around to selling them at a garage sale in August because they were just taking up space......what I didn't sell, went to Recycled Records.....Aaah technology,  so yeah, music, gone.  Photos, digital camera......who needs to waste paper when you have a digital photo frame (disk in trash I think) and you can display your photos on your computer in a slide show?  I am sick about this not to mention the hours and hours of input I so diligently put into my receipts and expenses for business so when tax time came up I could just print it out.......ha ha, lol, yeah, wanted to cry because of all this, but what is the point, there are so many more things to cry about right now with the way the economy and the world is, so I don't, I won't.......anyone want to donate some music to me? Send me a disk!  Just kidding, but now that I think of it, a compilation of your favorite music would be awesome right about now....................sigh.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sewing Sunday Sage Stevi Success.........SSSS

Sage's quilt it done!  It was the hardest thing to do, machine quilting is not easy on a starter Pfaff.  It's not perfect, but it was made with love and I hope she gets a lot of enjoyment out of it, I chose a really soft fluffy back for her, my machine hated it so it bunched slightly here and there, but I didn't have the time to hand quilt it, so it is what it is.  Today is actually Sunday even though I know you are reading this on Tuesday and right now Stevi is finishing her blanket.  She wanted a new blanket for her bed and we had bought the fabric awhile ago. We used the extra satin which she is using as the trim and I made her a pillow case.  The scary thing is, I didn't even have to think about it and it came out perfect.  I have a ton of fabric that I got over the last year with plenty of unfinished projects, so I will keep working on things to keep me out of the mall and things should work out!

Bad news, I think I may already be outgrowing my sweet little sewing machine....uggh.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Menu Monday

  • Sunday - Porkchops, vegetables, croissant, funfetti cookie
  • Monday- Boca/Salmon burger, mashed potatoes, corn, pudding
  • Tuesday- Egg Salad sandwich, chips, apple slices
  • Wednesday- Hot dogs, cottage cheese, salad, cookie
  • Thursday- Chicken breast, rice, green beans, pie
  • Friday-Meatloaf, baked potatoe, stir fried squash, orange wedges with whipped cream
  • Saturday- Pizza, salad, pie.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Funfetti Cookies with homemade frosting

I had a box of funfetti cake mix in the pantry, so I decided to make cookies with it and some homemade frosting to put on top.

  • 1 package Pillsbury Funfetti Cake
  • 1/3 cup Crisco pure vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • High Altitude above 3500 ft- 1/2 cup flour to dry cake mix.

  1. Heat oven 375 Combine cake mix, (flour if needed), oil and eggs in large bowl, stir with spoon until thoroughly moistened.  Shape dough into 1" balls placed 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Flatten to 1/4" thickness with bottom of glass dipped in flour.
  2. Bake 6-8 mins. or until edges are a light golden brown.  Cool 1 min. remove from cookie sheets.
  3. Spread frosting on warm cookies.  Immediately sprinkle each with candy bits.  Let frosting set before storing.  Store tightly in covered container.


  • 1 6 oz. package cream cheese
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
Beat together cream cheese, vanilla and butter until fluffy.  Slowly add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the frosting is the right thickness to spread on cookies.  Keep in refrigerator until serving.