Monday, February 11, 2019

The Latest

Several fun happenings in the past month or so that I wanted to share with you.......

Our Oklahoma family had a good snow back in January, enough that they missed a day of school.  Clancy and Coleman donned their warmest clothes and headed out to have fun before it all melted. They are getting so big, in fact, Clancy looks grown in this picture..

Our daughter in law celebrated her 40th birthday back in January.  I treated her and some of her friends to lunch at one of her favorite restaurants.  It was such a fun time and I'm pretty sure it helped to take the "sting" out of the big 40!!!

The assisted living facility where my Dad lives had a big Mardi Gras party last week.  I went over to attend with him and we had a good time.  I love the colors of Mardi Gras and decided to dress in Mardi Gras colors to match the fun Mardi Gras mask that I have had for many years.

Last Friday night our church hosted a mother/daughter 80's party.  Windy took the girls and they had a blast.  And, aren't they just the cutest and truly rocked the 80's look for sure.  And, just like the boys, these two are growing up so fast.

Andi Kate's 4th birthday is today but she celebrated it with her friends on Saturday.  She wanted a unicorn theme and I had no idea they made such cute unicorn items.  Her cake was too cute and she was so excited and enjoyed every minute of her partee!  It was her first party to invite friends, her first 3 were just family affairs.  She is such a ray of sunshine!

We had our Care Group (a small group within our Life Group at our church) over for dinner last night.  It was a most casual affair but I sure had fun adding some Valentine touches to the table.  I picked up these black plates  at the Dollar Tree a few years ago and at times they provide just the right look and I thought this was one of those times. And, speaking of the Dollar Tree, I found these cute heart vases there too.  You have to love a bargin!  I found this gorgeous heart dish at Pier 1 a couple of years ago for 50% off and it looks so good on a metal easel.  It graced the corner of the bar.  

And, each couple left with some of my "famous" fudge that I had made in heart shaped pans.  It was a fun evening of food and fellowship.  

NOTE:  We will be heading to Oklahoma to visit and to watch Clancy show his sheep this next Sat.  I'll be away for a few days but will likely have lots to share upon my return. Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Waiting for a Star to Fall (1988)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
I had to listen to this to remember it.  I didn't recognize the name but as soon as I listened to it, it all came back.  I love this song!

1) "Waiting for a Star to Fall" was literally inspired by a falling star. The singing/songwriting duo of Boy Meets Girl was at a big, outdoor concert and could have sworn they saw a falling star in the night sky. Have you ever seen a falling star? 

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Yes, I've seen several over my lifetime.  It's amazing how big the stars are as they look so small from where we are.

2) They offered this song to Whitney Houston, who declined to record it. Whitney did have hits with two other songs they wrote: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and "How Will I Know?" What's your favorite Whitney song?

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Not only my favorite Whitney song but also one of my favorite all time songs and I've never heard anyone that could sing, "I'll Always Love You" quite like Whitney.

3) Boy Meets Girl were George and Shannon, a husband-and-wife team originally from Seattle, WA. In 2016, Seattle was named America's most "bike-friendly city." Do you own a bike?
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I do not own a bike and have not owned a bike since I was a child.  But, if I did, I would want it to look just like the one above.  A cute pink bike, can't beat that!

4) George and Shannon met for the first time at a wedding. She was a guest, he was in the band. Think of the last wedding present you bought. Was it from the bride and groom's registry?
Yes, it was and I always try to buy from a registry if one is available.  I enjoy buying "a want" for someone but always make sure it is something that I like as well.  I do not give gifts that I don't care for. ~smile~

5) In 1988, when this song was popular, 98% of American homes had a TV set. Today, that figure has dipped to 96%, presumably because Millennials are watching more content online. What's the last video you watched online?
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 I watch a Hallmark movie while I ride on my elliptical Monday thru Friday.  I'm currently watching Love Finds You In Valentine on my IPad.  It makes the time fly by.

6) In 1988 saw the introduction of one of the most memorable slogans of all time: "Just Do It." Without looking it up, do you know what brand "Just Do It" promotes? 

Oh, my goodness, it's NIKE!  Our son was 12 years old in 1988, the year Nike coined this slogan.  We were inundated with the slogan for a while.

7) In 1988, Sonny Bono went from entertainer to Republican politician when he was elected Mayor of PalmSprings. Have you ever met the mayor of your town?

Well, yes I have.  Our town is very small and it isn't really a big deal to meet and to know the mayor.  I guess that could be a good thing or perhaps a bad, especially for the mayor. 
~big smile~

8) Michael Douglas took home the Oscar in 1988 for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street. The American Film Institute named Gekko one of the "top movie villains of all time." Do you think bad guys are as interesting as good guys?
Their stories can be quite interesting, especially of how they came to be the "bad guys."  But, I'll always be more interested in the good guys and their "claim to fame." 

9) Random question: Have you ever seen a photo of yourself naked? (Baby pictures don't count.)
My goodness, what a question!!!  No, no, no, I have never seen a photo of myself naked and, if I had, I sure wouldn't let you know it.  But, rest assured, I have never and will never.  You can take that to the bank!

We are off to celebrate this sweet girls 4th birthday this morning.  This is her first birthday to celebrate with friends and she is so excited she can hardly stand it.  She's been looking forward to today for a couple of months.  Our sweet Andi Kate!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wednesday Medley - National Frozen Yogurt Day

Who knew it was National Frozen Yogurt Day?  I've about decided that there is a day for every thing on earth.  But, Terrie has come up with some good questions for us surrounding this day.



National Frozen Yogurt Day is observed annually on February 6th.
Frozen yogurt sales are increasing every year as people want a healthier alternative to ice cream. The explosion of flavors and topping choices add to the popularity of frozen yogurt.
Frozen Yogurt Day was the most fun of the choices for today's first question.  I have no idea why the creator chose a winter day to celebrate a frozen dessert, but here we are!!  Let's talk about food today (one of my favorite subjects)!
1.  Today, Wednesday, February 6th, is Frozen Yogurt Day!  A cold dessert on what must be a very cold day for most of you reading this today!  Do you enjoy frozen yogurt?  Does it matter what the weather is?  Share with us your favorite flavor and/or topping, please!!
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Oh, indeed, I love frozen yogurt and it doesn't matter if the weather is cold, hot, or inbetween.  I only want vanilla and give me slivered almonds on top and I'm a most happy gal.  The problem is, I could not tell you the last time I had any.  We do not have any in our fair town and when I'm in Monroe (about 20+ miles from here) it's never when I'm wanting it.  So, it is a real treat whenever I do get some.
2.  What food do you know you shouldn't eat but can't help yourself?
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I absolutely love barkThins!!!  And, I don't know that they are all that bad for you but I couldn't think of anything else.  Thankfully I have a whole lot of willpower and I only eat 1-2 at a time.  And, most of the time I do not buy them but occasionally I will cave and buy a bag and put it in our snack drawer.  It's just the right amount of sweet and salty.
3.  If your life was a meal, what kind of meal would it be?
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I would start with a wonderful tossed salad (no tomatoes) with some good Ranch Dressing and some good hot rolls that are soft and buttery.  Then I'd want an order of stuffed mushrooms followed by a piece of coconut cream pie.  There are a couple of restaurants where we eat that have the best stuffed mushrooms and I always order them.  They are actually listed as appetizers but 4-6 of them make a perfect meal for me.
4.  Do you like spicy food?  Why or why not?  What is the spiciest food you have ever eaten?
Oh, my goodness, I LOVE spicy food!  It can hardly be too spicy for me.  At Christmas I made a delicious shrimp dish and it was really wayyyy to hot for my family.  It was not too hot for me, but I never serve anything that hot when I'm feeding our family or guests.
5.  (Most of you know I have been sick with a cold.) What food do you eat or crave when you have a bad cold?
I am just getting over an awful cold and guess I'm going to cough for 3 months.  I generally do not crave one thing except maybe hot coffee because it feels to good on my throat.  And, a good bowl of soup with a piece of cheese toast always helps with what ails. 
6.  Please tell us something random about your week (and maybe it will involve food).

This has nothing to do with food but it's about these two cute Grangirls of mine.  Our church is having a Mother/Daughter 80's party this Friday night and the girls (in the above pic) are modeling the outfits they will wear. I think they pretty much "nailed" the look and may likely be the cutest little girls there. ~big smile~ I'm not sure what their Momma is wearing but I am quite sure she'll be equally as cute.

Have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sunday Stealing -

 This is #2 of "Three Wishes."

And, here it is, another Sunday and Bev has stolen some great questions from other blogs for us to answer today.  Thanks Bev, we appreciate your giving us "ready made" blog fodder.

16.) What is your favorite wild animal?

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It would be the zebra.  I just love their coats, and somehow I always think how pretty a splash of red would be on them.  I guess because you often see red thrown in with zebra in the fashion world.  I think they are beautiful animals.

17.) Name 3 of your favorite childhood shows:
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#1 would be Lassie, absolutely loved this show.

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#2 would be I Love Lucy, so, so funny and so very clean.

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#3 would be Bewitched, always was intrigued how she could wiggle her nose and magic happened.

18.) If you could live as a character in a movie who would it be?

The first one to come to my mind was Maria (Julie Andrews) in the Sound of Music.

19.) Favorite vegetable?
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iBroccoli would rate right at the top but I like most veggies.  Steamed broccoli not only tastes good but is soooo good for you.  I don't need cheese sauce, just salt and pepper and I'm good. 

20.) Favorite Fruit?
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I am not a fan of fruit at all but if I have to eat some then I would choose an apple.  Give me the salt shaker and I can probably eat a whole one that has been peeled and sliced. 

21.) If you had a dragon what would you name it?

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First if I had a dragon, he would be a friendly dragon and his name would be Skippy.  I'm really not a fan of dragons. ~just saying~

22.) What do you put on hotdogs?
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I start out with mustard on the bun, the put the wiener on the bun and then the fun begins.  It's then time for delicious homemade chili, onions, sliced jalapenos and topped with shredded cheddar cheese.  Talk about good, oh, my!!!

23.) Do you play online games?

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It is a rarity for me to ever play an online game except when I am waiting at a Doctors appointment.  And, I have a few other games on my phone but the only one I ever play is Solitaire.  It is a great way to fill the time when waiting but I can generally always find something I would rather do at other times and generally always have something else that I should be doing.  ~smile~

24.) What's your favorite way to get inspired?
Oh, I can be inspired several ways, but the best is to ponder the Lord's faithfulness to my over my lifetime.  It often helps me to put things back into perspective. 

25.) Do you have a middle name?
I sure do but few folks know it.  It is..............

26.) If you had to order from a kid's menu, what would you get?

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It would be a grilled cheese and fries.  I LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches!!!

27.) Do you speak any other languages?
NO indeed!

28.) Do you use Twitter?
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I have had a Twitter account for several years and probably have not used it 5 times.  I just do not have time for it.  I do Facebook and that's about it as far as social media goes.

29.) Do you go onto YouTube?
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I certainly do.  There's no better "how to" in the world.  I was just on YouTube a couple of days ago watching a video on how to tie the strings on my Duck Boots.  

30.) Do you play Angry Birds?

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No! No! again, don't have time for such and don't have any desire either.  I think my Grandson use to play it, otherwise I probably would never have even heard of it.

And, I leave you with these........

However good or bad the situation, it will change.

Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Lea's Favorites and Reviews

It's been a while since I did my favorites and reviews.  So, today will share a few of my recent favorites and maybe they'll soon be your favorite as well.

We had dinner guests recently and I thought my table setting was so pretty for a most casual affair.  I am no flower arranger but Alstroemeria Lillies make such a pretty bouquet just placed  in a vase.  It doesn't really take any arranging and I can manage them.  And, they come in such great colors and they last for such a long time.

I love my Botanical Gardens Birds by Portmerion dishes and they make such a pretty table.  They can be dressed up or down and I dressed them down with these burlap placemats for this dinner.  Entertaining is a favorite of mine and generally my entertaining is more on the casual side.  I rather concentrate more on the fun and fellowship of the gathering than the "fancyness" of the affair. 

One of our favorite meals for this time of year is Crockpot Red Beans and Rice.  I found this recipe last year and it's the best we've ever had.  I don't believe in chopping onions, bell pepper and celery so I just buy the Seasoning Blend and use it instead.  There are many recipes for this so just Google and take your pick but I highly suggest that you use Chicken Broth instead of water.  It makes it so much better and I always use the low sodium.  If you like Red Beans and Rice you need to make it in the crock pot.  It's soooo easy and soooo good!  Click here for the recipe.

I've been seeing the monogramed duck boots and decided that I really needed  wanted a pair.  So, I order some and I think they are so cute.  I haven't tied the knots in the strings yet but I will do that shortly.  We're going to Oklahoma in a few days and I think they will be perfect to wear to Clancy's sheep show.  I ordered these from Marleylilly  They have so many cute monogramed items.  They are a favorite website of mine. 

Have you ever heard of Snoozies?  Well, I saw them in a store about 3 months ago and bought a pair and then went back and bought another pair. The pair pictured above are called "Skinnies."  They are very thin and more or less just a covering for the foot. And, that's pretty much all I want, just something to cover my feet.  I do not go barefooted EVER!!!!

These are called  "Furries" and are a whole lot thicker and warmer.  So, you have two choices and they wash beautifully.  I don't know how long they have been around but I'm so glad that I found them as they are my most favorite house shoe.  They have nice gripper bottoms too and they come in such fun prints.  And, you can order them from Amazon if you do not have a place local to get them.

Perhaps you are already familiar with Downy Unstopables.  I had never heard of them until about 2 weeks ago and a couple of friends told me about them.  I immediately picked up a container and am now a "happy user" of them.  I bought the "fresh" scent and all our laundry smells so good.  It is not a softner, just a scent booster.  And, a little goes a long ways, just sprinkle a few pellets in the bottom of the washer before putting the laundry in.   The smell is definitely not over powering, just very pleasant. It's my new laundry favorite!  

Okay, there you have it, a few of my favorites.  Have a great weekend!