Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas House in Review

Here are just a few pics I took of the house this Christmas, I would have posted before now, but was having trouble with blogger, go figure. LOL
First you'll see my wood candlestick collection. Janene over at Primitive lifestyle was my personal shopper and helped me find quite a few of these beauties! THanks Janene!
As you can see, i have an ecclectic way of decorating, I like many different styles, and this year I decided to put up 3 six foot trees instead of one big one!





The dining room




Our little bathroom off the kitchen...


Thanks so much for stopping by, check back soon, it is my 1 year blogaversary very soon and i might just have a surprise for you!! Happy New YEar! Sue

Friday, December 18, 2009

A little bit of this and a little bit of.......

I was just reminded that I hadnt updated on our little Keegan....Well I am so happy to report that according to his daddy, my little brother, he is almost 100%. Still a little skinny, but he is eating. So again, Thank you all so very much for all of your prayers!!!
In other news. Yesterday was take Nikki, Miss Independent, to the airport day. I wonder, does it ever get easy to drop your baby, now almost 23 years old, off at the airport? I have to think not! She landed safely, thank the lord, and is so happy to be back in the land that she loves, with the boy that she loves, lol. I know alot of skiing will be taking place while she is there. Her boyfriends family has alot of fun Christmas/ 90th Birthday events planned while she is in town, so I am sure a great time will be had! She will be missed, of course, but what is a mom to do, I want my girl to be happy, and skiing in SLC with her boyfriend, makes her very happy!!
Today I plan on doing a little shopping, and then meeting a dear friend for lunch at Olive Garden, salad and breadsticks, here I come!! My friend, MAryAnn, and I met probably almost 28 years ago, when we both went to work as tellers for a local bank. We quickly became great frirnds! Getting married within months of each other and then becoming pregnant at almost the same time. I just found out that her daughter, a little older than my son is going to make her a grandma in 2010! I am so happy for her! It seems like only yesterday that I was going to a babyshower for her and now, here she is going to be a grandmama! Incredible how quickly time passes!
Tomorrow is the hubs and my 28th Wedding anniversary. But that is for another post, I have to get off this computer and get some work done. Have a great day everyone, and I look forward to talking to you real soon! Sue

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Prayers Answered!

***UPDATE*** Thank you everyone in Blogville for the kind encouraging words and prayers. Thank God Keegan came home from the hospital yesterday late afternoon. He is a little weak, but improving. Your words and prayers meant so much to my entire family! Sue

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Urgent Prayers Needed Please!

I would so appreciate a little prayer being said for my sweet nephew Keegan. He is 2 1/2 and has been ill for a few days. This morning against the nurses advice my sister in law insisted that he be seen at his doctors. Thank God, after seeing him they immediately called an ambulance and took him to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital, where he remains in ICU. His little heart was beating 180 beats a minute. They told my brother it was a good thing they got him there so quickly. He has pneumonia and is a sick little guy. If you can take 30 seconds to say a quick prayer for him it would mean so much.




Thank you all, I will update when I know more! God Bless! Sue

Monday, December 7, 2009

O M G

OMG, can this really be? Only 18 more days until Christmas? Are you ready? Or are you like me and still have a bit of shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, and entertaining left to do? This weekend was great! On Saturday we held our annual Woman's Pampering Day for the ladies of the Food Pantry that I work at.
Approximately 60 woman attended. Those that came were treated to a haircut and style by one of 10 talented stylists who volunteered their time. A Chair massage by an oh so talented masseuse, a manicure complete with tiny candy canes painted so perfectly on their nails, yummy scrummy delicious food, and lots of giveaways! The ladies loved it and were soo very appreciative. And except for a few times, well actually a bunch of times that all the blowdryers and curling irons blew a fuse, everything went perfectly!!
I raced home from that to attend my works company Christmas Party! We had a wonderful meal and then went back to my bosses house for a great dessert made by his lovely wife!
Yesterday Nikki and I ran to the mall and managed to find a few great deals, before we arrived at my mom's house for our annual cookie bake! My mom, sisters, sister-in-Laws, and little nieces and nephews were all there! We got alot done this year including, fudge, blueberry mini muffins, thumb print cookies, mini poppy seed bread loaves, cookie cutter cookies, and chocolate chip cookies.
At 6 we ran to Dicks Sporting Goods, where it was family and friends night! My sister in laws niece works there while going to college and she was so sweet to give us some of her coupons. We loved saving her 25% discount plus an extra 10% discount, on top of the sale prices! WOOHOO!!!
Today it is all about the cleaning of my house as I get ready to host about 30 ladies from our ladies group at church for our annual Christmas PArty on Wednesday! Why do I always volunteer to host this, have I learned nothing from the past years? Dont get me wrong, it is soo much fun, but this is my very busiest time of the year, like it is for so many of you, and to add even one more thing to my plate, makes for a very overflowing plate!! Thank God Nikki is here to help me today! Speaking of Nikki, she is very excited, in only 10 days she is off to SLC, Utah, to see her boyfriend, and to ski for 2 1/2 weeks over her Christmas break!
Tomorrow, I will be up at church, with 2 friends, getting the giving tree gifts all seperated and into their families bags!
Oh yes and did I mention that I have to finish my Food Pantry Article, well actually start and finishmy article, Pantry News From Soup to Nuts, that I write every month for our local news paper that is due in 3 days? And that I have to run the Cookie sale at our library for friends of the library on Saturday??
Damn with all this running and doing, you'd think I'd be skinny, or somthing, how is it that I am soo NOT???
On a pretty note, I woke up this morning to a beautiful blanket of snow outside, definitely more than a dusting, was this predicted? HEck, I have no idea, who has time to watch the news??? I am looking forward to Thursday night, Nikki and I and my sister and mom are going to see a local production of Miracle on 34th street, I could really use a miracle, clean house, gifts wrapped, cooking done, etc.. here on Jeb Drive, that's for sure! LOL

YIKES, it's a Crazy life, but it's MY Life!
So, what have you got going on in your crazy life?? I would love to hear! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great week! Sue

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Some Christmas Thoughts

(1) What is your favorite Christmas movie?

It's a Wonderful Life, I have to watch it every year! And A Christmas STory, with Ralphy and the Red Rider BB Gun, that is a great movie!!

(2) What is your LEAST favorite Christmas movie?

A TV movie with Kathy Ireland called Once Upon a Christmas, I am usually all about the TV Christmas Movies, but this one is really BAD!

(3) What is your favorite Christmas Song?

I love love love Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt, it is great, I also love Silent Night

(4) What Christmas song(s) drives you crazy?

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, lol

(5) What is your favorite Christmas drink?

Strawberry Daiquiri, I know it isnt a Christmas Drink, but I generally only drink them at this time of year, hmmm, dont know why?

(6) What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Going to see A Christmas Carol at the Playhouse, with Nikki, one of the several times we have seen it!

(7) What is the best toy/gift you've received on Christmas?

I have never really liked getting Christmas Gifts, my two best gifts I ever received were my children! I also loved the diamond ring Scott got me years ago, very pretty!

(8) What is the worst toy/gift you've received on Christmas?

HA they're been many! Ugly sweaters, a salad shooter, clothes that dont fit, I hate receiving gifts, ughhh

(9) What do you LOVE about the holidays?

I love spending time with my family and friends, the music, and the yummy food!

(10) What annoys you about the holidays?

Being in a family gift exchange where I buy you a gift card and you buy me one, WHY Bother? I am so glad we stopped that nonsense!

(11) Do you prefer star or angel on top of a Christmas tree? Or something else?

Star, I also love having something crazy on top, like somthing floral, or some beads jutting out all crazy!

(12) What is your family favorite recipe at Christmas?

My family has alot of great cooks, so alot of yummy appetizers are made, but my favorite food tradition is my mom picking up 100 chicken wings from Ponderosa, WOW are they great!

(13) Are you a Grinch or a Who at Christmastime?


I believe I am a WHO

(14) Christmas light displays - Love them or Hate them?

I love all white lights, and I also love the big colored lite bulbs like the old days, something about a strand on a house or fence screams Christmas to me!
(15) Santas at the mall - Fun times or Creepy?

I love them! But think it is crazy that they charge $10+ a pop for a Picture!

(16) Christmas cards - do you send them, yes or no?

Most years, some years they get written and never sent, very sad!

(17) What is the best thing about Christmas, in your opinion?

I love giving gifts to the families that really need the help, it is an awesome feeling!

(18) What is the worst thing about Christmas?

It never quite lives up to the storybook Christmas that I dream of!

(19) When do you put the tree up and take it down?

End of November, and middle of January

(20) Out of the 12 days of Christmas, which day and item would you want your truelove to give to you?

FIVVVVVVVVVVE Golden RINGGGGGGGGGSSSSSSSSSSSSS

(21) Why do you think that Grandma got run over by a reindeer?

She had one too many Strawberry Daiquiris, ha!

(22) Who is your favorite reindeer?

Gotta Be Rudolph, when he says, READY SANTA in his little nasally voice, gotta love that!

(23) Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Of Course!

(24) What is your favorite smell at Christmastime?

First thing that popped in my head is Turkey

(25) What would make you happy at Christmas this year?
To have Nikki here for the day, but unfortunately she will be leaving on Dec. 17 for SLC, Utah, again! There's always next year!
Thanks for reading this all the way thru, it was fun to do, let me know if you decide to do it on your blog, I would love to see how YOU answer these silly questions! Sue

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dear Family, Martha Stewart will not be attending our Thanksgivng

Dear Family,

I know that you were eager to accept my family's invitation to Thanksgiving dinner when you found out that the famous Martha Stewart would be joining us.

However, due to scheduling conflicts beyond her control, Ms. Stewart finds that she is unable to grace our table this year. With that in mind, there will be a few minor changes regarding the meal and decor, as outlined below. Please be aware of them, and adjust your appetite and dress appropriately. Thank you.

1) Our driveway will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After several trial runs and two visits from the fire department, it was decided that, no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.

2) Once inside, please note that the entry space will not be decorated with swags of Indian corn and fall foliage. Instead, I've gotten our daughter involved in decorating by having her track in colorful autumn leaves from the front yard. The mud was her idea.

3) The dining table will not be covered with expensive linens, fancy china, or crystal goblets. If possible, we will use dishes that m atch and everyone will get a fork. Since this is Thanksgiving, we will refrain from using the paper Cinderella dinner plates, the leftover Halloween napkins, and my famous Garfield cup collection.


4) Our centerpiece will not be a tower of fresh fruit and flowers. Instead we will be proudly displaying a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper and macaroni. The artist assures me it is a turkey, albeit one without wings, legs, or a beak.

5) We will be dining somewhat later than planned.
However, our daughter will entertain you while you wait. I'm sure she will be happy to share every choice comment her mother made regarding Thanksgiving, pilgrims, stuffing choices, the turkey hotline, and, especially, her husband. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 7:00AM upon discovering that said husband had only remembered to pull the turkey from the freezer at 6:00A M, and that the thing was still hard enough to cut diamonds.

6) As an accompaniment to our daughter's recital of these events, I will play a recording of Native American tribal drumming. Curiously, the tribal drumming sounds a great deal like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, but that only enhances the holiday appropriateness. If our daughter should mention that we don't own a recording of Native American tribal drumming, ignore her. She's only eight; what does she know?

7) A dainty silver bell will not be rung to announce the start of our feast. We have chosen to keep our traditional method of assembling when the smoke alarm goes off.

8) There will be no formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like. In the spirit of harmony, we will ask all the children to sit at a separate table.
In a separate room. Next door. And I would like to take this opportunity to remind our younger diners that "passing the rolls" is neither a football play nor an excuse to bean your cousin in the head with bread.

9) The turkey will not be carved at the table. I know you have seen the Norman Rockwell image of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. Such a scene may occur somewhere in America , but it won't be happening at our dinner table. For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in the kitchen at a private ceremony. I stress "private", meaning "Do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, unsuspecting children, or older, helpful grandparents into the kitchen to check on my progress. I have a very large, very sharp knife. The turkey is unarmed.
It stands to reason that I will eventually win the battle. When I do, we will eat."

10) For the duration of the meal, we will refer to the giblet gravy by its lesser-known name: Kraft Cheese Sauce. If a young diner questions you regarding the origins or makeup of the Kraft Cheese Sauce, smile kindly and say that you know the answer, but it's a secret that can't be revealed to them until they are 18.

11) Instead of offering a choice among 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints. You still have a choice: take it or leave it.

That concludes our list of alterations. Again, I apologize that Martha will not be joining us this year. Come to think of it, she probably won't come next year, either. And for that, I am indeed thankful.
I love Martha, I really do, but this was just too funny not to pass along! I will be preparing Thanksgiving Dinner this year for 20 members of my husbands family, wish me luck!!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Sue

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Just Stuff

Nikki, my daughter and I have been doing alot of shopping lately, getting a great start on my Christmas shopping, and having really good luck, so far. I have been able to cross quite a few people off my list. Using Kohls 30% off coupon on top of everything being on sale, I feel like the queen of great deals!
Tonite Nik and I worked on the tags that I put up at our church for the Giving Tree, or angel tree, or whatever you call yours. I have more tags to add but got finished with all the names we have so far. Do any of you have giving trees at your churches? I would love to hear how they handle lost or forgotten tags, it is always a small problem that we have. So this year I am having people "sign out" the tags just so I will have the name of the person who picked the tag in case they lose it or forget about returning the gift. One of my families is a really awesome group, the parents had a few children themselves and then started fostering kids with emotional problems, one by one over the years they have adopted quite a few of their foster kids. They are an amazing family, and I just love helping them out at Thanksgiving and Christmas, they are just so appreciative of everything they receive!
Our food pantry, where I volunteer, will be handing out over 230 turkey dinners with all the fixing next Saturday, what a crazy busy time, but the cool thing is when people come too pick up their food box, they dont even have to get out of their cars, just pull around the back of the pantry give their name and a food box complete with turkey is placed in their car, simple as that!

Tomorrow afternoon, my mom, sister, daughter, and future daughter in law and I are all going to downtown Cincinnati to dinner and then over to watch White Christmas, the new Broadway Series Play, we are all excited. ♥Don't you love the movie White Christmas ♥? **Side note, when Rosemary Clooney got remarried a few years back, my husband's cousin, was hand picked by her to sing at her wedding! He has a wonderful voice and has graciously agreed to sing at my son's wedding next year! if should be great!
Did you notice the hearts in this post?? Most of you probably know how to do this, but, me, I'm a little slow and just found out, from Nikki. IF any of you dont know, it is so simple and works on here, and Facebook, etc. All you have to do is type, & hearts ;(except without the spaces, but when i type it the correct way, it just shows you a heart not the code, lol) this is code to your computer to make a heart whereever you want it, so simple, how did I not know this, lol! Thanks Nikki, ♥ you!
I guess I have rambled long enough, If you are still reading this, thanks so much for stopping by! I so ♥love♥ a nice comment, it is like getting a letter in the mail! Have a great week! Sue
**Note** I appologize for all the ♥ but they are fun,and its like having a new toy!! LOL

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ok I have started, so sue me!

Ok, I have started my Christmas decorating, well on my blog at least! Linda over at Behind My Red Door posed this question, Should We Or Shouldn't We, decorate for Christmas before thanksgiving?? I just couldnt stand to wait, to change my blog,but now I am having trouble changing the font style and color, maybe someone doesnt think I should change it yet, but either way, does anyone have any ideas on what I might be doing wrong?
As far as my house, I can't decide whether to switch the decor to Christmas or leave it as fall?? You see, I am hosting the hubs family for Thanksgiving on the Saturdy after Thanksgiving, and then a week later, I am hosting my Ladies Group from church for our annual Christmas Party. Doesnt leave alot of switch over time, on top of all the other things I have to do that week. I dont want my THanksgiving guests to feel strange, but I have to be done decorating for my church party. Decisions decisions, I know it isn't life or death, but I sure wish I could decide, lol. I have added a few pics from my house a few years ago, when I decide to decorate this year, I will try to post them for all to see!!
Thanks for listening, Sue







Saturday, October 31, 2009

From Our House To Yours

From our house to yours......

Happy Fall!
Thanks everyone for stopping by, Have a great Sunday! Sue

ENTER IF YOU DARE


Happy Halloween Dear Blog friends!
Hope you all have a Spooky Fun Night!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oh Happy Day!!

I just discovered that a new radio station STAR 93.3 in Cincinnati has started playing Christmas music, 24/7.

Let me just say that I LOVE Christmas Music! I have been known to listen to it as early as......the 4th of July, there I said it!! Now I know many of you, perhaps all of you, will think I am NUTS, CRazy even, but I have always just loved the music of the Holiday. I love the religous stuff, the silly fun songs, all of it!
I thought I would have to wait until Thanksgiving to be able to turn my car radio to an all Christmas station, but Oh Happy Day, I saw on FaceBook today that there was a station that has already started playing it and I wasted no time turning it on, and it has been on alll day long!!
I love the old stuff by Bing!
And the new stuff

What is your favorite Christmas song?? My favorite non-religous song has to be Santa Baby, by Eartha Kitt

It is a fun song, and I love it! My favorite traditional Christmas song is...gosh I dont know, I will have to think about it and post about it later, I like so many!
Please dont judge me, other than this, I am a pretty normal gal, lol!
Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing about your favorite! Sue

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

Wow I really have a busy day today! I have to go to the bank, to make a deposit, go to my Mary Kay sales person and pick up my perfume, and then at noon I have to be at church to help with a wedding.

I can only wish our church was this pretty. Don't get me wrong I love our church, for the people, but the actual church used to be a pole barn, now as far as pole barns go, this one is great, it has been transformed! But it was a pole barn, enough said! I am one of 2 wedding planners and this is my week! This is a huge wedding with 9 girls plus flower girl and 12 guys plus ring bearer! The bride is a very pretty young lady, the groom seems like a really nice guy, all and all a really neat group of people,it should be alot fun!

After the wedding it is off to a dear friend's daughter's Baby Shower, now I know I will enjoy this! I'm a goober and like going to things like this! LOL

After the shower I am meeting my husband back at the house and we are going to Red Lobster, for dinner to celebrate a friends birthday! Havent been there in years, but I do remember I love their cheese biscuits!
By this time my foot should be throbbing and I will be exhausted, but it's all good!
Hope you all have a great weekend planned, and if not, just get outside and enjoy the beautiful colors, they are amazing in our part of the country, Southern Indiana, and I hope they are where you live too!
Thanks for stopping by! Remember my blog is always open, and I love visitors! Sue