Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year - Enjoy the Blue Moon

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve. Hard to believe yet another year has passed us.  2010 is upon us.  What will it bring, I wonder.  Personally I have a good feeling about the year to come.  I hope my vision proves to be true.  Tomorrow also holds another special event:  the occurance of the blue moon.  This is when there are 2 full moons in one months period.  Something that only occurs every 2.5 years.  The odds are even greater still for it fall on New Years Eve.  The next blue moon to fall on New Years Eve will not occur until 2028, making this a sight to behold. 
I wish all of you a very blessed New Year and hope that it brings you goodness and happiness.  For those of you who choose to go out and celebrate in the festive manner, remember to be careful and responsible. 

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Coming Year


Once again we are on the brink of the close of yet another year.  In 3 short days we will usher in yet another new year.  It is hard to believe that 2009 has come and gone so quickly.  Truly it does seem that time does go faster as you age. 

With each new year that comes it seems that everyone is deligently considering and choosing their resolutions.  I have often wondered what it ever was that brought about such a tradition.... As these resolutions always seem to contain the quitting of something you secretly love or the starting of something that you secretly despise... Both of which would prove to be somewhat difficult or otherwise you would be doing it already. 

I have a couple items on my list, yet I have tried to make them reasonable.  Not an absolute cut off or an absolute start up.  I want to at least try and make it to where I can hold on to my attempt if only for a bit longer than normal. 

Yes, of course the weight and excercise are on the list, yet I think that is a given for 99% of anyone who starts a list.  Yet I have also realized that as I age, that both of these are harder and take much more of an effort than in the past.... oh for the days of my 20s when I could shed those pounds so easily and without even trying... plus still eat all those goodies I so love... those days have past and I have to realize that it is moderation that I need to practice more now. 

Besides the normal additions to my resolution list, I have also added the more deligent attempt at the honing of my writing and an honest attempt to craft it.  With my "me" time on my hands these days, I do not have any excuse not to do just that. 

We will see what the year has in store for us shortly... Yet I do wish for you and yours that it has much prosperity, much happiness, and the fulfillment of the things you wish for.  Have a very blessed New Year...

PS:  Remember that this new years eve is the blue moon, (the second full moon that falls in one months period)  Take advantage of this special time and the extra special energy that comes with it...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy



First off let me say that I am sorry that I have not been as consistent with my entries here... Yet this time of the year always seems to keep me on my toes and the time is never enough... This year it seemed to creep up on me quickly as if I was not paying much attention... Although I can say that I think today I did my last shopping.  All the packages that I need to have sent have been put in the post and are on their way... Most of them of course being sent to the 2 little sweeties to the left. I love shopping for kids at Christmas... It is what makes it fun for me...

Most of my other gifts, although some were purhased, were handmade.  I really enjoyed doing that this year and will probably continue to do so in the years to come... Of course there are my cooking creations which I still have a few to make... Unfortunately most of these things can not be done until the days draw closer.  I will say that the snowball recipe I posted last, turned out to be great and I have already started my second batch... The will definately be a new favorite each year... So easy and so economical... Another thing I have strived to be more this year...



I am not crazy about the idea that I will not be able to see my grandkids this Christmas yet my daughter has kept me well up to date with all their Christmas photos as you can see.  They truly seem to grow every time I see them.... even in pictures... If weather permits I am hoping on taking a trip to see them after the first of the year sometime... Plus the new baby will be here in April.. which truly is not that far away.

I hope that as the busy times slow I will be able to spend more time here... I truly want to share more of my crafty/cooking side here.  Yet if by chance it is a while until I venture back, I wish all of you a wonderful Yule Season.  May it be filled with the warmth of friends and family....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A New Christmas Goodie - Nan's Christmas Snowballs

I love finding new recipes, especially at the holiday season and especially when they are so easy.  Nan at Sunlight on the Bough posted about these goodies a few days back and yesterday she posted how to make them.  What I love about this recipe is that it is one of those things that can tast so good and cause those around you to think you spent hours preparing... yet they are truly so easy.  I just had to share the secret. 
- First you take a boxed cake mix and prepare it according the package.
     You can use any flavor according to Nan.  She used Lemon in hers, I decided on a more general flavor:  Butter Cake.
-  When the cake is cooled crumble it up into a large bowl.
     I thought this was sort of fun really.  I think kids would love helping as you get to pull the cake from the pan and just crumble it up with your hands.... You can even sneak a bite or two if you like, what fun is that.
-  Into the crumbled cake stir one can of your favorite cake icing.
     Once again according to Nan you can use any flavor you like.  She used Lemon once again in hers. I tried sour cream frosting as it is my favorite.

When the mix has been blended well, spoon into small balls and place on a cookie sheet you have covered with wax paper to prevent slipping.  The mix is a bit sticky.  A helpful note, I found it helpful to wash my hands a few times to take the excess goo off, as I choose to roll my balls with my hands.  I have a symetrical fetish what can I say.  Place the balls in the freezer or a very cold place for aproximately 48 hours.  Seeing that Nan resides in northern Indiana where the great northern blew in this last week, she was able to sit hers on her back porch with a nice cool temperture near freezing.  I resided to placing mine in my freezer. 

Once you have let them sit, melt one package of Vanilla Almond Bark and dip each hardened ball.  You can use sprinkles for color and a nice festive touch.  I just started mine last night so currently they are sitting in the freezer.  Tomorrow I will have the pleasure of dipping them and boxing them up.  I usually do not post a recipe without tasting it yet this was far to simple and with just the instructions I have a feeling they are going to taste similar to those little petti fours you get at times... Plus the combinations of flavors are endless.  I would like to thank Nan for sharing as well as the use of her photos of her creations. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Give Peace A Chance

It is hard to believe that it has been 29 years.  Many times I wonder what all John would have given us if he had had the opportunity to live those years... yet we will never know.  What would his opinion be today of the world and all it has come to.  In another time and another place, he's probably laughing. 




You are missed, that goes without saying..... You are remembered for you gave and more....... You are loved by so many......

John Winston Lennon
October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Goodies - A Great Christmas Giveaway




As most of you know I truly love to cook.  It is something that has been with me for as long as I can remember.  I remember as a little girl mixing together ingredients and baking small spice cakes  before I could even read a cookbook.  I knew the basic ingredients and I would make up my own recipes.  They really didn't taste that bad, and still I have a fondness for spice cakes to this day. 

 I am participating in Home Crafted Holidays over at Domestic Witch and today is my day to share some of the things I do at Christmas time.  Although this year I am hand crafting many of my gifts, each year there is one thing that I do without fail and that is make goodies for my friends and  family.  Each year I try and make a new recipe just to try something different yet I always have my familiars that everyone wants for sure.  One of these regulars are Toffee Almond Sandies.  A cookie recipe I found some time back that just sounded good and after I tried it I have made it every year since.  I would like to share it with you.
 










The recipe is as follows:

1 cup butter
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cups sliced almonds
1 package English Toffee bits OR Almond butter brickle chips
I prefer the toffee, yet of course it is one of my favorites.  In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, oil and sugars.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in the extract.  Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt;  gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Stir in almonds and toffee bits gently. 

Drop by teaspoons about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove and let cool then enjoy.  This recipes makes aproximately 9 dozen.  I know thats alot of cookies yet seeing that I give these away I like the larger recipes so I don't have to skimp.  If you are a lover of sandies, I can tell you these are wonderful.  The recipe is easy enough to adjust to other nuts if you would like besides almonds, such as pecans, cashews etc.  If you do this though remember to exclude the almond extract.  Kept in an air tight container these cookies last a long time.  They have a wonderful texture that allows them to be moist and delicious even after packing and sending abroad.  Plus it always puts such a wonderful smell in the kitchen and house when you cook. 

Monday, November 30, 2009

And So It Begins


Well Thanksgiving is past and we are about to embark on the second half of the holiday season.  Each year it seems that this time of preperation for the upcoming events begins earlier and earlier.  In my opinion this seems to drastically take away from the specialness of the holiday itself. Yet I do not think that this "tradition" will change anytime soon.

Christmas has become a commercial holiday whether we like it or not.  The black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that have become almost as popular as the 2 holidays that they fall between prove this.  Don't get me wrong I love a good bargain and I am not above trying to find a specific object at a great price especially in this time when funds seem to be tighter than normal.  Yet camping out a day or sometimes 2 before the event starts to verify that you will be able to charge that store at the front of the line just seems sort of wrong. 

Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving, thus if you do choose to camp out to secure your spot you will more than likely miss Thanksgiving dinner.  What a trade that is.  I would so much rather sit in the cold huddled in a pup tent eating cold food so that I may have a chance at one of the 2 or 3 items then store has marked way down.  Sitting around a table in a warm house with loved ones eating a wonderful hot meal does not sound at all pleasing to me compared to this... I can not help but think somewhere our priorities got a bit skewed. 

I can not talk to loud, Vincent & I put the lights up around the house a couple weeks ago, and my tree is already up.  While I was cleaning and preparing for company over Thanksgiving, I thought I would just kill 2 birds with one stone and get it out of the way... What an attitude.  Yea, it is done and I will not have to worry about it but still. 

I guess in truth the only way one can combat this growing trend (or should I say fungus) is to start within ourselves.  I truly do love the holiday season.  I love the cooking of all the Christmas goodies, the wrapping of the presents and writing of the Christmas cards.  I enjoy giving to those who are not as fortunate and help them to have a special Christmas, especially the children. 

I intend to start my holiday "traditions" tomorrow.  My Christmas cards will begin to be sent, the peppernuts, and gingersnaps will  begin to be made, and I will more than likely wrap a few presents and place them under the tree.  This year it is going to be very much a homemade Christmas, with very little of the high tech gadgets and such.  Although finances are the main reason for this, I think that it may become another "tradition" of mine.  It has helped me to realize the manner in which we have begun to trivalize this special time of year and to reflect more on the true meaning. 

As you start your "traditions" or continue them throughout the month of December, I wish you peace and warm wishes for quiet real Yule time. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgivng


A quick note for any and all who may be wondering where I have been lately or where I may be in the near future.... Our router went out on friday eve so we were without internet access over the weekend.... This happened the weekend before yet I thought it was just a fluke with service so did not get it looked at as I should have... One of those wonderful times when I was told "I told you so"....

Next of course is the mere fact that it is thanksgiving week and we are having a house full, so I am busy with cooking, cleaning... etc.. you know all the good stuff you get to do before family comes and visit.  I am excited about all the cooking yet know that it will take lots of time...

I will say that the to do list I spoke of last week, well it did get done and then some with the help of Vincent.... It is so nice having help..... If I do not have get the opportunity to write this week, I would like to wish any and all a wonderful thanksgiving week... I hope that it is filled with loads of delicious food, good times with friends and family, and quick and easy clean up time.... Til I venture thru again....

Friday, November 20, 2009

My To Do List


As this weeks draws to a close and once again I have not done "all" the things that I was wishing I would get done , I can not help but reflect back on  the things I did accomplish and be glad.  Not all of the things were items that were on my list at the beginning of the week, however in the end they ended up being just as important or more so then those I jotted down.

Granted I still have a bit more time left to see if I can complete all the items plus some on my list yet I know myself well enough to know that that will more than likely not happen.  (at least I am honest)  I am so glad that as time has passed in my life that I no longer fret about the things that go undone knowing that many times the things that seem to "come up" and take their place many times hold some importance that we do not know of.  I wish I would have learned this lesson earlier in my life. 

It is not that I did not know it, it is just that I was caught up in that thing we call "life".  You know all those things you just know you have to accomplish and have done.  I am not saying that this is such a bad thing, I am just saying that some of it is un-neccessary...Maybe it is just a thing you don't realize until you get older and a bit slower and you have more of an opportunity to look at life from a perspective of stepping back instead of being smack dab in the middle.  I am not sure, I am just glad that this clarity has come to me. 

I know now that it is the small things in life that are so precious... Those things we think will be there forever, that we take for granted.  We seem to especially do this with people.  If you are like me you do not necessarily like to think of someone no longer being with you yet the possibility is always there.  Life is a precious thing and something I think we very much take it for granted on a daily basis.  Yet it can be taken to even a more simplier formula.  The simple moments that we allow to fall through our fingers because we are just too busy.... the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, The feel of a warm breeze on our face, the joy of falling in the snow and making snow angels, the wonderful aroma that is there that first moment you open a fresh bag of coffee and the list could go on and on. 

It seems that each day brings the possibility of new stresses to our lives, new worries.  Whether it be political, financial, relationship related, and so on. It is crucial that we allow ourselves the time to be a little selfish and tend to our sanity.  In the end, we will be happy we done so.  Not just for what it will do for ourselves, but also how it will help us to be there for others who have not relized the importance of such times.  Have a wonderful weekend...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me


I know it is not my birthday until tomorrow yet I received the best present ever from Vincent.  For some time I have had a desire to start sewing.  Not that I am what one would call an expert, there was just a few things I thought I would like to try my hand at.  Most of them extremely basic.

Anyhow, imagine my surprise when I received the brother 900 d.  It not only sews it also embroideries.  It is strange to me still that so many things these days practically does all the work for you.... and yes this machine is no exception.  I am currently working on an advent calendar for my grandkids.  I think I may have bit off a bit more than I thought in the beginning yet it is great fun.  I will be sure and let all of you see when it is finished. 

Just wanted to share with you my joy... Have a great Wednesday....

Monday, November 16, 2009

Finally.......



The last couple weeks have been anything but like fall.  The temperatures were well into the 70's and a few times in the 80's.  The heater had not been turned on.  Flowers still bloomed through out the yard, even the new marigolds that sprouted from seeds I had scattered earlier.  I had began to wonder if it was ever going to get colder.  Yet mother nature did not disappoint me, as she never does.  Over the weekend, a nice front from up north blew itself down our way, It brought with it much colder temperatures (in the 40's) and a little bit of moisture.  Some were even lucky enough to see a few snow flurries.

I am glad as finally I feel a bit more in the festive mood.  It is always during this time when I start my cooking and such, and the warmer weather was making it hard to get into the mood.  Finally it feels like a good time to put on a big pot of chicken noodle soup and maybe whip up some home made bread... Finally I want to stay indoors and do all the things I need to because it is too cold to go outdoors.  Finally......

Although I will miss the warm temperatures in mid November; I look forward to the cold sleep of winter... Thanksgiving is next week and good foods are on the menu to be prepared.... If all goes well a few of the recipes will be shared here... Take care

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Early Christmas for Noah, Send Your Love!



I just had to share this with everyone as I knew you would want to take part if you have not already.  See below...

A little boy who is battling cancer is feeling the love from people around the world. Five-year-old Noah Biorkman is in the final stages of the disease. His family along with complete strangers are helping him celebrate Christmas early this year.

Noah's family will celebrate Christmas November 13 and 14 this year. Noah loves Christmas cards and what started out as a request for cards, has turned into a flurry of well-wishes from people all over.

The response has been overwhelming. In just one day alone, the Post Office in South Lyon delivered 80,000 pieces of mail.

David Priebe, the officer in charge of the Post Office in South Lyon, says he's never seen anything like it. He says even during the Christmas season the Post Office doesn't see this much mail.

Noah's South Lyon address spread fast on facebook and blogs with the address in South Lyon. Take note -there's been an address change, but you can still send your well wishes.

Send your card or letter to:
Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon, MI 48178

A Wonderful Surprise - And It's Not Even My Birthday

Anyone who knows me, knows I love surprises even when I act like I don't...  And I have to say that today I received a wonderful one.  Next week is my birthday and with 2 of my three children living out of state I always know that means surprises in the mail.  The great thing about it is that my birthday is not boxed into one day.  And the other days that it may be are always a surprise to me as I don't know for sure when I will receive their well wishes.   Well today was one of those surprise days.  My middle son and his sweet fiance, who lives back east in Alexandria, VA sent me the most wonderful gift. 

 An orginal painting by Dorothy Kadosh.  It is so beautiful and the full moon just leaps out at you.  The tree is painted in some sort of three-d sense and wraps around the canvas making the picture even more vivid.  Dorothy is an artist from Pennsylvania.  She is also known for her work as a renowned Astrologer.  Her life sounds very interesting, I look forward to learning more about her as I am sure I will have to goggle her. 


Also in the box of surprises  was a small Chinese food container with a fortune cookie, 2 tiny oragami turtles, and a pair of beautiful silver & purple earings...  It was a wonderful start to the week before my birthday.  I guess turning 48 is not that bad after all.  A big thank you to Zac and Shannon for making my Thursday a bit more brighter.  Can't wait to see you all at Christmas.  Love you both bunches.....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Off Playing In the Leaves


Yes, I know I have not written in a while.  Yet the weather has been so nice it has been hard to stay inside... but then I said that the last time I wrote didn't I.  At least yesterday I was productive.  We went for a drive and ventured to Red Rock State park in Hinton Oklahoma.  It was a perfect day and since the park is located in a canyon the wind was non existent. 


Better still the trees were simply beautiful and still abundant with color.  Definately some of the most vibrant colors I have ever seen in Oklahoma.... I am glad that  I allowed Vincent to take me off and simply play yesterday as the weather is somewhat more dreary today and it is a much better day to be inside doing all the things I need to do to catch up.  I will say that I was able to shoot many new photos so be on the look out for then.  I am excited about sharing them. 

I also recently joined a group blog site entitled Soaring Through The World In Pictures.  It is an accumlative site where people through out the world share their photograghy views and photos.  I am quite excited to begin sharing.  Something else I need to do today.  Have a wonderful Wednesday and I promise to be more attentive to my Rantings blog in the days to come... I feel the cooking bug a coming.... blessings. 

Remember and Honor


Remembering those who gave so we could have
Veterans Day

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Calm Before the Storm


The last week has been simply wonderful.  Temperatures well above normal and sunshine in abundance.  It has been difficult to focus on anything being done inside.  I will admit I have spent many an hour outside enjoying the unseasonable weather and at times doing nothing at all but just sitting and smiling.  Yet I know that this activity can not last much longer.  Just as the weather will surely turn colder to match the seasons, I will once again need to become busy.

It is the holiday run.  Or so that is how I look at this time.. Thanksgiving is not far away then Christmas will soon be close behind.  I love the festive season although I also dread it.  It seems that so much becomes somewhat of a rat race.  I have opted this year to make it a more rustic holiday.... Cooking, homemade things... Simple and down to earth.

I always enjoy tremendously cooking at this time of year.... The goodies are always so tasty and it warms the house.  Plus the aromas are heavenly.  The smell of cinnamon and cloves is one of my favorites. 

Look for many a recipe in the following weeks and also probably stories about memories past.  This is always a good time to reflect on our pasts as well as our present and to realize all we have to be thankful for.  Enjoy your Sunday. 

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Peace Be With You


What exactly is Peace?  All week I have been wondering what I would write about today.  I somewhat knew what I wanted to say, yet could I put it down in a way that would convey the message I was wanting to get across?  Sometimes, especially about things I feel passionate about, I tend to be a bit overly agressive with my views.  It is not that I want to come across as a know it all or someone who thinks only her views are right.  It is just that my convictions are so strong that I want so badly to be sure that I was able to get my message across.

I think that Peace can be defined in many ways by many people.  To some they see it as the state of a country.  Are they at war?  And even if they are not at war, how is their govenment running the country?  Is it fair?  To others it may be the status of their work place.  Is it comfortable?  Are the people freindly and is management fair and just in their treatment of their employees?  Still to others, it may be the enviroment of their home life.  Are they in an abusive marriage?  Are cruel words spoken on a frequent basis?  Is tension a constant companion to them? 

I myself feel that Peace needs to be found within oneself before it can ever be found elsewhere.  Chaos can be found all around us everyday.  And many times this is what the average person chooses to see.  The chaos of the person who pulled in front of you and steals the parking spot you "know" you saw first.  The chaos of 95% of television these days that choose to exploit violence or drag so called "reality" everything out as we as people just love to watch others suffer.  The chaos of allowing ourselves to be swayed by the words of someone elses anger and views rather than to seek out the information and come to our own conclusion.  And the list goes on.

Peace on Earth would be a beautiful thing... and in a perfect world we would have that.  And truly I do hope that one day it will be that way.  Yet I also know that before we can get there we need to realize the things that block us from achieving such a state and start doing something about it.  Getting rid of the bad to make room for the good so to speak. 

Asking yourself if you feel the war is necessary.  And if you feel it isn't making your voice and opinion known.  By no means do I mean to demean our troops with this statement.  There is nothing I feel is more admirable than one who serves their country.  In fact I feel it should be mandatory for all to serve.  Yet I feel it is an injustice to send them to war based on reasons that are unwarrented.  If anything disrepects them, I think this does. 

Standing up for those who lives are not peaceful and stop burying our heads in the sand and act like it does not exist.  There is violence everyday that occurs that goes unreported, unchallenged, unchanged.  Stand up for those who can not stand up for themselves, no matter where they come from, what color they are, or what they believe.  An injustice is an injustice.  It does not take such things into consideration before it occurs. 

And lastly look at yourself, what is your attitude?  We all have those days.... bad mood, bad hair, whatever... Yet many times we have a choice.  Make an honest effort to become more positive, more peaceful.  Realizing that much of this is based on what goes into oneself.  Garbage in... garbage out... yea I know it is corny and an old saying but sometimes it is just what we need to hear.  Stand up for what is right even if it costs you.  Stand up for what is just, even if it does not benefit you.  Stand up for Peace,  even when it means you may have to fight for it. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Muse - "Undisclosed Desires" Video Premiere


Many of you know that I am a die hard Muse fan.  Recently they released a new album - "The Resistance".  Personally I feel it is outstanding, yet I will admit that I tend to be partial.  However, I think that anyone would be amazed at the extreme talent of these 3 boys from Devon England.  Matthew Bellamy, lead guitarist and definate front man for the band is amazing.  (Can you tell he's my favorite).  He pushes the bar on all he does creating a style that is uniquely theirs.  Chris, the bass player as well as Dom the drummer interject their own methods creating sheer perfection.  I thought that it was time that I give you a chance to sample a bit of their music and make up your own minds.... Their 2nd single from their recent album is due out November 16th.... It is entitled "Undeclosed Desires"... Click the link and be prepared to listen to the next big thing....enjoy the sound...


Muse - "Undisclosed Desires" Video Premiere

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

An Eventful Weekend - With a Little Bit of Everything


I could not help but venture outside this morning and snap a couple pictures of the beautiful full moon before it set in the western horizon.... It has been a beautiful thing to gaze at the last few evenings.  Our wonderful warmer temperatures for the first of November has kept the skys clear and clean.  Just as the Almanac predicted the first couple weeks of November are to be above average temperature with little moisture.  Yet the earlier rains of October were ample for filling our pond completely so the yard is looking wonderful.  The willows are  shedding their leaves continuously and I have decided to not even worry about trying to clean any up.  I like the golden color it gives the grass anyway.  It melds nicely with the still green grass below. 

Plus Sunny thinks he is quite camoflauged underneath its color.  To aid in his continuous hunt for the elusive egret that relishes in taunting him whenever he get a chance... It lends itself to afternoon entertainment when weather allows us to sit on the back porch . 


This time of year always lends itself to me being in the kitchen more... And it seems like this year I am enjoying it even more.  i have found and tried several new recipes.. Vincent is enjoying all the extra effort as he is my official taster.  For Halloween I made Sheep Herders pie with baked Acorn Squash (a new taste for me) and cinnamon roasted corn.  I know cinnamon & corn... but it really tasted quite good... Then I made my honey fairy cakes for desert with homemade whip cream... Needless to say we were quite fat and happy when it was all over....

Lastly, Vincent and I have been working on making runes out of the fallen willow from out many trees around the pond.  I hated to see it go to waste so we thought we would put it to good use.  They are turning out nicely and we are both enjoying tremendously the adventure it has brought us.  I have a feeling it may lead into other projects for the two of us.  Something I am quite looking forward to.  By the way I am giving away a set of the runes on Mother Moon my other blog.  If you are interested in entering... hit the link for details... Until next time, enjoy your day, may it be filled with many opportunities to realize your blessings.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat

There is nothing like little kids all dressed up for Trick or Treat... Even better when those little kids are your grand kids... Had to share these 2 photos... what kind of a gg would I be if I didn't. 
Only thing missing was me to be there with them.. but distance has a way of doing that.  Want to also brag on my grand daughter and say that she was on the principal honor roll for this period of school as well as winning the art award for her overall grade.  This is the second time she has done this... I am quite proud of this little sweetie... She loves school which I think is a great thing... But enough bragging from GG.  I will leave it at that. 

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Five years ago, I was given the blessing of being reunited with the boy I loved since I was 7 years old.  He was my brothers best friend as I grew up so he was around often.  Plus growing up in a small rural Oklahoma town as we did, we ran into each other often... However he was 3 grades ahead of me and I was the little sister of his best friend.  I was also a very timid child, something many people find hard to believe in my later years.  I admired him from afar and secretly told myself that he would someday be my husband.   Alas though this did not happen, at least not in the time frame I thought is would.  He married first then myself. 
As years went by both of our marriages were not what neither of us had expected or desired.  We hung in for various reasons, kids, vows & oaths, and the hope that it would eventually get better.  When it didn't we severed the ties and started our new lives. 

Then in August 04 my oldest sister passed suddenly.  I remember being at my mothers house the day after, sitting in the living room thinking of all that swam so swiftly around in my head. Wondering how I was going to be able to cope with the grief and the loss of her.  Then I heard my brother outside say his name, Vincent Sheik.  As I went out the front door and saw him, it was as if all those feelings I had as a little girl came rushing back into me.  I felt giddy and silly and when he hugged me it was as if I did not want to let him go.  We were connected instantly and have been ever since.

I like to think that although I lost my sister, that she was the one who brought the 2 of us together.  Today is our 3rd wedding anniversary and in a sense it is so fitting.  As it is also a time when we will thank Rosie, my sister, for being the angel that gave us both what we had always been looking for:  happiness and love. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Whats A Woman To Do

Although there really is no reason, this week seems to be turning into an extremely busy week.  It seems that anymore the days just run together and many times I need to look at the calendar on a daily basis to realize what day of the week it is.  I used to go by Vincent's work schedule yet as of late that has been almost none existance.    It has been a different kind of year for me to say the least.  Growing up in a single mother household, where money was not a thing that was freely available, I grew up with the notion that working was an everyday thing.  At least 5 days out of the 7 of each week.  When I quit my jobs over 2 years ago,  it was a bit strange yet I was glad to do it as it meant much more time with my grandkids whom I would be watching on a much more frequent basis.  For the 2 years that they were around I did not think much about not working outside the home; as they were a great distraction for me.  Yet these days, almost 9 months since I last gg-sat them, I find myself trying to fill my time in other ways. 

Granted when I first stopped working outside the home, I wanted some of that extra time to be filled with me time and a chance to focus on pursuing my dreams and aspirations.  Yet really at first it just didn't seem possible.  Between taking care of grandkids, my house, and Vincent when he was home from work I kept myself busy to say the least.  Now I can no longer use that as an excuse.  I have been writing more and have rekindled a love for it and a desire to work on past works as well as start new.  I have been actively working more on my photography and trying to find my niche in this genre as well.  It seems to be constandly changing.  Blogging has become a fondness of mine also as I have met some wonderful people.  It has allowed me to expand and explore areas of myself that I had not done prior.  All in all I guess I have grown, and been busy.... even if I have not been working outside the home or bringing home a paycheck to prove my productivity.

Recently I have started working more in the area of creating.  By this I mean working with herbs, creating my own incense, candles and such; built my first broom with the help of Vincent as well as  my first set of homemade runes.  I want very much to create in a natural method.  As of yet not all my herbs are home grown, yet this is my desire; at least as much as is possible.  My broom is out of all natural items.  As we had cleaned up much of the willows around our pond, I hated to see the wood go to such waste and decided to find some means of using it, thus the handle for my broom.  The runes as well are being created out of the fallen wood that we have.  I am excited about this new avenue of my life and the fulfillment it is giving to me.  I just wanted to share with you a little bit more of the personal side of myself.  Thanks as always for your patience and listening ear.

Last weekend we attended the "Ghouls Gone Wild" parade with my oldest son and his family.  It was lots of fun.  Head on over to My Photograhy site - The Picture As Janie Sees It to check out some of the photos I captured.... Enjoy your hump day...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunny and the Egret


I know I have told you many stories about Sunny my neutered tom cat the great bird killer.  Well he has recently become a bit more gutsy with his attempts.  Recently we have had an egret visit our pond on occasion to feast on the small frogs and tadpools that can be found.  Sunny has gotten into his mind that he is going to catch the grand daddy of all birds... "The great Egret"


The funny thing is to watch him as he stalks the bird repeatedly around the pond.  Crouching down in a manner that leads me to believe he truly thinks he is stalking this bird.   He has gotten fairly close to it at times.  However I think the bird is just playing with him.  If Sunny does manage to get close to him, he just walks a bit out into the water, as he knows Sunny would not even think of venturing out into it; even if it meant he could have a feast to match no other.  Yet I guess as any male ego, Sunny is getting a boost on his. 


And it is nothing but good entertainment for myself to sit and watch his valent attempts.  Maybe with perserverance and fortitude he will eventually accomplish his attempts, yet truly I think the bird is only messing with his mind.  It has to be a female, as only a female would continually taunt in such a manner.  However there are times when he does get his courage up and attempts one of those familiar leaps in the air hoping to spring on his prey in surprise and have all that he dreams of. 
Yet alas, he still comes up empty handed and ready to try again another day.  Ah, my Sunny.... I just have to love the old lug.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Costumes Have Been Choosen

While I was visiting the grandkids, I was lucky enough to help out in the choosing of the costumes for this Halloween... First I was amazed at the variety of Halloween Costumes in this day and age.  When I was a child.... oh yea I said I was not going to tell those old people stories (hee hee)
Anyway... my granddaughter had her heart set on being a Bee, yet decided on a lady bug when seeing this costume.  I think she looks better in red myself.  Plus Lady bugs are good luck. I really think it was all about the leggings.  She shoul have lived in the 70's
My grandson on the other hand... Had to be some form of monster.  That is after we convinced him that he really did not want to be a car.  Kachoow....
He choose the massive T-Rex.  Which seems only fitting as his nickname is B-Rex.  I love that when he turns sideways you can't see his face and he really looks like a dinosaur... if only this blog had sound effects....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Naughty Naughty Keifer


You know those crane games... The ones that cost an arm and a leg to get a tiny prize that costs maybe 25 cents.  Well I love them.... It is a favorite of  Vincent's also.... So whenever we have the opportunity (especially with the grandkids) we attempt to get our prize.  As always I have my ample supply of quarters in hand for several attempts.  Unfortunately my own kids (now grown) can attest that this has been something I have been addicted to for some time... (it is my closet secret).


Anyhow, last week while visiting a local hamburger joint we spied the huge crane machine and of course had to attempt it... We were lucky enough to get 3 prizes in all.  Two of them at once... Needless to say the kids were excited.. As Kylie received her Purple Bear with Orange accents and Brexton his Yellow Bear as well as Keifer.... I immediately fell in love with Keifer... His name alone was perfect "Naughty Naughty Keifer"  His little teeth and strange shaped body.... Brexton said I could have him.  Although I really expected him to renig on his gift before we went home.  But when I told him that I would take him home and he would stay on my bed always... He did not budge.  So Keifer came home with me.... I have sat him back in the spare bedroom.... Come to find out there are several other naughty naughty pets.... Hedley the chicken, Killer Kiwi the devil cat, Blue Burt the Budgie, and so many more... If you like a slightly warped sense of humor or just a good laugh head over their web site... Its a hoot... Naughty Naughty Pets.  And thank you Brexton for your gift.... I simply love it...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Cookies


I promised you details on a few of the things I did while away in Tennessee.  Well here was probably one of the funnest things I did with my grandkids.  We made Halloween cookies while mom and Vincent were downstairs watching Texas beat OU in football.  Although may I say neither team played thier best or even close to it.


We had so much fun mixing up the dough, rolling it out and cutting it into shapes.  Of course we also ate a little.. Ok we ate alot but isn't that what we are suppose to do.  I know that some of these cookies are hard to make out what they may be... The funky one under the first pumpkin.  That is a butterfly.  Self created by Kylie.  The one beside the first pumpkin.. a witch... The idea was fun and I think I can safely say we had just that.  Lots of fun


Monday, October 19, 2009

What I Did Before I Went To Tennessee

Ok many of you think that last week was filled with nothing more than a trip to Tennessee to play endlessly with my grandkids.  Well Tuesday thru Sunday was just that, yet Monday night was filled with something much more fun and something that was just for me.  Although Vincent did go along with me.. :-)  Months ago I purchased tickets to see U2 in concert at OU stadium in Norman OK.  I was so excited that I was finally going to get to see them in concert.  Yet the following week I received word that they were going to also be in Dallas Texas at the new Cowboy Stadium.  Now you are saying I am sure, why would that be so much better when Norman is a mere 20 minutes from my house and I was able to snag onto some excellent seats on the 8th row.  Well the answer to that question is simple.  Because the opening band was going to be Muse. 
Now anyone who knows me, knows that I have been an ultra Muse fan since 2004.  And although I have seen them in concert 6 times, I could not resist the chance to see them again.  I was able to get 2 tickets down front (better than my OK tickets) and for less than I had paid for my Oklahoma tickets.  I also was fortunate enough to be able to sell my Oklahoma tickets at face value.  It was all good.  Needless to say we were excited about going and the great seats.  Muse was awesome yet I truly did not expect anything less from them.  They opened the show and played 9 of their best songs including 3 from their recently released album "The Resistance" .  I was prepared for the fact that I would not get to see them as long as I would love to, yet I thought it would be a great pre cursor to their upcoming North American tour next year.  When I will be able to see a full show of them and more than likely more than once.
U2 was great also.  Their stage was unreal.  Although I heard that it cost 160 millon plus just for the stage.  Explains the price of the tickets... but also surprised me that it would be so flambouyant... I mean Bono being the charitable man he is, you would think he could have done alot with that kind of money. 

I am an Edge girl anyhow... So although Bono seems to be the one most go ga ga over... I myself like Edge.  Quiet, modest and a hell of a guitar player.... you can tell by all the photos I took of him... Although my camera battery did die before he finally decided to come around the circle and stand smack dab in front of me... Oh well at least I was able to gaze upon him.... It was better than looking at him through my camera lens anyhow.... It made for a late night and a very early morning the next day when we left for Tennessee yet it was more than worth it.... A fantastic concert from both Muse & U2...