Thursday, April 26, 2007
Working lots this week. Up at 3:30 or 4, at the office at 5. Work teaching people a new application that recognizes your FACE and will let you into your computer. It is neat and exciting, but a lot of work.
The job is keeping me away from the fun stuff in life. I have a bead show in Kansas City next weekend, May 5th. It is usually a fun one to do, we eat at Hereford House the first night, drive to Dean and Deluca's each day for a salad, and the shop at Andre's, the chocolate store across the street from D&D's. It is a great time. We all spend more than we make, but do the show and count it as our 'bonding time."
My grandma quote for yesterday and today:
Uncles and aunts, and cousins are all very well, and fathers and mothers are not to be despised, but a grandmother, at holiday time, is worth them all. Fanny Fern
When we are young our parents run our life, when we get older, our children do. Vicki Baum
Monday, April 23, 2007
The woman that won nailed her song, too. I think Michelle was better, and not because she is my sister. She rocks!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I have a show in Kansas City on May 5th I need to get ready for.
Then I will have a class with a wonderful bead maker named Kate Fowle Meleney www.katefowle.com the next weekend, May 11, 12, 13, 14.
The following weekend I am making pies for my little sister Michelle's party. She has invited people to the "Fly Swat Saloon." Her metal outbuilding will be converted to a saloon, with all kinds of fun things to play, like slot machines, and prizes. Each person is to dress in period clothing, it should be a ton of fun. She and Jason have pretty active imaginations. I plan to go and let my hair down.
I have been invited to a "RED HAT" dinner on the 25th, too. I am excited, the ladies are all a hoot.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
She is sitting in the restaurant with my daughter's lifelong friend, Jen. Jen crashed the party, and I am so glad she did, I enjoy her company. She is so fun and happy!
I picked a date in April for the shopping with Wendy. I have been looking forward to it since she called me. The only time I was suspicious was when she mentioned we were going to eat at Rick's Boatyard. I had wanted to go there last year and we didn't. But, she quickly explained it away, and I forgot all about it.
Wendy made up a story to drop off muffins at Deanne's because she was having Mike's sisters over for a sewing bee. (this did not make me suspicious because they do this from time to time, too.) I did ask Steve before I left if he thought they would do something like that and he said no, he would have been told, just so he could try to get me to keep my day free. Here they are, the group of sneaks, from the left, it is Deanne, Dianne (they are twins) and Michelle, the one who sings and got 2nd place:
When we pulled into town, I saw Deanne's house without cars around it and I thought, OK, you are just being weird, Cindy, nothing is going on at all. We entered her house and she visited awhile, she offered me coffee, and we said we had to go, we didn't want to interrupt her time with Mike's family. Well, she ran off to the bedroom to get a new blouse to show me. While she was gone, Wendy and I visited, and then all the girls ran out of the bedroom with a red hat and some gifts, they scared the life out of me. We all laughed, I cried, and we had a good time.
They talked about how they tried to get Karen home with the babies, but Bryan had to work. I told them how much that would have meant to me, but it was OK, I understood.
We took off to go to the restaurant. After the girls called back and forth on cell phones about 4 or 5 times about this and that, and there was a ton of weird activity in the car, we finally arrived at the restaurant to find the family all there. Karen, Bryan, Noah, Olivia, Steve and my son Isaac, you see him in the photo in the green t-shirt. I was so totally shocked, and thrilled. I cried and cried. It was so special to me.
I am so glad I have a family that celebrates birthdays. They are a special time of remembrance. I think of the birth of my own children on each of their birthdays, the time of day they were born, the labor, and the feeling I had the first time I held them. Thank you all for making my day so special to me.
Monday, April 16, 2007
I wish I had photos of this weekend. Off to work in the NICU some more.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Got the tortellini salad made on Saturday, the flavors have to 'marry' overnight, so I did that. Decided to make deviled eggs, so I did a batch of them last night, the 3# can of beans cooked on low all night in the crock pot for baked beans, which is the way my hubby likes them, slow cooked with molasses, brown sugar, onion, hickory smoke flavoring and bacon. I also made green jello with pears, cream cheese, and pecans in it, this has been a salad I have made my whole entire married life (32 yrs in Aug.) for almost every family gathering. Sometimes they eat a ton of it, sometimes nobody eats a bite, but they request that I bring it. I have an old joke I tell the family. Jello isn't something we eat, it is something we HAVE at a dinner. haha.
My daughter called to tell me the stuff I sent them for Easter was a hit. Olivia carried around her fruit stripe gum, sniffing it and asking for a piece every 5 minutes! Noah put on his crocs, his visor and his sunglasses I sent. They crack me up. She said watching them find Easter eggs was pretty cute.
I went to my sister's on Friday night to stuff the plastic eggs for the Easter Egg hunt at her house today. There will be about 20+ kids there, we had so much fun stuffing eggs. It is a hoot, they buy a bunch more eggs each year, and then complain how many we have.............typical! HAHA, got to love them.
Well, I have a turkey to carve and gravy to make, Have a Happy Easter.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
I also make Jello Jiggler eggs, in all the colors of Jello I can find. I think the adults eat more of them than the kids. I make them out of sugar free jello........don't tell. They taste just as good. It takes a LOT of jello to make them, I make about 6 batches, for a total of 36 eggs. Sounds like a lot of eggs, doesn't it? You have to remember, there are 5 of us sisters, and at least one brother always makes it to this. We have our children and spouses, then my brother-in-laws family will attend, also, so we'll have quite a few kids there.
I love to do it, and have done it for a number of years, since my son was little. OOPS, he is going to be 20 this year, has it been that long? I have the jello egg molds that were given away years ago with a jello purchase, I used to see them all the time, but don't anymore. You can order them here.
I am making my spinach salad, the family requests it almost every time we have a family get together. Here's the recipe:
2 c. shredded red cabbage (I buy coleslaw mix, I am LAZY)
6 c. torn spinach leaves
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/ 2 c. sliced green onions
8 oz. bottle ranch dressing
8 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled (I buy real bacon bits in salad aisle, Yep, LAZY)
Cook tortellini, drain and rinse with cold water. In 9x13 pan layer cabbage, spinach, tortellini, tomatoes, onions. Pour dressing over top, sprinkle with bacon. Chill overnight. Servings: 8 1 c. servings
I love to do this, I think I am going to get some stuff to make a little more, Michelle told me Jason's family is coming, and I think we will need more food.
Monday, April 2, 2007
I made another pie, this one is an apple, just plain apple, no caramel. The crust is store bought, I have never used it before, but got some the time I made chicken pot pies. It works so nice, and has the audacity to taste good, too. It's not as good as homemade, but it is good anyway, and so convenient. The boys enjoyed it:
Then, I never did post pictures of my lamps I got at TJ Maxx, my favorite discount store. My end tables in my bedroom have a marble-ish looking top, I got them at Mrs. B's, and I love them. We got them on a great clearance. They look fancy schmancy, but really aren't. The lamps were just sitting there when I wandered into TJ Maxx, just like they knew I was wanting new lamps. I hate to buy lamps, I think they are way overpriced. SO, imagine my delight when I got two for the price I was willing to pay for one.
Our bead show was yesterday, it was fun, I got to see my friend from South Dakota. I love to look at her beads, she makes the coolest shapes out of plain colors. They are whimsical. I love whimsical. I don't know how she gets so much done, she had a TON of beads on her table. She is disciplined, I think, much more so than I am. She'll be joining us for a class that will be taught in my friend Sandy's studio in Omaha. That class will take place over Mother's Day weekend. I can't wait to take this one. But, I love to take them all!
Oh, and I found the book: "Fancy Nancy and The Posh Puppy" for my grand daughter's Easter basket, I am so excited to give it to her. They are the cutest books, I love the illustrations in them. Again, they are whimsical.
My calendar quotes:
Sat/Sun: "Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it." Harold S. Hulbert
Monday April 2nd: "I refuse to admit I'm more than 52, even if that does make my sons illegitimate." Lady Nancy Astor