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Sewing A Birthday Surprise

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I know that my next door neighbour is not on Spark People, so she won't read about her birthday apron that I am making.
I have a sweetheart of a lady next door and I have been wanting to sew something for her for a while... that's when I learned of her birthday on the 13th and got out some fabric.

I have just a little bit more hand sewing to finish off the details, but I can tell you it is that happiest colour and the ruffle on the bottom has multicoloured fruit for a cheery, useful apron.

This will be a healthy way to tell her to "tie one on" for her birthday!

(I will post a photo after the final stitch is done tomorrow, OK?)

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L*I*T*A* 1/8/2013 9:44AM

    what a nice thing to do!!!
looking forward to see it.........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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SHERIO5 1/8/2013 9:14AM

    Oh what a thoughtful neighbor you are! You have sparked me...I think a cheery apron might be just what I need for these gloomy days! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 1/8/2013 7:43AM

    Can't wait to see the final stitch. Sounds delightful! emoticon

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LOSE4LIFE47 1/8/2013 1:47AM


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Today Is Beautiful

Sunday, January 06, 2013

It is not raining... yet. Our forcast predicts drizzle until Thursday.

Outside my windows I have seen the sparrows dancing in my sleepy gardens. Their song is a delight to my heart.

Yes, it is grey and cool outside. I could choose to be disappointed that the weather is not sunny and bright... but why do that? I choose to see the colours around me (the Primula flowers have already begun to poke out and show their yellows, reds and purples!) and the grass in greener than it will be in August.

I love the sky with the various blues and greys. How could I ever paint that to look realistic?

Time to lace up the walking shoes and breathe in some ocean-fresh air. Would you like to get the heart pumping and the legs tired alongside me? We would only walk as fast as we could talk.

Happy beautiful day to YOU!

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GOLFGMA 1/7/2013 7:24AM

    The walk sounds invigorating and self satisfying. Go for it! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/6/2013 9:25PM

    Nice positive attitude. -- Lou

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SHERIO5 1/6/2013 7:38PM

    Sounds like fun!

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BABY_GIRL69 1/6/2013 6:53PM

    God bless & happy day to you too!


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L*I*T*A* 1/6/2013 3:57PM

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Who Still Plays Board Games?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

For New Years Eve, I was invited to a neighbour's home and 4 other couples were there too. We all live within 6 or 7 houses of each other. Who does that???

Anyway it was a pot luck dinner: EXCELLENT tourtier (meat pie from a French Canadian recipe), a yummy Caesar salad, which I only needed a taste of to satisfy my curiosity, some cooked carrots and a broccoli cauliflower casserole. Everything was so well presented and cooked!

I contributed a Custard Slice pan of squares: graham cracker bottom, vanilla pudding layer, Dream Whip layer, and one more layer of graham crackers... add a bit of milk/icing sugar icing drizzle and a few sprinkles of grated chocolate. Voila! Custard Slices in a 9X 13 pan.
One other neighbour brought some dark Christmas cake and it was sliced very, very skinny.

What an awesome meal altogether!

The group played Battle of The Sexes, which I had never tried before. There are great questions in that game. I didn't know all the answers that the ladies were supposed to know. (Groan).
But I did get to help my team with the answers only the gentlemen were supposed to know.
Yeah, Ladies!

When that game was finished, we opened another box that had Hits of the 50's and 60's.
Do you know how difficult it is to remember the first few words of songs from forty and fifty years ago? Everyone could manage the choruses, but that wasn't how the game was played.
The judge gave each team only one or two words to the start of a song.
The teams would hum and mumble... who knew the lyrics???

Almost every round, one member on the wrong team would help the opposition! Oh, the grimaces that their members would give! But it seemed to be impossible not to say the next word aloud or hum the tune that would help our other halves. (Yes, we played men against the ladies again for this challenge.)
Tough game! Who knew there were so many 'unknown' Beatle songs in the sixties?!? I thought I had heard every one of them.

I was wrong.

Anyway, we ended up laughing and singing the lyrics to songs we had tried ten minutes before. It broke up the entire gang! Message To Michael was sung to Yellow Submarine and Do You Know The Way to San Jose. What a bunch of comical neighbours!

We saw the Times Square ball drop (we watch a 3 hour delayed broadcast) and then thanked the hosts and hugged all the crazy folk that share our street.

I had a blast!

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CAROLJ35 1/5/2013 8:39PM

    Sounds as though you had a great evening, meal and all.
DH and I do not play board games alone but when my sister visits or when whole family is at Lake House we play lots of games that include teens and all the grandkids. I, personally, am not a game player, but go along to be a good sport.
I don't like Charades and games like guessing names of tunes, so I act the part of hostess, getting beverages, putting out snacks, etc.
Glad you had fun!!!

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MCONFESSOR 1/4/2013 11:03AM

    That sounds fantastic! Glad you had such a good time. We, along with our friends, have always tried to maintain game nights and "theme" nights on a regular basis to stay connected. I'm glad to see others are doing it, as well. (We also often encourage everyone to turn their phones to silent and stop looking at them all the time during get-togethers.)

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PROT358 1/3/2013 8:43PM

    We as people need many more social nights like that. When the end of life draws near, not many things matter, but people do. Glad to hear you had a great time!

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SHERIO5 1/3/2013 5:21PM

    It sounds delightful! Happy 2013!

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L*I*T*A* 1/3/2013 1:25PM

    we used to live on a great cul de sac many years ago.....
we shared many good times just like this........
so nice to have such great neighbors and friends
glad to hear it still happens........
blessings and hugs.................lita

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ASOBFALLS 1/3/2013 12:30PM

    emoticon emoticon start to 2013!

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IUHRYTR 1/3/2013 8:24AM

    Such a fun evening filled with laughter and good company. -- Lou

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GOLFGMA 1/3/2013 8:17AM

    I am envious for that is the exact kind of fun I enjoy .We play with the grandkids but I think last year we played Apples to Apples which is a game for all ages. Hope you have lots more fun this year of 2013. emoticon

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The Other Side Of Christmas

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Well, the big holiday is finished and my vacation time is near an end. I got out today for a family reunion and brunch. Later I spoke to my parents on the phone. Everyone is doing well.

It was fun to get caught up and hear the stories. Can't wait until the next time the family gets together for some great laughs and silly stories.

Do your family members entertain one another?

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MCONFESSOR 1/2/2013 3:56AM

    We live thousands of miles away from both of our families, but we stay in touch regularly via Facebook. I even started a private group for my (very large and very spread out) extended family to keep in contact. That way, everyone can still keep up with what each other is doing in real-time, but not feel locked in to difficult to arrange get-togethers.

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HORSESHOEHONEY 12/30/2012 8:41AM

    My family is really small, but we treasure each other and try to get together as often as possible even though we are all far apart.

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GOLFGMA 12/30/2012 7:19AM

    My family does get together and yes we tell stories of remembrances, especially the ones we can laugh at each other. My two sisters and I plan games for the rest of the family and there are usually lots of laughter connected to those because we plan it that way. Small gifts are purchased for them to select from when they win and we don't quit playing until everyone has won. The last game is always Bingo and young and old seem to like it. We have over 30 in the family and only if someone is sick do they miss our Christmas get together. L emoticon ove it!

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KICKINGIT@56 12/29/2012 10:08PM

    Unfortunately my family is small and far away, but we did catch up over the phone. My life group (from church) has become my 2nd family. We always have a potluck get-to-gether before Christmas and this year we sang Christmas carols around the piano.

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IUHRYTR 12/29/2012 9:56PM

    No, they don't. To my disappointment, my sister and brother and their grown children have shown no interest in seeing pictures of the relatives or of themselves when they were young or to hear stories of the relatives. Sad, isn't it, that they have such a lack of family togetherness? -- Lou

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L*I*T*A* 12/29/2012 8:54PM

    we seem to enjoy getting together ..........
it is not as often as we would like....
Happy New Year to you and yours.......
blessings and hugs...lita

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BABY_GIRL69 12/29/2012 8:42PM

    No we haven't this year but we more so in the summer time....

God bless,


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DJ4HEALTH 12/29/2012 7:43PM

    Most of what the family does is play cards, not much else

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Today I Am The Kitchen Clown

Sunday, November 18, 2012

When I bake, I make a lot of mess. Today is one of those days... it is too stormy to go walking but nice to be home and dry.

My project today was to make a trifle. I got out my new footed bowl and proceeded to make dirty dishes!! A bowl of butterscotch pudding was stirred up. i baked a mini spice cake in the toaster oven. I sliced 15 mini apples that were too small to do much else with them. One packet of Dream Whip was at the ready. (Look at those dirty bowls, spoons, mixer paddles... sigh.)

I layered cubes of spice cake into the footed bowl. Two cups of diced apple was the next layer. I sprinkled some liqueur onto the broken up cake. The liqueur had an elephant on it. Very imported.
I added a layer of butterscotch pudding and pressed some large walnut pieces around the edge facing out. Time for the rest of the little cake. One cup of diced apple. Add pudding layer. Le fini is the Dream Whip. Something about finishing with a cloud top is just elegant.

My friends are coming over for dinner and I will bring out this layered beauty for a few ooohs and ahhhhhs before we scoop the contents into more dessert bowls.

Because I need more dishes to wash, right? emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/28/2012 3:05AM

    Oooh, ahhh! Sounds delicious. The added "elephant" is a nice touch. emoticon -- Lou

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CAROLJ35 11/19/2012 5:51PM

    Really does sound good!!!
Does anyone help with all the dirty dishes???

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SHERIO5 11/19/2012 9:06AM

    Oh my! It sounds perfect for a finish to a fall dinner!

I have always heard: the bigger the mess, the better the cook! emoticon

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    Wow! That sounds delicious!!! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/18/2012 8:26PM

    sounds yummyyyyyyyyyyy


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