Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Here it is Halloween Day! I started on the brown Jedi robe yesterday and will finish it up today plus I'll be baking those gourmet desserts of the OSC Charity auction.

I'm off to work on some projects and will be back later to post pi tures and what not.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween cards

Halloween is my husbands favorite holiday. So with him and our daughter in mind...I've made some spooktacular Halloween cards.

I've used some paper that's been hanging around in my scrapbook nook, a new paper punch from Stampin Up and a couple of stamps from Hero Arts. Next you'll see my Turkey Day greeting card. I used Bazzill cardstock to create the layered look and the turkey (Turkey is a 2 pc quickutz die ), a Hero Arts one line stamp and there you have it!

Halloween items...

Here they are...the much promised photo's of the Halloween items I've made-enjoy!

I made this at a Stampin Up event and I give credit to my SU consultant Peggy for this great idea! I've gone and used a QuicKutz die (the ghost) and inked the edges in black (soot black from Tim Holtz). I've used eyelets set with my crop-a-dile versus the stapler that Peggy used in her Stampin Up demonstration. I've also used large brads, I used the crop-a-dile to punch the holes and it does an excellent job at cutting though several layers of Bazzill cardstock at one time.

Monday, October 29, 2007

What I did over the weekend...

Besides washing 6 loads of laundry, making 3 batches of brownies with my daughter, designing a cute greeting card for Turkey Day and transplanting 4 plants and a wonderful crock pot full of my oh so yummy chicken soup...I also started a layout about our cat. It's pretty cute and I'll need to whip out the journaling later on this afternoon and get it posted here and a few other places. I was inspired by a layout I saw done on another blog...that person had done the layout about her kids but I wanted to do this about the cat.

I'm going to post pictures...I promise! Thats my major goal for today!


I got this from my friend Liz V- she's always sending fun stuff like this. But I have to tell was easy for me to do but I can see it being a little more difficult for other letters of the alphabet. Try it and have fun with it today!'s harder than it looks! Copy and paste into a new email.
When you are done, send it on, including to the person who sent it to you.
Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following...
they have to be real places, names, things...nothing made up!
Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the
same 1st initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name

What is your name? Sandie
Four letter word: Soup
Vehicle: Stealth
TV Show: Show me the Money
City: Sacramento
Girl Name: Samantha
Alcoholic drink: Seagram’s and 7up
Boy Name: Steve
Something you wear: Socks
Occupation: Social worker
Celebrity: Sharon Stone
Food: Sandwich
Something found in a bathroom: Soap
Reason for Being Late: Sleeping in
Cartoon Character: Scooby Doo

Something You Shout: Stop it!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ghirardelli Chocolate...YUM!

How do you welcome new neighbors? Do you go over right away and introduce yourself? Or do you wait until they are outside one day and maybe then introduce yourself? For me I like to do it right way. I bake and give brownies but not just any brownies will do. You see, I love to bake with Ghirardelli Chocolate. And if I'm going to give anything it's got to be made with the best chocolate available to me. So today Hannah and I made a triple batch of brownies- a thick 8x8 pan full for each new family and of course an 8x8 pan for us too! I have to make thick gooey brownies with melted chocolate pieces in them, it's just what I'm driven to do! Oh one other thing- NO NUTS! Rich chocolaty brownies and a tall glass of milk- m'm m'm! I can hardly wait to cut into our brownies, just thinking about the 3 pans of brownies cooling on my kitchen counter is making me hungry for chocolate!

magazine subscription renewals

What is up with all of these magazine companies sending out notices for renewal when my subscription doesn't expire for another year to 6 months? Are they that desperate for money right now? Because I tell ya what...It's really getting quite annoying! Granted there are some that I won't renew until the absolute last minute and others that I renew right away. I've decided to "cull the herd" this year and not renew some of my subscriptions. I figure that if I'm not finding the articles to be interesting or if the features are lacking in details or format...then it's time to end the subscription. How many folks out there suffer through reading one terrible issue after another only because they have a subscription? I read recently how a person wasn't going to renew a certain scrapbooking magazine and was waiting for her subscription to run out. Myself...if the magazine is that bad, I'd cancel my subscription, none of that waiting around for it to expire crap for me!

I recently received my November/December issue of Archaeology magazine...LOVE IT! I've subscribed to it for over a decade and I've never found it to be boring or lackluster. Now don't you even think that I keep these magazines around. I crack up with my father in law who keeps every issue of National Geographic...then tries to get us to take them. Um, no thanks, we have our own subscription, LOL! The last time we were in Boston he tried to get us to take 2 years worth of magazines with us- I shake my head and laugh.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Optimistic or Pessimistic?

Some days I'm a little of both. Do you look at your glass as half empty or half full? For me I, prefer to view it as being half full with a big ole bottle of red wine standing by to fill it up :-)

My day to day life is not without it's ups and downs, But no matter what I try to see the humor in things. Take my son Andrew and the recent event where he tried to donate all of our hats, gloves and scarves. I can't stay mad long when I know that he was trying to do something "good" for others that are less fortunate. He did come home from school on Thursday to show off his new service ribbons:-) He gave me a big hug and thanked me for my help with the coat drive. He makes me so proud! He has such a big heart and loves to help out people. His group was able to collect 280 coats- of which they will be distributing to needy families today.

I brought both of my children to work at the Thrift Shop on Friday. They got to see just how truly busy we are and how we provide a much sought after service. I like to show my children that they do have a good life, that there are families that don't have the comforts that we have. Andrew has volunteered at the homeless shelter preparing and serving meals. Hannah always grabs a few starts from the Angel Tree at church and is the one that gets me started on the Toy Drive for the 1st Sergeants Association. If there's anything that I hope to give to my children it's to have a giving heart. To be generous not only with money but with their time. To be optimistic...that they have the ability to make a difference.

Saying good-bye to a good friend

What is it that makes us sad at saying good-bye to good friends? My girlfriend Catreese and her husband left yesterday for their new assignment in Kentucky. I'll say it, I'm going to miss Catreese greatly. Her smile was warm and inviting and her friendship-well she is just one of those kinds of women with whom you feel adds to your overall well being, one that makes you a better person for knowing her. She would bring plates of delicious decadent gourmet brownies and other yummy treats to the Thrift Shop for us to nibble on while working. Catreese is someone that I could see myself going into business with...I could see us opening up a bakery together :-)

My most sincere wish for my dear friend is to dive right into and become a member of the OSC and get involved in something volunteering at the base Thrift Shop. To get out and start making friends. I'm sure that she will do okay, she's a wonderful and thoughtful friend and others will see that endearing quality of that I'm sure! So for now I say farewell to my friend, but this is the Air I'm sure that we will being seeing each other again in the future!

Friday, October 26, 2007

New Neighbors!

I'm neighbors are moving into the Bar Red House in the cul-de-sac (we're on the corner so it's kind of behind our house). The story on the house is was a custom house that was built for a military couple who still had a home to sell at another assignment...they were unable to sell their home in the other state and their time had run out on the contract on this home. So this house has been sitting there...finished waiting for someone to buy it. So it finally sold and the folks started moving into it yesterday. Having that house on the market for so long and it's being the 2nd highest priced house in this neighborhood is kind of risky but it finally sold. I hope to meet the new neighbors this weekend, bring them over a small welcome gift from the HOA and a welcome to the neighborhood greeting card from myself. I love the thought of new neighbors...they have such great potential to turn into new friends!

The kids are off from school today so I'm dragging them into to work with the Thrift Shop. Andrew needs to complete 100 community service hours for confirmation and we've got him well on his way. Today he'll get in 5 hours at the Thrift Shop (if he can last that long) and then tomorrow the JROTC has him working just as long or longer distributing coats from their recent coat drive. Hannah actually wants to come and work...she loves the Thrift Shop and finds it interesting to be there. Both of my children are good kids, I'm blessed and I owe it all to the Lord. I can't have any more children- for the risk of dieing while pregnant, that was told to me right after I gave birth to Hannah. I wanted to have more but the Lord had other plans for me. I always joke around and say "2 mental and financial limit". Being the mother of two exceptionally bright children can be pretty taxing some days. I'll admit it, I'm not gifted in mathematics, no way shape or form that all goes to my husband. And I'm so proud that our children are right there with him...but they also have interests in my stuff...Science, forensics, archeology and of course...paper crafting and cooking :-) Hannah wants to try her hand at making decadent desserts Andrew wants to learn to make comfort foods such as homemade macaroni & cheese (recipe courtesy of Alton Brown) we've made it before and it was out of this world YUMMY, cheesy potatoes (recipe courtesy of René P) always a family favorite and the Jambalaya-recipe he saw Emeril make on his TV show. Andrew and I made it before and he thought that he was in heaven when eating it!

So today is quality time with my children, showing them what I do while they are in school and how we (through volunteering) are helping to make our community stronger. This is time well spent- what else would they be doing but playing games on their computers all day. This gets them out the door and into real life.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Do you have "Seasonal Home Decor"?

Do you ever get tired of your home looking the same way? I love to change things out for the seasons. Be it something in the kitchen, dining room, entry way or the guest bathroom. I have wall art that gets changed out with the seasons. In the past, I've also made window treatments for the various seasons :-) I have yet to hang then in this house but will be starting this as soon as I find a curtain rod that appeals to me for the entry way.

There are so many little thing you can do to change the look and feel of your home for the seasons. From your dinnerware to place mats and table cloths to fabric napkins and glassware. This is the time of year to start looking for those things to add to your collection. I love shopping at this time of year, I always find interesting items to dress up my dining tables.

I'm in the mood for change and today I'm going to change some more things around! I think I've also settled on a curtain rod...time to make a trip to JC Penney!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

There's something to be said about...

Being Happy! I've been happy all day long! No matter what went on or who wasn't happy (Heidi was in a bad mood all day) I just couldn't help but to smile and feel HAPPY!!! No there's nothing extraordinary going on in my life...I just feel happy and so happy in fact that I've been making others feel happy too!

So here I am at home...thinking WOW! It's been a fantastic day! I have to say that smiling and being cheerful is infectious. I hate to see people being sad and feeling lonely and left out. Our last customer of the day came in her name is Felicia...she's new to our base. I could tell that she was very lonely and looking for some adult conversation. I got her to open up and talk a bit about herself. It kills me when I see women who are obviously lonely and are having a hard time meeting people and making new friends at a new assignment. I invited her to come spend some time with us at the thrift shop volunteering, that we pay for child care at the CDC and we're always good company! I sincerely hope that she takes me up on the offer.

It's left over night here at my house...I need to clear out the refrigerator so no cooking for me, it's microwave action tonight!'s vegetarian chili for me! As for everyone...grab a box and heat it up! The more I get cleared out the better!

Now it's Miller Time, okay it's not really. But I will pour myself a glass of wine and read some more of my Agatha Christie novel "The Halloween Party". Are you reading any good books??? I'd love to know!
As I get ready for yet another day of running with scissors... I spent a leisurely morning reading the news TV news for me if I can help it. I'm wondering how Barbara (my best friend from childhood) is doing. You see, she lives in Santa Barbara and I've been reading about all of the evacuations going on out there. Those wild fires are seriously scary...the winds can whip up very quickly and before you know it, your home is surrounded by fire. My thoughts and prayers are with her today...I hope to hear from her soon.

how scary are you?

Another fun quiz ...

You Are Not Scary

Everyone loves you. Isn't that sweet?

What part of fall are you?

Kim over at is such a crack up! Here's another one of her little quiz's that I'm taking and using as a blog challenge, I'd love to see what part of Fall you are!

You Are a Silly Hat

Cute, funny, and a little dorky.

Monday, October 22, 2007

It's all about money...trivia

TIP is the acronym for "To Insure Promptness





            Show Me the Money - it's too heavy  


The world's largest coins, in size and standard value,  

were copper plates used in Alaska around 1850. They were  

about a meter (3 ft) long, half-a-meter (about 2 ft)  

wide, weighed 40 kg (90 lb), and were worth $2,500.  




                       Gambling Slang  


In gambling language, for a gambling house a "sure-thing"  

is a wager that a player has little chance of winning;  

"easy money" is their profit from an inexperienced bettor,  

an unlucky player is called a "stiff."  




                 Nokia: a phone and a town  


In 1865, Frederik Idestam founded a wood-pulp mill in  

southern Finland, naming it Nokia. It rapidly gained  

worldwide recognition, attracting a large number of  

workers and the town Nokia was born. In 1898, the Finnish  

Rubber Works Company opened in Nokia, taking on the town  

name in the 1920s. After WWII, the rubber company took a  

majority shareholding in the Finnish Cable Work. In 1967,  

the companies consolidated to become the Nokia Group. The  

recession of the 1990s led the group to focus on the mobile  

phone market.  





Let me make you laugh today

Bugs creep me out like no one knows...and these Box Elder bugs are pretty darn creepy looking! What I find amazing is how we've lived out here for 4 years and I've never really noticed these insects until know now that we're home owners. These bugs just seem to like our house, but only the south facing parts. YUCK!!! So now for me to look for an effective poison to rid my house of these unsightly insects! Who would want to ring the door bell to my house or even approach the front door when those bugs are all over the place? Just plain EEEeeeewwww covers that one.

Okay so I'm a bug-a-phob and I can see the humor in it. These bugs don't bite and are pretty harmless but damn if the sheer number of them gives me the heebie jeebies! Here's a link to see what they look like -
and to think that there are dorks in this town that think that the bug is named after the town...get real! This insect has been around long before the town of Box Elder has been in existence.

I've heard that we're supposed to be having a very cold winter and that is why we are seeing a more than normal amount of insects trying to get inside of our homes for the winter. We've got spiders and they just keep coming! My kids are seriously freaked out by spiders (in retrospect, maybe I shouldn't have let them watch all of those horror movies that featured mutant spiders when they were younger-insert small chuckle here). now the one insect we don't seem to have at the moment (knock on wood) are ants. Maybe they are the smartest of the bugs and have already gone underground to start their long winters nap.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Coffee coffee coffee...

It's true, I love coffee! It's my morning beverage of choice!

So here it is, a glorious Saturday morning and I've already tidied up the kitchen, taken out the trash and recyclables and am working on getting some items in the foyer taken out to the garage and the formal dining room straighten up. I want to get the Halloween stuff put out today too. Maybe Hannah and Lucien will team up and do it all-since it is their favorite holiday and all.

Now I do have plans on going into my scrapbook nook and working on a project. I want to make something but I don't know what. Maybe it'll be the Christmas Tree from scrapbook paper or I'll finish the magnetic board- who knows!

What's your favorite time of day?

We all have our favorite time of day...where we have time to ourselves to regroup or relax. Mine is early morning- before everyone else in my household is awake. I Like to make a pot of coffee (actually its automatic and is ready when I get up). I read the news on-line, take time to tidy up the kitchen (if I didn't do it before I went to bed). I like to write my letters in the morning, catch up with friends and put things in order all before anyone else in the house realizes what has happened...kind of like elves have been here :-)
So what is your favorite time of day? Stop and think about it for a moment. What time of day do you get the most work done or feel most at ease?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Someone is going to lose a job

Minot AFB and it's nuclear "incident" are in the news again. Here are links to the latest news stories...
I can't really say that any of this comes to me as being a "surprise". I think that anyone with half a brain could figure out that there would be some serious repercussions from this incident. What is sad is it's effects on the family of the military member. My heart goes out to them.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

What kind of coffee girl are you?

You Are a Plain Ole Cup of Joe

But don't think plain - instead think, uncomplicated

You're a low maintenance kind of girl... who can hang with the guys

Down to earth, easy going, and fun! Yup, that's you: the friend everyone invites.

And your dependable too. Both for a laugh and a sympathetic ear.

M.O.M. aka Mission of Madness

Kids...insert eye roll here. I love my children I really do but there are times where I just have to shake my head and occasionally raise my voice to them for doing truly stupid things. Take my usually thoughtful I attribute his ignorance to being a teenage boy, LOL! He bagged up ALL of our gloves and hats and was going to take them to school for a hat/scarf/glove drive. Thank the Lord I had the curiosity of looking in the bag- I literally had a First Class Conniption Fit! What on earth is/was this boy of ours thinking? He's not thinking and that's the problem! So when I asked him what he was thinking..."Oh I thought they were old things that we weren't using that were in the dresser in Hannah's room. Um- HELLO what on this planet makes you think that things we currently use are suddenly "things we don't use? Every single pair of special insulated cold weather gloves (you know...the ones that cost (on sale no less) between $50 to $90 per pair), then there was our leather gloves that we were with dress coats and more. The child had several hundred dollars worth of gloves and hats in the bag. I was ready to lynch him! It's not that I buy new ones every year nor do I want to. I buy quality made ones so I won't have to buy them year after year. The saying goes..."Buy cheap and you'll buy twice" and it's a very true saying too. So the drive for these items ends tomorrow...I'll buy my boy some stuff from the Thrift Shop- and he now knows to ASK HIS MOTHER before he takes anything from our house!

Hannah is driving me nuts with Halloween- every day I am bombarded with more of her charts and drawings of what she wants to do to the house. Once upon a time it was cute, now when I see her coming with her "plans" I try to hide :-p Christmas is my thing, always has been I wish that everyone else could get behind it like I do. She and her Dad really get into the spirit of Halloween.

Of course it's windy today, how windy? Gusts in the 50+mph range and the wind chill being down around 29º yup I'd say that's rather nippy! Of course I feel super itchy today (dry skin). And since I have long hair that goes down to the middle of my back I have to figure out how to wear it without my head being cold, itchy or looking like I've been through and electrical storm, LOL! Lovely huh? And no doubt that it will be freezing cold in the Thrift Shop today- so that means wearing layers and many of them too! It's days like that that I'd love to stay home, curl up with a good book, have my kitty in my lap while drinking hot apple cider. But alas I have obligations that require me to leave the house.

Time for me to get items together in my picnic basket as I am making sure to eat a healthy lunch today. Skipping meals is not good for anyone and especially not in cold weather when your body needs fuel to keep you warm.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


There's something for everyone! The industry has gone through many changes in the past 7 years...many have been good. We've seen many trends come and go. And just like the clothing industry old styles/trends come full circle and are suddenly "hip" all over again. Am I glad that I never threw away my corner rounder? I suppose so (I say this with a smirk on my face). I don't use it on my photos but I do use it from time to time on cardstock and patterned paper.

It's starting out as a foggy day but the forecast is saying rain. I hope it rains as I love this kind of weather- it's perfect scrapping weather! I know that I get more scrapbook work done when the weather is yucky then when it's bright and sunny. There's something to be said about a steamy mug of hot chocolate over loaded with marshmallows and having a chick flick playing on my little DVD player while I'm playing with Bazzill Cardstock and Prima flowers. OH and a floral scented Yankee candle burning helps set the mood for me too!

So today is a creative day! I ordered some pictures from Shutterfly and they should be here by Friday. I'm going to print some more at home and go through some older photos that I had printed a while ago. I'm going to get creative with pictures from our Hawaiian vacation, the OSC Halloween Party and more!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Is it a full moon or what???

Okay it's Tuesday and we were out the door swamped with consignees and shoppers! I knew it was going to be busy when I drove up and saw 5 cars parked out front at 9 am. We had over 20 folks consigning items to sell and it was nonstop BUSY! For the first couple of hours it was just the 2 of us, Heidi and me. To add to the chaos, I managed to make the computer in the consignment area freeze up and then computer in the front end to freeze up (I'm gifted in that manner) and then every pen I tried dried up and every pencil I pulled out to write with broke. I think that gremlins were hard at work trying to get me to have a bad day. Then I dropped a spring form pan and bent it-augh!!!!!! Some days I wonder why I even get out of bed, LOL!

I find out that my latest philanthropic drive for the Airmen and Family readiness center was almost a lost cause. Apparently I did not know that they no longer accept donations of baby items...even though they are constantly requested. I think that was a stupid thing to do- to get rid of a program that really helps out families in need. BUT...a wonderful lady named Sue came into the thrift shop today and I had her take the items I had collected and give them to a needy family. I felt bad because we didn't get very much in the way of donations but I need to look at the bigger picture- every item we collected last Thursday can help a family in such a big way.

So after a hectic day I need to unwind...time for me to whack at some vegetables with a sharp knife and create something YUMMY!

Thanksgiving Traditions

I prefer to make my own with that I make chocolate cake. My family members are just crazy about it, so I try to make some sort of fancy schmancy cake to wow them. I personally prefer a spiral cut honey ham but the rest of my little clan prefers TURKEY. With time and practice, I have come up with a combination of herbs that I rub inside and out on the bird and slow roast him to perfection. Then it's on to my roasted garlic mashed potatoes (yes there's a trick to making them as well)- never boil the water while the potatoes are in it, rather make it a slow bubble so the potatoes won't fall apart and become a soupy mess. Keep the skin on the potatoes while boiling too as it helps them to not fall apart. Gravy...there's only one kind we eat at this house and it's the white country gravy and it comes in a packet, LOL! None of that pan drippings stuff here-eeew! I can do without the thought of pouring grease on my spuds and turkey thank you very much!


Now if I really had it my way...I'd cook us up some wonderful rustic Italian, Indian, Spanish or German meal for us all. Anything but the obligatory turkey dinner!



SHOES, they say a lot about who you are.

You know...those things that go on your feet. I happen to adore shoes, all kinds of shoes. But since having 2 different kinds of surgeries on each foot, well I'm limited in what actually feels comfortable on my feet. And another funny thing I've learned these past few years was that I was wearing the WRONG SIZE shoe! When we moved out here 4 years ago I was wearing a size 6½ wide width shoe. Hold on to your hats because this will be disturbing...I bought two pairs of shoes over the weekend and each is a different size (different manufacturers too). My clogs are a size 8 and my brown dress shoes are an 8½- WOW huh? These clogs are by Merrell and are they ever wonderful! The fleece lining keep my feet toasty warm! My brown lace up shoes (I prefer to wear dress shoes versus sneakers when wearing dress pants or jeans) are by Börn, putting these shoes on my feet and lacing them up...they feel as if they were made just for me!

Lets face it, we women are vain creatures when it comes to revealing things like our actual clothing and shoe sizes. I always thought that shoes were supposed to be snug on your feet...little did I realize that I was causing myself some serious injuries to my feet that in time would require surgery one or more times to correct. So here I am, wearing anywhere from a 7½ to an 8½ shoe- all depending upon the design and manufacturer. I've found that by going to a runners shop that they will measure your feet accurately and get you set up with a pair of running shoes that are appropriate to you and your running or in my case walking style. That place looks at how you walk in your shoes. Very few places even measure your feet any more and those self service shoe stores are the WORST places to go, especially for children who need to have their feet measured properly. Over the summer I've seen many women clearly wearing the wrong size shoe, toes hanging over the edge, heals sticking way out over the back part of their sandals or heels. Now they can't tell me that by some quirk of fate that their shoes aren't uncomfortable. These women will one day be in some ugly looking orthopedic shoe hardly able to walk because their feet have become so crippled. Sounds harsh I know, but there it is none the less.
Do something special for yourself... treat yourself to a proper shoe fitting, you won't regret it what so ever!

Monday, October 15, 2007

So...what have I been up to???

Are you curious? I've had to do a little bit of altering

to some window treatments that my darling husband bought for me while he was in Colorado. I adore Waverly fabrics and these valances are perfect! So here they new window treatments.

Friday, October 12, 2007

My Neighborhood

Being the HOA president for my neighborhood can be one of 2 or a total headache.'s fun!

I'm excited at 2 of the 3 homes that are near me that are up for sale have signs now saying "Sale Pending". That's fantastic news! So in or about 30 days from now I'll be welcoming some more new neighbors to the subdivision. I was starting to worry about the red house around the corner in the cul-de-sac as it has a lot of upgrades and it being priced at $253,900 well that makes it the 2nd highest priced house for sale in our subdivision. There's another house out here priced at $259,000 and that's a "reduced price". When that house first went on the market it was priced at $325,000 yeah like that's going to sell out here. The funny thing is that the house I'm talking about is the one that we had put a bid on back in January and was in negotiations with the owner for a week and ended up walking away from. He was not about to come down to our price...come to find out that he never had another serious bid on his house since then.

I'm getting information together for another HOA newsletter. I want to get information about preparing our yards homes for winter. Since so many of the home owners out here are first time buyers I feel it's important to give them helpful advice on things like replacing the batteries in their smoke detectors twice a year, flushing out their sprinkler systems, putting down extra mulch around plants and watering trees and shrubs on nice days during the winter. Our homes are investments and without getting the right encouragement some might not get things done and have costly repairs to take care of in the spring. Flushing the sprinkler system is crucial as water left in the pipes can freeze causing the pipes to burst. And do I really need to draw out what can happen if we don't change the batteries in the smoke detectors???

My son recently asked me what my position as HOA president relates to in a government setting. I told him it's similar to being a mayor in a little town (a really little town). My goal is for us to have a community that knows all of it's neighbors, one where homes get top dollar be it new or resale. A place that one can come and to and say...That is where I want to live because they are impressed with how good our homes and streets look.

Another goal of mine is to get a neighborhood watch program going on...there's no such thing as being "too safe" or having "too many friends". I've got plans for this small but growing subdivision, by being positive and giving good advice on things from home care to garden maintenance to getting out and meeting your neighbors, we'll grown into a great community.

SAHM means what exactly?

I love the acronym SAHM which means stay at home mom. It's not a phrase that I use to describe myself that's for certain. I'm always doing something or going somewhere and home is one of those places I would like to be at more often. But today is Friday and as it so happens I'm here at home which in it's self is amazing. I'm catching up on "things", be it returning phone calls that I just never got to during the week or getting a handle on the mountain of dirty clothes that seems to be growing larger the more I look at it.

I've got Halloween cards to send out, some layouts that need journaling and a house in desperate need of my attention. I'm determined to hang up some more valances this weekend. I've finally got ideas for window treatments and my darling husband bought me some beautiful Waverly Valances on his recent visit in Colorado. It's figuring out what I'm going to do with the different kinds of windows that have thrown me a curve ball. These particular windows are very different from any and all of the places we have lived in the past 17 years. One has a window seat, the other in angled with 2 side windows and of course what house of ours has not had a half circle window of some sort? I kid you not...of the 3 houses we have bought each one has had a half circle window. I've got to make a window treatment for it too, and hopefully the ladder is tall enough to reach it.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pictures from...The Crop for the Cure

Here we see right to left top to bottom...Beth, Sandie (that's me) Kim & Theresa, Brandi, Robyn & Stephanie, and Jennifer and Lisa. We all had a great time at the Crop for the Cure. There were oodles of great door prizes and something for every persons' personal taste.

Chocolate...need I say more?

I don't know about you, but I like chocolate! If ever there was one person in my family it would be without a doubt our daughter Hannah- she is the real and honest lover of all things chocolate in this house.

So here I was yesterday...filling goodie bags with chocolate candies for tonights function. Hannah was right there with me making sure that there were the right amount of treats in each bag.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Being in 2 places at once...

Today is one of "those" know- where you have to be in 2 places at once. I get a call from the fiberglass repairman last night telling me that he can be here first thing in the am. Okay I said, knowing full well that my son had an orthodontic appointment at the same time. The last time I tried to get this repairmen here to fix the bathtub was over 2 months ago! He finally called me back and well I grabbed that time slot...who knew when he'd "squeeze" me in to his schedule.

So as the day unfolds...I get my husband to stay here and he missed 2 meetings that he was supposed to be in. I'm driving our son downtown to an appointment with the orthodontist and guess what...there's a 2 car accident right there on the on ramp to the freeway. I had to take a detour and snake through the boondocks of Box Elder to get to the highway- got to love road construction and car accidents. I get my husband to call the orthodontist office to let them know that I could be late. Our poor son is in the chair for way longer than I thought he would be...boy comes out telling me how the doctor did some laser removal of some tissue in his mouth. The Doctor comes out says hello to me and that was it. Not a single professional in that office told me or informed me in any manner that they did anything other than to switch out wires on Andrews' braces.

Meanwhile back at the ranch my husband is waiting patiently for me to get home. I've got things to do as I have another OSC function tomorrow. No one has gotten back to me with numbers on how many people are attending the function (I was supposed to have that information on Monday). As I've been saying all with any job you are only as good as the people you have working with you and for you. And right now I don't feel as if I've got a good team. I get so stressed out the week before an event, the week of the event I'm a wreck and up to a full week after the event I still feel stressed out. This is not what I had signed up for. I have members upset with me because they don't want to come if they have to get dressed up in a Halloween costume. All I have to say is..."I you don't want to dress up then don't". No one said that this is strictly a dress up event...I feel sorry for them as they are going to miss all of the fun! I"m going to put together the goody bags and just enjoy my time with my girlfriends.

My bathtub is repaired and it looks like NEW! The fiberglass repairman did an excellent job! Now for me to grab a spot of tea and head off to the mall to get some great goodies for our gift bags for tomorrows function!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Back to being Super Mom....

My mother in law is back home in Massachusetts and we're settling back into our daily routine. I took last week off from volunteering and other things just to hang out with the m-i-l. I just felt that It wouldn't have been very nice of me to be gone five plus hours a day for 6 of the 7 days she was here. So I took her out every day to do a little shopping of what not.

I'm now back in the saddle and have my Super Mom t-shirt on and am ready to go! First stop back to the Thrift Shop to volunteer, then off to get the girl from school and off to an orthodontic appointment. Then of course over to Walgreen's to get some tooth paste because it's the only store that carries the brand that our son likes to use. But least he brushes his teeth. I've always said that I don't care if we all use different brands of toothpaste as long as we all brush our teeth! Growing up my parents bought one brand and that was it...we all used the same tube of tooth paste (eeew) and it was what ever brand was on sale that week. So now I've got a family of my own and with our own different tastes, likes and dislikes. I can't stand gel tooth paste but it's what my daughter likes- my daughter can't stand mint flavored anything so hers is fruit flavored...yes I'll admit it, we're all different and some needs should to be catered to.

Off to grab some more coffee, a quick snack and off to volunteer I go!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Crop for the Cure

Who doesn't like to go to a crop where you have your own table, are served fantastic home made Italian food and have it followed up with an out of this world chocolate dessert and door prizes galore?

I was getting worried that I would not have very many folks attending the crop. I advertised at the base thrift shop and through speaking at OSC functions plus having a blurb in the EE (our OSC monthly newsletter). I had sign up sheets passed around at out last function- which only got me 7 people wanting to attend. I was getting worried that no one wanted to come, I thought that $25 was very reasonable for what everyone would be getting(food, drinks, a small make & take project and a donation to the Susan G Komen foundation). Well as it ends up, there were 10 of us! I want to thank my good friends Cindy, Peggy and Kim and my new friend Beth for contributing items for door prizes. Those items combined with the items that I had purchased for the crop received many Oohs and Aaahs from each person who checked out the table where they were displayed. Everyone in attendance won at least 1 door prize, some more than one- how awesome is that? :-) And no it wasn't rigged, it's just how it ended up- I love it!

I'll be sharing some pictures from the event stand by...

My Community

The car accident that I posted the link to on Friday touches so many of us in this small community. The older gentleman in the accident is someone who attends the same church that we do, his name did not sound familiar but when he was described to me I knew instantly who he was/is.

I've driven dozens of times on that particular piece of highway and have always thought to myself that there right there under that bridge is an accident waiting to happen. And what happened is a tragedy, a true tragedy but by some miracle from God, all parties involved survived. Now there was a 2nd accident there this this past week, one involving a semi tractor-trailer.

What would should do is to pull together as a community, stop trying to point the finger at any one person and fix the roads! The roads here between Box Elder and Rapid City are in major need of more highway funding!

Friday, October 05, 2007

A tragedy hits home

A tragedy hits home. My son personally knows all of the children involved in this horrible accident. That piece of highway where the construction is so heavy has been an accident waiting to happen. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families. I hope all a safe a nd speedy recovery.

Dancing in the rain

There once was a woman who woke up one morning,
looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.

Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?"
So she did

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.!

"Hmmmmm," she said,
"I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?"
So she did

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on
her head.

"Well," she said,
"today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail."
So she did

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair
on her head.

"YEA!" she exclaimed,
"I don't have to fix my hair today!"

Attitude is everything.

Be kinder than necessary,

for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly.......
Leave the rest to God

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass . .

It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Hey I'm still alive...

I’ve been swamped with “things”. I’m taking a short vacation from volunteering this week and am concentrating on hanging out with my company who leaves on Sunday. I’m excited about the Crop for the Cure  this Saturday and am busy getting things together for that and am trying our new and exciting recipes!